15 Rabbits that are Way Better than the Easter Bunny
Easter 2015 is a month away! It’s on April 5 this year, and Easter costumes are always fun to bring out for the holiday. If you have kids, these are honestly just totally adorable, and Easter Bunny costumes are great for scaring them, too (and creating cherished, memorable photo opportunities). Our favorite special Easter dress-up happens to involve a mashup of Jesus robes and zombie costumes, but that’s getting off onto another topic completely.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with the Easter Bunny by any stretch of the imagination – we love free candy as much as anyone. But, there are plenty of other rabbits that don’t get nearly enough attention, undeservedly so. Here’s our list of 15 non-Easter Bunnies that we love (and could probably totally beat up the Easter Bunny, too).
The Bunny (WWE)
Adam Rose is a professional wrestler whose gimmick is that he’s a leader of a bunch of costumed partygoers known as the Rosebuds. Last year, one of the Rosebuds, dressed as a Bunny, started getting involved in Adam’s matches.
So, it followed that The Bunny and Adam Rose would compete together as a tag team, and they picked up a few wins together. After a while, though, Rose’s patience with the Bunny began to grow thin as the latter’s distractions began costing the former victories.
We guarantee that there’s no way the Easter Bunny can sell a spinebuster that well.
Alice (Bloody Roar)
Bloody Roar is a series of fighting games in which each playable character can transform into animal-human hybrid, a Zoanthrope, during battle. The most recent installment, Bloody Roar 4, is over 10 years old, but the concept of the game keeps the series alive as a cult favorite.
One of the playable characters, Alice, transforms into a white bunny while fighting. Aside from having the cutest animal persona, Alice is one of the most feared fighters in the game too, and is typically placed in the highest tiers by players. Not surprisingly, she can jump higher than the other characters (since, you know, she’s a rabbit), and has access to plenty of aerial combos and confusing mix-up maneuvers to keep the opposition on its toes.
Kung Fu Bunny (Brutal: Paws of Fury)
This one’s another fighting game, though quite a bit more obscure. As was the case with most Mortal Kombat clones, the story of Brutal was stereotypically basic. The world’s best fighters are gathered in a remote location for a tournament to determine who is the greatest of all – except all the fighters are anthropomorphized animals and the final boss is named the Dali Llama.
Frank (Donnie Darko)
Frank is the rabbit costume with the demonic face that contacts Jake Gyllenhaal’s title character in Donnie Darko, to tell him that the world will end – specifically, in exactly 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds. When we say that Frank could beat up the Easter Bunny, we really mean that Frank would drive the Easter Bunny into insanity via schizophrenic hallucations. No amount of marshmallow Peeps and Cadbury eggs can fix that.
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
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Here’s another badass bunny that most people have probably heard of. With its great big pointy teeth, the Killer Rabbit could only be defeated by Arthur and his Knights with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. It’s so famous, that homages to the Killer Rabbit have appeared all over the place – it was the inspiration for the Vorpal Bunny in Dungeons and Dragons, and Steve has a rare chance to encounter a red-eyed killer rabbit in Minecraft.
Fran (Final Fantasy XII)
Fran actually belongs to the Viera, an almost-elven-like race of near-immortal forest-dwellers that appears in Square Enix’s world of Ivalice, where the stories of Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII take place. Viera have bunny ears, though, which puts her into “close enough” territory for our purposes – and, since she’s a main party character in a Final Fantasy game, she’s naturally one of the six or seven strongest beings on the face of the planet, tasked with the responsibility of stopping the end of the world.
Peppy Hare (Star Fox)
Without Peppy’s wisdom and advice, we’d never know how to press Z or R twice to do a barrel roll in Star Fox 64. Also, if you type, “do a barrel roll” into Google, the screen does a barrel roll. That’s a nice Easter egg, and it’s something that the Easter Bunny can’t do.
In Okami, the player takes on the role of Amaterasu, a Shinto goddess in the form of white wolf that uses a celestial brush to paint objects and events into the game world. The whole plot is a mishmash of different Japanese legends and myths.
Yumigami is one of the Celestial brush gods that help Amaterasu restore her powers throughout the course of the game. She also carries around a comically giant mallet, used for pounding balls of mochi as well as the skulls of her enemies.
Mega Lopunny (Pokemon)
The Pokemon Company
The sixth generation of Pokemon games – X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire – introduced a new mechanic called Mega Evolution, by which certain Pokemon may evolve into a new, stronger form while they hold a special item.
Without its Mega Stone, Lopunny is a soft and cuddly bipedal bunny whose special ability is immobilizing enemies with its cuteness. With its Mega Stone in hand (in paw?), Lopunny transforms into a totally adorable engine of destruction. Its basic capabilities in attacking power and speed get huge boosts to put it on par with some of the best offensive juggernauts in the game. It also becomes a Fighting-type Pokemon which further boosts the power of Hi Jump Kick, one of the most powerful moves a Lopunny can use. For those unfamiliar with competitive Pokemon training, just trust us – that’s really, really good.
“It’s a snowfield-dwelling, giant-ear-sporting, super-acoustic, snowball-shaped mutant dragon! There’s no way anybody can escape.”
That’s got to be some of the greatest flavor text to ever appear alongside a monster or creature in any trading card game ever. Seriously, it’s a bunny and a dragon at the same time. It’s also strong enough to take a third of a player’s health in one shot, making it one of the strongest bunnies around.
Ace Bunny and Lexi Bunny (Loonatics Unleashed)
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Loonatics Unleashed only lasted for two seasons, but the premise was a reboot and reimagining of the classic Looney Tunes characters. In the year 2772, a meteor strike caused the descendants of Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz, the Road Runner, and Wile E. Coyote to develop mutant powers, transforming them into superheroes.
Ace Bunny, Bugs’ descendant and movie stuntman, and Lexi Bunny, Lola’s descendant and cheerleader at Acmetropolis U, served as the team leaders. Ace had the superpower of optical enhancement (i.e., super sweet eye lasers), and Lexi had the superpower of sonic hearing (i.e., totally rad ear lasers). None of the other Loonatics were able to shoot any lasers of any kind, which obviously means that they weren’t as good.
Bunnykill was a series of short flash movies created by Matti Pajunen and Juuso Andelin in which cartoon rabbits murder each other in terrifically violent and bloody fashion, typically accompanied by a soundtrack of Scandinavian industrial heavy metal. What’s not to love?
The main character and hero of the shorts, Snowball, is a white rabbit who has used katanas, lightsabers, and every kind of firearm imaginable to fight his way through swathes of enemies. Other named characters have featured in the episodes, but Snowball is the one that knows how to get stuff done.
The series has racked up millions and millions of views throughout the years, and was one of the most popular series on Newgrounds during the mid-to-late 2000s. You can check out its original collection page here.
Monster Carrot (Dragon Ball)
In the Dragon Ball manga and anime series, Monster Carrot is a humanoid rabbit that is also the leader of a mafia family and can turn people into carrots. Yes, really – Dragon Ball was originally supposed to be a joke series, so just go with it.
Aside from the magic touch that allows him turn living things into carrots, Monster Carrot can also materialize carrots out of thin air and throw them, so he certainly has the Easter Bunny beat when it comes to the delivery of healthy snacks. His carrot projectiles also explode on impact, because anime. His power level is only stated to be 938, though. That’s not even close to… well, you know.
Pretty much every character in Watership Down
Holy crap. This was a kids’ movie? It was rated U for Universal in the U.K., which is equivalent to the United States’ G rating. According to Wikipedia, this means that “there is almost nothing unsuitable for children aged over 3.”
Almost nothing. Gee, thanks. Here’s a montage from YouTuber Silly_Billy if you want to see more exhibits of graphic bunny-on-bunny death match action, you sick person, you. Here’s our Watership Down costume, too, if you’re interested.