A character in Beatrix Potter's various children's stories, Peter Rabbit first hopped into the fictional world in Potter's 1902 book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, in which he disobeyed his mother by sneaking onto Mr. McGregor's garden trying to eat as many vegetables as possible before getting caught. Savage!
He went on to appear in five more books between 1904 and 1912. Snazzily dressed in a jacket and shoes, Peter was a true entrepreneur and went on to have his own line of dishes, wallpaper, dolls and even a board game. The Kardashian of rabbits, if you will.
Next for Peter is a big screen adaptation set for release in 2018 with Carpool Karaoke king James Corden voicing the beloved bunny.
This 1950 dark comedy tells the story of Elwood Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, an eccentric middle-aged man whose best friend is an invisible 6-foot tall rabbit named Harvey. Yes, you read that correctly. Harvey is a pooka, a creature from Celtic mythology who often take the form of horses, goats or hares. Elwood's family is unsure if Harvey is a result of Elwood's drinking or if he's actually mentally unstable.
Elwood spends most of his time at the local bar where eventually the barman and regular customers come to accept the existence of Harvey. Elwood's sister, on the other hand, tries to get her brother committed.
The White Rabbit
A fictional character in author Lewis Carroll's 1865 book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly known as Alice in Wonderland), the White Rabbit appear in the very beginning of the novel distressed and pressed for time uttering, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late" with Alice then following him down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.
In the 1951 animated Disney film, the White Rabbit utters the classic line, "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!"
The White Rabbit is also featured in director Tim Burton's trippy 2010 big screen live action "Alice in Wonderland" where he is voiced by British actor Michael Sheen.
Thumper From Bambi
Known for tapping his left hind foot, this grey, pink-nosed Disney hare made his screen debut in 1942's "Bambi". A forest friend of Bambi, Thumper is also remembered for his enduring words of wisdom, "if you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."
What's up, Doc? Bugs Bunny has been entertaining audiences since hopping onto the scene in 1940.
For nearly 50 years the Warner Brothers wascally wabbit was voiced by legendary voice actor Mel Blanc until Blanc passed away in 1989. Dubbed "The Man of 1000 Voices", Blanc also voiced Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird and Sylvester the Cat, among other Warner Brothers animated characters.
Bugs wasn't just an aficionado of carrots, he was also extremely intelligent, outsmarting opponents like Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote just to name a few. The main face of the Looney Tunes animated series, Bugs holds the distinction, according to Guinness World Records, of appearing in more films than any other other cartoon character.
He also has the honour of being one of of only two cartoon characters to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The other recipient? Mickey Mouse!
Bunny Costume From 'A Christmas Story'
All nine-year-old Ralphie Parker of 1983's "A Christmas Story" wants under the tree is a Red Ryder BB gun (with a compass) and while he eventually does get his Christmas wish, he first receives a rather humiliating gift from his Aunt Clara - a pink bunny suit his mother forces him to wear.
When Ralphie descends the stairs clad in head-to-toe in pink, shame and humiliation, his father observes that he looks, "like a deranged Easter bunny... a pink nightmare" and grants his eldest son permission to take it off immediately.
The Bunny From 'Fatal Attraction'
Though this bunny didn't have a ton of screen time in 1987's "Fatal Attraction" its impact is undeniable. When married father
Dan Gallagher, played by Michael Douglas, embarks on a weekend affair with with Alex Forrest, chillingly portrayed by the brilliant Glenn Close, he has no idea the absolute hellfire that's about to rain down on his life. But as much as the entire Gallagher clan is targeted by the jilted Alex, who simply won't take no for an answer, no one is is more affected by the affair than the family pet.
When Alex escalates her harassment of the family to no avail, she eventually turns things up to 11 and breaks into their home and boils the floppy-eared innocent, proving that despite the old saying, sometimes revenge is a dish served hot. Boiling hot.
The performance earned Glenn Close an Oscar nomination and had married folks everywhere thinking twice before stepping out on their spouses. In her defence, Alex did warn that she wasn't going to be IGNORED, Dan!
The Energizer Bunny
One of the most recognizable advertising mascots, the pink sunglasses-sporting bunny first marched onto the scene, banging his drum in 1989 and has kept going and going and going ever since.
In 1999, Advertising Age magazine named the Energizer Bunny one of the top 10 brand icons of the 20th century and the bunny even had a spot in the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 2006-2011.
One of Maroon Cartoon Studios' biggest stars. Things go south for Roger when, not only is it suspected his wife is having an affair, but when the man with whom she's believed to be cheating with ends up dead, all paws point to Roger as the murderer.
This 1988 crime-comedy mixed live action with animation and was one of the most expensive films ever made at the time, with a budget of nearly $70 million. The gamble paid off as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" pulled in more than $300 million worldwide.
Roger, as the film's title would suggest, was innocent. He was framed by Judge Doom.
Okay, not technically a rabbit, she's only a Rabbit by her marriage to Roger, but any list of famous rabbits simply wouldn't be complete without the sultry and seductive Jessica, famous for her line, "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."
Inspired by screen sirens like Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake and Lauren Bacall, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" director Robert Zemekis described Jessica as, "the ultimate male fantasy drawn by a cartoonist."
The Playboy Bunny
The silhouette of a rabbit wearing a bow-tie made its first appearance in the magazine's second issue and quickly became Playboy's official symbol and mascot. Magazine founder Hugh Hefner says he chose the rabbit because it was "frisky and playful."
The logo went on to inspire the "Playboy Bunny" uniforms worn by waitresses at Playboy Clubs around the globe. The symbol continues to be of the most recognized in the world.
Regina George showing up to the Halloween party in "Mean Girls" dressed as a Playboy Bunny marks a pivotal turning point in the movie, as it's the exact moment Cady Heron realizes her new friend really is, as Janice previously described, evil in human form.
While Regina promised Cady she'd put in a good word for her with ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels, on whom Cady has developed a crush, the Queen Bee instead sexes it up, bunny-style and put the moves on Aaron, prompting Cady to sign on with Janice and Damian to go undercover with The Plastics in an effort to destroy Regina.
Before long, things get messier than a melted Kalteen bar and pretty much everyone's lives get turned upside down, even undeserving Ms. Norbury, with Regina herself ultimately getting hit by a bus.
Basically Glen Coco and his four candy canes are the ones to emerge totally unscathed from the drama. You go, Glen Coco! We'll just be over here, still patiently waiting for fetch to "happen."
The House Bunny
This 2008 comedy starring Anna Farris tells the story of Shelley, a Playboy Bunny who, when she turns 27 is unceremoniously kicked out of the Playboy Mansion. Desperate for a place to call home, Shelley tries to become house mother of a sorority and falls in with the girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta, quite possibly the world's most awkward sorority in danger of losing their status if they don't attract 30 new pledges.
Shelley helps the sisters up their cool factor while the sisters help bring Shelley down to Earth.