Rabbit are such cute, fluffy, fun creatures. They are adorable little bundles of fur that are constantly depicted as hapless prey in movies. After all, what can a bunny do? Bite you to death with its rabbit teeth?

A really ravenous rabbit. Credit: Mirror

A really ravenous rabbit. Credit: Mirror

Okay, maybe they won’t kill you, but they can inflict fairly grievous injuries (mental and physical), as Thugs Bunny shows.

Animated bunnies are a whole other story. They’re not always innocent little creatures who are running away from wily coyotes who are determined to eat them. In fact, they can be downright lethal. We put five animated bunnies in the ring today to see who’s going to emerge the winner.

Let the Royal Rumble of the Rabbits begin!

1. Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny is a cute, rascally rabbit that only uses violence in self defence, right? All his victims, like Elmer Fudd and Wile E. Coyote, are actually dastardly villains who want to eat him, so they deserve the violence he inflicts right?

Nope. Take a look at the video above, where Bugs Bunny pulls a gun from out of nowhere (it’s hyperspace actually, but more on that later) and shoots an annoying audience member. He isn’t even being threatened – he’s just playing the piano! Bugs Bunny is just plain psychotic – which wouldn’t be a problem if he were harmless.

Which he absolutely isn’t. Ever notice how Bugs Bunny can pull virtually anything he wants (mallets, anvils, dynamite, and assorted lethal devices) from out of nowhere? He’s done it so often that pop culture scholars actually have a name for it – hyperspace. It’s effectively a secret pocket dimension of infinite size that a character can access any time, which explains why Bugs Bunny can pull giant safes out of his non-existent pockets. The other thing is that he can pull almost anything he wants from hyperspace, which means that he could pull out a nuclear warhead one day to eliminate Elmer Fuud, if he really wanted to.

Bugs Bunny is a lot more dangerous than you thought, isn’t he?

Power Level: 8/10


2. Bucky O’ Hare

In alternate universe, an alien adventurer named Bucky O’Hare is all that stands between the evil Toad Empire and their dominion over the entire universe.

Catchy theme song aside, Bucky O’Hare is a pretty hardcore character. He’s a space pilot, has melee combat skills, and is a skilled marksman. He’s got a crew to help him out against the evil Toad Empire, and how many bunny pilots do you know who are as multi-talented as Bucky O’Hare? His popularity even spawned a video game that was very well received in the 90’s.

Although he’s not as much of a violent psychopath as Bugs Bunny is (he’s actually quite a calm and eloquent hare), Bucky O’Hare is military trained and has a wide array of useful skills. He’s not a hare to be trifled with.

Power Level: 9/10


3. Miyamoto Usagi (aka Usagi Yojimbo)

If you are a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then you’d probably remember one of their more famous guest stars – Miyamoto Usagi. The Ninja Turtles are ordinary turtles who got mutated into their humanoid forms and their enemies are usually similarly mutated animals, like Bebop and Rocksteady (or Tiger Claw and Fishface in the 2012 series).

What makes Usagi (which is Japanese for rabbit) different is that he isn’t a mutant – he’s actually from an alternate dimension where animals, not humans, are the dominant species! In his world, he’s a skilled samurai, and probably the most skilled one there is. He actually has his own comic book series, so his appearances in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series are crossovers between both franchises.

Even in games, he’s deadly (as you can seein the second half of his video). It’s never been clearly established whether the Ninja Turtles or Usagi Yojimbo is more powerful, but one thing is for sure – they’re both lethal and deadly combatants.


Power Level: 9.5/10


4. Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit may not seem like he’d be a dangerous creature – but the fact that a talking herbivore is the leader of a group of talking animals speaks to his leadership skills and capacity for causing chaos.

In other words – Peter Rabbit would be great politician. His deadliness comes from his way with words, rather than physical power. True, Peter Rabbit is just a harmless rabbit in a child’s movie. But that’s only because his true potential has never been exploited. If Peter Rabbit wanted to, he could rule the world – he already (effectively) controls the animals around him, after all.

Power Level: 7/10


5. Roger Rabbit


Roger Rabbit doesn’t seem too dangerous – after all, he was constantly in need of being rescued in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? right? He’s a little twitchy and nervous, and generally incapable of hurting anyone.

But he’s a Toon. This means that although he lives in the real world, he mostly disregards the laws of physics. He’s effectively indestructible and immune to all things – falling anvils, getting shot, getting burned or frozen – and he’s equally capable of accomplishing impossible physical feats. He can do anything, as long as it’s funny.

In some ways, he’s possibly more powerful than Superman. However, Toons do have one fatal flaw – something called the Dip (which is sort of their Kryptonite). The Dip will dissolve Toons and is the only known way of killing them permanently. But besides that, nothing much else will hurt a Toon.

Power Level: 8/10


So who’s the winner?

Usagi Yojimbo

He may not be invulnerable nor does he have very diverse skills. But he’s good at one thing – swordfighting – and he’s exceptionally good at it. He’d probably defeat all the rabbits in straight-up combat, and would probably be the most powerful one of them all.

Plus, he’s Japanese. Bonus points for that.

Peter Rabbit. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Peter Rabbit. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

But life isn’t all about fighting. Which rabbit would be the most charming of them all? Most people would say Roger Rabbit, since his hot wife Jessica is proof of those charms. But Jessica is a Toon – just like Roger Rabbit. The true mark of comeliness would be to woo someone of a different species – like a human being.

That’s what Peter Rabbit does in his eponymous movie! In his animated-live action debut, Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) develops feelings for animal-lover Bea (Rose Byrne). But a very human antagonist stands in his way – Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson). Will Peter Rabbit outwit his human foe and save the day? Will he be able to win the heart of Bea? Will inter-species love conquer all?

Catch Peter Rabbit to find out.


Credit: Mirror, Golden Village Cinemas