From Sonic Retro
|Series: Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)|
|First seen: "Heads or Tails"|
Bunnie Rabbot (pronounced "Rab-BOW") is a cyborg yellow rabbit with a thick Southern US accent, created by DiC for the 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog animated TV series (SatAM). Bunnie is one of the "Freedom Fighters" combating Dr. Robotnik, being fearless or reckless, but also stronger than the others due to her cybernetic implants.
Bunnie Rabbot appears to have been concieved quite late by DiC, as she was missing in early issues of the US comic book series released by Archie Comics. Archie's designs were based on the then-work-in-progress cartoon by DiC, but Bunnie does not arrive until issue #3, being entirely absent from the four-part mini-series which predeceded the full-time publication (and not becoming a full-time cast member until a few issues later). She is possibly based on the rabbit animal Pocky (later localised as "Johnny Lightfoot") - a Johnny Lightfoot character can also be seen in the early Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon.
Sketches also suggest that Bunnie was once set to be more robotic - her final design shows only her legs, internal organs and one arm being roboticised. As the comics progressed her cybernetics were updated, and she was given a hat.
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Bunnie first appeared in issue the story "Rabbot Deployment" in issue #3 of the original Archie comic series of Sonic the Hedgehog. Although she had been put into one of Dr. Robotnik's roboticization machines, Sonic and company pulled her out half way through the process: one arm, everything from the hips down, and certain internal organs were replaced with cybernetics. It was after that she joined the "Freedom Fighters." Although not part of the original team, she has not left since the first year.
In "Bunnie's Nightmare" (Sonic #37), Robotnik capitalized on her fears of becoming fully roboticized; using a hologram device, she convinced herself and others that a microdot in her roboticized body had activated, and was slowly finishing the job. It turned out to be a bad dream (hence the story's title).
In "Rage Against the Machine" (Sonic #39), Sonic proposed that he let himself get roboticized, while wearing a neural overload device, so he would retain his free will but gain the powers of roboticization. Bunnie strongly disagreed with the plan, more so than the other freedom fighters. However, before he can enact it, Nack the Weasel knocks him out, and Robotnik roboticizes him with the neural overload device to aid her. Bunnie must take her fully-roboticized, better-seasoned friend one-on-one; this story was resolved in the Sonic "Mecha Madness" special.
In "Enemy Mine" (Sonic #95), Bunnie co-starred with Sonic, but the story did not suit her strengths, being a story about deception and mystery.
In "Bat Fight!" (Sonic #116), she had her own story: an eight-page 'duel' versus Rouge. Although the fight started when Rouge mistook Bunnie for a swat-bot, the duel stayed personal as the two duked it out in a ruins.
In "Dust Bunnie" (Sonic #119), Bunnie had a solo adventure versus the Sand Crew, an enemy that had not been seen for nearly five years.
In addition, in one the free sample comics Archie Comics gives away to promote the Sonic comic, Sonic and Bunnie are in a noir-styled setting as they infiltrate a "seedy dive".
- Sonic #18: Bunnie and Antoine's first kiss
In the Archie Comics, she was until recently deeply in love with Antoine D' Coolette.
In the Sonic Special comic, "Girls Rule," Bunnie was upgraded from her SaTaM design with a more modern-looking, stronger set of cybernetics, including abilities such as flight. This upgrade was necessary as her immune system finally caught up with Robotnik's technology, and attempted to rejected it; the 'upgrade' made her body symbiotic with the cybernetics, so now nothing short of an extreme plot device can remove it. This was also the point where she fully accepted her half-robotic nature; before then, she dreamed of becoming 'normal' again, and continuing with her original life's dream to be a hairdresser.
In the comic "Girls Rule" it was revealed that it was Antoine D' Coolette , or "Sugah-Twain" as Bunnie called him, who encouraged her to choose the upgrade, promising that he didn't "care as long as [they] face each day together". Later in the issue of "Wedding Bells?", Bunnie finally realized her dream, becoming Bunnie D' Coolette. Bunnie married Antoine D' Coolette with Sally Acorn as her own Maid of Honor and bridesmaid.
- First Appearance: Sonic The Hedgehog #3
- Real Name: Bunnie Rabbot
- Skills: Hairdressing; martial arts; metalworking (Sonic #26).
- Powers: Enhanced cybernetic strength; stretching limbs; toughness; booster rockets in legs for self-propelled flight (after Sonic Special 'Girls Rule'); built-in force field, rockets, and laser cannon equipped within arm.
|Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series) characters|
|Main||Sonic the Hedgehog | Princess Sally Acorn | Tails | Rotor Walrus | Bunnie Rabbot | Antoine D' Coolette | Dr. Robotnik | Snively|
|Recurring||Cluck | Dulcy the Dragon | SWATbot | Uncle Chuck | NICOLE|