Oh my stars!
— Bunnie Rabbot
Concept and creation
In an early prototype design made during the early development of Sonic SatAM, Bunny was drawn with a Disney-esque stylization and was organic from the waist up. She was later drawn to be organic only her head, with all the other parts of her body replaced with a robotic suit. These prototype designs were ultimately scrapped, however.
Little is revealed about her past, other than she had been friends with the other team members since childhood.
Bunnie is seen only twice in her de-roboticized form during the TV series; in the episode "Sonic Conversion" a de-roboticizer is tested on her and is successful, although the effects are only temporary, and she returns to her previous state later in the same episode. The two-part episode "Blast to the Past" features Bunnie as a child, prior to her transformation. Sonic time travels back in time, and rescues Bunnie from being turned into a robot earlier in history. Although his efforts ensure that the Freedom Fighters still exist in the present and that their nanny Rosie is safe, Bunnie remains half-roboticized.
Powers and abilities
Bunnie's main asset is her tremendous strength afforded by her robotic limbs, having demonstrated enough power to knock her opponents down with a single punch or kick. Additionally, her legs are telescopic, allowing her to extend them over a greater range (referred to as "leg ladders" and "ladder legs"). She is also an expert in hand-to-hand combat.
Although Bunnie's metal half works flawlessly, for the most part, they are prone to malfunction; her telescopic legs has caused her several problems in the past and her and Antoine was once able to pull her robotic arm off her shoulder.
In other media
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Bunnie was born in the Southern Baronies just before the Great War. Her parents died during the conflict. Bunnie was raised by her Uncle Beauregard and Aunt Lulumae happily for many years. However, things soured when her uncle claimed her parents died in service of the Overlanders due to long-standing tensions between the Southern Baronies and the Kingdom of Acorn.
Rejecting that her parents were traitors, Bunnie ran away from home, cobbling together a small farm on the edge of the kingdom's borders. She was soon found and captured by SWATbots and put in a portable Roboticizer. Sonic the Hedgehog and Rotor Walrus came to her rescue a moment too late; Bunnie was half-roboticized. However, Bunnie took it rather well. Bunnie bonded with Sally Acorn and quickly became one of the Freedom Fighters, providing many facets of aid to her team. While she put on a brave face, she hoped she would one day be returned to normal. But then her body began rejecting her robotic parts. She would accept an upgraded design from Dr. Quack and Nate Morgan, though she could never be deroboticized. With Antoine's love and support, she committed to her cyborg life and eventually married Antoine after many heartaches. When Ixis Naugus attempted to fix Bunnie's cybernetics with magic when he crystallized them, she was miraculously reverted back to flesh and blood. Shortly after, however, Antoine was nearly killed on a mission. Blaming her own powerlessness, Bunnie turned to the Great Desert Dark Egg Legion until the second Genesis Wave.
In the timeline created by the Super Genesis Wave, Bunnie was injured during Dr. Eggman's uprising and was partially roboticized to save her life. Adjusting to her new body, Bunnie joined the Freedom Fighters in the fight against the Eggman Empire, eventually committing to her life as a cyborg, and later married Antoine.
- The series does not detail how or when Bunnie became partially roboticized although an unused storyboard from the series indicates that such an origin was originally in the works. In a sketched out but unfinished opening for the show, there is a miniature origin tale where Sally disables the roboticizer whilst Bunny is in it, but the machine malfunctions and half roboticizes her anyway before being rescued (sketch seen in the 2007 DVD release bonus features).
- Bunnie was intended to be a playable character in the planned Sega Genesis game Sonic Mars, which would incorporate characters and elements from the Sonic the Hedgehog TV series. In one of the scripts, it was stated Bunnie's gameplay would focus on using her extending arm to grab various objects and a victory animation with Sonic was drawn. However, when the project was changed to Sonic X-treme (which was later cancelled), Bunnie, along with the other TV show elements, was dropped from the game.