Vanilla the Rabbit is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. She is an anthropomorphic rabbit and the mother of Cream the Rabbit. She lives in Floral Forest Village with her daughter, her Chao friends Cheese and Chocola, and Gemerl.
Vanilla is a cream-colored anthropomorphic rabbit with a white muzzle, brown eyes and a tuft of light orange hair on her forehead. She has light brown and orange markings around her eyes and on the ends of her lopped ears. For attire, she wears a long light pink and purple dress with a white trim and a fitted burgundy vest, a blue ascot, white gloves with gold cufflinks, low-heeled burgundy shoes, and pink lipstick.
Sometime in the past, Miles "Tails" Prower reprogrammed the robot Gemerl after he was turned into a violent robot by Dr. Eggman. Following this, Gemerl went on to live with Vanilla and her family in Floral Forest Village.
Vanilla and her family later got involved in a new threat when Floral Forest Village was invaded by Dr. Eggman in his new flying fortress, the Faceship. With it, Dr. Eggman poured a large batch of the Metal Virus into the village, creating several Zombots. Barricading her family inside their house with the aid of Chocola, Vanilla told Cream to stay inside during this attack but the young rabbit wished to aid the villagers as she had Cheese by her side, just as Vanilla had Chocola. Regardless, Vanilla still did not grant Cream permission to leave, so Gemerl was tasked with aiding the village instead. Eventually, Cream ran outside, with Vanilla unable to stop her. By the time Cream returned though, Vanilla, Cheese and Chocola were surrounded by Zombots inside their house. Cheese and Chocola soon after became Zombots themselves after they attacked the leading Zombot. Vanilla then took Cream and tried to escape with her, only for another Zombot to cut them off. Fortunately, Sonic arrived and helped the duo evacuate their house. Cream then flew Vanilla to the north glade of the village where a Rescue Shuttle awaited them.
Vanilla is a calm and gentle person. She is very polite in all that she does and is very caring in nature, especially to her daughter, Cream. Her care for her daughter makes her very cautious and protective person; in spite of all the adventures her daughter has been on, Vanilla is not willing to let Cream endanger herself on her watch. She can be trusting and understanding, and has been known to make decisions she feels will benefit others. Due to her gentleness, she is not a fan of violence.
- Vanilla, Cream and Cheese are all names that involve some sort of dairy product.