History Film / WhoFramedRogerRabbit

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* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Judge Doom's Toon form]], complete with transforming appendages. Made more horrifying knowing that it is his true form and the only parts visi

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* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Judge Doom's Toon form]], complete with transforming appendages. Made more horrifying knowing that it is his true form and the only parts visivisible are his crazy eyes.
* OperaGloves: Jessica.
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: Dolores, referring to the bulge caused by Eddie hiding Roger under his coat.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jessica Rabbit only loses her composure when faced with Death By Dip.
* OutsideRide: Eddie hitches a ride on the back bumper of a Red Car.
* PainPoweredLeap: Yosemite Sam jumps all the way from Toontown when his [[RumpRoast butt is lit on fire.]]
* PaperPeople: This is how we learn the truth about [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
* ParentalBonus: The FilmNoir Parody, several of the {{Lampshaded Double Entendre}}s, and the much older cartoon characters appearing in the background (Betty Boop, Harvey Toons, etc.)
-->"Didn't you use to be Eddie Valiant? Or did you change your name to Jack Daniels?"\\
"Not ''prostate'' you idiot, ''probate''!"
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:R.K. Maroon, who nearly sells his studio to Judge Doom and nearly blackmails Marvin Acme into selling his Gag Factory, gets murdered by Doom to keep the scheme secret]].
* PeekABangs: Jessica Rabbit.
* PerverseSexualLust: Jessica Rabbit is the trope pin up girl.
* PervyPatdown: When Judge Doom tells the weasels to frisk Jessica for Acme's will, Greasy eagerly reaches down her ample cleavage to do so ''and'' to cop a feel (seriously, his tongue droops out his mouth in excitement), but all he gets is his hand caught in a BearTrap.
* PianoDrop: How Eddie's brother and partner died.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Marvin Acme's.
* PopTheTires: Judge Doom takes out Benny's tires by pouring Toon-dissolving Dip on the road.
* PortableHole: Portable Holes is an Acme Product. During the film's climax, Eddie became pinned against a steel drum by a cartoon magnet while fighting the Big Bad; he freed himself by wrapping a Portable Hole completely around the magnet, causing the magnet to break in half.
* PretendPrejudice: Eddie's attitude to Toons in general. He tries to avoid them whenever possible, but isn't that hard on them when he does meet them, if his meeting with Betty Boop is any indication. He still has some shades of a PoliticallyIncorrectHero, such as when he calls Angelo the barfly a "meatball".
* ProsceniumReveal: The cartoon short starring Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman at the start of the movie is cut short by a human director calling "Cut!" This is followed by shots establishing that the animated characters are working on a live-action soundstage, thus setting up the concept of humans and toons living in the same world.
* PsychoticSmirk: Judge Doom often has this.
* {{Pun}}: The door to the Ink-N-Paint Club is opened by a (literal) gorilla in a tux.
-->'''Eddie:''' Nice monkey suit.\\
'''Gorilla:''' Wiseass!
** Acme and Jessica "playing pattycake".
** Toontown is practically composed of nothing but this.
** Eddie speaking about the stupidity of the cartoon bullets: "Dum-dums."
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] to Eddie Valiant using his "anvil hand".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis
** Eddie: "I! DON'T! WORK! FOR! TOONS!"
** When [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] reveals his true identity to Eddie.
--->'''[[spoiler:Judge Doom]]:''' Remember ''me'', Eddie? When I [[spoiler:killed your brother]], I talked... JUST... LIKE... ''THIS!!!''
** Also, Smart Ass' reaction to the weasels' laughing:
--->'''Smart Ass:''' Stop! That! Laughing! You know what happens when you CAN'T! STOP! LAUGHING!? One of these days, you're gonna ''die'' laughing.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: A rare heroic example: Roger to the weasel leader Smart Ass, while threatening Judge Doom.
* QuestioningTitle: Only ''without a question mark'' (apparently, in the film industry, it is considered bad luck to have a question mark even in a Questioning Title).
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Weasels, a.k.a. "the Toon Patrol".
* RaceLift: For a film about oppressed minorities, the fact the original book's ''brown'' rabbit is turned ''white'' in the film has some UnfortunateImplications.
* RandomSmokingScene: Eddie Valliant catches a streetcar by travelling along on the back of the vehicle with some kids who are smoking. He even thanks them for the cigarettes after reaching his destination. This whole scene had no real purpose to the story (although it did introduce us to the Red Car, the "best public transportation system in the world", which is put in jeopardy by Cloverleaf buying it).
* RecognizableBySound: Detective Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit are attempting to escape from the weasels by stealing the weasels' police van. A voice from the containment area of the van pleas for freedom: "Hey, you weasels, let me outta here!" Roger Rabbit recognizes the voice and replies, "Benny, is that you?" The sarcastic response is, "No, it's Eleanor Roosevelt! C'mon, Roger, let me outta here!"
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of both the Film Noir genre and ''Looney Tunes''-style cartoons.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] after he's revealed to be [[spoiler:the toon who killed Eddie's brother]].
* RedHerring: As the film progresses, [[spoiler:it makes it look like Jessica murdered R.K. Maroon, but the real killer turns out to be Judge Doom ([[SarcasmMode yeah]], [[TheUntwist didn't see that coming]]) and that she only wants to help her husband.]]
* RepetitiveAudioGlitch: In the scene where Roger sings and dances at a bar to the tune of "The Merry Go-Round Broke Down", the end of the song skips as he starts breaking plates on his head, and he continues to do so until Eddie stops the record and pulls him away.
* RepetitiveName: The name of the director in charge of the opening theatrical cartoon? Raoul J. Raoul.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: Didn't start it, but undoubtedly had a monumental role in bringing it further into the mainstream.
* {{Retraux}}: The ShowWithinTheShow shorts are done in the style of (or at least similarly to) cartoon films from the 1940s-50s.
* TheReveal: See eyes, above.
* RevealingReflection: While Eddie is "[[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique chatting]]" with R.K. Maroon, he notices a gun reflected in Maroon's office window and dives for cover just as it open fire. Maroon, however, is not so lucky as he is caught out in the open (Eddie had trapped him by sticking his tie into a film projector), but [[HeKnowsTooMuch he was the actual target anyway]].
* RogerRabbitEffect: [[TropeNamers Named it]], [[TropeCodifier made it famous]], and probably perfected it.
* RuleOfFunny
** Explicitly spelled out by Roger:
--->'''Eddie:''' You mean you could've taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?\\
'''Roger:''' No, not at any time, only when it was ''funny''.
** Also, Toon Town operates on the RuleOfFunny which can make it very dangerous -- a bathroom stated to be out of order turns out to be totally non-existent.
** For Toons, the RuleOfFunny can be exactly that -- a '''rule''' (Law Of Funny?) that they must follow. For example, Roger's struggle to resist responding to ShaveAndAHaircut.
* RumpRoast: "My biscuits are burning!"
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* SacrificialLamb: The red toon shoe that Judge Doom kills in the Dip to demonstrate the threat he poses.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Doom pulls off one of the scariest live action invocations of this trope when staring down Eddie.
* SceneryPorn: To a degree, due to the film noir-style lighting.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]], having started talking in a high-pitched, squeaky, almost girlish voice all too familiar to Eddie once he is exposed as [[spoiler:a Toon]], screams in this manner after getting hit by the Dip.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Subverted. [[spoiler:Eddie thinks Roger is doing one when he sees a car driving out of the studios after Maroon is shot dead. It turns out to be Jessica, who had Roger in the trunk.]]
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Roger Rabbit is not actually the main character. He's just the one who solicits the services of the story's actual protagonist, human [[PrivateDetective detective]] Eddie Valiant. Roger steals every scene he's in and is pivotal to the case, though.
* SeesawCatapult: at Maroon Studio, a hippo ballet dancer sits down on a bench next to a man, launching him into the air.
* SelectiveMagnetism: The Acme magnet Eddie uses against [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
* SettingUpdate: A rare inversion of this as the original novel was published ''and'' set in then-PresentDay (the early [[TheEighties 1980s]] at the time), but the movie pushes the setting back over 30 years to 1947 having been inspired by classic FilmNoir Hardboiled Detective mysteries of the time.
* SexySilhouette: Subverted. When Eddie visits Toontown and thinks he's stumbled on to Jessica Rabbit, he actually runs into [[AbhorrentAdmirer Lena Hyena]]. One word: "{{butterface}}".
** Although Jessica really does make one when she visits Eddie's office and when she's running to her car outside Maroon Studios.
* SexyWalk: Jessica Rabbit walks this way.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: In the final battle, [[spoiler: Judge Doom]] uses this ability to attack Valiant, turning one fist into an anvil and then a buzzsaw.
* ShaveAndAHairCut: Used by Doom to lure Roger out from a hiding spot, as Toons apparently can't resist finishing the line.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Baby Herman]] is this. Cute and innocent on the outside... definitely not innocent but another kind of cute on the inside.
* ShootOutTheLock: The weasels use a machine gun to shoot a hole around the lock on Eddie's door to open it.
* ShoutOut: There are ''dozens'' of these: to Golden Age cartoons, live action films (''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' , ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'', and ''Film/BackToTheFuture'') and the play ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}''.
** In Maroon's second scene, he's wielding what looks like the [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Golden Gun]].
* ShowWithinAShow: The Maroon cartoon "Somethin's Cookin'", starring Roger Rabbit.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Jessica and Roger.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The dip.
* SideBoob, and plenty of it, from Jessica.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Jessica Rabbit. [[MaleGaze Not that anyone noticed...]]
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Eddie literally has this attitude toward Roger.
* SincerityMode: Roger's apologetic tone when explaining the RuleOfFunny suggests that he's not just trolling, and isn't any more pleased than Eddie is about how he couldn't slip out of the cuffs any sooner.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Jessica and Roger. So much that her "He makes me laugh" is the top quote on the page.
* SissyVillain: The chief weasel is seen by some as this, particularly given that he wears a light pink suit.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Roger and Eddie occupy opposite ends of the scale, allowing them to serve as foils for each other.
* SlippedTheRopes: Roger Rabbit can slip out of his cuffs at any given moment, but ''only'' if it's funny.
* SmellyFeet: The weasels burst into Valiant & Valiant to find Roger, currently handcuffed to Eddie. All they find is Eddie washing something in the sink.
-->'''Weasel:''' ''(sniffing)'' What's in there?\\
'''Eddie:''' ''(lifting out a sock)'' My lingerie.\\
''(Weasel turns away in disgust holding his nose, just missing Roger as he sticks his head up to breathe)''
* SoapPunishment: The lead weasel is threatening Eddie to tell him where Roger is and to "cut the bullschtick". Eddie tells him to watch his mouth or he'll "wash your mouth out" and shoves a bar of soap into his mouth.
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] is a particular nasty one.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises
-->'''Jessica:''' [[SoBeautifulItsACurse You don't know how hard it is being a woman, looking the way I do]].\\
'''Eddie:''' Yeah well...you don't know how ''[[DoubleEntendre hard]]'' it is being a man, looking at a woman looking the way you do.
* SoMuchForStealth: Wanted for murder or not, Roger is NOT good at keeping a low profile.
* SparedByTheAdaptation
** [[spoiler:Roger]] himself.
** In the official comic book adaptation (published by Marvel), R. K. Maroon is mentioned to have survived being shot, and is recovering at the hospital.
* SpeciesSurname: Subverted with Jessica Rabbit, who turns out to be only a Rabbit ''by marriage''.
* SphereEyes: Roger.
* TheSpook: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]'s true identity is never revealed and we never even find out what he really looks like, except for his [[RedEyesTakeWarning blazing red eyes]].
* SquashedFlat: Occurs even with the live-action actors (Valiant in the elevator, [[spoiler:Doom ran over by a steamroller.]])
* StabTheScorpion: Jessica ultimately proves her trustworthiness when she shoots an unseen assailant behind Eddie ([[spoiler:Judge Doom]]) just after it looked like she was holding him at gunpoint.
* StartOfDarkness: The graphic novel sequel ''Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of Doom'' revealed [[spoiler:Judge Doom's]] origins.
* StealthParody: While containing many elements of one, this isn't your typical Film Noir.
* StealthPun: When Valiant fires the cartoon revolver and the bullets go the wrong way, he calls them "Dum Dums", meaning "Idiots". Dum-Dums are a type of expanding bullet.
** Also, at one point Roger delivers a passionate speech to Eddie while standing on a literal soap box.
* StillGotIt: WesternAnimation/BettyBoop.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
-->"But I see a place where people get on and off the freeway. On and off, off and on all day, all ''night''. Soon, where ToonTown once stood will be a string of gas stations, inexpensive motels, restaurants that serve rapidly prepared food, tire salons, automobile dealerships, and ''wonderful, wonderful'' billboards reaching as ''far as the eye can see.'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment ...My God, it'll be beautiful]]."
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion:
-->'''Eddie:''' I'm through with taking falls / And bouncing off the walls / Without that gun / I'd have some fun / And kick you in the-- (gets hit in the head)\\
'''Roger:''' Nose!\\
'''Smart Ass:''' 'Nose'? [[LampshadeHanging That don't rhyme with 'walls'!]]\\
'''Eddie:''' No. [[GroinAttack But this does!]]
* SuddenlyShouting: Mrs. Herman to Baby Herman: "I'm leaving you with your favorite friend, Roger. He's going to take very, very good care of you. Because if he doesn't, HE'S GOING BACK TO THE SCIENCE LAB!!!"
** Also, Eddie says to Roger, "I've been out there risking my ''neck'' for you, and what're you doin'? SINGIN' AND DANCIN'!"
** And when Jessica sees the Dip, she speaks this way, too: "Oh my god, it's DIIIIP!!!"
** And of course, when [[spoiler:Doom]] reveals his true identity, he speaks like this: [[spoiler:"Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I TALKED! ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis JUST! LIKE!]]'' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIIIIIIIS!!!]]''''']]
* SuddenMusicalEnding: Justified, since ToonTown seems to be a very musical place.
* SupernormalBindings: After [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] captures Jessica and Roger, he has the weasels tie them up with escape-proof Toon rope.
* SwissArmyAppendage: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]], after being revealed to be [[spoiler:a toon]].
* SwordCane: Doom owns one.
* SymbolicBlood: The poor unfortunate red shoe dissolves into a puddle of red paint when dipped by Judge Doom. Naturally Doom ends up with this red paint all over his hand.
* TapOnTheHead: Roger himself, courtesy of a frying pan wielded by [[spoiler:Jessica.]]
* TemptingFate
** "No one gets the drop on Roger Rabbit!" [[FryingPanOfDoom CONK]]!
** And when Roger holds Doom at gunpoint, he says, "We toons may act idiotic, but we're not ''stupid''! We demand justice! Why, the ''real'' meaning of the word would hit you like a ton of bricks!" What do you think lands on him [[LaserGuidedKarma immediately]] after he says that?
* TechnicallyASmile: Judge Doom seems very humourless, even when everyone else is laughing at a joke. When he does smile, it shuts them right up. It turns out that his true personality is more into {{Slasher Smile}}s.
* ThatsAllFolks: WesternAnimation/PorkyPig says this at the end with Tinker Bell doing her ending shtick immediately afterward.
* ThisIsADrill: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] at the end.
* ThisIsReality: As an armed Roger goes off to rescue Jessica and Eddie, Benny warns him, "Be careful with that gun! This ain't no cartoon, ya know." Justified, as Roger is an actor, and Benny tells him this is not a cartoon starring him or anyone else nor is he in Toontown anymore: the perils are very much real, and there is a good chance he may not come out alive.
* ThisMeansWar: As Daffy and Donald engage in their dueling pianos session at the Ink and Paint Club, they get into an argument, culminating in Donald throwing Daffy into his piano and slamming the lid shut over the latter duck's head, with only his beak sticking out. At this point, we hear Daffy dazedly say, "Thith meanth war...", and the competition heats up from there.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Roger and Jessica. Also, Eddie and Dolores, rather less pronounced.
* ToiletTeleportation: Roger Rabbit (accidentally) uses this trick.
* TokenMinority: Along with PositiveDiscrimination. The only black character in the movie is a one-armed black veteran with a Purple Heart who frequents Dolores' restaurant.
* TooDumbToLive: Roger has a few moments of this.
** Roger can't resist, no matter how much he tries to, finishing the "Shave And A Haircut" tune by bursting through the wall behind Judge Doom and going "TWO BITS!", even though he knows it means going to his own death. Doom knows this.
** Roger also sings and dances loud enough to be heard from the street while wanted for murder, despite knowing full well he faces certain death if he's caught. His defense when Eddie confronts him with this: "But I'm a toon! Toons are supposed to make people laugh!" Luckily for him, this one ends up working in his favor, forcing Doom to use the "Shave And A Haircut" trick to get Roger to come to him.
** The weasels too, because they laugh at rather more than they should, even though they know if they laugh too hard and too much, it could end up killing them, as had happened to their hyena cousins, as noted by Doom. It does, as Eddie uses this to his advantage to get rid of them, except Smart Ass, who gets a GroinAttack that lands him in the Dip.
* TookALevelInKindness
** Both Roger and Jessica, compared to the original book.
** Eddie's about the same in both versions. He does get progressively nicer over the course of the film, though, even regaining his sense of humor.
* ToonPhysics: Naturally.
* ToonTown: The TropeNamer (or TropeCodifier, depending on [[Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit how you look at it...]])
* ToonTransformation: A DeletedScene had Eddie Valiant gain an animated pig's head painted over his own head when he entered Toontown. This is also why he has just showered in the middle of the day when Jessica shows up in his office.
* TragicBigot: Eddie Valiant came to hate Toontown and the toons in it after one killed his brother.
* TrickBullet: Eddie use a gun that fires toon bullets: bullets that are self-aware cartoons and can steer themselves in flight. Unfortunately, they aren't the brightest of toons.
* TuftOfHeadFur: Roger Rabbit has a tuft of red hair on his head that is different from the white fur over the rest of his body.
* TwistedEchoCut: When Valiant is photographing Acme and Jessica "playing pattycake", you can hear Acme saying "Pattycake... pattycake..." getting more excited each time. The scene then switches to Maroon's office, where Roger is virtually screaming "PATTYCAKE! PATTYCAKE!" in disbelief after being shown the pictures. The way the scene was cut kept the repetition of "pattycake" unbroken between scenes.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck are seen in a piano battle that quickly escalates into an actual duel.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Dolores and Valiant. Kind of makes the story sweet in a G-related way.
** Then of course, naturally, there are moments of this in earlier scenes between Eddie and Jessica.
* TheUnreveal: We never get to [[spoiler:see all of Judge Doom's real Toon form nor learn his true identity]]. In-universe, Eddie sees the reveal of [[spoiler:Judge Doom being a toon]] this way due to how crazy his ultimate goal was.
* TheUnsmile: Judge Doom seems very humourless, even when everyone else is laughing at a joke. When he does smile, it shuts them right up. It turns out that his true personality is more into {{Slasher Smile}}s.
* UnusualEuphemism: Santino refers to [[spoiler:Acme's]] murder as getting "kacked."
* UnwillingSuspension
* UnwittingPawn: Eddie's simple case in the beginning- to find proof that Jessica is cheating on Roger- was actually a ploy to give Roger a motive for killing Acme. The reason he takes Roger's case is to get back at the people who used him.
** [[spoiler:R.K. Maroon ends up on both ends of the trope. He used Eddie in his plot to blackmail Acme, but Cloverleaf turned out to have used Maroon as a pawn in getting their hands on Toontown]].
* ValuesDissonance: In-universe, Roger and Jessica are considered an odd couple, but for different reasons depending on perspective:
** Humans (like Eddie) wonder what a knockout bombshell like Jessica is doing with a goofball like Roger.
** Toons think ''Jessica'' is the one who made out like a bandit, which makes sense if you compare their careers. Jessica is a LoungeSinger (albeit a high-class lounge singer), while Roger is an A-list celeb in the toon world, on par with Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. It's an even bigger step up in the book, as Jessica got her start in [[UndergroundComics Tijuana Bibles]], which essentially makes her a porn starlet.
** On a more philosophical note, the most important attribute in Toon society is humor. Roger's FunnyAnimal looks thus make him the equivalent of Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio... and Jessica's ImpossibleHourglassFigure makes her the equivalent of an acne-scarred nerd. (Although both Benny and Greasy seem to find her plenty physically appealing.)
** Jessica's reason is [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan "He makes me laugh."]] Which, toon ''or'' human, can be considered a heartwarming moment - Roger makes Jessica happy, and in the end isn't that the most important ingredient for a happy marriage? It also could be that this ability is more widely prized in the Toon world than in human circles.
* VaporWear: Jessica Rabbit doesn't seem to have any undergarments, but she's "just drawn that way".
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Cloverleaf plot is based on a real-life urban legend that General Motors bought the Los Angeles Red Car Trolley system to shut it down. The Bradford-Snell conspiracy theory has been thoroughly debunked; GM didn't buy up the Red Cars until years after they had been converted to a bus system due to problems with funding maintenance and expansion (they actually [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy were convicted of conspiracy]] related to the affair, but not for that reason).
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Greasy Weasel tries to search Jessica's cleavage for Acme's will, and gets his hand caught in a BearTrap. She's ''definitely'' not happy to see him.
-->'''Eddie Valiant:''' Nice [[JustForPun booby trap]]. (''Jessica smiles wryly'')
* VisionaryVillain: [[spoiler:Judge Doom's]] plans for Toon Town's demolition are to make way for a express highway, which he feels quite strongly about. This was also the reason [[spoiler:he bought the Red Car trolley line -- so he could dismantle it, leaving people with few other alternatives than automobiles]].
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: An 80's family movie, produced by Creator/TouchstonePictures, with a maniacal HangingJudge as the main antagonist [[spoiler:who is actually a toon himself who wants to get rid of his own race for pure profit.]]
* VillainousBreakdown:
** Doom and the Weasels' leader have their respective breakdowns when their subordinates start laughing uncontrollably.
--->'''Doom:''' Stop that laughing! Have you forgotten what happened last time?! IF YOU DON'T STOP LAUGHING, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP DEAD, JUST LIKE YOUR IDIOT HYENA COUSINS!!!
** Doom has another at the climax. He's normally quite composed but [[spoiler:when he gets run over by a steamroller and reveals himself as a toon, he goes completely and openly AxCrazy.]]
--->'''Doom:''' [[spoiler:(his voice rising in pitch until it is absolutely shrieking) Remember me, Eddie?! WHEN I KILLED YOUR BROTHER]], [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I TALKED! JUST! LIKE! THIS!!!!!!]]
* VisualPun:
** The movie's poster. Roger Rabbit is "framed".
** When Valiant meets with Maroon to take the job, he sees some toon furniture escape a crate and run around playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" on orchestral instruments. They're "musical chairs."
** "Hey, Roger! Whaddaya call the middle of a song?" "Gee, I dunno... (''sees they're about to crash into an overpass'') [[OhCrap A BRIDGE!]]"
** In Toontown, Eddie runs over a pie with a cow's face on it.
** Roger sits on a soap box while making a speech about the power of laughter.
** [[spoiler: Judge Doom]]'s eyes pop out shaped like blades. "Glaring daggers."
** "Cattle Call"...literally for cows and bulls, who we see in Hollywood practicing their moos or even applying lipstick.
** Lampshaded with Jessica's "Booby Trap"; a bear trap concealed within her bosom that clamps on Greasy's hand as he's inappropriately frisking her.
** Eddie discovers that Acme's will is visible in his newspaper photo by ''literally'' "seeing through the bottom of a whiskey glass".
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Why does Jessica Rabbit love Roger as a husband? He makes her laugh, and when Jessica remarks that Roger is [[DrivesLikeCrazy not the best driver:]]
--> '''Eddie:''' [[SarcasmMode A better]] [[LoverNotAFighter lover than a driver, huh?]]\\
'''Jessica:''' [[InsultBackfire You better believe it buster]].
* WhamLine:
-->'''Eddie:''' Holy smokes, [[spoiler:''he's a Toon''!]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Doom]]:''' Surprised??!!\\
'''Eddie:''' Not really. That lame-brained [[spoiler:freeway idea]] could only be cooked up by a [[spoiler:Toon]]!\\
'''[[spoiler:Doom]]:''' [[spoiler:''Not just any'' TOOON... REMEMBER ME, EDDIE! WHEN I KILLED YOUR BROTHER, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I TALLLLKED!]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis JUST! LIKE!]] '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIS!!!!!]]''''']]
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: If Marvin Acme's will isn't found by midnight, the DiabolicalMastermind [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] will legally own Toontown.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: BettyBoop (shown in [[DeliberateMonochrome black and white]]) is an unusually upbeat version of one, working at the Ink-n-Paint Club.
-->'''Betty:''' Cigars? Cigarettes? ''({{beat}})'' Eddie Valiant!\\
'''Eddie:''' ...Betty?\\
'''Betty:''' ''(putting down a tray of cigars and cigarettes)'' Long time no see.\\
'''Eddie:''' What are you doing here?\\
'''Betty:''' Work's been kinda slow since [[TechnologyMarchesOn cartoons went to color]]. But I StillGotIt, Eddie. Boop-boop be-doo boop! ''(winks)''\\
'''Eddie:''' ''(smiling)'' Yeah. You still got it.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Doom has at least two chances to kill Valiant and instead chooses to wait or take a less practical approach. Justified since he is an over the top [[spoiler:toon]] villain.
* WickedWeasel: These guys work for Judge Doom.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises:
** Happens to Jessica in one scene.
--->"Oh my ''God'', it's '''DIP!!!"'''
** It happens again when [[spoiler:Judge Doom gets an emergency release valve full of Dip in his face.]]
* WildTake: Roger performs a lot of these. A particular one happens when Eddie feeds him alcohol as a LastRequest.
* WindowPain: Roger smashes out through a window leaving a Roger-shaped hole on finding out Jessica's been playing Pattycake with Marvin Acme.
* WingdingEyes: [[spoiler:Judge Doom.]]
* WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath: [[spoiler:The Weasels after they laugh themselves to death. Averted with the chief Weasel, Smart Ass, who meets his end in the Dip.]]
* WrongParachuteGag: Eddie is falling from a great height and is joined by MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, both wearing parachutes. Eddie asks for a spare, so Bugs gives it to him. He opens it... and out comes [[ExactWords a spare tire]].
* XRaySparks: Happens to Roger during the short cartoon "Somethin's Cookin'" when his fingers get stuck in some electrical sockets.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]. You probably have guessed that by now.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Given what Eddie's seeing Marvin and Jessica ''actually'' doing when he says this, you can't really blame him.
* YouKilledMyFather: Or rather, You Killed My Brother! [[spoiler:Judge Doom is the same toon who killed Eddie Valiant's brother.]]
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->'''WesternAnimation/PorkyPig:''' Okay, m-m-move along! Th-th-there's nothing else to see. Th-that's all folks. ...hmm. I-I like the sounda' that! '''''Th-th-th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!''''' Hahahaha!
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''Who Framed Roger Rabbit'' is a 1988 live-action/animated film, with Creator/RobertZemeckis directing the live-action and Creator/RichardWilliams directing the animation. Its success is largely responsible for setting off TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation, having had a huge influence on executives' attitudes toward seeing animation as more than what it had been in the DorkAge -- Disney's 90s animated films, the ''Creator/{{Pixar}}'' films, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Franchise/{{Nicktoons}} and MTV cartoons would probably ''never'' have existed if it weren't for this film. A Co-Production between Creator/TouchstonePictures (i.e. Creator/{{Disney}} incognito) and Amblin Entertainment (Creator/StevenSpielberg), it is so far the only official [[IntercontinuityCrossover crossover]] with classic Disney, Creator/{{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM and Creator/WarnerBros [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon characters]].

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''Who Framed Roger Rabbit'' is a 1988 live-action/animated film, with Creator/RobertZemeckis directing the live-action and Creator/RichardWilliams directing the animation. Its success is largely responsible for setting off TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation, having had a huge influence on executives' attitudes toward seeing animation as more than what it had been in the DorkAge -- Disney's 90s animated films, the ''Creator/{{Pixar}}'' Creator/{{Pixar}} films, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Franchise/{{Nicktoons}} Franchise/{{Nicktoons}}, and MTV cartoons would probably ''never'' have existed if it weren't for this film. A Co-Production co-production between Creator/TouchstonePictures (i.e. Creator/{{Disney}} incognito) and Amblin Entertainment (Creator/StevenSpielberg), it is so far the only official [[IntercontinuityCrossover crossover]] with classic Disney, Creator/{{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM Creator/{{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM, and Creator/WarnerBros [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon characters]].



* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Judge Doom's Toon form]], complete with transforming appendages. Made more horrifying knowing that it is his true form and the only parts visible are his crazy eyes.
* OperaGloves: Jessica.
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: Dolores, referring to the bulge caused by Eddie hiding Roger under his coat.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jessica Rabbit only loses her composure when faced with Death By Dip.
* OutsideRide: Eddie hitches a ride on the back bumper of a Red Car.
* PainPoweredLeap: Yosemite Sam jumps all the way from Toontown when his [[RumpRoast butt is lit on fire.]]
* PaperPeople: This is how we learn the truth about [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
* ParentalBonus: The FilmNoir Parody, several of the {{Lampshaded Double Entendre}}s, and the much older cartoon characters appearing in the background (Betty Boop, Harvey Toons, etc.)
-->"Didn't you use to be Eddie Valiant? Or did you change your name to Jack Daniels?"\\
"Not ''prostate'' you idiot, ''probate''!"
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:R.K. Maroon, who nearly sells his studio to Judge Doom and nearly blackmails Marvin Acme into selling his Gag Factory, gets murdered by Doom to keep the scheme secret]].
* PeekABangs: Jessica Rabbit.
* PerverseSexualLust: Jessica Rabbit is the trope pin up girl.
* PervyPatdown: When Judge Doom tells the weasels to frisk Jessica for Acme's will, Greasy eagerly reaches down her ample cleavage to do so ''and'' to cop a feel (seriously, his tongue droops out his mouth in excitement), but all he gets is his hand caught in a BearTrap.
* PianoDrop: How Eddie's brother and partner died.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Marvin Acme's.
* PopTheTires: Judge Doom takes out Benny's tires by pouring Toon-dissolving Dip on the road.
* PortableHole: Portable Holes is an Acme Product. During the film's climax, Eddie became pinned against a steel drum by a cartoon magnet while fighting the Big Bad; he freed himself by wrapping a Portable Hole completely around the magnet, causing the magnet to break in half.
* PretendPrejudice: Eddie's attitude to Toons in general. He tries to avoid them whenever possible, but isn't that hard on them when he does meet them, if his meeting with Betty Boop is any indication. He still has some shades of a PoliticallyIncorrectHero, such as when he calls Angelo the barfly a "meatball".
* ProsceniumReveal: The cartoon short starring Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman at the start of the movie is cut short by a human director calling "Cut!" This is followed by shots establishing that the animated characters are working on a live-action soundstage, thus setting up the concept of humans and toons living in the same world.
* PsychoticSmirk: Judge Doom often has this.
* {{Pun}}: The door to the Ink-N-Paint Club is opened by a (literal) gorilla in a tux.
-->'''Eddie:''' Nice monkey suit.\\
'''Gorilla:''' Wiseass!
** Acme and Jessica "playing pattycake".
** Toontown is practically composed of nothing but this.
** Eddie speaking about the stupidity of the cartoon bullets: "Dum-dums."
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] to Eddie Valiant using his "anvil hand".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis
** Eddie: "I! DON'T! WORK! FOR! TOONS!"
** When [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] reveals his true identity to Eddie.
--->'''[[spoiler:Judge Doom]]:''' Remember ''me'', Eddie? When I [[spoiler:killed your brother]], I talked... JUST... LIKE... ''THIS!!!''
** Also, Smart Ass' reaction to the weasels' laughing:
--->'''Smart Ass:''' Stop! That! Laughing! You know what happens when you CAN'T! STOP! LAUGHING!? One of these days, you're gonna ''die'' laughing.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: A rare heroic example: Roger to the weasel leader Smart Ass, while threatening Judge Doom.
* QuestioningTitle: Only ''without a question mark'' (apparently, in the film industry, it is considered bad luck to have a question mark even in a Questioning Title).
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Weasels, a.k.a. "the Toon Patrol".
* RaceLift: For a film about oppressed minorities, the fact the original book's ''brown'' rabbit is turned ''white'' in the film has some UnfortunateImplications.
* RandomSmokingScene: Eddie Valliant catches a streetcar by travelling along on the back of the vehicle with some kids who are smoking. He even thanks them for the cigarettes after reaching his destination. This whole scene had no real purpose to the story (although it did introduce us to the Red Car, the "best public transportation system in the world", which is put in jeopardy by Cloverleaf buying it).
* RecognizableBySound: Detective Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit are attempting to escape from the weasels by stealing the weasels' police van. A voice from the containment area of the van pleas for freedom: "Hey, you weasels, let me outta here!" Roger Rabbit recognizes the voice and replies, "Benny, is that you?" The sarcastic response is, "No, it's Eleanor Roosevelt! C'mon, Roger, let me outta here!"
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of both the Film Noir genre and ''Looney Tunes''-style cartoons.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] after he's revealed to be [[spoiler:the toon who killed Eddie's brother]].
* RedHerring: As the film progresses, [[spoiler:it makes it look like Jessica murdered R.K. Maroon, but the real killer turns out to be Judge Doom ([[SarcasmMode yeah]], [[TheUntwist didn't see that coming]]) and that she only wants to help her husband.]]
* RepetitiveAudioGlitch: In the scene where Roger sings and dances at a bar to the tune of "The Merry Go-Round Broke Down", the end of the song skips as he starts breaking plates on his head, and he continues to do so until Eddie stops the record and pulls him away.
* RepetitiveName: The name of the director in charge of the opening theatrical cartoon? Raoul J. Raoul.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: Didn't start it, but undoubtedly had a monumental role in bringing it further into the mainstream.
* {{Retraux}}: The ShowWithinTheShow shorts are done in the style of (or at least similarly to) cartoon films from the 1940s-50s.
* TheReveal: See eyes, above.
* RevealingReflection: While Eddie is "[[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique chatting]]" with R.K. Maroon, he notices a gun reflected in Maroon's office window and dives for cover just as it open fire. Maroon, however, is not so lucky as he is caught out in the open (Eddie had trapped him by sticking his tie into a film projector), but [[HeKnowsTooMuch he was the actual target anyway]].
* RogerRabbitEffect: [[TropeNamers Named it]], [[TropeCodifier made it famous]], and probably perfected it.
* RuleOfFunny
** Explicitly spelled out by Roger:
--->'''Eddie:''' You mean you could've taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?\\
'''Roger:''' No, not at any time, only when it was ''funny''.
** Also, Toon Town operates on the RuleOfFunny which can make it very dangerous -- a bathroom stated to be out of order turns out to be totally non-existent.
** For Toons, the RuleOfFunny can be exactly that -- a '''rule''' (Law Of Funny?) that they must follow. For example, Roger's struggle to resist responding to ShaveAndAHaircut.
* RumpRoast: "My biscuits are burning!"
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* SacrificialLamb: The red toon shoe that Judge Doom kills in the Dip to demonstrate the threat he poses.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Doom pulls off one of the scariest live action invocations of this trope when staring down Eddie.
* SceneryPorn: To a degree, due to the film noir-style lighting.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]], having started talking in a high-pitched, squeaky, almost girlish voice all too familiar to Eddie once he is exposed as [[spoiler:a Toon]], screams in this manner after getting hit by the Dip.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Subverted. [[spoiler:Eddie thinks Roger is doing one when he sees a car driving out of the studios after Maroon is shot dead. It turns out to be Jessica, who had Roger in the trunk.]]
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Roger Rabbit is not actually the main character. He's just the one who solicits the services of the story's actual protagonist, human [[PrivateDetective detective]] Eddie Valiant. Roger steals every scene he's in and is pivotal to the case, though.
* SeesawCatapult: at Maroon Studio, a hippo ballet dancer sits down on a bench next to a man, launching him into the air.
* SelectiveMagnetism: The Acme magnet Eddie uses against [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
* SettingUpdate: A rare inversion of this as the original novel was published ''and'' set in then-PresentDay (the early [[TheEighties 1980s]] at the time), but the movie pushes the setting back over 30 years to 1947 having been inspired by classic FilmNoir Hardboiled Detective mysteries of the time.
* SexySilhouette: Subverted. When Eddie visits Toontown and thinks he's stumbled on to Jessica Rabbit, he actually runs into [[AbhorrentAdmirer Lena Hyena]]. One word: "{{butterface}}".
** Although Jessica really does make one when she visits Eddie's office and when she's running to her car outside Maroon Studios.
* SexyWalk: Jessica Rabbit walks this way.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: In the final battle, [[spoiler: Judge Doom]] uses this ability to attack Valiant, turning one fist into an anvil and then a buzzsaw.
* ShaveAndAHairCut: Used by Doom to lure Roger out from a hiding spot, as Toons apparently can't resist finishing the line.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Baby Herman]] is this. Cute and innocent on the outside... definitely not innocent but another kind of cute on the inside.
* ShootOutTheLock: The weasels use a machine gun to shoot a hole around the lock on Eddie's door to open it.
* ShoutOut: There are ''dozens'' of these: to Golden Age cartoons, live action films (''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' , ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'', and ''Film/BackToTheFuture'') and the play ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}''.
** In Maroon's second scene, he's wielding what looks like the [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Golden Gun]].
* ShowWithinAShow: The Maroon cartoon "Somethin's Cookin'", starring Roger Rabbit.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Jessica and Roger.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The dip.
* SideBoob, and plenty of it, from Jessica.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Jessica Rabbit. [[MaleGaze Not that anyone noticed...]]
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Eddie literally has this attitude toward Roger.
* SincerityMode: Roger's apologetic tone when explaining the RuleOfFunny suggests that he's not just trolling, and isn't any more pleased than Eddie is about how he couldn't slip out of the cuffs any sooner.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Jessica and Roger. So much that her "He makes me laugh" is the top quote on the page.
* SissyVillain: The chief weasel is seen by some as this, particularly given that he wears a light pink suit.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Roger and Eddie occupy opposite ends of the scale, allowing them to serve as foils for each other.
* SlippedTheRopes: Roger Rabbit can slip out of his cuffs at any given moment, but ''only'' if it's funny.
* SmellyFeet: The weasels burst into Valiant & Valiant to find Roger, currently handcuffed to Eddie. All they find is Eddie washing something in the sink.
-->'''Weasel:''' ''(sniffing)'' What's in there?\\
'''Eddie:''' ''(lifting out a sock)'' My lingerie.\\
''(Weasel turns away in disgust holding his nose, just missing Roger as he sticks his head up to breathe)''
* SoapPunishment: The lead weasel is threatening Eddie to tell him where Roger is and to "cut the bullschtick". Eddie tells him to watch his mouth or he'll "wash your mouth out" and shoves a bar of soap into his mouth.
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] is a particular nasty one.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises
-->'''Jessica:''' [[SoBeautifulItsACurse You don't know how hard it is being a woman, looking the way I do]].\\
'''Eddie:''' Yeah well...you don't know how ''[[DoubleEntendre hard]]'' it is being a man, looking at a woman looking the way you do.
* SoMuchForStealth: Wanted for murder or not, Roger is NOT good at keeping a low profile.
* SparedByTheAdaptation
** [[spoiler:Roger]] himself.
** In the official comic book adaptation (published by Marvel), R. K. Maroon is mentioned to have survived being shot, and is recovering at the hospital.
* SpeciesSurname: Subverted with Jessica Rabbit, who turns out to be only a Rabbit ''by marriage''.
* SphereEyes: Roger.
* TheSpook: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]'s true identity is never revealed and we never even find out what he really looks like, except for his [[RedEyesTakeWarning blazing red eyes]].
* SquashedFlat: Occurs even with the live-action actors (Valiant in the elevator, [[spoiler:Doom ran over by a steamroller.]])
* StabTheScorpion: Jessica ultimately proves her trustworthiness when she shoots an unseen assailant behind Eddie ([[spoiler:Judge Doom]]) just after it looked like she was holding him at gunpoint.
* StartOfDarkness: The graphic novel sequel ''Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of Doom'' revealed [[spoiler:Judge Doom's]] origins.
* StealthParody: While containing many elements of one, this isn't your typical Film Noir.
* StealthPun: When Valiant fires the cartoon revolver and the bullets go the wrong way, he calls them "Dum Dums", meaning "Idiots". Dum-Dums are a type of expanding bullet.
** Also, at one point Roger delivers a passionate speech to Eddie while standing on a literal soap box.
* StillGotIt: WesternAnimation/BettyBoop.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
-->"But I see a place where people get on and off the freeway. On and off, off and on all day, all ''night''. Soon, where ToonTown once stood will be a string of gas stations, inexpensive motels, restaurants that serve rapidly prepared food, tire salons, automobile dealerships, and ''wonderful, wonderful'' billboards reaching as ''far as the eye can see.'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment ...My God, it'll be beautiful]]."
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion:
-->'''Eddie:''' I'm through with taking falls / And bouncing off the walls / Without that gun / I'd have some fun / And kick you in the-- (gets hit in the head)\\
'''Roger:''' Nose!\\
'''Smart Ass:''' 'Nose'? [[LampshadeHanging That don't rhyme with 'walls'!]]\\
'''Eddie:''' No. [[GroinAttack But this does!]]
* SuddenlyShouting: Mrs. Herman to Baby Herman: "I'm leaving you with your favorite friend, Roger. He's going to take very, very good care of you. Because if he doesn't, HE'S GOING BACK TO THE SCIENCE LAB!!!"
** Also, Eddie says to Roger, "I've been out there risking my ''neck'' for you, and what're you doin'? SINGIN' AND DANCIN'!"
** And when Jessica sees the Dip, she speaks this way, too: "Oh my god, it's DIIIIP!!!"
** And of course, when [[spoiler:Doom]] reveals his true identity, he speaks like this: [[spoiler:"Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I TALKED! ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis JUST! LIKE!]]'' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIIIIIIIS!!!]]''''']]
* SuddenMusicalEnding: Justified, since ToonTown seems to be a very musical place.
* SupernormalBindings: After [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] captures Jessica and Roger, he has the weasels tie them up with escape-proof Toon rope.
* SwissArmyAppendage: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]], after being revealed to be [[spoiler:a toon]].
* SwordCane: Doom owns one.
* SymbolicBlood: The poor unfortunate red shoe dissolves into a puddle of red paint when dipped by Judge Doom. Naturally Doom ends up with this red paint all over his hand.
* TapOnTheHead: Roger himself, courtesy of a frying pan wielded by [[spoiler:Jessica.]]
* TemptingFate
** "No one gets the drop on Roger Rabbit!" [[FryingPanOfDoom CONK]]!
** And when Roger holds Doom at gunpoint, he says, "We toons may act idiotic, but we're not ''stupid''! We demand justice! Why, the ''real'' meaning of the word would hit you like a ton of bricks!" What do you think lands on him [[LaserGuidedKarma immediately]] after he says that?
* TechnicallyASmile: Judge Doom seems very humourless, even when everyone else is laughing at a joke. When he does smile, it shuts them right up. It turns out that his true personality is more into {{Slasher Smile}}s.
* ThatsAllFolks: WesternAnimation/PorkyPig says this at the end with Tinker Bell doing her ending shtick immediately afterward.
* ThisIsADrill: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] at the end.
* ThisIsReality: As an armed Roger goes off to rescue Jessica and Eddie, Benny warns him, "Be careful with that gun! This ain't no cartoon, ya know." Justified, as Roger is an actor, and Benny tells him this is not a cartoon starring him or anyone else nor is he in Toontown anymore: the perils are very much real, and there is a good chance he may not come out alive.
* ThisMeansWar: As Daffy and Donald engage in their dueling pianos session at the Ink and Paint Club, they get into an argument, culminating in Donald throwing Daffy into his piano and slamming the lid shut over the latter duck's head, with only his beak sticking out. At this point, we hear Daffy dazedly say, "Thith meanth war...", and the competition heats up from there.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Roger and Jessica. Also, Eddie and Dolores, rather less pronounced.
* ToiletTeleportation: Roger Rabbit (accidentally) uses this trick.
* TokenMinority: Along with PositiveDiscrimination. The only black character in the movie is a one-armed black veteran with a Purple Heart who frequents Dolores' restaurant.
* TooDumbToLive: Roger has a few moments of this.
** Roger can't resist, no matter how much he tries to, finishing the "Shave And A Haircut" tune by bursting through the wall behind Judge Doom and going "TWO BITS!", even though he knows it means going to his own death. Doom knows this.
** Roger also sings and dances loud enough to be heard from the street while wanted for murder, despite knowing full well he faces certain death if he's caught. His defense when Eddie confronts him with this: "But I'm a toon! Toons are supposed to make people laugh!" Luckily for him, this one ends up working in his favor, forcing Doom to use the "Shave And A Haircut" trick to get Roger to come to him.
** The weasels too, because they laugh at rather more than they should, even though they know if they laugh too hard and too much, it could end up killing them, as had happened to their hyena cousins, as noted by Doom. It does, as Eddie uses this to his advantage to get rid of them, except Smart Ass, who gets a GroinAttack that lands him in the Dip.
* TookALevelInKindness
** Both Roger and Jessica, compared to the original book.
** Eddie's about the same in both versions. He does get progressively nicer over the course of the film, though, even regaining his sense of humor.
* ToonPhysics: Naturally.
* ToonTown: The TropeNamer (or TropeCodifier, depending on [[Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit how you look at it...]])
* ToonTransformation: A DeletedScene had Eddie Valiant gain an animated pig's head painted over his own head when he entered Toontown. This is also why he has just showered in the middle of the day when Jessica shows up in his office.
* TragicBigot: Eddie Valiant came to hate Toontown and the toons in it after one killed his brother.
* TrickBullet: Eddie use a gun that fires toon bullets: bullets that are self-aware cartoons and can steer themselves in flight. Unfortunately, they aren't the brightest of toons.
* TuftOfHeadFur: Roger Rabbit has a tuft of red hair on his head that is different from the white fur over the rest of his body.
* TwistedEchoCut: When Valiant is photographing Acme and Jessica "playing pattycake", you can hear Acme saying "Pattycake... pattycake..." getting more excited each time. The scene then switches to Maroon's office, where Roger is virtually screaming "PATTYCAKE! PATTYCAKE!" in disbelief after being shown the pictures. The way the scene was cut kept the repetition of "pattycake" unbroken between scenes.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck are seen in a piano battle that quickly escalates into an actual duel.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Dolores and Valiant. Kind of makes the story sweet in a G-related way.
** Then of course, naturally, there are moments of this in earlier scenes between Eddie and Jessica.
* TheUnreveal: We never get to [[spoiler:see all of Judge Doom's real Toon form nor learn his true identity]]. In-universe, Eddie sees the reveal of [[spoiler:Judge Doom being a toon]] this way due to how crazy his ultimate goal was.
* TheUnsmile: Judge Doom seems very humourless, even when everyone else is laughing at a joke. When he does smile, it shuts them right up. It turns out that his true personality is more into {{Slasher Smile}}s.
* UnusualEuphemism: Santino refers to [[spoiler:Acme's]] murder as getting "kacked."
* UnwillingSuspension
* UnwittingPawn: Eddie's simple case in the beginning- to find proof that Jessica is cheating on Roger- was actually a ploy to give Roger a motive for killing Acme. The reason he takes Roger's case is to get back at the people who used him.
** [[spoiler:R.K. Maroon ends up on both ends of the trope. He used Eddie in his plot to blackmail Acme, but Cloverleaf turned out to have used Maroon as a pawn in getting their hands on Toontown]].
* ValuesDissonance: In-universe, Roger and Jessica are considered an odd couple, but for different reasons depending on perspective:
** Humans (like Eddie) wonder what a knockout bombshell like Jessica is doing with a goofball like Roger.
** Toons think ''Jessica'' is the one who made out like a bandit, which makes sense if you compare their careers. Jessica is a LoungeSinger (albeit a high-class lounge singer), while Roger is an A-list celeb in the toon world, on par with Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. It's an even bigger step up in the book, as Jessica got her start in [[UndergroundComics Tijuana Bibles]], which essentially makes her a porn starlet.
** On a more philosophical note, the most important attribute in Toon society is humor. Roger's FunnyAnimal looks thus make him the equivalent of Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio... and Jessica's ImpossibleHourglassFigure makes her the equivalent of an acne-scarred nerd. (Although both Benny and Greasy seem to find her plenty physically appealing.)
** Jessica's reason is [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan "He makes me laugh."]] Which, toon ''or'' human, can be considered a heartwarming moment - Roger makes Jessica happy, and in the end isn't that the most important ingredient for a happy marriage? It also could be that this ability is more widely prized in the Toon world than in human circles.
* VaporWear: Jessica Rabbit doesn't seem to have any undergarments, but she's "just drawn that way".
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Cloverleaf plot is based on a real-life urban legend that General Motors bought the Los Angeles Red Car Trolley system to shut it down. The Bradford-Snell conspiracy theory has been thoroughly debunked; GM didn't buy up the Red Cars until years after they had been converted to a bus system due to problems with funding maintenance and expansion (they actually [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy were convicted of conspiracy]] related to the affair, but not for that reason).
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Greasy Weasel tries to search Jessica's cleavage for Acme's will, and gets his hand caught in a BearTrap. She's ''definitely'' not happy to see him.
-->'''Eddie Valiant:''' Nice [[JustForPun booby trap]]. (''Jessica smiles wryly'')
* VisionaryVillain: [[spoiler:Judge Doom's]] plans for Toon Town's demolition are to make way for a express highway, which he feels quite strongly about. This was also the reason [[spoiler:he bought the Red Car trolley line -- so he could dismantle it, leaving people with few other alternatives than automobiles]].
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: An 80's family movie, produced by Creator/TouchstonePictures, with a maniacal HangingJudge as the main antagonist [[spoiler:who is actually a toon himself who wants to get rid of his own race for pure profit.]]
* VillainousBreakdown:
** Doom and the Weasels' leader have their respective breakdowns when their subordinates start laughing uncontrollably.
--->'''Doom:''' Stop that laughing! Have you forgotten what happened last time?! IF YOU DON'T STOP LAUGHING, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP DEAD, JUST LIKE YOUR IDIOT HYENA COUSINS!!!
** Doom has another at the climax. He's normally quite composed but [[spoiler:when he gets run over by a steamroller and reveals himself as a toon, he goes completely and openly AxCrazy.]]
--->'''Doom:''' [[spoiler:(his voice rising in pitch until it is absolutely shrieking) Remember me, Eddie?! WHEN I KILLED YOUR BROTHER]], [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I TALKED! JUST! LIKE! THIS!!!!!!]]
* VisualPun:
** The movie's poster. Roger Rabbit is "framed".
** When Valiant meets with Maroon to take the job, he sees some toon furniture escape a crate and run around playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" on orchestral instruments. They're "musical chairs."
** "Hey, Roger! Whaddaya call the middle of a song?" "Gee, I dunno... (''sees they're about to crash into an overpass'') [[OhCrap A BRIDGE!]]"
** In Toontown, Eddie runs over a pie with a cow's face on it.
** Roger sits on a soap box while making a speech about the power of laughter.
** [[spoiler: Judge Doom]]'s eyes pop out shaped like blades. "Glaring daggers."
** "Cattle Call"...literally for cows and bulls, who we see in Hollywood practicing their moos or even applying lipstick.
** Lampshaded with Jessica's "Booby Trap"; a bear trap concealed within her bosom that clamps on Greasy's hand as he's inappropriately frisking her.
** Eddie discovers that Acme's will is visible in his newspaper photo by ''literally'' "seeing through the bottom of a whiskey glass".
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Why does Jessica Rabbit love Roger as a husband? He makes her laugh, and when Jessica remarks that Roger is [[DrivesLikeCrazy not the best driver:]]
--> '''Eddie:''' [[SarcasmMode A better]] [[LoverNotAFighter lover than a driver, huh?]]\\
'''Jessica:''' [[InsultBackfire You better believe it buster]].
* WhamLine:
-->'''Eddie:''' Holy smokes, [[spoiler:''he's a Toon''!]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Doom]]:''' Surprised??!!\\
'''Eddie:''' Not really. That lame-brained [[spoiler:freeway idea]] could only be cooked up by a [[spoiler:Toon]]!\\
'''[[spoiler:Doom]]:''' [[spoiler:''Not just any'' TOOON... REMEMBER ME, EDDIE! WHEN I KILLED YOUR BROTHER, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I TALLLLKED!]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis JUST! LIKE!]] '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIS!!!!!]]''''']]
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: If Marvin Acme's will isn't found by midnight, the DiabolicalMastermind [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] will legally own Toontown.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: BettyBoop (shown in [[DeliberateMonochrome black and white]]) is an unusually upbeat version of one, working at the Ink-n-Paint Club.
-->'''Betty:''' Cigars? Cigarettes? ''({{beat}})'' Eddie Valiant!\\
'''Eddie:''' ...Betty?\\
'''Betty:''' ''(putting down a tray of cigars and cigarettes)'' Long time no see.\\
'''Eddie:''' What are you doing here?\\
'''Betty:''' Work's been kinda slow since [[TechnologyMarchesOn cartoons went to color]]. But I StillGotIt, Eddie. Boop-boop be-doo boop! ''(winks)''\\
'''Eddie:''' ''(smiling)'' Yeah. You still got it.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Doom has at least two chances to kill Valiant and instead chooses to wait or take a less practical approach. Justified since he is an over the top [[spoiler:toon]] villain.
* WickedWeasel: These guys work for Judge Doom.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises:
** Happens to Jessica in one scene.
--->"Oh my ''God'', it's '''DIP!!!"'''
** It happens again when [[spoiler:Judge Doom gets an emergency release valve full of Dip in his face.]]
* WildTake: Roger performs a lot of these. A particular one happens when Eddie feeds him alcohol as a LastRequest.
* WindowPain: Roger smashes out through a window leaving a Roger-shaped hole on finding out Jessica's been playing Pattycake with Marvin Acme.
* WingdingEyes: [[spoiler:Judge Doom.]]
* WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath: [[spoiler:The Weasels after they laugh themselves to death. Averted with the chief Weasel, Smart Ass, who meets his end in the Dip.]]
* WrongParachuteGag: Eddie is falling from a great height and is joined by MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, both wearing parachutes. Eddie asks for a spare, so Bugs gives it to him. He opens it... and out comes [[ExactWords a spare tire]].
* XRaySparks: Happens to Roger during the short cartoon "Somethin's Cookin'" when his fingers get stuck in some electrical sockets.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]. You probably have guessed that by now.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Given what Eddie's seeing Marvin and Jessica ''actually'' doing when he says this, you can't really blame him.
* YouKilledMyFather: Or rather, You Killed My Brother! [[spoiler:Judge Doom is the same toon who killed Eddie Valiant's brother.]]
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->'''WesternAnimation/PorkyPig:''' Okay, m-m-move along! Th-th-there's nothing else to see. Th-that's all folks. ...hmm. I-I like the sounda' that! '''''Th-th-th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!''''' Hahahaha!

to:

* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Judge Doom's Toon form]], complete with transforming appendages. Made more horrifying knowing that it is his true form and the only parts visible are his crazy eyes.
* OperaGloves: Jessica.
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: Dolores, referring to the bulge caused by Eddie hiding Roger under his coat.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jessica Rabbit only loses her composure when faced with Death By Dip.
* OutsideRide: Eddie hitches a ride on the back bumper of a Red Car.
* PainPoweredLeap: Yosemite Sam jumps all the way from Toontown when his [[RumpRoast butt is lit on fire.]]
* PaperPeople: This is how we learn the truth about [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
* ParentalBonus: The FilmNoir Parody, several of the {{Lampshaded Double Entendre}}s, and the much older cartoon characters appearing in the background (Betty Boop, Harvey Toons, etc.)
-->"Didn't you use to be Eddie Valiant? Or did you change your name to Jack Daniels?"\\
"Not ''prostate'' you idiot, ''probate''!"
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:R.K. Maroon, who nearly sells his studio to Judge Doom and nearly blackmails Marvin Acme into selling his Gag Factory, gets murdered by Doom to keep the scheme secret]].
* PeekABangs: Jessica Rabbit.
* PerverseSexualLust: Jessica Rabbit is the trope pin up girl.
* PervyPatdown: When Judge Doom tells the weasels to frisk Jessica for Acme's will, Greasy eagerly reaches down her ample cleavage to do so ''and'' to cop a feel (seriously, his tongue droops out his mouth in excitement), but all he gets is his hand caught in a BearTrap.
* PianoDrop: How Eddie's brother and partner died.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Marvin Acme's.
* PopTheTires: Judge Doom takes out Benny's tires by pouring Toon-dissolving Dip on the road.
* PortableHole: Portable Holes is an Acme Product. During the film's climax, Eddie became pinned against a steel drum by a cartoon magnet while fighting the Big Bad; he freed himself by wrapping a Portable Hole completely around the magnet, causing the magnet to break in half.
* PretendPrejudice: Eddie's attitude to Toons in general. He tries to avoid them whenever possible, but isn't that hard on them when he does meet them, if his meeting with Betty Boop is any indication. He still has some shades of a PoliticallyIncorrectHero, such as when he calls Angelo the barfly a "meatball".
* ProsceniumReveal: The cartoon short starring Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman at the start of the movie is cut short by a human director calling "Cut!" This is followed by shots establishing that the animated characters are working on a live-action soundstage, thus setting up the concept of humans and toons living in the same world.
* PsychoticSmirk: Judge Doom often has this.
* {{Pun}}: The door to the Ink-N-Paint Club is opened by a (literal) gorilla in a tux.
-->'''Eddie:''' Nice monkey suit.\\
'''Gorilla:''' Wiseass!
** Acme and Jessica "playing pattycake".
** Toontown is practically composed of nothing but this.
** Eddie speaking about the stupidity of the cartoon bullets: "Dum-dums."
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] to Eddie Valiant using his "anvil hand".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis
** Eddie: "I! DON'T! WORK! FOR! TOONS!"
** When [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] reveals his true identity to Eddie.
--->'''[[spoiler:Judge Doom]]:''' Remember ''me'', Eddie? When I [[spoiler:killed your brother]], I talked... JUST... LIKE... ''THIS!!!''
** Also, Smart Ass' reaction to the weasels' laughing:
--->'''Smart Ass:''' Stop! That! Laughing! You know what happens when you CAN'T! STOP! LAUGHING!? One of these days, you're gonna ''die'' laughing.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: A rare heroic example: Roger to the weasel leader Smart Ass, while threatening Judge Doom.
* QuestioningTitle: Only ''without a question mark'' (apparently, in the film industry, it is considered bad luck to have a question mark even in a Questioning Title).
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Weasels, a.k.a. "the Toon Patrol".
* RaceLift: For a film about oppressed minorities, the fact the original book's ''brown'' rabbit is turned ''white'' in the film has some UnfortunateImplications.
* RandomSmokingScene: Eddie Valliant catches a streetcar by travelling along on the back of the vehicle with some kids who are smoking. He even thanks them for the cigarettes after reaching his destination. This whole scene had no real purpose to the story (although it did introduce us to the Red Car, the "best public transportation system in the world", which is put in jeopardy by Cloverleaf buying it).
* RecognizableBySound: Detective Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit are attempting to escape from the weasels by stealing the weasels' police van. A voice from the containment area of the van pleas for freedom: "Hey, you weasels, let me outta here!" Roger Rabbit recognizes the voice and replies, "Benny, is that you?" The sarcastic response is, "No, it's Eleanor Roosevelt! C'mon, Roger, let me outta here!"
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of both the Film Noir genre and ''Looney Tunes''-style cartoons.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] after he's revealed to be [[spoiler:the toon who killed Eddie's brother]].
* RedHerring: As the film progresses, [[spoiler:it makes it look like Jessica murdered R.K. Maroon, but the real killer turns out to be Judge Doom ([[SarcasmMode yeah]], [[TheUntwist didn't see that coming]]) and that she only wants to help her husband.]]
* RepetitiveAudioGlitch: In the scene where Roger sings and dances at a bar to the tune of "The Merry Go-Round Broke Down", the end of the song skips as he starts breaking plates on his head, and he continues to do so until Eddie stops the record and pulls him away.
* RepetitiveName: The name of the director in charge of the opening theatrical cartoon? Raoul J. Raoul.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: Didn't start it, but undoubtedly had a monumental role in bringing it further into the mainstream.
* {{Retraux}}: The ShowWithinTheShow shorts are done in the style of (or at least similarly to) cartoon films from the 1940s-50s.
* TheReveal: See eyes, above.
* RevealingReflection: While Eddie is "[[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique chatting]]" with R.K. Maroon, he notices a gun reflected in Maroon's office window and dives for cover just as it open fire. Maroon, however, is not so lucky as he is caught out in the open (Eddie had trapped him by sticking his tie into a film projector), but [[HeKnowsTooMuch he was the actual target anyway]].
* RogerRabbitEffect: [[TropeNamers Named it]], [[TropeCodifier made it famous]], and probably perfected it.
* RuleOfFunny
** Explicitly spelled out by Roger:
--->'''Eddie:''' You mean you could've taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?\\
'''Roger:''' No, not at any time, only when it was ''funny''.
** Also, Toon Town operates on the RuleOfFunny which can make it very dangerous -- a bathroom stated to be out of order turns out to be totally non-existent.
** For Toons, the RuleOfFunny can be exactly that -- a '''rule''' (Law Of Funny?) that they must follow. For example, Roger's struggle to resist responding to ShaveAndAHaircut.
* RumpRoast: "My biscuits are burning!"
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* SacrificialLamb: The red toon shoe that Judge Doom kills in the Dip to demonstrate the threat he poses.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Doom pulls off one of the scariest live action invocations of this trope when staring down Eddie.
* SceneryPorn: To a degree, due to the film noir-style lighting.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]], having started talking in a high-pitched, squeaky, almost girlish voice all too familiar to Eddie once he is exposed as [[spoiler:a Toon]], screams in this manner after getting hit by the Dip.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Subverted. [[spoiler:Eddie thinks Roger is doing one when he sees a car driving out of the studios after Maroon is shot dead. It turns out to be Jessica, who had Roger in the trunk.]]
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Roger Rabbit is not actually the main character. He's just the one who solicits the services of the story's actual protagonist, human [[PrivateDetective detective]] Eddie Valiant. Roger steals every scene he's in and is pivotal to the case, though.
* SeesawCatapult: at Maroon Studio, a hippo ballet dancer sits down on a bench next to a man, launching him into the air.
* SelectiveMagnetism: The Acme magnet Eddie uses against [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
* SettingUpdate: A rare inversion of this as the original novel was published ''and'' set in then-PresentDay (the early [[TheEighties 1980s]] at the time), but the movie pushes the setting back over 30 years to 1947 having been inspired by classic FilmNoir Hardboiled Detective mysteries of the time.
* SexySilhouette: Subverted. When Eddie visits Toontown and thinks he's stumbled on to Jessica Rabbit, he actually runs into [[AbhorrentAdmirer Lena Hyena]]. One word: "{{butterface}}".
** Although Jessica really does make one when she visits Eddie's office and when she's running to her car outside Maroon Studios.
* SexyWalk: Jessica Rabbit walks this way.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: In the final battle, [[spoiler: Judge Doom]] uses this ability to attack Valiant, turning one fist into an anvil and then a buzzsaw.
* ShaveAndAHairCut: Used by Doom to lure Roger out from a hiding spot, as Toons apparently can't resist finishing the line.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Baby Herman]] is this. Cute and innocent on the outside... definitely not innocent but another kind of cute on the inside.
* ShootOutTheLock: The weasels use a machine gun to shoot a hole around the lock on Eddie's door to open it.
* ShoutOut: There are ''dozens'' of these: to Golden Age cartoons, live action films (''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' , ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'', and ''Film/BackToTheFuture'') and the play ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}''.
** In Maroon's second scene, he's wielding what looks like the [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Golden Gun]].
* ShowWithinAShow: The Maroon cartoon "Somethin's Cookin'", starring Roger Rabbit.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Jessica and Roger.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The dip.
* SideBoob, and plenty of it, from Jessica.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Jessica Rabbit. [[MaleGaze Not that anyone noticed...]]
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Eddie literally has this attitude toward Roger.
* SincerityMode: Roger's apologetic tone when explaining the RuleOfFunny suggests that he's not just trolling, and isn't any more pleased than Eddie is about how he couldn't slip out of the cuffs any sooner.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Jessica and Roger. So much that her "He makes me laugh" is the top quote on the page.
* SissyVillain: The chief weasel is seen by some as this, particularly given that he wears a light pink suit.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Roger and Eddie occupy opposite ends of the scale, allowing them to serve as foils for each other.
* SlippedTheRopes: Roger Rabbit can slip out of his cuffs at any given moment, but ''only'' if it's funny.
* SmellyFeet: The weasels burst into Valiant & Valiant to find Roger, currently handcuffed to Eddie. All they find is Eddie washing something in the sink.
-->'''Weasel:''' ''(sniffing)'' What's in there?\\
'''Eddie:''' ''(lifting out a sock)'' My lingerie.\\
''(Weasel turns away in disgust holding his nose, just missing Roger as he sticks his head up to breathe)''
* SoapPunishment: The lead weasel is threatening Eddie to tell him where Roger is and to "cut the bullschtick". Eddie tells him to watch his mouth or he'll "wash your mouth out" and shoves a bar of soap into his mouth.
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] is a particular nasty one.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises
-->'''Jessica:''' [[SoBeautifulItsACurse You don't know how hard it is being a woman, looking the way I do]].\\
'''Eddie:''' Yeah well...you don't know how ''[[DoubleEntendre hard]]'' it is being a man, looking at a woman looking the way you do.
* SoMuchForStealth: Wanted for murder or not, Roger is NOT good at keeping a low profile.
* SparedByTheAdaptation
** [[spoiler:Roger]] himself.
** In the official comic book adaptation (published by Marvel), R. K. Maroon is mentioned to have survived being shot, and is recovering at the hospital.
* SpeciesSurname: Subverted with Jessica Rabbit, who turns out to be only a Rabbit ''by marriage''.
* SphereEyes: Roger.
* TheSpook: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]'s true identity is never revealed and we never even find out what he really looks like, except for his [[RedEyesTakeWarning blazing red eyes]].
* SquashedFlat: Occurs even with the live-action actors (Valiant in the elevator, [[spoiler:Doom ran over by a steamroller.]])
* StabTheScorpion: Jessica ultimately proves her trustworthiness when she shoots an unseen assailant behind Eddie ([[spoiler:Judge Doom]]) just after it looked like she was holding him at gunpoint.
* StartOfDarkness: The graphic novel sequel ''Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of Doom'' revealed [[spoiler:Judge Doom's]] origins.
* StealthParody: While containing many elements of one, this isn't your typical Film Noir.
* StealthPun: When Valiant fires the cartoon revolver and the bullets go the wrong way, he calls them "Dum Dums", meaning "Idiots". Dum-Dums are a type of expanding bullet.
** Also, at one point Roger delivers a passionate speech to Eddie while standing on a literal soap box.
* StillGotIt: WesternAnimation/BettyBoop.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
-->"But I see a place where people get on and off the freeway. On and off, off and on all day, all ''night''. Soon, where ToonTown once stood will be a string of gas stations, inexpensive motels, restaurants that serve rapidly prepared food, tire salons, automobile dealerships, and ''wonderful, wonderful'' billboards reaching as ''far as the eye can see.'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment ...My God, it'll be beautiful]]."
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion:
-->'''Eddie:''' I'm through with taking falls / And bouncing off the walls / Without that gun / I'd have some fun / And kick you in the-- (gets hit in the head)\\
'''Roger:''' Nose!\\
'''Smart Ass:''' 'Nose'? [[LampshadeHanging That don't rhyme with 'walls'!]]\\
'''Eddie:''' No. [[GroinAttack But this does!]]
* SuddenlyShouting: Mrs. Herman to Baby Herman: "I'm leaving you with your favorite friend, Roger. He's going to take very, very good care of you. Because if he doesn't, HE'S GOING BACK TO THE SCIENCE LAB!!!"
** Also, Eddie says to Roger, "I've been out there risking my ''neck'' for you, and what're you doin'? SINGIN' AND DANCIN'!"
** And when Jessica sees the Dip, she speaks this way, too: "Oh my god, it's DIIIIP!!!"
** And of course, when [[spoiler:Doom]] reveals his true identity, he speaks like this: [[spoiler:"Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I TALKED! ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis JUST! LIKE!]]'' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIIIIIIIS!!!]]''''']]
* SuddenMusicalEnding: Justified, since ToonTown seems to be a very musical place.
* SupernormalBindings: After [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] captures Jessica and Roger, he has the weasels tie them up with escape-proof Toon rope.
* SwissArmyAppendage: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]], after being revealed to be [[spoiler:a toon]].
* SwordCane: Doom owns one.
* SymbolicBlood: The poor unfortunate red shoe dissolves into a puddle of red paint when dipped by Judge Doom. Naturally Doom ends up with this red paint all over his hand.
* TapOnTheHead: Roger himself, courtesy of a frying pan wielded by [[spoiler:Jessica.]]
* TemptingFate
** "No one gets the drop on Roger Rabbit!" [[FryingPanOfDoom CONK]]!
** And when Roger holds Doom at gunpoint, he says, "We toons may act idiotic, but we're not ''stupid''! We demand justice! Why, the ''real'' meaning of the word would hit you like a ton of bricks!" What do you think lands on him [[LaserGuidedKarma immediately]] after he says that?
* TechnicallyASmile: Judge Doom seems very humourless, even when everyone else is laughing at a joke. When he does smile, it shuts them right up. It turns out that his true personality is more into {{Slasher Smile}}s.
* ThatsAllFolks: WesternAnimation/PorkyPig says this at the end with Tinker Bell doing her ending shtick immediately afterward.
* ThisIsADrill: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] at the end.
* ThisIsReality: As an armed Roger goes off to rescue Jessica and Eddie, Benny warns him, "Be careful with that gun! This ain't no cartoon, ya know." Justified, as Roger is an actor, and Benny tells him this is not a cartoon starring him or anyone else nor is he in Toontown anymore: the perils are very much real, and there is a good chance he may not come out alive.
* ThisMeansWar: As Daffy and Donald engage in their dueling pianos session at the Ink and Paint Club, they get into an argument, culminating in Donald throwing Daffy into his piano and slamming the lid shut over the latter duck's head, with only his beak sticking out. At this point, we hear Daffy dazedly say, "Thith meanth war...", and the competition heats up from there.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Roger and Jessica. Also, Eddie and Dolores, rather less pronounced.
* ToiletTeleportation: Roger Rabbit (accidentally) uses this trick.
* TokenMinority: Along with PositiveDiscrimination. The only black character in the movie is a one-armed black veteran with a Purple Heart who frequents Dolores' restaurant.
* TooDumbToLive: Roger has a few moments of this.
** Roger can't resist, no matter how much he tries to, finishing the "Shave And A Haircut" tune by bursting through the wall behind Judge Doom and going "TWO BITS!", even though he knows it means going to his own death. Doom knows this.
** Roger also sings and dances loud enough to be heard from the street while wanted for murder, despite knowing full well he faces certain death if he's caught. His defense when Eddie confronts him with this: "But I'm a toon! Toons are supposed to make people laugh!" Luckily for him, this one ends up working in his favor, forcing Doom to use the "Shave And A Haircut" trick to get Roger to come to him.
** The weasels too, because they laugh at rather more than they should, even though they know if they laugh too hard and too much, it could end up killing them, as had happened to their hyena cousins, as noted by Doom. It does, as Eddie uses this to his advantage to get rid of them, except Smart Ass, who gets a GroinAttack that lands him in the Dip.
* TookALevelInKindness
** Both Roger and Jessica, compared to the original book.
** Eddie's about the same in both versions. He does get progressively nicer over the course of the film, though, even regaining his sense of humor.
* ToonPhysics: Naturally.
* ToonTown: The TropeNamer (or TropeCodifier, depending on [[Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit how you look at it...]])
* ToonTransformation: A DeletedScene had Eddie Valiant gain an animated pig's head painted over his own head when he entered Toontown. This is also why he has just showered in the middle of the day when Jessica shows up in his office.
* TragicBigot: Eddie Valiant came to hate Toontown and the toons in it after one killed his brother.
* TrickBullet: Eddie use a gun that fires toon bullets: bullets that are self-aware cartoons and can steer themselves in flight. Unfortunately, they aren't the brightest of toons.
* TuftOfHeadFur: Roger Rabbit has a tuft of red hair on his head that is different from the white fur over the rest of his body.
* TwistedEchoCut: When Valiant is photographing Acme and Jessica "playing pattycake", you can hear Acme saying "Pattycake... pattycake..." getting more excited each time. The scene then switches to Maroon's office, where Roger is virtually screaming "PATTYCAKE! PATTYCAKE!" in disbelief after being shown the pictures. The way the scene was cut kept the repetition of "pattycake" unbroken between scenes.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck are seen in a piano battle that quickly escalates into an actual duel.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Dolores and Valiant. Kind of makes the story sweet in a G-related way.
** Then of course, naturally, there are moments of this in earlier scenes between Eddie and Jessica.
* TheUnreveal: We never get to [[spoiler:see all of Judge Doom's real Toon form nor learn his true identity]]. In-universe, Eddie sees the reveal of [[spoiler:Judge Doom being a toon]] this way due to how crazy his ultimate goal was.
* TheUnsmile: Judge Doom seems very humourless, even when everyone else is laughing at a joke. When he does smile, it shuts them right up. It turns out that his true personality is more into {{Slasher Smile}}s.
* UnusualEuphemism: Santino refers to [[spoiler:Acme's]] murder as getting "kacked."
* UnwillingSuspension
* UnwittingPawn: Eddie's simple case in the beginning- to find proof that Jessica is cheating on Roger- was actually a ploy to give Roger a motive for killing Acme. The reason he takes Roger's case is to get back at the people who used him.
** [[spoiler:R.K. Maroon ends up on both ends of the trope. He used Eddie in his plot to blackmail Acme, but Cloverleaf turned out to have used Maroon as a pawn in getting their hands on Toontown]].
* ValuesDissonance: In-universe, Roger and Jessica are considered an odd couple, but for different reasons depending on perspective:
** Humans (like Eddie) wonder what a knockout bombshell like Jessica is doing with a goofball like Roger.
** Toons think ''Jessica'' is the one who made out like a bandit, which makes sense if you compare their careers. Jessica is a LoungeSinger (albeit a high-class lounge singer), while Roger is an A-list celeb in the toon world, on par with Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. It's an even bigger step up in the book, as Jessica got her start in [[UndergroundComics Tijuana Bibles]], which essentially makes her a porn starlet.
** On a more philosophical note, the most important attribute in Toon society is humor. Roger's FunnyAnimal looks thus make him the equivalent of Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio... and Jessica's ImpossibleHourglassFigure makes her the equivalent of an acne-scarred nerd. (Although both Benny and Greasy seem to find her plenty physically appealing.)
** Jessica's reason is [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan "He makes me laugh."]] Which, toon ''or'' human, can be considered a heartwarming moment - Roger makes Jessica happy, and in the end isn't that the most important ingredient for a happy marriage? It also could be that this ability is more widely prized in the Toon world than in human circles.
* VaporWear: Jessica Rabbit doesn't seem to have any undergarments, but she's "just drawn that way".
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Cloverleaf plot is based on a real-life urban legend that General Motors bought the Los Angeles Red Car Trolley system to shut it down. The Bradford-Snell conspiracy theory has been thoroughly debunked; GM didn't buy up the Red Cars until years after they had been converted to a bus system due to problems with funding maintenance and expansion (they actually [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy were convicted of conspiracy]] related to the affair, but not for that reason).
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Greasy Weasel tries to search Jessica's cleavage for Acme's will, and gets his hand caught in a BearTrap. She's ''definitely'' not happy to see him.
-->'''Eddie Valiant:''' Nice [[JustForPun booby trap]]. (''Jessica smiles wryly'')
* VisionaryVillain: [[spoiler:Judge Doom's]] plans for Toon Town's demolition are to make way for a express highway, which he feels quite strongly about. This was also the reason [[spoiler:he bought the Red Car trolley line -- so he could dismantle it, leaving people with few other alternatives than automobiles]].
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: An 80's family movie, produced by Creator/TouchstonePictures, with a maniacal HangingJudge as the main antagonist [[spoiler:who is actually a toon himself who wants to get rid of his own race for pure profit.]]
* VillainousBreakdown:
** Doom and the Weasels' leader have their respective breakdowns when their subordinates start laughing uncontrollably.
--->'''Doom:''' Stop that laughing! Have you forgotten what happened last time?! IF YOU DON'T STOP LAUGHING, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP DEAD, JUST LIKE YOUR IDIOT HYENA COUSINS!!!
** Doom has another at the climax. He's normally quite composed but [[spoiler:when he gets run over by a steamroller and reveals himself as a toon, he goes completely and openly AxCrazy.]]
--->'''Doom:''' [[spoiler:(his voice rising in pitch until it is absolutely shrieking) Remember me, Eddie?! WHEN I KILLED YOUR BROTHER]], [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I TALKED! JUST! LIKE! THIS!!!!!!]]
* VisualPun:
** The movie's poster. Roger Rabbit is "framed".
** When Valiant meets with Maroon to take the job, he sees some toon furniture escape a crate and run around playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" on orchestral instruments. They're "musical chairs."
** "Hey, Roger! Whaddaya call the middle of a song?" "Gee, I dunno... (''sees they're about to crash into an overpass'') [[OhCrap A BRIDGE!]]"
** In Toontown, Eddie runs over a pie with a cow's face on it.
** Roger sits on a soap box while making a speech about the power of laughter.
** [[spoiler: Judge Doom]]'s eyes pop out shaped like blades. "Glaring daggers."
** "Cattle Call"...literally for cows and bulls, who we see in Hollywood practicing their moos or even applying lipstick.
** Lampshaded with Jessica's "Booby Trap"; a bear trap concealed within her bosom that clamps on Greasy's hand as he's inappropriately frisking her.
** Eddie discovers that Acme's will is visible in his newspaper photo by ''literally'' "seeing through the bottom of a whiskey glass".
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Why does Jessica Rabbit love Roger as a husband? He makes her laugh, and when Jessica remarks that Roger is [[DrivesLikeCrazy not the best driver:]]
--> '''Eddie:''' [[SarcasmMode A better]] [[LoverNotAFighter lover than a driver, huh?]]\\
'''Jessica:''' [[InsultBackfire You better believe it buster]].
* WhamLine:
-->'''Eddie:''' Holy smokes, [[spoiler:''he's a Toon''!]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Doom]]:''' Surprised??!!\\
'''Eddie:''' Not really. That lame-brained [[spoiler:freeway idea]] could only be cooked up by a [[spoiler:Toon]]!\\
'''[[spoiler:Doom]]:''' [[spoiler:''Not just any'' TOOON... REMEMBER ME, EDDIE! WHEN I KILLED YOUR BROTHER, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I TALLLLKED!]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis JUST! LIKE!]] '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIS!!!!!]]''''']]
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: If Marvin Acme's will isn't found by midnight, the DiabolicalMastermind [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] will legally own Toontown.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: BettyBoop (shown in [[DeliberateMonochrome black and white]]) is an unusually upbeat version of one, working at the Ink-n-Paint Club.
-->'''Betty:''' Cigars? Cigarettes? ''({{beat}})'' Eddie Valiant!\\
'''Eddie:''' ...Betty?\\
'''Betty:''' ''(putting down a tray of cigars and cigarettes)'' Long time no see.\\
'''Eddie:''' What are you doing here?\\
'''Betty:''' Work's been kinda slow since [[TechnologyMarchesOn cartoons went to color]]. But I StillGotIt, Eddie. Boop-boop be-doo boop! ''(winks)''\\
'''Eddie:''' ''(smiling)'' Yeah. You still got it.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Doom has at least two chances to kill Valiant and instead chooses to wait or take a less practical approach. Justified since he is an over the top [[spoiler:toon]] villain.
* WickedWeasel: These guys work for Judge Doom.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises:
** Happens to Jessica in one scene.
--->"Oh my ''God'', it's '''DIP!!!"'''
** It happens again when [[spoiler:Judge Doom gets an emergency release valve full of Dip in his face.]]
* WildTake: Roger performs a lot of these. A particular one happens when Eddie feeds him alcohol as a LastRequest.
* WindowPain: Roger smashes out through a window leaving a Roger-shaped hole on finding out Jessica's been playing Pattycake with Marvin Acme.
* WingdingEyes: [[spoiler:Judge Doom.]]
* WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath: [[spoiler:The Weasels after they laugh themselves to death. Averted with the chief Weasel, Smart Ass, who meets his end in the Dip.]]
* WrongParachuteGag: Eddie is falling from a great height and is joined by MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, both wearing parachutes. Eddie asks for a spare, so Bugs gives it to him. He opens it... and out comes [[ExactWords a spare tire]].
* XRaySparks: Happens to Roger during the short cartoon "Somethin's Cookin'" when his fingers get stuck in some electrical sockets.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]. You probably have guessed that by now.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Given what Eddie's seeing Marvin and Jessica ''actually'' doing when he says this, you can't really blame him.
* YouKilledMyFather: Or rather, You Killed My Brother! [[spoiler:Judge Doom is the same toon who killed Eddie Valiant's brother.]]
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->'''WesternAnimation/PorkyPig:''' Okay, m-m-move along! Th-th-there's nothing else to see. Th-that's all folks. ...hmm. I-I like the sounda' that! '''''Th-th-th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!''''' Hahahaha!
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26th Aug '17 3:38:50 PM gjjones
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'''Smart Ass:''' Nose? That doesn't rhyme with walls...\\
'''Eddie Valiant:''' No, But ''this'' does! [cue GroinAttack]

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'''Smart Ass:''' Nose? That doesn't don't rhyme with walls...\\
'''Eddie Valiant:''' No, But ''this'' does! [cue GroinAttack]''[cue GroinAttack]''
26th Aug '17 3:17:46 PM Linda58
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'''Wheezy Lena:''' That doesn't rhyme with walls...\\

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'''Wheezy Lena:''' '''Smart Ass:''' Nose? That doesn't rhyme with walls...\\
18th Aug '17 10:14:50 PM Chariset
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'''Eddie Valiant:''' Without that gun I had no fun, I'll kick you in the...\\
'''Roger (as he's cut off):''' Nose!\\
'''Wheezy Lena:''' That doesn't rhyme with Walls...\\
'''Eddie Valiant:''' No, But this does!
** Only to promptly give said weasel a swift kick between the legs. Now, that DOES rhyme with Walls.

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'''Eddie Valiant:''' Without that gun I had no fun, I'll kick you in the...\\
'''Roger (as he's cut off):''' (desperately interjecting):''' Nose!\\
'''Wheezy Lena:''' That doesn't rhyme with Walls...walls...\\
'''Eddie Valiant:''' No, But this does!
** Only to promptly give said weasel a swift kick between the legs. Now, that DOES rhyme with Walls.
''this'' does! [cue GroinAttack]
21st Jul '17 8:30:07 AM lakingsif
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* LuxuriousLiquor: Studio honcho R. K. Maroon has a crystal decanter of whiskey in his office. Gumshoe Eddie Valiant makes a beeline for this booze when he drops by to receive an assignment.
14th Jul '17 6:24:00 PM GrumpyReignTVT
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** Basically all the big name characters of the "Golden Age" made it in this movie, at least for a cameo. (((Fleischer))) studios is represented by Betty Boop and a quick cameo from Koko the Clown. Walter Lantz Studios is represented by its biggest star, Woody Woodpecker. MGM Studios loaned out Droopy. The only studio without any characters included was Terrytoons. As huge as this cast is, there were plans for even more- the Popeye characters, Felix the Cat and Tom & Jerry weren't included because of rights issues.

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** Basically all the big name characters of the "Golden Age" made it in this movie, at least for a cameo. (((Fleischer))) Fleischer studios is represented by Betty Boop and a quick cameo from Koko the Clown. Walter Lantz Studios is represented by its biggest star, Woody Woodpecker. MGM Studios loaned out Droopy. The only studio without any characters included was Terrytoons. As huge as this cast is, there were plans for even more- the Popeye characters, Felix the Cat and Tom & Jerry weren't included because of rights issues.
10th Jul '17 9:23:27 AM Sharlee
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* CreepilyLongArms: When [[spoiler: Judge Doom's]] hand becomes a buzzsaw, the arm it's attached to extends alarmingly far to strike at its target.
10th Jul '17 9:21:24 AM Sharlee
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* ShapeshifterWeapon: In the final battle, [[spoiler: Judge Doom]] uses this ability to attack Valiant, turning one fist into an anvil and then a buzzsaw.
8th Jul '17 1:43:28 PM ngh93
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In February 2013, Wolf himself proposed [[http://www.slashfilm.com/mickey-mouseroger-rabbit-film-called-the-stooge-has-been-proposed-to-disney/ a Roger/Mickey Mouse vehicle to Disney]] called ''The Stooge''. Apparently, this will be an all-animated movie which could, in theory, co-exist with the Zemeckis sequel. However, it too has lapsed into DevelopmentHell. Following Bob Hoskins' death in April 2014, the sequel remains in DevelopmentHell. In 2016, Robert Zemeckis announced the reason why there hasn't been anything new on Roger(in both shorts, film, and other small projects) is because [[http://www.slashfilm.com/roger-rabbit-sequel/ the current people at Disney do not like Jessica at all]].

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In February 2013, Wolf himself proposed [[http://www.slashfilm.com/mickey-mouseroger-rabbit-film-called-the-stooge-has-been-proposed-to-disney/ a Roger/Mickey Mouse vehicle to Disney]] called ''The Stooge''. Apparently, this will be an all-animated movie which could, in theory, co-exist with the Zemeckis sequel. However, it too has lapsed into DevelopmentHell. Following Bob Hoskins' death from pneumonia in April 2014, the sequel remains in DevelopmentHell. In 2016, Robert Zemeckis announced the reason why there hasn't been anything new on Roger(in both shorts, film, and other small projects) is because [[http://www.slashfilm.com/roger-rabbit-sequel/ the current people at Disney do not like Jessica at all]].
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