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->''"My philosophy is this: if you don't have a good sense of humor, you're better off dead!"''
-->-- '''Roger Rabbit'''

A brilliant (and very expensive by that time's standards [[note]] with a $70m budget, which is roughly $127m in 2012 dollars.[[/note]]) 1988 film largely responsible for setting off TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation. It 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 ''{{Pixar}}'' films, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and the Nicktoons and MTV cartoons would probably ''never'' have existed if it weren't for '''''Who Framed Roger Rabbit'''''. A Co-Production between TouchstonePictures (i.e. {{Disney}} incognito) and Amblin Entertainment (Creator/StevenSpielberg), it is so far the only official [[IntercontinuityCrossover crossover]] with classic Disney, {{M|etroGoldwynMayer}}GM and WarnerBros [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon characters]].

Set in the city of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles in mid-1947, during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation to be specific, the {{Hardboiled|Detective}} FilmNoir tribute depicts a hypothetical world where [[{{Toon}} cartoon characters]] [[TheyWalkAmongUs are a real ethnic minority living alongside human beings.]] At the center of the story is Roger Rabbit, a [[AnimatedActors Toon movie star]] on the run from the police after having been accused of murdering Marvin Acme, a human manufacturer of cartoon props, with whom Roger's wife Jessica happened to be playing patty-cake.[[note]] Not a euphemism, in this case. See Does This Remind You of Anything? below.[[/note]]

His only hope is Eddie Valiant, an alcoholic human private investigator who used to specialize in this kind of case, but [[FantasticRacism has refused to work for Toons]] ever since one [[TragicBigot killed his brother]] by [[PianoDrop dropping a piano on his head]]. He winds up getting sucked into the investigation after Roger hides out at his apartment. Together, the two of them uncover something much bigger than either of them expected.

The film is (''very'') loosely based on Creator/GaryWolf's 1981 novel ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'' It also owes a lot to ''Film/{{Chinatown}}''. The title of the film officially has no question mark at the end; rumor has it this is the [[ExecutiveMeddling result of a marketing survey]] which said films with question marks in the title make less money. The film is notable for being the biggest crossover of famous Western cartoon characters pre-50's than anything that has come before it (it is the first and only official time Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appear in a scene together).

While the film was very well received by critics, it has not been without criticism, especially -- and surprisingly -- among actual Golden Age veterans and fans. Creator/ChuckJones in particular, who worked on the film, ended up [[CreatorBacklash loathing the final product]], citing it as a obnoxious, witless misunderstanding of the old cartoons it set out to homage and even accused Creator/RobertZemeckis of robbing RichardWilliams of any creative input -- and for apparently ruining the piano sequence that he and Williams had planned together. Cartoon historian Michael Barrier derided the animation direction as "disastrous", and [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff Frank Thomas]] of DisneysNineOldMen was strongly disappointed in RichardWilliams failing to have any actual pathos come from the main character himself. Creator/JohnKricfalusi has also not spoken highly of it, thinking that it had "great animators" but was "misdirected", "filled with takes and zany movement but no character or wit." Although not confirmed, it's rumored that Creator/RalphBakshi loathes the film only because [[Film/CoolWorld one of his films]] ended up being a [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks copycat]] of the film from what he originally envisioned it as.

It also had three SpinOff [[RogerRabbitShorts theatrical shorts]] that ran from 1989 to 1993, all of which were included in the film's special edition DVD release. The book series itself used the film as canon.

It should be noted for historical purposes that the entirety of the animation that appears in the film was done '''''BY HAND''''' - no computers of any kind were used, not even Jessica Rabbit's sparkling dress during her song - except for the necessary blue-screening when Eddie Valiant went to Toon Town, where everything was animated.

A sequel was planned shortly after the booming success of the original, but [[DevelopmentHell it never came to light]]. The first obstacle was that the film was intended to be a prequel set during World War II, but Creator/StevenSpielberg refused to work on a movie that satirized [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] after finishing ''Film/SchindlersList'', and he was moving on to start Creator/DreamWorks at the time. Then, a skyrocketing (for the time) budget and the advent of [[AllCGICartoon computer animation]] landed the second movie in deeper waters.

On October 30, 2009, director Robert Zemeckis [[http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1625215/story.jhtml had confirmed]] that a second Roger Rabbit movie was on on the way, with Zemeckis himself returning to direct the film and the original screenwriters, Seaman and Price, returning as well, but with the dismantling of Zemeckis' studio the sequel's fate is now uncertain.

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.

Contrast Creator/RalphBakshi's ''Film/CoolWorld'', because... It can?

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Lena Hyena herself makes an appearance and attempts to pursue Eddie.
* AchillesHeel: Dip, for the toons, [[spoiler: and consequently Judge Doom]].
* {{Acrofatic}}: Okay, Eddie is more chubby than fat, but nobody was expecting such quick reflexes, somersaults, or freaking ''backflips''.
* ActionSurvivor: Eddie Valiant -- a good and smart one.
* AdaptationDistillation: The original book, ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'', was about Valiant originally hired by Roger to investigate his bosses' broken promises. When Roger is murdered (or "censored"), Eddie investigates things with the help(?) of Roger's antagonistic wife, Jessica. The movie was basically "An anti-hero and a toon, forced together in a strange bedfellows kind of way, investigate ''someone else's'' death, with a plot built around the Los Angeles Streetcar Conspiracy." All other books that followed {{retcon}}ned this into [[AllJustADream Jessica Rabbit having a dream]].
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted. The Eddie from the original book, as a parody of a pulp hero, is noted by several characters as being very attractive. This Eddie, as a parody of a noir hero, is beaten down and schlubby.
** Believe it or not, [[http://whimsical-vision.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/LenaHyenaRogerRabbit_itsaMAN_tvtropes.org_.jpg?f22064 Lena Hyena]], yes, the hideous Jessica decoy, has a marginal amount of this when compared to her [[http://a137.idata.over-blog.com/3/79/28/51/ned--kelly/basil2teaser-big.jpg original Basil Wolverton counterpart]] from ''LilAbner''.
* TheAlcoholic: Eddie, after his brother's death. He's almost a booze-seeking warhead, in fact.
-->"Didn't you used to be Eddie Valiant? Or did you change your name to Jack Daniels?"
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: As Wheezy dies he desperately tries to get back his angelic soul.]]
* AlmostKiss: Twice, between Dolores and Eddie. One time, Roger yells at them. The second, his presence is felt way too much to continue...
-->[[ShipperOnDeck "P-p-p-p-p-p-please, don't mind me!"]]
* AlternateUniverse/[[AlternateTooniverse Tooniverse]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Judge Doom's scheme to buy up the trolley company for the sole purpose of dissolving it. General Motors did the same thing to kill public transit, only on a nationwide scale and about 10 years before the film is set.
* AnachronismStew: A number of cartoon characters appear who had not yet been created in 1947, the year the film takes place.
** WordOfGod once admitted to the anachronisms, but stated this movie provided a special opportunity to feature so many different cartoon characters together. As far as production was concerned, RuleOfCool trumped AnachronismStew, or as one of the writers claimed, the aim was "entertainment, not animation history."\\
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Although if you consider that Toons have to audition for roles just like human actors, as seen in the "Cattle Call" background gag, so characters who appear in the setting before they were 'created' simply hadn't gotten a gig yet.
** The Characters/BugsBunny model sheet used in his brief scene was out of date; it had been phased out by WarnerBros by early 1942. The "modern" model sheet began use in mid 1941 in Bob Clampett's unit and had spread to the rest of the animators by the following year. He reverts at the end, however -- Daffy doesn't.
*** Possibly Bugs just [[WildMassGuessing wasn't wearing full makeup]] for a piano-duel nightclub act, and his older design is Toon-Bugs's ''au naturale'' appearance?
** In the movie theater where Eddie and Roger hide, the cartoon playing on the screen is a {{Goofy}} cartoon, ''Goofy Gymnastics'', which, in real time, was released in 1949.
** Freeways already existed by 1947. [[spoiler: Judge Doom's vision is essentially the real-life Pasadena Freeway, which opened in 1940. Could be justified in that freeways weren't exactly commonplace until the 1950s and 1960s... and RuleOfFunny]]. And that this film evidently takes place in a different universe than ours, what with the sentient toons.
** [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Kuzco]] is also there, dancing on the Maroon lot in the DVD menu. The same menu also features [[PetesDragon Elliot the Dragon]], appearing and disappearing in rapid succession. Justified though since Maroon Cartoons on the special features DVD looks to be in [[PresentDay modern times]].
* AnimatedActors: Roger, Baby Herman and pretty much almost every Toon in the film.
* AnimationBump: The opening sequence is ''very'' lush for even a modern animated short. The entire film is pretty lavishly animated, as necessitated by matching the drawings to the lighting and frame rate of the live action footage. One of the few exceptions is the Toontown sequence, where everything is (relatively) more lax traditional animation with a blue-screened Eddie.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The Dip is functionally this, although its ingredients -- turpentine, acetone, and benzene -- are all solvents, and two of them basically amount to paint thinner. Benzene, used to be a common laboratory solvent for organic compounds (and still occupies that role in industrial processes), which could be an intentional reference to the "living" quality of toons.
** Leon Schlesinger (Warner Bros 30's to 50's) hired cel-washers to reuse cels instead of buying new, being a tightwad. Dip is made up of things that take ink and paint right off the cel. One of those cel-washers was Chuck Jones. Before he made toons, he killed toons. With dip.
* ArtisticLicenseMusic: In the scene where Eddie Valiant is mingling with the Toons at Maroon Studios, he comes across a saxophonist standing next to the enchanted brooms from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. However, the saxophonist isn't doing anything else besides just swaying his body while playing the saxophone. The thing is, he isn't even moving his fingers while he was playing the saxophone.
* AsideGlance: Jessica Rabbit makes at least 3 of these. There's a subtle one during her singing number right before she sits on Eddie, then another after knocking out Roger with a frying pan, and a very quick one as she's getting into Benny the Cab in Toontown.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:R.K. Maroon]], in a lesser sense. His only crime was blackmail.
* AxCrazy:
** The Weasels, especially (and obviously) Psycho.
** [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] at the climax.
** Lena Hyena.
* BadassLongcoat: Eddie Valiant wears one, as does Judge Doom.
* BadassUnintentional / AccidentalHero: Eddie Valiant is not very happy to take care of Roger Rabbit's case since he became a Toon-hater. However he manages to prove Roger's innocence [[spoiler:and save Toontown]].
** Eddie never actually [[spoiler:takes Roger's case. Roger comes to ask him to, but Eddie's motivation for looking into this is anger over the principal players using him as a patsy in their scheme; he wants to know why R.K. Maroon and the others lied to him about the picture job. Of course, the results are the same anyway.]]
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad[=/=]ValuesDissonance: 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 lounge singer (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 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.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Roger's role in the Maroon shorts with Baby Herman.
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: Jessica pulling a gun on Valiant... except she shoots at Judge Doom instead. At least she gave Valiant a split-second warning.
* BerserkButton
** Don't sit in Teddy Valiant's chair. Just don't.
** [[PunctuatedForEmphasis EDDIE! DOESN'T! WORK! FOR! 'TOONS!]]
** "STOP THAT LAUGHING!"
** Also, do NOT mess with Roger's wife.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Roger is the kind of sweet guy who responds to his wife cheating by writing her a love letter, but if you mess with someone he cares about, he [[spoiler: pulls a gun on you]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]].
* BigDamnHeroes
** In Toontown, as the Weasels come barreling at them in their black truck, Eddie and Jessica, terrified, each try to pull the other in different directions to escape and Eddie sticks out his thumb for emphasis. Suddenly, up zips Benny the Cab. They climb into him and they escape being mowed down by the Weasels in the nick of time.[[note]]Earlier, Benny told Eddie that if he ever needed a ride, that he should "just stick out [his] thumb".[[/note]]
** Later, in the Acme Factory, as Doom [[spoiler:tells Eddie and Jessica his plans to wipe out Toontown and replace it with a freeway]], Roger blasts into the warehouse through a drainage grate and tries to hold Doom and the Weasels at gunpoint. Too bad one of the Weasels also gets blasted up onto a Ton-of-Bricks that he uses to bury the rabbit, giving Doom the upper hand.
* BlackComedy
* {{Blackmail}}: [[spoiler:R.K. Maroon]]'s plan to use [[spoiler:the pictures that Eddie Valiant took of Marvin Acme]] to [[spoiler:blackmail Acme into selling his Gag Factory to Cloverleaf Industries, as without Acme selling Maroon's deal to sell Maroon Cartoons would fall through.]].
* BluebirdOfHappiness: Several greet Eddie on his return to Toontown.
* BondOneLiner
-->'''Eddie:''' ([[ShoutOut moves the street line towards a wall, Lena Hyena crashes into the wall]]): Toons... gets 'em every time.
* BondVillainStupidity: Doom leaves his QuirkyMinibossSquad in charge of Eddie.
** As we see later, [[spoiler:Doom is a toon, and has pretty obviously damaged his fake/glass eye (note the way he carefully keeps his hand over it, to keep his toon eye from bugging out). He ''has'' to leave in order to replace it.]]
* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] seems to cater to this. Once you find out his true identity, all the stuff he's been spouting about toons earlier in the film becomes even more disturbing.
* BrassBalls: Heard when Eddie confronts R.K. Maroon.
-->'''R.K. Maroon:''' You got a lot of brass coming in here by yourself.
* {{Butterface}}: Lena Hyena perfectly mimics Jessica Rabbit's everything, but her face, for obvious reasons.
* CaliforniaDoubling: It's set in 1940s Los Angeles, but most of the movie was actually filmed in England. The scene where Eddie enters Toontown, however, was shot at the Griffith Park tunnel, also used in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and ''BuckarooBanzai'', among other films. The interior of the tunnel in this film was a model, as the real tunnel is rather short.
* TheCameo: Virtually almost every possible iconic cartoon character from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation has a cameo: WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, Minnie Mouse, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}, WesternAnimation/{{Pluto}}, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteandtheRoadRunner, WesternAnimation/TweetyAndSylvester, WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}}, WesternAnimation/BettyBoop, WesternAnimation/KokoTheClown, WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker,...
* CanonForeigner: Dolores, Lt. Santino, The Weasels, Judge Doom, R.K. Maroon and many others did not appear in the original novel.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: The police arrive after [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] is liquidated.
* ChainedHeat: Roger and Eddie.
* TheChanteuse: Jessica Rabbit.
* CharacterExaggeration: Roger, compared to his original book counterpart. While the Roger Rabbit of the original book had some notable eccentric traits, he was also somewhat shifty and definitely not the NiceGuy he pretended to be. The Roger of the movie is a lot wackier and more, well, cartoony, and is [[TookALevelInKindness genuinely]] a NiceGuy. [[RecursiveAdaptation In the sequel to the book, Roger is a lot more like his animated counterpart.]]
* ChekhovsGag: "Look, '''stars'''! Ready when you are, Raoul!"
** "Scotch on the rocks...and I mean ''ice''!" Guess what he finds in his drink at the end of the scene.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The big mallet and portable blackhole, introduced for laughs early on and proving crucial in the final action.
** The Disappearing [[spoiler:Reappearing!]] Ink.
** Roger's love letter written on a blank piece of paper. It's [[spoiler:Marvin Acme's will]] in disguise.
** Roger's... shall we say, destructive reaction whenever he takes a shot of alcohol is put to good use later.
** Benny's remark "If you ever need a ride, just stick out yer thumb!" is somewhere between this and BrickJoke.
** "One of these days, you idiots are gonna laugh yourselves to death!"
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The toon that killed Eddie's brother.]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** If you blink you miss it, but a quick reference to Eddie [[CircusBrat growing up in a circus]] with his and Teddy's father being a clown ends up helping him stage a comedy dance routine to make the Weasels laugh themselves to death.
* ChewingTheScenery: Jessica, cool as ice most of the film, ''completely'' loses it when she realizes what Doom has planned - complete with WildTake.
--> '''Jessica''': '''OH MY GOD, IT'S DIIIIIIIIIIIIP'''!!!!
* CirclingBirdies: Both Roger and Eddie Valiant see birds once, Roger sees stars once. Roger sees a lot of other things too, as he repeatedly clobbers himself in a desperate attempt to get his lines right (he's ''supposed'' to be seeing stars) and placate irate director Raoul J. Raoul.
* ClearTheirName: An A-list cartoon star is set up for murder. His only hope--a Toon-hating human detective.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Toontown.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Roger. Of course, most, if not all Toons are this in some shape or form, but since Roger has the biggest role it's definitely most notable with him.
* CobwebOfDisuse: Eddie keeps the desk of his late brother and partner Teddy untouched since his death as a ShrineToTheFallen. It is covered in cobwebs and layers of dust.
* ComedyAsAWeapon: Eddie defeats the [[spoiler:Weasels]] by [[spoiler:literally making them "die laughing"]].
* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Judge Doom trying to flush out the hiding Roger Rabbit with "Shave and a Haircut."
* ConspicuousGloves: Judge Doom wears black leather gloves all the time, but he puts on a larger rubber glove in his first appearance to Dip a poor {{Toon}} shoe. At first it looks like he's [[ScareEmStraight making a point]], as he even makes a pun by referring to his [[HangingJudge incredibly harsh]] tactics as "not kid gloves". Later it turns out they also [[spoiler:hide the fact that he's a toon himself.]]
* ContagiousLaughter: In the speakeasy. Also constantly among the weasels.
* ContractualGenreBlindness: Most toons, including [[spoiler:Doom]] at the end.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In the famous deleted "pig head" scene[[note]]which appeared when the movie was seen on CBS[[/note]], Doom and the weasels punish Eddie for getting too involved in the case by dragging him kicking and screaming into Toon Town and putting an animated pig mask on his head.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: R.K. Maroon. He tries to blackmail [[spoiler:Marvin Acme]] into selling [[spoiler:Toontown]] to [[spoiler:Cloverleaf Industries]] because they won't buy his studio unless [[spoiler:Marvin Acme]] sells them [[spoiler:Toontown]] as well. However, he tries to get Marvin Acme's will back in order to [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope ''save'' the toons and their home.]]]]
* CrackPairing: Arguable in-universe example: Roger and Jessica. And the thing is, they are a genuinely sweet couple.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Toontown ''looks'' cheerful and nice, but go too far in, or spend too long there, and it becomes totally crazy. Also, there are places in it that are genuinely dark and dangerous, if you're not a Toon.
** Toons are also perfectly capable of harming humans with antics that are harmless to them, something that killed Eddie's brother and wounds him at some points. Most toons ''know better'' than to do something lethal to a human (i.e Roger is clearly [[OhCrap horrified]] when he learns what happened to Teddy and says toons would ''NOT'' deliberately harm humans), though... injuries that are more annoyance than anything else are apparently fair game.
** It does seem though that the laws of what can hurt or kill a human in Toon Town are more slightly relaxed than they are in the real world. Eddie survives the punishment he takes there because it's funny and non-malicious. His brother ended up dying because [[spoiler:Doom]] was ''actively'' trying to kill him.
** Back in the humans' LA, Hollywood is a magical place where people can see their favorite cartoon stars in person. But FantasticRacism creates a pretty obvious social gap between humans and toons, and since killing a toon is a new development, there are no laws against it.
* DancePartyEnding: The assembled Toons singing and dancing to "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile".
* DarkIsEvil: Judge Doom's entire wardrobe is black as pitch, even his cane. All the easier to conceal his [[spoiler: true toon form]] under layers of dark, rubbery clothes.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Eddie Valiant (5.3' feet tall, chubby) vs. Judge Doom (6.1' feet tall, slight build, [[spoiler:a super strong, nearly-immortal Toon]]) Guess who won.
* DawsonCasting: Parodied in-universe. Baby Herman looks and plays a mindless newborn baby, but is actually in his fifties.
* DeaderThanDead: As demonstrated by the weasels, dying usually isn't such a big deal for toons. Being dissolved in The Dip, however...
* DeadpanSnarker: Quite a few characters actually.
** Eddie Valiant.
-->'''Eddie:''' Well, I don't work for peanuts. Where's the other fifty?\\
'''RK Maroon:''' Let's call the other fifty a carrot to finish the job.\\
'''Eddie:''' You've been hanging around rabbits too long.
** About Acme's Will.
--> '''Eddie''': Yeah, I think Maroon played the part of sound mind and your wife, the sound body.\\
'''Roger''': Why I resent that innuendo!
** Roger gets in a few as well.
-->'''Roger:''' Say, where is your brother, anyhow? He looks like a sensitive and ''sober'' fellow.
** Dolores.
--> '''Dolores''': So tell me Eddie, is that a rabbit in the pocket or are you just happy to see me?
** Lt. Santino.
--> '''Eddie''': So I took a couple of dirty pictures, so kill me!\\
'''Santino''': I already got a stiff on my hands, thank you.
* DeadPartner: Eddie's brother, as noted up top.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Too bad Judge Doom failed to realize, once exposed as a Toon, that he is as vulnerable to Dip as any of them.]]
* DeathTrap: complete with {{Monologuing}} and leaving the room at a crucial time.
* DeconstructionCrossover: No matter how family friendly, the film was still a {{Deconstruction}} of classical animation, showing just how insane cartoon characters really are when they're in the real world, and how deadly and nightmarish their antics are when humans are the victims. Being much more well-known and popular than the original novel, it probably became the TropeMaker for this trope.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Eddie and Jessica.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Some kids are implied to be smoking cigarettes early in the film, which would have been perfectly acceptable in 1947.
* DiabolicalMastermind: What [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] really is.
* DistaffCounterpart: Amusingly averted with Jessica whom Eddie had never seen before the Ink-N-Paint Club and was expecting her to be nothing more than a goofy-looking female version of Roger. Needless to say, what he saw instead was earth-shattering.
--> '''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop''': Mr. Acme never misses a night when ''Jessica'' performs.\\
'''Eddie''': Got a thing for rabbits, huh?
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
** The movie has a masked reference to the real-life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_streetcar_scandal Great American streetcar scandal]]. Accusations were made that Los Angeles's omnipresent rapid transit system, the Pacific Electric's "Big Red" trolley, and the rest of the United States trolley systems, were secretly bought up by the automotive and oil industries so they could be dismantled and replaced with buses. San Francisco had to actually fight to keep their trolley system. The Los Angeles trial even occurs in the same year the movie is set (1947).
** Another example: in the aftermath of Doom's demonstration of the Dip, his rubber glove is coated in green (from the concoction) but the hand is dripping ''red'' from the dissolved red shoe. His body language and the other characters' reaction suggest a parallel to blood.
** Jessica Rabbit playing pattycake with another man is apparently the toon equivalent of having an affair. (It's also a pun on the kind of hardboiled PrivateEyeMonologue that uses "playing pattycake" as a euphemism for infidelity. In fact, the book uses the term to mean exactly that.)
** "The Ink and Paint Club" is based on "The Cotton Club," a place in New York City with black performers and servers, but the clientele was strictly whites only.
* DolledUpInstallment: Believe it or not the basic plot premise, [[spoiler:corrupt judge teams up with automobile companies to dismantle the public transportation system in favor of creating freeways]], was originally meant to be used for the third movie in a FilmNoir trilogy that began with Creator/RomanPolanski's ''Film/{{Chinatown}}''. The second movie was stuck in DevelopmentHell for years due to Polanski's legal troubles, but was eventually made in 1990 (with Jack Nicholson directing) under the title ''The Two Jakes''.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Judge Doom.
* DopeSlap: Eddie Valiant delivers one to Roger Rabbit.
* TheDragon: Smart Ass, the chief weasel.
* DramaticCurtainToss: When Judge Doom reveals the Dip.
* DramaticShattering: See MakeMeWannaShout.
* TheDriver: Benny the Cab.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: All Toons, whether they are driving human vehicles or Toons like Benny the Cab, who drives ''himself'' like crazy!
-->'''Benny''': I can't believe those weasels arrested me for driving on the sidewalk! It was only a couple of miles...!
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: Just before Roger is about to get "dipped", Eddie does this to trick him into drinking another shot of [[GargleBlaster bourbon]] to produce [[WildTake the same effect]] the stuff had on Roger at R.K. Maroon's office.
* EarsAsHair: Roger wrings water out of his ears, and yet it hurts him when Eddie picks him up by the ears. Since toons operate on RuleOfFunny, it's safe to assume they can do whatever they want as long as there's a chance it'll be funny. [[{{Jerkass}} Eddie]] jerking [[TheWoobie Roger]] around wasn't funny...
* EmptyChairMemorial: The other chair in Eddie's office is his brother's. When Roger tries to sit down in it, Eddie goes bonkers.
* EraSpecificPersonality: Most of the classic cartoons act according to their shorts the film's timelime represents. Most notable with Daffy, who acts much more akin to his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} persona from the 1940s (he gets in his later "You're Dethpicable!" catchphrase once though). Occasional references from later appearances are made however, see AnachronismStew above.
* EscalatingWar: WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck vs. DaffyDuck at the Ink and Paint Club.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Eddie derisively saying "toons" and knocking back a bottle.
* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: Judge Doom. Justified in that he's [[spoiler:not human]].
* EurekaMoment
** Eddie Valiant finding Marvin Acme's will in one of the pictures he took - first through the base of a whiskey glass, then with his magnifying glass.
*** However, he literally says "[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere the hell with it]]" and would have crawled into a bottle and out of the movie if Roger hadn't shown up in his bed(LessDisturbingInContext).
** Eddie Valiant's revelation on Cloverleaf while listening to the newsreel in the theater - where Cloverleaf buys Maroon Cartoon Studios. "That's it! ''That's'' the connection!"
** Then again when Judge Doom harangues the Weasels, "One of these days, you idiots are going to [[DieLaughing laugh yourselves to death]]!" Comes complete with the eureka "ping".
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Maroon thinks little of blackmailing his neighbor with patty-cake pictures, [[spoiler:but never intended for Acme to get killed over it and doesn't want Toontown destroyed.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Jessica's dress on stage. Heck, the dress was supposed to sparkle throughout the whole movie, but it would have been too difficult and expensive to do it.
* EvilAlbino: Judge Doom.
* EvilGloating / MotiveRant: Judge Doom again.
* EvilIsHammy: Just take a wild guess.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] wants to [[spoiler:destroy Toontown and use the land to build a freeway]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: Completely {{inverted}}.
* ExactWords: Never ask a toon to give you a "spare" of something if you don't want a tire. And it's not a good idea to ask for a drink "on the rocks" if you actually want ice.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: How [[spoiler:Eddie deals with Judge Doom]], given that he knows from extensive experience that a Toon punch-hammer wouldn't even slow him down. [[spoiler:Releasing the Dipmobile's spigot on the other hand...]]
* TheExitIsThatWay: "That's the closet!"
* {{Expy}}: Jessica Rabbit's design and career is a more [[TheVamp vampish]] version of TexAvery's RedHotRidingHood.
* EyeShock: In the nightclub scene when Jessica Rabbit was on stage, combined with WolfWhistle.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: ...but Roger's a toon. If it would've been successful, he wouldn't be a toon.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** The cute little cartoon shoe that is shoved in the dip, ''slowly and gradually as it squeals in pain'', is rather painful to watch, especially after Doom emphasizes beforehand that, unlike usual cartoon deaths, [[KilledOffForReal this is very real]].
** Arguably [[spoiler: R.K. Maroon being shot by Doom]], with a long bleak shot of his corpse afterwards. Adds a slightly dark tint since [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Eddie inadvertently assisted it]] via his JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
** Double-subverted. [[spoiler:Doom's death by steamroller]] would have been a hell of a nasty way to go, then [[TheReveal you see him stand up]]. The double-subversion comes when he gets [[spoiler:melted by dip]], in a slightly more family-friendly, but no less horrifying way.
* {{Fanservice}}: Just about any scene involving Jessica. Subtlety doesn't come into it.
* FanDisservice
** The scene where Jessica meets a shirtless and ''very'' hairy Eddie in his office.
** Lena Hyena, the exact opposite to Jessica.
* FantasticRacism: Actually played much more realistically than about 99% of examples of this trope. While Eddie came to hate Toons because one killed his brother, he's not a slathering KKK-style racist about it... he generally treats Toons about the same as he treats everyone else, he just doesn't want to be around them if he can help it. It's handled especially well in his treatment of Betty Boop. It's very obvious that he cares for her as a friend and feels upset that she's so hard up she's working as a cigarette girl at a bar. Many times, real-world racists actually do have friends and even family of the races [[PretendPrejudice they claim to hate]].
** Not just Eddie (although in addition to the above mentioned, he also [[FantasticSlur tosses the word, "Toon" around as if it's a slur]]), but the movie in general kind of depicts toons almost as second-class citizens. The Ink and Paint Club, where toons either entertain or work, is based on many a bar or club back in the days of segregation, where African-Americans may have been allowed to perform, or even wait and tend bars, but were not allowed in as customers or visitors.
* FatAndSkinny
** Eddie Valiant is short and stocky. Teddy Valiant, in the one brief glimpse we see of him in a photograph, is tall and slender.
** Also Eddie and Roger (who is quite skinny).
* FeelNoPain: Roger demonstrates this with the refrigerator that's dropped on his head 23 times and repeatedly when the record player skips, resulting in several broken dishes.
** Averted when it comes to his ears. He hates having them pulled. TruthInTelevision since rabbits' ears are generally very sensitive and grabbing one by the ears can cause serious harm.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Roger's deeply in love with his wife Jessica, and is horrified when Eddie finds photographs of her and Mr. Acme "Playing Patty-cake." If you're wondering what "Playing Patty-cake" is a euphemism for....[[spoiler:Toons consider it to be equivalent of sex. Roger is deeply hurt]].
* FemmeFatale: Jessica. What would a hard-boiled detective story be without one?
* FictionalCurrency: "Simoleons" are apparently an actual Toontown currency.
* FilmNoir: The underlying plot is almost classic film noir: "I'm going to listen you spin Cloverleaf's scenario -- the story of greed, sex, and murder"[[note]]"And the parts that I don't like, [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique I'm gonna edit out..."]][[/note]].
* FlatWhat: Eddie says this when he is first informed that Marvin Acme was killed by, supposedly, a rabbit.
** He responds the same way when Dolores informs him thatit is Cloverleaf that seeks to own Toontown and will do so if Acme's will doesn't show by midnight that night.
* ForHappiness: According to Roger, a Toon's whole purpose in life is to make people laugh.
* ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] and the Weasels.
* ForTheFunnyz: Toons operate on this principle in general.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
** When Christopher Lloyd read the script instruction never to blink his eyes, he cried out [[spoiler:"He's a Toon!"]].
** Near the beginning, when asked if he has a car, Eddie says the he doesn't need one in L.A. since it "has the best public transportation system in the world." Turns out that a major plot point in the film was that [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] was buying the Red Car so that he could dismantle it.
** When Valiant comments wondering how Doom could be a judge, Lt. Santino mentioned that he bought the election in Toontown with a lot of money. He acquired it by [[spoiler:stealing during the robbery where he killed Eddie's brother]].
-->'''Doom:''' A human has been murdered by a toon. Don't you appreciate the magnitude of that?
** "Somebody musta ''made'' her do it!"
** "Stop that laughing! You know what happens when you ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis can't! Stop! Laughing?!]]'' ''(shuts up Stupid by throwing a plunger at him)'' One of these days, you're gonna ''die'' laughing!"
** "A laugh can be a ''very powerful thing''. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have."
** Pretty much everything about Judge Doom. He's ObviouslyEvil in every sense of the word. In outfit, name, and the way he presents himself. While the other characters are played more realistically, he's not subtle in the least, in actions or appearance. This makes a lot more sense when it's revealed he's [[spoiler:a Toon, who are by their nature over the top]].
*** Eddie's line "I don't know who's Toonier; you [Roger] or [[spoiler: Doom]]!"
** Cloverleaf, as in the shape of highway on-ramps.
** "Unless Acme's will shows by midnight tonight, Toontown's gonna be land for the free--" ([[KilledMidSentence two gunshots to the back]])
** When Eddie knocks over the drum of Dip when escaping from the bar, [[spoiler:Doom]] backs away from it. This is mentioned in the commentary.
*** This also provides a second explanation for [[spoiler:why Judge Doom puts on a big rubber glove to Dip the shoe: It'd take his hand off because he's a Toon, not because it's toxic]].
** The [[ChekhovsSkill aforementioned]] photo on Teddy Valiant's desk of him, Eddie, and their father in the circus wearing full clown gear foreshadows some of Eddie's behavior in the climax.
** Eddie: "Sure, ''I got the will''" (knowing full well it was really Roger's love letter to Jessica). [[spoiler: Turns out the "clean piece of paper" Roger wrote his letter on was ''indeed'' Acme's Will all along which was written in disappearing/reappearing ink]].
* FreakOut: Even the normally stoic Jessica is scared of "The Dip".
* FreezeFrameBonus: There's a plaque inside Eddie's toon gun case that reads, ''"Thanks for getting me out of the Hoosegow. Yosemite Sam"''
** The out-of-order bathroom that Eddie steps into in Toontown has graffiti that reads ''"For a good time, call [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Allyson Wonderland]], the best is yet to be"''.
** Eddie hangs his hat on a [[TheMalteseFalcon Maltese Falcon]] when he enters his office.
* FunWithFlushing: While trying to sneak into the Acme factory, Roger falls on the toilet and gets flushed down. He later comes out a drain pipe in the factory floor for a (failed) BigDamnHeroes moment.
* FurryConfusion: Benny the Cab drives a non-sentient AllegedCar that Roger was driving.
** In Toontown, there's a poster of Porky Pig's own brand of "All-Beef Sausage".
* GagBoobs: Jessica Rabbit. "Nice booby-trap".
* {{Gainaxing}}: Jessica Rabbit's breasts, which have a habit of bumping into things. Oddly enough, Jessica's boobs ''reverse''-Gainax, moving in the opposite direction of normal walking movement, in part to make her more cartoony.
* GenocideFromTheInside: [[spoiler:Doom is in fact a toon, and attempts to wipe out all toons and Toontown.]]
* GenreSavvy
** Eddie Valiant and Judge Doom both know enough about cartoons to manipulate the various toons they work with (mostly Roger).
** Eddie still remembers only a second too late that when you order a scotch "on the rocks" at a toon-staffed club, you better specify you ''mean'' ice.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: ''Lots''.
** Most prominent example: A ''[[GagBoobs Booby Trap]]''.
** Then there is Baby Herman, with his "50 year-old lust but 3-year old dinky".
** The brand of oven in the opening cartoon is *Hotternell* - i.e., "hotter than hell."
** Eddie [[GroinAttack showing rather than telling]] Smart-Ass what rhymes with "walls."
** Dolores "had to shake the weasels". ItMakesSenseInContext, but still...
** Bongo the Toon Gorilla Bouncer at the Ink-N-Paint Club calls Eddie a "wiseass" after his sarcastic remark.
** "Don't bust a button, Dolores. You've only got one left." is a PG-13 remark about Dolores' low-V-cut blouse. Even though Dolores' blouse actually has two buttons.
** Subverted with Marvin Acme and Jessica Rabbit playing "Patty Cake". Roger was still hit with a HeroicBSOD however.
** As Eddie enters the "out-of-order" restroom in Toontown, there's a particular message written on the wall beside him (See the Bathroom Stall Graffiti example above).
* GlassShatteringSound: See MakeMeWannaShout.
* GoodGuyBar: The Terminal Station Bar, sort of.
* GRatedSex: Roger reacts to secret photos of his wife Jessica and Marvin Acme playing "Patty-Cake" as if he'd been presented with photographs of them having acrobatic sex.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: Eddie figures this out firsthand upon his return to Toontown in the "Mickey/Bugs" scene.
* GroinAttack: At least four different ones during the course of the movie. Two of them were cut off from the 20-years celebration edition DVD.
* HangingJudge: Judge Doom, who happily attempts to use Dip on toons whenever he can.
* HardboiledDetective: Eddie Valiant. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when he force-feeds a minor character a hard-boiled egg for mocking him over the fact he's working for a cartoon producer.
* HappilyMarried: Roger and Jessica.
* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Baby Herman.
* HeldGaze: Eddie and Dolores have one before their AlmostKiss that is [[MomentKiller interrupted by Roger]].
* HeliumSpeech: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]], when he reveals his true identity.
* HelloNurse: Jessica Rabbit.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Jessica.
* HiddenDepths: One reason the movie goes over so well with multiples ages is because, underneath the very mature, hard-boiled tone, all the good guys have redeeming depths. Eddie's still got a tiny bit of humor left and still respects those he hates, Roger's forever optimistic, Jessica truly loves him, Baby Herman thinks of Roger as a good friend and supports his innocence, and Benny helps Eddie and Roger despite being a loudmouth.
* HighPressureEmotion: Roger's reaction to alcohol is rather... explosive.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard
** Eddie tries to use the giant magnet on a sword. His opponent simply doesn't let go, resulting in Eddie dragging him closer. He reverses the magnet to stop the opponent from getting any closer, so it wraps around his waist and attracts the nearest metallic object behind him-- a trash can-- which slams into Eddie's back, causing him to be immobilized. Good thing Eddie escapes via a portable cartoon hole.
** [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] is killed by the dipping machine he was going to use on Roger & Jessica Rabbit and [[spoiler:all of Toontown]].
*** Which in a further example of this trope, the machine is [[spoiler: destroyed by a train. The vehicle that was being used to phase out trains/trams is destroyed by one.]]
* HollywoodMagnetism: Parodied when Eddie uses a large toon magnet to try and wrest a sword out of an opponent's hand. The magnetic force depicted as lightning bolts that literally grab the sword and pull it, dragging his opponent along with it.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: One of the problems Creator/ChuckJones and a few other classic animators had with ''Who Framed Roger Rabbit'' was that it seemed that the cartoons themselves were secondary characters to the human actors. Perhaps this movie is a rare example of the trope not getting too far out of hand, though. Notably the romance between Roger and Jessica Rabbit was more important than Eddie's romantic subplot. It's Justified, as it would have cost a lot more to give the toons more screen time.
* TheHyena: Well, weasels in this case. Their hyena cousins were mentioned. Poor guys, [[{{Foreshadowing}} laughed themselves to death]]. Thankfully, this was released before ''Disney/TheLionKing'', or that would've been [[InferredHolocaust rather dark]].
* HypocriticalHumor
-->'''Daffy Duck:''' ''[about Donald]'' This is the latht time I work with thomebody with a thpeech impediment!\\
'''Donald Duck:''' Oh, yeah?! ''[grabs Daffy and throws him into his piano]''\\
'''Daffy Duck:''' ''[his beak sticking out of Donald's piano]'' [[ThisMeansWar Thith meanth war...]]
** RealitySubtext: MelBlanc once said in an interview that [[TakeThat he always hated Donald Duck's voice.]]
* [[ICantLookGesture "I Can't Look" Gesture]]: Detective Eddie Valiant watches as most of [[BigBad Judge Doom]] succumbs to the driverless steamroller, but averts his gaze as Doom's head meets the roller. It takes Roger Rabbit to point out to Eddie that Judge Doom is not finished yet, despite being rolled flat. Also Lt. Santino does this as Doom melts the Toon Shoe.
* IFellForHours: Eddie Valiant's long drop from the top of a skyscraper in Toontown, in which he encounters Bugs and Mickey on the way down, takes enough time for him to have a short conversation with them.
* IllogicalSafe: Done with a fridge.
* ImMelting: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]'s death.
* ImpactSilhouette: The result of Roger running off in a fit of pique ... through Mr. Maroon's office window. He leaves a Roger-shaped hole not only in the window itself, but even the blinds covering them.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Jessica Rabbit.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Jessica.
* ImprovisedZipLine: Judge Doom uses his cane to slide down a wire.
* INeedAFreakingDrink
** Roger is more than happy to knock back a shot after getting physical evidence that his wife was cheating on him.
** Almost {{Inverted}} when he ''really'' needed the drink. Eddie had to [[RabbitSeasonDuckSeason trick him]] into taking the drink, to save his life.
* IncessantMusicMadness: The director is arguing with Roger after he blows his lines when he finally shouts, "[[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn Can we lose the playback please!?]]"
* InNameOnly: Apart from the premise of Toons living alongside humans, a few characters, and a similar set-up (Toon rabbit suspected of killing a human and enlists help from a human private eye) the movie really doesn't have much to do with ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit.''
* InsistentTerminology: The slang word "simoleons" is used to describe both the currency Doom used to buy his way into being elected Toontown's Judge, and the money stolen by the bank robber who killed Teddy. Almost a ChekhovsGun, actually, and a good way to make sure the audience puts the mystery together.
* InteractingWithShadow: While Eddie Valiant is in Toontown tracking the murderer of R. K. Maroon, he walks down an alley with his shadow appearing on the wall. He sneezes and his shadow turns to him and says "Gesundheit", to which Eddie replies "Thank you".
* InterspeciesRomance: Jessica and Roger -- possibly averted because they are Toons, in which surface forms do not reflect species difference.
** Marvin Acme and Jessica ''literally'' playing "pattycake" is seen as intercourse, in a Toon's eyes at least.
** It seems nearly any human male would want this with Jessica upon first sight.
* IrisOut: The movie fades out that way.
* IronicEcho: "You'll laugh yourselves to death!"
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]'s vision of [[spoiler:the freeway]] after its construction. One reason Eddie isn't that surprised to learn [[spoiler:Judge Doom is actually a Toon]] is because, as he sees it, only [[spoiler:a Toon]] would have come up with such a scheme.
* ItsUpToYou: A meta example. There's a reason many people felt Bob Hoskins was snubbed for an AcademyAward nod here: it's so easy watching Eddie Valiant to forget that Bob Hoskins is almost invariably by himself, talking to air or a ridiculous contraption.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Eddie does this to R.K. Maroon.
* JawDrop: Eddie Valiant's first vision of [[MsFanservice Jessica Rabbit]].
* {{Jerkass}}
** That elevator operator in Toontown. Seeing as how it's Droopy Dog, this is to be expected.
** MickeyMouse, BugsBunny and Tweety Bird could be viewed like this during the famous falling scene, but could be FridgeBrilliance in that they (possibly) knew Lena would be there to catch him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Eddie Valiant and Baby Herman.
** Acme. Had no qualms about pursuing a married woman, yet still left Toontown to the toons.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: "I'll catch the rabbit, Mr. Valiant and I will try him, convict him and execute him."
** And never mind the [[Comicbook/JudgeDredd name allusion]].
* JustBetweenYouAndMe
* JustWhistle: "If you should ever need a ride, just stick out your thumb!"
** And a BrickJoke.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] demonstrating his Toon erasing concoction on a shoe at the Acme warehouse swiftly lands him past the MoralEventHorizon.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:R. K. Maroon]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Maroon:''']] "Unless Acme's will shows by midnight tonight, Toontown's gonna be [[spoiler:land for the free]]"--''two gunshots''
* KillTheCutie: As a display of how deadly the Dip is, [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] snatches a cute little toon shoe, and places it slowly into the concoction as it squeaks in agony.
* KnightInSourArmor: Eddie Valiant.
* KnightOfCerebus: Judge Doom's presence is basically to get the movie a darker tone: his sadistic punishments of toons via DIP are pretty disturbing to see and the fact he is a [[spoiler:demented toon]] who is ready to do anything to achieve his goals, even if that means [[spoiler:destroying his own species]].
* KryptoniteFactor: Toons are virtually unkillable, except by contact with Doom's deadly paint-thinner-based Dip.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Jessica's infamous "pattycake" session with Marvin Acme.
* LargeHam
** Judge Doom. He's plenty scary, but bless him, Christopher Lloyd just cannot play a role without lending it the piquant aroma of a lovely apple glaze. Given who Lloyd is, you could call Judge Doom [[Film/BackToTheFuture Dr. Emmett Brown]]'s evil twin.
** Also, Roger: ironically, both when he's acting and out of the set.
* LastRequest: Eddie Valiant asks Judge Doom to grant one to Roger before "dipping" him.
* LatexPerfection: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]'s [[AmbiguouslyHuman human disguise]] was so perfect and vivid-looking that you didn't know he was [[spoiler:a Toon]] before his true identity was revealed.
* LeftStuckAfterAttack: Many times. First, Judge Doom tries to punch Eddie Valiant, but Valiant blocks the blow with a cardboard tub of glue. Judge Doom shakes off the tub, then tries again to slug Valiant. Valiant dodges, and Doom's fist strikes the roller of a moving steamroller, where it sticks. Doom eventually ends up rolled flat, though this doesn't finish him.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: "Can we lose the playback, ''please''?!"
* LetsGetDangerous: Subverted. Roger attempts this when he shows up during the final confrontation, gun in hand. He gets defeated easily.
* LighterAndSofter: When compared to the original book.
* LiteralMetaphor: "C'mon, Eddie, I caught you with your pants down!" Also one mentioned by Eddie when he reveals to Roger a toon killed his brother, as on the day his brother was killed, the two of them trailed [[spoiler:Doom]] to a dive but he literally got the drop on them, dropping the piano which killed Teddy and broke Eddie's arm.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The classic Disney cartoon characters joins forces with the LooneyTunes and various other studios to bring an extraordinary ensemble cast of classic cartoon characters.
* LostWillAndTestament: Marvin Acme's will.
* MadScientist: Judge Doom. He invented the DIP.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Roger's glass-breaking "steam whistle" after drinking strong liquor.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Cartoon characters from ''just about every'' animation studio in existence in the 1940s appear in the movie.
* {{Malaproper}}: The leader of the weasels. ("Shall I ripose of him right now, boss?", "Look Valiant, we got a reliable tipoff, the rabbit was here, and was corrugated by several others.", and "Search the place, boys, and leave no stone interned.") Also, Roger's comment about his uncle's problems with his "prostate" (Eddie corrects him on that one, however, saying, "Not prostate, you idiot, ''probate''!").
* MeaningfulName:
** Judge '''Doom'''
*** Doom's works twice over. In addition to his intentions towards toons, [[spoiler:it's a ridiculously over the top name. The kind a toon would have.]]
** Eddie '''Valiant'''.
** Smart Ass, Greasy, Wheezy, Psycho and Stupid, the Toon Patrol.
** Roger '''[[SpeciesSurname Rabbit]]'''
** Averted for Jessica Rabbit, to Eddie's [[JawDrop jaw-dropping]] surprise.
*** Well, 'Rabbit' is her married name.
*** Also doubles as a joke (Eddie expected her to also be a rabbit), so it befits her status as a toon. May also be a reference to Playboy bunnies.
* MediumBlending: Defines this movie, and the trope.
* MindYourStep: When Eddie takes {{Droopy}}'s elevator.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Eddie Valiant's investigation of a celebrity's wife's infidelity -> [[spoiler:the murder of Marvin Acme and attempted genocide of the Toons]].
* MoodWhiplash
** When Judge Doom and the Weasels are present...
** A bigger one happens in the final fight. It's pretty much a normal 40s style fight till [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] is revealed to be [[spoiler:a Toon]]. The scene from TheReveal to his demise is terrifying.
** And after that unpleasant scene, it goes back to the whimsical and cool feel it had before.
* MotiveRant: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] has a hilarious one.
-->"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. [[LargeHam My]] ''[[LargeHam God]]'', [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles it'll be beautiful.]]"
* MsFanservice: Jessica Rabbit. Okay okay, she's integral to the plot, but seriously... ''look'' at her. She gets a [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre flesh-colored]] PantyShot after getting spun out of the car. This was reworked in the 20 Years Release.
* MultiArmedMultitasking: The bar-tending octopus toon at the Ink and Paint Club.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Judge Doom. Say it with me. DoomyDoomsOfDoom.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName
** Judge Doom and the Weasels. Judge Doom's dress reminds one of a typical Gestapo trenchcoat -- Doom himself has some resemblances with Roland Freisler, the Weasels as the Toon Patrol remind one of the Gestapo or the Schutzstaffel, and the Dip which is carried on the Weasel's wagon is like the Nazi Gas Van used during Aktion T4. Also, Doom's master plan sounds like [[spoiler:Hitler's Final Solution for Toons instead of Jews]]. In the third draft of the film script, from September 2, 1986, Lt. Santino tells Eddie that Doom refers to the Dip as the [[StealthPun Final Solution]]. This is not said in the final movie itself, however.
** One pair of squeaky shoes at the Acme factory is a set of goose-stepping black boots.
* NeckLift: Judge Doom does it to Roger in the bar. More justified than most examples in that he can easily close his fist around Roger's neck because it's so compressible.
* NewEraSpeech: [[spoiler:Judge Doom's vision of freeways.]]
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Baby Herman is a cute, innocent infant on screen, but when the cameras are off he's a foul-mouthed CigarChomper with "[[DirtyOldMan a fifty-year-old's lust]] and a three-year-old's dinky."
** Subverted. As crass and horny as Herman is, he stands by his good friend, Roger, even offering to pay Eddie for his services as a detective. (Of course, this just pushes Valiant's BerserkButton about working for toons).
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Judge Doom is this trope's incarnation, who also goes UpToEleven when he [[spoiler:reveals himself as a toon]].
* NoBadgeNoProblem: Ex-police officer (and current private investigator) Eddie Valiant is brought along to the Acme Factory crime scene by his friend Lieutenant Santino. While there he tries to steal a piece of evidence: the joy buzzer in Marvin Acme's hand. He's caught red-handed by Judge Doom but Santino explains away his action by saying that Valiant was just getting the item for Doom.
* NoMoreForMe: Before he heads into Toontown, Eddie uses his whiskey bottle as target practice for his toon gun. And instead of drinking it, he pours the contents out.
* NoNameGiven: The unspoken names of the Weasels are Smartass, Wheezy, Greasy, Psycho, and Stupid. [[MeaningfulName Guess who's who]].
* NonindicativeName: Jessica Rabbit (she's actually a Rabbit by marriage).
-->'''Betty Boop:''' Mr. Acme never ''misses'' a night when ''Jessica'' performs.\\
'''Eddie:''' Got a thing for rabbits, huh?
* NoodleIncident: How did Eddie get Yosemite Sam out of "the hoosegow"? We'll never know.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: While every other male character thinks very lustfully of Jessica, Roger seems alone in seeing her as a human being (kinda?), not a piece of meat.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: "I gotta 50-year-old lust and a 3-year old dinky."
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Jessica Rabbit's quote lampshades her status as MsFanservice.
-->"I'm not bad...I'm just drawn that way."
* NotSoDifferent: There's a brief scene where both Roger and Eddie are looking over photographs and reflecting over happier times, to highlight the similarities between the two. They also happen at the same time.
* NothingIsScarier: The fact we never see what [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] ''really'' looks like makes him even scarier because bright red glowing eyes is all we see, leaving the rest of his true form to the imagination...
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: From GravityIsAHarshMistress, above, Eddie would've splatted on the ground, had not Lena Hyena ''caught him on the ground''. But then, they were in Toontown, so RuleOfFunny applies.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Dolores [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown catches Eddie with his pants down]] with Jessica in the room.
-->'''Jessica:''' I'm desperate Mr Valiant. Can't you see how much I need you?
-->'''Dolores:''' ''{{Ahem}}'' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Dabbling in watercolors, Eddie?]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: You might think because of her more in-control FemmeFatale personality and the fact that she's more of a "mature" toon that Jessica Rabbit isn't quite as looney as the others. The movie sets her up like that, and then wittily breaks down the assumption.
-->'''Jessica''' [about Roger] I knocked him out with a frying pan and stuffed him in the trunk...so he wouldn't get hurt.\\
'''Valiant:''' [[SarcasmMode Makes perfect sense...]]
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: Before Dip was even invented, it was a well-known fact that Toons were virtually impervious to pain, and killing one was considered implausible, indeed ''impossible''. Break a Toon's heart however, [[LoveHurts and they go to pieces]], just like any mortal man.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Roger Rabbit.
** "We toons may ''act'' idiotic, but ''we're not'' stupid!" ''Acting'' like an idiot is standard operating procedure for a toon, according to Roger.
** Roger shows a more subtle version of this earlier on when he drops a rather [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and backhanded comment regarding Eddie's alcoholism.
-->'''Roger:''' Say, where is your brother, anyhow? He looks like a sensitive and ''sober'' fellow.
* ObviouslyEvil: [[DarkIsEvil Black clothes]], [[SwordCane skull-topped cane]], ScaryShinyGlasses, ominous soundtrack theme, surname [[spoiler:{{Doom|yDoomsOfDoom}}]]. Say hello to the villain, folks. Then again, [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance Toons]]]] aren't known for their subtlety.
* OddCouple: Roger and Jessica Rabbit. Jessica is drawn as a human being, and Roger is, well, a rabbit.
* OhCrap
** Eddie Valiant does this when he realises the woman he mistook for Jessica Rabbit is actually Lena Hyena. Then a second one when he escapes into the out-of-order restroom. Then a third one on his encounter with Tweety. And a ''fourth'' one when the "spare" turns out to be a [[spoiler:tire]].
** He also gets a more shocked and terrified one when [[spoiler:Judge Doom reveals his toon identity. And that toon is the one who murdered Eddie's brother.]]
** Doom gets off a pretty good one too, just before [[spoiler:getting hit with a high-pressure blast of Dip.]]
** Roger gets one during the cartoon at the very beginning, after lifting up the fridge and then letting go to grab Baby Herman, after which he realizes his mistake just before the fridge crashes down on his head.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant does an impeccable American accent, but he does have one moment where he slides from "hard-boiled American detective" to "British West-country farmer": when he sees Roger hiding in a desk drawer and yells at him to "GET OUTTA THERE!" In this case, it's not the pronunciation so much as the inflection; most Americans would put the emphasis on "outta", but Hoskins as Eddie puts it on "there". In the same scene, when he says "not anymore" and "don't ever", he suddenly sounds more like Miles O'Brien than Sam Spade. The accent slips again when he says "murder" to R.K. Maroon when pretending to. He seems to have trouble with words ending in the "r" sound.
* OlderThanTheyLook: "Baby" Herman.
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]]'s true nature.
* 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? I heard you changed your name to Jack Daniels."
-->"Not ''prostate'' you idiot, ''probate''!"
* PeekABangs: Jessica Rabbit.
* PerverseSexualLust: Jessica Rabbit is the trope pin up girl.
* PianoDrop: How Eddie's brother and partner died.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Marvin Acme's.
* PopTheTires: Judge Doom takes out a toon car'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.
* 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 opening by a (literal) gorilla in a tux.
-->'''Eddie:''' Nice monkey suit.
-->'''Gorilla:''' Wiseass!
** Acme and Jessica "playing pattycake".
* 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 Smartass, while threatening Judge Doom.
* QuestioningTitle: Only ''without a question mark''.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Weasels, a.k.a. "the Toon Patrol".
* 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, "Bennie, is that you?" The sarcastic response is, "No, it's Eleanor Roosevelt! C'mon, Roger, let me outta here!"
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] after he's revealed to be [[spoiler:the toon who killed Eddie's brother]].
* RedHeadedHero: Roger has a tuft of red hair, though the rest of his fur is white.
** RedHeadedHeroine: Jessica has one or two moments.
* 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.]]
* RepetitiveName: The name of the director in charge of the opening theatrical cartoon? Raoul J. Raoul.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: Widely credited to have had a monumental role in starting it
* {{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.
* 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!"
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 the early [[TheEighties 1980s]], 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 Toon Town and thinks he's stumbled on to Jessica Rabbit undressing, he actually runs into [[AbhorrentAdmirer Lena Hyena]] (from the old ''LilAbner'' comic strip). 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.
* 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.
* 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}}''.
* 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.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Jessica and Roger. So much that her "He makes me laugh" is the top quote on the page.
* 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 no, 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.
* 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: 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!!!"
* 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.
* TapOnTheHead: Roger himself, courtesy of a frying pan wielded by [[spoiler:Jessica.]]
* TemptingFate
** "No one gets the drop on Roger Rabbit!" [=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?
* ThatsAllFolks: WesternAnimation/PorkyPig says this at the end with Tinker Bell doing her ending shtick immediately afterward.
* 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.
* TechnicallyASmile / 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.
* TheUnreveal: In-universe, Eddie sees the reveal of Judge Doom being a [[spoiler:toon]] this way due to how crazy his ultimate goal was.
* ThisIsADrill: [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] at the end.
* ThisIsReality: As an armed Roger goes off to rescue Eddie and Jessica, 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: the perils are very much real, and there is a good chance he may not come out alive.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Roger and Jessica. Also, Eddie and Dolores, rather less pronounced.
* 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.
* 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 {{Trope Namer|s}} (or TropeCodifier, depending on [[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's story of how he came to hate Toontown and the toons in it after one killed his brother provides the page quote.
* 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.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Roger and Jessica... from a human's point of view. From the Toons' point of view, Jessica lucked into a real catch with Roger.
-->'''Eddie:''' ''(mouth hanging open)'' She's married to [[UglyGuyHotWife Roger Rabbit?!]]\\
'''BettyBoop:''' Yeah. What a lucky [[{{Joisey}} goil]].''(closes Eddie's mouth) [Exit]''
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Dolores and Valiant. Kind of makes the story sweet in a G-related way.
* UnusualEuphemism: One of the detectives refers to Acme's murder as getting "kacked."
* UnwillingSuspension
* VaporWear: Jessica Rabbit.
* 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.
* 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.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: An 80's family movie, produced by [[TouchstonePictures Disney]], 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!!!
** This was released six years ''before'' ''Disney/TheLionKing''!
** He also has one 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.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Why does Jessica Rabbit love Roger as a husband? He makes her laugh.
** There's also this, which happens when Jessica remarks that Roger is [[DrivesLikeCrazy not the best driver]].
-->'''Eddie:''' Better lover than driver, huh?
-->'''Jessica Rabbit:''' You'd better believe it, buster.
* WhamLine:
-->'''Eddie:''': Holy smokes, [[spoiler:''he's a Toon''!]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Doom]]:''' [[spoiler:''Not just any'' TOOON... REMEMBER ME, EDDIE! WHEN I KILLED YOU BROTHER, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I TALLLLKED!]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis JUST! LIKE!]] '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS!!!!!]]''''']]
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: If Marvin Acme's will isn't found by midnight, the DiabolicalMastermind [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] will legally own Toontown.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: BettyBoop (shown in 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
* 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.]]
* 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 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 You Killed My Brother]]: [[spoiler:Judge Doom is the same toon who killed Eddie Valiant's brother.]]
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->'''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!