Characters / Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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    In General
Voiced by: Various

Sentient, living, animated beings who co-exist with humans in the real world originating from Toontown, an animated metropolis adjacent to Los Angeles. Mostly known for their amusing and hilarious antics which gets varying human reception, Cartoons or "Toons" as they're informally referred to, come in many forms and are often caricatured or anthropomorphic versions of humans, animals, plants, machines, inanimate objects, mythical creatures, etc. Treated like second-class citizens, work for them is mostly relegated to live-action "animated" film productions. Many of the Toons featured in the film include icons from the The Golden Age of Animation.
  • Achilles' Heel: The Dip; The Dreaded deadly corrosive acid made of paint thinners and film solvents that dissolves Toons on contact.
  • The Ageless/Superpower Lottery: While not really brought up, it's heavily implied Toons are able to literally do almost anything just as long as they find it mildly amusing. It's also suggested that they're practically immortal and invincible as the Dip is the only means of permanently killing them.
  • Animated Actors
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The nature of a Toon albeit to varying degrees.
  • Fantastic Racism: Though often admired by them, they're not fully respected by humans.
  • Feels No Pain: They can endure any imaginable amount of pain or trauma and shake it off like nothing, but it still probably hurts like crazy.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Chances are you'll find a character you loved growing up in this film.
  • Rule of Funny: How everything about their entire universe and lives are oriented. For instance, though they can still feel pain, they suffer minimally from it as long as it was at least a little funny. This applies to both them individually and Toontown itself as a whole, where the Rule of Funny affects humans too. That it why, since it was funny, Eddie was able to survive accidentally falling from the skyscraper. Doom dropping a piano on Eddie's brother with murderous intent in Toontown was not funny, hence the reason it actually killed him.
  • Toon Physics: Everything from making perfectly silhouetted holes to not succumbing to gravity until they realize it. They still apply even in the real world.

    Roger Rabbit
Voiced by: Charles Fleischer

The eponymous A-List cartoon star who gets framed for Marvin Acme's murder because his wife Jessica supposedly had an affair with him.

    Jessica Rabbit
The most popular character of the film for obvious reasons
Voiced by: Kathleen Turner (singing voice: Amy Irving)

Roger's voluptuous Toon-human wife, who has been made into a sex symbol - both in and out of the movie - and seeing what she looks like, it's pretty justified.

    The Toon Patrol
Voiced by: David L. Lander (Smart Ass), Fred Newman (Stupid), June Foray (Wheezy), Charles Fleischer (Greasy and Psycho)

The Quirky Miniboss Squad comprised of Toon weasels that Judge Doom hired to catch Roger Rabbit who bear a strong resemblance to the weasels from Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Their names are Smart Ass, Greasy, Wheezy, Psycho and Stupid, but you only find that out in the credits and in scripts.
  • Achilles' Heel: Constant laughter, of all things.
  • All There in the Script: None of their names are spoken in the movie, although after seeing the names in the credits it's easy to work out which one is which.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Greasy, of all the gang, has darkest brown fur. Another subtle hint that he's Puerto Rican and perhaps the Toon Patrol's Token Minority.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Smart Ass, The Leader of the Toon Patrol is the only weasel who puts up a decent fight against Eddie in the bar.
  • Ax-Crazy: All of them, but most notably Psycho.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Smart Ass and Greasy.
  • Badass Longcoat: Greasy wears one as part of his Zoot Suit (see Ambiguously Brown above).
  • BFG: Wheezy uses a tommy-gun instead of the pistols the other weasels use. Typical of gangsters, he conceals it in a violin case, as seen when they are about to investigate Eddie's apartment.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Greasy is Puerto Rican (at least that's his accent) but he curses twice in the movie in Spanish.
  • Boomerang Bigots: As mentioned below, they hate other Toons despite being Toons themselves.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Smart Ass getting kicked in the groin and flying to his death by landing in the Dip was apparently so funny that it triggered Greasy's death.
  • Bowdlerize: See that image to the right? It bowdlerized Smart Ass' name to Smart Guy.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Smart Ass has a Brooklyn accent (and his voice actor, David Lander, is actually from Brooklyn) and a predisposition toward violence.
  • Category Traitors: The Toon Patrol participate in helping a Human or so it seemed at first, commit near-Toon genocide despite being Toons themselves.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wheezy has the darkest fur and the darkest clothes.
  • Deader Than Dead: Smart-Ass gets killed by being kicked into a vat of Dip. He doesn't even get a ghost.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As if a name like Smart Ass couldn't spell it out for you.
  • Determinator: Wheezy is the only weasel who tries to stop his ghost from leaving his body.
  • Die Laughing: How they die at the end, except for Smart Ass who gets dipped.
  • The Ditz: Stupid.
  • Dirty Cop: They are stated to be the primary law enforcement of Toon Town, but behave more like gangsters than police.
  • The Dragon: Smart Ass to Judge Doom.
  • The Dreaded: That explains why Roger Rabbit screams in terror when he sees 'em coming in Eddie Valiant's office before saying "It's the Toon Patrol !!!"
  • Fat Idiot: Stupid. He's got a big round belly and he earned his name.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The film does this a lot and Smart Ass' name is no exception.
  • Giggling Villain: Psycho, when he's not acting like The Hyena.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Wheezy is an evil smoker who usually has at least three or four cigarettes in his mouth.
  • Grotesque Cute: They have a certain appeal despite their behaviour, particularly Psycho.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wheezy, Smart Ass and Stupid wear only shirts, and Psycho only an untied straitjacket. Greasy is the only one who's fully clothed.
  • The Hyena: All of them to varying degrees. Doom warns them that one day they're going to die laughing, like their idiot hyena cousins.
  • Knife Nut: Psycho is often seen wielding a razor. Smarty Ass and Greasy also got switchblade knives.
  • Larynx Dissonance: June Foray voiced Wheezy.
  • Laughing Mad: Psycho, who has a very high pitched giggle, heard during the car chase scene and at the end.
  • Leitmotif: A delightfully quirky one.
  • Lean and Mean: Except Stupid.
  • Malaproper: Smart Ass commits these several times over the course of the movie.
    Smart Ass: Say, boss, you want we should disresemble the place?
    Doom: No, sergeant, disassembling the place won't be necessary.
  • Manchild: Stupid, given his mannerisms and fashion sense.
  • Meaningful Name: Their names reflect their definitive personality traits.
  • Must Have Nicotine: Wheezy, of course, to the point where his over the top chain-smoking has given him nicotine-stained fingers. Also, Smart Ass is rarely seen without a thick cigar.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Not them personally, but their relations apparently include hyenas.
  • Nice Hat: Greasy and Smart Ass both have fedoras to match their Zoot Suits, Wheezy wears a bowler hat stuffed with cigarettes, and Stupid wears a beanie.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Despite being mean and ruthless at their core, they're not immune to silly, cartoonish antics every now and again.
    • When they break into Eddie's apartment looking for Roger, Smart-Ass rants at all the others for laughing. At the bar, Smart-Ass laughs right along with them.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: They act like the typical incompetent villain - sidekick. However it's clear they are sociopathic and evil just like their boss Judge Doom since they cooperate with him in his genocidal plan to wipe out Toontown and the toon race, which they are a part of.
  • Obviously Evil: Between the gangster suits, sharp teeth and weapons, it's pretty obvious.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As cruel and snarky as he is, Smart Ass wears a light pink zoot suit and fedora accompanied by a hot pink bejewelled tie that matches the color of his hatband. Greasy is a lesser example, as he is wearing a pink tie.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Downplayed. Wheezy can be seen having bloodshot eyes from all the chain-smoking.
  • Stealth Parody: Possibly of the Seven Dwarfs; their names at least.
  • The Voiceless: Smart Ass is the only one weasel with a decent amount of lines in the movie - Greasy and Psycho have only a few each. Stupid just says "Toon Town is behind the wall, boss" and nothing more and Wheezy's only actual line in the film is a barely noticeable "Let's go!" right after Eddie and Roger free Bennie the Cab.
  • Weapon of Choice: Smart Ass and Greasy both pack handguns and switchblades, Psycho carries a straight razor in his mouth, Stupid holds a baseball bat with nail protruding at its tip, and Wheezy's shown at one point wielding a Tommy gun.
  • Wicked Weasels: Trope image.
  • Wingding Eyes: Psycho's eyes are perpetually spinning yellow and mauve spirals.

    Baby Herman
He acts older off-screen.
Voiced by: Lou Hirsch

Roger's friend and coworker in the movie business, a baby... who has been a baby for 53 years.
  • Cigar Chomper: Always has a smoke on hand or in his mouth whenever he's not in character.
  • Dawson Casting: Parodied in-universe. A 53-year old man who looks like an infant.
  • Dirty Old Man: Granted, he could be mistaken as a Dirty Kid.
  • The Fool: His role in the cartoons. His character gets into all sorts of trouble, and comes out no worse for wear either by luck, or because Roger takes all the blows.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Being apparently three years old for over five decades really doesn't agree with him.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: He himself admits he loves the fame, but hates being a 53-year old man in an infant's body.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It may not look like it at first, but he cares about Roger.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: At the end of the film, he pointed out Acme's will is still missing, which without it Toontown is just waiting for "another developer's wrecking ball".
  • The Napoleon: Justified. Herman is actually quite old, bu because he's a cartoon, he doesn't visibly age. That means he will stay the same toddler size forever.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Zig-zagged. The character he portrays wasn't necessarily a pleasant character to begin with, though he didn't actually know what he was doing was wrong as he was an infant. But as soon as the cameras stop rolling, he shows himself to be fairly grouchy and annoying. At the same time, even though he acts like an asshole he still professes to Roger's innocence and attempts to hire Eddie to help clear his name, showing he does consider him a friend.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Baby Herman smokes humongous cigars and has "a fifty-year lust and a three-year-old dinky" concerning his nurse. That's not his only problem, as seen in the comics.
  • Older Than They Look: He is actually fifty-three years old... despite resembling and portraying a baby.
  • Straying Baby: His role in the opening short.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He is a baby who enjoys smoking. Subverted, in that chronologically speaking, he passed the legal age of smoking a long time ago, and he acts his real age in most other respects.

    Benny the Cab
Official Transport of Toon Town
Voiced by: Charles Fleischer

A foul-mouthed, super fast cartoon taxi cab that is friends with Roger. He apparently has a history of run-ins with the law thanks to his rather chaotic driving skills. Has the supernatural ability to appear whenever someone sticks out their thumb.
  • The Driver: He drives people and can even drive other cars.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He ignores a lot of traffic regulations. Played with, considering he is the car itself.
    I can't believe they locked me up for driving on the sidewalk. It was only for a couple of miles.
  • The Taxi: Is his job.

"Don't let me catch your peepin' face around here again, got it?"
Voiced by: Morgan Deare

A big, grumpy, intimidating Toon gorilla who's the bouncer at the Ink-N-Paint Club.
  • Bouncer: Is the bouncer of The Ink & Paint Club who unceremoniously dumps Eddie outside when he catches him peeping. (A customer who wants to get past him to get into the club has to know the password: "Walt sent me.")
  • The Dragon: To Doom in a deleted scene.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: His retort to Eddie's snarky remark.
    Eddie: Nice monkey suit.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Presumed after Doom is killed as he appears in the crowd of Toons in the Acme Factory, at least given the context of the deleted scene.
  • Killer Gorilla: Although not as aggressive as most cartoon gorillas, he is still big, scary-looking and rather violent with Eddie. But in a deleted scene he's shown working for the Big Bad.
  • No Name Given: Technically applied as his name was only revealed in a deleted scene and his credits listing, even in recent remastered editions, is still given as "Gorilla".

    Lena Hyena
Top: What she really is.
Bottom: What she was a second ago
Voiced by: June Foray

A psychotic, Love Hungry Toon woman in Toontown who relentlessly chases Eddie after he mistakes her for Jessica Rabbit.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Eddie. She immediately chases him once she spots him.
  • All There in the Manual: According to the Toontown issue, "The Kissing Bandit" she's an old friend of Jessica.
  • Aside Glance: (Pictured) She's really looking towards Eddie, but she does this a split-second before she reveals her true appearance.
  • Big Word Shout: Almost every time she speaks.
    "COME TO LENA!!!"
  • Butterface: She has a silhouette that resembles Jessica Rabbit. But once you see her face...
  • Covered in Kisses: Averted. Despite wearing as much red lipstick as Jessica, her kisses do not leave lipstick marks. But that doesn't keep her from trying.
  • Dresses the Same: Wears the exact same red dress as Jessica, Opera Gloves included, only her pumps are green where as Jessica's are red.
  • Fanservice: Humorously subverted. Of course, it's all good when she imitates Jessica, but then it becomes Fan Disservice once she lets it all out.
  • Gag Boobs: Her breasts are comparable in size to Jessica's... but become rather saggy once she turns at the audience.

    Judge Doom 

Judge Doom

It's later revealed that Judge Doom himself IS a toon in a rubber mask, and wants to destroy Toontown (and the Toons while he's at it) so he can build a freeway and a new city in place of it, thus making himself filthy rich. Ironic while considering that he's a Toon himself or possibly more horrific because he is one. He also killed Marvin Acme, R K Maroon and Teddy Valiant.
  • All There in the Manual: According to The Resurrection of Doom (a sequel graphic novel published a year after the movie's release), his real name is Baron Von Rotten, and was a Toon who frequently played cartoon villains until an on-set accident left him thinking he was truly villainous.
  • Ambiguously Human: Even though he's technically a Toon himself, we never see what's behind the rubber mask. The graphic novel does reveal a glimpse of his true Toon form.
  • Ax-Crazy: For the most part, a calm, cool, and collected version. But after his One-Winged Angel Reveal, he promptly goes bat-shit insane, with eyes to match.
  • Badass Boast: His (in)famous gloat to Eddie about the fact he killed his brother.
  • Big Bad: Not that the name is a huge tip-off or anything, but his murder of Eddie's brother and the death of Acme have made both Eddie and Roger's lives change significantly. And that's not counting his plan to destroy Toon Town.
  • Boomerang Bigot: 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.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Scarily subverted. He remembers well having killed Eddie's brother and given his Evil Gloating to Eddie he must have enjoyed doing it.
  • The Chessmaster: Everything from Acme and Maroon's murder and Roger being framed for the former's murder to plotting to destroy Toontown, and even the murder of Eddie's brother is all a part of his plan.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He wants to melt Toon Town down to make room for an eight-lane freeway to profit off it, made more disturbing since he's also a Toon.
  • Death by Irony: Using The Dip for his plan later proves to be his own undoing.
  • Enhanced Punch: He gives Eddie a devastating punch by turning his fist into an anvil.
  • Evil Gloating: He gloats on how he killed Eddie's brother while speaking in a high pitched voice, unlike most examples, it is horrifying, other times, it comes off as grand and overconfident.
  • Evil Plan: He has a plan to melt Toon Town with his Dip cannon and put a freeway in. Presumably his "excuse" for doing this is to accept kickbacks from the presumably wealthy developers of the gas stations, motels, cheap restaurants and billboards that would build up alongside the freeway, but his real motivation seems to simply be For the Evulz.
  • Eye Pop: Once revealed as a Toon, his eyes briefly bulge in and out while his pupils shrink and expand in a disturbing way. Does a traditional one in his Oh Crap! moment.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: To reveal his red Toon eyes and tuft of hair.
  • The Heavy: His plan to destroy Toon Town as well as the murders he commits are the center of the plot.
  • Hero Killer: He's the Toon who murdered Teddy Valiant by dropping a piano on him, after all - and he clearly attempts to do in Teddy's brother at the climax of the film, too, with a disturbing amount of glee once his disguise falls apart.
    • Not only that. Marvin Acme, the toon shoe and Maroon died horribly beacuse of him.
  • Giggling Villain: After he gets flattened by the steamroller he gets up wobbling around and giggling in a quite eerie way.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: We never see what he really looks like under his rubber mask.
  • Hell Is That Noise: His Voice.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Created "Dip", a concoction of turpentine that could actually kill toons at the slightest touch. At the climax he gets sprayed with it and melted into nothing.
  • Humanoid Abomination: For one thing, for a Toon and especially dangerous one; he has perpetually changing red eyes, golden hands that turn into weapons, and a high pitched shrill of a voice. And everything else is a mystery, as it is all covered by his coat and rubber mask.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by the same Dip he created and planned to use to kill off his entire race. Serves you right for killing that cute shoe.
  • Large Ham: Used for Foreshadowing. While humans are largely downplayed and realistic in their performances, especially in regards to the Toons, Judge Doom's very over-the-top in his role as a villain. The bizarre movements, all-black clothing, shiny-white teeth, and a cape that's always flapping in the breeze (even indoors) are all indicators that he's a cartoon.
  • Latex Perfection: His pale skin is actually a rubber mask to hide his real Toon face.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His "fight" with Eddie after his reveal as a Toon. As Eddie runs away, Doom jumps from a distance to grab him, tosses him to the floor while turning on the previously deactivated Dip Machine that would kill Roger and Jessica, and finally punches him across the room with an anvil that he had turned his hand into. He had planned to saw Eddie in half, but then decided to approach him slowly which gave Eddie the chance to use the Dip against him.
  • Not Even Human: He's a Toon.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: All that is shown through Doom's Latex Perfection is his crazed eyes and shapeshifting left hand, which adds more to the fear that this character exudes.
  • Obviously Evil: Seriously, did anyone NOT immediately know he was the Big Bad the instant he showed up on screen? The only legitimate surprise is that he is the same Toon that killed Eddie's brother.
  • One-Winged Angel: Of the 'behold my true form' version. He's revealed in the final battle to be a Toon and then makes use of his Toon body to beat the tar out of Eddie.
  • Oh Crap!: When he's about to be hit by his own Dip.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His real eyes. Not only are they red, but they briefly turn into daggers, then bulge out and swirl.
  • The Quiet One: After he reveals his true identity to Eddie he doesn't say anything else until his demise.
  • The Reveal: Not only is he the real villain behind all the murders, he's the toon who killed Eddie's brother!
  • Sadist: His enjoyment in doing evil to people is quite like a child having fun while playing with his toys. He orders first Smart Ass to let Eddie watching Roger and Jessica being Dipped and then to shoot him when he could have just having him killed right now. Again, during the final confrontation he starts the Dipmobile on in order to Dip Roger and Jessica with a deranged smile simply to hurt Eddie, he saws a chain to show Eddie how powerful he is and what is going to happen to him. Also, his plan to destroy Toontown appears to be more For the Evulz than for greed.
  • Shout-Out: Recognizing that he's dying, he decides to go out Wicked Witch style, dying words and all.
  • Slasher Smile: At first he only tends to normally smile evilly, then after revealing his true identity and his real psychopathic nature, he finally sports a horrendous one, probably thinking of the fun he'll have beating and then killing Eddie.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: An interesting case. Doom is a constant presence, but Toon Doom is onscreen for less than three minutes. And is completely unforgettable.
  • The Sociopath: Hell yeah. He plans to exterminate his own species simply for profit, he loves killing both humans and toons and once he revealed himself to Eddie he taunts him about his brother's death in a creepy childish manner.
  • The Spook: After being revealed to be a Toon, no one is sure what he really looked like.
  • Toon: A rather dark and disturbing take on this idea. As Judge Doom, he's portrayed for most of the film as an extremely anti-Toon human judge with over the top villainy and ambitions. While one could call him eccentric, something seems to be very "wrong" as he has pearly white teeth, stiff movements, completely dark glasses and a black outfit that covers the entirety of his body that he seems to desperate to hide. Underneath all that, he has the usual cartoonish childishness, but channeled into psychopathy and sadism. He also has mastered the use of Toon Physics to make his body itself into a very versatile lethal weapon.
  • Villainous Breakdown: At the climax of the film, he reveals his true form and goes from composed to Ax-Crazy to screaming for his life when he's melting.
  • Visual Pun: During The Reveal where he tells Eddie that he killed his brother, his eyes pop out of his head and make knife shapes. He's staring daggers at him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Being a Toon does this for you.
  • Wham Line: Eddie isn't surprised he's a Toon till he makes this shocking reveal.
    "Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I talked Just - LIKE - THISSSS!!"
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Taunts Eddie about the fact that he's the one who killed his brother.
  • You Are What You Hate: Wants to kill Toons because they're insane, but he's crazier than all of them.


    Eddie Valiant
Played by: Bob Hoskins

The protagonist of our story. Grizzled Private Detective who slipped into alcoholism and developed a bitter antipathy against Toons after his brother got murdered by one of them when they were investigating a case in Toontown. He is hired to take some dirty pictures about Jessica Rabbit's affair with Marvin Acme, but is pulled into the murder investigation (against his will) after Acme gets murdered and Jessica's husband, Roger is framed for it.
  • Accidental Hero: Eddie's 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, save Toontown, and avenge the loss of his brother all at the same time.
  • Acrofatic: Eddie during his climactic dance number.
  • Action Survivor: His modus operandi to come out of trouble. He's also a smarter version of this.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. Book!Eddie, as a parody of a pulp hero, is noted by several characters as being very attractive. Movie!Eddie, as a Stealth Parody of a noir hero, is beaten down and schlubby.
  • Addiction Displacement: According to the comics that continue the story after the film, after Eddie kicked his drinking habit he suddenly developed a huge addiction to jelly-beans.
  • The Alcoholic: At the beginning of the movie Eddie Valiant has been an alcoholic since his brother was murdered by a Toon, but he drops the habit by the end.
    Police Lieutenant: Didn't you used to be Eddie Valiant? Or did you change your name to "Jack Daniels"?
  • Anti-Hero: A Pragmatic Hero. Cynical alcoholic with a racist streak and a tendency towards violence? Definitely Anti-Hero. But he does get better once he stops drinking and by end of the movie, he's a lot nicer.
  • Awesome McCool Name: Eddie Valiant.
  • Bald of Awesome: Normally covered by his Cool Hat.
  • Badass Longcoat: A typical private investigator - style trenchcoat.
  • Badass Normal: Probably the only one human in among toons with this charateristic. He even manages to kill Judge Doom himself, who is a toon stronger and taller than him, by spreading Dip everywhere.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't sit in Teddy Valiant's chair.
    • Eddie Valiant doesn't work for toons. And don't you forget it. He's back in business by the end of the film.
  • Carpet of Virility: A scene shows him with a very hairy chest.
  • Character Development: Eddie starts off as a cynical man who hates all toons; he does show respect towards some toons (e.g., Betty Boop) and his hatred mostly stems from his brother being murdered by an evil toon. After the events of trying and succeeding in clearing Roger's name, his hatred goes away and he begins to show his long lost sense of humor.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Him and his brother being raised in a circus as clowns along with extensive expierence with toons from he and his brother worked as detectives in Toontown helps him out at the finale.
  • Circus Brat: Implied. One of his old photos shows himself, his brother, and his father (dressed as a clown) in front of a circus sign, the frame reads "On the road with Dad". His improvised circus act distraction at the end of the movie also supports this. In a case of both Real Life Writes the Plot and Actor Allusion, Bob Hoskins actually was a circus performer.
  • Clear Their Name: He eventually helps Roger find out who framed him for Acme's murder.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: While Eddie doesn't blame himself about it, his brother's murder led to his antipathy for Toons. Solving the murder while also finding his brother's killer serves as an Inverted Example, having become better and letting go of his stuff for toons.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just like a great many Film Noir heroes.
  • Defective Detective: Eddie not only has an alcohol problem, but also has trouble with his relationship and is traumatized by his brother's death.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He starts as a cold and cynical Private Eye at first, but at the halfway point of the movie he becomes more kind and gentle, especially towards the toons.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: His reaction to the reveal that Judge Doom killed Acme and Maroon simply to get the deed to Toontown and build a freeway.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Courtesy of his brother's death.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?:
    • Gets mocked for his alcoholism and having worked on Toon cases by some people including fellow L.A.P.D. officers.
    • When Jessica is brought to safety, it looks as if she's about to thank Eddie for his heroism... but instead does this to Roger... who was tied to her the whole time.
    Jessica: Oh Roger, you were a pillar of strength.
  • Dull Surprise: He's not very surprised to discover that Judge Doom was a Toon in disguise. As he puts it, "That lame-brain freeway idea could only be cooked up by a Toon." Averted when he discovers that Doom was the Toon who killed his brother.
  • Everybody Has Standards: He may no longer work for toons, holding nothing but antipathy for them in general, but Eddie was notably horrified when Doom unnecessarily and horrifically dunks the squeaking-shoe Toon into the Dip mix.
  • Expy: Of Phillip Marlowe, Indiana Jones and Dick Tracy.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason for his dislike of Toons is because one murdered his brother.
  • Functional Genre Savvy: He uses the logic of toons doing anything in Toon Town to rip a road line and placed it towards a wall so that his Abhorrent Admirer would hit it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: His treatment of Roger Rabbit is abusive for much of the film.
  • Grumpy Bear: He's still getting over the death of his brother.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Acts like one, but is very out of place in a Toon inhabited society.
  • The Hero: Once he forgets all his bad feelings he's more heroic and kind.
  • Hidden Depths: Eddie still has some humor left in him and he still holds some Toons close to him.
  • Inspector Javert: The Javert to the real murderer's Valjean.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's nice to some Toons even before his Character Development.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He treats Toons, especially Roger badly, although this decreases as the film progresses.
  • Leitmotif: Eddie's Theme.
  • Meaningful Name: The English and French meaning for "Valiant" is brave. He proves to be quite gutsy and heroic in a tense situation.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Dolores walks in on Eddie getting affectionate with Jessica and assumes infidelity.
  • Never My Fault: Jessica and Baby Herman hold him responsible for Roger being accused as the murderer of Acme.
    "It ain't my fault the rabbit got himself in trouble. All I did was took a couple of lousy pictures."
  • Nice Hat: A brown fedora. He also has to hold it when he falls off a building in Toontown.
  • Official Couple: With Dolores.
  • Pretend Prejudice: His attitude to Toons in general.
  • Private Detective: He and his brother had this job, till the latter was flattened by a piano by a Toon, who turns out to be none other than Judge Doom at the end.
  • Punch Clock Hero: His Private Detective job is not full time, Roger doesn't think so at the very least.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Eddie literally has this attitude toward Roger.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Dolores.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts as a grouchy, drunken and lazy detective with not much action to him. Then he interrogates Maroon in a Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique style, managing to obtain some useful information, he eliminates the weasels by making 'em die laughing, he kicks Smarty in the dip vat, and finally he kills the much more powerful and skilled Judge Doom by making him melt in his own creation.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: Valiant starts out jaded and cynical, often consoling himself with booze after his brother's death at the hands of an evil toon. After his adventures in clearing Roger Rabbit's name, Eddie is much less of a sourpuss.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the power of Character Development! It does help that he kills Doom, the Toon responsible for his brother's death, relieving him of a lot of guilt.
  • Tragic Bigot: Became bitter and resentful towards toons after one killed his brother and he never found out who it was. Until he finds out it was Doom, and gets over his bigotry by avenging his brother's death and recognizing that all the other toons are not at all like one who was psychotic enough to want to kill even his fellow toons.
  • When He Smiles: Since he's so depressed over his brother's death, he barely smiles and when he does, it's a sight to behold.
  • You Killed My Father: Judge Doom is the same toon who killed Eddie's brother.

    Judge Doom

The Hanging Judge of LA and Toontown, who thinks that the only way to repress the madness of the Toons is to make them respect the law... or more accurately, fear it. If he has to execute a few on his way to get the message across, so be it.
  • For the Evulz: His possible reason for Dipping the poor toon shoe.
  • Hanging Judge: A downright frightening one.
  • Hitler Cam: Most notably during his New Era Speech about the freeway.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The movie always get a darker tone when he's around.
  • Knight Templar: Says he's this, but he's more just a psycho.
  • Lack of Empathy: For starters, in his establishing scene, he boils alive a Toon shoe just for cuddling by his feet! Then there's the way he treats his weasels, as well as his utter lack of guilt when he admits he killed Eddie's brother - in fact, he views it as a great achievement. His New Era Speech speech about demolishing Toontown to make a freeway, and his sheer enjoyment of the prospect of its completion, shows how little he regrets destroying his own kind.
  • Large Ham: Hey, it's Christopher Lloyd after all.
  • Lean and Mean: Not exactly lean. Until he gets flattened by a steam roller.
  • Leitmotif: A dramatic little piece, complete with a For Doom the Bell Tolls.
  • Mad Scientist: He invented the Dip, and you don't want to know how he came to know it works on Toons.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Doom. Duh.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: His design and goals are very Nazi-esque, the revelation of his identity as a Toon brings an eerie connection to Hitler as well.
    • Judge Doom bears a resemblance to Roland Freisler, a notoriously corrupt Nazi lawyer and judge during World War II.
  • Nice Hat: A black fedora, which covers his tuft of blonde hair.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Especially as a toon.
  • Not So Stoic: He's shown losing his cool when Roger arrives to the rescue, confronting him and telling him off.
    Doom: (shaking in anger) Put the gun down you buck-toothed fool!
    Roger: That's it, Doom! (pulls his gun at Doom) Give me another excuse and I'll pump you full of lead!
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His goals are simplistic and idealistic, but the extremes he goes to achieve these ends makes him out to be this, especially as a Toon who delights in prolonging his killing of Eddie just to make him die in absolute terror.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He has this when he melts the poor toon shoe in the Dip. The thing is doing it intentionally to show how cruel and sadistic he and his Weasels are. He then does this near-consistently once he reveals himself to be a Toon.
  • The Reveal:In the climax its revealed that he himself is a toon, "and not just any toon but the same'' toon who killed Eddie's brother years ago".
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: A very rare live action version, occurs multiple times in the last third of the movie before The Reveal.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: It's never specified what makes a Toon deserving of the Dip; as seen with the innocent shoe foreshadowing, he merely kills his own kind for the thrills.
  • Sinister Shades: They cover his red, disturbing Toon eyes.
  • The Sociopath: Especially as a Toon.
  • Sword Cane: He has one.
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked. Christopher Lloyd was given very pale make-up, was never shown to blink on camera, and has very stiff movements to make the audience feel something is very wrong about Doom. Especially once he reveals his red Toon eyes and unnaturally high pitched voice.
  • Visionary Villain: He wanted to erase Toon Town to create a freeway and goes to make an epic speech about it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: At least, what he claims to be: he thinks to bring order in Toontown, executing toons to give examples to the others. However, needless to say, it's obvious he's actually a sadistic sociopath, and knows it all too well.
  • You Are What You Hate: He's a Toon.

    R.K. Maroon
Played by: Alan Tilvern
Some unmarked spoilers below.

Well-known cartoon producer in Hollywood and studio head of Maroon Cartoons. Cloverleaf approached him with an offer to buy the Maroon Cartoons studio for a generous sum, on the condition that they would buy it only when Marvin Acme sold them his properties — which included Toontown. Acme refused, so Maroon made Jessica pose for the patty-cake photos with Acme and arranged for Eddie Valiant to snap the pictures, in order to have something he could use to blackmail Acme into selling. At some unspecified point after Acme was murdered, he connected the dots and realized that Cloverleaf was going to destroy Toontown to build the freeway after claiming it as theirs, as Acme's Last Will and Testament had gone missing and thus could not be executed. He was understandably horrified — being a cartoonist and a man who loved Toons, and all — and wanted to find Acme's will to prove someone had a legitimate standing claim to Toontown in the event of Acme's death so that Cloverleaf couldn't get their hands on it. Judge Doom murdered him in his own office for saying too much while he was being interrogated by Valiant.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He tried to extort Acme into selling by setting up the patty-cake scandal.
  • Asshole Victim: One can actually feel relieved that Doom killed Maroon since Maroon held Roger's job hostage and was in Doom's scheme for the money. Of course, he tried to repair the damage he nearly caused, so this can be somewhat of a subversion.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason why Judge Doom ultimately killed him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Gets murdered by Judge Doom in order to keep his scheme mysterious.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He tried to find Acme's will for unambiguously good reasons after realizing the truth, and told Valiant as much while being interrogated, but was killed before he could completely spill the beans.

    Marvin Acme
"If it's ACME, it's a gasser."
Played by: Stubby Kaye

A.k.a: "The Gag King". The eccentric, prank-playing CEO of the Acme Corporation and owner of Toontown.
  • G-Rated Sex: He plays "pattycake" with Jessica... literally.
  • Jerkass Ball: Acme generally seems like a good man, but he's still a homewrecking Millionaire Playboy frequently "gettin' it on" with Roger's wife. In spite of this, Acme really does love and cares deeply for the welfare of all Toons and promised to leave Toontown to them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He isn't quite the person you'd want to like given his fetish toward female Toons, but he does care about the Toons and, as stated above, wants to leave Toontown to them when he's gone.
  • Memetic Mutation: In-universe example. The name Acme has appeared in various cartoons (notably Looney Tunes), TV shows, comics and films throughout history. Ever wonder where it came from?

Played by: Joanna Cassidy

A waitress/bartender and Eddie's girlfriend.

    Lt. Santino
Played by: Richard LeParmentier

A no-nonsense LAPD Police Lieutenant and Eddie's friend.