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Characters: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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     Humans 

Eddie Valiant

Played by: Bob Hoskins

Grizzled Private Detective who slipped into alcoholism and developed a bitter grudge 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 murderinvestigation (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 parody of a noir hero, is beaten down and schlubby.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

R.K. Maroon

Played by: Alan Tilvern

Well-known cartoon producer in Hollywood and studio head of Maroon Cartoons.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He manipulates Jessica into posing for the pattycake photos for Eddie, but he loves Toons and doesn't want to see them get hurt.

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.
  • 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?

Dolores

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.

     Toons 

Roger Rabbit

"P-b-b-b-b-bleeeease!"

Voiced by: Charles Fleischer

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

  • Ears as Hair: Roger wrings the water out of his ears and Eddie grabs him by the ear.
  • Expressive Ears: The animators mention that they took inspiration from ballet dancers when drawing Roger's ears. When restrained, Roger can even point with them.
  • Feels No Pain: At first, such as being immune to fridges being dropped on him, hitting himself over and over again with plates and even when Eddie's wringing his neck, but this is in truth a ziggzagged trope, as he clearly is in pain from Judge Doom strangling him. This can be explained because this trope is run on Rule of Funny, but being held by his neck over Dip is pure Rule of Scary. Even if it doesn't hurt, Roger complains to Eddie that he does not like having his ears pulled.
  • Genius Ditz: See Obfuscating Stupidity below, and he knows how to deal with people through laughter.
  • Happily Married: To Jessica.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Roger is madly in love with beautiful red head, Jessica.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has bluish watery eyes of sound sanity To contrast with Judge Doom's red embers of madness.
  • Kavorka Man: Played with. Not only is he married to quite possibly the hottest toon made, but he seems to be the envy of most Toon females, even Betty Boop. Jessica explains later that it's because he makes her laugh. Sure, Roger ain't the handsomest dude around, but he's a genuinely Nice Guy, pretty funny, as well as an A-list superstar. By Toon standards though, Jessica is considered the lucky one. The key attribute of Toon society is humor, making Funny Animals pretty much the equivalent of supermodels.
  • The Klutz: He has a tendency to get his head stuck in things.
  • The Lancer: To Eddie Valiant.
  • Nice Guy: Even more than most Toons.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • Roger shows a more subtle version of this earlier on when he drops a rather snarky and backhanded comment regarding Eddie's alcoholism.
    Roger: Say, where is your brother, anyhow? He looks like a sensitive and sober fellow.
    Roger: We Toons may act idiotic, but we're not stupid!
  • Toon: A rabbit like Bugs Bunny.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Need we say more? Of course, from the Toon point of view, he's quite a catch and Jessica is plain by comparison.

Jessica Rabbit

The most popular character of the film for obvious reasons

Voiced by: Kathleen Turner

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.

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: They never fight when they are on screen together, but her actions prior to that suggest she would have affairs behind his back. Turns out all of her actions both moral and immoral were in the name of saving Roger and helping him and Eddie clear his name.
  • Lady in Red: A truly exaggerated example; Jessica's dress in not only solid red but it sparkles. Meanwhile, everything she says and does comes off as seductive.
  • Leitmotif: Jessica's Theme
  • Nonindicative Name: She's only a Rabbit by marriage.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: At first glance, she appears to be morally ambiguous and devious as one might expect from a Femme Fatale, but she's not like that in any way. She's a good girl who just also happens to be incredibly sultry and loves her husband more than anything.
    "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."
  • Not so Above It All: You might think because of her more in-control Femme Fatale 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. The fact that she MARRIED A RABBIT kind of already says this.
    Jessica: [about Roger] I hit him on the head with a frying pan and put him in the trunk...so he wouldn't get hurt.
  • Red Is Heroic: Jessica wears a sparkly, red dress and is a heroic person.
  • Sexy Silhouette: Makes one when she visits Valiant's office and when she's running to her car. Hell, her shadow, whatever the pose, would be one.

Judge Doom

He's actually scarier... Like Thissss and now you're scarred for the rest of your natural life

Played by: Christopher Lloyd

Unmarked Spoilers below

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. It's later revealed that he himself IS a toon in a rubber mask, and wants to destroy Toontown (and the Toons while he's on it) so he can build a freeway and 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 he was a Toon who frequently played cartoon villains until an accident on the set rendered 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.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a judge and about the only Toon who can use Toon Physics to a lethally effective use.
  • 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 in a Nice Suit: Wearing completely black (A black fedora, a black trench coat), and don't forget the cane which has a sword hidden inside it.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one.
  • Bad Boss: He generally slaps the Weasels around, which is made more disturbing once you realize he himself is a Toon.
  • Bald of Evil: Definitely has the look of one. Subverted - he has a small tuft of wild blonde hair hidden under his hat.
  • Big Bad: Not that the name is a huge tip-off or anything.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: His entirely gloomy black wardrobe is not the best way to hide his evilness.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Wears one, possibly to hide whatever kind of Toon creature he really is.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He knows exactly what makes toons tick, and how to find one who's hiding. Of course, it helps that he himself is a toon.
  • 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.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: His name. Toons often have adjectives for names.
  • The Dreaded: He's genuinely feared by toons and humans alike.
  • Fantastic Racist: Really looks down on toons, even his henchmen, despite (or because of) being one himself..
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: For the most part, it seems behind his shiny glasses, he is a horrible racist human being. Subverted in the most horrific way possible, in which he is revealed to be a deranged Toon monstrosity with red embers of hellish madness.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Melts a toon shoe using the Dip he invented just for a thrill.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: As he is a Toon it's a clue that he's not completely normal.
  • Evil Albino: His white skin is menacing, especially since its a rubber suit worn over his real Toon body; and let's not even go into the fact on his red eyes of depravity.
  • 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.
  • For the Evulz: His possible reason for dipping the poor toon shoe.
  • Hanging Judge: A downright frightening one.
  • The Heavy: His murder of Eddie's brother and the death of Acme, have made both Eddie and Roger's lives change significantly.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: We never see what he really looks like under his rubber mask.
  • Hitler Cam: Most notably during his New Era Speech about the freeway.
  • 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.
  • 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! In addition to his treatment of his weasels as well the utter lack of guilt when admitting to have killed Eddie's brother, and how he in fact views it as a great achievement show how little empathy he has. His New Era Speech speech about demolishing Toon-Town to make a freeway, the sheer enjoyment of its completion shows how little he regrets destroying his own kind.
  • Large Ham: Hey, it's Christopher Lloyd after all.
  • Latex Perfection: His pale skin is actually a rubber mask to hide his real Toon face.
  • 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 knows 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-eque, the revelations of his identity as a Toon brings an eerie connection to Hitler as well.
  • Nice Hat: A black fedora, which covers his tuff of Toon hair.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Expecially as a toon.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His "fight" with Eddie after his reveal as a Toon is the latter running out of how frightened he was, jumps from a distance to grab him, toss him to the floor while turning on the then de-activated Dip Machine that would kill Roger and Jessica and finally punch Eddie across the room with an 'anvil he had turned his hand into. He had planned to simply saw Eddie in half literally. However, he then decided to take this 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 hit by his own Dip.
  • 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 intentionally to show how cruel and sadist he and his Weasels are. He then does this near-consistantly once he reveals to be a Toon.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His real eyes. Not only are they red, but they briefly turn into daggers, then bulge out and swirl.
  • The Reveal: Not only is he the real villain behind all the murders, he's the toon who killed Eddie's brother!
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Recognizing that he's dying, he decides to go out Wicked Witch style, dying words and all.
  • Sinister Shades: They cover his red, disturbing eyes.
  • 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 an horrendous one probably thinking of the fun he'll have beating and then killing Eddie.
  • The Sociopath: Especially as a Toon.
  • The Spook: After being revealed to be a Toon, no one is sure on what he really looked like.
  • Sword Cane: He has one.
  • 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 what 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.
  • 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 eyes and unnaturally high pitched voice.
  • 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.
  • Visionary Villain: He wanted to erase Toon Town to create a freeway and goes to make an epic speech about it.
  • 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 starring 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!!"
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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 scripts.

  • BFG: Wheezy uses a tommy-gun instead of the pistols the other weasels use.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Greasy is Puerto Rican (at least that's his accent) but he curses twice in the movie in Spanish.
  • 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.
  • Deader than Dead: Smart-Ass gets killed by being kicked into a vat of dip. He doesn't even get a ghost.
  • Deadpan Snarker: What'd you expect from a name like Smart Ass?
  • Die Laughing: How they die at the end, except for Smart Ass.
  • 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 !!!"
Smartass: Say, boss, you want we should disresemble the place?
Doom: No, sergeant, disassembling the place won't be necessary.
  • Must Have Nicotine: Wheezy, of course. 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.
  • 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 one/two of 'em. 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 it's tip, and Wheezy's shown at one point wielding a Tommy gun.

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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It may not look like it at first, but he cares about Roger.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: 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 unpleasant.

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.

  • Chekhov's Gun: His remark "If you ever need a ride, just stick out yer thumb!" is somewhere between this and Brick Joke.
  • 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.

Bongo

"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.

  • The Dragon: To Doom in a deleted scene.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: His retort to Eddie's snarky remark.
    Eddie: Nice monkey suit.
    Bongo:...Wiseass
  • 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.
  • No Name Given: Technically applied as his name was only revealed in the 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; adapted from a recurring character in Li'l Abner.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Barely subverted. Only marginal at best when compared to her original appearence in Lil' Abner.
  • 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.
    "A MMAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!"
    "COME TO LENA!!!"


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