Characters: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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Voiced by: VariousSentient, living, animated beings who co-exist with humans while living in an animated metropolis adjacent to Los Angeles called Toontown. They're known for their silly, childlike, crazy antics which gets varying human reception. Often treated like second-hand citizens, work for them is mostly relegated to cartoon film productions. Many of the Toons include classic characters from 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: Implied to be practically immortal and invincible as the Dip is literally the only means of permanently killing a Toon.
- Animated Actors
- Blessed with Suck/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.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The nature of a Toon albeit to varying degrees.
- Fantastic Racism: Though often admired by them, they're not fully respected by humans.
- Loads and Loads of Characters/The Cameo: Chances are you'll find a character you loved growing up in this film.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Apart from maybe one or two exceptions, most Toons often say and do incredibly ditzy things, but, as Roger explains, it really might all just be an act to be funny. See Rule of Funny below.
- Rule of Funny: How everything about their entire universe and lives are oriented.
- Superpower Lottery: Implied. They seem to be able to do literally almost anything just as long as it's amusing.
- Toon: Animated, anthropomorhic and often caricatured versions of humans, animals, plants, inanimate objects, machines and even mythical creatures.
- Toon Physics: Everything from making perfectly silhouetted holes to not succumbing to gravity until they realize it. They still apply even in the human world.
Voiced by: Charles FleischerThe eponymous A-List cartoon star who gets framed for Marvin Acme's murder because his wife Jessica supposedly had an affair with him.
- Adaptational Heroism/Character Exaggeration: 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 Nice Guy he pretended to be. The Roger of the movie is a lot wackier and more, well, cartoony, and is genuinely a Nice Guy.
- Adorkable: He's goofy, clumsy, and completely endearing. Justified since he's a cartoon and job as one requires he act like this.
- Affectionate Nickname: Jessica refers to him as "honey bunny" and "darling".
- Alliterative Name: His name and surname both have "R" .
- Animated Actors: He plays a rabbit babysitter when he's a rabbit actor
- Badly Battered Babysitter: In his cartoons. And he's aware of it, too, as shown in "Trail Mix Up":Roger: You hear that, Baby Herman? Hunting! Well, you two have a swell time!Mother: Are you insane?! Taking Baby hunting would be dangerous!Roger: Well, leavin' him with me is no picnic-! *Mother, now annoyed, bashes Roger over the head with her shotgun, squashing him flat*
- Bow Ties Are Cool: Doesn't do anything, but makes him look more professional than Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny
- Can't Hold His Liquor: A glass of scotch sends him bouncing around the room like he downed an equal amount of Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce, culminating with an earpiercing squeal that breaks all windows in the vicinity: Eddie uses this as a Chekhov's Skill towards the middle of the movie.
- "Jumpin' jeepers!"
- Classical Anti-Hero: Roger is physically wimpy and a lovable coward.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Being a Toon, he often comes to strange conclusions and talks about unusual topics
- Comically Cross-Eyed: Roger is slightly cross-eyed, which fits his mad personality.
- Drives Like Crazy: All Toons are lousy drivers and Roger himself totals Eddie's car while going on a joyride.
- 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.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Aside from Roger having an epic breakdown over Jessica playing Patty Cake with Acme, Jessica strongly states this trope in comparison to Roger's driving.Jessica: My Honey-Bunny was never very good behind the wheel.Jessica: You better believe it buster.
- 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 ever 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.
- Leitmotif: A playful one.
- The Load: Roger repeatedly fails to help Eddie crack the case, prove his innocence, or even stay under the radar.
- Malaproper: Roger has a memorable one as well when, in the search for Marvin Acme's will, Eddie tells Dolores that she should "check the probate":Roger: "Yeah, check the probate! Why, my Uncle Thumper had a problem with his 'probate', and he had to take these big pills and drink lots of water ..."Eddie: "Not prostate, you idiot! Probate!"
- Man Child: Roger has a very innocent, childlike personality, yet he has quite a sexy wife.
- Mistaken for Murderer: The whole plot revolves around finding out who framed him for Acme's murder.
- Motor Mouth: Like most Toons, he can't keep quiet.
- Nice Guy: Even more than most Toons.
- No Indoor Voice: He can't keep quiet, especially when he's crying.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
Roger: Say, where is your brother, anyhow? He looks like a sensitive and sober fellow.
- Roger shows a more subtle version of this earlier on when he drops a rather snarky and backhanded comment regarding Eddie's alcoholism.
Roger: We Toons may act idiotic, but we're not stupid!
- Roger also spells it out for Judge Doom...
- Plucky Comic Relief: He's the comic relief definitely, but he does manage to briefly stand up to Judge Doom near the end. And after this speech he is of course knocked out by a load of literal bricks.
- The Pollyanna: Roger's forever optimistic.
- Porky Pig Pronunciation: He stammers his p's.
- Rascally Rabbit: To a certain degree.
- Red Is Heroic: Wears red overalls and the Deuteragonist.
- Red-Headed Hero: Roger has a tuft of red hair, though the rest of his fur is white.
- Rule of Funny: As a traditional slapstick Toon, he lives by it.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Justified. It's his job to be as funny as possible.
- Secondary Character Title: His name is a part of the film, but he's the second main character.
- Shipper on Deck: Had hearts in his eye when Eddie and Dolores were about to kiss.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Jessica.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Jessica is the only woman for him.
- Species Surname: Were you expecting a duck?
- Sphere Eyes: Useful when doing the Eye Pop.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Jessica.
- Secondary Character Title: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is partially about him, but the real protagonist is Eddie Valiant.
- 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.
- White Bunny: Is white-furred with blue eyes.
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.
- Affectionate Nickname: Roger calls her "Love Cup".
- All There in the Manual: Her maiden name is Krupnick.
- 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.
- Buxom Is Better: She is based on a pinup drawing after all.
- The Chanteuse: Jessica Rabbit is introduced this way, working as a singer in the Ink & Paint Club. The entire (male) crowd is gobsmacked by her beauty and sensuality, and Eddie Valiant openly asks Betty Boop how that woman wound up married to a comedian like Roger.
- The Chick: Jessica is probably the most sane toon.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Jessica starts to be nicer to Eddie through the film.
- Expy: Face (and voice) like Lauren Bacall, hair like Veronica Lake, dressed like Rita Hayworth's in Gilda.
- Fanservice: This is Jessica Rabbit after all.
- Femme Fatale: A notable cartoon example.
- Gag Boobs: Made especially amusing by the line:Ed Valiant: Nice booby-trap.
- Gainaxing: Her breasts were purposely drawn to bounce in the opposite rhythm of a normal female's chest while walking; she bounces down when a real person would bounce up, and vice versa. And they go "boing"!
- Going Commando: In the original version of the scene where she gets ejected out of Benny the cab, there were a few frames which made it appear that Jessica might not be wearing panties. All home video releases edit the scene by either making her dress digitally longer to cover her or digitally putting on a pair of white panties.
- Good Bad Girl: "I'm not bad... I'm just drawn that way."
- Good People Have Good Sex: Aside from Roger having an epic breakdown over Jessica playing Patty Cake with Acme, Jessica strongly states this trope in comparison to Roger's driving.Jessica: My Honey-Bunny was never very good behind the wheel.Jessica: You better believe it buster.
- Happily Married: To Roger.
- Hello, Nurse!: Invokes this. She plays one in the short "Tummy Trouble".
- Heroes Want Redheads: Is madly in love with Roger, who is also a red head. In addition, Eddie Valiant lusts after Jessica herself.
- Hidden Depths: Especially if you've only seen the posters and/or her pictures. Despite her looks and behavior (and the fact that she's clearly out of Roger's league appearance-wise), she really loves her husband. Jessica is also clearly one of the most intelligent characters in the film.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: To comedic extremes.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: It's okay for her, firstly because she's an animated character, and secondly because she's not really meant to be all that realistic anyway.
- 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
- Ms. Fanservice: The best example in the western animation. You see her picture on the trope page!
- 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.Valiant: ...Makes perfect sense.
- Only Sane Woman: She's probably the sanest toon of all the toons.
- Opera Gloves: Purple ones.
- Peek-a-Bangs: As an explicit Shout-Out to Veronica Lake.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: Almost every single aspect of her character was designed to inspire this. Referenced in an episode of Friends by Chandler, among other places. Even to the point where Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy, suggested that she had a one-night stand with Goofy and gave birth to Max.
- Red-Headed Heroine: Has red hair and is the tritagonist.
- Red Is Heroic: Jessica wears a sparkly, red dress and is a heroic person.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Jessica Rabbit wears a slinky strapless, backless, sequined red evening gown slit up the thigh to here.
- 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.
- She's Got Legs: Another long-legged Disney redhead. Showcased in her brief cameo as a park ranger in the short Trail Mix-Up.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Roger.
- Side Boob: Thanks to her design, we get more than one shot of her cleavage.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: It's easy to miss, as few people are looking at her eyes.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She makes it clear that despite what others think of her, she only has eyes for Roger and would do anything for his sake.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Why does Jessica Rabbit love Roger as a husband? He makes her laugh.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Provides the page quote.
- Species Surname: Inverted; she's a Rabbit only by marriage.
- Statuesque Stunner: No exact height given, but she seems to be just a bit shy of 6 feet tall. Of course, being juxtaposed with the unusually short Eddie Valiant makes her look taller by comparison.
- The Stoic: She's very composed for a toon. That is until she sees the Dip and freaks out in a typical cartoon fashion.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Although she seems cool and distant, she has a soft spot for Roger, whom she married because he "makes her laugh", is a better lover than a driver and that he's magnificent and "better than Goofy".
- The Tease: Her stage routine is made of this. She acts this way towards Eddie Valiant as well. Ends up being a subversion in that it's all an act to protect Roger. Though she was insistent that she would do anything for Roger and she did play patty cake behind Roger's back.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Roger.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: From the humans' perspective at least. To the toons, it's Hot Guy, Ugly Wife - Jessica's the one who lucked out, as her Impossible Hourglass Figure is only good as a sounding board for comedians.
- Vapor Wear: She was given panties in the DVD release, sorry to say, though she's still obviously going bra-less.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: when Judge Doom tells his henchmen to frisk Jessica for Marvin Acme's will, Greasy reaches down her ample cleavage to do it (and in order to cop a feel), but all he gets is his hand caught in a Bear Trap.
The Toon Patrol
The Toon Patrol (a.k.a The Weasels): Smart Ass, Greasy, Wheezy, Stupid and Psycho.
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.
- 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: As if a name like Smart Ass couldn't spell it out for you.
- 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 !!!"
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin/Meaningful Name: Their names reflect their definitive personality traits.
- 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.
- 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: Smartass.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.
- Obviously Evil: Between the gangster suits, sharp teeth and weapons, it's pretty obvious.
- 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 its tip, and Wheezy's shown at one point wielding a Tommy gun.
- Wicked Weasels
- Wingding Eyes: Psycho's eyes are perpetually spinning yellow and mauve spirals.
Voiced by: Lou HirschRoger'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.
- 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.
Benny the Cab
Benny the Cab
Voiced by: Charles FleischerA 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.
- Animate Inanimate Object: An animated car.
- Chekhov's Gun: His remark "If you ever need a ride, just stick out yer thumb!" is somewhere between this and Brick Joke.
- Cool Car: A talking, even walking car.
Voiced by: Morgan DeareA 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 the deleted scene and his credits listing, even in recent remastered editions, is still given as "Gorilla".
Voiced by: June ForayA psychotic, Love Hungry Toon woman in Toontown who relentlessly chases Eddie after he mistakes her for Jessica Rabbit; vaguely referring to a recurring character in Li'l Abner.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Eddie. She immediately chases him once she spots him.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Barely subverted. Only marginal at best when compared to her counterpart 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!!!"
- Butterface: She has a silhouette that resembles Jessica Rabbit. But once you see her face...
- 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.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: The first time she reveals herself, aside from her Butterface we can also see her yellow rotten teeth.
- Homage: to Grandma from Red Hot Riding Hood.
- Lady in Red: Subverted. She copies Jessica's general look, dress included, but the way she acts is unappealing rather than seductive.
- Love Hungry: It appears she seeks desperately a man the whole time.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Takes this Up to Eleven
- Non-Indicative Name: She's a human toon, not a hyena.
- Sexy Silhouette: She makes one in her hotel room window doing her hair.
- Wingding Eyes: Her eyes glow with hearts upon first sight of Eddie.
- Yandere: To Eddie or, arguably, any man who gives her the slightest impression of romance.
Played by: Christopher LloydIt'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 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Heavy: His plan to destroy Toon Town as well as the murders he commits are the center of the plot.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: We never see what he really looks like under his rubber mask.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
Played by: Bob HoskinsThe protagonist of our story. 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 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.
- 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 McCoolname: 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.
- 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 is the reason for his bitter hate towards Toons.
- Deadpan Snarker: Just like a great many Film Noir heroes.
- 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.
- 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.
Jessica: Oh Roger, you were a pillar of strength.
- 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.
- Expy: Of Phillip Marlowe, Indiana Jones and Dick Tracy.
- 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's still got a tiny bit of humor left and still respects those he hates.
- 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.
- He's also notably horrified when Doom unnecessarily and horrifically dunks the squeaking-shoe Toon into the Dip mix.
- 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: Walks in on Eddie getting affectionate with Jessica and assumes infidelity.
- Nice Hat: A brown fedora. He also has to hold it when he falls off a building in Toontown.
- 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.
- 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
- What Does She See in Him?: His reaction to Jessica Rabbit being married to Roger.
- 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.
Played by: Christopher LloydThe 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.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a judge whose not afraid to go toe-to-toe and about the only Toon who can use Toon Physics with lethal effectiveness.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wearing all black (fedora and 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.
- Canon Foreigner: He was not present in the original book
- Classy Cane: Judge Doom has one of these which doubles as a Sword Cane.
- Cold Ham: Though Christopher Lloyd is in prime Large Ham mode, Doom still acts fairly restrained and reserved. Being a Toon trying to masquerade as a human, it's likely a result of his true nature showing through the act.
- 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.
- 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 it's a rubber mask worn over his real Toon head; and let's not even go into his red eyes of depravity.
- 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 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-esque, the revelation of his identity as a Toon brings an eerie connection to Hitler as well.
- Nice Hat: A black fedora, which covers his tuft of blonde hair.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Especially as a toon.
- 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.
- 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.
Played by: Alan TilvernSome 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.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Classic example, although he has a change of heart towards the end.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Even Evil Has Standards: He manipulates Jessica into posing for the pattycake photos for Eddie, but he loves Toons and doesn't want to see them get hurt.
- He Knows Too Much / You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason why Judge Doom ultimately killed him.
- 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.
Played by: Stubby KayeA.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?
Played by: Joanna CassidyA waitress/bartender and Eddie's girlfriend.
Played by: Richard LeParmentierA no-nonsense LAPD Police Lieutenant and Eddie's friend.
- By-the-Book Cop: He always follows the rules.