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Judge Doom
Background information
Feature films Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Television programs
Video games Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Park attractions
Portrayed by Christopher Lloyd
Portrayed by
Animators Kathy Zielinski
Voice Christopher Lloyd
Tamio Ōki (Japanese)
Performance model Christopher Lloyd
Inspiration Classic cartoon villains
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Baron Von Rotten
Other names
Personality Evil, murderous, fearsome, greedy, abusive, cruel
Appearance Slender, fiery red Toon eyes, yellow skin, high-pitched voice
(in his human form; as a judge): Both false teeth and eyeballs, rubber mask with pale blonde hair, black judge suit, bowtie, cape, gloves (to hide his Toon self), shoes, and fedora, white dress shirt, yellow-tinted spectacles, apparent British accent
Occupation Judge (as his disguise)
Toon villain
Goal To melt Toontown off the face of the Earth using his newly discovered "Dip" (failed)
Home Toontown
Minions Toon Patrol
Enemies Eddie Valiant, Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, R.K. Maroon, Marvin Acme, Dolores, Baby Herman, Benny the Cab, Toons in general
Likes Executing and torturing his victims in the most agonizing way possible, being rich, the Dip (formerly)
Dislikes Toons despite being one, humor, the Dip
Powers and abilities Metamorphosis (can transform both his hand into both an anvil and a buzz saw, his eyes into daggers, and create gold springs under his feet)
Weapons Buzz saw
Dip (formerly; when gets melted thanks to Eddie Valiant with his Toon boxing glove to turn the Dip machine's valve on)
ACME weapons
Fate Gets melted into a puddle of paint, his rubber mask and all
Quote (to Lieutenant Santino) "Is this man to remove evidence from the scene of the crime?!"
"No Toon can resist the old "shave and a haircut" trick!" (taps on a wall in the "shave and a haircut" rhythm with his cane)
(to his men from up above the factory) "Then, frisk the woman!"
(clenches his phony teeth) "Put that gun down, you buck-toothed fool!"
(his voice rises in pitch as he speaks) "Remember me, Eddie?! When I killed your brother, I talked..." (screams bloody murder, shrieking) "!!!!"
(melts in his own Dip) "I'm melting! Melting!" (in his last words)
I'll catch the rabbit, Mr. Valiant, and I'll try him, convict him, and execute him.
―Judge Doom

Judge Doom, formerly known as Baron Von Rotten, is the main antagonist in Disney/Touchstone's 1988 hybrid film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He was portrayed by Christopher Lloyd.


Doom is the much-feared Judge of Toontown. Despite presiding over a city of Toons, Doom is totally without mirth and passes capital punishment on Toons who break the law, placing them in a chemical vat of turpentine, acetone and benzene (essentially oil, paint thinner, and film dissolver) which he dubs "the Dip". This concoction will melt Toons, permanently killing them. He wears gloves supposedly to avoid the mess (but as it is soon revealed, it is actually to prevent himself from melting). He employs Toon henchmen (the Toon Patrol) to assist him in hunting down Roger Rabbit for the murder of Marvin Acme, which he framed for the act he did himself.


Doom displayed two very different personalities in the film, both equally menacing to his enemies.


Doom is a calm and reserved man without mercy and brutally executes those who he perceives as guilty or stand in his way. He is also cruel to the Toon Patrol and mainly abuses them with his cane although he only hits two members. First he hits Smarty round the head with his cane after he continued laughing and then he hit Greasy round the head after his hand was caught in a hunting trap. He has an ambition to erase Toontown in order to create a freeway due to its profit and potential benefits; buying, then dismantling the "red car" to avoid competition and taking money from his theft at the bank to launch the project. He also proves to exhibit a cunning personality, as he lures out Roger with the "shave and a haircut" trick. He had a Hitler complex which he tries to deny to the extent of disguising himself as a human to try to rid the world of Toons, despite being one himself. However when he was being run over, he acts like a Toon (screaming incomprehensible noises in fear) and does not deny it once the jig was up, but "not just any Toon..."


After Doom reinflates himself with an oxygen tank and reveals himself as Teddy's killer with reunion with Eddie he tells him why he should not remember his eyes, but his voice (which grows higher until it reaches a horrifyingly high pitch) and his eyes turn to daggers ready to kill him. Though he doesn't talk again until his demise, he pursues Eddie when he was running away, turns on the cannon to melt Roger and Jessica Rabbit once he was pushed to the ground, punching Eddie with an anvil, turning it into an buzz saw to demonstrate how lethal it was and the swirling eyes with a wide grin as he was gradually getting closer to kill Eddie. All these traits show he was a deranged and sadistic psychopath who enjoys making his victims watch as their friends die and loves to kill them slowly in the most agonizing way. He does have a fear of death, as he instantly panicked as soon as the Dip hit him and screamed as he melted.


Who Framed Roger Rabbit

When the film first introduces Doom, Lt. Santino confides to Eddie that Doom bought the election. Later, at the Terminal Bar, Doom uses the "shave and a haircut" trick to lure Roger out, then prepares to execute him. After a brief scuffle inside the bar, he orders the weasels to capture Roger and Eddie. Roger realizes he's in trouble with Doom after him and begs Eddie to hide him. When Eddie learns that studio head R.K. Maroon is connected to the plot to frame Roger, Eddie interrogates him, but Maroon pleads that he is "a dead man" if he confesses. Just as Maroon is about to spill everything, he is killed by an unseen gunman who nearly shoots Eddie as well.

Upon chasing the killer to Toontown, Eddie catches Jessica, thinking she's the murderer, but Jessica reveals that Doom was the one who killed Acme and Maroon. At the film's climax, he traps Eddie, Roger and Jessica in the Acme Factory to explain his scheme: erase Toontown from the map using a giant, mobile vat of dip linked to a high-pressure water cannon and then build a freeway over it. He then plans to retire from being a judge and control all the profits from the new road system. Doom also reveals that he is the sole stockholder of Cloverleaf Industries and explains that he bought the "red car" (the Pacific Electric Railway) for the sole purpose of putting it out of commission. He then orders Jessica and Roger to be tied up and raised into the air via a skyhook to be sprayed by the dip cannon.

Eddie distracts the Toon Patrol using hilarious antics (partly while singing The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down to the accompaniment of a music machine playing the tune) to make them literally laugh themselves to death, then attempts to rescue Roger and Jessica when he is interrupted by Doom. The two men then square off, dueling with various ACME props. During the fight, Judge Doom is run over by a steamroller, but does not die as expected. As the steamroller crushes him, Doom's body is flattened into a flimsy paper-thin shape, revealing himself to be a Toon wearing an assortment of fake, but live, props, such as fake eyeballs, false teeth, and a rubber mask in order to disguise his Toon body. After he reinflates with an oxygen tank, he shows his red toon eyes and talks in a high squeaky voice and Eddie recognizes Doom as the bank robber in Toontown long ago who murdered his brother, Teddy Valiant, thus triggering his hatred towards Toons and explaining how Doom managed to buy the judicial election and the trolley car company.

Being a Toon, Doom turns out to be capable of sprouting an anvil and an extendable buzz saw from his hand, with which he attempts to kill Eddie. In the end, Eddie proves to be too clever, using his own concoction to melt him, leaving behind his human disguise. Doom melts away screaming "I'm melting! Melting!" before he dies. A crowd of various Toons then surround his burned empty suit and melted face and wonder what kind of Toon he was. It hasn't been revealed what type of Toon he was, or if he was one specific type of Toon at all, but the Toons seem to agree that they don't need to know, and decide to live happily ever after when Marvin Acme's will suddenly appears in Roger's possession, granting full ownership to the citizens of Toontown.

The Resurrection of Doom

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Baron Von Rotten as seen in The Resurrection of Doom

In the graphic novel Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of Doom, it is explained that Doom was originally a Toon named Baron von Rotten, who took up the role of playing the antagonist in movies, until an accident in which Von Rotten suffers a concussion, and awakens believing he is a real villain. Von Rotten thus begins his crime career, robbing the First National Bank of Toontown, then killing Teddy Valiant by dropping a large piano on his head, and spreading the stolen money all over the town in order to buy the election for Judge of Toontown, assuming the new name of Judge Doom.

He was revived by another gang of weasels who, using an old cell and a multiplane camera, were able to revive him, proving it is possible to revive a Toon. He disguises himself as a director, forcing Roger to purposely tone down his acting, in hopes to ruin his career, and has other designs in mind for his revenge.

Powers and abilities

In his flesh-and-blood guise, Doom uses his skull-headed swordstick and Acme products to fight Eddie, and overpower him with surprising strength. While in his Toon form, he has evil red eyes and a squeaky voice, and is able to produce an arsenal of tools from his body which he can employ as weapons, including an anvil and buzz saw. He uses springs in his feet to jump far distances, and (like most Toons) can survive anything but his own Dip, which melts him to his death.


  • Doom appears to bear some resemblance to Roland Freisler, the notorious Nazi figure who was also a ruthless judge.
  • Doom's death is an allusion to the Wicked Witch of the West's death in The Wizard of Oz, as they both melt while shouting "I'm melting!"
  • The Nostalgia Critic, of, listed Judge Doom as #7 on his "Top 10 Evil Nostalgia Characters" list.
  • Doom looks similar to Arthur Slugworth from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • In early drafts for the film, he was revealed to be Man, as in the early drafts Eddie mentions offhand to Roger that the person who killed Teddy was probably the one who killed Bambi's mother. however this dialogue was cut from the film for reasons yet-unknown.
  • In the Bonkers series, The Collector is the reverse of Judge Doom. He is a human disguised as a Toon, but shares a similar personality and glasses.
  • King Candy, the main antagonist of Wreck-It-Ralph, shares several similarities with Doom.
  • It should be noted that whenever Judge Doom is shown on-screen, he never blinks. Maybe it is hinting that he is wearing a mask.
  • It can be noted that three things give away the fact that Doom is a Toon and they are the fact of using the Dip:
    • When he first uses it, he wears a rubber glove to protect himself, saying that he wears it to "avoid mess".
    • After the Dip gets kicked over by Eddie, he backs away from it
    • When he decides to get Benny the Cab off the road so he can capture Eddie and Jessica, he kicks it and keeps a distance from it.
    • Other things that give away the fact about Doom being a Toon are:
      • When he slips on some fake eyeballs, he doesn't fall directly but slips a few times until he suddenly falls. Normally, a human would fall directly after slipping once, as Eddie did.
      • When he gets back on his feet after falling, he hides one of his eyes, not because it is in pain, but so as to conceal his actual red Toon eyes with the fake ones he is wearing.
      • Looking closely you can see that Doom always has an ominous wind gently rustling at his clothes, even indoors and when the human characters' clothes stay still.
      • Eddie states that Doom's 'Lamebrain freeway idea could only be cooked up by a Toon'.


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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Media: Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Tummy Trouble | Roller Coaster Rabbit | Trail Mix-Up | Bonkers

Characters: Roger Rabbit | Jessica Rabbit | Eddie Valiant | Dolores | Judge Doom | Toon Patrol | Smarty | Greasy | Wheezy | Psycho | Stupid | Baby Herman | Benny the Cab | R.K. Maroon | Marvin Acme | Lt. Santino | Bongo the Gorilla | Toon Bullets | Singing Sword | Toons

Objects: The Dip | Acme Disappearing/Reappearing Ink | Marvin Acme's will | Toon Revolver | The Dip Machine

Locations: Toontown | Cloverleaf Industries | Maroon Cartoons | Los Angeles, California

Songs: Why Don't You Do Right? | The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down | Smile Darn Ya Smile | This Only Happens In The Movies

Disney Parks: Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

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