Edward "Eddie" Valiant is a Californian private investigator and of the main protagonist of Disney's (Touchstone's) 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He is portrayed by Bob Hoskins.
In the series, Eddie is in the middle of his retirement when he was once again requested by the police authority to investigate the connection between Zion and the dissaperance of the wanted Toon, Adrian J. Foxx. He was reunited with Jessica Rabbit as they worked along to find Zion.
Eddie Valiant is hard-boiled and smart yet alcoholic detective. At first, he was shown to despise Toons after the murder of his brother, Teddy, by a Toon.
Eddie Valiant and his brother Theodore "Teddy" Valiant were sons of a circus clown (shown by the pictures on their desk in the film), who joined the police force and eventually started their own private investigation service, Valiant and Valiant, in 1934, working largely on Toon cases, such as the kidnapping of Donald Duck's nephews in 1937 or clearing Goofy of accusations of espionage in 1940, both seen as newspaper clippings in Valiant's office. However, when Teddy was killed by the then unknown Toon form of Judge Doom in 1942, Eddie turned to the bottle, and Valiant disappeared from the public eye. This is also the explanation of why Eddie shows dislike towards Toons.
In 1947, R.K. Maroon of Maroon Cartoons paid Eddie Valiant $100 to photograph Jessica Rabbit, Roger Rabbit's wife, quite literally "playing pattycake" with Marvin Acme, owner of Toontown and founder of the Acme Corporation. When Acme is murdered and Roger becomes the prime suspect of the case, Valiant teams up with Roger to find the killer, and soon finds not only Acme's murderer, but the murderer of R.K. Maroon, and his own brother who turns out to be Judge Doom who is a toon wearing a human mask. Valiant manages to defeat Doom by squirting dip on him causing him to melt and scream I'm melting! Melting! A reference to the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (1939), who melts when she gets water squirted at her. After defeating Doom at Acme Warehouse, Eddie then abandoned his vendetta against Toons and walks home with Roger and Jessica Rabbit and his girlfriend Dolores.
Role in the seriesEdit
Eddie Valiant appears as an aged detective, who are in the middle of his retirement after he had settled down with his wife, Dolores and lived a normal life. He was once again pulled into a case out of desperation by the police authorities when they discovered the connection between Zion and the missing wanted Toon, Adrian, requesting Eddie to investigate the mysterious hacker. Along the way, he is reunited with Jessica Rabbit as both were searching for the same hacker.
Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of DoomEdit
According to Roger Rabbit: The Resurrection of Doom, Valiant has given up drinking, but now tends to consume jelly beans quite a bit.
In the non-canon sub-sequel set after the film, Who P-P-P-Plugged Roger Rabbit?, Valiant is adamant to no longer take any toon cases, but is forced to do so when Baby Herman, Roger Rabbit's co-star, is found dead.
Walt Disney's World on IceEdit
In the Walt Disney's World on Ice: 10th Anniversary show, Eddie makes an appearance in a scene where Roger brings Scrooge McDuck to meet him. They try to tell jokes to Scrooge to cheer him up.
Behind the ScenesEdit
In Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, Eddie Valiant is a fictional Californian private detective hired by comic-book star Roger Rabbit to investigate the workings of Roger's corrupt employers, the DeGreasey Brothers. When Roger is found dead, and his final words having been censored out, Valiant is soon sent on the case of tracking Rogers' murderers. This first incarnation of Eddie is a heavy smoker, has a beard and is active when the book is set (1981), rather than the later, more accepted incarnation of the character.
The 1988 film gave more insight into the character of Eddie Valiant, who was played by Bob Hoskins. He also doesn't smoke, but is a border-line alcoholic. But he doesn't like toons, since his brother was killed by a toon years ago.