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* [[Characters/CarsThirdFilm Introduced in the third film]] (''Cars 3'')

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* [[Characters/CarsThirdFilm Introduced in the third film]] (''Cars 3'')3'')
[[folder:''Mater's Tall Tales'']]
!!Characters in ''Rescue Squad Mater''
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* HospitalHottie: Mia, Tia and Kori Turbowitz, but [[HelloNurse Mater’s GTO]] stands out the most.
* TheMedic: Rescue Squad Ambulance. Dr. Mater as well.

!!Characters in ''Tokyo Mater''

!!Kabuto
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kabuto_3_5641.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Mach Tony Kobayashi

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%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* TheCameo: He appears briefly at the pre-race party in ''Cars 2''.
%%* DefeatByModesty
* MeaningfulName: A kabuto is a type of helmet, in which the spoilers on his body resemble.
%%* SeriesContinuityError: His appearance in ''Cars 2''.

!!Characters in ''UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater''
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* CoolPlane: Captain Munier the attack helicopter.
* HerrDoktor: The scientist pitties at [[{{Area 51}} Parking Area 51]]. Mater himself disguises himself as “Dr. Abschlepp Wagen”.
* FlyingSaucer: Mator.
* TankGoodness: Although he is not a tank, Corporal Kim, who runs Parking Area 51, is a large, menacing military van.

!!Characters in ''Heavy Metal Mater''
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* AGoodNameForARockBand: Mater’s band was originally called “Mater and the Gas Caps”, but later chose the name “Heavy Metal Mater” when a pitty carrying a 1-ton weight came in after the recording session and asked “Where do you want this heavy metal, Mater?”
* AudienceParticipationSong: “Dad-Gum”
-->'''Mater''': Let me hear you! ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Audience''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Mater''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Audience''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Mater''': ''[[MetalScream DAD-GUUUUUUU-!]]''
* HellBentForLeather: The entire band becomes this as “Heavy Metal Mater”.
* ImYourBiggestFan: Rodney the rocker
* NoNameGiven: The drummer pitty in the band never had a toy released of him, so his name is unknown.
* RockersSmashGuitars: Mater kicks the microphone with his back tyre after the recording session.
* ShoutOut: Rocky’s heavy metal outfit resembles [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]].
* TitleOnlyChorus: Heavy Metal Mater’s first and most popular song is “Dad-Gum”, of which the lyrics consist of only the title phrase.

!!Characters in ''Monster Truck Mater''
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* AndIMustScream: Paddy O'Concrete's fate.
* BadHumorTruck: I-Screamer.
* DeadlyDoctor: Dr. Feel Bad.
* DestinationDefenestration: The above's fate.
* DreadlockRasta: The Rastacarian, who has black wiring with hooks as dreads.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Captain Collision.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Dr. Frankenwagon’s monster, which appears to be made out of construction vehicles.
* ImYourBiggestFan: There is a blue SUV who is constantly rooting for Mater in every wrestling match. He is first seen rooting for Ice Screamer, but eventually decides to root for Mater instead because of how successful he is.
* MadScientist: Dr. Frankenwagon.
* {{Oireland}}: Paddy O’Concrete

!!Characters in ''Moon Mater''
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* CoolBoat: The aircraft carrier near the end of the short.
* CoolStarship: Roger the Space Shuttle.
* PunnyName: Impala XIII the autonaut.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: The ground control pitties use the same models as the scientists from ''Unidentified Flying Mater''.
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[[folder:''Cars'']]
!!Lightning [=McQueen=]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lightning_McQueen_4_5819.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[CatchPhrase Ka-chow!]]"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Owen Wilson (Films), Keith Ferguson (TV and other media)

->''"The racing is the reward, not the stuff!"''

A young, ambitious but arrogant, self-centered race car who wants to win the Piston Cup. His desire to be the first to California leads him getting lost and stranded in Radiator Springs. However, his time with the eccentric townsfolk open his eyes to his own demeanour and learns to slow down in life, turning him into a better person. In ''Cars 2'', he participates in the World Grand Prix. Unlike most of the other characters in the franchise, [=McQueen=] is not based on any one real world design, instead incorporating design features from many different sports and racing cars.
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* TheAce: A champion in the racing world.
* AffectionateNickname: "Stickers" by Sally.
* AlliterativeName: His real first name is [[spoiler:'''M'''onty.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: In ''Cars 3''. First Jackson Storm, then [[spoiler: Cruz Ramirez]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: '''Lightning''' [=McQueen=].
* TheBet: Ends up going through one in ''Cars 3'' - he has to win the Florida 500 or he'll lose his job forever.
* BigNo: He says this in ''Cars 3'' (along with a RapidFireNo) as he struggles to catch up to Jackson; notably the last thing he says before his iconic crash.
* BuffySpeak: "I think you're forgetting the insulting part of that insult."
* ButtMonkey: In ''Mater's Tall Tales''. It is rare for one to not involve something bad happening to him. Though he does have his moments in the films as well.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** "Ka-chow!"
** "Speed...I am speed."
* CharacterDevelopment: He goes from a selfish {{Jerkass}} to a more sympathetic JerkWithAHeartOfGold in the first movie. [[spoiler: Come the third, not only is he still the warmhearted racing legend of today, he is also a wise and proud teacher just like Doc was.]]
* CharacterTic: In the first film, he often sticks his tongue out when thinking of something.
* CostumeEvolution: As of ''Cars 2'', his sticker decal headlights and taillights are removed and replaced with actual working ones.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments, especially pre-HeelFaceTurn toward the Radiator Springs folk.
* DecoyProtagonist:
** Becomes this throughout ''Cars 2'' due to Mater taking up most of the story.
** The ''Cars 3'' advertisements play up his return to the role of protagonist, but [[spoiler: it's, ultimately, Cruz Ramirez's rise to glory as a racer. Though he does play a pivotal part in it]].
* TheDeterminator: Being a racer, he gets this feeling ''a lot'', especially before his HeelFaceTurn when he skips a pit stop and refuses a tire change as an excuse to remain in the lead.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Car 3'', he paints himself up in Hudson's colors to commemorate him.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: In ''Cars 3'', he gets a lot of guff about his age from Doc's old racing friends who are ironically decades older then him. And, most if not ''all'' of the next gen racers especially Storm, have little to no respect for him as a racer. Also, while she is a fan of his, Cruz unintentionally insults [=McQueen=] about his age by calling him her "senior project". For the most part, his reaction ranges from mild annoyance to agitation.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: In the tie in book; Cars Origins: Struck by Lightning, his actual name is [[spoiler: Monty [=McQueen=]]]. He changed it once he became a rookie. Even Sarge comments the name ''Lightning'' is more fitting.
* EmergingFromTheShadows: How we first meet him in the first film.
* EtTuBrute: He felt this way after [[spoiler:Mater causes him to lose the first race in the World Grand Prix.]]
* FishOutOfWater: After he first enters Radiator Springs.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine and choleric.
* FriendlessBackground: He didn't have any friends other than Mack prior to his HeelFaceTurn in the first film, as evidenced by his downcast expression after he ends his call with Harv.
* GratuitousRap: He uses Cruz's workout song to his adventage to get her to accept his apology and makes up his own rap out of it.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In-universe, Lightning seems to be very popular in Japan.
* TheHero: Of the first film and entire franchise.
* HeelFaceTurn: He undergoes this throughout the first movie, finally becoming a good sport at the end.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Mater, even calling Mater his best friend at the end of the first film.
%%* HonorBeforeReason: At the end.
* IcyBlueEyes: Goes with how he was originally, when he was obnoxious and vain.
* InkSuitActor: Has a few features inherited from Owen Wilson's face, most notably the eye color.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Changes to these after his HeelFaceTurn, realizing there's much more to racing than winning and friendship is more important than just that.
* InsufferableGenius: He does grow out of the jerkass attitude, but his attitude does originally stem from the fact that he ''is'' a talented racer.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The old him acted this way.
* {{Jerkass}}: Starts out as this, an egotistical jerk who's only concerned with winning.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He becomes nice and likable by the end of the first movie. In ''Cars 2'', he harshly calls out Mater for his immature behavior throughout the movie, but still considers him his best friend. And in ''Cars 3'', [[spoiler: he goes on a tirade about how Cruz Ramirez is slowing him down and how she doesn't understand what is at stake for him since she is just a trainer. He then makes up for it later, when he takes her to Thomasville to find Doc Hudson's crew chief, Smokey.]]
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: His bright red coloring probably helped him on his rise to fame.
* LivingLegend: He's won seven Piston Cups in a row, making him this.
* MeaningfulName: "Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning."
* MentorArchetype: [[spoiler: Becomes Cruz's teacher at the end of ''Cars 3'' after she helps him save his job.]]
* NearDeathExperience: So far, Lightning has experienced at least one of these in each film:
** In the first film, he crashes into a cactus patch twice, with a saguaro falling on him the second time, while attempting to make the sharp turn at Willy's Butte, but survived. He was also almost murdered by Frank.
** In the second film, he was planned to be exploded by a bomb, but it was put in Mater instead. The lemons also tried to make him explode with the camera, but his Allinol gas was switched with Filmore's organic fuel so he was not affected.
** In the third film, he lost control while trying to catch up to Jackson and suffered a violent crash, but survived afterwards. He was also almost killed by Miss Fritter in the Demolition Derby.
* NiceGuy: As he becomes selfless and friendly at the end of ''Cars''. His kind nature becomes more emphasised in "Cars 3" when he discovers that [[spoiler: he won't be able to win against Storm no matter how much he trains hard for and he discovers Cruz's potential as a racer and decides to give up his racing place selflessly for Cruz to replace him and be a coach for her to successfully win against Storm in the Florida season race.]]
* TheNicknamer: He has named his tires "Lefty", "Righty", "Backy", and "Backy Junior".
* OfficialCouple: With Sally.
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: In the third film, he faces Jackson Storm, a newcomer to the Piston Cup racing series who is arrogant and narcissistic, exactly how he was originally.
* OutOfFocus: In the sequel, a result of Mater taking the spotlight. He regains it in the third movie.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: Ultimately allows Cruz to finish the Florida race for him under his number. When she wins, his racing career is saved, and [[MentorArchetype he becomes her personal coach.]]]]
* RedIsHeroic: He is red, and the hero of the series.
* ReluctantRetiree: His conflict throughout ''Cars 3'', following a rather horrible crash similar to Doc's and The King's. [[spoiler: Thanks to Cruz taking his place in the final race and finishing it for him, they both share the victory and he doesn't have to retire.]]
* RetiredBadass: Averted. [[spoiler: Despite Cruz winning the race for him and allowing him to continue racing if he wanted. He decides his talents would be better spent becoming a coach and teaching the new generation of racers the tricks of the trade.]]
%%* SmugSuper: Initially.
* SupportingProtagonist: In the sequel.
* SweetHomeAlabama: Often he speaks with a light southern twang in his voice (Like his voice actor, which fades in an out time to time), hinting he's from the southern US, most likely Texas. The song "Real Gone" from the first film has the line "I was born in the south", alluding to this.
* TrashTalk: "I eat losers for breakfast!"
* TookALevelInKindness: His time in Radiator Springs really improved his demeanor.
* VagueAge: In ''Cars 3'', [=McQueen=] is teased about his age a lot, though it's never explicitly said how old he is. Brian Fee implies in an interview that Lightning is in his mid to late 40s.
* VitriolicBestFriends: With Mack and Mater in Cars 1 and 2. And Cal Weathers, Bobby Swift, and Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3.

!!Sir Towbert "Tow" Mater
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mater_4_7146.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/LarryTheCableGuy

A rusty 1951 International Harvester tow truck. Mater comes off as a simple-minded stereotypical Southern hick, but he is a GeniusDitz, knowing a lot about engines, and can drive backwards using his rear view mirrors. He becomes Lightning's best friend and crew chief in ''Cars 2'', where he is mistaken for a spy by Finn [=McMissile=].
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* {{Adorkable}}: He's so adorable and he's quite the dork.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: In ''Cars 2'', after discovering that others think that he is just clueless and distracting]].
* BreakoutCharacter: He has spun off into his own series of shorts, and even managed to become the main character of the sequel.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He comes off as slow-witted and silly.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: In ''Cars'', the main character is Lightning, a HotBlooded racer who tries to get over his selfishness by spending time in a remote town called Radiator Springs. In ''Cars 2'', the main character is Lightning's friend Mater, a ditzy tow truck who is far more sensitive then Lightning and gets involved in a spy mission.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The sequel definitely elevates him to this.
%%* {{Eagleland}}: Mater is viewed as a mix of Types 1 and 2 by foreign cars.
* FlyingCar: [[spoiler: Mater is able to fly by using his rocket boosters together with his parachute.]]
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* FragileFlower: He gets very upset over every little thing. He's a very sensitive person and there were signs that he got upset in the first film but he showed more emotions in the second film.
* GeniusDitz: Despite seeming rather simple minded, he has very broad knowledge of car parts and engines and can identify any engine at a glance.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Being a GeniusDitz, [[spoiler:he manages to figure out Axlerod's involvement with the Lemons and his plot to discredit alternative fuel sources, forcing Axlerod to disarm the bomb.]]
* GreenEyes: Has emerald-green eyes which represent his youthful attitude and humorous hillbilly outlook.
* IWasQuiteALooker: During the "Our Town" sequence that shows Radiator Spring in the past glory days, Mater is shown to had cleaner and finer paintjob.
* IdiotSavant: He's a savant like Rain Man, but mostly in ''Cars 2''.
* InkSuitActor: Kinda has a few elements of his voice actor's face, even sharing a famous catchphrase as well.
* TheHero: Of the sequel.
* KidAppealCharacter: He is mostly adored by kids of all ages. Kids just love him because he's so lovable.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Mater is the most sweet-natured and loyal car in the franchise.
* {{Knighting}}: [[spoiler:By the Queen of England herself.]]
* LastNameBasis: He almost always goes by his last name, Mater, throughout the films. His first name is actually Towbert or Tow for short.
* ManChild: Mater literally is a young kid trapped in an adult man's body. He has the mental/emotional capacity of a 7 year old child, even though he's an adult.
* MistakenForSpies: By Holley and Finn, partially as a result of his fanciful storytelling. Mainly done because their ''true'' contact slipped the information on him, and due to his profession he knew the reconnection phrase.
* NiceGuy: Very kind-hearted, cheerful, and an incredibly loyal friend.
* ThePollyanna: Usually has an optimistic and positive attitude.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Mater knows everything about engines and engine parts, but in an idiot savant kind of way.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: In the sequel, where he's crucial to the plot and even gets top billing.
* VitriolicBestFriends: With Lightning.
* UnreliableNarrator: Of his own "Tall Tales" series.
* WhyAmITicking: [[spoiler:The Lemons plant a time bomb in his air filter as a backup plan to kill Lightning.]]

!!Doc Hudson/ Fabulous Hudson Hornet
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Doc_Hudson_3_5742.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/PaulNewman (Film), Creator/CoreyBurton (Video Games)

A 1951 Hudson Hornet, Doc Hudson is Radiator Springs' medical doctor and judge. He sentences Lightning to fix the town's road after destroying it. He hides his past from his friends, which Lightning accidentally discovers, which Doc does not like one bit.
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* CharacterDeath: He died some time before the start of the second movie. He has a hall of fame dedicated to him.
* CoolOldGuy: Despite being cold towards Lightning, he's actually a cool judge, doctor and [[spoiler:former racing champion and helps Lightning during the climax in the first film]].
* DeadpanSnarker: He has some touches of this. For example, after Lightning crashes into the cacti:
-->'''Doc:''' Was that floatin' like a Cadillac or stingin' like a Beamer? I'm confused.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic and choleric.
* HangingJudge: Judging from his introductory speech.
* ForYourOwnGood: How he justifies selling out Lightning to the Piston Cup officials. Sally, Mater, and the rest of the town don't take it well.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Sort of. [[spoiler:Doc did have a very successful career, holding the record for most wins in a single season. But after his wreck in '54, instead of returning to a hero's welcome he was labeled finished and replaced with the next rookie in line.]]
* InkSuitActor: Believe it or not, his features were inspired by his voice actor's face.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Sally accuses him of this when he alerts the Piston Cup officials to pick up Lightning.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LivingLegend: [[spoiler:Even after disappearing from the race scene after his nasty accident and the following mistreatment from his sponsors, everyone realized whom he was at the final race.]]
%%* NotSoDifferent: From Lightning.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Even though Doc Hudson prefers not to discuss his racing past, he alerts the media to Lightning's whereabouts after he leaves town, not wanting to be hounded by the paparazzi, and he even shows up at the Piston Cup race in his old racing colors as the head of Lightning Mcqueen's pit crew to lend his support.
* RetiredBadass: He was forced to retire from racing for good following his crash in '54, but still has the skills within to help Lightning.
* TricksterMentor: A version of this for Lightning towards his racing career.

!!Sally Carrera
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sally_Carrera_3_5.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Don't fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance!"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Bonnie Hunt

A Porsche 911 Carrera, Sally is an Los Angeles attorney who grew tired of her life in the big city and ended up in Radiator Springs. She becomes the town attorney and runs the Cozy Cone Motel. She longs to see the town restored to its former glory, and becomes Lightning's girlfriend.
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* AllThereInTheScript: Her last name "Carrera" is not stated in the animation so far.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: A [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar tramp]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny stamp!]]
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic.
* HelloAttorney: Lightning is immediately smitten when he sees her.
* NiceGirl: Sally is nice, friendly, pleasant, and kind to others.
* TheNicknamer: She calls Lightning "Stickers".
* TrueBlueFemininity: She is light blue, representing her feminine nature.
* OfficialCouple: With Lightning.

!!Fillmore
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Fillmore_3_9470.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/GeorgeCarlin (''Cars''), Lloyd Sherr (''Cars 2'' onward)

A Volkswagen Microbus, a NewAgeRetroHippie who sells organic fuel. Has a fiery friendship with Sarge.
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* ActualPacifist: Goes with his hippie nature. More specifically, [[spoiler:he, along with Sally, were the only ones not to participate in the Radiator Springs vs. Lemon Gangs in London.]]
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Shaped like the hippies' signature vehicle, sells organic food and speaks with a calm ''duuude'' voice.
%%* TheStoner
* VerbalTic: He often ends sentences with "man", man.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Sarge.

!!Sarge
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sarge_3_1927.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Paul Dooley

A 1951 Willys MB Jeep, Sarge is Fillmore's best friend and neighbour. He runs a surplus store.
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* DrillSergeantNasty: Sarge does this during the end credits montage when running a boot camp for pampered [=SUVs=].
-->"A-TEN-SHUN! Kiss the pavement ''goodbye'', gentlemen! When I'm finished with you, you'll have mud in places you didn't know you '''had'''!"
-->"Yo, I never been off road!"
** Funnier considering that [[HummerDinger the complaining SUV is a Hummer - an off-road gas-guzzler known for being more commonly used for suburban driving.]]
* MeaningfulName: He's a jeep with a camouflage paint job who acts and sounds like a drill sergeant. He also plays "Reveille" every morning, which is almost drowned out by Fillmore's music.
* NoIndoorVoice: Often speaks like this.
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler: He greatly distrusts Axlerod and switched out Lightning's Allinol with Fillmore's organic fuel. This is what actually saves Lightning from being killed later on.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Fillmore.

!!Luigi and Guido
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Luigi__Guido_5595.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TonyShalhoub (Luigi) & Guido Quaroni (Guido)

An Italian Fiat 500 and Isetta-based forklift. Guido and Luigi run Luigi's Casa Dell Tires, which has a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa made from tires. Luigi is a big fan of race cars, particularly Ferraris. Guido only speaks in Italian, and can change tires in seconds, wanting to perform a pit stop on Lightning during his time in town.
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* AscendedExtra: Secondary characters throughout the movies, but in ''Cars 3'', they get a more prominent role as the only Radiator Springs citizens who accompany McQueen on his journey.
* BilingualBonus: Pretty much everything Guido says, seeing as how he can only speak Italian.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Guido is pretty silly, but his tire changing skills are something to behold.
* ChasteToons: Luigi's aunt and uncle (see below).
* FanBoy: Luigi's a hard core Tifosi and Michael Schumacher supporter. [[spoiler:He gets to meet Schumacher and gush all over him at the end of the film]]
* {{Keet}}: Guido especially, but both of them count.
* GratuitousItalian: Both of them, but Guido exclusively speaks in Italian.
* MrFixIt: Guido. A very fast one too, much to the Chick's forklifts' amusement.
* ThirdPersonPerson: "Luigi know what you want."
* ThoseTwoGuys: Luigi and Guido are the Italian mechanic version.

!!Flo
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Flo_2_5823.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Jenifer Lewis

Flo is the wife of Ramone, and is manager of Flo's V-8 Cafe gas diner. Her design is a stock 1950s show car.
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* AllThereInTheManual: A deleted scene revealed Flo was a Motorama showcar, and came to Radiator Springs during a tour, falling in love with Ramone after he refused to alter her chassis out of admiration.
* HappilyMarried: To Ramone.

!!Ramone
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ramone_3_8398.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]]

Radiator Springs' body artist and husband to Flo, Ramone is a 1959 Chevrolet Impala. He is very proud of his art deco, usually altering his paint job in every new scene.
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* HappilyMarried: To Flo.
* HotPaintJob: He's fond of giving these, as well as usually sporting one himself.
* PimpedOutCar: Aside from his numerous paint jobs, he possesses impressive hydraulics as well.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Often speaks like this.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Ramone's got a different paint job in almost every other scene.

!!Red
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Red_3_1130.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[Creator/PixarRegulars Joe Ranft]] (''Cars'')

A gentle fire truck. He is not one for words, is quite shy, and very fond of the plants in Radiator Springs.
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* CryCute: He cries twice in the first film. Once after Lightning insults him and the other when [[spoiler:he thinks that Lightning has left Radiator Springs]].
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
* GentleGiant: He's the largest vehicle, but he also has the biggest heart.
* ShrinkingViolet: He's very shy when it comes to meeting new cars. In fact, he hid from Lightning during an attempt at a conversation.
* TheVoiceless: [[TheQuietOne He almost never speaks onscreen to begin with]], but after the death of his actor he becomes this in the sequel.

!!Sheriff
[[quoteright:275:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sheriff_3_2175.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Michael Wallis

Sheriff of Radiator Springs, a 1949 Mercury Eight police car.
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%%* ByTheBookCop
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* GenerationXerox: According to a guidebook on the blu-ray version, his entire family were cops.
* InkSuitActor: He looks like a car-ified version of his voice actor dead-on, especially the mustache-sequel grille.
* NoIndoorVoice: Hence being the police officer, he has his moments.
* TheSheriff: Sheriff of Radiator Springs.

!!Lizzie
[[quoteright:275:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lizzie_2_7853.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Katherine Helmond

An elderly 1923 Ford Model T coupe, Lizzie is the widow of the town's founder Stanley. She runs Radiator Springs Curio, which sells car souveneirs and accessories.
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A bit of one, presumably due to age. Refers to the television as the radio and after mentioning Big Al in the courtroom, Ramone points out he left years ago, to which Lizzie asks Ramone why he brought him up.
* DirtyOldWoman: Lizzie is an old Model T who delights in very bad comedy, slapping stickers onto the rears of male cars.

!!Mack
[[quoteright:175:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mack_2_3340.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Ratzenberger]]

A Mack Superliner truck who is Lightning's transport and the closest thing he has to a friend.
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* GentleGiant: A gigantic red semi-truck and also a NiceGuy.
* NiceHat: The large sail on his roof resembles a trucker cap.
* OnlyFriend: Was this to Lightning prior to his redemption.
* VitriolicBestFriends: With Lightning.

!!Strip "The King" Weathers
[[quoteright:275:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Strip_Weathers_3_1724.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Richard Petty

A 1969 Plymouth Superbird, Strip Weather, better known as "The King", is the golden boy of Dinoco. He is participating in his last championship before retiring.
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* BlueIsHeroic: He is light blue, and the nicest of the three leaders.
* CoolOldGuy: Not as old as [[spoiler:Doc Hudson]], but he has been in the race scene for some time and is about to retire, and gives some advice to the aspiring champion Lightning not to be so greedy and listen to his team.
* DoomedMoralVictor: [[spoiler:Although he doesn't die, he becomes severely injured by a crash caused by Chick Hicks during the final lap of the tie-breaker race]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* HistoryRepeats: [[spoiler:His crash at the end mirrors Doc's crash. However, unlike Doc, he had someone - Lightning - to help him finish his last race.]]
* InkSuitActor: The King's model is based on Richard Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

!!Chick Hicks
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Chick_Hicks_3_3216.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MichaelKeaton

Lightning's obnoxious rival who is AlwaysSecondBest to the King. He is a green 1986 Buick Regal racing car.
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* AlwaysSecondBest: Was this to The King. And when Lightning breaks onto the scene, he slips back into Always ''Third'' Best.
* AppropriatedAppellation: His nickname of "Thunder" comes from him always placing after Lightning [=McQueen=]. After his surge in popularity after [=McQueen=]'s disappearance however, he takes the nickname and ''runs with it.''
* TheBadGuyWins: Played with. While he does win the race and Piston Cup by ramming into the King and knocking him off the track, damaging him badly (in a very similar fashion to what happened with Doc years ago) he receives absolutely no praise or cheering after his victory, but rather a series of boos, his own merchandise being pelted at him and likely a permanently ruined reputation as a racecar.
* BigBad: Of the first film. He competes with The King and Lightning to be Dinoco's new face and in the last race [[spoiler:he pushes The King off the tracks causing a devastating accident similar to Doc Hudson's]].
* BorrowedCatchphrase: "Ka-chicka! Ka-chicka!" (Lightning: [[HeyThatsMyLine Hey, that's ''MY bit!!'']])
* ClassicVillain: Chick is the dirtiest racer of the Piston Cup.
* DudeWheresMyReward: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: Even though he wins the Piston Cup, it isn't accompanied by a cheering crowd; [[JustifiedTrope justified]] when the audience decides to boo him instead for shoving Strip Weathers off the track and displaying poor sportsmanship.
* EvilCounterpart: To Lightning [=McQueen=]. Chick starts off as a more extreme version of [=McQueen=], but eventually becomes this after Lightning undergoes CharacterDevelopment.
* GloryDays: Slightly touched upon in the third movie, he always has his Piston Cup trophy by his side during his show just to let the audience know he won it...despite the fact that he was known to have done it through dirty means.
* GreenEyedMonster: Chick is deeply envious of The King's status as Dinoco's golden boy. Plus he's green to boot.
* {{Jerkass}}: Even more than Lightning was at first due to him being the BigBad of the first film. He caused The King's wreck. By the third movie, he's somehow was able to gain his own sports talk show where he does nothing but rip into Lighitng for his continued loses against Storm.
* MeaninglessVillainVictory: He [[spoiler: wins the Piston Cup only because Lightning forfeited his own chance, stopping just short of the finish line to go back and help The King after Chick rammed him off the track. This, combined with his gloating, results in him being denied the opportunity to represent Dinoco and booed off the stage at the cup presentation, rendering his victory hollow and meaningless.]]
* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler:He wins the Piston Cup, but only because he caused The King to crash horribly and Lightning went back to help him. Chick doesn't get his Dinoco sponsor like he dreamed and is booed off the stage at the cup presentation.]]
* ShadowArchetype: To Lightning [=McQueen=]. While [=McQueen=] gradually becomes a better racecar, Chick Hicks only gets worse.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: Becomes this after Lightning vanishes, not only ripping off his trademark Lightning Bolt sticker with a Thunderbolt sticker but also knocking off [=McQueen=]'s "Ka-chow!" CatchPhrase with a much more forced "Ka-chicka!"
%%* SmugSnake
* UnnecessaryRoughness: He causes a massive thirty-car pileup in the opening to try and shake [=McQueen=], and later [[spoiler:causes The King to crash in the tie-breaker match.]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: Angrily runs offstage when the press boos him for making The King crash on purpose.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Not even mentioned in the sequel, despite the presence of a gigantic racing tournament which he'd no doubt have interest in, though it's entirely possible the entire debacle during the Piston Cup caused his career to tank.
** The third movie showcases him where he runs a sports talk show.

!!The Delinquent Road Hazards (Boost, Wingo, DJ, and Snot Rod)
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DRH_2_5905.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Jonas Rivera (Boost), EJ Holowicki (DJ), Adrian Ochoa (Wingo) & Lou Romano (Snot Rod)

A quartet of troublemaking cars who distract Mack, causing Lightning to roll out of the back of his trailer and get lost.
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* AllThereInTheManual: Of the four, only Boost's name is never mentioned on-screen.
* CharacterTic: Whenever Snot Rod sneezes, his exhaust pipes gush up and he rockets forward uncontrollably.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: DJ's full name is Devon Montegomery Johnston the Third.
* LaserGuidedKarma: During the end credits, they make the mistake of speeding in Radiator Springs, and they are forced to use Bessy as a result.
* MeaningfulName:
** '''Boost''' runs on boost tanks, and his liscence plate says he's from "Nitropolis".
** '''DJ''' likes to play music on his built-in system.
** '''Wingo'' has an upturned spoiler that looks like a wing.
** '''Snot Rod''' has a habit of sneezing from time to time.
* RiceBurner: Three of them have utterly ridiculous-looking spoilers, and Snot Rod has large exhaust pipes. They also have garish paint schemes.

!!Tractors, Frank and Vroomaroundus Bugus
The animals of the ''Cars'' world. Tractors stand in for cows, being rather docile creatures who Mater likes to scare via tractor tipping. Frank is a combine harvester who resembles a bull. The Vroomaroundus Bugus are small insects resembling Volkswagen Beetles.

%%* CanisLatinicus
%%* EverythingsBetterWithCows
%%* FurryConfusion
* StealthPun: Cow Tipping, Mater's favorite prank to play.

!!Mia and Tia
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mia_And_Tia_2_8915.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Lindsey Collins (Mia) & Elissa Knight (Tia)

A pair of twin Mazda Miatas who are huge fans of Lightning.
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Lightning raced past them, they started blinking their headlights. They ''[[{{Pun}} flashed]]'' him.
* ImYourBiggestFan: To [=McQueen=]. They briefly followed Chick when [=McQueen=] disappeared, but switch back by the end. They're also this to Mater in the [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Tall Tales]], for some reason.
%%* SingleMindedTwins
* ThemeTwinNaming: They're named after their model, the Mazda Miata.
* ValleyGirl: Both of them.

!!Minny and Van
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Minny_and_Van_4163.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Edie [=McClurg=] (Minny) & Richard Kind (Van)

A married couple who wander into Radiator Springs whilst looking for the freeway, but are terrified by the clingy and pushy townsfolk. Van is a Ford Winstar and Minny is a Dodge Caravan.
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* TheCameo: They appear at the end of the second film in Radiator Springs, listening to Mater's spy adventure in Europe.
* DirectionlessDriver: Van refuses to ask for directions while the two of them are looking for an on-ramp, claiming that he can use the GPS. Unsurprisingly, they end up getting lost in the desert.
%%* HappilyMarried
%%* MinnesotaNice
* PunnyName: They are both ''mini-vans''.
* SanitySlippage: In TheStinger [[spoiler:Van has essentially lost his mind in the desert, convinced he can find the interstate]]. In the sequel, [[UnexplainedRecovery he's fine again]].

!![=RustEze=] Pit Crew Members, Sponsors, and Associates
->'''Voiced by:''' Tom & Ray Magliozzi (Clink & Clunk), Andrew Stanton (Fred), Mike Nelson (''Not'' Chuck)

Lightning's sponsors who got him his big break.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Fred. Lightning is disgusted with his dirty appearance and fanboyish manners.
* AccidentalMisnaming: My name is not Chuck!
* ImYourBiggestFan: Fred.

!!Stanley Steamer
[[quoteright:100:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Stanley_2_820.png]]

The late founder of Radiator Springs and husband to Lizzie. A statue of him stands outside the town's firehouse.
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* HappilyMarried: To Lizzie. Before he died, at least.
* JumpScare: One of the many things when Lightning wrecks havoc in Radiator Springs, is that Stanley's statue rockets up and lands in front of the scene from Lightning's first person perspective complete with a ScareChord.
* OurFounder: For Radiator Springs.
%%* PosthumousCharacter
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Cars 2'']]
!!Finn [=McMissile=]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Finn_McMissile_3_5245.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MichaelCaine
->1963 Aston Martin DB5

A British spy whom Mater comes in contact.
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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Because of his accent, he pronounces his last name as "Mac-miss-isle".
* AmphibiousAutomobile: Finn can transform into both a hydrofoil and a submarine.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: [=McMissile=] is certainly a cool name.
%%* BadassMustache
* BigNo: When he fails to stop the lemons from injuring the racers.
* FakingTheDead: He releases a set of decoy tires after escaping the Oil Rig to make his enemies think he’s been torpedoed.
* IAmVeryBritish: A British spy car.
* MasterOfDisguise: He has a voice activated holographic disguise.
* WeaponizedCar: Finn hides missiles, rockets, [[GatlingGood Gatling guns]] and even [[MissionImpossibleCableDrop cables]] in his body.

!!Holley Shiftwell
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Holley_Shiftwell_3_9547.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Emily Mortimer
->Jaguar XJR-15

A British spy and colleague to Finn. Mater falls in love with her.
----
%%* AffirmativeActionGirl
* FlyingCar: They’re standard issue for agents nowadays.
* PunnyName: [[https://www.holley.com/ Shares her name with an auto brand, not just a play on the name "Holly"]]
* ShockAndAwe: One of her weapons is an electric taser.
* WeaponizedCar: The espionage characters feature missiles, rockets, machine guns, and targeting systems hidden all along their bodies, most notably Finn [=McMissile=], Holly Shiftwell, Rod Redline, and Mater.

!!Siddeley
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Siddeley_2_2045.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JasonIsaacs
->Gulfstream G5

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%%* CoolPlane
* ShoutOut: Sid sports the recurring Creator/{{Pixar}} InJoke "A113" as his registration number on his tailfin. He's named after an aircraft manufacturer (but not the one that builds the Gulfstream!). The name comes from the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Siddeley_Harrier Hawker Siddeley Harrier]], which references Siddeley's ability to rotate his engines to hover in the air.

!!Leland Turbo
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Leland_Turbo_4_8563.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JasonIsaacs
->MG MGA

A British spy that informs about Zundapp's plans.
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%%* AwesomeMcCoolname
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:He was put through a freaking ''trash compactor'' and his compacted body is seen as a cube!]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: His distress call at the start of the film kicks off much of the plot.

!!Rod "Torque" Redline
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rod_Torque_Redline_3_9657.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BruceCampbell
->Dodge Challenger R/T

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* CharacterDeath: He was killed from the spontaneous explosion of Allinol.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Torque is brutally tortured to death by Zündapp as part of a demonstration of the effects of an electromagnetic pulse on Allinol.
%%* DeadStarWalking
* DefiantToTheEnd: Even while being tortured he speaks in a calm tone, and even insults the lemons at one point.
--> "Oh, you know, I am just wearing a disguise. But you guys are stuck looking like that!"
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: His engine is made to overheat and explode, though it's only shown as a vague reflection.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: He gives Mater the data before being tortured to death.
* MasterOfDisguise: Unlike Finn's holographic disguise, his disguise is a retractable metal shell.
%%* SacrificialLamb
%%* WeaponisedCar

!!Francesco Bernoulli
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Francesco_Bernoulli_3_5557.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' John Turturro

An Italian racing car and Lightning's rival.
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* AchillesHeel: [[ThatOneLevel Dirt tracks]].
* BerserkButton: Francesco hates being called "fragile".
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Just before the Tokyo race, Francesco teases Lightning's "Speed, I am speed" ritual as "Francesco is triple speed".
* EveryoneHasStandards: Even ''Francesco'' is horrified upon seeing the huge wreck during the Italy Race.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Francesco honestly admits that when he’s away from home, he misses his mama.
* ForeignPeopleAreSexy: He's Italian.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric and sanguine.
* FragileSpeedster: Just don't say it to his face. He doesn't take it well when Lightning calls him fragile because he is a Formula 1 car.
* FriendlyRival: Sort of. Despite constantly taunting Lightning, Francesco actually never cheats or fights dirty. He even briefly empathizes with Lightning before the race in Italy, [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk before he starts taunting him again]].
%%* GratuitousItalian
* {{Jerkass}}: Unlike Chick Hicks, he doesn't seem to be a cheat, just very talented and very arrogant. He seems to get better at the end of the film, to the point where he becomes VitriolicBestBuds with McQueen.
* MrFanservice: InUniverse. All the girls are crazy over his open-wheeled tyres.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Francesco Bernoulli is based on a modern Formula 1 Grand Prix car and is named after the Bernoulli principle, which is the basis of the functioning of the aerodynamic wings found on Formula 1 cars such as Francesco.
* PrecisionFStrike: He launches into an Italian-induced rant after Lightning mocks him over the phone. It's so suggestive that Mel Dorado hhad to mute it out.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Francesco is familiar with this reaction to Francesco.
* VillainyFreeVillain: He's not unscrupulous like Chick, but he's obnoxious enough to give [=McQueen=] a reason to want to beat him.

!!Professor Zündapp
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Professor_Zundapp_3_7604.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Thomas Kretschmann
->1959 Zündapp Janus

A weapons designer and criminal mastermind allied with the Lemons.
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* DragonInChief: [[spoiler:Zündapp is the main ''physical'' threat, but everything he does is under the orders of his boss, Miles Axlerod.]]
%%* EvilGenius
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is a ruthless boss who behaves in a very polite and calm manner, despite that he tortures and kills cars in his job.
* HerrDoktor: Professor Zündapp caters to this, as if the giant monocle, condescending tone of voice and his experience in dangerous weaponry didn't give it away before.
* HighClassGlass: Bizarrely enough for a car.
%%* KnightOfCerebus
* OneLetterName: Other characters usually refer to him as Professor Z.
%%* SoftSpokenSadist
%%* TortureTechnician
%%* VileVillainSaccharineShow

!!Sir Miles Axlerod
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Miles_Axlerod_3_772.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/EddieIzzard
->Range Rover L322

The creator of the World Grand Prix and the Alinol oil.
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* BigBad: He's the main antagonist of ''Cars 2''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sure he comes off as a warmhearted British old guy at first, but he is secretly working for the Lemons as their "big boss".
%%* TheChessmaster
* EvilBrit: He's British. He's evil.
%%* EvilGenius
* EvilPlan: Make his Allinol fuel look bad so everyone can go back to using oil to power their engines.
%%* JerkAss
%%* KnightOfCerebus
* TheManBehindTheMan: Axlerod is the mysterious leader of the Lemons and had engineered the sabotage of his own Grand Prix in order to discredit Allinol and alternative fuel in general.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His globe-trekking exploits bring Richard Branson to mind.
%%* NonActionBigBad
%%* VileVillainSaccharineShow
%%* WalkingSpoiler

!!Grem and Acer
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Grem__Acer_804.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Joe Mantegna (Grem) & Peter Jacobson (Acer)
-> AMC Gremlin and AMC Pacer

A group of Lemon cars.
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* BarBrawl: How the two actually both meet their end.
* CoDragons: To Zündapp.
* MeaningfulName: '''Grem'''lin and (P)'''Acer'''.

!!The Lemon Family Heads
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lemon_Dons_2_6618.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Stanley Townshend (Victor Hugo & Vladimir Trunkov), Brad Lewis (Tubbs Pacer) & John Mainieri (J. Curby Gremlin)

----
* TheAllegedCar: All are modeled after some of the most notorious Alleged Cars of all time; besides Gremlin, Pacer and Yugo the Trunkovs are based on ZAZ Zaporozhets, the smallest and cheapest Soviet car.
* CreatorCameo: Tubbs is voiced by Brad Lewis, one of the film's co-directors.
* TheDon: The four heads of the lemon families: J. Curby Gremlin, Vladimir Trunkov , Victor Hugo and Tubbs Pacer
* HuskyRusskie: Vladimir.
* TheMafia: The Hugo family especially, but all four count.

!!Alexander Hugo
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Alexander_Hugo_2_8880.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Velibor Topic
->Yugo [[MarketBasedTitle Koral/GV/45]]

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* BlandNameProduct: Besides the similar name, the Hugos have quad headlights but are based on a model that only ever had single headlights.
%%* EliteMook
* IHaveManyNames: He’s been known to go by the aliases of "Chop Shop Alex", "Alexander the "Not So" Great" and "Alexander Hu "Don’t" Go".
%%* TheMafia

!!Ivan
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ivan_3_181.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Stanley Townshend
->1955-57 Chevrolet truck

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* CostumeCopycat: Mater disguises himself as Ivan to infiltrate the Lemons' meeting in Porto Corsa.
* EvilCounterpart: Can be seen as this to Mater.
%%* HuskyRusskie
* {{Lzherusskie}} : Ivan is meant to be Russian, but plot necessity forced him to have the same Chevrolet-based cab design as Mater.

!!Tony Trihull
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Tony_Trihull_2_9966.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Lloyd Sherr
->''USS Independence'' Littoral Combat Ship

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* AnimalMotifs: He's apparently part shark as well.
%%* TheBrute
%%* CoolBoat
* OhCrap: Tony utters a small "uh-oh" just before [[spoiler: being blown up.]]

!!Jeff Gorvette
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Jeff_Gorvette_3_8784.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Jeff Gordon
->Chevrolet Corvette [=C6.R=]

----
* CulturalTranslation: Jeff Gorvette only appears in the original North American version of ''Cars 2''. For international versions, he is replaced in two scenes by a totally different character, voiced by a racer who is better known in that country.
* InkSuitActor
* PunnyName: He's a Corvette voiced by Jeff Gordon, so Jeff Gorvette makes perfect sense.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Lewis Hamilton.

!!Lewis Hamilton
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lewis_Hamilton_3_8024.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Lewis Hamilton
->[=McLaren=] [=MP4=]-12C GT3

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%%* InkSuitActor
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Jeff Gorvette.

!! Raoul ÇaRoule
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Raoule_CaRoule_3_2888.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Unknown
->Citroen [=C4=] [=WRC=]

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* IAmNotLeftHanded: Shares Lighting [=McQueen's=] GameBreaker offroad racing skill.

!!Nigel Gearsley
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Nigel_Gearsley_3_3248.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Greg Ellis
->Aston Martin

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%%* IAmVeryBritish
* NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: After Sir Nigel Gresley, the chief mechanical engineer of the LNER.

!!Max Schnell
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Max_Schnell_3_6044.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Unknown
->Mercedes C-Class DTM racer

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* DubNameChange: The German dub renames him "Sebastian Schnell", [[[TheDanza after his German actor]], multiple UsefulNotes/FormulaOne champion Sebastian Vettel.
* PunnyName: His name is a wordplay on "mach schnell", to be quick or hurry up.
%%* GermanicEfficiency

!!Miguel Camino
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Miguel_Camino_3_376.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Unknown

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* DashingHispanic: A Hispanic race car.

!!Carla Veloso
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Carla_Veloso_3_8208.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Jossara Jinaro
->Peugeot 908

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Carla is the only female competitor in the World Grand Prix.
%%* SpicyLatina

!!Shu Todoroki
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Shu_Todoroki_3_3519.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Erik Passoja
->Dome S102

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* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: His design sports the legendary Ka-Ryu dragon.

!!Rip Clutchgoneski
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rip_Clutchgoneski_2_4675.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' N/A

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* AdvertisedExtra: Barely even that. Clutchgoneski was the last [=WGP=] racer to have his diecast revealed, and he didn’t even appear in the video game.
* {{Ruritania}}: His homeland is the “Republic of New Rearendia”.
%%* TheVoiceless

!!Cars in Tokyo
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* {{Acrofatic}}: Kingpin Nobunaga, Pinion Tanaka, and Kimura Kaizo the sumo vans.
* TheCameo: Many of the characters from ''Tokyo Mater'' return.
* {{Geisha}}: Okuni and Shigeko from the Kabuki theatre. The two of them plus another, named Tamiko, appear at the party as well.
* IdolSinger: News reporter Chuki moonlights as the lead vocalist of the popular band "Grid Lock".
* NiceHat: The Zen Master wears a coolie hat on his roof.
* OldMaster: The Zen Master.

!!Crabby
[[quoteright:125:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Crabby_2_9192.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[Series/DeadliestCatch Sig Hansen]]

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* CoolBoat: He is one.
* InkSuitActor: He's modeled after Sig Hansen's own boat.

!!Tomber
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Tomber_3_2307.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Michel Michelis
->Reliant Regal

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%%* FriendInTheBlackMarket
* MeaningfulName: His name in French means "to tumble".

!!Mama and Uncle Topolino
->'''Voiced by:''' Vanessa Redgrave (Mama Topolino) & Franco Nero (Uncle Topolino)

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* ChasteToons: To Luigi.
* CoolOldGuy: Uncle Topolino.
%%* HappilyMarried

!!The Queen and Prince Wheeliam
->'''Voiced by:''' Vanessa Redgrave (The Queen)

The vehicle queen of the United Kingdom and her Crown Prince grandson.
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: They are based on the British Royal Family.

!!Frosty
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Frosty_4_5648.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Mark Winterbottom

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* InkSuitActor: He looks just like Mark Winterbottom.
%%* LandDownUnder

!!Fernando Alonso
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Fernando_Alonso_7536.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Fernando Alonso
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* InkSuitActor: He looks just like his actor.

!!Vitaly Petrov
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Vitaly_Petrov_2_8205.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Vitaly Petrov
----
* InkSuitActor: He looks just like his actor.

!!Flash
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Flash_2_8126.png]]
->'''Voiced by:'''Janne Nilsson
----
* InkSuitActor: He looks just like his actor.

!!Memo Rojas Jr
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Memo_Rojas_Jr_2_6221.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Memo Rojas Jr
----
* InkSuitActor: He looks just like his actor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Mater's Tall Tales'']]
!!Characters in ''Rescue Squad Mater''
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* HospitalHottie: Mia, Tia and Kori Turbowitz, but [[HelloNurse Mater’s GTO]] stands out the most.
* TheMedic: Rescue Squad Ambulance. Dr. Mater as well.

!!Characters in ''Tokyo Mater''

!!Kabuto
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kabuto_3_5641.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Mach Tony Kobayashi

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%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* TheCameo: He appears briefly at the pre-race party in ''Cars 2''.
%%* DefeatByModesty
* MeaningfulName: A kabuto is a type of helmet, in which the spoilers on his body resemble.
%%* SeriesContinuityError: His appearance in ''Cars 2''.

!!Characters in ''UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater''
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* CoolPlane: Captain Munier the attack helicopter.
* HerrDoktor: The scientist pitties at [[{{Area 51}} Parking Area 51]]. Mater himself disguises himself as “Dr. Abschlepp Wagen”.
* FlyingSaucer: Mator.
* TankGoodness: Although he is not a tank, Corporal Kim, who runs Parking Area 51, is a large, menacing military van.

!!Characters in ''Heavy Metal Mater''
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* AGoodNameForARockBand: Mater’s band was originally called “Mater and the Gas Caps”, but later chose the name “Heavy Metal Mater” when a pitty carrying a 1-ton weight came in after the recording session and asked “Where do you want this heavy metal, Mater?”
* AudienceParticipationSong: “Dad-Gum”
-->'''Mater''': Let me hear you! ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Audience''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Mater''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Audience''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Mater''': ''[[MetalScream DAD-GUUUUUUU-!]]''
* HellBentForLeather: The entire band becomes this as “Heavy Metal Mater”.
* ImYourBiggestFan: Rodney the rocker
* NoNameGiven: The drummer pitty in the band never had a toy released of him, so his name is unknown.
* RockersSmashGuitars: Mater kicks the microphone with his back tyre after the recording session.
* ShoutOut: Rocky’s heavy metal outfit resembles [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]].
* TitleOnlyChorus: Heavy Metal Mater’s first and most popular song is “Dad-Gum”, of which the lyrics consist of only the title phrase.

!!Characters in ''Monster Truck Mater''
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* AndIMustScream: Paddy O'Concrete's fate.
* BadHumorTruck: I-Screamer.
* DeadlyDoctor: Dr. Feel Bad.
* DestinationDefenestration: The above's fate.
* DreadlockRasta: The Rastacarian, who has black wiring with hooks as dreads.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Captain Collision.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Dr. Frankenwagon’s monster, which appears to be made out of construction vehicles.
* ImYourBiggestFan: There is a blue SUV who is constantly rooting for Mater in every wrestling match. He is first seen rooting for Ice Screamer, but eventually decides to root for Mater instead because of how successful he is.
* MadScientist: Dr. Frankenwagon.
* {{Oireland}}: Paddy O’Concrete

!!Characters in ''Moon Mater''
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* CoolBoat: The aircraft carrier near the end of the short.
* CoolStarship: Roger the Space Shuttle.
* PunnyName: Impala XIII the autonaut.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: The ground control pitties use the same models as the scientists from ''Unidentified Flying Mater''.
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[[folder:''Cars 3'']]
!!Jackson Storm
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jackson_storm.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Don't you worry, pal. You had a good run. Enjoy your retirement!"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Armie Hammer

->'''Storm:''' Jackson Storm: You have no idea what a pleasure it is for me to finally beat you.\\
'''[=McQueen=]:''' Thanks... wait, did you say "meet" or "beat"?\\
'''Storm:''' I think you heard me.

The latest and greatest in upcoming racers, with an attitude to match, Jackson is Lightning's main rival in ''Cars 3''.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: He's this to Lightning and other older racers.
* AntiVillain: Like Francesco Bernoulli, he's just a very talented {{Jerkass}}. The only villainous thing he does is trying to ram [[spoiler: Cruz Ramirez]] into the wall in the finale.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His last name is '''Storm'''.
* BoringButPractical: The key to his success lies in how well he can navigate the tracks, finding the most optimum circuit to take adjusted to circumvent whatever configuration his opponents are at the time. To his onlookers and rivals, it looks like magic, but in reality it's just consciously applied mathematics given the veneer of spontaneity because of his bravado.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Jackson is quiet, cool, and fairly down-to-earth. A noticeable contrast to both Chick Hicks and Bernoulli, who are more loud and boastful.
* EvilCounterpart: He is a rude, arrogant, hotshot rookie racer, which is exactly how Lightning was in the first film. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in that he's not evil per se, but he is a dick.
** In addition, his name is an alternate form of Lightning's, since both have a weather-based definition in their names.
* FlatCharacter: Unlike other hotshot Jerkasses (Lightning in ''Cars'', Bernoulli in ''Cars 2''), Jackson gets no CharacterDevelopment at all.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jackson's arrogant and disrespectful to the older style racers, considering them to be old and out of date. His first line of dialogue in the film is "it's nice to finally beat you", said after coming out of nowhere to win a race with [=McQueen=].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:He gets beaten by someone mentored by Lightning, whom he looked down on]].
* MeaningfulName: ''Storms'' come before ''lightning''.
* ShadowArchetype: He is basically what Lightning could have become if he hadn't crashed into Radiator Springs.
* TheStoic: Downplayed in that he does show some emotion here and there, but compared to Chick Hicks and Bernoulli, Jackson is very calm and stern.
* SuperPrototype: In a sense. He's the first new-generation car to join the Piston Cup, but still easily defeats even all other new-generation cars.
* TrashTalk: Not above doing this, especially to older racers such as Lighting. [[spoiler: He uses this on Cruz when she talks over for Lighting in the final race and it almost works but Lighting takes over as coach and gives her some encouragement to continue which ultimately allows her to beat him.]]
* TechnicianVsPerformer: His trash-talk is about the fanciest tactic you can expect from him. Jackson doesn't take undue risks and he doesn't really do tricks. He's formidable in the sense that in terms of conventional racing, he has the winning formula down pat because of careful study and preparation. Naturally, he's ill-prepared when big gambles and spontaneous tactics actually work against him; thinking several steps ahead can be deleterious when your opponent switches up the route.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Once Cruz actually manages to catch up to him and threatens to overtake him, he resorts to trying to cause Cruz to spin out by ramming her into the side of the racing ring. Cruz manages to beat him by using one of Lighting's techniques of flipping over him to escape and shooting toward the finish line, beating him and ruining his winning streak.]]
* VillainyFreeVillain: Jackson Storm is a jerkass and the main rival to Lighting [=McQueen=], but he never shows any villainy beyond that. He's never shown to be cheating or plotting to kill his enemy, he's just competition and acts like a jerk about it.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Tried to ram Cruz during their race.]]

!!Cruz Ramírez
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cruz_ramirez.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You can use anything negative as fuel to push through to the positive!"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Cristela Alonzo

->''"I used to watch you TV, flying through the air. You seemed so fearless. [[TheWoobie I wish I knew what that felt like.]]"''

A young, professional racing trainer with expertise in new technology, Cruz has admired Lightning since she was a kid and wanted to be a racer. She's ecstatic when he hires her to help him get back on his game.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: [[spoiler:She turns out to be this for Lightning, and also this for Jackson]].
* AscendedFangirl: Cruz is a big fan of Lightning and becomes his trainer. [[spoiler:At the end, ''he'' becomes ''her'' racing coach.]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: She is the second lead of ''Cars 3''.
* DistaffCounterpart: Judging by her outlook, she appears to be a female version of Lightning post-HeelFaceTurn.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Cars 3'' when she joins the Piston Cup family, her number is 51, which was Doc's during his racing days.]]
* {{Foil}}:
** To Lighting. He never doubted his racing skills which made him an InsufferableGenius while Cruz was so intimidated by the other racers, that she gave it up before even trying. [[spoiler:And she starts off as Lighting's trainer while he's the racer, but they switch positions at the end.]]
** [[spoiler:She is this to Jackson Storm. Both are new-generation cars that are superior to older-generation racing cars like [=McQueen=]. The difference comes in the fact that Jackson is a jerk who looks down on the older models and is obsessed with proving his greatness, while Cruz looks up to and admires [=McQueen=] enough to want to become a racer herself and ultimately achieves her dreams through the help of her idol.]]
* GenkiGirl: A somewhat subdued version in that she idolizes Lightning and everything he's accomplished.
* {{Hipster}}: Lightning views her in this manner as her techniques focus on being zen, doing Zumba-type exercises, preferring things of a more organic nature, and completely savvy and reliant on modern technology.
* TheNicknamer: She has named her tires "María", "Juaníta", "Ronaldo", and "[[BreadEggsMilkSquick Debbie Richardson]]".
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: Receives one from [=McQueen=] at Florida 500 when she finishes the race under his number and beats Jackson Storm]].
* PunnyName: Cruz sounds like "cruise."
* SarcasmBlind: When Smokey sarcastically says he thinks Lightning is losing his hearing, she takes it literally and shouts at Lightning.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler: After helping Lightning finish the race and save his career, she moves to Radiator Springs and becomes his student.]]
* SuperiorSuccessor: [[spoiler: After only a short bit of TrainingFromHell, she's the one who beats Jackson Storm]].
* ThePollyanna: She's usually in a good mood.

!! Sterling
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sterling.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:"I'm sorry, but your racing days are coming to an end."]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Nathan Fillon
An entrepreneur who takes over Rusteez after the previous owners sell the company over to him, thus becoming Lighting's new boss.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: He comes off as nice and friendly but in truth is a very shrew businessman who's trying to make Lighting quit racing so he can be the spokesman for the company.
* TheBet: Lightning makes one with him that if he can beat Storm, he can continue racing without having to be his corporate shill, if not, he'll lose his racing career forever. [[spoiler: While Lighting doesn't finish the race himself, Cruz does so under his number which technically gives Lighting the win in their bet.]]
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Get Lightning [=McQueen=] to retire from racing forever so he can take over as the sponsor for Rust-Eze.]]
* HumblePie: [[spoiler: After Lightning wins the race. Sterling didn't take his loss well and starts to whine about it as Tex has a talk with him offscreen giving him a deserved gentle humiliation.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Sterling's bad side begins to show over the course of the movie, culminating in him actively trying [[spoiler: to prevent Cruz from replacing Lightning in the Florida race, not only because of his bet with Lightning, but also because he doesn't consider her anything more than a trainer. Then he acts as though he was on her side all along when she wins the race, but at that point everyone is just done with him.]]
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: When he see the leaderboard after the race and sees Lighting's number in first place, realizing he lost his bet with Lightning.]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: [[spoiler: After realizing Lightning won the bet due to his and Cruz's shared win, Tex escorts him away, saying they have a lot to talk about.]]
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!!Lightning [=McQueen=]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lightning_McQueen_4_5819.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[CatchPhrase Ka-chow!]]"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Owen Wilson (Films), Keith Ferguson (TV and other media)

->''"The racing is the reward, not the stuff!"''

A young, ambitious but arrogant, self-centered race car who wants to win the Piston Cup. His desire to be the first to California leads him getting lost and stranded in Radiator Springs. However, his time with the eccentric townsfolk open his eyes to his own demeanour and learns to slow down in life, turning him into a better person. In ''Cars 2'', he participates in the World Grand Prix. Unlike most of the other characters in the franchise, [=McQueen=] is not based on any one real world design, instead incorporating design features from many different sports and racing cars.
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[[index]]
* TheAce: A champion in the racing world.
* AffectionateNickname: "Stickers" by Sally.
* AlliterativeName: His real first name is [[spoiler:'''M'''onty.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: In ''Cars 3''. First Jackson Storm, then [[spoiler: Cruz Ramirez]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: '''Lightning''' [=McQueen=].
* TheBet: Ends up going through one in ''Cars 3'' - he has to win the Florida 500 or he'll lose his job forever.
* BigNo: He says this in ''Cars 3'' (along with a RapidFireNo) as he struggles to catch up to Jackson; notably the last thing he says before his iconic crash.
* BuffySpeak: "I think you're forgetting the insulting part of that insult."
* ButtMonkey: In ''Mater's Tall Tales''. It is rare for one to not involve something bad happening to him. Though he does have his moments in the films as well.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** "Ka-chow!"
** "Speed...I am speed."
* CharacterDevelopment: He goes from a selfish {{Jerkass}} to a more sympathetic JerkWithAHeartOfGold
[[Characters/CarsFirstFilm Introduced in the first movie. [[spoiler: Come the third, not only is he still the warmhearted racing legend of today, he is also a wise and proud teacher just like Doc was.]]
film]] (''Cars'')
* CharacterTic: In the first film, he often sticks his tongue out when thinking of something.
* CostumeEvolution: As of ''Cars 2'', his sticker decal headlights and taillights are removed and replaced with actual working ones.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments, especially pre-HeelFaceTurn toward the Radiator Springs folk.
* DecoyProtagonist:
** Becomes this throughout ''Cars 2'' due to Mater taking up most of the story.
** The ''Cars 3'' advertisements play up his return to the role of protagonist, but [[spoiler: it's, ultimately, Cruz Ramirez's rise to glory as a racer. Though he does play a pivotal part in it]].
* TheDeterminator: Being a racer, he gets this feeling ''a lot'', especially before his HeelFaceTurn when he skips a pit stop and refuses a tire change as an excuse to remain in the lead.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Car 3'', he paints himself up in Hudson's colors to commemorate him.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: In ''Cars 3'', he gets a lot of guff about his age from Doc's old racing friends who are ironically decades older then him. And, most if not ''all'' of the next gen racers especially Storm, have little to no respect for him as a racer. Also, while she is a fan of his, Cruz unintentionally insults [=McQueen=] about his age by calling him her "senior project". For the most part, his reaction ranges from mild annoyance to agitation.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: In the tie in book; Cars Origins: Struck by Lightning, his actual name is [[spoiler: Monty [=McQueen=]]]. He changed it once he became a rookie. Even Sarge comments the name ''Lightning'' is more fitting.
* EmergingFromTheShadows: How we first meet him in the first film.
* EtTuBrute: He felt this way after [[spoiler:Mater causes him to lose the first race in the World Grand Prix.]]
* FishOutOfWater: After he first enters Radiator Springs.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine and choleric.
* FriendlessBackground: He didn't have any friends other than Mack prior to his HeelFaceTurn in the first film, as evidenced by his downcast expression after he ends his call with Harv.
* GratuitousRap: He uses Cruz's workout song to his adventage to get her to accept his apology and makes up his own rap out of it.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In-universe, Lightning seems to be very popular in Japan.
* TheHero: Of the first film and entire franchise.
* HeelFaceTurn: He undergoes this throughout the first movie, finally becoming a good sport at the end.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Mater, even calling Mater his best friend at the end of the first film.
%%* HonorBeforeReason: At the end.
* IcyBlueEyes: Goes with how he was originally, when he was obnoxious and vain.
* InkSuitActor: Has a few features inherited from Owen Wilson's face, most notably the eye color.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Changes to these after his HeelFaceTurn, realizing there's much more to racing than winning and friendship is more important than just that.
* InsufferableGenius: He does grow out of the jerkass attitude, but his attitude does originally stem from the fact that he ''is'' a talented racer.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The old him acted this way.
* {{Jerkass}}: Starts out as this, an egotistical jerk who's only concerned with winning.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He becomes nice and likable by the end of the first movie. In ''Cars 2'', he harshly calls out Mater for his immature behavior throughout the movie, but still considers him his best friend. And in ''Cars 3'', [[spoiler: he goes on a tirade about how Cruz Ramirez is slowing him down and how she doesn't understand what is at stake for him since she is just a trainer. He then makes up for it later, when he takes her to Thomasville to find Doc Hudson's crew chief, Smokey.]]
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: His bright red coloring probably helped him on his rise to fame.
* LivingLegend: He's won seven Piston Cups in a row, making him this.
* MeaningfulName: "Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning."
* MentorArchetype: [[spoiler: Becomes Cruz's teacher at the end of ''Cars 3'' after she helps him save his job.]]
* NearDeathExperience: So far, Lightning has experienced at least one of these in each film:
** In the first film, he crashes into a cactus patch twice, with a saguaro falling on him the second time, while attempting to make the sharp turn at Willy's Butte, but survived. He was also almost murdered by Frank.
** In the second film, he was planned to be exploded by a bomb, but it was put in Mater instead. The lemons also tried to make him explode with the camera, but his Allinol gas was switched with Filmore's organic fuel so he was not affected.
** In the third film, he lost control while trying to catch up to Jackson and suffered a violent crash, but survived afterwards. He was also almost killed by Miss Fritter in the Demolition Derby.
* NiceGuy: As he becomes selfless and friendly at the end of ''Cars''. His kind nature becomes more emphasised in "Cars 3" when he discovers that [[spoiler: he won't be able to win against Storm no matter how much he trains hard for and he discovers Cruz's potential as a racer and decides to give up his racing place selflessly for Cruz to replace him and be a coach for her to successfully win against Storm in the Florida season race.]]
* TheNicknamer: He has named his tires "Lefty", "Righty", "Backy", and "Backy Junior".
* OfficialCouple: With Sally.
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: In the third film, he faces Jackson Storm, a newcomer to the Piston Cup racing series who is arrogant and narcissistic, exactly how he was originally.
* OutOfFocus: In the sequel, a result of Mater taking the spotlight. He regains it in the third movie.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: Ultimately allows Cruz to finish the Florida race for him under his number. When she wins, his racing career is saved, and [[MentorArchetype he becomes her personal coach.]]]]
* RedIsHeroic: He is red, and the hero of the series.
* ReluctantRetiree: His conflict throughout ''Cars 3'', following a rather horrible crash similar to Doc's and The King's. [[spoiler: Thanks to Cruz taking his place in the final race and finishing it for him, they both share the victory and he doesn't have to retire.]]
* RetiredBadass: Averted. [[spoiler: Despite Cruz winning the race for him and allowing him to continue racing if he wanted. He decides his talents would be better spent becoming a coach and teaching the new generation of racers the tricks of the trade.]]
%%* SmugSuper: Initially.
* SupportingProtagonist: In the sequel.
* SweetHomeAlabama: Often he speaks with a light southern twang in his voice (Like his voice actor, which fades in an out time to time), hinting he's from the southern US, most likely Texas. The song "Real Gone" from the first film has the line "I was born in the south", alluding to this.
* TrashTalk: "I eat losers for breakfast!"
* TookALevelInKindness: His time in Radiator Springs really improved his demeanor.
* VagueAge: In ''Cars 3'', [=McQueen=] is teased about his age a lot, though it's never explicitly said how old he is. Brian Fee implies in an interview that Lightning is in his mid to late 40s.
* VitriolicBestFriends: With Mack and Mater in Cars 1 and 2. And Cal Weathers, Bobby Swift, and Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3.

!!Sir Towbert "Tow" Mater
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mater_4_7146.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/LarryTheCableGuy

A rusty 1951 International Harvester tow truck. Mater comes off as a simple-minded stereotypical Southern hick, but he is a GeniusDitz, knowing a lot about engines, and can drive backwards using his rear view mirrors. He becomes Lightning's best friend and crew chief in ''Cars 2'', where he is mistaken for a spy by Finn [=McMissile=].
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* {{Adorkable}}: He's so adorable and he's quite the dork.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: In ''Cars 2'', after discovering that others think that he is just clueless and distracting]].
* BreakoutCharacter: He has spun off into his own series of shorts, and even managed to become the main character of the sequel.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He comes off as slow-witted and silly.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: In ''Cars'', the main character is Lightning, a HotBlooded racer who tries to get over his selfishness by spending time in a remote town called Radiator Springs. In ''Cars 2'', the main character is Lightning's friend Mater, a ditzy tow truck who is far more sensitive then Lightning and gets involved in a spy mission.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The sequel definitely elevates him to this.
%%* {{Eagleland}}: Mater is viewed as a mix of Types 1 and 2 by foreign cars.
* FlyingCar: [[spoiler: Mater is able to fly by using his rocket boosters together with his parachute.]]
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* FragileFlower: He gets very upset over every little thing. He's a very sensitive person and there were signs that he got upset in the first film but he showed more emotions
[[Characters/CarsSecondFilm Introduced in the second film.
* GeniusDitz: Despite seeming rather simple minded, he has very broad knowledge of car parts and engines and can identify any engine at a glance.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Being a GeniusDitz, [[spoiler:he manages to figure out Axlerod's involvement with the Lemons and his plot to discredit alternative fuel sources, forcing Axlerod to disarm the bomb.]]
* GreenEyes: Has emerald-green eyes which represent his youthful attitude and humorous hillbilly outlook.
* IWasQuiteALooker: During the "Our Town" sequence that shows Radiator Spring in the past glory days, Mater is shown to had cleaner and finer paintjob.
* IdiotSavant: He's a savant like Rain Man, but mostly in ''Cars 2''.
* InkSuitActor: Kinda has a few elements of his voice actor's face, even sharing a famous catchphrase as well.
* TheHero: Of the sequel.
* KidAppealCharacter: He is mostly adored by kids of all ages. Kids just love him because he's so lovable.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Mater is the most sweet-natured and loyal car in the franchise.
* {{Knighting}}: [[spoiler:By the Queen of England herself.]]
* LastNameBasis: He almost always goes by his last name, Mater, throughout the films. His first name is actually Towbert or Tow for short.
* ManChild: Mater literally is a young kid trapped in an adult man's body. He has the mental/emotional capacity of a 7 year old child, even though he's an adult.
* MistakenForSpies: By Holley and Finn, partially as a result of his fanciful storytelling. Mainly done because their ''true'' contact slipped the information on him, and due to his profession he knew the reconnection phrase.
* NiceGuy: Very kind-hearted, cheerful, and an incredibly loyal friend.
* ThePollyanna: Usually has an optimistic and positive attitude.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Mater knows everything about engines and engine parts, but in an idiot savant kind of way.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: In the sequel, where he's crucial to the plot and even gets top billing.
* VitriolicBestFriends: With Lightning.
* UnreliableNarrator: Of his own "Tall Tales" series.
* WhyAmITicking: [[spoiler:The Lemons plant a time bomb in his air filter as a backup plan to kill Lightning.]]

!!Doc Hudson/ Fabulous Hudson Hornet
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Doc_Hudson_3_5742.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/PaulNewman (Film), Creator/CoreyBurton (Video Games)

A 1951 Hudson Hornet, Doc Hudson is Radiator Springs' medical doctor and judge. He sentences Lightning to fix the town's road after destroying it. He hides his past from his friends, which Lightning accidentally discovers, which Doc does not like one bit.
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* CharacterDeath: He died some time before the start of the second movie. He has a hall of fame dedicated to him.
* CoolOldGuy: Despite being cold towards Lightning, he's actually a cool judge, doctor and [[spoiler:former racing champion and helps Lightning during the climax in the first film]].
* DeadpanSnarker: He has some touches of this. For example, after Lightning crashes into the cacti:
-->'''Doc:''' Was that floatin' like a Cadillac or stingin' like a Beamer? I'm confused.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic and choleric.
* HangingJudge: Judging from his introductory speech.
* ForYourOwnGood: How he justifies selling out Lightning to the Piston Cup officials. Sally, Mater, and the rest of the town don't take it well.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Sort of. [[spoiler:Doc did have a very successful career, holding the record for most wins in a single season. But after his wreck in '54, instead of returning to a hero's welcome he was labeled finished and replaced with the next rookie in line.]]
* InkSuitActor: Believe it or not, his features were inspired by his voice actor's face.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Sally accuses him of this when he alerts the Piston Cup officials to pick up Lightning.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LivingLegend: [[spoiler:Even after disappearing from the race scene after his nasty accident and the following mistreatment from his sponsors, everyone realized whom he was at the final race.]]
%%* NotSoDifferent: From Lightning.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Even though Doc Hudson prefers not to discuss his racing past, he alerts the media to Lightning's whereabouts after he leaves town, not wanting to be hounded by the paparazzi, and he even shows up at the Piston Cup race in his old racing colors as the head of Lightning Mcqueen's pit crew to lend his support.
* RetiredBadass: He was forced to retire from racing for good following his crash in '54, but still has the skills within to help Lightning.
* TricksterMentor: A version of this for Lightning towards his racing career.

!!Sally Carrera
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sally_Carrera_3_5.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Don't fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance!"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Bonnie Hunt

A Porsche 911 Carrera, Sally is an Los Angeles attorney who grew tired of her life in the big city and ended up in Radiator Springs. She becomes the town attorney and runs the Cozy Cone Motel. She longs to see the town restored to its former glory, and becomes Lightning's girlfriend.
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* AllThereInTheScript: Her last name "Carrera" is not stated in the animation so far.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: A [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar tramp]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny stamp!]]
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic.
* HelloAttorney: Lightning is immediately smitten when he sees her.
* NiceGirl: Sally is nice, friendly, pleasant, and kind to others.
* TheNicknamer: She calls Lightning "Stickers".
* TrueBlueFemininity: She is light blue, representing her feminine nature.
* OfficialCouple: With Lightning.

!!Fillmore
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Fillmore_3_9470.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/GeorgeCarlin (''Cars''), Lloyd Sherr
film]] (''Cars 2'' onward)

A Volkswagen Microbus, a NewAgeRetroHippie who sells organic fuel. Has a fiery friendship with Sarge.
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2'')
* ActualPacifist: Goes with his hippie nature. More specifically, [[spoiler:he, along with Sally, were the only ones not to participate in the Radiator Springs vs. Lemon Gangs in London.]]
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Shaped like the hippies' signature vehicle, sells organic food and speaks with a calm ''duuude'' voice.
%%* TheStoner
* VerbalTic: He often ends sentences with "man", man.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Sarge.

!!Sarge
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sarge_3_1927.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Paul Dooley

A 1951 Willys MB Jeep, Sarge is Fillmore's best friend and neighbour. He runs a surplus store.
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* DrillSergeantNasty: Sarge does this during the end credits montage when running a boot camp for pampered [=SUVs=].
-->"A-TEN-SHUN! Kiss the pavement ''goodbye'', gentlemen! When I'm finished with you, you'll have mud in places you didn't know you '''had'''!"
-->"Yo, I never been off road!"
** Funnier considering that [[HummerDinger the complaining SUV is a Hummer - an off-road gas-guzzler known for being more commonly used for suburban driving.]]
* MeaningfulName: He's a jeep with a camouflage paint job who acts and sounds like a drill sergeant. He also plays "Reveille" every morning, which is almost drowned out by Fillmore's music.
* NoIndoorVoice: Often speaks like this.
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler: He greatly distrusts Axlerod and switched out Lightning's Allinol with Fillmore's organic fuel. This is what actually saves Lightning from being killed later on.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Fillmore.

!!Luigi and Guido
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TonyShalhoub (Luigi) & Guido Quaroni (Guido)

An Italian Fiat 500 and Isetta-based forklift. Guido and Luigi run Luigi's Casa Dell Tires, which has a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa made from tires. Luigi is a big fan of race cars, particularly Ferraris. Guido only speaks in Italian, and can change tires in seconds, wanting to perform a pit stop on Lightning during his time in town.
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* AscendedExtra: Secondary characters throughout the movies, but in ''Cars 3'', they get a more prominent role as the only Radiator Springs citizens who accompany McQueen on his journey.
* BilingualBonus: Pretty much everything Guido says, seeing as how he can only speak Italian.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Guido is pretty silly, but his tire changing skills are something to behold.
* ChasteToons: Luigi's aunt and uncle (see below).
* FanBoy: Luigi's a hard core Tifosi and Michael Schumacher supporter. [[spoiler:He gets to meet Schumacher and gush all over him at the end of the film]]
* {{Keet}}: Guido especially, but both of them count.
* GratuitousItalian: Both of them, but Guido exclusively speaks in Italian.
* MrFixIt: Guido. A very fast one too, much to the Chick's forklifts' amusement.
* ThirdPersonPerson: "Luigi know what you want."
* ThoseTwoGuys: Luigi and Guido are the Italian mechanic version.

!!Flo
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->'''Voiced by:''' Jenifer Lewis

Flo is the wife of Ramone, and is manager of Flo's V-8 Cafe gas diner. Her design is a stock 1950s show car.
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* AllThereInTheManual: A deleted scene revealed Flo was a Motorama showcar, and came to Radiator Springs during a tour, falling in love with Ramone after he refused to alter her chassis out of admiration.
* HappilyMarried: To Ramone.

!!Ramone
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]]

Radiator Springs' body artist and husband to Flo, Ramone is a 1959 Chevrolet Impala. He is very proud of his art deco, usually altering his paint job in every new scene.
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* HappilyMarried: To Flo.
* HotPaintJob: He's fond of giving these, as well as usually sporting one himself.
* PimpedOutCar: Aside from his numerous paint jobs, he possesses impressive hydraulics as well.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Often speaks like this.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Ramone's got a different paint job in almost every other scene.

!!Red
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[Creator/PixarRegulars Joe Ranft]] (''Cars'')

A gentle fire truck. He is not one for words, is quite shy, and very fond of the plants in Radiator Springs.
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* CryCute: He cries twice in the first film. Once after Lightning insults him and the other when [[spoiler:he thinks that Lightning has left Radiator Springs]].
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
* GentleGiant: He's the largest vehicle, but he also has the biggest heart.
* ShrinkingViolet: He's very shy when it comes to meeting new cars. In fact, he hid from Lightning during an attempt at a conversation.
* TheVoiceless: [[TheQuietOne He almost never speaks onscreen to begin with]], but after the death of his actor he becomes this in the sequel.

!!Sheriff
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->'''Voiced by:''' Michael Wallis

Sheriff of Radiator Springs, a 1949 Mercury Eight police car.
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%%* ByTheBookCop
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* GenerationXerox: According to a guidebook on the blu-ray version, his entire family were cops.
* InkSuitActor: He looks like a car-ified version of his voice actor dead-on, especially the mustache-sequel grille.
* NoIndoorVoice: Hence being the police officer, he has his moments.
* TheSheriff: Sheriff of Radiator Springs.

!!Lizzie
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->'''Voiced by:''' Katherine Helmond

An elderly 1923 Ford Model T coupe, Lizzie is the widow of the town's founder Stanley. She runs Radiator Springs Curio, which sells car souveneirs and accessories.
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A bit of one, presumably due to age. Refers to the television as the radio and after mentioning Big Al in the courtroom, Ramone points out he left years ago, to which Lizzie asks Ramone why he brought him up.
* DirtyOldWoman: Lizzie is an old Model T who delights in very bad comedy, slapping stickers onto the rears of male cars.

!!Mack
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Ratzenberger]]

A Mack Superliner truck who is Lightning's transport and the closest thing he has to a friend.
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* GentleGiant: A gigantic red semi-truck and also a NiceGuy.
* NiceHat: The large sail on his roof resembles a trucker cap.
* OnlyFriend: Was this to Lightning prior to his redemption.
* VitriolicBestFriends: With Lightning.

!!Strip "The King" Weathers
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->'''Voiced by:''' Richard Petty

A 1969 Plymouth Superbird, Strip Weather, better known as "The King", is the golden boy of Dinoco. He is participating in his last championship before retiring.
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* BlueIsHeroic: He is light blue, and the nicest of the three leaders.
* CoolOldGuy: Not as old as [[spoiler:Doc Hudson]], but he has been in the race scene for some time and is about to retire, and gives some advice to the aspiring champion Lightning not to be so greedy and listen to his team.
* DoomedMoralVictor: [[spoiler:Although he doesn't die, he becomes severely injured by a crash caused by Chick Hicks during the final lap of the tie-breaker race]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* HistoryRepeats: [[spoiler:His crash at the end mirrors Doc's crash. However, unlike Doc, he had someone - Lightning - to help him finish his last race.]]
* InkSuitActor: The King's model is based on Richard Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

!!Chick Hicks
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MichaelKeaton

Lightning's obnoxious rival who is AlwaysSecondBest to the King. He is a green 1986 Buick Regal racing car.
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* AlwaysSecondBest: Was this to The King. And when Lightning breaks onto the scene, he slips back into Always ''Third'' Best.
* AppropriatedAppellation: His nickname of "Thunder" comes from him always placing after Lightning [=McQueen=]. After his surge in popularity after [=McQueen=]'s disappearance however, he takes the nickname and ''runs with it.''
* TheBadGuyWins: Played with. While he does win the race and Piston Cup by ramming into the King and knocking him off the track, damaging him badly (in a very similar fashion to what happened with Doc years ago) he receives absolutely no praise or cheering after his victory, but rather a series of boos, his own merchandise being pelted at him and likely a permanently ruined reputation as a racecar.
* BigBad: Of the first film. He competes with The King and Lightning to be Dinoco's new face and in the last race [[spoiler:he pushes The King off the tracks causing a devastating accident similar to Doc Hudson's]].
* BorrowedCatchphrase: "Ka-chicka! Ka-chicka!" (Lightning: [[HeyThatsMyLine Hey, that's ''MY bit!!'']])
* ClassicVillain: Chick is the dirtiest racer of the Piston Cup.
* DudeWheresMyReward: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: Even though he wins the Piston Cup, it isn't accompanied by a cheering crowd; [[JustifiedTrope justified]] when the audience decides to boo him instead for shoving Strip Weathers off the track and displaying poor sportsmanship.
* EvilCounterpart: To Lightning [=McQueen=]. Chick starts off as a more extreme version of [=McQueen=], but eventually becomes this after Lightning undergoes CharacterDevelopment.
* GloryDays: Slightly touched upon
[[Characters/CarsThirdFilm Introduced in the third movie, he always has his Piston Cup trophy by his side during his show just to let the audience know he won it...despite the fact that he was known to have done it through dirty means.
* GreenEyedMonster: Chick is deeply envious of The King's status as Dinoco's golden boy. Plus he's green to boot.
* {{Jerkass}}: Even more than Lightning was at first due to him being the BigBad of the first film. He caused The King's wreck. By the third movie, he's somehow was able to gain his own sports talk show where he does nothing but rip into Lighitng for his continued loses against Storm.
* MeaninglessVillainVictory: He [[spoiler: wins the Piston Cup only because Lightning forfeited his own chance, stopping just short of the finish line to go back and help The King after Chick rammed him off the track. This, combined with his gloating, results in him being denied the opportunity to represent Dinoco and booed off the stage at the cup presentation, rendering his victory hollow and meaningless.]]
* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler:He wins the Piston Cup, but only because he caused The King to crash horribly and Lightning went back to help him. Chick doesn't get his Dinoco sponsor like he dreamed and is booed off the stage at the cup presentation.]]
* ShadowArchetype: To Lightning [=McQueen=]. While [=McQueen=] gradually becomes a better racecar, Chick Hicks only gets worse.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: Becomes this after Lightning vanishes, not only ripping off his trademark Lightning Bolt sticker with a Thunderbolt sticker but also knocking off [=McQueen=]'s "Ka-chow!" CatchPhrase with a much more forced "Ka-chicka!"
%%* SmugSnake
* UnnecessaryRoughness: He causes a massive thirty-car pileup in the opening to try and shake [=McQueen=], and later [[spoiler:causes The King to crash in the tie-breaker match.]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: Angrily runs offstage when the press boos him for making The King crash on purpose.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Not even mentioned in the sequel, despite the presence of a gigantic racing tournament which he'd no doubt have interest in, though it's entirely possible the entire debacle during the Piston Cup caused his career to tank.
** The third movie showcases him where he runs a sports talk show.

!!The Delinquent Road Hazards (Boost, Wingo, DJ, and Snot Rod)
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->'''Voiced by:''' Jonas Rivera (Boost), EJ Holowicki (DJ), Adrian Ochoa (Wingo) & Lou Romano (Snot Rod)

A quartet of troublemaking cars who distract Mack, causing Lightning to roll out of the back of his trailer and get lost.
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* AllThereInTheManual: Of the four, only Boost's name is never mentioned on-screen.
* CharacterTic: Whenever Snot Rod sneezes, his exhaust pipes gush up and he rockets forward uncontrollably.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: DJ's full name is Devon Montegomery Johnston the Third.
* LaserGuidedKarma: During the end credits, they make the mistake of speeding in Radiator Springs, and they are forced to use Bessy as a result.
* MeaningfulName:
** '''Boost''' runs on boost tanks, and his liscence plate says he's from "Nitropolis".
** '''DJ''' likes to play music on his built-in system.
** '''Wingo'' has an upturned spoiler that looks like a wing.
** '''Snot Rod''' has a habit of sneezing from time to time.
* RiceBurner: Three of them have utterly ridiculous-looking spoilers, and Snot Rod has large exhaust pipes. They also have garish paint schemes.

!!Tractors, Frank and Vroomaroundus Bugus
The animals of the ''Cars'' world. Tractors stand in for cows, being rather docile creatures who Mater likes to scare via tractor tipping. Frank is a combine harvester who resembles a bull. The Vroomaroundus Bugus are small insects resembling Volkswagen Beetles.

%%* CanisLatinicus
%%* EverythingsBetterWithCows
%%* FurryConfusion
* StealthPun: Cow Tipping, Mater's favorite prank to play.

!!Mia and Tia
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->'''Voiced by:''' Lindsey Collins (Mia) & Elissa Knight (Tia)

A pair of twin Mazda Miatas who are huge fans of Lightning.
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Lightning raced past them, they started blinking their headlights. They ''[[{{Pun}} flashed]]'' him.
* ImYourBiggestFan: To [=McQueen=]. They briefly followed Chick when [=McQueen=] disappeared, but switch back by the end. They're also this to Mater in the [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Tall Tales]], for some reason.
%%* SingleMindedTwins
* ThemeTwinNaming: They're named after their model, the Mazda Miata.
* ValleyGirl: Both of them.

!!Minny and Van
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->'''Voiced by:''' Edie [=McClurg=] (Minny) & Richard Kind (Van)

A married couple who wander into Radiator Springs whilst looking for the freeway, but are terrified by the clingy and pushy townsfolk. Van is a Ford Winstar and Minny is a Dodge Caravan.
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* TheCameo: They appear at the end of the second film in Radiator Springs, listening to Mater's spy adventure in Europe.
* DirectionlessDriver: Van refuses to ask for directions while the two of them are looking for an on-ramp, claiming that he can use the GPS. Unsurprisingly, they end up getting lost in the desert.
%%* HappilyMarried
%%* MinnesotaNice
* PunnyName: They are both ''mini-vans''.
* SanitySlippage: In TheStinger [[spoiler:Van has essentially lost his mind in the desert, convinced he can find the interstate]]. In the sequel, [[UnexplainedRecovery he's fine again]].

!![=RustEze=] Pit Crew Members, Sponsors, and Associates
->'''Voiced by:''' Tom & Ray Magliozzi (Clink & Clunk), Andrew Stanton (Fred), Mike Nelson (''Not'' Chuck)

Lightning's sponsors who got him his big break.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Fred. Lightning is disgusted with his dirty appearance and fanboyish manners.
* AccidentalMisnaming: My name is not Chuck!
* ImYourBiggestFan: Fred.

!!Stanley Steamer
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The late founder of Radiator Springs and husband to Lizzie. A statue of him stands outside the town's firehouse.
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* HappilyMarried: To Lizzie. Before he died, at least.
* JumpScare: One of the many things when Lightning wrecks havoc in Radiator Springs, is that Stanley's statue rockets up and lands in front of the scene from Lightning's first person perspective complete with a ScareChord.
* OurFounder: For Radiator Springs.
%%* PosthumousCharacter
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Cars 2'']]
!!Finn [=McMissile=]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MichaelCaine
->1963 Aston Martin DB5

A British spy whom Mater comes in contact.
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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Because of his accent, he pronounces his last name as "Mac-miss-isle".
* AmphibiousAutomobile: Finn can transform into both a hydrofoil and a submarine.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: [=McMissile=] is certainly a cool name.
%%* BadassMustache
* BigNo: When he fails to stop the lemons from injuring the racers.
* FakingTheDead: He releases a set of decoy tires after escaping the Oil Rig to make his enemies think he’s been torpedoed.
* IAmVeryBritish: A British spy car.
* MasterOfDisguise: He has a voice activated holographic disguise.
* WeaponizedCar: Finn hides missiles, rockets, [[GatlingGood Gatling guns]] and even [[MissionImpossibleCableDrop cables]] in his body.

!!Holley Shiftwell
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->'''Voiced by:''' Emily Mortimer
->Jaguar XJR-15

A British spy and colleague to Finn. Mater falls in love with her.
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%%* AffirmativeActionGirl
* FlyingCar: They’re standard issue for agents nowadays.
* PunnyName: [[https://www.holley.com/ Shares her name with an auto brand, not just a play on the name "Holly"]]
* ShockAndAwe: One of her weapons is an electric taser.
* WeaponizedCar: The espionage characters feature missiles, rockets, machine guns, and targeting systems hidden all along their bodies, most notably Finn [=McMissile=], Holly Shiftwell, Rod Redline, and Mater.

!!Siddeley
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JasonIsaacs
->Gulfstream G5

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%%* CoolPlane
* ShoutOut: Sid sports the recurring Creator/{{Pixar}} InJoke "A113" as his registration number on his tailfin. He's named after an aircraft manufacturer (but not the one that builds the Gulfstream!). The name comes from the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Siddeley_Harrier Hawker Siddeley Harrier]], which references Siddeley's ability to rotate his engines to hover in the air.

!!Leland Turbo
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JasonIsaacs
->MG MGA

A British spy that informs about Zundapp's plans.
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%%* AwesomeMcCoolname
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:He was put through a freaking ''trash compactor'' and his compacted body is seen as a cube!]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: His distress call at the start of the film kicks off much of the plot.

!!Rod "Torque" Redline
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BruceCampbell
->Dodge Challenger R/T

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* CharacterDeath: He was killed from the spontaneous explosion of Allinol.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Torque is brutally tortured to death by Zündapp as part of a demonstration of the effects of an electromagnetic pulse on Allinol.
%%* DeadStarWalking
* DefiantToTheEnd: Even while being tortured he speaks in a calm tone, and even insults the lemons at one point.
--> "Oh, you know, I am just wearing a disguise. But you guys are stuck looking like that!"
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: His engine is made to overheat and explode, though it's only shown as a vague reflection.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: He gives Mater the data before being tortured to death.
* MasterOfDisguise: Unlike Finn's holographic disguise, his disguise is a retractable metal shell.
%%* SacrificialLamb
%%* WeaponisedCar

!!Francesco Bernoulli
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->'''Voiced by:''' John Turturro

An Italian racing car and Lightning's rival.
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* AchillesHeel: [[ThatOneLevel Dirt tracks]].
* BerserkButton: Francesco hates being called "fragile".
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Just before the Tokyo race, Francesco teases Lightning's "Speed, I am speed" ritual as "Francesco is triple speed".
* EveryoneHasStandards: Even ''Francesco'' is horrified upon seeing the huge wreck during the Italy Race.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Francesco honestly admits that when he’s away from home, he misses his mama.
* ForeignPeopleAreSexy: He's Italian.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric and sanguine.
* FragileSpeedster: Just don't say it to his face. He doesn't take it well when Lightning calls him fragile because he is a Formula 1 car.
* FriendlyRival: Sort of. Despite constantly taunting Lightning, Francesco actually never cheats or fights dirty. He even briefly empathizes with Lightning before the race in Italy, [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk before he starts taunting him again]].
%%* GratuitousItalian
* {{Jerkass}}: Unlike Chick Hicks, he doesn't seem to be a cheat, just very talented and very arrogant. He seems to get better at the end of the film, to the point where he becomes VitriolicBestBuds with McQueen.
* MrFanservice: InUniverse. All the girls are crazy over his open-wheeled tyres.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Francesco Bernoulli is based on a modern Formula 1 Grand Prix car and is named after the Bernoulli principle, which is the basis of the functioning of the aerodynamic wings found on Formula 1 cars such as Francesco.
* PrecisionFStrike: He launches into an Italian-induced rant after Lightning mocks him over the phone. It's so suggestive that Mel Dorado hhad to mute it out.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Francesco is familiar with this reaction to Francesco.
* VillainyFreeVillain: He's not unscrupulous like Chick, but he's obnoxious enough to give [=McQueen=] a reason to want to beat him.

!!Professor Zündapp
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->'''Voiced by:''' Thomas Kretschmann
->1959 Zündapp Janus

A weapons designer and criminal mastermind allied with the Lemons.
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* DragonInChief: [[spoiler:Zündapp is the main ''physical'' threat, but everything he does is under the orders of his boss, Miles Axlerod.]]
%%* EvilGenius
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is a ruthless boss who behaves in a very polite and calm manner, despite that he tortures and kills cars in his job.
* HerrDoktor: Professor Zündapp caters to this, as if the giant monocle, condescending tone of voice and his experience in dangerous weaponry didn't give it away before.
* HighClassGlass: Bizarrely enough for a car.
%%* KnightOfCerebus
* OneLetterName: Other characters usually refer to him as Professor Z.
%%* SoftSpokenSadist
%%* TortureTechnician
%%* VileVillainSaccharineShow

!!Sir Miles Axlerod
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/EddieIzzard
->Range Rover L322

The creator of the World Grand Prix and the Alinol oil.
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* BigBad: He's the main antagonist of ''Cars 2''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sure he comes off as a warmhearted British old guy at first, but he is secretly working for the Lemons as their "big boss".
%%* TheChessmaster
* EvilBrit: He's British. He's evil.
%%* EvilGenius
* EvilPlan: Make his Allinol fuel look bad so everyone can go back to using oil to power their engines.
%%* JerkAss
%%* KnightOfCerebus
* TheManBehindTheMan: Axlerod is the mysterious leader of the Lemons and had engineered the sabotage of his own Grand Prix in order to discredit Allinol and alternative fuel in general.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His globe-trekking exploits bring Richard Branson to mind.
%%* NonActionBigBad
%%* VileVillainSaccharineShow
%%* WalkingSpoiler

!!Grem and Acer
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->'''Voiced by:''' Joe Mantegna (Grem) & Peter Jacobson (Acer)
-> AMC Gremlin and AMC Pacer

A group of Lemon cars.
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* BarBrawl: How the two actually both meet their end.
* CoDragons: To Zündapp.
* MeaningfulName: '''Grem'''lin and (P)'''Acer'''.

!!The Lemon Family Heads
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->'''Voiced by:''' Stanley Townshend (Victor Hugo & Vladimir Trunkov), Brad Lewis (Tubbs Pacer) & John Mainieri (J. Curby Gremlin)

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* TheAllegedCar: All are modeled after some of the most notorious Alleged Cars of all time; besides Gremlin, Pacer and Yugo the Trunkovs are based on ZAZ Zaporozhets, the smallest and cheapest Soviet car.
* CreatorCameo: Tubbs is voiced by Brad Lewis, one of the film's co-directors.
* TheDon: The four heads of the lemon families: J. Curby Gremlin, Vladimir Trunkov , Victor Hugo and Tubbs Pacer
* HuskyRusskie: Vladimir.
* TheMafia: The Hugo family especially, but all four count.

!!Alexander Hugo
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->'''Voiced by:''' Velibor Topic
->Yugo [[MarketBasedTitle Koral/GV/45]]

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* BlandNameProduct: Besides the similar name, the Hugos have quad headlights but are based on a model that only ever had single headlights.
%%* EliteMook
* IHaveManyNames: He’s been known to go by the aliases of "Chop Shop Alex", "Alexander the "Not So" Great" and "Alexander Hu "Don’t" Go".
%%* TheMafia

!!Ivan
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->'''Voiced by:''' Stanley Townshend
->1955-57 Chevrolet truck

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* CostumeCopycat: Mater disguises himself as Ivan to infiltrate the Lemons' meeting in Porto Corsa.
* EvilCounterpart: Can be seen as this to Mater.
%%* HuskyRusskie
* {{Lzherusskie}} : Ivan is meant to be Russian, but plot necessity forced him to have the same Chevrolet-based cab design as Mater.

!!Tony Trihull
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->'''Voiced by:''' Lloyd Sherr
->''USS Independence'' Littoral Combat Ship

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* AnimalMotifs: He's apparently part shark as well.
%%* TheBrute
%%* CoolBoat
* OhCrap: Tony utters a small "uh-oh" just before [[spoiler: being blown up.]]

!!Jeff Gorvette
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->'''Voiced by:''' Jeff Gordon
->Chevrolet Corvette [=C6.R=]

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* CulturalTranslation: Jeff Gorvette only appears in the original North American version of ''Cars 2''. For international versions, he is replaced in two scenes by a totally different character, voiced by a racer who is better known in that country.
* InkSuitActor
* PunnyName: He's a Corvette voiced by Jeff Gordon, so Jeff Gorvette makes perfect sense.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Lewis Hamilton.

!!Lewis Hamilton
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->'''Voiced by:''' Lewis Hamilton
->[=McLaren=] [=MP4=]-12C GT3

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%%* InkSuitActor
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Jeff Gorvette.

!! Raoul ÇaRoule
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->'''Voiced by:''' Unknown
->Citroen [=C4=] [=WRC=]

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* IAmNotLeftHanded: Shares Lighting [=McQueen's=] GameBreaker offroad racing skill.

!!Nigel Gearsley
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Nigel_Gearsley_3_3248.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Greg Ellis
->Aston Martin

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%%* IAmVeryBritish
* NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: After Sir Nigel Gresley, the chief mechanical engineer of the LNER.

!!Max Schnell
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Max_Schnell_3_6044.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Unknown
->Mercedes C-Class DTM racer

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* DubNameChange: The German dub renames him "Sebastian Schnell", [[[TheDanza after his German actor]], multiple UsefulNotes/FormulaOne champion Sebastian Vettel.
* PunnyName: His name is a wordplay on "mach schnell", to be quick or hurry up.
%%* GermanicEfficiency

!!Miguel Camino
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Miguel_Camino_3_376.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Unknown

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* DashingHispanic: A Hispanic race car.

!!Carla Veloso
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Carla_Veloso_3_8208.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Jossara Jinaro
->Peugeot 908

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Carla is the only female competitor in the World Grand Prix.
%%* SpicyLatina

!!Shu Todoroki
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Shu_Todoroki_3_3519.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Erik Passoja
->Dome S102

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* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: His design sports the legendary Ka-Ryu dragon.

!!Rip Clutchgoneski
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rip_Clutchgoneski_2_4675.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' N/A

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* AdvertisedExtra: Barely even that. Clutchgoneski was the last [=WGP=] racer to have his diecast revealed, and he didn’t even appear in the video game.
* {{Ruritania}}: His homeland is the “Republic of New Rearendia”.
%%* TheVoiceless

!!Cars in Tokyo
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* {{Acrofatic}}: Kingpin Nobunaga, Pinion Tanaka, and Kimura Kaizo the sumo vans.
* TheCameo: Many of the characters from ''Tokyo Mater'' return.
* {{Geisha}}: Okuni and Shigeko from the Kabuki theatre. The two of them plus another, named Tamiko, appear at the party as well.
* IdolSinger: News reporter Chuki moonlights as the lead vocalist of the popular band "Grid Lock".
* NiceHat: The Zen Master wears a coolie hat on his roof.
* OldMaster: The Zen Master.

!!Crabby
[[quoteright:125:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Crabby_2_9192.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[Series/DeadliestCatch Sig Hansen]]

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* CoolBoat: He is one.
* InkSuitActor: He's modeled after Sig Hansen's own boat.

!!Tomber
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Tomber_3_2307.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Michel Michelis
->Reliant Regal

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%%* FriendInTheBlackMarket
* MeaningfulName: His name in French means "to tumble".

!!Mama and Uncle Topolino
->'''Voiced by:''' Vanessa Redgrave (Mama Topolino) & Franco Nero (Uncle Topolino)

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* ChasteToons: To Luigi.
* CoolOldGuy: Uncle Topolino.
%%* HappilyMarried

!!The Queen and Prince Wheeliam
->'''Voiced by:''' Vanessa Redgrave (The Queen)

The vehicle queen of the United Kingdom and her Crown Prince grandson.
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: They are based on the British Royal Family.

!!Frosty
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Frosty_4_5648.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Mark Winterbottom

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* InkSuitActor: He looks just like Mark Winterbottom.
%%* LandDownUnder

!!Fernando Alonso
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Fernando_Alonso_7536.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Fernando Alonso
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* InkSuitActor: He looks just like his actor.

!!Vitaly Petrov
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Vitaly_Petrov_2_8205.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Vitaly Petrov
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* InkSuitActor: He looks just like his actor.

!!Flash
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Flash_2_8126.png]]
->'''Voiced by:'''Janne Nilsson
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* InkSuitActor: He looks just like his actor.

!!Memo Rojas Jr
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Memo_Rojas_Jr_2_6221.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Memo Rojas Jr
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* InkSuitActor: He looks just like his actor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Mater's Tall Tales'']]
!!Characters in ''Rescue Squad Mater''
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* HospitalHottie: Mia, Tia and Kori Turbowitz, but [[HelloNurse Mater’s GTO]] stands out the most.
* TheMedic: Rescue Squad Ambulance. Dr. Mater as well.

!!Characters in ''Tokyo Mater''

!!Kabuto
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kabuto_3_5641.png]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Mach Tony Kobayashi

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%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* TheCameo: He appears briefly at the pre-race party in ''Cars 2''.
%%* DefeatByModesty
* MeaningfulName: A kabuto is a type of helmet, in which the spoilers on his body resemble.
%%* SeriesContinuityError: His appearance in ''Cars 2''.

!!Characters in ''UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater''
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* CoolPlane: Captain Munier the attack helicopter.
* HerrDoktor: The scientist pitties at [[{{Area 51}} Parking Area 51]]. Mater himself disguises himself as “Dr. Abschlepp Wagen”.
* FlyingSaucer: Mator.
* TankGoodness: Although he is not a tank, Corporal Kim, who runs Parking Area 51, is a large, menacing military van.

!!Characters in ''Heavy Metal Mater''
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* AGoodNameForARockBand: Mater’s band was originally called “Mater and the Gas Caps”, but later chose the name “Heavy Metal Mater” when a pitty carrying a 1-ton weight came in after the recording session and asked “Where do you want this heavy metal, Mater?”
* AudienceParticipationSong: “Dad-Gum”
-->'''Mater''': Let me hear you! ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Audience''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Mater''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Audience''': ''Dad-Gum!''\\
'''Mater''': ''[[MetalScream DAD-GUUUUUUU-!]]''
* HellBentForLeather: The entire band becomes this as “Heavy Metal Mater”.
* ImYourBiggestFan: Rodney the rocker
* NoNameGiven: The drummer pitty in the band never had a toy released of him, so his name is unknown.
* RockersSmashGuitars: Mater kicks the microphone with his back tyre after the recording session.
* ShoutOut: Rocky’s heavy metal outfit resembles [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]].
* TitleOnlyChorus: Heavy Metal Mater’s first and most popular song is “Dad-Gum”, of which the lyrics consist of only the title phrase.

!!Characters in ''Monster Truck Mater''
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* AndIMustScream: Paddy O'Concrete's fate.
* BadHumorTruck: I-Screamer.
* DeadlyDoctor: Dr. Feel Bad.
* DestinationDefenestration: The above's fate.
* DreadlockRasta: The Rastacarian, who has black wiring with hooks as dreads.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Captain Collision.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Dr. Frankenwagon’s monster, which appears to be made out of construction vehicles.
* ImYourBiggestFan: There is a blue SUV who is constantly rooting for Mater in every wrestling match. He is first seen rooting for Ice Screamer, but eventually decides to root for Mater instead because of how successful he is.
* MadScientist: Dr. Frankenwagon.
* {{Oireland}}: Paddy O’Concrete

!!Characters in ''Moon Mater''
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* CoolBoat: The aircraft carrier near the end of the short.
* CoolStarship: Roger the Space Shuttle.
* PunnyName: Impala XIII the autonaut.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: The ground control pitties use the same models as the scientists from ''Unidentified Flying Mater''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Cars 3'']]
!!Jackson Storm
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jackson_storm.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Don't you worry, pal. You had a good run. Enjoy your retirement!"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Armie Hammer

->'''Storm:''' Jackson Storm: You have no idea what a pleasure it is for me to finally beat you.\\
'''[=McQueen=]:''' Thanks... wait, did you say "meet" or "beat"?\\
'''Storm:''' I think you heard me.

The latest and greatest in upcoming racers, with an attitude to match, Jackson is Lightning's main rival in ''Cars 3''.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: He's this to Lightning and other older racers.
* AntiVillain: Like Francesco Bernoulli, he's just a very talented {{Jerkass}}. The only villainous thing he does is trying to ram [[spoiler: Cruz Ramirez]] into the wall in the finale.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His last name is '''Storm'''.
* BoringButPractical: The key to his success lies in how well he can navigate the tracks, finding the most optimum circuit to take adjusted to circumvent whatever configuration his opponents are at the time. To his onlookers and rivals, it looks like magic, but in reality it's just consciously applied mathematics given the veneer of spontaneity because of his bravado.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Jackson is quiet, cool, and fairly down-to-earth. A noticeable contrast to both Chick Hicks and Bernoulli, who are more loud and boastful.
* EvilCounterpart: He is a rude, arrogant, hotshot rookie racer, which is exactly how Lightning was in the first film. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in that he's not evil per se, but he is a dick.
** In addition, his name is an alternate form of Lightning's, since both have a weather-based definition in their names.
* FlatCharacter: Unlike other hotshot Jerkasses (Lightning in ''Cars'', Bernoulli in ''Cars 2''), Jackson gets no CharacterDevelopment at all.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jackson's arrogant and disrespectful to the older style racers, considering them to be old and out of date. His first line of dialogue in the film is "it's nice to finally beat you", said after coming out of nowhere to win a race with [=McQueen=].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:He gets beaten by someone mentored by Lightning, whom he looked down on]].
* MeaningfulName: ''Storms'' come before ''lightning''.
* ShadowArchetype: He is basically what Lightning could have become if he hadn't crashed into Radiator Springs.
* TheStoic: Downplayed in that he does show some emotion here and there, but compared to Chick Hicks and Bernoulli, Jackson is very calm and stern.
* SuperPrototype: In a sense. He's the first new-generation car to join the Piston Cup, but still easily defeats even all other new-generation cars.
* TrashTalk: Not above doing this, especially to older racers such as Lighting. [[spoiler: He uses this on Cruz when she talks over for Lighting in the final race and it almost works but Lighting takes over as coach and gives her some encouragement to continue which ultimately allows her to beat him.]]
* TechnicianVsPerformer: His trash-talk is about the fanciest tactic you can expect from him. Jackson doesn't take undue risks and he doesn't really do tricks. He's formidable in the sense that in terms of conventional racing, he has the winning formula down pat because of careful study and preparation. Naturally, he's ill-prepared when big gambles and spontaneous tactics actually work against him; thinking several steps ahead can be deleterious when your opponent switches up the route.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Once Cruz actually manages to catch up to him and threatens to overtake him, he resorts to trying to cause Cruz to spin out by ramming her into the side of the racing ring. Cruz manages to beat him by using one of Lighting's techniques of flipping over him to escape and shooting toward the finish line, beating him and ruining his winning streak.]]
* VillainyFreeVillain: Jackson Storm is a jerkass and the main rival to Lighting [=McQueen=], but he never shows any villainy beyond that. He's never shown to be cheating or plotting to kill his enemy, he's just competition and acts like a jerk about it.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Tried to ram Cruz during their race.]]

!!Cruz Ramírez
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cruz_ramirez.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You can use anything negative as fuel to push through to the positive!"'']]
->'''Voiced by:''' Cristela Alonzo

->''"I used to watch you TV, flying through the air. You seemed so fearless. [[TheWoobie I wish I knew what that felt like.]]"''

A young, professional racing trainer with expertise in new technology, Cruz has admired Lightning since she was a kid and wanted to be a racer. She's ecstatic when he hires her to help him get back on his game.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: [[spoiler:She turns out to be this for Lightning, and also this for Jackson]].
* AscendedFangirl: Cruz is a big fan of Lightning and becomes his trainer. [[spoiler:At the end, ''he'' becomes ''her'' racing coach.]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: She is the second lead of ''Cars 3''.
* DistaffCounterpart: Judging by her outlook, she appears to be a female version of Lightning post-HeelFaceTurn.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Cars 3'' when she joins the Piston Cup family, her number is 51, which was Doc's during his racing days.]]
* {{Foil}}:
** To Lighting. He never doubted his racing skills which made him an InsufferableGenius while Cruz was so intimidated by the other racers, that she gave it up before even trying. [[spoiler:And she starts off as Lighting's trainer while he's the racer, but they switch positions at the end.]]
** [[spoiler:She is this to Jackson Storm. Both are new-generation cars that are superior to older-generation racing cars like [=McQueen=]. The difference comes in the fact that Jackson is a jerk who looks down on the older models and is obsessed with proving his greatness, while Cruz looks up to and admires [=McQueen=] enough to want to become a racer herself and ultimately achieves her dreams through the help of her idol.]]
* GenkiGirl: A somewhat subdued version in that she idolizes Lightning and everything he's accomplished.
* {{Hipster}}: Lightning views her in this manner as her techniques focus on being zen, doing Zumba-type exercises, preferring things of a more organic nature, and completely savvy and reliant on modern technology.
* TheNicknamer: She has named her tires "María", "Juaníta", "Ronaldo", and "[[BreadEggsMilkSquick Debbie Richardson]]".
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: Receives one from [=McQueen=] at Florida 500 when she finishes the race under his number and beats Jackson Storm]].
* PunnyName: Cruz sounds like "cruise."
* SarcasmBlind: When Smokey sarcastically says he thinks Lightning is losing his hearing, she takes it literally and shouts at Lightning.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler: After helping Lightning finish the race and save his career, she moves to Radiator Springs and becomes his student.]]
* SuperiorSuccessor: [[spoiler: After only a short bit of TrainingFromHell, she's the one who beats Jackson Storm]].
* ThePollyanna: She's usually in a good mood.

!! Sterling
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sterling.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:"I'm sorry, but your racing days are coming to an end."]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Nathan Fillon
An entrepreneur who takes over Rusteez after the previous owners sell the company over to him, thus becoming Lighting's new boss.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: He comes off as nice and friendly but in truth is a very shrew businessman who's trying to make Lighting quit racing so he can be the spokesman for the company.
* TheBet: Lightning makes one with him that if he can beat Storm, he can continue racing without having to be his corporate shill, if not, he'll lose his racing career forever. [[spoiler: While Lighting doesn't finish the race himself, Cruz does so under his number which technically gives Lighting the win in their bet.]]
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Get Lightning [=McQueen=] to retire from racing forever so he can take over as the sponsor for Rust-Eze.]]
* HumblePie: [[spoiler: After Lightning wins the race. Sterling didn't take his loss well and starts to whine about it as Tex has a talk with him offscreen giving him a deserved gentle humiliation.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Sterling's bad side begins to show over the course of the movie, culminating in him actively trying [[spoiler: to prevent Cruz from replacing Lightning in the Florida race, not only because of his bet with Lightning, but also because he doesn't consider her anything more than a trainer. Then he acts as though he was on her side all along when she wins the race, but at that point everyone is just done with him.]]
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: When he see the leaderboard after the race and sees Lighting's number in first place, realizing he lost his bet with Lightning.]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: [[spoiler: After realizing Lightning won the bet due to his and Cruz's shared win, Tex escorts him away, saying they have a lot to talk about.]]
[[/folder]]
film]] (''Cars 3'')
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** In the first film, he was almost murdered by Frank.

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** In the first film, he crashes into a cactus patch twice, with a saguaro falling on him the second time, while attempting to make the sharp turn at Willy's Butte, but survived. He was also almost murdered by Frank.
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* InnocentBlueEyes: Has light blue eyes, which represent his love for racing and the fact he learns what's more important than just that.

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* InnocentBlueEyes: Has light blue eyes, which represent Changes to these after his love for HeelFaceTurn, realizing there's much more to racing than winning and the fact he learns what's friendship is more important than just that.



* TheNicknamer: He has named his tires "Lefty", "Righty", "Backy", and "Backy Junior".


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* TheNicknamer: He has named his tires "Lefty", "Righty", "Backy", and "Backy Junior".
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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Mater's Sensitive Guy.



* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Lightning's Manly Man.
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* MeaningfulName: ''Storms'' come before ''lightning''.
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