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TheMovie based off of the anime series ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', directed by Creator/TheWachowskis. It features the titular Speed Racer characters with their same basic personalities thrown into a racing world where corporate greed determines everything.

An outrageous visual spectacle, the movie did not attempt to make any apologies for the implausibilities or cliches of the original, instead merely using them to show insane, over-the-top brightly colored race car action sequences.
!!''Speed Racer'' provides examples of:

* AbnormalAmmo: The vikings have a beehive catapult and Snake Oiler has a snake catapult.
* ActionGirl: Trixie was fairly tough in the anime, a novel concept at the time, but in the movie is much more an active partner to Speed than in the original. [[spoiler:Even taking part in a portion of one of the races.]]
* AdaptationalBadass: As opposed to the original anime, Trixie is a BadassDriver who can cover for speed in the Casa Cristo.
* AdaptationDistillation: The Wachowskis managed to distill the feel of the animated ''Speed Racer'', keeping the bright colors, but bringing it into the live action arena.
* AlmostKiss: Twice, until the end - where the trope gets parodied as [[spoiler: Spritle and Chim-Chim interrupt it for the sake of a quip, and then it resumes]].
* AmazingTechnicolorWorld: ''And how''. This movie is so vibrant that some critics reported visual fatigue.
* AnachronicOrder: Several scenes (especially in the beginning) keep switching around between multiple points of time.
* {{Animesque}}: It's been called 'the first live-action anime'. That's an accurate description.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Spritle (and Chim-Chim).
** Speed was something of one to Rex.
* AntiClimacticUnmasking: Twisted around the viewer, since Racer X is [[spoiler: Rex Racer]], but when Speed Racer meets him on the empty track, he's played by a [[spoiler: [[Series/{{Lost}} random guy]] courtesy of MagicPlasticSurgery]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Remember when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUhE5KsJ5hk Professor Frank]] said "Woke up in a car that was Tokyo Drifting everywhere?"
* AscendedExtra: [[TeamMom Mom Racer]]. While in the original series, she is a minor character with limited dialogue. In the movie, Susan Sarandon plays her as a strong, caring mother who provides emotional support and inspiration for Speed.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Royalton's German is totally off.
-->'''Royalton:''' When I was a child, we used to say "Pänkuchen sind Liebchen!" -- "Pancakes are love."
** Also Chim Chim's "favorite TV show" doesn't sound like German as claimed by Pops.
* ATeamMontage: The Racers building the Mach Six for the Grand Prix, intercut with Royalton and Musha's contract signing.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The only reason for any of the cursing in the movie.
** After Speed rejects Royalton's outrageously generous but sell-out deal, (something which became a HannibalLecture when he realised he wasn't getting what he wanted) ''10-year-old'' Spritle gives Royalton the finger right when the elevators close!
** In the final Grand Prix, when Speed reaches Jack "Cannonball" Taylor, they engage in a personal duel and Speed's Mach 6 hits the GRX several times. In one of these, Speed utters "get that weak shit off my track!". Hard to distinguish due to the crashing sounds and the engine noise, so it went uncensored anyway.
* AwesomeAussie: Kick Gurry uses his natural accent as Sparky.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Your family name is Racer and you name your kids Rex and Speed?
* BadassDriver: Nearly half the cast, though Speed deserves special mention when he [[spoiler: Has his "in the zone" moment in the final race]].
* BadassFamily: The Racers and extended family all apparently [[IKnowKarate know how to deal out some awesome whoopass]]. Except [[ButtMonkey Sparky]].
* BeeBeeGun: A bee hive is used as a weapon in-race.
* BigBad: E.P. Arnold Royalton is the main antagonist of the film.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Speed and Trixie's kiss at the end after Speed wins the Grand Prix.
* TheBigRace: Several [[SerialEscalation increasingly over the top races]] culminating in the WRL Grand Prix.
* BittersweetEnding: Speed wins the Grand Prix, Royalton's cheating and corruption are exposed and he is put in prison, it is implied that the WRL will be reformed. However, Racer X has decided against [[spoiler:revealing to his family that he is still alive.]]
* BloodSport: While there are plenty of car crashes, this is downplayed by the fact that all cars have the foam bubble "Kwik-Save" system installed, and any devices that are designed for or can be used to intentionally harm other racers, such as the Spearhook, are illegal.
** Which makes it probably the most plausible bloodsport in fiction.
* BondOneLiner: Delivered by Pops Racer after dispatching a ninja:
-->'''Trixie''': Was that a ninja?\\
'''Pops''': More like a ''non''ja.
* BookDumb: As a young child, Speed was so obsessed about automobile racing that he spoke about little else; he even filled out a multiple choice test's answer sheet so that the dots read '''GO REX GO'''. He later admits he probably would not have finished high school without Trixie's help.
* BulletTime: ''It was written and directed by the Wachowskis.'' [[Film/TheMatrix Think about that]].
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Speed and Trixie tell a fib to help Racer X and Inspector Detector by racing in the race that killed Rex.
-->'''Spritle:''' Look!\\
'''Pops:''' I'm not falling for that.\\
'''Spritle:''' It's ''Speed!''\\
'''Pops:''' Speed's ''skiing!''\\
'''Spritle:''' ...then ''who's'' driving the Mach 5?!\\
''[On the television, the Mach 5 roars up the road]''\\
'''Pops:''' [[{{Beat}} ...]]
* CarFu: Taken UpToEleven. Also actually called such in the video game.
* CatchPhrase: Trixie's "Cool beans."
* CheatersNeverProsper: Spelled out verbatim in the VERY LAST SHOT of the film!
** Quoted by the Judge!
* ChekhovsArmoury: All of the "defensive modifications" on Speed's car come into proper use. [[TheArtifact Except for the Homing Bird.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: by WordOfGod in the DVD Extras.
** Speed - Blue
** Pops - Red
** Trixie - Pink
** Racer X - Black
** Taejo - White (really, the whole Togokahn family)
** Spritle - Yellow
** Royalton - Purple
** Mom - Green
** Sparky - Orange
* CementShoes: Cruncher Block wanted to use this method on Taejo, but he decided to use piranhas to try and eat Taejo's hand.
* ColdBloodedTorture: In his first appearance, Taejo is tortured by Cruncher Block and his gang.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Ninjas infiltrate the hotel where Taejo, Racer X and Speed are staying to take their team out of commission. The first ninja, a stealthy assassin, is deftly successful at silently drugging Taejo, while the second somewhat annoys Racer X. Supported when the third makes trouble for Speed, Sparky, Spritle and Chim-Chim, but then subverted as he is comically relieved of his pants by Spritle and Chim-Chim, then trounced by Pops Racer, who derides the assailant as a "non-ja".
--> "Terrible what passes for a ninja these days."
* ContextSensitiveButton: Speed has one button for each of the Mach 5's various tricks, however they're each shown capable of performing a variety of very precision maneuvers. For example, the "jump" button may deploy all four jump feet to hop over someone, or it might deploy just the left two to flip to the right, like how 'tap','double tap', 'press' and 'press and hold' can do different functions in a videogame but with more options than the ones mentioned above.
* ContinuityNod: To the original series ''and'' the original Japanese version of the show; the end credits music is a remix of the "Speed Racer" theme song, and intermixed with the remix is dialogue from the original show and lyrics from the original ''Mach-A-Go-Go'' theme song.
* CoolCar: Every car in the movie, pretty much, but the Mach 5 remains the coolest.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Royalton, of course.
** Hell, ''any'' of the WRL sponsors qualify. They've been fixing races for the benefit of the stock market for at least 48 years.
* CreatorCameo: Peter Fernandez, Speed's original voice actor, appears as a racing announcer at Thunderhead.
* CrushFilter: Speed and Trixie have a LoveAtFirstSight one when they first lay eyes on each other as grade-schoolers.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Several times during the film, but especially during the final race, where Speed [[spoiler:literally becomes the race and the track dissolves into, well, Nirvana.]]
* TheDreaded: Criminals, terrorists and other racers alike fear Racer X, "The Harbinger of Boom".
* EpicRace: The Casa Cristo 5000.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: See BadassFamily.
* EvilBrit: E.P. Arnold Royalton. Interestingly, he has a semi-realistic working class London accent, not the usual "posh" [[EvilBrit evil accent.]] This might suggest that he is from a poor background. If his speech about building his own computer out of scraps is true, then he definitely came from a poor family. His actor, Roger Allam, was born in London.
* FailedASpotCheck: Just look at how Speed acts in the opening scenes--how does anyone miss such obvious signs of ADHD? Or worse?
* FascinatingEyebrow: Oh Trixie...
* FauxAffablyEvil: Despite being warm and friendly while initially courting the Racer family, after Speed rejects his offer, Royalton reveals his true personality by giving Speed a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* FightingFingerprint: Played with. Speed suspects Racer X of being his LongLostRelative Rex, because Racer X drives in the same distinctive way Rex did.
* TheFilmOfTheSeries: Of ''Anime/SpeedRacer''.
* {{Fingore}}: Cruncher Block attempts to have his pirahnas bite of Taejo, but it doesn't work out as Racer X is able to rescue him. One of his henchmen ends up having his finger eaten in his attempt to save them.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader - Speed
** TheLancer - X
** TheSmartGuy - Sparky
** TheBigGuy / TeamDad - Pops
** TeamMom - Mom
** TheChick - Trixie
** TagalongKid - Spritle
** TeamPet - Chim-Chim
* {{Flashback}}:
** A good bit during the first race, as Speed and family recall pivotal moments in their lives.
** Another during the final race, as Speed [[LovedOnesMontage remembers his interactions with his friends and family]], allowing him to [[spoiler:race for the pure love of the sport, which causes him to essentially transcend reality and complete an entire lap in mere seconds, winning the race.]]
* FloatingAdviceReminder: The hero has such a moment towards the end.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Inspector Detector asks Racer X if he really wants to be at the Racer house for the attempt at recruiting Speed. Racer seems unusually emotional about it. We learn later that [[spoiler:Racer X is Rex, Speed's older brother who everyone believes died years before in a racing crash.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: Gotta love nighties.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Spritle gives Royalton the middle finger sign. In cable runs, this scene is replaced with Spritle giving Royalton the raspberry.
* GoshDangitToHeck: ''Averted''; there's a moderate amount of cursing ("ass" is said a lot; there's both a in-movie {{Sound Effect Bleep}}ed and entirely uncensored "shit") and Spritle even flipped Royalton once. Yet it's still rated PG.
* GratuitousFrench: One of the Casa Cristo sportscasters sometimes peppers his speech with French words.
* GreenScreen: Was filmed almost entirely on green screen to give it an anime-style effect.
* GroinAttack:
** Taejo delivers one to Cruncher Block while disguised as Haruko during the last leg of the Casa Cristo.
** Spritle does this during the mob fight.
* HappilyMarried: Mom and Pops Racer. Pops went so far as to say marrying his best friend was the most important thing he'd ever done in his life, above and beyond his sons.
* HappyEnding: With kiss included. But then, see BitterSweetEnding.
* HereWeGoAgain: Said word-for-word by the [[spoiler:the Grey Ghost]] towards the end of the film when [[spoiler:Speed Racer catches up to him]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** The female member of the Barbarian team (y'know, the ones that were ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments bribed with furs?]]'') is attempting to launch a '''[[AwesomeButImpractical beehive via built-in catapault]]''' into Taejo's car, but a quick side bump from Speed sends the giant honeycomb straight into the air, and back into the driver's seat.
** Royalton fits Cannonball's car with a spearhook over his protests, just in case he might need it. When Cannonball gets desperate enough to use it against Speed, Speed manages to jump their cars near a race camera, clearly showing the spearhook is coming from Cannonball's car, not only ruining Cannonball's career but Royalton's since he made the car and would have approved its installation.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: All through the movie. There are images of people's heads traveling across the screen with the new scene unscrolling behind them. The scene immediately before the Grand Prix is one over a minute long with the good guys, the bad guys, and the Racer family all sliding across the screen as Ben Burns declares "This is not a race. This is a showdown." In a case of BookEnds, right after the race, Racer X [[spoiler: gets one of his old face, his doctors, and his new face, to explain to the audience how he pulled off his mask when Speed (would otherwise have correctly) identified him as his brother, Rex.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Almost all the cars in the Casa Cristo have them (especially the Barbarians), even the "defensive" modifications made to Team Togokhan (Racer X, Speed, and Taejo) could be quite dangerous.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Ben Burns]] was just as crooked as the other racing champions, but it looks like he'll never have to answer for it.
* LargeHam: ''The whole cast'', with the exception of Susan Sarandon, who played the wholesome Mom Racer.
** Even the most negative critic liked Roger Allam's over-the-top villainy.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Virtually the entire soundtrack is remixes of the anime theme.
%%* LiveActionAdaptation: Taken quite literally.
* LongLostSibling: Intentionally subverted by Racer X, who takes off his mask to prove to Speed he's ''not'' actually Rex Racer. [[spoiler:But he is.]]
* LoopholeAbuse: [[spoiler:Taejo's sister uses this to get Speed into the Grand Prix. Ordinarily you'd need to win an entry certificate, which Speed technically did not, but since he helped Taejo win the team rally and Taejo declined, he can claim the spot.]]
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Played with. Speed first notices Trixie after she punches out the AlphaBitch on his behalf.
* LovedOnesMontage: During the Grand Prix at the finale of the live action ''Film/SpeedRacer'' film, Speed's HeroicSecondWind after restarting the Mach 6 is accompanied by flashbacks to his discussions with his friends and family throughout the film, mixed with cuts to each of them watching in pride as he comes from behind to take the lead for the second time in the race.
* MachineEmpathy: Rex teaches Speed to "drive, not steer" by listening to the feel of the car. Speed later uses this ability [[spoiler:to intuitively jump-start the Mach 6 in the middle of the final Grand Prix.]]
* MagicPlasticSurgery: [[spoiler:Racer X aka Rex Racer]].
* MegaCorp: Royalton Industries is the premiere maker of T-180 race cars, and is headed by CorruptCorporateExecutive Royalton.
* MassOhCrap: An unusual version in that the emotion and reason for the OhCrap is virtually different for the different factions as Speed shows up at the final race.
* MetaTwist: The identity of Racer X -- it's a YouShouldKnowThisAlready if you are familiar with the anime. [[spoiler: he's Speed's older brother Rex Racer, who is believed dead by everyone]].
* {{Montages}}: Lots of them, generally woven into the various action scenes. This allows the ActionPrologue to ground us in the entire family's history; and, later, Speed's defiance of Royalton's {{Monologuing}} is made all the more hollow because we've [[ForegoneConclusion already seen]] that [[DownerEnding the good guy loses.]]
** The film is actually a pretty good study on well-handled exposition. {{Infodump}}s are done visually, essentially via the use of {{Cutaway Gag}}s, and with IdiosyncraticWipes (often involving the face of the character being exposited about) to lead both into and out of the cut-away.
* MrFanservice: The appropriately sexy Emile Hirsch as the hunky hero Speed.
** Matthew Fox as Racer X.
** Rain[[note]] a Korean pop star, with whom Stephen Colbert has established a one-sided feud. And also appeared on the show long enough to beat Colbert at Dance Dance Revolution. He was actually asked to star in the Ninja Assassin film after his fight scene in Speed Racer was positively received.[[/note]] as Taejo. [[note]]It's like the screenwriters got together and asked, 'Now that we have Rain, how many fangirl moments can we give him?' He's first seen bleeding and with a ripped silky shirt, later with no shirt, in a dress, kicking bad guy ass, and finally in a tuxedo. Hm.[[/note]]
* MsFanservice: Trixie. She is played by [[BuxomIsBetter Christina Ricci]] after all.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: When facing a ninja, Racer X whips out a length of cloth, whips it around dramatically, then ties it around his face to act as a mask.
* MyCard: Inspector Detector attempts to give one to Pops, but he declines.
-->'''Inspector Detector:''' If you change your mind...!\\
'''Pops:''' Keep your card, Chief Inspector.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: When Rex left the family to fight the corporations, Pops viewed it as a betrayal and told him not to come back, [[PartingWordsRegret which he regrets to this day]]. When Speed decides to do the same, Pops explains this and promises Speed that he can always come back home.
* MythologyGag: In the anime, Racer X always holds himself back so his younger brother can win the race. The movie does this backwards during the opening action sequence, when Speed deliberately loses to Rex's RacingGhost. Speed ''knows'' that no one else could beat his time, so he is giving Rex immortality, in a sense.
* NeckLift: Taejo chokes Cruncher Block after his GroinAttack on the Togokhan plane.
* NerdsAreSexy: Speed and Racer X both have their fangirls, but everyone was surprised at just how sexy Inspector Detector turned out with his [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses styling specs]]. (He is a German Johnny Depp.)
* NonActionGuy: Sparky. [[PluckyComicRelief Spritle and Chim-Chim]] win more fights than he does (to wit: they work together to de-pants a ninja, while Chim-Chim later gets to hit a guy with a wrench).
* NonFatalExplosions: The cars all have a system called "Kwik-Save" that puts them in a protective foam bubble when they crash. [[SmugSnake Snake Oiler]] has a parachute. A failure in this system was blamed for the death of Rex Racer.
* OhCrap:
** The Racer family when Rex's death is announced.
** Taejo when Cruncher Block nearly subjects him to the pirahnas.
** Cruncher Block when Racer X damages the aquarium tank holding his pirahnas.
** Pops says "Oh, no..." when he realizes that Speed is driving in the Casa Cristo.
** After the ''non-ja'' is pantsed by Spritle & Chim-Chim, he bumps into and tries to attack Pops, who easily catches his fist and pulls him into a hold. This is when he notices the gold ring emblazoned '''GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: STATE CHAMPION ]]
-->'''Non-ja:''' Uh oh.
** Cruncher Block is surprised when he realizes that Haruko is actually Taejo in disguise while on the Togokhan plane.
** Speed has one (combined with a HeroicBSOD) right as they entered the cave where Rex died. He quickly recovers, though.
** The Racer family when Snake Oiler pulls a gun on Speed.
** Snake Oiler when Speed outsmarts him and sends him off of the cliff in the Casa Cristo.
** Spritle when Cannonball Taylor uses his spearhook on Speed.
** Every single shot of Royalton's face from the moment the spearhook is revealed on-camera until the end of the film.
* OilSlick: Used by Snake Oiler during the Casa Cristo rally.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Christina Ricci was 27 when she played the role of Trixie, while Emile Hirsch was 23. Anyone watching would think he's the older of the two.
* PapaWolf: Harm one of Pops's sons, and you will be sent flying through a window. Just ask the ''non-ja''.
* PartingWordsRegret: Between Pops and Rex, before Rex was presumed killed in the crash.
* PowerTrio: Team Togokhan is a WithAFriendAndAStranger trio, except that only Racer X knows this for a fact, given the SecretIdentity. Speed does pick up on how well he and X sync together, leading him to suspect that he might actually be Rex Racer.
* PrecisionFStrike: Ben Burns gets it when Speed shows up to the final race. "Holy sh[* beep* ]!" The DoubleTake his fellow commentator gives him is just icing on the cake.
** Speed gets one (uncensored!) that also doubles as a BadassBoast during the final race:
--->"Get that weak shit off my track."
* PrettyInMink: Haruko shows up to help the Speed family, coming straight from the opera, and wearing a white dress with a white fox fur wrap.
* ProductPlacement: Real advertisements appear among the fake ones, including Ride/SeaWorld and Petrobras on a blimp at Fuji and Orange Glo on a crewman's jumpsuit at Thunderhead. In the scene where the Royalton janitor calls to report a supposed mouse problem, his Motorola walkie-talkie gets a close-up.
** Petrobras even gets a [[FreezeFrameBonus fully 3D-rendered car]], although it plays no relevant part in the film. The car was actually custom built to feature in Petrobras promotional events back in the day (and it actually raced, unlike the Mach 5 which was just a prop). In the video game, players can drive said car (and it is one of the fastest).
* PunchCatch: Happens to the non-ja when he takes a swing at Pops.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: Royalton]] gives one to [[spoiler: Speed when he refuses to sign a contract to race for him]], serving up a generous helping of LargeHam as he explains how the sport of racing is really [[spoiler: nothing more than a corporate tool for financial gain. The big players come together to negotiate the finishing order, and all the "smart" racers play along for the big paychecks and generous perks]]. The crowning moment comes when he outs [[spoiler: Speed]]'s childhood hero as just another [[spoiler: corporate shill]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Royalton:]]''' You poor, naïve chump. I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that load of sickening schmaltz, and I'm going to give you a bit of an education, and at the end of it -- if you're smart -- you'll thank me.
%%* TheRemake:
* TheReveal: Subverted when [[spoiler:Racer X reveals his identity to Speed after The Crucible and Speed learns that Racer X is not his brother, Rex Racer, as he had suspected]] and then double subverted when [[spoiler:it is revealed that Rex Racer faked his death and had MagicPlasticSurgery as the ultimate disguise to fight against corruption as Racer X.]]
* RousingSpeech: When Speed loses all hope of ever redeeming the crooked sport of racing, Racer X helps restore him to WideEyedIdealist form.
-->'''Racer X:''' It doesn't matter if racing never changes--what matters is if we let racing change us.
* RuleOfCool: The entire film runs on this. It knows its adapting an anime and embraces that fact with bright visuals and flashy and over-the-top racing that would make Anime/{{Redline}} blush. The movie makes the laws of physics its bitch.
* RuleOfFun: Ditto.
* SaveTheDayTurnAway: Racer X [[spoiler:is really Rex, who faked his death]] to assume the Racer X identity. He decides to not to reveal his identity to keep his family safe. X tells [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Inspector Detector]] that while hiding the truth may have been a mistake, it is a mistake he will have to live with.
* ScantronPicture: At the beginning of the movie, the young Speed fills the bubbles on a test to read GO REX GO, prompting his teacher to call his mom in for a meeting.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Inspector Detector threatens to shut down the Grand Prix when Royalton [[spoiler:tries to deny Speed's LoopholeAbuse]]. Royalton complains about the cost, but Inspector Detector sticks to his guns, confident that Royalton will fold.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Mr. Royalton, and {{lampshaded}} by Pops Racer.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Royalton's backers leave him behind when [[spoiler:Speed exposes his corruptive methods]].
* SeenItAll: Pops. "Terrible what passes for a ninja these days."
* SelfMadeMan: Royalton if you believe his claims regarding his beginnings.
* SerialEscalation: Oh hell yes.
* SeriousBusiness: Even more so than in the anime. Auto racing is the most popular and most noble sport in the world, there's coverage in multiple languages (which in RealLife doesn't happen at most sporting events that aren't the Olympics, admittedly including Formula One), and the outcomes of races have far-reaching effects on the global economy. This is because the "Big Five" corporations fix races to drive up or down the price of their own stock as suits their own [[ThePlan plans]]. If Royalton's largesse is any indication, those Big Fives ''do'' have a major effect on the global economy.
* SettingUpdate: The film moves from TheSixties to a futuristic RetroUniverse, way wackier and out of this world than the original series.
* ShoutOut: The Crucible race has plenty of shout outs to the original series, even giving Speed an excuse to wear a [[ScarfOfAsskicking neckerchief]] (so he can use it to cover his mouth during the desert run). At the end of the race he jumps out and poses like in the original anime intro.
** And the plot of that part of the movie was similar to the beginning of the series.
** The auto-jacks make the exact same sound they did in the anime and work the exact same way (see ContextSensitiveButton above).
** Not related to the original series, one of the founders of automobile racing Royalton names, Benjamin Braddock, is named after the protagonist of ''Film/TheGraduate''.
** Most of the named characters, even minor ones, are named after characters from the anime. Cruncher Block and Snake Oiler were both one-shot villians in the series.
** One of the Vikings screams "[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 KROM!]]" as a battlecry.
** The "non-ja" has a [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf P-chan]] dangle on his car keys.
* SignatureStyle: some Wachowski trademarks:
** Exposition/Action montage, first seen in ''Film/TheMatrix Reloaded'', used everywhere here.
** The PunchParry, first seen in the Morpheus/Smith bathroom brawl in ''The Matrix'', used by Racer X against his Nonja. ''Twice'', in a {{Oner}} shot. Which is impressive when you hear DVDCommentary from Laurence Fishburne about how they had to cut immediately after they accomplished that stunt, because both he and Hugo Weaving were yelping in pain.
** BulletTime, of course.
* SlowMotionDrop: Mom drops a glass of wine when Rex Racer's death is announced on the news in a FlashBack.
* SmugSnake: Snake Oiler, Speed's primary rival throughout the Casa Cristo 5000.
* SpikedWheels: The FemmeFatale headhunters have these, which can even be remote controlled to swordfight the shields installed on the Mach 5.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The video game is the closest thing we'll get to ''VideoGame/FZero'' on the Wii and DS.
* StockScream: When Spritle and Chim-Chim are racing through Royalton Industries.
* {{Stripperific}}: Despite playing the hero's love interest and all-around PuritySue, Christina Ricci's Trixie tends to dress like a femme fatale. This is most notable during her date in the Mach 5 with Speed. That red dress...
* StuffBlowingUp: The film has loads and loads of gratuitous explosions, but the whole movie is built on rule of cool and car-fu so no one really cares.
* {{Technobabble}}: One of the DVDBonusContent clips is about nothing but the cars themselves, and quickly degenerates into this since the cars (and physics) have nothing to do with RealLife.
%%* TechnologyPorn
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:Rex. A TearJerker that he chose not to reveal himself to his family.]]
* ThemeNaming: The "Headhunters" (teams bribed by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Cruncher Block]] to take out Team Togokhan) are the "''Flying Foxes"'' ({{Femme Fatale}}s), ''"Semper Fibre"'' (dressed as G.I.s), and ''"Thor-Axine"'' (Vikings). And then there's [[SmugSnake Snake Oiler]]...
* ThrowingTheFight: Many of the races are fixed. A good half of the racers are there just to deliberately sacrifice themselves in order to stop the ones not playing along.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Haruko is appalled [[spoiler: when her father and brother trick the Racer family into helping them]]. To make up for it, she goes to the Racer family and gives them Taejo's automatic invitation to the Grand Prix.
* TrainingFromHell: What Royalton puts his drivers through.
* TrophyRoom: Shelves of trophies are seen in the living room.
* VisualPun: The vertically integrated production line at Royalton is literally vertical.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** On the final lap of the Grand Prix...
---> '''Royalton:''' ''STOOOP HIIIM!!!!!!!''
** Snake Oiler gets one earlier, when he tries and fails to send Speed off an icy, narrow mountain pass.
* WackyRacing: Courses that would be at home in F-Zero or Hot Wheels? ''Check''. Themed racing teams, including one of barbarians paid in ''furs''? ''Check''. Cars covered in special weapons and improbable technology? ''Check''.
* WeaponizedCar:
** All the cars have auto-jacks which allow them to hop around the track. There's also the illegal spearhook, an extendable clamp mounted on the undercarriage that grabs a nearby car and keeps it from driving off. This is mostly used for a TakingYouWithMe, since it's pretty hard to drag someone into an accident without ending up in it, too. [[spoiler:In the final race, this backfires on Cannonball Taylor since he still wants to win the race, so Speed is eventually able to break free and expose him as a cheater.]]
** The Casa Cristo goes all out. Most of the contestants have weapons of some kind: {{Epic Flail}}s, tire spikes, etc. The Mach 5 gets saw blades mounted to the front, though Speed only uses them to disable the tire spikes of other racers. This is ''technically'' illegal, but the rules are so loosely enforced that at times it seems like the race commentators are intentionally lampshading it.
** Racer X has numerous machine guns on his vehicle when rescuing Taejo.
** Cruncher Block's big rig has holes for the people in the cab to shoot out of and a missile launcher in the grill.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: "[Racing is] the only thing I know how to do, and I gotta do something."
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Put into play during the Crucible when Snake Oiler, foiled in his attempts to beat Speed, pulls out a pistol and opens fire on him. This is obviously cheating, so he would have been disqualified even if Speed hadn't sent him flying off the cliff.
* WideEyedIdealist: Speed. After he realizes how dirty the sport is (thanks to a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech) he's reminded by Racer X that it doesn't matter, so long as the dirt doesn't rub off. In the end, Speed decides to ''make'' racing fit his ideal. He apparently succeeded, as he inspired everyone after he won.
-->'''Ben Burns:''' It's a whole new world, baby! It's a whole new world!\\
'''Inspector Detector:''' This will change everything.\\
'''Racer X:''' It already has.
* WingdingEyes: When the Semper Fibre team is bribed with a BriefcaseFullOfMoney, the team leader gets dollar signs in his eyes.
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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Taejo Togokahn offers to turn over incriminating evidence if Racer X and Speed help his team win the Casa Cristo 5000. [[spoiler:They do, which causes Togokahn's stock to skyrocket, and he leaves them empty-handed.]]
* WraparoundBackground: Used in the most obvious way possible, on both sides of the car, with a bike that rings it's bell every time it passes.
* XanatosGambit: As noted in SeriousBusiness, a company may intentionally drive down the value of its own stock if it can gain some other benefit in doing so. Naturally if this plan fails, and something else happens, they still benefit.