A series of computer-animated films from Creator/{{Pixar}} and directed by John Lasseter, who also directed ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' and ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin True to the title]], the stories take place in a world entirely populated by anthropomorphic cars and other vehicles -- aside from plants, there are no organic life-forms of any sort. Just about everything else is reinterpreted into automotive counterparts, such as insects becoming [[StealthPun Volkswagen Beetles]] and rock formations in the shape of car bodies.

!!''Cars'' (2006)
->"I... am ''speed''."

The first film centers around Lightning [=McQueen=], an arrogant up-and-coming hotshot stock car racer whose only [[StealthPun driving]] concern is winning. The film opens with [=McQueen=] vying for the Piston Cup, a coveted prize which assures the winner of a lucrative sponsorship. Despite a [[StealthPun valiant]] effort, [=McQueen=] ends up in a three-way tie with retiring racing veteran [[InkSuitActor Strip "The King" Weathers]] and perennial runner-up Chick Hicks. A tie-breaking race is scheduled a week later in California, and [=McQueen=] urges his driver Mack to get them there immediately.

Along the way, [=McQueen=] gets lost, ending up in Radiator Springs, a quiet rural town in a forgotten segment of Route 66. After accidentally tearing up the town's main road, [=McQueen=] is sentenced to repairing it as community service. As he toils to finish his service and get to California, [=McQueen=] makes friends with the locals, including Tow Mater and former big-city hotshot Sally Carrera, and learns that there's a lot more to life than just racing to the finish line.

!!''Cars 2'' (2011)
->''When You're In Over Your Headlights,\\
Who Do You Trust?''

''Cars 2'' is the ActionizedSequel to ''Cars'', released in June 2011. Oil Baron-turned-electric-vehicle Sir Miles Axlerod has discovered Allinol, a new clean alternative fuel source. To promote it, he creates and sponsors the first ever World Grand Prix, where the best racers compete to see who's the fastest car in the world. One of the finalists is Piston Cup winner Lightning [=McQueen=], who brings along his friends from Radiator Springs as his pit crew, along with first-time team member Tow Mater.

Unfortunately, when an intelligence exchange goes awry, Mater gets mistaken for a master American spy. When he accidentally screws up Lightning [=McQueen=]'s competition against Formula One racecar Francesco Bernoulli, Mater ends up getting recruited by British espionage agents Finn [=McMissile=] and Holly Shiftwell to help them stop the [[StealthPun machinations]] of international weapons developer Professor Zundapp. Now, while [=McQueen=] struggles against his guilt, Mater must balance his duty to save the world and his efforts to save [=McQueen=], who is quickly being targeted...

!!''Cars'' Shorts
Creator/{{Pixar}} has also produced a number of ''Cars''-related shorts, such as "Mater and the Ghostlight" (included with the ''Cars'' DVD release) and "Mater's Tall Tales" and "Tales from Radiator Springs" for the ''Carstoons'' series. More information about these can be found on the WesternAnimation/PixarShorts page.

[=DisneyToon=] Studios also released a SpinOff of the franchise, called "Planes". [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} Visit the page for more information]].

[[Characters/{{Cars}} The Character Sheet can be found here]].

[[folder:Series Wide]]
!!The ''Cars'' films and shorts contain examples of the following tropes
* AnimateInanimateObject: Every. Single. Character.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_beJRyq4a0 This State Farm commercial]] features toy cars, airplanes, and trains as the world's equivalent of pets.
* AuthorAppeal: John Lasseter admits he made this movie cause he likes cool cars.
** Several of the senior animators and designers at Pixar are also car enthusiasts, and the company regularly holds in-company car shows where staffers bring in their vintage and exotic automobiles.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Lightning [=McQueen=] for starters. The other racecars are no slouches in the naming department either.
* TheBigRace
* BilingualBonus: Guido (voiced by Guido Quaroni) ''only'' speaks in (correct) Italian.
** The second movie takes this UpToEleven as the action goes to Japan, France and Italy.
* [[BreakoutCharacter Breakout Car-acter]]: If it hasn't been obvious in the past several years since the first movie, Mr. Tow Mater.
** WordOfGod is that the genesis for ''Cars 2'' came while John Lasseter was doing international promotional tours for ''Cars'', then musing, "How would Mater respond to this?"
* ButtMonkey: Lightning in some of the Mater's Tall Tales shorts.
** TheAce: in others
* ChekhovsSkill: [=McQueen=] learns [[spoiler:drifting and backwards driving from Doc and Mater, respectively]]. They naturally surprise and shock Chick Hicks.
** Both of which resurface again in ''Cars 2''. Heck, the way [[spoiler:the Radiator Springs crew all use their skills to curbstomp a band of {{Mooks}} practically screams PlotTailoredToTheParty]].
* ConjoinedEyes
* CoolCar: The entire cast.
** Moreso in the sequel -- Finn [=McMissile=] (played by [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Michael]] [[HarryBrown Caine]]) is essentially Film/JamesBond in [[WeaponizedCar car form]].
* TheDitz: Mater.
** GeniusDitz: He has a VERY extensive knowledge on car engines and their parts; particularly cars who were pretty bad. [[spoiler:Also don't get us started on his Batman Gambit and analytical skills]].
* EnormousEngine: Snot Rod.
* FeatherFingers: They're cars, and yet they manage to write, paint, and hold microphones.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five-Temperament Ensemble]]: [=McQueen=] (sanguine/choleric), Sheriff (choleric), Doc Hudson (melancholic/choleric), Red (melancholic), Sally (phlegmatic), Mater and "The King" Weathers (sanguine), and Mack (leukine).
* HippieVan: Literally, in the case of Fillmore; he's a hippie who ''is'' a van, rather than driving one.
* LicensedGame: Four in total; ''Cars: The Video Game'', ''Cars Mater-National'', ''Cars Race-O-Rama'' and ''Cars 2: The Video Game''.
** Pretty much averting TheProblemWithLicensedGames since they have all gotten at least decent reviews and from all reports are actually pretty fun and represent a lot of the racing "feel" of the movies. Then again, how hard can it be to make a game based on movies about race cars?
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MatryoshkaObject: The closing credits of ''Cars 2'' showed Fillmore, Sarge, Luigi, and Guido as nesting dolls.
* MeaningfulName: A lot of the names are from Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "Sally", which is about sentient (robotic) cars.
** [=McQueen=]'s name gets some confusion though as people believe he's based on a famous race car legend. He's actually named after Glenn [=McQueen=], a Pixar worker who died during ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'''s production.
* MerchandiseDriven: Four years and five new Pixar movies later, you still can see an ad for a new ''Cars'' toy once in a while, and they still take up a good portion of shelf space in stores. A study conducted in 2010 found that 50% of American boys aged 5-13 had at least one Cars shirt in their wardrobe. This is probably the reason that justifies Disney's ExecutiveMeddling in getting Pixar to make a sequel.
** And seeing as this is a movie about [[StealthPun cars]]... [[HilariousInHindsight heheheh]].
* MilestoneCelebration: Both films have specialized logos for Creator/{{Pixar}}, due to being released on their 20th and 25th anniversaries, respectively.
* MinnesotaNice: Once scene features an overly cheerful lost car named [[MeaningfulName Minnie]] asks for directions in an [[AmericanAccents exaggerated Scandanavian-esque accent]] and mentions that her husband also got them lost in Shakopee.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Filmore.
* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed No Celebrity Cars Were Harmed]]: Many characters are in-universe automobile versions of real celebrities, voiced by the same people they were based from. See the individual movie entries below for details.
* OddCouple: Lighting and Mater (worldly/naive), Sarge and Fillmore (army/hippie), Ramone and Flo ("gangster"/showgirl)
* OrWasItADream: How almost all of ''Mater's Tall Tales'' end. Even though [=McQueen=] is in all of them despite a)him not remembering any of it, and b)the events taking places years before the two met.
* PimpedOutCar: It was bound to happen, when you have a "Body Paint" store at Radiator Springs.
* PunnyName: Done with many of the characters who are automotive versions of their real selves, like Jay Limo, Darrell Cartrip, Jeff Gorvette, David Hobbscap, and Brent Mustangburger. Averted with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s cameo as his #8 DEI Chevrolet Monte Carlo: he is called "Junior", which is used often by NASCAR broadcasts.
** Befitting its globetrotter plot, the sequel expands the puns to places and things, such as Petrodilly Circus and Big Bentley in London, the Republic of Rearendia, and mentions about the Running of the Bulldozers in Pamplona.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Cars'' is ''Doc Hollywood'' [-WITH CARS!-]!
** ''Cars 2'' is ''TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'' [-WITH CARS!-]!
* RunningGag: This film seems awfully fond of butt jokes. To wit:
** Lizzie slaps a sticker on the bumper of a couple passing through that reads "Nice Butte!"
** Mater places his towing hook in a rather uncomfortable spot when he tows Lightning away.
** Lightning catches Sheriff in a compromising position on the hydraulic lift at Doc's office/garage.
** "Rust-Eze medicated bumper ointment, new rear-end formula!"
** Ramone flashes his undercarriage Von Dutch-style pinstriping at the lost tourists.
** Not to mention where Sally keeps her EmbarrassingTattoo.
** Rip Clutchgoneski, one of the racecars from the sequel, hails from the [[{{Ruritania}} Republic of New Rearendia]].
* SceneryPorn: It ''is'' a Pixar work.
** The "Life Is a Highway" segment from the first film is especially noteworthy.
*** The sequel shows us '''''beautiful''''' scenes of Italy, France, Japan and England!
* ShownTheirWork: Watch the DVD extras to see the amount of work that went into even minor details that virtually nobody will notice.
** This is especially noticed in the second film. [[spoiler:Especially when many of the Mooks turn out to be Lemons and Mater's spiel about car parts]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The male-to-female ratio is 9:3. In the first film, [[ViewerGenderConfusion the racecar sponsoring RevNGo]] is actually the only female competing in the Piston Cup, and in the sequel, Carla Veloso, the Brazilian racecar is the only female competing in the World Grand Prix.
* TechnologyPorn: With all the cars in this movie, is this a surprise?
** With both cars and spies, this is taken UpToEleven in the sequel, especially whenever Finn [=McMissile=] appears.
* TrailerParkTornadoMagnet: Mater remarks that he's "as happy as a tor-nado in a trailer park!"
* UnreliableNarrator: Mater is one, as evident in his "Tall Tales" shorts. This becomes a plot point for ''Cars 2''.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: A rare non-animal example.

!!''Cars'' features the following tropes
* AccidentalMisnaming:
-->'''Lightning:''' Adios, Chuck!\\
'''Not Chuck:''' ''AND MY NAME IS NOT CHUCK!''\\
'''Lightning:''' Oh, whatever.
** Thanks to the gratuitous amount of merchandising generated by the film, we even get a toy of the forklift...who is named "My Name is not Chuck" on the packaging!
** The character was also listed in the cast credits as "Not Chuck".
* ActingUnnatural: Lightning [=McQueen=] wants to surprise Sally with his new look.
-->'''Mater:''' Here she comes!\\
'''[=McQueen=]:''' Okay, places, everybody! Hurry! Act natural.\\
''[[=McQueen=] hides and everybody else gets in a perfectly straight line as Sally approaches]''\\
'''Mater, Ramone, Flo, Luigi, Sarge, Fillmore:''' Hi, Sally!\\
'''Sally Carrera:''' All right, what's going on?
* AffectionateNickname: Sally calls Lightning "Stickers"
* AMillionIsAStatistic: In the teaser trailer, Mater mourns over the death of a bumble bee after it was squashed on his windshield. Lightning then tells him to get over it. At which point, an entire swarm of bumble bees splatters all over the former's face. Mater laughs it off as Lightning tries to cough out the insects.
* AnalogyBackfire: "Oh, like ''you''? You've been here for how long, and your friends don't even know who you are? Who's caring about only himself?!"
** MeaningfulEcho:
-->'''Sally:''' You called them?\\
'''Doc:''' It's best for everyone, Sally.\\
'''Sally:''' Best for everyone... or best for ''you''?
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Doc Hudson to [=McQueen=]:
-->'''Doc Hudson''': When was the last time you cared about something except yourself, hot rod? You name me one time, and I will take it all back.
* AssumedWin: After the race in the beginning, [=McQueen=] assumes he won the Piston Cup, and proceeds to make a big entrance... only to find out it was a tie.
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins]]: [[spoiler:Chick wins the Piston Cup, though is booed off the stage by the crowd due to him wrecking the King intentionally in the process]].
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The Cozy Cone motel, which is based on a real motel modeled after Indian Teepees.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:The Hudson Hornet, a.k.a. Doc]] for [=McQueen=].
* CallingTheOldManOut: Sally does a very short one after she finds out that Doc called the press about where Lightning was to get him out of Radiator Springs. Turns out to be an IronicEcho when she asks if it was the benefit of everyone else in the town, or just for him, as Lightning did.
* TheCameo: No prizes for guessing who [[FormulaOne Michael Schumacher Ferrari]] and [[JayLeno Jay Limo]] are voiced by...
** [[CarTalk Tom and Ray]] have a cameo as well.
** And some [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger obscure politician guy from California]].
** As does frequent NBC Sports host Bob Costas. And fellow announcer Darrell Waltrip.
** Dale Earnhardt, Jr. makes a brief appearance voicing the #8 Chevrolet Monte Carlo he drove for his father's race team from 1999 to 2007 in the Winston / Nextel / Sprint Cup Series (prior to his 2008 departure to Hendrick Motorsports), sans Budweiser stickers (to avoid advertising alcohol). Appropriately, Earnhardt, Jr.'s car name is... "Junior", which real NASCAR commentators are known to refer to him as.
* CameraAbuse: At the end of TheStinger with Minny and Van, one of the VW "bugs" flies into the camera lens, leaving a smudge from its hood.
* CassandraTruth: No one believes [=McQueen=] at first about [[spoiler:Doc being a former race car star]].
* ChampionsOnTheInside: [[spoiler:Even though [=McQueen=] loses to help the King finish his race, he is still considered a winner in the audience's eyes. Doesn't help that the King was injured by the winner himself, costing him the Dinoco sponsorship]].
* ChekhovsGag: While chasing Lightning near the beginning, Sheriff muses that he might bust a gasket at the speed he's going. When Lightning busts into Doc's office later in the film, Sheriff is in there, probably for said busted gasket.
* ChromaticArrangement: Subverted. When the three main racecars are introduced at the start, it starts with The King (blue), then Chick (green), and finally Lightning (red).
* ClassicVillain: Chick Hicks is the Envy and Pride version of this combined with ArrogantKungFuGuy. In the beginning of ''Cars'', he's simply a slightly darker copy of [=McQueen=]'s own flaws. By the end of the movie, however, [=McQueen=]'s CharacterDevelopment makes them complete opposites, highlighting how much [=McQueen=] has matured. Hicks demonstrates what [=McQueen=] could have been if he hadn't ended up in Radiator Springs.
* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Car]]: Doc Hudson.
* CreditsMontage
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: The automotive versions of earlier Pixar movies appear in the end credits, including ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Monster Trucks, Inc.]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toy Car Story]]'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife A Bug's]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Life]]''.
* DirectionlessDriver: Minny and Van, the lost tourists who wander through Radiator Springs. Van, the husband, sternly refuses to ask for directions; TheStinger: after the credits shows them ''still'' lost in the desert, exhausted and delirious. The sequel shows that they found their way out.
* DirtyOldWoman: Lizzie, who slaps bumper stickers on strangers and ogles [=McQueen=].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: After the race in the film's beginning, Mia and Tia, two fans of Lightning come up and "flash" their "headlights" at him, much the way groupies lift up their shirts to flash people.
** The scene where Mack struggles to stay awake on the highway may seem familiar to any trucker or driver who has driven long distances in the dark on unlit country roads.
** The King's crash is supposed to be a recreation of the violent wreck Richard Petty took at the 1988 Daytona 500 (apart from the fact that Petty had a different car model, and that wreck involved an additional five cars). Chick being booed off the stage at victory lane was supposed to echo the backlash Rusty Wallace received when he spun out Darrell Waltrip to win the 1989 All-Star race at Charlotte.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Lightning's description of the Cozy Cone.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Sarge does this during the end credits montage when running a boot camp for pampered [=SUVs=].
-->"A-TEN-HUT! 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've never been off road before!"
** Funnier considering that [[HummerDinger the complaining SUV is a Hummer - an off-road gas-guzzler known for being more commonly used for suburban driving.]]
* DrivingIntoATruck: At the beginning of the film, this is where Lightning ''lives''. Unsurprisingly, this is the way real NASCAR teams transport their cars.
* DyingTown: Radiator Springs, until the ending.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Sally has one.
* FishOutOfWater: [=McQueen=].
* FollowTheLeader: A '''lot''' of people consider ''Cars'' to be "''Doc Hollywood'' with vehicles." Not that that's necessarily a bad thing in itself.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When [=McQueen=] gets shoved up on stage, someone in the back yells "Freebird!" at him.
* FurryConfusion: Bessie.
* GentleGiant: Red, the huge fire truck who is very quiet and is seen taking care of his flowers most of the time.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
-->'''Lightning [=McQueen=]:''' He's got ''three'' Piston Cups!\\
'''Mater:''' ''[SpitTake]'' He did '''what''' in his cup?!
** Let's not forget Sally's Tramp Stamp.
** Or Mia and Tia's "flashing headlights".
** This little exchange:
-->'''Lightning:''' Well, you see, race cars don't ''need'' headlights, because the race track is always ''lit''.\\
'''Rust-Eze Spokesman:''' So's [[TheStoner my brother]], but he still needs headlights!
** One of the cars at the sponsor's tent describes the race in the beginning of the movie as "a real pisser."
** Mater would give his two left lugnuts to work with Bessie.
** Mater joking that "she just wants me for my body" is even ''in the trailer''.
** One of the race fans is holding a sign that says "Honk If Your Horn Works".
** Guido's version of flipping the birdie to the forklifts of Hicks' pit crew is to lift up one of his fork lifts.
** "Is it true he's going to pose for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playgirl Cargirl]]?"
** When Sarge and Fillmore are watching the traffic light blinking outside Flo's, Sarge says to Fillmore, "The Sixties weren't very good to you, eh son?"
** "Oh, for the love of Chrysler..."
** When [=McQueen=] bursts into Doc's office, he finds the sheriff in a compromising position on the hydraulic lift, as Doc examines his underbelly.
-->'''Sheriff:''' Gettin' a good peek, city boy?
** [=McQueen=] at one point calls Radiator Springs "Hillbilly [[PrecisionSwearStrike Hell]]"
* GilliganCut: While they're heading for California, Lightning [=McQueen=] promises to Mack that he'll keep him awake all night long by talking to him so he can keep driving. Cuts to [=McQueen=] sleeping soundly in the trailer and Mack starting to doze off.
* GoshdangItToHeck: Mater's "Holy shoot!"
* HangingJudge: Doc Hudson if his opening speech is anything to go by.
* HeroAntagonist: Subverted with The King. Though he was one of Lightning's opponents, The King treats him fairly and respectfully.
* IAmTheTrope: Lightning's {{Catchphrase}} - "I am speed."
* INeverToldYouMyName: Fred is victim to this. Everyone knows who he is because his license plate holder and license plate say "Hello, my name is" and "FRED", respectively. He gets a RunningGag: when [=McQueen=] says his name, he shouts, "He knows my name! He knows my name" and gets so excited that his front bumper (which happens to be his lower jaw) falls off.
* ImpactSilhouette: Lightning leaves a himself-shaped hole in the smoke when he leaps over the wreckage during the first race.
* InJoke: When Lightning mistakes a trailer he's been following as Mack, said trailer declare's he's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterbilt Peterbilt]].
* InMemoriam: This film was dedicated to Creator/JoeRanft, a prominent Pixar animator and voice actor (e.g. Heimlich in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'') who died in a car accident in 2005. ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' was also dedicated to Ranft.
* InkSuitActor: Ink Suit Car, in tis case.
** Strip "The King" Weathers is basically Richard Petty voicing the #43 Plymouth Superbird he drove in 1970.
** The #8 Junior car would be better described as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. his own #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo that he drove for DEI from 1999 to 2007[[note]]Although DEI logos replace the Budweiser logos due to the fact that this is a G-rated movie[[/note]].
** MarioAndretti voices himself, depicted the Ford Fairlane he won the 1967 Daytona 500 in.
* InspirationalInsult: Doc tells Lightning after Lightning falls into the cactuses that his driving is as lousy as his ability to fix roads, giving Lightning more motivation to do a proper job in fixing the road he damaged. Lightning even says "I'll show him."
* IntimateMarks: {{Parodied}}. Although vehicles obviously don't have naughty bits, Sally has a "pinstriping tattoo" over her bumper, and she's very embarrassed when Lightning notices. Clearly a case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* {{Jerkass}}: Lightning [=McQueen=] starts out as one, but becomes likable by the end of the movie.
** Chick Hicks embodies this trope.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lightning.
* KarmicDeath: Done figuratively in the first movie. [[spoiler:In the end, Chick Hicks wins the Piston Cup, but in doing so his [[ClassicVillain Pride, Wrath, and Ambition]] have revealed him to be a poor sport to the rest of the world. His career dies a metaphoric -- yet ''very'' karmic -- death as a result]].
* LenoDevice: [[JayLeno Jay Limo]] does a ''Tonight Show'' monologue about [=McQueen=].
-->'''Jay Limo''': I don't know what's harder to find: Lightning [=McQueen=], or a pit crew who'll work with him!
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler:"It's just an empty cup."]]
* TheMockbuster: "Little Cars", by the infamous VideoBrinquedo.
* MoodWhiplash: [[spoiler:The King's crash]] at the end of the movie is an exact recreation of Richard Petty's horrific 1988 Daytona 500 crash. Think about how terrifying that scene had be in real life, with a human driver in the car, and five additional cars piling in.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Mater never gets a chance to say goodbye to Lightning - [[spoiler:until later at the race, anyway]].
-->'''Doc Hudson:''' Well, I didn't have a choice. Mater didn't get to say goodbye.\\
'''Mater:''' GOODBYE!!! Okay, I'm good.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** "The King" Strip Weathers is voiced by none other than Richard Petty himself.
** Weathers' wife is voiced by Petty's late wife Linda, and her vehicle is modeled off of the actual stationwagon the Petty family used to drive from race to race.
** '''Michael Schumacher''' Ferrari. Three guesses on who is the voice actor, but the last two won't count.
** NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip and NBC sports commentator Bob Costas lend their voices to Piston Cup announcers Darrell Cartrip and Bob Cutlass. Waltrip even gets to say "Boogity-boogity-boogity!", the phrase he says at the drop of the green flag of every NASCAR on Fox race.
** Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Mario Andretti voice cars that they previously have driven: Earnhardt, Jr. as his #8 Chevrolet Monte Carlo from DEI, and Andretti as his 1967 Daytona 500 winning Ford Fairlane.
** [[TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]] as Harv, although only in the UK version. Jeremy Piven voices Harv in the US version.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: Lightning [=McQueen=] has finished the road and there is no sign of him, the others assuming that he just left without saying goodbye. Red starts crying, at which point [=McQueen=] appears and asks what's the matter with Red. Mater then explains to [=McQueen=] about [=McQueen=] leaving, and stands staring at him a long while before realizing whom he was addressing.
* NotSoDifferent: [=McQueen=] and Doc.
* OneWordTitle
* OurFounder: Stanley Steamer, founder of Radiator Springs.
** Which is itself a reference: The "Stanley Steamer" was the first steam-powered car in the world. Cars made by the Stanley Motor Carriage Company tended to be known as "Stanley Steamers."
* OverDrive: A rare subversion of the "more speed always works" aspect of this trope appears in the beginning of ''Cars''. [=McQueen=] gains a whole lap on Chick Hicks and The King by staying out on several pit stops -- only to have both of his rear tires blow out in the final laps.
* PaintingTheMedium: You can see Mater mouthing along to James Mayer's "Route 66" over the end credits.
* PornStache: Chick Hicks' grill. The forklifts of his pit crew are just the same.
* PrecisionSwearStrike: "I'm in hillbilly hell" arguably counts; granted, the point a comparison to the ''place'', but it's still unusually heavy language for a G-rated animated movie.
* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler:Chick Hicks' wins the last race through a combination of cheating and Lightning's heartwarming last minute HonorBeforeReason decision to help crippled The King finish the race. He is rewarded by being abandoned by his sponsor and jeered off the winner's podium complete with tomato-flinging]].
* RacingTheTrain: Lightning [=McQueen=] does it while trying to catch up to what he thinks is Mac.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Cars'' is ''Doc Hollywood'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: WITH CARS! ]]
InUniverse during a credits scene, WesternAnimation/ToyStory, WesternAnimation/MonstersInc, and WesternAnimation/ABugsLife are also recycled [[/folder]]

[[folder: AS CARS! ]]

* {{Reveille}}: This is how Sarge wakes up every morning. This is usually followed by Fillmore playing a Music/JimiHendrix rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner", leading to this exchange:
-->'''Sarge:''' Will you turn that disrespectful junk off?
-->'''Fillmore:''' Respect the classics, man! It's Hendrix!
* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: Even though Lightning didn't win the race, he is lauded for his heroic rescue of "The King" and Chick Hicks is booed off the stage for being a jerkass.
* SelfDeprecation: In the credits sketches we see Mack (played by John Ratzenberger) criticizing the fact that John Ratzenberger is always in Pixar movies.
-->"What kind of cut-rate production is this?!"
* ShipperOnDeck: Mater for [=McQueen=] and Sally.
-->"[=McQueen=] and Sally, parked beneath a tree, K-I-S-somethin'-somethin'-somethin'-T"
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Strip Weathers, AKA The King.
-->'''The King:''' (to [=McQueen=] after the first race) Hey, buddy. You're one gutsy racer.\\
'''[=McQueen=]:''' Oh, hey, Mr. The King.
* StealthPun: That little blue flying insect shaped like a car is a Volkswagon Beetle.
** Sally, a lawyer, is a Porsche. "Portia" used to be a slang term for a female lawyer(after Portia, who disguised herself as a lawyer to defend Antonio in ''TheMerchantOfVenice'').
* StockScream : During Lightning's first dream sequence, the car that gets dissolved gets a Wilhelm scream out.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion[=/=]CurseCutShort: The Rust-Eze rhyme.
-->''Winter is a grand old time''\\
''Of this, there are no ifs or buts'',\\
''But remember, all that salt and grime''\\
''Can rust your bolts and freeze your--''
* SympathyBankruptBanker: Alluded to. Chick Hicks is sponsored by [=htB=], Hostile Takeover Bank, which fits perfectly with his character.
* [[FeetFirstIntroduction Wheels-First Introduction]]: Doc Hudson driving into the courtroom and taking the podium.
* ToiletHumour: From the first movie:
-->'''Sally:''' Flo! What do you have at your store?\\
'''Flo:''' I have gas! Lots of gas!\\
''[Mater and Ramone snicker]''
** And the tractor-tipping sequences.
* TripodTerror: Lightning's action dream sequence in the beginning. Gets a frightening reprise when he imagines trying to outrun Frank on the track.
* UnnecessaryRoughness: Done repeatedly in ''Cars'' by Chick Hicks, who won't hesitate to slam other racers and cause a Big One to happen just to stop [=McQueen=]. He even does the PIT maneuver to turn drivers backwards - a move that NASCAR and other organizations deem illegal. We are left to wonder why the NASCAR-expy organization has never parked Hicks for his tactics, even after [[spoiler:causing a near-fatal crash for the retiring champion and winning the coveted Piston Cup championship]] (note: for comparison, Kyle Busch was parked by NASCAR when he wrecked Ron Hornaday Jr. at Texas ''under caution'' in a Truck Series race in November 2011).
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Chick again.

[[folder:Cars 2]]
!!''Cars 2'' features the following tropes:

* ActionPrologue: The opening shows Finn doing stuff that wouldn't be out of place in a ''Film/JamesBond'' film.
* ActionizedSequel: Goes from a racing movie to a spy movie.
* ActorExistenceFailure: Played straight with Doc Hudson, as Paul Newman died in 2008. Doc is mentioned in the beginning of the film, and it is suggested that [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim he passed away between the two films]].
** Averted with Fillmore (George Carlin also died in 2008), who is voiced by Lloyd Sherr instead.
** And averted with Red (Joe Ranft), who does not speak at all (save for the odd sound effect).
* AesopAmnesia: Averted in a ContinuityNod; Mater mentions that the reason Lightning hasn't entered the race is that he has learned to slow down and enjoy life.
* AnimeLand: Japan is depicted in this manner, more or less an extended version of the way it was shown in the ''Tokyo Mater'' short.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Mater can recognize any engine and give you all the details about it just by taking one look at it, regardless of how old or obscure it is.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Mater's plan to get Miles Axlerod to disarm the bomb: by standing next to him, forcing Miles to blow his cover to save his own life]].
** [[spoiler:Axlerod's plan to kill Lightning by planting a bomb in Mater himself also counts]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:The regulars of Radiator Springs save Mater and [=McQueen=] from the Lemons in London]].
* BilingualBonus: After the Japanese bartender dishes out a big glob of wasabi which Mater mistakes for pistachio ice cream, he backs up and delivers the line "okuyami moshiagarimasu", which translates to something along the lines of "You have my condolences". Averted on the DVD release, which features a default subtitle track that is just the bartender's line, translated as "My condolences."
* BerserkButton: Saying that Lightning [=McQueen=] isn't fast enough is a very, very, very, very, '''VERY''' horrible idea, as Francesco Bernoli learned the hard way.
* BlandNameProduct: Even though most of the cars are referred to by their real model names (even the lemons), Hugo is an exception. Whoever owns the Yugo trademark doesn't have a sense of humor.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Happens to Mater after he discovers that everyone else sees him as a clueless [[TheDitz ditz]], good only for distracting others]].
-->"No one realizes they're being fooled when they're too busy laughing at the fool."
* [[BritishRoyalGuards British Royal Cars]]
* ButtMonkey: Otis, the friendly ol' rustbucket of Carburetor County.
-->'''Mater:''' Well, since this is your tenth tow this month, it's on the house!
* TheCameo: Kabuto, the main villain of [[PixarShorts ''Tokyo Mater'']], actually makes several brief appearances during all of the Japan scenes.
** Three time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon features as one of the main World Grand Prix racers, Jeff Gorvette (a {{pun}} on his real name and the fact that he is portrayed as a Corvette). In international localizations of the film, he is replaced by other racing celebrities that are better known to the locality than Jeff Gordon:
*** The Australian release features V8 Supercar racer Mark Winterbottom as "Frosty" (his RealLife nickname).
*** The Spanish release features Formula One racer Fernando Alonso as himself and uses an Spanish sports broadcaster as one of the race announcers.
*** The Russian release features Formula One racer Vitaly Petrov.
*** The Mexican release features Rolex Sports car racer Memo Rojas Jr.
*** The German release features Formula One racer Sebastian Vettel as "Max Schnell". Schnell is already in all versions of the film, but he gets an extra line in the German version.
*** The Swedish release features Touring Car racer Jan Nilsson as "Flash".
*** The Brazilian release features retired racer Emerson Fittipaldi, and the announcers were dubbed by local sports broadcasters.
** ''Series/DeadliestCatch'''s Sig Hansen voices his own crab fishing boat, ''Crabby'' (complete with crab pots).
* CarFu: Done literally when Finn [=McMissile=] uses martial arts to attack a group of thugs -- while idling in front of a sign advertising Carate and CarFu lessons.
* CassandraTruth: When Mater tries to tell his friends about his encounters with Holly Shiftwell and her world of international espionage, no one believes him because they think he's just telling another of his tall tales.
** And this comes up as a BrickJoke later on--especially the part about Mater and his girlfriend.
** And when he tries to tell Finn and Holly that he's just a tow truck, ''[[IgnoredConfession they]]'' [[IgnoredConfession don't believe him]] because they think it's a SarcasticConfession and his other antics are ObfuscatingStupidity.
* TheCavalry: Done literally [[spoiler:when Sarge contacts his old military buddies to bring ''the entire British Army'' to rescue Mater and Lightning]].
* CharacterOutlivesActor: Because of the death of [[Creator/PixarRegulars Joe Ranft]], Red the firetruck actually lost his voice permanently and does not speak in the sequel. [[TheQuietOne Not that he spoke much in the previous film anyway.]]
* ChaseScene: At the Tokyo airport.
* ChekhovsGun: Done by Pixar themselves -- a key aspect of ''Cars 2'' is Mater's habit of [[BlatantLies fanciful storytelling]], which causes his friends to dismiss his claims of espionage adventure as mere stories. Since this was a characteristic not shown in the first film, it was feared that its sudden appearance would look like an AssPull, so the [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts]] were created to establish this trait ''two years in advance''.
** Also done literally with Mater's gatling guns [[spoiler:which he uses to escape from being tied up in Big Bentley]].
* ChekhovsSkill: Mater's ability to recognize old and obscure engine parts at a glance. Sadly [[RedHerring averted]] with the ''Series/{{Jackass}}''-worthy stunts Mater puts [=McQueen=] through at the beginning.
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler:Professor Zündapp inflicts this on Rod "Torque" Redline with the EMP camera]].
* CoolBoat: The boats with Lemon cars have are based of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_class_littoral_combat_ship Independence-class littoral combat ship]].
* ContinuityNod: When Mater talks to Francesco on the talk show, he explains that [=McQueen=] wants to rest after having completing the latest racing season because he's learned to slow down and enjoy life -- which was the {{Aesop}} of the first film.
** "Whoever that tow truck is, he's got to be the world's best backwards driver!"
** The ending with Finn and Holly's last scene is scripted word-for-word from the similar scene in the first film, about the supporting cast being in debt to the main character and the reply, "I appreciate that, thank you. ...Actually, there is one thing...", followed by a GilliganCut.
** The Japan scenes could actually be this to [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts ''Tokyo Mater'']], complete with a brief cameo of Kabuto. Is also economical--Pixar created the shorts so they could reuse models and environments for the sequel!
* CoolPlane: Finn's partner Siddeley is a tricked-out spy jet (not surprising, given his name -- the Hawker-Siddeley Corporation was responsible for much of the Royal Air Force's hardware).
* CostumeCopycat: [[spoiler:Ivan is a tow truck that looks a lot like Mater. Holly helps Mater with a holographic disguise to look like him, after [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Mater tries out several very conspicuous and outrageous modes]]]].
** This one [[spoiler:gets turned around almost immediately afterwards, when the villainous tow truck replaces Mater's hook with his own (identical in profile) hook in a crowd scene while the other Lemons have grabbed him]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: On the poster for this film, Lightning [=McQueen=] is in the centre, making him the hero. In this film, the real hero is Mater.
* CreatorCameo: To celebrate Pixar's 25th anniversary, the animators inserted John Lasseter in the movie as Jeff Gorvette's pit crew chief.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While it's still a colorful family-friendly film, the sequel justifiably features more peril than the original.
-->'''John Lasseter:''' There is peril. There is threat. You want the bad guys to be bad.
** We get on screen car deaths through direct violence. That's quite a genre shift. It's not often you see ''the Mafia'' (or Lemons) featured in a G-rated film.
* DeathTrap: An elaborate one set for Finn, Holly, and Mater, courtesy of Zundapp [[spoiler:since he wanted to have them watch him kill [=McQueen=] first]].
* DemotedToExtra: Most of the original cast.
* DevelopmentGag: In Paris, Mater encounters a car whose eyes are placed where her headlights should be. This scares Mater away. This is a reference to the development of the first ''Cars''; the characters were originally gonna have their eyes placed on their headlights, only to have them relocated on their windshields after JohnLasseter found it more appealing that way.
* TheDon: The four heads of the Lemon families: J. Curby Gremlin, Vladimir Trunkov, VictorHugo and Tubbs Pacer.
* DoubleEntendre: Ivan the tow truck's offer of 'Road-Side Assistance' to Holly.
** In the bathroom Mater comments on how the female animated car "gets to giggling right before she starts squirting".
** Mater asks a female car in a dark alleyway "What're you sellin'?" to which she begins "flashing" her headlights, making it seem like Mater is unintentionally soliciting a prostitute.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Mater does this with a holographic program that allows him to resemble Ivan and infiltrate the Lemons in Italy.
* {{Eagleland}}: Mater is viewed as a hybrid of Type 1 and Type 2 by non-American cars meeting him for the first time.
* EarlyBirdCameo: During the [[BarBrawl Pub Rumble]] near the end of the film, a tapestry on the wall shows [[MindScrew automobile versions]] of Queen Eleanor, Princess Merida, King Fergus, and the Royal Triplets from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''.
* EspionageTropes: Lots.
* EtTuBrute: [=McQueen=] invokes this [[spoiler:after Mater inadvertently causes him to lose the first race in the World Grand Prix]].
* EurekaMoment: Mater gets one of these [[spoiler:while Luigi tries to remove the bomb bolted on him. This gives him the identity of the mastermind behind the sabotage]].
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Francesco admits that when he's abroad, he misses his mom. And yet he ''still'' finds a way to act like a {{Jerkass}} by pointing out that he isn't abroad at the moment and his mom is in the stands.
* [[spoiler:EvilBrit]]: [[spoiler:Sir Miles Axlerod]].
* FakingTheDead: Finn [=McMissile=] uses a set of decoy tires to pretend that he's been torpedoed by the enemy.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:Rod "Torque" Redline's engine is made to overheat and explode, though it's only shown as a vague reflection]].
** An earlier scene has secret agent Leland Turbo [[spoiler:shown as a crushed car cube]].
* FlyingCar: Holly Shiftwell.
** Mater becomes one when he deploys his parachute and rocket thrusters.
* FurryConfusion: The first film had Volkswagon Beetles only appear as literal bugs. However, this one has "human" VW Beetles.
** Also there are both "human" and "bird" planes.
** And "human" and "snake" trains; and "human" and "hamster/gerbil/small rodent" cars. (See the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vn9Z7ChOYk ''Cars 2''/State Farm commercial]] to see examples of all of this.)
* GatlingGood: Mater is outfitted with two while acting as a spy.
-->'''Mater:''' Dag-gum!\\
'''Computer:''' Request acknowledged. ''[guns deploy]''\\
'''Mater:''' Shoot, I didn't mean--\\
'''Computer:''' Firing.\\
''*[[MoreDakka Gatling guns open fire]]!*''
* GeniusDitz: Mater reveals a surprising understanding of engines and car parts. Justified by his job towing broken cars.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: When he's infiltrating the Lemons, Mater is equipped with a heads-up display that gives him detailed information about all the criminals and schemers around him.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Mater's simple nature belies the fact that he's a genius at recognizing obscure and old car parts at a glance. [[spoiler:Later, he also figures out Axlerod's plan to discredit alternative fuels from earlier clues]].
* GreenAesop: Zig-zagged.
** Axlerod sponsors the World Grand Prix to promote his alternative fuel, Allinol. Subverted when [[spoiler:It's actually regular gasoline, and he's sabotaging his own race to discredit all alternative fuels]].
** Played straight when [[spoiler:it's revealed that [=McQueen=] has been racing with Filmore's organic gasoline the entire time, because Filmore and Sarge don't trust Big Oil companies]].
** Downplayed, as the villains are merely exploiting the fuel issue [[spoiler: as a means to get revenge for being ostracised and ridiculed.]]
* 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.
* HighDiveEscape: Finn [=McMissile=] jumps off an offshore oil rig.
* TheHouseOfWindsor: In London, car versions of both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Wheeliam appear.
** And the Queen's ancestors appear to be Princess Mercedes, Queen Wheeleanor, and King Fergas.
* IgnoredEpiphany: At one point, Mater tries to talk the bad guys down, but their response falls straight into this trope.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Torque Gives mater the data before being tortured to death.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:"Everything is voice-activated these days."]]
** When it's revealed that Sarge swapped out Lightning's Allinol for Filmore's organic fuel Filmore calls him a hippie.
* JamesBondage: [[spoiler:Finn, Holly, and Mater get tied to the inner workings of Big Bentley after they are captured by the Lemons]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Bernoulli, the Italian contestant and Lightning's main rival in the Grand Prix. 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=].
* JerkassRealization: Mater has a dream where he sees his activities over the past few days with Lightning abroad and finally realizes what an embarrassing jackass he has been.
* {{Knighting}}: Happens to [[spoiler:Mater]] in the end.
* LetsGetDangerous: [[spoiler:In the big brawl with the {{Mooks}} at the end, the residents of Radiator Springs prove themselves to be capable fighters, particularly Mater. (Making him a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass)]]
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Turns out that Professor Zundapp has been working for Sir Miles Axlerod the whole while, who actually wants to press the continued use of regular gasoline, which he has a massive off-shore oil reserve of. Sabotaging the World Grand Prix is just a plot to besmirch ''all'' alternative fuels]].
* MasterOfDisguise: Both Finn [=McMissile=] and Mater, thanks to their voice-activated holographic disguise systems.
* MatryoshkaObject: Sarge, Luigi, and Guido during the ending credits.
* MindScrew
** At one point when discussing fossil fuels, Mater asks "[[LampshadeHanging What happened to the dinosaurs?]]". ''Dinosaurs''. Just sit and let that sink in for a minute.
** There's a female car in Paris whose eyes are in her headlights instead of her windshield. Naturally, Mater reacts to her appearance with shock.
** There's a literal Popemobile, who rides inside a larger Popemobile.
** Just what does Crabby the crab boat catch, anyway? Teeny undersea [=ROVs=]? Minisubs?
* MissionImpossibleCableDrop: Done by Finn [=McMissile=] when he spies on the Lemons.
* MistakenForSpies: Finn [=McMissile=] and Holly Shiftwell mistake Mater for an American spy.
* {{Mooks}}: Professor Z's underlings are The Lemons, a motley assortment of unloved car designs such as Gremlins and Pacers.
* MrFanservice: {{In-universe}}, Francesco Bernoulli. Sally and Flo are heavily attracted to his open tires.
-->'''Flo:''' I gotta get me some coolant!
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Lightning experiences this shortly after he gets the note from Mater about going back home due to making Lightning lose the race in Japan.
* MythologyGag: In Paris, [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} Gusteau's]] appears briefly, with a change in spelling that makes it '''Gasteau's'''.
** Also there's a drive-in movie theater showing ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles The Incredimobiles]]''. Curiously enough, the Incredimobile is also the name of Mr. Incredible's car at the very beginning of his film.
* NationalStereotypes: Several, most notably GayParee, BritishRoyalGuards, and the big village banquet from Guido's Aunt and Uncle.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Professor Zundapp, the Lemons and their boss, [[spoiler:Sir Miles Axelrod. Just pretend that alternate fuel for cars is to oil what anyone or anything non-Aryan was to Nazism]].
* NeverSayDie: At the beginning of the film, it's suggested that [[spoiler:Doc Hudson]] is dead. [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim He is]].
** Totally averted in several scenes in the film, unlike any other Pixar film. They don't even really try to say things like "gone" or "taken care of". A good example:
-->'''Professor Z:''' It's Finn [=McMissile!=] '''Kill him'''!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** Darrell Waltrip, as Darrell Cartrip from ''Cars'', is joined by Formula One commentator David Hobbs as David Hobbscap, and sportscaster Brent Musburger as Brent Mustangburger.
** Jeff Gordon appears as Jeff Gorvette. See TheCameo above for more details.
** Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton appears as himself, albeit as a [=McLaren MP4-12C=] Grand Touring car (Complete with tooth gap).
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: The salescar with her eyes in her headlights in Paris.
* NotJustATournament: The World Grand Prix was actually organized by the Lemons just so they can zap all of the competing racecars with a deadly radiation cannon as an attempt to destroy all alternative energy sources and force everyone back to using gasoline.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Finn and Holley believe this is what Mater is doing when they think he's the American agent they're supposed to meet with. Subverted later on when [[spoiler:Mater actually is able to figure out Axlerod's scheme before anyone else, who all assume he's still just as moronic as ever]].
* OhCrap: Tony Trihull utters a small "Uh-oh" just before [[spoiler:being blown up when Finn releases a bunch of timed mines in an attempt to break away from the magnet pulling him in]].
** The look on the two thug cars who get diverted into a pub, and then breaks the table where the patrons were enjoying their beer. The patrons are not pleased about that...
* OnlySaneMan: Francesco Bernoulli, after the World Grand Prix degenerates into WackyRacing.
* ParodicTableOfTheElements: The Automotive Table of the Elements.
* ThePollyanna: Mater.
* PowerOfTrust
* ProductPlacement: Mater sings the State Farm Insurance jingle when making a joke about Finn and Holly being "agents" (alluding to "insurance agents", not "secret agents") a few scenes after he meets them. The film has major tie-ins with State Farm, and Pixar even animated an entire commercial featuring an anthropomorphic State Farm vehicle voiced by their regular ad announcer.
* ProperlyParanoid: Sarge, [[spoiler:who saves [=McQueen=]'s life by secretly swapping out his sabotaged Allinol fuel with Fillmore's organic biofuel, because he's naturally distrustful of oil companies]].
* PuppyDogEyes: Seen on Guido and Luigi when they read Mater's tearful farewell note.
* RuleOfCool: Pixar made cars do martial arts and fight scenes.
* RunningBothSides: [[spoiler:Sir Miles Axlerod is hosting the World Grand Prix to promote his Allinol ''and'' is the shadowy leader of the Lemons]].
* SequelGoesForeign: While the original film took place in Radiator Springs, in the sequel there are stops in Tokyo, Paris, Italy and London.
* ShapeshifterSwansong: Invoked when Mater's holographic disguise gets damaged, causing him to cycle through all the other forms he cooked up for it before it gives out.
* SoftWater: Averted with one of the mooks in the opening sequence. [=McMissile=] survives a similar impact minutes later, but he's also a heavily modded ''007'' car who, among other things, is designed to be submersible.
* SoLastSeason: In the first movie, [=McQueen=] training on dirt roads gave him a GameBreaker advantage in the Nascar-style races. This race, being a cross-country race, has dirt tracks incorporated into the official World Grand Prix routes, which most of the cars can handle perfectly well (though [=McQueen=] still edges them out in skill). Ironically, the dirt tracks are Francesco's AchillesHeel.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Mater knows everything about engines and engine parts, but in an idiot savant kind of way.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Mater]].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: It's hard to remember that in the first film, Lightning was the protagonist while Mater was just a supporting character. Mater was [[KidAppealCharacter incredibly popular with kids]], and as a result a lot of the spin off material (the "Car Toons") focused on Mater. Come the second film, he's the unquestionable main character.
* SpySpeak: Finn [=McMissile=] and Holly Shiftwell recognize each other by discussing the Volkswagen's air-cooled engines. This backfires (thankfully not fatally) because [[spoiler:Mater, a tow truck with encyclopedic knowledge of engines, inadvertently says the right passphrase]].
* StealthPun: [[spoiler:Mater IS the bomb!]]
** Not to mention in the meeting of the Lemon families, there are piles of real lemons on the tables.
* StrappedToABomb: Mater's filter is replaced by a bomb as a contingency plan to kill Lightning [=McQueen=]. [[spoiler:He later uses it to coerce a confession from the BigBad]].
* SuddenNameChange:
** A minor villain whose first name appears to be Fred actually alternates between the surnames "Fisbowski" and "Pacer."
** Similarly, Sal Machiani (a yellow three-wheeled truck seen in Italy) is actually referred as "Ape" in one of the film's promotional posters.
** Yet another minor villain, Petrov, actually alternates between the surnames "Trunkov" and "Oilski."
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Subverted at the end when Fillmore claims not to have [[spoiler:switched Allinol with biofuel]]. It's then revealed that it was actually Sarge who did so.
* TalkingYourWayOut: When he's surrounded by the Lemons' {{Mooks}}, Mater tries to invoke this by sympathizing with them as outcasts and laughingstocks. [[spoiler:It doesn't work]].
* TeaserOnlyCharacter: [[spoiler:Leland Turbo]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: "Francesco is familiar with this reaction to Francesco." This seems to be a bad character tic.
* ThisCannotBe: when Francesco finds himself overtaken by flying spycar Holly and [[spoiler:rocket-enhanced ''Mater'']].
* TimeForPlanB: [[spoiler:After the EMP cannon fails, the lemons resort to using a bomb strapped to Mater to kill Lightning]].
* ToiletHumour: Mater accidentally goes into the women's bathroom in Tokyo. And once he gets to the right bathroom, he gets caught inside... in a bidet!
* [[TooImportantToWalk Too Important To Drive]]: One of the high-ranking Lemons has a tow-truck Mook drag him around, which Mater replaces to infiltrate the Lemons' meeting.
* UncannyValley: In-universe, seemingly the reason for Mater's reaction to the car with headlights for eyes.
* UndersideRide: Finn [=McMissile=] actually clings to the underside of Tony Trihull with his magnetic tires in order to sneak into the Lemons' oil rig.
* UnwittingPawn: Mater ends up as this when he goes to warn [=McQueen=]'s pit crew about the bomb planted in their midst. [[spoiler:It's actually in his air filter]].
* UrineTrouble: Invoked when Mater gets on the stage in Japan and a puddle of oil appears under him [[spoiler:which was actually caused by Miles Axlerod]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Axlerod when Mater confronts him as the leader of the Lemons. He starts off cool, trying to prove his innocence and accusing Mater of [[StealthPun blowing smoke]]. But as the countdown reaches the single digits he starts panicking. And with no one coming to help him and Mater not backing off, he's eventually forced to deactivate the bomb. Even ''he's'' surprised that Mater, of all cars, was the one to figure out his plan]].
* VisualPun: At the Lemons' meeting in Italy there are platters of lemons on the table.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Lightning and Francesco Bernoulli by the end.
* WackyRacing: The London leg of the World Grand Prix. A race cannot be considered sane or normal when a rocket-equipped tow-truck starts driving backwards.
* 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.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: All of the bad cars are motivated to sabotaging Allinol largely because of their stake in oil/gas, but also payback for all the taunting and mocking they've received due to being "lemons".
* WhosLaughingNow: The reason why the Lemons were evil.
* WhyAmITicking: [[spoiler:Mater gets a time bomb bolted to his engine as a backup plan to kill Lightning [=McQueen=].]]
* WilhelmScream: when the {{Mooks}} are in the pub fight.
* WorldTour: The international race.