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[[caption-width-right:350:Live fast. Live free.]]

From Disney Television Animation, Titmouse and the creators of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', '''''Motorcity''''' is a DisneyXD series.

The series is set in a fictional, futuristic Detroit owned by CorruptCorporateExecutive Abraham Kane (Creator/MarkHamill). Having banned personal freedoms including automobile transportation, Kane now faces one last obstacle: a group of hot-rod wielding rebels who call themselves The Burners. Led by Mike Chilton (Reid Scott), The Burners rise to stop Kane from conquering Detroit’s last oasis of freedom—an underground refuge dubbed Motorcity.

Despite being well received by critics and fans, the show was unfortunately ScrewedByTheNetwork, and received the axe before the first season was even finished. Much like their previous series, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' though, the staff was able to give their last (and in this case only) season a heck of a GrandFinale.

A staff-run blog, [[http://peopleofmotorcity.tumblr.com/ People of Motorcity]], has released the series bible, which sadly means that there will not be a second season.

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!!This animated TV series provides examples of:

* [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene Action Cartoon, Quiet Drama Scene]]: A couple of episodes have these, particularly when it comes to Mike's past or Julie and her father.
* AfterTheEnd: Maybe... there's a lot of ambiguity about just what's outside the city. In "Vega", it's mentioned that everything outside Detroit has supposedly been reduced to uninhabitable wasteland. When Vega arrives and claims to be from Cleveland, it's speculated by the characters that Kane just made up everything about the wasteland so that nobody would try to leave. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that Vega is really Kane in disguise, luring the Burners into a trap, so who knows whether there really is a wasteland or not?]]
* AbnormalAmmo: Terras use seeds that quickly grow into [[WhenTreesAttack entangling plants]].
** The Duke of Detroit has a tank that shoots ''limos''.
** "Fearless" has Mike using his own car as ammo for a cannon to launch him and Chuck reach 15 stories higher on a tower.
* AutomaticCrossbows: Terras have plant-like ones they attach to their [[ArmCannon wrists]].
* AffectionateNickname: Mike and Chuck in particular calling each other "Mikey" and "Chuckles".
** To a lesser extent, "Jules" and "Tex".
* AIIsACrapshoot: The Utility Bots invented by Jacob were installed with AI to make them anticipate human commands. Unfortunately, in an interesting twist, they only obey Jacob's commands.
* AllThereInTheManual: There's a lot of info about the characters and backstory that hasn't been seen in the show, some of which has been shared from [[WordOfGod the creators]] and the Website/{{Tumblr}} page [[http://peopleofmotorcity.tumblr.com People of Motorcity]], such as the production bible.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Mike Chilton, his sister Capri, Tennie, Kaia, most of the Terras.
* AnimalMotifs: The four main cars are named and designed after animals. For example, Mike's car Mutt not only has dog designs but the engine often ''literally'' snarls and growls. Subverted with Jacob's car, if you don't count cryptids.
* AnimalThemeNaming: As per above:
** Mike: Mutt (dog)
** Julie: 9 Lives (cat)
** Dutch: Whiptail ([[ScaryScorpions scorpion]])
** Texas: Stronghorn ([[RhinoRampage rhino]])
** Jacob: Sasquatch ([[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Sasquatch]])
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Anything the Burners' cars do.
** Prime example in "Power Trip": Mike stopping his car, going up, at pretty much a 90 degree angle.
* ArtShift: In "Going Dutch" the style shifts to brightly colored style reminiscent of graffiti to illustrate Dutch's backstory.
** "Mayhem Night" had some downright terrifying ones for the Burner's hallucinogen-induced visions.
* AsceticAesthetic: Detroit Deluxe, in this case the "clean pretty environment hides the oppressive regime" use of this trope.
* BatteringRam: Stronghorn has one.
* BeTheBall: In "Off the Rack", one of the tactics used by Kane with the Safety Suits is taking control of Detroit Deluxe citizens and combining them into a ball.
* BeYourself: Basically every other episode.
* {{BFG}}: Stronghorn uses on in "Reunion".
* BigFancyHouse: The Duke has one in the middle of his own junkyard.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Subverted. Near the start of "The Duke of Detroit" Whiptail gets blown to pieces, seemingly taking Dutch with it. But of course he's fine thanks to Texas.
* BondOneLiner: Texas tries time and time again to pull one off in "The Duke of Detroit Presents"--key word being "tries".
* BookEnds: Both the first and last episode of the first season end with the Burners going out for a joyride after a private conversation between Mike and Julie.
* BringIt: In the finale, Mike does this to Red while chained to a wall. Mike wins.
* BrokenPedestal: Mike was Kane's protege before he realized Kane was evil. After that he [[DefectorFromDecadence split]].
* ButtMonkey: Cyborg Dan. Poor, poor Cyborg Dan.
* CallBack: Two of the robots from "Threat Level" reappear, still being friendly Kane Co. bots.
** "A Better Tomorrow" has a major one [[spoiler:to the show's unaired pilot. The Chopper-Mutt, and Kane emerging from the ruins of his War Pod.]]
* CastOfSnowflakes
* ChekhovsGun: Some of Texas' ideas, mainly "Texas-ify It", but also his plan of sneaking into Kane Co in "Power Trip" or idea of the dragon shooting lasers in "Going Dutch".
** The container of metal-eating machines Mike had in his pocket in "Vendetta".
** The fire extinguisher Claire was put in charge of in "Julie and the Amazons".
* ChekhovsLecture: Jacob's talk of when to fight and when to run to Mike in "Battle for Motorcity".
* ClipShow: "Threat Level: Texas" is the subversion/parody type, in which all flashbacks either match Texas' SelfServingMemory or he's just bluffing to Tooley.
* CloseCallHaircut: In "Fearless", Tenny shoots a Kanebot behind Dutch, shooting a part of his afro in the process.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: White and light blue = lives in Detroit Deluxe. Other Colors = you live in Motor City.
* CombinationAttack: Mike holding onto Texas's legs as the latter performs the Texas Twister to fight the Terras in "Texas-ify It".
* CompanyTown: Detroit Deluxe
* ConspicuousCG: The Burners' cars and some of Kane's robots are animated with CGI, though it generally blends fairly well with the rest of the animation.
* CoolCar: ''OH yeah.''
* CoolShades: "Kane Shades" are advertised in "Off the Rack".
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Detroit Deluxe is a spotless, clean, utopian city with the latest technology used for everyday needs, but beneath that veneer is an oppressive regime that bans individual freedoms as simple as car ownership, or even the choice of clothing colours and styles. They have to start each activity by tapping a secret code. And their faces are hardly happy.
** AWorldHalfFull: Old Detroit, a.k.a. Motorcity, is exactly the opposite- run-down, dingy and dark, but everyone lives free and the landscape has a lot more variety. They even have a theme park with a bobsled ride, and have such events as Halloween costume parties.
* CutShort: Sorry Burners, it just wasn't meant to be.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:At the end of "Vega," Mike gets captured by Kane and is detained and beaten for three days before Kane tells him that he's to be executed. Motorcity in the meanwhile has been under constant attack, and thanks to the Duke, Kane will be able to complete the Genesis Pod that will wipe the city off the map.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** "Texas-ify It," "The Robo-Roundup," and "Threat Level: Texas" for Texas.
** "Going Dutch" and "Reunion" for Dutch.
** Chuck has actually had ''three episodes'' that focus on him: "Blond Thunder", "Fearless", and "Ride of the Fantasy Vans". If watched in the [[ExecutiveMeddling intended airing order]], they form his character arc.
** "Off the Rack" and "Like Father" for Julie.
** Mike is the main character, but he still gets "Vendetta," which focuses on his backstory.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Mike, Jacob, Dutch and Julie (to an extent). It's probable that a sizable chunk of the population of Motorcity used to live in Deluxe.
* DerangedAnimation: The MushroomSamba sequences in "Mayhem Night" are some of the trippiest of its kind, and rarely anything seen in a kid's, much less Disney, cartoon.
* DevelopmentGag: [[spoiler:The action climax in "A Better Tomorrow" is a slightly modified version of the pilot's ending.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted. [[spoiler:Red chose to fall to near-certain death rather than be saved by Mike, but ends up alive.]]
* [[spoiler:DoomsdayDevice: The Genesis Pod.]]
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Happens to some of the Burners (and Claire) as a result of the Terras' pod's gas that shows them their greatest fears.
* EmpathyDollShot: As Mike [[spoiler:recalls how he wasn't able to save a few dozen Motorcity tenants from having their homes destroyed]], he picks up an old teddy bear still left behind in the rubble.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Detroit Deluxe.
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: Kaia to Mike. Just as eager to bring down Kane, but she has no qualms about innocent citizens going down in the process.]]
* EvilGloating: Abraham Kane LOVES this.
* FaceNodAction: Done by Mike and Chuck in the beginning of "Reunion".
* FanDisservice / FanService: The sunglasses commercial in "Off the Rack" at least proves that Kane has a high opinion on his looks... whether that's justified is up for debate.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Julie is the daughter of the BigBad.
* FlippingTheTable: ...is not enough for Texas in "Ride The Lightning." [[UpToEleven He instead opts to swing it and smash it to bits]]. [[ManlyTears And then tear up.]]
* FlashAnimation
* FrameUp: "Julie and the Amazons" has the Burners framed by an unknown gang using an explosive compound in attacking other gangs. It would seem the titular Amazons are responsible for the FalseFlagOperation since they have access to and use the same compound. [[spoiler:Turns out it was actually the Duke of Detroit who was responsible, as he created the fake Burner vehicles as well as purchasing the compound from the Amazons.]]
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises: Texas, possibly because of all the action movies he watches.
* GangOfHats: Every Motorcity gang sans the Burners have some sort of unique wardrobe motif.
** Excepting No. 2 and obviously Cyborg Dan, all of the Duke's grunts have sharp suits and hats, evoking the mafia boss motif of the Duke.
** The Skylarks wear formal suits with giant numbers on the back and sunglasses.
** The Amazons wear brightly-colored racing suits with matching helmets.
** The Momma's Boys wear overalls.
** The Electroblades all wear hockey uniforms; no one's been seen with their mask off.
** The Weekend Warriors wear standard military garb.
* GasMaskMooks: the Terras.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Episode 6, "Fearless" overall presents a not-too-subtle parallel to performance-enhancement drug abuse.
*** Some of the Burners experience a trippy MushroomSamba dream sequence in "Mayhem Night" episode after the Terras launch [[GRatedDrug a plant pod that produces a hallucinogenic gas]]. This causes them to experience horrifying LSD-filled nightmares and spew out gibberish while their eyes change color.
** "We really 'terrored' that dome a new one."
** The Duke's little easily-missed comment while watching the Burners fight the Terror Dome, "Someone, pinch me quick, or else I'm gonna need new shorts."
** In episode 5, most of the paintings in the Duke's mansion are of him posing dramatically. However, in one of the shots while Julie is sneaking through the mansion, we get [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md4rd3Adc91qggipfo1_500.png this]] picture with two Dukes doing [[ScrewYourself something]] together.
* GenericGraffiti: Totally averted, the backgrounds will often feature unique graffiti reminiscent of actual tags in Detroit. Most noticably averted in "Going Dutch."
* GoodNewsBadNews: In the "Both News are the Same" variant. Julie manages to get the Kane Safety Suit off, unfortunately, that happens when she's confronted by a Kane Bot.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Is how the Burners defeated The Terror Dome of Destruction, we even get teased about it at the end of the episode.
* GreenThumb: The Terras
* HalloweenEpisode: "Mayhem Night".
* HazmatSuit: Used in "Going Dutch" by Kane's men and Mike.
* HeroicSacrifice: Mike in "Going Dutch." Luckily, [[spoiler: he's cured at the end along with everyone else.]]
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: The pilot episode has this exchange:
-->'''Julie:''' And [Kane] said- ready?- he wants to obliterate all of us and all of our cars.
-->'''Mike:''' Our cars? But we love our cars.
* InvoluntaryDance: This is one of the first things Tooley does with the people wearing Kane Safety Suits. Later, this happens to him when he's in a suit that was hacked by the Burners.
* {{Irony}}: Mike claims that he knows Kane best to Julie, whom he doesn't know is Kane's daughter. Though he may be partly right, considering Kane's never manipulated Julie to destroy a building with innocents inside.
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: The remains of old Detroit are known as Motorcity. The Motor City is one of the most common nicknames of Detroit.
* ItsRainingMen: In "Off the Rack", one of Kane's tactics with the Kane Safety Suits.
* JustEatGilligan: Kane would help himself a lot if he just got rid of Tooley.
* LeParkour: Mike gets around in this fashion when not driving.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several characters seem to have these.
** Tennie has one heard in "Fearless" and "Mayhem Night," which is notably calmer and more beautiful-sounding than the show's standard rock soundtrack.
** The Duke of Detroit has 80's glam rock (not surprising, when the actor is [[TwistedSister Dee Snider]].
** Kane has an odd one - total silence, with ambient/machine sounds.
** The episode ''Attack of the Fantasy Vans'', being a spoof of MMORPG culture, has an European PowerMetal (think HammerFall) background score thrown in occasionally, and is indirectly a spoof of the style.
* LimitedWardrobe: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in Detroit Deluxe, due to Kane's rule.
--> '''Kane:''' ''(tagline for any fashion accessory made by [=KaneCo=])'' It's mandatory!
* LightIsNotGood: Detroit Deluxe is clean, sun always shining, and is represented by the color white. It is also an oppressive Dystopia that denies basic rights.
* MakeMeWannaShout: One of Whiptail's features.
* MechaMooks: Kane has a variety of these, thus far we've seen dog like robots and basically floating refrigerators with lasers.
* MisplacedRetribution: Red thinks Mike destroyed his house, when[[spoiler: it was his subsequent employer, Kane, who ordered it]].
* MissionImpossibleCableDrop: Julie does this in "Off the Rack."
* MomentKiller: Julie is about to tell Mike that she's Kane's daughter, but is interrupted by Chuck relaying that the suit can be deactivated by overloading its safety threshold.
* MoodWhiplash: Due to Disney XD's hectic order of airing episodes, we get "Threat Level Texas" which is just a barrel of laughs and then the following week, we get "Vega" (ouch).
** Three notable instances in "A Better Tomorrow":
*** The very beginning, when a cheesy [=KaneCo=] commercial plays as Motorcity is under siege.
*** After a rather sweet and intimate moment between Mike and Julie [[spoiler:in Mike's prison cell]], [[MomentKiller Tooley]] walks in on them, leading Julie to comedically slap Mike to keep her cover up.
*** After an extremely tense fist fight with Kane, [[spoiler:Mike drops from the War Pod, falling to his death and peacefully resigning to it... and then the Duke drives in with Mutt to pick him up mid-air. He's even turned on elevator music for the occasion, which makes it all the more hilarious.]]
* {{Nanomachines}}:
** The cause of the ZombieApocalypse in "Going Dutch".
** The Burners had to combat metal-eating robo-bugs in "Vendetta".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Ride the Lightning", the Burners, save Mike, tamper with Kane's weather control machine and only make it worse. Lampshaded by a hot tub lounging Kane.
-->'''Kane:''' Burners, are you actually making things ''worse?''
* NighInvulnerability: Kane Safety Suits, though they do have a threshold before shutting off.
* NitroBoost
* NonActionGuy: Chuck.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The Burners' finishing move in "The Duke of Detroit Presents" is this, both in- and out-of-universe.
* OpeningNarration: Subverted with the first episode, where Mike narrates the state of affairs at Old Detroit and Deluxe. No narration was used since.
* OutOfOrder: For whatever reason DisneyXD chose to air the episodes of production order after the third episode. To make matters more confusing, iTunes accidentally put "Fearless" up for purchase several weeks before it was due to air, leading to some fans catching it early.
* PaintingTheMedium: The theme song is metal, as is most of the soundtrack. Which would make sense given that this is a show about cars, but the term "Detroit metal" specifically refers to its auto industry.
* PeoplePuppets: Kane Safety Suits.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: The Utility Bots in "Ride the Fantasy Vans".
* RatedMForManly
* RealPlaceBackground: As the show is set in an aged Detroit, there has been a few examples of this. Notably, in "Going Dutch" [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6dfyuXpEQ1r34acco1_1280.png Dutch goes to Central Station]], a heavily modified tagged up version of [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6dfyuXpEQ1r34acco2_500.jpg Michigan Central Station.]]
* RecapEpisode: "Threat Level: Texas" is probably among the most overblown subversions of this trope there is.
* RunningGag: Texas getting Julie's name wrong.
* RuleOfCool: Seems to be what the show runs on. Look at the climax of the second episode: see the boys [[spoiler: use a bomb that could blow up the state to power a car into a jump across the canyon, ending with them ejecting the engine midair]]!
* RuleOfPerception: During "Power Trip" (1x02) "ERROR" comes up on a screen Chuck is viewing, but given the angle the camera is at, it would be backwards to him.
* SaveTheVillain: Mike to Red in Vendetta.
* ScaryTeeth: [[spoiler:Why the Terras wear gas masks.]]
* SceneryPorn[=/=]SceneryGorn: Motor City may be an absolute dirge compared to the spotless but plain Detroit Deluxe, but its varied locales are breathtaking to look at.
** Heck, Deluxe itself can look really pretty depending on the time of day.
*** Look at Deluxe in the pilot, it is even more eye pleasing with some plants and even a waterfall.
* SelectiveMagnetism: At the very least, Mutt and Whiptail have magnetic wheels which their drivers used to hide them under a bridge in "Reunion".
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Chuck and Mike fit this like a glove, although in Mike's case the glove would, past the first glance, [[HiddenDepths be discovered to have been]] reinforced with the thick leather necessary of the TeamMom.
* ShoutOut: EVERYWHERE.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Howard Dutch's]] repair drone is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Roth Roth.]]
** Mutt's logo is a Rat Fink.
** Mike's last name is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilton_Company Chilton.]]
** Jacob is a lightly modified Goat from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}''.
** When the Duke's Reality TV show featuring the Burners (''The Duke of Detroit presents'') goes off, amongst several characters watching the show are a group of four, which includes {{Expy}}s of Jamie and a ''very thin'' Coop from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
** The Burners' logo is EXTREMELY similar to the flaming 8 ball on Megas' right arm.
** Episode 1 has Dutch suggest modifications to Mike's car, one such modification being the addition of "[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Magmortars]]".
** One scene in the first episode [[http://guts-n-effort.deviantart.com/art/Motorcity-101-Animation-304590030 has a bit of animation]] that the animator openly admitted [[http://i.imgur.com/I68eI.jpg was a reference to]] ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''.
** The giant monster fight in "Ride Of The Fantasy Vans" seems to be a reference to ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''. Mike climbs around on it a bit in the same fashion Wander does, the creature's faceplates brings the colossi to mind, and it's defeated by attacking one spot on its body.
** Motorcity has been described as [[Anime/RedLine Redline every week]], and Redline has been confirmed as inspiration for the show by a staff member. To quote a staff member that may or not be the same guy:
-->"If you ever wonder, “Was this scene inspired by Redline?” the answer is most likely yes."
** The tactics with the Kane Safety Suits in "Off the Rack" look a lot like action sequences from the Indian version of ''{{Terminator}}''. See for yourself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AYf26yz3yw here]].
** [[spoiler:The [[http://dadward.deviantart.com/art/Motor-City-Finale-Muttcycle-Akira-Tribute-347281821 motorcycle sequence]] is based on the same action in ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.]].
*** It is also very similar (in origin) to [[spoiler:The Batmobile/Batpod sequence in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'']]
** There is a mention of a Henry Ford painting in the Pilot.
* SigilSpam: Kane's stylized "K" is all over Deluxe. The Duke of Detroit tends toward this, too. (Incidentally, his sigil is... his face.)
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Detroit Deluxe being on the far side of "shiny," Motor City on the low end of gritty. If it weren't for ExecutiveMeddling, the contrast would have been even greater.
* SpoilerOpening: Kaia and the people of Terra are introduced as allies in the show proper, but the fact that they appear alongside Kane in the opening sequence makes it easy to deduce that [[spoiler: they end up being foes of the Burners.]] Somewhat averted with the Duke of Detroit, he seems to be a FriendlyEnemy at worst. [[spoiler: As of "Vega", he is a full blown enemy]]. [[spoiler: But later he double crosses Kane after he was double crossed.]]
* TractorBeam: The Burner's vehicles have them so they can tow each others' cars. [[spoiler:Kane's Warpod also has one.]]
* TemptingFate: Tooley works with a bunch of snow-trooper mooks on one mission and they leave him to guard Mike. One protests this because of Tooley's lack of intelligence, but the commander basically says "He's Kane's right-hand man, how dumb can he be?" Tooley of course is tricked by Mike and knocks out the four soldiers in a scuffle, trying to punch him.
* TraintopBattle: between Mike and Red in "Like Father, Like Daughter".
* TrickedOutShoes: The Electroblades have rocket-powered skates, tying in with their hockey theme.
* {{Troperiffic}}: The show takes many plot and character archetypes common in kids' action cartoons and gives them a twist, subversion, or just plain amps them UpToEleven, both for drama and for RuleOfCool. For some basic examples, the team leader wielding the chainsaw spark-staff doubles as the TeamMom and even has a MookFaceTurn for his backstory, and the FiveManBand has technically two people to act as TheSmartGuy (and realistically, each of them handle very different areas of [[HollywoodHacking technical]] [[GadgeteerGenius expertise]]).
* TurnsRed: Kane Safety Suits when overridden.
* WeatherControlMachine: Used in "Ride the Lightning" by Kane on Detroit.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: The Terras, though not so much as of Mayhem Night.]]
** Arguably Kane as well. He truly wants to provide the best society possible for the people of Deluxe. His methods in order to get to that point, however, are what causes him to cross the moral event horizon.
* WhamEpisode: "Vega." And according to one staff member, it's "child's play" compared to the final part of the season finale.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Doctor Hudson is nowhere to be seen after "Power Trip," despite him presumably still being with the Burners. He does, however, reappear in "Threat Level: Texas" as part of Texas's UnreliableNarrator flashbacks, detailing the events of "Powertrip", his dialogue is... TotallyRadical as per Texas's story.
* WorldHalfEmpty: Entire sections of old Detroit appear to be completely abandoned, and even the inhabited areas aren't that crowded.
* XMeetsY: ''{{Redline}}'' meets ''Film/TheWarriors''.
* ZombieApocalypse: The driving conflict in "Going Dutch".
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