Characters: Cars

Characters page for Cars and Cars 2.

For characters from spin-offs Planes and Planes: Fire & Rescue, see here.
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Lightning McQueen

Voiced by:
Owen Wilson (Films)
Keith Ferguson (TV)

A young, ambitious but arrogant, self-centered race car who wants to win the Piston Cup. His desire to be the first to California leads him getting lost and stranded in Radiator Springs. However, his time with the eccentric townsfolk open his eyes to his own demeanour and learns to slow down in life, turning him into a better person. In Cars 2, he participates in the World Grand Prix.

Sir Tow Mater

A rusty 1951 International Harvester tow truck. Mater comes off as a simple-minded stereotypical Southern hick, but he is a Genius Ditz, knowing a lot about engines, and can drive backwards using his rear view mirrors. He becomes Lightning's best friend and crew chief in Cars 2, where he is mistaken for a spy by Finn McMissile.
  • Adorkable: He's so adorable and he's quite the dork.
  • Berserk Button: It's a bad idea to threaten Lightning in his presence — just ask the group of bad guys he took by himself.
  • Break the Cutie: In Cars 2, after discovering that others think that he is just clueless and distracting.
  • Breakout Character: He has spun off into his own series of shorts, and even managed to become the main character of the sequel.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The sequel definitely elevates him to this.
  • Eagleland: Mater is viewed as a mix of Types 1 and 2 by foreign cars.
  • Flying Car: Mater is able to fly by using his rocket boosters together with his parachute.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite seeming rather simple minded, he has very broad knowledge of car parts and engines and can identify any engine at a glance.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Being a Genius Ditz, he manages to figure out Axlerod's involvement with the Lemons and his plot to discredit alternative fuel sources, forcing Axlerod to disarm the bomb.
  • Idiot Savant: He's an autistic savant like Rain Man, but mostly in Cars 2.
  • The Hero: Of the sequel.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He is mostly adored by kids of all ages. Kids just love him because he's so lovable.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Mater is the most sweet-natured and loyal car in the franchise.
  • Knighting: By the Queen of England herself.
  • Last Name Basis: He almost always goes by his last name, Mater, throughout the films. His first name is actually Towbert or Tow for short.
  • Man Child: Mater literally is a young kid trapped in an adult man's body. He has the mental/emotional capacity of a 7 year old child, even though he's an adult.
  • Mistaken for Spies: By Holley and Finn, partially as a result of his fanciful storytelling.
    • Mainly done because their true contact slipped the information on him, and due to his profession he knew the reconnection phrase.
  • Nice Guy
  • The Pollyanna
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Lightning's Manly Man.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: See Genius Ditz above.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In the sequel, where he's crucial to the plot and even gets top billing.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: With Lightning.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Of his own "Tall Tales" series.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: The Lemons plant a time bomb in his air filter as a backup plan to kill Lightning.

Doc Hudson/ Fabulous Hudson Hornet

Voiced by:
Paul Newman (Film)
Corey Burton (Video Games)

A 1951 Hudson Hornet, Doc Hudson is Radiator Springs' medical doctor and judge. He sentences Lightning to fix the town's road after destroying it. He hides his past from his friends, which Lightning accidentally discovers.

Sally Carrera

Voiced by:
Bonnie Hunt

A Porsche 911 Carrera, Sally is an Los Angeles attorney who grew tired of her life in the big city and ended up in Radiator Springs. She becomes the town attorney and runs the Cozy Cone Motel. She longs to see the town restored to its former glory, and becomes Lightning's girlfriend.

Fillmore

Voiced by:
George Carlin (Cars)
Lloyd Sherr (Cars 2)

A Volkswagen Microbus, a New-Age Retro Hippie who sells organic fuel. Has a fiery friendship with Sarge.

Sarge

Voiced by:
Paul Dooley
A 1951 Willys MB Jeep, Sarge is Fillmore's best friend and neighbour. He runs a surplus store.

Luigi and Guido

Voiced by:
Tony Shalhoub (Luigi)
Guido Quaroni (Guido)

An Italian Fiat 500 and Isetta-based forklift. Guido and Luigi run Luigi's Casa Dell Tires, which has a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa made from tyres. Luigi is a big fan of race cars, particularly Ferraris. Guido only speaks in Italian, and can change tyres in seconds, wanting to perform a pit stop on Lightning during his time in town.
  • Chaste Toons: Luigi's aunt and uncle (see below).
  • Fan Boy: Luigi's a hard core Tifosi and Michael Schumacher supporter. He gets to meet Schumacher and gush all over him at the end of the film
  • Keet: Guido especially, but both of them count.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Both of them, but Guido exclusively speaks in Italian.
  • Mr Fix It: Guido.
  • Those Two Guys: Luigi and Guido are the Italian mechanic version.

Flo

Voiced by:
Jennifer Lewis

Flo is wife of Ramone, and is manager of Flo's V-8 Cafe gas diner. Her design is a stock 1950s show car.

Ramone

Voiced by:
Cheech Marin

Radiator Springs' body artist and husband to Flo, Ramone is a 1959 Chevrolet Impala. He is very proud of his art deco, usually altering his paint job in every new scene.

Red

Voiced by:
Joe Ranft (Cars)

A gentle fire truck. He is not one for words, is quite shy, and very fond of the plants in Radiator Springs.

Sheriff

Voiced by:
Michael Wallis

Sheriff of Radiator Springs, a 1949 Mercury Eight police car.

Lizzie

Voiced by:
Katherine Helmond

An elderly 1923 Ford Model T coupe, Lizzie is the widow of the town's founder Stanley. She runs Radiator Springs Curio, which sells car souveneirs and accessories.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Lizzie is an old Model T who delights in very bad comedy, slapping stickers onto the rears of male cars.

Mack

A Mack Superliner truck who is Lightning's transport and the closest thing he has to a friend.

Strip "The King" Weathers

Voiced by:
Richard Petty

A 1969 Plymouth Superbird, Strip Weather, better known as "The King", is the golden boy of Dinoco. He is participating in his last championship before retiring.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: Although he doesn't die, he becomes severely injured by a crash caused by Chick Hicks during the final lap of the tie-breaker race.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • History Repeats: His crash at the end mirrors Doc's crash. However, unlike Doc, he had someone - Lightning - to help him finish his last race.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The King's model is based on Richard Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird.
  • Reality Subtext: The King's near-fatal crash when he is wrecked by Chick Hicks is a frame-by-frame recreation of a particular crash Petty suffered at the 1988 Daytona 500.

Chick Hicks

Voiced by:
Michael Keaton

Lightning's obnoxious rival who is Always Second Best to the King. He is a green 1986 Buick Regal racing car.
  • Always Second Best: Was this to The King. And when Lightning breaks onto the scene, he slips back into Always Third Best.
  • Arrogant Racer Guy.
  • Big Bad: Of the first film.
  • Classic Villain: Chick is the dirtiest racer of the Piston Cup.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lightning McQueen. Chick starts off as a more extreme version of McQueen, but eventually becomes this after Lightning undergoes Character Development.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Chick is deeply envious of The King's status as Dinoco's golden boy. Plus he's green to boot.
  • Jerkass: Through and through.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: He wins the Piston Cup, but only because he caused The King to crash horribly and Lightning went back to help him. Chick doesn't get his Dinoco sponsor like he dreamed and is booed off the stage at the cup presentation.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Lightning McQueen. While McQueen gradually becomes a better racecar, Chick Hicks only gets worse.
  • Smug Snake
  • Unnecessary Roughness: He causes a massive thirty-car pileup in the opening to try and shake McQueen, and later causes The King to crash in the tie-breaker match.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Not even mentioned in the sequel, despite the presence of a gigantic racing tournament which he'd no doubt have interest in.

The Delinquent Road Hazards (Boost, Wingo, DJ, and Snot Rod)

Voiced by:
Jonas Rivera (Boost)
EJ Holowicki (DJ)
Adrian Ochoa (Wingo)
Lou Romano (Snot Rod)

A quartet of troublemaking cars who distract Mack, causing Lightning to roll out of the back of his trailer and get lost.

Tractors, Frank, and Vroomaroundus Bugus

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

Mia and Tia

Voiced by:
Lindsey Collins (Mia)
Elissa Knight (Tia)

A pair of twin Mazda Miata who are huge fans of Lightning.

Minny and Van

Voiced by:
Edie Mc Clurg (Minny)
Richard Kind (Van)

A married couple who wander into Radiator Springs whilst looking for the freeway, but are terrified by the clingy and pushy townsfolk. Van is a Ford Winstar and Minny is a Dodge Caravan.

RustEze Pit Crew Members, Sponsors, and Associates

Lightning's sponsors who got him his big break.

Stanley Steamer

The late founder of Radiator Springs and husband to Lizzie. A statue of him stands outside the town's firehouse.

    Cars 2 

Finn McMissile

1963 Aston Martin DB 5
Voiced by:
Michael Caine

Holley Shiftwell

Jaguar XJR-15
Voiced by:
Emily Mortimer

Siddeley

Gulfstream G5
Voiced by:
Jason Isaacs

Leland Turbo

MG MGA
Voiced by:
Jason Isaacs

Rod "Torque" Redline

Dodge Challenger R/T
Voiced by:
Bruce Campbell

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Torque is brutally tortured to death by Zündapp as part of a demonstration of the effects of an electromagnetic pulse on Allinol.
  • Dead Star Walking
  • Defiant to the End: Even while being tortured he speaks in a calm tone, and even insults the lemons at one point.
"Oh, you know, I am just wearing a disguise. But you guys are stuck looking like that!"

Francesco Bernoulli

Voiced by:
John Turturro

Professor Zündapp

1959 Zündapp Janus
Voiced by:
Thomas Kretschmann

Sir Miles Axlerod

Range Rover L322
Voiced by:
Eddie Izzard

Grem and Acer

AMC Gremlin and AMC Pacer
Voiced by:
Joe Mantegna (Grem)
Peter Jacobson (Acer)

The Lemon Family Heads

Voiced by:
Stanley Townshend (Victor Hugo/Vladimir Trunkov)
Brad Lewis (Tubbs Pacer)
John Mainieri (J. Curby Gremlin)

  • The Alleged Car: All are modeled after some of the most notorious Alleged Cars of all time; besides Gremlin, Pacer and Yugo the Trunkovs are based on ZAZ Zaporozhets, the smallest and cheapest Soviet car.
  • Creator Cameo: Tubbs is voiced by Brad Lewis, one of the film's co-directors.
  • The Don: The four heads of the lemon families: J. Curby Gremlin, Vladimir Trunkov , Victor Hugo and Tubbs Pacer
  • Husky Russkie: Vladimir.
  • The Mafia: The Hugo family especially, but all four count.
  • Name's the Same: Victor Hugo shares his name with a famous French writer.

Alexander Hugo

Voiced by:
Velibor Topic

  • Bland-Name Product: Besides the similar name, the Hugos have quad headlights but are based on a model that only ever had single headlights.
  • Elite Mook
  • I Have Many Names: He’s been known to go by the aliases of "Chop Shop Alex", "Alexander the "Not So" Great" and "Alexander Hu "Don’t" Go".
  • The Mafia

Ivan

1955-57 Chevrolet truck
Voiced by:
Stanley Townshend

  • Costume Copycat: Mater disguises himself as Ivan to infiltrate the Lemons' meeting in Porto Corsa.
  • Evil Counterpart: Can be seen as this to Mater.
  • Husky Russkie
  • Lzherusskie : Ivan is meant to be Russian, but plot necessity forced him to have the same Chevrolet-based cab design as Mater.

Tony Trihull

USS Independence Littoral Combat Ship
Voiced by:
Lloyd Sherr

Lemon Mooks

Other Lemon Vehicles

Jeff Gorvette

Chevrolet Corvette
Voiced by:
Jeff Gordon

  • Cultural Translation: Jeff Gorvette only appears in the original North American version of Cars 2. For international versions, he is replaced in two scenes by a totally different character, voiced by a racer who is better known in that country.
  • Ink-Suit Actor
  • Punny Name: He's a Corvette voiced by Jeff Gordon, so Jeff Gorvette makes perfect sense.
  • Those Two Guys: With Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton

Mc Laren MP4-12C GT 3
Voiced by:
Lewis Hamilton

Raoul Ça Roule

Voiced by:
Unknown

Nigel Gearsley

Aston Martin
Voiced by:
Greg Ellis

Max Schnell

Mercedes C-Class DTM racer
Voiced by:
Unknown

Miguel Camino

Voiced by:
Unknown

Carla Veloso

Peugeot 908
Voiced by:
Jossara Jinaro

Shu Todoroki

Dome S102
Voiced by:
Erik Passoja

Rip Clutchgoneski

Voiced by:
None

  • Advertised Extra: Barely even that. Clutchgoneski was the last WGP racer to have his diecast revealed, and he didn’t even appear in the video game.
  • Ruritania: His homeland is the “Republic of New Rearendia”.
  • The Voiceless

World Grand Prix Pit Crew and Audience

Cars in Radiator Springs

Cars in Tokyo


  • Acrofatic: Kingpin Nobunaga, Pinion Tanaka, and Kimura Kaizo the sumo vans.
  • The Cameo: Many of the characters from Tokyo Mater return.
  • Geisha: Okuni and Shigeko from the Kabuki theatre. The two of them plus another, named Tamiko, appear at the party as well.
  • Idol Singer: News reporter Chuki moonlights as the lead vocalist of the popular band "Grid Lock".
  • Nice Hat: The Zen Master wears a coolie hat on his roof.
  • Old Master: The Zen Master.

Crabby

Voiced by:
Sig Hansen

Cars in Paris

Tomber

Reliant Regal
Voiced by:
Michel Michelis

Stephenson

Cars in Porto Corsa

Mama and Uncle Topolino

Voiced by:
Vanessa Redgrave (Mama Topolino)
Franco Nero (Uncle Topolino)

Cars in London

The Queen and Prince Wheeliam

Frosty

Voiced by:
Mark Winterbottom

Fernando Alonso

Voiced by:
Fernando Alonso

Vitaly Petrov

Voiced by:
Vitaly Petrov

Flash

Voiced by:
Janne Nilsson

Memo Rojas Jr

Voiced by:
Memo Rojas Jr

Long Ge

Voiced by:
Unknown

    Mater's Tall Tales 

Characters in Rescue Squad Mater


Characters in Mater the Greater

Characters in El Materdor

Characters in Tokyo Mater

Kabuto

Voiced by:
Mach Tony Kobayashi

Characters in UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater


Characters in Heavy Metal Mater


  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Mater’s band was originally called “Mater and the Gas Caps”, but later chose the name “Heavy Metal Mater” when a pitty carrying a 1-ton weight came in after the recording session and asked “Where do you want this heavy metal, Mater?”
  • Audience Participation Song: “Dad-Gum”
    Mater: Let me hear you! Dad-Gum!
    Audience: Dad-Gum!
    Mater: Dad-Gum!
    Audience: Dad-Gum!
    Mater: DAD-GUUUUUUU-!
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: The entire band becomes this as “Heavy Metal Mater”.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Rodney the rocker
  • No Name Given: The drummer pitty in the band never had a toy released of him, so his name is unknown.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: Mater kicks the microphone with his back tyre after the recording session.
  • Shout-Out: Rocky’s heavy metal outfit resembles Slash.
  • Title Only Chorus: Heavy Metal Mater’s first and most popular song is “Dad-Gum”, of which the lyrics consist of only the title phrase.

Characters in Monster Truck Mater


Characters in Moon Mater


Characters in Mater, Private Eye

Characters in Air Mater

    Other 

Characters in Cars: The Video Game

Fletcher

Voiced by:
Unknown

A polite green car with silver rims and a British accent.

Gerald

Voiced by:
Unknown

Fletcher's colleague, who appears to be very shy because he rarely speaks and often hides behind Fletcher.

El Guapo

Voiced by:
Unknown

A cocky Spanish car who thinks gold is the best, albeit having gold rims.

Papo

Voiced by:
Unknown

A blue-purplish car from Spain who never speaks but appears to be cocky like his friend El Guapo.

Characters in Cars: Maternational

Philip

Voiced by:
Unknown

A red and white car coming from the UK who drove on the wrong side of the road. When Lightning wanted to teach him how to drive on the right side of the road, it turned into a competitive race.

Characters in Cars: Race-O-Rama

Characters in Cars Storytellers

State Farm Commercial

Shelly Safestreet

Voiced by:
Unknown

A red and white car with several State Farm Insurance logos. Works as an insurance agent.

Other commercials

The Screaming Banshee

Alternative Title(s):

Cars 2