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Lightning McQueen

Generic make and model
Voiced by:
Owen Wilson (Films)
Keith Ferguson (TV)

Sir Tow Mater

1955-57 Chevrolet truck

Doc Hudson/ Fabulous Hudson Hornet

1951 Hudson Hornet
Voiced by:
Paul Newman (Film)
Corey Burton (Video Games)

Sally Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera (996)
Voiced by:
Bonnie Hunt


VW Microbus (T1)
Voiced by:
George Carlin (Cars)
Lloyd Sherr (Cars 2)


Willys Jeep MB
Voiced by:
Paul Dooley

Luigi and Guido

Isetta-based forklift and Fiat 500
Voiced by:
Tony Shalhoub (Luigi)
Guido Quaroni (Guido)


Generic design
Voiced by:
Jennifer Lewis


1959 Chevrolet Impala
Voiced by:
Cheech Marin


Generic design
Voiced by:
Joe Ranft (Cars)


1949 Mercury
Voiced by:
Michael Wallis


Ford Model T
Voiced by:
Katherine Helmond


Mack Superliner

Strip “The King” Weathers

1969 Plymouth Superbird
Voiced by:
Richard Petty

  • 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.
  • 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

1986 Buick Regal
Voiced by:
Michael Keaton

  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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

Generic designs
Voiced by:
Jonas Rivera (Boost)
E.J. Holowicki (DJ)
Adrian Ochoa (Wingo)
Lou Romano (Snot Rod)

Tractors, Frank, and Vroomaroundus Bugus

Mia and Tia

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

Minny and Van

Generic designs
Voiced by:
Edie McClurg (Minny)
Richard Kind (Van)

RustEze Pit Crew Members, Sponsors, and Associates

Dinoco Pit Crew Members, Sponsors, and Associates

Hostile Takeover Bank Pit Crew Members

Piston Cup Racecars

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Piston Cup R Vs, Pit Crews, Facility, and Audience

Car Media Reporters, Anchors, and Celebrities

Cars on the Highway

Stanley Steamer


Alarm Clock

Cars in Flashback

Trev Diesel and Aircraft

Cars in Epilogue

Pixar Cameos

    Cars 2 

Finn McMissile

Sunbeam Tiger
Voiced by:
Michael Caine

Holley Shiftwell

Jaguar XJR-15
Voiced by:
Emily Mortimer


Gulfstream G5
Voiced by:
Jason Isaacs

Leland Turbo

Voiced by:
Jason Isaacs

Rod "Torque" Redline

Dodge Challenger R/T
Voiced by:
Bruce Campbell

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.
  • Detroit: J. Curby and his family come from here.
  • 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.
  • Talking to Himself: Vladimir, Victor and Ivan all share the same voice actor.

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


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
  • Those Two Guys: With Lewis.

Lewis Hamilton

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

Raoul ÇaRoule

Voiced by:

Nigel Gearsley

Aston Martin
Voiced by:
Greg Ellis

Max Schnell

Mercedes C-Class DTM racer
Voiced by:

Miguel Camino

Voiced by:

Carla Veloso

Peugeot 908
Voiced by:
Jossara Jinaro

Shu Todoroki

Dome S102
Voiced by:
Erik Passoja

Rip Clutchgoneski

Voiced by:

  • 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.


Voiced by:
Sig Hansen

Cars in Paris


Reliant Regal
Voiced by:
Michel Michelis


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


Voiced by:
Mark Winterbottom

Fernando Alonso

Voiced by:
Fernando Alonso

Vitaly Petrov

Voiced by:
Vitaly Petrov


Voiced by:
Janne Nilsson

Memo Rojas Jr

Voiced by:
Memo Rojas Jr

Long Ge

Voiced by:

    Mater's Tall Tales 

Characters in Rescue Squad Mater

Characters in Mater the Greater

Characters in El Materdor

Characters in Tokyo Mater


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


Dusty Crophopper

Voiced by:
Dane Cook

Based off an Air Tractor AT802.
  • Acrophobic Plane
  • Adorkable
  • Despair Event Horizon: After his crash into the ocean damages him too much to stay in the race.
  • Farm Boy
  • Luke Nounverber: Dusty Crophopper. He's a crop duster.
  • The Hero: Of Planes.
  • Nice Guy: He goes out of his way to help a blinded Bulldog to land safely. This trait endears him to the other racers, who later donate parts to him after his near-fatal dive into the ocean.
  • Super Mode: His Turbo redesign after he gets rebuilt using the donated parts counts as one because most of the parts are superior to the ones he was working with before he crashed. He even gains the ability to retract his landing gear so that he can fly fast enough to catch Ripslinger, Ned, and Zed during the final leg of the race.
  • Unfortunate Names: of the Phrase Name variety. Probably part of the reason that he entered the qualifying race under a cooler name, Strut Jetstream.


Voiced by:
Stacy Keach

Vought F4U Corsair. The Skull and crossed wrenches insignia on his engine cowling is very similar to the skull and crossbones insignia of the US Navy Fighter Squadron VF-17 "The Jolly Rogers". Skipper also has "VF-17" stencilled on his rear fuselage.


Voiced by:
Danny Mann

Judge Davis

Voiced by:
Jonathan Adams

He looks to be either an early North American P-51 Mustang, a Curtiss P-40, or a combination of the two. His design is based on "Ina: the Macon Belle", a P-51C Mustang flown by Lt Col Lee "Buddy" Archer of the 332nd Fighter Group (Tuskegee Airmen).


Voiced by:
Brad Garrett

  • Berserk Button: Don't call him leaky.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Although he isn't seen doing actually bruising, as a fuel truck, he's big, and he's definitely one of the most cheerful and friendly characters in the movie, though don't call him leaky.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is also the one who notices Ripslinger's habit of banking towards the cameras at the end of races he won, and notifies Dusty of said habit, which ends up being a major factor in helping Dusty win the race.
  • Forgetful Jones: This guy forgets who "Strut Jetstream" is until Dusty shows up, and Dottie has to practically walk his memory by the hand for him to remember that the group is going to Mexico.


Voiced by:
Teri Hatcher

A mechanic at Propwash Junction.
  • Anger Born of Worry: When she discovers Dusty has been practice-racing again, she gets mad, telling him how he could damage himself if he pushes it too far.
  • Wrench Wench

El Chupacabra

Voiced by:
Carlos Alazraqui

He's based off a Gee Bee Model R Sportster, one of the fastest (and most dangerous) prop-plane racers ever built. Appropriately, he's an aerial version of the Masked Luchador.


Custom-built carbon-fiber racing plane, though he shares some similarity with a Zivko Edge, a Corvus Racer, and a Nemesis NXT. As part of his customization, he has retractable gear and dual counter-rotating props.

  • Attention Whore
  • Broken Pedestal: Dusty admired him at first. Ishani also said that he was "once a great champion."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dusty takes advantage of his habit of leaning toward the cameras as he flies toward the finish line, flying past him and winning the race.
  • Humiliation Conga: Not only does he lose the race, but, still reeling from the shock, he crashes into some portajohns. Covered in used oil, he is carted past the crowd and the cameras, and has to endure Roper's Toilet Humor taunts about his stench.


Voiced by:
Priyanka Chopra

Ishani is based on the Beechcraft 2000 Starship. She is a beautiful racing plane from India who has become the Pan-Asian champion.
  • Flight of Romance: With Dusty. Except it was part of a deal she made with Ripslinger to trick Dusty into falling behind.
  • Heel-Face Turn She quickly regrets tricking Dusty. She makes up for it by donating the rotor Ripslinger gave her to him so he can get back in the race.


Voiced by:
John Cleese

Bulldog is based off the de Havilland DH 88 Comet. He is the oldest racer on the circuit and hails from Great Britain.


Voiced by:

A fork lift who acts as referee and commentator for the Wings Around The Globe rally.

     Planes: Fire & Rescue 

Blade Ranger

Voiced by:
Ed Harris

A fire & rescue helicopter who is the chief of the Piston Peak Air Attack Squadron. His design is based on that of an Agusta Westland AW 139.


Characters in Cars: The Video Game


Voiced by:

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


Voiced by:

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

El Guapo

Voiced by:

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


Voiced by:

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

Characters in Cars: Maternational


Voiced by:

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:

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

Other commercials

The Screaming Banshee

A Bug's LifeCharacterSheets/Animated FilmsCastle in the Sky

alternative title(s): Planes
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