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Voiced by: Owen Wilson (Films), Keith Ferguson (TV and other media)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. Unlike most of the other characters in the franchise, McQueen is not based on any one real world design, instead incorporating design features from many different sports and racing cars.
- The Ace: A champion in the racing world.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Lightning McQueen.
- Buffy Speak: "I think you're forgetting the insulting part of that insult."
- Butt Monkey: In Mater's Tall Tales. It is rare for one to not involve something bad happening to him.
- Character Development: He goes from a selfish Jerkass to a more sympathetic Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the first movie.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He felt this way after Mater causes him to lose the first race in the World Grand Prix.
- Fish out of Water: After he first enters Radiator Springs.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe, Lightning seems to be very popular in Japan.
- The Hero: Of the first film.
- Heel–Face Turn: He undergoes this throughout the first movie, finally becoming a good sport at the end.
- Honor Before Reason: At the end.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Has a few features inherited from Owen Wilson's face, most notably the eye color.
- Insufferable Genius: He does grow out of the jerkass attitude, but his attitude does originally stem from the fact that he is a talented racer.
- It's All About Me: The old him acted this way.
- Jerkass: Starts out as this, an egotistical jerk who's only concerned with winning.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He becomes nice and likable by the end of the first movie. In Cars 2, he harshly calls out Mater for his immature behaviour throughout the movie, he still consider him his best friend. Mater's behavior was deliberately set up by the Big Bad of the movie.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: His bright red coloring probably helped him on his rise to fame.
- Meaningful Name: "Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning."
- Nice Guy: As he becomes selfless and friendly at the end of Cars.
- Official Couple: With Sally.
- Out of Focus: In the sequel, a result of Mater taking the spotlight.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Mater's Sensitive Guy.
- Smug Super: Initially.
- Supporting Protagonist: In the sequel.
- Took a Level in Kindness: His time in Radiator Springs really improved his demeanor.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: With Mack and Mater.
Sir Towbert "Tow" Mater
Voiced by: Larry The Cable GuyA 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.
- 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.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He comes off as slow-witted and silly.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In Cars, the main character is Lightning, a Hot-Blooded racer who tries to get over his selfishness by spending time in a remote town called Radiator Springs. In Cars 2, the main character is Lightning's friend Mater, a ditzy tow truck who is far more sensitive then Lightning and gets involved in a spy mission.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The sequel definitely elevates him to this.
- Flying Car: Mater is able to fly by using his rocket boosters together with his parachute.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- Fragile Flower: He gets very upset over every little thing. He's a very sensitive person and there were signs that he got upset in the first film but he showed more emotions in the second film.
- 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.
- I Was Quite a Looker: During the "Our Town" sequence that shows Radiator Spring in the past glory days, Mater is shown to had cleaner and finer paintjob.
- Idiot Savant: He's a savant like Rain Man, but mostly in Cars 2.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Kinda has a few elements of his voice actor's face, even sharing a famous catchphrase as well.
- 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: Very kind-hearted, cheerful, and an incredibly loyal friend.
- The Pollyanna: Usually has an optimistic and positive attitude.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Lightning's Manly Man.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Mater knows everything about engines and engine parts, but in an idiot savant kind of way.
- 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
- Character Death: He died some time before the start of the second movie. He has a hall of fame dedicated to him.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite being cold towards Lightning, he's actually a cool judge, doctor and former racing champion and helps Lightning during the climax in the first film.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has some touches of this. For example, after Lightning crashes into the cacti:Doc: Was that floatin' like a Cadillac or stingin' like a Beamer? I'm confused.
- Hanging Judge: Judging from his introductory speech.
- For Your Own Good: How he justifies selling out Lightning to the Piston Cup officials. Sally, Mater, and the rest of the town don't take it well.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Sort of. Doc did have a very successful career, holding the record for most wins in a single season. But after his wreck in '54, instead of returning to a hero's welcome he was labeled finished and replaced with the next rookie in line.
- It's All About Me: Sally accuses him of this when he alerts the Piston Cup officials to pick up Lightning.
- Living Legend: Even after disappearing from the race scene after his nasty accident and the following mistreatment from his sponsors, everyone realized whom he was at the final race.
- Not So Different: From Lightning.
- Trickster Mentor: A version of this for Lightning towards his racing career.
Voiced by: Bonnie HuntA 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.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Stickers" for Lightning, originally to tease him about having stickers instead of headlights. In the second film, she still calls him this, even after he gets actual headlights installed.
- All There in the Script: Her last name "Carrera" is not stated in the animation so far.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: A tramp stamp!
- Hello, Attorney!: Lightning is immediately smitten when he sees her.
- Nice Girl: Sally is nice, friendly, pleasant, and kind to others.
- The Nicknamer: She calls Lightning "Stickers".
- Official Couple: With Lightning.
Voiced by: George Carlin (Cars), Lloyd Sherr (Cars 2 onward)A Volkswagen Microbus, a New-Age Retro Hippie who sells organic fuel. Has a fiery friendship with Sarge.
- Actual Pacifist: Goes with his hippie nature. More specifically, he, along with Sally, were the only ones not to participate in the Radiator Springs vs. Lemon Gangs in London.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Shaped like the hippies' signature vehicle, sells organic food and speaks with a calm duuude voice.
- The Stoner
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sarge.
Voiced by: Paul DooleyA 1951 Willys MB Jeep, Sarge is Fillmore's best friend and neighbour. He runs a surplus store.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sarge does this during the end credits montage when running a boot camp for pampered SUVs."A-TEN-SHUN! 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 never been off road!"
- Meaningful Name: He's a jeep with a camouflage paint job who acts and sounds like a drill sergeant. He also plays "Reveille" every morning, which is almost drowned out by Fillmore's music.
- No Indoor Voice: Often speaks like this.
- Properly Paranoid: He greatly distrusts Axlerod and switched out Lightning's Allinol with Fillmore's organic fuel. This is what actually saves Lightning from being killed later on.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Fillmore.
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 tires. Luigi is a big fan of race cars, particularly Ferraris. Guido only speaks in Italian, and can change tires in seconds, wanting to perform a pit stop on Lightning during his time in town.
- Bilingual Bonus: Pretty much everything Guido says, seeing as how he can only speak Italian.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Guido is pretty silly, but his tire changing skills are something to behold.
- 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. A very fast one too, much to the Chick's forklifts' amusement.
- Those Two Guys: Luigi and Guido are the Italian mechanic version.
Voiced by: Jenifer LewisFlo is wife of Ramone, and is manager of Flo's V-8 Cafe gas diner. Her design is a stock 1950s show car.
- All There in the Manual: A deleted scene revealed Flo was a Motorama showcar, and came to Radiator Springs during a tour, falling in love with Ramone after he refused to alter her chassis out of admiration.
- Happily Married: To Ramone.
Voiced by: Cheech MarinRadiator 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.
- Happily Married: To Flo.
- Hot Paint Job: He's fond of giving these, as well as usually sporting one himself.
- Pimped-Out Car: Aside from his numerous paint jobs, he possesses impressive hydraulics as well.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Ramone's got a different paint job in almost every other scene.
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.
- Cry Cute: He cries twice in the first film. Once after Lightning insults him and the other when he thinks that Lightning has left Radiator Sprins.
- Gentle Giant: He's the largest vehicle, but he also has the biggest heart.
- Shrinking Violet: He's very shy when it comes to meeting new cars. In fact, he hid from Lightning during an attempt at a conversation.
- The Voiceless: He almost never speaks onscreen to begin with, but after the death of his actor he becomes this in the sequel.
Voiced by: Michael WallisSheriff of Radiator Springs, a 1949 Mercury Eight police car.
- Generation Xerox: According to a guidebook on the blu-ray version, his entire family were cops.
- The Sheriff: Sheriff of Radiator Springs.
Voiced by: Katherine HelmondAn 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.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A bit of one, presumably due to age. Refers to the television as the radio and after mentioning Big Al in the courtroom, Ramone points out he left years ago, to which Lizzie asks Ramone why he brought him up.
- Dirty Old Woman: Lizzie is an old Model T who delights in very bad comedy, slapping stickers onto the rears of male cars.
Voiced by: John RatzenbergerA Mack Superliner truck who is Lightning's transport and the closest thing he has to a friend.
- Gentle Giant: A gigantic red semi-truck and also a Nice Guy.
- Nice Hat: The large sail on his roof resembles a trucker cap.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: With Lightning.
Strip "The King" Weathers
Voiced by: Richard PettyA 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.
- Cool Old Guy: Not as old as Doc Hudson, but he has been in the race scene for some time and is about to retire, and gives some advice to the aspiring champion Lightning not to be so greedy and listen to his team.
- 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.
Voiced by: Michael KeatonLightning'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.
- Appropriated Appellation: His nickname of "Thunder" comes from him always placing after Lightning McQueen. After his surge in popularity after McQueen's disappearance however, he takes the nickname and runs with it.
- Big Bad: Of the first film. He competes with The King and Lightning to be Dinoco's new face and in the last race he pushes The King off the tracks causing a devastating accident similar to Doc Hudson's.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Played with. While he does win the race and Piston Cup by ramming into the King and knocking him off the track, damaging him badly (in a very similar fashion to what happened with Doc years ago) he receives absolutely no praise or cheering after his victory, but rather a series of boos, his own merchandise being pelted at him and likely a permanently ruined reputation as a racecar.
- 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: Even more than Lightning was at first due to him being the Big Bad of the first film. He caused The King's wreck.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: He wins the Piston Cup only because Lightning forfeited his own chance, stopping just short of the finish line to go back and help The King after Chick rammed him off the track. This, combined with his gloating, results in him being denied the opportunity to represent Dinoco and booed off the stage at the cup presentation, rendering his victory hollow and meaningless.
- 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.
- Shoddy Knockoff Product: Becomes this after Lightning vanishes, not only ripping off his trademark Lightning Bolt sticker with a Thunderbolt sticker but also knocking off McQueen's "Ka-chow!" Catch Phrase with a much more forced "Ka-chicka!"
- 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, though it's entirely possible the entire debacle during the Piston Cup caused his career to tank.
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.
- All There in the Manual: Of the four, only Boost's name is never mentioned on-screen.
- Embarrassing First Name: DJ's full name is Devon Montegomery Johnston the Third.
- Laser-Guided Karma: During the end credits, they make the mistake of speeding in Radiator Springs, and they are forced to use Bessy as a result.
- Rice Burner: Three of them have utterly ridiculous-looking spoilers, and Snot Rod has large exhaust pipes. They also have garish paint schemes.
Tractors, Frank and Vroomaroundus BugusThe 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.
- Stealth Pun: Cow Tipping, Mater's favorite prank to play.
Mia and Tia
Voiced by: Lindsey Collins (Mia) & Elissa Knight (Tia)A pair of twin Mazda Miata who are huge fans of Lightning.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Lightning raced past them, they started blinking their headlights. They flashed him.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan: To McQueen. They briefly followed Chick when McQueen disappeared, but switch back by the end. They're also this to Mater in the Tall Tales, for some reason.
Minny and Van
Voiced by: Edie McClurg (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.
- The Cameo: They appear at the end of the second film in Radiator Springs, listening to Mater's spy adventure in Europe.
- Directionless Driver: Van refuses to ask for directions while the two of them are looking for an on-ramp, claiming that he can use the GPS. Unsurprisingly, they end up getting lost in the desert.
- Punny Name: They are both mini-vans.
- Sanity Slippage: In The Stinger Van has essentially lost his mind in the desert, convinced he can find the interstate. In the sequel, he's fine again.
RustEze Pit Crew Members, Sponsors, and Associates
Voiced by: Tom & Ray Magliozzi (Clink & Clunk), Andrew Stanton (Fred), Mike Nelson (Not Chuck)Lightning's sponsors who got him his big break.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Fred. Lightning is disgusted with his dirty appearance and fanboyish manners.
- Accidental Misnaming: My name is not Chuck!
- I'm Your Biggest Fan: Fred.
The late founder of Radiator Springs and husband to Lizzie. A statue of him stands outside the town's firehouse.
- Happily Married: To Lizzie. Before he died, at least.
- Jump Scare: One of the many things when Lightning wrecks havoc in Radiator Springs, is that Stanley's statue rockets up and lands in front of the scene from Lightning's first person perspective complete with a Scare Chord.
- Our Founder: For Radiator Springs.
Voiced by: Michael Caine
1963 Aston Martin DB 5A British spy whom Mater comes in contact.
- Amphibious Automobile: Finn can transform into both a hydrofoil and a submarine.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: McMissile is certainly a cool name.
- Big "NO!": When he fails to stop the lemons from injuring the racers.
- Faking the Dead: He releases a set of decoy tires after escaping the Oil Rig to make his enemies think he’s been torpedoed.
- I Am Very British: A British spy car.
- Master of Disguise: He has a voice activated holographic disguise.
- Weaponized Car: Finn hides missiles, rockets, Gatling guns and even cables in his body.
Voiced by: Emily Mortimer
Jaguar XJR-15A British spy and colleague to Finn. Mater falls in love with her.
- Flying Car: They’re standard issue for agents nowadays.
- Punny Name: Shares her name with an auto brand, not just a play on the name "Holly"
- Shock and Awe: One of her weapons is an electric taser.
- Weaponized Car: 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.
Voiced by: Jason Isaacs
- Shout-Out: Sid sports the recurring Pixar In-Joke "A113" as his registration number on his tailfin. He's named after an aircraft manufacturer (but not the one that builds the Gulfstream!)
- The name comes from the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, which references Siddeley's ability to rotate his engines to hover in the air.
Voiced by: Jason Isaacs
MG MGAA British spy that informs about Zundapp's plans.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: He was put through a freaking trash compactor and his compacted body is seen as a cube!
- Small Role, Big Impact: His distress call at the start of the film kicks off much of the plot.
Rod "Torque" Redline
Voiced by: Bruce Campbell
Dodge Challenger R/T
- Character Death: He was killed from the spontaneous explosion of Allinol.
- 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.
- 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!"
- Family-Unfriendly Death: His engine is made to overheat and explode, though it's only shown as a vague reflection.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: He gives Mater the data before being tortured to death.
- Master of Disguise: Unlike Finn's holographic disguise, his disguise is a retractable metal shell.
Voiced by: John TurturroAn Italian racing car and Lightning's rival.
- Achilles' Heel: Dirt tracks.
- Berserk Button: Francesco hates being called "fragile".
- Everyone Has Standards: Even Francesco is horrified upon seeing the huge wreck during the Italy Race.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Francesco honestly admits that when he’s away from home, he misses his mama.
- Foreign People Are Sexy: He's Italian.
- Fragile Speedster: Just don't say it to his face. He doesn't take it well when Lightning calls him fragile because he is a Formula 1 car.
- Friendly Rival: Sort of. Despite constantly taunting Lightning, Francesco actually never cheats or fights dirty. He even briefly empathizes with Lightning before the race in Italy, before he starts taunting him again.
- Jerkass: 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 Vitriolic Best Buds with McQueen.
- Mr. Fanservice: In-Universe. All the girls are crazy over his open-wheeled tyres.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Francesco Bernoulli is based on a modern Formula 1 Grand Prix car and is named after the Bernoulli principle, which is the basis of the functioning of the aerodynamic wings found on Formula 1 cars such as Francesco.
- Third-Person Person: Francesco is familiar with this reaction to Francesco.
- Villainy-Free Villain: He's not unscrupulous like Chick, but he's obnoxious enough to give McQueen a reason to want to beat him.
Voiced by: Thomas Kretschmann
1959 Zündapp JanusA weapons designer and criminal mastermind allied with the Lemons.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Zündapp is the main physical threat, but everything he does is under the orders of his boss, Miles Axlerod.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is a ruthless boss who behaves in a very polite and calm manner, despite that he tortures and kills cars in his job.
- Herr Doktor: 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.
- High-Class Glass: Bizarrely enough for a car.
- One-Letter Name: Other characters usually refer to him as Professor Z.
Sir Miles Axlerod
Voiced by: Eddie Izzard
Range Rover L322The creator of the World Grand Prix and the Alinol oil.
- Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of Cars 2.
- Evil Brit: He's British. He's evil.
- The Man Behind the Man: Axlerod is the mysterious leader of the Lemons and had engineered the sabotage of his own Grand Prix in order to discredit Allinol and alternative fuel in general.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His globe-trekking exploits bring Richard Branson to mind.
Grem and Acer
Voiced by: Joe Mantegna (Grem) & Peter Jacobson (Acer)
AMC Gremlin and AMC PacerA group of Lemon cars.
- Bar Brawl: How the two actually both meet their end.
- Co-Dragons: To Zündapp.
- Meaningful Name: Gremlin and (P)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.
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.
- 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".
Voiced by: Stanley Townshend
1955-57 Chevrolet truck
- Costume Copycat: Mater disguises himself as Ivan to infiltrate the Lemons' meeting in Porto Corsa.
- Evil Counterpart: Can be seen as this to Mater.
- Lzherusskie : Ivan is meant to be Russian, but plot necessity forced him to have the same Chevrolet-based cab design as Mater.
Voiced by: Lloyd Sherr
USS Independence Littoral Combat Ship
- Animal Motifs: He's apparently part shark as well.
- Oh, Crap!: Tony utters a small "uh-oh" just before being blown up.
Voiced by: Jeff Gordon
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
- 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.
Voiced by: Lewis Hamilton
McLaren MP4-12C GT 3
- Those Two Guys: With Jeff Gorvette.
Voiced by: Unknown
Citroen C4 WRC
Voiced by: Greg Ellis
- Named After Someone Famous: After Sir Nigel Gresley, the chief mechanical engineer of the LNER.
Voiced by: Unknown
Mercedes C-Class DTM racer
- Dub Name Change: The German dub renames him "Sebastian Schnell", [after his German actor, multiple Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel.
Voiced by: Unknown
- Dashing Hispanic: A Hispanic race car.
Voiced by: Jossara Jinaro
- The Smurfette Principle: Carla is the only female competitor in the World Grand Prix.
Voiced by: Erik Passoja
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His design sports the legendary Ka-Ryu dragon.
Voiced by: N/A
- 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”.
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
Voiced by: Michel Michelis
- Meaningful Name: His name in French means "to tumble".
Mama and Uncle Topolino
Voiced by: Vanessa Redgrave (Mama Topolino) & Franco Nero (Uncle Topolino)
The Queen and Prince Wheeliam
Voiced by: Vanessa Redgrave (The Queen)The vehicle queen of the United Kingdom and her Crown Prince grandson.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are based on the British Royal Family.
Voiced by: Mark Winterbottom
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks just like Mark Winterbottom.
Voiced by: Fernando Alonso
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks just like his actor.
Voiced by: Vitaly Petrov
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks just like his actor.
Voiced by:Janne Nilsson
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks just like his actor.
Memo Rojas Jr
Voiced by: Memo Rojas Jr
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks just like his actor.
Mater's Tall Tales
Characters in Rescue Squad Mater
- Hospital Hottie: Mia, Tia and Kori Turbowitz, but Mater’s GTO stands out the most.
- The Medic: Rescue Squad Ambulance. Dr. Mater as well.
Characters in Tokyo Mater
Voiced by: Mach Tony Kobayashi
- The Cameo: He appears briefly at the pre-race party in Cars 2.
- Meaningful Name: A kabuto is a type of helmet, in which the spoilers on his body resemble.
Characters in UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater
- Cool Plane: Captain Munier the attack helicopter.
- Herr Doktor: The scientist pitties at Parking Area 51. Mater himself disguises himself as “Dr. Abschlepp Wagen”.
- Flying Saucer: Mator.
- Tank Goodness: Although he is not a tank, Corporal Kim, who runs Parking Area 51, is a large, menacing military van.
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!
- 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
- And I Must Scream: Paddy O'Concrete's fate.
- Bad Humor Truck: I-Screamer.
- Deadly Doctor: Dr. Feel Bad.
- Destination Defenestration: The above's fate.
- Dreadlock Rasta: The Rastacarian, who has black wiring with hooks as dreads.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Captain Collision.
- Frankenstein's Monster: Dr. Frankenwagon’s monster, which appears to be made out of construction vehicles.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan: There is a blue SUV who is constantly rooting for Mater in every wrestling match. He is first seen rooting for Ice Screamer, but eventually decides to root for Mater instead because of how successful he is.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Frankenwagon.
- Oireland: Paddy O’Concrete
Characters in Moon Mater
Voiced by: Armie HammerThe latest and greatest in upcoming racers, with an attitude to match, Jackson is Lightning's main rival in Cars 3.
- Always Someone Better: He's this to Lightning and other older racers.
- Foil: He is a rude, arrogant, hotshot rookie racer, which is exactly how Lightning was in the first film.
- Jerkass: Jackson's arrogant and disrespectful to the older style racers, considering them to be old and out of date. According to a tie-in book, his first line of dialogue in the film is "it's nice to finally beat you", said after coming out of nowhere to win a race with McQueen.
Voiced by: Cristela AlonzoA young, professional racing trainer with expertise in new technology, Cruz has admired Lightning since she was a kid and wanted to be a racer, and is ecstatic when he hires her to help him get back on his game.