Characters: Hot Wheels Accele Racers


Most characters from the Hot Wheels Acceleracers series can be seperated into factions for your convenience! Spoilers abound.

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    Metal Maniacs 

In General

  • Badass Driver: All of them have moves of a professional. Except Monkey.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: They're all red, black and gray.
  • Heroic Build: They're heroes and everyone one of them, save Monkey, is built like a big slab of BEEF.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: All of the drivers in the Metal Maniacs deeply care for one another. Except for Markie of course, though this might've changed after the Metal Maniacs and the Teku go to save him from the drones.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Averted heavily. Only one of their members (Markie) can be considered "hot". The rest... well, they're not most people's type, appearance-wise.
  • True Companions: All of the drivers would go through hell and back to save one another.

Tork Maddox

(about the drones) Nobody does this to my guys! We're welded!

The level headed leader of the team who keeps the other boys in line, which makes him markedly more responsible than one would expect a gang leader to be. Tork is plagued by guilt over the accidental death of the Teku's previous leader, Tone Pasaro. Also notable as one of only two characters of African descent.
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Badass: Beats up some drones at the end of Acceleracers.
  • Foil: Tork Maddox is an experienced, calm leader while Nolo is a feisty, hotheaded young man.
  • The Leader: Of the Metal Maniacs. He loses the title after he loses a race with Markie but regains it after Markie fails as a leader.
  • Token Minority: After Kadeem leaves he becomes pretty much the only black driver.

Taro Kitano

I'm gonna pass you.

Previously the leader of the Scorchers back in Highway 35: World Race, Taro has since settled for second in command after his relationship with Lani Tam came to a close.
  • Aloof Dark Haired Man: He barely talks and when he does he doesn't seem all that friendly.
  • Always Save the Girl: In the World Race he immediately went to save Lani instead of winning the race.
  • Badass: Beats up some drones at the end of Acceleracers.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm gonna pass you."
  • Foil: Taro is this to Vert. Taro has had a ton of experience and is a great driver because of it. Vert doesn't do so hot in Acceleracers and is a bit of a newbie at it, having only driven for about two years.
  • "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Taro invokes this at the Junk Realm against a Silencer posing as Kurt.
  • The Quiet One: Best said in a few words.
    Taro: (to Kadeem) Are you going to talk through this entire race?
  • Ship Tease: In the Pipeline Realm Taro doesn't try to get Revenge at Karma despite him thinking that she did something bad to him in the Ice Realm.
  • The Stoic: He never gives out any secrets through his face.
  • Token Minority: Is the only Asian on the Metal Maniac side.

Mark Wylde

I'm gonna show you what Wylde is all about!

Apparently could not come up with a better nickname than his last name. Kurt Wylde's annoyingly spunky little brother graduated from his role as Scrappy in the previous franchise entry to a Badass psycho with a grudge against Kurt after he feels Kurt betrayed him in a bad business deal, because Prisons Are Gymnasiums.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Kurt Wylde. Kurt will still be there for Markie, however.
  • Badass: He's pretty tough and shows it off as he beats up some drones at the end of Acceleracers. Is also known for taking down Kadeem with his brother Kurt.
  • Big Brother Worship: Seems to worship his brother quite a bit because he wanted to be a driver since Kurt was one. This gets subverted in Acceleracers due to the fact that Kurt ditches Markie.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the World Race Markie saves his brother Kurt from one of the drones after Kurt betrayed the robots.
  • Foil: Kurt is this to Markie. Kurt is the experienced older brother while Markie is the Hot-Blooded young brother.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's mean and angry because his brother Kurt ditched them when Markie needed him most.
  • Hot-Blooded: Can get pretty angry.
  • In-Series Nickname: Is called "Wylde" by some of the other Metal Maniacs. Fans of the movies still prefer to call him "Markie".
  • Jerkass: Is this to anyone in Acceleracers. His Freudian Excuse is that his brother made him this way.
    • He even is this way to Monkey, one of his own team. For example, Markie considers scraping Monkey off after Monkey's car seat drags onto Markie's car. Markie was thinking about leaving one of his own team in the Storm Realm. And we know what happens to people who get lost in the realms, as shown by Kadeem. Markie doesn't know this, but still...
  • The Leader: Briefly becomes leader of the Metal Maniacs. He fails at it and the Metal Maniacs get a new leader.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: He got really buff after his brother left him to rot in prison. This was in the Time Skip between World Race and Acceleracers.
  • Skewed Priorities: Considers winning races above helping teammates.
  • Tag Along Kid: Is one of the youngest drivers in the movies.
  • Title Drop: At the end of World Race he says, "It's hot! Hot Wheel city!"
  • True Companions: Used to be this to Vert.

Deezil "Pork Chop" Riggs


A long haul trucker with an ambiguously Southern accent who did not appear until halfway through Ignition. Raucous, loud, and mean, the only thing that seems to let this ornery fellow keep his cool is his little buddy, Monkey.
  • American Accents: Has a Southern one.
  • Badass: Beats up some drones at the end of Acceleracers. * Big Damn Heroes: Pork Chop and Monkey use Old Smokey to save the Metal Maniacs from a few Sweepers.
  • The Big Guy: Is the most big and most buff member of the Metal Maniacs.
  • Face Your Fears: Pork Chop ends up having to in the Water Realm. He just escapes it rather than conquers his fears though.
  • Foil: The loud to Shirako's quiet.
  • Foreshadowing: Him not wanting to go the watery route in the Swamp Realm foreshadows that he is afraid of water. He is afraid because his father drowned. * Real Men Wear Pink: Has a stuffed animal named "Ms. Piggy".

Mitchell "Monkey" McClurg

Meek, mild-mannered and easily frightened, Monkey is the odd one out of the Metal Maniacs as the only guy willing to back down from a fight or run away. He is the quintessential Butt Monkey of the series, as his name would suggest—probably because his voice actor, Andrew Duncan, who also wrote and directed the series, did not wish to be accused of creating a Mary Sue.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Lani. She doesn't seem to like him back.
  • Adorkable: Monkey is so awkward and silly that you gotta just love him.
  • Badass: Beats up some drones at the end of Acceleracers.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pork Chop and Monkey use Old Smokey to save the Metal Maniacs from a few Sweepers.
  • Big "NO!": After learning from Gig that he's not getting paid to race.
  • Butt Monkey: He's usually getting scared by a lot of things.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Seems to be this at the end of Acceleracers. He boldly takes on a drone, albeit from behind.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: He hates his real name.
  • Foil: To Karma. Monkey is very scared and jumpy while Karma is cool and calm.
  • Loud Gulp: Does this before he goes into the Acceledrome for the first time.
  • Lovable Coward: Lovable is arguable though.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Monkey. You know, Butt Monkey?
  • Say My Name: Says Pork Chop's name for a few seconds before they go into the Swamp Realm.
  • The Smart Guy: He creates a new Nitrox, something never been done before, and reprograms a drone and names it Sparky.
  • Tempting Fate: In the Storm Realm Monkey says, "This track's not so tough!" and right after that lightning almost hits him.


In General

  • Badass Driver: All of them have moves of a professional.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: They're all blue, orange, and white.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: When Markie gets lost in the realms almost all of the Teku volunteer to help out.
  • Mr. and Ms. Fanservice: Vert, Kurt, Shirako, and possibly Karma are very attractive.
  • Steel Ear Drums: The Teku usually are listening to incredibly loud music in their free time, especially Shirako. It's unknown how they're not deaf yet.
  • True Companions: All of these drivers seem to be fairly attached to one another. When the going gets rough, they get going and especially for each other.

Tone Pasaro

You wanna be the leader now little bro?

The previous leader of the Teku and the older brother of Nolo Pasaro. Tone's death has greatly changed his little brother.

Nolo Pasaro

Nothing's more important than the Teku!

Current leader of the Teku after the tragic death of his older brother, Nolo is nearly consumed by his lust for revenge against Tork Maddox, whom he holds responsible. But don't think he's an easy mark—his hot temper doesn't get in the way of his driving!
  • Badass: Beats up some drones at the end of Acceleracers.
  • Big Brother Worship: Downplayed. He seems to have cared and looked up to his brother, but doesn't seem to worship Tone.
  • Foil: Tork Maddox is an experienced, calm leader while Nolo is a feisty, hotheaded young man.
  • Hot-Blooded: Can get angry fairly easily.
  • The Leader: Of the Teku. He's not the greatest.
  • Token Minority: Is the only Hispanic driver.

Karma Eiss


The only female racer on either team, she is cold and precise, an absolute perfectionist. Bares an uncannily strong resemblance to Gelorum, leader of the Racing Drones.
  • Foil: The calm and collected to Monkey's jumpy and scared.
  • Hidden Depths: Can somehow sense that a drone is attacking the Sweeper she's in.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fits her unflappable nature.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name is "Eiss" and she's cool as it too.
  • The Perfectionist: She never considers herself good enough until she's got something down 100%.
  • The Smart Guy: Was the first one to find out that you're not supposed to focus on winning Accelechargers. You're supposed to learn from the realms and identify what they're trying to teach you.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only girl on the Teku side.
  • The Stoic: She never gives a whiff of emotion.
  • Wrench Wench: She knows her way around a car pretty damn well.

Kurt Wylde

Nobody beats Kurt Wylde. (shortly before he gets beat)

Older brother of Mark Wylde, this reformed cheater seems to have calmed down quite a bit since his Highway 35 days, functioning as the effective group leader when Tezla is not around.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: He might be this to Karma. When he goes to touch her face she brushes his hand away.
  • The Ace: In the World Race he must've been this because he was in the Grand Prix. Toned down heavily in Acceleracers.
  • Badass: Beats up some drones at the end of Acceleracers. Also took down Kadeem with his brother Markie.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He usually looks out for his brother Markie. Usually.
  • Big "NO!": Has one in the Storm Realm right before he crashes into a drone car.
  • The Dragon: Was this to Gelorum in World Race. He eventually snaps out of it.
  • Foil: Kurt is this to Markie. Kurt is the experienced older brother while Markie is the Hot-Blooded young brother.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Decides to turn against Gelorum in the World Race.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Has these under his glasses.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the World Race. He wants to sabotage the other drivers but doesn't want to kill them.
  • Ordered to Cheat: By Gelorum in the World Race.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Near the end of World Race he says, "Nobody beats Kurt Wylde." This is just before Vert wins the World Race.
    • Also near the end of World Race Kurt says that he can do anything Vert can. Right after that on cue Kurt fails to pull off a move that Vert just pulled.

Josef "Vert" Wheeler

I'm a team of one.

The protagonist of Acceleracers, the combination of slicing his beloved Deora II in half, failure to save Kadeem, and recklessness in the Water Realm that cost an Accelecharger leads him frustrated and doubting his skills after his win in the World Race.
  • Anime Hair: He may have gotten it this way through hair gel.
  • Catch Phrase: "Shoot the curl!"
  • Envy: Is envious of the other drivers for being better than him. A good example would be when Taro goes through the Water Realm. Twice.
  • Foil: Taro is this to Vert. Taro has had a ton of experience and is a great driver because of it. Vert doesn't do so hot in Acceleracers and is a bit of a newbie at it, having only driven for about two years.
  • The Gift: Is the best driver in World Race and yet he has little to no experience driving.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He cares deeply for pretty much everyone.
  • The Hero
    • Anti-Hero: In the World Race he is very self-centered. He gets better by the end.
    • Classical Anti-Hero: Becomes a bit like this in Acceleracers. On several different times he doubts his abilities as a driver and loses a lot of races.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the World Race. He is very self-centered but when it comes down to it he still cares for others.
  • Nice Guy: Best shown at the end of World Race and Acceleracers. After he wins the World Race he gives his five million dollars to Kadeem. At the end of Acceleracers he goes back for his friends who were in trouble, despite being offered to become an Acceleron.
  • Simple Yet Awesome: His skating boarding/surfing skills and the turbo jets on his Deora II.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In the middle of Speed of Silence Vert leaves after failing a few races.

Shirako Takamoto

(talking to a bug in the Swamp Realm) Man, if you're gonna buzz, buzz in tune.

The Teku's nearly silent mechanic who appears to care more about looking cool than winning races, yet the first driver to ever beat the previously undefeated Pork Chop. Loves his techno music, and loves it LOUD.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Is seen using martials arts at the end of Acceleracers to take down some drones.
  • Badass: Beats up some drones at the end of Acceleracers.
  • Flat Character: We don't know him that well outside of the fact that he likes music and likes it LOUD.
  • Foil: To Pork Chop. Shirako, without his music, is very quiet while Pork Chop is loud.
  • The Quiet One: Without his music Shirako is very quiet. He rarely speaks.
  • Skewed Priorities: Would rather listen to music than win a race. Also, in the Water Realm he decides to video tape the scenery rather than drive.
  • Steel Ear Drums: This must be the reason as to how he can listen to music all day long.
  • The Stoic: Have you seen him show deep emotion?
  • Token Minority: Is the only Asian driver.

    Racing Drones 


Back from outer space or the Racing Realms or wherever she went after the events of Highway 35, this super-intelligent robot shed most semblances of her humanoid disguise and got real ugly.
  • Badass: Is a drone. Any robot except for Sparky must be a Badass.
  • Big Bad: Of both World Race and Acceleracers.
  • Dark Action Girl: Seems to be this, but...
    • Faux Action Girl: We almost never see her fight, despite the fact that she's a robot and should be tough like Kadeem was.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Her white hair foreshadows that she's not normal. She's a robot.
    • At the end of World Race she says to Vert, "Let's see how well you drive in half a car. Ignition shows Vert's Deora II getting sliced in half because of the portal closing on it.
  • Mystical White Hair: The only character in the entire series with a weird hair color. It's because she's a robot.
  • Robotic Reveal: Near the end of World Race reveals that she's a robot.
  • The Stoic: Usually never shows any emotion.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Is the Big Bad of the series.


Wheel of power... w-wheel of power!

Gelorum's helpful minions.
  • Badass: They are robots. So by default they're this.
  • Elite Mooks: All of them are Badass and great drivers.
  • Madness Mantra: One of the drones near the end of World Race keeps repeating to itself,
    Drone: Wheel of power... w-wheel of power!

A shadowy, ostensibly government run team. Only one driver is ever identified, though there was speculation in the Accelepedia forums as to who the others were planned to be. Sadly, the final two movies were never made and we're left wondering What Could Have Been.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're totally silent until the last part of the fourth Acceleracers movie where Vert's dad actually talks.
  • The Voiceless: The Silencerz never speak aloud while seen on screen. It's subverted at the end of Ultimate Race when Jack Wheeler reveals himself to be as one of the Silencerz to Vert and tell his son they need to talk.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: They're called the Silencerz.

    Other Characters 

Dr. Peter Tezla

A scientist of the Scrim Corporation and former Silencer who opens the realms for the drivers. He makes cars and wanted to recruit people in World Race because he couldn't get through the realms with just better cars, he needed better drivers.
  • All Just a Dream: His dream at the beginning of Speed of Silence. You can tell it's a dream because he's not wearing his metal suit. However the dream foreshadows that the drones will get all of the Accelechargers.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Does this to Lani in Speed of Silence when she says that they shouldn't put Tork and Nolo on the same track. It makes her find out that he wants trouble between the drivers.
  • Foil: Lani is a foil to Tezla. Lani is young, Tezla is old. Lani cares for the drivers, Tezla only cares for the Accelechargers and Accelerons.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • His dream foreshadows that the drones will get all of the Accelechargers.
    • Him interrupting Lani when she was explaining why they couldn't go back for Kadeem foreshadows that he doesn't want the Lani to say that they've been through the realms before.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He wants to create more trouble between the drivers so that they will feel more incentive to be better than the others and win races.
  • Meaningful Name: He's very smart for a guy named "Tezla".
  • Skewed Priorities: He cares more for the Accelechargers and the Accelerons than the drivers. Lani notes that this is the reason why he didn't add in the EDRs into the cars sooner.
  • The Smart Guy: He built a ton of cars, all with unique skills and tools. Also, without Tezla the drivers of the World Race wouldn't even know about Nitrox.


Computers don't have feelings.

The non-human buddy of Tezla. Tezla deeply cares for Gig. So, of course, Gig dies at the end of the fourth Acceleracers movie.
  • Disney Death: Seems to have short circuited at the end of World Race but gets better. However, in Acceleracers his death seemingly sticks.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Tezla. Ultimately dies for him and the other drivers.
  • The Stoic: As a robot he doesn't show much emotion.

Lani Tam

If he can do it, I can!

The Girl Friday for Tezla and once a Wave Whipper in the World Race.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's pretty intelligent and knows a lot about cars and basic computer skills. However, she thinks driving a Wave Ripper car through lava is a good idea and doesn't know when someone is hinting that they have to pee at her.
  • Foil: Lani is a foil to Tezla. Lani is young, Tezla is old. Lani cares for the drivers, Tezla only cares for the Accelechargers and Accelerons.
  • Girl Friday: In the Acceleracers movies she doesn't work behind the wheel. Instead, she does stuff for the drivers through tips and calculations with Tezla.
  • Nice Girl: Cares for all the drivers.
  • The Smart Guy: As shown in the World Race she easily calculates how fast you're supposed to go to get through the giant wheel. In Acceleracers she's smart enough to work beside Tezla, who is also The Smart Guy.
  • Team Mom: She's this because she cares for all the drivers, Metal Maniac or Teku. This is best shown when the drivers are in trouble and she is worrying over them.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In World Race she tries to go through lava, despite her car not having the same utilities as the Scorchers.
  • Wrench Wench: Is sometimes seen taking care of the cars.

Brian Kadeem

A fellow driver, who comes back after World Race. He has been working with Tezla and meets up with both the drivers of Acceleracers in Tezla's cube, now wrecked to pieces.
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Badass: In World Race there's one scene where he easily takes down Kurt Wylde when fighting for the fake wheel of power.
  • Black Dude Dies First He's the first of the drivers to go down in the Storm Realm. He doesn't actually die though, he gets captured by Gelorum and made into a drone himself. He reappears later and falls from a high building by the end of Ultimate Race and his fate is unknown.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The fate of him. He becomes half-robot by the end of all Acceleracers movies.
  • Token Minority: Out of the leaders of the World Race he is one of the only people who is not white.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never know what happens to him after his fall after his fight with the Wylde brothers, so with the next two movies never being made the rest of his story is a mystery.


A robot reprogrammed by Monkey.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Gets a short moment as this when all of the other regular drones see Sparky dancing. They just stop and stare in awe or pity.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To the Metal Maniacs. He's also the one who tells the drivers a bit about where Vert went at the end of Acceleracers.

Exclusively World Race Drivers

These drivers never made it to Acceleracers.

In General

  • The Ace: All of these drivers are the best of the best.
  • Badass Driver: Of course! If they weren't the best of the best they wouldn't even be in the World Race!
  • Bus Crash: Possibly Banjee, Dresden, and Alec, who might've died in the realms.
  • Friendly Rivalry: All the drivers don't seem to take anything too seriously and seem to get along quite well with each other.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never see any of them again.

    Wave Rippers 

Alec Wood

Wheels or waves, I'm the best!

Vert Wheeler's best friend. He doesn't appear in Acceleracers, though his true fate before the movies is hinted at.
    Street Breed 

Dan Dresden

Street breed cars are designed for driving mazes. Called cities.

Just another driver for the Street Breed team.
  • Ascended Extra: Goes from just a random name that Markie mentions to leader of the Street Breed and finishing in 3rd place.
  • The Lancer: Seems to been have this to Kurt Wylde, the leader of the team.
    Dune Rats 
    Road Beasts 

Banjee Castillo

The leader of the Road Beasts. Seems to have died in the Swamp Realm.