Characters / Motorcity

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Mike Chilton

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Voiced by: Reid Scott

The hero of the series. Mike used to live and work in Deluxe as Kane's top cadet, but when he saw what kind of man Kane really was, he quit and fled to Motorcity. Now, as leader of the Burners, he fights Kane with everything he has.

  • Badass in Distress: In "Ride the Lightning", he manages to take out all of his Kane Co captors simply by enraging Tooley in attacking them accidentally despite being tied up. In "A Better Tomorrow", he manages to knock out Red despite being shackled to the wall by shocking him with his own electrified gloves.
  • Badass Normal: Even outside his ride, he displays expert agility, endurance, and fighting skills. For example: He fights Red while chained to a wall, with Red in full Powered Armor, and wins.
  • Big Little Brother: Presumably to Capri.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows More or less.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: No one should look that happy being constantly thrown into near-death situations.
    • Heck, in the episode "Ride of the Fantasy Vans", a group of live-action role players gave him the nickname 'Mike the Smiling Dragon.'
  • Brainy Brunet: It is subtle, but he is a strategic genius from his cadet training. However, he usually uses his Indy Ploy.
  • Child Soldiers: Was a military commander at the age of 16.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He'll do most anything to stop Kane, which to him mostly means beefing up the group's tech and weaponry.
  • Determinator
  • Drives Like Crazy: According to Chuck.
  • Expy: While the complete opposite in terms of personality, he does look a touch like Murdoc.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He does this in the finale. Twice. He doesn't actually die, of course
  • Good All Along: He was a Gullible Lemming, and when he realized Kane was evil he split.
  • The Heart: The Burners regard him as the center of their team; in early episodes they argue and nearly fall apart without him.
  • The Hero
    • Humble Hero: Despite all of the incredibly selfless things he's done, he's still very down to earth about it all.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Chuck, to an astounding degree.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: A double-edged chainsaw made of zippolighters that can compress into a palm-sized metal skull... that he can also use as a gear shift accessory.
  • Improbable Age: Mike is supposed to be 17. Forget that he's barely past the legal age of driving, how'd he become a daredevil/hand-to-hand fighter on par with most animated badasses? And why is he so tall?
  • In Harm's Way: Mike is a complete adrenaline junkie. In one episode he's so stir-crazy from lack of activity that he points his laser guns at Jacob.
  • Indy Ploy: He'll usually have a plan beforehand, but he more often trusts his gut instinct in battle.
  • Lame Comeback: In episode 2 when the team in a makeshift Shockbot is confronted by a real Shockbot.
    Shockbot: You are in a restricted area.
    Mike: (in a fake robot monotone) Uh, no, it is you who are in a restricted area.
  • Lightning Bruiser: And how!
  • Magnetic Hero: Pointed out by The Duke in "Vega." Mike is charismatic, people like him, and he'd have the whole of Motorcity rallying behind him when he goes to take Kane down.
  • Meaningful Name: Mike Chilton.
  • Mixed Ancestry
  • Mook–Face Turn: About one year prior to the beginning of the series, or more specifically "Vendetta".
  • Nice Guy: Despite being a total adrenaline junkie, Mike is also very selfless, especially towards his friends.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Even if it means risking his own skin.
  • Odd Place To Sleep: On the hood of his car.
  • Papa Wolf: As evident in "The Duke of Detroit".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mike with... pretty much everyone who is not Texas.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Chuck's Sensitive Guy, but this is actually an aversion; Mike is actually pretty sensitive and the Team Mom.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Chuck and Claire. Possibly for Tennie and Dutch.
  • Team Mom: A very rare occasion in which the teen action hero of a Five-Man Band is this. He looks out for the other Burners in a near-parental manner, while still being able to talk with them as a friend.
  • Token Good Leader: Easily the nicest gang leader in Motorcity.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Crosses into this in episode 2 when faced with Kane's H.O.U.N.D.s. He chooses to use the power core (which has the potential to nuke all of Michigan) to charge his weapons despite continued protest from Dr. Hudson and his teammates. He refrains from triggering it, however, once he sees that even without activating it, the core could level the ground just by charging up.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He genuinely wants to help Motorcity and the innocents in Deluxe and fully believes that he can, though he sorely lacks the foresight needed to make things work out long-term.
  • With My Hands Tied: Mike manages to wipe the floor with a cadre of Kane goons, while his hands are tied behind his back. With a little unwitting help from Tooley. Also, he beat up some robots with Chuck tied to his back.
    • And again during "A Better Tomorrow". Handily trashing Red while bound to the wall.
  • Younger Than They Look

Julie Kane

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Voiced by: Kate Micucci

Julie is the Burners' inside woman. Posing as an intern at KaneCo to gain information, her connections to Deluxe run deeper than that—unbeknownst to all but a select few, she's Kane's daughter. This causes much internal conflict, as she fights for the Burners' cause but also loves her father, and hates to see the monstrous things he does.

Chuck

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Voiced by: Nate Torrence

Chuck is Mike's closest friend, almost always at his side. He generally rides shotgun alongside Mike, and is a computer hacker and technical expert. He's also terrified of almost everything the Burners do. Despite this, he's risked his neck for his friends more than once, and it's clear peaceful days without Kane would be his fondest desire. He also roleplays on weekends and has an unrequited crush on Claire.

Dutch Gordy

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Voiced by: Kel Mitchell

Dutch Gordy is the Burners' mechanical expert. Alongside ROTH, he patches up the Burners' cars and other equipment. Dutch is also a talented artist, particularly with graffiti. He left Deluxe when he was persecuted for making art, leaving behind his mother, father, and younger brother Dar.

Texas

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Voiced by: Jess Harnell

Texas is the coolest, strongest, most awesome guy you'll ever meet—according to himself. Definitely strong, but very out there, Texas acts as the muscle of the Burners, as well as comic relief. He loves action movies and has a vivid imagination, and sometimes even his craziest fantasies have helped the Burners out—or, at the very least, grounded them in reality.

Jacob

Jacob is the Burners' mentor and owner of their garage and main hangout. Years ago, he was Kane's partner, and helped create much of the technology in Detroit Deluxe. It's unclear when Jacob learned of Kane's megalomania, but it drove him down to Motorcity, where he now serves as a voice of wisdom and experience for the Burners.

R.O.T.H.

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R.O.T.H. is a repair drone and sidekick to the Burners who was reprogrammed from one of Kane's robots. While cowardly, he's loyal and hardworking, and often helps Dutch with modifying the Burners' cars.

    Antagonists 

Abraham Kane

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Voiced by: Mark Hamill

The head honcho of Detroit Deluxe, and primary adversary of Mike and the Burners. Kane runs Deluxe with an iron fist, outlawing any sort of personal freedom in the name of safety and security. He does, however, have one person he truly cares about, his daughter Julie.

  • Badass Driver: Despite his hatred of cars, Kane still knows how to drive, and drive well, posing as an enemy spy, and sabatoging his own drones to make a convincing image. This may have been foreshadowed in "Off the Rack" when he skillfully controls Julie's Safety Suit to drive Mutt around.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Beard of Evil
  • Big Bad
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows/Evil Eyebrows
  • Broken Pedestal: To Mike.
  • Carpet of Virility
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The fact that this guy has an entire army dedicated to his company's interests is more than enough proof.
  • Devil in Plain Sight
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Julie's pretty much the only person he shows any affection towards, even if he's certainly not the best dad in the world. For Mike, see Like a Son to Me below.
    • Very evident when Mike pretends to take her hostage. Evil he may be, he still loves his kid.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Genius Bruiser: He out-hacks Chuck early in "Reunion."
  • I Want Him Alive: His mooks could have easily killed Mike several times, but haven't.
    • Subverted during "Vega". He makes it clear that with Mike captured, his termination is imminent. And drops him to what he assumes is his death during "A Better Tomorrow."
  • Large and in Charge: Tooley may be taller than him but he's definitely beefier.
  • Large Ham
  • Light is Not Good
  • Like a Son to Me: He genuinely seemed proud of Mike when he worked for him, and took his Mook–Face Turn rather hard.
    • Says it outright during "A Better Tomorrow".
  • Man in White: Wears the most white in his outfit outside KaneCo scientists.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Despite looking less than trustworthy, Kane is quite the smooth-talker.
  • Mr. Fanservice: If you've seen the sunglasses commercial you can't deny it.
  • Name of Cain
  • Papa Wolf
  • Rags to Riches: According to the Motorcity "bible"
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Played With: Tooley is his right hand man, and frequently screws things up with his stupidity, while Red accomplishes missions with more success. His interactions with the scientists usually end with Kane angry through either the scientist's invention failing, or through Kane's own shortsightedness destroying chances of victory. A conversation with a Mook Lieutenant ended with Kane yelling at him because the Mook questioned the safety of Kane's plan, which was putting people in danger.
  • Twitchy Eye: About once an episode. Either by the Burners or Tooley's own stupidity.
  • Villain Team-Up: With The Duke to capture Mike.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Abraham Kane is popular enough in Deluxe that Deluxians can buy a variety of creepy posters featuring Kane to decorate their walls.
    • Though also played with, some people like and trust Kane, others seem dreary with life in Detroit Deluxe, Kane mentions that certain citizens hate him and defect, with one scientist telling him that they are a minority.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite his desire to destroy the Burners and rule all of Motor City, Kane honestly believes he is doing it for everyone's best interests. He just can't stand to have anything outside of his direct control.

Tooley

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Voiced by: Jim Breuer

Kane's rather daft right hand man. Tooley has the temperament and intelligence of a guard dog—loyal to Kane no matter what, but dumb as a post. He has an unrequited crush on Julie.

Kaia

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Voiced by: Laraine Newman

The "queen" of the Terras, a group of Motorcity residents who lived agrarian lifestyles before their land was contaminated by Kane's toxic waste dumps. As an added result their bodies were heavily mutated, and they won't stop until all of Deluxe is gone, innocent civilians included.

The Duke of Detroit

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Voiced by: Dee Snider

An uber rich, uber hammy overlord from Motorcity. The Duke is on no side but his own, and loves being the center of attention, which often brings him into conflict with Mike and the Burners. He can't stand anyone being more popular than he is and will go to terrifying lengths to ensure he takes the number 1 spot.

  • Ambiguously Evil: The Duke is on his own side all the time, making an enemy of the Burners for petty reasons, like them getting attention, or taking from a scrapyard that he retroactively claimed, even putting the team in danger to host a tv show. He does have some good moments, like giving up some metal to stop nano-bots, over lots of protest though, and keeping his word in a race. In "Vega," he does go to more clear-cut villainy, teaming up with Kane to defeat the Burners, and getting to keep their cars, before turning on Kane, when said cars would be confiscated.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Driver
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His gaudy fashion sense, hammy personality, and penchant for karaoke all hide a guy who can bring some serious pain down on people.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the 2nd part of the finale, when Kane turns on him, he gives the cars back to the Burners and sends his guards on the attack. In the penultimate moment, he saves Mike from a falling death with Mutt.
  • Breakout Villain: He was supposed to only appear in 2 episodes, but was so popular he got 6, including a major part in the finale.
  • Cane Fu: And it's electrified.
  • Composite Character: According to Snider, the Duke's personality is a mix of himself, Kid Rock, David Lee Roth, and James Brown.
  • Cool Shades
  • Exact Words: In "Blonde Thunder", he has Chuck race against ALL of his best drivers. When Mike says that wasn't the bet, the Duke points out that the only rule they agreed on was that Chuck had to be behind the wheel of his car during the races.
  • False Flag Operation: He had his guards attack three gangs including his own in Julie and the Amazons, and blamed it on the burners.
  • Father to His Men: The Duke does seem to legitimately care for his underlings, grabbing one who is cowering and running with him during an attack. He also seems to equate doing nothing with weakness, considering the line "Get up and run you cowards!"
  • Friendly Enemy: It's a bit ambiguous exactly what side he stands on. He's willing to help the Burners in "Vendetta" but he still harbors a bit of a grudge against Mike.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The Duke is on his own side always. This brings him in conflict with the Burners sometimes, others he just minds his own business. In the season finale, he's a bad guy in part 1 and a good guy in Part 2.
  • I Gave My Word: In "Blonde Thunder" he doesn't try to weasel out of his side of the bet and hands over the keys of his car to Mike.
    Duke: I'm a man of my word. Ow.
  • It's All About Me: He's incredibly egocentric, to the point that he frames the Burners for declaring war on other Motorcity gangs just because he felt like they were getting too much attention.
  • Large Ham: Oh, big time.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He bears resemblance to Detroit rocker Kid Rock.
  • No Name Given: Seriously, what is his real name?
  • No Sense of Personal Space
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When this Perpetual Smiler frowns, it is really bad news for someone, usually Mike.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: In "Vega", he gives off this impression when his guards freeze up and cower when Kane bots attack, as well as one guard finding gum from No. 2 in his gun. Though with them all taking up arms in the second part of the finale, this may have just been a ruse to gain the Burner's confidence.
    • For the most part, his guards prove to be fairly effective, from the False Flag Operation to two random guards figuring out Mike controlling Chuck's car, and destroy the controller.
  • Tank Goodness: He has one. That shoots limos.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: In "The Duke of Detroit Presents".
  • Villain Teamup: With Kane. Kane gets Mike, The Duke gets the Burners' cars.

Red

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Voiced by: Eric Ladin

A mysterious character with a grudge against Mike. Red hates KaneCo, but he hates Mike even more.

Rall

Voiced by: Dave Wittenberg

Kaia's right hand man.

    Other Motorcity Residents 

Rayon

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A regular client of the Burners and the leader of the Skylarks gang, who run a motel in Motorcity.

  • Badass Beard
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually pretty chill, well-mannered and is definitely the friendliest to the Burners out of all the other gang leaders in Motorcity, but will not hesitate to turn on them if it'll turn a profit.
  • Cool Shades
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Gladly does business with the Burners, then betrays them for a profit, then helps them out, with some bounty hunters, against the duke, and agrees to help them pay off their debt to the hunters, all in his debut episode.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When the Burners are framed for attacking the gangs of Motorcity and are caught in a vulnerable position, Rayon converses with the other leaders to give them a chance to prove themselves innocent, because he believes in Mike's honesty. Though he does threaten Mike to not make him look stupid for trusting him. Later on when investigating the gangs, lots of subterfuge is used, except for Rayon's gang because Mike just walks up to him and asks if he did it.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Unusual Eyebrows

No. 2

Voiced by: Tara Strong

The Duke's right-hand woman.

Cyborg Dan

Voiced by: Dave Wittenberg

The Duke's robot minion, first appearing in "The Duke of Detroit Presents." Blames Mike Chilton for a nuclear blast to his face (when it was actually the Duke that commanded Dan to do that to himself in the first place) and swears revenge.

Tennie

Voiced by: Aimee Garcia

A teenage girl who lives as a Cabler with her father. Like Dutch, she's an engineer and an artist who designed the Cablers' settlement houses, and the two quickly strike up a bond.

Bracket

Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui

Tennie's dad, who fears for her safety and leads the Cabler settlement.

Foxy

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Voiced by: Jennifer Hale

The rather ruthless but charismatic leader of the Amazons gang.

Junior

Leader of the Momma's Boy's, and a Jerkass to top them all.

Capri Chilton

Mike's older sister that he doesn't know about, as revealed by a drawing creator Chris Prynoski made, shared by the Tumblr blog People of Motorcity. In season 2, she would have been living in the badlands outside Detroit. Based on that info (and that she's not wearing the mandatory Detroit Deluxe uniform), she's listed as a Motorcity resident on this page.

    Other Detroit Deluxe Residents 

Claire

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Voiced by: Dana Davis

Julie's friend from Detroit Deluxe, and so far the only one aware of Julie's double life. Claire is a girly girl, and while she cares for Julie, she's not too pleased with the Motorcitizens... at first. Chuck has an unrequited crush on her.

The Gordys

Dutch's parents and younger brother Dar, whom he left behind on slightly uncomfortable terms in Deluxe before leaving for Motorcity.

  • Child Soldiers: Dar is a Junior Cadet while still in his early teens.
  • Expy: Dutch's parents strongly resemble Samuel L. Jackson and Oprah as mentioned here.
  • Good Parents: Dutch's parents, while understandably not happy that their son left for Motorcity to pursue his passion for art without endangering his family, fully support and love him through his decision.

Jenzen

Voiced by: Jess Harnell

A fellow Cadet from Mike's KaneCo days. He only appears in the flashbacks in "Vendetta," so not much is known about him, but his connection to Mike and the ambiguous possibility that he is Red's true identity has grabbed fan attention.

  • By-the-Book Cop: He's shown as a loyal Cadet, following morning protocol and even willing to arrest Mike when Kane commanded it.
  • Child Soldiers: Looks to be about Mike's age, who was 16 around the time he was a Cadet.
  • No Name Given: His name was only shown in the credits.

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