Female Feline, Male Mutt: Played straight with the drivers. Mike drives the dog-themed Mutt while Julie drives the cat-themed 9 Lives. Averted with the cars themselves, which are all referred to as if they were female, like boats.
The Chick: Chuck. Screams like a girl, does whatever Mike says, and occasionally serves as his moral compass. Also fulfills the typical "non-action" part of the trope as he typically rides shotgun with Mike. note Chuck does have his own car, Blonde Thunder; however, it doesn't get much use since Chuck doesn't know how to drive.
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.
The Ace: He was Kane's top cadet in his Deluxe days.
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.
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 sotall?
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.
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.
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.
Conflicting Loyalty: She believes in the Burners' cause more than Kane's, but still loves her father and wants to be a worthy successor to him.
Daddy's Girl: Of a sense. It's clear that Kane trusts her and adores her more than anyone else, but he also keeps her in the dark and makes her connection to him known to an extremely limited number of people.
Hidden Depths: While she seems like the typical "girl" of the team, she probably has the most important role in the story besides Mike and Kane, is a pretty skillful manipulator, and according to Claire, wasn't as much of a tomboy as she is now.
Name of Cain: Considering her father, it comes with the territory.
The Not-Love Interest: Rather unusual for the sole girl member of the Five-Man Band. She and Mike hold a deep trust in each other, but neither of them has overtly expressed mutual attraction, and her Ship Tease moments with Texas are usually played for laughs.
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.
Adorkable: He LARPs during the weekends. What other evidence do you need?
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.
Hidden Depths: Although he's the team's mechanic, Dutch is also an accomplished graffiti artist. In "Going Dutch" it's revealed that he actually came to Motorcity because he was persecuted for making art.
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.
Genius Ditz: He gives the Terras tactical advice on how to infiltrate Detroit Deluxe with the resources at their disposal. However, Texas later regrets giving the Terras said advice after they begin attacking innocent civilians.
The Glomp: He does this to Julie at the end of "Off the Rack."
Memetic Badass: Becomes one in-universe with "Threat Level Texas": Convincing Tooley that he is an ultra-badass through the use of Unreliable Narrator, and then convincing several other soldiers through his escape; they begin to sprout ideas that he teleported himself in and ripped a drone apart with his mind.
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.
Lethal Chef: Of a sense. He does his best to grow food with the limited natural resources in Motorcity, but his organic recipes are less than appreciated by the kids, okra mayonnaise muffins being one very strange exception for Chuck. Texas seems to enjoy his cooking in general.
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.
Badass Adorable: Despite showing some cowardly tendencies and his Butt Monkey status, R.O.T.H. has shown himself to be capable in episodes like "Going Dutch," "Vendetta," and "The Robo-Roundup."
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: In "A Better Tomorrow", he completely clobbers Mike in a one-on-one fight with both of them unarmed. Keep in mind that this was minutes after Mike had defeated Red, who was using his full power, while Mike was unarmed and had his arms chained to the wall. He still went down like a bag of rocks to Kane.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.