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Tropes that apply to the whole team
- Animal Motifs: For their cars.
- Badass Crew
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": The Burners have a "B" logo that sorta looks like a billiard ball with a trail of fire behind it.
- Color-Coded Characters: Each of the Burners have a distinctive signature color, which carries over to their rides - Texas is red, Julie's yellow, Mike's green, Chuck's blue, and Dutch is purple.
- Cool Car
- Defector from Decadence: Mike, Dutch and Julie all came down from Deluxe, all with bitter resentment towards Kane's rule. A doodle from the staff room has implied Chuck is a similar case, though Texas' backstory is currently ambiguous.
- 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.
- Five-Man Band:
- Five-Token Band: You have Mike (mixed race), Julie (only girl), Chuck (token white), Dutch (black), and Texas (Filipino).
- Heroes With Bad Publicity
- La Résistance
- Multinational Team
- Teens Are Short: Averted with Mike, Chuck, and Dutch, who are about as tall as most adult men; played straight with Julie and Texas.
- True Companions
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.
- The Ace: He was Kane's top cadet in his Deluxe days.
- Affectionate Nickname/In-Series Nickname: Mikey.
- Ambiguously Brown: Word of God has confirmed that he's mixed race. Fandom has varying opinions, but the general consensus is that he's of Middle Eastern descent.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name
- Badass: Most definitely.
- Badass Adorable: Mike's most admirable traits next to his superior combat prowess are his Boy Scout-like idealism and compassion for others.
- Badass Biker
- 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.
- 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.
- Cleopatra Nose
- Combat Pragmatist: He'll do most anything to stop Kane, which to him mostly means beefing up the group's tech and weaponry.
- 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?
- 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
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.
- Action Girl
- Affectionate Nickname/In-Series Nickname: Jules.
- Badass Adorable: Most definitely badass, but Julie is still a cute, slightly insecure teenage girl.
- Badass Princess: Daughter of Detroit Deluxe's corporate dictator and a fearless double agent capable of holding her own in a fight.
- Battle Boomerang: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Brake Angrily: In "Ride The Lightning" and "Mayhem Night".
- Childhood Friends: With Claire.
- Combat Stilettos
- 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Off the Rack".
- Deadpan Snarker
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Miss Deluxe," with a more sobering touch than most typical examples.
- Guile Heroine: Manipulation is one of her prime skills, either against her father or the Amazons.
- Hartman Hips
- 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.
- I Am Not My Father
- The Lancer
- Lonely Rich Kid: There are only three people who are even aware that Kane is her father; it's not hard to think that even with Claire, Julie's childhood must have been pretty sad.
- Master of Illusion: By utilizing KaneCo's own snazzy hologram technology.
- Me's a Crowd: One of Julie's best tricks, which she can make various copies of herself, her car (and in "Ride the Lightning", other cars such as Stronghorn), as well as some handy disguises.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
- Missing Mom: So far there's been no mention of Julie's mother.
- 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.
- One of the Boys
- Only Sane Woman: She does this by balancing out the other Burners' more volatile traits, being a skilled, level-headed strategist and mediator rather than a combat player or technician.
- Plucky Girl
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Uses them on her father from time to time.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Headed Heroine
- She's Got Legs
- The Smurfette Principle
- Spoiled Sweet: The daughter of the most powerful man in Detroit, but knows that his oppression of other people is wrong and tries to reason with him to see this.
- The Strategist
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter
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.
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 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.
- Accidental Misnaming: Frequently does this to Julie. Also called R.O.T.H. "Ralph."
- Amazon Chaser: It's implied that Texas is drawn to powerful women. He fanboys over Kaia in "Texas-ify It" and is in awe of Julie after seeing her kick drone butt in "Off The Rack".
- Asian Airhead: A rare male example.
- An Axe to Grind: Uses one in "Ride the Fantasy Vans".
- Big Damn Hero: He thinks he is one, but he's actually delusional and has a huge ego.
- Big Eater: Seems to be becoming this as of recently.
- The Big Guy: Ironically subverted when comparing him to the other Burners physically. He's definitely the beefiest of them, but he's the second-shortest of the team (meaning he's shorter than Jacob).
- Boisterous Bruiser: His reaction to basically any situation is to punch it in the face. Even if it doesn't have a face. Especially if it doesn't have a face.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Texas is... special, alright.
- Crazy-Prepared: Texas has apparently put much thought into the need to fight with vomit.
Texas: Check out my muscular neck and throat. *flexes*
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Dance Battler: As evident in "Texas-ify It".
- Distressed Dude: In "Threat Level Texas"
- The Ditz: Subverted; when the time calls for it, he can dispense healthy advice... in his own way.
Texas: You've got to stop thinking about what you didn't do and start thinking about what you're doing to save people now. You can't change the past unless you have a time machine!
Texas: Do you have a time machine?
- Dumb Muscle: He's not completely dumb, see Genius Ditz below.
- Fatal Flaw: His larger-than-life ego.
- Fighting with Chucks: His weapon of choice, other than Good Old Fisticuffs.
- They also shoot lasers. Yes, Gunchucks.
- 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."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be quite rude, immature, and oblivious (especially in his treatment toward Chuck, Dutch and R.O.T.H.), but there's no denying that he stands for what's right.
- Leader Wannabe
- Leeroy Jenkins: Not even an adrenaline junkie like Mike can keep up with him.
- Lovable Jock
- Man Child
- 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.
- The Movie Buff: He's an avid fan of action flicks.
- Mr. Imagination: Is prone to wild flights of fancy when describing his ideas ("I have a gun that shoots a snake!").
- Nice Hat
- Real Men Wear Pink: His personality verges on Testosterone Poisoning and his color scheme is black and dark pink.◊ It can be difficult to notice without red objects in proximity.
- Self-Serving Memory: In "Threat Level: Texas," unless you believe he was intentionally bluffing.
- Ship Tease: With Julie. "Threat Level: Texas" more or less confirms he has a crush on her and naturally assumes she admires the hell out of him.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Spin Attack: The Texas Twister.
- Sweet Tooth: To a point where he frequently ends up doing himself harm, as seen "Mayhem Night."
- Third-Person Person
- Trademark Favorite Food: Muscle Mulch.
- Unreliable Narrator: Resulting in the ridiculously self-glorifying Recap Episode "Threat Level: Texas."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dutch.
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. 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.
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.
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Has shades of this—the leathers and bike are missing but the hair, beard, and mannerisms fit to a T.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Julie, somewhat of an adoptive father to Mike.
- Badass: In "A Better Tomorrow", he completely clobbers Mike in a 1-on-1 unarmed fight.
- Badass Beard
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
Voiced by: Eric Ladin
A mysterious character with a grudge against Mike. Red hates KaneCo, but he hates Mike even more.
Kaia's right hand man.
Other Motorcity Residents
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
The Duke's right-hand woman.
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.
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.
Tennie's dad, who fears for her safety and leads the Cabler settlement.
The rather ruthless but charismatic leader of the Amazons gang.
Leader of the Momma's Boy's, and a Jerkass
to top them all.
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
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.
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.
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.