Western Animation / Biker Mice from Mars

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A cartoon about Martian mice who ride motorbikes. Wandering out in space after fleeing from their near-dead planet, Throttle, Modo and Vinnie are shot up by Plutarkians and crash-land in a Chicago scoreboard in the middle of a game.

While attempting to find a mechanic to fix Throttle's bike, they find Charley's Last Chance Garage and stop in. They find that she's being bullied by a henchman of the show's Big Bad, an alien who calls himself Mr. Limburger, to sign over the property. Mice step in, ass gets kicked, and they all get embroiled to save the planet from the ravening maw of the Plutarkian Empire (which apparently has a practice of strip-mining and carting off everything of value on and in a planet).

Biker Mice from Mars first aired in 1993 and ran for three seasons. The show received a Revival in 2006; in this Sequel Series, the evil aliens are a felinoid race, the Catatonians. Both series were created by Rick Ungar.


Tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Subverted in the 2006 series episode "It's the Pits". The Pit Boss's daughter Twinkle at first appears to be attracted to Modo, but when Modo begins to explain that he isn't ready for that kind of committment, Twinkle reveals that she really wanted to keep Modo as her pet and is disgusted by the idea that she would want Modo as her significant other.
  • Action Figure File Card: The Galoob toys from the original series had these.
  • Action Girl: Charley. Most of the time. On the other hand, Carbine is always an Action Girl.
  • The Ahnold: The Exterminator (more than a passing reference) and one of the Loogey Brothers.
  • Aliens and Monsters: Limburger hires them only every other episode.
    • The native fauna of Mars can be pretty monstrous, as well.
  • Aliens Steal Cable: Martian mice steal Earth radio (supposedly where they learned English), and Limburger tries to emulate old Earth gangsters.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version has "Gone With the Wind" for the opening and "Stay With You Tonight" for the ending.
  • Always Chaotic Evil:
    • Not a single one of the Plutarkians in the original 1993 cartoon have any redeeming qualities. Pretty much all of them are greedy, power-hungry jerks.
    • Subverted with the Catatonians in the 2006 series. See Not Always Evil.
  • Ambiguously Human: Limburger's minions Dr. Karbunkle and Greasepit may appear to be human at first glance, but "Once Upon a Time on Mars" reveals in flashbacks that the two have worked for Limburger ever since he was still on Mars, which suggests that they may be Human Aliens. Lampshaded in the 2006 episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth", where Dr. Catorkian asks Karbunkle if he is human and Karbunkle answers with "Of course I am....I think."
  • Anti-Villain: Fred the Mutant is not really evil, he's just in a bad company. Greasepit may also fit.
  • Arrow Catch: Vinnie does one, with his teeth in "Once Upon a Time on Mars".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Grease Pit tries to justify to a judge why the mice are to be locked up. Various heinous crimes are listed, such as kidnapping the mayor, blowing up a diamond store...and trespassing with malice and forethought on the steel foundry's property. Oh, and they held up a toy store. And resisted arrest. Yeah.
  • Artificial Limbs: Modo's right arm.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Charley's Catch Phrase.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: The Biker Mice often have a planned attack pattern for their strategies.
  • Badass Biker: Well, DUH. The title protagonists ride motorcycles.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted in "Stone Broke". Limburger succeeds in getting Camembert to give him funding again, but he also faces the wrath of Stonecutter for not paying her.
  • Bad Moon Rising: On Mars, though Phobos (Deimos?) is normally red.
  • Band of Brothers: A trio of guys who survived a war and being marooned out in space for nobody-knows-how-long without killing each other? Sounds about right.
  • Batman Cold Open: Many episodes begin with the Biker Mice confronting Limburger before the opening titles. The 2006 series does the same with the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump.
  • Bee Bee Gun: "Modo Hangs It Up" begins with Karbunkle testing one, only for it to be mistakenly fired at Limburger after yet another skirmish with the Biker Mice.
  • Berserk Button: All three of them react very, very badly if you threaten their bikes or Charley. But you really, really don't wanna piss off Modo, so please don't call him a rat.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Modo is a good example of this trope. He has a soft heart but it's a very bad idea to piss him off. Vinnie even lampshades this in "Steelfinger":
    Vinnie: Whoa, remind me never to get Modo really mad at me.
  • BFG: MOAR GUNS. Vinnie loves his guns. Oh yes.
  • Big Bad: In the original 1993 series, the main villain is Lawrence Lactavius Limburger, who happens to be a member of a race of fish-like aliens called Plutarkians.
    • Big Bad Ensemble: In the 2006 revival, the main antagonists are the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump, with Limburger occasionally returning to attempt revenge against the Biker Mice.
  • Bittersweet Ending: How "Turf Wars", the final episode of the 2006 series, ends. Mars finally has its water restored, but Vinnie's girlfriend Harley apparently sacrificed herself to prevent the regenerator from causing Olympus Mons to erupt after she returns to her senses. Somewhat mitigated by Charley raising the possibility that Harley could still be alive, but it still counts.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • In "Lake Michi-Gone", Limburger has a scheme where he pollutes Earth's water to sell it to Plutark as "designer drinking water". He calls it "Limburger's Perilous Mineral Water—but we only see the "Perri" part of the label. It requires a spelling error, but that aside...
      • The same episode also gives us Dodge's grille guard in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: The three mice, though Vinnie's the biggest example.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens at the end of "Lake Michi-Gone" when Limburger is ordered to dry off Lord Camembert's backside. "OH, TURN THAT CAMERA OFF!"
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: all three of them, but Modo is the best example.
  • Butt Monkey: Fred the Mutant, Dr Karbunkle's test subject, pet, punching bag.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: "Hard Rock" has Limburger promise Hard Rock that if he works for him again, he will spare his girlfriend Darla and the Biker Mice. Limburger later reveals that he lied about his promise.
  • Camera Abuse: Various occasions where Grease Pit's, well, grease splatters the camera.
  • Catch and Return: With a mace.
  • Cats Are Mean: Most of the Catatonians in the 2006 series qualify, with the exception of the tribe living on Saturn in "Surfer Cats of Saturn".
  • Casual Danger Dialog: A lot of this.
  • Children Are Innocent: Except for one. Limburger's nephew Marshal from "Modo Hangs it Up".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • Fred the Mutant is nowhere to be seen in the 2006 series, save for a cameo in "Once Upon a Time on Earth" when the villains' plan to use Stoker's regenerator to turn aliens into humans is revealed.
    • Four-By, the ally of the Biker Mice who fights to bring an end to the Pit Boss' reign of terror, is oddly not present in "It's the Pits", the one episode of the 2006 series featuring the Pit Boss.
  • City of Weirdos: Happens on occasion. In one instance while the titular Mice are fighting a villain in the street, we see a civilian calmly check his watch and wander off as though nothing odd is happening.
  • Clip Show:
    • The 1993 series episodes "The Tribunal", "The Inquisition", "Villain of the Year", "Mad Scientist Wanted", and "Academy of Hard Knocks".
    • The 2006 series episodes "Carbine's Conundrum" and "Cat and Mouse", the former of which, oddly enough, also used clips from episodes that had yet to air, indicating that some episodes aired out of production order.
  • Conjunction Interruption
  • Conveyor Belt of Doom: With bonus Fanservice thanks to a glorious camera angle.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Brie's Number One seems to be this—he went from dispatching goons to almost killing Grease Pit in a matter of moments in his introduction—but because it's a kids' show, he doesn't get to, ahem, demonstrate it.
  • Conspicuous CG: The 2006 series does this with the Biker Mice's bikes.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch
  • Conveniently Empty Building: Limburger Tower. See Running Gag.
  • Cool Bike: As we've already said, DUH.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Limburger in the original series. The sequel series includes a recurring villain named Ronaldo Rump and a parody of Sir Richard Branson.
  • Cross-Cultural Handshake: The traditional Plutarkian greeting, which has to be seen to be believed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Charley has her own moments, mainly regarding Vinnie, but it's Limburger who delivers this most.
    Greasepit: "You wanted to see me, boss?"
    Limburger: "No, but sometimes I have to."
  • Demoted to Extra: With the Catatonians becoming the main villains in the 2006 revival, this happens to Lawrence Limburger, Dr. Karbunkle, and Greasepit.
  • Desert Punk: Mars at present, though it wasn't always that way—and getting it restored serves as a small subplot.
  • Destructive Saviour: The Biker Mice don't seem to care how much property damage they cause when they fight against bad guys. Eight times out of ten it's their property anyway.
  • Does Not Like Spam: The Biker Mice hate cheese.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: The Pit of Everlasting Doom in the three-part episode "Back to Mars". Not a Bottomless Pit as you would expect, but just a spike-filled pit, which makes the "everlasting" part a bit out of place.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Several examples in the first episode "Rock and Ride".
    • Throttle states that most of the Martian mice were wiped out. While he doesn't go into detail, his statement seems to imply that he, Vinnie, and Modo are the sole survivors of their race, which is contradicted by the subsequent appearances of other Martian mice like Throttle's girlfriend Carbine and Modo's nephew Rimfire.
    • Dr. Karbunkle is said to be responsible for Modo losing his arm, but it is suggested that Modo got his robotic prosthetic himself. This is eventually contradicted in a flashback in the episode "Verminator" and the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Mars", where it is shown that Karbunkle actually made Modo's robotic arm himself.
    • Throttle mentions both Modo and Vinnie's injuries in their fight for Martian freedom, but makes no mention of his own synthetic eyes.
    • Greasepit's voice sounds more gruff and less dim-witted than it does in later episodes.
    • Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo are shown flying in space with no apparent concern over the survival of their planet, when later episodes make it clear that in addition to stopping the Plutarkians from destroying Earth, they also wish to undo the destruction Mars suffered at the hands of the Plutarkians.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: One way Napoleon Brie is distinguishable from other Plutarkians (aside from being shorter) is that he tends to pronounce R's as W's.
  • Elvis Has Left the Planet: The series got close enough by giving Elvis an alien brother.
  • Embarrassing First Name: In "Hard Rock", Hard Rock's girlfriend Darla reveals that her boyfriend's real name is Booboo. The Biker Mice even laugh at this revelation.
  • Enemy Mine: In the last part of "Back to Mars", Limburger allies with the mice to defeat Brie; on the other end of the spectrum, Karbunkle (somewhat against his will) betrays Limburger to work for Brie. Limburger also makes use of this trope in the same episode in convincing Number One, Brie's dragon, that he's taking over his position.
    • And again in Karbunkle's case, who originally worked for Limburger's old boss, Dominic T. Stilton (as shown in "Once Upon a Time, on Mars"), and harbored a blatant dislike for Limburger.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Done by Harley in "Turf Wars", the last episode of the 2006 revival. Ever since siding with the Nomad Rats because she believed the Biker Mice abandoned her, Harley ditches her original attire for black tights and a purple mask to cover the scars on her face that she gained during the Plutarkian invasion.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The protagonists are Mice that came from the planet Mars who ride motorcycles.
  • Expressive Mask: Vinnie's metal face plate somehow doesn't keep him from having a decent range of facial expressions.
  • Eye Scream: Throttle has synthetic (and without his sunglasses, largely useless) eyes. His real ones were damaged in the same black that took Modo's arm and half of Vinnie's face.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the finale of the 2006 series, it is revealed that Vinnie's old girlfriend Harley had gone rogue and sided with the Rats because she was disfigured in an accident after the Biker Mice originally left Mars and she believed that they abandoned her. She ultimately sees the error of her ways, but unfortunately gets supposedly killed after she stops the regenerator from going critical.
  • Fake Defector: In "Steelfinger", Modo pretends to join the bad guys in order to find out what Limburger's latest scheme is. He is told to prove his loyalty by shooting Throttle and Vinnie. He does and Limburger is pleased. Of course, they were actually dummies.
  • Faking the Dead: Lawrence Limburger faked his death in the episode "My Cheese is Quick" to get Charley arrested for supposedly murdering him.
  • False Reassurance: In the episode "Law of the Pits", the mice told Lawrence Limburger they'd not destroy Limburger Plaza that time. Four-By, a man Limburger had framed in that episode used his truck to drag the tower to the pit.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Lasers, kapew kapew. No bullets whatsoever.
  • Fanservice: In general, the titular Biker Mice are muscular and wear no shirts, but there are specific examples worth mentioning as well as fanservice from the female characters.
    • In "Steelfinger", Modo attends a costume party at Limburger's, dressed in a tuxedo, where he proves to be a huge hit with the women present. Several of them cannot stop swooning over him and even faint in his presence, especially after he easily takes out an attacking Greasepit and looking suave and smooth while doing so.
    • In "The Masked Motorcyclist", Charley gets past Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo's insistence that she stay out of the action by disguising herself with a helmet and a catsuit. All three mice are not exactly shy in expressing their attraction towards the mysterious female.
    • "Seeds of Victory" has a scene where Carbine takes a shower and another scene where a closeup of her rear is seen in the foreground.
  • Feud Episode: The original series episode "Test of Friendship" had Evil Eye Weevil use his hostility ray to turn the Biker Mice against one another until Charley is able to make them reconcile.
  • Fingerless Gloves: The Biker Mice wear them.
  • Fish People: The Plutarkians.
  • Flash Back: Throttle occasionally narrates flashbacks to events that happened on Mars prior to his, Modo's, and Vinnie's arrival on Earth. This most notably happens in "Hard Rock", where they are seen comforting a small family after their home is destroyed by Hard Rock, and in the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Mars", where the flashbacks give more detailed information on the Martian mice's war with the Plutarkians and what Vinnie, Throttle, and Modo went through before they left their planet.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Limburger tries this several times. One of the most notable examples would be in "Modo Hangs it Up", where he has his nephew Marshal disguise himself as a human boy and fake getting injured during the Biker Mice's battle with Limburger's thugs so that Modo's doting love for children will drive him into a Heroic B.S.O.D. over the guilt of letting a child get hurt while battling baddies.
  • Friend to All Children: Modo.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: All the non-human characters except Fred the Mutant.
  • Gainax Ending: The 2006 series episode "Desperado" ends with everything becoming black-and-white and a Rod Serling lookalike to step in and narrate the end as if it were a Twilight Zone episode.
  • Gentle Giant: Modo, again.
  • Good Animals, Evil Animals: The mice are always good (except for their government and one rat traitor), while the Plutarkians and most of the Catatonians are always evil.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Attempted with Charley, in "Back to Mars", but it doesn't go so well.
  • Government Conspiracy: While initially presented as a straight-up invasion, the Plutarkians' arrival on Mars is later on alleged to be allowed by the Martian government.
  • Grand Finale: The 2006 series technically has two. The first is the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth", where the Biker Mice finally put the kibosh on the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump as well as their old enemy Lawrence Limburger. The second finale is the final episode "Turf Wars", where the Biker Mice return to Mars to finally use the Regenerator to restore the planet only to deal with their old enemies the Nomad Rats, who want to do the same on their own terms.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Occurs in the original series in the episode "Below the Horizon" when the Biker Mice get onto their motorcycles and Vinnie is implied to suffer a Groin Attack when he lands on his bike.
  • Happy Rain: In "Back to Mars".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Hard Rock from the episode of the same name had one prior to the series start. Limburger kidnaps his girlfriend to get him to work for him again.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The mice initially get this treatment on Mars, due to Malicious Slander.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the 2006 revival finale "Turf Wars", Harley eventually comes to her senses after realizing what damage will result from using the regenerator to make Olympus Mons erupt, but she is supposedly killed by some lava afterwards.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: The better half of "Modo Hangs It Up".
  • Hollywood Tactics: Subverted. At first seems played straight, as both the Freedom Fighters, the Rats, the Plutarkians and the old Martian Army fight by either charging at the enemy or standing and firing, but there are reasons for three of them (the Plutarkians are crappy infantry but have a lot of firepower, so standing covered in their vehicles and bases and firing lasers and artillery is a good choice for them, the Freedom Fighters charges with bikes gives mobility to a force with little manufacturing base fighting an enemy heavily dependant on artillery, and the Rats serve to cover the Plutarkians from the FF), and the one faction that doesn't, the Army, is shown getting its ass kicked hard until they adopt the Freedom Fighters' tactics.
    • Averted by the Catatonians: they use real world combined arms tactics, and are shown having the advantage in pitched battles while vulnerable to guerilla attacks.
  • Hope Sprouts Eternal: In "Back to Mars".
  • Humanoid Animals: The mice, the rats, the dog-hyena-people Sand Raiders, the Catatonians and the Plutarkians all fit this.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In "Stalkers".
  • Hurricane of Puns: YES.
    Modo: The scissor warehouse?
    Vinnie: Time to 'cut' to the chase!
  • I Always Wanted to Say That
  • The Igor: Fred the Mutant, assistant to Dr. Karbunkle. He means good, but god is he one creepy pain-loving ... something.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Harley to Stoker in "Once Upon a Time, on Mars".
  • I Lied: In "Hard Rock", Hard Rock agrees to work for Limburger again if he spares Darla and the Biker Mice. As soon as he leaves, Limburger gives the order to "dispose of them- slowly, and painfully."
    Throttle: What? You gave your word!
    Limburger: If my word was worth anything, I wouldn't be much of a villain, now would I?
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Frequently.
  • Indy Ploy
    Modo: What? I don't remember that one.
    Throttle: No surprise there, buddy—I'm makin' this one up as I go.
  • Interspecies Romance: Played down. Its undeniably over the course of the series, Vinnie grows to care for Charley, and not just cause he finds all women attractive. Charley however often shuts him down. Though she eventually sees past Vinnie's macho-exterior for the sweetheart he is.
    • He even accidentally called her "Harley", his old flame on Mars. Charley wasn't upset, and told Vinnie it was the nicest compliment he's ever given her.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: After Charley reported Limburger to them in "My Cheese is Quick", his tower was seized (i.e. some helicopters ripped it from the floor). Limburger tried to invoke the fact he had power and influence but the agent said Al Capone also had them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Hard Rock, who was one once but doesn't really want to be a minion of the Plutarkians now. He even has a cute and sweet Love Interest to come home to.
    • Vinnie, frequently. He shoves his foot into his mouth several times, but he really means well.
    • Carbine comes off as very strict and judgmental at times, but she's proven that she really does care for her boyfriend Throttle and her main goal is to put an end to the wars and drought that plague Mars.
  • Lampshading: "You were expecting, maybe, turtles?" and "This is stupid macho man stuff, remember?", among many others.
  • Large Ham: Many, but Limburger gets the foul-smelling cheese cake.
  • Last of His Kind: "Seeds of Victory" has Carbine come to Earth to try and recover the last sample of the Martian pinkseed from Limburger's museum because it is the only plant that the Martian squirrel bat eats. With some difficulty, the Biker Mice manage to get the plant back from Limburger and help Carbine bring it back to Mars alongside the Martian squirrel bat, with seedlings recovered so that both species have a chance at thriving.
  • Latex Perfection:
    • The Plutarkians stationed on Earth manage to successfully disguise themselves as humans using masks. Taken to an extreme when Grease Pit wears Limburger's mask with no appreciable difference between them—aside from the neck down.
    • Also, Mace, a Rat, convincingly disguises himself as a Martian mouse in "Once Upon a Time, on Mars".
  • Leeroy Jenkins: All three Biker Mice, but Vinnie's the worst.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: In "Verminator", Modo has to remove his bionic arm to avoid getting run over by a truck. He gets a new arm in the end of the episode.
  • Love Redeems: Hard Rock from the episode of the same name used to be a minion of the Plutarkains who used his guitar to level entire cities on Mars, but is now reformed and has a girlfriend named Darla.
  • Love Triangle: Stoker, Harley and Vinnie from "Once Upon A Time On Mars".
  • Male Gaze: In the episode "Seeds of Victory", a scene where Carbine and Charley are underground shows a brief closeup of Carbine's rear in the foreground.
  • Merchandise-Driven: The original cartoon had a toyline, a Comic-Book Adaptation courtesy of Marvel Comics, and a SNES game.
  • Missing Mom: Stoker is revealed to have a daughter named Spitfire in the 2006 series in the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth", but absolutely no mention is made of Spitfire's mother.
  • The Mole: Mace turned out to be a rat inflitrating the Mice for the Plutarkians.
  • Monster of the Week: Not always, but reused a few times. Evil Eye Weevil, for example.
  • Mooks: Endless hordes of bald-and-ponytailed biker gang mooks.
  • Momma's Boy: Modo, so very much.
  • Musical Episode: The 2006 series episode "Turf Wars", which also serves as the Grand Finale.
  • Myth Arc: The 2006 revival had an ongoing story arc about the Biker Mice looking for Stoker so they can get his invention the regenerator and use it to end the drought on Mars while also steering clear of the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump, who want the regenerator for their own purposes.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Evil Eye Weevil from the 1993's series.
    • And the Crusher from the 2006 series
  • The Napoleon: Napoleon Brie in the original series, Hairball in the Revival.
  • Never Say "Die": Typical of 90s cartoons. "Destroy", "demolish", "tear them apart", etc. are substituted, as per standard.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Well, duh.
  • Non-Lethal Warfare: Everything. Lasers pew pew pew. Even the missiles are harmless.
  • Not Always Evil: While most of the Catatonians in the 2006 series are very unpleasant, the episode "Surfer Cats of Saturn" has the Biker Mice get mistakenly teleported to Saturn, where they meet a tribe of Catatonians who defected from their race because they did not approve of their plans to invade Mars. The Biker Mice get along with them just fine.
  • Oh Crap!: Has happened quite a few times.
    • Happens to Limburger almost every time when his tower is about to get destroyed.
    • The Pulverizer gets this when he hits Throttle's Berserk Button.
  • Origins Episode: The 1993 series three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Mars" heavily consists of flashback sequences that give more detailed explanations of how Modo lost his arm as well as revealing why Throttle always wears green sunglasses, why Vinnie wears a metal plate over half his face, and what the Biker Mice went through before they left Mars. The 2006 series also does this in the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth", where they explain why the Catatonians went to war with the Martian mice and how Ronaldo Rump became rich.
  • Planet of Hats: All Plutarkians are evil, greedy bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.
  • Previously On:
    • In the original series, this is done with Karbunkle in "The Reeking Reign of the Head Cheese", Fred in "Back to Mars", Greasepit in "Biker Knights of the Round Table", and Charley in "Once Upon a Time on Mars".
    • The 2006 Revival also has recaps for its multi-part episodes, with Carbine explaining what happened in the last part for the series premiere "The Adventure Begins" and Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo doing the job in the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth".
  • Product Placement: The PAL version of the SNES game included loads of advertising for Snickers candy bars. This includes altered character sprites to show them holding Snickers bars, billboards plastered with the Snickers logo everywhere, and even a Snickers power-up that restored health.
  • Psycho for Hire: Limburger employs several of them to eliminate the Biker Mice. It never goes well.
  • Punny Name: Charley Davidson.
    • Also The Big Cheese himself, Limburger.
  • Rated M for Manly: They ride motorcycles...check. Hardened survivors of a genocidal war carried out against their kind...check. Olympic athlete bodies, perpetually shirtless at least in part, and with superstrength...check. Hard rock intro...check. Their base is located under a baseball stadium and their diet consists of hot dogs and root beer (with the feeling that if the show wasn't for kids they'd drop the root part)...check. It's even sometimes lampshaded in the show itself.
  • Rearrange the Song: The theme song of the 2006 revival is a remixed version of the original 1993 series' theme song.
  • Recycled In Space: The series has a startling resemblance to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, except the animals featured are from space.
  • La Résistance: The mice are from this, and Carbine now leads it. While the mice still had an army, the two often clashed. It's a wonder they're still together.
  • Revival: In 2006, with new character designs and stuff. Reactions were mixed.
  • Role Reprisal: While the 2006 revival had most of the supporting characters recast, some of the actors from the original series return to reprise their roles.
    • Rob Paulsen, Ian Ziering, and Dorian Harewood all return as Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo.
    • William Morgan Sheppard and Susan Silo reprise their roles as Lawrence Limburger and Dr. Karbunkle in the few episodes featuring them.
    • Luke Perry returns as Napoleon Brie in "Once Upon a Time on Earth, Part Two".
    • Peter Strauss reprises his role as Stoker for five episodes, with Jim Ward replacing him for the rest of the series.
  • Rule of Cool: Definitely runs on this, if the innumerable one-liners and explosions weren't a give-away.
  • Running Gag: LOADS.
    • Almost every one of the named Plutarkians has a cheesy name. Ohohoho. Glorious.
    • Dr. Karbunkle has a new title of respect for Limburger every time they speak (Your Supreme Cheesiness, Your Thick-Sliciness, etc)
    • Limburger's evil headquarters is demolished once an episode by the Biker Mice. "High Rollin' Rodents" had the protagonists destroy the building at the BEGINNING of the episode, forcing Limburger to rebuild it over the course of the show, only to have it destroyed AGAIN at the end.
    • Grease Pit's pay—specifically the lack thereof.
    • Grease Pit slipping on his own grease—which happens almost every time we see him.
    • Evil Eye Weevil breaking his fragile bones and his henchmen having to fix them.
    • The three-part finale "Once Upon a Time on Mars" has a running gag of Modo's nephew Rimfire disobeying someone and that person remarking "Remind me never to have kids". This is first done with Carbine, then with Modo, and afterwards done preemptively by Rimfire when he disobeys Harley. The very last occurrence of the gag has Rimfire say "Remind me never to have kids" in response to being teased for still being young.
  • Sequel Series: The 2006 series takes place several years after the 1993 series.
  • Series Continuity Error: While the 2006 series is meant to be a follow-up to the original 1993 cartoon, Vinnie is depicted eating pizza in some episodes even though the original show established that the Biker Mice hated cheese and the Biker Mice's motorcycles have different names.
  • Setting as a Character: A variation on this trope, though never expanded upon: the bikes are alive, and have feelings. When neglected, they buck their riders and sulk. Lil' Hoss (Modo's bike, the only named bike on the show) has the most AI.
  • Shout-Out: Lots of nods to popular culture of The '70s and The '80s. Lots and lots of nods.
    • In "What Smells Worse than a Plutarkian Lawyer?", the mice had to prevent a nuclear explosion. Their manual had a picture of Homer Simpson running away with lots of donuts and is written by Mongomery Burns.
    • The very first episode has a two-for-one deal with the Exterminator: it's a robot looking suspiciously like a biker version of a T-800 without the flesh cover, and Dr. Karbunkle orders him to "Exterminate them".
    • The Mexican Spanish dub does this to almost Product Placement levels, since the dub mention many soap operas who were broadcasted in the same network the series was showed at the time of broadcasting.
    • In the 2006 episode "British Invasion", one of Sir Richard Brand Something's robot minions is addressed as "R2".
  • Stay in the Kitchen: On occasion, the Mice have this attitude towards Charlie. She's never seen as pleased with this, and she's at least as competent as the mice are—partially because they've got egos the size of Mars, and hers is much more realistic. In their defense, it's mainly because they don't want her to get hurt because they desperately need her mechanical skills.
  • Super Window Jump: Epitomized in Grease Pit's lament "Don't these guys ever use doors?"
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Limburger's lamenting that "it's so hard to find good help these days". It also serves as a Catch Phrase for him.
  • Swiss Bank Account: Lord Camembert hides money in the trope's Plutarkian counterpart.
  • Take That:
    • In the episode "We Don't Need No Stinkin' City", Limburger orders Karbunkle to send him the stinkiest and nastiest crooks Plutark has to offer (he is referring to the Loogie Brothers). Karbunkle's response is to protest "Not The Smurfs!" To further hit the nail on the head, Limburger also dismisses Karbunkle's assumption by saying that the Smurfs are not suitable for fighting the Biker Mice at all.
    • The 2006 episode "Changes" has two. One is that Vinnie refuses to follow Stoker into the sewers because the sewer contains "big, mean, smartallecky turtles". Another one happens at the end of the episode, when Vinnie regrets not getting a chance to see Cats and Modo responds by groaning in disgust.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: How Limburger brings each Psycho for Hire to Earth.
  • Telescoping Robot: Each of the three bikes do this. Vinnie's flare-things also expand before being used.
  • Temporary Blindness:
    • Two mice get eye injuries. With Modo, it's only one, but Throttle gets both taken out. They are kindly "replaced" (necessary or not) by Dr. Karbunkle, but a malfunction in Throttle's eyes renders him blind. The sunglasses fix that.
    • It could be speculated that Modo also had both eyes taken out and had only one replaced, which could explain why it glows when he gets angry.
    • That or Karbunkle implanted something into his eye.
    • "Once upon a time on Mars" shows that Modo lost both eyes, one of which was replaced with cybernetic implant synched to his new right arm. And Throttle's eyes were damaged in a way that made them hypersensitive to light at very least, forcing him to make new shades which would serve as a filter and, probably, aiming support system.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: "Modo Hangs It Up"
  • Theme Naming: Most Plutarkians have cheese-based names (Limburger, Brie); the Catatonians have cat-based names and the Mice are named after either weapons or motorcycle parts/terms.
  • Time Travel:
    • "Biker Knights of the Round Table" has the Biker Mice go back to medieval times.
    • "Hickory Dickory Doc" has the Biker Mice try to stop Limburger's plan to go back to the time of the dinosaurs so he can steal land from Chicago before the city existed.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: One suspects Fred the Mutant falls into this.
  • Totally Radical: All three Biker Mice (plus the radio station) have a tendency to use cheesy slang, but Vinnie takes the cake.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo love hot dogs and root beer.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The "ice asteroids" from "Back To Mars" are patently weird, but nobody pays it any mind. They are a minor plot point later on. They bring water back to Mars. Which isn't exactly the problem with the planet, but anyway...
  • Upgrade Artifact: The bikes get equipment upgrades quite often, courtesy of Charley's Wrench Wench-ery, in order to handle episode-specific theme problems.
  • Villain Song: The 2006 series episode "Turf Wars" has songs for the Rats and Harley as well as a duet for Dr. Catorkian and Hairball.
  • Villain Team-Up: Brie and Limburger, to name one of many.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Chicago is the target of alien and monstrous beings sent to rid Limburger of the mice, who are the only thing between him and gobbling everything up. Which makes one wonder how he was stopped before the mice got there.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Um, the 8th episode. And Vinnie's outfit 90% of the time. Two green belts across your chest in a X shape don't count as a shirt.
    • All of them, really. Throttle's vest and Modo's chestplate are constructed seemingly to show off how outrageously muscular they are.
  • Wall Crawl: With bikes.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Modo's bike Lil' Hoss can't stand polka music.
  • Weird Trade Union: Grease Pit mentions a henchmen's union in an offhand remark. Rat Trap also mentions getting a medical plan—presumably for monsters of the week.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The original series' three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Mars" consists mostly of flashbacks explaining in full detail what the Biker Mice went through during the Plutarkian invasion of Mars before they ended up on Earth.
  • With My Hands Tied:
    Throttle: Sand raiders? I can take sand raiders with both eyes tied behind my back.
  • Wrench Wench: Charley, and Harley from "Once Upon a Time on Mars".
  • You and What Army?:
    • In "Cheese Cadets", when Lawrence Limburger's Mooks and later Greasepit and Karbunkle went on a strike, he hired the Pulverizer to train a better team of mooks. Unfortunately, the Pulverizer decided to overthrow Limburger, who decided to ask the question, and he answered: "YOUR army!"
    • Hard Rock poses the same question hen Limburger first tries to pressure him into working again.
    Limburger: Since you asked... (gestures to his group of mooks, all with weapons at the ready) this army.
    Hard Rock: Oh. I see your point.
  • You Can Run, but You Can't Hide
  • You Dirty Rat: Smacked with this several times.

Alternative Title(s): Biker Mice From Mars

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