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.
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.
Camera Abuse - Various occasions where Grease Pit's, well, grease splatters the camera.
The Cast Showoff: The Mice were particularly fond of breaking out into classic rock songs while they were kicking bad-guy butt in the first series, and none of them were really bad singers. Except for Vinnie.
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.
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.
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.
False Reassurance: In one of the episodes featuring Pit Boss, the mice told Lawrence Limburger they'd not destroy Limburger Plaza that time. A guy Limburger had framed in that episode used his truck to drag the tower to the pit.
Getting Crap Past the Radar - Modo: "That makes me more than just mad. Now, I'm mad as—" [cut] Limburger: "Hello, fellow citizens of Chicago."
One of the reasons the Finnish dub is so well loved is because of all the crap it managed to get past the radar. In one particularly memorable instance, from the episode "Steal of the Century", Modo calls Limburger's newest investment (a ridiculously destructive fighter plane) a dildo of all things. Another notable moment comes after the Sand Raiders' boss's attempt at Go-Go Enslavement mentioned below; Charley up front calls him a "sex addict" after subduing him.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Last of His Kind - The bat-mouse-thing that only lives on Mars and only eats one flower, of which there is only one remaining sample, preserved in Limburger's museum. The mice then proceed to feed the last bit of the plant to the bat, destroying any hope of either species living again. Somebody didn't think that through.
Latex Perfection - Limburger's mask. Taken to an extreme when Grease Pit wears Limburger's mask with no appreciable difference between them—aside from the neck down.
Also, Mace's disguise in "Once Upon a Time, on Mars".
Mr. Fanservice - In one episode, Modo attends a costume party at Limburger's, dressed in a tuxedo, where he proves to be a huge hit with the women present, who cannot stop swooning over him and even fainting in his presence, especially after he easily takes out an attacking Greasepit and looking suave and smooth while doing so.
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. Who knows how many gay male furries this show and Street Sharks spawned in the '90s...
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. One episode 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.
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.
In one episode, the mice had to prevent a nuclear explosion. Their manual had a picture of Homer Simpson running away with lots of donuts.
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 the first thing he says is "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.
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?"
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.
Episode 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 hypersensetive to light at very least, forcing him to make new shades which would serve as a filter and, probably, aiming support system.
Totally Radical - All three Biker Mice (plus the radio station) do this, but Vinnie takes the cake.
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.
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.
Throttle: Sand raiders? I can take sand raiders with both eyes tied behind my back.
Wrench Wench - Charley, and the short-lived Harley from "Once Upon a Time on Mars".
You and What Army? - When Lawrence Limburger's Mooks and later Greasepit and Karbunkle went on a strike, he hired someone to train a better team of mooks. Unfortunately, the villain he called decided to overthrow Limburger, who decided to ask the question, and the betrayer showed the new mooks and answered: "YOUR army!"
Hard Roack 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.