Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats
is a 1995 animated series. It takes place in the world of Autopia, which is populated by two races: dog-cars and cat-cars. The main characters are Hot Rod and his friends Carbs, Doggone and Benz, who are on the run from Autopia's ruler, The Crusher, and his henchman, Scarhood.
- The Alleged Car: Benz. He is constantly falling apart while driving.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The characters come in all kinds of colors.
- The Atoner: Gus, the mechanic who built the Crusher, helps the team out to make up for his mistake.
- Bounty Hunter: Scarhood.
- By-the-Book Cop: Gridlocker #6, having read the files on Hot Rod, has doubts over how much of a criminal he really is. After he saves her from falling, she reinflates his punctured tire and allows him to escape in return.
- The Chosen One: Suggested. Both Gus and the Crusher hinted that Hot Rod is "special", but never elaborated on it.
- Cool Big Sis: Carbs' sister, Spare Parts.
- The Dragon: Scarhood is this to the Crusher.
- Evil Minions: The Choppers, Scarhood's henchmen. They attack other cars, looking to strip them down for parts.
- Fantastic Racism: Sometimes seen between the cats and the dogs.
- Flying Car: One of the abilities of Hot Rod's customised form.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Both Gus and Spare Parts qualify.
- Genius Loci: The Crusher is a sentient trash compacting complex.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The Crusher, who went from being a glorified garbage disposal to the unquestioned ruler of Autopia.
- Hypnotic Eyes: The One-Shot Character Jag possessed these.
- Interspecies Romance: Hot Rod, a dog-car, and Carbs the cat-car have a mutual crush on each other.
- The Mentor: Doggone has shades of this.
- The Mole: In one episode a young dog-car named Towhead is sent to infiltrate Hot Rod's group and lead them into a trap.
- Near Villain Victory. The Crusher succeeds in trapping the heroes in his inner workings. He is about to crush them when a "crank popper" Doggone had gotten for Benz falls into his inner workings, disrupting them enough for the heroes to escape.
- Police Are Useless: The Gridlockers, Autopia's police force, are utterly incapable of catching Hot Rod and his friends.
- Pink Means Feminine: Carbs.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Baby Bumpers.
- Super Mode: Hot Rod and Carbs both get one, courtesy of Gus.
- Talking To Yourself: Doggone and Benz are both voiced by Frank Welker, while The Crusher and Scarhood are both voiced by Jim Cummings.