Western Animation / Hot Wheels Acceleracers

Live to drive, drive to survive!
"Wisdom is a circle, Dr. Tezla. What you receive... you must give back."
Vert Wheeler

Hot Wheels: Acceleracers is a CGI-animated saga by created by Mainframe Entertainment, known for the Genre Launch of CGI animation after creating ReBoot, and endorsed by Mattel. Initially, it was planned to run for six movies, but stopped at four, with webisodes bridging the gaps between each movie. Said movies ran as specials on the Toonami block of Cartoon Network.

Continuing after the events of Hot Wheels World Race, former multiversal grand prix competitors turned street racers, Vert Wheeler, Taro Kitano & brothers Kurt and Markie Wylde find themselves teaming back up with Dr. Peter Tesla. Gelorum and her army of Racing Drones have reappeared to take back the Wheel of Power and are accessing the Racing Realms. The Racing Realms have tracks that are dominated by specific elements that make for severe driving conditions (such as the Fog Realm for driving in, well, fog conditions). Those who conquer a Realm gains an Accelecharger which allows a car to drive with no complications in the conditions of the associated realm. With the help of Dr. Tezla, the racers enter the realms to obtain the Accelechargers before Gelorum's Drones do.

The movies stand as follows:

  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – Ignition (Released January 8, 2005, 60 minutes)
  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – The Speed of Silence (Released March 19, 2005, 60 minutes)
  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – Breaking Point (Released June 25, 2005, 60 minutes)
  • Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – The Ultimate Race (Released October 1, 2005, 60 minutes)

A much more detailed synopsis of all four movies that originally was part of this page's description can be found on the Recap page. Additional tropes from World Race are listed here for context.

For the most part, it was Merchandise-Driven, just like its predecessor, Hot Wheels: Highway 35 World Race. The competent storyline and very vehicle in the toyline being tailor-made to fit in with the story suggests it was also made for the art, much like ReBoot. Because Mattel paid to make these movies, it was impossible to be Screwed by the Network, as they would just take their business elsewhere- but the company that did the CGI animation was another story.

All four movies were released to shelves over the course of 2005, but for unknown reasons, the series was Left Hanging at the end of the fourth film. It's highly likely this is because Mainframe ran into unresolved monetary issues that resulted in their inability to make more films. Eventually, this caused a fallout that led to their buyout by Rainmaker in 2007. Since then, Hot Wheels has not given insight as to whether this series will be concluded.

Unfortunately, a large period of time has muddled the presence of AcceleRacers, as it is never seen beyond the internet these days. However, when a film hits the YouTube community, it gains notable viewership. Until the cliffhanger is resolved, this series floats in limbo. More recently, Vert Wheeler's character reappeared as the lead character in Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, but that series has no connection to World Race and AcceleRacers.

Hot Wheels World Race provides examples of:

  • Always Save the Girl: When Lani says she needs help Taro immediately goes back to save her. Vert does the same, but only because he wasn't sure Taro could save her on his own.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Markie is this to Kurt Wylde
  • Ascended Extra: Dan Dresden, who goes from just a random name that Markie mentions to leader of the Street Breed and finishing in 3rd place.
  • All There in the Manual: The Racers not brought up by name, taken to ridiculous extremes with the Scorchers, where the only information given is that their team leader,Taro, is rich, has ski-ed down Mt. Everest twice, and in relationship with Lani Tam. We don't even discover that Taro's supposed to be Asian until his redesign in AcceleRacers. Number 35 gets a few non-speaking cameos, but is the only other Scorcher to appear in the flesh more than once.
  • Artistic License:Physics: Vert's final Jump to return the Wheel. The rest of the stunts may be justified, given the fact that the materials for the cars is never given, no car ever reaches 300 mph, and they're racing in an alternate dimension where gravity might be slightly weaker.
  • Bash Brothers: Though not of the team-up variety, Kurt and Markie frequently cause other drivers to experience collisions. At one point, they're even bashing each other.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Too many times to count. It's become a staple of the series for this to happen.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Enforced, Zedd-36 thinks he can win without cheating but Gelorum forces him to anyway.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Kurt Wylde (though he was never evil per-see, only misled.)
  • Five-Man Band along with Five-Token Band: Determined by the plot: among the Team Leaders with a rotation of three Sixth Ranger s.
    • The Hero: Vert Wheeler
    • The Lancer: Kurt Wylde
    • The Heart: Brian Kadeem
    • The Big Guy: Taro Kitano
    • The Reckless Pacifist: Banjee Castillo
    • Sixth Ranger: Markie is unusual in that he is a Tag Along Kid as well, and not the last among the group to join the Good Guys: that honor belongs to his older brother, Kurt.
      • Alec Wood and Dan Dresden spend some time as Sixth Rangers themselves on the track, if not in the plot, both finishing 3rd at their best in a leg.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Though some of them bicker with each other on occasion, each of the drivers get along surprisingly well with each other even while racing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kurt Wylde ... so very much. He's not willing to sabotage the other drivers. And he doesn't want his younger brother Markie to get hurt.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Haziz. The old black man that Kadeem sees. It's unknown if it's a hallucination, if it's real, or what.
  • Nitro Boost: Dr. Tezla provided all cars with a Nitrox-2 system, which allows any driver to reach the maximum speed of 300 mph. Also includes flaming trails and wheels.
  • One-Liner: Multiple:
    • "What's the matter, Banjee? Didn't you ever learn how to grind a half-pipe?"
    • "Wisdom is a circle; what you receive you must give back."
    • "I'm out of here." (said by Vert right before the Wheel of Power reopens the Portal.)
    • "Some people just can't drive in traffic."
    • "Let's see how well you drive...in HALF a car. "
    • "I'm gonna pass you."
  • Ordered to Cheat: Kurt Wylde by Gelorum.
  • Older Than They Act: Markie, only in comparison to Vert. Markie constantly gives the impression that he's younger than Vert, which wouldn't be a problem if Vert wasn't more than a couple days older than sixteen. It doesn't help that the adjective that Markie evokes is "younger" due to being Kurt's younger brother. So either Markie is only a couple of days to a week younger than Vert (if the World Race started soon after Vert got the Deora II), or Markie is older than Vert.
  • Plot Threads: Despite being the main character, Vert's personal growth, aside from a single conversation with Kadeem and helping Taro save Lani, is almost entirely relegated to the Grand Finale, rendering Vert into a temporary Decoy Protagonist or Tritagonist, depending on your preference, while Taro and Banjee are placed center-stage on the track, and Kurt Wylde alternates sharing the non-racing spotlight with Kadeem and Markie.
  • Reality Ensues: Both played straight and possibly averted. When Vert's dad appears (Vert only left a note while his dad was away on duty), he promptly has Vert grounded for a month. Though you would think that if a parent discovered that their 16-year old had just prevented the most powerful known energy source from falling into evil hands, and donated his 5 million dollars from winning the race to help a group of Africans in desperate need, would probably not ground the kid.
  • The Reveal: Kurt Wylde is Zedd-36. Though it's not particularly hard to figure out due to the fact that Slingshot and Zedd-36 are the same shape and never appear together. The "Why is that surf rat prowling around?" scene almost cements it beforehand. Also, Gelorum isn't human.
    • "That's pretty wild. Even for Kurt."
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Vert's surfing and skateboarding skills, Sidedraft's Eye in the Sky, the Turbo Jets' on the Wave Ripper's cars (Vert relies on them for EVERYTHING.)
  • True Companions: Alec is this to Vert. Later on, Markie is as well to Vert.
  • White Hair, Black Heart Looking sleek in all black, white-haired Gelorum is the primary villain and very evil, wanting the racers "eliminated".
  • Vague Age: No one but Vert is given a confirmed age beyond "over sixteen." Though Alec and Markie are likely to be in the sixteen-seventeen range.

Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers provides examples of:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Vert's jumping off the track and falling down several dozens meters to catch up to Gelorum in the Cliffside Realm should have destroyed his car on impact. Possibly justified, however, since the Accelerons might have tweaked with gravity in that realm.
    • Either that, or his car is Made of Indestructium.
  • Adorkable: Monkey. He's so awkward and silly that you gotta just love him.
  • All Just a Dream: At the beginning of the Speed of Silence, Dr. Tezla without his biosuit is an indication that the attack by Gelorum and the drones on the Acceledrome is only this. In hindsight, so is the green-glowing symbol as it never appears on the hologram at any other point.
  • All There in the Manual: There was a collectible card game released as a tie-in to the movies which provides various bits of info about the setting of Acceleracers, especially the realms. Some interesting Realms shown in the series include the Micro Realm, where the racers are shrunk to the size of toy cars, the Warped Realm, where Reality Is Out to Lunch, the Reactor Realm, which takes place in what's left of a nuclear power plant, the Blizzard Realm, which has the worst of the Ice Realm turned Up to Eleven and the Solar Realm, which is a massive lap around the sun as the racers avoid the occasional sunspot that lands on the track. It's possible that if a new film comes out, they'll be featured as part of its Realm ensemble.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The Accelechargers; and just like the World Race, Nitrox-2
  • Art Evolution: Some of the characters from Highway 35 look different. Most notable are the changes to Taro and Lani.
  • Badass Crew: Everyone shows off their awesomeness at some point. It may be beating up robots, standing up to a tougher opponent, or just straight up being a capable driver with some serious skills. It's definitely shown in the final movie, where the two teams have finally teamed up together to save Markie from the drones. While this goes on, Vert has to race against Gelorum, who has all the Accelechargers. All of the drivers plus Lani and Tezla put in their effort and give a little somehow. With Lani giving tips to Vert that definitely helped him win the race to Monkey taking down the driver drone of the Sweeper in the Cosmic Realm, it just shows how amazing everyone is. Don't you dare mess with this crew.
  • The Big Guy: Porkchop. He's the most big and buff out of all the Metal Maniacs.
    • The Metal Maniacs (save for Monkey) are generally bulkier than the other characters.
  • Bookends: The first movie shows the sign to Highway 35 being knocked off its post, indicating that the good times of the World Race are long past. In the fourth movie, Markie sees the displaced sign and remounts it, signifying all is well again.
  • Butt Monkey: Monkey. He's usually the one getting the most scared.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Too many times to count. It's become a staple of the series for this to happen.
  • Catch Phrase: Move some metal! (by the Metal Maniacs).
    • "I'm going to pass you." — Taro
  • Chekhov's Gun: The drone ( a.k.a Sparky) that comes through the portal with Vert gives Karma knowledge on how the Racing Drones operate. Kurt's plan in the Ultimate Race couldn't have happened without Taro in the Water Realm and his Miracle Rally attempt that lands him in the Drone Headquarters.
    • Chekhov's Boomerang: Sparky provides the distraction Vert needs to drive Reverb in pursuit of Gelorum in the Ultimate Race, and then eventually clues the other drivers that Vert is alive at the end of the Ultimate Race.
    • Chekhov's Gunman: Shirako is this as a driver. If he shows up inside the Realm, he's going to do something very important plot-wise. This usually entails screwing up the track's plan (done in the Swamp, Cavern Realm, and Junk Realm) with Bassline. If not, he's shown having his vehicle transport destroyed (Motorcycle in the Pipeline Realm, his car both the Cliffside Realm and the Drone HQ) for something plot relevant. He also gives Monkey the Drone legs that become the bottom half to Sparky at the end of the Junk Realm. His Cliffside Realm maneuver is even copied by Vert in the Ultimate Race.
  • Collectible Card Game: They made one where you get through racing realms using cards.
  • Continuity Nod: Kurt's time as Zedd-36 under Gelorum
  • Color-Coded Characters: Teku have blue, Metal Maniacs have muted tones and red, Racing Drones have green and the Silencerz have purple.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Most all the drivers have a set color palet for their cars, (if the car is not destroyed) , to help memorize who is driving what, along with the aforementioned Color-Coded Characters. note 
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The true fate of the lost driver Kadeem. After getting lost in the Storm Realm the drones take him and mess him up quite badly. He's only half-human now.
  • Darker and Edgier: So very much.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Monkey's full name, Mitchell Mc Clurg.
  • Down To The Last Driver: Vert in the Ultimate Race, Taro in the Water Realm.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The swamp monsters in the Swamp Realm.
  • The Faceless: The Silencerz. We only get to see one of them without their helmets.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Lani wonders how all eight of the drivers could get inside the Drone HQ, she trails off, a Gilligan Cut follows of the drivers actually doing it.
  • Flat Character: Shirako, due to his lack of personality outside "listening to music" in the Realms to the Drones' disadvantage, and the fact that he keeps disappearing Mid-Realm (from the viewer standpoint) at arguably the worst possible time.
  • Foil:
    • The Teku and the Metal Maniacs are rivaling street racing groups, who contrast each other in looks/clothes, taste of music and the designs of their cars.
    • Nolo (young and sometimes short-tempered) and Tork (experienced and calm).
  • Forgiveness: In Ultimate Race, Tork apologizes to Nolo for Tone's death, at which Nolo finally admits it wasn't Tork's fault—it was Tone's, as he hadn't paid attention while drifting.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Tezla's dream at the beginning of Speed of Silence foreshadows that the drones will get all of the Accelechargers.
    • The two "normal cars" near the end of the Metro Realm trying to escape the Sweeper foreshadows that the regular drivers aren't the only ones in the realm. There's the Silencerz.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Deora II and the racing Drone at the end of the Storm realm.
  • Homing Boulders: The Drone's ram/bumper weapon is to follow the track despite not having any apparent guidance mechanism.
  • "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Taro invokes this at the Junk Realm against a Silencer posing as Kurt.
  • Irony: At the end of "World Race", Gelorum asks how well Vert would drive with only half a car. Fastforward to AcceleRacers, Vert completes the Storm Realm with only the front half of his car, giving the Deora II the honor of being the only World Race car to be sliced in half in the realms.
    • Despite being a surfer and an ex Wave Ripper, Vert fails spectacularly in the Water Realm.
  • Left Hanging: The end on a cliffhanger and fans have yet to receive any closure on the matter. GREAT.
  • Karma Houdini: Shirako, Bassline only sustains damage once and even after Shirako bails using the EDR in the Cliffside Realm, it reappears. On top of that, even though he can't hear his surroundings due to his headphones, he never once gets caught in a trap in any Realm. Not even when he has a pair of drone legs obscuring his vision on the portion of the Junk Realm, where bad timing leads you getting swatted off the track with a giant revolving metal spike ball.
  • Madeof Explodium: Whenever a Racing Drone is forced off the track or crashes into a wall. If they're not squashed, smashed or broken into pieces, expect an explosive end for that poor robot.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The drones.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Every car highlighted in the show was made into a Hot Wheels car for the 2005 model line (and many have been re-issued for later model lines). It's painfully obvious after the Storm Realm in Ignition. Of the 35 cars present in the World Race, only the front half of the Deora II is able to finish a Realm. Slingshot, '70 Plymouth Road Runner, Crazy 8s, Sidedraft (Dan Dresden's car), Ballistik (Banjee's car), and Switchback (Alec Wood's car) are confirmed to be lost racing through the Realms. ( Ballistik makes a cameo in the Swamp Realm, giving it the unlikely honor of the most recent appearance of a World Race car.) Slingshot ends up overturned with a wheel snapped off, resulting in its abandonment, because there's no time to rescue it before the portal shuts. Krazy 8's has its parachute vaporized by Drones, sending it plummeting into the abyss. Taro's '70's Roadrunner has its electronics toasted by a freak lightning strike, it actually gets towed out of the realm but is never used again. Deora II almost joins the completely lost list, becoming half the car it used to be when Vert skims through the portal just as it closes, and it effectively bisects his vehicle between dimensions upon shutting. All the old cars get abandoned in the Storm Realm, and some sources say that Switchback, despite no cameo, is there as well. Sidedraft, in some sources, is presumably in the Fog realm, or the Dimension realm.
  • Miracle Rally: Taro attempts this at the end of the Water Realm. He gets out in the nick of time, losing the back spoiler of his car.
  • Mythology Gag: Vert's dad is the main character from the old 1960s Hot Wheels television show: Jack "Rabbit" Wheeler.
  • Nitro Boost: The Nitrox-2 makes a return but along the way, Monkey develops a new formula dubbed "Nitrox-3 1/2" which allows a driver to go 300 mph in reverse! This is demonstrated by Taro when he ended up in the Drone HQ by accident.
    • In The Ultimate Race, Tezla installed a Nitrox-2 Afterburner in Vert's Reverb. It seems to give more kick compared to the usual Nitrox 2 and can be used a lot more sparingly.
  • Long NOO!!!!: Monkey's reaction when Gig tells him they aren't getting paid.
  • Once More, with Clarity!:
    • The last time we see the flashback to Tone's crash we see that he actually recovered just fine from Tork hitting him and then lost control while drifting. This is also when Nolo forgives Tork.
    • The first part of the cliffside realm ends with Kurt ramming Shirako off the track. The second and third parts show that a drone had damaged Shirako's car to the point where it would explode but his music was too loud for him to hear the others warn him, Kurt rammed him to force him to EDR.
  • One-Liner: "I've got trouble." —- Taro. Cue fifteen seconds later, "I've got more trouble."
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Each racing realm has a different type of challenge to overcome. Only a racer who learns to overcome it will reach the finish.
    • Only a racer who passes through each realm using skill, and not the Accele-Chargers, may join the Accelerons
  • Plot Parallel: The Water Realm almost perfectly sums up the realms for the drivers before the Ultimate Race. Vert continues to experience sub-par driving. Markie attempts to take revenge on Kurt only for the drones to wreck it. A Teku driver uses the Swamp Accelecharger to get back onto the track. And Shirako either plays his music loudly or is unaccounted for half the Realm.
  • Power Glows: Whenever the Accelechargers are used during driving.
    • The Acceleron's telekineses on Gelorum and creating a Wheel of Power.
  • Precursors: The Accelerons are sufficiently advanced beings whose members are able to create dimension portals and Wheels of Power, use telekinesis and transform existing matter into another form just by moving their fingers.
  • The Quiet One: Despite his loud music, it's Shirako, to the point where some of Realm's plots begin to rely on forgetting about him unless he's necessary. He's not shown captured in the Swamp Realm. He's not anywhere near Taro at the end of the Water Realm (but is confirmed to get out), despite clearly getting back on the Track. And you wonder how he got out of the Pipeline Realm, considering he was standing in front of a Silencerz car after his motorcycle got trashed.
    • It wasn't a Silencerz, though. It was Dr. Tesla.
    • Taro qualifies as well.
  • The Reveal:
    • Vert's dad is one of the Silencerz.
    • There were previous human drivers in the realms.
  • Robot War: On racetracks!
  • Robot Buddy: Gig for Dr. Tezla. Tezla cares for Gig as if he was a son. Sparky is also this for the drivers.
  • Rubber Band AI: With the exception of the Swamp Realm, the drones are this.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: Averted so very much. It's an actual Realm, and it gives a history of the Accelerons.
  • Running Gag: Any drone not in a car near Shirako always end up getting destroyed due to Bassline, to the point where he takes out more drones than anybody else in the series.
  • Secret Test of Character: The racing realms were designed to create "the perfect driver". Each realm teaching a different kind of driving skill. The point of the final race is not to be first. Rather to show your skill by making it through each realm over again, and not using the Accele-Chargers.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Taro says a variation after ending up the Drone HQ by accident at the conclusion of his first go through of the Water Realm.
  • Serious Business: The Accelerons treat racing like this, given all the effort they put into engineering the racing realms.
  • Sequel Hook: A huge one, unfortunately a sequel doesn't appear to be in the works.
  • Spanner in the Works: Shirako and his usage of Bassline's speakers. The Accelerons clearly didn't plan for him blasting his music at the giant bugs and bats in the Swamp and Cavern Realms respectively. Nor for him to cause the Junk Realm piles to collapse on the track. The Drones certainly didn't plan on him either as he both dispatches a group of Drone motorcyclists or provides the inspiration for Vert during the Cliffside Realm in the Ultimate Race. If Vert hadn't done it, Gelorum would have won the race by a landslide.
  • Steel Eardrums: Shirako's. He should have gone deaf by now.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Shirako's Bassline (And eardrums) In the Cliffside Realm mini-episode, a drone disrupts Shirako's boosters to point where his car will explode if he tries using them. Yet in the Junk Realm, the same thing happens and Bassline doesn't suffer any damage. The strength and frequency of the car's soundwaves also varies, able to be heard without deafening the listener, and yet still be able to destroy Drone Motorcycle bots and giant bugs and bats.
  • Stunned Silence: When Taro accidentally ends up in the Drone HQ
  • Third Realm Stupidity: Vert in the water Realm
  • Tragic Keepsake: Nolo has Tone's broken necklace from the crash that killed him.
  • Tron Lines: Not overtly, but they are part of the drones' design and their base of operation.
    • Some of the racing realms have these as well.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: What Gelorum has had done to Kadeem and Marky - the latter is rescued soon enough that only one of his arms is replaced. The first becomes a gelorum-like drone.
  • Virtual Training Simulation: Karma is seen using one.
  • The Voiceless: The Silencerz never speak aloud while seen on screen. It's subverted at the end of Ultimate Race when Jack Wheeler reveals himself to be as one of the Silencerz to Vert and tell his son they need to talk.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Due to the last two movies not being finished, Kadeem's final fate after falling from the tower is left unknown. Given he was transformed into a drone, his body could have survived the crash.
    • Another example: Ever wondered what happened to other racers before the show? Given the state of his car, Banjee's dead. The other two confirmed racers, Dan Dresden and Alec Wood are likely to be as well.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Silencerz provide a minor example.