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* Bowdlerise: Surprisingly averted for the most part in the English dub. Despite airing in UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation, when MoralGuardians held absurd power over animation studios, ''Speed Racer'' still had most of the dark elements of ''Mach Go Go Go'', including physical fighting, gunfire, explosions, and even characters being killed.

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* Bowdlerise: {{Bowdlerization}}: Surprisingly averted for the most part in the English dub. Despite airing in UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation, when MoralGuardians held absurd power over animation studios, ''Speed Racer'' still had most of the dark elements of ''Mach Go Go Go'', including physical fighting, gunfire, explosions, and even characters being killed.

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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Arsenal]]: Every time there's a car chase of Speed vs. the villains, the villains' cars will always have three dashboard buttons: one for a pair of machine guns, the second for an oil slick, and the third will always be something different with each villain (flamethrower, poison gas, barrel bombs, and so on).


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* RuleOfThree: When Speed car-chases the villains, their dashboards always have three buttons for weapons to try to kill him.


* JackieRobinsonStory: This was the plot for the first two episodes. Speed wants to be a professional racer, but Pops doesn't want him to, mainly because he think he's needs a lot of practice, and doesn't want him to act like Rex. Eventually, Pops lets Speed be one after "The Mysterious Masked Racer" after Trixie and Sparky convinced him.

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* DrivingUpAWall: The Mach 5 has the B button which deploy belt tires. This can let him drive on walls or near vertical mountain walls.


''Speed Racer'' is remembered by Americans for its goofy character designs, limited animation and a ''very'' low-quality English localization, courtesy of Trans-Lux and Zavala-Riss Productions, as well as its memorable characters and over-the-top sensibilities. The show is both fondly remembered and reviled by many anime fans not for introducing anime to a wider audience, but for coloring its general image at the time. Speed's effeminate look, the way the dubbing actors have to race through the dialogue and narration to fit in all the exposition, and the long sequences without movement all combine to create a style that defined not only this show, but the view of [[AnimationAgeGhetto anime in general for generations of Americans]].

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''Speed Racer'' is remembered by Americans for its goofy character designs, limited animation and a ''very'' low-quality English localization, courtesy of Trans-Lux and Zavala-Riss Productions, as well as its memorable characters and over-the-top sensibilities. The show is both fondly remembered and reviled by many anime fans not for introducing anime to a wider audience, but for coloring its general image at the time. Speed's effeminate look, the way the dubbing actors have to race through the dialogue and narration to fit in all the exposition, exposition and keep up with the lip flaps, and the long sequences without movement all combine to create a style that defined not only this show, but the view of [[AnimationAgeGhetto anime in general for generations of Americans]].


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* Bowdlerise: Surprisingly averted for the most part in the English dub. Despite airing in UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation, when MoralGuardians held absurd power over animation studios, ''Speed Racer'' still had most of the dark elements of ''Mach Go Go Go'', including physical fighting, gunfire, explosions, and even characters being killed.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: One scene in the "Desperate Desert Race" arc featured the VillainOfTheWeek sneak scorpions into Speed and his rival of the week Kim's car before a race, intending to assassinate them. The scorpion is heavily implied to be very venomous, as Speed and Kim resort to doing a rolling jump out of their cars to shake it off before it could sting them. However, most scorpion stings in real life are not lethal to most healthy adults, the exception being the Indian red scorpion. However, those can't be found in Arabia, the country the episode takes place in.


* DisneyDeath: Speed is briefly presumed dead by the rest of the cast towards the end of "Race for Revenge" after failing to stop the Melange. Of course, he turns out to be fine. [[KilledOffForReal Flash Marker wasn't as lucky though...]]



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%%* EpicRace* EpicRace: The entire show revolves around this premise.



** "Race for Revenge" has the show's first explicit on-screen death. The arc's antagonist Flash Marker [[LaserGuidedKarma accidentally crashes his helicopter in the process of getting his misguided revenge on the Three Roses Club for crashing his and his sister Lily's father]], and when Lily along with the Racer family examine the wreckage, it's all but stated that [[KilledOffForReal he's dead.]]

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** "Race for Revenge" has the show's first explicit on-screen death. The arc's antagonist Flash Marker [[LaserGuidedKarma accidentally crashes his helicopter in the process of getting his misguided revenge on the Three Roses Club for crashing his and his sister Lily's father]], and when Lily along with and the Racer family rest of the cast examine the wreckage, it's all but stated that [[KilledOffForReal he's dead.]]


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* RedShirt: Most of the unnamed racers are destined to crash, with their cars comedically falling apart at best and gloriously exploding into balls of fire at worst. Any of the unnamed racers who ''don't'' crash are usually [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere those who gave up.]]


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* ShootTheShaggyDog: "Race for Revenge" ends with [[TheBadGuyWins Speed failing to stop Flash Marker's revenge plot as he had successfully crashed out the Three Roses Club (possibly killing them)]], only for [[LaserGuidedKarma Flash himself to crash into the side of a cliff in the process and die.]] Also, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking nobody wins this episode's race.]]


* LightIsGood: TheHero races in the white-racecar, the March 5.

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* LightIsGood: TheHero races in the white-racecar, the March Mach 5.


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** "Race for Revenge" has the show's first explicit on-screen death. The arc's antagonist Flash Marker [[LaserGuidedKarma accidentally crashes his helicopter in the process of getting his misguided revenge on the Three Roses Club for crashing his and his sister Lily's father]], and when Lily along with the Racer family examine the wreckage, it's all but stated that [[KilledOffForReal he's dead.]]

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: "Speed Racer was disqualified for not having a pineapple in his car, so Hap Hazard wins the race!" Heard in the episode "The Desperate Racer."

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* ChaseSceneObstacleCourse: In the episode "Race For Revenge, Part I", Melange drives clean through a fruit stand while being pursued by the police and the Mach 5.


** Every car in the Car Acrobatic Team sprouts little wings that let it stay airborne longer when making a jump.

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** Every car in the Car Acrobatic Team sprouts little wings that let it stay airborne longer when making a jump. This inspired Pops and Sparky to add similar wings to the Mach 5 to boost its ability to jump with the auto jacks (which were originally not for jumping but just for mid-race maintenance. They actually broke the first time Speed used them to jump and had to be re-inforced).

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* LightIsGood: TheHero races in the white-racecar, the March 5.


* ChickMagnet: Speed.

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* ChickMagnet: Speed. Much to Trixie's consternation.

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