- Animal Motifs: For their cars.
- Mike: Mutt
- Meaningful Name: Mutt's engine revving distinctly sounds like a dog growl.
- Julie: 9 Lives
- Dutch: Whiptail
- Texas: Stronghorn
- Jacob: Sasquatch
- Mike: Mutt
- Badass Crew
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": The Burners have a "B" logo that sorta looks like a billiard ball with a trail of fire behind it.
- Color-Coded Characters: Each of the Burners have a distinctive signature color, which carries over to their rides - Texas is red, Julie's yellow, Mike's green, Chuck's blue, and Dutch is purple.
- Cool Car
- Defector from Decadence: Mike, Dutch and Julie all came down from Deluxe, all with bitter resentment towards Kane's rule. A doodle from the staff room has implied Chuck is a similar case, though Texas' backstory is currently ambiguous.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Played straight with the drivers. Mike drives the dog-themed Mutt while Julie drives the cat-themed 9 Lives. Averted with the cars themselves, which are all referred to as if they were female, like boats.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Hero: Mike.
- The Lancer: Julie. She might be the girl, but with her mad skills, assertive attitude, and willingness to oppose Mike, she is the true lancer.
- The Big Guy: Texas, who thinks he's The Lancer and wants to be The Hero.
- The Smart Guy: Dutch.
- The Chick: Chuck. Screams like a girl, does whatever Mike says, and occasionally serves as his moral compass. Also fulfills the typical "non-action" part of the trope as he typically rides shotgun with Mike. note
- The Mentor/Team Dad: Jacob.
- Team Pet: R.O.T.H.
- Five-Token Band: You have Mike (mixed race), Julie (only girl), Chuck (token white), Dutch (black), and Texas (Filipino).
- Heroes With Bad Publicity
- La Résistance
- Multinational Team
- Teens Are Short: Averted with Mike, Chuck, and Dutch, who are about as tall as most adult men; played straight with Julie and Texas.
- True Companions
The hero of the series. Mike used to live and work in Deluxe as Kane's top cadet, but when he saw what kind of man Kane really was, he quit and fled to Motorcity. Now, as leader of the Burners, he fights Kane with everything he has.
- The Ace: He was Kane's top cadet in his Deluxe days.
- Affectionate Nickname/In-Series Nickname: Mikey.
- Ambiguously Brown: Word of God has confirmed that he's mixed race. Fandom has varying opinions, but the general consensus is that he's of Middle Eastern descent.
- "Awesome McCool" Name
- Badass Adorable: Mike's most admirable traits next to his superior combat prowess are his Boy Scout-like idealism and compassion for others.
- Badass in Distress: In "Ride the Lightning", he manages to take out all of his Kane Co captors simply by enraging Tooley in attacking them accidentally despite being tied up. In "A Better Tomorrow", he manages to knock out Red despite being shackled to the wall by shocking him with his own electrified gloves.
- Badass Normal: Even outside his ride, he displays expert agility, endurance, and fighting skills. For example: He fights Red while chained to a wall, with Red in full Powered Armor, and wins.
- Big Little Brother: Presumably to Capri.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows More or less.◊
- Boisterous Bruiser: No one should look that happy being constantly thrown into near-death situations.
- Heck, in the episode "Ride of the Fantasy Vans", a group of live-action role players gave him the nickname 'Mike the Smiling Dragon.'
- Brainy Brunet: It is subtle, but he is a strategic genius from his cadet training. However, he usually uses his Indy Ploy.
- Child Soldiers: Was a military commander at the age of 16.
- Combat Pragmatist: He'll do most anything to stop Kane, which to him mostly means beefing up the group's tech and weaponry.
- Drives Like Crazy: According to Chuck.
- Expy: While the complete opposite in terms of personality, he does look a touch like Murdoc.
- Face Death with Dignity: He does this in the finale. Twice. He doesn't actually die, of course.
- Good All Along: He was a Gullible Lemming, and when he realized Kane was evil, he split.
- The Heart: The Burners regard him as the center of their team; in early episodes they argue and nearly fall apart without him.
- The Hero
- Humble Hero: Despite all of the incredibly selfless things he's done, he's still very down to earth about it all.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Chuck, to an astounding degree.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: A double-edged chainsaw made of zippolighters that can compress into a palm-sized metal skull... that he can also use as a gear shift accessory.
- Improbable Age: Mike is supposed to be 17. Forget that he's barely past the legal age of driving, how'd he become a daredevil/hand-to-hand fighter on par with most animated badasses? And why is he so tall?
- He was trained to be badass since he was a kid.
- In Harm's Way: Mike is a complete adrenaline junkie. In one episode he's so stir-crazy from lack of activity that he points his laser guns at Jacob.
- Indy Ploy: He'll usually have a plan beforehand, but he more often trusts his gut instinct in battle.
- Lame Comeback: In episode 2 when the team in a makeshift Shockbot is confronted by a real Shockbot.Shockbot: You are in a restricted area.Mike: (in a fake robot monotone) Uh, no, it is you who are in a restricted area.
- Lightning Bruiser: And how!
- Magnetic Hero: Pointed out by The Duke in "Vega." Mike is charismatic, people like him, and he'd have the whole of Motorcity rallying behind him when he goes to take Kane down.
- Meaningful Name: Mike Chilton.
- Mixed Ancestry
- MookFace Turn: About one year prior to the beginning of the series, or more specifically "Vendetta".
- Nice Guy: Despite being a total adrenaline junkie, Mike is also very selfless, especially towards his friends.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Even if it means risking his own skin.
- Odd Place To Sleep: On the hood of his car.
- Papa Wolf: As evident in "The Duke of Detroit".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mike with... pretty much everyone who is not Texas.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Chuck's Sensitive Guy, but this is actually an aversion; Mike is actually pretty sensitive and the Team Mom.
- Shipper on Deck: For Chuck and Claire. Possibly for Tennie and Dutch.
- Team Mom: A very rare occasion in which the teen action hero of a Five-Man Band is this. He looks out for the other Burners in a near-parental manner, while still being able to talk with them as a friend.
- Token Good Leader: Easily the nicest gang leader in Motorcity.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Crosses into this in episode 2 when faced with Kane's H.O.U.N.D.s. He chooses to use the power core (which has the potential to nuke all of Michigan) to charge his weapons despite continued protest from Dr. Hudson and his teammates. He refrains from triggering it, however, once he sees that even without activating it, the core could level the ground just by charging up.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He genuinely wants to help Motorcity and the innocents in Deluxe and fully believes that he can, though he sorely lacks the foresight needed to make things work out long-term.
- With My Hands Tied: Mike manages to wipe the floor with a cadre of Kane goons, while his hands are tied behind his back. With a little unwitting help from Tooley. Also, he beat up some robots with Chuck tied to his back.
- And again during "A Better Tomorrow". Handily trashing Red while bound to the wall.
- Younger Than They Look
Julie is the Burners' inside woman. Posing as an intern at KaneCo to gain information, her connections to Deluxe run deeper than that—unbeknownst to all but a select few, she's Kane's daughter. This causes much internal conflict, as she fights for the Burners' cause but also loves her father, and hates to see the monstrous things he does.
- Badass Adorable: Most definitely badass, but Julie is still a cute, slightly insecure teenage girl.
- Conflicting Loyalty: She believes in the Burners' cause more than Kane's, but still loves her father and wants to be a worthy successor to him.
- Daddy's Girl: Of a sense. It's clear that Kane trusts her and adores her more than anyone else, but he also keeps her in the dark and makes her connection to him known to an extremely limited number of people.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Off the Rack".
- Deadpan Snarker
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Miss Deluxe," with a more sobering touch than most typical examples.
- Guile Heroine: Manipulation is one of her prime skills, either against her father or the Amazons.
- Hartman Hips
- Hidden Depths: While she seems like the typical "girl" of the team, she probably has the most important role in the story besides Mike and Kane, is a pretty skillful manipulator, and according to Claire, wasn't as much of a tomboy as she is now.
- I Am Not My Father
- Kindhearted Cat Lover
- The Lancer
- Lonely Rich Kid: There are only three people who are even aware that Kane is her father; it's not hard to think that even with Claire, Julie's childhood must have been pretty sad.
- Master of Illusion: By utilizing KaneCo's own snazzy hologram technology.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
- Missing Mom: So far there's been no mention of Julie's mother.
- The People of Motorcity Tumblr finally revealed she died when Julie was an infant.
- Name of Cain: Considering her father, it comes with the territory.
- The Not-Love Interest: Rather unusual for the sole girl member of the Five-Man Band. She and Mike hold a deep trust in each other, but neither of them has overtly expressed mutual attraction, and her Ship Tease moments with Texas are usually played for laughs.
- Only Sane Man: She does this by balancing out the other Burners' more volatile traits, being a skilled, level-headed strategist and mediator rather than a combat player or technician.
- Rebellious Princess: Daughter of Detroit Deluxe's corporate dictator and a fearless double agent. Her father is the most powerful man in Detroit, but she knows that his oppression of other people is wrong and tries to reason with him to see this.
Chuck is Mike's closest friend, almost always at his side. He generally rides shotgun alongside Mike, and is a computer hacker and technical expert. He's also terrified of almost everything the Burners do. Despite this, he's risked his neck for his friends more than once, and it's clear peaceful days without Kane would be his fondest desire. He also roleplays on weekends and has an unrequited crush on Claire.
- Adorkable: He LARPs during the weekends. What other evidence do you need?
- His love for algebra.
- Affectionate Nickname/In-Series Nickname: Chuckles.
- Big Eater
- And a Diet Coke: Does this in "The Duke of Detroit."
- Blinding Bangs: Unlike most examples though, his eyes are often shown, and full shots of his face are rare but not terribly so.
- Brats with Slingshots: Uses one early in "Texas-ify It" and in "Ride of the Fantasy Vans" to name a few.
- The Chick: The not so common male example.
- Cowardly Lion: He can rival Shaggy in sheer wimpiness, but he's never backed down from taking part with the Burners unless he truly disagrees with Mike.
- He exaggerates it to the point where he even has a phobia of kittens.
- Darker and Edgier: Becomes this in "Fearless". It doesn't last long.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Fearless", "Blond Thunder", "Ride of the Fantasy Vans"...
- Dogged Nice Guy: For Claire.
- Dumb Blonde: Inverted, Chuck is probably the smartest in the group, by a longshot.
- Friend to All Children: In "Blonde Thunder".
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's the most innocent of the crew and is The Chick in the Five-Man Band.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mike to an extreme degree.
- Hollywood Hacking
- Lovable Nerd
- Non-Action Guy
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: In "Mayhem Night".
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Get used to hearing Chuck screaming.Kaia: Is everyone okay? I thought I heard a lady screaming.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Mike's Manly Man, but actually somewhat averted.
- Token White
- Took a Level in Badass: Tried to do this with the Kane Booster, although that... didn't work out. Fully does so on his own terms by "Ride of the Fantasy Vans."
- Youthful Freckles
- Voiced by: Kel Mitchell
Dutch Gordy is the Burners' mechanical expert. Alongside ROTH, he patches up the Burners' cars and other equipment. Dutch is also a talented artist, particularly with graffiti. He left Deluxe when he was persecuted for making art, leaving behind his mother, father, and younger brother Dar.
- Adorkable: Especially when around Tennie.
- Badass Bookworm: Confirmed in "Going Dutch," but practically solidified in "Vega" where he bravely steps up to the plate after Mike gets captured.
- Big Brother Instinct: Refuses to let his little brother Dar join the Burners, knowing that it would endanger their family.
- Black and Nerdy
- Black Dude Dies First: Subverted twice, you read me, twice.
- Cool Mask: His respirator.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Going Dutch". He and his family get a bit of this again in "Reunion."
- Deadpan Snarker
- Funny Afro
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Hidden Depths: Although he's the team's mechanic, Dutch is also an accomplished graffiti artist. In "Going Dutch" it's revealed that he actually came to Motorcity because he was persecuted for making art.
- Papa Wolf: Towards R.O.T.H.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: After Tennie gives him a kiss on the cheek in "Fearless".
- Shorter Means Smarter: Inverted. Dutch is the tallest of the Burners.
- The Smart Guy: For mechanical work.
- Swiss Army Weapon: His Weapon of Choice
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Texas.
Texas is the coolest, strongest, most awesome guy you'll ever meet—according to himself. Definitely strong, but very out there, Texas acts as the muscle of the Burners, as well as comic relief. He loves action movies and has a vivid imagination, and sometimes even his craziest fantasies have helped the Burners out—or, at the very least, grounded them in reality.
- Accidental Misnaming: Frequently does this to Julie. Also called R.O.T.H. "Ralph."
- Amazon Chaser: It's implied that Texas is drawn to powerful women. He fanboys over Kaia in "Texas-ify It" and is in awe of Julie after seeing her kick drone butt in "Off The Rack".
- Asian Airhead: A rare male example.
- An Axe to Grind: Uses one in "Ride the Fantasy Vans".
- Big Damn Hero: He thinks he is one, but he's actually delusional and has a huge ego.
- Big Eater: Seems to be becoming this as of recently.
- The Big Guy: Ironically subverted when comparing him to the other Burners physically. He's definitely the beefiest of them, but he's the second-shortest of the team (meaning he's shorter than Jacob).
- Boisterous Bruiser: His reaction to basically any situation is to punch it in the face. Even if it doesn't have a face. Especially if it doesn't have a face.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Texas is... special, alright.
- Crazy-Prepared: Texas has apparently put much thought into the need to fight with vomit.Texas: Check out my muscular neck and throat. *flexes*
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Dance Battler: As evident in "Texas-ify It".
- Distressed Dude: In "Threat Level Texas"
- The Ditz: Subverted; when the time calls for it, he can dispense healthy advice... in his own way.Texas: You've got to stop thinking about what you didn't do and start thinking about what you're doing to save people now. You can't change the past unless you have a time machine!<beat>Texas: Do you have a time machine?
- Dumb Muscle: He's not completely dumb, see Genius Ditz below.
- Fatal Flaw: His larger-than-life ego.
- Fighting with Chucks: His weapon of choice, other than Good Old Fisticuffs.
- They also shoot lasers. Yes, Gunchucks.
- Genius Ditz: He gives the Terras tactical advice on how to infiltrate Detroit Deluxe with the resources at their disposal. However, Texas later regrets giving the Terras said advice after they begin attacking innocent civilians.
- The Glomp: He does this to Julie at the end of "Off the Rack".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be quite rude, immature, and oblivious (especially in his treatment toward Chuck, Dutch and R.O.T.H.), but there's no denying that he stands for what's right.
- Leader Wannabe
- Leeroy Jenkins: Not even an adrenaline junkie like Mike can keep up with him.
- Lightning Bruiser: His car, Stronghorn, is just as fast and manoeuvrable as the other cars the Burners use, but is much more heavily armoured than the rest, resulting in it being the least wrecked vehicle in the show..
- Lovable Jock
- Memetic Badass: Becomes one in-universe with "Threat Level: Texas!": Convincing Tooley that he is an ultra-badass through the use of Unreliable Narrator, and then convincing several other soldiers through his escape; they begin to sprout ideas that he teleported himself in and ripped a drone apart with his mind.
- The Movie Buff: He's an avid fan of action flicks.
- Mr. Imagination: Is prone to wild flights of fancy when describing his ideas ("I have a gun that shoots a snake!").
- Nice Hat
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In one of his fantasies, a KaneCo display that reads "Alias: Texas" briefly appears, implying that Texas might not be his real name.
- Self-Serving Memory: In "Threat Level: Texas!", unless you believe he was intentionally bluffing.
- Ship Tease: With Julie. "Threat Level: Texas!" more or less confirms he has a crush on her and naturally assumes she admires the hell out of him.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Spin Attack: The Texas Twister.
- Sweet Tooth: To a point where he frequently ends up doing himself harm, as seen "Mayhem Night".
- Third-Person Person
- Trademark Favorite Food: Muscle Mulch.
- Unreliable Narrator: Resulting in the ridiculously self-glorifying Recap Episode "Threat Level: Texas!".
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dutch.
Jacob is the Burners' mentor and owner of their garage and main hangout. Years ago, he was Kane's partner, and helped create much of the technology in Detroit Deluxe. It's unclear when Jacob learned of Kane's megalomania, but it drove him down to Motorcity, where he now serves as a voice of wisdom and experience for the Burners.
- Big Damn Heroes: Practically his default role other than being the Team Dad.
- Collector of the Strange: Motor oil, to be precise.
- Cool Old Guy: And if they had kept one of the show's early concepts, he would have been Mike's grandfather.
- Expy: Of Goat from Downtown.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Invented the Utility Bots.
- Hidden Depths: Looks like an old beatnik and manages a simple grocery store, when he's a former lead scientist of KaneCo.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He speaks with the Burners on a near-equal plane.
- Lethal Chef: Of a sense. He does his best to grow food with the limited natural resources in Motorcity, but his organic recipes are less than appreciated by the kids, okra mayonnaise muffins being one very strange exception for Chuck. Texas seems to enjoy his cooking in general.
- The Mentor
- Simple Staff
- Team Dad
- We Used to Be Friends: With Kane.
R.O.T.H. is a repair drone and sidekick to the Burners who was reprogrammed from one of Kane's robots. While cowardly, he's loyal and hardworking, and often helps Dutch with modifying the Burners' cars.
- Badass Adorable: Despite showing some cowardly tendencies and his Butt-Monkey status, R.O.T.H. has shown himself to be capable in episodes like "Going Dutch", "Vendetta", and "The Robo-Roundup".
- Cowardly Lion
- Cute Machines: Oh yes. He's basically a puppy dog in the form of a sentient graffiti-colored box.
- Robot Buddy: Illustrated most prominently in "The Robo-Roundup".
- Team Pet
The head honcho of Detroit Deluxe, and primary adversary of Mike and the Burners. Kane runs Deluxe with an iron fist, outlawing any sort of personal freedom in the name of safety and security. He does, however, have one person he truly cares about, his daughter Julie.
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Has shades of this—the leathers and bike are missing but the hair, beard, and mannerisms fit to a T.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Julie, somewhat of an adoptive father to Mike.
- Badass Driver: Despite his hatred of cars, Kane still knows how to drive, and drive well, posing as an enemy spy, and sabatoging his own drones to make a convincing image. This may have been foreshadowed in "Off the Rack" when he skillfully controls Julie's Safety Suit to drive Mutt around.
- Bad Boss: Kane often puts his city and his citizens in danger all in the name of capturing the Burners and any employees who voice grievances over the danger his plans place towards the city are brutally beaten by Tooley under Kane's orders out of sheer annoyance.
- Bald of Evil
- Beard of Evil
- Big Bad
- Big Ol' Eyebrows/Evil Eyebrows
- Broken Pedestal: To Mike once he discovered the truth about him in "Vendetta".
- Carpet of Virility
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The fact that this guy has an entire army dedicated to his company's interests is more than enough proof.
- Devil in Plain Sight
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Julie's pretty much the only person he shows any affection towards, even if he's certainly not the best dad in the world. For Mike, see Like a Son to Me below.
- Very evident when Mike pretends to take her hostage. Evil he may be, he still loves his kid, and doesn't seem to enjoy having to finish off who he saw as his other kid either.
- Evil Redhead
- Fiery Redhead
- Genius Bruiser: He out-hacks Chuck early in "Reunion".
- I Want Him Alive: His mooks could have easily killed Mike several times, but haven't.
- Subverted during "Vega". He makes it clear that with Mike captured, his termination is imminent. And drops him to what he assumes is his death during "A Better Tomorrow". Even then, their past relationship suggests that he's not too happy about having to kill him.
- Large and in Charge: Tooley may be taller than him but he's definitely beefier.
- Large Ham
- Light Is Not Good: He is dressed in white, but is the Big Bad.
- Like a Son to Me: He genuinely seemed proud of Mike when he worked for him, and took his MookFace Turn rather hard.
- Says it outright during "A Better Tomorrow".
- Man in White: Wears the most white in his outfit outside KaneCo scientists.
- Manipulative Bastard: Despite looking less than trustworthy, Kane is quite the smooth-talker.
- Mr. Fanservice: If you've seen the sunglasses commercial you can't deny it.
- Name of Cain
- Papa Wolf
- Rags to Riches: According to the Motorcity "bible"
- Surrounded by Idiots: Played With: Tooley is his right hand man, and frequently screws things up with his stupidity, while Red accomplishes missions with more success. His interactions with the scientists usually end with Kane angry through either the scientist's invention failing, or through Kane's own shortsightedness destroying chances of victory. A conversation with a Mook Lieutenant ended with Kane yelling at him because the Mook questioned the safety of Kane's plan, which was putting people in danger.
- Twitchy Eye: About once an episode. Either by the Burners or Tooley's own stupidity.
- Villain Team-Up: With The Duke to capture Mike.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Abraham Kane is popular enough in Deluxe that Deluxians can buy a variety of creepy posters featuring Kane to decorate their walls.
- Though also played with, some people like and trust Kane, others seem dreary with life in Detroit Deluxe, Kane mentions that certain citizens hate him and defect, with one scientist telling him that they are a minority.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite his desire to destroy the Burners and rule all of Motor City, Kane honestly believes he is doing it for everyone's best interests. He just can't stand to have anything outside of his direct control.
Kane's rather daft right hand man. Tooley has the temperament and intelligence of a guard dog—loyal to Kane no matter what, but dumb as a post. He has an unrequited crush on Julie.
- Berserk Button: He gets surprisingly violent at people speaking ill of Kane—sadly, he doesn't get any smarter.
- The Brute: While he's supposedly Kane's right hand man, Kane uses him more for his muscle and never really gives him any authority The Dragon would need. This becomes especially apparent when Red is introduced and becomes a much more of a Dragon to Kane whilst Tooley is just there to break things.
- The Ditz: His mannerisms and intelligence level are more on par with a guard dog's.Kane: You are a thick-skulled dimwit of a manchild, Tooley... but loyal!
- The Dragon: More so at the start of the series wherein Kane has him as his 2nd In Command and finds him loyal enough to impart certain tasks and offensives agains the Burners. When Red joins up Tooley is demoted to The Brute.
- Demoted to Dragon: Or rather, Demoted From Dragon.
- Dumb Muscle: Extra emphasis on the dumb part...
- Evil Counterpart: To Texas; however Texas has shown some intelligence at times, while Tooley is outright dumb.
- Funny Background Event: Appears waving off to the side of a picture of Kane and Julie in "Like Father Like Daughter".
- Hopeless Suitor: To Julie.
- The Resenter: Showing this towards Red, as Kane seems to favor him for his competence over Tooley.
- Simpleton Voice
- Too Dumb to Live: Hey, Tooley? The hunter-killer robot only looks like a dog, and it doesn't need petting.
- Also, you should learn to differentiate between a surprise party, and a Zombie Apocalypse!
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Kane.
The "queen" of the Terras, a group of Motorcity residents who lived agrarian lifestyles before their land was contaminated by Kane's toxic waste dumps. As an added result their bodies were heavily mutated, and they won't stop until all of Deluxe is gone, innocent civilians included.
- Advertised Extra: Despite being shown in the intro, Kaia and the Terras only appear in two episodes of the series.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Butterface: Your mileage may vary.
- Dark Action Girl
- Extra Eyes: A third one on her forehead, which she covers with a headband.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mike.
- Fur and Loathing: The fur on her shoulders seem to be wings.
- Green Thumb: Of a more practical note, since the Terras use genetically-altered plants as weapons.
- Horse of a Different Color: White mutated bucks, to be precise.
- Scary Teeth]
- Stripperiffic: She and several Terras skirt around this trope while managing to look relatively family-friendly.
- Vader Breath: Just slightly, due to the gas mask.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: And unlike Mike, she and her people have no scruples when dealing with the people of Deluxe.
- Winged Humanoid
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is colored green.
The Duke of Detroit
An uber rich, uber hammy overlord from Motorcity. The Duke is on no side but his own, and loves being the center of attention, which often brings him into conflict with Mike and the Burners. He can't stand anyone being more popular than he is and will go to terrifying lengths to ensure he takes the number 1 spot.
- Ambiguously Evil: The Duke is on his own side all the time, making an enemy of the Burners for petty reasons, like them getting attention, or taking from a scrapyard that he retroactively claimed, even putting the team in danger to host a tv show. He does have some good moments, like giving up some metal to stop nano-bots, over lots of protest though, and keeping his word in a race. In "Vega", he does go to more clear-cut villainy, teaming up with Kane to defeat the Burners, and getting to keep their cars, before turning on Kane, when said cars would be confiscated.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Driver
- Beware the Silly Ones: His gaudy fashion sense, hammy personality, and penchant for karaoke all hide a guy who can bring some serious pain down on people.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the 2nd part of the finale, when Kane turns on him, he gives the cars back to the Burners and sends his guards on the attack. In the penultimate moment, he saves Mike from a falling death with Mutt.
- Breakout Villain: He was supposed to only appear in 2 episodes, but was so popular he got 6, including a major part in the finale.
- Cane Fu: And it's electrified.
- Composite Character: According to Snider, the Duke's personality is a mix of himself, Kid Rock, David Lee Roth, and James Brown.
- Cool Shades
- Exact Words: In "Blonde Thunder", he has Chuck race against ALL of his best drivers. When Mike says that wasn't the bet, the Duke points out that the only rule they agreed on was that Chuck had to be behind the wheel of his car during the races.
- False Flag Operation: He had his guards attack three gangs including his own in Julie and the Amazons, and blamed it on the burners.
- Father to His Men: The Duke does seem to legitimately care for his underlings, grabbing one who is cowering and running with him during an attack. He also seems to equate doing nothing with weakness, considering the line "Get up and run you cowards!"
- Friendly Enemy: It's a bit ambiguous exactly what side he stands on. He's willing to help the Burners in "Vendetta" but he still harbors a bit of a grudge against Mike.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: The Duke is on his own side always. This brings him in conflict with the Burners sometimes, others he just minds his own business. In the season finale, he's a bad guy in part 1 and a good guy in Part 2.
- I Gave My Word: In "Blonde Thunder", he doesn't try to weasel out of his side of the bet and hands over the keys of his car to Mike.Duke: I'm a man of my word. Ow.
- It's All About Me: He's incredibly egocentric, to the point that he frames the Burners for declaring war on other Motorcity gangs just because he felt like they were getting too much attention.
- Large Ham: Oh, big time.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He bears a resemblance to Detroit rocker Kid Rock.
- No Name Given: Seriously, what is his real name?
- No Sense of Personal Space
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When this Perpetual Smiler frowns, it is really bad news for someone, usually Mike.
- Surrounded by Idiots: In "Vega", he gives off this impression when his guards freeze up and cower when Kane bots attack, as well as one guard finding gum from No. 2 in his gun. Though with them all taking up arms in the second part of the finale, this may have just been a ruse to gain the Burner's confidence.
- For the most part, his guards prove to be fairly effective, from the False Flag Operation to two random guards figuring out Mike controlling Chuck's car, and destroy the controller.
- Tank Goodness: He has one. That shoots limos.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: In "The Duke of Detroit Presents".
- Villain Teamup: With Kane. Kane gets Mike, The Duke gets the Burners' cars.
Kaia's right hand man.
- Ambiguously Brown
- The Dragon
- Multicolored Hair: Blonde and brown, though he seems to be naturally brown due to the color of his eyebrows.
- Scary Teeth: Like his boss and all the Terras.
- Unusual Eyebrows
- Vader Breath: Due to his gas mask.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Like all the male Terras, he even has what may be body paint on himself
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like all the Terras.
- Whip It Good: He utilizes the vines this way when fighting Bracket.
A mysterious character with a grudge against Mike. Red hates KaneCo, but he hates Mike even more.
- Black Knight: Even retains the look when working for Kane. Notable since KaneCo wear is always some variant of light blue and white.
- Cool Car
- Cool Helmet
- Darth Vader Clone: He wears all-covering, primarily black armor, weapons are predominantly red, he's someone who has a past with Mike, and ends up working under Kane, becoming his right hand.
- Deadly Disc: His car shoots saw blades.
- Disney Villain Death: Doubly subverted.
- Enemy of My Enemy: His reason for joining forces with Kane.
- The Faceless
- Irrational Hatred: He personally blames Mike for the destruction of his home and ruining his life even though he tried to stop it in the first place and it was Kane who went through with the order. He's even willing to team up with Kane himself to settle things with Mike once and for all.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Texas dubs him "Red", due to his new KaneCo red armor.
- Misplaced Retribution: Wants to make Mike pay for leading the destruction of his home even though Mike tried to stop it and even rescued all of the tenants including him presumably.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: More than Kane, who's really to blame for Red's home being destroyed, it's Mike that this guy can't stand.
- Power Fist
- Powered Armor
- Psycho Electro: He wears gloves that carry red electricity.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Sell-Out: In "Like Father, Like Daughter", it is revealed that he has entered into Kane's service in exchange for better weapons and armor—you know, the guy who gave the order to destroy his home.
- Shock and Awe
- Spikes of Villainy
- The Un-Reveal: Due to the series being cancelled, Red's true identity has never been revealed.
Other Motorcity Residents
A regular client of the Burners and the leader of the Skylarks gang, who run a motel in Motorcity.
- Badass Beard
- Beware the Nice Ones: Usually pretty chill, well-mannered and is definitely the friendliest to the Burners out of all the other gang leaders in Motorcity, but will not hesitate to turn on them if it'll turn a profit.
- Cool Shades
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Gladly does business with the Burners, then betrays them for a profit, then helps them out, with some bounty hunters, against the duke, and agrees to help them pay off their debt to the hunters, all in his debut episode.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When the Burners are framed for attacking the gangs of Motorcity and are caught in a vulnerable position, Rayon converses with the other leaders to give them a chance to prove themselves innocent, because he believes in Mike's honesty. Though he does threaten Mike to not make him look stupid for trusting him. Later on when investigating the gangs, lots of subterfuge is used, except for Rayon's gang because Mike just walks up to him and asks if he did it.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Unusual Eyebrows
The Duke's right-hand woman.
- Badass Driver
- Big Damn Heroes: When The Duke Reneges on the deal with Kane, she leads his guards into battle with the Kane co. bots and troops.
- Cool Shades
- Evil Redhead: Ambiguously so, much like the Duke.
- False Flag Operation: Led one orchestrated by the Duke.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a prominent scar over her left eye.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick
- Number Two: Well, yeah.
- Oral Fixation: Almost always seen chewing gum.
- Right-Hand Hottie
- Who Wears Short Shorts?
The Duke's robot minion, first appearing in "The Duke of Detroit Presents." Blames Mike Chilton for a nuclear blast to his face (when it was actually the Duke that commanded Dan to do that to himself in the first place) and swears revenge.
A teenage girl who lives as a Cabler with her father. Like Dutch, she's an engineer and an artist who designed the Cablers' settlement houses, and the two quickly strike up a bond.
- Action Girl
- Ambiguously Brown: Her voice actress is Hispanic, so you never know...
- Badass Adorable: She's very sweet, friendly, as well as handy with a laser gun.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Birds of a Feather: With Dutch.
- Distaff Counterpart: Is basically a female Dutch, right down to being a tech expert, and having an affinity for art.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hartman Hips
- Missing Mom
- Wrench Wench
- Youthful Freckles
Tennie's dad, who fears for her safety and leads the Cabler settlement.
- Action Dad
- Ambiguously Brown
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Beard
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Braids of Action: Has his beard tied into one.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Can Heft an I-beam and drive a pick-up at the same time, he can also punch through a metal platform.
- Overprotective Dad: Fears for Tennie's safety around Dutch because he's a Burner, though he eventually warms up to him.
The rather ruthless but charismatic leader of the Amazons gang.
- Action Girl
- Dark Action Girl: Lapses into this.
- Amazon Brigade: Her gang's name is "The Amazons.''
- Badass Driver: Notably the only Motorcity gang leader seen so far (besides Mike) to pull off incredible racing stunts solo.
- Cool Big Sis: How Claire sees her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her rather cold nature, she has a soft spot for Claire, and can at least work with the Burners when they have a common goal.
- Multicolored Hair: Her eyebrows indicate that she's a natural blonde, although her hair is predominantly brown.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her cold nature, she still keeps in contact with Claire after the events of "Julie and the Amazons."
- She's Got Legs
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female gang leader seen so far.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
Leader of the Momma's Boy's, and a Jerkass to top them all.
- Amazon Chaser: Makes a pass at Foxy, who's quick to shut him down.
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill
- Evil Counterpart: Like Tooley, seems to represent a bad version of Texas. Namely, his oversized ego and Jerkass tendencies, without his redeeming qualities.
- Jerkass: Very much a mocking jerk, especially to Texas.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: When Kane comes down on Motorcity, He and his gang still stand with everyone to protect their home.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain
Mike's older sister that he doesn't know about, as revealed by a drawing creator Chris Prynoski made, shared by the Tumblr blog People of Motorcity. In season 2, she would have been living in the badlands outside Detroit. Based on that info (and that she's not wearing the mandatory Detroit Deluxe uniform), she's listed as a Motorcity resident on this page.
Other Detroit Deluxe Residents
Julie's friend from Detroit Deluxe, and so far the only one aware of Julie's double life. Claire is a girly girl, and while she cares for Julie, she's not too pleased with the Motorcitizens... at first. Chuck has an unrequited crush on her.
The GordysDutch's parents and younger brother Dar, whom he left behind on slightly uncomfortable terms in Deluxe before leaving for Motorcity.
A fellow Cadet from Mike's KaneCo days. He only appears in the flashbacks in "Vendetta," so not much is known about him, but his connection to Mike and the ambiguous possibility that he is Red's true identity has grabbed fan attention.