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Introduced in Planes

Propwash Junction

    Dusty Crophopper 
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Voiced by: Dane Cook

Based off an Air Tractor AT802.


  • Acrophobic Plane: He's afraid of heights. He gets over it by the climax.
  • Adorkable
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: His last name is "Crophopper". Also, the fake name he uses for the qualifying round is "Strut Jetstream".
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Has "D7" written on his upper tail flap.
  • Costume Evolution: His progression from crop duster to racer is reflected in his body modifications. First, he has the Jolly Wrench's emblem sprayed near his nosecone, along with a "D7" on his tail. By the time he gets to Germany, he ditches his sprayer and gains his number 7. Finally when he is repaired in Mexico, part of his Super Mode features retractable landing gear and tip tanks on his wings.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After his crash into the ocean damages him too much to stay in the race.
    • He suffers another one in the sequel when the replacement gearbox he was told was being shipped never arrived and was lost somewhere.
  • Expy: Of Lightning McQueen. Both are rookie racers and eventually become legends, both are humiliated by an opponent who’s painted green (Ripslinger and Chick Hicks), both have a mentor who’s painted deep blue and had a former job in the past (Skipper and Doc Hudson) who they refer to as "Old Timer" at some point, both overcome a negative trait they’ve had throughout their lives (Dusty’s acrophobia, Lightning’s arrogance), both suffer near-fatal accidents that question the future of their respective careers (Lightning crashes during the Los Angeles 500, Dusty’s reduction gearbox fails), both meet someone who refers to them as "Champ" (Blade Ranger and Jackson Storm), both have a yellow-painted female supporter who idolizes them (Lil Dipper and Cruz), and both manage to save their careers and gain a second one as well.
    • Strangely enough, while the first Cars movie came out before Planes (and therefore it makes sense that Dusty would be the Expy) the second installment of Planes was released three years before the third one of Cars that actually steals a lot from it, leading you to wonder just what happened during production...
  • Disney Death: Almost dies as a result of his gearbox failing completely thanks to his Heroic Sacrifice as described below. He’s fully repaired by Maru, and awakens five days after the accident.
  • Farm Boy
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has cerulean eyes which represent his love of flying and gutsy personality.
  • Ironic Fear: He's a plane; ironically, he's afraid of heights.note  He gets over it in the climax of the first film.
  • Luke Nounverber: Dusty Crophopper. He's a crop duster. Very subtle indeed.
  • The Hero: Of the Planes spinoff.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the climax of Fire and Rescue, he sacrifices himself by pushing himself up a waterfall to refill his pontoons so he can save Harvey and Winnie from the fire. As a result, his gearbox fails completely and he collapses, but Maru rebuilds him along with a refurbished handmade gearbox in return.
  • Nice Guy: He goes out of his way to help a blinded Bulldog to land safely. This trait endears him to the other racers, who later donate parts to him after his near-fatal dive into the ocean.
  • Rags to Riches: He is first introduced as a crop duster working in a field but slowly progresses into a racing plane over the course of the race. By the second film, he's become a full-fledged racing legend.
  • Super Mode: His Turbo redesign after he gets rebuilt using the donated parts counts as one because most of the parts are superior to the ones he was working with before he crashed. He even gains the ability to retract his landing gear so that he can fly fast enough to catch Ripslinger, Ned, and Zed during the final leg of the race.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: His #7 and the skull-and-crosswrench emblem.
  • Unfortunate Names: Of the Phrase Name variety. Probably part of the reason that he entered the qualifying race under a cooler name, Strut Jetstream.
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    Skipper 
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Voiced by: Stacy Keach

Vought F4U Corsair. The Skull and crossed wrenches insignia on his engine cowling is very similar to the skull and crossbones insignia of the US Navy Fighter Squadron VF-17 "The Jolly Rogers". Skipper also has "VF-17" stencilled on his rear fuselage.


    Sparky 
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Voiced by: Danny Mann

A forklift and Skipper's assistant.


  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appears in the Cars Short "Air Mater."
  • Grease Pittie
  • Undying Loyalty: He was a Navy medic that served on the USS Flysenhower with Skipper. After Skipper's accident, he stayed with Skipper and still helps him in the present day.

    Chug 
Voiced by: Brad Garrett

A fuel truck and Dusty's best friend.


  • Berserk Button: Don't call him leaky.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Although he isn't seen doing actually bruising, as a fuel truck, he's big, and he's definitely one of the most cheerful and friendly characters in the movie, though don't call him leaky.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is also the one who notices Ripslinger's habit of banking towards the cameras at the end of races he won, and notifies Dusty of said habit, which ends up being a major factor in helping Dusty win the race.
  • Forgetful Jones: This guy forgets who "Strut Jetstream" is until Dusty shows up, and Dottie has to practically walk his memory by the hand for him to remember that the group is going to Mexico.

    Dottie 
Voiced by: Teri Hatcher

A mechanic at Propwash Junction.


    Leadbottom 
Voiced by: Cedric The Entertainer

Based off of the Boeing-Stearman Model 75. A dirty-loving biplane and Dusty's boss during crop dusting.


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    Mayday 
Voiced by: Hal Holbrook

The fire truck of Propwash Junction.


Wings Around the Globe racers

    El Chupacabra 
Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui

He's based off a Gee Bee Model R Sportster, one of the fastest (and most dangerous) prop-plane racers ever built. Appropriately, he's an aerial version of the Masked Luchador.


    Ripslinger 

Custom-built carbon-fiber racing plane, though he shares some similarity with a Zivko Edge, a Corvus Racer, and a Nemesis NXT. As part of his customization, he has retractable gear and dual counter-rotating props.


  • Attention Whore
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Planes, and Dusty's main rival.
  • Broken Pedestal: Dusty admired him at first. Ishani also said that he was "once a great champion."
  • Character Tic: Every time he reaches the finish, he leans to the side so the cameras can "get his good side". Chug eventually discovers this, which Dusty takes advantage of to win.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dusty takes advantage of his habit of leaning toward the cameras as he flies toward the finish line, flying past him and winning the race.
  • Humiliation Conga: Not only does he lose the race, but, still reeling from the shock, he crashes into some portajohns. Covered in used oil, he is carted past the crowd and the cameras, and has to endure Roper's Toilet Humor taunts about his stench.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the videogame, his missions center around him doing absolutely terrible things. In the ending, Skipper reveals he was caught in the act and suspended.

    Ishani 
Voiced by: Priyanka Chopra

Ishani is based on the Beechcraft 2000 Starship. She is a beautiful racing plane from India who has become the Pan-Asian champion.

  • Flight of Romance: With Dusty. Except it was part of a deal she made with Ripslinger to trick Dusty into falling behind.
  • Heel–Face Turn She quickly regrets tricking Dusty. She makes up for it by donating the rotor Ripslinger gave her to him so he can get back in the race.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Dusty. He is heavily implied to have a crush on her, and the two have a sort of Flight of Romance over India.
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    Bulldog 
Voiced by: John Cleese

Bulldog is based off the de Havilland DH 88 Comet. He is the oldest racer on the circuit and hails from Great Britain.

    Rochelle 

Rochelle is based off of the Bay Super V, a conversion of the Beechcraft Bonanza. A French-Canadian rally champ and El Chupacabra's love interest.


    Ned and Zed 
Voiced by: Gabriel Iglesias

Ripslinger's henchmen from New Zealand. Both are based off of the Zivko Edge 540 and the MX Aircraft MXS.


  • Conjoined Twins: According to Dottie, it’s rumored they were born as one plane, but literally separated at birth.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Both their names end in “-ed”.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Ripslinger’s henchmen and the secondary antagonists of the film.

Announcers and Authority

    Judge Davis 
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Voiced by: Jonathan Adams

He looks to be either an early North American P-51 Mustang, a Curtiss P-40, or a combination of the two. His design is based on "Ina: the Macon Belle", a P-51C Mustang flown by Lt Col Lee "Buddy" Archer of the 332nd Fighter Group (Tuskegee Airmen).


    Roper 
Voiced by: Sinbad

A fork lift who acts as referee and commentator for the Wings Around The Globe rally.


Introduced in Planes: Fire & Rescue

Piston Peak Air Attack

    Blade Ranger 
Voiced by: Ed Harris

A fire & rescue helicopter who is the chief of the Piston Peak Air Attack Squadron. His design is based on that of an Agusta Westland AW 139.

    Lil' Dipper 
Voiced by: Julie Bowen

A super scooper plane and Dusty's biggest fan. She's based on the Grumman G-21 Goose and CL-415 Super Scooper.

    Windlifter 
Voiced by: Wes Studi

A soft-spoken Cherokee heavy-lift helicopter. He is based on the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane.

    Maru 
Voiced by: Curtis Armstrong

The forklift who acts as Piston Peak Air Attack Squadron's local mechanic and repair-car.

  • Catchphrase: "It's better than new!"
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Mr. Fixit: He repairs Dusty and Blade after each of them take serious damage.
    • Gadgeteer Genius: He also builds Dusty a new custom, gearbox after Dusty destroys his old one. A task that Dotty was unwilling to attempt due to how complicated it would be.

    The Smokejumpers 
Voiced by: Regina King (Dynamite), Matt L. Jones (Drip), Danny Pardo (Blackout), Bryan Callen (Avalanche), Corri English (Pinecone)

A group of ATVs who work on the ground during fire emergencies.

    Cabbie 
Voiced by: Dale Dye

An airplane who transports the smokejumpers. Based on the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar.

Around Piston Peak

    Cad Spinner 
Voiced by: John Michael Higgins

The Superintendent of the National Park.

    Harvey and Winnie 
Voiced by: Jerry Stiller (Harvey), Anne Meara (Winnie)
A married RV couple.

Alternative Title(s): Planes Fire And Rescue

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