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    In General 

  • Animate Inanimate Object
  • Affectionate Nickname: They are often called "bambinos", "son" (sans Cici) or "sunshine".
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: They refer to Big Chris and Marsha as is.
  • Catchphrase
    • Roary: Light 'em up!
    • Maxi: Mamma Mia!
    • Cici: Catch me if you can!
    • Drifter: Go, go, Nitro boost!
    • Tin Top: Hammer me in, tape me up and send me out!
  • Cool Car: Being racing cars, they are this by proxy.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Roary and Cici: Sanguine
    • Maxi: Choleric
    • Drifter: Phlegmatic
    • Tin Top: Melancholic
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: All the male racecars are this to some extent.
    • Roary is quite sensitive and nurturing towards his friends.
    • Maxi has a tendency to cry when upset.
    • Tin Top is afraid of mice and also has a nurturing personality.
    • Drifter is very submissive, passive and is notable for his serenity.
  • Color Motif
    • Roary - red
    • Cici - pink
    • Maxi - yellow
    • Drifter - orange
    • Tin Top - blue
  • I Just Want to Be Special: All the cars experience this at one point.
  • Kid Hero: Almost all the cars are this at some point.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Roary, Drifter and Tin Top are nice, Cici is in between, and Maxi is mean.
  • Playing Sick: Whenever one or more of the cars don't want to do something, this will be their excuse. Maxi is particularly guilty.

Light 'em up!

The titular character of the series. He is a British single-seater. He is young and excitable, and has the spirit of a pre-teen boy. He can occasionally be slightly rebellious, but has a good heart and is the most sensible of the cars. He often assumes a role of leadership among the other cars. Overall, Roary is very playful and enjoys racing around the track. His catchphrase is "Light 'em up!" He is based on the Formula 1600.

Mamma Mia!
One of the secondary characters in the series. He is a divo (male diva) and has a tendency to bully the other cars. Maxi is Italian and is the favorite of Mr. Carburettor, and speaks with a thick Italian accent. Maxi's catchphrase is "Mamma Mia!" He is based on a Formula One racing car.
  • Hidden Depths: Maxi, despite his unpleasant demeanor, is actually very smart, despite often not using his intelligence for good.
  • Aesop Amnesia: He often ends up in vulnerable positions as a result of being defiant and/or bullying someone, yet he still continues to act the way he does.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He shows signs of NPD.
  • Attention Whore: He always wants to be the center of attention.
  • Determinator: He strives to win EVERYTHING, no matter what his circumstances are!
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT mention anything to do with tractors.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He deliberately goes out o his way to be mean to the other cars.
  • Butt-Monkey: Downplayed. He is often the subject of awful things happening to him, yet his friends are always there to help him.
  • Competition Freak: He is OBSESSED with winning.
  • Cry Cute: When he cries, he seems significantly more vulnerable.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He does this to Roary many times, knowing that Roary could easily beat him in a race.
  • Drama Queen: Commonly creates drama on the racetrack.
  • Fatal Flaw: His spoiled personality comes back to bite him - multiple times.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Mamma Mia! I was beaten by Roary the bambino!
  • It's All About Me: Maxi's personality is this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: No matter how nice the others are to him, he still continues to bully them.
  • Kiddie Kid: He's presumably the oldest car, yet he acts like a typical schoolyard bully.
  • Lancer: His spoiled, egotistical personality contrasts Roary's easygoing, mature personality.
  • Literal Metaphor: Zig-Zagged. Maxi calls himself a "mean, lean, racing machine". Literal being that he is a slim-built racecar with an unpleasant personality, and figuratively that he's always prepared to work hard to win races.
  • Narcissist: He is extremely arrogant, self-centered and only cares about himself.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Roary had a nasty crash in one episode, he became a lot nicer.
  • The Prima Donna: A rare male variant.
  • Prone to Tears: See his reaction to any unpleasant situation.
  • Rambunctious Italian: He makes a big scene out of everything, and has a comically thick Italian accent to boot!
  • Team Prima Donna: Has his name written all over this trope.
  • Toilet Humor: In one episode, he gets his sugar beet fuel replaced with Flash's "Race Winners Special Mixture", and has an er, bad gas attack.
  • The Unapologetic: "Maxi is sometimes a little rude, I'd like to say a proper thank you".

Catch me if you can!
A secondary character in the series. She is French and has a pronounced accent. She is a bright pink and purple stunt car with the number 3 painted in a purple circle on her front and doors. She is an electric Rally Car, carrying solar panels on her roof. She is loosely based on a Citroën C1 rally car.

Go, Go, Nitro Boost!
He is a secondary character and is a Drift racing car. In line with his name, he can be observed to exhibit extreme oversteer handling characteristics, with his tail end swinging out wide on every corner. He has an on-board computer with a head-up display in his windscreen. He sports a dragon design on his sides with neon undertray lighting. He wears the number 6 on the top of his front windshield and back windshield. Drifter is Japanese and he speaks in a mock accent. His character loosely takes design cues from the Nissan Silvia S15 and Nissan R-34 Skyline. He has a very calm, serene personality, and rarely gets angry or upset.


    Tin Top
Hammer me in, tape me up and send me out!
He is a secondary character and is a stock car. He sports the number 88 and, in the UK dub, he speaks in a mock-American accent, voiced by Peter Kay. In the US version, Tin Top speaks in a stereotypical "urban" accent. He is based on a NASCAR stock car. He has musophobia (fear of mice).

  • The Big Guy: He is the biggest and strongest of the cars.
  • Blatant Lies: He claims he isn’t scared of anything. However, throughout the show, he seems scared of a lot of things,, like loud noises and mice.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can be quite silly and clumsy, but when Roary had a problem, he was quick to step in.
  • The Ditz: Once fell for Cici's request for him to fetch "elbow grease".
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Tin Top is scared of mice.
  • The Klutz: He's always crashing into things.
  • Odd Name Out: The only character with a double-barreled name.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He may be a big and powerful stock car, yet he is scared of many things, namely loud noises and mice.


    Big Chris 

The mechanic at Silver Hatch.


The race marshal at Silver Hatch.

You Are Grounded: Zig-Zagged. She punishes Cici for allegedly ruining her picnic blanket, yet it wasn't her fault. When Roary reveals himself as the real culprit, he is not punished.

    Mr. Carbuerettor 


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