And now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the Wacky Races! Competing for the title of the Worlds Wackiest Racer. The cars are approaching the starting line:
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Peter Perfect (Driver of the Turbo Terrific)
Car: Turbo Terrific (#9)
First is the Turbo Terrific driven by Peter Perfect.
Voiced by: Daws Butler (1968 cartoon), Greg Burson (2000 video game), Jeff Bennett (Wacky Races Forever pilot), Diedrich Bader (2017)A gentlemanly racer in the Turbo Terrific who's extremely strong but also very vain, and he often boasts about the virtues of his high-tech race car - which regularly falls to pieces seconds after he praised it. He is fond of Penelope and often helps her.
- Butt-Monkey: He regularly suffers particularly embarrassing accidents or mechanical failures.
- Catchphrase: Usually "Oh, fiddlesticks!" whenever something goes wrong.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He frequently attempts to flirt with or help Penelope Pitstop, although she rarely encourages him.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: If you consider the Wacky Races Forever pilot as canon, he does eventually get to marry and have kids with Penelope.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: A superficially handsome hero named "Perfect", who is actually wildly unlucky and barely competent.
- Glass Cannon: Peter's car is fast, but can't take ANYTHING before shattering into pieces.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Yep, he's got a big chin.
- My Car Hates Me: Almost every time he boasts about how great it is, it falls to bits or throws a chunk of its engine out.
- Old-School Chivalry: How he behaves towards Penelope, even when it threatens to cost him the race.
- Top-Heavy Guy: An inverted triangle of muscle.
Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth (Drivers of the Buzzwagon)
Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth
Car: Buzzwagon (#10)
Next, Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzzwagon.
Voiced by: Daws Butler (Rufus Ruffcut, 1968 cartoon), Don Messick (Sawtooth, 1968 cartoon), Greg Burson (Rufus Ruffcut, 2000 video game)
First is the Turbo Terrific driven by Peter Perfect.Rufus Ruffcut, a lumberjack, and his companion Sawtooth, a beaver, drive the Buzzwagon, which is entirely made of wood, features four circular saw blades as wheels, and Sawtooth is able to cut through obstacles (such as trees and other objects) at super-high speed.
- Canada, Eh?: Stereotypically Canadian lumber workers.
- Mighty Lumberjack: Their car is made from logs and has circular saws for wheels, and Rufus has the stereotypical muscles, plaid shirt and coonskin cap.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Sawtooth is a beaver.
- Top-Heavy Guy
- Weaponised Car: With circular saws for wheels. And they use them.
Sergeant Blast & Private Meekley (Drivers the Army Surplus Special)
Sergeant Blast & Private Meekley
Car: Army Surplus Special (#6)
Manoeuvring for position is the Army Surplus Special.
Voiced by: Daws Butler (Sergeant Blast, 1968 cartoon), Paul Winchell (Private Meekley, 1968 cartoon), Greg Burson (Sergeant Blast, 2000 video game), Jim Cummings (Private Meekley, 2000 video game)A pair of soldiers who drive in an armored half-track called the Army Surplus Special. The Sergeant uses "fire power", i.e. shooting cannon balls from his turret, to power up the car.
The Ant Hill Mob (Drivers of the Bulletproof Bomb)
The Ant Hill Mob (Clyde, Ring-A-Ding, Rug Bug Benny, Mac, Danny, Kirby & Willy)
Car: Bulletproof Bomb (#7)
Right behind is the Ant Hill Mob in their Bulletproof Bomb.
Voiced by: Paul Winchell (Clyde, 1968 cartoon), Don Messick (Ring-A-Ding, 1968 cartoon), Jim Cummings (Clyde, 2000 video game)A group of seven pint-seized 1920's-style gangsters composing of Clyde, their leader, Ring-A-Ding, Rug Bug Benny, Mac, Danny, Kirby and Willy who race in the Bulletproof Bomb. They are constantly preoccupied with getting caught by the police and are able to use "getaway power", which involves all members, except for Clyde, extending their legs through the bottom of the car and running.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Clyde is based on Edward G Robinson.
- Divergent Character Evolution: All of them gain separate personalities once they appear in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.
- No Name Given: Clyde and Ring-A-Ding are the only ones named in-show. Supplementary material has the others named as Rug Bug Benny, Mac, Danny, Kirby, and Willy.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Somehow, they always can fool the cops (and some of the racers) with obvious disguises. Only Dick Dasterly can tell it's still just them.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Supposedly gangsters, but spend all their time racing. Subverted in that they had trouble with the police at least once and were seen casting away quite a lot of loot to make their car lighter once. When this happened Ring-a-ding is clearly heard confirming the stuffs ill-gotten and wonders why anyone ever said crime pays as they toss the items away. This does suggest they are a bit more fond of racing than crime however...
- The Roaring '20s: The Bomb is a twenties sedan, and their dress sense is that of the stereotypical Prohibition gangster.
- Recoil Boost: One of their methods of going faster is firing their Tommy Guns out the back window. Typically, this goes poorly for whoever is unfortunate enough to be behind them.
- Running on the Spot: Their "getaway power" has their legs and feet extend through the car's floor, for extra speed. When they start, they do the "whirl in place" cartoon thing.
Prof. Pat Pending (Driver of the Convert-a-Car)
Prof. Pat Pending
Car: Convert-a-Car (#3)
And theres ingenious inventor Pat Pending in his Convert-a-Car.
Voiced by: Don Messick (1968 cartoon), Scott Innes (2000 video game)An inventor in the Convert-a-Car. He can transform his car into pretty much anything that moves.
- Laughing Mad: Wacky Races Forever depicts him as a cackling lunatic.
- Mad Scientist: Unworldly inventor of weird devices.
- Punny Name: "pat. pending" is an abbreviation for "patent pending".
- Transforming Vehicle: The Convert-a-Car usually looks like a car/houseboat hybrid, but can turn into a wide range of ridiculous vehicles.
Penelope Pitstop (Driver of the Compact Pussycat)
Car: Compact Pussycat (#5)
Oh, and heres the lovely Penelope Pitstop, the glamour girl of the gas pedal.
Voiced by: Janet Waldo (1968 cartoon and 2000 video game), Kath Soucie (Wacky Races Forever pilot), Nicole Parker (2017)The lone female, in a 1930s racing costume in the Compact Pussycat. A southern belle, Penelope is more concerned with her looks than with racing and often gets herself into trouble.
- Action Girl: In "Idaho A-Go-Go", when lured by Dastardly into a Red Riding Hood trap, Dastardly has Muttley dress as the Wolf, and, as Grandma, asks her to hide in the closet. But she answers the door and gives everyone who answers, including Peter Perfect, the old Frying Pan of Doom.
- The Chick: The only girl racer, and stereotypically feminine.
- Depending on the Writer: She can be either a stereotypically useless Woman Driver or a very girly Wrench Wench, depending on what the writer thought would be funnier at the time.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female racer.
- Southern Belle: Pretty and innocent, with a heavy Southern accent, with a tendency to use "little ol'" and "Ah do declare", and, of course, "Hay-ulp! Hay-ulp!"
- Spoiled Sweet: Comes across as genuinely nice despite being a stereotypical rich girl.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: A car with lipstick and big eyelashes.
- Verbal Tic: Her heavy Southern accent aside, it'll be easier to count the times she doesn't describe something as "lil' ol'", including herself and other people.
- Women Drivers: A few episodes have gags with her not knowing how to fix the car, doing make-up (or even showering) at the wheel, cooking on the engine, and so forth.
The Slag Brothers (Drivers of the Boldermobile)
The Slag Brothers (Rock and Gravel Slag)
Car: Boldermobile (#1)
Next we have the Boldermobile with the Slag Brothers: Rock and Gravel.
Voiced by: Daws Butler (Rock Slag, 1968 cartoon), Don Messick (Gravel Slag, 1968 cartoon), Jim Cummings (2000 video game)Two cavemen, Rock and Gravel, who drive in the Bouldermobile. Their car is made out of rock, the brothers, who talk in caveman-like gibberish but with occasional intelligible words, power it up by hitting it with their clubs and are also able to re-build it from bare rock, always using their clubs.
- Bamboo Technology: Their car appears to be just a rock on wheels.
- Blinding Bangs: To the point their arms, legs, and noses just stick out from under it!
- Contemporary Caveman: Hairy guys in loincloths, in a stone car.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Both the brothers are barefoot at all times.
- Percussive Maintenance: Constantly hitting their car and each other with their clubs.
- The Unintelligible: Their usual conversations are mumbles or Angrish, sometimes with the last couple of words comprehensible.
The Gruesome Twosome (Drivers of the Creepy Coupe)
The Gruesome Twosome (Big Gruesome & Little Gruesome)
Car: Creepy Coupe (#2)
Lurching along is the Creepy Coupe with the Gruesome Twosome.
Voiced by: Daws Butler (Big Gruesome, 1968 cartoon), Don Messick (Little Gruesome, 1968 cartoon), Jim Cummings (Big Gruesome, 2000 video game), Billy West (Little Gruesome, 2000 video game)Two monsters, Big Gruesome and Little Gruesome who race in the Creepy Coupe. Their horror-themed car includes a small belfry tower inhabited by a fire-breathing dragon, bats and other creatures.
- Bigger on the Inside: The small belfry of their car houses a gigantic dragon and sea serpent.
- Blinding Bangs: Big Gruesome has a Beatles hairdo that completely hides his eyes.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Herman Munster and Grandpa - a big phlegmatic Frankenstein's Monster and a creepy little vampire.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite their macabre nature, they're actually among the racers who are more likely to help their competitors out of trouble. Justified in that the Creepy Coupe is behind only the Convert-a-Car and the Mean Machine in terms of resources; Pat Pending will usually help everyone else with gusto and ease, whereas Dick Dastardly, well, won't.
- Monster Mash: Big Gruesome is a Frankenstein's Monster, Little Gruesome is a vampire, and their car also houses ghosts, a Wicked Witch, a dragon and a sea serpent.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Big Gruesome emulates Boris Karloff, while Little Gruesome's got Peter Lorre.
The Red Max (Driver of the Crimson Haybaler)
The Red Max
Car: Crimson Haybaler (#4)
And right on their tail is the Red Max.
Voiced by: Daws Butler (1968 cartoon), Greg Burson (2000 video game)A Manfred von Richthofen-styled aviator who speaks with a German accent, in a car/plane hybrid called the Crimson Haybailer His vehicle is able to fly, although for short distances.
Lazy Luke & Blubber Bear (Drivers of the Arkansas Chuggabug)
Lazy Luke & Blubber Bear
Car: Arkansas Chuggabug (#8)
And theres the Arkansas Chuggabug with Luke and Blubber Bear.
Voiced by: John StephensonLazy Luke, a hillbilly, and Blubber Bear, a fearsfull, timid bear, drive in the Arkansas Chugabug. Luke maneuvers the steering wheel with his feed and his car is steam-powered from an old and rickety boiler.
- Bamboo Technology: Not quite as bad as the Slag Brothers, but their car is powered by a steam boiler made out of an old-fashioned potbellied stove. One episode reveals that their engine is assisted by a squirrel on an exercise wheel.
- Beary Funny: Blubber may be a bear, but he's hardly scary.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Luke is barefoot at all times.
- Eyes Always Shut: Luke almost always has his eyes closed, even while driving.
- The Fool: Steers with his bare feet and almost always has his eyes shut, yet rarely crashes.
- Hillbilly Moonshiner: At least two episodes imply that Lazy Luke is a moonshiner. He displays a jug at the start of "The Great Cold Rush Race", and another episode has him mistaking Dick Dastardly's siren for that of the revenuers.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Blubber is a bear.
- Speech-Impaired Animal: Blubber mostly just whimpers in terror.
- Sweet Home Alabama: Stereotypical Southern "hillbilly" theme.
Dick Dastardly & Muttley (Drivers of the Mean Machine)
Dick Dastardly & Muttley
Car: Mean Machine (#00)
Sneaking along last is that Mean Machine with those double-dealing do-badders, Dick Dastardly and his sidekick Muttley. And even now theyre up to some dirty trick. And theyre off! To a standing start. And why not? Theyve been chained to a post by shifty Dick Dastardly who shifts into the wrong gear. And away they go! On the way-out Wacky Races!
Voiced by: Paul Winchell (Dick Dastardly, 1968 cartoon), Don Messick (Muttley, 1968 cartoon), Jim Cummings (Dick Dastardly, 2000 video game, Wacky Races Forever pilot, and Wacky Races: Crash and Dash for Wii and DS), Billy West (Muttley, 2000 video game, Wacky Races Forever pilot, Wacky Races: Crash and Dash for Wii and DS, and the 2017 version ), Peter Woodward (Dastardly, 2017)The villains of the series, Dick Dastardly and his dog sidekick Muttley are in the Mean Machine, which is a purple, rocket-powered car with an abundance of concealed weapons and the ability to fly. Dastardly's usual race strategy revolves around using the Mean Machine's great speed to get ahead of the other racers, and then setting a trap to stop them and maintain the lead; but most of his plans backfire, causing him to fall back into last place. Dastardly never sees victory.
- Angrish: When not snickering, Muttley's dialogue mainly consists of muttered grumbling such as "Sassarassafrassa..."
- A Day in the Limelight: The NES game, focusing on Muttley.
- Badass Moustache: Dick's handlebar moustache.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied with Dick, who is a genuinely good racer but would rather cheat than win fairly.
- Butt-Monkey: Dick is constantly getting injured and humiliated.
- Dick Dastardly's "Drat, drat and double drat!", and "Muttley, do something!!!"
- Muttley's Evil Laugh.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Dick Dastardly is based on the English actor Terry-Thomas.
- Contractual Genre Blindness: The unaired pilot for Wacky Racers Forever reveals this is Dick Dastardly's motivation for invoking Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat.Dastardly: We're villains. Ergo, we have to cheat!
- Dastardly Whiplash: The joint Trope Namer, mixing the moustache, Edwardian style, and parodic Card Carrying Villainy.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Trope Namer, as he constantly wastes time trying to set traps for people when he has a legitimate lead.
- Expy: His villainous habits, personality and costume are based on Professor Fate from The Great Race.
- And later on, H-B had to create a few expies of this guy for various other shows to use, chiefly because of legal issues with Heatter-Quigley.
- Harmless Villain: Too incompetent to actually harm anyone.
- The Hyena: Muttley's signature snicker.
- Leitmotif: A fast paced piano track usually played when he was trying to cheat while driving.
- Never My Fault: He usually blames his losses on Muttley. "Muttley, this is all your fault!"
- Non-Human Sidekick: Muttley is a dog.
- Scary Teeth: In Wacky Races Forever, Dastardly's teeth look ghastly and neglected.
- Spanner in the Works: Muttley constantly sabotages Dick's plans just to mess with him.
- Speech-Impaired Animal: Muttley's mutterings, giggles and growls are probably the Trope Codifier.
- Villain Protagonist: Gets the most screentime out of all the racers.