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Blaze and the Monster Machines is an Edutainment CGI animated series by Nickelodeon created for its Nick Jr. section, with a focus on teaching the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The show focuses on Blaze, an orange/red monster truck, and his young but smart driver, AJ. They live in a world that involves many living monster trucks, including their truck friends Starla, Stripes, Zeg, Darington and Watts. Another friend of theirs is a girl named Gabby, who is a mechanic who can fix anything. Each episode also features Crusher, a sneaky blue truck who cheats in races. Crusher is almost always accompanied by a green car named Pickle.
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The series was created in 2014, being exhibited by Nick since their first season, going two seasons of 20 episodes per season and a third aired in 2017 and later on a fourth in 2018. Also, since 2016, the complete season one is available on Netflix. The official website is here, as well has its own article in The Other Wiki. Also this show has its own wiki. It also got its own YouTube channel in January 2020.


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  • Absentee Actor: Blaze and AJ are the only characters to appear in all of the episodes. Crusher and Pickle were absent for the first episodes of the “Race Car Adventures” and “Wild Wheels” miniseries (“Race Car Superstar” and “Animal Island”, respectively), and Crusher appeared without Pickle in “Rocket Ski Rescue”.
  • Action Girl: Gabby and Starla.
  • Adorkable: Pickle with his nasal-voice and naive nature.
  • Aerith and Bob: Played with:
    • We have Starla, which is a unique name that can be commonly used. It refers to her cowgirl status.
    • We have the main character Blaze, an uncommon boy's name. It means "a bright flame of fire" or "to shoot steadily", which fits given that he's the "fire" that "lights up" the show.
    • We have Stripes and Pickle, which are both names for a pattern and a food respectively.
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    • We have Crusher whose name, ironically, implies that he crushes the competition. He doesn't.
    • We have Darington, whose name is a mix of "daring" and the suffix "-ton".
    • And then there's Zeg, the dinosaur truck.
    • We also have Watts, which are derived from electrical circuit unit.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Crusher's grandmother Grammy calls him "Crushy".
  • Always Someone Better/Always Second Best: Crusher is this compared to Blaze.
  • Ambiguous Gender:
    • The three baby t-rexes in "T-Rex Trouble" had rather ambiguous-looking faces. None of them were referred to with gender-related pronouns, which led to confusion over what their genders are. The only exception is Chompy, the red t-rex, who was called female by Blaze.
    • While the monkey and elephant that help AJ in "AJ to the Rescue" were male, the firefly was never referred to with gender-related pronouns, and even had ambiguous-sounding vocal effects.
    • Out of all the animals in the Great Forest in "The Flying Lion", only the panda was referred to with gender-related pronouns as male.
  • And I Must Scream: Almost happened to the Monster Machines in "Robots in Space" while racing through a collapsing wormhole and almost got trapped inside.
  • Animal Mecha: Stripes, a tiger-like monster truck.
  • Animesque: Although the animation is CGI, it does borrow a few anime elements, especially after the Art Evolution and the use of Speed Stripes since Season 4. The trucks' faces also feature large eyes and their mouths tend to expand when shouting, like in an anime show.
  • Animation Bump:
    • Animation has improved over the course of the show, and seems to get better with each new season. Notice in Season 2 Blaze's mouth is smaller, less stretched and curvy, like how it looks in an anime show, and his paintwork is a more luminous red rather than its original dull red-orange. His transformations also improve in detail over each season.
    • Come the mid-season 3 Art Evolution, the show's art style has become more realistic, specifically the jungles and forests have improved foliage, the streets have visible asphalt, and buildings are no longer a 2D image in distant shots. The trucks now have visible wear and tear on their tires and are animated with ray tracing so they reflect their environments.
    • And now that Season 4 has come, the show has started using splitscreens and rather trippy backdrops in music segments. Season 5 takes this even further by having the water realistically push up against Blaze when he becomes an icebreaker ship and splash much more fluidly, and having a more realistic atmosphere for the first time in "Abra-Ka-Pickle!" by giving a purplish hue on the sky for a late afternoon and the trees becoming multicolored to show it's Fall.
    • Even the fire that ignites from Blaze's boosters before he activates his Blazing Speed has gotten a whole lot more realistic; compare it in Season 1 when it was just a simple ring to the Art Evolution where it now extends outward like a real fire torch and even pulses.
  • Anti-Villain: Pickle, who's shown to be more on the side of Blaze and friends than on Crusher's side.
  • Art Evolution: The animation has improved slightly post-Season 1, for example Blaze's face is more realistic and fluid, and the backgrounds have better lighting and shading. Another major improvement happens starting with the "Wild Wheels" episodes, such as giving the trucks reflective paint jobs and textured detailing on their tires. The animals were redesigned as well, loosely resembling their real-life counterparts. AJ and Gabby’s wardrobe was also tweaked a bit, giving them belt buckles with their emblems and more detailed stitching and visible textures. Their hairstyles were also scuffed a bit, especially Gabby's. Come the fourth season, the show has gotten use of new camera effects such as Splitscreens and Speed Stripes, and some songs may get a Disney Acid Sequence.
  • Art Shift: During AJ's explanations of the STEM concept, the animations on either his video watch or Blaze's communicator screen are animated in computerized 2D.
  • Asshole Victim/Butt-Monkey/The Chew Toy: Crusher.
  • Astral Finale: The last episode of the "Robot Riders" miniseries, "Robots in Space", involved the Monster Machines turning into space robots and going to space to rescue Commander Megan after she crash-lands on Pluto.
  • Babysitting Episode: "Babysitting Heroes".
  • Bag of Holding: Crusher has a silver bag on either side of his chassis which holds parts needed to make his cheating gadgets.
  • Bears Are Bad News: A monster truck version chases Blaze in certain episodes, particularly the premiere. Crusher also makes a robotic bear in "Truck Rangers".
  • Black Dot Pupils: Every single truck or vehicle has these, with Blaze being the sole exception.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Pickle’s grandpa cannot see very well without his glasses. He always keeps forgetting to put them on.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Three of Pickle’s sisters, Lilly (blonde), Milly (brunette), and Frilly (redhead).
  • Boring Return Journey: Happens quite often. After Blaze and AJ encounter several obstacles to finish their journey, they just have to drive back the way they came. Fortunately, Blaze often subverts this trope with his Blazing Speed.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • At the end of "Rocket Ski Rescue", as Grammy takes Blaze and Crusher out to get ice cream as a celebration for saving Crusher from the rocket skis, three of the flavors Crusher thinks of getting are chocolate, cherry, and chocolate cherry.
    • In "Toucan Do It!", when Crusher encounters a zebra selling types of grass, Pickle points out they’re selling green grass, brown grass, and greenish-brown grass.
    • In "The Pickle Family Campout" when Blaze and Pickle had to save Pickle’s grandpa, the rocks they had to swing to were the biggest rock, the rock with no cracks, and the biggest rock with no cracks.
    • In "Blaze and the Magic Genie" when Blaze chases a fox, he finds her in the tallest tree, the tree with the most coconuts, and the tall tree with the most coconuts.
  • Breather Episode: While most of the episode is generally adventure-based, "Blazing Amazing Stories" is different from all the episodes as it just has Blaze and AJ relaxing and helping Pickle tell bedtime stories to his baby sister. It also lacks any sort of song and no major plotline.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In “Need for Blazing Speed”, Crusher steals the special engine that Blaze uses for Blazing Speed while it is being checked, which causes him to lose the ability to move for the episode. To substitute, he uses various other methods to help him keep moving.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Blaze's Blazing Speed is activated when he shouts, "Let's Blaze!".
  • Camping Episode: Has two so far, "Truck Rangers" and "The Pickle Family Campout".
  • Casting Gag: Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, and Danica Patrick are real life race car drivers, hence their voice work in this series.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Blaze have various famous quotes, like "AJ, gimme some speed" and "Let's Blaze!"
    • Also Crusher, always talking that "the winner should be me, me, me!" as well his "yuck!" everytime he goes dirty on something.
    • Starla's "Yee-haw!" as the cowgirl she is.
    • And how to forget the "Daringtooooooooooon!"
    • Watts has “Electric Charge!”
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: The show's title itself.
  • Character Narrator: Bump Bumperman, the monster truck race presenter serves as this for the crowd in the race stadium, telling the events of the characters when they are coming to the race.
  • Christmas Episode: "Monster Machine Christmas".
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Blaze (red), Crusher (blue) and Pickle (green).
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Each Monster Machine is represented with a specific color.
      • Blaze — Red
      • Stripes — Yellow-orange
      • Starla — Purple
      • Darington — Navy blue/white
      • Zeg — Yellow-green
      • Crusher — Dull blue
      • Pickle — Medium green
      • Watts — Hot pink/silver
    • Ditto for Pickle’s family members.
      • Ben — Red
      • Ken — Orange
      • Sven — Yellow
      • Lilly — Pink
      • Milly — Blue
      • Tilly — Yellow
      • Frilly — Purple
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Used consistently since Season 3, with the scene restarting from before it cut off right after the break. Removed in the digital releases.
  • Cowgirl: Starla.
  • Dance Party Ending:
    • In "Truck Rangers", the eponymous troop celebrates with a dance party in honor of Blaze earning all three badges.
    • At the end of "Power Tires", after Blaze wins the Race to Lava Island, he gives his Power Tires party power and everyone dances in celebration.
  • Demoted to Extra/Out of Focus: Gabby, Stripes, Starla, Darington and Zeg have gotten less and less focus over the course of the show, appearing fewer times per season.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Crusher, almost all the time. Whenever there's a race, Crusher cheats, regardless of whether he needs to or not. Taken to extremes in "Knight Riders", when Crusher is beating Blaze in a straight race and stops within sight of the finish line to try and slow Blaze down - Blaze being further away from Crusher than Crusher was from the finish line!
  • Didn't Think This Through: Usually whenever Crusher sends out obstacles and inventions to stop Blaze from following him, he forgets there are flaws in his plans: either Blaze will use the STEM concept of the episode to get around it, or he will transform into a different machine or tool to get past.
  • Disney Acid Sequence:
    • These start occurring with certain songs in the fourth season, with rather trippy scenes.
    • The "Gears" song in "Babysitting Heroes" is a complete music video example of this.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Season 1 didn't have a six-episode miniseries like later seasons do. Also in that season, Blaze's viewer greetings were mostly "Hey, I'm Blaze and this is AJ" or variations thereof.
    • Season 1 is also the only season where Blaze used Blazing Speed exclusively alone. Later seasons have him sometimes share said power with his friends so they can use the speed with him.
    • Blaze's transformations in Season 1 were mostly variations of the prompt "To make the [name of part], say [name of part]." By the time Season 2 came, he spoke this way almost exclusively. Also, two early episodes featured four parts instead of the usual three or sometimes two, and one had a transformation where two parts were installed one after the other.
    • Season 1 features a handful of episodes where Blaze activates his Once per Episode Blazing Speed near the beginning of his mission, and its earliest occurrence to date was in "The Driving Force" when he uses such to beat Crusher.
    • In the early episodes, Blaze usually describes the STEM concept; as the series progressed, this mostly gets carried over to AJ.
    • Crusher's subplot only showed up twice in the first season, whereas it became more common since the second.
    • The animation in Season 1 is much more exaggerated and dulled than in later seasons, as it was the only season produced by Nerd Corps Entertainment before it was bought by DHX Media.
    • When the show began, AJ would draw digital pictures in mid-air to either describe the STEM concept or present whatever machine Blaze is going to turn into for the episode. As the show progressed, he mostly relies on projecting a digital diagram with his watch or Blaze's panel screen for such (especially the former), leaving his skywriting to become forgotten all together. It's especially noticeable after the Art Evolution.
  • Edutainment Show: The premise of the show is to teach children new words, how to count numbers, concepts about science and in general The Power of Friendship and always to do the good things.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome:
    • The baby animals in "Babysitting Heroes" talk this way.
    • The littlest girl truck in "Officer Blaze"'s way of speaking, on account of how young she is.
  • Ending Theme: "It's Blaze", sung by series composer Scott Krippayne.
  • Episode Title Card: Every episode has one. They are read aloud by Blaze in return, though there are some episodes where other characters read it instead (see Special Edition Title below).
  • Every Episode Ending: Crusher getting the last laugh of the episode, followed by an iris out on him. This phased out little by little as the series progressed.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Crusher may be an unrepentant cheat but even he wouldn't eat someone's entire birthday cake and was horrified that he was trying to do just that with Darington's.
  • Everyone Meets Everyone: In the first episode, Blaze and AJ discover Axle City and the Monster Dome, they meet Gabby and the Monster Machines for the first time, Blaze befriends them as well as forms a rivalry with Crusher, participates in his first race, and in return, becomes a racer.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Zeg, especially his Lower-Deck Episode "Zeg and the Egg" in which there're other trucksaurus like him.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: In some jungle episodes, there're cute monster truck monkeys.
  • Evolving Credits: Late into Season 3, the title sequence was updated; the jungle that Blaze watches Stripes hop through is bigger and realistic, the canyon he jumps through Starla's lasso at is moved to the badlands, he and Darington race in a forest instead of a desert, and trees appear behind he and Zeg as they smash through the stacks of tires. Finally, Watts races alongside him in the Monster Dome, with Gabby driving her.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: For the first three seasons, AJ and Gabby had unusually pentagonal-shaped catchlights on their eyes. Averted as of the mid-Season 3 Art Evolution, where the catchlights became traditionally spherical.
  • Expository Theme Tune: "So buckle your seatbelts / We're gonna scream and yell / When Blaze comes saving the day / Blaze! Blaze! Blaze! / Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie some speed!"
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!:
    • By Zeg in "Dino Dash" when he realizes he's standing on a geyser before being blasted away.
    • By Pickle's grandpa in "The Pickle Family Campout" when he notices the volcano erupting.
    • By Bump Bumperman in "Robot Power" when he notices the blasting robot.
    • Happens repeatedly in "Meatball Mayhem" whenever someone is about to be sucked into the giant meatball.
  • Expy:
    • Blaze is obviously a male, non-human version of Dora, right down to teaching the special curriculum of the series.
    • AJ. He's a Child Prodigy with dark hair that sticks up, and is the Token Human/Deteragonist behind the trucks. If not for the use of the word "trucks", you'd swear we were talking about Ryder.
  • Extra-Long Episode: So far, two episodes exceed the usual half-hour runtime: the Pilot Movie "Blaze of Glory", and "Race to the Top of the World".
  • Failure Is the Only Option: No matter what Crusher does, Blaze will always get past his cheats, and he always loses.
  • Fake Interactivity: Blaze and AJ will frequently ask the audience to do various things with them, such as choosing the right object or path, or finding out which choice would work.
  • Family Theme Naming: Pickle's three cousins are named Ben, Ken and Sven, and his four sisters are named Lilly, Milly, Tilly and Frilly.
  • Fearless Fool: Darington. Also sometimes Crusher.
  • Five-Man Band: Blaze forms one with his closest friends.
    • The Leader: Blaze, the adventurous truck who's always willing to help a friend.
    • The Lancer: Darington, the silly and clumsy daredevil.
    • The Smart Guy: Stripes, the tiger truck with a super tiger sense.
    • The Big Guy: Zeg, the dinosaur truck with a brute and brash personality.
    • The Chick: Starla, the sole female member who's got wild cowgirl skills. Later joined by Watts, the more feminine truck with electric powers.
  • Floating in a Bubble: In the first episode, Crusher’s Trouble Bubble Wand traps the Monster Machines in bubbles and carries them far away from the Monster Dome. The same happens to Blaze, Darington and Starla in "Toucan Do It!" when they get trapped in bubbles by strange bubble flowers, then to AJ and Gabby in "Raceday Rescue" when Crusher separates them from Blaze and Watts.
  • Foreshadowing: Though not storywise, there is a way to tell if the third scene of Crusher's subplot will be the final scene of the episode. Usually a scene appears after the "Setting Off" Song or after a major problem has been solved. If the first or either the first two is skipped over, than there's no doubt the subplot will serve as the closing scene.
  • Forgot About His Powers: When Blaze got trapped in a cave in "Dragon Island Duel", he completely forgot he's a Voluntary Shapeshifter and doesn't bother to transform into something so he can get out. He has to wait until AJ finds him before realizing such.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum:
    • In "Light Riders", the Monster Machines sans Crusher and Pickle were given speed lights so they can see in the dark, but after that episode, they never used them again (aside from two very brief uses in "Catch That Cake!" and "The Bouncing Bull Racetrack").
    • In "Raceday Rescue", Watts is shown to use her electric tires to bring electricity to various objects to make them power up. In later episodes though, she's never used such again.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The Monster Machines' robot forms have four fingers on their hands. Averted with AJ and Gabby, who have five fingers.
  • Free-Range Children: Apart of seen as the only humans on the series, there's no trace of AJ's or Gabby's families.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: AJ, and Blaze, who can turn into anything. Also Crusher, but with cheat gadgets.
  • Gentle Giant: Gasquatch.
  • The Glomp: Zeg has a tendency to hug Blaze so hard that he struggles to breathe. However, it is all in good intentions.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Whenever Gabby is dressed in her racing suit and helmet when riding with Blaze, she never puts the helmet's goggles over her eyes.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: AJ has a special "Visor View" in his helmet, which he uses to see things no one else can, like the measurement of something's weight, the trajectory that something follows, and how fast someone is going.
  • Good-Times Montage:
    • One occurs in “Snow Day Showdown” as Blaze and his friends are enjoying their snow day in the beginning.
    • Another in "Babysitting Heroes" as Blaze and AJ help Stripes take care of the animals he's babysitting.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: There are a few episodes in which Crusher has to team (or depends on) Blaze, like in "The Mystery Bandit" episode when Crusher asks the help of Blaze to get his metallic toy truck back. Darington also invites Crusher to his birthday party and Crusher is quite pleased with this (though admittedly this was at least partly because he would be able to eat some of the cake he had been chasing all episode).
  • Halloween Episode: "Truck or Treat!".
  • Hammerspace: Happens quite often. Crusher’s chassis bag seems to be bottomless and holds an infinite number of parts to make his cheating gadgets. Other characters can also produce stuff from out of nowhere, such as the wedge Blaze uses throughout "Zeg and the Egg", a jar of pickles used by Pickle to turn off Auto-Vac in "Pickle Power", and Starla getting out her lasso when she uses such.
  • Harmless Villain: Crusher.
  • Heart Drive: Roarian's sunstone in "The Flying Lion". Without it, he reverts to a lifeless statue.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Has happened sometimes on occasion, usually part of a problem or a flawed result with Crusher during the subplots.
  • Heroic Fire Rescue: Blaze is involved in various over the series, but especially noticed in the first episode of season two, in which he becomes an official firefighter.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Usually all the invents Crusher make to cheat, in some times go against him.
  • Honest Advisor: Pickle to Crusher, a kind of Jiminy Cricket for him.
  • Hot Paint Job: Blaze, as his name says.
  • Hulk Speak: Zeg, due to the fact he's a dinosaur truck. Also Rudy, who has Speaking Simlish.
  • "I Am" Song:
    • Pickle and his family get one together in “The Pickle Family Campout”, as he introduces each member and they talk about how much they enjoy being Pickles.
    • Roarian in "The Flying Lion" has one as he talks about being alive with thanks to the sunstone.
    • Genie in "Blaze and the Magic Genie" gets one as he shows off his wishing ability to Blaze and AJ.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Happens to Crusher in "The Hundred Mile Race" as a Running Gag — Pickle is going to give him a snack but presents various everyday objects instead, then presents a snack as the third option but it turns out it has something that cannot be eaten in it. It happens to him again in "Light Riders" when the "foods" he finds in the dark turn out to be gross things, and in "The Bouncing Bull Racetrack" as he tries to steal a carrot from a chicken’s garden, only for him to switch it with something else as he is about to eat; this also happens to him during the Jungleball episode where he insists he'd never eat animal foods and when he gleefully snatches up what looks like normal food, it turns out to be made of/with whatever he was refusing, to his disgust.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: These became frequently used since Season 4, most often as a transition to music sequences.
  • Indy Escape:
    • In "Gasquatch!", Blaze and Gasquatch are chased by a giant rock while sliding on slippery ice.
    • In "Zeg and the Egg", Zeg gets chased by a falling rock down a hill when attempting to get the egg after Crusher inadvertently throws it there.
    • In "Race to the Top of the World", the Monster Machines are chased by a mud ball during the "Momentum" song.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Crusher is seen as the main antagonist of the series, but is also seen as another monster machine for the rest of the crew when he's not making mischief or cheats.
  • Iris Out: Most episodes end with one, usually whenever Crusher gets the last laugh.
  • It's All About Me: Crusher, especially noticed with quotes like this:
    I'm going to cheat to win the race, so the winner will be me! Me! ME! Bwahahahaha!
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: AJ and Starla say this in "The Bouncing Bull Racetrack" as they enter Red Rock Canyon just before the skunk bandits appear.
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?:
    • In "Treasure Track", Pegwheel says this after learning from Gabby his engine doesn’t have enough combustion.
    • Pickle says this in "The Pickle Family Campout" when Blaze mentions the concept of load, and again in "Meatball Mayhem" when Blaze says they'll do coding.
  • Karma Houdini: Crusher receives absolutely no punishments for cheating and stopping Blaze, and is always let off scot-free.
  • Kissed Keepsake: At the beginning of "Dragon Island Duel", Blaze high tires Joe and Gus, the former saying he'll never wash his tire again.
  • Jerkass: Crusher.
  • Large Ham: Daringtoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon!!
  • Later Installment Weirdness: Since mid-Season 3's Art Evolution, Blaze and AJ don't greet the viewer at the start as much as they did in earlier seasons. Also, AJ almost never uses his skywriting technique to make diagrams of the problem, instead relying on either his watch or Blaze's communicator screen. AJ has also become the usual describer of the STEM concept when Blaze was in earlier seasons, and usages of his Visor View have become rarer, instead simply showing where they need to find something with no technology needed. The recurring "traveling" songs have also become less and less, instead replacing them with a unique number exclusive to the episode.
  • Leitmotif: Each Monster Machine has a different type of background music associated with them.
    • Blaze has several rock themes, with a special one in particular that plays whenever he uses his Blazing Speed.
    • Stripes has a jungle safari theme.
    • Starla has a country/western theme.
    • Darington has a heavy metal theme with wailing guitars.
    • Zeg has a prehistoric theme.
    • Crusher has a mischievous antagonistic theme in a minor key.
    • Pickle has a theme similar to Crusher’s, but in a more peppy major key.
  • Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition: Crusher and Blaze, in designs only.
  • Limited Wardrobe: AJ and Gabby seem to not have other clothes than the ones they dress on the series. That, or all their clothes are the same.
  • Magic Countdown: Sometimes, Blaze will warn the viewer he has only a certain amount of time to do something. However, the time between when he says that and when the time runs out is longer than said time limit in real time. Also, he doesn't count down by actual real-time seconds.
  • Meaningful Name: Various characters have them:
    • Blaze has a flame as his main design.
    • Stripes is a tiger-themed truck with navy blue stripes in his attire.
    • Pickle is not just his name based on food, his appearance also resembles a pickle.
    • Watts is named for the term relating to units of power in an electrical circuit.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Thanks to Fisher-Price that release a line of Die-Cast figures of all characters from the series, included secondary ones. Also there're McDonald's toys.
  • Mickey Mousing: At certain points of an episode when Blaze honks, (especially in the newer episode), the background music syncs up to his honking.
  • Mocking Singsong: Crusher gives one in "Epic Sail" when a little crab makes off with one of the parts to his broken boat.
    Crusher: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can't have it!
  • Morphic Resonance:
    • Whenever Blaze undergoes his Once per Episode Transformation Sequence, he usually builds parts to the featured vehicle on top of his current form, or if his whole body transforms, he keeps his original face. The same goes for his friends whenever they transform with him.
    • In the "Robot Riders" episodes, whenever the Monster Machines become robots, they retain their original framework and color schemes, with their tires placed on their wrists and ankles. The symbols they’re associated with also appear either as patterns on their chest and limbs or as pictures on their belt buckles.
  • Musical World Hypotheses: Usually the All In Their Head type. The majority of the songs are performed offscreen by Blaze and AJ during a montage, whenever they start their adventure or are demonstrating the topic the episode is focusing on. However, there are rare occurrences where characters sing onscreen as well; the songs "Welcome to Animal Island" and "The Pickle Family Song", for instance, are Alternate Universe, while "Sound Wave Showdown" is Diegetic.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The promos for "Blazing Amazing Stories" make it seem like a Superhero Episode since it plays up the superhero scenes in honor of Nick Jr's "Mighty Heroes Month". It was only the last third of the episode, and it's really a Storybook Episode instead.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Often, the obstacles and cheats Crusher sends out to stop Blaze lead to Blaze coming up with another way to get past, either using a skill based on the STEM concept of the episode, or a special ability based on what he transforms into.
    • For example, in "The Team Truck Challenge", Crusher knocks down a rock wall to block a mine entrance; this gives Blaze the chance to teach the mass concept and Pickle uses such to knock the rocks away.
    • In "Race to Eagle Rock", Crusher saws the track causing the Monster Machines to flow down a river until they finally stop just before a waterfall, but once there they see the racetrack at the bottom; in other words, Crusher only gave them another way to catch up.
    • In "Ready, Set, Roar!", the cheats Crusher sends out inspire Blaze and Stripes to use a great cat ability based on the obstacle they encounter.
    • All of the obstacles Crusher sends out in "Power Tires" are what give Blaze the chance to use one of the powers that his Power Tires have to get past them.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Blaze is the nice and good-natured hero of the show, Crusher is the mean and conniving schemer who likes to cheat, and Pickle is in-between as he’s friends with Blaze and always watches out for Crusher.
  • Ninja: The episode "Ninja Blaze" has Blaze and AJ discovering a dojo full of ninja trucks and they get training from the master Blackbelt and become ninjas themselves. They then use their skills to save Crusher and Pickle from a faraway icy mountain.
  • No Focus on Humans: AJ and Gabby are the only humans (and specifically children) that appear in a world full of Sentient Vehicles where all creatures are depicted as monster trucks (animals included).
  • No Flow in CGI: AJ's hair is short and poofy, and is always constantly covered up by his helmet, while Gabby constantly wears her hair in a small ponytail and never takes it out. Their hair almost never moves naturally and sometimes stretches out in one piece, though after the Art Evolution their hair seems to flow more freely, especially with Gabby's hair whose ends are now sharp instead of rounded and bounce with her head when it moves.
  • No Fourth Wall: Justified because it's an interactive Edutainment Show made in the same way than Dora the Explorer.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair:
    • So far, the only non-animal vehicles that have a full head of hair are Joe (one of Blaze's fan-trucks), Speedrick (a race car), and Pickle’s four sisters and grandpa. Crusher briefly gains some at the end of his subplot in "Robot Power" after eating hairy flavored ice cream.
    • And Gasquatch has a full pelt of 'hair'.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Blaze is the only character other than AJ and Gabby to have an eye color visible (blue eyes), all others have the standard black eyes.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: A non-villain example is something Blaze says might say each episode, before an obstacle (or a cheat sent by Crusher) suddenly gets in his way. See Tempting Fate below.
  • Odd Friendship: Crusher with Pickle, especially for the former.
  • Odd Name Out:
    • In "T-Rex Trouble", the baby tyrannosaurses that Blaze and Zeg befriend are named Stompy, Chompy and Squeak.
    • In "Babysitting Heroes", Stripes takes care of three pandas named Peaty, Peggy and Paulie, three elephants named Ellie, Annie and Ollie, and three bunnies named Jimmy, Kimmy and Floppy.
  • Off-Model: Blaze’s face in Season 1 is designed rather cartoonish and with a more unique appearance than the other trucks; there were times that his mouth would deform or stretch exaggeratedly in some scenes like when he grits his teeth when pushing or pulling, or when he opens it wide when jumping. His face got a slight redesign in Season 2, having a slightly smaller mouth that no longer curves to the side and is animated more fluidly.
  • Once per Episode: Since the show is formulaic, be sure to expect at least one of the following to be consistent: the scientific topic that becomes the episode’s main theme; Blaze and AJ encountering obstacles which usually take three attempts to solve; the various episodic songs which normally occur twice throughout the plot (one for setting off, the other for the scientific concept); Blaze turning into something relating to the topic with the viewer’s help; Crusher stopping Blaze with one of his handmade inventions; the humorous subplots involving Crusher and Pickle with their own dilemmas; and last but not least, Blaze’s Blazing Speed power which he uses to do something super fast, usually to finish the job.
  • Once a Season:
    • Starting in Season 2, there's been a special six-episode themed miniseries every season.
    • There has also been an episode airing on Memorial Day every season, with each marking the start of the season's themed miniseries (except the first).
  • One-Word Vocabulary: The fire beetles in "Spark Bug" only say "spark" and "sparky". Crossed with Pokémon Speak for the one Blaze and Stripes find, as Stripes names him Sparky for the sound he makes.
  • Only One Name: All the main characters have no known last name whatsoever.
  • Parental Abandonment: There is no trace of anyone's parents on the show to date, even mentions.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Inverted with AJ and Gabby. He wears red, while she wears blue.
  • Pirate Song: Blaze, AJ, Pegwheel and his crew sing one in "Race for the Golden Treasure".
  • Pokémon Speak:
    • The king's dragon Zeek talks this way.
    • As does the alien Zuzu.
  • Power Glows: Whenever Blaze uses his Blazing Speed, and Crusher is about to deploy a cheat from his Bag of Holding, the emblems on their paintwork glow. Somehow becomes averted for the former after the Art Evolution in mid-Season 3.
  • The Power of Friendship: The bread and butter of the series.
  • The Power of Rock: In the "Truck Rangers" episode, Blaze turns into an amplifier to make the electric guitar he uses louder to play a rocking melody to stop Crusher's Robo-Bear from stealing the Super Bravery badge.
  • Public Hater, Private Fan: Played with Pickle: he's on Crusher's side, which is the bad side (or at least against Blaze and friends), but he isn't bad at all. But also he's a known fan of Blaze, which bothers Crusher a lot.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Blaze uses these on Crusher in “The Mystery Bandit” when Crusher is determined to get his toy truck back, only to reluctantly agree with getting Blaze’s trophy as well.
  • Race Against the Clock: In various episodes they need to do things before the time's up. Usually seen when some of the Monster Machines has to race and they got away from it (thanks to Crusher, of course).
  • Recycled In Space: The show is Dora the Explorer WITH MONSTER TRUCKS!
  • Red Ones Go Faster: Blaze, of course.
  • Red Is Heroic: Blaze, even when he's more orange-ish than red.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blaze and Crusher. Played with, since both monster truck have these colors, but the attributes are the opposite of their colors (Blaze being down-to-earth and logical thinking as Blue Oni, and Crusher being overly emotional as Red Oni.)
  • Riddle for the Ages:
    • Why is Crusher a cheater? What made him cheat in the first place?
    • Where did Blaze live before he came to Axle City? Also, how did he and AJ meet?
  • Rule of Three: This show takes the trope Up to Eleven, using elements of this in every single episode.
    • In each episode, there are usually three major problems that Blaze and AJ have to solve. Some problems often require three portions to be solved, or they get three attempts to solve such; they often fail on the first two tries, but succeed on the third.
    • Crusher and Pickle's occasional subplots show up three times in an episode, with the third usually being the episode's final scene all together.
    • Blaze's transformations usually require three parts.
    • In any episode that features a Fetch Quest, there are three items to collect or save, or in the case of groups, three groups of three, making nine all together.
  • Save the Villain: There are a few times throughout the show where Blaze had to save Crusher, like in “Runaway Rocket” when he and Pickle got stuck on the malfunctioning rocket from a carnival game, “Rocket Ski Rescue” when the rocket skis he made became uncontrollable and carried him all over town, and in “Pickle Power” when he gets stuck inside the Auto-Vac he invented which sucks up everything in its path.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Parodied in “The Bouncy Tires”, when Blaze chases Zeg down various streets at an intersection.
  • Scout-Out: The Truck Rangers, which debut in the episode of the same name.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Crusher, who thinks if he's not in first place, then he's not a winner.
  • "Setting Off" Song: This occurs Once per Episode, usually as Blaze and AJ are setting off on their adventure.
  • Sentient Vehicle: The show is full of sentient monster trucks. No word if other cars exist, though.
  • Sequel Episode:
    • "Five Alarm Blaze" to "Fired Up!", which features the return of the Fire Chief and firefighters and has Blaze, now a firefighter himself, going to help them.
    • "Knighty Knights" to "Knight Riders", where the Royal Knights return along with Blaze's knight persona.
    • "Ninja Soup" to "Ninja Blaze", in which Blackbelt returns and Blaze helps him find ingredients to make soup for his sick grandma.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Starla frequently says "Bust my bumpers!", which is a play on the famous "Bust my buffers!" from Thomas the Tank Engine.
    • In "Truck Rangers", the volume knob on Blaze’s amplifier goes up to 11, a reference to the special speakers doing the same thing in This Is Spın̈al Tap.
    • The "Robot Riders" miniseries has Blaze and his friends turning into monster truck-robot hybrids akin to the Autobots from Transformers.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Axle City has yet to show any type of school. Although the Monster Machines act like they're old enough to have graduated, younger trucks definitely qualify for this. AJ and Gabby are also children, yet they don't attend school themselves.
  • Sick Episode: "Sneezing Cold" has the Monster Machines sans Pickle catching a sickness called the "sneezles" and Blaze, AJ and Gabby delivering some medicine oil to help them feel better.
  • Smelly Skunk: A monster truck version appears in "Truck Rangers" episode.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Whenever Gasquatch sniffs a bushel of truckberries, he unleashes a sneeze that's loud and bellowing. It comes in handy near the end of his debut episode when a storm cloud heads for Crusher who is stuck on Mud Mountain and he sneezes it away.
  • Spanner in the Works: Blaze himself, as he is the one who comes up with the plan to get past Crusher's cheating despite Crusher claiming there's no way he can do it.
  • Special Edition Title: The special-themed episodes (Race Car Adventures, Wild Wheels and Robot Riders) have their own special title sequences and title cards. There are also a few occasions where someone other than Blaze would read the Episode Title Card at the beginning; in "Darington to the Moon!" and "The Chicken Circus!", Darington reads it; in "Treasure Track", Pegwheel reads it, and in "The Pickle Family Campout", Pickle and his family read it. The last of these have the letters green instead of the usual orange.
  • Spock Speak: The alien Oola from "The Great Space Race" does not use contractions when talking.
  • Strictly Formula: Every episode follows this format — Blaze and AJ do something which sets up the plot. They get a mission and set out on their adventure, where they have three major problems to solve before the mission is complete. The adventure also has special songs and elements scattered throughout; see Once per Episode above for detail.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Each Monster Machine has a different symbol appearing on their paintwork and as oddly-shaped treadmarks on their tires.
    • Blaze — Fire
    • Stripes — Tiger stripes
    • Starla — Horseshoes
    • Darington — Stars
    • Zeg — Rocks
    • Crusher — Lightning bolts
    • Pickle — Wavy lines
    • Watts — Smaller lightning bolts
  • Take Your Time\Talking Is a Free Action: Happens a lot. Crusher is almost at the finish? Zeg is about to crash into the bakery on bouncy tires? The rocket Crusher and Pickle are on is nearing a garbage dump? No problem, Blaze and AJ take their time to ask the viewer for help and do it slowly.
  • Team Hand-Stack: In "Truckball Team-Up", Blaze, Starla, Zeg and Darington do this during the Truckball Tournament as they talk during the timeout, and again after scoring the winning point.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Usually whenever Crusher initiates a cheat, he bets Blaze will never get past. He does get past indeed.
    • Right when Blaze claims, "Nothing Can Stop Us Now!", an obstacle or cheat from Crusher stops him minutes later.
  • Terrified of Germs: Crusher is not a fan of mud, food mess or anything "yucky".
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Male trucks have square-shaped eyes while female trucks have a more slanted and thicker eye shape that points outward, resembling eyelashes. Girls are also usually pink or purple, sometimes yellow or orange.
  • "Test Your Strength" Game: Stripes and Zeg are shown playing this at the beginning of "Runaway Rocket".
  • That's No Moon!: Blaze says this in "Race Car Superstar" when he and AJ pursue Speedrick at what appears to be a mountain, but is really a volcano. The same occurs in "The Pickle Family Campout" when Blaze, Pickle and his family encounter the volcano where his grandpa is trapped.
  • The Nose Knows: Stripes, he appears to have the abilities of a tiger.
  • There Are No Adults: Averted, almost all of the truck characters act and sound like they're adults. However, AJ and Gabby are the only humans shown, being children, though adult humans make rare appearances now and then.
  • Three-Point Landing: Throughout the “Robot Riders” miniseries, Blaze and his friends do this in robot form upon landing after falling from an increasingly high height.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the Wishing Wheel, Crusher for once wasn't antagonistic against Blaze, and at the end of the episode, Blaze wished what Crusher, Pickles, AJ and Stripes what they wanted. A giant trophy (Crusher), sundae (Stripes), topped with pickles (Pickles) and a firework display (AJ).
  • Token Human: AJ and Gabby are seen as the only humans in a world full of Sentient Vehicles.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Cheating never works for Crusher, yet he continues to do so in every single episode. Pickle has even noticed this and started entering Deadpan Snarker territory.
  • Transformation Sequence: Blaze goes through one of these Once per Episode, when he has to transform into a different vehicle or artifact to solve the problem at hand.
  • Treasure Hunt Episode: The episodes "Treasure Track" and "Race For the Golden Treasure" have Blaze and AJ joining Pegwheel the pirate truck for a treasure hunt.
  • Training Montage: In "Ninja Blaze" as Blaze and AJ are training to be ninjas.
  • Two Girls to a Team: As of Season 3, there are two female Monster Machines, Starla and Watts.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The main plot is sometimes alternated with a b-story featuring Crusher and Pickle with their own predicaments which follow the theme of the episode.
  • Unknown Rival: In some episodes, Blaze discovers the obstacle Crusher sent out, but never realizes it was Crusher's fault. Taken Up to Eleven in "Race to Eagle Rock" when Crusher turns the sign the other way, and the Monster Machines immediately follow it unaware they're going in the wrong direction.
  • Up to Eleven: In the episode "Truck Rangers", the volume knob on Blaze's amplifier used to stop Crusher's Robo-Bear from stealing the Super Bravery badge goes up to 11. When he turns it up to such, the volume becomes so loud it makes the Robo-Bear listen to him completely and returns the badge.
  • Vague Age: The Monster Machines all qualify as this. They're old enough to live on their own and compete in races and do jobs, suggesting they're at least 18.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Being a show directed to kids, and specifically an Edutainment one, this is usually seen.
  • Villain Song: Usually Crusher sings everytime he has the control.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Blaze's voice sounded a bit old and slightly scratchy in Season 1 (especially the early episodes), but in Season 2, it became more smooth sounding with no scratch at all. It's even more noticeable after the Art Evolution.
    • Pickle's voice in the early episodes of Season 1 is a bit deeper than how he sounds now.
    • AJ's voice got deeper by the end of Season 1 as his voice actor aged. It became higher and more African sounding in Season 2, which deepened as well at the end of the third season. Come the fourth, it's higher pitched again and slightly more African.
    • Angelina Wahler's voice for Gabby become more squeaky and higher pitched as the series progressed.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Blaze can transform into other kind of vehicles and artifacts to get out from troubles he and his friends get involved, mostly of them made by Crusher's machines.
  • Welcoming Song: In "Animal Island", the first "Wild Wheels" episode, the animal inhabitants of the titular location give Blaze, AJ and Stripes a warm welcome with the song "Welcome to Animal Island".
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: AJ, which is even smarter than kids from his age. Same for Gabby.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The exact location of Axle City is unknown. From the final shot of "Robots in Space", it's implied to be located either in southern Georgia or northern Florida.
  • Wrench Wench: Gabby, the mechanical genius of the group.
  • "YEAH!" Shot: The theme song, as well as the episodes "Blaze of Glory", "Race Car Superstar", "Light Riders" and "Need for Blazing Speed", all end with a slow motion shot of Blaze jumping at the camera.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Gabby has purple hair.
    • Pickle’s sister Tilly has blue hair.

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