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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 to be aired in 2017. 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.

On February 5, 2019, one of the voice actors said in a private conversation on Twitter that the show's fifth season will be the show's last.

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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 steadly", 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.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Crusher's grandmother Grammy calls him "Crushy".
  • Always Someone Better/Always Second Best: Crusher is this compared to Blaze.
  • Animal Mecha: Stripes, a tiger-like monster truck.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bag of Holding: Crusher has a silver bag on either side of his chassis which holds parts needed to make his cheating gadgets.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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: 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: There are a few episodes in which Crusher has to team (or depends of) Blaze, like in "The Mystery Bandit" episode when Crusher asks the help of Blaze to get his metallic toy truck back.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 mischiefs 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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!: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.)
  • Rule of Three:
    • 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.
    • Blaze's transformations usually require three parts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: The Once per Episode songs that have to do with the episode’s featured STEM concept are played over a montage of Blaze and AJ trying out such, with the lyrics matching up with their actions and demonstrations perfectly.
  • 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".
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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