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"Wisdom is a circle. What you receive... you must give back."
Dr. Tezla
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Hot Wheels World Race is a 2003 television film made by Mattel, Inc. and Mainframe Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, based on Mattel's Hot Wheels line of toy cars. It was premiered on Cartoon Network on July 12th, 2003.

The plot involves 16-year-old Vert Wheeler and 34 other drivers racing for Dr. Tezla, who wants the Wheel of Power located in another dimension.


Hot Wheels World Race provides examples of:

  • Always Save the Girl: When Lani says she needs help Taro immediately goes back to save her. Vert does the same, but only because he wasn't sure Taro could save her on his own.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Markie is this to Kurt Wylde
  • Ascended Extra: Dan Dresden, who goes from just a random name that Markie mentions to leader of the Street Breed and finishing in 3rd place.
  • All There in the Manual: The Racers not brought up by name and their backgrounds, their cars and their specs are revealed in non canon promo comics and dvd extras. It wasn't obvious Taro Kitano was supposed to be Asian until his redesign in Acceleracers.
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  • Artistic License – Physics: Vert's final Jump to return the Wheel. The rest of the stunts may be justified, given the fact that the materials for the cars is never given and they're racing in an alternate dimension where gravity might be slightly weaker.
  • Bash Brothers: Though not of the team-up variety, Kurt and Markie frequently cause other drivers to experience collisions. At one point, they're even bashing each other.
  • Broken Pedestal: After Kurt was found out to be a spy, Markie no longer looked up to him if not despised him. Luckily, after all that was said and done, the pedestal was rebuilt.
    Mark: "I always looked up to you, Kurt. That's why I wanted to be a driver and be like you. But I'm not you... I don't cheat to win!"
  • Car Fu: When a driver really doesn't want let someone pass or just to make it harder on the other drivers.
    Banjee: "Give me some road, Kurt! You're not winning this race."
    Kurt: "With my eyes closed, Banjee!"
    *SMASH!*
    Banjee: "With your mouth closed, the better!"
    Kurt: "Actions speak louder than words!"
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  • Cassandra Truth: Kurt quickly tries to warn Markie about the huge minefield he's driving towards. But after being outed as a spy, Markie decided to ignore him. And then he saw the mines...
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Too many times to count. It's become a staple of the series for this to happen.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Enforced, Zed-36 thinks he can win without cheating but Gelorum forces him to anyway, though this is just as much because Kurt doesn't want to actually hurt or kill the other drivers.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The colourful skid-marks and frequent use of Split Screen are not carried through into Acceleracers.
  • Enemy Mine: Of sorts. While Kadeem and Taro are still fighting for first, Alec suggests "giving the new guy(himself) a shot at first place". 2 quick nods and both drivers proceed to spin Alec out.
  • Either/Or Title: The movie is also named Hot Wheels Highway 35. Or if you want the full title, Hot Wheels Highway 35 World Race.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Kurt Wylde (though he was never evil per-see, only misled.)
  • Five-Man Band along with Five-Token Band: Determined by the plot: among the Team Leaders with a rotation of three Sixth Ranger s.
    • The Hero: Vert Wheeler
    • The Lancer: Kurt Wylde
    • The Heart: Brian Kadeem
    • The Big Guy: Taro Kitano
    • The Reckless Pacifist: Banjee Castillo
    • Sixth Ranger: Markie is unusual in that he is a Tag Along Kid as well, and not the last among the group to join the Good Guys: that honor belongs to his older brother, Kurt.
      • Alec Wood and Dan Dresden spend some time as Sixth Rangers themselves on the track, if not in the plot, both finishing 3rd at their best in a leg.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Though some of them bicker with each other on occasion, each of the drivers get along surprisingly well with each other even while racing.
  • Informed Ability: The cars; while the abilities of the numerous cars were given the chance to shine, other cars seem to have unique abilities that never got to be used. Examples include:
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kurt Wylde ... so very much. While not above sabotaging or possibly hurting the other drivers, he draws the line at killing them. And he doesn't want his younger brother Markie to get hurt.
  • Made of Indestructium: The cars are extremely tough, taking high-speed crashes with no damage whatsoever. Vert lampshades it early on.
    Vert: "A wipeout like that, and I hardly got dinged. Man, these cars can really take punishment!"
  • Made of Iron: The drivers are just as tough, with no explanation given.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Haziz. The old black man that Kadeem sees. It's unknown if it's a hallucination, if it's real, or what.
  • Mundane Utility: One would think Banjee's buzzsaw could be used offensively in a race. When its actually put to use, its used to slice ice blocking the track.
  • Nitro Boost: Dr. Tezla provided all cars with a Nitrox-2 system, which allows any driver to reach the maximum speed of 300 mph. Also includes flaming trails and wheels, and as shown by Kurt (purposely) and Markie (accidentally) on several occasions, even just one container of the stuff can serve as an effective explosive if ruptured.
  • Noodle Incident: How Markie was able to get to Tezla's Cube. When Kurt asks how, Markie said it wasn't important and quickly changed the subject.
  • One-Liner: Multiple:
    • "What's the matter, Banjee? Didn't you ever learn how to grind a half-pipe?"
    • "Wisdom is a circle; what you receive you must give back."
    • "I'm out of here." (said by Vert right before the Wheel of Power reopens the Portal.)
    • "Some people just can't drive in traffic."
    • "Let's see how well you drive...in HALF a car. "
    • "I'm gonna pass you."
    • "Nobody beats Kurt Wylde."
    • "Nice shot, Slingshot."
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Esmeralda. Normally, she sounds vaguely Hispanic. But during the "Greatest Challenge", her voice lapsed into something that sounds... southern?
  • Ordered to Cheat: Kurt Wylde by Gelorum.
  • Older Than They Act: Markie, only in comparison to Vert. Markie constantly gives the impression that he's younger than Vert, which wouldn't be a problem if Vert wasn't more than a couple days older than sixteen. It doesn't help that the adjective that Markie evokes is "younger" due to being Kurt's younger brother. So either Markie is only a couple of days to a week younger than Vert (if the World Race started soon after Vert got the Deora II), or Markie is older than Vert.
  • Out of Focus: The Scorchers team gets this sadly. Out of all their team members, the leader Taro is the only one who gets any lines.
  • Plot Threads: Despite being the main character, Vert's personal growth, aside from a single conversation with Kadeem and helping Taro save Lani, is almost entirely relegated to the Grand Finale, rendering Vert into a temporary Decoy Protagonist or Tritagonist, depending on your preference, while Taro and Banjee are placed center-stage on the track, and Kurt Wylde alternates sharing the non-racing spotlight with Kadeem and Markie.
  • Ramming Always Works: While there's plenty of body contact, the Scorchers' cars take full advantage of this with their lava-plows, from opening doors to ramming CLYP cars aside to make a path.
  • Reality Ensues: Both played straight and possibly averted. When Vert's dad appears (Vert only left a note while his dad was away on duty), he promptly has Vert grounded for a month. Though you would think that if a parent discovered that their 16-year old had just prevented the most powerful known energy source from falling into evil hands, and donated his 5 million dollars from winning the race to help a group of Africans in desperate need, would probably not ground the kid.
    • On the mechanical point of view, there's Chuvo's and Rekkas' attempt at taking a jump in their heavy trucks. Both fell short and promptly fell back to the bottom. Though one would point out that they did not use their Nitrox boosts, while racers after them did.
  • The Reveal: Kurt Wylde is Zed-36. Though it's not particularly hard to figure out due to the fact that Slingshot and Zed-36 are the same shape and never appear together. The "Why is that surf rat prowling around?" scene almost cements it beforehand. Also, Gelorum isn't human.
    • "That's pretty wild. Even for Kurt."
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Vert's surfing and skateboarding skills, Sidedraft's Eye in the Sky, the Turbo Jets' on the Wave Ripper's cars (Vert relies on them for EVERYTHING.)
  • True Companions: Alec is this to Vert. Later on, Markie is as well to Vert.
  • White Hair, Black Heart Looking sleek in all black, white-haired Gelorum is the primary villain and very evil, wanting the racers "eliminated".
  • Vague Age: No one but Vert is given a confirmed age beyond "over sixteen." Though Alec and Markie are likely to be in the sixteen-seventeen range.
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