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Western Animation / Roary the Racing Car

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Roary the Racing Car is a British children's clay-mation show about a perky young race car, his fellow racing cars of various nations and the pit crew. The show debuted in 2007.

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  • Aerith and Bob: Roary, Maxi, Chris, Marsha, Drifter, Tin Top, Flash and Molecom.
  • A.I. Getting High: Maxi drinks the “racing rain juice”, which causes him to move much faster than normal, but eventually causes him to misjudge his speed, and also have an accident.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Roary and Cici.
  • Chronically Crashed Car - Tintop
  • Call It Karma
  • Camera Abuse - Tintop crashes into the camera as the cars dart off for a play race at the end of one episode. This also happened in another episode with Roary and Maxi, although it's Maxi who smashes the camera.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas - Tintop
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's about a racing car named Roary.
  • And I Must Scream – Rusty, an abandoned caravan serving as the residence of Big Chris; while still active (and sentient), he had his wheels removed and sits on a pile of bricks.
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  • Earth Song: Drifter’s song “The Simple Things in Life”, is about the beauty of the natural world.
  • French Jerk: Inverted. While Cici, the French girl, is very sweet and kind, Maxi is a huge jerkass and is Italian.
  • Here We Go Again!: "Roary goes back to school" ends with Maxi being sent back to school.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Maxi gets the hiccups in one episode, and nearly has a nasty accident.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Mr. Carburettor's birthday suit is full of hints pointing to Mr Carburettor stripping naked, yet his "birthday suit" was actually just a suit he received on his birthday.
  • Just a Stupid Accent – Played straight in-your-face oh-so-often.
  • Jerkass - Maxi, potentially Jerk Jock as well.
  • Kid Hero - Roary, also a Rookie Red Ranger.
  • The Kiddie Ride - Roary himself has been made into one, by Jolly Roger Rides.
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  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Humans, anthropomorphic vehicles, and anthropomorphic animals co-exist.
  • Medium Blending: The show uses a mixture of stop motion and CGI.
  • My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: "Maxi, I've seen a tractor stop quicker than that"
  • National Stereotypes: Some of the cars act like national stereotypes. Italian Maxi is loud and brash, Japanese Drifter is quiet and reserved.
  • No Communities Were Harmed - Silver Hatch racetrack is an obvious reference to the two main British motor-racing tracks: Silverstone Circuit and Brands Hatch.
  • Noodle Incident: Loada references several in "Let's hear it from Big Chris".
  • Punny Name - Roary (as in "roar" of engines), Cici (CC), Marsha the Marshall, Molecom the mole and so on. Drifter's name refers to Japanese Drift racing, while Maxi thinks he's the greatest.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Cici and Tintop.
  • Red Is Heroic: Roary.
  • Shout-Out: "Maxi's New Engine" is this to Lamborghini. Maxi is presumably a Ferrari, and as the story goes, Ferrucio Lamborghini owned several Ferraris, in which he found several flaws. He pointed these out to Enzo Ferrari, who teased Feruccio Lamborghini for being a tractor company.
  • Sixth Ranger - Conrod the Australian V8 Supercar.
  • Smurfette Principle – Among the recurring cars, Cici plays this straight (Zippy the scooter's gender is indeterminate as it only speaks in beeps).
  • Sleep Deprivation: In one episode, the cars sans Roary couldn't fall asleep due to Mr. Carbuerettor's singing, and they fall asleep on the racetrack.
  • Special Guest / Celebrity Star - Legendary Formula One commentator Murray Walker turns up in one episode as a replacement commentator.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics - Cici is female. You know this because she's pink and has eyelashes on her headlights.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Marsha wears a red cap with a checkered logo.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Cici and Marsha are the only main female characters.
  • V8 Engine Noises: Inverted. Drifter's engine should sound loud and throaty, being that he's presumably a Nissan GTR, yet instead, his engine is almost silent.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head – Tintop all over.


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