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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.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When Maxi is barred from racing in “Testing Time for Maxi”, Roary is the one to comfort him.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Roary and Cici.
  • Chronically Crashed Car - Tintop
  • Call It Karma - The cars always get what they deserve when they do something wrong or stupid.
  • 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
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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: Big Chris was feeling this way in "Workshop Roary", after all the hard work he put into making the pit lane and race track clean. Another example was in "Roary's Wake Up Call", where Big Chris and 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.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Back in the day, Rusty was a young, attractive, mobile caravan, and yearns to have the same attention he did back then.

 
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Maxi wears the learner plates

Just as Roary has his learner plates taken off, Maxi has to put them on!

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