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The 2017 reboot of the original 1968 series by Hanna-Barbera.
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In contrast to the original's formula, this version of Wacky Races is less about the actual races, even if some episodes start out that way. Another big difference is that at each end of the episode, there can be no clear winner (or loser, for that matter), and if there was, it would be someone nobody expects or someone who's not even a part of the race at all. Instead, the show is more focused on what kind of hijinks all the racers get into every episode, as well as giving more focus to the characters themselves.

Nevertheless, each race car is still equipped with some sort of weapon or contraption to help them get through a race and of course, Dick Dastardly still tries to cheat his way into the race by setting up traps, sabotaging the other racers, and what have you only to backfire on him (obviously).

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Also of note, of the ten racers from the original not including Dastardly himself, only three remained (these being Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, and the Gruesome Twosome), while adding new characters to the equation. For example, three completely new racers come in the form of I.Q. Ickley, a kid genius riding in a hovercraft of sorts; Pandora, Penelope Pitstop's evil twin; and the P.D.Q. Crew, a band of pirate racers. Another reoccurring new character is Brick Crashman, a live announcer who replaces the Interactive Narrator entirely, and P.T. Barnstorm, who manages the races.

First debuted on Boomerang's streaming service in the United States on August 14, 2017 and subsequently renewed for a second season.

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This series provides examples of:

  • 555:
    • In "Smokey and the Racers", Peter Perfect advertises a Japanese product named steakasaki and the phone number for orders is 1-555-0123.
    • In "Cold Rush", 555-0123 is a phone number used to help penguins.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The Gruesome Twosome, known as simply Big Gruesome and Little Gruesome in the original series, are now named Tiny and Bela, respectively, though "Backseat Drivers" has Bela indicate that Gruesome is their surname. Their car, the Creepy Coupe, is now the Doombuggy - which happens to be a monster truck.
  • Adapted Out: A notorious case where only one-fourth of the original cast remained. The Slag Brothers, Professor Pat Pending, Red Max, Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly, the Ant Hill Mob, Luke and Blubber Bear, and Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth have all been axed from the reboot.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Dick Dastardly would go on a spiel that resembles this every time he berates Muttley or anyone else.
  • Anachronism Stew: Played for Laughs, every time a race/episode is set in the past.
  • And You Were There: In "It's a Wacky Life", Dick Dastardly has an out-of-body experience where he meets a "celestial accountant" who looks like I.Q. Ickley and shows him scenes of his past and what the other wacky racers' lives would be like if he never existed. Once he returns, he tells the others he had a dream and they were there.
  • Bad Humor Truck: In "Unraceable", one of the jobs Dick Dastardly tries is ice cream man. His career doesn't go well because he only gives the children broccoli-flavored ice cream and lets the cones get covered in dirt before handing them to the children.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: The episode "Formula Racing" has Dick Dastardly forced to babysit the other racers when they've turned into babies while P.T. Barnstorm and Brick Crashman leave to get a contraption needed to return the racers to their normal ages. Dastardly ends up going through a lot of pain while trying to keep the babies safe.
  • Balloon Belly: In "Mambo Itali-Go-Go", all the racers (except I.Q. who doesn't even appear in the episode) get one.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: In "Guru My Dreams", when Dick Dastardly's negative attitude starts affecting the Collected Dream World, he ends up wearing two barrels, one around his body and one on his head.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • At the end of "Sister, Twister", the unmasked Pandora Pitstop demands "what's coming" to her and suffers the same forms of slapstick other characters received in the episode.
    Penelope: You did say you wanted what was coming to you.
    Pandora: That's not what I meant.
    • In "Purple, Who Needs Purple", Dick is tired of his rivals and wants to live somewhere with people who are like him. He goes to a dimension where everyone's like him and finds himself unable to keep up with rivals who are cheaters like him and ultimately cancel each other out, resulting in constant ties between them.
    • In "His Way or the Highway", Dick buys a genie lamp in spite of the salesman's warning about the twists that usually come with the wishes and uses the first wish to make his rivals behave more like himself. Each one stops to cheat like Dastardly himself usually does (with the usual disastrous results) and he's so upset about it he uses the second wish to change them back. He then tries to use the third wish to win the race but, since he words it as wishing "to be number one", the genie literally turns him into a number one.
  • The Bet:
    • Dick Dastardly and Peter Perfect make on in "Cold Rush". If Dastardly goes through the whole race without cheating, Peter will wear a pink tutu and hold a sign reading "Dastardly is da Man". Dastardly wins the bet.
    • They make another bet in "Sister, Twister". That episode's race was a charity drive and Dick says he can be nice through the entire race. That and Pandora abducting and replacing Penelope resulted in Dick winning the trophy.
  • Big Little Brother: The Gruesome Twosome are confirmed brothers in the reboot, and the ironically named Tiny, despite being the younger brother, towers over Bela.
  • Bowdlerise: Played for Laughs: "Romin' Racers" features Peter in a pillow fight, only for him to question this. His opponent states that "the games were always a family-friendly event". Heck, when Peter pins down his opponent and the Emperor gives the thumbs-down order, Peter proceeds to wet-willy him!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done all the time. For a children's cartoon, the show contains unusually frequent fourth-wall breaking, meta jokes, and even self-depreciation from the showrunners.
  • Call-Back:
  • The Cameo: Space Ghost and Rosie make brief appearances in "Mars Needs Racers".
  • Christmas Episode: "It's a Wacky Life" and "Dashing Thru the Snow" take place during Christmas.
  • Closer to Earth: Played with. Penelope is certainly more together than the others and generally functions as the racers' voice of reason, but the show has a lot of fun making it clear that just because she saner than the others that doesn't mean she's not, herself, pretty bonkers. In fact, as a Running Gag she's even more maniacally obsessed with racing than the others, even if she would prefer to do it in a fair and sporting way. Not to even her "kid friendly" racing course in "Uncle Dickie's Happy Sunshine Children's Hour."
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "Wacky Spaces", Dastarius plans to use an army of baloon animals to take over a spike-covered world and defeat the porcupines who defend it.
  • Conspicuous CG: All the racecars are 3D animated, which makes them stand out quite a lot in a show where everything else is drawn in flat and cartoonish 2D style. Like almost all the other aspects of the production, this is eventually brought up in "Peter 2.0".
  • Crossover: The episode "Hong Kong Screwy" has the racers meet up with Hong Kong Phooey.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Trope co-namer Dick Dastardly and his canine sidekick Muttley, naturally.
  • Decomposite Character: This time, Dastardly the race car driver and Dastardly the pigeon-chaser aren't the same character.
  • Denser and Wackier: The "wacky" part of the show is given more emphasis than the "racing" part.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Averted, Dastardly seldom has the commanding leads he did in the original, generally hovering around second or third place, making his cheating much more understandable.
    • Also deconstructed. A lot of the characters point out that Dastardly can win more races if he actually avoided this trope. This reached its height in "Grandfather Knows Dast" where, despite his own grandfather pointing this out, he still cheats. Heck, even Dastardly himself acknowledged this a couple of times.
  • Dirty Cop: One of Dick's relatives is one. He uses him as part of his plan by warning him about the other racers speeding, only for himself to get arrested as well for the same offense.
  • Distaff Counterpart:
  • Dumb Muscle: Peter Perfect in this version his stupidity is even more pronounced.
  • Enemy Mine: Dick in several episodes uses his cheats and trickery in scenarios to get all the racers out of trouble. One example is using his mustard-gas smokescreen to distract a giant Easter Island alien so Penelope and Muttley can put the tiki statue back on his head.
  • Everyone Hates Fruit Cakes: Averted in "It's a Wacky Life". Pandora tells Dick she joined the other wacky racers' Christmas celebration for the fruitcakes and gladly eats one. It's further averted in the end when Muttley eats another fruitcake.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: In "It's a Wacky Life", it's revealed that, except for I.Q., the wacky racers went to school together.
  • Evil Twin: Pandora Pitstop to her sister, Penelope Pitstop.
  • Expy:
    • I.Q Ickley serves as a replacement for Professor Pat Pending. Like Pat Pending, I.Q. is a Gadgeteer Genius with an Alliterative Name who is associated with the colors orange and yellow.
    • The P.D.Q. Crew are essentially the Ant Hill Mob as pirates. Both groups even have a grouchy leader with five-o-clock shadow and a dimwit among their members.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Dick Dastardly still doesn't win a race for reasons anyone should be aware of by now.
    • Sometimes, this applies to the race in general, where either nobody wins at the end or the race ends in a draw.
  • Famed In-Story: The Wacky Races are very popular with locals in several locations, ranging from Italy to natives from Easter Island, the latter showing the most love including Dick Dastardly and Muttley fans!
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: The aptly named "Fantastic Race" takes place inside Dick Dastardly after a shrinking ray causes the racers to be accidentally ingested by him.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Done in "Swap Meet".
  • Friend to All Children: Tiny seems to get along with children, such as happily dancing with them in "Mambo Itali-Go-Go" and is seen being cheered by another group after breaking back into prison after breaking out in the first place for an ice cream truck.
  • Fountain of Youth: "Formula Racing" has Peter Perfect, Penelope Pitstop, I.Q. Ickley, and the Gruesome Twosome turned into babies, with Dick Dastardly and Muttley having to look after them until Brick Crashman and P.T. Barnstorm can find a way to return them to normal.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Space Time Unlimited Peregrination Internal Device.
  • Future Me Scares Me: In "Race Against Time", some racers meet their respective future selves and don't like what they see.
    • Peter Perfect is okay with his future self until he finds out the latter is bald and refuses to wear a wig to hide it. After giving up to convince his future self to wear it, Peter puts it on and vows never to take it off so it'll appear on Future!Peter's head. The plan works but Future!Peter becomes a fat slob, making Peter afraid people in the future never heard of sit-ups.
    • Dick Dastardly is upset that his future self forgot the fun of cheating.
    • Penelope's future self is afraid of racing or doing anything else that's exciting.
    • Bela's future self lost his sanity.
  • Gender Flip:
    • The episode "Raceketeers" is an adaptation of The Three Musketeers where D'Artagnan is Penelope Pitstop.
    • In the Roman episode, P.T. Barnstorm is male and the Emperor.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Dick's efforts to be nice in "Sister, Twister" end up with him unable to revert to his jerkass self.
  • The Grinch: "It's a Wacky Life" establishes that Dick Dastardly hates Christmas so much that he actively makes an effort to ruin the other racers' celebrations of the holiday every year.
  • Half Identical Twin: Subverted, due to being the same gender, but Penelope Pitstop and her sister, Pandora, look exactly alike save for different hair and eye colors, and a flashback confirms that these are their natural colors. Pandora is mostly purple while Penelope is mostly pink.
  • Halloween Episode: "Backseat Drivers", where the racers spy on the Gruesome Twosome to figure out where they disappear to every night.
  • Hypocrite: The Trope Namer for Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat criticizes others who do the same.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Penelope now has them.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: In "It's a Wacky Life", Dick Dastardly gets so hurt testing new cheating devices he gets out of his body and, after showing him how he wasted his life, an angel who looks like I.Q. Ickley shows how the other wacky racers' lives would be if he never existed. Muttley became the President and added his face to Mount Rushmore; Penelope Pitstop became an astronaut; Bela and Tiny are talk show celebrities; and Peter Perfect won more races than he did in the mainstream timeline. The last part drives Dick furious enough to want to live again.
  • Lying Finger Cross: In "Cold Rush", Peter Perfect makes Dick Dastardly uncross his fingers and his toes when he promises not to cheat in the race for once.
  • Mirror Routine: Pandora pulls one with Penelope and "Sister, Twister". It doesn't work.
  • Mistaken Identity: One episode features villains who think Muttley is Hong Kong Phooey's Secret Identity.
  • My God, You Are Serious: Peter's reaction in "Grandfather Knows Dast" when he realizes Penelope isn't joking while suggesting Dick might win that episode's race.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: In "Yes, We Canyon", the Wacky Racers fall down the Grand Canyon and I.Q. Ickley says he saw his life before his eyes and should go outside more often.
  • Mythology Gag: A whole lotta them for a show like this. See here.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Little Gruesome is now Bela.
    • P.T. Barnstorm for P.T. Barnum.
  • Never Shall The Selves Meet: In "Race Against Time", some racers meet their respective future selves and it somehow creates a Bad Future not unlike the world from Wacky Raceland.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • (In a Villain Protagonist variant) So far, Dick has wrecked two major locations:
      • The Grand Canyon by throwing a stone from his shoe into the canyon, after Peter showed a sign saying not to do this.
      • Ancient Rome by a fireball-throwing catapult which burned down a hedge maze and eventually the city.
    • Muttley grabs a tiki statue off a bigger one in Easter Island since Dick wouldn't let him have a replica from the airport. This leads to the statues on the island coming alive and plan to take over the world.
  • Noodle Implements: In "Cold Rush", Dick Dastardly has a global warming accelerator device. It's not shown how it's supposed to work but one of its parts is a cow.
  • Not Me This Time: Dick Dastardly deactivates all his booby traps to prove he can win a race without cheating in "Cold Rush." When calamities and misfortunes occur along the race route, the other racers assume it's Dastardly's doings. He vehemently pleads his innocence and is proven right when the racers' path is blocked by some ornery penguins.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: Huckleberry Hound serves as Peter's in "Hong Kong Screwy".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Peter Imperfect," race financier P.T. Barnstorm uses I.Q. Ickly's duplicating machine to make a copy of Peter so one copy can make public appearances while the other can race. Dastardly enters one of the machine's chambers as Peter enters the other. The result: Peter becomes a mooching slob while Dastardly becomes polite and bent on doing good deeds.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Penelope gets one in the Collected Dream World.
  • Prison Episode: The episode "Smokey and the Racers" had Dick Dastardly attempt to put the other racers out of action by reporting them to his cousin Sherrif Longarm D. Law for speeding. True to his usual dirty tricks, Dastardly's scheme backfires when he also gets arrested, and the rest of the episode has the Wacky Racers trying to bust out of jail.
  • The Quisling: In "His Way or the Highway", seeing all Wacky Racers behaving like Dick Dastardly makes Brick believe they've been replaced with aliens who want to take over Earth. He offers them support in the end.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In "Cave Racers", the cast's Stone Age ancestors have the first race in history. They first attempt to build racecars which, rather than Flintstones-esque Stone Punk vehicles, are just piles of rocks, bones and debris. The prehistoric I.Q. notes "maybe we should have invented engineering before making cars".
    • In "Sister, Twister", Pandora disguises herself as Penelope. She then tries to do a Mirror Routine with her to keep her fooled. Pandora herself can't exactly follow every single move.
  • Related in the Adaptation: This continuity establishes that the Gruesome Twosome are brothers, when the original cartoon gave no indication that they were related.
  • Running Gag:
    • In "Ya Win Some, Ya Luge Some", the characters would usually express relief about how whatever thing that just crashed 'did not explode', only to be met with the complete opposite.
    • In "Raceketeers", several items are called "French X" only for Penelope a.k.a. D'Artagnan to point out that, in France, they're just called "X".
  • Rushmore Refacement: In "It's a Wacky Life", it's revealed that, if Dick Dastardly didn't exist, Muttley would be the President and add his face to Mount Rushmore.
  • Self-Deprecation: A lot of the show's humor comes from its frequent jabs toward itself, it's writing, and the fact that the show was even made.
  • Sentient Vehicle: Ickley has one.
  • Setting Update: It's not as obvious, but this is shown to be the case when Penelope asks everyone to take a selfie with her in "Yes, We Canyon".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Penelope is no stranger to the series' beloved creatively excessive violence and/or jokes about said violence (in the first episode alone, she ends up in a body cast), and as the series went on and she became more of a principal character it only happened more. Her evil sister Pandora, likewise, gets the same Humiliation Congas that come from being a villain and the same casual slapstick that comes from being a racer at the same time.
  • So Proud of You: In "Grandfather Knows Dast", Dastardly's Grandfather is proud of him for trying to betray the other racers.
  • Spanner in the Works: Desdemona drastically changes Dick's plan to capture the other racers just until Dick wins the race into kidnapping everyone (and Dick) to work in her pretzel mines.
  • Spiritual Successor: Even though this series is a reboot of the original Wacky Races the writers of this show are clearly going more for the tone of the not-taking-themselves seriously but still loving their past writing that defined some of Hanna Barbera's 1980s output like Yogi's Treasure Hunt and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. All the way down to gratuitous amounts of cameos, fourth-wall breaking and mythology gags.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The running gag in "Ya Win Some, Ya Luge Some", inexplicably.
  • Subbing for Santa: "Dashing Thru the Snow" had the Wacky Racers attempt to fill in for Santa after accidentally knocking him out cold.
  • Take Over the World: "Cold Rush" features penguins trying to accelerate global warming to take over the world.
  • Tangled Family Tree: In yet another tradition trope various Wacky Racers now have new relatives that expand out into various directions. The biggest being Pandora Pitstop who is Penelope's Evil Twin. Other examples include Dastardly's new cousin Sheriff Longarm De Law (who has a turkey deputy named Giblet) among others.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In "Mambo Itali Go-Go", The wacky Racers stop at an Italian village where the locals insist on offering them feasts every day. By the time they're finally allowed to leave, they're too fat to fit in their cars and have to ride scooters for the rest of the episode's race.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: Paul Perfect, Peter's older brother and Mayor of Perfectville regulates every aspect of his citizen's lives (including the animals) to fit his vision of perfection.
  • Universal-Adaptor Cast: The cast are occasionally placed in other time periods, sometimes without the racing Framing Device; one episode, "Space Race", features all of the heroic castmembers in the future, working for a garbage disposal company.
  • Up to Eleven: During a charity drive in "Sister, Twister", Peter says he donated eleven pints of blood in spite of Bela stating the human body has only ten.
    Peter: I'm a giver.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Muttley turns and hurls in an episode where the racers enter the Gruesome Twosome's lair.
  • Wacky Racing: Why, of course, despite it being downplayed somewhat.
  • Wham Episode: The Season 1 finale "40 Yard Dash", It starts out as an attempt at a 40 Yard Dash, which literally has the Wacky Racers going 40 yards so as to ensure that the racers will actually finish a race for once. As usual, Dick Dastardly attempts to cheat by stealing the engine from Penelope's car... and it backfires BIG TIME, setting off a chain of events that threatens to have the race delayed indefinitely (much to the chagrin of the fans), and only gets worse when an old man calls out the racers for not actually doing a lot of racing, having lengthly conversations, and relying on cheap sight gags that barely make sense. All the cars running out of gas all of a sudden is the final straw for the already aggravated fans and the track descends into an all out riot.
  • Who's on First?: Done in "Guru My Dreams". Bonus points for the guy they meet being named Hu, and the Shout-Out to the Trope Namers.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: In "Cold Rush", Dick Dastardly says this to the other racers when they won't believe he's not behind the episode's traps even after he gets caught on the last one with them. It's really not him this time.
  • Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: In "Backseat Drivers", Peter Perfect tries to distract the zombies by pretending to let them eat his brain. They walk right past him.
    Peter Perfect: Now, that's just insulting.
    • Subverted because the zombies didn't want to eat any brains.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: The Collected Dream World enables anyone inside it to make their fantasies exist.

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