|“||I Swear Tractors are so Dumb!||„|
|~ One of Mater's catchphrases.|
Mater is the deuteragonist of the Disney/Pixar Cars franchise. He is Lightning McQueen's best friend.
In the films, he is a main character of Cars, the protagonist of Cars 2 and a supporting character in Cars 3.
In the shorts series, he is also the titular protagonist of Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tale and one of the main characters of Cars Toons: Tales of Radiator Springs.
He is a rusty old tow truck (Boom Truck). When he wasn't rusty, he was cyan-colored as an 8-year-old youngster.
Mater is a hilarious, fantastically friendly, good-natured, loyal tow truck who happens to be best friends with Lightning McQueen.
- A113, a joke found in other Pixar films, is Mater's license plate.
- It is highly speculated by fans and heavily implied by the film franchise that Tow Mater has high functioning autism or is somewhere on the spectrum (because of his vast encyclopedic savant-like knowledge, he likes to self stimulate when he feels overwhelmed and he has sensory processing disorder problems. He is also quite obsessive with things that interest him and he's a very visual thinker) He also takes idioms and sarcasm too literally and he's a poor socializer (he's socially inept).
- Rob Schneider, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Martin Short and the late Robin Williams were all considered for the role of Mater before Larry the Cable Guy was cast.