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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 voiced by famous comedian Larry the Cable Guy. In the Japanese dub from the movie, he is voiced by Tomomitsu Yamaguchi, who also voiced Lenny in Shark Tale.

Appearance

He is a rusty old tow truck (Boom Truck). When he wasn't rusty, he was cyan-colored as an 8-year-old youngster.

Personality

Mater is a hilarious, fantastically friendly, good-natured, loyal tow truck who happens to be best friends with Lightning McQueen.

Quotes

No, uh… no, I know your name. Is your name Mater too?
~ Mater when he meets Lightning McQueen
When I say go, we go. But don't let Frank catch yeh. Go!
~ Mater as he takes Lightning McQueen tractor tipping
Tractors is so dumb.
~ Mater
Baby!
~ Mater
That's Frank!
~ Mater when Frank the angry combine harvester appears
We'll talk later, Mater… hehe - later, Mater - that's funny!
~ Mater
Look at this! It's my hood! It's my hood! I haven't seen this thing in over 20 years! Well, it fits perfectly! How do I look? (sneezes; the hood falls back down the cliff) Aww, dang!
~ Mater when he fishes his old hood out of a ravine with his tow hook, only for it to fall right back down
I'M NOT A SPY!
~ Mater revealing to Finn and Holley he is not a spy
McQueen, you don't get it! I'M THE BOMB!!
~ Mater trying to warn McQueen about the bomb in his air filter
Dad-Gum!
~ Mater
I'm The World's best Backwards Driver!
~ Mater
Shoot!
~ Mater
I Didn't Mean That Kinda Shoot!
~ Mater

Trivia

  • 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.

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