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Dad-gum!
~ One of Mater's catchphrases.

Mater is one of the main characters of the Disney/Pixar Cars franchise.

He is a rusty, loyal, fun loving tow truck who lives in Radiator Springs.

In the films, Mater is the major character in Cars, the main protagonist of Cars 2, and a supporting character in Cars 3. In the shows, he is the main protagonist of Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales and one of the main characters of Cars Toons: Tales of Radiator Springs.

He is voiced by famous comedian, Larry the Cable Guy.

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

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).

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