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Mater is the overall deuteragonist of Disney/Pixar’s Cars franchise. He is the tetartagonist of Cars, the main protagonist of Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales and Cars 2, the deuteragonist of Tales from Radiator Springs, and a major character of Cars 3.

Mater is a rusty tow truck.

Why He Rocks

  1. He is friendly, loyal, funny, and big-hearted.
  2. He is more hilariously dim-witted and more likable than he was in the first sequel. An example of his hilarity is driving backwards and even tipping tractors.
  3. He is a great best friend of Lightning McQueen (most of the time).
  4. Larry the Cable Guy handled his voice perfectly, and Mater himself often uses his catchphrase “Git ‘R Done!”
  5. He was so popular that he got his own short series.

Bad Qualities

  1. Many people hated his role as the hero in Cars 2, as the spotlight usually centers on Lightning. Speaking of such, he was dumbed down to a more obnoxious, immature, unfunny, and unlikable character, up to the point where he became a poorly-executed spy, and he even caused Lightning to lose the race in Japan all because of his stupidity. Fortunately, he does regain his old characterization in Cars 3.
  2. While he is big hearted and loyal, he may not be exactly the smartest car in Radiator Springs.
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