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Background information
Feature films Cars
Cars 2

Cars 3 (upcoming)
Short films Mater and the Ghostlight
Television programs
Video games Cars: The Video Game
Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures
Cars: Mater-National Championship
Cars: Race-O-Rama
The World of Cars Online
Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales: The Video Game
Cars 2: The Video Game
Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure
Disney INFINITY series
Cars: Fast as Lightning
Park attractions Radiator Springs Racers
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
Cars Race Rally
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Larry the Cable Guy (USA)
Eric Kot (Cantonese)
Performance model
Inspiration Old tow trucks
Larry the Cable Guy (his own voice actor)
Joe Ranft
Redneck sterotypes:
Melvin from Doc Hollywood
Autistic stereotypes:
Raymond from Rain Man
Forrest Gump from Forrest Gump
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Towbert Larry Mater (Tow Mater)
Other names El Materdor
The Tormentor
Private Mater
Sir Tow Mater
Mater Hawk
Time Traveler
Mater Boy
Tow Truck
Personality Loyal, happy-go-lucky, selfless, charming, lovable, friendly, kind, forgiving, curious, trusting, gullible, caring, clueless, sensitive, big-hearted, humerous, skittish, insecure, naïve, hyper, clumsy, funny, brave
Appearance Tow truck, bulky, rusty, big buck-teeth, hazel eyes, boom crane with tow cable and hook on bed, dual rear wheels, "95" on his doors (in Cars 2)
Occupation Owner of Tow Mater Towing & Salvage
Manages the Impound Center
Lightning McQueen's crew chief, part time spy
Alignment Good
Home Radiator Springs
Allies His best friend Lightning McQueen, Sally Carrera, Lizzie, Finn McMissile, his girlfriend Holley Shiftwell, Doc Hudson, Luigi, Guido, Flo, Ramone, Sarge, Fillmore, Red, Sheriff, Mack, Stanley, Siddeley, Tomber, Tater, Tater Jr, Mator, Emma
Enemies Bubba, Frank (Cars), Professor Z, Grem, Acer, Miles Axlerod, Chick Hicks, ghostlights, Hostile Takeover Bank, the Tuner Cars, Tater (former), Tater Jr. (former), Francesco Bernoulli, J. Curby Gremlin, Tubbs Pacer, Victor Hugo, Vladimir Trunkov, Ivan (Cars 2)
Likes Lightning McQueen, Holley Shiftwell, driving backwards, tractor tipping, computers, towing, karate, ice cream, being a spy, Kersploosh Mountain (water park)
Dislikes Leaking oil, ghostlights, monsters, the dark, loud sounds, spicy foods, getting wet and swimming, bullies like Bubba the tow truck, disappointing Lightning McQueen and Holley Shiftwell
Powers and abilities Speed
Weapons Tow strap
Spy gadgets
Fate Rides in a Dinoco helicopter (Cars).
Gets a girlfriend to date and a set of rocket boosters from Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell (in the 2011 sequel).
Quote "Well, we'll talk later, Mater." (chuckles) "'Later, Mater.' That's funny!"
"Tow Mater, average intelligence."
"If I'm lyin', I'm cryin'!"
"I don't care who you are, that's funny right there!"
"That was fu-hun!"
"I'm happier than a tornader in a trailer park!"

Mater: "My name's Mater."
Lightning McQueen: "Mater?"
Mater: "Yeah, like "tuh-mater," but without the "tuh"."
—Mater introduces himself to Lightning McQueen

Tow Mater, better known by his surname Mater (also known as "Sir Tow Mater"), is the deuteragonist in 2006's Cars, and the protagonist in its 2011 sequel and of his very own series of TV shorts, Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales. His catchphrases are: "Dad-gum!", "If I'm lyin', I'm cryin'!", and "Git-R-Done!" - the last of which is shared with his voice actor, Larry the Cable Guy.



Mater, whose full name is Towbert Larry Mater (or Tow Mater), is a rusty, battered, old buck-toothed tow truck who lives in Radiator Springs, Arizona. He is the fun-loving constant companion of Lightning McQueen. He was modeled after a 1951 Haulital Hook'em tow truck (or an International Harvester boom truck). Although his original body color was a light baby blue, it has rusted to the degree that he appears entirely red-brown/cinnamon and he lost his hood at some point. He speaks with a somewhat high-pitched thick rural southern accent, has a whistle dry lisp to his voice and frequently misspells words and runs the Tow Mater Towing & Salvage Lot, as well as managing the local Impound Center. Although he may seem silly and dim-witted, he has a thorough knowledge of automobiles, engines and towing and is a fiercely loyal friend. He unknowingly bestows wisdom upon others at times. He's beyond funny without realizing it and he is the most believable person of the Cars World. Although he's not the smartest car of Radiator Springs, he makes up for it by his extreme heart and loyalty. He's got the biggest heart more than anyone in town. He is extremely friendly, especially towards, Holley Shiftwell, Lightning McQueen and Sally Carrera.

My Disney Experience

Mater may look rusty, but he's got a heart of gold. He's proud to be Lightning McQueen's best friend. Mater and Holley Shiftwell share a deep unconditional, romantic and spiritual eternal bond for one another.



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"Mater's lived in Radiator Springs his whole life. In his younger days, he used to be a real handful around town, playing pranks on everyone, tippin' tractors, saying inappropriate things at the wrong time, but luckily he's matured a lot since then. He was also quite the actor, performing in community theater each year during his younger days. He was an equally talented whistler, singer and dancer, but he hasn't danced in years and has admittedly gotten a little rusty"[1]

"Mater's a good ol' boy with a big heart and the only tow truck in Radiator Springs. He's the most sweetest and loyal guy in town. He runs Tow Mater Towing & Salvage and manages the local impound lot. Though a little rusty, he has the quickest towrope in Carburetor County and is always the first to lend a helping hand. Mater sees the bright side of any situation. He's the heart and soul of Radiator Springs, and he doesn't have a mean bolt in his chassis."[1]

"Keep an eye on Mater, he tends to take things a little too literally."[1]

Mater is a friendly tow truck with buckteeth. He speaks with a thick Southern accent with a dash of hillbilly twang and frequently uses incorrect syntax.

Mater runs Tow Mater Towing & Salvage. Mater is one of the first to befriend and support Lightning throughout his adventure in Radiator Springs. During the film, Mater shows Lightning how to do Tractor Tippin' and how to drive backwards without crashing by using rearview mirrors, which Lightning uses to counter Chick Hicks' dirty racing in the 2005 Piston Cup race. In the end, Lightning gives Mater an opportunity to fly in a Dinoco helicopter like he always wanted, saying to Sally that Mater is his new best friend.

Mater is also capable of racing, as well as being the (self-proclaimed) world's best backwards driver. He attributes his skill to his rear-view mirrors and his own philosophy: "Don't need to know where I'm going, just need to know where I've been."

Mater and the Ghostlight


Mater in Mater and the Ghostlight.

Mater is the protagonist of his own short film.

One night, Mater plays a series of scary yet harmless pranks on his friends until a blue light begins to haunt him. Mater's final prank is his most successful: Lightning sees a tow hook hanging from behind a stack of cans and, assuming that Mater is hiding behind it, approaches to foil the prank. Mater then jumps from off of the roof of Flo's café, screaming behind Lightning, who then is startled and knocks over the pile of cans, revealing that the hook was actually from the sign of Mater's place of business, thus a decoy. Everyone starts to laugh at Lightning for falling for such a trick, and Mater says that Lightning looks like he's seen "the Ghostlight".

Sheriff tells Mater not to mock the Ghostlight, a supernatural being of urban legend amongst the cars of Route 66. The Ghostlight is a big glowing orb of blue, translucent light that haunts Radiator Springs, and hates nothing more than the sound of clanking metal -- a sound frequently made by Mater's rickety shell/metal skin. Sheriff continues to tell the story of a young couple lost in some area down Route 66, whose only remains were "two out-of-state license plates". He then concludes with an overly cheerful "Well, g'night!". The population of Radiator Springs then leaves within seconds, leaving a very nervous Mater all by himself in the dark. 

As he reaches his garage, he is first frightened and pleads for mercy until he realizes its a "lightning bug" (a tiny flying Volkswagen Beetle with bright headlights). As he relaxes, a bright blue glow suddenly appears behind Mater and he goes into a blind panic, driving around in a frenzy, first going along the main road, then going through the tractor field (past Frank), then around Willy's Butte, and doing a lock-strafe move after that, until he is completely exhausted. However, the Ghostlight was revealed to be a glowing blue lantern to Mater's towing cable hung up by Lightning and Guido to scare Mater to get back at him for the pranks he's pulled on them.

The short film ends with Mater finally collapsing on the road with the rest of the folks surrounding him, revealing the joke to him as retribution for the pranks he did to them. The credits roll and after them, there is a closing shot where the frightened Mater finds he has a huge construction vehicle behind him, snarling and carrying the license plate "Banshee." However, Mater doesn't realize who it is and warns it of the Screamin' Banshee before driving off, bidding the Banshee a good night. Then the Banshee was perplexed.

Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales

Mater in Mater's Tall Tales.

Mater is the protagonist in his own TV short series.

Each tale begins with Mater telling Lightning something he has done in the past (such as him once being a firefighter, a drift racer, a rockstar, an astronaut, etc.). Lightning usually responds with a sarcastic "What?" or "Huh?" and Mater tells him the story.

In the story, Mater finds himself in an inescapable predicament. When Lightning questions Mater over whether the events in the story actually occurred, Mater responds, "Don't you remember? You was there, too!", and continues the story including Lightning's sudden participation.

The short series end with Mater leaving the scene, often followed by other characters or references to the story that was being told, putting up a possibility that the story might be real.

Each episode includes Mia and Tia constantly fawning over Mater (except Time Travel Mater).

In the series' shorts, Mater tells about his past jobs. His jobs included:

Cars 2

Mater in Cars 2.

In the sequel, Mater returns, but as the protagonist.

In the now popular tourist destination of Radiator Springs, the rusty old tow truck Mater has a number of roles, including proprietor of Tow Mater Towing and Salvage, grand storyteller and the heart and soul of the town. But Mater’s favorite title is best friend to Lightning McQueen. Mater values each and every dent he’s earned on his escapades with Lightning over the years, and anxiously awaits further fun with his friend when Lightning returns with his latest Piston Cup.

Cheerful, honest and loyal to a fault, Mater rushes to his best friend’s defense when Francesco Bernoulli began insulting McQueen on live television. When Mater calls the Mel Dorado show to defend his friend's honor, the more Mater talked, the more Francesco mocked him, which ultimately lands the off-duty Lightning in an international racing exhibition: the World Grand Prix. When Lightning invites Mater to come along as a member of his own pit crew, Mater leaves Carburetor County for the first time ever.

Not long after their arrival in Tokyo, Mater learns that the world outside of Radiator Springs is decidedly different and its newfangled ways may take some getting used to. While collecting free drinks for McQueen, Mater mistakes wasabi for pistachio ice cream and takes an entire box-full/baseball scoop, only to get a bad flavor blast from it. His mouth on fire, Mater desperately drove up the waterfall on stage where Miles Axlerod was introducing McQueen to wash out the taste in his mouth. He then noticed an oil leak between him and Axlerod and everyone assumes Mater did it. Despite his protests that he never leaks oil, McQueen sends him away to the bathroom to clean up.

Entering the men's bathroom stall, Mater gets horribly tortured by a Japanese washing contraption (a heated bidet), unaware of a brawl fight between an American secret agent and two Lemon cars, Acer and Grem, outside. By the time he gets out, the American agent secretly slips a device underneath his bumper/undercarriage. The device's GPS results in British agent Holley Shiftwell mistaking Mater for a spy. After answering her countersign correcting, Mater starts babbling on before mistakenly assuming that Holley wanted to ask him out on a date, and agreed to meet the next day. He then returned to his friends to tell them of this development, but Guido doesn't believe him. He then tries calling out to Holley, but she ignores him and drives away, not wanting to blow her cover.

The next day, Mater advises McQueen during the race, enabling him to get ahead of Francesco. Unknown to Mater, the Lemons assumed he was a spy too, and were covertly closing in on him. Holley hacks into his headset, giving him directions to avoid the Lemons hurting him. Mater followed blindly, assuming he was being guided to his date. He later mishears Holley, turning towards a ruckus instead of away from it. He soon witnesses Finn McMissile fighting off the Lemons, which he assumes to be a live karate demonstration. Finn then vanishes, while Holley tells Mater that it's too dangerous to rendezvous, and promises to be in touch.

Mater then returns to the pit, only to learn that while he was talking to Holley, McQueen was hearing him too, assuming he was shouting nonsense. He blames Mater "accidentally" messing up the racecar's moves and causing him to lose the first race. Mater was hurt by his best friend's rejection, and writes a sad farewell note to his friends in upper case poor hand writing before deciding to go home. At the Tokyo airport, Finn disguises himself as an airport security guard and lures Mater to a lounge, where he inquires which American intelligence agency he was affiliated with. Mater claimed to be "triple-A affiliated" and started babbling that he knew some karate. Finn then detects Acer and Grem closing in on them and drags Mater outside. Mater assumed he was getting first class service and was completely oblivious to the danger.

Once aboard the spy jet Siddeley, Mater figures out that Finn and Holley are spies as they extract data from the device embedded on him, which had information on the Lemon boss, showing a picture of a obscure British engine. He identifies it as "the worst engine ever made" but had no clues as to who the identity of the car it belonged to. However, he did point out that the mystery car made use of replacement parts that were factory original and wouldn't be found on open markets. Grateful for Mater's insight, Finn offered to set up an informal taskforce. Though reluctant, Mater agreed to help out the spies when Finn assured him that he would be helping him. Mater then tried pointing out that he's "just a tow truck" but Finn doesn't take him seriously.

Mater joined Finn and Holley as they meet with Finn's black market contact, Tomber. Tomber informed them that the car to whom the engine belonged to only did business over the phone, buying numerous parts to maintain his engine, making Mater suspect that the mystery car was a Lemon. He explained the nature of Lemons to Finn and Holley and identified Gremlins, Pacers, Hugos and Trunkovs as Lemons. Finn takes it from there that the Lemon families were taking orders from the car behind this engine. Tomber reveals that the Lemons were hosting a secret meeting in Porto Corsa, Italy, which is also where the second race will take place, and the Lemon boss will most likely be there.

While taking Stephenson to Italy, Finn and Holley install a holographic cloaking device onto Mater's beacon light and has him disguise himself with voice command as a Lemon tow truck named Ivan. Mater then objects to buffing his dents to ensure a foolproof disguise, declaring their worth of his moments with McQueen. The spies realize he was talking seriously about being friends with McQueen and Finn tells him that friendships are dangerous in spy work. Mater again tries to tell them the truth about who he really is again but they assume he was joking.

Upon arriving Porto Corsa, Mater begins to have second-thoughts about the missions, but Finn tells him to keep up his "act" of playing "the idiot tow truck." These words deeply affect and hurt Mater, but he had no time to reflect, as Holley had lured away and tased Ivan, prompting him to take the blue tow truck's place. As he is towing Victor Hugo through the casino, he nearly blows his cover by directly talking to Holley over the radio and reading his HUD on Alexander Hugo's wanted status and nicknames. Upon arriving at the Lemon meeting, Mater takes to the sidelines as the Lemon boss calls the meetings via video on four flat screen TVs. Mater soon discovers the Lemon plot, revealing that the Lemons were sabotaging the race by igniting the Allinol in the racecars' tanks. As Finn and Holley are captured, Mater watches Axlerod on TV declaring a suspension of Allinol for the final race in London. However, McQueen announces that he will use Allinol for the race and admits how guilty he feels over his fight with Mater. The Lemon boss then calls the meeting, ordering Professor Z to kill McQueen and fully discredit Allinol for good. Mater then accidentally breaks his hologram disguise and allowing the Lemons to identify him, but the tow truck escapes after accidentally tearing up the place with his gatling guns and activates his parachute and flies off to warn McQueen about the Lemons' evil plot only to be captured and sent to London (the final race's setting) where he, along with Finn and Holley are all tied to the gears of Big Bentley to be crushed to death. Mater then confesses to Finn and Holley that he's not a spy and he really is just a tow truck and finally this time, they believe him.

Mater then learns from Grem and Acer, two of the Lemons inside the clock tower that they have installed a bomb in Lightning McQueen's pit that will kill McQueen upon his arrival (due to their EMP cannon being disabled as a result of Sarge switching the Allinol with Fillmore's organic fuel). As soon as the Lemons had left, Mater activated his gatling guns to cut through the ropes binding him and races to the track to warn McQueen about the bomb. But when he gets there, Finn calls him on the radio, revealing that the Lemons tricked him, and that the bomb in question was instead inside Mater's air filter! As McQueen returns to the pit and spots Mater, Mater desperately drives backwards to avoid harming his Radiator Springs friends that came for Mater, and to avoid killing McQueen, but McQueen chases after him anyways. Mater's attempts to warn about the bomb go misunderstood. As McQueen grabs his hook, Mater accidentally activates his rockets, sending them blasting out of range of Professor Z's detonator. When they come to a stop, Holley reveals the bomb to McQueen as Finn arrives with a captive Zündapp. The Professor admits that the bomb is voice activated, but neglected to mention that it could only be disarmed by the one who activated it under Mater attempts to deactivate it himself, starting a five minute timer. Holley threatens Zündapp, only to learn that he wasn't the one who armed the bomb, shaving off another minute. After Holley tases Zündapp, the foursome are surrounded by the Lemons, intending to watch the bomb go off. Mater attempts to reason with them, stating that he understands what it's like to be the laughingstock, an outcast, ridiculed and abused but becoming rich and powerful beyond their wildest dreams isn't going to make them feel better. When that failed, the Radiator Springs townsfolk come to their rescue. In the subsequent fight, Mater defends McQueen against the Lemons with karate chopping some six or seven of the lemons.

Guido then attempted to remove the bomb off Mater but none of his wrenches fit the bolts that hold it in place. With only two and half minutes left, Mater has an epiphany, but he hesitates to act on it, as he acknowledges to McQueen that people don't take him seriously and they aren't in Radiator Springs. However, with some encouragement from his best friend, Mater proceeds to drag his friend all the way to Buckingham Palace, where he tells everyone that he knows who was sabotaging the race. But when he takes a moment to respectfully bow to the Queen, everyone spots the bomb and go into a panic. Finn intervenes before the royal guard could open fire, informing them that they can't disarm the bomb, and orders Mater to stand down. After remarking that London is nothing at all like home, he is soon reminded by McQueen to get back on topic. He then accuses Axlerod of being the head Lemon behind all this. His reasoning was that the bolts on the bomb are the same ones from the Lemon engine on Holley's photo; he also realized that Axlerod didn't convert from a combustion engine to an electric one, hence how he leaked oil back in Japan, blaming it on Mater, and he'd probably still have it under his hood. Though Finn and Holley were a bit skeptical, Mater stated that Axlerod wanted Allinol discredited to turn the world against alternative fuels and go back to using oil, so he could profit off/become rich the huge untapped oil field Finn found. With his bomb only down to the last ten seconds, Axlerod, realizing that his villainy has been exposed and fearing for his life, is immediately forced to deactivate the bomb and is then arrested on the spot. Just right as the police is about to take Axlerod away, Mater opens the Lemon's hood revealing the exact same engine as seen in Holley's photos. As Axlerod was left perplexed as to how a tow truck figured him out, McQueen tells Mater that he's coming to all his races from now on.

Subsequently, the Queen of England knights Mater for his bravery and catching and outsmarting the evil lemon boss. Afterwards, Mater and his friends return to Radiator Springs, where he tells everyone a tall tale-like story of his adventure. Though Van doesn't believe a word of it, Finn and Holley show up to prove it. Mater then introduces Finn to everyone. He tries to introduce his friends to Holley but Holley cuts him off, announcing herself as Mater's girlfriend (to Guido's shock). Mater was then pleased to see that Holley receives a dent from their London adventure and decide to emulate him by keeping it.

While watching the unofficial Radiator Springs Grand Prix, Finn and Holley reveal that they want to recruit Mater for another mission, but he declines, preferring to stay home. The spy cars respect his decision. Finn says that Mater is the smartest most honest chap that they ever met. Then Holley said, don't forget, massively charming. Holley promises to come back and take him out for their first date and Finn offers to give Mater any favor he asks. Mater cashes in on that favor as he receives his rocket boosters back and joins the race.

During the credits, Mater joins McQueen on a world tour before eventually coming home.

Video games

Cars: The Video Game

Mater makes his first appearance in Cars: The Video Game as the announcer of the Radiator Springs Grand Prix, which later turns out to be a dream by McQueen. In the Tractor Tipping minigame, McQueen asks Mater to go tractor tipping, which he agrees, surprised that McQueen would want to go tractor tipping because he thought that McQueen was frightened of Frank. He is then controlled by the player in the minigame.

He later teaches McQueen how to drive backwards, by setting out a course, where McQueen has to turn around and drive backwards at the same time as him on certain straights. After the lesson, Mater congratulates McQueen, and calls him "Mr. Gintil", which he was trying to spell his name backwards, only to be corrected by McQueen that it is "Litnig" forwards.

In Ornament Valley, Mater prepares for a race at the Rustbucket Stadium, by banging into a wall on purpose. McQueen comes along, telling him that most cars do not bang into walls on purpose, making Mater explain about the Rustbucket Race-O-Rama. One of his cousins, Tommy Joe, then appears, banging into McQueen, angering him before Mater explains that it is just Tommy's way of greeting. He asks McQueen to help out in the race, only to be saddened when McQueen decides to sit it out. After winning the race, Mater receives a boost tank, which he gives to McQueen.

In the final chapter of the game, he is one of the announcers of the races in Radiator Springs, Ornament Valley and Tailfin Pass, alongside Darrell Cartrip. After McQueen wins the Piston Cup, Mater joins him and Sally on a drive along the road outside of Radiator Springs.

Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures

Mater appears in several of the activities in Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures. In Fill `Er Up, he is one of the customers who come to Flo's V8 Cafe. Tow the Line has him towing his cousins around his yard without bumping into the line and fences. He suggests to McQueen to go tractor tipping in Tractor Roundup, which both of them are controlled in different levels as the player has to make them tip tractors. In Chopper-Hopper, he takes a ride in Rotor Turbosky, the Dinoco helicopter. He is also one of the characters who can be raced against in Legends Race mode.

Cars: Mater-National Championship

In Cars: Mater-National Championship, Mater invites racers from around the world to take part in the Mater-National Championship, with McQueen's racing headquarters being built. At the Rustbucket Stadium, he begins to fall for a British rally car named Emma, who his cousins were staring at for a while. Mater soon takes part in a race against Emma and several of the other Rustbucket racers, and later takes her to see the best gas station that he knows.

When McQueen is fitted with monster truck tires by Luigi, Mater becomes surprised upon seeing his appearance, and is saddened on that he is wanting to be a monster truck as well. Luckily for him, McQueen searches for more parts around Radiator Springs, and Mater begins doing a rampage in his home. He makes a jump, and then smashes his house, which he is actually happy about, telling McQueen that he would not be able to fit in it anymore. McQueen states that it would be no problem if he took his monster truck tires off, but Mater refuses to take them off. However, he somehow does as shown later in the game.


  • Zero to 60: 10 seconds
  • Engine: V-8 with two-barrel carburetor
  • Horsepower: 200
  • Top speed: 90 mph (144 km/h)
  • Vehicle type: 1951 Haulital Hook'em/Haunted Hook
  • Hometown: Radiator Springs

Weaponry and Gadgets

In Cars 2, since Mater plays a role in a spy affair, he is added several gadgets, however not as spectacular as those of Finn McMissile or Holley Shiftwell. Since Mater is not familiar with his gadgets, they are activated by voice commands.

  • Deployable machine guns: One on each side. Deployed when Mater uses his catchphrase "Dad-gum."
  • Twin rockets: Give Mater a powerful boost, and can serve to direct himself when gliding.
  • Deployable paraglider: Of an orange color, it permits Mater to glide in the air. When used with his rockets, this gadget permits Mater to direct himself more precisely.
  • Deployable holographic disguise emitter: Disguised as the flashing light on the roof. The device instantaneously makes a disguise all around Mater, and may even simulate supplementary volume or hide some.
  • Heads-up Display: Installed into his eyes, Mater's HUD allows him to predict the probabilities of a casino's games and identify criminal cars' names, nicknames and wanted status. This display is completely invisible from the outside.

At the end of Cars 2, it appears Mater was removed of all his gadgets. However, he obtained the favor to keep his twin rockets.

Disney Parks

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Mater at Disney California Adventure.

Mater appears in Disney's Hollywood Studios along with McQueen, both as "drive-around" characters and in a sequence added to Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show to tie-in with Cars 2. Mater also appears in some Disney on Ice shows. Mater hosts Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and appears in Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, A figure of Mater also appears at Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris at the Cars Race Rally attraction watching over the action.


  • Mater shares the same personality as Dory from Finding Nemo, as they are both loyal, playful, childlike, forgetful and funny.
  • Mater's license plate is A113, a recurring joke in Pixar films. Also, A113 is seen on Trev Diesel.
  • Mater, along with other countless versions of him, has been released in the Cars, Cars Toons and Cars 2 Die-Cast Lines.
  • Mater is also very similar to Raymond in the movie Rain Man because just like Raymond, Mater is a high functioning autistic/idiot-savant (he has an intellectual disability), as John Lasseter has said so in many Cars 2 interviews.
  • John Lasseter has said that Mater is the modern-day Goofy character because he's so down-right funny and lovable.
  • John Lasseter has also said that Mater is the greatest best friend that anybody could ever have.
  • It is revealed by John Lasseter that Tow Mater's character, big heart and personality is actually pure Joe Ranft (John's best friend and Co-Director who died in a car accident in 2005). John said this about his late best friend after working on Cars 2, "You know I thought of Joe all through this film. Because, you know in a big part, Joe is Mater. He's all over Cars 2. And he's dearly missed." I mentioned one of the key visual characteristics of Mater, the tow truck voiced by Larry The Cable Guy in the Cars films. "Mater's buck-teeth are modeled on those fake Billy bob teeth (that I bought him) Joe used to wear, right?" I said, referring to a set of fake Billy bob teeth Ranft used to wear as props when checking into hotels or going out to dinner at fancy restaurants.
  • Mater and Ivan are the only characters in Cars 2 that are tow trucks.
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  • During the credits' roll of Cars 2, Mater's passport scrolls past. His birth date is listed on it. It turns out to be the same as John Lasseter's: January 12, 1957.
  • During the last section of the World Grand Prix, Mater is described as the world's greatest backwards driver.
  • His first or given name is 'Towbert' or Tow and his last or surname is 'Mater'. Although it is still unknown as to why he just calls himself by his last name, 'Mater', all the time.
  • It is revealed in Time Travel Mater that he always cries at weddings. This is probably due to having a very emotional and sensitive personality.
  • In the credits, it is shown that he is knighted on Tuesday, July 15, 2011. However, July 15, 2011, was not on Tuesday in real life, it was on Friday.
  • In the subtitles for the audio commentary on Cars 2, John Lasseter describes Mater with "two miniguns" but the subtitles say "two many guns".
  • Head of story and co-director Joe Ranft got the inspiration of Mater after seeing an old abandoned rusty tow truck during a research trip to Route 66. The character was named after and partly based on Douglas "Mater" Keever, a racing fan the Pixar team met during their research trips, and also draws inspiration from several other people the team encountered.[2][3]
  • In Spanish and Portuguese, he is called "Mate".
  • In French, he is called "Martin".
  • In Polish, Mater is called "Złomek" (z-wom-eh-k).
  • In German, he is called "Hook".
  • In Dutch, he is called "Takel".
  • In Italian, he is called "Cricchetto".
  • In Swedish, he is called "Bärgarn", which suits him since he is a tow truck.
  • In Japanese, he is called "メーター" (me-ta-).
  • In Mandarin (Taiwan), he is called "拖線".
  • In Mandarin (China), he is called "板牙".
  • In Cantonese, he is called "哨牙嘜".
  • In Danish, he is called "Bumle".
  • In Bulgarian, he is called Матю (Matthew).
  • According to the Cars 2 DVD commentary, Lasseter wanted Mater to be the only one to know that Miles Axlerod was behind the conspiracy to sabotage the World Grand Prix so everyone could see him go from being to the dumbest guy in the world to the most brilliant guy in the world.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Car Finder" (supplementary material on Blu-ray Disc release of Cars). 2007. Blu-ray Disc. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2007.
  2. Michael Wallis with Suzanne Fitzgerald (2006). The art of Cars. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. pp. 160. ISBN 978-0811849005.
  3. Meet the Mater
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Media: Cars/Soundtrack | Cars 2/Soundtrack | Cars 3 | Mater and the Ghostlight | Cars Toons | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Book

Video Games: Cars: The Video Game | Cars 2: The Video Game | Cars: Mater-National Championship | Cars: Race-O-Rama | The World of Cars Online | Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures | Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Cars: Fast as Lightning

Characters: Lightning McQueen | Mater | Sally Carrera | Mack | Doc Hudson | Flo | Ramone | Sheriff | Finn McMissile | Holley Shiftwell | Luigi | Guido | Sarge | Fillmore | Red | Lizzie | The King | Chick Hicks | Bob Cutlass | Brent Mustangburger | Darrell Cartrip | David Hobbscap | Boost | DJ | Wingo | Snot Rod | Tractors | Not Chuck | Mia and Tia | Todd | Miles Axlerod | Francesco Bernoulli | Professor Z | Grem | Acer | Crabby | Tony Trihull | Leland Turbo | Siddeley | Rod "Torque" Redline | Lewis Hamilton | Jeff Gorvette | Vladimir Trunkov | Tubbs Pacer | J. Curby Gremlin | Victor Hugo | Ivan | Uncle Topolino | Mama Topolino | Van | Minny | Jay Limo | Tex Dinoco | Mel Dorado | Miguel Camino | John Lassetire | Sulley | Mike | Kabuto | Stanley | Raoul ÇaRoule | Max Schnell | Vroomaroundus Bugus | Frank | Stacy | Fred | Junior | Lynda Weathers | Michael Schumacher Ferrari | Screamin' Banshee | Popemobile | Sandy Dunes | Blue Grit | Idle Threat | Shifty Sidewinder

Organizations/Groups: Dinoco | 2006 Piston Cup | The Delinquent Road Hazards | World Grand Prix

Locations: | Radiator Springs | City Hall | Municipal Impound | Tow Mater Towing & Salvage | Flo's V8 Cafe | Luigi's Casa Della Tires | Ramone's House of Body Art | Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Sarge's Surplus Hut | Sarge's SUV Boot Camp | Doctor Hudson: Dr. of Internal Combustion | Racing Museum | Mrs. Piston | Willy's Butte | Radiator Springs Curios | Radiator Springs Drive-In Theatre | Wheel Well Motel | London, England | Paris, France | Porto Corsa | Tokyo | California | U.S. Route 66 | Interstate 40 | Los Angeles International Speedway | Motor Speedway of the South | Ornament Valley | Cadillac Range | Carburetor County | Big Ben | Top Down Truckstop | Big Bentley

Disney Parks: Cars Race Rally | Cars Land | Radiator Springs Racers | Mater's Junkyard Jamboree | Luigi's Flying Tires

Songs: Real Gone | Life is a Highway | Our Town | Sh-Boom | Route 66 | Find Yourself | Behind the Clouds | You Might Think | Collision of Worlds | Nobody's Fool


Games: Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition

Playable Characters
Disney INFINITY: Jack Sparrow | Mr. Incredible | Sulley | Sorcerer Mickey | Lightning McQueen | Woody | Mater | Buzz Lightyear | Mike Wazowski | Randall Boggs | Hector Barbossa | Davy Jones | Helen Parr | Dash Parr | Violet Parr | Syndrome | John Reid | Tonto | Jack Skellington | Phineas Flynn | Perry the Platypus | Jessie | Wreck-It Ralph | Vanellope | Rapunzel | Elsa | Anna | Holley Shiftwell | Francesco Bernoulli
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition: Iron Man | Captain America | Hulk | Black Widow | Thor Odinson | Hawkeye | Nick Fury | Loki Laufeyson | Maleficent | Merida | Spider-Man | Venom | Iron Fist | Nova | Rocket Raccoon | Groot | Star-Lord | Gamora | Drax the Destroyer | Stitch | Tinker Bell | Aladdin | Jasmine | Donald Duck | Baymax | Hiro Hamada | Falcon | Yondu | Sam Flynn | Quorra
Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition: Yoda | Ultron | Luke Skywalker | Fa Mulan | Anakin Skywalker | Leia Organa | Han Solo | Ahsoka Tano | Darth Vader | Darth Maul | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Finn | Rey | Joy | Sadness | Anger | Fear | Disgust | Minnie Mouse | Olaf | Chewbacca | Hulkbuster Iron Man | Ezra Bridger | Kanan Jarrus | Garazeb Orrelios | Sabine Wren | Boba Fett | Spot | Judy Hopps | Nick Wilde

Non-Playable Characters
Disney INFINITY: Hamm | Rex | Slinky Dog | Emperor Zurg | Joshamee Gibbs | Pintel | Ragetti | Edna Mode | Rick Dicker | Mirage | Luigi | Ramone | Flo | Chick Hicks | The King | Guido | Finn McMissile | Shu Todoroki | Carla Veloso | Tractors | Rotor Turbosky | Art | Scott "Squishy" Squibbles | Terri and Terry Perry | Don Carlton
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition: Wasp | Captain Marvel | Ant-Man (Hank Pym) | Sif | MODOK | Frost Giants | Iron Patriot | Winter Soldier | Mysterio | Doctor Octopus | Black Cat | White Tiger | Power Man | J. Jonah Jameson | Cosmo the Spacedog | The Collector | The Witch | Pleakley | Golden Harp
Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition: R2-D2 | C-3PO | Jabba the Hutt | Jar Jar Binks | King Candy | Marshmallow

Objects: Cruella's car | Ratcatcher | Pumpkin Coach | Lightsaber | Darkwing Duck's gas gun | Black Pearl | Identity Disc | Plasma Cannon Mark I | Candy Kart | King Candy's Royal Racer | Pizza Planet truck | Recognizer | Light Runner | Pixar Ball | The Jolly Roger (Disney Parks version) | The Electric Mayhem Bus | Baseball Launcher

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