As Seen In: Cars

Ka-Pow, Ka-Chow! Sorry, my 17-, I mean, seven-year-old Hot Wheels-wielding self got out for a second. Lightning McQueen is one of the coolest cartoon cars to ever hit fake pavement. An imitation NASCAR racer based loosely on a Viper and a Corvette, Lightning quickly became the good guy hero after starting things off as a pompous asshole. Named after the ultimate on-screen "King of Cool," Lightning is a speedy, attractive car with a good engine under his hood.