Disney / Pixar
Who he/she/it is: Lightning McQueen is a rookie race car on a hot streak. While headed to the big Piston Cup Championship, Lightning ends up in a small town with a lot to teach him about life before the big race in "Cars."
Why it works: Lightning is charismatic and successful. The only problem is that he's a little too aware of his own positive attributes. Thanks to Doc Hudson and the rest of the town, Lightning learns a lesson many could stand to hear again -- the importance of the journey and who you take the ride with, over just getting to the destination. In "Cars 2," Lightning's good buddy Mater the tow truck gets the spotlight when he's mistaken for a spy, while Lightning competes in a perilous race to help save the world.