Gusworld's Muppet Race Mania Guide: Muppets

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One of the most appealing elements of Muppet Race Mania is that you can play as any one of a number of Muppets, including characters from both the classic Muppet Show and the more recent Muppets Tonight. Eight Muppets are available when the game begins; the others have to be found in the Adventure mode on each course.

The list below outlines each of the available Muppets (racers and battle-level bosses), including their default vehicle and its attributes, location in the game, their special move attack, and the pre-recorded comments they make when they win or lose a race, and when you scroll through them on the 'Meet The Muppets' screen. It also notes who provides the voice (as it wasn't always the person normally associated with that character), and includes the official description of the Muppet and their vehicle from the game site.

Kermit The Frog
Kermit in action Location: Original
Voice: Steve Whitmire
Winning comment: Great job, we won! Yaaay!
Losing comment: Oh well, we lost. That's OK, we'll do better next time.
Greeting #1: Hi-ho! Kermit the Frog here.
Greeting #2: I think you and I would make a great team.
Vehicle: Racer
Special move: The Lily Pad
Effectiveness: Average
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: Kermit The Frog speeds down the middle of the road in his trusty Racer, as reliable as Kermit himself. His Lily Pad manoeuvre puts everyone on floaters to give him a frog leg up in a race.

Miss Piggy
Piggy in action Location: Original
Voice: Frank Oz
Winning comment: Of course we won! Was there any doubt?
Losing comment: What! No, there must be some mistake.
Greeting #1: I'm Miss Piggy -- but you know that.
Greeting #2: Pick moi -- if you wanna win.
Vehicle: Monster Truck
Special move: Hiyaaahhh!!!
Effectiveness: Kinda
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: As dainty and refined as Miss Piggy herself, Kermit's leading lady drives a Monster Truck. Not the most powerful, but it won't put you in a spin. Miss Piggy uses her Hiyaaahhh! chop move for that!

The Great Gonzo
Gonzo in action Location: Original
Voice: Dave Goelz
Winning comment: Woo hoo! Wait till Camilla hears about this.
Losing comment: I guess we can't win 'em all.
Greeting #1: I'm Gonzo the Great.
Greeting #2: It's a great day for a drive.
Vehicle: Flying Saucer
Special move: Alien Abduction
Effectiveness: Pretty Darn
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: Borrowed from his alien relatives, Gonzo zooms through space and time in his Flying Saucer. Also borrowed from his relatives is the special Alien Abduction move, guaranteed to make every other race take an unceremonious time out!

Fozzie Bear
Fozzie in action Location: Original
Voice: Frank Oz
Winning comment: See, I told you we'd win.
Losing comment: Can we try again?
Greeting #1: I'm Fozzie.
Greeting #2: I'm Fozzie. Wocka wocka!
Vehicle: Bubbler
Special move: Tomato Splat
Effectiveness: Pretty Darn
Grip: Grippy!
Handling: Drives itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: Bear-hugging the road in his bodacious Bubbler, Fozzie Bear has a need for speed as silly as his sense of humour! With more experience with tomatoes than a vegetable farmer, Fozzie uses his Tomato Splat power as his most powerful punchline yet!

Rizzo
Rizzo in action Location: Original
Voice: Steve Whitmire
Winning comment: Alright, we won!
Losing comment: We lost, I need some food.
Greeting #1: Yo! This is Rizzo here.
Greeting #2: Hey, how ya doin'? It's Rizzo.
Vehicle: Cheese
Special move: Mini-Cheese
Effectiveness: Average
Grip: Slippy!
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Almost Roars
Description: Rizzo's Cheese may not be the most Grippy vehicle, but it sure is the tastiest! And it's powerful enough to be made of Limburger! But if he uses his special Mini-Cheese power, that's not Gouda for the rest of the racers!

Beaker
Beaker in action Location: Original
Voice: Steve Whitmire
Winning comment: Me! Me me me! Me me me me.
Losing comment:Ooooh . . .
Greeting #1: Me me, me Beaker!
Greeting #2: Me me me me me me me!
Vehicle: Moon Buggy
Special move: Electric Shocker
Effectiveness: Kinda
Grip: Slippy!
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: What it lacks in Grippiness, Beaker's Moon Buggy makes up for in handling and stability. Add to that the patented Muppet Labs special move, and Beaker makes a science of Muppet racing!

Rowlf
Rowlf in action Location: Original
Voice: Bill Barretta
Winning comment: We won! Not bad at all.
Losing comment: Losing is worse than a bad case of fleas.
Greeting #1: Woof woof! Rowlf the Dog here. Pleased to meet ya.
Greeting #2: Hi, I'm Rowlf.
Vehicle: Bulldozer
Special move: Dig For Bones
Effectiveness: Pretty Darn
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: Rowlf strikes a chord of harmony in Grip, Handling and Power. This reliable racer could easily take the lead when he sends his opponents digging for bones.
Comment: Rowlf is the racer I normally use when playing. This is purely because he's my favourite Muppet, but it doesn't hurt that his vehicle is also a good mid-range choice.

Animal
Animal in action Location: Original
Voice: Frank Oz
Winning comment: Winning good, yeah yeah.
Losing comment: Uh-oh.
Greeting #1: Animal! Animal!
Vehicle: Dragster
Special move: Tornado
Effectiveness: Average
Grip: Kinda Slippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Almost Roars
Description: This Muppet drives to the beat of a different drum in his Dragster. If he's behind in the race, watch out! His Tornado special move could put other racers into a spin.

Janice
MRM in action Location: Treasure Island
Voice: Matt Vogel
Winning comment: Oh we won, far out!
Losing comment: We lost, bummer.
Greeting #1: Oh wow, like I'm Janice!
Greeting #2: It would be really groovy if you picked me.
Vehicle: Lovebug
Special move: Flower Power
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: Peace, love and acceleration is Janice's current mantra as she drives in her Lovebug. And while she's at it, she likes to remind everyone to stop and smell the flowers -- preferably when she uses her Flower Power special move to zoom ahead of the pack!

Dr Teeth
Dr Teeth in action Location: Mallory Gallery
Voice: John Kennedy
Winning comment: Oh yeah baby! Absitively posolutely!
Losing comment: Oh man, we lost!
Greeting #1: Yeah! I'm Dr Teeth. Can you dig it?
Greeting #2: You pick me, it'll be one cool ride.
Vehicle: Hotrod
Special move: Boogie Man
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: How groovy is Dr Teeth's Hot Rod? It's so psychedelic, man, that when he uses his Boogie Man move, other racers may need to groove on the spot while Dr. Teeth boogies to the nearest finish line!

Floyd Pepper
Floyd in action Location: Happiness Hotel
Voice: Jerry Nelson
Winning comment: Man, nothing beats the feeling of winning.
Losing comment: I think I'm going to play the blues for a while.
Greeting #1: Floyd is at your service.
Greeting #2: Don't be a-nnoyed, it's me, Floyd!
Vehicle: Sportster
Special move: Take It Easy
Effectiveness: Pretty Darn
Grip: Grippy!
Handling: Hold On Tight!
Power: Roars Like A Lion!
Description: Floyd's cool cat Sportster hugs the road with an intense power hidden behind a mellow facade. And true to his laid-back nature, Floyd's special move advises everyone to Take It Easy. While other racers are taking a break, Floyd makes a break for the finish line!

Zoot
Zoot in action Location: Graveyard
Voice: Dave Goelz
Winning comment: We won! Woah.
Losing comment: Guess we lost.
Greeting #1: Racing's cool.
Vehicle: Supercharger
Comment: Oddly, Zoot isn't included in the descriptions on the official site.
 

 

 

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Bunsen in action Location: Muppet Labs
Voice: Dave Goelz
Winning comment: Woo-oh! We won. Science is our friend!
Losing comment: Oh dear, we lost.
Greeting #1: Greetings! I'm Dr. Honeydew.
Greeting #2: Oo-oo! I think you and I would make a great team.
Vehicle: Hovercraft
Special move: Invisibility Spray
Effectiveness: Kinda
Grip: Slippy!
Handling: Drives Itself
Power: Meows Like A Kitten
Description: It's a good thing Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's Hovercraft practically drives itself, since it has the power and grip of a greased kitten in a non-stick pan! And fresh from the adventures of Muppets From Space, Bunsen uses Invisibility Spray to get ahead -- while no one else can see their own heads! Or hands, or bodies or cars for that matter!

The Swedish Chef
Chef in action Location: Diner
Voice: Bill Barretta
All comments: Insert pseudo-Swedish gibberish.
Vehicle: Hotdog
Special move: Flour Cloud
Effectiveness: Average
Grip: Kinda Slippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: Der Cheffy racy da Hotty Doggy, from der cookin' kitchen. It purrin' like der kitten cat mit the sturdy-driven, swervy curves. When racin der poof of der white-smoken cloud der flour getting der Chef to da flaggy checkered. Mort. Mort. Mort.

Sam The Eagle
Sam in action Location: Mountain
Voice: Frank Oz
Winning comment: Winning is very patriotic.
Losing comment: We lost . . . but . . . it's OK.
Greeting #1: Greetings! I am Sam the Eagle.
Greeting #2: Pick me if you are a true American.
Vehicle: Plane
Special move: Pull Over
Effectiveness: Not Very!
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: Sam The Eagle advises safety and stability while driving on America's roadways. A race is no reason to speed, says Sam, so when the others are going too fast, he does his civic duty and makes the racers Pull Over. Allowing him to scout ahead to the finish line -- to make sure the way is safe for others, of course.

Scooter
Scooter in action Location: Funfair
Voice: Matt Vogel
Winning comment: Gee boss, I love to win. Let's do it again!
Losing comment: I hate to mention this, but we lost.
Greeting #1: I'm Scooter, I'd love to race today.
Greeting #2: I'm Scooter, the band's road manager.
Vehicle: Dune Buggy
Special move: Bubble Gum
Effectiveness: Pretty Darn
Grip: Kinda Slippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: The happy-go-lucky stage manager drives a mod Dune Buggy, better on sand than on pavement, but fun to drive nonetheless. And even if he's far behind, Scooter can stick with the competition using his Bubble Gum move. If you think it's tough to walk with gum stuck on your shoe, try driving with your tires gummed up!

Pepe The Prawn
MRM in action Location: Cape Doom
Voice: Bill Barretta
Winning comment: We win we win we win! Ha ha. We win, we win, we win.
Losing comment: That was so bad OK, should I get out and push? Come on! Come on! That was so bad OK . . .
Greeting #1: Pick me OK. I'm the one to pick OK, very handsome OK.Pick me, pick me. Come on, come on! What is you waiting for, pick me OK!
Vehicle: Kart
Special move: Little Shrimp
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Grippy!
Handling: Hold On Tight!
Power: Almost Roars
Description: Don't call Pepe a shrimp, 'cause his Kart has the power of a great white and the grip of an octopus. When he shrinks the lead of his competitors with his Little Shrimp move, everyone has to make way for this King Prawn of the road!

Bobo The Bear
Bobo in action Location: Secret Base
Voice: Bill Barretta
Winning comment: We won. We won! You and me and me and you, we . . . we did it, we won! You were driving, and I thought you were doing bad, and then you got good, and we won!
Losing comment: OK, have a nice day sir. Bye bye now.
Greeting #1: Ooh, ooh, ah, ah, pick me, yeah.
Vehicle: Water Buggy
Special move: Paranoia
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: Bobo's wake-whacking Water Buggy skims the surf like the biggest of the Kahunas. And while he may disguise his dash for the finish line with his Paranoia move, this bear is no chicken on the run!

Link
Link in action Location: Dock
Voice: Steve Whitmire
Winning comment: It's no surprise to me that we won.
Losing comment: We lost! Luckily it wasn't my fault.
Greeting #1: Greetings, I'm Link Hogthrob, of course.
Greeting #2: Why would you pick anyone but me?
Vehicle: Spaceship
Special move: Ice Cube
Effectiveness: Way
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: "When Pigs Fly!" . . . Wait a minute, this one does! Link may not be heading to hyperspace in his spaceship, but he will leave the others frozen in their tracks with his Ice Cube special.

Robin
Robin in action Location: Swamp
Voice: Jerry Nelson
Winning comment: Gee, I love it when we win.
Losing comment: That's OK, we'll do better next time.
Greeting #1: Hi, I'm Robin.
Greeting #2: Hi, I'm Robin, I'd love it if you picked me.
Vehicle: Steamroller
Special move: Cute Frog
Effectiveness: Pretty Darn
Grip: Grippy!
Handling: Stable
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: Leaping Lizards . . . I mean Frogs! This little guy rides a big Steamroller that'll flatten the competition. And when Robin uses his Cute Frog special move, he'll be racing to the finish line while everyone stands around looking adorable.

Johnny Fiamma
Johnny in action Location: Restaurant
Voice: Bill Barretta
Winning comment: Wait, wait, I'm gonna tell Sal. Sal! Yeah Johnny? I won. Good for you Johnny. Can you believe it? I won.
Losing comment: Do you realise we just lost? I'm very upset. Sal! Sal, where are you?
Greeting #1: You know, if you race with me, you're gonna win. Simple.
Greeting #2: You know, you look like you would like to race with me.
Vehicle: Speedster
Special move: Spotlight
Effectiveness: Average
Grip: Pretty Grippy
Handling: Hold On
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: Johnny Fiamma has always wanted to run the show, and in his vintage Speedster, he might just run over it. However, he's not above giving everyone else their fifteen minutes (or . . . 10 seconds) of fame in the Spotlight with his special move.

Sal
MRM in action Location: New York City
Voice: Brian Henson
Winning comment: Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy. We won. We won. Hey kid, we make a great team.
Losing comment: Are you kidding me? We lost? Alright, who rigged my car?
Greeting #1: It's Sal at your service.
Vehicle: Flamer
Special move: Monkey Business
Effectiveness: Pretty Darn
Grip: Pretty Grippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: Sal's a "Rebel Without A Pause" when he's drag racing his vintage Flamer to the fiery edge of victory. And when he wants to win, he means business. Monkey Business, that is -- a special move that has a special effect on Sal's chances of winning.

Bean Bunny
Bean in action Location: Rooftops
Voice: Steve Whitmire
Winning comment: Oh boy, winning is extra super special.
Losing comment: I hate losing, let's try again.
Greeting #1: Hello, I'm Bean Bunny.
Greeting #2: Hello, I'm Bean Bunny, cuteness extraordinaire.
Vehicle: Snow Bike
Special move: Cute Carrot
Effectiveness: Kinda
Grip: Pretty Grippy
Handling: Stable
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: Bean Bunny may be cute and cuddly, but he's hard to hug as he skids away at top speed on his trusty Snow Bike. He's even harder to hold when he dangles his Cute Carrot move in front of others. He'll slip through his opponents' fingers and slide over the finish line!

Clifford
Clifford in action Location: Old London Town
Voice: Kevin Clash
Winning comment: Winning is definitely where it's at.
Losing comment: Losing just isn't hip.
Greeting #1: Hey, what's up? I'm Clifford.
Greeting #2: Wanna go for a spin?
Vehicle: Tricycle
Special move: Cool Dude
Effectiveness: Not Very
Grip: Medium Grippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: Whassup, whassup, whassup? In a race, it could be Clifford that's up -- in a towering lead on his terrific Trike. And when he uses his Cool Dude move, it's time for the other drivers to just chill!

Doozer
Doozer in action Voice: Steve Whitmire
Vehicle: Dumper
Special move: Tiny Tornado
Effectiveness: Pretty Darn
Grip: Grippy!
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Meows Like A Kitten
Description: Size matters -- and small size matters more when it's Flange Doozer. After getting pushed around in all the Adventure Modes, he gets to put the other racers in a spin with his Tiny Tornado special move. Though his Dumper isn't big on power, its road hugging and steady handling keep Flange headed for the Finish line, and not the dump!

Sweetums
Location: Canyon
Voice: John Henson (TBC)
Greeting #1: I'm a nice guy as long as you don't make me mad.
Vehicle: Mayhem Bettle
Special move: Stomp
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Kinda Slippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: He's sweet, he's loveable, he means well, but he still wants to Stomp you! If you're up to the Boss Challenge in the Canyon, Sweetums and his Mayhem Bettle are yours for battle!

Beauregaard
Location: Trafalgar Square
Voice: Dave Goelz
Greeting #1: I'm afraid I'm not a very good driver.
Vehicle: Taxi
Special move: Dodgy Driver
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Kinda Slippy
Handling: Drives Itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: Beauregaard isn't the best driver, which makes him a menace on wheels with his Dodgy Driver move. When you best his Boss Challenge, make sure you wear your seatbelt: although the Taxi handles well, it hydroplanes easily, and its get up and go is nearly gone!

Bill/Gill/Jill
Location: Theatre
Voice: Dave Goelz (TBC)
Greeting #1: Mmm, we have lots of great ideas about how to stop you.
Vehicle: Safety Car
Special move: Boredom
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Medium Grippy!
Handling: Stable
Power: Purrs Like A Cat
Description: The Theater Boss Challenge will put you head-to-head-to-head-to-head with Bill, Gill and Jill! Each member of this four-tired trio drives a Safety Car, with average ratings in Grip, Handling and Power that makes them very middle-of-the-road. Don't fall prey to their Boredom move. It'll leave you yawning just before they put you to sleep!

Statler
Location: Chamber
Voice: Jerry Nelson
Greeting #1: We're gonna scare you right off the course!
Vehicle: Vintage Car
Special move: Frightener
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Kinda Slippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: In the Chamber you have to face the ghostly Statler as one of the Marley brothers from Muppet Christmas Carol. Driving vintage cars almost as dusty as he is, he'll rattle your chains with the spooky Frightener move! The Vintage Car IS easy to drive and has average power, but is frighteningly slippy on non-ghostly surfaces.

Waldorf
Location: Chamber
Voice: Dave Goelz
Greeting #1: We're gonna scare you right off the course!
Vehicle: Vintage Car
Special move: Frightener
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Kinda Slippy
Handling: Nearly Drives Itself
Power: Almost Purrs
Description: In the Chamber you have to face the ghostly Waldorf as one of the Marley brothers from Muppet Christmas Carol. Driving vintage cars almost as dusty as he is, he'll rattle your chains with the spooky Frightener move! The Vintage Car IS easy to drive and has average power, but is frighteningly slippy on non-ghostly surfaces.

Pig Chief (Spa'am)
Location: Lagoon
Voice: Kevin Clash (TBC)
Greeting #1: I cast spell on you.
Comment: No information on this character is provided -- perhaps Henson is trying to avoid further legal action from the makers of Spam (who sued over the name of the character in 'Muppet Treasure Island', which undoubtedly explains his different name here).

Dr Van Neuter
Location: Laboratory
Voice: Brian Henson
Greeting #1: Hello. Just hold still and this won't hurt a bit!
Vehicle: Time Machine
Special move: Time Twister
Effectiveness: Way!
Grip: Grippy!
Handling: Squishy!
Power: Roars Like A Lion!
Description: Doctor Van Neuter has traded his face mask from surgery for racing goggles! The power of his Time Machine almost makes time stand still for him as he races towards you. And then his effective Time Twister move will take you back in time to when he was winning and you were losing!

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