Sarge is the owner of Sarge's Surplus Hut. He is an army Jeep that fought in World War II, known as one of the best soldiers in the war. Although he is the owner of a shop, he also works on Lightning McQueen's pit crew team.
Sarge is a Sergeant Major that enjoys barking orders at others, particularly Lightning McQueen. This characteristic is often used throughout the series, and he usually helps train other cars or assist them.
Every morning he plays a rousing rendition of Reveille and raises the American flag, only to be interrupted by his neighbor Fillmore who simultaneously plays Hendrix's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Despite their constant bickering, Sarge and Fillmore appear to be close friends.
Cars: The Video Game
In Cars: The Video Game, Sarge appears as a non-playable racing opponent, found in the race Sarge's Off-Road Challenge, and also in most road races in arcade mode. In story mode, he provides off-road training to Lightning in the Sarge's Boot Camp minigame, and later challenges him to a race immediately after the levels are complete. He is playable only in the PlayStation Portable version of the game.
In Mater and the Ghostlight, Sarge is sociallizing with the other Radiator Springs residents at Flo's V8 Cafe, until Mater tries to scare Lightning, which leads Sheriff into his story of the Ghostlight. After Lightning and Guido place a lamp on Mater's tow hook to scare him, Sarge and many other townsfolk eagerly watch Mater rush around the town.
Cars: Mater-National Championship
In Cars: Mater-National Championship, Sarge makes his first playable appearance, as a starting character that does not need to be unlocked. His statistics include 2 for boost, 5 for acceleration, 5 for handling, and 2 for stability. He has no additional paint jobs other than his default attire.
In Heavy Metal Mater, Sarge is one of the cars in the crowd watching Guido sing karaoke.
In Hiccups, Sarge tries to cure Lightning McQueen's hiccups by ordering him to stop.
In Spinning, Sarge, among other cars, watches Guido perform tricks with the sign Luigi asked him to wave around outside of the shop.
The Radiator Springs 500½
In The Radiator Springs 500½, Sarge and the other residents are seen celebrating Radiator Springs' foundation, and honoring Stanley. In the short, Sarge is painted in a more yellow color, and has a tan tarp over his roof.
In Cars: Race-O-Rama, Sarge re-appears as a playable character, continuing to have no alternate paint jobs besides his default attire. He also appears in several story mode races.
In Cars 2, he is seen with Fillmore for most of the time. In Italy he is amazed at a drink he has which Fillmore says is organic. He also summons the army and Scotland Yard to fight and catch the lemons. At the end, Fillmore says that Sarge replaced Lightning's fuel. He also finally says "man."
Cars 2: The Video Game
In Cars 2: The Video Game, Sarge makes another playable appearance, this time appearing in his Team 95 attire. While he is unlocked from the start, an additional alternate character called Camo Sarge can be unlocked by earning the "Dangerous Cargo" badge.
Sarge is painted army green, with brown tire treads and green rims. On his back he has a spare tire, although it is rarely ever needed. He has the number 984673 painted in white on either side of his hood and a Sergeant Major insignia on his doors.
He is modeled on a 1942 Willys MB 'Jeep', and his license plate reads "41WW2", a reference to World War II and the year the US got in the war, 1941. However, he has no license plate in a large number of video games.
Personality and traits
Sarge is tough but is nonetheless kind to his friends, although he does tend to lose his temper towards Fillmore due to their personalities being the exact opposite from each other. While the two are often yelling at each other, they are the best of friends, and fighting is one thing that ironically keeps the friendship going. Sarge is a former fighter in the war, and specializes in army knowledge and loves the chance to train anyone who is in need of off-road training, whether it's the students at his boot camp or Lightning McQueen.
Powers and abilities
He is a veteran from World War II, and as a result he is an expert in weapons, training and is also a very tough coach who shows no mercy against his students and friends.
Sarge has also been shown to have decent racing abilities, most notably in his excellent acceleration.
One of Sarge's close relations is Lightning McQueen. In Cars: The Video Game, Sarge helps Lightning prepare for the Piston Cup season by giving him three different obstacle courses to conquer, and one final race that will determine his abilities.
Another close friend includes Fillmore, although their relationship is very similar to Mario and Donkey Kong's relationship from the Mario series - they usually bicker with each other, but sometimes help each other out and treat each other nicely.
"Ask Sarge about his military service and he'll regale you with stories of daring fearlessness! Like the time his tank friend lost his track in The Battle of the Bulge and Sarge had to tow him to safety. For his bravery, Sarge received the Grille Badge of True Mettle! It's displayed front and center at Sarge's Surplus Hut, side by side with Sarge's own brand of The Mother Road survival kit. He guarantees that if you break down, this kit will help you get through the night and maybe the next world war, and it all stows nicely in your trunk. Sarge is a 1941 Willys Military Jeep. He proudly served in World War 2 and received the Grille Badge of True Mettle for towing a tank to safety in the Battle of the Bulge. He now lives in Radiator Springs and runs Sarge's Surplus hut, where he sells military surplus and his own Mother Road Survival Kit, guaranteed to get you through the next world war should you break down. He believes firmly in order and has his lawn perfectly manicured and mowed twice a day."
Cars: Mater-National Championship
Paint jobs: 1
Unlocking criteria: Unknown
"Sarge is a patriotic veteran who runs the Radiator Springs Army surplus store, Sarge’s Surplus Hut. Sarge’s no-nonsense attitude often leads to bickering with his hippie friend, neighbor and polar opposite, Fillmore. Despite their differences, the two are almost inseparable – even throughout their world travels. A security specialist with military connections around the globe, Sarge joins Lightning McQueen and Mater at the World Grand Prix as a member of Team Lightning McQueen.
Cars 2: The Video Game
"Sarge is no-nonsense and all army. If there's a tactical way to do it, Sarge will lead the charge. An important part of Team Lightning, Sarge is usually seen in the company of Fillmore."
Weight Class: Medium
"Seeing is believing, and you won't see Sarge when he brings out his old army fatigue paint job."
In Cars: Race-O-Rama, although he competes in all four Smash Up events and is playable in many event types, he is not playable in Smash Ups (except on the PlayStation 2 version, in which he does not appear in Smash Ups at all).
In Cars: Mater-National Championship, Sarge is one of the fastest opponents to catch in Doc and the Law's Race 'n' Chase in Arcade mode. He shares this trait with Doc Hudson and Emma, though Doc, unlike Sarge is also one of the fastest playable characters.
In August 2007, Sarge's die-cast model was recalled due to containing lead paint, which, when consumed, is highly toxic. The model was one of many recalls issued by Mattel.