How I feel about this character: I LOVE HIM. <333333 He’s probably one of the most fun cars to write, though I’ve mostly written him from Lightning’s POV. But since I have all this ridiculous headcanon for him, beyond what we actually get to see on screen, sometimes it’s hard to explain why. When I watched Cars 3 with my sister I was like EKJA:LFKJFE:KEJ JACKSON STOOOOORM and she was just like, “Yeah… That guy had like five lines, and all of them were mean. I don’t get it.”
All the people I ship romantically with this character: I’ve mentioned my unschooled intrigue re: potential Storm/Cruz. But in this present moment, I don’t think he’s looking. He likes adulation, and he likes people fawning after him at a distance, but he hasn’t quite grasped the idea of romance and is, frankly, a little suspicious of it. Like, why. Why would romance be a thing. Like, he’s flipped through some of Gale’s romance novels, and he understands the appeal of that stuff, but real-life romance? Nah. Wait, this is off the record, right? Strike that last half.
My non-romantic OTP for this character: Storm and Gale. <3 Storm has charisma and self-assurance in spades–sure, he’s a jerk, but it’s a classy, liquid kind of jerkitude that reads really well on camera–but he also has a really narrow sense of the world, and he’s not good at improvising when faced with anything off that narrow path. He relies on Gale for a lot of common sense crap. If you catch him off guard there’s a lot of “Gale says this” and “Gale says that” and it makes him sound extremely, uh, young. XP
My unpopular opinion about this character: HIS ROASTS ARE GOOD ROASTS. DESTROY MCQUEEN.
One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: I would have liked to have seen him integrated into the narrative of Cars 3 more organically. He felt a little like a flyaway piece, because we didn’t really see him culminate in anything except as a racecar actually worth beating. (Which, don’t get me wrong! Super important! Like, how anticlimactic would it have been if it were a race for first with Bubba Wheelhouse or some other car we didn’t really meet. XD No offense, Bubs.) But then that really just makes him a very expensive, very attractive, moderately talkative traffic cone.
My OTP: Non-romantic Lighting + Storm interactions = A+++++