One form of the Tanker had the appearance of Mickey's Car with the head of Hades, from Hercules, protruding from the front bumper, made to intimidate and twist Mickey's vision of his friends. They are made from discarded animatronic bits, such as the plasma guns from Lilo and Stitch, and are part painted and part inert, though this version was removed from the final version of Epic Mickey for unknown reasons. It was included in the sequel, appearing in the Train Tunnels.
Another type of Tanker, one that resides in Tomorrow City, has the helmet and plasma guns of the alien troopers from Lilo & Stitch, and the body of a Light Cycle from Tron (called the "Light Cycle" Tanker). A third type, seen during the fight with the Mad Doctor, has the head of the Hag version of the Evil Queen from Snow White' and the apple that Snow White ate for a body (It is covered in a pale green ooze making it look like a skull and is often called the "Hag Head" Tanker.). This type of Tanker reappears in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two in Rainbow Caverns. There is also a new type of Tanker that is found in Floatyard, which is based on Ursula from The Little Mermaid (can be nicknamed the "Sea Witch" Tanker).
If they spot you, they will shoot either Paint or Thinner. If you get close to them, they will punch you with an uppercut. A good way to defeat a Tanker is to use Thinner to remove its armor. Once it spins around, shooting paint and thinner, spin its weak spot. Alternatively, you can slowly sneak up behind them, and attack their weak spot before they can react. They are mostly immune to paint, but it will slow them down.