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19th Feb '18 12:04:15 PM ElSquibbonator
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A Cool Airship in fantasy or steampunk will often fall under ArtisticLicenseEngineering, especially when it's not modeled after real-world zeppelins; things like having one or two tiny propellers or tiny decorative wings as the only source of lift are not uncommon. Of course, sometimes [[AWizardDidIt it's just magic]].

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A Cool Airship in In fantasy or steampunk SteamPunk settings, the word "airship" will often fall under ArtisticLicenseEngineering, especially when it's be used for aircraft that are not modeled after real-world zeppelins; things airships in the real-life definition of the word. They may [[TheSkyIsAnOcean look like having one actual flying ships]], or two otherwise have no visible means of staying in the air, save for perhaps some tiny propellers or tiny decorative wings as the only source slowly flapping wings. Usually these use some sort of vague AppliedPhlebotinum to lift are not uncommon. Of course, sometimes off the ground, if it's even [[AWizardDidIt it's just magic]].
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31st Jan '18 7:38:39 AM Elitegamer010
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** More ships of the same models appear in Deepholm in the ''Cataclysm'' expansion, the Horde's having been shot down when the Alliance's was taken over by cultists. ''Another'' Alliance airship is in the final battle with Deathwing, chasing him when he flees to the Maelstrom. It gets shot down and [[spoiler:crashes onto the Wandering Isle, bringing the peaceful Pandaren race into the Alliance/Horde war.]]

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** More ships of the same models appear in Deepholm in the ''Cataclysm'' expansion, the Horde's having been shot down when the Alliance's was taken over by cultists. ''Another'' cultists.
** Another
Alliance airship airship, The Skyfire, is in the final battle with Deathwing, chasing him when he flees to the Maelstrom. It gets shot down In ''Mists of Pandaria'' it battles the Horde in Pandaria, and [[spoiler:crashes onto later in ''Legion'', when the Horde destroy it.
** In the Pandaren starting zone,
the Wandering Isle, bringing when is actually a giant turtle named Shen-zin Su, a crashed Alliance airship named the peaceful Pandaren race into the Alliance/Horde war.]]Skyseeker injures said turtle.
21st Jan '18 10:05:10 AM WillKeaton
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The Cool Airship is the preferred method of travel for SkyPirates and [[StupidJetpackHitler technologically-savvy Nazis]][[note]]In reality, the Nazis weren't all that big on airships, seeing them mostly as propaganda tools[[/note]], and is extremely common in classic [[SpeculativeFiction scientific romances]] and SteamPunk. Technically, airships are far more DieselPunk, with regards to both style and overall use, but they were actually invented in the Victorian era. The first airship flew in 1852 and was propelled by, you guessed it, a steam engine. Yes, that means [[OlderThanTheyThink blimps were around before]] the [[OlderThanRadio radio,]] ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}} On the Origin of Species]],'' and [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln the Lincoln administration.]]

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The Cool Airship is the preferred method of travel for SkyPirates and [[StupidJetpackHitler technologically-savvy Nazis]][[note]]In Nazis,]][[note]]In reality, the Nazis weren't all that big on airships, seeing them mostly as propaganda tools[[/note]], tools[[/note]] and is extremely common in classic [[SpeculativeFiction scientific romances]] and SteamPunk. Technically, airships are far more DieselPunk, with regards to both style and overall use, but they were actually invented in the Victorian era. The first airship flew in 1852 and was propelled by, you guessed it, a steam engine. Yes, that means [[OlderThanTheyThink blimps were around before]] the [[OlderThanRadio radio,]] ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}} On the Origin of Species]],'' and [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln the Lincoln administration.]]
12th Jan '18 9:52:58 PM ElSquibbonator
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The Cool Airship is the preferred method of travel for SkyPirates and [[StupidJetpackHitler technologically-savvy Nazis]], and is extremely common in classic [[SpeculativeFiction scientific romances]] and SteamPunk. Technically, airships are far more DieselPunk, with regards to both style and overall use, but they were actually invented in the Victorian era. The first airship flew in 1852 and was propelled by, you guessed it, a steam engine. Yes, that means [[OlderThanTheyThink blimps were around before]] the [[OlderThanRadio radio,]] ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}} On the Origin of Species]],'' and [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln the Lincoln administration.]]

It's worth noting that not all airships are Cool Airships. For instance, the Goodyear Blimp is definitely ''not'' a Cool Airship. Like the CoolCar and the CoolPlane, the Cool Airship is exceptionally cool. Furthermore, it has to be owned by a major character, or otherwise play a prominent role, such as acting as the setting for a major scene. For massive cool points, it should be appointed like ''Titanic'', with a casino, bar, and a sultry chanteuse on board for the entertainment of the passengers. Military or [[SkyPirates pirate]] vessels are known to carry an [[AirborneAircraftCarrier internal aircraft hangar]] and [[MoreDakka lots o' guns.]] Either way, any Cool Airship worth its salt usually boasts an UnnecessarilyLargeInterior.[[note]]This is actually justified, in RealLife large airships need the vast hull space for weight distribution.[[/note]] It goes without saying that they are usually commanded by a badass of some sort.

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The Cool Airship is the preferred method of travel for SkyPirates and [[StupidJetpackHitler technologically-savvy Nazis]], Nazis]][[note]]In reality, the Nazis weren't all that big on airships, seeing them mostly as propaganda tools[[/note]], and is extremely common in classic [[SpeculativeFiction scientific romances]] and SteamPunk. Technically, airships are far more DieselPunk, with regards to both style and overall use, but they were actually invented in the Victorian era. The first airship flew in 1852 and was propelled by, you guessed it, a steam engine. Yes, that means [[OlderThanTheyThink blimps were around before]] the [[OlderThanRadio radio,]] ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}} On the Origin of Species]],'' and [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln the Lincoln administration.]]

It's worth noting that not all airships are Cool Airships. For instance, the Goodyear Blimp is definitely ''not'' a Cool Airship. Like the CoolCar and the CoolPlane, the Cool Airship is exceptionally cool. Furthermore, it has to be owned by a major character, or otherwise play a prominent role, such as acting as the setting for a major scene. For massive cool points, it should be appointed like ''Titanic'', with a casino, bar, and a sultry chanteuse on board for the entertainment of the passengers. Military or [[SkyPirates pirate]] vessels are known to carry an [[AirborneAircraftCarrier internal aircraft hangar]] and [[MoreDakka lots o' guns.]] Either way, any Cool Airship worth its salt usually boasts an UnnecessarilyLargeInterior.[[note]]This This is actually justified, in RealLife large airships need the vast hull space for weight distribution.[[/note]] distribution. It goes without saying that they are usually commanded by a badass of some sort.
24th Dec '17 5:42:49 AM Elitegamer010
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* Orgrim's Hammer and the Skybreaker, airships used by Horde and Alliance as bases of operation in Icecrown in the new expansion to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are pretty cool. The Hammer boat with a pair of Zeppelin blimps tied to it with nothing but RuleOfCool, while the Skybreaker is essentially a large ship with propellers fitted on it.

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* Orgrim's Hammer and the Skybreaker, airships used by Horde and Alliance as bases of operation in Icecrown in the new Wrath of the Lich King expansion to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are pretty cool. The Hammer boat with a pair of Zeppelin blimps tied to it with nothing but RuleOfCool, while the Skybreaker is essentially a large ship with propellers fitted on it.
13th Dec '17 1:29:34 PM WillKeaton
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* Max Zorin's airship from ''Film/AViewToAKill'' may look like a boring old blimp, but does yours unfold from a construction shack and come with an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmQnEyiGdGQ integrated deathtrap]]? Max even gets to make a BondOneLiner.

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* Max Zorin's airship from ''Film/AViewToAKill'' may look like a boring old blimp, but does yours unfold from a construction shack and come with an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmQnEyiGdGQ integrated deathtrap]]? deathtrap?]] Max even gets to make a BondOneLiner.
26th Nov '17 1:52:07 PM WillKeaton
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* Kenneth Oppel's books, ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'', ''Skybreaker'', and ''Starclimber'', are the very embodiment of this trope: they take place in an alternate history in which airships never lost popularity, despite the Hindenburg incident, thanks to the new element 'hydrium'. This changes technological advancement to an enormous extent (for better or worse being extremely subjective) and airships and ornithopters are now several hundred times more popular than any sea-going vessel. The main character (Matt Cruse, a name which immediately screams "adventure/romance novel") starts out aboard the Aurora, an incredibly luxurious, enormous airship. [[spoiler:Later on in Skybreaker, a very low-class ship is shown, and then another high-price ship that can also reach incredible altitudes. In the same book, the plot centers around an absolutely immense derelict airship.]]

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* Kenneth Oppel's books, ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'', ''Skybreaker'', and ''Starclimber'', are the very embodiment of this trope: they take place in an alternate history in which airships never lost popularity, despite the Hindenburg incident, thanks to the new element 'hydrium'. This changes technological advancement to an enormous extent (for (whether it is for better or for worse being is extremely subjective) and airships and ornithopters are now several hundred times more popular than any sea-going vessel. The main character (Matt Cruse, a name which immediately screams "adventure/romance novel") starts out aboard the Aurora, an incredibly luxurious, enormous airship. [[spoiler:Later on in Skybreaker, a very low-class ship is shown, and then another high-price ship that can also reach incredible altitudes. In the same book, the plot centers around an absolutely immense derelict airship.]]
9th Nov '17 4:56:22 PM WillKeaton
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It's worth noting that not all airships are Cool Airships. For instance, the Goodyear Blimp is definitely ''not'' a Cool Airship. Like the CoolCar and the CoolPlane, the Cool Airship is exceptionally cool. Furthermore, it has to be owned by a major character, or otherwise play a prominent role, such as acting as the setting for a major scene. For massive cool points, it should be appointed like ''Titanic'', with a casino, bar, and a sultry chanteuse on board for the entertainment of the passengers. Military or [[SkyPirates pirate]] vessels are known to carry an [[AirborneAircraftCarrier internal aircraft hangar]] and [[MoreDakka lots o' guns.]] Either way, any Cool Airship worth its salt usually boasts an UnnecessarilyLargeInterior[[note]]which is actually justified, in RealLife large airships need the vast hull space for weight distribution[[/note]]. It goes without saying that they are usually commanded by a badass of some sort.

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It's worth noting that not all airships are Cool Airships. For instance, the Goodyear Blimp is definitely ''not'' a Cool Airship. Like the CoolCar and the CoolPlane, the Cool Airship is exceptionally cool. Furthermore, it has to be owned by a major character, or otherwise play a prominent role, such as acting as the setting for a major scene. For massive cool points, it should be appointed like ''Titanic'', with a casino, bar, and a sultry chanteuse on board for the entertainment of the passengers. Military or [[SkyPirates pirate]] vessels are known to carry an [[AirborneAircraftCarrier internal aircraft hangar]] and [[MoreDakka lots o' guns.]] Either way, any Cool Airship worth its salt usually boasts an UnnecessarilyLargeInterior[[note]]which UnnecessarilyLargeInterior.[[note]]This is actually justified, in RealLife large airships need the vast hull space for weight distribution[[/note]]. distribution.[[/note]] It goes without saying that they are usually commanded by a badass of some sort.
9th Nov '17 4:54:48 PM WillKeaton
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* The Animated {{Music/Kiss}} in WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKissRockAndRollMystery have one shaped like a guitar that can also travel through dimensions.

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* The Animated {{Music/Kiss}} in WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKissRockAndRollMystery ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndKissRockAndRollMystery'' have one shaped like a guitar that can also travel through dimensions.dimensions.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' airships are often seen in the possession of the very wealthy. One episode showed an airship used for a luxury cruise that operated very much the same way as modern luxury cruise ships of today.
30th Oct '17 6:47:52 PM superkeijikun
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has the ''Enterprise'', Cid Garlond's personal airship which he uses to help the heroes travel to dangerous or far-off locations. Some in-game mounts also count, including manacutters and the ''Falcon''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', the Nifelheim Empire has a battalion of Cool Airships. [[spoiler:After beating the game, you can also upgrade your car, the Regalia, into a Cool ''[[FlyingCar Aircar]]''.]]
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