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1st Nov '17 12:46:06 AM AnotherDuck
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* ''Manga/ArpeggioOfBlueSteel'' does this with actual naval ships, though the technology in said ships rivals that of most spaceships which would feature this trope. Interestingly, when one of the human characters actually inquires about why all of the ships feature female avatars the mental model he's talking to states that humans have always referred to ships as "female", [[HandWave so logically they would be represented that way]]. See the Real Life entry for further details.

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* ''Manga/ArpeggioOfBlueSteel'' does this with actual naval ships, though the technology in said ships rivals that of most spaceships which would feature this trope. Interestingly, when one of the human characters actually inquires about why all of the ships feature female avatars the mental model he's talking to states that humans have always referred to ships as "female", [[HandWave so logically they would be represented that way]]. See the Real Life entry for further details.



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* As mentioned in the introduction, the British, Americans, and other English-speaking nations have for hundreds of years referred to their ships as a "she." More to the point, during the [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Age of Sail]] it was not uncommon at all for sailors and captains to view their ships as living members of the crew, with distinct personalities--providing a historical foundation for this trope. Naval historians like Ian W. Toll have related accounts where captains would carry on conversations with their ships. One such captain was reputed to have said that "a ship can do everything but talk, and sometimes she can do even that."
** The tradition of extending personification to aircraft is more visible with actual air''ships'' than it is air''planes''--the United States Navy, for example, used to have two airships that acted as {{Airborne Aircraft Carrier}}s, the USS ''Akron'' and ''Macon''. Both were treated as if they were naval ships, right down to referring to them as female.
* Other cultures have different traditions when it comes to giving ships a gender, if they do. Some consider ships male instead of female, while others have even more specific guidelines.
** Among Russians, the rule is to "use the pronoun (adjective, past tense form) that is grammatically correct." Therefore, the ship's gender can vary according to way the ship is referred. For example, the missile cruiser ''Moskva'' is considered female, but is male if referred to as a cruiser. The Oscar-class submersible cruiser ''Tomsk'' is male, but female if called a submarine. The research vessel ''Vityaz'' is male, but is neuter if referred to as a vessel.
** The German Kriegsmarine averts this trope with the battleship Bismarck. Admiral Erich Raeder insisted the Bismarck be designated as a 'male' vessel at all times. Doesn't stop modern Germans from (incorrectly) referring to that ship as a "she" every time it is mentioned (unless they're history buffs, of course).
** In Italy, a ship's gender is considered male if it belongs to the military navy and female if it is, instead, a civil ship
* Many commercial and military systems (such as GPS devices or collision/altitude alarms aboard aircraft) are female voiced--which will likely result in female avatars and [=AI=]s when technology reaches that point. [[JustifiedTrope It's not simply for aesthetic reasons]], either: research by the United States Air Force has demonstrated that a female voice is easier to hear and understand under high stress situations (such as air combat).
** Later research has been contradictory on this point, however--one study claims that a CreepyMonotone may have a better chance of recognition and understanding than a female voice.
** Other research has claimed that female voices feel "safer" to listeners, but that this may be because HAL from ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' and other evil AI having soured the general public on male voiced computers through PopCulturalOsmosis.
** Since ScienceMarchesOn, there is now a new consensus on the reason that a female voice sounds "safer", and that is due to us being used to female voices because of the long time spent in the womb. Tests on babies have somewhat reliably confirmed that they react with more brain activity to the voice of their mother than they do to their father's (or any other men, and about two thirds of unrelated women) and this trait never disappears.
** Concerning aircraft alarm systems, these are sometimes nicknamed "Bitching Betty" by pilots in North America (or "Barking Bob" if the system is male voiced).
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10th Oct '17 6:04:28 PM nombretomado
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* In JimButcher's CinderSpires, Captain Grimm's ship ''Predator'' is revealed to be at least semi-sentient, though only once awakened by an Etherealist.

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* In JimButcher's Creator/JimButcher's CinderSpires, Captain Grimm's ship ''Predator'' is revealed to be at least semi-sentient, though only once awakened by an Etherealist.
9th Oct '17 7:29:55 AM Rhoanna
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* In ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'', main character "Breq" is technically One Esk Nineteen, a MeatPuppet soldier carrying the last fragment of the consciousness of the starship ''Justice of Toren''. Note that Breq may not actually be an example of this trope because she lives in a society that does not distinguish between sexes and uses the female pronoun for everyone by default -- her actual gender remains unrevealed.

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* In ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'', main character "Breq" is technically One Esk Nineteen, a MeatPuppet soldier carrying the last fragment of the consciousness of the starship ''Justice of Toren''. Note that Breq may is not actually be quite an example of this trope because she lives in a society that does not distinguish between sexes and uses have gender, despite the novel using the female pronoun for everyone by default -- her actual gender remains unrevealed.in that society.
5th Sep '17 1:54:19 PM Wyvern76
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Zap}}'', the ship ''Excelsior'' is sentient and sometimes manifests as a hologram of a [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2005/05/20090920/ naked, glowing blue woman]].
23rd Aug '17 11:07:44 PM PaulA
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** The series began with ''The Ship Who Sang'', with female protagonist Helva.
** ''The Ship Who Searched'', co-written with Creator/MercedesLackey, [[spoiler:featured a brainship who financed the creation of a remote-operated android accessory so she could be her human partner's... [[{{Robosexual}} partner]]]].

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** The series began with ''The Ship Who Sang'', ''Literature/TheShipWhoSang'', with female protagonist Helva.
** ''The Ship Who Searched'', ''Literature/TheShipWhoSearched'', co-written with Creator/MercedesLackey, [[spoiler:featured a brainship who financed the creation of a remote-operated android accessory so she could be her human partner's... [[{{Robosexual}} partner]]]].
12th Aug '17 10:31:58 PM Discar
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** The episode ''The Doctor's Wife'' all but confirms that the TARDIS is indeed sentient and female. (Guess who his "wife" is.) The 'soul' of the TARDIS in the body of a human gets to actually walk around (and it is as CrazyAwesome as you'd expect.)

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** The episode ''The Doctor's Wife'' all but confirms that the TARDIS is indeed sentient and female. (Guess who his "wife" is.) The 'soul' of the TARDIS in the body of a human gets to actually walk around (and around, and it is as CrazyAwesome as you'd expect.)expect. The Doctor's companions, on the other hand, are less impressed.
--->'''Amy:''' Did you wish ''really'' hard?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Shut up! Not like that!\\
'''TARDIS:''' Hello, I'm... [[RoboShip Sexy]].\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''[groans]'' Still shut up!
7th Aug '17 5:12:41 PM Malady
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* Starwalker (aka Starry) in ''Website/{{Starwalker}}''. She uses a holographic avatar of [[spoiler: the woman she used to be. AI ships are common in the story but she's unusual in having a personality.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Starwalker}}'': Starwalker (aka Starry) in ''Website/{{Starwalker}}''. Starry). She uses a holographic avatar of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the woman she used to be. AI ships are common in the story but she's unusual in having a personality.]]
29th Jul '17 9:43:46 AM Nippertipper
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Throughout history, English-speaking countries have always referred to ships and other seafaring vessels as "she." This even applies to ships named after men (e.g., the USS ''Ronald Reagan''). These traditions continued with [[TheSkyIsAnOcean the development of aircraft]], and the metaphor (in fiction at least) has also been extended to space travel.

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Throughout history, English-speaking many countries have always referred to ships and other seafaring vessels as "she." This even applies to ships named after men (e.g., the USS ''Ronald Reagan''). These traditions continued with [[TheSkyIsAnOcean the development of aircraft]], and the metaphor (in fiction at least) has also been extended to space travel.
23rd Jul '17 3:51:25 AM TargulNennim
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** In Italy, a ship's gender is considered male if it belongs to the military navy and female if it is, instead, a civil ship
22nd Jul '17 7:29:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** In Series X, the crew members install a new ship's AI for Red Dwarf named Pree, whose avatar is a pretty young woman with facial tattoos. Unfortunately she's programmed to anticipate and immediately enact the senior officer's decisions, which happens to be Rimmer.

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** In Series X, the crew members install a new ship's AI for Red Dwarf named Pree, whose avatar is a pretty young woman with facial tattoos. Unfortunately she's programmed to anticipate and immediately enact the senior officer's decisions, which happens to be Rimmer. So when she predicts that Rimmer would do a lousy of repairing the ship, she starts trashing the systems. Later on she decides to fly the ship into a nearby star.
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