Created By: MorningStar1337 on January 9, 2013 Last Edited By: MorningStar1337 on January 10, 2013

The X Express

Trains have the word Express in the name (trivia)

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So you have a Cool Train, but you want to name it something. How about somehing with "Express" on it?

Writers seem to add that word to the names of trains a lot. Maybe it's cool, Maybe i's more train-like.

Note that in Real Life the term "Express" is used to denote trains that do not stop at every station on it's route. It can also mean Point of No Return.

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Anime and Manga

  • Starlight Express has not only the eponymous train, but the Intercontinental Express and the Trans-Siberian Express.
  • Horror Express takes place on the Trans-Siberian express.


Live-Action TV
  • Laverne & Shirley had an episode where the two protagonist went on the the Moosejaw Express. (they're going to Canada) and a murder takes place on the train.

Video Games

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • January 9, 2013
  • January 9, 2013
    Starlight Express has not only the eponymous train, but the Intercontinental Express and the Trans-Siberian Express.
  • January 9, 2013
    This draft does not demonstrate understanding of what a trope is. "Stuff named X" is Not A Trope, it's a list of trivia.
  • January 9, 2013
    Express trains have express in their names to express the fact they're expresses, i.e. they don't stop at every station. The word isn't just added to make the name cool (although some writers may not realise this.)
  • January 9, 2013
    ^^"'Stuff named X' is Not A Trope" and yet we have Cherry Blossom Girl. You mind explaining twhy that should stay a trope while this should be discarded?
  • January 9, 2013
    ^^I think the point is that writers put the term "Express" in trains in fiction so that they sound even more train-like, not because the train doesn't stop at every station.

    That said, it sounds like it might be better served in Just Train Wrong.

    ^ To be fair, Cherry Blossom Girl explicitly notes that it's not just the name (indeed they don't have to be named Sakura), it's the theme.
  • January 9, 2013
    ^ Ah I see.
  • January 9, 2013
    There is also Agatha Christie's [i]Murder On The Orient Express[/i]. This is a case of a passenger train that runs from Paris, France to Istanbul, Turkey non-stop. This means no character can board the train [i]en route[/i], nor can any character leave, which limits the suspect pool in the murder mystery. An express can also convey a "point of no return" scenario: the characters are locked into their plight with almost no hope of retreat or escape. Alternatively, an express can also convey the concept that the characters' objective must be achieved, consequences notwithstanding, similar to a "damn the torpedoes" policy.
  • January 9, 2013
    Regarding Zero Context Examples this is a trope regarding the names of trains. it's kinda hard to add context to that. That said when listing an example please state the actual name of the train.
  • January 9, 2013
    • An episode of Laverne And Shirley takes place on the Moosejaw Express (they're going to Canada), and a murder happens on the train.
    • The film Horror Express takes place on the Trans-Siberian Express.
  • January 10, 2013
    "...this is a trope regarding the names of trains..."

    Not a trope.