Alt titiles: Talking Rocket, Persona de Projectile, Sapient Missile Guidence, Smart Missile, Homing Mook, Projectile With Personality, Projectile Personality, Projectile Personhood, Projectile With Personality, Personified Projectile, Projectile Mook.
Very Smart Missiles
are very useful in a wide verity of activities or at least activities that involve kinetic energy, or not nice warheads, or the occasional "look over the horizon" type things.
However, somewhere along the line anti smart missile technology was researched by mysterious faceless parties
; dodging came back into vogue; cloaking boots
were passed out amongst the pilots, et al. resulting in guidance systems becoming more and more advanced if ever justified
in story. Forget fire and forget it’s all get out there and ‘splode time.
Sometimes it is brought up that creating sentient and/or sapient self propelling explosives is morally questionable. Sometimes the engineers who thought about talking bombs thought ahead and made sure they got consent first. But for this trope all that matters is that the smart grenade, intelegent bomb, brilliant rocket, smart whatever is ... smart.
See Also: Action Bomb
, Attack Drone
, Abnormal Ammo
, Mecha Mook
, and Surveillance Drone
Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Ghost Kamikaze Attacks are self distructive if comical mooks that may or may not unleash Ki attacks.
- Galaxy Angel: Normad is the AI chip of one of these.
- Laserbeak in Transformers Cybertron transformed into a bomb, but was never truly used as such. It was more thematic to go with his partner, Soundwave, who turned into a bomber.
- Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie: Robotnik fires two missiles at the same time. One, a rabbit-themed missile takes off and streaks towards the target. The second one, a turtle-themed missile slowly flies off. It reappears at the end of the movie where it grabs the schematics for Metal Sonic before detonating.
- Metal Men: Had recurring nemeses the Missile Men.
- The K-Class Decepticons in IDW's run of The Transformers all turn into bombs just before impact.
- Played with in Marvel Comics' adaptation of Star Wars. Imperial technicians are attempting to defuse a large, sentient bomb left behind on Bespin. The bomb coaches them through the process, claiming, "Hey, I don't want to blow up." However, one technician soon hears a sound which he describes as an arming mechanism engaging. The bomb responds, "It was ... suckers." It then explodes, killing all the techs and toppling Bespin.
- Dark Star: Features a bomb with delusions of godhood.
- In The Matrix series the Machines have self-guided flying bomb robots that seek out and ram opponents, blowing up when they do so. Sentinels use them to destroy the Vigilant and the Nebuchadnezzar in The Matrix Reloaded and in The Matrix Revolutions the Machines use a swarm of them to attack the Logos as Neo and Trinity attempt to reach the Machine City.
Live Action TV
- The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge. Jim diGriz develops a small flying bomb with a computer brain. It enters an enemy starship, looks for the ship's warpdrive generator and throws itself against the drive, exploding and destroying it.
- Invoked in ''Return to Rocheworld", two semi-sentient robotic orbitally-dropped kinetic probes are launched, and spend most of their time commenting on how they're gonna smash their targets.
Table Top Games
- Star Trek Voyager: Had two episodes where Interstellar Weapons one of which was as large as a manned starship were guided by artificial intelligence.
- Lexx: Despite calling itself a bug bomb a extremely small bug shaped pilotless helicopter was programmed to deliver itself to a location then explode.
- GURPS: present in Ultra-Tech and Transhuman Space some with character stats.
- Warhammer 40 K: Some ork fighta-bommaz carry grot bombs (or smart bombs), which are basically a huge payload, a guidnace system, and a tiny cockpit, piloted by the goblin-like grots.