Created By: AFP on August 14, 2011 Last Edited By: TwoGunAngel on August 18, 2013

Cool Ship Junior

Lost the Cool Ship in a dramatic scene? Let\'s just get another one with the same name.

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Seen It a Million Times, Do We Have This One?? Open to suggestions for other names.

Fans of Star Trek will be familiar with this one. You have your Cool Ship, where the Command Roster and The Squad keep all of their stuff and go on their adventures. You go through so many cool things, before you are forced to Abandon Ship during a WHAM Episode.

Of course, Death Is Cheap for vehicles even moreso than for it is for people, especially if they are not a Living Ship of some sort. What better way to get over the loss of your ship than to replace it with another ship, oftentimes identical in every way, right down to the name. Some small nod might be made to the fact that it is a new ship by adding a letter or number to the end of the name. Could also be seen as a vehicular form of Legacy Character.

Often Truth in Television, but not with such consistency as it happens in fiction. Compare to Dead Guy Junior and Replacement Goldfish.

Examples:

  • Star Trek:
    • There is a very long line of ships named Enterprise, including one that was all but a Replacement Goldfish for the previous one.
    • They had two Defiants from Deep Space Nine. The new Defiant didn't even get a letter to tag onto the end of her name like the Enterprises did.
  • Babylon 5:
    • Played With. The titular space station is, as suggested by the name, the fifth in a long line of space stations. The first three were sabotaged and destroyed, the fourth one disappeared without a trace.
    • From the same series, the White Star. A subversion, in that they went through most of the third season with this singular Cool Starship, before The Reveal that she was only the first of an entire fleet of such ships, with all of their names simply being White Star with a number on the end. This didn't make her destruction any less dramatic, under the circumstances.
  • Mass Effect 2: The Normandy SR-2. In this case, the ship was a different design, built and operated by a different organization entirely from her predecessor, but was given the name by her captain for sentimental reasons.

Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • August 14, 2011
    kjnoren
    Happens with the Orion (goes from Orion 7 to Orion 8) in Raumpatrouille -- Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion.
  • August 14, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Happens at the end of the series Lexx
  • August 14, 2011
    TBTabby
    The last line of the MST3K-featured film Rocketship X-M is an announcement that the government will begin construction of the RXM-2, since while the first rocket crashed on return to Earth, killing everyone aboard, it still proved that manned space missions were possible.
  • August 14, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Benny Hill Show: Benny as Fred Scuttle is being interviewed about a rocket ship he's built in his backyard.
    Scuttle: We're going to the moon in that! Indestructible the Second!!
    Interviewer: What happened to Indestructible the First?
    Scuttle: It fell apart, sir.
  • August 14, 2011
    terrafox
    • The Star Fox team got a new Great Fox after the famous one was destroyed at the end of Star Fox Assault. However, the little Cornerian carrier is hardly worthy of carrying the Great Fox name.

  • August 14, 2011
    terrafox
    • Happens in Real Life as well: To date, there have been four US Navy ships to carry the name USS Texas: two battleships, a missile cruiser and a submarine. Hull numbers BB-1, unique ship; BB-35, New York class; CGN-39 Virginia class; SSN-775, Virginia class (sub)
  • August 14, 2011
    kjnoren
    Yeah, as written this happens in real life a lot.

    Perhaps the trope should be limited to that the same team get a new ship with the same name. Using that definition, we get:

    • In On Basilisk Station Honor Harrington captains Fearless, an obsolete light cruiser which gets almost destroyed in a desperate battle. In the next book, The Honor of the Queen, she's the captain of a new heavy cruiser, also named Fearless.
  • August 14, 2011
    unclerupee
    This happens with the Earth starships in Stargate SG 1 and its spinoffs. Can't for the life of me remember any ship names though.
  • August 14, 2011
    DorianMode
    On One Piece, the good ship Going Merry was finally sunk, to many tears and much fanfare; Lo and Behold, their new ship, the Thousand Sunny, has a landing skiff designed to emulate the design motifs of the former vessel, unveiled to great applause.
  • August 14, 2011
    dalek955
    • Schlock Mercenary features the Fleetmind attack craft Predictably Damaged V. Humans would pick a new name after five losses, but Petey appreciates humorous irony too much for that.
      Predictably Damaged V: Make sure you don't scrimp on extinguisher foam when you build Predictably Damaged VI. Oh, and -- (kaboom)
  • August 14, 2011
    Falco
  • August 15, 2011
    AFP
    Possible alternate name: Legacy Ship or Legacy Vehicle, though that woudl tend towards any series of ships with the same name (as mentioned above, very common in real life navies). If we stick with Cool Ship Junior, we probably should limit it to a ship meant as a direct replacement for a lost ship, used by the same characters. Maybe a new trope and a new subtrope?
  • August 15, 2011
    Koveras
  • August 24, 2011
    AFP
    Any thoughts on Legacy Vehicle for ships/vehicles sharing a name with their predecessors, and Replacement Vehicle or something like that for when a nigh-identical vehicle is provided to the same group of characters upon the previous one's dramatic loss?
  • August 24, 2011
    X2X
    Possibly compare Dead Guy Junior?
  • August 25, 2011
    judasmartel
    Not sure if this should be here or in Dead Guy Junior (or both, or somewhere else):
    • In Time Enough For Love Lazarus Long gives his ship the name Dora after the love of his life. He also gives the ship's AI the personality of a six or so year old girl - which is how old the real Dora was when he first met her..
  • August 25, 2011
    terrafox
    Legasy Vehicle Name would be an appropriate title, as the second one is almost never a direct copy of the first one that was blown up.
  • August 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^Other than the fact that it's spelled Legacy.
  • August 25, 2011
    Allronix
    Averted with Blakes Seven. The Liberator went up in flames at the end of the third season. Their second ship, the Scorpio, was a big downgrade.
  • September 12, 2011
    CrimsonZephyr
    In Starcraft, General Edmund Duke is rescued by Jim Raynor and Arcturus Mengsk when his battlecruiser, the Norad II, crashes in the middle of a zerg-infested planet. Later on, he obtains a new battlecruiser, Norad III.
  • August 17, 2013
    Koveras
    This YKTTW is so ancient, we actually launched another one to cover this trope in the meantime. It's called Legacy Vessel Naming.
  • August 17, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    So no objections if this gets nuked then?
  • August 17, 2013
    Koveras
    No point in keeping it.
  • August 18, 2013
    Arivne
    Before discarding this, please add all appropriate examples to Legacy Vessel Naming that aren't already on it.
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