Sentient Vehicle YKTTW Discussion
Rolling Updates In some works, there are sentient and sapient cars, buses, trucks, motorhomes, trains, train cars, airplanes, helicopters, boats, ships, spaceships, e.t.c. Some of them maintain a Masquerade, some do not, and some live in a world of their own without humans. This trope does not cover vehicles that happen to have AIs when those AIs are treated as separate entities that are not integrated into the vehicle itself. Also, they have to be inorganic (in other words, not actually a living being). Things under the heading, Other include farm vehicles, contruction vehicles, ATVs, e.t.c. Subtrope of Animate Inanimate Object. Often overlaps with Automated Automobiles, Magic Bus, and Sapient Ship. See also Sapient Steed.
Automobiles (Cars, Buses, and Trucks, e.t.c.):Advertising
- The Chevron Cars are Chevron Corporation's claymated stop-motion talking cars that feature in TV commercials crafted by Aardman Animations (the same studio that crafted Wallace & Gromit).
- Disney/Pixar's Cars
- Dad, Can I Borrow the Car?. The used cars for sale have distinct personalities, as seen here.
- Benny the Cab in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
- Herbie The Love Bug
- The Film of the Book Christine
- In Diane Duane's young adult novel So You Want To Be A Wizard, the first book in the Young Wizards series, the two protagonists enter an alternate Manhattan that is populated by sentient cars that spend most of their time trying to kill each other.
- The Twilight Zone TOS episode "You Drive". After a man kills a boy in a hit and run accident, his car develops a mind of its own and forces him to confess to the crime.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch had an episode that dealt with this trope: Sabrina purchased a car from the Other Realm and it turned out to have a mind of it's own. Hilarity ensued as the car pestered Sabrina about the way she treated it.
- Wizards of Waverly Place basically imitated the Sabrina example (as it so often does) with a cab that Alex reanimated.
- Some Shin Megami Tensei games have Oboroguruma, which are ghost/demon cars that talk.
- Roary The Racing Car
- C.A.R. from The Replacements.
- C.A.R.R. from Stroker and Hoop. Obvious parody of K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, even though K.I.T.T. is an AI installed into a car.
- Some of the vehicle characters in Bob the Builder
Spacecraft (Rockets, Spaceships, e.t.c.):Literature
- In The Jesus Incident, Ship.
- In Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series, the Berserker ships.
- Many spacecraft in Iain Banks's The Culture series.
- In the Futurama episode "Love and Rocket," the Planet Express Ship gets a new AI, which quickly falls in love with Bender.
Trains and Train Cars:Film
- Casey Jr. in Dumbo, as seen here.
All aboard! Let's go!
- The train that showed up very briefly in Cars
- The Little Engine That Could
- Starlight Express, a very loose adaptation of The Little Engine That Could
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood had a model train that seemed to be able to converse with both Mr. Rogers as well as the inhabitants of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
Airplanes, Helicopters, and Other Aircraft:Film
- Pedro the airplane from Saludos Amigos
- Jay Jay The Jet Plane
- Harold the helicopter from Thomas the Tank Engine
- The planes in the 1980s UK animated series Jimbo And The Jet Set.
Boats, Ships, Submarines, and other Seacraft:Film
- Little Toot in Melody Time.
- In Cars there are tractors that act like cows and a combine that acts lke a bull named Frank.
- In one of the Maters Tall Tales shorts, there were bulldozers that acted like bulls.
- The main vehicle characters Bob the Builder are construction vehicles