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Sentient Vehicle

(permanent link) added: 2011-03-26 21:55:13 sponsor: EdnaWalker (last reply: 2011-04-04 10:15:23)

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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.):



  • 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.
  • Christine

Live-Action TV

Video Games

Western Animation

Spacecraft (Rockets, Spaceships, e.t.c.):


Western Animation
  • 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:

  • Casey Jr. in Dumbo, as seen here.
    All aboard! Let's go!
  • The train that showed up very briefly in Cars


Live Action TV
  • 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.

Western Animation

Airplanes, Helicopters, and Other Aircraft:


Western Animation

Boats, Ships, Submarines, and other Seacraft:


Western Animation


  • 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.

Western Animation
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