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[[caption-width-right:350:Try as you might, your ships will never be as cool as John Berkey's.]]

->''"The only thing between you and the vacuum of space is six feet of solid style."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''

The cool ship can be a spaceship that other characters consider a [[WhatAPieceOfJunk piece of junk]]. In fact, you get [[UsedFuture extra points for junky]]. If you can't call it a rustbucket, though, it has to be the one and only latest, just-about-a-prototype, bleeding-edge [[ShinyLookingSpaceships techno-miracle]].

An ancient living {{Precursor}}-craft, retrofitted with the latest techno-miracle gadgetry ''disguised'' as a rustbucket, that can think for itself... Okay, dude, quit hogging the cool.

A form of CoolShip. The [[RecycledInSpace Sci-Fi equivalent]] of the CoolCar, BaseOnWheels, CoolBoat, CoolAirship, and other forms of TravelCool. In fact, because SpaceIsAnOcean, it is often heavily inspired by the CoolBoat; many spaceship types are named after equivalent water ship types. See the StandardSciFiFleet for various types.

Cool ships can even be single-seaters with no room to get up and walk around but capable of [[FasterThanLightTravel zipping across the cosmos in no time]]. The [[NobodyPoops lack of facilities]] is a non-issue, HandWaved for the RuleOfCool.

To be even cooler, the cool starship may also be a {{Faceship}} or come with [[EscapePod escape pods]], [[FrickinLaserBeams lasers]], [[FasterThanLightTravel faster than light drive]][[note]]If it really is a ''star'' ship, i.e. designed to cross interstellar distances, then it had better have a faster-than-light drive if you don't want to wait several thousand years to get where you're going[[/note]], and [[TeleportersAndTransporters transporters]]. If enemies try to board it, you may need to activate the SelfDestructMechanism.

If the cool starship has enough surreal qualities, it may be an EldritchStarship as well.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Many anime series are named after the Cool Ship:
** ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' ("Space Battleship Yamato," or "Star Blazers" in the U.S.)
** ''SolBianca''
** ''OutlawStar''
** ''AngelLinks''
** ''InfiniteRyvius''
** ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' -- Originally intended as a parody of ''Mobile Suit Gundam,'' and the ''Macross's'' is topologically similar to the ''White Base.''
** ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'' -- Another topological homage to the ''White Base'', as well as a play on Uchuu Senkan Yamato. See YamatoNadeshiko for more info.
* ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': The titular HumongousMecha was both a giant robot and a starship. Grendizer could [[CombiningMecha combine]] with a flying device to form a CoolStarship allow FasterThanLightTravel between planets. Vegans' spaceships also count.
* The ''Bebop'' from ''CowboyBebop''.
** Also, the personal fighter ships used by Spike (Swordfish), Faye (Redtail), and Jet (Hammerhead).
** The shuttle ''[[TooSoon Columbia.]]'' Even if it does ''[[HarsherInHindsight almost burn up on re-entry,]]'' the fact that an ancient space shuttle still sort-of-kind-of works is pretty freaking ''[[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome.]]''
* The ''Blue Typhoon'' from ''SonicX''. It even has a [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} Thunderbird 2 style launch pad for the smaller vessels!]]
* The ''Gekko-Go'' aircraft from ''EurekaSeven''.
* The ''Swordbreaker'' from ''Anime/LostUniverse''.
* The ''Soyokaze'' from ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' The junky rust bucket trope is somewhat subverted here, as the ship is recognized as junk by everybody and their mother's dog.
** The played straight component of it includes the fact that it has a bar, spa, fighter hanger, and marine detachment.
* The ''Arcus Prima'' flying Simoun carrier from ''{{Simoun}}'' (and the ''Messis'' as an example of a junky rust bucket).
** Technically just airships - no space-travel exists in ''{{Simoun}}'' universe.
* The ''Silvana'' airship from ''LastExile'', and the [[spoiler:Exile itself when the Mysteria awaken it and it sheds its defensive cocoon]].
* Space Battleship Ryo-Ohki from ''TenchiMuyo'', who also doubled as a WeaselMascot.
** Not to mention Kagato's ship, the Soja, from the OVA. It had as many dimensions as it did floors.
** Jurian ships in general look like nature preserves.
** The Galaxy Police are no slouches at building cool starships either.
* The ''Arcadia'' from ''SpacePirateCaptainHarlock'' and all related series.
* The GalaxyExpress999. ''Steam trains InSpace.''
* The ''Nirvana'' in ''{{Vandread}}''.
** And the bigger enemy ships too.
* SDF-1 Macross from ''Macross''
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' gives us the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam White Base]]'', the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Albion]]'', the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Argama]]'', the ''[[CharsCounterattack Ra Cailum]]'', the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Reinforce Jr.]]'', the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ptolemaios]]'', and the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Archangel]]'', among others (Check this [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y1oDH9VT_A8/UPlQeY4L_7I/AAAAAAABAF0/EWUsZlrLDgo/s1600/34536_200904020246581CLzW.jpg fan-arranged pic]] for size comparisons.)
** The ''Diva'' from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Gundam AGE]]'' gets upgraded into a transforming White Base with a WaveMotionGun.
** Size-wise however, all of them pale in comparison to the behemoths from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'':
*** The interstellar vesel ''Peacemillion'', a fan-shaped starship which is almost the same size as a space colony.
*** ... which was then out-trumped by the [[LaResistance White Fang]] battleship ''Libra'', a four-diamond, colony-sized vessel with a WaveMotionGun in the center.
** Then there's the asteroid-like deep-space ship ''Celestial Being'' from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. Houses a quantum supercomputer? Check. Fully operational mobile suit factory? Check. Thousands of laser emplacements all over the surface? Check. WaveMotionGun? Check. This was a ship designed to travel interstellar distances and safeguard thousands of human beings on board from alien threats. It can also turn completely invisible. It clocks in as the largest mobile spaceship in the franchise at ''15 kilometers''... not counting the [[Film/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer ELS planetoid]] as a ship, which was roughly the size of the Moon.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren was the Moon for awhile (not a typo).
** The fact that it turns into a Planet-sized Mecha with sunglasses on both torso and head only makes it more awesome.
** The Anti-Spirals have the Ashtangas which look like a HUGE (as in, several times the size of a planet) stone with several dozen faces and arms - scary as hell.
** The original Dai-Gurren and the Tengen Toppa Dai-Gurren (a billions times bigger version that looks more demonic). The fact that the latter can shoot inter-dimensional anchors or fire missile barrages that [[WindsOfDestinyChange affects probability]], as in missiles that make it more improbable that the enemy will evade future attacks. And that's considered weak.
* The ''Arthra'' from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' and ''NanohaAs''.
** It gets decooled in ''NanohaStrikerS'' when the ship is in the process of decommissioning, but rides one last time to serve as a base. In return, the third season gives us ''The Saint's Cradle'', a [[EvilIsCool wickedly cool]] looking and extremely powerful warship. And by the way, Chrono has also a new spaceship, the ''Claudia''.
** ''NanohaForce'' gives the ''Esquad Hückebein'' (which is so cool, it violates the laws of magi-physics) to the villains, and the ''Wolfram'' (a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Arthra'') to the heroes.
* The Bay Tower Base, and later the Orbit Base from ''[[GaoGaiGar Yuusha-Oh GaoGaiGar]]'' are multiple [[CoolShip Cool Ships]] connected to a hub, which can deploy and serve various purposes. Three of them transform into the handle of a [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]] in the OVA.
** Also the J-Ark, a CoolStarship whose bridge detaches from the ship and turns into a [[HumongousMecha Cool Robot]] that can then recombine with the rest of the Ark to form the even ''[[UpToEleven Cooler]]'' Robot King J-Der. It's also piloted by Soldato-J, one of the biggest [[{{Badass}} Badasses]] in the series, for even ''more'' cool points.
* The Shangri-La from ''TowardTheTerra'' contains wide open fields, gardens, flowing rivers, palisades, a massive shrine for its leader, and a "bridge" in the form of a platform suspended above the aforementioned fields. Further, the ship uses psychic energy to attack, defend, and conceal itself, is capable of both space and atmospheric flight, and can even warp from the surface of a planet.
* Believe it or not, the manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'' actually contains a (spoileriffic) example. [[spoiler:Pandaemonium, the demon's world, is actually a gigantic spaceship that crashed into Earth and sank to the bottom of the ocean. It's huge, containing a huge city inside of it, including a large field of grass and trees. And yes, this means the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] are actually [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens aliens]].]]
* The Amaterasu from ''StarshipOperators''. Being the newest ship made with cutting edge technology probably has something to do with it.
* ''GetterRobo'' has the Emperor Machines, three planet-sized starships made from MarsAndTheDinosaurs.
* La Muse and various other ships from KiddyGrade.
* All of the ships from {{Gankutsuou}} are unbelievably cool.
* Imperial admirals' ships in ''LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', primarily Reinhard's Brunhilde and Muller's Percivale.
* Frieza and Cooler of ''DragonballZ'' each have at least one.
* The Bell from ''Anime/MagicUsersClub''.
* {{Planetes}} has Debris Section's ''Toybox'', which is the epitome of UsedFuture and is still working fine despite being ''older than some of the crew'' [[spoiler:and gets a [[SaveTheWorld spectacular sendoff.]]]] The Wernher von Braun fits into the "techno-miracle" category.
* Many of the ships in ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'' such as the ''Bentenmaru'', the ''Barbaroosa'', the ''Odette II'', the ''Parabellum'' and the ''Grand Cross''.
* ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' has Rodimus Prime's successor, Fortress Maximus - a Headmaster whose massive (non-living) Transtector body becomes the Battleship Maximus. Like his [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Western counterpart]], Fortress Maximus is roughly city-sized.
** ''Anime/TransformersMasterforce'' introduced Fortress's brother Grand Maximus, whose battleship mode is... ''New'' Battleship Maximus. ''Really''. Unlike his big brother's Transtector, though, Grand's is only a bit larger than God Ginrai, comparable in size to the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers Marvel Comics version]] of Fortress Maximus; both of them are just large enough in battleship mode to allow God Ginrai or Powermaster Optimus Prime to stand on. As a result, full-size Transformers can't hitch a ride inside Grand's ship, but it can accomodate humans (or human-sized Transformers).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Ship of ''Starlord'', simply called "Ship", a sleek, highly maneuverable starship-- which is actually a sentient shapeshifting EnergyBeing who is in love with her pilot.
* The giant Celestial-built Ship (also simply called Ship) of Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}. Eventually blew up, but the AI survived and became an ally of Cable.
* Friday, the "Smartship" of PowerPack.
* The Starjammer, of the SpacePirate group of that name who are friends of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}.
* The Carrier, interdimensional base of TheAuthority.
** The shiftship from {{Planetary}}
* Marvel's GuardiansOfTheGalaxy had two cool ships and a mobile, time-travelling space station. And currently live in the severed head of a robot alien.
* The SilverAge HawkMan and Hawkgirl had a Thanagarian starship with a [[RaygunGothic retro]] look.
* The ComicBook/FantasticFour used to have an orbital rocket that [[RefugeInAudacity launched from the middle of Manhattan]]. It was phased out in favor of a captured Skrull starship.
* Comet Man's alien mentor Max has a Fortiquian Comet Ship, which disguises itself as, guess what, a comet in order to make observation easier.
* In Creator/BillMantlo's ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'', the team's RobotBuddy Biotron gets destroyed, only to be rebuilt as a LivingShip-slash-HumongousMecha named Bioship. Bioship later gets destroyed, and he is rebuilt again in his original human-sized "Biotron" form.
* Spaceman Spiff's little red rocketship from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Come on, you know you love it.
** Regular Calvin's little red wagon deserves a mention for somehow managing to get to Mars and back.
** Calvin's cardboard box has to be one of the coolest devices ever: it's anything the plot requires it to be, including a time machine, but still looks like an ordinary cardboard box to most people.
* A new ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' comic features the ''Luck Of The Draw'', an [[http://img.trekmovie.com/images/comics/ds9fg_1_2.jpg awesome little ship]] with a [[http://img.trekmovie.com/images/comics/ds9fg_1_3.jpg badass rotating warp drive thing on the back]].
* {{Superman}} villain {{Brainiac}} has a ship that, in many incarnations, is a giant version of his head with tentacles on it.
* Any and all space vessels designed by JackKirby.
* In DC's ''ComicBook/StarRaiders'' graphic novel, the titular ship is a fast, nimble one-man attack craft with a galaxy-skipping warp drive and disproportionately heavy armament and defenses. It's so cool that simply ''discovering'' it inspires [[ActionDuo Jed and Tommy]] to start LaResistance against [[TheEmpire the Zylons]] and use it as their flagship.
** Averted in the [[VideoGame/StarRaiders original video game]], where the ship is never shown.
* In {{Bionicle}}, the entire universe of the first 8 years of the story is contained within a 16 million feet tall sentient robot which travels between planets.
* The ''Ark'' of ''ComicBook/TheTransformers''. Unlike its [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon coungerpart]] which never flew again, Grimlock got the Autobots to get the ship spaceworthy in a manner of months, and later even [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu smacks Unicron in the face with it!]] It was then stolen by Shockwave and Starscream, only for Ratchet to crash it into the Earth again to stop them (as well as Megatron and Galvatron who were also on board). What happened to it next depends on [[AlternateUniverse the subsequent continuity]]:
** In ''Generation 2'', Megatron was able to get the Ark up and running again, apparently on his own, but it was destroyed early on in the series by Fortress Maximus.
** In ''Regeneration One'', [[spoiler: Megatron used it as his control center to [[ApocalypseHow nuke the Earth]] and control his [[ZombieApocalypse zombie Decepticon army]]. After Megatron was stopped, Galvatron took over, and got it into space before Optimus Prime could arrive to destroy it; only Galvatron brought Starscream along, and [[TheStarscream Starscream]] dumped Galvatron off at the first opportunity, and was last seen taking the Ark away from Cybertron]].
** Speaking of Fortress Maximus, he had the ''Steelhaven'', which ferried his faction from Cybertron to Nebulos to Earth, and then went back to Nebulos to get a new body for Optimus Prime. It disappears after a while, though, possibly suggesting it was cannibalized to make further repairs to the Ark.
*** Fort Max himself [[AvertedTrope is not a Cool Starship]], though he does serve briefly as a CoolBoat instead.
** Blast-Off and Sky Lynx each served as a CoolStarship for the Spakehikers, a bunch of human kids who were inadvertently caught up in Blaster's self-imposed exile from [[BadBoss Commander Grimlock]]'s Autobots. Being a Combaticon, Blast-Off only cooperated because of the [[ShapeshifterModeLock mode lock device]] intended for Blaster being used on him instead.
* [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW The IDW continuity]] of ''Franchise/TheTransformers'' featured a series of numbered ships named after the original ''Ark'', which was lost in the Dead Universe. The Wreckers also have their own Cool Starship, the ''Xantium'', which looks like the mutant offspring of Fortress Maximus and the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Argama]]''.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Calvin's cardboard box actually acts as a plane in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', and it flies in space a ''lot'' more often.
** A more traditional starship is plucked straight from the future in "RIP Calvin":
--> ''It was sort of roundish ship with red and blue wires running all across it. It had circular windows all around the front, and it had one of those escalators that futuristic ships have.''
* In the upcoming [[Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}} XSGCOM: Multiverse]] [[spoiler:The United Galaxies Ship ''Arthur Pendragon'', the one of its kind X-306 class Dreadnought. 1.75 Kilometres from stern to bow, 65 million tonnes of mass, the ship features an Arcturus Reactor[[note]]Based on the abandoned Project Arcturus[[/note]], four Zero Point Modules, 12 Neutrino Ion Generators and 24 Mark IV Naquadah Reactors for power generation, a Lantean Wormhole Drive, an Asgard Intergalactic Hyperdrive, a Graviton Pulse Drive[[note]]For sub-light propulsion[[/note]], a Time Jumper Drive and an Alternate Reality Drive. The ship is built around a Lantean Particle Cannon[[note]]The kind found in the Lantean Defence Satellite[[/note]] and has two Ori Energy Beam Weapons, four "Ripper" Heavy Staff Gatling Cannons, four Tollan Heavy Ion Cannons, eight Asgard Plasma Beam Weapons, 16 Ori Pulse Weapons, 36 Railguns, 48 X-COM Laser Cannons, 48 X-COM Phaser Cannons, four Ancient Drone Launchers[[note]]500 drones each[[/note]], four VLS missile batteries[[note]]100 missiles each, armed with Mark VIII 1.2GT warheads[[/note]], 16 Horizon Missiles[[note]]6 x Mark IX 800 GT warheads[[/note]], eight Tollan "Chicxulub" Class Phasing Bombs[[note]]100 Teraton Yield[[/note]], four Tollan "Serita" Class Phasing Bombs[[note]]100 Petaton Yield[[/note]] and two Tainted ZPM Warheads[[note]]For taking out stellar systems[[/note]] for further armaments. It also sports improved Asgard Shields as well as a Lantean City Ship class shield and has a hull made of laminate of Kull-Warrior Armour weave, Trinium/Cydonium alloy, Aqua-Plastics and mono-molecular fibre mesh. Additional systems include a Lantean Cloaking Device, Tollan Phase-Shifting Device as well as Asgard Transporter Beams.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* The titular starship from the live action adaptation of [[UchuuSenkanYamato Space Battleship Yamato]]. Built from the wreck of a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battleship giving it even more reason to be [[RuleofCool awesome]], comes complete with a [[StandardSciFiFleet starfighter]] [[TheBattlestar squadron]], massive beam cannons, [[MoreDakka rows]] [[MoreDakka upon rows of]] [[BeamSpam beam gatling guns]], and of course, THE WaveMotionGun. Not to mention this [[OneManArmy one ship fought off an entire alien race]] and is the only reason the Earth was saved.
** Technically, since it carries a squadron of [[SpaceFighter starfighters]], can destroy fleets with its WaveMotionGun and has all the firepower of an actual battleship that attacks with [[BeamSpam laser]] [[MoreDakka beams]] instead of bullets, the more accurate title would have been Space [[TheBattlestar Battlestar]] Yamato.
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'', where a ship that looked freaking AMAZING hovering over Johannesburg turned out to be a (mostly) inoperable piece of junk. [[http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b86/SuperDan1348/spaceship.png Case in point]].
* From the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies:
** Han Solo's ''Millennium Falcon'' was the "junky" kind: a set of engines, a bunch of plating and a couple of guns held together with bubblegum, duct tape, and the will of TheForce. However, although the ship's systems can be unreliable, the ship is faster than anything and has enough armaments (guns, missiles) to be considered a powerful warship for its size. The most techno-miraculous thing about it is that it flies at all, let alone so well. Not to mention that it's over 100 years old, [[ExpandedUniverse per the ''Legacy of the Force'' series]]. Never mind that it's falling apart at the seams, the Falcon is, quite simply, an ostensible ''light freighter'' that can outshoot, outrun, and outmaneuver ''starfighters.'' A ''heavily'' modified light bulk freighter (in fact, customization's the ''raison d'etre'' of some of the manufacturer's starship lines including the ''Falcon'''s) piloted by a top of his class naval academy graduate.
** Let's recap: a ''light freighter'' that can outshoot, outrun, and outmaneuver ''starfighters.'' Imagine a large, old, double cabin pickup truck that's faster than a Bugatti Veyron and has the armor and weapons of a US-Army Humvee! And it's over 100 years old!!
** The Falcon was cool enough to jump franchises and [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sector_001#Background_information fight the Borg]] in a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in Film/StarTrekFirstContact.
** General Grievous' Invisible Hand.
** Darth Vader's dagger-shaped[[note]]Or maybe squid-head-shaped. Poor Admiral Ackbar![[/note]] flagship, the ''Executor''. If you weren't in awe when you first saw it dwarf a freaking '''Star Destroyer''' in ''The Empire Strikes Back'', then you were watching it wrong. His big brother, the ''Eclipse''. How awesome is it? It's twice as big mass-wise (albeit a little shorter), [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience jet black]], and has a [[WaveMotionGun mini-superlaser on its nose that can render a planet uninhabitable in a single shot]]. It's meant to take on entire ''fleets'' and come out victorious.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'' show us the Separatist precursor to the Executor, the Malevolence. Almost as huge as the Executor, armed with an EMP main gun that can disable entire fleets, and captained by General Grievous.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'' has the ''Twilight'', a junky freighter in the vein of the ''Millennium Falcon''.
** Heck, ''Star Wars'' is naturally packed with Cool Ships, although most of them don't hang around long enough to become characters in their own right, let alone iconic in the wider culture. X-wings in general, the various very shiny Naboo royal cruisers, and Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator (only really seen in the Expanded Universe) are just the start. They have names (because Lucas & co. have given absolutely everything a name) but the supplementary books are stocked with craft that, visually, sample every level in the artistic barrel, from the top to the very bottom. Which is actually realistic. Not everything could be ''that'' awesome.
** KnightsOfTheOldRepublic has the Ebon Hawk, a clear homage to the Falcon, though it's trimmed in red. The crime lord you steal it from proudly calls it "the fastest ship on the Outer Rim", and on the planet Korriban you find that it's been around for quite a while, long enough to be famous among smugglers. It has several storage compartments of varying levels of secrecy and actually is very well maintained, though [[CoolOldGuy Jolee Bindo]] complains that the food synthesizer needs cleaning.
** The Nebulon-B and Acclaimator class frigates look pretty damn cool, and the Nebulon-B is quite formidable for its size.
** The standard-issue Imperial [[CarrierBattleship Star Destroyer]]. The way it '''''loomed''''' into the scene after the title crawl in ''A New Hope'' was just awe-inspiring. And damn if it doesn't look intimidating.
** The ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Suncrusher.]]'' It's barely bigger than an ''X-Wing'', yet it can destroy ''solar systems in a single shot'', and endure glancing hits from the ''prototype Death Star's superlaser''. Oh, and it takes out a Star Destroyer by [[RammingAlwaysWorks flying through it]], coming out the other side [[NighInvulnerability without so much as a scratch]]. The only way to destroy it was [[HurlItIntoTheSun dumping it in a black hole]].
** The Death Star. "That's no moon..."
** Vader's personal TIE Advanced x1. It managed to take a TIE Fighter, essentially the ''Franchise/StarWars'' version of [[StarCraft Zerg]][[ZergRush lings]], and actually ''make it a decent combatant''. Shields and a hyperdrive go a long way to making it the Imperial version of an X-wing or Y-wing. The only drawback is that it moves slightly slower than average TIE Fighters, although the fact that the only one we see in the films is ''flown by the greatest pilot in history'' tends to make up for this.
** On that note, the TIE Interceptor. While still just as fragile as a typical TIE Fighter, it's [[FragileSpeedster wicked-fast]] and has a dagger-like profile that absolutely ''screams'' "Evil" with a capital E.
** TIE Fighters in general are [[MookMobile useless]], but very cool. And don't tell me that you don't love that [[MostWonderfulSound memorable screaming noise]] that even the bog-standard TIE makes when it flies by.
** In the EU, the TIE line of ships eventually gets to the TIE Defender, which is more heavily armed, more heavily shielded, and faster than Vader's TIE Advanced model. "Trips", as the Rebels call them, made it into EU material outside of the TIE Fighter computer games and in the early days of the [[TheAlliance Alliance]] / [[EvilEmpire Empire]] war were generally considered a failure due to the massive pricetag (and the fact that the admiralty feared such expensive and non-expendable fighters would be used as an excuse to cut funding to Star Destroyer construction), although the handful of times they saw deployment they certainly fit the criteria. As production became less expensive and the Imperials' military philosophies had to change with their shrinking territory, the Defender became more common.
** There is also the slightly less powerful but more common [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TIE_Avenger TIE Advanced]], a mass produced variant of Darth Vader's personal fighter. It was proven capable of outmaneuvering any Rebel starfighter, and experienced pilots were able to outwit renegade TIE Defender pilots. The thing's nickname? The [[AwesomeMcCoolName TIE Avenger.]]
** The Delta-7 Aethersprite. For the curious, that's the wedge-shaped one Obi-Wan flew in ''Attack of the Clones''. That thing is ''tiny'', yet Obi-Wan is still able to take on another cool ship, the ''Slave I'', which is owned and maintained by a ''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Mandalorian]] BountyHunter''.
** The ''Errant Venture'' is the only civilian-owned Star Destroyer, and it's [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]]. This makes other Star Destroyer captains ''jealous''. While initially stripped of the bulk of its guns to make it civilian-legal, eventually Booster Terrik (who isn't big on legality) not only had them restored, he also ''installed a [[WaveMotionGun mini-superlaser]] in the bow''. While it can't blow up planets like the Death Star or render them uninhabitable like the ''Eclipse'', it can [[OneHitKill one-shot]] almost any warship. The ''Venture'' also has twice the starfighter capacity as a typical Star Destroyer, since all the landing craft, walkers, etc were removed, though in practice most of that capacity is used to let freighters dock since Booster uses it as a mobile smugglers' port.
** The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sith_Meditation_Sphere Sith Mediation Sphere]]. It's a ''giant bat-winged [[FacelessEye eyeball]] powered by pure [[EvilIsCool EVIL]].'' Bad. Ass.
** Carracks are pretty cool too. They're smaller frigate-sized warships, but they're fast and bring to bear ''a lot'' of heavy turbolaser batteries, meaning that small squadrons of them can bring down capital ships many times their size. Their weapon mounts are also modular, meaning they can easily and inexpensively swap out turbolasers for quick-firing laser cannons when used as anti-starfighter escorts, or ion cannons when used in a police role against smugglers and pirates.
* The giant saucers from ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Mainly because of their sheer size, presence ([[Series/TheColbertReport Gravitas]]. ''[[Series/TheColbertReport Balls]]''.) and [[WaveMotionGun destructive force]], rather than anything uniquely "cool" about the design of the ships themselves. The mother ship was "only" 500 kilometers across, yet 1/4 the mass of the Moon. That made it 20 times the density of solid lead, on average. Tell me that ain't cool!
* The Gotengo of ''Atragon'' and ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' has a massive beam shooting [[ThisIsADrill drill]] on its bow and can function in the air, under the sea and dig through the ground.
* The ''Cygnus'' from Disney's ''TheBlackHole''. It's made of thin struts of metal supporting acres of glass. It looks like an enormous spaceship-shaped greenhouse, lit by millions of twinkly lights. The only reason such an amazingly beautiful but fragile thing can survive spaceflight is the RuleOfCool.
* The RLS Legacy from ''TreasurePlanet'' should count as well. It's a classical sailing ship traveling through space (or the Etherium) and in one scene it ''even escapes from a black hole!''. If that isn't cool, nothing is.
* [[Franchise/StarTrek Star Trek universe]]:
** ''Enterprise''[[http://12gaugemusic.com/enterprise02.jpg -D]] from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** ''Enterprise''-D...[[http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/3900000/Enterprise-D-Refit-star-trek-the-next-generation-3983919-1024-768.jpg the future refit]] from "All Good Things". Best Star Trek ship EVER. A third warp engine sitting between the original two, and a [[WaveMotionGun freaking huge phaser cannon]] running pretty much the whole length of the ship.
** The [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/d/df/USS_Enterprise-A_quarter.jpg refit]] ''Enterprise'' from the TOS movies was pretty freakin cool also, especially in the first two moves. Admit it... love or hate ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', you enjoyed that first SceneryPorn reveal of the ship in all her glory...
*** The original Lady E (see Live-Action TV below), despite being converted to a training ship and getting her shit wrecked, the ''Enterprise'' simply doesn't go down, and comes back to mop floors with the ''Reliant''. She returns in the [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock sequel]] where, despite still being damaged in the previous film, critically undermanned, running under heavy automation, and lacking the actual capacity to raise her shields, ''still'' gives as good as she gets from a Klingon bird-of-prey.
** ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''
*** The ''Miranda''-class light cruiser USS ''[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090525051809/memoryalpha/en/images/0/05/USS_Reliant.jpg Reliant]]'', the first new class of Federation ship to be introduced onscreen in the franchise, just looks plain BadAss.
** Played with in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''. The USS ''[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090606201731/memoryalpha/en/images/6/6a/USS_Excelsior_in_Spacedock.jpg Excelsior]]'' was intended to be an ''un''cool starship, an obnoxiously modernist contrast to the good old ''Enterprise'' we know and love. [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap We love her anyways.]]
** Also from that movie was the USS ''Grissom''. Small, sleek, and completely unlike anything ever seen in ''Star Trek'' up to that point thanks to its unique split-level design.
** The ''Enterprise''-B that appeared in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' was also an ''Excelsior''-class starship, and proved to be as underprepared and bug-ridden as its class-type predecessor. Of course, it was ''so'' brand new most of its best toys [[RunningGag were to be installed Tuesday]].
** Then there's the one that started it all, Zefram Cochrane's warp vessel, the ''[[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100605052031/memoryalpha/en/images/9/99/Phoenix_space.jpg Phoenix]]''. At first it just looks like this [[WhatAPieceOfJunk rickety, cobbled-together thing that's barely a step up from a 60's space capsule]]... ''Then'' the side panels come off, and ''[[http://employees.csbsju.edu/rsorensen/modelcitizen/trekships/misc/phoenix-unfolding.jpg the warp nacelles unfold and lock into position]].'' And that is when the discerning Trekkie knows [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome epic-ness is about to ensue.]]
** The ''Enterprise'' [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/6/66/USS_Enterprise-E_in_nebula.jpg -E]]. Sovereign class, the most heavily armed and advanced starship in Starfleet in the regular ''Franchise/StarTrek'' verse. In earlier (real life chronology) ''Star Trek'' they were hesitant to make the ships out to be more than exploration vessels with a reasonable armament needed for defense. After the introduction of the ''Defiant'' in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', they felt more comfortable with a genuine battlecruiser, which the ''Enterprise''-E happily fulfilled. Her BigDamnHeroes entry into the Borg battle in ''First Contact'' exemplifies this ship's power. Later uses of the ship, sadly, gave it more of a ButtMonkey status. And aesthetically, the ''Enterprise''-E pretty much combines the coolest aspects of the ''Enterprise''-A, ''Excelsior'', and ''Enterprise''-D.
** The aliens of the Trek movies? ''[[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Valdore.jpg Valdore]]'', [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Sona_command_ship.jpg Ru'afo's ship]] and the freakin' ''[[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Scimitar.jpg Scimitar.]]''
** The re-imagined USS ''[[http://images.wikia.com/memoryalpha/en/images/f/f7/USS_Enterprise_%28alternate_reality%29_hides_in_Saturn%27s_rings.jpg Enterprise]]'' (NCC-1701) from the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie. This highly underrated ship demonstrated how a BeamSpam is meant to be done. According to the crew, it was explicitly designed to be the ''Enterprise'' from ''The Original Series'' with the [[HotterAndSexier sleekness of a Hot Rod]].
*** That movie is fittingly loaded with them. The future ship ''[[http://www.coronacomingattractions.com/sites/default/files/star_trek_2009_narada.jpg Narada]]'' has the look of an EldritchAbomination, while [[spoiler:Spock Prime's]] ship is an awesomely [[http://img.trekmovie.com/images/st09/ritcards/01.jpg weird little thing]].
*** The "weird little thing" is canonically called [[http://www.treksinscifi.com/trekdaily/pictures/2009-05-23-Spocks_Jellyfish.jpg The]] ''[[http://www.trekbrasilis.org/tbweblog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/stc-4.jpg Jellyfish]]''.
*** The USS ''[[http://img.trekmovie.com/images/fanmade/kelvin_wall04_1280.jpg Kelvin]]''. EnsembleDarkHorse, much?
** The USS ''[[http://static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130526085618/startrek/images/a/ab/Uss_vengenace.jpg Vengeance]]'' from ''StarTrekIntoDarkness'' is this and more. As if the name[[note]]Which is based on the HMS ''Vengeance'' line of [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] warships[[/note]] doesn't indicate some level of {{Badass}}, then the ship's classification will: she's meant to be the starship version of the old HMS ''Dreadnought'' and the line of ships she inspired, all in anticipation [[spoiler:of a full out war with the Klingons.]] It's actually capable of [[spoiler: catching up with ships in warp in just a few seconds]], destructive as hell and can be operated with minimal crew members, sometimes even a single guy. And that's not even touching the subject of who designed her...[[spoiler: '''Khan frickin Noonien Singh'''.]]
* USS ''Discovery'' of Stanley Kubrick's Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey. A spaceship controlled by a genius computer in which the only real way to travel is in a cryo-chamber. Admittedly not FTL, but ranks highly on the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness in that respect. However, as humanity's first long distance spaceship, its a pretty good effort, delivering the astronauts to Jupiter (Saturn in the book). Also the inspiration for the StandardEstablishingSpaceshipShot, accompanied by [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the "Adagio" from ''Gayane'' by Khachaturian]].
* The brief external shot of the ''Venture Star'' in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' was pure scenery porn. The spacecraft design was incredibly realistic, perhaps more so than any other movie starship to date, being based on Charles Pellegrino and Jim Powell's [[http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/rocket3aj.html#valkyrie Valkyrie]] antimatter starship, with an additional Laser Sail for "ground power" acceleration while outbound from Earth.
* The possible patron saint of this trope is the bubble spaceship from TheFountain. It's a freaking ''bubble'', and it houses some land, the Tree Of Life, and Hugh Jackman. How can you beat that?
* The NSEA ''Protector'' from ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Lovingly and accurately modeled by the Thermians after the ship from the (cancelled) TV show, it can do everything a TV starship can do. It's also the last holdout of Thermian civilization against Sarris's forces.
* ''TheLastStarfighter'':
** Centauri's car took the angular wedge design of the [=DeLorean=], turned it UpToEleven, then made it a ''[[TransformingMecha transforming]]'' FlyingCar and CoolStarship.
** Then there are the [[http://rpggamer.org/uploaded_images/gunstar_concept_ship.jpg Gunstars]] themselves, with the iconic quad engine pods and 360-degree gunner's chair. Alex's SuperPrototype even gets a MacrossMissileMassacre add-on.
* The ''Messiah'' from ''DeepImpact''. An ambitious OrionDrive-powered spacecraft, theoretically capable of interstellar travel (but put to emergency use as a comet-buster). Oddly, the coolest thing about it -- how the Orion drive actually ''works'' (it throws nuclear bombs out the back of the space ship and rides the blast waves) -- was never mentioned in the film.
* Spaceball-1 from ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' is a parody of cool starships. Its introduction is an OverlyLongGag about how huge the actual thing is (to the point that even the ''BGM'' grows impatient for it to end), it {{transform|ingMecha}}s into a {{humongous|Mecha}} RobotMaid, and it includes a mall, a three-ring circus, and a zoo. Lonestar's space ship is, likewise, a parody of the Millennium Falcon. It's a Winnebago with wings.
* The ''[[http://epizodsspace.no-ip.org/bibl/pervushin/zvezdy-filmograf/06.jpg ZARYa]]'' from the Soviet sci-fi classic ''MoscowCassiopeia''. As you can see, most of the ship is taken up by its giant {{Antimatter}}-powered nuclear engines, which serve to accelerate it to near-light speeds.
* The "Tet" space station, and the "Odyssey" (for how little time it appears on-screen, anyway) in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' .
* Benny's SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP! in TheLEGOMovie.
* In the ''Film/EndersGame'' film, the fleet that humans bring to battle the [[InsectoidAliens Formics]] has a number of dedicated AttackDrone carriers, dreadnoughts capable of shredding Formic capital ships with a single volley, and a unique ship armed with the [[WaveMotionGun MD-500]] (AKA the "Little Doctor"), capable of obliterating an entire fleet or [[spoiler:causing an EarthShatteringKaboom]]. The Formics, for their part, appear to only use carriers that launch swarms of fighters, typical of their bug-like mentality.
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* The kids from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' are partial to Dome ships, especially newer models like the ''Elfangor''. ''The Rachel'' is also supposed to be pretty sweet.
* The "Cavorite sphere" from H.G. Wells' ''Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' was nothing more than a room-sized sphere of anti-gravitational AppliedPhlebotinum known as Cavorite, named after the story's well-meaning MadScientist Cavor. No giant rockets here. To begin their journey the crew merely unleashed the moorings so the hull could set about its gravity-repulsive business and, like a metal hot air balloon, float off into the void. This altogether genteel and erudite mode of transport allowed its Victorian-era crew to focus on pipe smoking, tea preparation, [[{{Angst}} existential angst]], and other civilized behaviors. Possibly the ultimate in SteamPunk technology.
* The Starship Lady [=MacBeth=] in ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy''. It's essentially a [[SpheroidDropship giant flying sphere]], but it also has 3 fusion rockets and 8 overpowered communication lasers (Masers) that just happen to double as Deathrays. It also has an AntiMatter Drive - Antimatter itself is illegal, but [[RulesLawyer nowhere in the Confederation laws does it say]] that a antimatter ''drive'' is illegal.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has some:
** The ''Heart of Gold'', with its "infinite improbability drive" is reckoned, in-universe, to be the coolest ship ever.
** The ''Bistromath'' is arguably a subversion of this trope.
** Hotblack Desiato's Space-Limo in the books and television series. So cool Zaphod and Ford can't help but steal it. Even in the radio series, where it looks the same but is actually the flagship for a massive intergalactic war fleet.
* The novel ''Invaders From the Infinite'' featured the ''Thought'' - a ship made of, well, ''solidified thought''. Its main armament consisted of the device that made it.
* In Creator/DanSimmon's ''Literature/HyperionCantos'':
** The Consul's ship. All the comforts of home and a well-equipped hospital [[Main/RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]], a fully automatic self-repair system, and a friendly AI with a sense of humor to boot. What's not to like? (Well OK, no weapons, but as stated in the books, the exhaust of a fusion-driven ship would make a good enough weapon anyway.)
** Spin-off short story ''Orphans Of The Helix'' features the Amoite Spectrum Helix, an ubertech coloniser ship designed so that when it spins up its phlebotinum drive it looks like the DNA double-helix.
** The Archangel Class ships from ''Endymion'' counts as a cross between cool and terrifying.
* In the mil-SF novel series ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', approximately seventy percent of the books deal with cool space ships that can kill worlds and use gravity as their DeflectorShields, and the steady improvement of such. Harrington's own command becomes one as the saga continues. The books are unabashedly "HoratioHornblower in space," and author David Weber designed the spaceflight physics to encourage maneuvers and combat right out of the 18th century, including broadsides of gamma-ray lasers and missiles capable of doing 0.8''c''.
** Kind of subverted in the very first book, in which the SuperPrototype ship seemed incredibly Cool on the surface- it was able, in theory, to casually destroy vessels orders of magnitude larger- but was actually horribly flawed by a fatal case of AwesomeButImpractical in a world too far on the realistic end to let such things slide.
** The ship was a standard cruiser fitted with a gun that could bring down the "shields" and propulsion systems of any other ship (leaving it open to the full broadsides of the other weapons on the ship.) It had a range of something like fifty thousand kilometres when the next shortest ranged weapon had a range of one light second (three hundred thousand kilometres) and missiles had an effective range of millions of kilometres. Generally speaking, in that universe no ship ever got within one hundred thousand kilometres of another with malevolent intent without one of them exploding very shortly thereafter.
** Special mention goes to HMS ''Medusa'' and GNS ''Honor Harrington'' (the first purpose built podnaughts); HMS ''Hexapuma'' (a heavy cruiser capable of taking down most existing battlecruisers in a one-on-one fight, nicknamed the "Nasty Kitty" by its crew); and the entire ''Roland'' class of Destroyers (fitted with missiles able to take out capital ships!)
** Also worthy of mention is HMS ''Minotaur'' (''Minnie'' to her friends, just don't call her that in front of her [[TheCaptain captain]]), the first of Manticore's [=LAC=] carriers. Capable of carrying and deploying a wing of 100 Light Attack Craft (20,000 ton "fighters"), she and her wing almost single-handedly destroyed an entire battleship task group in their very first engagement and put the fear of the new Manticoran [=super-LACs=] well into the hearts of the People's Navy.
** HMS ''Nike'', originally a one-off SuperPrototype but now the lead ship of the Royal Manticoran Navy's newest class of battlecruisers, is also worthy of mention: Among the fastest battlecruisers yet built but almost large enough to be considered a battleship by pre-First Havenite War standards[[note]](over a kilometer long and 2,500,000+ tons; or almost 1.5 times the length and close to three times the tonnage of the old ''Reliant''-class HMS ''Nike'' that Honor Harrington commanded in the third book of the series)[[/note]], and capable of engaging [[spoiler: Solarian League]] superdreadnoughts on [[CurbStompBattle better than equal terms]].
** Although they seem somewhat pedestrian compared to the newer examples listed above, Honor Harrington's commands from the second and third books of the series, the new HMS ''Fearless'' (a ''Star Knight''-class heavy cruiser built to replace the ''Courageous''-class light cruiser from the first book) and HMS ''Nike'' (the ''Reliant''-class battlecruiser mentioned above) definitely qualify in the context of the books they first appeared in. At the time, they were among the newest, fastest and most powerful ships of their type in any navy and got in multiple [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]]. The ''Fearless'' can almost be thought of as an Honorverse counterpart to [[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk's]] original ''Constitution''-class USS ''Enterprise'': a top-of-the line heavy cruiser in its day, not the biggest or most powerful ship, but the perfect command for a daring, [[MilitaryMaverick slightly unorthodox]] [[TheCaptain starship captain]] like Kirk or Harrington to prove themselves with.
* In another Weber series, ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'', Dahak is a sentient battleship the size of the Moon (having destroyed and [[ThatsNoMoon secretly replaced]] the original 50,000 years ago). Even after he gets planetoid companions, all the characters still agree that Dahak is an awesome ship. [[spoiler: Dahak II even more so.]]
* On the subject of Weber, "Star Runner" from ''InFuryBorn''. An AI-controlled light cruiser equipped with ''battleship-grade'' engines and shields. As it's too small to carry useful numbers of the long-range SLAMS (Supra-Light Accelerated Missiles - essentially [[WaveMotionGun targeted black holes]]), the designers pretty much decide 'sod it' and [[BeamSpam pack it bow to stern]] with FrickinLaserBeams, [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile launchers]] and [[PointDefenceless point defence]]. It can outrun destroyers and ''[[CurbstompBattle outgun battleships]]'', in spite of the fact it's a ''light cruiser''. It also has a hologram projector capable of making it look like a down-on-its-luck tramp freighter rather than, say, a stolen military experimental ship piloted by the most wanted woman in the ''sector''.
* In the classic ''Literature/SkylarkSeries'' by Creator/EEDocSmith, Doctor Richard Seaton and friends trade up through a series of increasingly powerful spacecraft. He discovers a substance that catalyzes the conversion of copper to energy and linear momentum, then makes contact with a succession of alien races and gains galaxy-turning scientific insights. The original ''Skylark'' is a forty-foot steel-hulled sphere, refitted with the alien metal [[http://www.rogermwilcox.com/arenak.html "arenak"]] into ''Skylark II'', then replaced with the mile-long blimp-shape of ''Skylark III'' using an even stronger metal, "inoson." He finally constructs the gargantuan ''Skylark of Valeron'' (his wife being tired of numbers) out of thin air and raw computation (having discovered the secrets of Sixth Order Forces and time manipulation), a ''thousand-mile-wide'' sphere. Its size wasn't ego -- he simply needed that much room for mechanisms to lock onto Earth after being thrown to the far side of the universe.
* The Great Glass Elevator in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator''. Ordinary elevators can't travel to the Moon and back.
* Literature/TheCulture series by [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]], and how!
** The General System Vehicles are 200 kilometer long ships with force fields used as hulls, housing millions if not billions of denizens, ruled by sentient "[[DeusEstMachina Minds]]" (AI) and able to turn into overpowered warships when the need arise. Less than 1% of the Culture population lives on planets, because the Culture consider it ''uncool'' to {{Terraform}} worlds, and because [=GSVs=] are part of the Culture PR policies: you don't need to go to one of the Culture's homeworlds when you see near your own world a nomadic self-sufficient sentient Film/{{Metropolis}} that can kick a star out of its own solar system showing how advanced the Culture is and what [[BewareTheNiceOnes awaits you if you make the very deadly mistake of pissing off their Minds and/or their denizens.]]
** Note that because of the Culture ships' sense of humour, these ships are likely to call themselves something like the ''Cutie-Pie'', or something about [[RunningGag the lack of gravitas in their names]]. This is part of the charm: how can you not like names like the Psychopath-class Rapid Offensive Unit ''Frank Exchange of Views''?
** From ''Use of Weapons'': "The ship was over eighty kilometres long and was called the ''Size Isn't Everything''."
** Arguably culminates in ''Surface Detail'' with the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abominator class]] "Picket Ship" the ''Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints''. [[spoiler: It [[CurbstompBattle curbstomps]] a Culture tech (they thought) equivalent battle group in milliseconds and then proceeds to wipe out thousands of smaller craft per minute. It also keeps very high resolution recordings of all its engagements as possibly the closest thing a warship-Mind can have to porn.]]
** No one is really certain about its combat power (even itself),[[note]]Though with the name like this it doesn't seem to ''lack'' it.[[/note]] but ''Mistake Not...'' from ''The Hydrogen Sonata'' definitely takes the cake in the name department. Its full name is ''Mistake Not [[spoiler:My Current State of Joshing Gentle Peevishness for the Awesome and Terrible Majesty of the Towering Seas of Ire That Are Themselves the Milquetoast Shallows Fringing My Vast Oceans of Wrath]]''.
* In James Blish's ''Literature/CitiesInFlight'' books, devices called "spin-dizzies" lift up whole cities and send them into space. It's just as cool as it sounds. [[spoiler:They can also be used on whole entire planets.]]
* Subversion? The cool ships in the "[[Literature/TheShipWho Ship Who...]]" series tend to be middle of the road, completely average ships. Not too junky, not too edge of the tech. Mainly because it's too expensive. And the ships can't afford it (yeah, the ships are alive -- each ship is controlled by a "brain", a human born with incapacitating disabilities raised as a "shellperson" and trained to control ships, space stations, or cities, who are cybernetically connected to the ship/station/city systems). Oddly, few have weapons.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series of novels and short stories features ships built into the Puppeteer-produced General Products Hull. Sure, you can only get them in "cigar-shape" or "kilometer-wide-sphere" models, but they're '''''completely invulnerable to anything short of antimatter'''''. [[RuleOfCool And they're transparent.]]
** They actually come in 4 sizes/types. A sphere, roughly the size of a basketball, a cylinder 300 feet long and 20 feet wide, pointed at both ends and with a slight "wasp-waist" constriction near the tail., a cylinder with rounded ends and a flattened belly. and a transparent sphere around 1,000 feet in diameter.
** This series is full of awesome ships: ''Lying Bastard'', ''Angel's Pencil'', ramships, [[WaveMotionGun The Wunderland Treatymaker]], Outsider Ships, the Wunderland raid payload, any slaver ship, [[spoiler: the {{Ringworld}}]] and [[spoiler: The Fleet of Worlds]], .
* Creator/FrankHerbert's other series, starting with Destination: Void, includes a ship which becomes self-aware and omnipotent. It refers to itself as Ship. Also, from the same author, Spacing Guild Heighliners from ''Literature/{{Dune}}''. Massive cargo ships several miles long that are the only things in that wold capable of FTLTravel.
* The ''Teacher'', Flinx's KK drive starship in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series, is custom built for him by a race of hyperintelligent aliens after he teaches them civilization. It is unusually fast and well-armed for its size, employs a powerful AI to run things, can reconfigure itself to disguise its appearance from the authorities, and most importantly has the power to land on a planetary surface on interstellar drive without destroying both ship and planet, a feat beyond the capabilities of any other ship in TheVerse.
* Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''RevelationSpace'' mostly takes place on the "Nostalgia for Infinity," one of only a few hundred "lighthuggers" existence. Infected with an alien plague that affects nanotech, the ship is riddled with strange, cancerous organic-like growths and failing systems and changes layout in unpredictable ways yet it can still reach the speed of light and travel between stars.
** It also carries a whole bunch of "Hell-class" weapons, all of which easily outperform the state of the art in space weapons used by almost anyone else and capable of smashing planets. Each weapon is AI-controlled and independantly mobile like a miniature warship, and [[spoiler: was designed by ''future humans from an alternate reality'']].
** At the end of Revelation Space, [[spoiler: Captain John Brannigan's variant of the Melding Plague (a cybernetic virus) is allowed to take over the ship, rendering TheCaptain into a LivingShip.]]
** The sequel, Redemption Ark, introduces the ''Nightshade'' and the ''Zodiacal Light'', lighthuggers that use inertia-suppressing machinery to effectively reduce their mass and achieve much higher acceleration.
** ''House Of Suns'', a separate novel unrelated to the Revelation Space universe, has the ''Silver Wings Of Morning'', a '''50 kilometer'' long ship capable of accelerating at hundreds of Gs, and has a 8 kilometer long cargo hold, filled with ''more'' interstellar ships.
* The ''Ark'' in ''Literature/TufVoyaging'' is an ancient, thirty-kilometer-long "seedship" containing the genetic material for thousands of species and millions of bacteria with the technology on board to clone them all, tweak their genetics as desired, and ''warp the fabric of time'' to age them up as needed. It even comes with fancy shuttles named for mythical beasts. And a NiceHat.
* In Poul Anderson's ''Literature/TauZero'', almost the whole story takes place aboard the good ship ''Leonora Christine''. It's a BussardRamscoop that sucks in its fuel from the interstellar medium, and so can theoretically keep accelerating indefinitely. [[spoiler:Which it does.]]
* ''Executor'''s sister ship, the ''[[XWingSeries Lusankya]]'' (originally ''Executor II''). It was buried under Coruscant's surface and used as a brainwashing facility; the New Republic knew of the facility and the name, but they thought it was a secret prison on a distant planet, not right in the heart of the Empire. Its rising, to the utter gaping shock and horror of the New Republic, which had just captured the planet, was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. When the New Republic captured it they did not rename it, unlike virtually every other captured capital ship. And, well, face it. If there was ever a ship's name that went really well with terrified/awed bits of OminousLatinChanting, it's ''Lusankya''.
** If there's anything more awesome than the background of the ''Lusankya'' (she wasn't just any SSD - she was the ''Executor'''s friggin ''twin sister''), it was the fact she was used mainly by the ''good guys''. Just imagine what the original ''Executor'' would have been like as a Rebel flagship (complete with Rebel Alliance/New Republic sunbirds on her sides), and you have the ''Lusankya''. Many an Imperial Warlord and wannabe Emperor has literally [[StarWarsCrimsonEmpire pissed themselves]] upon seeing her exit hyperspace, especially when, going by her New Republic transponder signal, they were originally expecting a Mon Cal cruiser or ''Nebulon-B''-class frigate. And that's not discounting how the Republic also used her against other ''Executor''-class Super Star Destroyers, as best shown in the [[http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/d/d6/Lusankya_vs_Reaper.jpg Third Battle of Orinda]]. Hell, even the Yuuzhan Vong (who usually despised and looked down upon New Republic ships for being inorganic) outright feared her, especially when the New Republic began utilizing Imperial tactics[[note]]In itself a CrowningMomentOfAwesome best elaborated by this line from Wedge Antilles: "We're going to face them with an enemy they've never had the displeasure of fighting. We're going to hit them with the Empire."[[/note]] against them at the Battle of Borleias.
*** Even the ''Lusankya'''s death was incredibly epic - the ship was damaged during a long siege, and so it was slowly stripped of weapons, and a reinforced spar full of explosives constructed along its 8km central spine. In the final battle of ''[[NewJediOrder Rebel Dream]]'', it ''rammed an enemy [[ThatsNoMoon worldship]]'' and exploded, wiping out the attackers' command cadre and allowing the garrison to evacuate from what was ''supposed'' to be a suicide mission.
* The page image is a CoolStarship from ''A Maze of Stars''
* Scott Westerfeld's ''[[{{Succession}} The Risen Empire]]'' and ''The Killing of Worlds'' are full of [[CoolSpaceship Cool Spaceships]]. [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/adaptiveblue_img/books/killing_of_worlds_book_two_of_succession/scott_westerfeld Pictured here]] are the Rix battlecruzer (top) and the Lynx (bottom).
* Creator/ArthurCClarke:
** In ''Literature/TheSongsOfDistantEarth'', the ''Magellan'' is powered by zero-point energy. It can keep accelerating 'til it's travelling just a hair shy of the speed of light. To protect itself from the interstellar medium -- which at 0.999''c'' is more like a constant shower of cosmic rays -- the front of the starship is one huge long chunk of ice, which slowly wears down over the course of a voyage and has to be replaced.
** Also the titular spaceship from ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'', a giant alien generation ship.
* The ''Phoenix Exultant'' of ''Literature/TheGoldenOecumene''. It's designed and built by the greatest engineer in the system and tough enough to fly into the heart of the sun.
* Technological miracle? How about a spaceship built with [[ClockPunk Renaissance-level technology]]? Living ship? Well, sort of; its power source is a lot of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent swamp dragons]]. General cool appearance? It's designed to look like a bird-of-prey in the process of catching a salmon. It is, of course, ''The Kite'' from ''Discworld/TheLastHero''.
* The ''Rhabwar'' from ''SectorGeneral'', pictured at the top of the page.
* The ''[[http://drexfiles.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/vanguard_3_hot_pursuit_r02.jpg USS Sagittarius]]'' from ''StarTrekVanguard'' is a fast-looking, sexy little thing, even when it's on fire and about to be curb stomped by Klingons. Also, the fiercely awesome ''[[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090314131643/startrek/images/4/42/TOS_Miranda.jpg USS Bombay]]''. Not only is it a TOS-ified version of the already cool ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Reliant]]'', it kicks ass and takes names in an insane five-on-one battle before [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice getting]] [[TakingYouWithMe blown]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome up]]]]. Starship {{Determinator}} FTW.
* Remaining in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' EU, Creator/DianeDuane's ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels have the ''Bloodwing''. That, according to Kirk himself, defeated the ''Enterprise'' more than once (to be fair, the ''Enterprise'' always gave her a desperate run for her money and won her fair share of bouts). That was before her [[TheCaptain commander]] Ael augmented her guns and switched sides to save the Romulan Empire from itself. After the change of sides... Well, on one occasion ''Bloodwing'' flew past Romulus' defenses and landed on the Imperial Senate building, then flew away after blowing up the only ship that dared not to be awed enough to try and stop her...
* Also in the EU are New Frontier's ships.
** Both versions of the Excalibur, the second being what amounts to a hot rod version of the Galaxy-class.
** The Trident, Excalibur's sister ship
** The Spectre, a badass Romulan vessel that can be rigged to run silent and virtually undetectable.
* In the post ''StarTrekDestiny'' universe you now have the ''Vesta''-class, spearheaded by the ''[[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:Aventine_rear.jpg USS Aventine]]''. Forget warp speed or transwarp. These babies were built with quantum slipstream drives - the kind that make a jaunt from Earth to the Delta Quandrant (a 70-year journey for ''Voyager'') a quick three-week trip. But don't let their quick velocity give the impression of a FragileSpeedster - the ''Vesta''s can go toe-to-toe with the heavy hitters of the Breen Confederacy or Romulan Empire.
* The ships from Neal Asher's ''Literature/ThePolity'' books - the 'Cable Hogue' has the same mass as Earth's Moon, but it's bigger. 'Geronamid' and 'Jerusalem' are space-distorting huge, and make planet-eating alien creatures of near-infinite intelligence wet themselves just by their arriving anywhere. AI controlled, they also tend to be very self-aware, often inscrutable and occasionally inclined to sarcasm. The wardrones are even more fun...
* Subverted in [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s ''The Algebraist'', where the ''Luceferous VII'', designed to suit the whims of the eponymous genocidal despot who has some definite ideas about how a badass flagship should look. His engineers apparently cried at one point, not wishing to be tortured to death for defying him when his designs became far too impractical to implement. It is mocked by the staff of the Navarchy as being a clear sign of vanity trumping sense, being too big to travel FTL via wormholes and far more vulnerable in a real fight than a sensible warship.
* In Tony Daniel's ''Metaplanetary'' series, the forces of the outer system have Cloudships: spiral-shaped clouds of connected meteoroids with uploaded minds named after classic writers; males are shaped clockwise, females counter-clockwise. They regularly travel to Alpha Centauri. The forces of the inner system have 5-mile long ships shaped like bundles of scythes with limited intangibility. There's also [[spoiler: [[MakesSenseInContext a Jeep with an FTL-engine-in-a-Thermos]]]]
* ''The Emiline'' is the tricked-out space yacht belonging to Miles Flint, RetrievalArtist. A man of otherwise simple tastes, it's the one thing he spends his lavish fortune on: black, sleek, fast, upgraded with the latest defense and security whenever a new version comes out, richly carpeted and furnished and modified with a few features he's used to from his days with Armstrong police: handcuff mounting points, a brig, and so on.
* The ''Troy'' class Battle Globes from the ''Literature/TroyRising'' series. A nickel-iron asteroid, hollowed and inflated to 9km in diameter, with walls 1.5km thick, acting as [[TheBattlestar home-port and carrier]] to ''Constitution'' class cruisers, and hundreds of assault shuttles. Plus an armament of tens of thousands of missiles, and laser emitters capable of throwing a petawatt or so (and more to come). Two-point-two ''trillion'' tons of death. [[spoiler:And they fitted ''Troy'' with an OrionDrive to make it mobile]]. So far, they've built two of them, with a third on the way...
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''[[{{Foundation}} Foundation's Edge]]'' and ''Foundation and Earth'':
** Far Star. A Foundation ship with a highly advanced drive and a computer that responded to human thought. It was so advanced [[spoiler:that it could decide the fate of a galaxy, depending on the thoughts of its captain by enforcing either the PsychicStatic of a Foundation ship or strengthening the telepathic powers of either a Second Foundation or a Gaia agent.]].
** Munn Li Compor has a nearly-identical ship provided to him for the purpose of following the Far Star, and both the Far Star and Compor's ship lack weapons, to keep their captains from going out of control. Mayor Branno's gravitic warship, on the other hand, is ''not'' lacking in weapons... including ones [[PsychicStatic aimed]] at the Second Foundation.
* The Great Ship from RobertReed's ''Literature/GreatShip'' series. A ship larger than Saturn, full of hundreds of thousands of rooms, each capable of being modified to suit any biology. The Ship has a hull made of a nearly-indestructible material that spreads energy from impacts across hundreds of dimensions. Propulsion is provided by fusion engines larger than Ganymede, fueled by hydrogen tanks deep enough to submerse Europa in. The [[SapientShip Ship]] may also be a [[GeniusLoci thinking entity]]
* The heroes of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', after losing their original ship, end up taking the [[VillainOfTheWeek villain of the book's]] ship, ''The Shroud''. It's [[WhatAPieceOfJunk battered looking]] and doesn't seem to be armed, but it's noted for performing well and has great engines. However, its greatest asset was the information in its computers. [[spoiler: Unfortunately it crashes as part of a ClosedCircle.]]
* The eponymous [[spoiler:fake]] ship in Mark S. Geston's ''Lords of the Starship'' is designed to be this in-story. It's seven ''miles'' long with a wingspan of three miles and takes a workforce of thousands more than a century to build, using ancient technology that's conveniently been rediscovered for them. Its ostensible purpose is to revitalise the economy of its CrapsackWorld and motivate the workforce by giving them something to believe in. In reality [[spoiler:the project is designed to weaken and impoverish the country in preparation for an invasion, foment a war between pro-and anti-ship factions, and then use the ship's humongous rockets to incinerate both armies fighting over it, thereby eliminating any effective defense.]]
* ''Literature/FootFall'': ''Thuktun Flishithy'' of the Fihtp, a true interstellar ship that carries part of a world's population to Earth, and ''Michael'', the Orion-driven ship launched by Earth in response to the Fihtp actions after their arrival.
* This was the main point of the ''Terran Trade Authority'' series, especially the first book. Given that many of the illustrators went on to be prolific and influential cover illustrators in their own rights, some of the designs may seem quite reminiscent of ''other'' examples on this page. [[http://vimeo.com/29549708 Celebrated in this fan-made video]].
* In Creator/RobertReed's ''Literature/{{Marrow}}'' and ''Literature/TheWellOfWorlds'', the Great Ship is so mind-bogglingly huge it's difficult to call it a "ship." Built by an unknown race and possibly millions or billions of years old, it is much larger than planet Earth, [[spoiler:large enough that an entire planet was ''hidden'' in one corner and nobody noticed,]] and made out of a nearly-indestructible substance called hyperfiber. When the Great Ship drifts, empty, into the Milky Way, humans colonize it, figure out how to run the massive engines, and decide to take it on a round-trip tour of the galaxy. They pick up colonists of several other species along the way.
* The ''Circe'' in ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'' is the titular character's relativistic ship (no FTLTravel in this 'verse), allowing him to travel the thousands of settled worlds in his capacity as a space trader (the first space trader, in fact). Starships are rare due to the nature of interstellar travel, but the ''Circe'' is actually the first, starting its "life" as the ''Star Conqueror'', NASA's first ship equipped with the Ramsden drive back in the late 21st century, which French piloted to Alpha Centauri and back. After NASA was disbanded and its property sold off, French absconded with the ship, renaming it. Subjectively, the ship is over 2000 years old, although French had it modified and expanded over time.
* Literature/OrionFirstEncounter: The Orion, which can travel interstellar distances in seconds, understand multidimensional physics and uses holographic boxing gloves and tiny bugs as weapons.
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* ''{{Firefly}}'' and ''Serenity'':
** ''Serenity''. She's a clapped-out, rusty cargo transport, but she still gets you where you want to go. And homey.
** The über awesome city ships that the Alliance have, a collection of skyscrapers floating through space, [[RuleOfCool just because you can]]. They were designed to be a sort of counterpoint to ''Franchise/StarWars'' Star Destroyers, tall as opposed to long, and made to resemble office buildings to reflect the bureaucratic nature of the Alliance. [[note]]And because space is a virtual vacuum and [[FridgeBrilliance you don't need to streamline ships in space.]][[/note]]
* "The [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/8/8b/USS_Enterprise_leaving_galactic_barrier%2C_remastered.jpg Starship Enterprise]]" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', in its various incarnations, is likely the archetypal CoolShip for television. But a franchise this wide has room for plenty more:
*** Described as the "quintessential gemstone" or the "holy grail" of Sci-Fi, [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]] himself said Matt Jeffries concept was a "very imaginative design". Even with its {{Zeerust}}y charm, she still holds up today.
** The [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/2/26/Kavis_Alpha_sector.jpg Enterprise-D]] of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' positively made every other Star Trek ship that came before it look a sedan compared to a Porsche.
** Then came the [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100226011028/memoryalpha/en/images/6/66/USS_Enterprise-E_in_nebula.jpg Enterprise-E]] in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''.
** And from the same film, the fan-favorite background ship, the ''Akira''-class, with its split-hull catarmaran design and massive weapons payload. They saw a lot of action in the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Dominion War]], too.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', a [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/9/9f/Intrepid_class_top_quarter_aft.jpg sleek, high-tech ship]] designed to go where the bigger ships can't, and accomplishes this goal a little ''[[InfiniteSupplies too]]'' well. WordOfGod says that the folding pylons make the warp drive [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Force_of_Nature_%28episode%29 less damaging to local space.]]
** Also, the ''[[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/7/74/Delta_Flyer_II.jpg Delta Flyer]]'', designed by [[AcePilot Tom Paris]] and [[WrenchWench B'Elanna Torres]] ''specifically'' to be a Cool Starship. (Too bad Tuvok vetoed those retro fins Tom wanted.)
** And the ''[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/6/62/USS_Dauntless_profile%2C_Hope_and_Fear.jpg Dauntless]]'', even though [[spoiler: it turns out to be a TrojanHorse]], it's still pretty cool.
** The ''[[http://images.wikia.com/memoryalpha/en/images/1/1e/USS_Equinox%2C_dorsal_aft.jpg Equinox]]'' is basically ''Voyager'' in CuteBruiser form.
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Defiant]]'', a cramped, blocky, compact ship designed to ''[[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/e/ee/USS_Defiant%2C_First_Contact.jpg break stuff]]''. Sisko's own design, when the loss of his wife at Wolf 359 had put him in the best frame of mind to design warships: ''furious''. As a result, it is designed explicitly to kill Borg, a task that coincidentally makes it good at killing many other things, most of them several times its size.
--->'''Sisko:''' Officially, she's an "escort vessel". Unofficially... she's a warship.
** Described in the DVD commentary as "on a five-year mission to ''kick ass''."
--->'''SFDebris:''' It's a set of guns strapped to an engine.
** The ''[[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:USS_Prometheus,_2374_(fore).jpg Prometheus]]'', an experimental starship seen a couple of times in ''Voyager''. Not only is it a sleek high-tech ship designed to go where bigger ships can't, it can also [[BifurcatedWeapon split]] into [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:USS_Prometheus,_multi-vector_assault_mode.jpg three parts]] in order to break stuff.
** The [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/5/5c/USS_Enterprise-C.jpg Enterprise-C]], commanded by Captain Rachel Garrett and Lt. Castillo. It was so badass, its crew decided to [[HeroicSacrifice fight a battle they were destined to lose]] simply because it would lead to peace between the Federation and the Klingons. Now you know you're a cool ship when you get blown up and the ''Klingons'' are impressed.
** Even before it was known that going back would fix history, many of the crew wanted to go back to fight the hopeless battle, because the ''Enterprise-C'' finishes what she starts.
** Even better, the entire class the ''Enterprise-C'' is, the ''Ambassador-class'' only made 3 other appearances on screen (and one of those was as rubble). Originally, the ''Ambassador-class'' was planned as a regular guest starship, but budget constraints early on prevented a model from being built. When they did ''Yesterday's Enterprise'' they significantly altered the design to be more simplistic and be built in a rush. To this day, the ''Ambassador-class'' line of Starships is still one of the most popular designs in the Trek Fandom, so much so that it being the last Enterprise released in game in VideoGame/StarTrekOnline was met with a lot of hostility. This from a ship, that was denied many appearances because of budget, was less known to the average viewer, and was shelved because it looked too much like the Galaxy-Class ''Enterprise-D.'' And the ''Ambassador-Class'' is STILL famous.
** ''Enterprise'' [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/7/74/Enterprise_NX-01.jpg NX-01]], humanity's first Warp 5 ship. Not as pretty or BadAss as later versions, but it did get the job done. And got it done well.
** The entire ''Constitution''-class heavy cruiser line (of which the NCC-1701 ''Enterprise'' is a member). They were fast, reliable, powerful, and tough.
** Remember the USS ''Constellation''? Blasted into near-scrap by the Doomsday Machine, antimatter exhausted and warp drive a 'pile of scrap', yet it could still fly and fight clumsily once Scotty got his hands on it. Those ships were arguably the best the Federation ever built.
** In the two-part ''ST:Enterprise'' episode that took place in the Mirror Universe, another Consitution class starship, the U.S.S. Defiant, gets sent into the Mirror Universe a century back in time. When the Terran Empire gets hold of it, they use it to ''utterly annihilate'' every enemy vessel in their path and single-handedly stage a coup against the entire Imperial government.
** The refit was even better, as emphasized by the original ''Enterprise''. In ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', that ship got blasted to hell on the ''Reliant'''s initial approach, with its main power systems scrapped and weapon and shield systems seriously drained; as Spock said, "they (being Khan and his followers) knew ''exactly'' where to hit us"[[note]]thanks to Khan previously going over the ''Constitution''-class specs during his time on the "Big E" (which Kirk had provided him to "acquaint him" with the 23rd century)[[/note]]. Did that stop the ''Enterprise''? ''Hell no!'' After Kirk just managed to throw Khan off with an IndyPloy, the crew are able to get the ''Enterprise'' fixed up in ''under three hours'', from which she dives right back into the fight with the ''Reliant'' and (after Spock points out Khan's strategies revolve around TwoDSpace) trashes her. Oh yeah, and if that wasn't {{Badass}} enough [[spoiler:WordOfGod claims the additional damage the ''Enterprise'' held in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' came from engaging Klingon incursion forces around Genesis in the time between the second movie and the third. In other words, as damaged as the ''Enterprise'' was before, she ''still'' managed to hold her own against the Klingons and (apparently) ''come out on top.'']] Really, with all of those accomplishments, one wonders why Starfleet chose to retire the class, even when they kept the ''Miranda'' and ''Excelsior'' classes around.
*** Debris in the starship graveyard in ''Best of Both Worlds'' strongly suggests that at least one Constitution-class ship was in service long enough to fight at the [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Unnamed_Constitution_class_starships#Wolf_359 Battle of Wolf 359]].
*** The Excelsior class also had a very long shelf life, with some of those ships seeing action as late as the Dominion War. Though that may have been a case of BreakOutTheMuseumPiece (the Federation sorely lacking for ships at the time), it's still a testament to the ingenuity of Federation engineers (who are essentially [[MemeticBadass memetic badasses]] in-universe, even to the Dominion), that they could recommission 80 year-old starships and regularly send them into the fray.
** And now we have the "new" ''Constitution''-class from the rebooted ''Film/StarTrek'', which despite being over a hundred years "obsolete", still managed to damage the ''Narada'' (which was also augmented by reverse engineered Borg technology) to a considerable extent [[spoiler:though it was being sucked into a black hole at the time]]. Apparently the permanently altered timeline made the class even better.
** And that's just the main Human ships. Most of the supporting cast of races got cool ships, but the [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/5/5f/IKS_Kronos_One.jpg Klingon]] and [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/1/15/IRW_TMet_firing_disruptors.jpg Romulan ships]] were especially badass.
** Especially since, if you go by the [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/0/06/IKS_Rotarran_fires_on_Jem%27Hadar_attack_ship.jpg IKS Rotarran]], (Martok's ship) Dominion War-Era Birds of Prey are pretty much comparable to the USS Defiant.
** The [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/D%27Kora_class Ferengi Marauder]] of all things, even Picard considered it a "very impressive design" - good thing they're more interested in commerce than warfare.
** The Ferengi D'Kora-class was specifically stated to match the ''Enterprise-D'' in terms of tactical effectiveness.
*** Ferengi were no slouches when it came to technology (it was their trading nature that got their hands on them), plus they had a practical desire to keep what they acquired. Bottom line, Ferengi know how to build a ship capable of defending itself.
*** Rule of Acquisition #125: You can't make a deal if you're dead.
** Let's add the ''[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/a/a9/Akira_class%2C_overview.jpg Akira]]''-class (functionally Star Trek's version of TheBattlestar), ''[[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/c/c2/USS_Farragut%2C_Generations.jpg Nebula]]''-class (Compact version of the ''Galaxy''-class yet just as powerful, and with the weapon's pod even moreso), the ''[[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/e/e7/Galaxy_class_aft.jpg Galaxy]]''-class itself (especially the War Refit versions), the ''[[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/2/2c/USS_Enterprise_%28NCC-1701%29%2C_remastered.jpg Constitution]]''-class (AKA, the ORIGINAL Enterprise, and especially the [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/d/df/USS_Enterprise-A_quarter.jpg refit and movie versions]]), and many more...
** Also, the various Borg ships, especially the very large and very dangerous [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/9/9f/Borg_cube_engaged_at_Sector_001.jpg Cubes]].
** While only occurring in one episode, the [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/3/38/Voth_city_ship.jpg Voth City Ship]] is definitely deserving of a mention. It's huge. It's fast. It beamed the entire motherflipping starship Voyager into a cargo hold! More impressive because the Voth are genetically related to humans, being descended from Earth dinosaurs, who managed to escape the extinction in primitive ships and made it all the way to the Delta Quadrant where they dominate all the species in their area of influence. They could probably give the Borg a run for their money.
** The Vulcan High Command ringships from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''; particularly the [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081008011025/memoryalpha/en/images/5/58/D%27Kyr_type%2C_ventral_particle_beam.jpg ''D'Kyr''-class Combat Cruiser]], but also the ''Surak''-class ships and the larger ''Suurok''-class vessels like ''Sh'raan''.
** Many of Starfleet's ships have a Fridge Coolness factor to them: before the ''Defiant'', Starfleet weren't really into actual warships[[note]]That would be ''why'' the Defiant isn't officially classified as a warship[[/note]], and so their ships had other primary purposes (exploration, mostly). Didn't keep them from going up against ''dedicated'' warships and winning...
** The ''Excelsior'' class. Introduced in the movies as the bigger, cooler Enterprise-like ship, we see them all the time in the TNG-era - and ''that's'' impressive itself. If eighty years later they're still one of the most prominent types of ship, whoever designed it really did something right. Turns out that they can be upgraded to go up against anything more modern designs throw at them, one even holding its own against the Defiant (long story about why they were fighting) for a little while.
*** That ship, the ''Lakota'', was fitted with those powerful Borg and Dominion-killing quantum torpedos that ''Enterprise-E'' and the ''Defiant'' carry. Dialogue makes it clear that if ''Lakota'' used them--at least toward the end of the battle--''Defiant'' probably would have lost.
*** The ''Enterprise''-B, seen in ''Star Trek Generations'', was an Excelsior-class ship as well.
** The Negh'var. Sadly we don't see too much of it. Most Klingon ships are the TOS ones upgraded to look more not-made-in-the-60s. Then we meet the flashship, an armed-to-the-teeth behemoth. In the MirrorUniverse, it's basically considered a superweapon.
** The Species 8472 [[http://img347.imageshack.us/img347/3803/voy136wr2.jpg bioships]]. Each one is piloted by a single being but has enough firepower to wipe out an entire squadron of Borg cubes [[KilledMidSentence before they can even finish]] their "You will be assimilated" speech. Immune to assimilation. A group of them can [[ConvergingStreamWeapon merge their beams]] to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up a planet]].
** From the Original Series, the [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080218020421/startrek/images/9/97/Bop23rom.jpg Romulan Bird of Prey]]. How cool it is? Well, being fusion-powered she has less power for weapons, shields and warp speed than a similar-sized Federation ship, and is smaller than the Big E, and yet not only her only weapon, the so-called plasma torpedo (actually an energy weapon) is a WaveMotionGun (the Earth Outposts the BOP was attacking were buried deep in a metallic asteroid and fully shielded, and the Federation would have needed a small fleet to destroy one. The BOP would take them down with ''two shots'': the first would drop the shields and wreck the outpost, and the second would ''disintegrate'' asteroid and outpost), but [[BeyondTheImpossible cloaking a starship was deemed impossible until she did just that]]. Plus there's the nice thing Kirk had an OhCrap moment when the ship was identified as Romulan...
* This was subverted in ''That70sShow''. The camera moves underneath a chassis to display it as a huge behemoth flying in space, only to reveal that it's a Vista Cruiser with Eric and Donna sitting in it. Incidentally, it could be considered a CoolCar.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** The ''[[http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/White_Star_class White Star]]''. Although JMS wasn't entirely happy with the design, saying that from certain angles it looked like a plucked chicken. He even had a character say so in a later episode.
** The Babylon 4 station had engines and was even bigger. It served as the base of operations for a war 1000 years before it was ''friggin built''.
** The ''Omega''-class destroyer line. So ugly they're beautiful, and while they may have no [[ArtificialGravity gravity control]] or certain other features that come standard with starships (especially in the ''Babylon 5'' universe), they can still take on much more advanced civilization's warships on nearly equal terms. The Advanced ''Omegas'' especially get a ShoutOut, because [[spoiler:they were built with reverse-engineered Shadow technology]].
*** ''Omegas'' weren't built yet in time for the Earth-Minbari War. It's possible they would have allowed humans to hold off the Minbari onslaught a little longer (although not by much). Supplementary material claims that several prototypes (called ''Nova-X'') ''were'' involved in the first battle of the war, as they happened to be undergoing testing in the Vega system where the Minbari attacked, one of them managing to ram a Minbari ''Sharlin''-class war cruiser.
** The ''Excalibur'' from ''Series/{{Crusade}}''.
** The Shadow's giant starfield colored spider monster warships. Very effective at evoking the utter hopelessness of fighting them.
** The ''Sharlin''-class War Cruiser from the Minbari Federation. It's a giant blue angel fish...and that doesn't ''sound'' particularly cool, until you see it...
** The Vorlon ships. All of them. The dreadnoughts are imposing enough and can OneHitKill almost any ship. Their fighters (mostly drones) can swarm-kill a Shadow Battlecrab, even if they're vulnerable to ''Starfury'' weapons. Then there's the Vorlon Planetkiller, which is a 27-kilometer behemoth that can do exactly what its name suggests. Even the transport used by Kosh looks amazing, especially since it's semi-alive.
** The new [=EarthForce=] ''Warlock''-class destroyers. They don't have the spinning sections, as they're the first [=EarthForce=] ships to use ArtificialGravity. This means they're faster and more maneuverable. Plus, they feature advanced weapons and defenses. They're supposed to be a one-to-one match to the Minbari ''Sharlin'', even though there are only 50 of them in the fleet.
** To be fair, just about every civilization in B5 have at least one badass warship in their fleet and most of them have radically different designs depending on their origin. Try asking about favorite ships in any Babylon 5 fan forum and you're guaranteed many different opinions.
** Even the little ''Starfury'' fighter class deserves a knock. Its key element is its six degrees of freedom. It is designed to move and turn through the three dimensions with ease, so few can match its sheer maneuverability. It was such a uniquely useful design that it's drawn Real Life attention for a future spacecraft design.
* ''Andromeda Ascendant'' from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
** ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' actually has two, one of each kind: The ''[[http://www.lars-kroll.com/blog/files/andromeda_ascendant.jpg Andromeda Ascendant]]'' as the hot technomiracle, and the ''[[http://images.wikia.com/andromeda/images/c/cb/Eureka_maru.jpg Eureka Maru]]'' as the "rusty bucket of bolts".
** How about the ''Siege Perilous''-class Deep Stand-off Attack Ship II? It has 180 missile tubes, 24 35-megawatt [[PointDefenseless PDL]] turrets, 4 [[AntiMatter anti-proton]] cannons. Built to destroy entire fleets. Out of 4 built, 3 were shown on-screen (''Wrath of Achilles'', ''Balance of Judgement'', and ''Resolution of Hector''), and they look [[http://images.androwiki.org/Wrath_of_Achilles.jpg amazing]].
** There's also the ''[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080927014311/andromeda/images/3/3f/Beleraphon4.jpg Bellerophon]]'', Earth's first starship launched in the 22nd century (before humanity's FirstContact with the [[TheFederation Systems Commonwealth]]) which lacks a slipstream drive but has a giant fusion engine used to accelerate to relativistic speeds. Thousands of years later, it's still exploring the galaxy with the original crew thanks to TimeDilation. Oh, and since the ship is unarmed, the crew will happily use their fusion engine to [[WeaponizedExhaust incinerate enemy ships]], although they might need to refuel at the nearest gas giant after that.
** What about the ''Pax Magellanic'' which was a sister-ship to Andromeda, but was instead [[RuleOfCool gold]] from stem to stern?
* The ''Liberator'' from ''Series/BlakesSeven'' (also the Scorpio, but only after getting the star drive).
* The Doctor's TARDIS on ''Series/DoctorWho''. Even though it barely works and constantly shakes and smokes, it is still the most powerful ship ''in the universe'', capable of towing ''the Earth'' through intergalactic space. And it looks like a Police Box. And have we mentioned that it's BiggerOnTheInside?
** Aside from the TARDIS, the new series features the Daleks' badass [[http://images.wikia.com/tardis/images/3/3d/Daleksaucer.jpg flying saucers]], not to mention the beautiful ''[[http://images.wikia.com/tardis/images/a/aa/Byz.png Byzantium]]'' from ''The Time of Angels'' (pre-crash, of course). It has ''[[RuleOfCool cyborg trees]]'' on board to generate oxygen! Freaking ''cool!''
** Not to mention the super-epic Starship UK from "The Beast Below", which not only features skyscrapers mounted on a shiny metal platform, but is [[spoiler: powered by the last Star Whale]].
* John Crichton's ''Farscape One'' from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Few ships can safely fly through a wormhole; ''Farscape One'' makes it look easy.
** Speaking of Farscape... ''Talyn''. ''Moya'' was like a good TeamMom, but ''Talyn'' was like that dangerous but cool kid everyone knew about but never really knew growing up.
** Lo'La. Period.
*** Until we see her more-modern cousins. Luxan fighters work commando-style: sneak in, hit hard, then vanish again. With a little tactical data, Jothee's ship briefly crippled the Scarran Dreadnought with a few well-placed shots.
** You can't leave out the Peacekeeper Command Carrier, warships so large and heavily armed that they're thought to be unbeatable.
** Or the Scarran Dreadnaught, which is even ''larger''.
** Or possibly the coolest of Cool Starships that never actually got to be seen: A single Nebari host vessel took down the legendary Command Carrier ''Zelbenion''. In fact not just took her down, but outright [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped her]]. Let's be clear on this: This wasn't even a Nebari ''warship''.
*** To be clear, Nebari don't even have "warships". When you conquer people through the use of your awesome PsychicPowers, your ships may be little more than troop transports.
*** It's pretty much stated that the Nebari are a HigherTechSpecies, compared to even the heavy-hitters like the Peacekeeprs and the Scarrans. When John offers his wormhole knowledge for sale, the three bidding powers include the Nebari as well.
* Subversion: the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', BS-75, survived the Cylon attack to become the focus of its series because it was old, obsolete, and ''less'' cool than the rest of the fleet, without being actually junky. (Though by virtue of achievement Galactica is still really, really cool, with many a-CrowningMomentOfAwesome.)
** The Battlestar ''Pegasus'' is a straight up example. Likewise the Mk VII Vipers.
** To quote the commander of Pegasus, "Galactica's not a Relic, it's a Classic." And this "bucket"'s main defense are not crazy shiny looking shields but saturating the surrounding area of space with an absurd amount of explosions.
** Hell, the Cylon basestars count. There's a ship that looks both truly unique ''and'' BadAss. They also look like [[http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic52141_md.jpg Split-Level Aggravation]].
* Let's show some respect to the original ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]'' as well. The Galactica herself was an iconic intergalactic aircraft carrier, surpassed only by the Vipers she carried. And the Cylon Raiders managed to make a simple ovular design look intimidating and agile.
* The ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', a massive spacecraft that resembles a dragonfly. Its [[CripplingOverspecialization only weapon]] is a WaveMotionGun that smashes the planets into bite-size chunks.
* The Spaceship of the Imagination from Creator/CarlSagan's ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'', and its successor, NeilDeGrasseTyson's ''Series/CosmosASpacetimeOdyssey'', capable of taking its respective pilots (and their passenger, the viewer) ''anywhere'' in time or space, to view the world on the macro or micro level.
* Franchise/StargateVerse has a fair number of these:
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The 303-class, ''Prometheus''.
** The successor 304-class, ''Apollo'', ''Korolev'', ''Odyssey'', and ''Daedalus'', and now the ''Sun Tzu'' and the ''[[TearJerker General Hammond]]'' (formerly ''Phoenix'').
** Anything Ancient.
** The Lost ''City'' of [[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis!]]
** ''Series/StargateUniverse'' takes place entirely on an Ancient CoolShip. This is one of those ships that despite being old and run-down it almost makes it even cooler.
** The ''Destiny'' is doubly-cool, just from how it refuels: by ''flying though stars!''
** Hey, did everyone forgot about the Ori battleships?! Despite being shaped like a toilet seat, their main weapon can one-shot most ships in the known universe and have brutally powerful shields. If you see one heading for you, '''get the fuck out of there or you're DEAD''' if it gets into weapons range.
** The Goa'uld ''Ha'tak''-class motherships: They are flying pyramids that ''land on mountains.'' The Lucian Alliance later upgrades them to be a match for a fully tricked-out ''Daedalus''-class battlecruiser. Earth humans aren't the only ones who can make things better. Yes, they can even resist the Ori mothership-killing plasma beams.
** The Replicator ships, which are, basically, giant Replicators.
** Asgard ships. They cross intergalactic distances in days. The O'Neill and the Daniel Jackson were particularly cool, being pretty much the Asgard equivalent of a Super Star Destroyer.
** Anything built by the Wraith can classify as either creepy or cool, depending on your outlook. When you hear the whine of a Dart, you'd better ''run''. The Super-Hive in the GrandFinale is a ginormous organic ship with an uber-thick hull that can withstand ''anything'' and overpowered cannons that can cripple ''Daedalus''-class ships. And that was before it finished growing.
** Puddle jumpers. They might not be as impressive, but they can be invisible and they're ''shaped to fly straight through a Stargate at high speed''. If I were one of the many random Marines and scientists on Atlantis, I'd freakin' want to visit planets in a nice, safe puddle jumper rather than walking straight into an ambush.
* The Jupiter Mining Corporation ship ''Series/RedDwarf'' from the BBC's sci-fi comedy of the same name: ten kilometers of engineering that's survived three million years and the demise of humanity. A possible subversion of the trope, since it was specifically designed to be utilitarian, but it still counts as the "hero ship" of the series, or possibly an "antihero ship" to extend the metaphor.
* Then you've got [=Starbug=], a transport ship used for ferrying people from the surface of planets to the Mining ship and exploration of planets. Has no FTL travel yet somehow managed to track the massive mining ship (although it did take a few centuries) and somehow managed to increase the amount of space within it. Oh and then after the main crew is killed by their future selves the ship somehow changes shape again to allow more extra room.
* Needless to say the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson series ''{{UFO}}'' abounds with them. SST's, tilt-fan aircraft decades before the Osprey [[strike:got off the ground]] crashed, jet-powered seaplanes, [[MilitaryMashupMachine submarine-launched jet fighters]], Lunar Modules piggyback-launched from VTOL carrier aircraft, bug-like Moon Mobiles that travel with an eerie ''[[SoundInSpace wooo]]'' sound [[note]]Any time you hear an eerie sound in a Gerry Anderson series, it's produced by composer Barry Gray on his 'Ondes Martenot' synthesizer[[/note]], Interceptors with a [[NukeEm Big Fucking Nuke]] in the nose. [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=MuXIBOqBitg What more could a teenage fanboy ask for?]]
* The Eagles from ''{{Space1999}}'' also fit, being the best thing about the series apart from Martin Landau. Pretty much all of the spaceship designs (by Brian Johnson and his team, who'd also worked on ''2001'') count. And the show did have a cool season 1 theme tune by Barry Gray.
* The Astro Megaship from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' and ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]''. All the functionality of the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Enterprise, plus it turns into a giant robot! It's got [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] seal of approval! As does Master Vile's skull spaceship. Serpentera also technically counts.
* The basis for the Astro Megaship - Mega Ship / Galaxy Mega from Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger. Since the series was themed around computers rather than space travel, it was used as an orbital base instead of transport, but still.
* The [[SpaceSailing Gokai Galleon]] from ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''.
* The ''Vulture'' from "{{Salvage 1}}." Built in a 1979 scrap yard from parts including a gasoline truck, a cement mixer and some old tires, the ''Millenium Falcon'' ain't got nothing on this baby when it comes to being a miraculously functional "piece of junk." It took its crew of a junkman, a former astronaut, and a propulsion expert all the way to the Moon and back to salvage NASA's collectibles.
* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' had several:
** The SA-43 Endo/Exo-Atmospheric Attack Jet (known as the Hammerhead) that the Wildcards flew into battle.
** The ''USS Saratoga'' which acted as TheBattlestar of the series.
** The Chig fighters, which felt reminiscent of the [[Franchise/StarWars TIE Defenders]] in their design.
** Chiggy von Richthofen's AceCustom is a highly-advanced Chig fighter that is completley invisible on sensors (although its presence in the vicinity creates "ripples" on the screen) and armored against the Hammerheads' main turrets. One Hammerhead pilot attempted to ram Chiggy and only got his fighter destroyed with nary a scratch on the ace. As a final "fuck you", the Chigs have painted "[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Abandon All Hope]]" in English on its nose cone. It only succumbed to ConservationOfNinjutsu. Chiggy could destroy entires squadrons of fighters, but when faced with a single human (well, [[GattacaBabies In Vitro]]) ace in a standard Hammerhead, couldn't outmaneuver him and caught a missile up its tailpipe.
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* The ''[[Music/IronSavior Iron Savior]]'', an ancient Atlantean [[TheBattlestar warship]] capable of razing Earth to the ground, as it did in ''Unification''.
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* The ''Challenger'', from James Follett's two ''Earthsearch'' series for [[TheBBC BBC]] Radio, is ten miles long and capable of reaching relativistic speeds. Its mission is to search for habitable planets, and it's equipped with sophisticated {{Terraforming}} eqipment and two of the most advanced computers ever built. Unfortunately the computers have gone nuts and killed most of the crew, leaving only four kids whom they hope to use as pawns in their evil plan...
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: BattlefleetGothic''. Ten-thousand-year-old mile-long cathedrals to war and destruction with broadside guns that can screw continents. In space.
** Just to clarify: Escorts (the lightest ships) are supposed half a mile to a mile long, Cruisers generally range from 4 to 8 miles long, and Battleships are larger than [[Franchise/StarWars Super Star Destroyers]].
** The Blackstone Fortresses. Enormous and fantastically ancient mobile starbases built to slay [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] and armed with cannons that shoot [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Negative Space Wedgies]]!
** Anything the Necrons build as well. It's pretty uncommon for anything to slip by Cadia and Ultramar but a bunch of necron frigates snuck through half the Imperium controlled galaxy unnoticed and managed to land on Mars, one of the most heavily defended planets in the setting that has about half the imperial navy in orbit at all times with a considerable nextdoor on Terra as well.
** The Cairn-class Tombship deserves special mention here. Not only is it the size of the Imperium's biggest battleships, it's much, much tougher, and it can carry a Sepulchre. No one's sure what exactly is in the Sepulchre, but given that it can MindRape entire crew of an aforementioned miles-long flying cathedral from hundreds of thousands of kilometers away, it's doubtful anyone ''wants'' to know.
** Tau ships count, too. As if the fact that ''within half the Imperium's lifetime'' the Tau went from "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus pointed sticks]]" to "tank-killing railguns, limited FTL, and drone workers", but the Tau avoid the "overdone Gothic" of Imperial space cathedrals in favour of sleek, curved surfaces.
** The Manta is probably the toughest thing on the table in a standard scale game.
** How can we have one of these without mentioning ''Phalanx''? Not only is it the size of a small moon, it houses the entire Imperial Fists chapter.
** And ''Eternal Crusader'', the pimped-out battle barge of the [[KnightTemplar Black Templars]].
** And ''Bucephalas'', the Emperor's battle-barge.
** And ''Hunter's Premonition'' and ''Covenant of Blood'' from the Night Lords books.
** And the Eldar Craftworlds. So big they have in fact been mistaken for [[ThatsNoMoon planetary bodies]], and are able to carry an entire Eldar FLEET (up to and including a couple of their battlecruiser equivalents) in their docking bay... come to think of it most of the Eldar ships are pretty cool too.
** The Flame of Asuryan deserves special mention here for being undeniably badass.
** The Planet Killer, basically a Black Stone Fortress that Abbadon The Despoiler got a hold of, whilst there are many ways to blow up a planet in the 41st Millenium, this is considered one of the most efficient. Also unlike other examples of super-ships built around a single WaveMotionGun with insufficient defence to protect against fighters, the Planet Killer has 50% of its fire power in ranks of heavy lance batteries, its actually capable of solo deployments as its support weapons are capable of matching the damage output of its superweapon.
** Just to up the ante, Imperial observers have noted that the Planet Killer (and newer Chaos ships in general) should be ''physically impossible'' - as in it should not be able to exist in the universe, let alone fight. Unfortunately for everyone else, it was constructed on a planet in the Eye Of Terror, a rip in space where the Immaterium intermingles with the physical world - in other words a place where the laws of physics are what you want them to be. Actually, make that ''both'' Planet Killers - the Imperium blew the first one to pieces during the Gothic War. It's useless without escorts.
** Imperial Ironclads - turned into giant rams.
** Can't mention 40k without an obligatory Ork reference, in this case several. Roks, taking the biggest asteroid you can find and filling it up with MoreDakka and engines, Kroozers, which are basically 50% ship splitting ram, 40% Dakka, 10% anything else, and the Space Hulk, biggest ship in the game, made from random space junk slamming into each other until it hits the mass of an average moon, or bigger. Also like the Kroozers, the Space Hulk will attempt to ram targets or rather obliterate them into sub-atomic particles and like all Ork things, including the other ships, has more guns on it than any other faction, to the point of the space hulk being close, close to 1% of the way to Enough Dakka. Remember this is a race that has its equipment held together by some primeaval ancestor of Duct tape.
** There's also The Rock, the base of the Dark Angels chapter of space marines. It's the largest surviving remnant of Caliban, their home planet, that survived the orbital bombardment when half the legion went rogue. It's one of (if not) the biggest and most heavily armed things in Imperial space, being much larger than battleships or battlebarges, and it's surmounted by the Tower of Angels, the main fortress of the Dark Angels from before the destruction of Caliban.
** The Ultramarines' awesome trio of Battle Barges: ''Severian'', ''Octavian'', and ''Caesar''. They also have a cool strike cruiser that uses experimental plasma weaponry floating around: the appropriately named ''Vae Victis''.
** The ''Nicor'', relic-flagship of the Charcharodons Astra, widely regarded as one of the most, if not the most, ruthless and brutal Imperial space marine chapter[[note]]How brutal are they? They made a whole generation of the young men of three worlds fight to the death in order to cull less 100 recruits for their chapter.[[/note]] It features relic plasma weaponry and an entire deck of teleporters.
** The ''ne plus ultra'' of Cool Starships in the 41st Millenium are the massive ''Gloriana''-class battleships that form the flagship of each Legion fleet. Each one boasts the most powerful armament and huge fighter wings. By legion:
*** ''Invincible Reason'' of the Dark Angels: Flagship of Lion El'Jonson, Primarch of the I Legion. Destroyed the ''Nightfall'' during the Battle of the Aegis Sub-Sector.
*** ''Pride of the Emperor'' of the Emperor's Children: Flagship of Fulgrim, Primarch of the III Legion. Took part in the Siege of Terra.
*** ''Iron Blood'' of the IronWarriors: Flagship of Perturabo, Primarch of the IV Legion. Survived a boarding assault by 50 Imperial Fist terminators and destroyed a large part of their chapter fleet at the Battle of Phall.
*** ''Swordstorm'' of the White Scars: Flagship of Jaghatai Khan, Primarch of the V Legion. Took part in the Siege of Terra.
*** ''Hrafnkel'' of the SpaceWolves: Flagship of Leman Russ, Primarch of the VI Legion. Led the Burning of Prospero and was taken with Russ and his picked warriors on their final mission into the Eye of Terror.
*** ''Oath of Stone'' of the Imperial Fists. Never used as a command ship as they already had ''Phalanx''. Destroyed by Iron Warriors during the Battle of Phall. Noted to have been "old when the Crusade was young."
*** ''Nightfall'' of the NightLords: Flagship of Konrad Curze, Primarch of the VIII Legion. Destroyed during the Battle of the Aegis Sub-Sector by the ''Invincble Reason'' under the command of Lion El'Jonson after a failed boarding action led by Konrad Curze and 1st Captain Sevatar.
*** ''Red Tear'' of the BloodAngels: Flagship of Sanguinius, Primarch of the IX Legion. Noted to be exceptionally beautiful to look upon. Crash-landed on the surface of Signus Prime to serve as a strongpoint and Legion flag transferred to the ''Covenant of Baal'', it was eventually returned to service as the Blood Angels evacuated the planet.
*** ''Fist of Iron'' of the Iron Hands: Flagship of Ferrus Mannus, Primarch of the X Legion. Boarded by Fulgrim and his Phoenix Guard prior to the Istvaan V Drop Site Massacre, its final fate is unknown.
*** ''Conqueror'' of the World Eaters: Flagship of Angron, Primarch of the XII Legion. Took part in the Shadow Crusade against Ultramar and the Battles of Armatura and Nuceria. Destroyed many Ultramarines capital ships. Equipped with giant harpoon type weapons called Ursus Claws and commanded by a BadassNormal human captain named Lotara Sarrin. Though heavily damaged, it managed to escape when Roboute Guilliman's fleet caught up with the Shadow Crusade at Nuceria.
*** ''Macragge's Honor'' of the Ultramarines: Flagship of Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the XIII Legion. Led the defense of Ultramar from the Shadow Crusade, aiding in the repulse of the surprise attack of the Word Bearer's at Calth, remaining a lynchpin of the void war. Led Roboute Guilliman's fleet in their efforts to bring the Shadow Crusade to battle as it withdrew from Ultramar. Trapped and destroyed Lorgar's personal flagship ''Fidelitas Lex'' at the Battle of Nuceria.
*** ''Endurance'' of the Death Guard: Flagship of Mortarion, Primarch of the XIV Legion. Took part in the major battles of the Heresy, corrupted by the Plague God during its warp-transit to Terra, becoming a living ship.
*** ''Photep'' of the Thousand Sons: Flagship of Magnus the Red, Primarch of the XV Legion. Contained vast libraries of forbidden knowledge. Was ordered away from the Burning of Prospero so could not stop the sack of the Thousand Sons' homeworld. Possibly destroyed during the Heresy.
*** ''Vengeful Spirit'' of the Sons of Horus: Flagship of Horus Lupercal, Primarch of the XVI Legion. Effectively the flagship of the entire Great Crusade, it was on the bridge of the ''Spirit'' that the Emperor and Horus fought their fateful duel to the death. Fled into the warp following the defeat of the traitor armies at the Siege of Terra under the command of First Captain Ezekyle Abaddon, it still led the fleet of the reconstituted Black Legion 10,000 years later. Possibly destroyed over Crythe by the Blood Angels, as Abaddon transferred his flag to the ''Planet Killer'' (see above) after.
*** ''Fidelitas Lex'' of the Word Bearers: Flagship of Lorgar Aurelian, Primarch of the XVI Legion. Took part in the Shadow Crusade, eventually destroyed over Nuceria by the ''Macragge's Honor''.
*** ''Flamewrought'' of the Salamanders: Flagship of Vulkan, Primarch of the XVIII Legion. Fate unknown.
*** ''Shadow of the Emperor'' of the Raven Guard: Flagship of Corvus Corax, Primarch of the XIX Legion. Destroyed in a treacherous surprise attack by the ''Terminus Est'' in the Istvaan system.
*** ''Alpha'' of the Alpha Legion: Flagship of Alpharius Omegon, Primarch of the XX Legion. May have been a battle barge, there is a canon conflict. Had a sister ship, the ''Beta''. Or, perhaps, [[MemeticMutation no such legion exists.]]
* MagicTheGathering: The Weatherlight, although it was designed by what was essentially a god to be part of a weapon that was powerful enough to kill an actual god So Yeah.
* {{Traveller}} has lots of these. The Terran Confederation Navy had the Indomitable class battleships, which practically destroyed the Vilani navy on their own.
** The Lightning class frontier merchant, half warship, half merchant. These were able to cruise in Vilani space at will, changing to privateers or scouts when needed.
** A fairly normal feature is a computerized surface that can be used to customize any imagery the captain desires. Similar features are available on several of the bulkheads. Thus even fairly ordinary Starships can look cool
* One of the possible settings in MaidRPG is space. Given the nature of the game, at least one of these will be involved in any game taking place in that setting.
* In {{Exalted}} the very ''Sun'' itself is a battlestation known as '''Dirigible Engine Daystar''' designed to fight back armies of billions of Raksha and rogue Primordials. The Daystar is detailed in five parts on the Ink Monkeys' Blog ([[http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/05/19/ink-monkeys-vol-13-the-daystar-part-i.aspx I]], [[http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/05/22/ink-monkeys-vol-14-the-daystar-part-ii-1.aspx II-1]], [[http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/05/23/ink-monkeys-vol-15-the-daystar-part-ii-2.aspx II-2]], [[http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/05/24/ink-monkeys-vol-16-the-daystar-part-ii-3.aspx II-3]], [[http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/05/31/ink-monkeys-vol-17-the-daystar-part-iii.aspx III]], [[http://forums.white-wolf.com/cs/blogs/freelancers/archive/2010/11/09/ink-monkeys-vol-the-daystar-finale.aspx Final]]).
** In Shards of the Exalted Dreams, a lot of cool spaceship are also discussed, especially in Heaven's Reach (the science fiction version of Exalted, quite appropriately) and Gunstar Autochtonia. The Son of Heaven III, one of the largest warships ever built in the Heaven's Reach universe, certainly deserves a place on this list, being described as a fortress-city flying through space, with skyscrapers-modules decorated with immense frescoes, capable of housing a whole fleet of smaller ship, or of serving as a conference hall for negociations with the Son of Heaven. However, it is dwarfed (both in size and in cool factor) by the titular Gunstar Autochtonia, a world-sized starship crafted out of the body of a living god, modified for millenia by mad geniuses to become the greatest weapon in the galaxy, capable of winning the war against the creators of the universe. The Gunstar is home to billions of humans, dragon-kings, Exalted and rogue gods, and has never been completely explored or maped (it helps that Elsewhere technology allows it to be bigger on the inside), and is defended not only by all the weaponry that the Exalted are able to build, but also by the Gunstar Defense Line Voidfighters, spacefighters who can transform into (what else?) mecha suits.
* The ''{{Starfire}}'' hex-map-based wargame was ''all about'' combat between fleets of starships. The units varied in size from tiny one-man fighters all the way up to Monitors four times as large as a space battleship, armed with quasi-inertialess ion engines, nuclear missiles, {{antimatter}} missiles, FrickinLaserBeams, {{Tractor Beam}}s, DeflectorShields, and a host of other deadly hardware.
* ''BattleTech'' subverts this, in the Star League era the SLDF had plenty of cool starships, but the the first two succession wars saw the destruction to most of them. Fortunately the Clans brought many of them in their exodus, and possess some of the most advanced warships in the Inner Sphere. Comstar still possess some of those older ships, and IS Houses are still trying to make new ones.

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* {{Spore}}, as quoted above, deserves special mention in that you get to make your own Cool Starship, just like pretty much everything else in the game. It's not too hard to create a real gem.
* The #DECA Terraformer CPU ship in ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3 Terran Conflict]]''. It's a 4 kilometer long, 1 kilometer wide [[SapientShip sentient ship]] that looks like it could swallow other capital ships whole [[http://www.egosoft.com/games/x3tc/screenshots/x3tc_screen_032.jpg Take a gander]].
** The whole collection qualifies, more or less. For example, the Boron Shark from the second installment X2 had a huge propeller out of rotating tentacles around the engine. Since the Boron race is a marine species, their ships are specifically designed to work under water as well. The other one is a freighter called Dolphin which makes the same swimming moves as the naming animal.
** The ''[[http://www.egosoft.com//img/content_x_rebirth_quote.gif Albion Skunk]]'' of ''VideoGame/XRebirth'' is one of the [[UsedFuture rustbucket]] variety.
** The [[http://i.imgur.com/wHsBw.jpg M6 Springblossom]]. The fastest and most advanced corvette in the game, with very heavy firepower and cheap for a ship of its class. Although, [[GlassCannon it is a little squishy]]. It is still the most popular corvette in the game, tied with...
** The [[http://i.imgur.com/lrXiu.jpg M7 Hyperion]]. It's not as fast or well-armed as the Springblossom, but it ''is'' considerably tougher, and it has hangar bays for fighters. Oh, and it's a Paranid ship, [[EvilIsCool so it looks]] ''[[EvilIsCool wicked]]''.
* The ''Hiryu Custom'', the ''Hagane'' and the ''Kurogane'' from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. In fact, most of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games have been centered around one or more Cool Ships, most of them listed in the Anime section. ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' includes the ''Valstork'', one of the first non-OriginalGeneration Cool Ships you ''don't'' shoot at.
* The [[KnightsoftheOldRepublic Ebon Hawk]]? Granted, it is sort of a copy of the Millennium Falcon (albeit about 3,900 years older), but still!
* The various Hunter-class gunships from the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' series. GFS ''Olympus'' from ''[[MetroidPrime Prime 3]]'' probably also counts, if only because it has its own [[strike:Mother Brain]] Aurora Unit onboard, where Auroras are usually limited to larger installations - like, oh, entire cities.
* The GlobalAirship in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. It's called the ''Ragnarok''. You find it in space. [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rq9vTcJ1IU&mode=related&search= It does this]]. It, along with 3 other ships of the same model, were also used to lift the SealedEvilInACan into orbit, as seen [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HnjHoObHiy8&NR=1 here]]
* Another GlobalAirship, this time in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'', called [[MechanicalLifeforms Lombardia]], is a ''TransformingMecha [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]'' which far outclasses any imitators you might meet in aerial RandomEncounters.
** The Lombardia returns in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs XF}}'', although you only get to see it in cutscenes. As a ShoutOut to 3, it's classified as a "Dragon Class" subspace vessel. It's also cool as hell.
** Its/his (her?) first appearance was in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 2}}'', where it's explained to have traveled from another dimension full of biomechanical dragons. This was their excuse for putting a TransformingMecha in a DesertPunk setting. Sadly, it didn't join the heroes until after the one mission that required them to actually go into space.
* Most space shooters feature a few of these - The Vic Viper from Gradius is a good example.
** {{R-Type}} fighters
** {{Axelay}}.
** Every protagonist ship in the RaySeries.
** Bonus point for the [[AMechByAnyOtherName Orbital Frame]] version of Vic Viper in VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders The 2nd Runner: it can even transform into a HumongousMecha!
* The ''USG Ishimura'' from ''Franchise/DeadSpace''. A mining spaceship that rips part of a planet and suspends it beneath the ship, ready to be mined. It is, however heavily industrial in design, only the higher ups get fancy furniture like sofas, end tables and double beds.
* The ''Normandy'' of ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Not only is it ''really'' fast, it is also a stealth ship. ...and incredibly efficient, to the point of being arguably AwesomeButImpractical. But hey, you can't put a price tag on cool! (Though, between themselves, the Systems Alliance and the Turian Hierarchy managed).
** The ''Normandy'' [=SR2=] built by Cerberus in the second game [[spoiler: to replace the [=SR1=] after it got blown up]] is even cooler. Everything from the original design was amped up, including the luxury; Joker likes the new leather seats. And it has an Artificial Intelligence that eventually [[spoiler: takes total control over the entire ship,[[note]]Don't worry she's not evil.[[/note]] and describes the ship as being her body]]. One trailer features the ''Normandy'' leading a squadron of fighters as if it were one itself, and not to mention [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNkegHiSspA&t=1m2s this]] memorable scene where it outruns Cerberus' advanced fighters. Yeah, the [=SR2=] is pretty much the definition of Cool Ship. Oh, and there's even a bar if you fork over the cash for some DLC.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', she gets another overhaul, including an Alliance Blue paint job, the ability to provide [[DeathfromAbove fire support]] to the player (in some instances), and new areas opened up. How cool is the ''Normandy'' in ''[=ME3=]''? A fully upgraded ''Normandy'' is worth almost as much War Assets as ''[[OneManArmy an entire Alliance fleet]]''.
** Meanwhile, on the BigBad side of the equation, we have Saren's flagship Sovereign. A massive, vaguely arthropod-like starship that's NighInvulnerable, engages two full-strength battle fleets simultaneously, and is implied to only lose by plot device. [[spoiler: Did we mention that it's actually sentient and the one calling all the shots?]]
** The Shadow Broker has a pretty damn sweet vessel which is basically a giant flying fortress modified to be able to perfectly hide within thunderstorms.
** Given that [[MemeticBadass Sir Isaac Newton]] [[MemeticMutation is the deadliest son of a bitch in space]], presumably the Everest-class dreadnoughts count.
** The ''Destiny Ascension''. The largest warship in the galaxy, it manages to hold its own during the surprise attack on the Citadel. [[spoiler: Unless you go Renegade..]]
** The [[AIIsACrapshoot geth]] flagship is a massive dreadnought that can lay waste to the entire quarian fleet, even though it looks like a giant cockroach. Unless, of course, [[spoiler:Legion disables its weapons and defenses]]. Keep in mind that the quarian dreadnoughts (or civilians ships that pretend they're ''not'' dreadnoughts) are armed to the teeth with the Thanix cannons.
* In [[StarCraft Starcraft II]], the protagonists' starship, the Hyperion, a stolen [[TheEmpire Dominion]] battlecruiser, qualifies. Also, the Void Seeker (Zeratul's ship) and possibly the Shield of Aiur (Artanis' Ship).
* The ''[[Franchise/StarWars TIE Fighter]]'' series of games featured the TIE Defender, which was the fastest starfighter in the galaxy; as well-armed as some bombers; shielded (unusual for [=TIEs=]); equipped with hyperdrive; and some models had a ''tractor beam''. Something of a GameBreaker, it didn't make it into other similar games, leaving you with only the second best TIE Advanced starfighter.
** One training mission in the game with the TIE Defender puts you up against two souped-up Corellian Transports, with massively fast upgraded engines, armour and weaponry. That's right, you are capable of killing the ''Millenium Falcon'' in one of these things. Twice.
** Then there's the Missile Boat, aka the '''[[GameBreaker King Hell God Emperor Starfighter of DEATH.]]''' [[StuffBlowingUp Ka-BOOM.]] Note that the Missile Boat was specifically designed to counter the TIE Defender. It wound up capable of countering Star Destroyers. ''Super'' Star Destroyers.
* The ''RogueSquadron'' series of games combines this trope with CoolCar by providing a cheat that lets you pilot a Buick. Really.
* The TIE Phantom from [[VideoGame/StarWarsRebelAssault Rebel Assault II]]? "No ship that small has a cloaking device," indeed.
* The ''Elsior'' and ''Luxiole'' from the VideoGame/GalaxyAngel gameverse. ''Indoor ocean''. With ''whales''.
* The ''Halberd'' in the ''{{Kirby}}'' series.
* ''RatchetAndClank''
** ''Going Commando'': Ratchet's ship can get many weapon, boost, and shield upgrades, each of which shows up in a visible add-on to the ship model when landed. Paint and bodywork can also be done ingame.
** ''Up Your Arsenal'': The ''Phoenix'', large star cruise commanded by Captain Sasha that acts as a hub in the game. Carries both Ratchet's ship and a troop carrier in an onboard hangar. The troop carrier delivers Ratchet to some battles. Crew quarters onboard has the latest gaming console, which causes Ratchet to propose marriage to Captain Sasha when she describes it.
** The ''Future'' series (''Tools of Destruction,'' ''Quest for Booty,'' and ''A Crack in Time'') has the Aphelion, a Lombax fighter with an AI. In the first game, she has laser blasters and homing plasma missiles. In the third game, she is upgrade by the Zoni, giving her several different lasers and missiles, extra shields, boosters, a grappling hook, and a spiffy new paint job. She can also survive entering a black hole, and has a spacious comfortable interior.
* Dr. Robotnik of the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' games always has one or two of these around, with the most memorable being the ''Egg Carrier'' in ''Sonic Adventure'' (this one even came with its own theme music) and the Wing Fortress in ''Sonic 2''. He wises up and builds an entire fleet in ''Sonic Heroes''.
* ''Great Fox'' in the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series. Unfortunately, it gets destroyed during the events of ''Star Fox Assault'' and is replaced with a less cool variant in ''Star Fox Command''. In the smaller ship classes, we also have the series' ever-present Arwing fighters, as well as Star Wolf's Wolfen.
* In SSBB's ''Subspace Emissary'', one of the main plot object's is the Halberd, which even destroys easily the Great Fox. Fortunately it is eventually recovered by the heroes. [[spoiler:Then an even larger ship/cannon comes from a portal and blows it up. But four smaller, equally cool ships (and Olimar's pitiful lil' tin-can of a rocket) emerge to continue the fight. The Catch? The extremely large enemy ship is destroyed by Kirby using a Dragoon, essentially a flying hovercraft that (canonly) only allows for one pink ball to ride it. ]] [[spoiler: And how did Kirby blow up the gunship? By [[RammingAlwaysWorks crashing the Dragoon into it]]. [[MadeOfIron Without even scratching the paint]]. [[MemeticBadass Even Newton's Laws are no match for Kirby]].]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': The ''Galaxy'' games bring some good stuff to the table. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' has [[TheHighQueen Rosalina's]] Comet Observatory, which looks like a magical fantasy castle turned spaceship, with features such as eternal waterfalls and a star-shaped (as in, actual burning star) core. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' gives us [[{{Faceship}} Starship Mario]], which is not only shaped like Mario himself, but also doubles as a planetoid with its own gravitational pull.
* ''VideGame/HaloTheFallOfReach''
** Pillar of Autumn was a Halcyon-class cruiser. According to the novels, this class of ship had been retired years previously and were destined for the scrap yard. They were slow, under armoured, had very few weapons, and were generally considered a joke among the fleet. The Autumn itself was in bad shape and could be accurately described as a junk-heap. This made it the perfect candidate to ferry the resident {{Super Soldier}}s on their top-secret mission, and as such was refitted with top-of-the-line reactors and experimental weapons. That's right, a techno-miracle disguised as a rustbucket.
** The ''Pillar of Autumn'' was chosen for the mission because the ''Halcyon''-class was designed with an absurd amount of internal structural bracing. It could take a beating to the point of looking like swiss cheese and still maintain basic structural integrity. ...then they put in the self-cooling engines, special [=MAC Gun=] ammo and capacitors, and replaced an entire set of shuttle-bays with missile launchers, and put Jacob Keyes in command, and it became the most badass ship in the fleet. You first meet it in the first Halo game, as Cortana drives it around Halo's solar system terrorising ships twelve times its size.
** Other ships in the series include the significantly less-cool In Amber Clad and Forward Unto Dawn. However, you also get to see High Charity - a giant ship/asteroid/city, which more than holds its own in the awesomeness category.
** The UNSC frigates (the class that IAC and FUD belong to) get a slight coolness boost in ''Halo: Reach'' by performing heavy fire support for you on multiple occasions.
** ...And the ''[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Spirit of Fire]]'' Made moreso by its [[ClownCar absolutely freakish amount of resources.]]
** No mention of the [[AlienGeometries Forerunner dreadnought?]] Incredibly fast and able to power a moon-sized city.
** The Covenant flagship ''Ascendant Justice'' from the novel ''Halo: First Strike'', which is enhanced by Cortana to the point of "ridiculous badassness" (superior shields, pinpoint jump-drives, one-hit-kill weapons, etc.). ''Welding'' the ''Ascendant Justice'' to the hulk of a UNSC ship in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome solely for the purpose of providing MoreDakka.
** The ''Long Night of Solace'', the Covenant Supercarrier in ''Halo: Reach'', counts, partly due to its impressive entrance (one-shotting a UNSC Frigate from out of nowhere), and partly because of its sheer size - the thing is completely fucking '''huge''', around 27 kilometers long from the looks of it [[note]]and from comparing it to the ~300-meter Covenant Corvette[[/note]]. Covenant Supercarriers are the largest warships ever made by the Covenant, and only about a dozen of them are known to have existed throughout the Human-Covenant War. As a comparison: ''Franchise/MassEffect'''s Citadel is about 47 kilometers long. A Covenant Supercarrier is more than half of that length, and is about a dozen kilometers wide and at least half a dozen kilometers "tall". They also carry hundreds of thousands of troops (and all of the armored vehicles, aircraft, gigantic cloaking-teleporting-jamming pylons, and more). One wonders how even the Covenant build these, let alone in significant numbers.
** Pretty much any Forerunner ship as described in ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'': some are made up primarily from hardened light, which can be turned transparent in some areas to simulate being completely outside. Of particular note is the unnamed ship used by the Didact, which, while small compared to some other ships, was equipped to singularly wage a large battle, and the Fortress ships, which were 50 kilometers long and capable of [[spoiler: destroying Halos on their own]].
** The UNSC ''Infinity'', seen in ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'' and mentioned in the novel ''Literature/HaloGlasslands''. The largest ship (3.5 miles in length) to be constructed by the UNSC, it was meant as a last resort in case the Covenant destroyed Earth. It's also the training location for the SPARTAN-IV program. It was also upgraded with the latest reverse-engineered Covenant and Forerunner tech. [[spoiler: And then it crashes in its first trip. Fortunately, on the planet where Master Chief is.]]
** While we're on the subject, [[spoiler:[[BigBad The Didact's]] cruiser, the ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mantle's Approach]]''. It doesn't see much action, due to being destoyed by a [[NukeEm Havok nuke warhead]], but it looks amazing, and it needs the ''Infinity'' to actually do any notable damage.]]
* ''EVEOnline'' has many of these, but the Veldnaught, piloted by Chribba, gets special mention. Beyond being a capital ship, it is located in high-security space, where capital ships are not allowed to enter, but the Veldnaught was already THERE when the rule was put in place. So what does Chribba use it for? Mining.
** The Rifter class of frigate also fits in this trope. Like all Minmatar ships, Rifters look like they're made of scrap. [[http://www.eve-tribune.com/index.php?no=1_13&page=4 This article]] (non-canon) claims that the first Rifters were constructed during the Minmatar Rebellion out of actual scrap, with converted plasma cutters for engines. But they don't just fly well - the Rifter is commonly held to be the best combat frigate in the game. Every pilot in Goonfleet knows that the original Rifters were built from bicycles and televisions stolen from the Amarr.
** The Magathron Navy Issue was at one point considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing ships in the game, given that its base design was already BadAss looking. However, unlike the regular issue, it sported a jet black paint scheme with blue lighting. To the point that people bought it just because it looked cool. This changed when the Dominion expansion altered the paint scheme to a [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks horribly ugly forest camo.]] Chided by players as being perfect to hide the ship behind all the trees in space. The price of the Mega Navy Issue took a nice drop in response.
** The Scorpion received an epic visual overhaul with the deployment of Tyrannis, which was especially well received by the player base.
* Basically, any ship in EVE can be considered a "Cool Starship" depending on your standards and sense of aesthetics. Except the noob ships. And now even the noob ships look cool now that they have also received a visual overhaul on par of that of the aforementioned Scorpion.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', naturally, allows you to command the cool starships of the franchise practically at-will. They even slipped in the original Enterprise design as a preorder bonus [[RuleOfCool just because]].
** You can also [[DesignItYourselfEquipment mix and match parts from ships with (roughly) identical roles and performance capabilities]], and then give it a custom paint job, to make your own, personalized CoolStarship that still fits the setting.
** To fill out the ship roster, Cryptic had to generate cosmetic variations on pre-existing ships, and some of said variations are... somewhat lacking.
** On the other hand, there are several new ships designed for the game that people love and ARE CoolStarships. Special notes go to:
*** The Odyssey-Class Dreadnought which the new '''Enterprise-F''' is a member of.
**** So cool and important it was, the Odyssey-class and [[PassingTheTorch the Enterprise-F specifically got a full commissioning]] [[SeriousBusiness ceremony in-game.]]
*** The Imperial-Class Assault Cruiser, which is a reskin of the Sovereign-Class and arguably more popular.
*** The Typhoon-Class, which was meant to be a filler ship but became so popular people are begging for a playable version.
*** The Excalibur, Vesper and Exeter-class Cruisers as well. They're explicitly a 2409 redesign of the old Constitution-class simply because Starfleet needed a new ship class for patrols and decided they should update [[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk's design]] because of its iconic value. [[StarTrekVoyager Admiral Janeway]] commands one, the U.S.S. [[StarTrekEnterprise Tucker.]]
*** The Avenger-class, Starfleet's first ''official'' battlecruiser that looks like a more common sense version of the [[StarTrekIntoDarkness U.S.S. Vengence]].
*** The Fleet Patrol Escort is a very popular design being a tankier DPS escort.
** And everything on the KDF side, really, especially the non-Klingon ships.
** The Romulans are no slouch either with the iconic designs as well new ones like Arkif Battle Warbird
** Iconian Starships are skeletal purple with ChaosArchitecture and have smoke around them.
*** Their servant races the Elachi and the Solanae have equally cool starships like the Monbosh and the Obelisk Carrier.
** The Tholian Recluse Carrier is a player favorite for being incredibly badass.
** All three playable faction Flagships are this: The Odyssey-class ''U.S.S. Enterprise-F'', the Klingon [[MoreDakka Bortasqu'-class]] I.K.S. Bortasqu', and the Romulan [[WaveMotionGun Falchion-class]] ''R.R.W. Llieset''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has one of the understated ones. The Lunar Whale is a mobile free inn with an enormously fat bird that serves as a HyperspaceArsenal access point. It may not be the biggest out there, but it's more than enough for world-saving adventurers battling the forces of ultimate evil.
** Not to mention that it provides, for the first and last time in the series, access to the ''moon''. (VIII came close, though).
* The ''[[PlayerHeadquarters Van Eltia]]'' in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''.
* The main ship from the ''{{Descent}}'' series. It was a battle cruiser compressed to a rather tiny one-man ship. The ''Pyro-GX'' for the first two games, and the older ''Pyro-GL'' in the third. Of course, in the third you also had the ''Phoenix'' interceptor, and the ''Magnum-AHT'' heavy fighter, which you could choose between once you acquired them. In the expansion, you also got the ultra-new ''Black Pyro''. It had the added perk of being controlled, in game, by a ''keyboard''.
* The ''Rogue Shadow'' from ''TheForceUnleashed''.
* The ''TCS Midway'' of ''VideoGame/WingCommander Prophecy'' is Confed's first experimental megacarrier, and the player's home base. The Midway carries hundreds of fighters, battleship-grade capitol ship weapons, lots of anti-fighter turrets, around two thousand crew, gets upgraded with an alien WaveMotionGun, and almost singlehandedly wipes out an alien invasion, supported only by one squadron of fighters from another carrier (that are subsequently transferred to the Midway), a Kilrathi corvette or two, and a few hapless supply ships. Another example from the same game would be the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Nephilim's]] Tiamat Battleship/Carrier-a ship so big, it takes two missions to destroy.
** Arguably, any of the "home base" ships from the series qualify, if only because [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Motherfucking Skywalker]] is flying off of them. The only possible exception is the ''TCS Lexington'' from the beginning of [=WC4=], once [[spoiler: Blair defects]]. For the non-base options, there's the ''Vesuvius'' class of supercarriers (one of which gets a GunshipRescue moment, under the command of Captain William Eisen), from [=WC4=], and the ''Bannockburn'', a converted transport with a [[InvisibilityCloak cloaking device]], used by James "Paladin" Taggart, in the novel ''Fleet Action'' to sniff out the Kilrathi Hakagas being built deep in kat space.
** The TCS Concordia most certainly deserves special mention, if only for its [[WaveMotionGun Phase Transit Cannon]]. Watching it take out cruisers in one shot never gets old, to the point that a mission was put into the fanmade Wing Commander Standoff where the player is diverted to "rescue" it, apparently just to give them a chance to see it annihilate a Kilrathi Cruiser with a single shot, yet again. Seeing that ship's wreckage in the intro to [=WC3=] still ranks up there as one of my most heartbreaking scenes in gaming.
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' has the battleship ''Gargantua''; the human SDF as a whole has an entire battalion of slightly lesser ships that Laharl blows through in a single [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscene]].
-->'''Flonne:''' I want a model of this ship!
** She gets satisfaction in the anime... [[spoiler:only better]].
** This also has a WaveMotionGun:
--->'''Gordon:''' You imbecile! Now's not the time to be impressed!
--->'''Gordon:''' That's the Astro Cannon, the EDF's ultimate weapon.
--->'''Gordon:''' Demon or angel, you won't escape a shot unscathed!
* ''KingdomHearts 1'' and 2 take this a step further, as they let you build your own CoolShip out of spare parts. A couple of the premade designs are fairly cool too, particularly ''2'''s Falcon Peak. And while the Gummi Ships do not have the coolest name of all time, let it be known that these ships are made out of ''transdimensional matter'' and are capable of inter-universal travel.
* The Mothership from ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. Six kilometers of the last hope of survival for your race, controlled by a woman directly linked into the processing system, capable of churning out fleets of ships in mere hours and traversing lightyears in the blink of an eye... And that's not even getting into what the ''Bentusi'' have.
** Hiigaran Battlecruiser and Interceptor from the second game.
** Not to mention the ''Kuun-Lan'' command ship from the stand-alone expansion pack. Better armed than the Mothership and can pack a fleet-destroying WaveMotionGun.
** Of course, the dreadnaught has a repulser field that can bounce that shot ''back into the command ships' face.'' Had a couple of mishaps because of that... The overwhelming majority of the Somtaaw fleet is composed of cool ships: kamikaze ships with holographic camouflage; unmanned Leeches that attach onto the enemy's hull and use concentrated acid to chew through the drive plasma conduits while hacking into the target's computers and supressing damage alarms; Sentinels that combine into [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion AT-Field]] wannabes; Dervish frigates that do ballet maneuvers while tagging enemy fighters with fast-tracking ion cannons... the list goes on.
** The ''Naggarok'' [[spoiler: the ship that [[TheVirus The Beast]] entered this galaxy in]] is one of the most intimidating ships in that entire series. It's huge, armed, infectious, and once [[spoiler: the [[GameBreaker super-advanced engines]] are repaired it can cross vast distances in seconds, while it would take your fastest ships tens of minutes. Something that large simply should not move that fast!]]
** It can do that because it has an '''inertialess drive'''. Though if we are already there, the counter to the ''Naggarok'' must be mentioned: Super Acolytes. A fighter with dual '''rapid-fire ion cannons'''. Mind you, that's destroyer-level firepower packed into a fighter!
** Apparently it's [[CoolStarship so cool]] it needs a second mention here, apart from being the first videogame entry. The [[spoiler:Sajuuk]] from Homeworld 2 is a very cool one as well, packing the most powerful weapon in the game. In addition, remember the thingy that enabled the Mothership to make such long-range hyperjumps? [[spoiler:Sajuuk]] has ''three'' which means it can hyperjump during battle with absolutely no cost. Let's recount: a super-heavily armored, 5km long and 1,500,000 ton ship with a [[WaveMotionGun Phased Cannon Array]], medium-range nanite cannons, quite fast self-repair and slow speed offset by the ability to execute tactical hyperjumps with no resource cost.
* The Furon Mothership and Scoutship(saucer) from the ''DestroyAllHumans!'' series.
* The ''[[FreeSpace FreeSpace series]]'' turns the CoolStarship into an art form. Both games feature several classes of massive capital ships that are thousands of times the size of the player's fighter, armed with not one but ''several'' [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Guns]] apiece, including a fleet of 80 alien juggernauts that, together, ''blow up a star''.
** One of the series' shining examples has to be the ''Lucifer'', the NighInvulnerable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9soWW_haNbM planet-killing superdestroyer]] that functioned as the first game's BigBad.
** By the second game, both sides have bigger nastier juggernauts that could take out a Lucifer without breaking a sweat. Unfortunately, the Shivans have the aforementioned 80 of them (that we see; they may well have far more elsewhere), but there's only one Colossus.
** The Freespace Open Source Project, a massive and still highly active collaborative effort that constantly updates the game with improved code, AI, mechanics, missions, and entire new mods/total conversions, understandably has its own fair share of cool ships. The ''VideoGame/BluePlanet'' series, in particular, features realistic and fantastic ships in fitting and excellent missions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' was full of these, being a full-on scifi as it was. The Rhinemaidens from the beginning of the story, the Elsa, and of course the huge megaship Durandal that's practically as big as the space station it docks with to become the Kukai Foundation's HQ. The Dammerung, as well, which is among the biggest ships ever covering ''10,000 square kilometers'' (just under the size of the country of Lebanon).
* ''NexusTheJupiterIncident'' featured the ''Angelwing'', an highly-advanced ancient cruiser built by the {{Precursors}} and capable of taking on fleets, [[spoiler:especially after the Mechanoid upgrade]]. It has the added benefit of looking really sleek and deadly, while most other ships in the game look blocky and fairly ugly.
** Almost as unique are three strange ships you find and fight in one level. While they lack shields, they are capable of {{Teleport Spam}}ming, and you're likely to lose a few ships in your task force, as trying to exit the battle is pointless when the enemy can teleport.
* ''InfinityTheQuestForEarth'' features ships as long as 5000 meters, or about three times of the Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer mentioned above.
* {{Albion}} has the Toronto, a ship that can transform into a mining facility, that automatically builds/repairs itself, and is virtually indestructible. And the whole thing is controlled by a single computer, and manned by relatively small crew.
* The ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' series has a number of cool ships. ''Nova'' alone has the cool-looking Modified Starbridge, the hideously powerful Polaris Raven, the very cool Auroran Thunderforge, and the SeriesMascot Kestrel... and the [[http://evn.wikia.com/wiki/Manticore Manticore]] - built out of junked Leviathans, it's probably the best ship for piracy in the game as its primary weapon, a ring of eight ion cannons named the Crown of Thorns, only disables and doesn't destroy targets, and its huge cargo carrying capacity can be converted to carry weapons.
* The CSS Astrid from ''GroundControl'' deserves a definite mention - it's introduced by way of hammering an opposing ship belonging to a technologically superior faction into retreat with just a couple of salvoes from its cannon... It then goes on to reappear in the sequel as a 300-plus-year-old derelict which just happens to still be in working order, and house an engine which would allow it to reach the next galaxy over...
* Pretty much any ship controlled by [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Durandal]] - the beginning of ''Marathon 2'' sees him destroy a Phfor battlegroup using a single stolen scoutship... which he had upgraded to be able to hit targets a twice the maximum distance a dedicated warship could; ten thousand years after that game he's upgraded to a [[{{Precursor}} Jjaro]] dreadnaught renamed ''Manus Celer Dei'' - given that a Jjaro ''spacestation'' was capable of creating blackholes as a weapon (to combat {{EldritchAbomination}}s), you're left wondering what a Jjaro ''warship'' could do to top that...
* While ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations II'' allowed you to build your own CoolStarships in a lego-esque design menu, a special mention has to go to the Arnor vessels you can sometimes find in special anomalies and turn to your side. Just one of these vessels has sufficient power to take entire enemy ''fleets'' of dreadnoughts on and shrug them off with minimal damage. God help you if you try to fight one of these in the hands of someone with a couple of Military Resource starbases. Your game is officially over.
* This is definitely the element of ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace''.
* Everything in {{Freelancer}} could qualify.
* Pick any starship type boss from ''VideoGame/{{Fraxy}}''.
* The StarshipTitanic: a t-shaped hotel in space with a luxury restaurant, bar, canals and lots of marble.
* ''StarControl'' had a number of these, but the crowning example has to be the ''Vindicator''[[note]]You can actually name it whatever you want, but that's its default name[[/note]], the protagonist's starship from ''Star Control II''. Properly equipped, it was far and away the most powerful ship that could be fielded, outclassing even the mighty Ur-Quan Dreadnoughts... and it was just a [[{{Precursors}} Precursor]] utility ship, not even designed for combat!
** And not even *finished*... the factory ran out of minerals long before construction was complete, so it's only the skeleton of a starship and *still* scares the crap out of most of the races you meet.
** Meanwhile the Ur-Quan have as their flagship the Sa-Matra, a bona fide Precursor warship. Its main weapons are said to have the capability to blow up ships from across a solar system, its ''point defenses'' can blow up entire fleets single-handedly, and is so heavily armored that it takes a bomb capable of an EarthShatteringKaboom to finally destroy it.
* Several of ships from ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}'' have [[HealingFactor self-healing armour]] and secret weapons.
* Olimar's starship, The Dolphin, from {{Pikmin}} is a cool starship if only because it is the size of a soda can, yet can travel between star systems at hyperspeed, can more or less withstand an asteroid impact and re-entry, and can even repair itself. And the ship from Pikmin 2 is certainly cool after its bling upgrade.
* Each player class in TheOldRepublic gets their own CoolStarship around the late tens of their character level, give or take, and can use it to fly StarFox style missions as well as transporting themselves around the galaxy.
* The ''Lincoln'' in VideoGame/MightAndMagic is a ''backup'' Ancient seedship. It is also fully capable of travelling around the galaxy for years without refueling, comes fully stocked with compliments of killer robots, blaster weaponry and wetsuits, can be parked underwater for years without problems ''and'' is easy to use even if you're not experienced with Ancient technology. Sheltem had a plan to turn XEEN into this, but luckily he was foiled (using a ''planet'', albeit a flat one that would die from it, as a starship is ''damn'' cool).
* ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' has plenty of awesome ships but the ones that stand out are the Capital Ships which are essentially [[HeroUnit Hero Units]]. ''Rebellion'' takes it even further by introducing Titan ships, massive starships that dwarf the Capital Ships, there two types for Loyalist or Rebels for each race.
* The [[http://galaxian.wikia.com/wiki/Galaxip_Dragoon Galaxip Dragoon]] from the {{Galaxian}} 3 series. What amounts to a small capital ship gifted with enough maneuverability to pull of an AirstrikeImpossible. It's later upgraded into the even cooler [[http://t.cyol.com/cache/temp/img/2011/09/1000/574/img/img_1317362380_4.jpg Dragoon-J2]], which is bigger while still providing the same level of agility.
* The XTM in ''VideoGame/MillenniaAlteredDestinies'' deserves a special mention. It's an [[OrganicTechnology organic]]-looking ship capable of space/time jumps and can go between galaxies in seconds (provided you get the right parts). It's strong enough to fight entire fleets, especially if you get better weapons. It's got everything you need to guide four separate species to dominance in a galaxy about to be taken over by a hostile force. It recharges by making a close pass of a gas giant, something that would likely crush any other ship like a tin can.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Shockwave}}:''
** The first game and its expansion have the UNSF Omaha, a United Nations space carrier orbiting Earth [[IWantMyJetPack in 2019.]] When the alien invaders start curbstomping Earth, the Omaha is the only thing that puts up an effective defense.
** The second game features the Cortez, a mercenary ship much smaller than the Omaha, but more than capable of exploring space through an alien PortalNetwork. The finale of the second game also has a colony ship built by the Sensci, cool because it's the only ship anyone's built with [[spoiler: a true FTL drive that bypasses the PortalNetwork.]]
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* [[http://www.dresdencodak.com/cartoons/dc_015.htm This ship]] from ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''.
* In the long-running comedy [[MilitaryScienceFiction Mil-SF]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' the mercenary company "Tagon's Toughs" advances through a series of starships of various sizes, the latter three with AI shipminds that are full characters. They start with the ''Kitesfear'' (small and patched, but with excellent fire coverage), to a used Tausennigan Ob'enn Thunderhead-class superfortress (ridiculously oversized) which dubs itself the ''Post-Dated Check Loan,'' then to one of its troop boats (the ''Serial Peacemaker,''), and most recently acquired the ship of a larger merc company, renaming it the ''Touch and Go.''
** This says nothing compared to some of the UNS Fleet. For example, the UNS Battleplate ''Morokweng'', a ship design originally intended to block asteroid impacts the hard way, and this particular example is implied to be even bigger than previously seen battleplates. Gets into a pissing match with both the ''Touch and Go'' and the ''Athens II'' at the same time, and is carrying enough pee to outpiss both of them and nearly feed the crushed remains into its annie plants.
** The Cloak of Untrammeled Dignity, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20040620.html here]].
* In ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'', Cecil and Giancarlo [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comic/page-42/ amaze Taylor with their extravagant ship,]] while declining to answer her question about how a couple of scruffy mercs were able to afford it...
* In the comedy SF webcomic ''StarslipCrisis'', the ''Fuseli'' is a star-traveling art museum, a repurposed "luxury battleship" originally named the ''Crimson Fall.'' It still carries its diamond-lined mahogany laser cannon.
* [[http://project-apollo.net/mos/mos233.html This ship]] from ''AMiracleOfScience''. The martians are not allowed to have battleships, so they call it a police cruiser.
* The ''White Knight'' from {{Terinu}}, personal fighter of Rufus Brushtail. Not only does it look cool, it's got the requisite "recovered from a junkyard" background.
* In ''SluggyFreelance'' Torg, Riff, and Zoe are ''very'' excited to [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=081124 get one of these]]. Though Riff ''is'' a bit disappointed it doesn't come with space lasers.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' gives us the ''Savage Chicken'', distinctly on the junky end of the scale. In the earliest strips, it's a non-flyer, without running water. Even as of July 2011, it is currently only repaired enough to serve as an orbital-only shuttle, pending funds for further work.
* QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger has two thus far--- Quinn's own ship, the Thunderbird, and the recently introduced Sapphire Star, a luxury cruise ship with a diameter measured in kilometers.
* In ''GirlsInSpace'' the girls' spaceship is a VW Bus
* The Chainless from MushroomGo sails on land and is powered by a star.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'' has the Machito after it's upgraded, and La Invencible.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has the Battleship Condescension, the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] Empress's signature starship that could go near the speed of light on manual power alone. Of course, being the Empress of [[TheEmpire a vast galactic empire]], she had a Ψiioniic [[AndIMustScream hooked up as the main battery]] so that [[UpToEleven the ship could go even faster]]!
* ''Webcomic/{{Westward}}'': The [[VehicleTitle Westward itself]] is humanity's first starship, a giant colony-ship that can leap across the galaxy in a second under the guidance of a [[MyBrainIsBig big-brained]] Martian scientist. And it packs enough power to shift the orbits of planets or create a mini super-nova if you aren't careful with the controls...
* In ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' we have the Velvet Knight, the starship of [[TheAce Ace]] and [[SimilarSquad his crew]]. [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/06/03/this-years-model/ The main viewport even looks like a pair of sunglasses]].
* Quite a few in ''Webcomic/AmongTheChosen'', but the ''Sabrosa'' stands out the most.
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* Nemesis in ''TheLastAngel'' is the first Dreadnaught built by Humanity and its first true warship. Chariots, the flagships of the Compact, also count.
* ''OrionsArm'' is chock-full of Cool Starships. Even though none of them are faster-than-light, it doesn't matter since everyone is immortal anyway. Most of said starships are also {{sapient|Ship}}, and often transapient, and have extremely propulsion technology - monopole-based "conversion" drive, which can render antimatter engines obsolete, is a commonplace standard-issue drive system, and the greater [=AI=] powers use various forms of ReactionlessDrive. The pinnacle of all are the Voidships, created and used only by the greatest archailects, which leave normal space altogether and exist within Alcubierre-esque void bubbles, and can only be detected as very fast moving gravitometric distortions.
* ''StarTrekPhoenix'' has the new Ascension class [[http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs42/f/2009/122/4/3/USS_Phoenix_in_low_orbit_by_MarkKingsnorth.jpg USS Phoenix]]
* ''TechInfantry'' has several. The ''EFS Stornoway'' is a fleet destroyer with an experimental graviton cannon. The freighter ''Resolve'' is a rusty bucket of junk with as much personality as the ''[[Franchise/StarWars Millennium Falcon]]''. And then there are the Star Control Ships, massive warships several miles long, and the Vin Shriak Worldships, hollowed-out asteroids refitted as warships several ''hundred'' miles long. [[HordeOfAlienLocusts The Bugs]] create starships partly by gluing together the dead bodies of their own workers and soldiers with ''saliva''.
* ''AHDotComTheSeries'' has several, most notably of course the eponymous MES ''AH.com'', which subscribes to the "vast rickety old warship with skeleton crew" setting similar to ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* The ''[[http://conceptships.blogspot.com/ Concept Ships Blog]]''. Your one-stop-shop for [[TravelCool obscenely awesome]] [[ExpospeakGag transportation methodologies]].
* The ''Literature/DominionAndDuchy'' universe has had several in fourteen 'sections' of the story so far. The main government has a Senate Tower that converts into a starship, what might be a major religious group has the Cathedrum Valencia, which is a flying tower with alabaster wings and holographic clouds swirling around it. There are also the three Earth ships that while not described are the first Earth ships to travel faster-then-light. The majority of the examples on this page are trumped by the Bellacroix. While it is the 'Capital City Ship of the Monolith Group', it is massive. It is described as being the size of the '''''Soviet Union!'''''
* The Unconstant Lover in TheEndlessNight is frequently described as a [[WhatAPieceOfJunk piece of junk]] but is also one of the most maneuverable cargo freighters in the galaxy due to the bizarre and dangerous modifications it has undergone, making it the perfect [[SpacePirates pirate spaceship]].
* The setting of [[http://www.countryshipyoors.wordpress.com The Countryship Yoors]] qualifies for this. As the same suggests, it's a ship. The size of a country. Of course, which country is never specified...
* [[TheAgeOfDusk The Idealist]], which is the first AI controlled ship created by the Tau Empire.
* NexusGate you yourself can own one!
* In ''Literature/PayMeBug'', the protagonist owns one. And he just got a windfall to use in upgrading it, too!
* ''Comicron 1'' from ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall''.
* The ''USS Exit Strategy'' from ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''. Not only can it reach Jupiter in just a few days[[note]][[BeyondTheImpossible and have wireless internet the entire way!]][[/note]], but it's converted from The Nostalgia Critic's house. Indeed, General Zodd was so impressed, he ordered Turrell to convert their ship into a house.
* The Freelancer Project's ''Mother of Invention'' from RedVsBlue is an incredibly cool starship, controlled by an equally cool AI.
** The ship that Sister arrives in Blood Gulch/Coagulation in ... ''may'' have a warp/relativistic/TimeyWimeyBall drive [[note]]Burnie Burns has admitted to being an unreliable narrator when comedy value is at stake, and Sister is an in-universe unreliable narrator[[/note]], is much larger on the inside, can be commandeered by an AI such as Sheila, was stolen by Tex, and is based on Halo's CoolSpaceship the Pelican dropship.
* WhateleyUniverse: Tennyo's ship in "Tennyo's Easter", which is fast even for an [=FTL=] craft, has an [=AI=] which may be smarter than Tennyo, and may be older than our solar system.
* On ''Roleplay/CerberusDailyNews'' a [[http://www.cerberusdailynews.com/valiant/forum/board/thread/?t=484 thread]] in the OOC section is all about making even more ships up to us in [=RPs=].
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* ''TransformersAnimated'' the Autobots had a junky old decommissioned warship serving as their mode of transportation. While not ''that'' cool, what made it cool was in the last episodes of season 2...[[spoiler:where it turns out the big but creaky old ship is in fact a single Transformer, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Omega Supreme]]]]. There's also Lockdown's ship that has the ability to become invisible.
** The original series has the Autobots' cool ship the ''Ark,'' although it crashes in the very first episode and spends the entire rest of the series being used as a ''building'' rather than a spaceship.
** And the Decepticons' flagship, the battlecruiser ''Nemesis'', which returned in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and really showed off her massive destructive ability before crashing in South America, to be rediscovered later by Megatron, who took out its power core to give himself a super-boost of power. Yes, he was empowered by the engine of his personal warship.
** Fortress Maximus, like his [[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters anime counterpart]], had a space battleship mode in the G1 finale "The Rebirth". Scorponok could also fly in space, in city mode... ''[[HandWave somehow]]''.
** ''TransformersCybertron'' gives us the ''Atlantis'', ''Ogygia'', ''Lemuria'', and ''Hyperborea'', four ancient Cybertronian starships equipped with loads of guns and self repair systems that keep them in good condition even through millennia of abandonment. The Atlantis was at the bottom of Earth's ocean, the Ogygia and Hyperborea were buried (the Hyperborea did have its temple-styled observation deck exposed, though), and the Lemuria sat for ages with its ventral decks in a lake. They can be merged into a colossal warship called the ''Ark''. There's also Vector Prime, who turns into one.
** And not to forget the Transformers that turn into spaceships: Cosmos, Sky Lynx, Omega Supreme, Blast Off, Astrotrain, Cyclonus, Scourge...
** Among the most unique ships is the Quintesson Cruiser, which is a spinning screw shaped ship. Mostly used by the Quintessons, and the Autobots used one and [[spoiler: [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu impaled Unicrons eye with it.]]]]
** ''TransformersArmada'' got its name for a very good reason. Both the Autobots and Deceptions field [[StandardSciFiFleet fleets]] of massive starships. One of the most notable are the Axalon and the Hydra Cannon.
* The ships from ''InvaderZim''.
* Planet Express Ship in ''{{Futurama}}''.
* All three GPSS Absolutions from {{Toonami}}
* Mator and Captain Roger from the [[PixarShorts ''Cars Toons'']] "UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater" and "Moon Mater", respectively.
* [[MadScientist Jumba's]] spaceship from ''LiloAndStitch'', and the massive spaceship Gantu captains early in the movie.
* [[http://toonbarn.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Aya-in-Frontier-Space.jpg Aya the Interceptor]] from the [[GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries Green Lantern animated series]] is a Green Lantern ''starship''. Oh, and it's the fastest thing ever created by sentient beings.
* Most ships from the French cartoon Once Upon a Time...Space. The coolest ones were the warships used by the republic of Cassiopeia.
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* There is so far nothing in existence that can be called a true "spaceship", i.e, a space-equivalent of an oceangoing vessel, which could be loosely defined as a reusable space vehicle [[note]]Oceangoing ships are reusable - they can be resupplied, and make the same trip several times, or travel to different destinations. A one-shot exploratory craft could be more accurately described as a probe, than a ship.[[/note]] capable of practically traversing interplanetary or at least cislunar distances [[note]]I.e, they're not limited to the harbor of Earth orbit.[[/note]], and not necessarily aerodynamic in any sense or designed to land anywhere[[note]]I.e, the vehicle stays in space, although it can deploy landers or shuttles to planetary/lunar surfaces - similar to ocean vessels, which never intentionally come ashore, but can carry small boats or hovercraft which do.[[/note]]. And a true starship - a spaceship which can practically traverse the huge distances between stars - is much farther off. The International Space Station was built and space and stays in space, but it doesn't go anywhere, and even the Apollo command modules were one-shot non-reusable deals. So technically, this trope is not yet TruthInTelevision. That doesn't stop the following quasi-examples - unmanned probes, surface-to-orbit launch craft, and realistic proposed spaceships which could be (but have not yet been) built - from being cool.
* The Space Shuttles, in spite of their flaws, qualify as "cool", if for no other reason than that they are among the relative few spacecraft recently in use (by July 2011, the fleet was retired).
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cb/Energia_buran.jpg How about the shuttle and its accompanying tank/booster combo that the Soviets built?]]
* The massive [[CompensatingForSomething Saturn V]] rocket, with the Apollo capsule and lunar lander were awesome.
* The Proton rocket. Most launchers launch satellites. This thing launches space stations, or at least modules thereof.
* The Scaled Composites [=SpaceShipOne=] was an awesome little white epoxy rocketplane with a unique movable tail/wings combo and blue star decals. The still-being-constructed [=SpaceShipTwo=] ups the ante by being silver and black. [=SpaceShipTwo=] has now been revealed and, yes, it is still freaking cool.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Space_1 Deep Space 1]] was only an unmanned space probe, but it was propelled by an ion engine, several times more efficient than a normal (chemical) rocket. ''Dawn'' and ''Hayabusa'' are also propelled by ion engines - the latter being the first spacecraft to collect samples form an asteroid and bring them back to Earth, and the former being the first double-orbiter probe - planned to orbit the asteroid Vesta, then leave under power once its done collecting data and fly to the dwarf planet Ceres. Ion engines accelerate much much more slowly than rockets[[note]]at max. throttle, Deep Space 1's engine produced a third of an ''ounce'' of thrust[[/note]] so they can't be used as launch engines, but once in space, their ability to fire for a very, very long time means that they eventually hit velocities far greater than what a rocket with the same amount of propellant could manage.
* ''Voyager 1'' and ''Voyager 2'' -- so far, among humanity's ''only'' starships, together with Pioneers 10 and 11, as they've recently left the Solar System. Bonus coolness points for the fact that they're still working after ''thirty years'' in space, plus ''Voyager 2'' being the unique probe that has explored the four outer planets.
* The ''Cassini'' spacecraft, currently in orbit around Saturn. Extra coolness points because she carried a lander -Huygens- that landed in Saturn's moon Titan in January 2005. .
* Heck, pretty much ''any'' real-life spacecraft qualifies as cool, even if only because they're going to be the great-granddaddies of everything you see above. Also, because while everything else listed above might be only plastic/CGI models in real life, these things ''actually go into space''. Can't beat that.
* And apart from the above craft, which exist, there are plans for spaceships we ''could build'' in the near future if we had a reason to - they'd be awfully expensive, probably built in orbit like the $157 billion International Space Station, but unlike the station, they would need to have engines, large amounts of propellant, much stronger shielding and cooling, and a greater stock of supplies for manned missions, if the journey is years long and two-way with no resupply from Earth. And would thus be proportionally more expensive. Notably, chemical rockets of the sort used for launching into orbit would be woefully inadequate for taking manned missions or heavy robotic payloads to other planets, given their terrible fuel efficiency. Any true spaceship would need a far more powerful propulsion system. A few such designs existing today include:
** Project [[OrionDrive Orion]][=/=]Nuclear Pulse Propulsion - a spaceship powered by ''[[DeusExNukina frickin' nuclear bombs]]'', which works by dropping a nuke behind it, detonating it and riding the explosion using a massive inertial plate at the back of the ship. With thousands of thermonuclear shaped charges, such a ship could conceivably reach a small fraction of the speed of light, making it useful for trips to Mars or the outer solar system, or very slow interstellar travel. Such a ship ''could'' feasibly launch from Earth directly, but with... unfortunate and rather obvious side effects. Orion, despite its inelegance, is the most powerful propulsion system presently in existence, and the closest thing we have, at the moment, to a fusion drive. BUT... it can't be built due to international treaties banning the use of nuclear weapons in space, not to mention the fear that terrorists might get their hands on some of the bombs or the technology used to manufacture them. Fictional implementations often switch it from nuclear bombs to pellets of fusion fuel mix with the detonation arising from laser-based inertial-confinement fusion.
** [=NERVA=] / Nuclear Thermal Propulsion - a spaceship powered by nuclear thermal engines, which use a fission reactor to heat up and energize a propellant before spitting it out the back at high velocity. There are several versions of the design using solid, liquid and gaseous reactor cores and various different choices of propellant. The reactor would also generate power for the ship when not being used to fire the engines.
** [=VASIMR=] / Electric Propulsion - a spaceship driven by [=VAriable=] Specific-Impulse Magnetoplasma Rockets, a type of electromagnetic plasma engine which heats propellant and ionizes it before accelerating it out through magnetic fields to generate thrust. This of course requires a source of electric power, which can be solar for inner system missions, but would probably require nuclear reactors for outer system or manned missions. An alternative to the [=VASIMR=] would be the Magnetoplasmadynamic Thruster ([=MPDT=]), which uses different methods - combined electric and magnetic fields - to achieve similar effects. A prototype [=VASIMR=] module is slated to be installed on the International Space Station soon, used for station keeping (maintaining orbital altitude) and for testing the properties of plasma propulsion in an actual space environment.
** The plasma exhaust ports also [[RuleOfCool look very]] ''Franchise/StarWars''-esque.
* One overall proposal for a true deep space ship is the [=NAUTILUS-X=] - a large reusable vessel for human exploration of the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and interplanetary space. Designed around modular units, with an integrated centrifuge for creating artificial gravity, to be assembled in Earth orbit like a space station. The proposal is designed to use solar power, and be driven by some manner of ion or plasma propulsion. The Long-Duration variant of the design can theoretically support a crew of six for a two year mission. (The obvious destination for such a mission? UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}.)
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