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In some works, there are sentient and sapient cars, buses, trucks, [=RVs=] (motorhomes), [=ATVs=], trains (steam-powered, diesel-powered, or light rail), train cars, airplanes, helicopters, boats, ships, spaceships, etc. Some of them maintain a {{Masquerade}}, some do not, and some live in a world of their own without humans.

This trope does not cover vehicles that happen to have [=AIs=] when those [=AIs=] are treated as separate entities that are not integrated into the vehicle itself. Also, with the exception of {{Living Ship}}s, they have to be inorganic (in other words, not a "living" being).

Things under the heading "Other" include farm vehicles, construction vehicles, motorcycles, [=ATVs=], and golf carts.

Subtrope of AnimateInanimateObject. Often overlaps with AutomatedAutomobiles and MagicBus. Supertrope of LivingShip, SapientShip, and SapientTank

See also SapientSteed and UpliftedAnimal.
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!!Examples:

!!!Automobiles (Cars, Buses, [=RVs=], and Trucks, etc.):

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* The Chevron Cars are Chevron Corporation's clay-animated stop-motion talking cars that feature in television commercials crafted by AardmanAnimations. Modern commercials retain the art style set by Aardman, but do it in CGI.
* The Red Car and the Blue Car in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4drNFXd6dw this Milky Way ad]].

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* In the fourth {{Doraemon}} movie, one serves as the FiveManBand's underwater exploration vehicle. It acts as somewhat of a DeadpanSnarker and {{Jerkass}} to most of the boys, although it acts nice to Shizuka, partly because she is nice to it. [[spoiler: In the climax, despite being stuffed into Doraemon's [[{{Hammerspace}} 4-D Pocket]], it hears Shizuka crying and bursts out, performing a HeroicSacrifice and taking down the BigBad.]]

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* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin RapeVan]] from ''HackSlash: Trailers 2''.

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* The cars in {{Disney}}[=/=]{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/ACarsLifeSparkysBigAdventure''.
* ''Dad, Can I Borrow the Car?''. The used cars for sale have distinct personalities, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGkVHnIwfZA here]].
* Benny the Cab in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''
* Herbie, ''Film/TheLoveBug''
* TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/{{Christine}}''
* The song "Worthless" from ''TheBraveLittleToaster''.
* Bumblebee as a car in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' before TheReveal that he and his friends are totally alien gaint robots from the space.
* ''Super Hybrid''.
* ''RoadTrain''
* ''[[VideoBrinquedo The Little Cars]]''
* The titular ''ChittyChittyBangBang''.
* ''Film/IBoughtAVampireMotorcycle'' has a malevolent, sentient motorbike that is possessed by a demon.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the first book in Creator/DianeDuane's young adult ''YoungWizards'' series, ''So You Want To Be A Wizard'', the two protagonists enter an alternate Manhattan that is populated by sentient cars that spend most of their time trying to kill each other.
** Kit manages to befriend one, a Lotus Esprit, by pulling a piece of metal out of its wheel. Later, as he and Nita are nearly chased down by the [[BigBad Lone Power]], the Lotus [[YouShallNotPass stands between them,]] [[spoiler: and ends up being [[HeroicSacrifice crushed to death.]] However, at the end of the book, it [[HeartwarmingMoment reappears in]] [[{{Heaven}} Timeheart.]]]]
* ''Literature/{{Christine}}''
* The train Sei follows in ''Literature/{{Palimpsest}}''.

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* ''TheTwilightZone''
** TOS episode "You Drive". After a man kills a boy in a hit and run accident, his car develops a mind of its own and forces him to confess to the crime.
** Episode "A Thing About Machines", where a man is tormented by the machines in his home, among them a car which ends up chasing him into a swimming pool where he drowns.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had an episode that dealt with this trope: Sabrina purchased a car from the Other Realm and it turned out to have a mind of its own. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued]] as the car pestered Sabrina about the way she treated it.
* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' basically imitated the Sabrina example ([[FollowTheLeader as it so often does]]) with a cab that Alex reanimated.
* Somewhat subverted in ''MyMotherTheCar'', as it's Mother's spirit that animates the old Porter, but from her speech she might as well really be the car.
* K.I.T.T. in ''KnightRider''.
* [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Carranger]]/Series/PowerRangersTurbo had a pair of sentient flying cars from outer space. Also, the Crabbie Cabbie, a MonsterOfTheWeek from [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers the first series.]]
* The cast of the preschool series ''The Big Garage''. Which also features a talking gas pump.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E01Pilot pilot episode]] the ghost possesses the Impala and uses it to chase down the Winchesters and force them off the bridge.

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* ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballBigRaceUSA Pro Pinball: Big Race USA]]'' is about a cross-country road race by cartoonish cars with eyes in their headlights.

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* Some ''ShinMegamiTensei'' games have Oboroguruma, which are ghost/demon cars that talk.
* When ''ChoroQ'' series steps into the RPG WideOpenSandbox genre, every car in it is this.
* ''Seek and Destroy'' features sentient ''tanks!'' What makes it funny is the fact that, despite being, well, tanks, the still manage to use a number of human mannerisms, for example, one tank, upon discovering his mooks failed to stop the main character, literally ''jumps up and down'' in anger. There's also the appearance of ''tank priests.'' It brings to question what sort of religion they follow. Oh, and then there's the final boss, the Tank Emperor, with his [[OneWingedAngel Three forms]] ranging from a massive land cruiser, a bulbous SpiderTank, and finally, a blob of gears, wires, and pure energy.
* ''PuttPutt''

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* ''RoaryTheRacingCar''
* Ricardo the racecar in ''DocMcStuffins''.
* C.A.R. from ''TheReplacements''.
* C.A.R.R. from ''StrokerAndHoop''. Obvious parody of K.I.T.T. from ''KnightRider'', even though K.I.T.T. is an AI installed into a car.[[note]]And even though [[NamesTheSame "K.A.R.R."]] was the name of an evil clone of K.I.T.T. from the actual series.[[/note]]
* Some of the vehicle characters in ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder''
* Some of the road vehicles from ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', such as Bertie the bus.
* Creator/WaltDisney's ''Susie the Little Blue Coupe''.
* Chugaboom from ''ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''
* WesternAnimation/SpeedBuggy
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelieAndTheChopperBunch'' -- pretty much the entire cast.
* MickeyMouse has a sentient car in the short "Mickey's Rival". And a sentient taxicab in another, much earlier short "Traffic Troubles".
* There was an episode of ''KimPossible'' where an inventor had created a self-driving car with a female personality.
* Noddy's car, Car from ''{{Noddy}}''.
* "Kitty", in ''CodeMonkeys'', is K.I.T.T. After K.I.T.T. made the decision to become a rapist after being jilted by Michael.
* The characters of [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Construction_Site Jim Henson's Construction Site]].
* Friz Freleng's 1936 cartoon [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ''Streamlined Greta Green''.]]
* Creator/TexAvery's [[TexAveryMGMCartoons MGM cartoon]] "One Cab's Family".
* The Ghostbuggy from ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''.
* ''TheMagicSchoolBus''
* ''Auto B Good''
* The cartoon version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' had the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dragster Of Doom]] (or "Doomie") for short. A sentient car created through mad science. Oh, and he's also a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werecar]], transforming into a monsterous version of himself whenever he's in pain or to chase dogs.
* Tonka's ''Chuck and Friends''
* The [=UmiCar=] from ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi''
* The toon cars and trains in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'', most notably Ma Parker, the toon tow truck from "Calling All Cars" The episode does answer the question of what is behind the eyes in the windshield of windshield eye cars; it's a cabin complete with a steering wheel, seats, and seatbelts.

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!!!Spacecraft (Rockets, Spaceships, etc.):

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* In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jesus_Incident The Jesus Incident]], Ship.
* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Literature/{{Berserker}}'' series, the Berserker ships.
* Many spacecraft in [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] series.

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* The titular ''{{Lexx}}''. Admittedly it's not ''especially'' intelligent, but it can blow up entire planets.
* Moya from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Gomtuu Gomtuu]]

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* In the ''{{Futurama}}'' episode "Love and Rocket," the Planet Express Ship gets a new AI, which quickly falls in love with Bender.
* Captain Roger the space shuttle from the DVD-exclusive ''[[PixarShorts Cars Toon]]'' "Moon Mater".
* Rocket from ''LittleEinsteins''

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!!!Trains, Monorails, Trolleys, Steetcars, and Train Cars:

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* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' had the digital world populated by machine digimon called Trailmon, who were basically sentient trains who carried their passengers to certain locations. Many of the trailmon had different looks, voices, and personalities, some even resembling mechanized animals, a kettle, and even Frankenstein.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' also had the machine digimon Locomon, which traveled on conventional dual metal rails, unlike the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyro_monorail single metal rail]] used by the Trailmon of later works in the franchise.
* ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has both SL-Man and Poppo-chan. SL-man is a regular steam locomotive, while Poppo-chan is a baby train, about the size of ones that you'd find on a child's ride.

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* Casey Jr. in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxeLR_To0lc#t=1m05s here]].
-->All aboard! Let's go!
* Little E and the other trains from ''TheLittleEngineThatCould'', the film of the book. Also in the 1991 direct-to-video adaption.
* The nature-loving steam train from the {{Soyuzmultfilm}} work ''Train from Romashkova''.
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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Engine_That_Could The Little Engine That Could]]''
* Blain the Mono from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.
* The .007 from the RuyardKipling short story of the same name.
* ThomasTheTankEngine is actually an [[AdaptationDisplacement adaptation]] of a series of books called "The Railway Series" by the Rev. W. Audry[[note]]Further, Thomas wasn't originally the main character. He didn't even appear in the first book[[/note]].
* ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'': Iron Girder the locomotive achieves sentience when so many people see her go until she basically becomes the goddess of all things steam-powered.

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* ''MisterRogersNeighborhood'' had a model trolley that seemed to be able to converse with Mr. Rogers, as well as with the inhabitants of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

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* ''StarlightExpress'', a very loose adaptation of ''The Little Engine That Could''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' and friends
* {{Chuggington}}
* [[ColorClassics ''PLAY SAFE! PLAY SAFE!'']] featured a rather demonic-looking steam locomotive that actually [[NightmareFuel scared the lives out of children that have watched this short.]]

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!!!Airplanes, Helicopters, and Other Aircraft:

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* ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has Tsubasa-kun.

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* Pedro the airplane from ''SaludosAmigos''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'':
** Rotor Turbosky, Kathy Copter, and Ron Hover the helicopters
** Al Oft, the blimp
** Barney Stormin, the biplane and the four fighter jets.
** Siddeley, the fighter jet from the sequel.
** Props [=McGee=], Captain Munier, the Falcon Hawks, and Judge Davis from the [[PixarShorts ''Cars Toons'']].
** The entire SpinOff film ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Windy Plane, the first boss of ''VideoGame/NinjaBaseballBatMan''. It's an anthropomorphic prop plane that stands on its tail and punches the player with its front wheels, no less.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/JayJayTheJetPlane''
* Harold the helicopter and Jeremy the jet from ''ThomasTheTankEngine''
* The planes in the 1980s UK animated series ''Jimbo and the Jet Set''.
* "Little Johnny Jet," a 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon [[TexAveryMGMCartoons directed by Tex Avery]].
* ''BudgieTheLittleHelicopter'' (also adapted from a book series)
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!!!Boats, Ships, Submarines and other Seacraft:

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* Little Toot in ''MelodyTime''.

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* ''DiveOllyDive''
* Captain and Bulstrode from ''ThomasTheTankEngine''.
* Several anthropomorphic boats can be seen in the ''[[PixarShorts Cars Toons]]'' "Tokyo Mater", "Moon Mater" and "Mater, Private Eye" and ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2'' has got Crabby the fishing boat and Tony Trihull the combat ship.
* ''{{TUGS}}''.
* ''TheodoreTugboat''.
* Tugger, Russel Crow's boat from an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* Bucky on ''JakeAndTheNeverLandPirates'' seems to have limited sentience, in that he will obey commands and sometimes act independently. He can't talk, though, and is mostly just used as a way to get from place to place.

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!!!Other:

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* Elea in ''{{Blassreiter}}''. Joseph's jet bike with chatty and [[FairySexy all-around shapely]] little [[ProjectedMan holographic avatar]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', there are tractors that act like cows and a combine that acts like a bull.
* In one of the ''Maters Tall Tales'' shorts, there were bulldozers that acted like bulls.
* A tie-in storybook based on this series called ''Mater Saves Christmas'' showed [[SantaClaus Santa Car]] (a vehicle resembling a Dusenberg) being pulled by snowmobiles that acted like reindeer. Bessie, on the other hand, despite also being a bulldozer herself, [[FurryConfusion is for some reason, not anthropomorphosized.]] The sequel featured a giant dump truck near the beginning that presumably acted like a bison. Another one of Mater's stories features "The Banshee", a monstrous earth-mover.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* In ''TabletopGame/DianaWarriorPrincess'', Diana has a sentient (but not sapient) motorcycle, that behaves like a horse.
* ''Warhammer40K'': Many Chaos vehicles are possessed by demons, giving them an urge to kill and destroy. DependingOnTheWriter, "machine spirits" can be this as well.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LocoCycle LocoCycle]]'', brought to you by the same people that made ''VideoGame/SplosionMan'', has you playing a sentient female motorcycle assassin.
* One of the races in ''ProgressQuest'' is "Enchanted Motorcycle".

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The main vehicle characters in ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'' are construction vehicles.
* Terence, Trevor, George, and the Pack from ''ThomasTheTankEngine''.
* The entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/WheelieAndTheChopperBunch''
* The title character in the HannaBarbera cartoon ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Wheels Wonder Wheels]]''
* ''JungleJunction'' mixes this with MixAndMatchCritters.
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