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Some teams have their own outfits, others have a TeamPet, and then there's these guys and their (usually) CoolCar. This vehicle is the team's metallic pet: Most of the time, it will sport the team's or character's logo, have its own affectionate surname and be seen in almost every episode.

The transport is typically relative to the setting, and scope of the story. In a sea/space faring series it may be the teams main/mothership. A group of teenagers probably has a van they can all fit into. A solo adventurer probably has some type of one-seater.

For most characters, that one car is part of the team/family, and they don't care if it's a rusty old pile of scraps. In science fiction, if the vehicle has a sufficiently advanced AI/navigation system it can double as a RobotBuddy. In fantasy it may be a ([[NominalImportance named]]) horse, or mythological creature in which case it can double as a TeamPet.

It's not unusual for TheLancer or otherwise the '[[BadButt cool]][[BadAss est]]' member of the team to get a personal vehicle or CoolBike, to emphasize just how cool they are.

SisterTrope to ThemeMobile, where the vehicle sports the team colors but isn't iconic/emotionally linked to the character/team. See also GlobalAirship, which is usually a SignatureTeamTransport for a party of RPG heroes.

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!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* CaptainHarlock, his crew and his ''Arcadia'' .
* Until ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' came along, the Magic Cloud was this to Goku.
** Then there's Frieza's flying seat. He only left it when there was literally nobody else left to fight the heroes.
* Almost every single crew in ''Manga/OnePiece'' has his own ship with their customized Jolly Roger, the most obvious example being the Strawhats' ship, the Going Merry [[spoiler:and later, the Thousand Sunny.]]
** There's also Aokiji and his bicycle. That he uses to cross the seas. [[SuperDrowningSkills Better not fall off]]...
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has the angel's Hummer "See-Through" and the demon's limousine "G-string".
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' (aka ''BattleOfThePlanets''): G-Force had the ''Phoenix'', a ship which contained four smaller vehicles and could change into a fiery bird-shaped craft.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' and Racer X had the Mach 5 and the Shooting Star, respectively.
* ''TenchiMuyo'': While not customized, Ryo-Ohki blurs the line between this and TeamPet.
* The Dai-Gurren in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' serves both as this and as the team's headquarters.
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' has Tabitha and her familiar, ''a dragon'', Saito and the WWII plane...
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[[folder: Card Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG, The Gigant Carrier is a transport vehicle that carries the Gearunits (Geargiaccelerator, Geargiattacker, Geargiarmor, and Geargiarsenal).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Bat-vehicles for the Franchise/{{Batman}} and the Bat Family, especially the Batmobile.
** Robin is typically seen with a motorcycle.
* The Comicbook/FantasticFour have a huge jet that can be separated into four smaller ones.
* ComicBook/GastonLagaffe's ''death car''. That thing is responsible for at least half of global warming. ''AT LEAST.''
* ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'''s surfing board.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': Nite Owl II has "Archie", an owl-themed aircraft that recalls his old days as a vigilante.
* The Blackbird from ComicBook/{{X-Men}}. The original was literally a modified Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, illustrating that Professor X is both [[{{Fiction500}} ridiculously wealthy]] and incredibly well-connected, because Lockheed never sold such planes to ''anybody'' except the US government.
* WonderWoman has the invisible airplane, which she continues to use even though she can [[FlyingBrick fly on her own]]
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' have their Quinjets.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'''s magic carpet, who also doubles as a character.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': Doc Brown's Delorean. [[spoiler:And later, his ''train''.]]
* The Film/{{Ghostbusters}}' car with their logo on each side, "Ecto-1"
* K and J's black sport car in ''Film/MenInBlack''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' features the Millenium Falcon
** Except for Luke, he prefers his trusty old X-wing.
* Technically, at least in the movies, ''every single Film/{{Transformer|s}}'' and his vehicle form: It's shown that they ''can'' choose their vehicle forms, they just like that one car better. Probably.
* Tallahassee's tendency in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' to paint a 3 on any car he chose to drive.
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* SantaClaus' magic sled and his reindeer (they all have names, the most well-known being Rudolph).
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Almost every single ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' show will have a team ''Mecha'' made of each character's own vehicle.
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' had the camper Ginjiro, which had their name written on the side but isn't otherwise super-special.
** The old-school sentai series really liked to travel in style, with the mechs stored on a giant airbase. However, sometimes it wasn't a signature transport as much as a flying hangar that only appeared to release the bots.
** ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' does this trope more due to MerchandiseDriven. There's about always at least one vehicle that wasn't in sentai, and sometimes it's big, like the Mobile Command Center in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm.'' The most awesome must be the SHARC (Special Hydro-Aero Recon Craft) which can travel on air or water as the name suggests. The Rangers often arrived by leaping down from it in a circle formation.
* Series/TheATeam has its signature van.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': The compact cars driven by Chuck and others are technically owned by the Buy More and have the "Nerd Herd" logo on them.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'''s TARDIS, and the Third Doctor's "Bessie", a 1910's vintage car that he hyped up with a few (awesome) gadgets.
* TheDukesOfHazzard have the ''General Lee''
* ''KnightRider'': [=KITT=] doesn't ''quite'' qualify as this, being a member of the team in his own right and in fact arguably more valuable than Michael, but the 18-wheeler that served as a BaseOnWheels does.
* The red Ferrari in ''MagnumPI'' Robin Masters actually owns it, and there's often plot complications when Higgins takes away the keys, but it's still effectively Thomas Magnum's car. There's also TC's iconic striped Island Hoppers helicopter as seen in the opening credits, which Magnum and TC frequently (and in TC's case, ''reluctantly'') use during Magnum's investigations.
* Every series of ''StarTrek'' has its own primary starship, though on ''DeepSpaceNine'' the Federation's small Runabout-class starships are given as much or more screentime as the team's main starship, the U.S.S. Defiant.
* Series/MrBean's apple green compact car, which gets trashed in almost every episode.
* ''TheMunsters'' Grampa has Dragula.
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' had Starsky's red Gran Torino, which Hutch nicknamed "the striped tomato".
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has the Impala, which is almost a member of the family
* In ''Series/FXTheSeries'', the crew has their "Fx" van.
* Angel's black Pontiac GTO convertible in ''{{Series/Angel}}''.
** Gunn had his own for his team, his Ford F250, the War Wagon.
* Eric Forman's 1969 Vista Cruiser station wagon in ''That70sShow''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Rush from ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' fulfills all three roles by being Mega's one seater transport, TeamPet and RobotBuddy. Though in a series where all the main characters are androids the last bit is debatable.
* The Blue Falcon for Captain Falcon in ''VideoGame/FZero''. (Most characters' vehicles would count, but we see Falcon using it in other games such as ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'') In the Smash Bros. series he also have the Falcon Flyer.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has the Lemurian ship used to travel from continent to continent.
* Corki's plane in LeagueOfLegends.
* Each ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game has its own transport vehicle to get Shepard from the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy]]'' to the surface: the [[TankGoodness Mako]] in 1, the [[DropShip Kodiak]] in 2, and the [[SpaceFighter upgunned UT-47A Kodiak]] in 3.
* Samus's [[FaceShip Gunship]] in the ''Videogame/{{Metroid}}'' series.
* Wario's custom yellow-and-purple Wario Bike.
** Bowser and Bowser Jr have personal[[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld the Koopa]] ClownCars, Rosalina is never far from the[[SuperMarioGalaxy the Comet Observatory]].
* The Gold Saucer Buggy and later the Highwind airship for AVALANCHE/Team Cloud in VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII.
* The Corvega Motors Highwayman (the only working car in the wasteland!) for The Chosen One's team in VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}.
* The Great Fox from the VideoGame/StarFox series, had several emotional moments such as when it was in disrepair in VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures, and how they had to destroy it after it was upgraded in VideoGame/StarFoxAssault
* The Gummi Ship in VideoGame/KingdomHearts, but specifically the Highwind models.
** The Keyblade Gliders from BirthBySleep.
* Link is typically associated with Epona, or other unnamed red furred, white maned horses. Though some Links get their own transports depending on the game such as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker's'' The King of Red Lions or ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword's'' The Crimson Loftwing.
** Ganondorf also has The Black Gerudo Stallion.
* The Tornado from the SonicTheHedgehog series. Tails usually flies the biplane while Sonic stands on it's wings to get where they want to go. Playing as Tails (or Knuckles) in the Genesis games will put Sonic at the controls, however.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Since the Amazing Three of the WhateleyUniverse are an {{Expy}} of the Fantastic Four, they have their own building and their own transport, the famous Techno-Trike.
* ''WebAnimation/CheatCommandos'' has the Action Figure Storage Vehicle, a parody of MerchandiseDriven Saturday morning cartoons.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' gang and their Mystery Machine
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': As of TheMovie the kids would sometimes ride around in the Reptar Wagon. They also occasional rode on Tommy's [[TeamPet dog Spike]] as if he were a horse.
* The Trio from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'' have the Airship.
* ''Appa'' from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'': The Planeteers are most often seen in the Geo-Cruiser.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' has the Gadgetmobile.
* ''KiddVideo'' had that cool car-vehicle thing in which they rolled around the Flipside, that served as a mobile home.
* The titular vehicle in ''TheMagicSchoolBus''.
* The Dethcycle from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have two cars, the pink one being Homer's and the orange one Marge's.
** Also, Otto is almost always seen with the School Bus.
* The ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' have the Party Wagon or Turtle Van (a converted T2 Bus) and the [[HighlyVisibleNinja Turtle Blimp, both with their logo on it.]]
** One of the few things kept from TheNextMutation series was giving Raphael a personal motorcycle.
** The 2003 series renvisioned the Turtle Van as The Battle Shell (a converted armored truck), and Raph's bike as The Shell Cycle. It also gave them a bunch of other vehicles like the Sewer Slider (hovercraft) and Turtle Tunneler (drill). As the series went on they kept acquiring and building more including a submarine, helicopter, and a train.
*** All of the 2003 turtles vehicles were destroyed halfway through season 4, probably because they had way too many to keep track of. It was eventually limited to another new version of the Battle Shell (a converted moving van) and the helicopter.
** The 07 movie also implies that the Turtle Van has since been re-appropriated into Cowabunga Carl's van since they stopped being crime fighters. Raph still rides a motorcycle as Nightwatcher.
** The 2012 series re-imagines the Turtle Van again as The Shellraiser (a converted subway car). They also have interlocking and detachable go-karts called Patrol Buggys, and Raph has a Stealth Bike.
* Each racing team from ''WackyRaces'' has its own car with a unique design and gadgets.
** Each car had a distinctive name, too.
* The Thundertank from ''{{Thundercats}}''
* The Team from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' typically flies around in Ms. Martian's bio-ship. Eventually Superboy gets his own vehicle when Sphere transforms into a flying motorcycle.
* Dojo, the team's 1200 year-old shapeshifting dragon from ''XiaolinShowdown'' has a giant flying form that the team usually flies on at least once per episode. To a lesser extent: the Silver Manta Ray that's used whenever Dojo is unavailable for some reason.
* ''{{WonderPets}}'': the Flyboat
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' have their Javelins.
* The Planet Express Ship in ''{{Futurama}}''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* {{The Pope}}mobile.
* The [[RedBaron Richthofen brothers']] red fighter planes are one of the examples (the less well-known Lothar von Richthofen had his planes painted red with yellow, and after his brother's death black, tail).
* US Presidents have a tricked out personal airplane for long trips. The name "Air Force One," however, technically refers to any airplane that the President is currently in.
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