->''Obviously, Mid-Childan society has a lot of respect for [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet UA97's]] auto industry. Why would they call their children like this otherwise?"
-->--[[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/nanoha-spinoff-vivid-strike.30247/page-5#post-7069148 forum post]] regarding ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''

Vehicular ThemeNaming is the practise of naming characters after vehicles. Cars and water craft seem to be represented more than planes or trains. Strangely common in Japan, for some reason.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The natives of Cephiro and their magic spells in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' are named after models of cars (like Cephiro [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Cefiro itself]]).
** The leaders of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autozam_AZ-1 Autozam]] are named after American cars: the Eagle Vision and the Geo Metro.
** Their [[HumongousMecha mechs]] are also named as such.
* Likewise, many of the magical beings in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' are named after cars: the Opel Signum, Opel Vita, Opel Zafira and Maserati Shamal are the most prominent and were brought to attention by the {{fansub}}bers. Subaru Nakajima's name appears to be normal Japanese, but the fact that it's in Western format draws attention to the fact that both her names come from cars. Same with Fate ''Testarossa'' (Ferrari Testarossa) and her mother Precia (Nissan Presea, also seen in ''Rayearth''), and Yuuno Scrya has been suspected of actually being spelled ''Euno'' for Mazda Eunos. Given that, like ''Rayearth'', ''Nanoha'' is primarily about {{Magical Girl}}s who use [[{{Magitek}} techno-magical]] artifacts, this may be a direct homage to the earlier series. Teana Lanster is also named after the Nissan Teana. Lutecia and Megane Alpine get their surname from a French car (Renault Megane; and the sportscar manufacturer Alpine, assimilated by Renault).
** Interestingly, the Maserati Shamal itself is an example of ThemeNaming. In addition to Shamal, some of Maserati's other model names have been Mistral, Ghibli, Bora, Khamsin, and Karif. All of these are named after local winds, except for Ghibli, which is a word meaning "hot desert wind". (On a related note, Shamal's device is named Klarer Wind, and Hayate's name means "breeze".)
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is filled with people named after Japanese warships from WWII. In addition, the Horaki sisters are named after three train services of Japan's first bullet train line, the Tokaido Shinkansen: The Hikari service was the original, followed by the slower Kodama, and then by the much faster Nozomi. This appears to point to a convention to the theme naming: older=slower, younger=faster.
** In the remake, Asuka's surname is changed from Soryu to Shikinami, to reflect the now-changed background of the character. As per WordOfGod, Rei, Asuka and Mari are all named after the postwar Ayanami-class destroyers rather than their World War Two Fubuki-class namesakes (and the aircraft carrier Soryu, in Asuka's case).
* Similarly to ''Evangelion'', many military characters in ''[[Manga/ZeroSevenGhost 07-Ghost]]'' have names from UsefulNotes/WW2 Japanese warships: Ayanami, Hyuuga and Katsuragi in the manga, and Yukikaze in one drama CD.
* Mikasa from ''Anime/AttackOnTitan'' is named after an Imperial Japanese Battleship that served during the Russo-Japan War. It helps that Mikasa hits like a battleship.
* Most of the military characters from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are named after aircraft or vehicles, whether [=WW2=] era or present-day: Mustang, Hughes, Bradley, Hawkeye, Hayate, etc.
* The original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has several members of the White Base crew derive their names from WWII-era fighter planes; Amuro Ray comes from the Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Zero ([=A6M=] in Japanese is "A-Roku-Mu", and "zero" is "Rei"); Kai Shiden from the Kawanishi [=N1K2-J=] Shiden Kai, and so forth. A few post-war planes are referenced as well. M'Quve's second in command, Uragang, is named for the Dassault Ouragan, first fielded in the early years of the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict.
** A few subsequent series continue this tradition as well. [[Anime/GundamZZ Mashymyre's aide-de-camp, Gordon Goh]], is named for the Horten Ho/ Gotha Go 229 prototype jet fighter-bomber.
* The Saberdolls from ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' are named after German tanks from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (Tiger, Luchs, and Panther.) This also qualifies them for AnimalThemeNaming.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' - ToyShip members [[KidSamurai Yahiko]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Tsubame]] are theme named based on a train line.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'': The Valkyries' last names are Evora, Ferrari, Porsche, Renault, and [[spoiler:(Ouka) Honda]].
* ''Anime/PorcoRosso'''s Gina is named after the nickname of the Fiat G-91 fighter (designated the Ghibli), while Yankee [[TheRival rival]] Curtis is dubbed in honor of the American Curtiss aircraft company (and maybe [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_LeMay Curtis LeMay]]). Miyazaki [[AuthorAppeal really likes]] planes, Italy and TheThirties.
* Most of the characters from the ''LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika'' are named after various cars and automakers: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAZ Gaz Empire]], its titular princess [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaika_(car) Chaika]] Ga..akhem.. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant Trabant]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acura Acura]] siblings, count [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abarth Abarth]], etc.
* The Princes from ''Anime/LadyJewelpet'': (Porsche) Cayenne, (Alfa) Romeo, (Toyota) Soarer, (Toyota) Levin and (Lamborghini) Miura.

* ''Fanfic/PeaceForgedInFire'': Several of the Romulan ships are named after the {{Generation Ship}}s that took the Romulans to Romulus in ''Literature/TheRomulanWay''. Among them are the three leads' ships--D'trel's ''Kholhr'' (''Vengeance''), Morgan's ''Aen'rhien'' (''Bloodwing''), and Velal's ''Eyhon Eludet'eri'' (''Lost Road'')--as well as the RedShirt ships ''Delevhas'' (''Shield'') and ''Eyiv s'Rea'' (''Rea's Helm'').
* ''Fanfic/ReimaginedEnterprise'': The NX-class ships are named after space shuttles. (See ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' below).

* One of the members of the Kamikaze team in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' is named Suzuki Toyota Oshinawa. Presumably, given how Japanese names work, it's probably not his birth name.

* Ford Prefect in ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', whose name came from his mistakenly thinking that cars were the dominant lifeform on Earth when he first arrived. Becomes a theme with the introduction of Hillman Hunter in ''Literature/AndAnotherThing''.
* Creator/StephenFry wrote a novel and realized only halfway through planning it that [[ItsBeenDone his idea was basically]] ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''. He made it an intentional WholePlotReference with {{Meaningful Name}}s of one sort or another for the characters; Mercedes's counterpart is called Portia.
* ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' continues the trend of NX-class ships bearing the names of space shuttles (the ones seen in the show itself were called ''Enterprise'' and ''Columbia'', just like the first two space shuttles).
* In ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'', it's not uncommon for people on Solaris to be named after 20th century cars, such as Dodson '''Chrysler''' Sarmishkidu and '''Benz Fiat''' Shalmunazar. A bit strange, considering the events take place 20,000 years from now.

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* Douglas and Martin in ''Radio/CabinPressure'' seem to get their names from [=McDonnell=]-Douglas and Lockheed-Martin, respectively. (Their plane is said to be a "Lockheed-[=McDonnell=]".) Hercules, meanwhile, is named after the military plane in-universe, and has brothers called Wellington and Harrier.

* The HornyDevils from the {{Hentai}} game and anime ''Viper GTS'' are named after cars: Carrera, Mercedes, and Rati (as in Mase'''rati''').
** Hell, even the title is also named after a car (Dodge's).
* Irvine's guns in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' are named after famous warships: Valiant, Ulysses, Bismarck, and Exeter.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Snow Villiers]] is named after a French motorcycle manufacturer, hence the appearance of his summon.
* The Four Devas in ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' are named after cars - Debonair, Figaro, Previa, and Lebaron, although Lebaron's name was changed to Luvalon in the English version.
* [[SpacePirate Pirates]] in the ''Videogame/{{X}}-Universe'' series name their [[UsedFuture flying-scrapyard]] capital ships after [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Age of Sail]] ship classes - Brigantine, Galleon, Carrack, and Caravel.
* The first ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'' game has villains who are named after vehicles, such as Merak (Maserati Merak), or car-related terms, such as Daytona (Daytona racing).

* In the Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}, we have Ultra-Car, who probably shouldn't count since s/he was, originally, an actual car. However, in the AlternateUniverse SpinOff ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge,'' human counterpart "Carla" plays it a bit straighter.

* In the seventh season penultimate episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark named ''Raisins'', the waitresses serving at the Hooters parody store have dulcet names like Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari and Lexus.
* Part and parcel of ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots'', especially the toys. Feel free to guess what kind of vehicles Cy-Kill, Scooter, Cop-Tor, Dumper, Super Couper, Throttle, Tail-Pipe, Zero, Buggy Man, and Loco turn into...

* The multitudes of porn actresses who name themselves "Porsche," "Mercedes," "Lexus," etc. The connotation is one of wealth and luxury, and rare pleasures.
** As a sidenote, Mercedes is (or better, was - thank you, Mr. Daimler) a perfectly fine given name for a girl. [[InvertedTrope The car was named after Mercedes Jellinek]], daughter of an Austrian merchant.
* Former Michigan Congressmen William Ford, Bob Carr, and Dick Chrysler. Ford is a descendant of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. Oddly, the most famous political Ford from Michigan, UsefulNotes/{{Gerald|Ford}}, was not related.
* The space shuttle orbiters (''Challenger'', ''Discovery'', ''Endeavour'', ''Columbia'' and ''Atlantis'') were all named after sailing ships.
* Technology companies often go with a theme for codenaming their products. AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) used LocationThemeNaming and then AnimalThemeNaming before they began using the names construction vehicles, such as Bulldozer or Excavator.