[[quoteright:300:[[WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blt-10_5178.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Animate even when they aren't plugged in.]]
%% Image Pickin' conversation: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=73wohybx4ged8znzdjpbnqk6

->''"The boulder helped, too. He only had to push it a little. Mostly it crawled on its own. That was nice, but he wished it wouldn't moan so. Boulders shouldn't moan. Especially not in French. It wasn't fair to make him listen to it."''
-->-- '''Creator/DavidBrin, Sundiver'''

It's common in media to allow inanimate objects the power of motion. Sometimes this is done for plot reasons. Sometimes this is done to add an element of surprise or the supernatural to a work. Whatever the reason, this trope is for when typically inanimate objects are self animated in a work.

When this happens, it is always obvious to the viewer and to any characters aware of the process. Depending on the object and whether there's a {{Masquerade}} going on, it might be obvious to everyone. Often objects that have this trope applied to them are anthropomorphized to a degree. Normally they are just given faces, but they may also be able to interact with their environment and hold things in ways that you wouldn't think a sofa would be able to.

How and why this happens varies from work to but there are some common variations:
* They were always animate to begin with, but they often have to maintain a {{Masquerade}}. In that case this will generally hold true for all the same objects or to put it better the representatives of their kind.
* [[LoveImbuesLife They were made animate]] by ThePowerOfLove.
* They absorbed some kind of AppliedPhlebotinum, are HauntedTechnology, or AWizardDidIt. (See also InstantAIJustAddWater.)
* They are transformed humans.
* They are possessed.
* Or simply RuleOfFunny.

There's actually a Japanese mythological phenomenon based on this, called [[{{Obake}} Tsukumogami]], where objects come to life after a hundred years (one common example being the {{karakasa}}).

Compare CompanionCube, which isn't animate at all but which is treated as if it was. When they have a voice and fulfil a sidekick role to a bunch of humans, they're a TalkingApplianceSidekick.

Supertrope of:
* AnimatedArmor
* AnthropomorphicFood
* {{Cumulonemesis}}
* DancingPants
* {{Golems}}
* LivingHat
* LivingStatue
* LivingStructureMonster
* LivingToys
** SlidingScaleOfLivingToys
* LoveImbuesLife
* RockMonster
* SnarkyInanimateObject
* TalkingApplianceSidekick
* TalkingPoo
* TalkingWeapon
** WeaponWieldsYou
* SapientHouse
* SentientVehicle
** SapientShip
** SapientTank
** LivingShip
* {{Snowlems}}


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUNUwmi9OWg This 1998 commercial for Heinz Ketchup]] has living tomatoes squeezing themselves into ketchup.
* The Parkay ads with the talking Parkay container.
* Mr. Bag from the Sonic commercials.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Where to start with ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''? The main characters include egotistical confectionery Don Patch; the soft-serve ice-cream-headed Softon; walking jelly mold Jelly Jiggler, and Torpedo Girl. Non-main characters include hamburger men, the Dynamite Brothers, a green onion man (or is he garlic?), and talking fries and chocolate.
* ''Manga/SoulHunter'' has supernatural humans, animals, and objects; one mischievous spirit turned out to be that of a biwa and was able to return to human form once she absorbed enough moonlight.
* Moe from ''Manga/LoveHina'' - see the Japanese example in Myth and Legend, below.
* Beatrice from the manhwa ''13th Boy'' is a walking talking cactus with a face. He only talks and moves when around Hee-So Eun, the main character. Hee-So wonders if he's some sort of mutation. [[spoiler: The truth is that Beatrice was given a heart by her first boyfriend Whie-Young Jang, who possesses a mysterious magical power. He did something similar to his friend Sae-Bom's stuffed rabbit Mr. Toe-Toe, though he is no longer "alive."]]
* ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' has several of the household items in Ureshiko's home be alive, thanks to her magic.
* In ''Manga/ServantXService'', the pink stuffed bunny that appeared every now and then turned out in episode 4 to be no mere SeriesMascot, but the ''section manager himself''! Who is apparently so [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] that he had to resort to working via a remote controlled bunny....
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', [[spoiler:Oz the B-rabbit]] used to be a pair of ordinary stuffed toys. The Abyss gave the dolls a shared consciousness.
* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' has Lizet [[spoiler: who is actually a tea cup]]. To be precise, she's a Tsukumogami, and object that became living after 100 years of use and love.
* Kenjirou Isshiki of ''Anime/VividredOperation'' has his consciousness transferred to a stuffed otter for most of the series.
* The characters in ''Spoon-hime no Swing Kitchen'' from ''Series/OkaasanToIssho'' are kitchen objects that come to life every night.
** ''Boku no Tomodachi'', also formerly seen on ''Okaasan to Issho'', has animated appliances as major characters.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** The kingdom of Dressrosa is inhabited by LivingToys, who live peacefully alongside humans. [[spoiler:Except said "peace" is a farce held up by Donquixote Doflamingo; the toys are humans (and animals) who have been transformed by Sugar, one of Doflamingo's underlings. Thanks to her and his own power and influence, Doflamingo is able to mantain an iron grip on the country. Fortunately, all of the toys are returned to normal during the arc thanks to Usopp, throwing Doflamingo's influence over Dressrosa down the crapper and exposing the truth.]]
** Totto Land, the territory Big Mom rules over, is full of animated objects, such as Big Mom's own singing ships, the sleepy doors of said ships, food exclaiming how delicious they are, flying carpets, and much more. [[spoiler:They were created from Big Mom's Devil Fruit ability. It allows her to take pieces of a person's soul or lifespan, and put them in inside inanimate objects to make them alive and sentient (As well as make live animals anthropomorphic). Thanks to this huge number of objects and soldiers at her beck and call, she has eyes and ears all over her turf.]]
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia,'' there's one instance where [[PsychopathicManchild Russia's]] ScarfOfAsskicking comes to life and tries to ''strangle'' [[SitcomArchnemesis America]]. Notably, there have also been times that Russia has proclaimed that the scarf is a part of his body, and thus, he cannot remove it, and he does wear it near-constantly.[[note]] There are a few pieces of art where he's not wearing it, one in which he's wearing bandages around his neck.[[/note]]
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' this is the Quirk of Mimic, one of the top members of the {{Yakuza}} group the Hassaikai. He can "inhabit" an object up to the size of a refrigerator (or larger with the help of certain drugs) and move it freely as if it were his own body.
* In what may be the single most meta example of this trope, the inside cover for volume 3 of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' depicts the inside covers for the previous two volumes as schoolgirls (complete with SailorFuku) in a LoveTriangle. And then the inside back cover does the same thing, [[DrosteImage only with itself]].

[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''Animation/SayHiToPencil''. In case the title of the show didn't already clue you in, the main character is a sentient pencil. And he happens to live in a world populated by sentient pens.

* In ''ComicBook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw'' there is Magister Eikhoun's animated chair which Learoyd uses as a mount for a time.
* DependingOnTheWriter, Comicbook/DoctorStrange's Cloak of Levitation has the ability to move on its own and can also grasp and hold things like a second pair of hands.
* Linus's security blanket in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' starts stalking and attacking Lucy in one series of 1965 strips.
* Most items in New York became vaguely sentient and capable of movement during the X-Men crossover ''Comicbook/{{Inferno}}'' due to demonic possession.

* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/247151/august-19-2009/barney-frank-refuses-to-talk-to-a-dining-room-table Stephen is defeated in a health care reform debate by a table and a desklamp.]] He is the only one who can hear them though.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Doctor Who In Nine Easy Steps'', the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe is known thoughout as "[[Creator/SimonPegg Simon Pegg's evil ceiling]]".
* In the ''FanFic/TheDarkerKnight'', the television comes to life and teams up with Batman.
* The fangame ''[[VideoGame/CognitiveDissonance Mother: Cognitive Dissonance]]'' starts similarly. After making Alinivar go back in his cave to get a gold rock, there's a crash and his own piece of artwork comes to life to attack him. He then has to fight flowers after a second crash, and the objects only become weirder from there.
** ''VideoGame/{{Mother 4}}'' shows in its trailer one of your enemies is a living, brown Autumn leaf.
* In the fanfic ''Fanfic/TheAnnoyingMoleAHetaliaTrollfic'' Austria's mole is alive, and as you can guess, it is very annoying.
* The ChaoticEvil Volleyball of Terror from FanFic/CalvinAtCamp.
* [[IllogicalSafe Illogica Safe]] from ''WebAnimation/ZanyToTheMax''.
* ''FanFic/TriptychContinuum'': From ''[[Recap/TriptychContinuumAnchorFoal Anchor Foal]]'': After his first meeting with Fleur, Discord sneaks into the Canterlot Archives to learn about dating, doing so through bringing the books in the relevant section to life and having them lecture him on the subject. This quickly turns frustrating: while the books agree on what dating is, none of them can reach a consensus on ''how'' to do it, and he soon restores them to normal -- with the exception of a harem fantasy novel which wasn't even supposed to be in that section. (One of the junior Archivists had been reading it on the sly.) He winds up taking that book with him as a declared "research assistant." It's capable of speech and getting headaches without the benefit of having an actual head, it's a female, and as of Chapter 10, he's named her Harem Fantasy.
* ''VideoGame/OffbeatInTempo'' has various objects, including everyday items as mundane as a fridge or cakes, animated by magic. They are aggressive, unfortunate for anybody to come across them.
* In ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', there are quite a few of these in the Wizarding World, and naturally Hermione is campaigning for their rights as well. The most obvious one is the Sorting Hat, but there is also Rita Skeeter's Quick-Quotes Quill and various others.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'': All the electrical appliances are sapient and with their own personality. The protagonists got attached to their "master".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', only there's no need for a Masquerade as they are the ''only'' inhabitants of the earth.
** Though really, would there necessarily be a ''need'' for one anyway?
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' has all things that qualify as toys being alive and intelligent.
* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', while the prince was turned into the Beast, his servants were transformed into objects by the vengeful enchantress. They also pretend to be regular objects around strangers.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Magic Carpet.
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': Mickey the Sorcerer's Apprentice (no, not [[Film/TheSorcerersApprentice that one]]) animates some brooms to help him out. [[HilarityEnsues It does not go smoothly]].
* ''Disney/Fantasia2000'': "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" features the titular soldier, a music box ballerina, and a jack-in-the-box, all inexplicably alive.
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'': Casey Jr., the circus train.
* Creator/{{Pixar}}'s corporate logo is the titular lamp from their animated short ''WesternAnimation/LuxoJr'' It appears in the opening title of all of their films.
* Merlin in Disney's ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' owns a whole house of animate furniture, most prominently the tea set with the insolent sugar bowl. He also magically animated a castle's worth of things to clean themselves.
* Screwy the baseball and Darling the baseball bat from ''WesternAnimation/EveryonesHero''.
* Creator/GoldenFilms was fond of this trope. Most of the time they never explained exactly why the objects came to life:
** Prince Edward's possessions in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceAndThePauper1995''
** Melody's (Not [[AdaptationNameChange Esmeralda]] in their version) Instruments are alive, and tend to upstage the "Lead" Characters, in their version of WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameGoldenFilms. The most explanation we get is, she has some vague Magic, or something?
** Pocahontas' canoe in ''WesternAnimation/PocahontasGoldenFilms''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' has the contents of the museum come to life in secret every night, though the Masquerade seems to have been given up by the sequel.
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'': Regular appliances became Transformers when exposed to the MacGuffin in the live-action movies.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Eddie Valiant's gun and bullets, plus Benny the Cab. And EVERYTHING in Toontown! Even the buildings had eyes, and sometimes mouths.
** Same case and similar premise with ''Film/CoolWorld''.
* The killer tire from ''Film/{{Rubber}}''.
* At the end of ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', Miss Price casts the Substitutiary Locomotion spell on an old armory. The result? Animate suits of armor beating up the Nazis. It's ''exactly'' as awesome as it sounds.
* Everything in ''Film/MrToadsWildRide''. Even the water!
* All things Christmas related (toys, christmas cookies, decoration, etc.) in ''Film/{{Krampus}}'' for horror reasons (they can kill you).
* All vehicles in Creator/StephenKing's ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'' after they become sentient as a side effect from a comet, based in his short story ''Literature/{{Trucks}}''.
* Almost every piece of furniture in the cabin in ''Film/EvilDead2'' due to DemonicPossession.
* It doesn't become apparent until the final scene, but {{Mary Poppins}}'s umbrella can talk, and it's clearly ''not'' impressed with its owner's attempt to hide her feelings from her charges. (Unfortunately, she ''makes'' it shut up before it can speak its mind.)
* ''Film/AChairyTale'' is a Canadian short film about a fully sentient chair who refuses to let a man sit in it, zipping continually around the room while the man tries and fails to catch the chair and sit.

* A rope walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says, "I'm sorry, but we don't serve ropes here." So, the rope leaves. He meets another rope, who says, "I can get that bartender to give me a drink." The second rope enters the bar and orders a drink. The bartender says the same thing he said to the first rope, and the second rope leaves. The first rope is waiting outside for her, and when she leaves, the two ropes see a third rope, who says, "I can get that bartender to give ''me'' a drink." The first two ropes tell him, "No, they don't serve ropes there." However, he undoes his ends and ties himself into a knot, and then enters the bar. The bartender looks at the third rope and asks him, "Are you a rope?" He replies, "No, I'm a frayed knot."

* Stephen King's ''Literature/{{Christine}}'' is one. Then again, his usage of this trope (from [[Literature/TheShining Killer hedge animals]] to [[Literature/TheMangler laundry machines]]) is so prevalent in his work it has been parodied in WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy, where a Stephen King running low on ideas ([[AffectionateParody implicitly due to this trope and his prolific output]]) is reduced to pitching "Oooh, Scary Lamp!". [[spoiler: The pitch is accepted.]]
* The Luggage from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels is made of sapient pearwood and runs around on a hundred tiny legs. This being Discworld, there is no Masquerade involved. People just naturally get out of the way of the box that could eat them.
** Sapient pearwood Luggages see a fair amount of use in the Agatean Empire. However, ''the'' Luggage, the best-known in the novels, has been noted to be a [[HeroicComedicSociopath little more aggressive]] than its siblings. Judging by some descriptions of The Luggage's trip around the Counterweight Continent, it can also mate and have children.
** Discworld's trolls and gargoyles are implied to have originated when rocks and statues respectively became animate. The Power Of Faith can also have this effect, as shown in ''Pyramids'' when Dios's snake-headed staff becomes animated.
** Horace the cheese from ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}''. He's a wheel of Lancre Blue, which has been established in other Discworld books as being abnormally lively for a cheese under normal circumstances. Since Tiffany Aching, who is ''very'' good with cheese, made Horace, he apparently achieved sapience and started hanging out with the Nac Mac Feegle, who are also small, blue, and belligerent.
* The titular protagonist of ''Literature/TheVelveteenRabbit''.
* A variant is seen in the novel ''Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls''; the protagonist can speak to any inanimate object that has been handled by humans enough. Some of them have... unique... personalities, like the bomb that really, really wants to explode.
* The title character of the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series has a painting of a woman named Eleanor that may or may not be inhabited by her ghost. He's the only one who can see it move (since he was the only one who could see her ghost to begin with) and often talks to it, although she never answers.
** Garrett tends to invoke this trope facetiously, like when he describes tripping over furniture in the dark as if he's being attacked by a homicidal chair. With sixteen legs.
* ''Everything'' in ''Literature/TheAnnalsOfTheChosen'' can develop to at least an animal's intelligence. In areas dominated by nature, this means EverythingTryingToKillYou unless you [[VirginSacrifice make some sacrifices]], so to speak. Artificial objects are imbued with a desire to fulfill the purpose of their creation, which can still be a bad thing if the objects are [[EvilWeapon weapons]].
* While Dor from ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' can't animate, he can still ''talk'' to any inanimate object (and they answer back).
* The toys in Susannah York (yes, the actress)'s novel ''Lark's Castle'' are inanimate but able to think, until some of them are animated by a "lifestone".
* In Thomas Baum's ''It Looks Alive to Me!'', the premise is that once the moon rock exhibit was added, all the exhibits shaped like living creatures came to life.
* ''Literature/TheIceCreamConeCootAndOtherRareBirds'' features many "birds" that are really just {{Animate Inanimate Object}}s that resemble birds.
* All of the characters in [[Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents Lemony Snicket's]] book ''The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming (a Christmas Story)'', including the eponymous latke, a string of lights, a candy cane, and a fir tree. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
-->"This may seem like unusual behavior for a potato pancake, but this is a Christmas story, in which things tend to happen that would never occur in real life."
* In the Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure book ''Return to Brookmere'', the protagonist is accompanied by a magical talking amulet named the Mouth of Mimulus.
* The protagonist of Seanan [=McGuire=]'s ''Literature/VelveteenVs'' stories has this as a superpower, though it only works on inanimate objects that have been made to look like living things. She can also modify them to an extent to give them weapons, i.e. a stuffed bunny rabbit growing claws and sharp teeth when she brings it to life to combat her enemies.
* The Dragons of Wayward Crescent from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* In ''Literature/{{Twisted}}'' all the living amusement park rides (except red coasters) began as ordinary rides that were destroyed or put into storage in the human world become living creatures in the Amusement Park Between. It's also mentioned that the stuffed animals won as prizes come to life, but never shown.
* Many stories by ''Creator/HansChristianAndersen'' contain inanimate objects talking to each other.
* Merlyn in T.H. White's ''[[Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing The Sword in the Stone]]'' (1939) has a set of dishware that talk and clean themselves. Chapter 3: "At this all the china and cutlery scrambled down off the table, the cloth emptied the crumbs out of the window, and the napkins folded themselves up. All ran off down the ladder, to where Merlyn had left the bucket, and there was such a noise and yelling as if a lot of children had been let out of school. Merlyn went to the door and shouted, 'Mind, nobody is to get broken.' But his voice was entirely drowned out in shrill squeals, splashes, and cries of 'My it is cold,' "I shan't stay in long,' 'Look out, you'll break me,' or 'Come on, let's duck the teapot.'" Expanded on in the Disney animated film based on this work.
* The scraps from ''Literature/TheKrockman'' count, seeing as they are formed broken souls merging with inanimate objects (or in some cases, a forgotten ideal) and taking on a child-like form.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Nestene Consciousness' Autons from ''Series/DoctorWho''. Dime store mannequins are the most famous type, but they can be made to resemble any object made of plastic, including an evil doll, a man-eating trashcan, or a comfy chair of doom.
** Or its most impressive accomplishment: real people.
** Also from Doctor Who, the Weeping Angels as a special example, in that they have always been animate, but can only move when no one is watching them. They ''most frequently'' take the form of [[LivingStatue ultra-creepy statues]], but ''anything'' that holds the image of an angel can ''become'' an angel if one of them is close. So a photograph, a TV screen, or even a sketch might come alive. Don't put them near other statues.
** This seems to be a feature of Time Lord technology. In their earliest days, they created the living metal validium; the Hand of Omega, a quasi-sentient stellar manipulator; and the Moment, the galaxy eater, a weapon so powerful [[LivingWeapon the operating system became sentient]]. Their most famous examples of living technology, however, are the [=TARDISes=], LivingShip time machines.
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Soap}}'': Bob is strictly a ventriloquist doll but often characters will forget and talk to him like he's a separate character from Chuck, the one who controls him. The OnlySaneMan, Benson, is one of the few who never gets confused.
* This is the entire premise of the Creator/BryanFuller show ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', though only the main character can see them.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Haven}}'' has machines start acting on their own and killing people. Turns out [[spoiler:they were all repaired by a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Troubled]] mechanic who is unaware of his "uniqueness"]].
** Another episode has stuffed animals [[spoiler:and people]] come alive.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' 's ''Series/ElmosWorld'' segment has a side table drawer, window shade, computer and TV that prance around and interact with Elmo.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' featured a race between a wash basin, a water closet pedestal, a sofa, Joanna Southcott's box, a hat stand and a lamp. Affected in stop-motion animation as opposed to the form Terry Gilliam employs.
* Metaroids in ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters''.
* Most supporting characters in ''Series/OkaasanToIssho'' 's ''Monoran Monoran'' are tsukumogami, such as a post box, magnifying glass, and three alarm clocks.
* In ''Series/InaiInaiBaa'', some of U-tan's friends are a toy box, a superhero toothbrush, a pink blanket, a tissue box girl, and a toilet king.
* ''Series/{{Freaky}}'' has an episode called "Signs". [[CaptainObvious Guess what moves]]?
* ''Series/TheBigGarage'': Any character that isn't [[SentientVehicle the taxis or Rusty]] is some other kind of object. To give a few examples: Pump, the taxis' mentor, is a gas pump; Scrap is a trash compactor who lives in a scrapyard near the Big Garage; and Tooly, a toolbox who qualifies as this himself, works using sentient wrenches known as the Spanners.

[[folder:Myth and Legend]]
* The [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myth]] of the musician, poet and prophet Orpheus, who was taught by the god Apollo to play music so beautifully that he could tame animals, soothe stormy weather, and bring inanimate objects to life.
* The myth of Pygmalion and Galatea, told by Ovid, which makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
* According to a Japanese legend, objects that have been abandoned for a hundred years (teapots, umbrellas, etc) can come alive, and are known as ''tsukumogami''. FridgeLogic waves away some problems by explaining electricity repels such creatures, hence modern examples are rare. Also serves as a commentary to the effect that people don't really save things for that long anymore.

* Creator/BallyMidway's ''[[Pinball/MrAndMrsPacManPinball Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man Pinball]]'' includes a fire hydrant complete with eyes, a nose, a mouth, and hands (with WhiteGloves, no less).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Wizards (and Clerics with the Chaos domain) in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' can cast the spell ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin animate object.]]''
* In the role-playing game ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', one class of angels, Kyriotates in the service of the Archangel of Lightning, can possess inanimate objects.
* TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated is based on this trope. Prometheans are formed from dead body parts, machines, or [[NoodleImplements other things]] and come to life. For many the goal is to become human. For others...
* [[{{TableTopGame/Nobilis}} Nobilis]] takes an animistic view of the world: everything in the world has a spirit, whether it is a cloud or a rock or whatever. Normal humans live in a reality like our own and cannot normally see these spirits, but if they switched their perspectives around they'd see all spirits ever at the same time. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Unfortunately, this would be really bad for them and their sanity]]. While seeing reality as it really is might be ''correct'', it does not make for a very functional existence.
* The Duston archetype in the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG are living dust particles.

* ''Toys/GoGosCrazyBones'' had an entire set of Gogos devoted to this trope called the "Things" series. Every Gogo in the set is a living inanimate object of some sort; for example, Giga Bone is a sentient computer.
* There are characters in the ''Toys/StarMonsters'' series that are made to look like inanimate objects. Justified by the Star Monster's in-universe origins as a three-pointed star: whatever their star lands on will be the object they resemble.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' series as a whole takes this UpToEleven.
** In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', you start your adventure off fighting two possessed Lamps and a Baby Doll, and then you start to fight vehicles.
** Same in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. Expect to fight coffee mugs, angry taxi cabs, circus tents, piles of puke, trash cans, exploding trees, stop signs, molecules, ''abstract art'', and so much more.
** ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' isn't far behind its predecessors, with living yams (baked or otherwise), beans, musical instruments and suits of armor, a sword and a shield being animate on their own.
* ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'' features P.J. Berri, a [[LivingToys living teddy bear]], Sunny Funny, a daisy with a human body, and Chop Chop Master Onion, an anthropomorphic... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin take a guess]].
** The {{Spinoff}}, ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'', featured several anthropomorphic objects as background characters.
* ''VideoGame/{{Chulip}}'' contains (among other things) a stone lion, a gravestone, an eggplant, and a telephone pole as characters. And yes, you kiss all of them.
* Most of the shopkeepers and some of the potential townsfolk in ''VideoGame/MagiciansQuestMysteriousTimes'' are anthropomorphic objects, for varying degrees of anthropomorphic. Shopkeepers include a wineglass, a dressing dummy, a lightbulb, and a barber pole. Townspeople include an anthropomorphic Russian Doll, a brownie townsperson and a watering can shopkeeper -- although they may just be people with unusual head wear.
* The Japanese legend that objects can become animate (see "Myth and Legend" above) is used in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' with Medicine Melancholy (a [[LivingToys doll]]), Kogasa Tatara ([[{{Karakasa}} an umbrella]]), Hata no Kokoro (a collection of masks), the Tsukumo sisters (a [[http://japanesestrings.com/thebiwa.html biwa]] and a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koto_%28instrument%29 koto]]) and Raiko Horikawa (a taiko drum). Kogasa has the classic tsukumogami origin (hence the name of her [[{{Leitmotif}} theme song]], ''"Beware the Umbrella Left There Forever"''), while Raiko and the Tsukumo sisters were animated during the Gensokyo's societal upheaval incident in ''Double Dealing Character'', and Medicine's and Kokoro's exact origins are unknown. They manifest human bodies which are separate from the items they originally were.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'', banners and cloth you'll come across largely resemble marine life, with rays, jellyfish, kelp and so on moving like the air was an ocean.
* Franchise/{{Pokemon}} has a number of examples.
** Banette used to be a doll that was thrown away by a child, and now seeks revenge. By extension, this also applies to its unevolved form, Shuppet.
** Rotom can possess objects, as revealed in Pokémon Platinum, where it can possess a washing machine, a lawnmower, an oven, a freezer, and a table fan. Specifically, it possesses technology that uses a special kind of motor. The aforementioned objects are specially prepared for research purposes.
** Voltorb is also implied to be a Pokeball turned sentient, through an unknown cause.
*** Its ''[=SoulSilver=]'' Pokedex entry specifically states that it was discovered when Pokeballs were invented. An entry in another game says its components are not found in nature.
** Shedinja is the discarded exoskeleton of a Nincada after it evolves into Ninjask. Exactly ''how'' it is animated, especially considering the former occupant still lives, is not explained.
** Sandygast and Palossand are both haunted sandcastles. They possess people and control them to supply them with sand to grow larger.
** Dhelmise appears to be an animated anchor covered in seaweed. Its actual body is the haunted seaweed holding onto an anchor to animate it, and is fittingly enough a Ghost/Grass type.
** The Ultra Beast Xurkitree is many electrical cables arranged in a vaguely humanoid shape. Its head is spiky with no face.
** A few more that are based on inanimate objects, yet are not implied to have been animated by outside forces, include Magnemite (magnets), Gardevoir (possibly anesama ningyou, a style of paper doll), Bronzor (a bronze mirror), and Bronzong (a bronze bell).
** Black and White have many more, including Trubbish (a garbage bag), Klink (a pair of gears), Munna (a Japanese form of incense burner), Darumaka (whose line is based off daruma dolls), and Litwick (a ghostly candle, which evolves into a lamp, and then a chandelier).
** X and Y then introduced Honedge (a sword possessed by an ancient spirit, that evolves into two swords and finally a {{BFS}} with a shield), and Klefki (an animated key-ring ''[[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairy]]'').
** Stufful, if it counts, is based on a stuffed teddy bear.
* The Hag from ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'' animates statues with her magic.
* The majority of enemies in [[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG]] are this. In fact, they're even called the Animated.
** The same with Creator/CartoonNetwork[='s=] MMORPG ''VideoGame/FusionFall'', though there it's a type of goo fusing with the object.
* In ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'', the ground in chapter select screen has a face which gets progressively creepier as the chapter number goes up.
* A large chunk of ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''[='s=] supporting cast is made up of these, all possessing Creator/{{Rare}}'s now-trademark "googly eyes". This was toned down a lot for the sequel, ''Banjo-Tooie'', and in the third installment, Nuts & Bolts, there are no characters like this at all.
** ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' brought back this style of character and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] it, showing what life for a living, googly-eyed piece of cheese or sweetcorn must be like.
* The ''Franchise/{{Mario}}'' franchise has a long and proud history of drawing eyes or faces on many of its background elements such as hills and clouds.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', Mario is harassed by an angry sun in two different levels.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' has the [[JumpScare Piano]]. Though it may be a case of TheUndead because it takes place in BigBoosHaunt.
** The series also has the Chuckolator in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga,'' which is living soda, the Sea Pipe Fountain and Junker in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory,'' animate fountains and bins, and Ticksquawks, Dark Blocks, Krubbish, Mount Pajamaja and Earthwake in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam,'' who are living clocks, ? mark blocks, bins, volcanoes and building hive mind robots respectively.
** ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'' also has the Possessors, which can turn a normal object (mostly non living ones) into this. Like frozen ponds, clocks, [[AnimatedArmour suits of armour]] and '''staircases'''. Yes stairs, which then roar at Luigi before lunging at him.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' introduces the capturing mechanic, in which Mario uses Cappy to temporarily possess something. While most of the captures are other creatures, there are inanimate objects that can be captured as well, such as statues, zippers, taxis, and-in one very memorable moment-a hunk of meat. There are also the Bonneters, sentient hat ghosts (of which Cappy is one of), and the Volbonians, sentient forks.
* There are ''many'' appearing as enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', as the Dark Lord infused them with Mii facial features. The Miis will among others encounter bombs, hieroglyph tablets, the [[MonaLisaSmile Mona Lisa]], [[SinisterScimitar scimitars]], [[{{Snowlems}} snowmen]], [[{{Cumulonemesis}} clouds]], [[SizableSnowflakes snowflakes]], and so on.
* In ''VideoGame/MoleMania'', Muddy Mole fights the sun as the World 2 boss and, CrazyAwesome that he is, '''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu KILLS THE SUN]]'''. Muddy also fights Funton, an animate 100-ton weight who occasionally jumps sky-high and delivers a damaging tremor if you're foolish enough to stay underground when he lands.
* Grimoires [[ThemeNaming Weiss, Noir, and Rubrum]] in ''VideoGame/NieR'' are all ancient books that are capable of speech and float around on their own. Weiss lends help in the form of magic attacks (and [[OnlySaneMan British-accented snarky commentary]]) to the main character. On the other hand, Noir and Rubrum are mustache-twirlingly evil and bugfuck insane, respectively.
* The King of Red Lions in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', a sentient boat that recruits Link in his plan to defeat Ganonforf in exchange for helping the boy rescue his sister. [[spoiler:In reality, the boat itself isn't sentient so much as it's being possessed - by the king of the long-lost nation of Hyrule, no less]]
* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' has Polythreme, where ''everything'' is animate. Not nearly as much fun as it sounds. Most things in Polythreme don't enjoy being animate, and may attempt to take it out on the humanoid inhabitants if they get the opportunity.
* The Wise One in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' is revealed in the third game to be a sapient, Psynergy-capable Philosopher's Stone, making one of Isaac's unseen comments in the first game HilariousInHindsight.
--->'''Garet:''' Do you know what that thing is, Isaac?
--->''*answer "yes"*''
--->'''Garet:''' [[CaptainObvious I know it's a rock, stupid!]]
* By adding the adjective, "live" or "living" to any noun in ''VideoGame/SuperScribblenauts'', the conjured item gains the abilities to move, hold objects, attack people and objects, etc. regardless if it would have been animate or not without the addition word.
* ''VideoGame/SimAnt'' has [[http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2782/4260818498_afb2f3ce28.jpg the evil lawn mower]].
-->"The evil lawn mower has sucked you into its whirling blades! Your body is reduced to a thin slime."
* The [[http://nookipedia.com/w/images/3/3d/Rome_of_Gyroids.jpg gyroids]] in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' series are statues which move and make noises when interacted with (and if you have some in your house, they'll "dance" along to any music you have playing). Lloid falls under this trope, since he appears to be sentient (he runs the auction house in ''City Folk'' and collects donations for public works projects in ''New Leaf''). There's speculation among the fanbase that the villager [[http://nookipedia.com/wiki/Coco Coco]] is also a gyroid due to her hollow-eyed and -mouthed appearance, but officially she's a rabbit.
* ''VideoGame/RibbitKing'' has Picwick, a living wicker basket with limbs who acts as the protagonist's caddy in the story mode.
* ''VideoGame/NappleTale'' features [[ItemCrafting create-able]] "furniture paffets" living chairs, streetlamps, ceiling fans, etc, that are installed around the HubLevel, Napple Town, based on townsfolk requests.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'' makes up for not having cockpit shots of the pilots by having their [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]] emote far more in cutscenes than they do in the source material. This is kept sensible, though, with the MoCapMecha having more dramatic gestures than the models with buttons and levers[[note]]Although technically speaking, these mobile suits shouldn't be able to turn and look as precisely as they do at all, nor would a Newtype pilot need them to[[/note]]... mostly. Elpio Puru [[RuleOfFunny manages such feats]] as making her Qubelay HappyDance or flail its arms in frustration.
* In ''VideoGame/TopShop'', one of the playable characters is a cactus named Dona. She rides around in a wheeled pot.
* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' has plenty of anthropomorphic objects, keeping with the 1930s cartoon style theme. The protagonists are a walking cup and mug, and the bosses include giant vegetables and a living zeppelin.
* Very common in ''VideoGame/{{Ufouria}}''. Platforms and even projectiles have eyes.
* In ''VideoGame/MonkeyShines'', many mooks are moving objects, especially in the level ''[[BigFancyHouse About the House]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/BugsBunnyLostInTime'', living brooms appear as enemies in the Medieval Period, courtesy of Witch Hazel being the main enemy of that era.
* ''VideoGame/LuxarenAllure'': Mobile Graves (Tombstones on six insectoid legs), Quietus Clocks (Floating giant [[PerpetualSmiler]] clocks with [[ScaryTeeth pointed teeth]] with [[ChainedByFashion a small bit of chain]] on each of their arms.), and Disco Infernoes (Giant floating flaming disco balls.) ...
* ''VideoGame/WeirdAndUnfortunateThingsAreHappening'': Point and Clicks (Animate computer mice), mobile books...
* ''VideoGame/AtelierSophieTheAlchemistOfTheMysteriousBook:'' Sophie's companion Plachta is a talking book who also floats in the air.
* There are quite a few of these in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', from monsters you can fight like [[{{Tsundere}} Tsunderplane]] (an airplane), Vulkin (a volcano), and Woshua (a washtub); to a variety of [=NPCs=]. The Mad Dummy is explicitly possessed by a ghost, but no such explanation exists for the rest. One early scene has you pushing rocks onto buttons; one of the rocks protests being pushed, and must be convinced to move itself to the button.
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' has a few creatures that look like objects, from doughnuts to clocks.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Circuit}}'' very much [[http://unbalancedhumors.com/?p=4 Humanizes internal computer parts.]]
* ''Webcomic/SexyLosers'' takes this in a disturbing direction. Blowup dolls have minds and can remember everything that's been done to them. A fairy occasionally shows up to animate them as full humans, whereupon they usually a): [[DrivenToSuicide kill themselves]], b): kill their former owners and / or or c): become prostitutes and remain as objectified as before, since they lack the education and skills to make decent lives for themselves. This being ''Sexy Losers'', all three of those fates are PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Webcomic/MyMilkToof'' is about two walking, talking milk teeth.
* ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' loves this trope, often taking it to dark and scary places.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', while not featuring them as major characters, did bring us [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0301.html a brief intermission]] starring anthropomorphic movie snacks.
* ''Webcomic/TheFourth'' has ghosts possessing [[http://thefourthcomic.com/?p=438 swords and plant pots]].
* The [[SuperPrototype first generation]] of the robots in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' seem to be this; Kat's analysis of them has difficulty determining what their power source is, or even how their moving parts (of which they seem to have comparatively few) connect. Later generations of them work on more conventional robotics principles.
* The Instrumen from ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'' were originally musical instruments who were brought to life and given alternate human forms by their creator. They can still turn back to their instrument forms if wished, and can still move and speak as normal. Steven the flute even emotes to an impressive extent without any real facial features.
* In ''Webcomic/TheStrongestSuit'', the Playing Cards themselves, who are human-sized and anthropomorphic. This is not truly the case in-universe however, as they are a legitimate sapient species rather than normal cards brought to life.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chocolate Man and Chocolate Lady]] from ''WebAnimation/{{Nameless}}''. There's really no explanation for it--it's [[GagSeries that kind of a series.]]
* Website/TheClockCrew use clock faces as their actual faces.
* ''WebAnimation/BananaNanaNinja'': "In a world where a banana can be a ninja, one extraordinary little banana... '''is a ninja!'''"
* Some of the characters from ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob''.
* ''{{WebAnimation/Battle for Dream Island}}'' and ''WebAnimation/InanimateInsanity'' (and their sequels and [[FollowTheLeader all of their parodies]]) combine this with the premise of {{Reality Show}}s like ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' (they have created a subtype of WebAnimation entitled "object shows" by many). AnthropomorphicFood (like a cup of orange juice, for instance) gets added to the mix sometimes.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': There are several living objects, most of which are minor characters. From the main cast there are Balloon and Evil Balloon, who are sentient balloons.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Soap]]. The people of the world need it for the sake of clean, happy mouths everywhere!
* WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange not only has [[AnthropomorphicFood talking produce]], but tons of talking inanimate objects as well.
* The Roleplay/InsaneCafeSeries features living vehicles that help fight against Chong.
* WebVideo/FamicomDojo has a talking NES named [=NESter=], his son: a NES 2 nicknamed Junior, and his brother: a Famicom that speaks Japanese.
* LetsPlay/TheStrawhatNO: A cupcake in ''Pikmin 2'' Day 10 seems to move on its own; there is no Dweevil underneath it, and the nearby Blowhog is too far way to be pushing it. Yoshi suggests that it's being [[DemonicPossession possessed by the almond on top of it]].
* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' features several villains who are inanimate objects. Sketchpad, Colin (a computer), and Tony (a clock) thus far. The Healthy Band consists of AnthropomorphicFood.
* ''WebAnimation/HanazukiFullOfTreasures'':
** The Hemkas' ability to merge and mold themselves into the shape of pretty much anything they want gives the appearance of this.
** Dazzlessence Jones is an animate inanimate Diamond.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': This is Generator's power, the ability to generate spirits to possess and animate anything she can touch.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has BMO (pronounced Beemo), Finn and Jake's sentient video game console.
* The living clocks in the [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Rainbow Parade cartoon]] "Grandfather's Clock", and the living kitchen appliances in "Picnic Panic".
* In a ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode, Megavolt gained the ability to turn machines into sentient beings.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Towlie and [[TalkingPoo Mr. Hanky]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', the [[PlotCoupon Rat Talisman]] is treated as [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway a useless power]] because it can't be used to fly or shoot fire. [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Its applications]] have ranged from LivingToys by animating Jade's Gnomekop and Supermoose, both of them proving quite useful in battle. When Jackie is cursed to become a wooden puppet, the Rat saves the day by allowing puppet Jackie animation so he can still fight back and reverse the curse. It even one-ups the LivingStatue: it doesn't make the statues of the Chinese war hero Lo Pei and a Mesoamerican deity come to life, it actually ''transforms'' the statues into living copy-versions of Lo Pei and said deity, complete with all the deity's powers intact.
* ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman''! The magic hat gives him the ability to animate (although it's partly also the PowerOfLove).
* Numerous objects in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', including nipples.
* PlayedForLaughs in many ''WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog'' cartoons where inanimate characters frequently come alive to be involved in various gags.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'', along with [[EvilCounterpart The Legion of Low Tide]] and [[EvilKnockoff The Fried Food Fighting Force]] are all humanized versions of various food stuffs (sushi for the Pack and Legion, fried foods for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess who]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues''! Sentient salt and pepper shakers, shovel and pail, side table drawer...
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has the titular crew, Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly what they sound like.]]
* AP from ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'' is an animate HandPuppet [[BalefulPolymorph who was]] [[WasOnceAMan once a]] superhero named Captain Atomic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: B.R.I.E.F.S., there was Mr. White, a living pair of underwear (with a bad attitude and [[BrooklynRage a Brooklyn accent]]) hired by the Delightful Children as [[ProfessionalKiller a hit man]] to go after Numbuh One. [[spoiler:But he had a HeelFaceTurn at the end.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' is about the adventures of animate produce. The show also features a living computer as a series regular and there's been at least two LivingToys and a living music box.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has this as part of its BaitAndSwitchCredits in season 2. The series proper has some examples, including Bill the Ball and an unnamed sock.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has Benson, a walking, talking gumball machine.
** In the episode of "Prankless", Gene, the manager of East Pines park, is a walking, talking snack vending machine.
* Speaking of gumballs, ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has sentient cacti, balloons, clouds, potatoes, bananas, toast and so on. And that's just among the main characters; everything in Elmore is alive and anything can also become anthropomorphic.
* The Heart of Jong from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', which can bring otherwise inanimate objects to life.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' (which dealt with Kim having to deal with learning how to drive), many of the appliances and a car in the episode possessed the ability to talk and move on their own. Justified in this case, as it is heavily implied that they possessed advanced AI created by the scientist that Dr. Drakken kidnapped.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated: Sword of Storms'', Kate Corrigan and another BPRD agent encounter ''tsukumogami'', including [[{{Karakasa}} an umbrella]], a teapot, and a sandal. Amusingly, Kate doesn't even bat an eye at them, until they start attacking.
* An early ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, ''Naughty But Mice'', had an electric shaver.
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' loves this trope [[UpToEleven so much]]. Sentient backpacks, maps, rollercoasters, cars, trees, leaves, [[LongList suns, clouds, stars, trains]]...the list goes on and on and on.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' sporadically contains examples. Some, like the evil magic hat that is capable of hexing people in "Talent to the Max" and the self-playing instruments in "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra", are important to the plot. Others, like the truck with a face in "Where There's Smoke, There's Goof" and the bullets with faces in "Gunfight at the Okie-Doke Corral" are only there for joke purposes. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight And none of it is ever explained despite being notably uncommon.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Discord evokes this in ''Keep Calm and Flutter On'' by making the candles dance and having various bits of tableware wreak havoc on the ponies.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' sometimes features cutaway gags with animate inanimate objects. One example has a bullet talking to someone on a smartphone while being shot up in the sky.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewSpirit'': Donald Duck's pen, ink and blotter are alive. Even the radio seems alive, because it is shaped like a face and reacts to the things Donald says. The mailbox also reacts with surprise when Donald zooms past it.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} short ''Tick Tock Tale'' is about living clocks. They can't talk but they move when humans aren't around.
* Not immediately clear in ''WesternAnimation/{{Crac}}'', but it eventually becomes obvious that the smiley face on the rocking chair changes expressions with the rocking chair's mood. And the ending reveals that the rocking chair can rock itself.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFlyingBooksOfMrMorrisLessmore'': Morris is transported to a magical library where the books are sentient and can fly. A children's book about Humpty Dumpty can even communicate with Morris by flipping its pages so that its illustrations become animated.
* Some episodes of the fantasy-oriented 2000s reboot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' has countries or "lands" of animated inanimated objects like the Land of Toys, the Land of Games and the Land of Ice.