[[quoteright:350:[[Series/DoctorWho http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Doctor_Who_-_Dalek_motherships_9897.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350: [[OminousLatinChanting Oh, mah koreh....oh, mah mah koreh...]]]]

->''"There's a cup-shaped vessel that wants to land on our saucer section. We told him to get forked but he insists on making spoons with us."''
-->-- '''Farce Contact''', a ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' FanFic.

The stereotypical alien spaceship of many a sci-fi epic is the ubiquitous flying saucer. For some reason spacefaring civilizations across the galaxy have determined that a flying disc is the most effective and efficient means of crossing the void.

In actuality the most efficient design for a spacecraft would likely be a [[SpheroidDropship sphere]] as this shape encloses the greatest volume with the least amount of material. They just don't look very cool or quite as alien, though they [[SinisterGeometry have their own charms]]. But there can be some merits to this design as some of them are seen rotating and might therefore use the Centripetal force to create an ArtificialGravity, They also have a smaller radar cross-section compared to some other shapes, like the previous mentioned [[SpheroidDropship sphere]] or ThatsNoMoon

The term comes from Kenneth Arnold's description of a UFO sighting. Arnold described their flight (but not their shape) as "like saucers skipping across water." Nevertheless, the term stuck. Flying Saucers are the most reported type of UFO (and the most commonly hoaxed type as well) though it is unknown if the term was being used by the witness as an interchangeable word for UFO or describing the nature of the UFO (the term UFO describes any possible aircraft shape, as long as it is Unidentified.) Flying Saucers are still reported today, with a recent one reported over Chicago O'Hare airport in 2006.

See also LittleGreenMen and TheGreys, the most common aliens in UFO culture.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* For some reason, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:George_Adamski_ship_1.jpg "Adamski" style flying saucer]] seems to have become iconic in Japanese pop culture, showing up in anime as different as ''Anime/NieaUnder7'' and ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'': Yuno gets abducted by aliens in said Adamski flying saucer while napping on the school roof, but it is AllJustADream ([[OrWasItADream or was it?]])
* There are several Flying Saucers in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', which [[TheBattlestar can launch smaller flying saucers]].
* The BigBad in the second ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'' movie uses a flying saucer capable of creating tornadoes from underneath to terrorize parts of Japan.
* One of these is piloted by a stereotypical 'grey' alien (as opposed to the more normal aliens) in an episode of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga.
* Freeza and his family seem to favour these in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', although they have retractable "legs" for landings.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Superdickery}} showed a cover featuring '[[http://www.superdickery.com/fatman-the-human-flying-saucer/ Fatman, the human Flying Saucer!]]'.
* Although he's human, ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''' Spaceman Spiff pilots a one-seater saucer.
* In scurrilous adult comic ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'', Johnny Fartpants [[note]]There's always a commotion going on in his pants![[/note]] is used by NASA as the [[{{Fartillery}} propulsion system for an experimental spacecraft]] using the power of his flatulence to drive the vessel at incredible speeds.

* Subverted in ''Fanfic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'', where the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' goes through its own ''Radio/WarOfTheWorlds'' mass panic and everyone swears blind the aliens have landed from their incredibly advanced flying discs, you know, the ones with the deadly ray gonnes what are just about to blast the Patrician's palace into atoms, just keep watching, squire, sooner or later the mothership is going to pop out of invisibility just over Broad Way, let's see how that wily bugger Vetinari gets out of ''this'' one, and so on.
* In the ParodyFic ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'', the aerodynamic instability of a flying saucer is used to explain [[SpecialEffectsFailure why they wobble when flying]].

* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', the Alien Invaders nuke cities by directing a WaveMotionGun down from the centre of their ships.
* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'', although nonsensically, one of the saucers is described as "cigar-shaped", when it clearly isn't.
** They clearly have some kind of shape-shifting mode, since the scenes with people entering through its hatch show it with flat sides at 90-degree angles, much like a... shed of some sort!
* The ''humans'' have one in ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''. Specifically, [[http://www.collectorsquest.com/blog/2008/12/21/a-christmas-story-of-flying-saucers-tree-lights/ United Planets Cruiser C-57D]].
* And who can forget Exeter's ship from ''Film/ThisIslandEarth'', which could readily be described as a flying cowboy hat!
* ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' (1951). The search team position themselves around the edge of the crashed 'aircraft' under the ice and realise they're forming a perfect circle, whereupon they become quite excited at having "finally found one".
* Also appears in Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'', where the guys find it in the bottom of an enormous crater. There was also [[spoiler: the Blair-Thing's homemade craft, though it is blown up before it can be used. Also some have speculated that it would actually work more like a hovercraft as a means of getting to the coast so that it could find more life forms to assimilate]].
* When aliens appear in a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movie, more often than not, they're flying around in one of these.
** In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'', the monster was the flying saucer, until it got out of it to provide a traditional giant monster battle.
** Other sci-fi films by Toho usually go for the saucer shape as well, such as ''Film/TheMysterians'' and its sequel ''Film/BattleInOuterSpace''. Unusually, the saucers are not always perfectly circular and rarely spin around like they usually do in western depictions.
* ''Film/WildZero'' has dozens of flying saucers swarming over Earth to cause a ZombieApocalypse.
* Franchise/{{Gamera}}, in his flying form, resembles a flying saucer [[TurtlePower made of turtle meat]].
* The [[StupidJetpackHitler moon-based Nazis]] of ''Film/IronSky'' utilize flying saucers as their primary attack vehicles... and they launch from [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld giant carrier zeppelins]].
* The "interdimensional beings" (read: aliens) in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' used a flying saucer, although you can't see it very well on account of it having been buried for a few thousand years. (It's [[FreezeFrameBonus briefly visible]] after taking off, right before it jumps into "the space between spaces".)
* ''Film/EarthVsTheFlyingSaucers'' is THE flying saucer movie. The saucers, depicted by stop-motion animation, have rotating sections on the tops and bottoms that move in opposite directions, massive ray-guns, force-fields, translator devices inside, and nearly impenetrable armor.
* ''Film/TheyLive'' shows a nightmarish version of Earth where aliens freely walk among us, holographically disguised as humans. In one brief scene it is shown that they also have flying saucer drones that patrol cities disguised as helicopters.
* ''Film/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' has a unique twist on the classic flying saucer: the alien ship is essentially a gigantic screw with a UFO as its head. When it lands, the screw part drills into the ground so only the head is left exposed, looking like a normal flying saucer has landed.
* The original ''Invaders From Mars'' shows Martians landing a large flying saucer and using it as their base on Earth.
* ''Film/StarWars'': the Millennium Falcon, of course.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' has a brief appearance by a flying saucer in the opening sequence. It is so large that when it manouvres, the clouds flow around it.
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' cribs its saucer design directly from ''Film/EarthVsTheFlyingSaucers'', all it the name of AffectionateParody, and utilizing modern CGI to emulate the stop-motion spinning effect.
* Played with in the opening of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. In a scene similar to ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' something is found buried under the ice in the Arctic, and one character jokes it's probably a weather balloon. They come across what appears to be a UFO sticking out of the ice, but then the RevealShot shows it's just the wingtip, and the shape of a massive flying wing is outlined with light poles.
* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''
* ''Film/VHS2'''s 'Slumber Party Alien Abduction' segment depicts Gary being lifted into one at the very last moment, though only the lights can be seen.
* A frozen flying saucer appears in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' when the herd passed an ice cave. In the teaser trailer for ''Ice Age 5: Collision Course'' we see how presumably exactly ''this'' flying saucer gets accidentally activated by Scrat.
* The Prawns' ship in ''Film/District9'' is a massive flying saucer with a bunch of industrial-looking pipes and tanks attached to the bottom.

* The starship ''Vittoria'' from ''Starship Through Space'', a 1954 sci-fi juvenile by Lee Correy (G. Harry Stine). Though he describes it as an 'oblate spheroid' (e.g. a flattened sphere, otherwise known as a flying saucer).
* In one of ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' novels, a human colony is attacked by a massive automated [[TheMothership mothership]] built millions of years ago. In a serious case of artistic license, the main character notes its circular shape and comments that it is the most efficient form for a spacecraft.
* Not too common but known in ''PerryRhodan''. The Yülziish civilization (perhaps better known by their English-language nickname "Blues") does traditionally use disk-shaped starships, Terran-built "Space-Jets" are small secondary and scout craft constructed along similar lines, and the aliens behind the ''original'' flying saucer sightings eventually put in an appearance as well (they turn out to work for the setting's notional forces of "order" and encounters typically involve only a single actual alien with the rest of the crew being subservient androids). In the latter case, the "saucers" are once again actually secondary craft; the bigger and more rarely seen motherships are instead cylindrical.
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, the Skrit Na are described as using saucer-shaped spacecraft, implied to be because they need aereodynamic ships capable of traveling through atmospheres quickly as well as through space.
* In the ''Star Wars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse EU]] the Hapan's capital ships look like a pair of flying saucer stacked on each other. In their case the saucer shape is done to allow for full body rotation of the weapons platforms allowing them to direct an enormous amount of firepower in one direction. [[labelnote: *]] It's specifically noted in the EU that most capital ship weapons have a downtime between shots, with Hapan weapons being particularly bad about it. By rotating the weapon platforms a Battle Dragon can fire continuously. [[/labelnote]] The upside to such a system is a capital ship that can fire three times as fast as a Star Destroyer. The downside is a ship design that is much more [[GlassCannon fragile]] and expensive.
* ''Literature/MrBlank'''s Little Green Men get around in Flying Saucers, though they're referred to as [=UFOs=].
* ''Literature/{{Mindwarp}}: These appear at several points, but it's not the saucers that are dangerous, but the aliens they bring. [[spoiler: eventually revealed to be time machines rather than spacecraft.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[TheGreys Vree/Streib]] ships in ''Series/BabylonFive''. The Vree appear to have 2 different ship classes, but both feature a saucer-shaped design. The original Vree warships (some sources call them ''Xorr''s and claim they're an older design being phased away) don't appear to be capable of atmospheric flight. The new ''Xill''s look like typical flying saucers with glowing blue lines and sleek curves. Fluff also suggests that the Vree have indeed visited Earth, but it was a routine survey of a primitive world. In fact, they find the fact that this even has affected human culture so much extremely hilarious (for reference, their deity is TheTrickster).
* Both ''Series/{{Batman}}'' and ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' did episodes in which the (human) villains of the week attempt to run an "invading aliens" con which involves using a flying saucer prop.
* The ''[[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disneyland]]'' documentary episode "Mars and Beyond", while speculating on possible intelligent life on Mars, shows an animated flyer saucer, rapidly followed by a [[RuleOfFunny flying (lit) cigar, a flying lampshade and a flying water bottle]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace Wernher von Braun]] objected to what he saw as Hollywood frivolity, so the narrator suggests that humanity will one day develop an 'electromagnetic drive' saucer spaceship. The final scene shows several flying saucers zooming over a [[DomedHometown domed]] human colony on Mars, ascending into a giant mothership saucer [[AndTheAdventureContinues which flies off into interstellar space]]. Also worthy of note are the 'umbrella ships' of the Mars Expedition Fleet, each topped with a huge round heat radiator for the atomic generator.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Dalek warships from the new series provide the page image, from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]. This is a ContinuityNod to their use as Dalek spacecraft in the early episodes, made back in the '60's when this trope was all the rage.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]]: River arrives onto the scene in a very retro red one.
* ''Series/TheFlipsideOfDominickHide'': The time machines used by Dominick and the other Corros for observations resemble small, fairground ride-sized, flying saucers. Larger ones exist for tour groups though.
* The plot of the 60's AlienInvasion series ''The Invaders'' is set into motion by the protagonist witnessing a UFO landing.
* The ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Impact" has a flying saucer-like craft built by a CovertGroupWithMundaneFront.
* The Jupiter-2 from ''Series/LostInSpace''.
* Sid and Marty Krofft's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHtWHRBtjUU The Lost Saucer]]'' featured the titular [[Series/TheLostSaucer saucer,]] which doubled as a time machine.
* ''Series/ProjectUFO'', being lifted from the pages of Project Bluebook, had its fair share of these.
* The ''Orion VII'' [[spoiler:and ''VIII'']] in ''Series/{{Raumpatrouille}}''.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Federation's standard design for non-shuttlecraft ships, each one is composed of a circular or oval saucer attached to 2 or 3 warp nacelles attached in different places. Picard's version can separate its saucer section from its star-drive section, though the budget prevented ThePowersThatBe from having it do this with any regularity.
** The fact that the crew time traveled back to 20th Century Earth at least once provides some fun seeds for EpilepticTrees about the origin of flying saucers amongst human society.
** Spoofed in ''Sev Trek: Pus in Boots'' where the saucer section is used to transport a meal of chicken drumsticks, chips, peas and [[EdibleAmmunition crouton torpedoes]], all of which fall off when the ship goes to warp
** The Romulan Bird of Prey, as featured in the original series, was a saucer with a pair of warp nacelles mounted on struts, stylized to look like a pair of wings.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' and ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' found this trope handy, both for alien and human vessels.
** Many times, they used the model of [=C57D=] from ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' for their spaceships, notably in "The Invaders" and "Death Ship." Angnes Moorehead (Endora from ''Bewitched'') smashes one of these in "The Invaders." Fortunately it's a breakaway replica and not the original used in preceding shots.
* The Gerry and Sylvia Anderson 1970s series ''Series/{{UFO}}'' (obviously), though they were more conical than saucer-shaped.
* The Visitor ships in ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' are saucer-shaped.

* The cover of ''Earth vs. The Radiators'' by Music/TheRadiatorsUS (as well as the associated concert film) has a flying saucer approaching Earth...sporting a bumper sticker for the band.

* Aliens almost always use them in ''ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest''.

* Flying saucers are everywhere on the artwork in ''Pinball/AttackFromMars'' and its sequel ''Pinball/RevengeFromMars''. It's par for the course, considering its theme of an AlienInvasion in TheFifties. ''Attack from Mars'' also has a plastic flying saucer in the middle up top that wobbles when the ball "attacks" it, while ''Revenge from Mars'' has its playfield's edges decorated with several smaller saucers with [=LEDs=] built into their rims

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Europans' ship of choice in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge''. The saucers use Gravitic Pulse drives, making them seem to move against the laws of physics.
* All face cards become equal in HoylesRulesOfDragonPoker when a player spots one.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' is a game about the stereotypical inhabitants of the aforementioned floating disks. Laser beams and brain eating are just extra treats.
* One of the many odd things used as transportation by the Item World pirates in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}''.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has the Rikti, whose crashed mothership is an enormous saucer.
* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' has the [[LittleGreenMen Ariloulaleelay]], whose Skiff ship is a teleporting flying saucer.
* The Martians in the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series attack in several sizes of flying saucers, ranging from the tiny personal vehicles to the massive, city-sized mothership.
* One of the Aeon experimental-class units in ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'', the Czar, is an AirborneAircraftCarrier in the form of a flying saucer. Naturally, it has a WaveMotionGun in the middle. The sequel removes the carrier aspect and trades it for [[BeamSpam lots more weaker lasers]] and [[DeathFromAbove lots of little bombs]]. It keeps the giant middle laser, though.
* Naturally, some of the alien ships in the ''{{VideoGame/XCOM}}'' series fall under this, as does one of the ships you can manifacture in the first game.
** Interestingly, in ''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'', the only flying saucer is of human design (reminiscent of the Avrocar but much larger). It was in development before the Outsiders even invaded, although it incorporates some elerium-derived technology and is later enhanced with recovered Outsider tech.
*** Technically, Titans are also flying saucers, but they are, basically, this game's version of Cyberdiscs (i.e. flying robots).
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** The Shroobs from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' invade the [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mushroom Kingdom]] in these kinds of spaceships.
** Also, the Starshrooms from both ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 its sequel.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'', if you use a binocular pad to look directly upwards and zoom in to the max in World 1-3, a flying saucer will fly by and disappear.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'':
*** The Broodals sometimes retreat in their hats during battles and fly, making them look like [=UFO=]s.
*** There's also the boss Torkdrift in the Steam Gardens level, as well as an enemy called a Yoofoe which is clearly based on the idea.
*** A very small flying saucer appears behind [[spoiler:the cathedral in the Lunar Kingdom]] where it behaves like a little bird, flying away when Mario approaches. Closer inspection reveals that it is a miniature Torkdrift, with a single lily within it.
* The enemy mother ship that attacks Katina in ''VideoGame/StarFox 64'' is a flying saucer. The whole mission is an Film/IndependenceDay shout out, the saucer will destroy the Katina base with a similar WaveMotionGun if you fail to destroy it.
* The ExpansionPack for ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', ''Yuri's Revenge'', had Yuri's new third side use laser-armed flying saucers referred to as Floating Discs.
* Main vehicle of the Watchers in ''VideoGame/DarkVoid''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' had an AlienInvasion sidequest where you had to shoot down a bunch of these with your TransformingMecha of a [[MechanicalLifeform mechanical dragon]].
* Let's not forget good ol' ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', which has a saucer flying across the top of the screen every so often. Shoot it down for bonus points!
* [[TheGreys Antari]] ships in ''VideoGame/ImperiumGalactica'' are flying saucers. Interestingly, while the Antari are indeed Grey-like, they are, in fact, [[spoiler:descended from human colonists, like most humanoid races]].
* You'll be seeing a lot of these in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Undefined Fantastic Object''. It's a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders''.
** [[spoiler: Turns out they really are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin undefined]] [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm objects]]; [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve they only look like what you ''think'' they are]].]]
* There are Flying Saucers in Wheeler Acres in ''VideoGame/BackyardBaseball''.
* In some games, ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' can transform himself into a flying saucer with the UFO copy ability. It allows Kirby to float around freely (as opposed to his normal method of {{flight}}) and shoot laser beams. The only drawback is that he is unable to go down ladders or slip through narrow floors while in this form.
** Some UFOS are also used by the Squeaks.
** There is also a UFO enemy called Mr. UFO.
* The ''VideoGame/NavalOps'' series has a handful of flying saucers as enemies, as well as the Halberd series of aircraft that you can acquire for your own ships.
* Flying saucers appear in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''.
* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' has these in Zuul Slave Disks, the Ten Rings of the Von Neumann Berserkers and the Peacekeeper Enforcer. The former two of which are Riders that detach from larger carrier ships, and the Zuul do abduct people if several million at a time and they look nothing like Greys.
* The racing game ''VideoGame/ReVolt'' has a flying saucer as a hidden car, available only via cheats. It pretty much drives like a normal car (though its speed and other characteristics make it a GameBreaker), but hovers a bit after leaping off ramps, sometimes flying for really long distances.
* A 3D flying sim named ''Flying Saucer'' actually exists. Buggy and not officially released, but available on abandonware sites. In this game you can actually fly inertia-free spaceship and abduct stuff.
* ''{{Outlive}}'' is a game about a war between a Mega Corporation trying to take over the world with an army of robots, and a group of freedom fighters trying to take it back. Then these things show up. Cue the end credits.
* They appear in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' universe as well. In one ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' DLC you get captured and sent to one, which you eventually capture just as another tries to bring you down.
* Players can sometimes see flying saucers (labeled as "Unknown Object") zipping about in the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' games. They don't interact with anything in the game, and will fly through the universe until they inevitably [[ArtificialStupidity plow into something]]. The literature explains them as belonging to a {{Precursor|s}} race called the Sohnen, a species of MechanicalLifeforms whom the Ancients use to interact with the world outside their [[DysonSphere presence cloud]] when the need arises.
* The Trash Alien in ''[[VideoGame/BlasterSeries Math Blaster Episode 1: In Search of Spot]]'' flies around in a red one.
* One of the rarer enemies in ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors'' are the Martians, who come to Earth in flying saucers. The saucers attack with arcs of electricity fired downward and can't be destroyed any way other than managing to land enough exploding soda cans in the open hatch on top.
* In a linked ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Legend of Zelda Oracle Series]]'' game, Maple the witch will eventually upgrade from FlyingBroomstick to Flying Vacuum Cleaner to Flying Saucer if she gathers enough Rupees from you.
* The Miranu of ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Override'' uses a ''half''-saucer as the basis of their ship designs (cut vertically), but the shipyard description of their Scout class mentions that earlier generations of it were full saucers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hedgewars}}'' lets you use these as a mobility tool. They're hard to control, but they don't end your turn and can take you just about everywhere.
* ''VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars'' has the ''Oracle''-class ships for the [[EnergyBeing Celareons]], which are their unarmed scout ships. They look like your stereotypical flying saucers, albeit tiny ones (compared to some other ships) and are capable of cloaking.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' features these as opponents in the ice-caves section of the game, piloted by green tentacled blobs.
* The Proteus-Z in ''VideoGame/SpaceAge'' is a chrome saucer, as part of the game's 1940s-inspired setting.
* ''VideoGame/WoahDave'' has these show up to move platforms around later on.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has the "boss" enemy of the Martian Madness event, the Martian Saucer. It flies around, firing rapid laser shots, homing missiles, as well as having a WaveMotionGun DeathRay that it fires downwards. It can drop the Cosmic Car Key on defeat, which allows the player to have their own flying saucer mount with infinite flight time and fast speed.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' has one in Futaba Sakura's persona Necronomicon.
* Featured several times in the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, with Dr. Wily's escape pod sometimes resembling a UFO. One of Wily's Robot Masters, Galaxy Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'', has a top half that is built like a flying saucer. His stage also features a saucer-shaped enemy called the Adamski, named for ufologist George Adamski.
* These make up a good number of the vehicles in ''VideoGame/{{Calculords}}''; naturally they're piloted by TheGreys. Most have the "Flying" ability, which grants immunity to SplashDamage, almost all {{Herd Hitting Attack}}s, and land mines. Oh, and there's a "UFO Abductor" card -- it removes the weakest enemy unit from the lane it's played in. The enemy commander Uracillon, himself a Grey alien, makes extensive use of saucer units.
* Such spacecrafts are among the numerous targets from the shooting minigame from both ''VideoGame/WiiPlay'' and ''VideoGame/WiiPlayMotion''.
* The goal in ''VideoGame/WiiParty'''s minigame ''Saucer Snap'' is to photograph it. It zooms from one side of the screen to the other and the Mii with the most centered photograph wins.
* Flying saucers with stolen Mii faces are among the numerous bizarre enemies Miis have to fight in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}''.
* ''Videogame/EarthDefenseForce5'': The large alien mother ship encountered early on and its smaller laser firing attack drones are all flying saucers.

* Uryuoms were once shown in one of these in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', while showing how TheMasquerade there worked. The solution? A banner saying 'We are not aliens!'. [[spoiler:For most, it's ''true''.]]
* The first event of the first story in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is a flying saucer crashing into Bob's roof.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-08-15 the aliens arrive in one.]]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' has the Avrocar, the pinnacle of [[CanadaEh Canadian]] Aerospace Engineering, which turns out to be a piece of crap. It's actually based off of the actual [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar Avrocar]] built by aircraft manufacturers Avro. [[TheAllegedCar It was also a piece of crap]] until someone added a heavy rubber skirt, and thus invented the hovercraft.

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfFigaroPho'', one appears in the opening for both seasons so far. In both openings, it's the first supernatural threat to appear.
* The Great Gazoo from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' has a UFO; sometimes it's large enough to comfortably fit 1 normal-sized person, and other times he barely fits with his helmet serving as the round top.
* Nibbler and his race in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' each own their own very small UFO "warmachines", which can almost contain a whole human with their Nibblonian pilot.
** Omicronians use saucers with mechanical legs around the edge. Strangely enough, the Hubble Space Telescope has the same design.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the valley in which Gravity Falls was founded was carved out by a flying saucer that crashed millions of years ago; it's also responsible for the town's distinctive cliff. The technology on board was reverse engineered to make the things in the Mystery Shack's secret basement.
* One Harveytoons film had aliens on flying ''cups and saucers''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' fly around in a UFO large enough to fit 4-5 characters comfortably, replacing cars as everyday transport in the future.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Marvin the Martian is often seen flying in these.
* ''WesternAnimation/PixarShorts'': ''Unidentified Flying Mater'' has Mater himself.
%%* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Hondo Ohnaka's [[SpacePirates pirate gang]] tools around in these.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': The Autobot [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cosmos_(G1) Cosmos]] had this as his alt-mode. As one of the few Transformers who can reach escape velocity unaided, his job was orbital recon. He considered it boring and lonely at times and often got into mischief. He once got into trouble with the U.S. government who thought he was an alien UFO, though technically he is.
** His Japanese name, Adams, is a tribute to George Adamski. However, his alt mode has brought up a bit of FridgeLogic on the TF Wiki: where exactly did he scan his alt mode from?
*** Well, for his [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cosmos_%28Movie%29 Movie universe counterpart]] it was his native Cybertronian alternate form. It's possible the same is true for his G1 incarnation.

* Surprisingly, some speculative designs for advanced shuttles resemble this. One face of the disc receives energy beamed from the ground or from a satellite, so it doesn't need to carry fuel, and, to save even more weight, instead of a physical cone for streamlining it just pushes the air out of its way with FrickinLaserBeams.
* There are also plans for saucer-shaped airplanes, since it's the most aerodynamic shape in existence. The only problem is the horrible maneuverability, meaning that state of the art fly-by-wire systems have to be developed for steering the crafts before anyone can even dream of flying them.
** Early attempts at a disc-shaped aircraft with a fan for lift had difficulty getting more than a few feet off the ground. The design eventually morphed into the first hovercraft. See Wiki/TheOtherWiki for details on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar the Canadian-US Avrocar]], a secret project for US military from 1950s.
* A disc shape is actually quite useful for a spacecraft that would operate in an atmosphere. Flying edge-on, the whole craft functions as a lifting body, and it can turn much more easily than a winged aircraft. Flying flat-on, on the other hand, is great for using a large-area heat shield on your underside for reentry.
* A more down-to-earth example: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_disc Frisbee flying discs]].
* Part of the whole Area 51 controversy was its use as a testing grounds for experimental saucer-ships. It turns out, just adding a fin on the back helps a lot.
* It has been suggested that what Arnold actually saw were experimental aircraft designs developed by Nazi Germany and which were captured by American forces sweeping into Germany in 1945. It is known the Germans developed one form of crescent-shaped flying wing design to a high degree of air-worthiness, and what stopped it from going into Luftwaffe service in 1945 was simply that Germany collapsed too quickly. The Horten IX flying wing design was built and tested at Gottingen in West Germany -- a city captured by the Americans in April 1945. In appearance a crescent shape with a rudimentary tailfin, this radical design may have been the craft seen by Kenneth Arnold over Washington. At a time when very few people had seen even the first conventional jet aircraft, this radical new configuration of jet fighter would have seemed completely alien to the observer. And the USAF would only have been too glad for people to jump to exactly the wrong conclusion -- that this was extraterrestrial...
* Some conspiracy theorists do suggest that the Germans had, or at least tried to, develop flying saucers. An example would be the peculiar Foo fighter, reported by allied pilots, resembling balls of fire that were extremely maneuverable, that would fly around allied aircraft and vanish afterwards. However, there has been no evidence solid enough to prove they actually exist, as is the case with all UFO's.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC_2683 NGC 2683]], a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, that has been nicknamed the UFO galaxy because of its aspect seen through a telescope.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_flying_saucer The British Rail Flying Saucer]], patented in TheSeventies, a nuclear-fusion powered interplanetary transporter. The design is utterly impractical, however cool the idea might be.