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"Those old war horses never shut up."
Whether chatty horses
, philosophical dragon mounts
, or calculating cars
, some characters have modes of transportation that talk back.
Useful because it justifies/averts Automaton Horses
, as well as providing sage advice, companionship, and enabling some really cool stunts.
Often Hilarity Ensues
if the rider accidentally 'forgets' this, treating their steed like a normal animal.
Subtrope of Sapient Pet
. Compare A Boy and His X
, Living Ship
, and Space Ship Girl
. Prone to Horsing Around
if you piss them off. Likely to be a case where Only The Chosen May Ride
. See also: Bond Creatures
and Mechanical Horse
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Anime and Manga
- All the B'ts in Bt X, which are also Mecha Mounts.
- Hermes the motorcycle from Kinos Journey.
- The Arbalest's AI from Full Metal Panic! is milestones more advanced than the others because he's capable of learning. Sousuke is thoroughly frustrated with him because, unlike his previous mounts who merely helped operating the mecha, Al does talk back to him if he knows he's right. Once during The Second Raid, the mecha chewed out his pilot, saying that he's not going to operate for him properly until he treats him as a partner.
- In the manwha "Yongbi". The Bounty Hunter Yongbi rides a horse that's basically a medieval Korean version of Maximus from Tangled. He's intelligent (he was able to determine the worth of a golden medallion offered by a boy they rescued just by licking it) , stubborn, rather arrogant (during a stay in the emperor's stable he forces the servants to serve him hoof and foot and pushes around the other stable horses), defiant , VERY expressive, a pervert, has a sense of humor , and constantly bickers with his rider like an old married couple.
- Lucky Luke's horse, Jolly Jumper, which is also really smart (sometimes he plays chess, and once he was fishing without Luke's help).
Films — Animated
- Donkey briefly in Shrek 2. Otherwise he isn't actually a steed.
- Cyril Proudbottom from The Wind in the Willows segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
- Tangled has Maximus, who goes from being the horse of the captain of the guard at the beginning to being the captain of the guard by the end. He's separated from his rider very early on but pursues Flynn throughout the whole film and even wields a sword with his mouth. He's about as Badass as a horse can get. He doesn't talk, but has vocalizations provided by you-know-who.
- Played with with Sven, who doesn't talk, but instead is "voiced" through Kristoff in the manner a dog owner would imitate their pet talking. He does display considerable intelligence and even tries to directly force Kristoff to return to Arendelle.
- Hans' horse (named Sitron by virtue of Ascended Fanon) also displays intelligence in his short time onscreen, "bowing" for Princess Anna and later waving at her (seeming oddly interested in her as he does so).
Films — Live-Action
- At the end of Godzilla Tokyo SOS, Kiryu (AKA Mechagodzilla 3) says "Goodbye, Yoshido" to the pilot inside of him before committing a heroic sacrifice by sending both himself and Godzilla deep into the bottom of the ocean. Yes, folks, this film has The original 1954 Godzilla talking (Well, technically, it's a message that appears on one of the monitors inside his cyborg-body) to a human being.
- Benny the Cab from Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a Sentient Vehicle example.
- Before there was Mr. Ed there was Francis The Talking Mule.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: the titular car is at least semisentient, rather impatientnote , quite bravenote , and deeply loyal to its owners. Also, the driver swears that while he was restoring it, he would often find that it had been advancing its own repairs and even modifying itself while he slept.
- Cactus Jack's horse Whiskey in the western comedy The Villain doesn't talk, but he's far smarter than his nominal owner.
- Falada in "The Goose Girl", in the original Grimm story and all adaptations, such as Shannon Hale's novel by the same name.
- The Tuvan epic poem "Boktu-Kirish Bora Seelei": Bora-Seelei borrows her brother's clever talking horse, who thinks up various schemes for Bora-Seelei to win the favor of the magical Princess Angyr-Chechen, who has the ability to bring Boktu-Kirish back to life.
- The Dungeons & Dragons Dragonlance setting had many dragon riders whose dragon mounts could talk.
- Inverted in one short scenario from Dungeon Adventures magazine, in which an evil spellcaster used a feeblemind spell to render a centaur druid mindless, then hitched him up to pull a wagon. The PCs must rescue this unlucky sentient being from the fate of an unspeaking beast of burden.
- Paladins' mounts have an Intelligence of at least 6 (not as smart as the average Humanoid (10) but smarter than any animal (1 or 2), and they get smarter as the Paladin gains levels.
- There are quite a few creatures— most commonly worgs or nightmares— that are smart enough to be considered sapient or even learn to speak intelligibly but traditionally serve as mounts for other creatures.
- Rifts took it a step further with Blood Lizards and Psi-Ponies, who were not only intelligent, but you could even use them as a Player Character.
- In Ars Magica it is entirely possible and not uncommon for supernatural horses (Divine, Faerie, Infernal, or Magic) to be both as intelligent as their riders and possessing various magical powers (Aeolus, a sample character from 'Realms of Power: Magic' is a good example). Magi tend not to rider animals due to the effects of The Gift, but they make entertaining characters in their own right.
- Noble Horses, Centaurs, and others are viable character options in GURPS
- Rhy-Horses in Blue Rose are an example of this.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has the King of Red Lions, a small sail boat, who talks. But he is actually the King of Hyrule...
- In Twilight Princess, Midna treats Link like this whenever he is a wolf. In other words, you are her Sapient Steed.
- The Oracle games feature some rather unusual mounts in Ricky, Moosh, and Dimitri, who are a kangaroo, a flying bear, and a dodongo, respectively. All of them can talk.
- In the background the Drakes, Hippogryphs and Wyverns players can fly in World of Warcraft are all sentient beings. Drakes in particular are as intelligent as humans and can even speak. However ingame they act like all other mounts. However there are a few quests where the player flies on a Drake or Dragon that does speak.
- Yoshi of the Super Mario Bros. series. In his first appearance he can speak and seeks out Mario as an ally. His later appearances alternately depict the Yoshi race with a distinct language that the main Yoshi translates, or a shared common language. They've also been shown to have some culture, and build shelters as well as monuments.
- In the backstory of The Elder Scrolls games, there's a type of Khajiit that's basically a tiger somewhere between a horse and an elephant in size. They're just as intelligent as the other Khajiit, but they're used as steeds in battle.
- Deus Ex: Invisible War: features an AI-piloted helicopter.
- In Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere you turn out to be one.
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, the Model H's can be chatty. One of them in particular recites Paradise Lost while transporting the girls to the barbershop.
- Ultra Car of the Walkyverse is kind of a Jerkass and has been known to leave his passengers in the Amazon.
- Arthur from Faux Pas fills the role, as do some others from time to time.
- In UNA Frontiers, there are Shiratz, an ancient alien probe built to look like a convincing horse, and the G.E.M.'s - a subspecies of genetically modified Morgan horses about as intelligent as dolphins or gorillas in general. Some of them have "high talent", i.e., psychic abilities to boot.
- Charismatic Seaweed, who is Eva's special Paladin Mount in Our Little Adventure.
- Skin Horse: Nick the Osprey serves as the Black Helicopter (well, Black V-22), heavily armed with Cluster F Bombs, at least until the censorship software kicked in. (He now swears entirely in unusual euphemisms.)