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- Ghost in the Shell. Tachikoma automated tankettes and Uchikomas.
- A Magitek version is present in Slayers REVOLUTION. the "magic tanks" are apparently an offshoot of the Zanaffar Armor artifact created from animals, and thus do not need crew.
- Bogey in The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye is a robotic brain installed in a desert-trekking tank.
- Sir Cyrano de Bergerac in Sisters of Wellber is a talking, sentient tank that is probably powered by some kind of magic.
- Those Who Hunt Elves had a tank that was haunted by the spirit of a cat as the team pet after their Summon Everyman Hero plot ran out of gas and needed something supernatural to keep the tank running.
- Back in the propaganda days of DC comics, there were a group of World War 2 veterans who traveled around in a tank haunted by the spirit of a famous general who gave them cryptic advice. Their vehicle was called The Haunted Tank.
- The tank has made appearances in the modern day, with the former Confederate general haunting tanks driven by his descendants. He's currently haunting an M1 Abrams with a Black Great-great-etc grandson.
- In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, there are Skynet's independent armor formations in the future. They can be seen hunting human soldiers in the beginning of the movie.
- The Decepticon Brawl in the first Transformers who turned into a tank.
- BIONICLE. Subverted with the Skopio, it may look like a sentient scorpion tank, but it was actually just a giant scorpion modified to be like a tank by the Great Beings.
- The Separatist tanks from 'Star Wars'' are either this or crewed by robots. Basically, everything that looks more or less like a vehicle is crewed, and stuff that looks like giant mechanical spiders or big roller-wheel thingies are AI-controlled big honking droids.
- Bolo: Massive AI tank like war machines. They have varying levels of sophistication but most are depicted as capable of thought that many would say makes them "alive". This includes an appreciation for poetry, history, valuing life, and even showing mercy to an enemy.
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Marvin provokes a massive but simple-minded robot-tank that's standing on a bridge connecting two high office towers into showing off it's destructive arsenal, and the drone promptly shoots the bridge supports, resulting in it falling down and getting smashed.
- In Charles Stross' novel Glasshouse, the protagonist recalls being converted into one of these during the wars he fought.
- The Death Lands book "Pandora's Redoubt" features an absurdly persistent laser-slinging robotic tank called a "Ranger" hounding the heroes (because it was programmed to patrol the perimeter of the redoubt that the Companions have just left and sees them as a threat to destroy). It survives getting hit with multiple missiles, having a building dropped on it, being hit with multi-ton boulders and it takes literally blowing up a bridge out from under it (and dropping it into a canyon) to kill it off. It also annihilates the Villain Of The Week's stronghold and army while it's at it.
- The hover tanks used by Hammer's Slammers have advanced AI but they don't seem to be sentient. Though they are pretty good at shooting down incoming artillery fire, or satellite.
Live Action TV
- One That Mitchell and Webb Look sketch features a giant robotic scorpion created by Doctor Death (which, it turns out, he sincerely intended for peaceful purposes).
- Steve Jackson Games
- GURPS Reign Of Steel, which was based on the Terminator films. The Zonemind AIs have a number of weapons available to them, such as the XAU-03 "Juggernaut" (a robot battle tank armed with a particle beam cannon). It has a neural net computer brain.
- OGRE is all about giant cybertanks fighting against a mass of more conventional combat vehicles.
- Paranoia has warbots and combots, all with their own bot brains.
- Shadowrun has ground attack drones of various sorts, some of which are capable of attacking on their own.
- In Warhammer 40,000, the Adeptus Mechanicus insist that all vehicles have a "machine spirit" that must be appeased for it to operate, but the truest example of this trope is the Space Marines' Land Raider, an Awesome Personnel Carrier with an advanced cogitator that can drive the vehicle if the living crew is stunned or operate an additional weapon. The Land Raider Rynn's Might even activated itself after being blown clear of the Crimson Fists' fortress-monastery during the invasion of their homeworld, then freed itself from wreckage and went on to attack the nearest Ork warband. When its rampage was stopped after a lucky shot blew off a track, the tank opened all its doors so the greenskins would rush in to try and loot it, then sealed the hatches behind them and purposefully overloaded its power core, killing an Ork Warboss and his bodyguard with the resulting toxic fumes and radiation. Chaos Space Marines also have unusually smart Land Raiders, though in their case there's overlap with Demonic Possession.
- Aftermath! Book 3 The World of the Aftermath. One of the examples of robot-controlled devices is a Cybernetic Tank, an advanced version of which has Artificial Intelligence.
- The fifth adventure in the Pathfinder Adventure Path "Reign Of Winter" pits the Party against a number of Mark V tanks controlled by the pickled brains of Russian generals.
- Tiny Tank. The cute if deadly tank that you control.
- Seek And Destroy. Every tank in the game, including the main protagonist as you play as a tank.
- Star Warrior. One of the opponents you can run into is the Robotank, a smaller, A.I. controlled version of the Heavy Tank.
- Team Fortress 2, Specifically Mann Vs. Machine mode. There are giant robots as well as actual tanks, all of which have ridiculous amounts of health. The actual Tank doesn't have any weapons, serving as a Beef Gate while your team has to simultaneously fight robots.
- Most of the major bosses in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker are AI weapons with no pilot. Two of them, the Pupa and the Chrysalis would qualify as tanks, albeit one is closer to a Hover Tank and the other a Base on Wheels.
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2. In the expansions the Mastermind tank is this, just that it controls enemy units. It is mentioned that it is a brain on wheels.
- Tread Marks is about a bunch of sapient tanks running off to the woods to race each other and blow each other to bits for fun.
- In Battle Zone 1998, the Furies are living biometal tanks designed by the Cthonian precursors. The tanks are quite psychotic, and after the Soviets produce a number and use them in combat, the tanks go berserk and start slaughtering everything in their path.
- Red vs. Blue has Sheila, a very nice and sweet sentient AI who just happens to be installed in a badass tank, and considers herself just as "human" as the actual human soldiers on the teams. One of the soldiers becomes especially fond of her and ends up being the one who rides around in her the most.
- The SCP Foundation has a couple, though three come to mind:
- SCP-802, an apparently haunted, decrepit Renault Char B1 that patrols a small region of France and stalks and harasses anyone it comes across, to the point of killing them if not left alone.
- SCP-516, a T-55 tank that prefers to remain nonviolent until either forced to defend itself against hostile forces (and even then by specifically choosing its shots to avoid injuring innocent lives) or when encountering disgraced former members of its home country's military. It even has shown hostility towards the Foundation when the scientists try to conduct morally questionable exercises against unarmed D-class test subjects.
- SCP-3390 is another French tank, this one a particularly patriotic Char 2C that tries to hypnotize those who enter it into thinking they're French soldiers and making them drive it all the way to Berlin. Testing logs showed it has an interest in Les MisÚrables and holds suspicion against anyone dressed like German soldiers, to the point of attacking a disguised D-class who made the mistake of panicking and trying to run when 3390 turned to watch him. It also does not appreciate the French being referred to Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys.
- Ranzar's Tanktoons are World of Tanks inspired cartoons featuring sentient versions of various WWII and Cold War vehicles. Human crews are notably absent, and tanks have their own personalities, from the pleasant but simple-minded Maus, to the professional but eternally put-upon Hellcat, to the KV-2 who's just happy to be there.
- Transformers has a handful of them. The first ones were introduced in 1985 with Warpath and Blitzwing, who transform into traditional tanks (although Blitzwing can also become a jet), and Omega Supreme (pictured in his IDW incarnation at top), who is not only a tank, but a rocket base as well. Megatron has been a tank in many incarnations starting with Generation 2 in 1993, due to the problems with him being a pistol.
- Tankor, the dim-witted tank Vehicon from Beast Machines, at least until Rhinox's personality resurfaces again.