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In some works, there are sentient and sapient cars, buses, trucks, [=RVs=] (motorhomes), [=ATVs=], trains (steam-powered, diesel-powered, or light rail), train cars, airplanes, helicopters, boats, ships, spaceships, etc. Some of them maintain a {{Masquerade}}, some do not, and some live in a world of their own without humans.

This trope does not cover vehicles that happen to have [=AIs=] when those [=AIs=] are treated as separate entities that are not integrated into the vehicle itself. Also, with the exception of {{Living Ship}}s, they have to be inorganic (in other words, not a "living" being).

Things under the heading "Other" include farm vehicles, construction vehicles, motorcycles, [=ATVs=], and golf carts.

Subtrope of AnimateInanimateObject. Often overlaps with AutomatedAutomobiles and MagicBus. Supertrope of LivingShip, SapientShip, and SapientTank

See also SapientSteed and UpliftedAnimal.

!!!Automobiles (Cars, Buses, [=RVs=], and Trucks, etc.):

* The Chevron Cars are Chevron Corporation's clay-animated stop-motion talking cars that feature in television commercials crafted by Creator/AardmanAnimations. Modern commercials retain the art style set by Aardman, but do it in CGI.
* The Red Car and the Blue Car in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4drNFXd6dw this Milky Way ad]].

* In the fourth Anime/{{Doraemon}} movie, one serves as the FiveManBand's underwater exploration vehicle. It acts as somewhat of a DeadpanSnarker and {{Jerkass}} to most of the boys, although it acts nice to Shizuka, partly because she is nice to it. [[spoiler: In the climax, despite being stuffed into Doraemon's [[{{Hammerspace}} 4-D Pocket]], it hears Shizuka crying and bursts out, performing a HeroicSacrifice and taking down the BigBad.]]

* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin RapeVan]] from ''ComicBook/HackSlash: Trailers 2''.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Vitamitje, their car, has a face and a personality of its own, but it can't talk.

* The cars in Creator/{{Disney}}[=/=]Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/ACarsLifeSparkysBigAdventure''.
* ''Dad, Can I Borrow the Car?''. The used cars for sale have distinct personalities, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGkVHnIwfZA here]].
* Benny the Cab in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''
* Herbie, ''Film/TheLoveBug''
* TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/{{Christine}}''
* The song "Worthless" from ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''.
* Bumblebee as a car in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' before TheReveal that he and his friends are totally alien gaint robots from outer space.
* ''Super Hybrid''.
* ''Film/RoadTrain''
* ''[[VideoBrinquedo The Little Cars]]''
* The titular ''ChittyChittyBangBang''.
* ''Film/IBoughtAVampireMotorcycle'' has a malevolent, sentient motorbike that is possessed by a demon.

* In the first book in Creator/DianeDuane's young adult ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, ''So You Want To Be A Wizard'', the two protagonists enter an alternate Manhattan that is populated by sentient cars that spend most of their time trying to kill each other.
** Kit manages to befriend one, a Lotus Esprit, by pulling a piece of metal out of its wheel. Later, as he and Nita are nearly chased down by the [[BigBad Lone Power]], the Lotus [[YouShallNotPass stands between them,]] [[spoiler: and ends up being [[HeroicSacrifice crushed to death.]] However, at the end of the book, it [[HeartwarmingMoment reappears in]] [[{{Heaven}} Timeheart.]]]]
* ''Literature/{{Christine}}''
* The train Sei follows in ''Literature/{{Palimpsest}}''.
* Mr. Weasley's Ford Anglia becomes this in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''. After crashing into the Whomping Willow, the car ejects Harry and Ron and takes off into the Forbidden Forest, where it [[GoingNative goes native]] and putters around the woods all year. [[spoiler: It later saves Harry and Ron from being eaten by Aragog's clan of acromantulas]].
* ''Literature/{{DemonRoad}}'' has the protagonist being driven across the USA by a man named Milo, aboard a 1970 Charger which is always spotless in the morning, though he is never seen to wash it, has incredible fuel economy for classic American muscle, is always spoken about like it's alive, ''regenerates damage from a CarFu incident'' again being absolutely pristine by morning, and [[spoiler: begins to devour and slowly digest an undead serial killer who is placed into the boot, which actually deforms to engulf him]]. [[spoiler: Milo is eventually revealed to be an urban legend known as the Highway Ghost, and the Charger is his daemonic symbiote car]].

* ''TheTwilightZone''
** TOS episode "You Drive". After a man kills a boy in a hit and run accident, his car develops a mind of its own and forces him to confess to the crime.
** Episode "A Thing About Machines", where a man is tormented by the machines in his home, among them a car which ends up chasing him into a swimming pool where he drowns.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had an episode that dealt with this trope: Sabrina purchased a car from the Other Realm and it turned out to have a mind of its own. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued]] as the car pestered Sabrina about the way she treated it.
* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' basically imitated the Sabrina example ([[FollowTheLeader as it so often does]]) with a cab that Alex reanimated.
* Somewhat subverted in ''MyMotherTheCar'', as it's Mother's spirit that animates the old Porter, but from her speech she might as well really be the car.
* K.I.T.T. in ''Series/KnightRider''.
* ''[[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Carranger]]''[=/=]''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''; the good guys had a pair of sentient flying cars from outer space. Also, the Crabbie Cabbie, a MonsterOfTheWeek from [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers the first series.]] and [[PunnyName Tankenstein]] from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.

* Krim Steinbelt of ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' (which is inspired by the aforementioned ''Knight Rider'') [[BrainUploading uploaded]] his mind as an AI that primarily inhabits the [[TransformationTrinket Drive Driver]] (earning him the nickname "Mr. Belt"), but can also operate the [[CoolCar Tridoron]] (which is a car rather than a motorcycle like what main Riders usually use) and speak through the [[TransformationTrinket Shift Cars]].
** The Shift Cars themselves sort of qualify for this trope as well, having an AI and personalities independent of Mr. Belt's mind. They can't actually be used as vehicles short of carrying small objects, though.
*** The Signal Bikes (based on motorcycles) are vaguely like this as well, though they can't be rode on, much like the Shift Cars. They also seem to be directionless idiots without a Shift Car to guide them properly.
* The cast of the preschool series ''The Big Garage''. Which also features a talking gas pump.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E01Pilot pilot episode]], the ghost possesses the Impala and uses it to chase down the Winchesters and force them off the bridge.

* ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballBigRaceUSA Pro Pinball: Big Race USA]]'' is about a cross-country road race by cartoonish cars with eyes in their headlights.

* Some ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games have Oboroguruma, which are ghost/demon cars that talk.
* When ''Franchise/ChoroQ'' series steps into the RPG WideOpenSandbox genre, every car in it is this.
* ''Seek and Destroy'' features sentient ''tanks!'' What makes it funny is the fact that, despite being, well, tanks, the still manage to use a number of human mannerisms, for example, one tank, upon discovering his mooks failed to stop the main character, literally ''jumps up and down'' in anger. There's also the appearance of ''tank priests.'' It brings to question what sort of religion they follow. Oh, and then there's the final boss, the Tank Emperor, with his [[OneWingedAngel Three forms]] ranging from a massive land cruiser, a bulbous SpiderTank, and finally, a blob of gears, wires, and pure energy.
* ''Franchise/PuttPutt''

* ''WesternAnimation/RoaryTheRacingCar''
* Ricardo the racecar in ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins''.
* C.A.R. from ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements''.
* C.A.R.R. from ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop''. Obvious parody of K.I.T.T. from ''Series/KnightRider'', even though K.I.T.T. is an AI installed into a car.[[note]]And even though [[NamesTheSame "K.A.R.R."]] was the name of an evil clone of K.I.T.T. from the actual series.[[/note]]
* Some of the vehicle characters in ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder''
* Some of the road vehicles from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', such as Bertie the bus.
* Creator/WaltDisney's ''Susie the Little Blue Coupe''.
* Chugaboom from ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpeedBuggy''
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelieAndTheChopperBunch'' -- pretty much the entire cast.
* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse has a sentient car in the short "Mickey's Rival". And a sentient taxicab in another, much earlier short "Traffic Troubles".
* In Season 2, episode 5 ("Car Trouble") of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', an inventor named Dr. Freeman created a self-driving car with a female personality named SADI (Systemized Automotive Driving Intelligence), or Sadie.
* Noddy's car, Car, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Noddy}}''.
* "Kitty", in ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'', is K.I.T.T. After K.I.T.T. made the decision to become a rapist after being jilted by Michael.
* The characters of ''[[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Construction_Site Jim Henson's Construction Site]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TurboTeen'' is seen as this, but his closest friends know he's really a human merged with a car.
* Creator/FrizFreleng's 1936 cartoon [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ''Streamlined Greta Green''.]]
* Creator/TexAvery's [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons MGM cartoon]] "One Cab's Family".
* The Ghostbuggy from ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus''
* ''Auto B Good''
* The cartoon version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' had the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dragster Of Doom]] (or "Doomie") for short. A sentient car created through mad science. Oh, and he's also a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werecar]], transforming into a monstrous version of himself whenever he's in pain or to chase dogs.
* Tonka's ''Chuck and Friends''
* The Hairy Bus (and his twin) from the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode of the same name.
* The [=UmiCar=] from ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi''
* The toon cars and trains in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'', most notably Ma Parker, the toon tow truck from "Calling All Cars" The episode does answer the question of what is behind the eyes in the windshield of windshield eye cars; it's a cabin complete with a steering wheel, seats, and seatbelts.
* Two regular characters from ''WesternAnimation/BudgieTheLittleHelicopter'' are Dell, a baggage cart, and Smokey, a fire truck.
* ''WesternAnimation/BlazeAndTheMonsterMachines''
!!!Spacecraft (Rockets, Spaceships, etc.):

* In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jesus_Incident The Jesus Incident]], Ship.
* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Literature/{{Berserker}}'' series, the Berserker ships.
* Many spacecraft in [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks']] [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] series.

* The titular ''Series/{{Lexx}}''. Admittedly it's not ''especially'' intelligent, but it can blow up entire planets.
* Moya from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Gomtuu Gomtuu]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Love and Rocket", the Planet Express Ship gets a new AI, which quickly falls in love with Bender.
* Captain Roger the space shuttle from the DVD-exclusive ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Cars Toon]]'' "Moon Mater".
* Rocket from ''WesternAnimation/LittleEinsteins''
!!!Trains, Monorails, Trolleys, Steetcars, and Train Cars:

* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' had the digital world populated by machine digimon called Trailmon, who were basically sentient trains who carried their passengers to certain locations. Many of the trailmon had different looks, voices, and personalities, some even resembling mechanized animals, a kettle, and even Frankenstein.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' also had the machine digimon Locomon, which traveled on conventional dual metal rails, unlike the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyro_monorail single metal rail]] used by the Trailmon of later works in the franchise.
* ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' has both SL-Man and Poppo-chan. SL-man is a regular steam locomotive, while Poppo-chan is a baby train, about the size of ones that you'd find on a child's ride.

* Casey Jr. in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxeLR_To0lc#t=1m05s here]].
-->All aboard! Let's go!
* Little E and the other trains from ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleEngineThatCould'', the film of the book. Also in the 1991 direct-to-video adaption.
* The nature-loving steam train from the Creator/{{Soyuzmultfilm}} work ''Train from Romashkova''.

* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Engine_That_Could The Little Engine That Could]]''
* Blain the Mono from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.
* The .007 from the Creator/RudyardKipling short story of the same name.
* WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine is actually an [[AdaptationDisplacement adaptation]] of a series of books called "The Railway Series" by the Rev. W. Audry[[note]]Further, Thomas wasn't originally the main character. He didn't even appear in the first book[[/note]].
* ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'': Iron Girder the locomotive achieves sentience when so many people see her go until she basically becomes the goddess of all things steam-powered.

* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' had a model trolley that seemed to be able to converse with Mr. Rogers, as well as with the inhabitants of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

* ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'', a very loose adaptation of ''The Little Engine That Could''

* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' and friends
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chuggington}}''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ColorClassics PLAY SAFE! PLAY SAFE!]]'' featured a rather demonic-looking steam locomotive that actually [[NightmareFuel scared the lives out of children that have watched this short.]]
!!!Airplanes, Helicopters, and Other Aircraft:

* ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' has Tsubasa-kun.

* Pedro the airplane from ''Disney/SaludosAmigos''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'':
** Rotor Turbosky, Kathy Copter, and Ron Hover the helicopters
** Al Oft, the blimp
** Barney Stormin, the biplane and the four fighter jets.
** Siddeley, the fighter jet from the sequel.
** Props [=McGee=], Captain Munier, the Falcon Hawks, and Judge Davis from the [[PixarShorts ''Cars Toons'']].
** The entire SpinOff film ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}''.

* Windy Plane, the first boss of ''VideoGame/NinjaBaseballBatMan''. It's an anthropomorphic prop plane that stands on its tail and punches the player with its front wheels, no less.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a monster called the Tsunderplane, which is, you guessed it- a {{Tsundere}} airplane, which attacks by summoning aircraft and needs to be "Approached" in order to spare it.

* The opening of the Creator/VanBeurenStudios Tom & Jerry short "Swiss Trick" features a sentient cartoon train. At one point, it gives out and a rescue dog arrives to give it some brandy to drink.
* ''WesternAnimation/JayJayTheJetPlane''
* Harold the helicopter and Jeremy the jet from ''ThomasTheTankEngine''
* The planes in the 1980s UK animated series ''Jimbo and the Jet Set''.
* "Little Johnny Jet" .a 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons directed by Tex Avery]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BudgieTheLittleHelicopter'': Many of the main cast:
** Budgie is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin little blue helicopter]]. Lionel, the "aircraft in charge", is a slightly larger brown helicopter with a four-blade rotor.
** Pippa is a green "single-engined monoplane"[[note]]a 'monoplane' is one with only one set of wings, as opposed to a 'biplane'[[/note]], although it's not evident where her engine is.
** Chuck is a large twin-engined helicopter (a Boeing CH-47 Chinook, to be precise).
!!!Boats, Ships, Submarines and other Seacraft:

* Little Toot in ''Disney/MelodyTime''.

* ''WesternAnimation/DiveOllyDive''
* Captain and Bulstrode from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''.
* Several anthropomorphic boats can be seen in the ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Cars Toons]]'' "Tokyo Mater", "Moon Mater" and "Mater, Private Eye", and ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2'' has Crabby the fishing boat and Tony Trihull the combat ship.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{TUGS}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheodoreTugboat''.
* Tugger, Russel Crow's boat from an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* Bucky on ''WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverLandPirates'' seems to have limited sentience, in that he will obey commands and sometimes act independently. He can't talk, though, and is mostly just used as a way to get from place to place.

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Elea in ''Anime/{{Blassreiter}}''. Joseph's jet bike with chatty and [[FairySexy all-around shapely]] little [[ProjectedMan holographic avatar]].
* Kino rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes in ''KinosJourney''.

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', there are tractors that act like cows and a combine that acts like a bull.
* In one of the ''Maters Tall Tales'' shorts, there were bulldozers that acted like bulls.
* A tie-in storybook based on this series called ''Mater Saves Christmas'' showed [[SantaClaus Santa Car]] (a vehicle resembling a Dusenberg) being pulled by snowmobiles that acted like reindeer. Bessie, on the other hand, despite also being a bulldozer herself, [[FurryConfusion is for some reason, not anthropomorphosized.]] The sequel featured a giant dump truck near the beginning that presumably acted like a bison. Another one of Mater's stories features "The Banshee", a monstrous earth-mover.

* The jumping (and talking) stagecoach in ''Bellacrín y la Sombra''.

* In ''TabletopGame/DianaWarriorPrincess'', Diana has a sentient (but not sapient) motorcycle, that behaves like a horse.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': Many Chaos vehicles are possessed by demons, giving them an urge to kill and destroy. DependingOnTheWriter, "machine spirits" can be this as well.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has vehicles with bot brains, from transbots (buses) to autohacks (cabs) to warbots (guess). Like [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything else]] in [[CrapsackWorld Alpha Complex]], they're already [[TheAllegedCar notoriously unreliable]], and sentience [[AIIsACrapshoot only makes it worse]].

* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LocoCycle LocoCycle]]'', brought to you by the same people that made ''VideoGame/SplosionMan'', has you playing a sentient female motorcycle assassin.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperdimensionNeptuneVSSegaHardGirls'', Neptune from the first timeline is stuck in IF's motorbike and possesses it. She can talk without problem, but is unable to move by herself.
* One of the races in ''VideoGame/ProgressQuest'' is "Enchanted Motorcycle".

* The main vehicle characters in ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'' are construction vehicles.
* Terence, Trevor, George, and the Pack from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''.
* The entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/WheelieAndTheChopperBunch''
* The title character in the Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Wheels Wonder Wheels]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/JungleJunction'' mixes this with MixAndMatchCritters.
* Creator/RubySpears' ''Turbo Teen'', although this could be a reach since it's about a teenager who can transform himself into a car.