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Signature Team Transport
Taking them everywhere since The Sixties.

Some teams have their own outfits, others have a Team Pet, and then there's these guys and their (usually) Cool Car. This vehicle is the team's metallic pet: Most of the time, it will sport the team's or character's logo, have its own affectionate surname and be seen in almost every episode.

The transport is typically relative to the setting, and scope of the story. In a sea/space faring series it may be the teams main/mothership. A group of teenagers probably has a van they can all fit into. A solo adventurer probably has some type of one-seater.

For most characters, that one car is part of the team/family, and they don't care if it's a rusty old pile of scraps. In science fiction, if the vehicle has a sufficiently advanced AI/navigation system it can double as a Robot Buddy. In fantasy it may be a (named) horse, or mythological creature in which case it can double as a Team Pet.

It's not unusual for The Lancer or otherwise the 'coolest' member of the team to get a personal vehicle or Cool Bike, to emphasize just how cool they are.

Sister Trope to Theme Mobile, where the vehicle sports the team colors but isn't iconic/emotionally linked to the character/team. See also Global Airship, which is usually a Signature Team Transport for a party of RPG heroes.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Captain Harlock, his crew and his Arcadia .
  • Until Dragon Ball Z came along, the Magic Cloud was this to Goku.
    • Then there's Frieza's flying seat. He only left it when there was literally nobody else left to fight the heroes.
  • Almost every single crew in One Piece has his own ship with their customized Jolly Roger, the most obvious example being the Strawhats' ship, the Going Merry and later, the Thousand Sunny.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has the angel's Hummer "See-Through" and the demon's limousine "G-string".
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (aka Battle of the Planets): G-Force had the Phoenix, a ship which contained four smaller vehicles and could change into a fiery bird-shaped craft.
  • Speed Racer and Racer X had the Mach 5 and the Shooting Star, respectively.
  • Tenchi Muyo!: While not customized, Ryo-Ohki blurs the line between this and Team Pet.
  • The Dai-Gurren in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann serves both as this and as the team's headquarters.
  • Zero no Tsukaima has Tabitha and her familiar, a dragon, Saito and the WWII plane...

     Card Games 
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, The Gigant Carrier is a transport vehicle that carries the Gearunits (Geargiaccelerator, Geargiattacker, Geargiarmor, and Geargiarsenal).

    Comic Books 
  • The Bat-vehicles for the Batman and the Bat Family, especially the Batmobile.
    • Robin is typically seen with a motorcycle.
  • The Fantastic Four have a huge jet that can be separated into four smaller ones.
  • Gaston Lagaffe's death car. That thing is responsible for at least half of global warming. AT LEAST.
  • Silver Surfer's surfing board.
  • Watchmen: Nite Owl II has "Archie", an owl-themed aircraft that recalls his old days as a vigilante.
  • The Blackbird from X-Men. The original was literally a modified Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, illustrating that Professor X is both ridiculously wealthy and incredibly well-connected, because Lockheed never sold such planes to anybody except the US government.
  • Wonder Woman has the invisible airplane, which she continues to use even though she can fly on her own
  • The Avengers have their Quinjets.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Back to the Future: Doc Brown's Delorean. And later, his train.
  • The Ghostbusters' car with their logo on each side, "Ecto-1"
  • K and J's black sport car in Men In Black.
  • Star Wars features the Millenium Falcon
  • Technically, at least in the movies, every single Transformer and his vehicle form: It's shown that they can choose their vehicle forms, they just like that one car better. Probably.
  • Tallahassee's tendency in Zombieland to paint a 3 on any car he chose to drive.

    Folklore 
  • Santa Claus' magic sled and his reindeer (they all have names, the most well-known being Rudolph).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Almost every single Super Sentai show will have a team Mecha made of each character's own vehicle.
    • Engine Sentai Go-onger had the camper Ginjiro, which had their name written on the side but isn't otherwise super-special.
    • The old-school sentai series really liked to travel in style, with the mechs stored on a giant airbase. However, sometimes it wasn't a signature transport as much as a flying hangar that only appeared to release the bots.
    • Power Rangers does this trope more due to Merchandise-Driven. There's about always at least one vehicle that wasn't in sentai, and sometimes it's big, like the Mobile Command Center in Power Rangers Ninja Storm. The most awesome must be the SHARC (Special Hydro-Aero Recon Craft) which can travel on air or water as the name suggests. The Rangers often arrived by leaping down from it in a circle formation.
  • The A-Team has its signature van.
  • Chuck: The compact cars driven by Chuck and others are technically owned by the Buy More and have the "Nerd Herd" logo on them.
  • Doctor Who's TARDIS, and the Third Doctor's "Bessie", a 1910's vintage car that he hyped up with a few (awesome) gadgets.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard have the General Lee
  • Knight Rider: KITT doesn't quite qualify as this, being a member of the team in his own right and in fact arguably more valuable than Michael, but the 18-wheeler that served as a Base on Wheels does.
  • The red Ferrari in Magnum, P.I. Robin Masters actually owns it, and there's often plot complications when Higgins takes away the keys, but it's still effectively Thomas Magnum's car.
  • Every series of Star Trek has its own primary starship, though on Deep Space Nine the Federation's small Runabout-class starships are given as much or more screentime as the team's main starship, the U.S.S. Defiant.
  • Mr. Bean's apple green compact car, which gets trashed in almost every episode.
  • The Munsters Grampa has Dragula.
  • Starsky & Hutch had Starsky's red Gran Torino, which Hutch nicknamed "the striped tomato".
  • Supernatural has the Impala, which is almost a member of the family
  • In F/X: The Series, the crew has their "Fx" van.
  • Angel's black Pontiac GTO convertible in Angel.
    • Gunn had his own for his team, his Ford F250, the War Wagon.
  • Eric Forman's 1969 Vista Cruiser station wagon in That '70s Show.

    Video Games 
  • Rush from Mega Man fulfills all three roles by being Mega's one seater transport, Team Pet and Robot Buddy. Though in a series where all the main characters are androids the last bit is debatable.
  • The Blue Falcon for Captain Falcon in F-Zero. (Most characters' vehicles would count, but we see Falcon using it in other games such as Super Smash Bros.) In the Smash Bros. series he also have the Falcon Flyer.
  • Golden Sun has the Lemurian ship used to travel from continent to continent.
  • Corki's plane in League of Legends.
  • Each Mass Effect game has its own transport vehicle to get Shepard from the Normandy to the surface: the Mako in 1, the Kodiak in 2, and the upgunned UT-47A Kodiak in 3.
  • Samus's Gunship in the Metroid series.
  • Wario's custom yellow-and-purple Wario Bike.
  • The Gold Saucer Buggy and later the Highwind airship for AVALANCHE/Team Cloud in Final Fantasy VII.
  • The Corvega Motors Highwayman (the only working car in the wasteland!) for The Chosen One's team in Fallout 2.
  • The Great Fox from the Star Fox series, had several emotional moments such as when it was in disrepair in Star Fox Adventures, and how they had to destroy it after it was upgraded in Star Fox Assault
  • The Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts, but specifically the Highwind models.
  • Link is typically associated with Epona, or other unnamed red furred, white maned horses. Though some Links get their own transports depending on the game such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's The King of Red Lions or The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's The Crimson Loftwing.
    • Ganondorf also has The Black Gerudo Stallion.
  • The Tornado from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Tails usually flies the biplane while Sonic stands on it's wings to get where they want to go. Playing as Tails (or Knuckles) in the Genesis games will put Sonic at the controls, however.

    Web Original 
  • Since the Amazing Three of the Whateley Universe are an Expy of the Fantastic Four, they have their own building and their own transport, the famous Techno-Trike.

    Western Animation 
  • The Scooby-Doo gang and their Mystery Machine
  • Rugrats: As of The Movie the kids would sometimes ride around in the Reptar Wagon. They also occasional rode on Tommy's dog Spike as if he were a horse.
  • The Trio from The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin have the Airship.
  • Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender .
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: The Planeteers are most often seen in the Geo-Cruiser.
  • Inspector Gadget has the Gadgetmobile.
  • Kidd Video had that cool car-vehicle thing in which they rolled around the Flipside, that served as a mobile home.
  • The titular vehicle in The Magic School Bus.
  • The Dethcycle from Metalocalypse.
  • The Simpsons have two cars, the pink one being Homer's and the orange one Marge's.
    • Also, Otto is almost always seen with the School Bus.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have the Party Wagon or Turtle Van (a converted T2 Bus) and the Turtle Blimp, both with their logo on it.
    • One of the few things kept from The Next Mutation series was giving Raphael a personal motorcycle.
    • The 2003 series renvisioned the Turtle Van as The Battle Shell (a converted armored truck), and Raph's bike as The Shell Cycle. It also gave them a bunch of other vehicles like the Sewer Slider (hovercraft) and Turtle Tunneler (drill). As the series went on they kept acquiring and building more including a submarine, helicopter, and a train.
      • All of the 2003 turtles vehicles were destroyed halfway through season 4, probably because they had way too many to keep track of. It was eventually limited to another new version of the Battle Shell (a converted moving van) and the helicopter.
    • The 07 movie also implies that the Turtle Van has since been re-appropriated into Cowabunga Carl's van since they stopped being crime fighters. Raph still rides a motorcycle as Nightwatcher.
    • The 2012 series re-imagines the Turtle Van again as The Shellraiser (a converted subway car). They also have interlocking and detachable go-karts called Patrol Buggys, and Raph has a Stealth Bike.
  • Each racing team from Wacky Races has its own car with a unique design and gadgets.
    • Each car had a distinctive name, too.
  • The Thundertank from Thundercats
  • The Team from Young Justice typically flies around in Ms. Martian's bio-ship. Eventually Superboy gets his own vehicle when Sphere transforms into a flying motorcycle.
  • Dojo, the team's 1200 year-old shapeshifting dragon from Xiaolin Showdown has a giant flying form that the team usually flies on at least once per episode. To a lesser extent: the Silver Manta Ray that's used whenever Dojo is unavailable for some reason.
  • WonderPets: the Flyboat
  • Justice League have their Javelins.
  • The Planet Express Ship in Futurama.

    Real Life 
  • The Popemobile.
  • That's probably true for many pilots, bikers and cavaliers, who considers their plane/car/bike/horse a part of themselves.
    • The Richthofen brothers' red fighter planes are one of the examples (the less well-known Lothar von Richthofen had his planes painted red with yellow, and after his brother's death black, tail).
  • Air Force One has been used as the US Presidents personal airplane when traveling from country to country.


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