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->''"I '''am''' the Normandy now. Its sensors are my eyes. Its armor, my skin. Its fusion plant, my heart."''
-->-- '''EDI''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''

Throughout history, many countries have always referred to ships and other seafaring vessels as "she." This even applies to ships named after men (e.g., the USS ''Ronald Reagan''). These traditions continued with [[TheSkyIsAnOcean the development of aircraft]], and the metaphor (in fiction at least) has also been extended to space travel.

So, what happens when the personification is taken a step farther? You get a walking, talking female avatar of a SapientShip--a Spaceship Girl.

She may be a [[{{Hologram}} holographic projection]] by the ship's computer, or she may be a physical manifestation created by BlackBox technology, she may be a WetwareCPU running the ship, or she may simply turn into a human [[VoluntaryShapeShifting when she wants to]]; but she ''is'' the ship, and thus requires special handling. Spaceship girls range from the deadly serious to the outright wacky, but they are never just machines. Hint: don't make her angry when you're parsecs away from the nearest planet...[[ComingInHot Or even if you're close to a planet.]]

Compare with RobotGirl and SapientSteed. A subtrope of SapientShip and often a kind of GeniusLoci. Related to ICallItVera and LivingWeapon. Psychologically related to CompanionCube. Might become [[RoboShip a love interest]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/ArpeggioOfBlueSteel'' does this with actual naval ships, though the technology in said ships rivals that of most spaceships which would feature this trope. Interestingly, when one of the human characters actually inquires about why all of the ships feature female avatars the mental model he's talking to states that humans have always referred to ships as "female", [[HandWave so logically they would be represented that way]].
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'': the ship [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1143698982844.jpg Jan-puu,]] who crashes into Hazumu, is the ditzy and affectionate type. She considers the crash that killed Hazumu and set the series in motion to be her first kiss.
* ''Anime/LostUniverse'' has [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1142146262764.jpg Canal Volfied,]] {{Meido}}-outfitted hologram with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair greenish-blue]] RapunzelHair. Though she's well-aware of her nature as the ship's mind and can get very hyper when it comes to supplementing the ship's weaponry (which she refers to as "accessorising"), she's also got a very human-like personality. She has a particular distaste for Millie because Millie is insistent upon being the ship's cook... ignoring that she blows up the kitchen ''every single time''.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Ryo-ohki, TheSpeechless WeaselMascot who can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting turn into a ship]], eventually develops a couple of cute girl forms. Also, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1126135980051.jpg Tsunami,]] progenitor of the space trees, and goddess and most powerful warship of Jurai. And in case you're wondering, [[spoiler: yes there is a reason she looks like Sasami.]]
* ''Manga/TheWorldOfNarue'':
** Bathyscaphe, Kanaka's ship and guardian, is a serious and matronly type...but she has her softer side.
** There's another one called Haruna who is actually a ''deserter from the army'' who is hiding on earth. She's really nice, though.
** In one instance Haruna gets overexcited and summons her ship form to welcome some visitors to the hotel she works at, much to the chagrin of everyone there.
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'': Melfina, who seems at first to be a shy teenage girl, is soon revealed to be the living navigation system for a very advanced starship. The rest of the ship's functions, however, are controlled by Gilliam II, the ship's male computer system. There's a reason for the setup: [[spoiler:only the LostTechnology incorporated into her (she's artificial—a bio-android) can allow her to safely navigate into the Galactic Leyline, and only her presence as The Maiden (thus why she has a body) can open the way inside]].
* ''{{MAPS}}'': Lipumira is the [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes interestingly dressed]] avatar of a [[CoolStarship starship that looks like a giant statue of her]]. For bonus points, her human-sized self [[{{Synchronization}} becomes wounded as the ship is damaged]].
* The space train, Galaxy Express 999 gets upgraded with a SpaceshipGirl in the second series.
** However, the trope is inverted with Anime/CaptainHarlock's ''Arcadia.'' Tochiro, Harlock's buddy and the ship's builder, transfered his own consciousness into the spacecraft, making it male.
* A variation of this was done in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' with the character of Bart. Though he just [[{{Synchronization}} synchronizes]] with ''Nirvana'', not ''becomes'' her.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' 's [[spoiler: Penchinon]] is a subversion. [[spoiler: After Pasdar is destroyed, it is revealed that he is the AI system for Soldat-J's J-Ark. All Penchinon really is...is an eye.]] Also subverted because, even in his 'old' form, [[spoiler: Penchinon]] is some kind of...[[spoiler: anchor-eyed, boat-person with a spinning head (but no neck), big teeth, a sailor uniform, and a tendency to go '' '''"BREEEEEEEEE!!"''' ''.]]
* At least two of the [[SpaceWhale Vaia]] ships in ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'' possess a "Sphix", a physical manifestation of the ship's control system. Unsurprisingly, the titular ship has the Spaceship Girl [[spoiler:and in a slight twist, the "final boss" has a Spaceship Bishounen]].
* Then there's that whole [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecha_Musume Mecha Musume]] trend.
* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Dolores, i'', the eponymous Dolores has a ridiculously advanced AI making her a HumongousMecha girl. She develops a crush on her pilot, and day-dreams of being in storybooks and a waitress, among other things. [[spoiler: At the end of the series, when her body is destroyed, they transfer her AI to a ship. She complains that makes her feel fat, since her consciousness isn't stored on [[AppliedPhlebotinum Metatron]] anymore. ]]
* T-AI of ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' was an AI for the Autobots' base who took the form of a little girl.
* Near the end of the first season of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', [[spoiler: Kaname synchronizes with the CoolBoat, after which she's seen, [[BarbieDollAnatomy naked]], translucent, and making movements that the Tuatha de Danaan follows.]]
* If EpilepticTrees are to be trusted (and ridiculously advanced AI is a qualifying trait for this trope, natch), Yukikaze from ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'' may be this. That is, minus the human avatar and all.
* Eve in ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}''. [[spoiler: The [[VirtualCelebrity beloved idol]] is actually a subroutine of the Bahamut supercomputer that controls the GenerationShip the protagonists live in. She's the one who chose 1980s Japan as the "best time to live in" for her passengers and is also responsible for evaluating whether humanity was ready to return to Earth at the end of Part 2.]]
* Stella Irvin of the Hückebein in ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' is another example of someone who can synchronize with her ship, to the point where she seems to be able to use her HealingFactor to repair damage on the ship while they're linked. [[spoiler:This leads to disastrous consequences for her when the Hückebein's ship gets struck with the Zero Effect]].
* In the 11th Pokémon movie, ''Anime/PokemonGiratinaAndTheSkyWarrior'', Infi is a holographic projection of the navigational systems for main villain Zero's ship, the Megarig.
* Kate Rose from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' she is the basically the AI of the flying ship "The Iron maiden", although she's also a {{Wetware CPU}} whose body is comatose, she's been inside the ship for so long that she often refers to the parts of the ship as if they were her own appendages.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the Going Merry has a spiritual avatar known as a "Klabautermann" which, in dire circumstances, is capable of repairing the ship. Its gender is indeterminate.
* The true identity of [[spoiler:Solty]] in ''Anime/SoltyRei'' is Dike, one of the three {{Master Computer}}s that ran the ColonyShip. Whereas Eunomia and Eirene were big computers that interacted indirectly, Dike was this trope: a gynoid avatar that interacted directly with the crew.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Creator/CrossGen title ''Sigil'', a female character remains a hologram tied to the ship's computer throughout the series.
* In Comicbook/{{Runaways}}, when the group gets back together after [[spoiler:the death of the Pride]], Chase insists that the Leapfrog is a he, as there is enough estrogen on the team already, thank you very much.
* In ''ComicBook/PowerPack'', the kids argue over whether Friday is male or female.
* The Marvel Comics character ''Star Lord'' has a sentient ship with a female persona. At least in the 1980s. Yep, the ship was in love with him. (She once generated a humanoid form to assist him when he was seriously injured.)
* ''Wandering Star''. The female alien Elli has the ability to physically merge with the ''Wandering Star'''s systems and run the ship in a far more efficient manner than when operated manually. She spends the majority of the series this way, within the ship, and communicates with the rest of the crew through the intercom.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' comic miniseries "The Forgotten", in which the Doctor and Martha Jones find themselves in a museum devoted to the Doctor's past lives, Martha [[spoiler:turns out to be a mental projection of the TARDIS itself, who can take on the form and personality of anyone who has ever traveled in the TARDIS, to aid him in a fight against an invader. Most of the personalities it takes on are female (but then, so have been most of the Doctor's companions)]]. A similar idea would surface in the TV series later on.
** In the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' strip "A Life of Matter and Death", the TARDIS manifests a mental projection of herself in the form of a veiled grey lady.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Moira, the Second Officer aboard the ''FanFic/USSCrazyHorse'', is an ArtificialIntelligence who takes control of the ship's computer. Like other computers in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', she has a voice interface, but unlike them, she is also a woman, either in her organic simulacrum, or by projecting a hologram of herself.
* In the Buffyverse fanfic ''Ship of the Line: An Unquenchable Fire'', A cataclysmic version of the Halloween reality-shifting event creates a perfect, functional duplicate of the Executor, Darth Vader's enormous flagship from The Empire Strikes Back, hovering several thousand kilometers directly over Sunnydale. When Buffy (whose personality has been altered by her costume to be an amalgamation of herself and Vader) finds herself aboard the ship and entirely alone, she finds a way to load her dead sister's personality matrix into the ship's computers, allowing her to operate the titanic vessel and manifest herself as a holo-projection. This results in the full destructive power of an Imperial Super-Dreadnought resting in the hands of an eleven-year-old girl. Earth's military quickly regrets lobbing a pair of nuclear devices at the 'invading' starship.


* [=SAL9000=] in 2010 ([[TheCameo played]] by [[Series/MurphyBrown Candice Bergen]]) is almost neuter, but female (and sounds very like Eldon Tyrell's computer in Blade Runner).
* OlderThanTheyThink; the Harryhausen version of ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'' has the Argo's figurehead of Hera speak to Jason to give him advice. This detail wasn't in the original story, however.
* Inverted in Series/BabylonFive: Legend of the Rangers, in which the weapons officer enters a holographic chamber in which she sees everything from the ship's own point of view, and fires weapons by throwing punches.
* ''Film/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'': The ship's computer is apparently a gynoid. A particularly curious example since she doesn't even walk around, just sits in one room.

* Dora, Lazarus Long's starship in Robert Heinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. Dora appears again in later works, especially ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast''.
* Another Heinlein example: Gay Deceiver in ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' and later works.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/TheShipWho'' series is about "shellpeople" who control starships as if they were their bodies, and several of the protagonists are female.
** The series began with ''Literature/TheShipWhoSang'', with female protagonist Helva.
** ''Literature/TheShipWhoSearched'', co-written with Creator/MercedesLackey, [[spoiler:featured a brainship who financed the creation of a remote-operated android accessory so she could be her human partner's... [[{{Robosexual}} partner]]]].
** Another book from that series has a brainship who had gone through a terrible traumatic event; in therapy a counselor had her channel her emotions and frustrations into art, and eventually had her create a self portrait. He expected her to paint a projection of herself as a human, if she hadn't had the genetic defects that landed her in a brainship, but she painted her shipself with some anthropomorphic elements.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, ultra-advanced [=TARDISes=] from the future could use their chameleon circuits to take human form. The one we meet appears as an attractive young woman (in an amusing ContinuityNod we're told she was once stuck as a 1960s policewoman). The Doctor's cyborg companion Compassion later takes on characteristics of the TARDIS and became the prototype for the class.
** And it's implied others followed suit. The Master's timeship combined this with BigEater in Literature/FactionParadox stories.
** In the Creator/BigFinish short story "The Lying Old Witch In The Wardrobe" by Mark Michalowski, the TARDIS manifest a female avatar who [[spoiler: kidnaps Romana out of jealousy shortly before "Destiny of the Daleks" and acompanies the Doctor throughout that adventure, including faking the regeneration scene at the start.]]
* In the ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' portion of the ExpandedUniverse:
** Xyon's ship is controlled by a female personality that was apparently a criminal before her death.
** Later in the series, [[spoiler:Robin Lefler's mother, Morgan]] becomes ''Excalibur's'' computer. [[spoiler: Extra poetic because Morgan Primus is identical to all characters from the TV shows who were played by Majel Barrett Roddenberry. All Federation ships have a ComputerVoice that is ''also'' done by Barrett.]]
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'' it overlaps with WetwareCPU, as the main body of ''Tlaloc'''s "brain", Anamnesis, is Khayon's sister Itzara. [[spoiler:She becomes more lively when she's uploaded into ''Vengeful Spirit'', becoming its SpaceshipGirl.]]
* Darcy in ''Literature/{{Vampirates}}'' describes herself as "Figurehead by day, figure of fun by night!"
* Another male example appears in the ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]'' series, where a cyborg captain is melded with his ship by alien nanomachines. His consciousness is apparently distributed across the ship's systems, but he can still project an avatar of himself when it's useful.
** ''Redemption Ark'', the second book in the main trilogy also has a Spaceship Boy, though this time in the form of a sentient simulation of a criminal who was saved from termination by one character's father; the character in question is of course the one who owns the ship, and believes that she has an unusually helpful intelligent interface installed.
* A car, not a ship, but Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Christine}}''. Which was clearly the source for "Alice" in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', below.
* Ships and other structures run by Minds in [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]] Literature/TheCulture series often have thousands of avatars (which doesn't even begin to test the [[DeusEstMachina computing power]] of a Culture Mind). Avatars often appear human, and if they are also female they fit this trope.
* In ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata Yellow Eyes]]'' by Creator/JohnRingo and Creator/TomKratman, a US Navy cruiser, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Des_Moines_(CA-134) USS ''Des Moines'' (CA-134)]], is converted to serve as a weapon platform for combating the aliens (it's a SciFi novel, after all) and has a AID installed to control it. However the AI was left on while shipping to Earth, and developed more sentience (and some mental instability, due to sensory deprivation) by thinking the human equivalent of 5000+ years (in real terms a month or so, because AI think fast). the AI then proceeds to buy a cloning device on eBay (a RunningGag in the book is that you can find ''anything'' on eBay) and the clothing of a famous actress for DNA, and creates a living avatar for the ship. The AID's personality [[spoiler:later merges with the "gestalt" of the original ship (basically a composite of the leftover traces of her crew's strong emotions]], and in ''The Tuloriad'' she and several similar entities are rebuilt as starships using materials from the original ships because [[spoiler:the non-AID portions of their "programming" make them resistant to several security flaws]] in the original AID design. Which proves to be of great benefit to humankind.
* Joked about in the book ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', when it stated that American ships are shes, Russian ships are hes, and the intelligence community calls them both its.
* In Creator/RobinHobb's ''The Literature/LiveshipTraders'' series, there are sentient ships with animate figureheads. Some of them are males, though. They are mostly considered as persons, with one captain actually ''courting'' his female ship to the point that his sexual partner and the ship consider each other love rivals. Not played for laughs at all.
* Some Literature/{{Bolo}}s are quite female and feminine while being space-capable, with male service crews reacting appropriately. A gender inversion (masculine Bolo, a female crewmember's fixation) also occurs.
* Perhonen, Mieli's CoolShip in Hannu Rajaniemi's ''Literature/TheQuantumThief'' manifests as [[BilingualBonus holographic butterflies]], but her voice and personality are distinctly female. The protagonist even assumes that [[LesYay she and Mieli]] [[CargoShip are lovers]], but Perhonen explains that they are just good friends.
* The protagonist of the Literature/{{Boojumverse}} story ''Boojum'' by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, faced with AFateWorseThanDeath (becoming a BrainInAJar owned by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s), allows herself to be absorbed by her LivingShip.
* The starship MIKRU-JON in ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' uses a holographic avatar of a petite, young human woman after Perry Rhodan becomes her new owner and pilot. Pilots often melded their minds with the ship to increase her navigational abilities, leaving an imprint of their personalities behind in the process. The selfaware ship's personality is an amalgamation of all her former pilots.
* ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'': The private starship ''Phoenix'' has Madeline, in the "on life support and hooked up to the ship's computer with holographic avatars" sense.
** To a slightly lesser extent, the ''Folly'' has Tess, a deity-enhanced [=AI=].
** The ''Folly'', being something of an interstellar AirborneAircraftCarrier freighter, has one baby starship daughter ship called ''Gwendolyn''. Gwen has a copy of Tess that Captain Foster simply calls Tina.
* In ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'', main character "Breq" is technically One Esk Nineteen, a MeatPuppet soldier carrying the last fragment of the consciousness of the starship ''Justice of Toren''. Note that Breq is not quite an example of this trope because she lives in a society that does not have gender, despite the novel using the female pronoun for everyone in that society.
* In Creator/JimButcher's CinderSpires, Captain Grimm's ship ''Predator'' is revealed to be at least semi-sentient, though only once awakened by an Etherealist.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' and the titular starship, with her holographic and robotic avatars: Rommie, the ship's AI given an android body. The ship's AI also looks like Rommie, though the two became separate characters to a degree. Most of the High Guard ships of her class seen in the series had female avatars (with the explanation being that humans and a number of other species prefer female avatars), though we have had several on-screen examples of male [=AIs=], usually portrayed by someone who appeared on ''Series/StargateSG1'' or ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' (interestingly, they also tend to be the ones who end up being avatars of more than one ship, either because the AI switches ships or because a new AI is given a deceased AI's appearance).
** In Andromeda's case, it lead to some name confusion, since there was also a tactical analysis version of Rommie, as well as the basic ship AI and the android. This occasionally led to disagreements between them.
** The only real difference between Rommie and the ship was that the android avatar experienced emotions. When Rommie is destroyed, Harper creates a new Android named Doyle from the leftover parts, who thus has the same access codes as Rommie. She and Andromeda get into a fight over who should control the ship, thus proving their completely separate identities.
** And if you're wondering if there was ever an episode where a High Guard captain got {{Robosexual}} with his ship's android... Yep. (It wasn't Dylan.) The phrasing used when the subject was first raised indicated it is prohibited, though the implication was that the reason for that is not an aversion against robosexuality ''as such'' (being sapient the ships are part of their own crew, so the captain entering a relationship with the ship or an android avatar would be undue fraternization between a superior officer and someone under their command).
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Holly, the AI interface aboard the Red Dwarf, starts off as male but undergoes a virtual-sex change (as part of an [[TheNthDoctor Nth Doctor shift]]) between the second and third series. She disappears after series five along with the ship itself, and the male Holly returns at the end of series seven (twofold! The ship is actually a nanite recreation of the ship and its crew from a time before the accident, so its Holly serves Captain Hollister and has no relationship with the Boys from the 'Dwarf. The version of Holly on the watch Lister found, on the other hand, knows them but is suffering from 'computer senility' and is a bit less useful than Holly of old.
** In Series X, the crew members install a new ship's AI for Red Dwarf named Pree, whose avatar is a pretty young woman with facial tattoos. Unfortunately she's programmed to anticipate and immediately enact the senior officer's decisions, which happens to be Rimmer. So when she predicts that Rimmer would do a lousy of repairing the ship, she starts trashing the systems. Later on she decides to fly the ship into a nearby star.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Gen]] and [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]] both had female voices for the ships computer- logical, since they were voiced by Gene Roddenberry's wife. The ships were never completely sentient, with a possible exception in TNG "Emergence".
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** In an episode, an "upgrade" to the ''Enterprise'''s computer causes it to start talking flirtatiously and calling the captain "Dear". Kirk said that the folks the repairs had been outsourced to thought the computer needed a personality, "so they gave it one."
** In the episode "Elaan of Troyius" the women of the planet Elas have tears that make every man the tears touch fall madly in love with them. Kirk is infected, but okay by the end of the episode. Spock explains what happened: "The antidote to a woman of Elas, Doctor, is a starship. The Enterprise infected the captain long before the Dohlman did."
** Captain Kirk once bemoaned the fact that although the ''Enterprise'' wasn't a woman, it [[CargoShip took the place of one in his life]]: "Now I know why it's called 'she'."
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** Voyager's Computer had a bit more of a personality during "Q2" thanks to young Q's meddling
-->'''Janeway''': Coffee, black.
-->'''Replicator''': Make it yourself.
** "[[AliceAllusion Alice]]" in the episode of the same name. She's a SentientVehicle that establishes a [[BrainComputerInterface direct neural link]] to her pilots--Tom Paris in this case--to better control them. She appears as a beautiful woman who is only visible to Tom (an alien who sold the ship is shown to see her as a female member of his own species), and is [[ClingyJealousGirl psychotically possessive of her owner]].
** There was a similar episode where B'Elanna had to persuade a rogue Interplanetary Missile Girl that it was [[ColonyDrop targeting a noncombatant world]]. It wasn't just any girl, either - she'd reprogrammed it herself, and given it her own voice (the old voice was a Cardassian male which annoyed her).
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** River says she has merged with ''Serenity''. [[spoiler:This is subverted when it turns out to have been a ploy to get the crew out of a rather dire situation.]]
** In an earlier episode, Kaylee states that the ship talks to her when something is wrong (at the very least, the engine does the she is the most likely to personify Serenity and takes offense whenever someone calls the ship junk, more so then Mal, the Captain). Whether there is a real voice or just Kaylee waxing poetic about the ship. Creator/JossWhedon has basically said Firefly was about 9 characters (those played by actors) who looked to space for very different reasons and the 10th character, who takes them there (Serenity), clearly demonstrating that the ship was meant to be treated as something more alive than a ship.
* In one episode of the original 1978 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', Starbuck flew the Recon Viper, which had extra engine power but no weapons. It was fitted with C.O.R.A., an intelligent computer controller that not only talked in a feminine voice, but also acted like an overprotective girlfriend.
* The Cylon ships in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 reboot]] have Hybrids as their central computer hub. Hybrids take the form of women laying in a cloudy tub similar to a regenerating tub. Hybrids are not supposed to be sentient and generally their speech is a string of ship operations. [[spoiler: Some models and humans believe that the Rebel Hybrid also spouts prophecy.]]
* There was an episode of ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' where Col. Deering had to deal with an onboard computer in a criminal's ship with a bitchy female personality, eventually Wilma dealt with the problem by physically tearing out the CPU.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor has always called the TARDIS "she" and insisted to companions that she is sentient; the new series in particular has gone full-tilt into Doctor/TARDIS {{RoboShip}}ping.
** The episode ''The Doctor's Wife'' confirms that the TARDIS is indeed sentient and female. (Guess who his "wife" is.) The 'soul' of the TARDIS in the body of a human gets to actually walk around, and it is as CrazyAwesome as you'd expect. The Doctor's companions, on the other hand, are less impressed.
--->'''Amy:''' Did you wish ''really'' hard?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Shut up! Not like that!\\
'''TARDIS:''' Hello, I'm... [[RoboShip Sexy]].\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''[groans]'' Still shut up!
** Also, to keep himself focused when dying (exceedingly painfully) from poison, the Doctor has the TARDIS create a holographic interface, which is capable of looking like anyone. He finally settles on the child version of current companion Amy. However, she ''definitely'' doesn't act like Amy, speaking more like a standard ComputerVoice (but giving one moment of Amy-ness as moral support.) Interestingly, a comic book miniseries involves the TARDIS manifesting holograms of companions, but it's... different. Read above in that section if you dare.
** In a somewhat darker example, the Controller from "Bad Wolf." She's more of a Satellite Girl, but she controls all the data coming into and going out of the Gamestation. However, is (or was) ''human,'' and basically wired up to be part of the computer.
** The MonsterOfTheWeek of the episode [[spoiler: Curse of the BlackSpot]] turns out to be one.
* Gypsy from Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000, who was directly wired into the Satellite of Love and controlled its higher functions. A more literal example was the Magic Voice.
* Sandstrom from Series/{{Hyperdrive}}.
* [[http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/may-12-2011-stargate-universe-beyond-season-2-what-might-have-been/ Apparently,]] one of the ideas for a followup to ''Series/StargateUniverse'' would have had Eli becoming a Spaceship Boy...
** [[spoiler: His girlfriend Ginn already beat him to this, along with Amanda Perry and Franklin.]]
* On one episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'', Arwin makes an A.I. for the cruise ship that will control all the main processes of the ship. It becomes evil and eventually manifests itself as a RobotGirl, who falls in love with Cody.
* In ''Series/{{Silversun}}'', Pancha is this, despite being born as a normal human and initially believing herself to be one. A mechanical implant in her brain gives her a telepathic connection to the ship's computer.

* Ariadne of ''VideoGame/MadDaedalus'' is the ArtificialIntelligence of a crashed alien spaceship, and appears as an attractive, glowing spectral woman.

* In the Creator/{{CBC}} radio comedy series Canadia 2056 the main computer of the ship, the Canadia, starts off having a female voice simply because he captain chooses it, while the French-Canadian Commander Margaux prefers the voice of a French-Canadian man. Latter in the series, the computer becomes sentient do to the interference of a Wish-Granting Sentient-Cloud being, and soon develops a crush on the captain, eventually leading to her crushing an American captain with a car, all because she thought he was trying to steal the captain from her. Actually, not very comedic sounding...

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Serves as a TomatoSurprise in a vignette in the ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' book ''Deep Beyond'', in which [[spoiler: a girl the viewpoint characte meets in virtual reality, who is a crewmember on a USAF spaceship with a crush on the captain, turns out to ''actually'' be one of the ship's smart missiles]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Franchise/RatchetAndClank has the Lombax ship Aphelion.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Cortana is this for the ''Pillar of Autumn'' in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', though the ship in question doesn't last nearly as long as she does, with her spending most of the game inside [[PlayerCharacter Master Chief's]] armor (although said armor is apparently very similar to a spaceship, and the time she inhabits a Halo ring would probably count).
** Serena of ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' as well, this time for the ''Spirit of Fire''. And in this case the ship lasts as long as the SpaceshipGirl.
** This is actually usually a thing with Smart {{AI}}s that have interfaced with ships, which aid the crews with status checks and making proper calculations for firing solutions, movement, and preparing Slipspace coordinates. In some cases, they're capable of taking complete control of said ships if they're working a skeleton crew or ''no'' crew.
* The main character from ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend'' is a female cyborg who can turn from an [[BreastPlate improbably clothed]] soldier into a miniature spaceship with her face where the cockpit would be.
* Karan Sjet from ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. In truth, she is a scientist that [[WetwareCPU sacrificed herself]] to become the Mothership's core, and is now the Mothership's voice and "soul" through the entire game. In the sequel she continues being the Mothership, but the ship itself changes.
** All Bentusi are rather literally bound to their ships, therefore this becomes true of all the female Bentusi out there. You'd think there would be some, despite the ubiquitous male narrator.
* The ''VideoGame/ChoAniki'' Super Famicom FightingGame features a literal spaceship girl as one of the playable characters, a flying steam-driven machine-girl, [[http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/fursecutioner/cho-aniki-bakaretsu2.gif Mami,]] with three little crewmen on her back who can be used as weapons.
* ''VideoGame/GadgetTrial'' has been described as a fusion of turn based tactics games and mecha musume, and has the player control tank, artillery, and other girls who personify military hardware.
* The 100-Series Observational Realians on the Durandal from ''VideoGame/XenoSaga''.
* Much like [[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Dolores]] in the anime, A.D.A. in the main series and Parshti in ''Fist of Mars'' both undergo character development into this. In the second game, the new pilot of Jehuty actually teases A.D.A. about her apparent crush on her original pilot.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'''s Shodan is a space''station'' girl. The sequel gives us Xerxes, a spaceship ''guy'' [[spoiler: who eventually gets hacked and sublimated by a resurrected Shodan, allowing her to ''finally'' be a spaceship girl at last]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}'', where the computer of the spaceship Toronto is represented by a masculine android "AI body" known as Ned. Later it turns out there's a whole bunch of armed Neds hidden on the ship in case anyone gets rebellious. At the very end, you see the core AI itself, a very decidedly neuter mechanical thing inside an indestructible black tin.
* Titania from ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'', who's sorry about the parrot, really she is. Her creator, Leovinus, is seriously in love with her.
* EDI, your new ship's AI from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. No body or even image of one, but she's got the voice and personality. Her femininity is confirmed by both one of the engineers of the ship, who is afraid of the Estrogen Overload in the level, and by the ship's pilot, who sees the AI as a girlfriend/mother figure...eventually.
** Now if only her holographic representation wasn't a ball-on-a-stick. This contrasts with all the various non-sentient "VI's" that often ''do'' have human(oid) holograms. This was done intentionally to prevent the crew from empathizing too much with a potentially dangerous AI.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', EDI is [[spoiler: [[AscendedExtra promoted to full squad status]] by virtue of taking over an experimental Cerberus robot form. Shepard can play matchmaker with her and Joker, if the player likes.]]
** [[spoiler: In the Extended Cut of the Control Ending, after uploading her/himself, Shepard was recreated as an AI entity to replace the old Catalyst as the controller of the Reapers]].
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' gives us AURA, the universal AI that acts as the (feminine) voice for your ship. Or rather, every ship, regardless of who is flying it. It's a bit disconcerting to have any ship from a harmless shuttle to a fleet-destroying Titan talk to you in the same calm, female voice.
* Post-BrainUploading, Samus' former CO Adam in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' is another spaceship guy, although it takes a little while for her to [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay realise]] that it's actually him. Made a little awkward by the later revelation in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' that he was something of a father figure to her when he was alive; now she has a ship for a dad.
** While we're on the subject of ''[=OtherM=]'', we have [[spoiler: MB, the Mother Brain {{Expy}}.]] She built an android body for herself, and she looks exactly like a normal human. [[spoiler: She manages to fool both Samus and the player into thinking that she's Madeline Bergman, the head scientist.]]
* ''VideoGame/AceOnline'' has the Akron First Fleet Flagship, which can be owned by the brigade of a certain nation after a war that takes place every 6 days. The main computer of the battleship manifests itself as a hologram of a seemingly female robotic head. The hologram itself doesn't interact with you apart from giving you management options for the base you own, though. Although one has to admit, according to the storyline, the Akron was built by Barkians, and Bark city was destroyed around 140 years prior to the player's timeline, [[FridgeLogic which means that the poor hologram girl has been trapped alone for 140 years]], maintaining an abandoned ship that gets some nasty wars between ANI and BCU every 6 days and then it has to cope with brigade members that are possibly not nice people ''over and over again''. I would probably not enjoy it very much.
* Indie game ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory'' introduces the archivist AI projection of a GenerationShip early on in the form of *Hyun-ae. Later, the protagonist gets to load up and meet *Mute, [[spoiler: who puts a sexist spin on this trope]].
* ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' features personifications of WWII warships who otherwise fit this trope to a T. A somewhat strange case here, as while the girls ARE the ships, they can still equip the weapons and radar that they would be able to use as warships. Enemy ships also qualify, with the exception of the smallest destroyers.
* Nova from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' who's the titular group's ship. She typically uses a holographic blue skinned female avatar when talking to characters. Although simply a ship AI, in the pre-mission briefing of The Saboteur mission, she mentions wanting to being put in a robot suit.
* ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject 2'' has Arthur, a space''station guy'', created by Dr. Kenneth Farnstien while on board his space station, Amarax. His integration is such that he can feel the craft "like a body", although the station itself has its own feminine ComputerVoice, which Arthur at one point calls "Mom". When you arrive, Farnstien is dead and the station's been hit by a meteor shower [[spoiler: and another time traveler who got there an hour earlier had pissed him off but good]]. Then, after reading your Biochip files, discovering that he will die in the future, Arthur copies himself to a blank chip you're carrying and becomes your RobotBuddy for the rest of the game.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Krakow}}'' parodies this trope mercilessly with the "planegirl" story, starting [[http://www.krakow.krakowstudios.com/krakow/archive.php?date=20060801 here]].
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary's'' starships have embedded [=AIs=] that assist in the running and maintenance of the ship, that develop a hologram avatar that gives the meatbags inside the ship something to focus on when they're trying to talk. Most of these are actually ''male'', probably to instill respect in a male-heavy military environment, but the ''Athens'' had Athena, a blue-skinned, red haired human girl. When the characters reunite with Petey and discover that his ears have become prodigious, he informs them that the algorithms determining an AI's hologram avatar are outside the AI's control, but the bigger ears indicate moving up in station, as it were. Incidentally, only two [=AIs=] aren't subject to this-Ennesby, an ex-computer virus and boy band with a separate robotic body, and TAG, the AI of the Touch-and-Go; this is because they both reside in physical units as opposed to the ship itself (although TAG does appear to have his rather firmly affixed to the floor of the computer room).
** After his recent mental breakdown, TAG has had a personality reconstruction, courtesy of Ensign Ventura. In a re-inversion of the trope, he is now a she, and she has renamed herself [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090423.html Tagioalisi]].
* In the Sci-fi arc of ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', [[spoiler: Priestess Sal]] becomes one, noting feeling very [[SmugSuper powerful]], yet very [[HowDoIShootWeb vulnerable]] and a bit [[PowerIncontinence overwhelmed]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Zap}}'', the ship ''Excelsior'' is sentient and sometimes manifests as a hologram of a [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2005/05/20090920/ naked, glowing blue woman]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Sheila the tank (later transfered into various other vehicles and structures) from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
* In the BollywoodHalo IGN April Fools parody Cortana is presented as a more literal and straight version of this trope as she is shown as a living human controlling the ship not a hologram. It is also implied in the parody that she has a (possibly) romantic relationship with Master Chief.
* ''Literature/{{Starwalker}}'': Starwalker (aka Starry). She uses a holographic avatar of [[spoiler:the woman she used to be. AI ships are common in the story but she's unusual in having a personality.]]
* Nimue, the AI from ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall''. She not only has the box in Linkara's apartment to communicate with him, but she also is Comicron 1's mind and ethical controls. We also see her have a "physical" body in her confrontation against [[spoiler:Lord Vyce's pure data self]] during the most recent review of a 2001: A Space Odyssey comic.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Love and Rocket", where upgrading the Planet Express ship's computer caused it to become a love-obsessed and unbalanced female voiced by Creator/SigourneyWeaver, no less! Interestingly, the voice was male by default, until they fiddled with the settings.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' revisits the original series plot, with the jealous computer becoming actively hostile toward the women on the ship.
* SARA from Creator/{{Toonami}} controls the Absolution. A straight example of this trope is played when she gets a full body.
* A.L.E.X., the ''Xcalibur's'' AI hologram from TheXtacles, who is constantly fending off advances from her dim-witted crew.
* Aya from ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' was originally just the artificial intelligence of the Lanterns' CoolStarship until she created a body for herself.