This is one of the easiest ways to name a work of fiction. Instead of naming a series after a central location, the name comes from the vehicle that is the focal point of the series. Extra points to those works where the vehicle doubles as the primary setting (i.e. a good deal of the character interaction occurs onboard), the MacGuffin, or some combination of the two, all of which seem to be more likely if the vehicle is a Cool Ship (no, not that kind of ship) be it spacefaring, nautical, time-traveling, or an airship. As the title suggests, other vehicles, mecha, helicopters, tanks etc. also qualify for this trope.
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Anime & Manga
- Black Lagoon named after the propagonists Torpedo Boat.
- Combattler V
- Cowboy Bebop named after the Bebop, an old interplanetary fishing trawler.
- Dairugger XV
- Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor
- Linebarrels of Iron
- Macross, which refers to the franchise's main class of Battlestar:
- Martian Successor Nadesico.
- Mazinger Z
- Mobile Suit Gundam and almost every other Gundam title since, excluding 0080, The 08th MS Team, 0083, Char's Counterattack, SEED and Iron Blooded Orphans. Those series still have Gundams, but the series/film names don't refer to a specific unit like most Gundam sequels.
- Outlaw Star
- Sentou Yousei Yukikaze
- Sol Bianca
- Space Battleship Yamato AKA Star Blazers)
- Space Runaway Ideon
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Vandread sort of. The main ship is called the Nirvana, but the series gets it's name from the Vandreads (made by combining Dread fighter-ships Van mecha) all of which are called Vandred (insert female pilot's name here), except Super Vandread a.k.a. Vandread Pyoro (Pyoro being a robot and neither a pilot nor female)
- Vision of Escaflowne
- Voltes V
- The Haunted Tank in The DCU.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Air Force One sort of.
- The Battleship Potemkin. A film labelled "the most important propaganda film of all time".
- The Beast of War, though not calling it by name.
- The Big Bus
- Black Moon Rising
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- Drive Angry
- The Hindenburg
- The Hunt for Red October
- K19: The Widowmaker
- The Love Bug
- The Navigator
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- The Poseidon Adventure and its remake Poseidon
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
- Serenity, The Movie of Firefly. See the Live Action TV section below for the latter.
- 3:10 to Yuma
- Titanic (1943)
- Titanic (1997)
- USS Indianpolis: Men of Courage
- The Wackiest Ship in the Army
- Clive Cussler's Raise the Titanic!.
- C. S. Forrester's The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck and its 1960 film adaptation, Sink the Bismarck!
- Stephen King's Christine
- HMS Surprise of the Aubrey-Maturin series.
- The Magic School Bus
- Several of the novels in the Clockwork Century series are named after vehicles:
- Airwolf (helicopter)
- Ark II
- Battlestar Galactica
- Firefly to an extent. While the actual ship was named Serenity, it was a Firefly-class transport.
- The Love Boat was an in-universe nickname for the semi-eponymous cruise liner "Pacific Princess".
- Red Dwarf
- Star Trek
- In German-speaking markets, Star Trek was originally called Raumschiff Enterprise.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has the episodes "Defiant" and "Valiant". Care to guess which ships those episodes revolve around? There was another episode called simply "The Ship" about a crashed Jem'hadar fighter.
- The series is set on a space station called Deep Space Nine, and so it is technically a "The Place" title, rather than a vehicle title. On the other hand, the station does move a (comparatively) short distance in the first episode, to take position next to a wormhole...
- Star Trek: Enterprise, which was originally just Enterprise until plunging ratings in the second season led to a Re Tool and a mid-series rebranding.
- Star Trek: Voyager, pictured above. Within the show, there are episodes titled "The Raven", "Equinox", and "Alice", which focus on ships with those respective names.
- Street Hawk
- Armored Core
- Astro Fang: Super Machine
- Starship Titanic
- Gatling Gears
- Metal Gear - Only for the first game, where the enemy mecha is simply called "Metal Gear". Afterward, the game titles and the Metal Gear mecha featured in each game no longer matched up.
- Except for Peace Walker, which is the name of the game's featured mecha.
- Metal Slug. The subtitle for the first game is even "Super Vehicle 001".
- Chrome Hounds
- MechWarrior - The warriors of the future pilot (battle)Mechs
- R-Type - The R-Series fighters.
- Numerous vehicle simulators, especially flight simulations:
- Strike Suit Zero - after the Strike Suit you'll be using for much of the game, the Zero probably refering to it being a prototype.