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 (ie 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
, 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.
- Cowboy Bebop named after the Bebop, an old interplanetary fishing trawler.
- Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor
- Linebarrels of Iron
- 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, and SEED. Those series still have Gundams, but the series/film names don't refer to a specific unit like most Gundam sequels.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Outlaw Star
- Sentou Yousei Yukikaze
- Sol Bianca
- Space Runaway Ideon
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross
- Macross Frontier is a subversion: While the show does feature a ship called the Macross Frontier which figures heavily into the plot, it actually focuses on a ship called the Macross Quarternote .
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Uchuu Senkan Yamato (AKA Space Battleship Yamato, AKA Star Blazers).
- 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)
- The Haunted Tank in the DCU.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Airwolf (helicopter)
- Ark II
- Battlestar Galactica
- Firefly to an extent. While the actual ship was named Serenity, it was a Firefly-class transport.
- Also Firefly's pilot episode: Serenity.
- 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.
- Street Hawk
- Magic The Gathering had the long-running Weatherlight saga, named after the flying ship Weatherlight.