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11:26:21 AM May 31st 2012
Alien film example was contested, somebody familiar with the source needs to figure it out.


  • Alien: The Giger-influenced crashed starship built by Ancient Astronauts long dead appears to be organic. Although it's unclear if this is due to Alien infestation or original design.
    • Semi-Canonical sources tell us that the biomechanical technology of the Space Jockey race just looks that way. Any while the ship and devices in it (like the pilot chair) are not sentient, they serve as a living extension of the operator's body when he/she/it is connected to it.
03:55:30 PM Dec 17th 2010

02:26:32 PM Jan 11th 2011
edited by Deboss
Dumping X, Just...X or natter piles here.

  • The Sarah Monette/ Elizabeth Bear short story "Boojum".
  • Philip K. Dick. See the page quote? Yeah. That said, he's given a personality to a door. It got pissed off with the protagonist. pointing to the quote is not an example entry
  • The Christa from Space Cases.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Tin Man". (Not to be confused with the Tin Man.)
    • Or, for that matter, the book Tin Woodman on which the episode was based.
    • In the last season episode "Emergence" the Enterprise became living for an episode, just to give life to another creature.
    • "Encounter at Farpoint" featured a pair of aliens the size of starships that were capable of being habitable on the inside, although they did not, to the audience's knowledge, carry any passengers.
  • The Weatherlight of Magic: The Gathering's Rath cycle.
  • In Star Fox Assault, Pigma is assimilated into one.
  • In Phantasy Star Online Ep. 1 and 2, the Ruins area. Especially on the last level.
  • Arthur from Starchaser: The Legend of Orin.
  • Tehrig in Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea.
  • The Great Ten's Immortal Man-in-Darkness is symbiotically bonded to his living ship, the Dragonwing. The cost of piloting it, however, is that it slowly kills the Immortal Man-in-Darkness. When the current one dies, a new one takes up the ship and name; those who do so feel it's well worth the price. Find a pothole for this series

Natter pile, summarize in two bullet point entries or less. Unless you simply decide to list the characters:
  • A number of Transformers have been used as taxis by their teammates enough to qualify. Astrotrain comes to mind, as does Skyfire. As Transforming Mecha, it's pretty easy for them to be both characters and vehicles.
    • Heck, almost any Transformer with a usable vehicle mode has aspects of the Living Ship, as they're sentient robots that double as modes of transportation.
    • Decepticon second-in-command Cyclonus in Transformers Generation One was occasionally flown by his leader Galvatron.
    • This is almost lampshaded in the original 1986 movie, where the Junkions ride on each other. When a pair of Junkions crashes, they switch: the rider becomes the bike and vice versa.
    • The downsides are pointed out in the 2007 movie, when Bumblebee seemingly dumps his passengers because of an insult. "Now you've pissed him off! That car is sensitive."
    • Tidal Wave from Transformers Armada fits this to a "T", as he transforms into an aircraft carrier. He's so big that, in the video game, you don't realize until you're facing off against him at the end of his level that he was the level.
    • And don't forget Unicron, who transforms into a planet that eats other planets.
    • And Primus in Transformers Cybertron, the Transformer god who is also the planet Cybertron itself.
    • Omega Supreme in Transformers Animated also counts, revealed at the end of Season Two to be the Autobot's repair ship.

08:11:30 PM Jan 12th 2011
The Magic: The Gathering example is Organic and Sentient, IIRC.
03:52:35 PM Jun 18th 2010
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The Bydo, of the R-Type series of video games, have a great deal of this.
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