- "The jewel of the BnL fleet - the Axiom."
- —Axiom Ad Campaign
The Axiom is one of the locations seen in WALL•E.
The Axiom is one of the countless Starliner spacecrafts built by the Buy n Large Corporation (BNL) to evacuate humanity to space while the Earth (that was overwhelmed by trash due to mass consumerism) was cleaned by the BNLs machines, trash compactor robots called WALL-Es and huge mobile incinerators. It was described as “the jewel of the BNL fleet” and was most likely its flagship.
Designed as a massive luxury cruise ship, the Axiom kept everyone aboard fed and entertained as it cruised through space. The ship was crewed almost entirely by robots, though there was a human captain. The majority of the ship's functions were handled by its computer, as well as an autopilot called AUTO. The ship has all the trappings of a typical cruise liner, such as shops, restaurants and swimming pools, as well as robotic stewards to keep order and an escape pod bay in case of an emergency.
WALL•E hitched a ride on one of the EVE probe transport ships that was returning to the Axiom.
At the time when he arrives at the Axiom, it as well as the other Starliners have been in space for hundreds of years because the cleaning operation had failed. The BNL CEO Shelby Forthright had ordered all Autopilots to follow Directive A-113 which was to stay in space and not return to Earth, regardless of any proof of life sustainability.
When the ship has docked in the Axiom, WALL•E sees how the bots begin to unload the five EVE units that the ship has transported. Because he loves the EVE probe one he wants to follow her, and he places himself on the third EVE so the Unloader arm bot believes that he is the third probe and places him at the place where the cleaner bots led by a small robot called M-O are cleaning the EVEs.
Then GO-4, the ship's second-in-command, and two SECUR-T steward bots arrive there. GO-4 inspects EVEs, and he realizes that the probe one has found a plant. He summons a cart-like transport robot called MVR-A to take her away. GO-4 hops on the transport bot and a robotic arm loads EVE on it. WALL•E immediately starts to chase the MVR-A.
MVR-A takes EVE and GO-4 (and WALL•E who has grabbed a handle at the back of the transport bot) to the bridge of the Axiom. AUTO inspects EVE and awakes the captain. AUTO and GO-4 make the captain think that EVE has actually not found anything and that she is just defective.
Later, EVE and WALL•E see that GO-4 tries to destroy the plant he has stolen from EVE. WALL•E manages to save the plant and EVE takes it to the captain. After that captain orders AUTO to return Earth, but he disobeys because he must follow Directive A-113. Determined to return to Earth and restore it to its former glory, Captain McCrea fights AUTO for control of the ship, destroying GO-4 in the process when he attempts to intervene. AUTO temporarily rids himself of the captain by spinning himself; since he serves as the ship's wheel, this causes the Axiom to tip onto her starboard side, dislodging the passengers from their hover chairs. Though WALL•E is nearly killed trying to impede AUTO's efforts to prevent the ship from returning to Earth, Captain McCrea disables AUTO and the plant is placed in the scanner, triggering a hyper-jump which returns the Starliner to Earth and allows her passengers to begin restoring their home world. In the end credits sequence, it was shown still docked next to a lake with vegetation growing over parts of its hull.
- The literal meaning of the word "Axiom" is something that is taken for granted, reflecting on the Axiom population's over-indulgent lifestyle.
- According to "Captaining the Axiom"—a command orientation video shown to captains on their first day—the Axiom operates on a 25-hour day, and was located in the Kuiper Belt.
- When WALL•E first sees the Axiom, it is located behind the Horsehead Nebula.
- Commanding officers:
- Using the years of service of the captains as a guide (around 140 years), assuming a captain could attain the rank at the age of 20, suggests the average lifespan of humans was, at the very least, around 160 years (this may easily be explained by microgravity conditions aboard, which led to much-lessened stress on muscles & hearts). Captain McCrea's two previous predecessors, Brace and O'Brien, however, served for around 130 years, suggesting that the starliner lifestyle was taking its toll on humanity. (Worth noting is that rather than an advanced life expectancy, these expanded dates may be due to time dilation. The Axiom, likely traveling between 90 to 95% the speed of light, would experience a fraction of the time (around 1/3) that actually passed on earth. The Axiom may be keeping track of time using Earth years while keeping time dilation in mind. If you divide the years of service for each of the captains by 3, they become far more reasonable lengths of time)
- It is possible that the Axiom was used for other Space Tours before the Operation Cleanup. That because in the scene when the Captain is told about directive A113, the message screen shows messages sent before 2105 which is the year when the exodus of the Earth population began.
- The axiom is seen in the background of the Hall of Everything in Soul