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6th Aug '16 12:41:08 AM Ripburger
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* The {{Backstory}} for ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}: Terror from the Deep'' features plenty of {{Distress Call}}s: one is sent by the aliens when their [[UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} Martian]] base is overrun by vengeful humans, another one is sent by an X-COM submarine pilot whose sub is sunk by [[FishPeople aquatic aliens]] and is not detected until two months later ("I think they're back!"), and many more are sent out by civilian ships and aircraft that disappear before the game commences and the aliens decide to stop hiding.

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* The {{Backstory}} for ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}: Terror from the Deep'' ''VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep'' features plenty of {{Distress Call}}s: one is sent by the aliens when their [[UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} Martian]] base is overrun by vengeful humans, another one is sent by an X-COM submarine pilot whose sub is sunk by [[FishPeople aquatic aliens]] and is not detected until two months later ("I think they're back!"), and many more are sent out by civilian ships and aircraft that disappear before the game commences and the aliens decide to stop hiding.
27th Jul '16 11:46:03 AM Willbyr
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* The segment "Magnetic Rose" in the compilation ''Memories'' has a distress signal, and to sum it up quickly (and neatly, one hopes) it's actually a trap, [[spoiler:designed by the space station's mad computer to lure male victims to fulfill "the owners" fantasy of a HappilyEverAfter opera life she never got. Of course, the owner is dead and the mad computer thinks it's her.]]
* A distress call intercepted by the Straw Hats is what starts the Punk Hazard arc in ''OnePiece''. [[spoiler: In a variation, it turns out the caller was one of the ArcVillain's {{Mook}}s, who was attacked by a samurai trying to save his kidnapped son.]]

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* The segment "Magnetic Rose" in the compilation ''Memories'' ''Anime/{{Memories}}'' has a distress signal, and to sum it up quickly (and neatly, one hopes) it's actually a trap, [[spoiler:designed by the space station's mad computer to lure male victims to fulfill "the owners" fantasy of a HappilyEverAfter opera life she never got. Of course, the owner is dead and the mad computer thinks it's her.]]
* A distress call intercepted by the Straw Hats is what starts the Punk Hazard arc in ''OnePiece''.''Manga/OnePiece''. [[spoiler: In a variation, it turns out the caller was one of the ArcVillain's {{Mook}}s, who was attacked by a samurai trying to save his kidnapped son.]]
24th Feb '16 9:59:28 AM Morgenthaler
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This is a common [[BeginningTropes opening]] found in [[SpeculativeFiction Sci-Fi]], {{Horror}} and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Scifi-Horror]]. This refers to the plot structure wherein the heroes are summoned to respond to a distress call, or occasionally, a non-emergency yet still foreboding request for assistance from an expedition. Equally often, the heroes are investigating the abrupt stoppage of all communications from the site.

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This is a common [[BeginningTropes opening]] found in [[SpeculativeFiction Sci-Fi]], SciFi, {{Horror}} and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Scifi-Horror]].SciFiHorror. This refers to the plot structure wherein the heroes are summoned to respond to a distress call, or occasionally, a non-emergency yet still foreboding request for assistance from an expedition. Equally often, the heroes are investigating the abrupt stoppage of all communications from the site.
24th Feb '16 9:58:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Episode three of season one of ''TerraNova'' has some of our heroes setting out to investigate why a scientific outpost has suddenly gone dark. Naturally, they go blundering in, ignoring all safety and medical protocols and end up [[spoiler: infected with the same virus which caused the original outpost team to lose a chunk of their memories and forget why they were there]]

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* Episode three of season one of ''TerraNova'' ''Series/TerraNova'' has some of our heroes setting out to investigate why a scientific outpost has suddenly gone dark. Naturally, they go blundering in, ignoring all safety and medical protocols and end up [[spoiler: infected with the same virus which caused the original outpost team to lose a chunk of their memories and forget why they were there]]
29th Jan '16 2:31:00 PM Pseudoname
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* Each campaign match in ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' has one of these before it begins.
25th Jan '16 9:35:27 PM Homemaderat
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* Occurs at the beginning of many ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}} The Galaxy Trio]]'' episodes.

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* Occurs at the beginning of many ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}} The Galaxy Trio]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TheGalaxyTrio'' episodes.
1st Jan '16 2:17:28 PM StarSword
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* "Fanfic/{{Frostbite}}" sees USS ''Bajor'' called away from an archaeological dig to respond to a distress signal from a freighter being attacked by the [[TheRemnant True Way]].
* In ''Fanfic/AVoiceInTheWilderness'', Eleya initially holds off on sending one after [[spoiler:accidentally waking up the original Borg Queen, One of One,]] so as not to give away her position, but goes ahead and sends it after they come under attack. [[spoiler:The Vaadwaur answer it.]]

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* ** The main conflict of the original story starts when Deep Space 9 receives a distress call from a Bajoran colony under attack by the Orion Syndicate and Eleya is sent to investigate. It later turns out the same attack has been repeated all over the sector.
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"Fanfic/{{Frostbite}}" sees USS ''Bajor'' called away from an archaeological dig to respond to a distress signal from a freighter being attacked by the [[TheRemnant True Way]].
* ** In ''Fanfic/AVoiceInTheWilderness'', Eleya initially holds off on sending one after [[spoiler:accidentally waking up the original Borg Queen, One of One,]] so as not to give away her position, but goes ahead and sends it after they come under attack. [[spoiler:The Vaadwaur answer it.]]
1st Jan '16 2:10:06 PM StarSword
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* '''Fake Distress Call:''' Like the above, but there's an ulterior motive to the call. It can be an outright trap by enemies, the expedition has gone rogue and need human sacrifices or a new ship to escape in, or the menace that just killed them is both hungry and clever.

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* '''Fake Distress Call:''' Like the above, but there's an ulterior motive to the call. It can be an outright trap by enemies, the expedition has gone rogue and need human sacrifices or a new ship to escape in, or the menace that just killed them is both hungry and clever. Note that in real life, sending a false distress signal is considered a war crime under [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar the Geneva Conventions]].



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* ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO''
* "Fanfic/{{Frostbite}}" sees USS ''Bajor'' called away from an archaeological dig to respond to a distress signal from a freighter being attacked by the [[TheRemnant True Way]].
* In ''Fanfic/AVoiceInTheWilderness'', Eleya initially holds off on sending one after [[spoiler:accidentally waking up the original Borg Queen, One of One,]] so as not to give away her position, but goes ahead and sends it after they come under attack. [[spoiler:The Vaadwaur answer it.]]
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** An episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had the ''Defiant'' crew answering a DistressCall at the beginning of the episode, and getting to know the stranded woman over the long distance radio as they sped towards her. They arrive at the end, and discover [[spoiler:she's been dead for years, they were only able to talk to her through some [[TimeyWimeyBall temporal-weirdness]]]].

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** An episode ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
*** The Dominion apparently has a habit
of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' responding to distress calls with gunfire, so in "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E05FavorTheBold Favor the Bold]]" Sisko and Martok take turns sending fake distress calls to lure Dominion ships into ambushes.
*** "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E25TheSoundOfHerVoice The Sound of Her Voice]]"
had the ''Defiant'' crew answering a DistressCall at the beginning of the episode, and getting to know the stranded woman over the long distance radio as they sped towards her. They arrive at the end, and discover [[spoiler:she's been dead for years, they were only able to talk to her through some [[TimeyWimeyBall temporal-weirdness]]]].


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** "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E22TheFallOfNight The Fall of Night]]" has a Narn cruiser that escaped the Narn-Centauri War arrive at the station seeking aid. After destroying a Centauri cruiser that attacked it, damaging relations between the neofascist Clark Administration and Centauri Prime, Sheridan justifies himself with Earthforce regulations on response to distress signals: under military law he is required to provide aid and sanctuary to ships of any organization not engaged in hostilities against the Earth Alliance.
31st Dec '15 1:55:13 AM Arivne
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* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS. In episodes "The Invisible Monster" and "Pursuit of the Po-Ho" Dr. Benton Quest gets a radio call for help and springs into action.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS. In episodes "The Invisible Monster" and "Pursuit of the Po-Ho" Dr. Benton Quest gets a radio call for help from an old friend and springs into action.
7th Nov '15 10:39:28 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''RedVsBlue'', in which the distress call basically consists of a funny voice exclaiming the word "Distress!" over and over.

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* Parodied in ''RedVsBlue'', ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', in which the distress call basically consists of a funny voice exclaiming the word "Distress!" over and over.
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