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9th Apr '17 5:52:07 PM TFSyndicate
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Rick ''loves'' these.
-->'''Rick:''' The first rule of space travel, kids, is always check out distress beacons. Nine out of ten times, itís a ship full of dead aliens and a bunch of ''free shit!'' One out of ten times, itís a deadly trap, but...Iím ready to roll those dice.
3rd Feb '17 4:24:29 PM Xtifr
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* In Charles Sheffield's short story "With [=McAndrew=], Out of Focus", the title character's fellow physicists are busy making observations of a supernova at one solar focus. They also detect a distress call from a GenerationShip, but can't locate the source of the signal and thus identify which GenerationShip sent the message (the signal quality is very poor). [=McAndrew=] works out that the GenerationShip's signal is coming from the ''other'' solar focus, which is displacing the signal, and leads a scouting / possible rescue mission. He and his partner, the narrator and TheCaptain, have narrowed the candidates for the GenerationShip down to a couple of possibilities by the time they reach it. Just before it's too late, TheCaptain identifies the GenerationShip as the [=CyberArk=], which learned too late that AIIsACrapshoot.

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* In Charles Sheffield's Creator/CharlesSheffield's short story "With [=McAndrew=], Out of Focus", the title character's fellow physicists are busy making observations of a supernova at one solar focus. They also detect a distress call from a GenerationShip, but can't locate the source of the signal and thus identify which GenerationShip sent the message (the signal quality is very poor). [=McAndrew=] works out that the GenerationShip's signal is coming from the ''other'' solar focus, which is displacing the signal, and leads a scouting / possible rescue mission. He and his partner, the narrator and TheCaptain, have narrowed the candidates for the GenerationShip down to a couple of possibilities by the time they reach it. Just before it's too late, TheCaptain identifies the GenerationShip as the [=CyberArk=], which learned too late that AIIsACrapshoot.
3rd Feb '17 4:35:49 AM Doug86
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** Also used in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. In the movie, it's {{implied|Trope}} that Obi-Wan merely reversed the Jedi Temple's "come home" code into a "stay away" code after Order 66 went out, but StarWarsRebels revealed he also sent out a hologram transmission for any suriving padawans who might not understand necessity of the simplified signal.

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** Also used in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. In the movie, it's {{implied|Trope}} that Obi-Wan merely reversed the Jedi Temple's "come home" code into a "stay away" code after Order 66 went out, but StarWarsRebels ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' revealed he also sent out a hologram transmission for any suriving padawans who might not understand necessity of the simplified signal.
25th Nov '16 2:31:43 PM AFP
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** Early in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', ''Enterprise'' receives transmissions from the assembled Starfleet ships as they engage [[TheDreaded The Borg]]. [[CurbStompBattle Given how that battle proceeds]], the frantic reports serve this purpose for Captain Picard and his crew, who decide to immediately join in to help.
15th Nov '16 2:04:57 PM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'':
** The game starts out with a distress call set by colonel John Konrad, which prompts the Army to SendInTheSearchTeam.
--> ''"This is colonel John Konrad, United States Army. Attempted evacuation of Dubai ended in complete... failure. Death toll... too many."''
** In [[MultipleEndings the one ending branch]] where Walker [[spoiler:doesn't kill himself, he sends out a different call:]]
--> ''"This is Captain Martin Walker, requesting immediate evacuation of Dubai. [[spoiler:Survivors... [[SurvivorsGuilt one too many]]]]."''
13th Oct '16 4:47:20 PM Dravencour
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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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* '''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]].Convention]].
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]]
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