Created By: ZombieAladdin on April 10, 2012 Last Edited By: XFllo on June 1, 2013
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Oceanic Airlines

The stock airline name for calamities.

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Quite often, when a story calls for a plane crash, an in-flight incident, or some other misfortune to happen to a passenger plane or airline service, Hollywood (and sometimes other media) decides to name the service Oceanic Airlines. Naturally, real airline services wouldn't want to associate with these stories, since it would imply to the audiences that their service is unreliable. Nevertheless, it's bizarre, almost uncanny, that Oceanic Airlines keeps popping up in totally unrelated stories.

Those who fly Oceanic are apparently not very Genre Savvy.

A form of Fictional Counterpart specific to airlines.

Examples:

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  • New Perspective Evangelion: The plane crash was an Oceanic Airlines flight, and the airline is apparently run by one John Locke.
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  • Alias: An Oceanic Airlines flight to Sydney was mentioned in passing.
  • FlashForward (2009): An Oceanic Airlines ad appeared during the pilot episode.
  • Fringe has an ad for Oceanic.
  • An Oceanic plane crash kicks off Lost.
  • JAG: An Oceanic Airlines (how typical) flight to Seoul gets hijacked by South Korean radicals in 5th season episode "The Bridge at Kang So Ri". Luckily enough our heroes take care of the situation.
  • The X-Files, "Synchrony": Agents Mulder and Scully search the hotel room of the mysterious old guy who seems to have come from the future. Scully finds a note pad in his room. There are the words "Pan Oceanic flight #1701" written on it.
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  • In Dead Island, planes occasionally fly overhead. The one from Oceanic Airlines, naturally, sends a distress signal shortly before crashing onto the island.
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  • Derelict: Dang comes across a crashed passenger jet which is sporting an Oceanic Airlines logo
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Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • April 10, 2012
    nman
    Wikipedia has a big list if you need more examples.
  • April 10, 2012
    WackyMeetsPractical
  • April 10, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    Ah, nice. I'll close this one then. That's actually pretty surprising.
  • April 17, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    ^Restored. No idea why it was discarded. We can have pages on things that has pages on Wikipedia, you know.
  • April 17, 2012
    MarkThis
    Let's make an index about generic brand names that pop up a lot in fiction, such as these, ACME, Morley cigarrettes, and Heisler beer.
  • April 17, 2012
    Routerie
    We should have this page. The other wiki can cut their copy.
  • April 18, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Would go on the We Are Not Alone Index.
  • April 18, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    I thought we had a page on fictional brands that crop up a lot? I read something about Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer smoking a brand of cigarettes that features in a lot of Quentin Tarantino movies and I thought I read it here.
  • April 19, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Compare Acme Corporation.
  • January 26, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping this and taking it. Has anybody hats/examples/comments?
  • January 26, 2013
    AmyGdala
    How many examples on this list aren't purposeful Lost Shout Outs?
  • January 26, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    I don't think we'll be able to differentiate.
  • January 26, 2013
    elwoz
    Oceanic has a long and, er, famous history in film prior to Lost. The Other Wiki article is rather disappointing, but does point out that Oceanic goes all the way back to the 60s, and cite Executive Decision (which is from the 90s) as the source of Stock Footage which has been reused a lot since.

    Unfortunately I'm having trouble pinning down uses prior to the 90s. Airplane, maybe?
  • January 26, 2013
    Larkmarn
  • January 26, 2013
    elwoz
    ^ Which links to Fictional Counterpart, which has this text (under the Lost entry):

    • Oceanic Airlines deserves its own trope listing, being the go-to airline for any movie where you want something bad to happen to an airliner, but don't want to name any real airlines. Due to the use of Stock Footage, and presumably due to the limited availability of airplanes painted in fictional livery for filming movies, Oceanic Airlines has appeared in over 20 different movies and TV shows. It could be considered a Metafictional Running Gag for the film and television industries.

  • January 31, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping this. Has anybody got more hats or comments or examples?
  • February 5, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping again for more examples and hats.
  • March 14, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    This 'slogan' used to be on the Wikipedia article, but it seems to have been removed. I propose we use it as a page quote: Getting halfway there is half the fun!
  • March 14, 2013
    XFllo
    Do we want to "transfer" the examples from the other wiki? They seem to be accurate, though of course tv tropes informal style will be required. The more examples we have in the ykttw phase, the better, I think.

    I am kind of confused with Brand X, Bland Name Product and Fictional Counterpart and similar tropes, be it sub- or supertropes. For example, the Morley cigarettes are mentioned at all three pages, I think, and maybe more.
    This page, dealing with CrossOvers, has some interesting stuff to say as to which examples might be Shout Outs. I just skimmed through it but it looks promising for collecting examples. Link: http://www.poobala.com/bfc.html
    Anyway, my obligatory X Files example:

    • The X Files, "Synchrony": Agents Mulder and Scully search the hotel room of the mysterious old guy who seems to have come from the future. Scully finds a note pad in his room. There are the words "Pan Oceanic flight #1701" written on it.
  • March 15, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    The Other Wiki examples, I didn't want to use them as I have misgivings about their quality in TV Tropes terms.
  • March 23, 2013
    XFllo
    OK then, Wiki Magic will work things out.
  • March 24, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Good, but I still like some moar hats here.
  • April 4, 2013
    XFllo
    bump
  • April 9, 2013
    XFllo
    Wow, five hats.
  • April 9, 2013
    AmyGdala
    Fringe, New Perspective Evangelion, Lost, Derelict, Strawberry Dragon Project, and Flash Forward are all Lost/shout-outs to Lost. Alias probably is too (it refers to an LA-Sydney flight, and it was made by Lost-creator JJ Abrams) and Dead Island may be as well - a You Tube video and Lostpedia declare it as such. That just leaves The X Files (which is "Oceanic Pan," not "Oceanic Airlines") and Jag.
  • April 10, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ Not necessarily. The thing is it's just a good generic name for airlines, and there is a stock film footage that is being used in various productions (if I understand correctly).

    You may wanna peak into this site I mentioned earlier.

    This page, dealing with CrossOvers, has some interesting stuff to say as to which examples might be Shout Outs. I just skimmed through it but it looks promising for collecting examples.

    And even if it was a direct shout out, it wouldn't mind anyway. This wiki does list them, but I personally don't think this trope constitutes Stock Shout Out.
  • April 10, 2013
    AmyGdala
    I checked them individually. The ones I labeled as Lost shoutouts used the same logo as the company in Lost or contained some other shoutout to Lost alongside it.

    That link contains a valid example of a non-Lost Oceanic Airlines that isn't currently on this YKTTW - Executive Decision. But it turns out that numerous shows - Diagnosis Murder The War At Home, JAG, several others - only use "Oceanic Airlines" because they contain stock footage from Executive Decision.

    So, by my count, we have Lost and its shoutouts, Executive Decision and shows that use its footage, and then Dead Island (which has been called a Lost shoutout, though that's unconfirmed) and The X Files (which is actually "Oceanic Pan"). I don't think that's enough to call this a trope. But if we do call this trope, we shouldn't call it "uncanny" that the name shows up in "unrelated stories" - that's dishonest and misleading.
  • April 11, 2013
    LikeSnowyNights
    Chuck references Lost's use of this trope when he is doing his Wiki Walk through the Intersect in Chuck Versus the Helicopter.
  • April 12, 2013
    XFllo
    I think Amy Gdala has a point. Is this a valid trope? Or should we make it a Stock Shout Out?

    I still think this is tropewothy myself, but I am less sure than before.

    Other tropers - insight please?
  • April 12, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    It's not fully a Shout Out. More like a non-trademarked identity.
  • April 27, 2013
    XFllo
    I thought about it, and I believe it's tropeworthy. And launchable.
  • May 20, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    OK, have we got to a resolution of the Shout Out question here?
  • June 1, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Given that I didn't get a response, I'll just assume we are fine with the current arrangement.
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