A Stock Phrase
where a character (often the Plucky Comic Relief
) alerts the other character(s) of an "incoming" danger, often a large, falling object of some kind.
Expect an Oh, Crap!
or two on the side.
This is Truth in Television
as "Incoming!" is the traditional warning call for artillery shelling about to hit a unit's area. Since this is often the deadliest form of attack, the soldiers definitely have to find cover.
Not to be confused with the 1998 game of the same name by Rage Software
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Films — Live-Action
- Battleground: "That's incoming mail!" (American shellfire is outgoing mail.)
Cris Johnson: [knows he's about to be punched by Liz's stalker] Incoming. [gets punched in the face]
- She's the Man
Toby: [cough] Incoming.
Viola: Check out the booty on that blondie.
- The Santa Clause
Scott Calvin: Santa rolling down the block in a PANZER! Well, kids, I... I certainly hope you have been good this year, because it looks like Santa just took out the Pearson home. Incoming!
- Transformers (2007). A F-22 Raptor jet approaches.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). Lennox and Sam are under attack by Mixmaster.
- The Matrix Reloaded. When a Squiddy throws a bomb at Soren's ship, a crewman yells "Incoming!". It doesn't help.
- The Matrix Revolutions
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, when the Enterprise is getting walloped by Chang's Bird of Prey:
- Stripes combines this with an Oh, Crap!, when a poorly aimed mortar shell comes in on where Sgt. Hulka is training the recruits.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man tries to warn Captain America that there are some drones attacking his position... after he's already been blasted into the side of a car.
Iron Man: Cap, you've got incoming!
Captain America: Incoming already came in!
- Not actually said in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but the audience may shout "Incoming!" when the alarm that proceeds Eddie's appearance goes off.
- Babylon 5 had more than a few during the various space battles, but the prequel movie In The Beginning had the best textbook example, when a building our heroes were in was about to be attacked from orbit.
- Doctor Who: In "World War Three", the Doctor has Mickey launch a missile at Downing Street to stop the Slitheen.
Soldier: What do you mean, 'incoming'?
- Midsomer Murders episode "The Green Man"
Daniel Webster: Trouble.
Cully Barnaby: What?
Daniel Webster: Incoming. My dynamic dad.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Catalina Caper
TV's Frank: Frank! Incoming!
- C: The Contra Adventure. Sometimes when you make Ray launch a bomb in the third-person view mission:
- This is a voice command in Team Fortress 2 (humorous by the way the Heavy says it).
- A Space Marine shouts this in the opening video of the original Dawn of War, just as a horde of Orks hits their position. As you may expect, it is as epic as it gets.
- Ubiquitous in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, usually whenever an RPG is fired or a grenade, thrown.
- Will occasionally be spoken by infantry who have been targeted by an impending artillery barrage in Company of Heroes, even before the player can see the shells. Usually followed by a frantic series of click-move-retreat commands.
- Some of the earlier Worms games start with a worm yelling "Incoming!"
- A handy feature of Armored Warfare, giving you about three seconds' warning of the nasty artillery or missile surprise you're about to receive.
- Whenever a grenade is tossed at the party in X-Men Legends, a random character in said party shouts their variation on "Incoming!" (Wolverine: "WE'VE GOT INCOMING!", Nightcrawler: "Mein Gott! Incoming!", etc.)
- An episode of Action League Now from KaBlam! had Melt Man yell out "Incoming!" to warn the League of a flying cinder block... after it had already hit them.
- Transformers Animated:
- "Transform and Roll Out!: Part One"
Optimus Prime: Would it kill you guys to say something like, "Watch out," or, I don't know, "Heads up," or...
- "Mission Accomplished" - after episodes of trying and failing to convince the Elite Guard that there are still Decepticons on Earth, Optimus is asked if he has anything to say for himself. Cue Megatron blasting Starscream out of the air and right into their laps.
Truth in Television
- Lenny does it at the end of a Sunday special in The Wotch. Of course, if you had read Accidental Centaurs before, you knew he would say that, since he crosses over both 'verses.
- Many more permanently established bases will have automated systems for issuing warnings over loudspeakers and other means.
- In the US Army, you do not say "grenade" unless you mean (specifically) someone has thrown a grenade in your general direction and everyone near you had better join you in rapidly getting the hell away from it. When throwing a grenade, you yell "frag out." These are both very important since the kill radius of a modern hand grenade in the open is usually about five yards, and they can wound well past that.