->'''Dallas:''' As most of you may know, we're not home yet. We're only halfway there. Mother's interrupted our journey for she's programed to do so unless things change. Things have changed. It seems that she has... intercepted a transmission of unknown origin. She got us up to check it out. \\
'''Ripley:''' A transmission? Out here in remote space? \\
'''Lambert:''' What kind of a transmission? \\
'''Dallas:''' Acoustical beacon. It, uh... repeats at intervals of 12 seconds. \\
'''Kane:''' S.O.S.? \\
'''Dallas:''' I don't know. \\
'''Ripley:''' Human?\\
'''Dallas:''' Unknown.
-->-- '''Film/{{Alien}}'''

->''[[{{Metroid}} Samus]] is under fire! She sent an emergency directive: join the fight!''
-->-- '''Metroid''' Main Theme ([[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]] remix)

->''"This is Colonel John Konrad, United States Army. Attempted evacuation of Dubai... ended in...complete failure. Death toll... too many."''
-->-- '''SpecOpsTheLine'''

->''[[spoiler:"This is Captain Martin Walker. Requesting immediate evacuation from Dubai. Survivors... one too many."]]''
-->-- '''SpecOpsTheLine''', [[spoiler:in some endings]]

->'''Chiana:''' A distress call... directed at [[CosmicPlayThing us]]?\\
'''Crichton:''' [[{{Irony}} How stupid is that!]]
-->-- ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', ''[[Recap/FarscapeS01E21BoneToBeWild Bone to be Wild]]''

->Everything was going fine until once day her idiot Captain decided to land on the remote planet LV-426 to investigate some stupid distress signal the ''Nostromo'' picked up, which as we all know is one of the top five most boneheaded decisions any science-fiction space captain can possibly make.
-->--'''''Website/BadassOfTheWeek''''' -- [[Film/{{Alien}} Ellen Ripley]]

->'''Rick''': The first rule of space travel, kids, is [[InvertedTrope always check out distress beacons]]. Nine of out of ten times, it's a ship full of dead aliens and [[HeroicComedicSociopath a bunch of free shit.]] One out of ten times it's a deadly trap, but I'm ready to roll those dice.

->mayday mayday mayday... please answer please answer please answer... they're coming... they're coming... omigod, they're coming through the tunnels, the plastic tunnels in the walls.. i can smell them... i can smell their burning skin... [[EldritchAbomination they comes from outside space, outside our reality]]... the [[AntiMagic gauntlet]] will not hold! ...the gauntlet will not hold! ...low on ammunition... they walk through the walls of reality! ... [[Literature/TheSecondComing the center cannot hold]], they walk through souls! ... [[MadnessMantra mayday mayday mayday... please answer please answer please answer]]...
-->--''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension - Convention Book: New World Order''

->'''The Doctor:''' [[ChronicHeroSyndrome That is my theme tune.]] Otherwise known as a distress call.
->'''Bill:''' You like distress calls?
->'''The Doctor:''' You only really see the true face of the universe when it's asking for your help.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Oxygen"