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* A general in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' said "we're going to DEFCON 4!" when the Triceraton spaceships began attacking Earth.

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* The Music/PopWillEatItself satirical song "Def. Con. One" suggests that when all hell is breaking loose and we are at the titular status, Americans will still be so blinkered that they’ll be more concerned about their fast food than imminent nuclear war..
-->''"Gimme Big Mac gimme fries to go!"''


-->-- '''[[InsufferableGenius Sheldon]]''', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''

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-->-- '''[[InsufferableGenius Sheldon]]''', Sheldon Cooper]]''', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': In the season 3 episode "Nemesis", the US goes to DEFCON 3 and then raises to DEFCON 2 due to an imminent attack by alien forces. Given the show's strong backing by the Air Force, it's not a surprise that they'd use the DEFCON ratings correctly.


* Generally averted in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. The Colonial Fleet uses Condition One as the highest level of alert readiness. However, in the episode "Pegasus", Adama commits this error after the eponymous battlestar is identified. He orders the fleet to step down to Condition One, when he should have ordered them to step down to Condition Three.

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* Generally averted in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. The Colonial Fleet uses Condition One as the highest level of alert readiness. However, in the episode "Pegasus", Adama commits this error after the eponymous battlestar is identified. He orders the fleet to step down to Condition One, when he should have ordered them to step down to Condition Three. Or perhaps step down ''from'' Condition One, and it was just a slip up.


* ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge]]'' starts with Lt. Eva announcing that they have entered DEFCON 2. This actually makes sense on another level as well, the U.S. can't technically enter DEFCON 1 because their nuclear arsenal was sabotaged at the beginning of the base game.

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* ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge]]'' starts uses it correctly, with Lt. Eva announcing that they have the US has entered DEFCON 2. This actually makes sense on another level as well, well; the U.S. can't technically enter DEFCON 1 because their nuclear arsenal was sabotaged at the beginning of the base game.


* DEFCON 2: Conventional warfare is imminent. Armed Forces ready to deploy and engage in less than 6 hours — this is the highest level ever reached in history[[note]]This would have been during the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 22, 1962. Only the Strategic Air Command (the nuclear bombers) were at DEFCON 2, the rest of the military was maintained at DEFCON 3 throughout the crisis[[/note]]. Code Name: FAST PACE

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* DEFCON 2: Conventional warfare is imminent. Armed Forces ready to deploy and engage in less than 6 hours — this is the highest level ever reached in history[[note]]This history.[[note]]This would have been during the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 22, 1962. Only the Strategic Air Command (the nuclear bombers) were at DEFCON 2, the rest of the military was maintained at DEFCON 3 throughout the crisis[[/note]]. crisis[[/note]] Code Name: FAST PACE


This is incorrect, and this trope is about the misuse of these terms. DEFCON 5 (codename "FADE OUT"[[note]]These codenames are used during exercises to avoid confusion with the real deal[[/note]]) is the ''lowest'' state of alert, aka completely tranquil peace time. DEFCON 1 (codename "[[DramaticGunCock COC]][[ClickHello KED]] [[MeaningfulName PISTOL]]") is the highest, referring to a confirmed state of nuclear war. The use of nuclear weapons is authorized here, but they will still require unlock codes from high authority. The highest state reached for the Strategic Air Command in US history was DEFCON 2 (codename "FAST PACE", during the Cuban Missile Crisis), the Gulf War also led to forces in the Middle East reaching DEFCON 2, for obvious reasons — i.e., actually being at war. The Yom Kippur War of 1973 saw a brief period at DEFCON 3 (codename "ROUND HOUSE", with some forces in the Middle East being at 2), as did 9/11. It's important to note that DEFCON levels can be limited to geographical regions, DEFCON 2 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Gulf War were limited to the affected regions. The highest that the worldwide DEFCON level has ever risen to is 3.

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This is incorrect, and this trope is about the misuse of these terms. DEFCON 5 (codename "FADE OUT"[[note]]These codenames are used during exercises to avoid confusion with the real deal[[/note]]) is the ''lowest'' state of alert, aka completely tranquil peace time. DEFCON 1 (codename "[[DramaticGunCock COC]][[ClickHello KED]] [[MeaningfulName PISTOL]]") "COCKED PISTOL") is the highest, referring to a confirmed state of nuclear war. The use of nuclear weapons is authorized here, but they will still require unlock codes from high authority. The highest state reached for the Strategic Air Command in US history was DEFCON 2 (codename "FAST PACE", during the Cuban Missile Crisis), the Gulf War also led to forces in the Middle East reaching DEFCON 2, for obvious reasons — i.e., actually being at war. The Yom Kippur War of 1973 saw a brief period at DEFCON 3 (codename "ROUND HOUSE", with some forces in the Middle East being at 2), as did 9/11. It's important to note that DEFCON levels can be limited to geographical regions, DEFCON 2 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Gulf War were limited to the affected regions. The highest that the worldwide DEFCON level has ever risen to is 3.

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* Averted in ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears''. It gives a detailed description of what happens during the escalation to DEFCON 1.

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* ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge]]'' starts with Lt. Eva announcing that they have entered DEFCON 2. This actually makes sense on another level as well, the U.S. can't technically enter DEFCON 1 because their nuclear arsenal was sabotaged at the beginning of the base game.


* The Dutch Hardstyle company [[https://www.q-dance.com/global/home Q-Dance]] has an open-air festival called [[https://defqon1.nl/en Defqon 1]], spelled with a Q instead of a C, as it is part of their naming gimmick.

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* The Dutch Hardstyle company [[https://www.q-dance.com/global/home Q-Dance]] has an open-air festival called [[https://defqon1.nl/en Defqon 1]], 1,]] spelled with a Q instead of a C, as it is part of their naming gimmick.



* Parodied in the Flash cartoon ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/267776 BadGuys]]'', where one of the characters activates an alarm and shouts "Go to Defcon 62!"

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* Parodied in the Flash cartoon ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/267776 BadGuys]]'', BadGuys,]]'' where one of the characters activates an alarm and shouts "Go to Defcon 62!"



* During a {{Crossover}} between the {{webcomic}}s ''[[Webcomic/RoomiesItsWalkyJoyceAndWalky It's Walky!]]'' and ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', a strip was originally drawn with this error. When readers pointed this out, the strip was [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20030508.html corrected]], with a note of thanks added to those who mentioned the error (though it was not included later in the StripArchive).

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* During a {{Crossover}} between the {{webcomic}}s ''[[Webcomic/RoomiesItsWalkyJoyceAndWalky It's Walky!]]'' and ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', a strip was originally drawn with this error. When readers pointed this out, the strip was [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20030508.html corrected]], corrected,]] with a note of thanks added to those who mentioned the error (though it was not included later in the StripArchive).


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]] averts it by correctly using DEFCON 1 when UNIT is preparing to launch a nuclear strike at the Sontaran ship.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]] averts it by correctly using DEFCON 1 when UNIT is preparing to launch a nuclear strike at the Sontaran ship. (Although arguably, British UN troops shouldn't be using DEFCON at all.)


Compare with TheWarOnTerror, for the color system that is often parodied for its vagueness.

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Compare with TheWarOnTerror, UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror, for the color system that is often parodied for its vagueness.

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* Used ''and'' corrected in ''WebVideo/{{Wolfgang}}'', when Sesh gets annoyed at Pres for not seeming to care that someone left the door open in their supposedly secure bunker.
--> '''Pres:''' (sarcastically) The door's open, so we're at Defcon 1.\\
'''Sesh:''' Stop making it sound like I'm overreacting. 1 would be likely nuclear apocalypse. We're at Defcon 4.\\
'''Pres:''' My apologies. (same tone) The door's open, so we're at Defcon 4.


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* Creator/RonWhite had a joke about his mother calling him about a change in the "Heightened State of Awareness." He came up with a simple change.
-->'''Ron:''' Here's my solution for the Heightened State of Awareness. '''1.''' Go find a helmet. '''2.''' Put on the damn helmet.
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-->Situation Def Con Five
-->No one gets out of here alive

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-->Situation -->''Situation Def Con Five
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* Creator/RonWhite had a joke about his mother calling him about a change in the "Heightened State of Awareness." He came up with a simple change.
--> '''Ron:''' Here's my solution for the Heightened State of Awareness. '''1.''' Go find a helmet. '''2.''' Put on the damn helmet.
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* [[Website/FourChan /pol/]] has a semi-humorous bend on this trope called HAPPENINGCON -- a measurement of whether something big is unfolding in American and international politics. HAPPENINGCON 5 is "It hasn't even begun", 4 is "You didn't listen", 3 is "You could have prevented this", 2 is "IT'S HAPPENING!", and 1 is "IT HAPPENED".
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-->'''Paul''': (sarcastically) Oooh, Defcon 4. Just so you know, Defcon 4 is not that scary. The US is currently at Defcon 3.\\
'''Graham''': Defcon 3 is worse, by the way.

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-->'''Paul''': (sarcastically) -->'''Paul:''' ''[sarcastically]'' Oooh, Defcon 4. Just so you know, Defcon 4 is not that scary. The US is currently at Defcon 3.\\
'''Graham''': '''Graham:''' Defcon 3 is worse, by the way.



* [[Website/FourChan /pol/]] has a semi-humorous bend on this trope called HAPPENINGCON -- a measurement of whether something big is unfolding in American and international politics. HAPPENINGCON 5 is "It hasn't even begun", 4 is "You didn't listen", 3 is "You could have prevented this", 2 is "IT'S HAPPENING!", and 1 is "IT HAPPENED".



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