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Basic Trope: An alert that's used when something bad happens.

  • Straight: The Starship Yorktown encounters an enemy ship, and The Captain sounds the "Red Alert" siren and orders his crew to battle stations.
  • Exaggerated: An entire fleet of starships go to Red Alert upon sighting an enemy fleet.
  • Downplayed: The Yorktown encounters an unidentified ship, and the captain orders "Yellow Alert" until it can be determined if the ship is hostile or not.
  • Advertisement:
  • Justified: The sirens and intra-ship announcement are the most efficient means of telling the entire crew that something bad is happening and they need to get to their stations now.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The Yorktown goes to Red Alert upon encountering another ship, but said ship turns out to be non-hostile, and the Red Alert is cancelled.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: The party ship Boogie Wonderland goes to Red Alert — which activates the disco lights and the Earth, Wind & Fire music. Let's groove tonight!
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "The alert sirens just went off? Looks like the battle's about to begin."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited:
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "You hear this siren? [plays "Red Alert" siren] When you hear this sound, you get straight to your station."
  • Conversed: "Just outta curiosity, why is it 'Red Alert'? Why not 'chartreuse'?"

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