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1st Dec '17 12:28:04 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/ThreeGodfathers'': The three godfathers flee into the desert after they rob a bank. Their ordeal starts bad when their water flask is shot through, gets worse when their first watering hole is staked out by the sheriff's men, and gets a lot worse when their second watering hole turns out to have been accidentally destroyed. Then they have to cross a wide salt flat to get to New Jerusalem. (Unlike most Creator/JohnFord films, which were shot in Monument Valley, he filmed this one in Death Valley.)
25th Nov '17 5:26:26 PM TheGreatConversation
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "The Slithering Sands", Literature/ConanTheBarbarian knows that the desert will kill him within a day, and strongly considers a MercyKill for the girl with him.
* Claims the life of [[spoiler:Arvid]] in ''Literature/TheEmigrants'' tetralogy.



* The Aiel Wastes in Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series is one of the most hostile environments on the main continent. The only ones that are worse have been heavily tainted by the [[BigBad Dark One]].
* Literature/StarWarsLegends:
** The heroes visit Tatooine twice in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''... though both times the major danger is less in the desert, more in the cooler, damper respite from the suns where they spend their time: the palace of Jabba the Hutt.
** Han and Leia visit Tatooine in ''Literature/TatooineGhost''. Han gets lost twice and has to have IV fluids so he doesn't die of dehydration after. The Tusken Raiders are a constant menace, as are the imperials who are still fighting the rebels.

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* The Aiel Wastes in Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series is one of Claims the most hostile environments on the main continent. The only ones that are worse have been heavily tainted by the [[BigBad Dark One]].
* Literature/StarWarsLegends:
** The heroes visit Tatooine twice
life of [[spoiler:Arvid]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''... though both times the major danger is less in the desert, more in the cooler, damper respite from the suns where they spend their time: the palace of Jabba the Hutt.
** Han and Leia visit Tatooine in ''Literature/TatooineGhost''. Han gets lost twice and has to have IV fluids so he doesn't die of dehydration after. The Tusken Raiders are a constant menace, as are the imperials who are still fighting the rebels.
''Literature/TheEmigrants'' tetralogy.



* The children's novel ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' is set in one. Camp [[{{Irony}} Greenlake]], a juvenile detention center located in the middle of the Texas desert, boasts minimal security because anyone setting out from camp on foot would die of thirst long before reaching civilization. Naturally, the main characters are forced to run away, and they nearly die in the desert before finding [[ItMakesSenseInContext an overturned rowboat full of jars of canned peaches.]]
* ''Literature/InDesertAndWilderness'' has one as the final obstacle for the protagonists to [[CrossingTheDesert overcome]].



* The mesas of New Mexico in ''Literature/TyrannosaurCanyon'' fit this quite nicely. The environment challenges several characters who hike through it with potential dehydration and heatstroke.
* ''Literature/InDesertAndWilderness'' has one as the final obstacle for the protagonists to [[CrossingTheDesert overcome]].




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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "The Slithering Sands", Literature/ConanTheBarbarian knows that the desert will kill him within a day, and strongly considers a MercyKill for the girl with him.
* Literature/StarWarsLegends:
** The heroes visit Tatooine twice in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''... though both times the major danger is less in the desert, more in the cooler, damper respite from the suns where they spend their time: the palace of Jabba the Hutt.
** Han and Leia visit Tatooine in ''Literature/TatooineGhost''. Han gets lost twice and has to have IV fluids so he doesn't die of dehydration after. The Tusken Raiders are a constant menace, as are the imperials who are still fighting the rebels.
* The mesas of New Mexico in ''Literature/TyrannosaurCanyon'' fit this quite nicely. The environment challenges several characters who hike through it with potential dehydration and heatstroke.
* The Aiel Wastes in Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series is one of the most hostile environments on the main continent. The only ones that are worse have been heavily tainted by the [[BigBad Dark One]].
21st Nov '17 7:14:04 AM TheNerevarine
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* The Forbidden Oasis and the Western Approach in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' are two desert regions available to visit and rather notably are located within FantasyCounterpartCulture France. The latter in particular is currently this way because its the site where the Second Blight erupted and it was infested with darkspawn for 90 years. It has been centuries since that event happened and the area is still an inhospitable and hostile hell-hole that hasn't recovered yet.
3rd Nov '17 3:46:32 AM Mukademaoh
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* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', the group at one point has to cross the "Tottori Sand Dune", Japan's only desert, while on their way to Ganryuujima. Both them and Onimaru's three Oni suffer from the terrible thirst, to the point that when they encounter a Djinn, Gerozaemon and Yaiba waste the first two wishes on fresh water.
* The Sand Garden from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is the biggest desert in the Human World, about four times the size of the Sahara Desert. Not only it's gigantic and scorching hot, but is also populated by poisonous cacti and dangerous sand-dwelling beasts (though some of them can be consumed for their meat or blood). This being Toriko, a few areas of the desert are composed of unusual materials as gold dust, diamond, sugar and caviar.
* The Alabasta arc in ''Manga/OnePiece'' has the Strawhats venturing in Alabasta, on Sandy Island. A treck made difficult by the heat, fauna and the lack of water, which is a plot point as [[ArcVillain Sir Crocodile]] is using a device to keep rainclouds away from the island (both to fuel the ongoing rebellion and to keep people to exploit his weakness to water).
* Invoked with the powers of Chotenkun from ''Manga/SoulHunter'': his spatial Paopei "Kosajin" (Crinsom Sands Formation) brings the opponent into a ThirstyDesert where he can manipulate the sand and his position, and everything but him slowly dries and crumbles to dust. [[spoiler: Yozen only manages to save himself by using his half-demon form to transform into the sand itself and expand untill the Paopei's limits are broken.]]
* The main setting for ''Anime/DesertPunk'', as the name implies, is the "Great Desert of Kanto", set in a distant future after an apocalyptic event. Since water is scarce and [[PracticalCurrency precious]], thirst and heat are a danger, though desperate bandits and outlaws substitute the fantastic fauna mentioned in the description.
* Again a futuristic example, the setting of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is a gigantic, desertic planet, dangerous to cross both because the scarcity of water, daily heat and occasional dangers as bandits and colossal worms.
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', being based on ''Arabian Nights'', has massive deserts to cross early on, usually though they're travelled by caravans. Still, [[TheHero Aladdin]] makes his debut in a desertic ruin infested with bandits, half-dead for the heat and thirst. Other than bandits, the series has sand-dwelling monsters, usually carnivorous plants, venomous birds and tigers and even gigantic spiders.


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* In ''[[Literature/PresterJohnSaga The Desert of Death]]'', you have to venture forth into the Desert of Gobi, looking for three ancient evils and recover their keyes to the city of Agartha. You ''must'' get ahold of a camel and a reserve of water before you start, which you slowly deplete in certain paragraphs. If you fail to find all the demons in three days, the sun, endless wasteland and hopelessness drive you mad into a NonStandardGameOver.




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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}:
** In Season 1, after losing control of Rubilax [[spoiler: and breaking Eva's bow]], Sadlygrove wanders into the desert, suffering from the heat and thirst, ending up perpetually tanned for the rest of the show. Also, Yuugo has to cross a scorching rocky desert in order to find Grougal's Dofus.
** In Season 2, one episode starts with the Brotherhood of Tofu crossing a scalding desert (we see a scorpion being fries alive just for walking into a sunlit zone), desperate for water.

22nd Jul '17 9:05:59 PM PaulA
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* Played with in ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Morocco]]''.

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* Played with in ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Morocco]]''.''Film/RoadToMorocco''.
20th Jul '17 2:50:54 PM HeraldAlberich
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* ''Literature/StarWarsLegends'':

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** Han and Leia visit Tattooine in ''Literature/TattooineGhost''. Han gets lost twice and has to have IV fluids so he doesn't die of dehydration after. The Tusken Raiders are a constant menace, as are the imperials who are still fighting the rebels.

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** Han and Leia visit Tattooine Tatooine in ''Literature/TattooineGhost''.''Literature/TatooineGhost''. Han gets lost twice and has to have IV fluids so he doesn't die of dehydration after. The Tusken Raiders are a constant menace, as are the imperials who are still fighting the rebels.
8th Jul '17 1:47:32 PM nombretomado
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* The Rub' Al Khali[[note]]''The Empty Quarter''[[/note]] desert on the southern Arabian peninsula is one of the largest sand deserts in the world, taking up about 250,000 square miles of area. While it's not completely inhospitable (there is some life), it's close: water sources are extremely few and far between. On the flip side, though, it's geologically ''rich'', with mineral and oil deposits estimated to be worth billions[[note]]So much so that some geologists call it the Rub' Al '''G'''hali, meaning the '''Valuable''' Quarter, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]].

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* The Rub' Al Khali[[note]]''The Empty Quarter''[[/note]] desert on the southern Arabian peninsula is one of the largest sand deserts in the world, taking up about 250,000 square miles of area. While it's not completely inhospitable (there is some life), it's close: water sources are extremely few and far between. On the flip side, though, it's geologically ''rich'', with mineral and oil deposits estimated to be worth billions[[note]]So much so that some geologists call it the Rub' Al '''G'''hali, meaning the '''Valuable''' Quarter, according to TheOtherWiki[[/note]].Wiki/TheOtherWiki[[/note]].
11th Jun '17 12:54:30 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Parts of the Atacama Desert in South America haven't received rainfall in hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. Some areas receive moisture from coastal fog, other areas are as dead and barren as Mars.

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* Parts of the Atacama Desert in South America haven't received rainfall in hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. Some areas receive moisture from coastal fog, other areas are as dead and barren as Mars.UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}.
7th Jun '17 2:52:29 AM Erkhyan
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* Tattooine in ''Franchise/StarWars'' is a whole planet of this.

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* Tattooine in Due to its use of {{single biome planet}}s, ''Franchise/StarWars'' is a whole planet of this.has at least two entire planets that fit the bill: Tatooine and Jakku.
6th Jun '17 5:20:16 PM VanSisean
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** In particular, the desert known as Al-Nefud, which T.E. Lawrence's forces must cross to reach Aqaba. The dialogue between Sherif Ali and Lawrence about this desert provides the page quote.

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** In particular, the desert known as Al-Nefud, which T.E. Lawrence's forces must cross to reach Aqaba.Aqaba in the first half of the film. The dialogue between Sherif Ali and Lawrence about this desert provides the page quote.
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