Created By: QuantumMelody29 on February 25, 2018 Last Edited By: QuantumMelody29 on May 22, 2018

Generic beach setting (needs examples)

In fiction, beaches almost always have a few stock traits.

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Needs More Examples, Needs a Better Description


In real life, beaches are incredibly diverse. They can have different types and colours of sand or even have no sand at all. The vegetation varies greatly depending on where the beach is and the weather on the beach. Said weather can range from perfectly sunny, to cold, wet and windy. It seems the only constant is the fact that they are near a large body of water, be it a lake, sea or ocean.

In fiction, this is not the case. It seems beaches, whether for a Beach Episode or a Palmtree Panic stage nearly always have a few similar traits:

  1. The beach has soft, golden sand. No black sand or beaches that consist purely of rocks.
  2. The weather is always warm and sunny. You rarely ever see a beach in fiction where it rains.
  3. It is spotlessly clean. There is no rubbish or waste anywhere.
  4. It often has some kind of tropical plants, like palm trees.

This trope is often used as it is the ideal beach for a vacation and unless it is a 'ruined holiday' style plot, the episode is normally more focused on other things, like volleyball, Fanservice and the occasional attack from the Monster of the Week, if it's that kind of show.

Compare Holiday Appropriate Weather and "Far Side" Island, as well as It's Always Sunny in Miami and It's Always Spring (if the weather is pleasant and sunny all year round). This setting is usually a part of Hula and Luaus and Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!.

Aversions only please!


Examples

Video Games

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon has many beaches that adhere to this trope, but also averts it with a black sand beach, namely Poni Breaker Coast.

Western Animation
  • In an episode of Peppa Pig, Peppa and her family go to a rocky beach. Peppa is rather surprised by the lack of sand when they first arrive.

Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • February 25, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    Need some examples/help with description please!!
  • February 26, 2018
    Arivne
    How about some help with formatting and English?

    • Capitalized the title.
    • Corrected spelling (palmtrees).
    • Blue Linked some TV Tropes page names.
    • Changed * to # to auto-number a list.
    • Corrected punctuation (added periods at the ends of sentences, added commas).
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
      • Added the word "Examples".
      • Added media section titles as per Media Categories.
      • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
      • Capitalized (pokemon, ruby, sapphire, slateport city, lilycove city).
      • Removed unnecessary Pot Holing.
      • Changed unnecessary double curly braces to Camel Case.
      • Deleted unnecessary "all".
      • Corrected illegal Example Indentation. Warning: this error can result in being suspended from editing.
  • February 26, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    Sorry I'm kinda new to the format. Thanks for the help :)
  • February 26, 2018
    Synchronicity
    Compare (if this is not already covered by) Holiday Appropriate Weather, as well as Its Always Sunny In Miami (if the weather is pleasant and sunny all year round).

  • February 26, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    Trying to add stuff but for some reason the submit button isn't working.
  • February 26, 2018
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
      • Capitalized (undella town, Humilau city, poni breaker coast).

    Zero Context Examples have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.

    Averted Trope examples can only be added to Omnipresent Tropes or Aversion-only tropes and have been marked as such. Please don't remove the marking unless this trope is determined to be one of these.
  • February 27, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    Please help with the adding of examples! Also if someone could provided context for some it would be much appreciates! Also, could people please tell me what the page is missing so that I can get enough hats?
  • February 27, 2018
    naturalironist
    Compare Far Side Island.

    This setting is usually a part of Hula And Luaus and Welcome To The Caribbean Mon

    Index: Hollywood Atlas
  • February 28, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    How do I put what index it is in, or do I have to wait until it is launched?
  • February 28, 2018
    NubianSatyress
    I think this should either be No Examples Please or Aversions-only.

    This trope is nearly universal in fiction.
  • February 28, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    Someone earlier said that I shouldn't put aversions. Is it an Omnipresent Trope?
  • March 1, 2018
    Synchronicity
    I agree that it should be aversions-only. To be honest, I'm ambivalent if we really need this trope, since it applies to nearly all beaches in fiction (ie. a creator isn't going to have a Beach Episode where it rains unless it's a "terrible vacation" plot), and the reason it's having trouble gathering examples is that people likely don't want to describe every fictional beach they've seen. On the other hand, a stormy beach holiday or something else that doesn't fit into the sunny-white-sand-palm-tree idyll might be more notable.

  • March 3, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    ok. Thanks for the opinion!
  • March 3, 2018
    XFllo
    Hmm, I have recently realized a similar thing about beaches in fiction — they are always spotless clean, idyllic even, with wonderful sand or beautiful, magnificent cliffs, it's almost always empty for only our characters to walk there and enjoy it in tranquillity, there's never any pollution, no plastic waste like in real life (unless it's environmentally charged episode), if there are people, the beach is not too crowded... So I think you migt be onto something.
  • March 4, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    thanks! Could someone suggest what I should do to get more hats?
  • March 7, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    Bump
  • March 9, 2018
    XFllo
    You need to clearly define the trope and write good examples. You are not going to get hats without it. I suspect this might be a Trope In Aggregate. Have a look at pages that are indexed there to see how those pages are written and what the examples look like.
  • March 11, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    Can someone help me with that please?
  • March 12, 2018
    Arivne
    • Separated and emphasized "Aversions only please!" to make it easily noticeable.
    • Examples section
      • Removed unnecessary Pot Holing of media section titles and work names.
      • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names. Again.
      • Capitalized (poni breaker coast). Again.
      • Corrected spelling (suprised).
  • March 12, 2018
    Arivne
    OP Quantum Melody 29: As you can see from my three sets of edit reasons above, you have some problems with English, including spelling, punctuation and capitalization. The moderators of TV Tropes are very strict about tropers using proper English, and will suspend from editing anyone who can't do so. Your only chance to avoid being suspended is to post all edits and new material on the Get Help With English Here thread for proofreading before you add them.
  • March 13, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    How do I leave this up for grabs? I know it could be a trope, but apparently I cannot speak English even though I have spoken it all my life and I cannot make a good description. I had such high hopes for this page, but alas, down the drain they go.
  • March 13, 2018
    Wyvernil
    Maybe call it All Beaches Are Sandy or something along those lines.
  • March 14, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    I still want to put this up for grabs
  • March 14, 2018
    Larkmarn
    Yeah, this... isn't really a trope.

    First off, people going to sandy beaches isn't really notable since frankly, that's what they do in real life. The beaches that people tend to flock to are the sandy beaches so any intentional Beach Episode wouldn't factor into this trope.

    Now, something about how even when people wash up on a Deserted Island they invariably wash up on a resort-quality beach could be a thing, but that's not really what this trope is going for.
  • March 14, 2018
    AmourMitts
    It looks way too common to me.
  • March 14, 2018
    Malady
    Maybe All Beaches Are Perfect or All Beaches Are Sunny or something... 'Cause Beaches have sand. That's their definition, so it's not notable?
  • March 14, 2018
    NubianSatyress
    @ Larkmarn: That's specifically why I said this should be Aversions Only. That solves both of the problems you mentioned. It prevents people from listing "A sandy beach appears in this work" and encourages examples where you wouldn't expect a non-sandy beach to apply.

    We may also need to specify that the page requires a subversion of expectations or being discussed. That way we should avoid examples like the one for Yo Kai Watch, which I feel is rather weak.
  • May 13, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    Removed a bad example, changed the name and edited the description a bit, though it still needs a serious rewrite that I am not capable of.
  • May 19, 2018
    4tell0life4
    Maybe titling it "Default Beach Setting" would suffice?
  • May 22, 2018
    QuantumMelody29
    maybe. I'll give it a go.
  • May 22, 2018
    alnair20aug93
  • May 22, 2018
    alnair20aug93
    Alternately, if set on tropical beaches, the sands are always white
  • May 22, 2018
    acrobox
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