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A comedic DesertedIsland[[note]]And also, by loose definition, a desert island[[/note]] that is circular with a radius of two metres or so and a single palm, coconut or pineapple tree in the centre. Usually has a single inhabitant. If there's more than one, they'll either be constantly arguing or one will be slowly driving the other insane in a comedic manner (MeatOVision may also occur). Often features a MessageInABottle.

Should not be confused with those larger, seemingly-deserted islands with a resort on the side far from where the characters landed.

[[MST3KMantra Please don't think about]] where the lone inhabitant is [[FridgeLogic getting enough food and fresh water to live]] long enough to grow [[BadassBeard that spectacular beard]]. Or even how they survive high tide.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Desert Island Dick from ''TheTopper'' was just a whole comic strip about this trope: one guy lives on a deserted island by himself and never seems to be able to get off or starve. He is friends with the wildlife though. This trope has also been occasionally used in ''The Topper'''s more well known stablemates ''Comicbook/TheBeano'' and ''ComicBook/TheDandy''.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'''s Don Martin often used this trope in his comics. As does Frank Jacobs.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Nero often strands on islands like these, where he meets strange creatures like mermaids or talking monkeys, who always disappear when the DeusExMachina appears. When he tells them what he saw they refuse to believe him.
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[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Jack and Elizabeth are stranded on an island that looks like this, but is quite a bit larger.
** It also wasn't always deserted; rumrunners used it as a secret cache before the British navy cracked down on them.
** However, in the third film one of these islands (sans the palm tree) is used as a quick meeting place for the heroes and villains to negotiate.
* At the very end of ''Film/SupermanReturns'', [[spoiler:Lex Luthor and Kitty]] are shown to be stranded on a Far Side Island because they ran out of fuel for the helicopter.
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* Rincewind from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series enjoyed his time on one of these (between ''Eric'' and ''Interesting Times''). It was boring and the Luggage kept itself entertained by fighting sharks.
* The narrator in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' points out that in the alternative universe world, a type of palm tree exists that poisons all other palms on its island, "making all those cartoons botanically accurate".
* John Sladek once wrote a short story lampooning cartoon stereotypes, and of course saved this one for last.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents:'' Each book ends with the usual author/illustrator info, including a humorous self-portrait of Brett Helquist having something to do with the plot of the book. In ''The End,'' which takes place on a faraway island, Helquist draws a stereotypical portrayal of this trope.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* A sketch on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had Cloris Leachman stranded on an island with Sweetums. They are later joined by Doglion.
* In a rare example where neither occupant seem to care much, ''Series/SesameStreet'''s Count von Count and Harry Belafonte are stranded on a tiny island. But as long as The Count has a plethora of coconuts, he's good to go, and Harry seems content to sing about him.
* New Zealand kids' show ''What Now?'' {{parod|y}}ied this by having the cast marooned on a traffic island.
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' did one once complying with gender, race, religion and disability discrimination laws, the comic in question featuring a woman in a burhka and a wheelchair on a desert island reading a message in a bottle rendered entirely in [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign As Long As It Looks Foreign]] script.
* Regularly featured in ''Series/TheNewYorker'' cartoons, such as one that has the palm tree replaced by a wind turbine and one castaway saying to another, "I miss the palm tree too, but at least we can have a refrigerator." {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://www.condenaststore.com/-sp/Ignore-them-They-re-cartoonists-New-Yorker-Cartoon-Prints_i8479432_.htm this one]].
* Creator/GahanWilson did a bunch of tragic 'stock cartoons' for the ''Magazine/NationalLampoon'', including a little desert island with a bleached skeleton on it.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* ''Website/TheOnion'' in ''Our Dumb World'' had a wonderful section {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing this, referring to the islands of Kiribati as "An island, a palm tree, and one guy" going through all the clichés of these types of cartoons.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Gary Larson's ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', which often includes these islands.
* ''Grin And Bear It'' features these a lot.
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' regularly gets stranded on these with Lucky Eddie.
* They're frequent in the work of Spanish cartoonist Forges, who prefers the two-character format.
* ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'''s Peter ended up on one while trying to circumnavigate the Earth on a raft. He eventually noticed that he could walk home during low tide.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Bizarro}}'' [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Wqo9IVCWV5E/TPKAiGLRFJI/AAAAAAAAE4s/nQmDLjzcF2s/s1600/BizarroShipwrecked%2B07-02-95.jpg features many of the island's inhabitants]] in a comic of its own.
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[[folder: Other ]]
* The Castaway Bill Screensaver features a lone man wandering about one of these. As did [[Creator/{{Sierra}} Seria On-Line]]'s Windows 3.x screensaver ''JohnnyCastaway''.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** There's a tiny island in the background of one section of Keelhaul Key in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. There's a palm tree there, and if you hit it with a hammer, a Coconut falls out for you to collect and exchange for the [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Chuckola Cola]] Flavio has on him, if that's where you are in the story. There's a pipe linking it to the main island for "easy" possible access.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' has a number of these, most notably one at the HubLevel with a castaway on it. It's also notable as part of what is probably [[ThatOneSidequest the most frustrating sidequest]] of the game, with two different spins on SuperDrowningSkills.
* Some perfect examples of ''Far Side'' islands (minus the weird colors) appear in the background to the side of the island with the crystal tower in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone''. Another ''Far Side'' island becomes an actual walkable terrain and part of the story in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' has a few of these, especially in Episode 2. When Guybrush encounters one of these for the first time, he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] with his remark "I didn't know tiny islands like this really existed." He also comments that he's glad he's not stranded there (he got there by sailing to it after choosing the destination from the ship's map) or else he'd have to worry about having something to read.
* In ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', Sandblast and his EliteMooks can only be battled by taking a canoe from Gold Beach to one of these.
* Not unusual in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' ocean biomes.
** "Survival island" maps are based around these.
* At the end of ''102Dalmatians:PuppiesToTheRescue'', Horace, Jasper and LePelt hide in a crate about to be shipped out, in an attempt to ditch Cruella DeVil. They end up on an island just like this...for some unexplained reason.
** '''Horace:''' ''"Boy, I sure hopes one of you brought sunscreen."''
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[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* A viewer of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' once asked Strong Bad what it would be like if he and Homestar were stranded on such an island. Strong Bad first mentioned the [[MeatOVision usual tropes]] for such a situation, but figured the reality would actually be more dull and unpleasant. In another episode, we see a flashback of him being saved by The Paper from a sinking version of one.
* A Chinese animation called ''See Through'' revolves around two fighter pilots from opposing armies becoming friends and forming an AmbiguouslyGay relationship on one such island after downing each other in the middle of combat.
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* Used in the short ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'' side story where Bun-bun gets sidetracked trying to get to Tijuana to set up a black market Viagra ring. Stoner Gilligan provides Bun-bun with company... for a short time.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'', Karn and Ardam [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0400.html somehow wind up on one of these]] after the BigBad accidentally causes TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It turns out to be a movie set, somehow.
* Played with in [[http://xkcd.com/731/ this]] WebComic/{{XKCD}} strip, which contrasts the drabness of the tiny desert island with [[SceneryPorn the vibrant sea-scape just beneath the waves]].
* [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/danmazur/palindramas/series.php?view=archive&chapter=35235 This]] ''WebComic/{{Palindramas}}'' strip ends up on one.
* Happens in ''WebComic/TheNoob'' in [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=404 this comic]] (along with several {{ShoutOut}}s to Literature/TheBible).
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Monica finds a small tropical island that more or less fits this description, to which she and the golem girls can poit for a bit of peace and quiet. Except that [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/spot-of-heaven/ the last time Bud went there]] she found something else [[spoiler:and the island got blown to bits]].
* ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' has a [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5434898/ series]] featuring these.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and Harley Quinn end up stranded on one after the Joker sinks Greenbeard's ship in ''Webcomic/LilGotham'' #8. It turns out this was the one time Harley hadn't packed her escape balloon, because [[AllWomenLoveShoes she needed to make room for all her shoes]].
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* One of these showed up on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Originally it was a quite spacious desert island with many luxuries installed, until a tidal wave submerged something like 95% of the island underwater. Stan and Roger survive by eating mostly seagulls.
* One of these is seen regularly on ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' as an establishing shot for the city Bikini Bottom. The cast even went there in the episode "Pressure".
* Showed up in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. The only inhabitant was a [[WickedWeasel weavil]] Lucius had imprisoned there.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': Taz and Wendal are stranded on one in "Taz-Manian Theatre".
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls get sunburns in "Sun Scream" so the mere touch of the villains causes pain. When the bad guys later surrender, instead of taking them to jail, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment the girls strand the pair on an island to suffer the same fate]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "[[Radar/RockosModernLife Schnitheads]]" Heffer joins a sausage cult, but is sentenced to Sauerkraut Fielding after tiring of sausage. Rocko and Filburt try to rescue their friend, but are caught. Just as the three are about to be punished, Really Really Big Man shows up disguised as The Most Supreme and Mighty King Of Wieners. He claims he will take his faithful servants home but instead drops them on a deserted island.
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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockall Rockall]] is perhaps the best real life example, although it is a single large rock jutting out of the North Atlantic, 162 miles away from the nearest landmass and sporting no palm trees. Most useful as a means to claim exclusive economic rights in the surrounding ocean, Rockall is normally uninhabited, but claimed by the UK, Ireland, Iceland and Denmark. Longest duration anyone has spent on the island is 42 days.
* Of course, many islands are extremely small, but most this size are within swimming distance of larger landmasses.
* Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas (part of Florida) is practically built on a RealLife version. It's closer to 100 meters wide rather than just one, but the public non-fort area which allows overnight camping would fit the bill. ETA: It's about fifty miles west of Key West, making it one of the most remote spots in the continental USA.
* There is a well known research site leased by Sydney University near the Great Barrier Reef that doesn't quite fit this trope perfectly as it's 5.5 km across at its widest point, but it's named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Tree_Island_%28Queensland%29 One Tree Island]].
* A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cay Cay]] is the term for a small, flat island that forms around coral reefs, when sediments pile up in one spot on the reef.
* Can be an exaggerated TruthInTelevision for many of the countless [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_atoll coral atolls]] scattered around the globe. Atolls form from the remains of old undersea volcanoes which result in a ring shaped series of coral islands around where the mountain previously emerged from the sea. A single Atoll can be comprised of many small islands, some remarkably similar to the trope in its most literal sense, but even where the islands are large they are still small by any land based means of comparison. For example in World War 2 thousands of soldiers would fight over strategic coral islands the side of a good sized city park.
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