"I want to lie, shipwrecked and comatoseThe final shot of a story is a character relaxing on a sun lounger with a fruity Umbrella Drink, looking pleased with himself on a sun lounger. Most likely wearing a colourful Hawaiian shirt amid a sea of Hula and Luaus. Neither of which is to say this is actually supposed to be Hawaii (which would be a really stupid place for an American to flee to...) - it's more likely to be somewhere in the Caribbean or Central/South America. British media has its own variation, usually involving the Costa del Sol, a famed retreat of British gangsters, or even Blackpool, where many Scottish gangsters avoided heat. More modern works will substitute Thailand or the UAE. As far as music goes, either "Aloha Oe" or something generically calypso will be playing in the background. This can serve as a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue for a Karma Houdini villain, in which case a triumphant Evil Laugh is rather likely. It's also commonly Invoked, or Discussed by characters who never ultimately manage to fulfill it (having clearly never heard of Retirony, One Last Job or the Unspoken Plan Guarantee). This is the natural result of a successful Run for the Border. As this is an ending trope, spoilers will be unmarked below!
Drinking fresh mango juice
Goldfish shoals nibbling at my toes
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun"
Drinking fresh mango juice
Goldfish shoals nibbling at my toes
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun"
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- In one story, Mysterio's ultimate goal when he takes over the Maggia is to grab as much money as he can, and "buy an island in the tropics where I can sit under palm trees and drink things out of coconuts". At the end of the story, Mysterio is taking a sunbath wearing a colourful Hawaiian shirt under the palm trees... of an enormous sign at his department roof, thinking about how much he hates Spider-Man.
- In another, the epilogue is in the form of a letter sent by Black Cat from the safety of such a refuge.
- After the first battle between the original Hobgoblin and the original Green Goblin, we get an epilogue where Hobby is sitting on a tropical island with no extradition treaties, sipping a cocktail and happy to retire on what's left of his original fortune. Given that at the start of the story he'd been outed and in jail, it's considered a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the character, and any time he's returned it's been as a pure Magnificent Bastard.
- The storyline Heart of Hush ends on this note. Catwoman is relaxing at a resort while recovering from getting her heart ripped out, recording a message for Hush explaining how she got her revenge.
- Another story, made by creative team of The Long Halloween, has the story's secondary antagonist, a Black Widow who almost got her claws into Bruce Wayne, chilling on a beach in South America, planning her next 'conquest'...until someone passes a note along from Batman.
- The Sandman: The "Season of Mists" storyline ends with Lucifer, who has resigned his job and closed up Hell, sunning himself on an Australian beach. He even admits that God's sunsets are pretty nice.
- The Losers: The surviving Losers are somewhere with palm trees, apparently off the agency's radar. When Stegler tries to recruit them for a new unit to fix the company's mistakes, Jensen declines him quite decisively in a Splash Page.
- Gene Hackman's character does this at the end of Enemy of the State, broadcasting a hilarious video message to Will Smith's television.
- Milton in Office Space is a subversion because he's still getting ignored, and starts plotting his revenge all over again.
- The protagonists of Trading Places have one of these.
- Johnny English has a scene like this, with a twist: earlier in the film, the title character bungles up preventing a robbery, and invents a highly improbable "villain" to cover up his ineptness. The "villain" is shown to be a real person at the end in this scene, but that's pure coincidence.
- The Silence of the Lambs ends with Hannibal Lecter phoning Clarice from Bimini, where he's having an old friend for dinner.
- The Producers plan on having one of these in Rio de Janeiro once their scheme comes to fruition, but it doesn't work out as planned.
You'll find your happiness in Rio
The beaches there are strewn with pearls
The Latin breezes always blow there
And so, we hear, do the girls!
- The two final conspirators in Wild Things are on a boat, and are assumed to be off to some sort of island paradise with their ill-gotten money.
- The ending of Bullseye! (1990) with Michael Caine talking with someone on the phone, telling her that she can't have her money back; she has already spent it.
- Also the ending of Buddy Buddy (1981). In that one it is stated earlier that hitman Trabucco has already picked a tropical island to retire to that he intends to buy if he finishes his last job.
- The Man Who Knew Too Little has this—only interrupted by the American agents trying to recruit Wallace.
- At the end of The Chase (1994), we see that fugitive lovers Jack Hammond and Natalie Voss have fallen into this lifestyle after fleeing to Mexico.
- In The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne does this after breaking out of prison.
- xXx ends by Vin Diesel finally travelling to Bora Bora.
- In Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, the criminal group that main characters run in will often say, "Boat drinks," to remind each other of their ultimate dream: retiring to some tropical paradise to sip cocktails on a yacht. In the end, we see all of the main characters doing exactly that, except they're all dead.
- Referenced in Out of Sight. Karen (Jennifer Lopez) mockingly asks bank robber Jack (George Clooney) if he imagines he'll retire to some tropical paradise. He counters that he always preferred mountains.
- Kathleen Turner's character in Body Heat ends this way, whatever her name may be.
- Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe ends like this for Sam in sunny Miami (with an ice-cold beer in hand, no less), putting him in position to be Mike's go-to guy in the series.
- Dark Passage ends with Bogart and Bacall reuniting in Peru.
- Amusingly subverted with Alec Guinness' character in The Lavender Hill Mob: Holland is relating the story to a fellow Englishman in the comfort of sunny Rio, but the man is revealed to be the police officer extraditing him back to England a year after the events.
- At the end of the Boris and Natasha movie, the title characters get warped back in time to the beginning of the movie. They then decide that they really don't want to go through all the grief they experienced throughout the film again, so they decide to quit their jobs and retire to Tahiti.
- Subverted in Repo Men, while it does end in a tropical setting, we find out that the entire last half of the movie is really a dream-sequence in the protagonist's mind, so long as his buddy can keep up the payments.
- The bank robber in Inside Man brags about this plan (though it's probably misdirection), though the cop he's talking to begs to differ:
Dalton Russell: This time next week I'm going be sucking down pina coladas in a hot tub with a couple of girls named Amber and Tiffani.Keith Frazier: Next week you're going to be showering with a couple of guys named Jamal and Jesus. And that thing you're sucking on? Not a pina colada.
- The bad ending to the first Wayne's World movie has the villain and Wayne's love interest end up in one together (she's wearing a tiny bikini and tells him how great he was in bed last night as she hands him a drink). Then he turns to the camera and mocks the audience for expecting her to end up with a loser like Wayne. Good thing it's not the real ending.
- Dunston Checks In ends with the Grants adopting Dunston and moving to manage a new hotel in Bali. And then the same hotel inspector turns up...
- Referenced by Zephram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact; this is what he plans to do after his warp engine makes him filthy rich, to Will Riker's amusement.
- The Australian comedy Malcolm ends with the protagonists escaping to Portugal.
- The ending of Ben Elton's novel 'High Society''.
- Played with in Matthew Reilly's Ice Station. The fate of a minor character from the backstory is revealed when the epilogue zips to a South American beach, where a scavenger finds debris in the ocean from the character's crashed plane.
- In Matilda, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood move to Guam after Mr. Wormwood's car dealership is under investigation for fraud, and their daughter is legally adopted by Ms. Honey.
- At the end of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, after what initially seems to be a case of Reassigned to Antarctica, Ivan manages to alter it to this instead by realising that there's absolutely no reason why their planetary embassy needs to be in the rainswept capital rather than somewhere near the equator.
Live Action TV
- Hillary Briss in The League of Gentlemen.
- In Stargate SG-1, Harry Maybourne spends some time like this after being convicted of treason, though he eventually ends up opting for an off-planet exile instead.
- In the Sherlock episode "The Great Game", one of the crimes that Moriarty arranges and subsequently has Sherlock expose is a character's plan to do this.
- As perhaps evidenced by the theme song, Red Dwarf's Lister dreams of getting back to Earth and setting up a burger bar on Fiji with his cat. Technically speaking, this is the Series Goal of the whole programme - if only because the main characters are so hopelessly screwed that no-one can come up with a better plan.
- In Due South this is a Discussed Trope. The villain, in a standoff with Fraser, brags that he'll soon be in Tahiti living off his spoils.
- Farscape appears to do this. At the end of the final episode, John and Aeryn are on a boat in very tropical-looking waters, he asks her to marry him, and it looks like a perfect setup for a Happily Ever After ending. Then an alien ship appears from nowhere and blasts them to pieces. The subsequent miniseries shoves them right back into the war.
- An episode of Grimm involves a congregation of Seelengut (sheep people) being led by an, apparently, reformed Blutbad reverend (that's right, a wolf preaching to sheep), who is secretly stealing from the church along with his Seelengut wife. When the wife finds out that he has knocked up another Seelengut, she throws him to the angry Seelengut to be ripped apart and runs away with the money and her husband's girlfriend to a tropical beach.
- One Midsomer Murders episode ends with the murderers getting away with it because the woman in their Menage A Trois refuses to cooperate, enduring jail for their sake. So Barnaby shows her a picture taken of the happy couple somewhere warm having obviously replaced the woman. The episode ends with him getting a call implying she's started talking.
- Jimmy Buffett's song "Banana Republic" is about precisely this sort of person — "expatriated Americans, hoping to find some fun." Buffett in general likes to present himself as such - the fact that he's extremely wealthy means it is some degree of Truth in Television for him.
- Subverted in the Zac Brown Band song "Toes", where everything is great for the tourist... until he runs out of money.
- The Twist Ending of Rammstein's "Haifisch" video.
- The Karma Houdini subject of Mister Bad Example does this twice. First he flies to Adelaide with a Monte Carlo prostitute's stolen passport, then to Sri Lanka on a Malaysian Air flight he paid for with stolen wages from his Australian opal mining company.
- Banjo-Kazooie features an ending sequence with our heroes relaxing on a tropical island somewhere.
- Illbleed's good ending shows all the heroes (who have just won a ton of money at the titular Amusement Park of Doom) lounging on a beach together.
- Possibly that easter egg Fanservice picture in Gauntlet Legends.
- If the player amasses a tidy sum as an independent commander in MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries, they will get this as an ending after the Battle of Tukayyid cutscene.
- Crash Bandicoot
- Suggested by Dr Neo Cortex in the bad ending of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped as an idea or what to do now that he's been beaten yet again, shortly before his boss, UkaUka reminds him they could still triumph by getting all the gems.
- The trope turns up as the bad ending for Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back; Crash and Coco sit on a beach with one of the crabs from the first game, and discuss what happened to the Cortex Vortex.
- More of a Tropical Prologue, unless you count it for the previous game, but the PC title 7.62: High Calibre begins with your mercenary crew lounging on a beach before getting the call to action.
- Rock Band 3 plays this straight after you complete the tour modus. Your band presumably dies in a plane crash while they really just faked their deaths to escape stardom and enjoy their wealth in some tropical paradise.
- If you lose the game Marios Time Machine, then Bowser will do this.
- Bad Mojo ends with the protagonist and his long lost father using a bunch of stolen money to retire to the Carribean.
- Discussed between Commander Shepard and Garrus in Mass Effect 3, and Zaeed will ultimately be shown enjoying his retirement as such assuming he survived the events of the game. Depicting the entire crew in this setting seems to be a pervasive theme for dozens of pieces of fan art in an effort to fix the controversial ending.
- In Max Payne 3, the last scene is one of Max, having both successfully kicked his alcoholism and brought down Victor Branco's conspiracy, drinking a soda and watching a Coincidental Broadcast about Victor's death at a beach in Bahia, at peace with himself for the first time in a long time.
- A Non Standard Game Over for Rayman 2 has Rayman accept a ton of money instead of the Plot Coupon and living life in a tropical paradise surrounded by money.
- Inverted in Super Mrio Sunshine: Mario spends most of the game on a tropical island... under arrest for a crime he didn't commit. It's only at the end of the game that he's finally released and gets to vacation there like he wanted.
- At least two Looney Tunes shorts "Ali Baba Bunny" and "The Abominable Snow Rabbit" end with Bugs Bunny lounging on the beach at wherever he was going before missing that fateful "left turn at Albuquerque" (Pismo Beach in the former short, Palm Springs in the latter). "Mutiny On the Bunny" ends with Yosemite Sam rowing Bugs to Rio in a rowboat, the latest part of a promised trip around the world.
- An episode of Batman: The Animated Series titled "The Worry Men" features the Mad Hatter admitting that he's been thinking of retiring from crime, purchasing an island out in the middle of nowhere, and opening up a sun-bonnet shop.