"I want to lie, shipwrecked and comatose Drinking fresh mango juice Goldfish shoals nibbling at my toes Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun"
's Ending Theme
The 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
, One Last Job
or the Unspoken Plan Guarantee
This is the natural result of a successful Run for the Border
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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 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 "Quest for Fruit" adventure in GURPS Discworld Also states that, in accordance with the Theory of Narrative Causality, the Hwondaland trading post must contain at least one white-suited Ankh-Morporkian expat, who can never return for some unspecified reason.
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.