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* ''Film/LadiesInLavender'' starts with the protagonist, a gifted young Polish violinist from Kraków, sailing to America and being swept overboard from his ship in a storm. He gets discovered by two old ladies washed up on the beach below their house.


* The seventh episode of ComicBook/{{Alix}}, ''Recap/LeDernierSpartiate'' starts this way: Alix wakes up alone on a beach in Greece.

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* The seventh episode of ComicBook/{{Alix}}, ''Recap/LeDernierSpartiate'' ''Recap/LeDernierSpartiate'', starts this way: Alix wakes up alone on a beach in Greece.

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* ''Series/{{Westworld}}'': Season 2 starts with Bernard lying on a beach before the Delos security found him and woke him up. The scene is set after the events that transpired in the entire season.


* The first episode of ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}'', ''Recap/TheDayOfTheBlackSun'', starts when XIII is found unconscious on a beach by Abe, an old angler.

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* The seventh episode of ComicBook/{{Alix}}, ''Recap/LeDernierSpartiate'' starts this way: Alix wakes up alone on a beach in Greece.
* The first episode of ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}'', ComicBook/{{XIII}}, ''Recap/TheDayOfTheBlackSun'', starts when XIII is found unconscious on a beach by Abe, an old angler.


* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' opens with a storm sinking the ship taking you to the eponymous city, so you wash up on the shores of High Rock. Given that the game was essentially a 3D DungeonCrawler, however, the first level is not so much a beach as a regular dungeon whose exit happens to be near the shoreline.

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''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' opens with a storm sinking the ship taking you to the eponymous city, so you wash up on the shores of High Rock. Given that the game was essentially a 3D DungeonCrawler, however, the first level is not so much a beach as a regular dungeon whose exit happens to be near the shoreline.shoreline.
** In the early days of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', once Aldmeri Dominion characters escaped Coldharbour, they'd start the game by awakening on the beach of Khenarthi's Roost after a storm.


* OlderThanFeudalism. In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Odysseus wakes up naked on a beach in the end of book 5 (short after the protagonist is introduced: the first four books focus on Telemachus). He is found by Nausicaa and her maids.

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* OlderThanFeudalism. In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Odysseus wakes up naked on a beach in the end of book 5 (short (shortly after the protagonist is introduced: the first four books focus on Telemachus). He is found by Nausicaa and her maids.

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* The ''[[VideoGame/LostInBlue Survival Kids]]'' games always begin in this manner, obviously.


Compare and contrast YouWakeUpInARoom, where the character is locked in a room.

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Compare and contrast YouWakeUpInARoom, where the character is locked in a room.
room. Contrast TropicalEpilogue, where the story ''ends'' with the character on the beach.

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* ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena'': The game opens with Riddick washed up on a beach on some alien planet before running into mercenary soldiers, which later turns out to be AllJustADream he experienced in hypersleep.


* The player in ''VideoGame/Polycraft'' wakes up on a beach following the crash of their ship. They must retrieve their blunderbuss and clear some wood away before heading inland to the main game.

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* The player in ''VideoGame/Polycraft'' ''{{VideoGame/Polycraft}}'' wakes up on a beach following the crash of their ship. They must retrieve their blunderbuss and clear some wood away before heading inland to the main game.

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* The player in ''VideoGame/Polycraft'' wakes up on a beach following the crash of their ship. They must retrieve their blunderbuss and clear some wood away before heading inland to the main game.


This type of beginning gives the author an easy starting point for his story, because it boils everything down to absolute basics and comes standard with a predefined list of relatively simple questions for the author to answer. Which questions he chooses to answer and what answers he gives add more detail to the scene and flesh it out into whatever story the author wishes to tell.

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This type of beginning gives the author an easy starting point for his story, because it boils everything down to absolute basics and comes standard with a predefined list of relatively simple questions for the author to answer.answer; among them is usually "How did we end up here to begin with?", a good way to get the audience immediately vested into the story. Which questions he chooses to answer and what answers he gives add more detail to the scene and flesh it out into whatever story the author wishes to tell.



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* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' begins InMediasRes, so even though plot-wise the scene where Cobb wakes up on a beach [[spoiler:all the way down in Limbo]] is near the climax it is the first scene the audience is shown.
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' begins with Marin finding Link washed up on the beach after his ship was wrecked in a storm.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' starts with the protagonist Alexander waking up on a beach. Luckily for him, the island he's on was his destination.
* A couple of games in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series begin on the beach:
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]''
begins with Marin finding Link washed up on the beach after his ship was wrecked in a storm.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' also opens with Link washed up on a beach after he gets tossed overboard a ship in a heavy
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* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretIslandOfDrQuandary'', after the prologue ends, you arrive on the titular island, trapped in the body of a kewpie doll.


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* ''VisualNovel/{{Island}}'' opens with its amnesiac protagonist waking up on the beach of an unknown island.


* OlderThanFeudalism. In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Odysseus wakes up naked on a beach in the beginning of book 6 (short after the protagonist is introduced: the first four books focus on Telemachus). He is found by Nausicaa and her maids.

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* OlderThanFeudalism. In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Odysseus wakes up naked on a beach in the beginning end of book 6 5 (short after the protagonist is introduced: the first four books focus on Telemachus). He is found by Nausicaa and her maids.


* In the first episode of ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}'', ''Recap/TheDayOfTheBlackSun'', the story starts when XIII is found unconscious on a beach by Abe.

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* In the The first episode of ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}'', ''Recap/TheDayOfTheBlackSun'', the story starts when XIII is found unconscious on a beach by Abe.Abe, an old angler.

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