FreezairForALimitedTime on Jul 2nd 2011 at 10:29:35 PM
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Jubileus57 on Jan 9th 2018 at 11:25:03 PM
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Be it on a beach or in a sandbox, be it a sculpted "castle" or a simple hill with holes in it, most of us have probably made something out of sand at least once in our lives. However, we're pretty willing to bet that said castle probably didn't extend above your knees.
Fictional sandcastles, however, don't have pesky things like drying out or the loose structual integrity of sand to worry about, so they are often the size of actual castles—or at least small cottages. If they're not simply for show, people may often go inside them and actually hang out inside the sandcastle with total disregard for the risk of it simply collapsing on top of them: people tend to forget that sand is heavy and ending up buried beneath the remains of a giant sandcastle would most certainly suffocate them...
- The Pokédex entry of Palossand (which is already mentioned somewhere below in the Video Games section) states that these ghostly Pokemon were once used as actual fortified castles during the Alolan wars.Their walls were as sturdy as the walls of actual castles and their turrets were big enough so that defenders could be stationed within them and fire long-ranged weapons at invaders.
- The Eyewitness episode "Seashore" features shots of a somewhat ordinary-looking sandcastle throughout its runtime, but in the end sequence, we get to travel through the castle's gate and see that it actually contains many twisting passageways that extend below the water level and ultimately lead to a room full of buried treasures. (The "Making Of" feature for the episode shows that the "castle" was really multiple sets, not one structure.)
- Used twice in the Banjo-Kazooie series:
- In the original game, there was a sandcastle in a pool of water (...yeah, we know) that you had to drain to enter. Well, technically, you could swim to the entrance when the pool was full, but the castle would be half-flooded]]. Inside was the letter grid that serves to earn you a Plot Coupon, and, more famously, can be used to input the game's Classic Cheat Codes.
- Grunty's Revenge included one on the beach in Spiller's Harbor. Only Mouse Banjo could go inside, but it contained a maze and a series of switch puzzles.
- In Kingdom of Loathing, you can build one of these for yourself.
- The dirt gates in Pikmin 3 look a lot like sandcastles, with crenelled turrets at both sides. Also, the Bingo Mode arena "Sandbox Kingdom" takes place in a sandbox in which a sandcastle was build. Since the protagonist are very, very small, it looks incredibly big compared to them.
- The Pokemon Palossand introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon is a living, soul-sucking sandcastle which can grow to tremendous sizes thanks to its ability to amass more and more sand to add to its body. The anime actually showed a Palossand that grew big enough to engulf Professor Kukui's cottage whole.
- Super Mario Sunshine has a massive sand-gate act as a portal to one of the Shine Sprites. As might be expected, though, it will collapse quickly if you don't hurry through it.
- Vexx has one, which is a pseudo-Palette Swap of an earlier area called the Waterfall Castle. It's implied that the Sand Castle might not actually be that big; Vexx might just have gotten smaller.
- In the "Nice King" episode of Adventure Time, the shaven Ice King builds himself a sand palace in a playground to serve as his base of operations.
- In "The Ant and the Aardvark'' short "Dune Bug", the ant builds a sand castle on the beach and "moves in" to it. Of course, this is just a normal-sized sand castle, but an ant is small, so...
- Kids Next Door. "Operation B.E.A.C.H." features King Sandy, a boy who kidnaps Numbuh 3 and takes her to his palace, an enormous sand castle.
- In one episode of The Looney Tunes Show, Bugs and Daffy build sandcastles to impress a girl. Daffy builds an ordinary castle. Bugs builds one of these, complete with a drawbridge.
- In the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Sand Castles in the Sand", Sponge and Patrick get into a dispute while building sandcastles. As the dispute escalates, their castles become much, much bigger to the point they end up as big as actual fortresses.
- Several ephemeral sand hotels were created the past few years, such as Kurrawa Beach's Sand Hostel in Australia and Nederland's Zand Hotel. The latter even had electricity! Note their walls were reinforced so they woumd not collapse on guests. The Sand Hostel's bedrooms also did not have a sand roof, and its communal rooms didn't have any roof at all for the same reason.
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