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Sandcastles that are actually big enough to go inside.

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Proposed By:
FreezairForALimitedTime on Jul 2nd 2011 at 10:29:35 PM
Last Edited By:
Jubileus57 on Jan 9th 2018 at 11:25:03 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

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Its only fear: the rising tide.
NAME CROWNER OPENED: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/AlternativeTitles/ColossalSandcastle

Taken Up for Grabs by Jubileus 57.

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...

In video games, these castles often pop up in Palm Tree Panic. In other media, they tend to show up during a Beach Episode.


Examples:

Fanfiction

  • 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.

Live-Action TV

  • 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.)

Video Games

  • 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.

Western Animation

  • 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.

Real Life

  • 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.

Feedback: 36 replies

Jul 2nd 2011 at 10:40:22 PM

A Spongebob Squarepants episode has Spongebob and Patrick building increasingly elaborate versions of these trying to one-up each other.

Jul 3rd 2011 at 12:05:31 AM

Jul 3rd 2011 at 1:33:39 AM

There are people who can manage huge sand sculptures in Real Life.

Jul 3rd 2011 at 10:35:55 AM

^ True, though specifics would be nice.

Jul 3rd 2011 at 12:30:58 PM

In Kingdom Of Loathing, you can build one of these for yourself.

Jul 5th 2011 at 1:44:47 AM

There exist professional sandsculpting companies (The Other Wiki mentions some in the UK, the US, Canada and Australia) whose works are often much larger than a person. Though I'm not sure any of them have ever made something you can walk into.

Jul 10th 2011 at 7:08:26 PM

Shouldn't be hard to find images of epic sand castles (and surely we can be forgiven for them being slightly "not to scale")....

Jul 23rd 2011 at 7:08:58 PM

The pictures are great, but I really need some exaaaaamplessss! Bump. I'm not ready to let this die!

Jul 24th 2011 at 8:32:09 AM

  • 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.

Jul 24th 2011 at 7:51:32 PM

You probably have enough examples for launching.

Dec 16th 2016 at 5:10:25 PM

  • Pokemon has Palossand, a Ghost/Ground type which is one of these.
  • 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.

Dec 16th 2016 at 6:26:26 PM

Do we have a Palatial Ice Castle equivalent? The one created by Huey, Dewey, and Louie in the Classic Disney Short "Donald's Snow Fight" comes to mind immediately.

Dec 21st 2016 at 7:20:40 AM

is the sponsor still active?

Jan 25th 2017 at 1:40:55 AM

So, who will take over this draft?

Jan 25th 2017 at 9:46:42 PM

  • In a Spongebob Squarepants episode, Sponge and Patrick get into a dispute while building sandcastles. As the dispute escalates, their castles become much bigger. In the final battle, Spongebob flies a fighter jet against Patricks Humongous Mecha, which are both made entirely out of sand.

Mar 21st 2017 at 1:01:54 AM

I've noticed the hottip on the Banjo Kazooie.

Jan 5th 2018 at 4:42:46 AM

  • The Pokemon Palossand introduced in Pokemon 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 enoug to engulf Professor Kukui's cottage whole.

Jan 4th 2018 at 7:41:02 PM

The Eyewitness episode "Seashore" features shots of a somewhat ordinary-looking sand castle 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 treasure. (The "Making Of" feature for the episode shows that the "castle" was really multiple sets, not one structure.)

Jan 5th 2018 at 5:12:38 AM

^^ If needed I can grab that one. How does one do that?

Jan 5th 2018 at 4:45:31 AM

Change "Palatial" into some other word, 'cause it seems obscure, at least to me?

"Traversable", "Inhabitable", etc?

Jan 6th 2018 at 12:24:34 PM

Hmm... Well, if it's just the size that matters, not the actual ability to walk into it, then the title seems fine. I'm not sure where the line between "Colossal" and "Normal" is, but "Can Walk Into It" is a fine measurement?

Jan 6th 2018 at 1:05:08 PM

^Hmm that's true. Walk-in Sandcastle maybe? Short and direct.

Jan 6th 2018 at 8:00:33 PM

Well, not the best 'cause "Walk-In Closet" is such a set phrase, so moving "Walk In" to other things is tricky, but workable.

I guess that's the best you can do with a two word phrase?

I wouldn't use Sandcastle You Can Stand In, because it seems too long? Although, it might not be?

Jan 7th 2018 at 12:46:04 AM

Well there are more than enough puns in this site so Walk-In Sandcastle would not stick out... I tend To dislike long trope names as they are less witty and harder to remember... Maybe it would deserve a Crowner

Jan 7th 2018 at 3:00:53 PM

I thought "Palatial" was a good play on "Castle", but "Colossal" works, too.

Jan 7th 2018 at 6:03:27 PM

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...

Jan 9th 2018 at 7:33:30 AM

This is ready. I'll launch it if there are no objections within a few hours.

Jan 9th 2018 at 8:07:06 AM

^ Give a day or so for people to respond...

Edit: And you're not the one who grabbed this, either.

Jan 9th 2018 at 8:27:31 AM

^^ I'll still wait a day or two. If no more votes on the crowner do come until then, I'll launch it as Palatial Sandcastle as its the one with the most votes as of now.

Jan 9th 2018 at 3:54:52 PM

Note - doing this in Real Life and entering the structure unless you are a qualified expert is very inadvisable. Every year people die on beaches after having sand structures collapse on them (though these are normally holes or tunnels rather than raised sand buildings).

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