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An improbably perfect and idyllic beach.

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Proposed By:
QuantumMelody29 on Feb 25th 2018 at 11:17:49 AM
Last Edited By:
QuantumMelody29 on Jun 5th 2018 at 8:26:56 AM
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Page Type: trope

Needs More Examples,

In real life, beaches are incredibly diverse. They can have different types and colours of sand or even have no sand at all. The vegetation varies greatly depending on where the beach is and the weather on the beach. Said weather can range from perfectly sunny, to cold, wet and windy. It seems the only constant is the fact that they are near a large body of water, be it a lake, sea or ocean.

In fiction, this is not the case. It seems beaches, whether for a Beach Episode or a Palmtree Panic stage nearly always have a few similar traits:

  1. The beach has soft, golden sand. No black sand or beaches that consist purely of rocks.
  2. The weather is always warm and sunny. You rarely ever see a beach in fiction where it rains.
  3. It is spotlessly clean. There is no rubbish or waste anywhere.
  4. It often has some kind of tropical plants, like palm trees.

This trope is often used as it is the ideal beach for a vacation and unless it is a 'ruined holiday' style plot, the episode is normally more focused on other things, like volleyball, Fanservice and the occasional attack from the Monster of the Week, if it's that kind of show.

Compare Holiday Appropriate Weather and "Far Side" Island, as well as It's Always Sunny in Miami and It's Always Spring (if the weather is pleasant and sunny all year round). This setting is usually a part of Hula and Luaus and Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!.

Lampshades and Aversions only please!


Video Games

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon has many beaches that adhere to this trope, but also averts it with a black sand beach, namely Poni Breaker Coast.
  • In the second Drawn to Life game, the first world is themed around beaches and the sea. For most of these stages, the beaches are idyllic and sunny. However, in the last world, which is a combination of all previous worlds, one of the two beach stages has storm clouds and an evil rain cloud, contrasting it with the sun stage it's paired with.

Western Animation

  • In an episode of Peppa Pig, Peppa and her family go to a rocky beach. Peppa is rather surprised by the lack of sand when they first arrive.

Feedback: 40 replies

Feb 25th 2018 at 10:40:40 PM

Need some examples/help with description please!!

Feb 26th 2018 at 2:35:52 AM

How about some help with formatting and English?

  • Capitalized the title.
  • Corrected spelling (palmtrees).
  • Blue Linked some TV Tropes page names.
  • Changed * to # to auto-number a list.
  • Corrected punctuation (added periods at the ends of sentences, added commas).
  • Examples section
    • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
    • Added the word "Examples".
    • Added media section titles as per Media Categories.
    • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
    • Capitalized (pokemon, ruby, sapphire, slateport city, lilycove city).
    • Removed unnecessary Pot Holing.
    • Changed unnecessary double curly braces to Camel Case.
    • Deleted unnecessary "all".
    • Corrected illegal Example Indentation. Warning: this error can result in being suspended from editing.

Feb 26th 2018 at 3:40:07 AM

Sorry I'm kinda new to the format. Thanks for the help :)

Feb 26th 2018 at 4:36:56 AM

Compare (if this is not already covered by) Holiday Appropriate Weather, as well as Its Always Sunny In Miami (if the weather is pleasant and sunny all year round).

Feb 26th 2018 at 5:11:05 AM

Trying to add stuff but for some reason the submit button isn't working.

Feb 26th 2018 at 11:46:01 PM

  • Examples section
    • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
    • Capitalized (undella town, Humilau city, poni breaker coast).

Zero Context Examples have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.

Averted Trope examples can only be added to Omnipresent Tropes or Aversion-only tropes and have been marked as such. Please don't remove the marking unless this trope is determined to be one of these.

Feb 27th 2018 at 2:08:57 PM

Please help with the adding of examples! Also if someone could provided context for some it would be much appreciates! Also, could people please tell me what the page is missing so that I can get enough hats?

Feb 28th 2018 at 9:48:08 AM

How do I put what index it is in, or do I have to wait until it is launched?

Feb 28th 2018 at 10:07:27 AM

I think this should either be No Examples Please or Aversions-only.

This trope is nearly universal in fiction.

Feb 28th 2018 at 11:31:32 PM

Someone earlier said that I shouldn't put aversions. Is it an Omnipresent Trope?

Mar 1st 2018 at 10:41:59 PM

I agree that it should be aversions-only. To be honest, I'm ambivalent if we really need this trope, since it applies to nearly all beaches in fiction (ie. a creator isn't going to have a Beach Episode where it rains unless it's a "terrible vacation" plot), and the reason it's having trouble gathering examples is that people likely don't want to describe every fictional beach they've seen. On the other hand, a stormy beach holiday or something else that doesn't fit into the sunny-white-sand-palm-tree idyll might be more notable.

Mar 3rd 2018 at 12:07:29 PM

ok. Thanks for the opinion!

Mar 3rd 2018 at 1:39:56 PM

Hmm, I have recently realized a similar thing about beaches in fiction — they are always spotless clean, idyllic even, with wonderful sand or beautiful, magnificent cliffs, it's almost always empty for only our characters to walk there and enjoy it in tranquillity, there's never any pollution, no plastic waste like in real life (unless it's environmentally charged episode), if there are people, the beach is not too crowded... So I think you migt be onto something.

Mar 4th 2018 at 12:31:11 PM

thanks! Could someone suggest what I should do to get more hats?

Mar 9th 2018 at 9:50:27 AM

You need to clearly define the trope and write good examples. You are not going to get hats without it. I suspect this might be a Trope In Aggregate. Have a look at pages that are indexed there to see how those pages are written and what the examples look like.

Mar 11th 2018 at 11:39:49 PM

Can someone help me with that please?

Mar 12th 2018 at 12:43:05 AM

  • Separated and emphasized "Aversions only please!" to make it easily noticeable.
  • Examples section
    • Removed unnecessary Pot Holing of media section titles and work names.
    • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names. Again.
    • Capitalized (poni breaker coast). Again.
    • Corrected spelling (suprised).

Mar 12th 2018 at 12:42:27 AM

OP Quantum Melody 29: As you can see from my three sets of edit reasons above, you have some problems with English, including spelling, punctuation and capitalization. The moderators of TV Tropes are very strict about tropers using proper English, and will suspend from editing anyone who can't do so. Your only chance to avoid being suspended is to post all edits and new material on the Get Help With English Here thread for proofreading before you add them.

Mar 13th 2018 at 3:15:55 PM

How do I leave this up for grabs? I know it could be a trope, but apparently I cannot speak English even though I have spoken it all my life and I cannot make a good description. I had such high hopes for this page, but alas, down the drain they go.

Mar 13th 2018 at 6:15:55 PM

Maybe call it All Beaches Are Sandy or something along those lines.

Mar 14th 2018 at 12:21:38 AM

I still want to put this up for grabs

Mar 14th 2018 at 6:26:48 AM

Yeah, this... isn't really a trope.

First off, people going to sandy beaches isn't really notable since frankly, that's what they do in real life. The beaches that people tend to flock to are the sandy beaches so any intentional Beach Episode wouldn't factor into this trope.

Now, something about how even when people wash up on a Deserted Island they invariably wash up on a resort-quality beach could be a thing, but that's not really what this trope is going for.

Mar 14th 2018 at 9:16:20 AM

It looks way too common to me.

Mar 14th 2018 at 9:18:40 AM

Maybe All Beaches Are Perfect or All Beaches Are Sunny or something... 'Cause Beaches have sand. That's their definition, so it's not notable?

Mar 14th 2018 at 9:33:53 AM

@ Larkmarn: That's specifically why I said this should be Aversions Only. That solves both of the problems you mentioned. It prevents people from listing "A sandy beach appears in this work" and encourages examples where you wouldn't expect a non-sandy beach to apply.

We may also need to specify that the page requires a subversion of expectations or being discussed. That way we should avoid examples like the one for Yo Kai Watch, which I feel is rather weak.

May 13th 2018 at 9:09:37 AM

Removed a bad example, changed the name and edited the description a bit, though it still needs a serious rewrite that I am not capable of.

May 19th 2018 at 2:34:51 PM

Maybe titling it "Default Beach Setting" would suffice?

May 22nd 2018 at 6:25:01 AM

Alternately, if set on tropical beaches, the sands are always white

May 25th 2018 at 5:10:57 AM

I'll change it to standard beach setting

May 25th 2018 at 10:02:04 AM

This has changed significantly since the original draft, do you think you can get a net of 5 hats (at least 5 more hats than bombs), or do you think this should be recreated?

May 25th 2018 at 10:55:41 AM

Are you looking for more examples? I might have one of the "rainy beach" variety.

May 26th 2018 at 11:58:21 AM

well, it's possible to launch it now at least.

May 26th 2018 at 12:01:40 PM

it's on -4 hats, please don't

May 26th 2018 at 12:12:17 PM

Here's the example

  • In the second Drawn To Life game, the first world is themed around beaches and the sea. For most of these stages, the beaches are idyllic and sunny. However, in the last world, which is a combination of all previous worlds, one of the two beach stages has storm clouds and an evil rain cloud, contrasting it with the sun stage it's paired with.