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Desert Tropes

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Deserts from around the world (yes, even Antarctica)note 

Living in the desert isn't all bad. There's beautiful scenery. And good conversation. Hi rock.
Spike, Peanuts 10.12.85

Tropes about the desert and other arid places and biomes. Compare Beach Tropes, which are also sandy.

  • All Deserts Have Cacti:
    When a scene takes place in the desert, there's a good chance that there will be at least one cactus.
  • Antlion Monster
    A typically desert-dwelling creature that hunts by creating steep, unstable pits in the sand.
  • "Arabian Nights" Days
    The Middle East stereotyped as a deserty place full of camels and belly dancers.
  • Bedouin Rescue Service
    Characters are lost in the wild, such as the desert, and get rescued by a group of traveling natives, such as Bedouins.
  • Build Like an Egyptian
    Theme park Ancient Egypt, with plenty of sand, palm trees and pyramidal buildings.
  • Cactus Person
    You might encounter sentient, living cactuses in desert environments.
  • Crossing the Desert
    An arduous desert crossing.
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  • Deadly Dust Storm
    A dangerous sandstorm.
  • Desert Bandits
    Outlaws who live or hide out in the desert.
  • Desert Punk
    Sci-fi in the desert.
  • Desert Skull
    A lone skull as decoration in a desolate wasteland.
  • Desert Warfare
    Military conflicts in a desert.
  • Egypt Is Still Ancient
    Modern Egypt portrayed as still using the symbols and architecture of ancient Egyptian civilization.
  • Hollywood Mirage:
    Mirages are portrayed as straight-up hallucinations that can only occur in the desert when one is severely dehydrated.
  • Impassable Desert
    Video game deserts are impossible/almost impossible to pass until certain conditions are met.
  • Quicksand Sucks
    Improbably quick and dangerous quicksand.
  • Qurac
    Generic fictional Middle-Eastern country. Expect deserts, camels and mangled pseudo-Islam.
  • Saharan Shipwreck
    A ship is grounded improbably far away from water.
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  • Sand Blaster
    Sand-based Elemental Powers.
  • Sand Is Water:
    People can swim in sand.
  • Sand Worm
    Giant wormlike beasts that tunnel underground, usually in sandy areas, and attack prey on the surface.
  • Scary Scorpions
    Aggressive, venomous scorpions are a common desert danger.
  • Sea of Sand
    A desert is depicted as a wide, endless expanse of nothing but sand.
  • Sentient Sands
    Living, animated masses of sand.
  • Shifting Sand Land:
    A video game level that takes place in a desert-type environment.
  • Stock Desert Interstate
    Long highways through the American desert, bare but for dramatic scenery and occasional gas stations.
  • Thirsty Desert
    Dangerous, hostile deserts.