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
Characterss 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.
- Crossing the Desert
An arduous desert crossing.
- 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.
Generic fictional Middle-Eastern country. Expect deserts, camels and mangled pseudo-Islam.
- Saharan Shipwreck
A ship is grounded improbably far away from water.
- 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.