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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.
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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.
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  • 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.
  • Sand Blaster
    Sand-based Elemental Powers.
  • Sand Is Water:
    People can swim in sand.
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  • 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.

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