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Basic Trope: The heroes (or sometimes the villains or even both) spend the episode at the beach.

  • Straight: Bob and his True Companions go to the beach.
  • Exaggerated: The entire show or battle takes place at a beach.
  • Downplayed: Bob and his True Companions go to the beach for one scene.
  • Justified:
    • The show is about lifeguards and every episode is a beach episode.
    • The characters like to go to the beach.
    • The beach was set up as a luring trap to fool enemies out.
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    • The characters needed to get rid of some stress.
    • The show takes place near a beach. Going there is just natural.
    • It's a holiday episode. The fact it takes place on a beach is secondary.
  • Inverted:
    • The cast goes further inland for a Pool Episode or a Hot Springs Episode.
    • For a complete inversion, the cast goes further inland into a cold climate that requires them to switch into winter clothing.
    • For an even more complete inversion, the cast goes to outer space to fix the outer part of a satellite and wear space suits the whole episode.
    • Characters of a show that normally takes place at the beach go elsewhere for an episode.
    • The characters get living sand in their throats and the sand is feeling like it's having fun.
  • Subverted:
    • The cast gets rained out at the beach. They spend the rest of the episode elsewhere.
    • Bob and his team goes to the beach just to take out enemy threats.
  • Double Subverted:
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    • The rain clears up within a few minutes, and the beach fun begins.
    • The gang decides to ignore the rain and enjoy the beach regardless.
    • Turns out, Bob's enemies are just having holidays.
  • Parodied:
    • The only people on the beach wearing revealing swimsuits are very old people.
    • The characters are at the beach, but need to do something serious, and Bob, The Leader has to deal with Alice who wants to build sandcastles, Carol who wants to look at marine flora and fauna, Dave who wants to do beachcombing, Ethan who wants to go for a swim, Freda who is lusting over men in swimsuits, Gary who is lusting over women in swimsuits, Harriet who is interested in the snacks that people are selling at the beach, and Ida who wants to play volleyball. He keeps reminding them "we're not here to have fun".
  • Zig Zagged: There is more than one beach episode in the series, and some of them, they get rained out at the beach.
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  • Averted: The cast never goes to the beach.
  • Enforced:
    • The episode was made as straight-up fanservice.
    • Alternatively, the authors wanted to give the audience some time to relax in between arcs.
    • The writers want some sort of competition to make a character win a prize and decide on a sand castle building one.
  • Lampshaded: "Remember folks, the whole gang's going to be at the beach tomorrow."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz uses their day at the beach to fast forward his plans while they are at the beach.
  • Defied:
    • All the characters hate the beach.
    • One of the female characters is a Wholesome Crossdresser or is pulling a Sweet Polly Oliver. Either way, she refuses to wear a swimsuit because it would reveal her gender.
    • Bob refuses to go to the beach, on the grounds that the water is too cold, the sand gets everywhere, and he hates putting on sunscreen.
    • It's a very bad season (at the very least it's constantly raining, with overbooked hotels, extremely rowdy beach-goers, a crime rate increase or pollution ruining everything being other possibilities) and the characters decide it's less stressful to stay put.
  • Discussed: "Dude, check out Alice and Carol in their bikinis! I am so glad we came to the beach!"
  • Conversed: "Oh look, they're going to the beach this episode!"
  • Deconstructed: While the cast is off having some fun, some really bad stuff happens, such as Emperor Evulz setting his world domination plan in motion.
  • Reconstructed: Fortunately, Bob and his True Companions happen to be right there when it happens.
  • Played For Laughs: The female cast members secretly arrange a contest to see who can keep the guys' attention longer — while the guys have their own secret contest to see who can act the least perverted for the longest. The girls spend the whole episode taking increasingly desperate measures to get the boys' attention, who in turn refuse to acknowledge a thing.
  • Played For Drama: When Bob and his True Companions go to the beach, Shrinking Violet Marianne suffers from A-Cup Angst and weight issues, becomes very depressed while at the beach, watching so many of the other girls in the group wearing revealing outfits and appealing to men. She becomes so unhappy that she drives off in tears and refuses to return to the beach, resulting in a disconnect between her and the rest of the group. Which is bad, because Marianne is one of the most important members.

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