Far Side Island/Playing With

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  • Basic Trope: A tiny deserted island
  • Played Straight: An island consisting of a couple of feet of sand with a palm tree or two in the center.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The above-mentioned island has someone living on it, somehow.
    • An entire tribe is living on the island.
  • Justified: There really are tiny islands, and they likely would be uninhabited (unless a castaway did find him/herself unlucky enough to be marooned on one.)
  • Inverted: A large sprawling continent, heavily populated.
  • Subverted: The island in question is actually decent-sized, with a jungle and lots of wildlife.
  • Double Subverted: But is still uninhabited for one reason or another.
  • Deconstructed: Someone cannot live on what essentially amounts to a sandbar with (at best) a few coconuts for food and no water. Especially not more than one someone.
  • Reconstructed: The people on the island have good survival skills, enabling them to live on this tiny island until help arrives.
  • Parodied: The person(s) on the island have steel drum music, fruity drinks, leis, etc.
  • Necessary Weasel: The series is about How to Survive on a Deserted Island
  • Lampshaded: "If you were on a desert island and could only bring one (X), what would you bring?"
  • Averted: No such island, and no castaways attempting to live on one.
  • Enforced: The artist can only draw islands this way.
  • Invoked: A boat crashes on or near one of these.
  • Defied: The survivors get into a life raft rather than attempt to live on a tiny island.
  • Discussed: "How can they live there?"
  • Conversed: "I dunno..."
  • Played for Laughs: Almost always is.
  • Played for Drama: People not getting along, searching for food and potable water, and just generally trying to survive.

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