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9th Apr '16 9:00:40 PM 20person
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Steel in the East is in the ruins of the Pentagon, which they have rechristened "The Citadel".

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' the headquarters of the East Coast Brotherhood of Steel in the East is in the ruins of the Pentagon, which they have rechristened "The Citadel".
9th Apr '16 8:59:45 PM 20person
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Steel in the East is in the ruins of the Pentagon.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Steel in the East is in the ruins of the Pentagon.Pentagon, which they have rechristened "The Citadel".
11th Mar '16 9:03:10 AM robbulldog
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* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Magneto is held prisoner in a super-secret concrete prison at the center of the Pentagon.
9th Dec '15 10:32:55 AM Tuckerscreator
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[[caption-width-right:350:Your tax dollars at work[[note]] Unless you're not American, in which case it's those Americans' tax dollars at work[[/note]]!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Your tax dollars at work[[note]] Unless you're not American, in which case it's those Americans' tax dollars at work[[/note]]!]]
work!]]
9th Dec '15 10:21:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* You get to blow it up in ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert 2'' as the Soviets.
** You also get asked to do this in the first game, as a Nod commander under Seth. [[spoiler:Your orders, and Seth's life, are revoked by Kane]].
*** And in ''Tiberium Wars'', you defend it against a Nod attack during the GDI campaign. It's also where the head of the GDI military makes his command center.

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'':
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'':
You get to blow it up in ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert 2'' the Pentagon as the Soviets.
Soviets and defend it as the Americans.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'': You also get asked to do this in destroy the first game, Pentagon as a Nod commander under Seth.Seth because he wants to send you on a SuicideMission. [[spoiler:Your orders, and Seth's life, are revoked by Kane]].
*** And in ''Tiberium Wars'', you ** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'': You defend it against a Nod attack during the GDI campaign. It's also where the head of the GDI military makes his command center.
9th Dec '15 10:16:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* It's one of the possible settings in ''CrushCrumbleAndChomp''.

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* It's one of the possible settings in ''CrushCrumbleAndChomp''.''VideoGame/CrushCrumbleAndChomp''.
12th Aug '15 7:30:23 PM Soufriere
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->-- ''Film/{{Airplane}}''

The seat of the U.S. Department of Defense, located in Arlington, Virginia near Washington, D.C. This is where the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all the service secretaries and service chiefs have their offices. Nobody ever mentions its street address, but it actually has one: 47 N Rotary Road, Arlington, Virginia, 22211.[[note]]To add extra confusion, Pentagon ''mailing'' addresses are actually in Washington, D.C. For example, you can reach the Secretary of Defense at "1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 20301".[[/note]]

Architecturally, it's a distinctive, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pentagonal]] building, with 5's as a recurring theme: 5 sides, 5 floors, 5 concentric rings; also, whether by intent or by chance, the courtyard in the middle is just over 5 acres in area. It has ''[[BigLabyrinthineBuilding 17.5 miles (28.2 km) of corridors]]'', and those five 108° angle corners result in a ''very'' [[AlienGeometries confusing layout.]] The interior is notoriously homogeneous; if you don't read the signs, it's easy to get lost there, since every area looks like every other area. Not to mention that it's easy to forget which ''floor'' you're on, as some of those corridors are actually ''ramps''. [[Series/GetSmart Agent Maxwell Smart]] got lost inside it for several ''days.'' That said, once you get familiar with the building, it takes seven minutes or less to get from any place inside the building to any other.

Since the military's top brass does most of its planning there, and since the building is so easy to spot from the air, it was one of the targets of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. The structure survived in part because it had recently been retrofitted with kevlar. Well before that, however, the exact center of the building was a potential target of Soviet missiles; in fact, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment until the past decade]], the cafe at the center of the structure was informally referred to as the "Ground Zero Cafe". Even before the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, when the Pentagon was built in [[TheForties the early 1940s]],[[note]][[{{Irony}} Ironically]], construction began on September 11, 1941--60 years to the day before the attacks[[/note]] it was designed to be able to withstand a naval bombardment by battleships, being fairly close to the sea. Also, in terms of floor space, it is the largest office building in the world, and with good reason when you consider how massive the United States military is. Since it was constructed in Virginia in the 40s, the Pentagon was built with "separate but equal" dining facilities and restrooms for white and black workers. This didn't sit well with UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, who ordered the building desegregated when he attended its dedication. The Pentagon would be the only non-segregated workplace in Virginia for the next twenty years, and it still has twice as many toilets as it actually needs.

The building is such a strong symbol of the American military that it's practically synonymous with it, or with the military-industrial complex. When the Defense Department makes an announcement, newscasters will say "The Pentagon announced today...". When the government pays a military contractor (what to the public seems like) an unreasonably large sum for a mundane item, such as a toilet seat or screwdriver, that's Pentagon Spending. When the U.S. military offers cheap assistance to movie producers in order to make a blockbuster movie showing tanks or fighter planes, that's BackedByThePentagon. Et cetera. In the UK "Horse Guards" (a building, not a group of people) formerly had the same connotations of being synonymous with the military, but this faded when the leadership moved out at the start of the twentieth century.

The distinctive shape and design of the Pentagon and its relationship to other stock mystical symbols as pentagrams lead some to imagine that the building [[SealedEvilInACan is holding something inside]] besides a garden. For instance, early Internet culture half-jokingly spoke of the Shub-Internet, cause of all network slowdown, lurking beneath the Pentagon. In fact, the reason the Pentagon is a pentagon is rather more mundane: the original site of the Pentagon (Arlington Farm) was defined by local roads as an irregular pentagon, and the building was designed for maximum use of space; however, it was soon realized that it would block the view of DC from Arlington Cemetery, so they chose another site instead. Since this site didn't have the same constraints but there wasn't enough time or resources to conduct a major redesign, they elected to just change it to a regular pentagon. It helped that FDR liked the design.

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->-- ''Film/{{Airplane}}''

-->--''Film/{{Airplane}}''

The seat of the U.S. Department of Defense, located in Arlington, Virginia near just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. This is where the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all the service secretaries and service chiefs have their offices. Nobody ever mentions its street address, but it actually has one: 47 N Rotary Road, Arlington, Virginia, 22211.[[note]]To [[note]] To add extra confusion, Pentagon ''mailing'' addresses are actually in Washington, D.C. despite the building being in Virginia. For example, you can reach the Secretary of Defense at "1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 20301".[[/note]]

Architecturally, it's a distinctive, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pentagonal]] building, with 5's as a recurring theme: 5 sides, 5 floors, 5 concentric rings; also, whether by intent or by chance, the courtyard in the middle is just over 5 acres in area. It has ''[[BigLabyrinthineBuilding 17.5 miles (28.2 km) of corridors]]'', and those five 108° angle corners result in a ''very'' [[AlienGeometries confusing layout.]] layout]]. The interior is notoriously homogeneous; if you don't read the signs, it's easy to get lost there, since every area looks like every other area. Not to mention that it's easy to forget which ''floor'' you're on, as some of those corridors are actually ''ramps''. [[Series/GetSmart Agent Maxwell Smart]] got lost inside it for several ''days.'' That said, once you get familiar with the building, it takes seven minutes or less to get from any place inside the building to any other.

Since the military's top brass does most of its planning there, and since the building is so easy to spot from the air, it was one of the targets of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. The structure survived in part because it had recently been retrofitted with kevlar. [[note]] The Pentagon was actually in the middle of remodelling when the plane hit it. The side that was hit had already been partly closed because of this, which explains the comparatively low body count. The ''other'', more important, reason the Pentagon survived is because it's MASSIVE – a fully-fuelled plane used as a missile barely made a dent in the thing.[[/note]] Well before that, however, the exact center of the building was a potential target of Soviet missiles; in fact, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment until the past decade]], the cafe kiosk at the center of the structure was informally referred to as the "Ground Zero Cafe". Even before the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, when the Pentagon was built in [[TheForties the early 1940s]],[[note]][[{{Irony}} Ironically]], 1940s]],[[note]] (amusingly, construction began on September 11, 1941--60 1941 – 60 years to the day before the attacks[[/note]] attacks)[[/note]] it was designed to be able to withstand a naval bombardment by battleships, being fairly close to the sea. Also, in terms of floor space, it is the largest office building in the world, and with good reason when you consider how massive the United States military is. is.

Since it was constructed in Virginia in the 40s, the Pentagon was built with "separate but equal" dining facilities and restrooms for white and black workers. This didn't sit well with UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, who ordered the building desegregated when he attended its dedication. The Pentagon would be remained the only non-segregated workplace in Virginia for the next twenty years, and it still has twice as many toilets as it actually needs.

The building is such a strong symbol of the American military that it's practically synonymous with it, or with the military-industrial complex. When the Defense Department makes an announcement, newscasters will say "The Pentagon announced today...". When the government pays a military contractor (what to the public seems like) an unreasonably large sum for a mundane item, such as a toilet seat or screwdriver, that's Pentagon Spending. When the U.S. military offers cheap assistance to movie producers in order to make a blockbuster movie showing tanks or fighter planes, that's BackedByThePentagon. Et cetera. In the UK UK, "Horse Guards" (a building, not a group of people) formerly had the same connotations of being synonymous with the military, but this faded when the leadership moved out at the start of the twentieth century.

The distinctive shape and design of the Pentagon and its relationship to other stock mystical symbols as pentagrams lead some to imagine that the building [[SealedEvilInACan is holding something inside]] besides a garden. For instance, early Internet culture half-jokingly spoke of the Shub-Internet, cause of all network slowdown, lurking beneath the Pentagon. In fact, the reason the Pentagon is a pentagon is rather more mundane: the original site of the Pentagon (Arlington Farm) was defined by local roads as an irregular pentagon, and the building was designed for maximum use of space; however, it was soon realized that it would block the view of DC from Arlington Cemetery, so they chose another site further downriver instead. Since this The new site didn't have the same constraints constraints, but there wasn't enough time or resources to conduct a major redesign, so they elected to just change it to a regular equilateral pentagon. It helped that FDR liked the design.



* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', U.S. Space Command is in the Pentagon. [[note]]U.S. Space Command (1985-2002) was actually located in Colorado Springs, Colorado![[/note]] It even has a picture of the building stenciled on a glass divider.

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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', U.S. Space Command is in the Pentagon. [[note]]U.[[note]] The real U.S. Space Command (1985-2002) was actually located in Colorado Springs, Colorado![[/note]] also home of NORAD and the U.S. Air Force Academy.[[/note]] It even has a picture of the building stenciled stencilled on a glass divider.



* In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the fictional [[TheWarRoom War Room]] is located inside the Pentagon.

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* In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the fictional [[TheWarRoom War Room]] is located inside the Pentagon.[[note]] The real Pentagon doesn't have anything like this. Instead, various agencies have "Command & Control Centers" – including all military branches, some sub-departments (like NORAD), and NASA (the famous Mission Control in Houston), but they are utilitarian and filled with technical staff rather than high-level officials. Thus, they need not necessarily be in the Pentagon. A similar room that ''is'' used by high-level officials does exist; it's called the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Situation_Room "Situation Room"]] and it's in the White House. Based on official photos of the place, it looks like your standard conference room except with lots of technology wired into it… and no windows.[[/note]]









* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Happy Birthday" contains these cheery lines:

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Happy Birthday" contains these [[BlatantLies cheery lines:lines]]:



27th May '15 8:14:40 PM nombretomado
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* Being [[ArcNumber five-sided]], it was inevitable that Pentagon cropped up in ''TheIlluminatusTrilogy'': in the books, [[spoiler:[[CthulhuMythos Yog-Sothoth]] has been trapped within the pentagon formed by its walls (he was also trapped in a similar construct back on Atlantis), but the walls are blown up later in the trilogy and he escapes]].

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* Being [[ArcNumber five-sided]], it was inevitable that Pentagon cropped up in ''TheIlluminatusTrilogy'': ''Literature/TheIlluminatusTrilogy'': in the books, [[spoiler:[[CthulhuMythos Yog-Sothoth]] has been trapped within the pentagon formed by its walls (he was also trapped in a similar construct back on Atlantis), but the walls are blown up later in the trilogy and he escapes]].
20th Apr '15 4:59:03 PM nombretomado
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Since the military's top brass does most of its planning there, and since the building is so easy to spot from the air, it was one of the targets of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. The structure survived in part because it had recently been retrofitted with kevlar. Well before that, however, the exact center of the building was a potential target of Soviet missiles; in fact, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment until the past decade]], the cafe at the center of the structure was informally referred to as the "Ground Zero Cafe". Even before the ColdWar, when the Pentagon was built in [[TheForties the early 1940s]],[[note]][[{{Irony}} Ironically]], construction began on September 11, 1941--60 years to the day before the attacks[[/note]] it was designed to be able to withstand a naval bombardment by battleships, being fairly close to the sea. Also, in terms of floor space, it is the largest office building in the world, and with good reason when you consider how massive the United States military is. Since it was constructed in Virginia in the 40s, the Pentagon was built with "separate but equal" dining facilities and restrooms for white and black workers. This didn't sit well with UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, who ordered the building desegregated when he attended its dedication. The Pentagon would be the only non-segregated workplace in Virginia for the next twenty years, and it still has twice as many toilets as it actually needs.

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Since the military's top brass does most of its planning there, and since the building is so easy to spot from the air, it was one of the targets of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. The structure survived in part because it had recently been retrofitted with kevlar. Well before that, however, the exact center of the building was a potential target of Soviet missiles; in fact, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment until the past decade]], the cafe at the center of the structure was informally referred to as the "Ground Zero Cafe". Even before the ColdWar, UsefulNotes/ColdWar, when the Pentagon was built in [[TheForties the early 1940s]],[[note]][[{{Irony}} Ironically]], construction began on September 11, 1941--60 years to the day before the attacks[[/note]] it was designed to be able to withstand a naval bombardment by battleships, being fairly close to the sea. Also, in terms of floor space, it is the largest office building in the world, and with good reason when you consider how massive the United States military is. Since it was constructed in Virginia in the 40s, the Pentagon was built with "separate but equal" dining facilities and restrooms for white and black workers. This didn't sit well with UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, who ordered the building desegregated when he attended its dedication. The Pentagon would be the only non-segregated workplace in Virginia for the next twenty years, and it still has twice as many toilets as it actually needs.
5th Apr '15 4:52:25 PM 102372
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** You also get asked to do this in the first game, as a Nod commander under Seth. [[spoiler:Your orders, and Seth's life, are revoked by Kane.]]

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** You also get asked to do this in the first game, as a Nod commander under Seth. [[spoiler:Your orders, and Seth's life, are revoked by Kane.]]Kane]].



* ''CallOfDuty: Black Ops'' has a short level set in the pentagon where the player receives orders from the President and Secretary of Defense Robert [=McNamara=].

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* ''CallOfDuty: ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Black Ops'' has a short level set in the pentagon where the player receives orders from the President and Secretary of Defense Robert [=McNamara=].



* In ''VideoGame/MagicalCannonWars'' [[spoiler:they're the enemy and control Zero, one of their weapons.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MagicalCannonWars'' [[spoiler:they're the enemy and control Zero, one of their weapons.]]weapons]].



[[ParanoiaFuel Your identity has been noted]]. [[{{NSA}} Greetings from Fort Meade]].

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[[ParanoiaFuel Your identity has been noted]]. [[{{NSA}} [[UsefulNotes/{{NSA}} Greetings from Fort Meade]].
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