Needs More Examples
and Rolling Updates
Sister to Landmarking the Hidden Base
, this trope takes the view that the only thing cooler than placing a covert headquarters inside a world-famous monument is placing a mountain-cracking Weapon of Mass Destruction
inside a world-famous monument. Merely housing personnel, labs, or weapons isn't good enough; at a minimum, the weapon should be hidden inside the landmark, while a sign of true genius
is making the landmark part of the weapon itself. Nerdgasm
levels double if the landmark transforms
into a mobile battle platform or Humongous Mecha
If the landmark is sufficiently old enough, this could end up as a Lost Superweapon
. If the opposition ever discovers the location (or even existence) of the weapon, a Monumental Battle
is all but assured.
- The Marvel G.I. Joe comic book series revealed a secret orbital space laser cannon housed in the top stories of the Chrysler Building; it uses a series of satellite-mounted mirrors to direct the shot towards its intended target.
- In Captain America #222, "The Monumental Menace!", Cap fights an animated Lincoln Memorial statue.
- Umbrella Academy has the Eiffel Tower being weaponized by Robot Zombie Gustav Eiffel!
- Mt. Rushmore was turned into a four-headed golem in Superman #209.
- The idea was reused by writer Brian Azzarello in the Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality mini-series.
- The pinball game Revenge From Mars also used a roboticized Lincoln Memorial as a Humongous Mecha.
- The trope namer is from Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, which is loaded with these: Mount Rushmore has gigantic laser cannons mounted inside the Presidents' heads, Griffith Observatory has a giant cannon built into it, Leningrad's Winter Palace transforms into a humongous space center, the Moai Heads are actually weapons turrets... It got to the point where there's a building category named "Weaponized Landmark", because of the sheer ubiquitousness of these things in the game.
- One mission in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 requires the player to turn the Eiffel Tower into a gigantic Tesla coil capable of destroying all of Paris.
- The Sam and Max adventure game "Abe Lincoln Must Die!" reveals that Abe's statue is actually a cybernetically-animated robot that eventually goes on a rampage across the country.
- In Metal Wolf Chaos, Alcatraz Island houses a gigantic electromagnetic cannon.
- South Park has an episode where an animated Lincoln memorial comes to life; the Super Best Friends defeat him with a giant stone John Wilkes-Booth.
- An episode of The Real Ghostbusters revealed that the Eiffel Tower was actually a Steam Punk ecto-containment grid.
- In the Transformers Beast Wars cartoon, Stonehenge (or an Expy thereof) is an alien signaling probe and containment device.
- And while it's technically not a monument per se, the second moon is actually a planet-heating Ray Gun.
- Averted in Jackie Chan Adventures, where Stonehenge isn't the weapon of mass destruction the cultists in London claim it to be.
- One episode of Dexter's Laboratory animated a part of Mount Rushmore as a giant golem/mecha.