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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Rake%27s_Progress A Rake's Progress,]]'' by William Hogarth]]

Also known as a "house of ill repute", a Den of Iniquity is typically a room, auditorium, or stadium in the EvilOverlord's EvilTowerOfOminousness or IslandBase where all sorts of sin and wrongdoing takes place. Although towers are in short supply nowadays, if the BigBad happens to [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem make and/or enforce the laws]] they might have one in their mansion (but explaining them to less debauched guests might be tricky).

The level of debauchery will vary according to the setting in question; family-friendly stories might make it a lounge for the {{Mooks}} to gamble, get drunk, and brawl (not necessarily in that order), while DarkerAndEdgier works might go for [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty rape]], [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], and [[BloodSport blood sports]].

The Den of Iniquity is often a hangout for the {{Mooks}} or FacelessGoons who need something to keep them entertained when they're off-duty. On the other hand, whether the BigBad or TheDragon indulges in the debauchery depends on where they stand on the SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness.

Often populated with the PaidHarem and BodyguardBabes. The Den Of Iniquity isn't restricted to "evil" characters (as MissKitty can usually attest), but most [[IncorruptiblePurePureness heroes will simply find it beneath them]].

Specific underground locations are the TortureCellar and LockedInTheDungeon. Compare OpiumDen. Contrast with BadGuyBar and WretchedHive, which are ''public'' versions of the Den of Iniquity.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Babel Tower from the beginning of the second season of ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Gambling, blood-sports, waitresses in bunny-girl outfit... and particularly rich and influential guests could indulge in 'rabbit-hunts'. It's never specified exactly what that means for the caught 'bunnies', but one can make reasonable guesses. Unfortunately for one mafia-boss, however, he happened to catch a KillerRabbit...
* The Amazon Trio of ''Anime/SailorMoon Super S'' has a more subdued example in the form of a bar with a lone saxophone playing to lounge in-between missions.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''l'épée de cistal'', there is one that is also a "stock exchange of sins": the minions shout the name of one of the seven DeadlySins, and by that means influence people all around the would to commit those sins.
* Old Town in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is an entire city district of iniquity, what a RedLightDistrict would be if it was openly owned by the ones providing the "entertainment".
* A very family-friendly version of this appears in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Gambler Smurfs", as Papa Smurf discovers that the Smurfs have set up a private gambling room in the village.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', there is a humorous example of a bunch of 'bad' toys hanging around in a vending machine, betting with Monopoly money and triple A batteries. They use a "Speak-And-Say" toy instead of a roulette table.
* The opening song in ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' (yes, the Disney version) has the protagonist in a place with some scantily clad harem girls, who clearly know who he is. (Far from the only example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar here.)

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' has the audience chamber in Jabba's Palace, with musicians, live dancers, chained slave girls, and a rancor pit where unsuspecting victims were thrown in for the audience's amusement.
* Thulsa Doom's orgy chamber in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''. Goes from creepy to horrifying when you notice [[ImAHumanitarian exactly what's on the menu]] in there.
-->'''Subotai:''' So this is paradise.
* Xerxes' royal pavilion in ''Film/ThreeHundred'', filled with drugged courtiers and all forms of sex. And pot-smoking goat-headed servants.
* Tony Stark's jet is a PG-rated version in ''Film/IronMan1'', complete with drinks, stripper pole and lascivious dancers.
* The hideout of the Foot Clan in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' contains a room where underage teens smoke and gamble.
* Tiberius's mansion in ''Caligula'' takes this UpToEleven.
* Herod's throne room in ''Film/TheYoungMessiah'' is filled with dancing girls, witches, and ''lizard eaters''.

* In Kim Newman's ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheDurbervilles'', Professor Moriarty has his apartment and criminal base in a building which has as its first floor a brothel, and his number two, Colonel Moran, often indulges himself with the "other employees." Moriarty himself seems to have no sex drive.
* The term "Den Of Iniquity" first appears in Creator/RobertEHoward's story "Texas John Alden".
* In the book ''Third And Indiana'', several of Diablo's hideouts are dens of iniquity.
* Ctuchik's tower in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is described as having several levels, one for each of his "exotic perversions". They include torture, wealth and one which [[NothingIsScarier the hero isn't allowed to enter]]
* In the ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo...'' series, The pirates at Rashanar have one inside a derelict spaceship.
** The ''Literature/StarTrekVanguard'' ExpandedUniverse series has one aboard the Omari-Ekon, the Orion ship under registry to Ganz.
* Qibbu's Hut from the ''Literature/RepublicCommandoSeries'' of books.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the psychic 'vampires' of the White Court maintain Club Zero, a 'club' where pretty much ''anything'' goes: sadomasochism, drug use, every alignment of sexual activity, gluttony, booze of any sort, anything you want is available, and doesn't even cost that much in terms of money or the like. As Harry recognizes, you can find anything you want in Club Zero...except fulfillment or meaning or love.
* In ''Literature/BeingAGreenMother'', we find that Satan runs Mock Hell, where all types of sin can be indulged in, for "merely" a percentage of evil on your soul. Of course, when you get over 50%, you go to Hell for real. And it's no picnic. Of course, Satan being Satan, the pleasures [[spoiler:aren't real]], but the evil on the soul is.
* Creator/AnneBishop's ''Ephemera'' novels have a Landscape called the Den of Iniquity. Described as a "carnal carnival" it's actually not a bad place, and the villains aren't welcome there.
* Appears in ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' as part of its massive collection of [[ClicheStorm stock fantasy cliches]].
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', Chinatown is a popular hangout for villains. Heroes stay away by truce.
* In ''Literature/TheLettersFromNicodemus'' Herod is throwing a birthday party. [[BibleTimes Yes, that Herod]]. Booze pours like rain and shameless women dance all night long in the Den of Iniquity Herod's palace becomes.
* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' has Jezebel's, one of the few establishments left in Gilead where prostitution is permitted, but only to entertain the men. It passes itself off as a SmokyGentlemensClub to make itself seem respectable in the face of the country's own moral hypocrisy as a supposedly "God-fearing" theocratic state.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Captain Pike's fantasy-planet in the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s "The Cage."
* Tiberius' mansion in ''Series/IClaudius'' has one of these. The historical Tiberius, on the other hand, did not want and did not need one of these: an antisocial prick but [[BunnyEarsLawyer able administrator]], he preferred to spend his time mostly alone in his pleasure palace on the island of Capri, and according to Roman historian Suetonius, "[[ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse indulging his pedophilic predilections]]" in private. Although later research showed that Tiberius went to Capri mostly because he wanted to hide from assassins and read in peace.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' sees Dean haul the angel Castiel to a brothel the night before said angel [[MustNotDieAVirgin expects to perish in a confrontation with the archangel Raphael]]. The incredibly straightlaced Castiel reacts predictably.
--> '''Castiel''': This is a den of iniquity. I should not be here.\\
'''Dean''': Dude, you full-on [[FallenAngel rebelled against Heaven]]. Iniquity is one of the ''perks''.
** It takes a hilarious turn when Castiel gets invited into a backroom with one of the girls. Moments later she runs out of the room shouting obscenities at him. Cas apparently read her mind, and casually told her it wasn't her fault [[DisappearedDad her dad left her family when she was little]]. Dean and Cas are forced to leave post-haste when the bouncers show up.
* In ''Series/{{Eagleheart}}'', a bizarre bylaw makes it legal to do ''anything'' in the sky. Everything goes, up to and including murder. Naturally, a crime baron sets up a blimp as his base of operations where every type of crime is indulged and encouraged (except smoking, because of the hydrogen)
-->'''Chris Monsanto:''' So what you're saying is that everything is legal in the sky, and there's a huge crime blimp floating around? I wonder how I missed that.

* On each studio-album-proper, Music/JoyDivision had a song describing one: "Day of the Lords" on ''Music/UnknownPleasures'', and "Atrocity Exhibition" on ''Music/{{Closer}}'' (the latter's title is a ShoutOut to ''J. G. Ballard'').

* In the Literature/BookOfJeremiah (of Literature/The Bible), God condemns the Jews for treating His Temple like "a den of robbers" by breaking all the commandments except for "keeping the Sabbath holy" (by implication), declaring that "we are delivered" so that they can continue doing their abominations. (The same description is used by Jesus in the Gospels when He goes into the Temple to clean it out of the marketers and money-changers violating her sanctity -- an image made much more vivid in the theatrical and stage productions of ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar''.) In the apocryphal [[Literature/BooksOfMaccabees book of 2nd Maccabees]], the Temple is actually reduced to this with the introduction of pagan revelry by Antiochus Epiphanes, including sex workers and roasting abominable meats.

* The Bad Taste Bears figures feature [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Den-Iniquity-cellar-large_3010.jpg one of these]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Gomorrah, run by The Omerta. It also serves as a MinigameZone.
** Before that, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Den]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', and Dukov's Place in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* The Temple of Depraved in VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic. They're mainly demons worshippers and, for some reason, Gnolls and Ogres.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has ''The Ragged Flagon'', where the Thieves Guild hang out in-between jobs, located in the Ratway underneath Riften.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The Den of Mortal Delights in the Black Temple raid instance in has parks, fluffy pillows, fountains, hookahs, silk curtains, nubile dancing blood elves, [[HornyDevils succubi and other female demons]] in stark contrast to the rest of the temple.
** Sunwell Plateau has a zone ''called'' the Den of Iniquity but its empty and wrecked.
** In Talador, part of the city has Legion demons called "Concubines of Lust" and "Nefarious Madams", along with many mortal Legion members. It's pretty obvious what the purpose of the place is.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has the Golden Cat, a pleasure establishment incorporating a brothel, bathhouse, and burlesque parlor, which is regularly visited by the aristocrats of Dunwall.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero'''s first mission is set at a {{Triad}} nightclub.
* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Conviction'''s co-op campaign, TheMafiya operate a strip club/brothel in a wine cellar beneath the St. Petersburg bathhouse.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' showed a low-key example of this in the fourth season, a room inside the Monarch's cocoon where his minions would quietly gather for drinks on their downtime.
* Another low-key example: in one ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode, Ron stumbles upon a room full of Drakken's henchmen sitting around taking a break.