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->''"'''Statue of Liberty''' -- This beautiful gift from France is soon to be the scene of a fierce battle!"''
-->-- ''[[VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi]]'' manual

Somehow, a disproportionate number of fictional fights break out at easily-recognized national monuments and landmarks around the world.

One reason for doing this is that at least a portion of the audience will be familiar with the monument in question, whether by general knowledge or by having actually been there. This means the author doesn't have to justify the presence of a massive, ancient structure they just made up. In addition, the audience may feel more involved because the setting is familiar (allowing them to concentrate on the action), awed (because the setting is visually impressive), or concerned (because the setting itself might be in danger, and so elicits its own emotional response in anticipation of its defacement or imminent destruction).

This can be justified several ways: the landmark, or something buried underneath it, is said to posess occult powers; there is something of importance about the landmark itself, like a clue left by an AncientConspiracy; or there is a major delegation of world leaders being held very close by. As often as not, however, it's a simple case of SmallReferencePools.

'''Most common places:'''
* [[GayParee Paris, France]]
** The Eiffel Tower
** Notre Dame
* Giza
** The Great Pyramids
* South Dakota, USA
** Mount Rushmore -- presents the unique opportunity to do battle on Lincoln's nose. See also RushmoreRefacement.
* [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London, England]]
** London Bridge or Tower Bridge.
** The Clock Tower containing Big Ben.
** The London Eye.
** Some way from London, but still recognisable as English; Stonehenge, usually of the "ancient occult powers" version.
* [[BigApplesauce New York]]
** The Statue Of Liberty has become a popular site for final one-on-one duels. (What is symbolizes is often a factor.)
** The Empire State Building and (before a certain date) The Twin Towers.
* UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco
** The Golden Gate Bridge
* [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo, Japan]]
** TokyoTower
** Tokyo Big Sight, aka the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, located on Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. The world's largest comic convention, Comiket, is held here twice a year for over half a million people.
** Tokyo Dome
** The Sunshine 60 skyscraper in Ikebukuro, which has many stores of all kinds: an aquarium, an observation deck, etc.

A consequence of TheEiffelTowerEffect, see also MonumentalDamage. Compare TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon - when the monuments are fictional, and the architects aren't limited by common sense. Or, often, the laws of physics. See also LandmarkingTheHiddenBase and WeaponizedLandmark, which go a little way explaining why some of the battles take place where they do. This can lead to a FunnyAneurysmMoment if some disaster ends up later destroying the monument you so gleefully smash in your work.


* Eurostar has a series of ads promoting the high-speed train line between London and Paris by pitting two symbols of London and Paris against each other. One lets the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsW6tg6RPMA Eiffel Tower fight Big Ben]].

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Besides TokyoTower, ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' also fought a battle in and around the Tokyo Dome.
* Tokyo Big Sight, with its quadruple-inverted-pyramid shape is becoming popular for situations that poke fun at manga fans.
** The second episode of ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi'' had the bad guys turn the convention center into a giant robot, Big Sightron.
*** In a DVD Bonus, Big Sightron gains its own [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD3dtfJ4Vtw Video PV]].
** Ultimate Girls faced off with their final foe atop and beneath the distinctive structure.
** ''Anime/{{Hellsing|Ultimate}}'' lightened its fourth [=OVA=] finish by showing the villains heading to Big Sight afterwards to sell {{manga}} and perform various {{otaku}} activities.
* A fight in the second episode of ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'', a fascinating and TimeyWimeyBall-loving series which takes place AfterTheEnd, finally shatters the already-wrecked Statue of Liberty. Nobody but the viewer knows the significance of it.
* One of the most memorable battle of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' occurs on the fictional Pyramid of the Southern Cross, built by the will of Souther, worthless child enslaving brute of an Emperor and Kenshiro, the hero of the franchise.
* The first part of the Anime/ReadOrDie {{OVA}} ended atop the Statue Of Liberty.
* Anime/SailorMoon defeated Kaolinite at the TokyoTower.
** In the Stars anime, the las battle between the Senshi and Sailor Galaxia starts during the Starlights' last concert in the Tokyo Dome.
** In the beginning of Stars, Haruka and Michiru are caught by Nehellenia's crones in the Sunshine 60 building.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': The fight against [=DeathMeramon=] took place on top of Tokyo Tower, physically warping it from sheer heat. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Twelve years later]]...
* The Anime/CowboyBebop film, ''Knockin' on Heaven's Door,'' has the final battle on what looks to be either the Tokyo Tower or the Eiffel Tower... but the film's set on Mars.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Edo Phoenix can even ''create'' a facimile of Big Ben using his [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Clock_Tower_Prison Clock Tower Prison]] Field Spell. In theory, this means that he could conceivably use the Solid Vision Hologram system of the game to create a MonumentalBattle ''anywhere'', at least in spirit. (This would count as a WeaponizedLandmark too, seeing as it has benefits to him in more than one way.)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen''
** In issue #200, there's a big fight in Paris that includes Colossus getting thrown through the rose window of Notre Dame. This was the big payoff from Marvel having sent the comic's art team to Paris for X-Men publicity and story authenticity.
** The issue before that featured the beginning of a big battle in the National Holocaust Memorial in New York, which was only ended when Magneto agreed to be arrested so Freedom Force would quit destroying shit.
* In a climactic battle in the ''[[ComicBook/TheNewUniverse Psi-Force]]'' comic, the good guy--a [[AllYourPowersCombined gestalt entity with the magnified powers of the titular team]]--hit the bad guy with ''the Washington Monument''. He still lost, though. The bad guy then walked into the National Archives and [[MonumentalDamage set fire to the Constitution]].
* Done in ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' during the ''ComicBook/FearItself'' arc. A mutant Senator with vaguely defined powers to "bring history to life", animates The Lincoln Memorial and exhibits from The Smithsonian to battle the invading enemies.
* During the ''Captain Britain and MI13'' portion of the ComicBook/SecretInvasion event, the Skrull invasion of Britain and the remnants of the human military have their climactic battle on Westminster Bridge. It's invoked to a degree, since a good portion of the battle is fought with magic and the location has a great deal of symbolic value for the British people linked to this.
* ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'':
** In ''The Apocalypse Suite'', the Eiffel Tower is actually a space-faring warship built by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robot zombie]] [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Gustave Eiffel]].
** The Lincoln Memorial becomes a giant monster in opening to the ''Dallas'' storyline, [[spoiler:only to be shot in the head by a giant, stone John Wilkes Booth]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' has a climactic fight in Big Ben between Basil and Ratigan. Notable as one of the earliest examples of ConspicuousCG.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' opens with a big, flashy battle between the Joes and Cobra over the Statue of Liberty. Even after being demoted from the final battle to an opening action scene, it's still often considered the highlight of the movie. (Hell, can you blame anyone? The one-minute sequence managed to include ''every little detail'' of the Statue at least once, and fighting from nearly every possible angle imaginable. And the music accompanying it was rather well-done compared to other cartoons like this. Most would have considered it a milestone of animation at the time.) It's so awesome that it's our page image, currently.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Bond fights a major [[EvilMinions minion]] or two at the Eiffel Tower in ''Film/AViewToAKill''. The final confrontation takes place over the Golden Gate Bridge.
** In ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', he ends up hanging off of a hot-air balloon above the landmark then called the Millenium Dome (now the O2 Arena).
* The final showdown between apes and humans in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' takes place on the Golden Gate Bridge.
* Although not a national landmark, the movie ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' had the final battle take place at the Silvercup Studios roof, with the "Silvercup" sign a local landmark.
* OlderThanTelevision: In ''Film/KingKong1933'', Kong climbed the Empire State Building.
* King Kong climbed the south tower of the World Trade Center before jumping to the north tower in the [[Film/KingKong1976 1976 version]].
* Seems that Alfred Hitchcock liked this trope a lot:
** The climax of ''Film/Blackmail1929'' involves a chase through the British Museum.
** The climax of ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' took place in and around a [[http://web.archive.org/web/20130103004844/http://www.jetsetmodern.com/modatmovies.htm fake Frank Lloyd Wright house]] on Mount Rushmore. Hitchcock started with the idea of characters crawling around the presidents' faces and figured out the rest of the movie from there.
** The Royal Albert Hall in ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch''.
** The Statue of Liberty in ''Film/{{Saboteur}}''.
* Big Ben features in the climax of the 1978 remake of ''Film/TheThirtyNineSteps''.
* The live action ''Film/RichieRich'' film parodied this with a climax that took place on "Mount Richmore", a mountain carved Mount Rushmore-style to look like the Rich family. Earlier in the film, the villain actually watches a little of ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''.
* In the final battle in ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'', Bruce Lee and a very hairy-chested Chuck Norris duke it out in Rome's Coliseum.
* The Hong Kong {{Wuxia}} ''Film/AManCalledHero'' (as well as its original source material ''{{Manhua}}'' (Hong-Kong Manga) Manhua/ChineseHero featured an epic final duel between China and Japan's greatest warriors... on top of the Statue of Liberty.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** In ''Film/XMen1'', the final battle also takes place at the Statue of Liberty, with Wolverine and Sabretooth having a battle atop its head.
** The climax of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' takes place at Alcatraz and the demolishment of the Golden Gate Bridge.
* ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'' ends with a battle inside Big Ben. (Or rather, inside the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, where the bell named Big Ben is.)
* In ''Film/EarthVsTheFlyingSaucers'' the invading aliens damage the Capitol building and the Supreme Court building.
* In ''Film/MarsAttacks!'', during their attack on Washington D.C. the aliens knock over the Washington Monument, nudging it so it falls onto a troop of Boy Scouts. They also destroy the Taj Mahal in India and blast Big Ben in London.
** They melted the Eiffel Tower. ''After'' France [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys attempted to negotiate with them]].
* The first third of ''Film/SupermanII'' features both a fight with terrorists at the Eiffel Tower and a daring rescue (or two) at Niagara Falls.
** ''Film/SupermanIII'' also features Superman in full {{Jerkass}} mode straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
** ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' features a chase between Nuclear Man destroying various landmarks and Superman quickly repairing things. Among them include the Great Wall of China and (of course) The Statue of Liberty.
* Happens often in {{kaiju}} films: Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and Angurius destroyed Osaka Castle in ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'', Mothra wrecked Tokyo Tower in [[Film/{{Mothra}} her debut film]], and there have been at least three films with a final battle at Mt. Fuji.
* ''Film/QTheWingedSerpent'' is finally killed in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLOyp_7X7K0 surprisingly cool action sequence]] at the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City.
* The fight with the alien robot in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' culminates at the Golden Gate bridge.
* ''Film/RemoWilliamsTheAdventureBegins'' features a [[LeParkour Parkour]]-type chase down the outside of the Statue of Liberty using the scaffolding that was in place during the refurbishment that it was undergoing around the time that the movie was being made.
* Semi-Justified in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' where the Pyramids were constructed as a hiding spot for an [[AncientAstronauts ancient alien]] DoomsdayDevice. The last third of the movie takes place at its base and on top of it.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' has an epic battle scene in Paris, where Cobra attempts to destroy the city with nanites. [[spoiler:They fail, but manage to destroy the Eiffel Tower. Oddly, the Joes don't seem to care. (Well, they may not engage in conversation about the tower destruction, but Breaker seems to be genuinely appalled by the fact.]])
* The smaller asteroids in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' seem inexplicably attracted to major landmarks. The Eiffel Tower is right at Ground Zero for one of the asteroid strikes, for example.
** [[spoiler:Correction: Ground Zero for the Paris impact is located near the Champs Élysées instead. Curiously, the blast destroys the Eiffel Tower but leaves the much closer Arc de Triomphe more or less intact.]]
* Similarly, the various geomagnetic anomalies in ''Film/TheCore'' only seemed to strike national monuments. The superstorm destroys the Coliseum in Rome, and the microwave hole fries the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
* The alien spacecraft in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' sure liked to hang around recognizable landmarks. The first strikes were aimed at the White House and the Empire State Building. At the end, the vanquished alien wrecks lay near the Giza Pyramids and the Sydney Opera House. If you also count the novelization, the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco TransAmerica pyramid]], [[UsefulNotes/{{London}} Nelson's Statue]], the [[GayParee Notre-Dame Cathedral]] and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Beijing}} Forbidden Palace]] get blown up in the first assault. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Why didn't they show that in the movie]]? Oh yeah, budget.
* The first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' movie ends with a short scene of Blade hunting vampires in Moscow. Where, exactly? Well, on the Red Square, konechno!
* ''Film/RushHour3'' ends with Jackie Chan facing off against the BigBad in a swordfight that starts in the Jules Verne restaurant of the Eiffel Tower and ends up on the girders of the outside. As is ''Rush Hour'' tradition, the baddie [[spoiler:falls to his death onto a glass booth below]].
* Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones dangle from the skybridge of the KLCC Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in ''Film/{{Entrapment}}''.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. The final battle between Dredd and Rico takes place ''inside'' the Statue of Liberty.
* Original script for ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'' had the climactic fight taking place on the statue of liberty.
* ''Film/TheRock'' is basically ''[[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard]]'' [[DieHardOnAnX in and around Alcatraz]].
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', Vlad Dracula's battle against the Ottomans probably is to take the place of a real historical battle where Vlad III launched a surprise attack on the Ottomans in a narrow pass of the Carpathian Mountains.
* The final battle in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' between Holmes and Blackwood takes place atop the incomplete Tower Bridge.

* ''Literature/{{Silverwing}}'' features the main character and friends getting turned into living bombs and dropped on Bazil of all places. Christ the Redeemer features prominently during the bombing run & after they escape they hide in a bombed out hole in the thing.
** "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb Bat bombs]]" are actually TruthInTelevision, developed by the U.S. military during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII but never actually deployed.
* Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}} fights monsters at the top of the Saint Louis arch (''The Lightning Thief''), Hoover Dam (''The Titan's Curse''), Alcatraz (''Battle of the Labyrinth''), and of course the Empire State Building (''The Last Olympian''). Thank the gods for [[WeirdnessCensor mist]]
** He also kills the Minotaur on [[TakeItToTheBridge Williamsburg Bridge]] (in fact, all the bridges in Manhatten are the site of battles) in ''The Last Olympian'', and fights Telekhines on Mt St. Helens [[spoiler:which is also where [[EldritchAbomination Typhon]] is [[SealedEvilInACan trapped]], until the battle accidently frees him]] in ''Battle of the Labyrinth''. The sequel series ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' seems to be following the tradition, with the first time Jason, Piper and Leo face monsters is the Grand Canyon [[spoiler:well, the first time we ''see'' Jason fight a monster, that is]].
* The final battle with the colloids and their monstrous offspring takes place at the Statue of Liberty in ''Literature/TheParasiteWar''.
* ''Literature/TheFatalDream'':
** A trap for the Pteranodon is prepared and staged at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
** In Trevor's backstory, it is mentioned that a terrorist attack took place at the Statue of Liberty.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' had Big Ben partially destroyed in "Aliens of London", and 10 Downing Street ''completely'' destroyed in the second part, "World War Three".
** The Battle of Canary Wharf in "Doomsday" in and around 1 Canada Square (usually just called Canary Wharf) which, due to the WeirdAlEffect, is now thought by countless Americans to be called "the Torchwood Tower" in real life...
** And the original series had the world-conquering supercomputer WOTAN based in the Post Office/BT Tower.
*** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]] hundreds of aliens races gather at Stonehedge to battle it out for the Pandorica, with the Doctor standing between all of them and it. [[spoiler:Except they're all working together against the Doctor to trap him in it]].
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' had [=MacLeod=] use the Eiffel Tower to kill two birds with one stone: By killing his opponent, who had hidden a computer counting down to initiate his master plan somewhere in central Paris, Mac caused the tower to act as an antenna for his quickening, shorting out every computer for miles.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In one ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' mission, Tesla's Torch, the heroes find themselves in New York, so naturally they end up battling the members of an interstellar crime syndicate on both the Empire State Building and the statue of liberty.
* TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** As noted in the anime section, Clock Tower Prison is a facsimile of the tower that holds Big Ben, used in Destiny Hero decks.
** Also, [[{{Portmanteau}} Kyoutou Waterfront]], an amalgamation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Tower Tokyo Tower]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Tower Kyoto Tower]], used in Kaiju decks.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]: Abe Lincoln Must Die!'', a cybernetically-animated version of the Lincoln Monument runs for president; the player must get Max to run against it, and ''win'', to advance the story.
** The final battle in "Beyond the Alley of the Dolls" involves trying to foil a demonic SummoningRitual taking place at the very top of the Statue of Liberty. This is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome quite possibly the coolest thing that has ever happened.]]
* Lilica's stage in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' takes place on the Tokyo Tower.
* The final boss fight of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' is a swordfight on top of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Hall Federal Hall]] in New York.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has a number of levels set at famous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park and the Paris catacombs.
* ''VideoGame/AtomicRunnerChelnov'' has the final boss fight atop the Statue of Liberty's shoulder.
* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'' famously featured a battle in Manchester Cathedral which led to [[BannedInChina a legal spat between Sony and the Church of England]].
* The climax of ''VideoGame/GhostRecon: Advanced Warfighter'' takes place at the Presidential Palace in downtown UsefulNotes/MexicoCity, as well as the adjoining plaza [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zócalo El Zócalo]], the second most iconic location in the city. Several missions earlier, the hardest scene (as well as the final showdown) occurs at the ''first'' most iconic location, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ángel Plaza del Ángel]], where the US Embassy is blown up by insurgents.
* ''VideoGame/TheConduit'' has several stages in or near various Washington D.C. landmarks.
* Several missions in VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Red Alert 2 take place around famous buildings, with them often being turned into infantry strongholds or super-weapons. In the Soviet Paris mission, the objective is to turn the Eiffel Tower into a ''gigantic tesla coil capable of destroying every enemy in the entire city''. In the expansion, Yuri even remakes the Easter Island heads in his own image, with ''lasers shooting out of their eyes''.
** There was a bit of a FunnyAneurysmMoment when you got to fight in New York, optionally destroying the World Trade Center... they had to rename it in a patch.
** Red Alert 3 has many more famous buildings around the battles. Some need to be destroyed to complete the mission, others have been fitted with weaponry to be used against you, including a [[WeaponizedLandmark weaponized Mount Rushmore with laser eyes!]]
** In ''Tiberium Wars'', GDI and Nod's first campaigns are in Washington DC; both feature a level where you take over the White House; GDI also has to defend the Pentagon. The Scrin's first mission takes place in London, and your objective (aside from destroying GDI), is to take out Big Ben, Parliament, and Buckingham Palace.
* The final battle in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' takes place in London, within sight of Big Ben. This is justified in that the Reapers are trageting major cities in order to easily harvest as many humans as possible.
* ''VideoGame/BattleTanx: Global Assault'' was all about traveling to famous places in America, England, France, and Germany, and having a massive tank battle on top of their ruins.
* In ''VideoGame/{{HAWX}}'', the PC and his squadmates fight in battles above Rio, Washington DC, and LA. In the DC mission, one of your squadmates mentions that the White House has been BLOWN UP in an attempt to kill the President. You also have to protect Air Force One.
* One of the stages in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' take place in Washington D.C., including a mission where your squad has to help [[spoiler:retake the White House from the Russians]].
* The third ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' game, which partly takes place in modern Paris, features several of these.
* ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' featured this in pretty much every mission. Statue of Liberty? Fought a giant tank. Grand Canyon ([[RuleOfFunny which is somehow in Utah]])? 'copter. Alcatraz? Took down a giant rail gun. White House? Don't you mean the "Fight House?" Hell, in the D.C. missions, you can go parading around and shooting up monuments (namely Lincoln) for some funny dialogue.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' features a ''lot'' of Washington landmarks. The more recognizable monuments actually get less plot-critical appearances, and the climactic battle takes place in and around the less familiar Jefferson Memorial.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' features a major battle over Hoover Dam, one of the last remaining sources of electricity in the wasteland.
* The VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon of ''VideoGame/RedFaction II'' is set inside the Statue of Sopot.
* One level in ''VideoGame/ToySoldiers'' takes place at Mt. Rushmore.
* In ''VideoGame/SlySpy'', the first stage involves a firefight with terrorists in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' features many of Firenze's and Venice's landmarks, and the final mission involves sneaking into the [[spoiler:Vatican to assassinate [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Pope Alexander VI]]]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi]]'', the BossBattle at the end of Stage 3 takes place atop the Statue of Liberty.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'', you fight Mike in front of Mount Rushmore and fight Lee on top of the Great Wall of China.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fought three villains at once at the Eiffel Tower; in a probable reference to the trope, she also fought Dr. Drakken at "The World's Biggest Wheel of Cheese".
** [[RunningGag Which, in fact, is not just a cheese covered building]].
* In an exaggerated twist on ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter and Mandark brought Washington and Lincoln's figures from Mount Rushmore to life, and made them fight. [[spoiler:They stop and go to get drinks after they realize they are both known for their honesty in pop culture.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' faced an army of ghosts released when the Eiffel Tower was discovered to be a [[WeaponizedLandmark SteamPunk Ecto-containment grid.]] Like the ''Highlander'' example, they managed to use the tower's unique design to their advantage, converting it into a transmitter which beamed the ghosts back to their containment unit in New York.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Super Best Friends" had Jesus, Buddha, Joseph Smith, Krishna, [[Creator/{{Laozi}} Lao Tzu]], Muhammad, and Sea Man (a parody of Aquaman) fighting David Blaine in Washington DC. Blaine brings the Lincoln Memorial to life to fight them, so they build and animate a giant stone John Wilkes Booth to fight back.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': Jackie and Valmont were once in a fight on top of Mount Rushmore. This along with other battles taking place in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco's Golden Gate Bridge and Colt Tower, along with [[UsefulNotes/TheCityOfLight the Eiffel Tower]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} the Space Needle]], and Uluru/Ayers Rock.
** The opening title sequence has Jackie doing battle at most every major landmark in the world, interspaced with the live action Jackie Chan.
* The GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' took place at Stonehenge.
* At one point of the multi-part GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', it is discovered that the Pentagon has been converted into a [[SuperSoldier Neolord]] brood facility, and the Charlie-Fives are dispatched to take it out. The resultant battle eventually ends up on top of the Washington Monument.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' once battled an egomaniacal... theme park owner's right-hand man in Paris, taking in the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
* This happened several times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', along with a tendency to deface or destroy the monuments with giant laser beams. The Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, Uluru, Notre Dame du Paris, Rockefeller Center, and George Washington Bridge all saw fighting, while the Great Sphinx of Giza, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and NYC Cleopatra's Needle were severely damaged.
* Happens regularly in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''. It does take place in Paris, but more often than not the fighting ends up at (or sometimes on) the Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triomphe, Notre Dame, etc. Showing off the different parts of Paris to non-French viewers is one of the show's goals, after all.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_the_Great_Wall Defense of the Great Wall]] in 1933. One of several battles in history at or around the Great Wall of China (hardly a surprise, given its purpose), but the only one with the Wall itself in the battle's name.
* A common UrbanLegend about the Great Sphinx of Giza says that it lost its nose in a battle like this, by cannon fire either from the armies of UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, British troops, or the Mamluks. However, sketches of it as far back as 1737 still show the nose missing. More than likely, the true reason the nose was destroyed was vandalism by the iconoclast Muhammad Sa'im al-Dahr in AD 1378.
* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte[='s=] Battle of the Pyramids actually took place about nine miles away from the Pyramids, where they were only faintly visible on the horizon. Napoleon named the battle as such in order to imply that it had been a MonumentalBattle.