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->"What's this? Were we lured out? Who did that to the White House? They shouldn't call it the White House; they should call it the Fight House!"
-->--Jodie, MetalWolfChaos

A sister to LandmarkingTheHiddenBase, this trope takes the view that the [[RuleOfCool only thing cooler]] than placing a covert headquarters inside a [[EiffelTowerEffect world-famous monument]] is placing a ''mountain-cracking WeaponOfMassDestruction'' inside a [[EiffelTowerEffect world-famous monument.]] Merely housing personnel, labs, or arms isn't good enough; at a minimum, the superweapon should be hidden inside the landmark, while a sign of [[EvilGenius true genius]] is '''making the landmark the weapon itself.''' {{Nerdgasm}} levels double if the landmark [[TransformingMecha transforms]] into a mobile battle platform or HumongousMecha.

The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:He_saved_the_union.jpg Lincoln Memorial]] is a popular subject for this trope; apparently, the idea of [[{{Golem}} Giant Stone Abe]] getting off his ass and kicking someone else's has some appeal...

If the landmark is sufficiently old, this could end up as a LostSuperweapon. If the opposition ever discovers the location (or even existence) of the weapon, MonumentalDamage or a MonumentalBattle are all but assured.

'''Note:''' This trope covers weapons in ''real-world'' landmarks. Weaponizing fictional buildings or installations is almost a prerequisite in some works.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''GGundam'', the new Statue of Liberty found on the Neo-American space colony is actually a WaveMotionGun. The blast fires from the torch, naturally.
** The old Statue of Liberty (or what was left of it) was [[MonumentalDamage destroyed in one of Domon's Dynamic Entries]].
** The Sphinx is also a giant Gundam now.
* In ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi,'' the [[http://www.bigsight.jp/english/ Tokyo Big Sight convention center]] is featured as a giant TransformingMecha, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD3dtfJ4Vtw Big Sightron/Cytron.]]
* On an episode of BattleOfThePlanets, the bad guys are able to retract the head of George Washington inside the mountain from Mount Rushmore where it becomes the face of a giant lava-monster thing.
* ''GetterRobo Hein'' uses the Statue of Liberty as a giant cannon/jet piloted by a HumongousMecha.
* The Primevals in ''GaoGaiGar'' can assimilate pretty much any organic or inorganic matter and convert it into a body, but a few of them use landmarks; thus, we get MonstersOfTheWeek based on the Great Wall of China, two pyramids (one in Egypt and one in Mexico), a Moai and the Sphinx. [[spoiler: Later on, we see Weaponized ''Planetoids'' when they possess ''the moons of Jupiter''.]]
** The sequel, GaoGaiGar FINAL, features Mic Sounders [[MomentOfAwesome defeating his opponent by playing a bass solo on the cables of Tower Bridge]] after his disc player is broken.
* One episode of the 1978 series ''[[Anime/CaptainHarlock Space Pirate Captain Harlock]]'' reveals that Sphinx of Giza is actually an ancient Mazone superweapon.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Edo Phoenix can even ''create'' a facimile of the clock tower that holds Big Ben using his [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Clock_Tower_Prison Clock Tower Prison]] Field Spell, making it a WeaponizedLandmark in spirit, at least. (Given how the Solid Vision Hologram system of the Duel Disks work, this also creates a MonumentalBattle ''anywhere'' he uses it, also in spirit.
* In a Osaka-centric episode of ''SmilePrettyCure'', the titular magical girls ended fighting the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ts%C5%ABtenkaku Tsutenkaku Tower]] after [[WickedWitch Majorina]] transformed the well-known landmark into the rampaging [[MonsterClown Akanbe]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek of the Week]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The Marvel ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic book series revealed a secret [[KillSat 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 ''CaptainAmerica'' #222, [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1126:evil-lincoln&catid=29:confounding-comic-covers-index&Itemid=32 "The Monumental Menace!"]], Cap fights an animated Lincoln Memorial statue.
* ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'' has the Eiffel Tower being weaponized by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Robot Zombie Gustav Eiffel!]]
** Later, they also defeat an animated Lincoln Memorial. The Rumor defeats it by materializing an equally large stone John Wilkes Booth, who promptly assassinates Lincoln.
* Mt. Rushmore was turned into a four-headed golem in ''{{Superman}}'' #209, as seen on [[http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee175/koenmasgurl88/motivational%20posters/MotivationalEpicLevelGolems.jpg this poster.]]
** The idea was reused by writer Brian Azzarello in the ''Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality'' mini-series. "How do you hurt a ''mountain?!''" "Strip mining."
* A literal instance occurred in ''[[TheNewUniverse Psi-Force]],'' when the title hero-entity clobbers a Russian paranormal with the Washington Monument.
* A 1971 ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' story had the Sphinx being [[AncientAstronauts left behind by aliens]] as a weapon.
* Parodied in a ''Film/SpyKids'' comic from an issue of ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures''. The evil organization. F.A.N.G. steals Mount Rushmore and places the heads aboard an enormous robot body, only to realize they have no plan for WHAT the robot is supposed to do afterward.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The infamous fanfic ''[[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/04/fan_fiction_friday_prince_william_kate_middleton_a.php Garfield's Royal Rescue]]'' by ShakespeareHemingway (an author who loves to portray Garfield as a GaryStu) has Prince William turn the Big Ben clock tower into a giant laser cannon.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', the Civil Defense Tower is this. Then Dr. Wily gets hold of it...
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]'', the Decepticons' sun-destroying DoomsdayDevice is hidden inside one of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} 2'', the Ghostbusters use positively-charged mood slime to turn the Statue of Liberty into an improvised HumongousMecha [[ThePowerOfLove Of Love]] against Vigo and Janosz.
* ''Film/MenInBlack 2'' has [[spoiler: the Statue of Liberty as a city-wide [[BrainBleach neuralizer]].]]
** In the cartoon, it was the Chrysler building.
* In ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'', Magneto hid his mutation inducing device [[spoiler:inside the torch of the Statue of Liberty]].
* The Lincoln Memorial gets a BigDamnHeroes moment in ''NightAtTheMuseum: Battle of the Smithsonian''.
* In ''Film/TheAvengers'' TheMightyThor uses the Chrysler Building's spire to concentrate and amplify his lightning.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', [[spoiler:all of the statues around Manhattan Island are actually [[HumongousMecha automota]] built by Daedalus -- just in case.]]
* Similarly, in ''[[Literature/YoungWizards So You Want To Be A Wizard]]'', the statues of Manhattan are temporarily brought to life by magic to help fight the forces of evil.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the very first episode of the new series, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]], the London Eye is used by the Nestene Consciousness to broadcast controlling signals during the (brief) Auton invasion.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]], the Statue of Liberty is transformed into a Weeping Angel. Granted, it doesn't do anything besides sit in the background with the signature Weeping Angel face.
* In ''MadanSenkiRyukendo,'' Akebono Tower (an {{Expy}} of TokyoTower) is transformed into a MonsterOfTheWeek.
* Stonehenge is a LostSuperweapon that detonates Pyramids [[ApocalypseHow all over the world]] for.. some reason, in ''Stonehenge Apocalypse''.
* ''ThePrisoner'' episode "The Girl Who Was Death" was a tall story with Number Six after an archvillain and his rocket poised to destroy London, which was disguised as the Beachy Head lighthouse.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In ''Pinball/RevengeFromMars'', the humans' Secret Weapon is a giant Abraham Lincoln robot.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* There are gods and TabletopGame/{{Scion}}s who think that The Statue Of Liberty, Christ the Redeemer and pretty much any other similar sized statue could be a giant war automaton that only needs the right key to activate. There's a statue of Vulcan in Alabama that's ''confirmed'' to be one, but nobody knows how to turn it on yet.
** Additionally, a Demigod or God with high enough Epic Strength can use landmarks as improvised ''melee'' weapons.
* The board game ''[[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/23348/easter-island Easter Island]]'' is entirely based on the idea of the Moai being built as beam weapons by powerful wizards.
* In {{Exalted}}'s second edition, the ''sun'' is a massive battlestation capable of firing death-beams and turning into a giant robot.
* Warhammer40K introduces the Fortress-Monastery. A giant and sacred church complex that serves as the home of a Space Marine Chapter and is dotted with enough firepower to discourage any would-be invaders.
** Ramilles Class Star-forts can service Cruiser-sized Imperial ships and destroy anything smaller than a battleship.
** The former flagship of the Word Bearers legion had a to-scale replica of the holy book written by their Primarch across the top of their hull. It was roughly a quarter-kilometer in height. ''It opened up'', to reveal an [[WaveMotionGun incredibly huge plasma lance]].
** Mount Everest has been hollowed out and now serves as the Astronomican, the psychic beacon that lets FTL ships know where they're going.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The weaponized [[TheMoaiTheMerrier Moai]] in the ''{{Gradius}}'' series--one of the earliest examples in video games, having appeared from the very first game and serving as a series staple after that.
* Other early examples involve the ''VideoGame/AeroFighters'' series of {{Shoot Em Up}}s:
** Moscow's stage in ''Aero Fighters'' involves the Kremlin's spires and domes launching into the air, turning into floating gun platforms or gigantic missiles.
** ''Aero Fighters 2'' also features pagoda-missiles in the opening Tokyo stage.
** ''Aero Fighters 3'''s opening stage features the Tokyo Tower transforming into a HumongousMecha.
** ''Aero Fighters Assault'' puts a Weaponized Landmark on your side--in the very first stage. If the boss ("Super-X") gets within firing range of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (which you're supposed to protect), the building will suddenly rise up and transform into a dual WaveMotionGun that destroys the Super-X in one shot.
* The TropeNamer is ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Red Alert 3,'' which is '''loaded''' with these: [[spoiler: 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 [[TheMoaiTheMerrier 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 ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Red Alert 2'' requires the player to turn the Eiffel Tower into a gigantic Tesla coil capable of destroying all of Paris. The Soviets also mount Tesla coils in the Mayan pyramids, and in the expansion Yuri not only [[RushmoreRefacement slaps his face]] on the Moai statues, he turns them into turrets firing [[EyeBeams lasers out their eyes]].
*** Those Mayan Pyramids are actually the basis for the Prism Towers. The Soviets were trying to replicate the technology.
** On a more realistic note the game allows you to garrison buildings with basic troops. This includes such famous buildings as the Pentagon.
*** The Pentagon, stuffed full of military personnel? ''Imagine.''
*** Normally, they aren't holed up and ready to shoot...
*** Plus, you can garrison the Smithsonian...
* ''BattleTanx: Global Assault'' features a campaign level where the Eiffel Tower is converted into a laser cannon.
* While not exactly a landmark, the Voyager II in ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlezone1998}} Battlezone II]]'' is a space probe on a mission of peaceful exploration, just as it is in real life... except that it is armed to the teeth and is well able to defend itself in case of any, uh, unfortunate encounters. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oewk8TX6KSs&t=27s Mostly well]], anyways.
* Wat Pho, aka the reclining Buddha, is a recurring locale in ''StreetFighter''. It's actually camouflage for Shadowloo's base in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha III''. If you lose, the statue's face crumbles to reveal a mechanical skull; it then fires a laser into the stratosphere, which is reflected by M. Bison's KillSat and [[NonStandardGameOver nukes a major city]].
* In ''MetalWolfChaos'', Alcatraz Island houses a gigantic electromagnetic cannon, and the White House is encased in armour and weapons to make it the "Fight House".
* In the third game in the ''SakuraTaisen'' series has the Arc d'Triomphe secretly hiding a massive artillery piece known as the "Revolver Cannon", which as the name implies, resembles a handgun enlarged by a factor of about 200, set in an artillery mount. It is used to launch the heroes in their PoweredArmor on a suborbital trajectory -- in the fourth game, this cannon is even used to transport four of them from Paris to Tokyo in a matter of minutes.
* The ''[[SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]'' adventure game "Abe Lincoln Must Die!" reveals that Abe's statue is actually a cybernetically-animated robot that [[spoiler:eventually goes on a rampage across the country.]]
** And what would possibly destroy him? [[spoiler:An ICBM hidden inside the Washington Monument. "Most powerful presidential monument ever" MY FOOT!]]
*** [[spoiler: Not even that completely destroys him. [[OnlyMostlyDead His head is still intact and living.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiZombieNation'', the Statue of Liberty is transformed into a Medusa, with snakes replacing her crown. Also, she can use her torch as a flamethrower.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The French sentai homage ''WebVideo/FranceFive'' revolves around the idea that the Eiffel Tower is a shamanic totem holding the evil galactic empire at bay. The tower was destroyed in episode 4, but episode 6 shows that it was rebuilt following a long and hard battle resulting in the defeat of said empire.
* ''WebAnimation/PigeonImpossible'' has [[spoiler:the Washington Monument]] acting as a housing for a Titan II ballistic missile.
* [[http://lysol-jones.deviantart.com/art/O-Force-Obama-126331565 This image.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' revealed that the Eiffel Tower was actually a SteamPunk ecto-containment grid. (Apparently, Gustave Eiffel was, well, a Ghostbuster.)
** Revisited in the Ghostbusters comic book series ''Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression''
* In the {{Transformers}} ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' 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 [[spoiler:second]] moon is [[spoiler:actually a planet-heating RayGun]].
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures,'' where Stonehenge isn't the weapon of mass destruction the cultists in London claim it to be.
** It was a [[spoiler: UFO landing site,]] however.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had Mandark turn the GeorgeWashington portion of Mount Rushmore into a [[HumongousMecha giant golem/mecha]]; Dexter responds by animating UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. The "golems" stop fighting when they realize they're NotSoDifferent and walk off arms-over-shoulders to have a friendly conversation.
* The animated short ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEjUAnPc2VA Pigeon: Impossible]]'' has an ICBM hidden in the Washington Monument.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', it turns out the Sphinx and three pyramids around the world are actually part of Apocalypse's mutation-inducing machine (similar to the one in the ''X-Men'' film but worldwide).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''Treehouse of Horror VIII'', France launches a neutron bomb from the Eiffel Tower at Springfield.
* Dr. Wily animated the Statue of Liberty via magic in the [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon]]. As Lady Liberty broke off one of her crown's spikes to attack, she was restored to normal at the end.
* A minor landmark, but on ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', the Red Squirrel hides a missile inside [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra%27s_Needle Cleopatra's Needle]] at Central Park.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a variation with 20th Century Fox's iconic searchlight logo, which is an actual building in Hollywood. The tour guide explains that the searchlights are designed to blind pilots and film the resulting crashes.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'', one of the animated-statue guardians of Metlar's lair appears to be the Colossus of Rhodes. In a later episode, Metlar animates the Statue of Liberty. [[spoiler: Subverted, as he ''marries'' her rather than uses her as a weapon.]]
* An {{Elseworld}} episode of ''GIJoe'', "Worlds Without End", featured an alternate reality where the Joes were defeated years ago and COBRA now rules the United States. That reality's Destro concealed a weapon called the Parasite Matrix that captures and crushes hostile aircraft in a web of energy in the top of the Washington Monument.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' weaponized the Warner Bros. water tower in "Super Strong Warner Siblings." This is also an actual building, though it has a greater role in the cartoon.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' SeriesFinale, Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S., Sector V uses a weapon against the Delightful Children called the R.E.B.R.I.D.G.E.R.A.T.E.R. (Revered English Bridge Really Is Doubly Great Enemy Roadblock And Totally Ends Rundowns). Subverted in that it is only a replica of London Bridge. (Well, ''maybe'' it could have been the real one... Stranger things have happened in this cartoon...)
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Joe Davis, renowned artist and MadScientist, is, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18507_5-works-legitimate-mad-science-passed-off-as-art_p2.html according to a Cracked.com article]], planning to build a 10-story tower as a monument to hurricane victims that harnesses excess nitrogen in the air during a lightning storm... ''and fires it back into the sky in the form of a giant laser.''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_Park_%28disambiguation%29 Battery parks]], inverted in that they started as bunches of really powerful weapons, then the ground that they were on/in later became landmarked parks.
* The [[TropeNamer original]] [[TheAlcatraz Alcatraz]] began life as a coastal defense fort/military base, complete with [[{{BFG}} artillery]]. It is no longer such, however.
** The same is the case for the US MilitaryAcademy at West Point, which once defended a strategically important bend in the Hudson River.
* The Rock of Gibraltar is armed with gun batteries.
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