All Your Base Are Belong to Us
Dude, where are you? Player 2:
im in ur base, killing ur d00dz
Ah, the Heroes "R" Us
HQ. For some heroes, it's the place they eat, sleep, and generally live their lives; for others, it's a great place to kick back, relax, and have wacky hijinks with their friends while on downtime; and for everyone, it's the perfect place to run to after a failed mission, or at least an especially difficult one. After all, you gotta have a place for your heroes' R&R, and what better place than your very safe and secure Home Base
Cue explosions, warning klaxons, and many "This Is Not a Drill
" announcements. Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb
For shows featuring a Super Hero team
, a military group, a secret service, or anything else that requires a Mission Control
to operate, an attack on their headquarters is a great way to increase drama and tension. When an ordinary mission is botched, the heroes still have some place to return, lick their wounds, and plan
their next encounter; but if they lose their homebase? Big morale crusher right there. Not only have they lost a safe haven and one of their biggest resources, but for many heroes, their very home as well.
If it gets destroyed while the heroes are out (or worse, despite their best efforts), have fun Watching Troy Burn
This situation is when The Mole
frequently surfaces. You can also expect the story's Supporting Characters
to have their own
) moments, typically tied into their position - the agency's weapons guy will break out the big gun, the university physics professor will cobble together a death ray while the math teacher calculates firing solutions, the magical gardener will animate the topiary animals, etc.
Naturally, this is a great excuse to Trash the Set
. If the attack succeeds and the base falls, it could create a Shocking Defeat Legacy
. Compare with Die Hard on an X
, where at least one character is left to fight back after the initial attack, win or lose. See also The Siege
, Protect This House
. When the heroes pull this on the villain, it's Storming the Castle
. If the destruction is upgraded to the entire city or country, this may be a Throwaway Country
Often occurs at the beginning of videogames where you must fight Back from the Brink
If you are looking for a trope related to the phrase
"All Your Base Are Belong To Us", from Zero Wing
, see Good Bad Translation
, "Blind Idiot" Translation
, Video Game Memes
, or Intentional Engrish for Funny
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- Happens rather often in the Mazinger saga, since several of the plans by the Big Bad involve attacking the Photoatomic Institute. The Photoatomic Research Institute from Mazinger Z, the Fortress of Science of Great Mazinger and the Space Science Lab from UFO Robo Grendizer are preffered attack targets and often they get severely damaged, specially the first one. The worst damage the Institute suffered happened in the episode 34 from Mazinger Z, when Genocyder F9 turned the place into smoking ruins. Great Mazinger's HQ was not destroyed in the anime, but in one of the manga versions it was completely obliterated. The heroes were driven out of it and were forced to run away and lie low for a while.
- Mazinkaiser also features at least four attacks on the Institute, which is finally destroyed in the General of Darkness movie.
- Occurs in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha's third season during the two-parter "That Day, Riot Force Six". It ended with their base in ruins and Mission Control having to move somewhere else for the final battle.
- Happens in Full Metal Panic!'s first season, during the last episodes when the villain takes full conrol of the Tuatha de Danaan.
- In the yet unadapted novel Tsuzuku On My Own most (presumable, all) Mythril bases get thoroughly trashed by Amalgam forces with their biggest and meanest armslaves. Lots of people were killed and Danaan crew had to evacuate the Merida base in a hurry, without completing repairs and resupply of their sub. With Sosuke off-site, once again trying to save Kaname from kidnapping attempts and, now, Leo's advances. He fails. Unsurprisingly, the book ends on the biggest cliffhanger in the series.
- The Hanagumi lose their theater (which contains their secret base) in this manner near the end of the 26-episode Sakura Taisen anime.
- In Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, the Knight Sabers are driven out of their headquarters when Big Bad Galatea makes the Boomers begin the Robot War.
- Happens in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, in which the villains take over the Presidential Palace / Elaborate Underground Base. The Protagonist sends visual transmission to the villains, asking if the base's amour works, right before firing his BFG to open the base.
- Happens in the Super Robot Wars Original Generation OVA (later gets carried over to OG Gaiden). An exhibition of new mecha series...nothing could go wrong with that. Except that those new mecha series got their AIs rigged on their own and goes berserk without warning. And the result was lots of casualties, the heroes too late to prevent that, and five of the main characters captured. OG Gaiden adds up with the sudden kidnapping of one civilian in the middle of chaos. Getting their base attacked happens at least once per game throughout the entire series, if for no other reason than the fact that it happens so darn much in other anime series' (such as the ones included in those games).
- A late episode of Yes! Pretty Cure 5 featured NutsHouse, the store that serves as Pretty Cure's headquarters (and Coco, Nuts, and Milk's home), being turned into a Kowainaa.
- Late in Tokyo Mew Mew, Quiche kidnaps Ichigo and torments her with a vision of his fellow Quirky Miniboss Squad members attacking her friends at Cafe Mew Mew. After Ao no Kishi bails her out and they run back to base, it turns out to be true.
- Midway through Mai-Otome, Garderobe is preparing to graduate/promote its new Otomes, and at the same time celebrate the grand re-opening of Mashiro's newly-reconstructed castle. Of course, they weren't counting on Schwarz spies being involved in the reconstruction effort, or on the castle being converted into a Slave-summoning superweapon. Things go rapidly downhill from there as Nagi assumes control of Garderobe, and Mashiro is run out of town.
- Happens twice in Neon Genesis Evangelion: The attack of Zeruel, who makes it to Central Dogma and gets close enough to stare the bridge crew in the face before Shinji's Foe-Tossing Charge; and, of course, the assault of the JSSDF from End of Evangelion.
- And let's not forget the time Iruel pretty much took over Nerv's computer system and set the base to self-destruct before Ritsuko stops it with the single, free, uninfected MAGI system.
- EI-15 in GaoGaiGar was produced from a programmer who didn't get picked to operate the heroes' base. As a Zonder, he infected the base computer itself, taking over all the systems. It took a double Big Damn Heroes moment by Volfogg infiltrating from outside while Entouji, the actual GGG programmer, trying to retake the system from the computer end. On its way out, the Zonder assimilated several spare GaoGaiGar parts, including some that let it mimic and counter GaoGaiGar's moves. Whoops.
- And then there's the time seven of the Primevals infiltrated the GGG's Orbit Base through a 0.02mm hole in their force field...
- Voltron: The Castle of Lions comes under attack multiple times in the course of the several series.
- Happens in Hellsing when the Valentine brothers, Jan and Luke, attack Hellsing HQ with their squad of ghouls. They kill most of the mooks, but Alucard and Walter dispatch them quite easily. It is then found out that they were members of an army of Nazi vampires who are planning to start World War 3 for fun. And further down the line, it's revealed that Walter was the one who tipped them off.
- Happens again with Zorin leading an attack on HQ when the Nazis arrive in London. This attack was far more successful, leaving the headquarters in ruins and bringing the Hellsing organization down to three members before being defeated.
- Happens to the Silvana in Last Exile for a while.
- In Gatchaman, Galactor finally manages to destroy the heroes' base in episodes 91 and 92. The American Battle of the Planets had two-part "Invasion of Space Center" as a revamp of those episodes. However, since the show had added 7-Zark-7, they had to explain why the robot wasn't destroyed or even threatened by separating Center Neptune into two parts: Space Center and Research Center.
- In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, corrupt government officials order the attack on Section 9 headquarters by using Umibozu commandos. Being warned of the attack in advance, the Major prepares for a fake defense and blows up most of the facilities to hide their escape.
- The original Getter Robo series had the lab destroyed by the Dinosaur Empire just before the final episode.
- Subverted in Naruto
- The Orochimaru/Sunagakure attack on Konohagakure during the Chunin Exams arc. After fending off these enemies, the residents of Konohagakure simply rebuild.
- Pain's attack on Konohagakure in which he uses his jutsu to wipe the village off the face of the planet. Due to a Deus ex Machina, no one (except Tsunade) is seriously injured and...they simply rebuild again.
- In Part 3 of the five-part finale of the Kirby anime, Dreamland, Kirby's home country, gets attacked by fleets of Destrayer ships sent by Emperor Nightmare and his company, Holy Nightmare Co./Nightmare Enterprises.
- Both Gravion and Godannar had episodes where a piece of a destroyed Robeast hitched a ride on the heroes' mecha and started to grow and/or multiply inside their base.
- In one of the rare moments in Transformers Armada where he wasn't holding the Idiot Ball or having the Autobots' newest gimmick ruin his plans, Thrust managed to draw the Autobots out to the battlefield, see that none of them had the Requiem Blaster, and then invade the now-unguarded Autobot base to steal the blaster while leaving Starscream as sacrificial decoy. It worked, but Starscream wasn't happy about it.
- Fairy Tail's guild building can't seem to last 2 arcs without getting wrecked or other wise lost. To date, it was wrecked during the night by Gajeel and later totally demoloished during the fighting of the Phantom Lord arc which was the 2nd arc, the rebuilt version was warped into Edolas two arcs later though later restored, and almost immediately afterwards the key members leave for a mission and the building is repossessed while they were away as the weaker members left behind couldn't keep the guild out of debt. It remains to be seen if they will ever get the old building back.
- They do get it back after the Grand Magic Games, and as per usual it's destroyed AGAIN 2 arcs later in the Tartarus arc when a controlled Elfman brings a bomb back with him, destroying it (Cana saves everyone by sealing them in cards and having the 3 Exceeds carry them to safety). Assuming they rebuild it again, it will probably get destroyed again 2 arcs later.
- Interesting subversion of this in Kurt Busiek's Astro City, during the "Tarnished Angel" story arc. The protagonist, a minor-league supervillain trying to go straight, has to stage an attack on the Honor Guard's floating home base. (Honor Guard is the AC version of the JLA). He's not trying to blow it up, though — he just wants to get the Honor Guard's attention and this is the only way he can think of to do it. So he blows his way in and then just stands there while the heroes come charging up to defend their home base. (Naturally they are not pleased with his method of getting their attention and they fail to listen to his story or help him the way he'd hoped.)
- The Xavier Institute of the X-Men has been attacked — and destroyed — often enough that it's the subject of occasional Lampshade Hanging and in-jokes within the comics.
- So often in fact that it's been outright abandoned at least twice. This just leads to their San Francisco island/Outback village/giant downtown spaceship/mystic lighthouse getting trashed instead.
- Played with at the end of Batman: Dark Victory when the villains manage to invade the Batcave. However, the villains find it entirely by accident (they're simply trying to escape the chaos in the sewers) and are completely unable to capitalize on their find before Batman and a debuting Robin take them down. Most of the villains probably aren't even aware where they actually are.
- Used for ironic purposes in Batman: Cataclysm. Every Waynetech building survived the titular giant earthquake because Bruce Wayne made sure all his building were quake-proofed. Unfortunately, the Batcave and Wayne Manor were not.
- Played straight in Batman: RIP, where the Black Glove attack Batman in the Bat Cave, and after throwing him out on the street drugged up and mentally unbalanced, they briefly coordinate the remainder of their plan from there until relocating to Arkham Asylum for the endgame.
- In addition to the X-Men mansion, the HQ of the Fantastic Four gets blown up real good on a pretty regular basis (and invaded from the Negative Zone and other fun stuff). It's a downside of not having a secret identity and having your base be a well-known landmark and tourist destination. They usually rebuild it quickly with improvements, but sometimes there are lasting effects: during John Byrne's run on the book, he had Annihilus attack and trash the place while Alicia and Franklin were at home. Franklin's New Powers as the Plot Demands failed to activate and both of them wound up seriously hurt in the hospital for weeks. The FF were very much not happy.
- Captain America wasn't pleased either in the aftermath of the Avengers storyline "Under Siege", where supervillain Baron Zemo and the Masters of Evil succeed in taking over the team's headquarters.
- Considering the fact that the Masters not only injured fellow Avenger Hercules, as well as faithful butler Jarvis, but Zemo tried (in vain) to break Cap's spirit by destroying his personal effects, which included the only photo of his deceased mother Sarah, as well as his original triangular-shaped shield, his reaction is probably justified.
- As a result of this attack, the Avengers ended up moving their base to an artificial island named, naturally, Avengers Island. The fact it's mentioned on this page can probably tell you what happened to it.
- The New Avengers have a poor track record when it comes to headquarters. Justified to an extent during Civil War and Dark Reign, when they were hiding from Stark's Mighty Avengers and Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers. Avengers Mansion has been a frequent victim.
- Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum is similarly imperiled on a regular basis (once while it was serving as the headquarters of the New Avengers). He always comes back to it.
- The Second Titans Tower, home base of the Teen Titans, was designed to address this problem with the whole above ground building being a hologram to attract enemies intending mayhem.
- A defining moment in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book: after Baxter Stockman unleashes his Mouser robots, they destroy the turtles' lair, forcing the turtles to relocate to April's apartment. Afterwards, the Foot attack the apartment, setting it on fire and forcing the turtles to relocate to Casey's grandmother's farmhouse in Massachusetts. Said story was eventually adapted in the first movie and second cartoon, with minor changes: in the movie, the Foot are responsible for both attacks, and in the cartoon, the turtles are present for the initial attack (only Splinter is present in the original).
- Occurs twice in Sonic the Hedgehog, the first when Robotnik learns the location of Knothole and attacks it in the EndGame arc, and the second when Dr. Eggman decides to say "screw it" to his stalemate with the Kingdom of Acorn and rains Death from Above with his Egg Fleet burning it to cinders.
- Tends to happen a lot with Flynn's run. The Evil Twins of "Moebus" managed to take Freedom HQ (which is all that's left of Knothole from said Death from Above) but this time, they could crash at New Mobotropolis (they got it back). However, with the Iron Dominion figuring out that they could control the helpful AI there, let's just say they press their advantage and take over the city. This time, only a few manage to get out but several of the heroes manage to fight within the city.
- Then Eggman launches an attack with the Death Egg Mrk. II, which is temporarily interrupted by the Cosmic Retcon of the Genesis arc, and resumes once the retcon is undone. This includes releasing the Titan Metal Sonic to wreck havoc. Oh, and this all coincides with an Evil Plan by Ixis Naugus to usurp control of the city. The former fails; the latter doesn't.
- And just when they're recovering from this, the Battle Bird Armada attacks the city and destroys the royal palace.
- Eggman launched another attack on the city, but was repelled by the efforts of Team Freedom (with some anonymous aid from the Secret Freedom Fighters) and the fact that the Death Egg was running low on power.
- This has happened to the Justice League satellite a number of times. At one point, the writers had to promise to not destroy it anymore unless they rebuilt it first.
- In H'el on Earth, H'el throws Superman and Superboy out of the Fortress of Solitude to use the technology in it for his plans. The fortress is so impenetrable that Superman has to call up the Justice League to launch an attack on it.
- Not related to Equestria, but this happens in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) to the uber cute kingdom of cat people that Chrysalis and the Changelings land in after getting blown across the sky in A Canterlot Wedding. They promptly twist the place into their own image and drain the populace of their love, indicating that the Changeling Kingdom we've seen in the comic isn't the original. By the time the Mane 6 have gotten to the Queen at the start of issue #4, all that's left are green-goop-covered homes and solitary heart-shaped greetings on the ground.
- In Dungeon Keeper Ami, Alphel breifly takes over Mercury's dungeon in a joint strike with Keepers Arachne and Nero, while Nero creates a distraction forceing all of Mercury's minions to fight on a battle field of his choice. The battle is vicious and protracted; but in the end all three are defeated for an epic Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality to show how serious things are getting as the fic gets darker in Taboo Tradeoffs an as-of-yet unspecified person, but most likely Voldemort/Quirell, False-Memory Charms Draco and Hermione so that they both think Hermione tried to kill Draco and casts the Blood Freezing Charm on Draco to frame Hermione, all inside Hogwarts, the fortress of Dumbledore, Leader of the Light.
- My Little Avengers: Loki briefly sets up shop in the Avengers Mansion at the climax of his Gambit Roulette (and the beginning of the story's Darkest Hour), before he and the Dark Avengers move on to occupy the royal palace.
- Jewel Of Darkness: Much like the canon Teen Titans universe, Titans Tower is assaulted several times over the course of the story:
- First, like in canon, the HIVE trio attacks the tower after supposedly killing Robin and temporarily take it from the Titans.
- Later, during a three-pronged attack on the city, Midnight sends a couple dozen Mecha-Mooks to assault the tower, though they're repelled by Jinx.
- Though we don't see it, Mad Mod somehow manages to infiltrate the tower and kidnap the Titans for his "school".
- Queen Of All Oni: During Operation: Steel Lightning, Jade infiltrates Section 13 via possessed Captain Black's shadow before releasing the full force of the sumo tribe as a distraction, so she can steal the other masks from the Vault. It's only through Agent Wisker's unforeseen interference that she's stopped.
- Drago later breaks into Section 13 (apparently through the air vents, which he calls a cliche) in an attempt to steal the Talismans. Fortunately, Karasu also breaks in, and keeps him distracted long enough for the heroes to show up and scare him off.
- The Immortal Game has several examples:
- In the MLP / Green Lantern crossover; In Brightest Day, Black Lantern Leader Nightmare Moon has her forces launch an attack one Ponyville, take out several Royal Gaurds & Wonderbolts before taking over the village in less than a day.
- In Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, the griffins attack and besiege Canterlot from chapter 14 until 17. Earlier, in chapter 8, they take over Cloudsdale. It remains theirs until it's recaptured in chapter 14.
- Night Of The Shy: Nightmare Shy begins her war against Equestria by attacking Ponyville in an attempt to kill the rest of the Mane Cast. She succeeds with Rainbow Dash and the Princesses. After the girls and their allies are forced to flee, Nightmare kills most of the town's citizens and burns the town to the ground.
- In chapter 6, Nightmare's Diamond Dog armies, aided by a swarm of parasprites, lays siege to Canterlot. They ultimately succeed in killing a majority of the Royal Guard and overrunning the city.
- The following chapter, she sends a swarm of cockatrices to attack Cloudsdale which quickly curbstomps the Royal Guard contingent there.
- The Stars Will Aid Their Escape: Herald, via Trixie and his Dark Young mooks, attacks Ponyville in order to set up his Batman Gambit against the Princesses. Then, during the solar eclipse, he does so again in Canterlot in order to prepare the summoning ritual for Shub-Niggurath.
- Burning Black: Remy attempts to destroy the Ivory Tower shortly after it's been built by hiring demolition teams, but is foiled when Timmy wishes a memorial of himself onto the building, placing it under the city's protection. Later, Remy attacks it himself brazenly with a tank and does serious damage to the tower before the tank is destroyed and he's run off.
- In Chaotic Harmony, Dr. Eggman completely thrashes Twilight Sparkle's library looking for... a book.
- A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate: In Episode 2, after Ruinate manages to defeat the Princesses and Mane Six, he has his shadow wraiths possess the Royal Guard and then sets up shop in the royal castle.
- The Final Battle of Advent Crossover Crisis takes place at the home base of the heroes, the Battleship Halberd, when the villains unexpectedly teleport in.
- Equestrylvania: Due to the Castle dimensionally displacing the royal castle and everyone in it (including the Princesses) and replacing it, it's child's play for Dracula's forces to occupy Canterlot and wipe out the Royal Guard.
- Shadows Awakening:
- The Conversion Bureau: Cold War has Queen Chrysalis secretly take control of Canterlot castle about a month and a half before making contact with humanity.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Wily takes over the Civil Defense Tower and locks it down in order to prevent anyone from stopping Drill Man from flooding the tower with lava by way of the Earth's core.
- Because I'm Not Popular I'll Try to Go Out with a Hero has many cases of bad guys taking over, or destroying the base of the hero's operations.
- The first battle between The Avengers and the Dark Avengers takes place at the Avengers mansion and ends with the main hall in shambles.
- It is also mentioned that before that, The Dark Avengers destroyed the X-Mansion.
- Deadpool released the Super Skrull from Reed Richards' containment in the Baxter Building. Kl'rt ends up burning the place to cinders.
- Webwork: The first thing Jade does after returning to Earth from the Emptiness is to attack Section 13 (easily overpowering the agents) in order to retrieve Tarakudo's mask.
- MLP Next Generation: Know Fear!, being a War Fic, has plenty of examples of this, though the occupation of Cloudsdale is the most clear-cut example so far.
- Aurora: At the story's climax, Dawnbringer's army of Eldritch Abominations overruns most of Canterlot with the Princesses ultimately deciding to evacuate and abandon the city, followed by destroying it in an attempt to kill Dawnbringer (which backfires badly).
- Between Minds: Alyx and Barney have to deal with an invasion of White Forest, helicopter and reverse-engineered alien technology style!
- The Terminators Army Of Legend, a supercrossover military series, features the protagonists' capital of New Alexandria being subject to innumerable battles throughout the Second American Civil War. In at least two of these battles they managed to lose the city to enemy forces before abruptly taking it back.
- The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds: After Tirac reveals himself, he launches Shadowbolt and Ursa Major attacks on Ponyville and Canterlot.
- In the first story of the Facing The Future Series, both Fenton Works and Tucker's underground bunker are attacked. In an interesting subversion, the attackers are future versions of Danny and Sam.
- In Young Justice Darkness Falls, The Watchtower is the latest in the line of hero bases that gets attacked by the forces of Vandal Savage. The attack is comprised of hundreds of suicide jockeys and Parademons, which leads to 18 members of the team along with Sphere and Wolf being scattered across the country or to the future. Fortunately for the League, the watchtower is only partially destroyed, and gets rebuilt later.
Films — Animated
- In The Lego Movie, Cloud Cuckooland, last bastion beyond the clutches of Lord Business gets completely obliterated by Lord Business's forces in a raid, in perhaps the most heart-wrenching scene in the movie.
Films — Live Action
- All of House Atreides base were belong to House Harkonnen in Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel Dune, with the Harkonnens using The Mole and other treachery to open a gap in the base's defense and attack under cover of night, with imperial troops on loan.
- This happens in A Song of Ice and Fire when Theon takes Winterfell.
- Also happened in the backstory when the Queen of the Vale was quite shocked to look outside and see Visenya Targaryen and her dragon playing in the garden with her son. Turns out a mountaintop fortress isn't quite so impregnable when you have a creature that can fly.
- The last half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is Voldemort's siege of Hogwarts.
- The part where Sirius' house is compromised and they have to abandon it qualifies.
- Also happened at the end of the sixth book, but not quite as severe.
- Played straight in-universe when Voldy takes over the Ministry.
- The siege of Troy, told from the perspective of the Trojans in the Aeneid, is an example of this trope, while it is an example of Storming the Castle, as told from the Greek perspective in the Illiad.
- Chronicles of Prydain, book five. Caer Dathyl is destroyed by invincible elite undead, so the heroes attack the enemy while the undead are away.
- In the Dale Brown novel Flight of the Old Dog, the titular Airstrike Impossible is started prematurely when supposedly Soviet attackers strike at Dreamland.
- Shadow Command has this happen, with the attackers being other Americans duped by the Unwitting Pawn POTUS.
- The Yuuzhan Vong captured Coruscant in Star by Star.
- During the Trauma Conga Line that was The Dresden Files book Changes, this happens twice. First his office building is revealed to have been bought by Red Court vampires years ago, who have inserted explosives into the walls (and put up the rent) and proceed to blow it up. Then they firebomb his home. Also, he's seriously injured rescuing his neighbors.
- Happens twice in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Firstly, in Battle of the Labyrinth, Kronus' army invades Camp Half-Blood via the Labyrinth, causing the titular battle. Secondly, in The Last Olympian, the final battle with Kronos takes place in the throne room of Olympus itself.
- The Halo novels use the code "blood arrow" to indicate that all friendly positions on a planet have been overrun.
- The Heroes of Olympus:
- Polybotes' invasion of New Rome.
- New Rome's invasion of Camp Half Blood.
- This happens early on in Trapped on Draconica when Baalaria conquers Brittania's capital city and then moves on. Later they claim the Eastern Alliance's base too.
- Also happens in the sequel, Legacy of the Dragokin where a city in Drewghaven becomes the heroes base of operations. During the climax, it's invaded and trashed.
- In Greek Ninja, Ariadnio, the school Sasha Hunter is attending, is invaded. In the battle between the opposing forces that follows, her teacher is killed and thus, the story begins.
- In The Wind in the Willows, the Weasels and other creatures of the Wild Wood take over Toad Hall while Toad is in prison, and he and his friends must Storm the Castle via a secret tunnel.
- In Shakespeare's Henry V, the English come back to their base after kicking French butt at Agincourt to discover that some French knights had slipped out of the battle and killed all of the guards (small boys, mostly) left to watch over the baggage train. Hal gets royally ticked off: "I was not angry since I came to France!" (Based on a True Story)
- Warrior Cats:
- It happens in the very first book, Into the Wild, when ShadowClan launches a surprise attack on the ThunderClan camp. Fortunately, ShadowClan is driven off.
- Happens in Twilight, only it's the heroes doing it. Not wanting badgers that could threaten them on their new territory, the cats of ThunderClan drive a mother badger and her young out of their home. This backfires massively when a huge army of badgers show up in the climax for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- In Dawn of the Clans, the Followers of the Sun Trail are attacked in their camp on the moor by some foxes that want it as their new home. Gray Wing gets to show off his skills as The Strategist by getting everyone together and driving them off.
- Happened to Sherlock Holmes, somewhat famously, in the classic Doyle story "The Adventure of the Empty House". Shortly after Holmes reveals that he survived his confrontation with Professor Moriarty three years previous, Moriarty's surviving right-hand man Colonel Sebastian Moran (a feared marksman and big game hunter) manages to track Holmes down to his Baker Street apartment, and comes dangerously close to assassinating him. Luckily, Holmes sets up a decoy dummy and flees Baker Street at just the right moment.
Live Action TV
- The most notable example of the modern era is TNA, who love to use both the invasion angle and the corporate takeover angle. In June 2014, someone decided to do the math and found that from its inception in 2002 up till then TNA had spent over 55% of their twelve year existence under siege by a hostile force. And after this figure was put out, there was another evil takeover of the Impact Zone.
- WWC had this when Victor Jovica joined Poder Supremo, who then allied with invaders from other promotions for good measure. Then it happened again after the Carlito Caribbean Company turned out to be a hostile takeover rather than a new promotion.
- The ongoing angle of Fighting Opera Hustle was the threat of Takada's Monster Army, who eventually did take over the promotion when Generalissmo Takada just decided to buy it.
- In The Gamers Alliance, the Yamato Empire and the Clergy of Mardük launch a surprise attack on the Aisonian capital Myridia during the Yamatian Invasion arc and end up taking over the city. Later the Proninist Party and the Northern Horde pull this off in Maar Sul City and Vanna, respectively, during the Godslayer era.
- Whateley Academy has had its (in)famous Halloween attack. No students actually died, but this was primarily due to most of them being incapacitated right from the start and the attackers being under orders not to actually kill any students except their assigned targets anyway; the campus security forces weren't as lucky.
- In Protectors of the Plot Continuum the PPC's headquarters has been invaded repeatedly, though the 2006 attack and prelude to the 2008 invasion were the only ones that had any real success.
- When Tarot attacked the sattelite base of the Global Guardians in force, it resulted in the near death of two Guardians, two civilian contractors who were onboard, broke the base into pieces, and knocked those pieces out of orbit. The parts of the base that didn't burn up on re-entry crashed into the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
- The Anti-Cliché and Mary-Sue Elimination Society's base of operations, the Library Arcanium, is taken over by the Sues in "Insert Red Skies Twilight Here".
- The season 2 finale of We're Alive ends with the fall of the Tower.
- The Gungan Council has Naboo being the headquarters of the Jedi. This makes it a frequent target for attack, with the most prolific one being the year-long "Theed Under Attack."
- Happened a few times in the Justice League series. From the dream invasion by Dr. Destiny to the C.A.D.M.U.S. attack led by Galatea, the Supergirl clone.
- They use the Batcave as a back up base and that was also raided at one point.
- H.I.V.E. took over the Teen Titans' base in the third episode (but first episode aired) of the cartoon , and to say the least, it certainly wasn't the last time such an event took place. One notable occurrence was when Slade attempted to destroy the base, but it turned out to be a Batman Gambit to have Terra earn the Titans' trust by saving it.
- The most notable example is probably two episodes later "Betrayal" when Terra deactivates the security system to let 200 armed robots in undetected.
- Befittingly, the Titans East's base would later be taken over in their debut episode.
- Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo movie started with a supervillain blatantly assaulting the Titans Tower with explosives.
- Beast Wars had an episode where a Starscream-possessed Waspinator spearheaded the (temporary) takeover of the Maximal base.
- Later, Rampage destroys it, by 'shoving it off a waterfall, forcing the Maximals to find a new base.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Fire Nation takes over the city of Ba Sing Se, effectively conquering the Earth Kingdom and forcing the heroes to go incognito after escaping the city.
- Earlier in the series, Aang, Katara and Sokka arrive at the city of Omashu only to discover that it has fallen to the Fire Nation.
- More true to the trope is the Siege of the North, when the Northern Water Tribe, secure for generations, was subjected to a massive assault when the Fire Nation learned Aang was there. Although in that case, they successfully defended themselves. Having a giant koi fish fight for them certainly helped.
- In the Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra, the Equalists seize both the Republic City government buildings and Air Temple Island, forcing everybody to flee.
- Happened to the Superfriends at least once, and almost certainly more.
- In the Kim Possible episode "Ill Suited", Kim and Ron are eating at Bueno Nacho when Professor Dementor attacks. Notable because Dementor says the following line: "All your battlesuit now belongs to me!."
- Let's not forget "So The Drama", where Drakken took over the Bueno Nacho corporation...
- And that in both the movie and the grand finale her house gets totalled.
- Also occurred in Danny Phantom when the hero's Local Hangout were violently invaded by the Guys in White by order of Vlad who bought the franchise briefly to torment Danny.
- A variation appears in proper English in the Static Shock episode "A League of Their Own" (part one). After Static blasts down the buzzsaw-handed cleaning robot, Brainiac says "You only delay the inevitable. All of this base will soon belong to me."
- In Codename: Kids Next Door, Sector V suffers this a lot, as their treehouse is taken over/destroyed/stolen by their archenemies, The Delightful Children, turnips, Santa's Elfa Strike Team, and their own organization being manipulated by The Mole.
- Happens several times on ReBoot, particularly since the heroes' headquarters doubled as the control post for the entire Mainframe.
- Happens all the time on Code Lyoko. Not surprising considering the enemy's physical form is also the computer they use for their operations (at least until Season 3).
- Aside from the adaptation of the comic book story referenced above, the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon had this happen again, when Karai attacked the turtles' second lair, completely trashing it and forcing them to relocate to a third lair.
- Happens in the Hunter's Moon arc of Gargoyles with the destruction of the Clock Tower by the Hunters.
- Also from the beginning of the series, when Xanatos bought Castle Wyvern and had it airlifted to the top of his own skyscraper headquarters. This ultimately drove Goliath's clan to the Clock Tower in the first place. By the end of Hunter's Moon, Xanatos, in the midst of an epic Heel-Face Turn, allowed the clan to return to their ancestral home.
- Between Season 2 of The Transformers and Transformers: The Movie, the Decepticons take over Cybertron.
- Occurs in the first season finale of Generator Rex. Van Kleiss and his henchmen hijack the keep, and ram it into Providence Headquarters, then go to town on the place. Predictably, dozens of Red Shirts die in this episode.
- In the DC Super Friends short, Joker takes over the Hall Of Justice with help from Gorilla Grodd and Mr. Freeze.
- In the second season finale of Super Jail, The Ultraprison crew has taken over the titular jail while the main cast and other prisoners have been on their cruise and got lost for two months.
- In the ThunderCats (2011) episode "Omens Part Two," the Catfolk-populated magical kingdom of Thundera, stuck in Medieval Stasis, and skeptical of the existence of so-called "technology" is conquered in one night by their enemies the Lizards, who have been supplied with technological superweapons by dreaded ancient enemy Mumm-Ra. Heroes the ThunderCats must flee and go Walking the Earth in search of Ancient Artifacts that will stop him.
- Transformers Prime: Near the end of the second season, Starscream uses the abilities granted by Red Energon to sneak into the Autobots' base through their GroundBridge and steal the Omega Keys. He would have done more (he states his desire to gut Arcee, for one), but he was on a time limit.
- Topped big time three episodes later in the season finale. After creating a fortress on Earth within line of sight of the Autobot base, the Decepticons launch a full-scale assault, culminating in Megatron using the Nemesis' Wave Motion Gun to obliterate the entire mountain... with Optimus still inside.
- Any number of real military forces have had this happen to them. Either because of surprise or defeats on the battlefield, the defenders find themselves fighting in their own front yard. At the end of the war, this may be combined with a Bolivian Army Ending for the losing side. Can also happen at the beginning of a war.
- Perhaps the most famous example of an opening All Your Base Are Belong to Us is the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Philippines that pulled the US into World War II.
- Doolittle Raid. Two U.S. carriers launched a small fleet of bombers that firebombed Tokyo in early 1942. Tactically, the raid was not too important as nothing important was damaged and over half the bombers were lost, but it did a fantastic job of boosting U.S. morale and lowering Japanese morale in the capital city, in addition to forcing the Japanese to hold back many of their forces to defend the Home Islands from further attacks.
- Kind of the point actually. Firebombing Tokyo made the Japanese realize that their "Sacred" nation was vulnerable to attack, made them divert resources to protect space the allies had no real immidiate interest in and weakened them on other fronts, making them easier to defeat in battle.
- Another (in)famous example is the Tet Offensive of 1968, where a massive sneak attack managed to breach the perimeter at some of the "safest" places in Vietnam.
- And ended in the complete destruction of the Viet Cong as a cohesive fighting force. Although a surprise, and political turning point, the attack was not a military success.
- But then, the war was not entirely a military war. The Tet Offensive is a case of a battle being a Tactical defeat and a Strategic victory.
- Second Ypres - the Germans almost, almost got through the British defenses with the help of poison gas. It came down to second-line troops attacking German Guards regiments, convincing the Germans that the British were still strong and causing them to back down). A captured German officer, asked what stood between his force and success, was told "Divisional headquarters." A small cluster of administrative staff, whose job is normally to plan battles and order supplies, were the last line of defense.
- The Battle of the Alamo in 1836.
- The Netherlands in World War II. In 3 days, when the first defenses reached the border, the German forces were already in the middle of the country. This happened mostly because the classic Dutch strategy of flooding part of the countryside provides an excellent defense against land-based troops - but the Germans had paratroopers. Oops.
- Somewhat subverted in that most of the German paratroops landed in areas where the main strength of the Dutch Army was assembling. If only by sheer weight of numbers, the Dutch nearly rolled up the lightly equipped paratroopers around Rotterdam who were saved only by the arrival of the 9th Panzer Division. They did roll up the German paratroops landing around the Hague, whose mission specifically was to capture the Dutch government leaders, and inflicted very heavy losses, with nearly 2000 being captured. A lot of other parachute landings (German landing on Crete and the Allied assault in the Netherlands—Operation Market-Garden) would suffer similar fates. This probably applies to most attempts at pulling off this trope in real life, as main bases tend to be well-garrisoned and surprise attacks often have to be carried out by a small number of lightly armed troops so as to sneak past the outer defenses.
- Similar the invasion of Denmark during which German forces crossed the border in the early morning and paratroopers took control of the Danish air bases. Some hours later German bombers dropped leaflets over Copenhagen, which pretty much said "All your base are belong to us!", and by noon the government had surrendered. The trope was played even more straight with the simultaneous invasion of Norway. Oslo's impressive naval defenses kept the German navy at bay for long enough to secure the kings escape into exile. Once he was safely away, the troops surrendered. Or retreated into hiding.
- Aided by extreme boldness of the Germans. On the first day of the invasion of Norway, only a few dozen paratroopers and a recon plane who landed at the airport were the only Germans in Oslo. But, within hours of landing, these guys were holding a parade on the streets of the capital that convinced the Norwegians that a much larger force had landed and has successfully gained control of the city.
- The Fall of Constantinople, which finally ended the reign of the Byzantine Empire. Oddly, the Ottomans won when someone forgot to lock one of the city gates.
- Sometimes All Your Base can be an advantage: at one point during the Seven Years War, the Austrian army took advantage of the Prussian army's absence fighting the French to capture the province of Silesia. When the Prussians eventually responded it was to discover they were outnumbered 2:1 on a battlefield of the Austrians' choosing. Unfortunately, the site they had chosen near Leuthen happened to be the Prussian Army's peacetime training ground, and the resulting familiarity with the terrain made the Prussian victory almost hilariously one-sided.
- And then the Austrians did the same thing to Napoleon on the Marchfeld.
- Speaking of Napoleon, he tried to do this with the infamous failure that was his invasion of Russia, and in a Subverted Trope, was turned back right before entered Moscow. Then, as we all know, Hitler tried to do exactly the same thing over a century later.
- This has happened to Poland too many times to list, especially Krakow. There's a reason it's considered The Chew Toy in European history.
- In retaliation for the destruction of York (now Toronto) in the War of 1812, the British Regulars invaded and burned Washington. This is seen as both a Crowning Moment of Awesome and Crowning Moment of Funny in Canada because, well, it's Canadians invading another country, even though the Canadian militia wasn't even there.
- During World War II the Royal Navy pulled one on the Italian navy with a torpedo plane assault on the Italian fleet in Taranto's harbour, disabling three battleships and showing to the world that the raid on Pearl Harbor was possible (both Taranto and Pearl Harbor having water shallow enough that the use of aircraft-launched torpedoes was thought impossible).
- During World War I Italy had proto-Fascist Gabriele D'Annunzio, who pulled it twice: first time he led a torpedo boat raid on the Austro-Hungarian fleet in the harbour of Bakar and left a mocking message (it doesn't count as the Crowning Moment of Awesome for three reasons: it wasn't the first time the Italians did it (and in fact the boats accompanying D'Annunzio were crewed by the guys who pulled the previous raid), after that raid the Austro-Hungarians placed torpedo nets to further protect their ships, and later those two torpedo boats that had accompanied D'Annunzio would sink the Austrian flagship after accidentally meeting it on patrol), and then he led a flight over Vienna to drop propaganda leaflets just prove they could bomb the enemy capital if they just wished so (cue Oh, Crap for Vienna's people).
- The Italian Navy later did it again, when they used the very first manned torpedo to infiltrate an harbour and sink another battleship. Doubles as a Kick the Dog moment because by that point the Austro-Hungarian Empire was collapsing and begging for peace and that harbour and all the ships in it had been ceded to one of the break-away states right after the mission was launched.
- The Italian Navy's Crowning Moment of Awesome during World War II was one of these: with three second-generation manned torpedoes, the Italians penetrated Alexandria harbour and mined two battleships (including the flagship with admiral on board) and a tanker (there was no carrier, so they mined another target), disabling the battleships and damaging the tanker and a destroyer (collateral damage).
- In the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the English returned to their base after kicking French butt and discovered that a small group of French knights had slipped past them during the fight and killed the guards watching over their baggage. This episode is recreated in a scene in Shakespeare's Henry V.
- Ukraine's Crimean bases after Viktor Yanukovich's overthrow and the subsequent Russian military intervention.
- Hannibal's problem during the Second Punic War was that he couldn't do it and the Romans knew it: his army was powerful in manouver battles, but was too small to successfully besiege Rome or even march through the lands of the Umbrians, the Latins and the Etruscans, Rome's physically closest allies (as in Rome being a Latin city and the Etruscans and the Umbrians surrounding the other ways to Rome). Hannibal's strategic plan was centered into convincing Rome's allies to defect, but while it had some success Etruscans, Latins and Umbrians remained loyal, and the reinforcements he got from the defections weren't enough to try and march through their lands. Then the Romans pulled it on him, first attacking the cities of the defectors and razing them if they didn't surrender and then attacking Hannibal's bases in Spain. And when that wasn't enough, they attacked Carthage itself.