A Den of Iniquity is typically a room, auditorium, or stadium in the Evil Overlord
's Evil Tower of Ominousness
or Island Base
where all sorts of sin and wrongdoing takes place. Although towers are in short supply nowadays, if the Big Bad
happens to make and/or enforce the laws
they might have one in their mansion (but explaining them to less debauched guests might be tricky).
The level of debauchery will vary according to the setting in question; family-friendly stories might make it a lounge for the Mooks
to gamble, get drunk, and brawl (not necessarily in that order), while Darker and Edgier
works might go for rape
, and blood sports
The Den of Iniquity is often a hangout for the Mooks
or Faceless Goons
who need something to keep them entertained when they're off-duty. On the other hand, whether the Big Bad
or The Dragon
indulges in the debauchery depends on where they stand on the Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness
Often populated with the Paid Harem
and Bodyguard Babes
. The Den Of Iniquity isn't restricted to "evil" characters, but most heroes will simply find it beneath them
Compare Opium Den
. Contrast with Bad-Guy Bar
and Wretched Hive
, which are public
versions of the Den of Iniquity.
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- Babel Tower from the beginning of the second season of Code Geass. Gambling, blood-sports, waitresses in bunny-girl outfit... and particularly rich and influential guests could indulge in 'rabbit-hunts'. It's never specified exactly what that means for the caught 'bunnies', but one can make reasonable guesses. Unfortunately for one mafia-boss, however, he happened to catch a Killer Rabbit...
- The Amazon Trio of Sailor Moon Super S has a more subdued example in the form of a bar with a lone saxophone playing to lounge in-between missions.
- In l'épée de cistal, there is one that is also a "stock exchange of sins": the minions shouts the name of one of the seven Deadly Sins, and by that mean influence people all around the would to commit those sins.
- The term "Den Of Iniquity" first appears in Robert E. Howard's story "Texas John Alden".
- In the book Third And Indiana, several of Diablo's hideouts are dens of iniquity.
- Ctuchik's tower in The Belgariad is described as having several levels, one for each of his "exotic perversions". They include torture, wealth and one which the hero isn't allowed to enter
- In the Star Trek: A Time to...... series, The pirates at Rashanar have one inside a derelict spaceship.
- Qibbu's Hut from the Star Wars Republic Commando Series of books.
- In The Dresden Files, the psychic 'vampires' of the White Court maintain Club Zero, a 'club' where pretty much anything goes: sadomasochism, drug use, every alignment of sexual activity, gluttony, booze of any sort, anything you want is available, and doesn't even cost that much in terms of money or the like. As Harry recognizes, you can find anything you want in Club Zero...except fulfillment or meaning or love.
- In the Incarnations of Immortality book "Being a Green Mother," we find that Satan runs Mock Hell, where all types of sin can be indulged in, for "merely" a percentage of evil on your soul. Of course, when you get over 50%, you go to Hell for real. And it's no picnic. Of course, Satan being Satan, the pleasures aren't real, but the evil on the soul is.
- Anne Bishop's Ephemera novels have a Landscape called the Den of Iniquity. Described as a "carnal carnival" it's actually not a bad place, and the villains aren't welcome there.
- Appears in The Eye of Argon as part of its massive collection of stock fantasy cliches.
- On each studio-album-proper, Joy Division had a song describing one: "Day of the Lords" on Unknown Pleasures, and "Atrocity Exhibition" on Closer (the latter's title is a Shout-Out to J.G. Ballard).
- Fallout: New Vegas has Gomorrah, run by The Omerta. It also serves as a Minigame Zone.
- The Temple of Depraved in Warriors Of Might And Magic. They're mainly demons worshippers and, for some reason, Gnolls and Ogres.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has The Ragged Flagon, where the Thieves Guild hang out in-between jobs, located in the Ratway underneath Riften.
- The Den of Mortal Delights in the Black Temple raid instance in World of Warcraft has parks, fluffy pillows, fountains, hookahs, silk curtains, nubile dancing blood elves, succubi and other female demons in stark contrast to the rest of the temple.
- Sunwell Plateau has a zone called the Den of Iniquity but its empty and wrecked.
- The Venture Bros. showed a low-key example of this in the fourth season, a room inside the Monarch's cocoon where his minions would quietly gather for drinks on their downtime.
- Another low-key example: in one Kim Possible episode, Ron stumbles upon a room full of Drakken's henchmen sitting around taking a break.