The lair. The hideout. Hero headquarters. Home Base. That place to which the heroes or villains return after a hard day of fighting or committing crime. This is where planning takes place and where teams regroup after missions. Generally hidden, but may be ostentatious. Some variants are exclusive to certain jobs. For example, the Mad Scientist will naturally live in the Mad Scientist Laboratory, and a Cop Show inevitably has a precinct. In a show where a team is wandering around, their Cool Ship, Cool Boat or other cool vehicle may double as Home Base. Larger bases for villains may have a Den of Iniquity for off-hour "recreation". Home Base may also literally be a private home, which makes it all the more personal when a villain breaks in. Incredibly common, since it's obviously cheaper to shoot in a single recurring set than to build new locations. Not to be confused with the British hardware store of the same name or getting to home base.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier
- Base on Wheels
- The Battlestar
- Big Fancy Castle
- Black Site
- Cave Behind the Falls
- Collapsing Lair
- Elaborate Underground Base
- Evil Tower of Ominousness
- Exploring the Evil Lair
- Haunted Headquarters
- Island Base
- Landmarking the Hidden Base
- Last Bastion
- Mad Scientist Laboratory
- Mage Tower
- Mission Control
- Ominous Floating Castle
- Player Headquarters (for video games)
- Space Base
- Supervillain Lair
- Underwater Base
- Volcano Lair
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us
- Bigger on the Inside
- Bookcase Passage
- Den of Iniquity
- Mess of Woe
- The Siege
- Storming the Castle
- Trash the Set
- Watching Troy Burn
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Anime & Manga
- It is quite frequent in Humongous Mecha shows (Justified, since you can not easily keep a giant, humanoid machine war in your home unless your name is Banjo Haran):
- Combattler V: The Nanbara Connection was located by the coast and was protected by a Beehive Barrier.
- Daimos: The Daimobic worked like this. It was a rocket-shaped building.
- Kotetsu Jeeg: The Build Base, although Hiroshi and his family lived in another place.
- Mazinger Z: The Photon Atomic Research Institute was the heroes's base where they kept the Humongous Mecha and all tools they needed to repair them and upgrade them. Originally it was a civilian use building -a laboratory researched the newly discovered Photon Atomic energy-, but Dr. Hell pretty much forced them to make some modifications (such like installing a Beehive Barrier). Over the half of the series, The Hero and his little brother moved to the Institute, making the example even more literal. Big Bad Dr. Hell had two Super Villain Lair: Bardos Island And Hell Island. Both of them counted like Elaborate Underground Base, Island Base and Mad Scientist Laboratory.
- Great Mazinger: The Fortress of Science was the place where the heroes lived and their HQ to fight the Mykene Empire. It stood out in sea beside the Japanese shoreline and it could submerge -doubling like an Underwater Base-. Some parts of the building could detach off the remain and work like a submarine or a flying carrier. Mykene Empire Home Base was necessarily an Elaborate Underground Base because they were a civilization lived underground.
- It was parodied, too. Boss' gang were looking for a Home Base for his Humongous Mecha. When they found one place, Boss was pretty angry it was nothing but a rundown shack with one wall crumbled and holes on the roof.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The NERV Headquarters.
- UFO Robo Grendizer: The Space Science Laboratory was the base of the heroes. The Vegans Home Base was a Space Base located on the Moon.
- Voltes V: The Camp Big Falcon was located on a penninsula -so it nearly was a full-fledged Island Base- shaped like a bird of prey with its wings spread out. The base also doubled like The Battlestar.
- Zambot 3: The Zambase was a Airborne Aircraft Carrier AND a Cool Starship.
- Homura's house in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which not only contains design elements relating to her Time Master powers, but also archives information regarding Walpurgisnacht.
- Most superheroes or teams have (at least) one of these, though most, like Batman, opt for an Elaborate Underground Base:
- Avengers Mansion in The Avengers
- And Avengers Tower.
- Batman's Batcave.
- The Baxter Building in Fantastic Four
- The Watchtower in Justice League
- The Fortress of Solitude in Superman, though he actually doesn't spend a lot of time there (go figure).
- He goes there when he wants to be *by himself*. Thus the name.
- Happy Harbor, Maine, in Young Justice
- This was actually the Justice League's original base.
- Avengers Mansion in The Avengers
- Tintin: Marlinspike Hall becomes Tintin, Haddock and Calculus' homebase from Red Rackham's Treasure on.
- Quick and Flupke: All gags take place in Brussels. So much even that the characters have become somewhat of cultural icons of the city.
- Jommeke: All adventures are based in the village Zonnedorp.
- Tom Poes: Bommel's castle in the village Rommeldam.
- Nero: Since the album De Verschrikkelijke Tweeling Nero and his family live in Hoeilaart. Their house really exists by the way. It's an old streetcar station where in 1994 a statue of Nero was placed.
- Urbanus: Tollembeek, Urbanus' home village.
- Benoit Brisefer: Vivejoie-La-Grande, his home village.
- Spirou and Fantasio: Champignac, where the Count lives.
- Astérix: The Gauls' village.
- The Smurfs: Smurf Village.
- De Kiekeboes: The Kiekeboes' home in the Merholaan 1.
- Donald Duck: Duckburg in the comic strip.
- Evangelion 303: The Distler Air Force Base, a secret military base in the Mojave Desert of California that houses Black Project Evangelion.
- HERZ: The Geofront is peace-keeping organization HERZ’s base. It used to be an Elaborate Underground Base but the top half got blown up during a battle twelve years before the beginning of the history.
- Grunnel's house serves as one for part of the story in With Strings Attached. However, after the four return with the third piece of the Vasyn, they discover the other two pieces missing and the house empty of nearly everything—so much for that Home Base.
Films — Live-Action
- The War: the base is a treehouse that the two gangs fight over. It changes hands multiple times through the movie. In the end, both sides abandoned the treehouse since it was only a symbol of the real problem.
- Reynard The Fox: Reynard the fox lives in a castle named Maupertuis (sometimes translated as Malpertuis) where he has all kinds of secret passage ways to trick visitors.
- The library in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Giles' house in season four also qualifies. Later, so do the Magic Box and the Summer's household.
- Every season of Power Rangers had some kind of base. In some seasons, they doubled as a home for some or all of the Rangers.
- The Threshold headquarters, which looks like just about any other government building.
- Leverage switched from the suite of offices they had in the first season (It blew up) to an apartment (Nate's) above Mc Rory's Pub (Which got put under surveillance after Season 4). In the final season, they moved to the back room of a Portland Bridgeport Brewpub, with appropriate modifications for Parker's benefit.
- Ops in NCIS: Los Angeles is located in a disused building in LA (it has a condemned sign on the outside to deter people from coming in); however, interrogations are done at a separate location known as "the boatshed".
- In Ars Magica, the wizards' covenants qualify as Home Bases. Well-equipped personal quarters are vital for mages, since downtime and substantial resources are vital for their magical research and experimentation.
- Most of the New World of Darkness games have a buyable Merit for a Home Base which can be outfitted with useful resources for characters. Vampires get Havens to bunker down during the daytime hours; Mages can outfit Sanctums with Mana sources and other magical aids; Changelings carve Hollows out of the Hedge between the mundane world and Arcadia; and so on.
- The classiest option for a security-conscious archmage in Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder is a personal Pocket Dimension, where reality itself can be customized to their needs.
- In Blue Yonder Claremont Apartment complex. It's just a complex that happens to have a lot of retired capes in it.
- The converted lighthouse used by Lady Spectra And Sparky.
- In Everyday Heroes, both S.A.V.E.U.S. and M.W.A.H.A.H.A.H.A.H.A.H.A. have their respective headquarters in typical office buildings in downtown Indianapolis.
- The Simpsons: Their house in Evergreen Terrace, Springfield.
- The Planet Express offices in Futurama.
- Castle Grayskull for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983).
- Professor Utonium's home in The Powerpuff Girls.
- Space Ghost has a whole Ghost Planet!
- The basement of the Silver Dragon restaurant in W.I.T.C.H..
- Young Justice has the Cave; located in Mount Justice.
- The She-Lair in SheZow, located under Guy's Aunt's (now his Family's) house (with a secret exit to the sea).