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Space Base
A Supervillain LairIN SPACE! For total isolation from those pesky heroes, spy organizations, and other do-gooders, there's nothing better than your very own space station. Tailor-built for the villain with a bottomless budget, the space base often doubles as a Kill Sat, Wave Motion Gun, or some other doomsday device that can wipe cities (or even entire planets) off the map unless the governments of the world pay a hefty ransom.

A variation on the theme is the moon base; it's within blasting distance of the earth, and there's a lot of prime real estate just waiting for the evil mastermind to snap up.

See Space Station for the less elaborate and villainous variant of this trope.

Compare Elaborate Underground Base, Underwater Base, and Island Base.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • UFO Robo Grendizer (one of the Mazinger Z sequels: The lair of the Vegan invaders was a Space Base set in the Moon they used to launch their raids and strikes from. When the Emperor began his final offensive against Earth, he ordered blowing it up to show his troops they had only two choices left: conquering Earth or die.
  • Precia Testarossa has her base in a different dimension. In space.
  • The bad guys in Nurse Angel Ririka SOS operate out of a weird starfish-shaped asteroid-thing that seems to be in Earth's orbit. It's in space at any rate.

    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics' Injustice Gang had a satellite space station hangout at one time.
  • DC Comics' Legion of Super-Heroes has had a couple of these at different points. In the post-Zero Hour continuity, they built Outpost Allon, a space station which served as a secondary base. And later, after the Outpost was destroyed, they built a moon-sized Space Base called Legion World to serve as their (mobile) base of operations.
  • In X-Men, Magneto has the Asteroid M at first, and then Avalon.
  • In All Fall Down, the Order of Despots has one of these on the moon. It's seen in first in a flashback, and is later visited in the present.
  • Suverted in a Biggles comic where the space station armed with nuclear weapons to blackmail the world turns out to be an inflatable hoax.

    Film 
  • The film version of the James Bond story Moonraker has its climax take place in a orbital space station.
  • The second Austin Powers film also has a moon base, complete with moon laser.
  • Star Wars: If examples where everything's in space count, then we wouldn't be complete without mentioning the Death Star, a moon-sized space base capable of blowing up whole planets.
  • Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen has the Fallen's base/pad/hatchery on a moon of Saturn.
  • In Iron Sky, an exiled faction of Nazis control a moonbase since leaving Earth in 1945.

    Literature 

    Live Action TV 
  • Inverted in Gerry Anderson's Space Precinct where the police precinct house is a space station. Of course, this doesn't make much sense, but it's supposed to look cool.
  • Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger- Bandora's palace is on the moon. Same naturally goes for Rita Repulsa in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
  • A nonvillainous example in Kamen Rider Fourze. The protagonists can access a lunar research base (dubbed the "Rabbit Hatch") via Kengo's locker (which contains a passageway made of Cosmic Energy). It becomes the hideaway for the Kamen Rider Club which is then littered with toys, food, and other paraphernalia to suit the teenagers' needs.

    Music 
  • In Jonathan Coulton's song "The Future Soon", the narrator speculates about his future self working as a scientist in his space lab in space, taking on such projects as solving world hunger, curing diseases, and building his robot army to take over the world.

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