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->'''Ron Stoppable''': "Have we been in this lair before?"
->'''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''': "They all start to look alike after a while."

Every up-and-coming SuperVillain aspires to create a particularly cool Supervillain Lair. It may be an ElaborateUndergroundBase, an [[HauntedCastle old castle]] (preferably [[DeathMountain atop a craggy mountain peak]] in the middle of nowhere surrounded by a [[DramaticThunder perpetual lightning storm]]), an [[UnderwaterBase underwater complex]], an EvilTowerOfOminousness, a [[IslandBase volcanic isle]], a [[SpaceBase space station]], [[ExecutiveSuiteFight a corporate office building]], a [[BigFancyCastle BFC]] at the end of world 8 (in video games anyway) among other possibilities, but if you really want to be a cut above lesser villainous contemporaries you make it a [[FloatingContinent floating fortress]] or an AirborneAircraftCarrier. It will generally be stocked with most or all of the following:

* A [[TheWarRoom war room]], equipped with {{trap door}}s for disposing of [[YouHaveFailedMe minions who displease the]] BigBad.
* A throne room, if the BigBad has delusions of royalty (or [[AristocratsAreEvil an actual title]]). Comes complete with [[CoolChair throne]] for the villain to [[SlouchOfVillainy slouch in]].
* A WaveMotionGun or other WeaponOfMassDestruction with which to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* Barracks for an army of EvilMinions.
* A DenOfIniquity for minions to unwind between assignments.
* Lavish quarters for TheDragon and the members of the QuirkyMinibossSquad.
* [[MechaMooks Roving security robots]].
* [[AirVentPassageway Human-sized ventilation ducts]] that the {{heroes}} will eventually crawl around in.
* A vehicle hangar, possibly stocked with HumongousMecha or a CoolShip of some sort.
* A [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter beautiful daughter]] who is impatient at being cooped up in the Supervillain Lair.
* An InsecuritySystem featuring {{booby trap}}s and [[LaserHallway laser hallways]] strewn about everywhere.
* A SharkPool, and at least one other suitable {{deathtrap}} such as a LavaPit.
* Whatever transmission equipment is required to broadcast directly to the UN or to [[DoNotAdjustYourSet take over every TV set in the world]].
* A DeathCourse.
* Lots and lots of AppliedPhlebotinum.
* {{No OSHA Compliance}}.
* A MadScientistLaboratory for the MadScientist minions (Or the villain, if a MadScientist him-/herself).
* A monorail.
* A healthy dose of SigilSpam, for the more megalomaniacal [[SuperVillain supervillains]].
* And {{Mooks}}. Lots and lots of {{Mooks}}.
* A [[SelfDestructMechanism self destruct]] button just in case anyone breaches the lair.

The more elaborate the digs, and the more time spent dwelling on them, the more likely that the heroes will end up [[StormingTheCastle paying them a visit]] and exposing some [[LoadBearingBoss important architectural flaws]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] has a preference for mansions.
* In ''Manga/BlackCat'', Creed, being a ClassicVillain, has one of these.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': BigBad Dr. Hell had TWO: the island of Bardos, where he found the Mykene HumongousMecha, and the -properly named- island of Hell, an islet near from Japan where he moved to in the second half of the series. His first base looked like a deserted island, covered with ancient, half-crumbled ruins, but his second fortress seemed less ordinary, featuring a mountain with four gigantic faces carved on the slopes. Nonetheless, both of them included the next features:
*** an ElaborateUndergroundBase
*** a throne room for Hell
*** a war room to argue strategies
*** quarters for his CoDragons
*** barracks for his {{Mook}}s
*** several hangars for his {{Cool Ship}}s, {{Cool Airship}}s and HumongousMecha
*** InsecuritySystem was absolutely useless to stop Mazinger Z
*** transmision equipment to broadcast to every TV set in the world
*** Hell's MadScientistLaboratory where he fabricated his weapons, mechas and cyborgs
*** several training camps for his {{Robeast}}s and {{Mook}}s
*** And in the original manga, his second fortress could transform into a humongous HumongousMecha. And in the GosakuOta episodes, he could launch it off to the space and blow it up (in case his enemies invaded his island and he could not win).
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': since the villains were an subterranean empire, their base was Emperor of Darkness' palace, and it counted like an ElaborateUndergroundBase.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': The lair of the Vegan invaders was a SpaceBase set in the Moon. [[spoiler: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.]]
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Lord Genome's city of Teppelin should easily qualify; the entire city structure IS the GiantRobot / WeaponOfMassDestruction!
* NERV's facility at Tokyo 3 in Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion. It's debatable whether or not they're really evil, but they certainly enjoy looking the part.
* Claw from ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dead River.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' the BigBad's lair is Los Noches, a massive fortress in the middle of the desert. It is enormous and includes a great number of traps, minions, a war room, and a throne room. It is perfect for the villain who wants to keep "everything going according to plan."
* The Garden of Time, Precia's base in the first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha.'' Take a [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100524232357/nanoha/images/thumb/7/70/GardenOfTime.jpg/1000px-GardenOfTime.jpg look]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Lots of series set in TheDCU. A recent ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story featured the debut of a realtor who specialized in finding properties for super-criminals. [[AbandonedWarehouse Abandoned warehouses]], [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer spacious sewers]], [[CircusOfFear rundown theme parks]], you name it.
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has the modestly named Castle Doom (In the city of Doomstadt, in Doctor Doom's home country of Latveria). The ComicBook/RedSkull, Superia, and ComicBook/{{HYDRA}} seem to prefer elaborate bases hidden on seemingly deserted islands. The Kingpin, being a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive "legitimate businessman"]], has a penthouse in a New York skyscraper-- with the floor directly below him packed full of lowlife goons. Doctor Demonicus raised an island from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. ComicBook/{{Magneto}} had his own private asteroid base in orbit.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', the Order of Despots has one, on the moon. It's seen in a flashback in chapter two [[spoiler:and the heroes return there for the climax in chapter six]].
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The headquarters of the [[EvilCounterpart Dark Judges]] in their home dimension Deadworld and counterpart of MegaCity One's Grand Hall of Justice is the Dark Hall of Justice. From here they oversaw the omnicidal purges that left their planet devoid of all life, and occasionally go back to regroup since entering Dredd's dimension. The courtyard is littered with bones and features a [[OurFounder memorial statue]] of Judge Death carrrying out the last execution.

* FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi features this repeatedly as the titular heroine uses her knowledge of modern innovation- coupled with magic and a heaping helping of 'they will kill me' to design some awesome {{Magitek}} versions. These include a [[UnderwaterBase submarine base]], several elaborate palaces, and an [[IslandBase entire island system]]- that she conquered. She is noteable in treation her minions well, however, and so lacks the usual [[{{No OSHA Compliance}} flippancy with their lives]]. The lairs she constructs reflect this. In fact, she usually uses [[MechaMooks magical drone-golems in place of conventional troops]]. Many of the antagonists themselves have bases that they must have [[LavaPit constructed]] in [[{{booby trap}} accordance]] to a [[SharkPool villain's]] [[DeathCourse decoration]] [[{{deathtrap}} guide]], includeing- you guessed it -an island with a cave shaped like a skull.
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. Journalist Buster Kincaid is delighted to find that the suspected BigBad has an ElaborateUndergroundBase in Antarctica's [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mount Terror]] -- a [[VolcanoLair volcano]] on [[IslandBase Ross Island]].
* The 127th Emperor Hetto starship acts as the command hub for the Conquest Fleet and is Atvar's main base of operations in ''FanFic/WorldwarWarOfEquals''.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** [[MadGod Discord]]'s castle(s) during his stints as Equestria's EvilOverlord, as seen in the [[{{Prequel}} Origins Arc]] and the [[BadFuture Dark World Series]].
** The BigBad of the Shining Armor Arc, [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]], is a GenreSavvy LargeHam RealityWarper, so as such has these (or at least creates them when necessary). The FinalBattle between himself and Shining Armor ends up playing out in a fortress complete with EvilTowerOfOminousness, and filled with every evil gadget that Makarvo can come up with.
* In ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', [[FallenHero Jade]] originally uses the Dark Hand's former penthouse headquarters as her base, but after realizing the captured Valmont will rat her out, abandons it fairly early on. Later, she relocates to Windsor Manor, subjugating the ghouls haunting the place into a security force as part of its conversion into her new lair.
* In ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'', [[VillainProtagonist Midnight]] has apparently inherited Slade's tastes in lairs, since the one she uses in the Jump City Arc is near-identical to the one he used in Season 1 of canon.
* In ''Fanfic/HeroesForEarth'', originally a small mech vehicle in the first episode of the [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers cartoon]]. This version of the mobile oil platform is equipped with a laboratory, opulent dining quarters, brig, galley and an army.

* Nearly every ''Film/JamesBond'' film ever made.
* Spoofed to death in the ''AustinPowers'' series.
** "Welcome to my secret underground lair"
** "Is it a hollowed out volcano like I asked for?"
** "Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to my submarine lair. [[DoubleEntendre It's long and hard and full of seamen!]]"
* The Death Stars from ''Film/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' contain most of the features on the above list.
* Spoofed in ''[[Film/{{DEBS}} D.E.B.S.]]'', with Lucy's lair being something vaguely evil-looking. Then, after the film skewers the meetup dialogue (and Lucy's "evil" image), we find out that, despite all her high-tech gadgetry, the lair still has yet to be completed. This, of course, could be due to Lucy's just having come back from Antarctica or wherever.
* Emporer Tod on the planet Spengo had about everything above in ''Film/MomAndDadSaveTheWorld''
* Syndrome in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has an absolutely fabulous lair, in a tropical paradise - [[IslandBase Nomanisan Island]] - under a volcano. Complete with monorail, underground rocket launch site, underwater docks for the subplanes, and lava walls.
* Destro's under water base in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' has everything a supervillain lair needs, which includes a self destruct mechanism.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'''s [[BigBad Lord Business]] is more than suitable for his EvilTowerOfOminousness, in which he rules over all the LEGO realms from, alongside where he also devises his plan to [[EvilPlan glue everything together]]. Complete with thunder and lightning, and a torturous Think Tank for Master Builders.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': The Bog King's castle is the trunk of a tree, with a large ([[MouseWorld to him]]) skull for a front door.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Season One: The collapsed church beneath the Hellmouth. Doubles as a TailorMadePrison, since the Master's really anxious to get out of there.
** Season Two: The factory for The Anointed One/Spike, and Crawford Street mansion for Angelus.
** Season Three: City Hall.
** Season Four: The Initiative
** Season Five: Glory's apartment. Tough act to follow, those clandestine underground government labs.
** Season Six: Warren's basement. [[BigBadWannabe Erm...]]
** Season Seven: The vineyard. And eventually the Hellmouth itself.
* The offices of Wolfram and Hart in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Brilliantly spoofed, along with the rest of ''Film/JamesBond'', in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The Fortress of Doom, Chaotica's lair in the holodeck program ''The Adventures of Captain Proton!''
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the (adopted) Shadow homeworld at Z'ha'dum had most of the features of a Supervillain Lair.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Ornithophobia Diffusion", Sheldon claims that if he had a working superweapon, he would be living in a Supervillain Lair on the proceeds of holding the world hostage.

* ''Literature/DrNo'': UnbuiltTrope. Dr No has one, built on a tropical island for the sole reason of feeding his megalomania. The book makes a great deal of noise about the time and expenses involved, and Bond muses about the strange, surreal quality of the whole thing.

* "Skullcrusher Mountain", by JonathanCoulton, is set at one of these.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Spoofed relentlessly in ''Totally Renamed Spy Game'' by Cheapass Games (formerly known as "''Before I Kill You, Mr. Bond''").
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': The plane of Rath, a parasitic plane connected to Dominaria, has as its centerpiece a stronghold that looks like nothing so much as an inverted mountain. From within its vast structure, the evincars of Rath have plotted for their Phyrexian masters to conquer Dominaria in the name of Yawgmoth. While the Stronghold doesn't have one or two of the above list, it notably subverts at least one of them, with giant bugs roaming the air ducts and an apparently bottomless pit despite it having defined dimensions.
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Evil'' contains instructions for playing evil [=PCs=], including details on the construction of an evil lair. These cover finding a remote location, dealing with local creatures and possibly making them your minions, the cost of constructing a lair underwater or inside a volcano, creating magic traps and guardians, building escape routes...pretty much a short handbook for this trope from a DangerouslyGenreSavvy villain's point of view.
* Obviously a BIG part of {{7TV}} from Crooked Dice. They even produce downloadable scenery for you to decorate the 'set' with. The rulebook includes rules for what happens when you lose a hand to hand while standing on an overhead gantry.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'', where as the resident supervillain, you get to build a lair - twice - get the money, minions and henchmen you need to defeat the Super Spies, and successfully TakeOverTheWorld - all done in a [[{{Troperrific}} cheesy 1960's-style way]].
* ''ImpossibleMission'', by Creator/{{Epyx}}.
* Outer Heaven in ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' is a mercenary facility where the titular mecha is being built.
* In the highly acclaimed "Dreamcatcher" custom module for the original ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', the following exchange dialogue option occurs between the player and a [[EvilMinions kobold minion]], in a secret lair on the ocean floor:
-->'''[=[PC]=]''': "Why is it that villains always go for the underwater secret base?"
-->'''Krunk the Kobold''': "Krunk doesn't know, but he did have a previous master who had a secret volcano base. The sulfur hurt Krunk's sinuses."
* The White Star in both ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Original Generation'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Original Generation 2''
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Red Alert 3'', after assassinating Allied Supreme Commander Bingham Premier Cherdenko decides that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and launches attacks at you from his Secret Volcano Base.
** Similarly, his opposite President Ackerman has a superweapon hidden in Mount Rushmore, decimating each of the Presidents' as he activates it.
** Don't forget the Temple of Nod/Temple Prime in the Tiberian series. Sure, they typically get blasted by the Ion Cannon, but that was [[ThePlan Kane's plan all along]]. They have two purposes; to be used by his soldiers and sacrificed when the benefit is greater than that use.
* In the ''KingdomHearts'' series, Organization XIII has had not one, but 2 castles surrounded by perpetual lightning so far.
** it should be noted that their names are "Castle Oblivion" and "The Castle That Never Was". And if a Disney world has a villain, he'll have his lair...
* At the centre of the ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'', [[EvilOverlord Lord Recluse]] spins his web of schemes within his futuristic fortress in Grandville, the [[PresidentEvil capital of his island nation]]. And that's just the main base- each of his lieutenants has their own customised base ([[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghost]] [[DarkActionGirl Widow]] has an EvilTowerOfOminousness, [[MadScientist Dr Aeon]] has a futuristic city...), and dozens of smaller [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Arachnos]] bases are dotted in all the territory they control. Player villains can join a Super Group and construct a base of their own.
* Let's not forget {{Pokemon}}. We've had Underground Lairs, Lairs in volcanoes, Lairs underwater, even lairs in the middle of busy cities. And most or all of them have bizarre security systems, teleporters, and massive banks of computers. Electric eye are used in the old ninja hideout.
* Lampshaded and/or subverted in ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever 2''. In one sequence you come upon two guards discussing the needlessly elaborate evil lair. One guard explains that while it would be far more convenient and cost effective to lease office space, then potential clients wouldn't think that the organization is evil enough for high-profile jobs. As proof, he cites a vastly inferior evil organization pulling in many important jobs simply because they had a top-rate design firm redesign their secret base.
* Wily's Skull Castle in the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series.
** The Mega Man series loves this trope. Every game has at least one new evil fortress for Wily, [[VideoGame/MegaMan4 three have]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan5 separate]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan6 evil lairs]] for the DiscOneFinalBoss, some of Wily's fortresses are [[RecycledINSPACE in space]], and once he even has a skull-themed [[ThatsNoMoon Death Star]].
* This trope was explicitly mentioned to be the inspiration behind the maps of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. Seemingly innocuous buildings (farmhouses, industrial complexes, warehouses, etc.) hide areas full of computers, rocket launchpads or giant lasers.
* The fifteenth and last stage of ''VideoGame/{{ESWAT}}'' takes the player into one, with a the message "WORLD CONQUEST" unsubtly flashing over a map of the world.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has Raven Rock in the main game, Haven in ''The Pitt'', Adams Air Force Base in ''Broken Steel'', and the Underground Lab in ''Point Lookout''.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Lucky 38 Casino]], [[BigBad Caesar]]'s Fort, and the [[TheDragon Legate]]'s Camp(base game), the [[MadScientistLaboratory Think Tank and Forbidden Zone]](''Old World Blues''), and [[YeOldeNuclearSilo Ulysses' Temple]](''Lonesome Road'').
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' has the V2 Rocket Base in the first game, Fort Schmerzen in that game and ''Allied Assault'', and the Gotha facility in ''Frontline''.
* In ''VideoGames/CarmenSandiegoWordDetective'', every location is a villain lair for a member of V.I.L.E., with the main hub a lair for Carmen herself.
* [[IslandBase The Island of Claymodo]] in ''[[VideoGame/{{Clayfighter}} Clayfighter 63 1/3]]", home of the MadScientist Dr. Kiln.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=80 This map]] from ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' pretty much sums it up.
* [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Castle Heterodyne]], and, for that matter, Mechanicsburg as a whole, it being the town of [[TheIgor Igors]]. An enormous, ancient and ''[[InstantAIJustAddWater sentient]]'' castle, with its cavernous halls and wavy passages filled with {{Death Trap}}s, and more than slightly [[AIIsACrapshoot whacked in what it has as a head]], it certainly qualifies. Somewhat subverted in that for at least two generations, including the most recent, Heterodynes were ''the heroes'', but their castle is much, much, ''much'' older. [[AirBorneAircraftCarrier Castle Wulfenbach]] and other [[MadScientist Sparks']] lairs are on the book too. Pretty much unsurprisingly, the comic being about [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]].
%% * ''Webcomic/MinionsAtWork'': [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2006/05/minions-8-directions.html directions to the lair]].
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/040902c Bob's]] is the purest ''supervillain'' lair, but Wiley, Mynd and others do it, too.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the WhateleyUniverse, you can ''order'' your own Supervillain Lair from a ''website''. There are ones listed for sale or rent, there are Supervillain Lair timeshares on the island of Karedonia (which is run by a supervillain), there is everything you could want, down to 'Evil lair human resources specialists to keep your henchmen happy'.
** In the first chapter of Ayla 8, side team The Vindicators invade an evil lair in a holographic simulation for training, and get their asses kicked. The person playing supervillain turns out to be [[spoiler: Ayla herself, as part of her classwork for the same course.]]
** Later in the same story, Team Kimba does a sim run where they infiltrate a Supervillain Lair based on the lair of Crucible, an actual Whateleyverse supervillain, complete with Crucible himself at the end. Fortunately for TK, [[TheSmartGuy Phase]] had heard about the actual lair the sim was based on from a classmate a couple of weeks before, and was able to provide valuable intel, so they were able to beat the sim pretty handily, even though the difficulty had been jacked up.
* Actively [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in Literature/{{Worm}} both by Coil's [[spoiler: under city bunker]] and later [[spoiler:[[VillainProtagonist Taylor]]'s [[BadPowersGoodPeople bug]] [[CreepyGood filled]] lair.]]
* The Dark Overlords from the serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' each live in a different type of scary lair, from a fortress to a castle to a palace to a citadel.
* Veldron of ''SuperStories'' has a labyrinth inside a floating island.
* [[http://www.villainsource.com/ Villain Source]] (Your Online Source For Everything Evil) has a number of supervillain lairs for sale, ranging from skull-engraved volcano islands to inflatable castles for the supervillain on a budget ([[VillainCred not any supervillain we'd care to hang out with]]). Naturally each lair comes with its own [[BigRedButton obvious]], [[NoOshaCompliance accessible]] {{self destruct mechanism}}.
* While technically not a supervillain, Eva in ''Literature/VoidDomain'' uses an abandoned prison to fulfill a similar function. Several demons infest the place under her supervision.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has the headquarters of "Doofenschmirtz Evil Incorporated!"
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has a lot of fun with this one. Most notable, in one episode Dr. Drakken builds a lair in the "World's Largest Cheese Wheel"; which, we are [[RunningGag reminded several times]], is not a cheese-covered building, but is in fact 100 percent Wisconsin swiss.
** Then, of course, there's Señor Señor Sr., who only became a villain after Ron pointed out that his home was already half way to being a lair.
** Other fun includes a timeshare lair that Drakken shares with his rival (on a lot holding a number of them) and an imposing lair built in the middle of a suburb, [[GeographicFlexibility both in Kim's hometown]].
* ''TotallySpies''.
* While it rarely dwelt very long on any of them, nearly every supervillain to appear on ''Birdman'' had a snazzy lair of some kind. Mountains and personal islands were the most popular, but the sky was the limit, and more than one bad guy took up residence there.
* Several examples from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', most of them subverted. None of the other characters can tell what the Monarch's flying cocoon is supposed to be (it's mistaken for a giant pine cone more than once) and prior to season 3, it was parked in the Grand Canyon where anyone could see it. Phantom Limb had a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired base he called "the lair of the phantom", but it was located in a gated suburban community for supervillains.
* [[WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne Hector Con Carne]] has the personal island variant of the lair on an island called Bunny Island, so called because Hector's lair is [[ShapedLikeItself shaped like a bunny]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', Dr. Weird has his lair and laboratory somewhere on the South Jersey Shore (in what was apparently once "Belle Isle Asylum). In the first Dr. Weird short, his Rabbot escapes by smashing through a wall; this flaw causes him problems later, as his inventions sometimes escape or are stolen from "[HIS] IMPENETRABLE FORTRESS!"
* Dr. Robotnik's Robotropolis from ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'' is pretty much a Supervillain Lair the size of an entire city.
* All the {{Big Bad}}s in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' have lairs, as do some of the less big baddies. Of note is Brother Blood, who keeps a tally on how many secret lairs Cyborg owes him. And Slade, whose lairs are always underground, always dark, and always have some theme.
* Averted hilariously in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''. When the comically inept [[CardCarryingVillain Bowler Hat Guy]] has captured Lewis and is [[MrExposition telling him]] [[MotiveRant his motives]] for doing so, he mentions how he met the [[AIIsACrapshoot robotic hat Doris]] and how they retreated to "our villainous lair" to make their nefarious plans. Cue camera shot of the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ridiculously cute kid theme restaurant]] they actually went to.
* Megabyte's Silicon Tor, Hexadecimal's Lair and Daemon's Master Clock from ''{{Reboot}}''.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad's'' ''Film/JamesBond'' parody episode "Tearjerker", where the titular villain's lair and vehicles all have some sort of major defect[[note]]For example, he sends some {{Mooks}} rappelling into his office to kill Stan, but the floor breaks underneath them, then the ropes don't detach so Stan just climbs up after Tearjerker[[/note]]. Tearjerker (played by Roger) keeps blaming it on the lousy contractor. [[spoiler:This even proves to be his undoing, as his EscapePod craps out while he's over a volcano.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' has the Citadel of Bone, [[BigBad Skeleton King's]] personal fortress and ship.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler's]] ''Führerbunker,'' where he lived for the last few months of [[WorldWarII the war]], was pretty much this.
** Pretty much ''all'' of his ''Führerhauptquartiere''. Early on in the war, Hitler lead the German Army from a train which had some 17 components. Possibly the most infamous headquarters is ''Wolfsschanze'' (or Wolf's Lair), where the July 20 Plot took place. That facility had 2000 people working there at its peak and it took until 1955 for the Soviets to clear all the 54,000 landmines in the surrounding area.
* The media is making Julian Assange's Wikileaks facility seem like this. Seeing [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337014/WikiLeaks-bunker-Julian-Assanges-subterranean-Bond-villain-den.html pics]] of the underground computer storage bunker in Stockholm, you can't blame them! It does look rather "Blofeldian".
** The facility, known as Pionen, belongs to ISP [[http://www.bahnhof.net/ Bahnhof]] and hosts servers from hundreds of different companies. Those who have actually been inside can assure you, aside from a hellish noise level from the cooling systems, the pictures do it justice.
** The opposition [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/15/nsa-mind-keith-alexander-star-trek has fallen to that trope]] (whether this is reasonable or in good taste is a different question).
* Saddam Hussein was quite the fan of luxurious mansions. [[http://www.shadowsoftikrit.com/preview.html Here's]] a quick peek inside the best known (The Tikrit Presidential Site).
* Kim Il-sung also had a taste for mansions like this with a good bit of {{CloudCuckooLand|er}}ry thrown in for good measure. For example all beds inside his mansions had to be exactly 500 meters above sea level and his duvets had to be filled with the softest down imaginable. What is the softest down imaginable? It apparently comes from the chin of a sparrow. Seven hundred thousand sparrows were required to fill a single duvet.
* Hassan-i Sabbah, leader of TheHashshashin, took control of the fortress at Alamut in northern Persia and made it his headquarters, strengthening its fortifications and adding food stores, a library, and a pleasure garden. A possible translation of "Alamut" is the [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Eagle's Nest]], making it HilariousInHindsight.
* Subverted with Tycho Brahe, who owned an observatory on his own private island fortress...[[MundaneUtility which he used for making astronomical observations]].
* Pablo Escobar [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacienda_N%C3%A1poles humble home]].
* The headquarter of the [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly National Fascist Party]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/polls_Fascist_Headquarters___1934_0824_575017_answer_2_xlarge_7375.jpeg had the perfect looks]].