Playing With / Ominous Floating Castle

Basic Trope: A villain's main headquarters is within a levitating fortress in the air, in space, or within nothingness.
  • Straight: Lord Bloodstone's castle hovers ominously over Bob's peasant village.
  • Exaggerated: Anyone even remotely evil owns a floating structure, ranging from a small shack floating two feet in the air to Lord Bloodstone's continent-sized citadel in the exosphere.
  • Downplayed:
    • Lord Bloodstone's castle hovers very closely to the ground, but just high enough to be inaccessible on foot.
    • Only an ominous-looking entrance to Lord Bloodstone's lair is on the floating island.
  • Justified: Lord Bloodstone is actually a Knight Templar or a Well-Intentioned Extremist who believes that the higher his castle is, the closer he is to God.
  • Inverted: Lord Bloodstone dwells within the very bottom of an Elaborate Underground Base
  • Subverted: Lord Bloodstone's castle is actually resting on an invisible mountain. The mountain is invisible in order to make the fortress look more imposing.
  • Double Subverted: But when Lord Bloostone begins his evil plan, his castle rises into the sky.
  • Parodied: Lord Bloodstone's "imposing" fortress is actually a small house floating above the world.
  • Zig Zagged: Lord Bloodstone has a castle that can switch between a grounded state and a floating state numerous times.
  • Averted: Lord Bloodstone's castle is always on the ground.
  • Enforced: "We need there to be a reason why no one in Bob's village ever sneaks into Bloodstone's castle."
  • Lampshaded: "A floating castle... am I the only one tempted to spit off the side?"
  • Invoked: "What better way to defend a castle than to make it flying?"
  • Exploited: Natalie offers the heroes a ferry service to the floating island... for a price, of course.
  • Defied: Keeping a floating island in place is inefficient, so Lord Bloodstone instead opts for a land-locked castle in the middle of a dangerous mountain range.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Lord Bloodstone begins to suffer from altitude sickness, which makes him unable to fight Bob at full strength and ultimately facilitates his demise.
    • Alternatively, the effects of altitude sickness are what kill Lord Bloodstone.
    • Alternatively, the logistics for getting food and water to a flying castle prove to be Lord Bloodstone's undoing.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Lord Bloodstone's castle is encased in a force field that alleviates the negative effects of being at such a high altitude.
    • The castle can lower itself to the ground to take on food and water, as well as to allow Lord Bloodstone's troops to enter and exit.

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