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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'': Vigil tells Shepard's party that the Prothean research facility on Illos survived because it was top secret and went completely dark when the Reapers began their invasion.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'': Vigil tells Shepard's party that the Prothean research facility on Illos survived because it was top secret and went completely dark when the Reapers began their invasion. In the third game, if questioned about it, Javik says he is completely unaware of any such facility, which makes sense: to successfully hide from the Reapers, the facility had to be hidden from ''everyone'', including their allies.


** There's also Rifleman Bank Station from the ''Missing Link'' [=DLC=] which has ''[[UpToEleven a second, even more secret black site hidden inside it]]'' And a computer display in the second black site hints at another site hidden near (or possible even ''[[LandmarkingTheHiddenBase inside]]'') Ayers Rock.

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** There's also Rifleman Bank Station from the ''Missing Link'' [=DLC=] [=DLC=], a remote detention/interrogation center owned by [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Belltower Associates]] which has ''[[UpToEleven a second, even more secret secret]]'' black site (used for [[spoiler:human experimentation by TheIlluminati]]) hidden inside it]]'' it. And a computer display in the second black site hints at another site hidden near (or possible even ''[[LandmarkingTheHiddenBase inside]]'') Ayers Rock.

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* The Shadow Temple from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. [[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]] explains the temple was employed as a jail by the Sheikah, loyal guardians of the Royal Family of Hyrule, to interrogate and torture enemies, hence the blood-stained walls and floors as well as the torture instruments that can be found all over the area. Because of the dark stain on Hyrule's history that it represents, it is taboo for the Royal Family to speak of the place and its existence remains unknown to the population.


** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]] reveals that [[LandmarkingTheHiddenBase Canary Wharf Tower]] in London houses the Torchwood Institute's secret headquarters, Torchwood One. It's unclear if Torchwood One occupies all of the tower or just certain floors.
*** Torchwood One is also implied to have been located at a different Black Site prior to Canary Wharf's construction, but this location is never revealed.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern "The Idiot's Lantern"]], the Wire is stealing peoples' faces through their TV sets from Magpie's shop. The police, not wanting to cause a panic with the coronation leaving them deprived of needed officers for a full investigation (and Torchwood breathing down their necks), abduct the victims, putting bags over their heads to hide their faceless faces, and store them in a black site. This is first made clear when the Doctor and Rose, upon arriving in the area, spot one such faceless victim being taken away by the police. They chase down the police car on their scooter, but the police officer, realizing he's being followed, radios ahead "Operation Market Stall! Go go go!" so by the time the Doctor and Rose make it to the black site entrance, they find only the disguised entrance (plainclothes cops pretending to sweep market stalls).
--->'''The Doctor:''' Lost them! Howíd they get away from us?\\
'''Rose:''' I'm surprised they didnít turn back and arrest you for reckless driving! [[UniversalDriversLicense Have you actually passed your test?]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' [[TheMenInBlack Men in black]]? Vanishing police cars? This is Churchillís England, not Stalinís Russia!
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]] reveals that [[LandmarkingTheHiddenBase One Canada Square]] in Canary Wharf Tower]] in London houses the Torchwood Institute's secret headquarters, Torchwood One. It's unclear if Torchwood One occupies all of the tower or just certain floors.
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*** Torchwood One is also implied to have been located at a different Black Site prior to Canary Wharf's One Canada Square's construction, but this location is never revealed.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': The prison on Reformation Island (just off of Paradise Island) serves to imprison and rehabilitate super powered criminals who commited crimes all across the galaxy, but is overseen by the Amazons and not any of the governments or peoples the crimes were against and is hidden and inaccessible for everyone else.


* The British equivalent, meanwhile, is Porton Down, an extremely secretive biological and chemical weapons testing facility in the Cotswolds of Southern England that's run by the Ministry of Defence. [[note]] And by secretive, we mean that when there was a very carefully managed documentary made about it ran on BBC 4 (the broadcasting equivalent of leaving something in the desert sun to die), most of the first part of the film was buildings being filmed, the presenter asking questions and being stonily told, "Sorry, that's classified." And those were just the ones they were actually allowed to filmt. [[/note]] Like Area 51, it has a reputation for dissecting alien corpses and human experimentation. Unlike Area 51, no one with any sense wants to get anywhere near it (house prices are notably lower in villages downwind of the facility), and the human experimentation thing is based in fact, as the death of Aircraftsman Maddison via Sarin exposure in 1953 demonstrated. Between 1953 and 1976 it also released E. Coli bacteria, among others, off the coast of Britain to simulate an Anthrax attack, invented the nerve agent 'VX', and rendered Gruinard island off Scotland uninhabitable by testing Anthrax on it (though it has supposedly been decontaminated since 1986).

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* The British equivalent, meanwhile, is Porton Down, an extremely secretive biological and chemical weapons testing facility in the Cotswolds of Southern England that's run by the Ministry of Defence. [[note]] And by secretive, we mean that when there was a very carefully managed documentary made about it ran on BBC 4 (the broadcasting equivalent of leaving something in the desert sun to die), most of the first part of the film was buildings being filmed, the presenter asking questions and being stonily told, "Sorry, that's classified." And those were just the ones they were actually allowed to filmt.film. [[/note]] Like Area 51, it has a reputation for dissecting alien corpses and human experimentation. Unlike Area 51, no one with any sense wants to get anywhere near it (house prices are notably lower in villages downwind of the facility), and the human experimentation thing is based in fact, as fact: a 50 year legal battle by the death family of Aircraftsman Maddison via Ronald Madison, who died in 1953 at the age of 20, revealed that his death was caused by Sarin exposure in 1953 demonstrated. during 'volunteer testing'. Between 1953 and 1976 it also released E. Coli ''E. Coli'' bacteria, among others, off the coast of Britain to simulate an Anthrax attack, invented the nerve agent 'VX', and rendered Gruinard island off Scotland uninhabitable by testing Anthrax on it (though it has supposedly been decontaminated since 1986).


* Area 51 is probably the archetypal example, appearing in fiction often enough to [[{{Area51}} have its own trope]]. Sadly (for conspiracy theorists and fiction writers, anyway) it was declassified in 2013 revealing what most non-conspiracy theorists already suspected, that it was a facility for the development and testing of new experimental military aircraft and military aircraft technologies, most of which get declassified themselves after a decade or so, and nuclear research during and just after WWII. This has done nothing to stop rumors of [[TheConspiracy sinister conspiracies]] and ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, since conspiracy theorists rarely believe "The Official Story" anyhow.

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* Area 51 is probably the archetypal example, appearing in fiction often enough to [[{{Area51}} have its own trope]]. Sadly (for conspiracy theorists and fiction writers, anyway) it was declassified in 2013 revealing what most non-conspiracy theorists already suspected, that it was a facility for the development and testing of new experimental military aircraft and military aircraft technologies, most of which get declassified themselves after a decade or so, and nuclear research during and just after WWII.being commissioned post-WWII. This has done nothing to stop rumors of [[TheConspiracy sinister conspiracies]] and ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, since conspiracy theorists rarely believe "The Official Story" anyhow.


* Area 51 is probably the archetypal example, appearing in fiction often enough to [[{{Area51}} have its own trope]]. Sadly (for conspiracy theorists and fiction writers, anyway) it was declassified in 2013 revealing what most non-conspiracy theorists already suspected, that it was a facility for the development and testing of new experimental military aircraft and military aircraft technologies, most of which get declassified themselves after a decade or so. This has done nothing to stop rumors of [[TheConspiracy sinister conspiracies]] and ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, since conspiracy theorists rarely believe "The Official Story" anyhow.

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* Area 51 is probably the archetypal example, appearing in fiction often enough to [[{{Area51}} have its own trope]]. Sadly (for conspiracy theorists and fiction writers, anyway) it was declassified in 2013 revealing what most non-conspiracy theorists already suspected, that it was a facility for the development and testing of new experimental military aircraft and military aircraft technologies, most of which get declassified themselves after a decade or so.so, and nuclear research during and just after WWII. This has done nothing to stop rumors of [[TheConspiracy sinister conspiracies]] and ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, since conspiracy theorists rarely believe "The Official Story" anyhow.


** The Gap Installation, [[ItMakesSenseInContext secret headquarters of an grass-roots NASA developing launchless rockets, located in an alternate universe right next to where the earth doesn't exist]].

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** The Gap Installation, [[ItMakesSenseInContext secret headquarters of an grass-roots NASA developing launchless rockets, located in an alternate universe right next to a universe where the earth Earth doesn't exist]].


** In some places this has reached somewhat farcical level, with the prime candidate being the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT_Tower BT Tower, a 581 feet tall tower in the center of London]], which for more than decade wasn't shown on ordnance survey maps. This despite the building being open to visitors. Brilliant spoofed by ''Series/YesMinister'':
--->'''Sir Humphrey''': Ladysmith House is top secret.\\
'''Hacker''': How can a seven storey building in Walthamstow be top secret?\\
'''Sir Humphrey''': Where there's a will, there's a way.


# Secret Prison: Also much more common in conspiracy theories than in fiction, although to a lesser extent than Secret Bunkers. This is where people are sent when the government (or whomever) needs to make them disappear. Due to the lack of oversight that comes with secrecy, these prisons are often [[HellholePrison much more cruel]] to their inmates then a normal prison, as well as [[KickTheDog to really drive home the point that the people running it are evil]]. It isn't uncommon for a character imprisoned there to never see any sign of his fellow inmates. In other versions, this is simply where they send criminals who have [[MagicAndPowers abilities]] or knowledge which would break TheMasquerade if they were allowed to be held in normal prisons.

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# Secret Prison: Also much more common in conspiracy theories than in fiction, although to a lesser extent than Secret Bunkers. This is where people are sent when the government (or whomever) needs to make them disappear. Due to the lack of oversight that comes with secrecy, these prisons are often [[HellholePrison much more cruel]] to their inmates then than a normal prison, as well as [[KickTheDog to really drive home the point that the people running it are evil]]. It isn't uncommon for a character imprisoned there to never see any sign of his fellow inmates. In other versions, this is simply where they send criminals who have [[MagicAndPowers abilities]] or knowledge which would break TheMasquerade if they were allowed to be held in normal prisons.


** The Black Archive, [=UNIT=]'s "[[SecretGovernmentWarehouse depository of everything that shouldn't exist on Earth but does anyway]]", appeared first in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode [[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS2E11E12EnemyOfTheBane "Enemy of the Bane"]] as a rather difficult-to-miss, advanced-looking military base within sight of at least one road, but by the time it appeared on ''Doctor Who''-proper, in the episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor Day of the Doctor]]'', it had been relocated to under the Tower of London. Ironically, [[LandmarkingTheHiddenBase Landmarking the Black Site]] is actually a ''less'' obvious hiding place.

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** The Black Archive, [=UNIT=]'s "[[SecretGovernmentWarehouse depository of everything that shouldn't exist on Earth but does anyway]]", appeared first in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode [[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS2E11E12EnemyOfTheBane "Enemy of the Bane"]] as a rather difficult-to-miss, advanced-looking military base within sight of at least one road, but by the time it appeared on ''Doctor Who''-proper, Who'' proper, in the episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor]]'', Doctor"]], it had been relocated to under the Tower of London. Ironically, [[LandmarkingTheHiddenBase Landmarking the Black Site]] is actually a ''less'' obvious hiding place.place.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] gives us the [=UNIT=] facilities housing the Osterhagen Project, [[spoiler:a SelfDestructSequence for ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth]]'']]. It's really no wonder they wanted to keep them secret.



*** UNIT Base 5, visibly located on top Mount Snowdon (the highest mountain in Wales and the focal point of a national park, no less), is also incredibly eye-grabbing. [=UNIT=] Black Sites in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' seem to have a problem with this.

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*** UNIT Base 5, visibly located on top of Mount Snowdon (the highest mountain in Wales and the focal point of a national park, no less), is also incredibly eye-grabbing. [=UNIT=] Black Sites in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' seem to have a problem with this.



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] gives us the [=UNIT=] facilities housing the Osterhagen Project, [[spoiler:a SelfDestructSequence for ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth]]'']]. It's really no wonder they wanted to keep them secret.



* The climax of the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode ''The Annoying Red Planet'' features a temporary Victorian-era black site outside of Toronto, where the U.S. government is secretly developing a secret military aircraft using highly advanced military technology... which is to say, [[{{Zeerust}} an airship]].
** Toward the end of the episode, the characters discuss better locations for hiding a BlackSite, including the [[{{Area51}} deserts of the American Southwest]] and [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Wales]].

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* The climax of the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode ''The "The Annoying Red Planet'' Planet" features a temporary Victorian-era black site outside of Toronto, where the U.S. government is secretly developing a secret military aircraft using highly advanced military technology... which is to say, [[{{Zeerust}} an airship]].
** Toward the end of the episode, the characters discuss better locations for hiding a BlackSite, including the [[{{Area51}} [[Area51 deserts of the American Southwest]] and [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Wales]].



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* Erewhon Prison in ''Film/FaceOff'' is a secret super-max in which the prisoners are tossed in and the key is tossed away, and inhumane acts like electroshock therapy is imposed upon them unrestricted. The prison itself is on an oil rig just off the coast of California.


* The Black Mesa Research Facility from ''HalfLife''.

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* The Black Mesa Research Facility from ''HalfLife''.''VideoGame/HalfLife1''.

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* ''Film/EscapePlan'' has the aptly named prison, "The Tomb". Complete with small plexiglass cells, armed and masked guards who beat up prisoners for as much as just looking at them the wrong way, and solitary cells that subject prisoners to cramped and hot conditions with the help of a heating lamp. [[spoiler: The prison itself is located on a freighter out in the middle of the ocean, which helps to make escape virtually impossible.]]

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