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3rd Dec, 2019 12:04:29 AM

^ Yeah, those could fit this trope, but I'm looking more for the general idea of "architecture that exists and looks cool, but isn't explained why it exists.

In the main example I'm thinking of, there was a huge series of tunnels under an old house that were apparently created by the old owner. So their existence is explained somewhat, but they're so complex filled with all sorts of death-traps and rooms and even a chasm, that they still don't make a lot of sense. It's never explained how they got put there, only why, and they're so insanely advanced that they become implausible.

Even in the other examples I've seen that downplay this a bit, the area only exists for plot reasons, with no real justification for why this person just has a huge secret lair in their house, or how they managed to put it there.

3rd Dec, 2019 01:57:42 AM

If it's a videogame, it's due to Rule of Fun.

3rd Dec, 2019 10:36:36 AM

Tv Show, actually.

Would it just be Rule of Cool?

3rd Dec, 2019 10:58:10 AM

This is arguably just part and parcel of Dungeon Crawling, I guess.

3rd Dec, 2019 11:30:58 AM

Seconding Dungeon Crawling. If it's the inexplicability of it you're troping, if it's not an Elaborate Underground Base or Underground City (or just Locked in the Dungeon), it's probably Ruins for Ruins' Sake overlapping with Beneath the Earth.

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