TV Tropes Monday: Elaborate Underground Base

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The Elaborate Underground Base is a common feature in many speculative fiction settings, from heroic fantasy (many dungeons are this) to super heroes (the bat cave) and science fiction (the underground complex in Lost).

Three reasons for this:

  1. Secrecy: Out of sight out of mind so to speak. Hard to hatch plans of world domination or protect valuable secrets if everybody can see them. Putting a few feet of earth/rock over your head is a great way to hide just about anything.
  2. Protection: If someone wants to access your base, they will have to blast through several feet of rock or send commandos though narrow corridors easily defended by a machine gun nest or automated turrets. Also it is hard to hit what you can’t see.
  3. Rule of Cool: Let’s face it, caves are cool. You need a nice place to put all your beeping computer consoles with their flashing lights and endless roles of punch tape. If you like spelunking, then you like caves and therefore caves are cool. Or some such….

Humanity has build underground for ages, from temples to catacombs. But with the advent of powerful artillery and later aerial bombing, all armies went underground in the 20th century. The invention of the atomic bomb let many western nations to build extensive underground facilities designed to protect command and control centers, hence the elaborate underground base. But the military has a less sexy name for it: the bunker.


In other news, I am a guest blogger on Sara’s excellent blog: Imaginary Friends.

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2 comments on “TV Tropes Monday: Elaborate Underground Base

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