There are a few things that are essential to any hero or villain. First you have to have a costume. Second you need some kind of powers whether you were born with them or you have some kind of super ring that give you powers. You need some kind of transportation and finally you need a secret headquarters. A headquarters is vital to being a hero or a villain. You need a place to hold all your weapons, you have to have your super computer that gives you all kind of information and depending on what kind of a hero you are you might need a training room or a science lab. There have been many great headquarters over the years, let’s check a few out.
Using his magnetic powers Magneto formed rocks together to form a flying asteroid base (don’t ask me how he does it with magnetism). Magneto uses the base as a home for mutants that want to follow his beliefs, the belief that mutants are superior to humans. Of course the X-Men have different beliefs and their beliefs always include tearing Asteroid M to pieces. Magneto always seems to put Asteroid M back together though.
The Batcave is possibly the most well known headquarters. The cave that is now the Batcave actually existed long before Batman. The tunnel that is now the Batcave was originally created to transport escaped slaves during the Civil War. Bruce Wayne found the cave when he fell through the well on the estate. The Batcave is a place where Batman can have some privacy and it’s also pretty convenient for storing a Batmobile that you don’t want to park in your regular garage for people to see.
The Baxter Building is the home of the Fantastic Four. The building is owned by the Baxter Paper Company. The landlord wanted some publicity so he rented out some levels of the building to the Fantastic Four. Unfortunately the Baxter Building is not a secret hideout since the Fantastic Four are pretty public heroes. Many super villains have attacked the Baxter Building putting the tenants in the lower levels in danger. Reed Richards then decided to buy the building before the landlord decided to kick him out.
The Echo Base is the base seen on Hoth in the beginning of Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back. The Echo Base is comprised of a series of tunnels inside the caverns and mountains of Hoth. The Echo Base is a secret headquarters in the fullest sense. The Echo Base is not really equipped to fight battles, it is hidden so well in hopes that it won’t be found and won’t need to fight. That is when the Empire finds Echo Base they simply hold off the Empire’s attack long enough to get away rather than have a full scale attack.
Fortress of Solitude
The Fortress of Solitude is the home of Superman. The Fortress of Solitude is most often located in the Arctic although recent versions have changed that. The original Fortress of Solitude had a huge lock on it with a key so large that only Superman or another Kryptonian could possibly lift it. The Fortress of Solitude contained a zoo, Superman’s diary, a chess set, complete with robot opponent, a computer, laboratory and even living quarters in case Superman wanted to stay there instead of go back home. Like the Batcave, the Fortress of Solitude was a good place for Superman to go when he wanted privacy.
The Helicarrier isn’t so much a secret it’s just tough knowing where a base that moves is. The Helicarrier is an aircraft carrier that can fly. The Helicarrier is home to the intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. lead by Nick Fury. The Helicarrier was designed by Tony Starks (Iron Man), Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Forge.
The Pit is the secret headquarters of G. I. Joe. The Pit was originally hidden underneath the Chaplain’s Assistant School’s motor pool. The Pit has five levels. Level one is for heavy vehicles, level two is for communications and briefing, level three is the training area, level four had armory and living quarters and level five is where they keep all the classified documents.
Snake Mountain is the secret headquarters of not one, or two, but three of He-Man’s villains. A race of Snake-Men, led by King Hiss came to Eternia (He-Man’s home) and attacked. The Snake Men were fought off and retreated into the jungle where King Hiss ordered to build a secret headquarters. Around the mountain they used as their headquarters was carved a large snake, hence the name Snake Mountain. The Snake Men would attack several times and they would fail several times. Eventually King Hiss and his Snake Men where sent to the White Void, a dimension of eternal suffering.
Later the Evil Horde came to Eternia led by Hordak and his protégé Skeletor. They used Snake Mountain as a secret headquarters while they attacked Eternia. Their attack also failed so they returned home but Skeletor was punished by being left behind to fend for himself. Skeletor then started recruiting his on group of bad guys including Evil-Lynn and Beast Man.