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As a member of the Fiction 500, you own an awesomely cool car, boat, plane, and a garage to keep them in, but where do you get your mail delivered? Where do you hang out when not on amazing adventures? A Big Fancy House? No, too normal. It must be a Cool House.
To be a Cool House, the standard suburban mansion or Big Fancy House just doesn't cut it. The Cool House is Wish Fulfillment in real estate form. It might look like an ordinary home or something that wouldn't normally be used as a house, but in either case the briefest of tours of its features will reveal that it is no ordinary home.
To qualify for Cool House status a dwelling should be sufficiently unique that any "normal" person aware of its full capabilities would be either in awe, concerned about the owner or designer's sanity, or concerned lest the house fall into the wrong hands. Thankfully Cool Houses are often protected by a Weirdness Censor.
In addition, it should have at least several of the following:
- Features that no sane, mundane person would expect to have in their home.
- A security system better than most banks.
- The basement is actually an Elaborate Underground Base.
- Secret passages, fireman poles, concealed helipad.
- An architectural style that may make the home unique in the world.
- Home theater that actually looks like a small public movie theater, complete with ticket counter.
- Phone booth, bowling alley, indoor swimming pool/hot tub, "unusual" art, an astronomical observatory with rotating dome, etc.
- The house is the only Big Fancy House in a Stepford Suburbia city.
- A feature that no mundane person would be ABLE to have in their home.
- Alien tech.
- Magic portals.
- An object that is unique in the world, illegal for others to own, etc.
- A physical Weirdness Censor.
- Surrounded by a yard with grass, trees, pool, etc., in a location where construction or normal survival would be impossible, for example, at the north pole, inside a volcano, on top of Mount Everest, etc.
Not to be confused with a popular television doctor.
A house that looks completely ordinary, but is actually heavily automated, often resulting in trouble
- Youta Moteuchi from Video Girl Ai. Justified, since his Disappeared Dad is a famous architect and artist thus he designed his own home.
- SARAH from Eureka.
A house that looks completely ordinary, but hides such features as the roof pivots on a hinge to release an airship larger than the house, or some other equally unlikely thing
- The Fenton household in Danny Phantom.
A house that looks spooky or odd, presumably the home of an eccentric at best. When you enter, you realize that the exterior of the house is the most normal thing about it
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, Doctor Ka's mansion in New Orleans bears a striking resemblance to the Winchester Mansion. And for the same reason.
- Wayne Manor.
- Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Which is actually an extremely upgraded mansion. Whenever the student body gets too large, two extra mansions are added on the grounds.
- Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. Ordinary New York brownstone on the inside; base of operations for a very busy wizard on the inside.. plus it may be alive.
- Dr. Morbius' house in Forbidden Planet.
- In Help, The Beatles have a variation on this; they appear to live next door to each other in four rather humble houses on a terraced estate, but it's revealed that the interior walls have been knocked down to make it one large mansion inside with separate 'designated' areas full of cool stuff inside.
- First-time visitors to the Dominator's island may think it's just a mirrored-steel Big Fancy House with lasers on top. There's a weapon embedded in every wall, jets hidden under the grass outside, and an elevator that goes down to a massive basement with its own pool, video arcade, library, enormous warehouse of weapons...
- Bowser's Castle and Princess Peach's Castle from the Super Mario Bros. series, but especially in Bowser's Inside Story, where the former can actually fight against Bowser while giant, and the latter turns into a Humongous Mecha with missile launcher and black hole generator. Not counting what's in either of the actual buildings.
- Tomahna is revealed to be this in Revelation, while only hinted at in Exile. A variant in that the Elaborate Underground Base consists of only one room: the linking chamber to Spire and Haven.
A house that doesn't even look like a house, but it sure is cool
- In Sonic the Hedgehog The Movie, Sonic and Tails live in a re-purposed airplane. With train cars and what looks like a satellite dish for a roof.
- The TARDIS on Doctor Who, the ultimate mobile home.
- The Secret Saturdays.
- Syndrome's volcano home in The Incredibles.
- Dexter's house in Dexter's Laboratory. The lab has uncharted areas.
- The house Marvin (John Malkovich's character) in the film version of Red has certainly qualified. The house you see is a front. The real house is entered through the broken down trunk of a car. It has no electronics or phone; Marvin is a Cloudcuckoolander who is almost always 'right' about his conspiracy theories. Inside is a full house, including an old-style safe vault with all the secrets he's collected.
A house with most (if not all) of the above
- Repellista Zahard's floating castle with the Opera light house from Tower of God
- Nagi's mansion.
- Tenchi Muyo! gives us the Masaki residence. Complete with interdimentional portals and a Secret Laboratory courtesy of Washu.
- The main characters' house in Popotan. It not only sports a Christmas store, but can also travel through time... which later turns out to not be so cool at all.
- Artemis Fowl's home. He has any technology you can imagine, awesome visitors, and it's basically a friggin' castle. A wine cellar, a holding room, and a room dedicated to watching news. Here's one of the elevator things. Fowl Manor = Win.
- Tomahna is revealed to be this in Revelation, while only hinted at in Exile. They even have an elevator. Bonus points for it being written into Earth by its patriarch, Atrus, your friend and Mr. Exposition from the first games.
- Ghost Command, the Haunted Headquarters of Filmations Ghostbusters.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: Sector V's treehouse.