Created By: nabber on June 13, 2011 Last Edited By: nabber on July 16, 2011
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Big Door

A door that dwarfs all other doors.

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Wow, that's a big door.

Some people feel a need to make huge doors just to be dramatic. Sometimes there is a real reason behind making a door so large, but more often, there isn't. This trope is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a giant door.

See also Cool Gate.

Examples:

Film

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    • Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory's Chocolate Room has a tiny door on one side and a large door on the other.
    • Inverted in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The entrance to the Chocolate Room is incredibly small, so Oompa Loompas can get in.
  • The Wizard of Oz: Both the door to enter the Emerald City and the one to the Wizard's palace.
  • King Kong: the giant gate in the giant wall, big enough to let Kong in.
  • Both Tron and Tron Legacy have a doors so big that the Flynns remark upon it: "That's a big door." It's a vault door to protect the important secrets of the company, though.
  • Futureworld (sequel to Westworld). In a scene with a rocket launch there was a giant circular door, as seen here and here. That door has appeared in other movies as well.
  • Jurassic Park has a big, impressive gate whose sole purpose is to look impressive for park visitors. Malcolm jokes about it looking like the gate from King Kong.
  • There's a big door in Labyrinth which, when it closes, turns into a humungous robot knight. (At the time the largest puppet ever on screen, soon beaten by the Alien queen.)

Literature

  • The Lord of the Rings has a lot of these.
    • The door into the Mines of Moria in The Fellowship of the Ring.
      Then silently a great doorway was outlined, though not a crack or joint had been visible before. Slowly it divided in the middle and swung outwards inch by inch, until both doors lay back against the wall.
    • The Gates of Moria in The Fellowship of the Ring.
    • The Black Gate of Mordor in The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
    • The Main Gate of Minas Tirith in The Return of The King.
  • Also a Tolkien example: the gates of Angband from The Silmarillion dwarfed all of the other aforemented Tolkien's Big Doors.

Music

  • In the paintings accompanying Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Pictures at an Exhibition, "The Great Gates of Kiev" is illustrated by a huge pair of doors standing by themselves on an empty plain.

Real Life

  • Many prominent downtown bank locations have inexplicably huge doors.
  • The front doors of the National Archives in Washington DC are the largest bronze doors in the world, being a foot thick and 40 feet tall.
  • NASA's Vehicle (formerly Vertical) Assembly Building has the largest doors in the world, 456 feet high. Not done to be impressive, though; NASA roll(ed) entire Space Shuttles and Saturn V rockets, fully assembled and upright, out to the launch pad through those doors.

Tabletop RPG
  • Paranoia supplement Acute Paranoia, adventure "Me and My Shadow Mark IV". The entrance to Hanger 39 is a set of giant clamshell doors. They're at least 35 meters high and 25 meters wide, because that's how big the warbot inside is.

Video Games

  • Boss rooms in the Super Mario Bros. series usually wait beyond big doors. The final battle in the original Yoshi's Island has an even bigger door than the standard big boss doors.
    • In Paper Mario:The Thousand Year Door, the titular Thousand Year Door. It cracks when it opens.
  • Portal 2 has a giant, circular door separating the old Aperture Science facility from the new. Behind it? A wall, with a much smaller door set into it. The developers joked that they were going to put a claim on the box saying, "Features the largest door in video games!"
  • Kingdom Hearts
    • The door to the titular world is HUGE.
    • Subverted: The door to the throne room of Disney Castle is shown to be mammoth. Court Wizard Donald Duck strolls up to the door and slowly knocks on the door, causing a regularly-sized door to open at the very bottom of the larger double doors. the door, causing a regularly-sized door to open at the very bottom of the larger double doors.

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Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • June 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory one is weird - on one side the door is tiny but on the other side the door is big.

    • The Wizard Of Oz (film): both the door to enter the Emerald City and the one to the Wizard's palace.
    • King Kong: the giant gate in the giant wall, big enough to let Kong in.
  • June 13, 2011
    PaulA
    • There's a Big Door in Tron that was essentially a Throw It In: it actually existed (and still exists) at the location where the scene was shot.
  • June 14, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Futureworld (sequel to Westworld). In a scene with a rocket launch there was a giant circular door, as seen here and here. That door has appeared in other movies as well.

    Literature
    Then silently a great doorway was outlined, though not a crack or joint had been visible before. Slowly it divided in the middle and swung outwards inch by inch, until both doors lay back against the wall.
  • June 14, 2011
    aurora369
    That big door the Nazgul ride out of, in the Lord Of The Rings movie.
  • June 14, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Are we counting gates?
  • June 14, 2011
    jaytee
    In Real Life, many prominent downtown bank locations have inexplicably huge doors.
  • June 14, 2011
    nabber
    ^^Gates count too.
  • June 15, 2011
    MetaFour
    See also Cool Gate.

    Film
    • Jurassic Park has a big, impressive gate whose sole purpose is to look impressive for park visitors. Malcolm jokes about it looking like the gate from King Kong.
  • June 15, 2011
    Damr1990
    • prettty Common during the Gothic Period.
  • June 15, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Literature
    • The Lord Of The Rings - Tolkien (and Peter Jackson's adaptation) seems to be a fan of this trope. Consider
      • The Gates of Moria in The Fellowship of the Ring.
      • The Black Gate of Mordor in The Two Towers and The Return of the King
      • The Main Gate of Minas Tirith in The Return of The King

  • June 15, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Real Life
    • The front doors of the National Archives in Washington DC is the largest bronze doors in the world, being a foot thick and 40 feet tall
  • June 15, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Both Tron and Tron Legacy have doors so big that the Flynn remarks upon them: "That's a big door." They're both vault doors to protect the important secrets of the company, though.
  • June 15, 2011
    nabber
    Everyone, thanks for all the examples!
  • June 15, 2011
    AymNaija
    In Kingdom Hearts, the door to the titular world is HUGE
  • June 16, 2011
    aurora369
    Also a Tolkien example: the gates of Angband from The Silmarillion dwarfed all of the other aforemented Tolkien's Big Doors.
  • June 16, 2011
    X2X
    Additionally in Kingdom Hearts, this is subverted for comedic value. The door to the throne room of Disney is shown to be mammoth. Court Wizard Donald Duck strolls up to the door and slowly knocks on the door, causing a regularly-sized door to open at the very bottom of the larger double doors.
  • June 17, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Paranoia supplement Acute Paranoia, adventure "Me and My Shadow Mark IV". The entrance to Hanger 39 is a set of giant clamshell doors. They're at least 35 meters high and 25 meters wide, because that's how big the warbot inside is.
  • June 17, 2011
    nabber
    I'm going on hiatus for a while, so I'm putting this Up For Grabs. When I come back, if this is still live, then I will take it over again. Please try to give some hats!
  • June 28, 2011
    MiinU
    Western Animation

    Avatar: The Last Airbender has the Earth King's giganormous "fancy door".
  • June 28, 2011
    Alynnidalar
    Portal 2 has two big doors, the airlocks (or whatever they're supposed to be) in the caves underneath the facility containing the old testing chambers. Humorously, the first opens with great pomp and ceremony... only to reveal a normal-sized door behind it.
  • June 30, 2011
    nabber
    ^Portal 2's door was the first one I put up here.
  • June 30, 2011
    X2X
    Also, it's supposed to be Disney Castle in the Kingdom Hearts example. I accidentally left out a word. Could you add that in?
  • July 1, 2011
    nabber
    ^It's fixed now.
  • July 2, 2011
    elwoz
    More Real Life: NASA's Vehicle (formerly Vertical) Assembly Building has the largest doors in the world, 456 feet high. Not done to be impressive, though; they roll(ed) entire Space Shuttles and Saturn V rockets, fully assembled and upright, out to the launch pad through those doors.
  • July 5, 2011
    Meeble
  • July 5, 2011
    AFP
    In regards to Tron, wasn't it the same door in both films? Both Flynns even remark upon it in the exact same way.
  • July 10, 2011
    LeeM
    ^^ In the header the doors of Moria are redundantly mentioned twice.

    • Music: In the paintings accompanying Emerson Lake And Palmer's Pictures at an Exhibition, "The Great Gates of Kiev" is illustrated by a huge pair of doors standing by themselves on an empty plain.
  • July 11, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    In addition to the titular Thousand-Year Door, boss rooms in the Super Mario Bros series usually wait beyond big doors. The final battle in the original Yoshis Island has an even bigger door than the standard big boss doors.
  • July 12, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    There's a big door in Labyrinth which, when it closes, turns into a humungous robot knight. (At the time the largest puppet ever on screen, soon beaten by the Alien queen.)
  • July 15, 2011
    Goldenpelt
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