Created By: Cidolfas on January 4, 2010
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A subtrope of Bigger on the Inside. When a place looks fairly normal from the outside, and possibly even when you get in it's of a reasonable size. But there's this door in the back. Open it, and... there's a whole new section of the place, easily as big or bigger than everything you've seen so far! And look - there's a door in the back of that too, which leads to yet another new section - or worse, five doors...

Basically, it's when Bigger on the Inside keeps happening to the point of an Overly Long Gag.

Examples:

  • Peach's Castle in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. The initial castle area is large enough, but as you progress you keep opening up more and more areas, until it turns out to take up well over a hundred screens. Compare this to the entire Toad Town, which takes up five.
  • Arguably Death's Domain in Discworld. The initial hallway is intimidating enough, but several of the rooms along it open up into cavernous chambers filled with books or hourglasses.
  • Under Lock and Key, a webcomic whose entire premise is this; every door can open into a totally random room in the house, and nobody knows how far it goes.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • January 4, 2010
    Amazingly Enough
    House Of Leaves. The house on Ash Tree Lane is this, having doors that open from the normal part of the house to a seemingly never-ending sequence of cold, colorless rooms, hallways, and stairs, just like a labyrinth maze Clown Car Base.
  • January 4, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Though they rarely bother to show it anymore, the TARDIS has so many rooms even the Doctor himself isn't sure where they all lead (except for that time where they jettisoned part of it. He knows that door doesn't lead anywhere anymore).
  • January 4, 2010
    SilentWindODoom
    That Bowser's Inside Story example could really be a decendant of the example in Super Mario 64, which worked the same way. The room you walk into when you enter the castle seems to be about the size of the castle. However, more and more places open up. The basement makes sense. It could be under what we see from the outside. However, the upper levels are definitely an example of this.
  • January 6, 2010
    Cidolfas
    YKTTW Bump. More ideas?
  • January 8, 2010
    Cidolfas
    One last YKTTW Bump, if no one has any more I'll launch it as is and wait for Wiki Magic.
  • January 8, 2010
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Related to Big Labyrinthine Building.
    • The Classic Scooby Doo thing where they are running from the bad guys, hiding in barrels or popping in and out of doors, often uses this.

    Not sure if this is a subtrope or just related: rigging a Hard Light illusion or network of alternate dimensions to create the effect of a labyrinth (see YKTTW: Holodeck):
  • January 8, 2010
    Cidolfas
    I don't think the TNG examples qualifies. Don't know enough about the others to comment, but they sound good.
  • April 27, 2010
    Cidolfas
    Back FROM THE DEAD! Guess I may as well launch this, it's not too bad. I'll give it another day.
  • April 27, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In Futurama Fry went to live with Bender in his robot apartment, which is 2 cubic meters (Fry and Bender take up 1 1/2 cubic meters). To spruce up the joint Fry buys a plant.
    Fry: You think this fruit tree's gonna get enough light?
    Bender: There's a window in the closet.
    Fry opens the closet door to find an area bigger than Friends Rent Control could possibly imagine
    Fry: This is huge! Bender, why don't I just live in here?
    Bender: In a closet? sigh Humans...
    (ETA: Hmm, now that I think about it this might not be an example. Use it or not, as you prefer.)
  • April 27, 2010
    Lullabee
    • The player's house in Animal Crossing, once you start adding on extensions.
  • April 27, 2010
    LeeM
    The Under Lock And Key link is broken (or websquatted).
  • April 27, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In some ways subverted in "Howls Moving Castle" in that the door in question doesn't open into other rooms, but provides exits from different houses that Howl uses as fronts for his multi-faced mysticism around the kingdom. NB: Didn't read the book. Referencing the movie.
  • April 28, 2010
    Irrisia
    Same in the book, but one of them leads to Wales
  • April 28, 2010
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Baba Yaga's Hut in three different Dungeons And Dragons incarnations: the original in the 1E DMG, "The Dancing Hut of Baba Yaga" adventure in Dragon magazine #83, and the 2E module The Dancing Hut of Baba Yaga.
  • April 28, 2010
    LeeM
    Real Life: Isn't there somewhere like this in California? A huge, sprawling mansion with hundreds of rooms. At one point you think you've reached the end, but then you open the closet door and it opens on a whole new wing.
  • April 29, 2010
    Arivne
    ^ @Lee M: I believe you're thinking of the Winchester Mystery House.
  • April 29, 2010
    Cidolfas
    Hmm... a shame about Under Lock And Key... I found this but I think it's an older site. Hopefully they'll get their website back.
  • April 29, 2010
    LeeM
    "I believe you're thinking of the Winchester Mystery House."

    Yes, that's it. Oh, and bump.
  • April 29, 2010
    Taeraresh
    Lady Door's house in Neverwhere. It's got a nearly-infinite number of rooms, scattered across all of space and time. There's no need for a physical connection between them, as her family has the ability to open portals by touching walls.
  • April 30, 2010
    jfpbookworm
    John De Lancie's Castle series features Castle Perilous, a castle containing portals to 144,000 different universes.
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