Created By: ElyandarinSeptember 1, 2012 Last Edited By: ElyandarinOctober 27, 2012
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Domain Holder

YOUR Pocket Dimension, YOUR rules

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"You don't get it. I built this place. Down here I make the rules. Down here I make the threats. Down here... I'm God."
--Trainman, The Matrix Reloaded

Those with this kind of power have their own little domain - a Pocket Dimension, a section of cyberspace, or a ritually established area overlapping the normal world - where they have editing rights over the laws of reality.

Often used in manga/anime context, to give the overpowered main character a challenge they CAN'T solve with their fists, since the first rule such a Domain Holder usually implements is "Violence doesn't work here, sucker!". There seems to be trade-offs involved in this case, since often, one of the rules is that the Domain Holder is required to fully explain the Rules to his "guests".

Subtrope of Home Field Advantage. Compare Field Power Effect and Place Of Power. For large Pocket Dimensions, this may make the character a Dimension Lord. If the character has this power over dreams, it makes them a Dream Weaver. If the character's health is linked to that of the Pocket Dimension, they are a Fisher King. An already omnipotent being may be Even More Omnipotent in its home Domain.

Examples

  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Some characters can establish their own rules in a defined volume of space.
  • Hunter X Hunter had similar Pocket Dimensions.
  • In Big Order, the protagonist can do this, imposing his rules on any area he has previously walked on.
  • Beelzebub: Chapter 135 introduces a character who can do this in his 'gameroom', causing all damage dished out inside to rebound on the attacker. To get past his gameroom, they need to solve a series of puzzles, including sudoku.
  • In the Nasuverse, The Marble Phantasm and Reality Marble are basically Pocket Dimensions which allow you to bend the laws of physics and magic, with the specifics varying for each case.
  • In Dragon Ball, Babidi's base can simulate various environments and his henchmen use it to their adventage (although it fails spectacularly when a Heavy Worlder henchman tries increased gravity against Vegeta.)
  • In Teen Titans , Mumbo controls the laws of the universe- inside his hat.
  • In The Matrix Revolutions, the Train Man has a small Matrix of his own, used to smuggle renegade programs from the machine world into the Matrix. While inside it, he is basically omnipotent.
  • In Nobilis, players get to set the basic laws of reality in their Chancel.
  • Several of the darklords of Ravenloft have the power to control weather, wildlife, and other natural forces within their domains, and a few of them (Easan, Davion) can actually manipulate the fabric of their realms' reality.
  • The title character of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman in the Dreaming. Already a formidable opponent it doesn't matter if you're a Physical God, you simply do not challenge Morpheus in his home, if you're lucky he'll just materialize a small jar around you and put you in his attic.
  • In Season 4 of Fringe, William Bell is trying to create his own Domain.
  • In Saint's Row 3, Matt Miller, emo-goth-cyberpunk master hacker and boss of his own emo-goth-cyberpunk gang meets protagonist in duel which takes place at Gang's usernet, which is actualy a TRON-eque cyberspace. While protagonist advances through the virtual reality, Miller is changing laws of physics to slower his/her advance and is mocking the protagonist with quotes of how he controls the very fabric of this world.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • September 1, 2012
    Generality
    In The Matrix Revolutions, the Train Man has a small Matrix of his own, used to smuggle renegade programs from the machine world into the Matrix, and is basically omnipotent while inside it.
  • September 1, 2012
    sigh824
    Inception's Limbo. Any one who falls into it can make it into anything they want due to it being their "raw infintie subconscious".
  • September 1, 2012
    MrRuano
    Marvel has plenty of alternate dimensions ruled by omnipotent beings. Chief among these are Dormammu, who rules the Dark Dimension, Mephisto, Marvel's equivalent to Satan, and Shuma-Gorath, who created the Chaos Dimension.
  • September 3, 2012
    Arivne
    Some of the examples on Home Field Advantage may be this trope and can be copied over. For example, the The Matrix Revolutions example is already on that page.
  • September 5, 2012
    JonnyB
    Page quote: "You don't get it. I built this place. Down here I make the rules. Down here I make the threats. Down here... I'm God."
  • September 5, 2012
    zarpaulus
    • The titular character of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman in the Dreaming. Already a formidable opponent it doesn't matter if you're a Physical God, you simply do not challenge Morpheus in his home, if you're lucky he'll just materialize a small jar around you and put you in his attic.
  • September 5, 2012
    Xtifr
    Literature
    • Played with in Creatures Of Light And Darkness. The Prince Who Was A Thousand can teleport to anywhere, even beyond our universe, but nobody is sure if the places he goes already existed in the multiverse, or are created by his desire. He keeps the spirit of his dead wife safe on a world where the sea is in the sky, in a pocket universe. (How this helps is never explained--it's that kind of work.)
  • September 6, 2012
    randomling
    In Season 4 of Fringe, William Bell is trying to create one of these.
  • September 7, 2012
    sonofprussia
    The Daedra Princes in The Elder Scrolls seem to able to influence their individual planes of Oblivion. It may be that their planes reflect their unique personalities (if Daedric princes can be said to have mere personalities), but they appear to have large amounts of control at the very least.
  • September 10, 2012
    SKJAM
    This seems to be the gimmick of the manga Big Order.
  • September 10, 2012
    KingZeal
    I'm working on a trope called Even More Omnipotent. This seems like an excellent subtrope or sister trope to that.
  • September 10, 2012
    Lihkan
    Saint's Row 3 contains pure example: Matt Miller, emo-goth-cyberpunk master hacker and boss of his own emo-goth-cyberpunk gang meets protagonist in duel which takes place at Gang's usernet, wchich is actualy a TRON-eque cyberspace. While protagonist advances through the virtual reality, Miller is changing laws of physics to slower his/her advance and is mocking the protagonist with quotes of how he controls the very fabric of this world. In the end, when he meets protagonist at boss fight arena, he takes a form of giant dragon/deamon and stated "Do you understand? I AM A GOD HERE!" The protagonist copy/paste his avatar...
  • September 10, 2012
    KingZeal
    The trope pic from Even More Omnipotent is more fitting here.
  • September 10, 2012
    Elyandarin
    @King Zeal Thank you :)
  • September 11, 2012
    KingZeal
  • September 12, 2012
    SharleeD
    • Several of the darklords of Ravenloft have the power to control weather, wildlife, and other natural forces within their domains, and a few of them (Easan, Davion) can actually manipulate the fabric of their realms' reality.

    • One of Freddy Kruegar's first lines in A Nightmare On Elm Street is to proclaim to Tina that his glove is God, thereby boasting that this trope is in effect within her dream.
  • October 23, 2012
    KingZeal

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