Created By: FrozenCompass on April 8, 2011 Last Edited By: FrozenCompass on April 11, 2011

Habitual World Creators

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When one or more characters have the ability to create worlds at will, through magic, technology or anything else. It doesn't matter if said worlds aren't "real" (as seen in the Matrix with the machines) as long as sentient entities (if any) inside at least one of these worlds can be conscious (even if all other worlds created in the same fashion are uninhabited), but the general rule of thumb is that said characters generally create not one, but at least a few different worlds (as seen in Myst, with the D'ni).

It's different from some multiverses in that in the story itself there is one or more creators of said worlds (that is, the multiverse wasn't introduced in the story just to host many different authors having different perspectives on the same heroes or events), and some action may take place between these worlds or outside of them (or in one that servers as a hub between them).

The creator isn't necessarily evil or a ruler of the worlds he creates.

  • Myst: This is the most bold example I have for this trope. The D'ni were habitual world creators. I know that they viewed the Art as linking to worlds, rather than creating them, but since they base this on their "infinite universes" philosophy, this is rather a difference of semantics (in the same way that I could say that I didn't create this chunk of text, but simply found myself in one of the universes in which this exact text is posted).
  • The Matrix: The Architect could be considered this, since there were different versions of the Matrix.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • April 8, 2011
    Koveras
  • April 8, 2011
    Ekuran
    Tabletop Games
  • April 8, 2011
    INUH
    • Homestuck has anyone who wins a game of SBURB.
  • April 8, 2011
    FrozenCompass
    Please keep in mind that I'm not looking for strictly supernatural gods that created THE WORLD (this trope may already exist), but entities (not strictly supernatural, could be human or human-like) that habitually create WORLDS in general.
  • April 9, 2011
    Koveras
    Maybe Haruhi Suzumiya? She is believed to have destroyed whatever old world she lived in, then created a new one with espers and aliens, and she can do it again if she gets bored (even if she is not aware of her own power).
  • April 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    According to some pholosophies God has created and destroyed and recreated Earth multiple times, this is just the most current iteration.
  • April 9, 2011
    Rolf
    (see below for corrected example)
  • April 9, 2011
    Bisected8
    The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy had an entire planet which had building worlds as their hat. They went into stasis during a depression where no one could afford their services. They also built Earth as a giant supercomputer for the mice.
  • April 9, 2011
    RodrigoVega
    • Titan A.E.
    • Also, I'm pretty sure there is some kind of spell in D&D that allows you to create and travel to a little parallel universe of your creation..
  • April 9, 2011
    AaronHong
    Spore anyone?
  • April 10, 2011
    Arivne
    ^^^^ @Rolf: The book was The Jesus Incident.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Basic Dungeons And Dragons Immortals rules. Immortals (the BD&D equivalent of deities) could create new universes and populate them with their creations.
  • April 10, 2011
    Xzenu
    Compare Deity Of Human Origin.

    Titan AE is not an example, they only create one planet.
  • April 10, 2011
    FarseerLolotea
    • Philip Jose Farmer's World of Tiers series.
    • The Well World series.
  • April 10, 2011
    FrozenCompass
    As Xzenu pointed, I don't mean planet creators, I mean universe/world/reality creators. Maybe Needs A Better Title that reflects the distinction?

  • April 10, 2011
    Bisected8
    Version 3.5 rules of D&D also has the spell Genesis, which allows powerful psionics or gods to create their own dimension over the course of a week.
  • April 10, 2011
    Rolf
    @aaronhong Thanks! below is corrected example

    In The Jesus Incident book, the Ship apparently had created, or "replayed" human colonies on many worlds many times, but said would break the record if this replay was also a failure.
  • April 11, 2011
    Arivne
    ^^^ @Frozen Compass: If you don't want people to submit planet examples you might want to change the title to Universe Creator or something like that.
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