"Beep Prepared," indeed.
"I've got a hole in me pocket."
A Portable Hole is an object that creates a "hole" through whatever solid surface it is placed against, enabling a character to reach through the surface in question to its interior or opposite side. It may be removed by peeling it edge-first off the surface, and from either side; when not in use, a portable hole resembles a round disc of fabric- or rubber-like material that can be handled, folded, or stored like any solid object.
Portable Holes occur primarily in animation, and are usually Played for Laughs
. Expect some degree of Hammerspace
or alternate dimensions if the writer attempts to seriously explain how they work; other times, they are simply powered by the Rule of Funny
Portable Holes are functionally distinct from teleportation portals
, but the two occasionally overlap, since teleportation portals are "holes" of a sort themselves (and Our Wormholes Are Different
). They are also related to Bags of Holding
and generally interact badly with them.
Anime and Manga
- A TV commercial for Abilify antidepressant medication anthropomorphizes the main character's depression as a portable hole with eyes.
- Blueno from One Piece has eaten a devil fruit that (among other things) allows him to do this.
- Doraemon has a hula-hoop-like gadget (即席落とし穴-Sokusekiotoshiana; Instant Trap) which creates a hole when thrown on the ground.
- Yellow Submarine has the Sea of Holes, one of which Ringo peels off and stores in his pocket (see the page quote). He later uses it to help Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band escape the Blue Meanies' anti-music bubble. The hole shows up in the live-action segment at the end where the real-life Ringo Starr says he's kept it as a souvenir.note
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit featured Portable Holes as an Acme Product. During the film's climax, Eddie became pinned against a steel drum by a cartoon magnet while fighting the Big Bad; he freed himself by wrapping a Portable Hole completely around the magnet, causing the magnet to break in half.
- They Live features a scene where the hero uses a device that creates a hole, so he can fall through the floor.
- Star Trek Into Darkness: McCoy casually uses a portable hole to gain access to a prisoner in the brig. Since the brig used a force field for the door, the device he uses was presumably designed to interact with the force field to create the hole and wouldn't work on other objects.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming: Toomes's crew has access to an alien device that temporarily "phases" matter within an adjustable rectangular shape and allows passing through it, creating this effect. It is quite handy when stealing from heavily secured containers and also when grabbing a beer from the fridge without getting up to walk to the door.
- Used by Jarlaxle in this adventures with Artemis Entreri in the Forgotten Realms books. Oddly enough, it works more like the traditional cartoon portable hole rather than like the Dungeons & Dragons magic item.
- Eddie Drood from the Secret Histories books has a portable door as one of his gadgets. Basically the same thing.
- In The Wheel of Time, when the Seanchan finally discover Traveling, they describe it as "cutting a hole in the air".
- The Warehouse 13 episode "Love Sick" introduces the artifact "Francois Villon's Inkwell". Not a round rubber or cloth Portable Hole, but spilling the ink on any surface allows a person to reach straight through it. It's used in the episode to allow a pair of thrown keys to pass through a plate glass window before the ink quickly evaporates leaving a perfectly intact window.
Theme Park Rides
- Dungeons & Dragons specifies a magic item called the Portable Hole, which functions similarly to the Bag of Holding but must be placed against a flat surface to work. The Dungeons And Dragons System Reference Documents detail exactly what happens if the two items interact with each other:
If a bag of holding is placed within a portable hole, a rift to the Astral Plane is torn in that place; both the bag and the cloth are sucked into the void and forever lost. If a portable hole is placed within a bag of holding, it opens a gate to the Astral Plane; the hole, the bag, and any creatures within a 10-foot radius are drawn there, the portable hole and bag of holding being destroyed in the process.
- The portable hole returns in 4th edition, although this version is not used for storage but can still be used to make holes. It is unclear if this hole is permanent or temporary.
- Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin contains a real Portable Hole (of sorts). It's a section of moving wall with a hole in it. An animatronic Roger holds onto it and drags it back and forth as you drive through it. Still cool trickery, though.
- One of the Blob's powers in the NES and Wii versions of A Boy and His Blob.
- MMORPG Toon Town Online uses "portable holes" as a teleportation item.
- In World of Warcraft, the Portable Hole is a bag with 24 slots, making it one of the largest general purpose bags. It's also the most expensive, at 3000 gold pieces.
- The Gamecube/Xbox vehicular combat game Cel Damage had portable holes as a weapon.
- Valve's hit game, Portal, uses portable holes as a way to solve puzzles.
- King's Quest VI features a living portable hole. The Hole-In-The-Wall is a creature that crawls along the wall, and its body creates a hole underneath wherever it is.
- Multi Dimensional Thief, a text adventure, has a portable hole allowing you to pass through many walls, as well as the ceiling and floor. However, it's incompatible with a few surfaces...
- The game credits of WarioWare: Smooth Moves.
- In the Minecraft mod Thaumcraft, there is an item called the portable hole, which opens up a temporary 2x2 square tunnel, which the player can pass through.
- In JauntTrooper, the Portable Hole is a type of monster that roves around the floor. You can drop items through it to the level below, or attack its edges and kill it (causing the hole to seal up).
- One of Cackletta's attacks in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has the brothers jump over it when it passes under them or else they'll fall in and take big damage.
- There is a portable hole in one of the Dizzy games. You can pick it up, but as soon as you pick it up - and store it in your bag - there's a hole in your bag, so everything falls out of it. Including the hole.
- One of the enemies in Kens Labyrinth is an instant-death Bottomless Pit that can move around. It has evil red eyes and something that looks like arms and a face while moving.