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->''"I've got a hole in me pocket."''
-->-- '''Music/RingoStarr''', ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''

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 PlayedForLaughs. 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 RuleOfFunny.

Portable Holes are functionally distinct from [[CoolGate teleportation portals]], but the two occasionally overlap, since teleportation portals are "holes" of a sort themselves (and OurWormholesAreDifferent). They are also related to [[BagOfHolding Bags of Holding]] and generally [[RealityBreakingParadox interact badly with them.]]



* A [[http://youtu.be/GPe-6bJ73DI TV commercial for Abilify]] antidepressant medication anthropomorphizes the main character's depression as a portable hole with eyes.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Blueno from ''Manga/OnePiece'' has eaten a devil fruit that (among other things) allows him to do this.
* ''Manga/{{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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' universe, "[[http://marvel.wikia.com/Johnathon_Ohnn_%28Earth-616%29 The Spot]]" had power over interdimensional portals, which he could place and remove as if they were solid objects.
* In the British comic Whoopee! the strip "'Orrible 'Ole" featured a sentient portable hole. Despite the name, he was actually quite a nice guy.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-10-15 Booker once ripped from the ground a hole through which a worm had just escaped him and then threw it away]]. The worm then pleaded with Booker to be let out of there.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' 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]]Well, half of it. He gave the rest to Jeremy. What can he do with it, you ask? [[MythologyGag Why]], [[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand fix it to keep his mind from wandering, of course]]![[/note]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' featured Portable Holes as an {{Acme Product|s}}. During the film's climax, Eddie became pinned against a steel drum by a cartoon magnet while fighting the BigBad; he freed himself by wrapping a Portable Hole completely around the magnet, causing the magnet to break in half.
* ''Film/TheyLive'' features a scene where the hero uses a device that creates a hole, so he can fall through the floor.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': Dr [=McCoy=] casually uses a portable hole to gain access to a prisoner in the brig so he can take a blood sample. Since the brig used a ForcefieldDoor, the device he uses was presumably designed to interact with the forcefield to create the hole and wouldn't work on other objects.
* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'': 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 [[MundaneUtility 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 ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' books. Oddly enough, it works more like the traditional cartoon portable hole rather than like the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' magic item.
* Eddie Drood from the ''Literature/SecretHistories'' books has a portable door as one of his gadgets. Basically the same thing.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', when the Seanchan finally discover [[CoolGate Traveling]], they describe it as "cutting a hole in the air".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/Warehouse13'' 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.
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In "Invasion of the Moon Creatures", Britain is being invaded by rabbits from the Moon who talk like Bugs Bunny, leading to this trope as an obligatory gag when they dig a rabbit warren to hide from the army's Royal Highland Ferrets. Rabbit!Bill dives down a hole to escape Graham, who finds the hole has turned solid. He picks the hole up and tosses it aside, whereupon Rabbit!Bill climbs out again.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Hunteri Heroici", a RealityWarper has created ToonPhysics in a small town, so the VillainOfTheWeek uses this trope to rob a bank.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The game specifies a magic item called the Portable Hole, which functions similarly to the BagOfHolding but must be placed against a flat surface to work. The [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/magicItems/wondrousItems.htm#portableHole Dungeons & 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.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin]]'' contains a ''real'' Portable Hole (of sorts). [[spoiler: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.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the Blob's powers in the NES and Wii versions of ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob''.
* MMORPG ''VideoGame/ToonTownOnline'' uses "portable holes" as a teleportation item.
** It even has a ''backstory'' on a '''''trading card.'''''
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', 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 ''VideoGame/CelDamage'' had portable holes as a weapon.
* Valve's hit game, ''Videogame/{{Portal}}'', uses portable holes as a way to solve puzzles.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' 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.
* ''MultiDimensionalThief'', a text adventure, has a portable hole allowing you to pass through many walls, as well as the [[StairwayToHeaven ceiling]] and [[{{Hellevator}} floor]]. However, it's incompatible with a few surfaces...
* The game credits of ''VideoGame/WarioWare: Smooth Moves''.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' mod ''VideoGame/{{Thaumcraft}}'', there is an item called the portable hole, which opens up a temporary 2x2 square tunnel, which the player can pass through.
* In ''VideoGame/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 [[BigBad Cackletta's]] attacks in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' 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 ''VideoGame/{{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. [[MindScrew Including the hole.]]
* One of the enemies in ''VideoGame/KensLabyrinth'' is an instant-death BottomlessPit that can move around. It has [[RedEyesTakeWarning evil red eyes]] and something that looks like arms and a face while moving.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' has a living portable hole in the form of Lacey, the Open Wound. We haven't seen her ''move'' yet, exactly, but it has been strongly implied in universe and explicitly confirmed by WordOfGod that she's capable of doing so.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://youtu.be/P5_Msrdg3Hk The Black Hole]].
* The Void, a supervillain in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can create these as part of his power to control time and space.
* PlotHoles are used for much this same purpose in ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'', and stabilized ones form the basis of much of the PPC's technology. For one thing, it's how they get to other continua in the first place.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-133 SCP-133]]
* One is used in Roleplay/WarrensOfOricTheAwesome: to access the VoidBetweenTheWorlds. It comes with a ladder.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': The TropeCodifier.
** A 1955 episode called "The Hole Idea" featured them as the invention of a scientist, later stolen by a thief to commit crimes with. In the end, the scientist tried to use one of those holes to rid himself of his wife but [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth the Devil brought her back]] because [[EvenEvilHasStandards even he couldn't stand her.]]
--->'''Devil:''' Isn't it bad enough down there without ''her''?!
** A later episode involved Bugs Bunny causing a disaster at a Portable Hole ''factory'', ending with "liquefied" portable-hole [[RealityBreakingParadox swallowing up everything.]] Fortunately, Bugs happened to have a [[ResetButton spare Universe]] on his person [[CrazyPrepared just in case such such a thing would happen]].
** WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner occasionally played with this trope as well, though less often than with related tropes such as PaintedTunnelRealTrain.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' plays with this, along with several other tropes, in the episode "[[Recap/EdEddnEddyS2E4OnePlusOneEqualsEd 1 + 1 = Ed]]". At one point in the episode, Eddy falls into a hole, only to fall out of the sky from off-screen and back into the hole in an endless loop until Ed picks up the hole, leaving Eddy to crash into the now solid ground. {{Subverted|Trope}} after everything goes back to normal: Eddy and Double-D fall down a manhole, so Ed tries to pick it up and pulls a whole sewer pipe out of the ground.
* WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat has one of these in his "bag of tricks". Possibly the Ur example.
* The Spot, mentioned in the comics section of the trope, appeared in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToons'' had an episode where Montana Max had a donut hole factory. The factory was harmful to the environment until the Toxic Revenger (one of Plucky Duck's alter egos) shut it down. Fortunately TheHero was as CrazyPrepared as Bugs Bunny (see above).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had [[ItMakesSenseInContext Heloise attempting to rescue Jimmy from Beezy]] by way of CatapultToGlory. Beezy responds by moving the window, causing Heloise to crash into the brick.
* One ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' short had the Panther create an underground staircase at a construction site after a door accidentally fell on top of him. When he pushes the door back up, it hits a construction worker, causing him to fall into the stairway, at which the Panther moves it onto the wall of an unfinished building.
* In Creator/TexAvery's ''Homesteader Droopy'', the Wolf gets rid of an angry moose by getting it to charge into a barn, then shutting the door and removing it (from a now-blank wall), folding it up a dozen or so times, and casually flinging it over his shoulder -- where it hits the ground, rapidly unfolds and opens up, and the moose charges back out. The ''exact'' same joke was also used in an earlier Tex Avery cartoon, "Señor Droopy".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'', the Aardvark tries to catch the Ant with 'Instant Hole', the latest scientific achievement. Unfortunately, it backfires on him, [[RunningGag causing him to fall through a cliff, deflates his hot air balloon, and traps him with a bomb]].
-->'''Aardvark:''' I hate you, Instant Hole!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', of all things, made a plot point out of one in "Bubble Trouble", which starts with a wind so strong it blows Gopher's front door off, that door being the hole leading to his tunnel. Pooh eventually uses it to free himself from the unbreakable bubble that he'd spent most of the episode trapped in.