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Wanda: Here's the diaper bag, it has diapers, wipes, snacks, toys... everything you might need.
Rhonda: There's a sippy cup full of wine with my name on it.
Wanda: Like I said, "everything you might need."

A specific portable item which is Bigger on the Inside than it is on the outside. Much bigger. It may not look it, but that's because it contains Hammerspace. Because the holding capacity of the bag comes from internal Hammerspace, a thoroughly-packed Bag of Holding will weigh no more than a full normal bag. Odds are, it will weigh no more than an empty normal bag.

Because of the sheer amount of goods you can store in one, trying to find something specific usually results in a Rummage Fail. Except, of course, in videogames where time itself will stop to let you go through your inventory in peace.

The Trope Namer is Dungeons & Dragons, whose "Bag of Holding" is a common and invaluable magical item; it also has an Evil Twin, the Bag of Devouring, which looks the same but will eat anything you put in it.


A Portable Hole is a similar device. In universes where the two coexist, it's never a good idea for them to intermingle (i.e. don't put the portable hole in the bag of holding...)

In RPGs you can have an entire Hyperspace Arsenal in Trouser Space, capable of holding a Hyperspace Mallet or... an RPG.

Compare Clown Car and Clown Car Base. See also Bag of Sharing and Bag of Spilling.

See also Bigger on the Inside, for an entire room or building that is that.

Contrast Stomach of Holding, which is when a character eats whatever they want to hold.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Den-noh Coil, in spades. Makes sense when half the things in the world are VR superimposed on the world and only visible through cyber-glasses. No tactile feedback, though—at one point the main character wishes she could feel her virtual dog's fur. Presumably they've just gotten used to acting as if the VR constructs were actually present for convenience of use. That virtual keyboard is going to be useless if you can't get used to poking the same relative location for the Enter key.
  • In Part 5 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the heroes eventually get a hold of a turtle with a Stand called Mr. President, which causes the turtle's shell to become a Pocket Dimension in the form of a small living room. It's even stocked with a fridge, which is a source of confusion for more than one of the heroes, who wonders where everything goes.
  • Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life? deconstructs this trope. Mages may learn Storage Magic, to drastically cut down on logistical woes. It's limited by both weight and volume and doesn't stop time inside. The also have to concentrate and expend magic power to maintain it. It's so rare and highly prized, even complete newbies can instantly skip years of necessary experience and work to the middle rank if they have just that spell and a decent capacity. Many adventuring parties, merchant groups, and militaries are also willing to pay good money for a mage exclusively for this, any other skills and magical competencies are a bonus. The contrast between this and Mile's differently working version is a frequent plot point. She doesn't have to maintain it, time stops for stuff inside and it has a capacity so large it's never come up even when she adds the supplies for a 5K army or a whole dragon.
  • Doraemon has a fourth dimensional pocket for this purpose. Unfortunately, he's horrendously disorganized, so often times he can't find what he wants in a pinch.
  • The "Hoi-Poi Capsules" ("Dyna-Caps" in the dub) of Dragon Ball are small enough to fit a dozen in your pockets, and can contain anything from cars to aircraft to entire reservoirs of water. Understandably, this has made their inventor, Dr Briefs (father of main character Bulma), one of the richest people on Earth.
  • August 7 of Darker Than Black won the Superpower Lottery and gained the ability to distort the space around him. He uses it to keep an arsenal of sabres and shotguns on his person at all times.
  • In Naruto all ninja bags, pouches, etc. can be considered Bags of Holding. Just look at how many shuriken and kunai any ninja pulls from his or her pouch. Not to mention full-sized paperbacks, such as those Kakashi stashes in his, and the endless array of snacks Chouji pulls from his own.
    • Not to mention the scrolls from the same story. Items at least the size of a human can be transformed into a symbol written on the scroll and released again later, allowing for easy transport.
    • Remember Jiraiya's Toad of Holding? People could walk around inside its throat.
  • Black Butler gives us a person of holding. During his duel with Sebastian, Claude reaches down Hannah's throat, like all the way down and produces a freaking BFS. It's just as gross sounding as it looked.
  • In Dazzle, we have Rahzel's teddy bear bag. It's even lampshaded:
    Alzeid: Did she just pull something out of that bag that's bigger than the space inside ?
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: This is part of Homura's powers (the other characters simply make weapons appear from nowhere). Some sort of unseen portal in the back of her shield can hold a seemingly limitless supply of stolen Yakuza and JSDF weapons and homemade bombs without becoming noticeably heavier; in episode 11, she dumps out dozens of rocket launchers and mortar cannons, enough land mines to emulate a small thermonuclear explosion, and a couple of machine guns.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, it is shown that props and accessories are kept in capsules, which is how they fit in a prop case.
  • The "Dazanegg's Magic Bag" in Log Horizon, which can be obtained by players of Elder Tale above level 45 essentially functions as one. This remains true even after the players became trapped within the game world, allowing them to lug a hundred kilograms worth of items with the effort of slinging a backpack.
  • The Medicine Seller's pack in Mononoke may not seem it initially, as it's a big, bulky thing and the objects he pulls from it are fairly small, but come later arcs he's producing hundreds of those scales from the same, small compartment!
  • A 4-dimensional bag in Magical Girl Raising Project is a small pouch, yet it has infinite storage space allowing it to hold nearly anything, including large sniper rifles and even people.
  • Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles has the Item Box, a magic artifact that uses time and space magic to store items. The main character, Rio, uses one to store cooking ingredients for long trips.
  • Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear has two examples.
    • There is the standard "item bag" which can be used to transport large amounts of items without the weight or the size woes. It's highly prized though not so rare that well-funded bandit groups can't get them.
    • The protagonist, Yuna, has a special example called the "Bear Box", a Hammerspace contained in the white bear puppet glove of her bear armor. It acts as a pocket dimension where time and entropy do not exist, allowing her to store items without rotting, degradation, or an upper limit to mass and volume. For example, she stores a multi-room, two-story house complete with working circuitry and plumbing in lieu of a tent roll, capable of pulling it out and setting it up with the same ease you would a wallet from your pocket.

    Comic Books 
  • In Scott Pilgrim Ramona pulls all sorts of crazy stuff from her handbag. This includes a titanium baseball bat (+1 against blondes) and a sledgehammer (+2 against girls). Scott also hides in it. In the final volume, it's revealed to be a gateway into her head too, as Scott enters the bag to find not only Ramona, but a gigantic Gideon Graves holding her captive, as well. The same volume also illustrates what happens when you rupture such a bag.
  • The Dutch comic Douwe Dabbert has a literal bag of holding, which sometimes works cryptically, seeing as it provides the eponymous character with equipment he'll need but not always understand. Once stuck on a road because of a spell, it gave him a pair of shoes... only for him to realize that he had to take off his shoes, put the new pair on and repeat until he reached the side of the road.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • The Power Purse, one of the most overpowered yet underutilized items in the Marvel Universe, allows the user to pull almost anything from it. Where the items come from is inconsistent. It supposedly pulls items from another dimension, but has been shown to pull items from its own dimension as well. It is currently in the possession of Honey Lemon, member of Big Hero 6.
    • There was a period where Hank Pym of the Avengers wore a trench coat that acted as a Bag of Holding because he had used "Pym Particles" (the same ones previously used to make him into Ant-Man/Giant Man/Yellowjacket) to shrink all manner of useful gadgets so that they fit in his pockets.
      Hank Pym: You know, what you should have asked is why I would bother to shrink these things in the first place.
      [clocks the villain with a sledgehammer that he grows back to normal size as he swings it]
    • His Wasp persona revisits this idea. One of the shrunken items he keeps on him is a fully functional lab.
    • Shaman from Alpha Flight. His bag holds any number of magical spells. Only for him. Anyone else? Just don't look into it. Or stick your arm into it. It doesn't like giving arms back. It was also revealed to be a bad idea to turn it inside-out.
    • Is anyone surprised that in Loki: Agent of Asgard Old!Loki has one of these? It can hold anything from a rocket launcher to a small mountain of gold.
  • Savant Garde. A Wild CATS spin-off title. The main character has a less malicious bag of holding. Which is a blessing when you are a bibliophile archaeologist.
  • Spider-Man's foe the Green Goblin carries his pumpkin bombs and other weapons in a shoulder bag that he calls his "bag of tricks" which seems far too small to hold them all.
  • Disney character Eega Beeva wears a skirted garment which contains an incredible number of objects, often huge objects. The problem is finding useful objects in a reasonable amount of time. Usually, he manages to find what he's looking for, but only after extracting refrigerators, truck tires, furniture and other big and useless stuff.
  • Drywall from Scud the Disposable Assassin can hold anything from weapons to furniture inside his body. He contains an extradimensional space that is neatly divided into labelled cubicles made of drywall (hence, his name) with all his stuff sorted into them. It doesn't seem to help Drywall find a specific item he wants any faster, though.
  • Milestone Comics had Iota of the Shadow Cabinet — a Sizeshifter who's been known to manifest anything from lipstick to a tank from her 'bag', effectively resulting in this trope. Because of the side effects of her powers, most items she pulled out (and re-enlarged) are colored pink.
  • Fables. Jack claims to have carried around a Bag of Holding in his earlier adventures, but giving his proclivity for lying, who knows? However, in modern day, a briefcase that started out with actual physical limits has become a Briefcase of Holding. Even Jack is surprised. Being Jack of -All- Tales comes with a Weirdness Magnet.
    • Boy Blue's Witching Cloak has this power, among many others.
  • Incredible Hulk: Bruce Banner built himself one of these, though unusually for this trope, it actually connects to his lab in the same dimension. Amadeus Cho once defeated an Eldritch Abomination by stuffing it inside. Since this meant said abomination was now running around his lab, Banner was annoyed.
  • In Adventure Time, The Lich uses one to suck up the entire planet, which he then planned to throw into the Sun.

    Comic Strips 
  • Knights of the Dinner Table:
    • There is a long-running story arc, the "Bag Wars". The party stored an enormous amount of treasure, equipment and magical items in a Bag of Holding. They decide to place their hirelings inside too, to save money on horses — and then forgot to feed them or let them out for several months. When they try to retrieve an object, they discovered the hirelings have constructed a fortress inside the bag, and are prepared to use the party's own equipment to defend it. The inside of the bag is still inhabited by the hirelings' descendants, and now sports several settlements and at least one large city.
    • The idea was later expanded into the concept of "Bag Wurld". A certain percentage of "large capacity storage items" do not open onto individual storage spaces, but onto an otherdimensional planet, where items from individual bags and devices rest in "Bag Zones" separated by many miles. Once a character is aware of this, the option is available to enter a bag and travel to other Bag Zones for various purposes (most often theft of other bag holders' property, but at least one recurring antagonist was established to be using travel via bag as an escape route, and in fact had built his own hideaway within Bag Wurld). Another twist is that the usual dimensional-explodey badness does not happen when you put one Bag Wurld-connected item inside another; while the storage item placed inside is destroyed (and its Bag Zone is disconnected permanently), the other bag and all other Bag Wurld-connected bags have their Bag Zones shuffled. (The good news? Your stuff isn't "lost" as in "destroyed for all time". The bad news? It is "lost" as in "million-to-one odds of ever finding said stuff again".)
    • A less brain-breaking but still plot-important example is Randy the halfling's Hat of Opulent Domicile. For the most part it's a standard Bag of Holding, but it's specifically designed so people can climb inside and live there in addition to using it for storage. Significantly, it's a Hefty Storage Capacity device, not a Mega Storage Capacity device, so it can be taken inside Bag Wurld and used normally without the aforementioned dimensional-explodey badness.
  • Baby Blues: In a way to make fun of Wakko's gag bag, Baby Blues brought up the diaper bag. Like the description, it has anything the MacPhersons need. And like the gag bag, they pull out things that can't be in a bag. There's always a running gag at the end of the comic where Wanda says she needs to clean the diaper bag.
  • SnarfQuest had a moment when Snarf wanted to impress a robot by showing him a revolver pistol. The gun wouldn't have been impressive even if it'd found it, but the robot was astounded to see Snarf violate the laws of physics by climbing entirely inside a tiny Pack of Holding.
  • Parodied in one Garfield strip, when Garfield and Jon went grocery shopping. As Jon watched the cashier bag the groceries, he became increasing shocked when he saw that all the groceries were seemingly fitting into one bag. It was then that Jon noticed Garfield was missing and a loud "burp!" emanated from the bag.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Mario/Pokémon fancomic Bad Things Will Happen, the backpack that Luigi finds in the supply room works like this. It gets lampshaded.
    Soul: Good, you’re up. I’ve put everything in the bag. Ready to go?
    Luigi: Oh, yeah, of cor-
    Luigi: Wait. Are you telling me that you put all of the contents of the box, as well as everything else that was sitting around, inside this bag?
    Soul: Yep.
    Luigi: …
  • Buwaro owns one of these in A Different Medius.
  • Lampshaded in the fanfiction I, Eternity based on The Elder Scrolls series. The protagonist, Leon, does in fact have a magic bag that can hold an infinite amount of objects as long as he can carry the weight. It was a joke on the inventory system from Morrowind and Oblivion.
  • Zelda's traveller's clothes include a black satchel hanging from her belt that can hold everything she picks up in Zelda and the Manacle of Cahla. The glyphs on it glow when she puts something inside, so it's apparent magic is involved.
  • In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Harry has a mokeskin bag that he actually calls a Bag Of Holding. His luggage counts as well.
  • George's "closet" in With Strings Attached. He can store stuff in some unfathomable limbo by holding a thing and changing into himself not holding it, then retrieve it by changing into himself holding it. So far he can put anything in there that he can actually lift, though he hasn't dared try it with a living creature more complex than a plant.
    • In The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, the four pick up a trapped Bag of Holding from the mine-robbers. George puts it in his closet, and they barely think about it thereafter.
  • In Ashes of the Past, Ash finds one in the Rota Kingdom that Aura Guardians use alongside their own Aura, and he and his friends make a lot of use of it.
  • The Hypercube (a small Rubik's Cube) in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series.
  • In My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return, Twilight has her Tome, a book into which she transfers things she needs to store. Presumably, she can use it for anything, but all we see her stick in it are her airship and the box containing the Elements of Harmony.
  • In The Trainer from a Far-Away Land, Sylph Co. technology has hyperspace technology to fit items in a small oval or cube shaped capsule.
  • Crack Fic Kasumi's Epic Quest has a bag that holds everything. In the first chapter alone, there is a carpenter, 50-inch 1080p TV, a map showing where Kasumi's dad is being held captive, her own travel companions, a bow, 5 diamonds, a cat, a rubber band, a Holy Hand Grenade, and a memorial for the cat when it's killed. However, she can't pull out the one hundred zillion dollars the villains demand because "zillion" isn't a number, and it is later explained that she could not simply pull her kidnapped father out of the bag because the books had cast an "Anti-Everything spell" on him.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic The Princess and the Dragon, Yugi has two of these, with magic-jamming runes sewn onto the front so that magical items can be kept inside them without setting off wards or alerting other wizards to their presence. They're also able to hold people.
  • Xander in Working for the Weekend uses one for his "trips" that he got from Mayor Wilkins. When Buffy points out the impossibility of it, Xander tells her the same thing Mayor Wilkins told him, "Would you rather it be possible, or have the space to take along a dozen rolls of toilet paper?"
  • In Fate/Parallel Fantasia, one useful minor ability of False Archer's Noble Phantasm, Faust Buckler, is to provide her with infinite extradimensional storage space.
  • The Tyrant and the Hero has a variant: Black Alice carries her luggage in a magical cabinet that uses space-time magic, allowing her to shrink it until it can fit on her palm. It needs to be returned to full size for her to put things in or take things out.
  • Life Ore Death gives Sportsmaster this trait in his pockets, in a nod to his unremarked-on ability in Young Justice to pull hammers and explosive javelins out of his pockets. Ferris immediately starts salivating over the possibilities, but they aren't Friendly Enemy enough for him to share.
  • Fate/Gamers Only: Da Vinci gave Rikku a storage device that automatically collects item drops to explain where the protagonist is supposed to store the enormous amount of mats from gameplay.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: A friend of Professor Oak's, Dr. Kim Monocles Boxer, invented the Item Capsule, a device thar replicates the ability of a Pokéball to store Pokémon, except that it can do it with any kind of item whatsoever. Ash and his companions get a box of these and use it to store furniture, including beds and wardrobes, which they bring out in their secret bases while traveling for more comfort.
  • Returning the Stones begins with penultimate scene in Avengers: Endgame, in which Captain America time travels to return the Infinity Stones. The Endgame scene shows him only carrying the brief case for the Stones and Mjlonir, but in Returning the Stones he also brings with him Loki's scepter, a change of clothes, and four Wakanda holocrons.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the Disney adaptation of The Sword in the Stone, Merlin casts a spell (along with a song and dance routine) to place the contents of his entire house inside his bag, because he was moving to Sir Ector's castle to tutor Arthur.
  • At the beginning of The Little Mermaid, Sebastian takes his sheet music out of a small seashell.
  • In Aladdin, Genie is seen stuffing various items into a small suitcase with no space concerns.
  • Rico in The Penguins of Madagascar is a Big Eater who eats everything and can cough up whatever he ate on cue. He ends up becoming a Bag Of Holding when he uses this talent while disguised as a backpack.
  • Although RJ's bag in Over the Hedge may not be limitless, it is shown to contain a lot of different items, including a boomerang he pulls out whenever he's looking for things.
  • In Inside Out Bing Bong, Riley's old Imaginary Friend, has a small bag that he stores a mountain of memory spheres along with some random stuff, including the kitchen sink. When he dumps it all out to stick the core memories in it he explains that "it's imaginary."
  • In Pooh's Super Sleuth Christmas Movie, this is how Santa is able to carry all of his presents at once - he has a magic bag that holds them all. The main thrust of the film is journey to bring it back to him after he accidentally drops it while flying over the Hundred Acre Wood.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • As in the comics, Hank Pym in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp uses Pym Particles to create this effect. Especially in the second film, where he takes the concept of a "suitcase laboratory" to a whole new level.
  • In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Newt Scamander's suitcase stores a zoo's worth of magical creatures in recreations of their natural habitats. It also has a "Muggle-safe" mode that switches its contents to some ordinary clothes for sneaking past customs. Unfortunately, it gets switched with a Muggle's similar-looking suitcase while in "bag of holding" mode and the Muggle accidentally unleashes several beasts into New York.
  • In Disney Channel's Halloweentown series of movies, Agatha Cromwell has one of these that's also alive.
  • James and the Giant Peach: Mrs. Ladybug keeps many things in her very small handbag including a mirror, megaphone, and cowbell. Almost all of them are as big as the bag or bigger.
  • Mary Poppins has her carpet bag. She opens it and pulls out a hat stand and a full-length mirror, followed by a plant, and an ornate and lit floor lamp. When the children Jane and Michael inspect the carpet bag, it appears to be empty.
  • Harpo Marx often pulled impossibly large and numerous objects out of his coat pockets. This was most likely the inspiration for Wakko Warner, the Doctor, and probably most of the more comical examples listed herein.
  • In The Mask, Jim Carrey's character Stanley Ipkiss is searched by cops while wearing the mask, and they find an impossibly huge stash of items in his trouser pockets, including (but not limited to) a bazooka, a bowling pin, giant sunglasses, and a picture of Lt. Callaway's wife.
  • In Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Eric Applebaum brings Mr. Magorium some pajamas during his stay in the hospital, and also produces a number of improbable items, such as a garden hose, a euphonium, a plank of wood, etc., from a paper grocery bag.
  • In The Santa Clause, Scott/Santa only has one relatively small bag, but which fills with whatever presents he needs to deliver to each house. At one point he manages to pull a whole kayak and oar out of it. (It can also inflate like a balloon and let him fly around.)
  • Santa Hunters has Santa's sack, which is incredibly deep.
  • Both films of Temptation Island have Suzanne/Serafina's make-up box.

  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione creates one of these out of her handbag using an Undetectable Extension Charm.
    • And in a similar vein, the Weasleys borrow a pup tent that is the size of a 3 bedroom apartment on the inside.
    • This is an ever-present theme in Harry Potter. The Ford Anglia in Chamber of Secrets was magically expanded, allowing 6 or 7 people to fit comfortably in the back seat, and all their luggage in the trunk. Also, the tiny pouch that Hagrid gives Harry shrinks both itself and the objects it contains, as it is made out of a lizard that can shrink completely if it feels in danger.
    • Mad-Eye Moody has a trunk with seven different locks revealing different interiors that all co-exist with each other. The last is big enough to fit Moody himself, and he spends most of the year there while Barty Crouch Jr. impersonates him.
    • And a true Gryffindor may pull Godric Gryffindor's sword out of the Sorting Hat... which kinda makes sense, since the hat itself also once belonged to Gryffindor. (If you were a wizard with a magic hat, wouldn't you keep important belongings in it?) In this case, the hat is implied to teleport the sword to its location rather than actually contain it within.
  • In Factory of the Gods Julian is given an inventory belt that has individual pockets that function as bags of holding, only limited to one type of object, making them function more like inventory slots in a video game.
  • In Donita K. Paul's Dragon Keeper Chronicles, Kale's moonbeam cloak has pockets like this.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, The Luggage is a vaguely malevolent version of this trope, which will regularly eat people but still give you your clothes cleaned and pressed a few seconds later. It's also fanatically devoted to its owner, able to transcend time and space (and death) to reach him, and will stomp over or eat anything that gets in its way.
    • In an interview, Pratchett revealed that he originally created the Luggage for an actual D&D game he was running. It would carry everyone's gear and do whatever it was told, but would do ''only' what it was told and was something of a Literal Genie. Players had to word their requests very carefully, or they risked it walking off a cliff carrying the entire party inventory.
    • Also the Cabinet of Curiosity in Making Money and Unseen Academicals: "Technically it appears to be a classic Bag of Holding..."
    • The Cornucopia from Wintersmith also.
    • A Salad Bowl of Holding is mentioned in the Unseen University Student Diary as the reason why student wizards are no longer welcome at the Groaning Platter's all-you-can-fit-in-the-bowl-for-ten-pence salad bar.
  • Nakor from Raymond E. Feist's The Riftwar Cycle has an empty Bag of Holding which seems to contain infinite oranges. It's actually a regular sack with a portable rift hidden inside it, with the other end located in an orange storeroom.
    • Later comments suggest the other end of the portal is just above a fruit merchant's stand.
    • Eventually it starts producing apples instead, whoever's on the other side having apparently changed their storage system.
  • Young Wizards features pockets in space that a wizard can access from anywhere, allowing them to put in any number of heavy or cumbersome things and just pull them out when they're needed.
    • Kit has learned the trick of opening his up inside of his pocket, allowing him to retrieve and store objects even while in the presence of Muggles.
    • The series combines a room-sized version of a Bag of Holding with a Portable Hole to get wizardly "pup tents": slap the pup tent up against the nearest convenient wall and it turns into a doorway to your own personal-and-portable bedroom. Or, in a pinch, use magic to hang it off of thin air.
  • In the Whateley Universe, Generator has a 'purse of holding', designed by her boyfriend, who's a size warper. She has a superpowered way of preventing Rummage Fail.
    • And Phase's utility belt. Built by a deviser, it looks like a wide belt with fake pockets that couldn't possibly hold anything bigger than a matchbook. Phase routinely stuffs the pockets with all kinds of devices and weapons.
  • Robert A. Heinlein
    • In The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Gwen/Hazel has a purse like this, courtesy of a small space warp.
    • Rufo has a "fold box" in Glory Road, which keeps opening up, revealing more, and bigger, compartments full of the equipment needed for their quest. An unfortunate accident later destroys it and all the equipment it contained.
  • In Fablehaven's fourth book, Kendra gets a knapsack that has an entire storage room inside of it.
  • In Malazan Book of the Fallen, Mappo Runt was given a bag with an entire warren inside of it by the shoulderwomen of his tribe.
  • A variant of this is given to Gurgi at the end of The Book of Three, the first book of The Chronicles of Prydain. His wallet holds an infinite supply of food, which magically restocks itself.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • Chiron hides his horse legs in a magic wheelchair.
    • In the Sequel Series, The Heroes of Olympus, Leo, son of Hephaestus, finds an enchanted toolbelt that has a myriad of tools and supplies. But only things that could reasonably be found in garages (nothing like giant power tools or other magical items).
      • Piper gets a Cornucopia which allows her to produce an unlimited supply of food and water.
  • In the second book of the Finder's Stone trilogy, The Wyvern's Spur, Olive (a halfling) tries to hide in a miniature bag of holding. It doesn't work, though, because it's too small.
  • The short story The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link features a bag made of dog skin. Depending on how the clasp is turned, it opens to reveal one of three things: a normal-sized handbag interior, an old village put into the bag to save it from disaster (IIRC), or a blood-soaked dimension inhabited by the skinless spirit of the dog killed to make the bag.
  • Robert Silverberg's Nightwings has an overpocket, described as infinitely capacious and capable of containing the contents of an entire world, yet no larger than a man's hand.
  • In Zarathan, the setting of Ryk E. Spoor's The Balanced Sword, every well-equipped adventurer has a "neverfull pack". It's not actually true that they can never be filled up, but they do let you carry a lot more equipment around.
  • In the Myth-O-Mania book Say Cheese, Medusa!, Persephone gives Hades a wallet that can hold anything.
  • Interspatial rings serve this purpose in Coiling Dragon. With a flip of their hand, a wearer can deposit or extract an item from the ring. The most common application is to hold their weapons, but characters also use them to hold food, drink, and fragile objects.
  • In The Wizards Of Aus, Jack carries one of these.
  • In the Lone Wolf series you can find a literal named Bag of Holding. Its space isn't infinite, but it still increases the capacity of your backpack.
  • Schooled in Magic: Trunks which can hold far more than their appearance would suggest exist, due to a pocket dimension. Emily traps a huge cockatrice in hers, although this wrecks it.
  • The Crimson Shadow: Oliver is given a sack with this effect by Brind'Amour that can hold far items more than is normal. Things placed inside it will come into his hand by simply thinking about them too. It works due to being extradimensional.
  • In The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, one of the artifacts Demane inherited from his Aunty is a small belt pouch that is much, much bigger on the inside. When he leaves the amir's service unannounced, he takes everything that's not nailed down at his quarters with him, but the guards later swear he left the palace with only a pouch at his belt.
  • In the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, the witch Morwen has enchanted the sleeves of her robes to hold a multitude of items. They start to feel heavy when nearing capacity.

    Live-Action TV 
  • All That had the recurring character Baggin' Saggin' Barry who could produce at will almost anything a person asked for from his pants. At one point that included an airplane after missing his flight because he kept setting off the metal detector.
  • In the Angie Tribeca episode "Tribeca's Day Off", Angie comes home with a bag of groceries containing way too many items that can plausibly fit in there, including a package of about 20 rolls of toilet paper and a ladder.
  • In The Aunty Jack Show, Kid Eager is shown to have large number of items hidden in his oversized, suspendered trousers, at one stage believed to include Thin Arthur's upright piano and Aunty Jack's motorbike.
  • An early Emma Peel episode of The Avengers (1960s) shows Steed able to produce a steaming pot of tea from a valise.
  • Barney & Friends had the Barney Bag, which was capable of holding anything and everything needed for a given episode.
  • While all versions do this to some degree, the 60's Batman (1966) took this to the nth degree with Batman's utility belt. How he fit the Bat-Shield in there, we'll never know.
  • Bottom: Eddie Hitler was able to pull a pint glass of beer out from his jacket.
  • The title brothers in the Norwegian comedy series Brødrene Dal have an old-fashioned hiking backpack containing just about everything you can imagine. The backpack itself contains a tent which looks like an ordinary tent on the outside, but on the inside has several floors, a wooden staircase, telephone, TV, etc.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor has pulled objects out of their pockets which, even if they fit, would have been clearly present by ruining the lines of their suit. This is because the Doctor's pockets being Bigger on the Inside, a common feature of Time Lord technology.
    • Including the Twelfth Doctor pulling out a (lidless) cup of water to give to someone, after having been hanging upside-down, swinging from a rope. When asked how he carried it, the Doctor simply answered "Skills."
    • In "Flatline", the TARDIS has shrunk while the Twelfth Doctor is in it, so his companion Clara sticks it in her handbag while she runs round trying to solve the mystery. From then on, the Doctor occasionally shoves things through the door for her to use, giving the appearance of this trope. One of the items is a sledgehammer, making it a literal case of Hammerspace.
  • Chris from Everybody Hates Chris speculates this is what his mother's purse must be like.
    Mom: Ah, that's where I left my purse!
    [pulls identical purse out of purse]
  • The Friendly Giant - Rusty the Rooster not only kept his stuff in one of these, but lived there as well.
  • The immortals of Highlander invariably had something of the sort. The men tended to wear longcoats which never revealed the scabbard underneath, despite the laws of physics demanding otherwise. The women tended to be even more overt in their breaking from reality, with slinky catsuits, sometimes with bare midriffs, often being able to hide very long swords that never seemed to reduce said female's agility before being drawn from... somewhere. It's probably best you don't think about it.
  • On How I Met Your Mother Robin is the designated "vice girl" at funerals, carrying a bag with every form of intoxicant or other carnal delight the mourners might need to handle their grief. The bag's so well stocked that it becomes a cross between this trope and Crazy-Prepared; if she's even able to produce a copy of Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles on demand, what all else must she have in there?
  • In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, the eponymous pirates have belt buckles that store their Ranger Keys. Despite being no bigger than a pack of cards, it seems to hold an infinite number of keys and will eject them if the Gokaiger in question doesn't have a free handnote . One episode shows that the buckles are linked to the treasure chest that holds all the keys normally and resides on the Gokaigers' home ship, as well as demonstrating the process by which a buckle is linked to the chest (done for the just-recently-joined Sixth Ranger).
  • Kamen Rider Decade's Ride Booker, the device that holds all the cards he uses in battle, is explicitly stated to contain a Klein bottle that gives it infinite capacity for both cards and bullets, stores a sword blade, and allows him to draw whatever card he needs instantly without Rummage Fail. Taking it a step further, the Ride Booker will occasionally eject cards into the air in order to let him get to them faster.
    • Likewise Kamen Rider Diend's card holder, which is smaller and much less fancynote . It's implied that Decade and Diend both dip into the same "well", explaining why Diend only uses primary Riders after Decade has unlocked them.
  • One episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers has the Rangers in detention due to Rita's plan to have evil clones ruin their reputation. They watch as Bulk takes out several large sandwiches from his lunchbox with it looking no bigger than a regular one.
  • In the Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn episode "Abraquadabra", after the magician The Wondrous Androoni made Ricky disappear and couldn't find him, Nicky and Dicky searched in a box that held a lot more than it should have, Dicky included.
  • Jerry in Parker Lewis Can't Lose owned a trenchcoat from which he could instantly extract any needed item, to the accompaniment of ripping Velcro.
  • In Raising Hope's fourth season episode "Bee Story", Burt and Virginia somehow sneak five filing boxes of documents out of the kazoo company they were undercover in, by shoving the pages under their clothes. At home, pulling page after page out results in an impossibly — and comically — large pile of paper.
  • The transporters in Star Trek are often used as one of these, holding whatever's being transported in the thing's "pattern buffer" to sneak them past customs or to keep them in suspended animation until the crew can figure out how to solve the current problem. Scotty used them to avoid being killed and was respawned a century or so later in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation appearing no older.
    • They also explain why it's not a good idea for anything but a short-term fix (Scotty's 75-year beam-out notwithstanding): keeping the transporter in a perpetual "loop" to store a person is a humongous power drain, and if the transporter breaks down the pattern may degrade to the point where the person is lost. Scotty made it out after 75 years - the Red Shirt that took the ride with him didn't.
  • In Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? once, the Chief was getting fired, so she packed her things into a bottomless bag. (Luckily, Greg ended up saving her.)
  • The X-Files: Mulder's and Scully's pockets. Boy, do they have to be deep and spacious! They have there their FBI badges, mobile phones, wallet/purse, calling cards, coins, keys (home, office, cars), pens, latex gloves, bags for collecting evidence, flash-lights of various sizes, occasionally maps, and Mulder sometimes pulls sunflower seeds out of his pocket.
    • In the early seasons they were both seen carrying a briefcase or a backpack, and Scully wore a handbag several times. Those had to have elements of Bag Of Holding as well.
    • In "Detour", they were travelling with another pair of agents to a team-building seminar, so one would assume they brought mainly their nice suits. However, an interesting X-File comes to their way, and there they are, investigating in the woods in casual sportswear and jeans, so if they hadn't gone shopping, their suitcases had this ability as well. It's a shame that they didn't bring any of those magical bags to the woods. They had to spend a night and a day there without water and food, and Scully had to try to set a fire by opening a bullet and using the powder to ignite it...

  • In an official comic for Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Jonie packs some food and medicine for a trip she's taking with Sparky. She somehow manages to fit more stuff into her heart-shaped bag than it should be able to carry.
    Sparky: How did it fit in!?

    Myths & Religion 
  • Santa Claus carries all his toys in one of these according to modern interpretations, though traditionally he's depicted with a large number of bags. (Still a lot fewer than he would realistically need, but whatever...)
  • In "All-Kinds-of-Fur," a fairy tale similar to Donkeyskin, the princess can store her three beautiful dresses in a nutshell.
  • Older Than Print: Celtic Mythology has a couple:
    • There's the crane bag of Aoife, owned by Manannan Mac Lir. In one story ("Manannan at Play"), he pulls out of it a long string of silk, a hare, a dog, a boy, and a woman; and you can figure out what happens next.
    • In the Mabinogion the crafty Rhiannon uses a what is specifically described a small bag to trick her unwanted suitor, Gwawl. It holds an entire feast's worth of food without being full and when he puts both feet into it, Gwawl himself, with enough space to tie the bag closed over his head.
  • In Japanese Mythology, the tale of Hachikatsugi-hime features one that is actually Fallen Princess Hachikatsugi's huge wooden bowl hat, given to her by her Missing Mom. It contains several riches, money, kimonos, hairpins, etc. that both form the girl's dowry and prove her noble lineage, letting her bypass a Parental Marriage Veto and earn a happier life.

  • The party in Critical Hit have a Handy Haversack to share their stuff between them.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The eponymous example is a sack that does pretty much exactly what the intro describes, with a few caveats. A bag of holding has a set weight, meaning that a normal empty bag would weigh less than an empty bag of holding. They also have maximum sizes and weight limits (with four standard sizesnote ), and you don't want to put sharp objects in them without some sort of protection. To get a good idea of what a bag of holding is, just imagine a sack whose opening goes into a tiny pocket universe with a burlap border, outside of which is the vast inky void of infinity. If the bag is pierced, from inside or outside, any contents are lost forever in that void. Thus, putting anything irreplaceable in a bag of holding is a calculated risk. Also, do not put one Bag of Holding (or other extradimensional storage device) inside another: doing so creates a short-lived portal to the Astral Plane, which sucks in the contents of both devices and everything within ten feet.
    • Another D&D example is the portable hole, a hole that can be picked up and folded like a handkerchief. Some halflings (being the smallest race) line the inside of the portable hole with thin wooden boards to build a one room apartment for camping. Many wizards fill them with well-organised folding bookshelves, which can be pulled out to form a small library. The kobolds make bigger ones that they use for portable, 50-foot deep, pit traps.
      • Here's a fun trick — slap a Portable Hole onto something living, like a dragon... horrors of falling entrails aside, then throw in said Bag of Holding. Can you say, "divided by zero?"note 
      • The portable hole described in Fifth Edition is a six-foot-wide black silk circle that changes into the mouth of a ten-foot-deep cylindrical pit when laid onto a flat surface. It does not create a hole through whatever it's placed on, it just becomes the opening to an extradimensional storage space.
    • A third, Heward's Handy Haversack, specifically avoids the Rummage Fail problem by automatically producing the item its user is thinking of. It acts like a standard Bag of Holding otherwise, aside from a more limited carrying capacity. As this item is shaped like a backpack and holds as much as most players are ever able to carry (total capacity of 120 pounds and 12 cubic feet), this is widely considered to be the "normal" backpack of any kick-in-the-door campaign.
    • A fourth example is the Quiver of Ehlonna, an Archer's best friend: holds 50 arrows, and allows the wearer to carry around nearly a small armory's worth of polearms and the like. Oh, and even if you only have 1 arrow of a certain type out of the 50, you'll always grab it if you want it.
    • And a fifth example is the Quiver of Plenty, which produces an infinite supply of arrows: whenever you want one, reach into the quiver and there it is.
    • out for the Bag of Devouring, which looks like a Bag of Holding, and even acts like one at first, but will eat your equipment... and you, too, if you're not careful.
    • Knights of the Dinner Table produces stats and story for a magic item in every edition. One such item is a variant of the Bag of Holding, a hat which contains a home of varying size and quality on the inside. The rim expands to allow people to enter, and the inside can be anything from a comfortable, one room apartment to an immense manor house.
    • A fairly low-level spell in Edition 2 was Deeppockets, which temporarily enchanted a wizard's robe with a large number of pockets so that they became miniature bags of holding. No matter how many pockets it had, the robe as a whole could hold no more than 100 pounds and 5 cubic feet, but it weighed only 10 pounds, and the pockets didn't bulge at all.
    • Similarly, there's a 3.5e magic item called the Belt of Hidden Pouches, which has a grand total of thirty pouches (ten visible, twenty hidden) that all function as miniature bags of holding — none of them can hold more than five pounds or half a cubic foot, and none of them can hold an item that exceeds 6in in any dimension, but the belt itself can hold up to 150lbs while itself weighing only a single pound, and the pouches never bulge.
    • The Bag of Tricks is a seemingly empty bag from which random animals, most of which are much too large to fit into the bag. Up to and including a rhinoceros.
  • GURPS: Magic has the Cornucopia enchantment which is a variation on this. The container can produce an infinite amount of any one sort of ammunition, but it has to be taken out one by one and by hand. To prevent the spell from destroying the economy created objects only last for a minute.
  • Hackmaster 4E (which was based on Dungeons & Dragons 1E and 2E) had not only the Bag of Endless Storage (based on the D&D Bag of Holding) but also the Bag of Hefty Storage Capacity, which, depending on the version, could hold from 2.5 million tons and 5 cubic miles of material up to 10 billion tons and 4,000 cubic miles of stuff.
  • d20 Modern: "Urban Arcana" has a backpack of holding, and there also is a spell called Secret pockets allowing you to carry up to 10 pounds of stuff in a pocket for a few hours, as long as the items can fit through the opening. One of the items supplied to Department 7 agents is a piece of garment with 2 permanent secret pockets able to hold 5 pounds worth of equipment...
  • Characters in Toon: The Cartoon RPG can take the Bag of Many Things shtick, which on a successful roll lets the PC pull out anything they might need. On a failed roll, they instead pull out a random item, or whatever the Animator (GM) thinks would be funny.
  • Starfinder, uses Magitech versions of the D&D/Pathfinder bag of holding concept with the Efficient Bandolier, which holds 5 different ammo types in extra-dimensional spaces and auto-pulls them at the wielder's will, and the various grades of Null-Space Chamber, which straps to your arms and acts like a Handy Haversack, with total volume based on the tier of the unit.

  • The handbag in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days is strongly implied to be this, although the central character seems to be in denial about it.
  • The production from a small object of far more things than it could possibly hold is a fairly common conjuror's trick.

    Video Games 
  • This happens quite frequently in The Legend of Zelda.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Link has a pouch on his belt. In at least one cutscene, he pulls an item out of it several times the pouch's size. He also manages to store Oocoo (an intelligent creature about as big as a goose) in his tunic. After he meets Midna, his ability to carry so much stuff can be at least partially attributed to her, as after Link obtains a sword and shield while he's still in wolf-form, she determines that the equipment is too awkward for her to use and snaps her fingers to make them disappear.
    • In his appearances in Super Smash Bros. and SoulCalibur, he's shown pulling the items from his hat (or that general area).
    • He does one better in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, putting a child-sized Deku Princess into a bottle!
    • In Skyward Sword you can fit shields in your adventure pouch, a tiny sack you wear on your belt.
      • He later pulls out a piece of fruit about three feet across, staggering under its weight.
    • Of course, before the developers figured out that Link had this Pouch of Holding, marketing art depicted Link carrying everything on his back.
  • Diablo II goes even further with the Horadric Cube, which takes up four inventory spaces, but holds twelve spaces worth of stuff.
  • The Prinnies of the Disgaea series all wear fanny packs in which they store their various weaponry (Dual swords, bombs, and a magical, beam shooting skull). The Prinny forms of some characters keep other things in it, like Kurtis, who keeps rocket fists in his, and Asagi, who keeps an entire arsenal of heavy-duty weaponry including a rocket launcher, gatling gun, and flamethrower in hers.
  • Parodied in EvoLand 2 where you shove an entire boat into your bag, at which point the game says: "Man, carrying all this equipment is gettin' ridiculous."
  • NetHack has the classic Dungeons and Dragons Bag of Holding: items inside one weigh much less. They're also useful for protecting items from damage — scrolls burn and potions boil when the player is subjected to fire, but inside a sack they're perfectly safe. However, putting some items inside it is a Bad Idea — a wand of cancellation or another Bag of Holding cause the Bag to explode and disappear.
  • Simon the Sorcerer in Simon the Sorcerer has a pointy wizard hat of Holding. Simon's hat can hold such things as barrels and ladders. As with everything else, Simon lampshades it a few times. Though oddly he won't pick up a loose plank under Swampy's house saying "It's too big for me" despite it's no bigger than the ladder was.
  • Every Final Fantasy XI adventurer starts the game with a Gobbiebag as the standard inventory. The Mog Satchel is another Bag of Holding... that requires the purchase of a $10 Security Token. And the Mog Sack is yet a third one, which has to be purchased from a Moogle vendor.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game had the "thing your aunt gave you which you don't know what it is". You can't quite ditch it... this nuisance eventually comes in handy.
  • Guybrush Threepwood of Monkey Island has Pants of Holding. He's been known to stuff such things as a dog, a monkey and a ladder down his pants with no discomfort. Although, strangely enough, he can't always go through tight spaces while carrying something big in those pants, like a banana picker.
    "That's the second biggest duck I've ever had in my pants!"
  • In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario and Luigi store everything they collect in a suitcase given to them by Toadsworth. The sequel also utilizes a suitcase, though this particular one is an anthropomorphic suitcase named Stuffwell, created by E. Gadd. The third game features the Star Menu, which the characters use to hold their things via Starlow.
  • Speaking of which, Luigi's pockets certainly act this way in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (as he's able to stash almost anything that Dr. Gadd gives him in them, regardless of size) and Dr. Gadd even lampshades it in one scene, commenting on how "it's a good thing you have such deep pockets."
  • By the end Phantasy Star I, Alis carries three tank-sized vehicles around with her.
  • As an Improbable Weapon User, Jess from Mana Khemia Alchemists Of Alrevis uses this as her weapon, throwing all sorts of objects at enemies: from chemicals, bombs, even life-sized chariots...
    • It gets stranger when "team leader" Flay wants to speak with Muppy who has apparently gone off to some nearby hills. Jess reaches into her bag and somehow pulls Muppy out of it.
  • Clank in Ratchet & Clank somehow shrinks things and stores them in his abdomen. It's been speculated that this is how Ratchet carries around all his weapons.
  • Yoko in Resident Evil: Outbreak carries a tiny backpack that gives her 4 extra item slots, which can be a lifesaver. Amusingly, In File #2 Yoko herself becomes the Bag of Holding. Enterprising players noticed that the only way to finish "Desperate Times" by yourself on the hardest setting was to kill Yoko in the front gate area, then stash her body full of health and ammo.
  • Banjo-Kazooie: The eponymous Banjo's famous blue backpack is able to carry pretty much every Plot Coupon in the game without trouble, along with his partner, Kazooie. He also uses it in the sequel for a specific move that transports items that are as big - or bigger - than he is. But only if Kazooie gets out first.
  • The Rune Factory (and probably Harvest Moon) games' watering can deserves special mention. While it's stored in a standard Bag Of Holding inventory, it can be upgraded to hold several times as much water as at first, without becoming larger in any dimension.
  • Hocus Pocus Pink, a point-and-click adventure, released in 1999, has this in spades. The Pink Panther stores stuff he needs in his own skin, which can even hold a woolly mammoth. Link (and see how much Hammer Space went into it).
  • Opening your inventory in Terranigma involves hopping into a jewelry box, which contains a pocket dimension that stores all of your armor, weapons, and knickknacks.
  • Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale has this. The vending machines are probably the most extreme - they can sell any item you have. Before it was patched out, this includes other vending machines. It's quite possible, only on unpatched versions, to stuff ten vending machines into the one currently in your shop.
  • Baldur's Gate 2, being Dungeons and Dragons videogame, gives you a Bag of Holding sometime after you find Imoen again. You'll need it.
    • And there is another one for sale in a magic shop in the Throne of Bhaal expansion, if you find that one isn't enough for you.
    • There are also a number of containers that act as specific bags of holding for certain classes of item: the scroll case (also holds books), the gem bag (also holds rings, necklaces etc.), the ammunition belt and the potion case.
  • Turok's title characters pass down a Bag of Holding down their bloodline known as the Light Burden, a satchel that can basically carry anything. Whoever possesses the Light Burden takes up the title of Turok as well.
  • The Bottomless Box from Dark Souls, for when you need to declutter your inventory.
  • The Interactive Fiction game Lost allowed the player to acquire a box which opened into a pocket dimension, allowing you to store anything you could pick up. Just make sure not to put any other type of container in it; it's not pretty.
  • While this was not explained until Buried In Time, The Journeyman Project explicitly justifies this by incorporating a "null-time pocket" in the Jumpsuit, in which objects placed there take up no physical space and do not burden the agent. This helps explain how Agent 5 can hold such large objects like a bicycle-esque device or a medieval sword.
  • By exploiting certain game mechanics in both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, you too can make your own bag of holding. Just find (or make) a corpse, stuff it with whatever items you wish to put inside it, sever one of its limbs and voila! All you need to do now is to use the "grab" function key (default Z on the PC) and carry the severed appendage to the next town. It may slow you down a little, but it certainly beats the burden of maximum encumbrance.
    • You can also fill a foot-wide desk drawer with enough guns, armor and ammo to equip an army. Unlike in the first two games, containers have no upper limit.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Throughout the series, your carrying capacity is limited only by the total weight of the items you are carrying, not their size or shape. One can easily carrying around multiple suits of armor, several massive weapons, a library of books, a shop's entire supply of potions, etc., apparently all in your pockets as they do not show on your character model, while only being slowed down a little bit, as long as you don't go beyond the encumbrance limit.
    • This is also true of containers, where it is possible to store items far larger than what would realistically fit within. Sure, go ahead, store a battleaxe as tall as a person inside a chest no bigger then a mini fridge!
    • A very popular type of Game Mod for the PC versions of Oblivion and Skyrim adds one of these for players who hate having to micromanage their inventory and/or hate not being able to tote every single scrap of loot out of a dungeon or ruin on a single trip. With such a modded bag or satchel of holding, a player can carry a complete set of every type of armor available, every weapon available, not to mention enough food, ingredients, and smithing supplies to stock a small city for months, and never be encumbered.
  • Gasald's sack in The Game of the Ages is big enough to carry the entire nearby cave. The character's counterpart in the source novel had an entire world in his sack.
  • Karol from Tales of Vesperia keeps a large handbag on his person that he uses as a blunt weapon, and to store the various items he uses as weapons in his different arts. The largest one he can get has flavor text claiming it's big enough to fit Ba'ul inside, and considering that he can store a Super Robot in there in the PS3 version, it seems fairly probable that it's true.
  • Total Distortion has a guitar case containing a pocket dimension that can hold an infinite number of items, ranging from multiple guitars to dozens of food and drink items.
  • Terraria has the Piggy Bank (and its counterpart the Money Trough), Safe, Defender's Forge, and Void Bag items. Unlike regular chests which can't be picked up until they've been emptied first, they can be picked up even when they're holding items, allowing you to transport an entire chest's worth of items for the cost of only one inventory slot. They can even be placed inside one another to give you even more inventory space. However, you can't use multiples of the same container to get a massive inventory space, as each of these containers shares an inventory with all others of the same type (i.e., if you fill a Safe with 40 stacks of dirt, every other Safe you go to will have those same stacks of dirt).
  • In LEGO Harry Potter, Hermione gets her bag of holding and can use it to pull out whatever she needs to solve certain puzzles.
  • In Tales Of Majeyal, the Transmogrification Chest can contain any number of items without burdening the player. However, it also doubles as a Bag of Spilling, as items within are transmogrified (destroyed for some gold) upon leaving the current level. The player would better check the items inside before moving to another area, and being careless is a very easy way to lose that BFS you just find forever.
  • Star Trek: Elite Force provides a Techno Babble explanation for this involving a null space created by transporter technology.
  • In Minecraft, the basic chest has 27 slots, each of which can hold a stack of 64 items (and each item might be a cubic-meter block if something), meaning it can potentially hold 1,728 times its own volume. A literal mountain's worth of stone can fit in a small closet of them. The player's own stock inventory has the same capacity plus an extra nine slots for quick access. Ten if you count the offhand-item slot.
    • The Minecraft short video Silverfish Encounter provides an interesting look at what might happen if a Bag of Holding full of solid matter is turned inside out (at 2:55). Unfortunately, you can't actually do this, since if a chest is blown up in-game it merely drops its contents in item form.
    • Ender Chests are a crossbreed between this trope and Portal Network. They have the same capacity as normal chests, but with a twist: if you put something in an Ender Chest, no one else can reach it... but YOU can reach it from ANY Ender Chest in that server, no matter which dimension you're in or how far apart they are. Useful for maintaining your inventory if you've been flying your elytra in one direction for twelve hours and would rather die than fly 100,000 blocks back home.
    • Shulker boxes take this to the next level, as each one can hold its full complement of 27 items even after it's been picked up. If you somehow manage to acquire 36 of them, you can lug around 62,208 blocks of whatever without breaking a sweat — provided you want to have to locate the appropriate box and place it down on the ground to get anything out of it. And you still have room for the full set of armor and shield you'll no doubt want to have on you for the journey to protect it all. Unsurprisingly, fitting a shulker box inside another one is not supported, but they can be placed in normal chests or Ender Chests.
    • Buckets can only hold one liquid at a time, but the amount of that liquid they hold wildly defies not only their apparent size, but also the law of conservation of mass. One mug-sized bucket can scoop up a whole cubic meter of water or lava. Rapidly placing and re-scooping water from a pond will gradually drain the pond... or a whole ocean, if you're patient enough. Even if you take just one scoop, then dump it on top of a mountain, it will form a huge, endlessly-flowing waterfall (or lavafall). In early versions of the game, doing this would flood the entire world.note  Buckets cannot be stacked, but they can be placed in chests and shulker boxes, so you can carry up to 972 sources of semi-infinite liquid at once (and, somehow, they never tip over).
  • Max of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse has an organ in his body called an "inventory." This is the last story in the series, and Max's inventory contains a random assortment of items from all the previous games that he tucked into his inventory and forgot about.
  • Factorio features a wide assortment of bizarre inventory rules and bags of holding. A simple wooden chest is capable of holding 80 full sized Diesel Punk locomotives or 1600 steel I-beams. But it can only hold 160 barrels. The car can hold more items than anything else, so it can carry 80 additional cars within its trunk.
  • Sierra's many point-and-click Adventure Games feature this with varying degrees of justification and Lampshade Hanging ("You put the ladder in your pocket. Ouch!"). King's Quest (2015) in particular handwaves it by saying that Graham's cape (made by his mother) has a ton of pockets in it... and then exaggerates it in Episode 2 by having one of Graham's friends, a fully-grown adult, hide inside it.
  • In Yoku's Island Express, your inventory can hold various gadgets and even other characters, most of which are bigger than you are. Your wallet, however, you must constantly upgrade to hold more currency.
  • Borderlands uses storage decks, which appear to be some sort of dead-end teleporter that can store objects of any size. Capacity seems to be limited by the ability to address the items put into it, and is expanded by "storage deck upgrades" that look like memory cards.
  • Dungeon Munchies has the Nice Plastic Bag, an "interdimensional pouch" that is capable of holding an infinite amount of magical cooking ingredients, and keep them fresh beside. They're not indestructible, however, as the flavour text for Blade Grass says the PC is worried about it damaging the bag.
  • Doom has the backpack, a collectible that doubles the ammo you can carry. Its fantasy clone Heretic's simile is indeed called "Bag of Holding", though it does nothing for inventory items.
  • As is standard for MMORPGs, in Worldof Warcraft you can carry a lot more than your character has any right to. Though of course the inventory is nowhere near actually big enough for the way that players collect loot. The banks are also this trope. There is absolutely no way that the vaults on most of the banks are big enough to store even one player's stuff, let alone multiple players' stuff. One player's items if laid end to end would span Azeroth several times over, and yes you actually do need all of that stuff (at least, if you want to raid). One of the major contributers to this is the hilarious size of the weaponry. Pretty much every weapon is about twice the size that it ought to be if a normal person were going to use it, and some of them are so huge that they stretch immersion. All of them take up only one inventory slot though. Recipes routinely require several football-fields worth of herbs, a small mountain's worth of metal, or the like. Of course, it's entirely likely that the bags really are Bigger on the Inside. This is, after all, a world where you can receive mail or use the auction house while stuck in an alternate universe.
  • The Very Organized Thief: Though it's not indicated that the thief has a bag, he can store gold bars, T Vs, lawn mowers, and the like. Than show me if you have done it correctly.

  • Subverted in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! when Ahem tries to fit into an ordinary suitcase, mistakenly believing it to be "space warped."
  • Common tools in Work Sucks. Many characters utilise them for carrying tools, bubble shooting weapons, massive pets, and other people around effortlessly.
  • In Adventurers!, the eponymous heroes have a bag appropriately labeled "BAG", which holds absolutely everything. Well, up to 99 of everything, anyway.
    Karn: We'll use...THE BAG!
  • Gertrude & Brunhilda of The KAMics have magical bags of holding inside their helmets.
  • Tower of God - Manbarondenna, Khun's bag he stole from his father. It stores a whole lotta crap, especially potential allies who want to get a few freebies down the line and hide in the bag, which apparently can also clone a whole bunch of stuff. This includes Khun's knives and swords, so it is probably very spacious since nobody got cut up.
  • Red Mage owned a "bag of infinite holding" in 8-Bit Theater, which Thief stole offscreen and used to store his loot. However due to the sheer volume of stuff that Thief pilfers, eventually even the bag of infinite holding runs out of room to hold all of it. Later in the story, Red Mage used it to trap Kary, Fiend of Fire and cast a Universe-freezing spell within it. The bag was finally destroyed along with Kary and Thief's treasures when White Mage impulsively smashed the frozen bag of holding with her hammer.
  • In WTF Comics characters will occasionally reach into what appears to be an ordinary bag, sometimes going shoulder deep into it, and pull out something large. Like in once scene where the groups warrior, Straha, pulls a huge warhammer out of a small bag.
  • Kiran from Chirault is in possession of such a bag.
  • When Natasha Wing from Electric Wonderland graduated college, her parents gave her a cardboard box with an unlimited capacity. She put all of her furniture in the box when moving out of the dorm, but a truck ran over it as she exited.
  • Samurai Princess's Jacquline apron pocket appears to be housing a very large fishing net and who knows what else.
  • Trope Overdosed The Webcomic: Bob purchased one of these from a stinky old peddler at some point of not-yet-revealed time.
  • Homestuck features "captchalogue" cards, which in practice work like this. They are small enough to fit inside a wallet, yet can contain a whole car or ten tons of pipe tobacco.
    • They also come in many different forms, with different carrying capacities and methods of retrieving items. They can be weaponized and may have some parameters for storage. Really it all depends on how many captchalogue cards you have and how much each one is allowed to hold.
  • The Order of the Stick has these being a fantasy dungeons and dragons comic.
    • More to the point, Bags of Holding are used as a Hand Wave to explain why many of the characters' weapons and other equipment aren't visible on their stick-figure selves.
  • Lardee's red bag from My Milk Toof can hold seemingly all he wants. He bought ickle a blue bag that may or may not have the same skill.
  • DM of the Rings mentions it here:
    Gimli: I'm just saying... You don't have a backpack. What you have there is an invisible leather TARDIS.
  • Familiar Ground Toad's red hat
  • Maytag carries a purse with her that holds several items you wouldn't normally fit into a single purse. We're never told where she keeps the purse itself, but the one time Bern starts thinking about it, she's visibly freaked out.
  • In Wapsi Square, there exists one of these inside Bud's torso.
  • Xionus in Crawlers uses a sort of portable hole as his primary weapon.. When he can no longer get away with that he goes with a variation of the Bag of Holding.
  • In Erstwhile, All Fur packs three dresses into a nutshell.
  • Errant Story: Meji brings a bag of holding along on her trip. And makes it invisible.
  • Hazard's Wake has these, and explicitly calls them Bags of Holding.
  • In Ow, my sanity, Shubby offers her dice bag as a place to store a much larger object.
  • Wonderella has revealed that her purse is connected to a storage lot in Omaha, unfortunately there's a homeless guy living in it.
  • In Weregeek, Abbie uses one to (among other things) carry two PCs.
  • In Precocious, Quincy's supervillain persona "D20" carries his comically oversized dice in a normal-sized dice bag, which causes Jacob to make a sanity roll.
  • Harpy Gee: Pumpkin, Harpy's goblin cat, is a living version of this.
  • The Boy Who Fell has the Hell Kitchen backpack, which is connected to a mystical vault of unimaginable power.
  • In Not a Villain, one of the special abilities available to players of the Erbana alignment is a bag of holding. It's necessary for all the plants that Erbana players have to gather and carry. It's also useful enough that, while the Erbana path is unpopular, some players maintain a 15% Erbana alignment in order to be able to access it.
  • Guilded Age: Belonging to Syr'Nj. How she got it is apparently a Noodle Incident for now.
  • Awful Hospital: The protagonist buys a "HAMMERSPACE brand disappearing/reappearing compartmentalized collector's tote", which doubles as a Hyperspace Arsenal.
    "When you look inside, you perceive ten compartments of infinite size occupying the same space simultaneously. You were under the impression the human mind either just wouldn't process that sort of thing at all or would go mad from the attempt, but it turns out, it just sort of tickles a little."
  • Subverted in Yokoka's Quest, when Misha magically retrieves a bag containing food from a "storage dimension", but there is no indication that the bag itself is special.

    Web Original 
  • In World's Greatest Adventures, Rufus's "trusty toolkit" —aka the small pouch he wears around his neck— contains whatever the plot demands. It has so far produced a brush three times its size, a diary, and a working alarm clock.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • SCP-216 ("The Safe"). Each time SCP-216 is opened using a different combination its interior is different as well. There are 10 million possible combinations to open it, so it could have up to 10 million possible interiors to store things.
    • SCP-1689 ("Bag of Holding Potatoes"). SCP-1689 is a bag of potatoes that is always full. No matter how many you take out, more will appear.
  • The inventory page on Neopets, for your unlimited inventory items, has the following description: "You carry with you, at all times, a bag. This bag holds all your items until you move them elsewhere. It's not a huge bag, but it seems to have more room on the inside."
  • The Whateley Universe has loads.
    • Whether it be through technological means; magical means; mutant powers to expand the insides of stuff, or shrink things to fit more in regular bags; or having sponsors who are awesome Chinese trickster gods; between bags, utility belts, pockets, cars, rooms, or simple Hammerspace, loads of characters have more holdouts and hidden gear of their own than the average platoon of soldiers.
    • Most prominently, Ayla/Phase went to a secret Mad Scientist open market and met a student named Mobius, who was selling a Utility Belt whose every pocket functioned as a Bag of Holding. Phase paid four times the asking price, telling Mobius that he should charge at least that much for something that is so useful and immediately put himself forward as a marketing manager and legal advisor for ten percent of the profits.
  • Cracked Photoplasty advertises jeans with such a pocket in Ads for Products That Must Exist in Video Games.
  • Raising Angels The Main Character possess a copper bracelet which she uses as a handbag, with all the things that go in one of those.
  • In Douluo Dalu There's plenty of examples, they are kind of rare for normal people but most characters that appear will undoubtedly posses one of them, the Main Character has one in the form of a belt with 24 pockets, each one holding 1 square meter of possible space.
  • In The Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN episode 159: Tomb Raider games), the Nerd loads a seemingly regular backpack with two guns, three grenades, extra ammo, three rifles and a bazooka.
  • Trick Moon: Pocket's bag can hold anything inside — apparently by making it smaller, as when she stuffs a big gemstone inside, it bloats the bag before it shrinks back down to its normal size.

    Western Animation 
  • This is apparently a common item in The Legend of Zelda animated series, as both Link and Zelda have pouches of this nature on their belts where items shrink when placed in the bag and grow to normal once removed, thus explaining how they could possibly carry around all teh weapons and items the P Cs are known to carry in the actual game.
  • In one episode of The Fairly OddParents, Francis shoplifts from a giant mall by shoving such things as tires, vending machines, and televisions in his pants.
  • One Futurama episode had boxes that each contained an entire Alternate Universe (including more boxes).
  • Rico in The Penguins of Madagascar keeps an inordinate amount of items in his gullet, everything from dynamite sticks (pre-lit, even), to binoculars, to a flame thrower, a running chainsaw, and even a safe. In one episode, Mort climbs in through Rico's mouth to recover a ticking time bomb, and then he takes the elevator inside. Yes, Rico has an elevator inside his belly.* It's faster than taking the spiral staircase.
  • Transformers Animated:
    • Swindle has a compartment in his chest that hooks into his own private pocket dimension where he keeps all his wares. Because of the way Space Bridges work, it's possible for someone else to come out of his chest through a remote location.
    • Wreck-Gar from the same series has a backpack like this. He can pull out many useful (and even more useless) items from it at any given time.
  • In Around the World in 80 Days, Passepartout uses this to carry whatever items Phileas Fogg asks for in a particular episode.
  • One of Jimmy Neutron's inventions (the Hypercube) is a small box with infinite space inside. He uses it as a Bag of Holding in some episodes.
  • In the Wacky Races Spin-Off, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Pockets, one of the Ant Hill Mob, always seemed to have an unlimited amount of gadgets and gizmos in his "pockets."
  • In The Super Globetrotters, Gizmo had an "afro of holding".
  • Hamilton's box on Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. Not only is it Hamilton's home, he also seems to be able to pull out of it just about anything that he, Maggie or the Ferocious Beast need.
  • In the animated series version of Pac-Man, Inky had a front pocket to himself that was this way. He pulled a full-length ladder from it once.
  • In Wakfu, Ruel's Havresac is big enough to accommodate the whole group, with room to spare.
  • In Drawn Together, Wooldor Sockbat does a literal Ass Pull, producing items from his rectum.
  • In The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, The Cat in the Hat often uses his hat as one.
  • Batman's utility belt seems to function as a Bag of Holding in the DC Animated Universe. When Luthor manages to open it in "Injustice for All", the Batarangs and other gadgets that spill out of of the belt are far larger than any of the pouches could possibly contain.
  • In Samurai Jack, the sporran on the Scottsman's kilt acted like this. It could hold much more than its size suggested, letting him store many grenades, a very large chunk of gold, and his bagpipes inside.
  • Wander over Yonder: The titular character's hat is able to hold all sorts of things (like a trophy or a picnic basket) and he even uses it as a sleeping bag. In "The Hat" in turns out he (and Sylvia) are able to summon all sorts of thing, as according to Wander "[The Hat] doesn't give you want you want, it gives you what you need."
  • Orko's hat in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) has a compartment where he can store almost anything. Unfortunately, the stuff in it seems rather cluttered and unkempt (and seems to have as much junk in it as it does useful items), and it often takes him a while to find what he's looking for.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, Deadpool's pouches functions as these. Among some of the stuff he has in them include: a parachute, a laser gun, bombs, fish sticks, and more.
  • In CatDog, when CatDog climbed to a higher part a mountain and are going to find their earmuffs (It is missing) from their backpack, they took out various large things from their backpack such as a fridge, barber sign, drawer, and more.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: In "Luck Amok", Tigger decides to move away so he wouldn't hurt his friends with his bad luck, so he packs a trunk full of various large objects, including Rabbit's cupboard, Rabbit's bed and even Rabbit's kitchen sink.
  • Belly Bag from Uncle Grandpa is a sentient one, and Frankenstein lives in a castle inside him.
  • In Tiny Planets, Bing carries a satchel from which he produces a variety of useful items, many of which are larger than the satchel itself.
  • In Thunder Cats 2011 the thief Tookit has one called the "Forever Bag" capable of holding several warehouses worth of stolen goods in a sack that's roughly 2-3 feet tall. The Forever Bag's activation phrase, "rankinbass", is a Shout-Out to the production company of the original ThunderCats series.
  • In Mighty Magiswords, Prohyas and Vambre keep their many magiswords in tiny pouches on their belts. The magiswords themselves are tiny until used, though.
  • In The Smurfs episode "The Magic Sack Of Mr. Nicholas", the Santa Expy Mr. Nicholas shows the Smurfs how he can carry a lot of presents and deliver them to the boys and girls with his magic sack, which during the episode gets switched with a sack full of captured Smurfs.
  • Milo Murphy's backpack always has whatever he needs for any given disaster, even things that obviously could never fit, up to and including a ship's anchor.
  • Similar to the above example, Pak from The Fruitties carries a backpack with him that contains anything he needs, and can hold way more stuff than a backpack should be able to, including stuff that wouldn't fit in there.
  • Aunt Tilly's Carpet Bag in Sofia the First Literally contained... A TEA SET READY TO DRINK!!
  • Pearl from Steven Universe can store pretty much anything inside her gem, regardless of shape or size. This includes her own repressed memories, who are represented as literal past versions of herself. One of them found a way to communicate with the outside world. It is unclear if this is an ability all Gems possess, or only certain types ( Spinel from the movie appears to summon a weapon, but it later turns out to be a piece of technology rather than one of her abilities, implying she was just storing it in her Gem).
  • On Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Jodi Platypus's normal outfit features a purple shirt with a pocket in which she always keeps crayons and according to her a number of other useful things.
  • As fans of Die Sendung mit der Maus might have seen, Krawinkel note  packs his whole house into the bag of his trusty dog Eckstein when he is bored and wants to go on a safari. But he gets already thrown out of the bus which is in danger of keeling over since the stuff keeps its mass...
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In Pinkie Pride, Pinkie Pie has no trouble storing everything she needs for her next party into her tiny saddlebags, including spools of streamers, square yards of banners and gallons of paint, the latter with no container whatsoever!
    • The opening of the My Little Pony: Rainbow Roadtrip shows a montage of the Mane Six packing their saddlebags. Especially Rarity and Twilight Sparkle put far more stuff in than their bags should be able to hold physically, with Twilight stuffing what seems to be half her library in there. But then again, Two Unicorns Did It.
  • Moominmama's handbag in Sky1's Moominvalley. In the episode "The Strange Case of Mrs Fillyjonk", she pulls various very long items after it. More subtly, at the start of the episode, she is filling it with jars of jam. It's about the right size to hold two of the jars, but she just keeps putting more in. In "Moominpapa and Son", Moominpapa's briefcase also works like this: every time he thinks of something he needs for his job, he drops it in, where it disappears. This includes the Moomins' very bulky barometer and a full pot of coffee.
  • On Ollie's Pack, the titular backpack (known as the Monster Pack) contains an entire alien dimension within it. Ollie and his friends are tasked with making sure the pack doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Alternative Title(s): Magic Satchel


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