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"You may think of space and distance as solid facts. I prefer a more fluid interpretation."
Koril, Master of the College of Space, Battle Realms
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This is the power that lets the Differently Powered Individual manipulate and fold space. This results in teleportation, bags/pockets/sleeves that are Bigger on the Inside than the outside and/or the ability to ignore bullets. A Reality Warper would have this as part of their powerset.

A Super-Trope of Hammerspace, Bigger on the Inside, and Thinking Up Portals. Compare with Gravity Master and Time Master.


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    Anime & Manga  
  • Black Clover
  • In Bleach, Nianzol Weizol has the title W — The Wind (as in winding path) for his ability. He can distort the space around him so enemy attacks turn away and he can distort people or things he comes near to tear them to pieces. However, while he doesn't have to see things to distort them, he has to be aware of them, making it possible to hurt him.
  • Berserk has the Godhand, who, once incarnated into the physical realm, can manipulate dimensions.
    • Skull Knight too, whose sword made of Behelith, can also perform dimensional travelling by cutting space.
  • Teleporter Espers (such as Kuroko Shirai and Awaki Musujime) from A Certain Magical Index distort space with their abilities.
  • The Magician from Darker Than Black Season 2 used this power to summon weapons out of nowhere and No-Sell attempted stabbings.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Minerva uses this magic, which she calls "Territory." It allows her to teleport herself or her opponents and manipulate any space she can see. One of her favorite moves is to let an enemy attack her, then teleport herself out of the way and replace herself with the enemy's ally (or if it's a projectile, the attacker themselves to get a face-full of their own attack).
    • Requip Magic, used by several other mages, also works this way in that it allows mages to store weapons or clothing in their own pocket dimensions.
    • Marin Hollow is a master of Spatial Magic, which allows him to not only perform Teleport Spam, but he can also mess with Space Masters and turn them off. For example, he can prevent Erza from accessing her pocket dimension using Requip, Lucy from using her keys (since Summon Magic requires opening a path to the Celestial Spirit World), and when his power was copied by Gemini, it was even able to counter Jacob Lessio of the Spriggan 12's spatial magic that warps people to an alternate dimension.
  • The Ainsworth family's bread and butter in Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. Their magecraft, Flash Air, has been used to create small portals, displace objects, and even hide a massive castle in plain sight.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya (unwittingly), Yuki Nagato, and Ryoko Asakura have all done this.
  • In Jujutsu Kaisen, Satoru Gojo is the strongest jujutsu sorcerer in history thanks to his complete space control at atomic level. He can attract or repel objects, people or curses, he can teleport, he can fill the space with a space composed of imaginary mass, and he can make people to see, hear and feel everything in the space.
  • Naruto:
    • Both Kakashi and Tobi have space-bending Mangekyo Sharingan techniques. Kakashi can teleport whatever he focuses at through a portal, while Tobi's allows him to teleport anything he can touch (including himself) and intangibility. It turns out they're using the same technique and that their eyes are a pair, Tobi just knew how to use it better. Later on they are both capable of traveling in and out of the other dimension at will, suggesting that Kakashi mastered it by following Tobi's example.
    • Both the Second and Fourth Hokage were also renowned for their space-time ninjutsu, which they used to Teleport Spam. To be specific, they can teleport to any location they have marked.
  • In One Piece, resident Deadly Doctor Trafalgar Law has the power of the Op-Op Fruit, which lets him create a sphere of influence called a "Room" that serves as his "operating table". Law can cut, rearrange, and piece together any object or living being in any way he chooses while they remain whole and intact. Even if he cuts you in half, your top and bottom will work and move just like normal, except now separated from one another. He can also swap the locations of objects in the Room as a form of teleportation.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, The Witches manifest by warping space around them into their Witch Barrier.
    • Homura is able to store weapons in her shield, along with her primary ability of manipulating time. This means she is both this trope and a Time Master. Even better, she managed to get this all from one wish.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, Akuha uses a technique called the Jigen-Tou, which by 'delaying her existence for a second' allows her to disrupt local spacetime in order to cut through anything just by waving her arm through it — rather than attacking an object directly, she's cutting the space it's occupying. Later, Tohou Fuhai shows us the completed form of the technique; it looks like this.
  • In Saint Seiya, this is the usual power set for the Gemini Saint.
  • In So I'm a Spider, So What?, users of Dimensional and Space Magic are extremely rare, and even rarer are the ones who can actually get any real mileage out of it...among mortals, at least. Where Gods are concerned, being a Space Master is practically a prerequisite, and Shiraori notes that it's hopeless to even consider fighting a God who's stronger than you without an advantage in Dimensional Magic over them as a minimum requirement, because achieving dimensional supremacy essentially gives you absolute control of the battlefield.
    • Said individual happens to be very proficient at it, creating seemingly infinite pocket dimensions for storing or moving people and objects, being capable of instantly travelling to any place they've been to at least once, being able to use portals to redirect attacks or to use as windows into other vistas, and is also able to organize extra-dimensional assaults that cannot be retaliated against due to the attacks coming from different dimensions.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Spatial magic and skills relating to it are quite commonplace. Such effects allow people to teleport themselves and/or others at will, prevent people from teleporting within a certain area, duplicating attacks, storing objects in pocket dimensions, creating barriers or dimensional prisons out of countless intersecting dimensions impossible to get in or out of, warping space directly to either create an absolute defense that no attacks can pierce through, or rending space and anything within that area to punch through any defense. Rimuru eventually gains such spatial control to launch simultaneous inter-dimensional assaults with his doppelgangers while he himself hides in real body in a pocket dimension.
  • Vampire Hunter D film (1985). The mutant Rei Ginsei has the power to warp space within his body. For example, when D's sword stabbed him he caused part of it to appear near D and stab him instead.

    Comic Books 
  • The Flash foe the Folded Man wears a suit that allows him to manipulate his personal dimensions. He can flatten to a two-dimensional form which allows him to slice through objects more cleanly than the sharpest razor. By shifting into four dimensions, he can leave our plane and pop back anywhere he likes.
  • One-shot Legion of Super-Heroes villain Domain had the ability to create specialized pocket dimensions at will and trap people in them.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • The villain of Grant Morrison's Marvel Boy miniseries gains the amplified and combined powers of The Fantastic Four, and describes the Invisible Woman's force field power as "folding space."
    • Any wielder of the Space Gem of Infinity Gauntlet fame.
    • Deadpool uses this, as he is known to have a teleportation belt and Magic Satchel, which can carry ANYTHING Deadpool wants.
  • Although he starts out as a simple con artist, Wonder Woman's foe Angle Man becomes this after obtaining an alien device shaped like an artist's drafting triangle, which has the ability to distort space.

    Fan Works 
  • In Aeon Entelechy Evangelion, spatial distortion magic is used to turn a nuclear warhead into a Chest Blaster.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • The Tesseract, given that it's the Space Stone. Strange has used it to teleport multiple pantheons of gods and hold them at his mercy.
    • Doctor Strange in general is quite good at this, as part of his general bending of the laws of reality, even allowing him to teleport into Hogwarts itself. Everyone accepts it as 'Strange being Strange, in every possible sense of the phrase' while Hermione has mild hysterics.
    • This turns out to be Hermione's mutant power in the Ghosts, on a truly vast scale. She's compared to a lower-scale version of the Tesseract in capabilities.
    • Dumbledore proves to be extraordinarily adept user of this ability, fighting the above when she's possessed.
  • Dorje in the Dresden Files fic Fair Vote and the Big Bad Lama Nawang both shield differently from Western wizards; they bend space around themselves instead of deflecting the attack.
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    Literature 
  • Travelers in The Grimnoir Chronicles books seem to teleport by folding space.
  • In Kraken, a man with a knack for folding three-dimensional objects makes a brief appearance. He demonstrates by folding a cash register into an origami crane and back again. It's a great way to conserve luggage space. Earlier, he used it to fold two people into a small box, allowing them to bypass Billy's knacked defenses and kidnap him when he opened it.
  • "Topological crumpling" is a fairly common magical technique in the Marla Mason books.
  • Vista from Worm is a powerful example, being able to distort any space in her sight, with tricks including shortening and lengthening the distance between her and objects, bending space to put shields in her path, and shrinking trail rations so that she can make supply runs on her own.
    • Damsel of Distress fires off cone-shaped blasts of warped space and gravity that rend apart virtually anything they hit.
    • Butcher XIV (aka the villain formerly known as Quarrel) has a space-bending power that ensures her attacks will always hit what she aims at — unless the target is outside her weapon's maximum range.
  • A Wrinkle in Time: Mrs. Who, What, and Which can tesser, or wrinkle, which allows them to bend space and time in order to teleport and time-travel. This also allows them to visit spaces which are not three-dimensional. It is later revealed that the American government has been experimenting with this technique as well.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Gifted, the Strucker twins are the descendants of the villainous Fenris twins, who used to be part of the leadership of an World War 2-era evil organization that is definitely not that other World War 2-era evil organization led by people named Strucker over in the MCU because Fox can't use them. Andy has the power to push things apart, usually resulting in destruction, and Lauren has the ability to pull things together (usually making barriers out of solidified air, and eventually learning to use these as an Absurdly Sharp Blade.) Using their powers in concert can push them Up to Eleven if not eleven-thousand.
    • The same series has Rebecca, aka Twist. She can turn things inside out. Yes, this works on people. She is terrifyingly Ax-Crazy and loves to use it this way.
  • Hiro from Heroes is this and a Time Master to boot.
    • Peter Petrelli whenever he happened to be mimicking Hiro.
  • Kamen Rider Fourze with his Cosmic States.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Mage: The Ascension, Mages with high ability in the Sphere of Correspondence embody this trope.
  • In Warhammer 40,000, some powerful Thousand Sons Sorcerers have mastered the ability to fold the very fabric of reality, allowing them to travel leagues, if not from planet to planet, with a single step. In the 8th Edition of the game this is represented by the 'Aetherstride' Thousand Sons Warlord Trait that gives the Warlord bonuses to their movement that allow them to enter combat quicker.

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    Web Comics 
  • The Nightmare Knight in Cucumber Quest shows the ability to open a rift in space.
  • Parley, from Gunnerkrigg Court has this ability. It begun to materialize in Chapter 23, where this power sends Antimony, Jones, Reynardine, Andrew and her from the simulator to Parley's room.
  • In Homestuck, Space is one of the elemental aspects available to Sburb players, and one of the two which absolutely must occur in every session; Jade Harley is the Witch of Space in the human session, Kanaya Maryam is the Sylph of Space in the troll session and Calliope is the Muse of Space in her session. Space powers however are much closer to being Reality Warping due to being a bit of a Superpower Lottery jackpot. Additionally, all First Guardians have these abilities. So when Jade reaches God Tier by merging with her sprite (prototyped with her dead dream self and Becquerel, a First Guardian), she's able to take all of the kid's planets with them as they escape the Scratch.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! both the Butterfly of Iron and the Cone Ship seem to have this ability to an extent. The Cone Ship is full of Alien Geometries that it can manipulate at will; while the Butterfly was able to "squash" the heroes' constituent de Broglie waves "nearly flat for just a moment," effectively making them blink out of existence for a few seconds.
  • Mind Mistress creates a spatial distortion shield to counter magical attacks. She figures, even if they're mystical, they still have to traverse three-dimensional space to get to her.

    Web Original 
  • Academy of Superheroes Universe:
    • Solar Max started as a gravity manipulator. Over time, his skills grew till he could (crudely) manipulate space-time. Devastator had the same power among others.
    • Labyrinthe on the other hand is a mage specializing in spatial control.
  • In the Whateley Universe, Mobius specializes in building pockets that are larger on the inside than the outside. Phase has paid Mobius to make a utility belt, and this is now a regular source of income for Mobius. Thuban can also do this trick with his warper power, and (among other things) has a car that has an interior the size of a two-story house.

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Each member of Organization XIII wields power over a specific element (be it classical or esoteric). Xigbar wields the power of space, giving him power over gravity.

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