Dominic Cobb

Name: Dominic Cobb, aka "Dom"

Gender: Male

Age: Late thirties or early forties

Fandom: Inception

Journal: aperion_oneiros

Typist: Matrix Refugee

Quick Biography

Dominic Cobb, also known as The Extractor or Dom, is the main protagonist of the film, Inception. Cobb is a master in the art of extraction, which consists of stealing

his mark's ideas by infiltrating their dreams and stealing valuable information from them. He is well known in the black market because of his level of expertise in the field of extraction. Cobb was implicated by his wife Mal in her death in a letter she filed with their attorney; as a consequence he's a wanted fugitive who can never return to his home. He is portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. His Totem is a spinning top which formerly belonged to his wife, Mallorie Cobb. He uses a Beretta Px4 Storm consistently throughout the film, also using a suppressed Blaser R93 LRS2 sniper rifle during the third level of The Fischer Inception Job.

Dominic Cobb was once a gifted Architect under the mentorship of Miles. The two were close friends and Miles did not object when Dom became involved with his daughter Mal. Mal and Dom loved each other dearly and, after having a dream of the couple growing old together, Dom asked her to marry him. The two had two children. Mal was also fascinated by Dream-Sharing and the power of the subconscious, but it appears she also was among the first to realize the inherent danger of it. It was for this reason she invented the use of totems to determine dreams and reality, using a metal spinning top.

During an experiment in Dream-Sharing, Dom insisted on going deeper into the different layers of dreams. This resulted in the two becoming trapped in Limbo, unconstructed dream space. The two spent around fifty years building a city around them, with many buildings created from memories of their past. At first complacent with their position as gods, Dom’s patience with Limbo waned over the decades and he soon sought a way to escape. Mal, however, found the only way she could stand Limbo was to forget about reality. She placed her totem in a hidden safe, symbolizing her locking away the memory that Limbo was not real. In desperation, Dom broke into her hidden safe and performed inception, the artificial implantation of an idea into another’s subconscious. He spun the spinning top, knowing that in the dream world it would not topple. This became a subconscious reminder to Mal of the truth: Limbo was not real and death was the only escape. Together, Dom led Mal to a set of train tracks and waited, with their heads on the tracks, till a train came and killed them. The two woke up, having spent only a short amount of time asleep.

But the damage of Dom’s actions eventually caught up with him. Even in the real world, Mal continued to believe she was sleeping. She saw her children as projections and rejected Dom’s reasoning. She began harboring suicidal thoughts as she sought to free herself from her dream, but was unable to do it alone. In her mind she felt it would be cowardly to leave Dom behind in the dream world and loved him too dearly to move on without him. Despite her beliefs, three separate psychiatrists declared her sane.

On the anniversary of their wedding, Dom came to their tradition hotel room to find it in a disheveled state. Noticing an open window, Dom looked outside to see Mal ready to jump off the opposite ledge. Dom attempts to calm Mal and convince her to come inside, but Mal replies that Dom has to jump or will be arrested for her murder because Mal had left evidence falsely accusing Dom of being abusive and making death threats against her. She admitted her action were made so that he would be more willing to jump with her and less guilty for leaving behind their children, as they would be taken into foster care if he lived anyway. Growing increasingly desperate, Dom begged Mal to accept her reality, but was unable to convince her. She dropped peacefully from the roof and her evidence made Dom the prime suspect in her apparent murder. On the advice of his lawyer, Dom fled the United States, regretfully leaving behind his children who taken in by their grandparents. He would be haunted by the memory of that day from then on, regretting that he did not say goodbye or even see their faces before leaving.

In exile, Dom found the only available work for someone of his skills was illegal. He became a professional extractor, partnering extensively with point man Arthur and forging a competent reputation and large network of allies in the criminal world. His work became hindered, however, as Dom projection of Mal began acting in increasingly unpredictable ways. This projection was a manifestation of Dom perception of Mal in her final years: vengeful, violent yet loving, that was empowered by his intense feelings of guilt and self-hatred: his own subconscious wish to be punished. She became Dom’s tormentor, reminding him of his lost wife, dearly missed children, playing on his growing doubts about reality and foiling his extractions. As Mal grew more powerful, her actions grew more bold and violent, forcing herself into Dom’s plans and becoming impossible for him to ignore or control.

As Mal’s power grew, Dom began feeling it was too dangerous for him to design dreams anymore, as Mal would undoubtedly know the dream as well, making it easier for her to find them and foil the plan. This required him to rely on other Architects, severely limiting his flexibility.

Physical Abilities

It's questionable if one's physical abilities carry over into the dream-world, but I would guess he's a pretty decent shot. Clever at planning mind heists and maneuvering the white-collar criminal world.

Superhuman Abilities

If dream-sharing can be considered super-human, then he's likely the most or at least one of the most talented architects in his field.

Unusual or Magical Possessions

Will be arriving with his totem in his pocket and will be carrying a PASIV device, but it will be non-functioning/damaged/looks like a train ran over it


About average height and build, with dishwater-blond hair (often worn slicked back, which gives him a 1940's-ish look) and grey-blue eyes set in a perpetual squint. Often seen with a stubbly Van Dyke beard, which adds a few years to his face (which otherwise looks younger than his years). His face often has a thoughtful look about it as if he's peering off into the distance. Typically dresses in what could be termed a business casual style (open-collared dress shirts and slacks)


Calculating and introspective, with a meticulous mind. Generally works well with others, aside from getting irritated when his grasp on a situation is called into question and is the natural leader of his team, but tends to keep people outside of it at somewhat of a distance, due to the nature of his work and the oddness of it (to say nothing of the fact that working in corporate espionage and stealing from people's minds will not generally endear you toward most people).


  • Family: Mallorie "Mal" Cobb (wife, deceased), Stephen Miles (father in law), Phillippa and James (kids)
  • Lovers:
  • Score card (People they snogged without dating):
  • Friends:
  • Enemies: Various business conglomerates that he's stolen information from (i.e. Cobol Engineering)
  • Allies: his team
  • Affiliations (to a particular group, of origin, or not):

RP Canon

Cobb awakened on the shore of the pond one late winter day, face down on the snow. He likely would have ended up with an even worse case of hypothermia if he hadn't been fished out by Graverobber (nearly mistaking him for one of Eames's weirder forgeries), who brought him into the Mansion and helped him thaw out. Later that day, he encountered Helen (M2), discovering she is, for all intents and purposes a fellow Architect. He encountered Ines in the kitchen and managed to parry her jabs (he took her for a very odd projection). In the library, he met with Sherehazade and chatted with her on the nature of inspiration (and found her rather attractive…this could get interesting). Pandora showed him the futility of leaving the bounds of the Mansion: using her gift of flight, she carried him as far as she could before the night waned (and he fell somewhat charmingly asleep in her arms). On meeting 11-12 and discovering the youth's nature, he started to have some serious doubts about Helen's sanity, but it isn't enough to diminish his respect for her. He also revealed his talent to Zillah Katz, promising to show her exactly what he does, as soon as he gets the smashed PASIV device repaired. He also had an interesting conversation with Saetan, on the nature of dreams and dream-shaping,

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