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8th Jun '16 9:44:07 PM Doug86
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* ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' was banished to "The Crossroads" by Comicbook/DoctorStrange when he was "mindless" to (A) get him away from Earth and (B) let him choose where he wanted to live. But he never found a place he liked and eventually he was brought back to Earth.

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* ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' was banished to "The Crossroads" by Comicbook/DoctorStrange when he was "mindless" to (A) get him away from Earth and (B) let him choose where he wanted to live. But he never found a place he liked and eventually he was brought back to Earth.
20th May '16 8:32:02 AM Cifer
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** ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' uses the burial part of the myth. The wizards are trying to send a zombie on to the afterlife and, after checking out the relevant myths, decide that burying him on a crossroad is worth a try. As it turns out, using the intersection of the two busiest roads in Ankh-Morpork will probably keep down even the most energetic zombie, but the carriage drivers are not all that happy about the wizards digging during rush hour.
19th May '16 9:10:03 PM coldrolxnd
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This is very popular with {{Fairy Tale}}s - especially associated with TheDevil or TheFairFolk. This is a common place for a DealWithTheDevil. The crossroads are often chosen for safety, as there's a vague idea that ghosts, sprites and demons may find them confusing to navigate.

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This is very popular with {{Fairy Tale}}s - especially associated with TheDevil or TheFairFolk.TheFairFolk and Wicca, Voodoo, Hoodoo, Vodun and other occult magic circles. This is a common place for a DealWithTheDevil. The crossroads are often chosen for safety, as there's a vague idea that ghosts, sprites and demons may find them confusing to navigate.
19th Apr '16 5:22:47 PM Pseudoname
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[[caption-width-right:232: I'm sure the raven isn't important.]]
13th Mar '16 9:24:46 PM GrammarNavi
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* Happens rather a lot in TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms, naturally enough as there's a force in this world that tries to make things happen the way they do in fairy tales, we see several [[SecretTestOfCharacter secret tests of character]] at a crossroads from the POV of both the testee and the tester.

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* Happens rather a lot in TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms, ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'', naturally enough as there's a force in this world that tries to make things happen the way they do in fairy tales, we see several [[SecretTestOfCharacter secret tests of character]] at a crossroads from the POV of both the testee and the tester.
22nd Feb '16 6:12:16 PM PaulA
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Turn Left" features Donna making a literal AtTheCrossroads decision near the beginning of the episode, and again near the end. The choice she makes affects the entire universe.

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* The In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Turn Left" features Donna making a literal AtTheCrossroads Left", Donna's decision near whether to turn left or right at a road intersection determines the beginning of the episode, path her whole life will take and again near the end. The choice she makes eventually affects the fate of the entire universe.



* Tamora Pierce's series of books set in the Tortall universe has the big gods, like Mithros (war and justice), and the Goddess (fertility, women, agriculture), but it also has minor gods like Weiryn (god of the hunt for a small mountainous area), and rather hilariously a god of [[AtTheCrossroads crossroads]], NOT a god of travelers, just a god of ACTUAL crossroads.

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* Tamora Pierce's series of books set in the Tortall universe has the big gods, like Mithros (war and justice), and the Goddess (fertility, women, agriculture), but it also has minor gods like Weiryn (god of the hunt for a small mountainous area), and rather hilariously a god of [[AtTheCrossroads crossroads]], crossroads, NOT a god of travelers, just a god of ACTUAL crossroads.



* ''Webcomic/TheNoob'' hangs [[LampshadeHanging a lampshade]] on this trope, mixing it with PatchworkMap in [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=225 this comic]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheNoob'' hangs [[LampshadeHanging a lampshade]] on this trope, mixing it with PatchworkMap in [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=225 [[http://thenoobcomic.com/comic/225/ this comic]].
22nd Feb '16 6:10:19 PM PaulA
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* The Angel of Death in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' takes this a step further: "I am his death, and I will meet him at every crossroads."



* These exact words are used to describe Peggy and Billy's divergent paths in ''Film/ShowPeople'' (she is hitting it big as a dramatic actress while he's still stuck doing slapstick).



* There was a long-running British SoapOpera called ''Crossroads''. Given that significant events are ''always'' happening to soap characters, the title may not have been coincidental.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael is often told that he's AtTheCrossroads or at a fork in the road by people who want him to make a choice.



* Technically, in ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' King's Cross Station takes on this significance -- you can't deny it's where many ways meet, and it's the go-to exchange point between the magical and Muggle worlds (in this respect, The Leaky Cauldron fulfills a similar purpose for Diagon Alley.) But King's Cross' symbolism really comes into play in book seven, when [[spoiler: it's where Harry has his brief sojourn at the crossroads with the afterlife.]]



* "The Crossroads of Destiny" is the name of the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Although it's not a literal example of this trope as there are no actual crossroads, both Zuko and Aang are forced to make very tough decisions in this episodes [[spoiler: and they don't make the decisions you'd necessarily expect.]] It's also one of very few episodes in the series not named after something literal (like ''The Swamp'' and ''The Southern Air Temple''), but rather something figurative. The name is even quoted by TheObiWan at one point. On a side note, it was one of the greatest episodes in the series.



* Webcomic/DominicDeegan's sight (not his second-sight, his mundane sight) goes all grey when someone close to him is about to encounter a metaphorical crossroad.
1st Feb '16 1:50:55 AM GrammarNavi
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* In ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', pirates go to the Crossroads when they die. There's also some nice symbolism at the end when [[spoiler: Guybrush uses a spell to get back to the land of the living]].

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* In ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', pirates go to the Crossroads when they die. There's also some nice symbolism at the end when [[spoiler: Guybrush uses a spell to get back to the land of the living]].
25th Dec '15 1:25:17 AM jormis29
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* The Angel of Death in ''Film/{{Hellboy}} II'' takes this a step further: "I am his death, and I will meet him at every crossroads."

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* The Angel of Death in ''Film/{{Hellboy}} II'' ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' takes this a step further: "I am his death, and I will meet him at every crossroads."
3rd Dec '15 11:06:46 AM jamespolk
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* Appropriately enough, in ''Film/{{Faust}}'', the rather serious choice to summon the Devil must take place at a crossroads. (As noted below in the Mythology section traditional European folklore holds that evil spirits or Satan must be summoned at a crossroads.)
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