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25th Dec '16 11:12:42 PM JoeMerl
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* ''The Great Tree of Avalon'' series by T. A. Barron takes place on a literal World Tree.

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* ''The Great Tree In ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin,'' Merlin plants a seed in the last book which, we are told, results in a new magical realm called Avalon. The SequelSeries, ''Literature/TheGreatTreeOfAvalon,'' makes it clear that this version of Avalon'' series by T. A. Barron takes place on Avalon is a literal World Tree.tree, with each of its roots as a different region. The protagonists then gain the difficult quest of climbing the trunk to reach the branches, which reach into the stars [[spoiler:and a doorway to the SpiritWorld]].
25th Dec '16 11:07:40 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}},'' Yggdrasil is name-dropped once or twice by Norse characters, but the main example is a magic tree that connects the mortal world and Underworld of the African FantasyCounterpartCulture. [[spoiler:Since the African gods are threatening the heroes, they're willing to use [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]]'s [[PoisonousPerson poisonous blood]] to threaten it]].
21st Dec '16 7:38:38 PM Scorpion451
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Of course, anything this spiritually significant is very popular to produce [[EvilCounterpart evil versions]]. Evil World Trees often pervert the concept of "oneness" by [[DealWithTheDevil subverting promises]] and spiritual connection into either spreading TheCorruption in form of AlienKudzu, or absorbing everything [[EldritchLocation into itself]].

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Of course, anything this spiritually significant is very popular to produce [[EvilCounterpart evil versions]]. Evil World Trees often pervert the concept of "oneness" by [[DealWithTheDevil subverting promises]] and spiritual connection into either spreading TheCorruption in form of AlienKudzu, or absorbing everything [[EldritchLocation [[HungryMenace into itself]].


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* The SCPFoundation provides an example of the corrupted world tree archetype in Yaldabaoth, the principal deity of the Sarkic cults (in this case meaning the cosmic power they exploit in a slightly more respectful manner). One part AlmightyIdiot, one part MotherOfAThousandYoung, and one part {{inverted}} PlanetaryParasite, it does for LifeEnergy what LightIsNotGood did for ThePowerOfTheSun.
16th Dec '16 2:17:20 PM Tamfang
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** The Two Trees were sufficiently holy (and large) that not only were their (damaged) fruits sufficient to light the Moon and the Sun, but the Silmarils made from them power the whole mythos. Eventually, one is put in the sky where it becomes the Evening and Morning Star (a.k.a. Venus), [[spoiler:one is thrown in the ocean, and one falls into a fiery pit with its owner where it burns at the heart of the earth]]. Eärendil's star is used to create the Phial of Galadriel, making that the reflected light of the Trees two times over. After [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Dagor Dagorath]] it is said the Silmarils will be recovered and renunited, and [[NatureSpirit Yavanna]] will use them to bring the Two Trees back to life.
** The various White Trees were either made in the image of Telperion, or descended from its seedlings (depending on which version of the mythopoeia you read). The [[FisherKing withered tree]] of Gondor in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is the "daughter" of the White Tree of Númenor, which is the "daughter" of the one from Tol Eressëa, which is the "daughter" of the one from Tirion, etc.

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** The Two Trees were sufficiently holy (and large) that not only were their (damaged) fruits sufficient to light the Moon and the Sun, but the Silmarils made from them power the whole mythos. Eventually, one is put in the sky where it becomes the Evening and Morning Star (a.k.a. Venus), [[spoiler:one is thrown in the ocean, and one falls into a fiery pit with its owner where it burns at the heart of the earth]]. The light of Eärendil's star is used to create captured in the Phial of Galadriel, making that the reflected light of the Trees two times over. After [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Dagor Dagorath]] it is said the Silmarils will be recovered and renunited, and [[NatureSpirit Yavanna]] will use them to bring the Two Trees back to life.
** The various White Trees were either made in the image of Telperion, or descended from its seedlings seedlings/cuttings (depending on which version of the mythopoeia you read). The [[FisherKing withered tree]] of Gondor in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is the "daughter" of the White Tree of Númenor, which is the "daughter" of the one from Tol Eressëa, which is the "daughter" of the one from Tirion, etc.
24th Nov '16 7:00:34 PM PaulA
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* In Susan Cooper's ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'', the last confrontation with the forces of the Dark in the final volume takes place beneath the boughs of "the midsummer tree, in the Chiltern Hills of England. The tree of life, the pillar of the world... Once every seven hundred years it may be seen in this land, and on it the mistletoe that will bear its silver blossom on that one day. And whoever shall cut the blossom, at the moment when it opens fully from the bud, shall turn events and have the right to command the Old Magic and the Wild Magic, to drive all rival powers out of the world and out of Time."

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* In Susan Cooper's ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'', ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' series, the last confrontation with the forces of the Dark in the final volume ''Literature/SilverOnTheTree'' takes place beneath the boughs of "the midsummer tree, in the Chiltern Hills of England. The tree of life, the pillar of the world... Once every seven hundred years it may be seen in this land, and on it the mistletoe that will bear its silver blossom on that one day. And whoever shall cut the blossom, at the moment when it opens fully from the bud, shall turn events and have the right to command the Old Magic and the Wild Magic, to drive all rival powers out of the world and out of Time."
26th Oct '16 8:42:24 PM Angeldeb82
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The Tree is often used to substitute for a deity as a BigGood by the virtue of being more easily acceptable; whereas gods can have various motivations the viewers may not agree with, the World Tree is more akin to an impersonal SentientCosmicForce; it preserves balance and harmony without conscious effort, and seldom can be communicated with directly, although it often shows hints of having a will of its own. The health of the World Tree is [[EmpathicEnvironment tied to that]] of the [[FisherKing world itself]]; injuring it may trigger GaiasVengeance, and cutting it down outright could spell the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Fortunately, if the World Tree is destroyed over the plot's course, often a new one will be born from a seed at the conclusion, once the threat is dealt with; representing rebirth and restoration of the natural order of things. Compare {{Ouroboros}}.

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The Tree is often used to substitute for a deity as a BigGood by the virtue of being more easily acceptable; whereas gods can have various motivations the viewers may not agree with, the World Tree is more akin to an impersonal SentientCosmicForce; it preserves balance and harmony without conscious effort, and seldom can be communicated with directly, although it often shows hints of having a will of its own. The health of the World Tree is [[EmpathicEnvironment tied to that]] of the [[FisherKing world itself]]; injuring it may trigger GaiasVengeance, and cutting it down outright could spell the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Fortunately, if the World Tree is destroyed over the plot's course, often a new one will be born from a seed at the conclusion, once the threat is dealt with; representing rebirth and restoration of the natural order of things. Compare {{Ouroboros}}.
1st Oct '16 5:59:29 PM zarpaulus
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* Unsurprisingly, the ''TabletopGame/WorldTreeRPG'' takes place on one of these.

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* Unsurprisingly, the ''TabletopGame/WorldTreeRPG'' takes place on one of these.these, and takes it to its' logical extents. Metal is rare, most things are made from wood, civilization resides in fortified enclaves on the upper sides of branches while monsters scale the sides...
27th Aug '16 11:31:03 AM TheSimulation
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** There's also ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', where the plot revolves heavily around the guardian of the World Tree that comes into existance immediately after ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]]''. It's interesting that he's named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratatosk Ratatosk]], which connects to Norse mythology, which the game takes many ideas from.

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** There's also ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', where the plot revolves heavily around the guardian Summon Spirit of the Giant Kharlan Tree, the previous World Tree that comes into existance Tree, who awakens immediately after ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]]''. It's interesting that he's named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratatosk Ratatosk]], which connects to Norse mythology, which the game takes many ideas from.
22nd Jul '16 1:54:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Tree of Life and Death in {{Darksiders II}} which connects all the worlds in the cosmos together and allows easy travel between them.

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* The Tree of Life and Death in {{Darksiders VideoGame/{{Darksiders II}} which connects all the worlds in the cosmos together and allows easy travel between them.
17th Jul '16 1:17:38 AM Ekelai
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* In ''Animation/GuardianFaryMichel'', while the Tree of Life isn't gigantic, its life force sustains the balance of nature and the world.

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* In ''Animation/GuardianFaryMichel'', ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', while the Tree of Life isn't gigantic, its life force sustains the balance of nature and the world.


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* In ''Manga/MobPsycho100'', the Divine Tree which is actually a giant head of Broccoli fills a similar purpose, as it springs up in the middle of Seasoning City following [[spoiler: Mob's battle against the leader of the Claw organization, and causes anyone who eats of it becomes a worshipper of Mob due to it being created by Mob putting his and Touichirou's excess power in some broccoli seeds he had in his pocket]].
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