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18th May '16 4:51:52 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Film/{{Thor}}'' movie (and, by extension, the entire MarvelCinematicUniverse) has one, which binds the nine realms (Earth/Midgard, Asgard, Jotunheim, etc.) together. You can see Yggdrasil hovering as the universe itself during the end credits, as well as being formed in the lightning arcs striking the ceiling of Heimdall's observatory, whenever the Bifrost is active.

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* The ''Film/{{Thor}}'' movie (and, by extension, the entire MarvelCinematicUniverse) Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse) has one, which binds the nine realms (Earth/Midgard, Asgard, Jotunheim, etc.) together. You can see Yggdrasil hovering as the universe itself during the end credits, as well as being formed in the lightning arcs striking the ceiling of Heimdall's observatory, whenever the Bifrost is active.
12th May '16 1:03:08 AM justanid
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The World Tree may exist ''between'' worlds, with its roots in one and its branches in another. It may even be a [[PortalNetwork Wood Between The Worlds]]. It's naturally a GeniusLoci. See also TheTower.

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The World Tree may exist ''between'' worlds, with its roots in one and its branches in another. It may even be a [[PortalNetwork Wood Between The Worlds]]. It's naturally a GeniusLoci. See also LayeredWorld and TheTower.
2nd May '16 9:23:52 PM Averagemoe
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* Videogame/Wizard101 has Bartleby, reffered to as the grandfather tree. He's the oldest living being in existance (he claims to be only a few seconds younger than the stars) and is the source of all magic. He sang a great song that brought the titans into existance, and now uses his roots to hold together the ShatteredWrold.

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* Videogame/Wizard101 has Bartleby, reffered to as the grandfather tree. He's the oldest living being in existance (he claims to be only a few seconds younger than the stars) and is the source of all magic. He sang a great song that brought the titans into existance, and now uses his roots to hold together the ShatteredWrold.ShatteredWorld.
2nd May '16 9:23:15 PM Averagemoe
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* Videogame/Wizard101 has Bartleby, reffered to as the grandfather tree. He's the oldest living being in existance (he claims to be only a few seconds younger than the stars) and is the source of all magic. He sang a great song that brought the titans into existance, and now uses his roots to hold together the ShatteredWrold.
5th Mar '16 10:16:13 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* It is mentioned in the first chapter of the ''[[Fanfic/DisneysWarACrossoverStory Disney Crossover Series]]'' that a tree with many branches is a common metaphor of the Disney Multiverse in the Disney Kingdom's old myths, though the Multiverse probably doesn't look quite like this.
3rd Mar '16 6:11:33 PM Paranoia
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* Employed in "The Swamp", the fourth episode of the second season of Asian-influenced ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The protagonists come across a vast, mysterious wetland known as "The Foggy Swamp", which is actually made of one ancient banyan-grove tree. The wetland is a [[GeniusLoci unified, living organism]]. Its tribal inhabitants base their philosophies on this phenomenon, in believing that everything in the world, living or once living, is connected (And indeed, the Gaang does see visions of people they know and will meet: Sokka sees [[FirstLove Yue]], Katara sees [[MissingMom Kya]], and Aang sees [[LittleMissBadass Toph]]), and they "all have the same roots and are all branches of the same tree."\

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* Employed in "The Swamp", the fourth episode of the second season of Asian-influenced ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The protagonists come across a vast, mysterious wetland known as "The Foggy Swamp", which is actually made of one ancient banyan-grove tree. The wetland is a [[GeniusLoci unified, living organism]]. Its tribal inhabitants base their philosophies on this phenomenon, in believing that everything in the world, living or once living, is connected (And indeed, the Gaang does see visions of people they know and will meet: Sokka sees [[FirstLove Yue]], Katara sees [[MissingMom Kya]], and Aang sees [[LittleMissBadass Toph]]), and they "all have the same roots and are all branches of the same tree."\"
12th Feb '16 5:04:45 PM EryliaStarheart
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The Tree seems to represent the connection that all living things have. It is present when two people make a [[ThePromise promise]]. It is also present just beyond life, where all souls come together. (So it can also represent Eternity.) If something ''happens'' to the World Tree, often a new one will be born from a seed; representing rebirth. Compare {{Ouroboros}}.

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 absorbing everything [[EldritchLocation into itself]].

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The Tree seems is often used to represent substitute for a deity as a BigGood by the connection that all living things have. It is present when two people make a [[ThePromise promise]]. It is also present just beyond life, where all souls come together. (So it virtue of being more easily acceptable; whereas gods can also represent Eternity.) If something ''happens'' to have various motivations the viewers may not agree with, the World Tree, 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; seed at the conclusion, once the threat is dealt with; representing rebirth.rebirth and restoration of the natural order of things. Compare {{Ouroboros}}.

On a symbolic level, besides the obvious GreenAesop, it may represent the connection that all living things have, or a [[ThePromise promise]] given by one character to another. Sometimes, it is the representation of TheLifestream and its influence extends beyond life itself, in which case it symbolizes eternity.

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]].



The health of the World Tree is [[EmpathicEnvironment tied to that]] of the [[FisherKing world itself]]; injuring it may have [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt catastrophic consequences]].
5th Feb '16 1:45:36 PM Nejiiuyn
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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.
30th Jan '16 4:21:38 PM StFan
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* Yggdrssil, the World Tree's name in Myth/NorseMythology, appears in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. It is also the source of Odin's power.

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* Yggdrssil, the World Tree's name in Myth/NorseMythology, appears in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. It is also the source of Odin's power.
29th Jan '16 9:26:52 PM Rakurai
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* The Tree of Life in ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon''. [[spoiler: It keeps the world spinning and orbiting around the sun, meaning everything will be eventually be incinerated should something happen to it.]]
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