Created By: Cyraxmaster23 on June 18, 2011

Invincible Tree

You can hit the tree with a car, it won't have a scratch on it.

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An acceptable break from reality, trees in video games have the tendency to be invincible. You can shoot at it, hit it with cars, and even use your CHAINSAW, and the tree most likely will come out unscathed, or, at the most, lightly scratched. This is plainly obvious in Grand Theft Auto IV, where the thinnest of sidewalk trees can cause your car to stop dead in it's tracks, and in Resident Evil 4, where explosives are tied to the trees, and when triggered, leave no marks whatsoever.
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  • June 19, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Partially averted in Bujingai Swordmaster: One level is set in a misty Bamboo forest, and in order to proceed in the last section you must bring down several large bamboo stilts in order to obtain the required number of energy balls to pass.
  • June 19, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • In The Sims series of games, in Sims 2: Seasons: The trees could occasionally get hit by lightning and catch fire. This would cause the Sims to run out and gape at it. But eventually the fire would go out and the tree would remain standing, continuing through the seasons as if nothing had happened.
  • June 19, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    • Inverted in No More Heroes, where your character's motorcycle can mow down palm trees with ease and never gets a scratch should he crash it into something more substantial.
  • June 20, 2011
    Cyraxmaster23
    I have no idea how to do any of the tricks you all do when putting examples on the page. Could someone who knows what they're doing please fix that?
  • June 20, 2011
    Hukky
    • Completely averted in Minecraft, where breaking and harvesting trees is required to get started in the game.
  • June 20, 2011
    jaytee
    I don't quite like this one. For one, it's obviously not limited to trees, as the vast majority of most videogame imagery is indestructible. (Oddly enough, if we have a page for general video-game indestructability, I can't find it). Two, it's less of a design choice and more They Just Didnt Care.

    I can see maybe making a page for general indestructibility of environments in Video Games.... (Although we already have the aversion: Everything Breaks)
  • June 20, 2011
    goodtimesfreegrog
    It's also at least partly Truth In Television or Aluminum Christmas Trees, at least in the case of GTA 4: Lamp posts are designed to break that easily so as not to send people flying out of their cars when they hit one, while trees are much more firmly rooted in the ground, and thicker.
  • June 20, 2011
    c0ry
    Subverted in Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, in which Snape professes concern that, in flying a car into the Whomping Willow, Harry and Ron might have damaged a valuable tree.
  • June 20, 2011
    Genogenesis7
  • February 2, 2013
    shexlay
    I agree with Jaytee, saints row 2 for example, has a impassable row of tires. although trees are the most noticeable offender, and is ok for a name, i believe the trope itself should have a broader spectrum
  • February 2, 2013
    elwoz
    Trees are tougher than they look. I have personally witnessed a car crash into a tree at upwards of 80mph. The tree lost a bit of bark, the car was wrecked. To be fair, this was a large, firmly rooted tree, but even those skinny sidewalk trees you see in big cities are more likely than not to win the argument with a car that's going at a plausible speed for that kind of road.
  • February 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^Plus cars are built nowadays to be easily broken apart (this has been going on since at least the 1980s). So the energy of a crash is expended on that instead of knocking the person inside the car about.
  • February 5, 2013
    Desertopa
    It seems we had a proposal for Indestructible Environment which was discarded without explanation. Trees being indestructible is usually a consequence of that broader trope.
  • February 5, 2013
    Chabal2
    Averted with certain trees in the Pokemon games, which can (and must be) cut down to progress, though they're only affected by the one move.
  • February 6, 2013
    Desertopa
    Do we have any cases of playing this straight that aren't also examples of Indestructible Environment?
  • February 6, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I can think of the converse (you can bring down trees with gunfire in Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, but the rest of the environment is indestructible), but not straight w/o Indestructible Environment.
  • February 6, 2013
    elwoz
    I can't find Indestructible Environment in the launch list, but I may have discarded it because no one had touched it since June 2011. It certainly seems like something we ought to have, but I think it doesn't do YKTTW any good to have half-finished drafts rattling around for years on end.
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