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[[caption-width-right:330:He actually builds this. [[BookDumb Somehow]].]]
Treehouses make a great place for kids to hang out. They're located in the great outdoors, provide a high vantage point, and are naturally secluded -- but just close enough to sneak into the kitchen for sandwiches and lemonade. They make good clubhouses, and "no babies allowed" is an easy enough rule for them to make when they're up so high. Rope ladder optional -- otherwise just nail a ladder of boards to the trunk. For some reason this trope is prevalent in WesternAnimation.

Compare ArborealAbode and TreeTopTown.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* The first issue of Creator/PhilFoglio's revival of ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'' revolves around Stanley's attempts to build the world's best ever treehouse, following the instructions in a book of Fun Things For Boys he finds in the attic, without his parents finding out.
* In ''ComicBook/CrossingMidnight'', Toshi jumping out of the treehouse that the twins loved playing in so much is how she discovers that she is MadeOfIron.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* In ''Film/{{Sleepover}}'', Julie and her friends have to sneak out of the house and go into her treehouse, painted in bright pink and yellow.
* ''Film/StandByMe'' has the boys hanging out in one of these at the beginning of the film.
* ''Film/MonsterSquad'' hold their meetings in one.
* In the movie version of ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' there is one used by the main characters as refuge place from real life problems.
* ''Film/StepBrothers'' features a traditional tree-house enjoyed by the two leads and stocked with an impressive collection of porno magazines from several decades. Eventually replaced by an even cooler tree-house made from the remains of a small boat.
* In Disney's ''Film/SwissFamilyRobinson'', the titular family contrives to build one as a home on the island where they're stranded. [[FridgeLogic Why didn't they put their ingenuity and materials toward building a boat?]] RuleOfCool, of course!

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* George and Harold of ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' drew comics in the treehouse.
* ''Literature/TheMagicTreehouse'' series have two kids, Jack and Annie that go into their [[ShapedLikeItself magic treehouse]] and are transported through time.
* Rush Melendy builds himself one in Elizabeth Enright's ''The Four-Story Mistake'' and it's also in ''Then There Were Five.''
* In Doris Fein's ''Andrew Henry's Meadow'', Andrew Henry builds one for a friend, though not for himself.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* The live action ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' briefly had a treehouse too, just long enough for Bobby to sprain his ankle climbing up, developing a fear of heights.
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'', B.J. and Baby Bob are playing in it a lot, and a whole movie took place in the treehouse.
* Cory moves into his treehouse in the pilot of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' because his brother betrays him and his parents take his brother's side.
* Creator/AnimalPlanet has a series called ''Treehouse Masters'' that follows a team of professional treehouse builders.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'':
** In the episode, "Up A Tree", Bob makes a deal with Mrs. Dabney to cut down the [[ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam tree branch that holds up P.J. and Teddy's childhood treehouse]] so that she will bring her noisy dog [[spoiler:that she was pet-sitting for a neighbor]] inside at night. Teddy, however, doesn't want Charlie to miss out on the experience, so she, with the help of the rest of the family, protests against Bob. Towards the end of the episode, Bob surrenders and joins the rest of the family in the treehouse. The treehouse collapses from their combined weight, but they rebuild the treehouse.
** In the semi-final episode, "Down A Tree", P.J. is unable to afford the rent for his and Emmett's apartment, so he moves into the treehouse and makes Gabe promise not to tell Amy. Gabe keeps his promise, but Amy finds out anyway when she finds an extension cord that power's P.J.'s electronic devices. After the rest of the family (barring Charlie and Toby) talk to P.J. about how [[AnAesop he shouldn't be afraid to ask his parents for help in dire situations]], their combined weight once again causes the treehouse to collapse.

[[AC:NewspaperComics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin and Hobbes are in the treehouse a lot. Hobbes gets a lot of mileage out of the fact he's the only one who can climb up without the rope ladder being down, and can force Calvin to do ridiculous, flattering, and humiliating things to access the ladder.
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' Sunday strip had Linus startled by a falling plank of wood. He stops and watches as more planks, tools, and eventually Charlie Brown crash down from above, then consoles him on how hard it is to build a treehouse.

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' has a setting called "Toony Tykes Adventures" for fans of stuff like ''Calvin and Hobbes'', ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' and the like. One of the scenarios features the "Treehouse of Doom", a super-awesome treehouse designed with input from actual kids.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Click Clock Wood in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' features a treehouse in different stages of completion, throughout the various versions of the world. If you go in it once it's finished, you can find a [[PlotCoupon Jiggy.]]
* The HubLevel[=/=]menu screen for the first world of ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'' (Wii) is a treehouse. A really ''epic'' treehouse, with three stories as well as a lookout.
* Subverted by ''VideoGame/CosmicOsmo''. In the middle of a ''universe'' of fun, the treehouse is "a place of relaxation" with nothing but a hot beverage dispenser and some teacups on a picnic table.
* One of the earlier {{edutainment}} computer games had a treehouse. There was a chalkboard you could draw on, and a telescope you could look through, a few links to mini-games and some 'just for fun' clicky-things. It was neat, for the time, but really quickly you tended to run through the limits of what you could do.
* ''VideoGame/{{Limbo}}'' has lots of treehouses. How fun they are, are left up to the player's imagination.
** The kids who live in them seem to be having fun, at least.
* The PC game ''The Treehouse'' is all about this.
* ''Videogame/HeartOfDarkness'' - A boy keeps his spaceship in his treehouse, along with many other fun things.

[[AC:Webcomics]]
* The duo of ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' run their questionable business out of their old treehouse. The "fun" part is for them, as the door for customers is lined with booby traps.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has Mighty Pete, a tree that Helga's father Big Bob wanted to tear down to put a Big Bob's Beepers chain in its place, but in the end, the kids and Arnold's grandma saved the tree.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had the kids building a treehouse to play Truth or Dare in. Randy and Sharon both remembering playing in a treehouse is part of the subplot.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart Simpson had a Treehouse of Fun, which occasionally turned into a [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]].
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E14DasBus Das Bus]]", the kids imagine living in one while stranded on the island. When Bart and Nelson attempt to actually build it, however, the result is described by Milhouse as "kinda ''really'' crummy". Bart, in the tree's defense, says, "When Monsoon Season comes, you'll be glad it's there." The treehouse promptly collapses.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy Turner had a treehouse.
* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' rebuilt their and Candace's treehouses in "Tree to Get Ready", with an additional feature to [[TransformingMecha transform into battling robots]].
* The kids of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' often are seen in their treehouse, or a "clubhouse".
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has a huge, sky-scraping monstrosity of a treehouse as not only a clubhouse, but a secret headquarters, one of many across the globe. The KND even have a tree house ''on the Moon''; after [[spoiler:it gets lost to a ColonyDrop in TheMovie]], they build a BIGGER one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'' in the BandToon of ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' were often seen in their treehouse.
* The treehouse from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has got to take the cake: it's [[KidHero Finn]] and [[NonHumanSidekick Jake]]'s actual home, built into a hollowed-out tree with numerous rooms connected by ladders. Also, it was apparently built by a vampire.
** [[http://images.wikia.com/adventuretimewithfinnandjake/images/3/37/House_breakdown.jpg Here's]] a breakdown of the treehouse.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight Sparkle lives in an apartment at Ponyville's Golden Oak Library, which is built into a large tree. Also, in "The Show Stoppers", Applejack lets Apple Bloom and her friends use her old tree-house as a clubhouse for the Cutie Mark Crusaders. It's a mess when they first find it, but Apple Bloom manages to fix it up.
** This event is why most people agree her talent is carpentry or craftsmanship.
-->'''Applejack:''' It's a bit broken down, but all it needs is a little TLC!
-->'''Scootaloo:''' Tender Loving Care or Totally Lost Cause?
* The treehouse in ''WesternAnimation/MyPetMonster'' had a {{surprise slide staircase}}.
* T.J. owns one in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals have a treehouse with an elevator which they operate with a rope and pulley.
* The ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Virt-Ed-Go" has the Eds build their own treehouse after seeing an advertisement for Joe's Clubhouse.
* TomTerrific's "world headquarters" is a treehouse.
* [[MountainMan Buckle]] from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' lives in one of these, having learnt how to build one from his time as a Disney Imagineer.

[[AC:Other]]
* [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] (and probably the other Disney "Magic Kingdom" parks) has one in Adventureland. It was originally based on the one from ''Film/SwissFamilyRobinson'', but was later revised to be ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''-themed instead.
* As mentioned in TheOtherWiki Treehouses have become popular recently has serious homes and architectural projects. They also have practical uses in tropical regions like New Guinea to protect the dwellers from the elements. They are also eco-friendly, reducing the need to make a clearing for the home.
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