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The Deku Tree is a character from the The Legend of Zelda series which was first introduced in the video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He is the wise fatherly guardian of Hyrule's forests who also protects the Kokiri and Koroks that live there.
Ocarina of Time
Years prior to the events of the game, during the Hyrulean Civil War, Link's mother entrusted the Deku Tree to take care of her son before she passed away from causes unknown. The Deku Tree believed Link was fated to one day save the world for evil and raised him as a Kokiri until the time was right to reveal the truth.
Sometime after the war, the Deku Tree received a visit from Ganondorf who demanded from him the Kokiri's Emerald, one of the Spiritual Stones required to enter the Sacred Realm. The Deku Tree refused to relinquish the emerald and Ganondorf placed a curse on him that would slowly take his life. With his time running short, the Deku Tree had Navi the fairy summon Link so he may task him to purge the forest guardian of his curse. Link ventured inside the Deku Tree and succeeded in slaying the armored parasite Gohma, but was too late to save the tree's life. Before dying however, the Deku Tree told Link about the Triforce, Ganondorf's motives and instructed him to take the Kokiri's Emerald to Princess Zelda at Hyrule Castle.
Without the Deku Tree's power, forest monsters grew in number over the course of seven years and forced most Kokiri to retreat into their homes. However, after Link managed the save Saria from the Forest Temple, a Deku Tree Sprout shot up in front of the withered Deku Tree and continued its predecessor's role as guardian of the forest, thus causing many monsters to suddenly vanish.
The Wind Waker
The Deku Tree is found on the island Forest Haven living alongside a species of woodland folk called Koroks. Every year, the Koroks would perform a ceremony before the Deku Tree would send them to sew seeds on different islands so they will on day grow into new forests. Link visited the Deku Tree in order obtain Farore's Pearl, but found him under attack by hoard of ChuChus. After the monsters were slain, the Deku Tree soon realized what his savior had came for and prepared the Koroks for their yearly ceremony to summon the pearl. However, the violinist Makar had fallen into the Forbidden Woods, which forced the Deku Tree to postpone the event and ask Link to rescue Makar. Link eventually found Makar, whom the Deku Tree scolded for flying so close to the Forbidden Woods before the Korok ceremony could commence as planned.
Breath of the Wild
The Deku Tree had been given the task of watching over the Master Sword hidden within the Lost Woods until the day Link would awaken to retrieve it. Once Link finds the sword, the tree warns him that he must muster up enough strength to pull it from it's pedestal, as the very act of doing so could be dangerous. The Korok have set up shop inside the Deku Tree's navel where Link can stock up on some supplies.