|“||There's always been a god-shaped hole in man's head. Trees were the first to fill it. Mr. Wood was the trees. Mr. Wood was the forest. Well, he was a very old god who saw something very new: he saw a god-fearing society turn towards complete industrialization. So what did he do? He sacrificed his trees. He sacrificed his forest. And he became something else.||”|
Mr. Wood is an ancient god of trees and forest that aligned himself with the New Gods.
Mr. Wood was once an old god of trees and forest, very old even to Mr. Wednesday's standard. He saw industrialization threatening his worship and chose to sacrifice his trees and forests and at some point, he joined the New Gods.
Significance in series Edit
Mr. Wood disguises himself in the police station as a chair before he opens his eye. He consumes the deceased police officers in the station by transforming into a tree-like form with branches that chase Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday around the police station and stabs Shadow in the side with one of his branches. It is implied that he also attacked and killed two police officers that apprehend Mad Sweeney.
Mr. Wood gives a parting gift to Shadow Moon by way of a splinter inside Shadow's wound. It grows inside him but Mr. Wednesday shares the origins of Mr. Wood with Shadow as he removes the root from Shadow's side.
Physical appearance Edit
- Transfiguration: Mr. Wood can disguise himself as a wooden object and can transform into a tree as shown in "Lemon Scented You."
- Parasitism: Mr. Wood is capable of infecting others with pieces of himself as shown in "Lemon Scented You" when he stabs Shadow with one of his branches. Mr. Wednesday later has to remove the parasite from Shadow in "A Murder of Gods."
Notes and trivia Edit
- Mr. Wood's series appearance has been expanded from his minor role as a member of the Spooks.
- Based on Mr. Wednesday's tale of men and gods, trees were one of the first to fill men's idea of deities. This implied that Mr. Wood arose from animistic beliefs since it was one of the first form of worship.