Nesting doll is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another.
In Rise of the Guardians, Nicholas St. North has a set of Russian Nesting Dolls designed by him. This set of Nesting Doll represents North himself and shows him in 6 different personalities all the way to a tiny one which represents his center. He gives the one representing his center to Jack Frost who keeps it until the Guardians lose faith in him at which point he drops it to the ground. What happens to it afterwards is unknown, but at some point North creates a nesting doll of Jack himself, representing his own center of Fun.
- The Big Doll- North armed with Swords - it shows North as big and intimidating.
- Jolly- it shows North in his jolly mood drinking Eggnog and surrounded by Elves.
- Mysterious- it shows North hiding himself in his red cloak, with his mysterious look on his eyes.
- Fearless- it shows North in attack mode with one arm showing "Naughty" tattoos; brandishing his sword, so he's fearless.
- Caring- it shows North with a kinder side, taking care of a young reindeer calf, with a tear in his eye. It shows kindness and caring to children and to animals.
The True Center
The last doll (the smallest of them all) shows North as a baby swaddled in a red blanket with big blue eyes filled with Wonder.
Eyes that have always seen the wonder in everything! Eyes that see lights in the trees and magic in the air. This wonder is what I put into the world and what I protect in children, it is what makes me a Guardian. It is my center. What is yours?
Near the end of the movie, North asks Jack if he figured out his center which he replies that it "took me awhile, but I finally figured it out" while looking out over a snowball fight Jack started between Jamie and his friends, the Guardians, the yetis and the fairies. In response, North tosses him a nesting doll of his own, depicting Jack's own center of fun.
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related to Nesting Doll.
- Nesting Dolls are also known as Matryoshka doll or Russian doll.
- As a way of promoting Rise of the Guardians, a set of hand painted nesting dolls identical to North's were released.
- As North had a nesting doll of Jack ready for him once he figured out his center, North may have figured it out before him sometime between when he used his own doll to represent his center and the final battle with Pitch.