Ghibli World by OZ Workshop. Complete full-scale reproductions of places from the Studio Ghibli movies, including Laputa Castle In The Sky, Howls Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Porco Rosso and more, all set to Ghibli's beautiful soundtracks. This troper has absolutely no shame in saying that this build is a work of art.
The sheer scale of the server's replication of Middle Earth is incredible. Just to give one an appreciation for how much stuff they did, the field outside of Bree has over twenty thousand individual wheat plants. When the tour guides on the video say that all the recreations of the Shire and the other villages in Eriador are "nothing" compared to Rivendell or Moria, they are not kidding.
A Graphing Calculator with buttons and a digital display for both inputs and outputs! It does Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Sine, Cosine, Tangent, Log, Square, Square Root, Linear and Quadratic equation plotting, and even equation solving!
The TV itself is awesome enough, but when you get to see the wiring, you can't help but gape. Seriously, it goes on for so long it's not even all rendered while you watch the TV! Think of how long it took to build that!
A fourth one, "Minecraft Style", was Screwed by the Lawyers: the record labels who owned the original song (PSY's "Gangnam Style") and the video for it claimed "copyright infringement" on it, and as a result the original was blocked from YouTube (twice, and the second one may stick for a while). Yes, as if a shot-for-shot parody done in a completely different artistic style and featuring completely different lyrics constitutes infringement and does any actual harm to the original work. Well done, Sony. (The original maker has re-upped the video to his channel; if that doesn't work, here's a re-up by another user.)
There's a new video called Take back The Night. It's a sequel to Fallen Kingdom, and it lives up to the standard made by the previous videos. That's rather impressive, considering the fact that it's an original song, unlike the previous ones which were parodies. (This is due to the makers fearing that their future videos would be subjected to copyright infringement after what happened to Minecraft Style.)
Other users have started creating Minecraft parodies. Two that have received a lot of accord are "Don't Mine at Night" by BebopVox and "The Miner" by Ant Venom (which has already taken the top spot on at least one "Top Minecraft Songs" list).
Far Lands Or Bust itself. For those who don't know, kurtjmac is walking to the Far Lands (he's using 1.7.3 for FLOB, though he has used later versions for other things) without mods note He does use texture packs, and a fan has made a FLOB texture pack that he uses now. or cheats. Since he started he has walked over 1048576 blocks westnote Actually south, but as far as he's concerned, it's west. in 256 episodes, counting two marathon livestreams. It also doubles as heartwarming once you consider he's doing it for charity.
It's not the MOST popular series, but even reaching Cult classic status with something that literally consists of him walking in a straight line is pretty awesome.
Managing to win three awards at the 2011 Game Developers Choice Awards, including Best Downloadable Game, despite having technically been in alpha for most of its life and being up against the likes of Limbo and Super Meat Boy!
The fact that villagers can repopulate. Night after night, they're attacked by zombies, but still won't give up the village.
Youtube user Lorgon111 did an entire series from spawn to killing the enderdragon without using the 3x3 crafting grid. Ever.
Gods Don't Bleed.. A 3D animation that depicts a battle between Herobrine and a small army of mobs, culminating in an Enderman nearly killing him on its own. The reason for the title? The ending shows Herobrine bleeding from his right hand. Not only is the fight itself epic, but the fact that those mobs had the guts to stand up to him in the first place is pretty darn great.
Herobrine himself is no slouch either. Throughout the whole fight, he pulls off some Neo-esque stunts and is overall an impressive One-Man Army.
As mentioned in the above folder, a popular Minecraft gamestyle is "Survival Games", based on The Hunger Games. Many maps and servers have it set up so that after a certain time limit, all remaining players are transported to an "arena deathmatch", a high-walled stone floor with lava underneath and a gap around the floor. To keep the players in, there are stone bars and bleachers above the wall, so it's practically impossible for anyone to escape. Or not. Two players figured out that you could place water using a bucket (you're not allowed to place most blocks on most servers). In the arena, they first used this to drop down to the lava, creating a safe obsidian platform and killing one of the two other players. They then used the bucket to rise all the way up the outside wall, and hit each other with fishing rods to make it over the stone bars. After climbing up the stone bleachers, one used a fishing rod to knock the other onto the final wall, and the player jumped off, killing himself in the map but "escaping" from the arena. (The other went back and killed the remaining player, earning the in-game win; however, the other players decided the guy who escaped "won.")
Using texture packs to make various things look cooler. An example would be retexturing cats into Revolver Ocelots.
How about deflecting a Ghast Fireball to deflect another Ghast Fireball fired from the same Ghast and killng it? Proof here.
The Luckiest Minecraft Player Ever, who mines a block directly underneath him in the Nether, falls directly into lava, must swim to a very far shore, is attacked by two Ghasts, and falls into a 2 by 2 lava hole. Even with protection from fire, he barely makes it out alive.
This post by deviantArt user Ask-King-Boo is just amazing.
"This almost never happens to me in Minecraft. I was playing on an Aether 2 server with a friend, named cutedinos86. Our base got raided and I was killed. I kept going back and stalling the guys who invaded the base. Just then, one of them killed one of their number by sheer accident, of which there were three. I grabbed the loot, equipped everything, and proceeded to curb-stomp the whole lot. They were terrified at how badly it was suddenly going; a guy with better EVERYTHING than me didn't even try to fight. We proceeded to drain them of all their resources by killing them all multiple times when they tried to come back for more xD"
The upcoming 1.7 update is looking to be one of the most awesome updates since the Adventure Update. In addition to new biomes and fishing mechanic overhauls, powerful new commands are already making cool things possible in game (without having to exit the game to use a map editor) even with just the preview snapshots. Things such as being able to simply use a command block to detect, place, or remove blocks will likely revolutionize what is possible in maps.