Video Game / Minecraft: Story Mode

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Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic Point-and-Click Game created by Telltale Games with help from Mojang. It is based on Mojang's game Minecraft.

The game puts you in the role of Jesse, a semi-customizable protagonist, as they set off on an adventure to save the world by reuniting the Order of the Stone, a group of legendary adventurers.

The game is divided in 8 episodes.
  • Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Released on October 13, 2015; trailer here)
  • Episode 2: Assembly Required (Released on October 28, 2015)
  • Episode 3: The Last Place You Look (Released on November 24, 2015)
  • Episode 4: A Block and a Hard Place (Released on December 22, 2015)
  • Episode 5: Order Up! (Released on March 29, 2016)
  • Episode 6: A Portal To Mystery (Released on June 7, 2016)
  • Episode 7: Access Denied (Released on July 26, 2016)
  • Episode 8: A Journey's End? (Released on September 13, 2016)

The game was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS , Android, Wii U , PS Vita, and Nintendo Switch.

A second season is announced and is a work in progress, with 5 planned episodes:
  • Episode 1: Hero in Residence (Released on July 11, 2017)
  • Episode 2: Giant Consequences (Released on August 15th, 2017)
  • Episode 3: Jailhouse Block (Released on September 19th, 2017)
  • Episode 4: Below the Bedrock (TBA)
  • Episode 5: Above and Beyond (TBA)

This game provides these tropes:

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    Season 1 
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The enchanted weapon made for the final battle in Episode 4, able to slice Wither Storm tentacles with ease.
  • Adaptational Badass: The Command Block is depicted as an extremely powerful artifact with properties that can greatly empower a Wither. Minecraft proper's use for them is to generally for scripting or convenience purposes in non-Creative Mode modes.
  • Adapted Out: While almost every Mob has shown up in the game, Villagers are noticeably absent, although at least one citizen in Sky City has a head resembling a Villager, suggesting that they were just mixed with townsfolk similar to normal players. Villagers are also mentioned in passing in Episode 3 by Petra if you rescued her from the Wither Storm in Episode 1, implying that they still exist, just offscreen.
    • This is confirmed in "Hero in Residence", which features a prominent villager character named Nurm. Like his Minecraft counterparts, he doesn't actually talk, and needs someone to translate for him.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: PAMA in Episode 7, having been created for the benefit of a world, but eventually ending up taking over such world and all those who travel to it, including Petra and Lukas.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
    • A villainous one comes from Aiden near the end of episode 5 after he's lost his sword during the Battle in the Rain with Jesse. His voice completely transitions from loud insane screaming to panicked pleading; with Jesse not so much as saying a word, he gives back the enchanted flint and steel he stole earlier and kneels before them. Making the right choices and dialogue options makes it clear that he's genuinely submitting himself.
    • Another villainous one can come from Hadrian near the end of episode 5. If you tell him "I'm gonna make you beg for another deal!" earlier, he'll scoff at the idea, but when he's surrounded by you and your friends on a narrow obsidian bridge above a crusher, he'll try to do just that. Jessie can even lampshade it.
  • All in a Row: Usually averted but gets invoked in The Last Place You Look. Jesse is the only person who won't get attacked by Endermen, so the others have to form a connected line behind them in order to travel past a haunting of them.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of those caught by the Wither Storm.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Episode 8 ultimately ends with The Order of The Stone returning to their home world. But just as they are about to head into town to see how things have changed they realize Ivor has stolen the Flint and Steel and the Atlas Guide to have more adventures. Jesse can pick whether to chase after him, going on another adventure, or just let him have, it confident that he will be back one day.
  • An Axe to Grind: The White Pumpkin's weapon of choice. Specifically, a enchanted diamond axe.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Griefers of Boom Town are essentially Ax-Crazy bomb junkies. They turn their explosive tendencies on each other (even when it would be more beneficial to work together), they take glee in destroying everything and everyone they come across, and they're absurdly selfish and greedy, with Magnus mentioning that the only reason he managed to stay alive and as King as long as he did was by not trusting any of them.
  • Arc Words: "Nothing built can last forever."
  • Arc Villain: The Wither Storm for the first four episodes, then it rotates to single episode antagonists afterwards with the Blaze Rods led by Aiden in Order Up!, the White Pumpkin/Cassie Rose in A Portal to Mystery, PAMA in Access Denied, & Hadrian & Mevianote  in A Journey's End?.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted in Episode 3. Either Ellegard or Magnus can die depending on whose armor Jesse takes.
  • Ascended Glitch: The Farlands, which were just the result of a glitch in Minecraft proper, are an actual location in this world.
  • Ascended Extra: Aiden and the Ocelots (later called The Blaze Rods) go from mildly annoying bullies to the Big Bads of episode 5.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Entirely literal with Soren's "Formidibomb," which the heroes plan to use to destroy the Wither Storm. It works, but the Command Block brings it back.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Founder is this in Episode 5, whipping out Kung Fu moves and dual sword attacks.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Soren mentions that he loves this sort of thing right before asking you to activate a switch that releases about a dozen Iron Golem security guards.
  • Badass in Distress: In the first episode, both Petra and Gabriel get caught in a tractor beam and you are given the option to save one of them. Whoever you saved will later rejoin the group with an Incurable Cough of Death.
  • Battle in the Rain: How Jesse and Aiden face off at the end of Episode 5. Jesse can then arrest him, ignore him, or kick him off the platform.
  • Big Damn Heroes: If Jesse allows Lukas to look for the rest of the Ocelots in episode 4, they return during the final confrontation against the Wither Storm to help fight it.
  • Big Labyrinthine Building: Soren resides in a large temple with dozens of underground chambers connected by a series of staircases. No one is happy about this.
    Axel: I hope that someday I'll love something as much as Soren seems to love stairs.
  • Book Ends: Played for Laughs. The series begins with Jesse and Olivia conversing about what they'd prefer to fight; chickens the size of zombies, or zombies the size of chickens. The Stinger of Episode 8 ends with Hadrian and Mevia having played that game, and stuck in a world with either actual chickens the size of zombies, or actual zombies the size of chickens, depending on what you picked all the way back in episode 1. Incidentally, if you let the timer run out and didn't answer Olivia's question in episode 1, then the episode 8 stinger will default to the "chickens the size of zombies" choice.
  • Brick Joke:
    • During episode one, you choose a name for a Secret Handshake, with the message "No one will remember that." In episode four, when Axel and the rest of the group split up, Axel calls for the handshake again "for the road". Guess someone did remember after all (even if it was never performed successfully before that point).
      • Becomes a "Boomerang Joke" of sorts in episode five; All of the name options for the handshake are now codenames of various battle maneuvers, which are still collectively referred to as "secret handshakes".
    • In Episode 1, you can create a Lever at the first Crafting Table. If you have it by Episode 4, it's used to open the secret door behind the fireplace in Ivor's lair.
    • The Stinger of the final episode features Hadrian and Mevia in a world of chickens the size of zombies, or zombies the size of chickens depending on what you picked in episode 1, after Jesse and Olivia had them play the game they played in the first episode.
    • In Chapter 6, if you kept the cake from the temple and gave it to the Skyblock citizen waiting in line to craft bread, when everyone's escaping later he can be seen holding another cake.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Order of the Stone can be this when it's revealed they faked defeating the Ender Dragon. As with most of Jesse's reactions you can react however you want to and be as angry as the options allow. You also have the choice of whether or not to reveal their secret to the world.
  • But Thou Must!:
    • When you're trying to save Petra and Gabriel from the Wither Storm, you're given a prompt to aim your mouse and avoid getting hit, but even if you manage it in time it will still hit you throw you into the Nether Portal. You must also choose between them, as if you don't do anything, the Wither Storm will take you as well, leading to a game over.
    • Ivor fails to destroy his Wither because the potion that allows him to do so was stolen by either you or Axel and replaced with a dud. No matter what you say at the time of actually finding it, either you or Axel will steal it. You also can't simply choose to ignore the potion scenario, because the dud Axel replaces it with is blocking the switch needed to progress.
    • No matter what you say in Episode 7 to PAMA, he will conclude that you are from another world, that your group can be made more useful, and at least one of your teammates will be enslaved by him.
    • Even if you manage to keep your stone sword (by threatening the butcher with it instead of trading it to him), it will break at the same time as the gold one would, despite gold swords being less durable and both of them being used the same number of times(unless you choose to fight the monsters on the bridge, but that wouldn't diminish the stone sword's durability enough to match the gold one's). If you crafted a bow and arrows for the second crafting puzzle(or got a bow and arrows from Boom Town), you will be forced to use all of the arrows shortly after your sword breaks. This is so you have to enchant the diamond weapon you craft in Ivor's armory.
  • The Caligula: Aiden wants to be this in Episode 5, by hurling spawn eggs everywhere and ordering people around. Jesse puts a rather prompt end to this charade.
  • Call-Back: The game remembers every decision the player makes, even the joke ones. If you picked a particularly goofy dialogue option while talking to Lukas at Endercon, Jesse will repeat it while trying to cheer him up later on.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Episodes 3 and 4 are much more serious than the first two episodes, with both having a major character death, the scale and danger of the Wither Storm becoming even more apparent and world-threatening, dramatic reveals about the nature of the Order of the Stone, and being much more plot-heavy.
  • Cessation of Existence: It turns out this is what happened to the Ender Dragon, as the Order relied on the Command Block's power to delete it rather than actually killing it.
  • Cool Pet: Reuben, who is unique among Minecraft pigs with his expressiveness and intelligence. Only Jesse seems to regard Reuben as cool, though.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The beacon-based contraption the Ocelots were building is what allowed Jesse and his friends to find their way back to Endercon if Jesse takes the "Saving Reuben" route.
    • At one point during the game, Axel can be seen watching an attraction involving chickens. Breaking the machine behind said attraction is a possible solution to get past the usher (due to him being afraid of them).
    • Soren's base being overrun with Endermen ends up becoming part of a plan to defeat the Wither Storm by using them to tear its body apart.
    • In episode 1, you can accidentally make a lever while trying to create a sword. If you did this, Jesse will use the lever to open a secret passageway in episode 4.
    • At the start of episode 5, when building a dirt bridge towards the Sky City, Ivor builds a skull with lava dropping from its eyes. Later, when Aiden throws Jesse off Sky City, they have to dodge that lava when falling.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: In later episodes, as Jesse and his friends become better fighters, they occasionally carry on conversations in the middle of fights.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Aiden appeared in the first episode as a Jerkass opponent to contrast Nice Guy Lukas; he sabotages your build, and then later insults Jesse at Endercon, before disappearing. He optionally reappears at the end of episode 4 in a Big Damn Heroes moment with the other Ocelots, but this trope primarily comes into effect as he becomes the Big Bad of episode 5.
  • Complexity Addiction: Justified in Episode 7 with Harper's lab. According to her, she makes the systems in her lab more complicated than necessary in order to confuse PAMA on the off chance he made it down there.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: The YouTubers from Episode 6 (save for Torque Dawg) seemed like nice and reasonable enough people that they might have let Cassie have the enchanted flint and steel had she just asked and explained her situation, instead of going to the lengths she did to try and get it.
  • Cue the Sun: After Jesse finally slays the Wither Storm, the sun comes out. Justified as the Wither Storm was blotting it out.
  • Deadly Game: Episode 8 revolves around one.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Jesse and Olivia will behave this way in a few cutscenes and dialogue branches.
      Axel: A good thief always covers his tracks.
      (he steals a glowing potion bottle, then replaces it with a completely ordinary one)
      Jesse: Oh yeah, the perfect crime.
    • Petra has her moments as well.
      Petra: If you need anything, you know where to find me.
      Olivia: None of us know where to find you.
      Petra: Exactly.
  • Deconstruction: Several of the later episodes (most notably 5 and 8), feature dramatic deconstructions of Minecraft fan-favorite mini-games.
    • Episode 5 does this to the popular Skyblock-type challenge, showing what a society with extremely limited resources, and unable to leave a small area without falling to their deaths, would be like.
    • Episode 8 does this to the majority of other minigames as a whole, showing how people would actually deal with dying horrible deaths over and over again, (with the added twinge of being sent to the quartz mines if you lose)
  • Deer in the Headlights:
    • Lukas is frozen in place during Petra/Gabriel's capture, which leads to Axel holding him accountable for the incident.
    • Similarly, Ellegaard freezes in shock when she sees the Wither Storm for the first time. Jesse and Olivia had already described it to her, but she hadn't fully understood how big the threat was until then, so all she can do is stare at it and stutter out a terrified apology to Jesse.
  • Demolitions Expert: Magnus of the Order of the Stone. His demolition skill is why Axel suggests enlisting his help to fight the Wither Storm.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • Upon going to the first Crafting Table, you're supposed to create a sword. Due to the set of ingredients given to you, though, you can create a lever, which prompts a bemused reaction from Petra (and the upper left UI), who tells you to try again. Doing this nets you an achievement.
    • When you're asked to choose between Olivia and Axel's plans at the end of the first episode, they start listing reasons why you should go with their choice. If you stand around long enough they eventually fall silent and just wait for your decision, but if you wait even longer...
      Axel: Uh... goggles.
      Olivia: What?
      Axel: I'm running out of things to say.
    • While the second Crafting Table puzzle in the first episode gives you enough materials to build a bow and an arrow to deactivate a death trap, Jesse also has enough materials at this point to build a fishing rod, which also solves the puzzle.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Either Ellegaard or Magnus will give you their armor before the confrontation with the Wither Storm and will end up being fatally wounded in the ensuing chaos. After the Wither Storm is defeated, you find Soren cradling his dying friend.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Ivor drops everything to save himself after his plan goes off the rails in The Order of the Stone. If you choose to have Jesse confront him about his selfish and cowardly behavior, he simply replies that cowardice keeps him alive.
    • Soren being one is hinted at in The Last Place You Look and comes to fruition in A Block and a Hard Place, where he abandons the group right before the final battle. You are even given the option to call him a coward as he flees.
  • Do You Trust Me?: During one of the chase segments in Boom Town, Axel asks Jesse to let him carry the Order's amulet. If you choose to keep holding onto it, he's visibly hurt that you don't trust him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In Episode 8, Nell has a wheat patch that she keeps secret from everyone else. This, along with her personality makes it seem more like a marijuana patch.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Played with in 'A Portal to Mystery' when the White Pumpkin shoves their mask onto Lukas when everybody is about to open the door, making them think that Lukas was the White Pumpkin.
  • The Dreaded:
    • The Wither Storm. Not only is everyone afraid of it, even hostile mobs flee from it. Endermen are the only things that aren't afraid of it.
    • Witches. Even Ivor's afraid of them.
  • Easter Egg: John Cena's name can be spotted in the credits of some episodes. Really.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Wither Storm, made by substituting one of the soul sand for a command block. Its mere existence breaks the world. Starting off as an average Wither, it goes One-Winged Angel, looking less like its original shape and more like something from H.P. Lovecraft, sprouting Combat Tentacles, growing to ten times its size and eventually becoming a distorted, black mass of destruction and death. It gets even worse in Episode 3, where it turns out to be an Asteroids Monster.
  • Eldritch Location: The Farlands. Unlike Minecraft, where it was simply a glitch, here it's basically the literal edge of the world and an area of chaos incarnate.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower:
    • Jesse gets an enchanted Diamond Weapon and can choose to have a stronger suit of armor for the Final Battle with the Wither Storm.
    • In Episode 8, after Jesse respawns and loses all of her inventory and armor, their friends show up and give them several enchanted diamond weapons, a shield, and "Tim"'s armor
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The Wither Storm is basically a walking version of this. If not stopped, it will likely reduce the world to bedrock.
  • Enemy Mine Jesse's Gang and Ivor in Episode 4. Also done between Jesse and Em in Episode 8.
  • Expy: Endercon is this of Minecon.
  • Eye Scream: During the boss fight with the Wither Storm, Jesse stabs one of the heads the Wither Storm manifests inside itself to defend it's heart right in the eye.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Ivor planned to show everyone that Gabriel was a loser by summoning a controllable Wither and making it fight him. Unfortunately for him, slapping a Command Block into a Wither assembly does not make a controllable Wither, but a Wither that can control the landscape around it and assimilate it into itself, giving birth to the Wither Storm.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: While it revives afterwards, the Wither Storm being blown to bits by the Formidi-Bomb, complete with blood and visible bones.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The Formidi-Bomb (AKA the "F-Bomb") is a powerful explosive developed by Soren considered the only thing capable of destroying the Wither Storm. While it's capable of severely damaging the Wither Storm and blowing it to pieces, the heroes fail to grab the command block in time, thus causing it to quickly reform.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Petra and Lukas are both chipped and end up controlled by PAMA in episode 7. Jesse frees one of them relatively early, but has to fight the other in the climax.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Ivor, the (apparent) main villain is a member of The Order of the Stone. The legends have been distorted.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The prologue talks about how legends will eventually fade into myths and then lies. Immediately after that, it states that the "Legend of the Order of the Stone" will last forever. As it turns out, even the "Legend of the Order of the Stone" got distorted, as the Order didn't even fight the Ender Dragon, having instead used the Command Block to blink it out of existence.
    • Observing an empty display stand in the treefort will make Jesse comment that they hope to one day own a set of armor. You get to keep Magnus/Ellegaard's armor after one of them dies in The Last Place You Look and can also pick a suit of armor from Ivor's armory in A Block and a Hard Place.
    • In Episode 2, no matter which member of the Order of the Stone you pick to recruit, the Wither Storm comes in and destroys their surroundings. It turns out the Wither Storm is specifically programmed to follow the amulet of the Order of the Stone, which Jesse is holding.
    • In the second episode of Season Two, if the player chooses to ride the mine carts with Petra, Jack, and Vos, the last part of their puzzle room will be to fight [[spoiler:Ice-Powered spiders. The game gives you an entire 3 minutes to do so. If the player chooses not to do anything for these 3 minutes, the spiders are shown dogpiling on Petra, Jack, and Vos. After their deaths, the camera cuts to the same spiders taking down Jesse. However, examining the group's deaths closely reveals that Vos does not take any damge, indicated by the lack of his body flashing red. We later find out that Vos was just the Admin in a human body.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The Arc Villain of "Access Denied", PAMA, has a Twitter account. After some people declined his offer to "join" him, he says that he's sure that him and the people who declined will be friends with him.
  • Funny Background Event:
  • Gender-Blender Name: Jesse can be either male or female. Which gender they are depends on what customization you give them.
    • Benedict the chicken in Episode 5. We know she's not a rooster because her owner used the pronoun "her" a few lines before revealing her name.
  • Grievous Harm Witha Body: While clearing out the mobs infesting Soren's stronghold, an Iron Golem uses a zombie as a baseball bat on a Spider thrown by another one.
  • Griefer:
    • Being based on the player type, Axel enjoys messing with people and stealing stuff.
    • Boom Town is a town composed of nothing but these people. And the worst kind, too.
    • Magnus is identified as one when you first meet him, and it's made apparent by the way he intentionally annoys Ellegaard and Jesse.
  • Heroic Mime: When you choose what Jesse says during a conversation, there is a choice named '...' that makes Jesse say nothing when you choose it. If you choose '...' when you're asked to pick a name for your Endercon group, you will be called The No-Names, because the Endercon staff are Comically Missing the Point.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Episode 4, Reuben dies from a long fall after recovering Jesse's enchanted weapon so they can destroy the Command Block. He holds on just long enough for Jesse to say some final words.
  • Hive Mind: P.A.M.A. has a large quantity of bodies at its disposal, who share one another and P.A.M.A.'s mind.
  • Hope Spot: The apparent demise of the Wither Storm in Episode 3, kind of tainted by Interface Spoiler below.
  • Hypothetical Fight Debate: Olivia presents a hypothetical "What would you rather fight: ____ or ____?" scenario to Jesse at the start of the game. She will also present one to Lukas but he only answers if Jesse prevented him from leaving the shelter in Episode 1.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Inflicted upon whoever Jesse saved from the Wither Storm when they rejoin the group.
  • I Fell for Hours: During the leap off the bridge at the beginning of the game, Jessie and Petra fall for a long time, even accounting for the fall being done in slow-mo. Eventually, you start wondering just when they're going to land. The fact that their fall doesn't injure them in the slightest doesn't help.
  • Indy Ploy: While they always have a general idea of what they're trying to do, the unpredictable behavior of both Ivor and the Wither Storm keeps forcing Jesse and the rest of the team to improvise during emergencies. Lukas isn't too pleased about this.
    Lukas: We need a plan... and not the usual "we'll-come-up-with-a-plan-when-we-have-to-OH-WAIT-NOW-WE-HAVE-TO" kind.
  • Interface Spoiler: The image on the episode select screen for Episode 4 gives away the notion that in Episode 3, the Formidi-Bomb doesn't defeat the Wither Storm.
  • Invented Individual: In Episode 8, "Tim", an individual who supposedly won the games and successfully went back home, was created by Hadrian to motivate people to participate in the gladiator games that they'll never be able to leave.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Axel isn't the nicest person but he does genuinely care for his friends. When the others start joking around during the shelter segment, he scolds them for not being worried about Petra's safety.
    • For all his insults and jibes, Magnus is still a decent guy underneath it all.
  • Karma Houdini: Ivor created the Wither storm, got a lot of innocent people either killed or injured, wrecked every piece of civilized land in its path and nearly destroyed the world to boot. And yet by episode 5 he's walking around free, still causing no end of trouble for everyone around him with seemingly no punishment or true remorse what so ever.
  • Kick the Dog: While trying to shut down PAMA, Jesse must fight one of his mind-controlled friends. They taunt him, claiming he will fail just like he failed to save Reuben.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: The narrator briefly talks about how legends will eventually fade into myths, which in turn become half-truths or lies.
  • Lighter and Softer: Probably the lightest fare from Telltale Games since Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures. It's colorful and comedic, and the choices the player has to make aren't quite as morally complicated or difficult as the ones in The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us.
    • Played with in Episode 6, which is a Whodunnit Murder Mystery with an Axe Killer, only completely bloodless due to the medium of the universe it is set in.
    • Oddly enough, it also manages to be Darker and Edgier when compared to Minecraft itself, with such concepts as the Wither Storm, which when compared to the already Enemy to All Living Things version in-game is upgraded to a Person of Mass Destruction, acting like a living natural disaster and destroying entire cities merely by being present. As an extension of that, this game's version of Wither Sickness is an Incurable Cough of Death that literally causes a person to rot away to nothing.
    • Episode 5 is this relative to the rest of the series, except for the fact that Jesse is still grieving over the death of Rueben.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: One of the possible names Jesse can give to their team's Secret Handshake is "Griefer Grab". An announcer was giving the rules for the build-off at the time (which includes "No Griefing"), implying this trope.
  • Man of Kryptonite: It turns out Endermen are this for the Wither Storm. They're immune to its tractor beams and can actually rip pieces of it off it. Because of this, the heroes decide to use an army of Endermen to kill it.
  • Morton's Fork: Once you recruit either Magnus or Ellegaard, and whoever you didn't choose was recruited by whoever you left behind, whoever you recruited will want to get moving to find Soren right away to avoid the Wither Storm catching up, while the other will want to wait until morning to avoid monsters. However, if you wait until morning, the Wither Storm will appear and block the sun, making it dark enough for monsters to spawn and forcing you to fight them anyway.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Order of the Stone's name comes from Minecraft's original title of "Minecraft: Order of the Stone". It was changed in order to avoid confusion/mixup with the webcomic The Order of the Stick.
    • invoked In Episode 3, when Lukas struggles to figure out what to call a herd of Endermen, one of the dialogue options is to call them a "Haunting". Word of God says that the collective noun is a "Haunting".
  • No Body Left Behind:
    • Mobs and animals vanish upon death and leave behind their drop the same way they do in Minecraft proper.
    • Subverted with humans and the Wither Storm, as when it's finally killed in the end, its remains fall to the ground. It also leaves a unique black Nether Star behind.
    • Played straight in Episode 6, where multiple human characters poof upon dying, leaving behind their inventories.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Axel is the only main character who's bulky, a fact that is commented on several times throughout the game (sometimes by him). It's impossible to have that player shape within Minecraft without the use of mods.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Played with; when you get back from your latest adventure at the beginning of Episode 5, you find that Ivor had built a house with a huge lavafall pouring out into the streets, and he seems to be the only one who doesn't see how dangerous this is. Whether or not Jessie sides with him is up to the player.
  • Not Himself: Lukas is uncharacteristically vitriolic during the first half of The Last Place You Look because he knows that Jesse is withholding information from the rest of the group.
    Jesse: What's up with Lukas?
    Axel: Well, as a long time observer of human behaviour—
    Oliva: We have no idea.
  • Not So Different:
    • Magnus and Ellegaard, despite their dislike of each other, are both stubbornly proud of their achievements and difficult to get on the good side of. When they meet the Wither Storm, they both come to the same conclusions (the one you recruited realizes it's a threat they could never have imagined and decides to go at night, the one not recruited wants to wait til morning, and if you pick going out at night, the opposing party says that they're only going because you're a fan of the other).
    • You can engage in a bit of this in Episode 8; When you're trying to rally the other teams to come together and win together, Emily points out that no-one has ever one the games. A member of the yellow team points out that Tim did...except you've recently learned that "Tim" never actually existed and was made up to motivate everyone to keep playing an unwinnable game. You have a choice as to whether to agree with him or spill the beans. If you choose the former, you're lying about Tim's existence for the same reason Hadrian did—to give everyone hope where there would otherwise be none.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Episode 6, Ivor stops being goofy and obviously evil and lends his wealth of knowledge to help Jesse and the gang catch a psychotic murderer in a mansion riddled with traps. He even acts relatively calmly and rationally compared to his usual Large Ham self.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Competent and suave Petra is easily the best fighter in town, yet she's not above befriending adorkable Jesse. Their friendship is initially very lopsided — with the latter being overenthusiastic while Petra is mostly just embarrassed by the attention — but by the time Assembly Required rolls around, it's become very obvious that Petra considers Jesse her closest friend.
    • In Episodes 5-8, Jesse and Ivor, due to their age gap, but especially since the latter had since tried to kill Jesse on several separate occasions, but they not only become legitimately helpful, but even start to actively help.
  • Offhand Backhand: At the beginning of Episode 5, a zombie approaches Jesse from behind. She just hits it with her sword without looking.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In the new Order of the Stone's treasure room, there's a Dragon Egg and two (normal) Nether Stars, indicating that not only did they go on to defeat the Ender Dragon, but summoned and defeated the Wither twice.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. In Episode 8, Hadrian and Mevia use the Portal Atlas to kidnap Jesse's friends to coerce Jesse into another deal. They go for Olivia, Axel, and Reuben...except Reuben died in Episode 5. Since they don't know this, they end up kidnapping a random guy who also happens to be named Reuben.
  • Out of Focus: Axel and Olivia go on to do their own thing in Episode 5, and are absent for the rest of the episode and the next, with the episodes being primarily about Jesse, Petra, Lukas, and Ivor. They finally return in Episode 8, as Hadrian tries to goad Jesse into losing for their safety.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Whichever hero you didn't pursue at the end of The Order of the Stone will have a tense conversation with you in Assembly Required. If Jesse doesn't try to diffuse the tension, the conversation takes a passive aggressive turn.
  • The Power of Friendship: After Jesse makes a comment about losing/winning against Lukas, Petra suggests befriending him in case they need his help later on. Jesse can agree or disagree, but will always grumble about being lectured on "the power of collaboration".
  • Press X to Not Die: A rather mild example compared to other Telltale games, perhaps because of the young target audience. Many(though not all) of the quick-time events can be failed without consequence.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When you're about to throw the Formidi-Bomb into the mouth of the Wither Storm, you're given a selection of these to choose from.
  • Properly Paranoid: Magnus refuses to leave his tower because he thinks the Griefers will try to usurp him. Guess what happens when you become king?
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: If you choose to threaten the butcher who kidnapped Reuben.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The player may choose Jesse's gender at the start of the game. The story will not be affected by this decision and characters will treat both male and female Jesse the same way.
  • The Reveal:
    • In the first episode, it's revealed that Ivor was an original member of the Order of The Stone but was removed from the records.
    • The third episode reveals that the person you failed to save in The Order of the Stone is still alive but is no longer aware of who they are.
    • Episode 4 reveals that the Wither Storm was following the pendant Gabriel gave Jesse the entire time. It also reveals the Order of the Stone never truly beat the Ender Dragon, they instead used the command block to erase it from existence, and come back as "Heroes". Ivor however, was unhappy with this, and was paid off to keep quiet, leaving the Order of the Stone.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Upon realizing Ivor was a member of the Order of The Stone, you'll notice that the narrator of the intro cinematic puts emphasis on "FOUR" heroes, and why the legend is self-evident fact.
    • In Episode 3, if you realize that Lukas knows about Petra/Gabriel's illness, you can spot him looking away from them in panic in some scenes.
    • The Reveal that the Order's story is a fraud makes a lot of what happens take on a completely different meaning.
  • Running Gag:
    • The thunder and lightning that occurs any time someone says "murder" in Episode 6.
    • You can find a different book by Soren in every episode after 4, to Jesse's increasing bafflement.
    • The Old Builders hate being called "the Old Builders".
  • Running Gag Stumbles:
    • The game continues the Telltale Games tradition of displaying a "X will remember that." message whenever the player makes an important decision. However, an unique warning will pop up after Jesse creates a secret handshake:
      No one will remember that.
    • Successfully crafting an item usually nets you a simple "You made a [item]." message, but if you somehow create a lever during a segment where you're supposed to make a sword, even the pop-up will be surprised.
      You made a lever?!?!
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • At one point in the first episode, Aiden floods your Endercon booth with lava, which sets Reuben (Jesse's pet pig) on fire, but also puts your machine at risk of heat damage. Will you have your friends help you find Reuben, or have them stay and save the machine? Unlike most sadistic choices, this one has a correct answer, non-obvious though it may be, which is to have your friends stay behind. They don't actually help at all in the search for Reuben, but they do save the machine. If the machine survives, it wins the Endercon building competition, but if your friends aren't around to save it, the Ocelots win instead.
    • At one point within the story, you're given the option of saving either Gabriel or Petra from the Wither Storm. You can't choose both.
    • In episode 3, there's an unusual example that at the time is just presented as a regular choice, with the "sadistic" implications not occurring until later: you need to take either Magnus's or Ellegaard's armor to proceed, but the person whose armor you take will be killed later after taking a lethal blow without armor to protect them. So you have a sadistic choice of saving either Magnus or Ellegaard; you can't save both.
    • In episode 6, there's another unusual example where the implications of the choice aren't immediately apparent: at one point you get a choice between either going after the White Pumpkin right away, or staying behind to help the other guests during the spider attack. If you go after the White Pumpkin right away, Dan will die in a spider attack. If you stay behind to help the other guests, you'll save Dan's life, but Lizzie will be personally murdered at the White Pumpkin's hands. So either Dan or Lizzie will die in episode 6; you can't save both.
      • A more obvious one at the climax, though it's less sadistic and more of a Tear Jerker: Cassie is left above a silverfish-filled pit with no escape, doomed to either starve to death or jump/fall down and get eaten. She begs Jesse to at least toss her cat Winslow down to her, as he's her only friend. Say yes, and you're dooming a mostly-innocent cat to die with its owner. Say no, and Cassie continues to beg as you walk away as Winslow looks down sadly. Many players wished they could Take a Third Option and help Cassie come back up and have her take a Heel–Face Turn similar to if you helped Aiden in episode 5.
    • In episode 7, you have to choose between saving either Petra or Lukas; once you push one of them into a water stream and de-brainwash them, the other will escape and won't be de-brainwashed until the climax.
    • In "A Journey's End?", there are two sadistic choices: first, you have to choose whether to save Petra or Ivor during the "Spleef" game, and at first you're led to believe that the one you didn't save ends up dead. Fortunately it turns out they just "Respawn" elsewhere. Second, you have to choose whether or not to accept Hadrian's deal to let all Jesse's friends go if Jesse throws the next match. Fortunately, regardless of this decision, circumstances eventually prevent throwing the next match from being necessary.
  • Scooby Stack: The group does an overcrowded version while peering into Ivor's hideout. Reuben somehow ends up at the top.
  • Secret Handshake: After Olivia complains that the build crew doesn't have a special handshake like the Ocelots do, Jesse comes up with one on the spot. No matter which option you choose, the game will always inform you that none of the characters will remember it. Axel actually does remember it, he and Jesse are able to do it.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • When Petra/Gabriel(whoever you rescued from the Wither Storm at the beginning of Episode 1) comes down with Wither Sickness, he/she tells you privately and asks that you tell no-one else so as not to drag down morale. When Lukas confronts you in episode 3, you can choose whether or not to tell him. If you do, you can then choose whether or not to tell Petra/Gabriel that Lukas now knows about it.
    • After defeating the Wither Storm, Jesse can convince Gabriel to either come clean about the Order of the Stone or allow the people to continue believing in their legend.
    • After learning that "Tim", who allegedly was the only one to win the Games, never actually existed and was made up by the Old Builders to keep everyone playing a game that was Unwinnable by Design, you're tasked with rallying all of the other teams to work together against the Old Builders. When Tim is brought up, you can choose whether to let them keep believing in him or confess that he never existed.
  • Secretly Dying: Whoever you saved from the Wither Storm has been infected by it. They don't want to tell the rest of the group because they're worried it'll slow down the quest, but most of the party has already figured out that something's up.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrouded in Myth: Contrary to what the narrator said, this is what happened to the "Legend of the Order of the Stone". At least one detail is different than what actually happened, namely that there was an extra member of the team the legend doesn't mention. But that's not the only deception...
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Female Jesse is just as prone to Amusing Injuries as male Jesse is, especially if you fail a lot of the quicktime events.
  • Sore Loser:
    • When your build seems like it's gonna win the competition, Aiden decides to unleash some lava on your contraption.
    • Petra will call your team out on this if you were to say "losing sucks" while they're talking about how they lost the Build-Off.
    • Aiden and his crew is this when Jesse's new Order of The Stone keep finding treasure. What's more, Aiden wanted to be the hero of the Wither Storm crisis instead of Jesse, because he doesn't feel Jesse truly earned it.
  • Spot The Thread: In episode 6 Jesse puts together evidence on who's the White Pumpkin. The evidence points to Cassie Rose, because she was the only one in the room with the portraits after Torque Dawg's death and Torque Dawg's picture was already crossed out, she was the only one that didn't already have a crossed out portrait in the White Pumpkin's lair, and the lair was filled with dozens of cats that all looked like her pet Winslow.
  • Stage Whisper: Gets parodied if you go back to Ivor's hideout to find Lukas, Jesse will sneak around while doing an exaggerated stage whisper.
    Jesse: Lukas, can you hear me? ...even though I'm whispering?
    Lukas: Jesse? Is that you whispering super loudly?
  • Stay with Me Until I Die: Magnus and Ellegaard attempt to defy this, telling Jesse that they should go check on the survivors instead of staying with them, but Jesse can choose to ignore this request and kneel beside them until they pass away.
  • Story Branching: One of the game's main gimmicks. What you do within the game alters how the story plays out, but the most notable example is the plot of Assembly Required, which depends entirely on the choices you made in the previous episode. The first half can be about Jesse and Axel's adventure in Boom Town or Jesse and Olivia's journey through Redstonia, and the second half will have either Gabriel or Petra returning, depending on which of the two you saved from the Wither Storm.
  • Stylistic Self-Parody: The game has several nods to the fact that it's set within the world of Minecraft, from the name of "Boom Town" being written using L33t L1ng0 to the in-universe term for "criminal" being "griefer" to blocks floating in mid-air.
    • When the Sky City is abandoned in Episode 5, Jesse advises the inhabitants to start punching trees as the first thing they should do.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • In some instances where two members of the party have conflicting strategies, you have the power to either side with one of them or present an entirely new idea.
    • In the first episode, when discussing what to build in front of your fireworks display, Olivia will suggest an Enderman while Axel will suggest a Creeper. You are can agree with one of them, pick a Zombie or say nothing.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Jesse, Olivia, Axel.
  • Three Plus Two: The game initially revolves around three friends — Jesse, Olivia, and Axel. Once the Big Bad shows up, the three are joined by resident loner Petra and rival builder Lukas (who already know each other).
  • Token Evil Teammate: Ivor in Episode 4 and 5, though he gets better in Episode 6.
  • Token Good Teammate: The Ocelots are rude and arrogant — except Lukas, who's surprisingly helpful and friendly. Petra will lampshade this during the Wither Skull segment.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jesse and their friends become the new Order of The Stone in Episode 4, and in Episode 5, Jesse begins the episode by effortlessly dispatching hordes of monsters.
  • Training Montage: At the beginning of the first episode, after deciding on what to build; it introduces the main quick time events as well as parodying the trope through having Jesse do things a normal Minecraft player would do within a typical gameplay session (such as punching trees).
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Aiden and the Ocelots abandon Lukas and form their own crew, The Blaze Rods, regardless of whether or not he went to go find them in Episode 4.
    • As Petra says, the YouTubers in the mansion during episode 5 are very ungrateful for all the effort The Order Of the Stone has been doing for them. They seem eager to pin the blame of Lukas once he is framed and don't contribute much to helping solve the mystery themselves. However by the end of the episode they are shown to be grateful for Jessie and everyone saving them.
  • Unusual User Interface: In episode 7, Jesse briefly uses a headset that allows him to control one of PAMA's mind-controlled subjects, and can even jump between puppets.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The one narrating the prologue was lying about the "Legend of the Order of the Stone" never fading into myth and becoming a lie.
  • Videogame Caring Potential: You can protect Reuben from harm, support Olivia and Axel's endeavors, encourage Lukas, assist NPCs, etc.
  • Videogame Cruelty Potential: Or you could go the opposite direction and have Jesse be a jerk to everyone.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: If you make Slag late taking you to Hadrian and mock him about not being able to kill you, he won't join you when you and the other competitors in the last game rebel, and you won't get Lukas's book back.
  • Villainous Rescue: If you go to Boom Town and beat Magnus in a duel and as a result become King, some people will start to consider usurping you. Then the Wither Storm shows up to level everything to the ground (in a way that puts even Magnus to shame) and snack on the inhabitants.
  • Voices Are Mental: When PAMA puts microchips behind peoples' heads to assimilate them, their voices become robotic for no reason except to make it clear to the audience that they're controlled by the computer.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the Sky City from Episode 5, crafting anything(even food)without permission is a crime that's harshly punished by the Founder. We later find out that it's because everyone, including the Founder, thought the city was isolated so the Founder had to carefully manage the resources they had. When they later find out that the Sky City was suspended over land(and not over a bottomless void), she's still a bit suspicious and careful but when you make Jesse tell her and Milo that they can have a plan without planning every little thing, she goes explore the new land with her chicken.
    • In the next episode, Episode 6, you have Cassie, who simply wants to leave the Youtuber world and go back to her own, but she goes to incredible lengths to try and acquire the enchanted flint and steel to activate the portal to leave. She kills three of the YouTubers, despite her apparently being friends with them, and the YouTubers seem like nice enough people that she probably could have just asked to have the enchanted flint and steel upon explaining her predicament.
    • This continues in Episode 7 with PAMA, a massive redstone computer that was designed to help the people of Crown Mesa by being "useful", and clearly takes delight in being useful, but became so obsessed with productivity and efficiency that he enslaved the townspeople to make them more useful, and wants to spread to other worlds to make them more useful.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Something happened between Ellegaard and Magnus when the Order split up, and they're not happy to see each other when the party reunites in the second episode.
    • The same happens in Episode 6 when Cassie is revealed to be the murderous White Pumpkin. The YouTubers cry out at her betrayal, one of them claiming that they shared cookies.
  • Wham Line: At the end of Episode 3, after either Gabriel or Petra saves Jesse from the reawakening Wither Storm:
    Jesse: C'mon, Gabriel/Petra! We've gotta go!
    Gabriel/Petra: Who's...who's Gabriel/Petra?
  • Wham Shot: In the first episode, Jesse finds a book documenting the legend of the Order and reads an extract from it. As they read, we get a flashback that seems to be the same as the opening cinematic... except that this time the Round Table Shot continues past Soren and lands on Ivor, revealing that he was once part of the Order.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What became of the enchanted weapon you crafted in the tail end of Episode 4? We don't even see it in the treasure room.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • At the start of Episode 3, you must choose whether to save Axel and Reuben from some enemies, or run for the amulet. Depending on who's on your party at the moment, you may be scolded by Petra or Gabriel: Petra will get angry if you abandoned your friends, while Gabriel will get angry if you put in risk the mission and don't head for the amulet.
    • The player has the option to give one to Ivor when you discover the truth of what happened, asking him how his Wither plan was any better than letting the Order's lie continue.
    • Near the end of Episode 3, someone has to craft the Formidi-Bomb and take it to the Wither Storm. Between having to get sucked up a tractor beam to get to the Wither Storm and the volatile nature of the Formidi-Bomb(Soren says it'll likely explode within seconds of crafting), this is heavily implied to be a Suicide Mission. Once you step up, Petra(if she's in your team) will give one of these to Ellegard and Magnus for not stepping up in place of a bystander when they're supposed to be legendary heroes.
    Petra: You should be ashamed of yourselves!
    • When you and the other competitors come together and rise up at the end of episode 8, if you made Slag and you late in meeting Hadrian, he'll call you out for being inconsiderate and refuse to join you.
  • While Rome Burns: There's a random NPC hopping on a slime block near one of the booths at Endercon. When the Wither Storm shows up and everyone begins to flee in terror, the guy doesn't bother reacting and just keeps hopping til he gets picked up by the monster's tractor beam.
  • Why Won't You Die?: In episode 5, Aiden has this response when Jesse comes back to fight him, after Aiden previously had thrown Jesse off Sky City into what was presumably the Void below, unaware that there was actually land down there.

    Season 2 
  • Arc Villain: The Admin, apparently.
  • Aerith and Bob: Of the original three Admins, there's Romeo and Fred. Then there's the sole female, Xara.
  • Colossus Climb: The Admin's prismarine colossus form gets taken down by Jesse this way..
  • Dead All Along: Vos. He died of starvation in the Sea Temple, and the Admin pretended to be him.
  • Death Course: The Admin sets Jesse's group through a series of challenges, with the intent of weeding out the weakest among them. He's increasingly frustrated as Jesse continually stops to help the others.
  • Eye Scream: Jack in "Hero in Residence" gets his bad eye torn out in a fight, if you choose to help Petra retrieve her sword instead of assisting him.
  • Might Makes Right: The viewpoint of the Admin and Stella, with a large helping of Social Darwinism mixed in.
    The Admin: Okay no, no no no no no. This is all wrong, people. Wrong. You're not supposed to help each other. The losers are supposed to lose.
  • Offhand Backhand: In "Hero in Residence", if the right choices are made, Jesse casually shoves away a beefy bodyguard larger than them trying to attack from behind while in the middle of an argument with Petra, without really being bothered at all.
  • Power Trio: It's revealed that the Admin was originally part of a trio of Admins who ended up fighting over who would control the world. The second, Xara, was defeated and had her powers taken away. The third was killed.
  • Prison Episode: "Jailhouse Block".
  • Regular Caller: After finding the Prismarine Gauntlet in Hero in Residence, a possible dialogue option has Jesse lampshade how all their adventures always revolve around them.
    Jesse: Man, what are the odds? Command blocks, portal keys... Why is it always me?
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • In "Hero in Residence", there's a rather tricky one: Either help your old friend Petra retrieve her sword off a ledge, or defend your new ally Jack from an attacker. If you choose to help Petra, Jack gets his bad eye torn out in the fight, but if you choose to assist Jack, Petra loses her sword, which she spent hours enchanting.
      • However, choosing Petra is arguably better because you already spent a lot of effort retrieving "Miss Butter" from a different situation earlier, you've known Petra for longer, Jack was already blind in that eye, and he won't complain as much. Still, though, losing an eye is a lot more painful than losing a sword.
    • In "Giant Consequences", you are at one point asked to choose whether to make Petra (who you have been friends with for years) or Jack (who has already suffered through a seriously painful Trauma Conga Line that he probably didn't deserve) break the clock while you and the other person go rescue Radar (and also Stella, if you choose to do so). Whoever breaks the clock is forced to become the Admin's champion and separated from Jesse, and most likely forced to endure horrific circumstances alone.
    • In "Jailhouse Block", you have to choose to leave Nurm or Lluna behind to prevent a trap from blowing up.
  • Shout-Out: The Colossus Climb above involves irritating the colossus with arrows and riding a horse to get close enough to jump on. Much like the original Shadow of the Colossus.
  • Where It All Began: The synopsis for "Above and Beyond" (Episode 5, the final one of Season 2) reveals that the fight between Jesse and the Admin will go back to Beacontown.

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