Web Animation / Minecraft: The N00b Adventures

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So blocky... But so cool!

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Minecraft: The N00b Adventures is a Web Animation series by falconer02 set in the popular Minecraft video game. It's hosted on YouTube via Machinima, as well as Newgrounds.

The story revolves around three newbie Minecraft players who join a server one day, only to find it oppressed by the tyrannical Gaylord_Steambath. They resolve to fight him and his griefing ways, but must first meet powerful allies, learn what happened to the server, and, you know, learn the ropes of the game.

The series can be found here or here.


Tropes present in Minecraft TNA include:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of both online gaming on Minecraft and of online gaming in general.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Fittingly, Gaylord_Steambath.
  • Anti-Climax: Xx_Dark_PvP_Hacker_xX spends several episodes hunting down N00bly's party, once he does finally manage to catch them, he accidentally falls on lava and dies.
  • Anti-Hero: As he is introduced, it certainly seems Milky_Dad is going to be this. But then again...
  • Apocalyptic Log: The journals of Boner's previous owner. That's... the name of the horse.
  • Art Shift: During Gaylord and Noobly's battle in part 28, the video abruptly switches to footage of two Minecraft players with skins based on the characters slapping each other around.
  • Back from the Dead: After Lord_Server returned to power, he removed the hardcore setting from the server, ensuring that every dead character from the series qualifies as this.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: N00bly and co. eventually realize that they, as a trio of newbie Minecraft players on a hardcore server, can't really do much to take down Gaylord, said server's administrator, for good. Instead, what they decide to do is to "out-grief" and "out-troll" Gaylord in the hopes that he ragequits.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Uglina the Witch saves the heroes from the Wither because, unlike Milky_Dad, they were nice to her and gave her a name.
  • The Big Guy: Fart Garfunkel, not because he is physically stronger, though. Instead, he is this mainly because of his blood knight tendencies discussed bellow.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The series as a whole is this to Minecraft. While the original game only ever has Bloodless Carnage, with all hostile mobs and defeated players disappearing into puffs of smoke, here Zombies, Skeletons, and Spiders get dismembered, decapitated, and stabbed with their corpses being left behind. Spurts of blood can also be seen on occasion coming from both injured mobs and other players.
  • Blood Knight: Out of the rest of the trio, Fart Garfunkel is the one who is the most eager to fight. He also keeps going on about how he wishes he could get a shotgun in Minecraft.
  • Book Ends: Near the end of the last episode, Noobly says that the newly-repaired server is "so blocky, so cool", which was the title of the first episode.
  • Brick Joke: After Gaylord_Steambath gets banned, Lord_Server says the only thing left to do is to add some sweet plugins. At the end of the episode, the server gets abruptly shut off, presumably to do just that.
  • But Now I Must Go: Yoda_Morpheus, at the end of his debut. Aparently because he got grounded from playing too much Minecraft, oh well...
  • Companion Cube: "Irene" is this to Milky_Dad. Which is why, after Milky_Dad betrays N00bly & co, Fart Garfunkel, who just barely survived the former's betrayal, wants to make sure that said Irene, which is a sword, by the way, is going to be used in a certain, very specific way against Milky_Dad
  • Cool Bike: Fart mentions in the first episode that he wishes he could get one.
    Fart:You know what this game needs? Motorcycles! Yirrrr!
  • Death Trap: Gaylord certainly seems to be fond of these.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Case and point: Gaylord.
  • Dirty Coward: Gaylord will quickly teleport himself or his enemies away whenever he's on the losing end.
  • Disney Villain Death: Gaylord_Steambath blows up a part of a nether fortress he was in and promptly falls into lava. All in glorious slo-mo. Of course, because he's admin, it doesn't do him in for good.
  • Disk One Final Boss: The Ender Dragon.
  • The Dragon: Milky_Dad, later in the series.
  • The Exile: Pretty much everyone left on the server, mainly because Gaylord has the habit of trapping everyone he didn't kill in the Nether.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In exchange for his survival, Milky_Dad makes a deal with Gaylord_Steambath and becomes his right-hand man.
  • False Friend: Gaylord might have been this for Lord Server in order to get himself in the position of operator Subverted at the end of the series, as it's revealed that Gaylord only got that position because of a ridiculously large donation, which, by the way, consisted mainly of old Spainish gold coins. It's never explained how or why he had access to them.
  • Fantastic Racism: Milky_Dad really hates NPCs.
  • Final Death: Death on Minecraft is usually cheap, as dead players are simply revived at the spawn point. Unless of course, said death occurs on a hardcore world, which, unfortunately, is the kind of world the server was configurated to be. Gaylord might have something to do with this.
  • For the Evulz/It Amused Me: Everything Gaylord_Steambath does. Played with near the end; he claims it's the former, but his actions as a griefer suggest the latter.
  • Fourth Wall Portrait: Played with. See "Art Shift" above.
  • Freudian Excuse: Gaylord_Steambath claims to come from a broken family, and to have been bullied in school. He quickly reveals he's lying, and attacks Noobly while he's distracted..
  • Freudian Trio: The three main characters.
  • Ghost Town: That, "really well built community" sure is empty, isn't it?
    • The mesa village the trio runs into later in the series also is this.
  • Giving the Sword to a Noob: Only three noobs can defeat evil!
    • The best equipment among the group is also given to Noobly, the noobiest of the three. Fart gets second priority of high grade equipment as well.
  • A God Am I: Gaylord sure has an inflated opinion of himself:
    Gaylord: They call me Gaylord Steambath. I am the operator of this server. But, you may refer to me as... god...
  • G-Rated Drug: Milky_Dad's merchandise, which includes unspecified potions, mushrooms, and glowdust, none of which (aside from maybe the potions) have any intoxicating effects in the actual game. He "goes straight" after Gaylord_Steambath is banned, opening a pharmaceutical stand.
  • Griefer: Gaylord_Steambath. Hackers like "Xx_Dark_PvP_Hacker_xX" count as well.
  • Guttural Growler: Fart Garfunkel's signature voice.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Milky_Dad. See below.
  • Hero Killer: Milky_Dad drops Fart in a dark pit to prove his new loyalty to Gaylord. Luckily, Fart survives.
  • Hidden Depths: Fart, who knows a lot about French philosopher Descartes. He goes off for about 15 seconds, only to be cut off by Snake.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: All of the major villains go out like this.
    • Xx_Dark_PvP_Hacker_xX abuses his speed and jump hacks to chase Noobly & Co. When they're on the other side of a pool of lava, he tries to jump over it. Because he has no skill, he doesn't make it.
    • In episode 28, Gaylord fills the room with TNT to blow up the protagonists. They log out of the game, but he's too busy monologing to notice that he's still in survival mode. The resulting explosion sends him flying into lava, killing him. Downplayed, since he's an admin, and doesn't need to be careful because he can just respawn.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Eating a raw piece of porkchop heals Fart from a fatal arrow wound during episode 2. Justified, however, since this is Minecraft and the hunger bar feature didn't exist back when the episode came out.
  • I Call It "Vera": Milky_Dad's iron sword, Irene. Doubles as a Companion Cube.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Concerning a certain ghost of the creator's brother, it's either "He-ro-bro-nay" (Snake), "Hero-briny" (Fart), or "Hero-brine" (NPC Villager).
    • A similar occurence happens earlier in the series, except this time, it concerns the creeper or, as snake puts it, creepist mob.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Xx_Dark_PvP_Hacker_xX. Subverted, though, since, after a long buildup of him hunting down the trio, his lack of actual skill (thus his use of hacks) comes to bite him in the ass in the form of a deadly epic fail, which, to add insult to injury, happened right as he was going to strike down one of his targets.
  • Large Ham: Only Gaylord is capable of turning creepy flamboyance into this. And that's not even going into his speeches. If you want know what we're talking about just scroll down until you find Shut Up, Hannibal! and read his quote. Or, you know, just watch the series...
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Milky_Dad back-stabs the trio by aligning himself with Gaylord. His reward, he himself gets literally back-stabbed by Gaylord.
  • Late to The Tragedy: By the time N00bly, Fart and Snake join the server, Gaylord's administration has already done quite a number on it.
  • The Leader: although everyone in the trio has occupied this position at least once, N00bly seems to be the one who most often finds himself giving the orders
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Jeff Schwertfeger, who voices Fart Garfunkel, Gaylord Steambath, and Milky_Dad, none of whom sound anything like each other.
  • Meaningful Name: Yoda_Morpheus and possibly Gaylord_Steambath.
    • The dark clad player fighting hacker that Gaylord recruits is, fittingly named, Xx_Dark_PvP_Hacker_xX
  • The Mentor: Yoda_Morpheus.
    • Younger Than They Look: Played with. Despite being an Obi-Wan expy, with Yoda's name, it's pretty easy to tell he's a kid in real life. At the end of his debut episode, he has to leave, because he got grounded for playing Minecraft for too long.
  • Metaphorgotten: Gaylord makes up his own idioms occasionally when not making quote references.
  • The Mole: Gaylord_Steambath's backstory involves him becoming an admin by pretending to be a Nice Guy. Truth in Television on Minecraft servers.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: After his own TNT trap goes off on him, Gaylord flashes back to all the chaos he caused after becoming an OP as he falls into lava.
  • Noodle Incident: When Gaylord first met the N00bly, Snake and Fart, he wanted to make it look like the reason behind the server's central town being so empty was this. Of course, this didn't last long, as the trio would soon find out said reason thanks to Pwny, but still.
    Gaylord: Umm... Quite glad you asked. They all left due to cerain... Jurisdictional conflicts which I'd rather not speak about...
    • Also, for whatever reason, Fart seems to have an irrational fear of being assaulted by the dwarves from Snow White, to the point that zombie villagers, who attack him on sight and have slightly similar facial features to that of said dwarves, completely frighten him. The weird part, though, is that his... phobia seems to come from a mysterious, unspecified past trauma, as the first thing he says after being jumped by a baby zombie villager is: "It's all coming back to me!!"
    • In the final episode of the series, N00bly asks Lord Server why he gave Gaylord, of all people, the position of administrator. To that, Server answers that he only gave Gaylord the position because he made a ridiculously large monetary donation to the server, a donation that, by the way, consisted entirely of bags upon bags of centuries-old, spanish gold coins. We never get to know how Gaylord had those, let alone why he was willing to just spend them like they were nothing...
  • Obviously Evil: Xx_Dark_PvP_Hacker_xX. Outside of his name, his skin gives him dark goggles covering his face and an all-black suit.
  • Quip to Black: Fart Garfunkel is very fond of this, even possessing a pair of sunglasses for just such an occasion.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Lord_Server used to be this before his disappearance.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Fart makes it his goal to personally ram Irene up Milky_Dad's "blocky asshole".
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Used in part 20 when Snake has a unfortunate encounter with Herobrine.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: According to Lord Server, when Gaylord_Steambath volunteered to run the server in Server's absence, he was given the job largely because he had made a ridiculously large donation. He still gets banned when Server returns and discovers what he'd been doing, though.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: There are no shotguns in Minecraft, but this doesn't stop Fart from saying every once in a while that he really wishes there were.
  • Shout-Out: All over the place.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Near the beginning of Episode 28, Gaylord_Steambath makes a short speech about how his existence gives the noobs purpose, and without him, they'd just be hiding in a little dirt shack, eating wheat and cooking cobblestone. Noobly isn't having it.
    Noobly: Dude. You're just a dick.
    • Done later in the same episode, after Lord Server returns.
    Gaylord: Fine! You win this battle! But heed my words, and heed them well, inferiors! You may think removing my powers will save you from grief, but there are hundreds, thousands more just like me! Enjoy your moment of serendipity, for I, Gaylord_Steambath, Eater of Worlds, shall-
    Lord_Server: Uhuh, yeah, that's nice, bye!
    Gaylord_Steambath has been banned.
  • Sissy Villain: Check out those short shorts on Gaylord Steambath!
  • Sixth Ranger: Milky_Dad.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: The above becomes Gaylord_Steambath's Dragon.
  • The Smart Guy: Snake always tries to fill in this role as best as he can, mostly by trying to remain calm and pointing out the more logical and practical solutions to a problem.
  • Smurfette Principle: So far there has been only one girl in the entire series.
  • The Speechless: Xx_Dark_PvP_Hacker_xX, not because he is mute, mind you, but rather because the admins had to silence him because of his constant spamming.
  • Team Pet: Descartes the pig. Later, Boner the horse.
  • Teleport Spam: One of Gaylord's many tricks.
  • Tempting Fate: To quote Snake: "There are no ghosts in Minecraft.
  • There Are No Girls on the Internet: Judging by Fart and Snake's reaction of disbelief upon hearing that Pwny_Rainb0w is, in fact, a girl and she is, in fact, playing Minecraft, it wouldn't be hard to assume that they are firm believers of this trope, or at least of its application to online games.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Even though it happened before the start of the series's main storyline, Gaylord's promotion to server operator definetly counted as this.
  • Unfortunate Names: Pretty much everyone has these. Pooploser_69 got his name because he was tricked into thinking it was a cheat code for infinite diamonds. Truth in Television, as a lot of players in the actual game can have some pretty weird names.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: Near the beginning of episode 28, Gaylord makes a brief speech about this, claiming that without him to fight, the noobs would just be common players, living in a dirt shack, growing wheat and cooking cobblestone.
  • Vulgar Humour: Not too different from the one you'd find in an actual online game chatbox, in fact. The only difference, of course, being that this particular brand of vulgar humour is among those that are bit more well executed and even self aware from time to time. And, as a result, it actually doesn't make you want to feel ashamed for being part of the same species as the people who wrote these "jokes", imagine that! It may, in fact, even make you want to laugh at these jokes, yeah, that's right, laugh, imagine that!
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Pwny_Rainb0w, also, to a lesser extent, Descartes the pig.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The epilogue shows the server back up and running, with Noobly, Snake, and Fart overseeing the repairs to all the griefed structures. It also shows that Gaylord_Steambath decided to go and harass a Counter Strike server after getting banned.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Fart is very afraid of zombie villagers. Apparently because they remind him of the dwarfs from Snow White... Okay, why don't we let him explain, then:
    Fart: [Shortly after being attacked by a baby zombie villager] It's all coming back to me!
    Snow white!
    ...Dwarves!...
    My nightmare is reality!!

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