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Fanfic / Dig Build Live

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Yes. That is, in fact, a cow dinosaur.
Dig Build Live (also known as Digging Holes and Building Things) is an animated Minecraft series by Bootstrap Buckaroo, Slamacow, Capitain Sparklez, and Yves Lenaerts. The series revolves around a world based on that of Minecraft, centering around the nameless protagonistnote  as he tries to become well versed in the world, all while having to deal with things like zombies, sarcastic skeletons, a surfer dude "mentor", Yiddish villagers... oh, and being kicked out of his house because the entire valley it was in was sold to a company of sorts, leaving our hero with no choice other than to venture in this brave new word that, trust us, is much, much larger in the worldbuilding sense than anything you would ever get out of your average Minecraft world.

But don't hold your breath! You see, the series, while never having uptated consistently and regularly,note  has been put on hiatus, with the last episode (not counting the occasional extras) being uploaded on February 2014.

Still, considering the series is only 7 episodes long, with none of them being longer than ten minutes, and also that many claim that it was one of the better Minecraft animated series out there, it'd be safe to say that it might still be worth checking out.

The series also has its own wiki.

Oh, and, on an off note, don't be (too) alarmed by the small size of the trope page, the series is really short, there's just not all that much to talk about.


This series demonstrates the following tropes:

  • All There in the Manual: Tim is never named during the videos but the theme music is called "Tim's theme" in this interview with the creators.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tim gets swarmed by zombies because he didn't listen to another character's warnings on the importance of making a shelter (and then dies after making a shelter anyway because a Skeleton waited outside his door. The same thing happens the two days) and does a number of tasks for the Testificates that humiliate him (he has to wear a chicken suit and then chase a chicken). Things don't really get any better for him after that.
  • The Cameo: In "Hero Part 2", Tim is in a cart and goes through a set, with two of the cast members of "Take Back The Night" filming a training session.
  • Heroic Mime: Tim. He often doesn't get to speak his mind whenever people talk to him, even when they ask who he is or what he can do.
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  • Idiot Ball/Took a Level in Dumbass: The surfer dude mentor was shown in the first episode to be relatively handy in terms of handling the game's mechanics, even memorizing most crafting recipes. In Episode 2, he's more than eager to go into an abandoned mineshaft even though he knew he was underprepared for the exploration. He even chalked off the screaming noises as just water running through rocks.
  • Idiot Hero: Tim...isn't the brightest. He ignores the surfer dude's (at first sound) advice, tries to eat a diamond, and is just shown to be less than mentally capable at playing the game.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The mobs are seen doing relatively normal things when they aren't killing players (such as relaxing in a spa of their own making, and watching a film in Episode 2), giving off this impression. Hell, some of them aren't even remotely antagonistic, just living their everyday lives and not even bothering with attacking Tim.
  • Shout-Out: A Villager, in the process of moving in Episode 6 Part 2, wears a particular helmet from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • Troll: There's a recurring skeleton who doesn't seem to have anything better to do than mess with Tim, as they waited outside his home four times in the first episode to kill him. He appears more later on.


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