In April 2012, Mindcrack member and self-proclaimed "gaming hermit" generikb started an invite-only Minecraft Let's Play Server known as Hermitcraft, where himself and some other Minecraft Let's Players could play together in Vanilla Survival.
Seven Years Later, the server is in its sixth season, with upwards of twenty currently active members, and fifty-eight Let's Players (and Mojang devs) having been on the server at some point.
A Minecraft Advancement Pack has been made based on some of the Running Gags and personal quirks of the Hermits, and the series has spawned multiple offshoots, such as Hardcore Hermits.
- Jessasin note
- xBCrafted note
The Hermitcraft Server provides examples of:
- Armor-Piercing Question: Doc and Rendog confront Stressmonster about the giant cookie-prank, and accuse her of being the mysterious Jangler. Stress immediately asks, if she were the Jangler, why she would build a giant eyesore in the sky within view of her own base?
- Awesome, but Impractical: The entire Sahara build. A completely automated system that customers can place orders for and can draw items from an expandable warehouse? Awesome! The fact that it's automating an honor shop, which takes far less time to finish transactions on, takes up far less space, and won't get jammed when unauthorized potatoes enter the system? Not so awesome.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT touch Doc's bush. You could literally hear his blood pressure rise when Grian vandalised it with copies of his head.
- Cloudcuckoolander: While many of the Hermits are a bit weird, Joe Hills in particular is an oddball. He built a bunker specifically to fend off musical threats, thought that the 84 diamonds he paid for a storage locker that ended up containing nothing but paintings were completely worth it, writes poems which he reads in his videos, often speaks in rhyme, and has some quotes that start off fine but then go completely off the rails.Joe: When life gives you lemons, then that... really shouldn't go in your lungs. Lemons are not a breathable thing, don't aerosolise lemons for inhalation purposes, people!
- Companion Show: Hermitcraft Recap, hosted by series fans Pixlriffs and ZloyXP, which recaps all the events and mishaps that happened on the server that week. This is very much needed, given the sheer amount of craziness that happens on the server.
- Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: At one point during Season 6, Mumbo built a shop without putting a spoiler wallnote around it and didn't post a video about it. When people looked to figure out what the shop was selling, they found that they now had to pay Mumbo three diamonds for spoiling the build.
- Death World: The Wither Storm. During season 6, Joe, Xisuma, False and Cub decided to fight 100 Withers at once. It did not go to plan, with them only killing about 10 Withers before having to bail. The area causes an incredible amount of server lag if anyone comes close enough to load the chunks, plus the fact that, even with fully enchanted diamond armor, having 90 Withers gang up on you is pretty much a death sentence. Entering it also runs the risk of someone baiting a Wither to a populated area, the closest one being Mumbo's industrial farm area, which is filled with fragile redstone. The Hermits have agreed among themselves to avoid it.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Iskall, at least Once an Episode.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent/The Mole: Mumbo during the Hermitcraft civil war. Or at least, that was the plan.
- Escalating War:
- Iskall decides to prank False as retaliation for her winning the Head Hunt, by building a chicken with a Grian-head on top of her base, as well as covering it all in diorite. However, Cleo swoops in and changes the sign Iskall placed to instead say Rendog's name, causing False to set up a prank for Ren and try and frame Iskall for it. Ren then pranks Cleo, which Grian ends up being the victim of due to signs appearing in his base, one thing leads to another, and the whole thing sparks an all out civil war.
- A more literal one in the form of the Hermitville build-off. It starts with Grian building his house to be slightly taller than Mumbo's and the latter adding an antenna to reclaim the tallest house title, and ends with giant magnets pulling down the moon, Renbob's hippie van sprouting wings and shooting up near the build limit, and Scar's mutant plant turning into a wizard while serving as a beanstalk leading up to a cloud fortress in the sky.
- Finagle's Law: Literally everything went wrong for the Architechs on Sahara's launch day. Iskall showed up on Saturday wondering where the others were, only to remember that the opening was on Sunday. When he finally got there on the right day, everything only spiraled further out of control. The fireworks failed to deploy, Rendog nearly died during the ribbon cutting, Mumbo was pushed off the stage for launching into a very long and complicated explanation of the redstone when Grian said to keep it short, the redstone was broken because Grian threw potatoes in it again, and Ren had no idea how to operate the system because there were no instructions. This forced Grian, Mumbo and Iskall to close Sahara while they fixed it. Upon reopening, the fireworks display failed again, Mumbo got stuck in the redstone, Iskall discovered he had accidentally set the price of a beacon to only one diamond instead of ten, Mumbo proposed killing Ren and hiding his body to keep him from telling the others Hermits how broken Sahara really was, and when Ren actually got his items, the gang discovered they hadn't put in a payment system yet, leaving them scrambling for a payment chest. By the end of it, everyone had absolutely had it.Mumbo: I'M GOING TO SET MYSELF ON FIRE!
- Funny Background Event: Pausing to read the Minecraft chatlog in any Hermit's video often results in finding absolute gems.
- Like this conversation between Joe and Cleo.Joe: oh no! a zombie!
Joe: What sins must we atone for that god might recant this plague?
Joe: What festivals and sacrifices must we make that the dead might rest again in his eyes?
Joe: Oh nevermind, Cub, its cleo. Shes cool.
Cleo: The sin of singing slightly offkey must yet be atoned for! Verily twould be best to
(Grian joined the game)
Cleo: Pluck out thine eyes than so offend
Cleo: ...Oh hi Grian
Joe: Yeah, Grian, pluck those eyes out
- Or this one, between Ren and Grian.Ren: Young one
Ren: We will lie in bed for one second
Ren: Upon the setting of the sun
Grian: I didn't sign up for this
Ren: this will cleanse all chakras
Ren: and prepare us for battle
- Or Joe's commentary on Iskall helping Stress test a new minigame.(Stressmonster101 was impaled by iskall85)
Joe: iskall has finally snapped
Joe: everyone scattewr
- Like this conversation between Joe and Cleo.
- Nothing Is Scarier: The Salmon Ghost, which started popping up in various placesnote in Season 6, running off when spotted and leaving a Sea Pickle behind whenever it disappears. Nobody knows what it is, what it wants or what it's planning, but the fact that Grian, Ren and Mumbo have spotted it when nobody else was online is proof that this isn't just another Hermit playing a prank on them.
- The plot seems to thicken when Iskall looks through Grian's telescope and spots a figure sitting by a fireplace surrounded by player heads - including a salmon head.
- Rapid-Fire "No!"/Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During one of the Sahara-meetings, Grian offers to help build the redstone, since Iskall and Mumbo are already helping him with the building. Mumbo immediately breaks down the vault door and walks away, while muttering "no, no, no, no" to himself, even asking Iskall and Grian if they can hear him getting quieter as he gets further away.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Joe has a habit of speaking in rhyme, and often writes poems in his spare time.
- Running Gag
- Grian's AFK Song.
- Iskall's hatred of diorite.
- Whatever's under Etho's Mask, it's apparently horrifying.
- Mumbo will never get a Consultancy build right the first time around.
- Grian dying by smashing into things with his Elytra.note
- Sahara's opening date being "soon", with no other specifications.
- Mumbo's hatred of ice.
- Schmuck Bait: Grian's trap for the Jangler. Grian had a suspicion that Scar might be the Jangler, and purposefully messed up the landscape surrounding the cookie shop he'd ordered the Jangler to buy out, knowing Scar wouldn't be able to just leave it like that. And, sure enough, Scar fixed the landscape, inadvertently outing himself.
- Serial Escalation: The tallest house competition in Season 6 between Grian, Mumbo, Iskall, and Scar. At first it was merely building ever taller houses, then it evolved into finding sillier and sillier ways of pulling each other's houses down.
- Spanner in the Works: Or potato, as tends to be the case with Grian and the complex redstone of Sahara. Grian tends to be this in general for any redstone contraptions he messes around with.
- Stable Time Loop: Grian, in one episode, loses almost all of his diamonds (Around 4 stacks of diamonds) and Villager Grian with no apparent explanation. Fast forward a few episodes later and it turns out that Grian built a time machine to go back to a point in time before he lost both the diamonds and Villager Grian. He lampshades it after getting them back.Grian: So basically what happened was, I stole my own diamonds. To put them back exactly where they were so- oh. It all kinda makes sense now.
- The Unfettered: Every time Iskall and Mumbo work on the redstone for Sahara, Grian shows up and starts dancing with a parrot. Out of frustration, Iskall and Mumbo retreated to a private testing server only they knew the IP address of... only for Grian to somehow show up there as well.
- What Does This Button Do?: A bad habit of Grian's, much to the annoyance of the owner of whatever redstone contraption he's messing with (usually Mumbo).
- White Void Room: Grian has a knack for making these Infinity Rooms. He does this by constructing the walls out of glowstone or sea lanterns and putting item frames with pure white maps over top. The one in his base served as the primary meeting place for the Architechs, before the construction of Sahara.