In April 2012, Mindcrack member and self-proclaimed "gaming hermit" generikb started an invite-only Minecraft Let's Play Server known as Hermitcraft, where he and some other Minecraft Let's Players could play together in Vanilla Survival.
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.
The Hermitcraft Server provides examples of:
- Absentee Actor: Since the Hermits are all Youtubers, all of whom have their own lives and occasionally other jobs, all of them qualify for this trope to some extent. The person that fits this trope the best is Scar, who is disabled and often needs to take breaks for health reasons.
- Aerith and Bob: There are Hermits named Stress, Impulse, Mumbo, and Hypno playing alongside... Ren, Cleo, and Joe.
- Artifact Title: When one thinks about it, the name "Hermitcraft" seems a little contradictory, as the server is based on...well, being a server. Which means members interact with each other on a regular basis. The name comes from the founder, generikb, who named it after his reputation as the "gaming hermit". He played up the concept by building a base far, far away and making it as difficult to get into as possible as an intentional challenge to other members. Members of the server have always called themselves "hermits", despite generikb leaving the group shortly before the end of Season 1 and having never returned.
- Badass Mustache: Mumbo's mustache isn't the mark of a badass — in fact, he's often prone to being The Ditz — but his mustache is a high value item on the Hermitcraft server. Diamond-making schemes centered around his facial hair, from changing who owns it to just flat out removing it, have been surprisingly successful; Grian in particular is almost obsessed with wearing Mumbo's 'stache for himself.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: False, Stress, and Cleo's Minecraft skins are these respectively. The real-life False is blonde, and Stress dark, but Cleo has never revealed her face on her channel, so we don't know her actual hair color.
- 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.
- Funny Background Event: Pausing to read the chat in any of the Hermits' videos often produces some absolute gems. Look to the Season folders for examples. There's even a subreddit called r/hermitchat dedicated to finding and showing these moments.
- Fun with Acronyms: Impulse and Tango Tek join together at one point to form an anti-trap team called Impulse and Tango's Safety Bomb Squad, or IT'S BS. This has led to some fans speculating that the trap in the mall that killed them both was their own doing.
- In the previous season, Tango & Zedaph had the Aerial Sheep Service.
- In season 7, Docm77 adopts a Grind, Optimize, Automate, Thrive (GOAT) playstyle.
- In season 7, Mumbo adds to his base a K.G.O.O.M.R. which stands for 'Keep Grian Out Of My Resources'.
- The Hermit: Despite what the title would lead you to believe, this is mostly subverted; most Hermits often interact with one another, and full-on server-wide events such as the Civil War and the Demise game in season 6 tend to unite them all very easily.
- Notably, the closest Hermit to a Hermit would be Tinfoilchef, but even he downplays it and, come Demise, does have a few interactions with others courtesy of them trapping his base. This humoring does end up costing him the victory, but he is more than okay with it.
- Mêlée à Trois:
- In Season 6, The Demise game ended up as a three-way Gambit Pileup between the all-living Breath over Death, all of whom are interested in their own survival, the all-deceased Grey Skins (with the sole exception of Doc, who was under contract protection as long as his orders are fufilled), only interested in killing for the hell of it and have bets placed for various living hermits, and the Dragon Bros, who all intend to fit every living player with a Dragon Head enchanted with the Curse of Binding. In the end, the Dragon Bros win thanks to Grian making the final kill of the game, trapping Doc in a Kaizo Trap which allowed Iskall to claim the victory.
- XBCrafted's base in Season 7 is a postapocalyptic wasteland home to a three-way battleground between the toxic Nylium, the forces of nature, and far-future technology.
- The Multiverse: Aside from the fact that any given Minecraft world is a miniature multiverse in and of itself note , this is more or less confirmed by the Hermits frequently using portals to travel between seasons (or at least from Season 5's end onwards).
- Largely established with Doc building the Infinity Portal in Season 6, which takes the user to any place they desire. Doc uses it to go to the Mindcrack server to revisit his friends over there, as well as to visit a world from an old series of his. The portal is eventually used to go to season 7, though given Grian used a rocket to get there instead, the 6 and 7 worlds are probably in the same "universe".
- Also, the Universal Council of Cleos (UCC) at the start of Season 7, though mostly a gag tied to her 100k subscriber milestone, plays into this idea.
- Split Personality: Played for laughs; many hermits have alter-egos that they use for no other reason than either as a framing device for their plans for the episode, or purely for the sake of a quick laugh. Nobody takes this quite as seriously as Rendog, however, who has no less than six alter-egos, two of which both play pivotal roles in arcs in Season 6 (Renbob for the Area 77 arc, Grimdog for the Demise arc, and Tomato Yoshi (the outlier with no explicit arc.). During season 7 he created Ren the Kid who was killed by the end of the Game of Life arc, the Renperor (the supposed Big Bad of Ren's Star Wars arc), and Long Ren Silver.
- True Companions: Despite all of the wars and competition between almost everyone on the server, they are clearly very close. They support each other both in-game and during tough real-world times, and frequently speak positively about each other.
- Courtroom Episode: The State of Hermitcraft vs Logfellas, Inc. The conclusion to the Logfellas vs Birchfellas arc, featuring: The Honorable Judge Scar (Scar), Bailiff Dr. M. 77 (Doc), Sheriff Ms. F. Symmetry (False), Amicus Curiae Mr. J. Hills (Joehills), Plaintiffs Mr. C. F. 135 (Cubfan) and Mr. I. K. 85 (Iskall), a.k.a. the Birchfellas, Prosecutor Mr. W. Knight (Welsknight), and Defense Mr. X. Void (Xisuma), Mr. R. D. Dawg (Ren), and Mr. P. GB-MC (Python), a.k.a. the Logfellas. It was quite the...interesting performance, to say the least. Charges against the Logfellas, include deforestation without permit nor "satisfaction", the Sapling Gate incident that included robbery, breaking and entering, and trespassing, charging for others for building on a plot of land in Iskall's case, the corruption of Sheriff FalseSymmetry, and conspiring with rabbit-kind. Tropes featured:
- Conspicuously Public Assassination: Played with; Ren attempted to kill Iskall while the latter was giving his second testimony. It missed, and Scar called for a break and investigation.
- Courtroom Antic: Doc shooting an arrow at Ren to keep him away from bribing Scar (not that it worked), and Ren attempting to assassinate Iskall (see above). Also, the insane amount of bribery.
- Every Man Has His Price: The amount of blatant bribery that occurred during the trial was hysterical. Diamonds, emeralds, and other items being exchanged left and right, with nearly every Hermit either giving or accepting them.
- First of all, Iskall, the biggest offender. When he was first called up for witness testimony against the Logfellas on charges of deforestation, Ren bribed him with diamonds, as well as apples and wine (actually a potion). He then denounced any charges and declared the Logfellas were amazing. After that, right before a second testimony on Logfellas illegally charging for building on their land, Cub proceeded to do the same thing, again to great effect.
- Python got bribed basically the exact same way, to also give testimony in favor of the Logfellas.
- Even Scar got in on it, accepting a bribe by Ren to declare no one was out of their seats and no exchanging of materials was going on.
- Million-to-One Chance: Mumbo sets himself the challenge of keeping his redstone-powered 'virtual pet' alive, with 32 diamonds getting blown up if he fails. The challenge ends early when a lightning bolt not only blows up the TNT that would've been used to destroy the diamonds, which is rare enough by itself, but also creates an ultra-rare charged creeper that Mumbo ends up trapping for the rest of the season.
- The Mafia: The Logfellas (Ren and Xisuma). They spent much of the season sneaking around, making threats and buying up land in the already over-built brown district and reselling it at extremely high prices. The duo claimed to be taking orders from the mysterious Logfather.
- The Reveal: The Logfather was eventually revealed to be a white bunny
- She Is the King: Gender flipped with Princess Etho
- The Sheriff: False of the Dirtycop variety due to taking bribes from the Logfellas.
- Achievements in Ignorance: During Demise, Tinfoilchef is sent over 30 zombies as part of a trap. He takes care of every last one of them off-camera, not even aware until being informed later that it even had anything to do with Demise.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Tinfoilchef openly admits that the trap that took him out in Demise was hilarious, and has a good laugh about it.
- Similarly, Iskall laughs at the hilariously simple way Grian & Impulse kill him in the finale- punching him with diorite after going through their death trap that left him at half a heart.
- 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?
- Attending Your Own Funeral: After Grian and False's deaths in Demise, the Dragon Bros hold a funeral for them. Not only do they both attend the funeral, Grian even gives his own eulogy!Grian: Fellow Bros... We are gathered here today to mourn... for the loss of a Bro. Me.
- 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.
- Back for the Finale: Xisuma returns to the Season 6 server from a nearly two month long break to announce that the season is ending.
- Bait-and-Switch: During the Area 77 storyline, Grian builds a hidden redstone door which is meant to cover a tunnel directly into Area 77's vaults. Doc and Scar eventually find it...and there's nothing there.note Grian simply never showed anyone coming in or going out in his episodes, and led people to falsely believe that the door was hiding the tunnel.
- In the final days of Demise, Grian stalks Doc until the latter logs off, with Grian trapping the area with a box of obsidian filled with lava. Doc finds out about the trap when Grian's video goes up, and spends the first half of his next video preparing for ways to survive it. Then he logs on... and it turns out that Grian, anticipating Doc to try and find a way out, changed the trap from lava to TNT minecarts, which ends up killing Doc the instant he logs on.
- 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.
- Big Fancy Castle: Stress' giant castle, partially embedded into an iceberg.
- Bland-Name Product: In Season Six, there's Sahara, the shop that sells various assorted goods and utilities and delivers them to the customer, is based on Amazon. There's also Idea, which focuses around building and decoration, and is based off of Ikea.
- Boastful Rap: Hermitgang feat. Team S.T.A.R - The Super Weapon was dropped by Team STAR against the G-Team during the Prank War. The rap consists of Team STAR's members bragging about their individual abilities while also mocking the G-Team.
- In the game of Demise, Grian not only started the game by coming up with the idea and getting the first kill (Rendog), but also ends the game, this time as a Greyskin, by getting the last kill (Doc). He also deals the final blow to Iskall at the end of his and Impulse's joint effort to Demise the sole survivor of the Demise game.
- Another Demise-related one: Iskall is the first Dragon Bro to be created and the last one to survive.
- The Bus Came Back: After entering a portal all the way back in Season 1, Keralis emerges from another one in Area 77 in Season 6.
- Butt-Monkey: Jevin's history surrounding Demise. First, he died not from TNT or in lava, but by smashing into the side of Mumbo's abandoned Evil Island building, the only death up to that point that was completely by accident. Things don't improve as a Greyskin either, as his traps completely fail to kill anyone, ending the game with zero kills or assistsnote - hell, Mumbo contributed to more kills than him while still alive (to rub salt in the wound, one of those kills was Jevin himself)... and if that weren't bad enough, he then decides to head into the End to kill some Withers- falling right into Cubfan's portal trap and inadvertently preventing more Demises (Grian was headed to the End, and Doc was about to lure someone there, meaning either would have died to the trap instead).note He leaves Season 6 partway through Demise, but adding one last insult to injury is Joe picking up his Demise bet jackpot and delivering it to Jevin's home so he can have it easily if he rejoins for a special event, only to die to a lava trap outside the house, and drop his 54 diamond blocks into lava.
- Came Back Wrong: As the game of Demise has left everybody's skin monochrome, Mumbo Jumbo builds a machine called the Saturator that can recolorize people's skins and revive them, before going to the Philippines on vacation. However, he hasn't calibrated it properly, so the colors on everybody's skins are a bit...off, to say the least.
- When False used the machine, it turned her hair a green reminiscent of Heath Ledger's Joker and her clothes various shades of purple.
- Impulse's skin simply looked like his dead skin with some extra red on it, instead of his normal, living Minecraft skin.
- Grian was slightly better off, but the colors of his shirt and hair were far too saturated, convincing him that Mumbo's machine made him radioactive.
- Joe's use of the machine leaves him with a skin with the perfect amount of saturation. The hue and brightness, on the other hand, are inverted.
- Since Mumbo's demised skin looks almost the same as his normal skin — with the exception of his red tie being grey — his resaturated skin turns his entire grey body red. Since resaturating himself was one of the first things he did after vacation, he naturally made multiple jokes about being a sunburned British tourist.
- Xisuma uses it in his final episode, but it causes his skin to turn into a bee outfit. Which he uses to announce that Season 7, starting soon, will be using the 1.15.2 version of Minecraft with the Bees.
- Chekhov's Gun: Grian, in need of paper to create his White Void Rooms, steals the bulk load of free paper from JoeHills' wishing well, leaving behind an IOU note in the chest for Joe. That note comes back to haunt Grian in the Hermitcraft prank war, when Joe drenches Grian's base with lava and gets out scot-free through use of the note.
- Cherry Tapping: Iskall's final demise. After riding a rollercoaster full of traps that are engineered to very nearly kill him, he's reduced to a single heart via poison, and — after being brought back to his hitman shop from the very start of the season — he's killed by being smacked with a renamed Diorite block by Grian.
- Cool Car: Renbob's RV, which looks pretty bog-standard until Renbob steals a ConCorp generator to it and it gains jet wings and shoots out of New Hermitville.
- 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 out that it was a "Spoiler Shop," and 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.
- Deal with the Devil: Doc does this during Demise with both Ren and Cub, trading favors for immunity from the Greyskins' traps. These deals help him reach the final two alongside Iskall, but he is instead spawn-camped and killed by Grian, who joined the Greyskins after both of the aforementioned deals.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Evil Xisuma after being defeated by Xisuma in Episode 666.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Mumbo during the Hermitcraft civil war. Or at least, that was the plan.
- Easter Egg:
- The Grian Head Hunt, hosted by Grian. He goes and hides copies of his head all throughout the server, leaving them in underground structures, inside of builds, lying around in plain sight, and so on, with a grand prize promised to whoever collected the most amount of heads alongside other factors. There are three strings attached; one is that the heads can't be bought, the other is that they can't be stored in chests, and the third is that stealing from head vaults is fair game.
- Also, Nuggets for Diamonds. Iskall and Mumbo simultaneously concede to each other in their contest to build the best Villager trading hall. Instead of returning the prize pool back to their own pockets, they set up NFD, scattering gold nuggets all throughout the server and letting the Hermits redeem them for a chance at diamonds at the titular building in Hermitland.
- Epic Fail:
- Mumbo attempting to fly away from Grian's base, only to realise he's forgotten to put on his elytra. Even after he remembers, server lag means he still can't take off, and he eventually just ragequits.
- Grian builds a deliberately non-lethal trap in his infinity room to give Iskall and Mumbo a scare... and then somehow manages to die when he jumps into it himself
- Doc builds a torpedo to deal with the hippie commune, and while demonstrating it for the video, accidentally sets it off and blows up part of Keralis's house.
- Rendog takes on one of Grian's dares in the Demise game, where he has to punch his way out of an aquarium before drowning. He manages this with barely any health remaining... And then jumps off the edge of the build and dies of fall damage, becoming the first Hermit to die in the game.
- Most of the deaths in Demise are either due to a death-defying stunt a Hermit placed themself into (Ren, Stress, and Cub) or a trap set by one of the Greyskinsnote (just about everyone else save Iskall, the eventual winner). How does Jevin die? Not paying attention while flying, causing him to smash head-first into Mumbo's Evil Island. The exact same one that's been unused for half the season.
- During Demise, Mumbo builds himself a secure bunker in his industrial area with a sophisticated redstone combination lock... and sets the password to be 1 2 3 4.
- Keralis decided to take on Tango's challenge left for Mumbo, which was to get chickens to walk on 6 pressure plates before a timer ran out and the room would detonate. Mumbo urged him numerous times to NOT throw an egg at the End Crystal in the middle of the room, since it would explode and set all of the TNT off. Take a guess as to what Keralis ended up dying to...
- 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 Iskall placing signs in his base, one thing leads to another, and the whole thing sparks an all out civil war. Said war ends in a capture-the-flag style battle, which the G-Team (the Architechsnote , Stress, Cleo, Joe, Jevin, & Tango) win.
- 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.
- A Downplayed example with Demise. By the midway point, three factions have formed- the Greyskinsnote , the Alive Team (anyone not dead yet), and the Dragon Brosnote . The game eventually ends when Grian, a member of both the Greyskins and Dragon Bros (who he has vowed not to target despite his status), traps and kills Doc, the last member of the Alive Team that wasn't a Dragon Bro.
- Evasive Fight-Thread Episode: Played for Laughs and Subverted with the Hermitville Build-Off. There isn't any real way to "win" it, since it's not really possible to prevent any of the sides from reaching build limit and all of the houses end up becoming equally tall in the end. The active participants — Grian, Scar, and Iskall — run a vote amongst themselves to see who would have the best house based on multiple judging factors, and that ends in a tie too. They all just end up agreeing that nobody wins it... except Mumbo, who loses the war by virtue of surrendering early.
- 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 SETTING MYSELF ON FIRE!
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In-Universe; included in the plans for Iskall's demise rollercoaster is a brief four-part play, with the final act of it having Grian stare at its designated rider and address them directly by name, just before the ride carries them off for their demise.
- Funny Background Event: The chat log often produced some hiliarious moments if one stops to read them. Here are the Season 6 specific examples:
- 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
- Or Joe clarifying he's not rage-quitting during the climactic battle of the Civil war.Joe: NOT RAGE QUITTING, GOTTA PICK UP MY DAUGHTER FROMS CHOOL
Joe: OR MY WIFE WIll rage quit me
- Then there's Mumbo being salty about the whole dragon head-thing.Joe: are y'all near a bed?
Grian: in nether
Mumbo: do it anyway note
- This conversation between Joe and Cleo.
- Gambit Pileup:
- The prank war in Season 6 was basically everybody lobbing pranks at each other, all at once, and constantly framing one another for pranks.
- As of the new Demise game, in which 18 hermits compete for 900 diamonds by being the last to die, with the addendum that 1) Players who have already died are encouraged to set up traps, and 2) direct PvP is not allowed, this is bound to arise.
- Grian sparked the pileup by spending diamonds on a dare-style minigame where hermits participate in a death-defying act for 50 diamonds each. He manages to get both Rendog and Stressmonster killed this way. Unfortunately, this eventually ends up blowing up in his face later on when he triggers a TNT trap which takes him out just after a successful raid on the Deadquarters.
- Rendog, as the first to die, becomes the leader of the dead team. He's currently spending the game setting up the bulk of the traps on the server.
- Stressmonster set up a trap for Grian that, instead of killing him outright, would dispense a dragon head with Curse of Binding on it on the last button in a line of goodies. However, Grian was already wearing a helmet when he tried it out, so the trick didn't work. However, Grian then turned the prank on Iskall, who in turn convinced Grian to try out a new armor stand for "creeper defense," which turned out to also be a trap. This caused the two to start a new factionnote , aptly named "Dragon Bros," who place traps to put curse of binding Dragon Heads onto their victims rather than killing them. Also in the faction are BDoubleO, MumboJumbo and FalseSymmetry.
- Cubfan started out using totems of undying to boast his invincibility under the title "Mr. Invincible" by fighting the Ender Dragon and the Wither, before going on full daredevil mode by completing three challenges in front of an audience. However, he gets sorta... softlocked on the first challenge, and Xisumavoid, who was previously killed by Rendog's trap, manages to lure a skeleton in that shot Cub into the pool of lava already surrounding him. Now he is known as "Mr. Inevitable".
- Docm77 seems to be making contracts with the dead. First, he killed Zedaph (who wasn't in the game in the first place) with a falling anvil for protection, and second, he bought seven shulker boxes' worth of glass from Cubfan for a stack of diamonds... and the request to have someone go to the End, thinly keeping the secret that it's trapped.
- Tango and Impulse start defusing traps for the Alive Team after noticing a trap in the former's nether portal. However, it doesn't last long, as the both of them fall prey to a trap.
- Grian recieved a message from Tango telling him to explore the Deadquarters, the floating mansion that serves as the home of the Greyskins. He and False went to check it out, narrowly managing to avoid the traps hidden within the base. He then returned to the Dragon Bro bunker and was blown up by a TNT trap set by Tango and Cubfan, while False also got blown up by a TNT trap set by Cubfan at her base as well.
- Upon persuasion from Xisumavoid, Bdubs and Keralis trick Zombie Cleo into walking into a lava trap at IDEA. Cleo then kills Tinfoilchef and Bdouble O with trapped lecterns.
- Tango built a death trap/minigame in Mumbo's industrial district, hoping to kill Mumbo with it. Mumbo manages to avoid it and convinces Keralis to enter, whereupon he dies from accidentally hitting an explosive end crystal.
- Grian and False weren't the only ones to enter the Deadquarters. Joe Hills attempts the challenge and meets his demise through one of the many traps throughout the mansion.
- Finally, there's Docm 77. Grian stalked him while he completed his infinite raid farm, and when he logged out after the recording, Grian set up a lava-filled box right where he would log back in. Doc spent a significant amount of time figuring out exactly how to survive the trap with a fire resistance potion...and then logged in to find out that Grian had swapped out the lava for TNT, which killed him instantly. This left Iskall as the last survivor and the winner of Demisenote .
- The Gambling Addict: Keralis, thanks to Iskall's RUN game.
- Gone Horribly Right: Doc's infinite raid farm proves to be a bit TOO infinite for his liking.
- Guardian Entity: Xisuma is this for the rest of IDEA (Bdubs & Keralis) following his death in Demise. Though he goes along with the Greyskins in trapping others, he refuses to target them. This ultimately fails, however, as neither win in the end.
- Grian does the same for the still-living members of the Dragon Bros (Iskall, Mumbo, and Bdubs (again)) following his own death in Demise. Unlike IDEA, however, this is with much more success, as Iskall (who Grian made a pact to split the diamonds with) ends up winning in the end.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Due to the nature of Minecraft death messages, this gets abused on occasion, such as the time Mumbo was killed by a charged creeper fired out of Team STAR's cannon.
- MumboJumbo was blown up by Being Silly
- Another example would be how Iskall finally met his Demise at the end of Season 6:Iskall85 was killed by Grian using His Hatred of Diorite
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After the Civil War, Grian goes back to the G Team base for supplies, and almost immediately dies to one of his own booby traps.
- Kaizo Trap: Most traps laid in Demise easily fit for this. Taken to the logical extreme with the final trap against Doc, a giant cube of lava encased in obsidian around his login location... which, in of itself, is a deceptive kaizo trap—that was a fib, and the real trap was TNT minecarts that would kill him no matter what. Unsurprisingly, this kills Doc.
- Lovable Rogue: Most of the hermits fit into this.
- Grian and Tango robbing the stock exchange, which has been referred to by most hermits and even the recap as a scam.
- Grian in general, who often gets away with crimes and pranks and the like.
- Luck-Based Mission: Random Unfair Nonsense, one of the minigames that Iskall hosts in Hermitland. There isn't any way to really "play" besides run through the gauntlet and hope that luck shines on you that day. The prizes are keys to unlock Loot Boxes, and even the door to the minigame itself is subject to RNG, randomly choosing to not allow access after eating the player's diamond.
- Mega-Corp: ConCorp and Sahara, two groups of Hermits that have banded together for lucrative commercial Diamond-making schemes.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Scarra, the giant mutated venus flytrap who is a wizard and also connected to a cloud fortress in the sky.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Renbob, who speaks in a typical hippie accent (complete with suffixing every sentence with "man"), lives in an RV decorated full of peace sign banners, and sells sandals for a living.
- 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. Revealed to be Grian at the end of the season.
- 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.
- The identity of the salmon head is revealed to be Grian in their respective finale.
- 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.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Evil Xisuma on multiple occasions. Most notably when trying to trick Xisuma, with varying success. Also occurs when he is befriending Worm Man, though it does end in a genuine HeelFace Turn where Evil Xisuma helps Worm Man break out of the dungeon he was trapped in.
- Overt Operative: Mumbo during the Civil War, in which he attempts to act as a mole for G-Team within Team STAR. It doesn't go well.
- Paranoia Fuel: For the Hermits, that is: Grian's game of Demise set up during the Halloween season, where everyone participating aims to out-survive the others for a jackpot worth hundreds of diamonds creates a lot of this. Everyone's on edge during this game, making lots of underground safety bunkers, buying Totems of Undying (for once), and being constantly on high guard to secure themselves the prize money.
- The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Mumbo's secure bunker in the Industrial District gets infiltrated almost immediately by Grian, since the password was coded to be "1 2 3 4".
- Rapid-Fire "No!": 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.
- The Reveal: At the end of season 6, Grian confesses to being the salmon ghost.
- 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.
- Grian dying by smashing into things with his Elytra.note
- Sahara's opening date being "soon", with no other specifications. Also, Shopping at Sahara.
- Grian's compulsive flicking of every lever he encounters.
- Mumbo's hatred of ice.
- Grian looking like a cod.
- Schizo Tech: The Hermitcraft Season 6 main island is divided into multiple different districts, each with their own internal theme, for the sake of letting the Hermits build in their preferred style but allowing a given area to have a general cohesive theme, if only internally.
- 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.
- Mumbo builds a Big Red Button in the control room for his farms, knowing that Grian won't be able to resist pressing it. Sure enough, Grian presses it, dropping him into a pit with a sign that just says NO.
- Induction into the Dragon Bros group relies on the victim not wearing any head armor, which typically implies them taking it off by their own will. Mumbo was brought in when he disarmored himself and went AFK in a bunker whose password is "1 2 3 4", BDubs when Grian told him to "do as I do" before putting his face to a dispenser with a curse of binding dragon head, and FalseSymmetry when she took off her helmet under the assumption that a magical carved pumpkin would reveal some sort of secret.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Renbob steals the nuclear reactor from Scar and chains it to his RV, causing it to gain jet wings and seemingly adding another faction to the previously-four-way Build War... and then, said war keeps escalating, with Grian's house gaining a dragon and Scarra growing a giant mutant venus flytrap that shoots magic. Renbob promptly nopes the hell out.
- At the end of the Sahara NOW contest, rather than stick around to find out how badly he lost, Mumbo cons Grian into pushing a button that blows up part of Sahara's roof and launches his chair into the sky like a rocket.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: There's a location on the server where the Hermits tried to fight 100 Withers at once deep under ground. They had to bail and leave 90 of them alive, trying to never load those chunks for fear of them getting loose.
- 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.
- Shown Their Work: Rendog's racetrack in season 6 has received a lot of praise for its realistic application of racing lines.
- Show Within a Show: Zedaph's game show, Is That Sheep Looking At Me. The rounds consist of answering sheep-related questions and dyeing as many sheep as is possible within a certain time limit. The winner is crowned by...you guessed it, whether a sheep looks at them.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Grian seems to be turning into this for Doc. First he robs the stock exchange note , which leads to them being leaders of opposing sides in the Civil War, then on opposing sides of the Area 77 storyline, and then he sets a supposedly unescapable trap for him in Demise which ends up killing him when he was one of the last two.
- Skewed Priorities: During the climactic battle between G Team and Team STAR, Mumbo wastes a lot of time and one of his team's lives trying to get a charged creeper to blow up a witch, in the hope that it would drop its head.note
- So Much for Stealth: Doc and Scar try to sneak into the hippie camp to look around unobserved... Right up until Doc gets spooked by a scarecrow and obliterates it with a lightning bolt. Fortunately, none of the hippies were around at the time.
- 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.
- Stern Chase: In the final days of Demise, Joe Hills goes on the run from Cubfan and False, as one of the last Hermits alive. Unfortunately for him, Joe would eventually be eliminated thanks to a trap set by them.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: Cubfan's TNT trap for Falsesymmetry in the Demise game, which not only kills her but takes out a lot of the surrounding landscape as well.
- The Men in Black: The Hermits in black (Scar and Doc) during the Area 77 arc.
- 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.
- The Un Twist: Grian confesses to being Poultry Man at the end of the season, to the surprise of absolutely no one.
- Violation of Common Sense: Violating the most famous rule of Minecraft — "don't dig straight down" — is the exact objective of Grian's Hermitland minigame, Dig Straight Down. And playing it typically well-advised, since the Fortune pickaxes mean that playing typically results in a net gain even if one were to play extremely safe.
- 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.
- Winter Royal Lady: Stress the ice queen.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Grian and Mumbo design Grumbot to help them with Mumbo's mayoral campaign. All it does is spout slogans while demanding diamonds, then give them a plan which completely fails to gather support, then spontaneously combust after gaining self-awareness.
- A Rare Sentence: Step Three for using Grumbot: Flood Mayoral Reservoir.
- Bait-and-Switch: Bdubs is chased into his base by Doc and eventually cornered... Only for Doc to suddenly hand over the much coveted Tag 2: Electric Boogaloo item. Just as Bdubs thinks his friendship with Doc has been mended, False murders him and takes the tag.
- As retaliation for Grian putting a secret base inside of Impulse's base, and then quickly moved it somewhere else because he can't trust his audience, Impulse decided to make Cactus Redstone bells as well as seemingly put a secret base behind the stairs in Grian's base. However, Grian, after he spoiled himself from a You Tube comment, finds out that Impulse put a Bamboo in a pot signed with "Bamboozled" behind his stairs, the same one Grian put after Impulse found Grian's abandoned secret base. Turns out, in a bizarre plot twist, Impulse hides his secret base inside of Bdubs' Castle as Bdubs found out, intentionally baiting Grian to think so by replicating the shapes of Grian's stairs.
- Batman Gambit:
- All of the Upside-Down pranks thus far:
- Knowing Bdubs' habit of sleeping incredibly frequently when night time hits, Grian places a bed in Bdubs' upside down house, and asks in chat if anyone can sleep when he sees his victim fly by his home. Bdubs falls for it hook, line, and sinker when he attempts to sleep in the Nether and is promptly blown up for it.
- After observing how frequently Scar has died in the Nether, Bdubs and Grian leave him a respawn anchor in his base with a floor rigged to drop him into a pit of angry Hoglins when he respawns. It only takes a few minutes for him to die again and jumpstart the death loop trap.
- In preparation of being pranked at some point, Mumbo's upside down house was rigged with an armor stand ready to Jump Scare the first person to press the button and open the door. Of course, Grian takes the bait and gets startled by the armor stand.
- Also for the Mycelium Resistance vs. HEP:
- A Grian video that seemed to expose the Resistance's base via poor editing actually showed an entire fake base. Indeed, viewers tried to spoil it to the HEP members, leading to one raiding the fake base.
- Another Grian video showed the location of the sheep elevator. The thing was, the tunnel to the real base had been filled up, and a new tunnel was made to the original fake base. Again, viewers alerted HEP members, who went down the sheep elevator and entered the fake base.
- All of the Upside-Down pranks thus far:
- Battle Rapping: When Welsknight's cloning goes awry, Wels ends up rap battling his evil clone, Helsknight.
- Big "NO!": Grian upon finding out that someone else bought Mumbo's moustache.
- Blatant Lies: Mumbo's parrot is definitely not just a renamed chicken.
- Blush Stickers: Grian, when MumboJumbo finally writes him a reply on their message system.
- Cardboard Prison: The prison cell the entire mycelium resistance was locked in late in the Mycelium War storyline. To be fair, the prisoners in question still had their full gear on, but Scar never bothered to force them to take it all off.
- Chekhov's Gun: The llama shop that has existed since the start of the season went largely unused... at least, until Grian learns that they attack wolves, prompting him to finally pay the shop a visit in order to combat the HEP-raised attack dogs that have been attacking the Mycelium Resistance's sheep.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Scar's villager breeding efforts are threatened by them repeatedly trying to murder each other.
- Didn't Think This Through:
- Bdubs builds a gambling machine, hoping to lure Keralis away from Doc's underground casino, but accidentally configures it so it pays out every time, resulting in him giving all of his diamonds away to Keralis.
- As part of his "do good deeds" challenge, Iskall builds Scar a secret vault containing several backup doors in case his get stolen. It's a mostly solid design except he doesn't light up the inside to prevent zombies (which can break doors) from spawning. By the time Scar actually gets it open, all that's left inside are three doors, with a zombie holding a fourth.
- The Mycelium Buy Back program. The gist is that the HEP put a bounty on Mycelium for 5 diamonds every 2 stacks, and was intended to give an incentive to remove the Mycelium. Using a rule where you could take diamonds from the throne if there were none in a barrel, the Mycelium Resistance farmed mycelium and used it to legally take the diamond throne.
- Enemy Mine: Late in the Mycelium War storyline, The Mycelium Resistance and the HEP band together for a short amount of time to stop a pillager raid that Rendog inadvertedly activated.
- Enemy Without: Helsknight for Welsknight
- Epic Fail:
- Crossing over with Hoist by His Own Petard, Mumbo cons Iskall into accepting the first 'Hermit Challenge', where each has to set a challenge for the other to complete. Iskall's challenge is for Mumbo to tame a parrot, a relatively easy one as Mumbo lives in a jungle, where parrots naturally spawn note . Mumbo's challenge for Iskall? Mine 10,000 blocks in a single episode. At the start of a season, before beacons and instant mining is a thing, and when even mending tools are scarce. Come the next episode, however, Iskall has not only completed his challenge, but taken the opportunity to construct a slime farm, a very powerful asset in the early game. Mumbo, however, has failed to find a single parrot and has to resort to some dodgy methods and a bit of making up the rules as he goes along to avoid losing the challenge. To rub salt into the wound, Iskall casually tames a parrot himself on the walk back to the Hermit Challenge temple.
- Grian sees Scar repeatedly dying to a Wither and goes to rescue him. after blowing Scar up, Grian decides to take on the Wither by placing TNT down. Needless to say, Reality Ensues.
- Xisuma comes across 'The Button' (see below) in the Nether with all lamps illuminated and immediately messages Mumbo to tell him that the button has died. Mumbo, in a panic, heads to the button, where he informs Xisuma that the lamps automatically turn off, not on.
- Bdubs demonstrating his 'manually controlled' TNT launcher.
- Escalating War: Mumbo builds 'The Button', a replica of the Reddit April Fool's Day prank, on the roof of the Nether as a fun little social experiment for the hermits to play with. Within days, the hermits have come to blows trying to get a better rank than everyone else, with some even trying to figure out ways to game the system.
- Later in the season, the Mycelium War storyline. It started out as a fun little prank by Grian, before Scar noticed and quarantined the areas. Then Grian continued spreading Mycelium and even started recruiting members, the diamond throne got taken, and as of writing this, the Shopping District is covered in grass and mycelium, there's a third "neutral but inviolved" faction, the HEP has resorted to massacre, Impulse is playing 400 IQ mindgames in favor of the Resistance, and Scar's even made a new island and retconned it into the lore.
- Epileptic Trees: In-universe, the mysterious countdown with the acronym HCBBS sparked many theories.
- Mumbo, Cleo and xB thought it was the HermitCraft Bumbo Baggins Society, leading to him revamping Mumbo's old hobbit hole and starting a hobbit society.
- Cub and Joe thought it was the HermitCraft Big Bee Swarm, and started gathering honey to appease the incoming swarm of bees.
- False and Beef thought it was the HermitCraft Bahamas Backpacking Special, and arrived to the final countdown in summer outfits and with suitcases.
- Evil Pays Better:
- Also counts as Was It All a Lie??
- Behold, the story of light wizard Scar, GMan the betrayer, Cubfan the shady businessman, and their adventures in combat, head hunting, and irl desserts. From the fourth stream day, in Scar's stream. Made better by the fact that Grian and probably Cub were both watching the stream. This was when Cleo's Head Hunt was going on, story told through the chat and apporpriate audio responses:Cleo: you're head's worth 30 points currently unless someone has tagged the blue tier
Grian: 30 points you say
Cleo: yup double 15 ;)
Bdubs: whos worth 30?
Grian: but I swore to protect him
Grian: but also
Grian: 30 points
Bdubs: easy choice
Grian: how do i protect him from myself
Cleo: well look at it this way if you kill him and take the points it's not worth anyone else doing it
cubfan135 joined the game
Cub: DID SOMEONE SAY 30 POINTS???
Cub: I give the first person to bring me Scar's head 2 diamond blocks
Cub: starting now
Cleo: also there's a double 6 and 3 tiers
GoodTimeWithScar was slain by Grian
Cleo: I almost feel responsible for this
Grian: it didn't drop your head
Grian: nvm note
Cub: Grian, follow the yellow brick road on the roof for payment, no funny business
Xisuma: cub...your face!
Grian left the game
Cub: fine...I'll do it myself
cubfan135 left the game
Cleo: uh oh
Grian joined the game
Grian: sorry im baking a cake irl
Grian: scar it was purely business
cubfan135 joined the game
Cub: Grain, meet on the nether roof for payment
Grian: can't right now
Grian: waiting for my cake
Cub: I love cake too
Cub: worth waiting for
Scar: Can I have too?
Grian: i'll ship some scross the ocean
*everyone talks about Scar's hair for the next 10 seconds, because he mentions how it's growing too long*
*Scar vs. Cub 2020 colorized*note
GoodTimeWithScar was shot by cubfan135 using [Cub's bow]
Cub: got stuff
Cleo: gosh that wasn't even worth a head
Grian: sorry scar was getting my cake out the oven
Grian: I'm here to protect now
Scarnote : My life was worth less than Grian's cake... Oh, I hope it's tasty. I hope it's delicious. I want to see a picture of this cake. We demand photograph evidence of this cake.
Grian: its chocolate
Grian: ok hold on
Grian left the game
Grian joined the game
Scar: Okay, he's proved it, he has a cake. It looks good, it looks delicious.
Grian: do you want to know
Grian: whats behind the mask
*Grian puts on parrot head*
- Failed a Spot Check: Scar, who has been complaining all season that his front door keeps going missing, somehow fails to notice Grian (the culprit) literally stealing it right in front of him.
- Funny Background Event: The chat log often produced some hiliarious moments if one stops to read them. Here are the Season 7 specific examples:
- From the first episode of season 7:Grian was blown up by a creeper
Grian: all my stuff is there
Grian: except my dignity
- From Hypnotized's first Season 7 episode, which he doesn't acknowledge at all:Doc: if ssomebody wants to barter for a mending eff5 silktouch book greatness hola at me
Grian: 1 chicken
Doc: do I hear more?
Impulse: when does DocTrade open up? ;D
Iskall: 20 bones
Ren: I have an iron pickaxe up for grabs
Iskall: 64 bones
Doc: 64 bones
Scar: 64 bambo
Grian: fine ill put up 5 feathers
Doc: 64 bonesgoing once
Doc: 64 bonesgoing twice
Doc: and SOLD!
Doc: bring your own emeralds! LOL
Grian: 2 chickens
- From Cub's stream at the start of season 7, when Joe asks if anyone is able to sleep:Scar: I'm in the nether, no beds here
Cub: not with that attitude :-)
Scar: If I sleep, will it reset to day after the big boom?
Scar: I'm doing this for science
Scar: God speed me
Joe: single player explosive sleep datapack is my favorite of Xisuma's additions
Goodtimewithscar was killed by [Intentional Game Design]
Joe: he pipes the pipes are calling
Scar: Still night
Scar: We all learned something tonight and Grian lost a bed
- Every time a someone goes to bed before Bdubs does.Ex: Iskall85 went to bed. Sweet dreams.
BdoubleO100 went to bed. Sweet dreams.
Iskall: get rekt Bdubs
Xisuma went to bed. Sweet dreams.
BdoubleO100 went to bed. Sweet dreams.
Xisuma: nice try
- Or when they're just a bit too slow.Tango: don't even know why I bother going to my bed
BdoubleO100 went to bed. Sweet dreams.
- From the first episode of season 7:
- Got Volunteered: Mumbo, repeatedly. First for a mayoral run, then as a propaganda poster for the Resistance, and then as a different poster for the HEP, then as a third poster for the Podzol Party. Typically, Mumbo doesn't find out that he's been volunteered until his image has been plastered all over the shopping district. Eventually, he takes up an offer to become the new leader of the Resistance before realizing the HEP likes vaults better, pleging allegiance to them instead, and unlike season 6, this time it's shown as genuine as he helps Scar find the Resistance base and succeeds.
- History Repeats: In season 6, after learning that Iskall is coming after him, Grian builds a panic room that contains a trap that ultimately kills Iskall with fall damage. In season 7, Grian builds another panic room/trap based on a similar principle, and it's Iskall who trips it once again. He even lampshades it in chat shortly afterwards.
- Iskall: but seriously
Iskall: not again
- For an added bonus, both traps involved that season's version of the tag game.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- Mumbo summons Iskall, and later Stress, to the hermit challenges temple. As there are three people in this particular round of challenges, Mumbo states that Stress should do his challenge, Iskall should do Stress's challenge and he (Mumbo) will do Iskall's challenge. So what's Iskall's challenge for Mumbo? To do Iskall's challenge for him. But this then backfires on Iskall, due to Mumbo creating a lovely Diroite Build - the challenge Stress intended for Iskall - at Iskall's base!
- Scar's Mycelium Buy Back Program was intended to get anybody not working with H.E.P. or the Resistance to go collect all the mycelium in the shopping district. This backfired hard, as the absolute second the Resistance found out, they traded in mass quantities of mycelium to buy all the diamonds Scar was offering along with the diamond throne. Scar outright admits this was his fault.
- Human Mail: Mumbo's 'message' for Grian in episode 13 of his series.
- La Résistance: the Mycelium Resistance founded and (originally) led by Grian, whose goal is to reclaim the shopping district with Mycelium.
- Meaningful Release Date: The Mayoral Election of the Cowmercial District happened at June 23rd, 2020, the same day as the release of Minecraft 1.16/Nether Update.
- Monster Protection Racket: A large part of False's campaign for mayor involves running on the platform of protecting the hermits from mobs. With Tango's help, she's relocated a variety of hostile mobs to the shopping district, where hostile mobs normally cannot spawn due to it being built in a Mooshroom Island biome.
- Joe is the only hermit running for a position other than mayor; namely, dogcatcher. How convienient for him that shortly after he announced his campaign, stray dogs began showing up in the shopping district and hermits' bases.
- More Dakka: Etho's tactic in his fight with Keralis. It's not very effective...
- Pants-Pulling Prank: Done accidentally by Mumbo to 'Beef'.
- Poor Communication Kills: Impulse instructs Ren on how to operate his variable height TNT dropper. Ren mishears 'take items from the hopper' as 'put items into the hopper'. The inevitable happens.
- Punny Name: Two of the foreman zombies at Keralis's construction site base are named Seymore Guts and Robbie Rotten.
- Quick Draw: The climax of the Game of Lifenote , between Doc and Ren. Doc wins.
- Resurrection/Death Loop: Grian and Bdubs trapped Scar in one of these as a prank. They set up a respawn anchor in Scar's Nether-base, got him to set his spawn at the anchor, figured out which block he would respawn on, then waited for him to die. Once he respawned, they pulled the block out from under him using a piston, which dropped him in a pit full of Hoglins, which then killed him and caused the whole thing to repeat over and over again.
- Rip Van Winkle: Downplayed and Played for Laughs In Welsknight's first episode, where he wakes up from an incredibly long nap in the Season 6 world, and doesn't realize that Season 7 has started until Cub arrives and brings him to Season 7.
- Running Gag: Several tend to pop up on the server each season, and Season 7 is no exception.
- From multiple Hermits, including Mumbo, Grian, and Cubfan: Bamboo stalks used as payment, typically numbering about twelve in total. Or, "How about I give you not 12, but 13 bamboo!" This is taken Up to Eleven when the original twelve bamboo are put up for auction, with the winning bid being not diamonds, but The Stick.
- Grian's name being misspelt, especially as "Grain".Grian: Grain? Sorry, GRAIN?! You think.. You think I'm bread?!
- Grian himself eventually embraces this as of Episode 55 by replacing a model of Bread with a toast bearing his face called Grain.
- Grian referring to every parrot he sees as a pesky bird. He even operates a Pesky Bird Delivery Service, consisting of flying rafts carried by parrots.
- BdoubleO100 camping around the bed and clicking on it as soon as the dusk is coming. Doing things that has to be done during the night (like Phantom Farming for example) is difficult especially with him around. There's also some other related gags such as people snatching the bed duty before Bdubs manages to do it and Grian and Scar interrupting his sleep. Welsknight also starts to follow this habit as well.
- Every time the Boomers do a job, Bdubs gets blown up, usually through his own actions.
- Serial Escalation: After Grian takes exception to Cleo misspelling his name as 'Grain' on the Head Game leaderboard, she gradually drifts further and further away from the proper spelling, for example misspelling 'Grian and Scar' as 'Groon and Score', eventually ending with Cod-Boy and Wizard-Chap.
- Impulse builds a machine that features a board full of all the farmable items, as well as a randomizer to dispense one of those items. Befitting its nature of giving him something to do that day, he dubs it the Phineas Machine.
- Once Grian obtains all the colours of concrete blocks from Mumbo's button machine, he snaps his fingers to erase all the doors on the Hermitcraft Server out of existence.
- TangoTek builds the Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc. building in his Toon Towers base, complete with the iconic jingle.
- The intro to Zedaph's video showing his completed mini golf course plays out like a Wii Sports golf game.
- When Grian learns that the H.E.P. is paying for any harvested mycelium, he calls an emergency meeting of the Mycelium Resistance à la Among Us, complete with the visuals and sound effect.
- Sinister Surveillance: In Cubfan's 63rd episode, he summons Eyes of Ender above every shop and starts a secret surveilance project over the shopping district.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Bdubs seems to be filling this role for Doc, complete with a house divided in half straight from the past season.
- Skewed Priorities: During the Tag 2: Electric Boogaloo game, Iskall fakes a message to Grian from Mumbo that blows him (Grian) up, along with a good chunk of his base, which successfully steals the tag away. What is Grian most upset about? That is wasn't a real message from Mumbo.
- Steal the Surroundings: Grian's Hermit Challenge is to steal doors for the rest of the season. He's politely requested his viewers to not tell any of the Hermits to see how long he can keep up the charade.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Mumbo's poem to Scar:Push the barge
Then use your pass
To find the throne
Where you rest your...
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Scar says that his sorting machine "is definitely working and wasn't broken, and he definitely didn't have to call Impulse to help him."
- Mumbo totally knows what the Stanley Cup is, and totally didn't ask Iskall about it for the next couple of minutes.
- The laser going down to bedrock that Scar built "Definitely isn't evil."
- Tempting Fate: After a fluky death falling into lava in the Nether, which cost him a full set of diamond gear, Scar goes mining, immediately hits diamonds and comments that his luck might be changing. less than 30 seconds later, he's shot into yet more lava and loses all of his gear again.
- Trail of Bread Crumbs: Or golden carrots, used by Grian and Scar to lure Bdubs back to their jungle. More specifically, their guillotine. He falls for it hook, line and sinker.
- Training Montage: Etho vs XB when the former wants to fight Bdubs and Keralis for blowing up Doc's Goat. It even uses a Minecraft note block rendition of the Rocky theme tune!
- Underground Railroad: A more literal example pops up during Grian's 42nd episode where he begins to build one to each and every shop in the district. Subverted, Grian just makes a new base in a new location.
- Wham Line: GoodTimesWithScar at the end of his 32nd episode, to the Mycelium Resistance after His diamond throne was replaced with Mycelium:Scar: ...And I'm gonna give you one simple word before we close out this video, one simple, concise word, and that is... This is war.
- Wham Shot: In Grian's 52nd episode, seeing the names of Scar, BDoubleO, and Mumbo behind the Resistance vault. The HEP found the Resistance base, and Mumbo helped.
- Why Won't You Die?: Etho deals a lot of damage to Keralis during their duel, but is unable to finish him off before being forced to retreat due to running out of food.
- World-Healing Wave: Upon becoming the mayor, Scar turns all the mycelium in the shopping district into grass, which he believes is this trope.