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Minecraft Diaries is a web series created by Jessica Brauvera, a.k.a. Aphmau, taking place in the world of Minecraft. The series has a fantasy-based style and a rich lore, and became one of her most popular. The first episode was released March 11th, 2015, with a 100 Episode first season, which concluded on September 28th, 2015. A second season, also with 100 episode, began on October 2nd, 2015, and concluded on June 5th, 2016. After a hiatus, the series was rebooted for a 3rd season, which began on February 19th, 2017, and is currently ongoing.


The series skyrocketed in popularity, and eventually spawned an expanded universe of mini-series. Most notable among these is MyStreet, an modern-day take on the characters that eventually surpassed the original in popularity.


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Minecraft Diaries provides examples of:

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Lillith Garnet's name is always pronounced with extra emphases on the "net".
  • Action Mom: Aphmau, to say the least.
  • Ambiguously Human: What exactly a Shadow Knight is is never fully explained. Vylad says that Shadow Knight are not fully "human" and not fully "other", but it's all remained rather vague.
  • Amnesiac Hero: On Aphmau's first trip to Scaleswind, we find out she has no memory of her parents-or the rest of her past. Fully Justified in the Season 2 finale: as Lady Irene, she erased all her memories so she would be able to feel emotions again.
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  • Another Dimension: The Nether, The Wyvern Dimension, and The Irene Dimension.
  • Arranged Marriage: They pop up frequently, but rarely turn out well.
    • The marriages of Dale and Molly, as well as Emma and Corey, were technically arraiged by Aphmau. Justified in that the early episodes were more gameplay-foucused, and getting "NPCs" married was a gameplay element. Thankfully, they turn out okay.
    • Aphmau, under the Meif'wa Curse, is betrothed to Prince Fenrir of the Southeastern Wolf Tribe. They would've gone through with it, too, if Laurance hadn't activated his Shadow Knight form and slaughtered the guest, including the King. When we see him again in Season 3, it's clear he still holds a grudge.
    • Early in Season 3, Hailey is betrothed to Baldr of Skystead. They actually do get married, but are divorced almost immediantly afterwards, after Lady Irene's persona takes over Aphmau's body and she takes a page out of Laurance's book (i.e., kills a lot of guests and guards.)
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  • Brother-Sister Team: Nekoette and Dmitri at the Guard Acadmy in Season 3.
  • Cain And Able; Gene and Dante. Inverted with Garroth and Zane, where the younger sibling is the evil one.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Zane.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Laurance and Travis, most prominently, but several other characters get their moments, notably Brenden.
  • Cat Girl: Kawaii-Chan, Michi, and the former's daughter, Nekoette-Tan (though she does have a human father). The Meif'wa are a cat-people species.
    • Aphmau, Katelyn, and Laurance are temporarily turned into Meif'wa by Michi.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Chicken Shaman and Chad are notable examples.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Aphmau is a genederbent version, and she gets less clueless as the series goes on.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Ivy is implied to be this.
  • Cool Big Sis: Kiki is this to Brenden (though who the older sibling is is actually unclear)
  • Cute Bookworm: Emmalyn.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best:
    • Alina never knew her father.
    • In fact, all of Aphmau's children, as well as Aphmau herself, due to being born almost 1,000 years ago, have at least one desceasced biological parent.
  • Dual Wielding: Dante wealds dual Katanas. His daughter also inherited the skill.
  • Dying Town: Phoenix Drop, at the beginning of the series. Wholly Averted by the end of Season 1.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: As mentioned above, the first season was far more survival based that anything. Most of Season 1 also includes a facecam.
  • Evil Makeover: A variant. After Laurance is turned into a Shadow Knight, his hair is unrelatadly dyed from its original orange to its natural brown, and his eyes are turned light blue.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted with Kiki. Nicole is a straight example.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Kiki.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Not quite a Queen, but Lord Jenna of Skystead could DEFINITELY qualify.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A couple examples, but Garroth and Emmalyn are the most prominent. Averted with Lord Jenna.
  • Half-Human Hybrid. Nekoette is half-Meif'wa, Leonais half-Werewolf, and Travis is half-Demon.
  • Happily Adopted: Levin, Malachi, and Lillith Garnet. Also, Yip.
  • Happily Married: A few couples: Donna and Logan, Dante and Kawaii-Chan, and Emmalyn and Kenmur. The latter gets split up by Kenmur's death.
  • Healing Hands: Aphmau gains these after absorbing Irene's relic. They've disappeared since she gave birth to Alina. She also had them as Irene.
  • Hell: The Nether in a nutshell-it even has the fire and brimstone motif!
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Most of the main characters have swords as their main weapons.
  • A Hero Is Born: A Variation. Aphmau was effectively born in the pilot, as a new person in the body of Lady Irene, despite already being at least in her '20s.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Aaron sacrifices his life to kill Zane and free Garroth from the Irene Dimension. Needless to say, Aphmau does NOT take it well.
  • High Fantasy: Absolutley.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are over 40 named ones of plot relevance.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Dmitri and his father, Dante, and sister, Nekoette.
  • Macguffin: The Zonoralian amulet and the cursed amulet that temporarily turned Alexis into a Shadow Knight in Season 1. The two eventually fuse into an entirely new amulet,that transports the crew to the Irene Dimension, setting up the season's final conflict.
  • Mad Scientist: Chad.
  • Mind Manipulation: Gene has a Magicks that lets him manipulate memories.
  • The Mole: Brian, at the end of Season 1.
  • Mysterious Stranger: Aaron for a good half-Season post his introduction.
  • Non-Indicative Name: We never see Aphmau writing in a diary, though she does bring it up in some earlier episodes. The Minecraft part has faded away, sans for the Nether still being termed as such.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: For a solid time, Aaron is only referred to as "The Stranger".
  • Our Mages Are Different: Magic is referred to as "Magicks" and a naturally gifted person can have only one specialty. Witchcraft also exists, but is an entirely unrelated discipline.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: They have organized themselves into groups called "tribes" and while some take elements from Native American culture, others behave more like European-Style monarchies. They also have the ability to displays wolf-like ears, though it dosen't seen particularly common
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Many characters have these, but it's most noticeable in Zane, Emmalyn, and Travis.
  • Purple Eyes: Emmalyn, Amber, and Sasha all have these, though the latter is the only one with any sort of magical ability.
    • Also, Travis's eyes are pinkish-purple in his Demon Form.
  • Put on a Bus: Lillian is presumably still stuck in the Irene Dimension.
    • Also Molly, Emma, Dale, Corey, and Brian never return to to the Phoenix Drop Settlement, and are presumable taking refuge somewhere else.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played straight with Shadow Knight, and subverted with Lucinda.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Michi drugs Aphmau, Katelyn, and Laurance with tea when they land on her island, and promptly gives them the Meif'wa Curse.
  • Son of a Whore: Not a professional, but Dmitri was born out of wedlock, and his father is married to another woman (though the marriage did happen after Nicole became pregnant).
  • Steam Punk: Nicole has this aesthetic in her clothing
  • Super Mode: Aphmau and Garroth's Divine Forms, Laurance and Vylad's Shadow Knight forms, and Travis's Demon form.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Aphmau has weird, amber-y eyes, and is certainly powerful.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The Stranger, AKA Aaron.
  • Time Skip: 15 years between Seasons 1-2, and 3 years between Seasons 2-3.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Laurance could count.
  • Undefeatable Little Village: Phoenix Drop.
  • Undying Loyalty: Garroth toward Aphmau.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Zig-Zagged with Sasha.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Lo. Even Aphmau admits he looks good in a dress, and his intentions are nothing but noble.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: One minuet in the Irene Dimension is a year in the normal world.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: There's too many examples to name here but here goes. Katelyn has blue hair (though it's implied to be dyed), as does Dante and his family, Kawaii-Chan's hair is pink, Travis's is white, Hyria's and Hailey's is Lavender, Lucinda's is orange, etc.
  • You Wake Up in a Room: Aphmau wakes up in a forest with no idea who she is in the pilot, and Vylad promptly leads her to Phoenix Drop, kicking off the rest of the series.


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