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"I used to rule the world
Chunks would load when I gave the word
Now every night I go stow away
Hide from the mobs I used to slay"

Fallen Kingdom is a four part Minecraft fanfilm by Captain Sparklez. The first and most well known covers the rise and fall of a happy kingdom with a Downer Ending of the King all alone...but it turns out the Prince survived, and the Kingdom might not stay so Fallen. Even if he has to take on the hordes of the Nether to do it.

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The four videos are Fallen Kingdom, Take Back the Night, Find the Pieces, and Dragonhearted. Or you can watch them all together here.

The Fallen Kingdom tetralogy include examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Zombie Piglins in the game are harmless unless provoked. Here they're minions of the Piglins.
  • A Handful for an Eye: The Prince turns the tide in his battle with Herobrine by doing this with lava, though he does it with a sword instead of his bare hand.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The King can still wield his Diamond Sword against the invading mobs in part one, but there are just too many of them.
  • Big Bad: Technically the Piglin Emperor, but he's only seen a couple of times. The Piglin General is the real threat.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Herobrine is dead, the Nether invasion has been crushed and the kingdom is being rebuilt, but at the cost of the Prince's life.
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  • The Chosen One: The Prince's heroic destiny was foretold in ancient engravings.
  • Decapitated Army: The destruction of the Piglin's fortress deactivates their zombie Mooks, destroys their nether Portals...and for some reason causes their ships to sink.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: At the end of part two, Herobrine is defeated and the fallen kingdom is avenged...but now there's a Nether invasion to deal with.
  • Doomed Hometown: Twice for the Prince. His kingdom is destroyed when he's a child, and then as an adult his adopted Village is attacked by Piglins. In both cases they're rebuilt, though.
  • Dual Wielding: The Piglin General uses two Gold Swords in the final battle.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Riding a missile right into the enemy's HQ? Good way to go.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The song in the first video is a spoof of a Coldplay song. The others are all original.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: A few rules of Minecraft are overlooked for the sake of the narrative:
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    • The Prince destroys the Wither by shooting an arrow into a nearby convenient pile of TNT. This would not work in the game without a Flame enchantment.
    • The entire concept of the Nether invading the Overworld is impossible, since there is no Obsidian in the Nether for them to make portals from.
    • While the Piglins being able to survive in the Overworld without becoming zombies may seem to be this to modern viewers, at the time of the video's release non-undead Piglins had not actually been added to the game.
  • Giant Mook: Both regular and zombie Piglins have large, hulking variants that aren't seen in the source material.
  • The Good King: The King was a kind, beloved ruler who often went out and mingled with his subjects.
  • Happy Flashback: The whole of Part One shifts between the King's happy memories of his kingdom...and wandering through the mob-infested wreck it is now.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Prince, stuck on the Nether Star missile, guides it into a Nether Portal and right into the heart of the Piglin's war machine.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: The King is able to turn the tides of battle by doing the impossible and taming the Ender Dragon.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: The Prince has a blocky blonde pair.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Piglins' ultimate weapon, though it's no match for the Ender Dragon.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Herobrine's castle collapses upon his defeat, though all the damage the battle did to it probably didn't help.
  • Martial Arts Headband: The Prince wears a long green one.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: The Sensei Villager doesn't make it.
  • No Name Given: Except for Herobrine, the Wither and the Ender Dragon (who aren't named in the actual videos) no one has a name due to the lack of dialogue.
  • No-Sell: The Sensei Villager is shown defeating ordinary minions with ease, but when a giant zombie Piglin appears, his kick just bounces off him.
  • Not So Stoic: The stern, stoic Sensei Villager chuckles to himself when the Prince trips over some steps, but quickly stops when he sees another Villager looking at them.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Piglin Emperor is shown quaking in fear as the Nether Star missile is about to crash into his palace.
  • Old Master: The Sensei Villager, though he's not that old when they first set out.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: In the end, the King has outlived both his wife and son.
  • Portal Cut: The Prince defeats the giant zombie Piglin who killed his master by shoving him into a Nether Portal and then knocking one of the bricks out. It's top half is later used as the controller for the Piglin's mecha, possibly possessed by Herobrine.
  • Rasputinian Death: A brief example, but the Piglin General has his hand cut off, is impaled with a sword and then thrown into a fire for good measure.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Needless to say, the Piglin invasion has a lot of this. They seem less about conquering humanity than destroying it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The King. Monsters invading your kingdom? Put down the crown and pick up a sword!
  • Silence Is Golden: Partial example, there's plenty of music and singing in the background, but nary a word of dialogue from the characters.
  • Soft Water: Just like in the game, the King is able to survive falling hundreds of feet by landing in a small basin of water.
  • Shown Their Work: In the happier times flashback in part one, the King is seen teasing a Creeper in a cage, which doesn't explode. Creepers won't detonate if there's a wall in the way, even if it's not a solid one.
  • Warrior Prince: The Prince is the hero, and a deadly fighter.
  • Weaponized Animal: The Nether invaders are shown riding Ghasts with cannons strapped to them, and using flamethrowers powered by captive Blazes.
  • When You Snatch the Pebble: The Sensei Villager trains the Prince until he can disarm him. It takes him until he's an adult.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The Piglins unleashing a Wither into an Overworld city will destroy their enemies, unless someone defeats it...in which case they can swoop in and grab the Nether Star to power their Humongous Mecha.

"Oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh
We are the dragonhearted"
 
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Fallen Kingdom Finale

One man, one missile, one death to save a world.

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