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Thunderbirds Are Minecraft is an Minecraft fan-animation YouTube series created by Sam Grant of Channel F.A.B., based on the pre-existing Thunderbirds Are Go Television series.
The remastered thumbnail of the Pilot

Loosely based on the plot of the TV series, Thunderbirds Are Minecraft follows the exploits of International Rescue, commanded by the five Tracy Brothers - Scott, Virgil, John, Gordon and Alan - who pilot the incredible Thunderbird machines (albeit rather squarish versions) to combat both natural and man-made disasters. Joining them in their quest to save the day is martial arts expert and head of security Kayo Kyrano, genius engineer Hiram "Brains" Hackenbacker and their London Agents, Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward and Aloysius Parker. However, a dark force known only as "The Hood" threatens to destroy their existence by wreaking havoc across the world in attempts to lure International Rescue to him.

The show consists of two seasons containing seven to eight episodes around ten minutes in length, as well as two fan-movies, Thunderbirds Are Minecraft: The Movie and International Rescue: A Minecraft Movie. A third animated movie, Tracy, is currently in the works.


Despite being relatively unknown and underrated, the pilot episode in 2015 still amassed over twenty-thousand views. You can watch the series here.

This fan-animation contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: None other than head of security Kayo Kyrano. Oh, and Penelope.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Virgil with the Mechanic in International Rescue.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The Pilot (Part Two) and International Rescue: A Minecraft Movie both end on these.
  • Big Damn Heroes: They are the Thunderbirds, after all.
    • Averted at the beginning of International Rescue, which prompts the government to take action against them.
  • Cliffhanger: Many episodes end on these, including the Pilot, Penelope Danger (Part One), and the Season 2 finale Final Component.
    • Bonus points for S 1 E 04 literally containing a cliff-hanger.
  • Big Bad: The Hood, throughout Season 1.
    • The Mechanic and and Lt. Thomas for International Rescue, although Lt. Thomas is technically a good guy, just an asshole.
  • Colour-Coded Characters: The uniforms of the characters match the TV show, the only deviation being the pilot:
    • Scott: Silver (Blue in the pilot).
    • Virgil: Green (Yellow in the pilot).
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    • Alan: Red (Absent from the pilot).
    • Gordon: Yellow (Orange in the pilot).
    • John: Orange (Purple in the pilot).
    • Kayo: Black (Absent from the pilot).
    • Jeff: Gold (Absent from the pilot).
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: As with the actual show, anything relating to an IR craft has a personal colour scheme.
    • Thunderbird 1: Blue and Silver.
    • Thunderbird 2: Green.
    • Thunderbird 3: Red.
    • Thunderbird 4: Yellow.
    • Thunderbird 5: Gold and Silver.
    • Thunderbird S: Black.
    • FAB 1: Pink
  • Companion Cube: Due to being an expy from the show, Ned Tedford - here the pilot of Fireflash - has his potted plant named Gladys.
  • Disappeared Dad: Jeff Tracy is absent for the first season, but in the finale it is revealed he has been held capture by the Hood.
    • Kayo's father Kyrano is also absent, which matches the TV show.
  • Easter Egg: At the beginning of Deep Sea Dive, a BB-8 droid from the Star Wars franchise can be seen in a chest.
  • IKEA Vehicle: Much like the TV show, Thunderbird 2's pods contain a system enabling various rescue vehicles to be constructed on-site.
  • Faceless Goons: The Hood occasionally employs thugs wearing opaque helmets.
  • Missing Mom: The very fact International Rescue exists means Lucille Tracy is dead.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In Thunderbirds Are Minecraft: The Movie Jeff wears a golden sash when piloting Thunderbird 3, referencing a still from a charity ad run by the original 1965 television series.
    • The remastered thumbnail of both parts of the pilot show Scott, Virgil, John and Gordon in traditional IR uniform.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Due to their youth and inexperience, the British voice actors portraying the American Tracy Family do not use American accents.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Jeff's ghost pops up in Inter-Galactic despite not actually being dead, although it is subtly implied this is merely Alan hallucinating.
  • Phony Newscast: The aptly named Blocky News in Thunderbirds Are Minecraft: The Movie.
  • Precision F-Strike: In International Rescue:
    Spotting the guards the Mechanic has murdered:
    Lt. Thomas: Oh sh*t!
  • The Siege: The main plot of Inter-Galactic appears to be this, albeit a little downplayed.
  • Sixth Ranger: Kayo, appearing out of nowhere halfway through Season 1.
  • Space Madness: John has a bizarre, space-madness-induced nightmare in International Rescue.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kayo and Lady Penelope, although it is not touched upon.