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50 Ways to Die in Minecraft is a series of Minecraft parody videos created by YouTube user Jake Eyes/jayRiott. As the title suggests, each video contains a list of 50 different ways one can die in Minecraft, from the more realistic to the comically absurd.

A list of all the videos in the series can be found below. Or, if you want to get it all over in one sitting, a compilation of videos 1-10 (plus the Christmas and fairy tale ones) can be found here.


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  • A Boy and His X: Death 31 in part 4 sees a wannabe thief fall victim to a girl and her wolf pack.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Stu occasionally manages these, like the time he somehow managed to fill his entire inventory with Totems of Undying.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Death 32 in part 2 is "Building a Self Aware Redstone Device".
  • Anvilicious:
    • Parodied In-Universe; death 43 in part 6 is an anvil in favor of net neutrality, and the death right after it is the viewer getting a literal anvil (with "NET NEUTRALITY IS GOOD!!!" written on it) dropped on their heads.
    • Played straight in the Halloween Edition with death 38, which is "Realizing that you've probably supported slave labor every time you ate chocolate in your whole life"... then parodied in death 40, which has JayRiott getting assassinated by an M&M with a sniper rifle (labeled as "Pointing out on your somewhat popular YouTube channel that Mars's chocolate is probably made with slave labor").
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  • Animal Assassin: Parodied; Death 5 in part 7 is titled "Passive aggressively murderous chickens," when a chicken walks along a cliff and pushes someone off.
  • Anvil on Head: A very common form of death in the series.
  • Author Avatar: Jake Eyes is represented in the series by jayRiott, an avatar with a six-sided die for a head and a domino for a body.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • While giving an object an enchantment within the range of 127 to 255 sounds awesome in concept, it usually leads to the wearer/user dying due to the overperformance of said equipment.
    • Death 22 in part 4 happens when Redstone Ned shows off his awesome TNT cannon… then realizes that it can only shoot in one direction, leaving him at the mercy of the Creepers.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Death 10 in part 1 happens to a boss who underpaid the people who made his minecart track; in retaliation, they re-routed said track into a lava pit.
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    • Death 19 in part 1 sees someone get dropped into a pit by their boss for failing to meet quarterly objectives.
    • Death 18 in part 9 happens when a boss refuses to provide sick leave for his employees, leading to a Sneeze of Doom in a TNT warehouse.
    • Death 46 in part 9 is another "underpaying your employees" joke, this time to a guy who wanted a mob grinder.
    • Death 47 in the Christmas edition happens when the elves have enough of working nonstop at minimum wage without breaks for 17 centuries.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Too many deaths rely on this to count.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • Death 4 in the first part happens when a witch accidentally turns into a sheep, getting them mauled by a hungry wolf.
    • Death 37 in part 6 happens when a wizard wearing an Aqua Affinity 255 helm turns into a fish and gets fed to a cat.
    • Death 6 in part 9 happens when the victim drinks a Turtle Master 187 potion, turns into a baby turtle, and gets eaten by Drowned.
    • Death 11 in part 10 happens when the victim puts on Thorns 255 armor, turning into a cactus as a result.
    • Death 31 in part 10 occurs when someone puts on a chestplate with Blast Protection 145 and turns into obsidian as a result.
  • Blob Monster: Deaths 6 and 42 in part 2 are caused by a slime and magma cube attack, respectively.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: The victim in death 41, part 1 gets hit with this in response to spelling "NOTCH SUX" with blocks.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: At one point, the Gingerbread Man wonders how much his schtick is going to be milked.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: Both played straight and parodied; death 22 in part one happens when someone fails to heed the "Beware of Dogs" sign, and the very next death happens to someone who actually does stop to read the sign ("Readers will be shot").
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Not only does the victim of death 25 in part 5 get banned from the server for cheating, but it's also pointed out that the glitch he was trying to exploit doesn't work anymore.
  • Chest Monster:
    • Death 24 in part 5 happens when someone mistakes a Shulker for a Shulker Box.
    • Death 40 in the Christmas edition also occurs due to this, with a Shulker disguised as a present box.
  • Christmas Episode: "50 Ways to Die in Minecraft: Christmas Edition".
  • Continuity Nod: Some deaths are continuations of previous deaths.
  • Deadly Prank: Death 22 in the fairy tale edition happens when someone tries to scare Ichabod by dressing as the Headless Horseman, only to get shot.
  • Death from Above: Be it anvil, gravel, train, airship, or something else, expect at least one of these per video.
  • Die Laughing: One character always seems to suffer this — an entirely blue avatar with a LOL emoji for a face.
  • Driven to Suicide: Jake Eyes does this for death 8 in part 3 after he listens to what he sounded like when he was younger.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The name of the character that constantly suffers Elytra-related deaths is… ThatGuyWithTheElytra.
  • Exact Words:
    • Death 7 in part 8 happens when a child reads a "must be accompanied by a parent or guardian" sign and decides she should bring a Guardian, which then kills the ticket vendor.
    • Death 17 in Fairy Tale Edition: When asked "Who's the fairest of them all?", the Magic Mirror responds by citing a judge. This angers the vain queen who asked the question, so she throws a brick at the mirror, resulting in "Death by being a Reflective Smartaxe".
  • Filk Song: Naturally, there is a parody of the classic Paul Simon song.
  • Flame War:
    • An unlucky sap triggers one in death 39 in part 3, leading to him dying by way of getting caught in the (literal) crossfire.
    • It happens again for death 44 of the Christmas edition, once again complete with flaming arrows.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: The entire point of the fairy tale edition.
  • Fun with Subtitles: In the last death in part 2, the subtitles are used to translate the scientists' Techno Babble into Layman's Terms.
  • Gale-Force Sound: What causes death 10 in part 8 — Redstone Ned powers too many note blocks at once.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • For death 12 of the Christmas episode, Redstone Ned remembers how he previously got crushed by a present from Santa, so he decides to be as naughty as possible in order to avoid that fate this year. He succeeds… and gets crushed by coal.
    • When "X 127 - 255" equipment isn't inflicting a Baleful Polymorph on the wearer, it's probably doing this.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: A lot of the deaths in the series involve falling from a great height.
  • Greed: The title given to death 4 in part 2note , and the cause of a lot of other deaths in the series.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Often, the characters will be done in by their own actions.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: The Running Gag of someone saying "There is no X in Minecraft!", followed by them getting killed by that exact thing.
  • Insufferable Genius: Redstone Ned's defining trait, which gets him killed multiple times.
  • Jerkass Genie: Played straight and averted in the fairytale edition; death 12 sees the genie use Exact Words to not grant the wisher immortality. However, in death 20, he tries to warn Redstone Ned against doing something stupid, and in his third appearance, he's merely exasperated by Stu.
  • Jump Scare: Death 49 in part 3 is originally presented as literally being bored to death. Then Springtrap rears his ugly head, and it's switched to "Wearing Headphones".
  • Kill It with Fire: Fire plays a part in a lot of deaths, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Lava Pit: A number of characters meet their end by falling into one of these.
  • Low Clearance: The cause of death 5 in part 1.
  • Mama Bear: Death 33 in part 3 is "Standing Between a Wild Polar Bear and Her Cub".
  • Missing Mom: Death 36 in the fairy tale edition happens when Aladdin's mother discovers that her son is about to get a Disney movie about him, necessitating this trope.
    Aladdin's Mom was Slain for Plot Convenience
  • Not in Front of the Parrot: Two deaths in part 4 are caused this way; the first affecting an unfortunate pirate who happened to be complaining about the captain in front of his Pirate Parrot, and the second is affecting the parrot itself (which just flies away, so it doesn't actually count as a death).
  • Nuke 'em:
    • The last death in part 2. Apparently, trying to split a bedrock block with a massive laser results in a massive explosion.
    • Death 49 in part 9 happens when a pirate mistakes a map to a nuclear warhead testing facility for a treasure map.
  • Overly Long Gag: Deaths 16 through 20 in part 6 are about assuming you're the only sniper in the area. The snipers then return for death 41, "Not Beating the System".
  • Ow, My Body Part!: Death 15 in the Halloween Edition is "Hearing a Blood Curdling Scream", prompting the victim to exclaim "Ow, my blood!" before collapsing.
  • Pride: There are a number of instances where a character shows pride in their accomplishments/possessions before meeting their untimely demise, often in the process of trying (and failing) to back up some boasting.
  • Rain of Arrows: Sometimes characters will get killed by these, with the circumstances behind them changing.
  • Rasputinian Death: Death 48 in part 5 is this — it has so many deadly things coming at the victim that the death title cards have no clue what actually killed them.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • If your warehouse is destroyed multiple times through sheer idiocy, there's a very low chance that you'll be able to get insurance on it.
    • Death 43 in part 5 is caused because a bunch of wooden fence poles are incapable of holding up a thick slab of concrete.
    • Death 2 in part 8 shows why you shouldn't be drinking milk straight from the cow without pasteurizing it first.
    • Death 22 in the Christmas edition shows that traveling at the speed needed to deliver 10 billion presents in one night would kill you.
    • The Fairy Tale edition loves this trope:
      • Death 4: The witch's gingerbread house attracts bears as well as children.
      • Death 11: Said gingerbread house collapses in the rain.
      • Death 13: The smallest billy goat gruff tries to keep the bridge troll from eating him by claiming his bigger brother will be coming the troll's way. The troll points out that he can just eat both of them.
      • Death 14: The protagonist of The Tinder Box tries to create a scenario before his execution where he can use said tinder box. Instead, the executioner lights his pipe for him.
      • Deaths 18, 19, & 25: By destroying all the spinning wheels in the kingdom, the king from Sleeping Beauty has deprived the tailors of their income and everyone of some sorely-needed clothes come winter. When the Big Bad Wolf shows up in the village, he is promptly mobbed by the whole half-frozen population and stripped of his warm fur.
      • Death 22: Dressing up as some scary monster and accosting someone who has had bad encounters with said monster will get you shot via PTSD-induced panic.
      • Death 23: Rumpelstiltskin tries to waltz in and take the first son of the girl he helped, only for her guards to kill him on the spot.
      • Death 28: When asked who's the most beautiful of them all, the Magic Mirror breaks because the term is completely subjective.
      • Death 29: The protagonist of The Tinder Box discovers that his girlfriend is not exactly thrilled that he killed her parents.
      • Death 30: Cinderella's glass slippers break when she jumps on them too hard, getting her killed when the wound becomes infected.
      • Deaths 37 through 41: The fairy puts everyone in the kingdom to sleep at the same time as Sleeping Beauty, causing a lot of accidental deaths as a result.
      • Death 48: The wolf averts Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him? with a vengeance, eating Little Red Riding Hood the moment he sees her.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: Averted; death 15 in part 3 tries to do this, but the anvil is a block off from hitting the victim. Instead, they get blown up by a Creeper seconds after.
  • Running Gag:
    • "There's no X in Minecraft!"
    • Death by "The First X" (read: getting Zerg Rushed by Zombies and/or Creepers).
    • Variants of "Getting Shot by a Ghast Fireball".
    • Sub-optimal designs (usually involving building things out of TNT and/or magma).
    • Inappropriate things growing on chorus plants.
    • The Gingerbread Man and his constant tempting of fate.
    • The smug and overconfident guy who jumps off cliffs, assuming that something or other will spare him from the resulting Fall Damage… it never does.
    • The highly unlucky fisherman.
    • The TNT Warehouse.
    • Ye Olde Pre-1.9 Boat Physics.
    • Part 9 has adding "Over a Sand-Covered Ravine" to the end of any sentence.
    • The fairy tale edition has Penny Henny's quest to warn the king that the sky is falling and Sinbad's chronically bad luck when it comes to sailing.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: In-Universe:
    • Death 29 in part 2 happens when a little girl tries to sing "Happy Birthday" to her dog, leading to her getting shot by the police for violating copyright law.
    • Death 17 in part 4 happens after two consecutive Nintendo references, leading to a copyright strike by the company.
    • Deaths 38 and 48 in part 6 occur when someone tries to reupload a video and claim it as their own.
    • Death 43 in the fairy tale edition sees jayRiott getting killed by Shrek for stealing jokes from his movie. And then Shrek gets killed by Gary Larson for doing the same.
  • Self-Deprecation: Death 19 in part 3 is "Listening to jayRiott Sing".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sore Loser: Death 40 in part 10 happens when the victim beats a server admin at Spleef and gets banned as a result.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Be it Creepers, TNT, or just random objects, expect multiple explosions to happen in each video.
  • Super Gullible: The final way to die in part 4 is "Gullibility", demonstrated by Stu trading away all of his Totems of Undying for a single cookie.
  • Take That!:
    • Death 13 in part 1 happens when Redstone Ned watches the Star Wars holiday special. It happens again in the Christmas edition.
    • Death 24 in part 3 is "Working for EA Games", where a worker dies of overexertion after being forced to work day and night without sleep.
    • Death 34 in part 3 is "Standing Between a Wild Activision and a Nickel", where a businessman, making a very animalistic growling noise, slaughters someone for the reason stated above.
    • Death 9 in part 4 is caused by YouTube hate comments.
    • Death 17 in part 4 occurs after JayRiott references two Nintendo games back to back, leading to a "short-sighted money grab" copyright strike. This was before the company became more lenient with their IPs.
    • Death 20 in part 5 is "LA Traffic", where someone waits in gridlocked traffic for so long that they decompose into a skeleton.
    • Death 8 in part 6 boils down to "Liking Jar Jar Binks". Uniquely, this is one both against his fans and haters. The fan is portrayed by Stu and the hater came in and killed him with a lightsaber simply because Stu stated that he found Jar Jar funny in his own home with no one else in sight.
    • Death 39 in part 6 is a jab at long, unskippable YouTube ads (specifically League of Legends ones). For good measure, there's a quick jab at how the animators didn't even lip sync all of the character's syllables.
    • Death 24 in part 7 is a jab against annoying people on the Internet who put others down for not beating That One Boss on their first try.
    • Death 31 in part 8 is one against the dialogue of Minecraft: Story Mode.
    • Death 14 in the Halloween edition is one against EA Games, referring to its CEO's smile as "a truly cursed image".
  • Tele-Frag:
    • Death 34 in part 6 is caused when a Nether Portal cuts the victim in half.
    • Death 28 in part 7 also has this happen, this time due to an incomplete teleport command.
  • Teleport Spam: Death 5 in part 2 is caused by excessive use of Ender Pearls and, consequently, excessive spawning of Endermites.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • "There's no X in Minecraft!" Guess what? There is, and it just killed you.
    • The Gingerbread man loves doing this. You'd think he'd learn by now…
  • Toilet Humor:
  • Too Dumb to Live: Too many examples to list. Let's just say that a lot of the deaths featured tend to require a character being completely stupid in order for it to happen. Special mention goes to Stu, who is pretty much the living embodiment of this trope.
  • Troll: Some deaths are caused by the trolling antics of SnakeTheJaik, a Palette Swap of the Author Avatar.
  • When Trees Attack: Death 15 in part 1 is "Eaten by a Tree".
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Death 20 in the fairy tale edition sees this happen to Redstone Ned. He assumes that his wish for immortality will lead to an And I Must Scream scenario, and so demands that the genie reverse it… while he's standing in a pool of lava.
  • Your Mom: Deaths 28, 29, and 30 of the Halloween edition involve making these jokes within earshot of Jason Voorhees, Norman Bates, and Grendel, respectively.
  • Zerg Rush: Zombies, skeletons, creepers, silverfish… take your pick!
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Zombies of all kinds are a common cause of death.


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