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"We start off quite simple, but then, as you go along, things get more complicated."
Simon, Part 5: "The Legend of Pig Island"

The Minecraft Series is a catch-all description for the Yogscast content based around Minecraft. It started as a Let's Play of the sandbox game Minecraft with Lewis and Simon on the flagship BlueXephos channel. However, after a few unusual events and weird encounters with a mysterious character named Israphel it grew into an ambitious machinima series.

From late 2010 through early 2012, the bulk of the Minecraft series was composed of a semi-improvised comedy drama, where Lewis and Simon "play" the parts of a Xephos, a heroic "Spaceman", and Honeydew, a mighty dwarf, respectively. The series is set in the fictional land of Minecraftia, where Xephos and Honeydew encounter a range of colorful characters, and, by virtue of their talent and skill (or a succession of lucky flukes), become worshiped as mighty heroes by the citizens of the land. This series is known Shadow of Israphel, though a survival multiplayer Minecraft and Survival Island series are generally considered to be a part of this series, with the BlueXephos channel lumping together the somewhat narratively linked series under the YouTube playlist "Minecraft Survival Multiplayer/ SoI".

Other videos in the series include custom map play throughs, series showcasing Minecraft mods such as YogLabs, and Minecraft update coverage. There have also been series based on the a custom Minecraft mod pack using the Feed the Beast launcher called YogCraft (transitioned from Tekkit), described as "a little bit like Tekkit, a little bit like Feast the Beast, but it's YogCraft", featuring Duncan and Sjin and a whole lot of other members across several channels as well as Voltz, focusing on the team of Lewis/Duncan (and later Simon) and Sips/Sjin (and later Ridgedog), a mod pack based around the Galacticraft mod mostly used by Lewis, Simon, Duncan, Sips, Sjin and Kim, the Yogscast Complete mod pack with several members (based on Resonant Rise) and a Survival Minecraft series with Sips and Sjin.

In 2014, a comedic series of animated sketches featuring the voices of Ross and Trott (along with archival footage from the older series) called Israphel Animated was started. This ostensibly shows what Israphel and his skeleton minion was doing to defeat Lewis and Simon while Lewis and Simon were off playing other Minecraft mods.

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  • Accidental Innuendo: Often invoked and lampshaded by the other saying "I'm sorry?"
  • Action Bomb: Creepers have always been this way in Minecraft, especially here too.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The hostile mobs, supposedly, and, according to Simon, cows.
  • Anti-Hero: Simon and Lewis aren't traditional heroes, though they are still on the side of good..
  • Ascended Extra: Professor Grizwald only appeared in writing in an adventure map, but his memorable voice acting done by Simon made him into a One Episode Wonder that made him become a part of the Shadow of Israphel backstory (spelled "Grizwold") in the Legend of Verigan special.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: They have often chased an enemy, found several more enemies (or just one they didn't expect) and quickly backed off. Doesn't usually help.
  • Berserk Button: Simon doesn't appreciate enemies attacking him in the middle of speaking.
    "You little bugger! Come 'eeere!"
  • Big Eater: In-game, Simon and Lewis constantly ingest an ungodly amount of pork, bread, fish, cake, soup, and cookies. This is mostly due to them constantly being hurt as a result of their own clumsiness.
  • Bow and Sword in Accord: Simon and Lewis go with this - Simon more often using the Bow, and Lewis more often using the Sword, but they do take turns. How much it helps them out is up for debate.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In Screw The Nether:
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": For a shortish period in 2011, Honeydew had an S (for Simon...and Superman) emblazoned on his chest.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Simon. He seems to always be the first one enemies go after. He also doesn't see Creepers when they sneak up on him (and Lewis only remembers to warn him some of the time), usually causing him to be stealth-bombed.
    • Lewis as well, though mainly due to Simon hitting him for seemingly no reason.
  • Canine Companion: Wolves, whenever any of the Minecrafters have one. They usually die after a few minutes.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Simon's "Follow me!" and "Cooooome 'eeeeeeere!" ("Come here!")
    • Simon's girlish "Awwww!" along with Lewis' somewhat less girlish one.
    • Lewis and Simon call each other "Friend" or "Pal" an awful lot.
      • Given a callback when they first arrive at the Mistral City graveyard and find their pre-planned graves. The prepared epitaph on Xephos's (Lewis's) grave is, rather touchingly, "Goodbye, Friend!"
      • Any official merchandise is sent with a thank-you card containing the message "Thanks for the support, Friend!"
    • Humming the chest opening music from The Legend of Zelda whenever they find some rare treasure. The "found a secret" from the same series and a simple angelic choir sound also pops up in a similar fashion.
    • The charming but odd way Simon says "Hellloooooo!"
    • "Balls to it" and variations.
    • Asking/saying that someone's "Ballsed it up" whenever someone severely screws something up.
    • "Hooraaaaaay!" whenever they escape a deadly situation or find something good. Simon tends to say this more, with Lewis sometimes following up with his less-excited one.
    • Simon says "WHOOP" when trying to be cautious or coming very close to danger.
    • The Diggy Diggy Hole song, as well as all of its variations.
    • Lewis' "hup!" when ever he does a jumping puzzle.
    • Fuckin' Hell's bells was another catchphrase that comes up here and there.
    • Nooooooo!!! Why would you do that?!!
    • See you later, shitlord!, a phrase uttered by Simon in select circumstances.
    • "This is A-MA-zing..!"
    • Simon's "What game is this?" or "It's like a whooooole new game!" whenever there's and update to the game or they test a mod, no matter HOW minor the change. Seriously, he almost uttered this after taking off a jack-o-lantern and being able to see clearly again.
    • "Don't worry about it" Lewis to Simon, typically during Yoglabs when Simon questions something with horrible implications about what Yoglabs does, or something Lewis appears to just be hiding for reasons unknown.
  • The Chew Toy: Lewis is sometimes subjected to this, with Simon hitting him for no real reason at all, to cheer him up, when he is pissed, because he wants to dye him black, to knock him over a bottomless pit, or because he's "pressing" him.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Simon and Lewis. They spend a good bit of the journey goofing off, causing property damage, getting distracted by shiny objects and generally having a laugh. And then an NPC does something like try to attack a wall they're rebuilding or torture a character they like and they kick so much arse it's unbelievable.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Simon and Lewis both manage this when the other is being particularly silly or dense.
  • Guest-Star Party Member:
    • Some Shadow of Israphel NPCs participate in non-Shadow of Israphel videos. For example, Fumblemore was participating in the first livestream event, and Old_Peculier helped the Yogscast explain the 1.2 Beta update. Fumblemore also tagged along in the Yogscast's adventure in the "Super Hostile Canopy Carnage" maps, along with Swampy_Bogbeard.
    • More recently, the Fumblemore and Old_Peculier accounts have been used by Lewis and Sjin, respectively, in Duncan's Project Ozone, after their main accounts lost all their lives and were banned from the server. Sjin also used the Strawfingers and Squib accounts, and lost all lives in both. They mostly lost lives thanks to their obstination to open Chance Cubes, despite the fact they mostly been terrible.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: When the duo isn't dressed in stronger armor already given to them for a big battle, Simon normally takes weaker armor when he and Lewis have to share. This usually means leather. This is because Lewis ostensibly needs the more durable armor for the hits he will inevitably take, as he is the aggressive melee fighter, while Simon, who is an Archer, doesn't get hit quite as much, unless an enemy gets the drop on him from behind. Or a creeper is anywhere near him. Which is always.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: The typical method of dealing with creepers when playing Minecraft.
  • Honor Before Reason: In their earlier videos. When presented with a "jumping across lava" challenge, they decide that they won't tunnel around the lava or just make a pathway across because it isn't in the spirit of the challenge. Their later videos...well, given all the "/give Xephos 46 1" that goes on whenever they can't solve a challenge, this can safely be called total aversion.
    I don't like cheating. I've never liked cheating.
    Well, we did try
    Lewis in the tourist adventure map, right before cheating.
  • Idiot Hero:
    • Simon is quite naive whenever it comes to puzzles, traps, or communication with NPCs.
    • Arguably both Lewis and Simon are this, though Lewis isn't quite as bad, especially at communication.
  • Improbable Weapon User:
  • Inept Mage: Fumblemore tends to blow everything up with his magic, usually involving TNT.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Taken to almost an art form; the only thing stopping Simon and Lewis from mining out entire buildings for loot in Minecraft is a combination of a watchful NPC and their own incompetence.
    • This is just ridiculous with them. In some episodes, Lewis stole arrows from dispenser traps whenever they come across one. Possibly justified, since the arrows would hurt them if the dispensers were activated, which is nearly unavoidable. Plus they need arrows because they use their bows a lot. And technically there ain't no rule ''against'' stealing arrows from the dispensers.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • Seems to be Simon's preferred method of combat, other than being the bowman of the pair. Bonus fit, seeing as how a good half of the vanilla creatures they fight in Minecraft are supernatural (Zombies and Skeletons).
    • Lewis temporarily adopted this way of fighting as well with a bucket of lava and kiting.
  • The Lancer: Played with a little bit, but Simon is arguably this, while Lewis is the one who comes up with most of their ideas and communicates with most of the NPCs. The Yogscast Wiki also claims that Lewis is the de facto leader of the duo.
    • Somehow made even more hammy in the Calmere Nightmare adventure map:
    Simon: Am I hamming it up just a little bit too much?
    Lewis: You're like Jean-Luc Picard doing Shakespeare.
  • Let's Play: What the Minecraft videos were before the addition of NPCs and a story arc.
    • The custom map playthroughs are straight examples of this.
    • Shadow of Israphel is still basically this, in so far as they're playing a game and recording their commentary in reaction to it (they've said in interviews they aren't told the story, so their commentary is mostly unscripted). The game just isn't being played as intended.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase:
    • "That's a very nice everything you have here" occasionally replaces "everything" with something else, depending on the situation.
    • "I'm an X, and I'm Y-ing a Z..."
    • "X, AWAY!" Where X was first "Sean Bean", then most famously "Swampy", and later just "Simon", who does the same voice every time.
  • Magic Misfire: Happens a lot when Fumblemore tries to cast spells, with explosive results (except when he makes the Healing Potion for Old Peculier or Flies).
  • Only Sane Man: Lewis is sometimes subjected to this whenever Simon starts making impulsive decisions.
  • Orphaned Series:
    • Subverted with MoonQuest and surprisingly averted with Voltz, despite the fanbase thinking so. Voltz really was finished, as shown by the fact that the final episode didn't have a "Next Episode" button at the end unlike the other videos (That, and it had one glorious finale to justify ending it). MoonQuest was deemed dead for a while after Simon crashed on the moon, with most people blaming him for killing it, but they uploaded a new episode two weeks later involving a rescue mission. Moonquest later went on to become Marsquest, and then went on to the Jaffa factory.
    • Sort of happened with Feed the World owing to the Heartbleed patch.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Dwarves, if it will be taking any material from WoW. Played straight with Simon's character, Honeydew, who is quite proud of his heritage.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Simon doesn't exactly get the ideas from speech occasionally.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The Yogscast became bored with their first Tekkit server and decided to start a new one, giving rise to Duncan and Sjin's world-destroying war, and then to Rythian's story of getting revenge on them for it.
  • Record Needle Scratch: In the Yogscast Teaches Athene Minecraft video, the Yogscast theme is interrupted to play another track.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Simon is red, eager to cause damage and wreak havoc and clearly the most spirited about this experiment. Lewis is blue, thinking things through sometimes too carefully, and hardly unnerved. During Planetoids in Minecraft, while Simon was loudly crying over mobs spawning, at night, left alone, and having died earlier, Lewis ignored him and commented on how the clouds were "causing some trouble for him."
    • Lampshaded with in their Tekkit game where Lewis has a sapphire pick-axe and Simon has a ruby one.
  • Running Gag:
    • They always run into a Creeper (an enemy that explodes) every few episodes or so and they almost always explode.
    • Sometimes when they see pigs, Simon calls them "pigu" and claims "pigu" is Japanese for pig.
    • Explosions in general, considering their tried-and-tested way of solving puzzles in Minecraft. "/give Honeydew 46 1" (the server command to give Simon a block of TNT) has become a fan in-joke in its own right.
      Simon: Fuck it, let's do this the Yogscast way.
    • Lewis and Simon completely flipping their shits over the sight of a monster.
    • Simon's several love interests. First Daisy_Duke, then Granny_Bacon, then Isabel_Peculier. Possibly justified considering that the first two were kidnapped (and in Granny's case, killed) shortly.
    • Lewis says something which is Accidental Innuendo, and Simon says "I'm sorry?" invoked
      Lewis: I need to go get some wood.
      Simon: I'm sorry?
    • Simon punching Lewis down holes and ladders in adventure maps.
    • Their hatred of jumping puzzles, especially ones with lava.
    • Simon and Lewis have also come to hate lever and button puzzles as well.
    • There's been various mentions of a character named "Bob", usually to break or mock a serious mood.
    • Simon's breaking of the laws of physics perplexing Skylord_Lysander seems to be becoming one of these.
    • Going "Blehhh" whenever they drop items via the Q key, due to the game making it look like a character is vomiting when dropping multiple items.
  • Sequence Breaking:
    • What happens with excessive use of TNT. In the third part of their playthrough of the Forgotten Temple, they stumble upon a message from the mapmaker asking what they note  were doing.
    • In their Shadow of Israphel series, after escaping Grimjaw's little dungeon thing with Tinman, Simon and Lewis got separated from Tinman by being distracted by Israphel himself and a giant dragon sculpture. They ended up hiding in a tomb of some kind because of a thunderstorm and giant enemy Zerg Rush instead of heading back to Barbecue Bay like Tinman did. They soon lampshaded this when they left, with one of them saying they probably "weren't supposed to be there yet."
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stuff Blowing Up:
    • This is what happens whenever Simon gets his hands on some TNT.
    • This is Fumblemore's modus operandi when casting explosive magic using TNT.
    • Creeper_Boss is the King Mook of the creepers, placing hordes of TNT before igniting them to cause an explosion.
    • Crossing over with Trash the Set, this is also the standard (scripted) way to end a series when the crew wants to move onto another mod, usually actively caused by, or exaggerated by, nukes:
      • Sjin causing Duncan's reactor to go off in the original Tekkit server.note 
      • Castle Blackrock via Zoey's attempt to disarm the hidden nukes.
      • Simon launching a rocket in the middle of the Jaffa Factory.
      • Simon throwing cheesenote  in the reactor in Hole Diggers, which appeared to cause a black hole and a Stable Time Loop
      • Duncan's castle gets corrupted by his flux node blowing up in the middle of a Naga invasion at the end of The Apprentice, and he and Kim eventually decide to destroy it for real in their next series.
      • Panda Labs and Hat Films' base were both blown up at the end of Flux Buddies Season 1.
  • Stylistic Suck: Their 2.5 million subscriber special, which was a trailer for a Shadow of Israphel movie that isn't actually being made. Features Bad "Bad Acting", Corpsing, and Special Effect Failures (particularly with greenscreening).
    • The highlight would have to be when Simon and Lewis "meet" and go for a handshake...which doesn't look like one at all due to the greenscreening having Lewis closer to the camera than Simon and their hands not being synchronized at all.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Man up, bitch!", Xephos says to Honeydew after the latter is briefly punched by Tinman.
  • Toilet Humor: During Granny Bacon's Funeral, a Yognau(gh)t lets out a small fart, getting glares from the other Yognau(gh)ts and the attention of Lewis and Simon (Simon in particular calling it disrespectful and punching him).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Jaffa cakes are a particular favorite of Simon, in real life and in game.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Simon and Lewis snark at each other, snap at each other (especially when stressed), hit each other and on one memorable occasion Lewis outright kills Simon's character so he can become the Grim Reaper. Similar stuff goes on in all their other videos. But hugging is also attempted, and the odd moment of comedic sappiness making it blatantly obvious they're good friends.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Simon's character, Honeydew, wears armor that leaves his chest exposed.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Even considering they once defended the wall near Verigan's Hold from their boss, Simon and Lewis will panic if a Creeper is nearby. Simon also tends to go utterly berserk around spiders.
    • Bees in Minecraft are something of a sore spot for Lewis, Simon, Duncan and Sjin (especially Simon and Duncan), since it directly related to what they felt invoked caused the Jaffa Factory series to jump the shark and get canned for MoonQuest, to the point of also being a gag in Israphel Animated.

    Adventure Maps 
  • The Ace: The reason they take Fumblemore to their adventure maps. He can use magic to fly and explode obstacles, very useful in the Canopy Carnage arc. It was practically made for him.
  • Aborted Arc: Some of the adventure maps they play never get finished for various reasons. A most recent example would be Paladin's Quest 2.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Simon building a bridge of TNT blocks thanks to a previous explosion causing lava to flow in in the Curse of Sunny Springs map. However, he built it right next to the lava where all those blocks can be sparked and explode.
  • Big Word Shout: Simon shouting "WHYYYYYY!" after completely messing up a shot in YogGolf.
  • Lewis insists Simon's miles away from the creeper-infested planetoid, Simon, then tells him to be careful when it's already too late.
  • Blown Across the Room: Taken to a hilarious extreme with Testificate Golf, a game which involves knocking villager mobs across the map with enchanted sticks.
  • Boldly Coming: While exploring the Enterprise-A from the Star Trek movies, Simon, in character as James T. Kirk, wishes to teach an alien spider "the ways of kissing".
  • Busman's Holiday: According to Lewis, the Temple of Kikatchu and Curse of Sunny Springs maps are holidays where he and Simon end up saving the world anyway.
  • Call-Back: During one of his Skyblock episodes with Sjin, Duncan mentions that one of the first things he built in Minecraft after getting the game was an igloo with a fire in the middle to 'break physics'. Probably the very same igloo that Lewis and Simon discovered in their original Minecraft playthrough before it became Shadow of Israphel.
  • Canine Companion: Lucasaide the puppy in the Paldin's quest two map. Extremely smart for a standard wolf, hunting out and finding levers the guys miss. He's actually controlled by another player with a mob skin over it.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper:
    • Lampshaded by Lewis in The Curse of Sunny Springs, after skipping past two sacrifices and not knowing the other two map co-ordinates to progress.
    • Frequently using TNT to bypass puzzles sometimes wrecks the map to the point they HAVE to skip sections of it. It's usually Simon's fault.
    • Ironically, one of the biggest cases of this trope wasn't their fault; in the Pharoah's Curse map, a creeper blew up and activated an anti-cheating countermeasure Wiping out the entire map in a fifteen second chain reaction.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • To the linking sections of The YoGPoD in part 1 of the Gloria Map.
    (child voice) Mummy, mummy, can I listen to the YoGPoD? (deep voice) Fuck off!
    • And in The Dropper after seeing an army of black cubes.
    Simon: The Swarm! Oh, god, it's the Swarm, Lewis! They've found us! Oh, god!
  • Developer's Foresight:
    • During the "Puzzle Cube" map, Lewis gets fed up and attempts to cheat (again)... only to discover that the maker of the map made it impossible to switch to creative mode and gave players infinite mining fatigue so they couldn't break the blocks of the puzzles, to Lewis's chagrin. Then subverted, as they are able to cheat using their oldest method: TNT.
    • When Simon and Lewis play a game of YogGolf, Simon tries to make a simple shot through a gap in a wall... and misses six times... from a couple of inches away.
    • They make CHAINS of these in the "The Return" adventure map. Simon accidentally launches an empty minecart ahead on the tracks, then goes with his own. Because of some kind of glitch, he catches fire along the way and dies while riding the cart. Lewis follows the tracks as well, catches fire too but stays alive because he has food, but then he bumps into the first, empty minecart and just lets himself get carried backwards all the way to the start of the tracks, catching fire a second time along the way because of the glitch. Later, Simon manages to get cart-jacked halfway through another minecart ride... By a random pigman. How that happened, he never managed to explain.
    • They also manage this on some of the custom map playthroughs, having twice blown up a map so badly they couldn't finish it.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In the "Archer Hero" map, while riding the minecart to the finish, Lewis mentions how the last time he rode a track like that was when Knight_Peculier died in Shadow of Israphel. Simon called him out on mentioning it so off-handedly, then says that it made him depressed.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: The end of Santa's Adventure, with the laughing lasting for quite a while.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Simon and Lewis both undergo this at the end of their playthrough of the custom map "The Journey", burning down the village. Lewis is especially affected, killing Simon with the Scythe of Death.
  • Fake Difficulty: When a map calls for the player to switch to peaceful mid-adventure, Simon and Lewis tend to not do it because switching difficulty on multiplayer is a pain to do, thus they'll wind up fighting monsters in inopportune places, getting ambushed by creepers while riding minecarts, and in some situations, having damage done the the map that makes it Unintentionally Unwinnable.
  • Filler: Before Israphel's update schedule became irregular and while the BlueXephos channel mostly did Minecraft, the adventure maps were this. The Survival Island videos were this before they were retconned into the story arc.
  • Flat "What":
    • Lewis does a hilarious one in part 4 of "The Tree Of Life:
      Simon: So yeah, just two men, swimming together under a starry night sky. Nothing wei-
      Lewis: Well, technically, you're a dwarf.
      Simon: Right, right. A man and a dwarf, swimming under the night sky. Nothing weird about this at all.
      Lewis: Right.
      Simon: ...Lewis, I'm not wearing any pants.
      Lewis: What.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Simon wound up doing this during the Calmere Nightmare Two map, due to the My Little Pony texture pack not uninstalling correctly.
  • Genre Savvy: The mapmaker of The Swarm custom map is a fan of the Yogscast. At the beginning of the third part is a complex jumping puzzle to get to the top of a tower... right next to a ladder labeled "a ladder just for lazy dwarfs".
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Lewis and Simon's performances as Jim Reaper and Vivian, respectively, in the Mystery of the Pumpkin Castle map.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Almost said outright by Simon in Dropper 2. He (Lewis) broke some glass blocks in the lobby, hoping that Simon would fall in. Honeydew makes it across and proceeds to punch Lewis into the abyss.
    "Simon: I've been hoist by my own retard."
  • Improper Weapon User: In the Star Trek map, Lewis beat two spiders to death with a lever.
  • I Was Born Ready: Parodied in "The Redmurk Mystery".
    Lewis: Right. You ready to kill some spiders, pal? There's quite a few...
    Simon: I was born ready to kill some spiders, pal.
  • Mr. Exposition: Professor Grizwald usually fulfills this role in adventure maps, due to Simon lapsing into the voice whenever reading the notes they are given.
    • Lewis lampshades this in "The Journey", with Simon attempting to do a female Creepy Child voice:
      Simon: Dear diary: *Lapses into Grizwald voice*
      Lewis: Does everyone in this town have the same voice?
      Simon: (Still Professor Grizwald) Yes! Yes we do!
    • Later, in the "Mountains of Kikatchu" map, Simon voices Professor Burben, apparently Grizwald's brother, and Dr. Whitewall, who has a different voice but the same speech patterns. Simon chalks it down to a Kikatchu accent.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens in Monarch of Madness, when Simon and Lewis are at the end of a three-dimensional wool maze and a sign there tells them to set some of the wool on fire and then run. After igniting it, they just stand there for a few seconds and stare at the fire before remembering that they are supposed to leave, at which point they promptly panic and flee. By this stage, pretty much the whole maze is burning down...
  • Ominous... Something... Chanting: Played with somehow during their charity livestream with Jesse Cox of OMFGcata, when the crew break out into chanting that ends randomly with "Dovahkiin! Dovahkiin!"
  • Paranoia Fuel: The duo is hit hard by this when they play a spooky adventure map called "The Jackal And The Cave".
  • Schmuck Bait: Happens at the end of "Rise of the Rebellion Part 2."
    Lewis reads a sign: Never press a red button.
    (Lewis presses red button.)
    (Room explodes.)''
    Simon: Oh!
    Lewis: Crap.
  • Speak in Unison: Several times, in particular here.
  • Tempting Fate: Twice within the space of five minutes in the "Professor Grizwald and the Redstone Keys" map. In the volcano trial, Lewis says that its his turn to die next and a Creeper appears. Then, Simon says that there "probably aren't any Creepers up ahead", before being interrupted by a Creeper ambush.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Simon accidentally threw his sword at a Creeper at one point. Since "throwing" in this case just means hitting the Drop key, this naturally had no effect at all other than Simon no longer having a sword to fight with.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the very first part of "The Curse of Sunny Springs", Simon's wolf Ollie ran directly into a fire for no reason and died.
  • Troll: DaveChaos trolled Simon and Lewis in the Yoglympics map when he put a button labelled to go up into the Dodgit event that actually threw Simon and Lewis down into a pit. He then proceeded to try and blow up the winner's podium with Lewis and Simon on it after his "special message" on the wall from the map makers (BOOM!), but just missed them.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The Jackal and the Cave, with Lewis correcting Simon's creative interpretation of the wall paintings:
    Lewis: No, Simon, that's not—no, no, no no no no no.
    Simon: So... so there aren't hot dogs ahead, is that what you're saying?
    Lewis: Quite the opposite, I fear. We will be having our hot dogs ejected from our bodies.

    Vanilla Minecraft update videos 
  • Brick Joke: In their review of the Minecraft Beta release, Old Peculier commented on how the sheep can change colors and become naked after being hit with "It's beautiful!" ... "It's naked!" In the first Minecraft live stream, during Survival Underground, Fumblemore gets a sheep to spawn before it hits lava and burns the wool away. "It's magic!" ... "It's naked!"
  • Kill It with Fire: Old_Peculier destroyed a chicken this way, as well as most of the surrounding forest, in the 1.2 update video.
  • Let Him Choose: How Simon and Lewis decide over the dog during their 1.4 show-off.
  • Running Gag: "She's very flighty, Lewis!"

    Advent Calendars 

    All/Other Tekkit series 
Tropes which span the series or are present in some of the shorter series such as Nilesy's & Hannah's, Martyn & Toby's, and the Rail Bros. series.
  • Affably Evil: Sjin, though he is open to a good deal of Alternate Character Interpretation. As Rythian often notes, he can be funny, polite, and charismatic - even while engaging in thermonuclear war, sending potential poolboy candidates to their deaths in "interview chambers", and attempting to manipulate both Sips Co. and Honeydew Inc. from behind the scenes.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nilesy. In his and Hannah's series, he ends up getting frequently killed. Lamphaded by the monitor with his info on it in Zoey's lab, which claims that his weakness is Minecraft.
  • Depending on the Writer: Each series has an independent tone and story, so people who appear in multiple series sometimes behave strikingly different between them.
    • Sips is a nice guy who loves technology in his and Sjin's series, but is a violent sociopath who hates most technology in the main channel series.
    • In Sips and Sjin's series, Rythian was a friend of theirs and a Sips Co. employee who happened to like magic. Then in his series he suddenly hates everyone who uses technology, and wants to kill Sjin for his part in destroying the old world (although he explains this by saying he was just 'using' Sipsco to get materials to build some things he needed).
  • Funny Background Event: During Sjin and Duncan's Tekkit War, Rythian, Zoeya, and Maide are freaking out over them destroying everything.
    • And again when Duncan summons his first Wither, Lewis is alarmed by all the explosions.
  • Hero of Another Story: There are multiple Yogscast members playing on the server, leading their own sagas; the Honeydew Inc. faction and Sips Co. factions are the ones with the most interaction.
  • The Magic Versus Technology War: A theme on the server.
  • Open Secret: Some of them admit in-series that they found out another person's secret plans by watching their youtube videos, mainly as a poke at the video comments telling them to do so.

    PvP maps 
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Once Sips and Sjin join Team Yogs against Team HAT, they both start showing shades of this. Sips stands out in particular; becoming both a master marksman and a very pragmatic tactician, all the while keeping his usual comic persona.
  • Epic Fail:
    • When Sips and Sjin competed with Simon and Lewis in "Race for the Wool", they had quite a few of these. They got swarmed by mobs and killed much more frequently than Simon and Lewis, their trap didn't work, and their cheating attempt ended badly too.
    • It takes three Sky Island PvP matches before everyone participating is able to set up a proper cobblestone generator, even Duncan and Sjin, who at the time it went up were running their own Sky Island survival with a working cobblestone generator.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Sips and Sjin cheated so many times in the Race for the Wool series and got hit by this hard. They built a bridge across when they weren't supposed to and tried building a trap for them. It didn't work and they died quickly, the trap untouched. Then they stole their wool and failed to find any more.
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: In Part 2 of Lewis and Simon's Race for the Wool video, Lewis tries making an ad hod dwarf cannon out of Simon. The music begins swelling with Also sprach Zarathustra, but then quickly fades as Simon falls short of reaching Sips and Sjin's side of the map.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: Well, not exactly arcs, but each team competing in the PVP maps usually uploads its own POV of the event. A number of occurrences makes more sense when all the videos are watched back-to-back.
  • Wham Line: Near the end of the Minecraft Mini-Game: Terminator game:
    Nilesy: What's the Death Crystal number you guys are waiting for?
    Hannah: #5, I think.
    Duncanator: OH HO HO! I'm standing in front of it!

Other series:

After his return from the moon, Sips decides to relaunch SipsCo. yet again, this time hiring Lewis and Turps as assistants in making a new Dirt Factory.

  • The Gadfly: Sips is constantly pulling pranks on his teammates, such as standing behind Turps while disguised as a creeper.
  • Technician Versus Performer: Out of the three of them, Lewis is the Technician, being more focused on progress and accomplishment. In contrast, Turps and Sips are more performers, getting involved in silly antics and not doing as much work.

Hannah and Nilesy return to the server, to find that pirates have invaded Owl Island.

    Heros of Mine 
InTheLittleWood's first venture into a Minecraft series on the Yogscast Complete Pack (Yogpack) server, following a short-lived Tekkit series. It began as a lone venture, but he brought in Parvis in episode seven because trying to play alone without someone to bounce of was, to quote "numbing his brain". The goal of the series is to kill/capture every single hostile mob in Yogpack.
  • Impossible Mission: Defeating every singe mob in the Yogscast Complete pack (140 mods and counting) certainly seems... well, impossible.

    Monster Hunters 
Simon, Hannah and Kim assemble to take down several monsters in the Twilight Forest.
  • Death by Irony: Simon jokingly takes the mick out of Kim and Hannah for not being as good as him on the grounds of gender. Guess who dies most when taking on the Hydra?
  • Oh, Crap!: After Simon launches into a faux-misogynist rant, he notices that Hannah and Kim are aiming an enchanted bow and a rocket launcher at him.
  • Power Trio: The entire series consists of Simon, Kim and Hannah kicking butt together.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Simon, again. Kim occasionally joins in, but Simon is by far more screamish.

    Strife Solutions 
After the end of Solutions in Chaos, Strife returns to his content roots in the form of what is essentially a guide to Minecraft Yogspack, while also creating the Strife Solutions Business Park. Occasionally he wanders off to visit Parv in Blood and Chaos.


Video Example(s):


Simon's Santa Statue

Duncan realises that Simon's Santa statue bears an unfortunate resemblance to a certain infamous TV star.

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