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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The Reveal that the Order killing the Ender Dragon was a fraud puts Ivor in this light: did he want to humiliate Gabriel and be the hero himself as revenge for being dropped from the legends, to prove to the world the Order was a fraud, or to give Gabriel and/or himself a chance to kill a REAL monster and become genuine heroes?
    • If you let Lukas go look for the Ocelots in Episode 4, they'll all return and distract the Wither Storm for you while you make a way up to it. Despite this, they don't get any recognition in the final cutscene. This adds a layer of sympathy, complicated by the lack of a canon path, to Aiden's initial jealousy in Episode 5, as you and your friends got full credit for something he also had a hand in while he was ignored.
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    • Tying into the Fridge Brilliance with Ivor's lack of a role in Soren's Ender Dragon story: Soren doesn't mention Ellegard directly in his dialogue that we hear, but she is still shown to us to have taken part, using arrow dispensers to destroy one of the crystals. In the final scene of the flashback, when everyone is cheering for the Order, Ellegard doesn't have the proud smile that Gabriel and Magnus do (neither do Ivor and Soren, but they at least have excuses to not be smiling). In fact, her expression looks fairly neutral. Perhaps she had similar misgivings, but only enough that she just asked for her role to be toned down rather than removed.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Not in-game, but rather with the marketing. Telltale got some heat for featuring only male Jesse in the marketing for the game, which implies the male character is the true mc/pc and and causes female gamers to feel left out and underrepresented... but this was fixed in later advertisements that started to pop up around the release of episode 2, which featured individual commercials for both versions of Jesse, or showing both versions in the same commercials.
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    • One can argue that the character deaths in episodes 3 and 4 was one for the accusations that the game was too soft compared to other Telltale games.
    • After complaints about "Hell" being thrown around in Season 1, Season 2 features a location called "Heckmouth" as a clear response.
  • Awesome Music: Anadel's soundtrack for the game manages to mix the original game's ambient, fairly minimalist music with rock quite well.
    • The Wither Storm's leitmotif properly encapsulates how dangerous the creature itself is, with a droning pattern, until finally becoming frantic and discordant.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Axel, if Let's Plays are anything to go by. Some people like him for what appears to be White and Gray Morality, the fact that he genuinely cares about his friends, his (very) mild Cloudcuckoolander tendencies, and some of his Crosses the Line Twice comedy. Others hate him for 3/4 of those reasons with the added fact that he enjoys animal cruelty (towards chickens), likes scaring his friends, seems to get angry with Jesse if s/he disagrees with him, and is rather mean to Lukas.
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    • Olivia too. Some like her for generally being a nice girl and being a bit of a Woobie, others are annoyed with her tendency to Wangst and occasionally talking down to Jesse.
  • Broken Base:
    • There has been some hot debate over whether or not you should save Petra or Gabriel in episode 1. Whoever you save will become extremely sick and whoever you fail to save will gain amnesia. The choice changes the nature of a few cutscenes and Dialogue Trees but doesn't have much of an impact on gameplay... which may or may not be why it is so fiercely debated.
    • When the trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode was released, the fanbase was... less than thrilled. While there were some people excited for it, others didn't like what they saw in the trailer. Among the complaints would be that the animation used was subpar compared to some of the more prominent Minecraft animation creators, the look of the mouths as characters were talking, the bland script and the fact that some people don't want Minecraft to be dramatic. Some even say that Minecraft: Story Mode is shaping up to be a low point for Telltale Games.
    • Then it was announced that it would be released for the Wii U... which doesn't even have Minecraft itself available for it. Wii U fans took this to be a slap in the face, but there was some hope that this would mean that Minecraft will eventually release on the Wii U... the announcement of which came later.
    • Whether or not this series is just a cash grab by Telltale has been a big matter of discussion among fans since day one. The "Adventure Pass" that was announced to coincide with episodes 6 to 8 definitely seems to imply this to be true, though, since they claim that those episodes are only "DLC" and that the main story ended in Episode 4. By the way, the money you're saving with the Adventure Pass? A whole 58 cents!
    • Also one over whether the Let's Players of Episode 6 are terrible voice actors, or if they actually do decently and are just bad when compared to the professional voice actors for the characters they interact with. General consensus is that they do end up averting Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic, for better or for worse.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Kind of. In episode 6, it's easy to tell who the murderer is, so long as you recognize Ashly Burch as playing Cassie Rose, making her the only "Let's Player" to not be As Herself, barring TorqueDawg, and thus easily setting her up as an important character. Even more so if you're into the Minecraft community and you recognize everyone except her.
  • Crazy Awesome: Soren is certainly loopy, but he also loves the concept of Rule of Cool and based his ENTIRE fortress around it.
  • Moment of Awesome: The Final Battle with the Wither Storm: the group builds a contraption to launch Jesse into the body of the Wither Storm, leading to a battle with the Wither Storm, ending with Jesse destroying the Command Block at its heart and killing it.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Reuben's death? Tragic. Him immediately dropping a pork chop? Hilarious.
    • In Season 2 Episode 5, when Jesse is trying to pose as the Admin: Eating a porkchop that used to be someone's prized pet pig? Horrible. Telltale immediately calling you out for it with a signature popup?note  Hilarious.
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • Ivor netted some sympathy points after it was revealed that he was a member of the Order but was removed from the legend.
    • Cassie Rose, once she's outed as the White Pumpkin, talks about how she's been trapped in this strange world, away from everyone and everything she knew and loved, for years with no way out. While it doesn't excuse all of her murders (a fact that you can actually point out), it's hard not to feel sorry for her after what she's gone through.
    • The Admin won sympathy points after some of his backstory was uncovered and humanized him without excusing his behavior. It was especially his implied regret over Fred's death that helped make people think there was still some hope for him left.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Gabriel is the most popular member of the Order due to being voiced by Dave Fennoy, who voices the main character of The Walking Dead, Lee Everett. The fact that he looks vaguely similar to Lee probably helps as well.
    • Absent-minded architect Soren also received positive feedback for providing levity and goofiness in what is otherwise a very tense and plot-heavy episode.
    • Out of the five kids Action Girl Petra appears to be the most popular. Notable since she arguably gets the least screen-time out of all the kids, especially if you choose Gabriel over her near the end of episode 1.
      • This may be why she had the most screentime out of the old cast in the second season and even received her own character arc.
    • Lukas, possibly due to his similarities to Luke of The Walking Dead, is beloved by the fandom to a ridiculous degree, possibly more than all the other examples.
      • The popularity of these two gets a nod in Petra's interview video if you chose to save her here; Petra brags that she was chosen over Jack because she's the fan favorite, to which Jack replies that Lukas is a better contender, to Petra's annoyance.
    • Out of the Arc Villains, PAMA of Episode 7 seems to be the most popular of them, presumably due to their Faux Affably Evil nature and premise.
    • The Admin is a popular villain due to his powers, personality and hidden depths. Redeemed Romeo has very little screentime but has also received quite a bit of love for being genuinely repentant, for having a good redemption quest and for the heroic sacrifice he may pull if certain decisions were not made.
    • While Ivor himself isn't exactly a Darkhorse, Ninja Ivor is only around for parts of Episodes 4 and 5 of Season 2, and the fanbase pretty much fell in love with him.
  • Epileptic Trees: A lot of the fan-made theories for Episode 5.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • How did Soren initially find the command block?
    • We see a day in the life of Jesse running Beacontown, but only some vague dialog from Olivia and Axel about what they do all the time in Redstonia and Boom Town, respectively, even though they're implied to be just as busy as Jesse.
    • What were Harper and Ivor doing for most of season 2?
    • Near the end of Season 2 Episode 5, Romeo threatens to bedrock over Jesse's world and make a new world on top of it. He's stopped in time, but what if he wasn't? What would the new world be like? And how would life in Jesse's world change? Could travel between the two be possible like it was between Jesse's world and the Underneath (assuming the Sunshine Institute was in "Jesse's" Nether)? If so, what kinds of interactions would they have?
    • When the Fred hologram is briefing you on the Gold Gauntlet, he says it has the power to make Romeo normal again. This implies that Romeo, Fred, and Xara weren't born with their powers but acquired them somehow. How?
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Jesse and Lukas (which is effectively WORSHIPPED by a large number of fans), with Jesse and Petra in second place in the popularity polls.
    • Magnus and Ellegaard for some people who think that their continuous snark at each other is the result of a past romance gone sour. After one of them dies the other will reminisce about them in a way that pretty clearly says that they didn't actually hate each other.
  • Foe Yay: Soren and Ivor constantly bicker in a way that makes them sound more like a married couple than old team mates.
    • It's very easy to interpret the Admin's interest in Jesse as something else. He remains at a distance around everybody else and refrains from getting close to them but with Jesse, he ignores personal space and in almost every encounter, he gets up and close. Then there is some of his dialogue in “Giant Consequences” like complimenting Jesse and asking if his snow golem form doesn't look kind of cuddly. A special mention goes to the confrontation at the end of the episode after he drops his disguise. His rant sounds reminiscent of someone who’s breaking up with someone else. Even after he rejects Jesse, he continues to fixate on them. Sometimes it’s in small ways but then there are things like how in “Jailhouse Block”, he forces Jesse to fight either Petra or Jack in a death match. He presents it as a test of loyalty for Jack or Petra but fixates only on Jesse during the fight itself. The sole exception being to hurt Jack or Petra to spurn them to fight. After they both refuse and he ends it, it’s Jesse he focuses his anger on and the other he addresses almost as an afterthought. Despite what he previously claimed, he still wanted Jesse to be his friend and champion. There’s the implication that the deathmatch was actually for Jesse. In “Below the Bedrock”, he sends an assassin after Jesse and in “Above and Beyond”, he says felt good upon hearing about Jesse’s death yet in the very same episode, the only dialogue option that makes him briefly think twice about dooming the world is Jesse saying they can still be friends. Despite everything said and done, Jesse was the one and only thing in the whole world that almost made him reconsider.
    • For the given value of them being Rivals, it's also extremely easy to interpret Magnus and Ellegaard's relationship as them being engaging in the "Opposites Attract" dynamic. Taken this way, their dialogue positively drips with Foe-Yay.
  • Growing the Beard: Episode 3 marks the point the story becomes more serious (albeit without losing its humor), with the characters becoming more nuanced than previous episodes and the protagonists getting closer to accomplishing their goals.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Ellegard building a Command Block in Episode 2 is this upon The Reveal that the Order effectively cheesed the Ender Dragon with one, especially since there's no way she didn't see it in the flashback even if Soren had hidden it from her until then.
    • Season 2's General themes of friends falling out with each other and the Order of the Stone dissolving give can act as a rather sad meta-commentary/reference to Telltale Game's eventual fall and dissolution. Season 2 Episode 5 especially has a prevalent feeling of a finale that is heightened as the Netflix version of Minecraft Story Mode is the last item that Telltale Games worked on.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Petra's complaints about a gold sword being "Too heavy, and too soft" in Season 1 Episode 1 become amusing from Season 1 Episode 5 onward, as not only does she wield an enchanted gold sword as her primary weapon, but in Season 2 we learn that she's fond of it enough to give it a name--"Miss Butter"—and go through all sorts of ridiculous tasks to get it back from the leader of a neighboring city after the latter swindled it from her.
    • In "Access Denied", after learning she's an Old Builder, Ivor asks Harper if she can't just clap her hands and make PAMA disappear. As the Old Builders are just brilliant inventors, Harper says she can't. Come season 2, however, the gang meets someone who not only can make things disappear by clapping his hands but also loves to do so.
    • Season 1 Episode 6 showcases an item collection system that shows items floating on water and subsequently being sucked up glass tubes (the latter was also shown in Episode 3, and maybe 2 if you chose to go to Redstonia). This was Artistic License with normal Minecraft physics as items in Minecraft proper sink in water. Or at least they used to until early Minecraft 1.14 snapshots revamped the water physics so that items do indeed float, making such systems viable to build in Vanilla Minecraft, about a year and a half after Episode 6 was released.
  • It Was His Sled: The Wither Storm and Ivor's backstory since both were revealed in episode 1.
  • Jerkass Woobie: He may be a griefer, but it's pretty hard not to feel bad for Magnus when his kingdom gets swept away by the Wither Storm.
  • Les Yay: Male Jesse and Petra have several Ship Tease moments and several of them can also be found and applied to female Jesse. The most notable would be when Jesse and Petra jump off the bridge in the first episode. Both a male and a female Jesse will give Petra a rather flirty smile as they free fall towards the water before Jesse realizes that there is a Creeper behind her/him. Petra will also say a very Ship Tease worthy line in episode 4 regardless of Jesse's gender if she lost her memories.
    Petra: I wanna go with Jesse. I feel like that's where I belong.
  • Memetic Mutation: Episode 1 gave a few.
    • Nobody will remember that.
    • Freakin Beacon
    • "We could have saved the build?!" note 
    • "That's a shit build!" or otherwise lampshading how bad the starting trio's enderman/creeper/zombie statue looks in episode 1. note 
  • Moral Event Horizon :
  • Most Wonderful Sound: If you're playing as female Jesse, the eager little "Mine!" when she goes to grab all of the Elder Guardian loot in Season 2 Episode 1 is just adorable.
  • Narm:
    • Axel's rather disinterested "Ahhhhhh!" whenever he falls or is scared. The fact that they keep re-using it so frequently doesn't help.
    • Reuben's death scene actually manages to hurt quite a bit after having had him with you through the whole game, especially with his sacrifice being to help save the world. What's less painful though is the way he finally keels over and turns into a porkchop. It's enough to completely ruin the drama of the scene, though it is funny at least. Despite this, many people were still moved by his death.
    • In Season 2, when Petra's distracting the Admin to give Jesse time to set up defenses, she taunts him by saying "Let's see how you deal with the enchanted deliciousness of Miss Butter!" Corny? Yes. Abnormally hammy for Petra? Yes.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Wither Storm, a Wither that absorbs the surroundings around it to grow into a massive Eldritch Abomination and then proceeds to level, kill, or consume everything and everyone in its sight.
    • If you thought the outside was terrifying, in Episode 4, you go inside of it, finding its victims in a nightmarish state throughout its body. When you reach its heart, Combat Tentacles sprout out of everywhere and try to kill you until it sprouts three heads out of the inside of its body to attack you with.
    • The White Pumpkin of episode 6. Until now, your threats have been essentially mindless beasts, or a group of thugs who never actually kill anyone that we see. Now you have an actual person killing named characters in cold blood to acquire an artifact. An artifact that Jesse's group has one of.
      • The methods of murder are especially creepy. Torque is shot by poison arrows and dies slowly. Sparklez is suffocated in sand. Lizzie or Dan are either mauled by spiders or killed by the White Pumpkin themselves; which one it is and how they die are indirect choices you probably wouldn't even know caused it without replaying or looking it up online.
    • PAMA in episode 7 is surprisingly creepy, using Redstone Chips to literally read about the lives and memories of those who are chipped and control their every move. It was designed by the Old World builder, Harper, to be an efficiency machine. However, it became too powerful and began to expand its resources to people as well, and is now obsessed with making everyone "useful". Everyone chipped by PAMA share PAMA's mind, have bright red eyes, and tend to speak in creepy unison.
      • Then, towards the end of the episode, Petra or Lukas will be forced to fight you while under PAMA's control to stop you from destroying PAMA's main control device. Throughout the fight, PAMA will say many creepy things to shake the player, even speaking about Reuben's death. The whole fight tinted in a bright red light helps in making things intense and scary.
    • In Season 2, there's the Admin. He's far too powerful for Jesse and company to simply attack him physically (which is how all previous enemies were dealt with, if you think about it). Also, all previous villains were either powerful forces of nature (or something like it, such as the Witherstorm, and PAMA to some extent) or crazy people with issues (such as Aiden to some extent, Cassie, PAMA to some extent for the given value of a person, and Hadrian and Mevia), but the Admin gives us both in the same package. Seriously, he's terrifying.
      • As if he couldn't get any worse, in episode 5 of season 2, one of the first things we see him do is either blow up all of Champion City with a clap, or strangle and kill Xara (if you didn't give her the bed), right in front of Axel, Olivia, and Stella when Axel and Olivia talk about trying to leave. Stella collapses to her knees in sheer shock upon this sight, and Jesse and gang are horrified.
  • Pandering to the Base: Episode 5-8 have shades of this, given that Axel and Olivia are both Put on a Bus (although they appear again in the final episode), and the characters that work with Jesse in the episodes are Petra, Lukas, and Ivor, three of the most popular characters in the game.
    • The vaguely romantic subplot in Season 2 can be seen as pandering to fans of the popular Jetra pairing.
  • So Okay, It's Average: In comparison to Telltale's other 2015 releases (including Tales from the Borderlands, considered by many to be their best game.) the game has garnered mediocre reviews, and many seasoned Telltale players felt that the episodes were too short and had little engagement.
  • Special Effects Failure: Depending on your dialogue choices, the transitions between the unique response to your choices and the next part of the scene can be less than seamless.
  • Spoiled by the Format: Episode 3 supposedly finally kills the Wither Storm, but there are a few more minutes in the episode and the Wither Storm is shown prominently in Episode 4's title card, indicating that they won't stay down.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Most players were annoyed by Magnus and Ellegaard's childish/bratty behavior in the second episode. However, the sentiment largely died down by the time episode 3 rolled around.
    • Stampy Cat from Episode 6 due to his constant chatter, being pretty much useless in a fight and the fact that he's also a thief.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: As argued by this video the soundtrack in the game can seem ill-suited for some scenes in the game.
  • Stoic Woobie:
    • Petra gets hit by this after her Wither Sickness sets in. It doesn't help that Jesse is the only person she's comfortable with confiding in.
    • The same goes for Gabriel, who will be the one with the illness if you chose to save him instead of Petra. In the second episode, he reunites with the build crew and then two of his closest friends, all while knowing that he won't get to be around them for much longer.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Shortly before you can set Stella's Heel–Face Turn in motion, Lluna finally has enough and spits on her.
    • In Above and Beyond if you didn't offer to free Stella from the Sunshine Institute and if you left Nurm in Prisoner X's cell then Lluna will spit in Stella's face at the end of the episode.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The death of whoever you borrowed armor from in The Last Place You Look.
    • Reuben's death in Episode 4. Seeing him in pain beforehand will also hit really hard. The music and the fact that a crowd of people gather around Jesse in silence as s/he mourns him only adds to it even further. The message that appears just drives it home:
      Reuben will be remembered...
    • The deaths of various characters in the sixth episode. If you're a fan of their real life videos, especially; even if you're not, the fact that this is the first time so many named characters are Killed Off for Real as a result of cold-blooded murder at the hands of another person, rather than the Wither Storm, can be very jarring after how the previous five episodes went. And you can't really save them; Torque and Sparklez die no matter what, and for the third one, the most you can do is indirectly choose whether Dan or Lizzie is the one who dies.
      • Dan dying is even worse. It only happens if you accuse Stampy of being the White Pumpkin, resulting in Dan talking to him, instead of Lizzie, about having accidentally killed Sparklez. Later on, you learn Stampy stole the enchanted Flint and Steel from Dan as a prank Gone Horribly Wrong. Just imagine how Stampy felt, having wronged someone who trusted him enough to come to him with something so heavy, and then immediately being robbed of any chance to make amends with him for a mistake that was costing lives.
    • Near the end of Season 2 Episode 4, Petra pours her heart out about how much Jesse means to her. She'll appreciate whichever option you pick in response—promising to always stay with her or promising to always wait for her—but if you let the timer run out, she'll take your silence to mean her feelings aren't reciprocated. Considering she spent the bulk of the game thus far making little secret to you of her insecurity over the possibility of losing all of her friends, her tone and expression are just heartbreaking when she comes to the conclusion of how little she means to her best friend—you can tell she's visibly trying not to cry.
  • That One Achievement: "That's Some Pig", due to a heavy case of Guide Dang It!. In Chapter 3, when you're in the room with the Enderman suit, you have to talk to Reuben repeatedly, even after you and him stop saying anything (which can fool the uninformed into thinking there's nothing more there and move on), until one more conversation is exchanged and you get the achievement.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Season 2 removed the ability to rewind just to certain parts of a chapter. Want to redo a choice at the end of a chapter? Sorry, you'll have to go through the whole chapter again to redo that choice.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Xara. A former Admin whose friend was murdered by Romeo, and was then imprisoned underground for centuries, if not longer. Once she helps Jesse escape, the game hypes up a massive confrontation with the Admin throughout Episode 4, as Xara repairs a portal to the Overworld and guides them through the Underneath. But despite this, Xara disappears for most of Episode 5. Her only appearance is if the player fails to show her the good things left in the world, and that's a minute-long confrontation with Romeo in which she gets force choked to death. If the player makes good choices with her, she doesn't appear at all, as the lead writer Eric Stirpe feared that an actual confrontation would take away narrative focus from Jesse. [1]
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: It would have been interesting if whether or not you helped the whole town in Episode 1 determined their behavior in Episode 5 under Admin-As-Jesse's rule; for instance, they could have been more suspicious if you'd helped everyone since the Admin's behavior is so unlike what they know Jesse as. Instead, beyond some background details when you return from the Sea Temple, helping everyone in town does nothing for the story but get Petra upset that Jesse was late for their adventure as a result.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Reuben's human-like facial expressions, and the fact that he doesn't look like a regular Minecraft pig can be this for some people.
    • The way the characters' faces are animated can also be unnerving - their lip movements are blocky, but their eyes and eyebrows move much more fluently. Then there's the fact that nearly everyone possesses a Slasher Smile...
    • Lluna provides a good demonstration as to why llamas in Minecraft proper don't have moving mouths.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
  • The Un-Twist: In Episode 8, that Tim, the person that won the gladiator games, isn't real, and was created to motivate people to play the gladiator games.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Season Two's Big Bad, The Admin, is a very interesting example of this. While it's true that he is effectively a Physical God, and a rather abusive one, at that, it becomes more and more apparent as the season's plot drags on that his actions are heavily influenced by an intense, deep-seated lack of confidence and general insecurity. A defining moment in Romeo's history is that his fellow Admins, Xara and Fred, attempted to depose him after they'd come to realise that Romeo was abusing his powers spectacularly. Various context clues in episode 4, including a small handful of passages from Fred's own personal journal, clearly establish that Romeo, Fred, and Xara were at one point all very close friends, Fred and Xara perhaps even being the only two people Romeo truly considered to be friends, and he was apparently so deeply hurt by their actions that he stripped both of them of their powers, killed Fred, imprisoned Xara, and ultimately abandoned the world they had all presided over in favour of building an entirely new one. By the time Jesse and friends meet him, he's desperate for validation and prone to grandiose, and in a few cases outright heinous, demonstrations of his power. When he assumes Jesse's identity near halfway through episode 3, he makes absolutely no effort to hide the fact that he's doing it because he wants to be as well liked as they are, and is ultimately disappointed to discover that validation is conditional, and incompatible with his own ego. Overall, it's not especially hard to see that the Admin is a profoundly insecure character and, while it certainly doesn't justify any of his actions, it does serve to put them in context and explain why he behaves the way that he does.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Downplayed; there's nothing wrong with Natasha Loring's performance as Olivia in and of itself, but it's noticeably different from Martha Plimpton's voice for her, which is jarring for anyone who played Season 1 beforehand.
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