Game Theory: Minecraft, The Secret Desert Origin of Creepers

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Creepers are arguably the most well known Minecraft monster. Yet, despite all we may THINK we know about them, there are still many mysteries yet to be answered. Today Theorists, I aim to answer the BIGGEST question on Creeper lore. Where do they come from? Well, it is no where you would expect! You will have to watch to find out!

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  1. Bhavesh BK

    Bhavesh BK

    3 kuukautta sitten

    i want mojang to watch all ur videos and confirm it. Then i can die peacfully.

    • bennyromaplayz


      6 päivää sitten


    • Darien Markham

      Darien Markham

      12 päivää sitten

      Maybe don't die exactly in that moment though

    • Bird.


      Uukausi sitten

      The creator name is notch

    • Psychopomp


      Uukausi sitten


    • Hussain Yooh

      Hussain Yooh

      Uukausi sitten

      @Bhavesh BK same lol

  2. Jack Muchukot

    Jack Muchukot

    5 tuntia sitten

    @The Game Theorists you should make an episode in your Minecraft series on Minecraft story mode the game directly says there were "old builders"

  3. Cookie Cat

    Cookie Cat

    Päivä sitten

    11:45 As a cat owner this is a valid reaction lol

  4. Heriberto Ibarra

    Heriberto Ibarra

    Päivä sitten

    Why are they hostile tho

  5. Spencer Reisner

    Spencer Reisner

    Päivä sitten

    Illagers are villagers who wanted to continue in the sprit of the builder race, but only had some of their technology and cargo-culled the rest.

  6. Spencer Reisner

    Spencer Reisner

    Päivä sitten

    All the artificial mobs that spawn must self-replicated, or have a bunch of them stored somewhere.

  7. poisonspookypuff


    2 päivää sitten

    guys, we're making hisssssssstory

  8. Hexnetic


    2 päivää sitten

    15:00 *laughs maniacally*

  9. tri nobody

    tri nobody

    2 päivää sitten

    Matpat when he realizes that you can find string inside a desert temple: Coincidence?

  10. Gonzal master 1

    Gonzal master 1

    4 päivää sitten

    Fun fact, Creepers won’t be attacked by iron golems ever but iron golems will always attack endermen. My theory is that the creeper and iron golem are both programmed to be passive between each other and the and the iron golem simply does not reignite the endermen as their creators anymore, but then the creepers would attack them too. But they dont, so my theory is that iron golems are able to detect danger or in a better term, they can see someone’s or something’s true ambitions and attack if they are bad ones. They are passive with creepers because they were born together, programmed to be nice together. They were basically brothers. If you don’t believe me just go in a creative world and see iron golems be passive against creeper but instantly attacks the endermen.

    • Gonzal master 1

      Gonzal master 1

      4 päivää sitten

      Endermen are friendly until looked at in the eyes or attacked so why would the iron golems attack a neutral mob. It’s because iron golems can see their evil ambitions and they are coded to attack things with evil ambitions. That’s how I got the inference for that but that lead to me thinking that creepers were programmed to have evil ambitions, so iron golems had to be coded to not attack them. The purpose of the creeper was to explode and cause damage so in the eyes of the iron golem they would see this as a threat and try to attack. The builders had to make sure the iron golems and creepers were friendly with each other no matter what. Explaining why iron golems will always attack endermen but never creepers

  11. Eyvonna Kapsis

    Eyvonna Kapsis

    4 päivää sitten

    Why the time joke i wanted to dye before that

  12. Red Draugr

    Red Draugr

    4 päivää sitten

    Good video, but that symbol misses a block from the center.

  13. ImBW


    4 päivää sitten

    so if in matpats world creepers respect cats and thats why they run away, then explain phantoms reaction to cats

  14. Glĩţĉĥ_Not_Found


    4 päivää sitten

    Mojang Watch your Vids and I want them to Confirm the lore. Then i can Peacefully Die

  15. MegaKingElliot


    4 päivää sitten

    We are the last ones. Only us in a world were our species lived and died in. They were killed by themself and we are the only one who survived. Everything that has tried killing us, is our speices. The lore should not be discoverd or you will regret everything. Minecraft is haunted...

  16. UDON


    5 päivää sitten

    Creeper aw man

  17. Eevee Tv’s Comix

    Eevee Tv’s Comix

    5 päivää sitten

    So I have a question that has been bothering me forever if the ancient builders where trying to escape death then why can the player respond I mean if the player can respond then why not the ancient builders? Sorry for bad spelling Also great video

  18. JavinarPlays


    5 päivää sitten

    PS: In india Aankh translates to Eye so that too is pretty Eye-conic!!!!

  19. CJ Animates

    CJ Animates

    5 päivää sitten

    endermen also spawn in deserts. hat's all im gonna say

  20. Mr Cheesepizza

    Mr Cheesepizza

    6 päivää sitten

    So ankhs are basically hyrogliphics of totems

  21. bennyromaplayz


    6 päivää sitten

    He always has the coolest merch

  22. Memer Dreamer

    Memer Dreamer

    6 päivää sitten

    Matpat: before time runs out! Me: * gets Unus Anus flashbacks *

  23. Joshua’s Animations

    Joshua’s Animations

    6 päivää sitten

    When matpat said it’s theory time it made me cringe & laugh at the same time I love game theory

  24. Ashlee Romine

    Ashlee Romine

    6 päivää sitten

    Have you ever heard of Minecraft education Edition

  25. Ashlee Romine

    Ashlee Romine

    6 päivää sitten

    Play Minecraft

  26. Aselav


    7 päivää sitten

    pigeon tamer

  27. N.S.A


    7 päivää sitten

    Why would the ancient builders have string? Cats have a chance to give you during if there tamed and if you kill them they drop string. The ancient builders were cats *gasp*

  28. Ten tak

    Ten tak

    7 päivää sitten

    Or the creeper just ate one and wants help from the player

  29. Panda


    8 päivää sitten

    I hope they make a mysterious and mystical update for the cold tundras at this point.

  30. Mailman Bob

    Mailman Bob

    8 päivää sitten

    The rule about don’t dig down in Minecraft isn’t just about lava. It also refers to what’s below the impermeable bedrock. Because the bedrock wasn’t always there

  31. Migixkem Jord

    Migixkem Jord

    8 päivää sitten

    I can add more evidence 1. They drop discs when kills by skeleton (Disc is probably not nature) 2. When you go to Spectator mode and right click the creeper making you see their perspective c Your screen will be green and slightly *Pixelated* So are they robots?

  32. Jaroslav Šťastný

    Jaroslav Šťastný

    9 päivää sitten

    Your theory has one flaw. If ancient builders created creepers, where did they get the gunpowder needed for the TNT inside of them when they didn’t exist prior to that?

  33. vico pascua

    vico pascua

    9 päivää sitten

    creeper aw man creeper aw man

  34. Hey Paulman

    Hey Paulman

    9 päivää sitten

    i definitely remember the ancient Egyptians using dynamite

  35. FaZi X

    FaZi X

    10 päivää sitten

    Notch watching this be like Damn even i didnt know i made Minecraft with so much lore

  36. Keegan Pryde

    Keegan Pryde

    10 päivää sitten

    At the end i thought mat was going to talk about eye comfort mode / blue light filter



    10 päivää sitten

    intro screen: hisstory is happening me:in mahatan and we just happen to be in the greatest city in the world



    10 päivää sitten

    Don’t want ur merch Mr.Clickbait dream cheeser

  39. Daniel Wright

    Daniel Wright

    10 päivää sitten

    You make toy 🧸

  40. Joseph George

    Joseph George

    11 päivää sitten

    Notch who wanted to make a pig but failed and it became a creeper: 👁👄👁

  41. ROGUE7468


    11 päivää sitten

    Matt should do theories on Ark aswell! Since Ark 2 is coming soon

  42. jack jones

    jack jones

    11 päivää sitten

    Now that you're a dad, how does it feel having your comments raided by a 'dad'

  43. lamonica long

    lamonica long

    11 päivää sitten

    The warm sheet noticeably tame because brother dimensionally hurry up a verdant barbara. berserk, physical period

  44. ‍

    11 päivää sitten

    I thought the symbol was steve with a long beard

  45. Nameless One

    Nameless One

    11 päivää sitten

    What if the player is the result of the ancient's civilization's research on life and death, being able to respawn after death.

  46. YT


    11 päivää sitten

    5:31 its markaplier

  47. Friede


    12 päivää sitten

    Me when I see string in a minecraft chest full of rotten flesh, bones and armor: _"oh it's hair..."_ *makes fishing rod* Matt: _"Cats like string. Egyptians like cats. Creepers don't like cats. Cat shields. I rest my case."_

  48. Linda Machuene

    Linda Machuene

    12 päivää sitten

    Can you please do a theory about why villagers have villages if they Do not mine or craft

  49. A cool channel B

    A cool channel B

    12 päivää sitten

    What are hoglins, blazes, and ghasts?

  50. Ova-hee


    12 päivää sitten

    MatPat: Life after death is what these ancient builders believed in. Me an intellectual: That’s just spectator mode!

  51. Average Brenden

    Average Brenden

    12 päivää sitten

    “Tamed cats have a chance to give string to the player” Aww cats are cute I love them “...and cats drop string when they die” NOOOOOOOOOO

  52. Sina Monfared

    Sina Monfared

    12 päivää sitten

    12:22 me getting confused as a Iranian

  53. gglitched OUt

    gglitched OUt

    13 päivää sitten

    The ankh wasn't intentional. The devs just liked how it looked, and a 3*5 space isn't big.

  54. FP Pitt

    FP Pitt

    13 päivää sitten

    The warden isn’t even on PE yet for me because I’m on PE

  55. Shadow Lion

    Shadow Lion

    13 päivää sitten

    0:32 dad jokes be like:

  56. Roseatta 22

    Roseatta 22

    13 päivää sitten

    Theory idea: what if Herobrine was just an ancient villager who is still alive? So he would be the one who was building the 2x2 tunnels...

  57. TheArtsyDrawer


    13 päivää sitten

    The totem of undying is shaped like an ankh symbol 👁👄👁

  58. Mr_takeyourpizza


    14 päivää sitten

    Totem kinda looks like an anch🤫🤫🤫🤫

  59. Blue Raptors

    Blue Raptors

    14 päivää sitten

    That eye conic dad joke is good but I have a real gold mine built up in my mind Get it gold mine and built up.

  60. Kerri Xoxo

    Kerri Xoxo

    14 päivää sitten

    It’s 3am but I meannn minecraft mann

  61. chopypie


    14 päivää sitten

    But in Minecraft dungeons ocelots attack creepers why is that

  62. Carole Bowles

    Carole Bowles

    14 päivää sitten

    Do another theory

  63. ChenyMe


    14 päivää sitten

    Is it just me or does the totem of undying also have a similar shape and form to the Ankh?

  64. Dylan Barahona

    Dylan Barahona

    15 päivää sitten

    11:51 cat HEADS*demonic sound*

  65. Brenden Schweigert

    Brenden Schweigert

    15 päivää sitten

    Ok call me crazy but Minecraft theory? So we know nether rack covers the nether everywhere right? What if it was put there/made to muffle the screams of souls trapped in the nether? We know it can hold/contain sound because we see the texture used in the pig-step music disk. Does this imply that the piglins are actually a force of good, did they discover this, to keep the dead's screams at bay, and they only attack us (the player) when we either prove we don't deserve their loyalty (i.e hitting them) to by showing disloyalty (i.e not sporting gold). Were the builders maybe not as good as we see them, maybe a chaotic neutral? idk but Matpat, there it is.

  66. R James

    R James

    15 päivää sitten

    In my opinion this is like saying that the egyptians created cats because they have carvings of them and stuff

  67. Funny Clown

    Funny Clown

    15 päivää sitten

    I have a better theory, creepers naturally form gunpowder inside of them and have a special organ to store it and can detonate it when they feel like. But creepers are afraid of cats (why they run away from them) so when the ancient people buried the dead in the temples, they also put cats in there to keep creepers from coming in and destroying it (why we see string in the chest, being the representation of the cats corpse)

  68. M & Artroom

    M & Artroom

    15 päivää sitten

    Did you beacon perfectly fits into a desert temple? This might just be an Easter egg but idk might have lore.

  69. jeff Tolbert

    jeff Tolbert

    15 päivää sitten

    Dog bad👅

  70. Tarik Opacin

    Tarik Opacin

    15 päivää sitten

    Maybe pilligers created creepers

  71. Sugu


    16 päivää sitten


  72. Lisa Thompson

    Lisa Thompson

    16 päivää sitten

    dude come on im just saying but this video makes sence but dumb creepers were made with tnt by the ancient builders in the dessert but they made tnt cause but in the dessert they thought a spiky cactus plant wasnt dangurus enough so they used cactus but made them not spiky and made creepers out of carved cactus thats why there green

  73. Chicco Quiatchon

    Chicco Quiatchon

    16 päivää sitten

    How about minecraft dungeons any theory 🤔🤔

  74. Jesus garza

    Jesus garza

    17 päivää sitten

    Watch the game developers come out and say "ya no there's no lore its just a sandbox game

  75. xXOOFXx


    17 päivää sitten

    Here's a theory: The Ancient Builders ARE Egyptians. They worshipped cats and that's why creepers run away from them. I believe you were correct when you said creepers aren't necessarily scared of cats, but dont want to hurt them. But, why did the builders flee to the end you may ask. In one of MatPats other videos he talks about the Wither, how the builders wanted to restore life. From what I know, I think they believed they could restore life in Ancient Egypt. The reason why you find so much bones and flesh in the chests is like MatPat said, humans. Humans they tried to restore but failed. That flesh and bones are failed attempts of restoring life. You may ask about Woodland Mansions. The Builders didnt build those. The Illagers did. I'm sorry if this makes no sense.

  76. Eric Ingerson

    Eric Ingerson

    17 päivää sitten

    What about mob dungens

  77. Apple Ro4

    Apple Ro4

    17 päivää sitten

    15:04 that one is good

  78. LesserTie282


    18 päivää sitten

    does anybody else watch the entire series whenever a new episode comes out

  79. SnakeinSpace


    18 päivää sitten

    My biggest question is that where does Steve come from?if the builders are now enderman, and every other builder is a zombie skeleton or corpses how did Steve come around?

  80. King Lotman

    King Lotman

    18 päivää sitten

    You're saying you put Lord with the Lord don't shine

  81. Kenan Kagan

    Kenan Kagan

    18 päivää sitten

    The string is just used to represent the string from mummies not for cats

  82. Pebble


    18 päivää sitten

    What will we do when Mat Pat inevitably passes

  83. Ethan Tyler

    Ethan Tyler

    18 päivää sitten

    13:26 because if they put it anywhere else you would question why it was put there

  84. Robdaconquerer


    19 päivää sitten

    I’d say the totem of undying is shaped like the ankh, linked?

  85. Kenan Kagan

    Kenan Kagan

    19 päivää sitten

    I wrote a theory on the gt subreddit that basically covered almost all of what was in the video, 6 months before the video came put

  86. Luiz Henrique Neves Costa Dias

    Luiz Henrique Neves Costa Dias

    19 päivää sitten

    Since the beginning on minecraft we can see that those ancient people have experiment on creating creatures to guard themselves, for example the snow and iron golem following your theories the same could have happened with the creeper, the wither, the ocean guardians, the warden and maybe even the ender dragon, since we can see wen respawning the dragon he is entirely "magic" from those cristal things, and if your theory about going to the end to run from the wither was right, they maybe made the dragon to protect them if the wither manage to get to the portal,

  87. hehe he

    hehe he

    19 päivää sitten

    Me who thought the string was supposed to be mummy wrappings🧿👄🧿

  88. Dogeinator


    19 päivää sitten

    The creepers were botched pigs , don’t overthink it mat

  89. Chariot Requiem

    Chariot Requiem

    20 päivää sitten


  90. Kevin Holzer

    Kevin Holzer

    20 päivää sitten

    I think I know why they drop discs. Maybe the discs are made of flint, and the creeper makes it spin while rubbing against some piece of iron in the creeper’s body, which causes a flint and steel reaction that lights the tnt that is in the creeper according to the Mobestiary’s diagram

  91. adi's door

    adi's door

    20 päivää sitten

    11:00 that looks like my aunt

  92. adi's door

    adi's door

    20 päivää sitten


  93. adi's door

    adi's door

    20 päivää sitten

    you make me want to become an alcoholic

  94. adi's door

    adi's door

    20 päivää sitten

    matpat why did you lie to me unsubbed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. Kazoto Kirigaya

    Kazoto Kirigaya

    20 päivää sitten

    You cant do my boy dunkey like that

  96. Dark night 027

    Dark night 027

    20 päivää sitten

    Patrolling the Mojave almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter

  97. Dexter Doveycribbes

    Dexter Doveycribbes

    21 päivä sitten

    that cat vs snake is actually the same cat seen in the picture before hand (sorry for being a pedant)

  98. JustyourBaconHair01


    21 päivä sitten

    Once (yesterday), I had a Minecraft world with decent progress and 3 enchanted tools/weapons. I was mining in a cave and a creeper spotted me and went kamikaze, I tried to to kill it with sword spam but got blown up and lost everything. Out of sheer anger I deleted that world. I regret it deeply.

  99. PhoeMIX


    21 päivä sitten

    Theory Idea: The Illagers were Villagers trying to recreate or revive the magic and skills of The Ancient Builders, but were thrown out because The Villagers didn’t care about that anymore, causing the Illagers to raid their villages to get revenge for their isolation and to show that The Ancient Techniques are superior.

  100. nh dw

    nh dw

    21 päivä sitten

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