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 BKPred 3 meseci

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

  2. 96greenblast gunsmaster

    96greenblast gunsmasterPred 2 dnevi


  3. bennyromaplayz

    bennyromaplayzPred 11 dnevi


  4. Darien Markham

    Darien MarkhamPred 17 dnevi

    Maybe don't die exactly in that moment though

  5. Bird.

    Bird.Pred mesecem

    The creator name is notch

  6. Yaoyao

    YaoyaoPred mesecem


  7. Skyler Albaugh

    Skyler AlbaughPred uro

    Very bold to claim Dunkey's humour is dry of all people, especially mat pat

  8. Shin Godzilla Is Smart

    Shin Godzilla Is SmartPred uro

    Meep meep

  9. favorthevoid

    favorthevoidPred 2 urami

    mans could read a boring as book and i would listen to it

  10. CrazyWarriorsCatFan

    CrazyWarriorsCatFanPred 15 urami


  11. Bill Sheppard

    Bill SheppardPred 17 urami

    In the woodland Masion I think with the wool is they made HearoBryan

  12. delna pinto

    delna pintoPred 18 urami

    What theorists thinks what minecraft is: *Lore,life and death,souls, mystery* What minecraft actually is: *a block game*

  13. Felipe Mancha

    Felipe ManchaPred 18 urami

    I don't think there is lore in minecraft :^

  14. bloosh

    blooshPred 19 urami

    Dont hate yourself please.

  15. Scar Predator

    Scar PredatorPred dnevom

    I think that the reason Creepers don't like cats is because they will attack them even without the Creeper attacking something. But everything else I agree with aside from the Creeper being constructed because it just sounds weird and doesn't make sense because if it's artificial then why do they attack you, blow up, glow white when they are going to explode, drop gunpowder, and when lightning strikes within 5 blocks away they become a Supercharged Creeper or as called by others Charged Creeper.

  16. James Murray

    James MurrayPred dnevom

    I live in a woodland mansion because I am to lazy to build a house but I destroyed all the wool statues

  17. Golddude64

    Golddude64Pred dnevom

    The water part made me thirsty

  18. Kaden Blain

    Kaden BlainPred dnevom

    Not to rain on his parade but according to notch the created of Minecraft creepers are actually a failed pig model so technically creepers are made by pigs😳😂

  19. Chess Blitz

    Chess BlitzPred dnevom

    My tablet bit me while i was watching this video

  20. 96greenblast gunsmaster

    96greenblast gunsmasterPred 2 dnevi

    Whene he said eye-conic and then said I hate my self I felt that

  21. _avrge_

    _avrge_Pred 2 dnevi

    What if Minecraft has no lore and matpat is literally crafting it for them so after it’s done they come out and say it’s all true

  22. Bunny

    BunnyPred 3 dnevi

    Why is there a sand block with a creeper face on it

  23. Teagan Fuller

    Teagan FullerPred 3 dnevi

    Listens to the sponsor using the product

  24. Scott Peyerk

    Scott PeyerkPred 3 dnevi

    I bet notch would loose his mind over this video!

  25. Bro's Show McKenzie

    Bro's Show McKenziePred 3 dnevi

    next, you need game theory pants!

  26. yashvi sharma

    yashvi sharmaPred 3 dnevi

    I have seen al lyour theories and they are awesome! But the only thing I didn't get that if they created a wither, why didn't it attack the village people? And how did it die? In one of your video's you speculated that the villagers and ancient builders are the same, but which means that they existed at the same time. Which won't be possible as the wither should have killed them all. So I think the villagers came into the world ling after the ancient builders did. But it would be could if you could clarify this up.

  27. Leonardo Somma

    Leonardo SommaPred 4 dnevi


  28. Indie Does Art

    Indie Does ArtPred 4 dnevi

    what if alex and steve are homoculus which is why if theyre there alone in the world outside of the mobs. the people who have finally tried to make other "humans " they use their souls but it takes a lot more than one

  29. Heather Gangi

    Heather GangiPred 4 dnevi

    Herobrine is getting made by the illagers

  30. Someone

    SomeonePred 4 dnevi

    Why's the totem of undying gold? Like I would understand if they used soul sand or something, but gold?

  31. soham sonone

    soham sononePred 4 dnevi

    the pig and Creepers leg when they woak same.

  32. Fatty Patty

    Fatty PattyPred 4 dnevi

    Wasn't the desert once the sea bed?;

  33. Jack Muchukot

    Jack MuchukotPred 5 dnevi

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

  34. Cookie Cat

    Cookie CatPred 6 dnevi

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

  35. Heriberto Ibarra

    Heriberto IbarraPred 6 dnevi

    Why are they hostile tho

  36. Spencer Reisner

    Spencer ReisnerPred 6 dnevi

    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.

  37. Spencer Reisner

    Spencer ReisnerPred 6 dnevi

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

  38. poisonspookypuff

    poisonspookypuffPred 7 dnevi

    guys, we're making hisssssssstory

  39. Hexnetic

    HexneticPred 7 dnevi

    15:00 *laughs maniacally*

  40. tri nobody

    tri nobodyPred 7 dnevi

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

  41. Gonzal master 1

    Gonzal master 1Pred 9 dnevi

    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.

  42. Gonzal master 1

    Gonzal master 1Pred 9 dnevi

    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

  43. Eyvonna Kapsis

    Eyvonna KapsisPred 9 dnevi

    Why the time joke i wanted to dye before that

  44. Red Draugr

    Red DraugrPred 9 dnevi

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

  45. ImBW

    ImBWPred 9 dnevi

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

  46. 𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚒♡

    𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚒♡Pred 9 dnevi

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

  47. MegaKingElliot

    MegaKingElliotPred 9 dnevi

    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...

  48. UDON

    UDONPred 10 dnevi

    Creeper aw man

  49. Eevee Tv’s Comix

    Eevee Tv’s ComixPred 10 dnevi

    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

  50. JavinarPlays

    JavinarPlaysPred 10 dnevi

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

  51. CJ Animates

    CJ AnimatesPred 10 dnevi

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

  52. Mr Cheesepizza

    Mr CheesepizzaPred 10 dnevi

    So ankhs are basically hyrogliphics of totems

  53. bennyromaplayz

    bennyromaplayzPred 11 dnevi

    He always has the coolest merch

  54. Memer Dreamer

    Memer DreamerPred 11 dnevi

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

  55. Joshua’s Animations

    Joshua’s AnimationsPred 11 dnevi

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

  56. Ashlee Romine

    Ashlee RominePred 11 dnevi

    Have you ever heard of Minecraft education Edition

  57. Ashlee Romine

    Ashlee RominePred 11 dnevi

    Play Minecraft

  58. Aselav

    AselavPred 12 dnevi

    pigeon tamer

  59. N.S.A

    N.S.APred 12 dnevi

    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*

  60. Ten tak

    Ten takPred 12 dnevi

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

  61. Panda

    PandaPred 13 dnevi

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

  62. Mailman Bob

    Mailman BobPred 13 dnevi

    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

  63. Migixkem Jord

    Migixkem JordPred 13 dnevi

    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?

  64. Jaroslav Šťastný

    Jaroslav ŠťastnýPred 13 dnevi

    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?

  65. vico pascua

    vico pascuaPred 14 dnevi

    creeper aw man creeper aw man

  66. Hey Paulman

    Hey PaulmanPred 14 dnevi

    i definitely remember the ancient Egyptians using dynamite

  67. FaZi X

    FaZi XPred 15 dnevi

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

  68. Keegan Pryde

    Keegan PrydePred 15 dnevi

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


    MYTHIC_PANDA YTPred 15 dnevi

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


    HAPPY SPYPred 15 dnevi

    Don’t want ur merch Mr.Clickbait dream cheeser

  71. Daniel Wright

    Daniel WrightPred 15 dnevi

    You make toy 🧸

  72. Joseph George

    Joseph GeorgePred 15 dnevi

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

  73. ROGUE7468

    ROGUE7468Pred 16 dnevi

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

  74. jack jones

    jack jonesPred 16 dnevi

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

  75. lamonica long

    lamonica longPred 16 dnevi

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

  76. ‍

    Pred 16 dnevi

    I thought the symbol was steve with a long beard

  77. Nameless One

    Nameless OnePred 16 dnevi

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

  78. YT

    YTPred 16 dnevi

    5:31 its markaplier

  79. Friede

    FriedePred 17 dnevi

    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."_

  80. Linda Machuene

    Linda MachuenePred 17 dnevi

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

  81. A cool channel B

    A cool channel BPred 17 dnevi

    What are hoglins, blazes, and ghasts?

  82. Ova-hee

    Ova-heePred 17 dnevi

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

  83. Average Brenden

    Average BrendenPred 17 dnevi

    “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

  84. Sina Monfared

    Sina MonfaredPred 17 dnevi

    12:22 me getting confused as a Iranian

  85. gglitched OUt

    gglitched OUtPred 18 dnevi

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

  86. FP Pitt

    FP PittPred 18 dnevi

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

  87. Shadow Lion

    Shadow LionPred 18 dnevi

    0:32 dad jokes be like:

  88. Roseatta 22

    Roseatta 22Pred 18 dnevi

    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...

  89. TheArtsyDrawer

    TheArtsyDrawerPred 18 dnevi

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

  90. Mr_takeyourpizza

    Mr_takeyourpizzaPred 19 dnevi

    Totem kinda looks like an anch🤫🤫🤫🤫

  91. Blue Raptors

    Blue RaptorsPred 19 dnevi

    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.

  92. Kerri Xoxo

    Kerri XoxoPred 19 dnevi

    It’s 3am but I meannn minecraft mann

  93. chopypie

    chopypiePred 19 dnevi

    But in Minecraft dungeons ocelots attack creepers why is that

  94. Carole Bowles

    Carole BowlesPred 19 dnevi

    Do another theory

  95. ChenyMe

    ChenyMePred 19 dnevi

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

  96. Dylan Barahona

    Dylan BarahonaPred 20 dnevi

    11:51 cat HEADS*demonic sound*

  97. Brenden Schweigert

    Brenden SchweigertPred 20 dnevi

    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.

  98. R James

    R JamesPred 20 dnevi

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

  99. Sakuya Izayoi

    Sakuya IzayoiPred 20 dnevi

    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)

  100. M & Artroom

    M & ArtroomPred 20 dnevi

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

  101. jeff Tolbert

    jeff TolbertPred 20 dnevi

    Dog bad👅

  102. Tarik Opacin

    Tarik OpacinPred 20 dnevi

    Maybe pilligers created creepers

  103. Sugu

    SuguPred 21 dnevom


  104. Lisa Thompson

    Lisa ThompsonPred 21 dnevom

    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

  105. Chicco Quiatchon

    Chicco QuiatchonPred 21 dnevom

    How about minecraft dungeons any theory 🤔🤔

  106. Jesus garza

    Jesus garzaPred 22 dnevi

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