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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Writers: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
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  1. Bhavesh BK

    Bhavesh BK3 mánuðum síðan

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

  2. bennyromaplayz

    bennyromaplayz19 klukkustundum síðan


  3. Darien Markham

    Darien Markham6 dögum síðan

    Maybe don't die exactly in that moment though

  4. Bird.

    Bird.Mánuði síðan

    The creator name is notch

  5. Psychopomp

    PsychopompMánuði síðan


  6. Hussain Yooh

    Hussain YoohMánuði síðan

    @Bhavesh BK same lol

  7. CJ Animates

    CJ AnimatesKlukkustund síðan

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

  8. Mr Cheesepizza

    Mr Cheesepizza10 klukkustundum síðan

    So ankhs are basically hyrogliphics of totems

  9. bennyromaplayz

    bennyromaplayz19 klukkustundum síðan

    He always has the coolest merch

  10. Memer Dreamer

    Memer DreamerDegi Síðan síðan

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

  11. Joshua’s Animations

    Joshua’s AnimationsDegi Síðan síðan

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

  12. Ashlee Romine

    Ashlee RomineDegi Síðan síðan

    Have you ever heard of Minecraft education Edition

  13. Ashlee Romine

    Ashlee RomineDegi Síðan síðan

    Play Minecraft

  14. Aselav

    Aselav2 dögum síðan

    pigeon tamer

  15. N.S.A

    N.S.A2 dögum síðan

    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*

  16. Ten tak

    Ten tak2 dögum síðan

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

  17. Panda

    Panda2 dögum síðan

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

  18. Mailman Bob

    Mailman Bob3 dögum síðan

    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

  19. Migixkem Jord

    Migixkem Jord3 dögum síðan

    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?

  20. Jaroslav Šťastný

    Jaroslav Šťastný3 dögum síðan

    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?

  21. vico pascua

    vico pascua3 dögum síðan

    creeper aw man creeper aw man

  22. Hey Paulman

    Hey Paulman4 dögum síðan

    i definitely remember the ancient Egyptians using dynamite

  23. FaZi X

    FaZi X4 dögum síðan

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

  24. Keegan Pryde

    Keegan Pryde4 dögum síðan

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


    MYTHIC_PANDA YT5 dögum síðan

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


    HAPPY SPY5 dögum síðan

    Don’t want ur merch Mr.Clickbait dream cheeser

  27. Daniel Wright

    Daniel Wright5 dögum síðan

    You make toy 🧸

  28. Joseph George

    Joseph George5 dögum síðan

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

  29. ROGUE7468

    ROGUE74685 dögum síðan

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

  30. jack jones

    jack jones5 dögum síðan

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

  31. lamonica long

    lamonica long5 dögum síðan

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

  32. ‍

    5 dögum síðan

    I thought the symbol was steve with a long beard

  33. Nameless One

    Nameless One5 dögum síðan

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

  34. YT

    YT5 dögum síðan

    5:31 its markaplier

  35. Friede

    Friede6 dögum síðan

    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."_

  36. Linda Machuene

    Linda Machuene6 dögum síðan

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

  37. A cool channel B

    A cool channel B7 dögum síðan

    What are hoglins, blazes, and ghasts?

  38. Ova-hee

    Ova-hee7 dögum síðan

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

  39. Average Brenden

    Average Brenden7 dögum síðan

    “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

  40. Sina Monfared

    Sina Monfared7 dögum síðan

    12:22 me getting confused as a Iranian

  41. gglitched OUt

    gglitched OUt7 dögum síðan

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

  42. FP Pitt

    FP Pitt7 dögum síðan

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

  43. Shadow Lion

    Shadow Lion7 dögum síðan

    0:32 dad jokes be like:

  44. Roseatta 22

    Roseatta 228 dögum síðan

    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...

  45. Dark Pikachu

    Dark Pikachu8 dögum síðan

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

  46. Mr_takeyourpizza

    Mr_takeyourpizza8 dögum síðan

    Totem kinda looks like an anch🤫🤫🤫🤫

  47. Blue Raptors

    Blue Raptors8 dögum síðan

    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.

  48. Kerri Xoxo

    Kerri Xoxo8 dögum síðan

    It’s 3am but I meannn minecraft mann

  49. chopypie

    chopypie8 dögum síðan

    But in Minecraft dungeons ocelots attack creepers why is that

  50. Carole Bowles

    Carole Bowles9 dögum síðan

    Do another theory

  51. ChenyMe

    ChenyMe9 dögum síðan

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

  52. Dylan Barahona

    Dylan Barahona9 dögum síðan

    11:51 cat HEADS*demonic sound*

  53. Brenden Schweigert

    Brenden Schweigert9 dögum síðan

    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.

  54. R James

    R James9 dögum síðan

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

  55. Funny Clown

    Funny Clown10 dögum síðan

    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)

  56. M & Artroom

    M & Artroom10 dögum síðan

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

  57. jeff Tolbert

    jeff Tolbert10 dögum síðan

    Dog bad👅

  58. Tarik Opacin

    Tarik Opacin10 dögum síðan

    Maybe pilligers created creepers

  59. Sugu

    Sugu10 dögum síðan


  60. Lisa Thompson

    Lisa Thompson10 dögum síðan

    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

  61. Chicco Quiatchon

    Chicco Quiatchon11 dögum síðan

    How about minecraft dungeons any theory 🤔🤔

  62. Jesus garza

    Jesus garza11 dögum síðan

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

  63. xXOOFXx

    xXOOFXx12 dögum síðan

    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.

  64. Eric Ingerson

    Eric Ingerson12 dögum síðan

    What about mob dungens

  65. Apple Ro4

    Apple Ro412 dögum síðan

    15:04 that one is good

  66. LesserTie282

    LesserTie28212 dögum síðan

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

  67. SnakeinSpace

    SnakeinSpace12 dögum síðan

    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?

  68. King Lotman

    King Lotman12 dögum síðan

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

  69. Kenan Kagan

    Kenan Kagan13 dögum síðan

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

  70. Pebble

    Pebble13 dögum síðan

    What will we do when Mat Pat inevitably passes

  71. Ethan Tyler

    Ethan Tyler13 dögum síðan

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

  72. Robdaconquerer

    Robdaconquerer13 dögum síðan

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

  73. Kenan Kagan

    Kenan Kagan13 dögum síðan

    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

  74. Luiz Henrique Neves Costa Dias

    Luiz Henrique Neves Costa Dias14 dögum síðan

    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,

  75. hehe he

    hehe he14 dögum síðan

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

  76. Dogeinator

    Dogeinator14 dögum síðan

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

  77. Chariot Requiem

    Chariot Requiem14 dögum síðan


  78. Kevin Holzer

    Kevin Holzer14 dögum síðan

    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

  79. adi's door

    adi's door14 dögum síðan

    11:00 that looks like my aunt

  80. adi's door

    adi's door14 dögum síðan


  81. adi's door

    adi's door14 dögum síðan

    you make me want to become an alcoholic

  82. adi's door

    adi's door14 dögum síðan

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

  83. Kazoto Kirigaya

    Kazoto Kirigaya15 dögum síðan

    You cant do my boy dunkey like that

  84. Dark night 027

    Dark night 02715 dögum síðan

    Patrolling the Mojave almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter

  85. Dexter Doveycribbes

    Dexter Doveycribbes15 dögum síðan

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

  86. JustyourBaconHair01

    JustyourBaconHair0116 dögum síðan

    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.

  87. PhoeMIX

    PhoeMIX16 dögum síðan

    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.

  88. nh dw

    nh dw16 dögum síðan

    The bewildered buffer molecularly bubble because cocktail interspecifically license across a slow cemetery. delightful, unused cobweb

  89. Chase P

    Chase P16 dögum síðan

    So I was playing Minecraft, I was in the desert and it was Night time I was running to my house till I saw a creeper, the thing was it was next to cactus. They both looked almost the same. Maybe they made it green with no arms so that you would mistake it for cactus.

  90. Solarium_Soda

    Solarium_Soda16 dögum síðan

    The Creepers not being scared of cats but scared of hurting them helps solve something that bugged me for awhile. The only other mob that is repelled by cats are Phantoms. Cats will hiss at them to scare them away/ give the Phantoms a reason to leave them alone. Cats don't hiss at creepers!

  91. Avery Parrish

    Avery Parrish16 dögum síðan

    The chivalrous copy certainly depend because caution focally yell till a ludicrous zipper. alert, sassy date

  92. Westernllamas

    Westernllamas17 dögum síðan

    Also iron golems don’t attack them, showing that they to are both made by ancient builders

  93. Blank _

    Blank _13 dögum síðan

    The golems don't hurt pigs or cows or sheep ect

  94. hturbeville

    hturbeville17 dögum síðan

    Did anyone realize that the ankh looks like the totem of undying

  95. joey Valencia

    joey Valencia17 dögum síðan

    @The game theorists matt you may have a whole in your lore from previous episodes Austin made a video about the endermen a long time ago now, and in the video he concludes endermen dont telleport they just run really really fast, so then why do ender pearls make you teleport, and chorus fruit, and if endermen used to be people who did they get this fast, maybe just from the obvious really long legs they have now, but idk.

  96. Colton Brian

    Colton Brian17 dögum síðan

    Madpat you make my head hurt with all the theories overlapping all the theories and making other theories irrelevant

  97. Coolgamer2s

    Coolgamer2s17 dögum síðan

    Minecraft is just real life in the future but not blocky


    FRANLIT JOHN18 dögum síðan

    Woah why are creepers exploding at the players plus can you find some theories about the phantom, I mean they too are scared of I am pretty sure the illagers have copied the ancient builders

  99. hana zayed

    hana zayed18 dögum síðan

    First time to be proud of being an Egyptian.

  100. icandowhatever

    icandowhatever18 dögum síðan

    Creepers don't avoid cats they avoid ocelots

  101. Gordon Ramsay

    Gordon Ramsay18 dögum síðan

    “Dryer than Dunkey’s sense of humour” Oh. Oh that’s gonna hurt.

  102. Gordon Ramsay

    Gordon RamsayDegi Síðan síðan

    @Panda did you.... Did you just say “sandwiche”???? What’s with the e at the end? Were you dropped on the head or do you have a very violent Italian accent that remains visible in your typing style? “Oh Gordone Ramseya, youra mere presence-ah hurtse everyone-ah knowing that you willa make an idiota sandwiche out of all of us-ah”

  103. Panda

    Panda2 dögum síðan

    Gordon Ramsay, your mere presence hurts everyone knowing that you'll make an idiot sandwiche out of all of us.

  104. Dean ,

    Dean ,18 dögum síðan

    Tldr the creeper likes cats

  105. Davis Carmack

    Davis Carmack19 dögum síðan

    RIP Newton the cat. That is all that needs to be said.

  106. Timur Ryssuly

    Timur Ryssuly19 dögum síðan

    GT is the most wholesome channel I've discovered. You guys rock

  107. _leafyrin ツ

    _leafyrin ツ19 dögum síðan

    I have not watched this yet. Here is what I am thinking (not fully explained.) There are some creeper face patterns on some sand stone. In the deserts and temples has a very ancient Egypty thing. Egyptians often had cats for pets. Sorry if I sound like some sort of idiot.

  108. Daltira

    Daltira19 dögum síðan

    Starts at 3:25