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The Best Steve Theory Turns Minecraft Post-apocalyptic

This Steve Theory gives an apocalyptic answer for why he's the only human.

No matter how simple the gameplay or premise, there are bound to be fan theories that pop up. Minecraft is no exception, especially with its Survival Mode. This particular fan theory is an old one, but it’s still one of the best Steve theories out there while turning Minecraft post-apocalyptic in the process.

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How the Best Steve Theory Makes Minecraft Post-Apocalyptic

Considering how old this theory is, you might’ve come across it before. However, the Minecraft movie news makes it the perfect time to revisit this idea and take a look at how it could be used as an interesting plot point in the movie. The short version is that Steve, the main character of Minecraft, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic event.

What Is the Minecraft Apocalypse Theory?

The main idea is an apocalyptic event ended the world, leaving Steve as the only human survivor. While the exact nature of the event varies between versions of this theory, some of the most popular suggest a nuclear war, a zombie outbreak, and an Ender Dragon attack. Regardless of which event you choose to believe set off the Mincecraft apocalypse, the end result remains the same.

Considering that magic and portals exist in Minecraft canon, there’s no shortage of potential explanations for the creatures who exist in the world. As such, Steve ends up being the only exception because he’s the sole human. That brings us to what might be the most interesting part of these theories: why is Steve the only human left?

How Steve Survived the Minecraft Apocalypse

Well, the common answer for this theory is that Steve was a recluse who was far away from society. As such, he remained unaffected by whichever disaster wiped out the rest of the humans. It’s the same reason given for why some animals survived. By having higher populations in countryside locations, certain animals managed to escape from the end of the world.

From here, the theory points out that many of the monsters you encounter were mutated by the event, whether through radiation, disease, or curses. And that idea ends up applied to the villagers as well. Since they were living in one area together, they were more of a target than Steve was by himself. In this case, the skeletons and zombies might be the unluckiest inhabitants. They live beyond death and are forced to hide in the shadows to avoid burning.

Debunking the Minecraft Apocalypse Theory

While these theories are fun to consider, they have some glaring plot holes that make them unlikely to be true. There are no signs of human society outside of the villages, and there’s no proof that the villagers were human but ended up mutated or changed in some way. Even if a long time passed since the event, there are no ruins, fossils, or other signs of a former civilization buried in the ground.

A Different Explanation for Steve

Given these pieces of evidence, it seems more likely that Minecraft shows the start of a new world rather than the end of an old one. We know that portals and magic exist, so it’s possible that Steve is the only human in the world shown in Minecraft. However, he isn’t the only human in the universe. It’s entirely possible that he ended up there by passing through a portal. Or, a magical experiment could’ve gone wrong, sending him to a different world. Now, he’s stuck surviving as he explores and learns about an unfamiliar place.

Of course, these are all theories and nothing more, although using them could provide interesting plot points for the Minecraft movie. It’s fun to speculate about the worlds contained inside games. But sometimes, there’s no explanation for the oddities we find while playing. Being the only human in a game naturally leads to theories about the apocalypse that must’ve led to the world’s state.

Yes, the best Steve theory turns Minecraft post-apocalyptic, but more evidence works against the theory than for it. However, you don’t need any theories to have fun and create incredible buildings and cities in the game. So, take a look at our Minecraft guide hub for plenty of information to help you tailor your experience to your preference.


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