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Enderman is a mob (video game monster) introduced in the Adventure Update of the indie java game Minecraft. They are relatively tall creatures in the Minecraft universe standing three blocks high with luminescent purple eyes, long slender limbs and the ability to teleport. The name “Enderman” was coined as a reference to the mythical creature Slender Man.


On July 26th, 2011, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson posted an update on Google+[1] with an attached Minecraft screenshot showing several dark creatures in the distance:

When the image was posted to Reddit[2] the same day, Notch replied to the thread saying he would name the new mobs “Endermen”, referencing the mythical Slenderman creature, for the upcoming 1.8 update of the game.


Later that day, an Enderman entry was created on the Minecraft Wiki.[4] On July 29th, Notch revealed the mob’s gameplay mechanics in a blog post[3], which explained how the creature would teleport toward the player when looked at. The same day, articles were posted to the news blog The National Examiner[7] and the gaming blog Rock Paper Shotgun[8], which remarked how frightening the creature appeared. On July 27th, Minecraft Forum[13] member Tha Kipsta started a thread about the mob’s block carrying abilities.

On July 30th, 2011, an article was published to the gaming blog Joystiq[5], which pointed out the creature’s similarities to Slender Man. On August 21st, a “General Enderman Discussion” thread was created on the Minecraft Forums, which covered various news and concerns regarding the mob. Endermen were officially released with Minecraft Beta 1.8 as part one of the “Adventure Update” on September 9th, 2011.

A Facebook[6] fan page has 12,446 likes, and a novelty Twitter[9] account has 118 followers as of March 26th, 2012.

The Character

Endermen are passive until the player places the crosshair directly over them. As long as the crosshair is still, the mob will remain frozen staring back at the player. Once the crosshair is moved, they become agressive and will either run or teleport toward the player to attack. Endermen can be defeated by luring them into water, which rapidly decreases their health pool. They were initially created with the controversial ability to move both natural and player placed blocks, which could destroy player-created structures.

Block Movement

The ability for the mob to move different types of blocks was considered frustrating by many players, as Endermen could destroy structures that took large amounts of work to build. On September 20th, 2011, Notch tweeted that he would be removing the ability for Endermen to carry blocks:

The End

Endermen spawn most often in the Minecraft dimensional plane known as “The End”, which can only be reached through portals (shown below) found in the “Stronghold” underground structures in the Overworld. In the plane, light remains in a constant dim-setting, maps and compasses do not work correctly and Nether Portals cannot be activated. The player can only return to the Overworld by defeating an Ender Dragon or dying.

Notable Images

Many pages worth of fan art can be found on the online art sharing community deviantArt [11], as well as the microblogging site Tumblr [12], under the tag “#enderman.”

Notable Videos

Endermen have been featured in a number of parodies, animations and machinima videos on YouTube.

Search Interest

Search query volume for the keyword “enderman” picked up in July of 2011, the same month Notch named the mob on Reddit.

Recent Videos 12 total

Recent Images 93 total

Top Comments


+1 confirm, this guy may be a new rival to Mr. Creeper… But I have a feeling that deep down, all they really want is a hug. Come here, guys! You just want a hug, don-OH DEAR LORD, SOMEBODY HEL-

Game over!
Score: &e0


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