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For fighter info, see Steve (SSBU).
This article is about the Minecraft character. For other uses, see Steve (disambiguation).
"Alex" redirects here. For other uses, see Alex (disambiguation).

Symbol of the Minecraft series.
Isometric renders of Steve and Alex from Minecraft.
Universe Minecraft
Debut Minecraft (2009, technical debut; 2011, official debut, Steve; 2014, Alex)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Minecraft Legends (2023)
Console/platform of origin Microsoft Windows
Apple Mac OS X
Species Human
Gender Sexless[1]; considered male (Steve) and female (Alex)[2]
Place of origin Overworld
Created by Markus Persson (Steve)
Jens Bergensten (Alex)
Article on Wikipedia Steve (Minecraft)

Steve (スティーブ, Steve) is the name used to refer to the default skin of the main character in Minecraft. Alex (アレックス, Alex) is the name used to refer to the default skin for the slim player model, added to Minecraft in 2014.


Steve is the default skin of the Player in Minecraft. The name Steve was invented by developer Markus "Notch" Persson as a joke and was often formatted as "Steve?" prior to being formally adopted as the default name of the avatar.[3] Before this, the name "Mr. Minecraft" was used for a guest role in Super Meat Boy. The character of Steve, along with the rest of the Minecraft world, is intended to be gender-neutral so as to avoid forcing the player to make decisions about gender.[1] Despite this, as Steve has a traditionally "masculine" appearance and name, a feminine alternative named Alex was introduced in 2014; choosing Alex adjusts the model's arm proportions to be thinner, which is officially referred to as a "slim" model. In August 2022, Steve and Alex received an update on their model, now fitting with Jasper Boerstra's modern design of Minecraft. The changes include folded sleeves for both characters, smoother skin, hair, and clothes textures, and the return of Steve's unused beard from its long-outdated texture in 2009. During Minecraft Live 2022, seven more default characters were added to the game alongside Steve and Alex (namely Zuri, Sunny, Noor, Makena, Kai, Efe, and Ari), granting a total of nine default skins to choose from.

In Java Edition, it is possible to customize the avatar's appearance with a template (allowing for entirely player-made appearances), while other versions of the game offer skin packs and mash-up packs (mostly based on public domain characters, other gaming properties such as Fallout, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario, and non-gaming media such as The Simpsons, Adventure Time, and Stranger Things). Within the limited lore of the game, Steve and Alex are indicated to simply be vessels of the actual player's manifestation in the Minecraft world, having no other discernable personality or role. Most of Steve and Alex's abilities come from tools. Unarmed, they are capable of walking, running, jumping, crawling, punching, and crafting small items (on a two-by-two grid). These abilities are augmented by the tools they create (usually on a Crafting Table, which utilizes a three-by-three grid). As a sandbox game, Minecraft has a variety of options available to the player depending on their playstyle: mining, building, farming, hunting, and adventuring are only a few.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Steve (SSBU)
Official artwork of both Steve and Alex, taken from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website.
Steve and Alex as they appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

On October 1st, 2020, Steve was revealed to be the fighter included in Challenger Pack 7, with more information revealed two days later, prior to Minecraft Live 2020. His appearance and animation are nearly indiscernible from his iteration in Minecraft, with the ability to place blocks, mine for materials, and use items from within the game. In his Final Smash, House of Boom, Steve uses a giant piston which smashes players into a stronghold filled with TNT, with Creepers detonating the explosives. Alex, a Zombie, and an Enderman also each appear as alternate costumes of Steve.

As a costume[edit]

A set of Diamond Armor as a Mii Swordfighter costume.

The Diamond Armor that players can craft and wear appears as a DLC Mii Swordfighter costume. The costume additionally wields a diamond sword, which is longer than in Minecraft in order to fit the proportions of the Mii Swordfighter's sword.

In the trailer, several Mii Swordfighters are seen fighting a Rathalos, mirroring a multi-player fight against the Ender Dragon.



In other languages[edit]


Language Name
Japan Japanese スティーブ, Steve
UK English Steve
France French Steve
Germany German Steve
Spain Spanish Steve
Italy Italian Steve
China Chinese (Simplified) 史蒂夫, Steve
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 史提夫, Steve
South Korea Korean 스티브, Steve
Netherlands Dutch Steve
Russia Russian Стив


Language Name
Japan Japanese アレックス, Alex
UK English Alex
France French Alex
Germany German Alex
Spain Spanish Alex
Italy Italian Alex
China Chinese (Simplified) 艾莉克斯, Alex
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 愛莉克斯, Alex
South Korea Korean 알렉스, Alex
Netherlands Dutch Alex
Russia Russian Алекс


Steve's beardless design.
  • Steve is the fifth fighter in Smash to originate from outside of Japan, having been created by Swedish developer Mojang Studios. The first four are Diddy Kong, King K. Rool, and Banjo & Kazooie, who were created by Rare in the United Kingdom, and Dark Samus, who was created by Retro Studios in the United States.
    • Steve is the first playable character created outside of Japan to not have had any involvement from Nintendo in his conception.
    • Being created in Sweden, Steve is the first non-Japanese fighter to originate from a non-Anglophone country.
    • Steve is also one of few playable characters to belong to a non-Japanese company, Microsoft, with the others being Banjo, Kazooie (both also from Microsoft), and Sora (from Disney).
  • Steve is the first fighter in Smash history to come from an originally indie (independent-developed) game.
    • Although Mojang Studios has been a part of Microsoft since 2014, Steve was introduced to Minecraft in 2009, when the company was known as "Mojang Specifications" and was fully independent.
  • Steve is the second playable character in Smash to have debuted on a home computer platform, following Solid Snake.
  • Steve is the only character in the entire series to not have any idle poses.
  • Steve's default design in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is almost entirely taken from a long-outdated texture of the character only featured in very early versions of Minecraft, with his beard (often confused for a smile) being removed in September 2009, only four months into development. Despite this, Steve continued to sport the beard in merchandise and promotional material (including Ultimate) in the years following, culminating in the beard's official re-addition, nearly 13 years later, as part of a redesign of Steve's Java Edition in-game texture in August 2022.
    • Minecraft creator Markus Perssons originally designed the "Steve" texture for a short-lived game project, known only as "Zombie Town", developed for the 2009 Java 4K Game Programming Contest[4].


  1. ^ a b Conditt, Jessica (July 29, 2012). Notch: Minecraft occupies a genderless world, even for that guy. Engadget. Retrieved on October 1, 2020.
  2. ^ The player model is intended to be sexless, and skins allow the player to appear as anything regardless of gender, but Steve and Alex are still referred to with masculine and feminine pronouns, respectively.
  3. ^ Notch (November 22, 2010). "I honestly have no idea. And I tend to always put a question mark after his name (Steve?), you know. :D". Retrieved on October 1, 2020.
  4. ^ [1], The only known footage of the abandoned "Zombie Town" game.

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