Minecraft Steve, Alex & Skins Background

Minecraft Steve, Alex & Skins

July 14, 2022
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The player character in Minecraft is fully customizable. If you don't use this option, you're probably playing with Minecraft Steve.

Minecraft Steve

Steve is the first skin available for Minecraft characters and has become both a legend and a symbol of the sandbox sensation. Alex, the more feminine counterpart to Steve, was added later. By now, the entire gaming world knows Steve and Alex.

From Minecraft Human to Minecraft Steve

Even at the beginning of the development of Minecraft, there was a test game character, which was simply called "Human". It wore the blue shirt even back then. In 2009, the character could also move actively and new game characters were developed. These other characters disappeared again, but the old test game character designed by Minecraft founder Notch remained. However, it was just called "character".

The Minecraft community also referred to the game character simply as "Minecraft Man" or "Minecraft Guy." When asked about the character, Notch didn't know exactly what it meant and replied: "Do you mean Steve?" From that moment on, the Minecraft Guy was just Steve to the Minecraft community.


Ever since version 1.6, Steve was the official name in the game and the character has been referred to as Steve.

Since Minecraft is a genderless game, animals and game characters were not supposed to have specific genders. Therefore, despite the name, Steve from Minecraft is simply a "human" and not specifically a man.

Minecraft Skins - Male and Female Characters?

After all, the rather male appearance of Steve raised the question whether or not a female-looking equivalent should be created. Although this contradicted the official statements that there are no genders in Minecraft, a feminine-looking character was introduced and called Alex.

Minecraft Alex

2014 not only offered a new update but with this we got introduced to a second skin: Minecraft Alex. In comparison to Steve ‘she’ was given thinner arms, a ponytail and orange hair, as well as slightly pink lips.


Since then, Minecraft Alex has been considered a "feminine" partner or counterpart of Minecraft Steve. The creation of the character Alex suggests: The developers have moved away from the idea of a non-existing differentiation between male and female.

According to certain Minecraft lore, Steve and Alex are the last surviving humans of an ancient race of builders who left behind their temples, knowledge and abilities. They vanished after a zombie outbreak. Believing in this interesting little story that is trying to explain how the world of Minecraft is designed and how it works, Minecraft Alex seems to fit in perfectly. “She” is able to blend in with the surroundings thanks to a green shirt and brown trousers. Actually, thinking about it, doesn’t “she” seem to be better suited in this world than Steve?

The Minecraft Steve head

The most characteristic thing about a person are their facial features, but the most characteristic thing about a Minecraft skin is its whole head. Thus, the head of Minecraft Steve has a high chance of being recognized. It’s no suprise then, that it soon became a popular Halloween costume and Minecraft Steve heads made of cardboard seemed very popular as a humorous pop cultural reference. Much like the diamond pickaxe, pretty much every player is able to connect the Minecraft Steve head to the game.

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PS: If you meet a Steve with white eyes and a beard, the mighty Herobrine has found you! Read our article on Minecraft Herobrine to find out why this is extremely unlikely.

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