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How Did Markiplier and Ethan Meet?

Labor pain simulators and eating only onions for 24 hours straight are just a few of the viral videos created by Unus Annus, a channel ran by YouTubers Ethan and Markiplier. Their self-destructing YouTube channel is just one aspect of the pair’s friendship.

But how exactly did this dynamic duo come to be?

Today, we’re here to answer that question. But first, let’s give a brief bio on each for those who may not be familiar with them.

Who is Markiplier?

Mark Edward Fischbach, the YouTube personality we all know as Markiplier, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1989. His career started in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he has since moved to Los Angeles, California.

He is the creator behind the series A Date with Markiplier and the co-host of Unus Annus, which he runs with Ethan. As of October, he has over 27 million subscribers and 14 billion views.

Who is Ethan?

Ethan Nestor-Darling is a YouTuber, producer, and editor. He was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in 1996 and currently lives in Los Angeles. Fun fact: he was a gymnast for ten years before deciding to focus more of his time and energy on YouTube.

He is the co-host of Unus Annus and the creator behind CrankGameplays, which he started back in 2012. The CrankGameplays channel currently has 1.51 million subscribers, with over 1,500 videos posted.

How did the two YouTubers meet?

Ethan was a fan of Markiplier’s just like many of us. They were both in the video game commentary niche on YouTube. The two first met in person at the Penny Arcade Expo, known as PAX, in 2014. PAX is an annual conference full of panels and performances centered on video game culture. During the Markiplier and Friends panel, he ended up asking Markiplier if he could do a backflip for him and the crowd.

The next year, in 2015, Ethan again went to PAX and back flipped again for Markiplier outside of the building with a group of fans. He became known as the “backflip dude” which was a fitting nickname. The two became friends and kept in touch.

Ethan and Markiplier start working together

In 2016, Mark invited Ethan out to Los Angeles to work on editing his videos. The two lived and worked together for two years until 2018 when Ethan moved on to focus on his own channel and started living in his own LA apartment.

On November 15, 2019, the pair reunited and created the channel Unus Annus, which means “One Year.” The point of the channel is to resemble life itself, each day getting closer and closer to the end. In Unus Annus’ case, that “end” will be November 15, 2020. When time runs out, the channel and all of its contents will be deleted. Until then, for the one-year lifespan of the channel, they have been uploading every single day. So far, they have gained over three million subscribers.


So there you have it. Ethan initially met Markiplier at the Penny Arcade Expo in 2014. What started as a fun, viral backflip eventually turned into a working relationship, a friendship, and a deeply symbolic year-long project channel.

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  • Marley is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Journalism. She is passionate about all forms of digital media, content creation, and writing. She also loves Memphis BBQ and dogs!

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