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What is up mah Cranky Crew?! It's Ethan from CrankGameplays, and today we are playing…

―Ethan's intro

Ethan Mark Nestor-Darling (born: October 24, 1996 (1996-10-24) [age 24]), better known online as CrankGameplays, is an American video game commentator, vlogger, and is one of Markiplier's former video editors. He is frequently featured on Mark's channel, alongside Tyler Scheid (Apocalypto_12), being their close friend and living near each other. Some other influencers he has collaborated with include Muyskerm, LordMinion777, Jacksepticeye, and Girbeagly. He started his first channel on August 29, 2012, and started his current channel on December 1, 2015.

He is known for having a happy-go-lucky and soft personality, which gained the nickname of "Soft Boi". He is also well-known as one of the hosts of the now-defunct Unus Annus channel, along with Mark.

History

Ethan Mark Nestor-Darling (his middle name "Mark" was named after his dad) was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine to Mark Nestor and Annie Darling. He spent most of his time either recording videos with his friends, taking improv, or practicing gymnastics. He started YouTube on August 29, 2012, with his friend, Andrew Harrington. His first video is labeled "Dirty Mic and the Boys-Happy Wheels Gameplay Numero Uno." It was uploaded on August 30, 2012, on his first channel the original "CrankGamePlays." In the video, Ethan and Andrew (Lanky Randman) play a few levels of Happy Wheels.

He later started another channel called "Cranky Vlogs" in May 2013. At the end of 2015, Ethan decided to make a new channel called "CrankGamePlays." The 2nd to the last video he uploaded to his original channel was "DYING MY HAIR BLUE!!." In the video, he dyes his hair because he promised he would if they hit the goal in one of his charity Livestreams. He dyed his hair blue on October 16, 2015, around the same time as Markiplier and jacksepticeye. The last video he posted to his old channel was "MOVING TO A NEW CHANNEL." In the video, he tells us that he decided to move to a new channel because he had made a few gameplays with his grandmother. He had gained a lot of subscribers because of that and they only wanted him to make gameplays with her. He said that he didn't want to feel like he was exploiting his grandmother. He also moved because all of the subscriber inactivity was affecting the way his channel was shown in search results. He had about 25,000 subscribers on his old channel and only about 200 of them were active.

He graduated from CEHS (Cape, Elizabeth High School) in 2015. After graduating, Ethan decided to move to Portland, Maine, and take a "gap year" to focus on YouTube. He considered going to Full Sail University in Florida and living with his uncle, but never applied for college and ended up sticking to posting videos. His biggest inspiration for posting videos was PewDiePie, the GameGrumps, and his dad.

Meeting Markiplier and Becoming his Friend/Video Editor

He watched a lot of Markiplier's videos, and first met Mark in person at a Pax East Panel called "Markiplier and Friends" in 2014. He talked to Bob and worked it out to do a backflip in front of the famous Markiplier. He flipped for Mark (and a group of fans along with a few other YouTubers) outside of the PAX building. He made a vlog of his entire PAX experience (at about 18:00 he meets Mark) and the video is on his old channel. He also backflipped for Mark the next year at Pax 2015 and was remembered as the "backflip dude." From then on Mark and Ethan became friends and in November of 2016 Mark asked Ethan if he wanted to move out to L.A with him and edit his videos. Ethan gladly agreed and on November 1, 2016, he moved out to Los Angeles. Ethan now lives alone in his own apartment. He used to work for Mark, but as of March 8, 2018, he has become fully committed to YouTube and his own channel.

He makes daily videos and occasionally collaborates with his close friends Markiplier, JacksepticeyeMuyskermLordMinion777, OGchanHayterStreetResume Gaming, MattShea, and Girbeagly. Before he moved to L.A and became frequent in Mark's videos, he had about 5,000 subscribers. He's was becoming more well-known and has gained exponential growth. He also has a weekly Podcast called "Trash Goblin Podcast" with his old friend, Lanky Randman. A name that Ethan and Andrew came up with together.)

On November 15th 2019, Markiplier and Ethan created a channel named Unus Annus. They promised to delete it after one year, hence the name being "One Year" in Latin. True to their word, they deleted the channel at midnight on November 14th 2020.

Family Life

Not much is known about Ethan's family, but both of his parents (his father Mark Nestor and his mother Annie Darling) are alive.

On August 13, 2018, he announced that he'll take a break from YouTube for a week or two because his maternal grandmother passed away on August 2018, He also has a 7 year older half-brother. His name is Andrew J. and, following in his stepdad's footsteps, he is a graphic designer. Andrew is also a musician and artist. He also has 6 (quarter) sisters, but aren't blood relatives of Ethan.

Ethan has a cousin named Colson, who owns a channel named "Colson's Critters".

Alter-Egos/Personas

Blankgameplays

Blankgameplays or Blank is the dark alter ego of Ethan who first appears in an episode of reading your comments, where blank answers a question stating life might be a nightmare.

His next appearance was in out of time, where Blank appears behind Ethan followed by him telling us to buy the posters.

Then, Blank appeared at the end of another reading your comments video, At the end of the video Blank speaks in a distorted voice.

Next, he appeared during the ending of Doki Doki Literature club, where Ethan’s voice glitches followed by a jumpscare.

Next, he appeared in David Lynch teaches typing, where he tries to get the full game, instead, he loses his soul.

Finally, he appears in April goofs.

Not much else is known about Blank.

Mad Mike

Mad Mike is an unused character from A Date with Markiplier.

Nicknames

  • Blue boi
  • CrinkGumplz
  • Etan
  • Dr. CrankyTits
  • Off-Brand JackSepticEye
  • Evan
  • Effin
  • ZestyNesty
  • SickGamePlays
  • Fetus-than
  • Blue PewDiePie
  • DankGamePlays
  • Smol Blue Bean
  • CarrotGamePlays
  • Meme-than
  • Nathan Estor of GrankCame
  • The Blu Idiot
  • Terry Cranky Crews
  • Egg Boi
  • CrankWank
  • FrankTankPlays
  • C*ntGamePlays
  • GameCreamPies
  • Eric
  • Gear Daddy
  • Smol Blu Boi
  • Blue Markiplier
  • Mrs. Thomson
  • Coffee Bean
  • Heapass
  • Soft Boi
  • ChairGameplays
  • Eef
  • Unus

Trivia

  • He has had many pets including 3 lizards (Cody, Carmen, and Carmen, again, named after Agent Cody Banks, and Carmen Cortez from the Spy Kids movies) and 3 Portuguese Water Dogs (Dexter, Cooper, and Max). Max is solid black and Dexter and Cooper are black and white. Currently Ethan has an Australian cattle dog, named Spencer, who was born April 3, 2018. Spencer is often featured with his own "Spencer Cam" during Ethan's streams.
  • When he was younger he always wanted a dog and got Cooper in 2nd grade. He got Max in 4th, and Dexter in November of 2015. Cooper was such a sweet doggie, but she passed away in March of that same year. Ethan was actually allergic to dogs as a kid but eventually grew out of it. (It also helps that Portuguese Waterdogs are hypoallergenic.) Ethan recently confirmed that Max has also passed away, but he did not state when it happened.
  • His favorite fruit is strawberries.
  • He has only had one of his videos demonetized or age-restricted.
  • The first Markiplier video he was in was a sketch from Disco Discomfort. But he wasn't formally introduced until Mark's DON'T LAUGH CHALLENGE #4.
  • He has a very severe peanut allergy and, fun fact, Ethan can die from 1/500th of a peanut. He found out he was allergic after his mom made him peanut butter covered pasta. He immediately went into anaphylactic shock afterward.
  • He has to be very cautious about what foods he eats, but his favorite food is sushi.
  • Because of his allergy, he isn't able to eat any birthday cake beside his own, knowing it's 100% peanut-free.
  • If he was a girl his parents would have named him Alyssa.
  • Ethan was hospitalized with pneumonia when he was a year and a half old
  • The day after he moved out to L.A he went with Mark and Tyler to the YouTube Rewind. He wasn't personally invited, but he got to tag along.
  • Ethan helped introduce the idea of doing Improv for a few videos. Mark had only been doing written sketch comedy and with Improv nothing is planned out ahead of time.
  • He won a PewDiePie Shoutout Competition. He was only one of the bonus winners and didn't actually get as much recognition as Jack did. But his channel was listed in the description.
  • When he was younger, a foreign exchange student from Ukraine stayed at their house for 2 years. Annie learned Russian so she could speak to the exchange student and after she learned the language, she would read Ethan bedtime stories in Russian. Even though the exchange student was so many years older than Ethan, he was like part of the family, and he still is.
  • He always wanted to be an actor as a kid. He just wants to make people laugh.
  • His dad actually named him after Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible.
  • Ethan was a huge Markiplier fanboy before he ended up as Mark's editor.
  • While he lived in Portland with his dad, he had a job as a waiter at a BBQ restaurant called Salvage BBQ where he eventually became the manager.
  • He's really passionate about equality among everyone. All genders, races, religions, sexualities, and even all species.
  • He can solve a Rubik's Cube in under 5 minutes.
  • He can play the ukulele.
  • He once sang in a 12 hour Charity Livestream.
  • He keeps EpiPens with him at all times due to his severe peanut allergy.
  • Ethan has ADHD.
  • Ethan's personality type is ENFP-A which is Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving, and Assertive.
  • His dream job (aside from YouTube) is Director of Cinematography.
  • One of his favorite games is "Omni-Bus."
  • He dressed up as a bag of groceries for Halloween when he was 4. He also dressed up as an electrocuted person one year later.
  • His favorite comedian is John Mulaney.
  • He once watched the entire "How I Met Your Mother" series in one week and he would do it again. He regrets nothing.
  • He once personally saved someone called Jaxon from committing suicide. They posted their suicide note on Ethan's Tumblr page and he went on a huge 36-hour hunt to find that person and save them. Ethan's friends Markiplier and Sky both helped in the search and they saved her life, but in the end, they got attacked with a lot of hate comments for trying to intervene.
  • He loves Harry Potter. He even got a Nimbus 2000 for Christmas one year that his dad made for him.
  • Ethan has been apart of Markiplier's Monthly Charity Livestream's since the start of December and has helped them raise over a million dollars.
  • His birthday (October 24, 1996) is the same day as PewDiePie's birthday, just 7 years apart.
  • His mascot is Gizmo the Gear.
  • Ethan's old intro was created by his dad, a graphic designer.
  • His height is 5'8".
  • Ethan once punched a kid in 5th grade for flicking his friend in the ear.
  • He took gymnastics from 3rd grade to 9th or 10th grade. He was actually the top gymnast in the entire North Eastern region. He made it all the way up to level 10 (the highest rank in gymnastics). He may have stopped competing in competitions, but he hasn't given up gymnastics completely. He still occasionally does backflips and has become known as the "Backflip Dude." The reason he stopped gymnastics is that couldn't juggle YouTube, Gymnastics, and school. He was getting bad grades and his parents made him choose YouTube or gymnastics. He chose YouTube because he saw a future in YouTube, unlike gymnastics. During YouTube Rewind 2017 he did a backflip.
  • He has never broken a bone while doing gymnastics.
  • His favorite Pokémon is Suicune, but he loves all of the legendary dogs.
  • He was in the 2016 YouTube Rewind along with Mark and Tyler
  • He had his first kiss when he was 15 at a movie theater. Right before they kissed, he pulled back to ask her if she had eaten peanuts that day. When she said no, he kissed her.
  • He hates the game "Run Run and Die."
  • Ethan is near-sighted and got glasses around July 2016. Being in front of his computer and doing YouTube was affecting his vision so he went to the eye doctor and was recommended glasses.
  • Ethan has raised over $1,000,000 with his numerous charity livestreams.
  • Ethan was looking at a poster in his room and it said "Crank." At the time he was trying to come up with a name for his channel and he decided to call it CrankGameplays. This is how the name CrankGameplays was born.
  • He used to have a vlogging channel, Cranky Vlogs, but now he never uses it as he thinks the content he made on it was really cringy.
  • Ethan cracked his head open a lot as a child.
  • Ethan dislikes squeeze applesauce with a passion.
  • He was in a romantic relationship with Mika, a Twitch streamer. They had been dating from May 2018 until August 2020.
  • In September 2021 Ethan confirmed on a Twitch stream that he and Mika were in a relationship again and living together.

Subscriber Milestones

  • 1 million subscribers: January 15, 2020
  • 2 million subscribers: December 23, 2020

Quotes

  • "I love matches. Matches are really ssssnifty. What Ethan?" (Wick)
  • "MY VOICE IS OF THE PREPUBESCENT CHILD!" (I'm an Idiot)
  • "WHAT DO YOU WANT?? I'M ON FIRE!!" (Hot Pepper Challenge)
  • "Noooo! Mah penguins! Mah beautiful penguins!" (UEBS)
  • "I'm a swirrrly bird! The swirrrrly bird catches the worm." (Crash World)
  • "There's music in my heart." (Disco Discomfort)
  • "CAN WE HIT 1 BILLION LIKES??!" *smashes table* (Gingerbread House Building Challenge)
  • "I can be happy because I be not dead" (Gingerbread House Building Challenge)
  • "That's the kid! That's the kid who pants us in the woods!" (Wick)
  • "This is the hot sh*t.jpeg" (Anatomically Incorrect Dinosaurs)
  • "Get SH*T STOMPED!" (Omni-Bus)
  • "We got this, fam!" (Trying to be encouraging)
  • "BESSIE! You're about to be meat!" (Just Cause 3)
  • "CowGoatDeerGoatCow." 'I should not be allowed to own pets. Somebody call the ASPCA.' (Just Cause 3)
  • "Your horse dildos have magical powers!" (Christmas Shopper Simulator)
  • "MY NIPPLES ARE ON CAMERA!" (Sexy Dance Time with CrankGamePlays)
  • "Let's get spooped!" (When he's scared)
  • "We got trucks, we got f**ks, we got everythin' ya like!" (Beam.NG Drive)
  • "Nothing says 'Barbie' like laundry cogs!" (Barbie Dreamhouse Party)
  • "Good 'ol Jack StumpyToes" (Finding Bigfoot)
  • "I want you to f**k the plant, Sharon." (Change)
  • "It's growing small children out of the buds." (Change)
  • "Lesbians have p*ssy powered penis poppers. Was that close?" (Whisper Challenge #5)
  • "The power of breakfast compels you!" (Trash Goblin Podcast #11)
  • "F**k my tits!" (Whenever he's frustrated)
  • "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a bullet. That's not true. Don't try that." (Mr. President)
  • "I love me a gud Crizmuss." (Christmas Shopper Simulator)
  • "No one else has nut-kicking power like shopper lady person!" (Christmas Shopper Simulator)
  • "It's an endless circle of anal penetration!!" (Plug and Play)
  • "Somebody once told me the world is my homie." (Whisper Challenge #5)
  • "I have severe acne! Mark's a f*cking d*ck!" (Markiplier's Human Rights Campaign Livestream )
  • "Oh- if you don't have a filling in your pie you don't have a pie, f**khole" (Markiplier Makes: PIE )
  • "I really like ejaculating inside another man's wife". (Ethan had to say this out loud in one of Mark's cards against Humanity video
  • "We live our lives taking each second for granted." (first words on UA)
  • "I love matches. Matches are really ssssnifty. What Ethan?" (Wick)
  • "Horses... Presidents..?" (Markiplier Makes: Fan Fiction)
  • "Digging myself.. a grave" (A Fun Day In The Sand)
  • "MY VOICE IS OF THE PREPUBESCENT CHILD!" (I'm an Idiot)
  • "WHAT DO YOU WANT?? ON FIRE!!" (Hot Pepper Challenge)
  • "Noooo! Mah penguins! Mah beautiful penguins!" (UEBS)
  • "I'm a bird! The bird catches the worm." (Crash World)
  • "There's music in my heart." (Disco Discomfort)
  • "Why are you over-minding your business, bitch?" (Markiplier Makes: Pretzels)
  • "CAN WE HIT 1 BILLION LIKES??!" *smashes table* (Gingerbread House Building Challenge)
  • "I can be happy because I be not dead" (Gingerbread House Building Challenge)
  • "That's the kid! That's the kid who pants us in the woods!" (Wick)
  • "This is the hot sh*t.jpeg" (Anatomically Incorrect Dinosaurs)
  • "Get SH*T STOMPED!" (Omni-Bus)
  • "We got this, fam!" (Trying to be encouraging)
  • "BESSIE! You're about to be meat!" (Just Cause 3)
  • "CowGoatDeerGoatCow." I should not be allowed to own pets. Somebody call the ASPCA'.' (Just Cause 3)
  • "Your horse dildos have magical powers!" (Christmas Shopper Simulator)
  • "MY NIPPLES ARE ON CAMERA!" (Sexy Dance Time with CrankGamePlays)
  • "Let's get !" (When he's scared)
  • "We got trucks, we got f**ks, we got everythin' ya like!" (Beam.NG Drive)
  • "I don't understand why you guys keep asking me if I support the LGBTQ+ community. Of course I do! Have I not made that clear?" (Among Us Twitch Stream)
  • "Nothing says 'Barbie' like laundry cogs!" (Barbie Dreamhouse Party)
  • "Good ' Jack StumpyToes" (Finding Bigfoot)
  • "I want you to f**k the plant, Sharon." (Change)
  • "It's growing small children out of the buds." (Change)
  • "Lesbians have p*ssy powered penis poppers. Was that close?" (Whisper Challenge #5)
  • "The power of breakfast compels you!" (Trash Goblin Podcast #11)
  • "F**k my tits!" (Whenever he's frustrated)
  • "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a bullet. That's not true. Don't try that." (Mr. President)
  • "I love me a Crizmuss." (Christmas Shopper Simulator)
    • takes fake baby* *baby hits table* “You gotta knock it out before you preform surgery” (Markiplier Makes:Dog Toys)
  • "No one else has nut-kicking power like shopper lady person!" (Christmas Shopper Simulator)
  • "It's an endless circle of anal penetration!!" (Plug and Play)
  • "Somebody once told me the world is my homie." (Whisper Challenge #5)
  • "I have severe acne! Mark's a f*cking d*ck!" (Markiplier's Human Rights Campaign Livestream )
  • "We live our lives taking each second for granted..." (Unus Annus)
  • "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!" (every Unus Annus video)
  • "I feel insecure about my body!" (Preserving Ourselves in Wax)
  • "Hehe... The goop. Is funny to me!" (Preserving ourselves in Wax)
  • “With the greatest power, comes a awesome time.” (Like It or Not... This is What The New Human Looks Like)
  • “Not all everyone can be a hero, but only the heroes are the ones who did it well enough.” (Like It or Not... This is What The New Human Looks Like)
  • “Crabs are the spiders of the sea.” (Do NOT Give a Crab a Knife)
  • "are all hens female? (Unus Annus: learning more about life with a chicken)
  • "commit once, measure... nonce." (Unus Annus: Building The World's First IKEA Boat)
  • "SKITTLE!" (Unus Annus: The Great Meat Mistake)
  • "He's putting on his cap for his long winter's nap!" (Unus Annus: The Great Meat Mistake)
  • ”Skittle? Hang on that’s not right... Skittle, skrittle? ... SKILLET!” (Unus Annus)
  • "A Bear? In THESE Woods? There's no way Mark." (Unus Annus: Pitching a Tent in the Woods [But There Is a Bear 15 Feet Away])
  • ”Don’t cry because it’s over, cry because it happened.” (Goodbye, Unus Annus)
  • “There is no easy.” (Unus Annus, Math video)
  • “I...am...Mortified.” (Unus Annus, Math video)
  • ”It’s a comfort thing.” (Unus Annus, taser video)
  • ”I feel upset! This isn’t a good start to my day. I don’t like it when I lose but it’s okay cause I lose often. My self esteem is so low. Please... help me.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”We all have bad days. I cried on my kitchen floor yesterday. For what reason? It doesn’t matter to you.” (Unus Annus)
  • “You really know how to make me gaggle.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Hold Jesus, not penis.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”This is what it means... to go, even further BEYOND!” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Math was never my strong suit, nor was anything else.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”I’m begging you, from the bottom of my knees!” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Always remember the buddy system.“ (Unus Annus)
  • “Did you know I’m on medication currently? And I think I need a higher dose.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Are you chill with dying?” (Unus Annus)
  • ”I fear.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”My ass is going to shoot out from the unders!” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Give me a pinkie promise, pinkie promise me you’re not a bad guy?” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Did I go BEYOND?!” (Unus Annus)
  • ”We’ve got to put it on full power, AGHHHHH!” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Who put the hole in the ground?” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Uh this is my safe word... uh, safe word.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Hello Mr. Penis.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Should we hold for the fucking planes, Jesus!” (Unus Annus)
  • “Listen to me, if you don’t fucking talk more I’m actually going to fucking burn your tits off.” (Unus Annus)
  • “Hey now, don’t try this at home.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”You’ll be sleeping with the fishes. You'll be sleeping with the god damn FUSHES!” (Unus Annus)
  • "The Gongoozler will swim up to you... take you by the toes" (Unus Annus)
  • ”Jebus is on my size.” (Unus Annus, yes he did say this exactly it’s not a mistake.)
  • ”I dead the egg.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”I’ve never felt sexy a day in my life.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Look at that small penis. Bet you can't do ANYTHING with that.” (Unus Annus)
  • “It’s not sexual?” (Unus Annus)
  • ”UN-US!” (Unus Annus)
  • “I goofed it.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”The Annus to my Unus.” (Unus Annus)
  • ”AHHHH everyone’s tall!” (Unus Annus)
  • "wHY IS IT SPICY?!" (Unus Annus - That video where they ate raw pumpkins)
  • "Mark, what's the main ingredient in a semfrury desperation tanker?" (Unus Annus: Making Our Own Sensory Deprivation Chamber)
  • "Doald Crump toodn't run dat fas?" (Unus Annus: 2 Grown Men Attempt The Presidential Fitness Test)
  • "Martha May Who... Don't look at me like this." (Unus Annus: Drinking One Gallon of Eggnog - Santa's Mukbang)
  • "How do you feel about my genitals?" (Unus Annus: 2 Truths and 1 Lie - Waxing Edition)
  • "PAPA!" (Unus Annus)
  • "Lil' Lubey! That's gonna be my soundcloud rap name." (Unus Annus)
  • "Can we make pumpkin seeds?🥺" (Unus Annus)
  • ”It’s abracadabra time!” (Unus Annus)
  • ”Mother nature-MOTHER NATURE!” (Unus Annus)
  • "Would I say that I'm 100% straight? NO, ITS A SPECTRUM!!!!" (Q&A)
  • "Yeah guys lets go get F**KED!" (Barbie Dreamhouse Party)
  • "Hey Mark.. you went to Korea recently..." (Unus Annus)
  • "*trying to be intimidating* I'm so much less powerful than you." (Unus Annus: Play-Doh Thanksgiving)

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