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Aaron Lemos (born: February 8, 1998 (1998-02-08) [age 26]), better known online as EmpLemon (also known as EmperorLemon), is an American YouTube commentator and former YouTube pooper who became one of the most popular YouTube Poop (YTP) makers of his field. His most viewed YouTube video was "The UNcredibles", a YTP of the 2004 Disney and Pixar film The Incredibles. The UNcredibles was at one point, the top search result for "YouTube Poop."

Aaron became popular because of his YTPs, particularly those based on Pixar films. Aside from "The UNcredibles", he has made others such as its sequel "The NONcredibles", "Lightning McQueer and the Quest for Tires", and the "Frying Nemo" saga. Though he made all of his YTP videos private in 2021, some fans have reuploaded them. After retiring from YTP, he was still popular from his rant video: "MEME Theory: How Behind The Meme is ruining the Memescape as we Know It", a video which is largely considered the catalyst of the downfall of Behind The Meme. Another one of his most recent and popular series is "Never Ever", where he explains the significance of certain relevant people or topics. He also maintains a vlog/rant channel called Downward Diary, where he expresses dismay about various topics.


Aaron primarily switched to a commentary format in 2017, accompanied with his distinct and vivacious editing. He revealed in the video "Frying Comments: The Origin Of The Downward Spiral" that while he acknowledged that his career was where it is today because of his YTPs, the drama and somewhat ostracization he was enduring as a result of his highly popular videos ultimately drove him away from making them.[1] He added in the video that he would "most likely not" make YTPs again. Despite this, his commentary videos incorporate YTP-style editing, from what can be seen as a nod to his past.

His style of commentary is unique in that he is openly and highly critical of YouTube's current practices and the increasing corporatization of the platform with both derision and tact that make him both a scathingly harsh yet fair and measured critic. His extreme self-awareness is also of note, making it difficult for critics to call him out on flaws and/or contradictions as he is already aware of such. His other videos and series include a.) YouTube Geographic, which has delved into the YouTube landscape, such as the rise and fall of LeafyIsHere and the $1 billion Viacom lawsuit, b.) the now-defunct Minute Memes / Memes of the month series, an attempt to create a series to rival Behind the Meme (this was abandoned when Behind the Meme left the platform in disgrace and the increasing popularity of PewDiePie's Meme Review, begun in November 2017), and c.) the retrospective series "Never Ever," reflecting on past yet culturally-high- profile works. EmpLemon also appears on the State of the YouTube (SOTY) podcast with Rusty Cage and Mumkey Jones.

Aaron has also been highly critical of the termination of Mumkey Jones, and the mainstream media's treatment of PewDiePie.

EmpLemon started focusing more about YouTube, memes and the YouTube community and less on YTP. In fact, his most recent YTP was uploaded in December 2017. In 2018, he used to review memes with his "Minute Memes" series. EmpLemon does informative, documentary-like videos in a series titled YouTube Geographic, although the topics are not that trendy.

Recently, he has made a video talking about the complaints from YTP fans and his own history in YouTube. According to him, he feels like he has been treated unfairly by the YTP community, although some has changed their mind and those who still continued being against, such as his ex-adored Stuart K. Reilly, losing relevancy.

After abandoning YTP, he had switched to commentary and criticizing other content creators and even YouTube itself. In one of his video, he encouraged his fans to dislike the 2017 YouTube Rewind (Tank The Rewind) but didn't quite succeed. Since then, he had created a few series including YouTube Geographics which he talks about the main events that helped form the YouTube community and Never Ever where he talks about a legend in his field and why there would never be such an important figure ever again.

He also has a 2nd channel and suggest that his channel would have ended like his 2nd channel if he gave up doing YouTube as a whole, or to the very least as a hobby.

As of now, EmpLemon makes documentaries on certain topics, ranging from the Simpsons to Nascar and a Cartoon named "Home Movies".

Personal life[]

Aaron claims that his father was on welfare as a child and never received a college education, but was able to "make something of himself." His mother is allegedly Chinese and "grew up under Chairman Mao".[2] Aaron hails from Florida. He attended Nease high school just south of Jacksonville, Florida.[3] He is vegan and has intimated that this is due, at least in part, to the ecological impacts of factory farming.

Aaron came out as a vegan and he hates how people treat animals. He has stated on the SOTY podcast that he hates Reddit, but mainly Redditors.

On early 2020, EmpLemon announced that he had graduated college, and has announced that he will now be pursuing a full-time career on YouTube, as announced on a community post.[4]

On July 2, 2020, EmpLemon uploaded a video called "The Quest for the Blue Checkmark", which questioned why many famous people on Twitter still hasn't been verified despite proving their popularity. Two days later, he announced that he would stop posting regularly on his Twitter account, citing the toxicity of the site.[5]

On April 25, 2024, EmpLemon announced that he is going to launch a Theneedledrop takedown video to criticize him for his anti conservative opinions, calling Wet Ass Pussy the second best song of 2020, and for putting little effort into many of his reviews. "It has been a long time coming. I used to praise this man. But now I see him as the hack that he is." says EmpLemon.


  • He thinks Rick and Morty is a good show with a mad fanbase.[6]
  • He thinks Rick and Morty is no longer consistent after season 2.
  • He hue shifts himself green in reference to his Youtube Poop, The Sempsins where he turns the Simpsons green.
  • He hates how Rick from Rick and Morty became the smartest man in the universe in season 3 and can solve any problem instantly.
  • He likes progressive rock music.
  • He puts a music list in his youtube video descriptions.
  • He thinks that Valve's new leaked game is bad because it is a mix of Counter Strike, DOTA, Team Fortress 2, and tower defence. The mix is nonsensical to him.
  • He thinks video games are on a downward spiral but blames video game fans for buying bad new games without thinking and not being fans of the experimental titles such as Dwarf Fortress.
  • He said he doesn't enjoy playing video games anymore, but it is possible that he does again. However, his favorite game is Team Fortress 2 which is known for having a bot problem.
  • He used to admire Anthony Fantano and considered him as a wise man who was involved with meme culture, but now thinks Anthony Fantano is a hack who changed his whole personality to appeal to a wider audience. He said "This is why you got divorced Anthony, because she doesn't like your new change. Now you're being promiscuous just like your wretched fanbase. Taking pictures of yourself touching a promiscuous lady's ass. Wow. Just wow Anthony. No one is impressed. Oh my god Anthony. You never cared about progressive rock either. You don't even know Steve Howe's name. You call him Steve Harris. Wow. Just wow. Keep on calling music by red dyed hair wannabe gangsters who stick their tongue out, a fat 10, and keep ignoring progressive rock such as Yes, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, and Soft Machine, or The Soft Machine as they were known on their first two albums. However I am more a fan of their third album which is called Third, and they were called Soft Machine on that one. I used songs from that Third album on a lot of my videos."
  • He hates lots of new memes because they lack originality, creativity, and happy feeling.
  • He does not use copper on his face to make his face green, like the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz who put copper on her face to turn her face green. He used video editing software to hue shift his face green.
  • He has a Sonic OC named Lemon the Hedgehog.
  • He wants SEGA to make a Sonic round-based free MMORPG that takes place in a medieval country where you can interact with other players and do platforming, along with roleplaying as your custom character which can be a hedgehog, fox, or echidna. The game involves working in the medieval country, with some players as the royal family, and some players as the royal family's helpers such as butlers and cleaners, and entertainment jobs such as jesters, but most players work outside as miners, woodcutters, and other medieval jobs. But the players can plot to assassinate the royal family, or steal from NPC's houses to get items. The game has an in-depth combat system that involves typing words that pop up on the screen as fast as you can, while playing an osu-like mini game simultaneously. You will be typing words with one hand and playing the osu-like mini game with the other hand, which will be on the mouse. The game contains Sonic music from the Sonic Adventure games when you are in PVP. However for the rest of the game, they play songs from the Genesis games when you are out of combat. The game is 3D and contains 3D platforming, as the world was torn apart by an explosion that turned the whole world into one of precise platforming, but not too precise that you pull your hair out of your head in frustration. Rounds are won by surviving. If you die, you cannot respawn until the next round begins. You cannot join a round in the middle of it. You can only kill other players if you have a proper reason, because this is a role-playing game where you role-play. However, some players are selected as unemployed psychopaths, who are allowed to attack people for dumb reasons. This is a social deduction game where you analyze other people's behaviors and deduct if they are really workers or if they are unemployed psychopaths. EmpLemon does not hate the unemployed. There is no political themes in the game. The unemployed psychopaths aren't psychopaths because they're unemployed.
  • He hates people who say that Frank Grimes from the Simpsons episode "Homer's Enemy" looks like a soyjak that is quoted saying "Billions must die."
  • He hates how the video game osu! has so many songs that are just some girl trying to be cute while singing. He thinks it is phony and he wishes that the girls would be less phony. He was a fan of the game when he downloaded Sonic songs to play but he was disappointed when he realized there are too many songs without Sonic singers on it.
  • He is criticized for being cynical.