Jaiden was born in Arizona, United States, with a penchant for drawing at an early age. She initially made videos for gaming YouTuber IHasCupquake, providing animated versions of her videos that would comprise among her most popular, gaining over tens of millions of views. Her own YouTube channel would soon gain traction, regularly accumulating at least a few million views per video. Notable videos include her ‘face reveal’ and music video Empty, both of which detailed her struggle with anorexia, and a video detailing a Nuzlocke run which is her most popular video as of August 2020.
As she became more popular, she worked with YouTubers like fellow animators (including TheOdd1sOut), MrBeast, Anthony Padilla, FBE, and even YouTube itself, contributing to YouTube Rewind. Her section of the latter video even gained the attention of PewDiePie.
Her videos were individually produced in the beginning, but later appointed a small team to assist with drawing - this was for the intended purpose to improve animation quality and to share workload. Her animations are characterised by predominantly being colorless (although she has recently utilised more colour in her videos), relatively fluid animation compared to other storytime animators, and recurrent appearances of her pet conure Ari. Besides her storytime videos, she also features live drawing and reaction videos.
Her YouTube channel has over 8.3 million subscribers and over 1.3 billion views, making her among the most popular storytime animation channels on the site besides TheOdd1sOut.
Her mother is Japanese and her father is American; she has a younger brother named Jax. During her childhood, she enjoyed drawing and playing casual video games.
As she grew older, she began participating in competitive sports, such as tennis and karate; she also took music lessons, such as piano and violin, and learned the recorder through compulsory school lessons.
Jaiden was originally known for animating for YouTuber iHasCupquake. The latter had reached out to the former after seeing fan art sent to her. Prior to this, she had never done animation before. Her animated videos have become one of Cupquake's most viewed; Five Nights at Freddy's Animated short has over 81 million views as of August 2020.
Jaiden joined YouTube on February 16, 2014, but did not upload her first video until July of that year. She has since gained subscribers due to her comical animated videos, such as stories about school, why she doesn't like high heels, and other awkward stories. Originally, she uploaded Pokemon speedpaints, Q&As, and videos of her playing the piano, but has switched to more storytime-based content. In mid-2019 Jaiden made most of her videos on traveling as she has been visiting places like Japan and the U.K.
Frequent collaborations with iHasCupquake, TonyVToons, TheOdd1sOut, SomeThingElseYT, Let Me Explain Studios, GingerPale, Domics, and other creators helped skyrocketed her sub count, jumping from 100k subs to over 1,000,000 in the span of a year. Her channel has since grown to have over eight million subscribers, and each of her videos bolstering an equally impressive number of views, often double or triple her subscriber count.
Aside from the animators mentioned above, she has been featured outside her own channel. She very recently participated in MrBeast's 100,000 YouTuber Battle Royale being put on the Green team with TheOdd1sOut and Anthony Padilla which ended up with Jaiden winning the game for her team after she shot the last person.
She was invited to make an animation for YouTube Rewind 2017. Her animation is in the video's credits. In the 2018 Rewind, Jaiden appeared in one of the scenes with PewDiePie's chair, recreating the "BUT Can you do thiiiis?" meme. After few hours, fans also spotted references (or easter eggs) to "sub 2 PewDiePie", "Somebody toucha my spaghet" (Though people thought it was B*tch Lasagna and she said it can be either), KSIvsLogan, Ugandan Knuckles, Smash Bros letter, "Sociopaths 101" (A reference to Jake Paul or Shane Dawson, but it was too small to read.), and Ari. Many fans believe her part to be the only good part of the video, as the rest of the video was heavily criticized.
Jaiden is shy and tends to be nervous around people. She calls herself "awkward" and "anxious," although she has cited her YouTuber career as helping her get better at interactions. She talks about these traits in many of her videos, the most notable one being “Why I Don’t Have a Face Reveal," in which she talks about her problems with self-consciousness and body dysmorphia. In a more recent video titled "Anxiety is the Greatest! (jk it can go jump off a microwave)," Jaiden talks about her struggles with anxiety and depression. She is quite kind and considerate and follows a vegan diet, which is most likely due to her concerns about how animals are treated on farms. She's also a goddess that can control the weather but she doesn't like people calling her a goddess.
She used to live in Arizona, and did her entire life, but has recently moved to Los Angeles, California.
She is close friends with many fellow animator YouTubers on the platform such as TheOdd1sOut, TimTom, and SomeThingElseYT, forming a gang called the Boise Squad. The previous Animation Squad, however, included herself, TheOdd1sOut, ItsAlexClark, and TonyVToons. Rebecca Parham from Let Me Explain Studios is also a close friend to Jaiden Animations, but she wasn't in either gang.
She has mentioned that she's been on dates on multiple occasions before, however, at the moment, her dating life is currently kept private. In a Livestream, she says that she does not consider herself 'fully gay or 'fully straight' .
Ari (born April 29, 2016) is Jaiden's pet green-cheeked conure. Jaiden jokingly likes to call him a "dog". Ari has often been featured in Jaiden's videos and continues to be the star of her Instagram and Twitter.
Ari often pushes stuff off tables, throws strawberries, and screams a lot. Ari also has a habit of singing along to songs, although in Jaiden's words he "has no rhythm and is pretty tone-deaf."
At the current moment, Ari's gender is unknown. Male and female green cheek conures look very similar and are almost impossible to tell their gender without a DNA test, which Jaiden mentions are too expensive for her to feel comfortable paying for. Some sources say that Ari is female because of the color of their cere (the pale area above the beak), however, this is incorrect because those sources confuse Ari as being a budgie, a different kind of bird. In fact, Ari is likely a boy because it has been shown that many male green cheek conures have gray/black feet, while many females have pink feet. Though it is still unknown how reliable that method is. Some people consider Ari a boy as Jaiden sometimes uses male pronouns for Ari like him or he. She also jokingly calls other parrots Aris, like "caring for an Ari can be hard" and "you have an Ari?"
The very first video that Ari appeared in was the "New Member of the Family!" video. She/he has also appeared in "Ari's First Christmas feat. Weeaboo Misaki", "Happy Birthday Ari!", "Living with Ari", "Ari's Birthday! (again)" "Throwing Ari a Birthday Party", and the behind the scenes of her music video "Empty".
Tofu (born: June 20, 2019) is Jaiden's new pet, gotten during October 2019. She revealed the bird's existence on a charity stream for United Way.
- 1 million subscribers: December 4, 2016
- 2 million subscribers: June 17, 2017
- 3 million subscribers: January 4, 2018
- 4 million subscribers: June 20, 2018
- 5 million subscribers: December 8, 2018
- 6 million subscribers: April 10, 2019
- 7 million subscribers: November 14, 2019
- 8 million subscribers: June 8, 2020
- "People are gonna get triggered if you think like that!"
- "This is awkward."
- "I've learned my lesson now, OK."
- "I'm gonna pretend he's going to University to be an orthopedic surgeon. Look it up."
- "He's a genuinely great guy" (when referring to Gordon Ramsay)
- "Yes, my good sir. I'll have the milk steak, boiled over hard, and your finest jelly beans. Raw."
- "I don't like the concept of Wikipedia. People can just hop on and, like, write whatever they feel like. And people will accept it as fact!"
- "Stab me?"
- "Stop! You're freaking me out!"
- "We both live in the oven that is Arizona."
- "What kind of argument is that?"
- “Wind is my least favorite weather! People with long hair can understand...”
- “If you can’t help yourself, help others. Then eventually, you might be able to learn how to help yourself, too.”
- "I'll be personally offended if you don't let me play with your pet for at least 2 hours."
- ”What’s in that forest, Logan?”
- "Oh, fish frick!"
- "I'M GAYYYY!!!!!!"
- "Oh, hello Shroomish. I'm going to name you Onion."
- "Oh yeah. I know what your name is."
- "You can't stand me up like that! At least give me some sort of reason!"
- "Come on, Come back!, Rajesh!"
- "I'm gonna name you Chad. Oh, you're a girl? did I stutter?"
- "Hello stranger with a degree, I'm here to tell you why I'm broken!"
- "I'm not crying. Someone's just chopping Onions here."
- She is an animal lover and had two dogs when she was a child. Jaiden's parents acquired the first dog long before she was born, and as such she doesn't remember much interaction with it. When she was seven, her family got another dog, which they named Scruffy. She currently has a bird named Ari, whom she jokingly calls a dog. She also shared in a video that to distract her from the idea of a dog when she was young, her parents got her an army of goldfish.
- Additionally, both Jaiden and JonTronShow's pet bird is the same species.
- She went vegan for one week after being nominated to do the "7 Day Vegan Challenge, baby (solves all yo' problems)" by TheOdd1sOut (who "created" the name to this challenge), who she frequently collabs with.
- This nomination was mostly a joke, as Jaiden was vegan before accepting this challenge.
- She hates the colour green (rather ironically), and her favourite colour is purple.
- She once dyed her hair purple to look like her favourite YouTuber at the time, iHasCupquake.
- She also dyed her hair red when she was younger.
- She adds a fanart that was sent to her at the end card of her videos.
- She said that she is allergic to cats (cat hair), during her 100,000 Subscriber special when she was looking at her old drawings.
- In the video "Christmas Trivia Game! (Jaiden shot us)" by TimTom, Jaiden remarks that she is around 5' 7" (170cm), the same as Santa Claus.
- She and Dom from Domics have the same birthday.
This page was created on September 20, 2016, by Designer TayTay.