Ethan Nestor-Darling
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Alias(es) CrankGameplays
Gender Male
Born Ethan Mark Nestor-Darling
Birthdate October 24, 1996
Birthplace Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Age 24
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation Online producer, editor
Years active 2012 - Present
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Ethan Mark Nestor-Darling, known online as CrankGameplays, is an online producer, entertainer, YouTuber, and former editor for Markiplier[1] as well as the co-host of the now-defunct Unus Annus channel. He first appeared alongside Fischbach in "Let's Play 4-Way Air Hockey IN REAL LIFE!!" and was a member of Mark's You're Welcome tour from 2017 through 2018.

Early life

Ethan was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on October 24, 1996 to Mark Nestor and Annie Darling. Since his youth, Ethan admired cinema and acting as he would often make home videos with his older half-brother, Andrew José Nestor. After taking an interest in YouTube, Nestor decided to make his debut video on August 29, 2012, around 2 AM, which he posted the following day to his original CrankGameplays channel. His father, from whom he got his middle name, is a graphic designer who also made Ethan's first CrankGameplays logo and video intro.

Ethan was a dedicated gymnast for almost 10 years, which he later gave up to focus on his YouTube channel due to his declining grades as he couldn't afford to fully commit to both pastimes. After graduating from Cape Elizabeth High School in 2015, Ethan decided to take one year off schooling and move to Portland, Maine to focus on his YouTube career, noting that he would have gone back to his studies if it didn't succeed. At one point, he considered applying to Full Sail University in Florida to study acting and filmmaking, but ultimately decided against it.[2] While living in Portland with his father, Ethan had a job as a waiter at "Salvage BBQ" restaurant, where he became the manager for a time.

Some of his YouTube inspirations include PewDiePie and Game Grumps.[3]


First channel

Ethan's first CrankGameplays channel was started on August 30, 2012. His first video titled "Dirty Mic and the Boys-Happy Wheels Gameplay Numero Uno," made the day before his channel's creation, features him and his friend Andrew Harrington (dubbed Lanky Randman in the video, a name he would later adopt for his online alias) playing Happy Wheels.[4] The name of the channel came from one of his bedroom posters that read "Crank," with Ethan simply adding the "Gameplays" suffix to it. His channel's logo and original intro were both designed by his father, Mark. The channel's mascot is named "Gizmo the Gear" and he refers to his fanbase as the "Cranky Crew."[3]

One of his prominent gaming series at the time featured his grandmother, Dale Darling, either playing or reacting to video games alongside Ethan. Nestor would later cite this series as one of the reasons for moving to the new channel, claiming that most of his subscribers only ever watched these segments, and he didn't want to exploit his grandmother for views.[5] In August 2018, Dale passed away, which led Ethan to go on a hiatus for a few weeks.[6]

His secondary channel, CrankyVlogs, was created on May 10, 2013. On it, Ethan would vlog about his daily life and discuss various topics of his personal interest. Two years later, he stopped posting videos on the channel as he felt its content was of poor quality.

On December 2, 2015, Ethan made CrankyVODs, a YouTube account for the sole purpose of preserving his stream VODs, usually from Twitch. Although it existed for several years, the channel's first post was in July of 2020.

On December 4, 2015, Ethan uploaded a vlog in which he discusses his decision to move to a new YouTube account, under the same CrankGameplays brand, and start from scratch with his current audience. According to Ethan, out of 25,000 subscribers he had at the time, only 200 of them were still active, which affected the way his channel was shown in search results. Nestor also believed that low interaction on his videos would put off newer viewers from subscribing or watching his content. After migrating and re-uploading some of his older content to the new CrankGameplays, all of Ethan's videos were unlisted and the original channel's name was changed to "Please go subscribe to my NEW channel!", with his final move vlog being linked to the channel's homepage trailer.[5]

Second channel, meeting Markiplier, moving to LA

His current and main channel, under the same name, was created on December 1, 2015 and features a variety of content, ranging from gaming videos and animated shorts to vlogs and comedy sketches. The channel reached one million subscribers on January 15, 2020. This was celebrated on a live stream titled "The Road to 1 Million," where he also announced a charity Twitch stream on January 17, 2020 for Karaoke for Koalas.

Ethan met Mark at Markiplier and Friends PAX East in 2014, where he did a backflip for his panel, earning him the nickname "Backflip Dude." The two kept in contact through 2016 when Mark asked Ethan to move out to Los Angeles and become one of his editors. In 2018, Ethan ceased editing for Mark, choosing to focus more on his own content and additional collaborations.

Similarly to Darkiplier, Nestor developed his own alter-ego called BlankGameplays, where he would don a dark, foreboding persona often accompanied by distorted sounds and visuals. Nestor would later retire the character, stating that he'd lost interest in portraying him.

Ethan was featured in YouTube Rewind 2016 and 2017 as a part of Mark's group.

Ethan's been a part of Mark's You're Welcome tour from 2017 through 2018. The show's made up of improvisational comedy (a form of theater comedy that Ethan introduced to Mark) and audience participation. The group visited Australia, various countries in Europe, as well as several states across the USA.

Between 2017 and 2019, Ethan hosted Trash Goblin Podcast alongside Andrew Harrington, making a total of 38 podcasts.[7] Their 39th and final episode was done in a form of a live show.[8]

2019 – present

On November 13, 2019, Mark and Ethan made a joint channel called Unus Annus, with the intent of uploading one video per day for the entire year. Once a year had passed, they were to delete the channel without preserving any of its content, as both believed that this should be a unique, one in a lifetime experience that they get to share with their audience. The channel's disclaimer stated that any re-uploads of Unus Annus' videos without their permission would be met with a takedown notice. On Friday, November 13, 2020, from 12pm to 12am PT, Nestor and Fischbach held a twelve hour livestream to commemorate Unus Annus' run, later ending the broadcast by deleting the channel, along with all of its videos.

In April 2020, following the COVID-19 outbreak, Ethan, Mark, and various other online personalities held charity streams for United Way's #HopeFromHome, an online fundraiser dedicated to combating the effects of the global pandemic. Nestor's stream consisted of various gameplay and music sessions, as well as a number of challenges and donation goals, one of which included Ethan shaving his head.[9] The stream lasted for nearly twelve hours, with Ethan raising 151,960 dollars and donating 10,000 of his own for a combined total of 1,922,137 USD from all streamers.[10]

On December 13, 2020, as part of Tiltify's Thankmas 2020 event, Nestor held a charity livestream for Red Nose Day on his YouTube channel, raising slightly over 510,000 USD, which also included his own 25,000$ donation. The original desired amount was set at 250,000 dollars, but was later moved to 500,000, after Ethan agreed to dye his hair white if they were to reach the donation goal.[11][12]

On January 28, 2021, Ethan took a month-long break due to the concern for his mental health, while also distancing himself from social media.[13] While on hiatus, Nestor consulted a mental health professional and used his free time to relocate to a new home. He returned on March 1, 2021 to announce his upcoming tour under a working title, I Have to Do This Show, that's scheduled to debut on November 21, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.[14]

On March 9, 2021, in collaboration with Hyper RPG, Ethan hosted a live event on his Twitch channel dubbed "Five Nights at Hyper," which was inspired by the video game Five Nights at Freddy's. In it, Ethan portrayed a security guard attempting to survive at his job for five nights while managing a haunted estate and warding off ghosts through his office's security feed with the help from his Twitch audience.[15][16][17]

Personal life

Ethan has a severe peanut allergy, with even 1/500th of a peanut proving lethal to his immune system.[18] As a result, he carries epinephrine autoinjectors (EpiPens) with him in case of an emergency.[3] Around 7th grade, Ethan was diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), although he has since learned to cope without the use of prescription medication. Nestor is also mildly dyslexic and has expressed difficulty with processing and memorizing extensively written information. Since his schooling days, he's picked up solving Rubik's cubes as it helps him focus and improves his concentration.[19]

Ethan owns an Australian cattle dog named Spencer (born April 3, 2018[20]), who was neutered in his early years.[21] He previously owned a variety of pets, including 3 lizards, Cody, Carmen, and Carmen (named after various Agent Cody Banks and Spy Kids characters), and 3 Portuguese water dogs, Max, Dexter and Cooper.

Nestor is a staunch supporter of the LGBT rights movement.

Between 2018 and 2020, Ethan was in a relationship with Twitch streamer RIPmika.[22]


  • Before getting her first sonogram, Ethan's mother believed that her unborn child was going to be a girl, so she decided on the name Elissa. Mark, his father, later took the name from Mission Impossible's protagonist, Ethan Hunt, after seeing the movie for the first time.[23]
  • Ethan's part Irish on his father's side.[24]
  • Ethan stands at a height of 5'8" (173 cm).[3]
  • Ethan can proficiently play the ukulele. Nestor previously played the trumpet in fifth grade for his middle school, switched to baritone in sixth, before quitting the school band.[25]
  • His favorite colors mainly consist of blue and red. His favorite foods are strawberries, sushi, frozen waffles, and Hawaiian pizza, and he enjoys the Harry Potter series.[3]
  • Nestor's first kiss was at the age of 16. Before kissing the girl, he asked her if she ate any peanuts beforehand due to his severe allergy.[26]
  • Ethan has a fear of failure.[27]
  • Ethan's dream job is Director of Photography.[27]
  • His celebrity crush is Mary Elizabeth Winstead.[27]
  • The original CrankGameplays channel was featured as a bonus channel in one of PewDiePie's Shoutout Competitions.[28]
  • On October 16, 2015, as part of his charity goal, Ethan dyed his hair blue, but stopped maintaining it in late 2017.[29] In early 2019, he temporarily dyed his hair back for another charity goal, before going back to his natural look.[30]
  • As part of Unus Annus' Google game, Mark searched up Ethan's online bio and read a portion of it from the Markiplier Wiki page.[31]
  • Throughout Unus Annus' lifespan, Ethan was given the nickname "Eef," which later became a running gag within his and Mark's communities. In several episodes, Mark would use exaggerated abbreviations of his and Ethan's names as a playful joke, however, the nickname itself became a running gag during the Hooked on Phonics episode, where Nestor, pretending to not know how to read for a skit, jokingly misspelled his name as "Eef."
  • In the final shot of "Crushing Watermelons Betwixt Our Mighty Thighs," Ethan is seen devouring his watermelon in a bestial manner. This behavior gave rise to the nickname "Melon Man" within Unus Annus' fanbase, who later build up the figure as a parody of conventional creepypasta characters.
  • Over the course of his life, Ethan has accumulated a number of tattoos:
    • On October 10, 2020, Ethan got two tattoos; a skull with a rose beneath its jaw on his inner upper-right forearm and the letter 'X' near his left elbow. The letter is shared with Ethan's dog Spencer (neutered animals tend to be marked with an 'X' in shelters), as he thought I'd be amusing for them to have a common symbol. The skull was designed by JamiesDrawings, an Irish tattoo artist, and tattooed with black ink by Louie Perez from Tip Top Tattoo Parlor.[32][21]
    • Nine hours into Unus Annus' finale livestream, Ethan commemorated their one year run with a tattoo of the channel's clock on his inner upper-left forearm. The timer tattoo was done on a short notice by Danielle Skye (@danielleskyeee).[33]
    • On March 27, 2021, Ethan got a stylized tattoo of Portland Head Light lighthouse on the outer side of his upper left arm as a childhood memorabilia. The structure in question is considered to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world, and was often visited by Ethan while living in Cape Elizabeth. The tattoo was designed by JamiesDrawings and tattooed with blank ink by Spencer Harrington (@harringtontattoo).[34]


  1. "Yes, by going full time on my channel I will no longer be editing for Mark. Just going to be doing my own videos :)". CrankGameplays. Twitter (December 31, 2017).
  2. "The Story of CrankGameplays". Epidemic Sound. YouTube (September 5, 2019).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "How Well Do You Know Me?". CrankGameplays. YouTube (December 4, 2016).
  4. "Dirty Mic and The Boys - Happy Wheels Gameplay Numero Uno". CrankGameplays. YouTube (August 30, 2012).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Please Watch". CrankGameplays. YouTube (December 4, 2015).
  6. "See You Soon". CrankGameplays. YouTube (August 13, 2018).
  7. Trash Goblin Podcast on SoundCloud
  8. Trash Goblins Live!
  9. "If We Hit The Goal, I Will Shave My Head". CrankGameplays. YouTube (April 7, 2020).
  10. United Way on Tiltify
  11. "DYING MY HAIR WHITE AT $500,000". CrankGameplays. YouTube (December 13, 2020).
  12. CrankGameplays Thankmas Charity Livestream on Tiltify
  13. "i need to step away...". CrankGameplays. YouTube (January 28, 2021).
  14. "I'm Back... and I Have Something to Tell You". CrankGameplays. YouTube (March 1, 2021).
  15. "i'm getting a new job.". CrankGameplays. YouTube (March 9, 2021).
  16. "I Got a New Job!!!". CrankGameplays. Twitch (March 9, 2021).
  17. "Five Nights at Freddy's (in real life)". CrankyVODs. YouTube (March 10, 2021).
  18. "Last time I got tested I could die from 1/500th of a peanut… so pretty severe!". CrankGameplays. Tumblr (March 1, 2017).
  19. "i bought a box of fidget toys to cure my ADHD". CrankGameplays. YouTube (July 20, 2020).
  20. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPENCER!!!". CrankGameplays. YouTube (April 3, 2021).
  21. 21.0 21.1 "i got tattoos...". CrankGameplays. YouTube (October 13, 2020).
  22. "This is an extremely difficult thing to say, but I wanted to let you all know that Mika and I are no longer together. Please don't feel like you need to choose a side. Mika is still an important person in my life and I'm so incredibly grateful for the time we spent together and I will always be happy for her and will continue to support her. Thank you guys for supporting us both, and for respecting our privacy.". CrankGameplays. Twitter (August 3, 2020).
  23. "you asked my dad EMBARRASSING questions about me...". CrankGameplays. YouTube (March 16, 2020).
  24. "jacksepticeye taught me how to be irish". CrankGameplays. YouTube (March 18, 2021).
  25. "Mark Teaches Ethan How to Play the Trumpet". Unus Annus. YouTube (August 1, 2020). (Archived)
  26. "This is literally how my first kiss went.". CrankGameplays. Twitter (January 24, 2019).
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 "We Play the Newlywed Game While Consuming That Which Will Kill the Other" (Archived)
  28. "WALL TWERK - (Fridays With PewDiePie - Part 65)". PewDiePie. YouTube (September 20, 2013).
  29. "DYING MY HAIR BLUE!!". CrankGameplays. YouTube (October 16, 2015).
  30. "blue boi builder". CrankGameplays. YouTube (April 27, 2019).
  31. "We Google Each Other to Find Our Darkest Forgotten Sins". Unus Annus. YouTube (April 6, 2020). (Archived)
  32. "Das my skull design yurt". JamiesDrawings. Twitter (October 10, 2020).
  33. "holy shit, it’s upside down HAHA". CrankGameplays. Twitter (November 14, 2020).
  34. "got this tattoo just to remind me of home. The town where I grew up houses the most photographed lighthouse in the world and I always loved going to see it :) now I get to see it all the time 🤙🏻🤙🏻". CrankGameplays. Instagram (March 27, 2021).


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Aaron Ash | Amy Nelson | Bob Muyskens | Cyndago (Daniel KyreMatt WatsonRyan Magee) | Ethan Nestor | George Barnes (Wade) | Kathryn Knutsen | Sean McLoughlin | Tyler Scheid
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