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Markiplier at PAX Prime in 2015
Personal information
Born Mark Edward Fischbach
(1989-06-28) June 28, 1989 (age 27)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation YouTube personality
YouTube information
Pseudonym Markiplier
Channel MarkiplierGAME
Years active 2012–present
Subscribers 17.5+ million
Total views 7 billion+
Network Revelmode (Maker Studios)[1]
Associated acts

Mark Edward Fischbach (born June 28, 1989),[2] better known by his online pseudonym Markiplier, is an American YouTube personality. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii,[3] he began his career in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently based in Los Angeles, California.[4]

As of April 2017, his channel has over 7 billion total video views and 17 million subscribers,[5][6] and is currently the 23rd most-subscribed channel on YouTube.[7] Fischbach specializes in Let's Play videos, commonly of survival horror and action video games.[8]

Early life

Fischbach was born at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.[3] His father served in the military, where he met Fischbach's mother, who is of Korean descent.[4] After his birth, his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.[4] Originally, Fischbach studied to become a biomedical engineer at the University of Cincinnati,[9] but dropped out of college to pursue his YouTube career. He has one older brother, Jason Thomas Fischbach, who is an artist and author of the webcomic Twokinds.[3][4][10]

YouTube career


Markiplier has been known for his sensationalized video game commentary, involving yelling, screaming, cursing, and even crying during his Let's Play videos. He does not censor the profanity in his videos, although he often subtitles his curses as "duck" (sometimes "luck") for "fuck" and "itch" for "bitch". He is known for branding his channel with a pink mustache (a reference to his alter ego, Wilford Warfstache) and has since dyed his hair pink, blue, and red.[11][12][13] He often makes vlogs to talk one-on-one with the community about various topics, many inspirational, but usually regarding himself and his channel. He regularly attends conventions including PAX, VidCon, and ComicCon, where he engages in signings, meet and greets, and panels. He has also been involved in Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet fans.

Channel format

Fischbach is primarily known for his playthroughs of indie and horror games, including the Five Nights at Freddy's series, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and its sequel, Garry's Mod, Happy Wheels, Surgeon Simulator 2013, Minecraft, and Slender: The Eight Pages, among others. He also creates sketch comedy and collaboration videos with confrères.

Fischbach has collaborated with a number of fellow YouTubers, including Jacksepticeye, LordMinion777, Muyskerm, PewDiePie, Matthias, Game Grumps, Cyndago, Yamimash, Jacksfilms, CaptainSparklez, Egoraptor and LixianTV. He has also collaborated with celebrities such as Jack Black[14] and Jimmy Kimmel. He has had acting appearances in TomSka's asdfmovie series, Smosh: The Movie,[15] Disney XD's Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything,[16] YouTube Rewinds 2015 and 2016 and Five Nights at Freddy's: The Musical.

A recurring staple of Fischbach's channel are charity livestreams, during which he plays games while campaigning for and collecting donations for various charities, including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and Best Friends Animal Society.[17][18] According to Fischbach, he and his viewers have raised a total of $1,118,645.14 as of July 2016.[6]


Early years and switch to MarkiplierGAME (2012-13)

Fischbach first joined YouTube on May 26, 2012, creating a channel under the username "Markiplier". Fischbach's first series was a playthrough of the video game Amnesia: The Dark Descent. After playing several other game series, including Penumbra and Dead Space, YouTube banned Fischbach's AdSense account. Though he appealed to YouTube as a last effort, the appeal was ultimately lost.[19] Because of this, a new and current channel was created and dubbed MarkiplierGAME.

Channel growth and move to Los Angeles (2014)

Markiplier in 2014

In 2014, the MarkiplierGAME channel was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at number 61.[20] That year, Fischbach announced he was planning to move to Los Angeles, California, to be able to be closer to other resources for his channel, such as the YouTube Space and other content creators.[21] Fischbach and fellow YouTuber Jenna Mae appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in September 2014 following backlash that Kimmel received regarding jokes he had made about YouTube and Let's Play videos.[8] In 2015, he was rated sixth in a list of the twenty most influential celebrities among teenagers in the United States.[22]

Hiatus and breaking 10 million subscribers (2015)

Markiplier appearing in a Vlogbrothers video in 2016

Beginning in 2015, Fischbach lived with fellow YouTubers Daniel Kyre and Ryan Magee, who created and ran the YouTube sketch comedy and music channel Cyndago. Matt Watson from Maker Studios later joined Cyndago after they moved to Los Angeles. Their work was noted for having unexpected endings and dark, often disturbing, humor.[23][24] Cyndago was disbanded following the death of Daniel Kyre.[25] At the time of their disbandment, the group had done forty sketches and fourteen original songs, many of them featuring Fischbach.[23] After the death of Daniel Kyre and disbandment of Cyndago, Fischbach temporarily halted uploads and went on hiatus from 17 September to October 5, 2015.[26] His return was shortly followed by the channel reaching 10 million subscribers on 15 October.[27]

In late 2015, Fischbach announced in a video that he had chosen to abstain from alcohol because of a deficient enzyme important to the process of breaking down alcohol. The decision came after an incident where he had a minor heart attack and had to be taken to the hospital, and was advised by the doctors to do so. He said that, because of this a popular series of his, Drunk Minecraft, would no longer be produced.[28]

Fischbach co-hosted the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming Awards with The Legend of Korra voice actor Janet Varney,[29] and was featured prominently in YouTube's year-end special YouTube Rewind.

Continued growth (2016-present)

In January 2016, Fischbach signed to Revelmode, a subnetwork to Maker Studios, along with other YouTubers such as Jacksepticeye and PewDiePie.

Throughout 2016, Fischbach moved some of his focus to comedy sketches, showing his aspiration of improvisational theatre. In 2017, Fischbach posted an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure style video titled "A Date With Markiplier", which was well received by fans.[30][31] The YouTuber also surpassed 15 million subscribers that year.

Fischbach has recently formed a team to assist in the creation of his videos, including his girlfriend Amy, and his friends Ethan, Tyler and Kathryn.[32]

Other ventures

Fischbach joined the board of comic book publisher Red Giant Entertainment in November 2014.[33] In June of that year at the San Diego Comic-Con, he had cohosted a panel with figures from the company including CEO Benny R. Powell, and writers David Campiti, Mort Castle, David Lawrence, and Brian Augustyn.[34] In 2016, it was announced that he would appear in his own line of comics.[35]

Fischbach signed with William Morris Endeavor in late 2016, having expressed interest in branching out from YouTube content.[36]



Year Title Role Ref(s)
2015 Smosh: The Movie Himself [15]

Television and web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2013–2014 Table Flip Himself 3 episodes
2015 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself 1 episode [8]
2015 Grumpcade Himself 20 episodes
2016 Isabelle Ruins Everything Apollo Short
2016 Scare PewDiePie Himself 1 episode
2016 Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything Himself 1 episode [16]
2017 Villainous 5.0.5 main role

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated Award Result Ref(s)
2016 Streamy Awards Gaming Nominated
Shorty Awards Tech and Innovation: Gaming Nominated
Make-A-Wish Foundation Award Ceremony Celebrity of The Year Won [37]

See also


  1. ^ Saba Hamedy (January 13, 2016). "PewDiePie, Maker Studios launch new network, Revelmode". Mashable. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "ANXIETY: Ib Playthrough #4". YouTube. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Do You Know Markiplier?. November 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Draw My Life - Markiplier". YouTube. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2,000,000". YouTube. 
  6. ^ a b "Markiplier". YouTube. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ "YouTube Top 100 Most Subscribed Channels List - Top by Subscribers". Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Hernandez, Patricia. "Famous YouTubers Go On TV, Teach Jimmy Kimmel A Lesson". Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "TALK NERDY TO ME BABY Poly Bridge". Markiplier. YouTube. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "About - Twokinds - 12 Years on the Net!". Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ Fischbach, Mark. "Markiplier with PINK HAIR?!". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ Fischbach, Mark. "I match now". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ Fischbach, Mark. "Markiplier With RED Hair?!". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Markiplier makes Jack Black play 'Five Nights at Freddy's 4'". Sun-Times National. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Spangler, Todd. "YouTube’s Smosh Guys on Making Their First Movie: ‘We Had to Learn How to Act’". Variety. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b UTC, Chelsea Stark2016-02-12 13:15:20. "Markiplier guest stars on next episode of Disney's 'Gamer's Guide'". Mashable. Retrieved March 6, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Markiplier Raises $75,000 For Charity With 'Super Mario World' Stream On Twitch". Tubefilter. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  18. ^ "10 Things You Should Know About YouTube Star Markiplier - Morning Ledger". Morning Ledger. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Please Subscribe to my NEW Channel". YouTube. 
  20. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 75-51!". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  21. ^ Markiplier (January 20, 2014), Moving to LA!!, retrieved April 27, 2016 
  22. ^ Ault, Susanne (July 23, 2015). "Digital Star Popularity Grows Versus Mainstream Celebrities". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  23. ^ a b Wall, Cameron (September 20, 2015). "RIP Daniel Kyre". The Odyssey Newspaper. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  24. ^ Lipkin, Richard (February 24, 2014). "Youtube duo Cyndago pave their way to Youtube stardom". The Daily Gamecock. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  25. ^ Magee, Ryan; Watson, Matt; Kyre, David. "Cyndago - Hello everyone. We have some very important and...". Facebook. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Markiplier's Hiatus 2". Markiplier. Facebook. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  27. ^ Markiplier (October 15, 2015), 10,000,000 Subscribers!!, retrieved April 27, 2016 
  28. ^ Markiplier (November 17, 2015), MARK HAD A HEART ATTACK?! | Reading Your Comments #4, retrieved February 6, 2016 
  29. ^ "South By Southwest Gaming Preview". TWC News. Turner-Warner Cable News. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  30. ^ Markiplier (2017-02-14), A DATE WITH MARKIPLIER, retrieved 2017-02-25 
  31. ^ "Markiplier Just Put Together The Best Dating Adventure Possible". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  32. ^ Markiplier (2017-02-23), Tyler's First Edit, retrieved 2017-02-26 
  33. ^ "Mark 'Markiplier' Fischbach Joins Red Giant Entertainment's Board of Directors: YouTube Superstar Brings Extraordinary New Media Expertise To Board". CNN Money. CNN. 12 November 2014. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. 
  34. ^ "YouTube Star 'Markiplier' to Host Red Giant Entertainment Panel Presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2014". Marketwired. July 7, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Markiplier Gets YouTube Viewers To Revive Red Giant Entertainment - And Launch The Zwag Box". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  36. ^ Spangler, Todd (2016-11-16). "YouTube Star Markiplier Signs With WME (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  37. ^ Markiplier (2016-10-27), I Don't Deserve This, retrieved 2017-04-03 

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