At 33 years old, JonTron has this physical status:
Jonathan Aryan Jafari (born March 24, 1990), better known by his internet pseudonym JonTron, is an American comedian, essayist, and internet star.
In his YouTube web series JonTron, he reviews video games, movies, and television shows of various genres.
Jafari was co-creator and former co-host of the Let's Play webseries Game Grumps, as well as co-creator and co-director of the video game entertainment website Normal Boots.
As of December 2019, his YouTube channel JonTronShow has 5.86 million followers and 885 million views.
News commentators often characterized Jafari's remarks as aligning with far-right or alt-right politics.
He stepped down as a regular member of Normal Boots shortly after the backlash to those remarks.
Jonathan Aryan Jafari was born in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on March 24, 1990, to Afshin and Irene Jafari. He is of Hungarian descent on his mother's side, as well as Iranian descent on his father's side. He attended Palos Verdes Peninsula High School from 2004 to 2008, where he met Jirard "The Completionist" Khalil and Barry Kramer, the first editor for "Game Grumps," among other YouTubers.
He announced in July 2013 that he had moved from Los Angeles to New York City, coinciding with Jafari's departure from Game Grumps. Jafari's Twitter page in 2022 has listed his location as New England.
Jafari is married to Charlotte "Bear" Claw; the wedding took place on October 23, 2019.
In 2003, Jafari founded "BirdmanXZ6" on a Newgrounds account, where he posted five animations depicting anthropomorphic onions. He created a YouTube account under the same name in 2006. Jafari released videos on ScrewAttack.com in 2010, profiling games such as GoldenEye 007 and ScrewAttack. He even met Austin "PeanutButterGamer" Hargrave.
On August 31, 2010, Jafari launched JonTronShow, a YouTube channel. He said he chose JonTron because it was "reminiscent of electronics" and that the show was originally scheduled to be called JonTron 2.0. The first installment of his JonTron series, Daikatana, was included in a two-part review by the Nintendo 64 version of the game Daikatana. In each episode of JonTron, Jafari discusses singular games, as well as games of a certain theme, brand, or genre. He is often accompanied by his green-cheet Jacques, who speaks with a robotic voice. To demonstrate his reactions to the video game he is discussing, Jafari often incorporates elements of sketch comedy into these episodes. Jacques was supposed to speak in a stereotypical jive voice, rather than his eyes flashing red whenever he spoke, according to Jafari in an episode of the Internet game webseries Game Grumps. He loved video games from the beginnings, showing a keen interest in Nintendo games and others from British game developer Rare, who made few games during the 90s, but remained highly critical of the games released since then, such as Star Fox Adventures and Banjo-Kazoots. Multiple video game adaptations of famous franchises, such as Hercules, Barbie, Home Alone, Star Wars, and Conan the Barbarian, as well as less well-known games for the NES such as Monster Party and Takeshi's Challenge have been written by Jafari. He has also reviewed numerous unlicensed games, including those based on the Pokémon franchise, as well as the 1997 film Titanic and Disney films. He described China as being "farther away from US citizenship and much better at Disney bootlegging" in the latter, as well as unofficial online games based on the company's films. Jafari also includes skits as well as film reviews. He wrote anthology horror television series Goosebumps and Is It Afraid of the Dark for his Halloween Specials.
JonTron began notability after a article on Reddit featuring Jafari's review of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game DinoCity debuted on the website, according to Jafari. In 2011, Jafari launched two now-defunct spin-off Let's Play channels. Two videos of Jafari playing Blizzard Entertainment's real-time strategy game StarCraft are included in the first series, "JonTronStarcraft." Jafari is featured on "JonTronLoL," the MOBA's second channel, and the MOBA game League of Legends has four videos of him playing. Both channels have less than 25,000 viewers. In May 2014, JonTronShow reached 1 million subscribers.
"Mixing a lot of offbeat humour with a light sprinkle of thoughtful commentary, JonTron's reviews of old games have inspired many, but none have been more amusing," CraveOnline's Paul Tamburro said in 2013. On Google, JonTron was ranked as the fifth most searched Internet meme of 2015.
In May 2015, Jafari's StarCade, a YouTube channel dedicated to his YouTube channel, released a spin-off web series in which he reviews games based on the Star Wars franchise. Several other Internet celebrities and actors, such as Egoraptor, Markiplier, Nathan Barnatt, Ross O'Donovan, and Kyle Hebert, appeared on the webseries. Maker Studios, a Walt Disney Company affiliate, produced the series in December 2015 after nine episodes ended.
Jafari occasionally posts videos in which he discusses subjects that he finds important, which are usually related to gaming. This happened most recently in 2016, with a video ad blizzard Entertainment's decision to ban private servers of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft's massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft's large online role-playing game World of Warcraft's highly multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft's vastly multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft's vastly multiplayer online role-playing Jafari mainly protested the demise of Nostalrius, one of the game's most popular private servers, which was a port of the 1.12 version. Jafari's video raised concerns about the issue and culminated in thousands of signatures on a Change.org petition.
Jafari has continued to expand the number of media outlets on his show throughout 2019 and 2020, rather than solely traditional video games. Flex Tape, rapper Soulja Boy's SouljaGame console, actor Gwyneth Paltrow's company Goop, actor Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka brand, and the 2007 TV series Kid Nation are three notable examples of topics.
JonTron is largely responsible for public knowledge of Flex Tape and Phil Swift's conversion into a social meme. As of October 20,21, the original video on the subject has more than 66 million views, while the sequel has over 26 million, with a cameo from Swift himself.
NormalBoots was established in late 2010 by Jafari and Austin "PeanutButterGamer" Hargrave to serve as a hub for Jafari and Hargrave to post content and earn advertising revenue. Indie Games Searchlight and Cold Morning joined the group shortly after its inception. The YouTube channel "Continue" in June 2011? Underbelly arrived in August of the same year, but not before. Cold Morning departed in October 2011, and Underbelly left in June 2012. However, new YouTubers appeared shortly after each departure, with The Companion joining in November 2011 and Did You Know Gaming? In July 2012, I first joined in July 2012. In November 2012, the website was taken offline as Google's AdSense platform provided the content creators with better revenue options. Normal Boots were relaunched on January 24, 2014, so that members could post videos that weren't "YouTube friendly" on YouTube. Jafari, as well as Indie Games Searchlight's search engine, returned to NormalBoots, with ProJared and Satchell Drakes as the two new YouTubers. The organization revealed on May 17, 2017, that due to the creators' drifting apart, they would reconnected. To unite the creators, a new YouTube channel was created. During this period, Jafari decided to stop focusing on his own website, but he would remain a founding member.
Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson, a Jafari animator who had been a fan since the early 2000s, was messaged on YouTube shortly after his review of DinoCity became extremely popular. Jafari and Hanson eventually became close friends, and in July 2012, they announced that they would start Game Grumps, a Let's Play game. Jafari and Hanson's first serials of Game Grumps: Kirby Super Star, Mega Man 7, and Legend of Zelda: A Journey to the Past were released on July 18th of the year. Jafari and Hanson performed games together, often ones that were retro or nostalgic in style, and then reacted with their own comedic insights on the Game Grumps website. On June 25, 2013, Jafari had left Game Grumps in order to concentrate on JonTron, and Ninja Sex Party singer Dan Avidan was hired on the same day. Certain followers reacted angrily to Jafari's sudden and unexpected announcement without any lead-up, as well as the channel announcing the launch of the Spin-off series Steam Train on the same day that Jafari's departure was announced.
Several YouTube channels, including Ethan and Hila Klein's channel h3Productions, have collaborated with Jafari. Hila Klein, a producer for JonTron, worked from October 2015 to August 2016. James & Mike Mondays is the actor of James Rolfe's Let's Play series. He made a cameo appearance in Angry Video Game Adventures. In an episode of The Gregory Brothers' viral webseries Songify the News, Jafari was a featured vocalist. The Gregory Brothers remixed Jafari's review of Titenic, a bootleg game, while also being published on iTunes.
Jafari has done voice-over work for Did You Know Gaming?, a television show based in San Diego, Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong, Pikmin, Animal Crossing, Dragon Quest, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and games of Disney franchises. Did You Know Movies? He has covered Star Wars' creation for their spin-off film Did You Know Movies? The Film Theorists, a YouTube channel for filmmakers, is a website that publishes articles about The Film Theorists.
In 2013, before his expulsion from Game Grumps, Jafari and Hanson appeared in a Warner Bros. promotional video called Pacific Rim. Jafari appeared in Ninja Sex Party's music video for "Let's Get This Terrible Party Started," directed by Hanson. Jafari appeared in a cappella cover of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," produced by PepsiCo and singer Mike Tompkins, and posted to Maker Studios' Maker Music channel in 2013.
The Gregory Brothers' album Love Is Like Drugs, which debuted in November 2016, and was ranked second on the Billboard chart of comedy albums for the week of November 26. In the film "Flex Tape II: The Flexening," he worked with pitchman Phil Swift later today.
On a Twitch stream in June 2014, Jafari performed Banjo-Kazoooda to raise funds for Teach For America's GoFundMe campaign. Jafari said that if the $25,000 target was reached, he would reprise Katy Perry's "Firework" cover, which was originally released for his 2011 study of DinoCity. On February 14, 2016, Jafari's complete version of the story was posted on YouTube.
In the dating sim and graphic novel Asagao Academy, Jafari was included as a character alongside other NormalBoots colleagues.
Jafari has been providing voice-over work for A Hat in Time, a video game from Gears for Breakfast. He did voice work for Playtonic Games' 3D platforming video game Yooka-Laylee, but the material was removed from the game in a day one patch, despite his controversial comments on race (see Political views and controversy).