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Arin Hanson
Arin Hanson
Arin Hanson Dance Showdown.jpg
Hanson on Season 3 of Dance Showdown
Personal information
Born Arin Joseph Hanson
(1987-01-06) January 6, 1987 (age 31)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Residence Glendale, California
Suzanne Berhow (m. 2013)
YouTube information
Also known as Egoraptor
Years active 2006-present
Subscribers 2.7 Million
Total views 455.1 million
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016
Subscriber and view counts updated as of May 13, 2017.

Arin Joseph Hanson (born January 6, 1987),[1] also known by his Internet pseudonym Egoraptor, is an American Internet personality, animator, cartoonist, comedian, voice actor and songwriter. He is known for his Internet animations, as well as being the co-founder and co-star of the popular YouTube Let's Play webseries Game Grumps and one third of the video game-based parody musical trio Starbomb.[2]

Hanson has created numerous animated web series on his Egoraptor YouTube channel, including The Awesome Series, in which he parodies various video game franchises, including Pokémon, Metal Gear, Ninja Gaiden, and Final Fantasy, as well as for Sequelitis, a series of animated video essays in which he comedically and critically compares the quality of a video game and one of its sequels.[3] He has also done voice acting for various shows such as Rick and Morty, Mighty Magiswords and Cyanide & Happiness, and video games such as Dragon Age: Inquisition and Detective Grimoire. He regularly collaborates with Ninja Sex Party, a musical comedy duo consisting of his Game Grumps and Starbomb partners Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht, providing guest vocals for their albums and appearing in their videos.



Hanson first joined Newgrounds under the name of "Egoraptor" on September 16, 2001. After joining, he submitted his first Awesome animation, "Metal Gear Awesome," on February 23, 2006.[4] Hanson went on to upload various comedic video game-related animations, as well as four separate animated webseries (which he then uploaded to YouTube); Awesome, short animated videos that parody video games, Lemon 'n Bill, a comedic series in which an anthropomorphic bullet and lemon get trapped within video game worlds, Girlchan in Paradise, a parody of sh?nen anime, and Sequelitis, a series in which Hanson compares a video game and its sequel along with minor animations throughout the video.[5]

After MTV heard "Metal Gear Awesome," Hanson was approached by the channel to produce animated shorts in the style of "Metal Gear Awesome" for MTV's online video gaming show, The G-Hole.[6]

Voice acting

In 2006, Hanson provided the voice of Bruce Banner in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance as part of a competition held by Activision. His voice went ultimately unused and the character was played by Robin Atkin Downes, though VGFacts, Hanson's own website, and the credits of the game claim that his voice was used in the Wii port.[7] However, his voice would later go on to be used in the 2016 rerelease of the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.[8]. In 2009, Hanson provided the voice for the character John Gore in the video game Minigore,[9] and later reprised the role in the 2011 remake of Death Rally.[10]

In 2012, Hanson provided his voice for the game Detective Grimoire, a Kickstarter project which was successfully funded on August 3, 2012.[11] Hanson has also provided his voice for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Target Acquired, Red vs. Blue, Cyanide & Happiness, and Rick & Morty.[12][13]

As of 2016, Hanson is a regular on Cartoon Network's Mighty Magiswords providing the voice of Gateaux, the monosyllabic partner of sorceress Moribidia, played by Mary Faber.[14][15] He also plays many other recurring characters such as Fibby Croax, Delivery Man Steve, Zonq and many other additional characters.[16] According to series creator, Kyle Carrozza, Hanson was originally approached for character design on the show, but he declined. Although aware of his voice work, Carrozza wasn't aware of Hanson's SAG-AFTRA membership until he informed him, which led to him being cast on the show.[17]

In 2016, Arin was added as an Announcer in Move or Die.[18]

Game Grumps

In late July 2012, Hanson and his colleague Jon Jafari (known for his comedy webseries JonTron) created a joint YouTube show, called Game Grumps. In late June 2013, Dan Avidan, of the band Ninja Sex Party, replaced Jafari when he left Game Grumps to focus on his own channel[19]. On this show, Hanson and Avidan play video games and talk, to an often comedic effect.[20]

Apart from the YouTube series, Game Grumps moved to live performances at Hollywood Improv in late March 2016.[21] Completely sold out, the event led to future performances in New York and other locations on the East Coast.[22]


In February 2012, Hanson appeared as a contestant on the Sony game show, The Tester, during its third season, as a community-voted contestant, but was accused of using the show to promote himself.[23] When asked about his experience, and whether or not he would do it again, he replied negatively.[24] Hanson appeared as a contestant in the third season of the dance competition web series Dance Showdown, alongside professional dancer, Maxine Hupy.[25] Hanson was announced the winner of the season.[26] Hanson has also done narration work for several episodes of Did You Know Gaming?.[27] Besides providing additional work for online series on YouTube and Newgrounds, Hanson has been featured in several videos for the website ScrewAttack, including a collaboration with James Rolfe and Keith Apicary.[28] In 2008, Hanson worked together with Ross O'Donovan on the animated webseries Gamer Tonight where he provided the voice of the host, which was broadcast on the Australian television show Good Game.[29]


In 2013, Hanson provided vocals for the track "Knight in Shining Armour" by Dougal & Gammer released as part of the compilation Clubland X-Treme Hardcore 9.[30]

In 2013, Hanson, along with Game Grumps co-host and Ninja Sex Party singer-songwriter Leigh Daniel Avidan and instrumentalist Brian Wecht, formed the band Starbomb.[31] They released their first album, named Starbomb in December 2013.[32] Starbomb went on to release their second album one year later December 2014, titled Player Select.[33] On April 15, 2014, FAT REFUND, a rap song, was released on the channel StamperTV, a collaboration between several animators and voice actors including Rice Pirate, Marc M., Stamper, and Hanson himself.[34] In early 2016, Hanson performed with Starbomb at their first live event at SXSW.[35]

Other work

In 2013, Hanson made an appearance on the webseries Hot Pepper Gaming. He reviewed Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate after eating a habanero pepper.[36] In 2014, Hanson returned to the show, reviewing the game Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes whilst eating a Bhut Jolokia.[37]

Hanson will voice his own playable character in Hex Heroes.[38]

Hanson also starred alongside Avidan in Good Game, a YouTube Red Original series.

Personal life

Hanson lives in Glendale, California, with his wife, Suzanne "Suzy" Berhow. The two met at a convention and started dating in 2002. Hanson proposed to her in 2011, and they married in 2013. She also has her own gaming channel under the pseudonym Mortem3r, titled KittyKatGaming, on which Hanson is often featured. [39]


  1. ^ "Super Mario Maker: Chewing Disease - PART 123 - Game Grumps". Super Mario Maker. Episode 123. 26 August 2016. 3:21 minutes in. Game Grumps. 
  2. ^ Amini, Tina (2013-03-01). "Watch This Silly Source Filmmaker Re-Creation Of Two YouTubers Absolutely Losing It". Kotaku. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Awesome". Egoraptor. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Review: Minigore for iPhone - unleash the beast within -". 2009-10-09. Retrieved . You'll also appreciate the cool John Gore voice-over, courtesy of Arin Hanson, creator of the popular Metal Gear Awesome. 
  5. ^ Ponce, Tony (2012-03-03). "Makin' faces and talking game design with Egoraptor". Destructoid. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson Interview". jfreedan. YouTube. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance". VGFacts. Retrieved . 
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  9. ^ Zibreg, Christian (2009-09-10). "Review: Minigore for iPhone - unleash the beast within". Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Death Rally". GameFAQs. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Detective Grimoire: Adventure Game Win/Mac/Linux/iOS/Android". Kickstarter. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ TouchTen Games (2014-11-12). "@EGORAPTOR will be in our game! A Tribute to all MEGAMAN fans out there!". Kickstarter. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Red vs. Blue (2015-07-27), Temple of the Key - Episode 10 - Red vs. Blue Season 13, retrieved  
  14. ^ Carrozza, Kyle. "Mighty Magiswords announcement". Tumblr. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ Hanson, Arin (2016-04-13). "Voice recording photo". Twitter. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ Hanson, Arin (2017-08-19). "Demo reel". Twitter. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ Stephie Theodora (2017-12-18). This Animated Life Episode 3: Mighty Magiswords Creator and Show Runner Kyle Carrozza. YouTube. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Move or Die "Viewers vs Streamers" Update with Twitch Integration Available Today". Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Amini, Tina (2013-06-26). "Fans Are Upset Over YouTube Duo 'Game Grumps' Break-Up". Kotaku. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ Ponce, Tony (2012-07-18). "Egoraptor & JonTron twiddle their sticks, play some games". Destructoid. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Game Grumps LIVE". IMPROV. Hollywood Improv. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  22. ^ "Game Grumps bring video game fans to Ruth Eckerd Hall". 2017-11-29. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Noble, McKinley. "Sony's Utter Hypocrisy: Egoraptor & The Tester". VentureBeat. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ Valentaten, Daav. "Egoraptor: Tester Entry Was "A Joke"". N4G. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ Klima, Jeff (October 30, 2013). "Lindsey Stirling Talks Competing On DanceOn's 'Dance Showdown' Season 3, New Album [Interview]". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Dance Showdown Season 3 Finale". DanceOn. Retrieved . 
  27. ^ "Things You Might Have Not Known About Starfox". Dueling Analogs. 2012-08-06. Retrieved . 
  28. ^ "This Weird VHS Tape We Found". ScrewAttack Entertainment LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved . 
  29. ^ "11 February 2008 Gamer Tonight". ABC. 2008-11-02. Retrieved . 
  30. ^ "CD 3, Track 13". Knight in Shining Armour (Intro feat. Egoraptor) (Media notes). Clubland X-Treme Hardcore 9. All Around the World Productions. 2013. Retrieved . 
  31. ^ Bonds, Ian. "Starbomb is here, shove it in your eyes and earholes". Destructoid. Retrieved 2013. 
  32. ^ Napierski, Steve (2013-12-19). "Luigi's Ballad". Dueling Analogs. Retrieved . 
  33. ^ Jeffries, David. "Player Select". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015. 
  34. ^ StamperTV (15 April 2014). "FAT REFUND (Stamper + Egoraptor + Marc M. + Ricepirate)" - via YouTube. 
  35. ^ Aviles, Estevan. "STARBOMB AND TOUGH CODED PERFORMING AT SXSW GAMING AWARDS". SXSW LLC. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  36. ^ Hot Pepper Gaming (2013-08-12). Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate - Hot Pepper Game Review feat. Egoraptor. Retrieved . 
  37. ^ Fahey, Mike (2014-03-18). "The Hottest Ground Zeroes Review Involves A Ghost Pepper". Kotaku. Retrieved . 
  38. ^ Prismatic Games LLC (2014-09-04). "OUR GRUMPIEST ANNOUNCEMENT YET". Kickstarter. Retrieved . 
  39. ^ [1]

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