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Ian Andrew Hecox (born November 30, 1987) is an American internet personality, actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer who is known for being the co-founder of the YouTube channel Smosh. He took over as the head of Smosh on June 14, 2017 after the other co-founder and creator of the original Smosh Productions, Anthony Padilla, left Smosh to be an independent content creator.

Ian, along with Anthony, can be considered one of the most widely known YouTubers due to Smosh being one of the oldest channels on YouTube, created only nine months after YouTube's debut, and one of YouTube's consistently popular channels, remaining one of YouTube's most subscribed and viewed channels since 2006.

Personal Information

His mother Sharon has been featured in multiple Smosh videos and his father has only been seen twice (once in the behind the scenes video for Food Battle 2009, and then five years later in a Lunchtime with Smosh episode). Ian was in a relationship with Melanie Moat from 2007 to September 2014. On September 11, 2015 he started dating Playmate Pamela Horton. However, in the first episode of SmoshCast, Ian mentioned that he had celebrated his most recent Valentine's Day while single, indicating that he and Pam had separated - though exactly when and how they broke up is currently unknown.

He has blue eyes, dark brown hair, pale skin and a beard.

In an interview with PartnersProject, Ian mentioned that he was more of an outsider in high school and was kind of emotional. Later on, he joined Anthony's group of friends and he helped Anthony make


In videos

During Anthony's time on the channel, Ian was often portrayed as dim-witted, ignorant, lazy, irritable, gullible, conceited, happy-go-lucky, and/or childish. He constantly demonstrated a lack of knowledge of the world. He was usually seen as less mature than Anthony, often going into temper tantrums or crying fits. Even though Ian was usually shown as intellectually inferior to Anthony, there have been instances where he had been expressed as smarter than Anthony: For example, in "Anthony is Mexican," Ian spoke fluent Spanish while Anthony could not, forcing the latter to rely on a dictionary (resulting in him saying "My donkey is river waffle big sausage fat."). Another example is shown when he clearly understands the instincts of surviving a horror movie much better than Anthony, and acts more seriously in the situation as shown in Molester Moon. But despite all of this, polls have shown that Ian's more popular amongst Smosh fans than any other character.

Ian had been shown to be even more into girls and their breasts/asses EXT. than Anthony. In the episode "MY MAGICAL TAPEWORM!", when Anthony grew breasts, he was completely upset about the situation. Ian however took advantage and played with the wonders that we call boobs on Anthony's chest, claiming that he has never felt "real ones before".

Furthermore, Ian is very offended by hand gestures as shown in the video, SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY AS A HORROR MOVIE. This shows that Ian also has a sensitive side.

Real life

During Anthony's time on the channel, Ian portrays most of the duplicating cast in the Smosh Productions in contrast to Anthony, as he has appeared as around 50 different duplicate persona's, for example Dr. Drew Peacock and George Zazz. As revealed in a Lunchtime with Smosh episode, when he's hungry, if he tries to say "animal," he'll say "mammal" instead. He also thinks that Jeeps are trucks for some unknown reason. In his Smosh Pit profile, he claims that he stands for truth, justice, and the "peanut butter cup way".


Real Life

Ian first met Anthony in 6th grade science class. He and Anthony both attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California where he was on the cross country team. After graduating, they both attended American River College in Sacramento where Ian ran cross country there too.

In an interview by New Media Rockstars in 2012, Ian mentioned that that his most caught Pokémon in the game was the Pidgey. In the same interview, he mentioned that his favorite guilty pleasure is using up all the gas in the car. He also mentioned that he used to be a runner and always wanted to run a marathon, but his parents would never let him because he was underage. Ian was a chubby kid when he was younger. In this interview, Ian mentioned that he has a huge phobia of bees. He was swinging on a swing when he was little at his aunt's backyard, not knowing that there was a wasp's hive there, he then confidently pushed it with the swing, making all the bees flee out and attack him.

As of October 30, 2013, Ian has a German Shepherd dog named Daisy. According to Ian, she is a SPCA rescue.


Ian made his official acting debut in Smosh: The Movie.

In The Angry Birds Movie he voices Bubbles, the Orange Balloon Bird.

Defy Aftermath

Ian had progressively become more mature and responsible for the Smosh family as it grew, and it became apparent in his response to the Defy Media shutdown. Ian detailed the months that followed in the SmoshCast pilot:

  • Immediately following the email laying everyone off, he finished the script to "Every Domino's Ever" - one of the first videos filmed once Mythical bought Smosh.
  • In the interim, Ian used his house to shoot various videos like "Every Meme Ever," worked with Youtube to recover access to the Smosh channels, and salvaged as many Defy-shot videos as he could to upload.
  • After a month of reflection, Ian started entering talks with various companies to find a buyer for Smosh. He soon learned tricks to see if they would be good business partners - one of which was whether the company mentions "synergy" in the first five minutes of a meeting. He also made sure that the integrity of Smosh would not be compromised, as when one buyer was tempted to used Smosh as a format to start hiring comedians worldwide to make international versions of the channel and sell quirky merchandise.
    • During this whole process he did not tell the Smosh Squad anything about the outcomes. Although there were legal reasons for this, Courtney later said that she would have been in tears had she known of the ups and downs that Ian regularly experienced as he bounced from company to company.

Ian as Characterized in Smosh Videos

During Anthony's time on the channel, he had a dog named Sparky, he had an unnamed cat that went berserk in "Cat Soup," a lizard that got rabies in "LIZARD RABIES!", and a sister who was accidentally run over by Anthony in "Ian's Birthday." In an episode of Lunchtime with Smosh, he mentions that he has an older sister, though it is unknown if this sister was the one killed in Ian's Birthday or if she is a separate person. In an episode of Ian is Bored and Smosh, he claims he had a long lost brother named Adrian Hendrix, who died in a motorcycle accident, but this has yet to be proven real. His favorite food is pink-frosted sprinkled donuts. Although he is best friends with Anthony in real life and almost every Smosh video, they are both portrayed as mortal enemies in the Food Battle series. It is because Anthony thinks Ian's pink-frosted sprinkled donuts are useless, and he says that his taquitos, celeries, churros, burritos, red hot chili peppers, rainbow lollipops, egg rolls, giant gummy snakes, rock candies, chocolate-coated bananas, and vegan pink-frosted sprinkled donuts are much better.


Ian is shown to vary in being either more or less attractive to women than Anthony. He started an online blog to find someone who would date him, but every single one of the 30,698 votes declined. However, in the episode "5 Ways to Get a Girl," he was attracted by a girl who was sympathetic for him crying, but she was never seen again. In "Ian's First Girlfriend," Ian and Antoinette plan a wedding, but Anthony's hypnotism makes Ian lose his sentence, thus resulting in Antoinette breaking up with him. In "The Famous Cheese Guy," Anthony took a picture with a girl who enjoyed his cheese Melt-Down commercial, but when Ian moved in, the girl pushed him away and then spit on him. Ian's sexuality varies as well. In the episode "Smosh Snatchers," Anthony claims that the only guy Ian would go gay for is McGyver, but Ian states that he thinks every guy would go gay for McGyver. In "EVIL FORTUNE COOKIE!", he is given a fortune that says he and Anthony get married, so Ian asks Anthony to marry him. A disgusted Anthony refuses, telling Ian that he needs help, and walks away; in response, Ian starts crying and yells to Anthony that he would have divorced him anyway.

Ian also has a French cousin named Pierre, who appeared in the episode "I'M NOT RACIST!!!". Anthony thinks that Pierre is gay, when he really is not (although he does do some arguably gay things), as seen when he reacts disgustedly when he thinks Anthony is gay. Pierre seems to have the same level, if not, lower level of intelligence compared to Ian.

His family is more well known and more often seen than Anthony's family. Ian's mother Sharon is a recurring character in the videos, either as a caring mother to Ian or an antagonist ("XTREME SLEEPOVER!", "REAL DEATH NOTE!", and the alternate ending to "Breaking the Habit"). Ian's sister was killed off in "Ian's Birthday," but he was very happy about this, meaning that he hated his sister for some reason.

Health Problems

Ian apparently suffers from a small case of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and is also asthmatic.

It is remarked by Kalel that Ian is actually allergic to cats when she lived in the Smosh house temporarily. However, in the WatchUsLiveAndStuff vlog "Chocolates in Bed," Ian is shown petting Pip with no reaction afterwards. It is currently unknown why this is.


Below is a presentation representing Ian's Family Tree made by Smosh.


Guest Starring

Ian in "Agents of Secret Stuff"


  • Ian, along with Anthony, guest starred in "Annoying Orange: The Exploding Orange" as a banana.
  • Ian was featured in Ryan Higa's "Agents of Secret Stuff" as a perverted high school student.
  • Ian and Anthony appeared in the Epic Meal Time episodes "Super Pastry Cake" and "Turbaconepicentipide".
  • Ian (along with Anthony) was featured in Julian Smith's video, "Brag Call" as himself.
  • Ian and Anthony guest-starred in Rooster Teeth Production's Red vs. Blue: Season 9 as Insurrection soldiers in Episodes 3 and 15. They again star in Season 10 as Insurrection soldiers in Episode 2.
  • Along with Anthony, he guest-starred in the react series by the Fine Brothers, "YouTubers React".
  • Ian (along with Anthony) guest-starred in Ray William Johnson's video "RWJ vs. Smosh," making fun of the show.
  • Ian, along with Anthony, appeared in Epic Rap Battle of History's "Artists vs TMNT" as the famous Renaissance artist, Michaelangelo.
  • Ian and Anthony appeared in an episode of "Nerdy Nummies" with Rosanna Pansino, where they made "bronuts" (vegan donuts inspired by Edd from Food Battle: The Game).



  • Ian's favorite Pokemon is Ditto, as revealed in "THE DITTO - Movie Trailer."
  • Sometimes, his name is spelled "Ian Hecocks", which is first seen in "Smosh On The News!".
  • In most Mailtime With Smosh, Ian kills himself.
  • In the various Dancing Game Bangs on the Smosh Games channel, Ian is shown to vary between being a good dancer in some videos and a bad one in others. He came dead last in 2 of the Just Dance episodes and 5th place in It's a Game Bang Ho-Down!, Breaking It Down In 2014 and Grease Bang (a total of 5 punishments for these games, the highest number out of all the players) On the other hand though, he came 2nd place in Dancing with the Star Wars, Don't Stop the Hip Hop, and You Can't Stop the Motion in addition to being 1st place in The King Of Pop Would Be Proud.
  • It has been shown in the various Karaoke Game Bangs (as well as Smosh music videos) that Ian has a relatively good sense of musicianship, he came 1st in Epic Smosh Rap Battle and The King Of Pop Would Be Proud as well as coming 2nd in Cover Your Ears, We're Singing and Rock Band Rocks!.
  • Stephan Andrew Hecox and Dan Padilla (Ian's father and Anthony's father) appeared in the Lunchtime with Smosh episode "Lunchtime w/ Our Dads", their appearance was revealed by Anthony in the WULAS video "Meet the Daddy".
  • Despite claiming that he doesn't work well with scary games (i.e Slendytubbies), there have been a few times where he is shown to be the least affected by jumpscares. A notable example would be in "So Scared We Hurt Ourselves", while Jovenshire and Anthony were instantly scared by the jumpscares Ian wasn't affected (at some points of the video he would laugh during the jumpscares). However, he may have said this meaning that he is not very skilled at horror games rather than cowardly. However, while playing alien isolation, he said that braced himself before Joven and Anthony, hence why he was the least scared in the example video.
  • In Scared To Death by Five Nights At Freddy's, Anthony mentions that Ian used to work at Chuck E. Cheese.
  • Ian has apiphobia (a fear of bees) and possibly spheksophobia (a fear of wasps) due to an incident when he was child where he used a swing against an active wasp hive causing the bees to attack him.
  • In SMOSH SECRETS REVEALED, Ian almost killed his sibling with the wrapper of a Snapple cap. This was first shown in Mother's Day Rule.
  • Ian is right-handed, as revealed in "Left Handed".
  • He is 2 and a half months younger than Anthony.
  • Ian has been known to be a Subaru enthusiast, having owned at least two Subaru Impreza WRXs, one of which he stated was heavily modified when he taught Anthony how to drive with a manual transmission in one of them.
  • In 2020, Ian won a People' Voice: Social Food & Drink (Series & Campaigns) Webby Award for his Tastemade series Sundays at Nan's.[5]
  • In July of 2020, Ian changed his Twitter name and avatar to Caillou for an unknown reason.




Ian's Death Poses

Hairstyles and Looks

(The following is the gallery of Ian's looks throughout the past)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ian Andrew Hecox. California Birth Index.
  2. Instagram icon.png Smosh Games (@smoshgames) on Instagram: Why is Big B Tigglesworth just Ian in the future? #smoshandorder #smoshgames #judge" (August 27, 2018) (backup link missing)
  3. YouTube icon.png Markiplier DARKIPLIER vs ANTISEPTICEYE at [ 3:38] on the {{{4}}} YouTube channel
  4. Twitter icon.png Ian Hecox (@SmoshIan) on Twitter: "Okay. Okay. I GOT A FUCKING SNAPCHAT WILL YOU GUYS STFU NOW?! Add: ianhecoxsnaps" (April 5, 2015) (backup link)
Main Characters Ian Hecox - Keith Leak Jr. - Olivia Sui - Noah Grossman - Courtney Miller - Shayne Topp - Anthony Padilla
Secondary Characters

Sharon Hecox - Charlie the Drunk Guinea Pig - Boxman - Teleporting Fat Guy - Benny Jean - Sergeant Anous - Billy Hamburger - Peter Peter - Cletus - Food Battle News Reporter - Stevie - Pokemon - Courtney Freaking Miller - Brianna Boho

Main Antagonists The Gangstas - Kim Jong-il - That Damn Neighbor - Brad Padilla - Burt Reynolds - Happy Cow - Siri - Landlord - Barbershop Pole - CPS Guy - Hugh Jasshol - Jordan Schwarz
Minor Characters Antoinette Padilla - Stephen - Mr. Pondo - Anthony's Mother - Sadie Padilla - Lou Ferrigno - Adrian Hecox-Hendrix - Vader - Justin Bieber - Stevechen - Bob Roberts - Dr. Drew Peacock - George Zazz - Guy Who Explains Every Joke - Old Man Blumpkin - Melanie Moat - Kalel Cullen - Manspider - Mr. Pondo - Phuong - Pierre - Robbie the Magical Tapeworm - Mari - Mr. Mime - Brent Hamburger - The Geniuses - Genius Leader - Brody - Mario - Luigi - Peach - Link
Pets Sparky - Ian's Cat - Ian's Lizard
Guest Stars Ryan Higa - Shane Dawson - Annoying Orange - Rhett & Link From GMM Entertainment
Shut Up! Cartoons Characters Spencer - Rogi - Andre - Jimmy - Tanzy - Chris - Bartleby - Colonel Flunkerton - Dr. Braynes - Pubertina - Rusty Sprinkler - Deb - Oishi Kawaii - Noodles - Dr. Micheal W. Hollingsworth - Dipster - Krogzilla - Mucusance - Raif - Dakota - N'Gnarloth-29 - Terraxus - Bobby Johnson -Teleporting Fat Guy