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Wesley Alan "Wes" Johnson (born May 23, 1988) is an American YouTuber, cosplayer, Twitch streamer, and part-time member of Smosh Games. He was originally an editor for the channel, and was officially added as a new member (along with Flitz) in the video New Smosh Games Members?.

Wes Leaves Smosh Games

On April 10, 2019, Jovenshire confirmed in the comments of a video on his personal channel that he, Sohinki and Wes would not be returning to Smosh Games as full-time members, with their status being officially confirmed as part-time in the eleventh episode of SmoshCast on May 1, 2019.

Appearances After Leaving Smosh Games

Here is a list of videos Wes has appeared in after it was announced he was becoming a part-time member of Smosh.

Personal Life

Wes is described as one of the 'newer' additions to Smosh Games, meaning he is one of the four hosts who were not part of the original lineup. He enjoys cosplaying and gaming, and since 2014 has posted videos on a personal channel, resuming this in 2018 with a new one after losing his first. Wes has also done acting on YouTube, including acting in "Breaking Point" as the role of Tate Kelly and has been in acclaimed films such as "Nazis at the Center of the Earth." As a member of Smosh Games, he has appeared on many episodes of Grand Theft Smosh, Maricraft, Game Bang, Cell Outs and Friendly Fire.

In 2014, Wes created his own YouTube channel, WesTheEditor, based around video games and other vlogs. The channel had more than 126,100 subscribers as of June 2018. However, after Defy Media ceased operations, Wes could no longer access the channel, and by December 2018 the channel had been deleted, presumably by a remaining employee of Defy Media. In response to losing his first channel, Wes created a new channel called WesIRL, which had over 45,000 subscribers as of January 2019.

Wes dated actress Isabelle Lynn (@reminawest) from 2014 until early 2018. They were engaged from August 5, 2016 to sometime in 2018. They ended their relationship during the first half of that year for unknown reasons, though it can be assumed that the two did not end amicably from comments both Wes and Courtney made during the SmoshCast episode episode he was featured in.

In June 2018, it was confirmed that Wes had begun dating cosplayer Taylor Bloxham (@rolyatistaylor), whom he met at Fanexpo. Taylor confirmed this herself, as did Boze in a livestream. They were seen together in many photos on their social media accounts, as well as on Wes's brother's Instagram, where he referred to them all as a "crazy family".

On January 28, 2019, Wes released a video on WesIRL called "I Have Depression and That's Ok", in which he revealed (amongst other things) that he and Taylor had broken up, mostly due to problems with maintaining a long-distance relationship. Wes confirmed in the video that they are still close friends and will continue to cosplay together, but that they both believed breaking up was the right decision.

In April 2019, it was announced that Wes, along with Joven, was no longer a full-time member of Smosh Games, but would still come to participate in larger Smosh events such as Summer Games.

In July 2019, Wes posted a picture of himself on Instagram with cosplayer Sarah Hendo[3] (@hendoart); though he had posted pictures with Hendo before, he revealed in the caption of this post that she was his girlfriend, and that he felt "lucky" to be dating her.

In early August of 2019, Wes rebranded his channel, renaming it IRL Bros. He later not only created a Patreon for the channel, but confirmed that he and his brother would be working together on it full time. The channel is currently at 52K subscribers.

In late February 2020, he started continously streaming on Twitch after sporadically streaming since late 2016.

In early March of 2020, Wes, along with fellow past Smosh Games members, launched New Element Six. The show started on the AtomicMari channel, but now has its own channel, New Element Six. Its members consist of Wes, Mari Takahashi, Joshua Ovenshire, Lasercorn, Sohinki and Amra_Ricketts.

In mid April of 2020, Mari confirmed in a New Element Six video that Wes is single.

Trivia

Smosh Games in London

Wes, Mari, Lasercorn and Flitz with a crowd of fans in Trafalgar Square, London.

Life

  • Wes is from Ohio, along with Lasercorn and Keith. Wes and Keith both grew up in Cincinnati (though Keith considers himself to be from the city of Middletown).
  • Wes is the oldest of seven children.
    • Most notably, he has a younger brother named Brenden, who has a YouTube channel specializing in fitness (Wes_IRL. In 2018, Brenden was featured alongside Wes on The Damien & Shayne Show, where he partook in several Fortnite-related videos, including a blindfolded Fortnite challenge and a brain-freeze Fortnite challenge.
      • Since the creation of Wes's new channel, Wes and Brenden have increasingly appeared together in its videos; as of June 2019, Brenden began editing for the channel, and uses it for his personal announcements, implying that WesIRL was officially a shared venture between Wes and Brenden.
      • In summer 2019, the channel was officially renamed "IRL Bros".
    • Wes has another much younger brother named Trenton, who goes by Trent, who has been featured in an episode of Grand Theft Smosh offscreen. He also had an onscreen appearance on Wes's personal channel, when Wes and Trent played Halo 2 together.[4]. There is known to be an age gap of roughly 13 years between the two.
    • In the video he made that revealed he has depression, Wes linked his inability to speak up about it sooner with the fact that as the eldest he felt responsible for taking care of his siblings, and could not bring himself to ask someone else to take care of him.
  • In HOW TO SURVIVE THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, it was revealed that Wes owns multiple weapons (according to Joven, he owns a 9mm, a Magnum, shotguns, a rifle, and several knives). Wes's love of weapons has been referenced many times by the Smosh cast, and his knowledge of fighting techniques often serves as a contrast to his cheerful persona.
    • In the same video, it was revealed that Jovenshire once lived with him, although Joven has since moved into a new place with his wife.
    • For an unspecified amount of time in 2017, Wes and Courtney were roommates, though this is no longer the case. The two lived together around the same time as Smosh Summer Games: Wild West. They talk about it more extensively in the 23rd Smoshcast, and both of them considered each other to be their favorite roommate.
    • According to a video on Wes's channel and several of Damien's livestreams, Damien and Wes were at one point planning to live together, but due to complications with a miscommunication between Wes and his landlord about the allowance of pets, this never happened. Instead, Wes continues to live by himself, and Damien is now roommates with Matt Raub's younger brother, Mark Raub.
  • It was revealed in SMOSH SECRETS REVEALED that he was in the 99th percentile for the SATs in school (meaning he got a higher score than 99% of other participants). (Reference Needed)
  • According to one of his Q&A videos on his personal channel, as a child Wes wanted to be an actual spy, and he stated that he could have chosen that career path if he wasn't so family-oriented. (Reference Needed)
  • In MARIO PARTY 10 w/ SMOSH KEITH & WES, Wes reveals that he used to be in Men's Chorus and actually has an admirable singing voice, thanks to his mother, who always made him sing in his youth. He demonstrated his talent by singing a part of the song "You Raise Me Up", made famous by acts such as Josh Groban and Westlife.
    • During the episode, Flitz mentioned that Mari had described Wes as having a changed demeanor while singing, an observation he agreed with after hearing Wes sing. Wes's singing voice is deeper than his speaking voice, and his posture and facial expressions change noticeably while singing.
  • According to himself in SAVED BY THE BELL IN REAL LIFE, he was a "dorky nerd" in high school and, according to Boze in the same episode, he had a black girlfriend.
  • Wes was in the first season of the soap opera web series Breaking Point, where he played Tate Kelly, one of the main character's sons. (Reference Needed)
  • Wes was announced to be playing the role of Link for a short film called The Zelda Project: Final Battle. The film was due to be released in 2015, but as of 2019 the film is yet to be released. (Reference Needed)
  • In the videos WET AND WILD OBSTACLE COURSE, MILKSHAKE MARATHON!! and during Smosh Winter Games 2017, it was revealed that Wes is allergic to bananas. The exact nature of his allergy is unknown, but is implied to have severe consequences.

Personality

  • One of Wes's defining traits is his childlike and optimistic personality, to the extent that he has been described as "annoyingly happy all the time".[5] Other Smosh Games members have sometimes called him "an eight-year-old trapped inside an adult body".
    • At various other points, he has been referred to as being mentally either five, seven, ten or twelve years old.
  • Another well-known trait of Wes is his extreme love of candy, implied to be more like an obsession.
    • He is notably fond of chocolate, donuts, ice cream, and milkshakes.
    • In an episode of The Show w/ No Name!, Wes revealed that the most sugar he has consumed in one sitting consisted of twelve donuts and a sixty-four-ounce milkshake.[6]
  • Wes enjoys and is talented at cooking. His "specialty" is chocolate chip pancakes, which he has been seen making on multiple occasions.[7]
  • Wes loves kids and hopes to be a good father when he has them.
    • In the last Smosh Games video of 2017, Wes revealed that the "one thing" he thought he needed most in his life at that point was a child.[8]
    • Wes has stated that his love for children stemmed from "helping raise lots of little siblings", and would like to be remembered for doing something charitable for unfortunate kids. (Reference Needed)
  • Wes has been mocked a few times for his love of Link from The Legend of Zelda, originating from his Link cosplay (the first one he undertook seriously). His Amiibo is named Dark Link (Link with the Shadow Link color), for which even Davis from The Warp Zone mocked him. {Reference Needed)
  • Wes is a fan of explosions. (Reference Needed)
  • Wes likes tuna and turkey. (Reference Needed)
  • In EXTREME PRESENT HUNTING!, Mari states that Wes does not like potatoes (which he confirmed), but if the matter of his survival was at hand, he would eat them.
  • In his video I Have Depression and That's Ok, Wes revealed that he struggles with introducing himself to others, and has never been able to meet someone on his own outside from commenting on their cosplay outfits; besides this, most of the girls he has dated have been introduced to him by friends.

Smosh

  • Wes started working with Smosh Games on October 31, 2012. However, he was not featured in a video until July 24, 2013, when he appeared in the Cage Match Challenge punishment episode CHIVALRY & PAINTBALL PUNISHMENT.
  • Wes's hair has been a running joke since he first began appearing in Smosh Games videos. His hair grew steadily longer from his first appearance, and in 2016 it was longer than any other male member of the Smosh Family.
    • This describably feminine appearance, combined with his childish behavior, inspired the hashtag #wesisaprettygirl, which endures to this day, and his long hair was often made fun of by the Smosh cast and staff.
      • Besides #wesisaprettygirl, classic Smosh Games hashtags about Wes include #wesruinseverything and #wescuses, coined from his habit of unintentionally sabotaging various activities he partakes in (such as in missions and activities in MariCraft and Grand Theft Smosh) and making multiple excuses after doing so.
    • In early 2017, Wes cut his hair much shorter, changed from a center parting to a side parting, and dyed it silver. Despite this drastic change, he was still taunted about his hair, with other cast members joking that he is aging prematurely and that he still needs a haircut.
    • During 2018, Wes's hair was pale grey, spawning the new joke that Wes is unnaturally pale, to the extent that he is "absent of all melanin".[9] Wes himself once noted that he look[ed] super blown out... like a ghost."[10]
    • Throughout 2019, Wes's hair was much longer again — closer to the length it had been before it was dyed — and returned to the shade of silver he had originally changed it to in 2017.
  • Wes is the youngest of the original six Smosh Games cast members.
  • Shayne has described Wes as a broken Terminator who just wants to eat candy and play video games.[11]
  • Prior to Smosh Summer Games: We Blew It, Wes was the only Smosh member who had not yet won any Smosh Seasonal Games competitions.
    • This streak of bad luck had inspired the hashtag #wesiscursed, coined during Smosh Winter Games: Again!.

Other

  • Wes is notable for his giant size, being currently the tallest member in both Smosh and Smosh Games.
  • Wes is a "semi-professional paintballer". This was mentioned by Lasercorn in CHIVALRY & PAINTBALL PUNISHMENT, which was also Wes's first official Smosh Games appearance.
    • Wes's paintballing background also caused scrutiny following Smosh Summer Games: Apocalypse, in which he brought his own paintball gun. As talked about extensively in the 26th Smoshcast, much of Mushroom Clout, and even a few members of ToxiciTea, agreed that Wes shouldn't have been allowed to bring a gun that had an 'auto-fire mode'. Shayne Topp, however, states that despite this help, "Wes could easily destroy [all of us together against him] in a paintball match."
  • In some videos on his personal channel, Wes has shown that he can do a wide variety of accents and is seen to be particularly good at doing a British accent and a German accent, and can also do a decent Russian accent.
    • His German accent alias is known as the GGG (Gay German Gamer). (Reference Needed)
    • Besides foreign accents, Wes is able to do a rather accurate Donald Duck impression, which he demonstrated in the Game Bang special of the Try Not To Laugh Challenge.
  • He does not have a regular streaming schedule. (Reference Needed)
  • Wes has messy handwriting, which Flitz has dubbed "chicken scratch".[12]
  • It was revealed in MEDIEVAL TREADMILL RACE that Wes has asthma. Joven and Sohinki called him a "nerd" for carrying his inhaler in HARRY POTTER IN REAL LIFE (Bonus).
  • Wes had a henna tattoo on his right arm in YET ANOTHER NIGHT AT FREDDY'S (Gametime w/ Smosh Games). It has since worn off.
  • Despite describing himself as unathletic (Reference Needed), Wes has an impressive amount of natural strength. He has been dubbed a "heavyweight" by several other Smosh cast members.
    • Wes throws meteors

      Wes throwing "actual meteors".

      In the first episode of Smosh Summer Games: Camp, after the dodgeball game, Shayne claimed that Wes throws "actual meteors", hinting that he has a strong throwing arm.
      • In the same episode, after being picked to be on Anthony's team, he successfully managed to not only lift Anthony and all three of his previously-chosen teammates off the ground at the same time, but appeared to do so with ease.
  • In BLOWDART PUNISHMENTS IN THE CULLING (Game Bang), Wes commented that he "has no sense of smell."
  • In a livestream, Wes revealed that he found his iconic red leather jacket at the office and then took it home. (Reference Needed)
  • Prior to cutting and dying his hair, Wes was referred to by the fans as the "younger brother" of the Winter Soldier in the first episode of Smosh Summer Games: Camp.
    • After he began to style his hair differently, Wes has sometimes been compared to Quicksilver, another Marvel superhero. After high demand, he cosplayed as Quicksilver in September 2018.
  • There is a chance his real name is actually Jonathan, as revealed in DROPPING TRUTH BOMBS.
    • However, it could also have been a joke referring to his MariCraft character in the Block of Love and Hero House series, whose name was originally stated to be Jonathan prior to its constant changes.

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