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Jaiden Dittfach, better known online as JaidenAnimations, born September 27, 1997, is an Arizona-born Storytime Animator, much like TheOdd1sOut and Domics. She's one of the biggest YouTube animators on the website.

Much like them, she covers stories from her life, as well as general small fun facts about herself and then animates them for a YouTube audience. Her videos cover a range of topics like stories about her parents, vacations, her fears, random thoughts she tends to have and her experiences with instruments and reality TV. Along with that, she also does collaboration videos with other YouTubers like TheOdd1sOut and Draw with Jazza, has collaborated with Game Grumps in several multiplayer games and toured with in live drawing events (with Egoraptor and Ross O'Donovan in particular), and has occasional vlogs with her pet bird Ari and has even made a collection of "I Has Cupquake Animated" videos, which can be seen on her channel.

Outside of animation, she is currently a member of the QSMP and the Let's Play group channel WILDCARD.

Her Twitter can be found here and her DeviantArt can be found here.

Not to be confused with Chinese studio Jade Animation.

JaidenAnimations provides examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Jaiden was genuinely impressed by a seemingly 13-year-old's pickup line:
    Kid: Will you hold something for me?
    Jaiden: O-Okay? What is it?
    Kid: My hand.
    ("Careless Whisper" blares in the background)
  • The Alleged House: Tom Nook's four vacant houses for Jaiden to choose from are a medieval torture dungeon, a haunted backyard garden shed, a Chinese sweatshop locker room, and a 15th century empty pool.
    Jaiden: (beat) Uhh, yeah. I'll take the locker room, please?
  • Allegorical Character: The characters chosen to represent the psychics Jaiden visited are based on her experiences with them. Maya Fey represents the psychic who was the sweetest and most optimistic, Sabrina represents the psychic who was the most curt and bitter, and Chihaya Mifune represents the psychic who was the most expensive.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-universe; in her Ruby Nuzlocke video, Jaiden (somewhat jokingly) interprets Steven Stone's Armaldo as her Anorith having joined up to get revenge for being relegated to the box.
  • Alternate Universe: In the Platinum Nuzlocke video to explain the Elite Four do-over after an extremely unlucky bad ending as an "alternate Jaiden" created by Giratina in the Distortion World.
  • Annoying Laugh: At least Jaiden herself thinks so anyways.
  • Animal Motif: Justified because of her love of birds and there are plenty of references to birds in her videos; as shown by her pet conures, Ari and Tofu. In her Pokémon videos, she's shown to possess bird-themed Pokémon. In some videos, you can see three small bird tattoos on her right forearm.
  • Animation Bump: A small one in her video "My Opinion on Airports", as it was given by a guest animator. When explaining that moving sidewalks would be a good replacement for cars and roads, she says that you could just run to get to where you want to go extra quick. This is shown with an over the top action shot of Jaiden bursting into a sprint. This follows into her other videos, where the animation can be much more fluid and expressive in some parts; the dance Ranger!Jaiden does to Team Dim Sun's battle theme is a good example.
  • Animesque: The scene in "The History of my Hair" where Jaiden's hairs blow away in the wind is a parody of an anime scene, with cherry blossom petals floating in the air and Jaiden getting large anime eyes.
  • Arch-Enemy: In her Animal Crossing video, a snooty villager named Sue E. becomes Jaiden's nemesis due to her rudeness.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In the HeartGold/SoulSilver randomized SoulLink, Jacob has to face Lance's Porygon-Z, Rampardos, Lickilicky, Zapdos... and Plusle.
    • Also in the SoulLink, Jan, upon losing for the first time, drops his wallet, passport, credit card, driver's license, social security number... and Target gift card.
  • Art Shift: "Why I Don't Have a Face Reveal" is done in a much less fluid style, with few colors and a more sketch-like feel to it.
  • Artifact Name: In her Digimon World Dawn video, due to the game forcing the player to give their Digimon nicknames, Jaiden decides to nickname her Seadramon, "Big Worm", as he has a long, worm-like body. Shortly after though, Big Worm is transformed into a small blue dinosaur:
    Jaiden: He's not a big worm, anymore! Now his cleverly tailored nickname doesn't make any sense!
  • Ascended Extra: Along with other animators, Jaiden got bumped up from the end credits to the main video for Rewind 2018... while also sneaking in PewDiePie's chair for her segment. Note the smug wink to the camera.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: In "Burnout & Overworking Yourself", a hypothetical friend tells Jaiden that they're going to run fifty miles, and won't eat, sleep, or take care of themselves until they're finished. Jaiden responds that such a thing is a terrible idea... because the person would need sunscreen first.
  • Berserk Button: Jaiden has some strong opinions on impersonators and people who use "KYS" as an insult.
    Jaiden: Don't impersonate people.... Okay, I was going to end this video by saying "Don't impersonate people, and f*ck off" but I couldn't bring myself to do it.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: This exchange.
    Fan: Am I baka for having a crush on Ari? >.< Me no baka, chuu~!
    Jaiden: Yikes.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When a musical purist starts acting up when Jaiden talks about how she got into playing video game music on the piano, Jaiden pulls out a scalpel and calmly asks him if she can use it to create an incision in his head, since he's being closed-minded.
  • Big Little Brother: Her younger brother Jaxon is depicted as being taller than Jaiden.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
  • Birthday Episode: When it's Ari's birthday, she publishes videos celebrating this.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Her Pokémon Platinum Nuzlocke video ends this way. In-universe, Jaiden realizes she's in an alternate timeline created after Giratina split her in two in the Distortion World; in the original timeline, she wiped out against the Elite Four before she even made it to Cynthia, with her entire team getting killed.note  In this timeline, Jaiden wins and becomes the new Champion, but loses half her team to Cynthia's Garchomp in the process. And with the knowledge of both timelines and another version of her losing so horribly, Jaiden is so overwhelmed with guilt that she finds the victory hollow and doesn't believe she deserves it.
    • A more lighthearted example in "Pokemon fan plays Digimon and hates it". Jaiden ends up utterly hating her experience with the game she chose to play, but against all odds, comes out of it already developing a bit of a budding fondness for the franchise on the whole, mainly due to the designs of many of the Digimon themselves. She also doesn't hold the badness of the game itself against either the franchise or its fans.
  • Blatant Lies: Upon landing in Arizona whilst having hives, she claims that her parents were "very calm" about the situation.
    Lynn: (grabs Jaiden's face) Hives?! Who- Are you okay, w- How'd you get hives; are you okay?!
    (Hugo sweats in the background)
  • Book Dumb: She outright hates reading and is a self-admitted college dropout. This, of course, is why she took the career of a storytime animator, but as she also admits, she thinks she isn't a good animator either, or at least compared to those she thinks have more natural talent.
  • Born Lucky: Jaiden jokes about this of her SoulSilver Nuzlocke partner, Jacob Alpharad, a Running Gag carrying over from his own channel(s). She not only starts the video highlighting his 50/50 Pokémon Nuzlocke winning streak, but describes how he almost always gets favorable Pokémon encounters, gift Pokémon, and easy battles. Meanwhile, Jaiden tends to get lackluster Pokémon and VERY difficult battles.
  • Born Unlucky: In general, Jaiden has outright admitted that she has awful luck, meaning she's at least aware of it. Some notable examples:
    • She tends to get hit with very difficult if not outright unfair encounters in her Nuzlocke run with Jacob Alpharad, including several legendary fights, and in one case having a pokemon be the perfect counter to the one she was using, resulting in an unavoidable pokemon loss.
    • On her first game of Lethal Company, she ends up being the target of the Ghost Girl. Note that the Ghost Girl spawning is a 0.44% chance on Experimentation (the starter moon), and she was the target of all possible options.
    • She is frequently unable to get to first place when playing online Mario Kart 8 matches because people always target her with items, constantly setting her back. It's more likely for Jaiden to be third in a race than first. Rarely, she actually gets first, but it's very rare.
    • She dies repeatedly while playing Terraria for reasons even she can't discern.
  • Brick Joke: invoked At the beginning of the SoulSilver Nuzlocke, Jaiden and Jacob keep running into Palkia, who Google says is vulnerable to Salamence. The two proceed to, in her words, bully Palkia by repeatedly commenting that they wish they had a Salamence. Fastforward to the final battle, and Lance has a Palkia on his team for Jaiden. Cue Jaiden saying, "I could really use a Salamence right about now..."
  • Broke the Rating Scale: In "Pokemon Sent Me ALL Their Plushies", Jaiden ranks all the Gen 5 Pokémon plushies that the company sent her on a scale that goes from S-tier to "sad face"-tier. Two plushies manage to fall outside this ranking system: male Unfezant, who ends up below "sad face"-tier, and Joltik, who ends up above S-tier.
  • But I Read a Book About It: Jaiden grew an obsession with birds through reading the Maximum Ride book series when she was in 6th grade, and never truly grew out of her bird phase, culminating in her eventually adopting Ari.
    Jaiden: Everyone say a big thanks to James Patterson for creating this bird-obsessed monster.
  • Butt-Monkey: Paul in "My First Time Playing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS". His wife died, his 6-year-old son ran away, he thought he found a pet turtle but it was a rock, he was transformed into a zebra by a sentient door after responding "The alphabet backwards" to a riddle, he throws Luap the sheep in the wrong direction, and his boss/nemesis Mark Thompson barely reacted to Paul's presence after Mark revealed himself to the party.
  • Call-Back: In "My Childhood Obsession with Animals", Ari can be seen knocking over both her cheetah mask and Raoole the stuffed mouse from "My Time at 'Camp Operetta'", as well as shattering the lightbulb drinking glass that Jaiden got back in "What my trip to Japan was like".
  • Career Not Taken: She used to be a sports girl in her youth and was quite invested in being athletic, though only by her mother's mentoring, as she, by her own words, would end up being a Jaded Washout if she wasn't encouraged to keep herself active. Obviously, she didn't take the athlete career, because she's a storytime animator instead.
  • Censored for Comedy: She hardly ever swears. And if she does, it'll either be a Curse Cut Short or this. In "Things about Relationships I wish someone told me about," she says that one must occasionally look in the mirror and wonder "Am I being an asshole?" Not only is the word censored as "a**hole" in the captions, but the first part of the word is bleeped out by a loud bass tone, with an image of Ari covering the speaker's mouth as they say it.
  • Character Catchphrase: A subtle one, during her streams (and rarely on the main videos), Jaiden usually, and completely impulsively, says "just kidding" when she reverses a line of thinking she had in a particular moment. She says it enough times that it can count.
  • Character Development:
    • It's subtle, but after her boom in popularity, Jaiden has become less and less soft-spoken than in her early videos, showing that her time on Youtube is helping her get over her social awkwardness. Compare "How to be Stupid" with "How to Make Life More Interesting," the former being more laid-back and somewhat mumbling while the latter practically has her shouting every sentence.
    • About a quarter of "Trying To Get Into Fitness and Health" is Jaiden explaining how she's doing since recovering from an eating disorder.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: During Alpharad's Cup Pong Invitational, Jaiden wore cargo pants to smuggle in a can of Coca-Cola, and used it to bribe the referee, JoSniffy, into removing a cup. This act would carry her and LLDrifts, her teammate, into the finals, but the two unfortunately ended up losing to Ted Nivison and Ethan Nestor.
  • Chekhov's Gun: When Jaiden starts training Zipzapzop in her Pokémon Ruby Nuzlocke video, she makes a huge rant about the sheer number of Marills she had to kill in order to get Zipzapzop up to par with the rest of the party. While she doesn't explain this (and might not have even realized it at the time), it was the HP EVs from those Marills that gave Zipzapzop enough HP to later just barely tank that quadruple-effective earthquake attack with only 2 HP to spare.
  • Chronic Self-Deprecation: Jaiden is prone to diminishing herself to such a degree that she outright admits that she completely lacks an ego of any kind in the first act of "Things I Do That Adults Probably Don't Do (Jaiden Edition)". It reaches a point where, in "The Weirdest Pet Games", she buys Parrot Pals for the sole reason that the parrots repeatedly say that they don't like the player with no reasoning as to why.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jaiden had a Pirates of the Caribbean-obsessed Keet for a high school art teacher, who often blared random POTC soundtrack remixes to his students' chagrin, randomly challenged students to duels, and at one point, ran into the room dressed as a pirate and ran around like a lunatic, causing Jaiden to drop his class. He was also a tennis teacher, and one day inexplicably tried to jump over the net, causing him to faceplant when his foot was caught on the net and giving him two black eyes. If his ex-wife's reaction to this latter incident is any indication, he had injured himself prior to this.
  • Clung on Tight: In "I Don't Like the Dentist", Jaiden's childhood fear of the dentist is emphasized through her clinging onto her mom's leg, with Lynn trying to shake her off.
  • Companion Cube: Compares her teacher to Oscar the Grouch's hypothetical pet lemon.
  • Composite Character:
    • In her HeartGold/SoulSilver SoulLink Nuzlocke, due to Jaiden playing as the boy and Alpharad playing as the girl, Jaiden combines the NPC versions of Lyra and Ethan into a single, unnamed character. Jaiden simply calls them "neighbor".
    • In "My First Time Playing Dungeons & Dragons", Ranboo plays Tholomew, a mildly insane feline convinced that his neighbour Thompson cursed him with a time-looping spell, and Alpharad plays Paul, a depressed salaryman who absolutely hates his manager, a guy named Mark who apparently has a bone to pick with him. So naturally, the DM made the Big Bad one Mark Thompson, Jerkass retail manager turned dark wizard to take revenge on his paranoid neighbour who keeps spreading rumors about him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Jaiden described Ari as being very jealous of anyone who is friendly with her. Especially her mom, Lynn.
  • Cross Player: In her video on Amazing Island, she plays the male avatar instead of the female avatar.
  • Crotch-Glance Sex Check: A variation. In "My Birds Laid Eggs...", when it turned out that Ari and Tofu had been secretly nesting and laid three eggs, Jaiden visibly looks at both of their crotches to determine who the mother was; she doesn't specify what she saw, but whatever it was confirmed Tofu was the mother.note 
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: invoked Jasmine turns out to be this in "I Attempted a Two Player Nuzlocke". The entire time, she acts like a Moe to try and get Jaiden and Jacob to get Amphy's medicine in Cianwood City, but they aren't having any of it, since they almost died trying to climb Olivine Lighthouse. Once they do the work she's supposed to do, her reward for them is having Jaiden fight her Lugia and Deoxys, still acting as absentmindedly cute as ever, all while Jaiden is bashing her face into a support beam in anger.
  • Cutting the Knot: In her first two Pokémon Nuzlocke videos, Jaiden encounters powerful Legendary Pokémon blocking her way. Since battling them would likely result in her losing team members, she just uses the Master Ball on Groudon and Giratina to immediately catch them and carry on with the game.
    Jaiden: So I went in there, walked up to Groudon... and Master Balled him immediately. There's no way I'm gonna fight Groudon!
  • Daddy Issues: Averted. In the early days of her channel, some very curious fans were wondering why Jaiden never brought up her father, assuming that something happened that made Jaiden not include him (like divorce or abuse). Turns out Jaiden just hadn't animated anything that involved him yet, which Jaiden lampshaded when she first brought up Hugo in a video.
  • Darker and Edgier: Due to suffering from an extremely unfortunate defeat at the hands of the Elite Four, her Pokémon Platinum Nuzlocke video was noticeably grimmer than her previous Ruby Nuzlocke video. The same cannot be said for the SoulLink Randomized Nuzlocke with Alpharad that followed it, though.
  • Death by De-aging: Discussed/averted in Random Thoughts (Part 2 Edition). Jaiden theorizes that if you sit in the Fountain of Youth for too long, you eventually turn into your own parents.
  • Death Seeker: Briefly becomes one in "The worst thing that's ever happened to me". After she was initially prescribed with an epipen, she went to sleep feeling relieved, only to wake up 8 hours later with her hives flared up to their absolute worst, leading Jaiden to want to close her eyes again and die on the spot. Luckily, Hugo rushed her back to urgent care and got a succinct medication plan from family friend Dr. Cruz, so she was cured fast enough to not provoke any suicidal intent.
  • Denser and Wackier: Not that she wasn't funny before, but a lot of her earlier videos were fairly straightforward storytime animations with most of the humor coming from "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer as well as Jaiden's very endearing awkwardness. By now, her videos are all much more cartoonish with exaggerations of actual events, snarky comments, and Jaiden herself moving past her soft-spoken nature to become a Large Ham on occasion.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In her "Random Thoughts" video, she realizes she wrote down "half popped popcorn" down twice.
    Jaiden: I guess past Jaiden felt really compelled to talk about half-popped popcorn. It is really good, though.
  • The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: The eating disorder Jaiden had sounds a lot like bulimia, with excessive fasting and "purging" being the main indicators, but it's never named in any video in which she discusses it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She recalls in her "Substitute Teachers" video where one just looked at a girl choking on a carrot... doing nothing while a kid did the Heimlich.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": In Jaiden's video on Amazing Island, "Pokemon But Ugly", she celebrates unlocking the "kid" body-type by creating a child-like monster called "Child".
  • The Door Slams You: At one point in fourth grade, Jaiden was nearly whacked in the face by a bathroom stall door due to an incredibly stupid and inconsiderate girl deciding to kick the door open. The only reason Jaiden was only "nearly" hit in the face is because karate reflexes allowed her to block the door with her arm. She notes that any other passerby probably wouldn't have been able to protect herself.
  • Dramatic Wind: In "The History of my Hair", strands of Jaiden's hair fly away, "like burs in the wind," illustrated with pieces of Jaiden's hair dramatically flying away in a stream of flower petels and Jaiden, now with big anime eyes, watching them float.
  • Dropped in the Toilet: In "An Uncomfortable Trip to the UK", Jaiden recounts how on her trip to the U.K., she ended up losing her wallet, and it wasn't until she got back from dinner that she realized it slipped out of her women's jean pocket into the toilet, and came to the realization that she peed on it in the process.
  • The Dying Walk: When Tate's Solrock melts Zipzapzop with Flamethrower, Zipzapzop weakly floats over to Jaiden until collapsing, before Squidward the Tentacruel sprays him like a fire extinguisher.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference:
    • In videos from the early years of Jaiden's channel, her hair was drawn in a ponytail, and can still be seen during end cards. Her hair has since been drawn let down in future installments, even in stories taking place in college, when she still would've had the ponytail.
    • Jaiden also used draw herself with a bigger head when she wasn't drawn on purpose as a chibi.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: In "Being Not Straight", Jaiden describes her struggles with trying to figure out what her sexuality was, because a person's gender never seemed to matter in Jaiden's options for potential romantic partners. However, she also mentions that she was looking for a romantic partner mostly out of a sense of obligation and peer pressure, rather than being genuinely attracted to anybody she came across. On a random Wiki Walk, Jaiden came across the aroace sexuality, which is being aromantic and asexual at the same time, wherein a person essentially feels no romantic or sexual attraction to anyone. Jaiden describes this as a lightbulb moment where she finally found a label that fit her.
  • Exact Words: In "My Childhood Obsession with Animals", Jaiden talks about the time she desperately wanted a mouse. She thought that she could force her parents to get her one by writing it on her Christmas wishlist. Her parents did get her a mouse... but it was a computer mouse.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: You may not notice it on first watch-through, but in her video on her Pokémon Platinum Nuzlocke, she does this towards Cyrus just before teleporting away after sweeping him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Implied with her Anorith Gary in her Pokémon Ruby Nuzlocke.
    Jaiden: Steven's last Pokémon was Armaldo — Gary's final revenge for getting booted from the team.
  • Fangirl:
    • She has many Pokémon plushies and has played the games many times over due to her devotion to the franchise. It's one of her signature likes to the point that she has an entire video dedicated to the company personally sending her every single plushie they have.
    • Hatsune Miku of Vocaloid is the anime character she most predominantly obsesses over. She even hosted a stream for celebrating her fictional birthday (which is August 31st).
    • One for SpongeBob SquarePants, both in youth and as an adult, and she is indeed a proud fan of it.
    • She's one for CatDog, as in collab videos off her channel, she makes rather random references to CatDog every now and then, such as asking what CatDog's pronouns are, and when she was invited onto a Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl tournament where bidders get to select what characters the players choose, she uploaded a short animation to her channel where she begged her viewers to let her play as CatDog.
    • She plays Mario Kart 8 a lot during her Twitch streams in many online matches.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: When she was younger, Jaiden went out to walk her dog without telling her parents. For reasons unknown even to her, the sight of some reasonably concerned police officers freaked her out and caused her to book it back home with the cruiser close behind.
  • Flair Bartending: Or rather, Flair Medical Practice. Upon being administered to Dr. Cruz, he proves to be quite the showman, including having a "Eureka!" Moment upon seeing Jaiden's hives and spinning an epipen on his finger before stabbing her with it.
  • Flat "What": Her mother, Lynn, when Jaiden jokingly tells her she's a grandmother (to Ari).
  • Foreshadowing: In "An Uncomfortable Trip to the UK", Jaiden loses her wallet and tries to figure out where she might have left it. When she starts talking about the possibility that she left it at Shrek's Swamp, a picture of Shrek's outhouse is shown on a corkboard full of information. This subtly foreshadows the fact that she actually dropped it in her hotel room's toilet.
  • Fortune Teller: "The Time Psychics Read My Future" is about Jaiden trying out five different psychics/fortune tellers (visually represented by famous fictional psychics and fortune tellers), getting a tarot and palm reading from each of them as well as asking about her birds' safety, and comparing her experiences.
    • The first one tries to sell her a "spiritual protection" for her birds, at the low, low cost of $427. Jaiden politely excuses herself and runs away.
    • The second one (represented by Maya Fey) was Jaiden's favorite, as she did not try to sell her anything weird and gave the sensible advice of going to the vet instead of relying on psychics for her birds' health.
    • The third one (represented by Gym Leader Sabrina) made the boldest, most explicit predictions, claiming that Jaiden will be involved in a light car accident (which didn't happen) and that she should be wary of a bearded man who will offer her a business opportunity in August. She also tries to sell a psychic protection for her birds.
    • The fourth one (represented by Chihaya Mifune) was late to the reading, but made a very accurate guess about Jaiden's salary. The psychic then performed a chakra rebalancing ritual, and at this point, Jaiden was caught in the trap and ended up getting fleeced for $776 before she managed to get out.
    • The fifth session never happened, as they kept asking to reschedule until Jaiden eventually gave up trying to get an appointment.
    • Interestingly, all of the ones she saw independently predicted that Jaiden will have three kids and live past the age of 80.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • While searching for "Most Annoying Girl Names" to give to her group project classmates, one of Google's top resulting lists includes... "Jayden."
    • invoked There are several Easter eggs on her shelf in her contribution to Rewind, which includes a Smash letter, a Japanese bonsai tree in reference to the infamous Logan Paul suicide forest video, a boxing trophy based on Logan Paul vs KSI, a "Sociopaths 101" book in reference to Jake Paul, "Submarine 2 PewDiePie", a squirrel in reference to iDubbbzTV, a bowl of spaghetti (actually a reference to "Somebody touch my spaghet!" and not "Bitch Lasagna" like many assumed) and Ugandan Knuckles.
    • In her "I Attempted a Pokemon Platinum Nuzlocke" video, right near the end, during all of the glitchy animations showing her failed original attempt at the Elite Four, there's one frame where her Togekiss can be seen impaled on some rock spikes right before Aaron's fight.
    • When she and Alpharad release the Legendary Beasts in "I Attempted a Two Player Nuzlocke", Suicune is slumped over unconscious on Entei's back instead of running like the other two as a nod to how Alpharad killed one by accident earlier in the video.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: In her video about toxic relationships, she states that toxic people fish for compliments rather than take responsibility for what went wrong in their life. You have no responsibility for making them happy and you'll drive yourself crazy justifying their actions. If they can't use those experiences constructively or move on from them, then leave.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • Jaiden gets an Uber driver to pick her up after her trip to Japan, but thanks to vague directions, he drops her off at the wrong house. Jaiden pretends to go inside, hoping the owners don't see her as she hides behind the house, waiting for the driver to leave. After he does, Jaiden crosses the street, tries to get inside her house... and the door is locked. Her roommate is gone, meaning Jaiden has to wait three hours for her to come home. Unwilling to sleep outside the house to pass the time, she ends up catching another Uber to hang out with her roommate, but because she wasn't able to sleep on the plane, she's too tired to even function, let alone enjoy the trip out.
    • During one ski trip when she was 10, Hugo accidentally brings her and Jax up a double black diamond trail (aptly described by Jaiden as "you will DIE if you go on here as a child"), and by the time he realizes his mistake, it's too late. As he tries to think of what to do, gravity takes Jax and he speeds down the mountain. When he falls to break speed per their dad's instruction, he ends up doing a screaming starfishnote . As people go to help him after he finally manages to stop, Jaiden is freaking out; her only way down is a slope she just watched her little brother plummet down, and she doesn't know if he made it there even vaguely okayish. Luckily, a kind snowboarder helps her down, but that means a slow, terrifying trip sliding inch-by-inch on her butt down a slope she describes as "almost vertical downward death with a bunch of moguls". The poor girl is traumatized and angry by the time she gets down, and judging by her refusal to buy a souvenir, the entire trip is ruined for her.
    • Her debilitating case of hives one year when she visited her family for Christmas. Each flair-up was worse than the last, and just when she thought she'd experienced the worst, an even more intense case sucker-punched her. It got to the point that she was red and itchy and experiencing such intense pain/discomfort all over that she couldn't move, as even the slightest brush to her skin sent shockwaves of pain across her system. Thankfully, a doctor who was also a family friend managed to get her the right medication and diagnosis that kept it from coming back.
    • This applied on two separate occasions in her SoulLink Randomized Nuzlocke. The first case was with Gym Leader Chuck, whose Kingdra proved to be more than a match for her entire team barring Obamatar the Abomasnow. His second Pokemon was Froslass, whose Snow Cloak ability allowed her to constantly avoid attacks from Obamatar due to their own Snow Warning ability setting up the hail that activates it. On top of that, Froslass's Ominous Wind move boosted all of her stats two turns in a row (which is a 1% chance, by the way). The second case was against Champion Lance, who had a Palkia, who Jaiden had no answer for whatsoever. And the one Pokemon she did have that stood any chance at all, Mewtwo, was immediately killed by a critical hit. In both instances, Jaiden had to resort to stalling out her opponent to death with whatever Pokemon she had left until they finally went down... and in the latter case, reminded the audience that Lance still had three Pokemon left, and she had to stall for another ten minutes on his final Pokemon, Azumarill.
  • Fountain of Youth: In "Random Thoughts (Part 2 Edition)", Jaiden does some navel-gazing over whether spending too much time in a fountain of youth would de-age you until you turned into your mom and dad, or your grandparents, or several villages of medieval peasants, or amoebas, or primordial soup, or-
  • Gag Haircut: Jaiden discusses how important a good haircut is in "The History of my Hair" because a bad haircut gives off a first impression that you make terrible decisions. This is illustrated by a horrified woman meeting someone with hideously-cut yellow, green, and pink hair.
  • Gay Aesop: "Being Not Straight": "Being aromantic and asexual are valid sexual identities and deserve more recognition in media".
  • Gayngst: In "Being Not Straight", Jaiden comes out as aroace, which is being aromantic and asexual at the same time. In other words, Jaiden feels no romantic or sexual attraction to anyone, regardless of their gender or sexuality. In the video, Jaiden says she's never felt such ways towards anybody at all, citing life stories of how she came to realize that she never felt any sort of romantic or intimate attraction to people, only attempting to find a crush or go on a date because of the social stigma surrounding being in a relationship. Jaiden says that she felt like it was something she "had" to do, and describes her struggles with forcing herself to try and conform. Jaiden even admits that she once thought she was bisexual or pansexual, because gender never seemed to matter to Jaiden when she was looking for someone. It was only when she found out about the aroace sexuality through a random Wiki Walk that Jaiden found something that fit her, as she says she had a "Eureka!" Moment when she learned about this.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In "I Attempted my First Pokemon Nuzlocke", Jaiden names a Machop "Chad" even though it's female.
    Jaiden: What? You're a female? (beat) DID I STUTTER?
  • Gender Flip: In the SoulLink Nuzlocke, Jaiden and Jacob are wearing the clothes of the player character opposite to their own genders. Jaiden is wearing Ethan's clothes, while Jacob is wearing Lyra's clothes.
  • Giver of Lame Names: In "The Weirdest Pet Games", Jaiden gives some of her pets some pretty awful names. As a child, she named her first puppy in Nintendogs "Star" and has no idea why upon returning to the game years later, noting that she has a heart-shaped marking. Then, when playing Parrot Pals, she adopts a large bird and names it "Large".
  • Gonky Femme: As a Machop/Machoke, Chad looks like a muscular man, but is drawn with feminine mannerisms and accessories such as a flower behind her ear or a mourning veil.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: She hardly ever swears. She's either used a different word, cut herself off before saying the whole word, or just flat-out censored it altogether. Though, in her video "Flirting & My Stories," she said the word "douchebag" uncensored. Another time in "What my trip to Japan was like" she says "bitch" uncensored twice, though she was referring to PewDiePie's "Bitch Lasagna" in both cases, so it wasn't really her sentiment. She does call herself an "edgy bitch" in "Pokemon fan plays Digimon and hates it" though.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: In the context of Pokémon, she has a collection of every plush of each type of titular monster in the series. As a result, it's a comically literal example of this.
  • Grand Finale: Her SoulLink Randomized Nuzlocke with Alpharad is this to her Nuzlocke series, as revealed in the end credits. Obviously, it's not this to her videos on the whole.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Her Pokémon Nuzlockes humorously depict early battles as picking up her Pokémon and using them to bludgeon the opponent's Pokémon.
  • Guinness Episode: "I Attempted a Speedrun (and got a world record)" is about her becoming the first person in the world to speedrun Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends, and therefore holding the world record at the time.
  • Hard Truth Aesop:
    • "Things about Relationships I wish someone told me about": "you're not responsible for someone else's happiness." If someone's sad or depressed, it's on them to correct this behavior. Also, define your boundaries, and don't let anyone make you break them; if they do, they're causing emotional abuse, and they're not worth your time. Toxic people will often fish for compliments, resort to emotional abuse (gaslighting, guilt tripping, etc.), and threaten to hurt you or themselves to get what they want from you instead of ever admit that how they act is wrong. You aren't responsible for making them happy at the cost of your own happiness, and if they aren't willing to change and better themselves, then cut them loose before they drag you down with them.
    • "Trying to Get Into Fitness & Health" drops a few lessons about society's unhealthy obsession with losing weight (or building muscle) as the be-all end-goal of "health and fitness," especially at the expense of giving your body the nutrients and exercise it needs to feel good and function well.
  • Hate at First Sight: Jaiden jokes about this in her "I Attempted a Two Player Nuzlocke" video, as many Trainer, Gym Leader, and Elite Four battles involve her having to fight Legendaries, while her buddy Jacob gets much easier opponents. Jacob also gets three fully-evolved Pokemon as starter choices from Professor Elm; Jaiden gets the useless Wynaut, the Com Mon Ariados, and the Fragile Speedster Mankey.
  • Hates Being Touched: Inverted. She's less afraid of being touched and more afraid of her touching someone and freaking them out with how cold her hand naturally is.
  • Hates Reading: "I Hate Reading" (formerly titled "Why I Don't Like Reading") is about why she hates reading. "If you don't like reading, I've got the book for you" follows up from it, explaining that she likes a particular manga, but that's it.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Considers loud toilet flushing noises to be this.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: When in the non-U.K. passport customs line, Jaiden ran into a guy who made it clear in no time flat that he believes all girls are selfish. The fact that he acted nice to Jaiden and constantly tried to make small talk with her made things all the more awkward, almost to the point of him being a Boomerang Bigot.
  • Heroic Mime: In "I Attempted a Two Player Nuzlocke", Alpharad is this, being quiet in the animations 99% of the time, his voice only being heard in the gameplay segments, and the one line he has is said by Jaiden herself.
  • Heroic RRoD: Describes getting hives like this. Thanks to an apparent combination of stress and overexertion, Jaiden got hives in December 2019. Eventually, she was itching so badly and in so much pain that she could hardly move, to the point of starting to cry from the pain. She describes it as the worst thing that's ever happened to her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In her Ruby Nuzlocke video, she frames Zipzapzop the Magneton's death as this, pushing Sin the Duskull out of the way of a Solrock's Flamethrower.
    • In her Platinum Nuzlocke video, Failure the Shinx takes a fatal attack from a Hail-empowered Froslass so Jaiden can buy time to heal up Squoop the Gastrodon and set up Rain Dance to negate the Hail.
  • High Heel Hurt: Jaiden dislikes wearing heels, though not because they hurt, rather because she's clumsy when wearing them.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: invoked When she gets to the end of her successful run in Rhythm Heaven Fever and starts Remix 10, her face is red, and steam is spewing out of her ears.
  • Hikikomori: Developed into one in 2016 when she was suffering from her eating disorder. Because her brain refused to let her be seen by anyone who would dare try to help her or be seen as a failure to her audience, she rarely left her house and kept herself isolated from the outside world. Eventually, she relented and went to VidCon 2016 as she promised, but because she still didn't want to let her true self be shown, she put on a masquerade of happiness that caused her self-esteem issues to hit an all-time bottom.
  • Hipster: The guy who believes girls are inherently selfish seemed to be one, as when Jaiden pulled out her phone, he questioned why everybody seemed to have iPhones, only to pull out a Google Pixel.
  • Holding Hands: She and James did a video doing this on Twitter after seeing a petition.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Parodied in a skit in "Random Thoughts (Part 2 Edition)" where two fish are talking, as they just put "fish" as an adjective before nouns and activities alongside the occasional fish pun.
    "Welcome home, fish dear! How was you day at the offish?"
    "Oh fish wife, the currents were pretty strong today. I was swimming to fish work and the currents swished all my fish papers out of my fish hands- I mean, fins."
  • Hope Spot: In "The worst thing that's ever happened to me", Jaiden appears to have finally gotten rid of hives, but it kept coming back worse than ever before it was finally cured.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: When visiting the Studio Ghibli Museum, Jaiden was prepared to take photos, but ended up not when she found out that photography and filming weren't permitted in it. That said, she did snag a picture of the children's play area.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: A retroactive example. Jaiden came out as aroace in "Being Not Straight", whereas earlier in "I Attempted a Pokemon Platinum Nuzlocke", she seemed to show some attraction to Cynthia, not only through stuttering and having hearts in her eyes when first meeting her, but also treating Cynthia as if she was her boss when being asked to deliver the Old Charm to her grandmother.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Admits this is her motivation at the beginning of "The Time When Psychics Read my Future", claiming she wants to live a normal life. Said psychics are when she made an exception to this.
    Jaiden: I'm here to live as normal a life I can, die, and then we can go from there.
  • Illness Blanket: In "Injuries and Being Sick", all the sick people in the video are drawn wrapped in blankets if they're not in bed.
  • Inconsistent Spelling: Ever since she was a child, Jaiden had a stuffed mouse toy named "Raul", but since she didn't know how to spell Raul at the time, it's spelt as "Raoole".
  • Inherently Funny Words:
    • Jaiden's Nuzlocke videos explain the nicknaming requirement of the challenge by using Pokemon with goofy names as examples. The first video has the relatively tame Mayo the Jigglypuff, but the latter two have Fubby Juice the Pikachu and Spagooblio the Furret.
    • In her randomized SoulLink Nuzlocke, Jaiden and Jacob decide to make naming their new double Pokémon acquisitions easier on themselves (since they have to give both Pokémon the same nickname) by combining the Pokémon's names. Jaiden takes full comedic advantage of this by giving them silly names like "Plapp" for Piplup and Flaaffy, "Dilydoo" for Cradily and Silcoon, and "Dodei" for Entei and Doduo.
  • Inside Joke: When she was younger, Jaiden spoke with a noticeable lisp and would request her Trademark Favorite Food at the time as "pathta with no thauthe". As a result, all the way into her adult life, her family would occasionally tease her by reminding her of this Verbal Tic.
  • Instant Expert: She's very good at playing musical instruments. She played the flute for a while because, despite being told that it was hard to play the flute, Jaiden got a note out of the flute on her first try, much to her delight.
    Flashback!Jaiden: HOLY MOTHER, I AM THE CHOSEN ONE!
  • Ironic Echo:
    • During her PowerPoint presentations on why she should own a bird, Lynn tries to coax Jaiden back into wanting a mouse, only for Jaiden to say that that ship has sailed. Later on, when Jaiden wants to get a rat and Lynn denies her one...
      Jaiden: But what about the time you were gonna let me get a mouse because I was asking for a parrot?
      Lynn: Nope, that ship has sailed.
      Jaiden: (beat) Touché, mother...
    • Jaiden mentions how she and Jacob keep running into Palkias during their SoulLink Nuzlocke and keep mocking their fear of Salamence by sarcastically saying they wish they had one. A Palkia turns out to be one of the final Pokémon to fight... and the first thing Jaiden does is nervously say that she wishes she had a Salamence.
  • Irony: invoked In a two-fold case in her SoulLink Randomized Nuzlocke, Alpharad caught a whopping four Legendary Pokemon. But when it came time to construct teams to bring to the Elite Four, Jaiden got to bring two Legendary Pokemon while Alpharad not only didn't have a single one, but was also forced to use a team consisting of almost entirely Com Mons, incuding a Beautifly... and yet, Alpharad still had a much easier time with the Elite Four and Champion compared to Jaiden, with the first two deaths between the two costing her the two Legendaries in question.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: When Jaiden was in fourth grade, another girl at her school inexplicably decided to kick a bathroom stall door open with no regard for passersby... while Jaiden was walking past. Luckily, Jaiden was able to shield herself because she had fast reflexes from karate lessons and the idiot loudly announced "I'm gonna kick the door open!", alerting her to what was about to happen. However, Jaiden got a nasty bruise on her arm, and she notes that had it been anyone else passing by, the poor girl would have taken the full brunt of the door and probably been seriously injured.
  • Jerkass: When recounting run-ins with impersonators, she encountered one particular one on Twitter with a Hair-Trigger Temper and tried pulling a Wounded Gazelle Gambit on her and James (albeit one that exaggerated the harassment Jaiden was trying to apologize over). They even went as far as calling their police due to what is implied to be serious harassment. Albeit Jaiden thought her fanbase telling them to kill themselves as their Internet Counter Attack was going way too far.
  • Kendo Team Captain: Jaiden tries to portray herself as this when getting Ryukahr on call to see her do the final level of Super Ryu World, but the way she phrases it makes it Metaphorgotten.
  • KidAnova: In "Childhood Stories", Jaiden mentions having a run in with a kid who seemed to be 13 when she was around 16. She was quite impressed with his pickup line.
    Kid: Will you hold something for me?
    Jaiden: O-Okay? What is it?
    Kid: My hand.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Once she eventually overcame her cat allergies, she now has a cat called Tostada, who is as much of a Troll to Jaiden as her signature pet Ari is.
  • Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy:
    • Lynn has a network of friends in a variety of occupations. Luckily, one such friend was an accountant who helped Jaiden and her family get the certification they needed to fly out of Minneapolis to Canada after their passports had expired.
    • This trope comes to her rescue again when she visits her family for Christmas, and is beset with a debilitating case of hives. After several doctors can't figure out how to keep them at bay for more than a few hours, a family friend who's a doctor not only gives her the correct medication to keep them gone for good, but seems to correctly diagnose the cause (stress coupled with a glitch in the immune system) and Jaiden has remained hives-free ever since.
  • The Load: Bloodrayne and Renesmee, Jaiden's teammates in a group project whose laziness left the poor girl scrambling to finish a video for the project at the last minute:
    • Renesmee backed out of a recording meeting because she had something on that day and wasn't available on the weekend supposedly due to work. She had previously been assigned video editing duties, but her backing out of an important meeting resulted in Jaiden deeming her unreliable and deciding to edit the video herself.
    • Bloodrayne unexpectedly showed up at the library out of nowhere even though the meeting was supposed to be cancelled due to Renesmee backing out. During that session, she read out barebones notes in a monotone voice, resulting in a recording that a bewildered Jaiden deemed unusable even before it was finished.
      Jaiden: This gir- B-Bloodrayne — literally looked at my slides and said "Alright, this is what I have to do", wrote her notes exactly like my slides, and thought she could just read them like that without any details or cognitive thought! Are you kidding? How did you even pass grade preschool?!
    • Both of them delivered their audio recordings late, giving Jaiden a day to edit together the video, and their tracks were much too long even individually, forcing Jaiden to listen to them in detail to attempt to trim them down. Just understanding the audio was a feat in and of itself because Renesmee had an Unintelligible Accent and Bloodrayne delivered a recording with terrible audio quality, including a part where she was in a moving car. The result was over eight hours just working on the video, including passive-aggressive credits added in response to an ungrateful text from Renesmee.
  • Lovable Nerd: She is a self-admitted cartoon enthusiast who is also incredibly socially awkward but very friendly.
  • Love to Hate: In-Universe, Jaiden loves that Animal Crossing NPCs had a lot of snarky jerks that were just fun to hate, particularly Sue E..
  • Malicious Compliance: In "Animal Crossing used to be so much darker...", Sue E. commanded Jaiden to change the town tune. Despite not normally being a "big town tune-changer", she proceeds to do so, changing it to the highest-pitched note possible being played fifteen times, followed by the "?" note that comes after that.
    Jaiden: Is that better, Sue E.? You like that?
  • Missed the Bus: Besides Days 5 & 7, when they didn't take the train at all, Jaiden's family ends up taking the wrong train on every day of their vacation to Japan. There's a Double Subversion on Day 6, where Jaiden (seemingly through the wisdom water from Day 4 kicking in) convinces her family to not get on the wrong train, but when coming back to the hotel from the Sega arcade, they got on the wrong train anyway.
  • Mock Millionaire: Played With. Jaiden's income from her channel means she genuinely is rich, making a net worth of $2.5M per year and approximately $40K a month, but "Animal Crossing used to be so much darker..." makes her appear more rich than she actually is. In an Imagine Spot, she's a queen with a crown, spotted cape, goblet, and sword, while having two eagles on a perch. In reality, the crown is made of paper, the cape is a sweater, the goblet is a paper coffee cup, the sword is a cardboard toilet paper tube, and the two "eagles" are actually Ari and Tofu.
  • Motor Mouth: In the scripted animations, she speaks with incredible pace. As for when she's improvising, not so much.
  • Ms. Imagination: She has a very out-there thought process, that's for sure.
  • My God, You Are Serious!: In "Being Not Straight", she describes a moment of listening to a random love song in the car — and suddenly realising the feelings described are not an exaggeration or a joke — as helping her to figure out why she found the concept of romance so confusing. She has a text-based response of this nature with people who crush on celebrities, which she says sounds "exhausting".
    Jaiden: (thinking) Wait, do people actually feel these things? They're not joking?!
  • Nervous Wreck: Exaggerated. Jaiden has explained that she is very nervous about pretty much everything and has repeatedly explained her social anxiety and lack of self-confidence in practically every animation she has uploaded in some capacity, though there are few exceptions. It's also worth mentioning that nearly all of the thumbnails for her animations feature Jaiden actually displaying a nervous expression in some way, though as mentioned before, there are also few exceptions in regards to those as well.
  • Nonhuman Sidekick: Iconically, Ari serves as Jaiden's mascot and sidekick. She also has some other pets, like Tofu, her other bird, and most recently Tostada, her cat, but they do not define her as much as Ari deos.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: "My Experience with Sports" includes home video and photos of her participating in described sports, including one where Jaiden kept pushing a stage fright-ridden girl to the side during a dance recital.
  • Ocular Gushers: Jaiden's representation of her bawling her eyes out as a kid whenever she had to go to the dentist is this.
  • Off the Table: When Jaiden starts pestering her parents to get her a parrot, her mother Lynn tries to offer her the mouse she wanted as a compromise. Jaiden refuses, saying "that ship has sailed". Later on, Jaiden decides she wants a rat and tries to take Lynn up on her earlier offer, only for Lynn to respond with "nope, that ship has sailed".
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: As a child, she had a lisp, and when her Italian babysitter asked what she wanted for lunch, Jaiden would always say, "pathta with no thauthe."note  Needless to say, her family never lets her hear the end of it whenever they have pasta for dinner together.
    Lynn: (slurps noodle strand; under her breath) Pathta with no thauthe...
    (Jaiden slams her fists on the table in anger)
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: While Jaiden considered the Digimon game she played a frustrating chore even with cheats and guides, she still thinks the character designs for the Digimon are excellent.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: "Empty", a full-blown Music Video with Boyinaband about their struggles with eating disorders.
  • Out of Focus: Likely due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, Jaiden, starting from mid-2020, has shifted to almost exclusively gaming-related animations and collabs with other YouTubers. As a result, most of the events that defined her reputation as one of the most well-known storytime animators, as well as staples such as Ari and her family, have been put aside in terms of screentime.
  • Overly Long Gag: In the "Samurai Buyer" video, with each email to Misaki, she adds additional redundant signatures — starting with just "Jaiden, JaidenAnimations" and eventually extending to "Jaiden, JaidenAnimation, JaidenAnimations, Maiden Animations, Jaiden Animation, Jaiden Animates, Jaiden Draws."
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Jaiden once held the World Record for an all Gold Medals Speedrun of Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends ...namely because she was also the only person to actually do an all Gold Medals Speed Run of the Game, at the time!
  • Pants-Free: Unlike her May cosplay in her Pokémon Ruby Nuzlocke and her Ethan cosplay in her Pokémon SoulSilver Nuzlocke, Jaiden's cosplay of Dawn in her Pokémon Platinum Nuzlocke has a visible lack of pants or underwear. This leads to her butt cheeks being shown off a couple of times.
  • Percussive Therapy: Whenever Lynn teases her about the lisp she used to have as a childnote , Jaiden angrily slams her fists on the table without saying a word.
  • Perverted Sniffing: When she catches a Tentacool just outside of Slateport City, her first instinct is to sniff the back of its head intensely, provoking her to nickname it "Squidward". This actually seems like it's meant to be a Shout-Out to an episode of SpongeBob, "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", where SpongeBob gets mail from Squidward and sniffs it before saying his name, but a lot of viewers seem to miss this.
  • A Pig Named "Porkchop": A variation in Jaiden's Nuzlocke playthrough of Pokémon Ruby, where she names her Torchic (a Pokémon based off a baby chicken) "Teriyaki," as a joke on teriyaki chicken.
  • Pink Is Erotic: In "Being Not Straight", Jaiden uses the color pink to represent feelings of romance and sexual attraction (called intimacy in the video) while explain how she never felt either of those things due to being aromantic and asexual. In the video, she talks about being asexual as a woman in a pink bikini is shown, she uses a metaphorical crush lenses to see if she finds anyone attractive, and she uses a blushing smiley face to represent her own feelings of sexual attraction and arousal.
  • Playful Cat Smile: Her toon avatar in her new YouTube profile picture seems to sport one.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Subverted. In the end of her video on impersonation, she mentions that she wanted to say "don't impersonate people and f*ck off" as an ironic twist, but couldn't bring herself to swear uncensored.
    • In "Living With Ari", she plays the first line of iDubbbzTV's RiceGum disstrack, which contains the word "fucked", completely uncensored. This was either done because she figured that since the song wasn't her content, censoring it would seem inappropriate or she forgot to censor it while editing.
    • Played straight, but not in one of her own videos. In the Behind the Scenes video of her music video for Empty, she curses, completely uncensored, when messing up a line. Granted though, this is because it wasn't on her own channel and it may have been due to the content of the line causing a Tongue Twister incident.
    • Jaiden calls her two project partners "twats" in My Horrible Nightmare Group Project due to them being The Load during said project. She later elaborates on this in another video when saying she doesn't swear, stating that the word was never considered a swear in her household and so she just considers it a normal word.
  • Propeller Hat Of Whimsy: In Jaiden's video on Amazing Island, "Pokemon But Ugly", Jaiden celebrates unlocking the "kid" body-type by creating a child-like monster called "Child" with a green propeller on top of his head.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Invoked with her virtual avatar, in which the neon aesthetic of her avatar makes the purple look futuristic and imposing.
  • Queer Colors: Jaiden uses these in "Being Not Straight". The thumbnail is Jaiden standing in front of a rainbow flag, meant to represent LGBT people as a whole. Throughout the video, she uses the colors from the asexual flag (black, gray, white, purple) and aromantic flag (dark green, green, white, gray, black) to represent herself, as well as a combination of the two on a T-shirt. Interestingly, there is another flag for aroace people — orange, yellow, white, light blue, dark blue — but those colors never come up in the video.
  • Race Against the Clock:
    • One of Jaiden's fears is that she can't stand time limits in video games, going as far that she could not get past level two of a SpongeBob game she owned as a kid because of a section of the game where she had only 20 seconds to get to each checkpoint.
      Jaiden: Our lives are a time limit if you think about it...
    • "I tried to go to Canada but got stuck in Minneapolis" has this as Jaiden, Lynn, and Jax have an ever-expanding list of things they need to accomplish in order to renew the kids' passports and get to the airport in time to catch their flight to Canada. Hilarity Ensues as things keep happening to make things more and more complicated, though the end of the video shows Jaiden and her family managed to just barely make it on their flight in time.
    • In college, she had a project due at 6pm and the teacher strictly only allowed them to be ten minutes late at most. She gets done early and lets a friend borrow her laptop to get her own project done. Due to them not paying attention to the time, they suddenly realize it's 5:45 and they have to get to the school computer lab, print off their assignments, and hand them in. And Jaiden's friend wasn't done her project yet. Cue them both freaking out, her friend being forced to cut corners, Jaiden having to scour her room for a title page to be stapled to the front, and them booking it to the lab (and for added stress, Jaiden's friend was having computer trouble when Jaiden herself got there). They get their projects handed in literally at the buzzer, to the point where the professor, upon seeing Jaiden enter the room to hand her assignment in, simply said, "run."
    • Played With in "I Attempted a Speedrun (and got a world record)". While Jaiden is trying to get the fastest time she can, considering that there is no precedent for a speedrun time, she was able to be more relaxed with her run.
    • In "I Don't Like the Dentist", Jaiden name drops this trope when describing that she only had a few weeks to pull out her last five baby teeth before an extraction appointment needed to be scheduled.
      Jaiden: (out loud to her neighborhood) Does anyone want to get into a fight?!
  • Random Events Plot: The whole nature of her "Random Thoughts" videos is to make video on a slew of completely unrelated and even bizarre contemplations she had one day.
  • Real Dreams are Weirder: Jaiden's scariest nightmare is this. She was backed up in the corner of a pitch black room, as Dash from The Incredibles, and a shark would periodically try to bite her.
    Jaiden: It sounds so dumb when I say it out loud.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Jaiden managed to sneak a reference to Pewdiepie in one of the animations she made for Youtube Rewind 2018. This is noteworthy given that YouTube seems to be trying to distance themselves from him in spite of his popularity following several nasty PR incidents of his, and the short segment would probably not have made the cut had it been any more obvious. Nevertheless, Jaiden has received praise, with some comments going as far as to say it's one of the few redeeming moments of the whole Rewind.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Ari and Tofu, Jaiden's pet birds, appear to have done this in "My Birds Laid Eggs..." (the evidence is obviously in the title). Notably, Jaiden does not consider this a good thing, because she can't afford to keep more than two birds.
  • Revenge Is Sweet:
    • Her general mindset during competitions (and sometimes in general) where people blatantly play dirty is that they have to pay for their misdeeds. As seen multiple times in her Mario Kart 8 streams, she always tries to return the favor whenever she gets targeted by petty competitors and tries to give them A Taste of Their Own Medicine.
    • During a horrendous group project, the girls she was working with ended up giving her a day to finish because of their laziness, and to boot the audio went way over the time limit and possibly had to be processed beyond abridging it, resulting in her spending eight hours working herself half to death. One of the girls checked on the video half an hour before it was due and gave an ungrateful reply when Jaiden confirmed it was finished, and Jaiden was too exhausted for a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, prompting her to create end credits for the video crediting herself for everything except the other girls' narration, apparently including "pain & suffering", as a form of passive-aggressive revenge.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Ari, Jaiden's adorable green-cheeked conure. Tofu, Jaiden's second conure, is just as cute.
  • Running Gag:
    • "Burnout & Overworking Yourself" has Jaiden come up with various analogies to make her point about overworking, with the gag being that the subject of all the analogies remark that they really are in the professions she's referring to.
      Jaiden: NO ONE ASKED YOU!
    • Lynn hyperventilating every time something new pops up to trouble her during the stay at Minneapolis.
    • Her Starter killing a Pokémon she was about to catch, which happens at least twice in every Nuzlocke video.
    • In "I Attempted a Two Player Nuzlocke", the running gag that her partner Jacob gets amazing randomized Pokémon encounters (legendaries, fully evolved Pokémon, etc.) while Jaiden herself often gets Com Mons. Then Jacob accidentally kills said amazing encounters before he can catch them.
    • Also in her Two Player Nuzlocke, NPCs highly favoring Jacob by giving him both absurdly powerful gift Pokémon and absurdly easy battle opponents, while those same NPCs seem to have Hate at First Sight against Jaiden and gift her Com Mons against obscenely powerful battle opponants.
  • Sadist Teacher: As told in her "Crazy Substitute Teachers" video, Jaiden had one teacher who was closer to a military officer then a substitute teacher, going as far as to scold Jaiden for not correcting him when he pronounced her name wrong.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Inverted. She actually prefers to be in second than in first because of the pressure and judgement of being first.
  • Security Blanket: She's mentioned that she loves stuffed animals, and has a hard time going to sleep without one.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: In-Universe examples.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: " is Kinda Dumb is all about defying the idea of people using advanced language by saying that simplicity is easier, and using the aforementioned website as a source for said language.
  • Shamu Fu: At one point in her video about Fossil Fighters, Jaiden fights a group of enemies by hitting them with a pliosaur. She also uses this as a metaphor in her Pokémon Platinum Nuzlocke video, illustrating her whacking a Team Galactic grunt with her Gyarados to demonstrate how utterly she swept the floor with him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When recounting a childhood story about a crazy lady calling her Mabel, presumably confusing her with her own daughter, Jaiden speculates what might've happened to the real Mabel considering how the lady believed she was traveling with a stranger (really her dad, Hugo). Who is represented by Mabel from Gravity Falls.
    • In "Injuries and Being Sick", the school nurse is shown as Nurse Joy.
    • She plays iDubbbzTV's Ricegum Disstrack over Ari dancing.
    • In her fear video, she plays a SpongeBob SquarePants game.
    • In the video about the grumpy teacher, she calls the teacher "Mr. Yet-to-be-Thrown-Out Lemon" because she says that his personality is like that of a rotten lemon that hasn't been thrown out by Oscar the Grouch.
    • When talking about apples, she mentions that "braeburn" is a character from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, showing the character of Braeburn looking at a braeburn apple.
    • In "Things about Relationships I wish someone told me about", Jaiden mentions that most people don't wake up and say, "Haha! I'm gonna be super manipulative today," with the stand-in character saying this highly resembling Himiko Toga possessing both her fangs and iconic, messy blonde twin buns hairstyle.
    • In "My Time at 'Camp Operetta'", a hypothetical album made by musically talented children is a clear parody of Nirvana's Nevermind.
    • In "My Childhood Obsession with Animals", Jaiden talks about how she got obsessed with birds and portrayed her character standing in front of a bird cage. The birds are clearly based on the characters from Homestar Runner.
    • In "Things that Happened While I Grew Up", a pile of spaghetti boxes rains down from out of nowhere. Papyrus's face is visible at the top of the pile.
    • "I Attempted a Speedrun (and got a world record)":
      • After failing the Mama Rice Cracker, Jaiden mentions how she doesn't believe in spiritualism, star signs, or Destiny's Child, with the last point accompanied by an astral projection of the band behind Elmo dancing on the Earth.
      • At one point towards the end of the run, Jaiden is begging for forgiveness from Mama, Kazuma Kiryu, and Goro Majima.
    • In "What my trip to Japan was like", she mentioned Hugo wasn't taken out by the yakuza and showed him waving happily next to both Dabi and Shigaraki.
    • In "The worst thing that's ever happened to me", after the metaphorical hives monster ends up exploding, a humanoid hives monster comes out from its corpse, who is specifically modeled after Mr. X from Resident Evil 2.
    • In the now-removed "I tried to beat Minecraft with CallMeCarson", she mentions the moment she learned that YouTube was more than just silly clips to share with your friends to make them laugh, and how the site has "channels, and subscriptions, and most importantly people played Minecraft on it." During this segment several popular YouTubers are shown, including Arlo, Scott The Woz, Vannamelon, Life of Boris, Gaijin Goombah, and Domics, the latter of which she points out as being the first storytime animator she watched.
    • In her video on Amazing Island, the opening lines of the Oingo Boingo Brothers' end credits song appear in a Wall of Text Jaiden is quickly mashing through.
    • In "Being Not Straight", the Batman Valentine's Day card she received from "Pikachu" actually has Baman on it.
    • In "The Time When Psychics Read my Future", Psychic #2 is depicted as Maya Fey (with Phoenix appearing in the background), Psychic #3 is Sabrina, and Psychic #4 is Chihaya Mifune.
    • In "I almost ruined this...", the lawyers that Jaiden signs her sponsorship contract with are H.P. and Sanderson, better known as the Pixies, from The Fairly OddParents!.
  • Sick Episode: "Injuries and Being Sick" was about sickness. Jaiden was sick while making it, although she got better for the end card.
  • Slapstick: Jaiden tends to often animate herself being comically physically injured.
  • Soup Is Medicine: In "Injuries and Being Sick", she illustrates people being sympathetic for sick people but worrying about contagion with an animation of her giving a sick man a bowl of soup with a stick.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Lampshaded but ultimately subverted when Jaiden threw Ari his third birthday — Ari had made another bird friend named Baby Jim and the two had a playdate for the party. At one point, both birds start eating the same strand of spaghetti and Jaiden immediately acknowledges the resemblance to Lady and the Tramp. Then, Ari takes the rest of the spaghetti and flies off.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Jaiden's friend in "The worst thing that's ever happened to me" upon seeing that Jaiden has hives.
    Jaiden: I'm in so much pain and discomfort, I can't think straight, and I've been sitting on the floor not being able to move for 30 minutes; what should I do?
    Jaiden's Friend: Go to the hospital?
    Jaiden: You think so?
    Jaiden's Friend: (furrowing brow) Yes, go to the hospital...
    Jaiden: I dunno, maybe if I just wait a bit mo-
    Jaiden's Friend: (reaches over the split screen and points at Jaiden) Go to the hospital.
    Jaiden: (weakly) Okay...
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She draws her parents as older clones of herself and her brother with darker hair.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: "Pokemon Fan plays Digimon and hated it" recounts Jaiden's first experience playing a Digimon game, Digimon World Dawn, which turned out to be the most miserable time she's ever had playing a video game. Yet, despite how much the game put her through the wringer, she comes out of the experience an appreciator of Digimon, mainly because she thinks the monster designs are amazing.
  • Take That!:
    • Gives one to SoFloAntonio (and Facebook altogether) in her video on Impersonation.
      SoFloAntonio: I won't lie, this is definitely me when I'm—
      Jaiden: (dubbing over) Stealing all your hard work, ya bimbo!
    • "My Nightmare Group Project" is a big one towards two unhelpful classmates she had to deal with. Though Jaiden did all of the work, her group totally didn't appreciate it, and Jaiden was too exhausted to call them out on it at the time.
    • In "Crazy Substitute Teachers", she remarks that a substitute teacher who failed to react to a girl choking on a carrot should start a reaction channel since he'd fit right in.
    • In Jaiden's Pokémon Ranger Video, when Team Dim-Sun detonates a bomb, the bomb resembles a Wii U.
    • After the release of "The Mind of Jake Paul," Jaiden has a lot of fun referring to Jake as a sociopath.
  • Taught by Television: In "What my trip to Japan was like", she mentions how her family went to a shrine in Kyoto with many statues of Shinto gods, and she said she already knew about Raijin, "because it was the inspiration behind Thundurus."
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Her parents warned her to tie her shoelaces so they didn't get caught in her bike's wheels and make her fall over. Young!Jaiden scoffed at the notion...then got her shoelaces caught in her bike's wheels and she fell over.
    • During the AI Turo fight, Jaiden is confident that she wins and retorts against AI Turo mentioning that the probability of her winning is zero while she has 4 Pokémon and AI Turo is down to their last Pokémon. Cue Jaiden's team getting swept by AI Turo's Iron Valiant and Jaiden only winning by reviving a Pokémon and sacrificing her own.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: In Jaiden's Pokémon Ruby Nuzlocke, she first encounters her Machop picking and wearing flowers. It's a quick indication that the Machop is female.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In "The worst thing that's ever happened to me", Jaiden describes how wonderful she felt after getting an EpiPen for hives that she hopes the viewer almost dies from an allergic reaction too just so they can experience the glorious magic of an EpiPen. She then opens her eyes to find a crowd of audience stand-ins glaring at her.
    Jaiden: I mean... I hope you never almost-die... I'm just sayin'... if you do...
  • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: In "Being Not Straight", Jaiden comes out as aroace (not romantically or sexually attracted to anyone). While Jaiden discusses her struggles with finding this fact out about herself, she also admits that she's leaving out a lot of personal details on where she falls on the spectrum of aroace people, and says that she will never disclose it completely.
  • Third Eye:
    • In "What my trip to Japan was like", Jaiden mentions she drank from a waterfall that was supposed to grant people wisdom if they drank from it, and she represents this by drawing herself with a third eye on her forehead.
    • In "The Time Psychics Read my Future", when the fourth psychic detects that Jaiden's chakras are imbalanced, she calls attention to how Jaiden's third eye, in particular, is underdeveloped, and puts her through a physical therapy session involving Jaiden, with her eyes closed, being placed underneath RGB crystals while being surrounded by incense and lavender spray.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Jaiden says in "The worst thing that's ever happened to me" that she has an allergy of cats, but that they only cause her to sneeze. However, during Day 1 of the Subathon, she reveals that she no longer has the allergy, as well as now owning a pet cat named Tostada.
  • Toilet Humour: A decent part of "Ari's Birthday! (again)" talks about Ari's "Morning Poops".
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Downplayed. She explains multiple times that she spent much of her youth being oblivious to the possibility that she can't trust people as much as she thinks she should, and eventually grew to become more distrustful, especially when seeing that she might be living in a Crapsack World; however, she tries to be friendly to others regardless of this, so it isn't obvious at all, at least on the surface. Being constantly abused by the universe, according to her animations, while turning to adulthood has most certainly not helped soften this.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: When Jaiden and Carson went farming for Ender Pearls, they got lost in the Nether, and only managed to find their way back out thanks to Jaiden leaving behind a trail of torches, which Carson thought was irrelevant beforehand.
  • Translation Trainwreck: Jaiden downloaded an app designed to translate foreign text through a smartphone camera for her trip to Japan. Unfortunately, when she tried to use it, it seemingly translated each word individually and even translated textures, resulting in complete gibberish.
    Jaiden: I don't speak Japanese, but I'm pretty sure they weren't selling a "surprised egg topping was the first time the first time in fabric... this wife".
  • Troll: At her most mischievous, Jaiden can play pranks on her fellow online friends, though she's more likely to be the victim of a prank thanks to being a Nervous Wreck.
  • Tsurime Eyes: The eyes on her virtual avatar slant upwards at a sharp point.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode:
    • "Why I Don't Have a Face Reveal," which deals with Jaiden's struggles with anorexia and self-esteem issues. It's quite different from many of her previous works. She even lampshades this in the following video, acknowledging that many of her followers only concentrate on the fun stuff and aren't really into her talking about personal things.
    • "I Attempted a Pokemon Platinum Nuzlocke" is also much less cheerful than her first Pokémon Ruby Nuzlocke. Part of this is due to the game having a much darker tone, part of it is because in Real Life, she lost her first run against the Elite Four, yet felt so guilty about trying again that she wove it into the story. In-Universe, Jaiden becomes overwhelmed with guilt and existential doubt due to seeing flashes in a parallel universe of all her Pokémon dying horribly and her quest ending in failure, so she can't enjoy her Pyrrhic Victory.
  • Unexplained Recovery: At the start of the SoulLink Nuzlocke, Jacob ends up killing Suicune, and once he and Jaiden head into the Burned Tower, Entei is seen carrying Suicune's corpse on its back. Suicune somehow comes back to life and Jacob catches it in the Ice Cave, prancing with him and his Azelf.
  • Unintelligible Accent: When her unhelpful group project teammates finally delivered audio and she was able to start working on the audio, Jaiden was immediately struck by Renesmee's thick Asian accent. This was a massive problem because the audio was much too long and needed to be trimmed down considerably, and she could barely decipher what this girl was saying in the first place, never mind determine what could and couldn't be removed to get the seven-minute monstrosity under two minutes.
    Jaiden: I really don't mean to be rude or disrespectful or any of that; it's frickin' hard to learn a second language. Massive props to whoever's bilingual. But come on!
  • Unluckily Lucky: In her SoulSilver Nuzlocke, Jaiden jokes about how she often gets Com Mons, which she has to use in ridiculously imbalanced matches against Legendary Pokémon... yet manages to hold her own by the skin of her teeth.
  • Unreadably Fast Text: Many of her animations feature short rapid-fire quips and warnings in small text that can only be seen for a second before disappearing.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: In "Strange Video Games I Played as a Kid", Jaiden remembers playing a Rocket Power game on a Nicktoons Plug N Play Game device. She mentions that her favorite part was inflicting a Goomba Stomp on other skateboarders, and went out of her way to squash as many people as she could even when it wasn't beneficial to do so.
  • Virtual YouTuber: She has her own VTuber model that she uses in gaming streams.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: invoked In "I Attempted my First Pokemon Nuzlocke", Jaiden vomits on-screen after defeating Winona.
  • Walking Techbane: When streaming Minecraft or generally streaming on Twitch whatsoever, she has encountered the occasional system crash through no fault of her own. Her game has crashed while playing at least 50 times.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": In her Ruby Nuzlocke video, she named her Taillow after Ari partly because it's a small bird and mostly because its PokéDex entry described it as "aggressive and screams when hungry".
  • Wham Episode: "My Birds Laid Eggs...", which is about... well, take a wild guess. Simply put, no one, least of all Jaiden, was expecting Ari and Tofu to have eggs.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jaiden is afraid of loud-flushing toilets, her own hands being cold, and video games with time limits.
  • Workaholic: By Jaiden's own admission, she works way too much. Brought to a Deconstruction in "The Closest Feeling to Death that isn't Death".
    • Jaiden expresses that working hard can be admirable, but admiring them and pushing yourself too hard are very unhealthy things to do. She makes the comparison that you can admire someone who runs fifty miles, but if that same runner was going to run fifty miles without stopping for anything, even their own health, you should not only not admire that, but try to intervene before they hurt themselves.
    • She once described a typical work day to a therapist, detailing how she wakes up at eight in the morning, goes to bed at 1 AM, and leaves very little time in between that for anything else besides work. As soon as she describes her schedule, Jaiden remarks that she can see what the problem is.
  • You All Look Familiar: At the time she was about to finish her Cooking Mama 2 speedrun, she had been so invested in the run that everything around her, from YouTube, to her breath, to her brain neurons, to every atom in the universe, begun to look exactly like Mama.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: In "I Don't Like the Dentist", she talks about how she feared the dentist and did everything she could to avoid having to get an anasthetic injection in her mouth for tooth extraction, and after successfully getting her 5 baby teeth out ends the video only 3 minutes in, until...
    Jaiden: (interrupts endcard and breaks through the screen) So, last year in June, I had to get my wisdom teeth taken out.

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The Music Studio's New Owners

Jaiden recalls on how the music studio she took piano lessons at progressively went downhill after its new owners added lessons for rock music, dancing and karate, all just to make a quick buck.

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