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Jaiden Dittfach, known online as Jaiden Animations, is an Arizona-born "animate-my-life" YouTuber, not unlike Domics, Tabbes and TheOdd1sOut. She is also one of the biggest YouTube animators on the site.

Much like the three, she covers stories from her life, as well as general small fun facts abut 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 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.

Jaiden's channel can be found here, Her Twitter can be found here and her DeviantArt can be found here.

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Jaiden was genuinely impressed by a 13 year old's pickup line:
    Kid: Excuse me, can you hold something for me?
    Jaiden: What?
    Kid: ...My hand.
    ["Careless Whisper" blares in the background]
  • Adorkable: Her cheerful yet awkward demeanor is a huge part of her personality.
    • Jaiden is sometimes too scared to correct people when they make a mistake, resulting in her own awkwardness getting her in trouble. She once pretended to walk into a stranger's house because she didn't want to correct an Uber driver when he dropped Jaiden off at the wrong location.
    • In her experiences with romance, she once put her arm around someone while sitting in bed, without any warning. She describes the incredibly awkward tension immediately after that.
  • Annoying Laugh: At least Jaiden herself thinks so anyways.
  • 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.
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  • Art Evolution: As she lampshaded on her Twitter, Jaiden has been drawing her avatar with progressively broader shoulders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Downplayed, Jaiden and Jaxon (Jax)
  • 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.
    "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."
  • Best Served Cold: 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When a Strawman starts acting up, Jaiden pulls out a scalpel and cheerfully asks him what kind of incision he thinks the blade will create on his head.
  • 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.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • Jaiden is very Adorkable and her introvert tendencies make for some cute and funny scenarios. Then came "Why I Don't Have A Face Reveal," in which she confessed to having severe self-image issues that led to bulimia. This is further expanded upon with her revealing that throughout events like VidCon 2016, where she was forced to show her face to various fans, she was hiding her anxiety and insecurities behind her usual cheerful persona, in constant fear that a crack will show and reveal her weakness to those who love her videos.
    • Defied with her dad. In the early days of Jaiden's channel, several people noticed that Jaiden never mentioned her dad, and assumed there must be some dark reason, like divorce or abuse. Turns out that Jaiden simply hadn't made a topic she felt was relevant enough to discuss him in, and her relationship with her dad is fine. When Jaiden brings up her dad for the first time, she mocks the idea that there had to be some deep, dark secret about him.
  • 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 her eating disorder.
  • Color Motif: Purple. Many of her thumbnails feature the color purple in some degree, and her toon avatar is typically drawn with a purple shirt in fanart.
  • Companion Cube: Compares her teacher to Oscar the Grouch's hypothetical pet lemon.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Described Ari as being very jealous of anyone who is friendly with her. Especially her mom.
  • Daddy Issues: Averted. Some very curious fans were wondering why Jaiden never brings up her father, assuming that something happened that made Jaiden not include him. Turns out Jaiden just hadn't animated anything that involved him yet.invoked
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In her "Random Thoughts" video, she realizes she wrote down "half popped popcorn" down twice.
    "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 got in her past sounds a lot like bulimia, with excessive fasting and "purging" being the main indicators, but is 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 Maneuver.
  • 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.
  • Flat "What": Her mother when Jaiden jokingly tells her she's a grandmother (to Ari).
  • 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 "Nobody touch my spaghet!" and not "Bitch Lasagna" like many assumed) and Ugandan Knuckles.
  • 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.
  • Genre Shift: Most of her post-"Why I Don't Have a Face Reveal" videos are less about random anecdotes from her life and are more focused on providing personal health advice, centering on mental issues common among Millennial and Gen Z viewers such as anxiety, dismotivation, and burnout.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In "How to Make Life More Interesting", she manages to sneak in a contraceptive joke regarding the hybrid nature of braeburn apples, with YouTube's automatic demonetization system somehow ignoring it.
    • On her list of top worst things to lose on a trip to a foreign country, "virginity" is the second after "wallet".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Considers loud toilet flushing noises to be this.
  • High Heel Hurt: Jaiden dislikes wearing heels, though not because they hurt, rather because she's clumsy when wearing them.
  • Holding Hands: She and James did a video doing this on twitter after seeing a petition.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy: Jaiden's mom 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.
  • "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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Jaiden notes that if you see her swear on social media, it's guaranteed to be an impersonator, seeing how she almost never swears in her videos.
    • "Why I Don't Have a Face Reveal" has art that is much less-detailed, and the tone is much darker and much more heavy than her usual fare. It's about her struggles with weight, eating disorders, depression, and disassociation.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: "Empty", a full-blown Music Video with Boyinaband about their struggles with eating disorders.
  • 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 un-censored.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    "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, her mom, and her brother 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.
  • Real Person Shipping: Some fans have shipped her with Tony from TonyvToons and James from TheOdd1sOut. So much so with James that there is a petition for them to date, and the two once held hands as part of a charity drive goal.
  • 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 growing increasingly distant of 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.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Ari, Jaiden's adorable green-cheeked conure.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Security Blanket: She's mentioned that she loves stuffed animals, and has a hard time going to sleep without one.
  • 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 travelling with a stranger (really Jaiden's dad). 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.
  • Sick Episode: "Injuries and Being Sick" was about sickness. Jaiden was sick while making it, although she got better for the end card.
  • 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.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She draws her parents as older clones of herself and her brother.
  • 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.
    • After the release of "The Mind of Jake Paul," Jaiden has a lot of fun referring to Jake as a sociopath.
  • 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.
  • Toilet Humor: A decent part of "Ari's Birthday! (again)" talks about Ari's "Morning Poops".
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: "Why I Don't Have a Face Reveal" was all about Jaiden's battles with eating disorders, mental health issues and low self-esteem. This from a normally-comedic slice-of-life YouTube series.
  • Wham Episode: Why I Don't Have A Face Reveal, which is about Jaiden's struggles with an eating disorder, as well as deteriorating mental heath due to body image issues.
  • Wham Shot: "Why I Don't Have a Face Reveal" ends with the animated version of Jaiden pulling the censor bar away from her face, throwing it away and shattering it like glass. The final second of the video shows Jaiden's real face, smiling at the camera and giving a thumbs-up.
  • 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 "Burnout & Overworking."
    • 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.

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