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Simon Edward Minter (born 7 September 1992) is an English YouTuber and Internet personality better known as Miniminternote , mainly known as a member of the Sidemen. Like all members of the group, he grew popular on YouTube for his gaming videos, primarily through FIFA.

In the Sidemen, Simon often serves as the host of the various games the group plays, in addition to being The Announcer of their Grand Theft Auto Online events. He's arguably the group's most competitive member, known for screaming something (usually "Yes!" or "No!") when something does or does not go his way. Although he's not the most popular Sideman numbers-wise, Simon is seen as one of if not the most underrated member of the group, having a very strong following within the fanbase.

Simon has known the Sidemen's most famous member, KSI, since well before the formation of the group. However, he started his main channel in February 2008, two months before KSI made his first channel, so Simon actually has the longest YouTube career out of the Sidemen, even though it took him about six years to attain one million subscribers. Today, Simon is now the third-most subscribed member of the group, behind KSI and wroetoshaw.

Simon has several additional channels: MM7Games (also his PlayStation Network name), where he plays a variety of miscellaneous games; MiniminterClips, consisting of content from his livestreams on Twitch; and MiniminterExtra, which contains extra content like shorts, compilations, and full livestream VODs. He also co-hosts the What's Good Podcast with rapper-producer Randolph, an affiliate and friend of the Sidemen.

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  • The Ace: He's considered to be the second-best gamer of the Sidemen (behind Josh) and the best of them all at football.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Laughs when JJ called him a reject from N Sync, saying it's the funniest thing he's said in years at the time this video was made.
  • all lowercase letters: He previously rendered his main identity as "miniminter", but nowadays he capitalises the first letter.
  • Animated Adaptation: Some of his videos, such as "THE SIDEMEN HELIUM CHALLENGE" and "HOW TO MAKE A HORROR FILM", courtesy of the Sidemen's go-to animator Adsapaps.
  • The Announcer: He's the one who reads the names of the GTA playlists, races and deathmatches the Sidemen play in, as well as their descriptions. However, if the descriptions are not in English, he will pass the reading to another Sideman (usually Behzinga or TBJZL).
  • Audience Participation: Simon has a series called Your Ultimate Team that works like so: Simon will take the most liked comment on a video and use that advice to deck his team out in the next video.
  • A Winner Is You: At the end of his SFG Soccer series, his team won the cup, but after seeing that the game provided no means of recognition for the achievement, he leaves the room and complains that the game is worse than FIFA (the reason he was playing it to start with was because he'd gotten tired of FIFA 15).
  • Big "NO!"/Big "YES!": As a result of his over-competitiveness. He is probably only outdone in the group by Harry Lewis.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Simon has slipped into this in times of extreme anger while playing Skate 3, using insults such as "little poop" or even "banana".
  • Black Dude Dies First: Discussed and parodied in Simon's "HOW TO MAKE A HORROR FILM" Halloween Special video. Since a black person tends to die first in horror films, Simon had JJ and Tobi decide who will be the victim. They decided over a game of Rock–Paper–Scissors. Tobi wins, but JJ shoots Tobi in the head (with a toy pistol) when he starts bragging.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Has adopted Harry's "Oh my days!" the most out of the Sidemen.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Hey, buddy!" or "Hey, [Sideman]!" — He says this when he's about to pass someone in a GTA Online race.
    • "Peace!" or "Peace out, nerds!" — when he builds a lead in a GTA race or when he launches his ball in Golf with Friends.
    • "ROAR!" — when he takes out another player in a race.
    • Has a penchant for saying "Bang!" or "Boom!"
    • "Sonic Boom!" — when he takes a shot with full power (usually the first shot) on almost any mini golf game.
      • Has also been known to say "HADOKEN!"
    • "That's a goal." — When he knows he's about to get scored on in FIFA.
  • Chair Reveal: Parodied in the intro for this vlog to some extent, even though the chair wasn't big enough to fully conceal Simon.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The red pill in Simon's "ENTER THE MATRIX" Q&A. It first appears at the start, when "Neo Simon" gives Simon the choice between taking a red or blue pill, to either stop or continue the video, respectively. It comes back at the end, when a fake trailer for a 2016 film starring Simon is shown. It re-shows the scene where Josh swegway-jacks Simon, and when Simon hits the floor he realizes that the red pill is on the floor next to him. He eats it, and the video ends.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Josh Bradley (Zerkaa) whenever they play games together.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: His GTA vehicle colour is white when he races against the Sidemen.
  • Competition Freak: Seeing as he's the most competitive Sideman, as he easily gets worked up about trying to win the game he's playing.
  • Cool Car: Owns a black Tesla Model X P 100D as of 2017, and previously owned a red Range Rover Evoque.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: He's one of the biggest trolls when it comes to GTA races, having a tendency to stop at the finish line in first place to leave bombs and mines for the other Sidemen to run into.
  • Epic Fail: Simon has a huge one at the end of his Until Dawn playthrough. After having spent the walkthrough making strategic choices to save as many people has he can, he has Mike, Sam, Ashley, Chris and Emily remaining. He has to choose whether Sam rescues Mike from the wendigos or turns on the lights to blow up the lodge. He chooses to go with the lights.... resulting in Mike, Ashley and Emily all being killed and leaving Sam and Chris as his survivors.
  • Face Palm: He did so in "FRESH MEAT" most of the time, when Vik (as the Naïve Newcomer) went.
  • Faux Yay: With Ethan Payne (Behzinga), forming "the power of Emon".
  • Genre Savvy: If his tutorial on making a horror film is anything to go by, Simon knows his tropes when it comes to that genre. See Troperiffic below to check out how detailed Simon's analysis is.
  • The Jinx: Everytime Simon spectates a Formula E race live, the drivers he supported always ends up retiring the race, usually due to crashes. God forbid if you're an Envision Virgin Racing driver, because all of the drivers that Simon picked (and jinxed) so far have all came from that team: Alex Lynn (Rome 2018 and New York 2018), Sam Bird, and Robin Frijns (both at Sanya 2019).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Simon's decisions to turn around in first place to screw with the others during GTA V races often ends up costing him first place. Here, here and here are painful examples.
  • Mondegreen Gag: A Running Gag for him is to mispronounce the names of GTA events, playing off the cursive script font used for titles. For example, "ride" becomes "nide". He kind of stopped doing so after the other Sidemen said it had stopped being funny, but then brought it back anyway.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Often seen as this by the fanbase, and portrayed as this in Vine edits.
  • Numerological Motif / Lucky Seven: Often associates himself with the number 7, as he was born on the seventh of September.
  • Once an Episode: Like some of the other Sidemen, Simon will promote a FIFA Ultimate Team coins reseller site on his FIFA videos.
  • Once More, with Clarity: The ending of Simon's "ENTER THE MATRIX" Q&A. It re-shows the scene of Josh swegway-jacking Simon, and as Simon hits the floor, he sees the red pill offered to him by "Neo Simon" at the start of the video next to him. The scene where Neo Simon explains the pills' properties is re-shown, where we are reminded that consuming the red pill means that the video ends. Simon does so, with expected results.
  • Only Sane Man: When playing games with Josh, he definitely creates this dynamic with him, often serving as his Cloudcuckoolander's Minder.
  • Pet the Dog: Simon has let JJ win GTA V races at least a couple times by sacrificing his lead to him.
  • Pretty Boy: Simon is attractive, both out of pure looks and in an adorable sense, which has made him a fan favorite from the fanbase...particularly the females.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Due to losing a FIFA game to JJ,note  Simon had to dye his hair red. From thence he became the "red-haired lesbian", as the Sidemen called him.
  • Red Oni: To Josh's blue oni, though it's often reversed when the two are the only ones in a video.
  • Running Gag:
    • Simon modeled his SFG Soccer team after his fellow Sidemen. Sometimes he'll interact with the Sidemen namesakes in correlation to the gameplay (if a player is exceptionally good or bad) with calls or visits (if that Sideman is in the Sidemen House).
    • In GTA, he finishes a victorious airborne deathmatch by leaping off the platforms and falling to the ground.
    • When playing Trivial Pursuit Live! with the Sidemen, he has three:
      • He will always say "Dinosaurs!" whenever the history category is selected (since it has a dinosaur skull on it, placed over a picture of the Colosseum).
      • He'll always tend to pick "arts and lit" when the category is available, and gets really upset when another category is chosen over it.
      • Whenever the entertainment category is selected, Simon will automatically begin wishing aloud for a question about The Simpsons.
    • In his Until Dawn playthrough, he has two:
    • Simon often claims to be half-Canadian, as a result of owning a Canadian passport. In games that involve associating with a country (such as London 2012 and Rocket League skins), he always chooses Canada.
    • In Simon's Reacting to Sidemen Vines series, every episode must, must begin with a reaction to the "Sidemen Rap/Song" before the actual Vine compilation. He even did this in the seventh episode, which he did alone (as he had done one with every other Sideman to that point).
  • Self-Deprecation: In his Why am I single video.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • In "WEIRDEST WAGER EVER", Simon plays against Domino's Pizza in a game of FIFA 16, with the promise of free pizza if he wins. He wins 3-1, but his reward turns out to be a 50% off a pizza voucher instead.
    • Accidentally killing Mike, Ashley and Emily at the very end of his Until Dawn playthrough, after having worked hard to try save as many people has he could.
  • Signing Off Catchphrase: "Thank you guys for watching and... See ya!" He says this in videos that involve a facecam with a flick of his hand doing a V sign from forehead to camera, at which point the camera cuts off.
  • Teeny Weenie: According to him, he based the "miniminter" name off of his own (Simon Minter), and the "mini" part describes his... er, member. (That was a one-off joke he made; the real reason was because of his small body size when he was young and new to YouTube.)
  • Those Two Guys: With Ethan (Behzinga) in a Faux Yay sense, forming the "power of Emon".
  • Too Dumb to Live: Discussed in Simon's "HOW TO MAKE A HORROR FILM", in which he insists that you must make your characters so "ridiculously dumb" (as worded by Simon himself) that even the most obvious clues fly over their head.
  • Troll: Is one of the biggest trolls out of the group besides Vik and JJ, especially in GTA (see Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat above) and also in Golf with Friends (with one such example available here), to many's discontent.
  • Troperiffic / Deconstructive Parody: His guide on making slasher movies, made as a Halloween 2014 special, was a thorough rundown of overused clichés found in the genre.All tropes covered 
  • Visual Pun: In Simon's Q&A with JJ, he references Frozen (2013) by dropping a bag of ice.
  • Whammy: In Simon's Board of FIFA game, there's the "Start Again" space, which sends you all the way back to the start of the board. Simon winded up suffering this fate in his game with JJ.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: For Simon, it's tuna. He isn't exactly scared of it per se, but has an extreme dislike for it. So naturally, the rest of the Sidemen used this to their advantage and took the time to shove a can of the stuff under his nose during his patience test. He almost cried.

Thank you guys for reading, (puts hand in V sign to forehead) and... (flicks hand to camera) See ya!

Alternative Title(s): Simon Minter