From the unofficial fan-run MindCrack and HermitCraft wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
The Minecraft avatar of Etho
Artistic representation of Etho's Minecraft avatar
Country Canada
Nationality Canadian
Gender M
Other names
  • Etho's Lab
  • Etho Slab

Etho is a Canadian Let's Play commentator, a current member of HermitCraft since March 2015, and a member of Mindcrack between November 2011 and April 2015.


Etho has been generally reticent regarding personal details about his life outside of YouTube. Etho previously worked in horticulture as part of a family-owned greenhouse business.[1] Before revealing his previous profession, viewers had regularly claimed Etho to be a teacher, an IT professional or even a member of NASA.[1][2] The comments of this video were later disabled due to a certain user that traced this business and released images of Etho and his location. Etho does not have any post-secondary education, graduating from high school with 35 of his credits coming from work experience.[3] In June 2012, Etho began producing YouTube content full time, having left the greenhouse business to do so.[1]

One of Etho's major hobbies prior to his activities on YouTube involved programming.[4] He has been programming since age 9.[5] A major goal of his was to create an emulator that would provide a user-friendly GUI that would display information about selected games in a similar manner to Xbox Live Marketplace. The emulator would have been applicable to older console games. Etho authored a separate program that collected box art, manuals, reviews, guides, music, and other aspects of each game; the emulator then allowed users to browse the compiled database for a desired game. He had some concerns about the program, including copyright legality and the amount of effort required to produce a final product.[4] Among other things, Etho designed an experimental 2.5D engine to tinker with simulated three-dimensional perspective in video games. He was inspired to do so after playing a game with a poorly designed 2.5D engine.[5] YouTube has since replaced his programming activities.[4]

Personal details[edit]

Etho has not revealed very many personal details about himself. During Team Canada's videos (in which VintageBeef is frequently teased for being older than both Etho and PauseUnpause), it has been mentioned that Etho is about five years younger than Beef.[6] Several Mindcrackers and other YouTubers have publicly referenced Etho's birthday and exact age, though this has never been confirmed by Etho. smallishbeans stated in a March 2024 episode of HermitCraft that Etho, like GoodTimeWithScar, does not share his age online.[7]

During a Team Canada prank video, it was mentioned that Etho was one hour behind Pause (Winnipeg) and two hours behind Beef (Toronto),[8] suggesting that he lives in the Mountain Time Zone.

Etho tweeted in January 2022 that both his parents were having health issues.[9] He later tweeted in March 2022 that his dad had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.[10] He took a three month hiatus from YouTube (which he says was his longest absence from YouTube) until 2 May 2022, returning with an episode of his singleplayer Minecraft series in which he discusses his dad's death from brain cancer. He said his mum's health fully recovered.[11]


Despite not making an official public appearance, Etho has revealed some details about his appearance on occasion. He is 6'2",[12] sometimes wears glasses,[13] and has described his hairstyle as similar to of one of the possible Cube World characters.[14] Etho says he is thin due to his high metabolism.[15]

At both MineCon 2012 and MineCon 2013, generikb posted multiple pictures to Twitter claiming to have met Etho in person, though that was not the case.[16][17][18]

Etho had hinted at attending MineCon 2014,[19][20] but later said he wouldn't be attending after learning the event would be held in Europe.[21]

Let's Play[edit]

The YouTube avatar of EthosLab

Before starting his Minecraft Let's Play, Etho uploaded a number of Harvest Moon 64 videos to YouTube, all without commentary, and some video game programming showcases prior to that.[22] His most popular and longest running Minecraft series is titled "Etho Plays Minecraft." The series, originally called "Let's Play Minecraft", is a singleplayer survival Let's Play that is still currently being produced.


Etho joined the Mindcrack Server in November 2011, at the same time as Docm77, after befriending Guude through the second Race for Wool.[23][24] Near the end of the Season 3 world, Etho reflected on joining the server and the direction of his Mindcrack series. He mentioned that when he joined, he expected his videos from the server would mostly be collaborations, pranks, and working on communal builds - things that he can't do in his singleplayer series - but upon realising that many Mindcrackers used the server as their primary Let's Play world, he began working on solo projects on the server. He mentioned he had lost his motivation to play on the server as it became less active (partially owing to the Feed the Beast server), and therefore lost its sense of community.[25]

On 16 October 2014, Etho stated on /r/mindcrack that due to his disillusionment with the servers' future, he does not foresee playing on the Mindcrack servers unless a drastic change in direction is taken.[26] On 3 April 2015, it was announced that Etho would be parting ways with Mindcrack.[27] Etho explained his decision to leave was influenced by hesitation to sign the trademark agreement and be involved in the expanding business side of the Mindcrack name.[28] He says he remains in good friendship with Zisteau, Docm77, AnderZEL, BdoubleO100 and generikb.[28]

Etho reappeared on the Season 6 Mindcrack Server on 21 December 2016 to assist VintageBeef in his prank on PauseUnpause,[29][30] and appeared on the Season 7 server on 11 May 2019 as a guest with VintageBeef.[31]


Etho joined the HermitCraft server in March 2015,[32] at the same time as Docm77, following extended inactivity on the Mindcrack Server. He says joined to feel the same sense of community he felt during Season 3 of Mindcrack.[28]

Minecraft skin[edit]

Etho's Minecraft skin is Kakashi Hatake from the Japanese manga and anime franchise Naruto. He chose it because it was one of the most detailed skins at the time, even though there are better versions nowadays.[33] In January 2014, Etho updated his skin to utilize new skin customization added in 1.8.[34]

Etho's Minecraft skin


  • He used the names "Goober", "Master of Disguise" and "Ersatz" in his early Internet presence; he liked the "E" in Ersatz and came up with "Etho" afterwards, though he can't offer a particular explanation why.[35]
  • Etho has a strong dislike of onions.[36]
  • Carbonated drinks cause Etho to have nose bleeds.[37]
  • Etho can turn his feet 180 degrees backwards, and can make a loud popping sound by creating a vacuum in his ear with his pinky.[38]
  • Etho was one of the members who had "op" status on the Mindcrack Server.[39]
  • Etho once had a cat when he was younger that swam out into a pond just to catch a duck for its kittens.[40]
  • It is reported that Etho's cousin is professional Starcraft II player, LiquidSheth,[41][42] though Etho has not confirmed this.
  • Etho's favorite brand of cereal is Mini-Wheats.[43]

External links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 EthosLab (10 May 2012). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 177: Slime Station". YouTube. <>.
  2. kurtjmac (12 May 2012). "Minecraft Far Lands or Bust - #147 - Companion Creeper". YouTube. <>.
  3. EthosLab (13 February 2013). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 253: Mega Map". YouTube. <>.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 EthosLab (1 December 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  5. 5.0 5.1 EthosLab (7 June 2011). "Tech: Experimental 2.5D Engine". YouTube. <>.
  6. EthosLab (13 April 2013). "Ruins Of The MindCrackers: Episode 4". YouTube. <>.
  7. SmallishBeans (14 March 2024). "Sword Fight Club! | Hermitcraft 10 | Ep.8". YouTube. <>.
  8. EthosLab (8 March 2012). "Etho MindCrack SMP - Episode 7: Sky Shrooms (Part 1)". YouTube. <>.
  9. EthoLP (30 January 2022). Twitter. <>.
  10. EthoLP (5 March 2022). Twitter. <>.
  11. EthosLab (2 May 2022). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 567: A Tough Situation". YouTube. <>.
  12. EthosLab (25 October 2013). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 301: XP Overload". YouTube. <>.
  13. EthosLab (5 February 2012). "OOGE - Spellbound Caves: Episode 6". YouTube. <>.
  14. EthosLab (6 July 2013). "Cube World - Episode 1: Fun Game". YouTube. <>.
  15. EthosLab (3 December 2014). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 381: Random Oddities". YouTube. <>.
  16. generikb (24 November 2012). Twitter. <>.
  17. generikb (24 November 2012). Twitter. <>.
  18. generikb (2 November 2013). Twitter. <>.
  19. EthosLab (6 November 2013). "Terraria 1.2 - Episode 17: Deep Dungeon". YouTube. <>.
  20. Biffa2001 (8 November 2013). "Tea Time with Biffa #6 - The Minecraft Community Show for YOU w/ Etho". YouTube. <>.
  21. EthosLab (19 May 2014). "Etho MindCrack SMP - Episode 162: Statue Building". YouTube. <>.
  22. EthosLab (7 July 2016). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 459: Golden Magma Warts". YouTube. <>.
  23. docm77 (10 May 2012). "Mindcrack Minecraft SMP : Docm77 | EP 4: The Gathering of Claw Army". YouTube. <>.
  24. EthosLab (25 June 2013). "Etho MindCrack SMP - Episode 94: Final Tour". YouTube. <>.
  25. EthosLab (24 May 2013). "Etho MindCrack SMP - Episode 91: The Series". YouTube. <>.
  26. EthosLab (16 October 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  27. WesWilson (3 April 2015). "Mindcrack is Changing". Reddit. <>.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 EthoTV (5 April 2015). "Etho's Secret Stream". Twitch. <>. Transcript
  29. AnderZEL (21 December 2016). "Building Exploring And Presents". Twitch. <>.
  30. VintageBeef (22 December 2016). "Mindcrack Prank Wars - EP34 - Ad-mazing!". YouTube. <>.
  31. VintageBeef (11 May 2019). "Mindcrack (Minecraft) - EP03 - Special Guest! (Season 7)". YouTube. <>.
  32. EthosLab (3 March 2015). "Minecraft - HermitCraft #1: Welcoming Tour". YouTube. <>.
  33. EthosLab (18 November 2012). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 234: Egg Delivery". YouTube. <>.
  34. EthosLab (19 January 2014). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 319: 5 Withers". YouTube. <>.
  35. EthosLab (20 October 2013). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 300: Ender Ender 2.0". YouTube. <>
  36. EthosLab (2 August 2013). "Etho MindCrack SMP - Episode 107: Onion Prank". YouTube. <>.
  37. EthosLab (12 May 2012). "OOGE - Kaizo Caverns: Episode 5". YouTube. <>.
  38. EthosLab (4 September 2013). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 292: Finishing Touches". YouTube. <>.
  39. GuudeBoulderfist (10 November 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  40. EthosLab (29 April 2014). "Etho Plays Minecraft - Episode 338: Crazy Cats". YouTube. <>.
  41. LiquidSheth (13 July 2013). Twitter. <>.
  42. Mindcrack (19 November 2012). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 19 - Guest Zedsteau". YouTube. <>.
  43. EthosLab (20 April 2015). "Minecraft - HermitCraft #7: Mine Entrance Tunnel". YouTube. <>.