Jonathan Wheeler is a YouTube star who was born on November 8, 1985, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He gained recognition as a Let’s Player under the moniker ProtonJonSA or ProtonJon. He started by streaming his Let’s Plays on YouTube but eventually switched to streaming on Twitch. Wheeler has collaborated with several fellow gamers in several ways — from streaming together to appearing on podcasts and vlogs, to competing in challenges. He’s part of a collaborative channel with fellow players NintentoCapriSun and Chuggaaconroy called “The Runaway Guys.” He was the central figure in the creation of the Jonaverse, which features endless alternate versions of himself. Let’s celebrate his weird and wonderful story on his birthday.
Jonathan Wheeler, better known by his gaming monikers ProtonJonSA or ProtonJon, was born on November 8, 1985, in Calgary, Canada. He is one of the original Let’s Players on YouTube, launching his YouTube channel titled “Proton Jon” back in 2007. His first videos consist of his guides for Ninja Gaiden, as well as Let’s Plays of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and several other high-difficulty-level games. His most famous videos are from his sessions playing “Super Smash Bros.,” “Kaizo Mario,” “Superman 64,” and “Resident Evil 5.” Around the time he was finishing off Resident Evil 5, he began to transition towards creating more streaming content on Twitch.
One of his earliest videos, involving a character from “Resident Evil 5” called Wesker, is called the “Rotten Egg Challenge.” It grew to such popularity that it spawned many Egg jokes. In another instance, the artistic community that formed around him started drawing him as Rosalina from the Super Mario Galaxy games. This bred one of the three “Fem-Jon” timelines and eventually led to the creation of the infamous Jonaverse, a virtual reality where fans and fellow players create alternate versions of Proton Jon. To date, at least a hundred variations have been created.
Wheeler actively collaborates with fellow players such as The Awful Gamer. He has occasionally appeared on StephenVlog at PAX events as well. In 2010, he launched another YouTube channel titled “The Runaway Guys” with NintentoCapriSun and Chuggaaconroy. That same year, he launched two podcasts — “Top Down Perspective” with some friends and “Retro Killscreen” with Paul Fleck. In September 2017, Wheeler got engaged to Reese Dressler and is now married to her. He currently streams full-time on Twitch with an average of about three to four streams a week. In 2021, Wheeler resumed making Let’s Plays.
He launches his first YouTube channel titled “Proton Jon.”
He starts “The Runaway Guys” with fellow players NintendoCapriSun and Chuggaaconroy.
He posts a video on his personal YouTube channel titled “Resident Evil 5 — Rotten Egg Challenge — Chris vs Wesker — Livestream Highlight.”
Wheeler goes back to streaming and creating Let’s Play videos.
Why We Love Jonathan Wheeler
The variety of content he streams
Wheeler is widely recognized for the different kinds of streams he does on YouTube and Twitch. These include Game Clearing, Model Building, and Race and Tournament Streams among many others.
He inspired the Jonaverse
What started as one alternate version of Proton Jon in a game community has grown into innumerable reiterations of his identity. From Rosajon to Fire Emblem Jon to Hydra Jon, the possibilities are endless.
He has dedicated gamer friends
Wheeler was unable to make it for the 2022 edition of the event T.R.G. Colosseum. His fellow gamers, including Tim and Emile his collaborators on “The Runaway Guys,” created a cardboard cutout of him which eventually became an alternate Jon-form.
5 Surprising Facts
His wife is also a gamer
Wheeler’s wife Lisa is also a gamer under the alias Lucahjin.
Her has a cute pet
Wheeler and his wife adopted a cat named Bagel.
He has featured as a voice actor
The success of the “Rotten Egg Challenge” led to him making streams with the voice actor for Wesker, D.C. Douglas.
A stream killed by a burrito
His wife once caused one of his streams to die because she was microwaving a burrito in the kitchen.
Streaming for 15 years
March 16, 2022, marked 15 years of him making online content.
Jonathan Wheeler FAQs
What is Jonathan Wheeler’s Twitch channel?
Jonathan Wheeler’s Twitch channel is: https://www.twitch.tv/protonjon
What are Jonathan Wheeler’s aliases?
Some of his aliases include God Gamer Proton Jon, The Best Q/A Tester You Never Paid For, and Protonathan Jonathan.
What is the current featured Alt-Jon?
The current featured Alt-Jon is “Rosabot.”
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