What Is Markiplier’s Ethnicity and Where Does He Live?

Markiplier’s ethnicity is mixed, and it is obvious from his looks. His mother is of Korean descent, and his father is of German descent. Mark was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 28, 1989, and was raised in the United States. The American YouTuber, online gaming enthusiast, and film director currently rated as one of the highest YouTube earners lives in Los Angeles, California.

Markiplier has been mistaken for an Asian migrant based on his facial appearance, but his father is of German-American descent, while his mother is of North Korean descent, which has made his ethnicity and ancestry diverse and culturally rich.

Where Is Markiplier From?

Mark Edward Fischbach, otherwise known to his fans and followers as Markiplier, was born in and has lived almost all his life in the United States of America, having been born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1989. He is a citizen of the United States of America, and you can either call him a native of Hawaii – by birth, or Ohio, by virtue of the fact that he spent about a decade and a half of his life in the latter.

Markiplier has embraced his diverse ethnicity in his own way. He has also been exposed to his kith and kin, like his grandmother, cousins, aunties, and uncles from his mother’s side of the family. They have brought their Korean culture and way of life to him as well, which he seems to have been embracing and exploring actively over the last couple of years.

Markiplier’s mother, Sunok, does not want him to forget his Korean ancestry and she has taken it upon herself to show him his roots and family back in North Korea. She has taught him the Korean language, and he has become quite fluent in it as well.

Where was Markiplier Born, and Where Did He Grow Up?

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Markiplier was born on June 28, 1989, in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is one of the largest cities in the United States of America. It is not clear how long he stayed in Honolulu with his parents, as most accounts have it that he was pretty young and was only there for a while. His father, as a military officer, moved around quite a lot, and his location per time depended on where he and his company were deployed to per time.

Not too long after his birth, Markiplier’s parents relocated their family to Cincinnati, Ohio, also in the United States of America, and that was where he spent most of his formative years. Markiplier graduated from Milford High School, Milford, Ohio, in 2007.

He proceeded to the University of Cincinnati, where he was studying to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. His father died in 2008 from Lung cancer complications, and this impacted his educational pursuit, hence he had to drop out of college.

Markiplier’s Nationality

Markiplier was born in Honolulu, Ohio, in the United States of America, and spent most of his formative and developmental years in Cincinnati, Ohio, also in the United States. So from all indications and records, Markiplier is a citizen of the United States of America, which also makes him a born and bred American. Markiplier’s ethnicity and nationality have always been questioned by many over the years, which is due to his mother’s strong Asian genes, which were passed along to him.

If he were to have been judged by his facial appearance alone, it would take a lot of convincing for anyone to believe he is American. Still, he is an American, who has a rich ethnic diversity of German, Korean, and American descent, all rolled into one fun package called Markiplier. According to him, his looks made him a target for bullies while he was growing up. This was one of the things that made him take to gaming, as he spent a lot of time indoors playing games with his brother -Thomas.

While his father, Cliffton, was alive, he did strengthen Markiplier’s ethnicity, especially his American roots and heritage. His father did all to make his son comfortable being an American. Unfortunately, when his dad passed away when he was 18, his mother being the only parent left alive, influenced him to explore the other side of his ancestry, and he did pursue that actively for quite some time.

Is Markiplier From North Korea?

Markiplier is not from North Korea. But his mother – Sunok Frank, is from North Korea. From what was said about Markiplier’s mother, her parents were originally from South Korea but relocated to North Korea during the outbreak of the Korean War.

Markiplier’s ethnicity is American for several reasons. By birth and length of residency, he is a citizen of the United States of America. The truth is that Markiplier came from a potpourri of ethnicities which makes it challenging to connect his facial attributes to his nationality. Markiplier’s father is a German-American military officer who met and fell in love with his mother, Sunok Frank, while he was stationed in South Korea. Markiplier’s main connection to North Korea is his mother. But based on his looks and maternal connection, It is possible for him to choose to be a citizen of North Korea if he so desires.

Markiplier launched a documentary in 2022 titled Markiplier from North Korea, which he directed, wrote, and featured in alongside his mother, Sunok. The purpose of the documentary, which he encouraged his fans to watch for a token of $12, is about exploring the maternal side of his parents and their life, struggles, and growing up in North Korea. His mother is trying to reconnect him with his North Korean roots in the documentary by helping him to trace his ancestry from his mother’s side.

Where Does Markiplier Live Now?

Markiplier now lives in Los Angeles, although he began making his mark in the world while he was still based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began his YouTube content development career in 2012 while he was still based in Cincinnati, Ohio – a town and state where he spent about 15 years of his life.

Markiplier’s ethnicity on his maternal side may have informed his mother’s decision to have the family stay in Ohio for a long time, as the Korean Association of Greater Cleveland is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 2014, he decided to move to the city of Angels, Los Angeles, California, to be able to make more connections and to be closer to many more business opportunities. He must have fallen so much in love with the city that he has made it his base for almost a decade.

Feyisayo Oluokun
Feyisayo Oluokun
Feyisayo is a passionate writer, voracious reader and a lover of romance. She is interested in doing intensive research, traveling and exploring new things.


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