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Daniel Larson

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Daniel Larson, also known as Danderson, is a TikTok creator and personality most known for his controversial and confusing lore. Starting in 2020, Larson started posting content to TikTok that many read as cryptic or mentally ill, prompting users to lean in out of curiosity. He grew a cult following throughout 2020 and 2021 for various arcs in his channel's history including running for President of the United States, "the fog" and an incident in which he flashed his viewers on Live. He is referred to by some as an AIOPM or Lolcow. Multiple allegations surfaced about Larson involving pedophilia in 2022 as well as discourse about his homelessness. Some TikTokers (like one named Ox) tried to prove that Larson was being manipulated by his fans, specifically unknown trolls in his Discord server and subreddit, to record explicit videos meant to harm him. Additionally, it was alleged by many that Larson was manipulated and hacked via one of his weakpoints: his obsession with singer Grace VanderWaal. In early 2023, Larson moved from Denver, Colorado to Southern California (specifically Anaheim) where many believed that he was a danger due to his suspected scabies infection. In early 2023, he went to New York City where many thought he'd meet Joshua Block, a.k.a. World of T-shirts (@worldoftshirts), leading to a possible boxing match between them with the help of TikToker Michael Quinn (@thisismichaelquinn). The two then met up in real life on May 10th, 2023 in a Starbucks.


Daniel Larson was born in Denver, Colorado in 1998 making him 23 years old in 2022. When Larson was a child, he was purportedly abused by his parents, specifically his mother. As a result, he was taken away from them and lived with his grandmother, being raised by her throughout his adolescence. At a young age, he also found out he was on the autism spectrum, as well as being a patient of bipolar disorder.

All of this information comes from a TikTok he uploaded in October 2021 that has since been deleted. However, it was reposted to the /r/Daniellarson[1] subreddit on October 21st, 2021, by Redditor TransitionFit537, where over the course of six months it received over 100 upvotes. Additionally, a video surfaced of Daniel Larson as a child being covered on television, wherein, the show described the relationship between Larson and his grandmother. The TikTok was reposted to the /r/Daniellarson[2] subreddit as well, posted on November 6th, 2021, by Redditor danielfan69 where it received over 400 upvotes in five months (shown below).

Online History

Daniel Larson uploaded his first TikTok on March 30th, 2020, however, the video has since been deleted due to his original account being suspended. The evidence for this origin comes from a compilation of Larson's TikTok arc created by Redditor Glittering-Air-8240. They uploaded the video to /r/Daniellarson[3] on May 11th, 2021, earning over 790 upvotes in 11 months (shown below).

Within the compilation video (shown above), multiple arcs of Larson's online history are outlined despite the original account that hosted them no longer being accessible. The first arc of his account that gained him a following on the platform was when he decided and announced he was going to run for President of the U.S. in the 2020 election. TikTokers who discovered his page started to ironically promote his run for office, deeming him "Mr. President" as the election results drew closer. As stated in the compilation video above, Larson's election announcement video was uploaded on July 14th, 2020.

On October 20th, 2020, Larson held a Zoom livestream for all his TikTok fans. A full screen-recording of the event was uploaded to YouTube on the same day by the channel Mr.Sharky469, who over the course of a year and a half, received roughly 7,700 views (shown below). Many of his fans in the livestream called him "Mr. President" and Larson sang, ranted and talked about his backstory.

On October 29th, 2020, the /r/Danilarson subreddit was created. The first post[4] was made on November 8th, 2020, by Redditor liledwardo, who earned 14 upvotes for a screenshot of Larson standing in his room.

The Fog

Another notable facet of Larson's lore is what his followers refer to as "The Fog," which is essentially his front-facing camera appearing foggy or blurred. "The Fog" was not present in his original videos but surfaced on October 10th, 2020.[3] By the end of October, "The Fog" retreated, inspiring curiosity in his fanbase. It continued to disappear and reappear throughout his timeline.

On July 30th, 2021, YouTuber and Twitch streamer Papa Gut uploaded a video in which he analyzed "The Fog," earning roughly 18,800 views over the course of 10 months (shown below).

Account Banned On May 6th After Going Nude On TikTok Live

Between November 2021 and April 2021, Larson went on a hiatus from posting content. He had allegedly been enrolled at a mental health hospital in which he was treated for his disorders. He started posting content again on April 30th, 2021,[3] and quickly went back to his old routine of posting multiple, front-facing camera TikToks a day.

Starting on May 3rd, 2021, Larson's content became increasingly NSFW, for instance, on the 3rd, he uploaded a TikTok in pitch-black darkness of him moaning.[3] He revealed that he was facing allegations regarding a girl named Ally Jones. He was under the impression that he was being investigated by the FBI regarding his possession of child pornography, however, it is speculated that these were just trolls within his fanbase pretending to be investigators.

On May 6th, 2021, Larson went Live on TikTok in which during the livestream he flashed his genitals.[5] This subsequently got Larson banned from the platform and multiple memes were made about it. For instance, on May 7th, 2021, a since-deleted Redditor posted a meme to /r/Danillarson[6] that earned over 660 upvotes in 11 months (shown below).


Larson continued to create new accounts that got banned by TikTok going into the rest of 2021. As of April 2022, Larson has two active accounts, daniellarsontoday[7] and daniel_larson_recordz, the latter of which is focused on his music career. As of April 2022, Larson has amassed roughly 129,000 followers.

Briiiink and Daniel Larson Collab TikToks

On June 25th, 2022, TikToker[10] briiiink posted a video wherein he's walking down a street with Daniel Larson, stating in text overlay, "We cute or WhatevaπŸ€ͺ." In one month, the video received roughly 152,300 plays and 8,100 likes (since deleted). At first, it seemed like briiiink had randomly found Larson in real life, however, he'd post another TikTok[11] on June 25th with Larson that earned over 622,000 plays and 99,800 likes (since deleted).

Ultimately, the TikToks were promoting an upcoming vlog made by briiiink where he and Daniel Larson, along with his videographer friend, hung out and ate pizza together. The video was uploaded to YouTube on June 29th, 2022, earning roughly 5,100 views in three weeks (shown below).

Despite the YouTube upload, the most engagement that briiiink received was on TikTok with videos featuring Larson. Two TikToks[12][13] posted in late June 26th earned over 3 million plays total, however, they were also deleted.

Overall, briiiink's coverage of Daniel Larson was wholesome, and fans of Larson appreciated how they treated him and gave an outsider's perspective on his personality and life. However, briiiink and Larson had a falling out.[17]

Ox (@oxthegoat) and Daniel Larson

TikToker[14] oxthegoat (also known as Ox or Ivan) started to center his channel on Lolcows and AIOPMs in 2022, specifically on Daniel Larson, Joshua Block and Bandit Huncho. On July 27th, 2022, oxthegoat posted a TikTok[15] that had a serious tone, alleging that Larson, Block, Huncho and Wileysquires2000, among others, were involved in a "manipulation ring" in which anons were manipulating the AIOPMs into making weird videos of them twerking or doing other explicit acts. The TikTok received roughly 776,700 plays and 42,900 likes in six months (shown below).

@oxthegoat LARGE TIKTOK MANIPULATION RING TARGETING POPULAR USERS WITH DISABILITIES. BLOW THIS UP SHARE IT EVERYWHERE. @worldoftshirts @Wiley Squires #wileysquires2000 #daniellarson #worldoftshirts #autism #autismawareness #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #harassmentawareness #harassment #abuse #abuseawareness #onlineabuse #fbi #bully #bullyingawareness #help #helpmeplease #fyp #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Oxis

On July 29th, 2022, Joshua Block posted a comment beneath oxthegoat's video, writing, "They tried to talk me into a Collab with danial but I simply refused," gaining over 6,000 likes in six months. Around the same time, discourse started surfacing about oxthegoat in the /r/Daniellarson[16] subreddit. Most of the discourse within the subreddit about Ox was negative.[16] However, Ox still made content with Larson and began reaching out to him in real life, even though Larson, at times, lashed out at him such as in one since-deleted video of Larson saying, "Fuck Ox" repeatedly and threatening to send a bomb to his house (shown below via Reddit[18]).

In November 2022, Brink decided to stop making content with Daniel Larson and stepped out of his life completely. He posted a TikTok to his channel that announced the decision, additionally addressing his reasonings which were mostly based on him not wanting to associate with the Daniel Larson fanbase as well as not wanting to associate with Larson himself due to his firm belief that Larson is a pedophile. He also stated that he was going to delete all of his Larson content. He additionally called out Ox in the video, addressing him as Ivan and saying that the fanbase hates him as well as that him calling Brink a "clout chaser" was unfounded (repost from Reddit[17] shown below).

Following Brink's farewell video, Ox continued to upload content about the "manipulation ring" he believed Larson, Block and others were involved in. His discourse became the loudest in December 2022 and January 2023, directly following Larson's "December 7th Incident" and "December 10th Incident." [19] For instance, on December 21st, 2022, Ox posted a TikTok that added TikToker James Droz into the discussion, gaining roughly 47,900 likes in one month (shown below).

@oxthegoat #greenscreen #greenscreenvideo #wileysquires2000 #worldoftshirts #daniellarson #jamesdroz566 @Joshua Block @Daniel Larson @jamesdroz5661 ♬ original sound – Oxis

Ox's involvement with Larson allegedly ended in mid-January 2023 when he was with Larson in real life. On January 15th, 2023, Ox posted a TikTok[20] in which he had just met with Larson in California and stated that Larson was not accepting the housing for him back in Colorado and there was a warrant out for Larson's arrest. The video received roughly 56,800 plays and 7,100 likes in four days (shown below, left). On January 18th, 2023, TikToker[21] retro_shlong posted a screen-recording taken from Larson's Live that night, showing a different angle of Larson's conversation with Ox. The TikTok received roughly 207,800 plays and 17,300 likes in one day (shown below, right).

@oxthegoat Sorry about all the ums. I was just rattling off the dome and trying to fit 3 minutes. I’ll answer questions in the comments. #daniellarson ♬ original sound – Oxis

@retro_shlong Daniels last conversation with Ox. #daniellarson #daniellarsonfans #daniellarsonforpresident #daniellarsonshow #daniellarsonnews #daniellarsonultrafans #daniellarsonupdates #daniellarsonmemes #daniellarson2024 #daniellarsonagt #fyp #fypage #foryoupage #fypγ‚· #fypγ‚·γ‚šviral ♬ original sound – Retro_Shlong

Daniel Larson's Alleged Scabies Infection

On January 12th, 2023, Redditor hulkhoganoffical reposted a Daniel Larson TikTok to /r/Daniellarson[22] that showed Larson at a public gym showcasing a rash on his arm to the camera. The post received over 120 upvotes in 19 days (shown below).

Soon after, Redditors started comparing a screenshot of Larson's rash to medical images of scabies.[23] On January 19th, 2023, Redditor Dragonfruit-Unable posted a screenshot to /r/Daniellarson[24] purportedly from the Anaheim Crime Watch Facebook page that alerted the Californian locals about Larson live-streaming, taking photos of children and talking about having scabies in restaurants and businesses. If the post was real, it has since been deleted. It is unknown if the information in the alleged post is accurate and it's possible that an outsider troll posted the info in the Facebook group. Regardless, the Reddit post received over 420 likes in 11 days (shown below).

429 r/Daniellarson. Posted by u/Dragonfruit-Unable 12 days ago Larson got famous in Anaheim. 109 shares 81 reactions comments were turned off on the FB group by owner of the post or the moderator. whats the next city he will get famous in Daniel Larson Calling all Anaheim residents! A man from Colorado has recently been seen in multiple places like Disneyland, Panera Bread, Denny's, etc. While making videos saying he has scabies. His name is Daniel Larson. He is homeless and has an online reputation for being a creep. Daniel has also been live-streaming and taking pictures of children in places like Starbucks. He's been in the area for around a week now and sleeps in parking gargages. He's been in countless restaurants and public places over the last few days. If you see him, please call the police!! 81 Daniel Larson 11 hours ago I'm in t hospital 63 comments 109 shares C

On January 28th, 2023, TikToker[25] vladimirvonsputnik posted a photo slideshow including multiple screenshots and pieces of media (including the alleged Anaheim Crime Watch Facebook post) about Larson's possible scabies infection. The slideshow received roughly 6.2 million plays and 429,100 likes in three days.

Turkey Tom's "The Deranged Story of Daniel Larson" Video

On January 30th, 2023, YouTuber[26] Turkey Tom posted a roughly 41-minute-long video about Daniel Larson titled, "The Deranged Story of Daniel Larson," which covered Larson's various "arcs" ranging from his "music career" to the "May 6th incident" to his then-recent break-up with Bob. In one day, the video received roughly 530,000 views and 23,000 likes (shown below).

On January 31st, 2023, YouTuber[27] Papa Gut posted a reaction video to Turkey Tom's video titled, "Turkey Tom's Terrible Take On Daniel Larson." Papa Gut's roughly one-hour-long video emphasized that Turkey Tom was spreading misinformation about Larson. In one day, the video received roughly 7,600 views and over 330 likes (shown below).

Daniel Larson in New York City / World Of T-shirts Meet-up

On April 4th, 2023, Redditor Ok_Book_7521 posted a video to the /r/Daniellarson[28] subreddit titled "IN THE BIG APPLE" and allegedly showed Larson in the passenger seat of a car driving through New York City. The video gained over 440 upvotes in less than a day. The video was quickly reposted by TikToker[29] @cjhink89 on April 4th, gaining roughly 43,600 plays and 4,100 likes in less than a day (shown below).

@cjhink89 He has traveled cross country off of donations he has made it to the big apple. #daniellarson #daniellarsonfans ##newyork #worldofteeshirts ♬ original sound – C.J. Hink

Larson was in fact in New York City. According to posts in the /r/Daniellarson[30] subreddit, a currently unknown fan of Larson purportedly flew him out to New York City and put him up in a local hotel. Other photos were shared by Redditor[31][32] QuantumZazzy on April 4th, 2023, that showed him picking up Larson from a New York airport (shown below).


On April 6th, 2023, TikToker[33] @oxthegoat (Ox) confirmed that Larson was in New York City, claiming that Larson had taken Greyhounds from Las Vegas, Nevada to Texas where he then got on a flight. Ox then stated that he'd likely been coaxed into going to New York by fake "Vanderwaals" who were likely telling Daniel that she was there. Ox alleged that Larson's fans were probably trying to make him meet World of T-shirts (a.k.a. Joshua Block). On TikTok, the two have been pushed into a Daniel Larson vs. World of T-shirts narrative since 2021. In one day, Ox's TikTok[33] gained roughly 17,600 likes (shown below).

@oxthegoat #daniellarson @daniellarsonworkbackup ♬ original sound – Oxis

On April 4th, 2023, TikToker @thisismichaelquinn (a.k.a. Michael Quinn, a known collaborator and pseudo-mentor of World of T-shirts) posted a TikTok[34] that stated someone had given his home address to Larson, earning roughly 215,200 plays and 10,400 likes in one day (shown below, left). Also on April 4th, Quinn posted a TikTok[35] in which he said that he was going to hire bodyguards for Block to protect him from Larson, earning roughly 101,000 plays and 3,500 likes in one day (shown below, right).

@thisismichaelquinn #michaelquinn #worldoftshirts #daniellarson #daniellarsonfans #doxxed #trending #viral #fyp ♬ Spooky, quiet, scary atmosphere piano songs – Skittlegirl Sound

@thisismichaelquinn #michaelquinn #worldoftshirts #joshuablock #daniellarson #daniellarsonfans #danderson #trending #viral #fyp ♬ Spooky, quiet, scary atmosphere piano songs – Skittlegirl Sound
Daniel Larson "Jumped" In New York

On April 6th, 2023, TikToker[36] @danielmrpresident posted a video. It seemed to be a cropped screen-recording of Larson's most-recent TikTok Live in New York on his then-active account @daniellarsonworkbackup.[37] In the video, Larson appeared hospitalized with a bandage over his nose and blood, proclaiming that he was "assaulted by two fans" after being in New York for less than 24 hours. The video gained roughly 467,400 plays and 37,000 likes in one day (shown below, left). Early in the morning on April 7th, Block (a.k.a. World of T-shirts) posted a TikTok[39] video in which he taunted Larson for getting assaulted. The video gained roughly 228,900 plays and 26,100 likes in less than a day (shown below, right).

danielmrpresident</a> Attkd by β€œfans” ‼️ #danderson #daniellarson #daniellarsonfiles #dannyboy #underratedsigmasthirdaccount ♬ original sound – Daniel Larson President

@worldoftshirts #huluchippendalesdance ♬ original sound – Joshua Block
May 10th, 2023, Meet-up

On May 9th, 2023, TikToker[40] @thisismichaelquinn posted a video in which we was having a meal with Daniel Larson, gaining roughly 129,300 plays and 7,600 likes in two days (shown below, left). About an hour later, Quinn uploaded a second TikTok[41] in which he stated that Block agreed to meet Larson in real life, gaining roughly 277,300 plays and 22,200 likes in two days. On May 10th, 2023, Block posted a TikTok[42] showing that he and Larson were together in real life in a New York City Starbucks. In less than a day, the video gained over 2.2 million plays and 428,000 likes (shown below, right). The May 10th, 2023, meet-up caused a large number of reactions and memes on social media in the days that followed.

@thisismichaelquinn #michaelquinn #daniellarson #worldoftshirts #nyc #daniellarsonfans #trending #quinning #viral #fyp ♬ Roaring Thunder – Daniel Larson

@worldoftshirts #huluchippendalesdance ♬ original sound – Joshua Block

Search Interest

External References

[1] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[2] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[3] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[4] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[5] Reddit – NSFW

[6] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[7] TikTok – @daniellarsontoday

[9] TikTok – @daniellarsontoday's first video

[10] TikTok – @briiiink

[11] TikTok – @briiiink

[12] TikTok – @briiiink

[13] TikTok – @briiiink

[14] TikTok – @oxthegoat

[15] TikTok – @oxthegoat

[16] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[17] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[18] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson/

[19] YouTube – Daniel Larson December 7th and 10th incidents explained.

[20] TikTok – @oxthegoat

[21] TikTok – @retro_shlong

[22] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[23] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[24] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[25] TikTok – @vladimirvonsputnik

[26] YouTube – The Deranged Story of Daniel Larson

[27] YouTube – Turkey Tom's Terrible Take On Daniel Larson

[28] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[29] TikTok – @cjhink89

[30] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[31] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[32] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[33] TikTok – @oxthegoat

[34] TikTok – @thisismichaelquinn

[35] TikTok – @thisismichaelquinn

[36] TikTok – @danielmrpresident

[37] Reddit – /r/Daniellarson

[38] TikTok – @danielmrpresident

[39] TikTok – @worldoftshirts

[40] TikTok – @thisismichaelquinn

[41] TikTok – @thisismichaelquinn

[42] TikTok – @worldoftshirts

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