You thought Mikey was the only troublemaking brat in Dhar Mann? Think again!
Rehash of Mikey
10 (Debut) 11 (Streamer Caught Cheating) 12 (Kid Won't Listen to His Mother) 13 (Jay Becomes Jewish) 14 (14-Year-Old WON'T LISTEN To His MOM)
Media of origin:
Jay Lawson is a fictional character formerly a recurring antagonist in the Dhar Mann video series, and the protagonist of Jay and Mikey. He is portrayed by Shaun Dixon.
So You See, This Is Why He Also (Intentionally?) Couldn't Learn His Lesson
He is basically a semi-rehash of Mikey Miller, as he does similar things like Mikey, such as skipping school exams, cheating in various exams and contests, etc. Additionally, unlike Eddie, he was introduced as a rip-off for no good reason whatsoever.
He also constantly does bad and distasteful things to get what he wants. Here are some examples:
"KID STEALS Tickets At FUN CENTER": Cheating in a arcade contest with Mikey.
"Kids Cheat MRBEAST For $1 MILLION": Cheating in a MrBeast contest with Mikey.
"Kid FLATTENS MOM'S TIRE To SKIP TEST": Purposely flattening his mom's car tire to skip the school exam.
"Jay & Mikey: The Boys Break Into a Superstore - Parts 1 & 2": Breaking into the Superstore with Mikey and Noah.
"Mischief Mikey: Two Teens Break Out Of Jail Cell - Ep. 4": Trying to destroy the ankle monitors just to get out of house arrest just to see the Dhar Mann meet and greet (despite being falsely arrested in the previous "Mischief Mikey" episode).
An example of this is Jay receiving character development in "STREAMER CAUGHT CHEATING", but reverting back to his original personality in "KID STEALS Tickets At FUN CENTER". So what's the point?
Continuing from the previous statement, his character development in "STREAMER CAUGHT CHEATING" has been completely thrown out the window in the next video, as in that one he apparently finally understood what mom meant, yet in the next, he continues his distasteful journey.
Hypocrisy: He tells Mikey about the "What happens in the dark, always comes to light" life lesson in Kid FAKES SICK NOTE to Skip Class, yet he skipped school in that video and does distasteful things in other videos.
He has a nasty habit of forgetting his mother's warnings that "rules are important".
Videos like "Kid WON'T LISTEN To His MOTHER, He Instantly Regrets It" and "KID WON'T Go To SLEEP AT NIGHT, He Lives To Regret It" clearly show this detail.
And even, in the first part of the episode of "Jay & Mikey": "The Boys Break Into a Superstore", he stated that "the rules are just meant to ruin your life", when in fact they are not. What an idiot of him.
He sometimes treats his mother very badly. For example:
In "Kid WON'T LISTEN To His MOTHER, He Instantly Regrets It" - despite being likable for the most part on that episode -, he did a lot of things wrong. When he starts sneaking into the kitchen to get a cookie, and after his mother finds out and forces him to give her the cookie, he eats it in an instant and even escapes his mother. And later on, he ignores his mother's rules before she leaves to play Poppy Playtime 2 on his iPad. And at the end of the episode, when he tries to steal the cookie jar for the second time, he uses reverse psychology to get the cookie jar and still does the "L" (loser) sign from Fortnite.
In "KID WON'T Go To SLEEP AT NIGHT, He Lives To Regret It" - another episode where he is likable for the most part -, he once again ignores his mother's warnings that "rules are important" just to play Fortnite on his Playstation 5, and after his mother hands him coffee and Red Bull just to teach him another lesson, he pushes her out of the room and slams the door in her face, making her furious.
In "14-Year-Old WON'T LISTEN To His MOM, He Instantly Regrets It", he acts as a total jerk to his mother, and was constantly breaking all of his promises with her. He didn't even said "hello" to his mother at the very beginning of the video!
It's okay that his mother gets to be much worse than him, since she did horrible things to her son, such as: letting him be kidnapped by a real kidnapper, leaving him involved in a hostage situation, getting him being tortured by Sergeant Stokes during his stay at East Point Academy, strangling him by the neck, threaten to hit him with a shoe, etc., but that doesn't excuse all the bad things he did to his own mother.
And even Mikey or Eddie would never do that kind of thing to his mother and would never treat her that badly.
Although he is likable in his own series and it is justified because of his age, he uses modern words like rizz which shows Dhar Mann is trying to be hip with the kids.
After he was introduced, he is now often the focus or side character of way too many videos, which only shows Dhar Mann jumping the shark.
He got flanderized into being even more of a troublemaker than he already was in the last two episodes of "Jay & Mikey", as he, along with Mikey and Noah, are at their absolute worst, as they break into the Superstore after he watched a YouTube video about a 24 hour challenge along with Mikey. It obviously proves that Dhar Mann doesn't care about the main characters and keeps making videos where they don't learn lesson from him.
Like most of the other antagonists in the Dhar Mann video series, at least he gets his comeuppance for his antics.
He is likable and well behaved in a handful of videos, such as:
"STREAMER CAUGHT CHEATING".
"Kid Pulls Fire Alarm To Skip Test".
"Big Bro Has to SAY YES For 48 HOURS".
"Kid WON'T LISTEN To His MOTHER" (in your most part).
"Kid GETS TRAPPED In MINECRAFT" (in your most part).
"KID WON'T Go To SLEEP AT NIGHT" (in your most part).
"Mom Sends BAD KID To MILITARY SCHOOL" (in your most part).
"Kid Is Left HOME ALONE On Christmas" (in your most part).
"Kid Becomes A GROWN UP For 24 HOURS" (in your most part).
"11-Year-Old ARRESTED AT SCHOOL".
"Jay & Mikey (Episodes 1-5)".
"Mischief Mikey: Kid Makes Plane Land To Skip Test - Ep. 3" (he was falsely arrested and taken to jail).
Adding onto RQ#2, he is shown to be likable in his own series "Jay & Mikey", until the two last episodes where he got flanderized.
He became likable in "Noah's Arc" along with Mikey, as he doesn't cause any trouble.
His actor, Shaun Dixon, is decent, as he is more expressive and not stale, unlike most Dhar Mann actors.
He is probably an intentionally bad character. Plus, his mom does not help with the situations in a good fashion and constantly abuses him, which may be why he never learns his lesson.
Because of the bad child he is, it is clearly most likely that Jay Lawson is made to be hated.
And speaking of his mom, he is much better than her, considering most of the time it's mostly his mom who starts the drama and she abuses him 24/7.
He is much smarter than Mikey and he can be really cool sometimes. For example:
In "Kid WON'T LISTEN To His MOTHER", he managed to use a kidnapper's knife to get rid of the rope that tied him to the chair just by tilting the chair a few times until he reached the table where the knife was, held it by the mouth, managed to leave the knife fell to his hands in a very ingenious and impressive trick and he managed to cut the rope to get rid of it, which made him manage to escape from the kidnapper, and eventually, he was arrested.
In "Mom Sends BAD KID To MILITARY SCHOOL", he and Cadet Thompson managed to pull off several pranks on inspection of Sergeant Stokes while he was sleeping after having a sleep attack from the sleeping pills that Jay put in his water bottle while he went to the staff bathroom.
In "Kid Is Left HOME ALONE On Christmas", he managed to set up several pranks in order to capture the thieves after they cut the power to his house.
Also, the video mentioned above could be a possible and clever "Home Alone" reference.
You can feel pity for him when he is abused by the other characters.
Despite being bad for the most part, he is (at least?) a bit better than Mikey and he doesn't do many things wrong.