Ian Manachevitz is a friend, roommate and potential love interest of Mark in Coming Out On Top. Mark, Ian and Penny have been roommates since they started at Orlin University. Ian is a C average Zoology student and works as a part-time Barista at the local college coffee shop hang out, JoJo's.
Ian is attempting to get into a Grad program that will send him to South America for 2 years to study Capuchin Monkeys.
Ian has a laid back slacker vibe who loves to go to parties and meet girls. He has a great sense of humor and often does not take himself seriously. This often results in him getting a lot of trouble to himself and sometimes his roommates.
Despite his poor performance in academics, he is portrayed to be quite knowledgeable and has a good perspective on many social issues. Sometimes Ian's advice works well for Mark, despite the advice he gave sounds bizarre at first.
He's a big football fan and also has a number of strange fetishes, one of which involves foam fingers. He also has a season pass to all the Orlin Otters Football games.
Ian has dark brown tussled hair with a muscular body. He often wears an olive tee for causal occasions. When he is in the apartment he sometimes wears a black tee with green details with a picture of a pink bulldog wearing a cape. He also worn a blue polo tee at parties.
Mark and Ian share a close bond since they were roommates. Ian often invited Mark for parties and going to the gym on Saturdays. He and Mark also confide more personal details to each other. However, he was often quite defensive whenever Mark told him about his romantic encounters with other men.
If his romance is pursued, he will invite Mark to a party where he spontaneously kisses Mark in order to prove to two women, Molly and Holly that he is an accepting, fun loving, hookup. He later has a threesome with them, but later on drunkenly admits to Mark he was thinking of their kiss when he came.
He later attempts to be Mark's wing-man but lies about Mark having a monster cock in order to get the attention of the men at the gay bar, much to Mark's dismay. Later on, he will begin to act more distant with Mark, eventually rejecting his own birthday gift and claiming he will go with Zoe to Las Vegas instead. When Mark goes to return the birthday gift, he meets Zoe at the sex shop, where she reveals that Ian is actually not in Vegas. Mark later goes to her loft and finds that she was going to help Ian experience a gay fantasy he had been keeping secret for a very long time. It's revealed that Ian has had a crush on Mark for a very long time, and then Mark can either give Ian his fantasy anonymously, or pull off his blindfold and talk to him about his feelings.
The next day, Ian will come out to Penny and Mark, mirroring Mark's own coming out speech. At the end of the semester, Ian will go out to South America, with or without Mark, but later return and begin a relationship with him. Two years later, Ian and Mark marry each other and begin a new life together.
Although Penny and Ian are roommates, their personalities clash and they got into quarrels very often. While Penny hates Ian for leaving his stuff around, Ian also teases her for the failed apps she has developed.
Ian has and on again off again relationship with his girlfriend Zoe, which he planned to break up with her before helping her move. He also owns an impressive collection of sex toys which was left behind at her loft after their break up.
Interestingly Zoe was the first to know about Ian's secret sexual fantasy of Mark.
Ian and Brad briefly met when Brad was invited by Mark to burn the midnight oil while working on his paper. He interrupted them by claiming to find his nun-chucks and acting tough. Ian felt Brad is the typical jock who uses people like Mark to coast through life.