Characters / Board James

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Board James (James Rolfe)

A pretty normal guy, Board James is a kid at heart who collects board games as a hobby and plays with his sorta-friend, Motherfucker Mike.

  • Alternate Self: Word of God suggests that the plot twist of the Video Games episode suggests that BJ is this to the Angry Video Game Nerd (and vice versa), as opposed to the popular fan theory that Board James is a Stealth Prequel.
  • Alter Ego Acting: Board James is a character, just like the AVGN, though it's probably a safe bet that he's much closer to the Real Life personality of James Rolfe than the Nerd.
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  • Barbarian Longhair: In his chronologically earliest appearance when he's a death row convict, he has really long hair.
  • Berserk Button: Bring up his dead friends and see if he's still nice to you then. "It wasn't me, IT WASN'T ME, IT WAS THE FUCKING PHONE!"
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • You wouldn't believe that such a nice guy could create such a sadistic board game. Then again, he made it when he was a kid, and Kids Are Cruel.
    • As seen in "Shark Attack", where he gets pissed off to such an extent that he yells at his friends in a really escalated "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Even more so if you believe that James killed Mike and Bootsy in the "Dream Phone" episode.
  • Big Bad: In the "Nightmare and Beyond" episode, being a psychotic murderer attempting to kill Mike and Bootsy.
  • The Cameo: His appearance in Kickassia, in which he briefly appears to explain how to play Risk.
    • Appeared in the "AVGN Games" episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd, to help the Nerd review an AVGN Monopoly game. He leaves in a huff when the Nerd mentions that he'd been accused of killing his friends.
    • He also shows up in AVGN Adventures II: AS Similation as a midboss. The fact that he's holding a bloody knife and his two dead friends are lying next to him pretty much clinches that he killed them...
  • Catch Phrase: Subverted with "Hey, I'm Board James. And when Board James is bored, I play some board games!" It seems as if that was going to be his catchphrase, but actually he only said it in one episode.
    • He says "It's just a game" fairly often, some uses being creepier than others.
  • Crossover: Appeared in The Angry Video Game Nerd episode on AVGN games to show off a fan-made Monopoly game on the AVGN himself.
    • And once again in the Board James episode focusing on video game based board games. At least until the reveal that Board James is the Nerd.
  • Dissonant Serenity / Faux Affably Evil: It's always really creepy when he greets Mike and Bootsy with innocent smiles and gentle tones, especially when he approached Mike in "13 Dead End Drive" with a noose, calmly asking to reenact a murder of the Hangman Killer.
    "Relax. It's just a game..."
  • Evil Luddite: Has shades of this, as seen in "13 Dead End Drive", when he locks Mike and Bootsy in his basement with him and destroys their cellphones.
    "FUCK TECHNOLOGY!!!"
    • The brief "Say Yes to VHS" segment in "Nightmare and Beyond" further implies a preference for older technology.
  • Nice Guy: Especially in comarison to the AVGN
  • Nice Hat: Several of them, actually.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
  • Platform Hell: Deadly Danger Dungeon, which he designed himself when he was a kid.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Becomes more and more of this as the series goes on.
  • Punny Name
  • Sanity Slippage: The end of the Dream Phone episode really hints this.
    • As does the end of the Ouija/Domino Rally episode.
    • The Full House/Urkel Games episode confirms that there was no slippage, he was insane the whole time.
    • Then in the Board James/AVGN crossover finally confirms that Board James himself was a Split Personality of the Angry Video Game Nerd from the beginning.
  • Serial Killer: 13 Dead End Drive and NIGHTMARE and Beyond heavily imply if not outright make it out that he's the Hangman.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: When angry.
  • Split Personality: Which happens to be the Angry Video Game Nerd.
  • Villain Protagonist: In "Nightmare and Beyond", the plot of the episode being a murder attempt.

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Motherfucker Mike (Mike Matei)

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Bad Luck Bootsie (Bootsy Spankins, P.I.)

  • Back from the Dead
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Mike accuses him of fucking a frog, which he denies. Then James accuses him of fucking a fish, and to James's horror he remains silent, confirming the accusation. Then he clarifies that he fucked a dolphin, which is a mammal, not a fish. Although, he does later try to fuck the shark from Shark Attack, and sharks are fish. Maybe James gave him the idea.
  • Butt Monkey: He's usually the receiving end of whatever gruesome accident happens. There's two reasons why.
  • The Ditz: By the Splat! episode, he seems to have cemented himself as this kind of character...
    • Genius Ditz: ...even though he apparently has a degree in bioengineering.
  • Eye Scream: Courtesy of the Tornado Rex.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To the point that both James and Mike are completely unfazed by his death. You can't help but wonder why Board James keeps allowing him in his house... or imagined him to begin with.
  • Groin Attack: As of The Stinger of the "Shark Attack" episode, he now wears a hook on his crotch.
  • Imaginary Friend
  • The Jinx: Though it's his clumsiness and carelessness that causes bad luck for others.
  • The Klutz
  • Paste Eater: During Splat!, he ate all the Play-Doh, just because it smelled nice. Then he put it all back.
  • Too Dumb to Live
  • Remember the New Guy

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Mr. Bucket

Dream Phone

  • Animate Inanimate Object
  • Character as Himself: The credits list its voice actor as "?????". note 
  • Knife Nut: Carries a bloody knife throughout his killing spree.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even if he may not even be the killer and he doesn't appear after his episode, it's that same episode that is what kickstarts the dark tone for the series.
  • Living Toys
  • Serial Killer: Maybe. Several episodes afterwards suggest that James killed his friends and hallucinated that the phone killed them.

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One of many cards in the Lie Detector game.

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