Characters: What the Fuck Is Wrong with You?

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The host of WTFIWWY.

  • A God I Am: He may have claimed to be Jesus while being way too drunk.
  • Animal Motifs: Monkeys. He loves monkeys. For example, the picture used in the 'We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties' sign is an adorable chibi!Nash with monkey ears and a monkey tail.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the good, but not heroic, kind.
    • Tara once described him as being as far away from being Jesus as possible without actually being Charles Manson. Nash thanked her for the compliment.
  • Berserk Button: Nash reacts strongly to bad journalism, such as unclear facts and Incredibly Lame Puns.
    • While he really doesn't like kids, he and Tara became furious over a story involving a man who used his one-year-old son and girlfriend as human shields against pepper spray.
      • And another involving a mother who smoked marijuana, put her baby son on the roof of her car in his carseat, and then drove off after forgetting about him. She didn't even stop when the carseat fell off the car (fortunately, her son was not hurt).
      • Hell, anytime his dislike of kids comes up, it will lead in to a story involving appalling negligence and/or abuse.
    • Don't insult, hurt, or slander his friends. Nash will not be happy. Especially if it involves Jew Wario, as the head of Project Million Entertainment learnt after stating after Justin's death that he was happy to be working for them. (Nash had a Skype conversation saved, showing that Justin was pretty pissed that PME owed him a few thousand dollars.)
    • Eddie Van Halen's Franken-Strat. Nash doesn't deny that Van Halen is a god of guitar-playing, but Van Halen's butchered a few guitars over the years, something that tends to make Nash pretty damn annoyed.
  • Butt Monkey: Most notable in the crossover episodes.
  • The Cast Showoff: He sings very well and plays guitar like a pro.
  • Catch Phrase: Wouldn't be a TGWTG member without one.
    • "Hey kids, I'm Nash and I couldn't make this shit up if I tried." (opening line)
    • "This is Nash, saying that if I have to hurt, so does everyone else." (closing line)
    • "Looks like this is the part where I elaborate." Lead-in for the animated intros.
    • Obviously, "What the fuck is wrong with you?!"
      • When there's a woman who does something particularly stupid: "The fuck is wrong with you, lady?!"
    • "This," (picture) "plus this," (another picture) "equals fucking this!" (picture depicting an obvious combination of the preceding pictures)
    • "Look out, everyone, it's a DOOOOOUCHEQUAAAAAAAAAKE!"
      • Followed by "We haven't had one this bad since [really douchy event]."
    • "Don't be caught standing, when the music stops." (a closing line for one of his other shows, The Musical Chair)
    • "Each week, Kathryn (and the Radio-Dead-Air-Audience) goes out on the world wide interwebs, finds all sorts of horrible stuff, brings it back here on a segment we like to call "What the Fuck Is Wrong With You?"" (opening line for the live version)
    • "So, what have we learned this week?"
    • "I/We got video!"
    • "Live, everybody!" (whenever they encounter technical difficulties in the Live show)
    • He has been known to close his weekly show with "I'll see you next week, same bat-time, same bat-channel. Meanwhile, this is Nash saying stick a stake in me, I'm done!"
    • From his reviews: "Remember that. It's going to hurt later."
    • Whenever someone older than about 30 turns up on the show, "[Age], that is, old enough to fucking know better..."
    • "Are we ready to begin the nonsense?"
    • Whenever someone makes a bad joke, usually one about him: "Funny."
    • After a deep inhale "...Alright."
  • Child Hater: Hate is a bit much, but he doesn't really care for children. However he gets really upset whenever someone hurts and/or mistreats a child.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Well, sometimes not that deadpan...
  • Determinator: He will not miss a single week of Radio Dead Air if he can help it. In thirteen years, he's missed less than ten, and one of those still had the show going on with Tara filling in.
    • Not illness, not sleep deprivation, not his monitor catching on fire, not losing his job, not him breaking up with his girlfriend, not the loss of a friend due to suicide, not going to England, not even the death of his own father will stop him from hosting the show.
  • Driven to Madness: One of the stories finally made him snap and go on a hammer-killing spree while singing "I've Been Working On The Railroad".
  • Drop the Hammer: His Weapon of Choice is a standard claw hammer with a red handle.
  • Even Riffers Have Standards.: While he will laugh at the idiocy-induced misfortune of others (sometimes quite heartily), as he demonstrated in Episode 31, he has his limits. (Namely, politics, sexual assault and religious stories, as the first and last are prone to starting long-winded arguments and the second is just no.)
    • Nash also will not cover a story that ends in death or extreme mutilation. Fans that clamored for Nash to cover a May 2012 story of a man that was high on bath salts when he tried to eat another man's face (resulting in the attacker being killed by the police) were met with him outright refusing to do so on Twitter, proclaiming the story to be tragic, not funny. Of course that didn't stop newcomers to the livestream later that day still asking for it.
    • Although he still covered it, he was clearly horrified about a news story where a woman attacked her own mother to steal her engagement ring.
    Nash: It's your mom! Man, I would beat someone STUPID if they laid a finger on MY mama!
    • He normally doesn't cover stories where people get hurt, mainly because it's not funny and WTFIWWY isn't America's Funniest Home Videos. He'll make exceptions if the subject of a story didn't get seriously hurt, especially if they hurt themselves in an exceedingly stupid way.
  • Genre Savvy: Not that it helps him much.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: More like Go Mad From The Rampant Stupidity, but it still applies. Nash frequently is a few SAN points lower by the end of the episode from all the stupid shit that people do.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: He and Tara met while making fun of Navikin online. Nash was flagged, while Tara was pulled aside by the mods and asked not to encourage him. That worked splendidly.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He apparently has something of a thing for redheads.
  • I Call It "Vera": His custom Fender Stratocaster, Laura (named after the first woman to break his heart, apparently).
  • Identical Stranger: 'Identical' is a stretch, but due to his hair, he bears a strong resemblance to the common conception of Jesus. This is a Running Gag.
  • I Have Many Names
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Despite his snarkyness and mocking sarcasm Nash is still a decent guy.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The blue jacket and the black shirt with a grey collar. Though he has used other clothes, this are the most common.
  • Medium Awareness: In the scripted show. Most notable are his comments on various camera upgrades.
    • When the show jumped to widescreen, he trailed off during his opening line to ask "is it me or did it get a lot bigger in here?"
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: While participating in a NERF war at MAGFest X in January 2012, Nash became incensed when a fellow player accidentally shot him in the crotch, going so far as to call him out on it during the TGWTG panel. "You shot me in the dick!" became one of the most memorable moments of the con.
  • Mood-Swinger: Nash can go from fairly calm to hammer-swinging crazy in seconds.
  • Only Sane Man: Nash is this to not only everybody in the featured news stories, but often also to other characters on the show.
    • Not only in his own show, but even compared to other hosts on the site.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's one of his most notable features. Everybody loves the hair.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Not in the show itself, but apparently he managed to drop Emperor Palpatine's lightsaber through his own foot.
  • Signature Laugh: Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
  • Slasher Smile: Oh, boy.
  • Stepford Smiler: Shades of this.
  • Title Drop


"Ladies and gentlemen, my co-host: the Devil."

Nash's co-host during the live shows. She is also intending to start her own series based on the "Be a Better Criminal" running gag - details here.

  • Animal Motifs: Hippos. Oh, she really loves hippos.
    • Personality wise, she says that she's a cat.
  • Berserk Button: Tara doesn't seem to take kindly to Nash forgetting about the hippo she gave him.
    • Also, while she is not a mom, she has nieces and nephews that she loves dearly, so stories that involve kids being put in danger piss Tara off right away.
    • Tara was an art major in college. As such, stories such as that of the Ecce Homo incident strike a nerve with her.
    • Lately, people smuggling things inside themselves has really started to freak her out.
    • People who act like dicks toward (or even physically abuse) retail staff, as revealed when discussing a certain Sonic the Hedgehog fanboy's attacking a GameStop employee with pepper spray. She points out that such staff work long hours on low wages, are almost never responsible for the things that piss off customers, and simply don't deserve to be treated the way they often are.
  • Blessed with Suck: She regards her uncanny ability to unwittingly provide segues for Nash as this.
  • The Cameo: She's made four appearances on the scripted show: First in a parody of 50s educational videos, second in voice only as an almighty being that lived on a mountain and third on-screen at the beginning of a gaggle of other cameos. A fourth one is now added which explains why she's not on the taped episodes.
  • Catch Phrase: "Welcome back to 'Be A Better Criminal with Tara'" (before pointing out the holes in dumb criminals' logic).
    • (In response to an outlandish reaction to an otherwise normal situation) "Y'know... like ya do..."
      • Also: "I don't know, I don't judge" when discussing weird fetishes.
    • "I'm just saying...", usually after saying something horrific/hilarious/both.
    • "Oh, poodle," said sarcastically whenever someone in the story complains about a trivial problem.
    • "Oh that reminds me" right before she goes into one of her many related stories.
    • When there's a grammatical mistake in the article: "EDIT!"
    • "In with the Buddha, out with the Hitler. In with the Buddha, out with the Hitler." Usually said when Nash is in a rage again.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her obsessive collection of hippo toys and her tendency to go off on bizarre tangents make her come across as one.
  • Collector of the Strange: Hippo toys. A whole truckload of 'em.
  • Cool Aunt: Nash has pointed out that her nieces and nephews are going to think she's the coolest aunt ever once they're old enough to watch the show, since "she says fuck on the internet."
  • Cosmic Plaything: She got into so many accidents as a child that her mom took her to different hospitals for fear of being suspected of child abuse.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
    Nash: Whenever you tell childhood stories, it's like Rose Nylund from The Golden Girls meets Saw.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can destroy any story with one snarky sentence and reduce Nash to a laughing or gibbering mess.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Her general schtick is getting mad at criminals for doing it wrong.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Has a self admitted fear of guns. She prefers bludgeoning weapons.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She once encountered naked women waving at her to come hither. She didn't actually explain what happened next.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Goes along great with her huge eyes.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Foreshadowing: Has an amazing knack for guessing events that are going to appear on the show, even months ahead of time, to the point of calling it the world's worst superpower.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Especially if they are hippos.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: She has a bizarre childhood story that pertains to almost every story they run across. She mentioned several times that she had the orthodontist from Auschwitz because he snapped off two of her teeth while removing braces.
    • Her mother actually had to cycle between different hospitals to avoid suspicion of child abuse.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Over the course of the show, she's had two cats. Bridget, who belonged to her nephew and Miracle, who belonged to her boyfriend.
  • The Lancer: Of the live show.
  • Nightmare Face: Every so often, her Skype screws up, giving her a horribly-damaged pixellated face that (in the best case scenario) clears up in a few seconds, or (in the worst case scenario) freezes for a minute until she sorts it out.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Yes. More than once, has said something with a smile that makes Nash utterly horrified.
    Nash: Everything you just said made me sad.
  • Noodle Incident: She once kicked her way through a plate glass door. The reason for this may or may not have anything to do with the FBI.
  • Older Than They Look: She's 36 (the same age as Nash), but looks younger.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Pungeon Master
  • Quizzical Tilt
  • Raised Catholic
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Over the last few weeks of 2011, she had "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas."
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • Running Gag: "Welcome back to 'Be a Better Criminal with Tara!'" Also, Disembodied Orgasm Hippo.
    • Also has a story that somehow relates to anything. Also can bring anything back to Lost and/or Hippos.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Due to the varying accents of the hosts and guest hosts, more than a few people continually mishear her name as 'Tera' or 'Terra', and refer to her as such.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Occurs quite frequently between her and Hope (JesuOtaku).
    • She and Nash met when they were making fun of Navikin online.
  • Third-Person Person: Tara sometimes refers to Tara in the third person, usually when Tara is answering questions/discussing comments about Tara in the chat.
  • Weirdness Magnet: "I am apparently a crazy magnet."
  • Womanchild: She absolutely loves hippos, to the point of of obsession. That being said, she's usually the more level-headed and down-to-earth of the two, and she tends to come up with the more disturbing jokes.
    • She got her first hippo toy when she was 19, and carried it everywhere.

Stick Boy

The star of Nash's introductory cartoons.

  • Cargo Ship: In-universe. See Second Love below.
  • The Chew Toy: Gets hurt quite a bit during the opening segments.
    • So much that the TGWTG showrunner might veto many things, but catapulting Stick Boy is acceptable.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: During the opening segment, Stick Boy's eyes will sometimes have white rings in them rather than being fully black the way they usually are. This has been used to demonstrate drunkenness, drug use, or even just straight insanity, but it has never meant anything good.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: He has been shown to be Nash's employee, rather than his creation.
  • Second Love: Found one after Lupa rejected him.... with a stop sign. And they had a son.
  • Talking with Signs
  • The Voiceless: Except for screams of fear and pain.
    • A rare few times, he's also been heard giggling.

    Secondary Characters 

Space Guy

The leader of an unspecified extraterrestrial race's spaceship.

Arlo P. Arlo

A southern guy who apparently likes DIY and guns.

Trousers Cosmic

Best described by Nash: "Pants are aliens, and they are angry. Angry alien pants."

Emperor Palpatine

The leader of the Galactic Empire, whom Nash pesters once in a while.

  • Noodle Incident: Apparently when he met Nash, Palpatine dropped his lightsaber through his foot.

Bridget the Cat

Tara's nephew's kitten, who started appearing in the background in June 2014.

  • Cuteness Proximity: The channel regularly loses its mind when she's on-camera.
  • Funny Background Event: Ever since she came into Tara's house, she's been regularly appearing in the background or just making noise off-camera.
  • Put on a Bus: Bridget belongs to Tara's nephew and is no longer on the show since Tara moved out of her sister's home.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Bridget has immediately captured the viewers' hearts (and attention), even upstaging Tara in her first appearance on camera, and leading Nash to joke bitterly about renaming the show "Radio Cat Hair."

Miracle the Cat

Tara's adopted cat who happens to be completely deaf.

    Other Real People 


Fellow TGWTG producer, former member of the now-defunct DesuDesBrigade and Nash's former real-life girlfriend. Appeared on the live WTFIWWY and RDA whenever the show was broadcasted from her house, and had regularly appeared on the show when she was still living with Nash. For her tropes, see her page.


Nash's main researcher for the show.

Mike the Producer

Nash's very strange producer, famous for his trolling requests on Radio Dead Air.
  • Guest Host: Made a rare on-camera appearence to sub in for Tara on "Bare Breasted Brouhaha"
    • He also is assisting Nash on the new monthly tech Q&A.
  • Troll: He sent Nash a fucking gimp suit, for the love of God.
    • Which Nash did use at least once for a gag.