Born James Duncan Rolfe. A film buff from New Jersey (now supposedly living in Philly) with directing aspirations, Rolfe remained mostly under the radar until 2006, when he posted a couple of joke reviews he made for his friends a couple years earlier on Youtube, under the name "The Angry Nintendo Nerd". A few years of booming popularity later, he eventually evolved into The Angry Video Game Nerd.Aside from making Nerd videos, he also has a large number of films (he's been making them since 1989) registered on his website, Cinemassacre.com. In addition to the Nerd character, he has two other shows: Board James and You Know Whats Bullshit. He also established a new improv series with a few friends of his called OverAnalyzers.He also often posts videos to the site with him acting as himself, either performing interviews, documentaries, or movie reviews, most notable of which is Cinemassacre's Monster Madness, an event that he has taken part in every October since 2007 where he reviews one horror film every day of the month, whether it be an old classic or an obscure treasure, usually in keeping with some sort of theme (So Bad, It's Good films one year, the entire Godzilla series another).He is affiliates with both ScrewAttack and That Guy with the Glasses (despite, or perhaps due to, the Nerd's eternal conflict with The Nostalgia Critic).
Let's Play: Sort of. He does the James and Mike Mondays series, with his best friend: Mike Matei.
Mean Character Nice Actor: He doesn't walk around shouting obscenities and screaming at the top of his lungs like The Angry Video Game Nerd does, and often makes it clear that the Nerd is simply a character he plays.
Political Correctness Gone Mad: Parodied. As the Bullshit man, he mentioned that people complained about having to say "Happy Holidays" out of respect for other beliefs when they insist on saying "Merry Christmas." So he coined a new term called HAPPY SHUT THE FUCK UP! and has proceeded to use this in some of his Christmas specials, including the AVGN Winter Games, and even as himself at the end of his TMNT Christmas review.
Spit Take: He does an absolutely epic one when he realises that the IndieGoGo donations for the movie have just hit 100k. He even does it in slow-motion, no less!
The Cameo: He appeared in different commercials (one of the earliest being a Budwiser commercial), other online shows, and even independent works (like the Sonic fan film).
At one point (at least as far to this troper's knowledge), he even assists in special effects works with other works, like blood work and all.
Vulgar Humor / Toilet Humor: He's known for doing this in AVGN. Such as the Nerd defecating on the games. (And Bugs Bunny.)
Also the characteristic of the Bullshit Man, Shit Pickle, and the Nerdy Turd.
James apparently intended the Angry Video Game Nerd to have a spin off series called the Angry Movie Nerd, where he would cover bad movies, beginning with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. Despite being one of his most memorable videos, ranting about movie sequels in an earlier episode, and even implying to talk about the Friday the 13th movies in the game review, this spin off never kicked off.
Although, he did eventually signed on with Spike.Com to do movie reviews, as himself.