Creator: James Rolfe

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, 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).

With work on The Movie necessitating a reduction in the frequency of Nerd episodes, Rolfe decided to compensate by launching James and Mike Mondays in December 2012. This is a weekly series in a Let's Play format, where Rolfe and Mike Matei play games that in most cases might not be featured in a Nerd review — whether it's a classic, an obscure game, a romhack, or the occasional game that's already been reviewed.

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).

Sub pages:

Rolfe's movie reviews:

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    Regular reviews 

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (by year):

    2007 History of Horror 

    2008 GodzillaThon 

    2009 Monster Madness 3 

    2010 Camp Cult 

    2011 Sequel-A-Thon 

    2012 80's-A-Thon 

    2013 Sequel-A-Thon 2 

    2014 Monster Madness 8 
Identified as "Whatever-The-Hell-You-Want-To-Call-It-A-Thon" in the promo trailer.

    2015 Monster Madness 9 
This year included unscripted discussion videos with Mike Matei. Those episodes will be marked with **

Tropes applying to Rolfe himself and his work:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In his top 10 shitty Shatner movies, he ended the list with Incubus at #1, and talked about how the film was lost until it turned up with France, and ended with this dark sentence...
    "There was a lot of bad luck associated with Incubus and came with the reputation as one of those films with a curse. [Milos Milos] killed his girlfriend and committed suicide. [Ann Atmar] has also committed suicide a few weeks after the film wrapped. [Eloise Hardt's daughter] was kidnapped and murdered. Director Leslie Steven's production company went bankrupt, and his marriage ended in divorce. And William Shatner ended up being in a lot of shitty films."
  • Author Appeal:
    • Horror movies, especially monster movies.
    • References to shit. Sorry, that was meant to be, references to SHIT!
  • Badass Boast: From the "Contra Memories" video: "I beat Contra before breakfast."
  • Book Ends: First appearing in 2009 the Monster Madness series have introduced a pair of Skeletons watching the series on a TV in the there crypt. They don't always show up and during the 80's-a-thon they're crypt features 80's memorabilia including replacing there couch with bean bag chairs.
  • Bullet Time: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander:
    (Scene from the movie The Fury where Pop Goes the Human)
    "DAMN! Well, I'm not thinking of Frankenstein. Are you?"
    • And speaking of Top 10s, he made another one called Top 10 Worst Top 10s, and #1 on the list is Top 10 Times Johnny Depp Says "Then." Dude sure does love his unconventional Top 10 lists.
  • Corpsing: Seven words - "Live like a windrammer as you fuck."
    • Anyone watching the episodes of AVGN with Lloyd and the Guitar Guy with keen ears and eyes can notice James losing his composure with some of the things they say.
      • And of course, the one part in his review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III where he stressed that the "Help I'm a turtle and I can't get up" gag is not funny, but burst out laughing anyway.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He has admitted to this being one of his weaknesses while writing. He noted that in the Ninja Gaiden review, he had to use a thesaurus because he had overused the word "impossible" in the original script. The trope has been invoked a couple of episodes before he managed to catch it, such as in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review:
    "Every time you fall down, you have to walk through the entire stage all over again. All of the enemies come back, so you have to fight everybody all over again."
  • Dream Team:
  • Easily Overheard Conversation: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches.
  • Engrish: He gets an email filled to the brim with this in Mailbag #3, which introduces the "Live like a windrammer as you fuck" quote.
  • Fade to Black: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches. He says it's especially bad in modern trailers, as it's annoying when you're trying to find a seat and the theater keeps going pitch black every other second.
  • GASP!: Mike and James both gasped when Bootsy beat the incredibly hard first level in Back to the Future III for Genesis. Complete with minor Jaw Drop.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After his Top 1 Shark Movies, which is basically him praising Jaws and being unable to come up with any other good shark films, he would go crazy over the collection of terrible shark movies he has, leading to the Top 40 Shitty Shark Movies!
    *crazy laugh* shark movies. Shark movies!
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: James and Mike plays. Mike has played enemies of the Nerd such as Jason Voorhees. Played Straight in the recent episode, where James plays with Doug Walker, who's Nostalgia Critic persona was the Nerd's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis.
  • Gorn: He's known for making really gory short horror movies like The Deader The Better.
  • Gratuitous Rape: James criticized both Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (the producers cut), and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed for including these in it. His reasoning is as follows:
    • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, involves Michael forcibly raping his niece and impregnating her. Not only does it seem so wrong on so many levels, but it's entirely unnecessary. Michael is out to kill his remaining family. Now he's reproducing to make more family to kill? This is one of the main reasons why James blasted the producers cut, despite it being the popular choice over the theatrical cut. He considers the latter to be more entertaining, whereas the former is just too messed up to justify its existence.
    • Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed was a case of Executive Meddling. Frankenstein, played by Peter Cushing, decided to rape the beautiful inn keeper spontaneously. This had no place in the film at all other than make Frankenstein out to be more of a horrible human being, which this and previous films already did a great job of doing already. The meddling part came from the producers wanting the rape scene added in just for sex appeal, despite protests from Peter Cushing and Terrance Fisher, and the scene being no where at all in the original script. James says it best:
    "It's not sexy, it's disturbing!"
  • Happily Married
  • Hypocrisy Nod: When playing Godzilla (PS4), James and Mike were unsure of what to do at one point, so they looked for the instruction manual, only to find there isn't one. James criticized how many games nowadays have the manuals in the game itself. But then Mike made the point that when there are instructions, they don't read them anyway.
    James: "Aw, come on, I don't want to read the instructions!... Aw, come on, where's the instructions?!"
    Mike: (laughs) Yeah, exactly. And how many videos have we been like, "Oh, real men don't need instructions", and now we're complaining about that? Really? Fuckin' hypocrites.
  • Jump Scare: At the end of this video, after talking about how scary the illustrations from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are, he suddenly shows one of them, amplified so that it covers the whole screen, with a Scare Chord to top.He
  • Kensington Gore: many of James's films make use of extremely bright, cheesy blood, likely in honor of the classic B-movies he draws so much inspiration from. He has noted using Kool-aid, ketchup, water with red food coloring, and corn syrup with red food coloring in various commentaries and documentaries.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has a black cat named Boo who appeared in some AVGN episodes (most famously as "Death Kitty" in the Atari Jaguar episode), plus a white cat named Yeti.
  • Let's Play: Sort of. He does the James and Mike Mondays series, with his best friend: Mike Matei.
  • Lip Lock: Referenced in the "James and Mike Mondays" of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): A shop owner says "hi" and continues to move his mouth and hands despite not speaking another word. James thinks it's odd that occurs, and Mike says it's like those Godzilla movies where the dubbing and the original mouth movements are off. James defends the Godzilla movies by saying they were nowhere near as ridiculous as this.
  • Long Title: On a few occasions, James has mentioned a horror film that he's been planning to make for several years, titled The Confounded Crazy Critters who Devoured Neurotic Livestock and Couldn't Stop Dying So They Had to Carry Their Own Tombstones over Their Heads.
  • 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.
  • Metal Head: He is a huge fan of heavy metal and hard rock occasionally name checking them in a video. He especially seems to like AC/DC. In Mailbag #3 he is wearing a Led Zeppelin hat and in the You Know What's Bullshit episode on iTunes, his music library consists mostly of hard rock and heavy metal bands. He even started a series podcasts called "Audio Slaughter" with his wife. He talks a great deal about his longtime love for heavy metal, particularly in the episodes on Metallica and Black Sabbath. In his "'Making of An Angry Video Game Nerd Episode" video, he mentions that one time, while editing an exceptionally difficult and time-consuming project, he managed to listen to the entire Iron Maiden discography.
  • Mondegreen: Invoked: In the second part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 retrospective, he plays various clips and thinks the characters are swearing.
  • My Car Hates Me: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches (specifically, when the car doesn't start).
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: During the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Team Showdown video, one of the players ducks rather than jump/run away in order to avoid bomb damage. The first time this works, but after that, it doesn't. So much for an easy strategy...
  • Nerd Glasses: Possibly the king of this trope.
  • One of Us: Obviously, since he IS AVGN.
  • Orbital Shot: One of his choices for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches.
  • 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.
  • Self-Deprecation: In the video where Inspector Gadget explains how to use Cinemassacre:
    Gadget: I wonder when the fuck there will be a new Board James!
  • Shout-Out: James has said that he quotes the film American Movie on a regular basis, and has put countless quotes in the Angry Video Game Nerd episodes. In a documentary about the making of the special effects in Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, after filming a failed attempt to have Death Mwauthzyx punch through a pane of glass, he spontaneously says:
    James: I'm sorry I tried to put your hand through this, man!
  • 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!
  • Stop Motion: James is a big fan of this practice.
  • Stopped Numbering Sequels: One of his biggest pet peeves, claiming it creates needless confusion since, if anything, making a lot of sequels means that numbers are more necessary to tell the movies apart.
  • Take That: In the "James & Mike Mondays - April 7, 2014" episode, James and Mike were playing with an antique Action Max system while the XBOX One was displayed behind them. After reading several comments from the viewers who thought that the episode was a product placement for the XBOX One, Mike elaborated in the "May 26, 2014" episode that they were actually making fun of the XBOX One because of the egregious lack of variety in games for the recently-released console which was so bad that it provided them with the basis for the joke that "They'd rather turn their backs on the new-generation console and play old-school games instead."
    XBOX One? What does the One mean? The One stands for "that's how many games they're planning to have except for first-person shooters games that are gonna be any good." They plan to have ONE game.
    It should be called XBOX ZERO as far as I'm concerned.
  • Tempting Fate: In his Top 1 Shark Movies, he said that there were some good ones. The only movie he can think of is Jaws, which he pretty much talks about for almost the entire video. See Go Mad from the Revelation above for more.
  • 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 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • James intended the Angry Nintendo Nerd to be a trilogy series of videos he only made for his friends. Then youtube entered his life!
    • 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 happened. Instead, he's only done movie reviews as himself since.
    • He, at some early point, planned on doing an AVGN episode focusing on the Super Mario Bros. movie (or he planned on it being an entry for the abandoned Angry Movie Nerd series). However, after Nostalgia Critic reviewed it, he felt he couldn't really add much to it with his own review so he held off. He eventually reviewed the film as himself for the film's 20th anniversary.
  • When I Was Your Age: During the James and Mike Mondays on Godzilla (PS4), the two are baffled at how there's no local 2-player mode, and you can only play online. Cue comments about how best friends nowadays don't play games, while sitting next to each other on the couch, but over headsets in different houses. In the same video, Mike complains about having to install updates before playing games, and James asks (paraphrased), "Remember when you just popped a cartridge in the system and started playing?"
  • Who's on First?: Utilized in the "What's the Movie?" video.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: His #1 pick for the Top 10 Worst Movie Cliches.
    Tuco: When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.

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