In the Colecovision episode, he jokes that he wonders if The Addams Family had a Coleco Adam computer. The Addams family were actually the first TV family to own a computer, albeit one of the old fashioned UNIVAC types.
In one of his early reviews, he makes reference to a supposedly made up game called TaxmanNote (What he meant was Wall Street Kid for NES). Later on, he learns that was a real game that was a Pac-Man clone.
In his review of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, he points out the famous "I am Error" oddity, and jokes that it's probably just the character's name. In fact, he's right; the character really is named Error.
Acting for Two: The Nerd and James Rolfe once appeared side-by-side, and James played both the Nerd and the Bullshit Man in the Tiger Games AVGN episode. Board James paid a visit in the AVGN Games episode to bring the AVGN Monopoly game.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In the original Back to the Future review, the Nerd said that he would rather eat out the rotten asshole of a roadkill skunk. For whatever reason, the theme song dropped that one word, and the line became cemented as such from there.
Black Sheep Hit: James Rolfe originally created the reviews and the nerd character for two short films in college. He is actually more of a movie buff than video game buff.
The Cast Showoff: The "Plumbers Don't Wear Ties" AVGN episode. Rolfe's educational and professional background is in filmmaking, and the fact that the game is a Visual Novel with the usual minimal gameplay means that the Nerd is mostly forced to critique its story and audiovisuals.
Defictionalization: There are a couple of episodes in which he casually mentions names of fake ridiculous games, this has caused some fans to actually google those games causing some curious results:
In his review of Shaq Fu, he mentions Full House Tournament Fighter. Later, someone on YouTube submitted the alleged intro of the game, and he even submitted a whole battle between Uncle Jesse and Joey.
In the review of Kid Kool, he mentions the game ''Doctor Claw's Dump and Pump'', there are already a couple of fake YouTube videos claiming to be the intro of the game to mislead the people that actually try to Google it. Taken even further when somebody brought an exact replica of the cartridge used in the Kid Kool video to a convention for James to sign.
There's now a "New York 2017" video game on Newgrounds.
In the Super Pitfall episode, when Pitfall dies from falling into a trap, the Nerd has the idea of a trap where there's a pool of lava over the spikes, fire sharks swimming on it, spikes coming from the side stabbing and squashing at the same time, laser cannons and upside down volcanoes, his videogame, The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, has that trap without the laser cannons, when the Nerd reviews his own game and finds the trap, he becomes ashamed because he had the idea and he is the only one to blame.
Deleted Scene: Sort of. In the Godzilla episode, the new swear word he invents at the end of the episode is comically Censor Barred. However, he revealed at a Q&A panel that the word he spoke was "Scunt." Presumably, he left it censored because it was funnier that way.
Several times, those are genuine reactions, and sometimes James thinks they were so good that they're worth putting into the final take. Gameplaywise, he shows that he's actually playing the game and that he wasn't staging them. If it's a new game he's never played before (Namely Dragon's Lair), some of those are his actual thoughts.
Subverted in a couple of his early videos. He admits in his 'Making an AVGN episode' documentary that in his Karate Kid video he was intentionally walking into the enemies.
Also subverted in that sometimes it's not even him playing the game. Mike Matei mentions during his live stream playthrough of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that he provided the gameplay footage for the review.
Fan Nickname: Bugs Bunny, as portrayed in the Birthday Blowout and Crazy Castle episodes, is called "Bu-kuso Bunny" by Japanese fans on Nico Nico Douga.note This is a pun based on Bugs' Japanese-transliterated name, バッグス・バニー (Baggusu Banii). Substituting the グス with the kanji for "shit" (糞, kuso) yields バッ糞バニー.
After the Back to the Future re-revisited episode, he mentioned that he had another game to re-revisit. The expression in the Nerd's face gave very obvious hints that he was going to re-revisit the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde NES game. One month later, this is the game that he re-revisited. Could count as Foreshadowing too.
In his first Chronologically Confused video, he complains about the upcoming Rocky movie being called Rocky Balboa, and sarcastically quips "Now with talk of Rambo 4 coming out, what're they gonna do, call it John Rambo?!" Well, that's exactly what they did... until they subsequently changed it again to just Rambo (and it actually was called John Rambo in some countries).
In "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" episode, Chop Top (played by Mike Matei) lampshades this while fan-gushing at the Nerd. This episode was released in October 2007 while the film was still called John Rambo.
In that same video he comments about the Mega Man games: "Now if only they made a Mega Man 9, it would come full circle." That game was released less than two years later.
The 100th episode features the Nerd reviewing the Robot series, Gyromite and Stack-Up... and saving the world from a superpowered R.O.B.
In the 50th episode, he reviewed the highly infamous and oft-requested Superman 64. It was also the last episode to take place in his old apartment before moving to the wood-paneled basement for his Batman reviews.
And the 75th featured the return of Bugs Bunny as the Nerd reviewed the Crazy Castle games.
The 119th episode celebrates the Nerd's 10th anniversary.
In a happy coincidence, the movie ended up being completed mid-2014, ten years since James made the first Angry Nerd video.
Old Shame: While not ashamed of his older works, he admits there were elements in certain reviews he wishes he'd done differently. The "Re-Revisited" series spawned from such wishes.
One of Us: Not that surprising for a guy who reviews video games. For example:
Post-Script Season / Series Fauxnale: As mentioned in the R.O.B. the Robot commentary, James wrote that episode as if it were a series finale. So technically, every episode after R.O.B. the Robot is this.
Justified when he went from two videos a month to one, since the amount of work began to really exhaust him, and he also started working on the movie.
Back when he only had planned to make a trilogy of videos, the first two, of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde came out on May 7 and May 15, 2004, respectively. The third, The Karate Kid, came out on February 10, 2006, for almost a two-year gap between those videos.
Screwed by the Lawyers: AVGN has got into fight against MGM/UA for the clips of the movie: Rocky while doing a review of the Rocky game for Sega Master System. His YouTube channel got terminated in 2013.
The Nerd occasionally exchanges dialogue (at least as much as he can with a being whose vocabulary consists mainly of variations of 'fuck' and 'die') with Super Mecha Death Christ, also voiced by James.
James Rolfe commented about unused ideas for the Nintendo World Championship episode, which included one in which the two versions of the cartridge unleashed a magical power when combined, and another that spoofed The Maltese Falcon, with gangsters approaching the Nerd, willing to kill for the game.
He originally intend to do a video on Contra as the nerd, but opted to talk about it as himself instead, as part of his mini-series of video game memories.
James released the review on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III movie (which was not suppose to be an official episode of the Angry Video Game Nerd) with the intention of starting a spin-off series called the Angry Movie Nerd. The series never happened. He eventually started doing movie reviews as himself for Spike.com instead.
The original planned ending for the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre episode was to involve a longer chase sequence, which would result in Leatherface getting stuck on some rocks, and the Nerd would then decapitate him with his own chainsaw.
The first two episodes were labeled in the "Shorts" tape of the "Cinemassacre Gold Collection" as "Bad NES Games".
When James intended the first 3 episodes to be the only episodes he would make, he originally posted them directly onto his newly formed Cinemassacre site under the name "The Angry Nintendo Nerd Trilogy".
The Darkwing Duck episode introduces the "Shit Scale". A scale to measure the awfulness of a game.