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Trivia: The Angry Video Game Nerd
  • 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.
  • Approval of God: Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller did end up seeing James' review of Desert Bus.
  • 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 Danza: Mike, Matt, and Lee in OverAnalyzers.
    • The Nerd's first name is James according to the Winter Games video.
  • 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 submmited the supposely intro of the game, and recently he even submmited 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 further when somebody brought an exact replica of the cartridge used in the Kid Kool video to a convention for James to sign.
  • 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 recent Q&A panel that the word he spoke was "Scunt." Presumably, he left it censored because it was funnier that way.
  • Doing It for the Art: "If you wanna make a wealthy living, you become a doctor or a lawyer, but film making is something you do just because you're obsessed."
  • Dyeing for Your Art: James grew his mustache to play Gomez in the Addams Family review.
  • Enforced Method Acting: 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.
  • Executive Meddling: In 2013, YouTube briefly shut down his channel, before quickly reinstating it.
  • Fountain of Expies: He got a lot of them!
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Oddly enough, the Nerd has developed something of a cult following on Japanese YouTube-equivalent Nico Nico Douga, with dedicated groups translating his videos.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Stuttering Craig and Handsome Tom, who did ScrewAttack's (the site that hosts the Nerd's videos) Top Ten Lists, appear as the Ghost of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Present.
    • The 2010 Christmas episode features music by Bear McCreary, best known as the lead composer for Battlestar Galactica.
  • I Knew It:
    • 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.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: James Rolfe is a pretty nice guy, don't let the Nerd fool you. In fact, many people interviewing him when he was (relatively) new were surprised at how calm he is.
    • Motherfucker Mike. As you can tell from his videos, he's actually nowhere near the character he is in "Board James".
  • Name's the Same: 1svaffel7, a Finnish "reviewer" who labels his own videos as "Angry Video Game Nerd".
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • 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 Simons 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.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • 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.
    • With Freddy Krueger.
    • With clones of himself.
    • The Shit Pickle and Nerdy Turd.
    • With the real James Rolfe!
    • The Bullshit Man from You Know Whats Bullshit? appears in the Tiger Electronic Games episode.
    • With Board James in the AVGN Games episode.
  • Technology Marches On: The Nerd's analogue TV can't tune into TV signals any more.
    • And the reason he still owns an analogue TV is because certain games—such as those that use a light gun—interface strangely with a flat panel.
  • Throw It In: Mike Matei seemingly improvised a lot of his lines in the Wizard of OZ review. You can see James struggling not to crack up in a few shots.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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.
    • Back in 2009, James had planned an episode covering G.I. Joe games to coincide with the then-recent release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. However, he stated that the games "weren't shitty enough for the Nerd."
    • 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.
  • Working Title: The first two episodes were labeled in the "Shorts" tape of the "Cinemassacre Gold Collection" as "Bad NES Games".

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