Web Video: The Angry Joe Show

You done fucked it up!
cue Angry Review

A gamer who lives on a spaceship, possesses an off-the-wall reviewing style and a mite too much energy, "Angry" Joe Vargas got his start by submitting a video review for Army of Two giving constructive criticism that was surprisingly what the developers really wanted to hear. Angry Joe now does reviews and other videos on his own website and is a major contributor for That Guy with the Glasses.

Back in November 2010, he and the other video games segments of TGWTG were spun off onto their own separate website, Blistered Thumbs, with Joe as the site's executive leader. Now, however, he has left Blistered Thumbs to focus on managing his own site located here. In addition, he is a member of Polaris.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Adorkable: Just watch his gushing fanboy review of Man of Steel.
  • Angry Fist-Shake:
    • "Damn you, Chick-Fil-A!"
    • And again in his Dragon's Dogma review, after the game somehow transports his friend, who had been taking a shower at the time and is thus naked, into his living room.
    • With both hands when parodying the fan reaction to DMC Devil May Cry.
  • Arch-Enemy: Corporate Commander. This is even lampshaded in his Max Payne 3 review.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Near the end of his review for Mindjack.
    • One of particular note is his Iron Man 2 review... which only bleeps out the middle third.
    • Cut Short: His video on the forthcoming 3D re-release of the Star Wars films begins with one.
    • Spoony's guest appearances during the Aliens: Colonial Marines review largely consisted of him yelling "Bullshit!" increasingly more angrily.
  • Author Appeal: Joe loves dancing games.
    Joe: What's that!? You think this is a game? This isn't a game! It's the way of life!
  • Badass Mustache: Pointed out in his Final Fight review: Mike Haggar has a Badass Mustache, and so does he.
    • He does not like it when people make fun of it (See Berserk Button below)
    • In "Hotel Awesome Season 2, Episode 4" we see that his mustache is so badass that if someone else tries to tear it off, he can magically grow a new one. It seems it's now made of Adamantium.
    • Now it's turned into a Badass Beard.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Other Joe isn't really an actor, and doesn't try to be. It's pretty funny seeing him in contrast to the Large Ham of Angry Joe.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Try to make Joe watch a movie in 3D. What sets Joe off about 3D is the surcharge added on to the price of a movie ticket as well as its improper implementation (e.g. colors are too dark, motion effects that are too fast, etc.). However, he will praise 3D visuals when they are executed well, such as the slow motion effects in Dredd.
    • SONIC FREE RIDERS! The entire review is one giant tangent about how horrible it is.
    • Mindjack sure as hell came close to outsuckying SFR for him, and while SFR could be given a pass for being a bad implementation of new technology, Mindjack is in a firmly established genre, which has no excuse.
    • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime made Joe so unbelievably mad that, instead of just doing a review, he first did a Let's Play to show just how bad the game is, and THEN he did an angry review.
    • Mass Effect 3 and its ending. So bad, that Joe had to write a separate video, detailing the main reasons why he thinks it sucks so bad; and to further hammer in his distaste for the ending, the video was very clearly Joe Vargas speaking & not the Angry Joe persona.note  Also, keep in mind that he highly praised the extended cut for pretty much solving most of the complaints everyone had, stating that it seems like the developers really took the time to listen to the fans and give them what they wanted.
    • In his 'Comic Jumper' review, do not make fun of his mustache or else you're in a beatdown, as Bizarro Joe learned the hard way.
    • Joe himself has specifically stated that he despises Capcom's DLC practices, and the increasingly common codes required for online play.
      • On-Disc DLC in general...and bad DLC. See below for one game he ALSO complains about having it.
    • Bad Kinect games, particularly those that require the player to lean, an action which the even the (supposedly) improved Xbox One Kinect can't pick up.
    • Evil Superman's "Kneel before me", victory pose. So far its the only thing Joe dislikes about Injustice: Gods Among Us.
    • He's never liked online passes and despises things that prevent used games from being played/sold easily, so he completely blew his stack when he heard that the Xbox One charged a fee for disc-sharing. Although he's calmed down about it now since it's been confirmed that there is no fee for disc-sharing.
    • Ride to Hell: Retribution infuriates Joe for being utterly terrible not because of glitches or bugs or being incomplete, but for simply being bad, with a boring story, lackluster voice acting, shoddy sound production, low-res textures, practically nonexistent enemy AI, uninspired quick time events, and very disturbing sex scenes (in addition to being poorly animated, many occur immediately after saving the girl from danger).
    Angry Joe: This thing has nothing to offer ANYONE!
    • As of Total War: Rome II, we can add overly-streamlining a game to the detriment of strategic play, especially when it involves removing features.
    • Nobody rapes Santa on his watch.
    • His rant about the copyright marks against his most successful videos. He also states that if his next review is flagged by another copyright claim, he'll show Youtube how angry he can really be
    • Rambo: The Video Game. Joe hates, hates this game for representing everything wrong with licensed games: its horrid, outdated gameplay, its game-crashing bugs, the absurdly hard final level, and the fact that aside from said level, the total gameplay time was only two hours. The only reason why he only rated it a 2/10 instead of a 1 was because it made him laugh at how bad it was, although he questions if it was good for his health, as evidenced by his degrading mental state playing the game.
    Angry Joe: Rambo: The Video Game has NO reason to exist! NONE! WHATSOEVER!
    • Entries in previously multiplatform franchises becoming exclusive to one system, something he's ranted about with Rise of the Tomb Raider being (initially) exclusive to the Xbox One, Street Fighter V being exclusive to the PS4 console-wise, and (in an unposted video), Bayonetta 2 being exclusive to the Wii U, although he backed off after he learned that if it wasn't for Nintendo, Platinum Games wouldn't have been able to make it.
    • Fable III Got Joe so mad at its dissapointment he listed 32 reasons why he hates it and thinks it sucks. He never even bothered to give it a review.
    • Nintendo's anti-YouTuber policies. See "The Reason You Suck" Speech and Tranquil Fury for more details.
  • Big Bad: Corporate Commander.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Realizing it's Sunday, so Chick-Fil-A is closed.
    • He lets out the Darth Vader one when seeing the dance mode in Kinect Star Wars. It even blows up Admiral Ackbar's ship.
    • He gave out such a huge one in his Blood Bowl match against Crendor when he rolled 3 Attacker Downs that Crendor gave him the Broken Microphone Award.
    • His reaction to Bayonetta 2 being a Wii U exclusive.
    • He gave one of these in his attempt to stream his playing of the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight when the game crashed. Again.
    • During the Far Cry 4 co-op when he learns that his pet elephant was killed.
  • Big Word Shout: "GOOOOOOOOOOOO!" in The Stinger.
  • Bleep Dammit: FU***UCK
    • "People that are rating it 0, 1, 2, 3 are extremely dishonest. They're little *** *** *** *** fuckers, okay?"
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Especially in crossovers with other TGWTG contributors
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Almost. He wanted to give Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a score of "Kevin Spacey out of 10". Instead, he laments that it's not an actual score on his scale and gives the game a 6 out of 10.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Joe may be hammy, crazy, and more energetic than a room full of five-year-olds, but he's great at analyzing games and movies and providing insightful criticism.
  • Butt Monkey: Other Joe.
    • Angry Joe can be this, too, when with the other TGWTG reviewers.
  • The Cameo: He's the only person who can give Linkara a run for his money in terms of appearing in other people's videos.
    Saiyan!Joe: His power is... over 9000!!!
    Vegeta: (offscreen) That's my schtick, you inferior assclown!
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Joe plays so much Skyrim, he thinks he's a knight, and attacks Corporate Commander... with a broom and a helmet made of foil.
  • Captain Ersatz: As yet another obvious (but welcomed) Shout-Out to G.I. Joe, Corporate Commander is basically Cobra Commander if he was a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
    • The "new" series has The Overlord (essentially Doctor Claw with a teddy bear instead of the Mad Cat) as Corporate Commander's superior.
  • Caption Humor: Sometimes employed on the right-side caption.
    • The caption guy is his own character who likes to make stabs at Joe whenever he can.
  • Casanova Wannabe: In one of the 1-year anniversary crossover videos, he goes around delivering horrendous pick-up lines to all the women on the site.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "You done fucked it up!" — Whenever he reviews a bad game that he'd been looking forward to.
    • "FOUR HOURS!" — Or a variation there of when he talks about a full price game that has a pathetically short single player, especially if the game either has a lackluster multiplayer or even a non-existent one.
    • And of course there is his outro. — "And I'll see you guys on the next Angry Joe Show!"
    • "Over and over..." — Whenever he mention something repetitive on his reviews.
    • "No! NNNNO!" — When he mention something he dislikes.
    • For Corporate Commander, either "Don't need it!" in regards to something crucial that wasn't in the game, or "You need it!" for unwelcome additions such as microtransactions.
  • Caustic Critic: Despite the name, he's usually pretty nice. Nowhere did this become more apparent than when he teamed up with Spoony at E3 2010, where the two practically became a Good Cop/Bad Cop comedy duo. When Joe does lose his temper, it's usually over something most people would be frustrated about, and he manages to get control of himself quite quickly. He even always takes the time to point out things he likes in games he doesn't like, and makes the reviews funny whether or not he makes fun of the game.
  • Chewing the Scenery: '''UNLIMITED POWAAAAAH!!!'''
    • Joe LOVES to go over the top, but the best is his Demon Joe persona, which is put through a voice filter to make it extra demonic.
  • Christmas Episode: The "completely unplanned, impromptu Angry Joe Christmas review special" for 2013.
    Joe: Hey, kids! Are any of you getting iPads for Christmas?
    (kids cheering)
    Joe: Well, if you do, don't buy Star Trek: Trexels, because it'll RUIN YOUR FUCKING CHRISTMAS!!
    (kids gasping in shock)
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Weaponized as the cuss cannon.
  • Cold Open: Often gives his opinion of the game in a succinct, often silly, manner. Other times they just have something funny to say about the game.
    • The more Joe loved the game that he reviews, the more intricate and complex his cold open will be. On the opposite end of the scale, if he hated the game he will merely stand in front of his green screen, sometimes taking off his elaborate costume, and yell "You done fucked it up!"
  • Comical Overreacting: Part of him being angry involves this, from shouting the F word to committing murder.
  • Cosplay: Joe sure likes to dress up whenever a game might call for it (even as a geisha...).
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: He sneaks one for Destiny when he thinks on what games he will include in Top 10 Most Disappointing Games of 2014.
  • Dashing Hispanic: In his review for Assassin's Creed III, he plays Ezio Auditore (an Italian) as a Dashing Hispanic.
    Ezio Joe: Allo. My name is Amigo Toyota. You Killed My Fatherrr, my motherrr, my brotherrr, my rrroommate ... Prepare to Die. (Musicalis Interruptus) What the hhell is hhappening? (Blinded by the Light) Caramba cuño! My eyes! Ah carajo!
  • Death Seeker: While playing Shadows of Mordor, he was defeated by Olgoth the Humiliator so many times he demanded Olgoth kill him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He starts his Sonic Free Riders review having already crossed it. He walks in visibly shattered (with the captions even asking if he's alright) and says that the game is not only the worst he's ever played, but that it has ruined his life and messed with his senses.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Or rather the heavy handed enforcement of persecuting free use is evil. Joe had been targeted for using copyright material in a review, leading to many of his videos being taken down.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: His initial reaction to Bayonetta, getting himself some "Private Time" near the end.
    • When Lisa Foiles complains about the Iron Man 2 video game, and gradually loses clothing as she gets angrier, Joe forgets that he was supposed to be reviewing the game becomes fixated on Lisa, even remarking "I think I'm in love!"
  • The Ditz/Malaproper: While he's not excessively dim, Joe's limited vernacular is treated as a running joke by his peers on the Channel Awesome podcast.
    Joe: I'm going home! Oh, I am home... Well, I'm gonna play my (board) game!
    Computer: By yourself, Joe? LOL!
  • Drugs Are Bad: And so is chewing Cat Butt Gum. "It will take over your life!"
  • Et Tu, Brute?: At the start of the Total War: Rome II review, Other Joe gets stabbed by Joe and, with his last breaths, says "Et tu, Joe?"
  • Evil Counterpart / Demonic Possession: Darkspawn Joe is Joe with outright destructive intentions, and a demonic voice.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Darkspawn Joe hams it up even more than Angry Joe does.
  • Evil Laugh: He has one after he ropes Jo into joining him in suffering through his review of the Thor video game.
  • Fan Disservice: Joe's large male friend Jacob wears a Wonder Woman costume in his first injustice vlog.
    • He appeared earlier in the LollipopChainsaw review, dressed as a cheerleader.
    • Joe uses the player summon system in Dragon's Dogma to call upon his friend Jacob... who appears in his living room naked, being pulled straight out of his shower. Brain Bleach ensues.
    • His review for Alien: Isolation has the camera slowly panning up a pair of hairy legsnote  before Angry Joe interrupts the pan with "NO!"
    • In the Metal Gear Solid V review, Other Joe dresses as Quiet to spoof her excessive fanservice.
  • Flipping the Bird: Gives one to the camera during his Nintendo rant.
  • Follow the Leader: His style obviously shows some inspiration from The Angry Video Game Nerd. This was parodied in the first That Guy with the Glasses anniversary crossover in which Joe gushes about meeting his chief inspiration and idol... only for it to turn out to be Benzaie's sidekick Beary.
  • Food as Bribe: He tricks Other Joe into playing the Thor movie game by luring him with the promise of pizza.
  • For Science!: The Alien Isolation review starts with Other Joe seeing an alien egg. "What is this? In the name of science, I will stick my face directly over it!" Cue the face hugger attack.
  • Foreshadowing: You can usually tell how he's going to rate a game in the first 20 seconds of his review. Though, the fun is in him entertaining you while he educates the viewer about the game.
  • Four Point Scale: Averted, and he's basically stated in this video that it's a Pet Peeve Trope of his. Instead he uses just about every number on his 1-10 scale and always qualifies it. 5 is flat average, 3 (like Risen) has nice points but is not worth recommending and so on.
    • And while 7 would be a weak score on that scale, Joe considered that the best score he could give Dance Central, even though he thought the game was still awesome, and named it one of his top games of the year.
      • Although, 7 would still be considered good, as he said Two Worlds II was a 'great' game, yet gave it a 7. The Gunstringer got a 7, yet he said it was a must buy for Kinect owners. 7 would be considered highly above average.
    • Similarly, he gave Asura's Wrath as 6 out 10, but gave it his Badass Seal of Approval because he was in sheer awe of the game the whole time playing.
  • Freudian Slip: While playing the infamous Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 8, he screams out "Fuck you Rainbow Dash!"
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: His subtitle monitor asks this in the Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters review.
  • Gilligan Cut: After vowing to take down Chick-Fil-A unless they start opening on Sundays, he's shown on Monday enjoying one of their chicken sandwiches instead.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation:
    • The Ride to Hell review starts with Joe rocking back and forth in his chair, sobbing helplessly. Other Joe tries to snap him out of it, and then sees the cause - Joe's computer, open to Steam, with Ride to Hell open in the library.
    Other Joe: Twenty-one hours?!? Oh my God, what the hell are you thinking? Are you stupid?!?
    • Spoony does this over the course of the Aliens: Colonial Marines review, after Joe whispers to him that the game retcons the death of Corporal Hicks. Having just witnessed another of his favorite franchises mishandle the resurrection of a key character in his then-recent Ultima IX review, Spoony did not take this revelation well at all.
  • Greek Chorus: The background screen in Joe's new base of operations on his show. Sometimes it seems to have a personality, such as in the review of Risen, where it wakes him up after sleeping standing up.


Alternative Title(s):

Angry Joe