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Board James (James Rolfe)
A pretty normal guy, Board James is a kid at heart who collects board games as a hobby and plays with his sorta-friend, Motherfucker Mike.

  • Alternate Self: Word of God suggests that the plot twist of the Video Games episode means that BJ is this to the Angry Video Game Nerd (and vice versa), as opposed to the popular fan theory that Board James is a Stealth Prequel.
  • Alter-Ego Acting: Board James is a character, just like the AVGN, though it is (was) probably a safe bet that he's much closer to the Real Life personality of James Rolfe than the Nerd.
  • Author Avatar: Of James Rolfe... at least until the Season 2 finale.
  • Ax-Crazy: His hidden (apparently even from himself), real nature.
  • Barbarian Longhair: In his chronologically earliest appearance when he's a death row convict, he has really long hair.
  • Berserk Button: Bring up his dead friends and see if he's still nice to you then. "It wasn't me, IT WASN'T ME, IT WAS THE FUCKING PHONE!"
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • You wouldn't believe that such a nice guy could create such a sadistic board game. Then again, he made it when he was a kid, and Kids Are Cruel.
    • As seen in "Shark Attack", where he gets pissed off to such an extent that he yells at his friends in a really escalated "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Even more so if you believe that James killed Mike and Bootsy in the "Dream Phone" episode.
  • Big Bad: In the "Nightmare and Beyond" episode, being a psychotic murderer attempting to torture and kill Mike and Bootsy.
  • The Cameo: His appearance in Kickassia, in which he briefly appears to explain how to play Risk.
    • Appeared in the "AVGN Games" episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd, to help the Nerd review an AVGN Monopoly game. He leaves in a huff when the Nerd mentions that he'd been accused of killing his friends.
    • He also shows up in The Angry Video Game Nerd II: ASSimilation as a midboss. The fact that he's holding a bloody knife and his two dead friends are lying next to him pretty much clinches that he killed them...
  • Catchphrase: Subverted with "Hey, I'm Board James. And when Board James is bored, I play some board games!" It seems as if that was going to be his catchphrase, but actually he only said it in one episode.
    • He says "It's just a game" fairly often, some uses being creepier than others.
  • Crossover: Appeared in The Angry Video Game Nerd episode on AVGN games to show off a fan-made Monopoly game on the AVGN himself.
    • And once again in the Board James episode focusing on video game based board games. At least until the reveal that Board James is the Nerd.
  • Dissonant Serenity: It's always really creepy when he greets Mike and Bootsy with innocent smiles and gentle tones, especially when he approached Mike in "13 Dead End Drive" with a noose, calmly asking to reenact a murder of the Hangman Killer.
    "Relax. It's just a game..."
  • Evil All Along: He's not the simple Nice Guy he seems, but an insane killer trapped in a recursive afterlife.
  • Evil Luddite:
    • Has shades of this, as seen in "13 Dead End Drive", when he locks Mike and Bootsy in his basement with him and destroys their cellphones.
    • The brief "Say Yes to VHS" segment in "Nightmare and Beyond" further implies a preference for older technology.
  • Nice Guy: Especially in comparison to the AVGN. Ultimately subverted. Very subverted.
  • Nice Hat: Several of them, actually.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His Deadly Danger Dungeon game kind of foreshadows the finale.
  • Platform Hell: Deadly Danger Dungeon, which he designed himself when he was a kid.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Becomes more and more of this as the series goes on.
  • Punny Name: Board/Bored James.
  • Sanity Slippage: The end of the Dream Phone episode really hints this.
    • As does the end of the Ouija/Domino Rally episode.
    • The Full House/Urkel Games episode confirms that there was no slippage, he was insane the whole time.
    • Then the Board James/AVGN crossover finally confirms that Board James himself was a Split Personality of the Angry Video Game Nerd from the beginning.
  • Serial Killer: 13 Dead End Drive and NIGHTMARE and Beyond heavily imply if not outright make it out that he's the Hangman Killer.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: When angry.
  • Split Personality: Which happens to be the Angry Video Game Nerd.
  • The Killer in Me: Killing his friends while hallucinating about a murderous Dream Phone would make him an Amnesiac Killer. And even if the phone was the real culprit, the nature of the afterlife makes it entirely possible for him to have been responsible of subconsciously turning it into a killer.
  • Villain Protagonist: In "Nightmare and Beyond", the plot of the episode being his friends attempting to escape from his Ax-Crazy rampage.
  • Yandere: After his Sanity Slippage.

Motherfucker Mike (Mike Matei)

Bad Luck Bootsie (Bootsy Spankins, P.I.)

  • Back from the Dead: In the "Ouija / Domino Rally" episode.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Mike accuses him of fucking a frog, which he denies. Then James accuses him of fucking a fish, and to James's horror he remains silent, confirming the accusation. Then he clarifies that he fucked a dolphin, which is a mammal, not a fish. Although, he does later try to fuck the shark from Shark Attack, and sharks are fish. Maybe James gave him the idea.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's usually the receiving end of whatever gruesome accident happens. There's two reasons why.
  • The Ditz: By the Splat! episode, he seems to have cemented himself as this kind of character...
    • Genius Ditz: ... even though he apparently has a degree in bioengineering.
  • Eye Scream: Courtesy of the Tornado Rex.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To the point that both James and Mike are completely unfazed by his death. You can't help but wonder why Board James keeps allowing him in his house... or imagined him to begin with.
  • Groin Attack: As of The Stinger of the "Shark Attack" episode, he now wears a hook on his crotch.
  • Hidden Depths: The aforementioned bioengineering degree.
  • Imaginary Friend: The "Full House/Urkel Games" episode hints at this. The truth turns out to be more complicated.
  • The Jinx: Though it's his clumsiness and carelessness that causes bad luck for others.
  • The Klutz: To the point of making him The Jinx.
  • Manchild: He defaults to this due to his annoying personality and ruining games.
  • Mickey Mousing: Earlier appearances had him enter the room accompanied by a musical sound-effect.
  • Paste Eater: During Splat!, he ate all the Play-Doh, just because it smelled nice. Then he put it all back.
  • Remember the New Guy?: His debut.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Lets out a high-pitched scream after he accidentally spills coffee on his face from flinching in reaction to the Donut Disaster machine popping.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Lucky for him, he's not really alive.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gets this a lot from Board James and Motherfucker Mike every-time he ruins a game.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Candy Land. He just won't shut up about it.

Mr. Bucket
A seemingly innocent children's toy who enjoys... "balls".

Dream Phone

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He's James's Secret Admirer. But unlike Mr. Bucket, he DOES want to hurt James.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Just like Mr. Bucket, but instead on a killing rampage.
  • Character as Himself: The credits list its voice actor as "?????". note 
  • Depraved Homosexual: The thing is like a toy phone got possessed by the spirit of Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • The Dreaded: In keeping with his Knight of Cerebus status, James remembers him with anger and fear even after his death, and is suitably terrified when he is (seemingly) Back from the Dead.
  • Evil Gloating: He's disgustingly smug about the fact that James will inevitably get the blame for his friends' murders.
    James: They'll trace the call, or... something!
    Dream Phone: *chuckles* Trace what?! What're you gonna tell them?! That you got a call from a toy phone?! From a girl's game?!
  • Evil Is Hammy: "Here it coooooomes!!"
  • Evil Is Petty: The main reason he decides to kill James and his friends is because James repeatedly hung up on him.
  • Knife Nut: Carries a bloody knife throughout his killing spree.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even if he may not be the killer, his appearance is what kickstarts the darker tone for the series.
  • Living Toys: James realized that it's the toy phone itself that has been stalking him and killing his friend, not a person who can somehow call him through the phone.
  • Serial Killer: Maybe. Several episodes afterwards suggest that James killed his friends and hallucinated that the phone killed them.
  • Yandere
    Dream Phone: Where you going? James! Where you going, Jaaaaaames?! I'm just gonna slit your FUCKING THROAT OPEN!!

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