Mike Matei (b. 1980) is an actor, artist, and executive producer of Cinemassacre Productions, owned by his best friend James Rolfe, who he works with on writing, editing, and starring in a multitude of series.
Matei most notably works on Rolfe's famous Internet series The Angry Video Game Nerd, for which he co-writes, plays a variety of characters (Jason Voorhees, The Cowardly Lion, The Joker, Leatherface, Bugs Bunny, a Klingon, Michael Myers, etc.), and illustrated the title cards for episodes 5-100 as well as 139. Matei was also the one who encouraged Rolfe to upload the first AVGN videos to YouTube, since at the time he only wanted to make a trilogy of them. Eventually Rolfe was convinced, and the rest is history.
Matei has also worked on different series of Rolfe's such as Board James, in which he has his own character, the cheating Jerkass Motherfucker Mike. Him and James have their own series, James and Mike Mondays, where they review various types of video games. Matei is the editor for James & Mike Mondays.
In 2015, he started playing video games on live streams and uploading them to YouTube. They include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and many others.
Tropes associated with him:
- The Cameo: His only appearance in an AVGN video without makeup or costume is at the very end of Lethal Weapon, in a demonstration of the player character swap mechanic, after which he says the famous line, "I'm getting too old for this shit."
- Determinator: He tends to play Nintendo Hard NES games on his stream. To date he has beaten them all but it can take hours of trying. Key examples:
- Man of a Thousand Voices: He does all sorts of accents and voices for each AVGN video.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: The majority of his roles in the AVGN videos are villains, on top of portraying a cheating jerk in Board James. Outside of those, he is amiable and easygoing. It's especially evident in his live streams, where he's very friendly with the chat and takes the time to answer fan questions.
- One of Us: Like James Rolfe, he's a massive video game and movie fan. He has a HUGE collection of DVDs, videos, video games and toys.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Often Red to James' Blue. Out of character, he's a lot more outgoing and vocal than the comparatively shy James, and his Crazy Awesome and over-the-top characters are often juxtaposed to the angry but more collected Nerd.
- Those Two Guys: With James in general, but especially in James & Mike Mondays.