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A gamer who lives on a spaceship and possesses an off-the-wall reviewing style and a mite too much energy, Jose Antonio "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 "The Angry Joe Show" via YouTube and his own website.

Back in November 2010, he and the other video game segments of That Guy With the Glasses were spun off onto their own separate website, "Blistered Thumbs", with Joe serving as the site's executive leader, becoming a major contributor. When Blistered Thumbs eventually shut down in April 2018, Joe began focusing on managing his own site. He is currently a member of Polaris.

The Angry Joe Show is comprised of the following segments:

  • Angry Reviews: The main crux of the show, Angry Joe performs a short skit about a video game with his cohorts before presenting a detailed, scripted monologue about the game and his thoughts on the title, interspersed with additional skits and videos of him and his friends commenting on segments of the game during their live-streams. The review ends with Joe awarding the game a rating between one ("WTF?!") to ten ("Legendary"). If a game exceeds his expectations, he will give it a "Badass Seal of Approval"; conversely, games that have disappointed him and/or are abyssmal will be labeled as an "Epic Fail".
    • Extended Review Discussions: Certain games will have Joe and his team deliver a follow-up roundtable conversation about a title that Joe could not fully cover in its respective Angry Review. Joe's friends will also give their own personal rating on the game, using Joe's one-to-ten format.
    • Rapid Fire Reviews: A more traditional video game review with or without the skits (and at a shorter length), one of Joe's team members will do a voiceover discussing a title that was not given an Angry Review. The reviewer will score the game on a one-to-ten basis.
  • Movie/TV Reviews: Similar to the Extended Review Discussions, Joe and his companions sit down to review films and television series they have recently watched together.
  • Angry Rants: Joe raves against particular on-goings in video games (such as egregious Microtransactions), films and television. His team may or may not show up in these rantings.
  • Angry Joe Show News: Joe and his friends discuss the biggest news currently coming out of the video game industry.
  • Top Ten List: Joe presents a list on video games that he's most excited about for the following year, the best, worst and most disappointing games in the current year, top controversies from the industry during the year, why upcoming games have his attention and why previously released games weren't to his standards.

    List of Angry Reviews 
Note: titles in bold have Extended Review Discussions.

    List of Rapid Fire Reviews 

Joe and his videos provide examples of:

  • Angrish: AJ indulges in this from time to time.
    • For instance, he starts freaking out during a D&D game.
      Joe: What?! Did you—?! You just—! You killed—! What the fuck did you do that for?!
    • And in his Umbrella Corps livestream, he goes into a brief, unintelligible rage when he discovers he has to do the same three tasks he did in the last the same map.
  • 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.
  • 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 in a Nice Suit: Parodied in his review of Yakuza 0 with Joe dressed as Kiryu and Other Joe as Majima.
  • 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.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • For his review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Joe takes off his helmet, revealing a displeased look. Most viewers expect him to say 'You done fucked it up!' as usual. Nope, he says 'You done did good.' instead.
    • In his "Top 16 WORST Games of 2019", Joe gives "Eternity: The Last Unicorn" the number one spot, then reveals that that spot actually went to Anthem (2019) like everyone expected.
    • Joe managed to pull one at the start of the review for Aliens: Fireteam Elite, down to the exact expression of utter disgust, right before he exclaims "You didn't fuck it up!" He even lampshades it shortly after in reference to his previous review of the much-maligned series entry Aliens: Colonial Marines.
  • 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.
    • If a video game has microtransactions of any kind, it will lose points. No exceptions.
  • Big Bad: Corporate Commander.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Demon Joe. As Corporate Commander put's it in the Ride to Hell review:
    Never send a B-Teamer to do the supervillain stuff!
  • 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 Wowcrendor 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.
    • Joe's vlog about the much-maligned second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has this in the description, and he does yell some The Reveal of Doomsday.
    • He lets one loose at the beginning of his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review. It even pans out of the Earth as he yells it.
    • In the Power Rangers Mega Battle review he lets out a long drawn out Big "NO!" for nearly 30 seconds after learning that the Megazord boss fights were nothing but light gun shooting and quick-time event sections.
  • Big Word Shout: "GOOOOOOOOOOOO!" in The Stinger.
  • Bile Fascination: In-Universe; warned his fans not to do this with The Last Airbender.
  • *Bleep*-dammit!: FU***UCK
    • "People that are rating it 0, 1, 2, 3 are extremely dishonest. They're little *** *** *** *** fuckers, okay?"
  • Body Horror: Playing Brink! cause Joe's face to become horribly distorted in the same art style as the game characters. He begs Other Joe to save himself and run away.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Especially in crossovers with other TGWTG contributors.
  • Bowdlerise: See Gosh Dang It to Heck! below.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "You done fucked it up!" — Whenever he reviews a bad or disappointing 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.
    • "Are you out of your mind?!" for particularly egregious 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.
  • Censored for Comedy: Joe always bleeps out swears in the first few seconds of each video, then proceeds to not censor them for the rest of the review. Sometimes he even bleeps out the wrong parts of swears, like in his Sonic Free Riders review, he bleeped out "God" instead of "damn."
  • 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.
    Joe: I fucking got it...I fucking got it.
    Other Joe: What is it? What class?
    Joe: It's a Class 10 FUCKING STINKER! It's a Class 10 goddamn piece of shit fucking movie that really SUCKS ASS!
  • 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.
  • Critic Breakdown: Joe is simply in love with this trope.
    • His review of Ride to Hell: Retribution opens with him in his gaming chair writhing in agony and clutching at his eyes.
    • Similarly, the review video for MindJack opens with him sitting facing the camera, staring blankly and drooling as a voiceover explains that the game Mind Jacked him while he was playing.
  • Curse Cut Short: The intro to his review of Anthem (2019) has his "You done FUCKED it up!" catchphrase get interrupted twice by the game's loading screens, poking fun at the large number of loading screens at nearly every turn.
  • 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.
  • Designated Hero: Parodied by "Joe Lee" in the Sleeping Dogs-review intro skit, who actually manages to be downright Stupid Evil.invoked
  • 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!"
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: In his movie review of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Joe is under the impression that Kazakhstan is a fictional country.
  • 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 Lollipop Chainsaw 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.
  • 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 - Joe, per this video, states that this trope is a pet peeve of his. The Angry Reviews, including his cohorts' scores for extended discussions and Rapid Fire Reviews, uses just about every number on the 1-10 scale (all whole numbers; no decmials). To Joe and his team, 5 is the flat average and reviews build towards them justifying a higher or lower score on that scalenote . On the other hand, there are some games that do play with this trope.
    • A 7 would be seen as a relatively weak score on the show's scale, yet Joe considered it the highest score he could possibly give to Dance Central by reasoning the game was still fun and was built specifically for the Kinect to take advantage of. Not only did he give it his Badass Seal of Approval, Joe also placed it at #5 on his Top Ten Best Games of 2010 list.
    • Similarly, he gave Asura's Wrath a 6, but gave it his Badass Seal of Approval because he was in sheer awe of the game for the whole time he was playing it.
  • Freudian Slip: While playing the infamous Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 8, he screams out "Fuck you Rainbow Dash!"
  • From Bad to Worse: Joe reacts to the revelation that Rambo: The Video Game is yet another game with only FOUR HOURS of gameplay about as well as you'd expect... and then remembers that it only even took that long because the last level was full of Fake Difficulty and kept crashing. The amount of gameplay when you take that level out of the equation? TWO HOURS!
  • Genki Guy: The real life Joe has a hell of a lot of energy.
  • 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.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Parodied in "Disney Buys AngryJoeShow!"
    "I will no longer be allowed to cuss! Instead I will have to use 'television' curse words. That's right, you motorscooters! Now don't give me any of your bullfreak! This is some serious stuff right now! And if you think I'm some kind of sellout as—airhead for changing my format, then you... you can go pluck yourself!"
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Overlord. He's Corporate Commander's boss but is barely ever seen or mentioned 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.
  • Gun Porn: For a review show about video games, he finds a lot of excuses to put fake guns in it, normally duel-wielding assault rifles.
  • Head Desk:
    • He does this in his Rambo: The Video Game review, after the game crashes during its insanely hard final level for the second time.
    • In a similar vein, he head desks as he resigns himself to No Man's Sky's terrible crashing, complete with space helmet.
  • Hellbent For Leather: Aside from his Superboy shirt, Joe's leather jacket is his most noticeable choice of clothes.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Inflicted on Joe by Sonic Free Riders.
    • And even more so in his review of Mindjack, Stephen Hawking style.
    • Defied in his Ride to Hell: Retribution review where he battles Demon Joe in the centre of the mind but he's definitely exhausted afterwards.
    • Played for laughs in his Rambo: The Video Game review, where Joe Rambo undergoes this after the bad guys torture him by making him play the game. The game itself comes close to inflicting one on the real Joe (especially when it crashes for the second time in the final level), but its hilarious ineptitude prevents him from completely losing it.
    • He has what pretty much corresponds to a mental breakdown at the end of his Duck Dynasty video game livestream. He was obviously already displeased with the game earlier; the game freezing while loading after he completed another tedious fishing sidequest finally just broke the poor guy.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: During the Nostalgia Critic's review of Man of Steel, it's shown Joe went through this involving lobster costumes and nipple tasers.
  • Homage Shot: To the printer smashing sequence in Office Space during his Fable III video.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Parodied in his Fruit Ninja Kinect review.
  • Hot-Blooded: Joe's blood is on fire. Fortunately, he's not totally kneejerk and will usually justify his reactions to things. Sometimes, his passionate style backfires on him (see Creator Backlash) but he hits more often than he misses. Even if you disagree with his opinions, odds are good that you'll still be entertained by his reviews.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: For the 2011 April Fool's video, Corporate Commander briefly commandeers the Resistance Base and attempts to provide a "professional, coolheaded counterbalance" to Joe. To say he fails is an understatement.
  • Implausible Deniability: In his famous interview with Major Nelson, the latter insisted that the XBOX One's infamous DRM system was integrated into the device and could not be removed even if they wanted to. When Joe incredulously pointed out how stupid that lie was (it was just a complex registration system) and that it could easily be patched out, he refused to address the criticism and just angrily asked if Joe was an engineer. A few days later Microsoft announced that it would indeed be patched out.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: A common complaint In-Universe is when a game's main campaign is just a few hours long and/or has an abrupt ending. A running gag is him repeating the length in a slow motion flashback.
    • Inverted in one case with Thor: God of Thunder, which may be the only game Joe has railed on for being unreasonably long instead of unreasonably short, since it means the same repetitive, boring gameplay for an ungodly amount of time.
    "I don't know what's worse: FOUR HOURS of garbage, or TWELVE HOURS of garbage!"
  • Jump Cut: Done so often it's practically a Signature Style.
  • Killer Rabbit: While Angry Joe & Boogie play Far Cry 4, one soldier ends up being killed by a honey badger.
  • Large Ham: Particularly bombastic; makes some of the others look like Deadpan Snarkers in comparison.
    • Particularly in his Dragon Age: Origins review, where he hams up both Abomination Joe and Warden Joe - especially after Warden Joe slays the Abomination.
    • Hell, he could give BRIAN BLESSED a run for his money. This is barely hyperbole: just look at the opening to his UFO: Extraterrestrials review where he gives a slow-mo Big "NO!" followed by a stentorian "I WILL AVENGE YOU ALLLLLLLLLL!"
  • Laughably Evil: Corporate Commander is actually quite amusing whenever he shows up.
  • La Résistance: The Angry Joe Army.
  • Licking the Blade: Parodied by licking melon juice.
  • Limited Wardrobe: His characters tend to wear just one outfit. Joe himself almost always wears the same black Superboy t-shirt, with exceptions for certain reviews.
  • Madness Mantra:
    • Part of his Rambo: The Video Game review featured him playing the game and being subjected to soldiers yelling "Come on, comrades! He's a man, not a god!" over and over until he just started chanting it on his own.
    • "Godzilla is destroying the generator! The generator is losing power!"
    • "Set Your Joycon Down On Its Side! Set Your Joycon Down On Its Side!"
  • Mickey Mousing: He engages in it (complete with sparkles later on) in his video announcing that Maker Studios (the network behind Polaris, and therefore his employer) were bought by Disney.
  • Mood Whiplash: When watching the trailer for Titans (2018), he seemed to enjoy himself. However, the moment Robin uttered the words "Fuck Batman", his smile dissapeared instantly!
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: He points out this at the end of his GI Joe review, while he's playing with his action figures.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Perhaps the only known example where this is done by a noncorporeal entity. During the Azura's Wrath review, the background shows one of the sauna girls on the right side with her face covered by the screen-in-screen display, where the text comment reads "Ehem. I'm up here."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Says this at the end of his movie review of The Last Airbender, realizing that by repeatedly saying just how bad this movie is, people are going to want to see it just to see how bad it really is. He repeatedly tells them to seriously not waste their money, but knows people are going to go see it anyway.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Other Joe in some videos, especially the intro to the review of Dragon Age: Inquisition. His musculature is something of a running gag.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lisa Foiles of All That as the Bridge Bunny of the New Angry Joe Show.
  • Nausea Fuel: In-Universe; the controls on Sonic Free Riders make him want to vomit.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: He frequently points out discrepancies between pre-released materials and the movie/game he's reviewing.
    • Or on the case of The Last Airbender, it's a trailer being better than the movie.
      Joe: It's the best part of the movie, and it isn't even in the actual movie!
  • Nice Guy: Underneath the bluster, he's a very sweet guy.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Joe delivers one on Corporate Commander for a solid 15 seconds upon the announcement of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, saying that the re-release he proposed was supposed to be a joke.
    • Corporate Commander is handed another, inside his own base at the end of Destiny.
      Joe: Somebody left your door open.
    • Corporate Commander also dishes one out to Spiderman during the opening to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Violently beating him with a bat until money comes out.
  • Non Sequitur: Bizarro Joe gives one to Judge Joe in the cold open for the Dredd movie review.
    Bizarro Joe: Uh, I...I like turtles.
    Judge Joe: I knew you'd say that. (Beat) Actually...I actually didn't know you would say that. Interesting. (charges his Lawgiver pistol)
    Bizarro Joe: Wait, Judge...NOOOOO!!! (Judge Joe proceeds to shoot him dead in slow motion)
    Judge Joe: Court's adjourned, creep!
  • Nonindicative Name: He really isn't that angry at all, and has actually said that he hates giving negative reviews. If anything he's Vitriolically Enthusiastic Joe.
    • Although his name does become meaningful when he's reviewing a bad game (that's when he actually DOES get really angry.)
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Quoted verbatim in his Sonic Free Riders review.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: Frequently uses toy official gaming props, costumes and weapons in his reviews. He owns a full set of Master Chief armor.
    • In the Doom review, the shotgun wielded by Doomgun is an authentic DP-12 double barrel shotgun which Joe got to fire for real on a firing range. Joe's very conscious of gun safety and avoids Reckless Gun Usage by having every demon in the Doom review added digitally by green screen effect and never actually pointing a real gun at anyone.
  • Once an Episode: "I'll see you guys on the next Angry Joe Show!"
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted: One of his real-life friends who makes appearances on the show is also named Joe. To distinguish between the two, he's often referred to as "Other Joe." Other Joe helps out with LPs and is a background character in some video reviews.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: According to The Nostalgia Critic's It's a Wonderful Plot Christmas Special, had the Nostalgia Critic never existed, Angry Joe would've become a power president of the USA, who has people publicly executed and blows up Canada. And the people love him for it. (Although the public execution was for Tom Green and that Canada was, according to him, an evil empire in this alternate reality. Possibly ruled by Sea Horses.)
  • Overly-Long Gag: During his Dragon Ball Z: Kinect review's intro, he spends a considerable amount of time charging up his battle aura while screaming at the top of his lungs... Which is extremely appropriate and in-line with the (in)famous pacing and edition style used in the animated series. note 
    • Other Joe's assassination of Corporate Commander at the start of The Outer Worlds. He empties an entire revolver, then reloads and empties another round, then shoots him multiple times with a machine gun, then hacks him with an axe, then he reloads his revolver again and empties it one more time.
  • Pet-Peeve Trope:
    • Four-Point Scale: him and his team absolutely insists on averting this for their reviews due to their complete disdain for most of the industry's news media adopting it and general audiences not fully understanding the show's approach to video game reviews. Joe has repeatedly reminded viewers that a 5/10 means what it should mean - "average", not "bad" as most of the media labels.
    • Microtransactions: due to the overabundance of this throughout the medium and having seen such egregrious price tags that makes his blood boil (like a weapon skin in Valorant costing nearly $100), Joe is forced to dock points off of an Angry Review if they're present.
    • Obvious Beta: similar to Microtransactions, if a game (especially a "live-service") has severe issues at launch involving explicit bugs/glitches, server instabilities, game crashes and inconsistent presentation/visualsnote , Joe will take these things into account for an Angry Review and score the game for what it is at release, not for what it can/will be post-launch, even if these issues might be resolved down the line.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: In-Universe, this is his opinion of Dying Light - he feels the story is a derivative Cliché Storm full of boring characters and an uninspired Vaas ripoff villain. When it gets to the gameplay, though, he praises it as he feels the Le Parkour, fighting mechanic, and crafting system all contribute to an enjoyable experience.
  • Power Echoes/Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Both happen when Joe becomes a Red Lantern.
  • Praising Shows You Don't Watch: Invoked as a variation - in his review of The Last Airbender, Joe said he hadn't watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, but insisted it couldn't be as bad as the movie, considering the fanbase and adoration for it.
    "There is no way the cartoon is this bad! There is no way a series this popular can be like this!"
  • Precision F-Strike: "Fuck 3-D!"
    • "You done FUCKED it up!"
  • Previously on…: How his Green Lantern review starts, reminding us how much he was NOT looking forward to it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Real men profess their love of dancing games and cross-dress as a geisha or a little girl when the video demands (excuses) it! And don a pink tutu and boa (plus a military helmet) for an interpretive dance about Battlefield 3!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Delivered a long and blistering one to his fans who viciously attacked Anita Sarkeesian in his "Top 10 Gaming Controversies of 2013" video.
    • The ENTIRETY of his review for Ride to Hell: Retribution is considered one directed at its developers. He even speaks a variant of the trope itself to the game.
    Joe: Now, game... lemme tell you why this sucks.
    • Joe gave one hell of a verbal smackdown to Nintendo after all his attempts to upload footage of Wii U games ended with Nintendo claiming copyright on the entire video. In the rant that followed, he accused the company of constantly rehashing their game ideas and ripping gamers off with Amiibos, accused their fanboys of being hypocrites, before ending it by comparing them unfavorably with Electronic Arts and implying that he considers them the absolute worst developer (in terms of business practices, at least) in the entire industry, and vowing never to cover their products again barring a major turnaround in their attitude.
    • Joe (parodying a school principal} gives CD Projekt (a school student with a Cyberpunk 2077 t-shirt) one hell of a roasting laden with Tranquil Fury, expressing his disappointment at CD Projekt's latest game during the intro of his review of said game.
    • Joe went full ballistic on Madden 21 Next-Gen in his "Top 10 Most DISAPPOINTING Games of 2020" and gave a scathing speech on how not only it failed to live up to its already small expectations, but also proving that EA is nothing but a greedy scum who exploits others for their own gain and that they didn't show any little ounce of care for this game as it was already so poor and further divided its fanbases.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While Angry Joe is very emotional and prone to loud outbursts, Other Joe is the definition of chill.
  • Retool: The show retooled itself sometime after Kickassia, and is easily the best produced show on Channel Awesome, as far as visuals and backdrops go.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: How Joe feels about Desmond Miles from Assassin's Creed.
    Desmond Joe: Hi, my name is Desmond Miles. I have a fanny pack.
    • He even has Ezio assassinate Desmond.
  • The Rival: Corporate Commander.
  • Rule of Fun: Joe accused Kane & Lynch 2 of disobeying this rule for a more realistic path by taking out Lynch's episodes of psychosis (which he stated was one of the first game's most enjoyable components) with the Hand Wave that he was back on medication.
    "That's not fun!"
  • Running Gag:
    • "YOU DONE FUCKED IT UP", for when a game has fucked it up.. One variety of this is when it's a shooter game. Joe will walk into frame with a toy gun, shoot it off in three random locations with a disgruntled look on his face, and say the line.
    • "BLUE!" Used in response to lazy and/or excessive DLC. Originated in a review for Evolve, where Joe pointed out that they were selling a weapon already in the game, just painted blue.
    • "Are you out of your mind?!": Usually accompanies an angry rant where a game does something obscene and/or disrespectful to its fanbase, either creatively or monetarily.
  • Sanity Slippage: After playing level after level after level of the same mission involving generators in Godzilla, Joe slowly starts losing it. The rest of the game's awfulness just sort of... pushes him further over the edge into desperation.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: In his review of the video games for Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2:
    Joe: [The dev team] probably actually listened to the feedback that they got from the angry mothers and grandmothers who bought their kids this crap. Well...(claps three times slowly)...good for you. That's what you're supposed to do.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: When Joe gets carjacked in his GrandTheftAutoV review.
    • Both Joe and Other Joe spend their Let's Play for Playable Teaser in a constantly freaked-out state with frequent shrieks.
  • Skyward Scream: During his Chick-Fil-A video when he realizes they're closed on Sundays.
  • Self-Deprecation: During his review of Homefront, while Joe complains about the obnoxious loudmouthed Texan with the oversize belt-buckle who "loses his shit".
    Joe: ... oh wait, that is kinda' what we do.
    • During his Alien: Isolation review, there's a short of him working with a malfunctioning Working Joe, and after almost getting strangled by it, says this:
    Joe: I hate working with Joe's.
  • Serious Business: "Sonic Free Riders has ruined my life. That's it. This is the worst game I have ever played! Nothing in my life is the same anymore! Music doesn't sound the same. Food, food doesn't taste like anything anymore!"
  • Shared Universe: The Reviewaverse.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: During his "Top Ten Gaming Controversies of 2013," Joe stops his funny jabs and rants on the perpetrators behind the controversies to a give a serious 10+ minute long "The Reason You Suck" Speech to those (especially his fanbase in particular) who harassed Anita Sarkeesian, criticizing them for sending rape and death threats to her for her opinions. Joe said he didn't agree with her opinions, but that didn't mean she deserved threats at all. He goes right back to his joking attitude right after, causing quite a bit of Mood Whiplash.
  • Shown Their Work: Joe does plenty of background research for his reviews, especially for games that are part of an existing franchise. For instance, being able to provide examples of The Darkness' Super Weight despite being an obscure IP, and researching Ace Combat enough to warn fans that Assault Horizon was not a 'true' installment of the main series, despite earlier admitting he hadn't actually played any of the previous games before his review.
  • Shout-Out: Angry Joe makes several "Bat Credit Card" jokes in his first injustice vlog, just like The Nostalgia Critic.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: "I'll see you guys on the next Angry Joe Show."
  • Silent Snarker: The Monitor. It tend to snark at or make fun of either Joe and his over-the-top, enthusiastic behaviour behind his back or at the bad game he's reviewing.
  • Sincerity Mode: His review on why the Mass Effect 3 endings suck has him review it in a quiet and understated manner.
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked Joe and his brothers' opinion of the Man vs. Wild game - a frustrating waste of time as a game, but hilarious when exploring how bugged and broken it is.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Sometimes when Joe swears, it's bleeped out, and sometimes, it's not, seemingly at random. There's no real reason for this other than Joe being silly. Often the bleeps aren't synchronised with the words they're meant to be bleeping, for the same reason. He claims he does this just to see if anyone points it out. That's it.
  • Space Station: The Resistance Base.
  • The Stinger: Directing people to his website, for those who watch his videos elsewhere.
  • Stunned Silence:
    • His review of Starcraft II begins with him staring blankly into the camera for about a minute, swaying slightly before falling over. Yes, he likes the game.
    • Conversely, his review of Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with him walking in front of the Green Screen dressed like a Colonial Marine. He stands there staring dourly into the camera for a while before saying, "... you fucked it up!"
  • Stylistic Suck: Parodied in the review for Kane & Lynch: Dog Days. Corporate Commander tells his employees to just take the first game and add tons of terrible YouTube video filter effects to screw it up and add Shaky Cam until nothing is visible. "Yes! More! Excellent!"
    • Played straight in the Aliens: Colonial Marines video, where Marine!Joe is fighting Xenomorphs who are quite obviously little action figures, and you can even see the hands manipulating them.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Sonic Free Riders is the absolute worst game that Joe has ever had the displeasure of paying for and playing. His absolute first 1/10 review. The game's Suckiness Is Painful index is so bad that Joe says he's going to sue Sega for Assault in the First Degree after revealing that the Kinect motion controls, combined with the overly loud soundtrack and horrible course designs filled with sudden 90 turns, WILL actually hurt you. It's so horrible that Joe returns it to Game Stop claiming that the game is broken. He gets a full refund and gets the Kinect Sports game that he made the mistake of passing up in the first place.
    "Assault in the First Degree: To knowingly inflict bodily harm"
    • The second game he's given a 1/10 to, Mindjack, was so bad it left him a Stephen-Hawking-like shell unable to speak or move without mechanical assistance; it probably would have been a lot less offensive if the game hadn't had such a cool initial concept married to such a broken execution. Its one good point? Monkeys.
    • Ride to Hell: Retribution not only left him catatonic, it sent him to hell to deal with Demon-Joe to do the review (Demon-Joe worked on the game, apparently...). However, the game ended up not breaking Joe as Demon-Joe hoped, but driving his rage-levels to new heights. He then woke up for the final blows to "perform the exorcism."
    • Star Trek Trexels is the fourth game to receive a 1/10 due to its massive overuse off paywalls and microtransactions.
      • Joe even punches his iPad when the game unfairly robs him of the only dilithium crystal that can be earned through a minigame rather than an in-game purchase.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Invoked, the new show's intro is the G.I. Joe opening theme (with repurposed lyrics).
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Joe accused Kane & Lynch 2 of using this trope to a demerit by taking out Lynch's episodes of psychosis with the excuse that he was back on medication and was stable.
  • Take That!:
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Other Joe and Corporate Commander have both died numerous times, in the former's case, sometimes in a single video.
  • Top Ten List: His year end Best, Worst and Disappointing Games of Year X. He also covers the top ten controversies of the same year.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chik-Fil-A products.
  • Tranquil Fury: Quite epically towards Nintendo in his Angry Rants towards them and their YouTube revenue policies. He generally turns up his rage in his normal videos for comedy reasons, but his anger towards Nintendo in his rants are genuine this way.
  • Twinkle Smile: When he thinks he's a knight.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Even worse when he becomes a Red Lantern
    • And more recently Doomguy as he faces Demon Joe and Corporate Commander in hell.
  • Useless Spleen: The Corporate Commander utters this one after Joe delivers some Extreme Mêlée Revenge at the end of his Destiny Review.
    My spleen... oh God, where's my spleen!? Where's my pancreas!?
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Likes to pronounce "especially" as "ex-specially". He even made fun of it himself at some points.
    • Sometimes over-emphasizes H-es and R-s, though, might be from his accent.
    • Pronounces "cancellation" as "cancellization".
  • Video Review Show: A review show put on the Internet.
  • Voice of the Legion: Demon Joe (natch) and Red Lantern Joe.
  • Welcome to Corneria: This trope is repeatedly mocked by Joe, who has issues with constantly repeated dialogue in games such as in Godzilla and Rambo, among others.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Other Joe as Ellie from The Last of Us and Chun-Li from Street Fighter.
  • World of Weirdness: The show is set in the Reviewaverse, a complete universe of weirdness. After all, only in the Reviewaverse would Joe have Sith force lightning powers and own a space station.
  • Why Don't You Marry It?: Jokes that with so many Elder Scrolls games starting you out as a prisoner, they must have a fetish for it.
  • Why Did it Have to Be Generators?: After going mad from level after level of destroying the same boring old generators in Godzilla God of Destruction, he finally gets to a level where he destroys submarines, only to have the game refer to them as generators.
  • With Lyrics: In his Worst Games of 2012, he reacts to a dinosaur-like monster in Resident Evil 6 by playing the "Holy Shit, It's A Dinosaur" meme that uses the Jurassic Park ending theme.
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!: He seems to say this far more often than he logically should.


Alternative Title(s): Angry Joe


Angry Joe

In the Ghost of Tsushima review, Angry Joe plays the role of a samurai, reflecting his preferred playing-style.

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