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  • Awesome Music: Angry Jooooooooeeee! Angry Joe is there, Angry Jooooooooeeee!
    • Both the metal-style chiptune music introducing the reviews and the uncredited Thrash Metal song that plays at the end of each episode. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • Broken Base:
    • Joe himself seemed to recognize this when he openly supported Anita Sarkeesian. Some people have agreed with Joe that the personal attacks and threats need to be stopped, regardless of the quality of her work, while others either just went ballistic at the mention of Anita.
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    • Joe's refusal to cover Nintendo games in light of their controversial YouTube practices naturally had people split down the middle. While most will agree he has a right to be angry over their copyright claims, there are people who don't like that Nintendo games won't be covered at all considering he appears to have positive thoughts on some games that will never get seen because of this. Others seem to not be particularly happy with his passive aggressive tone, although this has come under fire from other people, including Joe himself, for coming off as sucking up to the company.
    • Joe's increase in movie reviews and other gaming videos caused accusations that he was doing fewer Angry Reviews for games. Many viewers threw flames and automatic downvotes on his non-review videos. His announcement of a two-month vacation from game reviews only seemed to break the base more. Joe and other viewers responded with actual stats of how his number of reviews hasn't gone down any significant amount (and that previous years with fewer Angry Reviews did not cause the same complaints). The situation was further hurt by Joe deleting comments and then later turning off comments and the ability to thumb up or down videos, as this was seen as Joe being thin-skinned and unwilling to listen to criticism, much of which was no different that what he himself heaped onto content providers.
  • Critical Research Failure: In his review of Ratchet & Clank he claims that the movie is just a bunch of cutscenes from the game edited into a movie. This is a false claim as the movie was actually finished before the game and was even showed off at film festivals before arriving into theatres.
    • A little more minor one, but his Destiny 2 review had him laughing at the story that a symbol from the game was removed due to it resembling a white nationalist meme of "Kekistan". Joe laughed it off and didn't see the connection of the "Kekistan" symbol to white nationalism, so his accusations become more jarring when one can simply google the Nazi Reichskriegsflagg and compare it to the flag of Kekistan to see the connection.
    • In his Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite review, he noted a few changes that appeared to be made for casual players at the expense of the dedicated fans: a simplified button layout, slower gameplay, and 2-on-2 battles. The button layout is basically the same as the layout in Marvel 2 note , and many of the dedicated fans don't consider the latter two changes to be problems.
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  • Fridge Brilliance: When Joe dressed up as Doomguy (actually a Master Chief costume) to go to hell to get revenge on Corporate Commander and Demon Joe for making him suffer through Umbrella Corps in his DOOM (2016) review, Commander mistakes Joe as being dressed up as Master Chief - he'd be more familiar with the franchise that has pushed out more entriesnote ; Demon Joe, on the other hand, correctly realizes it's Doomguy they're facing - and as established in the Umbrella Corps review, since he shares Joe's DNA, he'd know Joe's well as how Joe would deal with him and Corporate Commander.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: From his Mortal Kombat (2011) review, the cutaway scene where Corporate Commander pushes Marvel vs. Capcom 3 out the door despite being light on features takes on a new light after the Mega Man Legends 3/Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 fiasco.
  • Growing the Beard: Right on the very first episode of its new season, the show introduces a new scenery, new characters, a steady storyline, a main antagonist, and a new, fully animated opening theme. Talk about instant facial hair...
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Joe gets invited to the VGAS to do an interview with fan-submitted questions. Awesome, how did the interview go? Uh, what's a kinder term for a trainwreck? The main problem was that Joe was Hoist by His Own Petard. From the start he made it clear his trip to the VGAs was "going behind enemy lines", showing that he was planning on being angry and hostile. All Keighley had to do was stay cool, and Joe would look like a clown for playing his character while conducting a serious interview.
    • His "Top 10 Reasons Aliens Colonial Marines will Kick Ass" is one, due to the near universal negative reception from critics towards the game and his own negative review for the game.
    • People getting excited for Joe getting the opportunity to cover Nintendo by getting a Wii U became this once Nintendo instituted aggressive copyright claims in the winter of 2014, which caused Joe to swear off from covering them and prevent fans from finding out his apparently positive responses to the Wii U and its games.
    • His tribute to JewWario and then his attacking of people who didn't like it becomes this now that it has been revealed JewWario sexually harassed at least one underage woman and that was why he had to leave Channel Awesome.
    • His frequent complaints about micro-transactions and how they will become more and more invasive in Triple A games has rung true when in reviews since 2017, he has covered games where micro-transactions have become more invasive, with difficulty and progression often compromised to try to cram Revenue-Enhancing Devices down players' throats and new ones being patched in after launch to dodge reviewers.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Whenever Joe gives an 8.8 review, expect someone, or a large amount of someones, to comment about how 'wrong' he is. His complete aversion of Four Point Scale (expanded on the main page) can make this worse. Case in point:
    • While he already stated he enjoyed the film, during his review of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra he made an offhand remark about how he thinks the film was better than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which he admits he actually liked. Cue comments from unhappy fans decrying him for liking Transformers 2.
    • When he reviewed Saints Row: The Third, giving it a much lower rating than the norm (6/10, compared to the glowing reviews others have given it), he stated that, as a fan of the previous game, he felt it was disappointing due to the removal of so many features, shorter story, and some new features he felt weren't very entertaining (a sentiment many fans of the franchise share); however, people who either disliked the previous games, enjoyed the game none the less, or never played the previous game, were quick to call him out for 'spending most of the video just reviewing Saints Row 2' and giving the new game heat for not being as good as that.
    • Putting Resident Evil 6 on his Worst games of 2012 list (despite not even having reviewed it) instead of Operation Racoon City, (which he actually did review) and his only complaints about the game seemed to be the story moving from the series roots rather than anything gameplay related.
    • In a different instance, Joe's refusal to cover Nintendo games and consoles until they change their YouTube policies has gotten some criticism for having a passive aggressive tone towards their fans despite his alluded praises towards the Wii U and some of its games.
    • Many people felt Joe was being too harsh on Batman: Arkham Knight in his review. Many blamed his score of 6/10 for the console version (compared to the 4/10 for the PC port) on him playing the terrible PC port first instead of the generally well received console versions. However, he did have many complaints about the game unrelated to the PC version's technical issues.
    • In his Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite review, he complained about the choice of Sigma as one of the main story villains just because he personally has no familiarity with the Mega Man X series (and that he doesn't like Sigma's design), yet in a previous video he complained when it was confirmed that Mega Man isn't playable in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Prior to the release of Infinite, some of the pro players had Sigma in their character wish lists.
    • In his streaming of Persona 5, he quickly got flak for not liking Persona 5's soundtrack, dismissing it as "jazz shit" and not actual music. This didn't suit well with both fans of the game and jazz fans in general. As for the game itself, while he doesn't pan it as a bad game, his obvious disinterest rubbed fans the wrong way. They criticise him for not even trying to engage himself in the game and was deliberately trying to nitpick it at every turn.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • During his Assassin's Creed III review, he comments how the new ship system that was created for the game could be used in the future to make a great pirate game... and then Ubisoft confirmed Assassin's Creed IV as a pirate game.
    • During his Xbox One interview with Major Nelson at E3 2013, Joe questioned why Microsoft is persisting with the more extreme DRM measures since they could just remove them from the console. Major Nelson did not take kindly to this, and got mad at Joe for the insinuation that Microsoft could remove the Xbox One's integral DRM measures at the flip of a switch. Less than a week later, Microsoft announced that the DRM measures would be removed following a patch upon release.
    • At the end of his Marvel vs. Capcom 3 review, Joe makes a sarcastic remark about a possible sequel called Marvelous Marvel vs. Capcom 3. A few months later, Ultimate gets announced.
      • From his rant over Ultimate, Joe complains about the new characters not being recognizable enough, one of which is Rocket Raccoon. Fast forward to 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and Rocket Raccoon is suddenly very popular and recognizable to the point the Guardians have started to become A-List superheroes.
    • During Joe's Deadpool review, Deadpool accuses Joe that he only cares about Call of Duty when he panned his game, to which Joe responds with the fact that he didn't even review a single Call of Duty title. Later, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare comes out...
    • He had gag in his XCOM: Enemy Unknown review that the council chose to surrender to the aliens after it was clear he was losing. As of the sequel, this turns out to be the canon ending.
    • Mindjack, which was about controlling other people and objects, was #1 on his worst games of 2011 list. The next time he ended up including a game with that as a feature on one of his lists, it was #2 on his Best of for that year (2017).
    • In Joe's Guild Wars 2 review back in 2012, he remarked that its World versus World game mode could use mounts so that players can get around faster. In 2019, the Warclaw mount was introduced to the game mode.
    • In his review of [PROTOTYPE], he wears a hoodie and a jacket over his black Superman shirt. One can't help but wonder if one Shane Davis watched the episode, since Joe's cosplay is almost identical to the cover of the first issue of Superman: Earth Onenote .
    • Corporate Commander being the recurring Big Bad of the skits becomes a lot funnier when The Outer Worlds features actual Corporate Commanders (obviously not the same as Joe's) as enemies, meaning you too can now join Joe in retribution.
  • Ho Yay: With a little Rohypnol the Spoony One learns from personal experience that he's also quite hotblooded in bed.
    Joe: I guess she's sleeping with him to get the job, if you know what I mean... wait.
  • Hype Backlash: Joe often gets carried away by the hype for games he's interested in. When one of these falls short of his expectations... well that's when he gets really angry.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: There is a sizeable potion of his fanbase who seems to only watch his reviews where he tears bad games apart, due to his entertaining rants, skipping his reviews on actually good games entirely.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The Geoff Keighly interview is going to haunt Joe for the rest of his life, a lot of people refuse to move on.
    • His thoughts on Suicide Squad (2016), to which he declares it as an "awesome fucking movie", has also been haunting him in some circles as well.
    • The fact that he was not angry enough at a game has reached the point that there is not just one video condemning him for it but an entire playlist, replete with final battle...until tomorrow.
  • Never My Fault: Blamed his abysmal interview with Geoff Keighley on Geoff, the environment where the interview took place, and his own belief he would have more time but Spike screwed him over on that. This is despite there being moments where it's very clearly that Joe should be taking some of the blame, at least.
    • He stated in one of his E3 2011 videos that there was a lot of miscommunication on both parties, particularly that the guy in charge of PR at the VGA's never told Keighley that Joe was promised a sit down interview. When they ran into each other at the convention, both of them managed to bury the hatchet about the whole fiasco.
    • However in his top 10 gaming controversy video he does say he was inexperienced and poorly worded his questions.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    Peter: "This is bad... real bad... Andre's dead- He's bleeding from his fuckin' eyes, leaking blood all over! And Clancy? I don't even know where the FUCK he went! The Baker family? Batshit fucking crazy!! (Something crashes from offscreen, causing Peter to jump to see what it was) Listen- this tape? It needs to get to Angry Joe. I don't care how you do it, I don't care what you need to do to get it out there, but it needs to get to Angry Joe- (Another crash, this time much closer) AHHHHH, WHAT THE FUCK?! I can't take this anymore! These people- these FREAKS! Y-You gotta get the tape, you gotta AHHHH-!"
    • In his Top 10 Gaming Controversies of 2014, Joe's number 2 spot was about the rising in Swatting that year, where many high profile streamers on Twitch have had the SWAT team called on them by people who think it's funny to call the police on people. One of the clips he showed was especially terrifying showing a person screaming in fear as the SWAT team broke into their house.
  • Player Punch: His last entry on the list of things he hated about Fable 3 was when his virtual wife and child were unceremoniously killed in a cutscene.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Many of Joe's reviews fall under this trope.
  • Replacement Scrappy: To Joe, the second tiger cub in Kinectimals.
  • The Scrappy: Alex. While Joe and Other Joe have included third reviewers in their movie reviews all the time Alex has continually rubbed fans the wrong way. Common complaints are that he adds little to the conversation, he fails at defending his points, he tends to be negative towards everything, and he has a rather bland personality. Now that he is joining them on Trailer Reacts fans have grown to dislike him for seemingly hating everything within the first 30 seconds of the trailer. If Alex is in a video don't be surprised if a good chunk of the comments are from people complaining about him. It has become a running gag that on the thumbnail his face will tell you that he hated the film or just be bored.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The fandub on his channel of his Deadpool review, which Joe openly admits the person who made it did a much better impression of Nolan North's performance as Deadpool than what he had in his video.
  • Special Effect Failure: Commonly averted well in green screen scenes, but played for laughs in the Aliens: Colonial Marines review, when a scene for a last stand eventually shows the charging Xenomorphs are merely scale models waved around by hand, though it does play straight in some circumstance where there's an object that's also green, and the greenscreen effect got applied to said object too. For example, the Gorn head in 2013 Star Trek review and the leaves in Divinity: Dragon Commander review. You can also see the outlines on "Sony Joe"'s green t-shirt in the Killzone Shadow Fall review introductory sequence.
  • Squick: Many people's reactions during the Cold Open of the BioShock Infinite review where he is dressed like a little girl.
    • Also the photoshopping of his bearded head onto a Lara Croft model.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • During the intro for his Green Lantern game review, we are treated to an amazing (if silly) scene where Red Lantern Joe shoots up holes in the street while blasting at Other Joe.
    • The effects in his outro for his Dragon Ball Z Kinect review, where he charges up his ki and fires a Kamehameha, is also quite awesome looking and well done.
    • For the Playstation 4 introduction in his Killzone Shadow Fall review, he uses a green shirt over a green screen to cast himself as a disembodied floating head...IN SPACE! Though you can still see traces of the green shirt in the video.


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