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AngryVideoGaameNerd

Full Name
The Angry Video Game Nerd
Alias
The Angry Video Game Nerd, The Nerd, The Fucking Nerd, The Angry Nintendo Nerd, The Angry Video Game Nerd, AVGN
Origin
The Angry Video Game Nerd
Occupation
Video game reviewer
Powers / Skills
Power Glove, Super Mecha Death Christ, NES Zapper
Hobby
Playing terribly designed Games, drinking beer (primarily Rolling Rock)
Goals
Own a complete NES collection and warn the world of shitty games.
Type of Villain
Anti-Hero


What were they thinking?!
~ The AVGN's catchphrase, referring to poor choices made by game developers.

The Angry Video Game Nerd (originally the Angry Nintendo Nerd, and often shorted to the "Nerd" or the "AVGN", played by James Rolfe) is the main character of a long-running video series of the same name in which he foul-mouthedly reviews "shitty" video games (usually on the NES, SNES, and a few terrible video games consoles). He has acted as a villain in several episodes. 

In his tests, the Nerd usually gets involved in other insane hijinks related to the game's subject matter, such as encountering characters like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Bugs Bunny, which usually end violently, not only including but shockingly most of all with Bugs Bunny.

Although the "hero" of his show, the Nerd is unquestionably an anti-social, cruel and sometimes even psychotic individual - at least in the context of his own universe. This is especially prominent in his behavior towards enemies or people who displease him, as he is prone to humiliate them in extremely vulgar ways (such as literally defecating on their faces).  He even almost tricked Pat the NES Punk into handing one of his most rare NES games.

He does have a noble side to him.  In his Spielberg Games video, he says he plays shitty games so innocent gamers don't have to, and in his AVGN Games episode, he is quite respectful for the games that people made single-handedly and acknowledges they are done better than many made by whole companies of Laughing Joking Numbnuts.

He uses several weapons to destroy atrocious games and he sometimes uses other abilities like inputting ABBA which is a cheat code to raise the dead.

Notable Acts Of Villainy Committed By The Nerd

It's not chocolate, nor is it poop. It's s--t!
~ The Nerd after taking a dump in a kids' Halloween bag.
  • In the episode where he reviews Halloween for the Atari 2600, two kids came to his house. Instead of putting candy in the bag, the Nerd took a dump in their bags and swore in front of them.
  • In several episodes, the Angry Video Game Nerd would have an anal evacuation on scene. He even took a dump on several characters.
  • When the Nostalgia Critic demanded that the Nerd keep his fans under control, following a series of what the Critic considers "unfair comparisons"; the Nerd responded with a message on his forum, declaring that he was a fan of the Nostalgia Critic. Unwilling to believe the Nerd, the Critic attempted to decipher the message to uncover a hidden meaning (a la The Da Vinci Code). When finished, the message appeard to noting but complete gibberish; but upon being viewed in the mirror, the true meaning was revealed: LICK MY SHIT NOSTALGIA CRITIC. The Nerd later expressed gratitude to the Critic for deciphering the message, but revealed that it was actually: LICK MY BALLS YOU PIECE OF SHIT NOSTALGIA CRITIC
  • AVGN (HtNSC)

    Angry Video Game Nerd in How the Nerd Stole Christmas

    In a Christmas special; How the Nerd Stole Christmas, The Nerd tried to steal Christmas, by stealing all the great games, replace them with bad ones, and attempted to dump the good video games. In this special, the Nerd acted like the Grinch, living in a cave on top of a moutain, proclaiming he hated Christmas, and having a similar devil-ish smile.
    AVGN as Santa (HtNSC)

    Angry Video Game Nerd disguised as Santa Clause in How the Nerd Stole Christmas

    He also impersonated as Santa Claus to fool the kids.
  • In his Nintendo World Championship video, the Nerd buys a box full of old video games, one of which contains a copy of the Nintendo World Championship video game. Expecting an actual copy of the game, or even the rare golden edition, he is dismayed to discover a reproduction cartridge. After discovering that Pat the NES Punk has an actual copy, then he attempts to steal it by claiming it to be fake and giving Pat the box of games in exchange. Pat accepts, and discovers that the box contains an authentic golden cartridge of the game, and upon seeing this, the nerd attempts to get both cartidges to complete his NES collection.  Eventually, the two game reviewers decide to play the game itself to determine who gets the cartridges; but when the Nerd sees that it essentially consists of short demos of a few existing games, rather than being an actual video game, he gets angry and destroys both Nintendo World Championships cartridges like he would any poor game. As a result, Pat descends into insanity and begins to throttle the Nerd. The ending credits sequence for the episode shows James and Pat holding the rare cartridges used to show that they were not actually destroyed. Rolfe has also said that both cartridges belong to Pat.
  • In his 2 part crossover with Pat the NES Punk where he reviewed The Adventures of Bayou Billy and Pat reviewed The Punisher, The Nerd revealed the Nintendo World Championship games presumably destroyed at the end of the Nintendo World Championship video and revealed he secretly stole both. Pat admitted that during the time he thought both were destroyed he was in therapy to cope with the experience.

Trivia

  • In many videos, the Nerd mentions his hatred for the game, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  In real life, the game is James' least favorite game. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ranked number 1 in the Top 10 Worst NES Games.
  • During the Dracula games review, the Nerd was playing the SNES or Genesis adaption of the 1992 Coppola Dracula film and name during the credits called Fred Fuchs.  The name would be used as a joke in future videos. Fred Fuchs was the final boss of AVGN Adventures.
    • Fred Fuchs was actually one of the producers for the Coppola film and had nothing to do with the game.
  • The Nerd holds an intense hatred for LJN, usually referring to the logo as "the unholy rainbow stamp of death" and says that LJN stands for "Laughing Joking Numbnuts." In the second part of the AVGN Wish List video, he finally played Maximum Carnage and was surprised to find that LJN made a decent game.
    • Actually most of the games were only published by LJN and were made by other video game developers. However, the hatred remains justified as LJN allowed the games to be released.
    • The Angry Video Game Nerd finally acknowledged LJN as a game publisher in his review of the NES version of Beetlejuice but still stated that the game was made by LJN as they were in charge of the game even if they didn't develop their games.
  • The Nerd is terrified of the E.T. the Extraterrestrial game for the Atari 2600 and often mentions that he refuses to review it.  However the game is going to be the focus for The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. Despite E.T. being the focus of the movie, fans still ask him to review the game. He finally reviewed the game at the end of the movie and actually admitted to have played worse and even claimed the gameplay was addicting.
  • The full version of his theme song can be heard in his Sega CD review.
  • The Nerd hates Tiger Electronic games even more than LJN games, considering them all to be extremely primitive and declaring the R-Zone to be the worst video game console of all time.
  • A large number of video games in James Rolfe's collection were given to him by fans.
  • Several people actually believe the Angry Video Game Nerd's persona is James Rolfe's real personality. a fact that James Rolfe acknowledged.  In actuality, James is a very nice guy.
  • James Rolfe owns nearly 800 NES titles, almost the entire collection.
  • Despite making frequent references to Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest, which was his first game review, James has admitted to liking the game, despite its flaws and his first game review was meant to be a joke. In his revisit of the game in the second video of the Nerd's four video review of the Castlevania franchise, he acknowledges more positive qualities of the game, such the nostalgic feel, the graphics, the music, and the Castlevania atmosphere.
  • The Nerd is usually more forgiving of terrible games on the Atari 2600, due to the system's limited capabilities.
  • In the second Atari Jaguar video, the Nerd states that he bought two CD add-ons for the Atari Jaguar and neither worked. He sent one to Richard of stupidfingers.com who was unable to fix it's connection problems even when he directly wired the add-on and main console together, leaving him and the Nerd to conclude that the Atari Jaguar CDs were self aware and refused to be played. Sometime after the video was uploaded, someone sent James one that worked, which he and Mike Matei both used in an episode of James and Mike Mondays.
  • The Nerd is a grammar Nazi. Some texts were so poorly written that he was either enraged or even brought to tears.
  • The Nerd almost retired after playing Desert Bus after believing he failed to warn the world about shitty games. After playing a hacked version of Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest that addressed all the problems the original game had, the Nerd decides not to retire and hopes to do something bigger.

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