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This game sucks...
~ The AVGN's first spoken words.
What were they thinking?!
~ The AVGN's catchphrase.

The Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN for short, formerly the Angry Nintendo Nerd, often abbreviated as simply Nerd, and the F@$king Nerd) is the titular protagonist of the Angry Video Game Nerd web series, portrayed and created by James Rolfe.

In most episodes he reviews a different variety of poorly made video games, he does this by complaining and overreacting while often shouting and swearing at the graphics, controls, difficulty, music, quality, or gameplay.

He is portrayed by the series creator James Duncan Rolfe.

Physical Appearance

The Nerd is a Caucasian male with brown hair and blue eyes. He looks like a stereotypical nerd. He wears a pair of glasses and dresses in a white dress shirt (sometimes short or long-sleeved). In the shirt pocket, he has some pens tucked away to throw at whatever frustrates him. Lastly, he wears a pair of khaki pants. In the episode, Desert Bus, he is seen wearing a pair of blue jeans rather than his usual khakis. The Nerd also occasionally wears a silver Atari jacket, and may wear items of clothing appropriate for the time of year, e.g. Santa's hat for Christmas, and even dressed up as a vampire for a Halloween episode.

During tough fights, the Nerd equips his NES accessories to kick the asses of anyone or anything in his way.

Once he dressed as the "BatNerd" when reviewing various Batman games.

During the RoboCop episode, he is sporting a custom RoboCop inspired costume but with a front-loader NES as the visor and his breast pocket protector.


To put it lightly, the Nerd has serious anger issues, to the point of even destroying some of the games he reviews. He often drinks beer (either Rolling Rock or Yuengling), attempting to relieve his frustration and sorrow.

The Nerd's trademark is his filthy mouth. In almost every review he repeatedly swears to insult games. He's often quoted as saying that he would rather succumb to violent and scatological acts than have to suffer through the game he's reviewing. He seems to have few, if any, friends or acquaintances, even insulting children trick-or-treating at his house in the Halloween episode. That being said, the Nerd often acts very mean-spirited and cruel, and is generally unfriendly to most of the guests on his show. Despite all this, the Nerd also does reviews in a positive light on occasion, such as in the episodes: Nintendo Power, Back to the Future Trilogy, and Wish List (Part 2).

In a Game Theory episode that focuses on the Nerd, it is suggested that the Nerd's anger and poor bowel movement consistency (when shitting on games) comes from the fact that he suffers from Paranoid schizophrenia as well as Crohn's disease. This has not been proven to be fact.

It could also be said that the Nerd is a masochist, as he spends his entire life doing nothing but playing video games that he hates. He even indirectly calls himself one at the end of his "Super Pitfall" review.

More aspects of the Nerd's personality are heavily revealed in Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. It is shown that he does have a kinder and more noble side to him, as he has a strong love and care for his fanbase and puts himself in danger quite frequently to keep them safe.

He is also revealed to have a friend in a fellow gamer and fan named Cooper, and that he values video games above other things that most normal people would be more interested in. This is the reason why the Nerd tries to avoid romantic relationships or involvement with females ("Nerds before Birds").


  • "What were they thinking?!"
  • "ASSSS!"
  • "I'd rather (various masochistic behavior)"
  • "S%@t the F&*k?!"
  • "You want some s@$t? Bombs away, Bugs Bitch!"
  • "It's like you touch the top of the building, you die, you touch the ceiling, you die, you touch the floor, you die, too far to the right, you die, too far to the left, you die, you die, you die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die, DIE!"
  • "Cowa-f@&king piece of dog s&#!"
  • "Yeah, you know what, that’s a pointless argument right there. That’s like if your dad says, 'I f#@ked your mom.' It’s like, 'I can’t argue with that!'"
  • "One die?! NO CONTINUES?! Like, seriously, give me a reason why there's no continues! WHY ARE THERE NO CONTINUES?! WHY ARE THERE NO F#&KING CONTINUES?! WHY?! ARGH!!"
  • "Welcome to DIE!"
  • "IT'S A S%$TLOAD OF F@*K!!"
  • Hey a**hole, don’t waste booze! Save this keg till I’m low on beer!

Heroic acts

  • Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures: saved his friends and himself from being trapped in Game Land created by Fred Fuchs.
  • Saved the entire world from Death Mwauthzyx in Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie and Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures 2: The ASSimilation.
  • Saved two trick-or-treaters from Michael Myers in his Halloween episode and had their mother call the police.
  • Frequently warns people of horrible games.
  • Loyal to his friends, such as Cooper
  • Prevented R.O.B. from turning all the games into Stack-Up or Gyromite and taking over the world in the 100th episode.
  • He cares about his pet cat Boo.
  • Tried to warn people about Polybius


Not much is known about Nerd's past. The episode of Board James: Video Games, features what seems to be Nerd's origin story.

James (Under the alias Board James) is a very big fan of board games, to the point where he seems to be more concerned about board games rather than actual people. He even seems to have gone as far as attempting to murder someone over the games. He is noticeably much more innocent and even cheery. However, when he begins to play video game-themed board games, a voice in his head keeps telling him how trash they all are and that he should just play the actual game. James keeps fighting off these thoughts until he eventually realizes that it's true. He soon realizes that he's tired of board games. He throws the games away, gets up and goes to play the actual game. It is here where he becomes the angry video nerd.

However, it has not yet been confirmed if this origin story is considered canon.

Nerd goes on a one-man quest to rid the world of awful video games. On his journeys, he fights Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, The Joker, and other famous characters.