Board James – a fan’s analysis

James / May 29th, 2015

Following the Board James: Lie Detector episode, I was sent this analysis by Azure Aragami. I am glad that the videos are encouraging creative thinking. I am offering no hard answers at this point. I’d rather keep dropping small pieces of the puzzle to get everyone talking. I’m not saying whether this is correct or not, but here is what he has to say.


“I’m going to state the time code and relate what happened to back up the theory that Board James is the killer, he has multiple personality disorder and so, he constantly hallucinates things and remembers them in a way thats more suitable for him.

Mr Bucket Video
5:50 – We start here, the hallucination is of James throwing Mr. Bucket (by pushing it), as we see that in reality he left it where he was sitting.

10:10 – Mike enters the room with a confused expression on his face, as if hearing something weird, but, if he were capable of listening what Mr. Bucket is saying “suck on your balls”, he would not have this expression nor would he walk slowly to the place whereJames is, where, at 10:50 we can see Mike jump surprised after watching James(meanwhile James is hallucinating the struggle).

10:20 – Inside of the hallucination we see James show no regard for Mike and literally telling Mr. Bucket (aka the killer inside of him) to attack Mike instead of him, by 10:30 his expression changes to one more aggressive, at this point the hallucination shows how Mr. Bucket attacked Mike and James confronted it and drowned it, while in reality James started drowning Mr. Bucket since approximately the moment when Mike entered the room and what Mike was actually hearing was the sound of James “drowning” Mr.Bucket and here is where the lie detector video continues on 3:45 with what really happened at10:20 outside of the hallucination.

Dream Phone.
7:47 – The cut here is where James starts to hallucinate, he thinks that he was in bed waiting for Bootsie for a relatively long time, instead, he killed bootsie and went to bed where his personality “switched”.

8:57 – James gives no fucks to the death of his friend, true, he was not that close to Bootsie as seen on other videos where he and Mike get annoyed by him, but nevertheless, he is his friend, as stated when he claims that Bootsie and Mike are the most chaotic group of friends he ever had, so logically, if things were okay on his mind, James would be reacting to the death of his friend.

10:20 – The way Mike reacts, if we were to assume that Mr. Buckets video showed “reality” theres no way Mike would be ANNOYED by what he thinks James is telling him, instead, if what actually happened during that video was “Mike entered BJs house and saw him violently drowning a toy” then it would make sense for Mike to be annoyed to have to deal with another weird mental episode of James.

10:50 – At first Mike overreacts to the dead body, but, (hallucination begins again) suddenly his reaction literally becomes the same that James had, and after that he gets killed.

11:25 – Again, same as 5:50 of Mr. Bucket, here the Dream Phone conveniently appears where BJ is, remember, he left it when he was calling Bootsie, and no, this is not an error on the original video, BJ takes the phone and kills Bootsie/Mike (I’m not sure if he went for the Dream Phone before or after killing Bootsie as he hallucinated at both times), so that he can “get a call from the killer” (aka the killer inside of him).

14:20 – As BJ is “fighting with Mr. Bucket” we hear clearly how James is actually laughing while his mouth is “wide open”, clearly BJ is hallucinating while in reality “his other self” is enjoying, laughing, after having killed his friends.

15:45 – Again, James looks happy after killing “the Dream Phone” (his friends), this implies that James moved a little around the house from 14:20 to 15:45 while happy over the death of his friends, taking the weapon of murder with him and leaving the “killer” (Dream Phone) “dead” behind, after this James becomes violent right at the end of the video.

Just 2 questions left:

Motivation: You answered this one on this video, Mike and Bootsie are a wreck, Mike is always cheating and Bootsie is always fucking things up, you can never play a game the way it is supposed to be played, that pisses you off, that makes you hate them, and react violently, as seen on the Shark Attack Video.

Trigger: This one is what I am 50% sure about, what triggered the hallucinations on these 2 videos that did not trigger them on the other ones, heres my take on this, these 2 times where the only 2 times when you were playing a game that was said to be “inappropriate”, Mr. Bucket because of the sexual innuendos, and Dream Phone as stated by Mike, because it is a “girly game” (which has nothing inappropriate in reality but remember,James didn’t even want the game when Bootsie wanted to give it to him, so BJ clearly thinks the game is not appropriate on the videos), on the other videos the games were just weird or plain cool, and on the one with the dog shit, James and Mike laughed it up, they never stated something wrong with the game, unlike they did with Dream Phone or Mr. Bucket, this is your motivation, this is what causes Board James to become violent, start switching “his 2 selfs” and hallucinate.

Here is how it works, when Board James plays a game that he considers inappropriate, he unconsciously starts to “switch” rarely (not enough for James to notice any strange occurrence or inconsistency), at this point the “assassin” inside of him is fully active and starts taking decisions, and, before killing, his “routine” makes him WATCH A HORROR MOVIE (he never watches horror movies on the other videos), after watching at least a part of a horror movie he starts the hallucinations, the Dream Phone called during after a horror movie, Mr. Bucket also came during a horror movie.
Thats when it starts and Board James actively switches more than he was doing before (and thus he is capable of noticing how things change radically from this point onward during the time he is “being attacked”), to the point of everything explained thus far.

Thats it, I may be wrong BUT I am fully confident on this, Board James was the killer and when he started to get bored of playing alone games that required his dead friends, he started to feel guilty on an unconscious level and confessed to himself on a conscious level so that he could confront the facts.”


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  • May 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    This is like the Game Theory episode on the AVGN, the Jamesepction. Great job whoever put this together!

  • Alejandro Murillo Ramirez

    May 29, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you James.

  • greedo

    May 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Interesting analysis. Not sure I agree with it, but it is a thought provoking piece, nonetheless. Personally, I think that this could all be in Board James’ head, a la American Psycho. For all we know, Bootsy and Mike may well be figments of B. James’s imagination. Therefore, B&M may well represent parts of you-know-who that he either doesn’t like, or can’t face up to.

    In any case, it should be interesting to see where this is all headed!

    • itscmillertime

      May 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Spoiler alert for American paycho! Dang dude!

      • greedo

        May 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        Did I just say that? Silly me! Oh, wait- what’s that over there? *throws smoke bomb* *vanishes*

    • June 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Except in American Psycho it isn’t in his head, confirmed by the author and director of the movie. The point of American Psycho is that the world around Patrick Bateman is so shallow that everyone is busy with themself to care.

  • May 29, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    but hey, it’s just a theory…

  • May 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Whether I agree or not, it sounds like as if a certain viewer needs to take some time away from the computer and enjoy the sunshine 🙂

  • Jcr3ws

    May 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    American psycho came to mind when I watched the lie detector episode. Cause he reflects on himself. I slightly agree with the analysis above but I do think that mike and bootsy could be his inner personality. All boardj wants is to play games, well you cant play a board game alone so he makes up mike and bootsy as his inner self to play against. Each boardj episode relates to the given game, shark attack he attacks them/or self in frustration, dream phone is a guessing game of who is it, he uses the scream niche as a killing game of who he really is against them/or himself. Maybe boardj wants his own game to play alone which results into him being a psychotic hallucinated murderer that is out of reality til the next board game. Even the lie detector is a hallucination as his guilt fights against him to let him know how much a sick fucker he really is. It all seems to effect him more after a horror movie and he calls on mike and bootsy in cowardice when he cant control the provoking erg to kill. So I am gonna say the lie detector will say yes, but boardj wont agree and find himself in hallucination against himself that could possibly end him completely. Maybe boardj has an inner demon from playing a Ouija board. Anyways thats my view I really dont watch too many episodes anymore since im too busy but these episodes prove the James has a great imagination and writing skills that make the viewers part of his world. Thanks James for your creative world you show us all. Cheers

    • greedo

      May 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      The more I watch James, the more I appreciate his cinematic skill. I think he would make a good career on the silver screen. If not as a Hollywood director, then at least as an indie director. (Okay, James is technically indie already, but you know what I mean)!

      • Jcr3ws

        May 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm

        He’s definitely indie but could easily climb to higher levels. He has more imagination than Hollywood does thats for sure haha.

  • dcco

    May 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    the one thing about the “jame’s is hallucinating” theories that’s always bothered me is that, if that’s what happened w/ mr. bucket, what exactly did mike see happening? if it was actually james attacking him, why would he never mention that later? the only thing that really makes sense is if mike was never even there during the mr. bucket episode, and james hallucinates during the phone call later on. but that seems kind of awkward and complicated. perhaps i’m missing something though, i’ve never thought about it very hard before.

  • Don Skiver

    May 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Here’s my take on the fan theory. Just because it makes logical sense and you can use snippets of circumstantial evidence from the many videos doesn’t make the theory ironclad. In fact, I have half a mind to believe that James set all this up as a red herring just so he can throw us a great big curve ball at the very end! Like perhaps maybe the Mike and Bootsy he killed weren’t really Mike and Bootsy but were actually just Replicants like in Blade Runner? I can totally see James, being the film nerd that he is, throwing us a curve ball like that.

  • Joker83

    May 31, 2015 at 11:58 am

    This is really cool, I love board James videos.

  • Rick

    May 31, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve always been convinced that he’s the killer too. It just makes more sense.

  • June 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    my theory is board james is actually in an asylum. during free period he gets to play board games with 2 others. bootsie who clearly has issues, and mother fucker mike also deranged. after an incident involving mr bucket and dream phone. james is sent into isolation hence the long absence without board james videos.

    • greedo

      June 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      I think the part about Board James being in a asylum makes the most sense. Quite frankly, the whole “Board James did it” scenario is too neat and tidy. I don’t know where the series could go from there, as it would make little sense to continue the series. Something weird is happening… and I have a feeling we’re about to find out what it is.

  • June 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    A well thought-out analysis. It’ll be interesting to see if this hypothesis pans out.

  • Joska Pista

    June 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I’m pretty sure that at the time the Mr Bucket episode was made they didn’t have the plot for the Dream Phone episode. So all this stuff from the Mr Bucket ep. would be retcon at best.
    As for the horror movies, keep in mind that only in those two episodes can we see Board James when he is not playing a board game. And we know that (the real) James likes horror movies. Add it up, it’s no rocket science.
    As for the rest of the analysis, it’s pure speculation. If you are looking for specific clues very hard you will find them anywhere. (I mean you will find something that – with a wide enough fantasy – could be considered a clue.) It’similar to those analyses like Back to the future predicted 9/11.

  • SoTH

    June 17, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Actually, at 5:50, he just nudges it, and so it would have fell into directly onto the seat part of the couch.

    Also, its common for a character of a select personality to react that way to a dreadfully bad experience in a comedy and/or fantasy movie or show, cartoon or not, so its not at all impossible for it to have happened.

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