The majority of Josh's videos have been about some form of animation. Common topics include Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and overall good/bad animation.
Josh is a psychology student at university. He runs obsessively in his spare time and has done 12 marathons (42km) and 3 Ultra Marathons (56km & 67km) so far. He also likes to do "let's play" videos with his brother Ben on his second channel LiveStrider. He likes to watch Disney movies whenever they come out in the cinema. His favourite fruit is bananas and apples. He likes to livestream at least twice a year to raise money for charity. Typically charities for mental health.
He really enjoys nature and running/hiking out in the forest and mountains.
Josh worked alot of odd jobs over the years. This included pizza delivery, KFC, Subway, service station attendant, store clerk, hotel receptionist, car shuffler, dressing up as superheroes for birthday parties, and a gas station (which black marked him for being late). He also served briefly as a Signal Intelligence Officer in the Navy. He enjoys playing villains in community theater performances.
Strider appears to particularly enjoy Disney and Spongebob Squarepants, devoting multiple top lists to them. His favorite shows on Cartoon Network appear to be Steven Universe and Adventure Time. He's a big fan of Nickelodeon's Avatar: Legend of Korra. His favorite cartoons on Disney XD includes Star vs. the Forces of Evil, and Duck Tales 2017. He also enjoys cartoons like South Park and Futurama. His favourite Disney movie is Inside Out.
Mental health work
Josh has Asperger's syndrome and sometimes teaches coping techniques and tips for mental health challenges in his "Anxiety Tips" mini-series. These videos focus on using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, exercise, mindfulness and meditation to live more comfortably with Asperger's, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Although he is not English, his accent is often mistaken for British. Some of the closer channel community speculate that his Asperger's bends his accent towards this speech style.
On 12/02/2017, Josh ran a Live-streamed marathon to the public in order to raise money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. He did another LiveStream on 26/09/17 to once again raise money for the AFSP. This time he did a 100% play through of Sonic Mania with his brother Raz. He did a third livestream later that year by dancing non-stop on Just Dance for 5 hours.
Least Favorite Cartoons:
In his Worst Cartoons of All Time list, Strider believed that the worst cartoon of all time was the episode Ren Seeks Help from Ren and Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon". He also seems to intensely dislike modern episodes of Family Guy. He also loathes the Nickelodeon show Breadwinners, and calls it the worst kids cartoon. He considers Foodfight! the worst animated movie of all time while he considers Drawn Together: The Movie to be the worst animated sequel of all time. He also considers The Emoji Movie to be the worst animated Sony movie ever made.
Strider began his videos in 2014 occasionally showing himself in a maroon-colored shirt. He was almost always at his computer in a very bare, minimalist room. His first appearance for more than 2 seconds was when giving out hotline numbers during Worst Family Guy Episodes. Strider began to appear more often doing silly things like dancing to sitcom songs such as "Jessie"
The first person to appear alongside Strider in a review was his brother Raz during Worst Games Ever Made whom helped him talk about Sonic the Hedgehog 2006. This was later followed by a guest appearance from his friend Animetist when they reviewed the most popular films in the world.
Strider did not appear for more than 5-10 second on camera until July 2016, where he began doing Top 5 lists on his smaller channel LiveStrider that he narrated on-camera. Josh's on-camera movements were often described as over-exaturated and strange. He eventually attempted to counter this by tying himself up to stop his arms moving with minimal success. These videos led to the mini-series "Cartoons from around the world" wherein Strider looked at good/bad cartoons from various countries.
At the beginning of 2017, Nostalgia Critic was briefly introduced in Worst Movies of All Time, revealing a "shared universe" between the two critics. Robyn from Anime America was later introduced as Strider's go-to expert for whenever he needed help discussing anime. Dennis, (AKA: HoodoHoodlumsRevenge) was introduced as Strider's friend who helped with discussing Creepypastas. BlameitonJorge was also introduced during the Creepiest Kids Show Characters, whom gave Strider a second opinion in discussing uncanny kids show mascots. LuigiFan00001 (AKA: Matt) was mistakenly called during Top 5 Anime I Hate That Everyone Likes. whom offered his help in the future with any Nintendo-themed lists. Various other critics such as Alpha Jay have been introduced since then for guest star appearances.
By 2017, Strider was doing on-camera video reviews frequently on green screen, allowing him to point to problems and frustrations with cartoons directly. It also offered him a new creative outlet and a way to "travel" to different countries.