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The Zaibatsu

    Matt 
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The self-proclaimed American Dream. note 

Matt is pretty much the centerpoint of the series. It's his YouTube account, after all. Almost all videos have had Matt in them in some capacity. When the series began, he played the role of the dumb guy opposite Pat, but as the series settled into a groove, he let more of his natural persona come through. Knowledgeable about many kinds of games, but he tends to steer away from RPGs.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Can be prone to this, like when he threw the axe in Silent Hill: Downpour and got caught in the scenery in Max Payne 3; the latter was a bug, but Fridge Brilliance came into play when it was finally revealed that he had a background in videogame QA.
  • Adorkable: Most of the live action has him doing incredibly dorky things with a big smile on his face.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Of Godzilla; Following a week of Godzilla games in 2014, Namco Bandai sent him a copy of the 2015 Godzilla game to promote, which he seemed only too happy to do.
  • Badass: Due to him playing a majority of the games in their videos, Matt has curb stomped some of the most difficult and glitchy games imaginable.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The enthusiasm for America stems from having an American mother and he appears to have Polish blood as well.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Matt easily has the most Catch Phrases of any of the best friends, and occasionally the others will shout them as well.
  • Catch Phrase: "AMERICA!!"
    • "...Nailed it!"
    • "See you later, fuckers!"
    • "More than you think but less than you hope."
    • "What a mysterious game!" which, following some Brazilian games in their second Shitstorm, has evolved to "What a mysterious jogo!"
      • Subsequently "What an amazing game!" when the game in question proves to be less than amazing, and "What a hero!" when the character in question is being a Jerkass.
    • "THERE'S NO TIME!"
    • "It's not great..." (When Pat complains about something)
    • Pronouncing any word that normally ends in "-ation" to end in "-acion!"note  (ex. "Operacion!","Investigacion!"). The exception to this is the word "Revelation", which will always be pronounced "Re-va-LAY-uh-ton".
    • "Remember that time when..." which is oft followed by some hideous factoid about a character from a game they're playing.
    • "WAITTT A MINUTE!"
    • "BAT-TER-Y!"
    • "Do it doucement," - which the Best Friends actively admit is stolen from True Lies. Both say it, but it's become more of a Matt thing.
    • "He/She/They love(s) it!"
    • "Sha-Blams!" Usually used sarcastically... either dully stating the phrase while doing something badass, or shouting the phrase enthusiastically while doing something mundane. Lifted from Mr. Plinkett's movie reviews, of which the Best Friends are fans.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Early series and every time he feels like goofing around, pretendig Zach is the murdere of Liam even though Liam is fine.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Usually associated with Blue or Black, or Red White and Blue as a color scheme.
  • Cool Pet: A ball python named Jack. We see him a few times in Matt's apartment videos.
  • The Ditz: Matt's naivete ranges from simply being misinformed, to childlike, to whatever brain-dribbling-out-his-ears stupidity was going through his head during Portal 2.
    • Characterization Marches On: Matt tended to be really stupid in earlier episodes, often having trouble with understanding the basics of how a game works. This was toned down to more believable levels of stupid in later seasons. It's also been outright confirmed that his stupidity in the Machinima episodes is scripted; while he and the other Best Friends talk about stupid shit in their LP's, there's little to none of the kind of humour making up the Machinima episodes.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Male or female, he'll comment on their appeal.
  • Eagle Land: Type 1, even though he's Canadian. May have something to do with his mom being American.
  • Epic Fail: He's got a few of these under his belt - Accidentally throwing the Fire Axe down a bottomless pit is probably the most well-known.
  • Fanboy: To The Punisher, Bear Grylls, Metal Gear, Emma Stone, and Hitomi J-Cup.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Apathetic. Most noticeable on the podcast, where he tends to stay out of arguments and debates, and is the one most focused on humor.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
  • Genre Savvy: More than he lets on. Especially prevalent in the The Walking Dead Let's Play.
  • Good Is Dumb: He played this up in the earlier days of the channel, but Characterization Marches On.
  • Happily Married: As of October 31, 2015. D'aww.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
    Liam: She looks like your kind of woman. Fiery red hair... that's it.
  • Hidden Depths: It's mentioned that he went to art school, and it shows on occasion, usually for the sake of a joke. His DeviantArt page is still up, though he doesn't use it anymore.
    Matt: (on Earth Defense Force 2017) You could play this game on a plasma TV and hang it in the Guggenheim.
    Pat: Where the hell is the Guggenheim?
    • He's also surprisingly knowledgeable about literature and Greek and Roman culture.
    • He speaks French fluently, though Pat only brings it up partially as an insult due to it causing Matt to mispronounce some English words.
  • Iconic Outfit: His black Punisher Skull beanie, to the point that PlagueOfGripes' fan videos will try to include Matt wearing some semblance of it in any interpretation, such as on a judge's wig or a regular skull when he looks like a caveman.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Wasn't very apparent until he got Zach, whom he "Instantly fell in love with". He cares for him so much that he opted to just move out of his old apartment instead of getting rid of him when his landlady wanted Zach out.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In wrestling games, three-player matches can frequently devolve into a stalemate due to it being impossible for one player to pin another without the third player interrupting it. When a 3P match has gone on for long enough, Matt will just surrender so someone can actually win.
  • Lemony Narrator: As he is the one who edits the videos, all the text on-screen is from him, and generally either snark or exposition that's ridiculous bias toward himself.
  • Manly Tears: During the last video for The Walking Dead Let's Play, Matt says he cried during Ratatouille.
  • Nice Hat: Usually seen with his beanie, albeit he's been sporting a black baseball cap of late.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Finds the idea of a woman with a Gianna Michaels (pornstar) body with Scorpion's head very appealing.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Possibly. While he does seem more naive and prone to simple mistakes than Pat, there are times where he proves he knows just as much trivia/info about whatever game as Pat does about Resident Evil:
    Viewer: Why is Matt the smart one now?
    Matt: I always was, we just never had a game that proved it before.
  • Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: Averted after time. While vague at first, as the Best Friends became more accustomed to their new fanbase, it was revealed Matt's job prior to the Zaibatsu was quality assurance for companies including Ubisoft and Eidos, and he mentions doing translation work for a Dragon Ball game where he managed to sneak in an "over 9000" joke. He's also detailed that he worked as a lead tester for No More Heroes, later the subject of a full LP, where he notably submitted the list of violent and sexual content to the ESRB. In another he mentions testing a Rainbow Six game, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution (which was actually the subject of an early Two Best Friends Play episode). He also briefly worked as a tester on the Tomb Raider (2013) reboot, acting as a placeholder VA for multiplayer. Perhaps most importantly, the bonds with the other Best Friends besides Pat (as well as Matt's fiancée) were forged during these roles.
  • Red Oni: With Pat to Woolie's blue.
  • Stunned Silence: Whenever Pat says something particularly creepy or offensive.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: When they first played Slender, he wasn't scared of him at all. Over the time between that and them playing Slender: The Arrival, he watched Marble Hornets (the entire reason Pat was so scared in the first place) and admitted at the beginning of the video that he was now just as scared as Pat was.
    • That being said, he still fares a lot better than Pat during the game.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a habit of adding "though" to the end of his words when it makes no sense (for example, "Shut up, though!").
    • He does the same thing with "even" ("shut up, even!") and he and Woolie share the phrase "Yeah, yeah, yeah!" when they're excited.
    • Ever since the month-long Rustle Mania event several years ago, Matt is utterly incapable of saying the word "wrestle" correctly in lieu of "rustle".
  • Video Game Perversity Potential: Frequently tries to position the camera to look up female characters' skirts. Furthermore, if given the opportunity, he'll strip down just about any character to their skivvies.
  • Your Mom: Which bothers Pat because Pat's mom watches some of the videos and he gets to hear her thoughts on such jokes. Namely that she thinks they're hilarious.

    Pat 
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The second of the Two Best Friends. Pat appears in the main series, most of the full Let's Plays, and the Super Best Friends Brawls. Pat's original role was the angry knowledgeable straight man opposite Matt, and as the series settled into a groove, he's... pretty much still the angry one. Often declared to have had "no childhood" because he grew up on the Sega Genesis. Also plays a lot of RPGs that Matt didn't.
  • Adorkable: Pat Stares at Mercenary Kings has him invoke this without a foil to commentate with.
  • Acceptable Targets: Invoked. His uncle. Matt has made some pretty terrible jokes about him during the videos, and Pat's only response at times has been to guffaw and then say his uncle is usually worse than whatever Matt joked about.
  • The Alcoholic: Full of more than a few drinking stories, and is seen downing an entire bottle of wine by himself while watching Samurai Cop.
  • Angrish: When his temper cracks especially hard, Pat will sometimes devolve into aimless sputtering and cursing.
  • Jerk Ass: Pat is incredibly belligerent towards Matt. Matt has pointed out that he has made choices in games that Pat made fun of, then took the other option in similar choices and also got made fun of. Pat gleefully agreed.
    Pat: You're talking to somebody who litters for amusement.
  • Laughing Mad: When he gets hit by an especially big scare, Pat often lapses into terrified giggling for a few minutes afterword.
  • Limited Wardrobe: You'd be hard-pressed to find a picture of him in something other than a green polo shirt and khakis.
  • Manly Tears: He cried during the the Bittersweet Ending of The Walking Dead.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Because he's short, red-headed, and named Patrick people tend to assume he's Irish and make a lot of jokes about him being a leprechaun, something Liam brings up in their LP of Barkley Shut Upand Jam Gaiden.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Played for laughs but Pat mentions that if he has 2 millions, he'll just disappear since he is rich enough to never have to deal with people ever again.
  • The Napoleon: The shortest (5'3) and the most aggressive of the "Super Friends"
    • Keet: He's the smallest and perhaps the most openly passionate about video games, as evidenced by his high pitched squeals concerning certain topics.
  • One-Hour Work Week: It would seem Pat doesn't have any other job other than the videos.
    • Confirmed with Pat's Reddit account; He's stated that both he and Matt have essentially been able to quit their day jobs - he was packing groceries whilst Matt worked quality assurance - because of how well the series has taken off. He has also stated that despite the fact creating an LP seems like the easiest thing in the world, it can take several hours of work to chop up several hours of gameplay and make sure everything works.
  • Papa Wolf: Easily the most paternal of the best friends, though he tries to hide it. He turns completely sadistic when Ellie is taken from him in The Last of Us, despite trying to distance himself from her by calling her names.
    • And let's not forget how he treated Clementine. He genuinely likes her and pushed Matt to pick options that benefited her well-being.
  • Paper Tiger: Is more prone to crying than Matt is, but also seems to scare more easily than Matt despite being a survival horror fan.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Quint.
  • Red Oni: With Matt to Woolie's Blue.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: None of them are shy about swearing, but Pat easily does it the most.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: Unlike the other three, who work or have worked in game Q&A, Pat's previous employment was mostly retail and he is vocally happy that the channel had done well enough for him to have quit his day job.
    The most important skill you learn in retail is how not to stab people.
  • Super OCD: Seems to have a lot of weird habits regarding toothbrushing and making his bed, and the others will often mock him by telling him something in his apartment is dirty or out of place. Obsessively manages save files and the inventory in RPGs and says (and shows) that it irritates him when the amount of consumables in his inventory is not a multiple of five. See the bug story in the podcast for the best example of this. During the Bloodborne LP he claimed he would delete the save file they used after the LP is over because he wants to play again on his own but hates the idea of his save being listed second. And in the video for Avengers: Battle for Earth, Liam stops Pat's trolling by rubbing his hand down the TV screen, Matt and Woolie freak out, Liam laughs. Pat? Dead. Silent.
    Pat: Woolie, if you fucking shaved your hair, I think I will have a nervous breakdown.
  • Team Killer: Non-online example.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Several times!
    Pat: I'm One-inch punching your mom!
    Pat: I'm wet and ready to go!
    • He also had a slip up when watching Mortal Kombat 9 where he remarked that two of the characters would have a "hot kid", only realizing later (after getting made fun of by Matt and Woolie) how wrong it sounded.
      • Funnily enough, he made a similar comment during the LP of Heavy Rain, where he commented that Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard's characters in Inception had hot kids, as opposed to Matt, who said they were "divine".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In earlier videos when trying to play up their personalities, he was much more loud, rude, and inappropriate, even throwing around offensive slurs such as "fag". He stopped with that attitude relatively quickly though, and in later videos and podcasts makes it clear that he is a firm supporter for feminism and LGBT rights.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a habit of slipping into a mild Christopher Walken accent that sometimes seems unintentional.
    • Eh?
    • "You know what I mean?" and "Perfect!" seem to be slipping into this during his Dark Souls II playthrough with Woolie. In compilation form!
    • His voice will suddenly increase in pitch when he's angry/scared/excited.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Pat has called Liam and Woolie "Matt" after they screwed up repeatedly while playing Deception and Dark Souls II.
    • He once was talking so intensely to Liam about the Vita during a podcast that he accidentally called him "Vita."
  • Younger Than They Look: From appearances, one might guess Pat's the oldest member of the Zaibatsu, but he's actually younger than Matt by 4 years.

    Woolie 
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The third of the Super Best Friends. Woolie is an actual fighting game competitor and has attended EVO and several other competitions. Naturally, his knowledge extends largely into fighting games, but he also is well versed in the old school games. Manages the Super Best Friendcast and the Mailbag before it was retired.
  • Animals Hate Him: Or rather, he hates animals. With the exception of Zach.
    • Just when he was healed from poisonous ant bites, a bee stung him. The rest of his friends directly declared that to be the animal's revenge.
  • Ascended Extra: First appeared as the unnamed "other guy" in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 video, and didn't make an actual named appearance in the Machinima episodes until the Game of Thrones episode.
  • Badass: Especially in the WWE '13 let's play, were he beats Matt and Pat three rounds in a row!
  • Berserk Button: He does not like being called a liar. Naturally, Matt and Pat call him a liar frequently and say he said things that are untrue.
    • It seems to have tuned down over time though, one podcast has him mention that he's almost amused that since he knows it's false, anyone who repeats the joke themselves becomes the real liar for spreading it.
    • To this extent, he hates shows and games that rip off other things, spending most of the Biker Mice from Mars playthrough complaining about how it is a rip off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
      • This tends to play into his dislike of David Cage, particularly in the Beyond: Two Souls LP, where he repeatedly found many of the plot developments hackneyed and derivative of better games and stories. He even called the Plot Twist regarding Aiden and Jodie's relationship after Matt told him something like it had been done in a previous project, reasoning that it would have been easier for Cage to rip it off than come up with something original.
    • Thieves and theft in general. Highlighted particularly in Episode 50 of the Super Best Friend Cast, where he refers to them as "cunts of the highest order," for the fact that his girlfriend's bike had been recently stolen. This stems from his childhood when his Atomic Purple Game Boy Color was stolen from him.
    • Woolie hates the trope where characters in a story don't just talk to each other to clear up a misunderstanding when they have evidence or easily can in order for there to be a conflict forced into the plot.
  • The Big Guy: The largest of the Best Friends at a little over 6 feet tall, and is noted to be quite strong. He was a football player in highschool and shook down kids who tried opening his locker. It has been joked that he killed a guy in a game of football.
  • Black Best Friend: To the Super Best Friends.
  • Blue Oni: To the Best Friends (together with Matt).
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Speaks in near-perfect Jamaican patois on occasion during the Predator: Concrete Jungle playthrough.
  • Butt Monkey: 2013 has seen Woolie receive a lot of abuse when he's not around. When Matt and Pat went to E3, they specifically had members of the industry address the camera, telling Woolie how horrible he was.
    • Matt got a photo of Jessica Nigri with her signing it with "Woolie, you're still an ass poop balls. Jessica Nigri"
  • Characterization Marches On: When he was first introduced, he was the posterboy of the typical FGC (fighting game community) player, caring only how things relate to fighting games and what's 'hype' at the time. Now...well that's technically still true, but he's shown himself to be knowledgeable in many different fields of study, and despite his competitive attitude is one of the most level-headed members of the group.
  • Chaste Hero: "I'd pick Marvel vs. Capcom 3 over sex with two bisexual women".
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Loves green, and usually uses green palettes for his characters when given the opportunity.
    • Lampshaded in the second episode of the Eternal Darkness playthrough, where Matt and Pat note that if Woolie were there, he would have chosen Xel'lotath's artifact, purely because it was green.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He's only really good at fighting games.
    • Add onto that retro point-n-click adventure games, being able to beat I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream on his own before even Plague did (who managed to nearly finish his run before Pat and Woolie's dual playthrough even started).
  • Catch Phrase/Trash Talk: Poo-Babbies. Used repeatedly during one of the Old-School Playthroughs, to the point that Matt complained to Pat about it.
    • He stopped using it after a while. He must have heard the complaints.
    • "Kill me or die, one of the two!"
    • "Death is the only true freedom!"
    • "Losing is winning!"
    • "You didn't win! You didn't win!" as a way of pettily taking away an opponent's victory.
    • "What was your plan, sir?" said when a character in a game does something stupid.
    • A distracted "That's correct," usually in response to Blatant Lies from one of the other boys.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: When he started the Reboot LP he was drinking liquor to get through (one of his drink was Chartreuse, a 40-55% alcohol by volume). He stopped because while it is LPing on easy mode it was kind a bad habit.
    Woolie:Sometime it's better just crack the bottle, put it to your lip and whisper: Easy operation.
  • Egopolis: Not himself, but his grandfather apparently owned a wealthy land estate in Jamaica known as Maddentown. The rest of the Zaibatsu joke that Woolie should find the location where Maddentown once stood, reclaim it, and populate it entirely with members of his Tangled Family Tree.
  • Failure Hero: The most consistent Running Gag about him is his constant failure. Losing to Daigo is brought up most, but Pat and Matt play up every other time he's lost as well.
  • Fan Boy: Of Casca. And seemingly short-haired tomboys in general.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Realist. Mostly on the podcast, with Pat and Liam being the two extremes.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic.
  • Hidden Depths: He's surprisingly knowledgeable on the topic of Harlan Ellison and his works, as evidenced in the I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream playthrough.
    • He apparently speaks a bit of Greek, and told Pat it's not a particularly hard language to learn.
  • I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: He claims to have Real Life experience in collecting coconuts, and thinks that will help him with the coconut collection minigame from No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. He's quickly proven wrong.
  • Les Collaborateurs/Transhuman Treachery: Becomes a Running Gag during the playthrough of XCOM 2, when Woolie admits that he would totally betray the human race if it meant getting alien superpowers. The other three promptly spend the entire playthrough chewing him out over it and pointing out all the ways his plan would seriously backfire.
  • Noodle Incident: He's "ruined seven Christmases, and saved four"
    • And as for the made up incidents, there's the pie stealing, the time he killed that guy in football...
  • N-Word Privileges: He usually uses the word in a joking context, or to actively make fun of the N-Word slinging stereotypes he and Matt usually encounter in Cryme Tyme.
  • Only One Name: The only one of the best friends to avert this. That is, until an article from Financial Post revealed Matt and Pat's last names.
  • Only Sane Man: He's calmer than Pat and less prone to doing idiotic things than Matt.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: If stories of his childhood are to be believed, life in Grenada taught him how to build a rubber band gun out of popsicle sticks but not the difference between right and left. (Matt and Pat have both mentioned having to get used to the nautical terms as a result.)
  • Sore Loser: Not really, but he likes to play up that angle with the facetious "you didn't win!" remarks. He is, however, a bit of a sore winner.
  • Tangled Family Tree: And how. In the podcasts, Woolie reveals that he and his father did some research on their family history, and discovered that each successive generation has had a track-record for having tons and tons of children. The earliest example given is his grandfather, who not only had several children with Woolie's grandmother, but also had several children with her sister's friend and her sister's friend's daughter. Based on speculation and death certificates, Woolie has at least fifteen half-uncles and half-aunts from that side of the family alone.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In Scrublords, he's starting to come across as this, by signing up both him and Matt to a tournament that he didn't know who was running it, found it advertised on a note attached to his door written in lambs blood and various organs, and required blood samples in order to enter. The Star Wars episode implies that he caused a time loop by doing so.
  • Troll: According to Pat, After watching Grave of the Fireflies, Woolie went and ordered online the candy tin used in the movie. He then ate all of the candy except one on purpose, so that whenever they are watching or mentioning the movie, he can grab the tin and shake it to make everyone hear the rattling. Pat and Matt agree that it's unbelievably fucked up.
  • Truth and Lies: Hates liars and being called a liar. This leads Matt to frequently troll him by inventing incriminating stories to make others think Woolie is guilty of lying. (For example, Matt claimed that Woolie boasted off camera about beating Final Fight Final Fight Streetwise]], namely its Escort Mission, in one sitting. This never happened.)
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Woolie is indeed his real name. He's also stated that he is in fact Woolie Jr. and that his father evidently just wants to share the pain.

    Liam 
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Known to many as "Rising Superstar Liam", as well as the resident otaku of the Super Best friends. He's a relatively recent addition, in a public sense. Known to like the PSP and PS Vita.
  • The Ace: Even before he trolled the SA-X, the Best Friends joked that when they hand him the controller, they'll be watching the end credits within ten seconds.
    • After Woolie said the gym minigames in No More Heroes 2 were impossible, he handed Liam the controller... and Liam beat them near-flawlessly.
    • When Liam lost the multiplayer match of Film/Pacific Rim, Matt and Woolie make a big deal about it being his first defeat captured on video. They joke that the defeat has, at last, made him a full member of the Best Friends team.
  • Ascended Extra: At first was just mentioned by Matt and Pat but started to make his debut in some videos such as the Metroid: Fusion playthrough, where fans loved him. Now, like Woolie, he frequently participates in videos along with the others and is a main stay on the podcast.
  • Badass: FULL STOP. See The Ace above.
  • Badass Beard: Has been slowly growing one, which - combined with his neck-length hair - has led to the fans joking that Liam is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
  • Blue Oni: Similar to Woolie, he is much calmer than Matt and Pat.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Zig-zagged; he's the youngest by several years, but no one seems to genuinely respect him any less. Most of the time this comes up, someone is either exaggerating his youth for the sake of a Running Gag or (half-joking) using it as reason to dismiss his arguments.
  • Canada, Eh?: Much like Pat, tends to use Eh? at the end of his sentences, but it seems to come as a natural verbal tic. He's also the most patriotic of the group.
  • Catch Phrase: A nasally "PERFECT!"
    • As well as Git Gud.
    • "It's fine!" While everyone in the Zaibatsu uses it, Liam sounds way more confident in saying it's fine even though things are not.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Usually Pink, but when the entire Zaibatsu is represented together he usually gets yellow.
  • Commander Contrarian: He does this in the podcast a lot. Primarily because in his own words, he feels that if someone doesn't play Devil's Advocate, "the others will just circlejerk when it comes to hating on something".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Known for it.
    Pat: Liam's deadpan delivery cannot be topped.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A good measure if something is truly bad is if Liam gives it criticism.
  • Fan Boy: Is known to be a big fan of K-On! and generally anything by Kyoto Animation, though his favorite anime is actually CLANNAD. He also loves Streets of Rage with a passion.
  • Fatal Flaw: Played for laughs with his inability to space jump properly in Metroid: Fusion.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist. He has the most faith in companies, franchises, and systems currently doing poor financially, and is often at odds with Pat in the podcast.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
  • The Gadfly: Or perhaps The Troll, if you prefer. Take any game that requires them to work cooperatively. Liam will typically find a way to ruin everything.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has aggressive wrist damage from playing too much Kid Icarus: Uprising. Doesn't stop him from being the best gamer of the group.
  • Hidden Depths: Pat mentioned on the The Last of Us playthrough that Liam is knowledgeable about guns and hunting and has allegedly killed "hundreds of deer". Both Matt and Pat agreed that it was a "weird revelation".
    Pat: Okay Liam; you're too moe and too manly.
  • In-Series Nickname: Matt and Woolie jokingly call him "Rising Superstar Liam" at the beginning of the Metroid: Fusion playthrough. The fandom latched onto that, but "Liam-sama" is also becoming popular.
  • Knife Nut: During Friendcast 4 show notes he shows off some impressive skill with the classic knife game.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Liam has a tendency to "Jump the gun". This is especially evident in the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain playthrough, where he's failed multiple missions through deciding to try and cut the knot, many of which backfire, such as attempting to get information out of a target's subordinate. The subordinate doesn't know anything, and because he doesn't show up, his superior gets suspicious and leaves in a helicopter, making Liam fail the mission.
  • Leitmotif: The theme of the Bizarre Jelly 5, the Magical Girl anime within a game from No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle [1]
    • As of the 2014 Halloween Special, John Cena's theme from the WWE. This despite (or more likely, because of) his complete unfamiliarity with wrestling. This has been followed up with the theme becoming Liam's ringtone, as well as his wrestling persona being "UnCENAble".
  • Lolicon: Mocked relentlessly for his love of cutesy anime, he's implied to be this multiple times
    Woolie: Oh my god...
    Liam: Shut it Woolie, they're too pure for you!
    Liam: At least they're still worth marrying, unlike you.
    Matt: (As Woolie mutters to himself) What!? That almost sounds like you two got a divorce!
    Woolie: Just send the van to Liam's house, just send the van and wait.
    Matt: Theres gonna be a guy, like "Hello Liam, have a seat, we need to talk."
    • In any animesque game with girls in it he has a tendency for preferring the most petite one, like Gooseberry from the above anime parody. His favorite character in K-On! is none other than resident Token Mini-Moe Azusa Nakano.
  • Madness Mantra: Gets several whilst playing [[Video Game/Outlast Outlast: The Whistle-blower]] on his twitch channel.
  • Noodle Incident: Just what the hell is he under house arrest for, anyway?Answer 
  • N-Word Privileges: Debatably has them, as he's used the word in the Astro Boy and Star Fox Adventures series with nobody batting an eye. Both with Woolie present, although he did apparently catch Woolie off-guard when he said it, causing him to spit take and laugh.
    • It should be noted that he only tends to say it if Woolie's used it first, as in the Star Fox example; and it does not look like he realized he used the nickname of the Cloudrunners.
  • Occidental Otaku: If the others' jabs about him during the Playstation All Stars episode are to be taken seriously.
    • In Metroid: Fusion, Matt and Woolie reference Liam's interest in Japanese television shows as well.
    • Super Best Friends Brawl: Mario Kart says everything he likes is "Moe as fuck."
    • In No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Liam makes his triumphant entrance with an anime girl body pillow in hand.
    • In WWE2K14, he makes his apartment entrance to a song that can only be described as, "Mooooe!~'
    • Though as Pat said in an episode of the Friendcast, "the secret is all 4 of us are actually gigantic weeaboos", so it's not just Liam.
  • Pretty Boy: Is often said to be very handsome.
    • In particular the other Best Friends are all stout with beards, while Liam is thinner, younger, and clean-shaven with long-ish hair. This would later be subverted, as Liam eventually grows out a Badass Beard of his own.
  • The Pollyanna: Easily the most optimistic and hopeful of the best friends, which combined with his tolerance for all games, even mediocre ones, has come to the point when, on any occasion he describes something negatively, it's treated as a minor disturbance in the way of the world.
  • The Scapegoat: Matt, Woolie, and even Liam himself say to blame him for anything that goes wrong.
    • Though he does take credit for winning the tag match in Playstation All Stars, by killing both Matt and Pat after Woolie gets killed.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: He's often mocked for being this by accident: even if he's good at a game, his advice tends to be so uselessly vague that everyone else summarizes it as "get good".
  • Supreme Chef: If the food he made during the final Nuzlocke run is any indication. (One item of which was a pepper stuffed with meat from a deer his dad hunted.)
  • Tagalong Kid: Played for Laughs as he's not really a kid, but he is treated like one of these by the other 3 because he's the youngest. He sometimes plays along with it, lying about his age and feigning ignorance about major events in the past by saying he wasn't born at the time. He's really in his early twenties.
    • When putting his birthday in, Matt supplies the year as "2005." That would make Liam 10 at the time of the video.
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: As an avid hunter he doesn't subscribe to this line of thought, but Matt and Pat naturally rib him over it. He has several mounted deer head at home.
  • Trash Talk: Cuts two legitimately great promos as UnCenable during Rustlemania 2.
  • Verbal Tic: Much like Pat, "Eh?"
  • Weird Aside: As Pat notes, he'll frequently chime in mid-conversation with something incredibly disturbing, deliberately timing it in such a way that it can't be edited out.

    Zach 
Matt's pet Angora cat. He was originally a stray cat until he was taken in by a friend of Matt's, who then gave it to him because she couldn't take care of him. Matt has a real soft spot for him, and his name was chosen by the fans.

Associates

    James Small 
A former co-worker of Matt and Woolie's who is frequently mentioned by all of the Zaibatsu.

  • Butt Monkey: Matt and Pat both make jabs at him constantly due to his weirdness and taste in games. One of the main things they mention is that he completely hates the PlayStation 2 and regards the Sega Dreamcast as the greatest console ever made. When he finally appears on the podcast, Pat thinks James would have been fully justified in physically assaulting any of them.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He does not like Never Dead.
    James Small, willing to defend MindJack and other assorted pieces of garbage, plays Never Dead and says, "It's not very good."
  • Full-Name Basis
  • The Ghost: Deliberately invoked by Pat, who says he likes the idea of him never appearing. However he finally shows up in Episode 97 of the Super Best Friendscast as a guest, then in video during the 2015 E3 videos.
  • I Am Very British: Whenever Matt or Pat mock him, they tend to do so in a Cockney accent. Oddly, when they first talked about him they mention that he's from Portugal.
  • In Vino Veritas: He mentions finding out "Drunk James" doing a variety of strange things, like pulling pranks on himself (like hiding shoes inside tinfoil wrap inside an oven) and getting a perfect score on game, which he found nigh-impossible to do normally.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: When James finally makes an appearance on the podcast, it becomes clear that he's actually on good terms with the Best Friends.
  • Meaningful Name: Well, seeing as how Matt and Pat belittle him...

    Dork Girl 
Technically three different girls, although generally the term refers to the "Main Dork Girl", the Dork Girls are mysterious friends to the group. Two of them were the toads in the Mario Brother Wii U video and the main Dork Girl made her first "official" appearance in an early episode of the podcast, as well as cosplaying the postman in the Matt & Liam's Bomb-Ass Zelda Orchestra Symphony Tour.

    Billy 
Another friend of the group who's made several cameos and background appearances in several live action videos, most notably appearing in multiple Fighterpedia episodes, as well as driving the Shame Car at the end of the Divekick mini tournament. He's known for his love of self-imposed challenges, insane driving, and thick Vietnamese accent, not that you would ever hear it.
  • Drives Like Crazy: According to Pat, he once went 120 mph with three other people asleep in the car while listening to the Super Smash Bros. soundtrack to keep from nodding off, all to avoid paying an extra day on the rental car.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Woolie and Liam note that he likes to play games in the most difficult way possible.
    • Inverted for RP Gs apparently (although it could be argued otherwise). Woolie claims that he likes to level up to 99 as early as possible before moving forward in the plot, so he'll feel overpowered and breeze through.
  • The Voiceless: For years Billy's shtick was that he never spoke on camera. He still hasn't, but he did make a guest appearance on episode 98 of the podcast and he made it count.
    "I'm fucking good."
    • Finally speaks in the "Naruto: The Broken Bond" LP to explain how Shenron wishing system works and conclude that Tenten sucks before leaving.

     2 Snacks 
The series' most prominent animator, his work mainly being used for the intros to Machinima episodes. He also animates 'Fun-Time Adventures' and 'Two Best Sisters Play'. Aside from his interest for My Little Pony and being from Brazil, not much is known about him.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He originally just did 'Two Best Sisters Play' until the Best Friends recognized his work and commissioned him to do the intro animations to their Machinima episodes. He even gets more in-touch with them as they provide voice acting for 'Fun-Time Adventures'.
  • The Ghost: Never heard from, never seen on camera, his name, interests, job and appearance are all a mystery. All we know is he can draw, he's from Brazil and he loves ponies.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's a brony.

    Plague Of Gripes 
One of the series main animators along with 2Snacks. He's notable for living on a farm, having a taste for West Coast Hip-Hop and being terrifying. A member of the supposed Ustabiaz, where he's their version of Pat.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Part of his art style.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Like 2Snacks, he was once a fan animator until he was eventually recognized by the Best Friends themselves and was commissioned to do intro art/animations for their videos, eventually becoming friends with the group. There are even tentative plans to fly him up to Canada to participate in some videos.
  • The Cameo: Finally managed to invade Woolsworth in episode 52 of the Dark Souls 2 LP.
    • He makes a live-action appearance in the fifth episode of Rustlemania II.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Notably averted. Plague draws a lot of cheescake and boobs, but when he draws a woman in armor, the armor is actually useful.
  • The Gadfly: Plague's raison d'etre. Almost always involving disgusting animal facts. Pat once described a conversation between them going perfectly normal until apropos of nothing Plague started bombarding him with articles about cannibal horses.
  • Hidden Depths: Disgusting knowledge of animal facts? Interest in the odd and frightening? Drawing Fan Service-y and slightly perverted images? Check, the side of Eli people tend to see. A surprisingly detailed three part series based around the how-to of writing and one on horror, with instructions on how to do them properly? Helps Woolie become a Predator through donating fully leveled Mad Warrior gear? Deep, highly intelligent and honest monologues that dip into the human condition and what it means to be a person? Check, the side of Eli displayed though his Let's Gripe, Let's Plague, and Tri-Fusion videos.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: The Best Friends jokingly invoke this trope most times they mention him, usually throwing in some reference to The Yellow King cult in True Detective (despite Plague living in Kentucky rather than Louisiana).
  • Jump Scare: An amusing side effect of some latency issues during his Dark Souls II invasion had him apparently Flash Stepping directly into the camera while Woolie was looking through a set of binoculars.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Eli apparently loves cats, as almost all of his videos feature a link (sometimes hidden, sometimes overt) to a cute cat video.
    • Has discussed that he is recently bottle feeding a baby kitten. Cat Lover Confirmed.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Mentions never having had many friends as a child, as other kids found him weird and creepy.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: To the point of writing and animating a three-part series on the nature of horror fiction.
    • Has gone on record saying that if he ever dies, he wants his corpse to be immaculately preserved with a permanent Slasher Smile on his face, and to be buried in a coffin with a window to show his head.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Whenever anything disturbing comes up and the Woolie Hole isn't mentioned, expect Plague to be referenced instead.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: For a long time until he let his real name (Eli) slip. Although he's still almost always just referred to as Plague.
  • Perpetual Frowner: To the point that he claims to be unable to physically smile.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Fucking Plague"
  • Prematurely Bald: Was thought to be this until he revealed on a stream with Pat and GermanSpy that he actually shaves his head. The revelation of this causes Pat to temporarily lose his mind.
  • Lazy Artist: He claims to be this.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Pat once joked that he and Plague were actually twins seperated at birth after Matt & Woolie noted their similarities in the WWE'13 vid (bald, bearded, angry and red-headed (although Plague's eventually darkened into brown)).
  • The Sociopath: Subverted, the Best Friends just call him one, as a joke of course.
  • Surreal Humor: Often has this in his animations.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 33, but looks grizzled and balding enough that Pat joked on the Nuzlocke stream (Plague's birthday) that he had just turned 45.

    Cranky Construct 
A relatively new fanimator for the Best Friends and a member of the supposed Ustabiaz, where he's their version of Liam.
  • Animal Motifs: A black and red bear. He even wears an animal onesie (kigurumi) of it.
  • Ascended Fanboy: For the third time, like 2Snacks & Plague Cranky only did fanimations for the Best Friends on his own time before being commissioned by them. His initial contribution was the intro for the Pokemon Leafgreen Nuzlocke; fittingly, his very first TBFP fanimation revolved around a podcast conversation about eating Pokemon. He recently flew up to not only meet the guys at Montreal Comic Con 2015, but also participate in some of their videos alongside them, with Matt even having him stay over at his place for the few days he was there.
  • Expy: His Ustabiaz persona at magfest as shade of Bray Wyatt, with being referred as a god by takahata and that while Liam love his waifu he crafts waifu.
  • Puni Plush: He draws his characters in this way.

    Indonesian Bob 
A mildly infamous fan artist known for his... unique art style and his taste for the weird.

Zaibatsu Wrestling Federation

    Zubaz 
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Zubaz, AKA "The Baz", was a scrapped character concept from Street Fighter II. Born under a blood red moon, little is known about this mysterious warrior, but heaven help those who dare to challenge him...
  • Ascended Extra: While he was originally just one of several rejected designs spotlighted in the first episode of Fighterpedia, he went on to be referenced in every episode of the show, as well as make cameos in other videos like Super Best Friends Brawl and Two Best Friends Funtime Adventures. Now he's actually going on to make appearances in multiple video games the Best Friends have backed via crowdfunding, including playable appearances in Divekick and Kaiju Combat, and as a special boss in Shovel Knight and Pocket Rumble, as well as becoming a member of the Video Game Championship Wrestling roster.
  • Badass: Subverted, even Woolie calls him garbage.
  • Big Bad: Is set up as this during the Zaibatsu Live Pay-Per-View, as the leader of the Heel Stable "The Order of the Storm Feelers."
  • Drop the Hammer: In his fight with Rage in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Zubaz wields the Storm Hammer as his Weapon Style.
  • Humongous Mecha: The basis for one in Kaiju Combat.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Since much of him is being made up as the best friends go, he may be anything from a storm god to a wrestler to an ex-luchador and anything in between.
    • We can kind of infer his past, assuming that jokes that are made and his appearances as custom characters are "canon". After being rejected, he became a luchador, but was dishonored in a two-on-one match. He now seems to be determined to become the best at any sporting event or game that will let him in, although his primary job seems to be a wrestler.
  • Shock and Awe: Is often portrayed with electric powers. They don't call him The Storm for nothing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: According to Woolie, one of his main traits is that he thinks he's a cool badass, but is actually pretty garbage. This is directly contrasted with Rage, who is a legitimate badass, but doesn't necessarily care about his own hype.
  • Sore Loser: He doesn't take rejection well in most of his appearances.
  • Whip It Good: Never seen without his rope whip in hand.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Inverted. In the WWE '13 Brawl, the Best Friends claim he's wrestling to earn money to build his Mecha for Kaiju Combat.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Usually just called "The Baz" or just "Baz" in his various official video game appearances, to prevent copyright conflicts with the clothing brand.

    Rage of Africa 
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He doesn't need to look at the watch because the time of the day is always ARMAGEDDON!

"Once upon a time there was a big black man. He was REALLY angry."

An original character first invented by Woolie's brother, now given life and form in Matt and Woolie's Def Jam: Fight for NY playthrough. He's gone on to appear in several episodes, particularly in games that feature a character-creation system.

Rage is a timeless embodiment of what it truly means to be black: Picking fights and being angry at everything, all the time. He exists only to prove his strength and destroy all who dare challenge him.

    Best-Frienderation X (El Woolio, Cactus Pat, The Punishment, & UnCenable) 
The wrestling personas for the Zaibatsu, first shown off during Rustlemania 2. Woolie is El Woolio, Pat is Cactus Pat, Matt is The Punishment, and Liam is UnCenable.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Yo Videogames World Order is set up like this.
  • Butt Monkey: Cactus Pat and UnCenable are this during their backstage brawl against El Woolio and Zach The Cat, although they did manage to get some good hits in, though. UnCenable also serves as this when he takes a four way ass-pounding from the Order of the Storm Feelers at the start of the Pay-Per-View.
  • Dirty Coward: The Punishment is definitely this, considering he bailed on his match with Rage before a single punch was thrown. He's this despite being billed as the go-to enforcer for the Order of the Storm Feelers.
  • Expy: All of them are a rip-off of someone or something.
    • El Woolio is pretty transparently inspired by Rey Mysterio, with Randy Orton's Legend Killer pose and a dash of The Predator thrown in.
    • Cactus Pat is a straight up knock-off of Mick Foley.
    • The Punishment is The Punisher, and he wears the logo of Immortan Joe as a necklace.
    • Three guesses for who UnCenable is, first two don't count.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Order of the Storm Feelers
  • The Unintelligible: The only time El Woolio speaks, his voice is interpreted as a Predator-like clicking sound.

Other Characters

    Chewie & Fuckface (ft. The Shit King & Liam) 
The shock jock radio host personas of the Zaibatsu. Woolie is Chewie, the main MC; Pat is Fuckface, co-host to Chewie; Matt is The Shit King, patriarch of the Shit Royal Family and Lord of Shit Keep; and Liam is Liam.

Originally conceived after a fan misnamed Matt & Pat after seeing them at a convention (calling them Chewie and Matt respectively), it eventually evolved into a running joke that if their LP business ever flops they could go into radio hosting as the Chewie & Fuckface Show. They made their official debut in the intro for Episode 100 of the Friendcast.
  • Corpsing: Copious amounts happen in their Friendcast appearance, especially from Liam and The Shit King.
    Liam: Oh my GOD, what are we doing with our lives!?
    The Shit King: Man... This is a MESS!
  • Iconic Item: You can kill him dead, but you will NEVER take Chewie's soundboard.

    Jerry the Predator 
Jerry is a Predator, and the star of Predator: Concrete Jungle, a game Matt and Woolie play. He is not very good at his job, for the most part...
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