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The self-proclaimed American Dream. note Actually Canadian, like everyone else in the seriesMatt is pretty much the centerpoint of the series. It's his YouTube account, after all. Almost all videos will have 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.
"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 Yes, always with the exclamation mark. (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!"
"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.
And now he's added a rescued cat to the mix, named Zach by the fans.
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.
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.
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.
Nice Hat: Usually seen with his beanie, albeit he's been sporting a black baseball cap of late.
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: Matt's actual job before Youtube is very vague, but we have been given clues to it, it has something to do with video games with off hand mentions of having to get them for work.
Its been mentioned a few times that he's worked in quality assurance, and he mentions doing translation work for a Dragon Ball game where he managed to sneak in an "over 9000" joke.
Matt has mentioned that he worked as a lead tester for No More Heroes. He also submitted the list of violent and sexual content to the ESRB. In another he mentions testing a Rainbow Six game.
Given those last two games are titles from UbiSoft (or in the case of NMH, published by UbiSoft for North America) and Matt lives in Canada, where UbiSoft has multiple studios given the company's French origins, it might not be too far fetched to assume Matt used to work for UbiSoft just before starting the Best Friends channel.
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.
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
Specifically mashing one button repeatedly, as opposed to randomly mashing buttons on a controller.
Though on the opposite end of the spectrum, he had a lot of trouble keeping up with Matt and Woolie in Mario Kart, often starting each race spinning out of control due to button mashing before the start of each race (and don't even get us started on how far he fell behind on Rainbow Road). Not a straight case, however, as he did randomly win one race and came close to winning another (before ending up in 3rd again at the last second).
He can pretty much destroy any lower-level player at 3rd Strike effortlessly, as shown in his escapades on XBL.
Cuteness Proximity: Pat really loves dogs. He once said in the podcast that he's incapable of staying angry when in the presence of a friendly dog.
Day in the Limelight: Pat stares at Mercenary Kings has him going solo. The only other video to just have one Best Friend is Matt's first Bomb-Ass Apartment Tour.
He's huge on the Shin Megami Tensei series, and specially the Persona sub-series, to the point where he got Woolie into it as well.
Fiery Redhead: Zig-zagged. In almost all of his videos, he's this. In a few other videos, like his work with Did You Know Gaming and his Top Ten Lists, he's far more sedate, to the point where fans comment heavily upon it.
Friend to All Children: He may act like he hates them, but Pat will usually pick choices that benefit children. He admitted to saving Duck in his run through of The Walking Dead, treats Sarah kindly, adores Clementine, and in The Last of Us, he actually starts to appreciates Ellie and gets angry at the idea of her dying in order to cure humanity. He displays a ton of Papa Wolf tendencies even if he doesn't want to admit it.
Full Name Ultimatum: The only people who ever called him Patrick were his teachers, so his full name makes him "feel like a little boy".
Genre Savvy: Correctly predicts a number of events in Last Of Us.
Good Is Not Nice: In games with choices that will test your morality, Pat will generally choose the morally right ones. Doesn't do much to quell some of his Jerkass tendencies though.
He's very aware and sensitive towards a number of social issues and when games play into them.
As Indigo Prophecy showed, he and Woolie are well aware of how much society stigmatizes and misunderstands the mentally ill. Pat went far enough to say that their treatment is comparable to racism. He's very impressed with Murdered: Soul Suspect's inoffensive portrayal of a mental hospital and the people in it.
He mentions while playing I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream that he has a degree in psychology.
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.
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.
Out of Focus: Arguably. While he is still featured prominently in the main series, Matt will often have several playthroughs going on at any time involving the other best friends, most often Woolie. This is apparently because of Pat's own refusal to work with Woolie. The end result being that we see much less of Pat than we do of Matt.
Word of Pat says that it's not necessarily a lack of desire to work with Woolie but more that Matt and Woolie on a video brings different results. For instance, originally the No More Heroes 2 Let's Play was originally meant to be him and Matt, but they realised they had both completed the game a bunch of times over and wouldn't really have anything to say about the game. Therefore, Woolie got to do it.
In addition, he and Woolie are now doing a let's play of the point and click I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream game. Now, all we need is him and Liam doing a PS Vita game, together.
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 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.
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. See the bug story in the podcast for the best example of this.
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 queer rights.
The... third of the Two 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. These talents are exploited, as he is a regular in the Super Best Friends Brawl. He also appears with Matt in the Scrublords videos (where they play crappy fighting games) and "Matt & Woolie's Old School Playthroughs", where they play an old or nostalgic game without Pat.
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.
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.
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.
Add onto that retro point-n-click adventure games, being able to beat I Have No Mouth 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.
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. He's quickly proven wrong.
Only Sane Man: He's calmer than Pat and less prone to doing idiotic things than Matt.
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.
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 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.
Known to many as "Rising Superstar Liam", he's a relatively recent addition to the team, in a public sense. He has appeared in a few videos, such as the Playstation All Stars episode, the Metroid: Fusion playthrough, and he demonstrated his formidable skills by personally demolishing a Streets of Rage playthrough. Has yet to appear in a Super Best Friends Brawl, though. However, the Brawl has been replaced by "Friday Night Fisticuffs", which is similar in premise, though it ignores the scoring system and is exclusive to fighting games.
The Ace: Even before he trolled the SA-X, they joke 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 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.
Blue Oni: Similar to Woolie, he is much calmer than Matt and Pat.
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.
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".
Matt has gone on record saying that, aside from the fact that 4 players inevitably causes alliances of 2v2 and loses the free for all aspect, the reason Liam isn't in Brawl is because he will troll the whole game if he thinks it'll make him win.
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.
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 as well.
Madness Mantra: Gets several whilst playing Outlast: The Whistle-blower on his twitch channel.
In particular the other Best Friends are all stout with beards, while Liam is smaller, younger, and clean-shaven with long-ish hair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Word of Pat says that they've now stopped mocking him because fans were actively seeking out his Facebook page and hurling abuse at him that was far more severe than the jokes the Best Friends were making about him.
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.
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.
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. He even chats with them on various occasions.
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: It has been mentioned by the Best Friends that Plague has sent each of them a link to an article or video about facts on animal reproduction and/or all kinds of squicky stuff at various occasions.
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 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 Let's Gripe, Let's Plague, and Tri-Fusion Videos.
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)).
Ascended Fanboy: For the third time, like 2Snacks & Plague Cranky only did fanimations for the Best Friends on his own time before being commisioned by them. So far he's only done the intro for the Pokemon Leafgreen Nuzlocke. Fitting as his very first TBFP fanimation revolved around a conversation about eating pokemon from the podcast.
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.
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.
Sore Loser: He doesn't take rejection well in most of his appearances.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Matt and Woolie characterize him like this, suggesting that, while rampaging through his enemies, he's pondering the idea of buying a boat, or trying to remember the names of his high school friends while the Predator he's supposed to be fighting is massacring scientists.