Matt and Pat! They're friends who play together Learning and sharing and junk! One is nice and the other one is less nice! Who couldn't love Matt and Pat? Best friends play together!
— Season 2 intro songnote Sung to the Green Greens Theme from Kirby
Two Best Friends Play is a Web Original comedy series found on the Machinima's YouTube channel.The series is a MST of sorts; two friends named Matt and Pat play video games, argue, and mock the game they are playing and each other. The series does not focus on the two friends; they weren't even named until the second season. According to the show's Facebook page, it started when The Switcher (Matt) invited his friend Snapshot King (Pat) over to play Kirby's Epic Yarn and record themselves taking their playthrough way too seriously.The videos are edited so the audience only sees highlights of their gaming session; they are around ten to fifteen minutes long. The friends also have a spin-off show called TBF: Funtime Adventures, an animated show about discussions the two have about games when not playing them.Since its inception, the concept of "Two Best Friends" has expanded to the "Super Best Friends Zaibatsu", with the inclusion of additional friends Woolie and Liam. More content can be found on their website: Super Best Friends Play, which contains several mini-episodes, full-length Let's Plays, and a multitude of themed series, all centered around playing video games hilariously. The show's Facebook page can be found here.A recap of all their episodes can be found on the series' Recap page. All the pop cultural references are documented on the series' Shout-Out page. Their numerous in jokes and running gags can be found on this page.
Samus: I wonder if I can trust this computer, too... Matt: You can't. Don't. When was the last time anyone was better off for trusting a computer?
Aluminium Christmas Trees: In their WWE All Stars and WWF No Mercy videos, they use a custom wrestler named the Shockmaster who seems to be created to be as ridiculous as possible. In reality, there was a wrestler called the Shockmaster and he looked pretty ridiculous (though not to the extent Pat managed in All Stars).
Anachronic Order: Their videos aren't uploaded in the order they were recorded. note The episodes on their Machinima channel seem to require more lead time than their full length Lets Plays, owing to the Machinima episodes requiring much more editing. For full LP's, they'll record several hours of a single game at a time and divide those into 20 to 40 minute videos. When it comes time to upload, they almost always have two or more different games (therefore, different recording sessions) updating concurrently. So, when watching videos in the order they're uploaded, it's not uncommon to hear them reference events from other videos that went up later.
TBFP meets the Game Grumps had a lot of fans wondering what a GG/TBFP crossover would look like considering the comparisons that have often been drawn. It's literally just Matt walking by Arin in a hallway and saying "Hey" with no indication that either of them recognizes the other.
Matt: He's a billionaire, who owns his own company, his parents were killed, and he shoots bats at you. [...] So he's basically a giant Spider-Man!
Art Evolution: The cartoons used in the title cards and intro animations have gotten more detailed over the seasons, with better proportions and coloring, mainly because Matt did all of the titles before he hired actual animators
Artifact Title: As the series has progressed, Woolie and Liam have made more and more appearances to the point of being as regular as Matt and Pat. Though some videos featuring them are referred to as "Super Best Friends Play," the series is still called "Two Best Friends Play"
With the start of their new site, calling them "Super Best Friends", it seems to have gotten more official, where only the Machinima episodes really refer to them as "Two Best Friends Play"
Ascended Fanboy: Plague of Gripes and 2Snacks were originally just people who made animations out of audio from Two Best Friends videos. Now they do animations with direct help from the Best Friends.
Matt lied about meeting Jessica Nigri in his Bomb-Ass Review of Lollipop Chainsaw, Photoshopping a picture with her. By E3 2013, he not only met her, but absolutely made sure it was caught on camera.
During the Indie Games II vid, Pat tells everyone to put pictures of Basking Sharks on the Facebook fan page. In the next week's video, Mass Effect 3 he urged the fans to stop because they did it far too much.
A Facebook poll helped fans pick which game would be featured in a TBFP. Slender was chosen, much to Pat's rage.
After they teased Aliens: Colonial Marines as their next game in one video, many posts were made telling them they didn't need to play it. They acknowledged this and then played the game because people said not to play it.
Don't mention Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII around Pat either...
We also now know a little more about Pat's education and background, which makes his anger at certain sequences in Indigo Prophecy all the more understandable.
Within the Walking Dead playthrough, Matt becomes agitated at Pat's repeated insistence that he's doing things too slowly, or making immoral choices. He takes particular umbrage with The Stranger for his Reason You Suck Speech at the end of the game, deeming it unjustified.
The Stranger: You're a monster.
Matt: No, I'm not.
The Stranger: You're a murderer and a thief...
Matt: NO, I'M NOT!
The Stranger: ... and I'm going to hurt you so bad.
Big Word Shout: At the end of the Captain America video, Matt screams "AMERICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" as he makes Captain America jump at a Nazi robot.
Black Best Friend/Black Dude Dies First: In the beginning of Dead Space 2 Isaac is being treated by a black doctor. Pat talks about how helpful this new best friend will be right before he's killed and mutated by a necromorph. Then humorously lampshaded a few minutes later.
Matt: Not a good day, my super best friend black guy, just totally— Pat: Yeah, Franco really bought it.
There's also their black best friend Woolie. Who 'died' first when fighting Daigo at EVO.
Subverted when playing against Matt and Pat though; he tends to beat them more often than not.
Subverted in the Dark Souls 2 video, wherein Matt dies far more often, and sooner, than Woolie does.
Black Comedy: As time has gone on, they have gotten A LOT more open about their black humor.
Matt: (As a horse) If you don't think I'm tough, ask Christopher Reeves!
"Blind Idiot" Translation: The "English" version of one of the Xbox Indie games they play, Legend of the Dragonflame Highschool.
Matt: *reading aloud* YOU DO NOT HAVE THE VETO BECAUSE I HAVE KIDNAPPED MIYUKI OF YOUR YOUNGER SISTER.
Boom, Headshot: In the introduction for the Tomb Raider (2013) video, Matt attempts to score a date with Lara by absorbing a hail of arrows with his body. Pat tries to one-up him by taking a shotgun blast to the head for her. The ground abruptly opens and swallows Lara up (who explodes), leaving Pat upset and with his skull split in half.
Rise Of Nightmares is full of them doing these, in response to nearly every single NPC's death.
Everything that isn't skeeving on Emma Stone or doing insane vehicle stunts in their Sleeping Dogs is basically making bad puns to go with the environment-related damage.
In Survival, after killing a bear, Matt quips "Man, we barely got away from that encounter!"
Book Ends: At the beginning of the Predator: Concrete Jungle LP, Matt tricks Woolie into participating by telling him that they would be playing Persona instead, then ambushing him with Predator when he arrived. At the very end of the LP, Woolie asks if they can finally play Persona now.
Matt: I love how the town has a farm, a stadium, a gigantic arcade machine as a building, and one school.
Matt: *laughs* Nice.
Bootstrapped Theme: "Green Greens" was only used as the opening music for the pilot episode because they were playing a Kirby game, but it's been used since to open every other video.
A metal remix also plays at the beginning of every Super Best Friendcast video, except episode 28 onwards, where it was shortly replaced with the opening menu theme from the Wii version of Punch-Out!!.
Brick Joke: Early on in the Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks video, they established that unlike some of the other games they have played co-op, they actually are working together and can't kill each other. Matt points out that they'll probably find a way to kill each other later. Sure enough, they did.
In the Funtime Adventures episode Draw or Die, Pat mentions that anything could be in the void him and Matt fall into, including "mummified lobsters." Three guesses as to what ambushes them at the end of the video.
In Cabelas Dangerous Hunts 2013, Matt and Pat argue over whether hippos are rad or not. Guess what kills them when Pat decides to run through a marsh near the end of the video...
Buffy Speak: Matt does a light version of this on occasion.
Pat: You don't know what incognito means. Matt: It means that no one can see me...with...their eyeballs.
And later in that same game they discuss going into "sneaky-stab mode".
In Portal 2, the word science gets abused. "Science it up. You're science-ing right now!"
But He Sounds Handsome: In any game where your character is undercover and their profession is being insulted, Matt always says "Oh yeah, I hate X. With their devilish good looks and large penises!"
Butt Monkey: Woolie. Anytime they talk about Woolie, it's to make fun of something he said or did.
Though it should be noted, when Woolie and Matt do videos on their own, they have no problem with making fun of Pat.
The one person all three of them can agree on making fun of is their friend James Small, who is apparently British and loves weird Japanese games like Way of the Samurai 4. They also poke fun at him liking Cyclops as a character.
And in Funtime Adventures episode 1, you can see Celestia and Luna toys in a shelf behind Pat, also the colours of the ice cream is the same as the princesses' manes. Also, during the scene where Matt picks up a muffin, Derpy Hooves makes a brief cameo.
In Sleeping Dogs, they punch through a bus. In The Amazing Spiderman, they encounter a glitchy bus that appears to be quivering in fear of them.
In their Shitstorm of Scariness videos, the logo features a distorted image of a Basking Shark, presumably a callback to their audience participation.
Practically anytime now when they get a fire ax as a weapon, they makes references to their Silent Hill: Downpour Let's Play. Also to a lesser extent they sometimes use the "Tour Guide Richard Nixon" voice as well.
In their brawl for Anarchy Reigns, they show a character select screen. Along with Matt, Woolie, and Pat, the other characters were all callbacks to previous videos.note The other characters were a Basking Shark, Zubaz from Fighterpedia, Bear Grylls drinking his own urine, the Baby Metroid, the Fire Ax Matt threw in Downpour, the Mummy Lobster, and Hitomi J-Cup. In their Mario Kart Brawl, Bear Grylls was replaced by Rising Superstar Liam
In the beginning of the second Funtime Adventures episode, Matt is searching through a box labeled PORN written in black marker and looking at box art for Weaponlord, a call back to their Fighterpedia episode, Play Weaponlord Immediately.
The final match in their WWE 13 brawl has Matt, Pat and Woolie reprising their custom characters from WWF No Mercy (The Shockmaster, Reptile and Zubaz respectively.)
In their Dead Rising 3 episode, taking the fact that Dick kinda looks like Terry Bogard, Matt inserts some of Terry's Engrish quotes, referencing a video he did a LONG time ago for the King of Fighters live-action film on his original deleted channel.
In the Fighter Within episode, Pat immediately tries to bail when he realizes the game uses Kinect, but is convinced to tough it out when Matt offers him a sixpack of Mountain Dew. Later, Liam pulls the same tactic with Matt in the Galgun episode of Anime Bullshit (this time with a megapack of Kraft Mac and Cheese), complete with Matt giving the same groan of defeat Pat did.
The Cameo: Derpy Hooves makes a quick appearance in the first episode of Two Best Friends Funtime Adventures.
Catch Phrase: Probably the most famous of Matt's is "America!" when he sees something patriotic or sometimes just at random. This has actually been toned down since the early days of the show, but references to the concept still pop up, and Matt's character background will forever be red, white and blue, despite the boys being Canadian.
The only other catchphrase that has kept up with them over the years seems to be "It's fine! It's fine!" for token reassurance when facing their many trials.
"It's more than you'd think, but less than you'd hope."
When they both find out that Harry says that exact same line, the two couldn't believe it.
"GOD-FUCKING-DAMMIT!!" seems to be a favourite of Pat's.
"It's not 100% clear."
"There's no time!" has become popular, probably based off the final chapter of The Walking Dead called No Time Left which they both agreed was an awesome name. "It's unpatchable" also comes from their Walking Dead play through.
From their recent Indigo Prophecy playthrough, "X is the failure of the game designer."
Critical Research Failure: Deliberately invoked. They play Red Dead Redemption, but gameplay shows that they're actually playing Gun, and the tags on the video list it as Call of Juarez. This is more in-character than the creators making a mistake, since they somehow switch over to Redemption at the end.
Though this trope is played straight when Pat shows that he doesn't understand the proper conversion rate between yen and the US (or Canadian) dollar. When discussing how much money Nintendo still has after having a rough 2013, he thinks 20 billion yen equals 20 million dollars. This is incorrect, the actual conversion amount is 200 million dollars.
Curb-Stomp Battle: When Matt or Pat (they are not sure who) invites their friend Woolie to play Marvel vs. Capcom 3 with them, he brings his own arcade controller and tears Pat to bits. The friends are not amused.
Woolie (as X-23): Yeah it's kind of unblockable when you're jumping in, and you're at level three. Pat: Sh-shut up, shut up. Just get out. Matt: Get out! Pat: Get the fuck out! Matt: Get ouuuuuut! *cut to credits*
The winner of Super Best Friends Brawl: Anarchy Reigns should be very clear by the halfway point of the video. Complete with trash talking the other two (more than usual) for the entire video.
Perfect Dark also had one. Once again, with Pat being the one doing the stomping. It seems that when he does win a brawl, it's through one of these.
Dark-Skinned Blond: While playing as Shinobu in No More Heroes 2, Woolie refers to this trope as "a race that only exists in anime."
Matt: The moves are probably super complicated. Goes to move list, normal attack is eight x's in a row Pat: Holy fucking shit are you serious? Matt: Okay, let me write down what normal attack is. Pat: Okay: x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x. Matt: What was after the fifth x? Pat: x, x, x. Matt: Okay. Pat: x.
The Dog Bites Back: Matt, after being the butt-end of jokes and forced to play Persona 4 goes to save his game on Pat's memory stick. While Pat is preening over his 100% Completion save file, Matt quickly overwrites it with his own progress.
Matt: If you think we die. Pat: What is up with you and saying that? Pat dies Matt: You thought! Pat: Oh, you're right, I totally did! I thought about what a dick you are. (dies again) Fuck, I guess I was thinking it again!
In earlier Machinima episodes, Matt and Pat would enforce their roles as the stupid, childish one and the abusive, angry one, respectively. They would also feign ignorance on certain subjects (evident in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 episode). When they started doing full playthroughs on their channel, they dropped the acts and started acting more naturally. It can be strange to watch the older episodes and see where they're acting.
Empty Room Psych: Discussed while playing The Last of Us. Matt and Pat refer to the many dead-end rooms with no powerups or enemies as "anti-rooms". Pat is legitimately impressed that the developers went to the trouble of including such a large variety of anti-rooms.
Enemy Mine: In the Def Jam Brawl two of the trio ganged up in the pissed-off third one. All of them did and suffered this through the matches.
Enforced Plug: Machinima included a 10 second Xbox One ad at the beginning of their Fighter Within video (a.k.a. "KINECT GO DIE!")
Pat: You failed everything! You have literally failed everything. The whole game is over now, but it'll still let you play it, to let you know how you fucked it up so bad. Matt:At least I was wearing sweet cut-offs.
Pat's LP of The Last of Us is quickly becoming (in)famous for this. He dies at least once per video, he constantly misses plot critical items, and in general makes a complete fool of himself on more than on occasion. In fact, the questionable quality of the LP quickly became a Running Gag in future videos.
His LP of Resident Evil 4 has also now gone this way, to the point where the TBFP wiki was keeping a running count of his deaths and epic fails, everything from missing treasure to accidentally shooting Ashley (twice!).
Face-Heel Turn: Parodied at the end of WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role!: They all love the game, and are seconds away from giving it a verdict of "Unrustled". Then Woolie suggests it would be funny if they used the moment to pull a heel turn to the audience instead, and they all proceed to bash the game, citing flaws that are actually the exact opposites of the features they felt made the game good.
Fan-Preferred Couple: In-universe example. Near the end of their playthrough for The Wolf Among Us, Matt suddenly has the desire to pair Bigby up with Nerissa, declaring Snow White to be "a cold fish" in comparison.
During their Xbox Live Indie Games II video, after the "Colonies: Neociv" demo ends, Matt replies, "At least it was better than Mass Effect 3", which is what they play next week.
During New Super Mario Bros. U, Pat excitedly yells out that he finally won a brawl when he managed to cause Matt, Woolie, and the girls to all die. On the next episode of Super Best Friends Brawl, he gets a shut out against Woolie and Matt, winning for the first time.
The video to Batman: Arkham City starts with footage of Batman Dark Tomorrow as a joke. In a later season, they do a full episode of Dark Tomorrow.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Matt is Melancholic, Pat is Choleric, Woolie is Phlegmatic and Liam is Sanguine. Especially notable in that their temperaments correspond to their individual favorite Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, respectively.)
In the Slender video, after they get caught, there are momentary flashes of the PC desktop, each having something silly or weird.
The tradition continues in the Slender: The Arrival video, only they appear during the static glitches and each image represents a game played later that season, as well as, curiously, a shot saying "Rustlemania begins this August". Come August 1st, the first video of their "Rustlemania" series (in which they play wrestling games) is uploaded.
The faces appear to reveal the upcoming games in the season. The first two faces in the video were Tomb Raider and Injustice, which were the next two videos of the season. The exception was with the third face, from The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct; the video after Injustice was Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, which did not appear in the Slender video. This could be chalked up to the Slender video being released not long after Blood Dragon was announced (and then confirmed not to be an April Fools' Day joke).
Freudian Slip: During their Silent Hill: Homecoming Let's Play, as well as some others, when Pat compares the game to Silent Hill Downpour he usually accidently calls one of them Silent Hill: Downcoming. Which is appropriate because of how he feels those games did to the series.
Pat seems to have a habit for this. In the Deception IV: Blood Ties video, he calls Liam "Matt" whenever he makes a silly mistake. For whatever reason, Liam starts to encourage it.
Pat: Why do I even come over here? Matt: Um, 'cause you're my friend. Pat groans
Fun with Acronyms: Matt and Pat decide that W.V.B.A. from Punch-Out!! stands for "Women's Vietnam Bitch Army". Or "Battle Army", they can't keep it straight.
Fun with Subtitles: Matt writes the intro, scorekeeping, and outro texts for the Super Best Friends Brawl series. As such, he constantly hypes himself up and ridicules Pat and Woolie.
Genre Savvy: During the 'Calling' video, upon seeing a ghostly figure appear and disappear:
Matt: ...it's gonna come up right in my face, isn't it. Pat: It's totally gonna come up right in your face. (The ghost does so, they freak out anyway.)
Very prominent in their Beyond: Two Souls playthrough. Matt, Pat and Woolie are able to predict set pieces, lines of dialogue and whole plot points and twists, sometimes well before they come into play. Granted, all this is done with a generous amount of Wild Mass Guessing, but they tend to arrive at the correct theories more often than not. This is in no small part due to their experience form playing both of David Cages otherefforts, and gaining some understanding of how his mind works.
Matt: So nothing bad is going to happen? Pat: Nothing bad is going to happen. Cut to GLaDOS crushing Wheatley Matt: Oh fuck! You said nothing bad would happen! Pat: To you! Matt:Nigel!
And another during the Punch-Out!! video when they are playing Super Punch-Out!! and Matt loses to Mr. Sandman:
Matt: Aw fuck, great, terrific! I got the Wii Punch-Out; that shit's got to be- Pat: Everything for the Wii is for babies. Matt: They're for babies! It's so easy it's just gonna- Cut to Donkey Kong kicking Matt's ass Pat: Oh what the fuck?!
And another when the two are picking out armor for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.
Matt: What color should I take? Pat: Pink. Matt:No. Pat: Pink. Take the pink one. Take the pink color. Matt: Why would I take pink? Pat: Because it suits you. Take the pink one. Matt: No, I won't take pink! Pat: Take the little girly color! Take it! Matt: Shut up! Cut to the two dropping into the game. One of them is wearing pinkish armor. Pat: Yeah, come on, Pinky! Matt: Shut up! It doesn't matter which color I am.
And yet another when Matt and Liam play the Genesis version of TMNT Tournament Fighters, a game they played the SNES version of on Friday Night Fisticuffs:
Liam: Could there be any more of a shitty version of Tournament Fighters?
Immediate cut to the main menu for the NES version of Tournament Fighters
Liam: How could there still be a worse version of this game?
Glamour Failure: Matt and Pat try to pass themselves off as living in the US and hide the fact that they're Canadian. However, occasionally they slip up:
During their Saints Row: The Third episode, Pat's talking about getting food and mentions Pizza Pizza, a pizzeria chain that exists only in Canada.
During the Heavy Rain Let's Play, Matt lets it slip that he doesn't recognize American currency.
Matt: You look up serial killer stuff 'cause you're into that stuff.
Pat: I haven't done that since CEGEPnote Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel, basically the post-secondary education system of Quebec... I mean college!I mean college!
In Part 17 of their Eternal Darkness playthrough, it becomes clear that both of them speak (or at least read) French very well.
Pat slips up in the Shitstorm of Scariness video of Doom 3, where he mentions going into a Future Shop before trying to cover it up as a Best Buy instead. Future Shop is the Canadian subsidary of Best Buy.
During the ScrublordsFight Club episode, Matt and Woolie casually mention Loblaws, a Canadian supermarket chain very prominent in Ontario and Quebec, but non-existent in America.
During the Deadly Premonition Let's Play, Pat tells a story about how James Hetfield of Metallica got burned by pyrotechnics in Montreal and how the city doesn't allow pyrotechnics indoors anymore "...so every wrestling show that showed up here afterwards was THE WORST!"
In the Brawl for Def jam: Fight for NY, Matt tells a story about how he actually knew obscure white rapper Bless (who happens to be a playable fighter in the game) back in highschool and how Bless was a total slacker when it came to class. Bless' country and city of origin? Montreal, Canada.
In the video where they hype up Pacific Rim and encouraged fans to possibly come see it with them, the theater tickets they show on screen clearly mention they are from a theater local to Montreal.
It's really gotten to the point that they aren't even trying to hide it anymore. In part 6 of Disaster: Day of Crisis, in response to the giant tsunami that the protagonist just barely outruns, they state that "[their] city would be totally fine: [they'd] just go up on Mount Royal."
As of Episode 19 of the podcast, they have officially given up the charade after revealing the address of their P.O. Box to be in Montreal, Quebec.
At one point in their Assassin's Creed III: Liberation video, they actually slide into fluent untranslated French, which wouldn't be very surprising for someone in Quebec.
Pat's natural (or potentially played up, it's hard to tell sometimes) speaking pattern gave it away to fans when they started doing full let's plays unedited. Believe or not Pat has a habit of ending his sentences with ",Eh?"
Glass Cannon: Woolie acknowledges that he is basically this in the Super Best Friends Brawl of Perfect Dark, as the game gave him the titles of "Most Deadly" and "Least Shielded" in the final match.
Got Me Doing It: After getting annoyed at Matt calling Wheatley "Nigel" in the Portal 2 episode, Pat accidentally calls him by that name and promptly gets more pissed off.
Matt: Hey, it's Nigel again! Pat: ...His name is not Nigel! Would you fucking just throw the portal behind fucking Nigel or whatever that's... Now your saying that shit's... now I'm fuck... fuck you!
Pat: We all gotta sneak around, and be sneaky, and then stab. Matt: Sneaky-stab mode? Pat: Sneaky-stab m-...You fucking tricked me into saying that stupid thing. Matt: I didn't trick you you just wanted to say it. Pat: I kinda wanted to.
Gone Horribly Right: The mailbag. Previously a way for them to show what they got from the fans, they eventually got so much stuff that they had to cancel it.
Gratuitous Japanese: Matt and Woolie do this sometimes, most notably in their Scrublords videos of Kabuki Warriors and the Sailor Moon game. During their playthrough of Metroid: Fusion, Liam also goes "Yatta!" after beating a boss.
Matt: I need that as an epitaph on my gravestone: Matt was a man that no one could understand except for monsters and corrupt humans.
Pat: (Reads a page of Maximillian Roivas' journal)note I sought to love all yet now love causes me pain and suffering. I have learned to fear nothing although it is nothing that I most fear. All that were loyal to me now number among my worst enemies. Matt: I want that on my gravestone, but instead of all that were loyal to me, just put Woolie.
Groin Attack: As Matt and Pat are quick to point out, the snakes in Man Vs Wild really do look like they're biting Bear Grylls in the groin.
Hate at First Sight: While playing The Walking Dead, Matt mentions how much he usually hates child NPCs in video games, and how impressed he is at the writers for making Clementine likable. Then Duck shows up, and Matt's reaction—before Duck even has a chance to speak—is "Oh hell no." For the rest of the playthrough, Matt interacts with Duck as little as possible and laughs at Duck's misfortunes.
Matt: Shouldn't Mac feel a little bad about- Pat: Just beat the shit out of that old man! He knew what he was getting in for!
Hidden Depths: Despite his constant swearing, Pat is well-read and educated.
This really shines through for both of them, as well as Woolie, during their commentaries on Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metroid: Other M. When not making jokes, they discuss themes and writing with a shocking amount of depth and eloquence.
During him and Woolie's Deadliest Warrior competition, Matt makes a lot of his usual jokes, but offhandedly confirms that he does in fact know who Hannibal is by using his somewhat obscure last name.
Pat is a certified minister in a number of states.
Though by Pat's own admission, that doesn't really mean much as he was offered by chance a form that would certify him if he filled it out, which he did for kicks.
Both of them are fluent (as least in reading) French, since they noticed a lot of awkward translations in Heavy Rain from the original French script. Justified as they live in Canada.
The 5th Friendcast reveals that the friends have read books by Richard Dawkins.
Liam is presented as the guy who likes creepy anime starring little girl protagonists for most of the videos he's in or even by the others when he's not there. It's enough to say that even the other Best Friends were surprised to find out that he's an experienced hunter during the podcast. Strangely enough both of these traits would be the subjects of his spin-off shows with Matt.
Pat: (after recounting a story about how he got dumped by someone because they argued about love) "Pat, what do you think went wrong?" I think what went wrong was when she was telling me about her feelings, I was like "You're such a dumb bitch." I think that may have been the part where I tripped over my feet at the finish line.
Matt: Now you see how perfect we are, because you hurt my feelings all the time, but I still stick around.
The Woolie Hole, though it has never been clarified as to what exactly it is (most assume it's just Woolie's apartment).
Insult of Endearment: Despite constantly referring to Ellie of The Last Of Us as "Garbage" or "Trash", the two do seem fond of her and do compliment her or cheer her on at times, all the while still referring to her as Garbage.
In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Pat informs Matt of a "sweet" achievement which involves scaling a rather large building and safely parachuting off of it. The endeavor takes a few hours and frustration on both sides, but ends with Matt succeeding. Until Pat tricks Matt into letting go of his parachute and killing himself. Also he didn't get the achievement because of the aforementioned death.
In Resident Evil 4, Pat tells Matt he can get gold and items from shooting the fish in the lake. The fish monster in the lake promptly eats him.
This is more or less the reason Pat makes Matt play Dead Space 2.
Pat pulls this on Matt during the Amnesia video, leaving to go get a snack and then waiting for Matt to run into a monster before jumping out and yelling "Boo!"
This happens a lot during the "Shitstorm of Scariness" series. Pops up all over the place in Juon, and there's an hilarious one during Call of Cthulhu where they lose it over a police officer finding them.
Pat: Dude, look at that jump! That's like a real human being's jump. ... No one in games jumps like this, this is totally legit. [One scene later, the game abandons realism and the character makes a massive leap across a chasm.] Matt: Whoooooa! That's a jump! Matt and Pat, in unison:Fuck Bear Grylls! [Even later] Pat: Man, he's like the mayor of fucking Jump Town with that shit.
Large Ham: Sometimes they like to ham up a scene now and then.
Matt: Hey Pat, what's the prognosis here?
The Heavy Rain video is them overreacting to the control introduction.
Lampshade Hanging: While playing Catherine, the two wonder why somebody would want to be friends with people who treat them like shit all the time.
Laughing Mad: Pat breaks down in laughing anguish in Duke Nukem Forever when two alien enemies slowly drop down from a hole in the ceiling (with no footing and topped with an industrial fan) from out of nowhere.
Pat in general seems to alternate between this and The Hyena. There is a compilation video here.
Pat: What if you saved the rest of her and it's just like, no butt?
Male Gaze: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct episode starts with Matt carrying a camera while buying the game. When the female clerk turns to get the game, the camera briefly focuses on her butt.
Memetic Badass: Invoked. The Man Vs. Wild episode has interstitials offering facts about Bear Grylls. Apparently, as a child, Bear Grylls learned from electric eels how to channel electricity through his body. He once nursed a family of mountain lions back to health until they were strong enough for him to kill and eat. He once met Cthulhu, who ran away in terror.
Pat: ...no, it doesn't! But if I beat you, does that mean you'll shut the fuck up?
Mirror Match: Scrublords episodes will sometimes have the fifth round be one of these; for instance, in Shaq Fu, the last round had both Matt and Woolie choose Shaq. In their Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale episode, Matt, Pat, Woolie, and Liam all played as Raiden. Twice.
Nameless Narrative: The two friends did not call each other by their names in the first season. The Season 2 intro reveals their names are Matt and Pat, which they then call each other at the end of the Resident Evil 4 video.
No Flow in CGI: Commented on occasionally. Pat likes to call attention to cutscenes where characters are sleeping on top of their covers, or without any covers at all (because CG animating someone sleeping under covers is surprisingly hard). The full-length LP of Heavy Rain actually does have someone sleeping under their covers—Matt and Pat promptly point out how unrealistic it looks, and cite that as why so few games even try. Then they joke that Chrono Trigger was ahead of its time because Chrono is shown sleeping under his covers.
Pat: They [Ethan and Madison from Heavy Rain] have sex behind the bed so they don't have to get underneath the covers.
No Indoor Voice: Shouting seems to be Pat's normal way of communicating with Matt.
Noodle Incident: Matt and Pat insist that they will never tell the story of the time they almost went to prison.
It's later subverted, they explain what happened during an episode of the podcast. During the filming of the live segments of Colonial Marines, someone saw them outside in the dark with the guns they used and called the cops on them. After they explained what they were doing they were let off with a warning.
When pressed to name one dignified thing he's ever done:
Pat: How'd Togo get here? Matt: Togo, you were down at the mountain, like at the base camp. Pat: Dude, is that dog, like, quantum leaping? Is that dog time-traveling?
Oh Crap: While playing Final Fight: Streetwise, Pat finally beats down Leo, then Leo tells Guy to kick his ass. You could feel the fear in Pat's response.
Out of Order: Sometimes the guys will be talking about something in one video that's about a thing that occurred in another video that has yet to be uploaded but was recorded beforehand (or inverted, like when in one Viewtiful Joe video Liam asks Matt if he's going to get Grand Theft Auto V, and said VJ video was uploaded after the GTAV video for Machinima had been online for a few days). This is most noticeable in some of the Shitstorm 2 videos in which you can hear them make small references to some games that they already recorded for, but yet waited to upload the videos of said games a few days later.
In the case of Shitstorm 2 this is justified by the fact Matt took a trip to New York with his girlfriend in the middle of October, and thus it's clear that some videos had to have been recorded in September. One video even has Pat saying that Plague of Gripe's intro animation wasn't finished at the time of recording.
For all of the strong-willed fun Pat has for playing scary games and scaring Matt by making him play said scary games, Pat finally breaks down through the playthrough of Slender, which Matt ironically takes in stride and, thus, boredom.
And then, it's revealed that the reason that Matt was so blase during Slender was because he hadn't seen any of the mythos. So naturally, by the time they have to play the full Slender game, Matt HAS seen Marble Hornets and is just as scared as Pat this time.
This happens again in their video for Injustice: Gods Among Us. Twice.
Pet the Dog: After spending most of the Man vs. Wild let's play trying to kill every animal they came across (and even lamenting that the game doesn't let them kill the cougars), Matt and Pat spare the gray fox in the last level, out of respect for the Metal Gear character.
Previously On: Pat tries to explain to Matt the backstory for F.E.A.R. while F.3.A.R. does its own version, and makes the whole thing sound stupid and overcomplicated. Matt doesn't pay attention.
Prison Rape: Continuously referenced and joked about in their Prison Break video. They found the showers and walked out instantly.
Rage Quit: Matt and Woolie play Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus. It's supposed to be a best-of-five match. After three matches (of which he won two) Woolie gets so annoyed at the game's controls that he quits. Matt declares himself the winner by default, "But at what cost?"
Rapid Fire No: Pat's reaction to Matt wanting to play Survival is this for half a minute, without letting Matt get a word in.
Reality Is Unrealistic: In the full playthrough of Man Vs. Wild, Matt and Pat are very critical of the glacier cave in the Patagonia level, claiming that it looks "unfinished" because the interior is completely blue. Real glacier caves actually are that blue.
Similarly, while playing Resident Evil puring the Shitstorm of Scariness, they both laugh at the absurdity of the Smith & Wesson 500, which Pat claims doesn't exist. It actually does.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Apparently even God doesn't want Matt and Patt (and Woolie) to play Game of Thrones, evidenced by the thunderstorm that occurs around the 17:30 mark. A fire alarm interrupted the Eternal Darkness playthrough, and the video recording software decided to ignore some of Chrono Trigger.
Pat explains to Matt the backstory to Metal Gear during Kane and Lynch.
They chose to discuss the recently released 3DS and what kind of present to get for a friend during two separate cutscenes in Resident Evil 4, neither of which they realized had quicktime events embedded in them.
Matt's overanalyzation of Earth Defense Force 2017 as Japan's response to the War on Terror.
Almost the entire WWE All Stars video is them discussing the wrestlers' careers.
In Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, we hear a snippet of a conversation about Greek philosophy while Matt's playing the single-player game. Turns out Pat's a fan of the Socratic method, and thinks that Aristotle held back modern thinking by hundreds of years.
Much of their Resident Evil 2 playthrough is this, with them discussing various backstory elements of the RE-verse, including disdain for the SD Perry Novels and spin-off games, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger's filmography, the merits of System Shock, and other various topics.
The beginning of the Killer 7 is them talking about Quantum of Solace for almost two minutes.
In the Man V Wild let's play they had one about Seinfeld.
Self-Deprecation: In their Anarchy Reigns episode of Brawl, Matt and Woolie make fun of Fighterpedia; a show they had on Machinima that only lasted one season. Cut to the Fighterpedia intro, with the text replaced with "Nobody Watched".
As of completing their The Walking Dead Let's Play, Pat admits he's prone to crying, as opposed to Matt.
Reversed in Shitstorm of Scariness: Haunting Ground. Matt is a pervert who makes jokes of questionable taste, while Pat mocks and berates him for being so. He also says that the combination of horror and voyeurism make Haunting Ground feel like a creepy rape culture scenario.
Shared Unusual Trait: Upon noticing that Togo, the sled dog from Survival, has one blue eye and one green eye, Pat speculates that Togo must be Yuna reincarnated.
Shotguns Are Just Better: Both of them seem to think this. In Part 7 of their Let's Play of Silent Hill: Homecoming Pat notes that he finds weak shotguns in gaming depressing. And then there's this moment from their Amnesia: The Dark Descent video:
Matt: Yeah, but do any of those notes have a shotgun?
Pat: That's it, that's it, I'm outta here. Matt: This is awesome. Pat: Fuck you. Matt: Well, I mean- Pat: *slams door* Later when Matt has almost finished coloring in the entire page Pat: Okay, dude, I know I blew up. I'm sorry, but- Are you still coloring this? Are you serious? You have been coloring this the entire time I've been gone? What's wrong with you? You're like, the worst person I have known in my entire life. Matt: Well, this is fun. Pat:God, I hate you so m-We're no longer friends.
Pat pulls this himself in the Deadly Premonition playthrough. Several videos are devoted to him blowing off the main plot (Anna's murder) in order to do side missions involving the townspeople.
Pat: Time to get on with the investigation! Matt: What investigation? Who got murdered? Pat: I don't even remember.
Many of their one-offs are much like this, such as them doing live action skits/adventures such as their Wall-Mart Episode to them playing different games than what they usually do.
In the beginning of Pat and Woolie's LP of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Pat admits that one of the main reasons that they decided to LP this game was to present something different than what they usually play.
They describe the plot to Echo Night: Beyond as the character going on a space honeymoon with his space wife to a space resort where they crash on a moonbase in space. Also, they encounter space ghosts in space suits, and even ride on space elevators and space walkways in what they describe is a space airport.
Spot the Impostor: While playing Guild Wars 2, Pat creates a male Norn that he claims looks just like him:
Sturgeon's Law: The majority of the indie games they play during their Xbox Live Indie games videos are terrible. Only one or two usually have then losing their minds over how awesome it is.
Stunned Silence: Being that they're offscreen, it's fairly ambiguous, but there was a moment of silence during Kane and Lynch and Disaster: Day of Crisis which had both friends completely silent as opposed to their normal behavior, probably to play up how ridiculous the game was at that moment.
There's another one during Heavy Rain, when in contrast to them talking loudly over the prologue, they sit silently and watch Ethan's sad life until Matt calls Ethan a loser.
Another in Shadows of the Damned: Matt hears a noise, then begins looking around for it. He turns the character to see dozens of severed heads rolling down the hill toward him. Both guys watch in silence before quitting the game.
In the Beatdown Fists of Vengeance video, the two encounter an enemy NPC on the street and pick the option to rob him. However, rather than needing to fight the character for the money or having any kind of resistance, the sequence turns into a curious scenerio of their victim saying "You say you need money? I'll try anything once.", only for the screen to cut to the player's wallet showing their monetary value slowly increasing. Matt and Pat fall completely silent during the sequence; the screen even cuts to animated versions of themselves watching the screen in confusion.
Suspicious Video Game Generosity: Commented on, particularly in the Eternal Darkness playthrough, where they refer to any pre-boss-fight powerup stash as a "boss fountain". At one point in the Cambodian temple, they encounter a room full of shotgun ammunition and begin panicking about the implied upcoming boss fight—then the entire room turns out to be a hallucination caused by a low sanity meter. Matt and Pat express admiration for how thoroughly this tricked them.
Episode 12 of Walking Dead has Matt and Pat bashing VG Cats creator Scott Ramsoomair.
Any series in which the Friends play a David Cage title is this through and through.
The Aliens: Colonial Marines episode has quite a few towards Gearbox Software and Borderlands. Also as it turns out, the monster in the live-action segments that are stalking Matt, Pat and Woolie turns out to be Gearbox President Randy Pitchford.
During the Xbox Live Indie Games 4 video, while playing yet another crappy platformer:
Matt: As far as platformers go, this is better than FEZ
Episode 3 of the full Disaster LP has a moment where Pat worries about whether or not if the guys have "become sellouts" because they've started selling merchandise, and Matt stating that they really haven't because they're not doing something like doing a sponsored LP of the Dead Space 3 demo, basically taking a jab at all of the Lets Players who were a part of EA's infamous Dead Space 3 marketing tactic. They also say it'd seem more like they were selling out if they happened to LP every generic military FPS game released on the market, specifically name dropping Battlefield (which they already made fun of in their Persona 4 video).
In part nine of their Metal Gear Rising Revengeance series, they make more than a few jabs at Dark Syde Phil.
Pat: (imitating DSP) Aww, what da fuck is dis shit?! I can't do anything!
The third Xbox Live Indie Games episode ends with a "scorecard" evaluating all the games they covered. Several have glowing reviews attributed to well-known websites and critics, the implication that they all have terrible judgment.
Ted Baxter: Matt when they play Marvel vs. Capcom 3, because he had been playing it for a while and this was Pat's first time. Pat quickly learns how to kick Matt's ass, and demonstrates that he actually knows who the characters are.
Matt claims to know all about 1940s history when they play L.A. Noire, but he clearly doesn't.
Tempting Fate: Twice in Survival. Matt wonders what's the point of shooting some birds; almost immediately afterwards, said birds attack him. Later, Pat thinks the game is starting to get boring, then in the next scene a bear starts destroying an entire camp by itself.
After some windows that looked on a bunch of tentacles growing out of the ocean close Matt: They say "Hey look at this thing" and the windows close like "Nuh uh". Pat: You only get a taste. Matt: You only get a taste of the tentacles... that sounded terrible.
Theme Tune Cameo: While fighting the Black Guardian in Eternal Darkness and realizing they don't have any idea of how to fight him, Matt starts singing the Kirby music to imply the video is over. The video ends shortly afterwards anyway.
The beginning of the Resident Evil 6 video is Matt putting off and arguing with himself about putting the disk in.
The beginning of Man Vs Wild: The Game has Pat arguing why Matt would own and want him to play a game of such curious quality.
The beginning to Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai has a similar opening, abliet with Pat even more upset and not even giving Matt a chance to justify, most likely because of Cabela's resemblance to Man Vs Wild.
In their "Let's Play" of Chrono Trigger, Matt does not seem happy of the prospect of watching Pat play a grind-heavy 50+ hour JRPG. Matt constantly sounds bored throughout most of the videos.
Matt did not also enjoy Heavy Rain, finding the game uninteresting for the most part. It's really obvious now that Matt does not like Heavy Rain.
Verbal Tic: Both Matt and Pat have a tendency to end sentences with "even," "already," or "though."
Videogame Caring Potential: When playing The Walking Dead and The Last Of Us, Matt and Pat grew quite attached to Clementine and Ellie respectively, even though they often mock the latter. Most notably, Pat was not OK with the idea of cutting up Ellie's brain for a vaccine and later on seemed to seriously contemplate killing off all the surgeons in the ending.
Videogame Cruelty Potential: If they can kill someone in a game, it's a safe bet they will. (Though they tend to be much less cruel in their full-length playthroughs, particularly in games with consequences for dickish behavior.)
Matt goes particularly nuts during Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and eventually just starts punching out and stabbing everyone, culminating with telling Megan's mother about how her daughter died horribly and painfully followed by punching her in the face.
Their video for The Punisher; unsurprising, given that's the entire point of the game.
The Voice: There are one, possibly two ladies that have an unexplained acquaintance with Matt and Pat that sometimes help with multiplayer games. They are never named, talked to directly, and their voices are only picked up on Matt and Pat's microphones.
Matt: That's my solution for everything! Either pour Coke on people's faces or elbow drop them.
Shows up again in Chrono Trigger:
Pat: I mean, smashing dudes with your sword. Seems pretty good. Matt: Seems like an answer to almost everything this world can throw at you. Pat: Yeah... "Hey, my taxes came back fucked." "Well, just hit 'em with your sword!" "Thanks!"