Woolie: What we're seeing here is a man discovering himself sexually, that's all.
Pat:Over the course of thirty years!?
Both: *descend into a fit of manic laughter*
And that isn't even getting into the likes of Grand Wizard Wakka or the countless other times they've Flanderized or mischaracterized other characters in the games they've played.
Punish mode in the Punisher game is Frank wanting to feel it with the knife to satisfy his killing urge.
Arc Fatigue: Pat and Woolie's blind Bloodborne playthrough. Specifically whenever Woolie plays as he plays very slow and meticulously. Which is exasperated when he reaches the Forbidden Woods, a large area in its own right.
Which in itself hits upon prior examples of their LP's resulting in a Broken Base; Some fans prefer that the Best Friends know the games they're playing through since it results in more entertaining offhand conversations going on, while others prefer that they play the games blind.
Matt and Liam scrapping their Undertale save after killing several monsters, and restarting with a Pacifist Run instead.
After the backlash from their Blazblue video, they decide to play Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, another game requested for a long time, as an apology video.
Followed by a bigger example a year after said video: the Friends gave a fair Fisticuffs shake at Blazblue Central Fiction.
Awesome Art: A fanon example: an animator named Cranky Construct often makes animations of certain episodes, and intros to some as well, and, put simply, their art style is adorable. No video shows it better than "Everything's Exploding", which also shows the sight of Liam sleeping peacefully with an anime body pillow, which ends up being both funny and cute.
Woolie got early criticism when he first appeared, as some fans considered him unfunny and that the more friends, the more difficult it was to interact.
To an extent, Pat. Some fans think his temper tantrums are hilarious and the best part of the show. Some see him as too highly opinionated and that he comes across as a jerk to people that enjoy games he doesn't. And some just don't like the fact that he 'fakes' surprise to events in games he's already beaten and knows what's going to happen (biggest example being Yakuza 4, which he's beaten around 8 times according to him). As of late, his plot predictions and theories, and occasional difficulty in playing games - although this tends to specifically relate to SOMA, which is partly a puzzle-based game despite his disdain for that genre - has also earned the ire of fans - although some have come to defend him on his plot predictions, pointing out that in the instance of Metal Gear this is a series where nearly anything can, will, and has happened.
Liam has currently taken over the place as the most disliked friend for a number of reasons: originally when he was introduced, people enjoyed him for his high skill level, hilarious speaking patterns and obviously false egotism, and his ability to inject life into conversations by playing devils advocate sometimes so that all the convo's aren't one-sided, all three of which began in his introduction in Metroid Fusion where he did a pretty bang-up job of playing the game. Recently, however, with the advent of Super Despair Girls, MGSV, AND Star Fox Adventures, the audience has begun to dislike Liam for these same reasons: his high skill level leads to large levels of overconfidence, which in turn causes him to ignore game mechanics in the game he's playing as it's "beneath" him, like the timed attacks in Mario RPG. His false egotism has now been replaced with actual egotism, and many fans have begun to point out his constant narcissism as unfunny and kind of rude. Lastly, his constant devil's advocate playing has gone to levels where it's obvious that he actually hates the thing he's advocating for, but chooses to anyways because he thinks it will lead to a more interesting conversation, when not every conversation needs to be an argument. Overall, Liam's biggest flaws have become front and centre when he's at the helm of the majority of the LP's on the channel, perhaps the biggest of which are in the MGSV LP.
Matt has become a Base-Breaking Character. While most people enjoy his jokes and interactions with other friends, some think Matt tends to bring any other members of the Zaibatsu down, ruin a good joke by repeating it several times per minute and running it into the ground, crack jokes during emotional moments that other members of the Zaibatsu are emotionally invested in, and he wouldn't shut up during other situations like that, to say nothing of his DSP-like tendencies to miss and/or ignore obvious things.
Pretty much any of the friends, really. It all depends on what game they are playing and what opinion they are pushing. Pat is going to get a lot of hate for overthinking games and throwing guesses around like they are facts, Liam will get hate for the times he skips tutorials on games he doesn't know about, Matt will get shit at times when his references go overboard or his running gags become forced, and Woolie will get hate for whenever he can't adjust to whatever he's playing quickly enough.
RAGE has been seen to slowly become more of a Base-Breaking Character. A majority enjoyed that he was the Primary focus of Def Jam: Fight for New York and added a fun Character to collection of SBFP. Then it started out as a shift in focus that soon eclipsed that of Zubaz, one of the team's characters. Fans find it frustrating that RAGE is receiving such publicity and is growing much larger than the Baz who's cameos and talk abouts are slowly diminishing to compensate. Not helped by the penultimate Rustlemania 2 episode, which essentially featured the wholesale destruction of the Baz, stripping everything from him for RAGE's benefit.
Crosses the Line Twice: In the Season 2 playthrough of The Walking Dead, Pat jokes about having Clementine punching a pregnant woman so hard in the stomach that the baby flies out, which he will use to distract nearby zombies. Also, taking the joke further, he says the baby will actually be glad to be out of her womb, referring to her as a "bitch".
Liam seems to be pushing this for a lot of fans; as detailed above, some are uncomfortable with the sheer amount of exposure he's gotten as of late, but his attitude toward Warren during Episode 5 of Life is Strange seemed to stop being Comedic Sociopathy and outright offputting for a lot of viewers right around the point he declared "I wish we can make Joyce and Frank so suicidal that they'd blow the place up with Warren inside it," particularly as the character he loathes never does anything particularly wrong. While a lot of viewers felt that Warren had previously been a Sitcom Archnemesis for Liam - equivalent to Pat's escapades against Quint - here it turned a little too intense.
Happens a lot depending on the material such as Grand Wizard Wakka and Naruto shitting on babies.
It's hard to tell how much Matt and Pat actually enjoy from Walking Dead Season 2. However, there's no denying that the guys really took a liking to Luke, with Pat mentioning how "dreamy" he is. Jane, too, because of her carrying a pragmatism unique to most characters in the season. It's made entirely clear in their wrap-up that they certainly didn't like Season 2 as much as Season 1, and a number of Matt's comments on his Tumblr have outright stated Telltale needs better writing for the next one.
Between them and the Game Grumps. Every so often, you'll find comments comparing the two, or outright accusing TBFP of ripping the Game Grumps off (despite TBFP predating Game Grumps by a year). Nevertheless, Jon of Game Grumps has admitted he was inspired by TBFP to make a two person show revolving video games. While Pat has expressed disappointment in Game Grumps, both Matt and Pat are fans of Egoraptor, referencing his Metal Gear Awesome and Girlchan in Paradise!! series on occasion. Regardless, the two groups seem to be on good terms, as evidenced in their 2013 E3 videos. And indeed, the two groups recently collaborated with each other, with the Grumps playing Dinotopia on the Zaibatsu channel, and the Best Friends playing Spider-Man 3 with the Grumps as part of Grumpcade.
There's a much more hostile one between them and PewDiePie. Which could be said to be instigated by Matt, as whenever he addresses the fandom, he likes to think of them as "better than PewDiePie fans".
There is also a certain rivalry with The Spoony Experiment with Matt commenting on an early LP there was not much interesting material on his website. During the Killer is Dead playthrough Matt commented that the only content from Spoony he likes is his early stuff from before Spoony had his infamous Creator Breakdown.
They also possibly have something of an issue with Ashly Burch, as suggested in their Colonial Marines video and a more recent podcast discussing Anthony Burch's leaving Gearbox.
Although this is possibly subverted/just the Best Friends ribbing other people as in a recent podcast episode, Matt declares Ashly a 'sweetheart' for coming over during a convention specifically to mock Woolie.
Pat: So what do the giant alien space ships shitting bugs out represent? Matt: Freemasons.
Flame Bait: Some of the comments on Matt's solo No More Heroes playthrough have begun to complain about how Matt repeatedly brings up the fact that he helped work on this game as a tester, which is arguably one of the points of the playthrough, that Matt is proud of his time working on the title and has a lot of stories about doing so. That he brings them up with a line about 'when I worked on this' has to be expected. Funny considering that when he brings up similar stories about Deus Ex, nobody bats an eyelash.
The Best Friends took a rather unfair set of questions regarding Warhammer 40K as this during episode 150 of the Superbestfriendscast, borderline calling out a fan who asked them a set of a questions, including 'whether they cared' based on a set of off-hand remarks made during their Revengeance playthrough; Pat and Liam in particular took exception to the notion that they are not fans because they only enjoy the setting on a casual basis.
Franchise Original Sin: Discussed, regarding the Metroid series. When Matt, Pat, and Woolie watched the cutscenes from Metroid: Other M, they took the plot to task for its shortcomings. Then Matt, Woolie, and Liam played Metroid: Fusion, which they were much more positive about. As they played, they were surprised at how many of Other M's plot elements (such as Samus' backstory with Adam) were already present in Fusion, just better executed.
Friendly Fandoms: Some fans overlap with Maximillian Christensen's fanbase. If you hear anybody mention a Max on the channel, it's him. Taken up to 11, considering that the Best Friends are fans of him, have had him on the Podcast, got the Yo Videogames crew to do Rustlemania intros, and even did a proper crossover when Matt and Woolie flew out to California to hang with Max and the doods.
Fridge Brilliance: Why does Matt have a habit (albeit not pronounced) of getting trapped on things or running into glitches? He used to work in QA, it was his job to find glitches.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Invoked hard with their Rustlemania-based look at the Hulk Hogan's Main Event Kinect title, which featured Matt loudly declaring "MATT HATES BLACK PEOPLE!"; Fast-forward two years, and the Hulkster has now been cast into the spotlight following a racist rant involving his daughter.
In part 10 of their Silent Hill 2 playthrough, it's mentioned that Konami won't allow complete creative and financial freedom to anyone except Hideo Kojima, so the pair have faith in Silent Hills...
The constant jabs at Paul Walker in the Fast and Furious Showdown video quickly became awkward when Walker died in a car crash only months after the video was made.
A Running Gag during Rustlemania is to just assume every single legacy wrestler is "dead" simply just out of ignorance for not knowing what they've been doing post-wrestling career. A small few wrestlers that they joked about "being dead" (such as the Ultimate Warrior) have since died in the years following those videos.
Good Bad Bugs: Possibly due to their experience as quality assurance testers, the Friends just love running into any kind of bug, error or crash. On occasion, such as with their Deus Ex: Human Revolution playthrough, they also recall memories of amusing bugs they ran into during their QA days.
Growing the Beard: They seemed to grow the beard when Woolie and Liam became permanent members of the group.
Or arguably when their full LP's and channel started to gain prominence over their Machinima episodes. The latter are still funnier because of the condensed time and the admittedly scripted jokes, but the team arguably grew the beard when their LP's, videos and podcasts started to become interconnected with jokes crossing over from each format.
During the Deadly Preminition play through, Pat comments that what Forrest just said is "rape culture! Does Kaysen support rape culture?!" in a very offended tone. At the end of the game, the actions of Forrest Kaysen make that statement and the offence taken seem rather prophetic. Similarly, Pat notes during The Last of Us play through that Joel's insistence that they are "survivors", rather than "shitty people", is typically said in movies by REALLY shitty people. Later on in the game, we find out Joel has "been on both sides".
While playing Prison Break Matt was afraid of going to jail and said he needed to learn about prison from the game. Few years later, the Two Best Friends Play Facebook implied Matt, Pat and Woolie were almost arrested with the Aliens: Colonial Marines showing really suspicious footage of the best friends. It later turns out that they were stopped by police when a person saw them sneaking around at night with (toy) guns, but nothing bad came of it.
In their podcast for January 12th of 2016, the Best Friends lament the recent death of David Bowie and the earlier passing of Motorhead's Lemmy, citing that these things come in threes; two days later, it was unfortunately announced that Alan Rickman passed away.
During their look at Street Fighter X Mega Man, the group discussed how half-hearted it was that Capcom's only release to celebrate Mega Man's anniversary was to officiate a fan-game, and debate on if they should be demanding more content or just be satisfied with what little effort Capcom did put into the game. Flash forward to 2016, when Mighty No. 9 attempted to please Mega Man fans and was met with extreme bile. As with the Best friends and the earlier game, this was justified with "It's better than nothing."
The most recent full LP Matt did was Omikron: The Nomad Soul, which was a terrible game that they had a running gag of claiming it was driving them insane (later episodes cutting the usual video bumpers for mad imagery); soon after its finale was uploaded Matt announced his hiatus for stress. Liam was playing through Sonic Unleashed as, according to Woolie and Matt, he hadn't suffered as much as the other members, so they wanted a game to break him; Liam would resign from the channel for mental health issues midway through (although he did say he'd finish the game).
He Panned It, Now He Sucks: To say that a lot of JoJo fans changed their opinion on Pat after his opinions in the All Star Battle review is...an understatement.
Fans unsure of how serious Pat can be at times don't really care much for him liking to joke about some of Nintendo's recent financial troubles, with some feeling that the fact Pat didn't grow up playing Nintendo consoles makes him a bit biased against the company in general. Some even find it to be a bit disrespectful he still continues to make the jokes in spite of the passing of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and the fact Iwata cutting his own pay in half helped the company regain profitability in 2015.
Gundam fans were not happy when Woolie revealed he dismissed Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans after only two episodes because he felt it was becoming just another Gundam SEED and criticizing the show for being "kiddy". Fans of the former agree that it's one of the darker settings Gundam has had, especially with a certain scene in the third episode.
The Resident Evil 4 video has a moment where Leon is attacked by a snake, prompting Pat to comment "That's a badass snake, gonna bite your dick." Fast forward to the Man vs. Wild: The Game video, where that is exactly what every snake in the game does.
In The Walking Dead Part 2 Pat says "And maybe you killed a Senator!" Matt adds "It was the one-armed man!" Now moving to the 14th part from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance...
In the first part of their Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Let's Play, they joke that they'll be going to space in the game. It does actually happen, albeit simply using a shuttle to get halfway around the world in a very short time period.
In their playthrough of F.E.A.R. 2 during the Shitstorm of Scariness, they make a comment about how the characters in the game's intro resemble the cast of the movie Alien and Matt makes a joke saying something along the lines of "wait until Aliens: Colonial Marines turns out to be not so great." Fast forward months later and said game is subject to multiple poor review scores and and considered one of the biggest gaming disappointments of early 2013.
According to Pat, when Liam realized they got the Bad Ending in Resident Evil: Revelations 2, his response was "What kind of idiot gets the Bad Ending?" Either Liam is unaware of how the Good ending is notoriously counter intuitive, or he was trolling/rubbing Pat's failure in his face.
SBFC 013: Pat claims Masashi Kishimoto will diebefore he finishesNaruto. This episode came out in June of 2014. Naruto wrapped up about a year later (at least, manga-wise, as the anime is still ongoing).
Late in the playthrough of Beyond: Two Souls, Jodie is sent to the ocean floor in a diving suit to stumble around in dark, eerie waters. A short conversation springs up between the friends about how cool a horror game based almost entirely around that mechanic would be. Two years later...
In the same game, they mention how exciting it would be to have Wendigos as a spiritual enemy to combat. They would eventually play a game that featured such a foe as the main adversary.
The preview for Friendcast 119 has Matt's figure of Guts from Berserk cry out "JUST GET ME OFF THIS FUCKING BOAT ALREADY!!!", in reference to the manga's Arc Fatigue and Schedule Slip at getting to Elfheim. When the video was posted, it had been nearly eight years since they got on the boat, but then they got off two weeks later.
At the start of their Death Road To Canada video, Matt jokes about how the results of the 2016 US election may influence people to take said death road, with Woolie adding in a statement about Americans being "political tourists". Flash forward to Election Day, and the news of Donald Trump being the winner resulted in the Canadian immigration website crashing due to the high volume of people applying.
Apparently Woolie and Liam call each other Big Papa and Saucy Liam respectively. Matt and Pat even joke that if Liam and Woolie were ever both asleep on the couch together, Pat could take a picture of the two and call it legally binding. Matt makes some Ho Yay comments, but it's generally played for laughs.
Has increased significantly in more recent times. Still played for laughs and done so rather effectively.
Pat's called Luke "dreamy" and "very attractive" in their Walking Dead: Season 2 playthrough.
And then we have the episode of Guacamelee! where Woolie dresses Juan as himself and makes Liam play as his waifu.
With Deadly Premonition we have "DP" used in multiple sentences like "Time for some DP action" due to its unintentional sexual implications.
"X is a failure of game design," which follows from David Cage's statement during promotional work for Beyond: Two Souls that game overs are a failure of the game design. This has since spread from the gang's Indigo Prophecy playthrough into their other videos.
ALL of Pat's verbal tics/catchphrases from their Dark Souls 2 LP.
Pat's Tour Guide Nixon voice, and the Robo Speak Matt slips into while mocking characters with bad voice acting or writing.
Pat's scared laughter is just as great. Also are his high pitched screams when he's scared.
Narm: Woolie and Pat both agree that the sudden usage of a heavy metal song during the credits of Tormentum Dark Sorrow is something of a mood killer, though they both love the entire rest of the game for using art that looks like it'd be perfect as metal album covers.
Additionally, Woolie losing in the first round at EVO to Daigo gets brought up fairly frequently as well.
Pat (and the rest of the fandom) enjoys bringing up the time Matt accidentally threw the best weapon in Silent Hill: Downpour away (i.e., into a bottomless pit).
Several of the Shitstorm of Scariness videos has Matt still berating Pat for his timidness during the Slender Man video. Pat fully admits this and seemingly takes it in stride.
Pat worries this will be the case when he mentions in the second part of their Mortal Kombat 9 viewing that Liu Kang and Kitana will eventually have a "really hot, cool baby". Cue Matt and Woolie making pedophile jokes and Pat lamenting that "People will make pictures! You can't do this to me!"
A worry that is made Hilarious in Hindsight when one remembers that the Heavy Rain playthrough already featured Pat doing this, as he had earlier commented that Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard would have "hot" kids, in contrast with Matt's thoughts that they would be "divine".
Ever since their blind playthrough of Last of Us, Pat has a hard time living down how this playthrough was less than ideal.
Pat having a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic desktop wallpaper in the Amnesia episode lead many fans to believe that Pat is a brony (the fact they hired 2 Snacks, who is a brony, to be one of their main animators after seeing his MLP themed "Two Best Sisters Play" parody only added fuel to the fire). Pat later clarified it was only a joke and he's not really a fan of the show, saying he just found it funny to imagine the "angry redhead" as a fan of something colorful and happy looking. Even so, fans and the rest of the zaibatsu still like to sometimes joke about this to Pat, with at least one mailbag video involving Pat opening a package containing MLP related items inside, and Pat saying "you make one joke in a video nearly three years ago and you never hear the end of it..."
Pat's gotten a lot of this from his and Woolie's playthrough of ''Dark Souls II":
Any LP that feels like it's dragging on too long or feels like the Zaibatsu don't know what they're doing has been called "the New Nuzlocke."
Woolie's comment that a character from Sailor Moon had sexual intercourse with an unicorn bothered a fan as noted by Matt in "Two Best Friends Play Heavy Rain Part 17." Although Matt stated it was actually just a kiss, Pat defended Woolie's statement as it happened offscreen.
Matt mentions several silly and/or ridiculous Spider-Man comic book stories with Pat. The episode then provides a caption referring to the issues the crazy story appeared in.
Whatever happened between the pair to provoke their rather huge argument on their Facebook page during June 9th. It seems to have evolved out of the two mocking each other over Animal Crossing, but with Matt and Pat, who can tell? It hasn't been referred to since, either, particularly after the two resolved their differences after and joked about it later.
There have been multiple hints at Liam being under house arrest. Exactly why is anyone's guess.
According to a discussion on the Friendcast, something once occurred that resulted in Woolie and Pat having to form "a deal" involving the bathroom. Pat claims that the situation is ENTIRELY his fault. Matt supposedly urged Woolie to take the deal, as "it wasn't going to get better, and could get a whole lot worse".
Whether Ellie of The Last of Us was The Scrappy to begin with is debatable, given the Best Friends tend to run with a joke once it's gotten going, but Sunny, so loathed in MGS4 by the Friends was suddenly rescued and made awesome by a scene less than five minutes long in Revengeance.
David Madsen from Life Is Strangemay be heading towards this. Matt and Liam obviously dislike him in episode one, but when he actually apologizes in episode two and admits that he was wrong, just upset, they give him credit. They still seem iffy on him regarding his treatment of Kate, but if anything, they're treading carefully. By episode 5 they don't hate him but they can't take him seriously anymore after being defeated 3 or 4 times by an art teacher.
Chloe from the same game seemed to reach this around the midpoint of Episode Three, after actively confessing that she's aware a lot of her problems are of her own making, but refuses to acknowledge it, and it was essentially confirmed that she was rescued in Episode Four, where she actively apologises for her dickishness in prior episodes; both Matt and Liam had much less negative things to say following that.
Inverted: In both the Pacific Rim-related videos, Matt says the Real Steel licensed game was a surprisingly good boxing game, and the Best Friends seemed to enjoy the Pacific Rim licensed game as well.
Pat has also expressed his dislike towards Ashley from Mass Effect.
Speaking of Walking Dead, the guys weren't the biggest fans of Kenny, either.
While playing The Last of Us, Matt and Pat constantly flip-flop between calling Ellie garbage (as in, they actually nickname her Garbage) and admitting that they're being too hard on her.
Woolie wished that Sylvia was the final boss of No More Heroes 2.
Woolie: I was holding a chalice of empathy; and watch me pour it into the toilet! I stand angrily and flushing, for Sylvia is GARBAGE!
Pat's hatred towards Ryan from Beyond: Two Souls is worth noting to say the least considering how he spends most of the game trying to make the protagonist not be attracted to him. Even Matt was suprised in the final part when Pat still could not tolerate Ryan. Pat chose the "Beyond Ending" in order to "troll" Ryan.
Pat's "discussion" over Ken being in Ultimax is literally "fuck Ken". Liam tries to defend him, but to no avail. To put it into perspective, he's perfectly willing to hurt Koromaru, one of his favorite characters, just to get at Ken, and sincerely hopes that Ken dies during the course of the game.
Chico from the Metal Gear Solid series, is this for both Matt and Pat. Though, they acknowledge that people see him as Rescued from the Scrappy Heap via the hidden tapes.
Whenever X-Men or Marvel in general is brought up, expect many jokes to be made at Cyclops' expense.
Chloe from Life Is Strange was originally just on Matt's scrappy list for her using ridiculous slang. She made it on Liam's list as well when she showed her selfish attitude. Although in Episode 4 she apologized for her dickish behavior and her alternate self hates the word "hella", so Liam and Matt don't hate on her that much anymore.
Warren seemed to take this spot for Liam almost immediately, who is generally positive toward most members of the cast - particularly Kate - and neutral at best to others, and naturally Matt is only happy to make that hate so much worse. It's reached the point where in Podcast 117, the other Best Friends are actively laughing at Liam for his assertions that Warren is basically a textbook abusive male on par with Jefferson and Nathan, based on little more than his own dislike and an Easter egg/hidden bit that Liam confesses he hasn't even seen in-game.
Averted with Moira Burton of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, who distinctly leans toward appearing like one of the characters that could aggravate the Best Friends, but manages to avoid it. It possibly helps that she's the daughter of 'awesome dude-man' Barry Burton.
Immediately after beginning NBA2k16 Livin Da Dream, Pat, Liam AND Woolie all singled out Poisonous Friend Vic Van Lier as a "piece of shit" in his first appearance, and only came to hate him more as the play through continued, often expressing that someone should murder him, rejoicing when he dies in a car accident, and mocking his "ghost speech" for both its Narm and for actively making him less sympathetic.
They also really hated Freq's girlfriend Yvette, although to a far lesser extent than Vic. Their main reasons involve her abruptly appearing in the story with no buildup or introduction, and her facial rendering seeming to be of a much lower quality than the other characters for some reason.
Scrappy Mechanic: Pat confessed in the animated shorts he dislikes escort missions.
Some fans apparently couldn't tell whether Matt and Pat liked Deadly Premonition or not, so Pat addressed the point in a video: in short, the game is full of "stupid bullshit", but it's enormously entertaining bullshit. He compares playing the game to being on the receiving end of a borderline-abusive relationship.
Pat still doesn't know whether he enjoys playing Deadly Premontion or The Last of Us more.
Whenever they discuss recording material for the Last of Us, they both agree they'd rather be playing DP.
Matt: What do you mean "what is with it"? It's always BEEN THERE!
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In spite of many Suda51 games receiving a full LP on the channel, killer7 only has a single video as part of the Shitstorm of Scariness, and many of the comments on the video agree that it should be a full series.
Vocal Dissonance: A lot of viewers were surprised by what Matt looks like when they saw his face for the first time. Matt even addresses this in the "Matt's Bombass Apartment Tour" video.
In a fan example, many fans checked out Jojos Bizarre Adventure just to understand what the heck the Super Best Friends were talking about when they constantly referenced it, and became fans themselves.