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Nathan Sharp, also known as NateWantsToBattle, is a musician who got his start on YouTube. He started off making Pokémon-themed Song Parodies, but went on to make a varied selection of more serious works including Cover Versions of various rock hits, anime songs and video game music, original songs based on video games and songs with original themes.

In 2017, Nathan Sharp and Shawn Christmas established the independent record label Give Hearts Records. His YouTube channel was rebranded to include all the members of this label.

Nate unofficially retired in 2022, citing a lack of enjoyment from the profession, dislike of internet and YouTube algorithms and policies, and desire to move on from nerdcore and IP-based projects.

He is married to Anna Prosser.

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The following tropes appear in his songs:

  • A Cappella: His Cover Version of "Bonetrousle".
  • all lowercase letters: The title of Thnks Fr Th Cvrs is stylized as "thnks fr th cvrs" on the album cover.
  • Concept Album: Songs of Time is based on the story of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Cover Album:
  • Cover Version: While Nate has done two full Cover Albums, he has also made several stand-alone covers:
  • Continuity Nod:
    • "The Evil King" is the last song on Songs of Time, and contains plenty of references to the rest of the songs on the album.
    • "The Finale" contains references to his previous Five Nights at Freddy's songs.
  • Deal with the Devil: "Phantom", in which Nate plays a guy offering a wannabe magician a chance to perform actual magic before his audience, only to get trapped inside the glass ornament on Nate's cane. The lyrics also certainly help establish that your more than welcome to make a bargain with this guy, if you're willing to pay the price.
    I'm not what you want
    But I'm exactly what you need
    Take a bite and feed
    Your satisfaction guaranteed
  • Department of Redundancy Department: On iTunes, the tracks on the album Instrumentals have titles like "Mangled (Instrumental) [Instrumental]" and "Misty (Acoustic Instrumental) [Acoustic Instrumental]".
  • Instrumentals:
    • Instrumentals contains instrumental versions of 16 previously released tracks.
    • Bad Time contains some Cover Versions of instrumental tracks from Undertale.
  • Jump Scare: The lyric video for "The Finale" features many instances of Five Nights at Freddy's characters suddenly jumping at the camera.
  • Mid-Vid Skit: The "Phantom" video has one of these where a young magician sells his soul to the titular Phantom for magical powers.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • In "Mangled", the animatronics argue that the security guard wearing a Freddy Fazbear head as a disguise makes them the same. He rejects this notion in "No More", where he says he'll never, ever be like them unless they find humanity.
    • In "Dead Silence", Chara is taunting Frisk with the idea that they are both monsters, something that, unlike the above example, Frisk is not shown to rebuke.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: In "Phantom", Nate is dressed in black and red clothes, and the person he's playing likes to give people a Deal with the Devil kind of bargain.
  • Shout-Out: Nate's artist name is a Pokémon reference.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: "The Evil King" ends this way.
    Link: You'll never be my king!
  • Song Parody: Some of his early albums contain various hits with their lyrics changed to make them about Pokémon.
  • Villain Song:
    • "Phantom" has Nate play a charming Red and Black and Evil All Over man who tricks a wannabe magician into getting trapped in his cane.
    • Nate made many, MANY songs based around the Five Nights at Freddy's franhise, most often from the points of view of the evil animatronics: "Mangled", "Salvaged", "Nightmare", "This Is the End", "The Finale", "Enjoy the Show", "Madness", "One Way Ticket", "Obsolete", "Count the Teeth", "Stay the Course", "What You Want", "Always Come Back", and "Nothing Left to Want".
    • Many songs from The Legend of Zelda-themed album Songs of Time are this, sung from the point of view of various Ocarina of Time bosses: "Twisted" by the Poe Sisters, "Grounded" by Volvogia, "Shell" by Kotake and Koume, "Drowning" by Morpha, "Hands of a Thief" by Bongo Bongo, and "The Evil King" by Ganondorf himself.
    • "Dead Silence" and "Unaligned" come from the points of view of Chara and Frisk from Undertale, respectively.
    • Bendy and the Ink Machine-inspired songs include "Blood and Ink" from the point of view of Bendy, "Let Me In" and "My Name Isn't Mine" reflecting the views of Sammy Lawrence, and "Symbol of My Regret" reflecting the view of Joey Drew.
    • "One Last Time" and "Hello Neighbor" are inspired by Hello Neighbor, and feature Theodore Peterson threatening his neighbor.
    • "Delete Me" is from the point of view of Monika from Doki Doki Literature Club!.
    • Even anime like Death Note gets a song in the form of "Blank Page", a parody of "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift that is from the perspective of Light Yagami.
    • "In My Head" is a League of Legends-themed song featuring Jinx swearing vengeance on Vi.
    • "No Reason to Lie" is a groovy hero/villain number based on Among Us, where the Imposter (Nate) gloats about the murders he commits while the other crew (Amanda Lee and CG5) try to figure out what is going on.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song:
    • "Ashes" is an Undertale song from the point of view of Sans as he condemns Frisk for committing genocide.
    • "Manipulate" is from the point of view of the protagonist of Doki Doki Literature Club!, telling Monika that she deserves to be alone forever as retribution for her crimes.
    • "With You" is a Poppy Playtime-themed song where the singer calls out Mommy Long Legs for her obsessions and insanity.