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!
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.
On December 16th, 2016, Matt announced he was taking an indefinite hiatus from the channel due to severe overstress and other real life complications. A week later, Liam revealed he would be leaving permanently for mental health reasons. Pat and Woolie will still contribute to the channel with their own videos, however. Matt came back from his hiatus a month later for the Resident Evil 7 playthrough.
On an irregular update schedule:
- Minecraft: Story Mode with Pat and Woolie.
Currently on hiatus:
- Sonic Unleashed with Matt, Woolie, and Liam.
Tropes this series has:
- Accidental Misnaming: In the Salty Bet episodes of Friday Night Fisticuffs, the guys mistakenly identify Touhou characters as coming from Eternal Fighter Zeronote ; however, on two separate occasions they correctly recognize Sakuya as "The girl who fought DIO" in One Minute Melee.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Commented on in the full playthrough of Metroid Fusion.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?
- Throughly discussed during the Mechaweek. Automated defense systems ALWAYS backfire.
- 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 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.
- Analogy Backfire: Matt enjoys deliberately invoking this.
- Matt calls Heavy Rain "the God of War of video games".
- In the Prison Break video, Matt called Tom Paxton "the Sam Fisher of video games".
- "Snakes are the locusts of the animal kingdom", according to Matt in the Man Vs Wild LP.
- Mario Party 9 is the Risk of board games.
- "Doves are the pigeons of the bird world", Matt says of John Woo's movies in Yakuza 4.
- During the final round of the Worms 2: Armageddon video, Woolie finds a Banana Bomb, an item that provokes a Big "YES!" from the now-spectating Pat and an Oh, Crap! from the surviving Matt. Come the final turn of the video, Woolie has ten seconds to damage Matt enough to put him in the lead, and Pat urges him to use the Banana Bomb. He gets into position, throws it... ...and it flies across the map, hits a curve, flies back towards Woolie, and detonates over his head, all to the hysterical laughter of Matt and Pat.
- 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.
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Matt's description of the final boss from No More Heroes 2.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!
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: At the beginning of the Eternal Darkness playthrough, while Matt's description of the blue artifact undersells it a bit*; , Matt's explanation of the Ancient's artifacts and what they do for gameplay definitely comes off this way:Matt: So, Red: all enemies will be tougher to kill...
Matt: Green: all enemies will drive you more insane...
Matt: Blue: all enemies will... explode in a puff of blue.
Pat: ...that's it?
- Needless to say, Pat goes with the blue one.
- 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"
- And finally fully subverted with the reveal of their new Machinima intro, which also has Woolie and Liam Promoted to Opening Titles.
- Artistic License – Astronomy: Pat remarks that he has "so many problems" with the premise of the first level of Mass Effect: Andromeda, where the heroes have to physically visit the surface of a new planet to determine if it's habitable, and the presence of this trope drives Pat to almost Berserk Button levels of anger.Pat: You can tell whether or not a planet is habitable FROM SIGHT!
- 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.
- Discussed in the second Christmascast:Woolie: I can hear the sound of Indonesianbob's Wacom. I can hear it.Pat: You came up to me and were like, "Should we hire him or stop him?"Woolie: I don't know!Matt: And I said, "You should promote him. Give him money to stop."Woolie: We enabled, and now it's too late.
- Audience Participation:
- A week before the Street Fighter III video went up the friends put a message on their Facebook page telling them at what time on Friday they would be playing and inviting everyone to join. The online matches make up the middle part of the video. Ditto for SoulCalibur V.
- 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 the success of the SBFW of Metroid: Other M, they put up a Facebook poll with other possible games to watch, including Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Deadly Premonition. Also in the poll was Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which was apparently put in as a joke. Sure enough, it won, much to the chagrin of Matt, Pat, & Woolie.
- 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.
- When Matt got a new cat, he decided to let the fans put it to a vote what they should name him.
- The video for Super Mario Maker has the guys playing through levels submitted by fans and verified by Liam.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Kenpachi Ramasama from their Persona 4 video.
- Matt and Pat play the PS4! They didn't get a PS4 at launch, so instead they played a bunch of NES games instead.
- Woolie and Liam play Final Fantasy VIII, and spend the entire video playing Triple Triad.
- The Best Friends play Wu Tang Shaolin Style for Saturday Morning Scrublords!... but give up trying to make the game work 17 minutes in and start playing Third Strike instead.
- The Best Friends play BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger for Friday Night Fisticuffs! They spend the entire video going through the first 30 minutes of the story mode.
- Be Careful What You Wish For:
Pat: Give me a gun already![He immediately gets a gun and test fires it]Pat: ...This gun feels terrible!
- Pat is a big fan of old-school Survival Horror games, with complicated puzzles and tank controls. When playing Dino Crisis he at one point bemoans that it's "too much" survival horror as he tries to figure out how to do the DDK Lock Puzzles.
- After being disappointed with the lack of weapons in Duke Nukem Forever.
- Beard of Sorrow: In the ending cutscene of Heavy Rain, Matt notes that Ethan has shaved his "mourning beard".
- Bears Are Bad News: Matt and Pat learn this the hard way after encountering two bears in the woods in Assassin's Creed III.
- Berserk Button:
- One of the zombie files in Lollipop Chainsaw mentioned a teacher who flunked a student for being ginger. This pissed Pat off to no end.
- 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.Matt: What?!
- Beware the Nice Ones:
Matt: Pat, if you turned into a zombie, I would shoot you with no hesitation.
- Despite Matt's preference for Lighter and Softer games, he's quick to dismiss First-Person Shooter games that don't include shotguns. And then there's his behavior while playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution, his body-stomping behavior in Dead Space 2, and his apparent delight in mutilating dead bodies in general.
- In season 4, Matt shows a tendency to teabag.
- Their The Walking Dead play through also reveals that Matt's zombie survival plan is shockingly pragmatic.
- Behind the Black: In the intro segment to Predator: Concrete Jungle, Woolie doesn't notice the game being on Matt's TV until the camera pans over, despite sitting on the couch directly opposite it.
- Big Ball of Violence: Featured in the third version of the opening theme (introduced midway through season 2).
- Big "NO!":
- Big "WHAT?!": Their reaction to Ocelot's meowing in Metal Gear Solid 3.
- Big Word Shout: At the end of the Captain America video, Matt screams "AMERICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" as he makes Captain America jump at a Nazi robot.
- Bittersweet Ending: 2016 was this for the channel: They managed to beat Omikron: The Nomad Soul, but in the process Matt had to take a months-long vacation due to stress, and Liam left the channel to pursue streaming.
- Black Best Friend/Black Dude Dies First:
Matt: Not a good day, my super best friend black guy, just totally—
- 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.
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.
- Joked about in Until Dawn. They said there was no black members of the cast as they knew they would die first.
- 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!
- Black Comedy Rape: The discussion of Catherine raping Vincent in the Catherine video.
- "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.
- Bond One-Liner:
- 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!"
- 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.
- 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 4: Arena 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.
- In Super Best Friends VS: Dark Souls II Woolie defeats the very first enemy he encounters by shooting magic through a hole where he can't be touched. All the while Pat yells to cheat if you can't beat the enemy regularly. Then in the Dark Souls II LP, the very last enemy they engage, Darklurker gets stuck in a wall and is unable to retaliate while Woolie wails on it. So both the very first and the very last enemy Woolie fights were defeated through some form of cheating.
- Bootstrapped Theme: "Green Greens" was only used as the opening music for the pilot episode because they were playing a Kirby game, but it was used as their opening theme from then on out. Their other works sometimes have various remixes of the theme, like their Friendcasts, Super Best Friends Play series, and Bloodborne and Deus Ex: Human Revolution let's plays.
- Boring, but Practical: Whenever they play this way, it's usually accompanied by one or both saying "Just lame it out like it's Cross Tekken".
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: During the Lollipop Chainsaw video, Matt and Pat have invited several friends to hang out while they record, and they don't always stay quiet:Matt: I love how the town has a farm, a stadium, a gigantic arcade machine as a building, and one school.Girl: AMERICA!Matt: *laughs* Nice.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: During the Man vs. Wild Let's Play, the ground begins shaking while they're on the deserted island.Matt: I hope it's a dinosaur.Pat: I hope it's a volcano.Matt: I hope it's a volcanic dinosaur.
- 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...
- In part 34 of their Dark Souls II LP, Pat tells Woolie the "Dark Souls way" to play is to kill every NPC to get their drop items when you finish the game and start New Game+. Right after finishing the game, Woolie murders every NPC in Majula.
- Broken Record: The Baby The Baby The Baby The Baby The Baby...
- Buffy Speak:
Pat: You don't know what incognito means.
- Matt does a light version of this on occasion.
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!"
- 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 for liking Cyclops as a character and the Dreamcast as a video game console.
- Pat makes Matt play Silent Hill: Shattered Memories because Matt made Pat play Epic Yarn.
- Pat makes Matt play Dead Rising 2 so they can fight some monsters that are actually monstrous, unlike the crappy vampires in Vampire Rain.
- In the Dead Rising 2: Off The Record video, Matt brings up the fact that unicorns can be called ponies and says that Pat would know all about that, bringing up the fact that he had a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic desktop at the end of the Amnesia: The Dark Descent video.
- 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.
- They harass the villagers with money in the Assassin's Creed III video like they did in the Assassin's Creed: Revelations video.
- 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
- 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.
- When they try the hang-glider in Far Cry 4, Pat notices that there's a 'bail' button for dropping out of the glider mid-flight. Matt immediately recalls when Pat tricked him into committing suicide with the parachute in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood through a similar mechanic.
- The Cameo: Derpy Hooves makes a quick appearance in the first episode of Two Best Friends Funtime Adventures.
- 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.
- "What a mysterious game."
- 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."
- "Gotta get the cash, gotta get the dough", which is from a song in Anarchy Reigns
- Whenever James Small is mentioned the phrase "You can fuck off the edge of my dick" or variations of it is almost always used.
- "You LOVE it!" used by either when the other complains about an aspect of the game.
- "He loves it!" - a variation usually said by Matt when an enemy in a video game doesn't react at all to whatever weapon or tactic is being used on them.
- "I made ze bad game." It was first used by Pat in Indigo Prophecy and was picked up by Matt later in the same LP and which he carried over into Beyond Two Souls.
- "This game is for babies!" Said mockingly by Matt when someone's having trouble with an E-rated game.
- "Excuse me, sir." said by Pat in their The Evil Within playthrough whenever an enemy interrupts him in the middle of doing something. Lampshaded later in the LP when Pat realises just how often he says it.
- "Girls are watching" Said by Matt whenever a member of the Zaibatsu is engaged in difficult gameplay or messing up.
- Pat has another phrase he tends to say at random moments: "Ruh-roh".
- Ever since encountering Onionsan, Matt has actively picked up the monster's use of the phrase "Big Favorite." He eventually has taken to adding "Big" to any word for emphasis. The other best friends have occasionally adopted this.
- Celeb Crush:During the opening creditsPat: (referring to Jackie) Oh, he's that skeez-ball that you use.Matt: EMMA STONE!?!Pat: Calm down.
- Of the porn star kind, Matt also has a deep and repeated attraction to Hitomi "J-Cup" Tanaka.
- The Super Best Friends Podcast has revealed Matt's attraction to Aubrey Plaza. Judging by comments during Rustlemania, Pat appears to be slightly into her too.
- Chekhov's Gag: At the very end of the Detroit: Become Human LP, Pat declared that they should play the whole game again, immediately. Matt and Woolie seemingly talked him out of it... then their second playthrough of Detroit commenced a week later.
- Chekhov's Gun: At the beginning of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Matt has trouble reading the control instructions that appear on the screen. Then at the end of the video, Matt listens to Pat who tells him to press B to make the parachute glide faster, instead of reading the instructions on screen that say pressing B will make the parachute collapse.
- Chest Monster: A monster disguised as a missile upgrade (in Metroid: Fusion) prompts Matt and Woolie to wonder about the evolutionary history of animal species that mimic powerups.
- Child Hater: Matt generally looks at child characters is disdain; just look at the YMMV page for his hated characters. Even with the characters he doesn't hate, it takes a while to warm up to them. Pat is a played-with example, as he takes Jerkass with a Heart of Gold stance toward them and would urge Matt to take the choices that doesn't hurt them.
- Woolie really wants you to kill children when they are video games antagonist.
- Comedic Sociopathy:
- After a Stunned Silence as the protagonist of Heavy Rain mourns the death of his son, Matt quips "Man, what a loser."
- In Gears of War 3 Pat complements Dom's "Wife Killing Beard".
- When Matt runs into the first character in Rise of Nightmares, the first thing both of them think is to try and beat her with a lead pipe.
- After Matt gets scared after Pat's jump scare, Pat proceeds to mock Matt's terror.
- In Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Matt immediately shoots the first NPC he sees. The NPC does not react.
- Continuity Nod:
- Matt speculates that Duke Nukem may be a Time Cop, repeating a running gag from the SNES video.
- During their review of Amnesia, an independent PC game, Matt points out that they haven't had the best track record with indie games, referring to their look at Xbox Live Indie Games.
- In the Captain America video, Matt thinks he can do the same attacks that Captain America can do in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- In the Deus Ex: Human Revolution video, Matt sings the "science" song from the Portal 2 episode and repeats the "WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT OUT OF THIS!" gag from Dead Space 2.
- During Catherine, Matt says that he once watched Bear Grylls eat sheep eyes.
- During the Dead Island mini-episode, they call the zombies "zambamboes" and "zimbies" a few times.
- This gets taken up to running gag status in the Shitstorm of Scariness videos.
- During Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, Pat goes berserk and starts shooting Matt once the latter says that invisibility is stupid.
- Whenever something resembling a fetus is shown, they immediately assume it's some sort of sequel to Baby Maker Extreme.
- Matt claims Pat will be an expert at Off the Record when he spots a couple of unicorn and pony heads, a reference to Matt discovering Pat's desktop wallpaper in the Amnesia video.
- Matt and Pat think the Sassy Black Woman they run into in Off the Record is the same Sassy Black Woman from Human Revolution, or at least talk to her like she is.
- Matt explains the story of Kane and Lynch to Pat during the Metal Gear Solid video like how Pat explained to Matt Metal Gear Solid in the Kane & Lynch video.
- Matt mentions "Mummy-Lobster 2012" in the Sleeping Dogs video, a nod to the second Funtime Adventures video, where at the end Matt and Pat get mauled by a mummified lobster.
- Covert Pervert:
Pat: Okay man, I wasn't exactly gonna ask or anything, but why won't you stop touching all the-*cut to next clip*
- Whenever Matt runs into a lady NPC in Rise of Nightmares, he hovers the hand icon over their chests or butts.
- Matt tries to be covert in Lollipop Chainsaw, but Pat easily catches on, especially when the game rewards Matt for being a pervert.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Both guys swear all the time, usually in frustration, though Pat casually replaces other nouns with "shit". Here's a compilation video of all their swearing between Donkey Kong Country Returns and Deadly Premonition. It's fifteen minutes long.
- 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.
- Pat actually mentions that he doesn't remember the conversion rate and is probably getting it wrong.
- During their playthrough of Ride to Hell: Retribution, Pat stated that there are no redwood trees in California.
- Two Best Sisters Play, where Princesses Celestia and Luna from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic play the roles of Matt and Pat. It's a side project by 2snacks (creator of TBFP's opening animations) and it's Matt and Pat approved.
- In the Predator: Concrete Jungle playthrough, Matt and Woolie discuss how awesome it would be to stick Predators into other series/genres. They come up with Predator University, Predator Seinfeld, and Married... with Predators.
- Two Best Friends Play E3 2013 finally has the Two Best Friends meet the Game Grumps.
- Now a reality!
- Two on the podcast: SBFC #63, which has the appearance of Max Christiansen as a guest, and SBFC #81, which has the guys interviewing Guy Cihi, otherwise known as James Sunderland.
- The Zaibatsu collaborated with Max again... kinda. To explain: the guys did a Saturday Morning Scrublords video on Bio F.R.E.A.K.S., where they play through the game's arcade mode on Very Easy and call out Max and co. for being "too scurred" to play the game for Boss Rage. Max, Steve, and Kenny then did a seven hour livestream of the game for Boss Rage on Freak difficulty, the last three hours of which were spent on the final boss alone. And they beat him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
Woolie (as X-23): Yeah it's kind of unblockable when you're jumping in, and you're at level three.
- 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.
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.
- Pat manages this again in the For Honor brawl against Woolie and Matt whenever he has the controller.
- 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."
- Decapitated Army: The end result of Rage defeating Zubaz in the Hell in a Cell match at the end of the Zaibatsu PPV. Rage dismantles the Order of the Storm Feelers and even gets FemBaz to turn into FemRage, paving the way for the Rage World Order.
- Deadpan Snarker: Both of them are a couple of smartasses. For example, during Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage when they are reading the move list: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.
Chloe: I do feel safer having a nine millimeter in my pants.Liam: I know Pat knows that feeling.
- Liam, however, possesses the smartest ass in the Zaibatsu by far, so much so that "Stinger Zinger Liam" is one of his nicknames.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Matt in general. Invoked almost exactly by name during the Kirbys Return To Dreamland playthrough, in which Matt inadvertently kills Pat through the game's Intimate Healing mechanic.Matt: You got distracted by our makeouts!
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: During the Disaster: Day of Crisis episode they watch a tower collapse in a manner similar to the World Trade Center. Matt asks Pat flat out if it seems familiar. Pat says it reminds him of Bionic Commando, then drinks a container of orange juice larger than the character's head.
- 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.
- Don't Explain the Joke: From the Deus Ex: Human Revolution episode on Matt displays a tendency to say "Oh, it's like sex" after any Double Entendre joke.
- Don't Think, Feel: Matt suggest this during Donkey Kong Country Returns. Pat doesn't listen.Matt: If you think we die.
Pat: What is up with you and saying that?
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!
- Doorstopper: The Knights of the Old Republic LP is currently the title holder of the longest LP on the channel at a whopping 99 episodes, dethroning previous title holder Dark Souls 2 (83 Episodes). This has contributed to the general sense of Arc Fatigue some people feel for the LP.
- Double Entendre/That's What She Said: Pops up often.
- From the Donkey Kong Country Returns episode:Matt: Blow him! Blow him.... I mean, blow on him.
- In the Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage episode:Matt's getting his ass handed to him by Kenshiro
Pat: You just took it all up in your face. Bet you're used to that too!
- This early joke from the Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks episode:Matt: It's so long.Pat: That's what she said. About my dick. She said it about my dick.Matt: I don't-Pat: When she said that, she was talking about my dick.
- This exchange from the Sleeping Dogs episode:Pat: (while betting on a cockfight) I don't know which one to choose!NPC: My cock is the best.Pat: That one. That one's the winner.Matt: His cock will destroy all other cocks.Pat: My cock is supreme. Cannot be beaten.Later, after they win the betPat: You won!Matt: I won! I won all of the cocks!
- From the Donkey Kong Country Returns episode:
- Dude, Not Funny!:
- Averted thanks to the Power of Friendship in the Disaster: Day of Crisis. During the chaos in the city when a building is seen collapsing Matt points "Does that remind you of anything? Not really uh." When Pat asks Matt what he thinks Matt quickly takes it back and refuses to comment. Pat then comments it reminds him of Bionic Commando.
- Pat has at times expressed his distaste for some games that utilize Rape as Drama, despite their use of Black Comedy Rape.
- They originally planned a Bioshock Infinite episode but didn't do it because they felt that with the game's controversial content, they would have come off as insensitive.
- At the end of the Beyond: Two Souls playthrough, Woolie hopes that the next David Cage game ends with his suicide note. Pat calls him out on it, saying that it's too much while Matt says the next game should end with a Kickstarter to stop David Cage.
- Their Dragon's Crown video has Liam making a "trigger warning" joke. Woolie actually says that Liam likes to make statements like that where it would be impossible for them to edit out his audio.
- Dull Surprise: In the Captain America video, the two friends make fun of Captain America's default expression, which looks extremely bored.
- Dumbass DJ: Chewie and Fuckface, based on Han Solo and Chewbacca's cameo at the end of the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer. Apparently, they can travel through time to interrupt the inventors of the radio.
- Dumb Struck:
Pat: Why won't you say anythin-*cut to credits*
- What happens to Matt at the end of the Donkey Kong Country Returns video when he wastes their last life jumping over a cliff which he thought might have a token under it.
- Eagleland: Matt likes to invoke Type 1.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Woolie makes his first appearance in the Marvel vs Capcom video as the nameless friend that kicks Matt and Pat's butts.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- In the original Kirby's Epic Yarn video, Matt and Pat's now-traditional roles were reversed, with Pat being the goofball and Matt being the straight man.
- 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.
- Seems to be setting up as of Episode 3 of Walking Dead Season 2. They despise Kenny, but seem to understand that Carver is a much bigger threat.
- Enforced Plug: Machinima included a 10 second Xbox One ad at the beginning of their Fighter Within video (a.k.a. "KINECT GO DIE!")
- Epic Fail:
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 "failing everything" in Dead Rising 2.
Matt: At least I was wearing sweet cut-offs.
Youtube Commentator: "If this LP was a dog, I'd take it out back and shoot it..."
- Pat's LP of The Last of Us is (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 also went 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!).
- Woolie has had a number of these in Dark Souls II, mostly from getting turned around (while they're attempting to head back to Things Betwixt he repeatedly turns around to head back towards Majula for no reason) or, in the case of Part 54, he attempts to fight Royal Sorcerer Navlaan (who has a lot of very powerful Dark spells that can kill you very quickly) two handed, without his shield. Needless to say he dies multiple times before just saying "Screw it" and doing everything he can to avoid fighting Navlaan again.
- Pat and Liam's full LP of Super Mario RPG. How bad is it? It took them seven episodes to figure out there is a RUN button.
- Pat running the playthrough of XCOM 2 on Commander difficulty, with Ironman enabled. He only succeeds in a single mission (the very first one), and every other mission ends with the objectives failed and usually only a single survivor on Pat's squad (and sometimes not even that). He barely has enough resources to sustain his research and replace his losses, and the campaign ultimately ends with the completion of the Avatar Project. He even have a zero damage dealt t the enemy at one point (he was to weak to complete a vital black site mission so he tried a crash and grab that failed).
- While Matt manages to do pretty well and ultimately manages to get Kara and Alice out alive in Detroit: Become Human, the same cannot be said for Pat and Woolie. Pat constantly ends up getting Connor killed, tanking his affinity with Hank, and his attempts to get into Hank's good graces usually fall flat on their face, ultimately culminating in Pat ending Connor's story in a literally unwinnable life or death situation due to failing to get enough affinity with Hank to learn about Cole. Meanwhile, Woolie's constant cowardice and refusal to take risks leads him to constantly cripple Jericho's power, turn the public against the revolution, and make Markus make an utter fool of himself to the other revolutionaries, ultimately culminating in getting Markus gunned down during the Freedom March, dooming the revolution. This ended up being such a colossal fail that the trio decided to replay the game entirely (a first for the channel) in the hopes of getting a better ending.
- Pat's failure is especially noteworthy as only 1% of all players managed to get the ending he did.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite his legendary poor taste in games, even Matt gets fed up with Drake of the 99 Dragons quite quickly.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's about two best friends who play video games together.
- Expospeak Gag:Pat: I think that black gentleman may have acquired that man's bicycle.
Matt: Do you now?
Pat: I do.
Pat: Ohhhh, I feel like I should say something here.
- When they see a bunch of people running for a helicopter in Gears of War 3:
Matt: I think you're gonna have to get inside that helicopter with urgency.
Pat: Oh, fuck! It's a cougar!Matt: Get away from me, you sexy older lady!Pat: I don't have any use for your worn-out charms!
- Upon being attacked by a cougar in Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai:
- Everybody Lives: Their Until Dawn playthrough. Especially amazing considering it was their first time playing, and the numerous jokes made about killing off a few of the characters for a laugh.
- Eye Scream: In Max Payne 3, Matt dies in the nightclub restaurant by getting shot straight in the eye.
- 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.
- False Reassurance: At the end of the Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, Matt proposes playing another MK game. Pat agrees as long as it isn't Mortal Kombat 4. Matt assures him that it's not. It's Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. Cue trippy Heroic B.S.O.D. from Pat.
- 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.
- Fate Worse than Death: Pat says that if he ever finds the guy who made Alderman, one of the Xbox Live Arcade games, he's going to make him play it.
- Flat "What.":
- Pat's reaction to Matt beating the Chun-Li parry mode in Street Fighter III when he couldn't.
- Similarly, both of them do this when the final boss of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance declares "I have a dream". More amusing is that right after they do it Raiden also says this.
- Follow the Leader: This series caused the creation of Team Four Star's Two Saiyans Play.
- During Earth Defense Force 2017 video, the screen says that Matt has finished downloading Vampire Rain, which is what they play the next week.
- Playing RE 4, one of them says, "That badass snake's going to bite your dick." Guess what happens in the season finale.
- During the Dead Rising 2 tutorial, Matt reacts to all of the dying civilians. When he goes "PAT IS DEAD!" you hear Pat groan. It's funnier to watch now that we know their names.
- In the middle of the Amnesia: The Dark Descent video Matt stops playing the game, goes on Ebay, and buys a copy of Drake of the 99 Dragons.
- And at the end of Matt's Bomb-Ass Apartment Tour!, Matt gets an unseen original Xbox game in the mail...
- In the Deus Ex: Human Revolution video, they dub Elena's theme from Street Fighter III over Jensen's "dancing". Next video, they play the new Online Edition of said game.
- 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.)
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- 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 accidentally 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.
- Friendship Moment: Maybe?Pat: Why do I even come over here?
Matt: Um, 'cause you're my friend.
- 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:
Matt: ...it's gonna come up right in my face, isn't it.
- During the 'Calling' video, upon seeing a ghostly figure appear and disappear:
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 other efforts, and gaining some understanding of how his mind works.
- In Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Pat realizes that Vinceborg is a Crutch Character that will betray the party. Sure enough, he's right.
- The Ghost: "Rising Superstar Liam", another friend of Matt and Pat that is mentioned in a few videos and has only appeared in just as many.
- True to his nickname, Liam has risen out of this status to become what is essentially the fourth musketeer. Nowadays a more fitting Ghost would be the mysterious "Dork Girl"
- Gilligan Cut:
Matt: So nothing bad is going to happen?
- During Portal 2, when Chell is carrying Wheatley through GlaDOs' old chamber.
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: Aw fuck, great, terrific! I got the Wii Punch-Out; that shit's got to be-
- And another during the Punch-Out!! video when they are playing Super Punch-Out!! and Matt loses to Mr. Sandman:
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?!
Matt: What color should I take?
- And another when the two are picking out armor for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.
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.
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 FightersLiam: How could there still be a worse version of this game?
- 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:
- Glamour Failure: The Best Friends initially tried to pass themselves off as living in the US and hid the fact that they're Canadian. However, occasionally they slipped up:
Matt: You look up serial killer stuff 'cause you're into that stuff.
- 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.
- And later:
- 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. At the time the video was made, Future Shop was the Canadian subsidiary of Best Buy (the stores were converted to actual Best Buys in 2015).
- During the Scrublords Fight Club episode, Matt and Woolie casually mention going to Loblaws, a Canadian supermarket chain in Ontario and Quebec.
- And during the Blade Wolf DLC playthrough for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Matt, Pat & Woolie make multiple references to The Littlest Hobo, a TV series that most famously ran during the early 80s in Canada.
- 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.
- 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."
- During Episode 19 of the podcast, they officially gave up the charade for good 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.
- 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.
- Got Me Doing It:
Matt: Hey, it's Nigel again!
- 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.
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!
- They also have this quick exchange waiting for a multiplayer game in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood to load.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.
- Gratuitous French: Living in Montreal they know a few French words and goes off trail every time someone speak with a French accent. Pat also usually says Grand-maman when he refers to his grandma.
- 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.
- Grave Humor:
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.
- During their playthrough of Eternal Darkness, Matt finds a few blocks of text that he wants worked into epitaphs.
Pat: (Reads a page of Maximillian Roivas' journal)note
- Much later:
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.
- Hero Killer: Machops, in their Pokémon LeafGreen Nuzlocke challenge. It kills two of their party members early on, and any future encounters are met with appropriate fear. Later on they also lose a Ghastly to a Machop, and nearly lose their Pidgeot to one in Giovanni's gym.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath:
- In the first match of Super Punch-Out!!, Matt and Pat decide Mac must be some kind of monster for delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Gabby Jay, an old man who hasn't won for 99 fights.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!
- Matt, Pat, and Woolie are having a lot of fun with the Punisher's questionable moral compass while playing his titular game. For example, the video description of Episode 1 paints him as someone who'd suplex a jaywalking kid so hard, his head would explode.
- In the first match of Super Punch-Out!!, Matt and Pat decide Mac must be some kind of monster for delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Gabby Jay, an old man who hasn't won for 99 fights.
- 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.
- Matt attended art school and it shows at times.
- Pat also apparently took psychology in college according to their Silent Hill: Homecoming playthrough.
- All of them are fluent in French, since they noticed a lot of awkward translations in Heavy Rain from the original French script. This was more surprising when Matt and Pat pretended to be American instead of Canadians from Montreal.
- 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.
- Matt used to be a high-ranking game tester for No More Heroes and other games. So when he looks at a particularly buggy game and says "I could have done better!", he's talking from experience and probably actually could have.
- When they arrive at the Montreal level in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Matt and Pat begin a rather detailed discussion of the city and its history, even pointing out (roughly) where their houses are or would be in the skybox background.
- Highly Visible Ninja:
Matt: Blend! Blend! Blend with me! Someone blend with me!
- Matt is the worst assassin ever in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
Pat: You're gonna get detected, man.Matt: No way, I never get detected!Cut to an enemy being alerted to Snake's presenceMatt: Oh shit! Nothing, it's nothing!
- Matt also has numerous moments in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, minor offenses starting with wearing high-profile American flag face paint or hiding in a cardboard box... in the middle of a forest.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Though you'll be hard-pressed to find a difference between the outtake videos and the regular videos.
- Ho Yay: Innuendos, accidental or not, happen fairly often.Pat: You're not even on top of my leaderboard!
Matt: I don't wanna be on top of anything that has to do with you.
Pat: Augh... gross!
Matt: Get it, it's like sex...
Pat: Get off so we can make out.
- And there's them fanboying over Cole Train in Gears of War 3.
- Directly invoked when playing Kirbys Return To Dreamland upon discovering the ability to heal your companion by kissing.
Matt: Hey dude, come frolic in the blood with me, let's go.Pat: I thought you'd never ask...Matt: Oh, this reminds me of that one summer...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.Pat: Oh geez, oh you're a keeper, Matt.
- In the Shaolin Monks video:
Pat: Sweetie I want to play X-box and Matt's just like 'okay, fine Pat. Let's play X-box.'Matt: Why don't you fucking make me a good meal and then you can play X-box, Pat.Pat: Ab- Says you I can't do both?!
- In the New Super Mario Bros. U we get this little exchange:
Pat: Don't tease me like that!Matt: I'll tease you all the ways I want!
- At the end of the Eternal Darkness playthrough:
- Hopeless Boss Fight: Pat invokes this trope (though not by name) during his first fight against Jetstream Sam in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. He deliberately makes Raiden hang back in the beginning of the battle, surmising that you can usually tell you're in a boss fight you're destined to lose if the boss's walk is slow and confident. A few seconds later, Sam begins to stroll towards Raiden...
- Hurricane of Puns: A good bit of the humor is puns. This is usually done when someone dies in a unique way, like in Rise of Nightmares.
- I Am Not Shazam: In the Playstation All-Stars video, Matt initially calls Colonel Radec "The Killzone". He's surprised to learn that The Killzone is not Radec's real name.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place:
- Castle Rapendorf, from their Haunting Ground Let's Play.
- The Woolie Hole, though it has never been clarified as to what exactly it is (most assume it's just Woolie's apartment, but a lot of the jokes Matt and Pat make imply they're actually talking about Woolie's butthole).
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Matt tries to buy a gun from a dealer in Resident Evil 4. It doesn't go well.
- Pat, confused with the controls after taking an extended break from the game, starts one part accidentally wiping out a hallway full of Chinese businessmen with one wrong button press and the Typhoon.
- Instantly Proven Wrong: In their Dark Souls playthrough, Woolie defeats the first boar in the Duke's Archives and Pat reassures him that they won't encounter any more of them. Around the next corner, another boar awaits them.
- This has started happening so much that Pat's declared he has a Stand named Crazy Talk that randomly rewrites reality to make the last thing he said wrong.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: With names as morbidly hilarious, absurd, and in-joke heavy as "Buttered Poopers have a lot of Groundswell", "Live from PAX: Nonstop Infinite Ass Dumping", "God Supports Straight Shota", and "Three-fifths of a Podcast", it's safe to say that the Friendcast has more than its fair share of these. Crosses over with It Makes Sense in Context a lot of the time, too.
- Instantly Proven Wrong: Happens to Pat so many times there is a Running Gag among the fanbase that it's his stand power.
- Instant-Win Condition: They suddenly beat the opening level of Survival, and Pat wonders what the hell happened to the wolves that were attacking the protagonist a second ago.
- 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.
- Insurmountable Waist-High Fence: Discussed numerous times when playing Captain America.Matt: I'm not super enough or soldier enough to go up these one foot tall sandbags! 50 million dollars well spent!
- It Amused Me:
- 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.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY:
- During their Let's Play of Metroid Fusion, the word target is often pronounced tar-jay.
- They also occasionally pronounce David Cage's name as "David Cah-Jay", either making fun of his French accent or his pretentious nature.
- It's Easy, So It Sucks!: They have this general reaction to Murdered: Soul Suspect. The "investigations" are just scavenger hunts followed by a simple guessing game that's difficult to get wrong if you've been paying attention. Add that to the sheer amounts of collectibles, the glitches, the plot, and unfair "appear on screen for a split second" button prompts (along with a lack of direction in a lot of places) also gave them plenty of evidence.
- Joke and Receive: A few episodes of the Yakuza 0 playthrough have Matt jokingly referring to Makoto, Majima's mark, as Motoko Kusanagi. Despite Majima assuming Makoto is a man, his mark ends up being a woman, like Motoko is.
- Jump Physics: Commented on in Survival.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!
Pat: Man, he's like the mayor of fucking Jump Town with that shit.
- Jump Scare:
- They are really fond of evoking these, having done so in Dead Space 2, Mortal Kombat 9, and Resident Evil 4.
- 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.
- Jumping the Shark: Invoked in a rather literal fashion in the Donkey Kong Country Returns episode, in reference to the series getting greenlit on the Machinima channel:Matt: Jump the shark! Jump the shark!Pat: I don't wanna jump the shark! ...Aw, we jumped it.
- Killed Off for Real: Wyclef, Jigga, Fandango, and Chyna from the Pokemon LeafGreen Nuzlocke run.
- 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.
- Large Ham:
- Sometimes they like to ham up a scene now and then.Matt: Hey Pat, what's the prognosis here?Pat: MUUUUUUUUUURDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEER.
- The Heavy Rain video is them overreacting to the control introduction.
- Sometimes they like to ham up a scene now and then.
- Laughing Mad:
- Left the Background Music On: Matt whistles along to "Life Is Beautiful" during Deadly Premonition, which drives Pat nuts. Then later the music starts up again, but it's only Matt's ringtone.Pat: You put that shit as your cellphone ringtone?!
- Lemony Narrator: Matt writes the character profiles for Brawl, which make Pat and Woolie look like cheating losers and him look awesome.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Sometimes. Acknowledged even:Pat: (After fighting over which direction to go in Eternal Darkness) This is like a marriage. We can't break up because of the kids. And the kids are the YouTube people. They'll be so sad.
- Literal-Minded: From Max Payne 3:Matt: Oh, Fabiana! Oh, I can't save her butt!(Beat)Pat: What if you saved the rest of her and it's just like, no butt?
- Loudness War: Deadly Premonition Part 2 was this as the game's audio started getting really loud in the breakfast scene and nobody could understand what Matt and Pat were saying.
- 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.
- Might Makes Right: When this comes up during the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance playthrough:'Senator Armstrong: Might makes right!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.
- Mistaken for Profound: Joked about during the Fist of the North Star episode of Friday Night Fisticuffs, as they imagine fighting game commentators being amazed by their esoteric fighting styles when they're actually just fumbling around.
- Mistaken for Racist: During their The Walking Dead, Matt mentions the black protagonist getting a hug from a white woman looks horrible. When Pat calls him out on it, he clarifies he meant the animation, not interracial couples in general.
- Mood Whiplash: Deliberately invoked by Pat during their Luigi's Mansion episode, and noted by a distressed Matt.Liam: Hey kids, if you're a murderer, you get to become a Boo.Pat: Dude.Liam: With a funny name like "Gameboo."Pat: DUDE. Let's go MURDER PEOPLE.Matt: Yo! Whoa, whoa, whoa, this started off really, like, lighthearted and-Pat: Okay, wait wait wait wait wait, let's get high on CRACK, then let's go murder people.Matt: Why-How come whenever we play Nintendo games it turns out to be the darkest shit?
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: During Sleeping Dogs, they constantly insist they are not playing an undercover cop. In Batman: Arkham City, Bruce Wayne constantly reminds people that he is not Batman.
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- Spinning toilet paper, drinking from water fountains, and spinning chairs in the Duke Nukem Forever episode.
- Also, drinking OJ and carrying groceries in the Heavy Rain episode.
- Pat insists that the single coolest thing in the entire Dead Space franchise is a room early in the first game that has a massive piece of a spaceship drifting lazily back and forth.
- Musical Chores: It's gonna be fun when we solve science.
- My Hero Zero: Lampshaded. Matt and Pat realize that there are quite a few video game ninjas named Zero, ranging from Zero from Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero to Zero from Anarchy Reigns.
- 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.
- No Name Given: The Toads in New Super Mario Bros. U are being controlled by... someone. All we can tell about them is that they're girls. They show up again for Scribblenauts Unlimited.
- Noodle Incident:
Pat: I wore a suit to my high school graduation—Matt: That you had a vicious fight at!
- Matt and Pat insist that they will never tell the story of the time they almost went to prison. It's later subverted when 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:
- Matt claims that the reason he hates Arkham Origins so much is that it almost killed his fiance.
- Keep in mind that Matt met his Fiancee while they were both working as game testers.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Pat finds Assassin's Creed: Revelations' use of a grappling hook to be slightly unrealistic:Pat: Can I just point out that, if that was real, he's like falling off a fucking ledge, and sticks out a little hook? His arm's gonna come right the fuck off!
- Numbered Sequels:
Pat: What the fuck are they going to do if they do a sequel? Call it Zombi U2?
- Matt and Pat try really hard to figure out how to pronounce F.3.A.R., but eventually give up, figuring it's not worth their time.
- Pat speculates about the future of the Zombi U franchise:
- N-Word Privileges: So far only Matt hasn't said it (and Pat was just when channeling Vince Mcmahon run with Booker T) and they do make a lot of racist jokes. The thing is their joke match the content of the game such as Cryme Tyme videos, Japanese anime cliché and Afro Samurai 2 so it's not out of place and Woolie, who says nigga the most, is black. One video description even have them referring themselves as casual racist.
- Offscreen Inertia: Matt and Patt apparently spent an entire week playing T.E.C. 3001
- Offscreen Teleportation: In Survival.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.
- Overly Long Gag:
- Matt taking so long to color the picture in Shattered Memories that Pat angrily storms out only to return to Matt still coloring.
- Trying to kill the invincible prostitutes in Red Dead Redemption.Matt: Old Betsy, the Whore of Steel.
- Matt spinning the motorcycle around in Ken's Rage and to make Pat sick from the motion blur.
- Matt and Pat making dumb puns in Sleeping Dogs.
- The continuous firing at the head of a frozen demon in Dmc Devil May Cry.
- Paper Tiger:
- For all of his bluster and snarkiness, at around 8:55 in the video, Matt too falls prey to the gnawing horror of Amnesia. And a Jump Scare from Pat.
- 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.
- Patriotic Fervor: Matt loves him some America. He even named his character in Demon's Souls "AMERICA".
- Not to mention his Big Word Shout at the end of the Captain America video.
- However, according to their Youtube and Facebook accounts, they're Canadian.
- Pat sometimes lets out an "eh" at the end of his sentences. As for why they prefer America, they're on record for calling Quebec a "shithole".
- They're actually talking about Quebec City. Being from Montreal, it might be a city rivalry thing.
- Based on some things he's said during the podcast, Liam seems to have pride in their homeland.
- Percussive Maintenance:
- Done as a joke in the Batman: Arkham City video: the video starts with gameplay from Batman Dark Tomorrow and they hit the TV to change it to Arkham City
- 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.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: Matt is married but plays up his manchild attitude or sometime is just that childish, especially evident during his Bible Black and Otaku fantasy LP. When a game states there is always one thing that comes to mind first when you meet twins.Matt: Does she get hurts if I shoot you?
- 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.
- Psycho Rangers: The Ustabiaz that showed up at magfest.
- 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?"
- Rant-Inducing Slight: The one thing that Woolie found intolerable in Indigo Prophecy was how at the end, the game completely copied Grant Morrison's The Invisibles, even using the exact same name.
- 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.
- 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. There's also their entire playthrough of The Evil Within. In addition to multiple crashes on PC and PS4, Pat's Playstation 4 literally started to die, forcing them to send it for repairs and use Matt's for the rest of the playthrough.
- A Real Man Is a Killer:
Matt: (after watching Pat kill a moa) Why are you killing it?Pat: Because I'm a man.Matt: I guess.
- From Guild Wars 2:
- Liam is apparently this because he goes hunting.
- Real Men Wear Pink:
- Pat, despite favoring Survival Horror and M-Rated games more than Matt, has My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic wallpaper on his computer. Matt is weirded out by this. Explained by Pat on the Best Friends Reddit account that it was a planned joke that got taken massively out of proportion.
- Another case; Matt, Pat and Woolie are all surprisingly knowledgeable of Sailor Moon.
- Again, Liam and his love of moe animes.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The intro and outro song is "Green Greens" from Kirby, even when the upbeat song does not fit with the game they are playing.
- 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.
- While making fun of Tekken's character talking to each other in their own language despite some being billingual, Woolie concedes that he did speak only English to his French bosses who only replied in French, living in a country with two official language.
- Reckless Gun Usage: Subverted in the Until Dawn playthrough. When they finally get to the guest cabin, they find a rifle on a rack, and get the chance to either show it to Jess or mess around with it and point it at her. Pat says very emphatically "Do NOT point that gun at her!"
- When a character from walking dead season 2 nonchalantly point the gun at Clementine, Pat and Matt scream at the same time as Clementine about how dangerous it is. It's especially funny since Pat once said on a podcast that he wished he lived in America so he could own a gun and survey phone company will just write " crazy dude with a gun" and leave him at peace.
- Reference Overdosed: To the MAX, with some being incredibly obscure. Just about every video has some reference to either Metal Gear or The Simpsons
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Said almost word-for-word by Woolie (he says "rumors" instead of "reports") in New Super Mario Bros. U.
- Robo Speak: Matt starts doing this to mock the terrible dialogue in the indie game Who's Gonna Get the Girl?
- Rule of Fun: Mentioned in one of their Bloodborne videos as the reason for the editing decisions they make, rhetorically asking if anyone really wants to see a week of them trying to beat Father Gascoigne.
- Running Gag: Now has its own page.
- Sanity Slippage: The episode descriptions for the Omikron playthrough started off as parody "David Cage facts", but as the game became increasingly incoherent and the bugs piled up, the descriptions went from baffled statements of disbelief to vanishing altogether, before suddenly coming back as incoherent ramblings. The slippage eventually got to the episode intros, which went from an animated title card to various random, strange and disturbing images, and even got into Matt's Twitter posts.
- Sarcasm Failure: In the final episode of the Metal Gear Rising LP, after the final boss' infamous explanation of his powers Pat is only able to mutter out "Fuck off".
- Sarcasm Mode:Pat: Yay, here we go again. Having so much fun with this Vampire Rain.
Pat: Alright, I'm sure this will turn out awesome. I'm sure I'll have loads of fun with you, playing this cooperative mode.
- And during Portal 2
- Seinfeldian Conversation: Once in a while in the regular videos, all the time in the Let's Play videos.
- 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.
- This is part of the reason they refuse to Let's Play their favorite games such as Resident Evil 4, because the wouldn't have anything to say about the game besides obvious compliments. Subverted when they started a playthrough of Resident Evil 4 HD.
- Matt explains the plot of Kane and Lynch to Pat during the ladder sequence in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
- The beginning of the Killer 7 is them talking about Quantum of Solace for almost two minutes.
- In the Man vs. Wild let's play, they had one about Seinfeld.
- Pretty common in Two Best Friends Funtime Adventures, like them waxing nostalgic about the golden age of First Person Shooters.
- 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".
- Upon hearing a mention of Montreal in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Matt remarks "Montreal? That place is a dump."
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Matt and Pat, respectively. Though calling Matt sensitive is a bit of a stretch.
- 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: Nooo...Matt: Then why should I care?
- Pat notes in Bug Island that if shotguns in video games had the range they do irl, they would be automatically the best weapon and there'd be no reason to use a different gun.
- Shout-Out: There's a separate page for that.
- Sidetracked By The Golden Saucer:
Pat: That's it, that's it, I'm outta here.
- Matt really gets into the coloring segments of Shattered Memories, to Pat's annoyance.
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: Time to get on with the investigation!
- 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.
Matt: What investigation? Who got murdered?
Pat: I don't even remember.
- Signature Style: The Zaibatsu have a style of humor all their own, characterized by a unique syntax shared between all four members, constant references to works both popular and niche, and a long history of Running Gags to draw from, with jokes being invented and dropped on a whim. This is best exemplified by their collaborative episodes with Game Grumps; the difference between the two is night and day.
- Slow-Paced Beginning: In-universe. When playing through Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Pat and Liam at first thinks that it's a horrible game, but from Part 2 and onward, they realize that it's actually a brilliant Affectionate Parody.
- Small Name, Big Ego:
- 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.
- Smash Cut: Frequently.
- Something Completely Different:
- In addition to being a full-on Let's Play, in the Resident Evil 2 videos Matt and Pat act a lot more normal. Matt isn't an idiot, and Pat is a lot less exasperated. This is lampshaded.
- While playing Injustice: Gods Among Us, there are three instances when the video cuts to live action skits of Woolie asking "WHENS MAHVEL?"
- The Amazing Spider-Man video, which mostly consists of them reading the in-game comics.
- 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 started streaming, which Liam even lampshades a starting point of how much they changed.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Pat's insults are normally restricted to "your mom" jokes and telling Matt he sucks, but on one occasion he calls Matt "the winter of his discontent". Matt takes it as a compliment.
- All over the place in Dead Space 2. Space raves, space AIDS, space eyes, space future, and space-wikis.
- And in Catherine we get SPACE CONFESSIONALS.
- As well as in the "Duke Nukem Forever" Bloopers/Outtakes video, near the end, Pat refers to the area as "space-man" corridors in frustration.
- Pat introduces us to space badgers in Mass Effect 3.
- In their Rise of Nightmares video, Pat refers to a Romani fortuneteller as a "space prostitute."
- Borderlands 2 brings us "space trucker hicks in outer space." Led by their leader, Space Captain-Face.
- 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:Matt: I don't know which one of you to shoot!Pat: I know! Wait...
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: They gave us the page quote during their play through of the Ju On game.
- Stunned Silence:
Matt: That's really transparent.
- 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.
- There's one in Borderlands 2 when Pat says something that doesn't sound right that's only barely broken by some very suppressed laughter from Pat.
Pat: You know what else is really transparent? My dick!
14-second silent break
Matt: I should probably-
Pat: You gotta let that hang.
- 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.
- Subverted Catchphrase:
- Matt spends the entire Captain America video avoiding his "AMERICA!" catchphrase (He rarely even uses the character's full name) despite the insistence of Pat. Until the end when he launches into an epic "AMERICAAAAAAAAAA!" while Cap does a flying punch on a robot.
- Again in Metal Wolf Chaos. Matt and Pat only say the word "America" three times, and two of those instances were during a conversation about the actual landmass.
- 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.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Pat most certainly didn't die during the course of their Resident Evil 2 Let's Play, and they most certainly didn't edit the video.
- Take That!:
Pat: Dude, where the fuck did you get a Kinect?Matt: Uh... I was just kinda, you know, dumpster diving behind the deli, and someone had just thrown one out. So you know, why not?(later, upon seeing zombies)Pat: Oh, awesome, they locked fucking Kinect testers in here.Matt: (as a Kinect tester) "Oh my god, I wasted so much money!"
- From Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days:Pat: God, this is why All Points Bulletin isn't a fucking game anymore.
Matt: Too soon.Pat: *chuckle* No, no. Making fun of All Points Bulletin is not too soon.
- From Disaster: Day of Crisis:Pat: I'm gonna jump on his face. Ohhh, take that Jason Statham, Transporter 3 was garbage!
- Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage has multiple take that's directed at KOEI:Pat: So how's it control?
Matt: Uh, controls like a shopping cart, actually.
Pat: Oh KOEI! Consistent, at least!
- During the Xbox Live Indie Games video:Matt: We're in a gladiator arena in Halo armor fighting dinosaurs?Pat: This game is dogshit!Matt: At least it's better than fucking ODST.
- Upon seeing the LJN Toys logo before playing True Lies:Pat: Oh, fuck!
- When Matt says Catherine is like Indigo Prophecy if Prophecy was a game.
- In Rise of Nightmares:
Matt: Hey, it's Kotaku!Later, once they're reviewing the pictures they took of it.Pat: He's like "Why won't anyone talk to me after we post all these unsubstantiated bullshit rumors constantly, next to reviews of cosplay?".
- Halle Berry was the best Catwo-*punch*
- In Pokemon Snap, upon seeing a slowpoke:
Pat: I can barely stay awake here!Matt: But we're not playing 999.
- The ZombiU video starts out with them making fun of Max Brooks, namely the quality of the research for his books.
- While playing an Xbox Live Arcade indie game, "Murder for Dinner":
Matt: As far as platformers go, this is better than FEZ
- 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:
Pat: (imitating DSP) Aww, what da fuck is dis shit?! I can't do anything!
- 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 DarkSydePhil.
Woolie: "I could tell you about Lord Mehen and all the cool adventures he went on, but I won't do it, because this is Destiny."
- 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.
- In episode 13 of Final Fantasy X:
Matt: "I thought they called Destiny that."
- In Mad Max, they drive out to the boarders of the map, which the game calls "The Big Nothing."
Matt: (after playing a bit) "Kotaku was once right!"
- When starting up HyperDragonBallZ, Matt references a Kotaku article that calls it "the Dragon Ball Z fighting game we deserve."
Matt: (talking about the choice system in the game) It's better than some French asshole sitting in front of you, going "Here's the deal."
- in Until Dawn:
- Part 1:
Matt: You know what this is better than?Pat: What?Matt: The Order.
- Part 12:
Matt: I'll just run my ass off and hold L1, which gives me a quicker step, I think that-Pat: -faster than Everybody Goes to the Rapture-Matt: -I think, pfff, yeah, well I mean like me sleeping is faster than...Pat: (fake snooty voice) Mmmwah so posh of you to say.
- Part 13:
Matt: Never buy a David Cage game!
- Part 15:
- From Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days:
- Tempting Fate:
Pat: And Techs, to my knowledge *miss*... never... miss.
- 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.
- A nice one in Chrono Trigger that pays off almost immediately, as Pat attempts to Cyclone a trio of bats:
- Also, during the Alien Soldier playthrough, Matt sees a planet and immediately says thaty it's gonna explode for no reason. The game complies.
- That Came Out Wrong: During Gears of War 3: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.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Most of their Revengeance Let's Play, and otherwise usually commented on by the Best Friends as "that guy died SUPER hard".
- This Is Gonna Suck:
Pat: Okay, let's do this, let's get this over with. Come on.
- Pat knows playing Portal 2 with Matt is going to be a pain.
Matt: This is gonna be fun, right?
Pat: Okay, yeah yeah, the game is awesome. But you're...an idiot.
Pat: The first thing I see is a cursor on the screen and a character running towards the camera. What a good sign of things to come!
- Pat isn't impressed by the beginning of Survival, either:
On-screen text reads "Press A to begin your adventure!"Matt: Press A to let this horrible mistake commence.
- 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.
- When beginning their Nuzlocke run of LeafGreen:
Matt: Yeah, this world's gonna be a clusterfuck.
- The intro for Saturday Morning Scrublords is basically the gang writhing in pain over the quality of the fighting games they'll be playing.
- Part 4 of Matt and Woolie's Old School Playthrough for Donkey Kong Country ends on this note, as they consider the next area, Kremkroc Industries Inc.
Matt: This is gonna be bad.
- The sentiment is echoed when they actually begin the area in the next video.
- Timmy in a Well: A brief gag in Survival.Matt: Togo? What's that? Pat's stuck in a well? Well, I don't care.
- Too Soon:
Matt: I think he got his revenge on the developers of Lair!
- Pat does not think it's Too Soon to make fun of All Points Bulletin during the Kane and Lynch video.
- Invoked again during the Demon's Souls video, just as a huge dragon appears onscreen with a bunch of villagers in its mouth :
Pat: Too soon!
- When faced with bad (sometimes downright atrocious) graphics, controls or mechanics, their chief comment will usually be "It's not the greatest."
- When a character goes through an incredibly Gorntastic or traumatic event, they usually say "That's pretty rough..."
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Rustlemania II ends with a huge brawl called the Best Friends All-Star Royal Rumble Invitational, featuring the Best Friends' wrestling avatars, their original characters, and a huge slew of guest fighters. In order of appearance: The Punishment, Agent York, El Woolio, Cactus Pat, Zach, Tiger Millionaire, Evillak, Gorilla Munch, UnCenable, Rage, PlagueOfGripes, MaximillianDood, CrankyConstruct, Takahata101, Bless, Zubaz, Pat's Mom, Suckles, Reptile, The Shockmaster, Ric Flair, Big the Cat, Jake Conway, Boatmaster Extreme Kenny, Warren, Tour Guide Nixon, Grandma Swamp, Jerry the Predator, David Cage and the Hot Dog Man. In the end, Hot Dog Man is victorious.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Pat attempts to explain to Matt that Poison from Street Fighter isn't as woman as he thinks she is. Matt remains oblivious.Pat: There's a penis in there!
Matt: ... Yeah, mine!
- 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. Years later, when they make the game a full Let's Play, Pat mercilessly executes people he knocks out for their loot. note He even does this to civilians for a while, only stopping (mostly) when Matt points out that civilians don't have anything to steal.
- Their video for The Punisher; unsurprising, given that's the entire point of the game.
- Late in the Sleeping Dogs episode, a girl they've been dating in the game breaks up with them because she found out they've been cheating on her. Cut to them throwing her down a flight of stairs.
- After accidentally killing a cat in Assassin's Creed III, Pat goes nuts and stabs a pig, a lady, and punches a beaver.
- In Beyond: Two Souls, Pat makes a point of choosing what he considers as the worst options in order to see how far the game will let him go.
- In their playthrough of the adventure game Tormentum: Dark Sorrows, the second Woolie tells Pat the game's morality system is completely binary he immediately kills a prisoner for no reason and proceeds to long-dive into evil dickishness.
- Villain Has a Point: Will lampshades when this happens. Such as Pat pointing out the team owner's decision to ban Vic in NBA 2K16 Livin' Da Dream as totally in his power and super reasonable since Vic is a troublemaker and he doesn't have to let him in his arena.
- Visual Pun: The intro for the Sleeping Dogs video features a pair of sleeping dogs.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
Pat: I'm dying again. I'm dying — Stop calling me friend!
- Even though it says "Best Friends" in the title, they keep insulting each other every time they play together.
Matt: Is there any better screen than "Pat has died"?
- Another example during Gears of War 3:
- 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.
- Wall of Text: Pat's reaction to these is "Fuck it, don't care." Alternatively, he might sum it up (usually as "shit's fucked").
- Waxing Lyrical: When dealing with the creepy "frogchild" in Inside, Woolie speculates that she's had a rough life and "just needs a little TLC." Cue this exchange:Woolie: She's never had a sleepover, she's never had...Matt: Like, this frogchild, all she's spent her life doing is chasing waterfalls. You really need to make sure she snaps out of that behavior.Woolie: At the very least, sticks to the rivers and the lakes that she's used to.
- Wham Line:
- A pretty funny one.Matt: Pat?... Pat...? Why is there ponies on your... desktop?
- From Friendcast Mailbag:
- A pretty funny one.
- Who Will Bell the Cat?: At the end of The Last of Us, Pat notes that it's awfully easy to talk about "the needs of the many" when it's not you that's making the sacrifice.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Pat talks about this during the playthrough of Heavy Rain when Shelby and Lauren are stuck instead a sinking car to die instead of, well, shot dead.
- Why Won't You Die?: Pat to Betsy, the Whore of Steel.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: Patt has pointed out the number of times Japanese games horribly under weight or under height characters. Such as Sherry being only two and a half feet.
- You Keep Using That Word: Video 28 of Nier reveals that Pat is mildly aggravated by people's misuse of the word "sentient". He notes that while it means having the ability to use the five senses, people often misuse it to mean being able to think and reason about the world around you. The intended word is '"sapient". He adds that even Star Trek misuses "sentient".
- Your Answer to Everything:
- In the full version of Heavy Rain.Matt: That's my solution for everything! Either pour Coke on people's faces or elbow drop them.
- In their stream of Woolie's playthrough of Heavy Rain, the guys repeatedly decide that all the characters should just get a dog. Later, when they are making fun of the child characters' bad American accents, Pat says it would be better if they just dubbed dogs barking over the dialogue; something the chat pointed out continued the Running Gag.
- Shows up 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!"
- In the full version of Heavy Rain.
- Your Mom:
- From the Resident Evil 4 video:Matt: Oh great, caves. I love caves.
Pat: Don't you like dark, moist places?
Matt: I like your mom's dark moist place.
Pat: How about I kill you?
Matt: How about no?
- From the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood episode:(After Pat is poisoned and killed)
Pat: Aw, fuck!
Matt: Ahaha! Yeah, you're a real combat specialist!
Pat: Your mom is a fucking combat specialist.
Pat: With my dick.
- Incredibly, according to Pat, it has come to light that Pat's mom has watched some videos and finds the digs Matt makes against her pretty funny.
- From the Resident Evil 4 video: