Matt is a recurring character in the Epic Battle Fantasy series. Along with Natalie, Matt may be considered the series main protagonist, as he appeared in every single game of the series, including spin-offs. He also appeared in few Kupo Games' works pre-dating the series.
Matt is depicted as a young adult (possibly in his 20s) with long blonde hair, with a few shorter pigtails on the sides and blue eyes. He usually wears black, sometimes tattered clothes, styled as a pirate outfit (most prominently represented by his pirate hat). He also always carries a large number of swords around (although not graphically visible). In Epic Battle Fantasy, he wears what can be assumed to be a deerskin jacket and moccasins. In Epic Battle Fantasy 2, he switches to pirate attire, with a black jacket, scarf and sheath strapped onto his belt. In Epic Battle Fantasy 3 and 4 his look depends on the currently worn equipment, although his default outfit remains the pirate-themed one, namely Captain's Shirt and Captain's Hat.
Epic Battle Fantasy 1-4
Matt is the brawn of the group, and certainly not the brains. He displays a happy-go-lucky personality, is impatient and prone to taking reckless actions (such as poking sealed Lovecraftian horrors and eating obviously poisonous things), and has a disregard for long-winded procedures and intellectual activities (such as solving block puzzles in Epic Battle Fantasy 4). He will also eat almost anything (numerous comments on foes regards how well he thinks they will taste once cooked, even including the toxic-blooded Sand Worm). Also, Matt is quite morally ambiguous (though not as much as Lance), as he holds absolutely no qualms towards looting innocents' houses and killing any foes that stand in his way. This puts him at odds with Natalie and Anna, as depicted well when it came to the taming of the Wooly Mammoth.
Epic Battle Fantasy 5
In EBF5, Matt is much more down to earth and slightly more reserved around others than his previous incarnation. Although he still have no qualms robbing houses and murdering everything for the sake of getting loot, he is shown to genuinely care for his party, Natalie in particular, even going so far to pray to an omniscient guardian that he himself is not even sure if they existed.
Matt admits that he has led a sheltered life, with his investigation of what caused the power outage at the beginning of the game apparently being the first time he has left his house in several weeks. According to him, his parents were sailors who took him all over the world with them, but he was too young to remember any of it. Eventually, they left him on Hope Harbor when it became too dangerous for him to come with them, forcing him to learn most of what he knows by himself. Matt is uncertain where his parents are now or even if they are alive, saying that he's accepted that "sailors usually don't live very long". On the flipside, it is possible that Matt's "sheltered life" is a more in the sense that he hasn't gone far from home. Furthermore, as he was the children of sailors who may have lived a very rough life, he may be seeing his life as sheltered in comparison to that of his parents.
Throughout the game, Matt serves as the character who usually breaks the fourth wall to teach players what they need to know about the game be it tips or insights, which in most cases nobody else in his party understood. Although he is not fully certain, he appears to be the first in the group to recognize the existence of the player, describing them as an omniscient guardian watching over them. He believed that the player had been guiding them this entire time, and in essence protecting them from terrible fate. When asked by Lance of the evidence of such belief, he pointed out the absurdities of having a menu or even chat box filled with dialogues, which they do not need in the first place, bringing up the question: "Why do they even exist?".
Matt is one of the main characters, taking up one of the most important positions in the game. He is vital in winning a lot of boss fights, especially since Matt and Natalie were designed to collaborate in battle. In EBF3, due to the additional RPG element, the player controls his movement on the map directly with the arrow keys and the other two characters will follow him (in EBF4, whoever is the current party leader fulfills this role). In battle, he spouts some funny one-liners and fights using his massive array of swords and skills. He focuses primarily on single-target heavy damage, but can also fulfill a variety of other roles in EBF4 and EBF5.
Matt is primarily a warrior, he excels well with physical stats, having the highest attack and defence of all characters, a large amount of physical skills, as well as the highest amount of base HP, while at the same time his magical potential is the poorest, as he has the lowest base magic attack, magic defence, and MP.
His signature "Bushido" skillset focuses on hitting single enemies with powerful, single-hit elemental attacks, but he has a few special effects (like hitting all enemies, draining life energy or poisoning them) at his disposal, as well. A common aesthetic motif found in his skills is impaling the ground with his sword and summoning something to hit his opponent, like a giant sword or pillar of flame.
His Bushido skills include attacks such as Revenge, Drain, Windslash, Quake, Iceberg, Eruption, Unleash, Seiken and Legend. His Special attacks include Temper (an attack buff), Protect (a party-wide defence buff), Screamer (a dark element move that reduces opponents' Magic Defence) and Power Metal (damages all enemies and heals the party). He can Unleash the power of his weapon to deal heavy damage and inflict augmented, special effects.
One of his signature Limit Breaks is Cleaver, wherein he assaults the enemy in a vicious frenzy of five strikes, dealing heavy damage with an increased chance of critical hits, and effects based on his current equipped weapon. His other, Ragnarok, drops dozens of giant weapons from the sky, finishing with a massive "Heavens Gate" sword. He can use Annihilate which has a high chance of inflicting instant death on enemies. (which Anna can also learn in the fourth game).
Epic Battle Fantasy 5 Emotes
- Matt is the first playable character in the Epic Battle Fantasy series to use the equipment switching mechanic that would become commonplace in EBF3 and after.
- The term Bushido refers to the honor code for Japanese Samurai warriors, which are notorious as masterful swordsmen and carried katana as weapons. Bushido was very much like the Codes of Chivalry for European knights, both of which primarily stressed loyalty to one's lord, or daimyo, as well as the emperor and/or shogun (warlord), inner peace, and victory in battle. This becomes rather ironic in the later games, where his many less-than-honorable quirks are developed.
- This may also be a reference to Final Fantasy VI, and Bushido is also an ability skillset of Cyan Garamonde in said game. It mainly consists of chargeable attacks which can be highly devastating.
- Matt seems to be a sort of self-insert for kupo707, considering that the two share the same name (kupo707's real name is Matt Roszak, and his Newgrounds username is matt-likes-swords). Additionally, in Attack of the Black Mages, he is known as kupo707 instead of Matt (he also had orange spiky hair instead of long blonde hair). On the other hand, Matt has evolved into a unique character, and one who is drastically different than his namesake.
- Matt's character and personality are inspired by Fighter from 8-Bit Theatre, as they are both optimistic, obsessed with legendary swords, shiny, valuable gems, and armor of invincibility.
- Although swords are Matt's signature weapon, he has been known to wield spears, mauls, hammers, and even more exotic weapons (such as a dragon's severed arm). Despite that, his arsenal is typically labeled as "Swords". Whether intentional or not, it is unconfirmed if this was meant to be humorous, since it seems to imply Matt does not know or care about the difference between different types of melee weapons, considering them all as viable swords.
- In a cutscene in EBF5, Matt tells the party that he spent most of his childhood travelling the world with his parents on a raft, but when things got too tough, they abandoned him on an island to fend for himself. He attributes his slowness to being forced to raise himself and teach himself how to live at such a young age.
- Additionally, Matt implies that his parents are most likely dead, because "sailors don't last very long".
- Due to being the main protagonist and starter player of EBF5, he is the only party member to not be fought (and thus the only one to not have a Bestiary entry). Counting the rest of the series, including spin-offs and such, he's the only one to have never been fought, even prior to EBF5.
|Matt - Natalie - Lance - Anna - NoLegs|