From left to right: Matt, Pat and Woolie
“We just think it's cool 'cause a Zaibatsu is basically a Japanese business conglomerate and it's just like... this serious group of business dudes in a room y'know, and we're like 'that's the kind of corporation we wanna be if anything.” — Woolie

The Best Friends Zaibatsu referred to a group of Best Friends and their body of work, including playthroughs, reviews, montages, a podcastmerchandise and more.

On 16 December 2018, the Zaibatsu disbanded when it was discovered that Matt, Pat and Woolie were no longer Super Best Friends.[1]

Their content can be still experienced through their YouTube channel.


The Zaibatsu was born when Matt and Pat uploaded a couple of videos on their channel. After the Silent Hill: Shattered Memories episode, they were contacted by Machinima, which now hosts a series of their videos on that channel, which is usually a compilation of funny moments. On TheSw1tcher, Matt's channel, the Best Friends do full playthroughs, their first being Resident Evil 2.

Over time, more Best Friends were introduced, the first being Woolie, who initially guest-starred in the Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds episode, and is now a regular in almost every show, even hosting the Super Best Friendcast. Liam, the fourth Best Friend, made his debut in the Metroid Fusion playthrough, and has since become more prominent. Since then, their media empire has greatly expanded, and they've released a variety of content.

On December 23, 2016, Liam announced that he was leaving the Super Best Friends due to health concerns.

As of January 17th, 2017, it was announced that Billy will be the official video editor of the Super Best Friends Play channel.

On December 16th, 2018, a video titled Super Best Friends (FINAL) was uploaded to their channel, wherein Matt, Pat and Woolie announce that the Super Best Friends is breaking up.

Former Members[]

Super Best Friends were:

In association with:

Supporting Cast[]



In Other Media[]

Other than their usual content, the Best Friends have several guest appearances outside of their own videos and podcast. These include:


  • Zaibatsu (財閥, financial clique) is a Japanese term referring to industrial and financial business conglomerates in the Empire of Japan, whose influence and size allowed control over significant parts of the Japanese economy from the Meiji period until the end of World War II.
  • It's more than likely that the inspiration for the term Zaibatsu came from the TEKKEN series' Mishima Zaibatsu, which is often the sole stake of the titular King of Iron Fist Tournament to decide a fit heir.


Site Gallery[]

Shown below are the different appearances of the Best Friends YouTube channel, The Sw1tcher, through the years.