Matthew Robert Patrick (a.k.a. Matpat) on The Game Theorists

One of ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Biggest YouTubers Makes an Appearance in the Film

Several YouTubers appear in the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, raising questions about whether MatPat is among them. Matthew Robert Patrick, best known by his internet personality MatPat, is one of many YouTubers who helped the Five Nights at Freddy’s game series gain more traction.

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The horror video game series, which launched in 2014, allows players to assume the role of an employee at a haunted family pizza restaurant with animatronic mascots that come to life at night. Since its release, the game has become a cultural phenomenon with a huge fanbase.

Meanwhile, YouTube is one platform in particular that served as an outlet for Five Nights at Freddy’s fans. Two of the most prominent YouTubers of all time, Markiplier and PewDiePie, actually got their start on the platform doing Five Nights at Freddy’s game playthroughs. Five Nights at Freddy’s playthroughs get incredibly good views because the horror premise provides more room for entertaining reactions, and fans love expanding the game lore. While these YouTube gamers got views, the game also got so much attention and exposure from these channels. In a way, it owes some of its success and popularity to these YouTubers, which is why a few lucky creators will be honored with cameos or references in the Five Nights at Freddy’s film adaptation.

Considering that MatPat has made a name for himself in the Five Nights at Freddy’s fandom with his analytical videos of the game on his channel, The Game Theorists, he seems like the type of creator the film would consider inviting for an appearance.

Is MatPat in Five Nights at Freddy’s?

The animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy's movie
(Universal Pictures)

MatPat is one of the lucky YouTubers who nabbed a physical cameo in Five Nights at Freddy’s. The film successfully kept his cameo a secret until its release. However, it’s very hard to miss. He shows up early in the movie as a waiter at Sparky’s Coffee Shop, who waits on Aunt Jane (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her friends as she plots how to get custody of her niece. MatPat proves to be quite the cheery and talkative waiter, urging the group to order breakfast. He calls it the most important meal of the day but then concedes, “That’s just a theory.” It’s a cheeky reference to the game theories he’s known for in real life. Of course, Jane doesn’t appreciate his theories and quickly shoos him away so she can get down to her criminal business.

MatPat’s cameo is very exciting. After all, he was among the YouTubers fans most wanted to see in the film. This is because—as the title of his channel, The Game Theorists, suggests—he’s very adept at discussing theories about Five Nights at Freddy’s, which is one aspect of the game players really love diving into. Some of his theories were so on-point that even Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon noticed them.

His cameo was especially hoped for after another Five Nights at Freddy’s major YouTuber, Markiplier, confirmed he would not be appearing in the film. He was offered a role but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. However, MatPat recently revealed that Markiplier’s role would’ve been the security guard at the film’s beginning, whose demise foreshadows the horrors in the pizza restaurant. The role ultimately went to Ryan Reinike instead.

Meanwhile, YouTuber CoryxKenshin also landed a physical cameo in Five Nights at Freddy’s as a taxi driver. Creators Baz, 8-BitRyan, Dawko, and FusionZGamer were also referenced in the film, as their pictures were seen on an Employees of the Month board. Between these cameos, references, and MatPat’s surprise appearance, Five Nights at Freddy’s had some pretty strong YouTuber representation.

(featured image: The Game Theorists / YouTube)

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