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|First appearance||The Man with Too Much Brains|
|Known ability||Enhanced memory|
|Age||17 (at time of death)|
|Date of birth||December 24, 1990|
|Place of birth||St. Louis, MO|
|Date of death||2008|
|Occupations||Student, Agent of the Company|
Matt's ability of enhanced memory causes him to get straight A's in school, but also causes him to be alone. A student asks him for the answer to a math question, to which Matt tells him, while his teacher scolds him for wasting such a great brain and pushes him into rethinking going to college.
The student he helped earlier and a girl persuade Matt to join a talent show. He aces a baseball question, but when he gives the number value of pi up to at least twenty-five digits, the crowd calls him a hoax and a freak, causing him to run off-stage. He meets Elle backstage and she convinces him that she can protect him and to follow her outside, but not before she electrocutes the stage and sets it ablaze.
Elle, Bob, and the Haitian watch Matt as he is tested on at the Company's facility. In his cell, Matt receives a cake from Elle and watches as she lights the candles. Matt asks Elle why she isn't protecting him like she promised, but she says she already has by bringing him here. Matt receives an electric kiss on the cheek as Elle tells him they aren't that different and they both want the same thing.
Sitting in a computer room, Matt stares at lines of codes on a computer screen. Elle stands behind him to check on his progress, lightening the tense situation by giving Matt a zap to his nose. Once Elle leaves to get donuts for the two of them, Matt notices two files on the screen he doesn't recognize: T. Monk and K. Apila.
Matt asks Elle when she returns who would send any files from Bhutan and tells her to call Mr. Bishop and ask if he knows what it means. Elle places the call and asks her father, and Matt is soon pushed out of the way by her so she can get to a device. Matt questions what she's doing as she opens the device to reveal a pair of goggles. Elle tells Matt she needs him to put the goggles on and look at the computer screen because she needs to destroy all of the information in the mainframe. Matt wonders what that has to do with the goggles, and she tells him he must keep all the mainframe file information in his head. Once Matt has the goggles on, Elle pushes a button on the device and the files from the mainframe are "downloaded" for storage in Matt's brain.
When Elle destroys the Company's mainframe, Matt falls to the ground, not breathing. Bob orders her to restart his heart without damaging the data in his memory. She zaps him and he wakes up to Bob's congratulations. Matt is rewarded for being a hero with a new, more pleasant room. However, when Elle comes in to visit, he retorts that "it is still a cell" and he pulls the curtains back to reveal a window covered with bricks.
After being led by two guards to the Company's operating room, he has a device attached to his head to upload the data. Matt says that he's afraid but Elle reminds him of her promise that she won't let anyone hurt him. Unfortunately, his brain can't withstand the pressure. During the upload, his brain begins bleeding and he dies on the operating table.
The case file also contains a psychological profile on Matt:
Matt had the ability to remember everything he learns. He used this ability to succeed in school, and also as a talent in a talent show. He was able to recite details of the 1967 World Series, and also knew the value of pi up to at least twenty-five digits (The Man with Too Much Brains), while also being able to store an entire mainframe computer's worth of information as a makeshift backup drive with the help of a device held by the Company (Hana and Drucker's Plot Discovered).According to his assignment tracker file at primatechpaper.com, Matt's control index was 35%. His data analysis shows his biological level at 30, cerebral at 85, elemental at 20, and temporal/spatial at 5.
"All my life, I've had trouble making friends. It's not that I haven't wanted friends... They just seem to be more interested in what I can do than in who I am."
- - Matt Neuenberg (The Man with Too Much Brains)
- According to his case file at primatechpaper.com, Matt is 5' 10" and weighs 165 pounds. The file also notes that Matt has a "scar from injection of radioisotope".
- Elle calls Matt "keyboard samurai". The nickname is actually a moniker writer R.D. Hall gave to a friend; in an interview, R.D. said he used the name in Hana and Drucker's Plot Discovered to honor the friend.
- Matt is similar in ability and appearance to Chuck Bartowski, the title character of Chuck, another NBC series. Like Matt, Chuck has a brain able to absorb vast amounts of computerized information.
- Matt is named after Matt Neuenburg, a real life employee of NBC who works on technical issues.
- For other uses of Matt, see Matt (disambig).
Please refer to Theory:Matt Neuenberg for fan-created theories and other speculation.