When a Scout is gibbed, there is a 1% chance that a dove will fly out of the resulting carnage. This is a reference to the end of the "Meet the Medic" short, where Scout ends up with a dove inside his chest cavity.
The maps Mountainlab and Mann Manor are exactly identical in layout, only differing in theme and decoration. This is justified since both maps were winners of the Art Pass Contest of 2010, a map-making contest in which participants were given a pre-made map and instructed to texture and detail it.
When the Red-Tape Recorder sapper saps a building, one of four sound clips will play. One of these clips contains a secret message when heavily slowed down: "Let's make some noise..."
The Spy was inspired by a glitch in the original Team Fortress mod that caused players to see enemies as members of their own team.
The Buffalo Steak Sandvich item was originally intended to be a peyote cactus. The item was part of an American Indian-themed set, so, it was seen as potentially offensive and thus altered to its current state.
When a Heavy is killed while holding a Sandvich, enemies can pick it up to restore 50 health. However, when a Scout picks it up, he restores 75 health instead. This is a reference to the "Meet the Scout" short, in which a Scout fights an enemy Heavy (and wins) to steal his Sandvich.
"Hehey, look, you shapeshifted into a dead guy!"
"Pop quiz: How long's it take to beat a moron to death? (buzzer imitation) Sorry, time's up, you're dead."
I am a robot. I am here to take American jobs.
"If you order now, I'll throw in a second beatin', absolutely free!"
Oh hello, Gundorf! Where's Blasbo Babbins? Oh, there he is! Everyone's here! Labalos, Gimpy, Dumpy, ...Snoopy, uh, man I wish Merasmus was around to see this magical turn of events!
Pain is weakness leaving the body!
"All you have to do is send my brother's haunted corpse to hell, then run across a bridge to an enchanted island every time the clock strikes midnight every one and a half minutes to get powerful spells you can use to defeat your enemy, who will be doing the exact same thing, but with my haunted corpse! My only worry is this update makes too much sense."
(Blutarch) "Knock knock."
"Fear me! Poop, poop in your pumpkin pants!"
"I die! Soldier! YOU WERE THE WOOORST ROOMMATE!"
"Darkness falls across the land! The dancing hour is close at hand!"
"$400,000 to fire that gun, huh? Yeah, money well spent!"
That was an amazing killing spree... by the other team!
Connection to Other Media
Team Fortress was originally a mod for Quake which became highly popular. When its popularity became obvious, Valve hired some of the original coders for the mod publish their ideas as its own game licensed under Valve. This split led to friction between the two companies and communities, though both still thrive. The original Quake Team Fortress is still an active and open community today, encouraging modifications, submissions, and server hosting.
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The official maps 2fort, Dustbowl, Well, and Badlands are edited versions of the maps of the same names from Team Fortress Classic.
When the Halloween modifier is active (Halloween event, Full Moon, Eternaween, or tf_holiday server modifier), a class might perform a portion of the dance from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" when taunting instead of the normal taunt.
The Vita-Saw item so heavily resembles the ADAM Harvester from BioShock that Valve needed permission from 2K Games to use it in the game. It is also not sold in the Mann Co. Store due to copyright issues.
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