* While otherwise forgettable, in the French dub, Heavy is Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and [[SplinterCell Sam Fisher]], Soldier is RussellCrowe, and Sniper is [[DragonBall Goku]].
* Some classes are known smokers: the Spy and the Soldier. This increases to 6 with some hats (to be exact, the classes are the Demoman, the Sniper, the Spy, the Soldier, the Medic, and most recently the Heavy). The Pyro carries a lighter, but probably for a [[PyroManiac different]] [[CaptainObvious reason]].
* When the Engineer is gibbed with the Gunslinger equipped, his right hand will still be the normal gloved hand.
** Similarly, if a player wearing an unlockable hat is gibbed, the regular hat gib may still spawn.
** Engineers can have both the Short Circuit, a replacement for the Engineer's arm equipped, and the Gunslinger, a replacement for the Engineer's arm equipped. Neither one fits into the other.
* The Horseless Headless Horsemann's Head and the Saxton Hale Mask have an unspecified bonus. Specifically, they protect against the Horsemann's Scare taunt.
** The Horseless Headless Horsemann doesn't do damage in the normal way. His attacks are treated as environmental kills, much like getting run-over by a train in other maps or falling down a pit. You can see this if you look at the console after he kills people. The coding for such a death, Horsemann's axe included, hits you for twice your current health; this prevents his attacks from being survivable in most normal ways.
* According to his YouTube channel, Nathan Vetterlein (voice of the Scout) claims he's actually terrible at Scout, and prefers to play Heavy.
** During one of his many Twitch streams, he mentioned that he reinacts a scene from ''Film/{{DieHard}}'' to warm up for his Scout voice, basing the Boston-accent voice on John [=McClane=].
* The 'bullet' the Heavy holds up near the end of "Meet the Heavy" is a [=7.62x39mm=] cartridge; the same kind of ammo used in the [=AK-47=] which like the Heavy, also hails from the Soviet Union.
* The [[http://www.kritzkast.com/kritzkast-interviews-makani inspirations for Mags' design]] was a combination of the Norn women from ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' and Pam from ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}''.

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!!Trivia Tropes used:

* ActorAllusion: The Administrator's [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} "Don't disappoint me."]]
* AscendedFanon:
** [[http://buttfacemakani.livejournal.com/301005.html#cutid1 This popular fanart of the Administrator]] ended up ''strongly'' influencing her official appearance (as revealed in [[http://www.teamfortress.com/war/administrator/ this comic as The Administrator]] and foreshadowed two months prior with [[http://www.teamfortress.com/pumpkinpatch/family_portrait/ this image]] of TheClan that [[AllThereInTheManual everything in the game traces its lineage back to]]). And now Makani even works for Valve, doing comics/"Choose A Game Mode" illustrations for ''Team Fortress 2'', working on the science fair posters for VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}, and [[HolyShitQuotient drawing all of the Steam Summer Sale front page illustrations for 2011]].
** Many of the expansion items were suggested by fans. Before the Huntsman was released, there had been a 40+ page thread discussing a bow and arrow for the Sniper on the official forums. The most requested ones were the Heavy's Sandvich and the Scout's Bonk! Atomic Punch. The Spy's Dead Ringer (cloak and leave behind a corpse) was actually programmed in on some fan-altered servers before Valve implemented the idea into the regular game.
*** And for those that weren't implemented into the game, they live on in the Advanced Weaponiser mod.
** Several of the hats, such as the Scout's Bonk Helmet and the Pyro's Brigade Helmet, were originally created by [[http://www.facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=778551 a group of highly talented modelers whom Valve took interest in]]. Although Valve had already planned to include similar hats in future updates, they liked them so much that they based their versions off the custom models.
** The King of the Hill gameplay mode was originally a custom mod done by the No Heroes [=TF2=] community before Valve implemented a slightly modified version as an official gameplay mode.
*** Similarly, the Payload mode is based on the fan-made map Happycow.
** Valve has also opened a submission site for custom avatars and items.
** As of the Über update, the fan terms "Demoknight" and "Pocket Medic" have been accepted into canon.
** The fan-speculation about the Pyro's actual gender has been [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf03_cold_day_in_hell/#f=22 lampshaded, very lightly]].
** When fighting him as a boss, Merasmus will do a homage to the Prop Hunt mod and spawn random objects around the map while [[VoluntaryShapeshifter turning into one himself]] to hide amongst them at both 50% (one half) and 10% (one tenth) of his HP. Once he's discovered, he'll [[JumpScare immediately turn back to normal]] and attack the player who revealed him.
** When Heavy [[https://wiki.teamfortress.com/w/images/e/eb/Heavy_sf13_spell_bombhead01.wav?t=20131030080133 recites the spell "caputus crepitus"]], his voice actor puts much emphasis on the syllables "-putus", which may be a nod to the [[Memes/TeamFortress2 "POOTIS" meme]]. Fans certainly have noticed; in any Garry's Mod or Source Film Maker video in which Heavy casts a magic spell (such as [[http://youtu.be/INaTy_fTANo?t=21s these]] [[http://youtu.be/5bE6301NhVU?t=3m57s three]] [[http://youtu.be/6ElTnLyGJx8?t=2m49s examples]]), it's almost always the "caputus" spell.
* TheDanza: The Administrator is named for [[Creator/EllenMcLain her voice actress]]. ("Helen" and "Ellen" sound almost identical in most dialects of English).
* FreudianExcuse: She believes that everyone else in the world is a driveling idiot. Given that she [[spoiler:grew up in Teufort, where a chemical leak has tainted the groundwater and given everyone else brain damage]], we can hardly blame her.
* DevelopmentHell: The game itself took nine years. Also, the last four Meet The Team videos (Sniper, Spy, Medic and Pyro); the other five classes had been released relatively early on, but then it took 2 years to finish both Sniper and Spy, another 2 just to do Medic's, and another year for Pyro.
* DoingItForTheArt: The amount of detail put into the games' artwork is amazing, down to things you might not even notice, like how ''every class has a unique set of teeth''. Most notable are Sniper's pointy canines and Scout's buck teeth.
* FakeNationality: None of the characters is of the same nationality and region as their voice actor, except ''maybe'' the Pyro.
-->'''Chet Falizek, writer:''' We wanted to make it sound like what Americans in [[TheSixties the '60s]] would have imagined these people sounded like, not what they actually sounded like.
* FanNickname: More on the trope's page, and even more on the official wiki [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Player_terms here]].
** A Demoman wielding his melee weapon and shield is referred to as a "Demoknight" or "Sword and Board". "Targelander" and "Targe Demo" are also considered acceptable parlance for one with the Chargin' Targe and Eyelander. Likewise, a Demoman with a frying pan, Bounty Hat, shutter shades, and targe is called a [[MemeticMutation Demopan]].
** Bitter players have taken to calling the Pyro "W+ M1" (forward movement + attack) due to the (alleged) notion that the only thing you need to do to win as Pyro is charge forward.
*** His axe taunt has been called [[GuitarHero Guitar]] Pyro.
** Pick the Huntsman as your primary and prepare for the barrage of "Cuntsman", "Huntspam", or "Lucksman".
*** Same for "Fail-a-Nature" for Force-a-Nature.
*** The [=FaN=] is also sometimes called the "[=FaG.=]"
*** The [=FaN=] is also known as the Force-a-Knockback.
** The Direct Hit has been called the "Direct Shit" or "Direct Miss" for its [[DifficultButAwesome general lack of effectiveness in all but the right hands.]]
*** In similar fashion, the Loch-and-Load has become the "Lucks-and-Lolz" to some for its similar direct-hit-only damage style.
** A Soldier with the Frying Pan and Stainless Pot may be called a Kitchen Warrior.
** A Pyro with the Gas Jockey's Gear set and Detonator is a Det Jockey, while one with that set and the Flare Gun is a Flare Jockey.
** An Engineer with the Frontier Justice and Gunslinger is a Revengineer, named for his ability to deploy Mini-Sentries quickly, get some kills, then kill opponents with "revenge crits" after the sentry has been destroyed.
** Before the Enforcer's nerf, Spies that used the Enforcer and the Dead Ringer were known as Dr. (Dead Ringer) Enforcer Spies, since the Dead Ringer completely negated the Enforcer's original weakness.
*** When the Spy-cicle was released, Spies that used the Dead Ringer, the Enforcer, and the Spy-cicle were known as Dr. Enforcicle Spies, since the Spy-cicle had incredible synergy with the Enforcer and the Dead Ringer. This too died down with the Enforcer's nerf.
** Heavies that use Shotgun or Family Business as their main weapon rather than their miniguns are called "Fat Scouts".
* GodNeverSaidThat: It's commonly believed that every member of 1850's BLU team is a notable historical figure, but [[http://makani.deviantart.com/journal/1850-s-TF-team-225324913 makani]] clarifies that the Medic and Soldier are not intended to be Sigmund Freud and Stonewall Jackson.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** '''Scout''': Nathan Vetterlein is the infected church guy in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''. This got an ActorAllusion.
** '''Soldier''': The Soldier is voiced by Rick May, the voice of Wolf, General Pepper, Leon Powalski, and Andross in Star Fox 64.
** '''Pyro'''/'''Spy''': Dennis Bateman also voiced the helicopter pilot who picks up [[VideoGame/Left4Dead the Survivors]] at the end of No Mercy; he recorded a set of unused lines for that character which would have added [[WhatCouldHaveBeen storyline continuity between the missions]].
** '''Demoman'''/'''Heavy''': Gary Schwartz also voices the radio voice at the airport runway in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.
** '''Engineer''': For the Nintendo players out there, the Engineer is voiced by Grant Goodeve, also known for ''VideoGame/StarFox Assault'' Wolf.
*** When you're playing ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'', you'll eventually realize that Harlan Wade is one seriously disturbed Genetic Engineer.
** '''Medic''': Medic's voice actor is RobinAtkinDownes.
** '''Sniper''': John Patrick Lowrie does Sniper and most of the random male characters in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''. And he's married to Creator/EllenMcLain, who does the Announcer. Definitely Valve's go-to couple -- one or the other of them has been in ''every'' game Valve's put out since [=HL2=].
** '''Announcer''': Is voiced by Creator/EllenMcLain, who also does {{GLaDOS}}.
** Two new voices were introduced in the Halloween 2012 event: Merasmus and the Bombinomicon, both voiced by NolanNorth.
** NolanNorth returned for the 2013 Halloween event, both voicing Blutarch & Redmond Mann.
** [[HeyAshWhatchaPlayin Ashly Burch]] voiced Ms. Pauling in the Expiration Date short and helped write it.
* ImageSource: AwesomeAussie, BackStab, BattleDiscretionShot, CaptureTheFlag, DisturbedDoves, ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask, FireBreathingWeapon, FriendlySniper, GoodBadBugs, IBangedYourMom, IncrediblyObviousBug, JarPotty, LosingYourHead, MeatgrinderSurgery, MilestoneCelebration, MonsterRoommate, NiceHat.VideoGames, ObliviouslyEvil, OvertOperative, ParodyCommercial, SatiatingSandwich, SchematizedProp, ShoutingShooter, StoutStrength, TalkingWeapon, TestosteronePoisoning, TopHeavyGuy, TheTurretMaster, TwistEnding, TwoFacedAside.
** Inspired the trope images for: AdamSmithHatesYourGuts, AttackAttackAttack, BerserkerTears, FriendlyFireproof, HealingShiv, MomentKiller, PaperThinDisguise.VideoGames, PoirotSpeak, ShootTheMedicFirst, YeahShot.
* {{Jossed}}: The Mann vs. Machine update and its comics implicitly Joss two {{Fanon}} theories so dear to the fandom that they were often considered canon: [[ForeverWar That the end of the Gravel Wars would mean an end to the fighting]] and that PrivateMilitaryContractors, [[AffablyEvil like the Team]], [[InHarmsWay would ever want]] the WarForFunAndProfit [[WarIsGlorious to end]].
* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: There are hats, weapons, and entire updates made by the fans.
* {{Promoted Fan|boy}}girl: BigNameFan Makani posted her version of the (as of then unseen) [[http://fav.me/d1pbaup Administrator]], and the folks at Valve liked it enough to buy it off her and hire her for other official art and comics.
** As of the fully community created Robot Boogaloo [[http://www.teamfortress.com/roboticboogaloo/ update]] Valve promises a lot more of this.
** PromotedFanboy: Tony Paloma (AKA Drunken F00l), creator of the immensely popular [=SourceOP=] plugin and the infamous idling program, as well as (unjust) crafter of a Golden Wrench. He ended up being VAC-banned. Fast-forward to present day: Tony is now working for the [=TF2=] team, after being hired by Valve last summer.
** Valve often features fan works on [=TF2=]'s main blog as well.
* PropRecycling: Noticeable in the interior of some maps are a pair of extension cords that go from one wall and plug into an adjacent wall. Playing [=PropHunt=] in different maps allows the player to notice familiar-looking props. The trope is averted with promotional items (even items that appear in another Creator/{{Valve|Software}} title such as Bill's Hat), as new models are created to fit the style of the game.
* RereleasedForFree: The game was originally commercial before it became a {{Freemium}} in 2011. ([[CrackIsCheaper The peripherals account for more than enough income as is]].)
* ScheduleSlip: Valve Time applies.
** Notably, the [[http://www.teamfortress.com/119/ 119th Update]] was supposed to be the 100th Update.
-->"It's been a busy afternoon here iterating, polishing and playtesting a blog post to commemorate Team Fortress' one hundredth update. As often happens, we emerged from thirty minutes of Valve Time, covered with bed sores and sporting full beards, to discover weeks had passed. While we were out, somebody here shipped 19 more updates originally scheduled for release in 2008."
* TalkingToHimself: The Heavy and the Demoman share the same voice actor, while the Spy and the Pyro share another. Merasmus and Bombnomicon also have the same voice actor too.
** Another Halloween update dialed it up even further, with a three way argument between Blutarch, Redmond, and Zephian Mann all shouting at each other and all voiced by Nolan North.
* TheOtherDarrin: In the short film "Expiration Date," because Engineer's usual voice actor Grant Goodeve was otherwise occupied, all of the Engineer's new lines are voiced by Creator/NolanNorth.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com An official one]], no less.
* TropeNamer:
** DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent
** ShootTheMedicFirst: Well, technically a ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' comic based on the game, but still.
* TalkingToHimself: Redmond and Blutarch Mann are both voiced by Nolan North, who gives them slightly different inflections. A couple of lines in Helltower are also spoken by the ghost of their dad. Naturally, [[LargeHam North is having as much fun with his performance as possible.]]
* TropePantheon:
** '''The Team:'''
*** [[Pantheon/{{Weapons}} Heavy, Demoman, Soldier, Pyro]]
*** [[Pantheon/{{Mentalism}} Spy]]
*** [[Pantheon/{{Technology}} Engineer]]
*** [[Pantheon/{{LifeAndDeath}} Medic]]
** '''Others:'''
*** [[Pantheon/{{Combat}} Saxton Hale]]
*** [[Pantheon/{{Commerce}} Gray Mann]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The game itself underwent many, many, MANY different iterations before the development team settled on the current gameplay and visual design. (For example, it was originally pitched as a combination FPS/RTS with a realistic art style, with a class specializing in commanding the other units around somehow.)
** There were a few items and weapons that were scrapped during development. There was a tranquilizer gun for the Spy and the Scout was originally given the Sniper's SMG. The Scout was also planned on getting a nail gun which would have behaved similarly to the Medic's syringe gun. There was an item for the Engineer called the "repair node" which was also scrapped.
** Character design similarly had a lot of changes:
*** The Heavy once had a mullet.
*** The Medic, Engineer, and Spy wore their class badges on armbands.
*** The Scout's apparent age and toughness bounced all over the place.
*** The Demoman was just plain stereotypical Scottish (kilt and all).
*** The Pyro wasn't always TheFaceless.
*** The Sniper looked a lot older and crazier.
*** The Soldier looked more like he actually fought in the army.
** Another original idea was to have the game's art style looking similar to stop-motion animation or "claymation". This idea later led to the animation style the current game has.
** There were a few more ideas for Meet the Medic which didn't make it in due to killing the pacing and/or it not really meshing with TheVerse's general aesthetic ([[NoodleIncident BLU Spy's still living severed head]] is a nod to one of the scrapped ideas). Finally, they settled on THE iconic image (a Medic [=ÜberCharging=] a Heavy) and built the story around that.
** Meet the Sandvich had many scrapped lines. Some of which are:
--> '''Scout''': Give me back my leg bone! *whack* Don't hit me with it!
--> '''Soldier''': You cannot hurt me! Pain does not hurt! *crack* I stand corrected!
--> '''Scout''': He's like a bear! He's like a big, shaved bear that hates people!
** When thinking of what [[SoundtrackDissonance song]] in "Meet the Pyro" to play in Pyroland, one suggestion was Tiny Tim's "Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight"--a song probably best known nowadays for its use in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' pilot.
** Grenades in the style of ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' were almost implemented in the final version of Team Fortress 2, but were taken out, due to the imbalance they posed. The only remnants are the cosmetic items on Soldier's sash.
** The Buffalo Steak Sandvich was originally going to be a cactus, specifically peyote. It was changed to steak due to being part of Hibernating Bear set (which includes the Big Chief, an Native American feathered war bonnet), since Valve sensed there would be UnfortunateImplications about the Heavy going on a killing spree while dressing as an Indian high on a hallucinogenic cactus.

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