BOOLITExplanation "Bullet" as filtered through Heavy's Funetik Aksent.
"Some people think they can outsmart [insert noun here]. Maybe. Maybe. I've yet to meet anyone who can outsmart [insert another noun here]!" Explanation Another snowclone. The original sentence is "Some people think they can outsmart me. Maybe. Maybe. I've yet to meet anyone who can outsmart bullet."
"...Unless it's a farm!"Explanation The end of the Soldier's rant in the "Meet the Soldier" video. Used to unfavorably compare something, such as: "And from that day forward, any time a bunch of animals are together in one place it's called a Zoo/Tzu. ...Unless it's a farm!"
"<verb> me." "Later."Explanation In "Meet the Medic", this short exchange between the Medic and the BLU Spy's severed head (Spy: "Kill me!") prompted yet another TF2 snowclone, generally used for anything that will probably never be done: (Such as "Make Half-Life 3." "Later.")
"Are you sure [X] will vork?!" "I have NO IDEA!"Explanation Another exchange prompted another snowclone, generally used when asked a question someone has no expertise in or doesn't want to answer.
I believe in magic!Explanation A reference to the music used in Meet the Pyro, often in relation to something deemed glorious.
Pyro's mind is full of [X]Explanation Replacing what's seen through the pyro's visor with pretty much anything
Now that the Source Filmmaker is released, remixing the Meet the Team videos to feature different characters or more characters is becoming popular. Usually Meet the Heavy and Meet the Soldier, as these two and Meet the Engineer are the only ones that come packaged with the program.
"You would not believe how much this hurts."Explanation Scout's line from the end of "Meet the Medic", which became a general phrase to refer to any injury or painful situation.
"I fear no [X]. But that... thing... it scares me."Explanation A snowclone from "Meet the Pyro", based upon Heavy's description of Pyro (wherein [X] is "man"). Used in reference to disturbing imagery, videos, etc., with [X] representing that particular form of media.
"SEDUCE ME!"Explanation The Spy repeatedly tries to teach Scout how to talk to a woman in Expiration Date. Predictably the lines were taken out of context and used for many jokes, particularly regarding Spy's Casanova reputation.
"We both got buckets of chicken, wanna do it?"Explanation The Scout trying to explain to the Spy that he's good with women. The scene then cuts to a flashback of the Scout hitting on a girl at a fried chicken joint with this line. The girl (who the Spy refers to as a "fried chicken tramp") says yes.
"I have done nothing but [action] [noun] for three days." Explanation A snowclone based on one of Soldier's lines.
"I TELEPORTED BREAD!"
Soldier X Bucket OTPExplanation Soldier's affection for the bucket quickly led to jokes and/or shipping.
Comics and Other Supplemental Material
SAXTON HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALE!!!Explanation The universe's Memetic Badass and CEO of Mann Co. in the supplemental material. There's eventually a popular community-made mod where the entire RED Team fights against Hale. And usually loses to him.
Sitting Pyro from the Australian Christmas comic. (S)he came back for the Mann Vs. Machine update, and as of June 11, 2014, the Sitting Pyro animation has officially been returned to the game files in combination with the Bread Update.
and hoovyExplanation A series of videos titled with the template "and (misspelled class)" consisting of a still image of a class (typically the class looks sad or serious) and some form of sad or serious music. It is a tradition for people to respond in the comments with a short, sad story to go with the video.
Demopan◊Explanation The handsome fellow gracing the top of this page originally appeared in a reddit post entitled "The New Face of TF2", as well as a thread on Steam forums, partly to ridicule how the game had evolved since its release by that point. He quickly became a Memetic Badass, appearing in numerous YouTube videos since his debut, and causing the items he equips (namely, Bounty Hat, Dangeresque, Too?, Chargin Targe and Frying Pan) to become highly sought after.
STOUT SHAKO FOR 2 REFINED◊Explanation Demopan's catchphrase, originated from the username seen on the infamous image. The name is also a trade request, with the Stout Shako referring to a hat wearable by the Soldier, and the refined referring to Refined Metal, a crafting ingredient which unofficially doubles as Practical Currency.
Painis CupcakeExplanation A Garry's Mod character resembling a soldier with a memorable style of movement (sliding around walls and floors while making shotgun sounds), and he eats people after delivering his catchphrase "I am Painis Cupcake. I will eat you" (mashed together from several different voice commands), and a Slasher Smile. Spawned from a YouTube video made using Garry's Mod, quickly leading to several imitators and an even greater number of fan videos starring the "character". Seems to have created a pseudo-tradition of using music by Grant Kirkhope as background music for TF2/GMod videos.
"Vagineer"Explanation When the Engineer's facial muscle sliders are set to a strange position, the Engineer's mouth twists into something resembling a vagina. In his earliest known appearance in a video by J16FOX, Vagineer became an Eldritch Abomination, and according to Fanon has many strange powers such as shooting his own limbs off at people and vomiting bile. He also only speaks in reverse, with the exception of occasional growls, and the word "Gottam". Like Painis Cupcake, several imitations have been made using similar facial muscle slider abuse and reverse speech.
DED!Explanation A joke in Garry's Mod animations where characters tend to announce their own deaths, mainly Scout citing that "I'm dead" or Heavy simply chiming in with "dead"
Now something of an Ascended Meme with Mann Vs Machine: Whenever a friendly player is killed, this will trigger specific voice responses from some of the game characters (note: only from Heavy, Medic, Engineer or Soldier, while the classes Sniper, Scout, Spy, Demoman and Pyro class lack these voice lines) who will yell, "[Class] is dead!!!" The Medic is sounding especially desperate.
(CLASS) IS (THING)Explanation A fad which starts with a class saying something along the lines of "(Class) is (thing)!" (achieved by using the "Spy!" command when pointed at a particular person) or by saying "I am (Thing)!". The video then goes on to show that class being the thing. Originaly starting with AR Master with "SCOUT IS DELICIOUS", it has since spawned many variations.
"The Vicious Cycle of ____"Explanation A popular fad started by Youtube user Raikujo, featuring lightning-fast killings of classes, usually in succession, set to "Bătută Din Moldova" from Rabbids Go Home. Each one starts with a character running in, turning their head to see someone, then after the fanfare of the song begins, the mayhem starts. Each ends with the original character respawning. The unique feature of each video is the fact that it loops, caused by a glitch in YouTube caused by using pause annotations at the very last frame of the video. Here is a particularly good one
'''UNLIMITED POWER!!!!'''Explanation Popular meme of a player named Chozo who goes on a hilarious cursing rage allowing many memes such as the one above. The rage-induced player is often mentioned in TF2 message boards and forums whenever someone mentions the best player of all time.
"____ in a Nutshell"Explanation An older fad started by NearElite. Each video basically sums up each map in under a minute. Each video is set to the music "Intruder Alert." Usually, the following is involved: ridiculous amounts of sentries, utter annihilation of the other team at chokepoints, and excessive amounts of Snipers. A lot of the time, the Snipers are stabbed by Spies that appear behind them, set to sad music.
nope.aviExplanation The Engineer running up to the camera, his helmet inexplicably levitating, him saying "Nope.", then telescoping his neck after it like a turtle. Has seen plenty of use on message boards as "nope.avi" or an ASCII image whenever the context calls for someone answering in the negative. There's also "Yeah!", the opposite version where the Engineer's neck squashes downwards.
sexual_class.filetypeExplanation A trend of videos that typically consist of HWM-ized faces in a black background and the use audio splices, often vulgar and surreal, of the subject class(es) and some others within the game. The trend had been popularized through the video sexual_heavy.wmv. The "sexual_class" snowclone later evolved to other adjectives like "slightly_provocative_heavy" and eventually into long, nonsensical phrases like "stu_pidface's_flatulent_extravaganza" The ".filetype" can refer to just about anything, whether real formats like ".wmv" or whatever word they want like ".wut" or ".stupid", etc. A sub-trend involves people making actual videos with animations matching those in the original, usually with messed up and slightly NSFW results.
POOT DIS POW!Explanation A crossover meme with Skyrim. "Poo Tis Pow" is the Heavy's version of "Fus Ro Dah" using the Showdown taunt to fling enemies around. With proper timing, it is possible to pull this off in-game.
Tentaspy Explanation Depicting the Spy with octopus tentacles instead of legs.
The Scout ArmyExplanation A YouTube Role-Playing community fad involving a large group of people with a deformed scout face (from "Heavy and Scout think they are birds") as their profile icon. You can usually find them commenting on a (usually TF2 related) video. Said profile icons usually have noticeable differences MS-painted over the picture, such as a pirate beard or a monocle; resulting in the commenters acting appropriately, a prime example of this fad taking place in a videos' comment section can be seen here.
Fake weapons stats.Explanation On videos featuring weapons or non-weapon objects doing improbable things, fake stats are written up for them in the comments, to parody the game's stat balances. For instance, "The Marx-Mann's Crossbow: +300% Firing Speed. + Fires explosive bolts. + No reloading. - Bolts do not heal allies. - No crits." or "The Warbarrow: +30% running speed. +30% explosive resistance. -50% turning speed. -Pusher cannot use weapons."
"_____ or ______?"Explanation A trend of videos (Such as this one) consisting of two characters exchanging the two chosen titular phrases back and forth at each other (The phrase being the first syllable of a word followed by the same syllable in reverse, like "MeeM"), interrupted by a third character with their own phrase followed by reaction shots of the original two, and finally ending with a fourth character serving as a Stinger of sorts. However, it's plainly obvious that the main attraction here isn't the voice clips. Also often accompanied by distorted and/or reversed music, as if just to highlight how alien they look and sound.
The StaregineerExplanation The Engineer with his goggles removed◊ revealing his small beady sunken in eyes giving a very creepy blank stare. His goggles cannot be removed in game and can only be done by editing the model in Garry's Mod or Source Film Maker. Many fans find the Staregineer's appearance to be unsettling, often falling into the Uncanny Valley. Most of his appearances in videos will be accompanied with a Scare Chord.
The Sewer MedicExplanation Created by Youtube user "gb7zone7". The Medic who dwells in any map with an Absurdly Spacious Sewer. He is very territorial and will threaten any trespassers with "Get awayfrom mysewer!" He tends to walk on all fours and his main mode of attack is screaming loudly causing his enemies to explode. The Sewer Medic has spawned a few parodies usually being some form of "The [location] [class]."
Christian Brutal SniperExplanation The RED Sniper as a homicidal maniac and Torture Technician. Often seen brutally killing and torturing other TF2 characters and dissecting their bodies. He has a BLU Spy as an ally and his theme song is ’Millionaire’s Holiday’ by Combustible Edison. Sometimes he plays the song while torturing a victim a la Reservoir Dogs. The CBS has gotten so infamous that he actually appears as an alternate character for Saxton Hale in "Vs. Saxton Hale" game modes along with other TF2 freaks like the Vagineer.
Food DebatesExplanation A Youtube video fad of several classes getting into debates over their Trademark Favorite Foods. While the Heavy's love of his Sandvich is canon, the rest are usually taken out of context by editing sentences from in game quotes.
Heavy: SandvichExplanation Pick a Sandvich quote, any quote.
Scout: PancakesExplanation "Today aint your day, pancakes!"
GottamExplanation Gotta Move that gear up! —Engineer
SPAHExplanation The Engineer's pronunciation of "Spy".
PainisExplanation "Pain is weakness leaving the body!" —Soldier; usually used in a similar context as "Pingas" or as the aforementioned Painis Cupcake
MEEM!Explanation The "Medic!" call, usually taken from the Medic, with the first syllable edited to cycle forward and reverse. Also usually applied to the wooden target (usually Medic) boards from the game's practice mode. Said targets have been a recurring abomination in the Garry's Mod animations
Piss!Explanation Said by Sniper in some of his lines.
NEED A DISPENSAH HEAH!Explanation One of the Scout's lines is "Need a dispenser here". Not only is this an annoying command, especially for Engineers, it is augmented by the Scout's Brooklyn slur. Users have taken to spamming this command to annoy friendly Engineers, and numerous videos, parodies, and references appears in many other videos.
BONK!Explanation One of the sounds a Scout makes when scoring a melee kill. Numerous remixes involving repeated bonks can be found on YouTube.
Rare Endangered SpycrabExplanation Having the Spy equip his disguise kit, look upward, and crouch causes him to enter an amusing pose resembling a crab◊. Because they are supposedly "rare and endangered", players in on the joke will avoid killing Spycrabs... unless the Spy tries to abuse this to capture a point or kill many enemies. This became an Ascended Meme, as Valve left the glitch in and referenced it with a unique taunt.
"Spy's sappin' mah sentry!" (and any "<SUBJECT> <VERB>in' mah <OBJECT>!" combination thereof)Explanation The Engineer's line when his Sentries are sapped, it has become an internet-wide snowclone used in nearly any conceivable situation, as long as someone is doing something to something.
"If you order now, I'll throw in a second beating absolutely free!"
"Gentlemen◊"Explanation One of Spy's taunts, which became a meme after an image spread on /v/ that showed him attempting to smoke approximately 37 cigarettes at once. Variations include "Mentlegen" (a Spy emerging from the mouth of a Spy), and occasionally other classes with a mouth full of whatever is paired with their Catch Phrase. (For example, a Soldier with a mouthful of grenades, exclaiming "MAGGOTS".)
MOTHER FATHER GENTLEMENExplanation Psy released a new single called "Gentleman" on April 12 2013. Players caught the joke and went to work fast.
TONIGHT'S THE NIGHTExplanation Started primarily on 4chan in anticipation for the eventual "Engineer Update", who was the last of nine classes to get any new weapons. Any time a minor update to TF2 would occur in the coming weeks, people would often quote the above line.
"Can't crit, so it's balanced."Explanation Used to defend a fanmade weapon. Now it's used sarcastically to point out the unbalanced nature of other fanmade weapons.
Enjoy your AIDS!Explanation "AIDS" is the Fan Nickname for the Medic's virus attack in Team Fortress Classic. Used whenever someone is infected. Also spread to Team Fortress 2 thanks to the "bleed" effect from the Sniper's Tribalman's Shiv, the Engineer's Southern Hospitality, and the Scout's Flying Guillotine, Boston Basher (Three-Rune Blade), and Wrap Assassin.
shoot jump crate, shoot jump crate, shoot jump spy crate.Explanation A line of Engrish on Team Fortress 2's section in Steam Forums that gained memetic quality. It likely refers to the four things a player can expect to be doing most often: shooting enemies, jumping, checking for Spies, and managing the Mann Co. Supply Crates in your inventory.
Shahanshshnsansanhsanhsansha.Explanation A meme where people apparently can't spell one of the Sniper's melee weapons, the Shahanshah, correctly. Or at all.
"This is Scout! Rainbows make me cry!"Explanation The Spy mocking the Scout in one of his domination lines. Afterwards, there are quite a few videos and images that show, or imply, the Scout crying at the sight of a rainbow (and Rainbow Dash in crossovers).
With Meet the Pyro and the introduction of the Rainblower, we have "This is Scout. Rainbows make me die!"
Those people? They were F2P.Explanation Whenever a poorly-skilled enemy team is seen in a YouTube video, most players will claim that they were made up of poorly-skilled newcomers who joined when the game became free to play, or "F2P" for short. Lost almost all it's relevance a few years later, when most players ended up being F2P.
Hat Fortress 2.Explanation The game has a lot of hats, and the purchase and trading of hats became an enormous part of the community, to the point where nearly any mention of hats prompts a TF2 joke. Reddit likes to refer to the game as a "war-themed hat simulator".
It's pretty much better than TF2 in every possible way now. Except for the total lack of hats. Guess we know who the real pros are around here.
It has become such an Ascended Meme that, on certain pages of the offical TF2 website, the game is described as a "War-themed hat simulator".
And again in Poker Night at the Inventory, where other characters refer to the RED Team as a group of "Lame hat wearers" while the RED Heavy points out how much he loves receiving hats after killing his enemies.
"Slap my hand!"Explanation When the High Five! taunt was added into the game, a new set of responses was recorded for the Spy for this purpose. Especially in the Garry's Mod world, it has been taken to memetic levels with the spy often posing for a high five.
"Slap my ass!"Explanation a popular doctored quote of the above, usually accompanied with sounds of the Soldier's Disciplinary Action and the yells of "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! YES! MON DIEU!"
"See? See!"Explanation Originated from the Demoman's response line, "See? I told ya they were a buncha wee lasses.", and resulted in the creation of a character, Seeman. Usually followed by the Soldier's version from "Now THAT is what I wanna see!", which has taken a similar life of its own as "Seeldier".
Might be an ascended meme, because Demo now has a coat named "Mann of the Seven Sees"
"x is credit to team!"Explanation Based off of one of the Heavy's lines after going through a teleporter ("Engineer is credit to team!"). It is often quoted by players when teammates do Badass feats or sarcastically when they indirectly screw others over.
"Overtime! Overtime! Overtime! Overtime! Overtime! Overtime!"Explanation If a control point is being captured just as the time limit runs out, the Announcer will declare "Overtime" and not end the game. A glitch emerged where she would yell "Overtime" over and over until it's captured or cleared of attackers. Valve fixed the glitch, but gave servers the option to reequip it if they liked.
FREEEEEE MONEY!Explanation One of the Medic's lines for Mann vs. Machine upon sighting the money dropped from destroyed robots. Flanderized by the fanbase to make the Medic obsessed with money
The Sniper's kangaroo wife.Explanation One of the Soldier's domination lines over the Sniper is "I will send my condolences to your kangaroo wife!" The fans have had a lot of fun with this, ranging from the Sniper literally marrying a kangaroo to his wife having beenraised by them.
GET BEHIND ME DOCTOR!Explanation A line used when Heavy is being Ubercharged. The Heavy/Medic pairing is one of the most frequently used, often to the point of shipping and much Ho Yay
Invokum Gigantus Inmypantus!Explanation A blooper line from Medic's voice actor, for the 2013 Halloween special. The fanbase easily made cock jokes and such out of it, expectedly.
Bread Fortress 2Explanation The "Love and War" update and Expiration Date video prominently feature bread in several ways, inevitably leading to jokes that bread are the new hats.
Conga Fortress 2Explanation The "Love and War" update added a variety of new taunts, with the Conga taunt being one of them. This taunt involves players doing the Conga, being able to join in a line. Large groups of players may be seen doing the Conga together in the middle of a map, often growing to both teams forming a giant Conga line.
Kart Fortress 2Explanation Scream Fortress 2014 brought the Carnival of Carnage map, in which at the end of every round, the teams battle each other while driving bumper cars.
BONUS DUCKS! Explanation In the Looting Gallery bumper car minigame, crashing into another player will spawn bonus ducks. Sometimes Merasmus chimes in with that phrase.
"Too confusing for new players" Explanation The "End of the Line" update, or EOTL, was originally planned to have, amongst other things, a new map named CP_Snowplow, but was ultimately cut due to Valve deeming the map "too confusing for new players". Mockery of this flimsy justification skyrocketed; resulting in countless videos, sprays, and players mocking this to hell and back within the first 12 hours of release.