Memes / Valve Software

Valve Software games are particularly good at spawning memes. In fact, Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 now have their own pages, but there's plenty in some other games and the company itself.

Please add entries in the following format:

  • The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme, if necessary.[[/labelnote]] Explanation 
    • Further mutations and successor memes, if any.


  • BOOM Headshot!!! Explanation 
  • "DOOR STUCK! DOOR STUCK!" Explanation 
  • "Terrorists Win." Explanation 

Day Of Defeat:


  • "HAAAAAX!" Explanation 
  • "I still have nightmares about that cat..." Explanation 
    Alyx: ...what cat? What cat?
  • "Don't forget to reload, Doctor Freeman!" Explanation 
  • "Rice." Explanation 
  • "Pick up that can!" Explanation 
  • "YABBA! MY ICING!" Explanation 
  • How Do I Shot Web? Explanation 
  • Adrian Shepard from Opposing Force is an Ensemble Darkhorse Valve has been meaning to get back to including in the series. However in the interim, another series has sprung up with a lead also named Shepard. Cracking jokes about Adrian becoming Commander Shepard is fairly common.
  • Half-Life 3 confirmed Explanation 
    • This is also a gag where the logic is clearly demented and based on nothing more than reaching the number three: This section has eight examples. Eight minus two is six. Six divided in half is three. HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!
    • Parodied in Honest Game Trailer's TF2 trailer Explanation 

Left 4 Dead:

  • The Hunter wants to be Altair. Explanation 
  • "I hate small towns." "I hate planes." Explanation 
  • Louis is GRABBIN' PEELZ! Explanation 
  • "I ever tell you about the time when me and Keith..." Explanation 
  • [X] startled the Witch! (Where x is, say, Nature, or Zoey.) Explanation 
  • Entering the storage room....of love. Picking up the katana....of love. Explanation 
  • WUBUBU Explanation 
  • Karma Charger is watching you... Explanation 
  • "No zombie is safe from Chicago Ted." Explanation 
  • Coach's chocolate helicopter. Explanation 
  • Both the Peek-a-boo Charge (or Jack-In-The-Box Charge)note  and Piñata Timenote  are growing in popularity.


  • Whenever someone calls Gabe fat, he delays Episode Thr-... GODDAMN IT Explanation 
    • "Worth the weight." Explanation 
    • "Wow, this (Insert name of obese game character) looks like Gabe Newell." Explanation 
      • "BOOMER!" Explanation 
  • "Valve Time" Explanation 
  • Meanwhile, at Valve..... [Insert nonsensical Valve-related image, or image of people - usually Gabe - slacking off] Explanation 
  • Creating absurdly deformed faces in Garry's Mod by turning the facial muscle sliders way past where they were meant to go, or in combination with others they weren't meant to be combined with. Very popular in Garry's Mod based videos.
  • Gabe's Watching Explanation 
  • GABEN Explanation 
    • G-A-B-E-N Explanation 
  • "Uhh, no. It's just me, Gabe Newell." Explanation 
  • "Valve Can't Count To Three" Explanation 
  • Gabe at E3Explanation 
  • The wallet-draining nature of Steam Summer Sales. Such as this. Or this.Explanation 
    • Are You Ready For a Miracle?Explanation 
    • Summer SealExplanation 
  • When Steam Controller was announced, people starts to compare it with owl's face. Along with numerous comical controller faced-people images.
  • Valve doesn't make games. Explanation 

Alternative Title(s): Valve