Trivia: Team Fortress 2

  • While otherwise forgettable, in the French dub, Heavy is Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Fisher, Soldier is Russell Crowe, and Sniper is 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 different 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 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 inspirations for Mags' design was a combination of the Norn women from Guild Wars 2 and Pam from Archer.


Trivia Tropes used:

  • Actor Allusion: The Administrator's "Don't disappoint me."
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • This popular fanart of the Administrator ended up strongly influencing her official appearance (as revealed in this comic as The Administrator and foreshadowed two months prior with this image of The Clan that 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 Portal 2, and 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 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 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 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 immediately turn back to normal and attack the player who revealed him.
    • When Heavy recites the spell "caputus crepitus", his voice actor puts much emphasis on the syllables "-putus", which may be a nod to the "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 these three examples), it's almost always the "caputus" spell.
  • The Danza: The Administrator is named for her voice actress. ("Helen" and "Ellen" sound almost identical in most dialects of English).
  • Defictionalization: Archimedes, the Spycrab, and Balloonicorn exist as real-life merchandise. There's also a foam version of the Engineer's wrench and a plush sticky bomb (in both colors, no less).
  • Development Hell: 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.
  • Doing It for the Art: 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.
  • Extremely Lengthy Creation: It took Valve nine years to make and were close to spending ten on it. The devs were working on Team Fortress 2 after they made Team Fortress Classic. Then they became part of Valve and started working on a Goldsource version, then constantly changed everything around until they released it in 2007.
  • Fake Nationality: 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 the '60s would have imagined these people sounded like, not what they actually sounded like.
  • Fan Nickname: More on the trope's page, and even more on the official wiki 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 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 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 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 other shotgun types as their main weapon rather than their miniguns are called "Fat Scouts".
    • Engineers that build teleporter exits near the enemy base in a very hard to get to place is called a "Ninjaneer".