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When a player dies in Team Fortress 2, the event is logged briefly in the upper right-hand corner of the screen (occasionally referred to as a kill panel or death notice) displaying from left to right the name of the player (and, if applicable, an assisting player) responsible for the kill, an icon that reflects the nature of the death, and then the name of the player who died. The icon is referred to as the kill icon, or death notice icon. Additionally, all event logs involving the player are tinted pale yellow (in comparison to the normal brown) and remain on-screen for a longer period of time in order to assist the player in keeping track of their events. If the death was the result of critical damage, then the icon has a red glowing effect behind it.
Most weapons have unique kill icons, but there are some that refer to multiple weapons.
These icons are used when one player inflicts a death upon another using a weapon.
|Baby Face's Blaster|
|Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol|
|Wrap Assassin (ball)|
|Cow Mangler 5000|
|Cow Mangler 5000 (afterburn)|
|Cow Mangler 5000 (suicide afterburn)|
|Flame Thrower (afterburn)|
|Flare Gun (afterburn)|
|Scorch Shot (afterburn)|
|Sharpened Volcano Fragment|
|Sharpened Volcano Fragment (afterburn)|
|Deflected projectiles||Kill icon|
|Deflected arrow (Headshot)|
|Deflected flaming arrow|
|Deflected flare afterburn|
|Manually detonated deflected Detonator's flare|
|Deflected Detonator's flare afterburn|
|Deflected Manmelter projectile|
|Deflected Scottish Resistance stickybombs|
|Deflected Sandman ball|
|Deflected Cow Mangler 5000 energy blast|
|Deflected Cow Mangler 5000 energy blast (afterburn)|
|Deflected Wrap Assassin ball|
|Deflected Scorch Shot|
|Deflected Flying Guillotine|
|Deflected cannonballs (impact)|
|Deflected cannonballs (explosion)|
|Deflected repair claws|
|Loose Cannon (knockback)|
|Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker|
|Ullapool Caber (Explosion)|
|Ullapool Caber (Melee)|
|Nessie's Nine Iron|
|Killing Gloves of Boxing|
|Gloves of Running Urgently|
|Fists of Steel|
|Gunslinger (Triple Punch)|
|Sentry Gun||Kill icon|
|Combat Mini-Sentry Gun|
|Level 1 Sentry Gun|
|Level 2 Sentry Gun|
|Level 3 Sentry Gun|
|Destruction of hauled building|
|Sniper Rifle (Headshot)|
|Flaming Huntsman (afterburn)|
|Bazaar Bargain (Headshot)|
|Machina (penetration Headshot)|
|Hitman's Heatmaker (Headshot)|
|Your Eternal Reward|
|Bat Outta Hell|
|All classes|| Critical hits|
(Added behind kill icon)
Also known as kill taunts, these taunts have the ability to kill almost every opponent in a single hit, as they do 450+ damage.
|Kamikaze with Lumbricus Lid|
These icons are typically used when a player dies either from an environmental hazard, or causes their own death with their weapon or by other means.
|Related death||Kill icon|
|Suicide, Fall damage|
|Trains, Li'l Chew-Chew|
|Horseless Headless Horsemann|
There are several unused kill icons that can be found in the game files. Some of these icons are included for custom use by the community, others appear to have been replaced by the currently used kill icons or possibly had their accompanying concept scrapped.
|Environmental death||Likely implemented early on in development for explosive weapons, this icon has been in the files since the game's release.|
|Half-Zatoichi||An alternate kill icon for the Half-Zatoichi, assumedly designed for when a Half-Zatoichi wielder instantly kills another Half-Zatoichi wielder.|
|Wrap Assassin||An alternate kill icon for killing a player with the alt-fire bauble.|
|Third Degree||A kill icon for killing a player via the weapon's damage transfer effect.|
|Holiday Punch||A kill icon for killing a player presumably while they are laughing.|
|Deflected arrow headshot †||Scoring a headshot with a deflected arrow.|
|Deflected flaming arrow †||Scoring a kill with a deflected flaming arrow.|
|Deflected flaming arrow headshot †||Scoring a headshot with a deflected flaming arrow.|
|Deflected Sandman ball †||Scoring a kill with a deflected ball.|
|Level 1 Sentry Gun||This icon appears similar to the standard Level 1 Sentry kill icon with one clear difference: the Sentry appears to have some kind of laser attached to the top. The icon was introduced to the game files months before the Engineer Update.|
|Flaming arrow headshot †||Kill icon added with the Engineer Update for scoring a kill with a flaming arrow headshot.|
|Ambassador headshot||Two headshot icons for the Spy's Ambassador. The first was used in-game from the Sniper vs. Spy Update to the Engineer Update, but was changed to the Sniper Rifle headshot icon for unknown reasons. The second icon was included in the game files, but never used in-game, and is only assumed to be related to the Ambassador.|
|Spinal Tap †||Scoring a kill with the Medic's Spinal Tap taunt kill. Rarely under unknown conditions the game will recognize a Spinal Tap kill as "taunt_medic" in the game console, and will display the correct kill icon.|
|Baleful Beacon||A kill icon from the gcf files for a weapon that does not yet exist in-game.|
|Flyswatter||A kill icon from the gcf files for a weapon that does not yet exist in-game.|
|Shred Alert||A kill icon for the Shred Alert.|
†These unused kill icons were created and contributed by NeoDement.
- The Direct Hit's kill icon is currently cut off; the muzzle flash is missing.
- The Detonator's kill icon is currently cut off; the explosion is missing.
- The Wrangler's kill icon is currently cut off; only the Wrangler itself may be seen.
- The Level 1 Sentry Gun's kill icon is currently cut off; the bullet present in the three other sentry kill icons isn't included.
- The Sniper Rifle headshot's kill icon is currently cut off; the bullet appears to have been cut in half.
- The headshot kill icon for the Ambassador is unaffected, despite being shared with the Sniper Rifle.
- The Tribalman's Shiv's kill icon is pictured upside down. The original kill icon creator has submitted a fix to Valve but it has not been implemented.