List of references (Medic)
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Due to the comedic style of Team Fortress 2 and Valve's humor, the game includes references, usually in a humorous fashion. There are many sources, including games, movies, and music; even jokes that have developed within the game and its community have been included. Below are references specific to the Medic class, which, unsurprisingly, mainly feature references to aspects of the medical profession.
Assist in burning 5 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Pyro.
When medical equipment needs to be sterilized, a machine called an autoclave subjects them to high pressure steam, effectively killing any bacteria or unhygienic substances.
| Autopsy Report|
Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you taunting above their ragdoll.
An autopsy, more correctly a post-mortem examination, is the examination of a corpse (a dead person) in order to ascetain how they died and analyze the cause.
| Bedside Manner|
Be healing a teammate as he achieves an achievement of his own.
Bedside manner is the manner in which a doctor explains a diagnosis to his/her patient. A good bedside manner is typically one that reassures and comforts the patient while remaining honest about the diagnosis.
| Big Pharma|
Assist a Heavy in killing 10 enemies, where neither of you die.
The phrase "Big Pharma" is often used to refer to large pharmaceutical companies or the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.
| Blast Assist|
Assist in exploding 5 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Soldier.
A blastocyst is a very early part of mammalian development. A fertilized egg turns into a blastocyst, which later develops into the embryo and placenta.
| Blunt Trauma|
Assist in punching 2 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Heavy.
Blunt trauma is an injury that does not penetrate into the body.
| Chief of Staff|
Accumulate 1 million total heal points.
The Chief of Staff is the head doctor in a hospital or medical practice.
Assist a fellow Medic in killing 3 enemies in a single life.
A consultation is a formal meeting with a doctor for discussion or advice regarding a medical problem or procedure.
| Doctor Assisted Homicide|
Assist in killing 20 nemeses.
A play on "doctor-assisted suicide"; a doctor providing a terminally ill patient with the drugs or equipment necessary to end their own life.
| Does It Hurt When I Do This?|
Kill 50 Scouts with your syringe gun.
The phrase that is commonly said when doctors are testing a patient, used to ascertain if bones are broken or dislocated.
| Double Blind Trial|
Deploy an ÜberCharge within 8 seconds of a nearby enemy Medic deploying his.
A double blind trial is a way to test medicine in which neither the patient nor practitioner knows who gets the placebo.
| Family Practice|
ÜberCharge 5 of your Steam Community Friends.
Family Practice is a medical specialty that deals with common problems found in people of all ages and sexes, based on the knowledge of the individual and the community they work with and emphasizing health promotion.
| First Do No Harm|
Play a full round without killing any enemies, and score the highest on a team of 6 or more players.
This phrase expresses one of the principal precepts all medical students are taught in medical school and is a fundamental principle for the emergency medical services. It reminds the physician and other health care providers that they consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. This is most often mentioned when debating use of an intervention with an obvious chance of harm but a less certain chance of benefit. Since at least 1860, the phrase has been for physicians a hallowed expression of hope, intention, humility, and recognition that human acts with good intentions may have unwanted consequences.
| FYI I am A Medic|
Use your bonesaw to kill a spy who has been calling for 'Medic!'.
| Grand Rounds|
Heal 200 teammates after they've called for 'Medic!'.
Grand Rounds is a process where interns are taught by interviewing patients.
| Group Health|
Work with 2 other Medics to deploy 3 simultaneous ÜberCharges.
Group health insurance is a type of health insurance plan provided to group members, usually corporate employees, at a discounted price.
| House Call|
Join a game that one of your friends is in and then deploy an ÜberCharge on him.
A house call is when a doctor treats patients at the patient's home.
| Hypocritical Oath|
Kill an enemy Spy that you have been healing.
The Hippocratic Oath is an oath traditionally taken by physicians pertaining to the ethical practice of medicine. It is widely believed that the oath was written by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in 4th century BC Greece, or by one of his students.
| Infernal Medicine|
Extinguish 100 burning teammates.
A play on internal medicine, which deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Accumulate 7000 heal points in a single life.
A medical internship is a sort of apprenticeship for doctors, where doctors/nurses work in a medical institution to get on the job training and experience. A person undergoing an internship is often referred to as an 'intern'.
| Medical Breakthrough|
Assist in destroying 5 enemy Engineer buildings with a single ÜberCharge on a Demoman.
A medical (or scientific) breakthrough is a significant (often sudden) advance or achievement that removes a barrier to progress in the field.
| Medical Intervention|
Save a falling teammate from dying on impact.
In medicine, an intervention by a doctor or team of doctors is often employed to cure or prevent a problem with a person, such as performing surgery early on someone developing a tumor.
| Midwife Crisis|
Heal an Engineer as he repairs his sentry gun while it's under enemy fire.
A play on midlife crisis, a psychological problem where an individual feels as if they wasted half of their life. A midwife is someone who assists in childbirth.
| Peer Review|
Kill 10 Medics with your bone saw.
A process where new drugs are vetted by other doctors. In a broader sense, peer review is a part of the scientific process in which the results of an experiment conducted by one scientist are reviewed and analyzed by other scientists, usually by performing the same experiment and comparing the results.
| Placebo Effect|
Kill 2 enemies in a single life, while having your ÜberCharge ready, but undeployed.
In medicine, certain psychological effects of disease can be reduced by telling the patient they are being given medicine when in reality it is just a sugar pill. In this case the Medic appears to be acting as if invulnerable when he's actually not.
| Play Doctor|
In a team with no Medics, be the first person to switch to Medic after a teammate calls for 'Medic!', and then heal 500 health.
A game played by children where they pretend to be doctors.
| Preventive Medicine|
Block the enemy from capturing a control point with an ÜberCharged teammate.
A field of medicine that seeks to treat condition before they appear.
| Quadruple Bypass|
Heal a teammate who's taking fire from 4 enemies at once.
Coronary artery by-pass surgery is a surgical procedure that relieves a severe form of chest pain that can lead to coronary artery disease, in which coronary arteries (which are quite important) have to be "bypassed" (grafting other veins and arteries to the correct blood vessels to do the coronary artery/ies' work). A quadruple bypass is where no less than four coronary arteries are bypassed, which is a very difficult and dangerous procedure. The hamburger image is a reference to the Heart Attack Grill.
Hit enemies with your bonesaw 5 times in a row without dying or missing.
A sawbones is an archaic term for a surgeon, probably invented about the time of the Crimean war. Surprisingly, the term developed from the fact that a surgeon saws through bones. The Medic is notorious for his liberal use of bone sawing in 'surgery' and his habit of carrying the implement for doing so around with him, and thus this reference is especially relevant.
| Second Opinion|
ÜberCharge 2 teammates at once.
In medicine it is common for doctor to request a second doctor to provide their input.
Accumulate 10000 heal points in a single life.
A medical specialty is where a medical practitioner concentrates on a specific area on top of a general medical knowledge, such as Orthopedics (bones) or Urology (urine). Specialists who work exclusively in their specific field are generally paid more and are more highly regarded than general practitioners.
| Surgical Prep|
Have an ÜberCharge ready before the Setup phase ends.
A process where surgeons prepare for an upcoming operation.
| Trauma Queen|
Deploy 3 ÜberCharges in less than 5 minutes, and assist in 5 kills during that time.
Play on drama queen, someone who exaggerates a lot.
Deploy an ÜberCharge on a teammate less than a second before they're hit by a critical explosive.
A triage is where patients under medical care are sorted in order of how much treatment they require.
| Ubi concordia, ibi victoria|
Assist in killing 3 enemies on an enemy control point, in a single life.
This translates to "Where there is unity, there is victory", a Latin phrase attributed to Publius Syrus. Doctors refer to it where specialists work together in order to further the progress of medicine.
The dove also has special significance to Medic, as he keeps many as pets.
| You'll Feel a Little Prick|
Assist in killing 3 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Scout.
This phrase is commonly used to inform patients of up-coming syringe piercings, used in medical diagnosis and cures for a variety of reasons. Prick, however, has many other meanings, one of which could be used to describe the Scout.
According to German folklore, the Blutsauger was a boneless, vampire-like creature that converted its victims by tricking them into eating soil from the Blutsauger's grave.
| Heal Grenade|
The Kritzkrieg's name is a reference to the term Blitzkrieg (German for "lightning war"), a popular name for an offensive operational-level military doctrine which involves an initial bombardment followed by the employment of motorized mobile forces attacking with speed and surprise to prevent an enemy from implementing a coherent defense.
In medicine, a quick fix is a simple treatment that solves a problem quickly.
| Solemn Vow|
The bust is of Hippocrates, who is regarded as the founder of the medicine.
The Vita-Saw closely resembles the ADAM Harvester from BioShock.
Hats & Miscellaneous Items
Before Archimedes came into the Medic's care, he made his living through wedding dovery. A lucrative trade, but he always felt something was missing. He looks back on the day that the Medic stole that catering van during the prime minister's wedding as the best day of his life. He's been burrowing into the chests of unwitting patients ever since.
Archimedes was a Greek mathematician who is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity.
| Doc's Holiday|
Comes in "Flu" and "Fever" styles, depending on the epidemic you'd most like to embody while on vacation.
The name comes from Doc Holliday, a famous gunfighter who participated in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
| Dr. Whoa|
This hairstyle is based on that of Albert Einstein, the famous theoretical physicist.
| Eliminating The Impossible Set|
This is a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes - specifically, a famous quote by the character: "Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."
| Geisha Boy|
Frog leaps into pond
Lotus blossoms fall to earth
Medic has girl's hair
The haiku in the description is a parody of one by Matsuo Bashō, the most famous poet of Japan's Edo period:
an ancient pond
a frog jumps in
the splash of water
The hat is named after the 1958 film The Geisha Boy.
| Nine-Pipe Problem|
In the time it takes you to read this description, I've already ubered a Heavy, captured your base, solved a crime, and smoked three pipes.
This is a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Specifically, it alludes to the phrase "three pipe problem" introduced in the short story The Red-Headed League, and refers to the amount of tobacco needed to ponder over and deduce the solution to a particular puzzle.
| Private Eye|
In film and television, Sherlock Holmes is often depicted as wearing a similar deer-stalking hat, though he never did in any of the original novels.
"Private eye" is a term for a private investigator.
| Surgeon's Stahlhelm|
Technically, field medics are protected as noncombatants under the Geneva Convention. The next time you get shot be sure to tell your killer. It's a conversation starter!
The hat's description makes reference to the Geneva Convention, in which field medics' rights are specifically conveyed.
| Team Captain|
Our lawyers say 'YES! YES!'
The appearance and description of this hat is a reference to the Street Fighter series main villain M. Bison. "YES! YES!" refers to the Street Fighter cartoon which is also a widely spread Internet meme.
| Ze Goggles|
The name and description for Ze Goggles is a reference to a line from an episode of The Simpsons, where the character Rainier Wolfcastle shouts during a botched action sequence, "Ze goggles do nothing!"
The design of the goggles are based on the Ecto-Goggles from Ghostbusters. Medic dresses and looks like the absent-minded doctor Egon Spengler from the movie.
The Medic's Oktoberfest taunt refers to a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, Germany from late September to early October. It is one of the most famous events in the city and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year, and is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.
The Spinal Tap taunt is a reference to the colloquial term for a lumbar puncture, a medical procedure in which a needle is inserted between the vertebrae at the base of the spine to extract a sample of spinal fluid. Though not at all fatal when performed by a professional (i.e., anyone but the Medic), it does have the potential to be extremely painful.
Sturm und Drang (the conventional translation is "Storm and Stress"; a more literal translation, however, might be storm and urge, storm and longing, storm and drive or storm and impulse) is the name of a movement in German literature and music taking place from the late 1760s through the early 1780s in which individual subjectivity and, in particular, extremes of emotion, were given free expression in response to the confines of rationalism imposed by the Enlightenment and associated aesthetic movements.
The Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, Germany from late September to early October. It is one of the most famous events in the city and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year, and is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.
"Turn your head and cough." - "Battle Cry" voice command while aiming at an enemy, melee weapon equipped
Turning your head and coughing is part of the procedure of testing for a hernia.
The Übermensch (or "superman") is a concept in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche posited the Übermensch as a goal for humanity to set for itself in his 1883 book Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
Interestingly, the idea of the "Übermensch" was also further developed by the Nazis, using the term to denote the Aryans as the "Superhuman" race. Although within the same period of time, the Medic's voice command was most likely referring to the initial aforementioned idea, due to Valve stating that the Medic was not a Nazi. This fits with the Medic's sadism and his ethical procedures and methods (or lack thereof), as Nietzsche's concept of the Übermensch orbits around moral values and the progress of humanity and their interactions.
"Horrido!" - at round start
"Horrido" is a traditional German hunting and war cry.
"Can you feel ze Schadenfreude?" - after killing more than 3 enemies in 20 seconds with a primary weapon
Schadenfreude is enjoyment taken from the misfortune of someone else. The word referring to this emotion has been borrowed from German by the English language and is sometimes also used as a loanword by other languages.
This is a reference to Colonel Klink's oft heard exclamation of "Schuuuulllllttttz!" from Hogan's Heroes.
"Danke schön, na na, Danke schön." - "Positive" voice command
It is interesting to note that the German pronunciation of "schön" is sh-URN while the Medic and Wayne Newton pronounce it in its Yiddish form, "sh-AIN" (rhymes with pain).
"I am melting!" "- on fire
This is a reference to a line from The Wizard of Oz during the scene where the Wicked Witch of the West melts into the ground after being defeated.
"Uh hello! Magic book? Do you still have Demoman's eye? I'll trade you a heart for it!" - during the Spectral Halloween Special when Merasmus brings out the Bombinomicon
This line refers to the scene in Meet the Medic in which the Medic replaces the Heavy's heart with one he has stored in the refrigerator.