List of references (Scout)
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 Scout class, many of which are related to baseball.
| A Year to Remember|
Get 2004 lifetime kills.
| Artful Dodger|
Dodge 1000 damage in a single life using your Bonk! Atomic Punch.
| Batter Up|
Perform 1000 double jumps.
This is a phrase used by a baseball umpire to invite the next batter to the batter's box. The "Up" in the name also refers to the fact that mass travels upwards when jumping.
Stun a Scout with their own ball.
"Beanball" is a colloquial sports term for a ball thrown at an opposing player with the intention of striking him such as to cause harm, often connoting a throw at the player's head.
| Belittled Beleaguer|
Kill an opposing player that has your intelligence while holding theirs.
Something that is "belittled" appears small or insignificant in contrast to its surroundings; this is often the impression the Scout gives alongside his teammates.
To "beleaguer" means to harass or beset.
The phrase "Belittled Beleaguer" itself is a play on the phrase "Little Leaguer". The Little League is a popular world-wide youth baseball league.
| Block the Plate|
Block 50 point captures.
In baseball, blocking the plate is a common technique performed by a catcher to prevent a runner from scoring in which the catcher impedes the runner's tag with part of his body. The act of blocking the plate accounts for most of the physical contact in baseball.
Stun 50 enemies while they are capturing a point or pushing the cart.
A brushback pitch is a pitch thrown high and inside, usually a fastball, to force the batter away from the plate, often to intimidate.
| Caught Napping|
Kill 50 enemies from behind with the Force-A-Nature.
A baserunner who is tagged out because he wasn't paying attention to what the defensive players were doing is "caught napping". Often this involves a pickoff play in which the infielder sneaks up behind the runner and takes a throw from the pitcher, or, less often, the catcher.
Destroy 3 teleporter entrances.
In baseball, a closing pitcher, more frequently referred to as a closer, is a relief pitcher who specializes in closing out games.
| Doctoring the Ball|
Kill 3 enemies while under the effects of a Medic's ÜberCharge.
To "doctor the ball" means to apply a foreign substance to a baseball or to otherwise alter it in order to put an unnatural spin on a pitch.
| Dodgers 1, Giants 0|
Kill an enemy Heavy and take his Sandvich.
A reference to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, two professional baseball teams with a long history of rivalry. Also, while under the effects of Bonk! Atomic Punch, the Scout is impervious to bullets, thereby making him a "dodger". "Giant" refers to the Heavy's massive size.
| Fall Classic|
Cause an environmental death or suicide using the Force-A-Nature's knockback.
The World Series, the championship series of Major League Baseball, is commonly referred to as the "Fall Classic".
| First Blood|
Get the first kill in an Arena match.
| First Blood, Part 2|
Kill 5 enemies with the First Blood crit buff.
First Blood is also a common term in other FPS games, used when someone gets the first kill in a match.
| Foul Territory|
Cause an environmental death by stunning an enemy.
In baseball, foul territory or foul ground is defined as the area of the field outside of the foul lines. The foul lines and foul poles are not part of foul territory.
| Gun Down|
Destroy an active sentry gun using your pistol.
This is a play on the phrase "Run Down" in which a runner is stranded between two bases, and runs back and forth to try to avoid fielders with the ball. The fielders (usually basemen) toss the ball back and forth to prevent the runner from getting to a base, and typically close in on and tag him. "Gun Down" is also a term used when any fielder makes a strong throw to any base in anticipation for a close play, most notably a catcher attempting to throw out a would-be basestealer.
| If You Build It|
Destroy 3 enemy buildings while they are still under construction.
"If you build it, he will come" is a line from the fantasy/drama film Field Of Dreams and has been used many times in popular culture.
| I'm Bat Man|
Survive 500 damage in one life.
| Moon Shot|
Stun an enemy for the maximum possible duration by hitting them with a long-range ball.
In baseball, a "moon shot" is a particularly long, high home run.
Steal and then capture the enemy intelligence without firing a shot.
A no-hitter is a baseball game in which one pitcher holds the opposing team to no hits, while possibly allowing a walk or error.
| Out of the Park|
Bat an enemy 25 meters.
"Out of the ballpark" is a Home Run in which the ball goes over all of the outfield seating and outside the arena.
| Pop Fly|
Kill 20 players while double-jumping.
A pop fly is a fly ball that goes high up in the air without traveling far out in the field.
| Quick Hook|
Kill a player in Well before the round starts.
"Quick hook" refers to a situation in baseball where the manager removes a pitcher in the early innings because the pitcher is getting hit hard by the offensive team.
| Race for the Pennant|
Run 25 kilometers.
A Pennant Race is the quest for a league or division title in baseball.
| Retire the Runner|
Kill a Scout while they are under the effect of Crit-a-Cola.
In baseball, to "retire" a runner is to throw them out at a base.
Capture the enemy intelligence 25 times.
A "round tripper" is another name for a home run in baseball. The analogy is to a commuter who buys a round-trip ticket from home plate to second base and back again to home.
| Set the Table|
Initiate 10 point captures that ultimately succeed.
To "set the table" in baseball is to get runners on all of the bases in preparation for a powerful batsman, who can then get all of them home at once.
| Side Retired|
Capture the last point in a CP map.
In baseball, when the third out of an inning is called, the side is "retired" and the other team takes its turn at bat. A pitcher or a defensive team can be said to have "retired the side".
| Stealing Home|
Start capping a capture point within a second of it becoming available.
Stealing Home is the act of running to home base during the pitcher's windup and throw, a particularly difficult and rare feat in baseball.
| Strike Zone|
Kill or assist kill 50 enemies while they are stunned.
The "strike zone" is an imaginary area on a baseball field used to call strikes.
| The Big Hurt|
Stun 2 Medics that are ready to deploy an ÜberCharge.
Frank Thomas is a Major League Baseball designated hitter. He was given the nickname "The Big Hurt" by broadcaster Ken Harrelson, who coined the term in 1992.
| The Cycle|
In a single life, kill an enemy while you are on the ground, in the air, and in the water.
Hitting for the cycle means to hit a single, double, triple and Home Run in the same baseball game. To accomplish this feat in order is termed a "natural cycle". Hitting for the cycle is a rare enough occurrence that Major League Baseball keeps special statistics on it.
| Triple Play|
Capture three capture points in a row in one life.
A Triple Play is the act of making 3 outs during the same hit.
| Triple Steal|
Capture the enemy intelligence 3 times in a single CTF round.
In baseball, when three runners try to simultaneously steal a base, it is called a "triple steal".
| Bonk! Atomic Punch|
This is a reference to the term "The Bonk" or "Hitting the wall", a condition when an athlete (usually in an endurance sport) suddenly loses energy or becomes fatigued.
| Boston Basher|
Boston is the Scout's home city.
Bashing is a harsh or prejudicial attack on a person. It can be physical or verbal - in this case, the weapon physically bashes enemies or the Scout wielding it.
| Candy Cane|
All Candy Canes are level 25, referring to Christmas Day, which falls on the 25th of December.
This weapon's name is a play on popular soft drink Coca-Cola.
It also sounds like the word "critical" when spoken with unusual emphasis.
| Fan O'War|
| Flying Guillotine|
The Flying guillotine is a ranged weapon from the Qing Dynasty that is usually in the form of a hat.
In physics, the "force of nature" is one of the four fundamental forces that occur naturally and affect the structure of the universe.
The Scout describes himself as a "Force of Nature" in Meet the Scout.
| Holy Mackerel|
Getting hit by a fish has got to be humiliating.
The ultimate in semi-concealed weaponry. There's no question you need this gun, the only question is: where will you keep it?
The name "Lugermorph" is a portmanteau of "Luger P08", a German sidearm that the Lugermorph is based on, and "lagomorph", any member of the mammalian order made up of mostly rabbits and hares. Max (who uses this weapon in the Sam & Max series) claims to be a member of this group.
The description references a running gag in the series - namely, where Max keeps his gun when he is not using it, as he has no clothes.
The Sandman is a mythical character who tosses sand into the eyes of people to put them to sleep, fitting well with the fact that the Sandman's secondary attack puts hit enemies "to sleep" for a short duration.
The name is also a reference to Sandlot ball, a variation of baseball.
This weapon's name is a reference to the "shortstop", the fielding position between second and third base in baseball.
| Special Delivery|
Leave a calling card on your victims
Spiky end goes into other man.
The description refers to a line spoken by the character Alejandro Murrieta in the The Mask of Zorro.
| Unarmed Combat|
So nice of the Spy to lend an arm...
The description is a pun on the phrase "lending a hand", which means to help someone with a task.
Hats & Miscellaneous Items
B-ankh! is a combination of the words "Bonk!" (the Scout's signature phrase) and the Egyptian Ankh, the symbol on the medallion worn around the Scout's neck when this item is equipped.
| Batter's Helmet|
You'll be batting a thousand (skulls in) when you don this red piece of plastic!
The term "batting a thousand" comes from baseball statistics, where it signifies getting a hit for every turn at batting. It was transferred to other activities in the 1920s.
| Big Elfin Deal|
You ask me if I wanna be a dentist one more time, pal, I'm gonna kick your teeth in.
The name "Big Elfin Deal" is a pun on the colloquial phrase "big effing deal".
The description is a joke based on the elf Hermey from the 1960s television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who aspired to become a dentist.
| Bombing Run|
Death from above!
A "bombing run" is the part of a flight of a bomber aircraft that brings it to the point over a target at which its bombs are released. This is referenced in the description.
| Bonk Boy|
This mask was designed to resemble the DC superhero The Flash, who, like the Scout, is famous for his speed.
| Bonk Helm|
When drinking one radioactive beverage at a time is not enough.
The Bonk Helm is a reference to similar beverage-carrying headwear that is stereotypically worn by sporting event spectators, usually referred to as a "beverage hat", "beer helmet" or "thirst aid hat".
| Bootie Time|
You dasher! You dancer! You prancer! You VIXEN! Pull Santa's sleigh all by yourself, you sexy little man.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen were four of the original eight Reindeer from the 1939 children's story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
This item's only attribute, "Jingle all the way", is a reference to the popular Christmas song Jingle Bells.
| Boston Boom-Bringer|
Walkin' down the street to the hardcore beat while his Mann Co. boom vibrates the concrete.
| Champ Stamp|
Show Chinese organized crime gangs who's boss by wearing their cool tattoos without actually participating in any of their totally illegal criminal conspiracies! Note: DO NOT actually show your new tattoo to ANYONE in a Chinese organized crime gang.
The name is a reference to the term "Tramp stamp", referring to a tattoo which a woman places on her lower back.
| El Jefe|
This hat gives the Scout a likeness to iconic revolutionary Che Guevara.
"El jefe" is Spanish for "the boss".
| Flight of the Monarch|
Unlike real wings, these don't help you fly at all, or have Paul McCartney in them. However, these wings ARE 100% made from Steve Winwood.
This item resembles the fake wings worn by the Monarch's henchmen from The Venture Bros. The name comes from the fictional book by the same name written by Henchman 21 that begins a chain of events leading up to the Monarch being arrested and incarcerated.
This matching henchman's boots, belt and pocket combo lets you run away from things, keep your pants up and carry what's left of your dignity at the same time.
This item resembles the belt and boots worn by the Monarch's henchmen from The Venture Bros.
| Front Runner|
This commemorative sweatband is a loving tribute to the heroes - and we don't use that word lightly - who live their lives like sweaty candles in the wind.
In a race, the front-runner is the person in the lead.
The name is a portmanteau of the word "foot" and the name of the famous Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun.
| Hanger-On Hood|
Protect your civilian identity from those who would harm you for your complicity in nefarious deeds, and those who would punch you in the stomach for dressing up like a moth.
This item resembles the masked hood worn by the Monarch's henchmen from The Venture Bros. The line in the description about dressing like a moth refers to the running gag of the Venture brothers mistaking the Monarch's and his henchmen's guise as that of a moth, by which the Monarch is particularly offended.
Don't shoot the messenger. Actually, go ahead and try. Can't be done, pal! Too fast!
In Greek mythology, Hermes is the messenger of the Gods, best known for his ability to move extremely quickly. The Scout's class icon is taken from Hermes' winged shoes.
The term "don't shoot the messenger" is used to describe attacking the bringer of bad news.
| Hero's Tail|
Possibly the result of pigmentation loss due to horrible experiments. Possibly a mop of some kind.
The item's description is a reference to The Witcher, a book about people who hunt dangerous monsters. The main character's skin and hair lose pigmentation as a result of the consumption of mutagens, a prerequisite of his transformation into a full witcher.
The description also refers to mops commonly used as makeshift wigs in comedy pieces.
| Hot Dogger|
There's been a terrible explosion at the hot dog factory! That's what you can tell people, and they'll believe you because you will look like an expert on hot dogs.
The term "hot dogger" or "hot dogging" refers to someone in sports who shows off and generally engages in unsportsmanlike conduct, which the Scout is well known for doing.
| Lucky No. 42|
Why fight in the sun when you could lounge in the shade?
The name of this item is a reference to the book series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Written by Douglas Adams, it states that a hitchhiker should always have a towel with him, and that the number 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.
The description references a famous line spoken by Leonidas's general when a Persian ambassador threatened to "block out the sun" with their arrows, "Then we shall have our battle in the shade." This line was made famous in the movie 300.
| Planeswalker Goggles|
No more bugs in your eyes as you blaze across the map.
These goggles resemble the ones worn by Chandra Nalaar, a planeswalker character from the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. In the game, Chandra is aligned with "red magic", which is associated with impulse, speed, and chaos - clearly similar to the Scout.
| Sign of the Wolf's School|
One wolf, no moon. Collect all three!
In Witcher 2, the Witchers must be trained in the Wolf's School.
The description is a reference to the "Three Wolf Moon", a viral T-shirt design featuring three wolves howling at a moon.
| Troublemaker's Tossle Cap|
Straight outta control point.
Beanies are often associated with gang members and juvenile delinquents, most often in urban areas such as New York, Los Angeles, and the Scout's city of origin, Boston, thus the name "troublemaker's cap".
| Whoopee Cap|
You'd have to be a jughead not to realize this cap is the pinnacle of fashion for the discerning youth.
| Wrap Battler|
A rap battle is a contest between two rappers to brag about superiority.
| Ye Olde Baker Boy|
Extra! Extra! You're frickin' dead!
The Baker Boy, or Newsboy cap, is commonly associated with newspaper boys, also called newsboys or newsies, and this association is referenced in the item's description. People who sold newspapers in the late 19th Century often shouted "Extra! Extra!" to attract the attention of passers-by.
Dominating a Scout
Dominating a Soldier
This is a line spoken by Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. The Soldier himself seems to be based loosely on Sergeant Hartman.
Dominating a Demoman
The quote "May the best man win" is said by certain players who hide the fact that they know they'll be the one winning the game when it ends. This also makes a reference to the Demoman's alcoholism.
Someone who "gets their clock cleaned", means that they got hit or beaten up serverely.
Dominating a Heavy
Dominating an Engineer
This is a reference to the famous saying "never bring a knife to a gunfight."
Dominating a Medic
Left 4 Dead's Francis, who often expresses his hatred for numerous things, speaks this line.
Hippocrates is regarded as "the Father of Medicine".
This is a reference to the comedy film Beerfest, in which Todd Wolfhouse insults Johann von Wolfhausen by calling him a "Deutsch-bag," a play on the words 'douchebag,' a somewhat outdated insult, and 'Deutsch,' the German word for 'German.'
Dominating a Sniper
This is a reference to an advertisment for ShamWow.
Spectral Halloween Special Responses
Siegfried and Roy are German-American entertainers notable for their appearances with white lions and white tigers.
Harry Houdini was an Austrian-Hungarian stunt performer famous for his escape acts.
This is a reference to H. P. Lovecraft, an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.
Casper is a 1995 American comedy fantasy film about a paranormal expert and his daughter in an abandoned house home to three mischievous ghosts and Casper, a friendly ghost.
A slight revision from Scout's line after being punched by the Heavy in Meet the Sandvich.
This is a reference to Meet the Scout.
This is an imitation of the slow-motion sound effect from The Six Million Dollar Man.
This term comes from baseball statistics, where it signifies getting a hit for every turn at bat. It was transferred to other activities in the 1920s.
Meet the Sandvich