List of references (Scout)

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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 Scout class, many of which are related to baseball.

List of references (Scout)

Achievements

A Year to Remember
A Year to Remember
Get 2004 lifetime kills.


2004 was the year that the Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918, breaking the Curse of the Bambino.


Artful Dodger
Artful Dodger
Dodge 1000 damage in a single life using your Bonk! Atomic Punch.


A reference to the fictional character Jack Dawkins, a young pickpocket in Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, referred to by his gang as the "Artful Dodger".


Batter Up
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.


Beanball
Beanball
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
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 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.


Brushback
Brushback
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
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.


Closer
Closer
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
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
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
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
First Blood
Get the first kill in an Arena match.


First Blood, Part 2
First Blood, Part 2
Kill 5 enemies with the First Blood crit buff.


These are references to the first two Rambo films, titled First Blood and First Blood Part II.

First Blood is also a common term in other FPS games, used when someone gets the first kill in a match.


Foul Territory
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
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
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
I'm Bat Man
Survive 500 damage in one life.


This is a reference to the fictional vigilante Batman. In addition, this line was spoken by Michael Keaton in the 1989 movie adaption.


Moon Shot
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.


No-Hitter
No-Hitter
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
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
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
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
Race for the Pennant
Run 25 kilometers.


A Pennant Race is the quest for a league or division title in baseball.


Retire the Runner
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.


Round-Tripper
Round-Tripper
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Additionally, the means of getting this achievement reference the water cycle, in which water goes from evaporation to precipitation to infiltration.


Triple Play
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
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".

Weapons

Bat
Bat


The Scout's use of a bat as a melee weapon reflects the avid baseball culture of the Boston area, including the renowned Boston Red Sox.


Bonk! Atomic Punch
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 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
Candy Cane


All Candy Canes are level 25, referring to Christmas Day, which falls on the 25th of December.


Crit-a-Cola
Crit-a-Cola


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
Fan O'War


"Fan O'War" is a reference to Man O'War, a British Royal Naval expression for powerful warships used between the 16th and 19th centuries.


Flying Guillotine
Flying Guillotine


The Flying guillotine is a ranged weapon from the Qing Dynasty that is usually in the form of a hat.


Force-A-Nature
Force-A-Nature


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
Holy Mackerel
Getting hit by a fish has got to be humiliating.


The Holy Mackerel's level, 42, is a reference to Douglas Adams' book series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which 42 is considered to be the answer to "Life, The Universe, and Everything".

Two further references are the books So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish and The Salmon of Doubt, both also written by Adams.


Lugermorph
Lugermorph
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.


Sandman
Sandman


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.


Shortstop
Shortstop


This weapon's name is a reference to the "shortstop", the fielding position between second and third base in baseball.


Special Delivery
Special Delivery
Leave a calling card on your victims


The promotional poster for the Special Delivery pack has the tag line "Fish Slapping Dance!", which is a reference to the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch The Fish Slapping Dance.


Sun-on-a-Stick
Sun-on-a-Stick
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
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.

Cosmetic Items

B-ankh!
B-ankh!


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
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
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
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
Bonk Boy


This mask was designed to resemble the DC superhero The Flash, who, like the Scout, is famous for his speed.


Bonk Helm
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
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
Boston Boom-Bringer
Walkin' down the street to the hardcore beat while his Mann Co. boom vibrates the concrete.


The description is a reference to the LL Cool J song I Can't Live Without My Radio.


Champ Stamp
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.


Curse-a-Nature
Curse-a-Nature


Similarly to the Force-A-Nature, the name of this set is a reference to the Scout's description of himself in the Meet the Scout video.


El Jefe
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
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.

The item's description refers to Sir Paul McCartney's former band Wings and the English singer-songwriter Steve Winwood.


Flunkyware
Flunkyware
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
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 description references Elton John's song Candle in the Wind.


Futankhamun
Futankhamun


The name is a portmanteau of the word "foot" and the name of the famous Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun.


Hanger-On Hood
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.


Hermes
Hermes
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
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
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
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
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
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
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".

The description is a reference to Straight Outta Compton, an album and song by hip-hop group N.W.A.


Whoopee Cap
Whoopee Cap
You'd have to be a jughead not to realize this cap is the pinnacle of fashion for the discerning youth.


This hat looks similar to the one worn by Jughead Jones from Archie Comics, who is referenced in the hat's description.


Wrap Battler
Wrap Battler


A rap battle is a contest between two rappers to brag about superiority.


Ye Olde Baker Boy
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.

Taunts

Sandman

The Home Run attack is a reference to Babe Ruth's famous called shot.

Responses

Dominating a Scout

"Oh what, you gonna cry? You gonna cry now?"

This is a reference to the "There's no crying in baseball" scene from A League of Their Own.

Dominating a Soldier

"What is your major malfunction, brudda?"

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 best man won, ya bomb-throwing drunk!"

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.

"Your clock just got cleaned, rummy!"

Someone who "gets their clock cleaned", means that they got hit or beaten up serverely.

Dominating a Heavy

"$400,000 to fire that gun, huh? Yeah, money well spent!"

"Dem $200 bullets ain't so hot when they don't hit nothin', are dey?"

This is a reference to the high price of operating Sasha, which the Heavy boasts about in Meet the Heavy.


"I. Eat. Your. Sandwiches! I eat 'em up!"

A famous line in the film There Will Be Blood has similar wording to this.

This is also a reference to the Scout's taking of the Heavy's Sandvich in Meet the Scout.


Dominating an Engineer

"Don't bring a wrench to a gunfight!"

This is a reference to the famous saying "never bring a knife to a gunfight."


Dominating a Medic

"I... hate... doctors!"

Left 4 Dead's Francis, who often expresses his hatred for numerous things, speaks this line.


"Where's your precious Hippo-crates now?"

Hippocrates is regarded as "the Father of Medicine".


"Real nice effort, Deutsch-bag!"

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

"It was a mercy killin', ya live in a... camper van!"

This is a reference to the Sniper's choice of abode as seen in Meet the Sniper. A running joke in various response lines has the other classes mock the Sniper for living in a van.


"Look at this, just caved in your skull- my Bat's still dry. No clumps a' hair, nothin'."

This is a reference to an advertisment for ShamWow.

Dominating while wearing the Magical Mercenary

"Friendship is freakin' magic, pal!"

This is a reference to the 2010 television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Spectral Halloween Special Responses

"He-hey, Siegfried and Roy! I am gonna mess...you...up!"

Siegfried and Roy are German-American entertainers notable for their appearances with white lions and white tigers.


"Hey Houdini, where ya hidin'?"

Harry Houdini was an Austrian-Hungarian stunt performer famous for his escape acts.


"I'll show you some eldritch horror, H.P. Dumbcraft! (laughs)"

This is a reference to H. P. Lovecraft, an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.


"Wooh! Check it out Casper!"

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.


"Ah, my blood! He spilled out all my blood!"

A slight revision from Scout's line after being punched by the Heavy in Meet the Sandvich.


"Grass grows, Sun shines, Birds fly, and brother? I come back from the dead!"

This is a reference to Meet the Scout.

Other Responses

Several of the noises the Scout makes when dodging bullets under the effects of Bonk! Atomic Punch are imitations of sound effects from the Super Mario Bros. series.


"Ding dong!" - after stunning an enemy with the Sandman's baseball.

The "Church guy" from Left 4 Dead says this while ringing the church bell. Both he and the Scout are voiced by Nathan Vetterlein.


"Wananananana" - after drinking Bonk! Atomic Punch.

This is an imitation of the slow-motion sound effect from The Six Million Dollar Man.


"I'm battin' a thousand!" - after a bat kill.

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.


"No other class gonna do that!"

"You see dat?"

"You seein' dis?" - after unlocking an achievement.

"If you order now, I'll throw in a second beating, absolutely free!" - after a revenge kill.

These responses are quotes from an advertisment for ShamWow.

Media

Meet the Sandvich

"He's already dead! He's already deaaad!"

This line was borrowed from The Simpsons (specifically, the episode "Homie the Clown") and recorded for Meet the Sandvich, though it was eventually not used.

See Also