Special Snowflake 2016
The Special Snowflake 2016 is a cosmetic item for all classes. It is a team-colored snowflake-shaped medal, with a smaller and lighter snowflake that has the Team Fortress 2 logo in the middle. It is pinned to the wearer's chest with a team-colored striped ribbon.
- The Special Snowflake 2016 was added to the game.
- Due to a texture error, the team-colored stripes on the ribbon appear white.
- The item schema reports the Special Snowflake 2016 as being paintable; however, its texture files are not equipped to be painted. As a result, its color does not change if a paint can is used.
- The original Special Snowflake was associated with the Workshop Wonderland 2015 charity drive for SpecialEffect.
- "Special" means either different from the rest or better than the rest. "Snowflake" is in keeping with the season, but is also a traditional metaphor for either uniqueness or fragility. Note: clinically exceptional emotional fragility is a serious consequence of developmental delay, requiring accommodation for success in education, and should not be ridiculed.
- Traditionally, a "special snowflake" was intended as a supportive compliment to someone perceived as unusually different from others.
- Recently (c. 2016), "special snowflake" is a criticism of a person who is prone to taking offence from almost anything, or who is too emotionally fragile to cope with views that challenge their own.
- In the description of this Golden Snowflake medal, Golden Snow refers to biologically contaminated snow.