Civilian

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This article is about the scrapped class known as the Civilian. For the weapon skin grade, see Decorated.
Civilian
Civilian
Basic Information
Icon: N/A
Type: N/A
Health: 50 /Medic emblem RED.png75
Speed: 100%
Stop the courier!
The Administrator

The Civilian is a scrapped class in Team Fortress 2. He is the unfinished equivalent of the Civilian class from Team Fortress and Team Fortress Classic.

Information

Civilian class

By default, the Civilian class shares the Scout class model, though this can be changed to other class models. He possesses very low health – the lowest of any class – and the same as the Civilian from the Team Fortress Classic series of the game. He does not have any weapons and cannot attack, lacks both voice commands and taunts, and uses generic speech files when he is wounded or killed. Civilians do not possess animations except for the ragdoll or gibbing effect upon death, and therefore appear to glide along the ground in a reference pose when moving. The Civilian was originally able to be selected by typing join_class civilian into the console upon joining a game.

The existence of the Civilian class seems to indicate a planned updated version of the VIP Escort game mode from the Team Fortress Classic series of games. Alternatively, the class may have been included in the game files so that independent map makers and modders could add this feature. Additionally, a sound file exists in the VPK in which the Administrator commands the team to "Stop the courier!", suggesting an official Hunted game mode was in the works at some point.

The reference pose

The reference pose is often referred to as a few nicknames, such as "the Civilian", "T-posing", and "A-posing". It places the player in a state with no weapons or animations. Being in a reference pose does not affect class-specific stats or abilities (such as the Scout's double jump). The reference pose also quite rarely occurs to players of any class whose connection to a server lags before or during spawning.

Entering the reference pose

There are glitches which allow the player to enter the reference pose, giving them a similar appearance to the original placeholder Civilian model

All-class Mann vs. Machine method

While playing as any class, equip a weapon that you can taunt with. Walk outside of the spawn room, and equip a different weapon that you can also taunt with. Go back into the spawn room and make sure you have enough money left for an upgrade. While holding the item, go towards the Upgrade Station then taunt. While the taunt is playing, get an upgrade. When you get out of the upgrade station, you are in the reference pose as indicated by the bugged viewmodel.

Note: If done with a consumable (Such as a Lunchbox item or a drink), you can only equip a similar consumable. (E.g. if you equip a Sandvich you have to equip another food item).
Scout

While playing as Scout, equip and switch to the Flying Guillotine or Mad Milk. Walk outside of your spawnroom and type kill in the Console. When you respawn, quickly go back to your dropped weapon. Switch to the same weapon, and use it by holding down mouse one. While still holding down mouse one, pick up the dropped item. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.

Soldier

While playing as Soldier, equip and switch to the Beggar's Bazooka. Walk outside of your spawnroom and type kill in the Console. When you respawn, quickly go back to your dropped Beggar's Bazooka. Switch to it, and empty its ammo by holding down mouse one. The last rocket cannot be a misfire. While still holding down mouse one, pick up the dropped Rocket Launcher. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.

Cow Mangler method

Alternatively, you can equip the Cow Mangler 5000 and the Mantreads, then rocket jump high enough to take fall damage. You may occasionally switch to the reference pose until you land on either the ground or another player.

Pyro

While playing as Pyro, equip and switch to any primary that can airblast. Walk outside of your spawnroom and type kill in the Console. When you respawn, quickly go back to your dropped primary. Switch to it, and empty its ammo by holding down mouse two. While still holding down mouse two, pick up the dropped primary. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.

Demoman

While playing as Demoman, equip the B.A.S.E. Jumper and any non-shield secondary. With your secondary weapon out, switch to any shield and refresh your loadout by either swapping the weapons in spawn or touching the Resupply cabinet. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.

  • You will not be able to charge with your shield while in the reference pose, but you can use the B.A.S.E. Jumper's parachute.
Heavy

While playing as Heavy, equip and switch to any primary. Walk outside of your spawnroom and type kill in the Console. When you respawn, quickly go back to your dropped primary. Pick up the dropped primary, and empty it by holding mouse one. While still holding down mouse one, pick up the dropped item. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.

Engineer

There are currently no known ways to voluntarily enter the reference pose as the Engineer through the use of bugs.

Medic

There are currently no known ways to voluntarily enter the reference pose as the Medic through the use of bugs.

Sniper

While playing as Sniper, equip and switch to the Jarate. Walk outside of your spawnroom and type kill in the Console. When you respawn, quickly go back to your dropped weapon. Switch to the same weapon, and use it by holding down mouse one. While still holding down mouse one, pick up the dropped item. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.

Spy

There are currently no known ways to voluntarily enter the reference pose as the Spy through the use of bugs.

Tenth class legacy

While the Civilian class may have been removed from the final release, the possibility remains that a tenth class may or may not arrive in the future. In an interview with Escapist Magazine in 2009, Robin Walker said:

Walker says they haven't made any decisions about adding new classes yet, but that doesn't mean they're not considering them. "We've got several new class designs floating around, some of which we like a lot, but right now we're focusing on the broadening of our existing classes through the addition of the unlockables"
Robin Walker in an interview with Escapist Magazine's Nathan Meunier [1]

However, in a later interview with TFPortal.de, Walker redacted his point on the matter:

TFPortal.de: In another interview, you mentioned about a 10th Class for Team Fortress 2? Do you think that would be a good idea? We have now 3 Supporter Classes, 3 Offense Classes, and 3 Defense Classes. Also the part of 9 Classes which we got in Team Fortress Classic.
Robin Walker: We've got some ideas for further classes, but right now we're focusing on new game modes and items that are additive to all classes. A 10th class is something we'd really like to do, it's just an order of magnitude more work than adding a new unlockable. Also, the 9 classes provide a wide spread of gameplay for us, and often we find that new class ideas are more like subclasses of an existing class. In some cases, we're able to design an unlockable that provides a boost to that style of play, essentially creating the subclass in the game."
Robin Walker in an interview with tfportal.de[2]

Since the release of Team Fortress 2, the Tenth Class, while teased during development, had become a running joke with the developers, beleaguering the community even more.

The Guard Dog, a proposed fake Tenth Class.
TUESDAY, APRIL 6th, 2010

...Big team meeting today. I came prepared. I've been programming a playable demo version of TF2 with an entirely new tenth class. I had to teach myself programming, modeling, level design, character design, and about twenty other skills, but I think the results speak for themselves. Everybody took a crack at playing it.

"This is pretty balanced gameplay," admitted Robin.

"I like how we haven't found any hats yet," said Brandon Reinhart. "It sets up the suspense better. I'm all, 'When am I going to find a hat already?'" Everyone laughed.

"I hope it's soon, I can't wait much longer," said Corey Peters. "Look how stupid this tenth class's bare head looks!" More big laughs.

"Actually, there aren't any hats in this demo," I said, chuckling. Deathly silence. Then everybody got up at once and stopped playing. Eric Smith got really mad and threw his keyboard through a wall, then stormed out and went home. Robin asked to speak to me privately.
TF2 Blog's A Week in the Life of the TF2 Team blog entry [3]

The joke hasn't escaped the fans either. The idea of a new member to enter the fray has inspired the community to search through for clues in each game patch and even design their own idea of a tenth class; The most infamous would be the Guard Dog Update, a fan-made update by graphic Designer Diogo Lima. The idea proposed of a dog fitted with a machine to help be a suitable contributing mercenary in battle; this design with its attention to detail, imitated TF2 style and convincing character model took the community by storm and even got the attention of Valve, sending a very (jokingly) passive-aggressive thank you letter from Saxton Hale himself.

Additionally, the Harvest Event map contains a tombstone that reads "RIP The Tenth Class".

Update history

December 20, 2007 Patch

  • Prevented players from playing the Civilian class.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed players going in the reference pose when changing the currently-held weapon and taunting near a resupply locker. Players can still do the Reference pose in the same way.

August 23, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed supply closets regenerating players while they are taunting.

March 29, 2018 Patch

Trivia

  • The Sniper keeps a bobblehead of the Civilian from the Team Fortress Classic series of games in his RV. This made a brief cameo appearance at the beginning of Meet the Sniper.
  • The original "Scout" Civilian possesses 5 completely unique death screams and 2 Medic calls. These sounds can still be found in the game files under crit_death1-5.wav in the player folder. These were also the death sounds for all classes before they were given unique voice acting. One Two Three Four Five

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See also

References

  1. Escapist Magazine interview with Robin walker
  2. TFPortal.de interview with Robin Walker
  3. TF2 Blog's A Week in the Life of the TF2 Team blog entry