List of references (Sniper)

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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 Sniper class, which often refer to marksmanship, Australia, or the Jarate weapon.

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Achievements

Australian Rules
Australian Rules
Dominate an enemy Sniper.


Australian rules football is a football variant played between two teams of 18 players outdoors on large oval-shaped grass fields (often modified cricket fields), with a ball in the shape of a prolate spheroid. It is also commonly referred to as Australian rules, Aussie rules, football, footy or AFL (although AFL is actually the name of the elite national league, not the sport).


Beaux and Arrows
Beaux and Arrows
Kill a Heavy & Medic pair with the bow.


This is a play on "bow and arrows". A "beau", "beaux" being the plural, is defined as either a boyfriend or a dandy, and is pronounced similarly to "bow".


Be Efficient
Be Efficient
Get 3 kills with the Sniper Rifle without missing a shot.


The Sniper's "standards" are very similar to those of the United States Marine Corps: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet." The requirements for this achievement reference the scene in Meet the Sniper where the Sniper kills a Soldier, a Medic and a Pyro in quick succession.


Be Polite
Be Polite
Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you doffing your hat.


The Sniper's "standards" are very similar to those of the United States Marine Corps: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet." The requirements for this achievement reference the scene in Meet the Sniper where the Sniper doffs his hat after stabbing a Spy with the Kukri.


Consolation Prize
Consolation Prize
Get backstabbed 50 times.


A consolation prize is given to those who do not win an event, but are deserving some recognition.


Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
Kill an enemy with an arrow while you're dead.


Dead reckoning is the process of estimating one's current position based upon a previously determined position and an estimate in speed and course over time.


De-sentry-lized
De-sentry-lized
Destroy 3 Engineer Sentry Guns.


This is a play on decentralized, the process of dispersing decision-making governance closer to the people or citizens.


Dropped Dead
Dropped Dead
Kill a Scout in midair with your Sniper Rifle or the Huntsman.


Someone who is said to have "dropped dead" has died very suddenly and without warning.


Enemy at the Gate
Enemy at the Gate
Kill an opponent within the first second of the round.


Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 war film set during the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II. The film's title is taken from William Craig's 1973 book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which describes the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad. It is based on a duel mentioned in the book that developed between a Soviet sniper and his German rival as they stalk each other during the battle.


Friendship is Golden
Friendship is Golden
Extinguish a burning teammate with your Jarate.


This is a reference to the value of friendship - in this case the act throwing a jar of (golden) urine to extinguish a burning teammate, thus resulting in a double-entendre.


Have a Plan
Have a Plan
Capture the flag in CTF.


The Sniper's "standards" are very similar to those of the United States Marine Corps: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet." This achievement is a reference to the last of said standards given in Meet the Sniper.


Jarate Chop
Jarate Chop
Use your Kukri to kill 3 enemies doused in your Jarate.


This is a play on the popular term "karate chop", which actually refers to a knifehand strike in karate.


Jarring Transition
Jarring Transition
Use Jarate to reveal a cloaked Spy.


A jarring transition is a sudden and often painful transition, as is what the Spy experiences when his location is revealed after being hit with Jarate.


Jumper Stumper
Jumper Stumper
Kill a rocket or grenade-jumping enemy in midair with your Sniper Rifle or the Huntsman.


A stump-jump plough is a plough invented in South Australia in the late nineteenth century. Romper Stomper is a 1992 film about Australian neo-Nazi skinheads starring Russell Crowe.


Kill Everyone You Meet
Kill Everyone You Meet
Kill 1000 enemies.


The Sniper's "standards" are very similar to those of the United States Marine Corps: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet." This achievement is a reference to the last of said standards given in Meet the Sniper.


Kook the Spook
Kook the Spook
Kill 10 Spies with your Kukri.


The Kukri is pronounced "kook-kree", and "spook" is slang for a spy.


My Brilliant Career
My Brilliant Career
Top the scoreboard 10 times on teams of 6 or more players.


My Brilliant Career is a 1901 novel by Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, one of the major Australian writers of her time. The popularity of the novel in Australia and the perceived closeness of many of the characters to her own family and circumstances caused Franklin a great deal of distress and led her to withdrawing the novel from publication until after her death.


Not a Crazed Gunman, Dad
Not a Crazed Gunman, Dad
In a single life, kill 3 enemies while they are achieving an objective.


This is a reference to an argument the Sniper has over the phone in Meet the Sniper.


Number One Assistant
Number One Assistant
Score 5 Assists with the Jarate in a single round.


"Number One" is a euphemism for urine, which Jarate is implied to be.


Parting Shot
Parting Shot
Headshot an enemy player the moment his invulnerability wears off.


A parting shot is the final statement in an argument or conversation. The term itself is an English corruption of the term Parthian shot, referring to the ancient Parthians who would fire arrows on horseback while retreating.


Pincushion
Pincushion
Hit an enemy with 3 arrows, without killing them.


A pincushion is a small pillow used to hold sewing needles.


Rain on Their Parade
Rain on Their Parade
Jarate an enemy and the Medic healing him.


To "rain on someone's parade" is to ruin a good moment or important event.


Robbin’ Hood
Robbin’ Hood
Take down an intelligence carrier with a single arrow.


Robin Hood is an archetypal figure in English folklore, whose story originates from medieval times, but who remains significant in popular culture where he is known for "stealing from the rich and giving to the poor" and fighting against injustice and tyranny. He is famed for his use of the bow and arrow, which is referenced with the Sniper's Huntsman longbow and the Larrikin Robin hat.


Rode Hard, Put Away Wet
Rode Hard, Put Away Wet
Jarate an enemy that you're dominating.


A reference to the old saying which implies someone looks like they've had a hard time. There is also a Left 4 Dead 2 achievement of the same name, for riding a survivor into a Spitter's acid patch as the Jockey.


Saturation Bombing
Saturation Bombing
Jarate 4 enemy players with a single throw.


Saturation bombing is a term interchangeable with carpet bombing, a process where a large section of land is bombed by aircraft. Saturation also refers to the discoloration of a character's model and view when hit by Jarate.


Self-destruct Sequence
Self-destruct Sequence
Headshot 10 enemy Snipers.


This is process where a machine deactivates and destroys itself.


Shafted
Shafted
Stab an enemy with an arrow.


Someone who has been "shafted" is treated harshly or ignored. It is also rude slang for penetration during sex.

A shaft is also the body of an arrow.


Shock Treatment
Shock Treatment
Kill a Spy whose backstab attempt was blocked by your Razorback.


Shock treatment is a process where an electric shock is applied for torture or psychological treatment.


Shoot the Breeze
Shoot the Breeze
Kill a fully invisible Spy in a single hit.


To "shoot the breeze" is an idiom of having a relaxed conversation. In this case the Spy can make himself invisible and the Sniper is shooting the "breeze" (an invisible Spy).


Socket to Him
Socket to Him
Headshot an enemy Demoman.


This is a play on "Sock it to him", a phrase of encouragement in a fight. This is also a play on the eye socket, for the Demoman has only one eye remaining in his right socket.


The Last Wave
The Last Wave
Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you waving to them.


The name of the achievement refers to a 1977 Australian film called The Last Wave, which follows the story of a Sydney lawyer defending five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder.


Triple Prey
Triple Prey
In a single round, get a kill with 3 different weapons.


This is a pun on "triple play", the act of making three outs in the same play in baseball.


Trust Your Feelings
Trust Your Feelings
Get 5 kills with the Sniper Rifle without your scope.


This is a reference to Obi-Wan's line "Trust your feelings, Luke," in Star Wars as Luke takes his critical shot at the Death Star. The achievement's icon references the computer visualization of the Death Star trench run in the scene. Both this scene and the achievement require the characters not to use any assistance in their shots.


Überectomy
Überectomy
Kill a Medic that is ready to deploy an ÜberCharge.


The suffix -ectomy stands for "surgical removal of", so this is literally "removal of Über".


William Tell Overkill
William Tell Overkill
Pin an enemy Heavy to the wall via his head.


Swiss patriotic folk hero William Tell is reputed to have been an expert crossbowman who once hit an apple balanced on the head of his son with a crossbow bolt. The William Tell Overture is the overture to the opera William Tell composed by Gioachino Rossini. There has been repeated use of this overture in the popular media, most famously as the theme music for the radio and television show The Lone Ranger.

Weapons

Bazaar Bargain
Bazaar Bargain


The Bazaar Bargain is based on the jezail, a type of musket that was commonly used in the Middle East. While the quality and manufacture of such weapons differed widely, a common feature of these weapons lay in their use of rifled barrels and a heavily curved stock, the former of which gave them a great advantage in range and accuracy over the smoothbore firearms that were commonly used up until the mid-19th century.
"Bazaar" is a Persian word for a large market where goods are sold. Bazaars can be found across the world, though they are most common in the Middle East, primarily in Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.


Darwin's Danger Shield
Darwin's Danger Shield


The item's name is a reference to the city of Darwin, the capital of Australia's Northern Territory. Crocodiles are commonly found near the city.

Classic
Classic


The Classic is based on the Sniper Rifle from Team Fortress Classic, but fitted with a longer barrel and a laser sight.


Machina
Machina


This weapon gets its name from the Latin phrase "deus ex machina" (literally meaning "god out of the machine"), which is a term used to describe a convenient plot device that abruptly appears out of nowhere and solves all of the problems the protagonist may be facing. This is derived from Greek and Roman plays, where an actor playing a god would come down on a moving platform to help, hinder, or provide exposition on a situation.


Hitman's Heatmaker
Hitman's Heatmaker


Hitmen normally use silencers on their rifles to muzzle their firing sounds so as to remain undetected.


Low Profile SMG
Low Profile SMG


To keep a "low profile" is to try and achieve an objective while remaining undetected. A profile is a side view of a person's body or face, which is why the gun is covered in silhouettes of the Sniper.


Shahanshah
Shahanshah


Shahanshah is Persian for "King of Kings", the title of Iran's rulers during the Sassanid.


Razorback
Razorback


Razorback is a term used in America and Australia to describe a wild boar.


Huntsman
Huntsman


Huntsman spiders are a family of similar species. Huntsman spiders are fast, and excel at hunting prey (the weapon has both of these traits, being quick to draw and intended for mobile snipers)

Bushwacka
Bushwacka


The Bushwacka references the knife that Mick "Crocodile" Dundee uses in the popular film Crocodile Dundee.

Lumber From Down Under Sniper Rifle
Lumber From Down Under Sniper Rifle


Lumber is another term for wood, which is what this weapon appears to be made of. "The Land From Down Under" is another name for Australia, where the Sniper is from.


Team Sprayer SMG
Team Sprayer SMG


A "team player" is a person that will sacrifice a goal of theirs for the good of the team as a whole. It is also a play on the term "spray and pray" where a person fires their weapon without looking hoping to hit a shot.


Thunderbolt Sniper Rifle
Thunderbolt Sniper Rifle


A thunderbolt doesn't actually exist due to thunder being a sound, it is a product of the confusion surrounding the differences between thunder and lightning. It may refer to the Apple Thunderbolt. The Sniper Rifle is a bolt-action rifle that has load a bullet into the chamber after each shot.


Shot in the Dark Sniper Rifle
Shot in the Dark Sniper Rifle


A "shot in the Dark" is a guess taken without any prior knowledge or a confident answer. It also refers to the dark color of the Sniper Rifle.

Cosmetic Items

Anger
Anger


This resembles the Anger appearance set worn by Resistance members in Brink.


Camper Van Helsing
Camper Van Helsing


Abraham Van Helsing was the protagonist of the famous novel Dracula.

The name of this item set is a portmanteau of "Van Helsing" and "camper van", referring to the Sniper's preferred mode of transport.


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.


Crocodile Smile
Crocodile Smile
How many crocodiles had to die to make this necklace? A lot. That's the point.


The necklace is similar to the one used by film character Michael "Crocodile" Dundee in the film Crocodile Dundee.
A crocodile smile is a description of a person who feigns innocence and harmlessness, but is secretly planning malicious deeds.


Flamingo Kid
Flamingo Kid
Are you man enough to wear this bright colored cowboy hat? Just in case you're not, we slapped a half-a-skull on it to ease you into the exciting new world of wearing this hat.


This is based on the Gunslinger's hat from the game Super Monday Night Combat.


Garlic Flank Stake
Garlic Flank Stake


In traditional folklore, vampires are repelled by garlic and can be killed by a wooden stake driven through the heart, making the two items essential tools for vampire hunters.

This item's name is a pun on flank steak, a cut of meat often seasoned with garlic or other spices.


Holy Hunter
Holy Hunter


The small cross and silver bullets tucket into the rim of this hat are references to the traditional folklore that vampires are repelled by crosses, and silver bullets can kill werewolves.


Itsy Bitsy Spyer
Itsy Bitsy Spyer
Is that a miniature Spy in your pocket, or are you just happy to OH GOD, STOP HITTING ME!


The name is derived from the popular nursery rhyme "Itsy Bitsy Spider".
The description is derived from a famous quotation by American actress Mae West, known for her double entendres.


Larrikin Robin
Larrikin Robin


Robin Hood is an archetypal figure in English folklore, whose story originates from medieval times, but who remains significant in popular culture where he is known for "stealing from the rich and giving to the poor" and fighting against injustice and tyranny. He is often portrayed wearing a hat almost exactly like the Larrikin Robin.

Larrikinism is an Australian term for mockery of authority, appropriate for a hat styled after a famous outlaw.


Lone Star
Lone Star
You're runnin' the show in these here parts; you deserve a big hat with a star. The size of the hat is indicative of how much of the show you're running - which is all of it, by the way. Honestly, we really don't know how people get respect without this hat.


This hat is designed to resemble the character Lonestar from Awesomenauts. Both the character's name and the hat's name are derived from the state of Texas' nickname "The Lone Star State," which comes from the fact that the state flag has only one star on it.


Mutton Mann
Mutton Mann
Enjoy the absolute cutting edge of nineteenth century sideburn fashion with these lustrous, face-hugging muttons. There's no meat in these chops, ladies—but there's plenty of beefcake.


It looks similar to the sideburns of Ebenezer Scrooge from the Christmas story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


Outback Intellectual
Outback Intellectual
Argyle. Pipe-smoking. Individually, they make you look like an idiot. Together, they make you look smart AND stylish! Just like Umberto Eco!


Umberto Eco was an Italian writer mostly known for his novels, who also studied Medieval æsthetics.


Silver Bullets
Silver Bullets


Silver bullets are alleged to be the only way to kill a werewolf, while the only way to kill a vampire is a wooden stake hammered into the heart. Vampire hunters also traditionally wore high collars to protect from vampire bites to the neck.


Sniper's Snipin' Glass
Sniper's Snipin' Glass
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This resembles the scope worn by Sniper, also known as Kardel Sharpeye, in Dota 2.


Trophy Belt
Trophy Belt
Any old sap can pull teeth from a dead crocodile. It takes a man to pull teeth from a live one.


The Trophy Belt is a reference to the hat worn by main character Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee in the film Crocodile Dundee, who also popularized the "rugged bushman" Australian stereotype.


Your Worst Nightmare
Your Worst Nightmare
This bandanna will teach you to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. Like another billy goat.


The description is a reference to a scene in the film First Blood, while the hat is based on the hairstyle of the film's main character, John Rambo.


Professional's Ushanka
Professional's Ushanka


This is a reference to the Sniper constantly calling himself a professional.


Marksman's Mohair
Marksman's Mohair


A "marksman" is someone with exceptionally good aim. "Mohair" is a silk-like fabric made from the hair of the Angora goat. It is known to be durable, having a high luster and a high sheen as well.


Bushman's Bristles
Bushman's Bristles


Many of the other classes, mostly Spy, refer to Sniper as a "bushman." Bushman is slang for anyone that spends an abundance of their time outdoors.

Hawk-Eyed Hunter
Hawk-Eyed Hunter


This hat was modeled after the hat the spy wears in Team fortress classic

Responses

Dominating a Medic

"What's up, Doc? Heh, heh, heh!"

This line is the signature catchphrase of Bugs Bunny, a popular Looney Tunes cartoon character.

Dominated by a Spy

"You live in a van!"

"Perhaps they can bury you in that van you call 'home'."

This apparent mocking of the Sniper's choice of abode and transport as seen in Meet the Sniper is a running joke in various response lines.

Other Responses

"God save the queen!" - at round start or during SMG taunt

"God Save the Queen" is an anthem used in a number of Commonwealth realms. It is the national anthem of the United Kingdom, one of two national anthems of the Cayman Islands and New Zealand, and the royal anthem of Australia, Canada, the Isle of Man, Belize, Jamaica, and Tuvalu.


"Now this is a knife!" - after using the "battle cry" voice command while holding an unlockable melee weapon

This line references a popular scene from the film Crocodile Dundee.

Media

Meet the Sniper

"Boom, headshot."

The phrase "Boom, headshot" is a reference to the catchphrase of the character FPS Doug in the online comedy series Pure Pwnage.


The bobble-head on the Sniper's dashboard in Meet the Sniper is a caricature of the Civilian as he appears in the original Team Fortress Classic.


The road sign at the beginning of the video bears the in-game icon for a headshot.


The music that plays throughout Meet the Sniper appears to be a homage to the theme of 1973 film Magnum Force, the second of the Dirty Harry movies. The video itself carries a strong early 70s theme.


The bus that drives by at the end of the video has "BLUDOG" on the side, a reference to the Greyhound Lines bus service.


The Billboard in the background reads "FOAD: Camping Fun, All year round!" This is both a reference to the "camping" style of gameplay snipers employ and the internet initialism FOAD (Fuck Off And Die), often aimed at snipers in various online games by disgruntled players.


The general theme of Meet the Sniper may be a reference to the film Kenny, which is based on the life of an Australian plumber. Similarities between the two include the fact that they are being interviewed in their car for a good portion of their videos, their parents do not approve of their line of work, as well as similarly spoken lines.

Jarate Comic

The comic in which the Sniper learns Jarate is a reference to an old comic ad by Charles Atlas, a developer of bodybuilding techniques.

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