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This article documents beta/cut/unused/experimental content for Team Fortress 2. It may contain speculation, broken links or errors.
- 1 Civilian class
- 2 Tenth class legacy
- 3 The reference pose
- 3.1 Entering the reference pose
- 4 Update history
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Gallery
- 7 See also
- 8 References
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.
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:
However, in a later interview with TFPortal.de, Walker redacted his point on the matter:
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 joke has not 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 well-known 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.
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.
While playing any class, find a friendly Engineer's Dispenser. Get close to their Dispenser and type
kill in Console. After respawning, run over and pick up your recently dropped weapon to reset its disappear timer. Try to pick it up while standing in the Dispenser (easier to do if the Dispenser is up against a wall).
All-class Versus Saxton Hale method
While in Setup time, use the command
autoteam and then select the class you were playing as to enter the reference pose.
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.
If done with a consumable, you can only equip a similar consumable (e.g. if you equip a Sandvich you have to equip another food item).
While playing as Scout, equip and switch to the Flying Guillotine, Mad Milk, or Bonk! Atomic Punch. 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 primary fire. While still holding down primary fire, pick up the dropped item. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.
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 primary fire. The last rocket cannot be a misfire. While still holding down primary fire, pick up the dropped Beggar's Bazooka. 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.
You can use any of the three banners and the B.A.S.E. Jumper to enter the reference pose. Equip any of the banners, then charge them up by damaging another player; once charged, go into your inventory and equip the B.A.S.E. Jumper. Once done, use the banner by holding down primary fire. Now return to the spawn and simply walk into the Resupply Cabinet. You are now in the reference pose signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.
- You will not have the effects of the banner you are using, but you can use the B.A.S.E. Jumper's parachute.
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 secondary fire. While still holding down secondary fire, pick up the dropped primary. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.
Zombie Infection method
If you use the Thermal Thruster just as you get turned into the first Zombie, you will enter the reference pose.
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.
While playing as Heavy, equip and switch to any primary (The Huo-Long Heater is recommended due to its increased ammo consumption rate). 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 (this will drop your current primary), and empty it by holding primary fire. While still holding down primary fire, pick up the previously dropped weapon. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.
Zombie Infection method
If you unrev your primary just as you get turned into the first Zombie, you will enter the reference pose.
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 primary fire. While still holding down primary fire, pick up the dropped item. You are now in the reference pose, signified by there being a bugged viewmodel.
- Prevented players from playing the Civilian class.
- [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.
- Fixed supply closets regenerating players while they are taunting.
- 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 Civilian class possesses 5 completely unique death screams and 2 Medic calls, reused from Day of Defeat: Source. These sounds can still be found in the game files under
crit_death1-5.wavin the player folder. These were also the death sounds for all classes before they were given unique voice acting: One, Two, Three, Four, Five.
A caricature of the Civilian (Classic) on the right as seen in Meet the Sniper.