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Science tells us that laughter is the best medicine. Put that theory to the test with the Schadenfreude taunt pack, now available in the Mann Co. Store, which gives all nine classes the ability to laugh at a corpse and see if it gets any better.
Schadenfreude publicity blurb

The Schadenfreude (pronounced shah-dən-froy-də) is a special taunt for all classes.

When activated through the taunts menu, the character takes joy in the presumed suffering of others for a moment by laughing at them. Each class has a different animation and taunt duration: the Spy has the longest laugh, while the Engineer has the shortest.

The player also performs this taunt when hit by a critical hit from the Holiday Punch, or with an 80% chance[1] when using a weapon taunt during the April Fools' Day event (sometimes ranging from March 31st to April 2nd due to timezones).

For the voice lines of each class, please refer to the respective class taunts pages.


Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)
  • The Schadenfruede was added to the game.

June 27, 2011 Patch

  • Updated the Schadenfreude to be nameable.
  • Fixed the backpack image for the Schadenfreude not being disabled when using paint.
  • [Undocumented] Updated the name of the Schadenfreude.

October 13, 2011 Patch #1 (Manniversary Update & Sale)

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Schadenfreude taunt activates randomly when taunting when the server is in "April Fools Day" mode.

June 11, 2014 Patch #1

  • [Undocumented] Updated the backpack icon for the Schadenfreude.

June 23, 2014 Patch

February 11, 2015 Patch #2

August 11, 2022 Patch

  • Updated the description.


  • Schadenfreude is a German term meaning joy derived from the misfortune of others.
  • When the Soldier uses the taunt, near the end, it's possible to hear a director quietly say "And cut".
  • The Scout's laugh has a sound effect for him slapping his knee. This can be heard even when he uses the same line for killing multiple enemies in a short time.



  1. game\server\tf\tf_player.ccp:18659.