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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 "sha·den·froy·da;" [ˈʃɑ.den.fʁʊʏ.də]) is a special taunt for all classes.

When activated through the taunts menu, the character takes joy in the suffering of others for a moment by laughing at them. Each class has 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 a random chance 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)
  • Added the Schadenfreude 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] The typo in its name (originally Schadenfruede) was fixed.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update)

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Schadenfreude taunt activates randomly when taunting.

June 11, 2014 Patch #1

  • [Undocumented] Updated the backpack icon.

June 23, 2014 Patch


  • Schadenfreude is a German term meaning joy derived from the misfortune of others.
  • When the Soldier uses the taunt, near the end, you can 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.