The Special Snowflake is a community-created promotional cosmetic item for all classes. It is a silver snowflake-shaped medal, with a smaller and lighter snowflake that has the Team Fortress 2 logo in the middle. It is pinned to the wearer's chest with a team-colored ribbon, crossed by a vertical white stripe.
The Special Snowflake was contributed to the Steam Workshop.
- The Special Snowflake was added to the game.
- "Special" means either different from the rest or better than the rest. "Snowflake" is in keeping with the season, but is also a traditional metaphor for either uniqueness or fragility. Note: clinically exceptional emotional fragility is a serious consequence of developmental delay, requiring accommodation for success in education, and should not be ridiculed.
- Traditionally, a "special snowflake" was intended as a supportive compliment to someone perceived as unusually different from others.
- Recently (c. 2016), "special snowflake" is a criticism of a person who is prone to taking offence from almost anything, or who is too emotionally fragile to cope with views that challenge their own.
- The item's description refers not only to the fragility of a snowflake, but to an emotional political trigger.
- The charity associated with the Workshop Wonderland 2015 was SpecialEffect.