Special Snowflake 2016

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The Special Snowflake 2016 is a cosmetic item for all classes. It is a team-colored 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 striped ribbon.

This item was awarded in Genuine quality to the participants of the Workshop Wonderland 2016 community showcase.

Update history

December 21, 2016 Patch (Smissmas 2016)

  • The Special Snowflake 2016 was added to the game.

January 16, 2017 Patch

  • Updated the models/materials for the Special Snowflake 2016 community medal.


  • Due to a texture error, the team-colored stripes on the ribbon appear white.
  • The item schema reports the Special Snowflake 2016 as being paintable; however, its texture files are not equipped to be painted. As a result, its color does not change if a paint can is used.


  • "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.
  • In the description of this Golden Snowflake medal, Golden Snow refers to biologically contaminated snow.


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