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|“||If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight! ...Sun Tzu said that, and I'd say he knows a little more about fighting than you do pal, because he invented it. And then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the ring of honor! (...) Then, he used his fight money to buy two of every animal on earth, and then he herded them onto a boat, and then he beat the crap out of every single one! (...) *sinister laugh* And from that day forward, anytime a bunch of animals are together in one place, it's called a ZOO! ...Unless it's a farm!||„|
|~ The Soldier giving a speech to his collection of enemy heads.|
The Soldier is one of the main protagonists and playable characters of the video game Team Fortress 2. He is a crazed patriot from America's heartland. Tough, durable, and well-armed, he is capable on both offense and defense and a great starter class to get familiar with the game. Being xenophobic and jingoistic, he has an extreme hatred of foreigners and hippies.
The Soldier was voiced by the late Rick May, with Nolan North giving one brief line in "Expiration Date".
The Soldier is well known for his spectacular rocket jump. In defiance of all common sense and judgment, the Soldier can detonate a rocket at his feet and launch himself skyward at the cost of some health. This ability allows the Soldier to pop up in unexpected places and reach areas off-limits even to the Scout's double jump.
The two grenades on the Soldier's character model cannot be used unless the player finishes the Kamikaze taunt, which can only be used when the Equalizer or the Escape Plan are equipped.
While most if not all of the characters in Team Fortress 2 are mentally unstable, he is one of the two that seem to be completely insane (Along with the Pyro). This is demonstrated in his Meet the Team video where he talks to the heads of decapitated BLU mercenaries, his "friends" who are cardboard cutouts that he talks to in TF2 comic Grordbort`s Crash, and hoarding Captain Dan's soup in his home in WAR! comic. He also "claims" his name is Mr. "Jane Doe" despite that name being used for unidentified corpses of women, instead of John Doe, the male equivalent. In the Shadow Boxers comic he is shown to believe his entire team consists of only Americans, even though only he, the Engineer, and the Scout are confirmed to be American (Medic is German, Demoman is Scottish, Heavy is Russian, Spy is French, Sniper is Oceanic, and no one knows the Pyro's nationality, though it's theorized that Pyro is Mexican.). In Grave Matters, a possible "real" name or just another alias "Barrister Joe" and rank are mentioned by the ghost of his boss Redmond Mann. In Meet the Spy and later videos, he tends to act more idiotic and immature. This may be due to one of the comics revealing he has been drinking contaminated water, instead of the bottled water meant for the team. The Soldier was the basis for many Freak Fortress freaks, such as Painis Cupcake and Rubberfruit.
- The Soldier and Engineer are essentially the opposite or Antithesis of each other in many ways. Engineer is: from the southern part of USA, calm and intelligent, constructive, wears a hardhat, and seems to be mostly sane. The Soldier is: from the northern part of USA, belligerent and idiotic, destructive, wears a metal helmet, and is one of the most insane characters, partly thanks to drinking toxic water as revealed in the TF2 comics.
- While the Soldier has a xenophobic dislike for foreigners such as French and Scottish people, he has been shown to enjoy The Art of War, which has Chinese origins. Additionally, he seems to make exceptions for some of his teammates like the Demoman, Spy, Heavy, Sniper, and Medic.
- Each of the Soldier's primary weapons are some form of rocket launchers. His default secondary weapon is a shotgun, though he may also equip a wide variety of useful tools instead, such as an energy weapon pistol or specialized bugles that grant status buffs to his team. His default melee weapon is a shovel, though he has access to several military-grade tools such as pickaxes.
- The BLU Soldier formed a strong friendship with the RED Demoman. Their employer did not appreciate this arrangement, and tricked the two into becoming enemies again.
- The "Meet the Scout" video and "Righteous Bison" taunt show he enjoys juggling explosives.
- When Soldier screamed "I teleported bread!" in Expiration day, his dialogue was briefly provided by Nolan North as Rick May at the time had throat cancer and couldn't properly scream.
- The Soldier is similar to Charlie Hewitt from the Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2003 remake film as they are both psychotic soldiers armed with a shotgun, and they are both killers.
- He is one of the only two mercenaries in TF2 that do not wear any hand protection whatsoever. The other is Demoman. The Scout wears hand wraps, and the other classes wear gloves.
- Soldier was rejected from every branch of the United States military during World War II, so to get around this, he bought a plane ticket to Poland and went on a "Nazi" killing spree, which was ended quickly when he found out that the war had already ended in 1949. He awarded himself with medals that he designed and patented himself.
- After the Soldier's voice actor Rick May passed away from COVID-19 in 2020, numerous statues of the Soldier were placed across twenty-nine maps in tribute. The statues only appear every April 8th, but the one located in Granary is permanent.
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