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Nope.avi is a short video clip featuring a BLU Engineer character from Team Fortress 2 saying “nope.” Because of its abrupt nature, the video is most often used humorously as a negative response or a curt dismissal in discussion forums and comment threads.
“Nope.avi” was originally created and uploaded by YouTuber Jimbomcb on January 11th, 2010, using Valve’s Source Filmmaker software. The clip begins in the Gravel Pit map with a BLU Engineer character approaching the screen, who suddenly stops and utters the phrase “nope” while his neck elongates, and ends with the character promptly walking away.
The embeddable clip of Nope.avi was quickly adopted by Team Fortress 2 fans who frequent Steam Users’ Forums to tell another user “no” in a rude manner, oftentimes for comedic effect. According to Team Fortress Wiki:
nope.avi is frequently used in conversations as a “humorous” negative response. Instead of replying no, instead the person may post a link to the video or type “nope.avi”.
Since its rise to popularity on TF2-related discussion forums, usage of Nope.avi has been seen elsewhere on the web, such as Halolz, Reddit, Bungie, Democratic Underground and GameSpot forums among others.
While the video embed is the most common form of delivery, some users have opted for the simple text version “nope.avi”, an image version (nope.jpg) or a hyperlink to the video or audio file (nope.mp3).
User #1: Are highlander servers a myth, or do they actually exist? I’ve been searching for awhile and I thought it would becool to you know actually play on one. Any IPs I should know of?
User #2: Nope.avi
On 4chan and other discussion forums, “Nope!” has been also used as the thread title of Greentext stories in which the participants exchange scary or paranormal stories. Each post typically begins with an unusual premise and ends abruptly with “NOPE!” at the peak of suspense.
On YouTube, there are several derivative versions of nope.avi, using other TF2 characters uttering a phrase before a drastic physical transformation takes place.
- Yeah.avi (Uploaded on January 12th, 2010 / +395,000 views)
- Naa.avi (Uploaded on January 18th, 2010 / +87,000 views)
- Nooooo.mp4 (Uploaded onJanuary 18th, 2010 / +98,000 views)