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Team Fortress 2 Advice Animals are image variations of the Advice Animal meme format, with the theme of the images being related to the class based first person shooter Team Fortress 2. They either relate to mechanics and instances in the game, or elements and topics that are prominent in the fandom.
The earliest known example of a Team Fortress 2 advice animal is this image post on Funnyjunk of various advice animal style images regarding the Sniper, Spy and Pyro classes. It was posted to the site on April 8th 2010. Here is the original image post
Team Fortress Two Advice Animals are also prominent on other image and meme sharing sites, like Memebase and Meme Generator . There is also instances of usage on sites like Reddit and Tumblr .
Possible Meme Mutation discussion on the Team Fortress 2 Subreddit.
Tumblr and Meme Generator have more examples and activty regarding Team Fortress Advice animals based on searches and images, while Reddit and Memebase only have a few instances of the meme.
There are also instances of the advice animals being used on sites regarding the game itself, like Steam’s User Forums (Notably the Team Fortress 2 section of the forums) and sites like Gamebanana, which specialises in custom/user made downloadable content to use in PC games.
Steam Forum Users discuss and create deteritives about Sad Pyro.
The Team Fortress Advice Animals are prominent on the site, serving as sprays that can be downloaded and used in game to added to a map for others to see. A pack of various downloadable Advice Animal sprays can be seen here
An example of a TF2 Advice Animal spray used in game
It is also common for Team Fortess Advice Animals and other memes to be featured in Idling and Achievement servers for Team Fortress 2, among others.
On Blog hosting platform Tumblr, there is “Team Fortress 2 Memes”, or “tf2memes” for short. It can be found Here . It was created on July 1st 2011, a week after the Uber update and when Team Fortress 2 became a Free to Play game. Since then, it has been a large source for creating and increasing Advice Animals related to Team Fortress. The blog is still running currently and there are a total of 11 templates and collections for Team Fortress Advice Animals. The blog also has other memes not related to Advice Animals or Advice Animals which are not considered good enough for their own section, which are sorted into a Unsorted/Miscellaneous section .
- Free to Play/Noob Heavy
The first Advice Animal added to the Tumblr blog, this is commonly in conjunction with things stereotypically done by new players to the game, like thinking the game is just like Call of Duty or being unable to perform basic class mechanics. It’s also sometimes used with stereotypes that older players use to determine if someone is a “Noob” ("He has no avatar, must be F2P).
- Troll Spy
Used for tactics used by the Spy class that are often considered to be “Cheap” or “Nooby” . Some of the examples include legitimate tactics, doing things in a harder way for effect, or griefing.
- Sad Pyro
Originating on Meme Generator, this spawned from the neglectful treatment the Pyro got as a Class and the negative opinion he has in the Team Fortress community. These images are usually about either the bad luck Pyro has gotten in certain updates or unlucky experiences in game while playing as the class. This also got some recognition on the Steam Fourms.
Sad Pyro is also a deteritive of the Pyro Sitting Down meme.
There are also various instances of Team Fortress 2 related images being made of already established Advice Animals.
A mutation of the The Most Interesting Man in the World meme.
A mutation of the Bear Grylls/Better Drink My Own Piss meme.
There are also other examples of Team Fortress Advice Animals, either originating from Meme Generator or Tumblr.
- Prophunt Cow
- Angry Medic
- Hard Working Engineer
- Team Credit Solider
- Sniper Grylls
- Paranoid Pyro
- Cosplay Conundrums
From Meme Generator:
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