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Professionals Have Standards

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Updated Dec 14, 2020 at 11:08AM EST by andcallmeshirley.

Added Jan 24, 2019 at 03:48PM EST by Adam.

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Professionals Have Standards is a quote from a cinematic introducing the Sniper character from Team Fortress 2. It began seeing use as a reaction image on Reddit in late 2018 and early 2019.


On January 19th, 2009, Valve posted an introductory cinematic for the Team Fortress 2 character Sniper to YouTube. In the video, he says the line "Professionals have standards." The video has gained over 14 million views (shown below).

On October 13th, 2018, Redditor mommaschunkymix made a post to /r/tf2[1] using the line as a reaction image, gaining over 1,500 points (shown below).

ISIS: *f---- goat* Rest of the world: If you like f------ animals so much why don't you just watch furry p---? ISIS Professionals have STANDAR


The format began spreading to other subreddits, particularly /r/dankmemes, after that post. On October 27th, 2018, Redditor Blazing_Boi_66[2] posted the quote as a reaction image on /r/dankmemes, gaining over 9,500 points (shown below, left). On January 6th, 2019, Redditor samtheslave posted another joke to /r/dankmemes that gained over 2,900 points (shown below, right).

When your friend asks why you're still posting tf2 memes and not switching to the new metas Professionals have STANDA Friends: Why do you prefer p--- with plot? It's just a waste of time. Me: Professionals have STANDA

Other popular posts using the format include a December 4th, 2018 /r/me_irl post that gained over 3,600 points (shown below, left). Redditor Ferato make a post on /r/dankmemes on January 23rd, 2019 that gained over 60,000 points (shown below, right).

when you get on the me_irl christmas tree without ašking for upvotes Professionals have STANDAR Me lowering the brightness of my memes so that people who browse reddit at night don't die Professionals have STANDAR

Various Examples

When your mom asks why it took you 3 hours to unclog the toilet Professionals have STANDARD Parents: Why don't you just tell normal jokes instead of these 'memes' Me: Professionals have STAN When your family ask you why you're still single: Professionals have STANDA RIC pewdiepie:*making a joke about himself just looking at memes for a living* me: why don't you just create original content then? pewdiepie rofessionals have STANDAR when an Instagram Normie asks you why you use reddit instead of Instagram Professionals have STANDARD Elon Musk: "revealed as a weeb Weebs: ONE OF US! ONE OF US! Normie: You know Kanye likes anime too, why don't you talk about him? Weebs: rofessionals have STANDA

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External References

[1] Reddit – /r/tf2

[2] Reddit – Gets 1 Karma

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