Saxton Hale

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Mr. Bidwell: There's a group of hippies in the parking lot again...
Saxton Hale: The scoundrels! What have they got their smelly ponytails in a twist about this time?
Mr Bidwell: Guns, sir. They're against them.
Saxton Hale: Fine. I'll beat them to death with my bare hands!

Saxton Hale is the rugged Australian CEO of Mann Co., star of the Saxton Hale's Thrilling Tales comic series and an all-around man among men whose favorite pastimes include fighting, drinking and battling with rare and ferocious animals. Identifying features include his exceptional moustache, rippling muscles, crocodile-tooth lined hat and a patch of chest hair shaped like Australia. He also refuses to wear clothes on his upper body "for obvious reasons".

Saxton Hale in action.
Saxton Hale

Saxton is the latest Hale to take up the reins of Mann Co. since Zepheniah Mann left its ownership to loyal aide and tracker Barnabus Hale in his last will and testament. His boisterous presence is felt in all areas of the company, from the slogan ("We sell products and get in fights") to the customer forms, which include tickboxes for informing product-thieving rivals that he is coming to pummel them to death with his bare hands. His inspiring image also features on numerous Mann Co. catalogs and promotional materials. He is known (and feared) for his belief in handling customer service issues personally, with his official policy being: "If you aren't 100% satisfied with our product line, you can take it up with me!".

Notable achievements of Saxton Hale include:

  • Cutting his way out of primate hell.
  • Teaching his girl scout troupe, the 'Saxtonettes', a fire safety tip: grizzly bears burn.
  • Fighting off a lion while simultaneously having his hair cut.
  • Single handedly wiping out the Indonesian berzerker shark (and making it cry).
  • Inventing the ancient and mystical Jarate fighting style after kicking a chair across the room in a frustrated rage. His complete Jarate course includes Saxton Hale Jarate Pills, which triple the size of your kidneys, and Saxton Hale Pain Tonic, which completely masks the feeling of your internal organs shutting down.
  • Becoming the wealthiest man in the western hemisphere.
  • Being in no way involved with the explosive death of American Monkeynaut Poopy Joe, and not in fact being anywhere near the launch site at the time.[1].
  • Introducing crafting to the teams in an effort to stop the war.
  • Publishing a special number of his magazine (With a price of 20 cents, even though it was demanded to be free) to answer questions made by his fans about, among other things, playing Team Fortress 2 on Mac.
  • Blowing up the moon using an Apple product called the iBlewupthemoon.

Mann Co. Comics

Saxton Hale's Thrilling Tales

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You Will Believe a Shark can Cry
— Issue #55

Saxton Hale's Thrilling Tales first arrived on newsstands in 1961 as part of a bold Mann Co. initiative to sidestep an increase on postage costs for their weapons catalogs. The first 64 page issue contained four pages of thrilling tales and 60 pages of ads for exciting new Mann Co. products. But Thrilling's editors quickly discovered that showing Mann Co. founder Saxton Hale using a product in the story itself tripled its sales. Ads were cut to 32 pages to accommodate longer, product placement-based stories.

Saxton Hale's Barbershop Action

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We Make Comics and Get in Fights
— Issue #12

Saxton Hale's Barbershop Action capitalized on the brief "haircut" fad of the early 60s. Its breakaway success would lead to the ancillary titles Saxton Hale's Barbershop Romance and Haircut Horrors Starring Saxton Hale's Ghost. By Issue #40, however, the peacenik movement had gripped America in its filthy, tangled mane, and haircut fiction saw a steep decline. This would be the start of a longtime feud between Hale and hippies, which would culminate in his firebombing Woodstock from a helicopter.

Saxton Hale's Jungle Brawl

64 Pages of Gorilla Stabbing
— Issue #44

Saxton Hale's Jungle Brawl debuted in the U.S. in 1962, riding a wave of anti-gorilla sentiment following Russia's successful launch of the first monkey, Vladimir Bananas, into space. America's rage was not isolated to communist primates- that same year, monkeynaut Poopy Joe cruelly dashed the U.S.'s hopes of reaching the stars when its shuttle detonated on takeoff. Brawl was notorious for inflaming human-gorilla tensions during its ten-year run, most famously in issue #50, which was printed with gorillas' blood. Its print run of 17 million copies left only five gorillas on the planet.

Saxton Hale's Mildly Thrilling Tales

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Modest Suspense for the Faint of Heart
— Issue #4

As the youth movement of the 1960s escalated, manufacturers produced fewer and fewer products for the elderly. By 1963, only four items remained: hats, meat, caskets, and Saxton Hale's Mildly Thrilling Tales. Naked from the forehead down, lying in their coffins gumming Salisbury steak, an entire generation of despondent, forgotten consumers was left with just one thing on which to spend their government checks: Hale's tepid, senior-friendly tales of modest suspense. Saxton Hale Visits His Mother Monthly and Soothing Stories of Familiar Things soon followed. Hale quickly became the wealthiest man in the western hemisphere.

Girl's Adventure Starring Saxton Hale

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Preparing Young Women for a Life of Action
— Issue #6

Boy's Adventure with Saxton Hale came under fire from the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1968 for teaching boys aged 6-16, among other things: moral turpitude, arson, vandalism, hippie assault, tax fraud, at-home laryngectomies, car theft, gorilla slaughter, and the Heimlich Maneuver (which had just been invented and was still considered controversial). Pressured by the Senate, Mann Co. changed the name to Girl's Adventure With Saxton Hale, as it was commonly thought at the time that girls couldn't do anything, so any lessons taught to them would be harmless.

Saxton Hale's Mail Storm

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A Question-Answering Thrill Ride!
— Issue #1

Saxton Hale’s Mail Storm had its first and only issue published in March 1964 to help explain the new Federal recall of all 36 million Gold Coast-Tweed personal apple corers, due to their tendency to not only core apples, but fingers, lamps, and small furry animals. When the government demanded the comic be issued for free, Mann Co. responded by raising its usual price of twelve cents an issue to twenty, reasoning that if anyone was going to get something for free, they were going to pay for it.


Saxton sees the unknown manager

During the Mac Update, a comic was released that once again contained Saxton Hale. In this comic, Saxton Hale smashed through the Apple Store's window, claimed he was going to burn it to the ground and blew up the Moon. The Apple store's product, the iBlewupthemoon impressed Saxton so much that he decided he would purchase the store, but when the store's manager appeared he stated that he would not sell the Apple Store. Saxton instantly recognised the man and claimed his stink covered the store.

Hale Mail

The lucky few who sent in the Force-A-Nature order form found in The Scout Update - Day 5 to the relevant address received an invoice from Saxton Hale himself, sadly informing them that the requested item was out of stock. In compensation, the senders received a signed photo of Saxton Hale standing in front of Ayers Rock with the words "Thanks for writing, little fella!" and a keychain featuring a random Team Fortress 2 class. The letter also advised them to keep an eye on their mailbox, as new products could be on the way.

Yet more lucky senders who mailed the coupon found in The Sniper vs. Spy Update - Day 4 to the relevant address received a letter bearing the Mann Co. logo and the snarling face of Saxton Hale. Inside was another letter, yet again informing the recipient that the requested product(s) were out of stock but that they should continue to check their mailbox as new items/legislation could be on the way, as well as several postcards bearing random cover images from Saxton Hale's Thrilling Tales. At this point, Valve started requesting that people not send them money due to legal reasons.

Saxton Hale Gamemode

There are many servers in Team Fortress 2 featuring Saxton Hale as a huge, one man team. He starts out with about 8000-18000 health or so depending on the number of players. His model is based on the Soldier, but recently, he started out with bare hands instead of a shovel and his kill symbol shows heavys hands. When he takes enough damage he can use "rage" which scares all enemies around him. He does 200+ damage each hit. Crits are done to him with all weapons by the sniper, knife and revolver for the spy,All CQB weapons for every class, shotguns for all classes, most stickybombs are crits, all pistols, and when you are one of the last 3 you get minicrits no matter what, and crits when you are last one (the sentry still only get minicrits when you are last one. When a pyro airblasts Hale it adds 2 rage. When Hale gets stabbed by a message saying so pops on screen and he says a comment like "was that just me, or was that just a hippy on my back?". A particularly effective combo for the spy against Hale is the dead ringer and enforcer. It's a good, fun game mode, and I totally recomend it.


  • Signing up to Saxton Hale's complete Jarate Course will also grant you access to outline courses in Drunken Boxing, Drunken Headbutting, Shaolin Drunken Knife Wrestling, Drunken Cry-Fighting and Drunken Apology-Making, as well as a trophy.
  • Saxton Hale's official stamp reads "This just got signed by Saxton Hale!"
  • Saxton Hale's full job title is Saxton Hale - Australian - President, Mann Co.
  • An image of Saxton Hale can be seen briefly on a calendar inside the BLU base in Meet the Spy.
  • Saxton Hale's Thrilling Tales is illustrated by comic artist Mike Oeming
  • An unofficial fansite by Travis "Sivart0" Prue called Saxton Hale Facts allows users to submit facts about Saxton Hale and his many incredible feats (a parody of Chuck Norris facts, an internet meme).
  • Some letters sent in with the various Mann Co. coupons contained real money, despite the fictional nature of the forms. Valve then issued a reminder at the request of their legal department for prospective senders not to include any cash in future, as a friendly letter would be enough to get potential free stuff sent their way. Any money that had previously been sent was donated to gamer charity Child's Play.
  • Saxton Hale occasionally posts on the TF2 Official Blog.
  • Saxton Hale's name can be anagramed into a sexually explicit phrase that Valve may not (or may) have originally intended.
  • Saxton Hale's chief accountant is called Mr. Reddy. He also has a personal butler called Mr. Bidwell and a pilot named Jerry.
  • Saxton Hale is implied to have been in a relationship with the Administrator some time ago, referring to her as a "chain-smoking seductress" and being on first name terms with her.
  • At the time of the war update, Saxton Hale was in fact only the sixth Richest man in America. He had his chief accountant send the other five a congratulatory bouquet and a "You're a dead man" form letter.
  • Saxton Hale starts every morning with a parachuted plane-jump into his Mann Co. Headquarters and a breakfast steak.
  • One of the blood vessels on Saxton Hale's left bicep is shaped in the form of the lambda symbol, (λ) as can be seen in Mail Storm. This is likely a reference to the Half-Life series of games, also by Valve.

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