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Icon: Leaderboard class soldier.png
Type: Offensive
Health: 200
(300 when buffed by a Medic)
Speed: 80%
Meet the Soldier
I have personally killed 6,578 men in cold blood while looking them in the eye; jumped on 1,336 live grenades; and stuffed fourteen feet of my own intestine back into my stomach.
If that doesn't scare you out of your frilly pink leotards, guess what: You are an idiot and you hate America.
The Soldier on real fear

A psychotic patriot from the heart of America, the Soldier (allegedly Mister Jane Doe) is the bread and butter general assault unit of the team. While one of the easier to understand classes on the roster, he is far from the weakest. In fact, when played right, the Soldier can be one of the most dangerous classes on the battlefield. Equipped with his rocket launcher and stamina to spare, the Soldier is a highly versatile class for both offensive and defensive roles.

An ability the Soldier is infamous for is the spectacular rocket jump. In defiance of all good sense and judgement, the Soldier can point his rocket launcher downward, leap into the air and fire, propelling himself skyward at the cost of some health (though as the Soldier attests, "Pain is weakness leaving the body.") This ability allows the Soldier to pop up in unexpected places and reach areas off-limits even to the Scout and his leaping prowess.


Name: Mister Jane Doe (possibly just an alias)
Country of Origin: Midwest, USA
Job: Shock & Awe
Motto: "I'm a rocket man."
Favorite World War: World War II
Special Ability: Rocket Jump
Badges: Soldier badge BLU.png  Soldier badge RED.png
Description: Though he wanted desperately to fight in World War 2, the Soldier was rejected from every branch of the U.S. military. Undaunted, he bought his own ticket to Europe. After arriving and finally locating Poland, the Soldier taught himself how to load and fire a variety of weapons before embarking on a Nazi killing spree for which he was awarded several medals that he designed and made himself. His rampage ended immediately upon hearing about the end of the war in 1949.

Meet the Soldier

Basic Strategy

Main articles: Soldier tips and Soldier strategy
  • You can rocket jump to great heights by simultaneously jumping, crouching, and firing a rocket at the ground.
  • Aim rockets at an enemy's feet to ensure they can't avoid the explosion damage.
  • Please make sure that you keep the Rocket Launcher loaded. Press "R" to reload at anytime when not firing.
  • Hit your "MEDIC!" button to call for a Medic if you get hurt. Nearby Medics will be notified of your need.
  • When using the Equalizer with less than 160 Health, your running speed increases. This can allow you to make a quick break for a health pack, but you can not be healed by a Medic with this weapon out.
  • When the opponent is under the influence of "Mad Milk", use the "Black Box" to improve the Mad Milk's health recovery effect to 96hp per hit.
  • When rocket jumping it is recommended to use gunboats as it reduces the damage from your own rockets.
  • When using the liberty launcher it is recommended to use a shotgun as your secondary in order to make up for the lower clip size of your primary.
  • When using the liberty launcher it is NOT recommended to use the gunboats. When you rocket jump with the liberty launcher you will have only two shots left before having to reload. This will put you at a great disadvantage because two rockets will not take out a level three sentry or most of your enemies.(even if it's a direct hit)
  • You can rocket jump to places even the scout can not reach. Use this to your advantage and ambush your enemies.

  • Using your rocket launcher at long distance is easily avoidable, try to avoid this.




Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage Special Ability
Loaded Carried Point Blank Medium Range Long Range Critical
Rocket launcher.png
Rocket Launcher
Killicon rocketlauncher.png 4 20 105-112 50-90 45-60 270 (D/H) N/A
Backpack Black Box.png
Black Box
Killicon black box.png 3 20 105-112 50-90 45-60 270 (D/H) On hit: +15 health, -25% clip size
Rocket launcher.png
Rocket Jumper
4 60 N/A N/A N/A N/A 100% Damage from all weapons, -100% self damage from rockets.
Backpack direct hit.png
Direct Hit
Killicon direct hit.png 4 20 140 74-107 55-58 338 +25 Damage, 80% faster projectile speed, 75% Reduced Splash damage radius,
Backpack Liberty Launcher.png
Liberty Launcher
Killicon liberty.png 3 20 105-112 50-90 45-60 270 (D/H) 40% Faster projectile speed, -25% clip size
Cow mangler.png
Cow Mangler 5000
Cow mangler kill.png 5 Infinite 117-121 45-81 41-43 N/A Does not require ammo.

Alt-fire: A charged shot that mini-crits players and disables buildings for 4 sec. -10% damage penalty No random critical hits Deals only 20% damage to buildings Cannot be crit boosted

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
Loaded Carried Point Blank Medium Range Long Range Critical
Shotgun IMG.png
Killicon shotgun.png 6 32 80-90 10-30 3-10 180
Backpack buff banner.png
Buff Banner
Backpack gunboats.png
Backpack Concheror.png
Backpack Battalion's Backup.png
Battalion's Backup
Item icon Reserve Shooter.png
Reserve Shooter
Killicon reserve.png 3 32 80-90 10-30 3-10 180
The Righteous Bison
4 Infinite 17-63 11-42 11-42 60-180


Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Base Critical
Backpack shovel.png
Killicon shovel.png 0.8 seconds 65 195
Backpack equalizer.png
Killicon equalizer.png 0.8 seconds Varies on Health Varies on Health
Backpack pain train.png
Pain Train
Killicon pain train.png 0.8 seconds 65 195
Backpack Disciplinary Action.png
Disciplinary Action
Killicon disciplinary.png 0.8 seconds 65 195
Backpack Half-Zatoichi.png
Killicon half-zatoichi.png 0.8 seconds 65 195
Backpack Market Gardener.png
Market Gardener
0.8 seconds 65 195
All pan sized.png
Frying Pan
Killicon pan.png 0.8 seconds 65 195

Taunt Attack

Kill Icon Weapon Damage Duration Details
Killicon grenade.png Equalizer 500 4 seconds The Soldier throws his weapon, cracks his knuckles, rips a Grenade, or a Holy Hand Grenade if you are wearing the Lumbricus Lid, from his bandolier and pulls the pin. The blast kills him and any enemy within 6 feet.


Leaderboard class soldier.png
Backpack Soldier's stash.png Backpack Tyrant's helm.png Backpack Stainless pot.png Backpack Killer's kabuto.png Backpack Sergeant's drill hat.png link= lid
Soldier's stash Tyrant's helm Stainless pot Killer's Kabuto Sergeant's drill hat Lumbricus Lid
Backpack Grenadier's Softcap.png Backpack Chieftain's Challenge.png Backpack Stout Shako.png Backpack Dr's Dapper Topper.png Backpack Exquisite Rack.png Backpack Defiant Spartan.png
Grenadier's Softcap Chieftain's Challenge Stout Shako Dr's Dapper Topper Exquisite Rack Defiant Spartan
RED Hero's Hachimaki.png Backpack Head Honcho.png Backpack Spiral Sallet.png
Hero's Hachimaki Honcho's Headgear Spiral Sallet
All Backpack Cheater's lament.png Backpack Ghastly gibus.png Backpack Bill's hat.png Backpack Max's severed head.png Wikicap sized.png Parasite Hat.png
Cheater's lament Ghastly gibus Bill's Hat Max's severed head Wiki Cap Alien Swarm Parasite
Backpack Modest pile of hat.png Backpack Noble amassment of hats.png Backpack Towering pillar of hats.png Mann Co Cap.png Ellis's Cap.png Saxton Hale Mask.png
Modest pile of hat Noble amassment of hats Towering pillar of hats Mann Co Cap Ellis' Cap Saxton Hale Mask
HorrificHeadsplitter.png Spine-chilling skull.png Voodoojuju hat.png Icon Treasure Hat.png Icon Bounty Hat.png Backpack Hat Of Undienable Wealth And Respect.png
Horrific Headsplitter Spine-Chilling Skull Voodoo Juju Treasure Hat Bounty Hat Hat of Undeniable Wealth And Respect
Holiday Restricted Hats Scout Mask.png Soldier Mask.png Pyro Mask.png Demoman Mask.png Heavy Mask.png Engineer Mask.png
Scout Mask Soldier Mask Pyro Mask Demoman Mask Heavy Mask Engineer Mask
Medic Mask.png Sniper Mask.png Spy Mask.png Backpack Mildly disturbing Halloween mask.png Horseless Headless Horsemann's Head.png
Medic Mask Sniper Mask Spy Mask Mildly disturbing Halloween mask Horseless Headless Horsemann's Head
Misc. items
Primeval warrior Grizzled veteran Soldier of fortune Mercenary Earbuds Platinum Dueling Badge
Bakpack Primeval warrior.png
Backpack Grizzled veteran.png
Backpack Soldier of fortune.png
Backpack Mercenary.png
Backpack Earbuds.png
Backpack Platinum Dueling Badge.png
Gold Dueling Badge Silver Dueling Badge Bronze Dueling Badge Polycount Pin License to Maim Companion Cube Pin
Bakpack Gold Dueling Badge.png
Backpack Silver Dueling Badge.png
Backpack Bronze Dueling Badge.png
Backpack Polycount Pin.png
Backpack License to Maim.png
Backpack Companion Cube Pin.png

Miscellaneous Items

Gentle manne's service medal
Backpack Gentle manne's service medal.png

Official class avatars

Offical Class avatars
Original RED 'ÜberCharged' BLU 'ÜberCharged'
Soldierava.jpg Buffed red soldier.jpg Buffed blu soldier.jpg


Main article: Soldier achievements

Soldier pack: 35 achievements, 3 milestones.


  • The Soldier is voiced by Rick May.
  • The BLU Soldier's name is, according to his mailbox, Jane Doe. Jane Doe is the name used when a female person's name is not known, usually used in reference to missing Soldiers (it also may reference John Doe, the name used as a placeholder in legal documents, or otherwise-unidentified male dead bodies, also usually in reference to soldiers).
  • The Soldier has made several posts on the TF2 Official Blog.
  • The Soldier has a crew cut hairstyle beneath his helmet.
  • The Soldier has a list of things men should be engaged in at all times:
    • 1. Getting a haircut
    • 2. Yelling
    • 3. Digesting ribs
    • 4. Hill defense
  • The Soldier's habit for calling other people "Maggots" is likely a reference to semi-retired professional wrestler Robert Remus, better known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation as the square-jawed All-American soldier Sgt. Slaughter. Remus also voiced the animated version of Sgt. Slaughter that appeared as a Drill Instructor in the 1980s G.I. Joe cartoon.
  • The Soldier smokes, as evidenced by the Soldier's stash hat and promotional images.
  • A running event in the Meet the Team videos is that the BLU Soldier is either killed or grievously wounded. The BLU Soldier has been killed in every Meet the Team video to date.
  • The Soldier's voice actor and the Engineer's voice actor have both voiced the character Wolf O'Donnell from Nintendo's Star Fox series: Rick May (the Soldier) in Star Fox 64, and Grant Goodeve (the Engineer) in Star Fox: Assault.
  • The BLU Soldier and the RED Demoman became fast friends after meeting at a projectile weapons expo. They shared many experiences together including deep sea fishing, a trip to Las Vegas and the 'Gravel Pits of America' scenic bus tour. After the Administrator's assistant Miss Pauling brought the matter to her attention (as friendships are forbidden by mercenary contract), the Administrator decided to introduce a little 'healthy competition' to kill their blossoming friendship.
  • The Soldier almost never removes his helmet, even outside of battle.
  • The Soldier enjoys Capt. Dan's Army Surplus Soup, Guns and Haircuts Magazine, and deliveries from The Rib Place.
  • The Soldier's apartment has a map of Germany on the wall, most likely related to his post-WWII Nazi killing sprees.
  • The Soldier claims to have jumped on 1,336 live grenades, a likely reference to 1337, the "leet speak" translation of 'elite'.
  • The Soldier's apartment door has armholes for snapping the necks of would-be intruders. The apartment door also has seven locks.
  • The Soldier is the only class who makes references to the other character's country of origin with the exception of one line from the Scout when dominating a Medic and from the Engineer when dominating a Spy. These references sometimes display a surprisingly detailed knowledge of the country in question (taunting the Sniper for not being prepared for the level of violence on the battlefield, a reference to Australia's heavy censors on video games and film, something Valve learned the hard way when Left 4 Dead 2 was submitted for review), and sometimes none whatsoever. He also shows that despite his violent attitude and apparent lack of intelligence, he knows a fair bit about current events (as he references the Cold War and the former World War II that he (unofficially) fought in when dominating a Heavy or Medic), and military policy (when he references "Section 8" and war crimes in his lines and achievements).
  • The Soldier does not openly say that he is not a real soldier (being denied from every branch of military, and going on his own tour of duty) and keeps the fact a secret. The mere suggestion that the Soldier is a civilian is liable to send him into a fit of self-righteous fury.
  • The Soldier hates hippies and loves violence.
  • The Soldier is currently the only class who doesn't have any alt-fire functions for any of his weapons.
  • Despite the Soldier's aggressive and violent behavior, he claims in his domination lines that "love is sweet".
  • The Soldier makes up odd names for his dead enemies during dominations. In the same subject, he has given the Sniper six names during domination, most of them being very similar.
  • The Soldier's beta emblem was a helmet, as seen below:
Soldier-icon-beta-RED.png Soldier-icon-beta-BLU.png
  • The Soldier is the only class in the game who shows signs of patriotism (aside from the Sniper's taunt, "God save the Queen!") as evidenced by his attempts to enlist in the US Army. He also appears to be Xenophobic, making degrading remarks about all other classes' nationalities (including the Engineer, who he apparently believes to be Canadian).
    • Despite the above statement, he has no problems working with the German Medic (America's, and his, enemy during WWII) and the Russian Heavy (America's enemy in the Cold War, which is still ongoing at the time of TF2), although he will reference WWII and the Cold War when dominating enemy Heavies and Medics.
  • The Soldier apparently has no grip on reality, to the point of thinking that the severed heads of people he has killed and carefully lined up on a wall are recruits, and gives them rousing speeches. He also believes many nonsensical things about history, although considering the nature of TF2, not all of his statements may be false.
  • The Soldier has used his shovel for twelve years.
  • The Soldier's fondness for ribs pops up infrequently in TF2 media, such as blogs, comics, and even a Domination line to the Engineer.
  • The pose the Soldier made for the hidden medal page seems to make more appearances, such as the training room for the Target game mode.
  • The Soldier apparently doesn't like books, based on one of his Engineer domination lines. He appears to have some knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit though, when he attempts to say the name of the main character, Bilbo Baggins, in some of his Sniper domination lines.
  • Only 3 hats allow the player to see the Soldier's Bald head (the Cheater's Lament, the Parasite hat and the Horrific Headsplitter). There is no hatless Soldier "hat".
  • The Soldier is the only class related to the military, trying to involve himself in World War II.
  • The Soldier currently has more hats than any other class.
  • The achievement "Death from Below" can still be achieved if you are above the enemy.
  • Despite dying in every Meet the Team video to date, the BLU Soldier won the WAR! update against the RED Demoman (even though technically more Soldiers were killed than Demomen).
  • The Soldier has the most primary unlocks to date with 5.
  • The Soldier, Demoman, Sniper, and Scout are in a 4-way tie for the most secondary weapons. Coincidentally, there are 4 of them and they each have 4 secondaries.
  • In the Meet the Soldier video the Soldier is shown taking the grenades off of his ammo belt.
  • The Soldier and the Engineer are the only classes to receive more than three weapons in a single update (the Engineer in his class update and the soldier in the WAR! update and the Uber Update).
  • The RED Soldier has a collection of BLU team heads.

See also

Concept art of the Soldier

External links

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