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Demoman taunt with the grenade launcher equipped
The Demoman

Each class has its own series of taunts. These can be performed using Default key: G for PC, "X" for Xbox 360 and "Square" for PS3, with most weapons possessing their own unique animation and dialog line(s), though some taunts may be shared between similar weapons. Several lines of dialog are chosen at semi-random during a taunt, with one line being chosen at random and every line after it following a specific order. Taunts are generally used for gloating purposes after killing an opponent, to celebrate a victory, provoke living opponents or simply for comedic effect and for the most part have no direct effect on gameplay. However, certain taunts (known as Taunt Attacks) have effects such as healing the player and stunning, damaging or even killing opponents. Several achievements also require the use of taunts. Caution should be exercised when performing a taunt; while a player performs a taunt, they are left vulnerable and the view shifts from first to third-person, leaving the player unable to act until the taunt is concluded (though Demomen are able to activate their sticky bombs while taunting).

You cannot taunt underwater or while airborne. Being sent airborne while in the middle of a taunt (By a pyro's airblast, for instance) will cancel the taunt. Being shot by Natascha will also cancel any taunt. In addition, the Scotsman's skullcutter, the Engineer's PDAs, Jarate, and the Electro sapper all lack taunts. The Heavy's Sandvich and Scout's Bonk! Atomic Punch function both as a consumable and a taunt when activated, moving the player into third person view.

Note that it is possible to switch weapons with quick-switch (Default "Q") after pressing the key to taunt but before the taunt animation actually plays. This will result in your character performing the taunt for the weapon you had before pressing the taunt key but holding the weapon that you switched to.


Taunts by Class

Pyro taunt with custom skin

Action Taunts

A type of equipped taunt introduced in The Replay Update similar to equipped taunts in Portal 2.

Thriller Taunt

Heavy performing the 'Thriller taunt'

During the Haunted Halloween Special event, an extra taunt is added for all classes referencing a dance move from the hit song Thriller by Michael Jackson. The taunt will play at random upon hitting the taunt button and will always activate if a player taunts with an item that possesses no taunt animation (e.g. Jarate). It is only available during the annual Halloween event.[1]


  • the Sniper has a slightly different animation than the others
  • the Demoman does not move his head in any other direction, he will keep looking straight forward

Taunt Attacks

Class Slot Attack Weapon Ammo Loaded Ammo Carried Damage
Scout Melee Bonk Sandman N/A N/A 500
Soldier Melee Grenade Equalizer N/A N/A 256. 6 ft blast radius. Kills player upon completion unless he's overhealed.
Pyro Secondary Hadouken Shotgun/Flare gun N/A (Must have ammo in shotgun or Flare gun) N/A (Must have ammo in shotgun or Flare gun) 500 plus fire effect. Can hit multiple targets in a small area.
Demoman Melee Decapitation Eyelander N/A N/A 500, adds one head.
Heavy Melee Showdown Fists N/A N/A 500
Engineer Primary Kabong! Frontier Justice N/A (Must have ammo in the Frontier Justice) N/A (Must have ammo in the Frontier Justice) 500
Engineer Melee Organ Grinder Gunslinger N/A N/A many hits of one damage (causing stun) then 500 damage which gibs opponent
Medic Secondary Oktoberfest Kritzkrieg N/A N/A None. Heals Medic for 10 health.
Medic Melee Spinal Tap Übersaw N/A N/A 1 and stun for stab, 500 from retraction (Increases the Medic's Übercharge meter by 50%).
Sniper Primary Skewer Huntsman N/A (Must have ammo in Huntsman) N/A (Must have ammo in Huntsman) Stun, then 500 from arrow pull.
Spy Melee Fencing Knife N/A N/A 2 Swings for 25 damage each, then a thrust for 500.

Related Achievements


Out of the park.png Out of the Park

Bat an enemy 25 meters. (Bonk)


Tf soldier gora gora gora.png Gore-a! Gore-a! Gore-a!

Provide the enemy with a freezecam of you taunting over 3 of their body parts.

Tf soldier worth a thousand wars.png Worth a Thousand Words

Provide the enemy with a freezecam of your 21 gun salute. (Shotgun taunt)

Tf soldier spray of defeat.png Spray of Defeat

Use a grenade to gib a player. (Grenade)


Dance dance immolation.png Dance Dance Immolation

Kill 3 enemies while they're taunting.

Freezer burn.png Freezer Burn

Provide enemies with freezecam shots of each of your taunts.

Got a light.png Got A Light?

Ignite an enemy Spy while he's flicking a cigarette. (Disguise kit taunt)


Kill an enemy with a taunt. (Hadouken)


Tf demoman freezecam smile.png Bloody Merry

Provide an enemy player with a freeze cam of your smiling face. (Grenade Launcher taunt)

Tf demoman taunt kill.png Scotch Tap

Glory in the slaughter of your enemies using the Eyelander. (Eyelander taunt)

Tf demoman freezecam rump.png Second Eye

Provide an enemy player with a freeze cam of you shaking your rump. (Scottish Resistance Taunt)


Konspicuous Konsumption.png Konspicuous Konsumption

Eat 100 sandviches. (Sandvich taunt)

Photostroika.png Photostroika

Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you taunting while invulnerable.

Show Trial.png Show Trial

Kill an enemy with a taunt. (Showdown)


Honky tonk man.jpg Honky Tonk Man

Smash an enemy player's head in with your guitar. (Frontier Justice taunt)

Six string stinger.jpg Six-String Stinger

Provide an enemy player with a freeze cam of your guitar playing skills.. (Frontier Justice taunt)


Tf medic freezecam ragdoll.png Autopsy Report

Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you taunting above their ragdoll.


Tf sniper be polite.png Be Polite

Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you doffing your hat. (Kukri taunt)

Tf sniper shafted.png Shafted

Stab an enemy with an arrow. (Huntsman taunt)

Tf sniper the last wave.png The Last Wave

Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you waving to them. (Sniper rifle taunt)


Tf spy for your Eyes only.png For Your Eyes Only

Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you flicking a cigarette onto their corpse. (Disguise kit taunt)Note: If you manage to do the spycrab taunt instead, the achievement will still take effect.

Tf spy the man from puncture.png The Man From P.U.N.C.T.U.R.E.

Stab an enemy while fencing. (Knife taunt)

See also

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