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|“||I am prepared to do vatever it takes!||„|
|~ The Medic|
|“||Let's go practice medicine.||„|
|~ The Medic to The Heavy about test the über mode on their enemies.|
|“||Anyway, that's how I lost my medical license.||„|
|~ The Medic to The Heavy in the operating room and a possible story of how Medic lost his license.|
Dr. Ludwig, also known as "The Medic" is a hero and playable character in the video game Team Fortress 2. He is a German Teutonic man of medicine with a rather tenuous adherence to medical ethics, and the primary healing class of the team.
He's voiced by Robin Aktin Downes.
As the Medic doesn't possess the best arsenal for straight-up gunplay, he can typically be found near the front-lines, healing wounded teammates while trying to stay out of trouble. While his Medigun is focused on an ally, wounded teammates will quickly regain health, while unharmed teammates' health will be temporarily topped up. While healing, the Medic's ÜberCharge bar will fill up until the weapon begins to crackle, at which point he can activate a deadly charge that either makes himself and an ally temporarily invulnerable (when using the default Medi Gun) or gives his patient 100% critical shots for up to 8 seconds (when using the Kritzkrieg).
The Medic is the only class capable of regenerating health over time; the longer a Medic stays out of combat, the faster his health will recover. A damaged Medic will regenerate health at a rate of 3 HP per second, which scales up over the following ten seconds to a maximum of 6 HP per second (though carrying the Blutsauger reduces the regeneration rate from 3-6 to 1-4, and the Crusader's Crossbow and Amputator together will raise it by 1).
The Medic's primary weapon is a syringe gun by default, which fires syringes filled with either lethal injections (to enemies) or vaccinations (to allies) in a similar fashion as a machine gun or assault rifle. A variation known as the Blutsauger allows the Medic to regain health from enemies that he is firing at, but at the cost of having a smaller regeneration rate over time. The Crusader's Crossbow allows the Medic to fire a single, more damaging syringe at once, where the farther it travels, the more damage it inflicts. While it is still capable of dealing critical damage, it can not guartanee it via headshots like the Sniper's Sniper Rifle or Huntsman unfortunately.
The Medic uses a Medi Gun as his secondary "weapon", which allows the Medic to heal other teammates as well as provide them with an overheal buff, which increases their health by 50% for a limited time; the Medic's regeneration rate will also increase over time as well. While healing, the Medic will build up an Ubercharge, which when completely filled, will allow the Medic to activate a charge that will make him and the player that is being healed temporarily invulnerable for 8 seconds. The Kritzkrieg, a variation to the default Medi Gun, allows the player that is being healed to deal guaranteed critical hits for 8 seconds, but does not make the Medic nor the patient invulnerable.
The Medic carries a Bonesaw as his default melee weapon, very fitting since he is a [former] doctor and is battling mercenaries to the death. Unlike his other weapons, the default Bonesaw (as well as several variations) do not carry any healing properties. The variation known as the Ubersaw allows the Medic to build ÜberCharge from killing enemy mercenaries, adding 25% charge per kill. The weapon also enables the Medic to use his taunt kill known as Spinal Tap, in which the Medic thrusts the blade of the saw forward, which deals one damage and stuns the enemy, before drawing the weapon back, instantly killing the opponent; if both actions occur, the Medic will recieve a full ÜberCharge, as the initial stun adds 25% and the actual kill adds 75%. On the downside, the Ubersaw swings slower.
For the most part, the Medic only recently began playing a major role in the comics.
In the comic Ring of Fired the Medic is considered the best off while the rest of the mercenaries were fired, presumed to be working as a highly paid Doctor. It later becomes apparent he is now working for the Team Fortress Classic Team, who has been hired by Grey Mann to find the Administrator and kill the TF2 mercenary team.
After the Classic Team killed Sniper, Medic used that opportunity to experiment on the corpse. He successfully revived Sniper even after 12 hours of brain death, and warned him about how his experiments were very expensive - so it would be a bad idea to get killed again. Classic Heavy caught him doing so and was furious, and then killed Medic's pet dove, Archimedes. Medic was able to revieve him too. Even as Medic prepared to return to the field, Classic Heavy ordered him to remain in his lab, angering the Medic.
Medic rejoins his team, and when their blood is sucked out by robots, puts the blood back in. Shortly he repairs Demoman's knee (putting a little brain in there even as he did so). Classic Heavy turned up and ordered Medic to help sew the immortality machine into him, but to his surprise Medic fought back. However Classic Heavy overcame Medic, and was about to kill him when Heavy showed up. Just before fighting Heavy, Classic Heavy shot Medic twice in the chest, killing him.
However, it is revealed that he had made a deal with Satan, and owes his soul to him (although it is not revealed exactly what he sold his soul for). But before he completes the deal, he informs Satan that he has surgically grafted eight more souls onto his own and so Satan is not a majority shareholder. This time, Medic sells one of his souls for a pen, to get at least fifty years more of life - during which Satan must successfully tempt him at least three more times to get a majority stake to send him to hell.
He then uses this opportunity to rejoin the fight and help the RED team, mainly by distracting the Classic Heavy.
- The Medic is the only class capable of regenerating health over time; the longer a Medic stays out of combat, the faster his health will recover. A damaged Medic will regenerate health at a rate of 3 HP per second, which scales up over the following ten seconds to a maximum of 6 HP per second, (though carrying the Blutsauger reduces the regeneration rate from 3-6 to 1-4).
- Medic is the second fastest class along with the Spy in Team Fortress 2, with a base speed of 107%. The fastest is the Scout with 133%.
- In "Meet the Medic", it is revealed that Medic is no longer a licensed doctor, as he says "Anyway, that's how I lost my medical license." after telling an story to Heavy, which gets him worried.
- In one of Demoman's Domination responses, he mentioned that Medic has a wife and he has been "shagging" her behind his back.
- It's been implied that the Medic shares a close friendship with The Heavy, as both the Heavy and Medic don't have a domination quote when they kill each other. The two also have debatable the best combo, as the Medic heals the Heavy, while the Heavy shields the Medic.
- Medic stated that he kept giving new eyes for Demoman but his haunted eye socket kept turning it into monsters every Halloween.
- In TF2 Comics #6, it is revealed that Medic's name is "Ludwig" - however, this can be both a first and last name in Germany.