The Soldier is a crazed patriot from the mid-western province of America and one of the nine playable classes or mercenaries hired by both teams in Team Fortress 2. He is tough and well-armed, versatile, capable of both offense and defense, and a great starter class to get familiar with the game.
The Soldier is well known for his spectacular rocket jump. In defiance of all good sense and judgment, the Soldier can detonate a rocket at his feet and launch himself skyward at the cost of some health unless using the Rocket Jumper. This ability allows the Soldier to pop up in unexpected places and reach areas off-limits even to the Scout's double jump and sometimes hyper jumps.
In fandom culture, he is popularly used for creating TF2 freaks like his flesh-eating counterpart, Painis Cupcake.