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Gabriel Reyes / Reaper
Species: Enhanced human
Base of Operations: Unknown
Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly), Talon (currently)
Appearances (shorts): Cinematic Trailer, Recall, Soldier: 76 Origin Story (cameo) Ana Origin Story (cameo) Infiltration, Moira Origin Story
Appearances (comics): "Old Soldiers" (focus), "Reflections" (cameo), "Uprising", "Masquerade", "Retribution" (focus)
Appearances (Archives events): Uprising (on comms), Retribution
Appearances (short stories): "Valkyrie" (cameo)
"Death walks among you."
Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (English), Jose Luis Orozco (Latin American Spanish), Iñaki Crespo (European Spanish), Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese), Jérémie Covillault (French), Duda Ribeiro (Brazilian Portuguese), Oliviero Corbetta (Italian), Torsten Michaelis (German), Yong-woo Shin (Korean), Lin Guzhen (Taiwanese Chinese), Jiǎ Qiū (Mandarin Chinese), Janusz German (Polish), Maxim Dakhnenko (Russian)
Reaper is a black-robed terrorist of unknown origin. His identity and motives are a mystery, but he serves as one of the deadliest mercenaries on Earth. Ruthless, he's fought in many battles and wars over the past decades, showing no allegiance or cause.
Survivors have described a black shadow ghosting unscathed through the most hellish battlefields. The few bodies recovered of those he kills are pale, empty husks drained of life, their cells showing signs of intense degradation. It is possible that he is a byproduct of failed genetic alteration which forces his cells to simultaneously decay and regenerate at a hyper-accelerated rate.
Those attempting to track his movements have begun to see a pattern in his appearances. They believe that Reaper is hunting former Overwatch agents and systematically eliminating them.
In truth, however, Reaper's identity is in fact the former vice-leader of Overwatch (and head of its Blackwatch division), Gabriel Reyes. A ruthless soldier who would do anything to get the mission done, he was given leadership of Overwatch during the Omnic Crisis, where he helped lead mankind's fight against the Omnics. When the war was over, he was happy to let his friend Jack be the public face (and ultimately responsible one) while he ran the covert ops team. Over time, Reyes became responsible for several incidents that caused people to severely lose trust in Overwatch, and he and Jack eventually came to blows at Overwatch's Swiss HQ. The ensuing battle eventually triggered an explosion that seemingly killed both of them and caused the dissolution of Overwatch. However, something had happened to him after the explosion; his body became an empty but quickly regenerating husk, making every second of his new life painful. He eventually came to relish his evil ways and took the identity of "Reaper", spreading terror in cahoots with the Talon organization and trying to make sure the world will finally recognize his deeds.
Reaper is built for ambushing enemies and quickly bursting them down from up close.
- His Hellfire Shotguns will quickly tear apart anyone unfortunate enough to be hit by them at close range.
- Wraith Form turns him into an ethereal figure, briefly making him invulnerable and able to move through foes. It also replenishes his ammo after use,
- His Shadow Step allows him to teleport to any location within sight in a huge radius after a small delay.
- His passive ability, The Reaping, allows him to gain health from his enemies every time he lands a hit on them.
- His ultimate, Death Blossom, turns him into a whirlwind of death, quickly unloading his shotguns in all directions around him and dealing devastating damage to nearby enemies.
- AB Negative: His blood type according to the dog tags on his Soldier: 24 skin.
- Animal Motifs: Ravens; his mask also resembles the skull of a raven, ravens can be heard cawing after each Shadow Step, and he spreads his arms out like wings when he goes into Wraith Form. The motif is especially pronounced in his "Plague Doctor" and "Nevermore" skins gaining raven skulls on his shoulders and guns, as well as his coat becoming adorned with feathers. The raven is a common death motif in many cultures, which fits in with the "death incarnate" image that Reaper likes to present.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- According to his profile, the myth of Reaper has been around for decades, but Gabriel could have only been Reaper for 6 years at most. It has been confirmed that the wording is intentional.
- There's also the origin of Reaper's strange, ghastly present form. Reyes had "genetics issues" as far back as his time in Blackwatch, with one of the reasons he hired Moira being to help treat and/or monitor them. No word has been given on what his original problems were or where they came from, whether his current state is a result of their natural progression, as a result of Moira's direct experimentation, or something else entirely.
- Arch-Enemy: Being one of the major villains of the setting, he has many.
- Jack Morrison, now known as Soldier: 76. They have a long history together that dates back to the first Omnic Crisis. However, while they were once friends, their relationship soured some time after Jack Morrison was made the leader of Overwatch while Reyes was put in charge of Blackwatch. While public perception of his attack on the Swiss HQ was over jealousy, considering he did not want the strike commander promotion that had happened over 20 years before, there are likely other reasons for the attack. Their relationship has not changed since.
- Winston. He never wastes a chance to Kick the Dog, employing Fantastic Racism by calling him a "monkey" and insulting him for his appearance, while having shown a clear desire to end his life in both the cinematic trailer and Recall. Unlike Jack, there's no indication that Reyes and Winston had any real history together (apart from Reyes attending his graduation ceremony, while looking rather unhappy), and his only real beef apart from being on opposing sides seems to be rooted in his aforementioned speciesism.
- McCree. Reaper was McCree's commanding officer, his teacher, and, as seen from the Retribution comic, a friend. Now the two hate each other and will insult each other before a match. McCree also makes it very clear to Reaper that he follows a different path than his mentor. This goes a step further in the Retribution special event, where McCree spends the whole mission in livid rage at his commanding officer, and not without good cause. We hardly ever see any emotion out of McCree other than amusement, but Reaper seems to be enough to actually make McCree angry. Any faith or trust the two had in each other is completely shattered and the two will try and kill each other on sight.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: One of Talon's leaders, and one of the most dangerous individuals in the setting, capable of taking on dozens of normal soldiers all by himself.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Not the character himself, but his teleport can be, given that it's practically telegraphed where you'll reappear, and it requires that you stand immobile while preparing it; furthermore, there's a brief delay between choosing a destination and actually performing the teleport, and another brief delay between executing the teleport and being able to act. Don't expect to use it to get the drop on people by appearing in front of them; it's meant to cross large gaps that can't simply be jumped over in order to reach advanced locations on the map or take shortcuts, or to go from one point of cover to another without crossing the open ground that Reaper's most vulnerable in.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Aside from the obvious coolness that comes from having a codename like "Reaper", his real name, Gabriel Reyes, is derived from the name of an archangel and the Spanish word for "Kings."
- Ax-Crazy: He doesn't seem to have any solid motivation for fighting in so many wars and killing so many people and seems to do it to satisfy his desire for death and destruction. Or it could just be Revenge. It's hard to say.Reaper: Die! DIE! DIE!
- Badass Bandolier: Wears a belt holding shells, which is odd considering he doesn't reload.
- Badass Baritone: He has a very deep, rasping voice with an otherworldly reverberation to it. The Uprising event reveals that he also had this as Reyes, though it was far smoother and more natural-sounding.
- Badass Biker: His Biker skin.
- Badass Boast:
- When he respawns."The grave cannot hold me."
- Delivers one in a bit of pre-battle banter with Soldier: 76.Soldier: 76: One of these days, someone's gonna put an end to you.
Reaper: I invite them to try.
- When a friendly Reaper uses Death Blossom.
- When he's on fire."I'm on fire. Better stay out of my way."
- When he respawns.
- Badass Cape: His Biker skin replaces his Badass Longcoat with a long, black one.
- Badass Long Coat: He wears a long black coat used to store an endless amount of shotguns.
- Badass Mustache: When he was Gabriel Reyes, he had a mustache and beard. It's currently unknown if he still has one under his mask.
- Balance Buff: Reaper was infrequently picked in higher-levels of play due to how clunky Shadow Step was to use and the fact that he was stuck in Wraith Form once it was used until it wore off, which made him predictable in one-on-one duels. But after some quality-of-life fixes (i.e. making his Shadow Step lines and footsteps quieter and allowing Wraith Form to be canceled and having it automatically reload his ammo for him when he exits it), he's a far more dangerous and tricky duelist who can easily turn an unprepared team into swiss cheese.
- Bald of Evil: As seen in one piece of official artwork◊, he used to keep his head shaved, and even back in those days, while he was on the force of good, he was still a ruthless soldier not known for his 'nice' personality.
- Bandito: His "El Blanco" and "Mariachi" skins seem to be partly based on this, as they have a Dia de los Muertos-themed vaquero look, complete with sombrero.
- Beard of Evil: Subverted when he was Gabriel Reyes, as he had a beard but was not evil... but he was ruthless enough to be something like a Token Evil Teammate amongst the Overwatch leadership. It's currently unknown if he still has a beard after he became Reaper, but we can assume it's hidden underneath his mask.
- Becoming the Costume:
- His "Mariachi" and "El Blanco" skins (where he has a guitar on his back) adds a pre-game line: "First you listen, then I kill" in a Spanish accent.
- His "Nevermore" and "Plague Doctor" skins gives him a bonus Elimination line: "Nevermore."
- When his Junkenstein's Revenge counterpart named "The Reaper" first appears before the team, he will say "The Reaper comes for your souls!" In his "Pumpkinhead" skin that uses the exact same model, this line becomes one of his new respawn quotes. He also gains a few miscellaneous Halloween-themed lines, including "Trick or treat." This is extend to his "Dracula" skin as well.
- BFG: Wields the Hellfire Shotguns, a pair of deadly double barrel shotguns. Qualifies as Cool Guns too.
- Big Bad: He is one of the principal antagonists in Overwatch alongside Doomfist, having been one of the people responsible for Overwatch's initial downfall and a member of Talon's inner council of leadership.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Doomfist, given that they're both part of Talon's inner council of leaders.
- Black Cloak: Complete with a hood.
- Blessed With Suck: Having the ability to turn into a wraith and come back from a One-Hit Kill? Cool! Having a severely screwed-up body where your cells die and grow at the same time, giving you excruciating pain all the time? Not so cool.
- Blood Knight: It's implied that he takes a little too much satisfaction in his job.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His "El Bianco" skin adds golden ornament to his shotguns.
- Body Horror: The bodies of his victims have been described in his biography as pale, lifeless husks with signs of intense physical degradation. This could also apply to Reaper himself. In the comic "Old Soldiers", when Ana rips his mask off, she looks horrified to see his face and asks what happened to him.
- Boring, but Practical: He has a period of invulnerability, a long-range teleport, and some shotguns. Despite his ult being much flashier than his other abilities, he doesn't have anything exceptionally unique to work with. What he does have, however, is high survivability, insane damage output, and incredible flanking potential.
- Bottomless Magazines: Usually averted, but played straight when he unleashes his ultimate.
- Busman's Vocabulary: Even when using what can only be described as supernatural powers, he still uses military terms and call-outs, such as saying "Clearing the area..." when performing his Death Blossom, or "Repositioning..." when teleporting.
- By "No", I Mean "Yes": One of his voice lines that also doubles as a Shout-Out.Reaper: I'm not a psychopath. I'm a high-functioning psychopath.
- Calacas: His El Blanco and Mariachi skins replace his standard skull mask with a more elaborate calavera one.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Despite his sympathetic backstory, it's clear that he really enjoys being a villain.
- Casting a Shadow: Can become a shadow to teleport, become Immune to Bullets, or unleash a barrage of his own.
- Close-Range Combatant: His Short Range Shotguns are his only firepower and they rapidly become ineffective at longer distances. However, he has lots of options for moving along the flanks and closing in on the enemy while intangible, and he boasts some of the highest damage in the game at shorter ranges, shredding through tanks with ease and taking down valuable targets like Mercy in as few as one or two shots.
- The Comically Serious: Reaper never loses his dark, angry demeanor. Not even when Sombra pranks him with a door, or when he tries to steal Santa's cookies.
- Cool Helmet: Wears a biker helmet in his Biker skin.
- Creepy Crows: His "Nevermore" and "Plague Doctor" skins are heavily crow-themed, with feathers decorating the fringe of his coat, shoulder armor that looks like crow skulls, and a Plague Doctor-esque mask.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He's very good at killing people that get too close, especially Tanks (his Life Drain gets more mileage when his pellets hit their large hitboxes), but his shotguns don't have the range for anything other than point-blank combat, making him a poor choice for handling objectives and pitched firefights.
- Cursed With Awesome: So he claims, but his words may actually have some merit; because his body is in a rapid state of regeneration and decay, he can come back to life From a Single Cell. It's implied that he feels every moment of it, and it's excruciatingly painful.(after respawning) This... is my curse...
- Cutscene Power to the Max: In the Infiltration short, Reaper manages to One-Hit KO several footsoldiers, even at longer distances, while gameplay requires a minimum of three shots for an elimination at close range, and his shotguns are somewhat ineffectual at long range. This could be a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation, or a showcase of just how powerful the Overwatch members are in comparison to regular humans.
- Dark Is Evil: An imposing, Grim-Reaper-esque figure that appears to be actively hunting and murdering ex-superheroes.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As Gabriel Reyes, during his stint as a Blackwatch operative. As shown in Soldier: 76's Origin trailer, he was part of Jack Morrison's original strike team during the Omnic crisis. The Halloween and Retribution comics shows he used to be just as warm to his friends as he was ruthless to his enemies. Upon turning into Reaper, however, only ruthlessness remained.
- Darth Vader Clone: A major villain wearing a predominantly black outfit with red accents and a distinctive mask. He used to be on the heroes' side, but he eventually turned evil and battled his former friend, almost dying in the process. He recovered, but at the cost of constant pain, and now fights against the heroes, who are starting to come back after a sharp decline.
- Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly, despite how serious he normally acts, he still has time for a few occasional quips when speaking to teammates.Mercy: What happened to you?
Reaper: You tell me, Doc.
- Death by Irony: Should he be Killed Mid-Sentence while using his Ultimate.Reaper: Die! Die! Diaurrrggh!
- Desert Skull: His mask can be construed to resemble one of these, fitting in with the Western motif his student McCree has, and that he might fit into as well.
- Developers' Foresight: One of Reaper's taunts has him throw his guns on the ground, do a gesture, and pull out a fresh pair. This actually reloads his guns, as his usual reload animation also includes throwing away and busting out new guns.
- Did You Die?: Can be asked this by Soldier: 76 before the start of a match.Soldier: 76: Aren't you supposed to be dead?
Reaper: Didn't take.
- Difficult, but Awesome: His teleport is tricky to use. Use it where someone can see it and Reaper may arrive with a Bastion's assault cannon or Widowmaker's sniper rifle trained on him, but if he can close in to enemies from their backs with it, Reaper can blast them back to the spawn point before they can react or drop down from a ledge right into the enemy team with his Ultimate in full swing.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Reaper was first presented as a dreaded mercenary/terrorist who owed loyalty to nothing and no one; it was implied that he was merely an associate or favoured bounty hunter for Talon. When Talon's character roster was expanded and its hierarchy was ironed out, Reaper was instead shown to be one of its highest leaders, sitting on its high council alongside Doomfist, Moira, and other villains. In a way, though, his behaviour as a "mercenary" fighting in a string of wars, for different sides, and creating a vacuum of chaos and conflict was actually quite in line with Doomfist's ideology for Talon.
- In his very first appearance in the cinematic trailer, Reaper briefly utilised the bandolier at his hip to toss about grenades. This ended up not being a part of his moveset.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A closer look at Reaper's biceps show that they are scarcely covered in straps, revealing deathly white skin. His appearance before his transformation shows that he has (or had) dark-colored hair.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Subverted. As Gabriel Reyes, he was made into a super soldier just like Jack Morrison, but these only increased his speed/strength/stamina/etc. After he was "resurrected" as Reaper, he gained additional abilities such as being able to turn into mist and to teleport.
- Enemies List: Occasionally references one in various pre-game interactions and combat quips.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While who they are and what their current relationship is like now is unknown, "Bastet" confirms that at some point, Reyes had raised a family. In the "Reflections" comic, Reaper is seen quietly watching a happy family from the shadows, with Michael Chu confirming "It's not a random family."
- Very, very downplayed, as he does still intend to kill her, but he is depicted as taking it a little easier on Ana. In addition to their history together, he pretty much tells her that she reminds him of himself.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Death Blossom consists of him spinning around in a circle while rapidly unloading his shotguns in every direction.
- Evil Former Friend: He's Gabriel Reyes Jack Morrison's best friend-turned-villain.
- Evil Gloating: Reaper's key flaw as a soldier is that whenever he has the chance to win the day, he instead takes the time to rub salt in the wound, which often costs his mission success. He delivered a Pre-Mortem One-Liner to Winston and Soldier: 76, giving the former a Heroic Second Wind while giving Ana enough time to save the latter, whereas in the cinematic trailer, Reaper triggered Winston's Berserk Button by stepping on his glasses when he had him at his mercy. If Reaper could stop letting his arrogance get the better of him, he could very well be a much more successful Talon agent.
- Evil Is Petty: Goes out of his way to step on Winston's glasses in the cinematic trailer. True to the trope, it bites him in the ass.
- Evil Laugh: He lets out a pretty deep and sinister chortle from time to time.
- Evil Mentor: He mentions teaching McCree "everything he knows" whether or not he was actually evil when he taught him these things is still up in the air.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He speaks in a very deep, baritone voice with an ethereal quality to it.
- Evil Wears Black: His outfit is primarily black with touches of red and silver, and he's one of the nastiest villains in the game. Subverted as Gabriel Reyes, who wore black but was one of the founders of Overwatch and the former commander of Blackwatch.
- FaceHeel Turn: His true identity is Gabriel Reyes, a former commander of Overwatch and head of Blackwatch. The comic "Old Soldiers" implies some of what might be behind the betrayal. When Ana asks what happened to him, he vaguely alludes that Overwatch made him what he is now and abandoned him. Whether this is true or perhaps a misunderstanding has yet to be explored.
- Fallen Hero: Formerly one of the heads of the heroic Overwatch and its Blackwatch division, but at some point became one of the world's biggest villains, and one of the leaders of Talon.
- Fantastic Racism:
(Upon killing Bastion, Zenyatta, or Orisa): Tin cans. A dime a dozen.
- He refers to Omnics as "tin cans."
(Upon killing Winston): Stupid monkey.
- If his interactions with Winston are anything to go by, he doesn't hold intelligent gorillas in high regard, either. He constantly refers to him as a "monkey" in a derogatory manner.
- Fatal Flaw: Blizzard has said that his skills as a soldier are what people hired him for before he became Reaper, not his personality. Evidently, he hasn't gotten any better, and lordy me, does it show. In both the Cinematic Trailer and Recall, Reaper has Winston set up for the kill, but both times, he decides to rub salt into the wound first. He breaks Winston's glasses in the Cinematic Trailer and gives a Pre-Mortem One-Liner in Recall. Both times, Winston got a Heroic Second Wind and drove him off.
- Fate Worse than Death: Gabriel Reyes survived the explosion in the Swiss HQ that killed many others, but at great cost. He was turned into an undying wraith through some unknown means. Now he lives in a state of constant agony, and is wishing that he could die. As Reaper, he views having to live as being his curse. It's no wonder he takes pleasure in causing harm; he has to live in a state of pain the whole time. Additionally, it's implied that he's become so disfigured by both the explosion and the procedure that he can't remove his mask, or people would be terrified by what they see. This means he can't even go out in public anymore, forcing him to live the way he does. Yes, he's a bad guy, but having to live like that is something that no one deserves.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Jack Morrison and Ana when they were younger. While he was presumably a cold and distant towards most of his teammates, he befriended Jack and Ana because they fought in the Omnic Crisis together. After Overwatch's destruction, his friendship with Jack soured to the point of nonexistence, though he is willing to be more civil with Ana.
- Soldier: 76's origin story video, which aired before Reaper's true identity was revealed, shows Reyes during the heyday of Overwatch.
- If one looks at his character reference sheet on the official Overwatch website, an inverted Overwatch symbol can be seen hanging from his belt.
- Freak Lab Accident: Implied while nobody's sure of what happened to him, it's implied that it might be something like that. All we can know for certain is that Moira was conducting experiments on him while she was in Blackwatch, and he is a constantly dying and regenerating phantom that exists in a constant state of pain.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: In-game, when everyone is on the same team. Only 76 and McCree actually take Reaper seriously due to having a personal relationship with him everyone else either hates him, ignores him, rebuffs him, or (in the case of Junkrat and Tracer) mocks him. Averted by Ana, who's at least still civil with him, and Widowmaker, as a strictly professional relationship.
- Frontline General: Reaper (or Reyes) isn't the type to let others do his dirty work. As the leader of the original Overwatch Strike Team, he personally led the group into battle against the berserk omnics, and is implied to have personally led/participated in several clandestine operations as the commander of Blackwatch. Now he is a member of Talon's highest leadership, but that doesn't stop him from spearheading assaults himself. So far, he has personally led the attacks on Watchpoint Gibraltar, the Overwatch Museum, Volskaya Industries, and the Helix Security prison holding Doomfist. Besides these, he has personally ambushed Soldier: 76 and Ana in Giza, and he personally took part in Doomfist's "house cleaning" of Talon members who did not share their vision.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His "Nevermore" and "Plague Doctor" skins give him rather piercing purple/green glows coming out of his mask's eye holes. Same with his Halloween skin.
- Guns Akimbo: He dual-wields shotguns.
- Gun Fu: His Death Blossom ultimate looks like something out of John Woo's movies.
- Guttural Growler: His voice sounds as damaged as we can assume his body to be. He also had a bit of this as Reyes.
- The Gunslinger: The "Vaporizer" type. In the cinematic trailer, he was shooting everywhere trying to kill Winston and Tracer, not caring that there were children in the area, and his ultimate even has him spraying bullets in hopes that his target(s) would die from the rain of fire.
- Hammerspace: There is no explanation for where he keeps all those shotguns. In the animated shorts, they just sort of appear in his hands whenever they're offscreen or behind his back.
- Handicapped Badass: His physical state is unique because of Moira's experiments, but he's in constant pain and agony whenever he uses his abilities, his face is also said to be so deformed and mutated that it even horrified Ana. His abilities can make him difficult to deal with and he's succeeded in killing some former Overwatch agents.
- Hand Signals: One of his intros and emotes has him doing the 'throat slash' gesture.
- Hero Killer: In-universe; it's believed by some that he is hunting down and killing former Overwatch agents. The reason why is unknown, though his old ties to Overwatch may have something to do with it.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He used to be best friends with Soldier: 76 before the rift in their relationship formed, sticking with him through pretty much everything (the army, the first Omnic crisis, Overwatch).
- He Who Fights Monsters: He was the original leader of Overwatch, fighting for a more peaceful and stable world and standing on the ideas of heroism and justice. But when he was reassigned to be the leader of the secretive black ops branch, Blackwatch, due to the necessity to help keep the world stable and peaceful, as well as Talon's rapid escalation as a threat that couldn't be solved within the law, his tactics became more brutal and not something that most people would call heroic. Now Reaper is a force of disorder, chaos, and terrorism, seeking to destabilize the world he once helped.
- Hidden Depths:
- The Halloween special reveals that in life, Gabriel Reyes had a passionate interest in costume design and was able to tailor elaborate costumes for the occasion. Mercy even suggests that he use his gift to design their uniforms. This, of course, takes a darker twist when it leaves the implication that he made his Reaper getup.
- In-game dialogue, the comics, victory poses, and some sprays also hint that Reyes was once a far more affable man, even a bit of a goof to those close to him (when not on assignment). Some even pointing out that his Reaper garb is an extension of his former goofy personality, being edgy to the point of humor.
- For all his ruthlessness, he at one point did care greatly for innocent lives. In the Retribution comic, he was more than willing to rush into a burning building to save his comrades trapped inside and was seen with Morrison placing flags for fallen Overwatch agents.
- He was actually married at one point and raised a family, as revealed in the "Bastet" short story.
- Hired Guns: His biography calls him "one of the deadliest mercenaries on Earth."
- Humanoid Abomination: Although it's clear that his powerset is something relating to a wraith, no one knows what he truly is, although the theories of what he is don't point to anything natural or remotely human, either.
- Hunk: Not currently (presumably), but his past life as Gabriel Reyes shows that he used to be ruggedly handsome.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: The guy seems to have an endless supply of loaded shotguns.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- He mocks the outfits and appearances of both McCree and Winston in his pre-match banter. They shoot back, naturally, and have a lot of material to work with.Winston: I don't think even children are afraid of you.
- For all his talk of wanting to stick as close to the plan as possible, Retribution shows that before he became Reaper, Reyes did not stick to the original details of the mission, instead going rogue and killing the target he was supposed to be apprehending. The disastrous results may help to explain why he is now so adamant about sticking to the plan.
- He mocks the outfits and appearances of both McCree and Winston in his pre-match banter. They shoot back, naturally, and have a lot of material to work with.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His rationalization behind killing Antonio.Reyes: We followed the original plan, and infiltrated the manor. From there, I evaluated the situation and made my decision. And I stand by it. When you're on operation, things don't always go according to plan.
- Immune to Bullets: His Wraith Form ability temporarily makes him immune to damage, though it leaves him unable to attack.
- Implacable Man: Outside of gameplay, almost nothing has any real effect on him. Getting slammed into a concrete floor by Winston does nothing, a hit from a Humongous Mecha seems to hurt him but doesn't do any real damage, one of Ana's sleep darts have no effect, nor does pushing him off a two-story wall. Only Winston's Tesla Cannon has done any real damage to him by vaporizing Reaper, but even that doesn't keep him down for long, since dark vapor can be seen condensing and leaving the watchpoint by the end of the cinematic.
- "Instant Death" Radius: Let's just say, if he ever performs Death Blossom in the middle of your team without interruption, you will all end up very dead in very short order. It's telling that he's one of the more popular characters featured in frag vids, wiping entire teams single-handedly.
- In the Hood: He wears a black executioner-type hood as part of his "Grim Reaper" get-up. An old photo from Ana's Origin trailer showed that he already wore the hood back when he was still with Overwatch.
- Insistent Terminology: One of his voice lines has him insist that he's not a psychopath, but a "high-functioning psychopath".
- It's All About Me: His in-game quips implied that he expected decent folks like McCree and Ana Amari to side with him, simply because he was their mentor (in Mac's case) or good friend (in Ana's case). In "Old Soldiers", he assumed that Ana was left behind to die, just so that he can invoke the Not So Different trope. He didn't know that Ana deliberately chose to hide her survival. In addition, he believes that every misfortune that befell him, from losing his few remaining friends and his transformation, was all a deliberate attempt to ruin his life either by Jack Morrison or Overwatch.
- Jerkass: Even when Reaper's not killing people, he's still very arrogant and condescending.
- Kick the Dog: Does this to Winston by deliberately stepping on his glasses as he moves to finish him off. It backfires spectacularly, since it only triggers Winston's Berserk Button.
- Knuckle Cracking: After seeing how worthless his men are in Recall, Reaper cracks his neck before going to fight Winston himself.
- The Lancer:
- Gabriel Reyes was formerly this to his friend, Jack Morrison (Soldier: 76), when they led Overwatch together both during the Omnic Crisis and after. While Jack was the head and public face of the organization, Reyes was the leader of its dark side: its black ops branch, Blackwatch. He contrasted his friend with his more brutal, anti-heroic tactics.
- With the return of Doomfist to Talon's council, Reaper now fills this role in the organization, while still the same rank as Doomfist. Reaper is more concerned with destroying the last sparks of Overwatch's light and deploys Talon's forces for this agenda (always leading them from the front), while Doomfist handles the more long-term, diplomatic, and financial side of the organization.
- Life Drain: He regains a fraction of damage dealt to enemies as health. Previously, his passive skill caused enemies that died near him to drop a glowing red orb that restored some of his health.
- Light Is Not Good: When equipped with the "Wight" or "El Blanco" skins, which are colored white.
- Like Brother and Sister: The narration in "Bastet" mentions that Ana, Jack, and Gabriel were like siblings to each other during Overwatch's golden years.
- Looks Like Orlok: His Vampire skin is fashioned after the likes of Bram Stoker's and Castlevania's Draculanote , but the lack of nose, long fangs, and pointed skull shape of his mask definitely evokes this trope.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Wears a skull-themed White Mask of Doom, and he's a Villain Protagonist.
- Malicious Misnaming: He occasionally refers to Winston as "Monkey" (when he's clearly a gorilla).
- Man of Kryptonite: His shotguns rip Tanks apart. Tank characters have huge hitboxes to make it easier for them to lead the charge and defend allies, so they'll eat the full brunt of his shots. And at close range, those shots hurt.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Only because nano-superscience is considered "mundane" in the setting. It's not clear if his powers are purely through scientific exploits, or if something more supernatural is going on.
- Meaningful Echo: Before the attack commences, Reaper may tell a friendly McCree that he didn't teach the latter all his tricks, to which the cowboy replies that he still has a few tricks of his own. If Reaper kills an enemy McCree, one of his possible Bond One-Liners is him repeating that he didn't teach him all his tricks.
- Meaningful Name: Reaper is a very obvious reference to The Grim Reaper. His real name, Gabriel Reyes, consists of the name of an archangel and the Spanish word for "kings", respectively.
- Mighty Glacier: Reaper has higher than average health for a Damage hero, a Life Drain mechanic that allows him to stay in a fight for longer, and Shotguns that absolutely murder anyone that comes close. Check. On the other hand, he has a slow-as-molasses teleport which is nigh-unusable in combat, a mobility tool that is more suited for dodging big damage, and short engagement range. Also check.
- Multi-Directional Barrage: His ultimate involves spraying the surrounding area with shotgun shells.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Reaper, as in Grim Reaper, is an enigmatic assassin who specializes in taking down the former agents of Overwatch, who were some of the greatest super soldiers in the world. His Hellfire Shotguns, which can turn Humongous Mecha into scrap, are also a notable example.
- Neck Snap: Reaper performs one on an unsuspecting Russian soldier in the Infiltration short, who was distracted by Widowmaker. The deed itself is hidden from view, but we see him grab his victim by the chin and temple and hear the guy crash to the floor.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Retribution shows that in killing Talon agent Antonio, Gabriel Reyes not only caused Blackwatch to be exposed publicly and Overwatch to come under scrutiny by extension, but he also helped Talon expand its ranks by creating a power vacuum that resulted in multiple new agents and leaders appearing to take his place, such as Maximilien and Doomfist.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In the cinematic trailer, his Multi-Directional Barrage knocked Winston down and disabled Tracer's equipment, rendering both of them helpless. Then he stepped on Winston's glasses.
- Nightmare Face: The audience doesn't get to see it, but judging by Ana's reaction, whatever's underneath that mask ain't pretty.
- No-Sell: In the "Old Soldiers" webcomic, Ana hits him in the neck with a sleep dart, but he pulls it out with no ill effect. (Fortunately, the darts do affect him as they should in-game.)
- Not So Above It All:
- In the Summer Games event, he gets an Olympic based spray and pose just like everyone else, and his Olympic voice line has him quote sportscaster Chick Hearn.
- Likewise, in the "Junkenstein" comic, he appears in the end in a costume that he made himself to mess with Reinhardt. Another line implies that he made all the costumes seen in the comic.
- Not So Different: Invokes this in the comic short "Old Soldiers" by telling Ana that Overwatch screwed her over as much as it did him, reminding her of the failed mission where she was left to die instead of receiving immediate medical aid when Widowmaker pulled a Scope Snipe on her. Though he's not accurate on the details, as Ana deliberately chose to stay behind.
- Obviously Evil: Practically everything about his design has a clearly "evil" connotation. His outfit is all black leather and scuffed chrome, with shiny metal claws, four different belts, and no exposed skin. He dual-wields weapons called the "Hellfire Shotguns." His voice is low, gravelly, monotone, and very bitter. He can also dissipate into black smoke. While even Roadhog has been shown with cute plushies and vegetarian flair, Reaper is about as evil as it gets.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
- In the Infiltration short, Reaper is floored by a Humongous Mecha and leaves the rest of the assassination mission in Sombra's hands. When we catch up with him, the robot is a pile of smouldering rubble with Reaper casually departing the scene.
- Reaper broke Doomfist out of prison, curb-stomping over a dozen heavily-armed guards. We didn't get to see that outside of a news report, though.
- Old Soldier: Aged 50 as of the Venice Incident, putting him at 58 in the present day. Not that it slows him down in the slightest.
- Owl Be Damned: His mask resembles a stylised barn owl face and he resembles a flying owl while he's in wraith form (which would also fit with a silent, swooping killer motif). This would fit with background material indicating that Reyes is part of LA's large Latino population if this theory is correct, as the barn owl is a symbol of death in Mexican culture.
- Perpetual Frowner: While he can occasionally be seen smiling in the game's lore, his default expression is an angry scowl.
- Pet the Dog: His interactions with Ana are relatively civil, all things considered. This may be due to her personality, rather than his.
- Plague Doctor: His "Nevermore" and "Plague Doctor" legendary skins give him the aesthetic of one.
- Poisonous Friend: Described as such by the developers, and Retribution shows when he started to become this towards Jack. Killing the target that he was supposed to apprehend set off the chain reaction that lead to Overwatch's downfall and Reyes's rebirth as Reaper.
- Power Echoes: Reaper possesses incredible powers of regeneration. His voice also has an otherworldly reverb in it.
- Psycho for Hire: He's now preoccupied himself with selling his services out to various organisations around the world, and he enjoys what he does.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
- Pumpkin Person: Reaper's Halloween outfit has a jack-o-lantern for a head. Reyes wore this costume back during the Overwatch days, though in the present day, he's found a way to make the pumpkin light up.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His "Mariachi" skin's color scheme consists of mainly black and red.
- Sarcastic Clapping: One of his unlockable emotes in-game, appropriately titled "Slow Clap", makes him do this.
- Secret Identity: To the general public, at least. Despite what some of the in-game dialogue suggests, Word of God confirms that the only characters in-game who currently know that Reaper is Gabriel Reyes in-canon are Jack/Soldier: 76, Ana, and Sombra.
- See You in Hell: One of his Anniversary-exclusive voice lines is the always-classic "I'll see you in hell."
- Short-Range Shotgun: Like Roadhog, his shotgun's extreme damage kicks in only when he's rather close to his target(s), turning most heroes into swiss cheese with a few well-placed shots. However, at longer range, the incredible spread and damage falloff means that Reaper will only be doing negligible damage, forcing him to sneak around to close the distance.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: At first, he'd seem like your typical assassin-type character, with the ninja-esque mask and dark cloak. Then he whips out the twin shotguns and all expectations go out the window, though they do make up for it in doing very high close-range damage.
- Simple, yet Awesome: Unlike most other damage-focused heroes, Reaper's only real way of dealing damage consists of his trusty dual shotguns, which don't have any fancy abilities other than firing in all directions during his Ultimate. They deal ridiculous damage up close, quickly turning anyone who makes the mistake of getting in front of him into Swiss cheese.
- Skill Gate Character: Like Soldier: 76, Reaper isn't mechanically difficult and can easily decimate newer players who attempt to fight him at close range one-on-one, and his ultimate also remains one of the most effective ways to clear an objective or a payload due to the fact that the enemy team is bound to stick close to it. However, he lacks mobility outside of his rather slow Shadow Step, meaning that he suffers if he can't properly close the distance and/or gets shot from out of his range. His duelling power can still be threatening in higher levels of play, it's just easier to punish and can require some sneaky tactics and coordination to get around.
- Spin Attack: Death Blossom has him spin around while rapidly firing his shotgun. Done right, it can quickly kill off every surrounding enemy.
- Start of Darkness: The Venice mission in Retribution proves to be this, as it's apparently the first time he's murdered a person in cold blood. And as McCree notes, things just got worse from there.
- The Stoic: His dance emote seems to invoke this even more than others. Reaper just simply folds his arms and repeatedly taps his foot. Even characters like Hanzo, Roadhog, and Soldier: 76 have more animated dances than him.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Fires grenades from his shotguns in the cinematic trailer. It's likely that he had the ability to fire grenades at some point in development, but it was later removed.
- Super Soldier: As Reyes, he was part of the same super soldier program as Morrison, giving him speed, strength, and reflexes superior to that of a normal human. Up to Eleven once he was revived as (for all intents and purposes) an undead wraith, granting him even more durability, the ability to steal the life force of others, teleport short distances, and even become an invulnerable cloud of smoke. Later, it was revealed that his "Reaper" abilities might have some direct connection to the program, as one of the reasons he hired Moira during their time in Blackwatch was to assist him with his "genetics issues." Whether his current state is a simple evolution of these issues or a result of direct interference by Moira's experiments, we're not told.
- Super Smoke: The cinematics depict his wraith form as a trailing smoke cloud, while in-game, he retains a fairly humanoid shape.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He gives this sort of expression in the Recall trailer when one of the Mooks he brought along to deal with Winston goes flying through the window of the room he's in and smashes into a table. He's able to do this despite wearing a completely static mask.
- Take Our Word for It: Ana once tore his mask off and got a good look at whatever is left underneath; the panel cuts away to make sure the audience doesn't see. Even Ana, who's Seen It All, is left horrified.
- Teleportation: His ability Shadow Step allows him to mark a location in his field of sight and teleport there. Due to its long channel time, though, it's not intended be used in combat or as a direct initiation, but to safety cross open ground, or reposition to an otherwise unreachable or out-of-the-way area.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: As part of Blackwatch, most of his operations were "off the books" due to their controversial nature. Part of why he turned against Overwatch was that he wanted his story told.
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- He's clearly exasperated when one of his men is hurled across Winston's lab and he realizes that he has to deal with the problem personally.
- In the animated short Infiltration, the way he pauses as he looks up at a Mini-Mecha seconds before being thrashed into a wall just screams, "I'm doomed."
- Throw-Away Guns: He doesn't reload his shotguns; he simply discards empty ones and then draws another pair from within his coat. If playing on the same team, McCree may call him out on this, saying that the mercenary wasn't allowed to carry weapons to "toss 'em around like trash." Reaper, on the other hand, completely dismisses him in an arrogant tone.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After infamously getting worfed numerous times with no major successes to his name, Reaper finally got an awesome moment when he broke fellow Talon councilman Doomfist out of prison in a Curb-Stomp Battle. This gave him a major success that eluded him for so long, as Doomfist is being set up as being one of the current Big Bads and his return will make Talon an even bigger threat than before. We didn't get to see him actually do it, though.
- The Masquerade comic also retroactively added some successes to his prior defeats: He got part of the agent list in Recall when it previously looked like Winston was able to shut him out, and he knows that Sombra was double-crossing Talon in Infiltration.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In "Junkenstein", we see that Reyes used to be a much nicer and happier guy than what we've seen in other media (usually taking place at least midway or towards the end of Overwatch's first run; if not, then there wasn't enough material to provide more evidence of nice guy Reyes), as the comic presumably takes place earlier on in Overwatch's glory days.
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to a stop motion short, he really likes cookies.
- Trench Coat Warfare: One of his unique sprays◊ shows where he keeps his guns.
- Undeathly Pallor: From what can be seen of his skin (his exposed upper arms), his skin is extremely pale white a far cry from his originally dark skin tone.
- Understatement: He announces to his teammates that he's "clearing the area" when using Death Blossom.
- Unorthodox Reload: When his shotguns are emptied, Reaper just drops them and pulls out new ones. In-gameplay, he also fully reloads whenever he exits Wraith Form or finishes using Death Blossom, even though the latter just had him riddle everything within eight meters of him with bullets. McCree will comment on how wasteful this is in practice.McCree: You weren't given those guns to toss 'em around like trash.Reaper: I don't take lessons from you.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Though not to the extent of Moira's, he has pretty prominent cheekbones.
- Villainous Underdog: In the Infiltration short, Reaper is knocked away by a Humongous Mecha made for fighting enemy Omnics with far greater firepower. It possesses a particle beam larger than Reaper's whole body, a copy of Reinhardt's shield, and who knows what else. Meanwhile, he has to fight him while injured and only possessing a pair of shotguns (or several). He wins.
- Villain Protagonist: He's unambiguously a villain, yet he's one the playable characters.
- Vocal Dissonance: A rather glaring example occurs between current Reaper and when he used to be Reyes. In-game, the Blackwatch Reyes skin (depicting Reaper as Reyes when he was still in charge of Blackwatch) speaks with the exact same deep and growly voice as Reaper. However, as was later revealed during the Uprising event, which takes place when that skin would be canonically accurate, his voice was much more normal-sounding and nowhere near as guttural.
- Was Once a Man: His abilities notwithstanding, Mercy's in-game dialogue indicates that she, a professional doctor, can't tell what had happened to him.
- We Used to Be Friends: A former teammate and friend of Jack Morrison, aka "Soldier: 76." It's implied through pre-match dialogue that 76 already knows this, with the "Old Soldiers" comic implying that he discovered Reaper's true identity during their first post-Switzerland reunion. Surprisingly, Jack reacts less with fiery rage and more with passive, venomous hatred.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite what Reaper's profile says, it's implied that Gabriel wasn't always as ruthless as he seemed, but when Talon's attacks against Overwatch became increasingly brazen and was killing its members, Gabriel's fury got the better of him. He believed that if he didn't play by Overwatch's rulebook like Talon did, he'd be able to deal a crippling blow to them. Unfortunately, when he finally had Antonio, the Talon member responsible, in front of him, knowing that he couldn't secure the man without Talon's connections allowing him to walk later, Gabriel snapped and crossed the one line even Blackwatch didn't cross. He murdered Antonio in cold blood, the fallout of which exposed Blackwatch publicly, and began not only Overwatch's fall, but his transformation into Reaper.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Is called out by McCree after he murders Antonio in the Venice mission, since not even Blackwatch was supposed to kill their targets in cold blood.
- White Mask of Doom: Reaper wears an off-white mask that resembles a barn owl's face. Barn owls are a symbol of death in Mexican culture, which fits his bloodthirsty character.
- The Worf Effect:
- The shorts and comics released shortly before and after the game's release don't do Reaper's reputation any favors. He's failed to steal the gauntlet, failed to extract the information on the Overwatch agents, and failed to kill Jack and Ana (though it should be noted that he had Jack dead to rights until Ana showed up). It seems his main purpose is to give the good guys someone strong to thrash. Compared to his counterpart Widowmaker, who's shown to be effective at almost everything she's done at an almost frightening level, this can leave something to be desired.
- The "Masquerade" comic states that at least some of the information on the agents was downloaded successfully. And he has taken members out offscreen, though. He also wasn't fooled by Sombra's clandestine meet-up and is keeping tabs on her actions.
- Reaper himself uses this trope in his favor in Infiltration, when he (off-screen) reduces a Humongous Mecha to a flaming pile of rubble with only his shotguns. The mecha in question
iswas supposed to tip the war between Russia and the omnics in the former's favor.
- Finally averted when he broke Doomfist out of maximum-security prison. He killed over a dozen heavily-armed guards with ease and freed Doomfist, which allowed them to propel Talon into further power. Finally, he got a major success that eluded him for so long.
- The shorts and comics released shortly before and after the game's release don't do Reaper's reputation any favors. He's failed to steal the gauntlet, failed to extract the information on the Overwatch agents, and failed to kill Jack and Ana (though it should be noted that he had Jack dead to rights until Ana showed up). It seems his main purpose is to give the good guys someone strong to thrash. Compared to his counterpart Widowmaker, who's shown to be effective at almost everything she's done at an almost frightening level, this can leave something to be desired.
- Would Hurt a Child: In the Cinematic Trailer, he performs his Death Blossom ultimate with no regards for the children within the area.
- Xanatos Gambit: Talon's original mission to assassinate Katya Volskaya would have guaranteed a second Omnic Crisis if it was successful, but thanks to Sombra going behind Talon's back, she managed to blackmail her and keep her alive instead. However, Reaper wasn't fooled by it and in fact, is taking advantage of the deal to further Talon's goal, but is still keeping track of Sombra in case she does something funny.
- You Are Number 6: His Soldier: 24 skin indicates his designation of the same name for the experimental super soldier program that he and Morrison were part of.
- Your Soul Is Mine: His old passive caused any nearby dead enemies to drop "soul globes", which Reaper can pick up to recover health. Lore articles about him also mentioned that his victims were left as pale, desiccated husks, as if someone had ripped their souls right out of their bodies.
Soldier: 76 - United States
John Francis "Jack" Morrison / Soldier: 76
Species: Enhanced human
Age: Mid-to-late 50snote
Base of Operations: Unknownnote
Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)
Appearances (shorts): Cinematic Trailer (cameo), Soldier: 76 Origin Story (focus), Hero (focus), Ana Origin Story (cameo)
Appearances (comics): "Legacy", "Old Soldiers" (focus), "Reflections" (cameo), "Uprising" (focus), "Retribution"
Appearances (short stories): "Bastet" (focus), "Valkyrie"
Appearances (Archives events): Uprising (on comms), Retribution (ending cutscene)
"We're all soldiers now."
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (English), Carlos Segundo (Latin American Spanish), Ramón Langa (European Spanish), Toru Okawa (Japanese), Patrick Borg (French), Roberto Draghetti (Italian), Martin Keßler (German), José Augusto Sendim (Brazilian Portuguese) Seung-jun Kim (Korean), Yangshao Wen (Taiwanese Chinese), Liu Yao (Mandarin Chinese), Andrzej Chudy (Polish), Maxim Pinsker (Russian)
Currently the target of an international manhunt, the vigilante known as Soldier: 76 wages a personal war to expose the truth behind Overwatch's collapse.
Soldier: 76 revealed himself in a string of attacks that crisscrossed the globe, targeting financial institutions, shadowy corporations, and secure Overwatch facilities. Though to the outside world his motives are inscrutable, there are those who claim that he is a former Overwatch agent, determined to shed light on the conspiracy that brought down the organization.
While his true identity remains a mystery, he is believed to have been trained as a member of the American "soldier enhancement program." He possesses physical capabilities exceeding those of a conventional soldier's, as well as other augmentations that make him a peerless combatant. In addition, he utilizes a cutting-edge arsenal, much of it stolen in raids on Overwatch installations.
Unrelenting in his search to find those responsible for Overwatch's fall, Soldier: 76 will stop at nothing to bring them to justice.
His identity is in fact the celebrated Overwatch hero and leader Jack Morrison. Formerly just a mere farmer's son from Indiana, Jack joined the military at the age of 18, eventually undergoing a "super soldier enhancement" program alongside his best friend Gabriel Reyes. When the first Omnic Crisis struck, Jack and Gabriel were among the first inductees into the newly formed Overwatch. Jack's kind nature, idealism, and charisma led him to become the main face of Overwatch and its first official commander. Eventually, the Overwatch he helped build started to show signs of corruption, and people began to lose their trust in the organization, regardless of how hard Jack tried to quell their doubts. It all fell apart when Jack and Gabriel came to blows at Overwatch's Swiss HQ; in the ensuing battle, Jack was believed to have perished along with Gabriel when their fighting triggered an explosion that destroyed the facility, and Morrison was officially buried with honors after his apparent death. However, unknown to the public, Jack survived the destruction. Disillusioned with how his idealism got him nowhere in preventing the world from plummeting into darkness and was in fact used to corrupt the organization he protected and cost him some of his dearest friends, he no longer believes in those old ideals, deciding instead to try to focus only on what matters most to him: uncovering the truth behind Overwatch's fall, no matter the cost, how many rules he has to break, and what brutal methods he has to use. After completing various raids to steal cutting-edge technology, including a prototype pulse rifle from a former Overwatch base, he began undertaking vigilante missions, referring to himself only as "Soldier: 76."
Soldier: 76 is a highly versatile hero, having efficient damage, mobility, and self-sustain.
- His weapon Heavy Pulse Rifle, is both powerful and highly accurate when fired in short bursts,
- His rifle fires a volley of Helix Rockets, which deal heavy burst damage in a small radius upon exploding.
- Sprint, which allows him to move at increased speed for as long as he wants, although he's unable to fire while sprinting.
- Biotic Field: He can deploy a device on the ground that heals him and any allies within its range over time.
- Tactical Visor: In his ultimate, Soldier activates his targeting visor for a few seconds, during which his attacks will automatically aim towards the enemy closest to his crosshairs, greatly improving their accuracy to output reliable damage.
- The Ace: Was this as Jack Morrison during the Omnic Crisis and during the early days of Overwatch. He was a charismatic leader and a good soldier, and had the uncanny ability to unite different people from all over the world into a cohesive and powerful force. Under Jack's leadership, Overwatch agents were lauded as heroes and Jack became the "face" of Overwatch, as well as a global symbol of hope. Even after his (supposed) death, Jack was fondly remembered by all.
- The Alcoholic: Implied Trope. A bottle of booze located next to his sleeping bag in Necropolis suggests that he's turned to alcohol to help ease his sorrows. The fact that he has hardly anything else with him besides the drink also lends credence to this. Ana also makes a sarcastic remark about carrying around whiskey just in case she runs into him.
- Always Accurate Attack: His Tactical Visor ability grants very generous aim assist that makes it almost impossible to miss anything in his line of sight, it can blocked though.
- Anti-Hero: While he attempts to do what he believes is right by finding the people that caused the downfall of Overwatch, there is the fact that he raided former Overwatch installations to steal weaponry in order to accomplish that goal. He's also ruthless and brutal when dealing with criminals, and doesn't hesitate to shoot them to death if it means ridding a city of their influence.
- Area of Effect: The healing from his Biotic Field. When deployed on a moving payload, it compliments the payload's healing marvelously.
- Ascended Meme: Soldier: 76 has been referred to as "Dad: 76" by fans. First Blizzard teased it by picking golf for his Summer Games sport (a stereotypical "Dad" sport) and his Halloween spray being a grumpy dad, he later got the below interaction with Tracer, and both dad jokes and Dad fashion (socks with sandals) from his Grillmaster: 76 skin (a stereotypical barbecue dad skin) in Summer Games 2017. The below bit with Tracer has her hint he's Team Dad:Soldier: 76: You need to slow down. Think about your actions.
Tracer: Okay, dad.
- Bayonet Ya: His Formal: 76 skin's weapon has a bayonet afixed to it, but it is just an Ornamental Weapon.
- Beard of Sorrow: Not really, but after Overwatch fell and he lost most of his idealism, it's shown that underneath his mask, he's starting to grow some gray stubble on his face.
- Becoming the Costume:
- His "Daredevil: 76" and "Stunt Rider: 76" skins give him a bonus respawn line referencing Evel Knievel: "Bones heal, pain is temporary, scars look good."
- For "Night Ops: 76" and "Commando: 76," he gets a new respawn line in "Sic transit gloria" ("Thus passes glory").
- His "Grillmaster: 76" changes a ton of his lines, including replacing all his quotes for deploying Biotic Field (or in this case, a can of Diet HEAL UP), changing his ultimate callout to "Tactical sunglasses activated!" All the while reinforcing his Ascended Meme of "Dad: 76." It also affects a few manual voice lines as well; "Smells like victory" becomes "Smells like freedom", and "Respect your elders" (exclusive to Lunar New Year boxes) becomes "Respect the chef."
- His "Alpine: 76" skin lightly modifies a few lines, changing one of his respawn lines to "Not on ice yet," and his ultimate callout to "Tactical goggles activated!"
- Blue Is Heroic: Blue features prominently in many of his outfits. While the "heroic" part is a little shaky in the present-day, he was definitely this while being the leader of Overwatch.
- Boring, but Practical: His skill set is far from flashy and can even come across as a little underwhelming compared to some of the other offense heroes, but his long-range precision and burst damage allows him to rapidly take down most non-tank heroes, while his Sprint allows him to rapidly get away from danger, re-position himself in a fight, or get to the front lines much more quickly. His Biotic Field also greatly increases his and his team's ability to remain in a protracted firefight, and his ultimate, Tactical Visor, is basically an aimbot that can quickly stop a push dead in its tracks (and net you Play of the Game). The fact that his play style is similar to other first-person shooters such as Call of Duty and Halo also means he's the perfect hero for beginner players. There's a reason why the basic tutorial is a walkthrough of his abilities. This skillset has also ensured his spot as one of the top-picked Offense heroes in professional play, due to how he's able to cover his team's bases without producing any glaring weaknesses.
- Broken Hero: He was once the Ideal Hero of Overwatch, then the public started turning against him, and he barely survived a bomb attack in their headquarters. Now he is on a quest for vengeance, seeking the ones responsible for destroying Overwatch.
- Broken Pedestal: Many people accused Jack, their former hero, as being part of the Dirty Business Overwatch was revealed to be behind. Jeff Kaplan has stated that part of his downfall was his willingness to "defend Reyes' questionable actions".
- Camera Abuse: One of his highlight intros shows him sprinting towards the camera and straight-up knocking the camera out with the butt of his rifle just because it was in the way.
- Captain Geographic: His "Daredevil: 76" skin, based on the iconic costume worn by motorcycle stunt rider Evel Knievel, gives off a "Captain America meets Elvis Presley" vibe.
- Civvie Spandex: His gloves and jacket look like they were taken from a hockey uniform or some other sport, especially with the number emblazoned on the back.
- Color Motifs: As Jack Morrison, his outfit was predominately blue with white and silver. After he became "Soldier: 76", his outfit now has more black and red areas than blue, to symbolize how far he had fallen.
- Combat Medic: The only non-support character to have the ability to heal allies.
- Cool Mask: Especially if it has a targeting visor that lets you aim at enemies without even trying.
- Covered with Scars: Whether from the blast in Switzerland or from a long career as a soldier, Grillmaster: 76 reveals that his face, arms, and legs are all covered in various scars.
- The Cowl: As can be seen in the Hero short, he does his local hero work starting from sundown. And his methods are not unlike Batman, so
- Create Your Own Villain: Accepting the position of Strike Commander, basically supplanting his former superior commander, Gabriel Reyes, ensured that the downfall of Overwatch and the rise of Reaper was inevitable.
- Cyborg: His "Cyborg" skin turns him into one, with lots of cybernetic implants seen all over his body, namely his feet and arms.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Overwatch's fall into disgrace and destruction, as well as his "death", turned him into a cynical Well-Intentioned Extremist obsessed with catching the people responsible.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not too often, but he has his moments.Soldier: 76: I'm the one who does his job. I'm thinking you're the other one.
- Determinator: His respawn line "Knock me down and I'll keep getting back up" invokes this.
- Disease Bleach: One can assume that his near-death experience had something to do with the whitening of his hair.
- Do Not Run with a Gun: Downplayed. He can still move at his usual movement speed while shooting, but he cannot shoot while using Sprint.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- He's the guy who's seen holding the hand of a young child in the cinematic trailer.
- In the Doomfist Preview video, Soldier: 76 could be seen with an unfamiliar skin on his weapon. That weapon skin turned out to be for his Summer Games 2017 skin.
- The photo of him and his ex-boyfriend, Vincent, was shown in the "Reflections" comic, two years before the "Bastet" short story revealed its meaning.
- Faking the Dead: People thought he died along with Overwatch when its headquarters was blown up by its enemies, when in actuality he survived. He now uses it as a chance to hide his identity until the ones responsible for Overwatch's downfall were brought to justice.
- Fallen Hero: As an in-universe news post says:"The Morrison I knew wouldn't hide behind a mask. He wouldn't plant bombs and steal weapons while the world suffered through another year of war and heartache. That Morrison was buried here six years ago. All that's left is the shadow of the hero we once knew."
- Farm Boy: Being an all-American hero type, he naturally grew up on a farm in rural Indiana. The Halloween update reveals that he is specifically from Bloomington.
- Feeling Their Age: After a respawn, he'll complain that he's not a young man anymore.
- Good Is Not Nice: Even as the Fallen Hero, he intends to do what he believes is right, but is known for his skills, cunning, and ruthlessness. He has zero qualms about killing criminals to rid the city of their influence, in other words.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has what looks like a slash mark on his forehead. Underneath his mask, he also has at least a scar across his mouth.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Well, visor. It pinpoints potential targets for him, and seems to be linked to his pulse rifle for aim assist.
- Grumpy Old Man: He comes across as fairly impatient and irritable, and even has a couple of "Back In My Day" quotes, such as, "Young punks. Get off my lawn!" It's hilariously addressed for his Halloween "Trick or Treat" spray, where instead of portraying a child version of himself in a crudely-made Halloween costume like every other hero except Ana (who's instead shown with her daughter, Pharah), he's just an old grump in a sweater sitting on a rocking chair.◊
- Guilty Pleasures: Lunar New Year 2019 gives him an emote where he endulges in playing with a monkey drum before looking around to see if anyone saw him.
- Guttural Growler: The man sounds like he gargles broken glass.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His Origins skin depicted him (as Jack Morrison) with golden blonde hair, yet in early promotional material and the cinematic trailer, his hair was white. After he became Soldier: 76, though, most of his Heart Of Gold went bye-bye.
- Having a Blast: His ability Helix Rockets allows him to shoot explosive, helix-shaped energy rockets from his heavy pulse rifle.
- Heal Thyself: His Biotic Field allows him to heal himself and his teammates in its canister's range.
- Healing Factor: Part of his Super Soldier treatment gave him some slight regenerative abilities, with wounds able to heal themselves over time, even from a necrotic state. In "Old Soldiers", he gets his back blasted by a close-range shotgun, but not only does he survive, "Bastet" reveals he's already beginning to regenerate from it. That said, he's not invincible and still requires proper treatment for all the abuse his body takes.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Since the fall of Overwatch, he's done so many questionable things in the name of justice that he doesn't see himself as a hero anymore. In the Hero animated short, a young girl named Alejandra asks him if he was one of the heroes her mother told her about. Soldier: 76 stops for a moment before sadly answering: "...Not anymore."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He used to be best friends with Reaper before the rift in their relationship formed, sticking with him through pretty much everything (the army, the first Omnic crisis, Overwatch). He even defended most of Reyes' dubious actions which eventually led to Overwatch's downfall.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In desperately chasing after those responsible for Overwatch's fall into disgrace, Soldier: 76 is often seen by the general public as being almost as bad as his targets. He not only knows this all too well, he doesn't contest the opinion. Ironic in that his actions as Soldier: 76 mirrors Reyes' during the golden years of Overwatch. His tactics being on the line and brutal enough to blur the line between him and his targets.
- Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: His "Slasher: 76" skin decks him out in this style, with a bulk of his rifle being made to resemble a chainsaw.
- Hurricane of Puns: His "Grillmaster: 76" skin, which is the strongest ascension of the Dad: 76 meme. His apron reads "raise the steaks", his gun reads "a salt rifle" The list goes on.
- Hypocritical Humor: Expresses surprise that Ana did not inform him that she's still alive. This, coming from a guy who also faked his own death without telling anyone. Ana, of course, immediately calls him out on this.
- Ideal Hero: Deconstructed and, as more information is revealed, subverted. While Jack Morrison was the pure, idyllic, and charismatic Face of Overwatch, he couldn't do much about problems within his own team. From internal corruption, to Reyes' growing resentment caused by being continually denied recognition, to Ana Amari's deteriorating mental health, Jack could only do so much before it all (literally) blew up in his face.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: He doesn't consider himself a hero anymore. Just an old soldier still fighting a war with no end. However, as the Hero short demonstrates, his heroic ways are still with him. When faced with pursuing enemies or rescuing an Innocent Bystander, Jack chooses the latter.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Tactical Visor gives him this for a brief time.
- It's All My Fault:
- Morrison's cynical turn could be interpreted as him believing he could have stopped Overwatch's downfall, if his way of thinking had been different at the time.
- Further implied by equipping the Witch skin on Mercy, where she'll offer him to "undo the choices [he] regrets."
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Before the fall of Overwatch, Jack was in a happy relationship with a man named Vincent, but eventually lost contact. Vincent eventually moved on and married someone else, and Jack says that he's glad he found someone that could give him a life that Jack himself never could but Ana is unconvinced that Jack is completely truthful.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Years ago when he was one of the leaders of Overwatch, he had a fuller head of hair and was quite handsome. Now his face is scarred, his hair has gone white, and his hairline seems to be receding. He's still quite attractive for his age.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He's a great all-rounder, competent at almost everything but specializing in nothing. His assault rifle has good long-range accuracy in short bursts, meaning that he can snipe, but not as well as dedicated snipers like Hanzo and Widowmaker. He can heal a team, but not as well as dedicated healers like Mercy and Ana, and his ability to heal means he can tank some damage, but not as much as dedicated tanks like Reinhardt or D.Va. His rockets mean he can do his part to crack dug-in defenders and tanks, but not quite as well as a demolitions expert like Pharah or Junkrat. And his sprint means he can flank, but not quite as well as speedsters like Tracer and Genji.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not as bad as Reaper or Widowmaker in the "Jerk" part, but he's not particularly nice and comes across as fairly aggressive and dismissive towards his teammates. He does seem to have a soft spot for some of his former teammates, especially Pharah, whom he compliments on her accuracy and positively compares to her mother. He's still on very good terms with Ana, enough so that he actively sought her out to recruit her help in avenging Overwatch's fall. In the Hero short, he has a brief moment of hesitation when he has to choose between pursuing the fleeing Los Muertos gang for his self-assigned mission and saving an innocent from one of their grenades. While he actually begins to run after the gang, ultimately, he turns back to save her.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Soldier: 76 has a very jaded world-view thanks to Overwatch's destruction, but is still trying to do the right thing, even if he's going about it differently than he used to.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Back when he was Jack Morrison, he had a square jawline to complete his all-American hero look.
- The Leader: Even before taking formal command of Overwatch while serving under his friend, Commander Gabriel Reyes, Jack was seen as the more charismatic and inspiring leader. That's why the United Nations appointed him the Strike Commander of the first formal Overwatch team.
- Like Brother and Sister: The narration in "Bastet" mentions that Ana, Jack and Gabriel were like siblings to each other during Overwatch's golden years.
- Made of Iron: A definite benefit to his Super Soldier treatment, even if it still apparently hurts like hell. In Hero, he's able to take being blasted by a grenade to the back, and in "Old Soldiers", he's also able to survive a shotgun blast to the back.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He wears a face mask (along with a targeting visor) to hide his identity as Jack Morrison. Though he's more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist or Anti-Villain than purely evil.
- Married to the Job: While several members of Overwatch managed to start families during the organization's golden years, Jack was so dedicated to his duty as a soldier and peacekeeper that he ended up rejecting such a life, even after forming a relationship with another man."We both knew that I could never put anything above my duty. Everything I fought for was to protect people like him Thats the sacrifice I made."
- Meaningful Name: Possibly unintentional, but his real name is Jack Morrison, and there isn't a single other hero in the game who can compete with him for best Jack-of-All-Stats.
- Military Superhero: A super-soldier and a (former) leader of Overwatch.
- Morality Pet:
- In the Hero short, Alejandra is shown to bring out the human side of him, even when he claims not to be a hero anymore. The fact that he abandons his mission against Los Muertos and saves her life from a live grenade proves that old habits die hard.
- It's not expanded upon much, but he's portrayed in-game as having a soft spot for Pharah. He tells her that her mother would be so proud of her in an interaction, and he compliments her aim when she gets a kill. Most of his other interactions are cold and distant, if not outright antagonistic, apart from Pharah's own mother, Ana.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He gave Reyes the unofficial okay for the disastrous Venice incident. When it blew up in their faces, he responded by throwing Reyes and Blackwatch as a whole under the bus. This was the beginning of what would be the end of Overwatch.
- Not So Above It All: Soldier: 76 plays the gruff, jaded, no nonsense vigilante, but he's not completely above having a little fun. He had the 3rd highest score in Murky Skeeball in Blizzard World before Sombra came along.
- Old Soldier: One of the founders of Overwatch as a specialized strike team during the Omnic Crisis. As evidenced by his official release, he's still going strong.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Jack is short for John, but nobody called him that before he became Soldier: 76.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Played with; in the Hero short, Alejandra realizes that 76 is the man on the poster she saw, even with his mask on.
- Passing the Torch: His pre-match banter with Winston implies this.Soldier: 76: So you think you can do my old job?
Winston: Someone has to.
- Patriotic Fervor: Invoked For Laughs in his "Grillmaster: 76" skin, which on top of turning him into a stereotypical suburban "barbecue dad", also replaces his "Smells like victory" voice line to "Smells like freedom."
- Pet the Dog:
- For someone who normally acts cold to others, he has a few unusually soft in-game lines with Pharah, indicating he still has a soft spot. For example, he'll compliment that she got her aim from her mom if he sees her get a kill. He also tells Pharah that her mother would've been proud of her, to which Pharah responds that he must not have known her very well to say that.
- In the Hero short, he specifically abandons the mission at hand when he could've ended Los Muertos in order to save Alejandra from a grenade that was thrown at her. Even though he no longer views himself as a hero, there are some habits that will never die.
- If he sees Tracer get killed in battle, he'll say "You won't be forgotten."
- He has the most civilized interactions with Ana, with all of them being friendly reminders of their past together.
- Pistol-Whipping: 76's melee strike knocks the opponent away with his rifle. In the "We are Overwatch" trailer, 76 knocks out a bank robber's tooth with the butt-stock of his rifle.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Lifelong friends with Ana, who served as his second-in-command of Overwatch. Even now, after Overwatch disbanded and they're wanted by both the law and Talon, they still fight together and look out for each other out of a bond that's lasted decades.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: When using his ultimate."I've got you in my sights."
- Primary-Color Champion: His default outfit is mostly decorated with bright blues and reds with some white and yellow details.
- Punctuated Pounding: Repeatedly bashes a piñata against a thug's head, declaring "These! Aren't! Your! Streets! Anymore!", in the Hero trailer, terrifying the innocent on the scene.
- Raised Catholic: The dog tags on his Commando: 76 and Night Ops: 76 skins list his religion as Catholic, but there's no further mention of it in-game or in the lore. The only other indication given is his first and middle names: there are several important figures in the Bible named John, and Pope Francis is a real-life pope of Vatican City.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: When equipped with the "Night" skin. Subverted in that he's not evil; just being a Well-Intentioned Extremist at worst.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He doesn't have red eyes himself (his eyes are blue), but his tactical visor contains a red horizontal slit that he sees through.
- Refusal of the Call: He's shown to be among the more skeptical critics of Overwatch's return, as he bitterly recites this line when spawning at Gibraltar."Bring back Overwatch"? What's the point?
- The "Valkyrie" short story outright cements this, with him citing that the new Overwatch would simply fall apart once again.
- Rocket Jump: Possible with his Helix Rockets. He still takes quite a bit of damage from it, and it's only a slight vertical boost, so it's not recommended for use in combat, but it can still get him onto some normally out-of-reach places.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: During the London hostage incident in Overwatch's waning days. With the Prime Minister of London denying Overwatch clearance to deal with the situation, Jack finds his hands tied with Director Petras on hold for him in his office. After a meeting with then-cadet Tracer, he has his secretary tell Petras to call back before sending Reinhardt, Torbjörn, Mercy, and Tracer into London anyway.
- Secret Keeper: Subverted. Morrison was personally involved in Ana's failed mission. Given that he's the Number One to Ana's Number Two, he could have given the order to suppress the information in order for Ana to retire. However, in-game and in "Old Soldiers", he expresses surprise that Ana is alive.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The destruction of Overwatch was traumatic, and the intervening years haven't been kind.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Once he survived the explosion at Overwatch's Swiss headquarters, he starts making progress to discard his idealism and only cares about results.
- Silver Fox: His "Night Ops" and "Commando" skins shows that he is still quite attractive. He accredits this to whatever the government pumped into him long ago.
- Simple, yet Awesome: Soldier: 76 is the most straight-forward character in the game, with abilities that only require that a player point-and-shoot (or drop right where they are to heal). In the right hands, however, he's incredibly dangerous due to good mobility, decent damage and accuracy, and self-reliability.
- So Proud of You: Will specifically tell Pharah in their pre-game dialogue that her mother would've been proud of her, in a moment of unusual kindness. She responds that he must not have known her very well to say something like that.
- Straight Gay: The short story "Bastet" reveals that, during the Golden Age of Overwatch, Jack had a boyfriend named Vincent, but lost touch with him. Nothing about Soldier: 76's behavior or demeanor had hinted at his sexuality before.
- Sucks at Dancing: For the game's first anniversary, every character received a dancing emote. It turns out that most of the cast are really good dancers except for Soldier: 76. He performs the most awkward, uncoordinated series of kicks and claps that really needs to be seen to be believed.◊ He tries so hard, though.
- Superhero Paradox: Despite putting an end to the Omnic Crisis, bad guys still keep popping up, and the public started blaming Overwatch and Jack Morrison for failing to keep the peace even accusing them of causing the trouble.
- Super Soldier: A member of an American soldier-enhancing program that gives him the standard enhanced reflexes and physical augmentations.
- Terror Hero: The Hero short shows him to be one, using his superior skills and equipment to terrify a bunch of gangbangers and arms dealers into staying off the streets. Other stories establish that while he won't use lethal force on non-criminals shooting at him, he's more than willing to injure them to shut them down.
- Technical Pacifist: Though he is confirmed to use more aggressive and brutal methods than the other heroes and is seen as an extremely dangerous killer by the public, every depiction of Soldier: 76 shows him actively avoiding killing his targets if he can help it.
- That Man Is Dead: He prefers to not answer to the name of Jack Morrison, whom the world long believed to be dead anyway. However, old habits die hard and he still responds when Ana refers to him as Jack.
- This Means Warpaint: His "Night Ops" and "Commando" skins gives him camo paint on his face.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Originally an idealistic leader akin to Captain America, the falling of Overwatch from forces inside and outside of the organization turned him into a cynical, truth-seeking wild card who wouldn't be any different from a '90s Anti-Hero like The Punisher and such. The opposite happened to McCree, a former crook and arms dealer who Took a Level in Idealism."Call me a vigilante if you like. The truth is, I'm just a soldier."
- Vague Age: He's the only playable character whose age is unknown. All we know is that he's about two decades older than McCree and Hanzo, who are 37 and 38, respectively.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ana. She is the first person he tracks down to reunite with, and their first dialogue is them joking if Ana would shoot him for ruining her stakeout.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: One of the American characters, and his outfit has a very obvious red, white, and blue color scheme.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was a close friend and teammate of Gabriel Reyes, but nowadays, they're enemies as Soldier: 76 and Reaper.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Downplayed. Despite being one of the playable characters, he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist at best, and his rather questionable methods in dealing with criminals make him an Anti-Villain at worst.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Deconstructed. Jack Morrison worked tirelessly in ending the Omnic Crisis and ensuring global peace. This resulted in Overwatch being destroyed, his teammates reviled as criminals, and Jack becoming a ruthless Fallen Hero Vigilante Man.
- Would Not Shoot a Good Guy: This Atlas News story implies that even after becoming a vigilante, 76 still does his best to not kill any non-criminals standing in his way, even if they're shooting at him. He's still more than willing to inflict temporary injury on them, though.
- You Are Number 6: Often referred to as Soldier: 76, though his real name is Jack Morrison. If Reaper's Soldier: 24 skin is any indication, Morrison chose his new moniker based on his designation when he was inducted in the experimental super soldier program.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: He's the narrator for the Winter 2016 special brawl. He introduced the battleground, how you are selected for the mission because you are the best
and it's revealed to be a one big snowball brawl, and he gave this response. The start of the match also torments him."We're all scientists now ugh."
Sombra - Mexico
Olivia Colomar / Sombra
Species: Human cyborg
Base of Operations: Castillo, Mexico
Affiliation: Los Muertos (formerly), Talon (currently)
Appearances (shorts): Infiltration (focus), Sombra Origin Story (focus)
Appearances (comics): "Reflections" (cameo), "Masquerade", "Searching"
Appearances (short stories): "What You Left Behind" (cameo)
"Everything can be hacked and everyone."
Voiced by: Carolina Ravassa (English), Lourdes Arruti (Latin American Spanish), Anahí de la Fuente (European Spanish), Chiwa Saito (Japanese), Lara Trautmann (German), Yeon-woo Kim (Korean), Emmanuelle Rivière (French), Veronika Sarkisova (Russian), Tiziana Martello (Italian), Anna Cieślak (Polish), Carol Crespo (Brazilian Portuguese)
One of the world's most notorious hackers, Sombra uses her skills to manipulate those with power to get what she wants.
Olivia Colomar was just one of hundreds of children orphaned by the Omnic Crisis. In order to survive in the world, she learned how to hack and manipulate people to get what she wants. She eventually joined Los Muertos on their rebellion against the government. After a while, she thought she was at the top of the world until she discovered a conspiracy that has spread out globally and the conspiracy noticed her. Knowing that she was in danger, she erased all traces of her existence and re-emerged into the world as the woman named Sombra.
With her new identity, she launched a wide-spread string of hacks in order to figure out the truth about the conspiracy, which led her to be noticed by many people, including those within the ranks of Talon. She eventually joined Talon, and has assisted them on multiple attacks against organizations with ties to the government. But in reality, she is using Talon as a way to help her get what she wants.
Sombra specializes in using stealth to disrupt her foes and ambush weakened enemies.
- Her weapon is a fully-automatic Machine Pistol, best used at close range.
- Hack She can use her technological prowess either on enemies to briefly prevent from using their abilities, or on health packs, making them useless to the enemy team while causing them to respawn faster.
- Stealth turns Sombra invisible and boosts her movement speed until she attacks or is damaged,
- Translocator, which is a throwable beacon that stays in place after being deployed, during which Sombra can reactivate the ability to teleport to its location, but it can be destroyed by enemies.
- Her Opportunist passive that allows her to detect enemies at less than half health through walls.
- Her ultimate, EMP, releases an electromagnetic blast that Hacks all enemies around her and destroys their barriers and shields.
- Achilles' Heel: Sombra's ability to turn invisible and sneak behind enemy lines is useless when the enemy has ways to detect invisible enemies like Widowmaker's Infra-Sight or Hanzo's Sonic Arrow. Especially Hanzo, as Sonic Arrow is not an ulti, and can be spammed with impunity. Downplayed however, for Sombra players who prefer a more direct playstyle, using the Translocator as a substitute for Flash Step to outmaneuver the enemy and riddle them full of holes.
- A Day in the Limelight: She's the protagonist of the Infiltration short.
- The Alcoholic: It's only implied, but she was seen in the same bar as McCree (where it's implied that she drunk him under the table) in the "Reflections" comic, she has a respawn quote that translates to "I'm ready for that drink now"original , and has "I need a drink" as an Anniversary voice line.
- Alternate Reality Game: The lead-up to her reveal was an ARG which started from July 2016 and lasted up until her announcement in November. Sombra had placed clues across official Overwatch trailers which led to numerous decryptions, separate websites, and a lot of waiting.
- Ambiguously Evil:
- She technically works for Talon, but it's obvious to anybody who has seen her short (and even other members of Talon itself) that she's using them for her own ends. The most evil thing we see her do is blackmail Katya Volskaya, and she's apparently in direct opposition of the conspiracy. However, we don't know whether her motives for opposing them are benevolent, selfish, or even if she's trying to take them down at all. That said, she still seems to have no problem with using lethal force against anyone who gets in her way, and she seems to have no problem with carrying out Talon's agenda when it doesn't immediately clash with hers, as shown in Masquerade. And her pre-fight conversation with Hanzo has her actually try to recruit him; so even if she isn't Talon's most loyal operative, she at least doesn't appear to be bothered by their agenda.
- In "Searching", it's revealed that Sombra is regarded as a hero in Dorado, and if her conversation with Zarya suggests anything, Sombra is actually preparing herself for a greater threat and that she is using Talon for this. This makes her either an Anti-Hero or an Anti-Villain depending on your view point and her true ulterior motives.
- Anti-Frustration Features: While under stealth, Sombra can still get her cover blown by accidentally bumping into enemies or being revealed by enemy abilities such as Hanzo's Sonic Arrow. Even if the player never sees it being used, the screen will helpfully flash "DETECTED!" in red text to let them know they've been spotted.
- Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: A Downplayed example: She uses a very modern looking machine pistol that goes at odds with the more futuristic and complex weapons used by other characters.
- Arc Number: During her Alternate Reality Game, 23. On top of being a reference to the fact she would be the 23rd playable character in the game, the number 23 was also used for multiple rotating ciphers to crack many of the codes.
- Arch-Enemy: As of the "Searching" comic, she has been set up as one to Zarya, as she is the only character who knows her real name, Olivia Colomar, the very thing that would threaten her position again if it were ever exposed.
- Ascended Meme:
- During her ARG, fans obsessed over a suspicious, but ultimately irrelevant not-clue in the form of circular artifact in Dorado's sky nicknamed the "skycode." In the final product, the skycode is one of Sombra's unique sprays, and her "Amused" emote has her generate one, then laughing at it. It even includes musical tones as a reference to a fan's suggestion to decode it by making music from it.Sombra: Do you ever just take a moment and just... look up at the stars? I'm told you can find all sorts of things there.
- Another minor one also from the ARG revolved around Bastion being an espresso machineExplanation . It was first referenced in her Archives-exclusive "Espresso" spray, and later referenced in an interaction between her and Bastion where she'll comment how "You would make a good barista."
- During her ARG, fans obsessed over a suspicious, but ultimately irrelevant not-clue in the form of circular artifact in Dorado's sky nicknamed the "skycode." In the final product, the skycode is one of Sombra's unique sprays, and her "Amused" emote has her generate one, then laughing at it. It even includes musical tones as a reference to a fan's suggestion to decode it by making music from it.
- Badass Boast: Her selection quote, "Everything can be hacked and everyone."
- Bait-and-Switch: Her "Hacking" highlight intro in a nutshell, where it initially presents someone else's intro, only for it to be suddenly interrupted by Sombra.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her "Azucar" and "Los Muertos" outfits, which show off glowing, skeletal tattoos possibly from when she was a gang member Los Muertos. Her Tulum skin also does this (it is swimwear after all), albeit without the skull paint.
- Bayonet Ya: Her machine pistol has a bayonet attachment in her Talon skin, although it is simply ornamental.
- Beauty Mark: She has one under her left eye.
- Becoming the Costume:
- Her "Tulum" skin has her use surfer's slang such as "Hey dude" and "Aloha".
- Her "Demon Hunter" skin gives her a few miscellaneous, but spooky lines, the most notable changing her ultimate callout to "¡La oscuridad te espera!"Translation
- Blackmail: She does this to Katya Volskaya. All she wants is a "friend", but if she doesn't comply, she'll reveal to the public that their greatest new weapon to fight the Omnics was supplied to them by the Omnics themselves, including an implied threat aimed at her daughter. This backfires on her when Katya sends Zarya after her.
- Boring, but Practical: Her weapon is nothing more than a low-tech machine pistol, similar in appearance to an H&K MP7. What makes her stand out is that the guns of other characters who use regular bullets are all highly stylized and even futuristic looking. McCree's revolver, Reaper's shotguns, Ana's sniper rifle, and especially Soldier: 76's assault rifle all have futuristic styles to them.
- Boyish Short Hair: Sombra gains one such hairstyle with her "Talon" skin, where she also has dyed her hair red to better fit in with Talon's color motif.
- Broken Masquerade: She uncovered a conspiracy running deeper than Overwatch, Talon, or any other group in the setting.
- Calacas: Health packs and enemies hacked by Sombra display electronic sugar skulls, and she also wears calavera face paint in her Los Muertos skins.
- Child Prodigy: She's been a hacker since she was a young child, using her talents to get into the Los Muertos gang.
- Color Motifs: More blatant than almost any other hero, her outfit, abilities and sprays have a purple/violet coloring theme. Sombra fits the wisdom and exoticism bills of the interpretations. Like how purple is interpreted as being poisonous, Sombra's hacking abilities can be seen as such. Her skull theme and her association with the Los Muertos Gang also fits the colors' association with death.
- Combat Pragmatist: Sombra's direct combat capability is rather lacking, but boy, does she make it up for it with extremely dirty tactics. Sneaking behind enemy lines to disable their medipacks, preying on critically-wounded enemies thanks to her passive, setting up Translocator as an instant escape route when things get hot, disabling their key player's ability The list goes on.
- Confusion Fu: Sombra's specialty, and what contributes to her Difficult, but Awesome status. Most other Offense characters can thrive in a direct firefight, using their mobility skills to set up flanks or reach high-priority targets. While Opportunist and Stealth certainly allow Sombra to pick off low-health opponents, plenty of other characters (including the rest of the Offense line-up) can out-damage her in a straight fight. Sombra's specialty lies in making her enemies' lives a living hell; sneaking into their back lines with Camo, Hacking med-kits or Supports to prevent healing abilities, or blasting the enemy team with a well-placed EMP to leave them sitting ducks, then blinking back out with Translocator before they can retaliate.
- Cool, but Inefficient: While being able to disable an enemy's usage of abilities is undeniably awesome (and sometimes crippling if used properly), newer players might be tempted to use her hacks during the middle of the fight. Ignoring the fact that her hacking process resets upon taking damage, making a mid-fight hacking extremely risky, as well as the fact that even if she's successful, enemies can still shoot and kill her, even then you have to consider: "Is hacking this guy going to do me any better than simply riddling his head with bullets?"
- Cute Monster Girl: Her "Bride" skin turns her into a Bride of Frankenstein lookalike.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: When she was first added, her Translocator in the game only lasted for 15 seconds (this was patched about a year later to make it last indefinitely, but the trope certainly applied for long enough). In the short Infiltration, it lasts long enough for Sombra to chase down Katya, take out her bodyguards, and directly blackmail her.
- The Cracker: Naturally, since she's a hacker.
- Cyborg: She has cybernetic implants along her spine and in her skull to aid her hacking.
- Dark Action Girl: Just like Widowmaker, if not even more so, for several reasons. The first being that she's a close-range combatant compared to Widowmaker being a long-range sniper. The second reason is that, unlike Widowmaker who was brainwashed into being evil and had no choice in the matter, Sombra has a completely free will and commits all of her evil actions fully willingly and with pleasure.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Her "Augmented" legendary skin gives her blond hair with neon blonde glowing highlights.
- Deadpan Snarker: When not taunting somebody (which is almost always), she just settles for short dry remarks.Reaper: Try to stick to the plan, Sombra.
Sombra: Look, someone has to be ready when all your careful planning doesn't pan out.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: The damage of her machine pistol's individual shots is very low, but its very high rate of fire and high magazine capacity compensate for it.
- Delighting in Riddles: The Overwatch community ended up playing a drawn-out ARG in the leadup to the release of Sombra, with many of the clues originating from the character herself. These included ciphers, dead ends, a fake website, red herrings, and a months-long countdown all peppered with teasing hints and encouragements in Spanish. When she was finally introduced in the Infiltration short, Sombra was shown to be exactly as much of a troll in-universe as her teasing during the ARG indicated her to be.
- Delinquent Hair: She sports a long mohawk with purple tips, a fashion choice necessitated by the fact that the sides and back of her head have cybernetic hacking augmentations running across them. Her "Los Muertos" skins gives her a punk mohawk.
- Didn't See That Coming: When confronted by Zarya in "Searching", Sombra tries to make her escape with her translocator, but Lynx gives Zarya enough advanced warning that instead of making an escape, Sombra ends up trapped in Graviton Surge. Then Zarya drops Sombra's real name to top it off.
- Didn't Think This Through: Sombra thought she was free and in the clear when she wiped out all records of her identity and scampered off into hiding, but she neglected to account for one crucial detail. As Searching demonstrates, if you continue to frequent places of business in the town where you grew up, and you have a feature that is immediately distinguishing, someone is going to remember you.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Her profile currently puts her at three difficulty stars, and for good reason: Sombra's only damaging ability has terrible range and a mediocre damage rate even at point-blank, while her Hack ability has a substantial 8-second cooldown. This is, however, balanced by Hack being an incredibly powerful shutdown tool, restricting the enemy team from using anything from medkits to even Ultimates, and Sombra has all the tools to be obnoxiously evasive. Her EMP is easy to activate but at the cost of requiring you to have situational awareness to get into position and keeps track of which critical enemies to be hit as well as requiring your teammates to follow up, since it only lasts for 6 seconds. A Sombra player that makes their Hacks and EMP count while staying alive can virtually control the fight, but it requires a lot of timing, quick-thinking, and team coordination to make her more than a flashy but ultimately impractical hero. This is evident in the massive difference in her pick and win rate in ladder (where she is generally regarded as a terrible pick until the very highest level) and tournament (where she is regarded as a solid to crucial pick in any team composition).
- Dirty Coward: Downplayed, because she's still willing to put herself at risk in order to achieve her goals but usually from a safe vantage point. At her core, Sombra is a bully and an opportunist who shuns fighting fair in favor of striking from the shadows while depriving others of their talents, and her fallback strategy whenever things don't go her way has always been to run away and hide in the company of something tougher, whether gangsters or terrorists.
- Dueling Hackers: Can be done with both hacking and bullets if Sombra is played on both teams.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- Aside from her Alternate Reality Game, she was hinted at in a Dorado newspaper in-game asking "¿Quién es 'Sombra'?", and in Numbani a generic newsreel with an added-in headline: Lumerico reports massive breach at Dorado power plant, latest attack in global hacking spree,◊, which represented events happening in the ARG.
- In the Doomfist Preview video, Sombra could be seen with an unfamiliar skin on her weapon. That weapon skin turned out to be for her Summer Games 2017 skin.
- Easter Egg: She has a unique death animation that also counts as a Shout-Out: If she's killed as she's bumped into while under stealth, slightly revealing her, she'll die in a similar fashion to this scene from TRON.
- EMP: Her ultimate, which shatters shields (both physical barriers and life-bar passives), shuts down turrets, and stops players from using their abilities.
- Enigmatic Minion: Despite being a Talon operative, she clearly has her own agenda and will even sabotage operations if she thinks she can gain something out of it.
- Everything Is Online: She's able to hack anything from enemy abilities to first-aid kits. Even her own gun has Wifi, judging by the Wifi symbol embedded in it on her "Azúcar"/"Los Muertos" skins.
- Evil Tastes Good: She truly loves her unscrupulous occupation, and admits that she's addicted to hacking and data manipulation.
- Faux Affably Evil: She has a playful personality with an impish streak that makes her come off like a mischievous teenager. She keeps it at all times, such as when threatening Volskaya's daughter with her Blackmail.
- Femme Fatalons: On her gloves, but the general effect is visually the same. Her "Los Muertos" and "Azúcar" skins give her very long, painted nails for a similar effect.
- Firing One-Handed: She holds her SMG in one hand, leaving the other free to hack. This might be why it has such a large bullet spread.
- Flashy Teleportation: Sombra can toss a translocator that she can teleport back to at any time, including while it's still in flight, with visual effects to show its use, but it becomes invisible if used with her Invisibility active.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Her "Hacking" highlight intro involves her hacking the Play of the Game from another player.
- Fragile Speedster: Sombra has average health, but she gets a speed boost when she activates her Stealth and teleports across the map with her Translocator, allowing her to infiltrate nearly any location for as long as she isn't caught in the crossfire. It also makes her excessively hard to pin down if her Translocator is ready, since she can easily hop over a wall or obstacle once cornered before turning invisible and walking away.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: She comes across as this in-game no matter what her team is, because she's pretty much the only character in the cast who has no positive or even neutral interactions with anyone.note Even in canon, she has a working relationship at best with her Talon colleagues, who are consummate professionals who stick to coordinated plans while Sombra likes to play fast and loose with the agenda while pushing everyone's buttons along the way. Reaper at least seems willing to tolerate her antics for the sake of the mission, but Widowmaker implicitly threatens her.Sombra: Ah, my favorite spider. I wonder what sort of web you're spinning now.
Widowmaker: It'd be a shame if something happened to you on our next mission. A real pity.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: She's a Troll in-universe, and it reflects in her playstyle, which, while lacking in direct combat, makes her extremely obnoxious and disruptive. So you as Genji just retreated due to low health and no healer close by wait, that medpack's been hacked, so you can't use it to recover your health. Then you hear a familiar blinking, and shortly after, your abilities have been disabled, and here she comes for the kill without you being able to Deflect her shots nor running away. You try to fight back, and managed to get the upper hand and almost kill her, but then she just used Translocator right onto the hacked medpack, heal herself to full, and lands the killing blow on you. And to top it all off, you think you got Play of the Game when you did that 3-man Dragonblade? Yeah, she just hacked your PotG and replaced it with her own, too
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In her gameplay, hacking a Hero stops their active abilities and nothing else. In-story, it should be much more effective on some characters, and much less on others, but that would be completely unworkable balance-wise. Notably Averted with Ashe and B.O.B, as if B.O.B is doing something and Sombra hacks him, he stops what he's doing (that is, serving as an auto-piloting Assist Character) and just slumps until the hacktime ends.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: In her room in Castillo, she has a teddy bear on her bed, which according to one interaction is named Arturito.
- Hack Your Enemy: Sombra's in-game specialty, having the unique and valuable power to disable an opponent's abilities for several precious seconds at a time.
- Hacked by a Pirate: No crossbones, but the general symbol for representing something being hacked is a skull.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Is ultimately just using Talon for her own benefit, to unknown ends. Notably, "Masquerade" reveals that Reaper is completely aware of the fact that "she's been up to some extracurricular activities," but still, nobody has any clue as to what exactly she's planning.
- High-Tech Hexagons: Her hack animation generates hexagons and the icons in her conspiracy web are hexagonal.
- Highly Visible Ninja: For a character with a sneaky and stealthy kit, Sombra parades about in very noticeable shades of bright purple.
- Hit-and-Run Tactics: Not unlike Tracer, she's also capable of this (fitting, as her Translocator is basically reverse-engineered from Tracer's tech). Drop a Translocator, pick a fight with an enemy somewhere else to whittle their health, then teleport back. Rinse and repeat until enemy is dead (assuming they don't get healed, but you can also hack the medkits around the map to deny them healing too). This doesn't work as well against healers, as they could always heal themselves. Unless you hack their healing abilities.
- Hollywood Hacking: She can hack just about anything, no matter how mundane; from factory lifts to someone's ability to sprint. Even her method of hacking is incredibly unrealistic (though admittedly cool-looking), mostly just by using her glove device to activate or deactivate anything she wants. Her most egregious "hacks" in-game is somehow hacking things that are ostensibly biological, not mechanical (Soldier 76's sprinting and Reaper's Wraith Form come to mind), as well as not entirely shutting down fully-mechanical opponents, such as Zenyatta, Orisa, and Bastion, which should stop them from attacking (or moving) altogether.
- Impossible Genius: Sombra's so good with computers and other machines that she can hack not only computers, but mechanical devices in general and even people.
- Injured Vulnerability: Sombra's Opportunist passive allows her (but only her) to see enemies at critical health through walls, allowing her to know when to sneak up and finish the job. Scavenging kills like this is encouraged in her playstyle, as her low damage output discourages straight fights, while her multiple movement skills and ability to restrict medkits makes it easy for her to corner and kill weakened opponents. This is especially prominent in free-for-all Deathmatch mode, where she can effectively monopolize the primary source of healing on the map and simply steal kills from others while keeping herself topped up all the same.
- Interface Screw: A minor auditory version occurs when she hacks opponents among other ailments, hacked targets lose their directional audio, an ability you never really appreciate until it's gone and you can't tell which direction Sombra's running off to.
- Interface Spoiler: If the Play of the Game segment begins with Sombra's "Hacked" intro, it's a dead giveaway that that particular Sombra player is being used to set up another Sombra's PotG, as a "Hacked" intro never appears by itself in a PotG.
- Invisibility: She's capable of completely concealing herself from enemies using her Stealth, although attacking and being attacked disables it. Also, she can still be picked up by vision-granting abilities (like Widowmaker's Infra Sight) and Soldier: 76's Tactical Visor will still lock onto her. (If a friendly Zarya shields her while cloaked, the shield bubble will be visible. If you see an empty Zarya shield running through the battle zone, pay heed.)
- It's All About Me: Whether or not she's honest, whether or not she's loyal, one thing about Sombra that is certainly not ambiguous is that she is not a team player. A lot of her pre-fight banter revolves around musing about what all she can steal and mess with, and in Infiltration, she's perfectly willing to throw the mission under the bus, lie to her allies, and threaten a woman's and, by implication, her child's well-being, all for the sake of her own personal benefit.
- Heck, she even manages to pull this off on a meta level. Hero takes place in her hometown, features Los Muertos gang members as the antagonists, and its Supporting Protagonist Alejandra later returns in Searching to give Zarya a lead on Sombra's identity, which retroactively makes it more relevant to Sombra's character than to Soldier: 76.
- Jerkass: Maybe not quite to the same degree as some of her Talon compatriots, but she gets a kick out of needlessly antagonizing those around her, tends to view people less like individuals and more like tools to help her get what she wants, and if she ever has any kind of leverage over someone or knows something they dont, boy howdy, does she ever love to lord it over them.
- Knight of Cerebus: Her origin video hints that there's much more at stake than Talon and Overwatch settling their old reignited feuds, and Infiltration is the first animated short where human beings are actually killed on-screen with several being murdered by Sombra herself.
- Knowledge Broker: As a hacker and computer expert, Sombra is able to blackmail people into subservience. She is aligned with Talon as their technologist and chief informant on vital targets but she's not as evil as them.
- Lack of Empathy: She has no problem with threatening people's well-being, livelihoods and loved ones to get what she wants, and her propensity to smirk while on the job suggests she even enjoys it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In Infiltration, she's willing to implicitly threaten a woman's young daughter in order to force her into compliance. In Searching, another young girl plays an instrumental role in compromising and exposing her identity.
- Make-Up Is Evil: While Sombra is not the only female Hero to wear makeup, hers is easily the most noticeable and striking in the game, including heavy purple eyeshadow and lipstick as well as nail polish on some of her skins.
- Manipulative Bitch: Her Origins video establishes her as someone willing to manipulate people like she manipulates machines.
- Man of Kryptonite: While every character has/are specific counters to other heroes, Sombra's Hack makes her this to everyone. She can turn heroes who are dependent on mobility into sitting ducks (Tracer, Winston, Pharah), disable self-healing heroes (Roadhog, Soldier 76, Ana), and her EMP instantly shuts down all barriers (including Lucio's Sound Barrier) and shields, temporarily leaving heroes such as Symmetra and Zenyatta at half health or less.
- Meaningful Name: "Sombra" means "Shadow" in her native Spanish, fitting considering her status as The Sneaky Guy.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Sombra is the only character with a true stealth ability, and can interact with the map differently than any other character by hacking health packs to deny their use to the enemy and cause them to respawn more quickly for her team. She's also the only character that can directly lock other characters' abilities so they can't be used at all, as opposed to stunning the character altogether or physically blocking or otherwise countering them.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: A hacker without the same training and combat background that most of the other characters have, but can still put up a fight nonetheless.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: Enemies that get hacked can't activate their ultimates, and if certain enemies are in the middle of using their ultimate, getting hacked during it will immediately end it.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Sombra is not a good person by any means, but the world of Overwatch has a really twisted sense of humor. So, naturally, it's the one legitimately good and honest thing she has done being a reliable patron to a small local business in her hometown that comes back to bite her in Searching, as Alejandra, who works there, is able to recognize her picture and give Zarya a lead that potentially compromises her carefully hidden identity.
- No Item Use for You: Sombra can hack health packs that temporarily cannot be used by the enemy team.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: She is aligned with Talon, however, her reasons for joining are a bit more complex. She joined them for protection from an unknown threat, she helped Baptiste escape from Talon, and her targets (i.e Katya Volskaya and Guillermo Portero) appear to have had it coming for their corruption and treacherous behaviour. Interestingly, she's regarded as a hero in her home town despite being an international cyberterrorist.
- Not So Above It All: Sombra has always had a playful side, but has mostly relegated her hacking abilities to actual business that matters in terms of her own personal goals or for Talon's sake. She even seems somewhat baffled when D.Va accuses her of being the "Cheating in video games" type of hacker, even though she isn't a gamer. Then we see the maxed-out high score of 9999 on the skeeball game in Blizzard World, where "SMB" has permanently knocked "DVA", "JRT", and "S76" into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. She also live hacks the Azmodunk basketball games when she approaches them.
- Not So Stoic: Her mannerisms are calm, cool, and collected in all of her appearances. At least until toward the end of Searching, when she visibly freaks out at hearing Zarya say her real name. She manages to recover herself by the end, but by that point, her smirking demeanor is less "I'm in control of this situation" and more "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on."
- Not the Intended Use: When Sombra was initially released, hacked health packs granted her ult charge whenever she or an ally were healed by them. When combined with their increased regeneration rate, a strategy was formed in making her a quasi-healer, with allies taking damage then retreating back to a hacked health pack to rapidly build up her EMP, allowing her to wreck shop much faster than normal. This strategy was so unintended that Blizzard patched this feature out in early 2018, requiring her to work harder for her ultimate.
- Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when Zarya reveals she knows her real name.
- Older Than They Look: Her appearance would suggest she's in her late teens/early twenties, but she's actually thirty.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Initially, "Sombra" was her only title, as she had to wipe out her real identity, even rendering her name as "██████████" in her official bio. Later on in "Searching", Zarya refers to her as "Olivia Colomar", which she reacts to with a bit of shock.
- Only Sane Man: She's a troll who's addicted to hacking, but she's not completely unstable like Widowmaker or Reaper.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The closest thing she has to a selfless quality is that she seems to be willing to broaden her conniving shenanigans to people who actually deserve it, such as the executives of large corporations who profit from the suffering of others, including those affected by war in her native Mexiconote . Although, if we're being completely fair, her most vocal group of supporters is still a collection of unapologetic criminal thugs.
- Pet the Dog: For what it's worth, she does seem to like that bakery. Alejandra even asks if Sombra has done anything wrong when shown her picture, which would imply she has otherwise been a perfectly honest customer. Of course, just abstaining from being a lying thief isn't exactly a high benchmark.
- Playful Hacker: While she does use her talents for blackmail and villainy, she also isn't above using them to troll Reaper.
- Power Nullifier: Her Hack ability renders an enemy's abilities unusable for a brief period of time. Her Ultimate, EMP, hacks all nearby enemies in addition to breaking shields and barriers and hacking all health packs in range instantly.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Having the most powerful woman in Russia in your back pocket is far more useful than simply killing her. While he's still in the shadow of exactly what she plans on doing with her, Doomfist (who didn't approve of the plan to assassinate Volskaya) thinks it was a good idea to keep her alive.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: When activating her EMP, depending on her skin:"Apagando las luces!" Translation
"La oscuridad te espera!" Translation
- Psychopathic Womanchild: A more subdued example in that she isn't kill-happy in the same way Reaper and Widowmaker are, but she's definitely not above hurting and making life difficult for people to further her own goals, usually smirking every step of the way. She's also an unrepentant mischief-maker who gets a kick out of childishly taunting and mocking her opponents (or even her own allies for that matter), and she apparently sleeps with a teddy bear.
- Purple Is Powerful: She wears a lot of purple in her outfit and hair, and most of her technology is purple. She's also a very talented and competent hacker.
- Reality Ensues: Psst! Hey, Sombra, maybe if you wanted to keep your identity a secret, you should have changed your haircut and not gone out in public in the place where you grew up.
- Removing the Earpiece: During Infiltration, she does this when she meets up face-to-face with Katya Volskaya in order to have a private conversation from Reaper so she can personally blackmail her. It ultimately did her no good, because Reaper still knows what she did.
- Rock Beats Laser: A non-combat example. Sombra is a tech wizard who went to exhaustive lengths to ensure that any trace of her identity was wiped clean before she went into hiding. Despite her efforts, her identity winds up coming to light anyway in Searching thanks to the one thing she could never hope to control: her fellow townsfolk's memories of her.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Sombra may be a very dangerous hacker whose deeds have made international news, but she's hardly special in a world where the entire cast does that regularly. Sometimes she's prone to not being as clever as she thinks she is either, particularly when sabotaging the mission to assassinate Volskaya for her own gain. Despite her planning, Reaper still figured her out and seems to have had little trouble with keeping tabs on her ever since.
- Sigil Spam: Sombra's skull logo appears in almost everything associated with her, from a tattoo on one of her skins to a spray to an ultimate symbol.
- Signing-Off Catchphrase: Sombra appears to have a habit of saying "Boop" when signing off, even playfully tapping the person they're leaving if they're in person. She says it during the "Misdirection" string message during the ARG, and she says it twice in Infiltration, once to Katya Volskaya, and another to the camera.
- Slasher Smile: In her "Pulse" highlight intro, she flashes the viewer a menacing smile before using her EMP.
- Skeleton Motif: Sombra is commonly associated with a calavera-style skull that◊ appears several times during the◊ Alternate Reality Game, and appears in-game as a recurring insignia, including as her EMP ability's icon.
- Smug Snake: Not nearly as bad as Widowmaker, but Sombra's penchant for stealth, interference and blackmail often grant her an edge over others in ways she knows cannot be conventionally countered. She is very aware this puts her in the most advantageous position, and she is more than ready to bask in it. She has all the hallmarks of someone who thinks she is untouchable.
- The Sneaky Guy: In addition to her hacking skills, she's also capable of stealthing with her Stealth, making her the only hero capable of flat-out Invisibility.
- Spicy Latina: She may not be Ms. Fanservice, but she's got the playful part of this trope down.
- Standard Status Effects: Her in-game hacking is functionally the same as a typical silence, blocking enemies from using their abilities.
- Stealthy Teleportation: Her teleporter, which is Flashy Teleportation normally, but all effects are removed when it's used with her Invisibility effect, making that case, this trope.
- String Theory: She has a digital web of connections◊ set up in her hideout to help her uncover an unknown conspiracy.
- Sweet Tooth: Actually a plot point in "Searching", as her predictable visits to the local bakery allows Alejandra to drop dimes on her.
- Tattooed Crook: While it's most likely body paint, she features some glowing body art in her "Azúcar"/"Los Muertos" skins much like other members of the Los Muertos gang that fits the general image.
- Technopath: What most of her "hacking" turns into. Best demonstrated in Infiltration, where she uses her hacking to hoist an operational lift and even a giant mecha hand to catch her fall and boost her to higher ground simply through touching them.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: No one likes working with Sombra. Not even Reaper and Widowmaker, her colleagues. Reaper is particularly distrustful of her (he even says as much to Widowmaker in a pre-battle interaction added in April 2020). It doesn't help that she intentionally brings up stuff she did in the past to piss them off, such as her stealing Tracer's chronal accelerator technology, or calling Reaper "Gabe" because it drives him up the wall.
- Funnily enough, D.Va dislikes her because she thinks Sombra cheats at videogames, to which Sombra replies that she's not that kind of hacker.
- Time Master: Not nearly to Tracer's extent, but given that her translocator is a heavily modified chronal accelerator, it most likely functions by bringing Sombra through time to a different location.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: She just has to touch something to hack into it.
- Troll: She loves having a laugh at others' expense.
"Por que estan mirando al cielo? La respuesta no esta sobre sus cabezas, esta detras de ustedes. A veces, necesitan analizar sus logros previos." Translation
- In Infiltration, she messes with Reaper by opening a door for him, then closing it just as he's about to slip inside. She does this just to annoy him.
- She also had a habit of doing this to the fans during the Alternate Reality Game, with most of the codes being included with playful comments to whoever managed to decode them. The most notable of which was when fans got a little too analytical with a strange artifact in the Dorado map sky (which gave birth to the memetic suggestion to try and make it into music.) It turned out to be just a Red Herring, and in the next part of the ARG, Sombra uploaded a datamoshed picture of Dorado that when decoded read:
Sombra: You wouldn't believe what I learned about you Sparrow.Genji: I am at peace with who I was. Your threat does not concern me.
- This extends to the game, itself: her "Hacking" highlight intro shows the intro for another player before Sombra hacks it to show it's an intro for her!
- She also tries to make coy, taunting remarks to her teammates in her upcoming pre-battle banter. Tracernote , Zaryanote , and Reapernote can hardly stand her. Genji, on the other hand, completely shrugs her off.
- Tron Lines: She forms several on objects she's hacking, and she even has a few forming a design on her back.
- Understatement: Played for Laughs when an enemy team is capturing a point."They're taking the objective. We should probably stop that."
- Unperson: She did this to herself, erasing all traces of her former life and identity once she caught the eye of a powerful conspiracy. Not even the official website knows her real name.
- Unreliable Narrator: Described as such by the game devs.
- Unusual Eyebrows: She has a shaved streak in both her eyebrows.
- Vagueness Is Coming: In "Searching" she gives Zarya ominous warnings of a greater threat than Talon and Overwatch.
- Villainous Friendship: According to Word of God, she considers her fellow Talon operators to be genuine friends.
- Villain Protagonist: Naturally, since she's a playable Talon operative. She's also the protagonist of the Infiltration short.
- Villains Out Shopping:
"Back home... I should go drop by the bakery."
- Suggested in one of her pre-game lines in Dorado, in stark contrast to other maps where she has more insidious plans:
- She's seen in "Reflections" celebrating Christmas by drinking at a bar along with a passed-out McCree.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The people of Dorado, particularly her old friends in the Los Muertos gang, seem to regard her as a Robin Hood-esque figure who looks out for the little guy despite how she knowingly aids and abets the world's most notorious terrorist organization which openly kills innocent people for no reason other than to instill conflict. Downplayed, because outside of her hometown she's regarded with exactly the kind of suspicion and hostility you would expect.
- Weak, but Skilled: She is very likely to lose against all other Damage heroes in direct combat, due to her mediocre damage output, even point-blank. She compensates for this with her abilities making her very evasive and making life hell for her enemies, allowing her to prey at them when they're vulnerable.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: If she truly cares about ending the conspiracy for the good of all, she is willing to join an unambiguously evil group and murder innocent lives to get what she wants.
- Walking Techbane: If she wants to be one, she can create an EMP with her body.
- Wild Card: While she does work for Talon, she appears to have her own goals, since she sabotages an Assassination Attempt that would've further disrupted human-omnic relations if it had succeeded.
- Would Hurt a Child: Implied when she threatens to blackmail Katya Volskaya. While making her threat, she holds up a picture of Volskaya's daughter, but whether that means the blackmail would get her involved or if Sombra would also hurt her if Volskaya didn't cooperate is up in the air.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: In "Searching", it's revealed that Sombra is regarded as a hero in Dorado despite being a wanted cyber-criminal and aligned with the terrorist organization Talon.
Symmetra - India
Satya Vaswani / Symmetra
Base of Operations: Utopaea, India
Affiliation: Vishkar Corporation
Appearances (comics): "A Better World" (focus)
"The true enemy of humanity is disorder."
Voiced by: Anjali Bhimani (English), Carla Castañeda (Latin American Spanish), Silvia Sarmentera (European Spanish), Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Tulika Srivastava (French), Sanam Afrashteh (German), Deborah Morese (Italian), Guilene Conte (Brazilian Portuguese), Yun-seon Im (Korean), Zhang Naiwen (Taiwanese Chinese), Zhāng Yù (Mandarin Chinese), Agnieszka Kunikowska (Polish), Karina Dymont (Russian)
Symmetra literally bends reality. By manipulating hard-light constructs, she crafts the world as she wishes it to be, in hopes of engineering a perfect society.
Following the Omnic Crisis, the Vishkar Corporation of southern India began the laborious process of creating new, self-sustaining cities to house the nation's displaced population. One such city, Utopaea, was created using radical hard-light technology that enabled its architects to shape the city's streets, utilities, and living spaces in the blink of an eye.
After she was identified as one of the few capable of becoming a light-bending architect, young Satya Vaswani was plucked from extreme poverty and placed in the care of Vishkar's architect academy, never to return home. Isolated and lonely in her new life, Satya immersed herself in her education and training. She quickly grasped the applications of the technology and was one of the top students in her class. Satya approached hard-light manipulation differently from her peers, with their more procedural, mechanical constructions, instead weaving her constructs in the motions of the traditional dance of her homeland.
Though she was one of Utopaea's top architects, the Vishkar Corporation saw far greater potential in Satya's abilities. Giving her the moniker "Symmetra," Vishkar sent her on clandestine missions around the world to uphold its corporate interests and expand its influence into other countries.
Symmetra believes her actions serve the greater good in society. But there are times when she wonders whether the control and order she desires are truly best for humanity.
Symmetra is a Damage character (formerly a support character) who can lock down choke points with sentries, shields, and projectile spam, as well as assist her team's positioning via teleportation.
- Her weapon is the Photon Projector, which can both fire out a short-ranged beam that ramps up in damage the more it damages a target, as well as refilling ammo when used against barriers. She's able to fire explosive energy balls for her secondary fire, either in rapid succession or to charge them up for heavy damage.
- Sentry Turret, has her launch up to three turrets at a time that stick to the first surface they hit, firing lasers that damage and slow down any enemies near them after they deploy.
- Teleporter, summons a teleporter pad a long distance away and a second one at her feet, granting her team access to new heights and flank routes.
- Symmetra's ultmate, Photon Barrier, deploys a very durable, map-spanning wall of light that blocks enemy gunfire.
Symmetra has had two major reworks as of June 2018. Prior to her second rework in June 2018, Photon Projector would lock on to targets, she could place up to six turrets, but only in close range (and could still only deploy three turrets in one sitting before having to recharge), her Photon Barrier was a normal ability that fired an automatically-advancing shield, and two placed ultimates: a Teleporter that connected between her current location and her team's spawn, and a Shield Generator that would grant passive shields to all allies within range. Prior to her first rework in December 2016, she only had Teleporter as an ultimate, and instead of Photon Barrier, she had Photon Shield, which placed a small, flat amount of regenerating shield around an ally, lasting until they died.
- Always Accurate Attack: Her Photon Projector's primary fire used to fire a beam that would tether to a single foe and continuously damage them. It would continue to damage that target no matter how much they jump around unless they either got out of Symmetra's line of sight, got out of range, or placed a barrier (or a teammate) in range. This was removed in favor of a straight beam like Zarya's after her second rework.
- Anti-Villain: Symmetra is a good-hearted lady, but she works for the Vishkar Corporation, something of a nefarious Mega-Corp that has dabbled in plenty of shady practices, while feeding her information that it's all for the greater good. She does have her doubts, but due to having been groomed to be a top enforcer of Vishkar from a young age, she appears unable to turn against the corporation.
- Arch-Enemy: To Lúcio, who stole her organization's technology and ruined their efforts in Brazil, which makes him the epitome of everything in society she despises.
- The Artifact: Much of Symmetra's gameplay identity as a heavily utility-based Damage hero is a result of her foundation, built on design ideas which Blizzard eventually strayed away from. She was originally released as an unorthodox Support whose team-supporting power came through indirect gadgets like turrets and teleporters rather than through direct buffs like healing, but as the regular metagame developed, the ability to heal was deemed to be so vital to Supports that Symmetra only became an unpopular exception. Rather than sacrifice her unique gadgets to make her another healer, Blizzard has since opted to double down on her utility and attempt to make it more palatable, putting her somewhat closer to a heavily zoning-based Damage hero like Torbjörn, and even he has strayed further away from his utility for more personal firepowernote .
- Artificial Limbs: The design of her left arm, especially considering the palm-mounted device, seems to suggest it is a cybernetic replacement rather than a normal limb covered by armor as suggested by her canonical "Architech" and "Vishkar" skins. Later confirmed to be artificial.
- Ascetic Aesthetic: The technology she uses is very sleek and white, namely her Photon Projector, her left arm, and her turrets.
- Balance Buff:
- She was given a significant kit change in December 2016 in response to complaints that she was too situational (being only effective at point-A defense) and increase her versatility. Among minor changes such as an increased lock-on range for her primary firenote and being able to put down more turrets and put them down faster, she got an active dynamic barrier in Photon Barrier rather than the tiny "fire and forget" +25 shield buff. She also got a second ultimate in Shield Generator to give her more options alongside her Teleporter.
- When the first rework ended up creating some problems of its own (mainly exacerbating the "incredibly powerful at low levels, near-useless in higher levels" nature of her kit), she was given a second, even bigger rework in June 2018 to even things out. Her primary fire lost its lock-on feature in exchange for more damage, her secondary fire became an explosive projectile instead of a piercing one, she gained a reduced amount of turrets in exchange for being able to deploy them from afar, her Teleporter was demoted from an Ultimate to a normal, foundationally different ability, she lost her Shield Generator and regular Photon Barrier ability, but gained a completely new Photon Barrier that became her new Ultimate ability.
- Beam Spam: Both her weapon and her turrets fire continuous beams at enemies. There is even an achievement for hitting a single enemy with four beams at once.
- Becoming the Costume:
- Her "Dragon" skin changes and adds a bunch of lines to revolve around sorcery and dragons, borrowing some lines from The Summoner in Junkenstein's Revenge. Most notably, she refers to her Sentry Turrets as "Sentry Wards" and her Teleporter as a "Teleportation Portal" (before it was removed, she also called her Shield Generator a "Shield Well").
- Her "Magician" skin has her say "Presto!" and "Just a bunch of hocus-pocus!" after a final blow, as well as "Abracadabra" while placing a turret.
- Belly Dancer: Symmetra's Dance emote is inspired by Indian-style belly dancing.
- Bilingual Bonus: Originally, Symmetra only had English lines, but following demand from the fans, several lines in Hindi were added to the game.
- Blind Obedience: While she is stated to have doubts regarding Vishkar, her in-game quotes don't seem to show much of it, something which Lúcio will regularly mock her for.
- Blue Is Heroic: Her default outfit and gear are splashed with light blue; even her light constructs are blue. She's also one of the playable characters, and a Noble Top Enforcer when compared to the much more corrupt co-workers of the company she works for.
- Bollywood Nerd: She's a genius in hard-light technology and incorporates traditional Indian dance in her construction methods.
- Charged Attack: The secondary fire mode of her Photon Projector can be traditionally charged by being held down, making it deal more damage once fired. The primary fire, meanwhile, ramps up in damage if held on a target long enough, increasing up to triple its base for truly monstrous amounts of close-ranged firepower.
- Child Prodigy: She was identified as gifted enough to bend hard-light at a very young age.
- Close-Range Combatant: Symmetra's Photon Cannon has two modes of fire: a Painfully Slow Projectile that's near impossible to aim with accuracy over any kind of range (useful more for denying access to chokepoints with its large size than actually securing kills), and short-range beam that grows in power the longer it's locked on, melting through enemies if she can keep her momentum going and stay alive.
- Combat Stilettos: She wears heels into combat, because Rule of Cool.
- Corporate Samurai: While she's officially an architech, she does occasionally partake in clandestine operations for Vishkar of dubious morality.
- Corporate Warfare: Was recruited to help enforce the Vishkar Corporation's interests.
- Deflector Shields:
- Her current Photon Barrier creates an absolutely enormous barrier field that spans an entire map and can block off up to 5,000 damage.
- Symmetra's previous kits also involved shields and barriers, including a previous, smaller-scale iteration of Photon Barrier that projected an automatically-moving shield to soak up to 1,000 damage. One of her ultimates was Shield Generator, which automatically granted 75 shield health to all allies within range, which was itself a ramp-up of a normal ability that let her give nearby allies a permanent-until-death, non-stacking +25 shields buff to their HP.
- Draconic Humanoid: Her 2017 Halloween Terror skin, appropriately named "Dragon". It gives her red and purple-grey skin covered in scales and armor plates, horns, a draconic tail or crest growing from the back of her head and yellow Volcanic Veins along her chest and right arm. It also turns her skirt into a pair of dragon wings growing from the small of her back.
- The Engineer: Her entire kit revolves around mobilizing the team and building additional defenses in any situation.
- Everything Is An I Pod In The Future: Her left hand and gun are smooth and white, resembling the Portal Gun.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Her "Dragon" legendary skin puts two moving ones onto her Photon Projector.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Her entire powerset revolves around her inventions.
- Gender-Blender Name: Satya is a gender-neutral name, and is more often given to men.
- Glass Cannon: With her Photon Projector at maximum power and range, Symmetra can easily rack up a near team kill or at least melt through half of the opposing team. However, despite her small hitbox, she only has 200 HP and initiates the most of her damage at close range, where the majority of the cast can easily drop her.
- Good Samaritan: Her mindset she selflessly works to make sure people can rise above poverty and have better living standards, not for something in exchange. Sadly, her co-workers at Vishkar are majorly Bad Samaritans.
- Hard Light: Her entire kit is based around creating turrets and other gadgets with it. In her lore, Symmetra is capable of far more advanced Hard Light manipulation, and is capable of building entire cities with nothing but Hard Light, though the closest she gets in-game for the sake of game balance is her ultimate, creating an entire map-spanning Hard Light wall.
- Hartman Hips: About as wide as her shoulders.
- Horned Humanoid: She received a skin from the 2017 Haloween Terror event that resembles a demonic dragon, with notable horns extending out of her forehead into the back.
- Inspector Javert: She's usually acting like this when it comes to Lúcio. While she is starting to doubt Vishkar's good intentions, what Lúcio did was pretty much theft, making him no better in her eyes. She either condemns him as a criminal, or demands the return of the technology he stole if she manages to score a kill against him.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: The "A Better World" comic has a monologue where she implies that she's somewhere on the autistic spectrum and that it used to bother her, but it doesn't anymore because she realized it's granted her a natural affinity for light-bending technology.
- Ironic Name: Her cybernetic left arm makes her herself anything but symmetrical.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She comes off as unapproachable and haughty in-game, in part due to her interactions being primarily with Lucio, who professes ideals that are diametrically opposed to her own, and Torbjörn, whom she sees using inferior technology compared to her. However, she does her work for Vishkar out of a genuine belief that she is creating a better world.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: One of her highlight intros features her adjusting the position of the camera.
- Light 'em Up: Manipulates hard-light constructs for her attacks and abilities.
- Light Is Good: Played with. She uses Hard Light and her color palette is primarily white and blue, but she works for Vishkar. At the same time, she is shown to be a Token Good Teammate and is canonically aware of their corrupt activities, but doesn't bring it up in gameplay conversations.
- Magical Gesture: She's using Hard Light technology, but whenever she creates something, it always comes with fancy hand gestures evocative of traditional Indian dance and finger-tutting.
- Meaningful Name: Her name "Symmetra" is based on the word "symmetry", which makes sense given her love for order. Her real name, Satya, means "truth" and/or "reality" in Sanskrit.
- Modesty Shorts: She wears a black pair in her "Oasis" skin.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her default outfit shows off her legs, as well as her shapely form. Her Legendary skins, however, are Fanservice-incarnate. Her Hindu-themed skins show off her midriff and even more of her legs by way of a Dangerously Short Skirt. Her Halloween "Dragon"-themed skin has her technically naked from the waist up while adding a keen Evil Is Sexy mystique.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction after Sanjay detonates Calado's headquarters, killing everyone inside and burning the favela to cinders along with the face of the girl who helped her earlier. It was this incident that caused her to start doubting the true intentions of her own company.
- My Tech Is Stronger Than Yours: She looks down on Torbjörn's more 'traditional' turrets or armor, which are less advanced than the technology she specializes in.Symmetra: Armor? How positively medieval...Torbjörn: Everyone's a critic...
- Noble Top Enforcer: Symmetra is pretty much one of Vishkar's top enforcers... and is also one of the most morally upright, especially when compared to those that endorse any shady activities as long as they serve the company's interests.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Her "Laugh" emote has her do the hand gesture associated with this, though the actual laugh is much more subdued.
- Not So Different:
Symmetra: Order and discipline. That's the only way to live.Hanzo: Hm, I sense a kindred spirit.
- To Lúcio. Despite their philosophical differences, both are talented individuals with Rags to Riches backgrounds, and genuinely believe in improving the world (in their own ways).
- In the comic short "A Better World", Symmetra befriends a young girl whose impoverished living conditions remind her of her own childhood, motivating her to secure the contract her company is after so they can rebuild the favela. This leads to Symmetra's My God, What Have I Done? moment in the end when her efforts lead to her bosses blowing up Calado's offices, indirectly destroying parts of the favela and forcing its residents, who opposed the Vishkar Corporation, to accept its "improvements". In the end, the ruined homes aren't even replaced with new housing; instead, a city center is built in their place.
- Additionally, there's someone who noted her preference for order and discipline which is similar to them despite being on a more unsavory job.
- Obvious Rule Patch:
- A very weird one. The "No Healers" warning on the hero selection screen was added because Symmetra was originally considered a Support hero, but one who had (and still has) absolutely no ability to heal her teammates, causing inexperienced teams to run without healers thanks to "No Supports" popping up, who learned the hard way that she is absolutely not a substitute for an actual medic.
- Eventually, Symmetra's more utility-based support looked more and more out of place in the category, especially as later Supports always provided some manner of healing. With her second rework, it was decided to move her to being a Defense hero, which simultaneously collapsed with Offense into Damage, her current label.
- One-Hit Point Wonder: Prior to her second rework, the turrets she creates went down in one hit, but since she could put down multiple in the same place, the enemy could usually expect to shoot a lot of them if they wanted to proceed.
- Order vs. Chaos: Strongly believes that order is the surest way to peace. If Lúcio is on her team, the two may argue over whether freedom or order is better, or they'll quip that they aren't too happy with each other's company. She has this debate pretty much verbatim with Doomfist as well, but he dismisses both stances as simply being a means to an end.
- Painfully Slow Projectile: Her secondary fire used to be this, until it was reworked to be a lot faster and therefore more reliable. It no longer pierces barriers as it used to do, however.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Has this when equipped with the alternative "Vishkar" and "Architect" skins, which fits since she loves order. In the comic short "A Better World", it's confirmed that the aforementioned skin (and bun) is her standard employee uniform when working with her company.
- Qipao: Technically not a proper one, but her "Qipao" skin recolors her default dress in the style of a traditional red/gold one.
- Rags to Riches: A light-bending architect prodigy, who originally came from an extremely poor family.
- The Rain Man: Due to her autism, she is a light-bending prodigy.
- Raised by Orcs: Separated from her parents, she was raised according to Vishkar's beliefs, making her extremely loyal to them. At the same time, she has a genuine desire to do good in the world and is not so indoctrinated as to ignore the morally questionable actions her company sometimes takes, currently leaving her at an impasse where she is doubting her allegiance to Vishkar, but simultaneously does not yet seem ready to break away from them.
- Ray Gun: Her Photon Projector can fire either a medium-range beam and explosive energy balls. Prior to her second rework, her beam's range was shorter and could home in on an enemy, and her energy balls instead pierced through enemies.
- Reality Warper: Symmetra announces "Reality bends to my will!" when she deploys her photon barrier. Considering it's a Hard Light construct that expands infinitely, she's definitely breaking the laws of physics in some way. Lampshaded with one of the unlockable quotes in Summer Games 2019.
"Reality is my playground."
- Regenerating Shield, Static Health: Half of her health is allocated in shields, allowing her to heal from all but the most serious injuries in just a few seconds, provided she can stay out of the line of fire long enough.
- She's Got Legs: Especially evident in her default skin and its variations, as well as the Hindu-themed skins.
- Shout-Out: Her legendary "Dragon" skin from the 2017 Halloween Terror event bears a striking resemblance to the Queen of Blades herself.
- Situational Sword: Her Teleporter used to be this, being mostly useful for defending teams in charge of Objective A on Assault and Hybrid maps, as it's a long way to the objective. In most other situations, however, its value was debatable. Blizzard first tried to remedy this by giving her a second ultimate, Shield Generator, but then scrapped it and reworked the teleporter to be a regular ability that is more valuable as a repositioning tool for Symmetra and her teammates.
- Skill Gate Character: A slighter example than most in the game, since she requires a good knowledge of maps to find the best locations to place turrets and Ultimates. She also tends to not do very well in high-level play since a good flanker or anyone who can get behind her defenses and destroy them can shut her down, and she herself is rather squishy. That said, a good Symmetra can be an absolute nuisance to most players, as her turrets and Photon Barrier interfere with pushes and good use of her teleporter allows her team (or Symmetra herself) to attack from an unguarded angle.
- Squishy Wizard: Symmetra has some of the highest utility of any Damage hero, with turrets to divert enemy attention, teleporters for team mobility, a giant defensive ultimate that splits up the map, and even her primary weapon can ramp up into crazy damage numbers with frequent use. Her biggest tradeoff is that she's very squishy, lacks resources to protect herself in the middle of a fight, and lacks range in her damage, meaning she needs to be very careful in how she coordinates her arsenal before going in.
- Stage Magician: Her Anniversary-exclusive "Magician" skin styles her as a classy performer with a Nice Hat, suit, and translucent arm. The skin also indulges in some Lovely Assistant-esque fanservice by continuing showing off her thighs.
- Smug Super: Due to being the best in her field of expertise (architecture) and being raised by Vishkar in a very elite environment, Symmetra can be very smug towards others, especially if they're using something of a lesser caliber.
- The Stoic: Regardless of any of the chaos that occurs around her, Symmetra is unusually calm and analytical almost all of the time. Best exemplified if her turrets go down; in contrast to Torbjörn, who acts frustrated or anguished when his turret gets destroyed, Symmetra simply responds with something along the lines of "My turret was destroyed", or "My defenses are weakened", without any hint of tension or even annoyance.
- Subverted (justifiably) in Retribution where she becomes genuinely incensed if an Assassin pounces her."Get her OFF of me!"
- Subverted (justifiably) in Retribution where she becomes genuinely incensed if an Assassin pounces her.
- Stripperific: Especially evident in her Kali-inspired "Devi" and "Goddess" skins, which give her nothing but a short skirt, some jewelry, and two pieces of cloth on her chest.
- Super OCD: Symmetra is obsessed with order and perfection, though unlike most examples where it's part of an Ambiguous Disorder, Blizzard specified that it's linked to her being autistic. In one of her highlight intros, she is annoyed when the camera goes askew and corrects it. She has a similar problem during her meeting with the major in Rio de Janeiro, being distracted by a slightly crooked painting. She even questions how it isn't driving anyone else crazy and adjusts it. In-game, Torbjörn tries to use this to tease her, but it backfires because she's probably already checked:Torbjörn: Heh heh, there's something on your dress.Symmetra: (disdainfully) No. There isn't.
- Support Party Member: While technically subverted since her June 2018 rework where she's been shifted to the Damage role instead of Support, Symmetra has possibly the highest potential utility of anyone in the category with her defensive turrets, Teleporter and Photon Barrier. Prior to her second rework, she was categorized as a Support hero, which put her at odds with the others since she was the only one completely incapable of healing allies.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever Symmetra is placed on the same team as Lúcio, she makes it clear that she doesn't like working with him, a sentiment Lúcio shares.Symmetra: To think I should have to work with a street ruffian.Lúcio: I'm not all that excited about this arrangement either.
- Technical Pacifist: Symmetra dislikes killing and usually puts her weapons on 'Energy Drain' mode to just leave her opponents unconscious, as shown during her mission in Rio de Janeiro. Other Vishkar employees are puzzled by this since they prefer the easy way of just killing anyone standing in their way.
- Thinking Up Portals: One of her abilities is Teleporter, which creates a portal within 25 meters that she, her teammates, and their abilities can travel back and forth through, which can result in all sorts of wacky interactions. Previously, it was an ultimate that would one-way link directly to her team's spawn point.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: The dragon to Lucio's tiger; Symmetra is cold and calculated, she values logic and always treats it as a major factor in her decisions. This is reflected by her teleporter ability and Photon Barrier ultimate, as both require strategy and foresight. This comparison was stronger when she was originally a support class hero with Lucio before being moved to the damage class.
- The Turret Master: She's able to deploy up to 3 Sentry Turrets at a time that can be stuck on any surface and fire continuous beams at intruders.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Her Teleporter is able to create a portal within 25 meters away. Previously she could create one at her team's starting point and any point in the map.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Falls heavily on the Lawful side, although she's having doubts.
- Token Good Teammate: In-universe, she's the only Vishkar employee shown so far that has good intentions. In-game, she's also the only Anti-Villain amongst the antagonistic characters, with Doomfist, Reaper, Widowmaker, Sombra, Junkrat and Roadhog being more akin to Card-Carrying Villains.
- Trap Master: Compared to Torbjörn's turrets, Symmetra's turrets are more along the lines of traps that are best set within narrow corridors to ambush her foes.
- True Blue Femininity: She wears blue and is one of the more feminine, serene and classy characters in the game. It also represents loneliness due to being separated from her parents and raised in a secluded environment with no actual friends.
- Unorthodox Reload: Symmetra creates a small Hard Light orb and feeds it into the side of her Photon Projector.
- Unfit for Greatness: One of her voice lines for eliminating an opponent has her say that they were "not meant for greatness".
- Weak Turret Gun: A single turret is nothing to write home about, but it slows enemies and can be created in bulk.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She conducts various clandestine and illegal missions for the Vishkar Corporation, which include killing people (though she prefers to avoid doing so if possible), espionage, slander, and blackmail. She justifies these missions to herself as helping Vishkar create a better world, which is something she genuinely wants.
- You Can't Go Home Again: The company Vishkar was responsible for this after seeing Symmetra's boundless potential as a light architect, taking her away from her parents and preventing her from going back. No doubt this had some effect on her. See Raised by Orcs.