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Torbjörn - Sweden
Occupation: Weapons Designer
Base of Operations: Gothenburg, Sweden
Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)
Appearances (shorts): Cinematic Trailer (cameo), Recall (cameo), Ana Origin Story (cameo), King's Row Uprising Origin Story
Appearances (comics): "Destroyer" (focus), "Reflections" (cameo), "Binary" (focus), "Uprising"
Appearances (Archives events): Uprising
"Build 'em up, break 'em down!"
Voiced by: Keith Silverstein (English), Arturo Mercado (Latin American Spanish), Carlos Ysbert (European Spanish), Binbin Takaoka (Japanese), José Luccioni (French), Mauricio Berger (Brazilian Portuguese), Mario Scarabelli (Italian), Stefan Gossler (German), Jae-beom Lee (Korean), Tong Shaozong (Taiwanese Chinese), Jiǎ Qiū (Mandarin Chinese), Tomasz Grochoczyński (Polish), Aleksandr Pozharov (Russian)
A Dwarf from Azeroth flung into Earth's future!
Just kidding. Torbjörn Lindholm is a Swedish former Overwatch Engineer who provided it with some of its finest and most effective technological designs. Before the Omnic Crisis, Torbjörn had gained notoriety for designing weapons systems used by countries around the world. However, his belief that technology must serve a better vision for humanity put him at odds with his employers, who desired to control his weapons using networked computer intelligence.
Torbjörn had a deep mistrust of sentient robotic intelligence, and while many of his peers wrote this off as paranoia, his worst fears were realized when the robot populations of the world turned against their human creators during the Omnic Crisis. Because of his engineering genius, he was recruited to join the original Overwatch strike team, and his many inventions proved integral to ending the crisis. In the years that followed, Overwatch became an international peacekeeping force, and Torbjörn remained a critical resource for all of its technological needs and signature weapons systems.
But in the aftermath of Overwatch's fall, many of Torbjörn's weapons were stolen or stashed away around the world. Feeling responsible for his creations, Torbjörn is determined to stop them from falling into the wrong hands and wreaking havoc on the innocent.
Torbjörn was one of the agents that were recalled to serve Overwatch after Winston reinstated the organization. At the time, he was near Moscow, Russia.
Torbjörn is both able to set his turret at key defensive areas, and engage in the frontlines to take down enemies and support his allies.
- The Rivet Gun, his main weapon, either fires rivets as long range projectiles or a shotgun burst of molten slag.
- His Forge Hammer can be swung as a melee weapon in a pinch, but much more importantly is used to repair his turret.
- With his Deploy Turret ability, Torbjörn tosses one stationary sentry gun that automatically fires at nearby foes; he can use his primary weapon to direct who the turret will focus on.
- Overload, upon activation, gives him a temporary boost to rate of fire, armor, and movement speed, allowing him to better scrap with opponents directly.
- His ultimate, Molten Core, gives Torbjörn the ability to fire up to ten molten projectiles that spawn a pool of burning slag where they land, dealing massive damage to anyone who steps in it with increased damage to heroes with armor.
Torbjörn's current kit is based off a major rework since September 2018. Prior to his rework, Torbjörn's turret deployed as a weaker Level 1 turret that could be upgraded using his Forge Hammer into Level 2 for increased health and firepower. Instead of Overload, he had a passive called Scrap Collector that generated Scrap over time as well as from the corpses of defeated heroes, which he could expend to toss out Armor Packs that he or his allies could pick up to gain extra armor. His previous ultimate, also called Molten Core, overheated Torbjörn's personal forge for a few seconds, granting him a large bonus to his armor, scrap, firing speed, and turret building speed, and an active Level 2 turret would temporarily upgrade to Level 3, with even more health and an extra rocket launcher for even greater firepower.
- Abnormal Ammo: He primarily fires superheated rivets in long-range arcs or molten slag like buckshot.
- Action Dad: Brigitte is confirmed to be his daughter, the "Reflections" comic shows that Torbjörn is married and had enough kids to give a lot of grandkids as well.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Believed this would happen when people started building robots with sentient intelligence, but no one believed him. Cue the Omnic Crisis.
- An Arm and a Leg: Lost his left arm during Operation White Dome. It's since been replaced with a cybernetic prosthesis.
- Animal Motifs: He and his family carry a bear motif. Torbjorn's name means "Thor Bear" and his "Viking" skin has his claw resemble a bear; you can also make the claim that his white fur cloak is in reference to a polar bear. His daughter, Brigitte, also carries this motif with her "Shieldmaiden" skin.
- Anti-Armor: With his post-2018 reworked Molten Core, not only does it melt right through enemies standing in the molten slag, it melts even faster if they're wearing armor.
- Artificial Limbs: His left arm is an enhanced industrial cybernetic prosthetic, replacing the arm he lost during Operation White Dome. It's normally equipped with a set of Power Pincers, similar to the gauntlet he used before losing the arm, but as shown in Brigitte's origin trailer, he also has a more domestic model equipped with a regular robotic hand.
- Awesome McCoolname: His first name translates to "Thor's bear".
- Badass Beard: He sports a suitably dwarfish beard, and is a badass.
- Badass Biker: His "Chopper" and "Deadlock" skins, with his personal forge looking like a motorcycle chopper engine strapped to his back and replacing his hammer with a tire iron.
- Badass Mustache: To go along with his Badass Beard.
- Balance Buff: Around late 2018, he was given a large gameplay rework to address his somewhat lackluster and niche kit and make him more of an effective zoner not so reliant on his turret. His Armor Packs and Scrap mechanic were removed, his original Super Mode ultimate was shifted to be a toned-down self-buff ability called Overload, his turret is permanently a "level 2" and can be tossed a distance, and he gained a completely new, much more active Molten Core ultimate.
- Beard of Barbarism: His Viking skin, complete with Braids of Barbarism.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: An amusing meta-example. Originally, Torbjörn had a unique ability to give armor to his teammates, but following his late 2018 rework, this trait was lost, instead giving him the best Anti-Armor ability in the game.
- Becoming the Costume:
- His "Barbarossa" and "Blackbeard" skins gives him an extra "Hello" line in "Ahoy, matey!" and a new Elimination line in "Shiver me timbers!"
- His Santaclad skin gives him a few additional voice lines, including changing his ultimate callout to "MEEEERRRRY MOLTEN CORE!"
- His Viking skin gives him the line "I AM RAGNAROK!" when nano-boosted.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The Little Guy to Reinhardt's Big Guy, being Vitriolic Best Buds.
- Blue Is Heroic: When equipped with the "Blå" (Swedish for blue) skin, while Torb is undeniably heroic (if somewhat racist towards omnics).
- Body-Count Competition: Before a match, Torbjörn might challenge an ally Reinhardt to this, where the one with the least number of eliminations buys the post-mission drinks. Reinhardt's all too happy to take him on.
- Braids of Action: He has braids in his beard. His "Chopper" and "Deadlock" skins have braids in his hair.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: While he can be grumpy at worst and biased against omnics, he's a loving family man with 8 grandchildren.
- Butt-Monkey: Other people's comments towards Torbjörn are often made at his expense. If Ana witnesses her other friends die, she will make a sad comment, but if it's Torbjörn who dies, she doesn't sound very worried, only saying "Torbjörn, your luck ran out!" D.Va also tells him to back off when he asks for a peek inside her MEKA, and even Mei asks him to keep his hammer to himself if she reluctantly lets him look at her robot. While other Omnic-hating characters will merely express dislike for pro-Omnic maps like Numbani or Nepal, Torbjörn has an over-the-top breakdown each time.
Pharah: Hey, Torbjörn, check out my new suit. Mark IV, state of the art.
- He also gets a bit of flack due to his traditional technology. Symmetra considers his armor "positively medieval," and with Pharah, she accidentally highlights just how antiquated his own work is.
Torbjörn: Ugh, jump jets, concussion rockets. Umm... well... yes, it's looking pretty good.
- Continued in the Uprising event where characters typically have supportive lines towards one another...except when it comes to Torbjörn.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Molten Core!"
- Captain Ersatz: His defensive, turret-building role is an easy match for the Engineer from Team Fortress 2, right down to whacking his equipment to make it operate faster. He can also collect a supply of scrap metal, though unlike the Engineer, he does not use it to build and upgrade his turret but to make armor packs which, amusingly enough, was a Team Fortress Classic Engineer skill. Torbjörn also doesn't have any equivalent to Dispensers (due to the abundance of healing sources and the fact all heroes carry infinite clips) or Teleporters (which is Symmetra's ability). After the September 2018, the resemblance is much smaller, making Torbjörn much more of a direct combatant.
- Companion Cube: His turret is more than just his "baby", he treats it like it's a living companion, up to showing it a photo album in a highlight intro appropriately called "My Baby".
- Cool Old Guy: To the younger Overwatch members. Here's a photo of him and Mercy in Halloween costumes.◊
- Deadpan Snarker::Torbjörn: What does this Null Sector want, anyway?
Mercy: Rights for omnics, so they say.
Torbjörn: I can't help but think they're going about this the wrong way.
- Drop the Hammer: Both for repairing his turret and for breaking kneecaps.
- Diesel Punk: His outfit and turret have this aesthetic. The backpack he wears even has large fire-and-exhaust-spewing mufflers. It helps denote that his tech, while still powerful and effective, is showing its age in a world of advanced cyborgs and hardlight capable of building cities.
- Embarrassing Rescue: Torbjörn was saved by Reinhardt during a mission called operation White Dome. In the letter to Ingrid, Torbjörn still appears to be rough around the edges and jokes about the situation. However, he does show gratefulness towards Reinhardt, such as semi-jokingly allowing him to name his daughter and consider making him her godfather.
- Emergency Weapon: If by some crazy circumstance you find your gun isn't worth switching to, Torbjörn's hammer can serve as a slightly better melee option than the regular Quick Melee in a pinch (55 damage compared to the Quick Melee's 30). The hammer actually used to be significantly more dangerous prior to Sombra's inclusion, where it had a slower attack speed, but did 75 damage per hit just as much as Reinhardt's.
- The Engineer: One of the greatest weapon designers and builders in history.
- Eye Patch Of Power: Apparently, he somehow lost his right eye and wears a red, metallic-looking eyepatch over it. It gets replaced with a more traditional one in his "Barbarossa" and "Blackbeard" skins.
- Fantastic Racism: He was always distrustful of self-aware AI and the first Omnic crisis justified him, but even in the present day, he's quite racist towards Omnics regardless of their personality, letting off a Rapid-Fire "No!" when the match is in Numbani (a city where humans and Omnics live in peace together) and complimenting the apartheid-esque conditions in King's Row, even saying "the Brits have their heads on straight!". Even when he compliments Omnic teammates, they're still undercut with racist undertones. However, he is still willing to tolerate some Omnics, and in "Binary" he actually protects Bastion when he realizes it's gone against its normal, violent programming and is instead relatively peaceful, to the point that it runs away when shot at.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: One of his unique intros is to drink some of his molten slag, then belch out some fire a moment later.
- Friendly Rivalry: With both Reinhardt and Symmetra.
- He and Reinhardt have been friends since Overwatch's earliest days, with Torb being the one who repaired and maintained Reinhardt's armor. They will rib each other (Reinhardt playfully mocking Torbjörn's stature and Torb joking about Reinhardt's bullheaded nature).
- With Symmetra, it's more one-sided. Torb playfully teases her about tendency towards being The Perfectionist, while Symmetra criticizes his technology as being obsolete. It is mostly centered around their similar roles of area denial and defense boost (Torb's mechanical turrets and physical armor plating vs Symmetra's Hardlight constructs and barrier shielding).
- Guttural Growler: His voice is very gravelly.
- Happily Married: "Reflections" not only reveals that he has a wife, but at least eight children.
- Horny Vikings: His Viking skin.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He's actually more fit now than he's ever been, but back when he was younger, he wasn't as bald and he still had two eyes and both his arms.
- Ignored Expert: Was viewed as a very paranoid person when he warned people against installing sentient A.I.s, fearing a rebellion. Then the Omnic Crisis happened. To rub salt into the wound, a lot of people blame him for the destruction they caused, because of his role in creating them (including Zarya, and himself).
- It Runs in the Family: Both he and his daughter Brigitte are mechanics.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's not the most approachable person, even to his friends, and his distrust of Omnics colors his view of the world a great deal. Everything he warned about making sentient weapons turned out to be true and the Omnic Crisis wreaked havoc on humanity and still rages on in Russia, to devastating results.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He displays Fantastic Racism and shows himself to be a little condescending and grumpy towards allies and enemies alike, but he's a stalwart defender of mankind and genuinely gave his all to protect the world during the Omnic Crisis, not solely because of a chance to legally destroy the Omnics as he likes. In the comic Binary he overcomes his racism enough to learn that the last Bastion unit is more or less harmless and finally leads it away from the village rather than leaving it to a confrontation with the locals in which first they and then (after military reinforcements) it would die, all the while noting that this doesn't mean they're friends!
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: His Ironclad skin shows him what he looked like before he got his beard. Without it, he's got a rather large jaw.
- Magma Man: Torbjörn's post-2018 rework Molten Core ultimate has him blast out molten slag, forming large pools that melt right through any enemies standing in them, especially if they have armor.
- Metalhead: One of his skins. Also counts as Stealth Pun.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Even accounting for his advanced age, the man is a legal dwarf, barely coming up to the knees of most characters. Similar to Oddjob from GoldenEye, his extremely short stature combined with his multi-ranged weapon can make him more of a pain to deal with than a normal sized character, especially for Tanks.
- My Greatest Failure: While heavily hinted at before, the "Binary" comic confirms that he was the creator of many omnic units that would eventually attack and kill people in the Omnic Crisis, including the Bastion Unit something that filled him with shame and grief.Militia leader: "Don't you have enough blood on your hands?"Torbjörn: "Enough for a lifetime."
- Nerf: He's notable in that he has a nerf applied specifically to the console versions. Specifically, his turret does less damage because console controllers are inherently less precise with aiming than mice are, yet the turret is just as accurate as on the PC version.
- Old Soldier: He was one of the original members of Overwatch before it grew from an ordinary strike team into an international superhero organization. Per Word of God, he's also a grandfather.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: He's basically your typical fantasy dwarf with a Swedish accent no matter how much he tries to deny it. When Overwatch got a bunch of skins based on previous Blizzard games, guess which one Torbjörn got.
- Percussive Maintenance: Hitting his turret with his Forge Hammer is how he repairs and upgrades it.
- Pet the Dog:
- Torbjörn really hates Omnics in general and think that the Shambali monastery in Nepal (where Omnic monks gather) is the culmination of his nightmares. However, when an allied Zenyatta scores a kill near him, Torbjörn surprisingly praises him, before backpedalling to 'for a machine' to keep his racist outlook intact.
- In "Binary", he actually chooses to protect Bastion from the police rather than kill it, because Bastion is peaceful and behaving differently from the cold, mechanical killers from the Omnic Crisis.
- He has nine children (one of them being Brigitte) and a wife that he loves dearly.
- Pirate: His "Barbarossa" and "Blackbeard" skins have him Dressed to Plunder. He even has a few unique voice clips with these skins, including a "hello" in the form of a hearty "Ahoy, matey!"
- Properly Paranoid: Apparently, he was the only one who worried that AIs could rebel. Up until he was proven right with the whole Robot War thing.
- Power Armor: Has a "personal forge" in the form of his mechanical backpack that allows him to build turrets.
- Power Echoes: His voice has a bellowing echo when he activates his Super Mode.
- Power Pincers: His left arm looks to have been replaced by a set of these.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Was instrumental in ending the Omnic Crisis and creating Overwatch, but for all his efforts, Omnics still got the rights they wanted from the very start, with several of his teammates outright supporting those rights.
- Racist Grandpa: Torbjörn is the third-oldest member of Overwatch, and due to past experiences with AI-installed robots, he hates Omnics with a passion and doesn't accept the possibility of a future where humans and Omnics coexist in peace. In fact, when put in the Numbani map, he does an agitated Rapid-Fire "No!" when he sees Omnics living together with humans with no problem on both sides. It's Played for Laughs, though. Understandable, if not justified, by the fact that he helped design many of the Omnics that turned on humans without warning before.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": During the early start of the Numbani stage, a city where humans and Omnics co-exist in peace."No, no, nooo! N. O. NO!!"
- Shorter Means Smarter: He's the shortest character of the main cast, yet he was responsible for one of the most advanced weapon systems in the world.
- Spikes of Villainy: His "Chopper" and "Deadlock" skins have studs on his outfit, and his cybernetic arm is loaded with spikes. Averted in that the spikes themselves are simply part of unlockable cosmetics.
- Super Mode:
- His Overload ability grants him a temporary, but significant boost to his armor, attack, movement, and reload speed for a few seconds.
- Prior to his October 2018 rework, Overload's predecessor was his original Molten Core ultimate, which greatly increased his armor, his build, repair, and fire rates, and temporarily transformed his Level 2 turret into a much more durable and aggressive Level 3 turret.
- Swiss Army Appendage: His arm can eject molten slag to be used to build devices and also serves as a means to reload the ammo-supply for his Rivet Gun.
- True Companions: With Reinhardt; this was cemented after he saved Torbjörn in operation White Dome. Since that day, Reinhardt is a firm friend of the Lindholm family and godfather of Brigitte.
- The Turret Master:
- Every 10 seconds, Torbjörn can chuck out a stationary turret that automatically fires at nearby enemies, prioritizing whoever Torbjörn is currently damaging himself.
- Prior to his 2018 rework, his turret was a bigger focus of his gameplay, requiring he level it up from a basic Level 1 (which had half the current iteration's maximum health and damage output) into a Level 2, which could then be further upgraded (albeit temporarily) to Level 3 with Molten Core.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Who'd have thought that dwarf-looking guy would have such an absurdly gorgeous wife? Her name's Ingrid, by the way.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Most of his children are girls and, so far, seem to take more after their mother, especially Brigitte.
- Unorthodox Reload: He reloads his Rivet Gun by pouring molten metal into it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Reinhardt; several of their pre-game interactions have them ribbing each other and competing over elimination count. According to a letter to his wife Ingrid, for saving Torbjörn's life, Reinhardt was repaid by being allowed to name Torbjörn's daughter and was also considered being made her godfather.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: His Summer Games-exclusive "Tre Kronor" skin gives him the colors of the Swedish flag (Blue with a bit of yellow).
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Overwatch forced Reinhardt into retirement Torbjörn was furious that they would do that to his best friend after years of exemplary service giving his everything to Overwatch. After telling her about it his daughter Brigitte would go on to share his view.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: If he witnesses Zenyatta, Orisa, or Bastion get a kill, he'll say, "Good shot! Well... for a machine."
Tracer - England
Lena Oxton / Tracer
Species: Enhanced human
Occupation: Adventurer, Pilot
Base of Operations: London, England
Appearances (shorts): Cinematic Trailer, Tracer Origin Story (focus), Recall (cameo), Alive, King's Row Uprising Origin Story (focus), Doomfist Origin Story, Zero Hour
Appearances (comics): "Reflections" (focus), "Uprising" (focus), "London Calling" (focus)
Appearances (Archives events): Uprising, Storm Rising
"Cheers, luv! The cavalry's here!"
Voiced by: Cara Theobold (English), Analiz Sanchez (Latin American Spanish), Ana de Castro (European Spanish), Emiri Katou (Japanese), Dorothée Pousséo (French), Luíza Palomanes (Brazilian Portuguese), Gea Riva (Italian), Luisa Wietzorek (German), Sin-hee Bak (Korean), Coco Tao (Taiwanse Chinese), Hóng Hǎitiān (Mandarin Chinese), Weronika Łukaszewska (Polish), Lina Ivanova/Natalya Tereshkova (Russian)
Lena Oxton (call sign: "Tracer") was the youngest person ever inducted into Overwatch's experimental flight program. Known for her fearless piloting skills, she was handpicked to test the prototype of a teleporting fighter, the Slipstream. But during its first flight, the aircraft's teleportation matrix malfunctioned, and it disappeared. Lena was presumed dead.
She reappeared months later, but her ordeal had greatly changed her: her molecules had been desynchronized from the flow of time. Suffering from "chronal disassociation," she was a living ghost, disappearing for hours and days at a time. Even for the brief moments she was present, she was unable to maintain physical form.
Overwatch's doctors and scientists were stumped, and Tracer's case seemed hopeless until a scientist named Winston designed the chronal accelerator, a device capable of keeping Tracer anchored in the present. In addition, it gave Tracer the ability to control her own time, allowing her to speed it up and slow it down at will. With her newfound skills, she became one of Overwatch's most effective agents.
Tracer was one of the agents that were recalled to serve Overwatch after Winston reinstated the organization. At the time, she was in King's Row, London, awaiting the ill-fated speech of Omnic monk Tekhartha Mondatta. She was the first to join after being contacted.
Tracer uses her incredible speed to zip around the map, harassing and ambushing foes.
- Her Pulse Pistols fire rapidly and deal consistent damage at close range. Her
- Her Blink ability grants her incredible mobility, allowing her to teleport a set distance horizontally and has three charges that replenish over time.
- Recall resets Tracer's location and health to where they were exactly three seconds ago while fully reloading her pistols.
- Her ultimate, Pulse Bomb, tosses out a sticky grenade that adheres to the first enemy or surface it hits and explodes shortly after, dealing massive damage to foes within its blast.
- The Ace: She is internationally recognized as both a skilled gunfighter and a world-class pilot, her personality exudes confidence, and she's presumably known and beloved by enough of the general public that even children are able to joyfully identify her upon sight. The still from Are You With Us? of her and the others at a UN ceremony would also suggest that somewhere in the two-year span between Uprising and Overwatch's collapse, she went from a rookie cadet to someone credible enough to warrant recognition while standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the founders. All of this in time for her 21st birthday. And if you consider the in-game emotes to be canon, she's a nifty little dancer, too. As part of the playing card-themed sprays for the Anniversary event, she's even represented by the Ace of Diamonds.
- Ace Pilot: According to her backstory, she was inducted into Overwatch for her stellar flying skills, and she only joined the combat unit later. It's given a slight nod in game, as loitering near the front of Orca dropships seen in Control Maps indicates Tracer still owns and flies them.
- Achilles' Heel:
- Tracer is completely dependent on the chronal accelerator to stabilize herself in time, and any excessive damage to it risks returning her to her unsynced, ghost-like existence. Doomfist was able to rip the Accelerator off her body during their confrontation and briefly but effectively erased her from existence.
- In-game, Tracer is an extreme Fragile Speedster, so any way to immobilize Tracer for a moment will make her an easy kill.
- Action Girl: Even before she picked up her pistols, she had caught Overwatch's eye for her skill as an expert fighter pilot. Instead of sitting around when an accident left her grounded, she endured and took the chance to adopt an even more hands-on approach, reinventing herself as an elite field operative specializing in precise, high-speed encounters with an emphasis on hit-and-run tactics.
- Anime Hair: Her hair is incredibly spiky. Amusingly enough, its spikiness in the final game is actually toned down from the cinematic trailer.◊
- Apologetic Attacker: To Ana and to Winston should she eliminate either of them.
- Appropriated Appellation: According to "Uprising," her "Cheers luv, the cavalry's here!" catchphrase came from Torbjörn, whose first reaction to seeing her joining the squad for her first mission was "Hmph. Looks like the cavalry's here." Tracer herself noted before boarding the aircraft that it's got a nice ring to it, and by the time she became a respected hero in her own right, she's made it her own.
- Arrested for Heroism: Downplayed in the London Calling comic's second issue (which gives more context to the "Alive" short). Nobody thinks for a minute she had anything to do with the assassination, but the omnics think that she deliberately blinked out of the way of the bullet (her chrono accelorator was malfunctioning), which destroys her standing with them.
- Arch-Enemy: Widowmaker. They are polar opposites in personality, morals, and abilities, and both delight in causing pain or even simply minor annoyance to the other.
- The Baby of the Bunch: The "bunch" being the strike team sent to King's Row to fight Null Sector 7 years prior to the present-day game. She's both the youngest (~19 years old at the time) and the least experienced member.
- Badass Adorable: Many people find her definitely cute, but make no mistake: she can tear the enemy team a new one if they don't know what they're doing.
- Badass Biker: She's skilled enough at riding a motorcycle to go after Maximillien and his bodyguards in a car chase in Storm Rising's opening cutscene.
- Badass Bystander: Judging by the comments Mondattas bodyguards make when she tries to contact them, Tracer was just attending the speech and not officially on assignment. She still doesnt hesitate for a moment to jump in and help once she notices that somethings wrong and realizes the monks life is at risk. Tragically, the only difference her involvement made was getting herself hurt.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her two Summer Games skins, "Sprinter" and "Track and Field", showcase her torso. Additionally, "Reflections" shows that underneath the jacket of her default skin, she wears a T-shirt that doesn't cover her stomach. Also wears a midriff-bearing swimsuit in her Heroes of the Storm "Slip'N Stream" skin.
- Becoming the Costume:
- While equipped with the "Punk" or "Ultraviolet skin", she might say "Tosser!" or "Heh, wanker!" upon getting a kill.
- With "T.Racer" or "Mach.T", the voice line her team hears upon switching to her is replaced with "Here comes Teee-racer!"
- She has quite a few extra lines with her "Track and Field" or "Sprinter" skins, such as saying "And she's back in the race!" upon respawning or "False start!" while using Recall.
- Her "Jingle" skin also has a few extra lines, such as singing "Dashing through the snow!" while using Blink and saying "I think I heard some "slay" bells!" while landing a final blow.
- Being Good Sucks: She's one of the kindest, most helpful, and unambiguously good characters on the roster, which has an unfortunate tendency to work against her benefit. Her decision to join Overwatch and help the world was short-lived due to its collapse and left her stuck with a debilitating condition that she'll likely carry for the rest of her life, and all her intervention with the Mondatta assassination got her was pain and misery. All in all, the only tangible net gain she has to show for her years of work and sacrifice is a girlfriend and a place to staynote . Not bad, but hardly an equivalent exchange. She's held onto her smile, but maintaining it must take a lot of work.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While Tracer is a Nice Girl inside and out, she's capable of being very cold, especially if the person she's talking to is a straight-up Card-Carrying Villain. This pre-game interaction with Sombra pretty much says it all:Sombra: Sometimes I get these headaches after using my translocator... You wouldn't know anything about that, would you?
Tracer: Wouldn't be a problem if you just disappear forever.
- As cheerful and sunny as she is, her role on a team is still target elimination, and she carries out this task with the same chipper demeanor as anything else. Of course, the characters tend to be a bit more heightened in gameplay, and even Mercy has a chance to crack a joke if she scores an elimination.
- Bond One-Liner:Tracer: You need a time-out!
- Borrowed Catchphrase:
- One of her interactions with Junkrat has him saying "Cheers, mate! Cavalry's here", to which Tracer's answer is Hey, That's My Line!.
- Sombra will sometimes say a sarcastic "Cheers, love!" while translocating, possibly referencing the fact that her Translocator was based off of tech stolen from Tracer.
- At the end of the Alive short, Widowmaker exits with "Adieu, Cherie", which translates to "Goodbye, Love", borrowing Tracer's catchphrase while mocking her failure.
- If Genji deflects one of Tracer's Pulse Bombs, he'll give a quick, chirpy "Cheers, Tracer!"
- She'll do it herself, too. When she kills Reaper, she'll mock him with his catchphrase "Death comes!" in a deliberate imitation of Reaper's raspy growl.
- Boyish Short Hair:
- One of her most immediately distinguishing features. Whether by nature or design, Tracer sports a short but impressively spiky do that would make any shonen protagonist proud to go along with her sporty, rambunctious personality.
- Her "Lightning" skin gives her a shorter, less drastic, but still-spiky fauxhawk.
- Break the Cutie: Her plucky demeanor belies an adulthood that has been characterized by hardship. Alive sees her deteriorate to her most emotionally distressed point seen thus far after failing to prevent something that carried dire consequences for her home. Fortunately, being called back into service by Winston seems to have helped her bounce back by the time of the cinematic trailer, but, offscreen, she's also had to deal with being nearly wiped from existence following the accident with the Slipstream, witnessed the initial collapse of Overwatch, an organization she clearly loved and admired, and seen much of the good she's fought to bring into the world undone by forces beyond her control. For all her cheerful behavior, she's been through a lot, and unfortunately, her defining ability to stay positive would be pointless if she never had reason to use it.
- Butch Lesbian: Heavily downplayed, as she doesn't have the personality normally associated with this trope, and her tomboyish qualities seem designed to be appealing; she still hews closer to this than the more overtly feminine Lipstick Lesbian, and her more casual fashion sense fits neatly into the "Soft Butch" aesthetic popular with many lesbians. Her "Punk", "Ultraviolet", and especially "Lightning" skins, however, play this to the hilt.
- The Cameo: At the end of Recall, shes the first agent to respond to Winston, and she does so within a minute. She also appeared in some scenes in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One.
- Catchphrase: Says "Cheers, luv! The cavalry's here!" when a match starts. She got it from Torbjörn back in her cadet days after he referred to her as such.
- The Cavalry: It's in her catchphrase, for heaven's sake. Tracer has a reputation for being quick on her feet to respond to a crisis, and she never passes up an opportunity to offer help where it's needed most. Sadly and ironically, this hasn't been reflected in most of the story materials, wherein her attempts to get involved by and large tend to, sooner or later, not make a difference or end against her favor.
- Cherry Tapping: Getting a "Stuck" kill with her Pulse Bomb counts as this, as it does a measly 5 points of damage when planted onto an enemy. Otherwise, scoring a lucky snipe finisher with her pistols would do as well.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: In general, she seems incapable of just standing by when people need help. In Alive, she doesn't hesitate for a moment to contact Mondatta's bodyguards and leap into action once she realizes something's wrong. And her last-minute shopping spree in Reflections would probably have gone better if she didn't regularly sacrifice her own time and effort to help complete strangers she encounters along the way, but she just wouldn't be Tracer otherwise. She briefly considers leaving a robbery she witnesses to the police, only to resign herself to her own nature seconds later by turning right around and handling it herself.
- Close-Range Combatant: Her Pulse Pistols do rather low damage in long-range combat due to falloff. At close range, however, she can melt down heroes with average health in moments and her Blink definitely helps in dodging point-blank shots. And because of the short range at which she tosses her Pulse Bomb, she would need to be close.
- Cool Shades: Her Origins skin reveals that back when she was a former test pilot, she wore a pair of aviator glasses. Nowadays, she wears her iconic orange goggles. In "Zero Hour", her new look instead sports a pair of futuristic orange shades.
- Combat Parkour: Her primary means of taking on the enemy involves staying on the move while using the terrain and her own capabilities to run interference and create a disorienting whirlwind around her opponent, guns blazing all the while.
- Corpsing: In one of her intros, she tries to strike a heroic pose, but starts laughing.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: "Moron" is being a bit harsh (she is a trained pilot, after all), but she is undeniably goofy. However, she's also a fast, agile, and highly skilled acrobatic fighter with time manipulation abilities who was one of Overwatch's most effective agents before its collapse.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: One of the perks of being the poster girl of the franchise is that you get to make a lot of appearances. Unfortunately, in this world, that goes hand-in-hand with exposing yourself to more opportunities to be tramplednote .
- Ultimately, she's on the losing end of one in Alive. Despite a fair showing, at the end of the night, Widowmaker stays in control of their fight, pulls off the assassination without a hitch, and walks away without a scratch while Tracer ends the night injured and incapacitated as her home descends into chaos. To be fair, that last detail only happened because Widowmaker got the drop on her while she was under a lot of stress; up until that point, she had done a decent job of holding her own. Still, not what you'd call a stellar first solo outing.
- And another one in Doomfist's origin trailer. Her bullets can't even get through his barrier, and after a moment of observing her blinking about, Doomfist grabs her mid-blink by the back of her chronal accelerator and rips it off, causing her disability to rapidly overtake her. She only has time for two uncontrolled blinks as she desperately reaches out to Winston for help before she fades from the flow of time again. At least this time, she was otherwise able to avoid being physically injured.
- Cursed With Awesome: The accident with the Slipstream left her as the world's only known sufferer of "temporal displacement", which causes her to uncontrollably flicker in and out of time at unpredictable intervals, with some presumably horrifying implications if left unchecked. But checked they were, and now all she has to do to live normally is to keep wearing her Chronal Accelerator harnessnote , which also allows her to use her own condition to her advantage by granting her a degree of manipulation over her own time stream.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She's a kind, chipper, and very lovable person. But in the midst of a fight, she's also a giggling hellion whose fighting style revolves around causing as much grief and harassment as possible (practical or otherwise) for the enemy.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Her Will-O-Wisp skin from the 2019 Halloween Terror event turns her into this. She might be a spirit trapped between worlds (as per Reinhardt's story), but she's still as much of a Badass Adorable as ever.
- The Cutie: She's an beautiful and lovable sweetheart with a energetic personality, and is almost always portrayed as enthusiastically playful and youthful.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: Her Blink can only move her on a horizontal plane, and her Recall rewinds her position by three seconds. In the original cinematic trailer, she's shown to be able to blink upwards a great distance, and in Alive, she can recall about ten seconds into the past.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: A single shot from one of her pistols will barely make a scratch. Thing is, they can fire off about forty shots in a secondnote , and her reload is just as fast, which means all that scratching adds up really quickly.
- Determinator: The theatrical "We Are Overwatch" teaser takes a selection of heroes and pairs each of them with an appropriate virtue ("honor" for Reinhardt, "compassion" for Mercy, et cetera). Tracer gets paired with "determination, and for good reason. You can't keep the girl down. Her attitude and ideals have proven remarkably resilient in spite of everything life has thrown at her, from nearly being erased from time to witnessing the initial collapse of Overwatch to the entire incident in London. She always manages to recover and come back for more, with her dedication to doing the right thing holding as strong as ever. Once she's cleared for active duty after recovering from the Slipstream accident in Uprising, Commander Morrison tells her point-blank that he would expect most people in her situation to have given up. Lena's having none of that."I fought to survive, and I'm willing to fight for the world, too."
- Difficult, but Awesome: Tracer's very low HP and short range mean she has to take a lot of risks to do her job, and she can be two-shotted by many of the other playable characters. Her Blink is also tricky to master, especially if you plan to use it for dodging stuff. But if you get a handle on her, Tracer is easily the most maneuverable character in the game, hurts a lot, and can leave the enemy team tearing their hair out in frustration.
- Disability Superpower: In inventing the chronal accelerator, Winston took Tracer's troubles with time and tangibility and weaponized them, transforming her from a helpless ghost to an elite operative.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: She helped to save King's Row on her very first mission, is recognized across the planet as a former Overwatch agent, and regularly goes out of her way to inconvenience or even endanger herself if it means she can help someone else. And yet some shopkeeper still looks her right in the face through a closed door as he hangs up a big "closed" sign in Reflections. He may not have recognized her, but, really, how many spiky-haired, goggle-wearing acrobatic runners in bright yellow pants with glowing blue devices on their chests could there possibly be in one neighborhood?
- Empowered Badass Normal: Even without her time powers, she would still be an Olympics-quality runner capable of great feats of speed and acrobatics with an apparently inexhaustible supply of stamina, and her reflexes are almost superhumanly fast, to say nothing of her mental fortitude to hold onto her ideals despite so much in her life going wrong.
- Establishing Character Moment: How does she make her entrance into the franchise? By blinking in out of nowhere right next to an unaware Widowmaker and making her presence known by whispering "Psst! What ya lookin at?" to her as shes staring through her scope. Then they start fighting, with Widowmaker firing off round after round as Tracer leaps, flips, and blinks out of the way, all while giggling like shes having the time of her life. Fewer than ten seconds, and it's still a perfect demonstration of just who she is. Less bombastically, her interactions with the two boys establish her compassionate side and willingness to care for the innocent.
- Explosive Stupidity: Tracer is susceptible to being blown up by her own Pulse Bomb, so once you drop it, get out of the radius immediately. Interestingly, if a Genji deflects a Pulse Bomb (thus making it "friendly," per se), not only will he still be susceptible to it, but it also stacks against an enemy team if they deflect it, leading to strange interactions like this.
- An easy way to remember it is that the bomb becomes "owned" by the last person to "fire" it and all characters can be killed by their own explosives (even if they don't actually have any explosives of their own). In the gif linked above, that's the Genji on the right by the point of detonation (according to the kill-feed). Since the two other players in the blast were enemies of the Genji on the right, they got killed. The Genji also died because the bomb was "his." If the Tracer recording it had been within the blast, she would have been untouched as the bomb no longer "belonged" to her.
- Fanservice: Not as blatantly as the likes of D.Va, Widowmaker, Symmetra, or Mercy, but she has a very athletic figure complimented by some form-hugging leggings, and no opportunity is wasted to draw attention to her long and expertly modeled legs and bum. Her legendary Summer Games skins gives us a very nice view of her midriff, and a lot of her body language seems to have been inspired by World War II pinup posters. Less suggestively, her kindhearted personality coupled with her friendly, pretty face are also seen as very appealing by those who have a preference for wholesomeness.
- Fastball Special: During the cinematic trailer, Tracer teleports into Winston's hand so that he can throw her across the room at Reaper and Widowmaker.
- Fictional Disability: Tracer was displaced in time by an experimental aircraft she was test-piloting. She must wear (or at least be nearby) a device called a chronal accelerator to avoid simply fading out of existence. While this leaves her Cursed With Awesome (since it gives her the ability to teleport around or reverse time), it leaves her with a glaring weakness (as Doomfist demonstrated in his trailer, and the London Calling comic confirmed happened in the "Alive" short).
- Five Rounds Rapid: While her attacks are more than effective enough in the game (a single magazine delivered point-blank can kill most non-tanks), her shooting has had no discernible effect in any cinematic so far.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears a pair of these when equipped with either the "Punk" or "Ultraviolet" skins.
- Finger Gun: Her "Finger Guns" emote.
- Finger Wag: In her "Having a Laugh" emote.
- Flashback to Catchphrase: In Uprising, it turns out that "The cavalry's here!" was first uttered by Torbjörn, as a sarcastic quip in response to the rookie Tracer working with him on her first official mission with Overwatch. Tracer decided to put a positive spin on it and make the phrase her own.
- Flash Step: Her Blink ability, which lets her dash short distances near-instantaneously, effectively the bread and butter of her high-speed and carefully-positioned gameplay.
- Former Teen Rebel: She was a punk in her youth. Personalitywise, she hasn't changed much (and still loves rock and punk music), but she's far more diciplined if her quotes from the skin are anything to go by.
- Fragile Speedster: At 150, she has the fewest hit points of any hero (tied with D.Va when she's on foot, but even she starts out with a mech that has 600), with no independent way to supplement her defense via armor or shields. Fortunately for her, she has a higher-than-average movement speed, and her abilities are geared toward keeping her mobile and maneuverable and helping her quickly bail out of bad situations. Learning to master her skills and apply them on the fly is crucial to being effective with her, and she's consequently considered to be one of the higher skill cap characters.
- Freak Lab Accident: The teleportation device in the experimental jet she was testing malfunctioned, dislocating her from time and forcing Winston to build the chronal accelerator to stabilize her, with the side effect of giving Tracer her abilities.
- Friendly Rivalry: Has a minor one with Lúcio over who's the fastest.
- Friend to All Children: Kids are apparently quite fond of her. The younger brother in the cinematic trailer gushes about how shes his favorite hero, and she tries to keep them both calm during the fight when she winds up taking cover with them behind a display, much to his delight when she says her catchphrase. At the end, she smiles warmly at them and salutes them before going on her way, earning even the more jaded older brothers admiration. In Alive, a little girl in the crowd reacts with excitement and reaches out to her when she sees Tracer attending the speech, and another one in Reflections cheerfully gives her a gift as thanks after she had helped her family from a robbery.
- The Gadfly: Of a more cheerful sort; she is very prone to screwing around with her opponents and being an annoyance just because she can (and it keeps them distracted to boot). Her gameplay style also encourages this, since she can't take a lot of hits, but can zip around ridiculously fast and has weapons and abilities that can make her a right pain in the ass for the enemy team to deal with, as well as opening them up for more powerful Heroes to deal with more effectively than she can.
- Gangsta Style: Downplayed. She holds her guns at an angle.
- Genki Girl: She is always constantly giggling and zipping from place to place. Her first appearance is her popping up behind Widowmaker who's trying to line up a shot through her scope, and grinning, saying, "Psst, what'cha lookin' at?"
- Goggles Do Nothing: In her backstory, Tracer wore the goggles as a pilot presumably to protect her eyes. The goggles themselves don't really have much of a purpose in the actual game. Since she's an avid runner and most of her combat philosophy revolves around staying mobile at high speeds, they may just serve to keep the wind out of her eyes so she can focus. It isn't clear if the shades she sports in her 2 look have any functions either, aside from possibly containing a heads-up display.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Played straight in the Alive animated short, when Tekhartha Mondatta is assassinated. Tracer pins Widowmaker to the ground, but doesn't go for the kill. She simply pleads to understand why anyone would do such a horrible thing. It's one of the few moments shown so far where Tracer is being something completely different than her usual cheerful self.
- Goth: Her "Ultraviolet" skin. Doubles as Perky Goth due to her personality.
- Gun Twirling: Does this when she reloads and for one of her emotes.
- Guns Akimbo: Wields a pair of pulse pistols that have an insane firing rate and a quick reload time.
- Handicapped Badass: Tracer was never "cured" of her temporal displacement, and the condition itself is so bizarre and unique that she likely never will be. Instead, she has to rely on a form of treatment provided by her accelerator, which stabilizes her in time, and she risks severe danger to herself if it is ever compromised or she leaves its range of effect. The parallels to a disability are not hard to draw, but she was still able to become one of Overwatch's most effective and recognized agents by working around her limitations and making use of the abilities her condition granted her, and as long as she keeps her accelerator secure, she can be an absolute nightmare to deal with.
- Hartman Hips: Not as blatantly as the Trope Namer, but her hips are noticeably wider than her waist (particularly visible with her "Sprinter" and "Track And Field" skins, which put her in runner's wear, and her "Cadet Oxton" skin, which trades out her jacket and harness for a plated bodysuit). Must be all that cardio.
- Heal Thyself: Recall restores her to whatever state she was in three seconds prior, including her physical position and her health, so in a roundabout way, it can be used as a self-heal if you're fast enough on the draw after an attack.
- The Heart: Tracer is known in and out of story for her kind, likable demeanor and unshakable dedication to the common good, and she seems to have a talent for bringing these same qualities out in those around her. The cynical older brother from the cinematic trailer is visibly more hopeful after their encounter, and a brief conversation with her is all it takes for Commander Morrison to reaffirm himself and authorize a mission when the London Uprising leaves him struggling with protocol. He, Mercy, and especially Winston have all been shown to be very protective of hernote , and any time she's hurt or abused is always Played for Drama.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: One of her skins, appropriately titled "Punk", gives her a studded black Schott-Perfecto leather jacket. Its recolor, "Ultraviolet", has the same jacket.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted with her "T. Racer" and "Mach T." legendary skins, which turn her into a Formula One-style auto racer with a big, bulky, face-obscuring racing helmet to match.
- Hero Antagonist: Her role in the Alive animated short is trying to prevent Widowmaker from assassinating a peaceful religious leader.
- Heroes Want Redheads: The "Reflections" comic reveals that she has a redheaded girlfriend named Emily.
- Hidden Buxom: Between her jacket and chronal accelerator, her chest is pretty covered, not to mention her pose on the hero gallery has her thrusting her waist out a bit, but Tracer is actually fairly busty if you look. Most notable in her origin video.
- Hidden Depths:
- She has a tendency, especially in-game, to come across like a giggling, showboating goofball, such that it's easy to forget sometimes that she's an accomplished pilot who was initially brought onto Overwatch for her flying skills. The comics show her behavior outside of a fight is noticeably more mature and thoughtful: Reflections reveals that she's capable of maintaining a healthy, adult relationship with her girlfriend, and her little speech in Uprising demonstrates that her ideals aren't just an idealist's fantasies, but a deeply held personal commitment that she takes very seriously. Her citations of Mei and the Shambali order as personal inspirations in some of the pre-fight conversations also suggest she places substantial value on the issues of peace, spirituality, social equity, and the environment, showing that her worldview is more informed than what her mannerisms would indicate, and her concept of heroism is more complex and nuanced than just grabbing a gun and fighting the bad guys."Mei, you're the real hero."
- In "London Calling", it's revealed that she's a huge fan of old rock and punk bands like The Beatles and The Clash.
- She has a tendency, especially in-game, to come across like a giggling, showboating goofball, such that it's easy to forget sometimes that she's an accomplished pilot who was initially brought onto Overwatch for her flying skills. The comics show her behavior outside of a fight is noticeably more mature and thoughtful: Reflections reveals that she's capable of maintaining a healthy, adult relationship with her girlfriend, and her little speech in Uprising demonstrates that her ideals aren't just an idealist's fantasies, but a deeply held personal commitment that she takes very seriously. Her citations of Mei and the Shambali order as personal inspirations in some of the pre-fight conversations also suggest she places substantial value on the issues of peace, spirituality, social equity, and the environment, showing that her worldview is more informed than what her mannerisms would indicate, and her concept of heroism is more complex and nuanced than just grabbing a gun and fighting the bad guys.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: Her Pulse Bomb is extremely powerful, but she will get hurt if she's in the blast radius from splash damage and, at low enough health, can even be killed by her own ultimate if she doesn't hightail it outta there. Luckily, her entire kit is tailor-made for hightailing it outta there.
- Hope Bringer: Under favorable conditions, she has the effect of brightening up the place wherever she goes. Her words to Commander Morrison in Uprising about her commitment to helping those in need are enough to snap him out of his dilemma and convince him to authorize a mission to intervene in the London crisis, despite how it would conflict with protocol. Years later, her participation in foiling Talon's museum heist leaves two young boys one of whom is established to already be pretty jaded visibly awestruck. The in-story news article that covers the event even makes note of the hopeful looks on their faces and muses that maybe this unexpected display of heroism means the world has a chance of improving after all.
- Humble Hero: She's likely a household name from her career in Overwatch, yet she still abides by regular business hours just like everyone else in Reflections, routinely lends aid to bystanders and expects no reward, lives with her girlfriend in fairly modest accommodations, and defers to Mei as "the real hero" despite her own credentials and the former being more of a scientist than a field agent.
- The Hyena: "Lena the Hyena" is quite the jovial gal, and she giggles almost constantly, even in the midst of a fight. To the point that it's a default sound clip for some of her emotes and abilities and even bleeds into one of her highlight intros. She is capable of being serious, but if shes ever outright frowning, its a sign that something is seriously wrong.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Not as extreme as most examples, but she has a slim waist which is further complimented by her hips and a fairly pronounced bust beneath her jacket and harness, indicating that she's curvier under all that gear than she might appear at first glance.
- Improbable Age: The Slipstream accident happened seven or eight years before the events of the game. That would mean that, by the time she was eighteen, she was an accomplished test pilot, believed to be skilled enough to fly an experimental fighter jet. She was also a member of Overwatch and went on her first mission when she was around 19 years old.
- Incoming Ham: More through action than dialogue. Her first ten seconds of screen time involve her giggling and weaving through gunfire before backflipping about twenty feet into the air, pulling out a pair of pistols, and leaping right into the fray. Her first line might as well have been "Cheers, love! The ham's here!"
- Irony: Sweet, compassionate, and likely forward-thinking Tracer hails from King's Row, a racially tense and oppressive district of London which, by all appearances, is a dingy, dirty, polluted urban mess scrawled with hateful, intolerant graffiti. No wonder she thinks the world needs more heroes.
- Jumped at the Call: Within a few seconds upon receiving Winston's message at the end of the Recall short, she was the first to call him back.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Her Hong Gildong skin, who is based of the Tale of Hong Gildong, the illegitimate son of a nobleman who went around stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Bonus points for giving this to the character who comes from England, the origin of Robin Hood.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Her kind, cheerful demeanor and friendly interactions with children seem to indicate that she is intended to appeal to younger fans, and her compassionate nature, diverse skillset, and capacity to never give up or lose hope in spite of adversity mark her as one of the game's more obvious role models. Of course, she also has plenty of adult fans, and even the developers are on record for taking a shine to her. Ironically, her use of some pretty harsh British English phrases and her utterance of a "Dammit" in Reflections technically make her, by default, one of the game's more foul-mouthed characters.
- Large Ham: Why wade into a fight when you can backflip into the air and come down guns blazing? Lena is an exuberant girl, and everything about her identity and mannerisms radiates with charisma, energy, and enthusiasm. She comes across like the kind of person who has so much passion inside her that she can't help but spread it around.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Of the positive variety in Reflections. After spending the evening dashing about London looking for a gift for her girlfriend and coming away at every turn empty-handed due to constantly getting distracted, a family she had helped earlier tracks her down and lets her have one of their gifts as thanks, which just so happens to contain a scarf just like the one she had let a stranger have earlier.
- Le Parkour: Not that it translates much into gameplay, but she has a tendency in the story materials to make use of the battlefield's terrain and elevation to pull off some impressive leaps and vaults to either reach the fight more quickly, get herself to a better position, run circles around the opposition, or do her Christmas shopping, and a fair amount of the official artwork depicts her enthusiastically in mid-leap. In the French version of the game, it's even made its way into her name (see Meaningful Name below).
- Leet Speak: Her "Sprinter" and "Track and Field" skins feature a stopwatch set to the time "13:37". The number 1337 is Leet Speak for "leet" ("elite").
- Like Brother and Sister: Following the accident with the Slipstream, Winston saved her life by developing her accelerator when no one else could figure out how to help her. They've been close ever since and share one of the strongest bonds of any two playable characters, including the ones who are literal family. In the photo of the ceremony celebrating Winston becoming a full agent, she can be seen jumping with joy right by his side, and seeing her fade out of time after her accelerator is destroyed by Doomfist is enough to activate Winston's berserker state. Considering we've otherwise only seen him do that when Reaper stepped on his glasses, which belonged to his father figure, this would indicate he also thinks of her like family.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Her bright attire and brighter personality mark her as the warm and amiable Light to Widowmaker's aloof and reserved Dark.
- Meaningful Name:
- A "Tracer" is a person or object that traces something or by which something may be traced, hence her ability to rewind herself back on old paths and make new ones. It's also a reference to tracer rounds, given her ability to zip in any direction as fast as a bullet, leaving a streak of color in her wake.
- The French translation of her name (Traceur) is also what you would call a practitioner of Le Parkour. This also happens to be pronounced identically to her English name, suggesting it was a deliberate pun in the first place.
- The Polish translation of her name (Smuga) actually is a reference to tracer rounds. Makes sense considering the trails her Blink ability leaves.
- Mental Time Travel: What her Recall basically is on a highly localized level, as it "rewinds" her state of being and relative position back to what it was three seconds prior, while still letting Tracer keep all of her current memories.
- Me's a Crowd: In a meta way. While any team can have multiples of each character, if two Tracers are on the same team (which will only happen in "No Limits" or "Mystery Heroes" mode), they will actually acknowledge each other during the pre-fight banter period, attributing each other's presence to the irregularities of her personal timeline. She takes seeing an exact copy of herself in stride rather well, but then again, her best friend is an intelligent, cybernetic ape from the moon.
- More Dakka: Her pistols empty so fast, each 40-round magazine is more like a prolonged shotgun blast.
- Mundane Utility: In "Reflections", Tracer uses her blinking abilities to zip around town to find a Christmas gift before the stores close.
- My Greatest Failure: It's implied she carries a lot of guilt for failing to prevent Tekhartha Mondatta's assassination. London's calling suggested she genuinely attempted a Taking the Bullet, but her accelorator malfunctioned.
- New Meat: Takes this role in Uprising, her first mission. Mercy is protective of her, Reinhardt encouraging, Torbjörn dismissive.
- Nice Girl: Gadfly tendencies aside, Tracer is an optimistic, friendly, kind-hearted woman. Still, it's best not to get on her bad side. It's on its best display in Reflections, in which she repeatedly makes her own night harder to make those of strangers' easier, with no expectation of a reward.
- Nice Hat: Her period as a cadet saw her sporting a side cap, which she somehow manages to make look martial and fashionable at the same time.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: If she had never taken the initiative to enlist into Overwatch to help make a difference, she never would have endured the accident that would leave her afflicted with her condition. And in Alive, she's willing to risk her own well-being to save someone else, and not only does she succumb to the former, she doesn't even succeed in the latter. Had she just minded her own business and not gotten involved, the outcome would have been the same, and she would have spared herself from getting hurt. But that wouldn't have been the right thing to do, so she didn't.
- Odd Friendship: With Winston. She's a hyperactive, time-manipulating agent from England whereas he's a reserved, hyper-intelligent gorilla from the moon. They have quite possibly the closest friendship out of all the playable Heroes in the game.
- Official Couple: With Emily as revealed in Reflections. The Zero Hour cinematic for Overwatch 2 shows that they're still together with Tracer taping a picture of Emily on the control panel of the ship she's piloting.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Inverted with Widowmaker; Tracer is 7 years younger, making her the younger hero to Widowmaker's older villain.
- Older Than They Look: Yes, that sweet, bright-eyed, and baby-faced young lady in the picture above is twenty-six years old, though it's ambiguous as to whether or not her chronal displacement has something to do with it.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Tracer is earnestly committed to helping others and making the world a better place, so her cheerful disposition tends to fade and become more severe when she encounters anything that could endanger innocents, especially if Widowmaker is involved, due to their bitter history together and the latters penchant for creating and reveling in such crises.
- Most notable are the moments immediately following the assassination in London, which showed Tracer at her most distraught and swinging from anger to sorrow as she asks Widowmaker for just an explanation.
- When she sees a crisis unfolding in London and no one doing anything about it due to red tape in Uprising, she gives Commander Morrison a bit of an earful about how she enlisted to help people, not ignore them when they're in danger, even saying she won't apologize even if she's out of line. She remains respectful through the whole thing, but it's still probably the most forceful we've seen her be with someone who wasn't an enemy.
- Painted-On Pants: The most flattering aspect of her otherwise wholesome design. Tracer's bright yellow leggings cling to every contour of her lower body, presumably to help reduce drag and keep her aerodynamic, but also to give the audience a nice look at the results of what is likely a strenuous cardio regimen.
- The Paragon: It's mostly limited to in-game character interactions, but she's this to certain heroes.
- Mei outright gushes about how Tracer inspires her. In turn, Tracer calls Mei the real hero.
- Pharah calls her lucky for having been in Overwatch, while Lena ensures Pharah that she may still get that chance in the future.
- Orisa questions her on whether it's right or wrong to operate outside the law. Tracer admits it's a difficult question, but then she follows with the belief that she should be doing what she believes is right.
- Pink Is Feminine: She has an alternative skin that colors her suit and tints her goggles pink.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite her rather petite frame, she is perfectly capable of holding her own against opponents several times her size through smart application of her kit and abilities.
- Pistol-Whipping: Tracer's melee attack is to strike her target with the handle of one of her pistols. Given how short her bursts of attacks are, melee attacks are particularly useful for Tracer players.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Winston. They've been said to be the closest of friends ever since he invented her chronal accelerator. Doubles as an Odd Friendship.
- Plucky Girl: It's hard to get much pluckier than "will happily cartwheel through live gunfire while laughing". The girl loves her job.
- The Pollyanna: The contrast between how much love she has for life compared to how it tends to treat her in return could almost draw comparisons to an abusive relationship. Things don't always work out for her, and she's had as many lows as highs, but she always manages to regroup for next time and her can-do attitude remains untarnished. She has problems, but in her view, they do not outweigh the world's; there's always work to be done, and nothing is going to stop her from at least trying to make a difference.
- Power Incontinence: Her temporal distortions were essentially uncontrollable on her own, often firing off randomly and leaving her desynched with normal time. The chronal accelerator Winston built for her helps to stabilize these powers and allows her to manipulate them more to her will.
- Precision F-Strike: In her "Punk" and "Ultraviolet" skins, Tracer becomes slightly more foul-mouthed, calling her enemies "tossers" and "wankers" when she eliminates them; both common (and rather spicy) insults in British slang. Surprising, hearing that from whom is probably the most kid-friendly character in Overwatch.
- Primary-Color Champion: One of the most unambiguously heroic characters on the roster, and she is associated mainly with blue and yellow, with a little red from the Union Jack and her personal decal which both adorn her jacket.
- Punk Rock: Her "Punk" skin seems to be based around the British version of this trope: pink hair, spiky earrings and leather jacket. She was one in her youth, and bonds with a group of omnics over a shared love of punk music.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: When she was first introduced, many fans, especially British fans, thought Tracer was voiced by an American doing an exaggerated Cockney accent. They later learned, to their surprise, that she was voiced by British actress Cara Theobold (although Theobold is from Wakefield in Yorkshire, so she's still putting on an accent).
- The Rival: Widowmaker. The Alive trailer goes into more details on how it came about, namely an assassination in Tracer's home turf of King's Row.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Her "Slipstream" skin has a long, white scarf. To a lesser extent, her "T. Racer" and "Mach T." skins also give her a stylish ascot.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
- At the time of Uprising, Overwatch was forbidden from operating in the UK. When she sees London in chaos and Commander Morrison struggling with deciding what to do, she doesn't hesitate to speak her mind about how standing by while the world burns is not what she enlisted for. Her home and its people are more important than protocol. It works, and she's soon shipped out with a team as a newly-minted field cadet to relieve the situation.
- In London Calling, she's basically started doing typical superhero good deeds, like foiling thefts. When she catches an omnic stealing parts the underground need to maintain their infrastructure, she quickly concedes that it's acceptable.
- Series Mascot: Everyone on the development team loved Tracer, which led to her becoming the centerpiece hero of the franchise. Since she became a favorite right out of the gate, this appears to have been a very good choice. She was even announced to be coming to Heroes of the Storm long before Overwatch's full release. To Blizzard's credit, they've managed a pretty good balancing act so far of keeping her prominent while making it clear she isn't exempt from harsh treatment (look no further than Alive for that), which, for the most part, has kept her on the community's good side and helped her avoid some pitfalls other Blizzard characters in similar positions have fallen into.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Her legendary "Jingle" skin for the 2016 Winter Wonderland event. "Cute Santa Dress" probably fits better, though, since it is no more revealing than her standard outfit.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story:
- Alive is ultimately this from her perspective. She's spent years fighting to safeguard her home, even helping to bring operations back to the UK to resolve a crisis and save Mondatta from a hostage situation as detailed in Uprising. In one night, that's all rendered pointless, and her efforts to save him a second time, though admirable, prove fruitless. In the end, all she's earned is injury, trauma, and a front-row seat to the total collapse of order in her home town.
- Her entire onscreen career is one giant moot point. Her efforts in safeguarding her home during her tenure in Overwatch have been shot to hell by the assassination, which Masquerade states has brought tensions in London back to Uprising levels. Doomfist's breakout and return has also rendered her success in preventing his gauntlet from falling into Talon's hands during the cinematic trailer meaningless. And despite her enthusiasm in answering the recall of Overwatch agents, the organization itself remains unrestored, and she's still in the same position as before she joined: alone and struggling just to keep order in her own house. All in all, the only observable difference between pre-Overwatch Tracer and post-Overwatch Tracer is that the latter is permanently handicapped and has both seen and endured more hardship.
- She's Got Legs: Which, thanks to her form-fitting tights, we can see very well.
- Simple, yet Awesome: Tracer only has two abilities outside her primary weapon and her Ultimate: Blink (a short-cooldown, short-ranged dash) and Recall (essentially a reset button if things go bad). Together, however, those abilities are more than enough to allow her to get behind a team, wreck key targets, and then get out before taking fatal damage.
- Smiting Evil Feels Good: If she eliminates Widowmaker, she'll quip "That felt good!"
- The Squadette: Used to be this in Overwatch, first as a test pilot, later as a field agent. A tomboy in both hairstyle and personality.
- Stealth Pun:
- She's a pilot with time powers. "Time flies."
- Reflections, the comic in which her sexuality is revealed and her girlfriend is introduced, takes place around Christmastime. Blizzard "made the yuletide gay."
- Sticky Bomb: Pulse Bomb sticks to any surface or person it lands on.
- Straight Gay: A rare female version of the trope. Beyond her Boyish Short Hair and Action Girl tendencies, Tracer displays none of the usual, often badly-mishandled tropes associated with lesbian characters in fiction. She's a chirpy, energetic young lady who just happens to be gay, and no huge issue is made of it.
- Stock Shōnen Hero: She has the trademark spiky hair, dresses in bright yellow/orange, and has an energetic, happy, and childish personality and a strong sense of justice. Overall, she's the cheeriest character on the roster, making her a great choice for the game mascot like so many shonen heroes are for their series.
- Sucking-In Lines: Pulse Bomb has them before detonation.
- Super Reflexes: Tracer was able to avoid Widowmaker's sniper round when it was fired from only 30 feet away, while Tracer was in free-fall. It's downplayed in that Tracer needs to know the shot is coming; she didn't avoid Widowmaker smashing her into the side of a building because of emotional distress and surprise.
- Supreme Chef: It's a silly little short and obviously not canon, but Trace & Bake shows her able to quickly and efficiently whip up and decorate a cake about three times her own size by herself. She otherwise behaves perfectly in-character, so it's not a stretch to assume being a competent cook is within her canon capabilities. Reaper even sneaks a taste at the end and says it isn't bad.
- Technician vs. Performer: The performer to Widowmaker's technician. Tracer uses her abilities on the fly and tries to be creative and have fun. Widowmaker is brutally efficient. In pre-fight dialogue, Widowmaker states that, despite this, Tracer behaves predictably and uses her powers as a crutch. Tracer scoffs at that.
- Teleport Spam: Her entire playstyle is focused on her dashing around and outmaneuvering her target with her time-jumping powers. This is best shown in Doomfist's origin trailer, where he is unable to touch her for most of the fight.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Her home is in a constant state of chaos, the organization she loved and aspired to join fell apart years ago while most of the good she's helped to accomplish has been for naught, she's addled with a terrible handicap that requires constant monitoring, and judging by the shopkeeper closing the door on her in Reflections, not even her own fellow townsfolk have much gratitude for her. But thanks to Emily, at least she can come home every day to someone who loves and cares about her.
- Time Is Dangerous: When it can threaten your ability to merely exist, it sure is. Especially once you get it under control and learn how to weaponize it.
- Time Master: Her teleporting ability is actually her slowing time down relative to herself and moving to a location, which we perceive as her moving extremely quickly. She can also move backwards 3 seconds in time.
- Time Rewind Mechanic: Tracer can rewind time at any point by a fixed amount. Time only flows backwards for herself, effectively placing her where she was a few seconds ago and healing any damage or status ailments she's taken in that time.
- To Be Lawful or Good: In the first London Calling comic, she catches an omnic stealing parts. She doesn't need much convincing that the omnics are in the right, as nobody will sell them the parts they need to survive legitimately. She's also more than willing to resort to heroics outside the rule of law (such as operating as a superhero after Overwatch is dispanded, and not showing any reluctance in rejoining the new, illegal, Overwatch).
- Tomboy: The short hair and boyish hobbies present her as such.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's sporty and rambunctious compared to her more sedate and traditionally feminine partner Emily.
- Totally Radical: A number of her lines come across as anachronistic due to the British stereotyping. In particular, she sometimes says "Wicked!" after using Blink, which hasn't been used by British teenagers for years.
- Trauma Conga Line: Her career began with a nearly fatal accident, and that's not even the worst of it. Left with an unknown condition that could erase her from time, it required every ounce of willpower she had to persevere until a treatment was found (and bear in mind that she was still a teenager at the time), and her encounter with Doomfist literally ripped it away and forced her to relive it all under the most harrowing circumstances possible. Earlier, her tenure as a proper agent began with a trial by fire with her own home at stake no sooner than she had made her initial recovery. But her success was short-lived; Overwatch shortly collapsed, and the events of Alive left her injured and helpless to watch her work be undone and her home descend into turmoil once again while knowing she failed to prevent it. All this roughly in the span of seven years. Just how many times has this girl been forced to confront her own mortality and see her life's work go to ashes around her before she's even thirty?
- Unorthodox Reload: Tracer spins her guns, followed by a blue glow around an apparent power cell. It's possible she uses the "rewind time to when her guns were full" trick seen used by other time manipulators.
- Unstuck in Time: The Slipstream was an experimental aircraft that made use of some form of time travel to rapidly cross great distances. Tracer's credentials got her handpicked to helm its shakedown run, which ended with a malfunction that she survived, but also did something to dislodge her from her own timeline. For months afterward, she effectively existed in limbo, constantly flickering in and out of existence for varying lengths at a time and baffling anyone who tried to help her until Winston successfully engineered her chronal accelerator, a device that reins in her temporal fluctuations to a manageable level and anchors her in time. Without it, she can't maintain a physical form for long and leads an ephemeral existence, but it also allows her to exert control over her own condition and use it to her advantage by rewinding her own timeline and swiftly traversing short distances.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head:
- Her bomber jacket has a Union Jack patch on the right shoulder.
- Her "Sprinter" skin gives her a backpack with a Union Jack sticking out of it, making it look like she's wearing it like a cape.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: The most prominent example among the cast, which is saying a lot when you consider that includes the likes of Reinhardt and Lúcio. Almost always chipper and upbeat, she seems to be incapable of standing by if someone needs help, has no understanding why someone would willingly commit an evil act, and thinks there's no problem that can't be solved with some good old-fashioned heroism. Uprising shows that even as Overwatch was beginning its decline and attracting protests, up to the point of being barred from operating in her native UK, she remained a firm, wholehearted believer in its capacity to benefit the world. And despite numerous setbacks, her demeanor remains proactive.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: An unfortunate recurring theme with her seems to be that any progress she makes toward her goal of helping the world is doomed to be crippled or undone sooner or later. She enlists into Overwatch? An experiment goes awry and afflicts her with a condition that could erase her from time. She recovers and reinvents herself as a field agent? Overwatch collapses, and she's booted back to square one. She undauntedly continues her work at home? Someone strolls along at the worst possible time and fouls it all up in one night, negating much of what she's fought for in the process. She answers the recall of Overwatch's agents and commits to helping rebuild it? She and Winston are still nearly alone months later, and its return has barely gained momentum. Many characters in Overwatch have their lives defined by a tragedy from which they slowly try to bring themselves back: a plunge followed by a steady climb. Tracer's life is more like a roller coaster that constantly switches between highs and lows so extreme, it's a wonder she hasn't gone mad from the whiplash.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: When equipped with the "Ultraviolet" and "Punk" skins, she gains white and pink hair, respectively. And her "Graffiti" skin visibly gives her hair a dark bluish hue beneath the hoodie.
- Youthful Freckles: They're there, just hard to see beneath her goggles.
Widowmaker - France
Amélie Lacroix (née Guillard) / Widowmaker
Species: Enhanced human
Base of Operations: Annecy, France
Appearances (shorts): Cinematic Trailer, Alive (focus), Ana Origin Story, Infiltration
Appearances (comics): "Legacy", "Reflections" (cameo), "Masquerade"
"One shot, one kill."
Voiced by: Chloé Hollings (English and French), Erica Edwards (Latin American Spanish), Conchi López (European Spanish), Shizuka Ito (Japanese), Flavia Saddy (Brazilian Portuguese), Francesca Perilli (Italian), Vera Teltz (German), Ji-hyun Lee (Korean), Sylvia Wang (Taiwanese Chinese), Yángmènglù (Mandarin Chinese), Anna Sroka-Hryń (Polish), Tatyana Shitova (Russian)
Widowmaker is the perfect assassin: a patient, ruthlessly efficient killer who shows neither emotion nor remorse.
In her former life, Widowmaker was known as Amélie Lacroix, and belonged to the once-influential Guillard family. She was an accomplished ballet dancer married to Gérard Lacroix, an Overwatch agent spearheading operations against the Talon terrorist organization. After several unsuccessful attempts to eliminate Gérard, Talon decided to change its focus to his wife, Amélie. Talon operatives kidnapped her and subjected her to an intense program of neural reconditioning. They broke her will, suppressed her personality, and reprogrammed her as a sleeper agent. She was eventually found by Overwatch agents, apparently none the worse for wear, and returned to her normal life.
Two weeks later, she killed Gérard in his sleep. Afterwards, she returned to Talon, her mission complete. They completed the process of turning her into a living weapon. She was given extensive training in the covert arts, and then her physiology was altered, drastically slowing her heart, which turned her skin cold and blue and numbed her ability to experience human emotion. Amélie was gone. Despite that, there are hints that Amélie's personality still resides within Widowmaker, as she still defends her late husband when someone criticizes him. Regardless, Widowmaker's persona is still dominant.
Widowmaker acts as the game's main sniper, keeping vigil over a friendly objective and swifly dispatching targets who enter her line of sight.
- Widow's Kiss, her weapon, is mainly used as a sniper rifle with a scope to zoom in on enemies from afar and dispatch them with a well-aimed headshot. However, it can also act as a close-to-mid range automatic rifle for Widowmaker to protect herself from enemy heroes that venture close to her.
- Grappling Hook lets her pull herself to almost any location and evade enemies.
- Venom Mine, allows her to protect her flanks by deploying a spider-shaped mine that will explode when a foe comes close, releasing poison gas that lightly damages nearby enemies and lets Widowmaker temporarily see them through walls.
- Her ultimate, Infra-Sight, activates Widowmaker's heat visor for a long duration, during which she and her allies can see enemies through walls and structures, allowing them to ambush and set up killshots before their foes even know where they are.
- Absolute Cleavage:
- Her default outfit is a backless bodysuit with a neckline that goes down to her stomach.
- Averted with her "Noire" skin, which covers her cleavage and everything else.
- Also now averted with her "Nova" skin.
- Achilles' Heel: Close quarters. At long ranges, she's lethal, and, as demonstrated in Alive, she can control the terrain to her advantage if she's able to stay mobile and out in the open. But get her cornered with no means of escape, and she struggles. Case in point, her response to Winston dropping directly in front of her in the cinematic trailer was to freeze up and fire off a few weak rounds, and when Tracer cut off her escape route, she was able to disarm her and send her running without any trouble.
- Also a viable tactic for dealing with her in-game, as her equipment's effectiveness manifests the most at range: if you can rapidly close the gap with her and deny her any terrain advantage or an easy way out with her grappling hook, she's as good as done.
- A Day in the Limelight: She is the protagonist of the Alive animated short.
- The Alcoholic: Château Guillard has multiple wine bottles, glasses, and marks from where she's set them down scattered around the map, which implies she's been making extensive use of the wine cellar.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Justified, though exaggerated. Her skin color is a result of extremely low blood circulation (a trait that would be very useful for accurate precision shooting). This has done nothing to make her any less attractive, however.
- Ambiguously Human: Though technically human, Widowmaker has gone through such heavy alterations both mentally and physically that she can barely be considered a human being at this point. It's unclear exactly what she should be called after her transformation, other than a living machine designed for killing.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- She knows Gérard is dead, but whether or not she knows that she was the one who killed him and under Talon's orders is left up in the air. It's also unclear if she knows exactly what Talon did to her, or if her memories were altered in this case, the latter being very feasible but not yet confirmed.
- The hints of her old humanity that slowly unravel with time. Is this Amélie Fighting from the Inside, or are they just remnants of her past self? Much like the above, it's not perfectly clear.
- And I Must Scream: Even though her original personality has been suppressed, there are a few signs that she's still in there and somewhat aware of what she's become.
- Animal Motifs:
- The black widow spider. A tattoo of a female black widow spider decorates most of her back; in addition, her goggles echo similarities to a spider's face, her Grappling Hook can be likened to a spider's thread, and her Venom Mines look like spiders as well. In the Alive cinematic, the motif is made even clearer with her soliloquy; she once feared spiders, but now associates herself like them in that "at the moment of the kill, they are never more alive".
- To a lesser extent, the swan: both of her Legendary skins, "Odette" and "Odile", respectively, make reference to the White and Black Swans of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Her tattoo of a spider (which is located on her back) is replaced by a swan.
- Anti-Frustration Features: Widowmaker's Grappling Hook automatically locks onto the ledge/wall closest to where you aimed at so that when you hook onto it, you're almost always guaranteed to actually position onto it instead of clipping it and falling off without having to be incredibly precise. That said, you should probably aim for precision anyway, since it might lock onto the wrong thing, or it might actually fail at bringing you up, though sensitivity adjustment was later added for it.
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Her overall appearance from her spider face-like goggles to her black widow tattoo invokes the spider motif. Her Halloween Terror-exclusive "Spider" skin adds even more of it, particularly by adding several spider-web patterns on her outfit and gun.
- First, Tracer, as she assassinated an Omnic leader whom Tracer admired, on her home turf.
- Second, Ana, fellow Sniper from Overwatch who got her eye shot out by Widowmaker and the latter single-handedly ruined her mission that might have become the catalyst of Overwatch's overall downfall.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The Château Guillard map reveals that her ancestry dates back to French nobility, which was likely deposed during or around The French Revolution. She certainly didn't start out that way, but her current identity encapsulates a lot of the "haughty, disdainful elite who looks down on those she thinks are below her" aspects associated with this trope, and her "Comtesse" and "Huntress" skins appear designed to evoke the imagery.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Her "Comtesse" and "Huntress" skins resemble military uniforms from the 19th century.
- Badass Boast: Gives one of two (depending on her equipped skin) when using her ultimate:Widowmaker: No-one can hide from my sight. / No-one can hide from the Huntress.
- The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of Alive. Also, during Ana's introduction story, Widowmaker was in charge of Talon's operations of holding hostages. Widowmaker won that one too, made Overwatch fail the mission, and Ana took the opportunity to let the world think that she died.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Talon and Cote D'azur skins.
- Becoming the Costume: While equipped with the Huntress and Comtesse skins, her ultimate callout changes from "No-one can hide from my sight" to "No-one can hide from the Huntress."
- Being Evil Sucks: She may enjoy her job, but as it turns out, there are some serious downsides to her life as an assassin. Her husband is dead, she has no friends, and all connections to her family have been presumably severed. This is highlighted in her single-panel appearance in the "Reflections" comic: whereas most of the other characters have a nice Christmas with their loved ones, or at least have some company, all she has is the tombstone of Gérard to mourn to out in the pouring rain. Further hinted at that she's been drowning her sorrows with alcohol at Château Guillard, with many, many wine stains found around the home. And she keeps a picture of her and Gérard on their wedding day, presumably as a Tragic Keepsake.
- Berserk Button:
- As of Ana's introduction, bringing up her husband Gerard especially bad-mouthing him is not a good idea. It's one of the few things aside from killing that will make her react strongly.
- Blizzard heavily implied in a tweet that pointing out her blue skin directly to her may not be the best idea.
- Beta Outfit: Before settling on the Spy Catsuit we have now, Widowmaker had at least two different outfits that were quite different from what we know today. The first was a grey and light brown outfit with a midriff section, cleavage, and light armor that looks much less stylized than her current attire. She wore this while training as a Talon agent, as her skin was normal (but her eyes and hair were not) because her heart rate hadn't yet been slowed down. Sometime afterwards, she would don even less stylized, plain, yet remarkably practical Talon fatigues that stood in even bigger contrast to her current outfit, as shown in Legacy.
- Big Fancy House: Her home stage, Château Guillard. While it appears to be somewhat abandoned or under renovation given the amount of crates, paint buckets, and tarps over furniture, it also appears to still be Widowmaker's current base of operations to some extent (as evidenced by her open laptop on a table and her rifle propped up next to it), and at the very least she's been there recently to schedule her flight to Monaco (referencing "Masquerade").
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: It's complicated, but she would look like this to those that doesn't know how her origin story goes, such as Ana, deeming Gerard to be a fool to even love her. Widowmaker is a bitch, yes, but she really doesn't see the need to hide behind a sheep's clothing in the current time, and there was a time that she was a pure sheep as Amélie.
- Blood Knight: She loves to kill.
- Blue Blood: Heavily downplayed, as their titles were stripped away during The French Revolution or during the following century, but the Guillards were nobles, judging from the crest that can be found in their estate.
- Bond One-Liner:
- After scoring three sniper kills in the gameplay trailer:Widowmaker: Go to sleep.
- From the Alive short, after assassinating Tekhartha Mondatta:"Looks like the party's over."
- After scoring three sniper kills in the gameplay trailer:
- Boom, Headshot!: Playing her optimally revolves around consistently landing headshots. Where the rest of the roster has a 2.0x damage multiplier on landing shots to the head, Widowmaker is the sole exception of having 2.5x on her scoped shots. A fully charged shot to the head deals 300 damage, more than enough to kill most of the cast in one hit (and deal plenty enough for tanks to switch gears and go on the defensive). One shot, one kill indeed.
- Boring, but Practical: Infra-Sight is unusual for an ultimate ability, since all it does is grant global vision of your enemies to you and your team, which doesn't sound all that exciting since the best it does for Widowmaker herself is make it easier to find and snipe people, something you should have already been doing without it. That said, giving your entire team what's essentially a legitimate global wallhack is far from useless, and a well-practiced Widowmaker player can charge it up relatively quickly and use it to put constant pressure on the enemy, making them afraid to break out of cover and risk getting sniped even more.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She was kidnapped by Talon and brainwashed into becoming their sleeper agent. She also enjoys killing people way too much.
- Break the Cutie: As Amélie, she was subjected to this by Talon. It's been described that they completely broke her will using Cold-Blooded Torture, and what has become of it is quite tragic.
- Camera Abuse: In her "Mistletoe" highlight, Widowmaker holds up the mistletoe, only to use a palm strike to knock the camera to the ground and then apparently steps down on the "cameraman's" neck.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Despite the circumstances of her backstory, she clearly takes pleasure in her new role as the world's deadliest assassin and revels in the thrill of killing and the pain she inflicts.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Was subjected to this during her conversion to Widowmaker, as part of the process to break her will.
- Cold Sniper: Made to be so, both literally (her body was modified to run at a much lower body temperature) and figuratively (utterly emotionless and amoral).
- Contralto of Danger: She speaks with a voice that is significantly lower and softer than the other female cast.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Nearly all of her power comes from her sniper rifle dealing critical damage, with things like her Grappling Hook and even her ultimate being designed to make finding targets relatively easier. As a result, players who don't have consistent aim and/or can't take advantage of her tools might find little to contribute with her.
- Dainty Little Ballet Dancers: Widowmaker was a ballet dancer before her FaceMonster Turn into one of the world's most feared assassins. The trope is played with, since In-Universe she was treated as a harmless civilian (and her original persona was, when contrasted with her current one), but it also meant that she was physically fit enough that she was a threat after becoming Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: The dresses that come with the "Odette" and "Odile" skins are so small that you can easily see what's under them.
- Dark Action Girl: A deadly female sniper that counts among the few playable characters that are explicitly villains.
- Deadpan Snarker: Only she's less funny and more sadistically venomous (no pun intended) and smug.
- Deadly Gas: Her Venom Mine deploys this.
- Death Seeker: Implied. If resurrected by Mercy, she can lament that she's still alive. It's a pretty clear hint that Amélie is still somewhere in there and probably wants to die.
- Designated Girl Fight: In-story, the only character we've ever seen Widowmaker directly battle are women: Ana and Tracer. Even during the museum heist, she did little more than take potshots at Winston. Her main opponent was Tracer while Reaper dealt with Winston.
- Difficult, but Awesome: FPS snipers are already typically some of the most mechanically demanding characters to play, and Widowmaker is no exception. What makes her stand out from other "snipers" such as Hanzo and Ana is that all of her team-wide value comes from sniping and one-shotting enemies, meaning that all of her abilities serve as utility to complement the player's ability to land constant critical hits, including her ultimate, which won't help decide games in the same way other ultimates in the game will. This means if you don't have good aim or produce as much damage to consistently pick off squishy targets, you aren't taking advantage of her potential, ergo possibly wasting a good hero pick. That said, those who can master her are complete nightmares to face against, and she can shut down entire teams unharmed from a distance.
- Doing In the Scientist: It's hard to see, but her "Comtesse" and "Huntress" skins have a set of puncture wounds on her neck, giving a much different explanation for her demeanor and physiology. She also doesn't have blue skin in either of those, and she has red pupils as well as her usual yellow irises.
- Double Meaning: Her codename "Widowmaker" carries two equally applicable meanings. One refers to an object with the potential to kill a man. Given that she's little more than a living weapon of murder for Talon, the name fits in that sense. In a more tragic example, it also refers to the fact that she made a widow out of herself after her first mission, where she killed her own husband Gérard.
- The Dragon: She's not considered to be part of the Council of Leaders that Doomfist and Reaper are members of. However, she is their most effective assassin, essentially making her this to the Council.
- Dramatic Unmask: In the comic short "Legacy", Ana shoots whom she assumed was just another Talon soldier, only for the helmet to come off and reveal Widowmaker, whom Ana was implied to have known before Talon kidnapped and brainwashed her. Ana's shock at the revelation lets Widowmaker shoot her in the eye and escape.
- The Dreaded: Quite possibly the most feared assassin in the Overwatch world, and with good reason. Even in her early days as a Talon operative, before Overwatch's total collapse, she had gained a reputation for being a deadly sniper so mobile that it was said she could be in two places at once.
- Drowning My Sorrows: If the many wine bottles taken from their cellar throughout Château Guillard are any indication, she's been doing quite a lot of drinking.
- Eagleland: Seems to view the United States as a Type 2, as she'll say "Americans..." in a not-so-flattering tone when she kills McCree or Soldier: 76. Then again, she also mocked the way Tracer speaks, so it's possible that she either doesn't really mean anything by it or just Hates Everyone Equally.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In her Comtesse and Huntress skins. It's likely that this was what she looked like pre-kidnapping.
- Emotionless Girl: It varies. Supposedly, her conditioning relieved her of all emotions and made her an unfeeling tool of destruction, and she does tend to carry out her objectives with calm, stoic precision. Yet she's also been shown to actively take pleasure in her actions, gloat about them to her enemies, and react with shock, confusion, and frustration when a plan goes off the rails. She also behaves more solemnly when her husband is involved and sometimes openly grieves for him. It's possible she's only devoid of emotions that would hinder her performance as an assassin such as pity, empathy, or remorse and is otherwise capable of feeling in ways that either motivate her or involve a personal trigger.Moira: How are you feeling, Lacroix?
Widowmaker: I don't feel. That's the point, isn't it?
- Enemy Within: Inverted. She's an outright villainous character who still possesses the innocent, good-natured Amélie somewhere deep down through all the brainwashing.
- Establishing Character Moment: One that comes toward the end of the cinematic trailer: her response to hearing a child call out a warning is to wordlessly ready her rifle and activate her visor.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even after being forced to murder Gerard, it's shown that she still loves him and mourns him, possibly a result of Amélie still being in her somewhere on some level. Compared to how she gets off on killing everyone else, this is the closest she's come to showing any humanity post-brainwashing. Her visiting her husband's grave on Christmas says everything.
- Evil All Along: From the perspective of Overwatch agents like Ana, the reveal of Widowmaker as Amélie Lacroix has given this impression. Because the actual reason for how she became Widowmaker isn't known outside of Talon, they're left to assume Gérard married a traitor who was always evil and killed him once she revealed her true colors.
- Evil Counterpart: To Ana. Widowmaker is a sniper whose ability set focuses entirely on killing and gets off from the people she kills, but her scantily-clad appearance would be impractical in real-life combat. Ana is a Support sniper who heals allies with each shot, dresses up primarily for stealth, and is a weary Shell-Shocked Veteran whose victims weigh heavily on her conscience.
- Evil Laugh: When a distraught Tracer pleads with her to explain why she assassinated Tekhartha Mondatta, her reply is to laugh in Tracer's face.
- Her unique laugh emote also has her give a rather condescending chuckle.
- Evil Makeover: Went through one after her forced defection to Talon. She used to look like an unassuming brunette with brown eyes that displayed happiness as opposed to malice, and she had a genuine smile and smooth white skin devoid of spider tattoos. Now she has blue-purple skin, blue hair, yellow eyes, a Psychotic Smirk, and very sinister tattoos on her forearm and back. Compare what Amélie used to look like to what she looks like now, and she basically looks like a completely different person.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Her voice is more sensual, colder, and deeper than the other female characters, which is a sign that she's one of the bad guys.
- Every Bullet Is a Tracer: When she fires a scoped shot, a white or rednote trail gives away where the shot came from. It's a Necessary Drawback, considering that otherwise, teams wouldn't know where to run to be safe or where to attack to stop her.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French: She's from France, and she's quite the looker: Tall, wears a skin-tight catsuit with Absolute Cleavage and an exposed backside, with a major emphasis on her behind, and wears stockings and heels into battle. She even speaks her lines with a breathless, sexy tone.
- Exposed to the Elements: Subverted. Her blue skin color was specifically granted to her so that she doesn't feel the effects of the weather, which she'll brag about on the Volskaya Industries map.
- FaceMonster Turn: Once a civilian wife of an Overwatch agent, Talon brainwashed her into killing her husband and turning against Overwatch, becoming their top assassin as Widowmaker. Fittingly, it was accompanied by an Evil Makeover to the blue-purple, tattooed, yellow-eyed heartless murderer that stands in stark contrast to her former self.
- Fate Worse than Death: Amélie Lacroix was tortured, programmed to murder her husband, brainwashed, had her personality obliterated, and her body's physiology altered so it experienced no emotion apart from the joy of killing. The renamed Widowmaker is essentially a completely different person inhabiting her body and mind, and serves as nothing but a tool of murder for Talon. Even if Overwatch ever does manage to revive Amélie, she would have to deal with the guilt of murdering her husband, helping to break up the original Overwatch, and murdering countless others. It's also been implied that deep down, the old Amélie is still there on some level, and is at least partially aware of what she has done.
- Finger Gun: One of here emotes has her doing this.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Her "Odette" and "Odile" skins have a lot of decorative feathers.
- Forced into Evil: Her whole backstory. As someone who was married to an Overwatch agent, one spearheading operations against Talon no less, and is implied to have known the other members of Overwatch given Ana's complete shock when unmasking her, one can imagine that joining up with Talon and becoming their top assassin was probably the last thing she ever would've wanted.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her suit shows off every curve of her body.
- French Jerk: Though formerly she was a normal, sweet woman, after Talon got their hands on her, she's pretty much this trope.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from being a sweet, harmless ballet dancer who happened to be married to a high-ranking Overwatch agent to being one of the most remorseless, deadly, and feared assassins in the Overwatch universe.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In Alive, she's shown to be able to dangle upside-down from her grappling hook to take a shot, and is called a sniper that strikes like lightning by Ana in "Legacy", capable of deploying her grappling hook quickly. For balance reasons, Widowmaker's grappling hook has an eight-second cooldown. Also, due to the fact that attempting to aim at enemies upside-down would likely be incredibly disorienting, the grappling hook doesn't allow her to hang from any ledge.
- Glass Cannon: She can fell several enemies in succession with her Widow's Kiss, but with only 175 HP (second lowest in the game), she can't take much damage.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual:
- Her goggles, used with her ultimate, let her read heat signatures through walls and set up the perfect shot.
- The Alive trailer shows more functions, mainly the extra "eyes" adding the ability to monitor the surroundings while she concentrates on the target. When she's lining up her shot, there are six "dots" around the main view, and one starts flashing, then the HUD expands to reveal each of the dots being the feed from one of the auxiliary "eyes" on her mask, giving her warning of Tracer's approach.
- In an unintentional example, they also made her butt grow bigger◊ due to a modelling bug, but that got patched.
- Goth: Her "Odette" and "Odile" skins involve tight laced corsets with either white or black makeup.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Shoots one for her Grappling Hook ability, pulling her towards terrain, including higher ground. Since you can also detach from it while moving, it can be used to fling yourself up high to land a headshot on an enemy while mid-air (there's even an achievement for doing it).
- Grave-Marking Scene: "Reflections" has a shot of her visiting her deceased husband Gérard's grave on Christmas. Perhaps one of the only humane things she has done since her brainwashing.
- Happily Married: Was this with her husband... until the Talon organization got its hands on her.
- Heartbroken Badass: Prior to being press-ganged into Talon, she was happily married to Gérard Lacroix until Talon brainwashed her into becoming a sleeper agent to assassinate him. Once she killed him in his sleep, Widowmaker became the perfect, genetically modified assassin she is today. There are plenty of indications in-game about Widowmaker still mourning him and hating herself for what she did, as shown by how she visits his grave every Christmas and how she had been drowning her memories with wine in Château Guillard, as evidenced by the number of empty bottles littering the area.
- The Heavy: Widowmaker is the villain most directly involved with every problem happening in the world of Overwatch. Her assassination of Gerard, her own husband, allowed Talon to rise unopposed. Her confrontation with Ana Amari contributed to the downfall of the Overwatch organization. Her assassination of Mondatta in King's Row has only worsened human-omnic relations and fanned the flames of a second Omnic Crisis. And she and Reaper are involved with trying to recover the legendary Doomfist, something that has Overwatch and many other nations concerned now that the Doomfist is in the hands of its namesake once again.
- Hero Killer: Her kidnapping and transformation into Widowmaker was the beginning of the end for Overwatch. First, she killed her husband Gerard, who was Talon's biggest obstacle, then she "killed" Ana (along with an entire Overwatch squad) and forced her into hiding, and later, she killed Mondatta and ruined any chance for Omnic peace.
- Hidden Depths: She used to be a ballet dancer before Talon transformed her into the cold assassin she is now. Her "Ballet" dance emote suggests she might even still practice it on her own time.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Does this twice to Tracer during Alive. First, she shoots her Pulse Bomb while it's in mid-flight, knocking her off of the roof they were fighting on. She then tricks her enemy into teleporting out of her line of fire, leaving her actual assassination target wide open.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: A Justified Trope due to her heart rate being vastly slowed down, making her aim much steadier than that of the average sniper.
- During the Alive cinematic, she fires a shot at Tracer who blinks away to avoid being hit in the heart and that same shot hits her target, Mondatta, right in the head. And she pulls this shot while falling.
- Prior to being interrupted by Tracer, she was also about to shoot Mondatta through a very narrow window while dangling upside-down by her leg. It's eerily reminiscent of a spider when she does it.
- She defeated Ana Amari in a Sniper Duel by firing a bullet through the scope of Ana's rifle right in her eye.
- Innocent Bystander: In her past life, Amélie was just a harmless civilian who never took part in combat, only married to Overwatch agent Gérard. Talon took advantage of this, seeing an opportunity to strike their enemy where they least expected, and everything went downhill from there.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Downplayed, her true love will always be Gerard. Widowmaker wears skintight clothing, speaks in a seductive tone, and mockingly says "Adieu cherie" to Tracer in Alive. In the game proper, she often uses faux-romantic lines like "I think we should see other people" or "It's not you, it's me" when she eliminates a target. Her "Under the Mistletoe" Highlight Intro has her fake a kiss toward the camera before striking them to the ground and stepping on them.
- Ironic Echo: Her final lines to Tracer in the Alive, "Adieu cherie", translates to "Goodbye love", mocking Tracer's way of addressing everyone.
- Jerkass: Like Reaper, she can be very smug and condescending when she wants to be.
- Just a Kid: She dismisses D.Va as just a kid that doesn't belong in the battlefield. Not that she has reservations about hurting a kid, as if they get in the way of her mission, she'll hurt them, all right; she just doesn't like getting partnered with one.
- Kick the Dog:
- Horrible as it was, killing Mondatta was just her assignment. Gloating about it directly to a distraught Tracers face, however, was all her.
- She doesn't get the opportunity to act on it, but her behavior in the cinematic trailer would indicate she was fully prepared to turn her weapon on a child without any hesitation.
- In-game, she might allow herself a chance to gloat about her past victories depending on the map and who her teammates are, such as reminiscing about killing Mondatta on King's Row (while Tracer and Zenyatta can be standing/floating right next to her, no less) or taunting Ana about her ruined life directly to her face.
- Lack of Empathy: The result of Talon suppressing and reconditioning her personality. As such, she rarely feels emotion except when she's killing people. Though she mourns her husband, she also laughed in Tracer's face when the latter was clearly distraught from failing to protect Mondatta, and if she eliminates Pharah in-game, she may quip "Like mother, like daughter." So even while she grieves for the loss of her own loved one, she also finds depriving others of theirs amusing.
- Leitmotif: Plays during her infiltration in Alive, and when her face is revealed in the motion comic version of "Legacy".
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Her dark attire and darker personality mark her as the aloof and reserved Dark to Tracer's warm and amiable Light.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She's currently the only one within Talon (that we know of) who doesn't know that Gabriel Reyes is Reaper. Since she's basically just a living weapon who doesn't take part in leadership nor did she willingly join to begin with, it makes sense as to why she's not privy to such information.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: An evil variation. She's the most feminine on the roster, and has a ponytail that reaches down to her legs. She's never been seen without the ponytail however, and even during days as a faceless mook she apparently drilled a hole in her helmet just to fit it.
- Long-Range Fighter: Widowmaker does huge damage while her rifle is scoped, but is average in every other regard. Her most effective counters are flankers with high damage and/or health, like Genji, Reaper, Winston, or D.Va.
- Manchurian Agent: Was kidnapped and brainwashed to kill her husband.
- Meaningful Name: Widowmaker earned her name after finishing her first mission as a Talon agent, which was killing her own husband. Lovely people, those Talon folks. Also see More Deadly Than the Male below.
- Mind Rape: She was an accomplished ballet dancer until Talon kidnapped her and mentally tortured her into becoming a skilled, ruthless, and cruel assassin.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Her "Odette" and "Odile" skins, and her "Black Lily" Lunar New Year skin. Also counts as Pimped-Out Dress.
- More Deadly Than the Male: Widowmaker is one of the most dangerous and feared assassins in the world of Overwatch, far deadlier than most male snipers. She's also shown to be far more effective than her male counterpart Reaper, who has succeeded in all but one of her tasks (and the one she failed in so far, the museum robbery, happened to be a task where she was working together with Reaper), whereas Reaper has failed at everything he's shown to do so far. She also had another failure in Volskaya Industries, which is also when Reaper was tagging along, but it's not due to any of them being incompetent, it's because Sombra was sabotaging them for her own ends. It goes nicely with her namesake, the majority of spider species are known for the trope, with the female eventually consuming the male to reproduce, with the widowmaker species being the poster species for it.
- Morph Weapon: Her weapon needs less than a second to transform from assault rifle to sniper rifle or vice versa.
- Ms. Fanservice: Widowmaker is clad in a skintight bodysuit that shows off her assets. And some her other costumes show off even more skin.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Implied. While she's more than willing to commit murder on everyone else, the one person whose death haunts her is her very first victim, her husband Gérard. This surfaces through all the brainwashing by calling his name when revived, being displeased when someone insults him, and the "Reflections" comic featuring her visiting his grave. Perhaps because Amélie still exists on some level, this is the result. If she is lucid to everything Widowmaker is doing, then one could imagine Amélie feeling like this for the last six years of her life.
- Nice Girl: What she was prior to being turned into Widowmaker. As Amélie, she was a sweet innocent woman who was Happily Married to Gerard Lacroix. Once Talon abducted her, however, everything changed for the worse.
- Noodle Incident: If she's used in King's Row, she'll talk about the time where she killed someone in the area and felt alive. Her Alive trailer showed the details.
- Not So Stoic:
- Talon deliberately brainwashed Widowmaker to be a cold emotionless killing machine for them, and for the most part, she is. However, right before and after she kills someone, she shows a much wider array of emotions, such as smirking and, when Tracer asks why she would murder Mondatta, she laughs in her face. As Widowmaker notes in her monologue, the act of killing is what makes her feel alive.
- Widowmaker also has strong feelings about her late husband. Ana managed to get under her skin by criticizing his love for her, and in the comic "Reflections", she is seen visiting his grave.
- Widowmaker also notably loses her cool and becomes outright irritated during the Infiltration short when the alarms at Volskaya Industries go off and she misses her shot on Katya Volskaya as a result.
- Obviously Evil: Corpse-blue skin, yellow eyes, spider tattoos, and a sinister Psychotic Smirk that adorns her face. While not quite as over-the-top about it as her counterpart Reaper, it's still pretty obvious that she's not supposed to be one of the good guys.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Whenever her arrogant and sadistic qualities subside, some of her humanity is often allowed to emerge, usually to grieve for her husband Gérard. She snaps at Ana when the latter calls him a fool for marrying her (bear in mind that Ana isn't privy to the whole story), mournfully calls out to him if she's revived from the brink of death, and, most notably, solemnly visits his grave in Reflections. These moments illustrate that she's managed to retain some measure of her identity in spite of her conditioning.
- For an example unrelated to her backstory, she mildly, but noticeably, loses her composure in Infiltration once the mission starts going off-track after she misses her shot. It's one of the few times that her calm demeanor cracks and she appears genuinely alarmed.
- Oh, Crap!: Its subtle, but her eyes visibly widen and her normally calm demeanor becomes less composed when an enraged Winston drops in front of her in the cinematic trailer.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain:
- Inverted with Tracer; Widowmaker is 7 years Tracer's Senior, making her the Older Villain to Tracer's Younger Hero.
- Played straight with Ana, however. The latter is nearly twice her age.
- Pet the Dog: Visiting Gérard's grave. Granted, it's more of an expression of personal grief than an active display of good, but it serves the purpose of showing she still has some measure of humanity left in her by making it clear that she still loves him and regrets killing him.
- In-game, you can invoke this trope by having her thank her teammates. The tone in her voice does suggest she's genuinely grateful, unlike Reaper.
- Punched Across the Room: Had this happen to her in the cinematic trailer. By a kid, no less!
- Qipao: The "Year of the Dog" event in 2018 gave her a proper dress with purple flower motifs.
- Ranged Emergency Weapon: Widowmaker is intended to be played by using her Widow's Kiss first and foremost as a Sniper Rifle, zooming in on enemies from a safe distance. Should that option be no longer desirable (such as if an enemy manages to close that distance and you have no escapes), her hip-fire turns it into an automatic rifle to lay down some close-ranged damage. Its damage isn't great and it's very inaccurate, but it's better than nothing!
- Recurring Element: A ranged combat-oriented female character who was formerly sympathetic before being abducted by the enemy and forcibly turned to their side to cause trouble for the heroes. Given how things ultimately panned out for Kerrigan and Sylvanas, its anyones guess where shell go from here.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her "Noire" skin gives her this color scheme.
- Reforged into a Minion: Her entire backstory. Going from the civilian wife of an Overwatch agent to being brainwashed and essentially transformed into a living weapon, complete with a new name.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: When Gerard was murdered by Talon, it was assumed she was killed as well. Naturally, it came as a surprise to learn that not only was she alive, but was the one responsible for his death and is now a Talon operative.
- Sadist: She loves killing people, claiming it makes her feel alive.
- Samus Is a Girl: In the comic short "Legacy" (featuring Ana), during her early days as a Talon operative, Widowmaker was believed to be an extremely mobile and deadly male sniper.
- Say My Name: One of her responses if revived by a friendly Mercy is to call out for her deceased husband, whom she murdered against her will.
- Scope Snipe: Defeats Ana Amari by landing a shot through Ana's rifle scope right in her eye.
- See the Invisible: Infra-Sight can detect a Sombra using Thermoptic Camo.
- Sex Is Violence: She parallels herself to a spider in that "at the moment of the kill, they are never more alive".
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her default outfit has an enclosed opening on the back which shows off her huge widow tattoo. Further emphasized with her Year of the Rooster-exclusive "Hairpin" spray, where she wears a Qipao.
- Shame If Something Happened: Says it word for word to Sombra in their pre-battle banter.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: This spray shows that, as a normal person before her forced transformation, she looks almost completely different than what she is now. Especially since she doesn't have her tattoos. Still very attractive, but not in a depraved way like she currently is.
- She's Got Legs: Widowmaker has very long and shapely legs. This is poked fun at with Widowmaker's R.I.P. victory pose where her legs are what come out of the ground, posed in a stereotypical alluring fashion.
- Schmuck Bait: The Christmas event added a Play of the Game scene for her where she holds up a sprig of mistletoe, then sucker punches the camera.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: She is associated with purple as an immediate contrast to Tracer's yellow.
- Simple, yet Awesome: Aside from Venom Mine, every ability Widowmaker has revolves around sniping. All a player has to do is hook to a good vantage point, pop up her scope, and shoot. That being said, Widowmaker is one of the most terrifying characters in the hands of an expert.
- Smug Snake: Arrogant, condescending, and carries herself like she thinks shes better than everyone else in the room. Her behavior at the end of the Alive short breathes this trope.
- Sniper Duel: There are certain in-game scenarios where the best way to deal with an enemy Widowmaker is another Widowmaker. Case in point, if she sees an enemy sniper, instead of telling the team to watch out, she'll say this:Widowmaker: Sniper! Leave this to me.
- In the story itself, she got locked into one years ago with Ana. Widowmaker won, resulting in Ana losing her eye and having to fake her death.
- Sniper Rifle: Her Widow's Kiss rifle doubles as a fully-automatic assault rifle in close range.
- Spikes of Villainy: As if the black and red color scheme of her Noire skin wasn't enough to hint she's evil, it's also got spikes on one of the sleeves.
- Stripperiffic: Her default combat outfit is a skin-tight bodysuit that shows off most of her front and back.
- Statuesque Stunner: One of the sexiest female characters, and also one of the tallest at 5'9".
- Sympathetic Murderer: She may be a cruel, cold-hearted assassin who takes pleasure in the act of killing, but her backstory offers her a degree of sympathy for her current situation.
- Tattoo as Character Type: Has "cauchemar" and "araignée du soir" (French for "nightmare" and "evening spider", respectively) tattooed in black, scary-looking letters on her right forearm.
- Tattooed Crook: Is a cold-blooded assassin with a giant spider tattoo on her back, two French spider-themed tattoos on her forearm, and (as her Cote D'azur skin shows) a Talon tattoo on her left thigh. It's confirmed in a spray that she didn't have those tattoos back when she was the completely innocent Amélie.
- Tragic Villain: As much as she revels in the pain and grief she's inflicted as the world's most notorious assassin, the road she took to get there was not one she took willingly. Even in a cast full of people who have been shaped by hardship and misfortune, her backstory involves a level of deeply personal tragedy that is particularly gut-wrenching: guilty of nothing other than being married to their most persistent nemesis, she was torn away from her life by Talon and twisted through unspeakable means into a monster designed specifically to remove their enemies, starting with her own husband. It's little wonder she behaves the way she does; she literally has nothing left to lose, and her circumstances have effectively denied her any recourse to be anything else. Although she's undeniably left a trail of ruined lives behind her, it's important to remember that trail begins with herself.
- Tranquil Fury: When Ana tells her in-game that Gérard was a fool to love her, Widowmaker is evidently not pleased. She still maintains her normal soft-spoken tone when she retorts, however.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In "Masquerade", Widowmaker casually appears at an underground casino with Doomfist to deal some business, and nobody seems to take notice of her corpse-blue skin. Then again, this is a world with intelligent robot lifeforms and cybernetic enhancements, and as pointed out by Blizzard themselves, it'd probably be a bad idea to ask.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Believe it or not, considering who she is, yes. The shot she fired that would get Ana presumed dead and indirectly lead to the total collapse of Overwatch? Although she certainly would have gone ahead anyway if she had known, she didn't mean to do that. From her perspective, it was a combat scenario, and she was just eliminating a hostile target that would just as soon do the same to her, and she likely wasn't even aware of just who she was targeting or what the consequences would entail.
- Villain Episode: Although Tracer plays a huge role in the Alive animated short, it's largely told from Widowmaker's perspective as she attempts to assassinate Mondatta.
- Villainous Underdog:
- She manages to pull of her mission in Alive despite being by herself in unfamiliar territory against Mondatta's bodyguards and Tracer, who has the ability to teleport and can rewind time to undo her own mistakes, while all Widowmaker has is her gun and a few gadgets. Downplayed, because Tracer was the only tangible opposition she had to directly contend with, and by situating herself at an elevated position in the shadows, she was still operating in her element.
- In the sniping duel with Ana, Widowmaker at that point was a relative newcomer to Talon, while Ana was one of the veteran Overwatch founders and one of the best markswomen in the world. Also downplayed, because Ana was approaching sixty at the time while Widowmaker was in her late twenties, physically and psychologically augmented to be an ideal assassin, and took advantage of Ana's hesitation on the realization of her true identity.
- Villain Protagonist: She's the main protagonist of the Alive animated short where she tries to assassinate Mondatta, who just wants peace between humans and Omnics.
- Villains Out Shopping: Or swimming and sun bathing, in this case, judging by her "Côte d'Azur" skin.
- Weak, but Skilled: In comparison to the rest of the cast. The bulk of her damage and overall usefulness to the team is dependent on her sniper rifle and how good of a shot the player is. Her Venom Mine is the only offensive ability in her move set, which for all intents is a trap that deals little damage and is best used for alerting her to an enemy approaching or cutting off their approach. Her Grappling Hook can get her to places other heroes can't reach, but it has a very long cooldown and she herself doesn't have the inherent/as frequent mobility of heroes like Tracer or Genji. Her Infra-Sight is devastating when used at its full potential through coordinating with her team, but has no killing power whatsoever by itself.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: Her default pose.
- We Can Rule Together: She tries to tempt Hanzo to her side by stating that Talon could restore his family's empire. Hanzo's only reaction is "But at what cost?" Due to his sometimes-contradictory statements to Genji, and about his home, it's unknown how he truly feels about the offer.
- What Does She See in Him?: Used to a heartbreaking degree. Because Ana doesn't know the full story of how Amélie became Widowmaker, she assumed that her friend willingly turned traitor and love made Gerard stupid. Widowmaker's response to this is... rather strong.Ana: Gerard was a fool to love someone like you.Widowmaker: You don't know anything about him.
- When She Smiles: Her wedding spray, which shows her as the normal, pre-brainwashed Amélie on her wedding day, also features a genuine smile that only makes her story more tragic.
- The animation of her waving when saying "Hello" has her give what appears to be a genuinely friendly smile. And once she's done, it's right back to scowling.
- She also smiles in her "Mistletoe" highlight intro for 3 seconds... until she knocks down the poor cameraman and scowls again.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The "Tricolore" Summer Games skin changes her attire to having the color of the French flag.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Before becoming Widowmaker, she used to be afraid of spiders.
- Would Hurt a Child: For someone who gets off on killing, she has just enough restraint not to attack a child unless provoked. That is, until the child gets in her way, then she has no qualms about turning her rifle towards him. Good thing that Winston intervened before she could do just that.
- Xanatos Gambit: Manages to execute such a sniper shot in the animated short Alive. During an intense battle, she lines up a firing solution at Tracer with the target for assassination behind her. If Tracer didn't teleport dodge in time, Widowmaker would kill the heroine and be rid of a potent enemy. If Tracer did teleport dodge, Widowmaker would kill the target and succeed in her mission. Tracer dodged. Widowmaker won.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has yellow eyes, which is fitting, considering she's largely about stealth kills. Symbolically, they appear to represent her being under effects of Talon's brainwashing, as she originally had brown eyes before her transformation. Furthering this, her "Talon" skin, which is set after Talon converted her but before she was turned blue, also has her with yellow eyes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is blue to match her skin. Exactly how that works, considering blood doesn't circulate through hair, isn't quite clear. Her Talon skin displays blue hair even before her full transformation process took place, though. Considering that Blizzard hasn't elaborated on why her hair changed color, it could be anything from Art Major Biology to perfectly ordinary hair dye.