Appearances (shorts): Recall
Appearances (comics): "Reflections"
Overwatch's AI system. It is unknown what happened to "her" in the immediate wake of Overwatch's disbanding. However, once Winston returns to Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Athena is seen up and running.
In-game, Athena acts as the announcer.
- Benevolent A.I.: Athena tries to take care of Winston by reminding him to take care of his health.
- The Comically Serious: She's shown to have a bit of comedic awareness beneath her flat, professional demeanor, pausing while one of Reaper's mooks is thrown through a window as she speaks in Recall, and "engaging Party Mode" in Reflections.
- Meaningful Name: Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom, and here she is an AI operating Overwatch's computer systems.
- Mission Briefing: Idle in the ship you spawn in in Control maps and you might hear Athena give a briefing on the alleged mission in the area (such as Talon operatives seeking something in Ilios's ruins).
- Mission Control: Athena is the announcer in multiplayer, stating mission objectives and keeping track of time.
- Parental Substitute: To Winston. She reminds Winston to take care of his health, and warns him to give due consideration before deciding on whether to recall former Overwatch agents.
- Satellite Character: She is mostly seen with Winston, never interacting with other former Overwatch members, nor do they mention her. Not much is known about her either.
- The Voice: She's the AI for Watchpoint Gibralter's computer system and as such lacks a physical body. She might have had one in the past, as a sleek white quadrupedal Omnic on display in the cinematic trailer has her symbol on its head.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Originally tried to be Lawful, as she prevented Winston from reinstating Overwatch every time he wanted to do it by reminding him that Overwatch activity was illegal by the PETRAS Act. However, she quickly made the shift to Good when Talon attacked Watchpoint: Gibraltar in a raid led by Reaper, where they nearly killed Winston and acquired the locations of all Overwatch agents. After barely thwarting the attack, Athena doesn't even try to stop Winston from reinstating Overwatch.
Appearances (Archives events): Retribution (on comms)
The pilot of the dropship Blackwatch used during the Venice Incident.
- All There in the Script: Her name was revealed in a tweet from lead writer Michael Chu.
- Deadpan Snarker: The pilot fires back a few times at the team for turning Venice into a war zone for her to navigate through.
- Drop Ship: The transport used by Blackwatch as well as their getaway.
- Getaway Driver: When the mission goes south, it's up to her to extract Blackwatch.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Her fate after Blackwatch and Overwatch were shut down remains unknown.
Affiliation: United Nations, Overwatch
The under-secretary general of the United Nations who was one of the key figures in establishing the Overwatch Task Force.
Appearances (comics): "Legacy" (mentioned), "Reflections" (cameo), "Retribution"
Appearances (Archives events): Retribution (ending cutscene)
One of Overwatch's key members, though not one of the founding members, and the loving husband of Amélie Lacroix. Apparently very good at his job of going toe-to-toe with Talon, as he was never defeated by them on the field no matter how hard they tried. To alleviate this, Talon took another option: Kidnap Amélie, transform her into Widowmaker, then have her kill him in his sleep. It worked.
- The Ace: Why Talon was unable to make a dent against him; he was just that good in his job.
- Badass Moustache: He was a skilled Overwatch agent and Widowmaker's wedding photo spray shows he had a pencil moustache.
- Death by Origin Story: His death is important as a part of Widowmaker's backstory and her rise as a Talon agent.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Subjected to this, albeit in the most underhanded and despicable way imaginable. Gérard had a stellar record of thwarting every one of Talon's plans, so they resorted to using his wife against him to succeed.
- For Want of a Nail: As it turns out, for all of his skills as The Ace, if he just kept even a little bit of a closer eye on his wife's safety... well, a lot of lives (including his own) would've been saved.
- Happily Married: With Amélie. Sadly deconstructed in another way; while they have no regrets in marrying, this marriage becomes a factor of Gérard's downfall, as Amélie was his one weak spot that Talon used in order to bring him down, by brainwashing Amelie into Widowmaker and having her strike from there where he would least expect it.
- The Lost Lenore: Is this to Widowmaker, who still retains enough of her old memories of him post-brainwashing to the point where badmouthing him becomes her Berserk Button. She will even sometimes call his name if revived by a friendly Mercy player. Her visiting his grave on Christmas says it all.
- Love Is a Weakness: He certainly didn't think so, but his love turns out to be his one weak spot that Talon exploited to finally win against him permanently.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Because she doesn't know the full story, Ana believed Gérard fell in love with a woman who manipulated and killed him. Widowmaker's response to this is... rather strong.Ana: Gérard was a fool to love someone like you.
Widowmaker: You don't know anything about him.
- Morality Pet: Gérard is the only death that plagues Widowmaker's mind and he is the only thing that is able to keep some semblance of Widowmakers former self within her. Gerald is also one of the few things that will make Widowmaker angry as she reacted strongly to Ana's comment about Gérard which means that Widowmaker deeply loved him (and still does given her resurrection comments) and his memory is the only thing that gives Widowmaker a sense of humanity.
- Posthumous Character: Existing only in the memory of characters close to him, he's already dead when the story begins in.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog:
- When his wife was kidnapped by Talon he enlisted Overwatch agents to help him find her and she was eventually found but two weeks later she killed Gérard in his sleep.
- On a related note, he was nearly assassinated more than once, with the "Retribution" comic showing him caught in a Talon's bombing of the Blackwatch facility. He ended up seriously injured, but was able to make a full recovery... and then Talon still got the last laugh thanks to Amélie.
- Slain in Their Sleep: Amélie killed him while he slept and he likely died none of the wiser that his wife had been turned.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Judging by the one picture we've seen of him, to the point that he's a dead ringer for Clark Gable. He also fits quite nicely in the 'tall' aspect, as he stands taller than the already statuesque Amélie.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He was probably right up there with Jack Morrison and Reinhardt when it came to moral fiber, keeping Talon in check while he lived. He could only be killed in the most horrifying way imaginable, and after he died, Talon was able to wreak more havoc.
- What Does She See in Him?: Used to a heartbreaking degree. Because Ana doesn't know the full story of how her old friend Amélie became Widowmaker, she assumed that Gérard married a complete bitch who killed him once she was done stringing him along. Widowmaker is furious once she hears Ana's version of the story.
Appearances: Echo Origin Story
The sixth founding member of the Overwatch Strike Team. Dr. Mina Liao was a robotics and AI expert who was responsible for the creation of Athena and Echo ... amongst other things.
- Asian and Nerdy: The Singaporean scientist of the original Strike Team.
- The Atoner: Dr. Liao was originally an employee of Omnica Corporation, until the company failed and the Omnic Crisis kicked off. Guilt-ridden over her role in starting the latter, she joined Overwatch to help fight against her own creations.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has made a snarky comment about Commander Morrison's "pending future evaluation" orders.
- Do Androids Dream?: She was a firm believer that A.I.s and Omnics have souls just like humans.
- Killed Offscreen: Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Mina died in the lab explosion depicted in Echo's origin story.
- Odd Friendship: With McCree, who was assigned by Dr. Liao to guard Echo. Both struck up a friendship and out of respect for the memories of her, McCree freed Echo from captivity so she could rejoin Overwatch.
- One Extra Member: Originally the Strike Team was described as a Five-Man Band consisting of Morrison, Reyes, Amari, Lindholm, and Wilhelm. Liao wasn't mentioned until later.
Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)
Appearances (shorts): Recall (mentioned)
Appearances (comics): "Uprising" (mentioned)
A civilian who became the leader of Overwatch in the last year of its original existence. The Petras Act that disbanded Overwatch was named after him.
- Ambiguous Situation: The Petras Act that made all Overwatch activity illegal was named after him, but whether or not he was actively involved in the act to disband Overwatch is unknown.
- The Ghost: Hasn't made an onscreen appearance, or even a vocal one, as he tried to contact Morrison to no avail.
- Last-Name Basis: His first name isn't know yet.
- Noodle Incident: Ordered the investigation of an unnamed incident in Cairo involving the murder of an Overwatch official.
The pilot of the MV-261 Orca ships that function as the spawn room in Ilios, Nepal, and Lijiang Tower.
- Ace Pilot: He's the one who pilots the ships for Overwatch, so that's most likely his function.
- Ambiguous Situation: Is he a recalled Overwatch agent or a new recruit? The answer isn't known yet.
- Badass Beard: Confirmed by Michael Chu that he can grow a mean beard.
- The Ghost: Hasn't yet made an onscreen appearance.
Appearances (shorts): Recall (cameo), Ana Origin Story
Appearances (Archives events): Storm Rising
A commanding officer of Overwatch. she is first introduced in Storm Rising, providing recon to the Strike team in Havana.
- Arm Cannon: She's able to turn her left arm into some kind of cannon.
- The Captain: Steps up to the plate after Ana's mysterious 'death'.
- Cyborg: An interaction with Genji as her giving him reassurance on his identity as a cyborg, using herself as an example. Among other cybernetic upgrades, both her arms are entirely mechanical, with one connected to her weapon and the other able to turn into an Arm Cannon.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's a black woman with white hair, though Ana's origin trailer shows she used to have more natural dark hair.
- Mystical White Hair: A mysterious and striking sci-fi variant.
Appearances (comics): "Retribution"
Appearances (Archives events): Retribution
A corrupt businessman and agent of Talon. He is killed by Gabriel Reyes in the opening cutscene of the Retribution campaign mission.
- Asshole Victim: Antonio is responsible for the deaths of untold amounts of Overwatch and Blackwatch agents, and is smugly rubbing it in Gabriel's face about how he could escape apprehension no matter what they do. The only reason McCree objects to Reyes killing him is because it went against the mission objective and attracted unwanted attention, and even then he still felt like Antonio got what he deserved.
- Badass Armfold: When Blackwatch enters his office, Antonio is seen doing this pose, knowing full well that he has the upper hand.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Although he was killed, the publicity of the Venice Incident was the catalyst that eventually led to the fall of Overwatch.
- Beard of Evil: One of the higher-ups of the terrorist organization Talon while also sporting a full chin beard.
- Blown Across the Room: Reyes shoots Antonio with his shotgun, the force throwing him out through a window and into the canal below.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He poses as a benevolent businessman, but is secretly a Talon agent.
- Destination Defenestration: Reyes blasts him out the window with his shotgun.
- Evil Gloating: Indulges in this to Reyes' face when he and Blackwatch come to arrest him. This overconfidence ends up biting him in the ass.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Deep and raspy.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is impeccably polite towards Reyes as he does his Evil Gloating, but it only serves to drive home how slimy of a character he is.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: He has shaved the back and sides of his head, giving him a sinister appearance. This is especially noticeable compared to the Blackwatch agents, who each have a full head of hair.
- Oh, Crap!: He has just enough time to realize what Reyes has decided to do before he's blown out the window.
- Predecessor Villain: Antonio was a very powerful and influential figure both inside and outside of Talon. His death allowed the rise of other individuals to take his place, including Akande "Doomfist" Ogundimu, Maximilien and Vialli.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Reyes, bragging that Blackwatch's breach of his compound was fruitless, because any arrest they make won't stick. For this, he is shot right in the face.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: His ties with Talon and various politicians make it nearly impossible to bring him in and he'd be released from lawful custody swiftly.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's only a minor character in Overwatch's overall backstory, but his actions are what led to the downfall of the organization and the status quo in the present.
- Smug Snake: From what little we see of him, Antonio is a very pompous villain, as he openly gloated to Blackwatch that their efforts were All for Nothing.
- Tempting Fate: Really, Antonio? Was bragging about your immunity, and basically admitting to be corrupt and evil, while surrounded by a group of four extremely deadly black ops agents REALLY such a good idea?
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We only learn about him through flashback, and exposition, and even then, we aren't shown much of him before he's killed off.
- Lack of Empathy: During a raid on Monte Cristi, he ordered his men to open fire on the civilians and burn the village down to lure out the leader of a cartel, set on making them pay the consequences if they were hiding him.
- Killed Offscreen: After Baptiste's desertion, Cuerva and his team were sent to either retrieve or eliminate him. Baptiste killed them all, saving Cuerva for last.
Akinjinde Adeyemi, The Scourge
Appearances (Archives events): Retribution (pictured in ending cutscene)
A mercenary working under Talon who stole the title and technology of Doomfist from Adhabu Ngumi. Eventually he was killed by his apprentice, who went on to take his place as Doomfist.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Aside from the Power Fist gauntlet all Doomfists use, his poster clearly shows him using an exoskeleton on his legs, back, and left arm, presumably as part of the Required Secondary Powers he needs to use the Doomfist gauntlet.
- The Corrupter: He was the one to introduce Akande to mercenary work and eventually Talon.
- The Mentor: He trained Akande as a mercenary until Akande betrayed him.
- Only in It for the Money: He was a criminal mercenary who was primarily interested in raiding Numbani for riches. His limited ambition led to Akande killing him and becoming the new Doomfist.
- Red Baron: He was known as "The Scourge of Numbani".
- A Sinister Clue: The second Doomfist, "the Scourge", is the only one to have his gauntlet built for his left hand (which makes the fact that it's the same gauntlet the current right-handed Doomfist is using a little confusing).
Appearances (shorts) Moira Origin Story
Appearances (comics): "Masquerade"
Appearances (Archives events): Retribution (pictured in ending cutscene), Storm Rising
A wealthy Omnic with a seat on Talon's Council of Leaders, specializing in the organization's finances. Formerly just a lowly accountant, Maximilien found his talent through Talon in money laundering and found ownership of various businesses around the world.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He is one of the principal antagonists of Overwatch, as he is one of the Talon's council members.
- Big "NO!": Max shouts "Non!" when Widowmaker rolls a snake eyes and loses all of the winnings she had made up until that point.
- Cold Ham: He's never particularly loud, but he does posses a lot of subdued yet dramatic gravitas.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Makes his mark in Talon through sheer wealth and criminal finances.
- Eating Machine: Tracer questions if he is one, considering runs a legitimate rum distillery as a criminal front. Winston isn't sure what the answer is.
- Every Man Has His Price: When apprehended by the Overwatch Strike Team, he simply used this trope, asking their price for his release. Rather than money, Overwatch demanded him to get them in touch with one of his contacts.
- Fantastic Racism: Claims Omnics can't gamble in casinos because of this. Though, considering they are Omnics, this might be justified.
- Knowledge Broker: He's rich and well-connected. Overwatch Strike team captured him, but he managed to negotiate his release by promising to introduce them to someone.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Heavily implied. Masquerade introduces him in a ritzy casino and the Overwatch strike team in Storm Rising notes fancy cars, Cuban cigars, and high-quality rum during the raid on his hideout.
- Non-Action Big Bad: In contrast to the likes of Doomfist, Reaper, and Moira, Max has his power in money, not combat. In Storm Rising, while he has a personal army to guard him, he himself doesn't put up much of a fight once he's finally caught.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As a member of Talon, Maximilien's optics are red.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Max is always seen in a fancy suit.
- The Team Benefactor: A villainous example, in that he's Doomfist's accountant and has his fingers in all sorts of companies around the world, from the Casino Monaco to the Don Rumbotico in Havana.
- Tempting Fate: Max warns Widowmaker that it's bad luck to leave the craps table while playing. Sure enough, the roll she throws over her shoulders is a snake eyes and she loses everything (not that she cares).
- Villainous Friendship: He respects Doomfist because of their history and because he's a man of vision. He also compliments Widowmaker on her assassination of Mondatta.
Appearances (short stories): "What You Left Behind"
- Affably Evil: Mauga presents himself as an easy going and impressionable man, capable of "drawing in strangers like they're old friends". His friendship with Baptiste is genuine, which why he let him leave Talon and escape Monti Christi. Even in the present day, he'd rather have him back at Talon than kill him.
- BFG: Two of them, just like Talon's Heavy Assault units.
- Barbarian Longhair: A wild black mane with a Skunk Stripe.
- Barrier Warrior: In addition to his guns, he also carries an energy shield with him.
- Being Evil Sucks: Implied. He appears to be jovial and enjoys his work, but he genuinely believes he lives in a Crapsack World with little to no good people in it. He doesn't seem to be happy about it.
- Big Bad Friend: He's the main antagonistic force of "What You Left Behind", and he was former comrades with Baptiste.
- Cool Shades: He's sporting sunglasses when he reunites with Baptiste, and still wears them when on the job.
- The Cynic: He believes that there are no good people in the world. So he takes solace in becoming a Blood Knight.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Baptiste once saw him crush a man's throat through his combat armor.
- The Dreaded: There are moments in the short story where Mauga struck genuine fear in Baptiste, to the point where he compared Mauga to a demon. When Mauga first encountered him in the present, Baptiste didn't bother try to escape knowing Mauga would stop him easily.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His reaction to Sainclair, a former Overwatch handler, offering to sell out Overwatch. He gives Baptiste a knowing look; he and Baptiste became who they are because they needed money or had no where else to go, whereas Sainclair chose to watch Overwatch burn. He follows up with this line:Mauga: There really are no good people left.
- After learning about Captain Cuerva's death at Baptiste's hands, he causally admits he never liked him.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Samoan for "mountain" and his pictures show that he towers over Baptiste and the other Talon troops.
- Scary Black Man: So much so that he even scares Baptiste.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He is depicted with unusual red eyes, which highlights how much of a violent behemoth he is.
- Skunk Stripe: He has one in the front of his head.
- Slasher Smile: His default look in most of his pictures.
- Tattooed Crook: He has Samoan Tattoos.
Appearances (short stories): "What You Left Behind"A Vietnamese Talon operative who assigned with Mauga to track Baptiste.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A talon operative with less apparent redeemable traits than Mauga. And he wears glasses.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When he first appears.
- The Stoic: Unlike Mauga, he doesn't bother with being affable and stays on task. His voice was described to be clinical and cold.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Mauga, though he's the least prominent out of the two.
Affiliation: Vishkar Corporation, Talon
Appearances (shorts): Moira Origin Story
Appearances (comics): "A Better World", "Masquerade" (cameo)
Appearances (short stories): "Stone By Stone"
- Ambiguous Situation: The confirmation that Sanjay is both a Vishkar employee and a member of Talon's Council of Leaders has made it unclear what it amounts to. Whether he's a double agent for Talon, or if Talon and Vishkar have formed a Big Bad Duumvirate, or something else entirely, isn't known.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Looks like a completely innocent unassuming young man. He's also a fanatic who is fully willing to blow up a favela full of innocent lives just to secure a contract for Vishkar. And is a Talon leader.
- The Generic Guy: The Talon leaders look pretty colorful, with the likes of Doomfist, Reaper, Moira and even Maximilien (an Omnic). Sanjay looked really plain and unassuming in comparison. It still doesn't make him any less despicable.
- Pet the Dog: His morality and ulterior goals are very much in question, but his belief in Symmetra's abilities appear to be genuine. In "Stone By Stone", Symmetra defies his initial proposals of a large Vishkar development to make up for a treasured statue of an omnic icon, and after she spends time getting to know the local religious community and restores it into a new, spiritually-pleasing form, Sanjay is initially confused, but admiring of her work.
Appearances (comics): "Masquerade"
A member of Talon's Council of Leaders who wanted to take the organization into a more profitable direction. He was the one who ordered the assassination on Katya Volskaya.
- Didn't Think This Through: Vialli didn't stop to think that maybe shaking Doomfist's hand after telling him his plans for Talon was a bad idea. Akande makes that a lethal mistake.
- Disney Villain Death: Doomfist kills him by throwing him off the roof.
- Evil vs. Evil: Doomfist's inner Talon faction for his own. He loses.
- Greed: He would rather Talon be more about profits than "making the world stronger". Doomfist disagreed.
- Smug Snake: It's telling that even the other members of Talon can't stand him.
Talon Special Units
Appearances (Archives events): Retribution, Storm Rising
3 Elite Mook characters who serve Talon. Consisting of The Sniper, The Assassin and The Heavy Gunner.
- It's Raining Men: All three are first introduced when a dropship deposits them in the path of the Blackwatch Strike Team.
- Axe-Crazy: She's laughing as she slices the player to bits.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Assassin uses arm blades.
- Flawed Prototype: An early attempt at the same brainwashing technique that birthed Widowmaker, it has left her an emotionally volatile nutcase.
- Giggling Villain: The Assassin has a very disconcerting giggle when she successfully tackles a player and starts attacking (from a gameplay standpoint, it serves as an audio cue to help players find a teammate she's pinned).
- Lightning Bruiser: As all Talon units, the Assassin has more health that a Player Character and is incredibly fast and extremely deadly; the moment she pins you to the ground, she starts slashing away, leaving you helpless as your health begins to deplete at rapid speeds.
- Sword Drag: What the Assassin does with her arm blades when she's charging towards her target.
- Teleport Spam: The Assassin does this, Flash Stepping from wall to wall trying to find a good angle before charging towards one of the player characters.
The Heavy Gunner
- Dynamic Entry: The first Heavy the team encounter is dropped a fair distance away from the point on the map which triggers his appearance, but he's scripted to charge right at the team (unless they've all managed to clear the distance themselves quickly enough).
- Evil Laugh: The Heavy Gunner has a guttural one which telegraphs when he's about to start shooting.
- Gatling Good: The Heavy Gunner hefts two of these.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: The Heavy Gunner can perform one (quite similar to Reinhardt's), which allows him to pin a character down and smack anyone else out of the way. The assassin also charges after teleporting a few times, until she gets close enough to tackle someone and start hacking at them with her blades.
- Implacable Man: The Heavy Gunner is vulnerable to some crowd control effects, mainly ones that give a character pause for a moment (Steel Trap, Flashbang, Mei's primary fire), but anything that would push him around (Charge, Concussion Mine, Concussive Blast, Soundwave, Rocket Punch, Halt, etc.) has absolutely no effect on him. Charge and Rocket Punch send both him and Reinhardt/Doomfist to the ground if they collide, and he can't move Orisa using Fortify.
Appearances (shorts): Hero
Appearances (comics): "Searching"
A young girl who lives in Dorado with her mother.
- Ambiguous Situation: In Zarya's Searching comic, it's revealed that Alejandra is somehow familiar with Sombra and, one-upping global intelligence networks, even knows her real name. What exactly she is to Sombra, though, is not elaborated upon.
- Batter Up!: This is what a group of thugs want her to do to a defenseless Omnic, believing they're giving him "what he deserves". She ultimately refuses.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Soldier 76 hugs her to protect her from a grenade that explodes right next to her. He's torn up and visibly shaken, she has not so much as a smudge on her face.
- The Bus Came Back: She reappears in Searching during Zarya's mission to track down Sombra.
- Girlish Pigtails: Alejandra has her hair braided into two tails that rest across her shoulders.
- Morality Pet: Brings out the human side in the otherwise cold Soldier: 76.
- One Steve Limit: A variation on an aversion, but Zarya points out that her first name, Aleksandra, is effectively the same as Alejandra as part of a way to bond with the young girl.
- Supporting Protagonist: She is the character with the most screen time and Character Development of Hero but Soldier 76 is the one that drives the plot and does all the fighting.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When she asks Soldier: 76 if he is one of the heroes like Overwatch, he replies that he isn't anymore. Alejandra replies with a smile that she thinks he is still a hero.
Appearance (short story): Stone By Stone (deceased)
The first omnic to become sentient, who sacrificed herself to give the rest of her brethren the oppertunity to likewise become sentient.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Vanished into the Iris amidst golden light.
- Expy: Of Legion from Mass Effect, a robot achieving sentience before dying by dissimilating their programming amidst their brethren to uplift them to their level.
- A God I Am Not: According to Zenyatta, she never wanted to be worshipped and the Shambali have honored her wishes.
- Messianic Archetype: Died to grant sentience to the rest of omnickind.
- Religious Robot: At least temporarily joined with the then-entirely human Shambali monks.
- Shrouded in Myth: While the apocryphal tale of her transcendence is well-known, Zenyatta admits that the only people who knew for sure what happened to her were the people in her physical presence, and that "over time, the mystery has only grown deeper." It's not even clear when it took place relative to before, during, or after the Omnic Crisis.
Balderich von Adler
Affiliation: The Crusaders
Appearances (shorts): The Last Bastion (cameo), Honor and Glory
Former leader of the Crusaders, the order of technologically empowered knights that Reinhardt hails from. In one of the most famous battles of the Omnic Crisis, Balderich and a handful of his best soldiers defended Eichenwalde, making a last stand against the advancing automaton army. Outnumbered and outgunned, they were ultimately slain during the resulting combat. However, thanks to their valiant efforts, the German military was able to push back the Omnic offensive and win the fight.
- Ascended Extra: Downplayed. He used to be a background character during the last defense in Eichenwalde, but Honor and Glory gave him a much more bigger role and expanded his characterization without him being playable, since he's supposed to be a Posthumous Character.
- Attack Its Weakpoint: Balderich is on the receiving end of this during the Battle of Eichenwalde. An OR-14 shoots the exposed part of his shield emitter, disabling it, before stabbing Balderich in a vulnerable spot in his armor.
- Badass in Charge:
- Was capable of killing several Bastion units at once with a single Fire Strike. Compared to Reinhardt's Fire Strike, which takes 3 hits to down Bastion units, it could be Gameplay and Story Segregation, or could be that Balderich was just that badass.
- When his Last Stand is shown in the "Honor and Glory" animation, where he dual-wields rocket hammers and holds off a ceaseless wave of omnics on his own, we see that yes, he was just that badass.
- Badass Mustache: This, plus a set of well-groomed mutton chops, equals raw badassery.
- Bald of Awesome: As shown under his helmet.
- Big Good: Of the Crusaders, when he was alive. He's seen protecting conventional military soldiers during "The Last Bastion" as well. It's also literal since his size is equal to Reinhardt's.
- Bling of War: Not even decades of neglect and disuse has tarnished his armor that much.
- Blood Knight: Downplayed as unlike a young Reinhardt, he believed that the mission and safety of their men came first, but when he receives news that the Omnics are incoming, he gives orders while using dancing terms and gives a hearty laugh when Reinhardt jokes at his expense while handing him his rocket hammer.
- Carry a Big Stick: Wielded a Rocket Mace in life.
- Colonel Badass: He was Colonel Balderich Von Adler at the time of the Battle of Eichenwalde.
- Cool Helmet: Has one similar to Reinhardt's, except his helmet is modeled after a gryphon's head as opposed to Reinhard's crown-shaped helmet.
- David vs. Goliath: Though Balderich is larger than most examples, in addition to the Bastion units and a substantial air force, Balderich and his compatriots had to contend with dozens of the Humongous Mecha that were first seen in the comic short "Destroyer".
- Death by Origin Story: His sacrifice and death are what motivated Reinhardt to join Overwatch, become its most stalwart of members, and instill in him a sense of duty to others over himself.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Balderich was going to bleed out from a stab wound, but a wave of omnics were beating down on the other side of the castle doors. Balderich was not going to die until every last one of them was destroyed first.
- Drop the Hammer: Just like the other Crusaders, Balderich wielded a massive, rocket powered hammer in combat.
- Dual Wielding: Reinhardt gives his own hammer to Balderich just before his Last Stand, allowing him to kick twice as much ass before going down.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Dual Wielding Rocket Hammers in an epic one-man Last Stand against the Omnics. With a fatal stab wound in his side. And he won. And still had enough strength left in him to make it back to his throne just so he could die sitting in it.
- Famous Last Words: "The team needs you. Be their shield. Reinhardt... live with honor."
- A Father to His Men: He has great respect for teammates and when Reinhardt recklessly abandons his team for glory, he calls him out on it and demands him to return to them. This trope is also shown with Reinhardt because their friendship can look paternal at times.
- Go Through Me: And the Omnics eventually did, but it cost them dearly.
- Hero Antagonist: Of the animated short "The Last Bastion" (featuring Bastion), where he is responsible for killing several of Bastion's fellow Omnics in his attempt to protect Germany.
- Hero of Another Story: His role in "The Last Bastion" as well as how he got invited to join Overwatch in "Honor and Glory".
- Heroic Sacrifice: Chose to stay in Eichenwalde to slow down the Omnics and buy time for Germany to formulate a decisive counterattack.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: A bit more rounded than the normal example, but still enough to wonder how his helmet fit. And held himself to a level of honor that truly fulfilled the 'Justice' part of it.
- Large and in Charge: Put Reinhardt side-by-side with his corpse and you'll see that Balderich was about two feet taller than his 7'4 subordinate.
- Not as extreme, but compare the two in Honor and Glory and you will see that Balderich is around half a head taller than Reinhardt.
- Last Stand: After sustaining a fatal wound, he knew he was going to die no matter what he did, so he tells Reinhardt to go back and protect the soldiers while he holds off the Omnics by himself. And he does, destroying every last one before dying of blood loss from his earlier wound.
- Legacy Character: Of a sort; his armor is available as a skin for Reinhardt.
- Light Is Good: His armor is colored light and gold, just like a Knight in Shining Armor, and he acted like one, too. He died protecting his country from the advancing Omnics. Years of disuse and neglect left his armor in a state of rust, however.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Had the same shield ability as Reinhardt's. Didn't stop him from dying, though.
- Meaningful Name: two;
- A bald man named Balderich
- His name, Balderrich , is in reference to Norse mythology. Baldr was a Norse god of love, peace, justice, purity and light. Baldur was part of the Aesir, a tribe of warriors, and was beloved by everyone. Like Baldr, Balderich was beloved by his fellow crusaders, firmly believed in justice, was forgiving and his armour was the brightest among the crusaders (Baldr was known to radiate light through his sheer presence). In the myths, Baldr had a son, Forseti, who was the god of justice and Balderich was known as a paternal figure to the crusaders and named Reinhardt as his successor due to his potential as a just figure.
- Military Superhero: He was a member of the German military force, and the leader of the Crusaders.
- Mythical Motifs: Gryphons, which often adorned Germanic coat of arms belonging to nobility and/or royalty. They even adorned his throne and Powered Armor.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: That humongous battle featured in "The Last Bastion"? It wasn't the fight that killed him. He and his Crusaders actually managed to live through that.
- One-Man Army: AND HOW! He takes on scores of Bastion and OR14 units, by himself, while already mortally wounded, and destroyed them all before finally succumbing to his wounds.
- Posthumous Character: He died thirty years before the events of the game. One of the objectives in the Eichenwalde map is to retrieve his remains located in his castle.
- Powered Armor: Wore a set that is adorned with gryphon insignias, similar to how Reinhardt's armor had lions on it.
- Punny Name: Balderich certainly is quite bald. Balderich has gold and fur trimmed armor and apparently his own castle, so he is also quite rich.
- Not to mention that Balderich's death was a major tearjerker.
- Rated M for Manly: Reinhardt, freaking REINHARDT, pales in comparison to him!
- So Proud of You: When Reinhardt gives him his hammer, Balderich gives him this look.
- Take Up My Sword: He was the original Crusader chosen for Overwatch, not Rein. When he realized his death was imminent, he passed it on to him.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Throws Reinhardt's hammer at one of the Omnics attacking him, sending it flying through a stone railing and into a wall.
- Victorious Loser: He and his elite guard perished against the Omnics in Eichenwalde, but held out long enough for the rest of the German military to outflank the machines and turn the tide of the battle.
- The Von Trope Family: Balderich von Adler. Given the giant castle, it's possible his family was once a noble house that ruled Eichenwalde until the abolition of the German nobility in 1919.
- Where It All Began: Was born in Eichenwalde and eventually died there.
Brian and Timmy
Appearances (shorts): Cinematic Trailer
Two young boys, Brian (age 15) and Timmy (age 6), who appear in the cinematic trailer, touring an Overwatch museum exhibit when they find themselves in the middle of a fight between heroes Tracer and Winston, and villains Widowmaker and Reaper. They are heavily implied to be siblings through their interactions and matching hair/eye colors.
- Adult Fear: The very thought of both boys being left unsupervised in a museum exhibit that Reaper and Widowmaker just happened to target because it contained the gauntlet worn by a Talon leader (Doomfist) can run chills through any parent. Especially so since Widowmaker and especially Reaper have no qualms about harming kids...
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Brian to Timmy towards the end of the trailer.
- All There in the Script: Their names were revealed as part of an interview with the sound designer, Paul Menicini.
- Badass Bystander: Brian, realizing that Widowmaker was about to steal Doomfist's gauntlet, rushes from cover and claims it first while Widowmaker was distracted. Then, thanks to a distraction by Timmy, equips the gauntlet and uses it to punch Widowmaker to the other side of the room. And this is despite Widowmaker being a thousand leagues above his game.
- Blue Is Heroic: Brian is clothed in a blue hoodie (a Raynor's Raiders hoodie to be exact) and gets to help out Tracer and Winston through some quick thinking and the trope below.
- Children Are Innocent: Timmy acts much like any other kid his age would, but seems to be cheerfully oblivious to the darkness behind Overwatch's disbandment (which was probably covered in the Museum) and the Crapsaccharine World he lives in. He even thinks Winston and Tracer's fight with Widowmaker and Reaper (which is very, very real) is all part of the museum exhibit display. On the other hand, Brian is less than enthusiastic until the very end.
- Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Timmy's shout of "Watch out!" gave Brian sufficient time to equip Doomfist's gauntlet and punch Widowmaker across the room.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Brian, a 15 year old civilian boy, punching Widowmaker, an enhanced super-assassin working for one of the most vicious, immoral evil conspiracy. Yeah, that counts.
- The two boys are this to each other. Timmy is chubby and shorter, in addition to being youthfully exuberant and optimistic along with being a complete fanboy. In contrast, Brian is lankier and rather cynical about Overwatch-related matters after their disbandment.
- Brian could also be considered one to Hanzo. Both are older brothers whose personalities contrast with their respective younger brothers, and have become cynical over time due to having lost hope. Unlike Hanzo, who has yet to regain his, Brian finds hope by the end of the trailer.
- Foreshadowing: Timmy has a cast on his right arm, a subtle hint for when Brian dons Doomfist's gauntlet on his own right arm.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Both of them are rather kind and heroic, but Brian only gets to show it towards the end of the confrontation.
- Hero Worship: Timmy, being a kid, admires the heroes of Overwatch. Brian is less enthusiastic until after he helps Tracer and Winston (the real deal!) defeat Widowmaker and Reaper.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Played Straight when Brian shouts "Hey!" before he clocks Widowmaker, after she turned her attention to Timmy.
- In the Hood: Brian wears a hood over his head, and it makes him look suitably withdrawn and aloof to coincide with his cynical personality. It falls off once he punches Widowmaker, and he is notably more hopeful and positive after the fight.
- Kid Hero: Neither of them have training or powers, meaning that they're mostly below for the majority of the fight, then Brian steps up with a Doomfist gauntlet punch.
- The Load: Winston and Tracer are preoccupied with protecting them for most of the trailer, which causes Winston to take numerous hits from Reaper's Hellfire Shotguns, incapacitating him until he sees Reaper crush his glasses. Subverted, in the end, when Brian manages to steal Doomfist's gauntlet first and uses it to turn the tide of the battle in the hero's favor.
- Oh, Crap!: Brian briefly has this look on his face when Doomfist's gauntlet deactivates and he sees a very pissed-off Widowmaker get up after punching her.
- Punched Across the Room: Brian manages don the Doomfist to land a punch on Widownmaker, sending her flying across the room. The recoil sends him flying too, as he is much smaller, weaker than the person it was made for, and not trained in its use.
- Spanner in the Works: Debatable since being unpowered, civilian, children made the heroes take a few shots to protect them. Yet, had Brian and Timmy not been there to steal the Doomfist gauntlet first, while Reaper and Widowmaker were distracted, then the villains may have very well won the day.
- Would Hit a Girl: Brian doesn't even hesitate to deck Widowmaker using the Doomfist. A Justified Trope, as Widowmaker is a highly dangerous individual who most certainly Would Hurt a Child for standing in her way.
- Youthful Freckles: Brian has a few of these remaining, symbolic of his lingering child-like enthusiasm that his brother has a great deal more of.
Affiliation: The Junkers
Appearances (comics): "Wasted Land"
Roadhog's old friend. A scavenger in Junkertown who supplies his hogdrogen in exchange for scrap.
- Ambiguously Evil: He's a Junker, appears as old if not older than his friend which heavily suggests he was in the Australian Liberation Front, and he encourages Roadhog not to "give them the satisfaction" of staying quiet. That said, he's a hardworking man who runs his own business and doesn't get involved with the evils of the world. Overall, he comes across as a bitter man who's nonetheless moved from his past.
- Cool Old Guy: An older man who earns his cred by being the only person Roadhog genuinely respects.
- First-Name Basis: Refers to Roadhog by his actual name, Mako. It really tells you what kind of terms they're on that he can do that.
- Morality Pet: For Roadhog. He may be his only friend that he's had for decades, and it's telling when not even Junkrat (whom Roadhog views as an annoyance) could be considered this.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His off-hand advice to Roadhog to make sure the world doesn't forget about people like them is likely what inspired him to begin his worldwide crime spree.
Affiliation: Mobile Exo-Force of the Korean Army
Appearances (shorts): Shooting Star
A mechanic and friend of D.Va at MEKA.
- Childhood Friends: According to an interview with Michael Chu, Dae-hyun and Hana have been close friends since childhood.
- Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": He responds awkwardly to D.Va's compliment to him.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: It's suggested a few times that he's envious of Hana's fame and wants some fame for his actions.
- The Engineer: He is D.Va's assigned mechanic. He and Hana used to stay up late to work on his hoverbike and he's shown repairing things at MEKA.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's suggested a few times that he's a bit envious of Hana's celebrity status; however, this isn't done maliciously.
- Kid Hero: He's roughly the same age as D.va (19) and is the deuteragonist of "Shooting Star".
- The Lancer: He's Hana's friend and right-hand man at MEKA during "Shooting Star".
- Mission Control: In "Shooting Star" he's overlooking Hana's battle and assisting her.
- Ship Tease: It's suggested in the ending that he might have a crush on D.Va, but she seems to see him only as a friend.
Adhabu Ngumi, The Savior
A title passed down to at least three people: Adhabu Ngumi ("The Savior"), Akinjinde Adeyemi ("The Scourge"), and Akande Ogundimu ("The Successor"). Not much is known of the first Doomfist. The second was a mercenary under the employ of Talon. The current Doomfist is one of the leaders of Talon.
- The Hero: His sub-moniker as "the Savior" and his rather triumphant appearance in his depictions, compared to the fearsome Scourge and the sinister Successor, seems to indicate that he was this.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Doomfist is the English translation of his Swahili name, Adhabu Ngumi.
- Legacy Character: Two different people inherit the title of Doomfist after him. Unfortunately, neither holds his ideals.
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite being literally named Doomfist he was the only hero to use the title.
- Power Fist: The eponymous Doomfist. Notably he's the first to build one, with the others copying or outright stealing the idea and technology.
- Redeeming Replacement: Inverted. Each of his successors is more villainous than the last.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Adhabu Ngumi, which is Swahili for "Doom Fist".
Appearances (shorts): Orisa Origin Story
Appearances (comics): "Searching" (cameo)
A genius inventor from Numbani, who at the age of eleven has already made great strides in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. For that, she has become the latest recipient of the Adawe Foundation's "genius grant", rewarding her many accomplishments. After witnessing an OR15 being destroyed by the supervillain Doomfist, she proceeded to build a custom unit dubbed "Orisa" to serve as Numbani's protector.
- Badass Bystander: A minor, but perhaps understated example: on top of her accolades and young age, she was the witness and survivor of an attack by Doomfist.
- Child Prodigy: Again, she's a brilliant roboticist and AI researcher and smart enough to build a fully combat-capable robot at the age of eleven.
- A Day in the Limelight: Efi is the full-blown protagonist of the novel The Hero of Numbani, following her journey in mysteriously receiving her robotics grant, her constructing of Orisa to oppose Doomfist, and the relatively smaller personal conflicts with her friends and family as she carves her own path to being a hero.
- Facial Markings: She has six white dots around each of her eyes.
- Fangirl: Unabashedly one of Lúcio, to a point where she has a rivalry with her friends over which of them is his biggest fan.
- Gadgeteer Genius: An AI and robotics genius.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: In the promotional teaser images for Orisa, Efi's list features the cereal Lucio-oh's and a spray for Orisa called "Just Dessert" shows her happily preparing to eat a pineapple, banana and kiwi sundae.
- Grade Skipper: She began taking advanced math and science in her first year of elementary school, was then placed in junior-high classes halfway through the year, and by the end of the next year, she was self-teaching herself advanced algebra and geometry. By the present day, she's up to senior high-school level courses despite still being a few years away from her teens.
- Improbable Age: She's already one of Numbani's greatest minds at the tender age of eleven.
- Nice Girl: Her Atlas News interview shows her to be a sweet, upbeat girl who wants to use her technology to better peoples' lives and protect them.
Appearances (shorts): "Zero Hour" (photo)
Appearances (comics): "Reflections", "London Calling"
Tracer's girlfriend. Not much is known about her, but she is known to live with Tracer in King's Row, and she has connections to Winston, and thus knows of Tracer's involvement with Overwatch.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She's the redhead to Tracer's hero. Emily's wild orange mane would do a Weasley proud.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Far more feminine in appearance, and mannerism, than the decidedly more tomboyish Tracer, her girlfriend.
- MuggleMage Romance: Tracer is a high-flying adventurer with time manipulation abilities who keeps company with the same element, making her this world's equivalent of a superhero. Emily, from what we can parse, appears to be a comparatively mundane young lady, making her the muggle to Tracer's "mage".
- Mythology Gag: She seems to be based off of concept art for Tracer, as seen in the Art of Overwatch book.
- Nice Girl: She's shown to be just as kind-hearted as her girlfriend. In Reflections, she tells Tracer to not worry about getting her a present and tries to get her to calm down because she tends to "do too much" at once. She also accompanies her girlfriend to visit Winston so the big guy wouldn't be alone for the holidays. In London Calling, she's concerned about Lena's happiness while still remaining supportive of her heroics, doesn't buy the anti-Omnic rhetoric permeating London, and adamantly reassures Tracer that Mondatta's death is not her fault.
- Official Couple: With Tracer. They've been together for quite some time already and the Zero Hour cinematic shows that they still are with Tracer even having a picture of her taped to the control panel of the ship she's flying. The London Calling comic shows off a bit more of her relationship with Tracer as well.
- Only One Name: Her last name is unknown.
- Satellite Love Interest: So far, her most prominent character trait is her relationship with Tracer. Thus, we don't know much about her other than she's Tracer's girlfriend, likes scarves, is at least sympathetic to omnic rights, and is presumably financially self-sufficient enough to support owning a flat in the middle of London. This may change in the future if/as she makes more appearances.
- Secret Keeper: Since the Reflections comic is set in the present day, post-Recall, she's this: she knows that Tracer is part of the new Overwatch put together by Winston. Uprising also reveals that even when it was active, Overwatch was not permitted to operate in the UK, which adds another layer to this depending on how the nation's attitude has changed in the intervening years. London Calling reveals that she's fully aware that Lena still runs around London performing vigilante acts as well as being aware that Winston periodically sends Lena parts to keep her Chronal Accelerator in working condition.
- Sweater Girl: She makes her first appearance wearing a loose-fitting holiday sweater, and fan art has, for the most part, upheld the trend.
- The Team Benefactor: To an extent for Tracer, at least. Word of God refers to the apartment in Reflections as hers, so she's doing what she can with her own resources to keep her heroics-prone girlfriend out of the cold.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Emily's longer hair and easygoing fashion sense mark her as being more traditionally feminine than her sporty, energetic partner.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Gender Inverted. Considering her girlfriend is, well, Tracer, Emily is very patient and forgiving. Tellingly, she's just as comfortable as her girlfriend when they're both having Christmas dinner with the latter's best friend who happens to be a talking gorilla from the moon. In London Calling, she outright states that Tracer's desire to do good is part of the reason she fell in love with her in the first place.
- Unfazed Everyman: She's in a relationship with a time-traveler whose best friend is an intelligent ape and who are both involved with a plan to revive an illegal police organization, and yet she appears to not even bat an eye at any of this over the course of Reflections. What does get a reaction out of her? Seeing the scarf she got for Christmas.
- Averted in London Calling as she's shown to be more emotive. She clearly looks worried about Lena/Tracer when asking the latter how she's holding up after Mondatta's death. She's also on the verge of crying in the fourth issue of London Calling when she sees Lena's Chronal Accelerator malfunctioning, only keeping her composure in order to hold Lena's hand while Lizzy repairs the Accelerator.
- Youthful Freckles: To a more noticeable degree than her girlfriend's; Emily's extend to her shoulders.
Appearances (shorts): The Last Bastion
Appearances (comics): "Binary"
A bird that follows Bastion around everywhere. It accidentally re-activated Bastion while trying to build a nest on its shoulder.
- Ambiguous Gender: It's trying to build a nest, but it's still unclear whether Ganymede is a boy or a girl.
- If Ganymede's appearance in the Lunar skin is anything to go by (a rooster), it might be male.
- Its name also comes from a male character in Greek Mythology (specifically, a prince that Zeus took as a lover... as an eagle...)
- Becoming the Costume: Bastion's Year of the Rooster skin changes Ganymede as well. Not only does Ganymede get the appearance of a rooster, the few chirps and tweets they make gets changed into a rooster's call as well (mostly heard in Bastion's intros that involve Ganymede).
- That same patch also altered Ganymede's "lines" in other skins to match its skin-specific colorations: Steambot!Ganymede now coos like a pigeon, for example.
- Bastions Stealth and Gwishin skins turn Ganymede into a flying drone, complete with robotic beeps.
- Cartoon Creature: Bird equivalent. Other than being some sort of cardinal-like songbird, it matches no real species.
- Disturbed Doves: Briefly flew away after Bastion went into turret mode, destroying its nest in the process. It comes back later though.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Not exactly a fight, but Ganymede tried building another nest on top of Bastion, which ended up calming it down after its combat programming took over.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Not even having their nest destroyed by Bastion when it went into turret mode drove them away for good.
- Morality Pet: For Bastion by awakening a fascination with nature and living things. Later Ganymede became a Morality Chain by snapping it back into its usual self when its combat programming took over.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Its a bird.
- Oh, Crap!: When Bastion goes into turret mode.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: This bird is a gorgeous creature (like most of the setting).
- True Companions: Wherever Bastion goes, Ganymede is never far behind.
- Unusual Pets for Unusual People: A wild bird for an Omnic that's been deactivated for decades.
Affiliation: LumériCo (formerly)
The CEO of LumériCo and former president of Mexico who fought in the Omnic Crisis. He was instrumental in the rebuild of Mexico following the Crisis, using his company to construct power plants across the country. However, he has been accused of corruption after multiple leaks by the mysterious hacker known as "Sombra". Since then, he has been forced to step down from his position as CEO, which he claims is temporary.
- Ambiguous Situation: All we have is the word of the press and a little gloating from Sombra to address the reasons why he stepped down. Even when he makes an appearance in person in Searching, we never hear his side of the story, so it remains unclear if he was actually involved in something crooked or if he's just the victim of a frame-up for for the sake of her agenda.
- Big Good: To Mexico in his heyday, being a president and businessman who was essential in rebuilding the nation. But...
- Broken Pedestal: After Sombra's antics, he lost the trust of his own people.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Supposedly uses the company funds as his own piggy bank and bribes the public officials to benefit LumériCo. Supposedly.
- Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico: He's Mexican, and he has quite the impressive soup strainer. Interestingly, he's a high-ranking businessman instead of something more stereotypical for this trope like a bandito, but he still may be into some shady stuff if there's any truth to Sombra's dirt on him.
Appearances (shorts): Shooting Star
A titanic Omnic war machine that dwells in the ocean off the coast of Korea, surfacing occasionally to attack before withdrawing to repair damage and adapt for its next assault.
- Adaptive Ability: What makes it so dangerous. After every attack it adapts its tactics and machinery to counter what was previously brought against it.
- It Can Think: It adapts not just its weaponry and armor, but its tactics as well. In Shooting Star, its latest gambit was to hold several of its combat drones in reserve and use them to launch an attack mere days after it was driven back, counting on the defenders to still be recovering from its attack while having let their guard down under the assumption that it would follow its typical months long recovery schedule.
- Hell Is That Noise: A loud distorted tone, the same kind uttered by machines during the Omnic Crisis.
- Kaiju: It's huge, at least the size of a skyscraper.
- Meaningful Name: "Gwishin" is a Korean term for ghosts of deceased humans. Considering the thing literally rose out of the sea one day without warning and attack, it's easy to see how it got its name. Its nature as a remnant of the Omnic crisis, and its single-minded continuation of its old mission, is also much like a ghost who is too attached to move on, going through the motions of its old life.
- Mook Maker: It can create other combat drones to back it up, making it harder to focus on it without being torn to shreds by its backup.
- The Remnant: To the Omnic Crisis era omnics. Built during the period of war, it continues to carry out their offensive against the nearest population center.
A famous Omnic movie director whose work has attracted a lot of negative attention from anti-Omnic protesters. On the Hollywood map, the Attacking team must escort Glitchbot's limo to safety.
- B-Movie: He directs these. Despite this, he holds himself in high regard.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Despite being right in the middle of a chaotic battle between the two teams, Glitchbot will pass the time by poking fun at the various heroes and complaining about their performances.
- Deadpan Snarker: His jabs at some of the heroes definitely qualify.
- Fantastic Racism: A victim of it and presumably why he needs the Attacking team on Hollywood to escort him. Though he himself seems doesn't seem to be above the other way around, and is rather audibly annoyed with human actors and "mandatory human hiring quotas."
- Prima Donna Director: Given how temperamental he is, its implied he is very much this trope.Glitchbot: Come on, I didn't hire you for your acting ability!
- Punny Name: His name is a play on Alfred Hitchcock. It's also a Shout-Out to the glitchy AI Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- He complains that "Jesse McCree" is "a terrible name for a cowboy!"
- He asks his escorts (i.e. the Attack team) to tell "that Kaplan kid"note to stop going for free rides in his golf kart.
- Small Name, Big Ego: The posters in the Attacking team's spawn suggest that Glitchbot mostly directs B-movie schlock, but he has a very high opinion of himself. Amusingly enough, he compares himself to another certain infamous B-movie director:Glitchbot: Oh I can see the reviews! A visionary director, the likes of which has not been seen since the years of Ed Wood!
- The Voice: He's inside his limo all the time, so players can hear him but not see him.
Dr. Harold Winston
Affiliation: Lucheng Interstellar
Appearances (shorts): Recall (flashback), Wrecking Ball Origin Story
Dr. Harold Winston was the gorilla Winston's caretaker in the Horizon Lunar Colony. He was killed when the intelligent gorillas in the colony staged an uprising, leading Winston to take the name of his beloved caretaker and flee the Moon.
- Brainy Brunette: Had (graying) brown hair and was the chief scientist of the Horizon Lunar Colony.
- Disappeared Dad: He was Winston's human surrogate father, who died during a gorilla uprising on the moon. It's implied that the glasses he now wears are a Tragic Keepsake from the good doctor. Which is why he went berserk when Reaper steps on them in the cinematic trailer.
- Good Parents: Was one to Winston.
- Parental Substitute: The closest thing to a father for Winston.
- Posthumous Character: He's dead by the time of the story, but is seen in a photo and one of Winston's flashbacks.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Overall a minor character who's dead by the events of the story, but he was the one who raised Winston, one of the most core characters in the overall current storyline, and his quote above is drove Winston into reviving Overwatch.
- Two First Names: Either his first or last name can be used as a given one for a male.
Affiliation: The Underworld
Appearances (comics): "London Rising"
- Birds of a Feather: Iggy and Tracer immediately hit things off over a shared love for classic English rock.
Affiliation: The Underworld
Appearances (comics): "London Rising"
Affiliation: Volskaya Industries
Appearances (shorts): Infiltration
Appearances (comics): "Masquerade" (mentioned), "Searching"
The CEO of Volskaya Industries who becomes a target of assassination for Talon, who sends out Reaper, Widowmaker, and Sombra to eliminate her.
- Adult Fear: It's one thing to worry about being blackmailed. It's another thing entirely to worry about your own daughter indirectly getting caught up in the scandal.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's not clear if Katya's deals with the Omnics behind her country's back is an example of a Corrupt Corporate Executive who is just playing both sides in order to gain money and influence, or if she is actually a far more benevolent figure who lacks her countrymen's complete hatred of the Omnics and is willing to build bridges for future peace.
- Blackmail: On the receiving one from Sombra. She's spared, but only if she uses her technology to help Sombra in the future.
- Dark Secret: She is secretly receiving technology from Omnics in order to build the weapons used in the Second Omnic Crisis. Sombra threatens to reveal it to the public, which could ruin her company and reputation in Russia.
- The Stoic: How she kept a cold, steady front when Sombra is "negotiating" with her is notable.
- You Will Be Spared: Sombra spares her from Reaper and Widowmaker, but at the cost of having to help Sombra with whatever she wishes.
Appearances (comics): "Searching"
A hacker omnic.
- Deadpan Snarker: Their response to Zarya when they first meet.Zarya: You're a robot. She didn't tell me you were a robot.
Lynx: You're very observant. She didn't tell me you were observant.
- Electronic Speech Impediment: Their circuits are scrambled in their encounter with Sombra, temporarily causing their speech to glitch.
- Expressive Ears: They have two fins on top of their head that move around like cat ears (hence their name Lynx).
- No Biological Sex: Naturally, due to being an omnic, but unlike most omnics seen thus far, they have chosen to be gender-neutral and use "they/them" pronouns to reflect this.
Appearances (shorts): Alive, King's Row Uprising Origin Story
An omnic who led the monks of the Shambali Monastery following the first Omnic Crisis, he preached his message of unity between humans and Omnics across the world. He was killed by Widowmaker during one of his public appearances in King's Row in a bid to incite another war between humans and omnics.
- The Atoner: Like Zenyatta, he sought to mend the relationship between humans and Omnics after the Omnic Crisis.
- Boom, Headshot!: Widowmaker sniped his head section.
- Color Motif: His Omnic body and clothes are colored white to denote his purity, compassion, and good morals. But in Asian cultures, white means death - he is killed from a headshot at the hands of Widowmaker.
- Due to the Dead: After his death, many of his followers erected a memorial in tribute to him, which can be found in the King's Row map amidst anti-Omnic graffiti.
- Eyes Always Shut: Like Zenyatta, his eyes are sensors that are always closed.
- Good Shepherd: A benevolent holy (robot) man preaching coexistence between humans and Omnics.
- Light Is Good: An Omnic with a white body, wore white clothes, and was a Good Shepard who worked to insure peace between humans and Omics.
- Meaningful Name: As a robot guru, his title "Tekhartha" combines "technology" with "Siddhartha," the name of the Buddha.
- Nice Guy: A peaceful, kind, and honest Omnic. He lost his life speaking out for peace between the humans and the Omnics.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His design is reminiscent of Mahatma Gandhi but his character arc more closely resembles Martin Luther King, Jr.. Both were members of a race that was hated and discriminated against, and were strong advocates of racial equality, with their movements gaining a massive following. Both ultimately died from a sniper's bullet, and both deaths ignited racial tensions. But while the aftermath of King's death was a short and intense period of race riots, Mondatta's death turned King's Row into a racist hellhole for Omnics as racial tensions climbed higher than ever before.
- Odd Friendship: Though he and Zenyatta parted ways on how best to help humans and Omnics achieve peace and unity, they never lost their deep and fundamental respect for one another. Zenyatta deeply mourns both his death and the fact that it ultimately led to even more suffering for the Omnics of King's Row.
- Religious Robot: The leader of the Shambali Monastery.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Mondatta was a peaceful soul who advocated peace and unity between humans and Omnics alike through his religious teachings. Widowmaker put an end to his efforts with a clean shot. In a variation of this trope, he was too good for the sinful earth, and his death made the area he lived even more sinful.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's shot dead by Widowmaker in the Alive animated short in what little screentime he had outside of backstory.
Affiliation: Helix Security International
Appearances (comics): "Mission Statement"
A Omnic member of Pharah's security team sent in to recontain the God Program: Anubis.
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes for aiming his weapon at his team before killing himself.
- Didn't Think This Through: Goes for the whole team. They knew that God Programs can hijack the minds of Omnics and force them under their control, but noone even thought about having Okoro fall back.
- Dying as Yourself: Anubis tries to take over his systems, even making him briefly aim his gun at his allies. Okoro fights back and warns his team of the coming ambush, but his eye turns from a friendly yellow to a hostile red, indicating Anubis is winning the fight. Okoro's last act is to turn his weapon upon himself and blow his CPU out to prevent Anubis from using him as a weapon against his team.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: His sacrifice is never referenced or mentioned, nor is he even mentioned after his death.
- Red Shirt: He is only around for the first couple of pages, before his Heroic Sacrifice. His character is pretty much only there to show how dangerous Anubis is to Omnics (and those near them) that get within its transmission range.
- Token Minority: He is the only Omnic on Pharah's security team.
Pachimari the Tamanegi-Tako
A fictional character within the universe of Overwatch, presumably of Japanese origin, which resembles an onion bulb with octopus tentacles as roots. Pachimari toys are prominently seen within the arcade spawn room on the Hanamura map, which features multiple UFO Catcher-type claw machines filled with them. Over time, they've become a de facto Series Mascot of Overwatch, with merchandise (particularly the official plushie, whose packaging resembles the aforementioned claw machine) and cameos in other game-related content.
In-universe, Pachimari are associated primarily with Roadhog; his first animated short featured a scene in which he is seen stealing Pachimaris, and the Junkertown map features several Pachimari cameos, including on its payload (which contains a pink-colored Pachimari plush wearing a crown).
Pachimari is often depicted as being accompanied by its sidekick, Yachemon the Kamaboko, an anthropomorphic leek-loving sausage made out of other Pachimari.
- Breakout Character: As part of its function as an Easter Egg.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Merchandise-Driven uber-cute "mascot" franchises from Asia, such as Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Its name is Japanese for "onion bulb-octopus".
- Easter Egg: Appears on most maps, usually in one of the team's spawns.
- Human Resources: The cheerful Yachemon is made out of a bunch of ground-up Pachimari, turned into a sausage.
- Octopoid Aliens: It appears to be some sort of octopoid creature.
- Planimal: Part onion, part octopus.
- Plant Aliens: Resembles an onion.
- Show Within a Show: The Halloween and Winter versions of the Hollywood and King's Row maps respectively contain movie posters for Pachimari's Halloween Special and Pachimari's Winter Adventure, which are presumably Animated Adaptations within the Pachimari franchise.
- Waddling Head
The Queen of Junkertown
Affiliation: The Junkers
Appearances (shorts): Junkertown: The Plan
The ruler of Junkertown, home of Australia criminals and Ne'er do wells.
- Anime Hair: A braid and some spikes that would put Tracer to shame.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Possibly what led to her becoming "queen" of Junkertown in the first place, since she's a former mech fighter.
- Awesome Aussie: Queen of her own town in the Australian Outback.
- An Axe to Grind: Carries what appears to be an axe over her shoulder in her poster.
- Badass Boast: Pretty much her entire speech in the teaser video for the Junkertown map.
- Boobs of Steel: Within Junkertown anyway; she's the Queen, and she's very well endowed.
- Blade on a Stick: Has a harpoon and some sort of saw-halberd on display next to her throne.
- Cleavage Window: Her poster depicts a prominent one.
- Contralto of Danger: Has a low and gravelly voice.
- Dare to Be Badass: Tells the listeners to her speech to step into the scrapyard.
- Everyone Calls Her "Barkeep": She is only referred to as "The Queen", her real name is never mentioned.
- Fantastic Racism: Like the rest of the Outback, she doesn't like Omnics due to the role they played in turning Australia into a heavily irradiated wasteland.
- Fingerless Gloves: Sports a pair of these.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: She's the slum lord for the entirety of the irradiated Australian wastelands, carefully hoarding much of the food and water in Junkertown thereby forcing those in the area to gravitate towards her domain and thus be subject to her whims and taxes. She also has little sympathy for her fellow Omnic Crisis veterans, frequently extorting Bruce to supply her with Hogdrogen as well as having a loose, open bounty on Roadhog's head.
- Psycho Serum: She uses Hogdrogen to boost the strength and ferocity of her minions.
- Rousing Speech: Mixes this trope with Dare to Be Badass and Badass Boast mentioned above:Queen of Junkertown: Listen up, you wretched scum! I see your struggles, trying to survive in the wasteland! It's time to face the facts: the end of the world's come and gone! Your past lives are a dream! It's time you woke up! They thought they could take our land and give it to the machines! They were wrong! We won the war, and now we reap the spoils! We built a new world from the ashes! So step into the scrapyard! No rules, no mercy, only the strong survive! This is your queen - welcome to the apocalypse!
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: The Queen and Junkrat really don't like each other. The entirety of the "Junkertown: The Plan" consisted of Junkrat thinking of how to get back at her for kicking him (and Roadhog) out of Junkertown... because they robbed her and blew up her house.
Appearances (comics): "Reflections"
Ana's husband and Pharah's father.
- First-Name Basis: For whatever reason, while Pharah calls Ana "mum," she simply calls her dad "Sam."
- Locked Out of the Loop: Apparently, he doesn't know that Ana's still around, and Pharah questions her about this (though keep in mind, canonically, Pharah apparently isn't aware of Ana being alive either):Pharah: Mum, don't you think it's time you told Sam you're alive?
Ana: You let me worry about what your father needs to know.
- Non-Action Guy: Ana and Pharah never bringing him up in the battle-context of Overwatch even in the formers Origin Story video suggests that hes not a soldier or fighter. Confirmed by Michael Chu that Pharah was supposed to be a child of a soldier (Ana) and "another kind of public servant".
- Unknown Character: Barely anything is known about him other than that he appears to be of Pacific Northwest-area First Nation descent, hes a Canadian citizen, and his relation to our Amari heroines. His name wasnt even revealed until Word of God revealed it, though it was later namedropped in an interaction between Pharah and Ana.
Appearances (shorts): Rise and Shine
- Assist Character: Mei's Ultimate Blizzard has him being thrown into the air to project the freezing ice, which is his only function as a gameplay element.
- Badass Adorable: A cute little robot drone that's also a hero and a weapon when needed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Rise and Shine, he diverts his own power to provide the Ecopoint electricity, leaving him effectively dead... except he survives.
- Naughty Is Good: Though a good-natured little robot, he does have a bit of a mischievous streak. Displayed in Mei's special highlight Ice Scream, where he scares Mei into freezing herself in ice for fun. He also shows this in Rise and Shine, where Mei has to use her hair-dryer to push him away when he gets too close.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Apparently, he has enough battery energy to power an entire laboratory.
- Robot Buddy: Created by Mei, he acts as her assistant and traveling companion across the world.
- Sidekick: Essentially Mei's little robot helper.
Appearances (shorts): Dragons (voice only)
Genji and Hanzo's father, and the former head of the Shimada Clan. He set his sons on divergent paths with distinctly different styles of raising each of them. Hanzo was trained to take over the clan, while Genji was the more spoiled one and had a life of luxury. His death before the events of Overwatch begin and the resultant power vacuum change the two brothers' lives forever.
- The Narrator: For Dragons, explaining to the audience (and likely a young Genji and Hanzo) the legend of the two dragon brothers.
Affiliation: Hyde Global
Appearances (comics): "Going Legit"
A member of the robotics manufacturer Hyde Global. Based in Sydney, he attempted to raise HG's revenue by hiring the criminal duo Junkrat and Roadhog to destroy an HG factory, so that they could get an insurance payout, while they would be the fall guys. When they caught on to it, he found it may not have been the best idea.
- Ambiguous Situation: The guy is clearly no pillar of integrity, so when he tells Junkrat and Roadhog that corporations in the world have to behave in a ruthless manner or else they risk becoming prey for less scrupulous competition, it's unclear if he's actually being honest or if he's just feeding them a line to help get them on his side. If what he says is true, it's worth noting that D.Va's decals and the Blizzard World map reveal that Blizzard themselves canonically exist in this world.
- Asshole Victim: It's telling when a pair like Junkrat and Roadhog are A Lighter Shade of Black compared to him. Seeing him get blown up for his deeds was thoroughly satisfying.
- Blatant Lies: His above quote, given that he's a Corrupt Corporate Executive who tried an insurance fraud and attempted to get Junkrat and Roadhog arrested in a set up.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Attempts to increase revenue for his company through an insurance fraud, tricking Junkrat and Roadhog in killing cop bots which he claimed were "Omnic terrorists", and nearly got them arrested for it. Let's just say, he messed with the wrong duo.
- Evil Old Folks: An elderly Corrupt Corporate Executive.
- Insurance Fraud: The Suit hires Roadhog and Junkrat on the premise of saving his workers from Omnic terroists in one of his warehouse buildings. The "Omincs" were his own security drones and the Junkers destroyed them and the entire building, as the Suit expected. He would have the Junkers arrested and uses the insurance money to fix his company's cash flow problem.
- No Name Given: He's only known as "The Suit". Because he died in the same comic he was introduced, and is an extremely minor character with no impact on the plot, it's doubtful we'll ever find out his real name.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: He was strung by a crane, then blown to Hell along with the HG Sydney building, which then came towering down afterwards.
Affiliation: Ironclad Guild (formerly)
Appearances (comics): "Destroyer"
A man who specialized in robotics engineering. He is the former colleague of Torbjörn, though due to clashing beliefs and approach to their field of profession, their partnership was not without problems.
- Agony of the Feet: Torbjörn shoots a rivet through Sven's foot to incapacitate him.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: He's the Big Guy to Torbjörn's Little Guy, though in a variation of this trope, the latter is stocky while Sven is skinny. They used to work together in creating the machines that would later become the Omnics, and have since drifted apart.
- Beard of Evil: Has a handlebar mustache and a pointy goatee. The only thing preventing him from becoming a Dastardly Whiplash is his belief in achieving the greater good through targeted devastation.
- Blue Is Heroic: Subverted. Despite wearing blue (in contrast to Torbjörn's red), he's the main villain of the comic short "Destroyer", using a giant Omnic to destroy a state's capital to prevent (in his mind) an even greater evil.
- Foil: Both Sven and Torbjörn are talented robot technicians, but the similarities stop there. Torbjörn wears red and is a grumpy old man who hates Omnics, but his heart is ultimately in the right place. Sven, meanwhile, subverts the Blue Is Heroic trope by using an Omnic to devastate a state's capital costing hundreds of innocent lives, and while he believes he's doing the right thing, his actions promote the opposite and ultimately, if Torbjörn is to be believed, his true motives are fueled by greed.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He presents his motives in this light. Torbjörn's response is to disarm and shoot his old colleague in the foot, before giving him a well-deserved punch to the face, while simultaneously giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Lean and Mean: He's skinnier than his former partner Torbjörn, and he's morally dubious and (according to Torbjörn) a cash-hungry sleazebag.
- Meaningful Name: Sven means "young man/warrior" in Old Norse, though it's also an Ironic Name since he's as old as Torbjörn.
- Only in It for the Money: Although he paints himself as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Torbjörn believes Sven was destroying the capital city of Kurjikstan because he was paid to do it. There was also the fact that, back when Sven and Torbjörn were partners, Sven would often cheat by cutting corners in his work.
- Only One Name: His last name is unknown.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He piloted a titanic Omnic and used it to try and raze the capital of Kurjikstan to the ground because he sees Kurjikstan as a militaristic dictatorship whose arms race will result in nuclear armageddon if it isn't stopped, and wants to set an example while demonstrating the power of his own weapon. While it will cost many, many lives, he believes that the plan will save even more in the long run by bringing Mutually Assured Destruction to a new level.
Appearances (comics): "Reflections" (pictured)
Appearances (short stories): "Bastet" (pictured and mentioned)
A man Soldier: 76 was in love with during the Omnic Crisis. They slowly drifted apart as Jack devoted more and more of his life to his work, and Vincent eventually moved on and married someone else.
- Happily Married: According to what Soldier: 76 tells Ana in "Bastet".
- The One That Got Away: Despite claiming otherwise, it's clear that Jack still misses Vincent a lot. He keeps an old photo of the two of them on him; and all he wanted after fighting in the war was to return to a domestic life with Vincent.
- Satellite Love Interest: Even more so than Tracer's girlfriend, Emily. All that the audience knows about Vincent is that he and Jack used to date, and that he then went on to marry someone else.