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    Gabrielle Adawe - ??? 

Gabrielle Adawe

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.

  • The Ghost: Hasn't made an onscreen appearance.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Stated in an interview that Jack Morrison didn't just meet her expectations, he shattered them.

    Athena - ??? 


Affiliation: Overwatch

Appearances (shorts): Recall

Appearances (comics): "Reflections"
Voiced by: Evelyn Duah (English)note 

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.

    Fio - ??? 


Affiliation: Blackwatch

Appearances (Archives events): Retribution (on comms)
"Heard you troublemakers might need a ride? Head to the art gallery. I'll pick you up there."

Voiced by: Gabriela Całun (Polish)

The pilot of the dropship Blackwatch used during the Venice Incident.

    Gérard Lacroix - France 

Gérard Lacroix

Affiliation: Overwatch

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.
  • 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 Amélie 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 Widowmaker's former self within her. Gérald 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 He See in Her?: 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.

    Mina Liao - Singapore 

Mina Liao

Affiliation: Overwatch

Appearances: Echo Origin Story
Voiced by: Jeannie Bolet (English)note 

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 Cassidy, who was assigned by Dr. Liao to guard Echo. Both struck up a friendship and out of respect for the memories of her, Cassidy 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.

    Petras - ??? 


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.

    Ray - ??? 


Affiliation: Overwatch

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.
  • The Ghost: Hasn't yet made an onscreen appearance.


    Antonio Bartalotti - Italy 

Affiliation: Talon

Appearances (comics): "Retribution"

Appearances (Archives events): Retribution

"Good evening, Commander Reyes. How will this look on the news? Overwatch unlawfully abducting a respected businessman? Even if you take me now, my friends would have me released within the week. All these... theatrics... have been a waste of our time."

Voiced by: Robert Jarociński (Polish)

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 Cassidy 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.

    D.Cuerva- ??? 
A talon strike captain. He was in charge of Baptiste's squadron and led strikes on Mataki and Singapore.
  • 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.

    Doomfist II - Nigeria 

Akinjinde Adeyemi, The Scourge

Affiliation: Talon

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.

    Sanjay Korpal - India 

Sanjay Korpal

Affiliation: Vishkar Corporation, Talon

Appearances (shorts): Moira Origin Story

Appearances (comics): "A Better World", "Masquerade" (cameo)

Appearances (short stories): "Stone By Stone"
An employee of Vishkar Corporation that helped in establishing the corporation's domination in Rio de Janeiro. Unlike Symmetra, he's fully committed to Vishkar's extremist methods and has no qualms to do amoral things in the name of the company. He is later revealed to be working for Talon, being part of the council, but the connection between his two jobs is unknown.
  • 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.

    Maximilien - Monaco 


Affiliation: Talon

Appearances (shorts) Moira Origin Story

Appearances (comics): "Masquerade"

Appearances (Archives events): Retribution (pictured in ending cutscene), Storm Rising
"Everyone you know... everything you do... can be bought and sold. The price of loyalty is always changing."

Voiced by: Stephane Cornicard (English)note 

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.
  • Coin Walk Flexing: In the opening cutscene of Storm Rising, he's introduced rolling a casino chip over his fingers as he rides in his car, reflecting his stylishness.
  • 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 he 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. He can’t make any use of the latter two, but hey they look nice.
  • 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.

    Mauga - ??? 


Affiliation: Talon

Appearances (short stories): "What You Left Behind"
"Hey, buddy. You didn’t think you could outrun us forever, did you?”
A Talon Mercenary who was originally a part of Baptiste's squad, and his former friend.
  • 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 trying 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 nowhere 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 casually admits he never liked him either.
  • 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.
  • Slasher Smile: His default look in most of his pictures.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has Samoan Tattoos.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Discussed and defied, he has a low opinion of Sainclair for offering to betray Overwatch. For all of his and Baptiste's faults, neither of them would betray their employers for the sake of it.
  • Uncertain Doom: His last scene in "What You Left Behind" involved him starting a firefight against Baptiste, attempting to bring him back to Talon, resulting in a massive explosion that totals the area. Baptiste survives thanks to his Immortality Field and gets away, but Mauga is nowhere to be found. Baptiste suspects he survived, but there isn't any proof one way or the other.

    Nguyen - ??? 


Affiliation: Talon

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.

    Vialli - Italy 


Affiliation: Talon

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 Versus 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 

Talon Special Units

Affiliation: Talon

Appearances (Archives events): Retribution, Storm Rising

3 Elite Mook characters who serve Talon. Consisting of The Sniper, The Assassin and The Heavy Gunner.

In General

  • It's Raining Men: All three are first introduced when a dropship deposits them in the path of the Blackwatch Strike Team.

The Sniper

The Assassin

  • Axe-Crazy: The assassins are incredibly unstable. They whiplash from moans of pain to insane giggling which is especially terrifying when they claw the players they catch to death.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The Assassin uses arm blades.
  • Expy: Just as the whole of the gameplay of Retribution was inspired by Left 4 Dead, The Assassin was inspired by the Hunter, who has a similar "pounce and slash" attack style.
  • 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.
  • 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.


    Balderich von Adler - Germany 

Balderich von Adler

Affiliation: The Crusaders

Appearances (shorts): The Last Bastion (cameo), Honor and Glory
Voiced by: Piotr Michael (English)note 

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.
  • 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 Versus 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.
  • 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.
  • Manly Facial Hair: Look at that mustache-muttonchops combination and the towering figure they grow from, and try saying that it ain't manly.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Alejandra - Mexico 


Appearances (shorts): Hero

Appearances (comics): "Searching"
Voiced by: Brigitte Kali (English)note 

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.

    Aurora - ??? 


Affiliation: Shambali

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.

    Brian and Timmy - United States 

Brian and Timmy

Appearances (shorts): Cinematic Trailer
Brian Voiced by: Unknown (English)note 
Timmy Voiced by: Kyle Harrison Breitkopf (English)note 

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.
  • 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.
  • Foil:
    • 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.

    Bruce - Australia 


Affiliation: The Junkers

Appearances (comics): "Wasted Land"

"The world wants to forget blokes like us, Mako. Wants us to stay quiet. Don't give 'em the satisfaction."

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.

    Doomfist I - Nigeria 

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".

    Emily - England 


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.
  • Muggle–Mage 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.invoked
  • 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.

    Ganymede - Germany 


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.
    • Bastion’s 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: It’s 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.

    Geiger - Australia 


Affiliation: The Junkers

Appearances (shorts): "The Wastelander"

One of the opponents that Odessa Stone had to fight against before she became the Junker Queen.

    Hal-Fred Glitchbot - United States 

Hal-Fred Glitchbot
"I swear if we don't make it, you're all fired."

Voiced by: Travis Willingham (English)note 

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.
  • Rich Bitch: A male example: he's incredibly prissy and constantly barks orders from inside his limo during games on the Hollywood map.
  • Self-Deprecation:
  • 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.

    The Gwishin - Korea 

The Gwishin

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.

    Harold Winston - ??? 

Dr. Harold Winston

Affiliation: Lucheng Interstellar

Appearances (shorts): Recall (flashback), Wrecking Ball Origin Story
"Always remember: never accept the world for what it appears to be...dare to see it for what it could be."

Voiced by: Greg Chun (English)note 

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.

    Iggy - London 


Affiliation: The Underworld

Appearances (comics): "London Rising"
A music-loving Omnic from the Underworld, a city inhabited by Omnics located beneath King's Row.
  • Birds of a Feather: Iggy and Tracer immediately hit things off over a shared love for classic English rock.
  • Meaningful Name: Presumably re-named herself after Iggy Pop, when a human technician whom Iggy worked with first introduced her to music through Lust for Life.

    Junker King - Australia 

Mason Howl/Junker King

Affiliation: The Junkers

Appearances (shorts): "The Wastelander"

The former Junker King, until Odessa Stone replaced him as the Junker Queen.

    Kace - London 


Affiliation: The Underworld

Appearances (comics): "London Rising"
"Omnics fight for the whole. Humans fight only for themselves."
An Omnic gang leader from the Underworld with a distaste towards humans.

    Lynx Seventeen - Numbani 

Lynx Seventeen

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”).

    Meri - Australia 


Affiliation: The Junkers, The Tinkers (leader)

Appearances (shorts): "The Wastelander"

One of the opponents that Odessa Stone had to fight against before she became the Junker Queen.

    Mondatta - Nepal 


Affiliation: Shambali

Appearances (shorts): Alive, King's Row Uprising Origin Story
"Human. Machine. We are all one within the Iris."

Voiced by: Sendhil Ramamurthy (English)note 

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.
  • Innocently Insensitive: On the receiving end. Before his ill-fated speech in London, some humans had set up refreshments in his quarters which he obviously couldn't enjoy. He wasn't bothered by it, seeing it as an innocent oversight and a sign of how little humans and omnics are separated, and offered them to Tracer.
  • Light Is Good: An Omnic with a white body, wore white clothes, and was a Good Shepherd 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. His codename during the King's Row speech was also "Halo", which has obvious religions connotations.
  • 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.

    Efi Oladele - Numbani 

Efi Oladele

Appearances (novels): The Hero of Numbani

Appearances (shorts): Orisa Origin Story

Appearances (comics): "Searching" (cameo)
Voiced by: Unknown (English)note 

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.
  • A Girl and Her X: She and Orisa have this dynamic. The Hero of Numbani especially highlights the kinship between the two, and how both of them help each other grow as people; Orisa growing from a rigid, inexperienced enforcer to a compassionate hero, and Efi growing past her insecurities into leading Numbani into a safer, brighter future.
  • Ascended Fanboy: The Hero of Numbani reveals she was a fan of Lúcio, as well as an admirer of the long-dormant Overwatch, regularly watching a cartoon based on the organization's exploits. During the events of the book, she and Orisa end up personally meeting up with Lúcio for a Unity Day event, and the very end implies that the two have gotten in touch with a contact leading them to the newly reformed Overwatch.
  • Badass Bystander: She witness and survived several of Doomfist's attacks on Numbani, the first time way before she even built Orisa, the second time even getting in between him and Orisa as she was downed, something that even Doomfist was impressed with.
  • 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. The Hero of Numbani establishes that she is a genius, but deals with problems of being a still-developing preteen, including distance from some of her family and friends, ostracization from her contemporaries, as well as the much greater weight of making Orisa and keeping Numbani safe from Doomfist.
  • 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.
  • Fan Girl: Unabashedly one of Lúcio, to a point where she has a rivalry with her friends over which of them is his biggest fan. She briefly goes a little nuts in The Hero of Numbani upon realizing she was messaged by him via his verified HollaGram account.
  • 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. The Hero of Numbani establishes a different layer of improbability regarding her obtaining the Adawe Foundation grant — she genuinely wasn't qualified for candidacy in part due to her age, but after being pressured by an anonymous source to apply (later suggested to be Doomfist), she submitted an application and was surprised when she ended up winning.
  • Nice Girl: She's a sweet, upbeat girl who wants to use her technology to better peoples' lives and protect them. Even when she ends up in spats with her friends and loved ones (including Orisa), she harbors no real malice to anyone and is quick to try and get back together.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream, as shown by the spray where she's about to dig into a sundae. Orisa's Ice Cream skin is a likely nod to to Efi's love of it, too.

    Okoro - Egypt 


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: Downplayed. In the comic itself, not much time is spent dwelling on his death, but if both are on the Temple of Anubis map Fareeha and Zenyatta will discuss it.
  • 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 - Japan 

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.

    Dae-hyun Park - South Korea 

Dae-hyun Park

Affiliation: Mobile Exo-Force of the Korean Army

Appearances (shorts): Shooting Star
"Hey, why aren't we on leave with the rest of the squad? I could use a little 'glitz and glamour' in my life, you know?"

Voiced by: Johnny Young (English)note 

A mechanic and friend of D.Va at MEKA.

    Guillermo Portero - Mexico 

Guillermo Portero

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.

    Vernand Sainclair - Haiti 

Vernand Sainclair

Appearances (short stories): "What You Left Behind"

A former handler of Overwatch, current owner of Sainclair Pharmaceuticals, and secretly a longtime associate to Talon.

  • Blackmail Backfire: Once Baptiste, Mauga, and the Talon squad corner him with an inch of his life, he attempts to bribe them all with pertinent information: Winston's recall message, informing them that Overwatch was reuniting. This completely fails because Everybody Knew Already — as Nguyen pointed out, Sainclair wasn't the only former Overwatch agent on Talon's current payroll.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: To a degree that even Talon is quite disgusted with — Sainclair Pharmaceuticals holds a monopoly over Haiti's pharmaceutical supply, and the man behind it has taken gross advantage of the high profits by further ratcheting up the prices at expense of the welfare of Haiti's citizens. Only time will tell if Baptiste's pressure to reform his practices (supplying every clinic in the country free of charge) ends up sticking.
  • The Mole: He ended up secretly colluding with Talon even while he was still working with Overwatch, feeding them inside information that ensured Talon had a persistent edge over the organization.
  • Non-Action Guy: He explicitly never worked in the field while in Overwatch, and was simply a handler working behind-the-scenes.
  • Save the Villain: Despite really wanting to for a moment, Baptiste decides against murdering Sainclair in cold blood and instead rescues him from the rest of the Talon squad. Sainclair doesn't get off scot-free, though — in exchange for a safe escape, Baptiste requests his information on Overwatch and making it so his pharmaceutical company begins supplying every clinic in Haiti free of charge, otherwise he'll let Talon know where he's hiding.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: He colluded with Talon during his time in Overwatch, seeing that Overwatch was already in a losing battle with itself and selling out information that would give Talon an advantage in their war for a personal profit. Even Mauga — himself working for Talon — is appalled by this level of betrayal. To a lesser extent, the reason why he and the rest of Talon were coming close to assassinating him is because Sainclair Pharmaceuticals owed a share of profits to Talon, and he stopped paying them even as prices and profits increased.
  • Villain Has a Point: A grossly predatory capitalist at heart to be sure, but Sainclair was on the pulse of Overwatch's corruption and eventual fate. Him taking advantage of his position by selling them out to Talon and accelerating their doom sure won't win him any heroism points, but he was correct in assuming that Overwatch had taken him for granted, and figured their deeper systemic problems would cause their collapse eventually.

    Sam - Canada 


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 former’s Origin Story video suggests that he’s 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, he’s a Canadian citizen, and his relation to our Amari heroines. His name wasn’t even revealed until Word of God revealed it, though it was later namedropped in an interaction between Pharah and Ana.

    Sojiro Shimada - Japan 

Sojiro Shimada

Appearances (shorts): Dragons (voice only)

Voiced by: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (English)note 

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.
  • Character Narrator: For Dragons, explaining to the audience (and likely a young Genji and Hanzo) the legend of the two dragon brothers.

    Snowball - ??? 


Appearances (shorts): Rise and Shine

Mei's assistant drone. He is commonly seen on her back, and acts as an Assist Character in-game. In the story, he accompanies Mei on her journeys across the world since being awoken from stasis.

  • 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.

    The Suit - Australia 

"The Suit"

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 use 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.

    Sven - Sweden 


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.

    Vincent - United States 


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.

    Katya Volskaya - Russia 

Katya Volskaya

Affiliation: Volskaya Industries

Appearances (shorts): Infiltration

Appearances (comics): "Masquerade" (mentioned), "Searching"
Voiced by: Gulmira Mamedova (English)note 

The CEO of Volskaya Industries who becomes a target of assassination for Talon, who sends out Reaper, Widowmaker, and Sombra to eliminate her.
  • 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.
  • Close-Call Haircut: While being escorted away when the alarm was tripped, Widowmaker still tries to make the shot. She misses and only manages to destroy Volskaya's right earring.
  • 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.

    Asa Yamagami - Japan 

Asa Yamagami

Affiliation: Yamagami Blades, Hashimoto clan, Shimada clan (formerly)

Appearances (shorts): Kiriko

Kiriko's mother, a blacksmith who resides in Kanezaka with a history of acting as the Shimada clan's appointed swordsmaster before being forcibly appointed by the Hashimoto clan as an enforcer.
  • The Blacksmith: She and Toshiro worked the Yamagami Blades smithy to develop swords. It ended up closing shop some time following Toshiro's abduction.
  • Dope Slap: Kirkiko's origins video shows Asa smacking a young Genji over the head with a kendo sword for underperforming in his sword training.
  • I Have Your Wife: Her husband, Toshiro, was abducted by the Hashimoto clan, not only forcing him to make weapons just for them, but using him as leverage to get her to do their bidding in keeping Kanezaka quiet for them.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Unlike her mother, Asa has no connection to the fox spirit and believes it all to be superstition, until she sees Kiriko's powers firsthand.
  • Retired Badass: She used to be a ninja and master of the blade, enough to have been chosen to train Hanzo and Genji in their youth. She's still around the Hashimoto's involuntary enforcer, but she considers it well past her time for major action.