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  • Ability over Appearance: Vocal variations.
    • Lúcio was casted to Jonny Cruz, who doesn't speak Portuguese nor speak with a Brazilian accent, because he captured his personality perfectly. They actually auditioned several Brazilian actors to play him, but none portrayed him the way they wanted. Cruz has recorded some lines in Portuguese which were eventually added in 2018.
    • Roadhog has the deep, raspy voice you'd expect from his character design, but uses an American accent in spite of being Australian.
  • Actor Allusion: In the Japanese dub, when Lúcio does a fist slam to the ground, he shouts, "Drop the Beat!", very similar to the phrase said by Jonathan Joestar when using the Sunlight Yellow Overdrive, a role previously voiced by his Japanese VA.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Both Reaper and Keith Ferguson were born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
    • While she's not an Omnidisciplinary Climatologist, Zhang Yu (voice of Mei) pursued science before getting into voice acting, and has a master's degree in chemical engineering.
    • While Chloé Hollings is about as far away as you can get from Widowmaker in terms of personality, she does happen to share a Parisian performance theater background in common with her; albeit in a different field as a singer as opposed to a ballet dancer.
  • Approval of God:
    • A fan named Dinoflask makes incredibly popular satirical videos featuring spliced-together voice clips of Jeff Kaplan's dialogue from Developer Update videos. When asked about them in an AMA, Jeff himself says he finds the videos hilarious, and later Dinoflask was invited to Blizzard campus.
    • Some less direct examples are the ships some VAs approve of:
      • Matt Mercer, the voice of McCree, approves of the popular Bara Genre McCree/Hanzo (McHanzo) pairing.
      • Anjali Bhimani, voice of Symmetra, said that it would be "hot as fuck" if Genji/Mercy became a real thing while thinks that Ana and Soldier: 76 could work as a couple. Her interactons with Carolina Ravassa, voice of Sombra, imply that both of them are into the Symmetra/Sombra (Symbra).
      • Lucie Pohl, voice of Mercy, has expressed approval of several Mercy pairings, including "Pharmercy (Pharah/Mercy), "Mom and Dad" (Mercy/Soldier: 76) and "Gency/Emergenji" (Genji/Mercy).
      • Both Charlet Chung (D.Va's voice) and Jonny Cruz (Lúcio's voice) approve of the Lúcio/D.Va (Bunnyribbit) pairing.
      • Jen Cohn, Pharah's voice actress, approves of Pharmercy.
      • Gaku Space, Genji's voice actor, enjoys Genji/Mercy and has fun playing along with Mercy cosplayers or Mercy's voice actress.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Lots of speculation from the Sombra Alternate Reality Game was added to her character with her eventual release:
    • "Boostio" was a common nickname for a nano-boosted Lúcio, widely considered to be the worst target for a nano boost in the game (combined with a tendency to jump in the middle of the intended target at the wrong time). Blizzard took note of this, and added a new line of him yelling "BOOSTIOOO!!!" when he gets nano-boosted.
    • Many fans had joked that Torbjörn was Bastion's father, mainly due to Bastion being a giant turret and Torbjörn's main skill being that he builds turrets. This got even bigger after Bastion's new buff gave it the "Ironclad" passive, which is one of Torbjörn's catch phrases. The "Binary" comic reveals that he is indeed Bastion's creator or at least he designed the line and also "adopted" Bastion, after realising it might be more than the killing machine it was built to be, shortly after Overwatch was disbanded.
    • Doomfist was originally never intended to be a playable character, only just a minor background character to justify the events of the game's first Cinematic Trailer. His presence as a fully playable character and a major character in the lore is largely due to positive fan reception and demand, as well as hype from the prospect of Terry Crews voicing him.
  • Banned in China: The Reflections comic is unavailable in Russia due to laws against LGBT-themes toward children.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A complicated example: there's a pre-game interaction between Mercy and Reaper, Mercy asking "What happened to you?", with Reaper snarking "You tell me, Doc." Many fans interpreted this as an implication that Mercy was actually responsible for his ghostly condition, but in reality, he's just snarking at her question since she's a doctor, and she has no relation to his current state. However, many fans took that accusatory angle and rolled with it, and the exchange was collectively misquoted as "This isn't what I intended for you, Reyes." / "You did this to me." It became so prevalent that Michael Chu had to step in to confirm the lines never existed.
  • Big Name Fan: Terry Crews has responded positively to the game, and stated firsthand on Reddit that he'd be willing to voice Doomfist if he were to actually make it into the game. A month later, he was even seen on Blizzard campus, but while he didn't make the final cut, he's still on very good terms with Blizzard, and he himself praised Sahr Ngaujah as the final VA for Doomfist.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Latin-American dub, Orisa is voiced by soap opera actress Vanessa Acosta, who previously did some voice acting, including Doremi Harukaze and Clarissa Darling. Also from the same version, Mei is voiced by theater actress Joanna Ruvalcaba.
  • Creator Backlash: While he definitely doesn't dislike the game itself, Jeff Kaplan regrets adding cosmetic rewards for competitive mode, since he believes that it's attracted too many competitive players who only want the physical rewards and wouldn't play it otherwise, rather than people who take the mode seriously and to climb up the tiers.
  • Creator In-Joke: In the Numbani airport, the big board by the central exit lists flights to various cities that are either On-Time or Canceled. The very last city is Irvine, which is Delayed. Blizzard is headquartered in Irvine, California. The fact that the flight is delayed is likely a reference to Blizzard's famous reluctance to release a game until they feel it is ready.
  • Creator's Favorite: Jeff Kaplan states in a video with IGN that Tracer is "who he wants to be when he grows up someday".
  • Creator's Oddball: Overwatch was very much designed to be the antithesis to Blizzard's most famous works, namely Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft, in every possible way.
    • Their forte is in genres like Roleplaying and Real-Time Strategy. On the other hand, Overwatch is a hero-based First-Person Shooter that stands as something very different than their normal material.
    • Also, tone-wise it fits. The other three are much more cynical in how they're presented, taking a pessimistic view in their general storytelling and themes. Overwatch deliberately prides itself with optimism and idealism. While very bad things can and do indeed happen, the overall message is that Hope Springs Eternal; to look at how things could be as opposed to what it currently is.
  • Darkhorse Casting: Blizzard took the liberty of casting primarily unknowns for the large, multiethnic cast, including many who are not professional voice actors at all. The only well-known VAs among the cast are Fred Tatasciore (Soldier:76), Keith Ferguson (Reaper), Keith Silverstein (Torbjörn), Crispin Freeman (Winston), Matthew Mercer (McCree) and Paul Nakauchi (Hanzo). That said, some have become considerably well-known after they joined the cast, particularly Jonny Cruznote  and Carolina Ravassanote .
  • Defictionalization:
  • Demand Overload: In addition to the day 1 server overload that is practically standard of every big-name online game, there was also a queue to pay for the game.
  • Development Gag:
    • Roadhog's skin for the Year Of The Rooster Event has the same Mutated Pig Head from his early concept art, as described in Overwatch's What Could Have Been Page.
    • According to this IGN video with Jeff Kaplan, Ana was originally codenamed as "The Alchemist" and would be able to make different potions to heal teammates. This would later become her in-character title in the Junkenstein's Revenge brawl, and she refers to her abilities as "potions" and "alchemical boosts."
    • Orisa being a huge fan of Reinhardt, imitating several of his lines and poses, seems to be based off the fact she was recycled from some of Reinhardt's early concepts (where he was instead a wildebeest-themed protector from Numbani and piloted by a little girl).
    • In the Honor and Glory cinematic, Balderich ends up throwing a rocket hammer at an omnic from across the room. This is likely a reference to the original proposal for Fire Strike, which had Reinhardt throwing his hammer at people rather than shooting a wave of fire.
    • D.Va's legendary "Black Cat" skin appears to be a take on the fact she was originally designed with a cat motif in mind, but was later changed to a bunny theme to better fit her "hopping" MEKA.
  • Directed by Cast Member: The Latin-American Spanish dub is directed by Eduardo Garza, who also voices Lúcio.
  • Dueling Works: With the superficially similar game Battleborn, especially since Overwatch's open beta took place on Battleborn's release date.

     E-G 
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Though not from Blizzard itself; due to Microsoft and Sony's policies regarding hotfix patches, Bastion's infamous Season 4 rework was left unnerfed for nearly a month until the Orisa patch on consoles, rather than the 3 days it took for PC.
    • A similar story happens with "The Path Is Closed" achievement, which requires the player to destroy 3 of Symmetra's Teleporters in a single game, and was made when Symmetra only had one ultimate. After her rework, she was given the option of making a Shield Generator instead, but the achievement still doesn't count it due to a policy in Microsoft and Sony that forbids changing established achievements. It's still technically achievable, but far less likely.
    • Yet another console-based example, part of the reason the much-demanded reporting system for console has yet to be implemented is due to conflicts with the Xbox and Playstation's already-existing native reporting systems, and difficulties in properly integrating with them.
  • Fake Nationality: Averted in some areas, played straight in others.
    • Tracer, British, is played by the British Cara Theobold.
    • Widowmaker, French, is played by the French Chloe Hollings (who also played her in the French dub).
    • Genji and Hanzo, Japanese, are played by Gaku Space and Paul Nakauchi, a Japanese-born and Japanese-American respectively who are both fully fluent in the language.
    • Mei, Chinese, is played by the Chinese Zhang Yu (who also voiced her in the Mandarin Chinese dub).
    • D.Va, South Korean, is played by Korean-Japanese-American Charlet Chung.
    • Symmetra, Indian, is played by Anjali Bhimani, an American of Indian descent.
    • Soldier: 76, Reaper, and McCree are Americans voiced by Fred Tatasciore, Keith Furguson, and Matthew Mercer, who naturally are all Americans themselves.
    • Ana, Egyptian, is played by Aysha Selim, an Egyptian from Cairo.
    • Moira, an Irishwoman, is voiced by Irish Genevieve O'Reilly.
    • Lúcio, a Black Brazilian, is voiced by Jonny Cruz, a Hispanic American.
    • The Swiss Mercy is voiced by Lucie Pohl, a German-American. While Switzerland's official language is Swiss German, that's a completely different language compared to High German.
    • The Egyptian Pharah is voiced by American Jen Cohn.
    • Keith Silverstein is an American as the Swedish Torbjörn.
    • Feodor Chin is an American portraying the Nepalese (robot), Zenyatta.
    • German Reinhardt is voiced by the American, Darin De Paul.
    • The Mexican Sombra is played by Colombian-born American Carolina Ravassa.
    • Roadhog and Junkrat are both Australians voiced by Americans, Josh Petersdorf and Chris Parson respectively. While the latter uses an applicable accent, the former doesn't bother at all.
    • Zarya, Russian, is played by the Ukrainian Dolya Gavanski.
    • British born Jamaican/St. Vincentian actress Cherrelle Skeete plays the Nigerian robot Orisa.
    • Dutch-based American of Sierra Leonean descent Sahr Ngaujah plays Nigerian Doomfist.
    • Swedish actress Matilda Smedius plays the Swedish Brigitte Lindholm.
    • In the Japanese dub, the Egyptian Pharah by the Korean-Japanese Romi Park, technically speaking. And for obvious reasons Hanzo and Genji's voice actors are native Japanese like their characters.
    • In the French version, the only characters whose voice actors correspond to their nationalities are Symmetra, Sombra and Widowmaker. Everyone else is this.
    • For very obvious reasons, the Mexican Sombra is the only character in the Latin-American Spanish dub voiced by someone who matches her nationality (Lourdes Arruti). The Nigerian Doomfist is voiced by Colombia-born Juan Carlos Tinoco.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Some of the Ultimates are almost never called by their proper name when spoken by players and commentators, instead given shorter names for convenience. Some popular examples:
      • McCree's Deadeye is called "High Noon."
      • Pharah's Barrage is "Justice." Fans of the Korean Overwatch League player Dong-Jun "Rascal" Kim also call it "Brush," due to Rascal's heavy Korean accent.
      • D.Va's Self-Destruct is "Bomb" or "D.Va Bomb."
      • Moira's Coalescence is "Kamehameha."
      • Widowmaker's Infra-Sight is "Wall Hacks."
      • Similarly, Soldier 76's "Tactical Visor" is "Aimbot."
      • Winston's Primal Rage is "Mad Monkey" or "Angry Monkey."
      • Orisa's Supercharger is "Bongo"note .
      • Mercy's Valkyrie is "Moth."
      • "Nanoblade" and "Nanovisor" refer to pairing Ana's Nano Boost ultimate with Genji or Soldier76's Dragonblade or Tactical Visor ultimates, respectively. "Bey Blade" used to refer to pairing Ana's Nano Boost with Reaper's Death Blossom, but the tactic has fallen out of favor due to Nano Boost no longer providing a bonus to speed.
      • "Wombo Combo" is a team effort that happens when Zarya fires a Graviton Surge to pull all enemies together, and then someone else uses their Ultimate to kill them all (usually Pharah, but sometimes also D. Va, Junkrat, Tracer or Reaper).
    • "Phara-Medic" or "Pharmacy / Phara-Mercy": a combination of Mercy and Pharah, as a flying Pharah is hard to shoot or attack, meaning a following Mercy makes her even more durable while the Mercy herself becomes almost as hard to kill. Mercy's damage buff also makes Pharah one of the best attackers in the game, especially when used in a Wombo Combo as stated above.
    • In the wake of the tragic killing of the gorilla Harambe, the name's often used to refer to Winston, a fellow gorilla who's more sentient, as if he were Harambe reincarnated.
    • "Monkey" is another common nickname for Winston for obvious (if technically erroneous) reasons. In that same vein, Furious George for his Ultimate.
    • Tekhartha Mondatta is referred to as "Robot Gandhi/Martin Luther King Jr." by fans because he was a religious leader preaching tolerance before he was assassinated. Even Death Battle gets in on this when exploring Tracer's backstory.
    • "Sombrero", Spanish for hat, for Sombra. Coincidentally, in computer science, "hat" refers to the kind of ethics under which a hacker works – black (purely malicious), gray (violates laws or typical ethical standards, but lacking malicious intent) or white (purely ethical).
    • Reaper is "EdgeLord" for his laughably over the top look.
    • "Microwave" is a term used with Symmetra in two context. First is the "microwave gun" for her main projectile and second is the "microwave room" for the strategy of placing her turrets in a small room to see them fry the opponent to death.
    • "Car wash" is a term used for the common tactic of Symmetra placing all of her Sentry Turrets in the same area to quickly disintegrate unfortunate intruders. The name comes from the achievement that is unlocked by killing an opponent with all six Sentry Turrets and her Photon Projector's primary fire.
    • "Baby D.Va" is a term frequently used when D.Va is out of her mecha, even by shoutcasters in official tournaments. Calling the gun she uses in this form the "Bunny Blaster" is similarly popular.
    • Soldier: 76 is sometimes called him "Call of Duty" due to his play style being very similar to conventional FPSes such as CoD. And then there are those who call him "Call of Daddy".
    • In addition to their other nicknames, various characters have family-themed nicknames:
      • Soldier: 76 is "Dad: 76" due to the memetic Fanon that he's the Team Dad of Overwatch.
      • Mercy is "Mom" or "Team Mom."
      • Due to his status as the evil counterpart of Soldier: 76 Reaper is "Edgy Dad."
      • Reinhardt is "Grandpa" and Ana is "Grandma."
      • Moira is "Aunt" or "Aunt Moira."
    • "Boostio" for a nano-boosted Lúcio, due to his infamous tendency to jump in the middle of Ana's Nano Boost at a critical moment. It reached such a level that Blizzard added it as an official line, featuring him yelling "BOOSTIOOO!!!" sometimes when nano-boosted.
    • "Jago" for Genji's Blackwatch skin from the Uprising event, due to resembling Jago's rebooted design from the 2013 game. Some also call it "Desperado Genji" due to the skin having the signature colors of the armor worn by the four members of the Winds of Destruction.
    • "Martyrdom" for Junkrat's "Total Mayhem" ability, courtesy of YouTuber TheShwantz27.
    • "Rectangle" for Reinhardt's Barrier Field, largely thanks to this infographic .
    • "One Punch Man", naturally, for Doomfist.
    • "Capture the Draw" for Capture the Flag mode, due to the obnoxiously high frequency at which matches end in draws.
    • "Pirate ship" is the name of a strategy on the map Junkertown which involves Reinhardt, Orisa, and Bastion setting up on the payload. Named so because the payload (which is full of treasure) is the ship, the barriers are the sails, and the Sentry/Tank Bastion is the cannon.
    • "4-0verwatch" or "0-4watch" for The Overwatch League, referring to the tendency of matches to end in a 0-4 sweep.
    • "Quarantine", referring to how most competitive players typically only play competitive mode and leave the much more laid back and chill atmosphere of Quickplay alone. Until off season, when the "Stop Having Fun" Guys flood Quickplay and proceed to start screaming at the quickplay regulars.
  • Fanwork Ban: Blizzard has been hitting creators of Overwatch Rule 34 (specifically those who use edited game assets) with DMCA claims to get them to take it down.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Whether or not D.Va is specifically a professional Starcraft player has been somewhat waffled on. In February 2018, Michael Chu explicitly confirmed that despite popular notion, while that game is in her (and her father's) repertoire, she was more recognized for playing a different unnamed game whose interface was comparable to that of her MEKA. This is something the official lore has previously left consistently vague, only calling her a "pro gamer", never explicitly namedropping "Starcraft", but never denying it either. There have been a few instances prior of others within Blizzard calling her a Starcraft player, though given it's not in-universe lore and they're not of the official writing team, it's unclear if this bit is a Retcon or an internal communication error.
  • Follow the Leader: It goes both ways.
    • They've made no attempt to hide the fact that Team Fortress 2 was the inspiration for them creating Overwatch, which was their very first FPS, because they wanted to do their own take on the Hero Shooter genre. It's probably one of the most successful examples of this trope.
    • Unsurprisingly due to Overwatch's success, the game has inspired other Hero Shooters with similar gameplay. Namely Paladins (which can be described as "Overwatch in a High Fantasy setting"note  ) and LawBreakers (which features similar gameplay mechanics, albeit with more gore, profanity, and a "zero gravity" twist). The former proved successful despite some stigma, the latter... not so much.
    • Probably the most Egregious example is the Chinese knockoff Legend of Titans, which features nothing original and compensates with shameless Fanservice compared to the more tasteful kind found in the original.

     I-N 
  • I Knew It!:
    • Many correctly guessed that Brigitte was Torbjörn's daugther, which was confirmed in Honor and Glory.
    • After a brief but initially unconfirmed cameo in "Maquerade" of a man that look suspiciously similar to Sanjay Korpal of Vishkar (who appeared in "A Better World"), it was believed it actually was him on Talon's council. Moira's origin story proved this correct.
  • Jossed:
    • Some thought that Gérard Lacroix, Widowmaker's deceased husband that she was brainwashed into killing, might have still been alive and would possibly be playable in the future due to Blizzard having Death Is Cheap in effect in other games and the fact that multiple Overwatch characters have been "seemingly killed" in their backstories. That was quickly extinguished by the Reflections comic, where Widowmaker mourns him at his grave, leaving a single rose for him, making it explicitly clear that he's, in fact, dead.
    • There was a common fan theory that Pharah's body isn't organic as she was never seen outside her Powered Armor for the longest time, a theory that was amplified when her animator refused to give clarity, suggesting fans to wait for the lore for answers. Surely enough, come winter 2016, she's been shown completely out of her armor in "Reflections" and her in-game "Fishing" spray, effectively jossing the idea.
    • Speaking of Pharah, it was widely speculated that her father was Reinhardt due to him being part of a Fan-Preferred Couple with her mother Ana. Michael Chu confirmed that was not the case.
    • There was an ongoing theory that Lúcio was originally intended to be Canadian before being switched to Brazilian at the last minute. Outside of wearing the Brazilian colors, nothing about him really screamed "Brazilian," since he doesn't speak Brazilian Portuguese, nor does Jonny Cruz speak with a hint of a Brazilian accent. Additionally, his two legendaries are based off Canadian icons: Deadmau5 and Hockeynote . All the while, Association Football, the national sport of Brazil, had no skins until the Summer Games event. However, this was ultimately squashed by Michael Chu himself, who stated in an interview that he was always intended to be Brazilian, and Jonny Cruz was cast citing Ability over Appearance, while the hockey skins boiled down to the devs liking the sport.
    • There has been much debate over who could be Pharah's father, with popular theories suggesting either Jack (Soldier: 76), Reyes (Reaper), or Reinhardt. A spray introduced in April 2017's "Uprising" event dismisses those theories and shows another man, possibly of native American descent (thus explaining her Thunderbird skins), as Pharah's dad.
    • It was commonly believed that Reaper wasn't a full-fledged member of Talon, but rather a mercenary working with the terrorist organization on their payroll, but was otherwise unaffiliated unlike Widowmaker and Sombra. When Doomfist was revealed and we learned more about Talon, not only did this turn out not to be true, but Reaper was revealed to be one of the leaders of Talon, being part of their inner council.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Downplayed. While Symmetra is far from evil and is trying to help people in her own way, she's also kind of cold and unapproachable, and rather mean to the more obvious good guy Lucio. On the other hand, her voice actress Anjali Bhimani is super sociable and friendly to her fans and co-workers, dedicating her fun times for the fans. They're like opposites to each other.
    • A far straighter example is the villainous Widowmaker. Her voice actress Chloé Hollings has shown to be much, much friendlier than the Brainwashed and Crazy psychotic assassin she voices. She's very nice to everyone, whether they be fans, co-workers, and people in general. She's shown to be the polar opposite of Widowmaker, though perhaps could be more in-line to Amélie Lacroix's personality before becoming Widowmaker. In fact, a common joke when commenting about her is "she's nowhere near as evil as I thought she'd be". Hell, Hollings even covered Taylor Swift's "Love Story" as part of a demo reel.
    • Sombra is Faux Affably Evil, but her actress Carolina Ravassa has shown to be completely affable and not evil, appearing at conventions and being very sociable with both her fans and co-workers.
    • Roadhog is characterized as an amoral lawbreaker at best and a nihilistic mass-murderer at worst, but his VA Josh Petersdorf often gets in on convention shenanigans with other voice actors, as well as enjoying playing the game itself.
    • Michael Chu has regarded Reaper's voice actor Keith Ferguson as one of the nicest people he's met.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: Dad: 76 became an Ascended Meme and Blizzard has acknowledged the jokes about Roadhog and Junkrat being compared to Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King.
  • Model Dissonance: The game uses smear animation in several places, which leads to memetic images when characters are frozen mid animation (for example, McCree when he's in the middle of a roll).
  • Name's the Same:
  • No Export for You: A partial example. Overwatch was released in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PC, but not for the inviable Xbox One.

     O-S 
  • One of Us: Much of the voice cast are gamers, and most of them are very proud to be of Overwatch.
    • This is especially true for but not certainly not limited to Jonny Cruz, Carolina Ravassa, Matt Mercer, Charlet Chung, Crispin Freeman, Darin De Paul, and Anjali Bhimani, who often appear with fans, at conventions, and have shown their role is important to them.
    • This viral video, where the voice actors did their characters' dances, says everything.
    • Matilda Smedius, voice of Brigitte Lindholm, plays Overwatch to the point where "She knew what every single line was all about during recording!!" While others (such as Mercer, Cruz, and Freeman) have played the game after recording lines for it (often streaming for charity), Smedius is the first to have been a player of Overwatch before being cast in the game proper. In an interview she said the first character she played (and even mains to this day) is Pharah.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the beta, Mercy and Widowmaker were originally played by unknown voice actresses who weren't fluent in German or French. When Overwatch was officially released, they were replaced by Lucie Pohl and Chloé Hollings, respectively, who are both bilingual.
    • In the German dub, Pharah's VA Ghadah Al-Akel was replaced in patch 1.10 by Silvia Mißbach.
    • In the Italian dub, starting from the Uprising event, Reinhardt is voiced by Pietro Ubaldi rather than Paolo Marchese, with the update patch replacing all his voice clips with the ones done by the new voice actor.
    • In the French dub, starting from the August 29 2017 patch, Ana's voice actress was changed to Isabelle Leprince due to the previous actress Marie Vincent discontinuing her role.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor:
  • Playing Against Type
  • Promoted Fanboy: Two cases (so far):
    • The Animesque Doomfist Origin Trailer was created by the Shanghai-based Wolf Smoke Animation Studio, who almost exactly a year prior created fan art of Tracer under the theme of 'what would Overwatch look like as an anime?'.
    • Matilda Smedius, voice of Brigitte Lindholm, plays Overwatch and now voices a playable character in the game. See her entry under One of Us for more details.
  • Real-Life Relative: In the Latin-American Spanish dub, Torbjörn and Zenyatta's voice actors (Arturo Mercado Sr. and Arturo Mercado Jr.) are father and son in real life.
  • Reality Subtext: As documented in this series of videos, when creating Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment was coming off of the failure of what was supposed to be a new flagship: Titan. Failure — and rising up again in the face of it — is heavily written into the In-Universe backstories of Overwatch, from Tracer's Slipstream accident to the corruption and collapse of the original Overwatch Initiative, before its reinstatement.
  • Recursive Adaptation: After his release in Heroes of the Storm, some of Lúcio's features in that game made it back to Overwatch. Examples include a visual indicator for the range of his auras and increased movement speed while Wall Riding.
  • Star-Making Role: Many voice actors who get roles in Overwatch become insanely famous in the gaming community. Two examples are Darin De Paul and Carolina Ravassa. The latter's previously-obscure "Hispanglo Saxon" YouTube channel absolutely exploded due in large part to Overwatch fame—hitting 100,000 subscribers on 23 February 2018.
  • Streisand Effect: The complaints and eventual replacement of a certain Tracer victory pose caused a huge spike in search interest for the game, character and pose. Also, Blizzard's aforementioned crackdown on Overwatch porn has only increased interest and production of it (and in September 2016, a major porn studio actually released a live-action Overwatch parody scene featuring characters based on Reaper and Widowmaker).

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