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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • D.Va/Sombra was popular before the latter's official release, but lost a lot of support when Sombra's bio revealed her to be 30 and not a Teen Genius as some had theorized.
    • Plenty of people have stopped shipping Tracer/Widowmaker after Blizzard revealed that the former has a girlfriend. Of course, people have shipped all three together, complete with Emily/Amilie jokes.
    • Ana/Reinhardt lost some momentum when it was revealed that Reinhardt is not Pharah's father.
    • Pharah/Mercy practically fell off the face of Tumblr after the introduction of Mercy's Evil Counterpart Moira.
    • Ana/Soldier: 76 was quickly dropped once it was revealed that the latter turned out not only to be gay but has still not gotten over his ex-boyfriend.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The fandom decided that Soldier: 76 was the grumpy Team Dad (alternatively, the Bumbling Dad struggling to connect with his "kids") and ran with the interpretation to the point that there's almost more fan content showing him as such than his canon personality. Blizzard slowly incorporated certain aspects of this into his personality. Mercy is also often depicted as a Team Mom, being protective of, embarrassing, and showing concern for her "children", and getting exasperated when they fail to protect her or heed her advice.
    • Almost immediately upon her announcement, Ana become characterized as the Team Grandma (though still the mother of Pharah, who has no children of her own). Long beforehand, when the situation required, Reinhardt is the one characterized as the Team Grandpa.
    • Roadhog and Junkrat’s relationship. Do they have a full-on Villainous Friendship, do they despise each other and only tolerate the the other because of their usefulness, or do they show contempt outside but deep down inside they really care about each other? Additionally, some interpret Roadhog body guarding Junkrat as not doing it for the money Junkrat promised him, but out of guilt for creating the radioactive wasteland Junkrat had to grow up in. While the two (or at least, Junkrat, as he has the vast majority of the dialogue) are reasonably friendly with each other in comics, ingame they're far more hard to read, with lines ranging from caustic (one rarely triggered line has Roadhog threatening to leave him) to mutually amicable (they apparently tell each other jokes). Whether this shows outright dislike or is just them being Vitriolic Best Buds is up for debate.
    • On the topic of Junkrat: Is he nothing but an Ax-Crazy jackass who does what he does and is a criminal for giggles, or is he a victim of circumstance having grown up in a wasteland with little means of surviving? Ingame dialogue with other characters suggests it's a bit of both, as he certainly does like destruction, but he's in no way malicious towards the other Overwatch agents themselves; in fact most of of his dialogue comes off as lighthearted teasing despite some characters (such as Mei) clearly not standing him.
    • The fandom has decided that D.Va must be a Dorito-munching, Mountain Dew-chugging, gaming gremlin during her off time. Blizzard seems to agree, at least on the "Doritos and Mountain Dew" part, as they've added an emote where she's munching on chips called "D.Vas", drinking soda, and gaming. Another popular interpretation is that she's a Yaoi Fangirl. It's also possible that she's still just a normal kid who got conscripted into the Second Omnic Crisis, and like many real-life competitive gamers, Hana Song could be a completely different person than D.Va — suffering greatly after being conscripted into a horrible war. On a similar note, Sombra has been interpreted as an unfriendly rival to Gremlin D.Va despite the former telling the latter that she's not a gaming hacker.
    • Mercy is often depicted as disappointed with teammates for repeatedly failing despite her best efforts, usually the only one who actually focuses on in-game objectives. Alternately, she's a sadistic Mad Doctor a la the Medic who waits for her whole team to die so she can pull off mad 5-man rezzes. This mainly exists because having the team Mercy hide and wait for the team to wipe was the very reason why Blizzard reworked her kit so she is now forced to play an active role in the middle of the fight. Amusingly, this version of Mercy is who you're most likely to encounter in-game. Mercy Mains have no time for your shit.
      • Also concerning Mercy, there's the matter of just how much in the right she was for testifying against Overwatch at the time of its collapse. Is she a wholeheartedly good person who saw an organization that had fallen from grace and just took the initiative to ensure proper justice was done? Or is she a self-righteous ideologue who felt a few bad apples were worth selling out an organization that had otherwise accomplished much good, just because it wasn’t the "right" kind of good? Or maybe she's a bit of both: a good person who always genuinely tries to do the right thing but who has deeply held and stringent convictions about just what the right thing is.
    • Speaking of Mercy, a lot of fanmade stories, art and comics depicting Overwatch in its heydays have a young Fareeha Amari crushing on the older Angela Ziegler. Mercy usually appear far older than she should be, since she's just 5 years older than Pharah, but it's still adorable, regardless of what you ship.
    • Hanzo's stance when it comes to Genji and his family. Sure, he regrets what he did and has abandoned his Yakuza family, allowing Genji to shut it down. However, he's nasty towards Genji and has quotes which imply that he still longs for his old family inheritance (even if he has clear limits on what he'd do to restore it). Likewise, in Hanamura stage, he flips-flops between claiming that the Shimada clan master has returned home or declaring that it's his home no longer. A possible explanation for the flip-flop may be that he felt guilt over Genji's death, but didn't approve of the reborn Genji shutting down his family business. Regardless of how unsavory their methods are, striking against one's own family is a big no-no for the honor-bound Hanzo, which (if true) would correspond with real-life Japanese values.
    • Despite Genji being a popular playboy before his "death," some fanart tends to characterize him as dorky and incompetent in the ways of love. This is at least partially out of Genji players being some of the biggest examples of rushing blindly into combat and having no idea what they're doing. Although this portrayal has been significantly reduced by his appearance as a member of Blackwatch in Uprising.
    • Some people are saying that Mei, one of the most Moe characters in the game, is secretly a psychopath who takes joy in freezing her enemies to death (as evidenced by the Slasher Smile she gives before shooting an icicle at your head), with a few going so far as to emulate her with Phantom Blood!Dio Brando. Given her backstory, that cryostasis probably didn't do wonders to her mental health... though this has died down after the release of Rise and Shine.
    • There's various interpretations of Jack Morrison's personality before he became Soldier: 76. Is he actually a poor commander, but charismatic enough to become a Magnetic Hero and The Face? If so, Reyes' resentment makes sense. Alternatively, was he actually just a good commander who failed when the internal problems of the organization, coupled with the public protests, broke him? An in-universe article seemingly supports this sentiment.
    • Gabriel Reyes' jealousy and Attention Whore attitude that led to the fall of Overwatch: Was it merely just because he's deep down very petty or was it quite justified, in the way that he risked his life the most during the Omnic Crisis as the field commander and felt that his "reward" of being stuck with the Dirty Business part of the group was the government playing favorites just because he didn't have the best personality, therefore inadequate to his accomplishment? The latter would make him look like someone who's concerned with the welfare of "workers" like him, but constantly gets ignored, making him feel like he's just a disposable pawn to the higher ups for all he's done for them.
      • There's also a lot to base off of given his actions both an operative and a leader. His attempted coup at the Swiss base ended with his own near-death, and even McCree has nothing good to say about his leadership of Blackwatch. His poor leadership of Blackwatch can also be interpreted in two equally-unflattering ways: Was he really that incompetent in leading, or was he just Obfuscating Stupidity, purposely sabotaging missions and making suboptimal decisions purely out of spite for how he feels he was treated? The latter is even implied, as Reyes is the one who "leaked" reports of Blackwatch's Dirty Business.
      • This extends further to his present-day, post-transformation actions at Talon. Given his infamously hit-or-miss track record in the face of his more successful cohorts, is it possible that he still carries this self-sabotaging grudge? Building off of that, there's also the theory that his current state causes him constant pain so that it's possible he's deliberately sabotaging himself in a vain attempt to die.
      • Kaplan confirmed that Reyes' motives were not out of jealousy towards Jack's promotion, and if anything, that Reyes was content with his demotion to leader of Blackwatch. According to Kaplan, part of what started the trouble was that Jack was defending Reyes's increasingly worsening actions too often.
      • After lore developments hinting at more affable sides of Reyes's personality, a subset of fans believe that rather than having betrayed Overwatch out of jealousy, Reaper is actually playing the role of a double agent and is planning to destroy Talon from within, interpreting his jealousy and current abrasiveness as being an act put on for potentially unfriendly eyes—which also raises questions such as how willing/complicit he is in committing the atrocities Talon orders him to, and to what role his emotions about Overwatch play a role in his decisions (after all, the best lies are those with a core of truth).
    • How much of Widowmaker's brainwashing should be blamed for her actions? There are some who believe that Widowmaker doesn't have a free will, and thus shouldn't be blamed for the numerous atrocities she's committed. However, Widowmaker has certainly shown to have embraced her sadistic side, having clearly shown to enjoy the act of killing. Though numbed of human emotion, there's no indication that Widowmaker's completely free of will, just that the will of the original Amélie Lacroix is broken. Also, in the event that she broke free from Talon's brainwashing, it's speculated as to what would happen next — would she still be a villain, would she become an anti-hero seeking out both revenge and redemption for what Talon made her do, or would she completely revert back to the innocent Amélie and would likely cross the Despair Event Horizon as she realizes the horrible things she did as Widowmaker that she would never have even dreamed of doing as herself?
    • Reinhardt's age puts him as being a kid in the year 2016. Thus, fans have taken to the idea that Reinhardt, even in his elder years, can appreciate some good old fashioned memes.
    • For someone who projects an image of being so lively and spirited, Tracer has been shown to behave more sedately and thoughtfully under calmer circumstances, and Uprising does a good job of establishing how seriously she takes her duties and commitment to helping others. So just how much of her blithe, happy-go-lucky demeanor comes naturally to her? Is she a genuinely cheerful person who just knows when to be serious? A professional who nevertheless enjoys what she does and plays herself up for fun? Or could it just be her way of coping with all the trauma she's endured? Between the Slipstream accident, the whole ordeal with the assassination, and the multiple times she's seen her home in chaos, it stands to reason that she would occasionally have to make her own happiness to stay motivated.
    • A minor running joke in the community interprets Ganymede as Bastion’s puppet master, secretly controlling him to Kill All Humans. This has died down since the release of The Last Bastion, which portrayed Ganymede very differently.
    • How loyal is Symmetra to Vishkar and their ideals? Her in-game interactions with Lúcio mainly consist of berating him, his crime of stealing Vishkar's technology, and his idea of freedom as anarchy while proudly proclaiming that Dorado would be a good place for Vishkar's development, suggesting that she's still loyal with their ideals. But in her comic "A Better World", which took place before Lúcio's storyline, she's shown to be unwilling to cross the line of killing for Vishkar unless necessary and is shocked and heartbroken after the Corado HQ bombing killed and injured many of the favela's people. The readers are left ambiguous as to how loyal she is to the company after this event. Her official profile took the middle road on both of these characterizations. Her stance against Lúcio can be interpreted similarly; is she against him because of misguided loyalty toward Vishkar, or simply because she thinks he's too naive and that Lúcio is creating more problems than he solves.
    • Fans have decided that there must have been a Love Triangle between Ana, Jack, and Gabriel during their days at Overwatch. Furthermore, many fans have interpreted that either of the two men must have been Pharah's father, due to the identity of him being left intentionally vague. A fan theory is that Jack did indeed have Pharah (or Fareeha, as she was known at the time) with Ana, but it was kept secret for her protection. Additionally, this contributed to Gabriel's jealousy towards Jacknote  and ultimately led to him betraying Overwatch shortly after her supposed "death". Some choose to Take a Third Option and say Reinhardt was the father, due to them being shipped following an in-game interaction. Alternatively, some would like to think that Ana had Pharah with an unimportant person to avoid drama, which was eventually confirmed in 2017 that Pharah's father is a First Nations citizen of Canada.
    • Sombra certainly likes to act the part of a cunning master of stealth and manipulation, but a handful of details call that aspect of her into question. Consider how in Searching the thought apparently never occurred to the master hacker that Volskaya Industries just might have security cameras that she could wander in front of, or that the stealth expert's response to seeing outsiders intruding on her hideout is to immediately give away her position by being a smart aleck, and she quickly winds up on the losing end of what she herself allowed to become a standup fight. You would think someone of her caliber would be above such bush league mistakes, but also consider she got her start (maybe) as a snitch for a local street gang, and her reaction to stumbling onto something much worse was to drop everything and join an international terrorist group, one which — according to Masquerade — has not allowed her side dealings with Volskaya to go unnoticed despite her efforts to keep them covert. Sombra is definitely resourceful, but she may not be quite the untouchable mastermind she clearly thinks she is. She could just as easily be an opportunistic, self-glorifying punk, albeit a talented one, whose go-to solution to her problems has always been to run away and hide behind something nastier, apparently confident that whatever is chasing her will just ignore the tracks she leaves behind. There is also the grand question of the Eye. It hasn't been relevant since Sombra's reveal, so many consider this a sign that she's actually chasing ghosts, and more akin to a conspiracy theorist than a supergenious.
    • Is Moira even that good of a scientist? She certainly has the credentials, but her work also got her ostracized from the academic community. And before you go blaming the politics of "big academia" on her lack of recognition, keep in mind that much of her views and ambitions with the study of evolution directly violate the laws of biologynote , and the only place that would have her was the wetwork division of a law-enforcement institution, one whose company she had no problem keeping long after it had become a league of terrorists. Moira may be brilliant, but she also may be an unhinged crackpot who either doesn't understand or is willing to disregard the basic principles of her own field for the sake of her pride, all while endangering the humanity she claims she wants to help by empowering her vicious associates.
    • On a more humorous note, many fans like to picture Team Talon (Reaper, Widowmaker, Sombra, Doomfist and Moira) as being some kind of wacky friendship where they hang out together and go on friend dates. This was only furthered when lead writer Michael Chu clarified that Sombra considers Reaper and Widowmaker her friends, although their relationship has complications. Some people like to take it further, depicting Reaper as a father figure to Sombra.
    • Fans have decided that Dae Hyun is secretly in love with Hana Song (D.Va), as they've been best friends since childhood and he's one of the few (if not the only) persons on Earth who cares for the true Hana Song and not the "D.Va" persona. Given D.Va's flippant attitude toward him in "Shooting Star", it's commonly believed that Dae Hyun has been "friend-zoned".
    • Doomfist and Moira both have attacks that carry some similarities to One-Punch Man and Dragon Ball, so a lot of interpretations have them be complete weeabos. It's pretty much Fanon that Moira is a Naruto fan (though her ultimate is a lot closer to Kamehameha).
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • At game release, Mei was quite controversial on the Chinese internet community, with the main gripe being that she does not represent China accurately or effectively. Thankfully, it's a non-issue mostly these days, and people did eventually warm up to her.
    • Another major peeve with the Chinese is the depiction of Lijiang Towers. For info, the Li River is well known for its picturesque natural scenery. To depict a location on the river as a built-up, futuristic city stirs up the indignities of some people, given that a major problem in China is environmental degradation due to urbanization.
    • British players are a bit divided over Tracer due to her exaggerated Cockney accent, which some find annoying. This is a bit unusual, as Tracer's VA, Cara Theobold, is a British native and allegedly based her Tracer voice on the accents of some old university classmates.
    • Pharah has been received rather poorly by Egyptians, mainly due to her lack of Egyptian-ness apart from her name and some generic visual motifs, which even then are based more on ancient Egypt rather than something more in line with modern Arab Egyptian culture. She doesn't speak a word of Arabic, and her accent isn't even remotely correct for an Egyptian. Thankfully, as seen in Author's Saving Throw, her mother, Ana, is far more explicitly Arab.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping:
    • The pairing of Mercy/Reaper, since Mercy's design is based on an angel and Reaper's on a grim reaper.
    • Also, Junkrat being paired with either Mercy or Mei, two of the nicest and most optimistic members of the cast (and the latter of whom expressly dislikes him). Junkrat, meanwhile, is a killer, anarchist and thief.
    • And Widowmaker being paired with either Tracer, Pharah or any other heroic character. But those two especially, given their history with Widowmaker.
    • In as literal an application of this trope the game will allow, you don't have to look hard to find fan art of Classic Skin Mercy getting frisky with Devil Skin Mercy.
  • Angst Aversion: Don't be fooled by the bright colors or the positive messaging; the story so far has been far from fun. Nearly everybody has a tragic backstory, and progression often takes the form of watching good people suffer through one unpleasant scenario after another and struggling to achieve anything of consequence while bad people get away with murder (sometimes literally), ruin lives and reflect on their own ruined lives, driving some fans to avoid following the story at all because it almost never leads somewhere rewarding, and the few times it does rarely stick. Some even disregard the notion that Alive takes place after Recallnote  for this reason, just because they find the alternative too pointlessly depressing.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Despite failing to save someone she greatly admired from an assassination attempt under circumstances that plunged her hometown into chaos and undid her earliest success with protecting both it and him, the most acknowledgment Tracer has given for the whole ordeal (aside from her initial immediate reaction) is referring to Mondatta in the past tense when she tells Zenyatta in-game that the former inspired her. Considering other characters have expressed grief for similar tragedies that befell them offscreen, the omission feels conspicuous, even for someone like her.
      • Downplayed more with her condition, which leaves her little more than a ghost outside of time without her chronal accelerator. She rarely discusses it in the present, but that's presumably because she's grown accustomed enough to learn to live with it, not unlike many handicapped people in real life. Her origin story trailer and Uprising, however, both make it very clear that, until a treatment came along, it was a harrowing experience for her, and she certainly considered it a struggle for survival at the time.
    • Despite big emphasis about how she feels weighted down by every lives that she kills, Ana's remark when she eliminated someone in the game (some of whom might be her former teammates and even her own daughter Pharah) are just snarky one-liners and teasing.
    • D.Va was simply a professional gamer whose focus was simulating military conflict for fun and to entertain fans, until she was conscripted to fight a giant Omnic in a real conflict where she could possibly die in action, and there's nothing in canon to indicate that she has prior experience in the military. Instead of being the next Shinji Ikari, she's able to charge into combat talking to her comrades in a chipper and energetic tone as if she's simply playing StarCraft II as usual; the worst she ever shows is one line about how the destruction in Eichenwalde reminds her of home (even then, she's saying this out loud — other players on her team wouldn't hear it otherwise — in a tone that's somber without being unstable) and her "I'm too young to die!" respawn line (while it could be interpreted to mean "I don't want to die!", it could also mean "Psh, I'm not giving up just yet!"). In other words, D.Va is surprisingly well-adjusted to military operations for someone whose signature trait is playing video games as a career. Her origin short Shooting Star shows that while D.Va treats everything mildly, Hana Song is a workaholic because she's keenly aware of her duty.
    • McCree was part of an outlaw gang in his childhood, and later became a Child Soldier being a member of Overwatch, and more secretly, the top secret Blackwatch covert ops organization when he was in his teens. Despite the horrifying implications of having a troubled childhood that may or may not have been caused by the Omnic Crisis, McCree's shown no signs of any angst about the past at all.
    • In Honor and Glory, Reinhardt loses an eye in his first battle with an OR-14. It doesn't bother, nor hinder him, in any way.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • By far the biggest complaint about the game's story is its pacing. The lore tries to give the impression that the heroes are due to make a comeback, and issues such as seeing them reunite and fight back against Talon, the implications of operating under the PETRAS Act (which prohibits Overwatch activity), and how previously unaffiliated heroes such as D.Va, Zenyatta, Zarya, and Lúcio might get involved have been widely anticipated, but very little has been dedicated to the ostensible "main" plot of Overwatch's return. Instead, most of the focus so far has been on the heroes' pasts, auxiliary conflicts, or the villains, leaving matters to stagnate into a rather grim status quo in which the heroes aimlessly struggle with no concrete objectives or payoff while the villains continue tommyknocking about unmolested, undermining the heroes' victories and evading any repercussions for their actionsnote . And if you care less about the overall story and more about certain characters, the piecemeal rate at which new material becomes available means you'll be inordinately blessed if you see your favorite once in a matter of months, and even then there's no guarantee any appreciable progress will be made on their own personal storiesnote . Rise and Shine took measures to finally address the issue of the recall nearly a year-and-a-half later by confirming Mei as the first new agent to respond, and Reinhardt followed shortly with Honor and Glory. However, in both cases the recall itself takes a backseat to reviewing their origins, so whether this is a sign the fatigue is finally coming to an end or just entering a new phase remains to be seen. Suffice it to say, after two years of false starts, setbacks and diversions, people are getting tired of being told to "hope" for the situation to improve and are ready to see it actually improve.
      • It got worse during the latter half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, as lore release drastically slowed down, such as having only two animated shorts in a year compared to the six-seven animated shorts that came during the game's first year, still no major lore event beyond Archives, and the plot not moving forward much.
      • Later the same year it was announced that award-winning Speculative Fiction author Alyssa Wong was joining the writing team as one of the lead story writers, which fans have taken to hoping or even praying that the fatigue might finally end now.
    • Sombra's Alternate Reality Game was infamous for this. While the goal was to tease the then-unknown 23rd hero, and it provided quite a few puzzles for the internet to solve, it ultimately barely gave out any information to go off of other than she was Mexican and some kind of hacker. On top of the only rewards being cryptic hints leading to more cryptic hints, it was remarkably spaced out, including having a countdown on a mysterious website in the form of a percentage ticking up 0.0038% every three minutes, which months later only revealed... more cryptic hints. By the end of it all, Sombra was eventually revealed at BlizzCon anyway (which was the intention all along), making the entire thing ultimately pointless on top of it needlessly straining the playerbase's patience.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • At launch, many people complained about the presentation of Pharah's background (lack of Egyptian voice lines, sketchy accent, doesn't dress appropriately to her culture). Many of these were averted for the release of her mother Ana as Ana is voiced by a native Egyptian with many Arabic voice lines (and not just any Arabic, but Egyptian Arabic). Pharah's background was also justified by revealing how she grew up and traveled with the diverse Overwatch members. Her Anniversary costume also gave her a more appropriate cultural outfit as well as Jeff Kaplan stating that it's suppose to also show she is half Egyptian.
      • Another issue with Pharah's cultural portrayal was her "Thunderbird" and "Raindancer" skins, which were criticized as offensive appropriation of Native American culture when placed on an Egyptian character. The devs eventually clarified in an artbook that her unseen father is Native American, and the skins are therefore celebrating the other half of her heritage.
    • Similarly to Pharah, some Swedish fans disliked Torbjörn's goofy accent and generally found him more representative of Azeroth than any part of Swedish culture. These fans warmed up quickly to Brigitte, who, like Ana, has plenty of lines in her native tongue, courtesy of a Swedish voice actress.
    • There were complaints about the lore being "dead" due to the lack of focus on it compared to the multiplayer (not helped by them cancelling the graphic novel First Strike), to which lead writer Michael Chu immediately responded by assuring people they are hard at work on more lore-related content for the year, which they hope to show soon. This showed when two lore-based comics, "Binary" and Uprising, were released in a short vicinity of each other (compared to the months it would take before). Additionally, they announced an entire game event based on lore, rather than just the holidays. Then they announced a Season 2 of animated shorts, after the drought following Infiltration. Unfortunately, they fell right back into the drought for a long time, and if anything it only returned with a vengeance until the announcement of a new writer was joining the team (see below).
    • After the infamous Arc Fatigue that came with the Sombra ARG, the clues that lead up to Orisa as a playable character came much more clearly and quickly.
    • One of the complaints about Reaper was that despite his status as being one of the most dangerous people in the world, he failed at everything. Clearly Blizzard heard these complaints, as they finally gave Reaper a success by having him break Doomfist out of prison, which made Talon even more dangerous. They also retroactively confirmed that Reaper managed to extract some data of the agents' whereabouts in the failed Gibraltar raid, so it wasn't a complete loss. It was also shown that he's fully aware of Sombra's dealings with Volskaya, but let it happen because he's part of a faction that sees Katya as an unknowing ally.
    • A common complaint about the story of Overwatch was that it was taking forever to get to the current story about the return of the titular organization. After over a year of virtually no info, Blizzard released the Rise and Shine short starring Mei. The ending of said short, where she gets the recall signal from Winston and sets out to rejoin Overwatch, was definitely a move to advance the story forward. The Honor and Glory short also finds a balance between explaining past events while also moving the plot forward by interspersing Reinhardt's history with the present day, ending with Reinhardt explicitly accepting the call, and it was welcomed with open arms. While there's still a lot more to go, both of these shorts released in 2017 were very clearly setting up the hyped return of the heroes at long last.
    • After nearly an entire year of little to no lore updates, the 2018 version of Archives was much more hyped, and had more content revealed before it.
    • After what felt like an eternity without any substantial lore and complete silence on Blizzard's end, it was announced that a new award-winning writer Alyssa Wong would be joining the Overwatch team as the main story writer with the implications of what she'll be doing indicated in the ad that got her hired with exciting promises like growing and adding value to the Overwatch universe and contributing to the story development (which as mentioned, has been lacking). Many have taken to this as a sign that the lore is indeed not being forgotten, and are actually getting serious about kicking into high gear at long last in this regard.
  • Awesome Music: The score from Dragons is incredibly epic and lends size and weight to the conflict and reconciliation between the brothers.
    • Although we only hear a few seconds of it in the short, Reunion has "Pale Rider" by The Heavy Horses playing in the diner, a song that's totally badass and fits McCree's personality almost perfectly.
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  • Badass Decay: Some feel Sombra has been hit with a big case of this after her introduction. To wit: she was introduced in her ARG and Infiltration as a smooth, delightfully trollish Manipulative Bastard who managed to kick ass and make complete fools of her fellow Talon agents with them none the wiser, winning over the hearts of many fans. Come Masquerade and Searching, where it turns out she's not as clever as she or her fans thought, as Reaper is completely aware of Sombra doing things in secret, and was easily found and curb-stomped by Zarya, as well as having her real name figured out — so much for erasing all traces of her past. It's gotten to the point where she's seen more as a Smug Snake/Butt-Monkey than the Magnificent Bastard she was clearly portrayed as in her introduction. Her being seen (at the time) as something of a low-tier Tier-Induced Scrappy in some circles hasn't helped matters.
    • Tracer's first impression in the cinematic trailer earned her worldwide admiration thanks to an awe-inspiring display of acrobatic heroism that helped drive off the bad guys without much hassle and cemented her position as the flag-bearer for Blizzard's first new IP in nearly two decades. Her subsequent appearances, however, have subjected her to such indignities as getting trounced with barely a fight on her own turf in Alive and being unable to even inconvenience Doomfist despite unloading everything she has on him before he disables her in about two seconds in his origin story trailer, which also inherently renders her victory in the aforementioned cinematic trailer pointless. And when she's not losing, she's headlining story materials that leave no meaningful impact on the greater conflict (Reflections and Uprising). Hardly affirming for someone whose entire schtick is supposed to be turning the tide. It's pretty telling that most of her combat achievements on the Awesome Moments page are accompanied with a disclaimer to the effect of "even if it didn't matter". This is a weird instance of this trope, because her losses actually take place before the cinematic trailer. So, chronologically, she's doing well, but in terms of presentation, she hasn't managed an appreciable victory in yearsnote . And the one time she did is now moot.
    • Some think Overwatch as a whole has fallen victim to this, and not just because of their in-story dissolution. Initially presented as a proactive group of credible and effective people who represent humanity's best defense against the world's threats and whose comeback was forthcoming, their contributions to the main conflict over the past couple years have mostly amounted to sulking about the past, failing to stop the villains, and in general achieving little of significance other than just barely surviving whatever life or Talon sends their way. While their enemies press forward with their own plans largely unhindered, the recall has barely received any attention, and they haven't accomplished anything genuinely "heroic" outside of flashbacks for a very long time.
  • Base-Breaking Character/Broken Base: The community can at times feel less like a contiguous mass and more like a patchwork nightmare of isolated encampments, such that it now warrants its own page.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In Infiltration, Sombra slides down a wall that turns out to actually be a giant robot arm complete with an articulated humanlike hand, which catches her as she falls. A wide shot reveals it to be properly affixed to the ceiling, indicating that it's an intended part of the facility and likely not just battlefield salvage. This gets no elaboration or context whatsoever. What was that thing, what purpose does it serve, and how does having it shaped like a hand help it accomplish its purpose?
    • There's not much reason (well, maybe one) given for just why the Talon agents have to carry out their mission in Masquerade while dressed in full Carnevale garb. If the purpose was to keep a low profile, they've been shown to engage in subterfuge while in their standard attire with no issue before. The whole comic feels a bit rushed, like it was under pressure to cover an important part of the story and just plain needed more than ten pages to tell it.

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  • Cargo Ship:
    • A few of the characters are infamous in the fandom for their love of their weapons. Most notable examples are Torbjörn/his turrets (which, considering the fawning admiration he often expresses when he constructs one or the genuine alarm he exhibits when one is under attack, is dangerously close to being canon), McCree/cowboy hat and Symmetra/Shield Generator (due to how absurdly powerful it is compare to her Teleporter).
    • Some people decided to ship Orisa with D.Va's MEKA. It's unknown what the first Orika post was, but the most popular post is this tweet by @sweetseaslug.
    • Reinhardt x Rocket Hammer gained traction in the Anniversary event due to his dance, appropriately named "Sweethardt".
    • For people who are sick of the Ship-to-Ship Combat in the fandom and just want to focus on the gameplay, it's Everyone/the Payload or Everyone/the Objective.
  • The Chris Carter Effect: Return on investment for following the story is considered to be low, given how it has been moving at a snails' pace and tends to undermine its few uplifting moments, turning waits between releases into slogs and leaving many with the impression you're more likely to be punished for caring than rewarded. The message about keeping hope and making a difference starts to feel a bit disingenuous once you realize the only characters who are actually succeeding in making a difference are the bad guys, with all signs of positive change meager and unlikely to pay off soon. Although plenty of fans continue to play the game itself, many have grown skeptical of Blizzard's ability to deliver on their promises with even the lore's most basic premise, and others have become frustrated enough to stop caring entirely. Some have even gone as far to theorize they're deliberately stalling because they don't actually have a plan.
  • Cliché Storm: The story is full of classic sci-fi and superhero cliches, such as a Robot War, a hyper-intelligent gorilla, a supervillain whose powers are the results of medical procedure gone horribly wrong, two ninja brothers (one of whom is now a cyborg) who oppose each other's ideals, and so on. A lot of this adds to its charm, however, as the familiar tropes make the characters very easy to understand and the story easy to get into. What also helps is that, despite the familiar premises, each character possesses well-written and sympathetic backstories that make them easy to identify with. Up to and including several villains. The story, despite not being in the game itself, is very detailed and well thought-out and has people wanting more.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Mei and Junkrat together (some dubbing it "Icyhot" or "Nuclear Winter" or "Meihem") has somehow found itself a modest following. Even though Mei can't stand Junkrat. Or perhaps because of it.
    • Speaking of Junkrat, there are some fans that pair him or his partner Roadhog with Mercy. The latter was born out of several memetically funny interactions between Roadhog and Mercy players, primarily revolving around Roadhog's ability to hook Mercy towards him, and Roadhog's potential role as a "peeler", keeping Mercy safe from flanking characters such as Reaper.
    • Junkrat/Lucio has gained an unexpected traction, as well as a dedicated following, for a ship that has exactly ZERO canonical interactions, dubbed "Boombox". Many cite several popular tropes, among others, as the main draw to the ship.
    • Junkrat/Symmetra has also gained some sort of following, mostly because people like the aesthetic of the most chaotic character and the most orderly being together.
    • McCree and Hanzo are heavily shipped despite both their vastly different backgrounds and personalities, as well as the fact that nothing in the source materials indicate any type of relationship between the two whatsoever, and they may not canonically even know the other exists. Despite this, they're arguably one of the most shipped pairings over on Archive. Later, some minor dialogue exchanges between them seemingly as response to this (McCree complimenting Hanzo's bowmanship, the two arguing over their preference in drinks, and their in-character dialogue during the Halloween brawl). Also, in a podcast McCree's voice actor Matthew Mercer commented that he thinks that the pair is adorable and basically shared a headcanon of them having a ramshackled apartment with them arguing over the decor.
    • Hanzo/Symmetra also started to gain a good dose of following even if they have never met each other and their stories do not intersect in any way. This is due to their backgrounds as being dutiful associates to questionable/evil groups (Shimada clan and Vishkar Corporation) due to their upbringing and having their more idealistic foils (Genji and Lúcio) being on the heroic side. Hanzo is often made a Big Brother Mentor to Symmetra in any event where she breaks away from Vishkar since Hanzo has already done so with the Shimada clan, teaching her to pursue the path of redemption even if their past sins will never go away. This can go hand-in-hand with the McCree pair as it is not necessarily romantic and McCree also has a history with questionable groups (Deadlock and Blackwatch).
    • Despite (or perhaps because of) both of them being inanimate objects, a number of people have shipped Hammond and D.Va's respective mechs together.
    • Aside from occasional ships with Lucio, D.Va largely went unaddressed by the shipping community...until Brigitte came along. Afterwards, the two of them were paired up with regularity, despite the fact that their backstories don't overlap, their personalities are nothing alike, and nothing indicates that they've met or ever will. This is instead based on the close proximity between their ages, which also makes them the youngest humans in the entire playable cast (D.Va is 19, while Brigitte is 23), and Brigitte's affinity to cats syncing up with D.Va's Black Cat skin. The ship was both further strengthened and contested after "Shooting Star" hit, which revealed that the real Hana Song is actually a hard-working Wrench Wench like Brigitte, giving them something to bond over but also introduced a shipping rival in the form of D.Va's best friend, Dae Hyun.
  • Crazy Awesome: Junkrat, a Laughing Mad lunatic wielding homemade explosives who's able to give professional military soldiers a good fight.
  • Creepy Awesome: Most, if not all, members of Talon are this.
    • Widowmaker is an emotionless, incredibly skilled assassin who has a high-level resume of kills on her belt, including iconic in-universe peace advocate Tekharta Mondatta.
    • Reaper may not be taken entirely seriously, but he is a dual-wielding wraith of a man and a Hero Killer. Additionally, his method of killing is terrifying. We don't currently know it, but we know that his victims are left as nothing but husks afterwards.
    • Doomfist is a much more direct fighter, and is capable of dishing out an utter beating to the Overwatch members, up to and including ripping Tracer's accelerator out. Yikes.
    • Moira is easily the scariest member of Talon, with her nightmarish experiments and mad science being what created Reaper, and the implications that she self-experiments looming over her. Her creepy experiments establish a psychotic devotion to science.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Despite the Overwatch fandom having a rivalry with the Team Fortress 2 fandom, several ships involve a crossover between the games. Tracer/Scout and Mercy/Medic are the most popular note , with Zarya/Heavy, Soldier/Pharah, and Spy/Sombra not too far behind.
    • Due to both of them being revealed on the same day (July 6th 2017), fans have apparently decided to pair Doomfist up with Marina.
    • As noted above, the similarities between the two led a lot of people to ship Orisa with Baymax. To a lesser extent, this applies to Hiro and Efi as well, with both of them being genius-engineer kids creating a Robot Buddy to protect the public.
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • While it doesn't excuse any of their actions, each of the playable villain characters have sympathetic backstories that paint most of them as victims of circumstance leading them into villainy, rather than being one-note.
    • In "Reflections", Reaper is seen lurking in the shadows, silently watching a happy family celebrating Christmas. Meanwhile, Widowmaker is seen mourning her deceased husband Gérard in the rain. Considering that she was responsible for his death (though not willingly), one could only imagine just how much guilt she was feeling there.

    D 
  • Designated Villain: The narrative usually treats Symmetra as a villain simply because she works for Vishkar, being billed as one of the villain groups, and her worst crime is initiating corporate espionage on Vishkar's order while also subverting their more ruthless policies and genuinely having altruistic motives to improve others' lives. It doesn't help that her main opposition, Lúcio, is genuinely heroic and friendly that he averts being a Designated Hero.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Poor Emily. By all appearances, she's just a nice, ordinary civilian who loves and supports her girlfriend and has never hurt or offended anyone. Unfortunately, her girlfriend is Tracer, one of the game's most iconic and diversely-shipped characters, so as far as some fans are concerned, she's gotta go. And it just so happens that the character her girlfriend gets paired with the most is a professional assassin…
    • An odd Out-Of-Universe example between Gency and Pharmercy. In addition to the usual mudslinging at Genji for interfering with the latter ship, there are attacks on the lead writer Michael Chu. Doubled with the slow writing of the game in general as well as the ShipTease of Gency, people began a rather racist accusation of the Japanese Genji being a self-insert of the Chinese Michael Chu to try to deter people away from the ship.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The game's generally optimistic lore seems to run on the concept that evil exists through cultivation. The villainous characters are evil not by their own natures, but by being shaped into villainy by their experiences and the circumstances surrounding them. However, this doesn't make their actions any more acceptable or their intent any more noble, and some fans get so wrapped up in the idea of them being victims that they lose sight of how many innocent people can claim to be their victims.
    • Talon in particular gets a lot of slack thrown their way. If you had to go by fan works alone, you would be forgiven for thinking they're just a bunch of mischievous, misunderstood troublemakers who are plum swell once you get to know them instead of gleefully murderous, warmongering terrorists. The addition of Baptiste and his short story "What You Left Behind" seems to lessen some of this sentiment because Baptiste's experience with Talon shows them to be murderous and inconsiderate of civilians.
      • Some find Reaper justified in his behavior due to the neglect and lack of recognition he had to endure as the head of Blackwatch and that it isn't "his fault" he became what he is now. Despite this, he still willingly chose to betray Overwatch, he still joined up with Talon and is carrying out an extermination campaign against former agents, many of whom had no involvement with what enabled his grievances, and he still seems to be enjoying himself.
      • Widowmaker admittedly did not become who she is today by her own choice. Once, she was just an ordinary woman, and the grief she expresses for her husband appears to be genuine. Be that as it may, it doesn't change how she is currently a cold, scornful and sadistic mass murderernote  who remains unapologetic for her crimes and, for all of her conditioning, is demonstrably lucid enough from moment to moment to choose to treat others in ways that often serve no purpose other than to be cruel for its own sake. While the circumstances surrounding her are indeed tragic, some fans have a habit of fixating on them while downplaying her own willfully bad behavior and the string of tragedies she's inflicted on characters just as innocent as her pre-conditioned self, often with a smile. And, as usual, you've also got the standard crowd who are willing to give her a free pass just because she's attractive and shows more skin than the other girls.
      • Sombra's history as an orphan who was raised by gang members in war-torn Mexico and is currently investigating a vast global conspiracy has gotten her some sympathizers who view her as someone who's had to claw her way up from nothing and is the only person doing anything about the "big picture" problems in the world. Yet this interpretation hinges upon both her being honest about herself and acting outside of her self-interest when she has proven herself with her very first appearance of being readily capable of dishonesty for her own personal gain. And even if she is on the level, she has plainly demonstrated that she has no issue with lying, stealing, threatening innocents and in general treating people like tools to get what she wants.
      • Doomfist's surprisingly eloquent demeanor and lethal efficiency have earned him the admiration of some fans who are alarmingly quick to overlook how his philosophizing masks a vicious, uncaring desire to plunge an already exhausted and war-ravaged world into a constant state of meaningless carnage and suffering due to his twisted perception that humanity is strengthened through conflict and only the strong should survive, which effectively means his goal is to use war as a tool to cull the human race, with only people like himself likely to actually benefit from such a plan.
      • Moira gets some sympathizers who view her as an outcast who was maligned by her peers for her unorthodox goals and was left with no recourse other than to accept help from an unlikely, questionable source to pursue her lofty goals for the world. All this disregards how her ambitions amount to imposing her own twisted vision onto humanity without its consent under pretenses that are quite dubious for a legitimate scientist, or that — for all her talk about having the best for humanity in mind — she was perfectly willing to follow and enable her company on its path to becoming the world's most notorious terrorist organization as long as the cash kept flowing for her demented research.
    • Symmetra tends to get hit with this trope within the fandom, where she's usually portrayed as unambiguously heroic. While her backstory is extremely sympathetic, and she truly does want to improve peoples' lives, her fans tend to forget that she's at best an Anti-Villain who's currently working for Vishkar Corp. Not only does she actively antagonize people who oppose Vishkar (like Lúcio), she's terribly elitist and condescending towards poor people (despite coming from a lower class background herself) whilst rationalizing Vishkar's actions and doing their dirty work under the naive assumption that it was For The Greater Good. Being confirmed by Word of God to be autistic also let fans to have the tendency to excuse her elitist attitude.
    • Of course Junkrat and Roadhog are funny (and half-naked!), and they may be a product of the harsh conditions of their homeland if you're willing to be charitable enough. They're still wanted criminals who are unambiguously presented as a pair of thieves and killers. Even after Wasted Land provided Roadhog with a Sympathetic P.O.V. that explored his reasons for harboring such antipathy for the world, it should not be ignored that his response is to perpetuate the chaos and make things worse instead of doing anything to help.
    • Vishkar in general gets this treatment from some, especially those who take their whole "for a better world" schtick at face value. Comments are not unheard of that say the inhabitants of Rio's favelas should be grateful for the shiny new home the company provided for them, despite how the reason they needed that new home in the first place is because Vishkar flagrantly ignored their stance on the issue and firebombed the neighborhood. Vishkar may have a lot of spiffy tech, and they may genuinely want the world to be more secure, but that doesn't mean for a second that they value the lives of the people they "help" as much as their own goals.
      • Additionally, those who defend Vishkar also tend to cite the real life conditions of Brazilian favelas (which are notorious for criminal activity and gang violence) as a justification for their decision to choose that location as the site for their next project beyond the profit opportunities. Lúcio claims that his favela was peaceful until Vishkar arrived on the scene, but we only have his word and a few small scenes of some admittedly decent people to reinforce that, which puts the whole issue into a nebulous area of using reality to judge fiction which is itself light on details.
    • Torbjörn and Zarya are not bad people, but some fans interpret their hostility toward omnics as either perfectly acceptable or as some amusing little quirk when the story clearly intends to present it as a flaw they each need to overcome. To be fair, they have made progress: Zarya cooperates with an omnic in Searching, while Torbjörn not only does the same with Bastion in Binary, but also eventually received a friendly in-game interaction with it.
  • Dry Docked Ship: Ana is assumed to have had a relationship with at least one (if not all) of her former teammates. Even fans who point out that Torbjörn is Happily Married in the comics will argue that his wife is too young to have been available during the Omnic Crisis and that their kids are all too young to have been born during Ana's era. So, to them, that still leaves room for Anabjorn to have been a thing thirty or so years ago.

    E 
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Non-playable characters that appear in shorts and comics, hell even concepts, have a tendency to become this due to them still standing out as a Cast of Snowflakes.
    • Ganymede, the bird that follows Bastion around everywhere, is unexpectedly popular, mostly due to being very cute or being a factor of Bastion being a Memetic Psychopath thanks to how people find it hard to face it (see below). Its appearance and role in The Last Bastion only served to further skyrocket its popularity.
    • Tekharta Mondatta, whose only major appearances are during a sermon in Alive and a statue on King's Row map, enjoys a fanbase of his own for his Small Role, Big Impact nature in the story. The similarities to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. don't hurt, either,
    • Emily from "Reflections" is gaining a fanbase due to being Tracer's girlfriend.
    • Efi Oladele, the preteen robotics genius who created Orisa, became this as soon as she showed up and stayed popular even after being revealed to not be the 24th playable hero.
    • Gérard Lacroix is quite popular with fans due to being a core part his wife Amélie's, or rather, Widowmaker's tragic origin story, appearing in a spray that shows a pre-brainwashed/pre-transformed Amélie back when she was a civilian, and bringing out the human side in the otherwise sadistic Widowmaker. Many fancomics were made featuring him when he was alive or a What If? if he survived, giving him a suave personality. In fact, there are quite a few who hope that he has survived somehow and will be Promoted to Playable in the future.
    • Maximilien, the French Omnic who has a seat on Talon's Council of Leaders, was a quick hit with the fans due to being the first confirmed evil sentient Omnic (unlike the majority of destructive Omnics that appeared during the Omnic Crisis), something that many have wanted to see. Naturally, quite a few fans are hoping he'll be Promoted to Playable in the future.
    • Doomfist owes his status as a playable character to this: despite only briefly being mentioned in the original trailer, having a small presence on the Numbani map, and never actually being meant to be playable, he proved to be wildly popular and fans clamored for Blizzard to make him playable, which led to him becoming, to much fanfare, not just the game's twenty-fifth hero, but a strong contender for the overall narrative's main villain.
    • The Queen of Junkertown. Even when she had never been directly featured on screen and her only appearance was as a voice in the Junkertown map reveal, her gloriously hammy and charismatic voice acting had already managed to capture the hearts and imagination of many players. Then a poster featuring her was discovered in the Junkertown map, and her popularity became even greater. Some are even hoping that she becomes a playable Hero somewhere down the line, especially since her axe and spear are both found next to her throne at the end of the Junkertown map.
    • Snowball has won over many fans for its cuteness and usefulness in gameplay. The short Rise and Shine cements this status after showing its relationship with Mei, and he even says her name when she first wakes up.
    • Lynx Seventeen from the "Searching" comic was an instant hit with fans, thanks to their cool design and hilarious Deadpan Snarker personality. Being officially confirmed as being gender-nonconforming has also netted them a comfortable LGBT Fanbase.
    • On an interesting case: Mercy's concept art became this. Early drafts of her depicted a dark skinned man with similar armor to her current design. Many fans liked the design and started portraying him as her younger brother. It seems that Baptiste - a dark-skin Haitian Gentle Giant Support hero, was created as a response to his popularity.
    • Balderich von Adler immediately became this when shown in Reinhardt's short Honor and Glory, being a huge armored badass who teaches Reinhardt to be an honorable hero, and then goes out in a Heroic Sacrifice taking out numerous omnics while dual-wielding rocket hammers, with a fatal injury to boot.
      • The same short also gave us our first 3D look at Brigitte in a workout shirt that showed off her arm muscles. She had been featured in comics before, but she didn't have such prominent... definition. Her later inclusion in the roster was predictably very much well-received.
    • After some extremely early hero concepts were released, Mama Hong (seen on the bottom left) became particularly popular thanks to her quirky design and vague but ominous "Manslaughter" ability, with some fans demanding that she be added to the game.
    • Pachimari the Tamanegi-Teko! The adorable onion-octopus… thing who appears to be the Series Mascot for an in-story Merchandise-Driven franchise. The weird little thing has achieved enough popularity with the community to warrant real merchandise thanks to its tongue-in-cheek design as a parody of cutesy Japanese mascot series and the humorous reoccurring gag of Roadhog's infatuation with it.
    • Some of the outfits some characters have been shown wearing in-story have struck a chord with their respective fanbases, such as Hanzo's memorable one-panel ensemble from Reflections, Mei's Summer Games pajamas from Rise & Shine and Tracer's orange and black bodysuit from various flashbacks. Fan art is not hard to come by, and some even want to see them implemented into the game as skins.
    • The initially-nameless female Blackwatch pilot from Retribution (later revealed to be named Fio) quickly gained fans for her Deadpan Snarker tendencies.
    • The four MEKA pilots aside from D.Va seen in Shooting Star, despite only being shown and mentioned for a few seconds, garnered a massive amount of interest once they were revealed, with fans instantly jumping to theorize their personalities and character dynamics simply from their names, appearances, and unique mech designs.
    • B.O.B, Ashe's omnic butler and bodyguard, proved to be the best part about her entire character concept. He's got an awesome handlebar mustache built into his face, wears a bowler derby hat, doesn't speak a word, and garnered the biggest audience reactions whenever he was even mentioned at the live reveal at Blizzcon 2018.
    • Echo, the Omnic that McCree rescued from Ashe in Reunion instantly gains a fanbase due to her cute interaction with him and unique character design despite only appearing in the last minute of the short. The reveal of her as a future playable character has only intensified interests in her.
    • The Deadlock gang's unnamed omnic sniper in the "Reunion" short quickly became popular thanks to their badass design and for (much like B.O.B. himself) being another criminal-aligned omnic, something the fanbase loves. Some people even hope that they're Promoted to Playable.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Many fans speculate that Roadhog isn't human anymore, but rather a Mutant due to how insanely strong and durable he is despite having no armor or advanced technology. He's more durable than a knight clad in futuristic armor, an armored gorilla, and an Omnic capable of stopping a car with one hand. While all the other Tanks have advanced weapons and equipment, Roadhog has nothing but his hook and scrap gun, but is quite possibly even more dangerous than them. The idea is that the Omnium explosion mutated Roadhog to give him superhuman strength and durability, which originates from his original concept portraying him as a mutant unambiguously. Blizzard has yet to confirm or deny whether or not he's a mutant in the series proper.
    • Torbjörn's Uprising spray has begun to fuel speculation that Brigitte, Reinhardt's squire from the Dragon Slayer comic, is in fact Torbjörn's oldest child. Those who believe it's true also use the fact that Reinhardt and Brigitte were visiting Torbjörn's family in "Reflections", speculating that maybe it wasn't Reinhardt visiting a friend so much as it was Brigitte visiting family.
      • Later confirmed with one small correction: Brigitte is Torbjörn's youngest daughter. The young children surrounding him in the Christmas comic? Those are his grandchildren..
    • McCree and Ashe founded the Deadlock Gang as teenagers, yet the logo (and McCree's tattoo of the logo) claim the gang was established in 1976. If Overwatch takes place 60 years from now, then McCree and Ashe are both supposed to be well over a hundred years old, which obviously isn't true, so fans speculate that there are two Deadlock Gangs, and the current Deadlock Gang got its name from the past one.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Female fans that still weren't convinced to play the game due to the diversity of the cast and large amount of female heroes are quickly won over when they see the sheer amount of attractive guys the game has to offer. This is most prominent with McCree, Hanzo, Lucio, and Baptiste but also pops up with Soldier: 76, Reaper, Genji, Reinhardt (when they are in their younger, more attractive skins) and Junkrat.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Reaper, a black-robed badass with a skull-esque mask who goes into battle dual-wielding (and juggling) shotguns.
    • Widowmaker counts as well, being a sadistic, stealthy Cold Sniper who's utterly ruthless.
    • Junkrat and Roadhog are both anarchists, thieves and murderers, but Junkrat's capable of going toe-to-toe with extremely technologically advanced enemies with homemade gear, and Roadhog is capable of going toe-to-toe with said enemies with only a hook on a chain and a Scrap Gun.
    • Sombra, Widowmaker and Reaper's ally, who's introduced by trolling Reaper and ends her introduction with blackmailing the most powerful woman in Russia into her pocket behind Talon's back.
    • As one of Talon's leaders, Doomfist is meant to be the closest thing in the game yet to a true Big Bad, and his introduction effectively conveys that by interspersing footage of him facilitating his own escape from prison with him taking on Winston, Tracer and Genji by himself and almost winning after dealing with the latter two with minimal issue (at which point an enraged Winston presumably put a stop to things), all while he gives a chillingly ominous speech about thriving through conflict and being remembered forever. All of which paints a compelling portrait of menace that illustrates just how urgently world needs Overwatch to make a comeback.
    • The Vishkar Corporation isn't as theatric with their villainy as Talon, but they're no less stylish for it: they've developed some of the sleekest, most cutting-edge tech in the setting, their official dress code combines the most glamorous aspects of both high-end business attire and ornate regalia, and their public works projects are wondrous, gleaming marvels straight out of classic utopian science fiction. They've run such a good public relations campaignnote  with selling their goals and ideals that it's almost enough to get you to forget how willing they are to endanger civilians and trample on basic human rights in order to achieve them.
    • B.O.B. and Ashe are ruthless bandits, but they both ooze style with their fancy Western attire and excellent choice in headgear.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Widowmaker has the most revealing clothing, including fishnet leggings and a top cut down the middle. She's one of the more evil characters (though not her own accord).
    • Devil Mercy and Imp Mercy. Form-fitting suits like vanilla Mercy, but with a demonic flare between them.
    • Witch Mercy in Junkenstein's Revenge. It's the already gorgeous Mercy wearing one of the most revealing alternate skins in the game, what did you expect?
    • Reaper has his fangirls (And guys) as well, mainly thanks to his thighs and the fact that Gabriel Reyes was attractive pre-transformation.
    • While not as overtly fanservice-y as Widowmaker, Sombra has plenty of fans who find her attractive for her accent, cyberpunk look, and Spicy Latina demeanor.
    • Doomfist's muscular physique and general badassery coupled with his white suit in one of the comics has given him some popularity among both women and men.
    • Another Talon member, another containder for this trope: it didn't take long after Moira's reveal for a number of players to declare her as one of the more attractive Overwatch heroes on the roster, owing to her androgynous, David Bowie-style beauty, her deep, commanding voice, her confident and charismatic demeanor, and the added bonus of being a genuinely brilliant Mad Scientist.
    • From her stylish Western gear to her hair to her voice actress, it's not hard to imagine that Ashe was specifically designed with this trope in mind.

    F 
  • Face of the Band: Tracer is, naturally, the character most associated with the game and is widely used both officially and unofficially to represent it as a whole due to her use in official materials and her personality, which embodies many of the game's themes. D.Va is also just as recognized, especially in otaku circles, thanks to her very fervent and loving fanbase brought about by her cute Animesque design and highly memetic identity.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • The nature of Overwatch as a globe-spanning international organization that was host to potentially hundreds upon hundreds, if not thousands of agents in its heyday makes it an absolute goldmine for OC creators, and the current state of the backstory being as sparse as it is concerning the Omnic Crisis and what that conflict entailed leaves it wide open for those wanting to tell their own stories of those times, as well as what certain characters (or their own OCs) did after the dissolution of Overwatch. There's also the fact that Overwatch has been reinstated by Winston, opening up more possibilities of what Overwatch will be in its (hopefully) triumphant return. Many have also come up with ideas of how other members could join in on the action, such as Lúcio, D.Va, Zenyatta, Zarya, Hanzo, and others. People have speculated that even the villains could make a Heel–Face Turn, and see where that goes, though Widowmaker is the most commonly speculated to do this, see below.
    • People have had a field day with fics where Soldier: 76's identity, Jack Morrison, is revealed to his old companions, which is usually never a pleasant revelation. The same thing can be said for how Ana's survival will affect the team dynamic and the people that knew or heard about her, especially in regards to her daughter, Pharah.
    • Widowmaker being a Brainwashed and Crazy psychotic assassin with traces of her old self still around has become a source of all sorts of fanfics and speculation about her future, often involving her either being deprogrammed by Overwatch or realizing the error of her ways and pulling a Heel–Face Turn, joining Overwatch to help stop Talon and avenge Gérard (and everyone else she was forced to kill, for that matter). Also, another thing that lends itself well to fanfiction is that apart from the obvious "guilt for her life as Widowmaker", not much is known about Amélie Lacroix pre-brainwashing, other than that she was a ballet dancer married to an Overwatch agent. The fact that Ana knew her also has led to the idea that she was an Evil Former Friend to the Overwatch agents, and thus the other members likely know her as well.
    • Similarly, fanfic of Symmetra learning about Vishkar's true nature, performing a Heel–Face Turn and/or clarifying/dealing with her autism pops up quite frequently after "A Better World" was released.
    • The identity of Pharah's father has been subjected to a number of speculation and fics. The most commonly speculated to be her father include Jack Morrison/Soldier: 76 (due to their history together, and the fact that Soldier will specifically compliment Pharah, saying that Ana would've been proud of her like he personally knows her despite the fact that they're technically on opposing sides in the story), Gabriel Reyes/Reaper (due to hints that Reaper and Ana used to be friends and he expresses disappointment that Ana took Jack's side), and Reinhardt (due to a pre-game interaction that has created much fuel for shipping). Adding even more fuel to this, an added line between Pharah and McCree indicates that she idolizes both Jack and Reyes, seemingly unaware that they're still alive and are now known as Soldier: 76 and Reaper — furthering the fan-interpreted Love Triangle between Ana, Jack, and Reyes. Alternatively, some would prefer the idea that it was neither of them and just a random person who isn't connected to Overwatch, wanting to avoid drama and to strengthen the relationship between the mother and daughter. The final theory was later confirmed with Ana's spray from Uprising—the first mention of Pharah's father, Sam. Also Jack was later revealed to be gay and Reaper was revealed to have a family of his own, completely squashing any idea of a past or future relationship between these characters.
    • Sombra's origin trailer gave us this shot that fuels many fan speculation to fill in the blank of the unknown figures that appear on it, as well as speculating about The Conspiracy that discovered Sombra and forced her into hiding.
    • Liao. Just their very existence as the sixth member of the Overwatch Strike Team, and the fact that we know nothing else about Liao including their gender, has opened room for a lot of speculation in regards to what role Liao served on the Strike Team, what Liao did after the war, and what Liao's abilities were. Assuming Liao becomes playable in the future, fans also wonder just what kind of hero Liao will be.
    • The "Junkenstein's Revenge" Brawl is a goldmine for fans to reinterpret the cast as fantasy characters, given that we only had 8 characters appear in that Brawl. Popular interpretations (usually based on Halloween skins) include: Symmetra as a vampire, Genji and Hanzo as Oni brothers or dragon spirits (which doesn't necessarily contradict the latter's moniker "Archer" in the Brawl) and Reinhardt as a ghost, a king or a ghost king.
  • Fanon:
    • Many fan works depict Roadhog as a Cloudcuckoolander's Minder for Junkrat, treating his employer like a hyperactive kid in need of babysitting. This is even acknowledged in-game where before a match Roadhog often tells Junkrat to, "not make a mess this time" and Junkrat assures him that he'll be on his best behavior.
    • Roadhog himself is officially stated to be from Australia, but many fans believes it makes more sense to view him as a New Zealander, likely of Māori descent. His real first name, "Mako," is Māori for "shark," and his "Toa" and "Islander" skins that bring to mind traditional Pacific Islanders. He also has a Dummied Out voice line of "If I wanted to go to the wop-wops, I could have stayed at home," "wop-wops" being decidedly Kiwi slang for the boondocks, the middle of nowhere, etc.
    • Fanon dictates that Jack Morrison/Soldier: 76 was apparently very Adorkable before the fall of Overwatch, often with depictions like this.
    • It's popular to interpret many of the characters as amputees whose tech armor serves as Artificial Limbs (for example, Hanzo and Lúcio's legs, McCree's arm, or all of Pharah's limbs). Likely to stress that the human heroes are Not So Different from the Omnics.
    • See those two dots in the forehead area of Reaper's mask? Some people theorize that those are bolts hammered in so the mask will stick.
    • Many fans believe Pharah is a Copt who's probably also fluent in the Coptic language. She's extremely patriotic, her alias sounds similar to the Pharaonism movement which valued and emphasized pre-Islamic Egyptian culture — an important aspect of Coptic identity. There also many who believe Pharah's father was Canadian First Nations — specifically an indigenous man of the Pacific Northwest Coast, because of her "Thunderbird" and "Raindancer" skins. The "Reflections" comic confirms this by showing her dining with her father in Canada.
    • Fans have decided that Pharah's father must have been an Overwatch member and, furthermore, had to be one of her four fellow founding members. The two candidates most picked are Jack, for his status as The Hero, the fact that he'll compliment Pharah in-game despite being cold to almost everyone else and for having a close relationship with Ana as shown in their comic Old Soldiers, and Reinhardt — as he and Ana have a dialogue prompt which is very flirty and thus adds fuel to the shipping fire. Further, he also seemed to have Pharah's attention more than any other person on the team. These theories have quieted down somewhat after the appearance of Ana's new spray in the Uprising event, which depicts a previously unknown man who appears to be Pharah's father.
    • Several fan interpretations of Reaper play up his Hispanic heritage, which isn't really addressed in-game, other than a pair of cosmetic Day of the Dead/Mariachi themed-skins.
      • It is also common to attribute a Hispanic heritage to McCree, often mixed into a perceived father-son relationship between Reyes and McCree.
    • Despite Bastion being officially referred to by devs as genderless and referred to as "it", there's an increasingly popular interpretation that Bastion has female programming. Despite having no real physical Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, fans like to compare its curious, wide-eyed mannerisms and friendliness towards nature (complete with little bird companion) to a typical Disney Princess that also just so happens to be a robot that turns into a gatling gun turret with nasty PTSD. This may also be due to the fact that those speaking languages with feminine/masculine nouns such as Sombra in Spanish or Ana in Arabic refer to it with feminine nouns (though admittedly, is mostly attributed to those languages not having gender-neutral nouns and and 'bastion' is considered a 'feminine' noun for both of them).
    • Mei's snowsuit conceals her actual body shape, so fanart often portrays her as buxom and curvy, ranging from just hourglass-shaped to outright Big Beautiful Woman. Rise and Shine finally put it to rest by showing that she is thick, but not out of shape.
    • Fandom really likes the idea that Pharah is a biker when she's not flying, presumably as a reference to Top Gun. The trend seems to have started with a certain piece of fanart.
    • Thanks to her unique "Graffiti" skin and the omnipresent graffiti in her home stage of King's Row (even if most of it isn't exactly what you'd call "creative"), some fans have latched onto the idea that Tracer has an artistic side and has done some (presumably more fair-minded) work as a graffiti/spray brush painter.
    • Since McCree is shown to still have his biological arm during Uprising, two years before Overwatch was shut down, fans often speculate when and how he lost his left arm. The most common idea is that he lost his arm with the destruction of the Overwatch HQ in Switzerland.
    • It's very popular for fans to depict Genji as Anything That Moves even in non-shipping works or works that don't focus on him. This is because he was described as a playboy before his cyborg transformation, and most of his most significant relationships, interactions and Fan Preferred Couples are with Zenyatta, McCree and Mercy (an Omnic, a man and a woman).
    • Moira, as a result of several inexplicably blatant references to classic anime and general anime memes in her design, is often depicted by fans as being a weeaboo to some degree.
    • Ashe is widely assumed and interpreted by fans to be albino due to her red eyes, pale skintone and white hair.
    • It's widely assumed that Zenyatta was one of (or at least close to) the leaders of the Shambali. His closeness with Mondatta, the fact that "Tekhartha" is a title not his name, and his white sash appearing to look like the same material to Mondatta's robes can all lead to that conclusion.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Tracer/Widowmaker ("Widowtracer") set sail not long after the first trailer debuted, and despite their mutual animosity. Blizzard themselves fueled the fire by giving Tracer a prominent role in Widow's story cinematic Alive, and then proceeded to smother it in Reflections by both giving Tracer a canonical relationship with a civilian named Emily and by making it clear Widowmaker is still far from over her husband Gérard. Nevertheless, some fans persevere and the ship sails on, with or without Emily.
    • McCree/Hanzo a.k.a. McHanzo got popular in circles of Bara Genre fans, with various artists of the genre on Tumblr and Twitter started making fanart of them. It has since gained some of an LGBT Fanbase.
    • Mei/Zarya also started to get a following, primarily spurred on by the fact that neither of them have the same body type as the rest of the female cast and have an interaction where Zarya almost succeeds at tricking Mei into giving Zarya her coat.
    • Pharah/Mercy ("Pharmercy", "Pharmacy" or "Phara-Medic") is a popular ship among some of the LGBT Fanbase owing to the fact that they are the only two characters that can remain air mobile and hence synergize very well. Blizzard added more fuel to the fire when one of their weekly brawls (before they were removed) only featured these two together. Even their voice actresses get in on it.
    • Genji/Mercy ("Gency", "Emergency"/"Emergenji") is popular, as well as teased by their interactions in-game and other media. For example, Mercy will lament she was too late to save a dead allied Genji, and he will also cry out "Angela!" should he witness her elimination. Blizzard added more tease in "Reflections", as Genji is shown to be writing a letter to Mercy for Christmas, which she seems very happy to receive, and the two are discovered to have Valentine's Day/White Day lines where they get each other chocolates. Their voice actors also like to have fun with it. Given more fuel when Mercy's initiating half of the aforementioned "chocolates" voice lines were re-released for Valentine's Day 2018, and Genji's on White Day 2018.
    • Junkrat/Mei, but usually only in one way: Junkrat is often portrayed as an Hopeless Suitor desperately trying to defrost the (semi-literal) Ice Queen again and again, only for a disgusted Mei to reject him with various degrees of violence. However, some fans unironically ship them together instead and Blizzard gave them more fuels in the Lunar Year 2017 event by adding a voiceline for Junkrat saying "Wishing You Prosperity" in Mandarin Chinese properly ("Gong Xi Fa Cai").
    • Soldier: 76/D.Va, but in a familial way: When interpreting Soldier: 76 as "Dad: 76", D.Va is generally one of the most popular characters depicted as his daughter, especially when she's in Gremlin D.Va mode.
    • Ana/Reinhardt (AnaHardt, alternatively Grandma and Grandpa). It started from one of their pre-game interactions, which has a flirty tone to it that fans found adorable:
      Ana: Reinhardt, I must say you're looking quite well. This life must agree with you.
      Reinhardt: And you are looking as lovely as ever.
    • Ana/Soldier: 76, due to how close they've been for three decades, still fighting alongside and caring about each other through thick and thin. It helps that he has no less than five different interactions with her, and is the only character besides her daughter where his interactions are 100% positive. For a time, people liked to think that Jack was Pharah's father. When that got jossed, especially later on when it was revealed that Soldier: 76 is gay, a lot of people still view him as being her Honorary Uncle, since he's shown to have a soft spot for her.
    • Lúcio/D.Va. The two are big fans of each other in-game, which leads a lot of fans to pair the two together platonically and romantically, including Jonny Cruz himself.
    • Genji/Zenyatta is another one, and usually depicted as exceptionally fluffy. The student/teacher angle helps.
    • Roadhog/Junkrat's rough partnership, coupled with Roadhog's status as Junkrat's bodyguard, has resulted in a strong following. Come the Halloween event, one of the main screens featured Junkrat's Halloween counterpart hugging Roadhog's Halloween counterpart around the belly, smiling adoringly up at him.
    • While many jumped ships upon the reveal of the later's age, D.va/Sombra (or Som.va) still remains notably popular in the fandom.
    • Sombra/Symmetra has gained some traction due to how often the voice actresses hang out with each other.
    • Brigitte/D.Va (or MEKAnic) became a popular ship, despite the characters not really having much interaction, and just being based on the fact that the two are close in age, Brigitte is a mechanic while D.Va pilots a MEKA, and Brigitte loves cats while D.Va has a cat skin.
    • Tracer/D.Va has also garnered a commendable amount of fan art, despite them not having yet canonically met one another nor having any unique in-game interactions. Being two of the youngest female characters and sharing enthusiastically upbeat personalities definitely helps to bridge the gap.
    • Hanzo/Symmetra (Symmanzo) has gotten several pairing together despite their stories not intertwining with each other yet, not surprising since both of them has a discontent against their former groups (Shimada clan and Vishkar), but unable to get out of their old lifestyle, preferring a life of order and discipline and having a rival that can be considered 'very white morality' (Genji and Lúcio) to their 'grey morality'. This culminates in a new interaction in 2018 where Hanzo comments that Symmetra is a kindred spirit.
    • Despite her literally never having been seen with him before (or at all), McCree/Echo instantly exploded in popularity after the release of the "Reunion" short, where he faces down the Deadlock gang to get her back, then takes her hand and talks to her in an uncharacteristically gentlemanly tone.
    • Not surprisingly, shipping B.O.B. with the various other omnic members of the cast instantly became popular, from the somewhat-understandable like shipping him with Orisa and Bastion to the less plausible like doing it with Zenyatta and D.Va's mech.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: All four Talon agents briefly indulge in this in Masquerade when they go incognito in full Carnevale garb for a mission in Venice. Reaper's skull garb and hat is actually pretty intimidating, but Widowmaker traipses about on the rooftops dressed up like if Eileen the Crow walked off the set of a Cirque du Soleil production, Sombra goes for a "cyberpunk Harley Quinn" ensemble, and Doomfist dons a hat and coat combo that makes him look like a flamboyant Genghis Khan. Maybe the writers decided they looked too cool in their cocktail attire from a few pages earlier and needed to balance things out.
  • Foe Yay Shipping:
    • Despite being aligned to opposing sides of the main conflict, their antithetical demeanors and their bitter personal history, a considerable number of fans have been shipping Tracer/Widowmaker since the very first trailer. This has been sustained by unique in-game dialogue in which they take turns annoying each other at the prospect of working together, and at the end of Alive — her story trailer — Widow outright calls Tracer "cherie" (French for "darling" or "dear") while their faces are just inches apart, no lessnote . Even after Reflections did everything it could to show the pairing is unlikely to happen even if they did like each other, some fans remain at their posts and refuse to abandon ship.
    • On the male side, Reaper and Soldier: 76 have been getting some of this due to their shared past as Gabriel Reyes and Jack Morrison.
    • Lúcio/Symmetra is quite popular, despite (or perhaps because of) their diametrically opposed philosophies and goals and the disdain they have for each other in gameplay. It does help that Lúcio is fighting against the Mega-Corp Symmetra works for and even herself has some doubts about their methods.
    • With the abandonment of the D.Va and Sombra ship, many were quick to jump on shipping Sombra with Katya from her webisode. It helped that Sombra spends most of her talk with Katya in the Russian's personal space, and it's not hard to take "friend" as more intimate than threatening.
    • Katya meeting with Zarya got people thinking that Zarya and Sombra would be pitted against each other, thus shipping them.
    • Bastion and Orisa has a following, generally evoking the dynamic between WALL-E and EVE (with Bastion as the decrepit but kindhearted WALL-E and the sleek and polished Orisa as EVE) from, well, WALL•E.
    • The instant Moira was released, fans started shipping her and Mercy together, despite being opposites in terms of ideology and methodology. Michael Chu added some fuel to this by stating that while Mercy doesn't have much respect for Moira, the same can't be said for the other way around, which shippers have taken to mean as them having an either one-sided or really tense relationship.
    • McCree and Ashe are all but directly stated to be exes, so it's not surprising that many fans have taken it for granted the possibility that they're still together the instant "Reunion" was released.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Due to months of hints and teases, as well as the extreme length and convolution of her ARG, Sombra has an absurd number of memes based around her — much of it based on Wild Mass Guessing and some based on her Memetic Trolling of the rest of cast.
    • D.Va has spawned fewer memes, but virtually every word out of her mouth has become a meme, most likely due to her use of gamer lingo.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Given how slow the story has been and the shear amount of characters there are along with many being separated from each other, it's not surprising. The many plots are but not limited to:
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Ana advising Reinhardt to not "charge in this time" in Uprising? Funny. Knowing that one time he did charge in recklessly caused the death of his mentor, the one who was initally asked to join Overwatch, and that he probably carries severe Survivor Guilt over that? Not so funny.
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  • Genius Bonus:
    • One of Widowmaker's tattoos reads "araignée du soir", which is already a Bilingual Bonus. But those familiar with French proverbs will recognize those words: it comes from "araignée du matin, chagrin; araignée du soir, espoir", which roughly translates to "morning spider, sorrowbringer; evening spider, hopebringer".
    • One of the pieces of set dressing in King's Row is a private establishment called The Ascalon Club, located by the memorial to Mondatta at the first point. Ascalon is the name of the sword of Saint George, the patron saint of England.
    • Mei might ask Zarya how she's able to lift such heavy objects, to which she responds "I lift as well as I lift because it cannot be avoided." This quote is taken from Olympic weightlifter Vasily Alekseyev of the USSR, who won gold in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and broke 80 world records.
    • In a subtle Visual Pun, the Horizon Lunar Colony (a colony that housed and was eventually overrun by apes) features a hydroponic tank that appears to be growing "monkey grass".
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: One look at the fandom (especially Tumblr) and you'll be surprised how many Crack Pairing combination that you can find from the colorful cast of the game. And yes, that include the Omnic heroes like Zenyatta, Bastion and Orisa. There are some characters that remain unshipped romantically, though, such as Winston (because he's a gorilla) and Torbjörn (because he's Happily Married).
  • Growing the Beard: Dragons, The Last Bastion, and especially Rise and Shine and Honor and Glory are universally agreed to be the best shorts to come out of the game in terms of writing and storytelling. For the comic, "A Better World" and maybe "Legacy" / "Old Soldiers" are considered to be the only real stand out from the rest, which received a So Okay, It's Average reaction from the fanbase.
    • The earlier shorts also seemed to make a habit of shoehorning gameplay elements into the flow of presentation; perhaps not egregiously, but definitely in a "Hey, don't you recognize this thing from the game?" kind of waynote . Rise and Shine paces itself far more naturally and focuses entirely on how Mei would logically solve her problem with the resources she has on hand. Notably, not once does she appear with her classic in-game "uniform."

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  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Zarya's backstory describes her as having had a promising future as a competitive weightlifter, and had the opportunity to join the Russian Olympics weightlifting team had she not chosen to defend her home from the Omnics. Blizzard's celebration of the 2016 Olympics even adds an Olympic-themed skin for Zarya. However, this all came amid news that many Russian Olympic teams, including the weightlifting team, had been banned from the competition due to evidence of doping among many of the athletes.
    • The reveal of Katya Volskaya's secret brings to mind the frequent misinformation commonly employed by leaders during the days of the Soviet Union and New Russia.
    • Both Zarya and Torbjörn's anti-Omnic traits came off as a little over the top with how dead-set their hatred and distrust of anything Omnic is, even to the peaceful monk Zenyatta. But with The Last Bastion short, we get to see a small portion of what the Omnic Crisis actually consisted of, and the word "crisis" really doesn't begin to cover just how horrible and devastating it was. Suddenly, their staunch anti-Omnic rhetoric doesn't seem so hard to understand.
    • Sombra is a villainous character of hispanic descent who is characterized as a former gang member who has now become a professional thief and hacker with enough skill to cause trouble for large entities. Mere days after she was announced in early November 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States amid swirling and persistent controversies that accused his campaign of fear-mongering by painting Mexican immigrants as criminals and gangsters and cooperating with foreign powers who influenced the election's outcome through the use of hacked materials. And that's all that’s going to be said about that.
    • Alive is about the assassination of a peace advocate in England. Just a few months following its release, Jo Cox — known for being a vocal supporter of unity and peaceful resolution to tensions in the Middle East — was murdered by a far-right extremist in Birstall, making her the first Member of Parliament to be assassinated in over a quarter of a century.
    • Uprising reveals that the assassination's aftermath isn't the first time Tracer has seen her home in flames, as her first mission as a field agent involved resolving a crisis in King's Row by rescuing hostages being held by omnic terrorists. Among the hostages is mentioned to be none other than Mondatta himself, meaning that her very first mission entailed her helping to save him and possibly getting to personally know him, all in the process of protecting her home. With all that in mind, her grief at the end of Alive now comes across as far more personal.
    • Remember that amazing cinematic trailer where Tracer and Winston stopped Reaper and Widowmaker from stealing Doomfist's gauntlet? Their heroic efforts are rendered meaningless in Orisa's origin story since Doomfist himself attacked Numbani, and took back his gauntlet.
      • When you consider that Doomfist was able to retrieve his gauntlet and rejoin the conflict before any additional agents were confirmed to answer the recall, Tracer's comment about the world needing more heroes feels less like a pithy way to close the action and more like a sobering assessment of the world's current state.
    • Winston's comment at the end of Reflections that he has a good feeling about the coming year now feels a bit presumptuous given the much more grim and melancholy tone the lore took in 2017, which involved Talon regaining one of its leaders, growing even stronger and undoing much of the heroes' progress while Overwatch's return kept its usual pace.
    • Retribution reveals that Gabriel Reyes had very strong camaraderie with Gérard Lacroix, and he took his injuries at Talon's hands from the bombing of Blackwatch HQ very personally. Nowadays, as Reaper, he willingly works with the people who tried and eventually succeeded in killing him, often right alongside the man's wife who was tragically twisted into doing the deed, and he doesn't even seem to care. Either his experiences have left him far beyond the point of caring about anything anymore, or he has fallen even further than initially thought.
    • D.Va is a fountain of memes regarding gamer culture, to the point the devs have nodded before to the 'Mountain Dew and Doritos' stereotype (from both properties' penchant for marketing toward gamers). Come Shooting Star, we see that D.Va and her assistant almost purely subsist on chips, soda, and ramen...because she is obsessively tinkering and repairing her MEKA out of fear of another attack, and the pressure of being the only MEKA pilot healthy enough to respond.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of Reaper's voice lines ("Doomfist should do his own dirty work.") is now this in light of Orisa's origin story, where Doomfist takes back his own gauntlet.
    • The video "So This is Basically... Overwatch" made by JelloApocalypse joked that Overwatch's cast lacked diversity because there were no "girl robots." The joke doesn't work as well now that Orisa (an Omnic confirmed to be female) has joined the already diverse cast.
    • One has to wonder if Blizzard named Tracer's girlfriend Emily knowing full well that Tracer was commonly shipped with Widowmaker, aka Amélie Lacroix.note 
    • The Honor and Glory short draws some very obvious parallels between young Crusaders-era Reinhardt and a certain Norse deity's first movie. It just so happened to be released the same day as said deity's second sequel that showed him more grown up, honorable, and missing an eye.
    • At the start of a match, D.Va will sometimes complain at Sombra for giving gamers a bad name, which makes Sombra reply she isn't that kind of hacker. Come Blizzard World, we see a high score table featuring legitimate scores earning no more than triple-digit scores, and "SMB" at the top with 9999 points.
    • The "Dad: 76" and "Mama Mercy" memes — in which Soldier: 76 and Mercy behave in a parental manner toward the younger heroes, especially D.Va — now seem pretty on point since Uprising and the corresponding event have them both canonically expressing concern for the well-being of another nineteen-year-old girl (in this case, a younger Tracer).
  • Ho Yay:
    • Even before Tracer was confirmed to be a lesbian, the in-game interactions between Tracer and Mei had them express a considerable amount of respect and admiration for each other in such swooning terms that you half expect one to faint and be caught by the other.
    • Sombra outright addresses Widowmaker as her "favorite spider." Widow doesn't reciprocate.
    • The rapport between Reyes and Gérard in Retribution combined with the sheer amount of intense brooding the former engages in over the latter's injuries at his bedside makes Reyes come off looking more like Gérard's lover than his actual wife, who doesn't even put in a cameo appearance.
    • Baptiste blows a kiss and smiles at whomever he says "Hello" to.

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  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Almost every character has been paired with everyone, but notable examples are:
    • Mercy stands out more than anyone else, for being shipped with Junkrat, Roadhog (or both), Genji, Hanzo, Soldier: 76, McCree, Widowmaker, Pharah, Zarya, Torbjörn (rare) prior to "Reflections", Reaper, and Moira. It's saying something about how popular she is that two of her major ships (with Genji and Pharah) are among the most popular in the community
    • Ana. Being the only character with a known childnote , everyone speculates as to who Pharah's father was. The dialogue she has with most of her old teammates is full of Ship Tease, with all of them upset that they didn't know she was still alive, her complimenting Reinhardt and Soldier: 76 on how good they look, and Reinhardt and McCree flat out flirting with her. The comic Old Soldiers adds even more fuel to the fire because it shows Jack and Ana's close friendship while Reaper accuses her of always siding with Jack. This has fanned flames of a possible Love Triangle or Love Dodecahedron; after all, if fans can't decide which of the original team she slept with to conceive Pharah, then the next best thing is to assume she slept with them all. She's also shipped with McCree (due to some mild flirting on his part), Mercy (especially if there's a jealous Pharah involved), and Widowmaker (for the Foe Yay). Also, she's currently the only person consistently shipped with Torbjörn.
    • Depending on who you ask, Tracer having a canonical partner is either a gift or a detriment to the shippers, but either way it's barely slowed them down. She primarily gets paired with Emilynote , Widowmakernote  and D.Vanote , and less frequently with Meinote , Zaryanote  and even a little with Mercynote . Before she was revealed to be a lesbian, she also had supporters who paired her with Winstonnote , Lúcionote  and Genjinote . And that's not even getting into the combinations.
    • Genji seems to be the male version of Mercy. He is frequently paired with Mercy, Zenyatta, McCree, his own brother Hanzo and, less prominently, Reaper, Soldier: 76, Reinhardt, Lúcio, D.Va, Symmetra, Sombra and Tracer (before her reveal as a lesbian), as well as any of the combinations. The fact that he was canonically a playboy before his involvement with Overwatch doesn't help.
    • McCree is been paired with quite the number of characters due to a large number of fans think he is attractive and his unique cowboy aesthetic. He's frequently paired with Hanzo, Symmetra, Lucio (all of whom he never met or interact with), his former superiors Reaper, Soldier: 76 and Ana, his former Overwatch fellow teammates Genji, Mercy and Mei, his former Deadlock gang member Ashe and Echo.
  • LGBT Fanbase: There's a reason why the game has sometimes been affectionately referred to as "Shooty Lesbian Simulator", and that was before Tracer and Soldier: 76 were revealed to be canonically gay.
    • Hanzo and McCree got hugely popular in the Bara Genre community, due to, in no small part, getting tons of fanart from various bara artists, including some already popular. Though those two are the most popular, Soldier: 76, Reaper and Genji also got popular in those circles in varying degrees. Like what happened with Tracer, those fans practically exploded with joy when it was revealed that Soldier: 76 is a gay man.
    • Ships between two women are also immensely popular among female fans. These fans were overjoyed when Tracer was revealed to have a girlfriend.
    • Zarya and Pharah in particular are rather popular among lesbian fans. No points for guessing why.
  • Love to Hate: The bad guys, particularly the ones affiliated with Talon, are nasty, malicious and gleefully unapologetic pieces of work who each pose a genuine threat and are treated with appropriate gravity by the story. Simultaneously, they each have stories and roles to play in the greater scope of the narrative that grant them a degree of humanity that helps to explain — if not necessarily excuse — their actions. They have reasons for being who they are, which makes them a bit more complicated than the typical mustache-twirling superbaddie without sacrificing their sense of menace. The result is a colorful array of villains who are simultaneously compelling as characters and despicable enough to make the prospect of Overwatch returning and fighting back very meaningful and exciting.

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  • Magnificent Bitch: Moira O'Deorain is a brilliant but unscrupulous geneticist who desires nothing but the improvement of humanity through her research, no matter how unethical said research may be. As a member of Blackwatch, the covert black-ops division of Overwatch, Moira was able to endow herself and Gabriel Reyes with super-human abilities through her experiments. When Overwatch was disbanded, she became allied with the terrorist group Talon, as they supported her research in exchange for utilizing the results for their own purposes. In the modern day, she joins the fight on the ground, using her talents to drain her enemies and heal her allies. Moira always stays calm and collected, displaying a great deal of confidence and caring little for how others perceive her, because while they may find her work immoral, none can deny her results.
  • Memetic Badass:
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Reaper is often the target of jokes and silly drawings and is often pictured as an overgrown Emo Teen, mostly because his design and voice-lines are ridiculously edgy, especially considering he's in his mid-fifties (which has even been commented on by other characters in-universe). The fact that he's failed almost every mission that he was sent on in the animated shorts and comic also doesn't help, though it should be noted that in several of them, he was unknowingly sabotaged such as with Sombra being a double-crosser, and he has nevertheless repeatedly proven himself a superior combatant to most on-screen opponents he's faced, with Ana and an enraged Winston being the only ones who've defeated him.
    • The Alternate Character Interpretation of D.Va, the obsessive gamer, as a bratty, Cheeto-guzzling shut-in has proven enormously popular, to the point where Blizzard even released an emote for her that referenced it.
  • Memetic Molester: Talon has been the target of jokes about being full of perverts due to the way they made their Brainwashed and Crazy subordinate Widowmaker wear such Stripperiffic attire. The fact that her skin was biologically altered so it wouldn't be Exposed to the Elements, presumably so she can look sexy anywhere, adds even more fuel to this.
    • Doomfist hadn't even been confirmed for five minutes before the "fisting" puns started flying, and they haven't let up since.
    • Sombra gets uncomfortably personal with Volskaya in Infiltration. Depictions of her as a weird little creep with no respect for boundaries are not unheard of.
  • Memetic Mutation: To such an extent that it has its own page.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
    • By default, Mei is an adorably dorky girl. However, due to her play style of freezing her opponents and leaving them helpless before she fires an ice lance at their head that can be outright deadly, a lot seem to portray her as being more sinister than her adorable outlook. It also helps that, from the point of view of the victim, Mei's expression changes to one of concentration as she prepares her icicle lancenote , making her appear particularly sinister to the helplessly frozen player when she makes the kill. To the meme community, this is referred as "The true face of pure evil." Not helped by the "Mei's Snowball Offense" Winter Holiday Brawl due to many of her lines there, particularly ones like "I'll find youuuu." or "I'm putting a rock in this one."
    • Bastion gained a reputation as a bloodthirsty murder machine due to its tendency to mow down entire teams in seconds and farming Plays of the Game. Alternatively, the bird that's seen nestling on it is the one who makes it that way. After The Last Bastion, it was revealed that it used to be this entirely, until waking up after ten years. Now every time it gets Play of the Game, it's seen as having a PTSD-induced freakout.
  • Memetic Troll:
    • D.Va, due to being a pro gamer, is sometimes seen by fans as trolling and berating her opponents much the same way real-life players of online multiplayer games do, especially when she's drawn by fans in her "Gremlin" form.
    • Tracer also lends herself to this due to her harassment-oriented style of play, her accent (it isn't unheard of for some of the less-serious fan works to portray her as a babbling maniac who speaks entirely in impenetrable English lingo) and her near-constant giggling. It helps that her canon personality isn't too different, since she's a bit of a joker who loves messing with her opponents.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales:
    • Lúcio was well received by Brazilians — in no small part thanks to his very good Carioca accent in the Portuguese dub.
    • Reaper and Sombra, who're both Latino, are almost universally adored by the Overwatch Latino fanbase.
    • D.Va, the personification of South Korea's pro gaming scene, isn't played very much in North American or European Overwatch tournaments, but she has been substantially more used in Korean tournaments. At the Women's March in Seoul, South Korea, one flag was notably adorned with D.Va's bunny icon and even created an entire organization named after her.
    • McCree is very popular back home with American gamers, in no small part to the fact that he's a cowboy in the future.
    • Many players consider Soldier: 76's design boring overall, but he's a popular character nonetheless. This is particularly true in the USA, where First-Person Shooter games like Call of Duty have dominated the market and thus his kit/design feel very familiar. Soldier: 76 was, in fact, specifically designed to take advantage of this fact.
    • Doomfist has pleasantly surprised many Nigerian fans due to Blizzard's proper research of Nigerian culture for his character, and rather than being a stereotypical warlord from a mish-mash of vague African cultures, he's a proper descendant of the Yoruba people, with his martial arts and orisha-based skins being inspired by the culture. Furthermore, instead of just "any" villain, he's a solid contender for one of the game's top villains and is portrayed as appropriately intelligent, effective and influential, which is also appreciated.
    • Tracer exhibits a few traits that are archetypical of the portrayal of lesbians, such as her hair and sporty personality. Nonetheless, LGBTQ fans have taken a shine to her for her amiable, heroic personality and for being a rare instance of a prominent, positive and respectful depiction of an openly gay character in a medium that rarely makes any effort to appeal to them.
    • Symmetra is fairly liked by Indian fans, but it's the autistic fandom that overwhelmingly loves her, as she is one of the few autistic characters in fiction portrayed as (mostly) reasonable and self-sufficient instead of as a socially-maladjusted freak, making her relatable and avoiding misconceptions of autism in general. Her more nuanced and sympathetic Anti-Villain portrayal is also much welcomed by the same crowd.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Even after the story has made it abundantly clear at every opportunity that what Talon did to create Widowmaker was a destructive, unconscionable act that has only begotten more destruction and benefits no one other than those who are coordinating the campaign to actively make an already troubled world even worse, some people still think it would be great fun to see the same thing happen to one of the cast's cheerful, wholesome characters like Tracer or Mei.
    • Speaking of Widowmaker, some fans root for her not because they sympathize with any of her humanizing qualities, but because she killed one of the most prominent supporters of omnic integration, which they oppose. This is despite Mondatta being an explicitly non-violent peace advocate who was canonically respected even among humans and the story portraying his death at her hands as both a tragedy and her most despicable act thus far.
  • Misaimed Marketing: Mildly, since it's more an issue of continuity than content, but even after Doomfist has canonically gotten free and rejoined the conflict, clips from the cinematic trailer are still used in tv spots to promote the game. "Hey, kids! Get excited with these awesome feats of heroism that you'll later find out were completely in vain!"
  • Moe:
    • Mei seems to have been explicitly designed to be cute and huggable with her big eyes and Nerd Glasses, despite being just as capable as any other character. Even Snowball looks like an anime sidekick. It helps that her name lends itself well to puns.
      Voice Clip: A-Mei-zing!
      • Meta-wise, her voice actress, Zhang Yu, also gets this reaction by many fans because of how she's just as adorable in real life as the character she plays. Seriously.
    • D.Va as well: The youngest character in the game, a girl in her late teens, a highly competitive streak for potential Tsundere actions, and a rather petite body in a form-fitting plug suit, all of them are recipes for a very adorable character. She became even more so when the Shooting Stars short revealed a lot of her more aggressive personality traits are an act she puts on for the cameras-in reality, she's a Nice Girl Wrench Wench with a Workaholic streak.
    • As shown in Ana's origins video, Pharah was positively adorable as a child.
    • Mercy was pretty cute as a 17-year-old.
    • Tracer’s no slouch in this department either, being a cute, friendly young lady with freckles, tremendous enthusiasm and quite the capacity to stay positive. Her voice lines, emotes and victory poses all convey a playful, youthful exuberance, and her appearances in the animated shorts give her some beautifully rendered and very expressive eyes.
    • Most of the in-costume child versions of the heroes in the "Trick or Treat" sprays qualify. Examples include kid Genji waving two wooden swords with his candy bag over his shoulder, young Lúcio rollerskating around with a bag of candy and oversized goggles, and child McCree stealing someone's bowl of candy.
    • Most of the children characters who appear in the animated shorts are this due to the art style and their demeanor. The two most prominent examples would be Timmy in the cinematic trailer — who spends most of his screen time geeking out over the Overwatch heroes and Tracer in particular, and Alejandra in the short Hero with her Girlish Pigtails, big eyes and the belief that Soldier: 76 is still a hero.
    • Heck, even Bastion qualifies. Sure, it may be an armed killing machine who terrifies everyone it encounters in-story due to being emblematic of a cataclysmic war, but it is also incredibly gentle around animals, communicates with adorable chirping noises, no longer seems to harbor any hostility toward humans, and possesses a childlike curiosity about the outside world. Its response to Torbjörn confronting it in Binary is to offer him a flower, and its response to Lúcio being friendly toward it in-game is downright bashful.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Talon was established on the far side of the horizon. Their résumé reads like a checklist for every form of organized cruelty across mankind's history, involving wanton acts of terrorism, assassination, the proliferation of drugs, and human trafficking. But if you want to pinpoint a single moment, it's widely agreed that the worst thing they've ever done is when they abducted the completely innocent Amélie Lacroix, subjected her to extreme torture/abuse, intense brainwashing, neural reconditioning, the complete obliteration of her personality, and biological alteration to become a living weapon to murder their greatest foe Gérard Lacroix, her own husband. That's just the kind of needlessly personal and soul-crushing evil that's low even for them. And just to batter the puppy some more, they gave her the callsign "Widowmaker", as if the whole thing was just their sick idea of a joke.
    • Reaper, then known as Gabriel Reyes, slowly started to commit more and more questionable actions as the leader of Blackwatch, knowing Talon would have no qualms in breaking the rules of engagement. The Retribution event shows the moment when he decides to Jump Off the Slippery Slope: when he and a clandestine Blackwatch team go after the Talon executive Antonio, who declares that he is too well-connected to stay in jail, Reyes chooses to execute him in cold blood. The resulting escape exposes Blackwatch to the public and starts Overwatch's fall from grace.
    • Vishkar Corporation when they blew up a Brazilian favela, just to get the residents to accept their "improvements".
    • The Shimada Clan crossed it by forcing Hanzo to brutally murder his own younger brother Genji just because he didn't want a part in their illegal business. While Genji did manage to survive, it was only because he was rescued on the brink of death by Overwatch and turned into a cyborg. Whether Hanzo himself crossed it by carrying out the action has been debated by fans, however Hanzo himself certainly thinks he did, which is why he lives as The Atoner.
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    N 
  • Narm:
    • In the otherwise subdued and mysterious "Masquerade" comic, there's a frame of Sombra watching over Talon breaking into a Venice stronghold, ominously saying "Apagandos las luces"... while rather inexplicably wearing this.
    • Storm Rising ends with a Dramatic Unmask as the person Doomfist was talking to lowers their hood... and we have no idea who it is.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Does Reaper look and act like an edgy OC? Yes. Is he badass anyway? Hell yes.
    • Widowmaker's short "When I was a girl, I had a fear of spiders" monologue in the Alive short is as unintentionally amusing (due to its kind-of cheesy subject matter and Widow's strong French accent) as it is genuinely entertaining.
    • Soldier: 76 beating a thug with a burning piñata while yelling "THESE! AREN'T! YOUR! STREETS! ANYMORE!" in Hero is a bit ridiculous, but at the same time he's so unflinchingly brutal going about it that it manages to work and solidify him as a terrifying badass.
    • For those who aren’t put off by Tracer’s accent, it can have this effect. Yes, it’s a bit iffy, but her friendly nature combined with the sheer love and enthusiasm she has for being a hero in everything she says is quite endearing.
    • Mei chooses to mourn her colleagues in Rise and Shine by placing a bunch of kitschy novelty mugs filled with hot cocoa before each of their capsules. The imagery certainly clashes with itself, but it's also a very touching gesture that is perfectly in-character and does nothing to distract from the solemnity of the scene.
    • The entire Showdown at High Noon standoff from Reunion is played ridiculously straight and indulges in every Dead Horse Trope you can imagine in the scenario (from the music to the tumbleweed to B.O.B. somehow producing a Sweat Drop to the perfectly-timed literal high-noon clock), yet it's so perfectly appropriate and in-character for everyone involved that it becomes awesome.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Akande Ogundimu is a chilling, remorseless, frighteningly effective villain who just may be the most intimidating figure in the story so far. He is the highest-ranked among Talon's infrastructure that we have yet met, and his cold Social Darwinist philosophy bodes ominously for the future of the world. Then you remember that his moniker is the oh-so-pulpy Doomfist, a name that would not be out of place at a backyard wrestling promotion or in the pages of a Silver Age comic book.
  • No Yay:
    • After Infiltration debuted, fans were very quick to begin shipping Sombra and Katya, and interpret Sombra's desire to be Katya's "friend" as something sexual, which would basically mean that Katya was being forced into Sexual Extortion.
    • The amount of pain and animosity between Tracer and Widowmaker has earned Widowtracer some detractors who think the pairing romanticizes abusive and predatory behavior, as well as requiring both characters to disregard some key aspects of their identities, such as Tracer's fidelity for her canonical girlfriend and Widow's feelings for her husband.
    • At the end of the day, no matter how you try to frame or present it, Hanzo/Genji is still incest.
    • There are fans who pair Efi and Orisa. Even if you ignore the age and biological difficulties, Efi is functionally Orisa's mother.

    O-P 
  • Older Than They Think: Some think that Widowmaker's Catchphrase "One shot, one kill" was something that Blizzard came up with, similar to Tracer's "Cheers luv, the cavalry's here". In reality, it's a common phrase that has existed for decades. In fact, Blizzard themselves have used it before as far back as Warcraft III as a unit quote for archers.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The boys from the cinematic trailer. Timmy for being a fan of Overwatch and its heroes who spends the whole short geeking out, and Brian for actually being helpful in the fight by stealing the Doomfist and knocking Widowmaker clear across the room with it.
    • The wounded omnic from Hero only shows up for a few seconds, says nothing, and is inconsequential to the rest of the short, but his short amount of screen time is so pitiable that he may wind up staying with you long after it’s over.
    • Something similar could be said for the "mixed" couple in Alive. Especially when they also showed up in the theatrical teaser being defended by Reinhardt during the riots following Mondatta’s assassination, with the omnic of the pair in much worse condition.
    • Mondatta himself as well. His only role in the story is to be killed in order to further worsen human/omnic relations, but his compassion, dedication and the tragic nature of his death combined with being more or less robot Gandhi has endeared him to the fanbase.
    • The Shimada Clan thug with the pompadour hairdo who gets his phone shot out of his hand by Hanzo and runs headlong into a bell in Dragons. He got another appearance as one of the ramen bar patrons in the Searching comic, and he even made it into one of the officially licensed LEGO sets!
    • Balderich Von Alder, the late leader of the Crusaders (Reinhardt’s order), whose corpse is on display in Eichenwalde, but who shows up alive and in fully-rendered glory to do what he does best during the flashback sequence to the Omnic Crisis in The Last Bastion. He also makes an appearance as one of Reinhardt's legendary skins and plays a major role in Honor and Glory.
    • Okoro, Pharah’s omnic companion during "Mission Statement" who blows his own head off when he realizes the Anubis AI is starting to infect him.
    • Emily appears in Reflections for only a handful of panels, many of which she spends silent, and has about three lines, but she still managed to send shockwaves through the community and leave quite an impression purely due to being Tracer's girlfriend. Similar situation happens to Vincent, Soldier 76's ex-boyfriend.
    • All of the playable character cameos in "Reflections" can be counted as this, but four instances stand out:
      • Reinhardt and Brigitte spent Christmas with Torbjörn and his family, not only confirming that the latter has a wife but also a massive number of children (excepting Brigitte, the young kids around him are actually his grandchildren).
      • Hanzo appearing with a new haircut and piercings has led to fans clamoring for that to be his new skin.
      • Widowmaker silently standing in front of her husband's grave as the snow falls.
      • Genji writing a letter to Mercy while in Nepal with Zenyatta, and Mercy receiving it in the Middle East with a gentle smile on her face.
    • Blackwatch Genji from the Uprising comic stole the spotlight with four onscreen panels and two words of dialogue, due to his appearance being both memorable and highly creepy.
    • Antonio Giordani only gets one scene in Retribution (at the end of which Reyes blows him away at point-blank range) but was highly memorable for his style and personality despite his limited screentime, and many fans are eager to learn more about him.
    • Echo appeared for about thirty seconds at the end of "Reunion", but the fans already adore her and are clamoring for more. The fact that Jeff's all but confirmed she'll eventually be Promoted to Playable has been met with widespread approval.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Ever since Ana's introduction, Soldier: 76/Ana/Reaper is rapidly developing a fanbase due to the interaction the three have with each other. Old Soldiers and Uprising has only enforced this. However the reveal that 76 is gay, has caused some fans to jump off any ships with him and women. That said a poly relationship between the three is still possible, but would mean they're both dating Reaper but not each other.
    • People tired of the Ship-to-Ship Combat in some parts of the fandom have started responding by shipping all three of the characters involved together to solve the problem. The most notable one so far is Phargency (Pharah/Genji/Mercy).
    • Likewise, while some see Emily’s whole existence as an impediment to any ships involving Tracer, others see her as a golden opportunity to indulge in this trope instead by shipping Tracer/Emily/X as a workaround to any conflicts. Some even go as far to interpret Emily as a bisexual (as Tracer herself is confirmed to exclusively be a lesbian) in order to justify bringing in one of the male characters.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: Quite some work went into developing the setting, as well as the backgrounds and relationships of the characters. But, considering how independently the lore operates from the gameplay (Blizzard themselves compared it to playing with Overwatch action figures), which consists of pitched battles between randomly-assembled teams, and the lack of any single-player campaign mode, a lot of fans consider it little more than seasoning for the experience: nice to have, but ultimately unnecessary.
    • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: Conversely, a not-insignificant portion of fans don't even own the game but still remain active in the community, because they do appreciate the work put into the setting, find the premise interesting and consider the characters to be enjoyable. These tend more to be fans of certain characters who pay attention to the franchise mostly or solely for them.

    R 
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Bastion's animated short seems to have had this effect for some of its previous detractors.
    • While not to the extent of Bastion, the short Infiltration and the origin trailer did help alleviate some of Sombra's detractors. The fact that she's a Fountain of Memes definitely helps.
    • A single panel in the "Reflections" comic has endeared Torbjörn to many, due to it showing him as a happily married father and being quite close with Reinhardt. "Binary" also endears Torbjörn further in regards to his racism, where he recognizes that Bastion is a peaceful Omnic now and protects it from other Omnic-hating men who hired him.
    • Widowmaker has earned her share of ire for her treatment of other characters and her fluctuating in-game viability, but her single-panel cameo in Reflections of her visiting her husband's grave and her unique spray depicting her wedding from the "Archives" event both showed her as something other than a vicious killer and reinforced her tragic origins enough for even her harshest detractors to feel some sympathy for her. A contingent of fans is rooting for her to atone and make amends for herself, or at least for more of her humanity to be explored.
    • The Uprising comic is seemingly having this effect on Reaper, since it reveals and expands upon his character back when he was still Gabriel Reyes, vice-leader of Overwatch and leader of Blackwatch, and depicts him as having a personality beyond the generic "evil edgelord" image many thought he gave off based on his previous appearances in-game and in media. Here, he is depicted as having a sort of Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with Jack (Soldier: 76) and Ana, engaging in lots of Snark-to-Snark Combat with the latter and having a Straight Man and Wise Guy relationship with the former (Reaper being the Wise Guy, of course).
    • Cara Theobold’s work as Tracer has admittedly been divisive among parts of the community, but her performance for the Uprising game mode opening surprised quite a few people with how genuinely solemn she was able to sound as Tracer laments the crisis unfolding in her hometown, a marked departure from the character's typical behavior that won her supporters who were previously skeptical she had the chops to carry such serious material.
    • Rise and Shine has won over a lot of Mei detractors for showing how heartbroken she actually felt when she found out that all her teammates in Antarctica didn't survive in addition to revealing some Hidden Depths towards her character, including how she made her weapon and valued Snowball as more than just a robotic assistant. The fact that she was the second known person (after Tracer) confirmed to join the reinstated Overwatch definitely helped.
  • Rewatch Bonus: A few of the shorts and comics have this in play. In particular, Genji's actions from Dragons take on a new light when the audience learns of his identity and motivation.
  • Robo Ship: Bastion and Orisa are both quite endearing in their own ways, so some fans have naturally been supportive of pairing them together.
    • Shipping McCree with Echo immediately became popular after their notably warm and friendly interactions in "Reunion".
    • Not surprisingly, the moment that he first appeared, people started shipping B.O.B. with Bastion, Orisa, Zenyatta, Echo, and D.Va's mech.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Certain characters tend to get demonized in fandom of certain characters or pairing. Prominent examples include: Genji in Hanzo/McCree (to create even more angst for Hanzo) and Pharah/Mercy (which became more prevalent after Genji/Mercy was teased around White Day) — if the author hates Mercy being paired with male characters, then every male character Mercy is usually paired with can get this treatment in Pharah/Mercy fics — and Soldier 76 or Ana (and even the entire former Overwatch organization itself) with fans that Leather Pants Reaper.
    • In a non-shipping example, Torbjörn tends to get heavily demonized for his caution and distrust towards Omnics in fics that Draco in Leather Pants the Omnics. Though this mostly went away once "Binary" was unveiled.
    • Hanzo sometimes gets treated as a unsympathetic asshole who's only caught up on Genji's supposed death just so he can mope around and feel bad for himself. People usually play up his angst almost to Reaper levels of edge to show how much of a pathetic loser he's become now.
    • Mei is a friendly and cheerful scientist who has dedicated her life to fighting climate change, dislikes bullies and has only the utmost respect and awe for her friends. So naturally the community likes to interpret her as a cold-blooded psycho who would like nothing more than to drive an icicle into your skull and slowly freeze you to death while she looks on with glee. But this is mostly in jest due to some odd quirks in gameplay than a legitimate interpretation.
    • Also mostly in jest, following Reflections Tracer sometimes gets characterized as a temperamental "social justice warrior" who hides behind her sexuality to justify some obnoxiously confrontational and self-righteous behavior. By contrast, the only display she's made of her orientation in canon is sharing a kiss with her girlfriend in private, and she's shown no inclination to bring it up unprompted among company.
    • Even when you take out factors like Genji and shipping, Mercy also often gets demonized into some sort of inhuman Mad Scientist type healer where she has disregards of moral when it comes to doctor-based researches as well as some nasty experiments she conducted, including how she operated on Genji. Her Child Prodigy status, the way that she's stayed young-looking despite her age, and how Blizzard giving her evil-ish alternate skins like the Devil or Witch Mercy didn't help, when in canon she's probably the most altruistic, pacifistic and generally kindhearted character in the game. It also doesn't help that Mercy's gameplay heavily draws inspiration from The Medic, who actually is that kind of amoral Mad Scientist 'doctor', giving some 'fans' reasons enough to run with the theory. This situation is shaken up a bit with the introduction of Moira, who is an amoral Mad Scientist closer to The Medic. So, Mercy either gets to continue to be portrayed as evil just like before, for laughs, or the mantle gets properly passed to Moira, which would no longer be the trope.
    • Just like how she can get hit with Draco in Leather Pants, Symmetra can get hit with this trope as well, when people forget or dismiss her inherently good intentions and her doubts towards the company after "A Better World". She's generalized into someone just as elitist and delusional as her corrupt co-workers from Vishkar (seeing that she doesn't show her doubts and continued to look for places for Vishkar to work on at her in-game quotes) to further glorify Lúcio's quest for freedom. There are also a handful of 'fans' that also made Symmetra highly antagonistic and repulsed towards any Overwatch members simply because they're now illegal and therefore an enemy of order or a terrorist group that has to be apprehended for simply existing, despite Symmetra herself being able to engage a semi-decent rivalry with Torbjörn, an ex-Overwatch member, thus her opinion on them are at least higher than to Lúcio, and has a quip on beating the more obvious villains also on Overwatch's radar (Talon or Junkers).
    • Vishkar Corporation itself. While there's no denying that it's shady at best, at least so far, its evilness is often overblown by fans to Stupid Evil levels that they disregard that its portfolio doesn't only consist of Rio, where it oppressed the people there with slave labor while spouting hypocritical remarks. Vishkar is also responsible for the gorgeous, highly advanced city of Utopaea, and their other successes have yet to be revealed. None of these matter to fans who think that anyone working for this organization have got to be Card Carrying Villains.
    • Speaking of corporations, Volskaya Industries leader Katya Volskaya often get this treatment after the unveiling of Sombra and the animated short Infiltration. When it was revealed that Katya has a secret deal with Omnics to help stave off the Omnic invasion in Russia while promoting Omnic racism, people like to overblow it, thinking that Katya is a corrupt person only out to fill her own pocket, and she was just using Zarya for her own nefarious ends. What's given so far is that we don't know the nature of the Omnics helping her as there were peaceful Omnics even during the crisis and if it wasn't for Katya's underhanded deal and racism propaganda, Russia would have been wasted by the Omnics during the crisis and calling the Overwatch for help would decrease its overall effort to end the crisis, thus her calling Zarya looks more like a genuine call for help from a blackmailed person.
      • Has intensified a bit in both directions since the release of the Searching comic revealed that Katya sees her actions as necessary for the survival of Russia, and did lie to Zarya about the nature of why Sombra was perceived as a threat.
    • Granted, we don't actually know for sure what the guy was like, but one interpretation that's been making the rounds posits that Widowmaker's former husband Gérard was an abuser. The grief she has openly expressed for him suggests he probably wasn't, though this is less of a theory and more of an excuse thrown around by shippers to justify having her shack up with whoever they want.
    • In general, any character who has enmity with anyone listed under Draco in Leather Pants can expect to get this treatment as a corollary. Soldier: 76 catches flak for being "responsible" for Reaper's current condition by being a glory hog who neglected his teammate, even though Jack was just doing his job and Gabriel took no initiative to talk with him about his issues, choosing instead to bottle it up until it all came out violently. Likewise, those who idealize Widowmaker can similarly dismiss Tracer and Ana for being unduly hostile with her, despite them not being privy to the information surrounding her origins, and thus only "guilty" of being less-than-courteous with someone they think is a traitor and know is an assassin who targets innocents and has personally introduced substantial pain and grief into both of their lives.
    • In some Reaper-centric works, Winston gets this treatment by making him not fully getting over what happened in 'Recall'. As if still being wary of a man who supposedly tried to find the locations of all of Overwatch member to kill them is something to just shrug about.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Talon may be a remorseless group of terrorists and murderers, but it still has its fans and supporters due to each of its playable representatives running the gamut of impressive and alluring in various spectrums while being afforded a degree of sympathy through their backstories and circumstances. Of note, for all of Widowmaker's fans who want her to get a redemption arc, another subset cite this trope as a reason for her to remain evil, finding her more appealing and interesting as a villain.
    • The disparity of success between the two, Talon's capacity to evade consequences, undermine the heroes' victories and wring gains out of their own losses, the amount of attention paid to their operations in the present compared to how little has been spent on the return of Overwatchnote , and the amount of fanfare new villainous characters tend to receive compared to heroic onesnote  has led some to accuse Blizzard themselves of doing this.
    • While not posing as much of a threat as Talon, Junkrat and Roadhog also have plenty of fans who support their wanton acts of chaos just because the results are always so darn amusing.
    • Even though the Vishkar Corporation has demonstrated its willingness to endanger civilians and disregard civil liberties in pursuit of their goals, their impressive technology and well-intentioned goals have garnered them supporters who argue that, ethics aside, they actually have the right idea. After all, underhanded their means might be, their public works projects do work as advertised, the rest of the world isn't doing any better, Symmetra herself acknowledges the threat Talon presents and the need to stop them, and unlike Overwatch, which remains in ruins, Vishkar actually has the resources, manpower and influence to make a difference now. For all their faults (which no one is arguing are not numerous), some just see Vishkar as the most viable option for introducing any lasting good and prosperity into the world.

    S 
  • Scapegoat Creator: Lead writer Michael Chu has received this treatment from a very vocal portion of the fanbase that he might never live down as a result of some conflicting choices with the lore, including its incredibly slow pace, Retconing of the lore here and there, supposed favoritism of certain characters, supposed favoritism of Mercy/Genji over other ships, etc., to a point where when Alyssa Wong was announced to join the team as a lead story writer, bashing Michael Chu was practically the go-to response while hoping that Wong will do better. On the other hand, Chu is still the story director and writer for most of the very well-received characters, comics, and animated shorts that have been released, and it's important to remember he's not the only individual making decisions about what story elements to include and when the material he's primarily the writer on is released against Blizzard's development of the game as a whole.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Ana is frequently depicted in fanart as having the same figure in the present day that she had when she was younger, despite not being an in-game example of Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!.
    • All of the girls get this treatment to an extent. Although there is not a single unattractive woman to be found among the cast (even present-day Ana has her admirers), some fan artists really go the extra mile and make them look more like glamor models than seasoned fighters. D.Va in particular has a tendency to show up with about twenty extra pounds of curves despite being the most petite character on the roster.
    • On the male's side there's Junkrat who's given more hair on his head and a more endearing expression.
    • It's implied that Genji is almost all cyborg from what little we see of his unmasked face but people usually treat his cyborg body as something he can take off, give him just a few scars on his face and a full head of hair. They also give him a rather...defined rear.
  • Ship Mates:
    • Gency/Emergenji/Emergency shippers frequently pair up with McHanzo shippers, especially in light of the revelation in Uprising that both Genji and McCree were in Blackwatch together at the same time.
      • Gency shippers also frequently ally with Symmarah (Symmetra/Pharah) shippers, perhaps due to the fact that both of these ships pair off some of the characters most heavily involved in the Fandom's Ship-to-Ship Combat.
    • Pharmercy shippers tend to join forces with Anahardt shippers — because the latter debunks Pharah having a Precocious Crush on Reinhardt. But, Pharmercy shippers will ALSO befriend Ana:76 shippers, because it sinks the Team Mom & Dad shippingnote . And, going full circle, Anahardt and Mom/Dad shippers will combine forces against Pharmercy and Pharahardt shippers.
      • Anahardt shippers also tend to team up with Reaper/Soldier: 76 shippers due to the fact that these ships resolve the potential love triangles between the original Overwatch cast members.
    • Tracer's shippers have, in large numbers, joined forces with Pharmercy shippers. In this case, it doesn't matter whether the former group ships Widow-Tracer or Tracer/Emilynote  Fan works often depict Tracer and her lover(s) double-dating with Pharah and Mercy or characterizing them as experienced lesbians helping shier and more naive Pharah get closer to her crush.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Mercy, as mentioned in Launcher of a Thousand Ships, gets paired with nearly everyone and that leads to bickering. In particular, the LGBT Fanbase who ship the "Phar-Mercy" pair can be staunchly against her being paired with any male character such as McCree/Mercy, Genji/Mercy, Reaper/Mercy, Soldier: 76/Mercy, and many more. They weren't happy when several very Ship Tease-heavy lines for Genji/Mercy were released.
    • Ana/Soldier: 76 vs. Ana/Reinhardt vs. Ana/Reaper, especially over who the father of Pharah is. Fans of Ana/Jack cite their close bond before and after Overwatch, to the point the two are even together in the Christmas comic, "Reflections". Ana/Reinhardt fans go with the two being old friends who flirt, and Pharah's great love of him. Though for some Pharah has what looks like a Precocious Crush on Rein, so for them him being Pharah's dad is Squick. Ana/Reaper fans will talk about how Gabriel is particularly angry that Ana would side with Jack over him, that he seems to have the mildest of soft spots for her, and that since Pharah has the same skin color as her mother, her father might have been someone equally dark-skinned, such as Gabriel.
      • The "Reflections" comic implies that her father might be a First Nation Canadian, which would also explain her "Raindancer" and "Thunderbird" skins. Although some fans still ship the above three given that there's so far no evidence that Ana disclosed her survival to Pharah's father.
    • After the Reflections comic revealed Tracer to have a canonical girlfriend named Emily, all other ships with Tracer (especially ones pairing her with a male character) are now null. Oh, boy! Fights have since sprung up in the community between those who support the canon and those who are upset their preferred ship got sunk, particularly fans who like to ship her with Widowmaker. Widowtracer supporters argue that Tracer and Emily's relationship is insubstantial and poorly-disguised pandering to people minded towards social awareness. Supporters of the lore fire back that Widowtracer is a stupid, creepy ship with no basis in canon that does both characters a disservice (for Tracer, by implying that she would ever submit to someone who has wronged her so grievously; for Widow, by implying that she would readily forget about her dead husband to shack up with her nemesis) and that Tracer deserves to be with someone who will actually treat her well. Of course, there are also fans who dodge the issue entirely and choose to have it both ways.
    • People who ship McCree/Genji (McGenji) tend to pick fights with McCree/Hanzo (McHanzo) shippers, and vice versa. Wars break out at the mere mention of one of these ships in the presence of the wrong people, usually revolving around McHanzo getting hate relating to being acknowledged by the creators of the game, and treating the ship as canon despite its Crack Pairing status; McGenji shippers in turn tends to argue that McHanzo is invalid because they have no canon interactions, and oftentimes give Hanzo the Die for Our Ship treatment. Both groups, unfortunately, also suffer from subsets that give their ships racial stereotypes. A rare example in this particular fandom where it can't be fixed by shipping the three together.
    • Dvagittenote  is a very popular ship, but quickly found itself under fire by Hana-Hyun. Dae Hyun is canonically D.Va's best friend, and fans quickly speculated that there may be more between them than that. A building fanon rapidly established that Dae Hyun is Friend Zoned by Hana, and thus he's gained a loyal following that want him to break out of it. In the meantime, Brigitte and D.Va have never even met, and currently have no reason to. This has put Dvagitte fans at severe canonical disadvantage that's only bolstered their enthusiasm.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • McHanzo is the quintessential one - quite popular due to pairing off the two manly men of similar age. It's not at all deterred by the fact both characters most likely never met one another, and have only a tenuous connection via Genji.
    • A later one that popped up is "Mekanic" or "D.Vitte", between two characters (D.Va and Brigitte) that don't even a tenuous connection. The pairing is entirely built on convenient similarities noticed by fans.
    • Tracer/D.Va ("T.Va", "D.Vacer") is also a popular pairing for similar reasons even though the characters share just as much (read: none) of a connection. Really, D.Va/Anyone is likely to qualify due to how the only observable connections she has to other characters is currently through in-game conversations, which are dubiously canon at best.
    • Lúcio/Junkrat, which is quite popular in some circles, despite the fact that the characters have neigh zero interaction and are possibly unaware of each other's existences.
  • Snark Bait: Reaper is the constant target for jokes due to his overly edgy appearance and personality. Even his fans (of which they are plenty) will still joke about him being a complete edgelord.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The Last Bastion follows an amnesiac Killer Robot struggling with its identity as it explores a beautiful forested area and interacts with the wildlife, so it's probably the closest we'll ever get to seeing a fully CGI remake of The Iron Giant. Alternatively, it's a greener version of the first act of WALL•E.
    • Some fans think Sombra's brief appearance in a jester outfit in Masquerade is a better/more faithful Harley Quinn design than anything DC or Warner Bros. have been able to produce for a long time.
    • Rise and Shine is about a scientist trying to scavenge together a means to escape from a frozen research station in the Antarctic and make contact with the outside world, which makes it the sweetest, least nightmarish version of The Thing you will ever see. On a lighter bent, a person accidentally abandoned in a hostile environment using the tools around them to "science the shit out of this thing" and find a way home is an earth-bound version of The Martian.
  • Starboarding:

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  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Well, character design, anyway. Some fans thought the Carnevale outfits the villains don in Masquerade (particularly Reaper's and Sombra's) would make awesome in-game skins and were left disappointed when they failed to materialize, especially since that's more or less what Uprising did a few months earlier. Instead, the villains throw them on for a few panels and promptly ditch them by the end with no elaboration.
    • While lore is gradually added into the world of Overwatch, many characters tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to their interactions into the plot. Most notably Lucio, Zenyatta, and, up until recently, D.Va had no animations or comics that focus on them and all still don't have a place in the main narrative.
      • Lucio has barely any new lore since launch other than some easy-to-miss voice interactions about his father that was released during the 2018 Anniversary event. Then it's never mentioned again.
      • D.Va has been given some attention with her hero short Shooting Star but still has yet to attach her to any relevant character in the game itself.
      • Zenyatta has been given no screentime since launch which is even more glaring given his connections to more lore-relevant characters Genji and Mondatta, the latter of whom was used as a catalyst for another Omnic Crisis in the present day, would make him the easiest of the three to implement into the narrative. It's telling that Mondatta, who died in his first introduction in Alive, still gained more lore then Zenyatta.
      • While she has much more direct ties to the plot, out of all the former Overwatch members, Mercy has yet to receive a short or comic for her own, whether she is still in contact with the other former Overwatch members (that isn't Genji) or even if she answered to the recall at all.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In the most literal sense of the term. Many agree that the lore behind Overwatch is very detailed and interesting — when we actually get to see it. While a story has technically been (slowly) developing through an Extended Universe, many fans have been disappointed about how the game rarely explores the lore since the game itself is non-canon, with no permanent single-player campaign or modes that could shed better light on the characters and plots. Even lore-based events such as the Uprising event takes its sweet time, and as for the main present-day plot of Overwatch making its return, it still has yet to show many signs of actually progressing.
    • Another sense that is quite literal. Uprising is the first piece of lore that's truly present in-game, which has been met with unanimous praise... and it's treated as if it were a holiday event. Making it only temporary, and locking out all lore-based items despite not being tied to a season, has gotten on the nerves of many players, who believe that the mode and the content that comes with it should be permanent.
    • Roadhog is underutilized with interactions. He mainly speaks to Junkrat and only spoke once to McCree. Roadhog is among the heroes who have suffered the most from the crisis due to losing his home, irradiating the outback and being forced to lose his humanity in favor of survival in the Junkers cutthroat society.
    • Similarly, Alive and Uprising together provide Tracer with a scenario that, from her perspective, has left someone she greatly admires dead, the future of her home uncertain, and much of her work with protecting it undone. You would think she might have something to say about that, or that seeing how someone like her would reconcile failing to prevent such an ordeal with her worldview and ideals would be an interesting source of growth. Instead, she's been silent on the issue in and out of game despite over two years' worth of development, leaving some to just find her side of the whole grim affair to be purposeless.
    • Hero is enjoyable on its own merits, but when taken in context of the larger story, it becomes a bit disappointing. It's a pre-rendered cinematic done in Blizzard's usual style that focuses on Soldier: 76, the former Strike Commander Morrison who helped initially found Overwatch and served as its leader until its collapse… and he's relegated to beating up small-time gangsters in what amounts to a random encounter chanced upon by Alejandra, whom the short follows more closely and who later returns in Searching to give Zarya a lead on Sombra's identity. When you view the net sum of events and where they led, the short feels more like a glorified setup for revealing details about Sombra over a year later and less about the man it purports to star. Why was he even in Mexico?
    • Storm Rising, the third archives event, takes place at roughly the same time when Doomfist would be put in prison, three of the four members of the team are the characters Doomfist is fighting in his Origin story and whom put him in jail, the reason Overwatch is going after Maximilien is for his ties to Doomfist, and the mission ends with Mercy asking Maximilien to arrange an "appointment", before cutting to Doomfist. With all that, you would expect the mission to end with a Boss Fight against Doomfist, right? Wrong, Doomfist is only present for the final cinematic, and only to speak to another character.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Junkenstein's Revenge, the second seasonal event and the first PvE event, was a massive hit, and was by far the most acclaimed. Later events like Mei's Snowball Offensive and Capture the Rooster weren't as well-received, but then Uprising, the first lore-based event and another PvE mode, was a massive success upon release, becoming the next tough act to follow. Retribution, against all odds, was even more acclaimed, adding up to a trifecta. Storm Rising, however, is where the streak was finally broken, as it was considered disappointing compared to its predecessors.

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  • Ugly Cute: Junkrat is intentionally designed with a peg leg, a hunchback that creates an unnatural stand and is covered in dirty black soot. His fans still finds him endearing thanks to his Crazy Awesome personality.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Pharah's focus on the mission instead of her men in "Mission Statement" doesn't make her come off as the General Ripper the comics try to project because, as she points out, "the actual world is at stake". Given the fact that there is an Omnic Crisis going on and the Anubis AI is clearly established as being unknowable and dangerous to the rest of the world, her focus to shut it down makes her come off as Properly Paranoid more than anything else.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Many fans feel that Hanzo fell right into this trope in Dragons. In the short, after Genji reveals that he's still alive and takes off from the Shimada house, Hanzo immediately takes an arrow he fired in order to aim his bow at Genji — an action which, while understandable given the shock he just experienced, doesn't make him look sympathetic to the audience after the Heartwarming/Tear Jerking speech Genji delivered.
    • Moira is clearly a character we aren't supposed to be rooting for, but most of the villains tend to have some element of tragedy to their origin stories to help explain how they became the people they are. Roadhog feels betrayed by the country he helped defend, Symmetra grew up in a rigid, inflexibly ordered environment, Reaper worked a harrowing, stressful and thankless job for years, et cetera. Moira turned to evil because the academic community didn't respect her research. Certainly unfortunate, but hardly surprising when you consider her views on the subject of evolution, which no credible institution would ever endorse. In this light, she comes off less like a brilliant mind driven to villainy through desperation and more like a crackpot who always cared more about her pride than the tenets of her profession.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Junkrat isn't liked by anyone in Overwatch, and even his partner-in-crime Roadhog thinks little of him. That said, his Affably Evil, Large Ham, and Crazy Awesome personality has made him a big hit with the fanbase.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Although he is something very different in the present, Soldier: 76's former identity as Strike Commander Morrison feels like a deliberate attempt to evoke this image: a white, male, blonde, blue-eyed, square-jawed American hero who was raised on a farm and is dedicated to justice and safety for all people, and who often serves as a Foil to highlight the quirks and issues of other characters (see: his scenes with Tracer and Reyes in Uprising and Retribution, respectively). Could be considered a Reconstruction, as Jack is shown to struggle with his own problems as a direct result of his position, and they are treated with just as much severity as anyone else's.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:

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  • What an Idiot!:
    • After helping secure Overwatch's downfall, Talon was free to influence the world with no one to stop them. However, they just had to Kick the Dog by sending out Reaper and his Mooks to extract data to track down and kill inactive agents, even though most of them were involved with their own problems. But that plan was foiled by Winston. They obviously hadn't counted on Reaper losing, nor were they aware Winston was struggling with whether or not to illegally start a recall. Talon's attack on Watchpoint: Gibraltar, however, was the final straw, and Winston immediately recalled all former Overwatch agents. In other words, their attempt to kill all Overwatch agents For the Evulz ended up being the catalyst for the revival of their biggest opposition.
    • For someone who’s supposed to be a master of stealth of manipulation, Sombra apparently didn’t have enough sense to figure out that just maybe you shouldn't openly frequent places of business in the town where you grew up when you're trying to keep a low profile, which is exactly what leads to her cover being blown in Searching.
    • Angered by Antonio's gloating about being untouchable in Retribution, Reyes decides to kill him instead of capturing him. He could just snap his neck, or ask Moira (who is shown able to kill three men standing next to each other one-by-one without any of them noticing) or Genji (who has a sword) to do it instead. As a bonus, neither of the two has any issue with doing it. Instead, he makes a scene by shooting him point-blank with one of his incredibly loud shotguns, defenestrating him in the process. Now Blackwatch has a whole army on their back, they have to fight through the city to reach the extraction point, and their existence is exposed to the public, putting the entirety of Overwatch's reputation in jeopardy and signalling the start of its downfall.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? / What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Overwatch is commonly considered a (relatively) family-friendly game due to the Pixaresque art style, T-rating, characters who are essentially superheroes, and generally hopeful tone and message. However, its backstory is filled to the brim with such kid-friendly themes like:
    • Corruptionnote 
    • Drug and alcohol usenote 
    • Kidnapping and brainwashingnote 
    • Languagenote 
    • Mariticide and fratricidenote 
    • Mass death and destructionnote 
    • Murder and assassinationnote 
    • Mutilation and violencenote 
    • Sexual and suggestive themesnote 
    • Terrorismnote 
    • Torture, conspiracy and blackmailnote 
    • Unethical human experimentationnote 
    • Violence against childrennote 
    • Xenophobia and racismnote 
    • Overall, many would be surprised to find that what appears to be a kid-friendly world of light-hearted adventure is actually a world filled with darkness, tragedy, and despair. It just happens to look more like the former on the outset, and unlike with other such series such as the famously kid-friendly Pokémon, these elements are left out in the open rather than hidden under metaphor. Many characters, even (especially) the villains, have had horrifying backstories that would be dark in any story, let alone a more quirky and colorful game like Overwatch.
    • Aside from the content of the game itself, Overwatch is clearly marketed towards teen and adult gamers - Blizzard's usual demographic - despite all the colorful, quirky and endearing elements. While these elements draw in a Periphery Demographic of preteen fans, this is nothing unusual for a video game of its type, let alone even more mature series such as Call of Duty.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The Uprising event and accompanying comic brought to the minds of some the actions of the Islamic State in the middle east, particularly Tracer's line in the comic about how Null Sector was destroying thousands of years worth of history in the ancient city of London, similar to how IS is known for destroying ancient historical sites and artifacts.
    • Speaking of King's Row, the objective of the map for the attacking team is to escort a bomb to the London omnium, i.e. the dwelling place for the local unprivileged minority. The attacking team's spawn room also happens to be inside a church, which could be seen as a commentary on the role religious conservatism plays in the marginalization of disadvantaged groups, particularly religious minorities. More likely, however, it's a commentary on how the attacking team's spawn room just happens to be inside a church.
  • The Woobie: A lot of characters, both good and bad, may need a hug, badly. There's enough for an entire page about it.

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