Is reaper gay

Is reaper gay DEFAULT

Overwatch's LGBT characters are 'educating' gamers

By Michael Baggs
Newsbeat reporter

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The first two characters you meet when you play Overwatch are Soldier: 76 and Tracer - and now both of them have been revealed as LGBT.

Soldier: 76 is the latest to have been confirmed as gay in a short story by Michael Chu, the lead writer for the online game.

He's one of the most popular characters in the online shooter, which has millions of players worldwide.

Tracer, who players meet alongside Soldier: 76 in the game's tutorial, was confirmed as a gay character in

Ed Nightingale, a gay gamer from London, hopes representing a "very macho, typically masculine character" as LGBT will help promote acceptance of LGBT people in other gamers.

"Gaming is a really powerful way of educating people," he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

"When you're playing through a game and not just watching or reading it, you are actively involved in it and therefore actively involved in a character that is so different from yourself - that has really great educational benefits."

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In late , a group of gamers were given a permanent ban from Fallout 76 after they were filmed "hunting" LGBT gamers and using homophobic language on voice chat while playing.

And since the newest digital comic was published, homophobic slurs have been posted on social media regarding Soldier: 76's newly revealed sexuality.

Ed says incidents like these are why LGBT representation in mainstream games like Overwatch is important.

"People want to play games online and they want it to be a safe space, and I think gaming is typically seen as the domain of straight white men and anyone outside of that norm is unfortunately vulnerable to attack.

"It's really sad that these things happen, but online, on social media, on Reddit, these things sadly do continue."

Many players have celebrated Soldier: 76's news, but others think revealing him as LGBT nearly three years after the game's release feels like an afterthought.

Just found out that Overwatch has confirmed that Soldier 76 is gay. Would have liked it when it was announced much early in it's release, years ago.

It just feels like an after thought rather than a genuine push for queer representation in games.

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"Is it too much to expect a developer to have thought through their character from the very beginning?" Ed says.

One person pointed out on Twitter that publisher Blizzard Entertainment may have been hinting at Soldier: 76's sexuality since

While some just hate his sandals.

The sexuality of Overwatch characters is only explored in comic books and doesn't impact on gameplay, so Soldier: 76 being LGBT will likely pass by casual players who just want to grab a controller and shoot things.

And while Blizzard has been praised for the inclusive approach to their creations, the company was criticised in when developers introduced a hamster in a giant ball as a playable character before a black woman was available to play.

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Gabriel Reyes AKA Reaper will be revealed as gay eventually

This can go two ways, either Reyes was also gay and his thing with Morrison was not only rivalry but also unrequited love and stuff like that OR nothing at all.

If the former happens it will be the usual business for Blizzard when they need people to look the other side for one reason or another, if the later happens then we can be +50% sure they write the story as they go along and retcon stuff with no real concern for any kind of consistency, mind you I am not saying Morrison being gay is inconsistent, more like the timing was certainly pretty convenient considering everything that has happened to Blizzard in recent days.

On a semi-related note, do you think there may be a new hero who may have jut been a regular dude working at Overwatch who just got laid off when they closed it down? imagine it, just an everyman, no special quirks, not part of any minority, probably just armed with stuff he learned to assemble after years of working there, that would be quite interesting.

But on topic, I am calling it now, Reyes is also gay.

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‘Overwatch’ Doomfist: Fans are already shipping Reaper and Doomfist, but they can’t agree on a name

Blizzard just released a big hint that the long-rumored villain Doomfist is making his way to Overwatch soon — and the fan community on Tumblr has already decided he and Reaper are meant to be together.

Here’s the thing: The names the community are coming up with for this ship — a term used to describe the imagined pairing of two fictional characters — are horrible.

Why are Overwatch fans shipping Doomfist and Reaper in the first place?

OK, we first need to talk about how people are already shipping Reaper with an unfamiliar character. This seems to primarily be rooted in the fact that both characters are associated with Talon, the in-game terrorist organization that broke Doomfist out of prison.

So, why not Doomfist and Widowmaker instead? Because the Overwatch fandom — especially on Tumblr — is deeply, deeply gay, my friend, which leads to treasures like these:

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to talk about the names fans have come up with for the Reaper/Doomfist ship — more specifically, how awful they are.

Overwatch Doomfist/Reaper ship: Doomper and Reapfist and Fistgabe, oh my

Typically, when fans ship two characters together, they give them a “Brangelina”-style hybrid name. Widowmaker and Tracer becomes Widowtracer; Zarya and Mei becomes Zarmei. You get it. But since the Reaper/Doomfist ship is still so new, there isn’t one official name that’s trumped the rest. Things are still in flux. And that’s a good thing, because the names proposed so far are very bad.

Most of them sound like rejected pitches for He-Man villains. For example: Reapfist, Deathfist and Doomdeath.

Maybe Deathgrips, for some reason?

Fans have come up with other ideas, too. But, uh, they sound extremely suggestive, like Doomper and Fistgabe. (If you’re wondering why “Gabe” is a part of that horrible equation, it’s because Gabriel Reyes is Reaper’s real name. Carry on.)

Then again, we could just ditch that whole naming convention altogether.

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Overwatch lore is drip-fed to fans over time, with new morsels of information occasionally passed on through cinematics, short stories, or comics. We receive these offerings like the folks at the Citadel in Fury Road: desperately holding our pails to the sky as Immortan Joe releases our meager water rations.

In the latest data drop, we got confirmation of something that many fans long knew in their hearts — Soldier: 76, real name John Francis &#;Jack&#; Morrison, is gay. He specifically dated a man named Vincent in the past. We’ve known for a while that Tracer is gay, too, and in a happy relationship.

You can read our much more serious thoughts on this issue, and how it reflects the writing in Overwatch, over here.

But that’s not all, right? If characters like this are meaningful and important to the LGBT community, and representation matters (which it very much does), then surely in another two years we’re going to find out that another character is gay. We had a look over the other characters on the Overwatch roster, tirelessly pored through their backstories, compared notes, looked for hints, and compiled a list of the other characters in the game that we believe might just be&#; gay. Or bi. Or what-have-you.

Overwatch Winston Gay


Although Winston hasn&#;t decided yet whether, as a giant ape with human intelligence, dating is an ethical option for him (would he date apes or humans?), he can&#;t wait to get out there and explore his options. He just needs to finally finish transporting the bloody payload (all alone, as usual).

Ovewatch Torbjorn Gay


Loves his gay daughter.

Overwatch Brigitte Gay


Loves her gay father.

Overwatch Hammond Gay

Wrecking Ball

Hamsters are, as it turns out, one of the mammals observed displaying homosexual tendencies.

Overwatch Junkrat Gay


Secretly in love with Roadhog.

Overwatch Roadhog Gay


Secretly in love with Reinhardt.

Overwatch Reinhardt Gay


Secretly trying to set up Junkrat and Roadhog, who he thinks would make a cute couple. Reinhardt has enjoyed many lovers, several of whom have met one another and become friends. In fact, he attended a small, tasteful ceremony for two of his ex-boyfriends just last weekend, taking a break from his usual weekend plans of charging right at someone on the enemy team, missing, and flinging himself right off a cliff.

Overwatch Sombra Gay


In high school, she used her cloaking and teleportation technology to sneak right past her girlfriend&#;s conservative parents.

Overwatch Symmetra Gay


Gay, but too busy trying to figure out how her new abilities work after each overhaul to see anyone.

Overwatch Mercy Gay


Every single piece of fan art you have seen is accurate.

Overwatch Pharah Gay


Every. Single. Piece. Also, she loves her gay mother.

Overwatch Ana Gay


Loves her gay daughter. Didn’t come out until late in life, but is shocked and delighted by all the attention she gets on dating apps.

Overwatch Moira Gay


When asked, Moira says that she knows that sexuality is a spectrum, where few people truly fall all the way on one side or another, and that she understands that true representation goes beyond simply considering whether or not people are &#;gay&#; or &#;straight,&#; but also says that she considers herself “95 percent gay.&#; These conversations with her are exhausting, but it&#;s adorable to hear her nerd out.

Editor&#;s note: Moira is definitely percent bi.

Overwatch Bastion Gay


You might ask yourself, can robots even be gay? The scientific answer is: yes.

Overwatch Zenyatta Gay


But how, you ask, can a robot be gay when their gender is assigned before they’re booted into life — simply by aesthetic choices and the whims of their designers? Do robots assign their own genders, if their artificial intelligence is strong enough to understand the required concepts? And if so, then isn’t this whole thing much less clear cut than &#;yes, the robot is gay&#;? Isn’t it limiting, in a way, to attribute binary sexual attraction to the Omnic characters? Perhaps. We only know one thing for sure, though: Zenyatta is gay.

Overwatch Orisa Gay


In fact, all Omnics are gay.

Overwatch McCree Gay


Loves Brigitte’s gay father.

Overwatch Ashe Gay


I haven’t played Overwatch in quite a while, so I don’t know much about Ashe. But as I understand it, she’s gay.

Overwatch Hanzo Gay


Sometimes Hanzo thinks that if he had just been more open with his brother about what was going on in his own life — if he’d allowed Genji to truly know him — then perhaps things never would have escalated the way they did.

Overwatch Genji Gay


Knows that his brother is gay, too. Doesn’t care. Nor does he realize that Hanzo doesn&#;t know he knows. Is purely focused on vengeance and filling his Ultimate Meter to clear the enemy team off the payload.

Overwatch Widowmaker Gay


Widowmaker once attacked a lover to hide her own embarrassment when the woman walked in on her crying over a copy of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. If she was honest with herself, she would be able to identify it as her one major regret in life — that she would not allow herself that brief moment of vulnerability. But she has crushed the pain so deep down inside herself that it has hardened into a tiny little seed that has, somewhat ironically, borne a particularly dark, bitter fruit within her.

Overwatch Mei Gay



Overwatch Lucio Gay


He got his start DJ-ing in gay clubs around Brazil. He’s a total heartbreaker and still a pretty good DJ.

Overwatch Reaper Gay


When Reaper says &#;die, die, die,&#; he&#;s talking about homophobia.

Overwatch Doomfist Gay


Actually, he’s a very gentle lover.

Overwatch D.Va Gay


Made a charming &#;You Can’t Nerf This&#; banner for a pride parade last year and ended up making out with an old middle school friend she bumped into. She seemed so stuck up at the time, but now, D.Va sees, she was really just nervous and reserved. It was a sweet moment. The next day. D.Va had to take Point A all by herself, as usual.

Overwatch Zarya Gay


Sorry, our mistake! Zarya is bi. At least she thinks she is. She says that she has not yet met a man who is &#;worthy&#; of her.


Reaper gay is

The Internet Reacts To Soldier 76 And His Ex-Boyfriend

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Tracer is no longer the only canonically LGBTQ hero in Overwatch. Today, Blizzard released a new short story focusing on steely sniper grandma Ana and grumpy military dad Soldier The latter, it turns out, used to be involved with a man named Vincent.

In the short story, titled “Bastet,” Ana encounters Soldier for the first time since an explosion destroyed the Swiss Overwatch headquarters, supposedly killing Soldier. He’s wounded, however, from a tussle with BFF-turned-nemesis-in-a-Halloween-costume Gabriel Reyes, a.k.a. Reaper. While nursing him back to health in her hideout, Ana notices Soldier rifling through some old photos, one of which depicts Soldier standing next to a dark-haired man, with an arm around his shoulder. This takes her by surprise.


“Vincent… I haven’t thought about him in years,” Ana said.

“Still keeping a candle lit for him?”

Jack shook his head. “Nothing like that.”

“You’ve never looked in on him? You must have been

curious. All the surveillance power in the world. I bet Gabe

would have put a Blackwatch agent on him if you asked,”

Ana said.

Jack glared at her.

“Okay, touchy subject.”

Jack laughed. “He got married. They’re very happy. I’m

happy for him.”

Ana was unconvinced. In the early days, Jack talked about

him often, floating a dream that the war would end quickly,

and maybe he’d have a chance to return to a normal life.

But a normal life was never the reward for people like us.

“Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could

give him.” Jack sighed. “We both knew that I could never

put anything above my duty. Everything I fought for was to

protect people like him… That’s the sacrifice I made.”

“Relationships don’t work out so well for us, do they?”

Ana said, unconsciously running her thumb over where her

wedding ring used to be.

“At least you and Gabe managed to have families.”

The pair lapsed back into silence.

According to Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu, Soldier is gay. Tragically gay. The Overwatch community, of course, has been having a field day with this.

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Now that the two “faces” of the game are canonically queer, it’s only a matter of time until Blizzard makes official what fans already know to be true: that everybody else is gay, too.


Reaper gay.

Blizzard Reveals That Soldier: 76 Is Gay - But It Isn’t Enough

Blizzard reveals that Overwatch's Soldier: 76 is gay - but they can do better than an isolated short story that might also be a PR distraction.

In a recently released story, Blizzard revealed that everyone’s favorite gruff Overwatch dad Soldier: 76 had a boyfriend in his younger days. The short stands as a well-written revelation, subtle and elegant. For many people, that’s enough to celebrate. However, Blizzard can and should be doing so much more to bring the LGBTQ community into their games. It’s also somewhat suspect that this reveal comes close on the heels of the Ellie controversy in which pro-players conspired, supposedly as a “social experiment”, to elevate a young woman to a professional Overwatch team.

This isn’t the first hero Blizzard has revealed to be part of the queer community. In , Blizzard published the comic Tracer: Reflections which starred Tracer on a quest to find her girlfriend Emily a Christmas present. In a sweet, genuine moment the comic shows Tracer and Emily exchanging presents before sharing a romantic kiss on their couch. Tracer: Reflections established Tracer as a lesbian and Blizzard received quite a bit of praise for their decision to reveal Tracer’s sexuality.

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The actual announcement itself came in the form of a short story called “Bastet” published online by Blizzard. "Bastet" follows the exploits of the healer/sniper Ana Amari as she encounters Jack Morrison aka Soldier: 76 while attempting to assassinate a brutal dictator in Cairo, Egypt. The story, penned by Overwatch’s lead writer Michael Chu, manages to convey quite a bit about the two Overwatch heroes, and even a little bit of insight into the tortured Reaper, in just fourteen short pages. However, there’s a wider context to everything in life. If we take that context into account, the release of this story and the way Blizzard handles the LGBTQ reveals in such an ancillary manner could be handled in a better, more proactive manner than they have been up until now.

How The Reveal Of Soldier: 76's Sexuality Falls Short

The way Blizzard presented Soldier: 76’s sexuality could easily be misinterpreted or missed entirely. Michael Chu’s "Bastet" is a great read, but it’s only going to reach a small group of dedicated super fans. It was given prime placement on the Overwatch launcher itself, but even that doesn’t mean all that much to most players who simply glaze over those announcements while moving their mouse to the play button. The segment of gamers who will read the story shrinks even further when considering that console players don’t see the same launcher and, consequently, aren’t exposed to the story in the first place.

The reveal that Jack Morrison had a boyfriend back in the day leaves a lot of unanswered questions, especially since the story itself isn’t actually about Soldier: 76’s relationship. The moment comes and goes, receiving about a page and a half of "Bastet’s" already limited run. Ana and Jack take a moment to reminisce over some old photographs and Ana stumbles onto a weathered picture of a young Jack with his arm around a dark haired man named Vincent. Even with that visual and lines like, “Relationships don’t work out so well for us, do they?” readers have wiggle room for interpretation of the scene. Fans had so many questions that the writer of the piece, Michael Chu, took to Twitter to confirm that, yes, Jack Morrison is a gay man.

Related: LGBT Superheroes Who Need Their Own Live-Action Movies

To be clear: it’s a big deal that Soldier: 76 is romantically attracted to men. It represents a lot to the LGBTQ community who play the game, while also standing as a really awesome piece of character development. It’s great, full stop. The problem comes into focus when we take a step back and realize that a huge portion of the fan base, the console players, never see the one piece of story content that depicts Soldier: 76 as being gay. On top of that, its subtle implementation might leave many players in the classic "Harold, they’re lesbians" meme scenario, totally oblivious to its implications; especially if they miss the confirmation tweet from Michael Chu.

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Blizzard Confirms Second LGBTQ+ Character With Latest Short Story

Blizzard Entertainment confirmed Monday that &#;Overwatch&#; character Soldier: 76 is now the second LGBTQ+ character in the game&#;s universe.

Until this week, Blizzard has kept mum on anything regarding Soldier: 76&#;s personal life in the lore surrounding the game. When contacted for comment, a Blizzard Entertainment rep directed Variety to Michael Chu&#;s Twitter account, which confirmed that Jack and Vincent were in a &#;romantic relationship&#; many years ago. &#;Both identify as gay,&#; Chu confirmed.

A rep also told Variety: &#;Yes, Soldier: 76 (aka Jack Morrison) identifies as LGBT. It was revealed in our latest short story, &#;Bastet,&#; that Jack had a male love interest named Vincent.&#;

The character, whose real name is Jack Morrison, appears in a new short story called &#;Bastet,&#; which features the character Ana. The former sniper finds a wounded Soldier: 76 while wandering the streets of Cairo and takes him to her hideout to recuperate.

While Soldier: 76 is rifling through some photos in the short story, an image reveals that he&#;s lingering on one featuring him and a young dark-haired man named Vincent. The exchange between Ana and Vincent implies that Jack was once in a relationship with the mystery character Vincent, as detailed below:

“Vincent&#;I haven’t thought about him in years,” Ana said. “Still keeping a candle lit for him?”

Jack shook his head. “Nothing like that.”

“You’ve never looked in on him? You must have been curious. All the surveillance power in the world. I bet Gabe would have put a Blackwatch agent on him if you asked,” Ana said.

Jack glared at her.

“Okay, touchy subject.”

Jack laughed. “He got married. They’re very happy. I’m happy for him.”

“Vincent deserved a happier life than the one I could give him.” Jack sighed. “We both knew that I could never put anything above my duty. Everything I fought for was to protect people like him… That’s the sacrifice I made.”

“Relationships don’t work out so well for us, do they?” Ana said, unconsciously running her thumb over where her wedding ring used to be.

The snippet appears to indicate that Soldier: 76 has been a queer character all along, though this is the first concrete reference to his sexuality. Two years ago, Blizzard revealed in the &#;Reflections&#; holiday comic that the popular character Tracer had a girlfriend and was spending Christmas with her. The same photograph Soldier: 76 is gazing at in &#;Bastet&#; can be seen there, as Polygon points out.

&#;Overwatch&#; is a popular hero shooter with 29 playable characters, including the most recent addition to the team, the Damage hero Ashe. The series is known for its diverse cast of characters, each with their own rich personalities and back stories, such as LGBTQ+-friendly characters like Tracer and Symmetra, who has autism.

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