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Some theories about Overwatch characters seem to be taking on a life of their own. For many players of the popular Blizzard game, a significant part of the game’s appeal comes from the origin stories and mysteries that accompany each and every character. This is exactly why theories about Sombra have been circulating practically since the game’s release in May 2016 despite the fact that the character was not even announced until November 2016.

Overwatch fans have been diligently following their thirst for knowledge and have uncovered some interesting and rather plausible theories about Sombra, Mercy, Reaper, and many more of Overwatch’s heroes. Check out these Overwatch fan theories and vote up the ones you believe.

Athena Can Take on the Form of an Omnic

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Athena is a familiar name for most Overwatch players. The robotic female voice guides you through the game’s tutorial and is also featured in the animated short “Recall.” A popular theory, however, is that Athena will become a playable character and we have already seen her physical form. Athena’s logo is very similar to the symbol seen on the Omnic standing behind Tracer and Winston in the image of the Overwatch team. It’s been theorized that this Omnic is the physical form that Athena can take on if she needs to participate in combat. With clear signs of Athena having a sort of conscious and even the ability to express emotions, the theory has garnered a lot of support.

Hanzo’s Two Dragons Say a Lot About Him

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Hanzo and Genji are the Shimada brothers and the dragons of the North and the South. To some players, it seems odd that their ultimate abilities depict two different manifestations of a dragon. While Genji summons one dragon, Hanzo unleashes two. Some people believe this was merely a decision made to allow both characters to have two different ultimate abilities and add variety to gameplay. Others, however, think the Overwatch creators have paid too much attention to even the slightest details for the explanation to be that simple.

One theory is that Hanzo’s double dragons are a manifestation of an inner conflict. “One represents his actions which represented his duty to the Shimada clan, but the other dragon represents his own condemnation of his actions and his self-loathing for it,” Reddit user Mizuromo explains. “The two dragons are in conflict with each other (they are spinning around each other, which sort of looks like the two dragons at the beginning on the door who are chasing each other).”

Junkrat’s Treasure Holds the Secret to the Omnic Crisis

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A key part of the lore surrounding Junkrat is that “he came to notoriety when he discovered an extremely valuable secret in the bones of the omnium.” While it has never been confirmed what Junkrat found in the “bones of the omnium,” Overwatch fans can’t ignore the importance of the creators referring to Junkrat’s discovery as a “secret” rather than a mere item. In-game conversations between Hanzo and Junkrat create even more mystery around the topic; at one point, Hanzo states that Junkrat “surely cannot have the treasure on his body.”

One popular theory is that Junkrat actually possesses some sort of power source that is needed to create more Omnics. With Junkrat’s severe mistrust of Omnics, it seems likely that if he found the secret to their creation, he would keep it to himself despite his documented desire to make a profit off the things he steals. The theory is explained in detail by Reddit user GamingPhilosophe.

Sombra Is the One Who Reactivated Bastion

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Before Sombra was officially announced at BlizzCon 2016, Overwatch fans were keeping a close eye on a website called “A Moment in Crime.” The website, which was made to appear like it was being hacked by Overwatch’s very own Sombra, was slowly making its way towards the 100% completed mark. It was initially believed that the site’s completion would finally reveal Sombra but, instead, the string of coding suggested something else had happened and that “something” had to do with Bastion. Bastion’s specific unit name appeared in the coding and left some wondering if Sombra was the one who activated Bastion and sent the bird-loving robot on a forest-destroying rampage. The theory is explained in detail by Reddit user mrzablinx.

Mercy Doesn’t Age Because She’s Already Dead

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An in-game conversation between Mercy and Mei reveals that both women realized they have something in common – neither of them seem to have aged over the years. Mei’s lack of aging has already been explained in her official Overwatch origin story but why Mercy hasn’t aged seems to be a little more mysterious. Subtle hints throughout the game, however, have Overwatch fans convinced that Mercy is hiding quite the secret. One of Mercy’s emotes shows her checking her own pulse before laughing and shaking her head. A theory that has grown rather popular is that “Dr. Angela Zeigler (Mercy) died a long time ago and is being kept alive by the technology that lets her seemingly raise the dead.”

You’ve Already Seen Soundquake and Didn’t Know It

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Overwatch fans never hesitate to look for new information about possible upcoming heroes. Another hero that fans have been keeping their eyes out for is a character by the name of Soundquake. We have heard the name mentioned by an excited young boy who is talking to another child who seems to be his older brother. “In that one battle they had Soundquake, remember, he has, like, chest missiles,” he tells the older child. While that might not be a lot of information, it’s enough to support the theory that the massive, red, tank-like character standing behind Lucio in the image of the Overwatch team is none other than Soundquake. Out of all the characters standing there, it certainly seems like this character would be the most likely choice to be able to shoot missiles out of his chest.

Mercy Is Responsible for What Happened to Reaper

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Mercy’s Rez attempts are a part of why fans are questioning if Overwatch‘s leading angel is playing for good or bad and no example seems to be more troubling than her attempt to rescue Reaper, according to Reddit user meta-sift. In-game conversations between Reaper and Mercy certainly suggests that there is something more to this pair’s relationship. Mercy starts by asking Reaper, “What happened to you?” Reaper responds, “You tell me, Doc.” Mercy’s next line is where things get weird. “This is not what I intended for you, Reyes.” Reaper then insists that Mercy “knew exactly what [she was] doing.”

The conversation, along with Reaper’s current condition, has Overwatch fans guessing one of two things must be true. “The explosion at the Swiss Overwatch facility involved [Mercy’s] research and Reyes was heavily affected by it Bruce Banner style,” meta-sift explains. The second option is that “Mercy brought him back to life but messed up in the process or maybe he was so far gone it was a side-effect of the extreme treatment she subjected him to.”

Lucio Was Originally Supposed to Be Canadian

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While Lucio exists in the game today as everyone’s favorite Brazilian support character, rumor has it that Lucio was actually supposed to be Canadian. Overwatch fans point to the multiple hockey skins available for Lucio and the fact that, unlike the other heroes in the game who are from different countries, he has no voice lines in the primary language of his home country. The theory is that Lucio’s nationality was changed at the last minute, which didn’t allow for much time to create new content to reflect his new Brazilian roots.

Mercy Is No Angel

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So who is the real villain in Overwatch? Depending on who you ask, many would say it’s Overwatch’s own guardian angel. The theory behind why Mercy may not be as innocent as she makes herself out to be is detailed in this Reddit post. The highlights include her questionable intentions behind rescuing Reaper, the result of her rescue attempt with Genji and, as explained by Curse Entertainment, the interesting names of her armor and equipment, which seem to have a lot more to do with death than giving life.

Sombra Is Alejandra

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Even after Sombra was announced at BlizzCon 2016, tons of mystery shrouded the character and her true identity is still unknown. Even the official Overwatch website makes a point to block out Sombra’s real name. Well, many avid Overwatch players believe they already know her real name – Alejandra. Fans believe the young girl Soldier: 76 rescued in the animated short “Hero” eventually grew up to be the powerful hacker known only as Sombra. It doesn’t seem far-fetched considering both characters share the same nationality and Sombra was revealed as Overwatch’s 23rd character. If you look closely during “Hero,” the number 23 is revealed on the wall after Alejandra snatches an Overwatch poster off a wall to show to her mother.

Soldier: 76 Is Pharah’s Father

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This one is perhaps one of the most popular and widely believed theories about the original Overwatch members. In-game dialogue between Soldier: 76 and Pharah makes it clear that the rocket-shooting security chief has a special place in Soldier’s heart. “Got your aim from your mom, I see,” Soldier: 76 tells Pharah if he witnesses her make a kill within the match. Dialogue between Ana and Soldier: 76 also makes it clear that the two seem to have a close relationship and some voice lines seem a bit flirty. At one point Ana tells Soldier: 76 that he’s still looking good after all these years. This theory became even more popular after Blizzard confirmed that Soldier: 76 is Pharah’s father on Twitter only to recant the statement later.

Reaper Is Sombra’s Father

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When Sombra was officially released, she came along with her own animated Overwatch short titled “Infiltration.” During the short, we see her team up with Widowmaker and Reaper, but there is a simple interaction that has many Overwatch fans convinced that Sombra may be Reaper’s daughter. When Reaper orders Sombra to open the door, she opens it slightly only to slam it closed again when Reaper attempts to go through. Reaper responds with a frustrated, “Sombra.” To some fans, it seems like an interaction that might suggest a father-daughter relationship. There’s also the fact that Reaper mentions Sombra when being played in Dorado. Reaper can be heard saying, “Where is Sombra when you need her?”

The Next Doomfist Won’t Be Human

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This theory is perhaps one of the most simple and extremely plausible fan theories out there. In Numbani, three Doomfist banners can be found hanging inside one of the buildings. Two of the banners clearly depict former holders of the Doomfist title along with their names underneath. The third banner, however, is different than the rest. Instead of showing this Doomfist, players can only see a silhouette. Even more interesting is that the name on this banner is written in a language for the Omnics, which is enough to convince Overwatch players that the upcoming Doomfist will be an Omnic himself.

Soldier: 76 Is Sombra’s Father

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The love triangle theories continue with some speculating that Sombra is actually Soldier: 76’s daughter. Sombra is described as an orphan so it’s likely that Reaper or Soldier: 76 could be her father since both were presumed dead at one point. At one point in the Overwatch comics, Soldier: 76 can be seen mentioning Sombra and hoping she will be able to help him out on a mission. Perhaps the biggest reason fans believe Soldier: 76 could be Sombra’s father, however, stems from the theory that Sombra is Alejandra. Many question why Soldier: 76 was so intent on saving the young girl in Dorado and many believe it’s because she’s his daughter. Other subtle clues that may support this theory are detailed by Reddit user Reboshua.

Reaper Is Pharah’s Father

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There is a lot of speculation and fan theories surrounding the original Overwatch members Ana, Reaper, and Soldier: 76. With both Soldier: 76 and Reaper having had a close relationship with Ana in the past, some fans believe there may have been a messy love triangle that may have resulted in Ana and Reaper having a child together. In-game voice lines between Reaper and Ana reveal that Reaper seems to be particularly bothered by Ana choosing “his side” over him, which is believed to be a reference to Soldier: 76. There is also the fact that while Soldier: 76 makes clear references to Pharah’s mother during in-game conversations with her, Pharah never acknowledges Soldier: 76 as her father. Reddit user Ghidorahnumber1 details the theory here.

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