Reinhardt and D.Va
This is something I haven’t really seen many people talk about with Overwatch, but I think it’s got some pretty interesting implications.
So you know how Reinhardt and D.Va can have a unique voice line exchange that goes something like:
Reinhardt: I was wondering if you’d sign something for me. It’s…[clears throat] [whispering] … For a friend.
D.Va: Of course! Here you go. Love, D.Va. / Aw. After this match is over, right now, its time to get serious!
Now I could be reading too deeply into this, but think about it: Reinhardt used to be sort of the mascot for Overwatch. Pharah had a poster of him, and in his official story summary, it mentions:
“Reinhardt’s unique ethics and larger-than-life persona earned the admiration of his peers and superiors alike. Never afraid to speak his mind, he was Overwatch’s most vocal supporter and, when necessary, its harshest critic, providing a constant reminder that Overwatch was meant to be a force for good”
While Jack Morrison might have been the official leader, Reinhardt was the guy who embodied what Overwatch was supposed to be. He’s the only member of the original Overwatch strike team who’s still an enthusiastic hero, and not someone who has been overcome by cynicism or become a villain. And now, here he is asking D.Va, the youngest character in the game and a celebrity, for her autograph.
It’s like he’s welcoming a new hero, and showing her that he’s a huge fan of her work and the way she’s saved lives. He’s just ready for her to be another member of Overwatch, someone who he thinks deserves to be a hero. The original hero persona of Overwatch is a fan of the youngest hero. The old man who’s been basically wandering around Europe fighting bad guys as a knight-errant spends some of his free time watching her livestreams, and that is so damn cool!
I really wish more people would talk about that.