Details about Genji’s appearance after cyberization.

…for the fanfic writers and fanartists. Because I’ve seen some works that make me scratch my head sometimes. 

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or any kind of physician. Take everything with scepticism and if there’s any doctor or knowledgable of head anatomy, go ahead and correct me.


Go suck your egg, youngling. Figuring out stuff like these is what fandom is about. If you don’t like it, shoo. 

Without further ado, let’s touch upon the three things that every Genji writer or fanartist has wondered when writing or drawing this darling greek cyborg sparrow-ninja. And not only. 

1. Genji actually wears armor. The silver plates are not supposed to be permanent on him and he can survive without them.

In the picture where he’s a newcomer in Overwatch along with Lena, Winston and (maybe?) Jesse, Genji has no metal on him except on his head:

(he smol)

Compared with his usual appearence…

Genji lacks the metal plates on his arms and his (rather tight) shirt doesn’t show that the ones on his pectoralis. However, he does have the ones on his collarbone, which is weird, since he lacks the ones on his nech and shoulders, which are attached to his collarbone ones. The back of his hands are different as well. 

What is more, moving lower on his body (mind off the gutter, pervs!), the round illuminating buttons on his abdominals seem to be missing as well.

So, arm, neck, chest and stomach metal plates are his armour, rather than a permanent part of his cyborg body. The collarbone ones, however, are.

Then, we have puffy pants for some reason (more on this later), but they end right at the knee and we can see that the plates under the knee are there normally. However, there’s a catch: The picture it too dark, but his lower legs seem too dark to be the metal plates we see in the second picture, especially if he consider that they have a lighter colour than his synthetic flesh, yet they look darker. 

So, even if they’re not these particular plates on his legs, he still wears something there. 

So, if you ever want to write Genji finding/having his sense of touch, it should return to that brown artificial tissue that looks like naked muscles, rather than on the silver plates of his body; that’s his armour and we can see that yes, he can take it off. 

2. Genji has no hair on his head whatsoever, including facial hair and most probably, not even a lower jaw.

That’s one of the big debates about Genji’s appearance: what does his face look like?

The only clue we have is from the Dragons animated short:

Again, comparing this with his younger skin…

We see no eyelashes in the upper picture and they’d be really hard to miss, as we see in the lower one. (Damn, he rocks that mascara!) 

Also, we see no eyebrows and he used to have some seriously strong eyebrow game there. 

It’s safe to assume that the lack of any facial hair, along with the marks and scars on his facial tissue mean that Genji was probably burnt enough to have his hair roots removed for good, thus leaving him bald all around his head. 


And now the other big question: does he have a mouth?

Now, Genji as a cyborg can obviously talk normally. For this to happen, he needs not only a mouth with lips, but also teeth, tongue, alveolar ridge, hard palate, velum (soft palate), uvulaglottis and of course vocal cords. Also, lungs, so that he can give out air to produce sound. 

Regarding the upper organs, it’s safe to assume he still has them, along with his upper face. 

The lower, however, tells a different story:

He doesn’t seem to have any vocal cords that could help him produce the vowels correcty; the place seems synthetic. Now, he could have the cords inside, supported by synthetic flesh, or he could have gotten synthetic cords as well. The latter would mean that Genji could not talk normally for a period of time. 

Also, looking again at the shot of his face from Dragons and comparing it to his younger skin…

…we see that Genji used to have a rather big jaw and the plates right now are too high to just cover the lower part of it.

What makes more sense is that Genji has no lower jaw, hence why the facial plates are so high and close to his cheekbones and eyes:

(please, excuse my shitty lines; I have only my mouse with me)

So, since he has no lower jaw, he ought to have no togue, since the tongue is rooted to the lower jaw. No lower teeth, either.

How could he speak, then?

Blizzard was crafty and made sure not to let Genji talk at all in the animated short while he had the mask off; he starts talking again only after he has put it back. So, while we know that he has a metallic voice with the mask on, we don’t know if the metallic effect was because of the mask, or any kind of artificial vocal cords that give it to his voice.

So, no lower lip to kiss either. Darn it.

To illustrate my point, I see Genji like a cross between these two:

Raiden, as we’ve seen him without a lower jaw in Metal Gear: Rising Revengance

And Murphy, the well-known Robocop with no hair whatsoever.

(…what a roadkill.)

This fanart by @ninjasexrobot is what I think Genji looks like.



Also, I think he has no ears either. It would make sense that they had melted off, givel how burnt the rest of his face looks like.

Weirdly enough, he seems to have a properly shaped nose. Things to ponder.

(oh and to clear this up: no dick)

And now, last but not least, all the above bring me to my biggest question:


 Unless Genji’s body is a result of him agreeing to actually get rid of almost all of his body to become a badass cyborg ninja (and I simply can’t see him agreeing to throw away his fucking vocal cords ffs!), it’s either:

  1. Hanzo actually did all of this. Not only did he cut him down, he pulled the dragons on him and opened him from jaw to belly. We know that Hanzo had used the sword to cut him; the fuck the dragons were for?!

  2. Hanzo might have just cut him enought to cause sever bleeding and leave him for dead and Genji was left dying for a long time before the Overwatch agents found him and Angela saved him. His body had started deteriorating and Angela had to cut off the pieces that had rotten away in order to save at least his brain.


The official story for Genji says this: 

“As Genji’s injuries left him clinging to life, Overwatch offered to rebuild his body in exchange for his help.”

In other words, what caused Genji to be on the verge of death and needing to have his body turned cybernetic, was his injuries. Which Hanzo inflicted on him.

…the fuck, Hanzo.

The fuck.

How I imagine they decided to add that last scene
  • Jane writing the episode: Yes, yes, this! This is amazing!
  • Jerome : Yes, that will do!
  • Everyone: YES! This is so good! keep it! we like it!
  • Adam and Eddy coming into the room: ..
  • Adam and Eddy are taking the script: ..
  • Adam and Eddy reading: ...
  • Everyone: sweating
  • Adam and Eddy looking at Jane and Jerome:
  • Adam and Eddy: :|
  • Jane: :\
  • Jerome: :\
  • Colin and Josh: Bro this is not good.
  • Adam and Eddy: It's too good. Add some drama. Some really unnecessary drama.
  • Everyone else: *face palm*

anyone else noticed the trend here on tumblr of worshipping certain famous women for like a couple months and there being serious hype for them and then like a month later everyone’s ripping into them and talking about how much they hate them

okay so just think about this au with me for a second

•Alec Lightwood is the shining beacon of perfection to his parents

•At least, on the outside

•he’s smart. even if he hadn’t been naturally smart to begin with, the kid had an amazing work ethic, starting all the way back in kindergarten

•he does everything he’s told

•literally, everything

•when he was two, his mom had wanted to do something outside of work that could be a bonding experience with her son

•and she’d been a star gymnast in high school, so she figured that she could totally teach a class

•so, she became a teacher and Alec became a stellar gymnast in training

•neither of them liked it very much, but while his mom totally dropped it (later saying that it was because it conflicted too much with her work schedule, but he didn’t necessarily agree with her), she forced him to stick with it so that he wasn’t a quitter

•so, now Alec was a gymnast and not a quitter

•and when he turned eleven, his dad thought that soccer had been just, well, the shit

•so Alec agreed to join that, as well

•he always did what he was told to do

•he was perfect, to them, on the outside

•and he preferred, of course that it stayed that way

•he was even the perfect older sibling. when his sister had been born, he spent more time with her than either of his parents really did. now, he kept her out of any real trouble, no matter how much she insisted that she let loose a little

•he’d even been the perfect brother to the arrogant orphan they’d taken in when he was eleven, no matter how many times he’d wanted to strangle him (thankfully, though, he and Jace were on much better terms nowadays, having spent the last seven years of their lives growing up together)

•and Max had always looked at the two of them with such childlike amazement, hoping to be like them someday

•Alec liked things this way. Basically, he liked being perfect. Perfect was safe. Perfect kept you away from destroying your whole reputation and stopped your family from shunning you. Perfect was the way he liked it, feelings be damned.

•but, sadly perfect couldn’t last forever

•because Alec was perfect on the outside, to more than just his parents

•smart, good looking, well rounded, and occasionally funny (on accident, but it still counted, as people had laughed)

•the problem was that someone else had started to realize that he was perfect, as well

•it had started with a conflict of interests

•the school wasn’t small, but it was still in New York, which meant that there was only really enough green area for one field

•and one day there had been a scheduling mixup

•supposedly, the soccer team had the field that day

•but so did the marching band

•and the marching band won simply because they’d gotten into their first set before the soccer players could even put their cleats on

•And, what do you know, that just so happened to be the day that Jace had wanted to borrow Alec’s car, leaving him stranded

•he refused rides from others, mostly because he trusted that Jace would stop by and pick him up before his date with the new ginger in their art class

•(he was wrong)

•and it turns out, marching band is really interesting

•and he really didn’t have anything better to do than watch

•his favorite part at first was the colorguard, but the music was also amazing

•he didn’t want to intrude, but he also didn’t want to walk away

•so he got comfortable in the grass and waited for Jace to text him back

•he didn’t notice, however, that a certain important someone had noticed him and had become very interested in his presence

•he didn’t realize that the head of it all, the first Drum Major, could not stop looking slightly to the left as he conducted, wondering just who the hell this stunning guy was

•it wasn’t Magnus’ best run through, to say the least

•the practice, like many a band practice, had no water break, so Alec never had to answer any questions about why he was there (technically, it was a closed practice, no visitors allowed)

•he also wondered how the damn hell they did all that work without water

•but two hours or so later, it finally came to a close

•still no text from Jace

•that little shit

•the sun was dipping in the sky and as the band broke apart, students scattering in attempts to make it off campus in a reasonable amount of time, Alec tried to call Jace

•after reaching voicemail, he sighed (a bit dramatically, but that was unintentional) and felt a quick little tap on his shoulder

•he turned to see who it was, ready to explain why he was totally breaking their rules, equipt with apologies

•but instead, it all drained from his brain as he saw exactly who had been trying to get his attention

•he wasn’t sure what he noticed about the stranger first

•there was so much to take in

•but quickly, he found himself drawn to the eyes. small, bright and gleaming hazel eyes, contrasted with pupils so dark that they nearly looked like slits

•and he kind of stuttered for a second, trying to say hi

•the cute stranger just smiled at it before asking, “So, what did you think of the performance?”

•and after that?

•well, let’s just say that Alec didn’t need a ride home from Jace anymore