i just love how varied and impressive the women of overwatch are??? here’s a condensed lore post for people who are interested, or who don’t play but want to, or who just love these ladies:
zarya was a russian weighlifting champion (whose record was 512, higher than any olympic athlete to date) who gave up the competitive scene to save her family and homeland.
d.va was, at at 16, the youngest #1 professional gamer who joined up with other professionals to defend her country. she is fiercely competitive and very loyal.
mercy is a 37 year old doctor, and was the head surgeon at a swiss hospital who singe-handedly pioneered a breakthrough in NANOBIOLOGY before joining overwatch to save lives, even though she is a pacifist and very anti-war.
symmetra is a (canon!) autistic and ocd desi woman, a genius, and grew up in extreme poverty. even though she’s very logical, she uses the technology she mastered (top of her class) at an academy in a way that is conducive to her culture through dance. she has a prosthetic arm.
pharah is an egyptian high ranking military officer who hails from a long line of distinguished soldiers. her mother was a renowned sharpshooter and one of the founding members of overwatch. after she left the army with distinguished service, she became a top-secret security agent for a research facility in giza, the most important facility for protecting the innocents in the area.
mei is a chinese scientist that specializes in abnormal climate phenomena. her team died but she loves the earth so much she continued the entire team’s worth of research by herself so she could try and fix the ecological crisis before joining overwatch
tracer was the youngest person to be accepted into an experimental flight program, and uses the powers she gained from an accident during one of her test runs to defend people.
widowmaker was once amelie, the wife of an overwatch officer in charge of strategy against a terrorist organization. when they couldn’t get to him through their usual methods, they kidnapped and heavily brainwashed her, performed experiments and training to make her the ultimate spy, and sent her back as a sleeper agent. she got her name by by killing her husband, and now is the most effective agent of the terrorist organization.
and as a wonderful bonus, none of the woc are voiced by white women. their ages are varied, but they are all good, heroic people, and the diversity in this game is just SO so amazing.