Blizzard Confirms Tracer is Gay in New Overwatch Holiday Comic

Tumblr's been speculating for a long time, but Blizzard has confirmed it in the clearest way possible. 

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In a recent holiday special edition comic, the creators at Blizzard have canonically confirmed Tracer as being a gay woman.

It was revealed during a moment in the comic when she shares a passionate kiss with her partner while opening gifts, as seen in the image below.

Blizzard has been alluding to the fact that an openly gay character exists in Overwatch for some time, first with rumors and then with hints alluding to the fact that it would be revealed soon.

Being that Tracer is the leading character used in all of Overwatch’s marketing and often featured  specifically in key art and features, her being confirmed as canonically queer is actually a big deal for the visibility of LGBT characters in fiction. The runaway success of Overwatch especially could lead to more visible queer characters across media in general.

Overwatch recently saw a Holiday Update adding in a number of festive holiday-themed features, including new skins, sprays, emotes, and decorated levels.


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    December 20, 2016 1:53 PM

    Cassidee Moser posted a new article, Blizzard Confirms Tracer is Gay in New Overwatch Holiday Comic

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      December 20, 2016 2:15 PM

      Well that explains why she tries to fuck my Mercy and Ana every game

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        December 20, 2016 3:00 PM

        Holy crap, those replies...the new logic is we can't assume she's a lesbian, only she's not straight. Because she could be bi or pan, etc.

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          December 20, 2016 3:07 PM

          Even when a company tries to be inclusive, the internet finds a way to be a cunt bag... The internet always finds a way.

          https://media.giphy.com/media/HdRpbdmFDVKbm/giphy.gif

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            December 20, 2016 3:24 PM

            Blizzard should have made Tracer's partner a recently transitioned bisexual werewolf if they intended to appease the masses

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              December 20, 2016 3:25 PM

              They'll just say "fuck it" next and have everyone bang Bastion in the short, Bastion and he many attachments.

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                December 20, 2016 3:33 PM

                Not Reinhardt, he's a fucking cuck in Trump's Overwatch

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          December 20, 2016 3:34 PM

          kinda nice to see bi people not getting ignored tho

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            December 20, 2016 5:42 PM

            Wait, really? I'm still at work and haven't been able to get time to read it.

            Bi female or bi male?

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          December 20, 2016 3:38 PM

          Those replies are fucking retarded.

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        December 20, 2016 5:50 PM

        holy fuck the replies to that tweet are the worst and I survived CNN comments on facebook.

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      December 20, 2016 3:15 PM

      I'm cool with this. At least as long as I still have a chance with Mercy.

      http://chattypics.com/files/iPhoneUpload_slodwmec5z.jpg

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      December 20, 2016 3:24 PM

      I think the real question is why do these characters have backstories at all. to me its like if CS:S counter-terrorist skin#2 has a story about his wife having a miscarriage and terrorist skin #4 is gay with skin #5. like.... why

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        December 20, 2016 3:28 PM

        Immersion? I can only play gud when I know that Terrorist Skin #6 had his corn flakes and coffee for breakfast, followed by a prompt morning dump.

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        December 20, 2016 3:28 PM

        Because it gives story and lore to the game since it doesn't have a campaign mode. And it's not in your face, it's only there if you're interested. If you don't care, you can just ignore it.

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        December 20, 2016 3:30 PM

        So they can sell comic books and all that

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        December 20, 2016 3:33 PM

        Because they thought it would be cool to do and people have really connected with the characters. There are loads of people who don't even play the game but love the cast. This translates to people at events like Blizzcon who otherwise would never watch competitive esports watching competitive Overwatch.

        Its interesting to note that half of the questions at the Blizzcon panel were the standard ones about balance, meta, etc. The other half where about how diverse the cast was, how people related to certain characters, etc etc. Its like Star Wars or Harry Potter or Marvel or LotR or anything else.

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        December 20, 2016 3:39 PM

        Because they are better at marketing their game to a wider audience than CS:S, and also creating an entire brand around the franchise rather than just the game.

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          December 20, 2016 4:43 PM

          Ding ding a ding

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          December 20, 2016 6:56 PM

          Ding. When Overwatch was first announced it made no sense to me. Looked like a total Titan MMO asset re-use failure.

          Boy was I wrong. People LOVE that those characters have character.

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        December 20, 2016 6:55 PM

        They only do it because team fortress 2 did it.
        I think tf2 actually did it in a funny relatively clever and tongue in cheek way.
        Trying to give backstories to clones of death match characters is inherently silly.

        Overwatch is blizzard trying to do the same thing but without the wit, and more of the blizzard cheese and bad writing

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        December 20, 2016 7:00 PM

        kind of an unfair comparison, cs skins are obviously just random terrorists. in overwatch you got a monkey that can talk, a fatso with a breathing mask, a roided armored dude with fire coming out of his hammer

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        December 20, 2016 7:49 PM

        There's more than 1 terrorist skin?

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        December 20, 2016 7:59 PM

        Because it makes it more like Shacknews.

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        December 20, 2016 8:13 PM

        It's perfect marketing. I've never even played the game and I could list off every character and some part of their backstory off the top of my head.

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        December 20, 2016 8:52 PM

        Why not? If Blizzard wants to make backstories why shouldn't they?

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        December 20, 2016 9:05 PM

        Two words- Overwatch Movie. Oh and also more money.

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        December 20, 2016 9:28 PM

        Honest question: have you seen any of the vignettes?

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        December 20, 2016 10:01 PM

        Because cosplay kids on tumblr need shit to draw erotica about.

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        December 20, 2016 10:06 PM

        Three words.

        https://youtu.be/pkox8x1LxQ4

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        December 21, 2016 4:02 AM

        Yeah, Blizzard are dumb to do this, the fans hate it and don't get more involved with the setting and game as a result at all.

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      December 20, 2016 3:27 PM

      Who cares about that? What's going on with Reyes?!? And Widow isn't supposed to feel any emotions! OMG, Sombra X McCree?!? Looks like everyone's dreams of a Mercy/Pharah love affair has been crushed. That Reinhardt fucks! Ana and soldier...just two boring old people reminiscing about the past...they'll probably drink some Metamucil and go to bed at 8pm.

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      December 20, 2016 3:31 PM

      Ok. Good to know.

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      December 20, 2016 3:35 PM

      I gotta admit it's a little weak that it happens to be the attractive girl one - but it's otherwise cool / fun.

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      December 20, 2016 3:41 PM

      Straight girls can have sex with other straight girls. I've seen it. At gunpoint.

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        December 20, 2016 3:43 PM

        Well this post took a turn.

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        December 20, 2016 4:26 PM

        I don't think i would have to be held at gunpoint to watch that.

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          December 20, 2016 4:29 PM

          No but you'd probably need to hold them at gunpoint to watch it

      • gx8
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        December 20, 2016 5:57 PM

        i feel sorry for you that you were held at gunpoint and forced to watch two straight girls have sex.

        #prayers out for L. A.

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      December 20, 2016 4:21 PM

      Why is sexual orientation a thing in a online competitive shooter character? who the fuck cares?

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        December 20, 2016 4:27 PM

        I just see a paper doll, now it has sexuality, woo!

      • Zek
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        December 20, 2016 4:32 PM

        Why shouldn't a character in a story have a sexual orientation? Would you say this if she had been straight?

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        December 20, 2016 4:33 PM

        In Japan, I hear blood type is even more important in all aspects, even online competitive play.

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        December 20, 2016 5:08 PM

        A lot of people care, but thanks for letting us know that you don't.

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        December 20, 2016 5:10 PM

        Hey, ya gotta virtue signal somehow!

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        December 20, 2016 5:11 PM

        Lots of the fanbase cares. And thus Blizzard cares, because they like money

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        December 20, 2016 5:47 PM

        People who have little to no visible representation in a medium they love.

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          December 20, 2016 8:09 PM

          Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup.

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          December 20, 2016 8:45 PM

          Some find ambiguity far more interesting.

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            December 20, 2016 8:49 PM

            That's cool for those people... there are ambiguous characters too.

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        December 20, 2016 8:02 PM

        Gotta get ahead of the slash fiction crowd.

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        December 20, 2016 9:53 PM

        So we can shoot minorities? /one ticket to hell please

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      December 20, 2016 5:10 PM

      FYI, apparently someone tweeted at Blizzard and they said that the kids Reinhardt is reading to we actually Torbjorn's kids. I'm assuming Rein doesn't have a family any longer? :(

      http://chattypics.com/files/iPhoneUpload_8ylcynu35s.jpg

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      • Zek
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        December 20, 2016 5:17 PM

        I think they forgot that viewing on mobile cuts the two-page spreads in half. I didn't realize that was one scene.

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      December 20, 2016 5:46 PM

      Blizzard lore, el oh el.

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        December 20, 2016 6:01 PM

        Exactly. lol

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        December 20, 2016 8:45 PM

        YOU WERE A TEMPLAR JONDAR

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          December 20, 2016 10:17 PM

          LOL. sir I believe you dropped some hidden footprints

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      December 20, 2016 5:59 PM

      Totally looking forward to Tracer lesbian cosplay and porn.

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      December 20, 2016 6:49 PM

      Blizzard is making every character diverse. This is going overboard ...

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      December 20, 2016 6:50 PM

      From a friend: "Cheers love, the cavalry's queer!"

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      December 20, 2016 8:37 PM

      Rule 34 beat them to it.

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      December 20, 2016 8:53 PM

      Blizzard has been eluding to the fact that an openly gay character exists in Overwatch for some time, first with rumors and then with hints eluding to the fact that it would be revealed soon.


      The word you are looking for is alluding, not eluding.

      The latter is something a running back does. The former is something Blizzard did when it had the courage to put forth lipstick lesbians on the forefront, which is about as helpful as putting Jake Gyllenhaal in the Prince of Persia.

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      December 20, 2016 9:26 PM

      Looking forward to her turn to the darkside that no one saw coming.

      WHY TRACER WHY.

    • DM7
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      December 20, 2016 9:43 PM

      I always thought the Russian girl was too.

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      December 20, 2016 10:16 PM

      The only thing upsetting about this is the use (twice!) of "eluding" instead of "alluding".

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      December 21, 2016 4:55 AM

      Oh, ok. That's nice


      I mean according to other gamers I've been gay for like 15 years tho so where's my news story

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      December 21, 2016 5:09 AM

      Hot.

      Also LOL at picking one of the hottest characters and poster girl of the game. Just feels... immature? silly? classless? I dunno...

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        December 21, 2016 5:11 AM

        cheap I think is the word I was looking for.

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        December 21, 2016 7:05 AM

        If they had picked anyone else (Zarya for instance, since so many thought it would be her), people would be pissed because they didn't make it the main character of the game, and instead chose a relatively hidden character. Now they say Tracer and people are upset because they say it feels cheap.

        Gamers.

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          December 21, 2016 7:17 AM

          I don't play the game and really don't care for it but I get much of what I know of it by osmosis and had no idea of any supposed rumors of sexuality among the characters. But yeah, if any character were gay, I would have assumed it would be that one butch looking one. So... expectations subverted.

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      December 21, 2016 6:45 AM

      I dont get gay vibes from Tracer. I would think Zara or the new chick.

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      December 21, 2016 6:48 AM

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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      December 21, 2016 7:15 AM

      make every character gay now because i am loving the reaction

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        December 21, 2016 1:33 PM

        I totally agree. One new gay every holiday. Yesterday was one of the funniest days I can remember on the internet.

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      December 21, 2016 7:20 AM

      gay

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      December 21, 2016 2:47 PM

      And so children, people of the early 21st century had to include a LBTQBBQWTF in every form of media, to keep the tumblr people from reeing their way off the internet

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        December 29, 2016 3:00 AM

        Yeah what next, characters of color?