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Baptiste voice actor explains how to pronounce his Overwatch hero’s name

Published: 11/Apr/2019 14:58 Updated: 11/Apr/2019 15:08

by Joe O'Brien

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The voice actor for Overwatch’s latest hero Baptiste, Benz Antoine, has weighed in regarding how his hero’s name is supposed to be pronounced.

Full name Jean-Baptiste Augustin, Baptiste was first revealed as Overwatch’s 30th hero on February 25, and arrived in the live servers on March 19.

Baptiste is a Hatian native who previously worked with Talon as a combat medic, and has since struck out on his own in an effort to do good in the world. Unlike some new heroes, such as Doomfist, or Wrecking Ball pilot Hammond, no mention had been made of Baptiste prior to his name first appearing in one of the teasers for the new hero.

A new hero always becomes the most talked-about topic in the Overwatch community, but this had led to discussion regarding exactly how Baptiste’s name should be said.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste defected from Talon after coming to recognize what the organization really was.

The main confusion has been between whether or not the “p” in “Baptiste” is supposed to be silent. English speakers often pronounce the name as it appears, but Jean-Baptiste Augustin is a French name, and the French pronunciation omits the “p”.

According to Antoine, however, there is no “correct” way to pronounce the name. Although much of the video consists of somewhat tongue-in-cheek examples of how he approves of almost any variant, Antoine does say that his own pronunciation of the name can change depending on whether he’s speaking English or French.

Baptiste isn’t the only hero making an appearance in the video, however, as it also features cameos from other Overwatch voice actors, including the actors for Sombra, Zenyatta, and Symmetra.

Baptiste isn’t the first new hero whose name has caused some confusion regarding its pronunciation – although in the case of Brigitte, voice actor Matilda Smedius had a more specific recommendation for how the name should be said.

For many of the game’s voice actors, joining the cast of Overwatch brought a spotlight unlike anything they’d previously experienced, and for Antoine it’s been no different. He revealed that playing Baptiste had already changed his life significantly before the character had even arrived in-game.

Baptiste’s character has yet to be explored in much depth beyond his original introduction, but with the next Archives in-game event, Storm Rising, taking place in Havana, Cuba – not far from where Baptiste was known to be hiding out in his home country of Haiti – it’s possible he could very soon have a role to play in the larger Overwatch story.

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Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.

 

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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.

 

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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.

 

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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.