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Echo’s Overwatch cosmetics are loaded with pop-culture references

Published: 1/Apr/2020 19:54

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players finally got their first look at Echo’s cosmetics as part of a March 31 PTR patch, and there’s plenty of interesting references to movies, anime and memes hidden within.

Just as with most of the post-launch heroes, there’s a wealth of Overwatch spins on entertainment properties that can be quite amusing, if you spot them.

To kick things off, Echoe’s Butterfly spray is a clear reference to the “Is this a Pigeon” meme, featuring Katori Yutaro from anime ‘Brave of the Sun Fighbird.’

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Echo is Overwatch’s newest hero.

For those out of the loop, the meme is a screenshot from the anime series where the confused character looks at a butterfly and asks, “Is this a pigeon?” The meme often replaces Yutaro, the butterfly and the pigeon text to something more relevant to the meme. It’s often used sarcastically.

With Echo’s spray, she makes the exact same pose as Yutaro, grin and all, while a butterfly hovers above her outreached hand.

Next, her “Kung Fu” spray is a reference to the scene in the first Matrix movie, where actor Keanu Reeves stars as Neo. While onboard Morpheus’ ship, the Nebuchadnezzar, Numerous fighting exercises are uploaded to Neo’s brain, causing him to proudly proclaim, “I know kung fu.”

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Is Echo The One?

Moving onto highlight intros, the Maneuvers highlight contains a couple of Dragon Ball Z references near the very end. First, when she charges a beam attack, her pose is very similar to Goku’s when he performed the warp kamehameha against Cell.

While Echo doesn’t teleport, she instead switches stances to something similar to Gohan’s masenko blast.

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Blizzard really outdid themselves with anime references.

Finally, as Overwatch TMZ redditor ‘IsASarcasticBastard’ pointed out, the Stasis victory pose could be a reference to retired Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel’s finger stance. However, it also could be a callback to Mewtwo from Pokemon: The First Movie, as both he and Echo were created in a lab. Speaking of which, here’s how you can watch that movie and all the others, for free.

There’s probably even more references that we missed. Be sure to check out all of Echo’s cosmetics for yourself either on the PTR or when she hits the live servers.

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Is this an xQc reference?

So far, there’s no indication as to when that will be, but with the experimental card now a feature in Overwatch, she may get some additional testing there before finally getting added to competitive.

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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.