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Overwatch fan creates hilarious 'Hero' parody using Dafran rant

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has created a hilarious parody of the ‘Hero’ animated short using a clip of popular streamer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca mocking a viewer.

Dafran is one of the most popular streamers in Overwatch, but the former pro certainly isn’t afraid of speaking his mind, and Reddit user Tengu_OW used one of his outbursts to put a very different twist on the conclusion of the ‘Hero’ story.

‘Hero’ is part of Overwatch’s popular series of animated shorts, which feature the game’s characters and offer brief windows into their stories and those of the world in which the game is set. The ‘Hero’ short is set in Dorado, and sees Soldier 76 – well past his days as Overwatch commander Morrison – save a young girl from the Los Muertos gang.

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Dafran briefly competed in the Overwatch League for Atlanta Reign before returning to full-time streaming.

At the end of the video, the girls asks Soldier 76 if he’s “one of those heroes”, to which he responds “not anymore.” In the parody by Tengu_OW, however, this response is replaced by Dafran, who makes his position on the matter very clear.

“I don’t give a f*cking sh*t, I’m not your f*cking hero. I’m just some sweaty f*cking nerd sitting in a f*cking basement playing computer. Go find f*cking another hero, are you f*cking stupid or what?”


Dafran crushes the heart of a fan but in "Hero" cinematic from r/Overwatch

The original audio from Dafran comes from a moment during a recent stream in which a viewer stated that the streamer was no longer their hero, prompting Dafran’s tirade about his unworthiness to be considered a hero in the first place.

The parody also caught the attention of Dafran himself, who streamed his live reaction to it in a recent broadcast. He clearly appreciated the video, though was unable to offer much commentary through his laughter.

Fans of the animated shorts themselves were treated to a new addition to the series in the form of the Overwatch 2 cinematic trailer at BlizzCon, and while Blizzard haven’t stated whether they’ll continue to produce such videos – which have become increasingly infrequent in the last couple of years – fans of the Overwatch story should have plenty to explore whenever the sequel arrives.