|“||We're all soldiers now.||”|
–Soldier: 76's opening quote
Soldier: 76 is the main protagonist in Overwatch and the former leader of Overwatch.
Currently the target for an international manhunt, the vigilante known as Soldier: 76 wages a personal war to expose the truth behind Overwatch's collapse.
Soldier: 76 revealed himself in a string of attacks that crisscrossed the globe, targeting financial institutions, shadowy corporations, and secure Overwatch facilities. Though to the outside world his motives are scrutable, there are those who claim he is a former Overwatch agent, determined to shed light on the conspiracy that brought down the organization.
While his identity remains a mystery, he is believed to have been trained as a member of the American "soldier enhancement program", which was founded from the ashes of the super soldier program. He possess physical abilities exceeding those of a conventional soldier's, as well as other augmentations that make him a peerless combatant. In addition, he utilizes a cutting-edge arsenal, much of it stolen in raids on Overwatch installations.
Unrelenting in his search to find those responsible for Overwatch's fall, Soldier: 76 will stop at nothing to bring them to justice.
- Soldier: 76 was announced on July 7, 2015. Before that, he was teased in two tweets from @PlayOverwatch, as well as two in-universe stories: Experimental Weapon Stolen from Watchpoint: Grand Mesa and Fading Glory: On the Trail of Jack Morrison
- Soldier: 76 is the playable character during the tutorial, and is also the chosen hero when accessing the practice range for the first time
- Soldier: 76's design comes from concept for an unreleased comic series made by Chris Metzen and Max Velati.
- Soldier: 76's Heavy Pulse Rifle has a display of ammo and Helix Rocket symbol along with normal display at the lower right corner. The Helix Rockets symbol turns yellow after use and will turn back to normal color after cool down.