Finding a game you want to sink hours upon hours into is a special kind of feeling, and it’s exactly the kind of feeling you get when you pick up Overwatch. With its fast, team-based gameplay, cast of colorful characters, and addictive gameplay, Overwatch is the kind of game that just keeps you coming back for more. But like any popular game, it’s not without its quirks. After all, when you’ve logged 500 hours on D.Va and you’ve played every map in the game more times than you can count, you start to pick up on the little peculiarities in the game and in the community. And what do you do when you notice the little quirks specific to your favorite game? Obviously, you make memes.
Whether you’ve grown to hate a character or grown to love a feeling specific to a character, the Overwatch community has you covered with a wealth of memes that perfectly convey your feelings. If you don’t regularly play Overwatch, it’s possible that these memes won’t make a lick of sense. But for the hardcore Overwatch community, these memes are well and truly dank. We’ve combed the furthest reaches of the interwebs to find the spiciest Overwatch memes around, so grab your Roadhog body pillow and suit up in your Reaper shirt as CBR brings you 15 dank Overwatch memes!
15. COUNCIL OF JEFFS
Every Overwatch player has their preferred healer. Maybe you like the peaceful Zenyatta, or perhaps you prefer the flying pile of frustration that is Mercy. But despite the bitter divide between the various Healing characters, all Overwatch players can agree on one thing: you need a good healer for your team to succeed. Unfortunately, it seems as though the team at Overwatch are dedicated to keeping one healer down: Lucio.
In this meme aping a scene from Rick and Morty, a council composed entirely of Jeff Kaplan, the head of the Overwatch development team, wave off the complaints about Lucio from a Summer/D.Va and Morty/Reinhardt. Lucio players keep pushing for a buff for the speed-boosting healer, but it seems as though Lucio is destined to wallow in the bottom tier. So sayeth the council of Jeffs.
Junkrat is like chaos given human form. He runs around the map, launching explosives willy-nilly, turning enemies into smoldering piles of ash. But even an explosive junkie like Junkrat is bound to encounter something he can’t blow up. Enter: Reinhardt’s shield. Sure, you can chip away at that shield, but what Junkrat player has time for that? But getting around that shield and blowing up Reinhardt? Now that’s a feeling you just can’t match.
Wing as many explosives at that shield as you want, but you’ll be stuck waiting for that shield to break, and Junkrat has always been more of a “blow a person up, think later” kind of guy. But when you manage to get that ultimate, bust out your Rip Tire, and sneak behind that shield, only to deliver death via tire explosion? That’s the kind of kill Junkrat players live for.
13. NICE ULTIMATE YOU HAVE THERE
It’s finally happened: after countless deaths, thousands of bullets, and swears a-plenty, you’ve managed to build up your meter and you’ve been given an ultimate. Soon, your enemies will weep hot tears over the defeat brought on by your ultimate move. But just as you activate it, you see it: Genji, waving his sword around like he’s doing his best Michael J. Fox impression. And just like that, your ultimate has been turned on you.
Plenty of players have found themselves in this very situation. Whether you’re throwing Zarya’s Graviton Surge or Hanzo’s dreaded Dragon Arrow, if Genji manages to catch your ultimate in his deflect, it’s game over. Soon, you’ll find the very thing you worked so hard for turned against you, bringing a sweet death and, more than likely, ample swearing and rage.
12. HOOKED ON A FEELING
Let us paint you a picture, dear reader. Imagine you are playing Roadhog, lumbering around the map. A Mercy enters your line of fire. She’s all alone. Also, she’s blind and she has a broken ankle for some reason. You see your opportunity and you rear your hook back, letting it fly towards the hapless Mercy. You snag the poor creature and reel it in for the kill. Boom, headshot. Flawless victory.
While Roadhog’s hook used to be capable of breaking time and space to snag enemies, the hook has since been nerfed, making the perfect hook an art form. This meme perfectly captures that feeling of managing to snag an enemy and pull them in for for the kill. For a Roadhog player, there is just no better feeling.
11. DEATH IS COMING
Nothing kills a good push faster than some well coordinated ultimates. If Zarya manages to snag your team in a Graviton Surge, it can feel like all hope is lost. As the enemy team unloads bullets and shurikens upon your helpless forms, you hear it; off in the distance, someone yells something in Japanese. And that’s when you know that you are all well and truly dead.
Pairing the Graviton Surge with a Dragon Blade or a Dragon Arrow is like pairing chocolate with peanut butter; they just work together perfectly. Thus, when Zarya manages to drag you into that gracity trap and you hear Genji or Hanzo pop their ultimate and let out their Japanese battle cry, don’t fight it; it’s best to just pray to the God of your choice and make peace with death.
10. YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE
Coordinating as a team is essential to victory in Overwatch, and an integral part of that team coordination is ensuring that the healer can easily reach every team member. If a team member runs off half cocked for a Lone Wolf attack, this makes healing downright impossible. But, as any player that takes healer will attest, that won’t stop that Lone Wolf from spamming the “Need Healing” chat option. And ain’t no healer got time for that.
Your average Mercy or Zenyatta is juggling several team members, running all over the place ensuring that the team stays together and not dead. So when, say, a lone Genji way off in the distance begins to unleash a flood of “I REQUIRE HEALING” cries, hey, they had their chance. Out of sight, out of mind.
9. CHEERS LUV
Listen, there’s no sugar coating it: Tracer is hands down one of the most obnoxious characters in the game. Sure, the character design is great, but having the time-displaced lassie run circles around the team while spamming “Heya” is a special kind of frustrating. But when you manage to gun the little runt down? True bliss. But then along comes Mercy…
With Mercy’s rez ability, any teammate can be snatched from the cold hands of death and brought back to the battlefield to get back to work. So when you spend ages locked in a duel with Tracer, only to get a stray shot in and put the diminutive Brit down for the count, seeing Mercy swoop in with that rez is heartbreaking. Sure, this meme is dank, but it also hits you right in the feels.
8. ICE TO MEET YOU
When Mei isn’t busy running around with her robot pal and being generally adorable, she finds time to sit at the right hand of Satan in Hell. At least, that’s what Overwatch players would have you believe, as Mei has managed to garner quite the reputation for her ice-cold kills and bloodthirsty nature. But hey, if Mei should strike, you just need to run away, right? This meme proves it’s not quite as easy as that.
It goes like this; you’re going mano-a-demon with Mei when you decide to break off to regroup, and then it happens. Mei pops her ice wall, trapping you in the room with her. “Easy enough,” you think, “Mei is trapped in here with me!” But then Mei growls “I’m not trapped in here with you. You’re trapped in here with me!” And then you get an icicle through the head.
7. JUST. STAND. STILL!
Each of the healers found in Overwatch require their own specific set of skills. For Mercy, you to know who to prioritize. For Lucio, you have to learn when to activate the Healing Beat. For Ana, you have to learn how to weather the barrage of Ana insults that make you want to put your fist through your screen.
As Ana heals via sniping, you must have a steady hand and a keen eye, but both of these skills mean jack squat when the Genji on your team is bouncing all over the map like a jackrabbit on speed. Sure, you’ll try to heal that Genji, but you can only miss so many times and endure so many “I REQUIRE HEALING” spams before you just say “Screw it” and wing a healing grenade at the ninja.
6. I HAVE A GOLD BOW! WHY SHOULD I SWITCH?!?
Listen, we get it: every Overwatch player has that one character they prefer. If the world was perfect, everyone could play who they want to play all the time. But the world is not perfect, and sometimes this means forgoing your favorite character to pick one that would better fit the team comp. But there is a certain kind of player that won’t consider team comp, and will just automatically snag their favorite character. That’s right, we’re referring to the dreaded autolockers.
Never mind the fact that the team already has several DPS characters and could use a healer or a tank; for the autolocker, nothing matters but getting that beloved character. So when the character selection countdown starts and you see xXBloodEdgeNarutoXx autolock Reaper, don’t expect that player to switch to Mercy anytime soon.
5. A GROUNDED PHARAH? HERE?
Okay, Sombra may have the lasting power of a wet napkin, but what she lacks in health, she makes up for in hacking. With a flick of her fingers, Sombra can steal the abilities from the strongest of heroes. Sure, it doesn’t make a lot of sense that Sombra hacking McCree would cause the cowboy to forget how to roll, but that’s neither here nor there. Sombra’s hack can prove fatal to heroes that depend upon one of their skills to survive. Enter: Pharah.
With her jetpack, Pharah rules the skies in Overwatch. But when Sombra manages to hack the hero, that jetpack cuts out, forcing Pharrah to return to terra firma. When a Pharrah player, used to zipping around high above the battlefield, is forced to fight on land, it often ends with a face full of Sombra bullets.
4. MADA MADA
The payload. You might not know it from watching your teammates, but the payload is the most important thing on a payload map. Sure, you might have the urge to run off and shoot some enemies, but moving that payload should be priorities number one, two, and three. While many players can shelve their bloodlust long enough to group up on the payload, Genji cannot. Battle calls, and Genji must answer.
Not to paint with a broad brush, but it seems as though every Genji player is physically incapable of staying on the payload. We get it; the desire to go out there and shoot a Soldier 76 is strong, but all the kills in the world won’t mean diddly if that payload doesn’t reach the end of the map. So keep that Dragon Blade in your pants and get on that payload, Genji!
3. JUST LET ME FINISH THIS SANDWICH!
We’ve all been there: you’re playing Overwatch, Junkrat manages to whack you across the head with an explosive, and your character is deader than a doornail. Perfect time for a snack! But as you reach for that bag of Doritos, you hear it: “Heroes never die!” You scream, but it’s too late: you’re wrist deep in cool ranch and you’re back in the game.
Eating while gaming can be an artform, requiring you to be quick enough to wolf down a couple bites of that sandwich before you return your focus to the task of killing the enemy. Before Overwatch, gamers could rely on that respawn time to nosh to their hearts content. But with a Mercy rez potentially striking at any minute, eating during a game becomes a high risk maneuver.
2. I KNOW YOU’RE IN THERE
When spawning on attack, it can feel like the world is your oyster. You can go shoot the blackboard, you can find a table to dance on, or you can go emote with your teammates. But you just can’t shake that feeling that someone is watching you. You look towards the door, and you see an enemy standing there, spamming the hello emote. Pop quiz, hot shot: Do you say hello back? Do you ignore them? What do you do?
Every Overwatch player has experienced this situation. While a visit from an enemy player can be an opportunity to taunt and greet the opposition, it could also be an opportunity for a trap. All those hellos could just be bait to lure you into the Junkrat trap lurking just outside the door. It might be best to just let that enemy stare through the window and get back to trying to spin the blackboard as fast as you can.
1. STOP IT. GET SOME HELP.
There are some feelings that unite all of us. Everyone loves nice weather. Everyone loves a delicious meal. And everyone hates Hanzo and Bastion. Oh sure, there are plenty of Overwatch players out there that are all too happy to main these two despised characters, but death via Scatter Arrow or Turret Mode is a surefire way to bring out the red hot rage in any Overwatch fan.
Sure, some players will argue that a death is a death, no matter the ridiculous circumstances surrounding them. But if you want to see an Overwatch player contemplate putting their first through the TV, kill them by shooting a Scatter Arrow at the ground. We get it: there are surely many players that love these heroes, and we would advise these players to seek help.
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