Widowmaker/Tracer

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Pairing
Pairing: Amélie Lacroix/Lena Oxton
Alternative name(s): Widowtracer, Tracemaker
Gender category: femslash, f/f
Fandom: Overwatch
Canonical?: non canon
Prevalence: very popular
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Widowmaker/Tracer is a very popular Femslash pairing in the Overwatch fandom. It centres around Lena Oxton, aka 'Tracer', and Amelié Lacroix, also known as Widowmaker.

Canon

Widowmaker is the emotionless husk of who used to be Amelié Lacroix. In an effort to murder her husband Gerard, Talon abducted and brainwashed her. They rewrote her mind and turned her into a cold-blooded assassin. She ended up killing her husband and joining Talon.[1]

Tracer is part of Overwatch. She is in a canonical relationship with a non-playable character, Emily.[2]

The most notable canon interaction between Tracer and Widowmaker was in the animated short "Alive", wherein Tracer tries to stop Widowmaker from assassinating an Omnic called Mondatta.

Fandom

Tracer and Widowmaker garnered attention early on in Overwatch's life. Because they were both featured in the short 'Alive', fans immediately began to ship them. Along with the dynamic of good vs. evil, fans enjoyed the cultural contrast of French and English. The animated short movie also gave birth to the idea of Widowmaker calling Tracer "chérie" (French: darling), with varying levels of actual endearment.

There is some fandom wank over how Widowtracer is criticised for many of the things it shares in common with Reaper/Soldier: 76, another popular ship. As tumblr user theworstwaffle[3] wrote:

Widowtracer and Reaper76 are extremely similar making the criticism against Widowtracer as a ship and the lack of criticism against Reaper76 even more ridiculous. This isn’t about people calling out a ship, this is people disliking f/f ships and glorifying m/m ships.

Other arguments stem from Tracer's relationship with Emily. Some fans argue that this only strengthens the possibility of Widowtracer since Tracer is a lesbian, while others say that shipping Widowtracer erases her canon relationship.

Popular tropes include:

  • Enemies to lovers / enemies and lovers
  • Secret relationship (i.e. they must keep the relationship secret from the other members of Overwatch and Talon)
  • Tracer 'breaking' Widowmaker's assassin coding and bringing back her emotions
  • Angst is a very popular fanfiction choice, especially with canon-type violence

Fanworks

Fanfiction

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Archives and Communities

References

  1. Widowmaker - Overwatch Gamepedia
  2. Reflections - Overwatch Comic
  3. [1]