The Overwatch Year of the Dog event introduces new skins that appear to confirm that Pharmercy is canon. Fans of Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter have long wondered whether Pharah and Mercy (Pharmercy) are in a romantic relationship and the new skins have added more fuel to that speculation.
Pharmercy is one of the most popular Overwatch ships, with other same-sex romantic pairings such as McHanzo and Roadrat also being popular among fans.
Did Blizzard Just Confirm Pharmercy is Canon?
[UPDATE – It seems that the fan interpretation of the two skins may have been inaccurate. ZhuQue is commonly misidentified as the phoenix due to their similar colors and it seems that this may have happened here.]
To celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018, Overwatch is holding a Year of the Dog event. While the in-game event introduces a new map and brings back the Capture The Flag game mode, it also introduces new legendary skins. Two of these legendary skins, Qinglong (Pharah) and Zhuque (Mercy), have gotten fans talking.
According to fan discussion on social media, Qinglong represents The Azure Dragon and Zhuque represents The Phoenix, two of the celestial animals under the Feng Shui system. These two animals are connected and according to this description, the dragon and the phoenix are the “perfect couple.” Phoenix is “yin” and the dragon is “yang” and “they complement each other in creating yin-yang balance to harvest successful matrimonial bliss.” Together, they make up the “symbol of everlasting love and they being together is the ultimate symbol of marital happiness.”
This article also explains that the phoenix represents the yang (male energy) and the dragon is the yin (female energy). It also states that “When both the dragon and phoenix come together, they symbolize love, harmony, and togetherness.” Some Overwatch fans have taken this to mean that Blizzard sees Pharah and Mercy as a married couple and the new skins confirm that Pharmercy is canon.
Blizzard has previously confirmed that Overwatch has multiple LGBTQ heroes, this includes Tracer, who is a canon lesbian. Fans have long wondered if Pharah and Mercy are also lesbians because their abilities work together so well and because they have voice lines about keeping the skies clear together, which one might expect from a canon romantic couple.
Many are eager for Blizzard to address this latest Pharmercy speculation – but that’s not the only issue with these skins that Overwatch players would like players to comment on. Fans have also raised their eyebrows at Mercy’s Zhuque skin because it looks as though Blizzard may have changed her skin tone to make her look Asian (this is called yellowface).
There is an ongoing debate about whether this is yellowface or if the skin is just poorly lit; this wouldn’t be the first time that Overwatch has been caught up in a controversy surrounding poor representation and cultural appropriation which is why fans are so eager for Blizzard to apologize or explain. Likewise, if these skins are being used to confirm that Pharmercy is canon, Overwatch fans are hesitant to celebrate this as positive gay representation if it is fact yellowface. Hopefully, Blizzard will comment on both topics soon.
Like this post? Like J Station X on Facebook.