Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably noticed the Women’s Marches going on all over the world this weekend. The political protest is home to all sorts of people, messages and signage, including from Blizzard’s Overwatch.
Women marching earlier today in Seoul with a flag or D.Va’s bunny symbol, via @marchseoul.
The above image, which came by way of the Twitter account for the Women’s March in Seoul, shows someone brandishing a flag adorned with mech pilot D.Va’s bunny symbol.
It makes sense since the character’s real name is Hana Song and hails from South Korea. Known for shredding enemies from inside her two-legged tank, the bunny face from the flag above is the same one D.Va spray paints around the in-game battlefield.
— 맨두가 먹고 싶은 Neil Perry (@karmaPolicr) January 21, 2017
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— 버팔로 (@Koo_koozi) January 21, 2017
The symbol also showed up on some stickers beside the slogan, “The Rise Of The Woman = The Rise Of The Nation.”
— 노란개 조덕구 (@thopeto) January 21, 2017
— 세일러 전사 (@Gold_Sparkling) January 21, 2017
— 이섬이 (@leeseom2) January 21, 2017
— 김미썸♡*.+ﾟ (@40172_) January 21, 2017
But long before her bunny face became associated with the global women-led marches against oppression, it was largely thought to have been borrowed from, or at least inspired by, much shittier source material like Sucker Punch. The bunny mech in that movie is also used to wreck proto-fascists, although the rest of the film is a total cluster on too many levels to describe.
And as the march above demonstrates, least some people see characters like D.Va as symbols of empowerment more generally. Since online multiplayer games like Overwatch are inherently social and interactive, it’s not surprising to see emblems from inside the game be used as rallying calls in real life.