The Latest Overwatch Thing Is ‘Hot Zenyatta’

The Latest Overwatch Thing Is ‘Hot Zenyatta’

Zenyatta has a new skin for the Overwatch Lunar New Year event and uh, is it getting hot in here or is it just me?

Zenyatta’s new skin portrays him as Tang Sanzang from the Chinese novel Journey to the West. Sanzang is actually the central character of the novel, which is about the Buddhist monk’s pilgrimage to obtain religious texts.

All that is really fascinating, but the Sanzang skin also gives Zenyatta chiselled cheekbones and luscious lips. Zenyatta is hot. I’m so sorry for doubting this before.

For a lot of players this comes as a surprise. Some are comparing him to Handsome Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants.

I’m also really glad that I just got to part 3 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure last night so I understand these jokes.

To everyone having a crisis over Zenyatta’s face: I love and understand you.

But the best thing about fandom liking something a bunch is really good fanart. The fanart of the Sanzang skin has been phenomenal. Truly, we are blessed.


  • Was the stuff in Monkey about Tripitaka/Sanzang being the reincarnation of a woman (and henceforth looking like a woman not trying particularly hard to look like a man) canonical to the Journey to the West legend? That’d put an extra spin on this whole business.

    • I don’t think so. Tripitaka was always portrayed as a very beautiful monk. So beautiful infact that his three disciples(pretty much bodyguards) had to save him from as many monsters that were trying to bed him as kill him.
      But in the awsome TV series MONKEY, to portray this they had an actress play Tripitaka rather than a man. One sad fact is that the actress passed away from Luceamea soon after they completed filming :(.

  • I read the first sentence of the article and was going to leave a snarky “Yep, it’s just you.” but then I saw the rest of the article.

    I must say, the Overwatch fanbase never ceases to amaze in its cringe-inducing overreactions.

    Still not as cringey as collecting a bunch of dumb twitter posts and pretending it’s news, though.

    Some day I will learn to just not click, but I main Zenyatta and goddamnit every time why must I click.

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