Genji was born into the Shimada Empire three years after his brother Hanzo. As the younger child, Genji inherited the clan's wealth and power without any responsibilities. Though he was trained in sword fighting, including use of the Dragonblade, Genji was able to enjoy a playboy lifestyle.
Genji's carelessness was seen by most of the clan as a liability. When their father died, Hanzo's first action as its new head was to convince Genji to take more responsibility in the clan. Genji refused, and a fight broke out between the two that left Genji injured, scarred, and on the verge of death. He was secretly rescued by Overwatch agents and nursed back to health by Dr. Angela Ziegler, a.k.a. Mercy.
Overwatch's doctors and scientists developed cutting edge prosthetics for Genji that enhanced his natural speed, agility, and reflexes. With Overwatch's support, Genji began to dismantle the Shimada Empire. As time went on, however, Genji felt repulsed by his mechanical half, and left Overwatch when the job was done.
After drifting for many years, Genji met Zenyatta, a member of the Shambali that helped Genji to come to terms with his new existence. Genji moved into their monastery in Nepal with Zenyatta as his mentor.
At the time of the Overwatch Recall, Genji had returned to Japan.
In Dragons, Genji returned to Hanamura to confront Hanzo, who did not recognize him. The two fought, and Genji came out on top with the opportunity to kill Hanzo. He did not, instead revealing his identity, forgiving Hanzo, and giving him some words to ponder before vanishing.
Genji is a faithful and tolerant idealist, forgiving Hanzo for leaving him on the verge of death and still having hope that he can change himself for the better. At times he shows wisdom, picking up some of the things that Zenyatta has taught him. In the past, he was also a play boy and was more content with enjoying life than running his family's criminal empire. After his near death experience, Genji dedicated himself to demolishing the Shimada Clan that had wanted him dead. However, he began to have an existential crisis and self-loathing regarding his cybernetic state after his mission. It was not until he encountered Zenyatta that he made peace with himself.
Despite his hardships, Genji maintains a sense of humor, jokingly calling himself "Green Cyborg Ninja Dude". He also seemed to enjoy arcade games and ramen before he became a cyborg, as shown by his dialogue at Hanamura.
- As Genji is a ninja, be a ninja. He is best used as a loner who backs up the team from afar but can pick off and distract opposing team trumps and major players. His attacks, though lacking in constancy, are best for ensuring direct single kills, and advanced players can tactically use his shuriken spread and Swift Strike to outright annihilate teams with utmost precision.
- Don't use his ultimate while cornered in a fight as a back up plan, it will only waste his ultimate. Use it before entering a fight or while behind cover to surprise the enemy and quickly kill them.
- Genji is a nimble, offensive hero that can leap, climb walls, perform double jumps, and dash in and out of combat.
- Use Deflect to turn the power of enemy attacks against them by deflecting all projectiles and even some ultimates!
- When Genji unsheathes his Dragonblade, his strikes deal massive damage in a generous cone at close range.
- Genji is highly mobile and very effective for attacking behind enemies where they least expect a player to be.
- Genji's Deflect is a strong counter to Bastion's Turret Mode.
- Genji's Swift Strike is not subject to gravity and can be used to cross gaps.
- Genji was announced on November 6, 2015, alongside D.Va and Mei. He was added to the closed beta three days later on November 9.
- Genji's Swift Strike skill used to damage his target over time. This effect was taken out in a later patch but still features in Genji's Ability Overview video.
- Genji's Agent ID is 3945_49.
- Genji, along with his ability to climb and jump, is still very quick on open ground, matching Tracer's base run speed.
- The quote "My name is...Green cyborg ninja dude!" could be a reference to Michael Chu calling Genji Green cyborg robot ninja dude on Twitter when he, D.Va and Mei were announced.
- The chrome skin has unique characters which translate to "Silver Wolf", while the characters on other skins translate to "Warrior God"
- In addition to Ryu-Ichimonji, Genji also carries a traditional wakizashi by his side.
- Genji's Carbon Fiber skin uses exactly the same navy blue as real life ninjas used.
- The Bedouin skin uses a clothing style very similar to traditional Bedouin clothing.
- ↑ BlizzCon 2015 Overwatch Panel
- ↑ Recall (Animated Short)
- ↑ Green cyborg robot ninja dude! (And D.Va and Mei!!)
- ↑ 鬥陣特攻美術設定集, p.30
|攻擊||士兵76 ● 死神 ● 法拉 ● 源氏 ● 閃光 ● 麥卡利|
|防禦||半藏 ● 壁壘機兵 ● 奪命女 ● 小美 ● 托比昂 ● 炸彈鼠|
|肉盾||D.Va ● 攔路豬 ● 札莉雅 ● 溫斯頓 ● 萊茵哈特|
|輔助||慈悲 ● 禪亞塔 ● 路西歐 ● 辛梅塔|