Aleksandra "Zarya" Zaryanova is one of the main protagonists and playable characters in the video game Overwatch. She is a Russian soldier and former athlete who is celebrated as the world's strongest woman. She also has a deep-rooted hatred for Ominics, due to the fact that they destroyed her home village. She is also a minor character in the animated short "Infiltration".

She is voiced by Dolya Gavanski.


Aleksandra Zaryanova was born in Krasnoyarsk Krai near the inactive Siberian Omnium. As a child, she swore to help her town recover from the Omnic Crisis, and turned to weightlifting and bodybuilding. The national athletics program recognized her as she moved up the ranks while representing her country. She entered in the world championships, and was expected to shatter records.

Before the championship, the Second Omnic Crisis began. Zarya withdrew from the competition and enlisted in the Russian Defense Forces to defend her hometown. This decision gained her respect and recognition from media across the world, including богатыри Magazine and Atlas News.


Zarya is very confident and never doubts her strength, often bragging about being the strongest woman in the world. She is quite competitive when it comes to strength. She praises hard work as well as perseverance and makes references to her training while on the battlefield. She also seems to enjoy making jokes about guns as well as Russia.

Zarya seems to have a biased hatred towards omnics, as shown by her voicelines with Zenyatta, Bastion and even Genji, due to the fact that he is part machine. She also shows her disdain against Numbani's policy of omnics and humans living together equally, saying "The humans who live here (in Numbani) are fools to trust the omnics."

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Playable Heroes
Ana | Baptiste | Bastion | Brigitte | D.Va | Echo | Genji | Hanzo | Lúcio | McCree | Mei | Mercy | Orisa | Pharah | Reinhardt | Sojourn | Soldier: 76 | Symmetra | Torbjörn | Tracer | Winston | Wrecking Ball | Zarya | Zenyatta

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