Soldier: 76 is one of the first Overwatch heroes we ever got to see or play, and he’s always carried with him the notion that his ‘hero days’ were in the past. We’ve known for some time that his name is John ‘Jack’ Morrison, and now we know his middle name. It’s Francis.
Overwatch’s lead writer Michael Chu answered a fan’s question about the middle name on Twitter this past week. One of Soldier: 76’s legendary skins is the Rambo-esque Commando: 76, which displays a pair of military dog tags worn around Morrison’s neck. There’s the indication of a middle name on the tags, but it’s illegible when you look at the skin in-game, and fans asked Chu what it’s meant to say.
“Francis,” he responded, without going into any further detail.
So, Soldier: 76’s full name is John Francis Morrison.
That could be the whole story, but I got to wondering why Chu and the Overwatch writing team picked the name. Soldier: 76 was a character design by former Blizzard senior vice president of story and franchise development Chris Metzen, who explained last year that his inspirations for 76’s name come from American Western actor John Wayne and Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors.