The man who would later be known as Reaper was originally known as Gabriel Reyes. He was born in Los Angeles. Prior to the Omnic Crisis, he joined the United States military, where he achieved a senior officer position.
He achieved veteran status, and was highly respected. Reyes earned a coveted position in the government’s controversial and still-classified (but widely acknowledged) “soldier enhancement program.” Military scientists shaped Reyes and other inductees into the perfect soldiers, blessed with superhuman speed, strength, and agility.
Similar to Jack Morrison being referred to as Soldier: 76, during the soldier enhancement program, Reyes was referred to as Soldier: 24.
Reaper is a short-ranged flanker and one of the deadliest heroes in the game up close, with even Tanks like Reinhardt and Roadhog melting under the power of his Hellfire Shotguns. Wraith Form is one of the greatest invulnerability; he can use it to escape or chase the enemies thanks to his increased speed and immediate reload. Shadow Step is another flanking ability, providing enough setup he can use it to move in any location within his line-of-sight. When the main fight begins, Death Blossom can turn the tide of battle when using it in the middle of the fight. Its high constant damage can tear most heroes if they are not prepared. His relative simplicity makes him a good hero for new players, while still remaining deadly in experienced hands.