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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons is a 12-Issue Mini Series that ran from September, 1986 to October, 1987, published by DC Comics, and subsequently printed as a single volume graphic novel.The story is set in an Alternate Universe that mirrors the real world of the late 20th Century, with just one key difference. In the real world, the runaway success of Action Comics #1 in the Summer of 1938 led to superheroes becoming a major sensation in American pop culture; in this world, it inspired a wave of real people to take to the streets in colorful costumes to fight crime like their heroes in the comic books. By the 1940s, superheroes are a very real part of American life and culture, but they're ultimately unprepared for the new status quo of the early 1960s, when the US government's experiments in theoretical physics lead to the birth of "Doctor Manhattan"—an omniscient Physical God with the power to remake the universe at will. The latter half of the 20th Century sees the US winning The Vietnam War with Doctor Manhattan's help, leading to a greatly escalated Cold War. By the start of the story, the aging members of the first generation of superheroes are retired or dead, and their would-be successors have been forbidden from crime-fighting by the passage of the Keene Act during Richard Nixon's third term in 1977. By the 1980s, the world is at the brink of nuclear war, and most of the world's superheroes have returned to their civilian lives. One of the only holdouts is the mysterious "Rorschach," a mentally unstable renegade crimefighter who lives off-the-grid in New York City, pursued by the NYPD for his long history of illegal vigilantism.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The plot of Watchmen begins with the murder of Edward Blake, a former member of the Minutemen who went on to become a feared Black Ops agent for the US military. While investigating Blake's murder, Rorschach delves into his past as the superhero "The Comedian," and begins to suspect that someone deliberately targeted him for his superhero past. As he follows a trail of clues through the seedy underbelly of New York, Rorschach seeks out his former acquaintances—Dan Dreiberg ("Nite Owl"), Laurie Juspeczyk ("Silk Spectre"), Doctor Manhattan, and Adrian Veidt ("Ozymandias")—believing that their past adventures may have sown the seeds of a new threat. But Blake's murder is only the start of a bigger mystery—one that will ultimately bring the heroes together for one final battle, and force them to question everything that they believe in.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })The series is perhaps best known as the deconstruction of the superhero genre, being one of the first serious attempts at examining how modern society and culture might really react to the presence of costumed vigilantes with secret identities. More broadly, though, the whole story is a protracted examination of the conflict between power and morality. It's no accident that it was written towards the end of the Cold War, when the United States and the Soviet Union—two superpowers of a different sort—were reaching the apex of their power on the world stage. At the heart of the story's complex web of character relationships, the superheroes are ultimately divided by questions about the values and pitfalls of moral systems. Several characters are unabashedly amoral nihilists, and consciously reject the notion of following ideals; others fall to the opposite extreme, and steadfastly refuse to compromise their ideals for any reason. The story demonstrates the perils of both ways of thinking, while also following the struggles of ordinary people caught in the middle, who are just trying to do the right thing.Although originally conceived by its writer-artist team as a standalone entry, Watchmen has seen a number of adaptations into different mediums and follow-ups. With a single exception, neither Moore nor Gibbons consider the later entries to be canonical and see them primarily as adaptations and derivative works:
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Therapy Is for the Weak
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Therapy Is for the Weak: Rorschach certainly thinks so, and demonstrates on his prison therapist.
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Arc Symbol: The doomsday clock counting down to Veidt's monster destroying New York City. A smiley face — the Comedian's emblem.
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Anyone Can Die: Outside the second-generation hero group, the only named characters to survive are Silk Spectre I, Mothman (although he is in a sanitarium), the editor and assistant at the New Frontiersman office, and maybe Rorschach's landlady and her kids — depending on where they lived. Often, the deaths are right at their subjective moments of triumph, particularly at the newspaper stand at the end. And that doesn't even count the deaths of The Comedian and Rorschach.
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Greedy Jew: In-Universe. The New Frontiersman's representation of "Big Business" in one of their editorial cartoons is a not-so-subtle Jewish banker stereotype. He even says "Oy vey!" Ironically, the Frontiersman's editorial cartoonist is later revealed to be named Feinberg.
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Rape as Drama: Part of Silk Spectre I's backstory.
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Plot-Triggering Death: The Comedian.
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Scenery Censor: Generally averted with Doctor Manhattan's nudity, but not always. There are a couple of pages in chapter three that look like something out of Austin Powers.
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Heroic BSoD: A game the whole cast can play! The Comedian's is the most famous, with his sobbing confession to Moloch. Rorschach gets two, first after the child murder that prompts him to become Rorschach full time, and the second when realizing he could either prevent Armageddon or he could serve the truth, but not both, shattering his black-and-white worldview. He chooses the latter, knowing that it would force Manhattan to put him out of his misery. Laurie gets two as well, first when she realizes that the Comedian is her father by way of a willing and loving affair with her mother, whom he once tried to rape; her mother gets one of her own when Laurie says she knows who her father is, and the second when she realizes that everyone she's seen for the series run other than the heroes themselves is likely dead due to Veidt. Manhattan has one when, y'know, he's about to die. Veidt ends with one. Believing he's saved the world, he crows about it to Manhattan, who reminds him that nothing ever ends. The cryptic advice clearly troubles him greatly. Dreiberg gets one when he finds out his idol and friend dies due to Dreiberg coming out of retirement, and people confusing the two Nite Owls. His Berserk Button gets mashed so hard the Ax-Crazy Rorschach tells him to calm down.
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Darker and Edgier: One of the main progenitors of the trope, though not strictly adhering to it itself. While it does take place in a Crapsack World and some of the chapters (especially Chapter 6) express a very negative outlook on life, this is balanced by the fact that the characters still manage to find hope in their circumstances and ultimately emerge from the experience having benefited from it. Moore actually regretted that the comic helped to popularize Darker and Edgier. Likewise while the comic has greatly inspired the move towards grittiness, Dave Gibbons' art is actually quite colourful rather than Real Is Brown or the studio darkness of its movie adaptation. The comics have a wide palette and in many respects it's closer to 50s comics with purples, greens, reds and blues. The costumes worn by the characters are all colourful and bright. Alan Moore biographer Lance Parkin notes that what makes Watchmen unique was that it told a mature story while still looking like a brightly coloured adventure comic and that the contrast between story and visual style was one of the main focus of its deconstruction.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: A Cape who dresses in primary colors and has a letter on his chest ("M" for Metropolis) and a grim, violent avenger of the night are on the same team together. Also, they're lovers-er I mean, "good friends." During Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's sexual encounter in the cockpit of Nite Owl's ship, Laurie's elbow bumps the flamethrower button, sending a jet of fire across the sky...
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Hitler Ate Sugar: Though in this case used to refute a logical fallacy rather than commit one; the implication is not "because Hitler was a vegetarian, all vegetarians are evil," but rather "because Hitler was a vegetarian, it's not safe to say that vegetarianism automatically means one is a saint."
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All There in the Manual: Lots of background information (supplied by Moore and Gibbons themselves) about the characters and their equipment can be found in the Watchmen Modules and Sourcebook for the now-defunct DC Heroes RPG.
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Break the Badass: The Comedian's reaction to the plan of Ozymandias.
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Title Drop: Ozymandias gives one for the whole comic: The chapter titles are also title dropped with little quotations at the end of each one.
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World of Badass: Both played straight and deconstructed. The heroes are seriously screwed up people, yet surprisingly capable of kicking ass when needed.
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Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Laurie and Dan.
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Death by Origin Story: Subverted and played straight with Rorschach. When his mother died, all he said was "Good." But when Kitty Genovese was killed and multiple people heard and saw this event yet did nothing, he decided to become a vigilante.
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The Beard: Silk Spectre serves as one for Hooded Justice, so much so that Laurie thinks he’s her father.
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The Ghost: Soviets — and the Soviet Union in general — are mentioned constantly during all the story but they are never seen onscreen.
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Visual Pun: When the Hooded Justice walks in on the Comedian's assault of Sally Jupiter, the eye slots on his mask are colored red; the Hooded Justice is literally seeing red.
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Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Only Ozzy realized Dr. Manhattan still had emotions.
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The Movie: See Watchmen. Finally made in 2009 by Zack Snyder.
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Fictional Document: "Tales of The Black Freighter," a pirate comic used as counterpoint to many scenes. Also, most issues of the original had a back-up piece consisting of excerpts from other fictional works, most notably Under The Hood, Hollis Mason's tell-all book about the original Minutemen, and Super Powers and the Superpowers, a criticism of US military policy during the age of Dr. Manhattan.
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Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, and the Comedian are all the exact kind of grim, dark anti-heroes that arose in the 90's but this is not portrayed as a positive thing at all. Rorschach and Comedian are sociopathic lunatics who are hated and feared by many and Manhattan is a fatalistic and emotionless person whose behavior causes his personal life to fall to pieces. Moore's point was that neurotic and complex human shades would make superheroes relatable but also unstable and non-functional while his copycats saw it as an attempt to make superheroes cool.
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Senseless Sacrifice
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Senseless Sacrifice: Ozymandias uses Bubastis as bait to lure Dr. Manhattan into the Intrinsic Field Subtractor. This however fails to kill Manhattan. Ozymandias next turns on the news and shows his plan worked, which wins Manhattan over. Ozy could’ve done this in the first place and spared Bubastis. As with any large scale catastrophe, it takes a great deal of time for news broadcasters to relate a verifiable, official "report," as myriad accounts are still coming in. It would take even more time for the news of the New York disaster to not only reach the various politicians, generals and whatnot, who would then have to communicate with others to come to that tenuous accord that brought a halt to hostilities. All that would not happen in the several second period that saw Dr. Manhattan teleport to Karnak, and proceed to confront Ozymandias. Manhattan was hardly in a mood to "chill for a few minutes" while the party waits for news reports to settle. But Adrian's flight and subsequent attempt to kill Manhattan, coupled with Silk Spectre's thwarted assassination attempt and Manhattan's recovery (along with accompanying speech) bought Veidt just enough time for the news of the cease fire to break.
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Übermensch
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Übermensch: Arguably one of the themes of the work. Just about all the "costumed" characters show some shades of it, but especially Rorschach and Ozymandias, who unflinchingly do what they think is right, even if it means running a bit counter to societal norms. Notably, these two characters' moral principles still run entirely counter to each other.
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Stealth Pun: Jon, an aspiring watchmaker who was told to forgo the business due to the atomic bomb, has the accident that leads to his Physical God status because his first girlfriend's watch was stepped on by a fat man. There's a very clever one in Fearful Symmetry. The pirate-themed Rum Runner sign has two Rs back to back so they resemble a skull. It fits the symmetry theme, but there's another thing you might not have noticed unless you know Cyrillic: the sign says Yar!note Actually, you have to know the Cyrillic and Roman lettering systems to get that; in English it's "Backwards R — "R" and in Cyrilic it's "Ya" — "Backwards Ya," since the Roman R character does not exist in Cyrillic and the character for the same sound looks like a Roman P.
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Fingore
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Fingore: "Who killed Edward Blake?"
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Stripperiffic
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Stripperiffic: An odd Lampshade Hanging, in which a character uses it as a warped justification for Attempted Rape. It's also noticeable that the costume was only very Stripperiffic by 1940 standards, as it's a very short backless gown with stockings. Further lampshade hanging when her daughter/successor complains about how ridiculous her own costume was. Unlampshaded when she puts the costume on for her new boyfriend and doesn't stop wearing it for the rest of the series (though there wasn't time to get a new one). And let's not forget Dr. Manhattan, whose progressively-diminished costume provides a Stripperific clue as to how far back in his personal timeline each of his flashback appearances lies. The fact that he's first seen buck-naked, and is only later seen in skin-tight bodysuits or Speedos, may be a bit of a joke on this trope.
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Who Shot JFK?
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Who Shot JFK?: It's hinted that it might have been the Comedian.
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Dye or Die
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Dye or Die: The Silk Spectre II and Night Owl II, at the end of the comic.
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Crapsack World
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While it does take place in a Crapsack World and some of the chapters (especially Chapter 6) express a very negative outlook on life, this is balanced by the fact that the characters still manage to find hope in their circumstances and ultimately emerge from the experience having benefited from it. Moore actually regretted that the comic helped to popularize Darker and Edgier.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: When reminiscing about their crimefighting days, Laurie and Dan wind up talking about a guy who pretended to be a villain because he was a masochist who wanted costumed heroes to beat him up. Laurie asks what finally happened to him. The elevator man's announcement "Ground floor coming up" is juxtaposed with a picture of Edward Blake being thrown out the window. In fact, most un-named character dialogue is put over a scene to give this effect. i.e. Manhattan's interview while Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II fight off thugs.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: Rorschach's journal, which sets up the plot twist in the final frame. Silk Spectre finding a gun on a dead New Yorker with which she later shoots Ozymandias. The missing artists and writers, obliquely referred to throughout, are responsible for Veidt's squid monster. And the 'Institute For Extra-Spatial Studies'. The excerpts of the Black Freighter comic we've been reading were written by the same man who wrote the Squid's psychically telegraphed fake Back Story. Said Comic Within A Comic also becomes more clearly understood as a metaphor for Ozymandias and his plan when we reach the end of the comic. Really, people can probably go on nearly forever here. In Chapter 11, Dan expresses disbelief that Veidt could have actually planned his own assassination attempt, citing the unpredictability of the shooter as his evidence. Veidt responds by saying that he would have had to just catch the bullet. Guess what he does in the next chapter. The names of several companies sound like slightly florid names common to comic books. They're all owned by Veidt through dummy corporations.
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Mistaken Identity
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Mistaken Identity: Blaire Roche, the little girl Rorschach failed to save, was kidnapped because she had the same last name as some rich family. Hollis Mason was killed because it was thought he was the Nite Owl who busted Rorschach out of jail.
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Ironic Name
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Ironic Name: As Moore and Gibbons pointed out, all their superhero names for their major characters are literary and character puns rather than the usual Awesome Mc Coolname of superhero brand names: Dr. Manhattan is the name of a Godlike superbeing which alludes to the Manhattan Project that built the nuclear bombs, when in fact he is a quantum-powered being who got his powers from an accident in Gila Flats, Arizona. There was nothing deliberate about his powers or anything to tie him to Manhattan aside from Government PR and branding, which Osterman scornfully Lampshades in his flashbacks. Nite Owl puns on "Night Owl" and the common early-20th century slang which made Night into Nite. Night Owl originally referred to party animal, i.e. people who stay out late at night, being super-extroverted and being total insomniacs, while the "Nite" shortening was often used in clubs. Both the superheroes who adopt those monikers, Hollis Mason and Dan Dreiberg by the time we see them, are staid normal men who live alone, keep regular hours and are pretty introverted and reflective. Silk Spectre is especially ironic in the case of Laurie Juspeczyk, who adopts the smoky Femme Fatale-like identity that belonged to her mother, when she's actually a level-headed everywoman who prefers being in committed relationships. The Comedian is intentionally ironic and mocking, being deliberately discordant in being a light-hearted moniker for an amoral government-paid assassin, black-ops mercenary and war criminal. To him everything and everyone is a joke which he uses as license to Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter". Ozymandias is the superhero moniker by Adrian Veidt who wants to build a permanent lasting peace when the name and title refers to a classic poem about how nothing lasts forever and all attempts at immortality are pathetic. Rorschach is the name chosen by a superhero with Black-and-White Morality and quasi-Objectivist beliefs to show how scary and intimidating he is, when it refers to ink-blot tests that are famously subjective, and which the comic's main psychologist Dr. Malcolm Long points out is entirely meaningless.
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Only Sane Man
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The first Nite Owl was a police officer during his day job, so he actually was properly trained and had official authority if he chose to use it. This is why he's the Only Sane Man among either generation of superheroes.
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Ascended Fanboy
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Ascended Fanboy: Deconstructed. Nite Owl II. Yeah, he managed to follow the footsteps of his idol, but he does not have any life or motivation besides to be a masked vigilante, and when this is taken away from him, the highlight of his life becomes listening to his predecessor's reminiscing about the glorious past.
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Cardboard Prison
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In the same autobiography, it's briefly mentioned that all the costumed criminals who didn't give up or move on to less glamorous crimes simply ended up in jail and stayed there. No Cardboard Prisons here.
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No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
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No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ozymandias does this to the Comedian. Dan Dreiberg and Laurel Juspeczyk vs. a dozen thugs in an alley. In the movie, the violence is ramped up significantly.
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Different World, Different Movies
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Different World, Different Movies: The existence of superheroes led to superhero comics not being popular, so most of the comics known from our world don't exist. Instead, comics about pirates are very popular.
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Captain Ersatz
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Some of the Minutemen are also Captain Ersatzes for non-Charlton superheroes. Mothman, Comedian, Hooded Justice, Silhouette, and Captain Metropolis were MLJ/Archie Comics' The Fly, Peacemaker, Hangman, The Black Witch, and Captain Flag, respectively (a carryover from one of Moore's earlier ideas for a superhero murder mystery). The Comedian's status as a patriotic hero is a holdover from this, inspired by Archie's Shield — evidently there was some combining of characters going on. And, as Moore admitted, the original Silk Spectre was based on the Fox Feature Syndicate version of the Phantom Lady.
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Heel–Faith Turn
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Heel–Faith Turn: Hollis' former archenemy The Screaming Skull discovered religion.
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: Rorschach squirts a ketchup question mark into a napkin and folds it to get a Rorschach blot.
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Shoot the Shaggy Dog
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Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Not for the main characters and plot, just all the supporting characters. The prison therapist's personal life ends when the squid comes, just like all other customers of the newspaper vendor. The missing artist was killed by Ozymandias, or on his orders, and no one noticed. The Comedian was killed as part of a coverup, but the reason was discovered too late to prevent anything.
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Literary Allusion Title
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Literary Allusion Title: Not only the series title (from Juvenal), but also the chapter titles. In-universe, Adrian Veidt's superhero alter-ego Ozymandias is also an allusion to Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem; the double meaning of the sonnet is hinted at and Veidt himself is aware of the irony.
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The Omnipresent
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The Omnipresent: Doctor Manhattan, as is to be expected. He experiences all time simultaneously, and has no trouble sleeping with his girlfriend using a handful of bodies, while a dozen more work on a science experiment.
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Gaining the Will to Kill
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Gaining the Will to Kill: Rorschach's origin flashback shows his — up until that point, he had only beaten criminals up and tied them up for the police. But after finding that a kidnapped child had been chopped up and fed to the kidnapper's two Alsatians, he begins to kill villains as necessary.
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Hero's First Rescue
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Hero's First Rescue: The highlight of Nite-Owl and Silk Spectre's first night out in costume in ten years.
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Easter Egg
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Easter Egg The AOXOMOXOA poster, "RR" (Rum Runner — think pirates) neon sign, Rorschach's napkin blots and monogram, and other mirror images in the artwork are the key clue tipping you off about the 5th chapter being a palindrome. Keep an eye out for the round yellow bloodstained electrical outlet in the same scene, mirroring the identical looking smiley in the first chapter. Watch very carefully the trash can in the background outside Gunga Diner in the 5th chapter, and you will find out the identity of both Rorschach (whom you follow around in first person without his mask in the same chapter) and the company that handled the frame-up (Pyramid).
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Allohistorical Allusion
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Allohistorical Allusion: Hell, if you look hard enough, everything in the whole book is a Historical In-Joke in one form or another. Most of the original superheroes die, retire, or go nuts after WWII, with a new generation popping up in the late fifties, mirroring the real life postwar decline of comics and the rise of the Silver Age. A lot of other ones too. Nite Owl calls his Batman style gadget collection from the '60s "campy." In the real '70s, comics (arguably) entered the Bronze Age as Super Hero comics started to deal with political issues; in the Watchmenverse's Seventies, they are the issue. The Comedian and Dr. Manhattan briefly discuss the effects if the US had lost the war in Vietnam. They also show a picture of a triumphant Richard Nixon giving the “V” victory sign next to a helicopter on a launching pad, which alludes to the final helicopters leaving Vietnam when Saigon fell in 1975. How about those two Washington Post reporters found dead in a garage? How about: "This is still America! People don't want a cowboy actor for president!" (Of course, the cowboy actor running for president in this particular universe is Robert Redford; in the movie, it was changed to a direct Ronald Reagan reference, probably because Redford hasn't been in a movie in a long time, but everyone knows Reagan.)
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Lampshade Hanging
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Lampshade Hanging: Done several times. See The Can Kicked Him, Deus ex Machina, and Fridge Logic above for a few examples.
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Bury Your Gays
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Bury Your Gays: After being kicked out of the original Watchmen for her sexuality, the Silhouette was then murdered along with her lover by a former nemesis. It is strongly implied that Hooded Justice was gay, and did not meet a pleasant end. Same for his supposed lover, Captain Metropolis. Joey and her ex suffer the same fate most of New York City does.
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Break the Haughty
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Break the Haughty: Big Figure gets reduced to a sniveling wimp, once Rorschach has his way with his two goons. Once he gets his way with him, this trope applies in more ways than one...
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Clocks of Control
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Clocks of Control: Clocks are a recurring motif, especially pertaining to Dr. Manhattan. Though he is for all intents and purposes a Physical God, it's played with: he's powerless to stop fate's unwinding, even as he sees all the moving parts of it in action. The reference is simultaneously to Einstein's comments about becoming watchmaker, and the Doomsday Clock, among several other layers of metaphor.
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Analogy Backfire
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Analogy Backfire: The lock company "Gordian Knot," which is famous precisely for being cut. The name Ozymandias. In spite of the "look on my works, ye mighty and despair" line, the source poem is actually about the fleeting nature of power (the line is carved on a pedestal and nothing beside remains). Ozymandias's great strategy for peace on Earth will fail... eventually.
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Trespassing to Talk
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Trespassing to Talk: Rorschach frequently does this, both to his friends and enemies. In one case, leaving a Right Behind You message in the victim's fridge.
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Shoot the Builder
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Shoot the Builder: The scientists Ozymandias hired to make his psychic-squid "alien" were invited to a work's-end celebration on a boat rigged to explode. Taken even further, in that the person hired to bomb the boat was then assassinated, and then the assassin hired for that job, and so on and so forth. The villain really wanted to leave no witnesses.
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The Topic of Cancer
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The Topic of Cancer: Doctor Manhattan is extremely distraught to discover that the radiation emitted by his physical avatar gave his friends cancer. This was actually a ploy by Ozymandias, who gave them cancer himself.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The Bad Guy Wins: If you consider Ozymandias the bad guy after all.
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Gratuitous Foreign Language
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Gratuitous Foreign Language: Completes the racial caricatures in the "The Way We See It" political comic, each of whom led their threats with "Oy vey!", "Da!" and "Si!".
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I Am Not Shazam
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I Am Not Shazam: The titular "Watchmen." Invoked and enforced in the Watchmen film.
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Deconstructor Fleet: A famous example. The series examines nearly every facet of the superhero genre, and deconstructs nearly all of it. It takes place in an alternate version of the 20th century with a history based on the history of comic books, with the first generation of superheroes emerging in the late 1930s, a new generation of heroes in the post-World War II era fighting crime with super-science, and the heroes ultimately facing increasingly complex political and social issues in the 1970s. The cast also includes nearly every classic superhero archetype: star-spangled soldiers, bombshell sex symbols, upstanding paragons of virtue, nocturnal street vigilantes, clever crimefighters with advanced gadgets, and even a wise scientist empowered by a freak lab accident. But even in the 1930s, most of the public views "costumed adventurers" as deluded weirdos or dangerous psychotics (or both), and it's made clear that they're woefully incompetent at anything but busting petty criminals. When the next generation of heroes begins, the powerful Doctor Manhattan soon gets pressed into service by the US military, and singlehandedly changes the geopolitical status quo of the Cold War. The superheroes prove unable to handle the political challenges of the 1970s, and most of them soon agree to give up crimefighting. And when one of them actually does hatch a plan to save the world, he turns out to be the villain—demonstrating that people who try to change the fate of human race are usually dangerous or insane. Not to mention that the star-spangled soldier is an amoral nihilist, the bombshell sex symbol resents being a sex symbol, the nocturnal street vigilante is a paranoid conspiracy theorist, the clever crimefighter with the gadgets is a painfully shy self-loathing wallflower, and the wise scientist grows distant from humanity after gaining powers.
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Crystal-Ball Scheduling
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Crystal-Ball Scheduling: All over the place. Tales of the Black Freighter runs throughout the whole story, Doctor Manhattan's interview parallels Dan and Laurie being attacked by muggers, Ozymandias "mounting the bar"...
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Logic Bomb
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Logic Bomb: Possible explanation for why Rorschach told Dr. Manhattan to kill him. A little bit of Fridge Brilliance here. He realized how hypocritical it was to approve of Truman's decision to bomb Japan, but not for Adrian to bomb New York, despite both being done with the same intentions.
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Hero with Bad Publicity
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Hero with Bad Publicity: Nearly everyone, at some point. For example, Dr. Manhattan's reputation is ruined by a concocted story accusing him of giving cancer to anyone near him. Averted by Veidt, who claims that when he retired in 1975, he was "the only hero retaining public sympathy," and what we see of how the media treats him post-retirement bears it out.
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It Will Never Catch On: The "cowboy actor" joke listed in Allohistorical Allusion.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: The Comedian, after shooting a woman pregnant with his child, is still shocked that Manhattan did nothing to stop him even though he obviously had the power to. And the Comedian has a full Villainous Breakdown when he learns about Ozymandias’ plot.
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Twin Threesome Fantasy
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Twin Threesome Fantasy: Subverted, as Laurie is disturbed by Manhattan cloning himself in the bedroom — and eventually enraged when she sees another duplicate still working in the lab.
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Hollywood Law
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Hollywood Law: Rorschach was sent to Sing Sing before even being tried for his crimes, while in reality he would be held at Riker's Island until trial. He also would likely be kept isolated from other inmates as a notorious vigilante crime fighter, which is not only for his protection but to avoid an incident like in the cafeteria.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: Rorschach, on several occasions, and at one point taking this trope to its literal logical extreme. The Comedian has his moments too, particularly nearly raping Sally Jupiter and shooting his own would-be Asian Baby Mama. The Knot Tops who killed Hollis killed his dog Phantom, too.
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Rorschach loses his rough voice when his face isn't covered by his mask. The difference is enlighted by the form of his speech balloon. This subtlety isn't featured in the movie.
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Out-Gambitted: Everyone seems to forget that, despite his death, Rorschach left his journal full of sensitive information to the press. Determining that this was probably the safest course of action to keep to his principles. The future was uncertain anyway. They didn't forget because they never knew in the first place. Dreiberg thought Rorschach was checking for incoming mail, and didn't realize he was actually sending a package out.
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Death Faked for You
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Death Faked for You: Dan and Laurie were able to assume their new identities easier because they're also presumed dead after the monster attack.
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It Always Rains at Funerals:...And it rains on the just and unjust alike... Except in California.
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Superheroes Wear Capes
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Superheroes Wear Capes: Deconstructed (like everything else) with the character of Dollar Bill. He was a former football player hired by a bank when they realized that having their own personal superhero on payroll was a great way to cash in on the masked vigilante craze. The costume was designed by the marketing department, who were going for style over practicality and thought that the cape added visual appeal. It ended up getting caught in a revolving door while he was trying to stop a robbery, at which point one of the robbers shot him point-blank in the chest. Nite Owl I's original costume had a cape, but when he failed to master the art of walking around his own house with it on without the cape catching on things, he got rid of it. This deconstruction was carried over into the CGI animated film The Incredibles with heavy nods to Watchmen.
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Ascended Meme
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This has become an Ascended Meme in its own right, where it's almost a rarity to find a comic book graffiti page without it.
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Ugly Hero, Good-Looking Villain
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Ugly Hero, Good-Looking Villain: Rorschach is quite homely and short, both of which are mentioned in-story at least once. Also, he smells bad, dresses scruffily and has terrible table manners. He's a Noble Bigot, a rape apologist, a Nietzsche Wannabe ... but, then again, Rorschach only kills dangerous criminals. Ozymandias, is attractive in a sort of fey, Bishounen way and Wicked Cultured. While Rorschach and Ozymandias are both Well Intentioned Extremists, Rorschach never hurt an innocent person throughout the whole story, whereas Ozymandias killed over three million innocent people with the intention of saving billions from nuclear war. This kind of pushes Rorschach into an Anti-Hero while Ozymandias is more of an Anti-Villain, so this mostly plays the trope straight. Possibly zig-zagged at the end. While Ozymandias may have saved the world, it may only be temporary and thus unnecessary (making Rorschach's exposure of Ozymandias' plan more of a deserved justice). If it was a true success, then maybe Rorschach's actions will instead lead to nuclear war all over again.
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The Backwards Я
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There's a very clever one in Fearful Symmetry. The pirate-themed Rum Runner sign has two Rs back to back so they resemble a skull. It fits the symmetry theme, but there's another thing you might not have noticed unless you know Cyrillic: the sign says Yar!note Actually, you have to know the Cyrillic and Roman lettering systems to get that; in English it's "Backwards R — "R" and in Cyrilic it's "Ya" — "Backwards Ya," since the Roman R character does not exist in Cyrillic and the character for the same sound looks like a Roman P.
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They Fight Crime!
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They Fight Crime!: Deconstructed. Rorschach and Dreiberg's differences in temperament make their partnership almost impossible.
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KnowWhenToFoldThem
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Know When To Fold Them: When Ozymandias dramatically reveals his evil plan, one by one the heroes accept that he is right and that the only way they can prevent the plan's success is by revealing it to the general public... which will save no one and possibly destroy the world. Rorschach, however is a deontologist and so believes that people should be told the truth, no matter the cost. Naturally, he announces this. His death is swift.note though he invited the others to kill him because he also knew deep down that revealing the plan would do more harm than good, his absolute system of morals meant he would have to do it anyway.Everyone else Knew When To Fold Em — they get to go home and mope.
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The Can Kicked Him
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The Can Kicked Him: Rorschach uses a toilet to kill a goon by smashing it with his foot and filling the cell with water, causing the goon's arc welder to electrocute him. It's heavily implied that he does it again later, killing the Big Figure in a toilet.
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Boring, but Practical
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Indeed the most functional and effective characters in the entire story are more or less the ones who are most like the classic Silver Age characters. Dan Dreiberg, the Boring, but Practical Blue Beetle knock off is a far better detective than Rorschach, and his equipment is the one that busts Rorschach out of jail and takes them to Antarctica. Likewise, Ozymandias is more or less a classic pulp Doc Savage type character, whose Charles Atlas Superpower is not subject to any Deconstruction at all, and is used for drama when it makes him an utterly undefeatable villain (on whom Rorschach cannot land a punch).
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TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight
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The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: A subversion. Rorschach is a dangerously paranoid man who proves to be painfully wrong about many things, but his delusional ravings about a vast shadowy conspiracy and the impending end of the world turn out to be chillingly close to the truth.
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StoryWithinAStory
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Story Within a Story: Tales of the Black Freighter.
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Character Development
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Character Development: Most of the major characters change or are revealed to be different from how they initially appeared at the beginning. The Comedian was a Jerkass who sought to actively personify his nihilistic perception of the world as one big cruel joke. Nothing mattered and he didn't care what anyone else thought of him. Near the end of his life, he discovered something that horrified even him, briefly had a genuine romance with someone he hurt, and fathered a daughter that he was sincerely saddened to learn hated him and wished to spend time with her. Ozymandias was cold and calculating, behaving as innocently as possible to avoid suspicion and did not hesitate to initiate his plan to kill thousands of New Yorkers. However, in his final scenes, he expresses both regret and uncertainty as to whether or not he did the right thing. Rorschach began the novel refusing to give any aid to humanity when the bombs start dropping. He dies refusing to agree to allow the loss of many lives to be blamed on a lie when a similar, metaphorical bomb falls on New York. Nite Owl II grows a pair and starts standing up to his fears, like Rorschach. Doctor Manhattan saw no real value in human life, more interested in astronomical, atomic and geological events. He eventually sees that humanity has something of value when he realizes that the simple fact that Laurie was born at all, especially when her biological parents have a toxic history, was in itself a miracle. Silk Spectre II accepts her calling as a superhero after spending the majority of the book lamenting her loss of a normal life, and even implies that she will take after her father by adopting more firearm-related articles.
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The Red Stapler
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The Red Stapler: In-universe example. Dr. Manhattan wears a double-breasted suit when he is revealed to the world and Wally Weaver mentions that people are discussing its fashion significance. Sure enough, double-breasted suits are the norm in 1985 and are worn by Adrian Veidt, Rorschach (both in civilian life and in costume) and anyone else seen wearing a suit after 1960.
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Grave Clouds
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Grave Clouds: At Edward Blake's funeral.
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Flat
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Flat "What" Laurie after Dan decides they must rescue Rorschach. Dan after first hearing about Veidt's plan to kill half of New York City.
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Humans Are Bastards
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Humans Are Bastards: The Comedian definitely thinks so.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Curb-Stomp Battle: The muggers outnumber Dan and Laurie handily and are carrying knives, chains and so on into the bargain. It isn't even close to being enough. Rorschach and Nite Owl II have both been established as extremely capable hand-to-hand artists whom not even a barroomful of ruffians will consider messing with. When they head off to Antarctica to confront Ozymandias, there follows a short two-on-one battle in which Rorschach attacks Ozymandias from behind while Nite Owl stands by with a pocket laser to burn Ozy down if necessary. Veidt doesn't even work up a sweat in dealing with both of them. When Rorschach comes back for round 2, while Nite Owl is still nursing his broken nose, Ozymandias carries on calmly monologuing while handing Rorschach exactly enough of a beating to let him know he's beaten. The Comedian is beaten to a bloody pulp and then defenestrated without even laying a significant glove on Ozymandias. Doctor Manhattan is inconvenienced for approximately one minute by being disintegrated.note It didn't kill Osterman, did you think it would kill me? On reforming himself, he doesn't even bother to spank Ozymandias; he just calmly informs the world's smartest man that he is a contemptibly insignificant lifeform.
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Cast of Snowflakes
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Cast of Snowflakes: Dave Gibbons' highly realistic art style makes all the characters extremely distinct and recognizable even as they age many years. There are many scenes where you can spot the numerous Recurring Extra characters appearing in the background even when the narration or dialogue doesn't call attention to it.
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Psychological Projection
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Psychological Projection: Rorschach has a talent for this, projecting those characteristics on to others that he unknowingly possesses himself. There's also his frequent insinuations about how All Women Are Lustful, and how Ozymandias as a Sell-Out is similar to a prostitute, solely out of his own bitterness about his mother being a prostitute. Likewise his hilarious comment near the end about how he must not let the Egyptian decor at Veidt's office overpower his logic, unaware that his own logic was coloured by his mask-killer theory simply because Eddie Blake at the time of his death happened to be the Comedian.
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Dated History
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Dated History: Rorschach's account of the murder of Kitty Genovese is based on a New York Times article that came out shortly after Genovese's death, which said that 38 people watched her being killed in plain view, and did nothing. This was, for years, the only narrative about what happened, and was the one Moore drew on. However, later researchers found that the Times story lacked evidence: nobody saw the attack in its entirety and those that did see it only saw parts of it. Some people heard her cries for help, but assumed it was a lover's quarrel or just people leaving a bar. The killer attacked Genovese twice, disguising himself after the first attack, so people didn't realise it was the same guy. After the second attack, one of Genovese's neighbours called the police and another, a 70-year-old woman, cradled her while she was dying. So while Genovese's murder was undoubtedly horrible, it was no more awful than most murders: the story that people watched it happen and didn't lift a finger is entirely without foundation, and seems to have been made up by the original reporter, as the Times itself acknowledged in a 2016 article. While it is is fitting for Rorschach to believe such a bias-reinforcing story, even Dr. Long on hearing this story, does not demolish this claim, since this was indeed the widely accepted narrative for a long time.
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So Crazy, It Must Be True
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So Crazy, It Must Be True: Rorschach believes Moloch's story about the Comedian's visit.
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Teleportation Sickness
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Teleportation Sickness: Others besides Dr. Manhattan tend to find his teleporting them unpleasant, some rioters even suffering heart attacks when he puts them back home. Though Manhattan's narration points out that this was due at least partly to the shock of suddenly finding themselves back home.
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Deus ex Machina
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Deus ex Machina: Lampshaded, referenced by name, and eventually Subverted when Dr. Manhattan appears following his Deus Exit Machina so that Laurie can "Try to convince [him] to save the world."
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Bittersweet Ending: Ozymandias averts nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union, but at the cost of the lives of Rorschach and much of the population of New York City. And then there's the lingering implication that this temporary truce may soon come crashing down.
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Stripperific
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comment
The Minutemen has many of the prejudices of that time period. Hooded Justice is a nazi supporter until the start of the Second World War, Captain Metropolis has racist opinions of black and hispanic people, the Comedian attempts to rape Silk Spectre on the basis that he thought she wanted it because she wore a Stripperific outfit, and Silhouette is thrown out of the group when she's discovered to be a lesbian.
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Corrupt Politician
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Corrupt Politician: Nixon is on his fourth term, Woodward and Bernstein were murdered in a garage, and the Comedian is saying nothing.
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Homophobic Hate Crime
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Homophobic Hate Crime: In the backstory, Watchmen member Silhouette was outed as lesbian and thrown out of the group (which apparently ran on a version of "don't ask, don't tell," as at least two other members were believed to be gay but nobody said anything), then murdered along with her lover for being gay. This is briefly shown in the film's opening montage.
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Utopia Justifies the Means
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Utopia Justifies the Means: Turns out to be the whole plot.
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Mistaken for Thief
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Mistaken for Thief: Zigzagged for the first meeting between Ozymandias and The Comedian. Comedian beats Ozymandias and claims it's because he thought Veidt was a burglar, but it's implied that actually he knew who Ozymandias was, Blake just wanted an excuse to beat up someone he didn't like.
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Minidress of Power
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Mini Dress Of Power: Both Silk Spectres with Silk Spectre II wearing a black Leotard of Power over a see through skirt with a chiffon cover, a belt, and heels.
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Bait the Dog
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The Comedian is described as a slain American hero who many speak of with reverence, and when we first see him in person, he's laughing and good-naturedly joking around with the other Minutemen while shamelessly flirting with Silk Spectre I. A few minutes later, he tries to rape her and beats her viciously when she resists him.
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Hidden Villain
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Hidden Villain: The Comedian's murderer and the person responsible for the events of Watchmen. It turns out that Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias is behind it, all in the name of world peace of course.
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Coitus Uninterruptus
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Coitus Uninterruptus: "Are you working in there?"
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SceneryPorn
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Scenery Porn: Dave Gibbons' drawings of Mars surface are simply gorgeous.
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Gory Discretion Shot
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Gory Discretion Shot: Savagely averted in the movie. Played straight in the comic more often than you might remember. Used to great effect in Tales of the Black Freighter, as the protagonist strangles the woman on the beach. All we see throughout the scene are the horses, watching.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Moore said that this is what the final lines of the comic were trying to do. The New Frontiersman's editor tells the portly office intern to pick up stuff from the rejected pile for a fluff piece, having him lean to Rorschach's journal, but it's really Moore addressing the reader of the book and the final meaning of the story:
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Impractically Fancy Outfit
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Impractically Fancy Outfit: Dollar Bill was hired by a bank, who thought having their very own masked man was a great gimmick. They designed his costume to be as attractive to the public as possible. This had tragic consequences when his cape got stuck in the bank's revolving door, and the bank robbers he was chasing shot him. Nite Owl II once tried to use the bathroom while on a stakeout. Taking off and putting on his costume took so long that the drug dealer he was tracking got away. He redesigned the costume the next day. Mothman's wings poke Comedian.
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Compromising Memoirs
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Compromising Memoirs: Some see "Under the Hood" as this.
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You Are Too Late
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You Are Too Late: Thirty-five minutes late, to be exact.
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Motive Rant
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Motive Rant: A truly epic speech by Ozymandias. Rorschach gives one of his own to his psychiatrist.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: "I did it thirty-five minutes ago." "Can't a guy talk to, y'know, his good friend's daughter?" The wham comes from the realization that two of the words in the sentence are false.
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Wham Shot
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Wham Shot: The opening pages of issue #12 are an extended one. Half the cast has died horribly. It's implied that Laurie and Osterman are the only living things in New York City.
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Painting the Medium
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Painting the Medium: None of Rorschach's words are ever bolded for emphasis like others characters' are, which fits with the description of his voice as a Creepy Monotone. His speech bubbles are drawn with rough edges while his mask is on, which might simply mean that the mask muffles his voice, since he retains his blank stare, monotone, and elliptic sentences when unmasked, but the bubble is also drawn with smooth edges (and some of the words are bolded) in the flashback to the Crimebusters meeting, before Rorschach really went off the deep end. Dr Manhattan's speech bubbles are drawn in blue, suggesting that his voice is just as alien as his appearance.
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A God I Am Not
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A God I Am Not: Doctor Manhattan, despite what the Vietnamese and many others think.
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Crazy-Prepared
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Crazy-Prepared: While it doesn't clarify if he did build it solely for that purpose or not, the Annotated Edition points out it would have required some remarkable foresight on Adrian's part to build an Intrinsic Field Separator (a device that basically recreates the accident that created Dr. Manhattan in the first place) for the sole purpose of using it to rid himself of Dr. Manhattan should he be cornered in spite of already handicapping him with the Tachyon Generators. Of course, if that was the case, Adrian probably didn't factor in that Dr. Manhattan could just rebuild himself again afterward, which he immediately does—it's not like the accident that gave him his powers managed to kill him in the first place, after all.
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Bond One-Liner
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Bond One-Liner: Rorschach gets a couple during the prison riot. "Never disposed of sewage with toilet before." When Dan and Laurie arrive to rescue him, he hardly bats an eye at their presence and asks to use the restroom, to their bewilderment. What they don't know is that he's following Big Figure, who he proceeds to kill off-screen.
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No Pronunciation Guide
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No Pronunciation Guide: Juspeczyk is pronounced "yoo-spe-chik" in Polish; it is not clear how she would pronounce it in America, although Sally's choice of "Jupiter" as a stage name gives a hint. Rorschach provides a half-failed aversion — it's given as "raw shark," which will work for most English people, and Noo Yawkers where the comic is set, but not to most American accents.
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Blade-of-Grass Cut
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Blade-of-Grass Cut: Used mostly for match cuts.
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Invincible Hero
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In the same story, Dr. Manhattan himself would fit the trope perfectly if it wasn't for a certain loophole that effectively makes him lose his omniscience halfway through the story. Before that point, he is so omniscient that ''it bores him'', but the readers/audience are spared from sharing that boredom since he's a side character rather than the protagonist.
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Book-Ends
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Book-Ends: Red-stained smiley (it's actually a ketchup stain at the end, but the symbolism is still there), doomsday clock. The first entry in Rorschach's journal appears at both the beginning and the end of the story. The story begins and ends with a Plot-Triggering Death; the Comedian and Rorschach's.
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Restored My Faith in Humanity
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Restored My Faith in Humanity: Laurie does this for Jon/Dr. Manhattan, although it's more along the lines of unpredictable / predictable than good / bad.
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Throw-Away Country
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Throw-Away Country: Averted strongly. The series takes great pains to introduce us to a variety of ordinary New Yorkers with lives and personalities of their own. It then takes great pains to show all of their corpses in the aftermath.
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The Killer Becomes the Killed
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The Killer Becomes the Killed: After he cracks, Rorschach becomes a vigilante who murders criminals; after the Keene Act, he becomes a fugitive vigilante who murders criminals. Technically this is continued when Manhattan eventually kills Rorschach, although it's not an example of the trope.
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AlternateCharacterInterpretation
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Possibly zig-zagged at the end. While Ozymandias may have saved the world, it may only be temporary and thus unnecessary (making Rorschach's exposure of Ozymandias' plan more of a deserved justice). If it was a true success, then maybe Rorschach's actions will instead lead to nuclear war all over again.
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Politically Incorrect Hero
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Politically Incorrect Hero: Deconstructed. Hooded Justice disappeared probably to avoid getting accused as anti-American thanks to him being a former Nazi sympathizer.
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I Love Nuclear Power
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Captain Atom or Allen Adam as he was called in the Charlton Era was a lab technician who accidentally got atomized during a nuclear rocket launchnote (DC would later call him Nathaniel Adam and alter his origin into a willing test subject) and then somehow reformed his own atoms and became a being of pure energy who needed to wear special outfits to shield people from radiation. Moore updated this very obvious I Love Nuclear Power origin (a Silver Age Excuse Plot made without any real awareness of actual particle physics and radiation) with Quantum Mechanics Can Do Anything, noting that reforming oneself into matter would not happen on the atomic but on the smallest possible level and rather than an excuse plot, the quantum understanding of the universe fundamentally changes and alters Jon Osterman's personality and understanding of life. This also allowed Moore to do away with radiation and with that a need for a special outfit to shield others, hence why Dr. Manhattan walks around nude.
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Artistic License – History
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Artistic License – History: On page 20 of Chapter 12, Adrian quotes the Egyptian Pharoah Rameses "Canaan is devastated, Ashkelon is fallen, Gezer is ruined, Yenoam is reduced to nothing...Israel is desolate and her seed is no more, and Palestine has become a widow for Egypt...All the countries are unified and pacified." The Annotated Edition points out that the Merneptah Stele hieroglyphics from 1203 B.C.E., which this quote stems from, was done at the behest of Pharoah Merneptah (to celebrate the victory of a major invasion he had successfully repelled) who ruled Egypt immediately after Rameses II, so Adrian is technically incorrect in his quotation, though not disingenuous since surely some of the aforementioned pacification was Rameses' doing. However, Dave Gibbons suggests in the same anecdote that Adrian simply made a mistake due to the mental stress from all that had just happened (flying to the Antarctic, killing millions of people, catching a bullet, etc.)
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Visual Innuendo
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During Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's sexual encounter in the cockpit of Nite Owl's ship, Laurie's elbow bumps the flamethrower button, sending a jet of fire across the sky...
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No Honor Among Thieves
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No Honor Among Thieves: Lampshaded by Rorschach:
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Mischief for Punishment
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Mischief for Punishment: Captain Carnage is said to have done this, the kink version.
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Friendly Enemy
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Friendly Enemy: The Comedian and Moloch. Or at least the Comedian has no one else to talk to when he learns about Adrian's plan.
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Meaningful Background Event
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Meaningful Background Event: A man holding an "End Is Nigh" sign is frequently seen on the streets. His name is Walter Kovacs a.k.a. "Rorschach." In Watchmen no 5, "Fearful Symmetry", at page 6, panel 3, Rorschach mentions that if Moloch wants to send him a message, he could do it by "leaving him a note at the trash can in front of the Gunga diner, between the 40th and the 7th." At page 12 panel 9, and again at page 17 panel 8, we see a character checking out that trash can. That means that the reader could have figured out Rorschach's identity before The Reveal at the end of the issue. The Dramatic Irony is that Bernie give us this monologue:
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The Berserker
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The Berserker: Hooded Justice, who beat criminals to the point of crippling them, and Rorschach, who outright murders them.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: It's hard to boil it down to a single theme. Moore stated that the book is essentially about power ("Who watches the Watchmen?"/Monitoring our protectors and minders) or as Dr. Manhattan states, "Who makes the world?" When a Physical God doesn't have all the answers, when the "world's smartest man" is filled with doubt and the Presidents and businessmen are equally confused, why do ordinary people keep believing that they are more powerless or that they need heroes?
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The Smurfette Principle
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The Smurfette Principle: Silk Spectre II is the only female Superhero of the second generation. Furthermore, her central importance to the plot is that of her role as a woman, being a kept-girlfriend to Dr. Manhattan and then the love interest of Nite Owl II. However, this is a deconstruction, so it may be intentional to demonstrate the usual roles female characters played in the comic book genre ten to twenty years before "Watchmen." The WWII era group originally had two females (Silk Spectre I and The Silhouette), but the latter was kicked out when it became known she was a lesbian. (As at least two males were known among the group to be closeted homosexuals, the commentary on sexism is definitely intentional.)
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Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke
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Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: They cloned a psychic and engineered the squid for Mind Nuking half of New York City.
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We All Live in America
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We All Live in America: This graphic novel ostensibly takes place in America with American characters, but one character mentions "having a lock fitted." An American would say "having a lock installed."
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Spanner in the Works
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Spanner in the Works: Appears to be the case, but, of course, is all part of Ozzie's plan. The ending has hints of a really major case maybe about to happen. See Cliffhanger, above.
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Jon sees Laurie and Dan laying together post-coitus, he gives a small smile and keeps walking.
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Complete-the-Quote Title
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Complete-the-Quote Title: Not only does this series takes its title from the famous quote attributed to the Roman poet Juvenal ("Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"/"Who watches the watchmen?"), but also the name of every single chapter is a piece of song lyrics/other famous quotes. The full quotes are found at the end of each chapter. Chapter I: "At Midnight, All the Agents..." (from the song, "Desolation Row," by Bob Dylan). Chapter II: Absent Friends (from the song, "The Comedians," by Elvis Costello). Chapter III: The Judge of All Earth (from the Book of Genesis). Chapter IV: Watchmaker (from the quote, "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker." By Albert Einstein). Chapter V: Fearful Symmetry (from the poem, "The Tyger," by William Blake). Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also (from the quote, "Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." By Friedrich Nietzsche). Chapter VII: A Brother to Dragons (from the Book of Job). Chapter VIII: Old Ghosts (from the poem, "Hallowe'en," by Eleanor Farjoen). Chapter IX: The Darkness of Mere Being (from the book, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, by Carl Jung). Chapter X: Two Riders Were Approaching... (from the song, "All Along the Watchtower," by Bob Dylan). Chapter XI: Look on My Works, Ye Mighty... (from the sonnet, "Ozymandias," by Percy Bysshe Shelley). Chapter XII: A Stronger Loving World (from the song, "Sanities," by John Cale).
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Limited Social Circle
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Limited Social Circle: Deconstructed. The heroes' issues make them incapable of forming relationships with normal people. They literally have no one but each other.
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Cast of Expies
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Cast of Expies: The entire lead cast, since DC wouldn't let Moore use the Charlton Comics characters he originally wrote the story for. The full list: Nite Owl is Blue Beetle, Rorschach is The Question, Ozymandias is Thunderbolt, Silk Spectre is Nightshade, The Comedian is Peacemaker, and Doctor Manhattan is Captain Atom. Moore would later admit that it was probably better this way. Dr. Manhattan is also a Captain Ersatz for Gold Key's Doctor Solar. Compare Manhattan's original costume in the novel to Solar's; also, both are passive research scientists working on a remote nuclear research base who end up as tools of the government. Note also that Solar spent his first few issues in a new frontier style suit, tie, and Raybans; very sartorial and possibly lampshaded in references to how Manhattan made the double-breasted suit a major fashion look. Some of the Minutemen are also Captain Ersatzes for non-Charlton superheroes. Mothman, Comedian, Hooded Justice, Silhouette, and Captain Metropolis were MLJ/Archie Comics' The Fly, Peacemaker, Hangman, The Black Witch, and Captain Flag, respectively (a carryover from one of Moore's earlier ideas for a superhero murder mystery). The Comedian's status as a patriotic hero is a holdover from this, inspired by Archie's Shield — evidently there was some combining of characters going on. And, as Moore admitted, the original Silk Spectre was based on the Fox Feature Syndicate version of the Phantom Lady. Silk Spectre also has a little bit of Black Canary in her makeup, especially as the daughter of a superheroine who takes on Mom's mantle. Although the first person narration and the journal keeping are both directly taken from the Question, Word of God states that the actual content of them - especially in the first half of the story - is more inspired by Travis Bickle's first person narrations in Taxi Driver.
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Cyanide Pill
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Cyanide Pill: Plays a part in the attempt on Adrian Veidt's life and his conspiracy. Adrian Veidt reaches into the mouth of his would-be assassin to get at his cyanide pill. More accurately, he feeds it to the hitman to clean up that loose end. The whole thing was staged to throw suspicion off Veidt.
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Hourglass Plot
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Hourglass Plot: Rorschach and Ozymandias exchange positions at the end. The latter calls the former a right-wing loony and the former regards him as a liberal hypocrite. As a young man, Rorschach wrote gushingly about Harry Truman's decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the wisdom of Well-Intentioned Extremist thinking. But he's appalled when Ozymandias comes around to it, and does it for real.
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Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee
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Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: Several of the original Minutemen were dragged in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Hooded Justice refused to participate and vanished without a trace, leading the public to assume he was a Soviet spy who'd been silenced. (The background materials *heavily* imply that HJ was actually a German circus strongman who was killed by Comedian just as the latter was beginning his government service. It's left more ambiguous whether Comedian did it because the government told him to, because he was still bitter about HJ from their Minutemen days, or both.
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A Storm Is Coming
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A Storm Is Coming: Chapter ten's usage of the last lines of All Along The Watchtower by Bob Dylan.
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Purple Prose
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Purple Prose: The narration caps in Tales Of The Black Freighter, the Comic Within A Comic, which seems to be a tribute to the narration style of H. P. Lovecraft.
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Not So Omniscient After All
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Not So Omniscient After All: Dr. Manhattan starts out as a omniscient Non Linear Character. During the storyline, something happens that makes him temporarily lose his omniscience while still being a Non Linear Character. He is actually excited by experiencing uncertainty again.
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Old Superhero
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Old Superhero: Deconstructed. For all their fighting skill, Captain Metropolis, the Comedian and Hollis Mason can't stop the ravages of time. The last two die fighting younger enemies.
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Jerkass Has a Point
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Jerkass Has a Point: Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, and (very grudgingly) Ozymandias respect the Comedian for his clear-eyed view of humanity and that he lives according to his (very warped) morality.
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: Usually minor ones spaced throughout, but highly concentrated in chapter 11.
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Zeppelins from Another World
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Zeppelins from Another World: Airships are far more common, because Dr. Manhattan can synthesize enough helium to make them cost-effective (and safer than hydrogen-filled airships would have been).
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Rich Idiot with No Day Job
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Rich Idiot With No Day Job: Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II, with the twist that as Dan Dreiberg, he doesn't fake idiocy but instead pretends to be a harmless intellectual. After he retires, it's not so much an act... Averted by Ozymandias, who gave away his inherited wealth as a teenager to prove that he could succeed alone. Depending on when he started his plan, the above about Ozy may have been as much part of the plan as anything else. After all, giving away all your money makes you quite the philanthropist and making your own fortune makes you quite the rags-to-riches story people love. Unless Ozy's lying, he didn't start to generate his plan until the Comedian opened his eyes to the futility of his life up to that point by burning the map of America.
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Anti-Climactic Unmasking
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Anti-Climactic Unmasking: Played with. Far before Rorschach was actually unmasked, the readers had been seeing him all this time as the sign-holder. In-universe, it was certainly dramatic.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Ozymandias, which suggests the final fate of his "better, more loving world." His last name, Veidt, comes from German actor Conrad Veidt, whose appearance in The Man Who Laughs directly inspired the character design of The Joker. Also Jon Osterman: "Oester" is a pagan fertility festival that was replaced by Easter. Oster also is originally Saxon for "Rising," which makes Jon Osterman the "Rising Man" — appropriate for the world's first true superhuman. Rorschach turned out to be one on a meta level, to Moore's chagrin, though plenty of fans do see him for the disturbed sociopath he is. The Minutemen, the superhero team from the 1940s, share the same name as an American intercontinental nuclear missile. The Gordian Knot lock company. Fittingly for the name, nobody ever seems to pick one of their locks, but apparently they are rather easy to break open.
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The Shrink
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The Shrink: Dr. Malcolm Long, who starts out convinced he can help Rorschach...
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Deadly Delivery
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Deadly Delivery: An attack on Ozymandias which is really Engineered Heroics to keep suspicion off himself.
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Artistic License – Military
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Artistic License – Military: The flag at Comedian's funeral is folded into a rectangle shape instead of the proper triangle.
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Mission Creep
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Mission Creep: Part of the drama about the grounded take on superheroes is the poignancy of what heroes do, or what they become, when there aren't bad guys and supervillains to fight and they have to take on real problems. The comic dealt with the fact that superheroes who sign up to "fight crime" and "save the world" will eventually face issues when saving the world means taking a stand against the government that they ostensibly serve. As noted by Hollis Mason and others, the original superheroes were formed to fight street crime and to that end, they formed crime fighting groups and gadgets. But upon meeting with success and facing a reduction of crime, the superheroes have to find other avenues to work, and either become celebrities, try (and fail) to blend back into civilian life or in the case of Mason, retire only to come to face the Physical God Dr. Manhattan who is more or less going to make his career and all memory of it obsolete. Eventually the superheroes face a public and government backlash, opposed by the police and other supporters for being Vigilante government-loyal stooges in a time when America is a major, unopposed superpower. Captain Metropolis and the Comedian discuss this during the first (and only) meeting of the Crimebusters. Gardner wants to form a professional crime fighting group to shut down all crime but Blake notes that it's ridiculous and pointless in the shadow of the nuclear bomb and so long as none of them have a solution to deal with that, such crime-fighting is meaningless kid's stuff. Ozymandias sees the Comedian's comments as illustrating that a true superhero's capacity has to grow and expand to properly "save the world" and so abandons conventional superheroism outwardly while still committing himself to save the world by becoming a corporate magnate, scientist and Well-Intentioned Extremist. Some would say that Veidt has undergone Motive Decay but Veidt would insist that conventional heroes have to grow up to better tackle problems of the adult world of geopolitics, commerce and mass media. Indeed, when Nite Owl and Rorschach meet Veidt in his lair, he is wearing his old superhero costume rather than the civilian clothing he had been wearing throughout the comic, which suggests that in his mind he sees his actions as superheroic even if it appears the contrary to his ex-colleagues.
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Iconic Outfit
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Iconic Outfit: If you don't mentally picture Veidt in his supersuit, you probably picture him in his black turtleneck, purple blazer, gold lapel pin and tight black pants◊, even though that's the only time in the film (as opposed to the graphic novel) where he wears anything that flamboyant. Rorschach's entire ensemble, but especially the black-and-white mask.
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Jigsaw Puzzle Plot
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Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: It's a murder mystery told in elaborate framed pictures with crosscutting dialogue and crosscutting flashbacks, all leading up to The Reveal.
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And the Adventure Continues
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And the Adventure Continues: Ends with the current Nite Owl and Silk Spectre coming out of retirement to fight crime together. Then there's The Stinger, implying that they may have to deal with the fallout from Rorschach exposing Ozymandias' crimes...
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Coat, Hat, Mask
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Coat, Hat, Mask: Rorschach's "costume" consists of his mask, plus a hat, trenchcoat, a purple pinstriped suit, and leather gloves.
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Token Super
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Token Super: Doctor Manhattan is the Trope Codifier, winning big on the Superpower Lottery and ending up as the only hero in the Watchmen continuity to have powers, which are god-like. The rest of the Watchmen are all Non Powered Costumed Heros.
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Mugging the Monster
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Mugging the Monster: Textbook example with the thugs vs. Dan and Laurie.
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Rorschach's declaration that "I wish all the scum of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands around it" is virtually identical to a quote from Serial Killer/Rapist Carl Panzram on the day of his execution. The only differences are that Panzram said "neck" and was talking about "the entire human race."
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Innocent Bystander Series
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Innocent Bystander Series: It's told partly from the perspective of the normal police officers investigating the deeds of so-called (and one actual) superheroes.
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Grey-and-Gray Morality
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Grey-and-Gray Morality: Rorschach kills criminals who could just as easily be arrested, but he also saves a woman from potentially being raped or mugged. Ozymandias destroys half of New York City in an elaborate ruse to save the world. It's not as simple as saying that some of the characters are perfectly good or evil.
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Iconic Item
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Rorschach's entire ensemble, but especially the black-and-white mask.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "Who Watches the Watchmen?" "Gag" and "Joke" are both Unusual Euphemism for superhero's role in society, the Comedian being Laurie's father and Veidt's Evil Plan.
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Atomic Hate
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Atomic Hate: The "nuclear football" carried around by President Nixon, in an unusual subversion of the Big Red Button.
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Morality Kitchen Sink
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Morality Kitchen Sink: Each of the major characters can be said to represent different attitudes to morality, and part of the conflict comes from their competing moral outlooks, and their successes and failures in living up to it in any meaningful fashion: The Comedian is a nihilist who sees the world as nothing but a joke, and just doesn't care about right or wrong, Rorschach is an objectivist and a moral absolutist who refuses to see the world in any terms other than black and white, Dr. Manhattan is so alienated from the human experience that the very concept of morality escapes him, and Ozymandias favors an overall utilitarian liberal ideal of doing good to build a better society. While Laurie and Dan Dreiberg are more grounded everyman types who more or less don't act out or impose a moral view on the world. Ultimately none of them are truly consistent, or can be truly consistent, to their ideas. The Comedian's facade of cynicism shatters utterly and he turns out to be a lonely, self-loathing wreck who is truly pathetic on the inside. Dr. Manhattan, the most seemingly misanthropic of the superheroes, gives the ultimate Humans Are Special speech in the book. Ozymandias and Rorschach exchange places as the story follows: they at first see each other as being a guilty liberal (Ozymandias) and a fascist (Rorschach) but the morally absolute Rorschach, who once justified Harry Truman's Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is stunned when Ozymandias launches a similarly brutal attack using the same justification. This time Rorschach takes the opposite tack and denounces this action, willing to die rather than uphold this facade.
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Nostalgia Filter
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Nostalgia Filter: Lampshaded by Silk Spectre in both the novel and movie, where she comments on how the future seemed bleaker and the past increasingly blissful despite all the glaring, gritty flaws. Including what happened between her and the Comedian.
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It Began with a Twist of Fate
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It Began with a Twist of Fate: If Jon hadn't forgotten his girlfriend's watch in the lab, he wouldn't have gone back to get it, get locked inside the experiment chamber, be ripped apart, and be reborn as Dr. Manhattan.
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Married to the Job
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Married to the Job: Deconstructed. Worse if that job is as a costumed vigilante. What's the point of fighting street level crime when bigger issues like impending nuclear war hangs over everyone's head? Only someone really screwed up like Hooded Justice, Rorschach or Ozymandias would choose this as a career.
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Unstuck in Time
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Unstuck in Time: Dr. Manhattan becomes briefly disoriented because of tachyons. "Excuse me, Rorschach. I'm informing Laurie ninety seconds ago... I-I'm sorry. It's these tachyons." If you flip the two pages of the graphic novel back and forth when he says this, Manhattan is in the same position on both pages, in the same pose, saying the same thing, highlighting his non-linear perception of time.
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Get It Over With
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Get It Over With: Rorschach's last lines.
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My Significance Sense Is Tingling
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My Significance Sense Is Tingling: One of the cops who investigate Blake's death shudders when he hears Rorschach's name. The man with the "THE END IS NIGH" sign they walk past is him.
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Animal-Themed Superbeing
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Animal-Themed Superbeing: The two Nite Owls and the minor character Mothman.
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Token Evil Teammate
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Token Evil Teammate: Deconstructed (naturally) with the Comedian. He is originally kicked out of the Minutemen for being this — not for being an Anti-Hero or Heroic Comedic Sociopath, but for trying to rape his teammate, Silk Spectre. He is then invited back to join the Crime-Busters, but he himself torpedoes the group.
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Black and White Morality
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Rorschach is the name chosen by a superhero with Black-and-White Morality and quasi-Objectivist beliefs to show how scary and intimidating he is, when it refers to ink-blot tests that are famously subjective, and which the comic's main psychologist Dr. Malcolm Long points out is entirely meaningless.
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Fantastic Fantasy Is Mundane
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Fantastic Fantasy Is Mundane: Superhero comics aren't really a thing in this world because real superheroes exist. Instead, comic books in other genres have taken up the slack, most notably Tales of The Black Freighter.
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Not in Front of the Kid
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Not in Front of the Kid: Rorschach starts to tell off his landlady for telling lies about him to the media, calling her a whore; she pleads with him not to say that in front of her kids. "They don't know." Rorschach pets that particular dog, because he can see a parallel between her kids and his childhood — except he was not shielded from his mother's profession.
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox: Both dealt with and averted. DC Comics apparently did exist in the Watchmen-verse, but the complications caused by real costumed vigilantes have led to superhero comics falling out of popularity. Superheroes that are cultural icons in our world have long since fallen into obscurity by the events of the story, which is why nobody notices the similarities between Nite Owl and Batman or between Rorschach and The Question. Since DC's superhero books have presumably been out of circulation for decades, this also conveniently avoids questions about who wrote For the Man Who Has Everything and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
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Dating Catwoman
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Dating Catwoman: A villain named Twilight Lady had a crush on Nite Owl II. Dan accuses her of having had a "fixation" and having been "sick," but there are clear suggestions it's something of a hypocritical excuse, what with his own moderate costume fetish and the fact that he kept her picture and has a dream about her before it turns into one about Laurie. Still a bit of a deconstruction.
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The Annotated Edition
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As The Annotated Edition points out, even if Adrian could have moved fast enough to catch the bullet Laurie shoots at him, it should have torn right through his hand, and not merely injured it. There's also the matter of him even catching it at all: handgun bullets typically travel 700-1,500 feet per second and Laurie was no more than 10 feet away from Adrian when she fired. Even assuming the ammunition used was the slowest type of round, at 700 fps the bullet would have crossed that space in 14 thousandths of a second, a speed that is absolutely impossible for any human to keep up with, no matter how physically apt they are. Adrian may be in top shape, but no athletic prowess could possibly allow him to move 18 times faster than a normal person. Testing has shown that even in a high-threat situation, the fastest the average person can move their hand over the distance we see Adrian cover is 250 milliseconds. Dave Gibbons does suggest that by moving his hand at close to the speed of the bullet, the closing velocity would be small enough for him to grasp it without major injury, but also notes that even this should be taken as gentle fiction.
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Politically Correct History
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Politically Correct History: Very much averted.
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Critical Psychoanalysis Failure
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Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: Played with; Dr. Malcolm Long is certainly affected and his notes and sessions with Rorschach in technical terms does go further in breaking through Rorschach's facade than others before. Yet he is so moved by Rorschach's story, that he becomes depressed and disgusted at his middle-class life compared to the horrors that Rorschach has faced in the past, ultimately realizing that he in his own way must do what he can to help people...and then being annihilated by Ozymandias.
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Developing Doomed Characters
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Developing Doomed Characters: The civilian characters (Det. Fine, Dr. Long, Bernard the newspaper seller, Joey the lesbian cab driver) all die when Veidt's monster attacks.
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Ron the Death Eater
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Ron the Death Eater: In-Universe Rorschach suspects that a lot of claims about the Comedian's amoral behavior are instances of this. Sadly, he's wrong. It's implied that he simply doesn't want to accept that someone who inspired him could have actually been such a scumbag.
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Lonely at the Top
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Lonely at the Top: Discussed by Ozymandias.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The existence of "costumed adventurers" has arguably made the world of Watchmen even less safe. The very existence of Dr. Manhattan has brought Cold War tensions to the brink of The End of the World as We Know It. Rorschach's investigation into the Comedian's death involves warning the other former heroes of a potential mask-killer. Ozymandias then fakes an assassination attempt on himself as a Red Herring to convince the others it's true. He initially only planned to do away with Dr. Manhattan, and killed the Comedian solely because He Knows Too Much. The Comedian's cynicism about the effectiveness of the Crimebusters and subsequent exclamation that the Cold War will end with nukes killing everyone ends up inspiring Ozymandias to end the Cold War by killing off half of New York's population. Dan and Laurie breaking Rorschach out of prison had the unintended consequence of causing Hollis Mason's death.
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That Wasn't a Request
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That Wasn't a Request:
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Establishing Character Moment
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Establishing Character Moment: Rorschach's nihilistic "and I'll whisper, 'No'" inner monologue as he, unknown to the audience, walks unmasked through the massive puddle of blood left behind by the Comedian's death. Easily one of the most iconic introductory speeches in comic history. The first appearance of Doctor Manhattan: a giant, glowing blue naked humanoid towering over Laurie and Rorschach, who, when Rorschach informs him of the Comedian's death, replies, "Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?" The good Doctor is in, everybody. The Comedian is described as a slain American hero who many speak of with reverence, and when we first see him in person, he's laughing and good-naturedly joking around with the other Minutemen while shamelessly flirting with Silk Spectre I. A few minutes later, he tries to rape her and beats her viciously when she resists him.
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How We Got Here
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How We Got Here: Everything about the Comedian is this trope. After all, he's an omnipresent character... who was killed at the beginning of the story.
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White-Dwarf Starlet
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White-Dwarf Starlet: The first Night Owl and Silk Spectre prefer talking about their Glory Days.
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Driving Question
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Driving Question: Who killed the Comedian and why?
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He's Back
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He's Back: Both Dan and Laurie can attest to this.
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Dysfunction Junction
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Dysfunction Junction: Nite Owl has retreated into study, Dr. Manhattan is amoral to the point of being inhuman, and many other ex-heroes are wracked with neuroses — being mentally unbalanced is apparently a prerequisite to being a superhero, which would make some sense considering... In Nite Owl 1's account of the Minutemen, they were, in his words, a bunch of screwed up people who ran about in costumes for kicks and possibly sexual pleasure. It's played pretty quietly for Laurie's whole background. As a minor, she dates a man over twice her age, and resents authority figures trying to control her life, despite living with an omnipotent man who couldn't care less about her. Some would say that she has daddy issues. She's also deeply in denial about the Comedian being her father, as her conversation with Jon makes her realize she had more than enough evidence to put the pieces together, she just didn't want to.
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Straight Gay
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Rorschach suspects as much of Veidt, though as the sequence is told from Rorshach's perspective it's fifty-fifty whether Veidt is Straight Gay or if it's just Rorshach being his usual sexually confused homophobic self.
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Right for the Wrong Reasons
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Right for the Wrong Reasons: Read the in-universe article snippet of The New Frontiersman, and you'll notice that the newspaper is actually sniffing surprisingly close to the actual conspiracy. It recognizes that Doug Roth's behavior suggests bias and that he might have been subverted, and even thinks that it might have something to do with the disappearances of scientists and artists. Both of these conclusions are right—but not for logical reasons; the writer reached those conclusions because they simply decided to search for any evidence that their ideological opponents were bad, and then blamed it on them wholeheartedly.
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Super Team
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The discussion of this trope by the Comedian at the first (and last) Crimebusters reunion is what sets the whole plot.
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Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt created by Peter Morisi (a former NYPD cop turned writer) was a Charlton acquisition that had traits common to Doc Savage and Bruce Wayne, namely in that he was an orphaned child of philanthropists who traveled around the world and became a McNinja. He was also known for using "the unused portion of the brain" and being super-intelligent with the ability of clairvoyance and anticipating future outcomes. Moore kept the "unused portion of the brain" pseudo-science and played it straight (since it allows Adrian Veidt, Ozymandias to be a compelling villain) but played up the entire clairvoyance and idea that he could predict and future as an expression of an overly deterministic and utilitarian mindset, and likewise leaves it ambiguous and uncertain if what Veidt did averted an apocalypse, if it was All for Nothing, and also revealing in the end an entirely uncertain and unsure man behind the facade of superhuman intelligence.
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Encyclopedia Exposita: Hollis Mason's book, Under the Hood. Along with excerpts from other clippings.
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Reality Is Unrealistic
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Reality Is Unrealistic: In-universe. Movie critic mistakes real footage of Silk Spectre I fighting crime for very bad stunt work.
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Above Good and Evil
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Above Good and Evil: The longer he is Dr. Manhattan, the further he drifts from typical human morals, something even the Comedian worries about. However, after his talk with Laurie on Mars, he becomes convinced of the value of human life. This allows Manhattan to agree not to expose Veidt as an Omnicidal Maniac and even kill Rorschach, but this also leads him to leave Earth forever.
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast: Dr. Manhattan may not think of himself as a god, but he sure boasts to Adrian like he is. There's also Rorschach's "None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with YOU. You're locked up in here with ME!"
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Story-Breaker Power
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Story-Breaker Power: Ozymandias uses tachyons to interrupt Dr. Manhattan’s omniscience. Otherwise, he would’ve figured out Ozymandias’s plot much earlier … and there would have been far less story.
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Psychic Powers
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Psychic Powers: Plays an indirect but key role in the plot.
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Eldritch Abomination
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Eldritch Abomination: Given a distinctly 'meta' spin — this is a "fake" Eldritch Horror, and yet one with a pretty impressive body-count. Otherwise pretty true to what's supposed to happen when a Great Old One wakes.
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Bait-and-Switch
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Bait-and-Switch: On the second page of chapter 1, we are introduced to a detective wearing a Badass Longcoat - and whose prominent chin is noticeably covered in Perma-Stubble - investigating a crime scene. Soon afterwards we are introduced to Rorschach, a costumed vigilante in a Badass Longcoat - and whose prominent chin is noticeably covered in Permastubble - investigating a crime scene. This turns out to be a complete coincidence.
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Germanic Depressives
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Germanic Depressives: Osterman, after turning into Doctor Manhattan, realizes that past and future are the same thing, and everything is preordained. From that point on, he sounds very sad and depressed in his inner monologues. He doesn't show it, of course, as preordination demands that he plays his different role.
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That Man Is Dead
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That Man Is Dead
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Mind Rape
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Mind Rape: The effect that the "monster" has on survivors, even halfway around the globe.
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Carefully examined. Laurie's mother Sally was almost raped by the Comedian, but later ends up becoming close to him and having an affair which results in Laurie's conception. Sally is torn because she knows objectively she should loathe him. Subverted by Rorschach, who simply notes that he can’t speculate on the Comedian’s “moral lapses." This enrages Laurie. Ironically, he has no problem with murdering rapist thugs on the streets.
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Spreading Disaster Map Graphic
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Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: This is used to demonstrate the damages of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union, when Dr. Manhattan isn't there to prevent it.
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Deconstruction
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Silk Spectre II is the only female Superhero of the second generation. Furthermore, her central importance to the plot is that of her role as a woman, being a kept-girlfriend to Dr. Manhattan and then the love interest of Nite Owl II. However, this is a deconstruction, so it may be intentional to demonstrate the usual roles female characters played in the comic book genre ten to twenty years before "Watchmen."
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Reed Richards Is Useless
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Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted utterly, as the Vietnam War was won because of the influence of supers, and technology made by supers has changed the world's economy and outlook. The discussion of this trope by the Comedian at the first (and last) Crimebusters reunion is what sets the whole plot.
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Posthumous Character
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Posthumous Character: Several, but especially the Comedian, since his death starts the story.
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Capitalism Is Bad
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Capitalism Is Bad: Ozymandias' empire and supervillain scheme is built on capitalism and consumerism and part of how he makes his power work is the way his products and advertising filter in the background without characters, main and supporting, even aware of his presence and intentions. Of course, Veidt is in many ways a "good" capitalist, he doesn't seem to exploit his employees in his non-villain schemes, he's not an anti-intellectual, and he's not a coward in the physical sense. From Veidt's view to be any kind of superhero with real world impact and influence, you need to have a business empire.
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Anachronic Order
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Anachronic Order: In Issue #4, Dr. Manhattan's backstory uses Non Linear Storytelling. In Issue #9, Dr. Manhattan also uses his abilities to help Laurie reach a highly personal conclusion about her life, namely that Eddie Blake is her father. Issue #11 actually uses this as a plot twist. The narrative is mainly set in Ozymandias's base in Antarctica, while we're seemingly led to believe that what's going on in New York City with all the side characters is taking place at the same time. However, as the issue's ending indicates, Ozymandias dropped the squid on the city 35 minutes before the heroes got to him. Subtle foreshadowing to the New York segments taking place in the past can be seen in the background, where the clocks are all set before midnight, while the one in Ozymandias's lair is set to midnight.
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Literal Metaphor
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Literal Metaphor: Night Owl comments that in the early years, Rorschach "...was quiet, he was grim, but he still had all the buttons on his overcoat." And in fact, in flashbacks to those early years, when Rorschach was more sane, his trench coat has all its buttons—in the 'present day' storyline, his coat is missing one.
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BigRottenApple
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Big Rotten Apple: Despite the upscale areas looking like a Raygun Gothic Shining City, New York City is portrayed as being wracked by poverty and social unrest, like how New York City really was at the time the comic was written.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: For comics (this is still widely considered one of the best and most influential comics ever written, and one of the best novels). The climax of issue #11.
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Corporate Conspiracy
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Corporate Conspiracy: Veidt Industries is a rare benevolent example. Their CEO Ozymandias spends all their resources on a plan to save the world from nuclear annihilation by killing all of New York City.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: The Comedian "made a lot of enemies, even among his friends" and nobody other than Rorschach seems to really care about his murder. And possibly Moloch. Lawrence is another one. He is killed by Michael while under Big Figure's orders who wanted revenge on Rorschach. In the comic Lawrence gets his throat slit with a utility knife, in the movie his arms are cut off.
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Crazy Enough to Work
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Crazy Enough to Work: Send a giant squid to attack New York to prevent the world's superpowers from nuking everybody? Heh, why not?
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Superpower Lottery
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Superpower Lottery: Deconstructed. Dr. Manhattan is a nigh-omnipotent, nigh-omniscient being, and the only one who has any superpower whatsoever. Yet he is so unmotivated and detached that he lets himself become a puppet of government, is one of those characters who can be manipulated very easily, and has really hard time using his own powers not just for others', but for his own good.
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Cliff Hanger
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The ending has hints of a really major case maybe about to happen. See Cliffhanger, above.
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Diabolical Mastermind
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Diabolical Mastermind: Deconstructed. Moloch. You would guess that a crime lord with style ends up quite rich, right? In reality by the time he is a fragile old man, he is lonely, poor and suffers from cancer, not to mention that gets shot for being an inconvenience. Not to mention that the criminal underworld really soon deems this trope as a ridiculous eccentricity.
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Femme Fatale
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Silk Spectre is especially ironic in the case of Laurie Juspeczyk, who adopts the smoky Femme Fatale-like identity that belonged to her mother, when she's actually a level-headed everywoman who prefers being in committed relationships.
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Art Shift
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Art Shift: The Black Freighter comic.
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Death by Disfigurement
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Death by Disfigurement: Rorschach throws boiling oil into a fellow prisoner's face after he announces his intention to stab Rorschach.
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Men Get Old, Women Get Replaced
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Men Get Old, Women Get Replaced: There were originally two female members of the Minutemen team which existed in the 1940s: Silhouette and Silk Spectre. When the Crimebusters formed as their replacements, there were two veterans of the Minutemen: Captain Metropolis and the Comedian. Silhouette was killed after being outed as a lesbian and Silk Spectre was replaced by her younger daughter.
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ozymandias poisons his assistants, and congratulates them for helping create a new utopia (as they are either dead or dying), then lets their bodies be hidden by snow cover. Later, he tells the others that his assistants accidentally killed themselves. He also blows up the artists who helped create the monster. Big Figure has one of his mooks kill another when Rorschach ties the unlucky mook's hands to his cell door, obstructing the others from coming in to get him.
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MonsterModesty
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Monster Modesty: Inverted with Doc Manhattan, who becomes increasingly immodest as he gets further from his humanity.
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Redundant Rescue
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Redundant Rescue: When Nite Owl and Silk Spectre go to free Rorschach from prison. When they find him, he has already broken out of his cell, killed some of the people in his way, and is on the way out.
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Beware the Superman
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Beware the Superman
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There Are No Therapists
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There Are No Therapists: Deconstructed. Psychotherapy was new in the post-World War II world but lack of understanding of psychological care causes Mothman's breakdown. Dr. Long (Rorschach's shrink) shows how impossible it is to understand the mind of a "hero."
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Big Bad
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Big Bad: Ozymandias is an interesting example as, while his deeds are certainly worthy of proper Big Bad status, he's occasionally a sympathetic character.
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Rewatch Bonus
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Rewatch Bonus: The very first page has a pretty big one. Rorschach's monologue includes a line about "good men like my father or President Truman," which comes across a lot differently once you know Rorschach's backstory. It turns out that he's actually the illegitimate son of a prostitute, and doesn't even know who his father is—but he invented an elaborate fantasy about his father being a secret agent. Harry Truman was also his childhood idol because he ordered the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Upon rereading the book, the line comes across as a very telling Establishing Character Moment for Rorschach, establishing that he's a seriously delusional man with the moral compass of a child.
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Gambit Roulette
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Gambit Roulette: Plays straight, lampshades, and then almost immediately subverts this trope.
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After the Comedian's death, Rorschach approaches Veidt with the possibility of a serial killer targeting former heroes, completely unaware that Veidt killed the Comedian for unrelated reasons. A single panel shows Veidt contemplating Rorschach's suggestion, and then Veidt begins killing masks in earnest as a Red Herring. Rorschach again, when he leaves his journal for a tabloid to discover, including all his incriminating evidence against Veidt and his new utopia. Whether the editors will actually take it seriously, or the paper's readers will believe it is uncertain as well.
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Been There, Shaped History
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Doctor Manhattan greatly changed the world, since he can synthesize normally rare elements and win wars single-handedly. Oh, and vigilante groups played their part (as mundane as their members may have been — The Comedian certainly made a mark or two on history).
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Sociopathic Hero
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Sociopathic Hero: Rorschach and the Comedian. Deconstructed; while it quickly becomes clear that instead of being a Captain Patriotic, the Comedian is one of these, we just learn later that even acting like a sociopath has its drawbacks — his brutality alienated everybody from him on the scale that he cannot form a human relationship anymore. While he clearly wants to reconcile with his daughter, he is incapable of that, at first because he is awkward in relationships and then because Laurie despises him for his attempted rape of her mother. And when he is desperate because of Ozymandias' plan, where does he go? To one of his former enemies, where he breaks down sobbing, instead of another vigilante.
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Dirty Communists
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The Soviet Union still invades Afghanistan, although six years later than in the real world.
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A Day in the Limelight
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A Day in the Limelight: Each main character gets an issue devoted to them and/or their backstory: Issue #2: Edward Blake/The Comedian Issue #4: Jon Osterman/Dr. Manhattan Issue #6: Walter Kovacs/Rorschach Issue #7: Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II Issue #9: Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II Issue #11: Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
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WhatMeasureIsANonSuper
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What Measure Is a Non-Super?: Deconstructed. In the series, we often find that ordinary police officers are more than capable of defeating Rorschach by going all Zerg Rush on him where Batman for instance is always able to defeat and escape multiple police officers and mooks in comics, likewise Dr. Malcolm Long is cut from a different and altogether more heroic cloth than the usual simplistic brand of psychotherapy typical of superhero comics.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: Abounds. One of the major plot points is the character assassination of Doctor Manhattan. The climax involves a massive attack on the island of Manhattan. The very first person we see in the comic is Rorschach (although we don't know it's him at the time) striding through an enormous pool of blood — a pool of blood not unlike that which Dr. Manhattan will turn him into at the end. Just as the detectives talk about Rorschach, they unknowingly walk past an unmasked Walter Kovacs. One of them suddenly feels chilly once he appears. The entire story of Tales of the Black Freighter is an allegorical hint towards Adrian's plan and his motivations for going through with it. The excerpt from a book discussing Tales of the Black Freighter and the copy for the New Frontiersman end by discussing the disappearance of Max Shea and others before it's revealed where they ended up. When they first meet, Doctor Manhattan notes that he finds Ozymandias interesting. Laurie's first meeting the Comedian is full of these towards the revelation that he's her father. He's noticeably a lot nicer to her than everyone else and he catches himself when he's about to call her his daughter. Even more subtly done is them sharing a light, drawing attention to how Laurie shares a lot of his quirks including a tendency to smoke. Pyramid Deliveries. Adrian isn't exactly subtle about his Egyptian motif, is he?
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Filler
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Filler: One of the weirdest examples of filler in the history of the term. According to That Other Wiki Moore and Gibbons were contracted for a 12-issue run of the comic, but the plot that Moore had envisioned would take up, at most, six. He decided to get around this by devoting several chapters to closely examining the characters and the world in which they live. However, as Moore began to write the series, he realized that "the plot itself is of no great consequence...it just really isn't the most interesting thing about Watchmen."
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This Is Gonna Suck
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This Is Gonna Suck: A writer celebrating a job well done creating a psychic-squid beast as "special effects for a movie" actually a weapon that will be used to depopulate New York City and blamed on a non-existent alien invasion decides to have a quick nookie with a coworker down in the hold. He finds a bomb. His last moments are squeezing her closer for comfort, and falteringly reassuring her that everything is fine.
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Single-Issue Psychology
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Single-Issue Psychology: Deconstructed. The main thing which it attacks is the use of this to define comic book characters. Ultimately none of the characters, even the single-minded Rorschach, can be boiled down to the "one bad day" typical of comic heroes and villains. Everyone has multiple shades and aspects that are never fully understood, even by the characters themselves.
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Unusual Pets for Unusual People
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Unusual Pets for Unusual People: Ozymandius has a pet genetically modified lynx, Bubastis.
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Pre-Asskicking One-Liner
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Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: See Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?.
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Refrigerator Ambush
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Refrigerator Ambush: Rorschach pulls one off.
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It's Personal
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It's Personal: The brutality of the Comedian's murder is likely fueled by Ozymandias' humiliating defeat when they first met years before. It's also implied that the Comedian murdered Hooded Justice, ostensibly because HJ was a communist agent (in fact he had Nazi sympathies), but actually in revenge for the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown HJ gave the Comedian for trying to rape Silk Spectre.
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Living Legend
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Living Legend: The comic deconstructs these, among many other tropes. People seek this status, for good or ill. People achieve it, for good or ill. Doctor Manhattan is the extreme...
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Never Was This Universe
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Never Was This Universe: See the In Spite of a Nail entry above. Besides the "58 Varieties" and "New York Gazette" examples, there are also other minor differences between our world and the world of Watchmen — such as the existence of a man with actual psychic powers — that seem to be unrelated to the costumed heroes or Dr. Manhattan, therefore suggesting that world of Watchmen was never ours to begin with.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: Rorschach shoving a burning cigarette into some kid's eye in his backstory.
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The Password Is Always
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The Password Is Always "Swordfish": It's suspiciously easy for Nite Owl and Rorschach to break into Ozymandias's computer, although this was probably deliberately arranged by Veidt to lure his colleagues to Antarctica and spare them from his scheme — and to give himself an audience to gloat to, what's the point of outwitting your fellow superheroes if they don't even know it?
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Twisted Echo Cut
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Twisted Echo Cut: Used repeatedly, especially at scene changes between Tales of the Black Freighter and the main plot. For example, it cuts from the newsstand owner talking about how newsvendors are tough survivors, to a shipwreck survivor standing on a beach crying. Or from Nite Owl saying "It'll be like coming home," to the shipwrecked man finally arriving on the mainland. "I could be no more than twenty miles from Davidstown. I was home."
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Muggle Power
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Muggle Power: A theme of the story is what is the point of non-superheroes and non-powered heroes and villains in a world transformed by Dr. Manhattan's presence. Moore takes this further, by showing common civilians having problems as compelling and important as that of the masked heroes. In his introduction for the Absolute Edition and other interviews, Moore stated that the normal human characters like the newspaper seller, the boy selling comics, Dr. Malcolm Long and his wife, were more interesting to him than the superhero characters and that for him, Watchmen was a work where he finally outgrew any lingering nostalgia superhero characters held for him.
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Reduced to Dust
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Reduced to Dust: As the heroes approach Ozymandias' hideout, Dr. Manhattan is caught in a trap: an intrinsic field remover that reduces him to atoms. This doesn't stop him in the least, as he explains after reforming himself a few seconds later, since experimenting with his intrinsic field was the first thing he did after the accident that gave him his powers.
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Celibate Hero
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Celibate Hero: Rorschach, who is disgusted by sex due to trauma received from seeing his prostitute mother at work, and is possibly asexual.
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Physical God
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Jon, an aspiring watchmaker who was told to forgo the business due to the atomic bomb, has the accident that leads to his Physical God status because his first girlfriend's watch was stepped on by a fat man.
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Animated Adaptation
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Animated Adaptation: In-universe, the memo from Veidt's marketing department (included between chapters) mentions that they've been working on a Saturday Morning Cartoon starring Ozymandias, Bubastis, and unlicensed versions of Rorschach, Nite Owl II and Moloch; the show is expected to tie into Veidt's new line of action figures. Out-of-universe, the concept's been parodied with Harry Partridge's Saturday Morning Watchmen and played with by the Watchmen "motion comic" DVD. Also parodied on The Simpsons with 'Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation'.
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Status Quo Is God
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Status Quo Is God: There is still a Cold War despite the heroes existence in the real world.
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Sliding Scale of Unavoidable vs. Unforgivable
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Sliding Scale of Unavoidable vs. Unforgivable: Was Ozymandias' gambit acceptable or not?
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Written Sound Effect
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Written Sound Effect: Half averted: fight scenes are silent, but there is a wide and surprising variety of onomatopoeia for dialogue. Such as the Comedian drinking: "nk nk nk." Rorschach eating: "Ronch ronch ronch/Cronch cronch cronch" (sugar cubes) or "Schlorp... chlorp... lep..." (raw baked beans). Rorschach thinking: "Hurm..." Rorschach yelling: RRAAAARRL All of those straddle the line between this and actual dialogue, being vocalized.
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Black and White Insanity
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What becomes of people who dress up in costumes but 1: They have no proper training or resources, 2: They're all at least a little unbalanced, and 3 (most importantly): They are taking the law into their own hands in a world just as full of political and social complexities as the real world? They die. They go insane (presuming they weren't insane already). Or they become monsters.
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2-for-1 Show
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2-for-1 Show: The pirate comic-within-a-comic tells a full story from beginning to end, and mirrors many turning points in the overall story.
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Alternate History
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Alternate History: Doctor Manhattan greatly changed the world, since he can synthesize normally rare elements and win wars single-handedly. Oh, and vigilante groups played their part (as mundane as their members may have been — The Comedian certainly made a mark or two on history). Despite being the setting's One Big Lie, though, Doctor Manhattan is not its Point of Divergence. That would be the appearance of Hooded Justice in 1938, leading to the popularity of costumed vigilantism and pirates replacing superheroes as the subjects of comic books. There's a movie star with an Alliterative Name running for President of the United States in 1988, but it's Robert Redford instead of Ronald Reagan. The 22nd Amendment was amended in this universe, and Watergate either never happened, wasn't discovered, or just didn't have its real-life effects, so Richard Nixon is on his fifth term in office. The Easter Egg mentioning two Washington Post writers found dead in a garage implies that the events still took place, but the scandal was not broken to the public by Woodward and Bernstein as they were silenced (probably by the Comedian).
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Excuse Me While I Multitask
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Excuse Me While I Multitask: Veidt starts explaining his motives to Dan, while he effortlessly repels Rorschach's attack. Dr. Manhattan is able to work on a lab experiment while two copies of himself have a threesome with Laurie. She's very offended.
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Not So Stoic
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Not So Stoic: Despite his apparent detachment from humanity, Jon still has emotions. He is quite upset when he learns he gave Janey cancer and goes back to Arizona to retrieve a picture of them together before his accident. He’s also upset that Laurie leaves him after twenty years, and he even lampshades this when he tells Laurie that him leaving for Mars after the broke up demonstrates his feelings for her. He also gets quite angry (for a moment) after Veidt tries to destroy him.
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Odd Friendship
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Odd Friendship: Dan and Rorschach. They Fight Crime!.
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Motifs
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Motifs: Everywhere. There are some motifs that appear throughout the story (like the bloodstained smiley or the doomsday clock counting towards midnight), and some that appear primarily in one chapter (like "two riders" in various forms during chapter 10). The bloodstain on the smiley vs. the minute hand on the doomsday clock. The butterfly / Rorschach blot / large bloodstain / Hiroshima shadow. In every chapter that involves cross-cutting between two sets of events, the dialogue in every single panel refers back to the dialogue in the previous (cross-cut) panel, and the image usually refers back to the image on the previous page. For chapter 5, "Fearful Symmetry" they made the entire issue a palindrome. Mirrored images, especially in chapter 5 "Fearful Symmetry" (a line from Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright). The two riders / Pale Horse in chapter 10, "Two Riders Were Approaching" (a line from All Along The Watchtower). The names of the events going on nearby — Pale Horse in concert with Krystallnacht, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) — also seem totally innocuous, until the last chapter. The nuclear symbol / ship with black sails (inspiration for the Black Freighter, according to Moore) The Gordian Knot lock company; Egyptian symbols, Pyramid Deliveries and the alien invasion in-jokes. People hugging each other during a nuclear blast (Dan and Laurie, Bernard the news vendor and Bernard the black kid) Further mirror motifs implied when it's revealed that the news vendor and the black comic book reader share the same name. Bernard.
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Two Scenes, One Dialogue
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Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Background conversations, or banter coming from a nearby TV, which are also relevant to the main scene. The Black Freighter also sometimes mirrors some of the smaller events happening around the newsstand where it is being read. This is a trademark of Watchmen.
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Deliberate Values Dissonance
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Deliberate Values Dissonance: Most of the heroes were products of their time. Their beliefs and prejudices are telling. Sally kept her Polish heritage secret. Silhouette made fun of her for it. Dollar Bill was homophobic. Captain Metropolis and the Comedian were racist. Hooded Justice was an anti-Semitic, patriarchal Nazi sympathizer. The Comedian is a sexist and a misogynist, and an unrepentant war criminal who uses his position and authority to enact his power fantasies and desires. Rorschach is a homophobe, a misogynist, and subscribes to extreme right-wing nationalistic views.
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Derivative Differentiation: Moore and Gibbons gradually retooled the Charlton characters from their original mostly by putting a gritty spin, that altered the dynamics and personalities either by inverting it or playing with the tropes: The Peacemaker was a US diplomat and Martial Pacifist who believes in peace so much he fights for it, and works with government authorities to take down warlords and dictators. Moore found the idea bizarre (believing in peace and pacifically subverting foreign governments and passing it off as diplomacy) and so made him The Comedian who thinks everything is a joke and nihilistically serves the US Government's foreign policy even if he's entirely cynical and indifferent to its idealistic and political justifications. The Question, as Moore noted in interviews, was Ditko's self-created audience-friendly whitewash of Mr. A. Where Mr. A was outright propaganda for Randian ideas, the Question subscribed to objective ideas but had a civilian and superhero work/life balance working as an Intrepid Reporter who had a smart-guy scientist create the chemicals that gave him his face-mask, which made his adventures work like a traditional superhero story with Randian subtext that audiences could take-or-leave. Moore made Rorschach a full-time superhero without a civilian identity, while also making him a Small Steps Hero interested in seeking the truth like the Question and Mr. A, which meant that Rorschach became a hobo and the only avenues for "truth" he would be interested in are extremist publications that validate his biases (like the New Frontiersman). Ditko's Ted Kord Blue Beetle was a Legacy Character to Dan Garret's Blue Beetle (civilian alter-ego created by Will Eisner) and he was intended to be athletic, energetic, and enterprising compared to Garret. In Moore's version on account of Dr. Manhattan's arrival ending the costume superhero age just at the moment that Dan Dreiberg aka Nite Owl II wanted to get in, the dynamic is reversed. Hollis Mason or Nite Owl I is a fit-for-his age handsome older man who has a sense of achievement and contentment about his life, while Dreiberg o Blue Beetle II is a mid-life crisis pot-bellied Jaded Washout. Captain Atom or Allen Adam as he was called in the Charlton Era was a lab technician who accidentally got atomized during a nuclear rocket launchnote (DC would later call him Nathaniel Adam and alter his origin into a willing test subject) and then somehow reformed his own atoms and became a being of pure energy who needed to wear special outfits to shield people from radiation. Moore updated this very obvious I Love Nuclear Power origin (a Silver Age Excuse Plot made without any real awareness of actual particle physics and radiation) with Quantum Mechanics Can Do Anything, noting that reforming oneself into matter would not happen on the atomic but on the smallest possible level and rather than an excuse plot, the quantum understanding of the universe fundamentally changes and alters Jon Osterman's personality and understanding of life. This also allowed Moore to do away with radiation and with that a need for a special outfit to shield others, hence why Dr. Manhattan walks around nude. Nightshade was a woman who was the daughter of a US Senator and a woman with magical powers and teleportation abilities. Moore and Gibbons didn't find her especially interesting so they borrowed from the Black Canary who had Golden and Silver Age versions. However, Nightshade's dad being a US Senator informs Laurie's revelation that her father is The Comedian, a government operative and black ops assassin. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt created by Peter Morisi (a former NYPD cop turned writer) was a Charlton acquisition that had traits common to Doc Savage and Bruce Wayne, namely in that he was an orphaned child of philanthropists who traveled around the world and became a McNinja. He was also known for using "the unused portion of the brain" and being super-intelligent with the ability of clairvoyance and anticipating future outcomes. Moore kept the "unused portion of the brain" pseudo-science and played it straight (since it allows Adrian Veidt, Ozymandias to be a compelling villain) but played up the entire clairvoyance and idea that he could predict and future as an expression of an overly deterministic and utilitarian mindset, and likewise leaves it ambiguous and uncertain if what Veidt did averted an apocalypse, if it was All for Nothing, and also revealing in the end an entirely uncertain and unsure man behind the facade of superhuman intelligence.
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Dissimile: Moloch says this about his illness: "You know that kind of cancer you eventually get better from? That's not the type of cancer I have."
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The title of every chapter is part of a quote that appears in full at the very end of the chapter, from sources such as Dylan, the Bible, Einstein and Nietzsche.
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Armor-Piercing Response
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Generic Graffiti
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Generic Graffiti: "Who Watches The Watchmen?" though this is never truly shown in full; we just have to assume it's always the same. This has become an Ascended Meme in its own right, where it's almost a rarity to find a comic book graffiti page without it.
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Deadpan Snarker: Most of the central characters, at one point or another. Rorschach and (as you'd expect) the Comedian get particularly snarky.
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Hyperlink Story
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Hyperlink Story: The book has a main cast of 6 costumed heroes with an intricate past and history, and an extended supporting cast of ordinary humans who weave in and out of the larger story and contain many parallel vignettes that counterpoint the main story. Moore said that he conceived the story as an ensemble and felt that the characters were meant to work in conjunction with each other, and that ultimately there is no one main character in the book, and the perspective and point of view keeps being passed between five of the main cast, the Comedian is the most prominent Posthumous Character.
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All for Nothing
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Despite all the effort that the antagonist goes through to pull off his plan, it's heavily implied that it will still fail in the long run, and the world will be even worse off for it. Especially since Rorschach mails his journal—which details his investigation into the Comedian's death and the antagonist's involvement in it—to a magazine publisher. Turns out that it's not that easy for one man to completely change the course of history singlehandedly.
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Mage in Manhattan
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Mage in Manhattan: The giant squid from another dimension. Allegedly.
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Informed Flaw
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Informed Flaw: Rorschach describes the patrons of Happy Harry's bar as "human cockroaches" obsessed with "heroin and child pornography." Yet on the two occasions he goes in there, they never seem to be doing anything criminal. The first time, despite his Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique, nobody has the faintest connection to the murder he is investigating. The second time, all he needs to do is ask, and they reveal who he is looking for immediately. Similarly, the knot-top that Nite Owl victimizes in revenge for Hollis Mason's death is not connected to the crime and gives Nite Owl information on the perpetrators. Another sign of Rorschach's warped worldview, perhaps?
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: Deconstructed with the Silk Spectres. Laurie resents being this and plans to get a less feminine moniker and a gun.
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Luxury Prison Suite
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Luxury Prison Suite: The Big Figure, one of Rorschach's old enemies, who winds up running across him again in prison. He apparently has control over the guards, too.
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I Did What I Had to Do
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I Did What I Had to Do: Ozymandias' destroying half of New York City to save the world from nuclear armageddon.
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Real Is Brown
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Likewise while the comic has greatly inspired the move towards grittiness, Dave Gibbons' art is actually quite colourful rather than Real Is Brown or the studio darkness of its movie adaptation. The comics have a wide palette and in many respects it's closer to 50s comics with purples, greens, reds and blues. The costumes worn by the characters are all colourful and bright. Alan Moore biographer Lance Parkin notes that what makes Watchmen unique was that it told a mature story while still looking like a brightly coloured adventure comic and that the contrast between story and visual style was one of the main focus of its deconstruction.
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Bathroom Brawl
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Bathroom Brawl: Rorschach takes time out from being broken out of prison to pursue Big Figure into the bathroom and kill him.
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Asian Babymama
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The Comedian has his moments too, particularly nearly raping Sally Jupiter and shooting his own would-be Asian Baby Mama.
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Just Between You and Me
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Just Between You and Me: Justified. He did it 35 minutes ago; it doesn't matter if they know now. Also, Dan and Rorschach are his former comrades, and he thinks he can convince them that he did the right thing. He succeeds with Dan.
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Achilles in His Tent
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Achilles in His Tent: Played with. Laurie thinks Jon is doing this by exiling himself to Mars instead of stopping the impending nuclear war between the US and USSR. But actually, Jon for once cannot see what is going to happen and therefore couldn’t have prevented Veidt’s plot even if he had been on Earth.
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Animation Age Ghetto
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Animation Age Ghetto: In-universe, for pirate comics. Those written by Max Shea are described and shown as extremely dark and disturbing, and his horror-inducing skills are even a plot point, but a newspaper story about his disappearance refers to them as "children's pirate comics."
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Moral Myopia
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Moral Myopia: A young Rorschach wrote a paper defending the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, arguing that the deaths of all those civilians are acceptable as it ended World War 2. However, when Ozymandias destroys New York City to create world peace, Rorschach finds this unacceptable. This was likely done deliberately by Alan Moore as Rorschach represents a right-wing philosophy that Moore does not approve of.
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No OSHA Compliance
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No OSHA Compliance: The intrinsic field substractor experiment is actually introduced as having 'new safety features'. Like time locks for the entrance door that close the experiment at a set time (rather than, like most time locks, refusing to open until a fixed time after closing) without any human interference or even presence in the control room, with no checks to see if any personnel is inside the chamber at the time, with no warning given to any personnel in the chamber before closing, with no way whatsoever to open it after closing and with no way to stop the Disintegrator Ray after the door has closed. Pro-tip for any Evil Overlord whose nemesis keeps escaping from their Death Trap: Hire these guys as safety consultants for your evil lair.
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Antagonist in Mourning
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Antagonist in Mourning: Moloch, for the Comedian.
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Take That!
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Take That!: Adrian mocks the “oiled muscleman with machine-guns” and “pastel bears, Valentine hearts” as a “juxtaposition of wish fulfillment violence and infantile imagery, desire to be free of responsibility.”
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Epigraph
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Epigraph: The clippings and other associated material at the end of each issue/chapter; the quotes used at the beginning and end of each issue/chapter (from which the chapter names are taken).
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: The prisoners in the jail Rorschach was sent to. No matter WHAT he does to any of them, they are determined to get at him.
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My Beloved Smother
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My Beloved Smother: Laurie feels her mother put a lot of pressure on her to follow in her footsteps. Rorschach... well, yeah.
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The Ace
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The Ace: Ozymandias. Deconstructed. So, you are an intelligent, handsome, charismatic person with peak human physical prowess. You've made a hell of a lot of money all by yourself, and you're clever enough to realize that crimefighting does not change anything, and yet, out of good intention, you still wish to make the world a better place. So what do you do? Commit mass murder with faking an Alien Invasion as part of a Genghis Gambit. And what pushes you to do this is your idealism.
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Intimate Psychotherapy
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Intimate Psychotherapy: The heroes were too late, millions of New Yorkers have just died, and the first thing Dan and Laurie do is have sex. Laurie justifies it in a way that fits this trope.
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Double Standard
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Double Standard: Silhouette is kicked out of the Minutemen after being exposed as a lesbian. Two of the male members of the team were also homosexual, but did not ever get called out for this, presumably because their relationship was never made public.
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Color Motif
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Color Motif: Yellow.
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Reluctant Mad Scientist
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Reluctant Mad Scientist: Dr. Manhattan, increasingly disconnected, allows both the US Government and Ozymandias to use his technological powers For Science!. Ozymandias also qualifies if the reader sympathizes with him...
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Knight Templar
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Knight Templar: Rorschach, and Ozymandias, in a more typical example of the trope.
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Berserk Button
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Dreiberg gets one when he finds out his idol and friend dies due to Dreiberg coming out of retirement, and people confusing the two Nite Owls. His Berserk Button gets mashed so hard the Ax-Crazy Rorschach tells him to calm down.
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Beam Me Up, Scotty!
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Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Invoked in-story (or at least In The Manual). Professor Milton Glass says he is misquoted as having said, "The Superman exists, and he's American" about Dr. Manhattan. What he actually said was, "God exists, and he's American."
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Alliterative Name
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There's a movie star with an Alliterative Name running for President of the United States in 1988, but it's Robert Redford instead of Ronald Reagan.
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Fingerless Gloves
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Fingerless Gloves: Rorschach wears them while carrying his "The End Is Nigh" sign.
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Anti Hero
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Anti-Hero: Probably all of the main characters, to a greater or lesser degree. Some of them try, though.
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Germanic Efficiency
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Germanic Efficiency: Ozymandias. He is superhumanly efficient and successful at practically everything he does. Including his final villainous masterplan.
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Death-Activated Superpower
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Death-Activated Superpower: Dr. Manhattan is created after his human self is blown apart atom by atom. The "Squid" was engineered with the ability to broadcast telepathic Paranoia Fuel directly into humanity's brain after its death.
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Imperiled in Pregnancy
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Imperiled in Pregnancy: The Comedian gunning down the Vietnamese woman carrying his own illegitimate child.
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Good Cop/Bad Cop
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Good Cop/Bad Cop: Nite Owl and Rorschach, respectively. However, this gets reversed when Nite Owl, angered over the death of Hollis Mason, goes overboard during an interrogation and Rorschach has to rein him in.
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Cutting the Knot
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The Gordian Knot lock company. Fittingly for the name, nobody ever seems to pick one of their locks, but apparently they are rather easy to break open.
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Irony
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Irony: Nuclear physicist Jon Osterman accidentally locks himself inside a disintegration chamber minutes before it's due to activate. When he begs to be let out, his supervisor Dr. Glass tells him that the automatic door lock can't be overridden once the countdown has started: "It's...it's a safety feature." The last four words are set in tiny print, indicating that Glass is all too aware of the situational irony.
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Let's You and Him Fight
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Let's You and Him Fight: Referenced and played with, like most Comic Book Tropes in Watchmen. Ozymandias and the Comedian do this when they first meet, but it's revealed that the Comedian recognized Ozy, but attacked him anyway, using the excuse that "For some reason it happens a lot when costumed crimefighters meet for the first time."
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Internal Retcon
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Internal Retcon: The only way Ozymandias' plan can work.
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Insane Troll Logic: "Time is an illusion, therefore watches are worthless" may seem internally consistent, but with a bit of Fridge Logic, makes Jon's dad look like a victim of this trope.
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The Tokyo Fireball
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The Tokyo Fireball: Only in New York, and it's more of a human-brain Logic Bomb.
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Telepathy
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The "Squid" was engineered with the ability to broadcast telepathic Paranoia Fuel directly into humanity's brain after its death.
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Shout-Out
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Shout Out: In the background of issues #11 and #12, you can see The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) playing in a movie theater in the background. Ozymandias' plot to prevent nuclear war bears some similarities to the movie itself, where nuclear war is prevented by aliens coming to Earth, and telling the planet to put aside their differences, or be wiped out, essentially. Wylie's Gladiator is visible on Hollis Mason's bookshelf. The entire "Tales of the Black Freighter" comic-within-a-comic is inspired by The Threepenny Opera and the song "Pirate Jenny" (a.k.a. "The Black Freighter") in particular. Dreiberg's owlship is named Archie in reference to the owl in The Sword in the Stone. The child kidnapper murdered by Rorschach named his dogs Fred and Barney. Possibly a coincidence, but the Owlship looks uncannily similar to Seleno the Electric Dog, a primitive robot built during WWI as a testbed for a torpedo guidance system. Hollis Mason's Nite Owl I costume◊ is very similar to [1]◊ The Phantom's costume, and his dog is even named "Phantom." For that matter, towards the end, it features a TV advertising the start of The Outer Limits episode "The Architects of Fear." The basic premise of the villain's plan is almost identical to that episode. Although Alan Moore claims it was a coincidence they were similar, he deliberately added the Shout Out upon discovering the similarity. DC editor Len Wein, who is most famous for creating Swamp Thing, tells a different story: Moore admitted to stealing the plot from The Outer Limits; when Wein pushed him to change it to something original, Moore refused, and Wein quit the book over it. Years later, Wein has had the last laugh: in writing the Before Watchmen Ozymandias series, Wein had Veidt get the whole idea from "The Architects of Fear." When Laurie and Jon are talking her comment "...hopelessly lost in the fog" is very similar to Chief's hallucinations in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Rorschach's declaration that "I wish all the scum of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands around it" is virtually identical to a quote from Serial Killer/Rapist Carl Panzram on the day of his execution. The only differences are that Panzram said "neck" and was talking about "the entire human race." On a rather absurd note, Moore has confirmed that Rorschach's blunted speech patterns and dull monotone were inspired by cult comic book hero Herbie Popnecker, A.K.A. the "Fat Fury." Dr. Manhattan's physical appearance is basically a naked Rogue Trooper. Dave Gibbons was one of Rogue's co-creators in addition to Watchmen.
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Luke, I Am Your Father
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Luke, I Am Your Father: The Comedian and Laurie.
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Charles Atlas Superpower
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Charles Atlas Super Power: All the heroes and ex-heroes, except Dr. Manhattan, who has actual superpowers. Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias is the most obvious, complete with actual Atlas-like bodybuilding fliers and programs and brochures and he even does the ultimate Atlas-style at the end, the Bullet Catch. Incidentally, this is one comic book trope and Silver Age shtick that is more or less played straight in the comics and not subject to any mockery, even if it is blatantly unrealistic and parodied in other comics which note that maintaining Heroic Build, and remaining in permanent fighting conditions would not be realistically possible for someone with Rorschach's malnutrition, leave alone Adrian Veidt's impossible Silver Age Doc Savage feats.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: Rorschach's bad childhood.
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Legacy Character
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Legacy Character: Dan Dreiberg succeeded Hollis Mason as the Nite Owl, while Sally Jupiter pushed her daughter Laurie into taking her role as the Silk Spectre. Deconstructed with both Nite Owl II and the Silk Spectre II. Just as Dan, Laurie does not have any life besides vigilantism, she does not have any connection or relationship besides the costumed heroes, and this lifestyle was forced on her by her own mother. Hollis Mason aka, Nite Owl I is killed due to Mistaken Identity.
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Cope by Creating
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Cope by Creating: After Dr. Manhattan flees to Mars in the mistaken belief that he accidentally caused cancer to develop in people close to him, including his ex-girlfriend, he calms himself by creating a huge, intricate palace out of the sand.
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Word of God
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Although the first person narration and the journal keeping are both directly taken from the Question, Word of God states that the actual content of them - especially in the first half of the story - is more inspired by Travis Bickle's first person narrations in Taxi Driver.
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Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?
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Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: No. No, you did not.
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Super Registration Act
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Super Registration Act: The Keene Act, with all that followed. Only a few refused to sign it, but it appears there's not a lot of superheroes around anymore.
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Abandoned War Child
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Abandoned War Child: What the Comedian planned to do to a Vietnamese woman he impregnated. Instead, she attacked him with a broken bottle, scarring him for life, and he shot her dead.
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Cassandra Truth
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And even if they do, will anyone actually believe them?
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Anti-Villain
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Anti-Villain: Ozymandias is trying to stop a nuclear apocalypse and create a lasting peace, but do his brutal methods justify the means?
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Corporate-Sponsored Superhero
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Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Dollar Bill, a hero briefly mentioned in the side book chapters, is one of these.
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The Napoleon
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The Napoleon: The Big Figure.
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In Spite of a Nail
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In Spite of a Nail: The timeline diverges way back in 1938, but Nixon is still elected president in the same year, the break-in at the Watergate Hotel still happens, and Woodward and Bernstein still investigate it, though the Comedian kills them and it's never exposed. JFK still dies on November 22nd 1963 in Dallas, but it is implied in the book, and actually shown in the movie continuity, that the Comedian kills him. Also, the paper reports imply that Kennedy had a chance of survival — in the real world, his head was blown open and he had no chance. Either this was a paper acting off bad information, or the assassination went slightly differently in the comic timeline. The Iran hostage crisis still occurs but the Comedian solves the issue nearly single-handedly. In Watchmen, superhero comics died off after the 'real thing' started emerging — instead, horror and drama comics are all the rage, D.C. and E.C. mainly publish stories about pirates, and Timely/Atlas Comics does not appear to have become Marvel Comics, as it did in our world. It is implied in one article that Frederick Wertham's anti-comics campaigns were ignored due to the propaganda value of American costumed heroes being promoted in print; ironically, this prevents the genericisation of the American comics industry that happened after Wertham in real life, and the superhero genre eventually dies a natural death. World history is not altered that much until the appearance of Dr. Manhattan. There is nothing to indicate that World War II is significantly changed, and some of the heroes fight in the war as normal soldiers. The Soviet Union still invades Afghanistan, although six years later than in the real world. Devo is also mentioned to have formed in Ohio in the late 1970s. The Mikhail Gorbachev still becomes the leader of the Soviet Union, but in the Watchmen 'verse he is seemingly far more combative and hawkish than his real-world counterpart.
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Bullet Catch
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Bullet Catch: Ozymandias does this.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters: Most of them die at the end of issue #11.
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LampShades
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Dr. Manhattan is the name of a Godlike superbeing which alludes to the Manhattan Project that built the nuclear bombs, when in fact he is a quantum-powered being who got his powers from an accident in Gila Flats, Arizona. There was nothing deliberate about his powers or anything to tie him to Manhattan aside from Government PR and branding, which Osterman scornfully Lampshades in his flashbacks.
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Prevent the War
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Prevent the War: Ozymandias fakes an alien attack on New York to prevent a nuclear war between the USA and the USSR.
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: Everybody, but most pronounced in the scene where the Comedian calls out Dr. Manhattan for not doing anything to save his (the Comedian's) Asian Baby Mama despite knowing exactly what would happen. Ironically, it cements Dr. Manhattan's view that they're essentially the same. But for the biggest example, see the YMMV page. This is essentially Rorschach's entire mode of operation.
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Refuge in Audacity
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Refuge in Audacity: The ending. The world is at the very cusp of nuclear war, with each side waiting for the other to goad them into mutually assured destruction. Then a squid teleports into New York City and blows up, leaving everyone on Earth asking what the hell just happened.
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Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman
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Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: A few instances. Richard Nixon himself is still President in 1985, having managed to win the Vietnam War and avoid the Watergate Scandal. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are dead, and their names have long since been lost to history. And in the last chapter, we learn that the former actor Robert Redford is a Democratic presidential candidate.
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Non-Powered Costumed Hero
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Non-Powered Costumed Hero: Thoroughly explored as a concept through the different characters, their reasons for becoming one and the consequences for them and the society. Dr. Manhattan is an inversion of this trope.
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Let No Crisis Go to Waste
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Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Ozymandias's plan.
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Cape Snag
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Dollar Bill was killed ignobly after his cape got caught in the revolving door at a bank. The robbers then simply walked right up to him and shot him point blank.
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The Unfettered
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The Unfettered: The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Rorschach, and Ozymandias.
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Unusual Euphemism
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"Gag" and "Joke" are both Unusual Euphemism for superhero's role in society, the Comedian being Laurie's father and Veidt's Evil Plan.
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Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter"
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The Comedian is intentionally ironic and mocking, being deliberately discordant in being a light-hearted moniker for an amoral government-paid assassin, black-ops mercenary and war criminal. To him everything and everyone is a joke which he uses as license to Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter".
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OneBigLie
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Despite being the setting's One Big Lie, though, Doctor Manhattan is not its Point of Divergence. That would be the appearance of Hooded Justice in 1938, leading to the popularity of costumed vigilantism and pirates replacing superheroes as the subjects of comic books.
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Omniscient Hero
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Omniscient Hero: Adrian Veidt. He has everything so well figured out that the morality issue is reduced to whether or not the goals he achieved was worth all the lives he sacrificed. However, two of the last few scenes make the whole thing ambiguous, leaving it to the reader/viewer do decide if the trope is played straight or subverted. In the same story, Dr. Manhattan himself would fit the trope perfectly if it wasn't for a certain loophole that effectively makes him lose his omniscience halfway through the story. Before that point, he is so omniscient that ''it bores him'', but the readers/audience are spared from sharing that boredom since he's a side character rather than the protagonist.
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'90s Anti-Hero
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'90s Anti-Hero: Rorschach and the Comedian are progenitors of this trope, albeit not strictly embodying it themselves. On record, Moore despises the fad for "Darker and Edgier" heroes whose ultraviolence is justified by some half-assed attempt at Watchmen-style deconstruction. The other big-noted superhero work of 1986, Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is probably a more representative proto-example of "Nineties Anti-Hero" comics. Notably, Miller's no fan of it, either. Both authors were trying to take superheroics to their logical conclusion, rather than make dark and edgy look cool. The fandom didn't quite get it, and it was nearly 20 years before it turned around.
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Something Else Also Rises
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Something Else Also Rises: ...that flamethrower... Though at least it wasn't the air-to-air missiles.
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Horrible Housing
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Horrible Housing: Rorscach lives in a squalid apartment and dislikes his landlady.
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Ludicrous Gibs
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The very first person we see in the comic is Rorschach (although we don't know it's him at the time) striding through an enormous pool of blood — a pool of blood not unlike that which Dr. Manhattan will turn him into at the end.
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Battle Couple
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Battle Couple: Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II.
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Red Herring
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After the Comedian's death, Rorschach approaches Veidt with the possibility of a serial killer targeting former heroes, completely unaware that Veidt killed the Comedian for unrelated reasons. A single panel shows Veidt contemplating Rorschach's suggestion, and then Veidt begins killing masks in earnest as a Red Herring.
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Chekhov's Gunman
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Chekhovs Gun Man: Rorschach turns out to be that guy we've seen holding the The End Is Nigh sign and buying New Frontiersman.
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A Million Is a Statistic
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A Million Is a Statistic: The comic takes great pains to avert this, introducing us to a wide variety of ordinary New Yorkers with lives and personalities of their own who then die horribly because of Ozymandias' plans. When New York City dies, it's very clear they want you to feel it.
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What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?
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What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Inverted. Typically, one of the Five-Man Band has mediocre abilities, yet everyone from the Minutemen and the would-be Crimebusters apply to this trope when you consider that Dr. Manhattan is a God with a Story-Breaker Power by comparison.
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Totalitarian Utilitarian
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Totalitarian Utilitarian: Adrian Veidt.
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Despair Event Horizon
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Rorschach's prison analyst is a straighter example. Over the course of just four days, Malcolm Long's most famous patient succeeds in driving the good doctor over the Despair Event Horizon, effectively ruining his home life and previous optimism. The next time we see him, Malcolm's the first person to try breaking up a brawl right before Ozymandias' creature strikes New York, saying to his estranged wife that he has to help — because helping others is really the only thing that matters.
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Non-Linear Character
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Non-Linear Character: Dr. Manhattan. Past, present, and future is going on at the same time and so he cannot do anything.
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Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex
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Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Laurie and Dan engage in this in the last chapter.
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Humans Are Special
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Ultimately none of them are truly consistent, or can be truly consistent, to their ideas. The Comedian's facade of cynicism shatters utterly and he turns out to be a lonely, self-loathing wreck who is truly pathetic on the inside. Dr. Manhattan, the most seemingly misanthropic of the superheroes, gives the ultimate Humans Are Special speech in the book. Ozymandias and Rorschach exchange places as the story follows: they at first see each other as being a guilty liberal (Ozymandias) and a fascist (Rorschach) but the morally absolute Rorschach, who once justified Harry Truman's Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is stunned when Ozymandias launches a similarly brutal attack using the same justification. This time Rorschach takes the opposite tack and denounces this action, willing to die rather than uphold this facade.
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Bad-Guy Bar
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Bad-Guy Bar: Rorschach prefers to get his information from these.
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Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique
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Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Rorschach tortures criminals to get information, often needlessly.
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Disposable Superhero Maker
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Disposable Superhero Maker: Dr. Manhattan's accident. It's implied the Soviets tried to replicate it, but they were unsuccessful.
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Hannibal Lecture
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Hannibal Lecture: Rorschach's revelation of the origin of his odd philosophy ends up convincing his shrink to see the world his way (...or to relate a little, at least).
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The Cape
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A Cape who dresses in primary colors and has a letter on his chest ("M" for Metropolis) and a grim, violent avenger of the night are on the same team together. Also, they're lovers-er I mean, "good friends."
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Ambiguously Gay
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Ambiguously Gay: Rorschach suspects as much of Veidt, though as the sequence is told from Rorshach's perspective it's fifty-fifty whether Veidt is Straight Gay or if it's just Rorshach being his usual sexually confused homophobic self. The "holding a handshake too long" scene that demonstrates Dan's sexual tension for Laurie is mirrored later with confirmed bachelor Rorschach doing the exact same thing to Dan (though it could just as easily be due to Rorschach's complete lack of social graces).
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Cigarette of Anxiety
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Cigarette of Anxiety: Silk Spectre II tries to light one of these on Mars. Dr. Manhattan points out there isn't enough oxygen in her air bubble and offers to expand it, but she says she doesn't want a bubble full of smoke and just asks for a glass of milk.
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Artistic License – Politics
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Artistic License – Politics: With his increased popularity after victory in Vietnam, President Richard Nixon makes a successful push to overturn the 22nd Amendment and win a 3rd term. Amendments are notoriously difficult to pass and even harder to repeal, the latter compared to the likelihood to living to 80 and being struck by lightning. This is on top of the United States having a strong tradition of only two presidential terms ever since 1789, before the 22nd Amendment made it official in 1951.
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All Women Are Lustful
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There's also his frequent insinuations about how All Women Are Lustful, and how Ozymandias as a Sell-Out is similar to a prostitute, solely out of his own bitterness about his mother being a prostitute.
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Godwin's Law
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Godwin's Law: Used correctly by Rorschach of all people, who responds to the rebuttal of a potential suspect because he's a vegetarian with pointing out Hitler was also vegetarian. Used somewhat correctly: Hitler wasn't a vegetarian, he got that reputation because he had a very touchy stomach, and his doctor — one of the few people he listened to — kept tweaking his diet (along with his mood-altering drugs, which were mostly amphetamines by the end of the war). Mind you, in Watchmen's alternative universe, who knows?
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Primal Scene
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Primal Scene: Young Walter Kovacs walks in on his mother with one of her "clients," which leads to child abuse and just one of the many events that psychologically damaged him.
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Mars Needs Women
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Mars Needs Women: Inverted with Laurie and Dr. Manhattan (while he is shown to reciprocate, she initiated).
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Expy
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Expy: When Alan Moore began work on the book, the plan was to use all of the characters DC purchased from Charlton Comics, but editors ultimately put the kibosh on that, so he had to create new ones. The Comedian is an expy of Peacemaker. He also looks a lot like Bucky in his Minuteman days who somehow grew into a wise-cracking, cigar smoking, woman-beating version of Captain America, with a bit of Wildcat and a pinch of Nick Fury, not to mention The Killing Joke Joker. Hollis Mason/the first Nite Owl is an expy of the first Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett. Dan Dreiberg/the second Nite Owl is an expy of the second Blue Beetle, Ted Kord. Doctor Manhattan is an expy of Captain Atom. There are also elements of Superman, a fact even commented on by characters in the story. His origin as a simple meek scientist caught in a science experiment echoes that of The Incredible Hulk and other Marvel origins, putting a quantum spin to their I Love Nuclear Power origin stories. The characters in the story are talking about a different Superman, not the comic book character. Ozymandias is an expy of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. Though there's also a bit of Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne in him. Rorschach is an expy of The Question and Mr. A. Moore also puts in elements of Batman noting that "he would be considered a nutjob in real life," and in another interview he clarified Rorschach as "Batman without the excuses." There's more than a little of Travis Bickle in his journal entries, too. (Also confirmed by Moore.) Silhouette is an expy of Nightshade. Sally Juspeczyk/the first Silk Spectre is an expy of both Dinah Drake Lance/the first Black Canary and the Phantom Lady. Laurie Juspeczyk/the second Silk Spectre is an expy of both Dinah Laurel Lance/the second Black Canary and the Phantom Lady.
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Narm
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Narm: In-Universe and Deconstructed — In the original Night Owl's autobiography, Under the Hood, Hollis Mason reminisces about "the saddest thing he can think of," and tells the story of the time he and his father's employer, on the edge of a complete breakdown and with his eyes full of tears broke the news that his wife was cheating on him, but despite this being a great personal tragedy for him, they couldn't help but laugh hysterically at him, as the boss was wearing big plastic breasts and was playing "Ride of the Valkyries" on the record player in his office. They immediately apologized to him afterwards, but their reaction is still what ultimately drove their employer over the edge, and he committed suicide the same day.
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Determinator
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Determinator: Deconstructed. Rorschach. He is uncompromising and he still fights crime after vigilantism was proscribed. Yet, he is abrasive, his black-and-white world view clearly viewed as unhealthy and insane, and when he is confronted with the wrongness of his world view, he quickly becomes vulnerable, not to mention it is his determination that gets him killed.
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Old Shame
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Nite Owl's robotic armor, which he never used more than once after he broke his arm trying to use it. When the police storm Nite Owl's hideout, the suit is the only thing that he left behind!
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Backstory
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The excerpts of the Black Freighter comic we've been reading were written by the same man who wrote the Squid's psychically telegraphed fake Back Story. Said Comic Within A Comic also becomes more clearly understood as a metaphor for Ozymandias and his plan when we reach the end of the comic. Really, people can probably go on nearly forever here.
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Levitating Lotus Position
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Levitating Lotus Position: Dr. Manhattan does the levitating version of the Lotus Position while creating his fortress on Mars.
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Ambiguous Disorder
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Ambiguous Disorder: Rorschach exhibits weird eating habits, unusual syntax, dislike of physical contact (except for when he shakes Dan's hand — instead, he holds on for so long it becomes awkward), and obsessive focus.
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Blue-and-Orange Morality
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The first appearance of Doctor Manhattan: a giant, glowing blue naked humanoid towering over Laurie and Rorschach, who, when Rorschach informs him of the Comedian's death, replies, "Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?" The good Doctor is in, everybody.
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Artistic License – Geography
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Artistic License – Geography: Olympus Mons looks nothing like the way it's portrayed here. Olympus Mons is a shield volcano about 22km high, but also about as wide as France. Consequently, it has a shallow slope of only about 5°.
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AntiNihilist
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Anti-Nihilist: Possibly Rorschach, though he is far from the kindest or most humane example of this type of character. Faced with a world that he finds to be essentially meaningless, he chooses to see patterns that no other people can, and build his strict moral code from that. In other words, despite knowing that he lives in a nihilistic universe, he never, ever, gives up on his ideals. Even when it may have been better for all concerned. Rorschach's prison analyst is a straighter example. Over the course of just four days, Malcolm Long's most famous patient succeeds in driving the good doctor over the Despair Event Horizon, effectively ruining his home life and previous optimism. The next time we see him, Malcolm's the first person to try breaking up a brawl right before Ozymandias' creature strikes New York, saying to his estranged wife that he has to help — because helping others is really the only thing that matters. Dr. Manhattan becomes this in the end.
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Groin Attack: Laurie has no compunctions about dealing with either muggers or obstructive prison guards with a precisely placed knee-strike, although it's by no means the only shot in her locker.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: Subverted. They're thirty-five minutes too late to make any difference.
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The Comedian was a Jerkass who sought to actively personify his nihilistic perception of the world as one big cruel joke. Nothing mattered and he didn't care what anyone else thought of him. Near the end of his life, he discovered something that horrified even him, briefly had a genuine romance with someone he hurt, and fathered a daughter that he was sincerely saddened to learn hated him and wished to spend time with her.
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Martial Pacifist
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The Peacemaker was a US diplomat and Martial Pacifist who believes in peace so much he fights for it, and works with government authorities to take down warlords and dictators. Moore found the idea bizarre (believing in peace and pacifically subverting foreign governments and passing it off as diplomacy) and so made him The Comedian who thinks everything is a joke and nihilistically serves the US Government's foreign policy even if he's entirely cynical and indifferent to its idealistic and political justifications.
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Match Cut: The closest possible equivalent in print. Used mostly during the flashbacks at the Comedian's funeral. In chapter 12, page 22, the panel of Dan and Laurie eloping, which frames them in giant shadows, is immediately followed by a close-up of Rorschach's mask that has a very similar pattern in it.
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Dwindling Party: Sally noted that The Minutemen were this. All the people Dr. Manhattan has either outlived or lost contact with.
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One Steve Limit: Averted. There's Josephine, the lesbian cab driver (who goes by Joey), and Josephine, the wife of one of Veidt's employees. There are also two Bernards, but that fact is lampshaded.
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Species Loyalty: Ozzie's plan turns on this.
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Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?
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Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Ozymandias infects everyone who was close with Dr. Manhattan so the general public (and Manhattan himself) would suspect he's radioactive, driving him to leave Earth.
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Conspicuous Consumption
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Conspicuous Consumption: Part of Adrian Veidt's soft power is weaponizing this. He runs companies that sell consumer products like perfumes (such as Nostalgia), as well as merchandise based on his own career as a hero and fitness expert. The appendix of the penultimate issue has one of his employees pitching him plans to merchandize the Crime Busters which Veidt considers before vetoing because he has a hunch that superheroes won't be of demand and interest for a while. Incidentally, he predicts a baby boom after the Squid Apocalypse and the Cold War ending Genghis Gambit, so he tells his company to invest and buy baby products and child care.
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"World of Cardboard" Speech: Several examples: Malcolm Long initially faces an existential crisis after being confronted with Rorschach's grim worldview and horrible life experiences. He ends up making two speeches, one questions the hollow nature of his profession and middle class life, the other reconciles him with that reality. Dr. Manhattan later gives a more traditional one:
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Unbuilt Trope: Even though it started The Dark Age of Comic Books, this comic really reads, in retrospect, like a deconstruction of the very things it inspired. Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, and the Comedian are all the exact kind of grim, dark anti-heroes that arose in the 90's but this is not portrayed as a positive thing at all. Rorschach and Comedian are sociopathic lunatics who are hated and feared by many and Manhattan is a fatalistic and emotionless person whose behavior causes his personal life to fall to pieces. Moore's point was that neurotic and complex human shades would make superheroes relatable but also unstable and non-functional while his copycats saw it as an attempt to make superheroes cool. Indeed the most functional and effective characters in the entire story are more or less the ones who are most like the classic Silver Age characters. Dan Dreiberg, the Boring, but Practical Blue Beetle knock off is a far better detective than Rorschach, and his equipment is the one that busts Rorschach out of jail and takes them to Antarctica. Likewise, Ozymandias is more or less a classic pulp Doc Savage type character, whose Charles Atlas Superpower is not subject to any Deconstruction at all, and is used for drama when it makes him an utterly undefeatable villain (on whom Rorschach cannot land a punch).
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Last-Second Word Swap
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Last-Second Word Swap: At the end, when Laurie and Dan visit Sally in disguise:
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Not Evil, Just Misunderstood
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Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Ozymandias is a misunderstood villain. He single-handedly kills off half of New York City in order to avert a nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union that would destroy the world. However, Moore makes it clear that both he and Rorschach are extremists in their own ways. The only characters Moore unabashedly show in a positive light are Laurie and Dreiberg, both of whom only wanted to prevent more death. Everyone else ends up dead, exiled, or riddled with guilt and uncertain if they didn't just make things worse.
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Viewer-Friendly Interface: "HELLO ADRIAN HERE ARE THE FILES YOU NEED"
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You Bastard!
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You Bastard!: If you believe Ozymandias was right, you're okay with killing several million people and lying to the entire world to trick it into peace. If you believe Rorschach was right, you believe that Ozymandias's scheme should be revealed to the world in the name of justice, even if it means sending the world back to the brink of nuclear holocaust.
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Earn Your Happy Ending
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Earn Your Happy Ending: It's hard to say whether or not their apparent happiness will last, but Dan and Laurie seem to have pulled off a surprisingly happy ending for themselves.
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Complexity Addiction
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Complexity Addiction: Used cleverly. Ozymandias makes his scheme far more complex than it really needed to be in order to slow down Rorschach's investigation. If there weren't so many Red Herrings, then Rorschach could have figured it out much sooner and may have been able to stop Veidt.
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Attempted Rape
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Attempted Rape: The Comedian, to the first Silk Spectre. It was fortunately stopped by Hooded Justice, and causes both Hollis Mason and Sally Jupiter to hate him even years later.
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Sequencing Deception: With Chapter 11: "I did it 35 minutes ago." Also a subversion, as there are clocks all over the place in both the Karnak scenes and New York scenes so people paying careful attention wouldn't be surprised.
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Higher Understanding Through Drugs
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Higher Understanding Through Drugs: Adrian Veidt eats a ball of hashish and has a vision that eventually leads to his plan of "conquesting the evils that beset men."
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Running Gag: Dan's lock keeps getting broken. Damn it, Rorschach.
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Gadgeteer Genius
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Gadgeteer Genius: Deconstructed. Nite Owl II's gadgets are Awesome, but Impractical because most villains he fights are just normal people.
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Artistic License – Physics
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Artistic License – Physics: Late in the story, Nite Owl and Rorschach ride the Owlship to Veidt's antarctic hideout in whats implied to be a matter of mere hours, enough that the ship is somehow still soaked enough from being underwater all day to rapidly freeze in the subzero temperatures. Antartica is 9260 miles from New York, meaning the Owlship would have had to been flying at an unrealistically fast speed (the fastest documented aircraft is the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird at 2,193.2 mph) to reach it in such a short span of time. As The Annotated Edition points out, even if Adrian could have moved fast enough to catch the bullet Laurie shoots at him, it should have torn right through his hand, and not merely injured it. There's also the matter of him even catching it at all: handgun bullets typically travel 700-1,500 feet per second and Laurie was no more than 10 feet away from Adrian when she fired. Even assuming the ammunition used was the slowest type of round, at 700 fps the bullet would have crossed that space in 14 thousandths of a second, a speed that is absolutely impossible for any human to keep up with, no matter how physically apt they are. Adrian may be in top shape, but no athletic prowess could possibly allow him to move 18 times faster than a normal person. Testing has shown that even in a high-threat situation, the fastest the average person can move their hand over the distance we see Adrian cover is 250 milliseconds. Dave Gibbons does suggest that by moving his hand at close to the speed of the bullet, the closing velocity would be small enough for him to grasp it without major injury, but also notes that even this should be taken as gentle fiction.
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Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Beats up, shoots and stabs this trope.
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Well-Intentioned Extremist
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Well-Intentioned Extremist: Rorschach and Veidt.
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Brick Joke: Nite Owl's robotic armor, which he never used more than once after he broke his arm trying to use it. When the police storm Nite Owl's hideout, the suit is the only thing that he left behind! In the same chapter, a lock repairman promises Dan that the new, improved lock can hold off an army. An army of policemen breaks it when kicking the door down anyway, although Rorshach's reactions imply it was actually holding them off for a while.
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Prophet Eyes
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Prophet Eyes: Doctor Manhattan has completely white eyes with no visible pupils, and it's hard to tell where the iris starts.
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Strawman News Media
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Strawman News Media: Neither the left or the right press come off very well here; the New Frontiersman is so rabidly right-wing that it's pretty much a print version of Breitbart, while the Nova Express is so ludicrously left-wing they're willing to risk World War III to get rid of superheroes. Hector Godfrey and Doug Roth respectively calling each other klansmen and communists doesn't really seem too far off.
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Angry White Man / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Animal-Themed Superbeing / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Antagonist in Mourning / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Anti-Humor / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Anti-Climax / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Apathetic Citizens / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Apocalyptic Log / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Applicability / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Appropriated Appellation / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Arc Symbol / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Armor-Piercing Response / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Artifact Alias / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Artistic License – Nuclear Physics / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Artistic License – Politics / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
As the Good Book Says... / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ascended Fanboy / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ascended Fanon / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Asexuality / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Assassin Outclassin' / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Attempted Rape / int_12300cc3
 Authors
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Awesomeness by Analysis / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Awful Truth / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Back-to-Back Badasses / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bad-Guy Bar / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Badass Cape / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Badass Longcoat / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Badass Mustache / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Badass on Paper / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Barrier Warrior / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bash Brothers / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bathos / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bathroom Brawl / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Batman Can Breathe in Space / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Batman Grabs a Gun / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Batman Parody / int_12300cc3
 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Beam Me Up, Scotty! / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Beautiful All Along / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Beauty to Beast / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Because Destiny Says So / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Been There, Shaped History / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Beige Prose / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Being Evil Sucks / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bested by the Inexperienced / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Beware the Honest Ones / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Beware the Superman / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Big Applesauce / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Big Bad Friend / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Big Beautiful Man / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Big Little Man / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Big / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Big, Thin, Short Trio / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bioweapon Beast / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Black and Nerdy / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Black and White Insanity / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Black Eyes of Evil / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Blade-of-Grass Cut / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Blue Is Heroic / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Board to Death / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bold Inflation / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bolivian Army Ending / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bond One-Liner / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bondage Is Bad / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Boobs of Steel / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bottomless Bladder / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Brains Evil, Brawn Good / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Brand X / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Break the Badass / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Breakup Breakout / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bring News Back / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Broken Ace / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Butter Face / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Bystander Syndrome / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Calling Card / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Came Back Strong / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Can't Stop the Signal / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Can't Un-Hear It / int_12300cc3
 CapePunk
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cape Snag / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Captain Patriotic / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Captain Superhero / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Captain's Log / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cardboard Prison / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Carrying the Antidote / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cast Full of Crazy / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cast of Expies / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cast of Snowflakes / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Celebrity Superhero / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Celibate Eccentric Genius / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Celibate Hero / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Charles Atlas Superpower / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cheap Costume / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Chekhov's Gunman / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Chekhov's News / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Child by Rape / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cigar Chomper / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cigarette Burns / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cigarette of Anxiety / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
City Noir / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Clocks of Control / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Clothes Make the Superman / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Coat, Hat, Mask / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Combat Sadomasochist / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Combat Stilettos / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Comic-Book Fantasy Casting / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Complete Immortality / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Complete-the-Quote Title / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Concepts Are Cheap / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Confusion Fu / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Conspiracy Theorist / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Contemplative Boss / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Contested Sequel / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cool Airship / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cool, but Inefficient / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cool Mask / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cope by Creating / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Corporate Conspiracy / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Corporate-Sponsored Superhero / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Corpse Land / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Corrupt Politician / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Corrupted Character Copy / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Costumes Change Your Size / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cover Drop / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Crazy Consumption / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Crazy Enough to Work / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Crazy Sane / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Crimefighting with Cash / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Critical Psychoanalysis Failure / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Crossover Ship / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Crystal-Ball Scheduling / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Crystal Spires and Togas / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Culture Equals Costume / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cursed With Awesome / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Custom Uniform of Sexy / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cute as a Bouncing Betty / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cutting the Knot / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Cyanide Pill / int_12300cc3
 DaredevilBornAgain
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dark Messiah / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dating Catwoman / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dead Man Writing / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deadly Delivery / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deadly Disc / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Death-Activated Superpower / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Death by Origin Story / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Death Is Such an Odd Thing / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deceased Parents Are the Best / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deconstruction / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deconstruction Crossover / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deconstructor Fleet / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Defacement Insult / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Defied Trope / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deity of Human Origin / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deliberate Under-Performance / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deliberately Bad Example / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Depopulation Bomb / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Depraved Dwarf / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Derivative Differentiation / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Destination Defenestration / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Deus Exit Machina / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Developing Doomed Characters / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Diagnosis from Dr. Badass / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Diary / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Did You Actually Believe...? / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Did You Just Scam Cthulhu? / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Did You Think I Can't Feel? / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Differently Powered Individual / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dirty Business / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Disaster Dominoes / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Disney Villain Death / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Disowned Adaptation / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Do Not Call Me / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Do Well, but Not Perfect / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Doesn't Like Guns / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Domino Mask / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Doomed Hometown / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Doomsday Clock / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dork Knight / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Double-Meaning Title / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Doujinshi / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
/ int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dramatic Shattering / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dramatic Unmask / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dream Team / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dye or Die / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dying as Yourself / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Dynamic Entry / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Eagleland / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Eat the Evidence / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Education Mama / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Elective Broken Language / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Embarrassing Last Name / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Emotional Powers / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Encyclopedia Exposita / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Energy Beings / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Engineered Heroics / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ensemble Cast / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Entertainingly Wrong / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Epigraph / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Erotic Dream / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Establishing Series Moment / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Every Episode Ending / int_e290dce3
 EverythingYouWantedToKnowAboutChangingNames
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Everything's Better with Plushies / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Evil Gloating / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Evil Is Not Pacifist / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Evil Vegetarian / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Expecting Someone Taller / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Exposed to the Elements / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Expressive Mask / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Expy Coexistence / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Facial Dialogue / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Failsafe Failure / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Failure Hero / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fake Assassination / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
False Confession / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
False Flag Operation / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fan Verse / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fandom-Enraging Misconception / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fanfic Fuel / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fantastic Drug / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fantastic Fantasy Is Mundane / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fantastic Legal Weirdness / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fantasy-Forbidding Father / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fatal Flaw / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fear Is the Appropriate Response / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fedora of Asskicking / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fiction 500 / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Film Noir / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Finger Gun / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Finger Poke of Doom / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fingore / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Flyaway Shot / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Follow in My Footsteps / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Food Slap / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Footprints of Muck / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Footsie Under the Table / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Fork Fencing / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Franchise Original Sin / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Freak Lab Accident / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Freak Out / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Friend to All Children / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Friendship Moment / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
From a Single Cell / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Full-Body Disguise / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Full-Frontal Assault / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gainax Ending / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gaining the Will to Kill / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gallows Humor / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gang of Hats / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gateway Series / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gayngst / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Geeky Turn-On / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Generic Graffiti / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Genghis Gambit / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Genre Throwback / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Genre Turning Point / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Get It Over With / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Giant Mook / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Glass-Shattering Sound / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Glorified Sperm Donor / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Glory Days / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
God Guise / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Godly Sidestep / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Going Commando / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Good Is Impotent / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Grappling-Hook Pistol / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gratuitous Latin / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Grave Clouds / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Grievous Bottley Harm / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Guilt by Coincidence / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Guilt-Ridden Accomplice / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gut Feeling / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Gut Punch / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Guttural Growler / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Handy Remote Control / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hannibal Lecture / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Happy Ending Override / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hard-to-Adapt Work / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hardboiled Detective / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Harmful to Minors / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hates Being Touched / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
/ int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
He Knows Too Much / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
He-Man Woman Hater / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Headbutting Heroes / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Heel–Faith Turn / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Heel Realization / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hero Killer / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hero Looking for Group / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Heroes Love Dogs / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Heroic Bastard / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Heroic Lineage / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hero's First Rescue / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
He's Just Hiding! / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hidden Villain / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Higher Understanding Through Drugs / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Highly Visible Password / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hit Me, Dammit! / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hitler Ate Sugar / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Holding Out for a Hero / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hollywood Law / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hollywood Personality Disorders / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Homeless Hero / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Homophobic Hate Crime / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Honest Corporate Executive / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Honesty Is the Best Policy / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hope Spot / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hourglass Plot / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Human Weapon / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Humans Are Flawed / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Humans Are Insects / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Humans Are Special / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Humans Through Alien Eyes / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Hyperlink Story / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
I Did What I Had to Do / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
I Was Quite a Fashion Victim / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
I Was Quite a Looker / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Iconic Item / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Iconic Outfit / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Imperiled in Pregnancy / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
In Prison with the Rogues / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
In the End, You Are on Your Own / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Inadequate Inheritor / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Inkblot Test / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Innocent Bystander Series / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Innocent Inaccurate / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Insane Equals Violent / int_e290dce3
 Insane Forgiveness
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Intangibility / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Intellectually Supported Tyranny / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Intelligence = Isolation / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Internal Retcon / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Interplay of Sex and Violence / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Involuntary Suicide Mechanism / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Irisless Eye Mask of Mystery / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ironic Name / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ironic Nickname / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
It Began with a Twist of Fate / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
It Gets Easier / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
It Will Never Catch On / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
It's All Junk / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
It's Popular, Now It Sucks! / int_12300cc3
 Ivy League
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ivy League for Everyone / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Jabba Table Manners / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Jail Bait / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Jerkass Has a Point / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Just Before the End / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Kick Them While They Are Down / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Killed to Uphold the Masquerade / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Knocking on Heathens' Door / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Lantern Jaw of Justice / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Last Kiss / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Last-Second Word Swap / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Lawyer-Friendly Cameo / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Leaning on the Fourth Wall / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Leave Me Alone! / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Less Embarrassing Term / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Let No Crisis Go to Waste / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Lethal Harmless Powers / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Levitating Lotus Position / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Life-or-Limb Decision / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Life Will Kill You / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Limelight Series / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Literary Allusion Title / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Little / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Living Legend / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Living Lie Detector / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Lonely at the Top / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Lonely Funeral / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Loners Are Freaks / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair! / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Looks Like Orlok / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Looks Like Orlok / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Lore Porn / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mad Oracle / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Madonna–Whore Complex / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Magic Skirt / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Magical Barefooter / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Magical Particle Accelerator / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mainstream Obscurity / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Making Love in All the Wrong Places / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Male Frontal Nudity / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Manifesto-Making Malcontent / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Manly Gay / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Married to the Job / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Match Cut / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mayfly–December Romance / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Meaningful Background Event / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Meaningful Funeral / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Meaningless Villain Victory / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Meanwhile, in the Future… / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Measuring the Marigolds / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Media Scrum / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mega-Corp / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mega Neko / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Memorial Photo / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Men Get Old, Women Get Replaced / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mental Time Travel / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Military Superhero / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Minidress of Power / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot / int_e290dce3
 Minutemen
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Misaimed Marketing / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mistaken for Thief / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mister Big / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Monochromatic Eyes / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mook Horror Show / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Morality Kitchen Sink / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
More Diverse Sequel / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Motive Misidentification / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Motive Rant / int_12300cc3
 MrA
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Multiple Reference Pun / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Murder Is the Best Solution / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Murder-Suicide / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Murderer P.O.V. / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
My Brain Is Big / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Mysterious Antarctica / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Naked on Revival / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Naturalized Name / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Necessarily Evil / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Necessary Fail / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Never a Self-Made Woman / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Never Trust a Title / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Never Was This Universe / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
New Era Speech / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
News Monopoly / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Nice Jewish Boy / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
No Ending / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
No-Nonsense Nemesis / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
No OSHA Compliance / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
No Social Skills / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Noble Bigot / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Nobody Poops / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Non-Linear Character / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Non-Powered Costumed Hero / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Noose Necktie / int_12300cc3
 Not a Deconstruction
seeAlso
Watchmen (Comic Book)
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Not in Front of the Kid / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Not So Crazy Anymore / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Not So Omniscient After All / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Not So Stoic / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Not Too Dead to Save the Day / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Now What? / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Obi-Wan Moment / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Odd Friendship / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Offhand Backhand / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ominous Multiple Screens / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Ominous Owl / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Omniscient Hero / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
One-Man Industrial Revolution / int_e290dce3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
One Riot, One Ranger / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
One True Threesome / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
One-Word Title / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)
hasFeature
Only Friend / int_12300cc3
 Watchmen (Comic Book)