History Characters / Watchmen

11th Mar '17 12:55:20 PM Civanfan
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* ActionMom: She continued her career for several years after having Laurie.
4th Mar '17 7:25:37 PM DrPsyche
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* ShootTheDog: He springs a trap [[spoiler:that kills Bubastis and Dr. Manhatten]]. He hadn't intended to kill the former, but when they got in the way he had to sacrifice them.
15th Feb '17 2:13:22 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* BuryYourGays: Not long after being kicked out of the Minutemen, she was murdered in a hotel room alongside her girlfriend by an old foe. Her death scene from the movie provides the page image.
13th Feb '17 5:24:58 PM JulianLapostat
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* SignificantWardrobeShift: For most of the comic, Ozymandias dresses in civilian clothing. [[spoiler:When he gets ready to launch his plan, he wears his old superhero costume in his Arctic lair even if there is no need for him to do so. In his mind, Ozymandias sees this as the culmination of his superhero career and wears an outfit to better suggest how he views his actions, and especially given he's aware that Dan and Rorscharch are approaching the lair, he wants to impress on them the context in which his actions should be seen]].



* TradeYourPassionForGlory: Rorschach sees him as a sellout.

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* TradeYourPassionForGlory: Rorschach sees him as a sellout. Ozymandias [[spoiler:merely sees his work as doing what superheroes ought to do in real life, save the world and avoid nuclear war, no matter the costs]].
11th Feb '17 3:12:24 PM TitoMosquito
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26th Jan '17 6:59:56 PM TheBigBopper
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26th Jan '17 6:58:39 PM TheBigBopper
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!!Dr. Manhattan (Jon Osterman)

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* YouCantFightFate: Gradually came to such a belief due to his immense powers. Despite being a PhysicalGod, he felt himself powerless before the forces governing the universe. Even though he could see key events before they occurred and could easily have shaped history to his liking, he felt that anything he did would be so insignificant in the long run, taking action was pointless. [[spoiler:His ability to see the future being disrupted is one of the reasons he stops being passive.]] This trope is also inverted in the Watchmen prequel as Dr. Manhattan finds that there are in fact infinite timelines and realizes that he personally has to choose which one to follow or else it messes with the space-time continuum which means he's very much like a god by deciding the destiny of existence.
* YourCheatingHeart: How his relationship with Laurie started. After telling Janey Slater (paraphrased) [[BlatantLies he'll always want her]].

!!Nite Owl II (Dan Dreiberg)

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* YouCantFightFate: Gradually came to such a belief due to his immense powers. Despite being a PhysicalGod, he felt himself powerless before the forces governing the universe. Even though he could see key events before they occurred and could easily have shaped history to his liking, he felt that anything he did would be so insignificant in the long run, run that taking action was pointless. [[spoiler:His ability to see the future being disrupted is one of the reasons he stops being passive.]] This trope is also inverted in the Watchmen prequel as Dr. Manhattan finds that there are in fact infinite timelines and realizes that he personally has to choose which one to follow or else it messes with the space-time continuum which means he's very much like a god by deciding the destiny of existence.
* YourCheatingHeart: How his relationship with Laurie started. After telling Janey Slater (paraphrased) [[BlatantLies he'll he'd always want her]].

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* CovertPervert: Gets a sexual thrill from heroics.

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* CovertPervert: Gets a sexual thrill from heroics.His first attempt at lovemaking with Laurie fails because TheLoinsSleepTonight, but he manages to perform when they try it in their hero costumes later.



* [[IJustWantToBeNormal I Just Want To Convince Myself That I'm Normal]]: Until he gets back into action.

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* [[IJustWantToBeNormal I Just Want To Convince Myself That I'm Normal]]: Until IJustWantToBeNormal: After retirement he tries to convince himself that he's normal, until he gets back into action.



* SecondLove: To Laurie.

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* SecondLove: To Laurie.Becomes Laurie's lover after she leaves her first love, Dr. Manhattan.




!!Rorschach (Walter Kovacs)
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->''"The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'save us'... and I'll look down and whisper 'no'."''

The only non-government superhero still active as of the beginning of the book, Rorschach is a ruthless, disturbed vigilante who believes the world to be falling apart around him. He speaks in fragments and lives like a bum, having devoted his life almost entirely to fighting crime--and it's his devotion that allows him to pick up the trail of a man's mysterious death...

* AbusiveParents: His mother was certainly a horrible parent. How bad was she? When informed of her death, Walter only had one thing to say: [[KickTheSonOfABitch "Good"]].
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Creator/JackieEarleHaley as Walter without his mask looks much better than his graphic novel counterpart, who is described in-universe by Dr. Long as "fascinatingly ugly".
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Some bullies show this to Rorschach and he goes berserk on them.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He has NoSocialSkills, an [[HatesBeingTouched extreme dislike of physical contact]] and [[CreepyMonotone bizarre monotone syntax]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: The "holding a handshake too long" scene that demonstrates Nite Owl II's sexual tension for Silk Spectre II is mirrored later with confirmed bachelor Rorschach doing the exact same thing to Nite Owl II. Though it's left ambiguous, he may have only done this because he has NoSocialSkills and that he appreciates Dan being his OnlyFriend.
* AntiHero: Rorschach is one of ''the'' [[TropeCodifier best and most famous examples]] in comic books.
* TheAntiNihilist: Possible, since Rorschach believes that rules and principles are the most important in life ''because'' the world has no more meaning than the one we impose on it. Alternatively or overlaps with {{Ubermensch}}.
* AxCrazy: See what he did to the child abductor and his dogs.
* BadassBoast: Rorschach's boast is the trope image.
--> "None of you seem to understand. ''I'm'' not locked in here with ''you''. ''You're'' locked in here with ''me.''"
* BadassLongcoat: More evocative of pulp heroes.
* BadassNormal: He is, among other things, more badass than the Antarctic itself, enduring the bitter cold and what had to be some severe wind chill on one of Nite Owl's hoverbikes with no superpowers and no more protective equipment than the same overcoat and hat that he wore around New York. Without even a shiver. And then, after the big reveal but before [[spoiler:his death]], he starts to walk out into the same Antarctic weather, in the same clothes and with no easy route home, with his intention to reveal [[spoiler:Veidt's crime]] even if he has to walk home to do it. Never compromise, indeed.
* BashBrothers: With Nite Owl.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: His quote above. He feels the complete opposite when [[spoiler: New York is destroyed]].
* BecomingTheMask: "NO! MY FACE! GIVE ME BACK MY FACE!" Averted see [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Rorschach's devotion to his ethos is so strong that it is impossible for him to accept any form of compromise. The fault in his philosophy is shown early on, as his patriotism and admiration for the Comedian's persona and combat record make him accept the attempted rape of Sally Jupiter, [[MadonnaWhoreComplex who Rorschach considers to be a whore,]] as a moral lapse of an otherwise upstanding citizen, even though he is later shown to consider rape a perfectly good reason to kill someone.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Symbolically displayed through his mask, which is described as how he sees the world; through an extreme filter of black and white. Although to the other characters it's more like BlackAndGrayMorality.
* TheBlank: The whole idea behind his mask.
* BloodKnight: Rorschach is hinted to be this. Upon seeing a woman about to be mugged and raped, Rorschach had this to say about the assailant:
--> '''Rorschach''': The man turned...and there was something rewarding in his eyes. [[SociopathicHero Sometimes the night is generous to me]].
* BoldInflation: Aside from the ill-fated Crimebusters meeting (which took place long before the 1975 kidnapping case which completely redefined him), the only instances where he spoke like this are when he was unmasked by the police and when he [[spoiler: goads Dr. Manhattan into killing him]].
* BreakOutCharacter: He is easily the most popular and influential character in the comics, with some people viewing him as the protagonist. This is especially true for Creator/JackieEarleHaley.
* ButterFace: A RareMaleExample. Has a very muscular and athletic body but, from the neck up, he's rather unattractive. Plain-looking at best.
* ByronicHero: As [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity flawed]] as he is, Rorschach is a very [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic]] character. An outcast and loner even among his superhero "peers", intelligent, cynical due to his experiences, introspectively brooding, dark, strong personal beliefs, follows his own rules which [[spoiler:eventually lead to his death]], Rorschach is the exemplar of a Byronic hero in comic books.
* BystanderSyndrome: Inverted. He beats up thugs who have harmed people he's never met and idealizes people he doesn't know (Kitty Genovese, Harry Truman, etc.) but loathes virtually everyone he ''does'' know. Familiarity breeds contempt, indeed.
* CelibateHero: He's freaked out beyond all recognition about anything to do with sex, due to child abuse. He has a massive madonna-whore complex and mentions once that he was "offered Swedish love and French love but not American love [by prostitutes]," however you want to interpret that.
* CivvieSpandex: Being an {{Expy}} of The Question and Mr. A.
* CombatPragmatist: To an insane degree. Rorschach's solution to the "Gordian Knot problem". When faced with an impossible lock, Rorschach will simply ''kick the door down.''
* ConspiracyTheorist: He started as an {{Expy}} of The Question, who in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} was a saner {{Expy}} of Rorschach.
* CoatHatMask: He sports the basic outfit, but with a head-covering mask (as opposed to the standard domino) with a shifting black-and-white pattern that initially inspired his moniker.
* CoolMask: Made from a failed prototype for a designer dress. Contains black fluids in latex which move from heat and pressure but never mix into grey.
%%* CrazySurvivalist
* CreepyMonotone: In the comic book, and to an extent in the film.
* CynicismCatalyst: The kidnapping and death of Blair Roche (see DespairEventHorizon).
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly with Big Figure (''"Small world"''). Also when a therapist attempts to evaluate him with a ''Rorschach test''.
* DeathSeeker: Creator/AlanMoore says he is. [[spoiler:He finds it.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: He crosses it [[spoiler: when his investigation into the little girl's kidnapping reveals the kidnapper had butchered her and fed her to the dogs. He kills the dogs and then traps the kidnapper in the building he sets on fire. It was Kovacs that went into that place, it was ''Rorschach'' that came out.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Even after he jumps out a window which is at ''least'' five stories up, he lies on the ground telling himself to get up while the police kick him unconscious. And then some. Even more impressive in the movie version as he ''does'' get up and proceeds to beat down several more cops before he's finally overwhelmed.
* DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks: Nor how to apologize, as he tries to do so with a handshake.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Nite Owl says that Rorschach didn't shoot Moloch because that way of killing someone is too ordinary. Presumably this is why Rorschach chose to improvise when he is cornered by the police instead of picking up the gun. The gun was also empty, and Rorschach only kills criminals; crazy as he is, he doesn't bear ill will against police officers, and only fights them at all in order to escape.
* DoesNotLikeWomen: From his poor experiences with his mother.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: An rare AntiHero version. Rorschach's identity was mostly a secret until it is revealed [[spoiler:he was that guy who carried a "THE END IS NIGH" sign.]]
* DoNotCallMePaul: "You keep calling me Walter. I don't like you." His therapist eventually starts writing "Rorschach" in his notes, a sign that his patient is getting to him.
* TheDreaded: This was seen in the comic when Rorschach entered the bar and the bartender begged him not to kill anyone today. And in one scene he is Dreaded even more than Dr. Manhattan. Where the riot argued with Manhattan, the riot Rorschach dealt with dispersed with his mere presence.
* DyingAlone: We don't even know how Dreiberg reacted or if he even cared about his ex-partner.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Rorschach takes his mask off just before Dr. Manhattan kills him.]] [[WordOfGod Confirmed]] by Creator/AlanMoore who believed that it "is not the mask talking, it's not Rorschach, it's the actual human being [Walter Kovacs] that is somewhere under there."
* EntertaininglyWrong: His investigation of The Comedian's murder is doomed from the start because of his very wrong assumption of [[spoiler: a mask killer - an old villain trying to kill superheroes and a conspiracy that will endanger his old gang. Veidt enables this assumption to throw him off his trail and send Rorschach to jail.]] It's only after he teams up with Dan Dreiberg, who questions his assumptions, that they make real headway.
* {{Expy}}: Of ComicBook/TheQuestion and ComicBook/MrA, whom Rorschach was specifically based on. Moore also puts in elements of {{Franchise/Batman}} noting that "he would be considered a nutjob in real life" and in another interview he clarified Rorschach as "Batman without [[JokerImmunity the]] [[ThouShaltNotKill excuses]]". There's more than a little of [[Film/TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]] in his journal entries, too. (Also confirmed by Moore.) When Steve Ditko was asked about Rorschach's similarity to his own heroes he confirmed it as well, saying, he was "Like Mr. A, except insane."
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Existentialism}} Existentialist]]: Rorschach believes life has no meaning other than the ones we impose on it.
* ExpressiveMask: And how. It does more than cover his face; to Rorschach, [[BecomingTheMask it]] ''[[BecomingTheMask is]]'' [[BecomingTheMask his face]]. His actual face, in contrast, is like a mask; his expression almost never changes.The black and white splotches in his mask never mix, representing his morality. For him there is only black and white, never gray.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Anything he does. A vengeful prisoner get his face burned, a masochistic "villain" is thrown down an elevator shaft...
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: How he goes out. He does not beg and refuses to compromise.]]
* FamousLastWords: DO IT!
* FatalFlaw:
--> '''Rorschach''': No. Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.
* TheFettered: Kovacs' principles are all that matter to him; the good must be protected, and the evil must be punished, no compromise or nuance allowed. [[spoiler: When he's finally confronted with his own failure to completely live up to his standards and faced with a dilemma he can't solve just by appealing to his code, [[DeconstructedTrope he breaks down.]]]]
* FriendToAllChildren: One thing he won't stand for is someone else hurting a child, even if he isn't necessarily nice to them himself. The murder of Blair Roche pushed him over the edge, driving him to commit his first killing. Later on he doesn't punish his landlady for (falsely) telling the news he made lewd advances at her, because her kids are with her. Also, perhaps, because he saw himself in her son. And unlike ''his'' mother, she was holding her kids like she loved them.
* FreudianExcuse: No one event made him what he is, but his abusive upbringing is the most obvious fit for this trope. The thing that truly tipped him over the edge didn't occur until he was already an adult.
* GeniusBruiser: Holds his own in a fight, and has decent, albeit not exceptional, detective skills.
* GrapplingHookPistol: One of Rorschach's signature tools, [[spoiler:until the police take it away after his arrest]]. It gets turned into an ImprovisedWeapon at one point. It was originally designed for him by Dan, back when they were partners.
* GutturalGrowler: In the film, at least. In the comic it's mentioned that he speaks in a 'creepy monotone', but growling or lack thereof isn't specified.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Not only he's TheCynic, but his methods are violent to the point of shocking even other heroes.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Rorschach's chapter [[ShoutOut even closes with that quote]].
* HomelessHero: He lives in squalor and has poor personal hygiene.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Appears to be this. He looks up to Harry Truman as a "good man" for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan to prevent even more death, but is horrified when [[spoiler: Veidt does the same thing on a larger scale]]. He hates and kills rapists, but dismisses Edward Blake's AttemptedRape of Sally Jupiter because he is a war hero. He hates lawbreakers and murderers, but is both of those things because he's a vigilante. The list goes on.
** Bear in mind, there has been speculation that he believes that the Comedian's rape on Silk Spectre was exaggerated or false. And given his very negative experience with women, he most likely thought that she may have lied about it.
** In regards to when Truman dropped the bomb, he had diplomatic credentials to do so as well as genuine authority, being the elected President of the United States, even granting the Japanese warnings. On the other hand, [[spoiler: Veidt]] had no credentials, no place in the government, and gave no warning. To him, Truman was probably a man following the rules and doing what he was supposed to.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Rorschach''': Why are so few of us left active, healthy, and without personality disorders?
** Then again, he might not necessarily include himself in that category...
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Went over the edge after failing to save little Blaire.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Can turn just about anything deadly, whether it's hairspray into a flamethrower or throwing cooking fat into an attacker's face.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: Logically "Rorschach" is pronounced with a German "ch", but the cops in-universe pronounce it "Rorschack" apparently.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A possibly [[AxCrazy insane]], borderline [[SociopathicHero sociopathic]], [[AntiHero ruthless]] vigilante who nevertheless has good intentions, saves civilians, cares for children and genuinely appreciates his friendship with Daniel.
* KnightTemplar: A rare AntiHero example.
* LittleNo: What Rorschach fantasizes about doing when the world eventually destroys itself, as seen in the page quote. [[CharacterDevelopment He eventually changes his mind.]]
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Part of his BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* MeaningfulName: 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.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: One way of interpretting his request that Dr. Manhattan kill him near the end.]]
* NiceHat: In the movie, he keeps picking it up even when [[spoiler: Ozymandias]] keeps kicking his butt. It's also the only part of his outfit that [[spoiler: doesn't get vaporized.]]
* NinetiesAntiHero: He and The Comedian are considered the prototypes for these type of anti-heroes, despite not strictly embodying this trope themselves.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Is among other things a misogynist and homophobe. But unlike many examples, instead of white washing his behavior, it only serves to further showcase how unpleasant a person he is.
* NoSell: His CombatPragmatist street-fighting approach is [[spoiler: no match for Adrian Veidt, who outclasses him while continuing his ExpoSpeak to him and Dreiberg without missing a breath.]]
* NoSocialSkills: He never bathes, he thinks it's socially acceptable to break into people's houses and steal their stuff and has the nerve to tell Laurie that her mother almost getting raped by the Comedian could have been a moral lapse. Even Dan has problems dealing with him to the point where he finally lashes out at Rorschach. This leads to a handshake that Rorschach finds very awkward. The only time Rorschach feels at ease with anyone is when he's breaking people's fingers. He at least has the decency to try to avoid doing that in front of children (probably because of his own past experiences with AbusiveParents). It's made clear to the reader that while Rorschach is ultimately a good person and genuinely wants to help others, his total lack of proper social skills and his abundance of disorders will probably end up destroying him. [[spoiler: They do in the end]].
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Granted, he ''is'' pretty crazy as it is, but [[spoiler:he typically adopts the identity of a loopy prophet of doom as a civilian disguise.]]
* OddFriendship: With Nite Owl, who used to be his partner in crime-fighting. Its telling that when he suspects a Mask Killer, Dan is the first one he warns.
* OminousWalk: Uses this to great effect
* OnlySaneMan: He paints himself as one in a CrapsackWorld. However, he is also batshit insane, asocial and generally incapable of self-reflection and irony. Ultimately it's left ambiguous. It's clear that his approach to crimefighting is flawed, that he doesn't quite latch on to Veidt's conspiracy, and is not as competent a fighter as he thinks he is. [[spoiler: But he's also the only one who ''refuses'' to become complicit in Adrian's scheme on which he plans to base his future utopia. Whether this makes him insane or a man of uncompromising conviction is a major point in the end. [[AxeCrazy Crazy though he may be]], he's the only main superhero in the story who never truly betrays what he believes to be right, so is it he or Adrian who is the real hero of the story?]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: His modus operandi.
* PetTheDog: Rorschach may be batshit insane, AxCrazy and treat even his team-mates with suspicion and abuse, but he does make it very clear that he ''does'' value his friendship with Nite Owl and apologizes when Nite Owl calls him out on his behaviour.
** When Dan is upset to the point of tears over [[spoiler: Hollis Mason's death]], Rorschach actually attempts to comfort him. It doesn't come out in the traditional way, being Rorschach, but Dan appreciates the effort.
** When Daniel and Rorschach go to retrieve [[spoiler:Rorschach's spare mask]], and he calls his landlady a whore to her face, but doesn't press further after seeing her kids.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The guy's 5'6". He wore elevated heels as a part of his outfit.
* PowerOfFriendship: ThePowerOfFriendship is apparently the only thing that can counter his KnightTemplar attitude about everything. The only time we see him display a more-or-less human reaction (outside of flashbacks) is when Daniel bursts out and spells it out for him just how difficult exactly "being his friend" is.
* PragmaticHero: Initially, Rorschach was this during the early days of his career. He was in better health mentally, being a vigilante was still legal, and he would leave criminals to be arrested by the police, instead of murdering them. But the Keene Act and mentally snapping after the brutal murder of a girl [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope had driven him nearer to the edge]].
* PrinciplesZealot: Most people easily see him as this. There is however ''one'' time where he could be viewed as straying from his principles. A former criminal, Edgar Jacobi, previously known as Moloch the Mystic, had cancer and in his desperation to save his life he took illegal drugs that probably wouldn't save him anyway. Rorschach let this offense slide, for Edgar. He did however take the name of the company that sold the drug down, so in this case he might be viewing Edgar as a scam victim instead of a criminal.
* ProperlyParanoid: After an attempt is made on Ozymandias's life, it seems he was right to suspect that the Comedian's murder was the beginning of a plot to kill off superheroes. [[spoiler:Or not. Ozymandias himself had killed the Comedian then faked his own assassination attempt so Rorschach would believe his own theory and thus miss the ''real'' plot]].
* TheProtagonist: While the series doesn't exactly have a main character, if there had to be one, then it is Rorschach. He is described by many as the one who drives the story's plot forward.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the film, he gives a downplayed (but still powerful) one to [[spoiler: Dr. Manhattan.]]
-->'''Rorschach:''' Out of my way, people need to be told!
-->'''Dr. Manhattan:''' You know I can't let you do that.
-->'''Rorschach:''' Suddenly you discover humanity? ''Convenient.'' [Removes mask] If you had cared from the start, '''none of this would have happened'''.
* RedHeadedStepchild: Right from childhood, though [[SonOfAWhore his mother]] has as much influence in the mockery as the hair color.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: To Nite Owl (Blue Oni)
* RunningGag: He keeps breaking into Dan's house throughout the novel, forcing Dan to call the locksmith. Even more ironic when you notice the locksmith is the [[MeaningfulName "Gordian Knot Lock Company"]]. [[spoiler: Sick of this, Dan finally buys the toughest lock they sell, only to wind up teaming up with Rorschach shortly after. The stronger lock winds up buying them time to escape when the police try kicking down the door.]]
* SerialKillerKiller: It could be argued that he fits in this trope, though he is more commonly placed as HeWhoFightsMonsters.
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler:Dies alone in Antarctica.]]
* SociopathicHero: He is one of the better-known examples of this, being more than willing to torture and kill if he believes good will come of it. He also shows a LackOfEmpathy towards the criminals he kills, even hinting that he [[BloodKnight enjoys killing them]].
* SonOfAWhore: He developed a number of sexual hangups thanks to growing up around his mother's work. Well, that and being beaten and verbally abused by his mother, and bullied by other kids for being a SonOfAWhore.
* TheSouthpaw: He's left-handed in the comic only.
* TerrorHero: Rorschach's well-earned reputation for brutality means even civilians are terrified to be around him.
* TerseTalker: He's always like this when talking, but his journal and internal monologue switches between this and [[PurpleProse outbreaks of fluency]]. Still skips articles and pronouns in journal.
--> "Stood in firelight sweltering. Blood spreading on chest like map of violent new continent."
* ThatManIsDead: After failing to save Blair Roche, he no longer responds to the name "Walter Kovacs". In his mind, Walter Kovacs entered that house. It was ''[[BecomingTheMask Rorschach]]'' that left it.
* TragicBromance: With Nite Owl. [[spoiler:In the movie, Dan yells in frustration once Rorschach dies.]]
* TragicHero: A man who grew up in a hellish childhood and tried so hard to uphold some lofty standard of conduct guided by a twisted perception of integrity, and ultimately destroyed by it.
* TranquilFury:
** Unlike the other characters, who express fury through violent outbursts (The Comedian particularly), Rorschach is almost always calm and quiet in his violence. Even when pushed to his very limit in 1975, he didn't yell or lash out, he retained his quiet demeanor. He is emotionally withdrawn and during his adulthood he only makes a facial expression twice in the book (Panel 8 of Page 7 of Chapter 6, when he remembers a childhood incident, and when he [[spoiler:orders Manhattan to kill him]]. For the rest of the story his face is either covered by his mask or a blank stare.
** This is changed in the movie, however. His blank stare is replaced by a ClintSquint, and he is prone to fits of eye-twitchery. In 1975, when pushed to his limitations, instead of breaking down into the calm psycho he breaks up into an aggressive animal.
* {{Ubermensch}}: In addition to creating his own meaning and morality, Rorschach's view of life is largely misanthropic. That said, he does follow his own rules to try to make the world a better place.
* UnbuiltTrope: Despite his status as a mascot and an iconic BadassNormal, fans on coming to ''Watchmen'' will be surprised that he's frequently shown to be incompetent and ineffective.
** He utterly fails [[spoiler:to decipher Ozymandias' scheme]] merely coming across a few important clues which he filters with a very wrong assumption that Nite Owl shoots down with basic detective work. Unlike Batman who can fight hundreds of mooks as a OneManArmy and an entire swat team in Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', Rorscharch gets [[spoiler:easily ganged up by the police, has his identity exposed and sent to prison where he more or less is confined, without any possibility of escape, until Nite Owl and Silk Spectre bust him from prison]].
** Similarly Rorscharch while a powerful fighter and physically skilled and adept [[spoiler:primarily fights criminals who are physically weaker than him, bullying them by breaking their fingers and other means of intimidation. He loses a fight against any opponent who is his equal or superior, be it the police or Veidt. Indeed, for all that Rorscharch mocked Veidt for being a spoiled namby-pamby liberal who has not been in a real fight for decades, he is unable to land a single punch on CharlesAtlasSuperpower and Veidt more or less ignores him and fights him ''one-handed'']].
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Or in Rorschach's case, uncleanliness is next to a ''severely'' warped mind.
* UnscrupulousHero: What he currently is and what he is well-known for. Rorschach is far from an ideal hero. He is absolutely ruthless towards criminals, killing them when he could easily beat them and leave them for the police. That said, most of the criminals Rorschach encounters are either killers or rapists so killing them might seem a [[PayEvilUntoEvil proper punishment]]. However, he does have genuinely good intentions and sincerely wants to make the world a safer place. To this end, he still saves civilians and actually cares a lot for kids.
* VerbalTic: 'Hurm' and 'Ennk'.
* VigilanteMan: A deconstruction of this trope, as well as the AntiHero in general. He is not presented as a good person and the police disdain him in fact, they hate him almost as much as the criminals do.
%%* WalkingDisasterArea
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His violent and murderous behavior towards criminals is fueled by his own twisted desires to protect the world and defend the good. However, due to mental trauma, he tends to view almost everything and everyone as bad and needing punishment, making him come off as a SociopathicHero.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Only Nite Owl and the other heroes know he can be somewhat caring.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[UpToEleven His fundamental issue.]] His views on [[BlackAndWhiteMorality morality]] would be better suited to the kind of stories Watchmen sets out to [[DeconstructorFleet deconstruct]]: InUniverse, they come across as unrealistic at best, and [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity outright insane at worst,]] which is often. Likewise, [[SubvertedTrope while he is]] [[TheCuckoolanderwasRight proven right]] [[ConspiracyTheorist in there being a conspiracy involving Blake's murder,]] [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubverted he completely misses]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch the true reason for his death,]] and more pertinently, [[RightForTheWrongReasons the true nature of the conspiracy.]]]]

!!Ozymandias (Adrian Veidt)

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[[folder:Rorschach
(Walter Kovacs)
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->''"The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'save us'... and I'll look down and whisper 'no'."''

The only non-government superhero still active as of the beginning of the book, Rorschach is a ruthless, disturbed vigilante who believes the world to be falling apart around him. He speaks in fragments and lives like a bum, having devoted his life almost entirely to fighting crime--and it's his devotion that allows him to pick up the trail of a man's mysterious death...

* AbusiveParents: His mother was certainly a horrible parent. How bad was she? When informed of her death, Walter only had one thing to say: [[KickTheSonOfABitch "Good"]].
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Creator/JackieEarleHaley as Walter without his mask looks much better than his graphic novel counterpart, who is described in-universe by Dr. Long as "fascinatingly ugly".
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Some bullies show this to Rorschach and he goes berserk on them.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He has NoSocialSkills, an [[HatesBeingTouched extreme dislike of physical contact]] and [[CreepyMonotone bizarre monotone syntax]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: The "holding a handshake too long" scene that demonstrates Nite Owl II's sexual tension for Silk Spectre II is mirrored later with confirmed bachelor Rorschach doing the exact same thing to Nite Owl II. Though it's left ambiguous, he may have only done this because he has NoSocialSkills and that he appreciates Dan being his OnlyFriend.
* AntiHero: Rorschach is one of ''the'' [[TropeCodifier best and most famous examples]] in comic books.
* TheAntiNihilist: Possible, since Rorschach believes that rules and principles are the most important in life ''because'' the world has no more meaning than the one we impose on it. Alternatively or overlaps with {{Ubermensch}}.
* AxCrazy:
Kovacs)]]
See what he did to the child abductor and his dogs.
* BadassBoast: Rorschach's boast is the trope image.
--> "None of you seem to understand. ''I'm'' not locked in here with ''you''. ''You're'' locked in here with ''me.''"
* BadassLongcoat: More evocative of pulp heroes.
* BadassNormal: He is, among other things, more badass than the Antarctic itself, enduring the bitter cold and what had to be some severe wind chill on one of Nite Owl's hoverbikes with no superpowers and no more protective equipment than the same overcoat and hat that he wore around New York. Without even a shiver. And then, after the big reveal but before [[spoiler:his death]], he starts to walk out into the same Antarctic weather, in the same clothes and with no easy route home, with his intention to reveal [[spoiler:Veidt's crime]] even if he has to walk home to do it. Never compromise, indeed.
* BashBrothers: With Nite Owl.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: His quote above. He feels the complete opposite when [[spoiler: New York is destroyed]].
* BecomingTheMask: "NO! MY FACE! GIVE ME BACK MY FACE!" Averted see [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Rorschach's devotion to his ethos is so strong that it is impossible for him to accept any form of compromise. The fault in his philosophy is shown early on, as his patriotism and admiration for the Comedian's persona and combat record make him accept the attempted rape of Sally Jupiter, [[MadonnaWhoreComplex who Rorschach considers to be a whore,]] as a moral lapse of an otherwise upstanding citizen, even though he is later shown to consider rape a perfectly good reason to kill someone.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Symbolically displayed through his mask, which is described as how he sees the world; through an extreme filter of black and white. Although to the other characters it's more like BlackAndGrayMorality.
* TheBlank: The whole idea behind his mask.
* BloodKnight: Rorschach is hinted to be this. Upon seeing a woman about to be mugged and raped, Rorschach had this to say about the assailant:
--> '''Rorschach''': The man turned...and there was something rewarding in his eyes. [[SociopathicHero Sometimes the night is generous to me]].
* BoldInflation: Aside from the ill-fated Crimebusters meeting (which took place long before the 1975 kidnapping case which completely redefined him), the only instances where he spoke like this are when he was unmasked by the police and when he [[spoiler: goads Dr. Manhattan into killing him]].
* BreakOutCharacter: He is easily the most popular and influential character in the comics, with some people viewing him as the protagonist. This is especially true for Creator/JackieEarleHaley.
* ButterFace: A RareMaleExample. Has a very muscular and athletic body but, from the neck up, he's rather unattractive. Plain-looking at best.
* ByronicHero: As [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity flawed]] as he is, Rorschach is a very [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic]] character. An outcast and loner even among his superhero "peers", intelligent, cynical due to his experiences, introspectively brooding, dark, strong personal beliefs, follows his own rules which [[spoiler:eventually lead to his death]], Rorschach is the exemplar of a Byronic hero in comic books.
* BystanderSyndrome: Inverted. He beats up thugs who have harmed people he's never met and idealizes people he doesn't know (Kitty Genovese, Harry Truman, etc.) but loathes virtually everyone he ''does'' know. Familiarity breeds contempt, indeed.
* CelibateHero: He's freaked out beyond all recognition about anything to do with sex, due to child abuse. He has a massive madonna-whore complex and mentions once that he was "offered Swedish love and French love but not American love [by prostitutes]," however you want to interpret that.
* CivvieSpandex: Being an {{Expy}} of The Question and Mr. A.
* CombatPragmatist: To an insane degree. Rorschach's solution to the "Gordian Knot problem". When faced with an impossible lock, Rorschach will simply ''kick the door down.''
* ConspiracyTheorist: He started as an {{Expy}} of The Question, who in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} was a saner {{Expy}} of Rorschach.
* CoatHatMask: He sports the basic outfit, but with a head-covering mask (as opposed to the standard domino) with a shifting black-and-white pattern that initially inspired his moniker.
* CoolMask: Made from a failed prototype for a designer dress. Contains black fluids in latex which move from heat and pressure but never mix into grey.
%%* CrazySurvivalist
* CreepyMonotone: In the comic book, and to an extent in the film.
* CynicismCatalyst: The kidnapping and death of Blair Roche (see DespairEventHorizon).
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly with Big Figure (''"Small world"''). Also when a therapist attempts to evaluate him with a ''Rorschach test''.
* DeathSeeker: Creator/AlanMoore says he is. [[spoiler:He finds it.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: He crosses it [[spoiler: when his investigation into the little girl's kidnapping reveals the kidnapper had butchered her and fed her to the dogs. He kills the dogs and then traps the kidnapper in the building he sets on fire. It was Kovacs that went into that place, it was ''Rorschach'' that came out.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Even after he jumps out a window which is at ''least'' five stories up, he lies on the ground telling himself to get up while the police kick him unconscious. And then some. Even more impressive in the movie version as he ''does'' get up and proceeds to beat down several more cops before he's finally overwhelmed.
* DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks: Nor how to apologize, as he tries to do so with a handshake.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Nite Owl says that Rorschach didn't shoot Moloch because that way of killing someone is too ordinary. Presumably this is why Rorschach chose to improvise when he is cornered by the police instead of picking up the gun. The gun was also empty, and Rorschach only kills criminals; crazy as he is, he doesn't bear ill will against police officers, and only fights them at all in order to escape.
* DoesNotLikeWomen: From his poor experiences with his mother.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: An rare AntiHero version. Rorschach's identity was mostly a secret until it is revealed [[spoiler:he was that guy who carried a "THE END IS NIGH" sign.]]
* DoNotCallMePaul: "You keep calling me Walter. I don't like you." His therapist eventually starts writing "Rorschach" in his notes, a sign that his patient is getting to him.
* TheDreaded: This was seen in the comic when Rorschach entered the bar and the bartender begged him not to kill anyone today. And in one scene he is Dreaded even more than Dr. Manhattan. Where the riot argued with Manhattan, the riot Rorschach dealt with dispersed with his mere presence.
* DyingAlone: We don't even know how Dreiberg reacted or if he even cared about his ex-partner.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Rorschach takes his mask off just before Dr. Manhattan kills him.]] [[WordOfGod Confirmed]] by Creator/AlanMoore who believed that it "is not the mask talking, it's not Rorschach, it's the actual human being [Walter Kovacs] that is somewhere under there."
* EntertaininglyWrong: His investigation of The Comedian's murder is doomed from the start because of his very wrong assumption of [[spoiler: a mask killer - an old villain trying to kill superheroes and a conspiracy that will endanger his old gang. Veidt enables this assumption to throw him off his trail and send Rorschach to jail.]] It's only after he teams up with Dan Dreiberg, who questions his assumptions, that they make real headway.
* {{Expy}}: Of ComicBook/TheQuestion and ComicBook/MrA, whom Rorschach was specifically based on. Moore also puts in elements of {{Franchise/Batman}} noting that "he would be considered a nutjob in real life" and in another interview he clarified Rorschach as "Batman without [[JokerImmunity the]] [[ThouShaltNotKill excuses]]". There's more than a little of [[Film/TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]] in his journal entries, too. (Also confirmed by Moore.) When Steve Ditko was asked about Rorschach's similarity to his own heroes he confirmed it as well, saying, he was "Like Mr. A, except insane."
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Existentialism}} Existentialist]]: Rorschach believes life has no meaning other than the ones we impose on it.
* ExpressiveMask: And how. It does more than cover his face; to Rorschach, [[BecomingTheMask it]] ''[[BecomingTheMask is]]'' [[BecomingTheMask his face]]. His actual face, in contrast, is like a mask; his expression almost never changes.The black and white splotches in his mask never mix, representing his morality. For him there is only black and white, never gray.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Anything he does. A vengeful prisoner get his face burned, a masochistic "villain" is thrown down an elevator shaft...
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: How he goes out. He does not beg and refuses to compromise.]]
* FamousLastWords: DO IT!
* FatalFlaw:
--> '''Rorschach''': No. Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.
* TheFettered: Kovacs' principles are all that matter to him; the good must be protected, and the evil must be punished, no compromise or nuance allowed. [[spoiler: When he's finally confronted with his own failure to completely live up to his standards and faced with a dilemma he can't solve just by appealing to his code, [[DeconstructedTrope he breaks down.]]]]
* FriendToAllChildren: One thing he won't stand for is someone else hurting a child, even if he isn't necessarily nice to them himself. The murder of Blair Roche pushed him over the edge, driving him to commit his first killing. Later on he doesn't punish his landlady for (falsely) telling the news he made lewd advances at her, because her kids are with her. Also, perhaps, because he saw himself in her son. And unlike ''his'' mother, she was holding her kids like she loved them.
* FreudianExcuse: No one event made him what he is, but his abusive upbringing is the most obvious fit for this trope. The thing that truly tipped him over the edge didn't occur until he was already an adult.
* GeniusBruiser: Holds his own in a fight, and has decent, albeit not exceptional, detective skills.
* GrapplingHookPistol: One of Rorschach's signature tools, [[spoiler:until the police take it away after his arrest]]. It gets turned into an ImprovisedWeapon at one point. It was originally designed for him by Dan, back when they were partners.
* GutturalGrowler: In the film, at least. In the comic it's mentioned that he speaks in a 'creepy monotone', but growling or lack thereof isn't specified.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Not only he's TheCynic, but his methods are violent to the point of shocking even other heroes.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Rorschach's chapter [[ShoutOut even closes with that quote]].
* HomelessHero: He lives in squalor and has poor personal hygiene.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Appears to be this. He looks up to Harry Truman as a "good man" for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan to prevent even more death, but is horrified when [[spoiler: Veidt does the same thing on a larger scale]]. He hates and kills rapists, but dismisses Edward Blake's AttemptedRape of Sally Jupiter because he is a war hero. He hates lawbreakers and murderers, but is both of those things because he's a vigilante. The list goes on.
** Bear in mind, there has been speculation that he believes that the Comedian's rape on Silk Spectre was exaggerated or false. And given his very negative experience with women, he most likely thought that she may have lied about it.
** In regards to when Truman dropped the bomb, he had diplomatic credentials to do so as well as genuine authority, being the elected President of the United States, even granting the Japanese warnings. On the other hand, [[spoiler: Veidt]] had no credentials, no place in the government, and gave no warning. To him, Truman was probably a man following the rules and doing what he was supposed to.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Rorschach''': Why are so few of us left active, healthy, and without personality disorders?
** Then again, he might not necessarily include himself in that category...
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Went over the edge after failing to save little Blaire.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Can turn just about anything deadly, whether it's hairspray into a flamethrower or throwing cooking fat into an attacker's face.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: Logically "Rorschach" is pronounced with a German "ch", but the cops in-universe pronounce it "Rorschack" apparently.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A possibly [[AxCrazy insane]], borderline [[SociopathicHero sociopathic]], [[AntiHero ruthless]] vigilante who nevertheless has good intentions, saves civilians, cares for children and genuinely appreciates his friendship with Daniel.
* KnightTemplar: A rare AntiHero example.
* LittleNo: What Rorschach fantasizes about doing when the world eventually destroys itself, as seen in the page quote. [[CharacterDevelopment He eventually changes his mind.]]
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Part of his BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* MeaningfulName: 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.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: One way of interpretting his request that Dr. Manhattan kill him near the end.]]
* NiceHat: In the movie, he keeps picking it up even when [[spoiler: Ozymandias]] keeps kicking his butt. It's also the only part of his outfit that [[spoiler: doesn't get vaporized.]]
* NinetiesAntiHero: He and The Comedian are considered the prototypes for these type of anti-heroes, despite not strictly embodying this trope themselves.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Is among other things a misogynist and homophobe. But unlike many examples, instead of white washing his behavior, it only serves to further showcase how unpleasant a person he is.
* NoSell: His CombatPragmatist street-fighting approach is [[spoiler: no match for Adrian Veidt, who outclasses him while continuing his ExpoSpeak to him and Dreiberg without missing a breath.]]
* NoSocialSkills: He never bathes, he thinks it's socially acceptable to break into people's houses and steal their stuff and has the nerve to tell Laurie that her mother almost getting raped by the Comedian could have been a moral lapse. Even Dan has problems dealing with him to the point where he finally lashes out at Rorschach. This leads to a handshake that Rorschach finds very awkward. The only time Rorschach feels at ease with anyone is when he's breaking people's fingers. He at least has the decency to try to avoid doing that in front of children (probably because of his own past experiences with AbusiveParents). It's made clear to the reader that while Rorschach is ultimately a good person and genuinely wants to help others, his total lack of proper social skills and his abundance of disorders will probably end up destroying him. [[spoiler: They do in the end]].
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Granted, he ''is'' pretty crazy as it is, but [[spoiler:he typically adopts the identity of a loopy prophet of doom as a civilian disguise.]]
* OddFriendship: With Nite Owl, who used to be his partner in crime-fighting. Its telling that when he suspects a Mask Killer, Dan is the first one he warns.
* OminousWalk: Uses this to great effect
* OnlySaneMan: He paints himself as one in a CrapsackWorld. However, he is also batshit insane, asocial and generally incapable of self-reflection and irony. Ultimately it's left ambiguous. It's clear that his approach to crimefighting is flawed, that he doesn't quite latch on to Veidt's conspiracy, and is not as competent a fighter as he thinks he is. [[spoiler: But he's also the only one who ''refuses'' to become complicit in Adrian's scheme on which he plans to base his future utopia. Whether this makes him insane or a man of uncompromising conviction is a major point in the end. [[AxeCrazy Crazy though he may be]], he's the only main superhero in the story who never truly betrays what he believes to be right, so is it he or Adrian who is the real hero of the story?]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: His modus operandi.
* PetTheDog: Rorschach may be batshit insane, AxCrazy and treat even his team-mates with suspicion and abuse, but he does make it very clear that he ''does'' value his friendship with Nite Owl and apologizes when Nite Owl calls him out on his behaviour.
** When Dan is upset to the point of tears over [[spoiler: Hollis Mason's death]], Rorschach actually attempts to comfort him. It doesn't come out in the traditional way, being Rorschach, but Dan appreciates the effort.
** When Daniel and Rorschach go to retrieve [[spoiler:Rorschach's spare mask]], and he calls his landlady a whore to her face, but doesn't press further after seeing her kids.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The guy's 5'6". He wore elevated heels as a part of his outfit.
* PowerOfFriendship: ThePowerOfFriendship is apparently the only thing that can counter his KnightTemplar attitude about everything. The only time we see him display a more-or-less human reaction (outside of flashbacks) is when Daniel bursts out and spells it out for him just how difficult exactly "being his friend" is.
* PragmaticHero: Initially, Rorschach was this during the early days of his career. He was in better health mentally, being a vigilante was still legal, and he would leave criminals to be arrested by the police, instead of murdering them. But the Keene Act and mentally snapping after the brutal murder of a girl [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope had driven him nearer to the edge]].
* PrinciplesZealot: Most people easily see him as this. There is however ''one'' time where he could be viewed as straying from his principles. A former criminal, Edgar Jacobi, previously known as Moloch the Mystic, had cancer and in his desperation to save his life he took illegal drugs that probably wouldn't save him anyway. Rorschach let this offense slide, for Edgar. He did however take the name of the company that sold the drug down, so in this case he might be viewing Edgar as a scam victim instead of a criminal.
* ProperlyParanoid: After an attempt is made on Ozymandias's life, it seems he was right to suspect that the Comedian's murder was the beginning of a plot to kill off superheroes. [[spoiler:Or not. Ozymandias himself had killed the Comedian then faked his own assassination attempt so Rorschach would believe his own theory and thus miss the ''real'' plot]].
* TheProtagonist: While the series doesn't exactly have a main character, if there had to be one, then it is Rorschach. He is described by many as the one who drives the story's plot forward.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the film, he gives a downplayed (but still powerful) one to [[spoiler: Dr. Manhattan.]]
-->'''Rorschach:''' Out of my way, people need to be told!
-->'''Dr. Manhattan:''' You know I can't let you do that.
-->'''Rorschach:''' Suddenly you discover humanity? ''Convenient.'' [Removes mask] If you had cared from the start, '''none of this would have happened'''.
* RedHeadedStepchild: Right from childhood, though [[SonOfAWhore his mother]] has as much influence in the mockery as the hair color.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: To Nite Owl (Blue Oni)
* RunningGag: He keeps breaking into Dan's house throughout the novel, forcing Dan to call the locksmith. Even more ironic when you notice the locksmith is the [[MeaningfulName "Gordian Knot Lock Company"]]. [[spoiler: Sick of this, Dan finally buys the toughest lock they sell, only to wind up teaming up with Rorschach shortly after. The stronger lock winds up buying them time to escape when the police try kicking down the door.]]
* SerialKillerKiller: It could be argued that he fits in this trope, though he is more commonly placed as HeWhoFightsMonsters.
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler:Dies alone in Antarctica.]]
* SociopathicHero: He is one of the better-known examples of this, being more than willing to torture and kill if he believes good will come of it. He also shows a LackOfEmpathy towards the criminals he kills, even hinting that he [[BloodKnight enjoys killing them]].
* SonOfAWhore: He developed a number of sexual hangups thanks to growing up around his mother's work. Well, that and being beaten and verbally abused by his mother, and bullied by other kids for being a SonOfAWhore.
* TheSouthpaw: He's left-handed in the comic only.
* TerrorHero: Rorschach's well-earned reputation for brutality means even civilians are terrified to be around him.
* TerseTalker: He's always like this when talking, but his journal and internal monologue switches between this and [[PurpleProse outbreaks of fluency]]. Still skips articles and pronouns in journal.
--> "Stood in firelight sweltering. Blood spreading on chest like map of violent new continent."
* ThatManIsDead: After failing to save Blair Roche, he no longer responds to the name "Walter Kovacs". In his mind, Walter Kovacs entered that house. It was ''[[BecomingTheMask Rorschach]]'' that left it.
* TragicBromance: With Nite Owl. [[spoiler:In the movie, Dan yells in frustration once Rorschach dies.]]
* TragicHero: A man who grew up in a hellish childhood and tried so hard to uphold some lofty standard of conduct guided by a twisted perception of integrity, and ultimately destroyed by it.
* TranquilFury:
** Unlike the other characters, who express fury through violent outbursts (The Comedian particularly), Rorschach is almost always calm and quiet in his violence. Even when pushed to his very limit in 1975, he didn't yell or lash out, he retained his quiet demeanor. He is emotionally withdrawn and during his adulthood he only makes a facial expression twice in the book (Panel 8 of Page 7 of Chapter 6, when he remembers a childhood incident, and when he [[spoiler:orders Manhattan to kill him]]. For the rest of the story his face is either covered by his mask or a blank stare.
** This is changed in the movie, however. His blank stare is replaced by a ClintSquint, and he is prone to fits of eye-twitchery. In 1975, when pushed to his limitations, instead of breaking down into the calm psycho he breaks up into an aggressive animal.
* {{Ubermensch}}: In addition to creating his own meaning and morality, Rorschach's view of life is largely misanthropic. That said, he does follow his own rules to try to make the world a better place.
* UnbuiltTrope: Despite his status as a mascot and an iconic BadassNormal, fans on coming to ''Watchmen'' will be surprised that he's frequently shown to be incompetent and ineffective.
** He utterly fails [[spoiler:to decipher Ozymandias' scheme]] merely coming across a few important clues which he filters with a very wrong assumption that Nite Owl shoots down with basic detective work. Unlike Batman who can fight hundreds of mooks as a OneManArmy and an entire swat team in Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', Rorscharch gets [[spoiler:easily ganged up by the police, has his identity exposed and sent to prison where he more or less is confined, without any possibility of escape, until Nite Owl and Silk Spectre bust him from prison]].
** Similarly Rorscharch while a powerful fighter and physically skilled and adept [[spoiler:primarily fights criminals who are physically weaker than him, bullying them by breaking their fingers and other means of intimidation. He loses a fight against any opponent who is his equal or superior, be it the police or Veidt. Indeed, for all that Rorscharch mocked Veidt for being a spoiled namby-pamby liberal who has not been in a real fight for decades, he is unable to land a single punch on CharlesAtlasSuperpower and Veidt more or less ignores him and fights him ''one-handed'']].
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Or in Rorschach's case, uncleanliness is next to a ''severely'' warped mind.
* UnscrupulousHero: What he currently is and what he is well-known for. Rorschach is far from an ideal hero. He is absolutely ruthless towards criminals, killing them when he could easily beat them and leave them for the police. That said, most of the criminals Rorschach encounters are either killers or rapists so killing them might seem a [[PayEvilUntoEvil proper punishment]]. However, he does have genuinely good intentions and sincerely wants to make the world a safer place. To this end, he still saves civilians and actually cares a lot for kids.
* VerbalTic: 'Hurm' and 'Ennk'.
* VigilanteMan: A deconstruction of this trope, as well as the AntiHero in general. He is not presented as a good person and the police disdain him in fact, they hate him almost as much as the criminals do.
%%* WalkingDisasterArea
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His violent and murderous behavior towards criminals is fueled by his own twisted desires to protect the world and defend the good. However, due to mental trauma, he tends to view almost everything and everyone as bad and needing punishment, making him come off as a SociopathicHero.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Only Nite Owl and the other heroes know he can be somewhat caring.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[UpToEleven His fundamental issue.]] His views on [[BlackAndWhiteMorality morality]] would be better suited to the kind of stories Watchmen sets out to [[DeconstructorFleet deconstruct]]: InUniverse, they come across as unrealistic at best, and [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity outright insane at worst,]] which is often. Likewise, [[SubvertedTrope while he is]] [[TheCuckoolanderwasRight proven right]] [[ConspiracyTheorist in there being a conspiracy involving Blake's murder,]] [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubverted he completely misses]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch the true reason for his death,]] and more pertinently, [[RightForTheWrongReasons the true nature of the conspiracy.]]]]

!!Ozymandias
Characters/WatchmenRorschach

[[folder:Ozymandias
(Adrian Veidt)Veidt)]]



Probably the most successful and effective hero of the lot. Adrian has honed his body and mind to near-superhuman perfection, created a multibillion dollar corporate empire, and mastered the sciences to change the world.

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Probably the most successful and effective hero of the lot.lot after Dr. Manhattan. Adrian has honed his body and mind to near-superhuman perfection, created a multibillion dollar corporate empire, and mastered the sciences to change the world.



** AmbiguouslyBi: Before Watchmen shows him in an sexual and romantic relationship with a woman and implies another, which means he is either this or straight.

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** AmbiguouslyBi: Before Watchmen ''Before Watchmen'' shows him in an sexual and romantic relationship with a woman and implies another, which means he is either this or straight.



* BadassGay: He can lay the smack down on [[spoiler: Rorschach, Nite Owl, and ''The Comedian'']] ''all by himself''.

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* BadassGay: He Possibly gay, and he can lay the smack down on [[spoiler: Rorschach, Nite Owl, and ''The Comedian'']] ''all by himself''.




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!!Blaire Roche

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* GeniusBruiser: Holds his own in a fight, and is a class A detective.

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* GeniusBruiser: Holds his own in a fight, and is a class A detective.has decent, albeit not exceptional, detective skills.



* OnlySaneMan:
** {{Subverted|Trope}}: He paints himself as one in a CrapsackWorld. However, he is also batshit insane...
** DoubleSubverted: ...but he was onto something with his "mask killer" theory; he was, initially, the only person to notice something odd. Though he was also EntertaininglyWrong and it's only after he teams up with Dan Dreiberg that he makes headway, the latter's BoringButPractical approach being more effective and useful.
*** However, keep in mind that [[spoiler:Adrian faked the assassination attempt on him upon hearing Rorschach's cape-killer theory to keep him off the trail. It's possible that had Adrian remained in the dark of his theory and proceeded as planned, Rorschach might have been able to still realize Adrian's plan (or at least suspect of him of a conspiracy), which would've presented the real possibility of stopping him.]]
** [[spoiler:He's also the only one who ''refuses'' to become complicit in Adrian's twisted lie on which he plans to base his future utopia. Whether this makes him insane or the only one who's ''not'' is a major point in the story at large. [[AxeCrazy Crazy though he may be]], he's the only main superhero in the story who never truly betrays what he believes to be right, so is it he or Adrian who is the real hero of the story?]]

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* OnlySaneMan:
** {{Subverted|Trope}}:
OnlySaneMan: He paints himself as one in a CrapsackWorld. However, he is also batshit insane...
** DoubleSubverted: ...but he was onto something with his "mask killer" theory; he was, initially, the only person to notice something odd. Though he was also EntertaininglyWrong
insane, asocial and generally incapable of self-reflection and irony. Ultimately it's only after he teams up with Dan Dreiberg that he makes headway, the latter's BoringButPractical approach being more effective and useful.
*** However, keep in mind that [[spoiler:Adrian faked the assassination attempt on him upon hearing Rorschach's cape-killer theory to keep him off the trail.
left ambiguous. It's possible clear that had Adrian remained in the dark of his theory approach to crimefighting is flawed, that he doesn't quite latch on to Veidt's conspiracy, and proceeded is not as planned, Rorschach might have been able to still realize Adrian's plan (or at least suspect of him of competent a conspiracy), which would've presented the real possibility of stopping him.]]
** [[spoiler:He's
fighter as he thinks he is. [[spoiler: But he's also the only one who ''refuses'' to become complicit in Adrian's twisted lie scheme on which he plans to base his future utopia. Whether this makes him insane or the only one who's ''not'' a man of uncompromising conviction is a major point in the story at large.end. [[AxeCrazy Crazy though he may be]], he's the only main superhero in the story who never truly betrays what he believes to be right, so is it he or Adrian who is the real hero of the story?]]


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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite his status as a mascot and an iconic BadassNormal, fans on coming to ''Watchmen'' will be surprised that he's frequently shown to be incompetent and ineffective.
** He utterly fails [[spoiler:to decipher Ozymandias' scheme]] merely coming across a few important clues which he filters with a very wrong assumption that Nite Owl shoots down with basic detective work. Unlike Batman who can fight hundreds of mooks as a OneManArmy and an entire swat team in Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', Rorscharch gets [[spoiler:easily ganged up by the police, has his identity exposed and sent to prison where he more or less is confined, without any possibility of escape, until Nite Owl and Silk Spectre bust him from prison]].
** Similarly Rorscharch while a powerful fighter and physically skilled and adept [[spoiler:primarily fights criminals who are physically weaker than him, bullying them by breaking their fingers and other means of intimidation. He loses a fight against any opponent who is his equal or superior, be it the police or Veidt. Indeed, for all that Rorscharch mocked Veidt for being a spoiled namby-pamby liberal who has not been in a real fight for decades, he is unable to land a single punch on CharlesAtlasSuperpower and Veidt more or less ignores him and fights him ''one-handed'']].
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!!Rorschach (Walter Kovacs)
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->''"The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'save us'... and I'll look down and whisper 'no'."''

The only non-government superhero still active as of the beginning of the book, Rorschach is a ruthless, disturbed vigilante who believes the world to be falling apart around him. He speaks in fragments and lives like a bum, having devoted his life almost entirely to fighting crime--and it's his devotion that allows him to pick up the trail of a man's mysterious death...

* AbusiveParents: His mother was certainly a horrible parent. How bad was she? When informed of her death, Walter only had one thing to say: [[KickTheSonOfABitch "Good"]].
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Creator/JackieEarleHaley as Walter without his mask looks much better than his graphic novel counterpart, who is described in-universe by Dr. Long as "fascinatingly ugly".
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Some bullies show this to Rorschach and he goes berserk on them.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He has NoSocialSkills, an [[HatesBeingTouched extreme dislike of physical contact]] and [[CreepyMonotone bizarre monotone syntax]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: The "holding a handshake too long" scene that demonstrates Nite Owl II's sexual tension for Silk Spectre II is mirrored later with confirmed bachelor Rorschach doing the exact same thing to Nite Owl II. Though it's left ambiguous, he may have only done this because he has NoSocialSkills and that he appreciates Dan being his OnlyFriend.
* AntiHero: Rorschach is one of ''the'' [[TropeCodifier best and most famous examples]] in comic books.
* TheAntiNihilist: Possible, since Rorschach believes that rules and principles are the most important in life ''because'' the world has no more meaning than the one we impose on it. Alternatively or overlaps with {{Ubermensch}}.
* AxCrazy: See what he did to the child abductor and his dogs.
* BadassBoast: Rorschach's boast is the trope image.
--> "None of you seem to understand. ''I'm'' not locked in here with ''you''. ''You're'' locked in here with ''me.''"
* BadassLongcoat: More evocative of pulp heroes.
* BadassNormal: He is, among other things, more badass than the Antarctic itself, enduring the bitter cold and what had to be some severe wind chill on one of Nite Owl's hoverbikes with no superpowers and no more protective equipment than the same overcoat and hat that he wore around New York. Without even a shiver. And then, after the big reveal but before [[spoiler:his death]], he starts to walk out into the same Antarctic weather, in the same clothes and with no easy route home, with his intention to reveal [[spoiler:Veidt's crime]] even if he has to walk home to do it. Never compromise, indeed.
* BashBrothers: With Nite Owl.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: His quote above. He feels the complete opposite when [[spoiler: New York is destroyed]].
* BecomingTheMask: "NO! MY FACE! GIVE ME BACK MY FACE!" Averted see [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Rorschach's devotion to his ethos is so strong that it is impossible for him to accept any form of compromise. The fault in his philosophy is shown early on, as his patriotism and admiration for the Comedian's persona and combat record make him accept the attempted rape of Sally Jupiter, [[MadonnaWhoreComplex who Rorschach considers to be a whore,]] as a moral lapse of an otherwise upstanding citizen, even though he is later shown to consider rape a perfectly good reason to kill someone.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Symbolically displayed through his mask, which is described as how he sees the world; through an extreme filter of black and white. Although to the other characters it's more like BlackAndGrayMorality.
* TheBlank: The whole idea behind his mask.
* BloodKnight: Rorschach is hinted to be this. Upon seeing a woman about to be mugged and raped, Rorschach had this to say about the assailant:
--> '''Rorschach''': The man turned...and there was something rewarding in his eyes. [[SociopathicHero Sometimes the night is generous to me]].
* BoldInflation: Aside from the ill-fated Crimebusters meeting (which took place long before the 1975 kidnapping case which completely redefined him), the only instances where he spoke like this are when he was unmasked by the police and when he [[spoiler: goads Dr. Manhattan into killing him]].
* BreakOutCharacter: He is easily the most popular and influential character in the comics, with some people viewing him as the protagonist. This is especially true for Creator/JackieEarleHaley.
* ButterFace: A RareMaleExample. Has a very muscular and athletic body but, from the neck up, he's rather unattractive. Plain-looking at best.
* ByronicHero: As [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity flawed]] as he is, Rorschach is a very [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic]] character. An outcast and loner even among his superhero "peers", intelligent, cynical due to his experiences, introspectively brooding, dark, strong personal beliefs, follows his own rules which [[spoiler:eventually lead to his death]], Rorschach is the exemplar of a Byronic hero in comic books.
* BystanderSyndrome: Inverted. He beats up thugs who have harmed people he's never met and idealizes people he doesn't know (Kitty Genovese, Harry Truman, etc.) but loathes virtually everyone he ''does'' know. Familiarity breeds contempt, indeed.
* CelibateHero: He's freaked out beyond all recognition about anything to do with sex, due to child abuse. He has a massive madonna-whore complex and mentions once that he was "offered Swedish love and French love but not American love [by prostitutes]," however you want to interpret that.
* CivvieSpandex: Being an {{Expy}} of The Question and Mr. A.
* CombatPragmatist: To an insane degree. Rorschach's solution to the "Gordian Knot problem". When faced with an impossible lock, Rorschach will simply ''kick the door down.''
* ConspiracyTheorist: He started as an {{Expy}} of The Question, who in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} was a saner {{Expy}} of Rorschach.
* CoatHatMask: He sports the basic outfit, but with a head-covering mask (as opposed to the standard domino) with a shifting black-and-white pattern that initially inspired his moniker.
* CoolMask: Made from a failed prototype for a designer dress. Contains black fluids in latex which move from heat and pressure but never mix into grey.
%%* CrazySurvivalist
* CreepyMonotone: In the comic book, and to an extent in the film.
* CynicismCatalyst: The kidnapping and death of Blair Roche (see DespairEventHorizon).
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly with Big Figure (''"Small world"''). Also when a therapist attempts to evaluate him with a ''Rorschach test''.
* DeathSeeker: Creator/AlanMoore says he is. [[spoiler:He finds it.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: He crosses it [[spoiler: when his investigation into the little girl's kidnapping reveals the kidnapper had butchered her and fed her to the dogs. He kills the dogs and then traps the kidnapper in the building he sets on fire. It was Kovacs that went into that place, it was ''Rorschach'' that came out.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Even after he jumps out a window which is at ''least'' five stories up, he lies on the ground telling himself to get up while the police kick him unconscious. And then some. Even more impressive in the movie version as he ''does'' get up and proceeds to beat down several more cops before he's finally overwhelmed.
* DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks: Nor how to apologize, as he tries to do so with a handshake.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Nite Owl says that Rorschach didn't shoot Moloch because that way of killing someone is too ordinary. Presumably this is why Rorschach chose to improvise when he is cornered by the police instead of picking up the gun. The gun was also empty, and Rorschach only kills criminals; crazy as he is, he doesn't bear ill will against police officers, and only fights them at all in order to escape.
* DoesNotLikeWomen: From his poor experiences with his mother.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: An rare AntiHero version. Rorschach's identity was mostly a secret until it is revealed [[spoiler:he was that guy who carried a "THE END IS NIGH" sign.]]
* DoNotCallMePaul: "You keep calling me Walter. I don't like you." His therapist eventually starts writing "Rorschach" in his notes, a sign that his patient is getting to him.
* TheDreaded: This was seen in the comic when Rorschach entered the bar and the bartender begged him not to kill anyone today. And in one scene he is Dreaded even more than Dr. Manhattan. Where the riot argued with Manhattan, the riot Rorschach dealt with dispersed with his mere presence.
* DyingAlone: We don't even know how Dreiberg reacted or if he even cared about his ex-partner.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Rorschach takes his mask off just before Dr. Manhattan kills him.]] [[WordOfGod Confirmed]] by Creator/AlanMoore who believed that it "is not the mask talking, it's not Rorschach, it's the actual human being [Walter Kovacs] that is somewhere under there."
* EntertaininglyWrong: His investigation of The Comedian's murder is doomed from the start because of his very wrong assumption of [[spoiler: a mask killer - an old villain trying to kill superheroes and a conspiracy that will endanger his old gang. Veidt enables this assumption to throw him off his trail and send Rorschach to jail.]] It's only after he teams up with Dan Dreiberg, who questions his assumptions, that they make real headway.
* {{Expy}}: Of ComicBook/TheQuestion and ComicBook/MrA, whom Rorschach was specifically based on. Moore also puts in elements of {{Franchise/Batman}} noting that "he would be considered a nutjob in real life" and in another interview he clarified Rorschach as "Batman without [[JokerImmunity the]] [[ThouShaltNotKill excuses]]". There's more than a little of [[Film/TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]] in his journal entries, too. (Also confirmed by Moore.) When Steve Ditko was asked about Rorschach's similarity to his own heroes he confirmed it as well, saying, he was "Like Mr. A, except insane."
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Existentialism}} Existentialist]]: Rorschach believes life has no meaning other than the ones we impose on it.
* ExpressiveMask: And how. It does more than cover his face; to Rorschach, [[BecomingTheMask it]] ''[[BecomingTheMask is]]'' [[BecomingTheMask his face]]. His actual face, in contrast, is like a mask; his expression almost never changes.The black and white splotches in his mask never mix, representing his morality. For him there is only black and white, never gray.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Anything he does. A vengeful prisoner get his face burned, a masochistic "villain" is thrown down an elevator shaft...
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: How he goes out. He does not beg and refuses to compromise.]]
* FamousLastWords: DO IT!
* FatalFlaw:
--> '''Rorschach''': No. Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.
* TheFettered: Kovacs' principles are all that matter to him; the good must be protected, and the evil must be punished, no compromise or nuance allowed. [[spoiler: When he's finally confronted with his own failure to completely live up to his standards and faced with a dilemma he can't solve just by appealing to his code, [[DeconstructedTrope he breaks down.]]]]
* FriendToAllChildren: One thing he won't stand for is someone else hurting a child, even if he isn't necessarily nice to them himself. The murder of Blair Roche pushed him over the edge, driving him to commit his first killing. Later on he doesn't punish his landlady for (falsely) telling the news he made lewd advances at her, because her kids are with her. Also, perhaps, because he saw himself in her son. And unlike ''his'' mother, she was holding her kids like she loved them.
* FreudianExcuse: No one event made him what he is, but his abusive upbringing is the most obvious fit for this trope. The thing that truly tipped him over the edge didn't occur until he was already an adult.
* GeniusBruiser: Holds his own in a fight, and is a class A detective.
* GrapplingHookPistol: One of Rorschach's signature tools, [[spoiler:until the police take it away after his arrest]]. It gets turned into an ImprovisedWeapon at one point. It was originally designed for him by Dan, back when they were partners.
* GutturalGrowler: In the film, at least. In the comic it's mentioned that he speaks in a 'creepy monotone', but growling or lack thereof isn't specified.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Not only he's TheCynic, but his methods are violent to the point of shocking even other heroes.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Rorschach's chapter [[ShoutOut even closes with that quote]].
* HomelessHero: He lives in squalor and has poor personal hygiene.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Appears to be this. He looks up to Harry Truman as a "good man" for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan to prevent even more death, but is horrified when [[spoiler: Veidt does the same thing on a larger scale]]. He hates and kills rapists, but dismisses Edward Blake's AttemptedRape of Sally Jupiter because he is a war hero. He hates lawbreakers and murderers, but is both of those things because he's a vigilante. The list goes on.
** Bear in mind, there has been speculation that he believes that the Comedian's rape on Silk Spectre was exaggerated or false. And given his very negative experience with women, he most likely thought that she may have lied about it.
** In regards to when Truman dropped the bomb, he had diplomatic credentials to do so as well as genuine authority, being the elected President of the United States, even granting the Japanese warnings. On the other hand, [[spoiler: Veidt]] had no credentials, no place in the government, and gave no warning. To him, Truman was probably a man following the rules and doing what he was supposed to.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Rorschach''': Why are so few of us left active, healthy, and without personality disorders?
** Then again, he might not necessarily include himself in that category...
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Went over the edge after failing to save little Blaire.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Can turn just about anything deadly, whether it's hairspray into a flamethrower or throwing cooking fat into an attacker's face.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: Logically "Rorschach" is pronounced with a German "ch", but the cops in-universe pronounce it "Rorschack" apparently.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A possibly [[AxCrazy insane]], borderline [[SociopathicHero sociopathic]], [[AntiHero ruthless]] vigilante who nevertheless has good intentions, saves civilians, cares for children and genuinely appreciates his friendship with Daniel.
* KnightTemplar: A rare AntiHero example.
* LittleNo: What Rorschach fantasizes about doing when the world eventually destroys itself, as seen in the page quote. [[CharacterDevelopment He eventually changes his mind.]]
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Part of his BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* MeaningfulName: 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.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: One way of interpretting his request that Dr. Manhattan kill him near the end.]]
* NiceHat: In the movie, he keeps picking it up even when [[spoiler: Ozymandias]] keeps kicking his butt. It's also the only part of his outfit that [[spoiler: doesn't get vaporized.]]
* NinetiesAntiHero: He and The Comedian are considered the prototypes for these type of anti-heroes, despite not strictly embodying this trope themselves.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Is among other things a misogynist and homophobe. But unlike many examples, instead of white washing his behavior, it only serves to further showcase how unpleasant a person he is.
* NoSell: His CombatPragmatist street-fighting approach is [[spoiler: no match for Adrian Veidt, who outclasses him while continuing his ExpoSpeak to him and Dreiberg without missing a breath.]]
* NoSocialSkills: He never bathes, he thinks it's socially acceptable to break into people's houses and steal their stuff and has the nerve to tell Laurie that her mother almost getting raped by the Comedian could have been a moral lapse. Even Dan has problems dealing with him to the point where he finally lashes out at Rorschach. This leads to a handshake that Rorschach finds very awkward. The only time Rorschach feels at ease with anyone is when he's breaking people's fingers. He at least has the decency to try to avoid doing that in front of children (probably because of his own past experiences with AbusiveParents). It's made clear to the reader that while Rorschach is ultimately a good person and genuinely wants to help others, his total lack of proper social skills and his abundance of disorders will probably end up destroying him. [[spoiler: They do in the end]].
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Granted, he ''is'' pretty crazy as it is, but [[spoiler:he typically adopts the identity of a loopy prophet of doom as a civilian disguise.]]
* OddFriendship: With Nite Owl, who used to be his partner in crime-fighting. Its telling that when he suspects a Mask Killer, Dan is the first one he warns.
* OminousWalk: Uses this to great effect
* OnlySaneMan:
** {{Subverted|Trope}}: He paints himself as one in a CrapsackWorld. However, he is also batshit insane...
** DoubleSubverted: ...but he was onto something with his "mask killer" theory; he was, initially, the only person to notice something odd. Though he was also EntertaininglyWrong and it's only after he teams up with Dan Dreiberg that he makes headway, the latter's BoringButPractical approach being more effective and useful.
*** However, keep in mind that [[spoiler:Adrian faked the assassination attempt on him upon hearing Rorschach's cape-killer theory to keep him off the trail. It's possible that had Adrian remained in the dark of his theory and proceeded as planned, Rorschach might have been able to still realize Adrian's plan (or at least suspect of him of a conspiracy), which would've presented the real possibility of stopping him.]]
** [[spoiler:He's also the only one who ''refuses'' to become complicit in Adrian's twisted lie on which he plans to base his future utopia. Whether this makes him insane or the only one who's ''not'' is a major point in the story at large. [[AxeCrazy Crazy though he may be]], he's the only main superhero in the story who never truly betrays what he believes to be right, so is it he or Adrian who is the real hero of the story?]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: His modus operandi.
* PetTheDog: Rorschach may be batshit insane, AxCrazy and treat even his team-mates with suspicion and abuse, but he does make it very clear that he ''does'' value his friendship with Nite Owl and apologizes when Nite Owl calls him out on his behaviour.
** When Dan is upset to the point of tears over [[spoiler: Hollis Mason's death]], Rorschach actually attempts to comfort him. It doesn't come out in the traditional way, being Rorschach, but Dan appreciates the effort.
** When Daniel and Rorschach go to retrieve [[spoiler:Rorschach's spare mask]], and he calls his landlady a whore to her face, but doesn't press further after seeing her kids.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The guy's 5'6". He wore elevated heels as a part of his outfit.
* PowerOfFriendship: ThePowerOfFriendship is apparently the only thing that can counter his KnightTemplar attitude about everything. The only time we see him display a more-or-less human reaction (outside of flashbacks) is when Daniel bursts out and spells it out for him just how difficult exactly "being his friend" is.
* PragmaticHero: Initially, Rorschach was this during the early days of his career. He was in better health mentally, being a vigilante was still legal, and he would leave criminals to be arrested by the police, instead of murdering them. But the Keene Act and mentally snapping after the brutal murder of a girl [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope had driven him nearer to the edge]].
* PrinciplesZealot: Most people easily see him as this. There is however ''one'' time where he could be viewed as straying from his principles. A former criminal, Edgar Jacobi, previously known as Moloch the Mystic, had cancer and in his desperation to save his life he took illegal drugs that probably wouldn't save him anyway. Rorschach let this offense slide, for Edgar. He did however take the name of the company that sold the drug down, so in this case he might be viewing Edgar as a scam victim instead of a criminal.
* ProperlyParanoid: After an attempt is made on Ozymandias's life, it seems he was right to suspect that the Comedian's murder was the beginning of a plot to kill off superheroes. [[spoiler:Or not. Ozymandias himself had killed the Comedian then faked his own assassination attempt so Rorschach would believe his own theory and thus miss the ''real'' plot]].
* TheProtagonist: While the series doesn't exactly have a main character, if there had to be one, then it is Rorschach. He is described by many as the one who drives the story's plot forward.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the film, he gives a downplayed (but still powerful) one to [[spoiler: Dr. Manhattan.]]
-->'''Rorschach:''' Out of my way, people need to be told!
-->'''Dr. Manhattan:''' You know I can't let you do that.
-->'''Rorschach:''' Suddenly you discover humanity? ''Convenient.'' [Removes mask] If you had cared from the start, '''none of this would have happened'''.
* RedHeadedStepchild: Right from childhood, though [[SonOfAWhore his mother]] has as much influence in the mockery as the hair color.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: To Nite Owl (Blue Oni)
* RunningGag: He keeps breaking into Dan's house throughout the novel, forcing Dan to call the locksmith. Even more ironic when you notice the locksmith is the [[MeaningfulName "Gordian Knot Lock Company"]]. [[spoiler: Sick of this, Dan finally buys the toughest lock they sell, only to wind up teaming up with Rorschach shortly after. The stronger lock winds up buying them time to escape when the police try kicking down the door.]]
* SerialKillerKiller: It could be argued that he fits in this trope, though he is more commonly placed as HeWhoFightsMonsters.
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler:Dies alone in Antarctica.]]
* SociopathicHero: He is one of the better-known examples of this, being more than willing to torture and kill if he believes good will come of it. He also shows a LackOfEmpathy towards the criminals he kills, even hinting that he [[BloodKnight enjoys killing them]].
* SonOfAWhore: He developed a number of sexual hangups thanks to growing up around his mother's work. Well, that and being beaten and verbally abused by his mother, and bullied by other kids for being a SonOfAWhore.
* TheSouthpaw: He's left-handed in the comic only.
* TerrorHero: Rorschach's well-earned reputation for brutality means even civilians are terrified to be around him.
* TerseTalker: He's always like this when talking, but his journal and internal monologue switches between this and [[PurpleProse outbreaks of fluency]]. Still skips articles and pronouns in journal.
--> "Stood in firelight sweltering. Blood spreading on chest like map of violent new continent."
* ThatManIsDead: After failing to save Blair Roche, he no longer responds to the name "Walter Kovacs". In his mind, Walter Kovacs entered that house. It was ''[[BecomingTheMask Rorschach]]'' that left it.
* TragicBromance: With Nite Owl. [[spoiler:In the movie, Dan yells in frustration once Rorschach dies.]]
* TragicHero: A man who grew up in a hellish childhood and tried so hard to uphold some lofty standard of conduct guided by a twisted perception of integrity, and ultimately destroyed by it.
* TranquilFury:
** Unlike the other characters, who express fury through violent outbursts (The Comedian particularly), Rorschach is almost always calm and quiet in his violence. Even when pushed to his very limit in 1975, he didn't yell or lash out, he retained his quiet demeanor. He is emotionally withdrawn and during his adulthood he only makes a facial expression twice in the book (Panel 8 of Page 7 of Chapter 6, when he remembers a childhood incident, and when he [[spoiler:orders Manhattan to kill him]]. For the rest of the story his face is either covered by his mask or a blank stare.
** This is changed in the movie, however. His blank stare is replaced by a ClintSquint, and he is prone to fits of eye-twitchery. In 1975, when pushed to his limitations, instead of breaking down into the calm psycho he breaks up into an aggressive animal.
* {{Ubermensch}}: In addition to creating his own meaning and morality, Rorschach's view of life is largely misanthropic. That said, he does follow his own rules to try to make the world a better place.
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Or in Rorschach's case, uncleanliness is next to a ''severely'' warped mind.
* UnscrupulousHero: What he currently is and what he is well-known for. Rorschach is far from an ideal hero. He is absolutely ruthless towards criminals, killing them when he could easily beat them and leave them for the police. That said, most of the criminals Rorschach encounters are either killers or rapists so killing them might seem a [[PayEvilUntoEvil proper punishment]]. However, he does have genuinely good intentions and sincerely wants to make the world a safer place. To this end, he still saves civilians and actually cares a lot for kids.
* VerbalTic: 'Hurm' and 'Ennk'.
* VigilanteMan: A deconstruction of this trope, as well as the AntiHero in general. He is not presented as a good person and the police disdain him in fact, they hate him almost as much as the criminals do.
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: His violent and murderous behavior towards criminals is fueled by his own twisted desires to protect the world and defend the good. However, due to mental trauma, he tends to view almost everything and everyone as bad and needing punishment, making him come off as a SociopathicHero.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Only Nite Owl and the other heroes know he can be somewhat caring.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[UpToEleven His fundamental issue.]] His views on [[BlackAndWhiteMorality morality]] would be better suited to the kind of stories Watchmen sets out to [[DeconstructorFleet deconstruct]]: InUniverse, they come across as unrealistic at best, and [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity outright insane at worst,]] which is often. Likewise, [[SubvertedTrope while he is]] [[TheCuckoolanderwasRight proven right]] [[ConspiracyTheorist in there being a conspiracy involving Blake's murder,]] [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubverted he completely misses]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch the true reason for his death,]] and more pertinently, [[RightForTheWrongReasons the true nature of the conspiracy.]]]]
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* RetiredBadass: Subverted - a reader accustomed to this trope might except him to fight off the street gang that breaks into his place with ease. This, to say the least, is not how it plays out. In the director's cut of [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the film version]], he does fight back, with the blows cutting to brief flashbacks of him landing punches on masked villains when he was in his prime, but in the end there's just too many thugs for him to take on at once. There's even a brief HopeSpot for him (and an OhCrap for the thug) right at the start, where he ''catches'' the first punch before laying out the thug.

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* RetiredBadass: Subverted - a reader accustomed to this trope might except expect him to fight off the street gang that breaks into his place with ease. This, to say the least, is not how it plays out. In the director's cut of [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the film version]], he does fight back, with the blows cutting to brief flashbacks of him landing punches on masked villains when he was in his prime, but in the end there's just too many thugs for him to take on at once. There's even a brief HopeSpot for him (and an OhCrap for the thug) right at the start, where he ''catches'' the first punch before laying out the thug.
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