History Characters / Watchmen

15th Jun '17 10:11:12 PM neander7hal
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---> His computer has a file in it titled "Boys".
** Also, in the title sequence of the movie (in the ultimate cut at least) he's seen walking into [[NoFameNoWealthNoService Studio 54]] and warmly greeting one of the other guys there.

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---> ** His computer has a file in it titled "Boys".
** Also, in the title sequence of the movie (in the ultimate cut at least) movie, he's seen walking into [[NoFameNoWealthNoService Studio 54]] and warmly greeting one of DavidBowie and MickJagger (whose infamously HoYay music video for "Dancing in the other guys there.Street" came out around that time). TheVillagePeople are also onscreen for good measure.
28th May '17 2:26:53 AM ThallianGold
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** It's heavily implied that Jon's background as a watchmaker is the key element to the process, with Jon gradually rebuilding his body with the same certainty he did his father's pocketwatch. This is seemingly discounted by everyone, including Veidt and the Russian attempts to duplicate the accident off-camera.
28th May '17 2:08:54 AM ThallianGold
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* CaptainPatriotic: His outfit has red and white stripes on a blue background, likely intended for this aim by his sponsors.


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** This extends to Laurie assuming that Hooded Justice was her real father.


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* {{Expy}}: Of Batman, complete with the neuroses that should cripple him.


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* DeathByIrony: Only ever a brief blip on the pop culture radar, poor Hollis gets killed in a case of mistaken identity, with the murder weapon being an old award.
27th May '17 12:40:55 PM nombretomado
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* OneManArmy: He's one of the key reasons [[AlternateHistory America wins]] TheVietnamWar.

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* OneManArmy: He's one of the key reasons [[AlternateHistory America wins]] TheVietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
19th May '17 10:34:41 AM Forenperser
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* AdaptationalVillainy: To a degree. In the comic, he ''only'' blows up New York, while in the movie he blows up ''every major city in the world!''
17th May '17 3:14:33 AM Scoutstr295
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* HideYourGays: In-universe, Hooded Justice had to keep his sexuality under wraps due to being a super-hero active in the nineteen-fourties. Silk Spectre (possibly out of gratitude for saving her from a rape) acted as his beard in public. This was so under wraps that even certain other members of their team didn't know; Hollis Mason briefly muses in his book how weird it was that Hooded Justice never seemed to return any of her affections despite publicly dating.

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* HideYourGays: In-universe, Hooded Justice had to keep his sexuality under wraps due to being a super-hero active in the nineteen-fourties.1940s. Silk Spectre (possibly out of gratitude for saving her from a rape) acted as his beard in public. This was so under wraps that even certain other members of their team didn't know; Hollis Mason briefly muses in his book how weird it was that Hooded Justice never seemed to return any of her affections despite publicly dating.
9th May '17 3:10:16 AM TitanFireFlies
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* CrazyEnoughToWork: His EvilPlan is so ridiculous that when he sums it all up in a single sentence Dan can't help but break out into laughter; Adrian plans to end hostilities between the world's superpowers by unleashing a fake EldritchAbomination onto New York; when said Abomination kills millions upon impact due to its horrific psychic abilities, the world's leaders will conclude it is a creature from another world, and therefore will be forced into uniting their forces against the possibility of an impending alien invasion. The sheer ''absurdity'' of the plan is what ultimately ''makes it work''; The Comedian and the other heroes are brought to their knees when the FridgeHorror hits and the scale of Adrian's plan becomes fully known to them.



* WholePlotReference: To Percy Bysshe Shelley's ''Ozymandias'', though this may not entirely be too apparent on an initial reading (which speaks volumes of Moore's writing skill). In the end, the results of Adrian's schemes have pretty much gone the way he'd planned them to go. Earth's leaders are now collaborating to pool their efforts into better keeping the world safe. But in the end, this peace is on a very shaky foundation that can easily be shattered by the notes written in Rorschach's journal--the "stronger loving world" that Adrian has created is ''still'' standing on the precipice of the apocalypse. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything In short, his efforts may very well be rendered meaningless due to forces outside his control]].

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* WholePlotReference: To Percy Bysshe Shelley's ''Ozymandias'', though this may not entirely be too apparent on an initial reading (which speaks volumes of Moore's writing skill). In the end, the results of Adrian's schemes have pretty much gone the way he'd planned them to go. Earth's leaders are now collaborating to pool their efforts into better keeping keep the world safe.safe from the threat of war. But in the end, this peace is on a very shaky foundation that can easily be shattered by the notes written in Rorschach's journal--the "stronger loving world" that Adrian has created is ''still'' standing on the precipice of the apocalypse. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything In short, his efforts may very well be rendered meaningless due to forces outside his control]].
7th May '17 10:42:51 AM TitanFireFlies
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%%* BigBadFriend: Possibly subverted at the end.

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%%* * BigBadFriend: Possibly subverted at A genial and polite young man who's made a friend/acquaintance out of most of the end.characters in the story later on turns out to be the primary source of all of the mishaps going on throughout the story--with the exception of the Cold War tensions, mind you.



* TheExtremistWasRight: He brought the world's superpowers together at the cost of millions of lives, which is exactly the goal he'd pushed for since the beginning. That being said, the story makes it very clear that Veidt's artificial hope is just as fragile as the state of the world had been even before he'd executed his plans, and the very last panel of the story indicates that his efforts may very well be reduced to nothing.



* PyrrhicVictory: Not only does his plan destroys him he isn't even sure it worked and ask Jon if it was worth it.

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* PyrrhicVictory: Not only does his plan destroys him destroy him, he isn't even sure it worked and ask Jon if it was worth it.


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* ShaggyDogStory: Adrian's whole role in the story is sort of ironic, really. He goes through all this trouble to create a fake EldritchAbomination and use it to kill millions in order to force the world's powers to see how utterly meaningless fighting each other is when there are "much bigger things" at risk. But in the end, he finds himself full of doubt as to whether or not his actions really would have the effect he wished for, and the very last panel of the story gives a vague implication that all of his efforts will be for naught anyway.
* StrawNihilist: His nihilism exceeds even The Comedian's--but weirdly, he's a somewhat ''optimistic'' variation without really being considered an AntiNihilist. His ultimate plan is to kill half of New York with a giant eldritch horror of his own creation. The reason ''it works'' is because Earth's leaders come to the conclusion that it is a creature from another world, and they decide to pool their efforts and resources into uniting themselves against the threat of alien invasion. In short, Adrian manages to bring the world together by making them see how utterly insignificant they and their struggles truly are. And what pushes him to do this is his desire to bring peace.


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* VillainousBSOD: Implied after his conversation with Doctor Manhattan--when he asks Jon for assurance as to whether or not what he did truly had been the right thing "in the end," Jon's reply is a benign "Nothing ever ends, Adrian." This pulls into question if Adrian's new peace will truly last as long as he believes it will, and the last we ever see of Adrian himself is a single panel of him with an intensely troubled expression on his face.


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* WholePlotReference: To Percy Bysshe Shelley's ''Ozymandias'', though this may not entirely be too apparent on an initial reading (which speaks volumes of Moore's writing skill). In the end, the results of Adrian's schemes have pretty much gone the way he'd planned them to go. Earth's leaders are now collaborating to pool their efforts into better keeping the world safe. But in the end, this peace is on a very shaky foundation that can easily be shattered by the notes written in Rorschach's journal--the "stronger loving world" that Adrian has created is ''still'' standing on the precipice of the apocalypse. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything In short, his efforts may very well be rendered meaningless due to forces outside his control]].
21st Apr '17 1:44:45 PM BatmanKalEl
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* JerkassHasAPoint: His major trademark. Comedian is a complete asshole, but much of the things he says to antagonize others often have some--or much--truth to it. For example, he was one of the first to notice Dr. Manhattan's humanity beginning to falter when Manhattan didn't even try to stop him from killing a woman pregnant with his child.]

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* JerkassHasAPoint: His major trademark. Comedian is a complete asshole, but much of the things he says to antagonize others often have some--or much--truth to it. For example, he was one of the first to notice Dr. Manhattan's humanity beginning to falter when Manhattan didn't even try to stop him from killing a woman pregnant with his child.]



* TheSociopath: Although, interestingly enough, he is ultimately capable of realizing that what he did was wrong - he admits to doing "bad things" during his VillainousBreakdown to Moloch.

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* TheSociopath: Although, interestingly enough, he is ultimately capable of realizing that what he did was wrong - he wrong. He even admits to doing "bad things" during his VillainousBreakdown to Moloch.
17th Apr '17 5:18:17 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AntiVillain: His ultimate goal is to prevent World War 3 by massacring millions to make the world powers assume it was an alien attack. A horrendous course of action, but done with the best intentions in mind. Also, the subsequent weight of this action torments his conscience.


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* AntiVillain: His ultimate goal is to prevent World War 3 by massacring millions to make the world powers assume it was an alien attack. A horrendous course of action, but done with the best intentions in mind. Also, the subsequent weight of this action torments his conscience.
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