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2nd May '17 10:51:34 PM eldar101
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* YellowPeril: Japanese are considered the enemies as the war rages, and as it ends. When Eddie goes Solo he's seen killing armed Japanese gangsters. Two new heroes, Bluecoat and Scout, inform the heroes of a plot by bitter Japanese after the war ended. They all plan to blow up the Statue of Liberty, so they team up with the remainder of the Minutemen to go in there, guns a-blazing, and slurs a-saying. Bluecoat and Scout are based on a fictional comic, where the titular heroes beat up the "evil Japanese." [[spoiler: Turns out that the two are actually Japanese themselves, a father and son who had lost their wife/mother in the internment camps, and the boy's grandfather is starting the whole scheme. The two did not want so many people to die, so they teamed with the Minutemen to stop them, dressing as the all-American heroes lest they be distrusted.]]

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* YellowPeril: Japanese are considered the enemies as the war rages, and as it ends. When Eddie goes Solo he's seen killing armed Japanese gangsters. Two new heroes, Bluecoat and Scout, inform the heroes of a plot by bitter Japanese after the war ended. They all plan to blow up the Statue of Liberty, so they team up with the remainder of the Minutemen to go in there, guns a-blazing, and slurs a-saying.Minutemen. Bluecoat and Scout are based on a fictional comic, where the titular heroes beat up the "evil Japanese." [[spoiler: Turns out that the two are actually Japanese themselves, a father and son who had lost their wife/mother in the internment camps, and the boy's grandfather is starting the whole scheme. The two did not want so many people to die, so they teamed with the Minutemen to stop them, dressing as the all-American heroes lest they be distrusted.]]
26th Apr '17 3:52:59 PM DrPsyche
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* AscendedExtra: Goes hand in hand with the above trope, Dollar Bill had no lines in the original series, and Silhouette is given a fairly prominent role despite only saying one sentence in the comic. All the Minutemen get their personalities expanded upon.

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* AscendedExtra: Goes hand in hand with The comic centers on a cast of some of the above trope, most minor characters in the series so this trope is a given. Dollar Bill had no lines in the original series, and Silhouette is given a fairly prominent role despite only saying one sentence in the comic. All the Minutemen get their personalities expanded upon.
11th Apr '17 10:48:20 PM DrPsyche
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* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Hollis becomes this by stories end. His good work ethic and honesty made him a local hero out of uniform and in-uniform he became one of the most well liked heroes, even having a parade thrown for him in the end when he rescues a missing child. He's one of the only Minutemen to survive with his health and reputation intact having escaped many of the scandals that claimed his companions.
6th Apr '17 5:22:27 PM DrPsyche
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* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:Hooded Justice and Captain Metropolis]]. Especially [[spoiler:Hooded Justice]].
16th Mar '17 11:01:00 PM Tork
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* RetCon: [[spoiler:Some implications Adrian made in the original comic such as Hooded Justice's fate and WhoKilledJFK turned out to be false.]]
16th Mar '17 9:15:03 PM Tork
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** Likewise, you know in ''Minutemen'' that some of these characters won't make it all the way through.
28th May '16 12:04:04 AM PopCan0
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* AdaptationExpansion: Due to its nature exploring periods in the original merely glimpsed and not fully witnessed, many plot threads hinted at in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' are brought out more fully for this series.



* AlternateHistory: [[InUniverse In-Universe]], when Jon sees many different realities from several decisions. Some include [[WhoShotJFK John F. Kennedy surviving his assassination attempt]], to the Comedian with the Vietnamese woman and her newborn child, whose lives he spared.

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* AlternateHistory: [[InUniverse In-Universe]], when Jon sees many different realities from several decisions. Some include [[WhoShotJFK John F. Kennedy surviving his assassination attempt]], JFK's assassin either being a successful Comedian or a thwarted Lee Harvey Oswald, to the Comedian with the Vietnamese woman and her newborn child, whose lives he spared.spared.
* ForWantOfANail: In the first issue, Dr. Manhattan creates a universe where Jon Osterman never got turned into Dr. Manhattan. The second issue continues from there to Jon's and Janey's wedding, where a small decision (going to the left or right door) decides whether the Comedian or Ozymandias becomes part of the Cuban Missile Crisis.



* AdaptationExpansion: Due to its nature exploring a period in the original merely glimpsed and not fully witnessed, many plot threads hinted at in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' are brought out more fully for this series.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Rolf Mueler]] was kicked out of the Nazi party because he was too sick for them. Given what he did to Blanche, it's easy to see why.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Rolf Mueler]] Muller]] was kicked out of the Nazi party because he was too sick for them. Given what he did to Blanche, it's easy to see why.them.



* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:The abducted child's corpse at the end of Minutemen #2. We see Hollis reeling from the foul smell before they even enter the room, and then horrified reactions' on the three's faces. Byron is just standing there stock-still, [[TearsOfFear tears running down his face.]] At the same time the panels keep cutting away to HJ assaulting Captain Metropolis, showing little more than their faces and hands.]] Ultimately [[spoiler: Ursula's death was this]]. With the perpetrator breaking in advancing on [[spoiler: Gretchen and Ursula sleeping, and a final panel of her trying to defend Gretchen and holding out her hand in defense.]] A panel before only showed a limp bloody hand, [[spoiler: and the word "Lesbian whores" written in their blood.]] [[spoiler: The Liquidator also dies this way, with Sally hunting him down after he murdered Ursula.]] Ironically, his body was discovered with a limp bloody hand as well.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The abducted child's corpse at the end of Minutemen #2. We see Hollis reeling from the foul smell before they even enter the room, and then horrified reactions' on the three's faces. Byron is just standing there stock-still, [[TearsOfFear tears running down his face.]] At the same time the panels keep cutting away to HJ assaulting Captain Metropolis, showing little more than their faces and hands.]] Ultimately [[spoiler: Ursula's death was this]]. With the perpetrator breaking in advancing on [[spoiler: Gretchen and Ursula sleeping, and a final panel of her trying to defend Gretchen and holding out her hand in defense.]] A panel before only showed a limp bloody hand, [[spoiler: and the word "Lesbian whores" written in their blood.]] [[spoiler: The Liquidator also dies this way, with Sally hunting him down after he murdered Ursula.]] Ironically, his body was discovered with a limp bloody hand as well.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted; While Edgar had been depicted as plain-looking, his ''Before Watchmen'' comic shows him as a borderline {{Gonk}}.



* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: Poor Edgar... He was DoomedByCanon.]]

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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: Poor Edgar... He was DoomedByCanon.]]DownerEnding: Moloch #2 ends with [[DoomedByCanon his death]] by Adrian.



* KidsAreCruel: During Edgar's childhood.
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:At the end, is told by Adrian everything he wished to accomplish with his plan and how he would do it. Edgar is happy to help the world in his own way, to participate in "the ultimate magic trick".]]

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* KidsAreCruel: During Edgar's childhood.
childhood, Edgar included.
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:At [[spoiler: At the end, is told by Adrian everything he wished to accomplish with his plan and how he would do it. Edgar is happy to help the world in his own way, to participate in "the ultimate magic trick".]]



* StartOfDarkness



* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Rawhead after [[spoiler: putting Rorscharc's mask]].

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* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Rawhead after [[spoiler: putting Rorscharc's Rorscharch's mask]].



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In issue #2, we meet a band that, for legal reasons, we'll call... uh... [[Music/TheBeatles The NotBeatles.]]
* OffModel: When Laurie kicks the hatchet wielding mook with the spades suit painted on his face, his hair turns from blue to heart's red, his spade's painting disappears, and so does his beard.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In issue #2, we meet a band that, for legal reasons, we'll call... uh... [[Music/TheBeatles The NotBeatles.]]
that resembles Music/TheBeatles.
* OffModel: When Laurie kicks the hatchet wielding mook {{Mook}} with the spades suit painted on his face, his hair turns from blue to heart's red, his spade's painting disappears, and so does his beard.
27th May '16 10:56:21 PM PopCan0
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* CapeSnag: Well, it was inevitable.

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* CapeSnag: Well, it was inevitable.PlayedForDrama, as [[spoiler: the end of the comic shows Bill's last moments and thoughts during the events that lead up to his death.]]



* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: Bill's funeral, where the remaining Minutemen attend, in costume, and Metropolis delivers the eulogy. The sequence of events established in Minutemen means that Sally got dressed up again after quitting to attend his funeral.]] Afterwards, they see a bunch of kids dressing up [[spoiler: as Bill]] and reenacting the faithful scene, but with a more superheroic ImmuneToBullets flair. Byron wonders if he'll be forgotten, Nelson laughs it off and shows him the kids, saying that he'll still be remembered.
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Bill was DoomedByCanon.]]

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* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: Bill's funeral, where the remaining Minutemen attend, in costume, and Metropolis delivers the eulogy. The sequence of events established in Minutemen means that Sally got dressed up again after quitting to attend his funeral.]] Afterwards, they see a bunch of kids dressing up [[spoiler: as Bill]] Bill and reenacting the faithful scene, but with a more superheroic ImmuneToBullets flair. Byron wonders if he'll be forgotten, Nelson laughs it off and shows him the kids, saying that he'll still be remembered.
remembered.]]
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: TheHeroDies: Bill was DoomedByCanon.DoomedByCanon. [[spoiler: Bill's funeral is featured at the end of the story.]]



* TookALevelInBadass: Despite being an actor, and afraid of getting shot, Bill follows Nite-Owl and Hooded Justice into one of the banks he supported to fight the robbers. After that, he compares his experiences to playing football in college, and how the adrenaline got him going.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Despite being an actor, and afraid of getting shot, Bill follows Nite-Owl Nite Owl and Hooded Justice into one of the banks he supported to fight the robbers. After that, he compares his experiences to playing football in college, and how the adrenaline got him going.
18th Feb '16 11:37:34 PM Dannykat
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Rolf Mueler]] was kicked out of the Nazis because he was too sick for them, and judging from the Comedian's dialogue, and his actions against Blanche and Hooded Justice, it's easy to see why.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Rolf Mueler]] was kicked out of the Nazis Nazi party because he was too sick for them, and judging from the Comedian's dialogue, and his actions against Blanche and Hooded Justice, them. Given what he did to Blanche, it's easy to see why.



* RedHerring: The child killer's identity was implied to be the man from Ursula's past. [[spoiler: Hooded Justice was the prime suspect; he wore a hood and similar colors. Numerous hints were dropped that he at least had some connection to the case. The true suspect being Rolf Mueler (who was the man from her past), with Eddie pointing out the FridgeLogic of him not being Justice, the age difference.]]

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* RedHerring: The child killer's identity was implied to be the man from Ursula's past. [[spoiler: Hooded Justice was the prime suspect; he wore a hood and similar colors. Numerous hints were dropped that he at least had some connection to the case. The true suspect culprit being Rolf Mueler (who was the man from her past), with Eddie pointing out the FridgeLogic of him not being Justice, given the age difference.]]
16th Sep '15 3:33:24 PM Berrenta
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* [[ObligatoryBondageSong Obligatory Kinky Cover]]: One of the alternate covers for ''Ozymandias #2'' has Adrian being somewhat suggestively strangled by a strange woman in costume.

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* [[ObligatoryBondageSong Obligatory Kinky Cover]]: ObligatoryBondageSong: One of the alternate covers for ''Ozymandias #2'' has Adrian being somewhat suggestively strangled by a strange woman in costume.



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