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29th Apr '16 7:47:36 AM Solle
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''Watchmen'' is a twelve-issue MiniSeries (September, 1986-October, 1987) about an alternate reality where incognito vigilantes -- inspired by a number of successful pulp style mystery-men -- became a real event until the government outlawed it ([[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]]); one actual superhero with real powers actually exists, due to a FreakLabAccident, and helped the US win the VietnamWar. One of the "masks" -- Edward "The Comedian" Blake, also a former American Black Ops technician -- has just been murdered, and the mystery behind his death (who killed him, and for what purpose) drives the series from murder mystery to SuperHero {{Deconstruction}} to the revelation of a one-man GovernmentConspiracy.


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''Watchmen'' is a twelve-issue MiniSeries (September, 1986-October, 1987) about an alternate reality where incognito vigilantes -- inspired by a number of successful pulp style mystery-men -- became a real event until the government outlawed it ([[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]]); one actual superhero with real powers actually exists, due to a FreakLabAccident, and helped the US win the VietnamWar. One of the "masks" -- Edward "The Comedian" Blake, also a former American Black Ops technician -- has just been murdered, and the mystery behind his death (who killed him, and for what purpose) drives the series from murder mystery to SuperHero {{Deconstruction}} to the revelation of a one-man GovernmentConspiracy.

{{Deconstruction}}.



There's also a prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh'', and a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that was released in 2012 [[LooseCanon and does not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]]. Both Moore and Gibbons[[note]]"As far as I'm concerned, what Alan and I did was the Watchmen graphic novel and a couple of illustrations that came out at the same time. Everything else - the movie, the game, the prequels - are really not canon. They're subsidiary. They're not really Watchmen.They're just something different."[[/note]] insist that the original Graphic Novel is the only real canon for the story, which they consider a one-off.

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There's also a prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh'', and a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that was released in 2012 [[LooseCanon and does not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]]. Both Moore and Gibbons[[note]]"As far as I'm concerned, what Alan and I did was the Watchmen graphic novel and a couple of illustrations that came out at the same time. Everything else - the movie, the game, the prequels - are really not canon. They're subsidiary. They're not really Watchmen.They're just something different."[[/note]] Gibbons insist that the original Graphic Novel is the only real canon for the story, which they consider a one-off.
29th Apr '16 7:46:32 AM Solle
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''Watchmen'', is a twelve-issue MiniSeries (September, 1986-October, 1987) about an alternate reality where incognito vigilantes -- inspired by a number of successful pulp style mystery-men -- became a real event until the government outlawed it ([[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]]); one actual superhero with real powers actually exists, due to a FreakLabAccident, and helped the US win the VietnamWar. One of the "masks" -- Edward "The Comedian" Blake, also a former American Black Ops technician -- has just been murdered, and the mystery behind his death (who killed him, and for what purpose) drives the series from murder mystery to SuperHero {{Deconstruction}} to the revelation of a one-man GovernmentConspiracy.


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''Watchmen'', ''Watchmen'' is a twelve-issue MiniSeries (September, 1986-October, 1987) about an alternate reality where incognito vigilantes -- inspired by a number of successful pulp style mystery-men -- became a real event until the government outlawed it ([[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]]); one actual superhero with real powers actually exists, due to a FreakLabAccident, and helped the US win the VietnamWar. One of the "masks" -- Edward "The Comedian" Blake, also a former American Black Ops technician -- has just been murdered, and the mystery behind his death (who killed him, and for what purpose) drives the series from murder mystery to SuperHero {{Deconstruction}} to the revelation of a one-man GovernmentConspiracy.

24th Apr '16 12:28:56 PM ading
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* AntiVillain: Ozymandias is trying to stop a nuclear apocalypse and create a lasting peace, but do his brutal methods justify the means?]]

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* AntiVillain: Ozymandias is trying to stop a nuclear apocalypse and create a lasting peace, but do his brutal methods justify the means?]]means?


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* BittersweetEnding: Ozymandias achieves world peace, but at the cost of the lives of Rorschach and the population of New York.
22nd Apr '16 11:29:53 AM Orbiting
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* TheAce: Ozymandias. Deconstructed. So, you are an intelligent, handsome, charismatic person with peak human physical prowess. You've made a hell of a lot of money all by yourself, and you're clever enough to realize that crimefighting does not change anything, and yet, out of good intention, you still wish to make the world a better place. So what do you do? [[spoiler: Commiting mass murder with faking an AlienInvasion as part of a GenghisGambit. And what pushes you to do this is your idealism.]]

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* TheAce: Ozymandias. Deconstructed. So, you are an intelligent, handsome, charismatic person with peak human physical prowess. You've made a hell of a lot of money all by yourself, and you're clever enough to realize that crimefighting does not change anything, and yet, out of good intention, you still wish to make the world a better place. So what do you do? [[spoiler: Commiting Commit mass murder with faking an AlienInvasion as part of a GenghisGambit. And what pushes you to do this is your idealism.]]



* AMillionIsAStatistic: The comic takes great pains to avert this, introducing us to a wide variety of ordinary New Yorkers with lives and personalities of their own who then [[spoiler: die horribly because of Ozymandias' plans. When New York dies, it's very clear they want you to [[GutPunch feel it]]]].
* AnachronicOrder: Dr. Manhattan's backstory uses NonLinearStorytelling. He also uses his abilities to help Laurie reach a highly personal conclusion about her life, [[spoiler:namely that Eddie Blake is her father]].

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* AMillionIsAStatistic: The comic takes great pains to avert this, introducing us to a wide variety of ordinary New Yorkers with lives and personalities of their own who then [[spoiler: die horribly because of Ozymandias' plans. When New York dies, it's very clear they want you to [[GutPunch feel it]]]].it]].
* AnachronicOrder: Dr. Manhattan's backstory uses NonLinearStorytelling. He also uses his abilities to help Laurie reach a highly personal conclusion about her life, [[spoiler:namely namely that Eddie Blake is her father]].father.



* AndTheAdventureContinues: Ends with Nite Owl and Silk Spectre coming out of retirement to fight crime together. Then there's TheStinger, implying that they may have to deal with the fallout from [[spoiler: Rorschach exposing Ozymandias' crimes...]]

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* AndTheAdventureContinues: Ends with Nite Owl and Silk Spectre coming out of retirement to fight crime together. Then there's TheStinger, implying that they may have to deal with the fallout from [[spoiler: Rorschach exposing Ozymandias' crimes...]]



* AntagonistInMourning: [[spoiler:Moloch]]
* AntiClimacticUnmasking: Deconstructed. Far before Rorschach was actually unmasked, the readers had been seeing him all this time [[spoiler: as the sign-holder]].

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* AntagonistInMourning: [[spoiler:Moloch]]
Moloch, for the Comedian.
* AntiClimacticUnmasking: Deconstructed. Played with. Far before Rorschach was actually unmasked, the readers had been seeing him all this time [[spoiler: as the sign-holder]].sign-holder. In-universe, it was certainly dramatic.



* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Ozymandias is trying to stop a nuclear apocalypse and create a lasting peace, but do his brutal methods justify the means?]]
* AntiNihilist: Possibly Rorschach, though he is far from the kindest or most humane example of this type of character. Faced with a world that he finds to be essentially meaningless, he chooses to see patterns that no other people can, and build his strict moral code from that. In other words, despite knowing that he lives in a nihilistic universe, he never, ''ever'', gives up on his ideals. [[spoiler: Even when it may have been better for all concerned.]]
** Rorschach's prison analyst is a straighter example. Over the course of just four days, Malcolm Long's most famous patient succeeds in driving the good doctor over the DespairEventHorizon, effectively ruining his home life and previous optimism. The next time we see him, [[spoiler: Malcolm's the first person to try breaking up a brawl right before Ozymandias' creature strikes New York, saying to his estranged wife that he has to help - because helping others is really the only thing that matters.]]
** [[spoiler: Dr. Manhattan]] becomes this in the end.
* AnyoneCanDie: Outside the second-generation hero group, [[spoiler:the only named characters to survive are Silk Spectre I, Mothman (although he is in a sanitarium), the editor and assistant at the ''New Frontiersman'' office, and ''maybe'' Rorschach's landlady and her kids - depending on where they lived. Often, the deaths are right at their subjective moments of triumph, particularly at the newspaper stand at the end.]] And that doesn't even count the deaths of The Comedian and [[spoiler:Rorschach]].
* ArcSymbol: The doomsday clock counting down to [[spoiler: Veidt's monster destroying New York]].

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* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Ozymandias Ozymandias is trying to stop a nuclear apocalypse and create a lasting peace, but do his brutal methods justify the means?]]
* AntiNihilist: Possibly Rorschach, though he is far from the kindest or most humane example of this type of character. Faced with a world that he finds to be essentially meaningless, he chooses to see patterns that no other people can, and build his strict moral code from that. In other words, despite knowing that he lives in a nihilistic universe, he never, ''ever'', gives up on his ideals. [[spoiler: Even when it may have been better for all concerned.]]
concerned.
** Rorschach's prison analyst is a straighter example. Over the course of just four days, Malcolm Long's most famous patient succeeds in driving the good doctor over the DespairEventHorizon, effectively ruining his home life and previous optimism. The next time we see him, [[spoiler: Malcolm's the first person to try breaking up a brawl right before Ozymandias' creature strikes New York, saying to his estranged wife that he has to help - because helping others is really the only thing that matters.]]
matters.
** [[spoiler: Dr. Manhattan]] Manhattan becomes this in the end.
* AnyoneCanDie: Outside the second-generation hero group, [[spoiler:the the only named characters to survive are Silk Spectre I, Mothman (although he is in a sanitarium), the editor and assistant at the ''New Frontiersman'' office, and ''maybe'' Rorschach's landlady and her kids - depending on where they lived. Often, the deaths are right at their subjective moments of triumph, particularly at the newspaper stand at the end.]] And that doesn't even count the deaths of The Comedian and [[spoiler:Rorschach]].
Rorschach.
* ArcSymbol: The doomsday clock counting down to [[spoiler: Veidt's monster destroying New York]].York.



** "Gag" and "Joke" are both UnusualEuphemism for superhero's role in society, [[spoiler: The Comedian being Laurie's father and Veidt's EvilPlan]].

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** "Gag" and "Joke" are both UnusualEuphemism for superhero's role in society, [[spoiler: The the Comedian being Laurie's father and Veidt's EvilPlan]].EvilPlan.



-->'''Comedian''': (to Hooded Justice) "Is this what you like, huh? Is this what gets you hot?"

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-->'''Comedian''': (to Hooded Justice) "Is Is this what you like, huh? Is this what gets you hot?"hot?



-->[[spoiler: Veidt]]: "I did the right thing, didn't I? It all worked out in the end."
-->'''Manhattan''': "End? Nothing ends, [[spoiler: Adrian]]. Nothing ever does."

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-->[[spoiler: Veidt]]: "I -->'''Veidt''': I did the right thing, didn't I? It all worked out in the end."
end.
-->'''Manhattan''': "End? End? Nothing ends, [[spoiler: Adrian]].Adrian. Nothing ever does."



* AsianBabyMama: [[spoiler:Almost; The Comedian killed her]].

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* AsianBabyMama: [[spoiler:Almost; The Almost; the Comedian killed her]].her.



** And possibly [[spoiler: Moloch.]]

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** And possibly [[spoiler: Moloch.]] Moloch.



* BigBad: [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] is an interesting example as, while his deeds are certainly worthy of proper BigBad status, he's occasionally a [[AntiVillain sympathetic character]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Subverted. They're thirty-five minutes too late to make any difference.]]

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] Ozymandias is an interesting example as, while his deeds are certainly worthy of proper BigBad status, he's occasionally a [[AntiVillain sympathetic character]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Subverted.Subverted. They're thirty-five minutes too late to make any difference.]]



** Red-stained smiley [[spoiler:(it's actually a ketchup stain at the end, but the symbolism is still there)]], doomsday clock.

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** Red-stained smiley [[spoiler:(it's (it's actually a ketchup stain at the end, but the symbolism is still there)]], there), doomsday clock.



** The story begins and ends with a PlotTriggeringDeath; The Comedian and [[spoiler: Rorschach]].
* BreakTheBadass: The Comedian's reaction to the plan of [[spoiler:Ozymandias]].
* BreakTheHaughty: Big Figure gets reduced to a sniveling wimp, once Rorschach has his way with his two goons. [[spoiler: Once he gets his way with ''him'', this trope applies in more ways than one...]]
* BrickJoke: Nite Owl's robotic armor, which he never used more than once [[OldShame after he broke his arm trying to use it.]] [[spoiler: When the police storm Nite Owl's hideout, the suit is the only thing that he left behind!]]
* BulletCatch: [[spoiler: Ozymandias does this. ''Twice''.]]
* BuryYourGays: After being kicked out of the original Watchmen for her sexuality, the Silhouette was then murdered along with her lover by a former nemesis. It is strongly implied that Hooded Justice was gay, and did not meet a pleasant end. [[spoiler: Joey and her ex suffer the same fate most of New York does.]]

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** The story begins and ends with a PlotTriggeringDeath; The the Comedian and [[spoiler: Rorschach]].Rorschach's.
* BreakTheBadass: The Comedian's reaction to the plan of [[spoiler:Ozymandias]].
Ozymandias.
* BreakTheHaughty: Big Figure gets reduced to a sniveling wimp, once Rorschach has his way with his two goons. [[spoiler: Once he gets his way with ''him'', this trope applies in more ways than one...]]
one...
* BrickJoke: Nite Owl's robotic armor, which he never used more than once [[OldShame after he broke his arm trying to use it.]] [[spoiler: When the police storm Nite Owl's hideout, the suit is the only thing that he left behind!]]
behind!
* BulletCatch: [[spoiler: Ozymandias does this. ''Twice''.]]
''Twice''.
* BuryYourGays: After being kicked out of the original Watchmen for her sexuality, the Silhouette was then murdered along with her lover by a former nemesis. It is strongly implied that Hooded Justice was gay, and did not meet a pleasant end. [[spoiler: Joey and her ex suffer the same fate most of New York does.]]



** It's heavily implied that he does it again later, [[spoiler: killing the Big Figure in a toilet.]]

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** It's heavily implied that he does it again later, [[spoiler: killing the Big Figure in a toilet.]]



** Captain Metropolis, a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero apparently opposed to the civil rights movement -- his [[spoiler: secret homosexual relationship with Hooded Justice]] notwithstanding. He really isn't a bad guy, though both Dollar Bill and Nite Owl are probably more intrinsically heroic.

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** Captain Metropolis, a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero apparently opposed to the civil rights movement -- his [[spoiler: secret homosexual relationship with Hooded Justice]] Justice notwithstanding. He really isn't a bad guy, though both Dollar Bill and Nite Owl are probably more intrinsically heroic.



* CassandraTruth: One of the knot-tops, Derf's girlfriend, [[spoiler: accurately predicts the events of the false alien attack, alluding to a "big flash" and a "shockwave"]], but because she's on KT-28's, nobody even listens to her.
** [[spoiler: Rorschach is quite correct in his belief that the Comedian's murder was part of a larger conspiracy, but due to his insanity nobody takes his rants seriously until it's far too late to make a difference.]]

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* CassandraTruth: One of the knot-tops, Derf's girlfriend, [[spoiler: accurately predicts the events of the false alien attack, alluding to a "big flash" and a "shockwave"]], "shockwave", but because she's on KT-28's, nobody even listens to her.
** [[spoiler: Rorschach is quite correct in his belief that the Comedian's murder was part of a larger conspiracy, but due to his insanity nobody takes his rants seriously until it's far too late to make a difference.]]



* CharlesAtlasSuperPower: All the heroes and ex-heroes, except Dr. Manhattan.

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* CharlesAtlasSuperPower: All the heroes and ex-heroes, except Dr. Manhattan.Manhattan, who has ''actual'' superpowers.



** Rorschach's journal, which sets up [[spoiler:the plot twist in the final frame]].
** Silk Spectre finding a gun on a dead New Yorker with which [[spoiler:she later shoots Ozymandias]].
** Rorschach turns out to be [[spoiler:that guy we've seen holding the TheEndIsNigh sign and buying ''New Frontiersman'']].
** [[spoiler:The missing artists and writers,]] obliquely referred to throughout, [[spoiler:are responsible for Veidt's squid monster.]]
** And the [[spoiler:'Institute For Extra-Spatial Studies']].
** The excerpts of the Black Freighter comic we've been reading [[spoiler:were written by the same man who wrote the Squid's psychically telegraphed fake BackStory]]. Said [[ShowWithinAShow Comic Within A Comic]] also becomes more clearly understood [[spoiler:as a metaphor for Ozymandias and his plan when we reach the end of the comic.]] Really, people can probably go on nearly forever here.
** In Chapter 11, Dan expresses disbelief that Veidt could have actually [[spoiler: planned his own assassination attempt, citing the unpredictability of the shooter as his evidence.]] Veidt responds by saying that he would have had to [[spoiler: just catch the bullet. Guess what he does in the next chapter.]]
** The names of several companies sound like slightly florid names common to comic books. [[spoiler: They're all owned by Veidt through dummy corporations.]]

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** Rorschach's journal, which sets up [[spoiler:the the plot twist in the final frame]].
frame.
** Silk Spectre finding a gun on a dead New Yorker with which [[spoiler:she she later shoots Ozymandias]].
Ozymandias.
** Rorschach turns out to be [[spoiler:that that guy we've seen holding the TheEndIsNigh sign and buying ''New Frontiersman'']].
Frontiersman''.
** [[spoiler:The The missing artists and writers,]] writers, obliquely referred to throughout, [[spoiler:are are responsible for Veidt's squid monster.]]
monster.
** And the [[spoiler:'Institute 'Institute For Extra-Spatial Studies']].
Studies'.
** The excerpts of the Black Freighter comic we've been reading [[spoiler:were were written by the same man who wrote the Squid's psychically telegraphed fake BackStory]]. BackStory. Said [[ShowWithinAShow Comic Within A Comic]] also becomes more clearly understood [[spoiler:as as a metaphor for Ozymandias and his plan when we reach the end of the comic.]] comic. Really, people can probably go on nearly forever here.
** In Chapter 11, Dan expresses disbelief that Veidt could have actually [[spoiler: planned his own assassination attempt, citing the unpredictability of the shooter as his evidence.]] evidence. Veidt responds by saying that he would have had to [[spoiler: just catch the bullet. Guess what he does in the next chapter.]]
chapter.
** The names of several companies sound like slightly florid names common to comic books. [[spoiler: They're all owned by Veidt through dummy corporations.]]



* CliffHanger: Will ''New Frontiersman'' [[spoiler:publish Rorschach's journal, implicating Ozymandias for the New York City monster attack?]]

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* CliffHanger: Will ''New Frontiersman'' [[spoiler:publish publish Rorschach's journal, implicating Ozymandias for the New York City monster attack?]]attack?



* ComplexityAddiction: Used cleverly. [[spoiler: Ozymandias makes his scheme far more complex than it really needed to be in order to slow down Rorschach's investigation. If there weren't so many [[RedHerring Red Herrings]], then Rorschach could have figured it out much sooner and may have been able to stop Veidt.]]

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* ComplexityAddiction: Used cleverly. [[spoiler: Ozymandias makes his scheme far more complex than it really needed to be in order to slow down Rorschach's investigation. If there weren't so many [[RedHerring Red Herrings]], then Rorschach could have figured it out much sooner and may have been able to stop Veidt.]]



* CrapsackWorld: Where do we start? Alternate History 1985 on the brink of a nuclear war with an apathetic quantum physics god on the side of America who doesn't care about humanity anymore? America winning the Vietnam War and making Vietnam an American state? New York filled with crime and falling apart, with an AxCrazy SociopathicHero roaming the streets? A US President who is heavily implied to be using his right-hand superhero to take out his opponents? [[spoiler: Ozymandias attempted to fix this at the end of the series with the squid monster, which eased tensions between the Soviets and Americans, but it is implied that the peace might not last for very long.]]

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* CrapsackWorld: Where do we start? Alternate History 1985 on the brink of a nuclear war with an apathetic quantum physics god on the side of America who doesn't care about humanity anymore? America winning the Vietnam War and making Vietnam an American state? New York filled with crime and falling apart, with an AxCrazy SociopathicHero roaming the streets? A US President who is heavily implied to be using his right-hand superhero to take out his opponents? [[spoiler: Ozymandias attempted to fix this at the end of the series with the squid monster, which eased tensions between the Soviets and Americans, but it is implied that the peace might not last for very long.]]



* CrazyEnoughToWork: [[spoiler:Send a giant squid to attack New York to prevent the world's superpowers from nuking everybody]]? Heh, why not?
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: Played with; Dr. Malcolm Long is certainly affected and his notes and sessions with Rorschach in technical terms does go further in breaking through Rorscharch's facade than others before. [[spoiler:Yet he is so moved by Rorscharch's story, that he becomes depressed and disgusted at his middle-class life compared to the horrors that Rorschach has faced in the past, ultimately realizing that he in his own way must do what he can to help people...and then being annihilated by Ozymandias.]]

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* CrazyEnoughToWork: [[spoiler:Send Send a giant squid to attack New York to prevent the world's superpowers from nuking everybody]]? everybody? Heh, why not?
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: Played with; Dr. Malcolm Long is certainly affected and his notes and sessions with Rorschach in technical terms does go further in breaking through Rorscharch's facade than others before. [[spoiler:Yet Yet he is so moved by Rorscharch's story, that he becomes depressed and disgusted at his middle-class life compared to the horrors that Rorschach has faced in the past, ultimately realizing that he in his own way must do what he can to help people...and then being annihilated by Ozymandias.]]



** Rorschach and Nite Owl II have both been established as extremely capable hand-to-hand artists whom not even a barroomful of ruffians will consider messing with. When they head off to [[spoiler:Antarctica, to confront Ozymandias, there follows a short two-on-one battle in which Rorschach attacks Ozymandias from behind while Nite Owl stands by with a pocket laser to burn Ozy down if necessary. Veidt doesn't even work up a sweat in dealing with both of them. When Rorschach comes back for round 2, while Nite Owl is still nursing his broken nose, Ozymandias carries on calmly monologuing while handing Rorschach exactly enough of a beating to let him know he's beaten.]]
** [[spoiler: The Comedian]] is beaten to a bloody pulp and then defenestrated without even laying a significant glove on [[spoiler: Ozymandias]].
** Doctor Manhattan [[spoiler: is inconvenienced for approximately one minute by being ''disintegrated''. On reforming himself, he doesn't even bother to spank Ozymandias; he just calmly informs the world's smartest man that he is a contemptibly insignificant lifeform.]]
* CyanidePill: Plays a part in the attempt on Adrian Veidt's life [[spoiler: and his conspiracy.]]
** Adrian Veidt reaches into the mouth of his would-be assassin to get at his cyanide pill. [[spoiler: More accurately, he feeds it to the hitman to clean up that loose end. The whole thing was staged to throw suspicion off Veidt.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Ozymandias in executing his master plan. He only reveals his master plan to the heroes AFTER he's had time to enact it. He even lampshades their expectations of EvilGloating and LargeHam tropes one would normally expect for your standard fare villains.]]

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** Rorschach and Nite Owl II have both been established as extremely capable hand-to-hand artists whom not even a barroomful of ruffians will consider messing with. When they head off to [[spoiler:Antarctica, Antarctica, to confront Ozymandias, there follows a short two-on-one battle in which Rorschach attacks Ozymandias from behind while Nite Owl stands by with a pocket laser to burn Ozy down if necessary. Veidt doesn't even work up a sweat in dealing with both of them. When Rorschach comes back for round 2, while Nite Owl is still nursing his broken nose, Ozymandias carries on calmly monologuing while handing Rorschach exactly enough of a beating to let him know he's beaten.]]
beaten.
** [[spoiler: The Comedian]] Comedian is beaten to a bloody pulp and then defenestrated without even laying a significant glove on [[spoiler: Ozymandias]].
Ozymandias.
** Doctor Manhattan [[spoiler: is inconvenienced for approximately one minute by being ''disintegrated''. On reforming himself, he doesn't even bother to spank Ozymandias; he just calmly informs the world's smartest man that he is a contemptibly insignificant lifeform.]]
lifeform.
* CyanidePill: Plays a part in the attempt on Adrian Veidt's life [[spoiler: and his conspiracy.]]
conspiracy.
** Adrian Veidt reaches into the mouth of his would-be assassin to get at his cyanide pill. [[spoiler: More accurately, he feeds it to the hitman to clean up that loose end. The whole thing was staged to throw suspicion off Veidt.]]
Veidt.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Ozymandias in executing his master plan. He only reveals his master plan to the heroes AFTER he's had time to enact it. He even lampshades their expectations of EvilGloating and LargeHam tropes one would normally expect for your standard fare villains.]]



* DeadlyDelivery: an attack on Ozymandias which is [[spoiler:really EngineeredHeroics to keep suspicion off himself.]]

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* DeadlyDelivery: an An attack on Ozymandias which is [[spoiler:really really EngineeredHeroics to keep suspicion off himself.]]



* DeathActivatedSuperpower: Dr. Manhattan is created after his human self is blown apart atom by atom. [[spoiler:The "Squid" was engineered with the ability to broadcast [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] ParanoiaFuel directly into humanity's brain after its death.]]

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* DeathActivatedSuperpower: Dr. Manhattan is created after his human self is blown apart atom by atom. [[spoiler:The The "Squid" was engineered with the ability to broadcast [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] ParanoiaFuel directly into humanity's brain after its death.]]



* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed. Rorschach. He is uncompromising and he still fights crime after vigilantism was proscribed. Yet he is abrasive, his black-and-white world view clearly viewed as unhealthy and insane, and [[spoiler: when he is confronted with the wrongness of his world view, he quickly becomes vulnerable, not to mention it is his determination that gets him killed.]]
* DeusExMachina: Lampshaded, referenced by name, and eventually [[spoiler:{{Subverted}}]] when Dr. Manhattan appears following his DeusExitMachina so that Laurie can "Try to convince [him] to save the world."

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* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed. Rorschach. He is uncompromising and he still fights crime after vigilantism was proscribed. Yet he is abrasive, his black-and-white world view clearly viewed as unhealthy and insane, and [[spoiler: when he is confronted with the wrongness of his world view, he quickly becomes vulnerable, not to mention it is his determination that gets him killed.]]
killed.
* DeusExMachina: Lampshaded, referenced by name, and eventually [[spoiler:{{Subverted}}]] {{Subverted}} when Dr. Manhattan appears following his DeusExitMachina so that Laurie can "Try to convince [him] to save the world."



* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The civilian characters (Det. Fine, Dr. Long, Bernard the newspaper seller, Joey the lesbian cab driver) [[spoiler: all die when Veidt's monster attacks]].
* DiabolicalMastermind: Deconstructed. Moloch. You would guess that a crime lord with style ends up quite rich, right? In reality [[spoiler: by the time he is a fragile old man, he is lonely, poor and suffers from cancer, not to mention that gets shot for being an inconvenience.]] Not to mention that the criminal underworld really soon deems this trope as a ridiculous eccentricity.

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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The civilian characters (Det. Fine, Dr. Long, Bernard the newspaper seller, Joey the lesbian cab driver) [[spoiler: all die when Veidt's monster attacks]].
attacks.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Deconstructed. Moloch. You would guess that a crime lord with style ends up quite rich, right? In reality [[spoiler: by the time he is a fragile old man, he is lonely, poor and suffers from cancer, not to mention that gets shot for being an inconvenience.]] inconvenience. Not to mention that the criminal underworld really soon deems this trope as a ridiculous eccentricity.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [-'''Dr. Manhattan:''' "I am disappointed, [[spoiler: Veidt]]. '''VERY''' disappointed."-]
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: [[spoiler:Ozymandias infects everyone who was close with Dr. Manhattan so the general public would suspect he's radioactive, driving him to leave earth.]]

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [-'''Dr. Manhattan:''' "I am disappointed, [[spoiler: Veidt]].Veidt. '''VERY''' disappointed."-]
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: [[spoiler:Ozymandias Ozymandias infects everyone who was close with Dr. Manhattan so the general public would suspect he's radioactive, driving him to leave earth.]]



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A [[TheCape Cape]] who dresses in primary colors and has a letter on his chest ("M" for ''Metropolis'') and a [[TheCowl grim, violent avenger]] of the night are on the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica same team]] together. [[spoiler: Also, they're lovers-er I mean, "good friends".]]
** During [[spoiler: Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's sexual encounter]] in the cockpit of Nite Owl's ship, Laurie's elbow bumps the flamethrower button, sending a [[VisualInnuendo jet of fire across the sky]]...Moore wasn't quite intending for Rorschach to have as big a fanbase as he does.
* DoubleEntendre: Hollis Mason's trophy has the words "IN GRATITUDE" written on the base. After [[spoiler: it's used to beat him to death]], the blood covers the space.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A [[TheCape Cape]] who dresses in primary colors and has a letter on his chest ("M" for ''Metropolis'') and a [[TheCowl grim, violent avenger]] of the night are on the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica same team]] together. [[spoiler: Also, they're lovers-er I mean, "good friends".]]
friends".
** During [[spoiler: Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's sexual encounter]] encounter in the cockpit of Nite Owl's ship, Laurie's elbow bumps the flamethrower button, sending a [[VisualInnuendo jet of fire across the sky]]...sky]]... Moore wasn't quite intending for Rorschach to have as big a fanbase as he does.
* DoubleEntendre: Hollis Mason's trophy has the words "IN GRATITUDE" written on the base. After [[spoiler: it's used to beat him to death]], death, the blood covers the space.



** It's played pretty quietly for Laurie's whole background. [[spoiler: As a minor, she dates a man over twice her age, and resents authority figures trying to control her life, despite living with an omnipotent man who couldn't care less about her. Some would say that she has daddy issues.]] She's also ''deeply'' in denial [[spoiler: about The Comedian being her father, as her conversation with Jon makes her realize she had more than enough evidence to put the pieces together, she just didn't want to.]]

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** It's played pretty quietly for Laurie's whole background. [[spoiler: As a minor, she dates a man over twice her age, and resents authority figures trying to control her life, despite living with an omnipotent man who couldn't care less about her. Some would say that she has daddy issues.]] She's also ''deeply'' in denial [[spoiler: about The the Comedian being her father, as her conversation with Jon makes her realize she had more than enough evidence to put the pieces together, she just didn't want to.]]



** [[WheresWaldo Keep an eye out for]] the round yellow bloodstained [[spoiler:electrical outlet]] in the same scene, mirroring the identical looking smiley in the first chapter.

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** [[WheresWaldo Keep an eye out for]] the round yellow bloodstained [[spoiler:electrical outlet]] electrical outlet in the same scene, mirroring the identical looking smiley in the first chapter.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: It's hard to say whether or not their apparent happiness will last, but [[spoiler: Dan and Laurie]] seem to have pulled off a surprisingly happy ending for themselves.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Given a distinctly 'meta' spin -- this is a "fake" Eldritch Horror, and yet one with a pretty impressive body-count.]] Otherwise pretty true to what's supposed to happen when a Great Old One wakes.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: It's hard to say whether or not their apparent happiness will last, but [[spoiler: Dan and Laurie]] Laurie seem to have pulled off a surprisingly happy ending for themselves.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Given Given a distinctly 'meta' spin -- this is a "fake" Eldritch Horror, and yet one with a pretty impressive body-count.]] body-count. Otherwise pretty true to what's supposed to happen when a Great Old One wakes.



** [[spoiler: Veidt starts explaining his motives to Dan, while he effortlessly repels Rorschach's attack]].

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** [[spoiler: Veidt starts explaining his motives to Dan, while he effortlessly repels Rorschach's attack]].attack.



* FingerlessGloves: [[spoiler: Rorschach]] wears them while carrying his "The End Is Nigh" sign.

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* FingerlessGloves: [[spoiler: Rorschach]] Rorschach wears them while carrying his "The End Is Nigh" sign.



** Dan after first hearing about [[spoiler:Veidt's plan to kill half of New York]].

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** Dan after first hearing about [[spoiler:Veidt's Veidt's plan to kill half of New York]].York.



** Rorschach and Ozymandias: Both of them are defined by their unshakeable attachment to their morals, refusing to abandon their ideals no matter how many people they hurt, but they also have very different ideas about serving the greater good. Rorschach lives the life of an urban vigilante so that he can deal out justice to evil wherever he sees it, and he's a textbook moral absolutist, believing that any and all immoral acts must be punished without mercy; Ozymandias lives the life of a scholar, mystic and industrialist so that he can implement his ideas on a global scale, and he's a moral utilitarian, believing that [[spoiler: even mass genocide can be justified if it ultimately saves more lives than it ends]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Abounds. One of the major plot points is the character assassination of Doctor Manhattan. [[spoiler: The climax involves a massive attack on the island of Manhattan.]]

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** Rorschach and Ozymandias: Both of them are defined by their unshakeable attachment to their morals, refusing to abandon their ideals no matter how many people they hurt, but they also have very different ideas about serving the greater good. Rorschach lives the life of an urban vigilante so that he can deal out justice to evil wherever he sees it, and he's a textbook moral absolutist, believing that any and all immoral acts must be punished without mercy; Ozymandias lives the life of a scholar, mystic and industrialist so that he can implement his ideas on a global scale, and he's a moral utilitarian, believing that [[spoiler: even mass genocide can be justified if it ultimately saves more lives than it ends]].
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Abounds. One of the major plot points is the character assassination of Doctor Manhattan. [[spoiler: The climax involves a massive attack on the island of Manhattan.]]



* FridgeLogic: Chapter 11 actually manages to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this, qualifying as an in-universe use of the trope. When [[spoiler: Veidt reveals that he hired his own assassin in order to cast suspicion away from him]], Dan expresses disbelief, and asks what would happen if [[spoiler: the assassin shot at him instead. Veidt replies that he would have just had to catch the bullet.]] Dan's reaction is priceless, and the look on [[spoiler: Veidt]]'s face is just awesome. [[spoiler: The fact that he actually ''does'' catch a bullet in the next chapter, in spite of his own doubt, makes it even better. Also, it's worth noting that he managed to ''block'' the bullet with a heavy lamp when the assassin did shoot at him.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: [[spoiler: The Comedian and Moloch.]]

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* FridgeLogic: Chapter 11 actually manages to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this, qualifying as an in-universe use of the trope. When [[spoiler: Veidt reveals that he hired his own assassin in order to cast suspicion away from him]], him, Dan expresses disbelief, and asks what would happen if [[spoiler: the assassin shot at him instead. Veidt replies that he would have just had to catch the bullet.]] Dan's reaction is priceless, and the look on [[spoiler: Veidt]]'s Veidt's face is just awesome. [[spoiler: The fact that he actually ''does'' catch a bullet in the next chapter, in spite of his own doubt, makes it even better. Also, it's worth noting that he managed to ''block'' the bullet with a heavy lamp when the assassin did shoot at him.]]
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* FriendlyEnemy: [[spoiler: The Comedian and Moloch.]]



* GainingTheWillToKill: Rorschach's origin flashback shows his - up until that point, he had only beaten criminals up and tied them up for the police. But after [[spoiler: finding that a kidnapped child had been chopped up and fed to the kidnapper's two Alsatians]], he begins to kill villains as necessary.

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* GainingTheWillToKill: Rorschach's origin flashback shows his - up until that point, he had only beaten criminals up and tied them up for the police. But after [[spoiler: finding that a kidnapped child had been chopped up and fed to the kidnapper's two Alsatians]], Alsatians, he begins to kill villains as necessary.



* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: [[spoiler:They cloned a psychic and engineered the squid for Mind Nuking half of New York City.]]

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* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: [[spoiler:They They cloned a psychic and engineered the squid for Mind Nuking half of New York City.]]



* GermanicDepressives: Osterman, after turning into Doctor Manhattan, realizes that [[spoiler:past and future are the same thing, and everything is preordained.]] From that point on, he sounds very sad and depressed in his inner monologues. He doesn't show it, of course, [[spoiler:as preordination demands that he plays his different role.]]
* GermanicEfficiency: Ozymandias. He is superhumanly efficient and successful at practically everything he does. [[spoiler:Including his final villainous masterplan.]]
* GetItOverWith: [[spoiler: Rorschach's last lines]].
* GladToBeAliveSex: [[spoiler: Laurie and Dan engage in this in the last chapter.]]

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* GermanicDepressives: Osterman, after turning into Doctor Manhattan, realizes that [[spoiler:past past and future are the same thing, and everything is preordained.]] preordained. From that point on, he sounds very sad and depressed in his inner monologues. He doesn't show it, of course, [[spoiler:as as preordination demands that he plays his different role.]]
role.
* GermanicEfficiency: Ozymandias. He is superhumanly efficient and successful at practically everything he does. [[spoiler:Including Including his final villainous masterplan.]]
masterplan.
* GetItOverWith: [[spoiler: Rorschach's last lines]].
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* GladToBeAliveSex: [[spoiler: Laurie and Dan engage in this in the last chapter.]]



* GoodCopBadCop: Nite Owl and Rorschach, respectively. However, this gets reversed when Nite Owl, angered over [[spoiler:the death of Hollis Mason]], [[RabidCop goes overboard]] during an interrogation and ''Rorschach'' has to reign him in.

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* GoodCopBadCop: Nite Owl and Rorschach, respectively. However, this gets reversed when Nite Owl, angered over [[spoiler:the the death of Hollis Mason]], Mason, [[RabidCop goes overboard]] during an interrogation and ''Rorschach'' has to reign him in.



** Used to great effect in Tales of the Black Freighter, as [[spoiler: the protagonist strangles the woman on the beach.]] All we see throughout the scene are the horses, watching.

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** Used to great effect in Tales of the Black Freighter, as [[spoiler: the protagonist strangles the woman on the beach.]] beach. All we see throughout the scene are the horses, watching.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: Rorschach kills criminals who could just as easily be arrested, [[spoiler: but he also saves a woman from potentially being raped or mugged]]. Ozymandias [[spoiler: destroys half of New York in an elaborate ruse]] to save the world. It's not as simple as saying that some of the characters are perfectly good or evil.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Rorschach kills criminals who could just as easily be arrested, [[spoiler: but he also saves a woman from potentially being raped or mugged]]. mugged. Ozymandias [[spoiler: destroys half of New York in an elaborate ruse]] ruse to save the world. It's not as simple as saying that some of the characters are perfectly good or evil.



** Rorschach gets two, first after the child murder that prompts him to become Rorschach full time, and the second [[spoiler: when realizing he could either prevent armageddon or he could serve the truth, but not both, shattering his black-and-white worldview. He chooses the latter, knowing that it would force Manhattan to put him out of his misery.]]
** Laurie gets two as well, first when she realizes that [[spoiler: the Comedian is her father by way of a willing and loving affair with her mother, whom he once tried to rape; her mother gets one of her own when Laurie says she knows who her father is]], and the second when [[spoiler: she realizes that everyone she's seen for the series run other than the heroes themselves is likely dead due to Veidt.]]

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** Rorschach gets two, first after the child murder that prompts him to become Rorschach full time, and the second [[spoiler: when realizing he could either prevent armageddon Armageddon or he could serve the truth, but not both, shattering his black-and-white worldview. He chooses the latter, knowing that it would force Manhattan to put him out of his misery.]]
misery.
** Laurie gets two as well, first when she realizes that [[spoiler: the Comedian is her father by way of a willing and loving affair with her mother, whom he once tried to rape; her mother gets one of her own when Laurie says she knows who her father is]], is, and the second when [[spoiler: she realizes that everyone she's seen for the series run other than the heroes themselves is likely dead due to Veidt.]]



** Veidt ends with one. [[spoiler: Believing he's saved the world, he crows about it to Manhattan, who reminds him that nothing ever ends. The cryptic advice clearly troubles him greatly.]]
** Dreiberg gets one when he finds out [[spoiler: his idol and friend dies due to Dreiberg coming out of retirement, and people confusing the two Nite Owls. His BerserkButton gets mashed so hard the AxCrazy Rorschach tells him to calm down.]]

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** Veidt ends with one. [[spoiler: Believing he's saved the world, he crows about it to Manhattan, who reminds him that nothing ever ends. The cryptic advice clearly troubles him greatly.]]
greatly.
** Dreiberg gets one when he finds out [[spoiler: his idol and friend dies due to Dreiberg coming out of retirement, and people confusing the two Nite Owls. His BerserkButton gets mashed so hard the AxCrazy Rorschach tells him to calm down.]]



* HeroWithBadPublicity: Nearly everyone, at some point. For example, [[spoiler:Manhattan's reputation is ruined by a concocted story accusing him of giving cancer to anyone near him.]]

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* HeroWithBadPublicity: Nearly everyone, at some point. For example, [[spoiler:Manhattan's Dr. Manhattan's reputation is ruined by a concocted story accusing him of giving cancer to anyone near him.]]



* HiddenVillain: The Comedian's murderer and the person responsible for the events of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. It turns out that [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias is behind it, [[KnightTemplar all in the name of]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans world peace]] of course.]]
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt]] eats a ball of hashish and has a vision that eventually leads to his plan of "conquesting the evils that beset men".

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* HiddenVillain: The Comedian's murderer and the person responsible for the events of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. It turns out that [[spoiler:Adrian Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias is behind it, [[KnightTemplar all in the name of]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans world peace]] of course.]]
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* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt]] Adrian Veidt eats a ball of hashish and has a vision that eventually leads to his plan of "conquesting the evils that beset men".



* HourglassPlot: Rorscharch [[spoiler:and Ozymandias exchange positions at the end. The latter calls the former a right-wing loony and the former regards him as a liberal hypocrite. As a young man, Rorscharch wrote gushingly about Harry Truman's decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the wisdom of WellIntentionedExtremist thinking. But he's appalled when Ozymandias comes around to it, and does it for real.]]

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* HourglassPlot: Rorscharch [[spoiler:and and Ozymandias exchange positions at the end. The latter calls the former a right-wing loony and the former regards him as a liberal hypocrite. As a young man, Rorscharch wrote gushingly about Harry Truman's decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the wisdom of WellIntentionedExtremist thinking. But he's appalled when Ozymandias comes around to it, and does it for real.]]



* HumansAreSpecial: Dr. Manhattan initially disagrees with this sentiment, and overall considers the existence of life to be an overrated phenomenon. [[spoiler: He changes his mind when he learns that the Comedian was Laurie's father, and decides that such an incredibly improbable circumstance not only makes Laurie's life miraculous, but also the lives of every other human being]].

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* HumansAreSpecial: Dr. Manhattan initially disagrees with this sentiment, and overall considers the existence of life to be an overrated phenomenon. [[spoiler: He changes his mind when he learns that the Comedian was Laurie's father, and decides that such an incredibly improbable circumstance not only makes Laurie's life miraculous, but also the lives of every other human being]].being.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Ozymandias' destroying half of New York City to save the world from nuclear armageddon]].

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Ozymandias' Ozymandias' destroying half of New York City to save the world from nuclear armageddon]].armageddon.



** The timeline diverges way back in 1938, but Nixon is still elected president in the same year, the break-in at the Watergate Hotel still happens, and Woodward and Bernstein still investigate it, [[spoiler:though the Comedian kills them and it's never exposed]].
** JFK still dies on November 22nd 1963 in Dallas, but it is implied in the book, and actually shown in the movie continuity, that [[spoiler:the Comedian kills him.]] Also, the paper reports imply that Kennedy had a chance of survival -- in the real world, his head was blown open and he had no chance. Either this was a paper acting off bad information, or the assassination went slightly differently in the comic timeline.

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** The timeline diverges way back in 1938, but Nixon is still elected president in the same year, the break-in at the Watergate Hotel still happens, and Woodward and Bernstein still investigate it, [[spoiler:though though the Comedian kills them and it's never exposed]].
exposed.
** JFK still dies on November 22nd 1963 in Dallas, but it is implied in the book, and actually shown in the movie continuity, that [[spoiler:the the Comedian kills him.]] him. Also, the paper reports imply that Kennedy had a chance of survival -- in the real world, his head was blown open and he had no chance. Either this was a paper acting off bad information, or the assassination went slightly differently in the comic timeline.



* InformedFlaw: Rorschach describes the patrons of Happy Harry's bar as "human cockroaches" obsessed with "heroin and child pornography". Yet on the two occasions he goes in there, they never seem to be doing anything criminal. The first time, despite his JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, nobody has the faintest connection to the murder he is investigating. The second time, all he needs to do is ask, and they reveal who he is looking for immediately. Similarly, the knot-top that Nite Owl victimizes in revenge for [[spoiler: Hollis Mason's death]] is not connected to crime and gives Nite Owl information on the perpetrators. Another sign of Rorschach's warped worldview, perhaps?
* InternalRetcon: The only way [[spoiler: Ozymandias']] plan can work.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: [[spoiler: The heroes were too late, millions of New Yorkers]] have just died, and the first thing Dan and Laurie do is have sex. Laurie justifies it in a way that fits this trope.

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* InformedFlaw: Rorschach describes the patrons of Happy Harry's bar as "human cockroaches" obsessed with "heroin and child pornography". Yet on the two occasions he goes in there, they never seem to be doing anything criminal. The first time, despite his JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, nobody has the faintest connection to the murder he is investigating. The second time, all he needs to do is ask, and they reveal who he is looking for immediately. Similarly, the knot-top that Nite Owl victimizes in revenge for [[spoiler: Hollis Mason's death]] death is not connected to crime and gives Nite Owl information on the perpetrators. Another sign of Rorschach's warped worldview, perhaps?
* InternalRetcon: The only way [[spoiler: Ozymandias']] Ozymandias' plan can work.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: [[spoiler: The heroes were too late, millions of New Yorkers]] Yorkers have just died, and the first thing Dan and Laurie do is have sex. Laurie justifies it in a way that fits this trope.



*** Also, when he was a little kid, Rorschach absent-mindingly writes a school paper about why dropping the atomic bomb at the end of WWII was justified to prevent any further deaths. [[spoiler: As an adult Rorschach is horrified to discover that this is exactly the kind of philosphy that Ozymandias uses to justify his actions.]]

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*** Also, when he was a little kid, Rorschach absent-mindingly writes a school paper about why dropping the atomic bomb at the end of WWII was justified to prevent any further deaths. [[spoiler: As an adult Rorschach is horrified to discover that this is exactly the kind of philosphy philosophy that Ozymandias uses to justify his actions.]]



* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:The brutality of the Comedian's murder is likely fueled by Ozymandias' humiliating defeat when they first met years before. It's also implied that the Comedian murdered Hooded Justice, ostensibly because HJ was a communist agent (in fact he had Nazi sympathies) but actually in revenge for the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown HJ gave the Comedian for trying to rape Silk Spectre.]]

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* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:The The brutality of the Comedian's murder is likely fueled by Ozymandias' humiliating defeat when they first met years before. It's also implied that the Comedian murdered Hooded Justice, ostensibly because HJ was a communist agent (in fact he had Nazi sympathies) but actually in revenge for the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown HJ gave the Comedian for trying to rape Silk Spectre.]]



** The reason for this is that [[spoiler: Veidt was playing to Rorschach's paranoia, letting Rorschach believe there was a maskkiller by making one. Otherwise, Rorschach might have spent more time looking into the Comedian's ramblings to Moloch, and found the real plot in time to stop it.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Justified. [[spoiler:He did it 35 minutes ago. Also, Dan and Rorschach are his former comrades, and he thinks he can convince them that he did the right thing. He succeeds with Dan.]]

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** The reason for this is that [[spoiler: Veidt was playing to Rorschach's paranoia, letting Rorschach believe there was a maskkiller by making one. Otherwise, Rorschach might have spent more time looking into the Comedian's ramblings to Moloch, and found the real plot in time to stop it.]]
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* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Justified. [[spoiler:He He did it 35 minutes ago.ago; it doesn't matter if they know now. Also, Dan and Rorschach are his former comrades, and he thinks he can convince them that he did the right thing. He succeeds with Dan.]]



** Rorschach, on several occasions, and at one point taking this trope to its literal logical extreme. The Comedian has his moments too, particularly [[spoiler:nearly raping Sally Jupiter and shooting his own would-be AsianBabyMama]].
** The Knot Tops [[spoiler:who killed Hollis killed his dog Phantom, too]].
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler:After he cracks, Rorschach becomes a vigilante who murders criminals; after the Keene Act, he becomes a ''fugitive'' vigilante who murders criminals. Technically this is continued when Manhattan eventually kills Rorschach, although it's not an example of the trope.]]
* KnightTemplar: Rorschach, and [[spoiler:Ozymandias, in a more typical example of the trope.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldThem: When [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] dramatically reveals his evil plan, one by one the heroes accept that he is right and that the only way they can prevent the plan's success is by revealing it to the general public... which will save no one and possibly destroy the world. Rorschach, however is a deontologist and so believes that people should be told the truth, no matter the cost. Naturally, he announces this. His death is swift.[[note]]though he invited the others to kill him because he also knew deep down that revealing the plan would do more harm than good, his absolute system of morals meant he would have to do it anyway.[[/note]]Everyone else Knew When To Fold Em -- they get to go home and mope.

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** Rorschach, on several occasions, and at one point taking this trope to its literal logical extreme. The Comedian has his moments too, particularly [[spoiler:nearly nearly raping Sally Jupiter and shooting his own would-be AsianBabyMama]].
AsianBabyMama.
** The Knot Tops [[spoiler:who who killed Hollis killed his dog Phantom, too]].
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* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler:After After he cracks, Rorschach becomes a vigilante who murders criminals; after the Keene Act, he becomes a ''fugitive'' vigilante who murders criminals. Technically this is continued when Manhattan eventually kills Rorschach, although it's not an example of the trope.]]
trope.
* KnightTemplar: Rorschach, and [[spoiler:Ozymandias, Ozymandias, in a more typical example of the trope.]]
trope.
* KnowWhenToFoldThem: When [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] Ozymandias dramatically reveals his evil plan, one by one the heroes accept that he is right and that the only way they can prevent the plan's success is by revealing it to the general public... which will save no one and possibly destroy the world. Rorschach, however is a deontologist and so believes that people should be told the truth, no matter the cost. Naturally, he announces this. His death is swift.[[note]]though he invited the others to kill him because he also knew deep down that revealing the plan would do more harm than good, his absolute system of morals meant he would have to do it anyway.[[/note]]Everyone else Knew When To Fold Em -- they get to go home and mope.



* LastSecondWordSwap: At the end, when [[spoiler: Laurie and Dan visit Sally in disguise]]:

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* LastSecondWordSwap: At the end, when [[spoiler: Laurie and Dan visit Sally in disguise]]:disguise:



*** Hollis Mason aka, Nite Owl I [[spoiler: is killed due to MistakenIdentity]].
* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: [[spoiler:Ozymandias]]'s plan.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Referenced and played with, like most ComicBookTropes in Watchmen. [[spoiler:Ozymandias and The Comedian]] do this when they first meet, but [[spoiler:it's revealed that The Comedian recognized Ozy, but attacked him anyway, using the excuse that]] "For some reason it happens a lot when costumed crimefighters meet for the first time."

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*** Hollis Mason aka, Nite Owl I [[spoiler: is killed due to MistakenIdentity]].
MistakenIdentity.
* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: [[spoiler:Ozymandias]]'s Ozymandias's plan.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Referenced and played with, like most ComicBookTropes in Watchmen. [[spoiler:Ozymandias Ozymandias and The Comedian]] the Comedian do this when they first meet, but [[spoiler:it's it's revealed that The Comedian recognized Ozy, but attacked him anyway, using the excuse that]] that "For some reason it happens a lot when costumed crimefighters meet for the first time."



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[spoiler: Most of them die at the end of issue #11.]]
* LogicBomb: Possible explanation for why [[spoiler: Rorshach told Dr. Manhattan to kill him. A little bit of FridgeBrilliance here. He realized how hypocritical it was to approve of Truman's decision to bomb Japan, but not for Adrian to bomb New York, despite both being done with the same intentions.]]

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[spoiler: Most of them die at the end of issue #11.]]
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* LogicBomb: Possible explanation for why [[spoiler: Rorshach told Dr. Manhattan to kill him. A little bit of FridgeBrilliance here. He realized how hypocritical it was to approve of Truman's decision to bomb Japan, but not for Adrian to bomb New York, despite both being done with the same intentions.]]



* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: The Comedian and Laurie]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: The Comedian and Laurie]]Laurie



* MageInManhattan: [[spoiler: The giant squid from another dimension.]] Allegedly.

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* MageInManhattan: [[spoiler: The giant squid from another dimension.]] dimension. Allegedly.



* MarriedToTheJob: Deconstructed. Worse if that job is as a costumed vigilante. What's the point of fighting street level crime when bigger issues like impending nuclear war hangs over everyone's head? Only someone really screwed up like Hooded Justice, Rorschach or [[spoiler: Ozymandias]] would choose this as a career.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: A man holding an "End Is Nigh" sign is frequently seen on the streets. [[spoiler: His name is Walter Kovacs a.k.a. "Rorschach"]].

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* MarriedToTheJob: Deconstructed. Worse if that job is as a costumed vigilante. What's the point of fighting street level crime when bigger issues like impending nuclear war hangs over everyone's head? Only someone really screwed up like Hooded Justice, Rorschach or [[spoiler: Ozymandias]] Ozymandias would choose this as a career.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: A man holding an "End Is Nigh" sign is frequently seen on the streets. [[spoiler: His name is Walter Kovacs a.k.a. "Rorschach"]]."Rorschach".



* MeaningfulName: Ozymandias, [[spoiler:which suggests the final fate of his "better, more loving world"]]. His last name, Veidt, comes from German actor Conrad Veidt, whose appearance in ''TheManWhoLaughs'' directly inspired the character design of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.

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* MeaningfulName: Ozymandias, [[spoiler:which which suggests the final fate of his "better, more loving world"]].world". His last name, Veidt, comes from German actor Conrad Veidt, whose appearance in ''TheManWhoLaughs'' directly inspired the character design of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.



* MindRape: The effect that the [[spoiler:"monster" has on survivors, even ''halfway around the globe'']].
* MoralMyopia: A young Rorschach wrote a paper defending the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, arguing that the deaths of all those civilians are acceptable as it ended UsefulNotes/WorldWar2. However, [[spoiler:when Ozymandias destroys New York City to create world peace, Rorschach finds this unacceptable]]. This was likely done deliberately by Creator/AlanMoore as Rorschach represents a right-wing philosophy that Moore does not approve of.

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* MindRape: The effect that the [[spoiler:"monster" "monster" has on survivors, even ''halfway around the globe'']].
globe''.
* MoralMyopia: A young Rorschach wrote a paper defending the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, arguing that the deaths of all those civilians are acceptable as it ended UsefulNotes/WorldWar2. However, [[spoiler:when when Ozymandias destroys New York City to create world peace, Rorschach finds this unacceptable]].unacceptable. This was likely done deliberately by Creator/AlanMoore as Rorschach represents a right-wing philosophy that Moore does not approve of.



** The Gordian Knot lock company; [[spoiler: Egyptian symbols, Pyramid Deliveries]] and the alien invasion in-jokes.

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** The Gordian Knot lock company; [[spoiler: Egyptian symbols, Pyramid Deliveries]] Deliveries and the alien invasion in-jokes.



*** Further mirror motifs implied when it's revealed that [[spoiler: the news vendor and the black comic book reader share the same name. Bernard.]]

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*** Further mirror motifs implied when it's revealed that [[spoiler: the news vendor and the black comic book reader share the same name. Bernard.]]



** [[spoiler: Hollis Mason was killed because it was thought he was the Nite Owl who busted Rorschach out of jail]].

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** [[spoiler: Hollis Mason was killed because it was thought he was the Nite Owl who busted Rorschach out of jail]].jail.



* MsFanservice: Deconstructed with the Silk Specters. Laurie resents being this and plans to get a less feminine monicker and a gun.

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* MsFanservice: Deconstructed with the Silk Specters. Laurie resents being this and plans to get a less feminine monicker moniker and a gun.



* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: One of the cops who investigate Blake's death shudders when he hears Rorschach's name. [[spoiler:The man with the "THE END IS NIGH" sign they walk past is him]].

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* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: One of the cops who investigate Blake's death shudders when he hears Rorschach's name. [[spoiler:The The man with the "THE END IS NIGH" sign they walk past is him]].him.



* NebulousEvilOrganization: Pyramid [[spoiler:headed by Ozymandias]].
* NeverWasThisUniverse: See the InSpiteOfANail entry above. Besides the "58 Varieties" and "New York Gazette" examples, there are also other minor differences between our world and the world of Watchmen — [[spoiler:such as the existence of a man with actual psychic powers]] — that seem to be unrelated to the costumed heroes or Dr. Manhattan, therefore suggesting that world of Watchmen was never ours to begin with.

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* NebulousEvilOrganization: Pyramid [[spoiler:headed headed by Ozymandias]].
Ozymandias.
* NeverWasThisUniverse: See the InSpiteOfANail entry above. Besides the "58 Varieties" and "New York Gazette" examples, there are also other minor differences between our world and the world of Watchmen — [[spoiler:such such as the existence of a man with actual psychic powers]] powers — that seem to be unrelated to the costumed heroes or Dr. Manhattan, therefore suggesting that world of Watchmen was never ours to begin with.



** Rorschach's investigation into the Comedian's death involves warning the other former heroes of a potential mask-killer. [[spoiler: Ozymandias then fakes an assassination attempt on himself as a RedHerring to convince the others it's true. He initially only planned to do away with Dr. Manhattan, and killed the Comedian solely because HeKnowsTooMuch.]]
** Dan and Laurie breaking Rorschach out of prison had the unintended consequence of [[spoiler: causing Hollis Mason's death]].

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** Rorschach's investigation into the Comedian's death involves warning the other former heroes of a potential mask-killer. [[spoiler: Ozymandias then fakes an assassination attempt on himself as a RedHerring to convince the others it's true. He initially only planned to do away with Dr. Manhattan, and killed the Comedian solely because HeKnowsTooMuch.]]
HeKnowsTooMuch.
** Dan and Laurie breaking Rorschach out of prison had the unintended consequence of [[spoiler: causing Hollis Mason's death]].death.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] does this to [[spoiler:the Comedian.]]

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] Ozymandias does this to [[spoiler:the the Comedian.]]



* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: [[spoiler:Ozymandias is a misunderstood villain. He single-handedly kills off half of New York City in order to avert a nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union that would destroy the world.]] However, Moore makes it clear that both he and Rorschach are extremists in their own ways. The only characters Moore unabashedly show in a positive light are Laurie and Dreiberg, both of whom only wanted to prevent more death. Everyone else ends up dead, exiled, or riddled with guilt and uncertain if they didn't just make things worse.

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: [[spoiler:Ozymandias Ozymandias is a misunderstood villain. He single-handedly kills off half of New York City in order to avert a nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union that would destroy the world.]] However, Moore makes it clear that both he and Rorschach are extremists in their own ways. The only characters Moore unabashedly show in a positive light are Laurie and Dreiberg, both of whom only wanted to prevent more death. Everyone else ends up dead, exiled, or riddled with guilt and uncertain if they didn't just make things worse.



* NostalgiaFilter: Lampshaded by Silk Spectre in both the novel and movie, where she comments on how the future seemed bleaker and the past increasingly blissful despite all the glaring, gritty flaws. [[spoiler: Including what happened between her and the Comedian.]]

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* NostalgiaFilter: Lampshaded by Silk Spectre in both the novel and movie, where she comments on how the future seemed bleaker and the past increasingly blissful despite all the glaring, gritty flaws. [[spoiler: Including what happened between her and the Comedian.]]



* OmniscientHero: [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt]]. He has everything so well figured out that the morality issue is reduced to whether or not the goals he achieved was worth all the lives he sacrificed. However, two of the last few scenes make the whole thing ambiguous, leaving it to the reader/viewer do decide if the trope is played straight or subverted.

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* OmniscientHero: [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt]].Adrian Veidt. He has everything so well figured out that the morality issue is reduced to whether or not the goals he achieved was worth all the lives he sacrificed. However, two of the last few scenes make the whole thing ambiguous, leaving it to the reader/viewer do decide if the trope is played straight or subverted.



* OutGambitted: Everyone seems to forget that, despite his death, [[spoiler:Rorschach left his journal full of sensitive information to the press. Determining that this was probably the safest course of action to keep to his principles. The future was uncertain anyway.]]

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* OutGambitted: Everyone seems to forget that, despite his death, [[spoiler:Rorschach Rorschach left his journal full of sensitive information to the press. Determining that this was probably the safest course of action to keep to his principles. The future was uncertain anyway.]]



* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: It's suspiciously easy for Nite Owl and Rorschach to break into Ozymandias's computer, although [[spoiler:this was probably deliberately arranged by Veidt to lure his colleagues to Antarctica and spare them from his scheme.]]

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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: It's suspiciously easy for Nite Owl and Rorschach to break into Ozymandias's computer, although [[spoiler:this this was probably deliberately arranged by Veidt to lure his colleagues to Antarctica and spare them from his scheme.]]



* RedHerring: Plenty. For example, [[spoiler:Dan's prototype exo-skeleton, which comes across as a sure-fire ChekhovsGun, never gets used, and is left behind when Dan evacuates his basement. That he leaves it, and only it, is actually the payoff: it's a joke on how utterly stupid and useless the exoskeleton ''was'' in reality.]]
** [[spoiler: Hollis wears the ''exact'' same brown sweater as the killer does in the opening sequence, and he's often drawn with only his arms showing]]. Moore and Gibbons are sadists.
** An in-universe example: [[spoiler: Veidt, upon hearing Rorschach's "Mask Killer" theory, secretly orders a hit on himself as supposed proof to Rorschach of his theory, in order to distract him from his real plan]].
* TheRedStapler: In-universe example. Dr. Manhattan wears a double-breasted suit when he is revealed to the world and Wally Weaver mentions that people are discussing its fashion significance. Sure enough, double-breasted suits are the norm in 1985 and are worn by Adrian Veidt, Rorschach ([[spoiler:both in civilian life and in costume]]) and anyone else seen wearing a suit after 1960.
* RedundantRescue: When [[spoiler: Nite Owl and Silk Spectre]] go to free [[spoiler: Rorschach]] from prison. When they find him, he has already broken out of his cell, killed some of the people in his way, and is on the way out.

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* RedHerring: Plenty. For example, [[spoiler:Dan's Dan's prototype exo-skeleton, which comes across as a sure-fire ChekhovsGun, never gets used, and is left behind when Dan evacuates his basement. That he leaves it, and only it, is actually the payoff: it's a joke on how utterly stupid and useless the exoskeleton ''was'' in reality.]]
reality.
** [[spoiler: Hollis wears the ''exact'' same brown sweater as the killer does in the opening sequence, and he's often drawn with only his arms showing]].showing. Moore and Gibbons are sadists.
** An in-universe example: [[spoiler: Veidt, upon hearing Rorschach's "Mask Killer" theory, secretly orders a hit on himself as supposed proof to Rorschach of his theory, in order to distract him from his real plan]].
plan.
* TheRedStapler: In-universe example. Dr. Manhattan wears a double-breasted suit when he is revealed to the world and Wally Weaver mentions that people are discussing its fashion significance. Sure enough, double-breasted suits are the norm in 1985 and are worn by Adrian Veidt, Rorschach ([[spoiler:both (both in civilian life and in costume]]) costume) and anyone else seen wearing a suit after 1960.
* RedundantRescue: When [[spoiler: Nite Owl and Silk Spectre]] Spectre go to free [[spoiler: Rorschach]] Rorschach from prison. When they find him, he has already broken out of his cell, killed some of the people in his way, and is on the way out.



* RefugeInAudacity: The ending. [[spoiler: The world is at the very cusp of nuclear war, with each side waiting for the other to goad them into mutually assured destruction. Then a squid teleports into New York and blows up, leaving everyone on Earth asking what the hell just happened.]]

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* RefugeInAudacity: The ending. [[spoiler: The world is at the very cusp of nuclear war, with each side waiting for the other to goad them into mutually assured destruction. Then a squid teleports into New York and blows up, leaving everyone on Earth asking what the hell just happened.]]



** Depending on [[spoiler: when he started his plan, the above about Ozzy may have been as much part of the plan as anything else. After all, giving away all your money makes you quite the philanthropist and making your own fortune makes you quite the rags-to-riches story people love.]]

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** Depending on [[spoiler: when he started his plan, the above about Ozzy may have been as much part of the plan as anything else. After all, giving away all your money makes you quite the philanthropist and making your own fortune makes you quite the rags-to-riches story people love.]]



* ShootTheShaggyDog: Not for the main characters and plot, just all the supporting characters. [[spoiler: The prison therapist's personal life ends when the squid comes, just like all other customers of the newspaper vendor. The missing artist was killed by Ozymandias, or on his orders, and no one noticed. The Comedian was killed as part of a coverup, but the reason was discovered too late to prevent anything.]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: Not for the main characters and plot, just all the supporting characters. [[spoiler: The prison therapist's personal life ends when the squid comes, just like all other customers of the newspaper vendor. The missing artist was killed by Ozymandias, or on his orders, and no one noticed. The Comedian was killed as part of a coverup, but the reason was discovered too late to prevent anything.]]



** In the background of issues #11 and #12, you can see [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951 The Day The Earth Stood Still]] playing in a movie theater in the background. [[spoiler: Ozymandias' plot to prevent nuclear war bears some similarities to the movie itself, where nuclear war is prevented by aliens coming to Earth, and telling the planet to put aside their differences, or be wiped out, essentially.]]

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** In the background of issues #11 and #12, you can see [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951 The Day The Earth Stood Still]] playing in a movie theater in the background. [[spoiler: Ozymandias' plot to prevent nuclear war bears some similarities to the movie itself, where nuclear war is prevented by aliens coming to Earth, and telling the planet to put aside their differences, or be wiped out, essentially.]]



* SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable: Was [[spoiler:Ozymandias' gambit]] acceptable or not?

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* SlidingScaleOfUnavoidableVersusUnforgivable: Was [[spoiler:Ozymandias' gambit]] Ozymandias' gambit acceptable or not?



* SociopathicHero: Rorschach and the Comedian. Deconstructed. while it quickly becomes clear that instead of being a CaptainPatriotic, the Comedian is one of these, we just learn latter that even acting like a sociopath has its drawbacks - his brutality alienated everybody from him on the scale that he cannot form a human relationship anymore. [[spoiler: While he clearly wants to reconcile with his daughter, he is incapable of that, at first because he is awkward in relationships and than because Laurie despises him for his attempted rape of her mother. And when he is desperate because of Ozymandias' plan, where does he go? To one of his former enemies', where he breaks down sobbing, instead of another vigilante.]]

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* SociopathicHero: Rorschach and the Comedian. Deconstructed. while it quickly becomes clear that instead of being a CaptainPatriotic, the Comedian is one of these, we just learn latter that even acting like a sociopath has its drawbacks - his brutality alienated everybody from him on the scale that he cannot form a human relationship anymore. [[spoiler: While he clearly wants to reconcile with his daughter, he is incapable of that, at first because he is awkward in relationships and than because Laurie despises him for his attempted rape of her mother. And when he is desperate because of Ozymandias' plan, where does he go? To one of his former enemies', where he breaks down sobbing, instead of another vigilante.]]



* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Appears to be the case, but, of course, is all part of Ozzie's plan.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Appears Appears to be the case, but, of course, is all part of Ozzie's plan.]]



* SuperheroesWearCapes: Deconstructed (like everything else) with the character of Dollar Bill. He was a former football player hired by a bank when they realized that having their own personal superhero on payroll was a great way to cash in on the masked vigilante craze. The costume was designed by the marketing department, who were going for style over practicality and thought that the cape added visual appeal. It ended up [[spoiler: getting caught in a revolving door while he was trying to stop a robbery, at which point one of the robbers shot him point-blank in the chest.]] Aside from Captain Metropolis and the second-generation Nite Owl, none of the other superheroes wear capes.

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* SuperheroesWearCapes: Deconstructed (like everything else) with the character of Dollar Bill. He was a former football player hired by a bank when they realized that having their own personal superhero on payroll was a great way to cash in on the masked vigilante craze. The costume was designed by the marketing department, who were going for style over practicality and thought that the cape added visual appeal. It ended up [[spoiler: getting caught in a revolving door while he was trying to stop a robbery, at which point one of the robbers shot him point-blank in the chest.]] chest. Aside from Captain Metropolis and the second-generation Nite Owl, none of the other superheroes wear capes.



* TheTokyoFireball: [[spoiler:Only [[BigApplesauce in New York]], and it's more of a human-brain LogicBomb.]]

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* TheTokyoFireball: [[spoiler:Only Only [[BigApplesauce in New York]], and it's more of a human-brain LogicBomb.]]



* TheTopicOfCancer: Doctor Manhattan is extremely distraught to discover that the radiation emitted by his physical avatar gave his friends cancer. [[spoiler:This has actually been a ploy by Ozymandias, [[MoralEventHorizon who gave them cancer himself]].]]
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt.]]

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* TheTopicOfCancer: Doctor Manhattan is extremely distraught to discover that the radiation emitted by his physical avatar gave his friends cancer. [[spoiler:This This has actually been a ploy by Ozymandias, [[MoralEventHorizon who gave them cancer himself]].]]
himself]].
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: [[spoiler:Adrian Adrian Veidt.]]



* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: Rorschach is quite homely and short, both of which are mentioned in-story at least once. Also, he smells bad, dresses scruffily and has terrible table manners. He's a NobleBigot, a rape apologist, a NietzscheWannabe ... but, then again, Rorschach [[PayEvilUntoEvil only kills dangerous criminals]]. [[spoiler:Ozymandias]], is attractive in a sort of fey, {{Bishounen}} way and WickedCultured. While Rorschach and [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] are both {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, Rorschach ''[[NeverHurtAnInnocent never]]'' hurt an innocent person throughout the whole story, whereas [[spoiler:Ozymandias killed two million innocent people with the intention of saving billions from nuclear war]]. This kind of pushes Rorschach into an AntiHero while [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] is more of an AntiVillain, so this mostly plays the trope straight.
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Possibly]] [[spoiler:[[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]]]] at the end. While [[spoiler:Ozymandias may have saved the world]], it may only be temporary and thus unnecessary (making [[spoiler:Rorschach's exposure of Ozymandias' plan more of a deserved justice]]). If it was a true success, then maybe [[spoiler:Rorschach's actions will instead lead to nuclear war all over again]].
* TheUnfettered: The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach. [[spoiler:Ozymandias.]]

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* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: Rorschach is quite homely and short, both of which are mentioned in-story at least once. Also, he smells bad, dresses scruffily and has terrible table manners. He's a NobleBigot, a rape apologist, a NietzscheWannabe ... but, then again, Rorschach [[PayEvilUntoEvil only kills dangerous criminals]]. [[spoiler:Ozymandias]], Ozymandias, is attractive in a sort of fey, {{Bishounen}} way and WickedCultured. While Rorschach and [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] Ozymandias are both {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, Rorschach ''[[NeverHurtAnInnocent never]]'' hurt an innocent person throughout the whole story, whereas [[spoiler:Ozymandias Ozymandias killed two million innocent people with the intention of saving billions from nuclear war]]. war. This kind of pushes Rorschach into an AntiHero while [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] Ozymandias is more of an AntiVillain, so this mostly plays the trope straight.
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Possibly]] [[spoiler:[[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]]]] [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] at the end. While [[spoiler:Ozymandias Ozymandias may have saved the world]], world, it may only be temporary and thus unnecessary (making [[spoiler:Rorschach's Rorschach's exposure of Ozymandias' plan more of a deserved justice]]). justice). If it was a true success, then maybe [[spoiler:Rorschach's Rorschach's actions will instead lead to nuclear war all over again]].
again.
* TheUnfettered: The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach. [[spoiler:Ozymandias.]]Ozymandias.



* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:Turns out to be the whole plot]].

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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:Turns Turns out to be the whole plot]].plot.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Rorschach and [[spoiler: Veidt]].

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Rorschach and [[spoiler: Veidt]].Veidt.



** "Can't a guy talk to, y'know, his good friend's daughter?" [[spoiler: The wham comes from the realization that two of the words in the sentence are false.]]

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** "Can't a guy talk to, y'know, his good friend's daughter?" [[spoiler: The wham comes from the realization that two of the words in the sentence are false.]]



* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: Deconstructed. In the series, we often find that ordinary police officers are more than capable of [[spoiler:defeating Rorschach by going all ZergRush on him]] where Batman for instance is always able to defeat and escape multiple police officers and mooks in comics, likewise Dr. Malcolm Long is cut from a different and altogether more heroic cloth than the usual simplistic brand of psychotherapy typical of superhero comics.
* WhatTheHellHero: Everybody, but most pronounced in the scene where The Comedian calls out Dr. Manhattan for [[spoiler: not doing anything to save his (the Comedian's) AsianBabyMama despite knowing exactly what would happen]]. Ironically, it cements Dr. Manhattan's view that they're essentially the same. But for the biggest example, see the [[YMMV/{{Watchmen}} YMMV]] page.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: Deconstructed. In the series, we often find that ordinary police officers are more than capable of [[spoiler:defeating defeating Rorschach by going all ZergRush on him]] him where Batman for instance is always able to defeat and escape multiple police officers and mooks in comics, likewise Dr. Malcolm Long is cut from a different and altogether more heroic cloth than the usual simplistic brand of psychotherapy typical of superhero comics.
* WhatTheHellHero: Everybody, but most pronounced in the scene where The the Comedian calls out Dr. Manhattan for [[spoiler: not doing anything to save his (the Comedian's) AsianBabyMama despite knowing exactly what would happen]].happen. Ironically, it cements Dr. Manhattan's view that they're essentially the same. But for the biggest example, see the [[YMMV/{{Watchmen}} YMMV]] page.



* WhoShotJFK: It's hinted that it might have been [[spoiler:The Comedian]].

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* WhoShotJFK: It's hinted that it might have been [[spoiler:The Comedian]].the Comedian.



--> '''Dr. Manhattan''': ''" I have walked across the surface of the sun. I have witnessed events so tiny and so fast, they could hardly be said to have occurred at all. But you, [[spoiler:Adrian]], you're just a man. The world's smartest man poses no more threat to me than does its smartest termite."''

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--> '''Dr. Manhattan''': ''" I have walked across the surface of the sun. I have witnessed events so tiny and so fast, they could hardly be said to have occurred at all. But you, [[spoiler:Adrian]], Adrian, you're just a man. The world's smartest man poses no more threat to me than does its smartest termite."''



* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler: Thirty-five minutes late, to be exact.]]
* YouBastard: If you believe [[spoiler: Ozymandias]] was right, you're okay with [[spoiler: killing several million people and lying to the entire world to trick it into peace.]] If you believe Rorschach was right, you believe that [[spoiler: Ozymandias]]'s scheme should be revealed to the world in the name of justice, even if it means sending the world back to the brink of nuclear holocaust.

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* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler: Thirty-five minutes late, to be exact.]]
exact.
* YouBastard: If you believe [[spoiler: Ozymandias]] Ozymandias was right, you're okay with [[spoiler: killing several million people and lying to the entire world to trick it into peace.]] peace. If you believe Rorschach was right, you believe that [[spoiler: Ozymandias]]'s Ozymandias's scheme should be revealed to the world in the name of justice, even if it means sending the world back to the brink of nuclear holocaust.



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Ozymandias poisons his assistants, and congratulates them for helping create a new utopia (as they are either dead or dying), then lets their bodies be hidden by snow cover. Later, he tells the others that his assistants accidentally killed themselves. He also blows up the artists who helped create the monster.]]

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Ozymandias poisons his assistants, and congratulates them for helping create a new utopia (as they are either dead or dying), then lets their bodies be hidden by snow cover. Later, he tells the others that his assistants accidentally killed themselves. He also blows up the artists who helped create the monster.]]
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* HyperlinkStory: The book has a main cast of 6 costumed heroes with an intricate past and history, and an extended supporting cast of ordinary humans who weave in and out of the larger story and contain many parallel vignettes that counterpoint the main story. Moore said that he concieved the story as an ensemble and felt that the characters were meant to work in conjunction with each other, and that ultimately there is no one main character in the book, and the perspective and point of view keeps being passed between five of the main cast, The Comedian is the most prominent PosthumousCharacter.
14th Apr '16 9:46:58 PM SirSapphire
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** It's played pretty quietly for Laurie's whole background. [[spoiler: As a minor, she dates a man over twice her age, and resents authority figures trying to control her life, despite living with an omnipotent man who couldn't care less about her. Some would say that she has daddy issues.]]

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** It's played pretty quietly for Laurie's whole background. [[spoiler: As a minor, she dates a man over twice her age, and resents authority figures trying to control her life, despite living with an omnipotent man who couldn't care less about her. Some would say that she has daddy issues.]] She's also ''deeply'' in denial [[spoiler: about The Comedian being her father, as her conversation with Jon makes her realize she had more than enough evidence to put the pieces together, she just didn't want to.]]
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* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: A few instances. Richard Nixon himself is ''still'' President in 1985, having managed to win the Vietnam War and avoid the Watergate Scandal. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are dead, and their names have long since been lost to history. And in the last chapter, we learn that the former actor R[[spoiler:obert]] R[[spoiler:edford]] is a Republican presidential candidate.

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* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: A few instances. Richard Nixon himself is ''still'' President in 1985, having managed to win the Vietnam War and avoid the Watergate Scandal. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are dead, and their names have long since been lost to history. And in the last chapter, we learn that the former actor R[[spoiler:obert]] R[[spoiler:edford]] is a Republican Democratic presidential candidate.
9th Apr '16 5:18:05 PM aurast
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** They didn't forget because they never knew in the first place. Dreiberg through Rorschach was checking for incoming mail, and didn't realize he was actually sending a package out.

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** They didn't forget because they never knew in the first place. Dreiberg through thought Rorschach was checking for incoming mail, and didn't realize he was actually sending a package out.
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* DeathByDisfigurement - Rorschach throws boiling oil into a fellow prisoner's face after he announces his intention to stab Rorschach.

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* DeathByDisfigurement - DeathByDisfigurement: Rorschach throws boiling oil into a fellow prisoner's face after he announces his intention to stab Rorschach.
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--> '''Lance Parkin''': It’s worth noting that Watchmen is not literally a dark book...the pages of the comic, even when they depict scenes set at night, are made up of vivid greens, reds, blues, oranges and yellows. It’s more reminiscent of the garish [[Series/{{Batman}} Batman TV series (1966–8)]] than Creator/ChristopherNolan’s [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy more recent Batman movies]]. Often, there is a narrative reason for such gaudiness – for example, Moloch’s apartment is intermittently lit by the neon sign from the nightclub next door – but just as often the colours used make no pretence at naturalism. As Watching the Watchmen makes clear, colourist John Higgins worked hard, and closely with Gibbons, on the colour scheme for the book. It’s fair to say the printing techniques that comics used in the mid-eighties were limited: however, when Higgins took advantage of advances in technology to redo the colouring for the 2005 Absolute Watchmen edition, he retained the overall palette, even if he made many small alterations ... The candy colours in Watchmen are an artistic choice.
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