Ho Yay / Watchmen

  • As Watchmen is the Deconstructor Fleet of the superhero genre, the homosexuality subtext was addressed. Two male members of the Minutemen were having a closet relationship (with Hooded Justice not being a huge fan of monogamy, and a large fan of S&M), and the lesbian Silhouette was cast out of the team after she was outed (we're talking about The Thirties here). Aside from these canonically gay individuals, readers have seen homoerotic subtext in many of the male characters's relationships, the most popular pairing being Rorschach and Nite Owl II.
    • This despite Rorschach's expressed contempt (in narration, no less) for homosexuals, though one might argue he was just deeply, deeply in the closet, even to himself.
    • The bottle of cologne that Rorschach nicks from Dan is specifically marketed towards homosexual men. Make of that what you will.
    • When Nite Owl brings Silk Spectre aboard Archimedes, she has to point out to him that she's safely on board and can let go of her hand, a clear hint of his attraction to her. Later and in similar circumstances, Rorschach shakes Nite Owl's hand, and Nite Owl has to pry his hand free of Rorschach's grip.
  • The new Before Watchmen: Comedian mini-series suggests that part of what drove Eddie Blake to become such a monster was the fact that he was really good friends with John F. Kennedy, and watching Jack get shot down just crystallized his own cynicism about humanity.
    • Wait, so Before Watchmen has retconned it being Eddie behind the Grassy Knoll?
    • Before Watchmen has the Comedian behind the assassination of Bobby Kennedy instead of JFK. It also includes this conversation:
    Jackie Kennedy: And by the way, "baby" isn't something you should call the wife of a man you love.
    Eddie Blake: Hey — I didn't mean —
    Jackie: —Any disrespect?
    Eddie: Exactly.
    Jackie: I wish you did. I think I'd like to be honestly disrespected.
    Eddie: Well, I'm...
    Jackie: —-not going to do that?
    Eddie: No, I'm not. Because—
    Jackie: You love—
    Eddie: —Respect him. Honestly.