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* AmbiguousDisorder: He has NoSocialSkills, an [[HatesBeingTouched extreme dislike of physical contact]] and [[CreepyMonotone bizarre monotone syntax]].

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* AmbiguousDisorder: He has NoSocialSkills, an [[HatesBeingTouched extreme dislike of physical contact]] and [[CreepyMonotone bizarre monotone syntax]]. In the comic, it's more heavily implied that he UsedToBeASweetKid, and the various traumas he endured as the years rolled on transformed him into what he is today. In the film, it's more ambiguous.



* TheAntiNihilist: Possible, since Rorschach believes that rules and principles are the most important in life ''because'' the world has no more meaning than the one we impose on it. Alternatively or overlaps with {{Ubermensch}}.

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* TheAntiNihilist: Possible, since Rorschach believes that rules and principles are the most important in life ''because'' the world has no more meaning than the one we impose on it. Alternatively or overlaps with {{Ubermensch}}.



* EveryoneHasStandards: Rorschach is no stranger to acts of horrendous violence, but Veidt's actions in the endgame are so horrifying that they cause him to have a massive breakdown.



* {{Foil}}: To Ozymandias. Both are ultimately unstable {{Ubermensch}} who are unflinching in doing what they think is right, no matter what the cost. They just play it in very different ways.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Before crimefighting was outlawed he seemed to get along relatively well with his costumed peers, albeit with some criticism of his methods, though Nite Owl was always his closest ally. After going rogue and a healthy dose of SanitySlippage, however, his former colleagues are largely disgusted and disappointed in his brutality, rotten attitude and reckless vigilantism. Even Nite Owl is unsettled by his old friend's worsening mental state, and Rorschach's sociopathic tendencies begin to put a strain on their partnership when they reunite to investigate the Comedian's death.

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* {{Foil}}: To Ozymandias. Both Kovacs and Veidt are ultimately unstable {{Ubermensch}} who are unflinching in doing what they think is right, no matter what the cost. They just play it in very different ways.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Before crimefighting was outlawed outlawed, he seemed to get along relatively well with his costumed peers, albeit with some criticism of his methods, though methods. Though Nite Owl was always his closest ally. After going rogue and a healthy dose of SanitySlippage, however, his former colleagues are grow largely disgusted and disappointed in his brutality, rotten attitude and reckless vigilantism. Even Nite Owl is unsettled by his old friend's worsening mental state, and Rorschach's sociopathic tendencies begin to put a strain on their partnership when they reunite to investigate the Comedian's death.



* LogicBomb: As a child, Walter expressed in a paper that dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was indeed justified, as it helped to end World War II and prevent greater loss of life in the future. He followed this mindset through when he became Rorschach, and doubled down on his BlackAndWhiteInsanity after his StartOfDarkness. Ozymandias' destruction of New York was done as a massive GenghisGambit, meant to pressure the world into giving up international conflict and work to better all of mankind. However, despite Veidt's motives, his actions to save the world are beyond anything Rorschach can stomach, and sends him into a mental breakdown.



* TerseTalker: He's always like this when talking, but his journal and internal monologue switches between this and [[PurpleProse outbreaks of fluency]]. Still skips articles and pronouns in journal.

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* TerseTalker: He's always like this when talking, but his journal and internal monologue switches switch between this and [[PurpleProse outbreaks of fluency]]. Still skips articles and pronouns in journal.



* TragicBromance: With Nite Owl. In the movie, Dan yells in frustration and horror once Rorschach dies. In the comics, Nite Owl is his sole connection left to ordinary people and society, and while his tough-guy prevents him from admitting it at first, he does care deeply for his friendship.
* TragicHero: A man who grew up in a hellish childhood and tried so hard to uphold some a strong set of moral standards guided by a twisted perception of integrity and driven by a growing list of tragedies and failures before ultimately being destroyed by it.

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* TragicBromance: With Nite Owl. In the movie, Dan yells in frustration and horror once Rorschach dies. In the comics, Nite Owl is his sole connection left to ordinary people and society, and while society. While his tough-guy persona prevents him from admitting it at first, he Rorschach does care deeply for his their friendship.
* TragicHero: A man who grew up in a hellish childhood and tried so hard to uphold some a strong set of moral standards standards, guided by a twisted perception of integrity integrity, and driven by a growing list of tragedies and failures failures... before ultimately being destroyed by it.



* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Or in Rorschach's case, uncleanliness is next to a ''severely'' warped mind.

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* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Or in Rorschach's case, uncleanliness is next to a ''severely'' warped mind. Ironically, it's heavily implied he doesn't bathe, as it distracts him from crimefighting. Many who encounter him recount after the fact that he smells ''terrible''.


* AxCrazy: [[SociopathicHero He is borderline insane at times and is extremely ruthless with his brutality against criminals with his extreme methods of killing.]] [[PapaWolf Such as when he angrily murdered the child abductor and his dogs.]] [[EnfantTerrible Even as a child he was moderately unhinged]] but fully embraced homicidal sociopathic side when he became an adult.

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* AxCrazy: [[SociopathicHero He is borderline insane at times and is extremely ruthless with his brutality against criminals with his extreme methods of killing.]] [[PapaWolf Such as when he angrily murdered the child abductor and his dogs.]] [[EnfantTerrible Even as a child he was moderately unhinged]] [[BecomingTheMask but fully embraced homicidal sociopathic side when he became an adult.]]



* BerserkButton: Never ever steal his mask that he considers [[BecomingTheMask his face]]

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* BerserkButton: Never ever steal his mask that he considers [[BecomingTheMask his face]]face.]]


* AxCrazy: He is borderline insane at times and is extremely ruthless with his brutality against criminals with his extreme methods of killing such as when he angrily murdered the child abductor and his dogs. Even as a child he was moderately unhinged but fully embraced homicidal sociopathic side when he became an adult.

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* AxCrazy: [[SociopathicHero He is borderline insane at times and is extremely ruthless with his brutality against criminals with his extreme methods of killing such killing.]] [[PapaWolf Such as when he angrily murdered the child abductor and his dogs. dogs.]] [[EnfantTerrible Even as a child he was moderately unhinged unhinged]] but fully embraced homicidal sociopathic side when he became an adult.


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* BerserkButton: Never ever steal his mask that he considers [[BecomingTheMask his face]]


* AxCrazy: See what he did to the child abductor and his dogs.

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* AxCrazy: See what He is borderline insane at times and is extremely ruthless with his brutality against criminals with his extreme methods of killing such as when he did to angrily murdered the child abductor and his dogs.dogs. Even as a child he was moderately unhinged but fully embraced homicidal sociopathic side when he became an adult.


** Rorschach also mocks other heroes for not being able to be as tough as he is, either because they are too comfortable (Veidt), too pampered (Sally) or that they have retired (Dan Dreiberg), when in most cases Rorschach merely fights low-level thugs who he intimidates by breaking their fingers and other bullying acts, in addition to interrogating an old man suffering from cancer (Moloch). Likewise he's the only hero who ends up being captured by the police and having his identity exposed (something that didn't happen to Dan, Laurie or Adrian), and he pretty much suffers a CurbStompBattle against the only one who is equally matched, to Ozymandias, simply because he's not as good a fighter as he thinks he is.

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** Rorschach also mocks other heroes for not being able to be as tough as he is, either because they are too comfortable (Veidt), too pampered (Sally) or that they have retired (Dan Dreiberg), when in most cases Rorschach merely fights low-level thugs who he intimidates by breaking their fingers and other bullying acts, in addition to interrogating an old man suffering from cancer (Moloch). Likewise he's the only hero who ends up being captured by the police and having his identity exposed (something that didn't happen to Dan, Laurie or Adrian), and he pretty much suffers a CurbStompBattle against the only one who is equally matched, to Ozymandias, simply because he's not as good a fighter as he thinks he is. Although beforehand he does acknowledge that Ozymandias might be a better fighter than him.


* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Rorschach's devotion to his ethos is so strong that it is impossible for him to accept any form of compromise. The fault in his philosophy is shown early on, as his patriotism and admiration for the Comedian's persona and combat record make him accept the attempted rape of Sally Jupiter, [[MadonnaWhoreComplex who Rorschach considers to be a whore,]] as a moral lapse of an otherwise upstanding citizen, even though he is later shown to consider rape a perfectly good reason to kill someone.
** He also applauds President Truman's dropping the hydrogen bomb on Japan as it ended a world war, but decries Ozymandias' doing the same to New York for the same reasons, and is determined to make Veidt answer for this "evil".

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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Rorschach's devotion to his ethos is so strong that it is impossible for him to accept any form of compromise. The fault in his philosophy is shown early on, as his patriotism and admiration for the Comedian's persona and combat record make him accept the attempted rape of Sally Jupiter, [[MadonnaWhoreComplex who Rorschach considers to be a whore,]] as a moral lapse of an otherwise upstanding citizen, even though he is later shown to consider rape a perfectly good reason to kill someone.
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someone. He also applauds President Truman's dropping the hydrogen bomb on Japan as it ended a world war, but decries Ozymandias' doing the same to New York for the same reasons, and is determined to make Veidt answer for this "evil".



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Rorschach's chapter [[ShoutOut even closes with that quote]].
** He wasn't even always the violent unlikeable vigilante he is during the story. It seems that he and Dreiberg were legitimate friends at one point, and though always odd, he was less...off. Then the kidnapping case happened and changed him forever.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Rorschach's chapter [[ShoutOut even closes with that quote]].
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quote]]. He wasn't even always the violent unlikeable vigilante he is during the story. It seems that he and Dreiberg were legitimate friends at one point, and though always odd, he was less...off. Then the kidnapping case happened and changed him forever.



* PetTheDog: Rorschach may be batshit insane, AxCrazy and treat even his team-mates with suspicion and abuse, but he does make it very clear that he ''does'' value his friendship with Nite Owl and apologizes when Nite Owl calls him out on his behaviour.

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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Rorschach may be batshit insane, AxCrazy and treat even his team-mates with suspicion and abuse, but he does make it very clear that he ''does'' value his friendship with Nite Owl and apologizes when Nite Owl calls him out on his behaviour.



* PsychologicalProjection: Rorschach has a talent for this, projecting those characteristics on to others that he unknowingly possesses himself.

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* PsychologicalProjection: PsychologicalProjection:
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Rorschach has a talent for this, projecting those characteristics on to others that he unknowingly possesses himself.



* TranquilFury:
** Unlike the other characters, who express fury through violent outbursts (The Comedian particularly), Rorschach is almost always calm and quiet in his violence. Even when pushed to his very limit in 1975, he didn't yell or lash out, he retained his quiet demeanor. He is emotionally withdrawn and during his adulthood he only makes a facial expression twice in the book (Panel 8 of Page 7 of Chapter 6, when he remembers a childhood incident, and when he orders Manhattan to kill him. For the rest of the story his face is either covered by his mask or a blank stare.
** This is changed in the movie, however. His blank stare is replaced by a ClintSquint, and he is prone to fits of eye-twitchery. In 1975, when pushed to his limitations, instead of breaking down into the calm psycho he breaks up into an aggressive animal.

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* TranquilFury:
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TranquilFury: Unlike the other characters, who express fury through violent outbursts (The Comedian particularly), Rorschach is almost always calm and quiet in his violence. Even when pushed to his very limit in 1975, he didn't yell or lash out, he retained his quiet demeanor. He is emotionally withdrawn and during his adulthood he only makes a facial expression twice in the book (Panel 8 of Page 7 of Chapter 6, when he remembers a childhood incident, and when he orders Manhattan to kill him. For the rest of the story his face is either covered by his mask or a blank stare.
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stare. This is changed in the movie, however. His blank stare is replaced by a ClintSquint, and he is prone to fits of eye-twitchery. In 1975, when pushed to his limitations, instead of breaking down into the calm psycho he breaks up into an aggressive animal.



* UnbuiltTrope: Despite his status as a mascot and an iconic BadassNormal, fans on coming to ''Watchmen'' will be surprised that he's frequently shown to be incompetent and ineffective.
** He utterly fails to decipher Ozymandias' scheme, merely coming across a few important clues which he filters with a very wrong assumption that Nite Owl shoots down with basic detective work. Unlike Batman, who can fight hundreds of mooks as a OneManArmy and an entire swat team in Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', Rorschach gets easily ganged up by the police, has his identity exposed and sent to prison where he more or less is confined, without any possibility of escape, until Nite Owl and Silk Spectre bust him from prison.
** Similarly, Rorscharch, while a powerful fighter and physically skilled and adept, primarily fights criminals who are physically weaker than he, bullying them by breaking their fingers and other means of intimidation. He loses a fight against any opponent who is his equal or superior, be it the police or Veidt. Indeed, for all that Rorschach mocked Veidt for being a spoiled namby-pamby liberal who has not been in a real fight for decades, he is unable to land a single punch on the CharlesAtlasSuperpower and Veidt more or less ignores him and fights him ''one-handed''.

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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite his status as a mascot and an iconic BadassNormal, fans on coming to ''Watchmen'' will be surprised that he's frequently shown to be incompetent and ineffective. \n** He utterly fails to decipher Ozymandias' scheme, merely coming across a few important clues which he filters with a very wrong assumption that Nite Owl shoots down with basic detective work. Unlike Batman, who can fight hundreds of mooks as a OneManArmy and an entire swat team in Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', Rorschach gets easily ganged up by the police, has his identity exposed and sent to prison where he more or less is confined, without any possibility of escape, until Nite Owl and Silk Spectre bust him from prison.
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prison. Similarly, Rorscharch, while a powerful fighter and physically skilled and adept, primarily fights criminals who are physically weaker than he, bullying them by breaking their fingers and other means of intimidation. He loses a fight against any opponent who is his equal or superior, be it the police or Veidt. Indeed, for all that Rorschach mocked Veidt for being a spoiled namby-pamby liberal who has not been in a real fight for decades, he is unable to land a single punch on the CharlesAtlasSuperpower and Veidt more or less ignores him and fights him ''one-handed''.


* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Anything he does. A vengeful prisoner get his face burned, a masochistic "villain" is thrown down an elevator shaft...

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* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Anything he does. A vengeful prisoner get gets his face burned, a masochistic "villain" is thrown down an elevator shaft...

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** He also applauds President Truman's dropping the hydrogen bomb on Japan as it ended a world war, but decries Ozymandias' doing the same to New York for the same reasons, and is determined to make Veidt answer for this "evil".


* GutturalGrowler: In the film, at least. In the comic it's mentioned that he speaks in a 'creepy monotone', but growling or lack thereof isn't specified. However his speech bubbles are drawn with wavy outlines, implying the trope holds true for the comic as well.

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* GutturalGrowler: In the film, at least. In the comic it's mentioned that he speaks in a 'creepy monotone', but growling or lack thereof isn't specified. However his speech bubbles are drawn with wavy outlines, implying the trope holds true for the comic as well. When doing a reading, Creator/AlanMoore also read Rorschach's dialogue with a growl.

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* ScarfOfAsskicking: Wears a white scarf as part of his costume.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Rorschach claims to be an uncompromising believer of BlackAndWhiteMorality but it's clear Alan Moore intended him to be this instead. Rorschach condemns Veidt's attack on New York City, regardless of the peace it brings, but once defended the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the same reasoning. He also murders rapists but tolerates the Comedian raping Sally Jupiter because he was a veteran who suffered a "moral lapse."


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%%* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Nite Owl's Sensitive Guy.

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%%* * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Nite Owl's Sensitive Guy.


[[caption-width-right:250:''"You know what I wish? I wish all the scum of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands about it."'']]

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[[caption-width-right:250:''"You know what I wish? I wish all [[caption-width-right:250:''"This city is dying of rabies. Is the scum best I can do to wipe random flecks of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands about it."'']]foam from it's lips?"'']]


->'''Played by:''' Creator/JackieEarleHaley (film)

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->'''Played by:''' Creator/JackieEarleHaley (film)
(2009 film), Eli Snyder (as a kid, 2009)

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