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    In General 
  • Ascended Extra: While an important part of Watchmen backstory, it was more focused on their Crimebusters' successors. Here they even have a team of Legacy Characters.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the Crimebusters, they were all normal humans.
  • Legacy Character: They seem to have inspired a series of successors who have taken on their old identities, but if they're canon characters or OC's, it's unknown for now.
  • Posthumous Character: Many of them were already dead by the time of the Manhattaning, and by the modern day it is very unlikely any of them remain alive.
  • Precursor Hero: They are the predecessors of the Crimebusters, who are the predecessors of nearly all heroes who came after.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Silhouette and Silk Spectre were the only two females of the original Minutemen.

Original Members

    Captain Metropolis (Nelson Gardner) 
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A former Marine who applied his knowledge of military strategy to crime-fighting. A very insecure and nervous person. Remained active until 1974, when he was decapitated in a car crash.


  • Blackmail: It has been suggested that Nelson received high-marks in the military without promoting due to blackmailing key officers, perhaps by seducing them and then threatening to expose their affair. It has also been suggested that he used similar ploys to secure military contracts to acquire his fortune.
  • Hide Your Gays: Because of the prejudices of the time, his relationship with Hooded Justice remained ambiguous, although it is very likely they were a thing.
  • Ill Boy: Asthmatic and sickly as a child, but overcame it has he grew up, eventually joining the Marines.
  • Never Found the Body: It has been proposed that Nelson did not die in his car accident and used a body double to feign his death. The order to have his body cremated prevents any scientific dispelling of this theory.
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: Racist and hidebound, but he means well enough.
  • Posthumous Character: Died in a car accident where he ended up decapitated.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His outfit was mostly red and blue.
  • Related in the Adaptation: His brother Lance Gardner is a dancer and model from the Wonder Woman comics. He's the great-uncle of Guy Gardner and his siblings Mace and Gloria Gardner through their father Roland Gardner. His great-niece Alexandra Gardner was the roommate of Caitlin Fairchild.
  • Straight Gay: Had an affair with Hooded Justice.

    Silk Spectre I (Sally Jupiter) 
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A founding member of the Minutemen and mother to Laurel Jane Juspeczyk (Silk Spectre II).


  • Awful Wedded Life: Her affair with Eddie Blake and giving birth to his child didn't do any favors for her marriage with Larry Schexnayder, even after they had two children of their own, leading to their divorce in 1956.
  • The Beard: She was apparently in a relationship with the Hooded Justice to hide the affair between HJ and Captain Metropolis.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one next to her right eye, which her daughter Laurie inherited.
  • Becoming the Boast: A rare-third person example. Her first fights were staged, but she eventually learned how to genuinely fight.
  • Consummate Liar: Laurie was known to claim her mother lied as easily as fish swim.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Sally was known to wear a long black glove on her right arm as Silk Spectre. Even in her more revealing photo-shoots, Sally always kept her right arm covered or hidden. This was done to conceal scars from acid burns on her forearm and elbow, inflicted on her in her youth in Poland.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The light to the Silhouette's dark in her Minutemen days.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Sally was a capable fighter in the use of weapons such as lassos, brass knuckles, and knives.
  • My Beloved Smother: Laurie feels her mother put a lot of pressure on her to follow in her footsteps.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She voted to expel Ursula from the Minutemen when her sexuality was exposed, and she showed a lot of guilt when she was found murdered.
  • Pass Fail: Changed her name from Juspeczyk to cover up her Polish heritage.
  • Posthumous Character: While she was alive at the time of the Manhattaning, she passed away of natural causes at age 86 in 2006.
  • Related in the Adaptation: With her husband Laurence Schexnayder she's the mother of Loren Jupiter, making her grandmother of Jarrod Jupiter and Lilith Clay.
  • Stage Mom: Coached her daughter to take up her profession.
  • Stocking Filler: She wears stockings and suspenders as Silk Spectre.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Although her first fights were staged, she had to learn how to fight properly as a member of the Minutemen. Over the years, Sally became skilled in hand to hand combat using trickery, deception, and her overall agility to overcome opponents. She trained extensively in grappling and utilizing such methods as wrestling, jujitsu, judo, and kickboxing.
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    Nite-Owl I (Hollis Mason) 
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One of the first superheroes to fight crime, and a former police officer, Hollis Mason has since retired, revealed his identity and written an autobiography that provided dramatic insights into the world of superheroes.


  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Other than the color and some aesthetics, his outfit didn't look owl-like.
  • Boxing Battler: His primary fighting style. He took down dozens of high profile criminals and even threats to national security during his years as a crimefighter.
  • Cool Old Guy: He was always the nicest and most level-headed of the Minutemen, and he's only gotten better with age.
  • Domino Mask: Wore one back in the day.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Motivated Byron to get his act together before he drank himself to death.
  • Mistaken Identity: Killed because the second Nite-Owl broke Rorschach out of jail, and one guy in a drugged-up gang of top knots knows where "Nite-Owl" lives.
  • Old Superhero: He retired long before the Manhattaning occurred.
  • Parental Substitute: His mentor Moe Vernon, who helped inspire him to become a crime-fighter, especially after his own father Robert Mason beat Moe for being homosexual, driving him to commit suicide.
  • Passing the Torch: He retired and gave his codename to Dan Dreiberg.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He became close friends with Ursula Zandt, even revealing his identity and continuing her crusade against child trafficking after her murder.
  • Related in the Adaptation: His brother is Philip Mason, making him great-uncle of Hunter "Hun" Mason. His nephew Robert III Mason is the father of Rex Mason/Shift, and his great-niece is Courtney Mason/Anima. His niece Myra Mason is the wife of Charles McNider/Dr. Midnight. His nephew Gil Mason was a corrupt deputy commissioner from Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Retired Badass: Even in his old age, he managed to fight off most of the top-knots that broke into his workshop until the last of them beat him to death.
  • Second Love: For Sally Jupiter, entering a long distance relationship with her and they were on one of their phone dates when he was attacked and killed at his workshop.
  • Those Two Guys: With Byron Lewis, being his constant partner and the one who kept the Mothman functioning, at least for a time.

    Dollar Bill (William "Bill" Brady) 
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A former star college athlete from Nebraska who was hired by a bank to be their in-house superhero. Died in 1947, when during an attempt to foil a bank robbery, his cape got caught in the door and he was shot.


  • Adaptational Heroism: In canon, when he found out about Silhouette's death, he wrote it off as a punishment for being gay. Here, he regretted the role he played in her death and sought to avenge her.
  • All-American Face: He was designed to play this up. His background as a small-town college athlete definitely helps.
  • Alliterative Name: Bill Benjamin Brady.
  • Cape Snag: While attempting to stop a raid upon a National Bank, William's cape became entangled in the bank's revolving door and he was shot at point-blank range by the fleeing robbers before he could free it.
  • Career-Ending Injury: During the final game of the 1938 football season, while trying to sell his abilities, an opponent fell on his knee, ending his career before it could start.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: He was made to wear a garish costume as one of the conditions of his sponsorship. The cape was caught in a revolving door, trapping him long enough for a crook to shoot him dead as he tried to stop a bank heist.
  • Farm Boy: Grew up as one in the town of Waymore, Nebraska.
  • Fatal Flaw: Besides his costume, Bill's biggest flaw was his recklessness, which not only led to the end of his football career, it made him rush to the bank were he would be killed.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: After being roughed up, Dollar Bill underwent intense physical conditioning and hand-to-hand combat training. By 1942, he was considered on par with most professional boxers.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: The bank who sponsored him insisted that he wore the cape that led to his untimely death.
  • Related in the Adaptation: His father was Benjamin "Wing" Brady, a pilot and later secret agent of the Foreign French Legion.
    • His nephew Randall Brady was an editor for the Daily Planet in the Smallville series.
    • His great-niece Emmaline "Mary" Brady-West is the mother of Wally West.
    • His other great-niece Grace Brady, is the niece of John Sargent/Sargon the Sorcerer.
    • His great-nephews Gabriel and Theodore "Teddy" Brady originate in the Wildstorm universe.
    • Through his great-niece Eva Brady, he's the great-granduncle of Finnbar "Finn" Brady, the son of of Cheryl Constantine.

    Mothman (Byron Lewis) 
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A self-made millionaire with a love of flight who decided to become a superhero both out of a desire to add spice to his life and out of guilt over his privileged lifestyle. Ultimately, his alcoholism turned him into a shell of his former self, and was eventually committed to a sanitarium.


  • Adaptation Origin Connection: On the day he suddenly awoke from his catatonic state, he motivated his cellmate, a twenty-one year old Drury Walker, to continue with his legacy.
  • The Alcoholic: Eventually committed to a sanitarium due to his alcoholism.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Animal Alias variety.
  • Broken Bird: A male version of this trope. He wanted to make the world a better place, but injuries, the loss of his teammates and his alcoholism took a heavy toll on his mind and body.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In Earth-27 Byron Lewis died in an asylum and his last words were about going into the flame. In Doomsday Clock he dies by walking into a burning asylum.
  • Famous Last Words: "Into the blue flame I go!"
  • Incompatible Orientation: Developed a crush on his teammate Ursula, but she only liked him as a friend and couldn't reciprocate his feelings.
  • Last of Its Kind: Officially at least, he was the last of the original Minutemen to die, passing away of a stroke in Arkham at age 94.
  • Non-Action Guy: He was never a fighter, and the only time he used a gun was to save Hollis from a Japanese saboteur, leaving him rattled at having taken a life.
  • Not Quite Flight: Thanks to the wings on his costume.
  • Passing the Torch: Helped Hollis mold Dan Dreiberg into a worthy successor of both of them, before committing himself to a sanatorium.

    Silhouette (Ursula Zandt) 
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  • Bury Your Gays: Not long after being kicked out of the Minutemen, she was murdered in a hotel room alongside her girlfriend Gertrude by an old foe.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: As the LGBT movement picked up steam and a culture of tolerance and acceptance took root in America and global popular culture, Ursula Zandt was resurrected - as an icon of feminism and a pioneer of the LGBT movement.
  • Due to the Dead: Sally Jupiter felt genuinely saddened by her death and visited her grave during her birthday and the anniversary of her death.
  • The Gunslinger: Ursula learned to use handguns with remarkable accuracy in Europe and in her early days as a crimefighter. She maintained this proficiency until her death.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The dark feminine to the first Silk Spectre's light.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She treated a young Eddie Blake almost like a younger brother, and it's very likely the Comedian was the one who avenged her.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Feminine-looking enough not to qualify as a Butch Lesbian.
  • Official Couple: She was in a secret, but happy relationship with Gertrude Gruber.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her expulsion and later murder indirectly led to the dissolution of the Minutemen in the subsequent years.
  • Statuesque Stunner: 5'9"/175cm tall, and was very beautiful.
  • Take Up My Sword: Hollis Mason and Byron Lewis continued her crusade against child traffickers to honor her.
  • Whip It Good: Her weapon of choice was a whip.

    The Comedian (Eddie Blake) 
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See the Crimebusters page
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    Hooded Justice 
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Hooded Justice was the first masked vigilante. Never appearing without his mask, his identity was a mystery to even his fellow Minutemen.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Sally called him "HJ" for short.
  • The Big Guy: The largest, strongest member of the Minutemen. Hooded Justice was known to be a world-class hand-to-hand combatant. His skills even seemed to dwarf those of the very talented Comedian, who many Minutemen believed to be afraid of Hooded Justice.
  • The Brute: An anti-heroic version. His fellow Minutemen claim they saw him kick men through brick walls on several occasions.
  • The Cowl: He is a really intimidating vigilante by size alone and his beatings are savage.
  • The Dreaded: Many criminals were known to have wet themselves when confronted by Hooded Justice. Several others immediately confessed to crimes when Hooded Justice approached them, even before he asked a question.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He was 6'4"/193cm tall, yet he was fast enough to beat and cripple three robbers with ease.
  • Manly Gay: By implication at least.
  • Shrouded in Myth: He might have been a circus strongman by the name of Rolf Muller. The implication is strong, but still somewhat ambiguous.
  • The Spook: His identity was never known and he promptly disappeared when people started asking questions, never to be seen again.
  • Stealth Expert: Hooded Justice was known to be highly elusive, able to enter and escape buildings even when they were highly guarded or surrounded. Hooded Justice would often startle his teammates by suddenly stepping out of a shadow and leaving them wondering if he had supernatural powers.
  • Uncertain Doom: No one's sure if Hooded Justice is still alive.

Successors

    Captain Metropolis II 

    Silhouette II 

    Dollar Bill II 

    Mothman II 

    Hooded Justice II 

    Rorschach II 
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  • Affirmative Action Legacy: A woman taking the mantle of a man.
  • Badass Longcoat: A nice looking leather coat in better condition than the one Walter Kovacs used.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Rorschach appears to prefer to avoid fights whenever necessary though. When cornered, Rorschach is fond of using improvised weaponry to devastating effect.
  • Expressive Mask: Unlike the original Rorschach mask, she can consciously alter the image on the mask in place of its usually free-floating shifting.
  • Genius Bruiser: Rorschach speaks in a manner that presents education. She also has shown proficiency in psychoanalysis, chemistry, biology, neurology, electronics, forensic pathology, and advanced mathematics.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Rorschach is a capable close-quarters fighter, roughly equivalent to a SWAT Officer or Special Forces Military Operative.
  • Nice Hat: A nice-looking black fedora.
  • Stealth Expert: Rorschach is quite stealthy and able to enter and exit secure facilities with relative ease.

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