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The Watchmen are the fictional superhero team published by DC Comics and later made into a live action film.

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Was Edna Mode's “No Capes!” rule inspired by Dollar Bill?

In The Incredibles, Edna Marie "E" Mode" famously voices her opinion on capes. These examples are hardly the first cases of what TV Tropes calls a "cape snag". (...
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What was the Comedian's motivation for fighting crime?

The Comedian is portrayed as a cynical, nihilistic, and sadistic thug, using unnecessary violence and even committing crimes himself, like his attempted rape of the original Silk Spectre and his ...
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Are there any other DC characters mentioned in the Watchmen universe?

In the movie Watchmen (2009), we can see posters of Batman during the credit sequence in beginning. Also, 'Superman' was also mentioned during the flashback scene of Dr. Manhattan. So, the DC ...
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Why does Dr Manhattan work for the US government?

Throughout the book Dr Manhattan is shown to be disinterested in human affairs. Veidt describes him as apolitical. So why was he seemingly a pawn doing the US governments bidding for so long before ...
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Why didn't Ozymandias kill the Comedian with a gun, or a knife?

It just seems to me he could have gotten over the fight much faster with either of it, and made much less of a mess doing so.
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Why was New York attacked and not Moscow or another city?

Some have argued that the film ending to Watchmen was superior to the comic because However in the graphic novel I’m going to assume that in the graphic novel, attacking more than one city was ...
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Why did news media immediately assume that the squid was an alien invasion?

Major spoilers for the Watchmen graphic novel! In Issue 11, explains that they created a creature, referred to by fans as "the squid" in order to stage an alien invasion. In the next issue, we see ...
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How does Batman fit into the timeline of Watchmen?

In the 2009 live-action version of Watchmen, the intro shows - among other things - the original Nite Owl saving Thomas & Martha Wayne from the mugger on that fateful night. In the background, you ...
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Was the first Nite Owl pro- or anti-Dr. Manhattan?

In Watchmen (2009), during Dr. Manhattan's flashback scenes, he mentions the retired Nite Owl and his book, in which Dr. Manhattan's arrival was described as the "dawn of the superhero," and he says ...
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What does this line mean in the Watchmen movie?

At the end, when Rorschach decides to reveal Veidt's plan out to world, Manhattan gets in his way and Rorschach says: Of course, you must protect Veidt's new utopia. What did this line mean ?
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What happened to Ozymandias's cat, Bubastis?

Whatever happened to Bubastis, the genetically engineered lynx owned by Ozymandias in the story, The Watchmen? In the movie, the cat stepped inside an intrinsic field chamber with Dr. Manhattan. When ...
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What is the in-film explanation for Comedian's crying?

In Alan Moore's graphic novel, the Comedian discovers a certain plot where plans to use a psychic pseudo-alien squid to trick USSR and USA into peaceful coexistence. This plan makes the Comedian ...
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What is the fluid in Rorschach's mask?

Rorschach's mask consists of two black and white fluids as stated in Wikia. Rorschach's mask (which he refers to as his "face") consisted of a specialized fabric, one that was actually two layers ...
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Is there a flaw in Jon/Dr. Manhattan's logic?

First of all, I read the comic book in German. Therefore translations are mine according to my understanding. So translation might be an issue to my actual question, though I doubt it, since I watched ...
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Was Rorschach's Pagliacci joke a real joke?

In Watchmen, Rorschach is reminded by The Comedian of a joke he heard once: “Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a ...
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What was Rorschach doing at the beginning of Watchmen?

So I mean this in a sort of general term. In the first entry of Rorschach's journal at the beginning of Watchmen, he pretty much just gives a monologue about how he hates humanity in its current state ...
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Is there any info about after Watchmen?

So at the end of Watchmen things aren't exactly your fairy-tale ending and I personally found the story kind of inconclusive. Were there any ever comics or books or any material that told the story ...
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Why did Adrian Veidt choose such an obvious password?

In Watchmen, Rorschach (Kovacs) and Nite Owl (Daniel) discover Ozymandias' (Veidt) plan after breaking into his office computer. The password he used was incredibly easy to crack: Rameses II. There ...
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Watchmen book ending versus movie ending [duplicate]

So if it wasn't obvious, pretty big spoilers ahead. At the end of the book... At the end of the movie... Is there an out of universe reason the ending was so different in the movie? Did anyone say ...
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Is there a way to relate each of the characters in Moore's Watchmen to the inset “Tales of the Black Freighter”?

How analogous was Moore attempting to make the inset comic? It appears that it's echoes that of many of the characters.
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What are the difference between the different (Graphic Novel) editions of Watchmen?

I am thinking of buying the Watchmen Graphic Novel in India but I'm confused about the different editions. They are Watchmen (448 pages) Watchmen (336 Pages) Watchmen: The Deluxe Edition Watchmen: ...
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Did anyone ever try to make another Dr. Manhattan, and if not, why?

In Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan is the only real "super" hero. He is created by Dr. Osterman being trapped inside the intrinsic field experiment. Presumably this experiment was reproducible, and if not in ...
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Was Dr. Manhattan actually time blinded by tachyons?

In Watchmen, towards the end, Dr. Manhattan talks about his joy of being blind to time because of the tachyon emissions, and how exciting it is for him because he had forgotten the joy of not knowing ...
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Did Doctor Manhattan care about Rorschach?

I understand that Doctor Manhattan was very much out of touch with humanity at the end of the graphic novel, but how did he feel about his final scene with Rorschach?
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Why did Ozymandias think that the intrinsic field trick would work?

In Watchmen, Ozymandias plans to avert global war and bring about some level of world peace The only potential obstacle to his plan is Dr. Manhattan. So he creates a tachyon generator to obscure Dr. ...
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Why did Ozymandias open his vivarium?

In Chapter XII of Watchmen, Ozymandias opened, and thus destroyed, his vivarium. I cannot see a meaningful reason being that. I believe he didn't destroy it per se and there must be a meaning of that,...
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Why did Jon Osterman never contact his father?

In Chapter IV ("Watchmaker") of Watchmen, during Dr. Manhattan's reflection of his life, there is a scene where he mentions his father's death and says In 1969, I'm receiving news of my fathers ...
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A fight between Dr Manhattan and Electro from spiderman [closed]

As the title suggests, in a fight between Dr Manhattan from The Watchmen and Electro from the recently released movie spiderman 2, who'd win and why?
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Could Dr Manhattan have cured Janey's cancer?

In the comics as well as the movie, we see that Dr. Manhattan gets so upset about having given his ex-girlfriend Janey Slater cancer that he decides to remove himself from the equation and abandon the ...
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Was Dr. Manhattan able to travel through time?

I'm rewatching Watchmen, and the question occurred to me - can Doctor Manhattan actually travel through time? It is made quite clear that he can perceive all time as coexistent, but can he only look ...
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Why was Rorschach willing to forgive The Comedian's “moral lapse” with Sally Jupiter?

I do not have the book with me now so I cannot get the direct quote but when Laurie Juspeczyk confirms that The Comedian sexually assaulted Sally Jupiter, Rorschach dismisses the incident saying that ...
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Can Dr. Manhattan cease to exist?

Jon Osterman, a.k.a. Dr. Manhattan, has complete awareness of and control over atomic and subatomic particles of his "body". He can reassemble his body even when disintegrated, which renders him ...
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What is the significance of alternate “Before Watchmen” covers?

I bought most of the Before Watchmen comic books that are available until today. While doing some research on them, I found out that each issue comes with different covers, see here for an example of ...
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Watchmen's The Comedian and the JFK assasination?

In the movie adaptation of Watchmen, we clearly see The Comedian assassinating President Kennedy during the opening montage. But in the new prequel Before Watchmen: ...
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Did Dr. Manhattan give anyone cancer?

This is a major point of the story for Dr. Manhattan. He is confronted with the news that he has caused cancer in previous co-workers and most importantly his former lover Janey Slater. At this point ...
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Why was Dr. Manhattan blue?

Dr. Manhattan clearly had some control over his appearance. The hydrogen atom on his forehead was by choice, and he adjusted his blueness for the cameras when he was told it was too bright. ...
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Did Rorschach's mask react to his emotions?

In Watchmen, did Rorschach's ever changing mask react to his emotions, or did it morph on its own?
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Is there any information about what Alan Moore had in mind for expanding the Watchmen franchise?

Alan Moore stated back in 1985 that if the original Watchmen mini-series was well-received, he and Gibbons would possibly create a 12-issue prequel series called Minutemen featuring the 1940s ...
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What is the significance of Tales of the Black Freighter?

Alan Moore and David Gibbon's classic graphic novel masterpiece Watchmen contains an incidental character who, over the course of several parts of the series, is seen reading a comic entitled "Tales ...