Study Guide

Watchmen Characters

Rorschach (Walter J. Kovacs)

Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, greenest state in, no, our bad, that’s Davy Crockett....

Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias)

The son of extremely wealthy immigrants (fleeing Nazi Germany on the eve of WWII, perhaps?),...

Dr. Manhattan (Dr. Jon Osterman)

Most of us think time moves one way, past -> present -> future. Not Dr. Manhattan. For him,...

Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl 2.0)

When Alan Moore models you after the Blue Beetle, you better have other positive traits. What...

Laurie Juspeczyk (Laurie Jupiter, Silk Spectre 2.0)

Of the eight main characters in Watchmen, Laurie Juspeczyk is the only one without her own...

The Comedian (Edward Blake)

To discuss Eddie Blake is to take the best and the worst of the 20th Century and stuff it into...

Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre 1.0)

If we treat the superheroes in Watchmen as one big, dysfunctional family, then Sally Jupiter is...

Hollis Mason (Nite Owl 1.0)

For Hollis Mason, Watchmen is a tale of two stories. For the first half of the book, his excerpts...

Captain Metropolis (Nelson Gardner)

The ultimate team player, this former marine is the founder of both the original Minutemen and...

Dollar Bill

After spending his college years as a star athlete in Kansas, this friendly bro gets hired by a...

Mothman (Byron Lewis)

Mothman ends up in the land of white coats, padded walls and straightjackets. His beginning,...

The Silhouette (Ursula Zandt)

The Silhouette makes her debut one month after the Nite Owl in 1939, when she breaks up a child...

Hooded Justice (Rolf Müller?)

H.J. is the OG superhero, the first one to burst upon the scene. With a black hood and noose...

Bernard and Bernie

From here on out, we’ll refer to these two as the Odd Couple. One is old, white, and...

Dr. Malcolm and Gloria Long

Dr. Long is a fancy-pants psychologist who sets out to crack the enigma that is Rorschach. In the...

Newspaper People (Doug Roth, Hector Godfrey, and Seymour)

Dougie Roth is editor-in-chief at Nova Express, a left-leaning newspaper, and is the first one to...

Janey Slater

The onetime flame of Dr. Manhattan, she is replaced by Laurie Juspeczyk, who at the time is only...

Max Shea and Hira Manish

Duped into creating Veidt’s giant alien squid (Shea writes the story and Manish designs the...

Moloch (Edgar William Jacobi, Edgar William Vaughn, William Edgar Bright)

This pointy-eared supervillain starts his career off as a magician, then segues into vice clubs,...

President Richard M. Nixon

Tricky Dick, as he’s fondly known, is elected in 1968, both in Watchmen’s world and...

Steven Fine and Joe Bourquin

These two detectives are assigned to the Edward Blake murder case, and are the first characters...