Characters of Watchmen
The six main characters of the 1986 comic
book limited series Watchmen (from left to
right): Ozymandias, The Silk Spectre II, Doc-
tor Manhattan, The Comedian (kneeling), The
Nite Owl II, and Rorschach.
Watchmen is a twelve-issue comic book lim-
ited series created by Alan Moore, Dave Gib-
bons, and John Higgins, and was initially pub-
lished by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987.
Watchmen focuses on six main characters:
The Comedian, Doctor Manhattan, The Nite
Owl II, Ozymandias, Rorschach, and The Silk
Spectre II. These characters are primarily
based on superhero properties DC had ac-
quired from Charlton Comics in the early
1980s. Series writer Alan Moore created the
main characters to present six "radically op-
posing ways" to perceive the world, and to
give readers of the story the privilege of de-
termining which one was most morally com-
The Comedian (Edward Morgan
The Comedian is Edward Morgan Blake, who
began his vigilante career in the 1940s as a
teenager. Over the years, he became a patri-
otic hero for the United States. The Comedi-
an was based on the Charlton Comics charac-
ter Peacemaker, with elements of the Marvel
Comics spy character Nick Fury added.
Moore and Gibbons saw The Comedian as "a
kind of Gordon Liddy character, only a much
bigger, tougher guy".
Already deceased when the story begins,
his murder is what sets the plot of Watchmen
in motion. The character appears throughout
the story in flashbacks and aspects of his per-
sonality are revealed by other characters.
Richard Reynolds described The Comedian as
"ruthless, cynical, and nihilistic, and yet cap-
able of deeper insights than the others into
the role of the costumed hero". He and
Doctor Manhattan are the only two superher-
oes to be government-sanctioned after the
Keene Act banning vigilantism is passed.
In the Watchmen film he is played by Jef-
frey Dean Morgan.
Doctor Manhattan (Dr. Jon
Scientist Jonathan "Jon" Osterman was trans-
formed into a blue-skinned