Who watches the Watchman? Sarina Tahan

is it you?
is it me?
ULTIMATELY, it's them.

Each must follow his own ideology to determine if his actions are just. Because no one else is capable of the task.

The comedian aka Edward Morgan blake.

Watchmen begins with the death of the Comedian. People describe him as “ruthless, cynical, and nihilistic.”

“Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.” –Alan Moore

Even though he is painted as a villain and has little regard for human life, he still follows his own ideology. He treats everything he has ever done as a joke thus never fully accepting the severity of his actions. Despite his cruel nature, he is not completely heartless. When he discovers Ozymandias’s plan to annihilate most of New York, he is shaken to his core. Even he can’t believe that anyone could do this. And while trying to warn his daughter Laurie Juspeczyk of the plan, he is killed. The Comedian may be amoral, but he attempted to watch Ozymandias when no one else did.

Rorschach AKA Walter JOESPH Kovacs

The majority of Watchmen is narrated by Rorschach’s journal. He is introduced as the only active masked vigilante who does not work for the government. He is seen as a protagonist, but he is ruthless in punishing evil. His ideology is that the world is only in black and white. There are no shades of gray. He exacts justice on those he thinks deserve it, and he believes that he has to because no one else will.

“You see, Doctor, God didn't kill that little girl. Fate didn't butcher her and destiny didn't feed her to those dogs. If God saw what any of us did that night, he didn't seem to mind. From then on I knew... God doesn't make the world this way. We do.” –Alan Moore

Rorschach points out that God, or anyone for that matter, does not watch the watchmen. They are able to do as they please, and their only obstacle is themselves. When he was made aware of Ozymandias’s plan, he is the one who saw his actions as evil, and insisted that they should be revealed to the public. But he is killed by Dr. Manhattan before he can do so. Is it wrong to kill someone for standing up for what he/she believe in? I think so. Even though he is an extremely right-wing character, he follows a strict moral code to determine what is right and what is wrong. And he uses it to also watch the actions of his fellow vigilantes especially in his investigation of the Comedian's death.

Dr. manhattan aka Jon Osterman

After a nuclear explosion, Jon Osterman is transformed into a 'god' with actual superpowers. He has superhuman strength, telekinesis, teleportation, clairvoyance, and he can perceive the past, present and future simultaneously. The government, who employs him, gives him the name “Dr. Manhattan”. He is seen as a hero and protector due to his role in the Cold War. Throughout the comic, he is becomes further detached from humans — his only link to humanity being Laurie.

"I am tired of Earth, these people. I'm tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives." –Alan Moore

He leaves Earth because he thinks he is a threat to others — causing cancer. At some level, he still cares for the human race.

Although he is extremely powerful, he rarely watches over the other watchmen. He believes that he cannot prevent events to happen because they are already predetermined. He refuses to intervene neither for the greater good nor evil. However, his hope for the human race is renewed when Laurie tells him that the Comedian is her father. Although he is too late to stop Ozymandias’s plan, he still forces him to reflect on his decisions in Antarctica. And then he murders Rorschach to keep the plan a secret, which he thinks is the best thing for humanity. At the end of the comic, he departs Earth — leaving the watchmen to serve as their own watchers.

we all are.
Ozymandias aka Adrian Veidt

Although Ozymandias was a former superhero, he is now a businessman who has ventured over to the dark side. He is described as the “smartest man in the world”. He plans to help Earth toward utopia by enacting a catastrophe. However, he is not completely evil. He is just a man who truly believes that the destruction of an entire city is worth it to save the entire world.

“Do it? Dan, I'm not a Republic Serial villain. Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it thirty-five minutes ago.” –Alan Moore

The rest of the watchmen fail to stop him, even Dr. Manhattan. But after his plan is executed, Ozymandias questions his actions. He starts to serve as his own watcher. He wonders if it actually worked? And if he was justified in killing three million people? The story ends without a concrete answer. But I say no — every life is significant. However, my opinion hardly matters because in the end, the only person who can truly watch over him is himself.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?

The easy answer? ourselves.

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