100+ Best Watchmen Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film based on the 1986–87 DC Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Profoundly inspirational Watchmen quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Watchmen Quotes

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: Speaking of The Comedian, you must be joking right? Edward Blake/Comedian: Watchmen, that’s the real joke.

Sally: Hello?Hollis: Sally.Sally: [surprised] Hollis?Hollis: Yeah.Sally: [laughs] Yes, Hollis Mason, Jesus! All this time you’ve had my number, and you wait until our sunset year to use it?Hollis: Well, it seemed like a special occasion, Sal.Sally: What?Hollis: The TV is reporting – there was a tenement fire last night. There were trapped people, rescued by airship… And, uh, they say the pilot was, uh, dressed like an owl. And it seems he had a sexy woman with him.Sally: [surprised] Laurie? My daughter, Laurie? [Hollis chuckles] I can’t get over Laurie back in costume! Maybe she’ll finally thank me for getting her started in the first place!Hollis: [laughs] You know, Sal… From the sound of your voice, you’re sounding younger than ever.Sally: Oh, well bless you, Hollis… But that’s probably just senility.[Someone knocks on the door]Hollis: Well,it’s been great talking with you, Sal.. But, uh, someone’s knockin’.Sally: Well, don’t get too misty-eyed, thinking about old times. [they chuckle] You take care now, Hollis.Hollis: You too.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: I can change almost anything…but I can’t change human nature.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: All we ever see of stars is their old photographs.

Prison Psychiatrist: You dont like me…. ok, why is that? Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Your fat….

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [to Dr. Manhattan] Suddenly you discover humanity…convenient. [takes off mask.] If you cared from the start, none of this would have happened!

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: You still calling me Walter. I don’t like you.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: God didn’t kill that little girl. Fate didn’t butcher her. 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.

[After The Comedian shoots a pregnant Vietnamese girl for slicing him with a broken bottle]Doctor Manhattan: She was pregnant, and you gunned her down.The Comedian: Yeah, well you know what, you watched me do it. You could have turned the gun into steam, the bullets into mercury, the bottle into goddamn snowflakes, but you didn’t, did you? You really don’t give a damn about human beings. You’re drifting out of touch, Doc. God help us all.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [Final line to Dr. Manhattan who’s about to kill him] Do it!

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: My father was a watch maker. He abandoned it when Einstein discovered time is relative. I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as a photograph of oxygen to a drowning man.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Edward Blake, The Comedian, born 1918, buried in the rain. Murdered. Is that what happens to us? No time for friends? Only our enemies leave roses. Violent lives ending violently. Blake understood. Humans are savage in nature. No matter how much you try to dress it up, to disguise it. Blake saw society’s true face. Chose to be a parody of it, a joke. I heard a joke once. Man goes to doctor, says he’s depressed. Life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says Treatment is simple. The great clown, Pagliacci, is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up. Man bursts into tears. But doctor, he says, I am Pagliacci. Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.

Edward Blake/Comedian: This whole thing is a joke. Once those nukes start flying no one can stop them, not even Dr. Manhattan, and Ozymandias here will be the smartest man on the cinder.

Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: Jon! Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: I know. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Must stop him! Killed Blake, killed millions! Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: Wait right here.

Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: On Mars, you taught me the value of life. If we hope to preserve it here, we must remain silent.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: What are you waiting for? What’s one more body amongst foundations? Rorschach: What’s one more body against foundations? Well what are you waiting for? Do it. DO IT!

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [on being unmasked] Give me back my face!

The Comedian: Watchmen. That’s the real joke.Nite Owl II: Look, Rorschach and I have made real headway on the gang problem by working together.Ozymandias: We can do so much more. We can save this world. [the Comedian scoffs. Ozymandias looks at him pointedly.] With the right leadership.The Comedian: Then that’d be you, right, Ozzy? I mean, I know you’re the smartest man on the planet.Ozymandias: It doesn’t take a genius to see the world has problems.The Comedian: Yeah, but it takes a room full of morons to think they’re small enough for you to handle. You know, mankind’s been trying to kill each other off since the beginning of time; now, we finally have the power to finish the job. Ain’t nothing gonna matter once those nukes start flying; we’ll all be dust. [sets light to a display of the United States.] And Ozymandias here will be the smartest man on the cinder.

Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: I have walked across the surface of the Sun. I have witnessed events so tiny and so fast they can hardly be said to have occurred at all. But you, Adrian, you’re just a man. The world’s smartest man poses no more threat to me than does its smartest termite Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: I have walked across the surface of the Sun. I have witnessed events so tiny and so fast they can hardly be said to have occurred at all. But you, Adrian, you’re just a man. The world’s smartest man poses no more threat to me than does its smartest termite.

Silk Spectre II/Laurie Juspeczyk: People’s lives take them strange places. They do strange things, and sometimes they can’t talk about them… I know how that is.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Rorschach’s Journal: October 12th, 1985. Tonight, a comedian died in New York Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Rorschach’s Journal: October 12th, 1985. Tonight, a comedian died in New York.

The Comedian: Goddamn, I love working on American soil, Dan. Ain’t had this much fun since Woodward and Bernstein.Nite Owl II: How long can we keep this up?The Comedian: Congress is pushing through some new bill that’s gonna outlaw masks. Our days are numbered. Till then, it’s like you always say: we’re society’s only protection.Nite Owl II: From what?The Comedian: You kidding me? From themselves.Nite Owl II: We were supposed to make the world a better place! What the hell happened to us? What happened to the American dream?The Comedian: What happened to the American Dream? It came true! You’re looking at it!

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Keep calling me Walter, I don’t like you. Prison Psychiatrist: You don’t like me…Why’s that? Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: You’re fat.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Took a lot of effort to get in here to see you. I’m not leaving… [teleported away by Dr. Manhattan] …until I’ve had my say.

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: We can do so much more. We can save this world… with the right leadership.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: I feel fear for the last time.

Rorschach: We need to squeeze people.Dan Dreiberg: [sarcastic] Sure. Why don’t we just pick names out of a phone book?Rorschach: You’ve forgot how we do things, Daniel. You’ve gone too soft. Too trusting. Especially with women.Dan Dreiberg: Okay, no, listen: I’ve had it with that! God, who do you think you are, Rorschach?! You live off people while insulting them, and nobody complains because they think you’re a goddamn lunatic! [Uncomfortable beat. Rorschach approaches Dan, who sighs.] I’m sorry. I… I shouldn’t have said that, man.Rorschach: Daniel… You are a good friend. [Extends his hand and Dan takes it.] I know…it can be…difficult with me sometimes…[Dan notices Rorschach is still grasping his hand and pulls it off with the other]Dan Dreiberg: Forget it. It’s okay, man. Let’s do it your way.

Laurie: I’m sorry Dan, I invite you out for a few laughs… but there don’t seem to be many laughs around these days.Dan: What do you expect? The Comedian’s dead.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: You don’t seem to get it…. I’m not locked in here with you; YOU’RE LOCKED IN HERE WITH ME!

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I’ve seen it’s true face..The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout, Save us!…and I’ll look down, and whisper, no. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I’ve seen it’s true face..The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout, ‘Save us!’…and I’ll look down, and whisper, ‘no.’

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Men Get Arrested. Dogs Get Put Down.

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: Don’t bite that you son of a bitch who sent you? I want a name! GIVE ME A NAME!

The Comedian/Edward Blake: It’s a joke. It’s all a fin’ joke. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Not in penthouse. Not in office. What nocturnal proclivities entice the man with everything out into the night at this hour? Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt: Dan, grow up. My new world demands less obvious heroism. Your schoolboy heroics are redundant. What have they achieved? Failing to prevent Earth’s salvation is your only triumph. Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt: The only person with whom I felt any kinship with died three hundred years before the birth of Christ. Alexander of Macedonia, or Alexander the Great, as you know him. The Comedian/Edward Blake: God help us all. Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre: Poor Eddie. Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II: Poor Eddie? After what he did to you? Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: They claim they try to build a heaven yet their heaven is populated with horrors Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: They claim they try to build a heaven yet their heaven is populated with horrors. Richard Nixon: The last gasp of the Harvard establishment. Let’s see them think their way out of fission. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Rorschach’s journal, October 13th 1985. 8:30pm. Meeting with Dreiberg left bad taste in mouth; a flabby failure sits whimpering in his basement. Why are so few of us left active, healthy, and without personality disorders? The First Nite Owl runs an autorepair shop. The first Silk Spectre is a bloated, aging whore dying in a California rest resort. Dollar Bill got his cape stuck on a revolving door where he got gunned down. Silhouette… murdered, a victim of her own indecent lifestyle. Mothman is in an asylum in Maine. Even Adrian Veidt, possible homosexual, must investigate further. Only two names remain on my list. Both share private quarters at Rockefeller Military Research Center. I shall go to them. I shall go tell the indestructible man that someone plans to murder him. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Huh. Never disposed of sewage with a toilet before. Obvious, really. Nite Owl II/Dan Dreiberg: [Surveying the carnage after the Comedian has broken up one of the Keene Act Riots by gleefully shooting rioters] We were supposed to make the world a better place! What the hell happened to us?!…[quiet and broken] …What happened to the American dream? The Comedian/Edward Blake: (Dr. Manhattan tells him that he sounds bitter over American victory in Vietnam) Me? Bitter? F no. I think it’s hilarious.

Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: I’m so disappointed in you Adrian [trying to grab Ozymandias]

The Comedian: This is all bullshit.Ozymandias: You know, for a guy who calls himself The Comedian, I can never tell when you’re joking.The Comedian: Watchmen. That’s the real joke. It didn’t work fifteen years ago, it sure as hell ain’t gonna work now just ’cause you wanna keep playing Cowboys and Indians.Nite Owl II: Maybe we should agree on no drinking at meetings? [Comedian snorts] Look, Rorschach and I have made real headway on the gang problem by working together.Rorschach: With a group this size, it seems like a publicity stunt. [pointedly] Not in it for the ink.Ozymandias: We can do so much more. We can save this world. [the Comedian scoffs. Ozymandias looks at him pointedly] With the right leadership.The Comedian: And that’d be you, right Ozzy? I mean, hell, you’re the smartest man on the planet.Ozymandias: It doesn’t take a genius to see the world has problems.The Comedian: Yeah, but it takes a room full of morons to think they’re small enough for you to handle. You people, you hear Moloch’s back in town, you get your panties all in a bunch… You think catching him matters?Rorschach: [steps forward, angrily] Justice matters! [Nite Owl stops him]The Comedian: [laughs] Justice? Justice is coming for all of us, No matter what the fuck we do. You know, mankind’s been trying to kill each other off since the beginning of time; now, we finally have the power to finish the job. Ain’t nothing gonna matter once those nukes start flying; we’ll all be dust. [sets light to a display of the United States] And Ozymandias here will be the smartest man on the cinder. [walks away, laughing]

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: Janey, don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!

Nite Owl II/Dan Dreiberg: Okay, no, listen: I’ve had it with that! God, who do you think you are, Rorschach? You live off people while insulting them, and nobody complains because they think you’re a goddamned lunatic!

Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt: I’m not a comic book villain. Do you seriously think I’d explain my masterstroke to you if there were even the slightest possibility you could affect the outcome? I triggered it thirty-five minutes ago.

Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: Please go away. Please go away. I said LEAVE ME ALONE!

Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: You haven’t idealized mankind. You’ve mutilated it! That’s your legacy. Nite Owl: You haven’t idealized mankind. You’ve mutilated it! That’s the real practical joke.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: In my opinion, the existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon.

Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre: I’m 67 years old. Every day, the future looks a little bit darker. But the past… …even the grimy parts of it… …keep on getting brighter. Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre: I’m 67 years old. Every day, the future looks a little bit darker. But the past, even the grimy parts of it, keep on getting brighter.

The Comedian/Edward Blake: I’ve done some bad things. I did bad things to women. I shot kids. You know, in ‘Nam. But that was FING WAR! But this? I’ve never seen anything like this. And here I am, spilling my guts to one of my archenemies. The truth is, you’re the closest thing to a friend I’ve got. What the f does that say?

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: My new world demands less obvious heroism. Your schoolboy heroics are redundant. What have they achieved?

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, ‘Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.’ Man bursts into tears. Says, ‘But doctor… I am Pagliacci.’ Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.

Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II: Such an asshole. [Shoots Adrian] Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: [fakes death and kicks Laurie] Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: Veidt you bastard! If anything happens to her? Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: Then…grow up.

Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: What happened to us? What happened to the American Dream? Edward Blake/Comedian: What happened to the American Dream? It came true! You’re lookin’ at it. Edward Blake/Comedian: ‘What happened to the American Dream?’ It came true! You’re lookin’ at it.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with me Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with me.

Rorschach: Rorschach’s Journal. October 12th, 1985. Dog carcass in alley this morning. Tire tread on burst stomach. This city’s afraid of me. I’ve seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters, and the gutters are full of blood, and when the drains finally scab over all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout Save us! and I’ll whisper No.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: 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.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: I’ve walked across the surface of the sun, seen events so tiny and so fast that they hardly can be said to have occurred at all. But you, Adrian…are just a man. And the world’s smartest man poses no more threat to me than does its smartest termite.

Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: Maybe we should get a cab. These are bad neighborhoods. Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II: Yeah well, I’m in a bad mood.

Silk Spectre II/Laurie Juspeczyk: Your finger is like licking a battery.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Hurm. [repeated line]

Rorschach: An ordinary burglar, kill the Comedian? Ridiculous.Dan Dreiberg: I heard he’d been working for the government since ’77, knocking over Marxist republics in South America. Maybe it was a political killing or something?Rorschach: Maybe. Maybe someone’s picking off costumed heroes.Dan Dreiberg: You don’t think that’s a little paranoid?Rorschach: That what they say about me now? Paranoid?

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: Why would I save a world I no longer have any stake in?

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: (last line before death, to Dr. Manhattan) Well, what are you waiting for? Do it. (does nothing) DO IT!!! Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [last line before death, to Dr. Manhattan] Well, what are you waiting for? Do it. [does nothing] DO IT!

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: Dan? Grow up.

Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt: What, in life, does not deserve celebrating?

Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt: Of course, my moral safeguards gave me pause at the necessary sacrifice. A few key regions around the globe – New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Hong Kong – disintegrated in an instant. Fifteen million people killed by Dr. Manhattan himself. The world’s punishment for flirting with World War III.

Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: When you left me, I left Earth. Does that not show you that I care?

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [on the whereabouts of his mask] Where’s my face?!

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: They call me Doctor Manhattan. They explain the name has been chosen for the ominous associations it will raise in America’s enemies. They are shaping me into something gaudy. Something lethal.

Nite Owl II/Dan Dreiberg: Just like the good old days. What ever happened to them?

[Rorschach enters Doctor Manhattan’s lab]Doctor Manhattan: [continuing his work unfazed] Good evening, Rorschach.Rorschach: Doctor Manhattan. You know why I’m here.Doctor Manhattan: Yes… [powers up device] but you’re going to leave disappointed.Laurie Juspeczyk: Rorschach! [enters room] You shouldn’t be here. You’re a wanted man.Rorschach: Nice to see you too, Silk Spectre.Laurie Juspeczyk: I have a real name I’ve been using a couple years now. Try it.Rorschach: Whatever you say… Laurie.

Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: Blake, she was pregnant. You gunned her down. John McLaughlin: Yeah, that’s right. Pregnant woman. Gunned her down. Bang. And y’know what? You watched me. You could’ve changed the gun into steam or the bullets into mercury or the bottle into snowflakes! You could’ve teleported either of us to goddamn Australia, but you didn’t lift a finger. You really don’t give a damn about human beings, do you.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: The world will look up and shout, ‘Save us!’ Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: And I’ll whisper, ‘No.’

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [to Nite Owl II in Veidt’s office] Ancient Pharaohs looked forward to the end of the world. Believed cadavers would rise to reclaim hearts from golden jars. Hurm. Must currently be holding breath in anticipation.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Do It!

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Rorschach’s journal, October 12th 1985. Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city’s afraid of me. I’ve seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood. And when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout Save us!… and I’ll look down and whisper No. Now the whole world stands on the brink staring down into bloody hell. All those liberals, and intellectuals, and smooth-talkers; and all of a sudden no one can think of anything to say. Beneath me, this awful city, it screams like an abattoir full of retarded children. And the night reeks of fornication and bad consciences.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: I am tired of Earth. These people. Tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.

Silk Spectre II/Laurie Juspeczyk: I’m used to going out at 3 A.M. and doing something stupid.

Nite Owl II/Dan Dreiberg: Watchmen are over.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout Save us!… and I’ll whisper No.

Laurie Juspeczyk: Hey, you remember that guy? The one who pretended to be a supervillain so he could get beaten up? What was his name..? Captain Carnage.Dan Dreiberg: Yeah he was one for the books.Laurie: You’re telling me! I remember, I caught him coming out of this jeweller’s. I didn’t know what his racket was. I start hitting him and I think Jeez! He’s breathing funny! Does he have asthma?Dan: He tried that with me, only I’d heard about him, so I just walked away. He follows me down the street… broad daylight, right, screaming Punish me! PUNISH ME! I’m like No! Get lost!Laurie: What ever happened to him?Dan: Well, he pulled it on Rorschach, and Rorschach dropped him down an elevator shaft.[Pause. They both start laughing]Laurie: Oh, God, I’m sorry, that isn’t funny.Dan: Maybe a little

The Comedian/Edward Blake: (After Rorschach tells him that justice matters) Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what the f*** we do.

Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre: Laurie? Is that you? Thought you’d be used to travelling like that. Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II: Hate it when Jon teleports me.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: It’s too late now. Always has been. Always will be.

Dan Dreiberg: Look, I don’t like what you’re implying. And I like being followed even less.Rorschach: Maybe I was keeping an eye on you. In case someone’s gunning for masks.Dan Dreiberg: You were never that sentimental.Rorschach: Attack on one is an attack on all of us.Dan Dreiberg: What do you suggest we do about it?Rorschach: Retribution.Dan Dreiberg: Watchmen are over.Rorschach: Says Tricky Dick.Dan Dreiberg: Says me.

The Comedian/Edward Blake: (While shooting gleefully into a crowd of rioters, Nite Owl asks him what happened to the American Dream) What happened to the American dream? It came true! You’re looking at it!

Dan: So, I’ve been thinking… I feel that we have an obligation to our fraternity; I think we oughta spring Rorschach.Laurie: …What?Dan: Someone set him up. And this whole cancer thing, with Jon… It just doesn’t make sense; You didn’t get it.Laurie: Yeah, but breaking into a maximum security prison is a little different than putting out a fire.Dan: Yeah, you’re right – it’ll be more fun.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: (In Prison) I am not locked in here with you. You are locked in with me! Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [in prison] I am not locked in here with you. You are locked in with me!

Doctor Manhattan: Why would I save a world I no longer have any stake in?Laurie Juspeczyk: Then do it for me. If you ever cared.Doctor Manhattan: When you left me, I left Earth. Does that not show you that I care?

Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl: Is that bean juice? Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Yeah, human bean juice.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you… you’re locked in here with me!

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Never compromise Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Never compromise.

Silk Spectre II/Laurie Juspeczyk: Oh my God…I’m on Mars.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: I don’t mind being the smartest man in the world, I just wish it wasn’t this one.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: When you left me, I left Earth. Does that not show you I care?

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: Do that, Dan? I’m not a comic book villain. I triggered it 35 minutes ago. Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: I triggered it 35 minutes ago.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Your turn doctor Tell me, what do you see? Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Your turn doctor. Tell me! [he slides his mask back down over his face] What do you see?

Adrian Veidt: [Nixon finishes his speech on Veidt’s TVs] Do you see? It’s your super powers retreating from war. I’ve saved the Earth from hell. We both have. This is as much your victory as it is mine. Now we can return. Do what we were meant to.Rorschach: We were meant to exact justice! Everyone’s gonna know what you’ve done…Adrian Veidt: Will they? By exposing me, you would sacrifice the peace so many died for today.Dan Dreiberg: Peace based on a lie.Adrian Veidt: But peace! Nonetheless.Jon Osterman: …He’s right. Exposing Adrian would only doom the world to nuclear destruction again.Laurie Juspeczyk: No… we can’t do this.Jon Osterman: On Mars, you taught me the value of life. If we hope to preserve it here, we must remain silent.Rorschach: Keep your own secrets…[The others look as Rorscach leaves, then Jon and Adrian make eye contact]Dan Dreiberg: Don’t even think about it.[Goes after Rorscach]Dan Dreiberg: Rorscach! Wait.Rorschach: [Turns] Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon. That’s always been the difference between us, Daniel.[Leaves the building]Adrian Veidt: I’ve made myself feel every death… see every innocent face I’ve murdered to save humanity.[Turns to Jon]Adrian Veidt: You understand, don’t you?Jon Osterman: Without condoning… or condemning. I understand.

Rorschach: I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with me!

Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman: Would you please go away? Please leave me alone. I said LEAVE ME ALONE! [exiles to Mars]

The Comedian/Edward Blake: You know, mankind’s been trying to kill each other off since the beginning of time; now, we finally have the power to finish the job. Ain’t nothing gonna matter once those nukes start flying; we’ll all be dust. [sets fire to a map of the United States.] And Ozymandias here will be the smartest man on the cinder.

Prison Psychiatrist: Tell me what you see. Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [flashback] A pretty butterfly. Prison Psychiatrist: Now what do you see? Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [flashback] Some nice flowers. Prison Psychiatrist: [shows the third one] Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [flashback] Clouds.

Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt: You see, the Comedian was right. Humanity’s savage nature will inevitably lead to global annihilation. So in order to save this planet, I had to trick it. With the greatest practical joke in human history.

Laurie Juspeczyk: Jon thinks that there’s gonna be a nuclear war.Dan Dreiberg: What if that’s why someone wants us out of the way? So we can’t do anything to stop it?

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: It doesnt take a genius to see that the world has problems Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: It doesnt take a genius to see that the world has problems. Edward Blake/Comedian: No, but it takes a room full of morons to think they’re small enough for you to handle Edward Blake/Comedian: No, but it takes a room full of morons to think they’re small enough for you to handle.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: An attack on one is an attack on all of us.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [discovering that Edward Blake was The Comedian.] Tonight, a comedian died in New York. Somebody knows why… somebody knows.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon. That’s always been the difference between us, Daniel.

Doctor Manhattan/Dr. Jon Osterman: Miracles. Events with astronomical odds of occurring, like oxygen turning into gold. I’ve longed to witness such an event, and yet I neglect that in human coupling, millions upon millions of cells compete to create life, for generation after generation until, finally, your mother loves a man: Edward Blake, the Comedian, a man she has every reason to hate, and out of that contradiction, against unfathomable odds, it’s you – only you -Â that emerged. To distill so specific a form, from all that chaos; it’s like turning air into gold. A miracle. Now dry your eyes, and let’s go home.

[Outside of Karnak; Dr. Manhattan confronts Rorschach before he can leave]Rorschach: Out of my way. People have to be told!Doctor Manhattan: You know I can’t let you do that.Rorschach: Suddenly, you discover humanity. Convenient. [Takes off mask.] If you’d cared from the start, none of this would’ve happened.Doctor Manhattan: I can change almost anything. But I can’t change human nature.Rorschach: Of course you must protect Veidt’s new utopia. What’s one more body amongst the foundations? [Pause] Well, what are you waiting for? Do it. [Manhattan hesitates] DO IT! [Dr. Manhattan raises his hand and kills Rorschach]Nite Owl: [horrified] NO!!!

Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt: Well, it was unprecedented. I wanted… needed to match his accomplishments, and so I resolved to apply antiquity’s teaching to our world, today. And so began my path to conquest. Conquest not of men, but of the evils that beset them.

Rorschach/Walter Kovacs: [As the Owlship careens out of control] Daniel… Do not wish to interfere with operation of ship, but perhaps you should pull up sharply…

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