Hi, welcome to Watchmen Wiki!Please log in to edit this wiki.Joining Wikia is free, and it only takes a minute.We hope that you sign in, and become a member of the community!Click here to join this wiki You can view and copy the source of this page. The '''Hiroshima lovers''', or '''shadow lovers''', is a graffiti tag depicting a man and a woman in silhouette, embracing like lovers. The tag is common throughout New York in 1985. It is sprayed onto walls with black paint by [[Knot Tops]], and can be easily mistaken for the shadows of two actual people. A possible reference to the acclaimed 1959 French film, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima_Mon_Amour Hiroshima Mon Amour]. Several characters express uneasiness around the tag. [[Rorschach]] described the tag in his journal as follows: "Silhouette picture in doorway, man and woman, possibly indulging in sexual foreplay. Didn't like it. Makes doorway look haunted."<ref>[[Chapter V: Fearful Symmetry|V:11:5]]</ref> [[Malcolm Long]] commented that "It reminded me of the people disintegrated at Hiroshima, leaving only their indelible shadows."<ref>[[Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also|VI:16:6]]</ref> This graffiti symbolizes the incoming atomic war. The couple seem to embrace each other as a last act of affection before they get obliterated by an atomic bomb, as is enacted in the dream that [[Dan Dreiberg|Dan]] has involving [[Laurie Juspeczyk|Laurie]] and himself during [[Chapter VII: A Brother to Dragons|Chapter VII.]] * The rationalization for sending the giant squid is similar to that of dropping the bomb: killing x number of people is worth it if it means preventing the potential killing of x+y number of people. ==Appearances of the graffiti== * [[Watchmen]] **[[Chapter V: Fearful Symmetry]]: ***V:11:2 - A group of [[Knot Tops]] can be seen defacing an abandoned building with spray cans. ***V:11:5 - [[Rorschach]] inspects the completed tag, which is revealed to be the Hiroshima lovers. ***V:11:7-9 - A group of Knot Tops (possibly the same one) defaces the wall opposite the [[Gunga Diner]] while Rorschach waits inside for a mail drop from [[Moloch]]. ***V:18:1 - The Hiroshima lovers outside the [[Gunga Diner]] can be seen when Rorschach collects the message from Moloch. ***V:23:4 and V:25:1 - Outside the [[Rumrunner]]. **[[Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also]]: ***VI:16:6 ***VI:27:3 * [[Watchmen (TV series)]] ** [[Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship|Episode II: Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship]] *** The Hiroshima lovers is first seen in an alleyway outside of [[Sister Night|Sister Night's]] headquarters and bakery. ==Shadows of embracing lovers== *[[Watchmen]] **[[Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also]]: ***VI:3:2 and VI:3:3 - A young [[Walter Kovacs]] sees the shadow on the bedroom wall of his mother and her client having intercourse. ***VI:4:8 - Walter's mother attacks him, casting a similar shadow on the wall. ***VI:8:5-6 - [[Malcolm Long|Malcolm]] and [[Gloria Long]] cast shadows on the wall of Malcolm's study before going to bed. **[[Chapter VII: A Brother to Dragons]]: ***VII:16:15, 16:16, 17:5, and 17:6 - [[Daniel Dreiberg]] and [[Laurie Juspeczyk]] are silhouetted by a nuclear blast as they embrace in Dan's dream sequence. (Echoing Malcolm Long's comment upon seeing the tag.) **[[Chapter XII: A Stronger Loving World|Chapter XII: A Stronger Loving World]]: ***XII:22:7-8 - Daniel Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk cast shadows in the pool room in [[Karnak]]. The next frame, has a closeup of [[Rorschach's mask]], whose shape mirrors the above-mentioned shadows * [[Watchmen (TV series)]] ** [[A God Walks into Abar|Episode VIII: A God Walks into Abar]] *** Just before [[Angela Abar]] puts [[Adrian Veidt|Adrian Veidt's]] device into [[Cal Abar|Cal Jelani's]] head, the pair cast shadows that look like "Hiroshima Lovers". ==References== <references /> [[Category:Symbolism]] [[Category:Symbolism]] Return to Hiroshima lovers. Retrieved from "https://watchmen.fandom.com/wiki/Hiroshima_lovers"