Watchmen Wiki

Richard Nixon.jpg

Richard Milhous Nixon is the 37th president of the United States.


Political Career

Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Richard Nixon was guarded by Eddie Blake in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.[1]

President of the United States

Vietnam War

Elected president of the United States in 1968, Nixon asks Doctor Manhattan to intervene in Vietnam, thereby ensuring a U.S. victory in the war.[2] In June 1971 Nixon visited Vietnam on a helicopter for the celebrations. The Comedian implied that this would ensure Nixon's future political victories.[3]

Beyond Term Limits

With the success of the Vietnam War, the repeal of the 22nd Amendment[2][4], the murders of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein[5], who would otherwise have exposed the Watergate Scandal, and the Comedian's successful intervention in the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979, Nixon is reelected repeatedly. During his fifth reelection campaign in 1984, Nixon went with the slogan "Stick with Dick".[6] In October 1985 the Nova Express mentions Nixon receiving a "3rd Presidential Heart Op".[3]

Cold War

Soviets Invade Afghanistan

When Doctor Manhattan left for Mars, Nixon discussed in a war room with Henry Kissinger, G. Gordon Liddy and army Generals about the Soviet Union's reaction and the outcome of the Cold War.[7] The Russians invaded Afghanistan and when Pakistan calls for help, Nixon tells Congress that America would consider her options[8] When the fight spilled into Pakistan, Nixon stated that U.S. will respond with maximum force.[9]


In early November 1985, DEFCON 2 was reached. After taking Pat Nixon somewhere safe, Nixon took the nuclear heads controls and flew to the NORAD complex on Air Force One. There he joined Henry Kissinger and G. Gordon Liddy and entered a war room.[10]

Attack on New York City

On November 2, 1985, New York City was devastated by a squid-like monster believed to be an alien from another dimension; in reality it was a genetically engineered creature manufactured by Adrian Veidt. Because of the attack Nixon cancels DEFCON 2, and he and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to ceasing all hostilities and calling for cooperation between the West and East Blocs to face the false-flag alien threat manufactured by Veidt.[11]

Biography/HBO Timeline

Final Term

During his reelection campaign, Nixon faced new potential candidates for the presidency, including actor Robert Redford, the Democratic nominee. Nixon, however, managed to defeat Redford.

Nixon's victory, as well as his sixth term, were short-lived as he finally died in office in 1989, resulting in his vice-president, Gerald Ford, taking over as President of the United States.


Although Nixon was added as the fifth head of Mount Rushmore, his presidency, however, did not age well. His victory in Vietnam has been widely controversial, as it has been viewed as an imperialist act resulting in rising tensions from the Vietnamese Liberation Front and the growing “Free Vietnam” movement supported by several nations including the United Kingdom and China.

His name became associated with Nixonvilles, a series of trailer parks that features a caricatured statue of Nixon holding up two peace signs with his hands. One notable location in Tulsa, Oklahoma is the home to several members of the Seventh Kavalry, a white supremacist group.

In the span of a few decades, Nixon went from a populist hero to reviled toxic figure in history.


In the film adaptation, Nixon is played by English actor Robert Wisden. In the extended cut of the film, Nixon's role is expanded from both the graphic novel and the original cut.[12]


  • In Watchmen's fictionalized version of history, after Edward Blake kills the reporters who would have uncovered Watergate, Richard Nixon sponsors the repeal of the 22nd amendment to the constitution in order to abolish term limits. In reality, he resigned in order to avoid being impeached as a result of the scandal.
  • The repeal of the 22nd Amendment allowed Richard Nixon to run for at least four consecutive terms. Subsequently, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan never become President of the United States in the Watchmen universe.

Behind the Scenes

  • Alan Moore chose Richard Nixon as the President of the United States in Watchmen's alternate 1985 setting because he was concerned that using then-current president Ronald Reagan would have turned off readers who supported the politician. “You’re not going to get much argument Nixon was scum,” Moore told Entertainment Weekly in 2005.



External Links


ve Watchmen characters
Costumed adventurers
Minutemen Captain MetropolisHooded JusticeNite Owl IThe ComedianSilk Spectre IDollar BillMothmanSilhouette
Crimebusters Captain MetropolisDoctor ManhattanRorschachThe ComedianOzymandiasNite Owl IISilk Spectre II
Tulsa PD masks Sister NightLooking GlassPandaPirate JennyRed Scare
Other vigilantes Reggie Long
Criminals & villains
Costumed villains Captain AxisCaptain CarnageClaude BokeMoloch the MysticErika MansonJimmy the GimmickKing MobKing of SkinLiquidatorMarco MaezScreaming SkullSpacemanTwilight Lady
Knot Tops AlineLawrenceRoxi
Seventh Kavalry CarmichaelThe SuspectRenee
Cyclops Judd CrawfordJane CrawfordJoe KeeneJohn David Keene
Criminals Big FigureDerfGeorge PatersonGerald Anthony GriceHarvey Charles FurnissMichaelOtisRolf MüllerRoy Victor ChessUnderboss
Government & law enforcement
Politicians Alexander HaigJane CrawfordJoe KeeneJohn David Keene
New York PD CapaldiFrancis GiancarloCharlie GreavesHollis MasonJoe BourquinSamuel J. BattleShawSteven FineWillis
Tulsa PD Charlie SuttonJudd Crawford
FBI Dale PeteyKaufaxLaurie JuspeczykLuxem
Military ForbesGregHoldenJ. SandersonPetermanPiercePitch
Other Anthony RandolphMulhearneyWilliam Parker
Partners & family of masked adventurers

Adrian Veidt: Ingrid Renata Veidt
Angela Abar: Calvin AbarEmma AbarTopher AbarMarcus AbarRuth RobesonO.B. Williams
Eddie Blake: Vietnamese woman
Hollis Mason: Hollis Wordsworth MasonLiantha Mason
Jon Osterman: Inge Osterman
Laurie Juspeczyk/Sally Jupiter: Bella JuspeczykLaurence Schexnayder
Nelson Gardner: Norbert Veldon
Reggie Long: Gloria LongMalcolm Long
Ursula Zandt: Blanche ZandtGretchen Slovak
Walter Kovacs: Peter Joseph KovacsSylvia Kovacs

Notable others BernardBernieLady TrieuWill ReevesMs. CrookshanksMr. PhillipsBian My
Journalists Alan MorganAlain GuillonAlan MorganDoug RothHector GodfreyJim WeissMike GreenvilleSeymourTed KoppelTed PhilipsTina PriceWilliam F. Buckley Jr.Zelda
Scientists Ed CoreyWhittaker FurnesseJaney SlaterJon OstermanMilton GlassTungrenWally Weaver
Artists Hira ManishJoe OrlandoLinette PaleyMax SheaNorman LeithVargaWalt Feinberg
Writers DeniseHal EisnerJames Trafford March
Celebrities Edmund TaylorIrwinJanet SmithJeremy MillerRed D'Eath
Others Abie, Howe, Cheatem and DeweyAngela NeubergBella JuspeczykBlair RocheCarol-AnneChuckDavidDexter RedbackDolores ShairpFantasticoRalphHappy HarryJacobJimmyJoeyLeo WinstonMarieMarlaMoe VernonMrs. HirschMrs. MusanteMusanteOscar HuberRandyRichardsonRobert DeschainesRosaSheilaSteveTinoTino Musante Jr.Watch Seller
Based on real world persons
Politicians Dwight D. EisenhowerRobert RedfordFranklin D. RooseveltGerald R. FordHarry S. TrumanHenry KissingerJ. Edgar HooverJohn F. KennedyLyndon B. JohnsonRichard M. NixonRobert F. Kennedy
Others Eleanor CliftG. Gordon LiddyJackie KennedyKitty GenoveseSam GiancanaLee IacoccaPat BuchananRamses II
Celebrities Cassius ClayJohn McLaughlin
Animals & creatures
Alien MonsterBubastisFred and BarneyPhantom
DC Rebirth crossover characters
BatmanJohnny ThunderClark Kent