Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias)

Basic information:

Real name: Adrian Alexander Veidt
Nickname: ~
Former Aliases: ~
Current Alias: Ozymandias.
Age: 45.
Species: Human.
Birthday: 2nd of July 1939.
Zodiac sign: Cancer..
Occupation: Scientist (Former), Businessman & Vigilante (Current)
Verses: Middle 80s or modern (For modern verses, he will be the same age or younger, or else it would be inappropriate)
Sexual orientation: Bisexual (that's been confirmed, it's not me).


Height: 6'0''.
Weight: 160 lbs.
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Blonde.
Family Members: Ingrid Renata Veidt (mother, deceased), Friedrich Werner Veidt (father, deceased).


Alignment: Lawful Evil (or Lawful Neutral).
Likes: Alexander The Great, success (more to be added).
Dislikes: ~
Hobbies: Being a vigilante.
Weakness: ~
Adrian Veidt had an extremely colorful personality which gave him the large reputation of being caring, conscientious and a pacifist, who was a vegetarian and never resulted in killing during his career, although he had to change his stance by killing innocent people, as well as his own associates as to not leave any traces of his nefarious plan. Veidt was one of the most respectful and consistently liberal-leaning of the costumed adventurers and as a mogul, he was known as a benevolent philanthropist. Due to his political leanings, Veidt faced several critics including the right-wing newspaper New Frontiersman, and the Comedian, who called him "an intellectual dilettante that dabs in national affairs that shouldn't concern him".

Veidt was a polymath who possessed great and detailed knowledge and facts from a variety of disciplines including science, art, religion, and philosophy. Futurology is one of the most interesting subjects for him. Veidt has also shown a strong liking towards classical, electronic, and avant-garde music artists like John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bernhard Lang, Pierre Henry, and Terry Riley; he has even shown interest in dub music.

Despite his caring, pacifistic and conscientious demeanor, Veidt actually kept his true colors hidden from anyone else. His true nature was revealed to be that of an extremely arrogant, egotistical and cold individual with a god complex which appeared to be the ultimate personification of destruction following the reason that his plan is known to be destructive, and that is Veidt's best-known feature which is that his destructive personality knows no limits, and even if he is aware to the dangerous consequences of his plan, he doesn't show even a little bit of compassion, mercy or even consideration about the innocent lives which his plan is taking part of, which means that he is a truly sinister and psychotic individual. Although he doesn't show any compassion or mercy towards the innocent people that he wipes out in the path, he is not enjoying their deaths or their pain, but he indeed enjoys seeing that his plan succeeds, and this is what he likes; success.


Adrian Veidt was born in 1939, the son of rich immigrant parents, he was found to be incredibly intelligent. After his parents and his teachers became suspicious of his grades, he successfully hid his intelligence by deliberately achieving average grades. After his parents' deaths, he inherited their substantial fortune at age 17, but chose to give it all to charity. Veidt then embarked on a vision quest, following the route of Alexander the Great - a childhood idol - throughout the Mediterranean, Asia Minor, and former ancient Persia.

It was during this journey that he consumed a ball of hashish and decided to become a superhero. Returning to America, he named himself "Ozymandias" and became a costumed vigilante, focusing particularly on organized crime and earning a reputation as "the smartest man on the planet." However, his own cases robbed him of the idealistic belief that battling crime would truly lessen evil and suffering in the world. This was brought to a head when an abortive attempt to organize a new superhero team was disrupted by the Comedian, who noted in his brutally apt way exactly how petty the doings of the costumed heroes were in a world where the threat of nuclear war hung overhead, and how powerless they were to stop it. Veidt was inspired to do just that.

In 1975, two years before vigilante crime fighters were banned by the "Keene Act," Veidt retired from superheroism, marketing his image for money. This helps bankroll his scheme of creating a catastrophic event and deceive the world into uniting against a common enemy, in Veidt's case, a horrific alien invasion. To that end, he employed geneticists to clone the stolen brain of a murdered psychic and use it to create such a creature with a group of artists and creative personnel to help create the illusion. He also invents a limited form of teleportation based in part on the studies of (and studies by) Doctor Manhattan. Upon completion, he arranged the murder of all of his accomplices to maintain the illusion.

To prevent Doctor Manhattan from interfering, he hired old associates of the superhero and secretly exposed them to radiation to induce terminal cancer in them, then engineered a rumor that Manhattan was responsible, causing Doctor Manhattan to exile himself to Mars and thereby setting off a chain of events that threaten to start a global war. When the Comedian inadvertently learned of Veidt's plans, Veidt personally murdered him as well. The death of the Comedian caught the attention of Rorschach, who investigated the crime and mistakenly theorized that there existed a conspiracy to murder masked adventurers. Although Veidt arranged an assassination attempt on himself to throw off suspicion, he framed Rorschach on a murder charge to get him out of the way.

Unknown to him, the current Nite-Owl and Silk Spectre grew to believe that Rorschach's investigation had merit and sprung him from prison to investigate the matter. In addition, Dr. Manhattan took Silk Spectre to Mars where she convinced him to return to Earth.

However, the superheroes were unable to stop the fulfillment of Veidt's scheme, which led to the deaths of over three million people in New York City. The world governments fell for this ruse and agreed to a union to oppose this new alien menace. Seeing as how Veidt's plot had the desired effect of uniting the nations of the world and averting a possible nuclear war, Doctor Manhattan, Nite-Owl and Silk Spectre agree to keep silent about what they know, as it would only plunge the world back to the brink of disaster. Rorschach alone refuses to keep silent, telling Doctor Manhattan that he will never compromise, not even in the face of Armageddon, Doctor Manhattan must kill Rorschach before he can tell anybody what he knows, and does so. When Veidt asks the precognitive Doctor Manhattan for verification that he did "the right thing" and that his plans "worked out in the end," Doctor Manhattan can only reply that nothing ever ends, leaving Veidt once again in doubt as to whether or not his plan was successful.

When Veidt's plan to unite the world failed after Rorshachs' journal was published, he went underground. He allied with Rorshach's successor Reginald Long to save the world, which had become chaotic after the departure of Doctor Manhattan. To that end, he had been trying to seek out Manhattan, who he believed could restore order in the world.[4] Veidt discovered he was able to track Manhattan by following his electron trail. After rebuilding the Owl Ship to withstand quantum tunneling, Veidt was able to transport himself to the universe Manhattan had traveled to. After arriving in this mysterious new world both alike and unlike his own, Veidt sought out Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne, the two smartest men in this world, to aid him in his journey of finding Doctor Manhattan. He then informs Luthor of his attempt to unite the world before The Comedian, somehow back from the dead and on Prime Earth, attempts to kill Veidt. Veidt and The Comedian fought, and eventually Veidt jumped out the window and collapsed on top of a car. The Comedian escaped and Veidt was taken to the hospital, accused of being an assassin trying to purposely kill Lex Luthor.

He wakes up in the hospital, escapes, and returns to the Owl Ship after retrieving Bubastis and his costume. There, he meets Batman, who was waiting for him. He threw Batman out of the Owl Ship, onto a group of violent protesters.He picks up Johnny Thunder, Rorschach II, and Saturn Girl in the Owl Ship and uses the Green Lantern and Bubastis to summon Dr. Manhattan. Manhattan reveals that he never had cancer and Veidt confesses that he lied to recruit Reggie to his cause. He also reveals that Korvacs broke Reggie's father and that he and Reggie's mother separated. After Jon leaves, Reggie beats him up. Veidt then attacks Irma and Johnny and takes them hostage. Veidt reveals that he leaked Stein's involvement in the Superman theory to Pohzar to put strain on Firestorm and that he and Bubastis caused the explosion in Russia to frame Superman and Firestorm, all in a desperate attempt to save Prime Earth and the Watchmen earth.

After he realizes that Jon had undone his alterations to the timeline on Prime Earth, he remarks that he succeeded again. He also let Batman take the evidence on his ship to expose the truth of his involvement in Firestorm's explosion. Veidt is then teleported to Jon's location where he is shot by The Comedian. He is however saved from bleeding out by Long, who refuses to allow Adrian to become a martyr for his own ego and intends to see him punished for his crimes. Jon Takes him back to their universe, preventing the nuclear holocaust from ever happening. Veidt is then placed under arrest and imprisoned in the building that was once his own corporate headquarters. His past actions lead to an orphan named Cleopatra Pak becoming obsessed with his life and she adopts Bubastis II, calling herself "Nostalgia" when she becomes 16 years old.


• Ozymandias is based on the Charlton Comics character Thunderbolt. Alan Moore had liked the idea of a character who "us[ed] the full 100% of his brain" and "[had] complete physical and mental control."
• Ozymandias' name is a reference to the Greek name of Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II.
• The original Watchmen comic implied a few times that Veidt was homosexual, but Before Watchmen disputed this and instead revealed him to be bisexual.
• He's the smartest man alive and a former costumed crime-fighter.
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