Watchmen

Watchmen

by

Alan Moore

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Nelson Gardner (Captain Metropolis) Character Analysis

Captain Metropolis is a first-generation vigilante hero who establishes the Minutemen with the help of Sally Jupiter. After the Minutemen disband in 1949, an aging Captain Metropolis tries to form the Crimebusters in 1966. However, the group immediately falls apart, and Edward Blake accuses Captain Metropolis of only wanting to prove that he is still capable in his old age.
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Nelson Gardner (Captain Metropolis) Character Timeline in Watchmen

The timeline below shows where the character Nelson Gardner (Captain Metropolis) appears in Watchmen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Absent Friends
Heroes, Villains, and Vigilantes Theme Icon
Moralist vs. Utilitarian Ethics Theme Icon
Identity and Empowerment Theme Icon
American Corruption and Patriotism Theme Icon
Adrian Veidt stands at Edward Blake’s funeral. He flashes back to decades before, when Captain Metropolis holds a meeting to try to organize the current heroes into the Crimebusters, a follow-up... (full context)
Heroes, Villains, and Vigilantes Theme Icon
American Corruption and Patriotism Theme Icon
Hollis recalls that the Minutemen formed in 1939, when Captain Metropolis convinced Sally’s agent—and later, husband—Laurence Schexnayder to organize a publicity campaign. Given all of the... (full context)
Chapter 4: Watchmaker
Heroes, Villains, and Vigilantes Theme Icon
Nihilism and Meaning Theme Icon
...he claims he’s unable. In 1966, Jon sees 16-year-old Laurie for the first time when Captain Metropolis tries to form the Crimebusters. Janey notices him staring at Laurie and hates him for... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Darkness of Mere Being
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...to turn what would have been a super-hero movie about her into an adult film. Captain Metropolis writes her a letter suggesting that they team up and begin forming the Minutemen. Laurence... (full context)