The survivor is the nameless narrator of the pirate comic, which is read by an unnamed character throughout the novel. After the survivor’s ship and crew are destroyed by pirates, the survivor becomes convinced that the pirates will sail to his home and murder his family as well. He makes his way to his hometown, growing more desperate and crazed the closer he gets. When he reaches his hometown, he accidentally murders his wife, believing that she is a pirate who’s already murdered his family.
The Survivor Character Timeline in Watchmen
The timeline below shows where the character The Survivor appears in Watchmen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Judge of All the Earth
...Express, which insinuates that Dr. Manhattan gives people terminal cancer. In the pirate comic, the survivor worries that the pirates will go to his home village and murder his family unless... (full context)
...Manhattan’s disappearance. They suspect the Communists are somehow to blame. In the pirate comic, the survivor digs a pit to bury all the dead bodies washed up on shore. He thinks... (full context)
Chapter 5: Fearful Symmetry
Chapter 8: Old Ghosts
Chapter 10: Two Riders Were Approaching
Chapter 11: Look on My Works, Ye Mighty…