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I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert... near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:

And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away

Summary

Adrian Alexander Veidt, a.k.a. Ozymandias is the main antagonist of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, published by DC Comics. Named Ozymandias in the manner of Ramesses II, his name recalls the famous poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, which takes as its theme the fleeting nature of empire.

Adrian 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 saw a psychedelic hallucination which inspired him to become a superhero. Returning to America, he named himself "Ozymandias" and became both a costumed vigilante, focusing particularly on organized crime, and a multi-billionaire businessman, 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. This, coupled with the existence of Doctor Manhattan and the threat he posed to the entire human race, drove Ozymandias to a compulsive obsession with attaining world peace, regardless of the means necessary.

Powers and Stats

Tier: 9-B

Name: Adrian Alexander Veidt, Ozymandias

Origin: DC Comics (Watchmen)

Gender: Male

Age: 47 as of Watchmen (Born in 1939)

Classification: Human, Former Crime-fighting Vigilante, Corporate Businessman, "Smartest Man Alive"

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Superhuman Intellect, Enhanced Senses (Is capable of sensing nearby danger, has superhuman precision, isn't affected by thick, drug filled fog which makes normal men unable to see and struggle to breath) Martial Arts Mastery, and Eidetic Memory

Attack Potency: Wall level (Even while early on in his training, he could already shatter stone with his fists and support his weight with one finger. Smashed through wood planks. Shattered a bully's kneecap as a pre-teen. Casually broke a thug's arm one-handed. Easily beat both Rorschach and Nite Owl in combat, while calmly delivering a speech. With Nite Owl being able to crack walls with his strength.)

Speed: Supersonic+ Combat & Reaction Speed (Claims he can catch a bullet with ease, and proves capable of doing so. Blocked a bullet from point-blank range and dodged machine-gun fire from behind. Considers fractions of seconds to be a long time. Stated to move at speeds impossible for a human. When he fights, he is capable of quickly calculating every possible move of his opponents and every conceivable outcome of the battle in an instant, allowing him to blitz his opponents with ease.)

Lifting Strength: Superhuman

Striking Strength: Wall Class

Durability: Wall level (Completely unharmed by the attacks of Rorschach, Nite Owl, and the Comedian)

Stamina: Superhuman

Range: Standard Melee Range

Standard Equipment: His Costume, a Headband which serves as a throwing weapon, Throwing Stilettos

Intelligence: Extraordinary Genius. (Understood letters at the age of 2, taught himself to read and then read 24 Encyclopedias at the age of 4. Got an impossibly high score in an Aptitude Test at the age of 6. Entered a dojo as a pre-teen and graduated faster than any other student. Graduated highschool at 14 and was taking post-graduate courses in Harvard at 17. Traveled the world and mastered numerous martial-arts styles, fields of studies and language. Perfectly mastered the Stock Market simply by reading the papers. Read through every Sci-Fi novel and watched every Sci-Fi movie and TV Show ever published. Created revolutionary technology by studying Doctor Manhattan, going as far as creating an "alien monster" to destroy New York City)

Feats: Respect Thread, covering Comic & Movie versions

Weaknesses: None Notable.

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