For fans of comic books and alternate history, it gets little better than Watchmen. Despite not being classic superheroes complete with myriad superpowers and endless drives for doing good, those who graced the ranks of Watchmen and their predecessors, Minutemen, were far more complex and more realistic, as their personalities and backgrounds individually balanced good and evil, trauma and true heroics, making them classic anti-heroes. Because of it, the series developed a cult following that eventually helped it make an appearance on the silver screen. And thanks to the genius of Alan Moore, its primary writer, the Watchmen world is rife with unique and interesting characters from which to derive a plethora of themed dog names.
Watchmen Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
As mentioned above, the “heroes” of the Watchmen series, as well as their Minutemen predecessors, were about as far from the traditional superheroes as one could get. Many of them had dark and difficult pasts that led to their desire to become superheroes, but many of their identities both with and without masks, drew more parallels to antiheroes than the standard cape-wearing likes of Superman or Batman. And outside of Bubastis, Ozymandias’ genetically-modified red and black striped lynx, none of them had the kinds of classic crimefighting companions by their sides.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t parallels between Watchmen and doggy do-gooders that existed in the past. In fact, there seem to be quite a few comparative values in the likes of Krypto, Superman’s dog.
For starters, some of Krypto’s non-canonical pre-Crisis Superman story was actually written by Alan Moore, the brilliant writing mind behind Watchmen, as well. And much like much of Moore’s unapologetically dramatic other works, Krypto sacrifices himself to save Superman in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
But outside of sharing a writer who created some of his story, Krypto also shared other similarities to the gritty 1980s cult classic comic legends. Much like Watchmen, Krypto was actually part of an off-beat group of seemingly marginal fellow characters as a member of the Legion of Super-Pets, one that included several iterations of animal companions Superman, Superboy and others befriended and employed over the years, such as Streaky the Supercat and Comet the Super-Horse.
But quite possibly the biggest similarity that can be drawn was the evolution of his character. The members of Watchmen themselves were originally based on the Mighty Crusaders, a superhero team created in the 1960s, then reimagined to fit criteria of superhero characteristics DC Comics had acquired from Charlton Comics in the early 1980s, each a revised rendition of the last. Similarly, Krypto first appeared in Adventure Comics #210 in March of 1955, but saw numerous revisions throughout his existence, ranging from the canine version of Superman himself to a simple pet. Depending on who was approaching his story, much like the Crusaders to Charlton-based identities, Krypto was written to fit the mind that helped put his story to paper, carrying on only the strongest and most selective characteristics throughout his evolution. The results were a dynamic character who had a complex story with various versions that were crafted to fit the context of the story they were being used in.
Watchmen Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Coming up with the perfect Watchmen inspired dog name is no easy task, but with the right approach and a little preparation, it won’t be as painful as some of the characters’ backstories. For starters, we suggest first putting together a list of your dog’s most prominent traits, from their looks to their quirks and personality to work off of.
Of course, it can be as easy as just naming them after your favorite character. But if you’re looking for a bit more depth, try matching them up with a character who shares similar traits. For instance, if they happen to have a unique color pattern on their face or body, Rorschach, Walter or Kovacs would all be a great names. If they happen to look like they have a thick mustache, are always beaming like a smiley face or make noises that sound like they’re laughing, then the names Comedian, Edward, Morgan or Blake would all be perfectly suitable. Any blue-colored dog would be just as suitable with the names Manhattan, Doc or Osterman.
There are plenty of ways you can go, from backstories to looks and beyond, so be thorough in your examination of potential fits. If you need further inspiration, don’t hesitate to pick up the comics or re-watch the film.