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Doug Roth's 1975 interview with Adrian Veidt portrays the recently retired vigilante as an affable, down-to-earth businessman who is concerned about the fate of the world. He says "a new world is within our grasp ... if only we want it badly enough." He points out there are some who would rather see the world end instead of take responsibility for its continuation. He's not one of those people.

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He's smart, he's handsome, he's funny, and he's able to make jokes about cocaine with the best of them. Is there anything Adrian Veidt can't do? Doug Roth's interview veers into the fawning territory of a teen celebrity magazine minus the cheesy pin-up posters. In all honesty that's not too hard to do—Adrian is eminently likeable. His earnest desire to save the world is hard to dispute, as is his meteoric rise to fame and fortune. Born to wealth and privilege, he gave it all away to start where most people start: with nothing. His hard work and determination paid off, and now he's the embodiment of the American Dream, chiseled abs and all.

The Nova Express article emphasizes what Adrian told Dan Dreiberg and Rorschach in Chapter 11. Everything he has done is for the greater good. He's not a villain. There are, in fact, no true villains in Watchmen, nor are there morally pure heroes. Author Alan Moore does this on purpose. His characters may be archetypes, or representatives of common personalities, but they aren't one-dimensional. Like real people, they all have positive and negative characteristics. Adrian may have arranged the deaths of millions of people, but he did it to save the rest of humanity. It's hard to categorize him as a "bad guy" because his intentions are so good.

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