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1. Erroneous title for the seminal 1985 comic series and currently unreleased movie Watchmen.It is common for the press, non fans or new fans to misname the title. Making the mistake triggers a massive bombardment of corrections and sometimes insults by fanatical devotees of the story.
2. Vigilantes/dictators; unregulated and unchallenged positions of authority.
1. "Fans of the the obscure comic series and co-creator Alan Moore "The Watchmen" about a superhero team claim that the comic is unfilmable"

"Comment: THERE IS NO "THE". THE WATCHMEN ARE NOT A SUPERHERO TEAM. DO SOME RESEARCH YOU FUCKING PHILISTINE!

2. "Who watches the Watchmen?" -Roman Poet Juvenal
by The Amazing AO February 18, 2009
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The best fucking comic ever made. written by alan moore and illustrated by dave gibbons in 1985-86
i ead watchmen, and i hpoe they make it into a movie that doesn't suck
by Dave Evans July 20, 2003
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The graphic novel by Alan Moore that is the epitome of epicness.
Watchmen is so freaking awesome.
by anonofparis3 October 23, 2008
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One part in Watchmen has a girl getting gang-banged by a bunch of blue dongs.
by UrbanLynx March 19, 2010
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One of the most over-rated comics by Alan overrated Moore.
DUDE WATCHMEN IS AWESOME IT HAS NOTHING NEW
by Syntagma May 20, 2009
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"Who will watch the watchmen?" is a translation of the phrase "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" made famous by the Roman Poet Juvenal in his satires.

Contextually it referred to the notion that male guards should not guard women against sexual assault as they themselves are capable of committing such crimes, the only solution would be to have the women guarded by eunuchs.

Generally though it is considered the embodiment of the philosophical question as to where ultimate power should reside. It can be attributed as the basis, or at least the summarization, of the United States' concept of division of political power. At any given moment a watchman is watched by two watchmen thus eliminating the possibility of corruption.

The phrase is also well known as the basis for the graphic novel, and film, Watchmen.

Synonymous phrases include:
Who will guard the guards?
Who will protect the protectors?
Who will police the police?
"Privacy is a farce, if you have done nothing wrong then you have nothing to hide. Surveillance is the only way to assure that no crime goes unpunished."

"But who will watch the watchmen? Themselves?"
by Solypsys March 20, 2009
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