Ozymandias (real name Adrian Alexander Veidt) is a fictional anti-villain in the graphic novel limited series "Watchmen", published by DC Comics. Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, 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 and is excerpted as the epigraph of one of the chapters of "Watchmen".

Ozymandias made his live-action debut in the 2009 film "Watchmen", played by Matthew Goode. An older Adrian Veidt appeared in the 2019 limited television series "Watchmen", played by Jeremy Irons.

Adrian Veidt was born in 1939, and is the son of wealthy German-American immigrant parents. As a child, he received high grades in school, and it was noted that he was very intelligent. He then hid this information from his elders and peers by deliberately achieving average marks.

At age nineteen, Veidt named himself Ozymandias (the Greek name for Ramesses II) and became a costumed vigilante, earning a reputation as "the smartest man on the planet” and using his physical skills to non-violently incapacitate opponents.

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