You know, I read the thread title and started giggling (probably just because I've read a number of fanfics covering this very thought, and it just tickles my funnybone anyway)...and then Godziller66
...And now I'm sitting here laughing my ass off.
That...that's a classic, right there. Love that poor baby's expression. (Couldn't you just see him handing her over to Dan? "Diaper is full, Daniel. Good luck." Because you know he would. And he'd be snickering quietly to himself as he walked away.)
Would he be a good dad? Well, once my brain stops exploding over the concept of GN!Rorschach getting intimate with someone...Well, wait, I take that back. Sure, he's absolutely mentally scarred by Sylvia's reaction when he misunderstands and tries to protect her. Sex turns into this weird scary thing you do for money (his nightmare he describes in his file only adds to the fear and confusion). The Blair Roche case makes things worse; it makes him want to walk away from all the parts of humanity he considers ugly. Lust, of course, is on that list. (As is, I think, being human at all, actually.)
But after the Comedian dies, he seems struck by the loneliness of their lives.
Is that what happens to us? A life of conflict, with no time for friends...so that when it's done, only our enemies leave roses?
(Also, I think this key to why Rorschach seems to have a certain soft spot/blind spot when it comes to the Comedian -- he sees him as being the same sort of outcast as himself. No one -- police, civilians, bad guys, the other heroes -- no one likes Rorschach. (I don't think it ever occurs to him until just before the handshake that Dan does care about him.) No one likes the Comedian, either. The only people at his funeral seem to be there out of obligation and duty, not because they ever really felt friendship with him. Sally doesn't even go. And that's the Comedian's own fault.
I think Rorschach feels compelled to continue fighting the good fight no matter what it costs him, but he's beginning to wonder about that cost.
Later, as jbkovacs86
mentioned, you can see him soften up when he looks at Mrs. Shairp's kids. I think every time he sees a child, he sees himself and all the pain of his childhood, and can't bear to see that repeated. (He tells Dr. Long earlier, "Thought of little child, abused, frightened. Didn't like it. Personal reasons.")
He actually chooses not to bicker with Dan and makes an effort to apologize
for being a pain in the ass.
Well, I didn't mean for this to get so long -- what I'm saying is, I think he was starting to come back around to his own humanity. (And I think it's a tragic part of what broke him at Karnak -- he'd become more open to compassion again, and the people killed in New York were his
people, moreso than any one else there. Dan also seems nice but insulated, Laurie "doesn't know anyone but superheroes", Jon...well, you know. Adrian says
he cares, but I don't believe he really does.) I think he spent years armored up and crazy, finally having an epiphany that sets him on the way home, only to have his heart and mind broken again.
If he'd somehow survived Karnak...I think he might have found his way again. I think he would have made an effort to have some friends...not wanting to end up like the Comedian. Eventually, I think, he might have had a shot at having a family. (He'd have to re-adopt some more conventional hygiene habits first, though...) Maybe he would have a reaction -- delayed -- like Laurie's, in just wanting to feel how sweet it is just to be alive.
I don't think he ever found out that Laurie was the Comedian's daughter. I would have loved to have seen his reaction to that
Yeah, I know, hell of a long ramble, and I still don't answer the real question. Okay -- yes, I think he'd be a good dad. Because I think it'd take him forever and serious amounts of introspection and healing before he ever got to that spot.
And because he'd have Dan to bounce fatherhood thoughts off of.
"What? What's wrong?"
"Look, you can't expect Charlie not to be mad at you when you start breaking her date's fingers..."