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[[redirect:Series/{{V}}]]''V'' may refer to:

* The 1980s sci-fi mini-series and television series ''Series/{{V}}''.
* The 2009 remake ''Series/{{V 2009}}''.
* The twenty-second letter in the Latin alphabet and the roman numeral for 5.
* Or were you looking for the graphic novel ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' or [[Film/VForVendetta the film based on it]]?

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''Humankind's last stand.''

This page is for the 1983 miniseries and its sequels. For the 2009 [[ContinuityReboot reimagining]] try {{V-2009}}.

A militaristic alien starfleet arrives on Earth from Sirius, and its people, [[HumanAliens human-like aliens]], appeal to Earth to help produce chemicals to save their dying world. As months go by, the so-called Visitors infiltrate every level of human society. But a select few become suspicious; forming a resistance, they soon discover the truth -- the Visitors are ''not'' like us, they are ''not'' our friends, and they don't want our help; they want our water. And [[ToServeMan other things]].

Originally aired as two miniseries and a one-season regular series, ''V'' is, in the words of creator Kenneth Johnson, a story of power -- how different people react to it, and how they react to those who have it. It is an unabashed metaphor for the rise of Nazism prior to World War II; in fact, the story was originally to be a direct allegory involving a home-grown fascist regime being elected to govern the United States, based on Sinclair Lewis's ''It Can't Happen Here'', but [[ExecutiveMeddling NBC wanted a sci-fi show]] since ''StarWars'' had been such a hit.

The story is told in several interweaving arcs, each following a different set of characters (not unlike ''TheLordOfTheRings'' or many disaster films of the 1970s) as their individual plotlines eventually merge and they unite to combat the all-powerful evil.

'''''V''''' '''(1983):''' Fifty three-mile-wide spaceships take positions over key cities of the world. The aliens reveal themselves to be human in appearance (but with an electronic voice effect), and ask for help to save their doomed home planet. As they weave their way into society, biologists, archaeologists and scientists of similar fields begin disappearing; and a med student, Julie Parrish, organizes a small resistance.

Meanwhile, news cameraman Mike Donovan also grows suspicious and sneaks aboard the Mother Ship where he discovers the aliens' secret: they're really [[TheReptilians humanoid reptiles]]. He also learns that they've come to steal Earth's water and to harvest humans for food. The Visitors use their contrived influence with human governments to institute martial law, effectively taking over the world. The Visitors attack Donovan's home town and kidnap his family; meanwhile, in a biological "experiment", a kidnapped girl is impregnated by a Visitor. The rest of the miniseries focuses on the fledgling Resistance's struggle to become a significant threat to the Visitors' plans.

'''''V: The Final Battle''''' '''(1984):''' Moving forward several months, we find that the Resistance is still struggling a near-futile battle with the Visitors, and Robin Maxwell's alien pregnancy advances with no way to stop it. But the tide turns when the Resistance stages an attack on the Visitor admiral, unmasking him on live television. Unfortunately, leader Julie is captured and put through a brainwashing "conversion chamber", though she is later rescued. Robin eventually gives birth to twins, one a human-like girl and the other a reptiloid with blue eyes. The reptile dies, and a bacterium is found in its system. The girl, Elizabeth, quickly [[PlotRelevantAgeUp molts into the body of an eight-year-old]], after which she is taken to the Visitors by a priest who believes she is a bridge of peace. He is killed for his trouble and Elizabeth stays with the Visitor leader Diana.

Meanwhile, the bacteria which killed the reptile baby is developed into a biotoxic weapon that will poison the Earth to the Visitors without harm to humans or the ecology. The Resistance mounts a bold attack to spread the so-called "Red Dust" into the atmosphere, but the villainous Diana has an ace -- a thermonuclear device in her spaceship that will destroy Earth. And so, as the Visitors withdraw from all over the globe, the Resistance must take over the L.A. ship and fly it into space before the EarthShatteringKaboom. But Elizabeth deactivates the bomb with [[AssPull hitherto unreferenced magical powers]], [[DeusExMachina saving the day]].

'''''V: The Series''''' '''(1984-85):''' A year after the events of ''The Final Battle'', Star Child Elizabeth molts again, into a 20-year-old. Diana escapes custody on her way to stand trial and flees into space where it is revealed that the Visitor fleet has retreated only as far as the moon. It is also revealed that the Red Dust not only has had an impact on Earth's ecosphere, but that it requires a sustained cold spell to reproduce, rendering it ineffective in warm climates (like Los Angeles). The Visitors re-invade Earth, and Diana quickly strikes a truce with businessman Nathan Bates, making L.A. a [[TruceZone "free" city]].

However, the core members of the original Resistance (now including Bates' son Kyle) are having none of that, and they reunite to cause mayhem and disrupt the Visitors at every turn. Eventually, after heavy casualties on both sides of the struggle, the Visitors' "Great Leader" arrives on Earth to call off the war and to take Elizabeth home with him. The cliffhanger ending reveals that Kyle, who has pursued a romance with the Star Child, has stowed away on the Leader's ship.

'''''V: The Second Generation''''' '''(2008):''' Written by Kenneth Johnson and [[CanonDiscontinuity ignoring the events of the second miniseries and the series]], this new novel picks up the progress of the Visitor occupation of Earth some twenty years later, here in the modern day. Answering a distress signal from Earth (sent at the end of the first miniseries), a new alien race has arrived to help the humans win their freedom.

Not to be confused with ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''.

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!!''V'' contains examples of:

* TwoDSpace: When the mothership has to leave earth in the final episode, it does so by flying ''sideways'', despite its DramaticAlienVTOL.
* AirVentPassageway -- Used several times, in fact.
* AlienInvasion -- um... duh. Oh, and they have {{Flying Saucer}}s, too. Hot dog!
* AliensAreBastards
* AliensSpeakingEnglish -- Since the Visitors are trying to fit into human society, they must speak the local language at all times. The trope was also subverted with the character of Willie -- played by [[Creator/RobertEnglund Robert "Freddie Krueger" Englund]], no less -- who was initially assigned to the Middle East and trained in Arabic, but ended up in Los Angeles by mistake and [[{{Malaproper}} has to learn English on the fly]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName -- The Visitors' logo is [[NoSwastikas just two strokes away from being a swastika]]. Also there is the Nazi-like propaganda that they employ against scientists.
* AndThisIsFor: Right before tossing a MolotovCocktail into a Visitor craft, Ruby says, "This one's for Abraham".
* AnyoneCanDie -- Major characters are routinely KilledOffForReal throughout the weekly series' run.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Water is a very common element in space - even in the 1980's it was pretty well known that comets are almost entirely ice water. The idea of needing to suck it up from a planet and ship it interstellar distances is silly in real life, but works in fiction.
* BadassGrandpa: Abraham, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who provides his home as a safehouse for refugees fleeing from the Visitors, and when he's discovered remains behind to buy them time to escape. He also teaches children how to 'properly' deface Visitor propaganda posters and comes up with the iconic 'V' symbol of the resistance. [[CoolOldLady His wife]] is no slouch either, concealing a stockpile of Molotov cocktails in her cart which she is perfectly happy to use when Visitor targets of opportunity present themselves.
* TheBaroness -- Diana
* BizarreAlienReproduction -- Visitor females develop a ring of discoloration around their necks when pregnant, which is how Willie recognizes that Robin is expecting.
* BottomlessMagazines -- The captured Visitor laser pistols seemingly never need to be reloaded or recharged.
** The {{Novelization}} is basically an attempt to fill every PlotHole in the series; the lasers, like all their technology, are powered by cold-fusion, and run on deuterium (heavy water). Still doesn't explain why they need water from planets, though. It's actually far more common in space.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy -- Julie, but she gets better.
* BrainwashResidue -- Diana has attempted to brainwash Julie Parish into being her slave. She fights off the brainwashing, mostly successfully, but occasionally catches herself using the wrong hand. In ''V: The Final Battle'', Diana telepathically commands Julie and she has flashbacks to the brainwashing. Julie doesn't quite give in, but the internal struggle gives Diana a chance to escape.
* CoolGuns -- Ham Tyler's Ingram MAC-10. In the TV series, everyone seemed to have one.
* CreatorProvincialism -- Although the story is said to have a global scale, most of the pivotal events occur in Los Angeles.
* DangerTakesABackseat -- Early in the first miniseries, a scientist who becomes suspicious of the Visitors is kidnapped from his car and never seen again.
* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes
* DaydreamBeliever -- Ever got one of those chain emails from schizos about Lizard Folk? see ParanoiaFuel.
* DayOfTheJackboot
* DeusExMachina
** The Red Dust, which initially does exactly what the plot needs it to do to ensure a happy ending.
** Elizabeth saving the day [[spoiler: through never-before-hinted-at magic powers]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything -- especially egregious during the original mini-series. Try playing a drinking game which requires imbibing upon the appearance of Nazi, Holocaust, or Hitler Youth references. It is unlikely you will see the end of the series due to intoxication.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet
* DressingAsTheEnemy
* DullSurprise -- Mike Donovan's ''only'' expression. Except when he closes his mouth. Then it's just dull.
* DyingLikeAnimals -- in particular, hero Mike Donovan's [[spoiler:traitorous, got what was coming to her collaborator]] mother
* EightiesHair -- Diana (and most of the other women as well) suffer acute cases of this at various points.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, since the Visitors are PlanetLooters.
* EnemyMine -- Ham Tyler and Mike Donovan go way back, and they hate each other's guts. Nonetheless they have each other's back as part of the resistance.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Eleanor Dupres catches Donovan breaking into her house and threatens to shoot him as he's escaping out the window. Donovan just laughs. "You'd shoot your own son? Not even you're that cold, mother." He's right; as he runs off Eleanor fires the gun in the air and rips her dress to make it appear she'd been overpowered.
* EvilDetectingDog -- actually, birds and rodents. Justified, given the reptilian nature of the aliens.
* EvilFeelsGood -- It is clearly stated that EvilOverlord Diana enjoys what she does.
* EvilTwin -- Combining this with BackFromTheDead, we have Phillip, who adopts the same human guise as his brother, the late ReverseMole Martin. Phillip later pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* ExecutiveMeddling -- The original miniseries was, as stated above, to be a story about a fictional American-fascist regime before it was {{Re Tool}}ed to science fiction. Later, during production of the second miniseries, writer/producer/director Kenneth Johnson left the project when the focus was shifted from character development and symbolism to straight-up action.
* ExpandedUniverse -- A number of novels explored the adventures of Resistance fighters from other key locations around the globe. Probably the best of these was ''East Coast Crisis'', set in New York City and concurrent with the original miniseries.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles -- In one of the most reviled (or at least hotly debated) scenes.
* FakedRipVanWinkle -- The Visitors try this on Donovan in one episode of the original series, trying to locate Elizabeth so they can kidnap her.
* FalseFlagOperation -- The Visitors blame scientists for terrorist activities, using this excuse to enact martial law, as well as turning public opinion against the people most likely to discover the Visitors' true nature.
* FantasticSlur: The resistance occasionally refers to the Visitors as 'snakes'.
* {{Fanservice}}: When the female visitor gives Mike Donovan her uniform so she can escape the camera certainly lingers on her underwear-clad body as she takes the pants off.
* FemmeFatale -- Diana, among her own people.
* FetusTerrible - Robin's pregnancy is played like this, particularly when she starts to crave raw meat
* FirstContact
* FlashBack -- Original Miniseries: Josh catches us up on how he ended up alone in the street at the beginning of part 2.
* FunctionalMagic -- Elizabeth's powers were never explained or examined in any detail-- and we can't help thinking that's probably for the best, as any HandWave the writers came up with would probably have been even more teeth-grinding than the powers themselves.
* HalfHumanHybrid -- Elizabeth Maxwell, the so-called Star Child.
* HollywoodSilencer: Several silenced pistols are used over the course of the series and they all make the classic 'fwip' sound.
* HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet -- The inspiration for this trope.
* HugeHolographicHead
* HumansAreSpecial -- Diana told her Supreme Leader that Humans are unusually resistant to her conversion process. Thus, while it's useful for putting a few important individuals under their control, mass conversion of the entire population is completely impractical for now.
* IconOfRebellion: The "V" hand gesture.
* ImmuneToBullets: The Visitor soldiers wear body armor and helmets which resist small-caliber weapons fire. Only Donovan's stolen energy pistol is effective, but the Fifth Columnists can't supply any more considering the weapons are too closely guarded. Fortunately Ham Tyler, [[AntiHero mercenary extraordinaire]], later comes to help with armor piercing ammo that can take the Visitors out.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy -- but only when it was situationally appropriate. They randomly blew a lot of things and people up too. It became comical as the series went on; the Visitors, supposedly an alien invasion army that makes worlds tremble, can never shoot straight if a named character is onscreen.
** In the original miniseries, the protagonists and their fellow resistance fighters are not particularly skilled marksmen, especially with the awkward-to-use alien weapons, which some of them don't even know how to hold correctly. They win most of their firefights through sheer volume of fire. Note that the Visitors are often equally bad, so many of the battle scenes boil down to two groups of combatants spraying ineffective suppression fire at each other from behind cover.
* InfractionDistraction: Donovan's mother catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.
* IntrepidReporter
** Mike Donovan and his cameraman Tony.
** For an EvilCounterpart version, look no further than Kristine Walsh
* ItOnlyWorksOnce -- the Red Dust stops working in warm environments. Further deployment of the Dust is ruled out because it affects terrestrial reptiles as well.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Danny goes from merely being a self-serving, amoral, vaguely sociopathic {{Jerkass}} to unquestionably evil when he [[spoiler:executes his own grandmother after learning she's a resistance fighter.]]
* KarmicDeath -- [[spoiler: Danny and Eleanor]] both get served different versions of this. The latter's doubles as a crowning moment of awesome for [[spoiler: Stephen]] when he twigs what she's about to do and [[spoiler: shoots her in the back]] as she tries to switch sides.
* KlingonPromotion: Diana pulls this off twice near the end of the second miniseries.
* LaResistance -- cleverly named "the Resistance".
* LargeHam: Mike Donovan.
* LatexPerfection -- the Visitors only ''look'' human. Indeed their disguise is so good they can even fool the mammals they have sex with!
* LeftHanging:
** A big deal is made of the abduction and conversion of Donovan's son in the miniseries, and The Series revisits this in one episode. After this, [[BrotherChuck no follow-up is ever attempted]].
** The Series ended on a cliffhanger episode. After this was filmed, the series was [[CutShort unceremoniously canceled]] and the cliffhanger never resolved (except [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised in a comic book adaptation]]).
* LesCollaborateurs -- Eleanor Dupres and Daniel Bernstein.
* LightBulbJoke -- None, they like the dark!
* {{Malaproper}} -- Willie was supposed to be sent to Israel, not California, so he's not that proficient at English and does this pretty much all the time.
* MindProbe -- the "conversion chamber", which employs MoreThanMindControl. This also leaves ASinisterClue -- Conversion renders collaborators left-handed (or right-handed, if they were lefties to begin with)
* MookFaceTurn -- Willie gets captured by the Resistance and ends up joining them.
* MustNotDieAVirgin -- Danny pitches this to Robin before he realizes she [[LoveTriangle digs Brian]] and not him.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast -- Does the name "Nathan Bates" sound like [[Film/{{Psycho}} one of the most famous psychopaths in cinema?]]
* {{Novelization}} -- A. C. Crispin wrote an unusually good one covering both miniseries. She also co-wrote the previously mentioned ''East Coast Crisis''.
* NonMaliciousMonster: [[spoiler: Robin's lizard-baby. Poor thing looks scary, but literally is just... an ill baby visitor.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Walsh is visibly shaken when a former mentor accuses her of being the minister of propaganda for a fascist state. She's even more shocked when the Visitors introduce them again...and he burbles enthusiastically about how great it is to see her again, having been conditioned by the Visitors.
* OminousFloatingSpaceship seen, famously in the beginning.
** In the novelisation when a second saucer shows up, Donavon comments that there'll be a lot of dead grass with two of those things floating over Los Angeles.
* OneLetterTitle
* TheOtherMarty -- Dominique Dunn as Robin Maxwell.
* OutsideContextVillain: Donovan is filming communist guerrillas fighting helicopter gunships in El Salvador, when suddenly the gunships fly off. Donovan turns round and finds himself facing a huge frickin' UFO.
* PlanetLooters -- The Visitors come to earth to strip it clean, but are focused on water and meat ([[ToServeMan and humans are so damned plentiful]]). The {{Novelization}} makes an effort to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] it; in the Visitors' experience, the industrial effort necessary to develop interstellar civilization [[GreenAesop inflicts irreversible damage on biospheres]]. Recycling technologies are found to be insufficient when applied to billions of people, so all civilizations they know of are fighting over what few natural resources remain. Earth is thus ripe for the plucking.
* PlotHole -- Some reviewers at the time noted that the script seemed to be constructed largely of these.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp -- Elizabeth grows from infant to romantic-plot-capable in record time. In a single night she grows from an infant to about ten years old. [[FridgeLogic Say, where'd all that mass come from? Last night she was a nine-pound infant, now she's a ten-year-old.]]
* PuttingOnTheReich
* TheQuisling: Kristine Walsh, Eleanor Dupres, and Daniel Bernstein are the most prominent examples. Kristine pulls a HeelFaceTurn and gets shot by Diana, Eleanor tries to save herself and gets shot by [[spoiler: Stephen]], and Daniel is framed by the Resistance as a spy and [[spoiler: it's implied he gets eaten by Stephen]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath -- Kristine Walsh, who's essentially become the Visitors' PR agent, breaks and announces their true nature on air. Diana promptly shoots her.
** Subverted by [[spoiler: Mike Donovan's mother]], who only switches sides (and merely gets her comeuppance) when it's obvious the resistance is winning.
* RedEyesTakeWarning -- The Visitors in their true reptilian forms.
** Inverted with Elizabeth's twin brother, who looked creepy because he had blue ''human'' eyes in a reptilian face.
* TheReptilians -- The Visitors.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent -- The Visitors in their real form eat cuddly, fuzzy little hamsters and guinea pigs. They eat pretty little parakeets. And they have creepy red-and-yellow eyes. They spit acidic venom.
* ReverseMole -- actually, a whole slew of them, in the Fifth Column.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale - The Visitors are going to put all the water in Southern California into a three mile wide spaceship? Um...No?
* ShoutOut -- In a scene welcoming the Visitors, a high-school marching band plays the ''StarWars'' theme -- badly.
* SoHappyTogether -- Brad and Maggie agree to get married right before going on a raid. Brad doesn't come back.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: In the scene where [[spoiler:Ben bleeds to death after being shot during a raid]], there is a radio in the background playing [[SoundtrackDissonance cheerful music]] the whole time, until someone angrily smashes it.
* StockFootage -- Little alien ship flies into big alien saucer vessel. Little alien ship flies out of little alien saucer vessel. One little alien ship shoots death rays at another little alien ship, pew pew pew! Apparently the first one or two episodes used up the entire special effects budget, and these three sequences are reused over and over and over and OVER and over and over and over and over, to the point of being really, really noticeable.
** Plenty of stock footage celebrations when the resistance wins.
* StylisticSuck: The high school band that greets the Visitors arriving in Los Angeles is ''really'' bad.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome -- [[spoiler:Martin, Elias and Robin's father]] in the first few episodes of the weekly series.
* [[ThrowAwayCountry Throwaway Galilean Moon]] -- In the original series episode "Juggernaut", Diana has the [[WaveMotionGun Particle Beam Triax Cannon]] destroy [[TheMoonsOfJupiter Io]] as a warmup exercise prior to taking station over Earth; fortunately, before [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill it can destroy Los Angeles]] a Resistance member [[HeroicSacrifice crashes one of the motherships into it]].
* TooDumbToLive -- Robin Maxwell
* ToServeMan -- One EU novel highlighted this by having a Visitor munching on [[strike:ladyfingers]] a lady's fingers.
* TruceZone -- Los Angeles in the original series.
* TwoKeyedLock -- In the last episode of the second series. [[spoiler: It doesn't really work all that well, but it is there.]]
* TheUnfavorite -- Elias, who suffered WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent in comparison to his doctor brother, Benjamin. Tragically, he gets over it too late.
** Technically, Elizabeth's short-lived, scaly brother qualifies too, as no one but Willie was willing to show him any affection and he was never given a name. More than one preson has been hit by FridgeHorror when they realize the lizard baby not only was misunderstood, but the poor thing was born with fatal disease.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill -- Version 2
* WholePlotReference: The series is basically a World War 2 historical drama with a thin veneer of sci-fi layered on top. The entire thing could have been set in 1940s France with Nazis instead of aliens and you'd have to change very little of the overall plot.
* YouFailBiologyForever - Is the Red Dust a bacteria or a toxin? The two things are very different, but the dust is referred to as both, seems to have the properties of both, and doesn't make sense as either.
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''Humankind's last stand.''

This page is for the 1983 miniseries and its sequels. For the 2009 [[ContinuityReboot reimagining]] try {{V-2009}}.

A militaristic alien starfleet arrives on Earth from Sirius, and its people, [[HumanAliens human-like aliens]], appeal to Earth to help produce chemicals to save their dying world. As months go by, the so-called Visitors infiltrate every level of human society. But a select few become suspicious; forming a resistance, they soon discover the truth -- the Visitors are ''not'' like us, they are ''not'' our friends, and they don't want our help; they want our water. And [[ToServeMan other things]].

Originally aired as two miniseries and a one-season regular series, ''V'' is, in the words of creator Kenneth Johnson, a story of power -- how different people react to it, and how they react to those who have it. It is an unabashed metaphor for the rise of Nazism prior to World War II; in fact, the story was originally to be a direct allegory involving a home-grown fascist regime being elected to govern the United States, based on Sinclair Lewis's ''It Can't Happen Here'', but [[ExecutiveMeddling NBC wanted a sci-fi show]] since ''StarWars'' had been such a hit.

The story is told in several interweaving arcs, each following a different set of characters (not unlike ''TheLordOfTheRings'' or many disaster films of the 1970s) as their individual plotlines eventually merge and they unite to combat the all-powerful evil.

'''''V''''' '''(1983):''' Fifty three-mile-wide spaceships take positions over key cities of the world. The aliens reveal themselves to be human in appearance (but with an electronic voice effect), and ask for help to save their doomed home planet. As they weave their way into society, biologists, archaeologists and scientists of similar fields begin disappearing; and a med student, Julie Parrish, organizes a small resistance.

Meanwhile, news cameraman Mike Donovan also grows suspicious and sneaks aboard the Mother Ship where he discovers the aliens' secret: they're really [[TheReptilians humanoid reptiles]]. He also learns that they've come to steal Earth's water and to harvest humans for food. The Visitors use their contrived influence with human governments to institute martial law, effectively taking over the world. The Visitors attack Donovan's home town and kidnap his family; meanwhile, in a biological "experiment", a kidnapped girl is impregnated by a Visitor. The rest of the miniseries focuses on the fledgling Resistance's struggle to become a significant threat to the Visitors' plans.

'''''V: The Final Battle''''' '''(1984):''' Moving forward several months, we find that the Resistance is still struggling a near-futile battle with the Visitors, and Robin Maxwell's alien pregnancy advances with no way to stop it. But the tide turns when the Resistance stages an attack on the Visitor admiral, unmasking him on live television. Unfortunately, leader Julie is captured and put through a brainwashing "conversion chamber", though she is later rescued. Robin eventually gives birth to twins, one a human-like girl and the other a reptiloid with blue eyes. The reptile dies, and a bacterium is found in its system. The girl, Elizabeth, quickly [[PlotRelevantAgeUp molts into the body of an eight-year-old]], after which she is taken to the Visitors by a priest who believes she is a bridge of peace. He is killed for his trouble and Elizabeth stays with the Visitor leader Diana.

Meanwhile, the bacteria which killed the reptile baby is developed into a biotoxic weapon that will poison the Earth to the Visitors without harm to humans or the ecology. The Resistance mounts a bold attack to spread the so-called "Red Dust" into the atmosphere, but the villainous Diana has an ace -- a thermonuclear device in her spaceship that will destroy Earth. And so, as the Visitors withdraw from all over the globe, the Resistance must take over the L.A. ship and fly it into space before the EarthShatteringKaboom. But Elizabeth deactivates the bomb with [[AssPull hitherto unreferenced magical powers]], [[DeusExMachina saving the day]].

'''''V: The Series''''' '''(1984-85):''' A year after the events of ''The Final Battle'', Star Child Elizabeth molts again, into a 20-year-old. Diana escapes custody on her way to stand trial and flees into space where it is revealed that the Visitor fleet has retreated only as far as the moon. It is also revealed that the Red Dust not only has had an impact on Earth's ecosphere, but that it requires a sustained cold spell to reproduce, rendering it ineffective in warm climates (like Los Angeles). The Visitors re-invade Earth, and Diana quickly strikes a truce with businessman Nathan Bates, making L.A. a [[TruceZone "free" city]].

However, the core members of the original Resistance (now including Bates' son Kyle) are having none of that, and they reunite to cause mayhem and disrupt the Visitors at every turn. Eventually, after heavy casualties on both sides of the struggle, the Visitors' "Great Leader" arrives on Earth to call off the war and to take Elizabeth home with him. The cliffhanger ending reveals that Kyle, who has pursued a romance with the Star Child, has stowed away on the Leader's ship.

'''''V: The Second Generation''''' '''(2008):''' Written by Kenneth Johnson and [[CanonDiscontinuity ignoring the events of the second miniseries and the series]], this new novel picks up the progress of the Visitor occupation of Earth some twenty years later, here in the modern day. Answering a distress signal from Earth (sent at the end of the first miniseries), a new alien race has arrived to help the humans win their freedom.

Not to be confused with ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''.

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!!''V'' contains examples of:

* TwoDSpace: When the mothership has to leave earth in the final episode, it does so by flying ''sideways'', despite its DramaticAlienVTOL.
* AirVentPassageway -- Used several times, in fact.
* AlienInvasion -- um... duh. Oh, and they have {{Flying Saucer}}s, too. Hot dog!
* AliensAreBastards
* AliensSpeakingEnglish -- Since the Visitors are trying to fit into human society, they must speak the local language at all times. The trope was also subverted with the character of Willie -- played by [[Creator/RobertEnglund Robert "Freddie Krueger" Englund]], no less -- who was initially assigned to the Middle East and trained in Arabic, but ended up in Los Angeles by mistake and [[{{Malaproper}} has to learn English on the fly]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName -- The Visitors' logo is [[NoSwastikas just two strokes away from being a swastika]]. Also there is the Nazi-like propaganda that they employ against scientists.
* AndThisIsFor: Right before tossing a MolotovCocktail into a Visitor craft, Ruby says, "This one's for Abraham".
* AnyoneCanDie -- Major characters are routinely KilledOffForReal throughout the weekly series' run.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Water is a very common element in space - even in the 1980's it was pretty well known that comets are almost entirely ice water. The idea of needing to suck it up from a planet and ship it interstellar distances is silly in real life, but works in fiction.
* BadassGrandpa: Abraham, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who provides his home as a safehouse for refugees fleeing from the Visitors, and when he's discovered remains behind to buy them time to escape. He also teaches children how to 'properly' deface Visitor propaganda posters and comes up with the iconic 'V' symbol of the resistance. [[CoolOldLady His wife]] is no slouch either, concealing a stockpile of Molotov cocktails in her cart which she is perfectly happy to use when Visitor targets of opportunity present themselves.
* TheBaroness -- Diana
* BizarreAlienReproduction -- Visitor females develop a ring of discoloration around their necks when pregnant, which is how Willie recognizes that Robin is expecting.
* BottomlessMagazines -- The captured Visitor laser pistols seemingly never need to be reloaded or recharged.
** The {{Novelization}} is basically an attempt to fill every PlotHole in the series; the lasers, like all their technology, are powered by cold-fusion, and run on deuterium (heavy water). Still doesn't explain why they need water from planets, though. It's actually far more common in space.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy -- Julie, but she gets better.
* BrainwashResidue -- Diana has attempted to brainwash Julie Parish into being her slave. She fights off the brainwashing, mostly successfully, but occasionally catches herself using the wrong hand. In ''V: The Final Battle'', Diana telepathically commands Julie and she has flashbacks to the brainwashing. Julie doesn't quite give in, but the internal struggle gives Diana a chance to escape.
* CoolGuns -- Ham Tyler's Ingram MAC-10. In the TV series, everyone seemed to have one.
* CreatorProvincialism -- Although the story is said to have a global scale, most of the pivotal events occur in Los Angeles.
* DangerTakesABackseat -- Early in the first miniseries, a scientist who becomes suspicious of the Visitors is kidnapped from his car and never seen again.
* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes
* DaydreamBeliever -- Ever got one of those chain emails from schizos about Lizard Folk? see ParanoiaFuel.
* DayOfTheJackboot
* DeusExMachina
** The Red Dust, which initially does exactly what the plot needs it to do to ensure a happy ending.
** Elizabeth saving the day [[spoiler: through never-before-hinted-at magic powers]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything -- especially egregious during the original mini-series. Try playing a drinking game which requires imbibing upon the appearance of Nazi, Holocaust, or Hitler Youth references. It is unlikely you will see the end of the series due to intoxication.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet
* DressingAsTheEnemy
* DullSurprise -- Mike Donovan's ''only'' expression. Except when he closes his mouth. Then it's just dull.
* DyingLikeAnimals -- in particular, hero Mike Donovan's [[spoiler:traitorous, got what was coming to her collaborator]] mother
* EightiesHair -- Diana (and most of the other women as well) suffer acute cases of this at various points.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, since the Visitors are PlanetLooters.
* EnemyMine -- Ham Tyler and Mike Donovan go way back, and they hate each other's guts. Nonetheless they have each other's back as part of the resistance.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Eleanor Dupres catches Donovan breaking into her house and threatens to shoot him as he's escaping out the window. Donovan just laughs. "You'd shoot your own son? Not even you're that cold, mother." He's right; as he runs off Eleanor fires the gun in the air and rips her dress to make it appear she'd been overpowered.
* EvilDetectingDog -- actually, birds and rodents. Justified, given the reptilian nature of the aliens.
* EvilFeelsGood -- It is clearly stated that EvilOverlord Diana enjoys what she does.
* EvilTwin -- Combining this with BackFromTheDead, we have Phillip, who adopts the same human guise as his brother, the late ReverseMole Martin. Phillip later pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* ExecutiveMeddling -- The original miniseries was, as stated above, to be a story about a fictional American-fascist regime before it was {{Re Tool}}ed to science fiction. Later, during production of the second miniseries, writer/producer/director Kenneth Johnson left the project when the focus was shifted from character development and symbolism to straight-up action.
* ExpandedUniverse -- A number of novels explored the adventures of Resistance fighters from other key locations around the globe. Probably the best of these was ''East Coast Crisis'', set in New York City and concurrent with the original miniseries.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles -- In one of the most reviled (or at least hotly debated) scenes.
* FakedRipVanWinkle -- The Visitors try this on Donovan in one episode of the original series, trying to locate Elizabeth so they can kidnap her.
* FalseFlagOperation -- The Visitors blame scientists for terrorist activities, using this excuse to enact martial law, as well as turning public opinion against the people most likely to discover the Visitors' true nature.
* FantasticSlur: The resistance occasionally refers to the Visitors as 'snakes'.
* {{Fanservice}}: When the female visitor gives Mike Donovan her uniform so she can escape the camera certainly lingers on her underwear-clad body as she takes the pants off.
* FemmeFatale -- Diana, among her own people.
* FetusTerrible - Robin's pregnancy is played like this, particularly when she starts to crave raw meat
* FirstContact
* FlashBack -- Original Miniseries: Josh catches us up on how he ended up alone in the street at the beginning of part 2.
* FunctionalMagic -- Elizabeth's powers were never explained or examined in any detail-- and we can't help thinking that's probably for the best, as any HandWave the writers came up with would probably have been even more teeth-grinding than the powers themselves.
* HalfHumanHybrid -- Elizabeth Maxwell, the so-called Star Child.
* HollywoodSilencer: Several silenced pistols are used over the course of the series and they all make the classic 'fwip' sound.
* HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet -- The inspiration for this trope.
* HugeHolographicHead
* HumansAreSpecial -- Diana told her Supreme Leader that Humans are unusually resistant to her conversion process. Thus, while it's useful for putting a few important individuals under their control, mass conversion of the entire population is completely impractical for now.
* IconOfRebellion: The "V" hand gesture.
* ImmuneToBullets: The Visitor soldiers wear body armor and helmets which resist small-caliber weapons fire. Only Donovan's stolen energy pistol is effective, but the Fifth Columnists can't supply any more considering the weapons are too closely guarded. Fortunately Ham Tyler, [[AntiHero mercenary extraordinaire]], later comes to help with armor piercing ammo that can take the Visitors out.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy -- but only when it was situationally appropriate. They randomly blew a lot of things and people up too. It became comical as the series went on; the Visitors, supposedly an alien invasion army that makes worlds tremble, can never shoot straight if a named character is onscreen.
** In the original miniseries, the protagonists and their fellow resistance fighters are not particularly skilled marksmen, especially with the awkward-to-use alien weapons, which some of them don't even know how to hold correctly. They win most of their firefights through sheer volume of fire. Note that the Visitors are often equally bad, so many of the battle scenes boil down to two groups of combatants spraying ineffective suppression fire at each other from behind cover.
* InfractionDistraction: Donovan's mother catches him breaking into her house to steal a security pass. He pretends he was there to steal a photo of his son.
* IntrepidReporter
** Mike Donovan and his cameraman Tony.
** For an EvilCounterpart version, look no further than Kristine Walsh
* ItOnlyWorksOnce -- the Red Dust stops working in warm environments. Further deployment of the Dust is ruled out because it affects terrestrial reptiles as well.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Danny goes from merely being a self-serving, amoral, vaguely sociopathic {{Jerkass}} to unquestionably evil when he [[spoiler:executes his own grandmother after learning she's a resistance fighter.]]
* KarmicDeath -- [[spoiler: Danny and Eleanor]] both get served different versions of this. The latter's doubles as a crowning moment of awesome for [[spoiler: Stephen]] when he twigs what she's about to do and [[spoiler: shoots her in the back]] as she tries to switch sides.
* KlingonPromotion: Diana pulls this off twice near the end of the second miniseries.
* LaResistance -- cleverly named "the Resistance".
* LargeHam: Mike Donovan.
* LatexPerfection -- the Visitors only ''look'' human. Indeed their disguise is so good they can even fool the mammals they have sex with!
* LeftHanging:
** A big deal is made of the abduction and conversion of Donovan's son in the miniseries, and The Series revisits this in one episode. After this, [[BrotherChuck no follow-up is ever attempted]].
** The Series ended on a cliffhanger episode. After this was filmed, the series was [[CutShort unceremoniously canceled]] and the cliffhanger never resolved (except [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised in a comic book adaptation]]).
* LesCollaborateurs -- Eleanor Dupres and Daniel Bernstein.
* LightBulbJoke -- None, they like the dark!
* {{Malaproper}} -- Willie was supposed to be sent to Israel, not California, so he's not that proficient at English and does this pretty much all the time.
* MindProbe -- the "conversion chamber", which employs MoreThanMindControl. This also leaves ASinisterClue -- Conversion renders collaborators left-handed (or right-handed, if they were lefties to begin with)
* MookFaceTurn -- Willie gets captured by the Resistance and ends up joining them.
* MustNotDieAVirgin -- Danny pitches this to Robin before he realizes she [[LoveTriangle digs Brian]] and not him.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast -- Does the name "Nathan Bates" sound like [[Film/{{Psycho}} one of the most famous psychopaths in cinema?]]
* {{Novelization}} -- A. C. Crispin wrote an unusually good one covering both miniseries. She also co-wrote the previously mentioned ''East Coast Crisis''.
* NonMaliciousMonster: [[spoiler: Robin's lizard-baby. Poor thing looks scary, but literally is just... an ill baby visitor.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Walsh is visibly shaken when a former mentor accuses her of being the minister of propaganda for a fascist state. She's even more shocked when the Visitors introduce them again...and he burbles enthusiastically about how great it is to see her again, having been conditioned by the Visitors.
* OminousFloatingSpaceship seen, famously in the beginning.
** In the novelisation when a second saucer shows up, Donavon comments that there'll be a lot of dead grass with two of those things floating over Los Angeles.
* OneLetterTitle
* TheOtherMarty -- Dominique Dunn as Robin Maxwell.
* OutsideContextVillain: Donovan is filming communist guerrillas fighting helicopter gunships in El Salvador, when suddenly the gunships fly off. Donovan turns round and finds himself facing a huge frickin' UFO.
* PlanetLooters -- The Visitors come to earth to strip it clean, but are focused on water and meat ([[ToServeMan and humans are so damned plentiful]]). The {{Novelization}} makes an effort to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] it; in the Visitors' experience, the industrial effort necessary to develop interstellar civilization [[GreenAesop inflicts irreversible damage on biospheres]]. Recycling technologies are found to be insufficient when applied to billions of people, so all civilizations they know of are fighting over what few natural resources remain. Earth is thus ripe for the plucking.
* PlotHole -- Some reviewers at the time noted that the script seemed to be constructed largely of these.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp -- Elizabeth grows from infant to romantic-plot-capable in record time. In a single night she grows from an infant to about ten years old. [[FridgeLogic Say, where'd all that mass come from? Last night she was a nine-pound infant, now she's a ten-year-old.]]
* PuttingOnTheReich
* TheQuisling: Kristine Walsh, Eleanor Dupres, and Daniel Bernstein are the most prominent examples. Kristine pulls a HeelFaceTurn and gets shot by Diana, Eleanor tries to save herself and gets shot by [[spoiler: Stephen]], and Daniel is framed by the Resistance as a spy and [[spoiler: it's implied he gets eaten by Stephen]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath -- Kristine Walsh, who's essentially become the Visitors' PR agent, breaks and announces their true nature on air. Diana promptly shoots her.
** Subverted by [[spoiler: Mike Donovan's mother]], who only switches sides (and merely gets her comeuppance) when it's obvious the resistance is winning.
* RedEyesTakeWarning -- The Visitors in their true reptilian forms.
** Inverted with Elizabeth's twin brother, who looked creepy because he had blue ''human'' eyes in a reptilian face.
* TheReptilians -- The Visitors.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent -- The Visitors in their real form eat cuddly, fuzzy little hamsters and guinea pigs. They eat pretty little parakeets. And they have creepy red-and-yellow eyes. They spit acidic venom.
* ReverseMole -- actually, a whole slew of them, in the Fifth Column.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale - The Visitors are going to put all the water in Southern California into a three mile wide spaceship? Um...No?
* ShoutOut -- In a scene welcoming the Visitors, a high-school marching band plays the ''StarWars'' theme -- badly.
* SoHappyTogether -- Brad and Maggie agree to get married right before going on a raid. Brad doesn't come back.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: In the scene where [[spoiler:Ben bleeds to death after being shot during a raid]], there is a radio in the background playing [[SoundtrackDissonance cheerful music]] the whole time, until someone angrily smashes it.
* StockFootage -- Little alien ship flies into big alien saucer vessel. Little alien ship flies out of little alien saucer vessel. One little alien ship shoots death rays at another little alien ship, pew pew pew! Apparently the first one or two episodes used up the entire special effects budget, and these three sequences are reused over and over and over and OVER and over and over and over and over, to the point of being really, really noticeable.
** Plenty of stock footage celebrations when the resistance wins.
* StylisticSuck: The high school band that greets the Visitors arriving in Los Angeles is ''really'' bad.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome -- [[spoiler:Martin, Elias and Robin's father]] in the first few episodes of the weekly series.
* [[ThrowAwayCountry Throwaway Galilean Moon]] -- In the original series episode "Juggernaut", Diana has the [[WaveMotionGun Particle Beam Triax Cannon]] destroy [[TheMoonsOfJupiter Io]] as a warmup exercise prior to taking station over Earth; fortunately, before [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill it can destroy Los Angeles]] a Resistance member [[HeroicSacrifice crashes one of the motherships into it]].
* TooDumbToLive -- Robin Maxwell
* ToServeMan -- One EU novel highlighted this by having a Visitor munching on [[strike:ladyfingers]] a lady's fingers.
* TruceZone -- Los Angeles in the original series.
* TwoKeyedLock -- In the last episode of the second series. [[spoiler: It doesn't really work all that well, but it is there.]]
* TheUnfavorite -- Elias, who suffered WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent in comparison to his doctor brother, Benjamin. Tragically, he gets over it too late.
** Technically, Elizabeth's short-lived, scaly brother qualifies too, as no one but Willie was willing to show him any affection and he was never given a name. More than one preson has been hit by FridgeHorror when they realize the lizard baby not only was misunderstood, but the poor thing was born with fatal disease.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill -- Version 2
* WholePlotReference: The series is basically a World War 2 historical drama with a thin veneer of sci-fi layered on top. The entire thing could have been set in 1940s France with Nazis instead of aliens and you'd have to change very little of the overall plot.
* YouFailBiologyForever - Is the Red Dust a bacteria or a toxin? The two things are very different, but the dust is referred to as both, seems to have the properties of both, and doesn't make sense as either.
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* HollywoodSilencer: Several silenced pistols are used over the course of the series and they all make the classic 'fwip' sound.



** In the original miniseries, the protagonists and their fellow resistance fighters are not particularly skilled marksmen, especially with the awkward-to-use alien weapons, which some of them don't even know how to hold correctly. They win most of their firefights through sheer volume of fire.

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** In the original miniseries, the protagonists and their fellow resistance fighters are not particularly skilled marksmen, especially with the awkward-to-use alien weapons, which some of them don't even know how to hold correctly. They win most of their firefights through sheer volume of fire. Note that the Visitors are often equally bad, so many of the battle scenes boil down to two groups of combatants spraying ineffective suppression fire at each other from behind cover.


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* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Danny goes from merely being a self-serving, amoral, vaguely sociopathic {{Jerkass}} to unquestionably evil when he [[spoiler:executes his own grandmother after learning she's a resistance fighter.]]
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* BadassGrandpa: Abraham, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who provides his home as a safehouse for refugees fleeing from the Visitors, and when he's discovered remains behind to buy them time to escape. He also teaches children how to 'properly' deface Visitor propaganda posters and comes up with the iconic 'V' symbol of the resistance. [[CoolOldLady His wife]] is no slouch either, concealing a stockpile of Molotov cocktails in her cart which she is perfectly happy to use when Visitor targets of opportunity present themselves.
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* FantasticSlur: The resistance occasionally refers to the Visitors as 'snakes'.
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* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: In the scene where [[spoiler:Ben bleeds to death after being shot during a raid]], there is a radio in the background playing [[SoundtrackDissonance cheerful music]] the whole time, until someone angrily smashes it.
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* WholePlotReference: The series is basically a World War 2 historical drama with a thin veneer of sci-fi layered on top. The entire thing could have been set in 1940s France with Nazis instead of aliens and you'd have to change very little of the overall plot.
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* StylisticSuck: The high school band that greets the Visitors arriving in Los Angeles is ''really'' bad.
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