->''Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November,\\
the Gunpowder Treason and Plot.\\
I see no reason why the gunpowder treason\\
should ever be forgot.''

'''''V for Vendetta''''' is a comic by Creator/AlanMoore and David Lloyd. Starting in March, 1982, it ran for 10 issues, originally in a British anthology comic called Warrior, and later in its own comic published by DC. It features several of Alan Moore's trademarks: Anarchy portrayed as a positive force, mixing fiction and historical fact, and [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism large amounts of cynicism]].

It's the late 1990s in an alternate history, and Britain is ruled by a fascist government that came into power after the world went right to hell. Cameras are on every corner, surveillance vans roam the streets, and the government has long since rounded up any deviants or undesirable citizens that would otherwise taint the purity of Britain.

On November 5th, 1997, a woman named Evey Hammond goes to visit a friend after curfew. A run-in with a few rapist policemen is interrupted by a mysterious man in a Guy Fawkes mask, a man who kills several of the policemen and whisks Evey away to safety. He takes Evey to a nearby rooftop, giving her a spectacular view of his next act: blowing up the Houses of Parliament.

He later brings Evey to his ElaborateUndergroundBase, where he introduces himself as V. Though frightened by the man at first, Evey decides to join in his campaign against the ruling powers of Britain, one that quickly spirals from a few acts of destruction into something that threatens to plunge the entire country into anarchy - which is, of course, exactly what V wants.

Also featured in the story are several government officials and the people that surround them, and how the acts perpetrated by V affect their professional and personal lives. The regular citizens of Britain are also featured, for what V does to those in power affects them as well, directly or otherwise.

As noted by David Lloyd in his foreword in the collected edition, this is a story for people who don't switch off the news.

[[Film/VForVendetta A film adaptation]] was released in 2006 with reasonably good reviews and box office success.

!!This series provides examples of:

* ActualPacifist: Evey refuses to help V when she realises he's murdering people, and at the end she says of the rioting Londoners, "I won't help them kill. But I will help them build."
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: After [[spoiler:Finch]] takes acid he comes up with:
-->'''V: V'''aulting, '''v'''eering, '''v'''omiting up the '''v'''alues that '''v'''ictimized me, feeling '''v'''ast, feeling '''v'''irginal... was this how he felt? This '''v'''erve, this '''v'''itality... this '''v'''ision... La '''v'''oie... la '''v'''érité... la '''v'''ie.''
** The name of every chapter in the novel is a word starting with the letter 'V'.
* AfterTheEnd: Nuclear war has destroyed everything but the British Isles.
* AgeInappropriateDress: Evey's prostitute outfit. She is only sixteen at the start of the comic and is turning to prostitution to make a living.
* AllThereInTheManual: The musical interlude, This Vicious Cabaret, pretty much outlines all of V's plans, but the initial reading makes it look like a summary of the preceding chapters.
* AnarchyIsChaos: {{Averted}}. V explains in detail that traditional anarchy is not without order. There is far too much information to cover here but needless to say, Moore makes it very clear where he stands politically.
* AntiHero: V is a NominalHero or an AntiVillain, depending on how much you agree with his pro-anarchy rant.
* AntiVillain
** V, when he is at his darkest, is more than willing to sacrifice innocent lives and at one point [[spoiler:tortures Evey for days if not weeks, making her think it's the government, in order to make her understand his philosophy and test her resolve.]]
** Finch works for the government as a detective but doesn't really agree with its methods, growing increasingly disenchanted during the course of the story.
** Adam Susan has some of this as well since he is reluctant to carry out his "duties" and seems to believe he is doing the right thing. However, he is arrogant as well as displaying racist and homophobic tendencies.
* ApocalypseAnarchy:
** {{Invoked}} by V, who's trying to bring about the end of a fascist system by increasing the amount of disorder. He inspires the population to more acts of violence and vandalism, which causes the government to crack down, which leads to more uprising...
** Inverted in the backstory, in which a minor apocalypse brings about a brief phase of chaos which leads not to anarchy, but fascism.
%% * ApocalypseHow: Class 1 -- Planetary-scale Civilization Disruption.
* ArcWords: The repeated V/Five motif.
* ArtisticLicense: Moore has admitted he knew basically nothing about nuclear weapons when he started the comic, and so it's insanely optimistic about how many people would survive a nuclear war, which of course depends on how widespread the war is, as a limited war might lead to this situation.
-->'''Alan Moore:''' I came up with a character called "Vendetta", who would be set in a realistic thirties world that drew upon my own knowledge of the Gangster era, bolstered by lots of good, solid research. I sent the idea off to Dave. His response was that he was sick to the back teeth of doing good solid research and if he was to draw one more "28 model Duesenberg" he'd eat his arm. This presented a serious problem.
* AssholeVictim: Several, but some stand-out examples are [[spoiler: Prothero, Liliman, and Harper]].
* AttemptedRape: V meets Evey when he saves her from a police gang-rape brought on by her soliciting undercover cops.
* AuthorFilibuster: The reality is a bit more complicated. As [[WordOfGod Alan Moore]] himself says: "''The central question is, is this guy right or is he mad? What do you, the reader, think about this?''" Given that V's terrorist actions are hardly whitewashed or excused, one can easily make the argument that the true hero of the piece is Evey who looks to be forging a middle ground between Norsefire's order and V's chaos.
%% * BadassLongRobe
* BatmanGambit: V's entire plan involves manipulating the government heads into national collapse.
* BeardOfEvil: Invoked by V's mask.
* BecomingTheMask: V is more of a symbol. Whoever wears the mask, is essentially V. [[spoiler: Evey takes the mask and the role of V after his death]].
* BewareTheSuperman: V, if you consider him a villain. His backstory is basically the archetypal superhero origin story in its most distilled form (downtrodden man is injected with experimental chemicals that give him peak-human abilities, dons a costume and goes off to fight evildoers) but his experiences also drive him insane, leading him to become an anarchist terrorist instead of a crime fighter.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Britain is free of the Dictatorship that had been ruling the country, but V lost his life in the process, and we don't know how well Britain will be able to take care of itself without a government in charge. The comic also ends with Evey possibly training the future government as the second V, potentially leaving the identity to a third party.]]
* BombThrowingAnarchists: V, though he certainly has some goals beyond simply blowing stuff up. The comic could in some ways be considered a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope.
* BookEnd: V kidnaps someone (to save them from a gang/mob).
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:V does this to Evey]]. It leads her to a HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath and after she reboots she TookALevelInBadass.
* BreakThemByTalking: V to Lewis Prothero, though the ''coup de grâce'' that really breaks him involves more than talking.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Finch has said, to Adam Susan's face, that he disapproves of the Norsefire party. While most people would probably be locked up for this, Finch is so damn good at his job that Susan lets it slide.
* BuryYourGays: Among the people who were tested alongside V, there were two lesbians called Valerie and Rita, who due to hormone injections not only died, but in Rita's case [[BodyHorror developed vestigial fingers on her leg]]. Also Ruth, Valerie's lover, who committed suicide [[spoiler: after falsely claiming that Valerie seduced her and giving up her location to her captors, apparently in order to commute her own sentence from death by medical experimentation to lifelong imprisonment]]. According to Finch, this was the fate of most of Britain's LGBT people. [[spoiler: This is assuming V isn't Valerie]].
%% * ByronicHero: V.
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: The idealized Aryan hero Storm Saxon from the show-within-a-comic.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: [[spoiler: Uhhh... is the Head masturbating to his ''[[{{Squick}} computer?]]'']] Physically, yes, but he really [[spoiler:is masturbating to England herself.]] So he's [[spoiler:lying back and thinking of England]]?
* CelibateHero: V, more than likely, chooses to be celibate. His sexual preference, [[{{Asexual}} if he has any]], is anyone's guess.
%% * CoatHatMask: V.
* ColdBloodedTorture: From ''both'' sides, although opinions vary on whether V was justified with his.
* CorruptPolitician: Norsefire were brutal opportunists.
* CrapsackWorld: It's a post-nuclear wasteland, the second coming of the Nazis has taken power over Britain, and the only person who dares to stand up to them is an apparently insane terrorist who wants to replace them with... nothing.
%% * CrazyPrepared: V
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Happens to the show [[MightyWhitey Storm Saxon]] by V comparing it to the government's propaganda: "Sometimes I miss the [[HeroinNameOnly Storm Saxon]] show. The dialogues were better."
* DarkMessiah: V has this written all over him. A ruthless demagogue who secures the fanatical following of a substantial multitude by presenting himself as a savior.
* DisasterDominoes: V sets this in motion for Norsefire. Scenes of the effects are interspersed with him setting up and toppling a massive number of dominoes shaped as his logo.
* TheDogBitesBack: Rose killing Adam Susan, with V being involved in causing the trope to happen.
* DomesticAbuse: A rare instance where both sides of the coin are portrayed simultaneously. On one hand, we have Derek Almond as the violent, abusive and ungrateful husband towards the gentle, faithful and enduring Rosemary. On the other hand we have Helen Heyer as the domineering, manipulative and cheating wife of the loving and good-natured Conrad. Both Helen and Derek regularly belittle, insult, shame and beat up their respective spouses for whom they feel nothing but contempt.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Subverted, when V broadcasts his communiqué over BTN's network.
* DoomedMoralVictor: As a part of the ThanatosGambit.
* TheDragon: Almond functions as this throughout the first chapter.
* DramaticUnmask: Averted with Evey having the chance to unmask V, but deciding that even if he were her father as she suspected, knowing the anarchist's true identity would not be worth diminishing his role's symbolic value if she unmasked him.
* DualWielding: V's main weapons are a pair of knives.
* EldritchAbomination: FATE is either a highly sophisticated computer that Susan in his insanity believes to be alive, or it's this, in which case it's also the BiggerBad.
** This theory about FATE is disproved when we discover that [[spoiler: V has taken FATE control since the very beginning and it's using it to detroy Norsefire from the inside and play mindtricks on Susan. Susan even reacts like a spurned lover.]]
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Shadow Gallery.
* EmergencyAuthority: The Norsefire group has been using these sorts of powers to maintain order in Britain, resulting in a dystopian PoliceState society. After [[spoiler:the Leader]] is assassinated, the ambitious head of the [[StateSec Fingermen]] tries to grab power and become the new de facto head of government with this as his justification.
* EvilOverlord: Susan was arguably a WellIntentionedExtremist, but the ways he went about fulfilling his goal clearly seat him in the "evil" territory (torture, genocide etc.). And his argument that he needs to be in power to support and bolster England kinda goes into "Overlord" territory.
* EvilVersusEvil / GreyAndBlackMorality / ALighterShadeOfGrey: Opinions vary as to how to interpret the Fascism vs. Anarchy of the graphic novel. General consensus is that V is probably better than Susan and the majority of Norsefire, but still not exactly a great guy, while some of Norsefire's lower-ranked members (like Finch) may or may not be better people than V himself, if somewhat misled. [[FlameBait And we shall not go further into it.]]
* ExpressiveMask: V's mask never moves, but it still manages to convey emotion through shadow and angles.
* FictionalPoliticalParty: [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Norsefire]]. They came to power after first Thatcher's government fell, a Labour Party government replacing Thatcher withdrew from NATO and caused the UsefulNotes/ColdWar to go hot, resulting in the most far-right policies being seen as vindicated, but Alan Moore models them as a FictionalCounterpart to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_National_Front the British National Front]].
* FinalSolution: Like [[ThoseWackyNazis their real-life counterpart]], the Norsefire Party rounds up and kills off everyone who doesn't conform to their "Nordic race" mould.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Valerie's letter. She knows she will die (either from the injection or execution), but she writes out a beautiful love letter to whoever it is in the next cell over, trying to offer them solace, strength, and hope for a better future.
* FunetikAksent:
--> '''{{Mook}}''': Cor, that's smashin' that is, Dennis. Guz down a treat. Drop out o'the Bishop's private stock, izzit?
* GambitRoulette: Everyone is manipulating everyone else. V is, more often than not, the puppet master, though.
* GirlishPigtails: Evey sports them as part of her disguise as an underage prostitute.
* GraffitiOfTheResistance: The A-in-a-circle sign is used, along with the V.
* HackedByAPirate: [[spoiler: V has actually been manipulating the Fate computer for years. The "pirate flag" is just the final stroke to drive the Leader completely over the edge.]]
* HappinessInSlavery: [[DiscussedTrope discussed]], [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]], then outright [[DefiedTrope defied]] by V, saying the people's happiness comes from having never compared their lives to freedom.
* HeroAntagonist: Finch spends the entire book tracking down the protagonist and investigates Larkhill's past to discover why V has such a murderous rage for its former staff. When he figures out the truth, he acknowledges the government is wrong and should be changed but also reaffirms his belief that V is still a dangerous murdering terrorist and he needs to be stopped, too.
* HeroicSacrifice
** [[spoiler:Rosemary]].
** [[spoiler:V himself]] goes through an anti-heroic sacrifice.
* HiddenInPlainSight: V's hideout is in the Underground at '''V'''ictoria station, with the sign modified to show V's trademark circled letter V. When [[spoiler:Finch]] finally finds this out, his face shows he realizes how ''obvious'' it was.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: Finch takes a dose of LSD in the abandoned concentration camp, which gives him some rather creepy visions, but also helps him figure out various things, including [[spoiler:the whereabouts of V]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Almond tortures his wife by pretending to shoot her with an unloaded gun. Later he runs into V and threatens to shoot him... with the still-unloaded gun.
* IllegalReligion: Merely possessing a Qu'ran, let alone following the Islamic faith, is punishable by death by the government [[spoiler:and it happens to Gordon in the film for having a copy]].
* KickTheDog: Taken UpToEleven with Valerie; while Gordon is bagged for incredibly petty reasons, Valerie and Ruth are taken [[BuryYourGays because they love each other]]. Valerie is specially notable as her story is shocking enough to make [[spoiler:Evey instantly sympathizes with V ''even after he's tortured her'' simply because Valerie and her story are real.]]
** V's [[spoiler:torture of Evey]], although it's more like an invoked version of KickTheMoralityPet.
** Rosemary's treatment at the hands of the government. Obviously the government treats everyone poorly but Rose's husband was a high ranking official. You'd think even they would be more sympathetic.
** Certain crimes (such as prostitution) are classified as "Class H" offenses, which means that their punishment is solely under the discretion of the arresting officer. This means, to put things bluntly, that the arresting officer can do whatever the hell he wants with you without you being able to do a thing about it, which is music to the ears of the sadists and bullies that many of the cops in this fascist government are. This is showcased in the scene where Evey almost gets raped and murdered by the Fingermen after they catch her during her first time as a prostitute.
* TheKindnapper: V kidnaps Evey twice, both times motivated by some form of benevolent intentions. The first time, he saves her from being raped by the government's secret police. The second time, he is testing her -- albeit in a horrible way -- to see if she is worthy of being his successor.
%% * KnifeNut: V.
* KnightInSourArmor: Eric Finch.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every chapter begins with the letter V.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Almond plays a sick game with his wife where he pretends to go crazy and shoot her -- but his gun is not loaded. Then he finally catches V, and tries to [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Just Shoot Him]] -- [[ChekhovsGun with the still-not-loaded gun.]]
* LadyMacbeth: Helen Hayer. So obsessed with power is she that, as her husband and lover lie dead or dying on her living room floor, she is so incensed their passing would mess with ''her'' plan that she hooks up a video camera to their television set just so her dear hubby can watch himself die.
* LaserGuidedKarma: How V kills the last three employees of his old "Resettlement Camp".
** Lewis Prothero ordered V to be part of the experiment that drove V mad and valued his dolls more than the inmates; V dressed his dolls up as prisoners and loaded them into an incinerator, driving him insane. For the final touch, his face was painted to look like one of his dolls when he was delivered to the police.
** Archbishop Anthony Lilliman was a pedophile who stood by while V was administered the serum, so V had Evey dress as a prostitute to get close to him, and killed him by forcing him to consume a cyanide-laced communion wafer. The whole point is that V forced Archbishop Lilliman to confess to ''him'' and to repent in a blasphemous mockery of the Catholic rite (though Liliman's lifestyle was practicing many things the Catholic Chuch's teachings oppose). The cyanide-laced communion wafer is horrifying to the clergyman because the Catholic faith dictates that no matter what the wafer is made of before it is consumed, it will become the "flesh of the savior" through the "miracle of transubstantiation" the moment it enters a pious man's mouth. However...
--> '''Finch''': ''When it reached his abdomen, it was '''still''' cyanide.'' ([[CaptainObvious Of course, Liliman was in no way pious at that point]])
** Dr. Delia Surridge injected V with the serum, so V poisoned her in her sleep. However, she got off easy compared with the others, as she actually regretted her actions.
-->'''Surridge:''' Is it meaningless to apologize?\\
'''V:''' Never.\\
'''Surridge:''' I'm so sorry. ''(dies peacefully)''
** Delia also talks about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment Milgram Experiment]], in which test subjects [[JustFollowingOrders obeyed orders]] from white-coated lab technicians to shock another person, which they believed was up to the point of death (in reality it was just an actor pretending) and speculates sadly that [[HumansAreBastards there is something inherently wrong with human beings]] to help explain her crimes. Also, notice V did not show Delia Valerie's letter, the FlingALightIntoTheFuture that saved V and Evey from desperation. No redemption for you Delia!
** Susan knows he is oppressing his people, but he is doing it to ensure their survival. When he realises his infautation with FATE is over and he cannot escape this way, he really wants human contact from the people he saved by oppressing them, and welcomes the high party woman he has seen a lot of times but whose name he could not remember [[spoiler: ...and she has a gun.]]
* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler:Evey takes on the mantle of V and is even shown grooming the third person to wear the mask.]]
* LibertyOverProsperity: One of V's points during his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to all England (and/or humanity in general) is that they have accepted trading their freedoms in exchange for security. He does mention that he doesn't mean that they should go back to the Stone Age, but that they need to stop stagnating.
** Finch reflects exactly this at Larkhill camp: He pretended to work for the party so society can survive and to heal from his son and wife deaths... but at the end, finds that the sacrifice was not worthy and abandons Norsefire.
** Susan reflects: ''Freedom to my people? The freedom to die from hunger or freeze? I don't think so''
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Give the Man in Room Five a garden plot, he'll grow roses. Give the Man in Room Five some gardening chemicals, he'll make napalm and mustard gas.
* LonersAreFreaks: The Head, Adam Susan, is completely obsessed with technology and his own idealization of fascism, and has virtually no interest whatsoever in social or romantic pursuits. At his advanced age, he is a virgin convinced that his own computer system is in love with him. When he finally decides to be a better leader towards the end and actually get to know his people, he's revealed to be quite socially awkward and shy.
* ManipulativeBastard: Some of Norsefire, but notable examples are Roger Dascombe and Helen Heyer.
* MeaningfulEcho: Evey's rebirth is meant to echo V's "birth".
* MeaningfulName
** Evey, the pronunciation is similar to "IV", being the Roman numeral for "4", and also the number of the room that Valerie was kept in.
** Her name also sounds like the letters "E" "V" -- "E" being the fifth letter of the alphabet and "V" being, well, V, and also the Roman numeral for 5. As well as V being the fifth letter at the end of the alphabet.
** Also the last character in the name is Y, being the 25th letter which 5 is the square root of. And 2 5 seperated is two five, leading into 2 halves to the whole of 10 completing the cycle.
** The herb rosemary is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary#Medicine a common symbol of remembrance]] in Western culture. Fittingly, Rosemary Almond is a vengeful widow who never forgets her grudge against Adam Susan, [[spoiler: and is the one who ultimately assassinates him]].
* MonochromeCasting: Every character in the graphic novel (except for some people in flashbacks or hallucinations) is Caucasian. This is due to [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Norsefire]] carrying out their idea of a FinalSolution, so every non-white person in England ([[FridgeHorror and it's implied in other parts of the world]]) is either dead, in hiding or left the country.
* MoralityPet: Part of the reason Evey is in this graphic novel is so that V can be shown being kind to someone, making him more sympathetic.
* MoralMyopia
** Lewis Prothero, as V notes, cares a great deal more for his rare doll collection than he ever did for the people he sent to the ovens at Larkhill.
** V himself is guilty of this -- he claims to care about people, but the cold, sociopathic way in which he [[PayEvilUntoEvil kills so many Fascists]] and slaughters {{Mooks}} makes it clear that really, he only cares about the people he's decided to like. And having been driven mad himself, he sets out to do the same to Evey if "necessary".
* TheNameless: V. He states: "I do not have a name. You can call me V."
* NobleTopEnforcer: Finch, head of the Nose.
* NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: V takes revenge on those involved in the concentration camp and the experiments which created him.
* NoPlaceForMeThere: V's speech to Evey about the two faces of anarchy, destroyer and creator, has a strong subtext of this, [[spoiler:especially since as he tells her this, he knows that he will soon be dead]].
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Justified. All the backup died. V was the only survivor. He then burned the facility to the ground, and later [[spoiler:kills the scientist and steals her diary]].
* OhCrap
** At the close of the first arc, Finch presents an OhCrap moment to the surviving members of the Head: that the idea of V being a serial killer murdering those who wronged him is, in fact, the optimistic and comforting view. The alternative is that V was killing those who witnessed his transformation, and thus may have been able to stop him from executing his real plan.
** The same day V promised to destroy Downing Street, Dominic is controlling the policemen to make sure that Downing Street is not attacked, and hoping that V is actually dead, and then a bell starts to sound. Dominic identifies that bell as Big Ben... but then he remembers that ''Big Ben had been blown up the previous year''. And then [[spoiler:Evey as]] V appears.
* OneLetterName: V, which is a name taken from the door of a cell he escaped from.
* OrderVersusChaos: V's objective is to abolish all law. He does not, however, want to abolish all ''order''. As he tells Evey, he doesn't want people rioting in the streets; he desires an orderly society that remains so even without a government. V advocates ''actual'' anarchist principles, as opposed to simple mayhem; as noted above, it strictly and consistently averts the AnarchyIsChaos trope.
* TheOtherDarrin: {{Invoked}} and {{Exploited}} by V. Part of his reason for getting Lewis Prothero out of the picture, other than just revenge, is that the Norsefire propaganda machine has casted him as the voice of Fate, as they couldn't create a convincing enough computerized voice. After Prothero has been driven insane, Norsefire is forced to find a new voice for Fate, and the general public does indeed notice the difference, seeding a subtle sense of distrust towards the government in them.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:Evey ''becomes'' V.]]
* PerverseSexualLust: In-universe example: [[spoiler:The Norsefire leader]] for the government computer system, FATE. The idea that FATE could ever return Susan's affections is part of what drives Susan insane.
* PetRat: Alistair Harper and his gang are hired in this capacity by the government when the existing police force isn't enough.
* PetTheDog: V does this with Evey occasionally -- reading to her, dancing with her etc.
* PoliceBrutality: Norsefire Fingermen.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: The titular character from the StoryWithinAStory show "Storm Saxon". As the show is racist propaganda, Storm Saxon is a HeroInNameOnly, with the villainous characters being every negative stereotype about black people (most likely portrayed by white actors in Blackface), borrowing from the equally racist and flawed ''Film/BirthOfANation''.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Norsefire. ''All'' of Norsefire.
* PompousPoliticalPundit: DoubleSubverted with the pro-Norsefire radio program ''The Voice of FATE'', ostensibly hosted by the computer system itself. It's actually done by Lewis Prothero.
* PunchClockVillain: Eric Finch, arguably.
* PuttingOnTheReich[=/=]ANaziByAnyOtherName: Norsefire are Neo-Nazis, so it's not too odd. The dictator even gets a monologue saying why fascism is a good thing. The song sung by the cabaret singer in Chapters 5-6 ("I like the ''boots''" etc.) [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, citing everything from ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill'' to "blond and blue eyes" to the "Heil Hitler" salute...
* PsychoSerum: The testing V endures while at Larkhill, drives him a little insane.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: V gives one to [[spoiler:''the entire country'' by taking over the Norsefire equivalent of Creator/TheBBC]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Delia Surridge]], who tells V she's sorry for what she's done to him. V had already decided to show mercy to her, and gives her a quick, painless death.
* RedemptionInTheRain: Evey after her "birth".
* SamusIsAGirl: While the original V isn't a girl (probably), Evey finds that with the cloak and mask and everything, he easily ''can'' be.
* SecretIdentityApathy: Evey has the opportunity to unmask the dead V. However, after fantasizing various faces of who is under the mask, including her father, Evey decides that even if he were her father, that would still not be worth diminishing what V stood for and so decides never to learn the literal truth.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:V puts Evey through a fake dungeon, starving her and shaving her hair to test her loyalty to the cause and her moral fiber. She passes]].
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Storm Saxon Show''
* ShoutOut
** At one point in the comic, V is depicted reading the novel ''V.'' by ThomasPynchon, one of Moore's acknowledged influences.
** The chapter titled "The Land of Do-As-You-Please is a shoutout to EnidBlyton, of all things. Specifically her ''Faraway Tree'' books.
** throughout the book, V plays various songs on his record player including "Dancing in the Street" by Music/MarthaReevesAndTheVandellas, Beethoven's 5th and "Streets of London" by Ralph McTell
** He also likes to quote people, including Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Music/TheRollingStones, Music/VelvetUnderground, Creator/AleistarCrowley, Creator/MarkTwain, and various others
** V's book shelf is full of them
** As noted above, when a man robs a store while wearing a V mask, he yells "[[Music/SexPistols Anarchy in the U.K.!]]" before fleeing.
* SinisterMinister: Lilliman. Accessory to murder and torture, promoter of Fascism, explicitly a paedophile, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking gives creepy sermons]].
* SociopathicHero: V. Literally. Finch describes him as being a clinical psychopath.
* TheSpook: Finch discuss this trope with Susan. V had KillThemAll Larkhill personnel that tortured him. The interesting part is that [[UnreliableNarrator the only proof the goverment has of that story is the documents V had left for them to find]]. What if this is just a smokescreen? What if this was done not as a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, but to erase all proof of Vs past? What if this is only the beginning of something more great? How can they hope to stop him?
* TheStarscream: Creedy, among others.
* SympathyForTheDevil: V. Yes he is a murderer and terrorist, but his cause is a worthy cause. In fact, that particular ''RollingStones'' song appears in the graphic novel.
* TakeThat: Adam ''Susan'' is based on another 80's famous politician with the name of a girl, Ronald ''Reagan''. And in this universe, Susan did not survive the attempt on his life that Reagan did.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Evey
* TrailOfBlood: Evey follows one to find V.
* TranquilFury: Vengeance with a smile.
* TraumaticHaircut: Evey's torture.
* TrophyRoom: The Shadow Gallery.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The comic is from the early 1980s and is set in the late 1990s.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: "Queen Zara": in order for Zara to become queen over half the British Royal Family has to be killed off, forced to abdicate or pass up the throne. It may be a hint that Norsefire "disappeared" that many before settling on a suitable royal figurehead.
* UnreliableNarrator: As Finch points out to Susan, everything they ''think'' they know about V comes from clues (like the diary) that V deliberately gave to them, and certainly altered. Since V killed everyone at the concentration camp that ostensibly created him, we have no other witnesses - we can't even be completely sure he was ever at the camp.
* TheUnReveal: The identity of V is [[spoiler:now simply "V"]]. He removes his mask a couple of times, but he's always angled so that his face is never shown. He is described as being "beautiful", at least by his doctor (though she had previously described him as ugly while at the camps, so it's possible this was a symbolic near-death change of perspective).
** [[spoiler:He is shown to the reader from behind and in silhouette in the segment from the graphic novel where Eric reads Delia's diary, depicting a muscular man who appears to be white. This dismisses the idea that he is a woman unless Norsefire developed hormones that can change a person's bone structure. He may not even be Caucasian, as he could've had darker skin that changed colour due to the experiments or a condition like Vertilligo. In addition, Alan Moore [[WordOfGod has officially stated that V is NOT Valerie or Evey's father]].]]
* VikingFuneral: [[spoiler:V gets a modern take on one; laid to rest on the train that delivers his bomb to Parliament.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist
** V himself is a rare {{Anti Hero}}ic example.
** Also, Adam Susan -- he's killed more people than V, by far, and for reasons just as if not more extreme, and he's completely dumbfounded when [[spoiler:he gets shot]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:The Head's computer is hacked and he is sent an anonymous love letter (from V obviously). He is affected so heavily he is turned into a {{Woobie}} for some people]].
* VillainProtagonist: The only reason V skates by as a "hero" is because he's going after people much worse than he is.
* WesternTerrorists: {{Deconstructed}}.
* WhamEpisode: It's implied that the key formative event in the Man in Room Five's transformation into V isn't the experiments upon him, or the cruel and indifferent treatment he received from the prison camp's staff. It's [[spoiler: the note from Valerie, which he delivers to Evey exactly as he received it himself. It has a similar effect upon her]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Army is mentioned on TV as fighting a insurgency in the north. However when martial law is declared no troops are deployed to London.
* WhatTheHellHero: Evey's initial reaction to [[spoiler: V's torture of her and when he kills the Bishop]]. She forgives him for both times, though.
* WrittenSoundEffect: There aren't any. Not one.
* YouAreNumberSix: Played straight. The camp dehumanized V to the point that nobody knew him as anything but "The Man in Room Five", so he took it as his new identity ("V", the Roman numeral for "5", was inscribed on the door to his cell). He may not even ''remember'' his original name and identity.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Absolutely. To the Nth degree. V even explicitly describes himself as a terrorist.
''England prevails.''