[[caption-width-right:326:''Remember, remember the Fifth of November.'']]
->''"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."''
-->-- '''V'''

''V for Vendetta'' is a 2006 film directed by Creator/JamesMcTeigue and written and produced by Creator/TheWachowskis, based on [[ComicBook/VForVendetta the comic book of the same name]] by Creator/AlanMoore and David Lloyd.

The title character is V (Creator/HugoWeaving), a government experiment GoneHorriblyWrong. Armed with extraordinary intellect and fighting skills, along with some home-made high explosives, he escapes from the facility that created him and sets about committing terrorist attacks against the fascist government of Britain. He is TheFaceless throughout the film, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask in order to conceal his true identity. The fact that UsefulNotes/GuyFawkes was arrested for trying to blow up the king has something to do with it, of course.

Evey Hammond (Creator/NataliePortman), who works at a TV channel, is rescued from rapist policemen by V, and this act of kindness starts the film. She is taken to his ElaborateUndergroundBase, and, although scared by V at first, she decides to join his campaign to bring down the Government, replacing it with an anarchist society.

Where the original comic was influenced by Creator/AlanMoore's fears of [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Thatcherite]] Britain becoming a repressive dictatorship, the film owes more to critics of the second [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush]] administration along with several other changes with the characters and plot to condense the story and reconfigure it to resemble a more standard superhero tale, complete with super powers for V.
!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationalHeroism: In this film, V is presented as a rather dubious hero who, despite his quirks, is acting against a clearly and absolutely villainous regime. The comic, on the other hand, depicts him as a ruthless anarchist who, while he is similarly striking against a murderous tyranny, is of ''highly'' questionable sanity. The overall results from his actions are treated with much more moral ambiguity.
* AdaptationalVillainy: The Norsefire Party are a totalitarian regime in the movie just like in the comic, however in the latter, certain members had sympathetic traits including the ''BigBad'' of all people, though not enough to be considered redeemable. The movie does away with them entirely.
* AdaptationalWimp: The movie turns Gordon Dietrich into a chubby, middle-aged comedian (played by Creator/StephenFry, no less) when he was a younger, more physically imposing career criminal in the book. Then again, the film also has him defying the Party's laws by hiding banned books and films in his house, and openly mocking Chancellor Sutler on his show, which is ''far'' more badass than anything the character did in the book.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
** V's opening monologue to Evey involves 50 [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness words that begin with V]], and provides the trope's page quote.
--->'''V: V'''oilà! In '''V'''iew, a humble '''V'''audevillian '''V'''eteran, cast '''V'''icariously as both '''V'''ictim and '''V'''illain by the '''V'''icissitudes of fate. This '''V'''isage, no mere '''V'''eneer of '''V'''anity, is a '''V'''estige of the '''V'''ox populi, now '''V'''acant, '''V'''anished. However, this '''V'''alorous '''V'''isitation of a bygone '''V'''exation stands '''V'''ivified, and has '''V'''owed to '''V'''anquish these '''V'''enal and '''V'''irulent '''V'''ermin '''V'''anguarding '''V'''ice and '''V'''ouchsafing the '''V'''iolently '''V'''icious and '''V'''oracious '''V'''iolation of '''V'''olition! The only '''V'''erdict is '''V'''engeance; a '''V'''endetta held as a '''V'''otive, not in '''V'''ain, for the '''V'''alue and '''V'''eracity of such shall one day '''V'''indicate the '''V'''igilant and the '''V'''irtuous. '''V'''erily, this '''V'''ichyssoise of '''V'''erbiage '''V'''eers most '''V'''erbose, so let me simply add that it's my '''V'''ery good honour to meet you and you may call me '''V'''.
** "'''V'''i '''v'''eri '''v'''eniersum '''v'''ivus '''v'''ici".[[note]]Translates to: "[[{{Faust}} By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.]]"[[/note]]
** It's possible that the above monologue was inspired by a similar one made by [[spoiler:Finch]] in the comic, which was also heavily laden with words beginning with V.
* AfterTheEnd: At least according to the Government.
* AllThereInTheManual: The novel based on the film goes into a lot more backstory.
* TheAlternet: The monolithic computer from the comic book is replaced with something called the Interlink, more or less implied to be the same as the Internet (minus the free speech aspect, of course).
* AluminumChristmasTrees:
** Some contemporary reviewers find the idea of "concentration camps" for homosexuals, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_28 eradicate homosexuality even as an abstract concept]], etc. to be sort of an invocation of GodwinsLaw by comparing Thatcher's Britain to Nazi Germany. However, in the early 1980s one of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's advisors did indeed make the suggestion, as a public health policy, that all gay men should be put into quarantine in closed institutions as a strategy to stop the spread of HIV infections. Alan Moore's {{Word of God}} says this aspect of the dystopia was a direct commentary on the implications of such proposals. The real life idea never took off.
** Although Moore wasn't referencing it, gay concentration camps [[http://babalublog.com/2013/05/02/cubas-dictatorship-extolls-virtues-of-gay-concentration-camps/ really did exist]] for a time in communist Cuba.
** It's also important mention that gay men, like Jews, were not safe from persecution in the Third Reich and were, in fact, [[https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005261/ sent to concentration camps.]]
* AntiHero: V. The movie softens him to a [[PragmaticHero Pragmatic Anti-Hero]].
* 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 not anarchy, but fascism.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 1 -- Societal Disruption or Collapse on a Regional or Continental scale.
* ArcWords: The repeated V/Five motif.
* ArmiesAreEvil: Subverted. The British Army is called out at the end to defend Parliament, [[spoiler: but they actually stand down in the face of the civilian rebellion]].
* AskAStupidQuestion: When Evey first meets V she asks him who he is, to which he comments:
--> '''V''': "Who" is but the form, following the function of "what", and what I am is a man in a mask.\\
'''Evey''': Well I can see that.\\
'''V''': Of course you can, I'm not questioning your powers of observation, I am merely remarking on the paradox of asking a masked man ''who'' he is.
* AttemptedRape: V meets Evey when he saves her from a police gang-rape. Later, the Archbishop tries to rape her when he mistakens her request for help as roleplay
* AudibleSharpness: Whenever V breaks out his knives expect lots of "cutting the air" noises. In V's grand battle they even have ''visible'' sharpness.
* AuthorFilibuster: There's still technically the question of is this right or is this mad, but the film ''really really'' wants you to cheer on the anarchists. In the montage, as narrated by Mr. Finch, where V's plan involving the masks and the train cars is coming to fruition, a quick exchange takes place as such:
-->'''Mr. Finch:''' This is what he wants.\\
''(cut to convenience store being robbed)''\\
'''Fawkes-masked robber:''' [[Music/TheSexPistols ANARCHY IN THE UK!]]\\
''(robber shoots revolver in the air and leaves)''\\
''(cut back to Mr. Finch)''\\
'''Mr. Finch:''' Chaos.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Creedy:''' You've got nothing. Nothing but your bloody knives and your fancy karate gimmicks. We have guns.\\
'''V:''' No, what you have are bullets, and the hope that when your guns are empty I am no longer standing, because if I am, you'll all be dead before you've reloaded.
** [[spoiler:Only Creedy and one Mook manage to reload their weapons. V kills the Mook before he can fire, and Creedy's shots don't slow him down]].
* BadassLongRobe: V.
* BatmanGambit: On a massive scale. V's entire plan involves manipulating the government heads into national collapse, and requires not only the police and [[BigBad Norsefire]], but the population of London to react as he expects. The giant falling-domino puzzle he creates is the perfect metaphor.
* BeardOfEvil: Invoked by V's mask.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil[=/=]HeWhoFightsMonsters
-->'''V:''' What was done to me was monstrous.\\
'''Evey:''' And it created a monster?
* 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.
* BigBad: Adam Sutler is the movie's obvious antagonist.
* 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]].
* BlackMarketProduce: On Evey's first morning in the Shadow Gallery, she is given toast with her breakfast and is astonished to find real butter. V explains that he stole it from the Chancellor's supplies.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: V does this to two of [[spoiler:Creedy's]] guards '''with thrown knives''' in the film's climax. The early fight scene with the police also has bodies flying further than you'd think.
* BodyHorror: The descriptions of what happened to the people tested are enough to make you want to smack the lead scientist, Delia Surridge, [[AntiVillain but MAYBE not kill her]].
* BombThrowingAnarchists: V, though he certainly has some goals beyond simply blowing stuff up.
* BookEnds: The 1812 Overture. The film opens with the first notes and ends with the crescendo.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted. V mentions that when the mooks are out of ammo, they'll be dead before they can reload.
* BrokenAesop: The movie goes for a pretty unambiguous Aesop about the importance of individual freedom and thinking for yourself, portraying V as a "freedom fighter" hero. Fine...but his crusade against Norsefire still relies on kidnapping and torturing an innocent girl to make her more sympathetic to his methods, and it ends with him being hailed as a martyr by a mob of his devoted supporters, who proceed to show their devotion by [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything donning identical black outfits and marching in lockstep towards the nation's capital]]. You know...for freedom. Re-made once Parliament goes up in flames; when they take off their masks, they are revealed as every non-Norsefire character in the movie - with a focus on those who died. If you truly want to be free, YouAreNotAlone.
* BulletproofHumanShield: V uses this tactic to outmaneuver the constables in Jordan Tower.
* BulletproofVest: V wears one. [[spoiler:While it does a fine job of keeping him standing, nearly a dozen men with automatic weapons are too much for even a thick metal plate. V pulls together enough HeroicResolve to kill every one of his attackers, but he pulls off his bloody, bullet-riddled armor and dies of his wounds shortly thereafter]].
* BulletTime: Well, Throwing Knife Time in this case.
* ByronicHero: V, perhaps moreso in the comic than the movie.
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Evey:''' I don't see any instruments.\\
'''V:''' Your powers of observation continue to serve you well.
* CoatHatMask: V.
* ColdBloodedTorture: From ''both'' sides, although opinions vary on whether V was justified with his.
* ConspicuousGloves: The protagonist wears gloves and a mask at all times [[spoiler: because he was tortured and disfigured as a prisoner]].
* CoolMask: This movie is one of the main reasons why people still know what a Guy Fawkes mask is.
* CorruptPolitician: Norsefire were corrupt bastards.
* CrapsackWorld: 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. Though it mainly focuses on Britain, the movie also frequently hints at the chaos breaking out in the rest of the world. Apparently, America is now in the middle of a second civil war, it's described as "the world's biggest leper colony," and its leaders beg for humanitarian aid from the UK, sparking Lewis Prothero's rant about how they should dump the cargo of a ship sent from America into the ocean as revenge for the Boston Tea Party. Then again, considering Prothero and the network are a PropagandaMachine, we don't actually know if [[UnreliableNarrator they are telling the truth]].
** CrapsaccharineWorld: Especially compared to the graphic novel's post-nuclear wasteland, Britain in the film is a seemingly lively and prosperous place (for example, while in the GN the government gets rid of the elderly, a retirement house is shown several times in the film). But it's still ruled by a totalitarian Nazi-esque party.
* CrazyPrepared: V's plan was setup more than a decade in advance. By the time of the story, V only has to put a select few pieces into play to make the whole thing fit together, along with some revenge on the side.
* DarkMessiah: V can be interpreted as this.
* DemotedToExtra: Conrad Heyer, the head of The Eye, briefly appears near the beginning when Sutler's advisors are assembled, but the subplot about his wife manipulating him into trying to usurp the government is cut.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:In Evey's case, she did not get the guy, since he died in the end]].
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Sutler pathetically weeps and begs when brought before V]].
* 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.
* DissonantSerenity: V's rampage at the very end can come across as this, probably because of that mask. Also, massive explosions set to gorgeous music.
* DistantPrologue: The movie starts with Evey Hammond narrating the story about Guy Fawkes failed Gunpowder Plot and his execution.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Creedy killing Adam Sutler, with V purposefully arranging for increased surveillance on Creedy precisely to foster these feelings.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Justified when V broadcasts his communiqué over BTN's network, which has been designed to monopolize all the screens in Britain.
* DoomedMoralVictor: As a part of the ThanatosGambit.
* DoubleEntendre: "Pucker up, here comes the Finger."
* DragonAscendant: Invoked to Creedy, [[spoiler:but he gets killed before he can really take over]].
* DualWielding: V's main weapons are half a dozen knives. The version has a coat full of 'em.
* DudeNotFunny: Invoked. Evey tells Gordon to stop joking around when she notices he makes toad-in-a-hole the same way V did, and he starts to claim that he is V.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Shadow Gallery.
* EnemyRisingBehind:
** Played straight at the climax of the TV tower fight, [[spoiler: when V tricks the police into thinking he is a hostage and a hostage is him. He falls past the police, who stop the actual hostage. The hostage's mask is removed and V stands.]]
** V does this in the climax of the film, though he actually [[spoiler:rises in the ''middle'' of a ring of men looking around the room for him]].
* EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt: A rat sniffs the food offered to [[spoiler:Evey in her cell,]] and promptly returns to its hole in the wall.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Creedy's a bastard and he knows it, but when [[spoiler:V gives the cue for him to off Sutler, he clearly displays contempt for the High Chancellor's [[InelegantBlubbering lack of composure in the face of death.]]]]
* EvilLaugh: More crazy than evil, but V's maniacal laughter in the beginning as the Old Bailey explodes comes close.
* EvilOverlord: Sutler.
* EvilSoundsDeep: V.
* ExactWords: Sutler gives us this, not knowing just how close to home it will hit:
-->'''Sutler:''' Tonight, I give you my most solemn vow: that justice will be swift, it will be righteous, and it will be ''without mercy''.
* ExpressiveMask: V's mask never moves, but it still manages to convey emotion through shadow and angles.
* TheExtremistWasRight: The film presents V as more of a good guy and Norsefire as 100% evil, resulting in a more black and white view.
* TheFaceless: V
* FallenStatesOfAmerica: Prothero claims that the 'Ulcered Sphincter of Arse-erica' has become the world's biggest leper colony, and what remains of its government is desperately petitioning Britain to provide them with humanitarian aid and medical supplies. It's not clear whether or not this is true or [[UnreliableNarrator fascist]] [[PropagandaMachine propaganda]].
* FalseFlagOperation:
** Norsefire rose to power by poisoning a school and a water plant with a virus they secretly engineered. Then they swooped in and provided an antidote to the poison, but not before it had killed millions in both the UK and Ireland. It was all then blamed on a few terrorists who quickly confessed and were put to death. Of course their being terrorists and confessing (at least without torture) would be pretty doubtful after learning this...
** V plants suspicion in Creedy's mind about Sutler by having the investigation team spy on Creedy and convincing him that it is Sutler doing the spying. This and Sutler's own actions eventually lead to Creedy turning on him.
* FastForwardGag: Complete with [[Series/TheBennyHillShow "Yakety Sax"]].
* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: All but one of V's targets are male. All but one of V's targets are complete monsters.
* FictionalPoliticalParty: [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Norsefire]]. They're explained to have been [[RenegadeSplinterFaction originally-Tory extremists]] who came to power after a democratic election [[spoiler: - which was rigged, by dint of orchestrating an act of bio-terrorism designed to push the electorate in Norsefire's direction]].
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: The scene of Evey basking in a rainstorm outside the Shadow Gallery following her "rebirth" late in the film is contrasted with a flashback of V experiencing a similar moment of renewal in the fiery ruins of Larkhill. The scene provides the page image for this trope.
* FlamingEmblem: The TitleSequence does this. V also forms his logo in fireworks explosions twice in the film, near the beginning and at the end.
* ForegoneConclusion: V is dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask, and is blowing up outdated symbols of the UK Government with hidden explosives. The Houses Of Parliament are pretty much ''GUARANTEED'' to be going up in flames by the end of the film.
* ForensicAccounting: After the Norsefire bureaucracy stonewalls his investigation when it treads too close to the uncomfortable secrets surrounding Larkhill, Inspector Finch goes to the tax office to look through ''their'' records.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When V knocks over his ''massive'' domino set up, there's one domino which remains standing at the end. [[spoiler:This makes V realize that despite having perfectly prepared the country for revolution and delivered the stroke that sets it in motion, he ''can't'' complete it by himself; someone will have to finish what he started]].
** The conversation that V and Evey have after watching ''Film/{{The Count of Monte Cristo|1934}}''.
--->'''V:''' Did you like it?\\
'''Evey:''' Yeah. But it made me feel sorry for Mercedes.\\
'''V:''' Why?\\
'''Evey:''' Because he cared more about revenge than he did about her.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The man (in shadows) who tries to talk an "imprisoned" Evey into confessing is Hugo Weaving himself, out of costume except for V's gloved hands. Also, William Rookwood (V in a mask) resembles an older Weaving.
* GagDub: WebVideo/MyWayEntertainment does this for the first meeting of V and Evey in "V for Vocabulary". Randy Hayes did his [[MotorMouth long-winded version]] entirely on the fly.
* AGlassInTheHand: Sutler does this with his glass of warm milk after watching Gordon's unscripted show thoroughly mocking him. Humorously, one of the things it mocks him for is drinking a glass of warm milk.
* GambitRoulette: Everyone is manipulating everyone else. V is, more often than not, the puppet master though.
* GenreBlind: Gordon. [[spoiler:He thinks his reputation is enough to shield him from Sutler's wrath. It is not]].
* AGoodWayToDie: [[spoiler:V's death]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Evey:]]''' I don't want you to die!\\
'''[[spoiler:V:]]''' That is the most beautiful thing you could have ever given me...
* GoryDiscretionShot: When the Fingerman who shot the little girl is cornered by angry citizens, one of the men swings a wrench at the Fingerman's face. The shot cuts away before it connects but it's easy to imagine what happened.
** Particularly since there's a metallic impact sound when the scene shifts.
* GreatOffscreenWar: It's heavily implied that the United States are (or were) in the throes of a second civil war at the time of the film, in addition to being devastated by a plague. In his opening monologue, Prothero refers to the country as "the former United States", in the style of "the former Soviet Union".
* HappyEnding: {{Lampshaded}} for ''Film/{{The Count of Monte Cristo|1934}}'', as V and Evy watch the 1934 adaptation together in V's hideout.
-->'''Evey:''' Does it have a happy ending?\\
'''V:''' As only celluloid can deliver.
* HarmfulToMinors: One of the police spots a young girl in a V mask, and shoots her. This kicks the revolution into full swing.
* HeldGaze: Happens twice between V and Evey, at one time verging upon an AlmostKiss. Somewhat subverted in that the film shows that V is always wearing his mask which conceals even his eyes but the romantic tension created is still clear.
* HellholePrison: Larkhill detention center, where 'undesirables' are imprisoned and experimented on.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:V himself]] goes through an anti-heroic sacrifice.
* HeroicWillpower: V manages to hold off on any penalty to attack or agility for what looks like several minutes after [[spoiler:being pumped full of bullets that penetrated a metal chestplate in at least two dozen places]]. Since the entire scene is in slow-motion, it's probably only about thirty seconds, but that's still more than most people would be likely to manage. Ten fingermen, all armed with Beretta Inoxes with 15 round magazines, and Creedy with his magnum, empty their magazines into him... he takes ''at least'' [[UpToEleven a hundred-fifty]] bullets and still manages to kill them all. However, after that... [[HeroicRROD he's spent]].
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The film did this for Guy Fawkes, even though that was never Moore's intent. In reality, his "hero" status is highly dubious. The Gunpowder Plot wasn't really to strike a blow for freedom, they simply wanted to replace the Protestant king with a Catholic one. Further, they packed in so much gunpowder that hundreds (possibly thousands) of innocent civilians would have been killed, including many children -- the only thing the plotters worried about was whether too many Catholics would be taken out (which was what caught them up, since they sent a letter to warn the Catholic Lord Monteagle not to attend Parliament on that day, who then told the authorities). By modern standards they were depraved terrorists, and just to put the cherry on top, Fawkes wasn't even a core member of the conspiracy, but a mercenary[[note]]Of course, he ''was'' also Catholic, and sympathetic to the plotter's cause, but still...[[/note]] hired for his experience with gunpowder.
* IconOfRebellion: Guy Fawkes masks and the letter V in general.
* IllegalReligion: Islam has apparently been outlawed by the Norsefire regime, since Gordon is shot just for possessing a Quran (even when he's not Muslim). Presumably all Muslims have been killed or imprisoned by them.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. A little girl being gunned down for dressing up as V is the last straw that starts the revolution.
* IronicEcho: "Spare the rod..."
* IWillShowYouX: After V's first attack, Sutler demands he be captured so they can show him what terror really is.
* KickTheDog:
** The policemen who corner Evey, a scared young women, make it clear they'll have their way with her for merely threatening them with mace.
** Initially, it's made apparent the government makes people disappear for "crimes" such as protesting (e.g. Evey's parents), but it's later done again harder when Gordon is detained simply for mocking Sutler, and V says after they found a Quran in his house, they ordered him shot. So apparently being a Muslim or possessing articles of Islamic faith is a capital crime (it's explicitly the case in the original graphic novel).
** In-Universe the Fingerman who shot the little girl is clearly agreed upon as this by the surrounding crowd, it ends up being the last straw that starts the revolution.
* KickTheMoralityPet: V admits that he is angry with himself for [[spoiler:torturing Evey after kidnapping her the second time. He knows very well that he destroyed and rebuilt her without consent, and nearly compelled her to leave after she found out the whole session was a charade and Valerie had been dead for years.]]
* KillThePoor: Along with other "undesirables", the homeless are rounded up and placed in death camps.
* TheKindnapper: V kidnaps Evey twice, both times motivated by some form of benevolent intentions. The first time, he saves her after she is knocked out helping him escape from the news station. The second time, he is testing her -- albeit in a horrible way -- to see if she is worthy of being his successor.
* KingpinInHisGym: There's one scene in which V has some fun fencing with a suit of armour. As he exists somewhere in the fuzzy border between AntiHero and AntiVillain, he's probably villain enough to count.
* KirkSummation: It's scarily reminiscent of the trope-naming HannibalLecture, except that [[BlackAndGrayMorality the guy he's delivering it to is so much worse]].
* KnifeNut: V. He keeps six on his belt in case [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks he needs to throw them]].
* KnightInSourArmor: Eric Finch.
* LandslideElection: Norsefire came to power with 87% of the vote.
* LatexPerfection: On close inspection in daylight, V's William Rookwood mask is pretty easily seen to be plastic. However, in the dark, partially covered by glasses, a fake beard, and a hat, it's enough to fool Mr. Finch.
* 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.
* LipstickAndLoadMontage: Evey does this while V gets his gear ready to fight.
%%* LiveActionAdaptation
* LivingLegend: V deliberately invokes this so that he can inspire people.
* 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.
* MakeAnExampleOfThem:
** Sutler was about to do it:
-->''"Tonight any protester, any instigator or agitator [[VillainousBreakdown WILL BE MADE]] [[ChewingTheScenery EXAMPLE OF!]]"'' (during his last talks with his subordinates)
** [[spoiler:Averted, because the commander of the troops guarding Parliament, faced with opening fire on unarmed civilians, decides not to shoot -- at the very last moment, by the way.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: Evey's rebirth is meant to echo V's "birth"; the movie makes this abundantly clear by using the footage of V at Larkhill merged into Evey on the roof.
* MeaningfulName: William Rookwood, a man who did a FaceHeelTurn from Norsefire [[spoiler: and gets impersonated by V]] shares a surname with another one of the gunpowder plotters, Ambrose.
* MirrorScare: The murder of Lewis Prothero.
* MonumentalDamage: Bye bye, Big Ben! [[spoiler:And Parliament]].
* MoralityPet: Evey is the only person whom V treats with anything close to kindness.
* MoreDakka: V finds himself at the apex of a ten-way full-auto firing squad.
* MortalWoundReveal: A subtle one in the great big showdown, where [[spoiler:V appears to survive a NoOneCouldSurviveThat, but]] turns out to be only human after all -- albeit something of a {{Determinator}}.
* MythologyGag: Several of the words used above in AddedAlliterativeAppeal are also the chapter titles from the graphic novel.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: It's against a country's best interests to elect a man named ''[[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adam Sutler]]''.
* {{Narcissist}}: Lewis Prothero's bathroom is walled by mirrors and he has a series of televisions playing his show while he recites his own lines along with it.
* NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: V takes revenge on those involved in the concentration camp and the experiments which created him.
* NoEndorHolocaust: At the climax of the movie [[spoiler:the Houses of Parliament are destroyed by a massive bomb on a tube train beneath them. An explosion of such size would devastate a wide area around it, but miraculously the thousands of be-masked V supporters watching the show from only a few metres away are completely unharmed, rather than being shredded by flying debris]]. Also, the likelihood of the government falling overnight is seen as very positive with no drawbacks.
* NoNameGiven: V. He states: "I do not have a name. You can call me V." Even Delia Surridge doesn't know his real name, calling him just "the subject" or "the man from room five", and recalls that during her experiments, "The subject stated he could no longer remember his name, or where he was from."
* NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler:V sees himself unfit to live in the world to come after Evey blows up Parliament]].
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: The Fingermen have absolute authority to detain, rape, and kill. People are terrified of them. [[spoiler:After V's speech, building tensions, and one stupid Fingerman gunning down a little girl with glasses who was wearing a V mask and vandalized a Norsefire poster, leads to the people of that neighborhood surrounding that man and killing him]].
* NotAfraidToDie:
** [[spoiler:V's torture of Evey was meant to push her to this point. It works]].
** At the climax [[spoiler:the V-mask wearing protesters walk calmly towards the armed army defending Parliament clearly not caring if they open fire or not. They will continue walking]].
* NotHisSled:
** Subverted in one scene, where it briefly looks like they're actually going to reveal V's identity. [[spoiler:Finch sets up a meeting with a mysterious informant named William Rockwood, who turns out to be played by an unmasked Creator/HugoWeaving. At first, we're led to believe that V has finally been unmasked...but then "William Rockwood" turns out to be a pseudonym, and the face that looks like Hugo Weaving turns out to be another of V's masks]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler:V and Sutler's]] deaths. [[spoiler:In the book, V was killed by Finch, and Sutler ("Susan" in the book) was killed by Rosemary Almond, the disgruntled widow of the first head of The Finger. In the movie, V and Sutler are both killed by Creedy's troops]].
* OhCrap:
** The security guard's reaction to seeing V's rather incendiary undershirt.
--->"Fuckin' 'ell."
** Later, when the police realize the man they thought was V was a security guard and the ''real'' V rises behind them, an officer has a look of complete horror on his face.
** The General in charge of defending Parliament at the end when he sees just how many V's are showing up.
---> ''"Jesus bloody Christ."''
** The look on every one of Creedy's men when V's cutting his way through them.
* OlderThanTheyLook: A rough estimate of V's age puts him at anywhere from 30s to 60s. However, due to the experiments conducted on him, V can still move like an Olympic athlete.
* OneLetterName: V.
* OrangeBlueContrast: A rare non-advertising, non-simultaneous example for cinema, Evey's "awakening" takes place in a ''very'' blue rain storm and it is interspersed with images V's "awakening", which took place in a raging inferno.
* PairTheSpares: {{Implied}} via FreezeFrameBonus. [[spoiler:During Finch's monologue about everything being connected, there's a shot of future-Evey with her hair grown back, next to a vase of Scarlet Carsons. The mirror on the wall shows a reflection of a relaxed-looking Finch drinking some wine]].
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:Evey ''becomes'' V]].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: V does this to Prothero, Lilliman and Creedy. While his torture is undoubtedly cruel, their deaths are nothing short of a relief. Delia Surridge subverts this, because she makes a sincere apology and V responds by giving her a quick, painless death instead.
* PetTheDog: Unlike his other targets, V ''doesn't'' violently kill Delia Surridge, but instead chooses to inject her with a lethal poison while she sleeps, because she was the only one to express genuine remorse for her actions. He even seems sorry that he had to do so.
-->'''Delia''': Are you going to kill me now?\\
'''V''': ''(holds up syringe)'' I killed you ten minutes ago, while you slept.\\
'''Delia''': ''(fearfully)'' Is there any pain?\\
'''V''': No.\\
'''Delia''': Thank you. [[{{Beat}} ...]] Is it meaningless to apologize?\\
'''V''': Never.\\
'''Delia''': I'm so sorry... ''(dies quietly)''
* PlayingWithSyringes: V's origin. This is more overt in the movie since the tests apparently gave him SuperStrength and possibly other powers.
* PoliceBrutality:
** Norsefire Fingermen make a habit of it, and the regular police gun down an innocent man (admittedly he was disguised as V) when V takes over a news studio.
** The Fingerman who shoots the little girl just for spray-painting graffiti.
** The rapist policeman, one of whom shot said little girl later.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Norsefire. ''All'' of Norsefire.
* PompousPoliticalPundit: Prothero, a talk show host who staunchly supports the Norsefire regime's Nazi-esque policies and calls out its opponents with a lot of macho bluster. Likely a Radio/GlennBeck[=/=]Radio/RushLimbaugh satire.
* PreMortemOneLiner: V gets two within a few minutes, first against Creedy's men then Creedy himself.
-->'''V:''' [[OhCrap My turn]].\\
'''V:''' Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy. And [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ideas. Are. Bulletproof!]]
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler:Creedy kills Sutler]] with one.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: {{Inverted}} with Gordon. He and Evey were explicitly attracted to each other in the book (Evey even fantasizes about having sex with him at one point). In the movie, he's gay.
* PunchClockVillain: Eric Finch qualifies, at least at the start. Finch says he's been a party member for twenty-seven years, but it's probably not unfair to assume that joining Norsefire was the only way to have anything resembling a career in law enforcement, and it's certainly clear that Finch thinks of himself as a copper first and foremost.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Norsefire are Neo-Nazis, so it's not too odd.
* PsychoSerum: The testing V endures while at Larkhill drives him a little insane.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: V does this.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Interestingly for a dystopia, the General whose soldiers are guarding Parliament [[spoiler: sees hundreds if not thousands of unarmed Vs walking at them]]. His orders were to open fire and his men were asking for confirmation. After no response from Sutler or Creedy, he orders his men to stand down and let the [[spoiler: crowd pass through]] without trouble.
* 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 shows mercy to her, and gives her a quick, painless death.
* RedemptionInTheRain: Evey after her "birth".
-->"God is in the rain."
* RefugeInAudacity: Gordon's last-minute script-change to his show, assuming that he was too famous to just be disappeared. [[spoiler:[[TemptingFate He was wrong]]]].
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: The revolution against the government is seen as completely positive. They kinda handwaved the fact that depending on your position a "revolutionist" is either a "freedom fighter" or a "terrorist", and there can be no argument whatsoever against the fact that Norsefire is a corrupt and oppressive regime that is guilty of terrible crimes against humanity. But there's also no argument that the comic's deliberately ambiguous morality is replaced in the movie with a much more black-and-white version of the conflict.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: After V convinces [[spoiler:Creedy to turn on Sutler and kill him, he immediately reneges on his deal and kills Creedy as well, knowing that he is just as guilty of Norsefire's crimes.]]
* RightBehindMe: When Prothero finishes watching the propaganda programme he made attacking V, he turns off his TV and sees [[MirrorScare V's distinctive mask reflected in the now-blank TV screen]].
* RuleOfSymbolism: V's (impressively large) line of dominoes ties in perfectly with Finch's "everything's connected" speech, but there doesn't seem to be much in-universe justification for V doing it. Unless the ever theatrical V decided to invoke the symbolism anyway.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: When V gets his preparations done for his revolution's masterstroke, he has one request for Evey:
-->'''V:''' Would you... dance with me?\\
'''Evey Hammond''': Now? On the eve of your revolution?\\
'''V:''' A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having!
* SecretIdentityIdentity: V, to the point that we the viewers never learn his original identity. Still he is very clear that the V mask is his true face:
-->'''V:''' There is a face beneath this mask, but it's not me. I am no more that face then I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath that.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare:
** To ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''
--->'''V:''' Disdaining Fortune with his brandished steel / that smoked with bloody execution.\\
'''V:''' I dare do all that become a man, he that dares more is none.
** And to ''Theatre/RichardIII''
--->'''V:''' And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With old odd ends stolen forth from holy writ/ And seem a saint when most I play the devil.
** And to ''{{Hamlet}}''
--->'''V:''' We are oft to blame in this / 'Tis too much proved, that with devotion's visage / And pious action we do sugar o'er / The devil himself.
* SocietyIsToBlame: During his speech to the public, V bluntly blames them for allowing Norsefire to come to power, regardless of the circumstances. Then he offers them the chance to fix it by joining him next year for Parliament's destruction.
* SociopathicHero: V. Literally. Finch describes him as being a clinical psychopath.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Lewis Prothero is listening to a recording in which he talks about V (specifically about how he wishes he could fight him man to man) only for a MirrorScare to reveal V standing there. Just for clarification, there is nothing magical in this case, and it is just a coincidence (or possibly the ever-theatrical V was waiting for the perfect moment), but the [[OhCrap look on the man's face]] suggests it might as well have been this trope.
* TheStarscream: Creedy, as engineered by V. Creedy already had the pieces in place, but V gave him the necessary push.
* StateSec: The Norsefire government consists of five groups: the Eye, [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou visual surveillance]]; the Ear, audio surveillance; the Mouth, the PropagandaMachine; the Nose, regular police; and the Finger, who serve as State Sec.
* SubText: [[spoiler:During Finch's monologue about everything being connected, there is a brief shot of future-Evey with her hair grown back, next to a vase of Scarlet Carsons. The mirror on the wall shows a reflection of a relaxed-looking Finch drinking some wine]].
* SuperReflexes: V is extremely fast and precise with his knives, well beyond human reaction time.
* SyntheticPlague: The St. Mary's Virus.
* ThanatosGambit: As his final stroke, V convinces Creedy to turn on Sutler, and in exchange V will give himself up. V does this because he could never get to Sutler otherwise, and Creedy wouldn't turn on Sutler for anything less. [[spoiler:When the time comes, Creedy delivers, but V wears a BulletproofVest so he'll live long enough to kill Creedy in turn.]]
* ThoseWackyNazis: The Head's name was changed from Adam Susan in the book to Adam Sutler in the film. Truly, there never was a [[IncrediblyLamePun subtler pun on Hitler]].
* TooDumbToLive: Gordon Dietrich switches out the state-approved script for his show with one mocking the Chancellor. Though the public certainly found it funny, said Chancellor is the ruler of a totalitarian society, a bigot, a zealot, and a complete monster who is willing to abuse his vast power for the pettiest of reasons. Gordon boasts that the worst that will happen is a fine and he'll be forced to write a letter of apology. [[spoiler:He's arrested and then shot for all the banned material in his home.]] It's hinted from earlier comments to Evey that this might be an intentional SuicideByCop.
* TranquilFury: Vengeance with a smile.
* TraumaticHaircut: Evey's torture.
* TrophyRoom: The Shadow Gallery.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The film was made in 2005 and is set in the 2030s.
* {{Undercrank}}: Gordon uses this in his comedy show when he throws out the approved script, right down to playing [[Series/TheBennyHillShow "Yakety Sax"]].
* TheUnreveal: The identity of V is [[spoiler:now simply "V"]]. He removes his mask once, but his face remains unseen by the audience.
* VikingFuneral: [[spoiler:V gets a modern take on one-laid to rest on the train that delivers his bomb to Parliament]].
* VillainBall: As V pushed the city more towards chaos and anarchy by [[spoiler:giving everyone masks and cloaks like his]], Finch realizes the "powder keg" will be blown by someone in the government doing something stupid. [[spoiler:As he says this, we see a Fingerman shoot the little girl with glasses, who was wearing V's mask, for putting V's mark over a Norsefire poster]].
* VillainousBreakdown: Creedy suffers a nasty one after V rips his henchmen to shreds and is still strong enough to send Creedy to hell before expiring.
* VillainsOutShopping: "Creepy" Creedy loves his botany and Sutler still enjoys a glass of warm milk.
%%* VoiceOfTheLegion
%%* WallSlump
* WaterSourceTampering: Norsefire released the virus into a water treatment plant, in addition to a tube station and [[WouldHurtAChild St. Mary's School]], the latter being where it got its name.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: Mostly averted (like V saying "lift" instead of "elevator") but not always -- several uses of "cop" which is generally an Americanism (Brits prefer "copper"), Finch pronouncing lever as leh-ver instead of lee-ver. Additionally, Lewis Prothero was based more on American television pundits (like Creator/BillOReilly) rather than anything off British TV. The colors of the national postal carrier are based on USPS rather than Royal Mail. In the freight yard a bell is heard from a moving locomotive, not a UK requirement.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: V himself is a rare {{Anti Hero}}ic example. He kills without restraint, has no plans beyond his endgame, and his plan at points seems to count on the fact that civilians likely will suffer for his acts.
%%* WesternTerrorists: {{Deconstructed}}.
* WhatTheHellAreYou: Creedy's reaction after V survives a hailstorm of bullets and proceeds to kill every last one of the men shooting at him. V insists that he's an idea, not a man, [[spoiler:though the thick armor plate sure helped]].
* 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.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: As Finch lampshades, Sutler only knows one solution to any problem: force. All of V's acts are met with crackdowns, arrests, surveillance, and so forth, because Sutler simply cannot conceive of any other option.
* WhyWontYouDie: Because beneath his mask is more than flesh, beneath his mask there is an idea, and ''[[YouCanNotKillAnIdea ideas are bulletproof]]''. [[spoiler:Also: an armored breast plate. Which is not entirely bulletproof, but does stop V from dying where he stands, instead allowing him to slowly bleed out as he stumbles his way back to his lair]]. What, you thought they'd pull the [[spoiler:OnlyAFleshWound card?]]
* WithholdingTheirName: Even in the film version, V refuses to share their name because they discarded their old name/identity to become a symbol of revolution.
* WouldHurtAChild:
** Norsefire deliberately released their virus into a school full of young children to maximize the impact it would have on the citizenry.
** One of the Fingers guns down the V-dressed glasses girl when she tries to run from him. It earns him a presumably very painful death by angry citizens armed with wrenches and such.
* WorldHalfFull: At the end, Sutler is finally brought down, Norsefire dictatorship is toppled, [[spoiler: the military refuse to shoot at the demonstration [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure proving that they aren't so evil]]... and [[PairTheSpares Evey finally meets Finch]]]].
* YouAreAlreadyDead: In V's final conversation with Delia Surridge, he reveals he's already given her a lethal injection.
-->'''V:''' I killed you ten minutes ago, ''(reveals syringe)'' while you slept.
* YouAreNumberSix: {{Played straight}}. The camp dehumanized V to the point where nobody knew him as anything but the Man in Room Five, so he took it as his new identity.
* YouCanNotKillAnIdea: After taking dozens of bullets and killing a dozen men before they could finish reloading (as per his BadassBoast), V approaches The DragonInChief, who asks, in disbelief, "WhyWontYouDie!" His response? "Beneath this mask is more than flesh; beneath this mask there is an ''idea'', Mister Creedy -- and ideas. Are. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Bulletproof.]]''"
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In turning [[spoiler:Creedy into TheStarscream who actually acts, V tells him that when V does blow up Parliament, Sutler's only viable option to retaining his power is to offer the masses someone to blame. V points out that would be Creedy. Being a smart man, as V notes he is, Creedy sees that Sutler would ensure his last "useful" act would be to keep Sutler in charge]].
* YoureInsane: After V's AddedAlliterativeAppeal (see above).
-->'''Evey:''' Are you like a crazy person?\\
'''V:''' I'm sure they would say so.
* ZergRush: V sends everyone in London Guy Fawkes costumes so they could overwhelm Norsefire troops by sheer numbers.
''And as always, England prevails!''