!!The comic:

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Whether V is really a hero or just a lunatic who would rather screw over the world than be controlled by his government. Alan Moore readily encourages readers to come up with their own interpretation of V. A common complaint about the movie is that it lacks the ambiguity of the original.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Yes V is the protagonist but that doesn't really make him a good person. The comic makes very clear that V is just as capable of bastardry as the Dictatorship, even if he has good intentions.
* MagnificentBastard: Helen Heyer, who opposes V.
* {{Narm}}: The government leader and blatant Hitler {{expy}} is named Adam ''Susan''. [[SarcasmMode Heil Susan!]] Changing it to "Sutler" in the film seems [[{{Anvilicious}} overwrought]], but at least it actually sounds ''menacing''.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodLineArt: It was originally released in black and white, and then recolored by a different person. With watercolors. In quasi-impressionistic colors. Without paying attention to the lines.

!!The movie:

* {{Anvilicious}}: A criticism of the movie is that it is heavy handed with BlackAndWhiteMorality. Changing the name of the BigBad to sound like Hitler is more than a little obvious, for instance.
** The "Sutler" name probably seems more anvilicious to those who know it was changed from "Susan". To someone coming from it cold, the first half makes it not-very-"Hitler"-like.
* AwardSnub: Hugo Weaving's amazing performance as V went unnoticed at award shows.
* CompleteMonster: Unlike the comic book, where the fascist characters are more well rounded, in the film some of them are irredeemable monsters:
** [[PresidentEvil High Chancellor]] Adam [[BigBad Sutler]] is a fascist dictator who rules the UK with an iron fist. After the Three Waters Incident leaves the UK in chaos, Sutler seizes power. After becoming Chancellor, Sutler sends anyone he disapproves of (Muslims, homosexuals, political dissidents) to concentration camps to be killed. Sutler violently cracks down on any sort protest against the regime. Sutler is also a very [[EvilisPetty petty]] dictator, [[DisproportionateRetribution having a talk show host arrested and killed for mocking him]].
** [[DragonInChief Peter Creedy]] is the head of The [[StateSec Finger]], Norsefire's SecretPolice. Creedy's agents seem to have free range to do almost anything they want, including raping women found violating curfew. Creedy's agents arrest anyone who is deemed a threat to the Norsefire regime. Creedy is something of a {{sadist}}, sometimes violently beating some of the political prisoners he arrests. However, the [[MoralEventHorizon worst thing Creedy has done]], is masterminding the aforementioned Three Waters Incident, in which he launches a biological attack on the UK that leaves 80,000 people dead and [[FalseFlagOperation allows Norsefire to seize power]]. In the end, Creedy decides to [[TheStarscream kill Sutler and seize power for himself]].
* CryForTheDevil: V for some. He is shown to be a terrorist and murderer, but the film also explores his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* DirectorDisplacement: The film was actually directed by James [=McTeigue=] rather than the Wachowskis, though the latter did write and produce the film, and by all indications were very much in creative control throughout production.
* EarWorm: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TIImrcAaJI This Vicious Cabaret]]".
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Finch has a lot of fans especially among readers that aren't entirely convinced of V's virtue.
* HarsherInHindsight: One of the first actions of open rebellion and anarchy by the citizens against the Norsefire government is when a Norsefire officer [[MoralEventHorizon kills a little girl]] [[DisproportionateRetribution for making a spraypainting of V on a Norsefire Propaganda sign]]. On August 7th, 2011, London started suffering from a continuous riot by the population over a police officer shooting someone during a dispute.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[{{Series/Sherlock}} Rupert Graves]] and [[Film/SherlockHolmes Eddie Marsan]] play officials within the Norsefire security forces; both of them played Inspector Lestrade in different adaptations of Sherlock Holmes.
* JerkassWoobie: V isn't a very nice person but it's hard to blame him given his backstory and the setting he resides in.
%%* MagnificentBastard: V.
* MeaningfulName: In addition to sounding a little like "Hitler," "Sutler" is an old word for merchants who sold goods to the military, implying that the dictatorship represents the [[WarForFunAndProfit "military-industrial complex."]] (This fits in with the fact that the lead villains, including Prothero, the "voice of London," got rich at Big Pharma after the evil experiments were over.)
* MemeticMutation: Like you wouldn't believe. From a single Epic Fail Guy comic to the face of worldwide protests. Today, V is the face of Anonymous. Along with the infamous "V" speech. Evidently, Moore is actually quite proud of this fact, but is a little annoyed that it was sparked not so much by his comic as by "the rubbish movie".
* MisaimedFandom:
** Meta-example, as it did this to Guy Fawkes. It's true that Fawkes entered Parliament with honest intentions, but few actually know what those intentions were. He wasn't trying to take down an authoritarian government, but instill a different one (indeed, since the Catholic church strongly believed in the divine right of kings, Guy Fawkes's co-conspirators would most likely have abolished the power parliament had claimed from the crown). He wanted England to move from the Church of England, which was oppressing to the Catholic Church, back to the Catholic Church (which would then have oppressed the Church of England).
** The movie has spread the misconception that November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day, honors Guy Fawkes, the plucky rebel, instead of celebrating the fact that ''England narrowly averted a terrorist attack on the capital''. It's like thinking [[TheWarOnTerror September 11th]] honors Osama Bin Laden.
*** On top of this, Fawkes wasn't TheMastermind, he was TheBrute of the operation and a somewhat incompetent version of that to boot. One of the reasons he was sent to be the triggerman was because he was deemed relatively expendable to the more important conspirators. But then I guess "Robert Catesby Mask" doesn't have the same ring to it....
** V. Though the film does play the hero angle a bit more straightforward than the comic book, it's still made very clear in the film that V is a terrorist who took his likings of Fawkes' philosophy too far.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Valerie Page's parents crossed it when [[spoiler:they disown her [[DisproportionateRetribution just for being a lesbian]]]].
** In-universe: It's the [[WouldHurtAChild shooting of a little girl]] [[PoliceBrutality over some graffiti]] that finally causes the British people to snap.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Happens to V himself, thanks to being portrayed as a saint in comparison to the Norsefire government.
%%* TheWoobie: Rosemary