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Characters: V for Vendetta

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V

The main protagonist is an Anti-Hero that nevertheless goes by very idealistic anarchist creeds. Appearing as a dark figure in a Black Cloak and wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, V's real name is just as unknown as his face that is only described by Dr Surridge as being "pathetically ugly". Swearing to bring down the repressive order that now rules England, he builds the Shadow Gallery with art pieces he saved from destruction and uses it as his headquarters. From then on, he patiently and skilfully destroys various symbols of power, disrupts Norsefire's orwellian surveillance system and emits subversive tracts and TV appearances.

A Warrior Poet, V is a philosophical, eccentric yet generally unflappable man with a quirky sense of humour that even his protégée has a hard time getting.

Later, we learn that V is actually a codename taken from his room number - 5, which is "V" in the Roman numeral system - back when he was jailed in the concentration camps that were created by Norsefire to "purify" the state. After being chosen with 4 other prisoners to undergo some terrible tests on human beings, he becomes incredibly intelligent, strong and agile, and burns down the whole camp, setting himself free along with many other prisoners.

After taking Evey in and raising her as an heiress, V meets his fate at the hands of Eric Finch and dies in the arms of Evey, leaving her with some last words and instructions, making her swear to never see his face but to understand what he stood for.


Evey Hammond

The series' co-protagonist. In the comics, she is a young girl whom V takes under his wing after being saved in extremis by V from the state's bloodthirsty secret police V before proceeding to indoctrinate her pursuant to his anarchistic beliefs. In the film, she is a depicted as a cynical but otherwise conformist young woman working at a state-run news station, BTVN, who joins V's cause reluctantly after being rescued him and later wholeheartedly after she is fully exposed to the regime's brutality.

  • Action Girl: What she eventually becomes in the novel.
  • Bald Women: After her Traumatic Haircut.
  • Break the Cutie
  • Closer to Earth: Played straight and subverted. She says that she doesn't want to kill people but when Allistair Harper kills Gordon, she is ready to kill him in retaliation, and might have gone through it had V not thwarted her when he kidnaps her. Later, when V gives her the option to have Harper killed, Evey decides to spare his life instead.
  • Her Heart Will Go On Be it Gordon or V himself, both the men she has been involved with die and she lives on.
  • Legacy Character
  • Meaningful Name: Her name doubles as this and a Stealth Pun. Evey is a direct pronuciation of E-V, and E is the fifth letter of the alphabet.
  • Naïve Everygirl
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Her father was the one who taught her all about politics, and his death and "disappearance" by the government was the reason she refused to ever deal with the topic again.
  • Passing the Torch: In the novel, she becomes V herself.
  • Redemption in the Rain: In deliberate contrast to V's Redemption by Fire.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: To V himself.
  • Tender Tears: Upon learning what V did to the Archbishop Lilliman. Of course, she doesn't know what the guy did to V so it's understandable.

Eric Finch

The main antagonist of the series is an officer from Scotland Yard, now renamed "The Nose". Melancholic, somewhat jaded, Eric Finch is still determined to find and punish V, even more since the death of Delia Surridge. Otherwise without ambitions and rather pragmatic, he simply believes that order is better than chaos.

Still, by the end of the series, he experiences a total catharsis and understand what atrocities were committed by Norsefire. And, though he kills V, he no longer desires to serve the government and walks away tranquilly from a now freed London.

    The Norsefire Government 

Commander Adam Susan/ High Chancellor Adam Sutler

The cold, merciless and despotic head of state who serves as the series' main antagonist. In the film, his surname was changed to "Sutler".


  • Asexuality: He thinks he is, but the truth is he's just really repressed. A real asexual probably wouldn't do most of the things mentioned below.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: He masturbates to the Fate supercomputer.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted in the comics. However, it is never made clear in the film.
  • Big Bad: Played Straight in the comics. Conversely, this is downplayed in the film given that his sinister right-hand man, Peter Creedy, is heavily implied to be the true mastermind behind his regime.
  • Boom, Headshot: How he's disposed of at the hands of Rosemary. Similarly, Peter Creedy disposes of him in this manner as part of a coup.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: To an extent. He cheerfully admits to being a violent racist and fascist, but believes that hatred and violence are the only things that can keep society strong enough to survive the apocalypse. In a weird way it actually makes him more sympathetic than most of the party, most of whom don't really believe in anything apart from their own greed.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: In the comics.
  • Evil Is Petty: In the film, he offhandedly abuses his power to put the 1812 Overture (the music V played while destroying the Old Bailey) on the blacklist, simply because "[He] never wants to hear it again."
    • Played with in the original. He believes in repressing one's own desires for the greater good, but that only makes them come out in weird ways.
  • Machine Worship: In the comics, the Fate supercomputer is the only thing he truly loves. Mixes elements of Cargo Ship in with the worship.
  • Necessary Evil: In the film, after a year of failing to catch V, he tells his propaganda machine not to make people think the Norsefire government is wonderful and blameless, but to remind the people "Why they need us." It doesn't work.
  • President Evil
  • The Aloner/ It's All About Me: He is a solipsist, he believes that only he and Fate (whom he considers to be God) are real.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Believes that individual freedom and personal liberties are dangerous and frivolous and seeks to replace them with a uniformity of thought, word, deed and purpose.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Alan Moore was obviously inspired by Hitler when he wrote Susan. The film renamed him Sutler to hammer the point home.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the comics, he loses all semblance of sanity upon seeing that Fate has been hacked in by V. In the film, he reveals himself for the Dirty Coward he really is as he sobs and begs for mercy after being brought before V .
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the comics. In the film, he is largely portrayed as an unsympathetic tyrant who lives in luxury at the expense of his own citizens.

Peter Creedy

The Director of The Finger(i.e.: the state's secret police) after Almond's death. His role in the movie is expanded massively to being the mastermind behind almost all of the Norsefire Party's crimes if not the de facto leader of the regime itself.


  • Animal Motifs: In the film, V describes him as the spider in the heart of the Norsefire government, and even uses this phrase.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: In the film, his name is synonymous with the Norsefire police state.
  • Composite Character: In the film, his character incorporates traits from Derek Almond, the brutal and feared Director of the Finger seen at the beginning of the story. He even paraphrases Almond's boast to V that his knives and martial arts are useless against his firearms only for V to kill him shortly thereafter.
  • The Dragon: Downplayed in the comics where is depicted as a shallow self-serving bureaucrat merely seeking to capitalize on the death of his far more menacing predecessor, Derek Almond.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: In the film. He is revealed to be not only the mastermind behind the Norsefire Party's seizure of power but the official Party Leader directly in charge of the regime's day-to-day administration.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Tries to become this near the end of the book when Commander Susan dies. In the film, he succeeds but it doesn't last long.
  • The Dreaded: In the film, he is universally feared by the citizens living in Norsefire England and viewed with unease by other members of the regime.
  • Meaningful Nick-Name: "Creepy Creedy" in the film.
  • Might Makes Right: Tries to seize control after Susan's death using this principle.
  • Out-Gambitted: Helen Heyer paid his private army better than he did. His attempt to use them to seize control never had a chance.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: His personal weapon is a magnum revolver.
  • Secret Police
  • Smug Snake
  • The Sociopath: A high-functioning yet otherwise clear-cut example in the film. V himself refers to him as "a man seemingly without a conscience for whom the ends ALWAYS justify the means".
  • The Starscream
  • Why Won't You Die?: He screams this at V in the movie.

Derek Almond

The alcoholic, uptight and high-ranking Director of The Finger. Upon trying to stop V from , he didn't realize that he forgot to charge his pistol and ends up killed by V.


Roger Dascombe

The smart-mouthed and mocking director of The Mouth, which oversees propaganda and media in Britain. In the film adaptation, he appears to be a cynical man who is a part of Norsefire only to increase his own power.

In the novel, he is used as a decoy by V and is shot dead by the army after they investigate the Mouth, which V had infiltrated to promote his own agenda.


Conrad Heyer

The good-hearted but weak-willed director of The Eye, the government's surveillance section, is also the Henpecked Husband of the ruthless Helen Heyer who uses him as a means to an end.

Not featured prominently either but he gets his own moment of glory upon beating Allistair Harper to death for sleeping around with his wife, something he discovers when V sends him the videotape of his wife having sex with Harper.


    The Larkhill Three 

Lewis Prothero

The former commander of the concentration camp Larkhill, today he acts as "The Voice Of Fate," a radio program that passes off as Fate's actual voice to relate the various happenings of the country and give the news flash to the population.

In the film, Prothero has gone on to become a political pundit who issues swaggering, state-endorsed political ramblings meant to drum up xenophobia and nationalistic fervor.


  • Captain Ersatz: In the film he's a clear parody of Bill O'Reilly and other Fox News pundits.
  • Confirmation Bias: In-Universe, His "TV show."
  • Cruel Mercy: Instead of killing him, V uses mental torture to render him incurably insane.
  • Dirty Coward
  • Evil Is Petty
  • Fat Bastard
  • It's All About Me: The film even shows him watching his own broadcasts with an expression that falls just shy of masturbation.
  • Jerkass: Possibly the nicest thing that anyone could say about this man.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Although V doesn't kill him, he ends up literally crazy and unable to speak, other than repeating "Ma-ma!" over and over, like his beloved dolls.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He often likes to play up his Military service, making himself out as a hero. In reality, he was a sadistic bully who got a kick out of beating on innocent people.
  • Moral Myopia: He cares far more about his doll collection than he did about the people he tortured at Larkhill. And seeing the dolls burned in the same ovens where he roasted people makes him lose his mind.
  • Mouth of Sauron: In the novel.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His Doll collection and his often petty and immature personality (Firing a technician for making his nose look big and being mentioned as always needing to get his way in the film) turn him into this.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: An ex-soldier and former concentration camp commander who makes propaganda for a fascist government. His hobby? Collecting dolls.
  • Speak of the Devil: In the film. While Prothero showers, he watches himself on TV, ranting and wishing he could meet "the terrorist" face-to-face. He then turns around, and finds V smirking at him.

Archbishop Anthony Lilliman

Once a priest in the Larkhill camp (he provided "spiritual support" for the guards) he is a child molester and now promoted to Archbishop of the Anglican Church.


Dr. Delia Surridge

The Chief Medical Officer of Larkhill, she did human experiments on the prisoners. After Larkhill's destruction, she became consumed by guilt over what she had done. She used to be in a relationship with Finch.


    Supporting Characters 

Rosemary Almond

The gentle, demure but abused wife of Derek Almond. After his death, she is left to fend for herself, the Government refusing to give her any pension for being an official's widow.

She resorts to going out with the sleazy Roger Dascombe, only to lose him as well. She is eventually expelled from the high society she used to acquaint with and ends up being a showgirl to support herself.

Blaming Norsefire for having taken away her husband and her happiness, she decides to murder Commander Susan herself and shoots him in the head when he greets her without even recognizing her. She was probably killed afterwards but is only shown being battered by the Fingermen.


  • And This Is for...: While preparing herself to assassinate the Commander, she mentally enumerates and reviews all the reasons why she was about to do it and why they all made perfect sense.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Who could have thought the sweet, gentle and enduring Rosemary would ever snap so radically?
  • Break the Cutie
  • Broken Bird
  • Deus Angst Machina: After all what she's been through, it's really justified.
  • Domestic Abuse: The poor woman really did nothing to deserve this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She knew full well what would happen to her when she decided to murder the Commander. But she didn't care and preferred to die with dignity rather than live like a whore.
  • The Last Dance: Feeling she had nothng left to lose and no purpose left in life anyways, she decides to at least do something useful before dying.
  • Lifetime Movie of the Week: Her own arc looks very much like this, except it's done well.
  • Shrinking Violet: Before Derek's death.
  • Widow Woman

Helen Heyer

The scheming, arrogant and domineering wife of Conrad Heyer, in stark contrast to Rosemary, is a Magnificent Bitch who plans to take control of Norsefire through her husband, with her being the power behind the throne.

Manipulative, fairly attractive, and extremely shrewd, she uses bribery and sex to get men to do her bidding and is pretty good at it. Still all her plans go awry when V understands her intentions and sends a videotape of her screwing with Allistair Harper to Conrad. She then leaves her heavily wounded husband to die, showing her true colours. She is then reduced to sell her body to survive, after being rebuffed by Eric Finch.


Dominic Stone

A sergeant at the Nose and Finch's sidekick.


Valerie Page

An unseen character (besides some clips on a movie screen) that is only talked about throughout the novel. A lesbian actress who gained substantial acclaim in her day, she was among the people that were first taken to the Larkhill concentration camp.She was actually V's next door cellmate and sent him a letter written on toilet paper explaining her life and why she was sent to the camp with him. Avenging her is V's main motivation. She was subjected to the same human experiments as V, but didn't survive it.


Gordon Dietrich

A former acquaintance and fellow smugler of Allistair Harper. He picks up Evey some time after V expels her from the Shadow Gallery and eventually becomes her lover. He ends up killed by Harper some time before V abducts Evey again.


Alistair Harper

A vicious Scottish crook who starts off as a player in the Black Market, he and his men are recruited by Creedy to be Creedy's private side army, a group of thugs who can do anything without being obviously linked to the government. Creedy has fond dreams of using the force of the Fingermen and Harper's thugs to push himself to the head of the government.

Unfortunately for Creedy, Harper is also working for Helen Heyer, who pays better. In the novel, Harper eventually gets killed by Conrad Heyer when he discovers Harper's affair with Helen.


  • Black Market: Appears to more or less control what we see of it.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Implied to have inflicted one on Creedy, who pleads for a quick death. Harper refuses, saying "I wouldn't waste the bullet" and goes to work with his knife instead.
  • The Dragon: To Creedy. In the overall power structure, probably closest to being The Brute.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Has a superficial layer of charm, but there is a very nasty and cruel bastard hiding beneath the surface.
  • Knife Nut
  • The Starscream: Soon after Creedy recruits him he agrees to serve as Helen Heyer's mole within Creedy's organization, then she makes it plain that he'll be head of the Finger if anything should happen to Creedy...
  • The Unintelligible: His speech is rendered in a Funetik Aksent so confusing that it's all but indecipherable to non-British readers.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Although he is more clever and self-controlled than is normal for this trope, he is a Scotsman with a mile-wide violent streak, so still counts.


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