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Played by: Hugo WeavingThe 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 (Peter Creedy in the film) 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comic V is a Nominal Hero or an Anti-Villain, while in the film V is more a Pragmatic Hero.
- Adorkable: Lapses into occasional bouts of this in the film, especially around Evey.
- Affably Evil: Naturally evil will depend on one's views of his actions and beliefs. But he is extremely polite and cultured throughout, even to people he plans to kill.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Even occurs In-Universe. Is V a Freedom fighter who has the best interests of the people of Britain to heart, and a compassionate mentor figure to his sidekick Evey? Or terrorist who's mentally psychotic, and takes pleasure in making his enemies, and even Evey, suffer, and who destroys buildings to prove a point? Or maybe both? It should be noted that Alan Moore intended this moral ambiguity.
- Ambiguously Evil: As the battle between V and Norsefire is really Grey and Gray Morality, he's not exactly good, and while he does things for a good reason, torturing Evey puts him a little bit past being just in the grey area.
- Ambiguously Gay: It's unclear why he was sent to the concentration camp in the first place, leaving open the possibility that he is gay.
- Anti-Villain: Type III. On the one hand, he wants to end the Norsefire Party's dictatorship and oppression. On the other, the party calling him a "terrorist" isn't exactly propaganda - he is willing to blow up buildings and torture people if it means winning his little war.
- Badass Boast: When facing off against Creedy's men.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 hopes that when your guns are empty, I am no longer standing. Because if I am, you'll all be dead before you've reloaded.
- Badass Bookworm: Has an enormous book collection, and has a particular passion for Shakespeare.
- Badass Normal: True, he is more intelligent, determined, and reactive than most humans - but that's all he is.
- Black Cloak / Badass Long Robe: After the mask, it's his most noticeable piece of clothing, although unlike the mask he is often seen without it.
- Celibate Hero: Whether or not he's Asexual is never brought up. When Evey makes sexual advances to him, he kicks her out of the Shadow Gallery. In the movie, they eventually kiss, even though V is wearing his mask.
- The Chessmaster: Moreso in the VN, yet in the film he has still outwitted everyone in the government.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: We never see him without a mask, and the coat and hat are always worn whenever he leaves the shadow gallery.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He has very inventive ways of tormenting his victims.
- Cool Mask: The Guy Fawkes mask. Always worn.
- Covered with Scars: Burns from the camp that he burnt down.
- Crazy-Prepared: Has clearly spent years preparing his campaign with assassinations, explosives and computer hacking before he goes public at the beginning of the graphic novel.
- Cultured Badass: His Shadow Gallery is a monument to forgotten culture, and we know he's a fan of (at the very least) showtunes, Tchaikovsky, The Rolling Stones, Motown and Shakespeare.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can be quite the sarcastic fellow, especially when delivering his Workplace speech to the people of London.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Evey's arms, at the end of the novel.
- Dual Wielding: His knives are small and light enough for him to easily use two at once when he kills Creedy and his mooks.
- The Faceless: His face is never seen though it is implied to be horribly scarred.
- Genius Bruiser: The experiments enhanced his intellect and physical abilities. He can give you a master's class on literature and snap your neck without much effort.
- The Hero Dies: He may be a Badass, but not even he can survive the sheer power of bullets.
- The Kindnapper: He kidnaps Evey twice, both times out of benevolent intentions.
- Knife Nut: The knives are the only actual weapons he uses, not included his basic combat skills.
- Knight Templar: He is uncompromising in his attempt to overthrow the Norsefire government, having no quarms about killing his enemies in cold blood and even using Mind Rape.
- MacGyvering: A speciality of his. Being the only physically healthy survivor of the experiement peformed on him and his fellow prisoners, he was granded special privileges such as a limited access to gardening supplies. Combined with the rations he was given, he was able to produce gunpowder, mustard gas, and napalm, all of which he used to stage his escape.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Very much so. He even quotes the trope-naming line in the graphic novel.
- Malevolent Masked Men: "Malevolent" is slightly downplayed, but Masked Man is the very definition of V.
- Mind Rape: What he does to Lewis Prothero, and to a lesser degree, to Evey Hammond.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Of the new England. Or at least, he hopes.
- Nice Hat: He's never seen without it unless he's safely in his own home. By the end of the film, he has thousands of citizens wearing one too.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: V's name and history are a complete mystery and it's stated that even he doesn't remember any of it.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Many of the names on his kill list are those who tormented him at Larkhill.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: When you're using Added Alliterative Appeal on one of the least common letters of the alphabet, you need to start using some long words - Vaudevillian, Vicariously, Visage, Veneer, Vanguarding, the list just goes on.
- Sociopathic Hero: A heroic terrorist.
- Sole Survivor: Of the group of "undesirables" used as guinea pigs for the fascist goverment's Super Soldier project.
- Tranquil Fury: It's very certain that the events surrounding how he came to be have touched a nerve, but he keeps it very low-key.
- Super Soldier: Part of an experiment to create one. It Went Horribly Right. The experiment has given him slightly above-human endurance and cunning, and he uses this fight to the ones who made him that way. It is also evidental that the experiment has made him slightly insane as a side-effect. Word of God describes the mental affliction he suffers as akin to schizophrenia.
- Warrior Poet
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Yes, he's killing people, blowing up buildings, and torturing an innocent young woman to prove a point, but he's doing it to free England.
- Why Won't You Die?: Played straight.Creedy: Die! Die! Why won't you die!.. Why won't you die?!
V: Beneath this mask, there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask, there is an idea, Mr Creedy. And ideas are bulletproof.
Played by: Natalie PortmanThe 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: Invoked by V, who believes that for her to break out of her rut and become his successor, she first has to be broken down until she has nothing, so that she can be remade/remake herself
- Happily Ever After: In the film, with Insp. Eric Finch. If you watch it as usual, it might seem just Maybe Ever After, but there's a certain 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' moment implying this one...
- Her Heart Will Go On Be it Gordon or V himself, both the men she has been involved with die and she lives on.
- Incest Subtext: In the novel Evey attaches herself to various father figures as Replacement Goldfish for her Disappeared Dad. The trope is even lampshaded in her Nightmare Sequence, where she sleeps with her own father.
- Legacy Character She becomes a new V, a V to create a new world rather than break down the old, after V dies.
- 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.
- Na´ve Everygirl: She's a little unaware of just how corrupt the goverment is.
- 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.
- Women Are Wiser: Zigzagged. 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.
Played by: Stephen ReaThe 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the film, it's implied that even after Delia Surridge's death it's still a matter of work than personal revenge for him to find V. And he was not the one to kill V in the movie.
- Anti-Villain: While he loyally serves an authoritarian state, he only does so due to his single-minded dedication to protect England's citizens from crime and chaos.
- Bald of Awesome, at least in the comics.
- Determinator: The guy goes through hell and back during the course of the story, but he never gives up on tracking down V.
- Happily Ever After: With Evey, at least in the movie. Strongly implied by the alternated ending (and by the Freeze-Frame Bonus shot in the Larkhill revelation sequence towards the end, after "...And everything that's going to happen" line).
- Heel Realization: In the film, he's horrified when he realises that the St. Mary's virus was likely caused by their own government.Finch: If our own government was responsible for the deaths of almost a hundred thousand people... would you really want to know?
- In the comic, it was also helped by the case of when V killed Prothero and the Pedophile Priest, seeing his government's hypocrisy as illegal drugs and kiddy porn was supposedly banned and destroyed when Norsefire took control yet these high ranking members have tons of it.
- Hero Antagonist: He might be part of the Norsefire party, but he genuinely wants to protect people, and is disgusted by his discovery of what horrors Norsefire has done.
- Higher Understanding Through Drugs: In the comics, he manages to understand V's mindset by dropping acid in the remains of the concentration camp that created him. It allows him to know what V is planning, and he manages to find and shoot him, wounding him fatally. It also leads him to finally break completely away from the Norsefire government.
- Ineffectual Loner: Played with. He insists on working alone through the comic, not that he has a choice after his suspension, and is always a step or two behind V. However he does eventually catch up to V, although that too is apparently part of V's plans, and is the cause of V's death.Iin the film he instead learns of the government's involvement in causing the outbreak and comes to see how the crackdown will inevitably go too far and spark riots by a previously accepting public.
- It's Personal: After V kills Delia Surridge, the hunt for him stops just being a job for Eric. At the end of it all, he no longer cares if the Norsefire government stands or falls, he just wants to find V and have his revenge.
- Knight in Sour Armour: His jadedness at his surroundings makes him one of these.
- Punch Clock Villain: He is mostly indifferent and actually a bit dislillusioned towards the Norsefire government's ideology. He pretty much only does his job because he believes that it is the lesser evil compared to letting England descend into chaos. Until it gets personal that is.
- Smoking Is Cool: Smokes a pipe in the comics, perhaps drawing a parallel with a certain other Great Detective...
- The Stoic: He starts off the story as one, although in the comics the death of Delia and his other experiences wind up knocking the stoicism out of him.
The Norsefire Government
Commander Adam Susan/High Chancellor Adam Sutler
Played by: John HurtThe cold, merciless and despotic head of state who serves as the series' main antagonist. In the film, his surname was changed to "Sutler".
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, Susan is shown to be extremely socially awkward and slightly mentally unstable (something which worsens as the story unfolds). Sulter from the film has no such traits.
- The Aloner: He is a solipsist, he believes that only he and Fate (whom he considers to be God) are real.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: He masturbates to the Fate supercomputer.
- 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." He later murders Gordon for making fun of him.
- 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.
- 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.
- Machine Worship: In the comics, the Fate supercomputer is the only thing he truly loves. Mixes elements of Cargo Ship and Robosexual in with the worship.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted in the comics. However, it is never made clear in the film.
- 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: Let's see, he talks to his cronies via a giant screen that lets him speak ridiculously loudly and intimidatingly, he has a celebrity arrested for doing a skit making fun of him, and has full control over the government and the police force.
- 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.
Derek AlmondIn the comics, he begins the story as the alcoholic, uptight and high-ranking Director of The Finger, the Secret Police of the Norsefire government. Upon trying to stop V from killing Delia Surridge, he didn't realize that he forgot to charge his pistol and ends up killed by V. In the movie this character is combined with Peter Creedy and given a promotion to Dragon-in-Chief.
- The Dragon: To Susan before his death.
- Domestic Abuser: A really, really nasty one. Being one of the most powerful men in a totalitarian government apparently turned him into an abusive, ungrateful and violent husband to his yet gentle and faithful wife.
- Frontline General: He may be a nasty piece of work but give him this much; he's quite willing to put himself in harm's way to do his job. When he gets a tip about where V may strike, he immediately head there himself instead of ordering his men to do it instead. Doubly so as he wasn't even on duty. And when he dies off the clock, the government uses that as a means of denying his widow any benefits she should be entitled to for him dying in action.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Played with. He threatens his wife by pretending to shoot her with an unloaded gun (on the promise that one day, it won't be unloaded). Guess what he forgets to do a few minutes later when he goes after V.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: What eventually happens to him.
- Jerk Ass
- Minor Major Character: Begins the series as one of the most powerful men in a totalitarian government which has the country in an iron grip, yet he's killed off early in the story.
- No Accounting for Taste: Poor, poor Rosemary.
- Secret Police: The organization he commands, The Finger, is this.
Played by: Tim Pigott-SmithThe 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.
- Appeal to Force: The comic book version tries to seize control after Susan's death using this principle. As they're in the middle of a security emergency, it's only natural that The Finger and the security forces under his control take charge of the situation... just until everything calms down, of course. All of the high level members of the government present know that it amounts to a forceful takeover of the government. And only Helen Heyer knows that Creedy's private side army of thugs and criminals is about to turn on him.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Name: His nick-name "Creepy Creedy" in the film.
- 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: The head of one.
- 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: He ends up betraying Sutler, thinking he could kill him and V.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one after V takes out his forces and moves to kill him even as Creedy shoots him repeatedly. After he runs out he simply mutters "why won't you die?" Cue V picking him up, giving him a short "The Reason You Suck" Speech and breaking his neck.
- Why Won't You Die?: He screams this at V in the movie.
Played by: Ben MilesThe 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, when V storms the Mouth's media headquarters, he leaves Dascombe behind dressed up as V and gagged as a decoy for the police storming the building. Those policemen promptly shoot Dascombe while V makes his escape.
- Adaptational Badass: He defused a bomb planted by V at the Jordan Tower. Because...Dascombe: Have you any idea how long it will take to rebuild this facility?Finch: Do you have any idea what you're doing?
- Affably Evil: Humorous and happy-tempered but still just as corrupt as the Government he serves.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: His default expression that he only loses upon facing V.
- Comforting the Widow: What he does to Rosemary after Derek Almond's death, in a very unsavoury way.
- The Ministry of Truth: His role as head of The Mouth, which, in the film, includes the British Television Network. He even quips "Our job is to report the news, not fabricate it. That's the government's job."
- Propaganda Machine: The head of it.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Supposedly... Though we never know what exactly happened to him after the revolution.
Played by: Guy HenryThe 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.
- Anti-Villain: He's essentially a Punch Clock Villain/Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who's never seen doing anything actually villainous.
- Big Brother Is Watching: The Eye oversees surveillance throughout the city.
- Demoted to Extra: In the film, both he and Brian Etheridge only appear at the cabinet meetings.
- Domestic Abuse: The victim of it in this case.
- Drop the Hammer: How he killed Allistair Harper.
- Henpecked Husband: By his abusive, bossy, manipulative wife Helen (not mentioned in the film).
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: One cannot help but feel sorry for the guy with how his cruel and ambitious wife utterly humiliates him on a regular basis and only really sees him as a pawn in her game, and he yet he is still hopelessly in love with her in spite of it.
- Love Martyr: Upon learning that the wife who treats him like dirt is having an affair, his first reaction is to go after her paramour in the belief that this will prove to her that he's the better man. Helen's actual reaction is to chew him out for ruining her plans for a coup by killing her co-conspirator and leave him to watch himself bleed out on the floor.
- Mutual Kill: Though he manages to kill Allistair Harper in their confrontation, Harper manages to seriously wound him. Helen finds him in this state, but angry that he has thrown a wrench in her plans for a coup, she leaves him to bleed to death rather than helping him.
- Nice Guy: Sort of. He isn't evil per se but he still serves the government loyally.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Probably. Just as Dascombe's and Etheridge's, his eventual fate remains unclear in the movie.
- The Peeping Tom: Implied to have voyeuristic tendencies with having cameras everywhere, though he is loyal to his wife.
- Unrequited Love: Despite being married, Helen feels nothing but contempt for him but he truly loves her.
The Larkhill Three
Played by: Roger AllamThe 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's role is slightly altered to become a political pundit who issues swaggering, state-endorsed political ramblings meant to drum up xenophobia and nationalistic fervor.
- Aroused by Their Voice: A lot of attention is drawn in the comic to Prothero's incredibly charismatic voice, which has a rich tenor and is disarmingly sensitive.
- 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. Averted in the movie, where Lewis was simply forced to take poison.
- Death by Adaptation: In the comic, V doesn't kill him but Mind Rapes him into incurable insanity. In the film, V forces him to swallow poison.
- Dirty Coward: Clearly afraid of V when he came in, even though seconds ago he was gloating about how he'd fight V if he met him.
- Fat Bastard: Fat, corrupt, a sadistic bully, and a Miles Gloriosus to boot.
- Functional Addict: After his death the police search his house and notes that he "has enough (illegal drugs) to start his own pharmacy".
- 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 does in the film though), 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 graphic novel, he speaks over the radio (supposedly) for the FATE mainframe. It is also the reason why V taking him out the picture ends up having a profound effect; when he can no longer perform as the voice of FATE, the Norsefire government is forced to quickly find a replacement, meaning that they, though they might try, can no longer maintain the illusion to the public that FATE has an actual voice.
- 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
Played by: John StandingOnce 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.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He switches from sadistic violence to weeping as he begs V for mercy. V, however, is not in a forgiving mood.
- Asshole Victim: He might be a weak old man, but he's also a pedophile and a rapist.
- Death by Irony: Till the very last moment, he doesn't take Evey's words serious, assuming it to be yet another role play of those he got addicted to.
- Dirty Old Man: He is an elderly pedophile rapist who uses his position to get away with his crimes.
- Hypocrite: Though he is the highest priest in Britain at the moment, his life is... well, far from a decent clergyman.
- Even moreso in the comic, as the police discovered a large collection of child pornography at his place — banned completely and supposedly destroyed after the ascension of Norsefire.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Just like Prothero, he is given an ironic way to die, being forced to ingest a poisoned host.
- Pedophile Priest: Every Sunday night, he rapes a different pre-teen girl (teenage girl in the movie).
- Perfect Poison: The way V chooses to dispose of Lilliman (also Prothero in the film).
- Sinister Minister: Not only is he a pedo and a rapist, he also has a gun in his Bible, and he was part of Larkhill. Clearly, he's a little bit worse than the average Pedophile Priest.
Dr. Delia Surridge
Played by: Sinead CusackThe 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.
- Ambition Is Evil
- Anti-Villain: After she leaves Larkhill.
- Apocalyptic Log: She leaves one behind, and it explains why V is the way he is.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Since she had been by far the gentlest (at least, post-Larkhill) and most repentant of the three, V rewards her with a painless and peaceful death.
- Deadly Doctor: Delia used to be this. One of her experiments on a lesbian woman made her grow vestigial fingers from her calf.
- Death Seeker: Upon learning that V has come to kill her, her only response is "Thank God."
- Face Death with Dignity: The only victim not to break down or cry for mercy when they face V.
- Go Out with a Smile/Peaceful in Death: One bright side to her Heel Realization was that it meant she didn't mind dying.
- My God, What Have I Done?/The Atoner: In a way, she created V. She thanks him when he shows up to kill her, feeling she deserves it for her part in the Larkhill experiments.
- Out, Damned Spot! The only one of the Larkhill Three whose conscience is bothered by what she did, she's clearly haunted by her deeds at Larkhill until the story's present.
- Playing with Syringes: It was her syringes that helped make V what he is.
- Redemption Equals Death: She just couldn't live with such a guilt... so much so that she was happy to find out that V came to kill her.
- Visionary Villain: Performed experiments on humans with the intention of eradicating disease.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely believed that her experiments were for the good of Britain and mankind in general.
Rosemary AlmondThe 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.
- Adapted Out: She has no counterpart in the film, as her role as Sulter's assassin has been given to Creedy.
- 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 Her entire story arc is this happening until it drives her to strike back.
- Broken Bird: After enduring her husband's excuse, being Dascombe's plaything, and then being forced to perform demeaning burlesque numbers just to survive, Rosemary becomes quite broken.
- Despair Event Horizon: Although unlike many examples, rather than a single incident pushing her over it, it's a gradual accumulation until she doesn't care about the fact that she'll probably be tortured and killed in response for assassinating Susan.
- Deus Angst Machina: After all what she's been through, it's really justified.
- The Dog Bites Back: Everything she endures at the hands of the system that Susan built, she finally breaks and decides that she has to do something to hit it, (and him) back, regardless of the cost.
- Domestic Abuse: We get to see her being the target of it, complete with the abuser in question flat out telling her that one day he will work up to murdering her.
- 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: The Commander's England doesn't treat them very well, either.f
Helen HeyerThe 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 as V understands her intentions and sends a videotape of her screwing Allistair Harper to Conrad. Conrad Heyer responds by attacking and killing Harper, but is badly wounded himself in the process. Furious at the destruction of her plans, she leaves her husband to die, showing her true colours. The end of the comics show that she is reduced to living in the street and bartering sex for food and other survival necessities.
- Adapted Out: She has no counterpart in the film.
- Ambition Is Evil: Her ambition results in multiple murders, among other sordid activities. Furthermore, the book seems to suggest that the ambitions of all the people who want the top spot in the government after Susan's death are as responsible for destabilizing and toppling the government as anything else.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She knows all too well how to sit back and play the good, charming wife in public while making cold hearted, ruthless schemes for power.
- Break the Haughty: What ultimately happens to her after being rebuffed by Eric Finch and reduced to sell her charms to survive.
- Domestic Abuser: Regularly hits, ridicules, belittles and cheats on her husband Conrad.
- Hoist by His Own Petard/Laser-Guided Karma: Her use of sex as a weapon led her to cheat on her husband. When he finds out he kills her lover and gets mortally wounded himself, ruining her plans to control the government. Later Helen, who used sex as a weapon to ruthlessly manipulate people and control her downtrodden husband, is reduced to selling sexual favors to survive.
- Hope Spot: She has an extremely brief one towards the very end of the comics, when after being reduced to living on the street and offering sex to a gang in exchange for protection, she spots Eric Finch and tries to convince him to work with her in regaining some control over chaos in the wake of the government's collapse. When Finch refuses her she knows all too well that her last chance is lost.
- Ice Queen: Of the total bitch variety.
- Lady Macbeth: She can see a path that will lead her husband Conrad to becoming the most powerful man in the country, (at least on paper) and she pushes him towards it and won't let anything, including him not being suited to that role, stand in her way.
- Manipulative Bitch: Oh so much, and oh so skilled.
- Pretty in Mink: Never seen without her expensive mink coat.
- Rich Bitch: Being the wife of one of the most powerful men in the country has brought her plenty of wealth and comfort, but it hasn't made her any less cruel or ambitious.
- Socialite: Only in appearance. Her goals are way more sinister than just being a catty Rich Bitch.
- The Vamp: She has no problems with using sex as a weapon.
- Villainous Breakdown: Helen has two towards the end of the comics. The first occurs when she comes home to find Alistair dead and her mortally wounded husband lying on the floor of the lounge room with the tape of her affair with Alistair. She proceeded to yell at and belittle Conrad for ruining her plans before abandoning him to die of his wounds. The second occurs when she encounters Finch and tries to convince him to work with her. When Finch refuses Helen is reduced to shrieking and ranting while he quietly leaves her behind.
- The Woman Behind the Man: She's the one truly responsible for Conrad's career continuing to rise, and she's aiming for him to be an Authority in Name Only while she's the true power.
- Woman in White: Frequently dresses in white, perhaps to play up her good public face.
Played by: Rupert GravesA sergeant at the Nose and Finch's sidekick.
- The Lancer: To Eric Finch. He is young and more enthusiastic and naive about his work, where the middle-aged Finch is more cynical and disillusioned.
- Na´ve Newcomer: At first, he plays somewhat like a Watson to Finch's Holmes, later he grows into the role of being Finch's replacement.
- Passing the Torch: By the end of the comics he has largely taken over Finch's role as the honest and competent cop, and furthermore it is implied at that Evey has also chosen him as her successor.
Valerie PageAn 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.
- Bury Your Gays: She had been imprisoned in Larkhill for lesbianity and killed off during the experiments, before the main story starts.
- Flower Motifs: The purple rose is her emblem that V took for himself.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She dressed in a feminine way, and the only difference from most other women was that she, ahem, didn't want to get married with a man. And this was what she had been ultimately sent to Larkhill for, soon after her... hmm... girlfriend Ruth.
- Not Quite Dead: One fan theory holds that she actually is V. It's a theory that's completely wrong as per the creator, but when has that ever stopped fans? And there's really no way to prove it one way or the other, given that V himself can't remember his own past and Valerie was subjected to hormone experiments. The film takes the theory and plays it a bit more ambiguously.
- Posthumous Character: Those notes that get slipped to Evey through the cell wall? Being passed through by V.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: In the film, this was the reason why she was rejected by her parents.
- The Unseen: Although we see V watch some clips of her in the beginning.
Played by: Stephen FryA former acquaintance and fellow smuggler 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, he is a career criminal who is murdered by a more powerful criminal. In the film he is a TV host and Evey's kindly boss, who is killed by the government for daring to parody and mock it.
- Adaptational Sexuality: In the comics he is straight and even becomes Evey's lover for a short while. He is gay in the film.
- Bury Your Gays: In the movie, where he is instead Evey's friend and boss.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the movie as played by Stephen Fry.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Played with. He tells Evey to hide and doesn't sell her out to Harper in the novel or the Fingermen in the film.
- Illegal Religion: Played with. Though he's not a Muslim he's executed in the film because he has a copy of the Qu'ran.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is killed by being stabbed in the head with a sword by Harper's henchman.
- Satellite Love Interest: In the novel, he is mostly presented to see just how he picked up Evey after she was expelled from the Shadow Gallery.
Alistair HarperA 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 combined forces 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.
- Adapted Out: As the Creedy of the films is much more powerful and essentially the Dragon-in-Chief from the start, he has no need for the services of a Harper analogue, or Harper's criminal organization.
- 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.
- The Dreaded: To Gordon, who's a petty thug to Harper's crime boss.
- Establishing Character Moment: Alistair is introduced sitting in a sleazy bar, talking with one of his co-workers about his new job working for the Finger. During the conversation he bragged about using his new-found power to arrest a married couple, beat up the husband, then perform a strip search on the man's wife and feel her up.
- Faux Affably Evil: Has a superficial layer of charm, but there is a very nasty and cruel bastard hiding just beneath the surface.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: In addition to what he mentioned in his Establishing Character Moment, he also made a lewd comment about Evey, to her face, when he sees her with Gordon; thankfully he was there and shuts Alistair down.
- Knife Nut: He has a definite fondness for blades, as he used a sword to kill Gordon and when he turned on Creedy, he used a knife or razor in what is implied to be a truly horrific and sadistic fashion. This also came into play against Conrad, see Mutual Kill below.
- Mutual Kill: Though Conrad manages to surprise Alistair by ambushing the latter with a spanner while he's watching a video of himself and Helen, Harper manages to seriously wound Conrad with his razor. However Conrad beats Alistair to death with the spanner before bleeding out himself.
- 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 or non-Scottish 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.