!!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.
* CrazyAwesome: V is a KnifeNut who speaks philosophically, manages to make the populace of England revolt, hides out in an underground base full of lost cultural items, and wears a Guy Fawkes mask with intentions of making it the face of a revolution.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Yes V is the protagonist but that doesn't really make him a good person. The comic makes very clear that V is almost as capable of bastardry as the Dictatorship, even if he has much better intentions.
* MagnificentBastard: V himself, obviously, who almost singlehandedly destroys the Norsefire party when it had gone unopposed for years. To a lesser extent, Helen Heyer, who opposes V and makes a pretty good power play for herself near the end.
* MisaimedFandom: The Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol on the internet for libertarians and anarcho-capitalists, despite both V and Alan Moore following more traditional, anti-capitalist schools of {{UsefulNotes/Anarchism}}.
* {{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]], as now the reference is way too obvious, but at least it actually sounds ''menacing''. Likely intentional, as Susan himself is not a very impressive person.[[note]]Some have theorized this was meant as a potshot at UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, whose last name was also universally regarded as a girl's name until his election.[[/note]]
** Adam Susan's punishment from V, namely, [[spoiler: being driven insane by orchesrtrated romance with a supercomputer]], can definitely fall under this since, while played for horror rather than laughs, it bears an unfortunate surface resemblance to [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Plankton and Karen's relationship.]]
* 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.
* ValuesResonance: The comic raises question of how much violence is acceptable to combat fascism, which has become a hot button issue in UsefulNotes/TheNewTens. Moore himself has stated that he was inspired to write the comic by his experiences as a member of British antifa groups at the time.

!!The movie:

* {{Anvilicious}}: A criticism of the movie is that it is heavy handed with it's almost BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* AwardSnub: Hugo Weaving's amazing performance as V went unnoticed at award shows.
* BrokenBase:
** Changing the villain's name from 'Susan' to 'Sutler'. Fans of the original comic feel it's {{Anvilicious}}, as the new name sounds too much like 'Hitler'. The other side argues that the new name is less heavy-handed if one doesn't know it was changed from 'Susan', and a villain named Susan could have caused {{Narm}} when said out loud.
** Creator/NataliePortman's English accent. Some found it atrocious and unbelievable. Others felt it was a decent effort.
* CantUnHearIt: Creator/HugoWeaving as V. That is all.
* CompleteMonster: Unlike the comic book, where the fascist characters are more sympathetic, 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 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]].
* CrazyAwesome: V, as in the comic. Doubly so, in fact, in the film, thanks to his [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal introduction.]]
* CriticalResearchFailure: The Norsefire use the symbol of Cross of Lorraine. However the most famous use of the symbol is by the free French forces and the French resistance. Given those groups' ''extremely'' heavy anti-fascist leanings and the simple fact that its traditionally a symbol associated with France makes it a bizarre choice for a bunch of British hyper nationalistic fascists.
* CryForTheDevil: V for some. He is shown to be a terrorist and murderer, but the film also explores his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* DesignatedHero: Thanks to the AdaptationalHeroism and BlackAndWhiteMorality, some of V's extreme methods like [[spoiler: torture of Evey]] had been seen as this trope for the readers or [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20407_6-movie-good-guys-you-didnt-notice-were-total-hypocrites.html this article]], which the movie has been accused of ignoring the fact that V in the comic is to be interpreted other than a hero. In addition, the changes in Norsefire government's rise from them being voted in rather instead of taking power in apocalyptic Britain made entire movie's almost BlackAndWhiteMorality seem like [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop an acceptance to overthrow democratically elected government so long as their views are not acceptable to the revolutionary]] in contrast to the comics' portrayal of entire conflict's [[OrderVersusChaos Facism vs. Anarchy]] as GreyAndBlackMorality. Of course, this ignores that many dictatorships ''did'' come to power through at least partially democratic means, including [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the big one]]: the word "tyrant" itself comes from the title given to a man to whom [[AncientGreece ancient Greek]] direct democracies would vote absolute power in time of war, who then often refused to relinquish said power when the fighting stopped.
* DirectorDisplacement: The film was actually directed by Creator/JamesMcTeigue (in his directorial debut) 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]]".
* 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/SherlockHolmes2009 Eddie Marsan]] play officials within the Norsefire security forces. Both of them would play Inspector Lestrade in different adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. Especially considering Graves' character is something of The Watson.
* 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 plays everyone like a fiddle until he gets exactly what he wants...and thinks he deserves.
* 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 now-famous "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".
** "Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof."
* 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 history of Catholic oppression in England is still a contentious issue to this day, however, with a lot of HistoricalVillainUpgrade and HistoricalHeroUpgrade which should be treated with RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement.
** 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. Adding to this, Fawkes wasn't the mastermind, he was TheHeavy 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. One guesses "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.
* MostWonderfulSound: V's vengeance-fueled roar while standing in the burning ruins of Larkhill Prison just sounds so ''epic.'' It could have been [[{{Narm}} ridiculous]] but instead it's pure '''awesome.'''
* OneSceneWonder:
** The [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure general]] who orders his men to stand down rather than open fire to avoid a massacre.
** The robber who shouts [[Music/SexPistols "Anarchy in the UK!"]], because of course they just can't let that line away.
* 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.
* WhatAnIdiot: Gordon's little stunt where he mocks Chancellor Sutler in a comedy sketch. This was a grave miscalculation on his part, and he really should have realized that mocking the most powerful man in the country when there is a terrorist loose causing some high tensions may not be the best idea.
* ValuesDissonance: The persecution of homosexuals marks the movie as being from a time before gay rights had really been accepted. Awareness of homophobia became a hot topic in TheNewTens, and Sutter's crusade against gays would be a lot harder to accept if the film had been made today, or at least the blatantness of it.
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