!!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.
* AuthorAppeal: Alan Moore has long been identified as a sympathizer of Anarchism. It shows here.
* 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 just as capable of bastardry as the Dictatorship, even if he has good intentions.
* HarsherInHindsight: Early on in the comic, what does the Voice of Fate tell its citizens? To "seize the initiative and [[{{UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump}} make Britain great again."]]
* MagnificentBastard: V himself, obviously, who almost single handedly 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.
* {{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''. Likely intentional, as Susan himself is not a very impressive person.
* 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.
* 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.
** Natalie Portman's English accent. Some found it atrocious and unbelievable. Others felt it was a decent effort.
* 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 [[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]].
* CrazyAwesome: V, as in the comic. Doubly so, in fact, in the film, thanks to his [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal introduction.]]
* 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 would play 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.
* LoveItOrHateIt: The movie has a very sizable fandom, especially among anarchist and other protest movements. On the other hand a lot of people hate it for the memetic mutation it inspired. A much smaller group also hates the film for being a poor adaptation of the comic in their eyes.
* 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.
*** 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.
* OneSceneWonder: The [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure general]] who orders his men to stand down rather than open fire to avoid a massacre.
* 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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