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YMMV: V for Vendetta
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: 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.
  • Anvilicious: A criticism of the movie is that it is heavy handed with Black and White Morality. Changing the name of the Big Bad 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.
  • Award Snub: Hugo Weaving's amazing performance as V went unnoticed at award shows.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: 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.
  • Ear Worm: "This Vicious Cabaret".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Finch has a lot of fans especially among readers that aren't entirely convinced of V's virtue.
  • Genius Bonus: In the film, when V drops in on Creedy's residence, their conversation is masked by Beethoven's 5th Symphony — the viewers only hear the first bar but, when interpreted as Morse Code, it's the letter V (...-).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One of the first actions of open rebellion and anarchy by the citizens against the Norsefire government is when a Norsefire officer kills a little girl 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Rupert Graves and Eddie Marsan play officials within the Norsefire security forces; both of them played Inspector Lestrade in different adaptations of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Jerkass Woobie: V isn't a very nice person but it's hard to blame him given his backstory and the setting he resides in.
  • Magnificent Bastard: V.The graphic novel has Helen Heyer on the other side.
  • Meaningful Name: 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 "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.)
  • Memetic Mutation: 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".
  • Misaimed Fandom: 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 September 11th honors Osama Bin Laden.
      • On top of this, Fawkes wasn't The Mastermind, he was The Brute 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Valerie Page's parents crossed it when they disown her just for being a lesbian.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: That whistling sound when V twirls his knives and throws them.
  • Narm: In the comic book, the government leader and blatant Hitler expy is named Adam Susan. Heil Susan! Changing it to "Sutler" in the film seems overwrought, but at least it actually sounds menacing.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Happens to V himself, thanks to being portrayed as a saint in comparison to the Norsefire government.
  • They Wasted A Perfectly Good Line Art: 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 Woobie: Poor Rosemary...

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