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 skillfully 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.
- 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 Black 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.
- Anti-Hero: 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 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: 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: V intricately plans out his destruction of the Norsefire government, easily exploiting its weaknesses and accounting for the actions and personalities of a number of people in order to make his plan come to fruition.
- 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, except in one scene from the novel where he tortures Prothero, for which V donned a vaudeville outfit and a Punch and Judy mask.
- 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.
- The Faceless: His face is never seen.
- 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 experiment peformed on him and his fellow prisoners, he was granded special privileges such as a limited access to gardening supplies. With them, he was able to produce gunpowder, mustard gas, and napalm, all of which he used to stage his escape.
- Malevolent Masked Men: "Malevolent" is slightly downplayed, but Masked Man is the very definition of V.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Very much so. He even quotes the trope-naming line in the graphic novel.
- 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: V's name and history are a complete mystery.
- 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 Delia Surridge's research.
- Super Soldier: The victim of an experiment meant to devise a way to create them. Where it killed or crippled the other unfortunate test subjects, it Went Horribly Right in his case, leading him to develop Olympic-level physical abilities and an incredibly expanded intellect. He used these newfound abilities to stage an escape from his imprisonment and to then seek his revenge against the Norsefire government.
- 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.
- Unreliable Narrator: It may be due to his theatricality but even Evey has a hard time understanding his character.
- 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.
The series' co-protagonist. 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.
- Action Girl: What she eventually becomes.
- 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
- 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: Evey attaches herself to various father figures as Replacement Goldfish for her Disappeared Dad.
- 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.
- Naïve Everygirl: She's unaware of just how corrupt the goverment is and the dangers all around her when she and Gordon go out for a night on the town.
- 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: She becomes V herself.
- Redemption in the Rain: In deliberate contrast to V's Redemption by Fire.
- Redeeming Replacement: As laid out by V himself, Evey will carry out the second, constructive stage of the anarchist project, after he's finished the initial, destructive one.
- 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.
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, especially after 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 understands 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.
- 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: He's a bald Great Detective who proves to be the only member of the Norsefire government remotely capable of matching wits with V.
- Determinator: The guy goes through hell and back during the course of the story, but he never gives up on tracking down V.
- Higher Understanding Through Drugs: 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.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He carries a torch for Delia Surridge, and her death changes the chase for V to be something he does out of a sense of duty into a ruthless hunt motivated by anger and a need for revenge.
- 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: He is quite jadedness but still labors to do what he sees at the right thing.
- 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 the death of Delia and his other experiences wind up knocking the stoicism out of him.
- Sympathy for the Hero: Near the end of the story, after having witnessed the Norsefire's heinous crimes and hypocrisy up close, he comes to understand why V has been leading his crusade against it, but he is still firmly determined to find and catch him, seeing him first and foremost as a dangerous murderer.
- Turn in Your Badge: For one brief moment he completely looses his usual cool out of anger and grief over the death of Delia Surridge, during which Peter Creedy makes an unsavory comment regarding their relationship. This is the final straw for Eric after a long and stressful investigation that has now turned bitterly personal, and he ends up sucker punching Creedy square in the jaw. Following this, Adam Susan, while not outright punishing him for this infraction, still personally orders him to take an extended vacation. Eric still stubbornly continues his hunt for V.
Commander Adam Susan
The cold, merciless, and despotic head of state who serves as the Big Bad.
- The Aloner: He is a solipsist, he believes that only he and FATE (whom he considers to be God) are real.
- Ambiguously Gay: There are some hints that he might actually be homosexual and completely oblivious to it. He consistently internally describes women as strange and ugly beings, while his descriptions of men become borderline erotic at times. (It's also worth noting that when Derek Almond accuses the campy Dascombe of being gay by calling Dascombe "sensitive" and saying he doesn't know why the Leader tolerates him, Dascombe wryly replies that the Leader is the most "sensitive" of them all.)
- Asexuality: He thinks he is asexual, but the truth seems to be that he's just really repressed. A real asexual probably wouldn't do most of the things mentioned below.
- Big Bad: The leader of the Norsefire government that V is trying to bring down.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he's disposed of at the hands of Rosemary.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He is, at least in his inner monologue, unashamed and even proud to label himself a fascist. That said, he doesn't consider this to be evil. This makes him unique among his treacherous, self-serving compatriots, as he's the only one who genuinely believes in the Norsefire principles.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: He masturbates to the FATE supercomputer.
- Evil Is Petty: Played with. He believes in repressing one's own desires for the greater good, but that only makes them come out in weird ways.
- Evil Overlord: A deliberate subversion. While one would expect a fascist dictator to be a ruthless, intimidating, and charismatic villain, Adam Susan is a rather pathetic and lonely character. His internal monologue shows that he is very intelligent and thoughtful, but he's rather stiff and unimposing in public. Even his name isn't particularly striking.
- 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.
- Fluffy the Terrible: "Adam Susan" is not a particularly menacing or even memorable name, nor does the man it belongs to have any exceptional attributes.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Before the war, Susan was nothing more than a police chief constable. In the upheaval that follows, he takes the opportunity to form Norsefire, take over England, successfully carry out a genocide of various undesirables, and rule the country with an iron fist for several years.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: He actually seems to be learning from his mistakes and realizes he should try to treat his citizens better towards the end, only to be assassinated immediately afterward.
- Machine Worship: The FATE supercomputer is the only thing he truly loves. Mixes elements of Cargo Ship and Robosexual in with the worship.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: The brutal leader of the Norsefire party is really just a lonely, sexually repressed man who doesn't exhibit any great or admirable qualities.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. He is.
- Orcus on His Throne: He is the head of Norsefire and leader of England, but he rarely leaves the room which houses FATE. The one time he leaves his headquarters, he is promptly assassinated by Rosemary Almond.
- Pet the Dog: After Finch gets in a fight with and punches Creedy, Finch is surprised by how lenient and understanding Susan is about the whole thing. Susan declines to officially punish or reprimand Finch, and instead gives him a combination of unofficial suspension/mandatory holiday so Finch can try to deal with his stress and pull himself together.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He is an anti-Semitic, homophobic white supremacist responsible for exterminating these groups from Great Britain.
- President Evil: Although he eschews titles like President and goes simply by Leader, he ticks nearly every box associated with this trope, including being a despot in complete control of the country and police, having a cold, merciless personality, and being a demanding, Mean Boss to his underlings.
- Robosexual: He is romantically and sexually attracted to a supercomputer.
- Sanity Slippage: He is already so disconnected from other people and the world around him that he's slowly going mad. Early in the story he's already got bats in the belfry but is still functional. V's hacking of FATE, first to make him think the computer loves him back, then to reveal V's been "cuckolding" him and using the FATE system against him makes his break from reality much worse, until there's no coming back.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Alan Moore was obviously inspired by Hitler when he wrote Susan.
- Villainous Breakdown: He loses all semblance of sanity upon seeing that FATE has been hacked in by V.
- Villain Decay: In the beginning of the story, Susan is a very intimidating figure - a ruthless, tyrannical despot who inspires terror in his subordinates to a point where no one in their right mind would dare cross him. Later, as he undergoes his Sanity Slippage, he becomes more withdrawn and ineffective as a leader, prompting many of his ambitious underlings to plot a coup against him. By the time of his death, the society and government he built are both crumbling to pieces and he can't do much besides watch and sigh in resignation.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the comics he likes to imagine himself as one, seeing his actions as necessary for the survival of his people.
The Alcoholic and uptight Director of The Finger, the Secret Police of the Norsefire government. He spends the early chapters of the story trying to catch and stop V, but is always a step behind. When he tries to stop V from killing Delia Surridge, he didn't realize that he forgot to charge his pistol, and ends up killed by V.
- The Alcoholic: He seems to drink regularly and heavily at home.
- Domestic Abuse: 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.
- The Dragon: To Susan, until Almond is killed by V.
- 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 heads there himself instead of sitting around and ordering his men to do it instead. He gets extra points for doing this when he wasn't even on duty. And when he is killed 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. Or maybe the real reason is because of V hacking the FATE supercomputer...
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He threatens his wife by acting like he's going to shoot her. At the end he reveals that the gun is unloaded, but promises that one day, it won't be. Only minutes later he gets a tip about where V may be. Guess what he forgets to do before he goes rushing out the door.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: What eventually happens to him. V drives his knives into Almond so hard that Almond's body is left hanging and Pinned to the Wall as a result.
- Jerkass: Almond is an altogether nasty customer. Lacking politeness or a pleasant personality are all part of that.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: At one point in the comic his wife Rosemary comes to him in an attractive nightgown and tries to get him to sleep with her. He tries to make an excuse not to, at which point she talks about how they never have sex anymore, implying that he's impotent, and perhaps has been for some time. He responds by beating her and angrily blaming it on her.
- 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, and as the leader of the Secret Police, he's charged with either killing or capturing V. This is a very natural set up for him to play a large role in the story, yet he's killed off rather early, before V's plans are truly in earnest, and has relatively little panel time.
- Never Heard That One Before: He notes that Dascombe tends to reuse the same jokes about Almond's name over and over.
- No Accounting for Taste: Poor, poor Rosemary.
- Pet the Dog: His sole good deed is preventing the Fingermen from taking Robert's mother away to be killed; Peter Creedy has no such reservations.
- Secret Police: The organization he commands, The Finger, is this.
- Straight Man: He very reluctantly plays this role to Dascombe, who then uses it to crack jokes at his expense.
The Director of The Finger (the state's secret police) after Almond's death.
- Appeal to Force: He 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 Bad Wannabe: He fancies himself to be the most dangerous member of the Norsefire party, but is outmaneuvered and killed when push comes to shove.
- Dragon Ascendant: Tries to become this near the end of the book when Commander Susan dies.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first time he's seen is after V does his pirate broadcast and the Disguised Hostage Gambit with Dascombe. Creedy talks about how brilliant it was for V to get in and use the media center to make his broadcast, but never even considers that V had an escape plan, which Finch figures out instantly. Creedy then gets peevish and resentful about being corrected, and uses the opportunity to slip in a barbed comment about Finch and Delia's relationship. So after first meeting him we know that Creedy is full of himself, isn't nearly as clever as he thinks, and doesn't see the deeper game that others are playing. (Something that will cost him dearly later in the comic.) Furthermore when given the slightest chance or reason, Creedy will use his position in petty, hurtful ways and lash out at others.
- Jerkass: His Establishing Character Moment includes him averting Never Speak Ill of the Dead by speaking disrespectfully of the deceased Delia and then mocking her and Finch's relationship. His second scene is him refusing to prevent a man's mother from being shipped out to a "home." When the man protests that the "homes" are just a death camp for the elderly, Creedy confirms it in the most brutal and uncaring manner possible.Robert: Mr. Creedy, please, Mr. Almond and I had an understanding about my mother. She was exempt...
Creedy: Mr. Almond's dead, Robert. Things are different now. You don't have special status anymore and your mum should have been in a home a long time ago.
Robert: Homes? They're gas chambers!
Creedy: Not gas. If you want the truth, Robert, there's just three good South Ken boys with iron bars. Now get out of my sight, you miserable old pansy.
- Out-Gambitted: Helen Heyer paid his private army better than he did. His attempt to use them to seize power never had a chance.
- Pet the Dog: He wants to give some of the Fingermen time off to attend Etheridge's funeral, but ultimately Susan stops him.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: His personal weapon is a magnum revolver.
- Secret Police: The head of one.
- Smug Snake: Creedy is an arrogant bully who thinks he can easily waltz into taking over the government. It quickly falls apart and he pays a horrible price for overestimating himself and underestimating those around him.
- The Starscream: Even before Susan's death, Creedy was trying to increase his power and pave the way for his eventual takeover. Granted, this appears to have been kickstarted by the recognition that Susan was going (or had already gone) mad, and was making mistakes in handling the unrest in the streets.
- Villainous Breakdown: He desperately pleads for mercy when he sees that Harper has betrayed him. No mercy comes.
The smart-mouthed and mocking director of The Mouth, which oversees propaganda and media in Britain.
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.
- Affably Evil: Humorous and happy-tempered but still just as corrupt as the Government he serves.
- Ambiguously Gay/Ambiguously Bi: He acts very Camp and Almond accuses him of being gay, but Dascombe later sleeps with Rosemary, and is a top ranking official in a repressive, genocidal government which mercilessly purged its LGBTQ population. (Of course, in real life such governments are often massively hypocritical and have high ranking members who are either members of groups the government officially persecutes or who practice things those governments preach against.)
- 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.
- Disguised Hostage Gambit: V escapes from Dascombe's studio by gagging Dascombe, putting him in V's clothes and mask, and then leaving Dascombe in plain sight while V makes his escape. The police force storming the studio riddle Dascombe with bullets while V escapes in the crowd.
- Laughing at Your Own Jokes: He is very amused at himself when he makes jokes about Almond.
- The Ministry of Truth: His role as head of The Mouth.
- Propaganda Machine: The head of it.
- Slimeball: The best way to characterize his behavior, especially seducing Rosemary purely in order to get back at Derek Almond, who had recently been killed by V.
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 a videotape of their affair.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Peeping Tom: Implied to have voyeuristic tendencies with having cameras everywhere, though he is loyal to his wife.
- Token Good Teammate: Sort of. He isn't evil per se but he still serves the government loyally. The only other member of the inner circle who could be described as this would be Brian Etheridge, who doesn't appear to have any cruel or aggressive qualities.
- Unrequited Love: Despite being married, Helen feels nothing but contempt for him but he truly loves her.
The former commander of the concentration camp Larkhill, at the start of the story he acts as "The Voice Of FATE", a radio program that informs the public of the news and updates around the country, supposedly given by the supercomputer itself. Prothero is so good at his job and has such a perfect voice for it that much of the public has come to half believe that his voice is FATE's actual voice.
- 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.
- Cruel Mercy: Instead of killing him, V uses mental torture to render him incurably insane.
- Dirty Coward: He brags about his military service and such, but when confronted by V all he does is either plead for mercy or try to deny that he was ever at Larkhill.
- Fat Bastard: Fat, corrupt, a sadistic bully, and a Miles Gloriosus to boot.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Prothero is defensive to his bodyguards about his doll-collecting hobby (even though it's he who brought it up), claiming that it's not just for "pooftahs" (a derogatory term for "gays") but perfectly appropriate for a "ladies' man" like himself. He then proceeds to tell them a bawdy story about a couple of women he allegedly met in the service. That he's a heavily-closeted homosexual is also implied in the campy Dascombe's claim, earlier in the chapter, that Prothero is "sensitive."
- 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. And for extra karma points, his precious doll collection burns in the same ovens that Norsefire used to burn "undesirables", which he used to operate.
- 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: He speaks over the radio for the FATE mainframe, and has such a perfect voice for it that much of the population believes that his voice really is the voice of FATE. For this reason V taking him out of the picture ends up having a subtle but profound effect; when Prothero can no longer perform as the voice of FATE, the Norsefire government is forced to quickly find a lesser replacement. Once that happens it begins to break the public's nearly absolute trust in FATE, and though Norsefire tries they can no longer maintain certain illusions for the public, including the illusion that Norsefire is infallible and invincible.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His Doll collection and his often petty and immature personality 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.
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 Bishop of Westminster.
- 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.
- Dirty Old Man: He is an elderly pedophile rapist who uses his position to get away with his crimes. Though he prefers little girls, he's not exclusive to them, as Dr. Surridge mentions that he used to openly leer at her chest while they worked together at Larkhill.
- Hypocrite: Despite being the head of the Church of England, he is a pedophile who possesses a large collection of child pornography and rapes little girls every Sunday.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Just like Prothero, he is given an ironic way to die, being forced to ingest a poisoned host.
- Pedophile Priest: He possesses a stash of child pornography and every Sunday night, he rapes a different pre-teen girl.
- Perfect Poison: The way V chooses to dispose of Lilliman.
- Sinister Minister: Not only is he a pedophile and a rapist, he was formerly the pastor at the Larkhill concentration camp.
- Twisted Eucharist: V forces him to take part in one. When Lilliman confirms for him that the communion host becomes the body of Christ when swallowed, V makes him swallow a wafer he's laced with cyanide.Finch: And do you know what? When it reached his abdomen, it was still cyanide.
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.
- 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. She performed horrific hormonal experiments on Norsefire's victims, who she viewed as animalistic. These experiments caused people to grow vestigial body parts and die. In hindsight, she comes to a Despair Event Horizon after realizing what a monster she was.
- 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: One bright side to her Heel Realization was that it meant she didn't mind dying.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Used her position to conduct horrific experiments on inmates, often with high mortality rates. After Larkhill (and after witnessing V's initial rampage), she realized how evil her work was and awaited the day V would come to kill her.
- My God, What Have I Done?: 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 the 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. When she saw the extent of the damage her experiments caused, she fell to despair and was genuinely grateful when V shows up to kill her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely believed that her experiments were for the good of Britain and mankind in general.
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. She manages to assassinate him during a public appearance, shooting 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: 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.
- Fan Disservice: Seeing her in a revealing burlesque outfit is somewhat less than erotic considering how demeaning this is for 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.
- Walking Spoiler: The end of her character arc is a major spoiler that shakes up the the entire story.
- Widow Woman: The Commander's England doesn't treat them very well, either.
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 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.
- 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 Abuse: Regularly hits, ridicules, belittles and cheats on her husband Conrad.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: 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 proceeds 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.
Finch's sidekick at the Nose.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's the one who figures out the Larkhill connection, and also realizes that V is controlling FATE.
- 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.
- Naïve Newcomer: At first, he plays somewhat like a Watson to Finch's Holmes, later he grows into the role of being Finch's replacement.
- Only Sane Man: After the assassination of Susan, he's this to Norsefire. Creedy and Helen Heyer are too interested in getting power for themselves, while Conrad is preoccupied with getting revenge on Ally Harper for cuckolding him, and Finch loses all interest in the state of the country. It also looks like he'll help to rebuild the country with Evey.
- 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.
- You Are in Command Now: First when Finch is suspended for punching Creedy, and again when Finch goes to Larkhill. Eventually, he becomes the commander of the entire country after the rest of Norsefire ends up dead or missing.
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.
- Break the Cutie: Her writings tell her life story, and detail exactly how this happened to her.
- Bury Your Gays: She had been imprisoned in Larkhill for being homosexual 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 didn't want to get married with a man. And this was what she had been ultimately sent to Larkhill for, soon after her girlfriend Ruth.
- Posthumous Character: Those notes that get slipped to Evey through the cell wall? Being passed through by V.
- The Unseen: Although we see V watch some clips of her.
A former acquaintance and fellow smuggler of Alistair 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 shortly before V abducts Evey again.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is killed by being stabbed in the head with a sword by Harper's henchman.
- A Lighter Shade of Gray: Gordon is involved in the black market, and as such has probably been involved with any number of unsavory things, but he's far more human and decent than Harper.
- Nice Guy: He often shows kindness for no reason other than just because. This is contrasted with the likes of Creedy and Harper, who enjoy using their power and position to bully or terrorize people.
- 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.
- Street Smart: A requirement for being involved in illegal activity. Gordon frequently shows that he knows what's going on in the street, who the important players are, and how to tell when a situation is going bad.
A vicious Scottish crook who starts off as a major 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 him better than Creedy does.
- 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 crook compared to Harper being a violent crime boss.
- Establishing Character Moment: Alistair is shown 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.