A charismatic and skilled freedom fighter who was the unwilling subject of experimentation by Norsefire.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comic V is a Nominal Hero or an Anti-Villain, while in the film V is more a Pragmatic Hero.
- Adaptation Name Change: Sort of; in the comic, Norsefire officials refer to him among themselves as "Codename V"; in the film, similar dialogue (including in public) simply calls him "the terrorist".
- Adorkable: On occasion he lapses into this, largely stemming from his love of film.
- 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 past being just in the grey area.
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- 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. In the comic, 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. When he's dying in Evey's arms, he confesses to having fallen in love with her.
- 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: While most of it is shrouded in mystery, it's known that V was an "undesirable" and subjected to the fascist government's Super Soldier program, where he was experimented on like a labrat. And that's without counting the burn scars he recieved from his escape.
- 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.
- 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.
- Faux Affably Morally Ambiguous: Just as polite to his enemies as he is to his allies, but in the former's case, his Tranquil Fury is palpable.
- 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 specialty of his. Being the only physically healthy survivor of the experiment peformed on him and his fellow prisoners, he was granted 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.
- Malevolent Masked Men: "Malevolent" is slightly downplayed, but Masked Man is the very definition of V.
- 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 government's Super Soldier project.
- 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.
- 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.
- Warrior Poet
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Yes, he's killing people, blowing up buildings, and torturing an innocent young woman to prove a point, aren't exactly what one would call ethical, but it's all for the liberation of 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.
The 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: Reluctantly at first, but she grows into the role.
- Age Lift: Not a teenager like in the comics.
- 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 pronunciation of E-V, and E is the fifth letter of the alphabet.
- Naïve 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.
- Refusal of the Call: When she finds out that it was V who was torturing her she is so traumatised and angry that she can't understand why he did it, and just wants to get away from him.
- 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.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: V's whole kidnapping and torture of Evey is intended to be this, because he wanted her to go through exactly what he went through, and be inspired by Valerie to retain her integrity, just like he was. It works, and although she's initially very unhappy about it, she finally accepts that he was right.
High Chancellor Adam Sutler
- Adaptation Name Change: From Susan to Sutler, to make the real-life allusions more poignant.
- Adaptation Personality Change: His comic counterpart, Adam Susan, is shown to be an extremely socially awkward shut-in who suffers from mental instability that worsens throughout the story. Sutler is never shown to have these traits, and a flashback where he's giving a Hitler-esque speech at a podium implies that he was a charismatic speaker.
- Big Bad: As the High Chancellor of England, he's technically the main antagonist. Downplayed in that Creedy is implied to be the real power behind the party, but he still takes orders from Sutler until the climax.
- Boom, Headshot!: Creedy shoots him in the head without hesitation.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Implied to have been one before entering politics, funding Norsefire through shady business practices.
- Dirty Coward: He breaks down into Inelegant Blubbering in the last moments of his life, when brought by Creedy before V. Even Creedy isn't amused.Creedy: Disgusting. (Boom, Headshot!)
- Evil Is Petty: As is the case with any dictator, his governmental policies are the result of his own beliefs and personal wants. 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.
- Evil Overlord: He rules England with an iron fist, eliminating anyone he views as a threat.
- A Glass in the Hand: He drinks a glass of warm milk every night, ever since he was a boy. When watching a skit making fun of him, he shatters it in his fist.
- Irony: He ordered Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture on the blacklist because "[he] do[es]n't want to hear that music again". He doesn't live to hear it next time; moreover, it plays again mere minutes after Sutler's death.
- I Will Show You X: His plans for V."Gentlemen, I want this terrorist found... and I want him to understand what terror really means."
- Necessary Evil: 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."
- 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: His name is two letters away from Hitler, and that's just the beginning of it.
- Villainous Breakdown: As his country gradually goes out of his control, Sutler starts shouting more at his subordinates and generally behaving more psychotic.
- After being captured by Creedy and brought before V, he makes no effort to hide his blatant terror.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: As is fitting for a brutal dictator, Sutler responds with anger and excessive force when faced with a problem.
- 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.
- 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).
- The Heavy: Of the Norsefire Government, he has the most focus and effectively serves as a third main character.
- Heel Realization: He's horrified when he realizes 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?
- 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.
- Knight in Sour Armour: His jadedness at his surroundings makes him one of these.
- Promoted to Love Interest: For Evey. Sort of.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He is mostly indifferent and actually a bit disillusioned 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.
- Adaptational Badass: Considerably more cunning and intimidating than his comic counterpart, who was a tactless, arrogant thug who got outwitted and killed by another Norsefire leader, instead of being killed by V.
- Adaptational Villainy: As awful a person as his comic counterpart was, Creedy poisoning hundreds of thousands of people is original to the film.
- Animal Motifs: V describes him as the spider in the heart of the Norsefire government, and even uses this phrase.
- Big Brother Is Watching: His name is synonymous with the Norsefire police state.
- Composite Character: 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 His Feet: He outlives Sutler, proves to be a far more effective Final Boss, and ultimately kills V.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Creedy is much more involved with Norsefire's rise to power than anyone knows; he was the one who suggested targeting the country itself, weakening it for the seizure of power whilst profiting in various ways from the new government.
- The Dreaded: He is universally feared by the citizens living in Norsefire England and viewed with unease by other members of the regime.
- Enemy Mine: He and V form a temporary alliance to take down Sutler.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Considers Sutler's open terror when facing death "disgusting".
- Hero Killer: Is the one to kill V. Unfortunately for Creedy, though, it's a Time-Delayed Death — and V has just enough left to repay the favor until then.
- Meaningful Name: His nick-name "Creepy Creedy" in the film.
- Not So Different: Refers to V and himself as being similar in that neither fear death, which V rebukes and proves subverted when Creedy gives a look of terror as V moves to kill him.
- Oh, Crap!: As V advances on him, Creedy finally loses his cool and becomes terrified.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: His personal weapon is a magnum revolver.
- Secret Police: The head of one.
- The Sociopath: Creedy is a high-functioning sociopath who doesn't bother to hide it.
- The Starscream: To Sutler, in the interests of self-preservation. It's implied that he would have eventually gone this route anyway, as he was already putting the necessary pieces in place, but V prompted him to accelerate these plans.V: Sutler can no longer trust you, can he, Mr. Creedy? And we both know why. After I destroy Parliament...his only chance will be to offer them someone else, some other piece of meat. And who will that be? You, Mr. Creedy. A man as smart as you has probably considered this. A man as smart as you probably has a plan.
- Why Won't You Die?: He screams this at V during his Villainous Breakdown.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Creedy lives in constant fear of this from Sutler, and this turns him into The Starscream as opposed to any real hunger for power. He decides to prevent such a fate by making the first move.
- Adaptational Badass: He defuses the bomb planted by V at the Jordan Tower.Dascombe: Have you any idea how long it will take to rebuild this facility?Finch: Do you have any idea what you're doing?
- Adaptational Heroism: His Slimeball tendencies are removed, and he becomes something of a Punch-Clock Villain. He even gets a moment of genuine bravery when he disarms the bomb at Jordan Tower.
- Deadpan Snarker: As seen with his aforementioned quip about the line of work he's in.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He's obviously enjoying himself when brainstorming the Mouth's spin on Lewis Prothero's death. Given that the scene before shows the latter pettily abusing his power over Dascombe, it's hard to really blame him.
- Propaganda Machine: The head of it, 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."
- Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike his portrayal in the comic, here Dascombe is just a normal man doing his job. His dialogue implies he's ambivalent to the Norsefire ideology.
- Smug Snake: According to the novelisation, which suggests he is the only member of "The Head" to never fear for his job.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Supposedly... Though we never know what exactly happened to him after the revolution. Either way, he longs outlives his comics counterpart who didn't make it out of Jordan Tower alive.
- Captain Ersatz: He's a very clear parody of Bill O'Reilly and other ranting pundits. Interestingly, while he seems to be a British Glenn Beck, his appearance here predates Beck's rise in the public eye during the early years of the Obama Administration. He's essentially a satirical character of someone who didn't exist in such a form yet.
- 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: He's 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. Though he seems to realize and accept his death at the last minute.
- Evil Is Petty: He favors refusing much-needed medical aid to the USA as revenge for the Boston Tea Party.
- Fat Bastard: Fat, corrupt, a sadistic bully, and a Miles Gloriosus to boot. He's even seen sucking his gut in while inspecting himself in the mirror during a flashback.
- Functional Addict: After his death the police search his house and notes that he "has enough (illegal drugs) to start his own pharmacy".
- Jerkass: Possibly the nicest thing that anyone could say about this man.
- 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.
- Narcissist: He watches his own broadcasts with an expression that falls just shy of masturbation.
- Speak of the Devil: 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.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Prothero died in his home after a shower watching his own broadcasts and bitching to Dascombe about an employee before being forced to take a drug overdose. His death is reported as heart failure, and the newscaster says he was found in his office where he "worked long hours after everyone else had gone home". He seems to have been heavily disliked by people he knew, considering Dascombe (who he would have been in regular contact with) has essentially no reaction to his death beyond re-writing how he died.
Archbishop Anthony Lilliman
- 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 seriously, assuming it to be yet another roleplay 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 that of a decent clergyman. He doesn't even seem to take his church duties that seriously; when he asks his underling Denis if everything has been arranged, Denis assumed he was talking about his next mass. He was actually inquiring about his penchant for raping young girls.
- Pedophile Priest: Every Sunday night, he rapes a different underage girl.
- Perfect Poison: How V kills him.
- Sinister Minister: Not only is he a pedophile 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
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. 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.
- Females Are More Innocent: She is the only female among V's targets and the only one who is genuinely sympathetic and remorseful.
- Go Out with a Smile/Peaceful in Death: One bright side to her Heel Realization was that it meant she didn't mind dying.
- Karmic Death: Twofold. As mentioned under Playing with Syringes, her injections helped create V, and he kills her by injecting her with poison. However, since she was also the only one of the Larkhill Three to show remorse for her actions, V injects her unaware while she's asleep, and the poison he uses kills painlessly.
- 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.Delia: Is it meaningless to apologize?
Delia: I'm so sorry...
- 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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely believed that her experiments were for the good of Britain and mankind in general.
- Big Good: Valerie is a rare posthumous version of this, in that the courage and generosity displayed in her letter inspires V to embark on his crusade, and it also inspires Evey to not betray V even when she thinks he's abandoned her. She gives them the hope to change the world.
- Bury Your Gays: She had been imprisoned in Larkhill for being a lesbian, shortly after her girlfriend Ruth was arrested, and was killed off during the experiments, before the main story starts.
- Flower Motifs: The purple rose is her emblem that V took for himself.
- Inspirational Martyr: For Evey and V.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She dressed in a very feminine way, until Larkhill.
- 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: He has little in common with the original comic version, who was a criminal. Here, he's a TV host and Evey's kindly boss.
- Adaptational Sexuality: In the comics he is straight and even becomes Evey's lover for a short while. He is gay in the film.
- Benevolent Boss: He's well-loved by his employees and is good friends with Evey.
- Bury Your Gays: He's murdered by Norsefire for his mockery of Sutler and the subsequent discovery of several banned items in his home.
- Deadpan Snarker: Well, he is played by Stephen Fry.Evey: Is everything a joke to you, Gordon?Gordon: Only the things that matter.
- Genre Blind: He seems to think his fame and public profile will protect him; after all, Sutler would have to be a crazy tyrannical dictator with skin thinner than a grapefruit to go after such a well-loved public figure. Oh Wait!
- Good Counterpart: Arguably, to Prothero. Both of them are well-loved public figures, but while Prothero is an arrogant, narcissitic bully, Gordon is soft-spoken and charming.
- Illegal Religion: Played with. Though he's not a Muslim he has a copy of the Qu'ran.