- Anvilicious: Nazi allegories, including:
- Awesome Music:
- The miniseries' main theme by Joe Harnell, for which the composer was nominated an Emmy Award.
- The moody main theme from The Final Battle by Barry De Vorzon sounds both alien and fascistic and the same time, reflecting the Visitors' nature as reptilian alien Nazis.
- Both of the regular series' main themes by Dennis McCarthy. Both feature minor-key synthesizers (representing the Visitors) contrasted with major-key brass instruments (representing the resistance) to epic effect.
- Ass Pull: At the end of V: The Final Battle when the mothership is set to explode resulting in an Earth-Shattering Kaboom, Elizabeth suddenly uses some sort of psychic/magic powers to stop the nuclear meltdown.
- Complete Monster: Diana is a remorseless commander of the Visitor invasion forces and by far the worst one seen. During the first occupation she planned the entire operation and was the real powerholder in the fleet. She engineered the genocide of the human race and invented both the process of harvesting humans for food and the mind-raping "conversion procedure". She personally oversees these tortures, during which the victim is haunted with vivid nightmares until they've either been brainwashed into obedience or rendered a vegetable, simply because she enjoys them. She performs lethal experiments on captured prisoners, kills her own superiors to take their place and orders Brian to implant Robin with his alien fetus as an experiment, leaving her a traumatized wreck. As the Visitor fleet is leaving, she goes ahead with trying to irradiate the Earth with an atomic bomb even after they've already lost and despite John's disgust with her pettiness. After being captured for war crimes, she escapes back to the fleet and launches a second, much more destructive invasion of Earth.
- Evil Is Sexy: Jane Badler as Diana makes space fascism look hot, though it's played up in advertising◊ more than the actual show. Plus, she's actually a lizard wearing human skin.
- Foe Yay: Diana and Mike Donovan. Especially seeing as they share a kiss when Diana uses hologram technology to pretend to be the mother of his son.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: A prominent V propaganda poster has the tagline, "Friendship is Universal". V was originally broadcast on NBC. In 2004, NBC was merged with Universal entertainment. Three years later, NBC launched an environmental campaign, "Green is Universal."
- Moral Event Horizon: Daniel Bernstein steadily becomes worse as he joins the visitors, using his newfound power for petty acts of cruelty and to threaten other people to get what he wants. He eventually kills an old woman who was spying for the resistance in the Visitor Headquarters, despite her pleas to him to let her go and how she's known him since he was a kid. The moment is portrayed as the point of no return for him, and the resistance sets him up to be killed when they raid his house later on.
- Narm: The reptile baby. It's meant to be repulsive and terrifying, but the puppet is so awkward and silly-looking you can't help but laugh at it.
- Spiritual Adaptation: Of Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here. The original idea for the show, titled Storm Warnings, lacked the sci-fi elements and would've been an even more overt adaptation, the villains being a homegrown fascist movement. The producers thought it would be more resonant if it were about a Soviet conquest of America (which later became the plot of another miniseries, Amerika), which Kenneth Johnson thought would defeat the entire point, so he retooled the villains into alien invaders, with heavy focus given to their human collaborators.
- The Woobie:
- Willie was a minor part of the original miniseries and The Final Battle, but was so popular with fans they made him a regular on the subsequent television series. He's one of the first of the Visitors to join the Resistance, he speaks broken English ("English is not well to me. I learned Arabic for going there.") and at the end of Final Battle his human girlfriend dies in his arms after she takes a laser gun blast in the chest to save him. He's got a perpetual hangdog look and in the series he wears a bow tie!
- Elizabeth's scale-skinned twin could have been this, if the puppet had worked better and not made his few appearances look so silly. Born with a deadly infection to the sound of his mother's horrified screams, never given a name, and with no one willing to care for or even touch him except Willie: whatever his looks, the poor kid was screwed from the very start.
YMMV / V (1983)