V for Vendetta

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Normal human or human mutate

Occupation: Anarchist, revolutionary

Affiliations: Evey Hammond

Enemies: Norsefire, Adam Susan

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Shadow Gallery, beneath London, UK

First Appearance: Warrior #1 (Quality Communications, May 1982)

Powers/Abilities: He is a superb tactician, able to conceive and carry out incredibly complex plans.

History: In the near future the fascist Norsefire party became England's new rulers, turning it into a police state and persecuting, imprisoning and murdering "undesirables" - such as anyone not white, Christian or straight, or those whose politics differed from Norsefire. The individual later known as V was one such victim, taken away and subjected to inhuman experiments. Escaping, V spent several years planning, before engaging in a campaign of terror against those who had taken away the country's freedom, dressed in homage to Guy Fawkes, best known of England's past revolutionaries.

Comments: Created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

Originally debuting in Warrior Magazine, after that title's demise V for Vendetta was colourised and reprinted, and then concluded, in a 10 issue mini-series from DC Comics. Moore deliberately left V's identity uncertain; without an identity the specific reason why he or she had been imprisoned initially became unimportant; we never knew for sure V's gender or background. V wasn't striking back against the persecution of any one group, V was striking back against the persecution of anyone.

In 2006 it was adapted into a live action movie starring Hugo Weaving as V.

Mike Murphy notes that "Alan Moore has admitted that Thomas Disch's novel Camp Concentration was the inspiration for V's origin."


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