V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

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Helen Heyer is the strong, intelligent, and manipulative wife of Conrad Heyer. In the latter half of V for Vendetta, she masterminds an elaborate plan to depose the Leader of England, Adam Susan, and murder his likely successor, Peter Creedy, leaving her husband the unquestioned Leader of the country. It’s amusing that Helen works so hard to put her own husband (a weak, foolish man) in power—one would think that she’d prefer to be the Leader herself. This suggests the extreme sexism of English society under Norsefire: no woman would ever be allowed to lead the country. In the end, Helen’s sexual liaisons with Alistair Harper backfire—V shows video footage of her adultery to Conrad Heyer, Conrad takes revenge on Harper, and Helen’s plans for a coup crumble apart overnight.

Helen Heyer Quotes in V for Vendetta

The V for Vendetta quotes below are all either spoken by Helen Heyer or refer to Helen Heyer . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vertigo edition of V for Vendetta published in 2005.
Book 3, Chapter 2 Quotes

You know, you’re quite a successful young man, Conrad. If your success wasn’t entirely due to my efforts, I might even fancy you.

Related Characters: Helen Heyer (speaker), Mr. Conrad Heyer
Page Number: 199
Explanation and Analysis:

As the graphic novel draws to a climax, we're introduced to a new, dangerous character, Helen Heyer. Helen is the wife of Conrad Heyer, an important official in the Norsefire government. Although Conrad has a reputation as a talented young man, Conrad and Helen are both aware that Helen is the "brains of the operation"--Conrad does whatever Helen tells him to do.

The passage reinforces that England under Norsefire is a sexist, chauvinistic country, in which women are afforded no opportunities for success. (Virtually the only career for women we see in the graphic novel is erotic dancing.) Because Helen is unable to run for office or hold a government job herself, she's forced to manipulate people from behind the scenes. In a general sense, Norsefire shoots itself in the foot: because of its sexism and bigotry, it squanders the talents of its own members, such as Helen Heyer.

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Helen Heyer Character Timeline in V for Vendetta

The timeline below shows where the character Helen Heyer appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 6: The Vision
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...car, accompanied by his wife, Rosemary Almond. Two friends, Conrad Heyer (from the Eye) and Helen Heyer, Conrad’s wife, greet the Almonds and ask if Derek has any information about the... (full context)
Book 3, Prologue
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...headquarters—burst into flames. Outside the Eye, Conrad Heyer rushes away from the flames, followed by Helen Heyer, who yells at her husband for abandoning her inside the building. Suddenly, Dominic runs... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 3: Various Valentines
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Ally goes to meet with Helen Heyer, whom he knows is the wife of Conrad Heyer, the head of the Eye.... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 6: Vectors
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It is November 9, 1998. Conrad Heyer sits below Helen Heyer, massaging her feet. As she reads through a binder of government information, Helen explains... (full context)
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...mentions that when Creedy is the Leader, he’ll have a difficult time running the country. Helen whacks Conrad in the face with her binder. She stresses that Conrad will be the... (full context)
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...Almond, and walks out of the room. We then cut to a room, in which Helen Heyer stands naked. She’s explaining to someone (off-screen) that every bedroom in London has a... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 10: The Volcano
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Alistair Harper arrives at the Heyer household. He opens the door and calls to Helen Heyer, whom he’s clearly expecting to be there. No one answers him. Harper walks into... (full context)
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Shortly after Conrad kills Harper, Helen Heyer comes home. As she enters her home, she hears Harper’s voice—actually coming from the... (full context)
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...group of people. As he gets closer, he notices that one of the group is Helen Heyer. Helen recognizes Finch, and excitedly embraces him. She explains that she’s been forced to... (full context)