At many points in the graphic novel, V defaces government posters and buildings by carving a “V” symbol. The symbol is simple: a circle with two diagonal slashes through it, forming the letter “V.” The significance of the “V” is very clear: it represents an act of vandalism against the signs and buildings that Norsefire deems important, and thus an affront to the authority of Norsefire itself. It’s no coincidence that the “V” symbol is nearly identical to the popular “anarchy symbol,” spray-painted onto walls across the world—like its real-life twin, the “V” represents a rebellion against not only Norsefire, but against all big, tyrannical regimes.
V for Vendetta
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The timeline below shows where the symbol “V” symbol appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 3: Victims
Book 1, Chapter 6: The Vision
Book 1, Chapter 8: The Valley
Book 2, Chapter 2: The Veil
Book 3, Chapter 1: Vox Populi
Book 3, Chapter 3: Various Valentines
...Dominic bursts into the Leader’s office. Without any introductions, Dominic explains that he knows how V has been orchestrating his terrorist attacks: V has had access to the Fate Computer for... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 4: Vestiges
Book 3, Chapter 6: Vectors
...and dirty-looking, walks through the streets outside London. He continues muttering words that begin with “V" to himself, trying to think like “the terrorist” thinks. Suddenly, he finds himself standing in... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 10: The Volcano
...from the safety of their headquarters. Finch notes that the rioters follow the “Symbol of V.” He reminds Dominic that symbols are all-important—the Leader made a crucial mistake in forgetting this... (full context)