V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

V is by far the most notable character in V for Vendetta: he has the greatest amount of dialogue, he is the subject of the most attention from the other characters, his name is in the title, etc. Yet in spite of all this, V is also the most ambiguous character in the graphic novel. We don’t know how old V is, we don’t know who his family was, we don’t know his sexual orientation, we don’t know what his face looks like (he wears a Guy Fawkes mask at all times), and we don’t even know to a certainty if he’s a man or a woman (for the purposes of this summary, we’ll consider him a man). Based on the evidence we’re presented with, it seems that V was a “subversive” who was arrested during the early days of the Norsefire regime and sent to a concentration camp. There, he was injected with drugs and hormones that made him smarter, made him stronger, and made him forget his own past. Since breaking out of his prison, V has used terrorism to oppose the Norsefire regime, killing his former jailers and orchestrating an elaborate assault on its institutions. V is an anarchist who believes that violence and destruction are necessary in order to establish a new world order in which people consent to live with each other in peace, rather than submitting to the tyranny of a government.

V Quotes in V for Vendetta

The V for Vendetta quotes below are all either spoken by V or refer to V. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vertigo edition of V for Vendetta published in 2005.
Book 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

Remember, remember the fifth of November, the Gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Page Number: 14
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Book 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

They eradicated some cultures more thoroughly than they did others. No Tamla and no Trojan. No Billie Holliday or Black Uhuru. Just his master’s voice every hour on the hour.

Related Characters: V (speaker), The Leader / Adam Susan, Lewis Prothero
Page Number: 19
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Book 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

They got things under control. But then they started taking people away … all the black people and the Pakistanis. White people, too. All the radicals and the men who, you know, liked other men. The homosexuals. I don’t know what they did with them all.

Related Characters: Evey Hammond (speaker), V
Page Number: 28
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Book 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

Her name is anarchy! And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none.

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Related Symbols: Lady Justice
Page Number: 41
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Book 1, Chapter 11 Quotes

You see, there are two possible motives here. Not one. The first motive is revenge. He escapes from Larkhill and vows to get even with his tormentors. The Parliament bombing and the other stuff is just a smokescreen. The whole exercise was an elaborate, chilling vendetta. That’s the explanation that I find the most reassuring, funnily enough. Because that means he’s finished now. That means it’s over. The second motive is more sinister. Like I said, everyone who could have identified him is now dead. What if he’s just been clearing ground? What if he’s been planning something else?

Related Characters: Mr. Eric Finch (speaker), V, The Leader / Adam Susan
Page Number: 85
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Book 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

“Perhaps you don’t sort of fancy women. But, like, there’s nothing wrong with that. Or perhaps…”
“Or perhaps I’m your father?”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Page Number: 96
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Book 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

It’s your basic unwillingness to get on within the company. You don’t seem to want to face up to real responsibility, or to be your own boss. Lord knows, you’ve been given plenty of opportunities. We’ve offered you promotion time and time again, and each time you’ve turned us down.

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Page Number: 114
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I understand that you are unable to get on with your spouse. I hear that you argue. I am told that you shout. Violence has been mentioned.

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Page Number: 115
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We’ve had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them?

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Page Number: 116
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Book 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

“Sign that statement. You could be out inside three years. Perhaps they’d find you a job with the Finger. A lot of your sort get work with the Finger.”
“Thank you… but I’d rather die behind the chemical sheds.”
“Then there’s nothing left to threaten with, is there? You are free.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Related Symbols: Valerie’s Letter
Page Number: 162
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Book 2, Chapter 13 Quotes

“You say you want to set me free and you put me in a prison.”
“You were already in a prison. You’ve been in a prison all your life.”
“Shut up! I don’t want to hear it! I wasn’t in a prison! I was happy! I was happy until you threw me out.”
“Happiness is a prison, Evey. Happiness is the most insidious prison of all.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Page Number: 168
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Book 2, Chapter 14 Quotes

“Thank you. Thank you for what you’ve done to me.”
“You did it all yourself. I simply provided the backdrop. The drama was all your own.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Page Number: 174
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Book 3, Chapter 1 Quotes

Noise is relative to the silence proceeding it. The more absolute the hush, the more shocking the thunderclap. Our masters have not heard the people’s voice for generations, Evey. And it is much, much louder than they care to remember.

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond
Page Number: 194
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Book 3, Chapter 4 Quotes

Because if I’m going to crack this case, and I am, I’m going to have to get right inside his head, to think the way he thinks, and that scares me.

Related Characters: Mr. Eric Finch (speaker), V
Page Number: 210
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Book 3, Chapter 7 Quotes

“Did you think to kill me? There’s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There’s only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Mr. Eric Finch
Related Symbols: Guy Fawkes Mask, “V” symbol
Page Number: 236
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Book 3, Chapter 9 Quotes

Because you were so big, V, and what if you’re just nobody? Or even if you’re someone, you’ll be smaller, because of all the people that you could have been, but weren’t.

Related Characters: Evey Hammond (speaker), V
Related Symbols: Guy Fawkes Mask, “V” symbol
Page Number: 250
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V Character Timeline in V for Vendetta

The timeline below shows where the character V appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 3: Victims
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...Gallery, the masked man greets the woman, who is resting. The man introduces himself as V, and the woman calls herself Evey Hammond. Although Evey insists that there’s nothing “special” about... (full context)
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Evey continues explaining her story to V. In 1991, Evey’s mother died of one of the diseases spread by the nuclear fallout.... (full context)
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...and Mr. Finch has gone to visit the Leader. Finch explains to the Leader that “V,” as he’s been called, is a psychopath, capable of killing for any reason. The Leader... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 4: Vaudeville
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At the Shadow Gallery, V speaks with Evey. V explains that he’s actually a “very funny” person. Evey notices that... (full context)
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V goes into a different room of the Shadow Gallery, where Lewis Prothero is standing in... (full context)
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V continues with his torture of Prothero. He drags him to a model of “Room V.”... (full context)
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The narrative cuts to “Scotland Yard, later.” V, wearing his usual cloak and mask, skillfully maneuvers his way past a security guard. When... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 6: The Vision
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In the Shadow Gallery, Evey surveys a staircase, which is emblazoned with “V.V.V.V.V.” Evey asks V what this means. V explains that it’s shorthand for a Latin phrase... (full context)
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Meanwhile, in the Shadow Gallery, V prepares for another mission. He takes a rose, identical to the one he left for... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 8: The Valley
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...Bishop Lilliman’s home, it is the morning of December 21, 1997. Inside, they find another “V” carved onto the walls. Finch notices a rose, identical to the one left for Lewis... (full context)
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...night before. Bishop Lilliman was alone in his room with a prostitute—probably an accomplice of V’s, Finch guesses, since she’s nowhere to be found. Late in the night, Dennis went into... (full context)
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Alone with Bishop Lilliman, V offered him the chance to take communion. V gave Bishop Lilliman a communion “wafer,” which... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 2: The Veil
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As Rosemary continues to think about her loneliness, we see V walking through a strange, deserted building. V sees a poster for a film called The... (full context)
Book 3, Prologue
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At the Shadow Gallery, Evey calls to V—she’s moving some things out of her room, since she doesn’t need them anymore. V nods,... (full context)
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V stands on the roof of his home, mock-conducting the skyline. Suddenly, there is an enormous... (full context)
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We see the “Voice of Fate” broadcasting in radios and televisions all over London. The voice announces that 400... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 1: Vox Populi
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...the ground, chanting “Bollocks Mr. Susan, bollocks Fate.” On the wall, she spray-paints the same “V” symbol that V makes. (full context)
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...she was a Paki.” As this conversation goes on, we shift to a view of V’s smiling mask. V notes that the “silent majority” is easily destroyed—all it takes is one... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 3: Various Valentines
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...we recognize, to those that Dominic was just discussing. We then see a close-up of V, stacking dominoes on the floor. (full context)
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In the Shadow Gallery, V continues stacking dominoes. Evey enters the room, and notes that V is “almost finished.” V... (full context)
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V stands up, looking at the rows of dominoes he’s set up. The dominoes are arranged... (full context)
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...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
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...7, 1998, Eric Finch arrives at Larkhill Camp. He realizes why he’s failed to catch V—he’s been unable to think like V. In order to do so, he decides he will... (full context)
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Finch feels himself floating into the very room where V once lived: Room Five. As he lies in Room Five, Finch realizes that he, and... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 6: Vectors
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...the point where he can assume power after the Leader is deposed. We see that V is watching Helen and Harper talk, using his own access to the Fate Computer and... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 10: The Volcano
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...speaks into a microphone, and her voice is broadcast across London. She introduces herself as V, noting wryly that reports of her death were “exaggerated.” V announces that tomorrow, Downing Street—the... (full context)
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After giving her speech, V retreats from the roof. Inspired by V’s speech, the people of London attack the police,... (full context)
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It is November 10, 1998. At 2 pm, the “new V” (Evey) stands over V’s body. V asked for a “Viking funeral,” Evey thinks. She realizes... (full context)
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The “new V” leaves the train station and climbs back to the surface. After a few moments, she... (full context)
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...riot, lying on the floor. The man awakes and asks where he is. The new V welcomes the man, and explains that they are in the Shadow Gallery—her home. (full context)