V for Vendetta; V’s Introductory Speech and Remember Remember poem

Evey: Who are you?
V. : Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey: Well I can see that.
V. : Of course you can, I’m not questioning your powers of observation, I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey: Oh, right.
V. : But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace soubriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.
Evey: Are you like a crazy person?
V. : I’m quite sure they will say so.

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

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~ by cjt on June 4, 2007.

192 Responses to “V for Vendetta; V’s Introductory Speech and Remember Remember poem”

  1. It should read “I know of no reason” in stead of (“I see of know reason”)2nd line from the bottom Thank you, Sorry two be so rude

    • I am is a man in a mask…which website did u get the idea that it is i know of no reason?

    • two should be too* sorry too be so rude

    • The poem, although featured in V for Vendetta, actually dates back closer to the Gunpowder Plot itself, and was a common saying used in reference to Guy Fawkes Day.

    • A man who spells “To” as “Two” shall not have the right to correct any such a spelling. Or neither grammar.

      • You mean “Nor grammar,” though your statement would read more clearly as thus: “A man who spells ‘to’ as ‘two’ should not have the right to correct improper spelling or grammar.”

    • Hey that’s funny coming from you, but it would most definitely NOT BE “..of ‘know’ reason..” for even the simplest of minds can see that! I know, you must feel like a complete idiot about now, “sorry.”

  2. Thank you for noticing. It has been corrected.

  3. my favorite scene of my favorite movie…kudos to you

  4. What an amazing movie. My goal for the summer is to learn this entire speech. AND I WILL. :)

    • I learned the entire speech in a week! Now I just need to remember how to spell the long “V” words :)

      • I would also like to point out that I learned it by watching the movie over and over and over and over and over again, not by looking it up on a website. I now look it up so I can learn how to spell vicissitudes, virulent, and the like. haha!

      • I learned it in 3 hours. Use compounding memorization.

    • I’ve just started the same goal!!

  5. For the 5th of November bit, I used to add a little more to it.

    Carrying on where the above has left off-
    Guy, Guy, Gut
    Stick him up on high
    Stick him on a lamp post
    And leave him there to die
    Ladies and gentlemen, you’ll never grow fat
    If you don’t stick a penny in old Guy’s hat.

    Granted, it doesn’t really flow as well as the first four lines and it is really rather unpleasant, I suppose.
    Thank you for taking your time to read this.

  6. Sorry for spamming but I made an error in my previous comment. The line should not end with ‘Gut”, but rather “Guy”.
    Though “Gut” does add to the rather gruesome imagery.

    • You are incorrect, Sir. The correct finish to the poem is as follows;

      Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
      To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
      Three-score barrels of powder below
      To prove old England’s overthrow;
      By God’s providence he was catch’d (or by God’s mercy*)
      With a dark lantern and burning match.
      Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring. (Holla*)
      Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

  7. eversince i watch that movie, 1812 overture is one of my favorite classics!!! everytime i listen to it, it makes me smile w/ a vile thought. ^^

  8. that wasn’t that hard to memorize. only took a day

  9. Awesome film, awesome character, awesome scene… Just awesome

  10. It was quite good movie,

  11. sigh..*quite a good movie* can’t speak nearly as well as V,

  12. Does anyone know what it means in modern day English I heard that it reveals the entire film plot line in the speech, I only understand to “veneer of vanity”

    • Yeah, it basically says that he is ready to fight the government, who he says isn’t regarding the people in its actions, and he is going to do that, help the people who are against it. then he says his speech is going on too long, and introduces himself.

      tl;dr no, he doesn’t really give away any of the plot, just tells how he’s a revolutionary.

    • “is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished.”
      He means that he speaks not with or for the people, but AS the people.

      “However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.”
      He essentialy claims to be coming down on the “vermin”, this being the corrupt government etc.

      “The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.”
      The only thing that can be done is to strike, and even if it has no effect straight away, it will one day “vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous”
      Hope that cleared it a little :)

  13. I learned this as soon as I found it on here – *sigh* V is my loverrr, and my male form in some kind of parallel universe. Swear to God. It’s what EVERYONE of my friends say who’ve seen the movie. :P

  14. The speech is basically this –

    But on this most favorable of nights, permit me then, in place of the more common place sobriquet (nickname), to explain the character of this striking person (himself).
    Viola! (expression)
    You see before you a humble veteran performer, cast acting as both victim and villain by the changes of fate. This mask, no mere cover of looks is a mark of the “vox populi” (guy from beginning of movie), now gone, forgotten. However this courageous visitation (in the future) by a bygone annoyance (to the government – as Vox Populi was a rebel) stands animated, and has vowed to destroy these ridiculous and evil vermin, van guarding vice, (an expression of a fleet guarding something evil – the government being guarded by it’s brute force) allowing the violently vicious and greedy violation of free will!
    The only justice is vengeance, a vendetta (“a private feud in which the members of the family of a murdered person seek to avenge the murder by killing the slayer or one of the slayer’s relatives”), held as a service, not in vain, for the value and accuracy of such shall one day free the patient and virtuous.
    (*A chuckle from V*) Clearly this ‘soup’ of words is most strange to you, so let me simply add that it is my very good honor to meet you and that you may call me V.

    *Bows*

    • Wow literal translations? god, read it through, youre almost entirely wrong- and Vox Populi isn’t a person’s name, least of all Guy Fawkes, check your facts before you post something so mind numbingly offensive

    • Actually, much of what you say is a good translation… Except for, as the man before me has stated, Vox Populi. Such is a term, deriving from mid-16th century Latin, that means, quite literally, “the people’s voice.” And so now, I shall change what you wrote to be the correct.

      This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished:

      This mask, no mere cover of looks is a mark of the people’s voice, now gone, forgotten. However this courageous visit by a long past annoyance (to the government, as a popular opinion against the government is always an annoyance, as any zeitgeist [defining spirit or mood] is, when it is against government) stands animated…

    • Your ignerance is verry insulting, learn your translations before you post them.

    • Thats almost correct. He said he is a small portion of the voice of the people

      Vox-voice
      populi -people, vestige– small portion

    • Actually “Vox Populi” is not a person. It’s latin for the voice of the people.

  15. Awesome film kudos to you v

  16. It’s scary how different “real” English really is. The writers are clearly masters at it and it was an extremely fun movie to watch. There is not a single wasted syllable in that movie. Perfection unmatched.

  17. a beautiful alliteration, indeed.

  18. The movie is also a metaphor for life, as is everyones fight, so is V’s; he is but a lone soldier, looking for help from those he is fighting for and encouraging them to stand up for themselves. Life is a battle, everyday we fight, not for a want or need, but for what we believe in.

    • My vocabulary can compete with that of whomsoever wrote V’s script, although I am 67% certain that eventually the writer would prove to have superior linguistic skills.

      • It’s whoever, not whomsoever, when it’s the subject. You may have an extraordinary vernacular, but until you learn to use it, it’s worthless. Now stop trying to be clever and carry on doing whatever it is you enjoy.

    • @Grammar Nazi:
      It is indeed “whomever”. It is the object of a preposition, which makes it as such. “Whoever” would be the subject, yes, but “with who” or “from who” doesn’t work. That’s where “whom” and its variants comes in.

  19. I decided I needed to memorize this the first time I ever heard it. So perfect, so incredibly awesome. It took a few days, but I finally got it. And it’s a hell of an ice breaker.

  20. Vox Populi is not a name, as some comments have suggested. Verily, it is a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people”, and more figuratively used to denote the common people’s desires and sentiments.

  21. Not to be overly picky but V actually appraises Fate as an entity, so it should be a pro-noun.
    Also; ‘vanguarding’ is either one word or for emphasise within the discourse, it should be hyphonated.
    (The syntax runs much smoother with it so. It is partially a breathing and timing cue really. I mean, since the goal is to re-iterate with perfect harmony then I would assume that every slight detail matters…)
    I wasn’t actually that impressed with the lexical nature of the movie, partially due to the ease in which a person can use the internet to abjugate a speech.
    Giving the writer’s praise for such a blatant travesty only stands to vilify future productions…
    However, the ability to act whilst regurgitating such an alliterative piece has credit duly thrust upon it.
    He is a Shakespearian trained actor though…
    I guess that I’m just being pretentious, but those of us who contemptuously devour books need not be impressed by such matters.
    Maybe those few need to get out more.
    Nah, I’m just joshing.
    I loved this speech…
    Very well written.
    (Even if it was achieved by using the synonym’s section of an online thesaurus…)
    It definitely makes up for turning The Matrix into a trilogy…
    I tried my damndest to sound like a total…then and somehow achieved it without reference to a dictionary or thesaurus.
    Yay me.
    I did proof-read it first though.
    Peace out, my favourite movie.
    =)

  22. You know I catch myself talking like that sometimes and everyone around me just has a strange look on their face.
    I hate bloody translating for people, it gets dull.
    Does anyone else have that problem?
    Not so much surrounded by idiots but trapped by their ignorance?
    I’m not saying that is their fault by any means what-so-ever…but it can get irritating.
    You know you definitely read too much when you have to think of a simpler way of saying something that is inheritantly very simple anyway.
    It’s like, yes, that means, “Cool, awesome dude. Right on.”
    It is fun to over do it when someone’s totally smashed though.
    Even if they turn to the guy next to them and say, “What a pretentious young man…” (Like anyone would say that, right?)
    =)

    • Dear Arol Thyme,

      The answer, in my case is entirely yes, and you elequence in delivering such an utterly valid point is inspiring at least.
      And so I tip my hat to you and credit you with a genuine sighting of an ingenious point.
      And I am sure that all other intellectuals like the two of us would do just that.

      • While my reply is late, I find both of you erring in your grammar and rather arrogant in your view of others. If the world is ignorant, educate it. Fix the problem, as it were; don’t wax philosophic about the thoughts of others.

        It’s not what V would want, if he could want anything in this world.

    • I have often the same problem as yourself. However, I love to translate for people. I know it may sound haughty or immodest but it makes me feel superior. As for ignorance and idiocy it seams much too prevalent in the world today. Once in a while, maybe somebody somewhere should pick up a book or newspaper!

  23. Erm, I meant inherently…
    (Way to put your foot in it, Arol.)
    Did I mentioned that I’m a scriptivist or do you suppose that it is a given?
    I’m going to shut up now…it’d be best.
    Bye.

  24. Arol, I thought I was the only person in existence that suffered the ignorant. Or maybe I should say “Illiterate by Choice”. Fortunately I’m a police officer so I have the opportunity to use a more extensive vocabulary every time I produce a sworn statement for legal purposes. Thankfully most lawyers are lovely vocabulary utilizers as well. I feel sorry for the people left in the mundane world of common language.

  25. Of course you have a failing belief in people, Grant, you get to deal with the ‘dregs’ of society on an occasional benefit…

    I was due to become a lawyer once upon a time, but I surrendered to my deeper desire for more creative pursuits. Music, etcetera.

    My brother’s dream is that of the old pavement-tapping topic or penchant…
    (He wants to be a cop.)

    How are you enjoying the lexical theme portaining to your bread-and-butter?

    If you come back to this page, you should message me, via MySpace, via my hyper-linked name just below this garbled discourse.
    (Click on ‘Arol Thyme’ as in “Arol Thyme said…”)

    If you say that you are sorely lacking mental challenge then I may be able to acquiesce (accede, concur, capitulate) to your poverty.
    I imagine that we could have a rather good acquaintanceship.

    I’d prefer to talk via MySpace though below you will find my e-mail address.

    (arolthyme@gmail.com)

    Thanks and have a nice day officer.
    =)

  26. Hey!
    It deleted my “Commonality is not a crime, officer. Well not yet & you should know…” sentence.
    That is so irritating.
    It had some good police related punnary in it too.
    (Which I addressed & now makes no sense.)
    I may have also said that ignorance is a sentence in itself.
    Be damned if I can remember.
    I do know that I used the word cognizant.
    Oh well.
    =P

  27. FSHO

  28. Do you talk to yourself in real life too, Arol?

  29. Actually, yes. Yes I do.
    I’m the only one who understands me.
    I can get a little complex.
    I also get carried away.
    Are you willing to offer some kind of challenge for me?
    I could do with one.

  30. fo shizzle me nizzle Arol :P
    Haha, i wish i could speak aswell as V, i believe he’s the same actor as plays Agent Smith in the Matrix, and Elrond in The Lord of the Rings. Easy to see why he wears a mask then haha
    Unfortunatley i do believe i lack the finer tunes of speech and vocabulary. I used to be alright, but of since University commenced for me, my ‘in mind’ dictionary seems to have dwindled, and i don’t have as much eloquence and elegance in words as i used to :(

  31. T_Ledge:
    “my ‘in mind’ dictionary”

    Try “vocabulary”. It sounds better, and also begins with a ‘V’ :-)

  32. This is one of the most amazingly well written paragraphs ever to grace this earth. I can’t imagine how long it took to write it. If you think about it this speech is better put together than any other speech you have likely heard.

    It amazes me so much every time I read it.

  33. Here is another translation:

    Look! Standing before you, a humble, experienced stage performer, shown in abscence as both a victim and a villain by the circumstance in which you see me. This appearance, no simple ornament of vanity, is a shadow of the people’s voices, now empty, gone, as the once vital voice of truth will now respect what they once fought against. However, this proud visit of a voice from the past stands renewed, and has vowed to destroy these corrupt and infectious vermin who guard the evil and condone the violent and the violation of choice. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a vow, not without purpose, because the value and truthfulness of it shall one day vindicate the right and just. Yes, this overabundance of words turns most wordy face-to-face an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

    ~My Attempt at Translating,or rather Summarisingthe V Speech.

    ~Look at me! A lowly, experienced stage performer, cast as both a victim and a villain by circumstances beyond his control (Which of the two is more determined by the light in which you see me.)
    This strange face is no ornament, nor a declaration of conceit or vanity; It is a shadow, a mere whisper of the people’s voices, now lost and silent. The people who now worship what they once fought so hard against.

    However, this voice from the past stands anew and has promised to destroy these corrupt, greedy, spineless men who guard the evil, condone the violent, and repeatedly stifle the right to personal choice.

    The only right decision is a vow of vengeance that is held not merely in appearance, but as a true war that if pursued to the end one day will free those who stand firm and stay true to virtuous actions even in the event that all is lost.

    Well… I’ve gone on far more than was necessary so let me simply say that it is an honor to meet you and you may call me V.~

  34. By the way “Vox Populi” is latin. A rough translation is “the voice of the people” or “Peoples Voice”

  35. The guy at the beginning of the movie is Guy Fawkes and the poem tells us of when Mr. Fawkes failed at his attempt to blow up the parliment building. It was called the Gun Powder Treason. If you google him or wikipedia him you can read about what truly happened.

  36. It is amazing how many people make reference to this movie but miss the most important quote from it.

    “People should not fear their government, the government should fear their people”.

    Now wouldn’t that be a hell of a thing if it were true.

    • thats what america tries to be. The problem is that its really the media who the government fear, because the media controls the people.

      • Luckily for them, (the government in V for Vendetta) they control the media, and so it’s the people they should really fear. But of course, the point does have some validity, in the united states, there is no control over the media due to the first ammendment.

  37. The movie is one of the most amazing pieces of art, that I have seen this decade.

    Everytime I see it I get amazed once again. Hugo Weaving is the perfect person for the character V and this movie is just simply a masterpiece!!!

  38. vox plouli means “voice of the people” in latin. it is not the name of any body. what he is saying is that the people no longer have the right to make their voices heard, because the government is basically now a dictatorship and he does not allow them to speak their minds.

  39. and vichyssoise is a thick French cold onion soup. he is using it as an adjective basically meaning a large amount of words (verbiage)

  40. It’s an awesome movie.Everyone should watch this.The best parts in the movie are V’s speeches and his fighting.But out of all his speeches I like this one best.

  41. Read the book it’s definitely different.

  42. you and i can use our ten dollar words, we can act as pretentious as we would like. If you use your vocabulary to intimidate someone, you better be ready for some sort or counter attack, whether it be verbal or physical.
    you can’t make yourself better than someone else with words. and people are much easier to speak to on a more personal level when they can understand you.
    ignorance of the law is no excuse. there is my cop quip.

  43. “The building is a simbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by the people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless, but with enought people blowing up a building can change the world”

  44. You all with the smart vocabulary need to go fall into a ditch and die…naw I’m just messing with u…I freakin love this movie and it is my duty to translate the speech for the “illiterate by choice” P.S. I’m pretty sure I spelled that wrong

  45. @ X

    Vox Populi is literally translated from Latin as “voice of the public” and I’m quite certain that’s how it’s meant to be used in the speech. :P

  46. ha ha i have that big speech on my profiles!! i love this speech and that poem just gets stuck in your mind for all of eternity. V is the man i am searching for…why did he have to die!?!?!??!

    • nice spoiler DX (not that I havent watched the movie, but for those who haven’t…….

  47. Thank you for posting this. I memorized it for my drama audition, and blew everyone away with it.

  48. I am just left hypnotised every single time I watch This masterpiece.

  49. “People should not fear their government, the government should fear their people”. Jacks Wasted Life said this on July 2, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Well i cant be bothered 2 speak like any of u so..

    I agree with Jack but I would really say that one of the better quotes would be “Beneath this mask is more than flesh, it is an idea Mr.Creedy and ideas are bullet-proof.”
    Not quite sure if I got that word for word but whatever…

  50. i just wanted to say to arol that etc. is two words in latin, the first being et (and)

  51. love the movie and the history behind it. please see the video I with type on you tube. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xaCVhO7F9vQ

  52. Here is the full Guy Fawkes Poem:
    Remember, remember, the 5th of November
    The Gunpowder Treason and plot ;
    I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
    Should ever be forgot.
    Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
    ‘Twas his intent.
    To blow up the King and the Parliament.
    Three score barrels of powder below.
    Poor old England to overthrow.
    By God’s providence he was catch’d,
    With a dark lantern and burning match
    Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring
    Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King!
    Hip hip Hoorah !
    Hip hip Hoorah !
    A penny loaf to feed ol’Pope,
    A farthing cheese to choke him.
    A pint of beer to rinse it down,
    A faggot of sticks to burn him.
    Burn him in a tub of tar,’
    Burn him like a blazing star.
    Burn his body from his head,
    Then we’ll say: ol’Pope is dead.

    Sorry if someone already posted this

  53. Beautiful speech, and so well delivered. Thanks for posting it.

  54. Remember, Remember, the fifth of November
    The Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
    I know no reason for the Gunpowder Treason
    Should ever be forgot.

    This sounds right, so it is right. There are two The’s you forgot. I say them silently so listen closely more often. Believe me or not I do not care for I am here to correct error’s, and error’s are what I live to correct. All I know and all I see are the mistakes of our government, so you will now see. Lives are lost, pain is brought. Wars are started and happiness is forgot.

    Remember, Remember the fifth of November,
    The love, hatred and all of that lot.
    The man named V who will all make you see,
    That he hopes you should never have forgot.

  55. As I read over my reply and what I said, I saw a mistake in my poem as well. I wrote the “for” when I should have not. So here is the real poem.

    Remember, Remember the fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder, Treason and plot.
    I know no reason that the Gunpowder Treason
    Should ever be forgot.

    My love, your love
    The love of everyone.
    Shall not be realized for
    we are all done.

    The Earth will shatter
    and so will our hopes
    we will kill our hapiness
    and begin to mope.

    Love is not strong
    Hope is hardly there
    All that is left
    Is the governments Evil Stare

    It needs a new leader.
    One for the little people
    One that lived our problems
    And one that knows our pain
    One who loves us all
    The one who offers change.

  56. V, I don’t know where you got this “real poem.” It was right the way You May Call Me… put it.
    It’s hard to take any corrections seriously when you’re fixing “error’s” instead of errors.

  57. Ah yes, you see I added that on myself. Yet it seems no one likes the additions I have made. So I can assume everyone does not accept my poem. Do what thou must, and I shall not stop you.

  58. That’s Phenomenal, hope you don’t mind if I borrow it. Kudos

  59. its was the best movie i have ever seen. the script is amzing and the effect and the way v plays his role is amazing.

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  61. Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder Treason
    Should ever be forgot.
    Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
    To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
    Three-score barrels of powder below
    To prove old England’s overthrow;
    By God’s providence he was catch’d
    With a dark lantern and burning match.
    Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
    Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

  62. Arol you and the pig fail but v for vendetta wins. My IQ is 145, but I don’t talk down to people. Grow up! Well technically I do but that is cause I’m tall (literal translation of “talking down to people”) so you have nothing to complain about.
    Have a nice day!

  63. you arent that smart either. Rule one treat other people with respect if you want to be!!

  64. I….don’t know about all your poems, though I do like them, and I write poetry of my own but I’ve never attempted to alter this one though it is a personal favorite of mine, because I’m, personally, not entirely sure I remember what it was, exactly. But, I do know that that speech and scene was my favorite in the movie, and, actually, given all the movies I can ever remember seeing, my favorite all-time scene from Any film, really.

    (by the way Arol, I love the way you talk, that is so much better than anyone I know, who abbreviate everything, and can’t pronounce the word Vendetta to save their ass)

    (actually, they probably cannot say V either)

  65. And…by the way, all of you. Arguing on a website about something as dumb as you are is just a waste of time. Think of something better to do, or say, or think, maybe? Please? For your own dignity and pride, if you even Have any?

  66. There. I ranted a little, too.

  67. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA wowww, these comments are friggin hilarious…

  68. This speech is so gorgeous. I used it as a graded college piece, and got the highest marks in the class. Its so beautifully written and Hugo delivered it so well, thank you for posting it. =)

    (to the above): You have a somewhat unorthadox sense of humour.

  69. Arol,

    Thou art inept and inane in your insolence. An ignominious ignoramus, indubitably indulging in the inglorious inducement of idolatry in the indigent, inferior, and ignorant ignoble.

  70. I have this movie on my PC and I’ve listened over and over to the above speech. I’m of the unshakable view that ‘vivified’
    viv·i·fy \’vi-və-“fī\ vt, -fied -fy·ing [ME vivifien to nourish, fr. AF vivifier to give life to, fr. LL vivificare, fr. L vivificus enlivening, fr. vivus alive — more at quick] (14c)
    1 : to endow with life or renewed life : animate ‹rains that ~ the barren hills›
    2 : to impart vitality or vividness to ‹concentrating this union of quality and meaning in a way which vivifies both —John Dewey› quicken
    — viv·i·fi·ca·tion \”vi-və-fə-‘kā-shən\ n
    — viv·i·fi·er \’vi-və-“fī(-ə)r\ n

    is actually ‘vilified’
    vil·i·fy \’vi-lə-“fī\ vt, -fied -fy·ing [ME vilifien, fr. LL vilificare, fr. L vilis cheap, vile] (15c)
    1 : to lower in estimation or importance
    2 : to utter slanderous and abusive statements against : defame malign
    — vil·i·fi·er \-“fī(-ə)r\ n

    Quite a difference I think!

  71. actually in the “remember” poem, it’s really

    Remember remember the fifth of November
    “The Gunpowder Treason & Plot.”
    I know of no reason “The Gunpowder Treason”
    Should ever be forgot…

    the event in which Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Parliament Building was literally called “The Gunpowder Treason & Plot.” so when V tells the poem, he’s saying there’s no reason the event (named “The Gunpowder Treason & Plot”) should be forgotten. :)

  72. ahhh arol, i cry for you truly, I consider myself to be an eloquant and able minded person, but i’d rather have 1 hug from one of my ‘ignorant’ friends, than 1000 of your high brow words. Indeed, it is no suprise to find you trawling for friends online… put it this way, if you were really as intelligent as you would have us believe, that would be reflected in your lifes decisions, and you would have been able to position yourself in the real world, with an education, professional and social network to suit your demands. Alas, (i feel) you hide behind the illusion of intelligence, and thus you require an online relationship so that you can control the flow of information, and thus the visage (sorry had to throw a v word in this rant haha) you have constructed of yourself.

    Eloquance is not the making of a man, it is the intention behind our words on which we are judged by our peers and superiors.

    That said, V is an awesome character, and this speech was excellent in both its timing and delivery. On the all time greats list for sure, and thank you to the poster for posting here for all those who don’t have time to pause rewind etc for ourselves ;)

  73. It is i see no reason….
    I know of no reason is wrong… through out the years people have changed the poem into what they think is correct.
    But the real one is i see no reason
    Plz consider my opinion to change it..
    =)

  74. Dauntless… I cannot see how you can come here, claiming to be “an eloquant and able minded person”, critisising others, when your comments are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. Perhaps you should concentrate on your own shortcomings before bringing undue attention to those of other people’s.

  75. remember, remember the 5th of november…it’s today

  76. Remember, remember the 5th of November… It’s not too late!

  77. Sorry, but I really love Evey’s reply.
    “Are you like a crazy person?” She is unflustered and simply repsonds. I think it is brilliant.
    The speech is amazing and I love it but Evey’s response is priceless.
    And it is vivified (returned to life).

  78. this is one of my favorite movies and none of my friends have heart about it

  79. I was going to leave a comment on this page(and now I am!) but seeing how people are judging each other on language quality I feel as if I need to break the mold…
    Oui, mes amis, je suis bilingue! et V for Vendetta est un film remarquable, figurant parmis mes films préférés.

    Oh, and do NOT ask me to translate the poem into French. It would be terrible (just like the film in French as it truly brings life to the expression “losing something in the translation”)

  80. The beauty of tis movie and what it stands for is amazing….. ” People shouldn’t be afraid of their government, a government should be afraid of its people.” This is so true but when there are people who want to gain more POWER that is impossible. Each and every person makes a stand for something whether good or bad??? What’s your stand?
    And the statement about conservatives was backwards….. A conservative makes a stand for the well-being of the people….. Not a stand to force the people to fear him or her in power. That is what Adam Sutler did. He was a LIBERAL! Maybe a conservative Liberal…… But not Conservative…..

  81. Ok, Sex11, Let’s not make this a political discussion… or…? If you do want to discuss politics though i’ll discuss that with you…
    There’s nothing in the movie that show’s he’s a liberal, all it shows is that he’s a dictator. Where did you see that he’s a liberal? If you want to argue a point don’t just make a statement, prove it.
    In fact the idea of a ‘liberal dictatorship’ is a contradition in terms because a dictator would control all aspects of life whereas a liberal government would not have as much power. I agree that it’s an EXTREME RIGHT form of government – like Hitler’s was from the thirties to 1945 as it shows ethnocentric ideals (my country is the best) and total control of the poplulation.
    So I’ll ask you a question now. Why is it that we see Communist dictatorships, as in SOCIALIST dictatoships? (because 100 years ago, they were synonymes!)
    Liberalism is not evil. All it means is that you need to take your destiny into your own hands. I agree you need a centralised health cover, that is essential in my opinion. but that’s another discussion.
    I can’t wait for your answer! =)

  82. All I have to say about this here movie is that it is completely astounding. I have no other comments on it whatsoever. But I am utterly amazed at how Hollywood can actually make a good movie. Actors and all, locations. An A + in my opinion.
    Long live V.

  83. Great movie, great poem, great blog!

    Keeep it up!

  84. I love that everyone on here is as into this movie as I am! Although you guys probably just love the storyline, and don’t fancy the pants off V instead. ;)

  85. have any of you read the graphic novel

  86. To those who corrected the first translation, I thank you. When I decided to take this speech and turn it into my monologue for acting I decided to take the time to look up all the words I did not understand and learn them. When I first saw that “translation” of the speech I was furious. The worst (I thought) was the “of words is most strange to you” part that x posted. This makes it sound like V is making fun of her instead of apologizing for the introduction getting wordy. Oh, I am not trying to claim I am good at grammar or even know a lot of big words so please go easy on my poor sentence structure and lack of sophisticated words. I tip my hat to all of you that can do that, but I am merely and actor playing and saying what my director wants. I will learn the words as I go.

  87. Ha ha. I went back and picked my own post apart. I apologized if I sounded rude or messed my sentences up.

  88. Read my “nickname”. Accept that I have better grammatical skills than you do. Find my mistake. Also, before you “diss” me, know this: I can visit upon you a fate that is so utterly AWKWARD that it would be absolutely, undeniably, INCONCEIVABLY BRUTAL, even by Mephistophales’s standards!

    • Your grammar may be sagacious, but your syntax falls short. You never, ever capitalize that many letters in a row unless you’re typing an acronym.

      Oh well. It’s not that important, but it is rather hypocritical to drone about your English when it is still far from flawless.

  89. Of course, I have fortified my last comment by using the word “can”, instead of the word “will”. Think about that, and NEVER underestimate me, when it comes to grammar!

  90. Gog; Stop polluting the page please.
    It’s a great film but it’s a shame that everyone retains the grammar and not the message.
    Get a life.

  91. I’m leaving, now. Don’t get the wrong idea.

    • God of grammar, I have absolutely NO idea what it is you’re talking about (or, specifically, making reference to, as you appear to be arguing with yourself…), but I’m glad anyway that at least someone here is grammatically correct.

      • –‘ Can nobody see past the superficial through into what the real meaning is? Grammar is cool yeah, but …
        There’s no point arguing. It’s a waste of my time. People are so anal.

  92. I’m puzzled now, so many words typed in analysis of a piece of prose, powerful but nothing special. So many people saying what an amazing movie it is (it is I agree, I love it).

    But and it is a big but, on this whole page no-one mentions the original, the graphic novel which started it, and which is more atmospheric, more complex, better written and far more inspiring than any movie could be (or maybe they do and I missed it cos after a few thousand words of ego-wanking I lost the will to continue). Goddammit, nowhere on this page do we see the name Alan Moore!

    It’s a good film, but you do youself an injustice if you do not seek out and read the book NOW!

  93. To give a more accurate transliteration of the meaning I thought I’d do so here since there is some confusion.
    On this most uncommon or special night, please allow me, instead of the more common introduction, to explain the reason of my actions.
    Behold, see this experienced actor, playing the part (haphazardly) of both the protagonist and antagonist through the paths/places/actions of the past and what consequences they have created. This image/face, not just a mask of vanity (referring to obviously V’s burned face), is also a symbol of the voice of the people, which has now disappeared. However the return of this heroic symbol of a past wrong is alive, and has promised to destroy/kill/conquer the corrupted, poisonous, pests/rodents/annoying people, leading moral weakness and up holding through violent, brutal/deplorable/cruel, and wolfish/rapacious (excessive greed) the encroachment/intrusion/infringement of personal rights/freedoms/speech/thought.
    The only conclusion is revenge/payback/retribution, a promised feud/resistance, dedicated too in whole without fear of loss, for the measure/esteem and truth of such will one day justify/uphold/defend the watchful and moral (masses).
    In truth, this filling speech (vichyssoise is a soup) of long rhetoric is wordy, so let me simplify, it is my very good honor to meet you….

    Well the prose, because of it’s extreme V-ness if you will causes a bit of confusion, especially when some of the words aren’t known. Several of the transliterations above have taken liberties in their definition of the words, thus I thought I’d post here what it means as clearly as I can.

  94. guy fawkes a hero to some and an enemy to most but a leader to me

  95. Can anyone write a script that combines the two speeches delivered by V? A script for school speech comp ><
    thanks ~

  96. To Snufkin: you talk about the book. I didnt even know there was a book. I would like to read it. Is the name the same as the movie or is it a different title?

  97. well might as well add my own poem to all the sexy women only that is lol uhhhhh
    roses are red
    violets are blue
    ya got big tits
    and i wanna suck on em to :D

  98. v is figting for anarchy if you look the v upside down its the simbol of anarchy

  99. There are so many things going on here I don’t know where to start. Yes, this was a great movie; I have yet to read the book, but plan to at some future date. However, the main argument in this string of comments is the issue of eloquence and inteligence. I often think of a more complicated word first, and depending on my company I may find myself struggling to find a more simple equivilent. However, this in itself is not a problem, despite the fact it can be frustrating. Even with a fairly extensive vocabulary, I occasionally need words defined for me, and there have been cases where I misconstrued a meaning based on context. Just because someone doesn’t understand every word you use does that make them stupid or not worth your time, and fancy vocabulary is hardly the most effective way to communicate (depending, of course, on the situation). Talking normally every once in a while does not decrease your intelligence, and looking down on people for something as small as the words they have been exposed to is… hmm, I can’t think of a better word than stupid right now. Oh well. Anyway, before anyone picks apart my post for errors, I would simply like to say that I am ‘verbally eloquent’, and that my writing skills need work. Therefor, words that I often use may appear mispelled, and my punctuation is most likely wrong. Frankly, I’m more of a science person anyway. Start talking about psychology, genetics, evolution, cells, et cetera (and yes, this is the full verson of etc). Having trouble with literature and language is not a sign of stupidity, there are many forms of intellegence. Those who excell in one area often have trouble in another, and I know of people who are practically geniuses in one area but dunces in another.

    And, TheMaximus… that was disgusting and inappropriate. I honestly wish there was a ‘flag this post’ or similar option. Keep your poor flirtation attempts to yourself. Or better yet, use them without the barrier of the internet, it will make women much more happy. After all, they can’t slap you for it here. Plus, your rhythm was terrible…

  100. And, before someone else can point it out, I seem to have forgoten which sentence I was using halfway through writing. This tends to happen since my typing is rather slow… anyway, a correction: Just because someone doesn’t understand every word you use does not make them stupid or not worth your time… Like I said, my writing needs work.

  101. blarghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  102. i fucking hate ponys and i hate all of you, trying to coerce the poor pony into thinking you know what your talknig about, i beseach thee! na actually i dont i just want you all dead so i can run free with the ponys in the enteral feilds of flowers and rainbows

  103. The alliteration speech is flawfless, but more interesting is that the words used in the speech are the chapter titles in the graphic novel. Very very clever!

  104. Such a ravishing speech, might I add. As you all pick at each other I believe we are missing the true intentions of the speech as a whole… We need to seek vengeance and seek out our own vendetta against the present corrupt governments! Oh, isn’t it fabulous. Personally, I am very excited by such thoughts of rebellion and V is to be my greatest role model… how ever, I plan to never be caught! What a great, compelling speech he offers! If you aren’t convinced to rebel from such than you are weak. V will be my husband, thank you very much, and this speech will be included in his wedding vows. :) Thank you for reading my novel.

  105. [...] Hugo earned a permanent spot on my favorites list for his absolutely perfect enunciation of the introductory speech to Evey. And I’ll never again associate him solely with Agent Smith. And this is one actor [...]

  106. One of the most intelligent people I ever met spoke in the plainest way I think I’ve ever heard. When one is truly certain of what they think, the most effective way is INVARIABLY to explain it in an utterly straightforward form.

    Covering the content of what you say with obscure vocabulary and register does -not- make your point or opinion any more valid. In fact, it usually only serves to make it more obscure in accordance to how you say it.

    Now here’s a gem, as many political speakers will tell you: The most effective way to talk or write is the way which the most amount of people will understand you and relate to you. Using pretentious vocab and grammar is unfortunately not the way to achieve this and simply suggests poor social skills. Rarely do people who talk as if they were from 200 years in the past ever have anything valuable to say. Such long words that are so short of actual meaning just seem inefficient in my eyes.

  107. This is the approximate translation, as decided on by a class of 9 and 10 year old :-p
    “Here I am, in your sight, a modest but experienced performer, forced to be both the wronged and the bad guy by the unpredictable nature of fate. My image, not just a self absorbed illusion, is all that is left of the voice of the people. However, I will be courageous and stand up against the leaders of this country who rule in a cruel and greedy way. My only option is to pick a fight with them, I vow to fight so that the good people of the world will one day rule it.
    Certainly, the soup of difficult words I have used to describe my mission was unnecessary!”

  108. It should be: “I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason.”

    ‘The Gunpowder Treason’ was Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the houses of parliament.

    I’m just saying.

  109. Remember, Remember, The Fifth Of November! :)

  110. “Penny for the guy?”

  111. this was my favorite movie off all time (: its so well played (:

  112. Pi is exactly 3!

  113. I read every single comment on this page.
    I started by simply reading the speech, but as I finished I began to read the comments, and was captivated by the beautiful grammar some of you used.
    I absolutely loved it.
    I wish my use of grammar was as propper and well sounded as all of yours.

    I must say some of the comments did bother me a bit, as in the sense that I tend to respect everyone’s opinion.
    But the fact that some of you kept trying to fix other’s errors on their own opinions, trying to prove your superiority to grammatic usage did in fact “piss me off”
    “No Opinion is Ever Wrong”

    Really! after the way the world is today we need to stop hating on each other, trying to prove who’s better and simply be accepting of one another.

    I am sick and tired of how people treat each other!
    How are we supposed to ever make a change in this world if we keep trying to put others down?
    How will we ever have the chance to make this world a peaceful and Happy place if we don’t learn to love one another?

    Yes I used the word “Love” and I am not reffering to it as ” let’s walk hand in hand, hug all the time and live happily ever after”
    I meant it as we need to learn to tolerate, respect, listen and understand others in order to make this an easier life for ourselves and others.

    Well, I’ve put my two cents into the comment part. Now onto V

    I absolutely love this movie. I watched it in my English Class a few years back for the first time and I’ve made it sort of a tradition to watch it every 5th of November since then. The language, the story line, the actors, everything was marvelous.
    I believe this to be my favorite movie of all time.

    After watching I began to have a close eye on what Government and Society are really like.
    We’re certainly controlled by our governments, one way or another.
    As I’ve noticed, we’re pretty much all meant to play one role under the government’s eye.
    Work&Die
    Or at least that’s all it seems to be in for us.
    It’s the way life’s always been, people stepping on one another, crushing dreams and bringing people back to “reality”.

    Society is shaped the exact same way.
    We’re born, after a while we’re sent to school then spend the next 12+ years studying, work until retirement (If we’re lucky!), have a few years of relaxation before death comes and takes us. Thats what society expects, and we’re bound to be judged if we try to do otherwise.

    I truly belive that can’t be IT. It can’t be all there is to life, Right?

    The world does need a change and it absolutely isn’t going to happen by itself.

    I love V and I really hope that the world turns for better before its too late.

    * Forgive me if I’ve been a bit ignorant as I am still young and still learning about this world, the people, and society.
    I just spoke about what I’ve understood about the world so far.
    Also forgive my terrible grammar, I’m really willing to learn and get better at writting, I promise!!

    I bid you all a great life, and Thank You for reading.

    Lots Of Love ~ V

  114. Thanks to the chap who made the point about using one’s vocabulary to intimidate others and place yourself on a pedestal. Of which some in this thread are guilty as charged. Any half well read regular Joe is capable of doing this but, thankfully, we choose not to be “wankers” (as we call them here in Blighty).

  115. “Vox populi” in latin means “the voice of the people.”

  116. I looove rhis poem

  117. Hey guys, I like pie.

  118. Hey, guys. I’m V. Wassup?

  119. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to
    see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.

    My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  120. Carpe diem! For the cautious cannot concieve a more catastrophic cacophony of cries for the cold calculations of catatonic constructors of caitiff countries. If only these cries could be caught by courageous cavaliers seeking a continuation of concerns for the care of the common crowd. Then perhaps the coccineous color of this cadence could be construed as a kind of careening concept of a cassation of a carnifex and not a captious conclusion to a colorful conversation.

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  122. Who wrote this poem is an absolute genious !!!

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  124. Reblogged this on Douglas's Blog and commented:
    Fun.

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  127. amazing i love those, good job! cool cool i love these, good work!

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  129. Great poem featured in an equally great movie.

  130. Why, O why, has everyone ‘translated’ “Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate…” as “you see before you a veteran actor…” utter bollocks. “While I look like I fancy myself to be somewhat dramatic…”

  131. the speech isnt in the comic / graphic novel.

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  133. V is expressing he’s views about he’s government and how corrupt it is…

  134. […] Voilà! View your visage with new vanity, victorious over the most vicious dilemmas of your veneer, having vanquished them with a viscous, yet versatile, vanishing vigilante. You may call it Vaseline.  (Where my nerds at?) […]

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  136. This is not very easy to read let alone say

    • Remember remember the 5th of November gunpowder,treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

  137. This viruliferous visage vouching for vengence is just a vestige of an imaginative villian who tries to verge the good and the virtuous. Verily,this V you say should not be moodelize. X-D

  138. Reblogged this on I am a gamer / or mugger (yeah right I wish) / Haikus are my life :D and commented:
    Time to memorise and quote hahahaha! Loving it!

  139. The V speech by me:

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  141. Great speech.
    Most of the comments here are from 8 year olds, who can’t spell.

    • Actually if you read the original post and its first comments, it’s a pretty good fight. Even if that was 7 years ago

  142. thank you for this…. i just watched this again for the Vth time, and verily can say in all veracity, the movie’s vote for volition is displayed in high voltage! ;-)

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