November 5, 1605, is the main date for us to base on.

This day was the date when Guy fawkes (4/13/1570 - 1/31/1606), or Guido Fawkes, as he was best known for fighting for the Spaniards, was captured sitting under gunpowder barrels under the Palace of Westminster. Fawkes and a group of English Catholics intended to assassinate the Protestant King James I and a part of the Aristocracy, thereby replacing power with a Catholic leader. Such a blow became known as the Gunpowder Plot.

The King was warned before the blow could be dealt, thus capturing the only participant who had not fled: Fawkes, who was captured and tortured until he told the king the details of the betrayal. The conspiracy basically consisted of kidnapping a royal child, creating a revolt, and thereby blowing up the parliament when the bourgeois were reunited with the King. They would work to bring a Catholic to the throne.

Fawkes became the main symbol of the Gunpowder Plot, which failure has been celebrated in England since November 5, 1605. The date is usually celebrated with bonfires, accompanied by fireworks. The poem is always always recited: Remember, Remember, the 5th Of November.

V for Revenge (HQ, Movie and the Mask):

The mask we all know today, which represents Guy Fawkes, had its first appearance on the comic. v for Vendetta by Alan Moore, first published in 1982 and 1985, still in black and white in Quality Comics' Warrior magazine. They were just strips, which became so popular that they even appeared on 26 covers of the magazine.
With Warrior's cancellation, several companies tried to persuade Alan Moore and David Lloyd (illustrator) to publish and finish the story.
In 1988, DC Comics published a 10-issue series that re-featured what was made for Warrior, now in color, and then continued to complete the series.

V for Vendetta lies in an imagined future of the United Kingdom from about 1980 to 1990, where a masked revolutionary entitled “V” works in various ways to destroy a totalitarian government, directly affecting the people it encounters, presenting new ideals. , largely anarchists. The series takes place in a future, where England had much of its territory destroyed after a nuclear war. In the future, a fascist party called Norsefire eliminated its opponents in concentration camps and now rules as the state police. V is an anarchist revolutionary who, wearing the mask of Guy Fawkes, begins a violent and theatrical plan to assassinate the people who captured him, overthrow the government and convince people to seize power.
In 2006, the story gained even more popularity for the 2006 movie, also called "V for Vendetta," produced by Warner Bros.

Anonymous and the Guy Fawkes Mask

The hacktivist group (virtual activists) Anonymous also helped further popularize the use of the mask. The group's name was inspired by the anonymous way the images and comments were posted on the internet. This tag is often used for visitors who want to comment without identifying themselves.

Anonymous represents the concept of one or all people as a collective. People who participate using the name share an online identity, characterized as hedonistic and uninhibited. The intentions are to satirize the conscious adoption of disinhibition.

We (Anonymous) are just a group of people on the internet that we need to do as we please, things we wouldn't do in a traditional society. That's more or less the point: Do as you please.

A very common phrase used by members of the group is "We are doing it for the lulz", which would be like "We're doing it for laughs."

The use of the V Vengeance Mask is also due to one of the HQ and movie phrases, said by the character:

Behind this mask is more than meat. Behind this mask is an idea, and ideas are bulletproof.

The concept of wearing a mask makes a character able to stay alive for generations (a great example is the street artist Banksy, who many consider to be a collective of artists).
Another very popular phrase of the group is:

We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us

(We are the legion. We do not forget, we do not forgive. Wait for us)

Complete Poem of the Gunpowder Plot

Part of the poem became known in the comic book and V for Vendetta, but it has parts that are still considered too offensive to recite. It is fully transcribed below, for those who wish to know better, as well as a video explaining its origins:

Remember, remember the Fifth of November
the Gunpowder Treason and Plot

I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot
Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent to blow up King and Parliament

Three score barrels were laid below to prove old England's overthrow
By God's mercy he was catch'd with a dark lantern and lighted match

Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King

Hip hip hoorah!

A penny loaf to feed the Pope
Farthing the cheese to choke him

The pint of beer to rinse it down
A fagot 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.

Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah hoorah!

V's Revenge Tattoos

Check out some below V Revenge Tattoos.

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