the mask worn by the revolutionary protagonist of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta comic book.
The mask has been commonplace at protests, especially those affiliated to Anonymous
Published from 1988 to 1989, the series is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic Britain which the title character, V, tries to liberate.
The Guy Fawkes theme was the idea of David Lloyd, the comic's illustrator, who commented that Fawkes should be celebrated rather than ritually burnt.
Alan Moore, the writer, known also for his acclaimed Watchmen series, took up the idea, and when the comic book became a film in 2006, a star of revolutionary iconography was born.