Fictional resistance movements and groups

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V for Vendetta used the image of Guy Fawkes for the leader of resistance to a fictional police state. This image is now used in the real world by groups such as Anonymous.[1]

Fictional resistance movements and groups commonly appear in dystopian fiction, opposing the tyranny which dominates the setting.

In literature[edit]

In Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, the tyranny is the soul-destroying life of modern western society; the protagonist rebels against this by organising atavistic bare-knuckle fights and then by leading Project Mayhem to destroy civilization. This story developed themes of alienation and anti-consumerism seen in earlier works such as Rebel without a Cause and The Prisoner with the epic, millennial quality of other contemporary works such as The Matrix.[2]

List of fictional resistance movements and groups[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Emily McAvan (2012), The Postmodern Sacred: Popular Culture Spirituality in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Genres, p. 163, ISBN 9780786492824, as with the use of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask from the Wachowskis' V For Vendetta as a symbol of anonymous resistance at protests
  2. ^ John M. Stoup, Glenn W. Shuck (2007), "God's Unwanted: Fight Club and the Myth of "Total Revolution"", Escape Into the Future: Cultural Pessimism and Its Religious Dimension in Contemporary American Popular Culture, Baylor University Press

Further reading[edit]

  • Junius P. Rodriguez (2007), Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion, Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 9780313332722