The Guy Fawkes mask is a stylised depiction of Guy Fawkes, the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot.
The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.
Guy Fawkes, also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment.
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The plot was an attempt to blow up the House of Lords in London on 5 November 1605, in order to restore a Catholic head of state.
The House of Lords of the United Kingdom, referred to ceremonially as the House of Peers, is the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
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The use of a mask on an effigy has long roots as part of Guy Fawkes Night celebrations.
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain.
An effigy is a representation of a specific person in the form of sculpture or some other three-dimensional medium.
A stylised portrayal of a face with an oversized smile and red cheeks, a wide moustache upturned at both ends, and a thin vertical pointed beard, designed by illustrator David Lloyd, came to represent broader protest after it was used as a major plot element in V for Vendetta, published in 1982, and its 2006 film adaptation.
A protest is an expression of bearing witness on behalf of an express cause by words or actions with regard to particular events, policies or situations.
V for Vendetta is a British graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, published by DC Comics.
After appearing in Internet forums, the mask became a well-known symbol for the online hacktivist group Anonymous, used in Project Chanology, the Occupy movement, and other anti-government and anti-establishment protests around the world.
The Occupy movement is an international socio-political movement against social inequality and lack of "real democracy" around the world, its primary goal being to advance social and economic justice and new forms of democracy.
Project Chanology was a protest movement against the practices of the Church of Scientology by members of Anonymous, a leaderless Internet-based group.
The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite to link billions of devices worldwide.