The Phantom of the Opera versus V

Two masked monsters.The Phantom of the Opera is perhaps the one and only satisfying French novel I have ever read. The title character, a disfigured genius named Erik, has been ripped off many times, and his tale has been reinvented more often than almost any other literary character in history. Facing off against him is V from the comic book V for Vendetta, who himself is pretty much a Phantom knockoff. Like Erik, V hides his mutilated face behind a mask. He’s a mad genius, also like Erik. However, while Erik primarily devotes himself to controlling the affairs of the Paris Opera House, V busies himself with plotting the downfall of all civilization. Also, V comes from a dark future where the civilized world is under the rule of a totalitarian British government, while Erik exists as a legend in 19th century Paris. Slight difference there.

Round One:
There are lots of reasons why the Phantom and V might fight, each more convoluted than the last. For the purposes of this fight, I’ll let the reader select one of the following:

A) Good old wacky and unexplainable time travel
B) Parallel universes
C) Kang the Conqueror has been screwing with the space-time continuum again
D) The Phantom of the Opera and V have always been natural enemies, just like Dracula and the Wolf Man. I don’t know what comic books or histories you’ve been reading that say otherwise.

Seeking to blow up the Paris Opera House and strike a blow for sweet, delicious anarchy, V stalks into the cellars with a wheelbarrow full of powder kegs. Unfortunately, he doesn’t heed the warning of a certain Persian and neglects to keep his hand at the level of his eye. Upon entering the cellar, V is quickly ensnared by the Phantom’s punjab lasso. Erik tosses the lasso around his neck, catches V in the noose, and then hangs it from the rafters, seemingly leaving the masked man to die. A very quick Round One goes to the Phantom of the Opera.

Round Two:
Just before V dies, he manages to slip out of the noose. He tumbles down to the floor of the cellar, and falls right through a well-located trap door that Erik had set. When he finally lands, light floods into the room, revealing a chamber of mirrors. Inside this chamber is a large iron tree with a noose hanging from it. The floor itself is covered in sand, giving the feeling that V has fallen into a desert. Erik, ever a sadistic creature, plays up this desert effect, perfectly imitating the sounds of wild animals as he increases the light in the chamber. As the heat increases and the torture goes on for hours, V goes mad…um, I mean, madder. Round Two goes to the Phantom of the Opera.

Round Three:
Just as the Phantom seems about to break V’s body and mind, he stops his torture, darkens the mirror, and walks away. V regains his senses and starts to collect his thoughts. Then another person plummets through the trap door to join the masked anarchist.

THIS MOVIE SUCKS!

THIS MOVIE SUCKS!

In accordance to the laws of the universe, the Phantom of the Opera, being French, is restricted from winning a conflict of arms against V, who is English. Rather than break tradition, Erik tosses down his lame-ass Gerard Butler-played double from the 2004 movie version of The Phantom of the Opera. You know, the one where Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joel Schumacher teamed up to deliver the most boring, crappy rendition of a once-compelling story that they could. The movie version of the Phantom is a pure asshole whose mask hides a slightly sunburned face. Plus, he sucks at singing.

So, my rant about the movie aside, V strangles the confused Gerard Butler version of the Phantom. When he escapes from Erik’s trap, he finds that his explosives are gone. A little more insane than usual, V thinks nothing of his foiled plan, and heads back to England, where he can further his plans to bring the world to a state of anarchy. The movie version of the Phantom continues to rot in Erik’s pit. Round Three and the match go to V.

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8 Responses to “The Phantom of the Opera versus V”

  1. I’ve always thought about this comparation, and even without any location or time in common betwen them, I think they’re really similar in a lot of facts just as u say 🙂
    but anyway I can’t accept a “fight” betwen them beacuse I love both!!! and their reasons to revolt are really diferent of course…..
    well,after all I guess that V takes the price! x) beacuse he is fighting for his society and for it to have a better goverment and a better life, and Eric (forgive me!!!) is only fighting for a women who doesnt’ even love him :S thats my respones!
    I think that this is an interesnting competition anyway!

  2. Oh! I forgot! I dont agree that Phantom of the opera movie sucks!! its an adaptation of the musical, and its great done, come on!

  3. christine Says:

    no one DARES insult Gerard Butler like that!!!! NOT his fault that he’s hot.

  4. The Phantom of the Opera Kicks Ass..It could have not been done any better.. Gerard Butler Delivered The Phantom as it is Meant to be Delivered…and for that I Thank him…so i don’t agree what you said about this movie sucking…V sucked

  5. i definietly agree with christine! You are just so jealous that you cant be as attractive as Gerard and he was an amazing voice!!!!! That is the most wonderful production of the Phantom of the opera I have seen yet!

    and p.s- the phantom would totally kick ass over V anyday!

  6. I love both characters. But with regards to the ranting on Gerard Butler, I’d have to sort of agree with you. Phantom is not supposed to be attractive after all. Making him good looking in the film made it easier to feel sorry for him I guess. He was a good actor though. Wasn’t totally convinced with the singing since I’ve seen the musical and I believe the Phantom should have this really angelic and amazing voice that can really seduce and entrance you.

    With regards to the V vs Phantom fight, this is actually very interesting as they are both theatrical in nature, hiding themselves in a mask and had very dark pasts. I also agree Melisa that V’s reason is much worth fighting for. The Phantom of the Opera is really just about his obsession with Christine.

  7. Oh My God!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How DARE you say that about Gerard Butler!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with all of those above, he is the best actor of all time and he plays a pretty f***ing hot Phantom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And his singing is BEAUTIFULLY done. And I can say that from a semi-professional point of view!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Andrew Lloyd Weber portrayed the musical fabulously with this movie and personally I loved the movie BETTER than the musical!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ’04 version kicks ass, and that’s cmoing from a Lon Chaney fan

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