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This is an article on Cyberpunk 2077 protagonist V. Read on to know more about urban mercenary set to shake things up in Night City!

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Full NameV
DistrictWatson (Corpo Lifepath)
Heywood (Street Kid Lifepath)
The Badlands (Nomad Lifepath)
GenderChosen by player
AffiliationArasaka (Former, Corpo Lifepath)
Voice ActorGavin Drea (Male)
Cherami Leigh (Female)
Quests for this character are currently unavailable.

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V is the playable mercenary who Cyberpunk 2077's plot revolves around.

The digitized consciousness of Johnny Silverhand get embedded into V's brain after stealing a biochip. As the story progresses, V must choose whether to side with Johnny against the Arasaka Corportation or defy him.

V is the main protagonist of the game and is controlled by the player. V's appearance, gender, and more are fully customizable.

Character Customization Guide

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V's backstory and lifepath history are entirely dependent on the Character Customization the player chooses. Choosing V's Lifepath history, as either being Nomad, Street Kid, or Corporate, has deep impact on the game's plot.


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V Could Be Cyberpunk 2077's Biggest Hurdle

Cyberpunk 2077 is a hugely anticipated game and one TheWitcher developer CD Projekt Red hopes will define the capabilities of RPGs on the next generation of hardware. The studio has discussed efforts to make every side quest feel like a full story and an in-depth character customization system that will let players be whoever they want in Night City.

However, Cyberpunk 2077’s protagonist, V, could be the game’s biggest hurdle to overcome. There are many ways in which the design of the character could limit roleplay opportunities even with the huge amount of customization available, and there are examples of RPGs that have made similar decisions in the past to negative reception.

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The Voice of V

Cyberpunk’s V can be customized in a few key ways. First, their appearance and gender are said to be totally customizable. Second, there are 3 Life Paths in Cyberpunk 2077 which establish the backstory and early missions for the character: Corpo, Nomad, and Street Kid. However, there are some important ways that V is not customizable.

First, there is a preset male and female voice for the character. Beyond that, the player cannot customize V's voice in Cyberpunk 2077. This means that dialog options will work in a way that more closely resembles The Witcher than it does The Elder Scrolls, with players picking an option and then hearing some iteration of the line repeated by the player character's voice actor.

This goes a long way towards create a separation between the player character and the players themselves. This is fine with a character like Geralt of Rivia where the character is not really supposed to be customizable, at least on a fundamental level, but it does not work as well for open-world RPGs where the player is supposed to be anyone they want.

Indeed, a huge part of Skyrim’s longevity has been the fact that players can experience the world as almost any character they can imagine. The lack of player voice acting helps with this immersion. V’s voice establishes that, if nothing else, the character has an American accent, which limits the player’s ability to roleplay as anything other than an American in the extremely diverse setting of Night City which has huge Japanese, Latino, and Haitian populations.

Fallout 4 demonstrated some of the reasons why having the player character voiced can be a huge hindrance in open-world first-person RPGs. While in Fallout: New Vegas the player’s lack of voice allowed a breadth of roleplay opportunities for the Courier, who could be anyone, Fallout 4’s voice established a certain character for the protagonist that greatly limited who players could be in the game.

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V's Age

Not only does V have a set voice, but the character also has a set age. With the game taking place in 2077 and V’s birth year established as Dec 10, 2054, V will always be 22 years old no matter how much the player customizes the character otherwise. To have a player protagonist with a set age and voice is a big limitation, and while this worked with a character like Geralt who was separate enough from the player that CD Projekt Red could write character development into the story, it is unlikely that the studio will want to force the same development on the player of Cyberpunk 2077.

This could mean that while V is specific enough to limit a lot of roleplaying experiences in the game, the character will also not be so clearly written as to overcome that limitation with depth. This is a very similar problem to the one faced by Fallout 4, and Cyberpunk fans will be hopeful that CD Projekt Red can strike a good balance in the game before release.

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19, 2020, for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and will release later for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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V is the main character of Cyberpunk 2077 and acts as the player's protagonist. V is completely customisable and can be changed to suit the player's choice of gender, appearance, class, combat skills, lifepaths, and more.

Character Creation

Players have a number of options when it comes to creating their character, including the physical customisation of V, their background, and the initial attribute points which will dictate the starting stats for V.

The customisation options, including further information on the attribute points, are covered on the Character Creation page.

Backgrounds for V

Depending on your choice in-game, players can forge their image of V with 3 completely different background lifepaths. Each one starts with a different prologue mission, but they all end up with a similar end: you and Jackie Welles in trouble with the Arasaka Corporation.


"Few leave the corporate world with their lives — fewer still with their souls intact. You've been there — you've bent the rules, exploited secrets and weaponized information. There's no such thing as a fair game, only winners and losers."

As a corpo, you will start off your journey with the quest The Corpo Rat, which sees your handler, Arthur Jenkins instructing you to kill the director of the spec ops branch of Arasaka, Susan Abernathy, who was promoted instead of him. This quickly goes south and ends up with Jackie intervening on your behalf to save your life from Arasaka agents.


"Roaming the Badlands, looting scrapyards, raiding fuel depots — life on the road wasn't easy. But growing up in a Nomad clan has its perks. Honesty, integrity, and a love of freedom; qualities that few in Night City possess — and no amount of money can buy."

As a Nomad, you start out in an auto repair shop in the Badlands, with your car having just broken down. An unnamed Mechanic attempts to fix your car, and before leaving the shop, you are intercepted by the town sheriff, Andrew Jones, who wants to know your business. After leaving, you complete a short mission before meeting up with Jackie Welles, in order to smuggle a sensitive corporate package across the border and into Night City. Trouble at the border, however, leads you onto a car chase during which you must fight for your life.

Street Kid

"They say if you wanna understand the streets, you gotta live 'em. Gangs, fixers, dolls, small-time pushers — you were raised by them all. Down here the law of the jungle dictates the weak serve the strong — the only law in Night City you have yet to break."

As a Street Kid, V starts out on the streets of Night City in the El Coyote Coho bar, owned by Pepe, with the quest The Streetkid. Pepe has gotten himself into trouble with Kirk Sawyer, a fixer who is supposedly backed by cartels and is threatening to break Pepe's legs. After making an agreement with Kirk to steal a car for him, you end up getting into trouble after Jackie disrupts your getaway and the police turn up.


I'm cleaner than a cunt in a convent.

Could fuckin' tell me what you plan to do first.



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Background Information about V

V has three potential backstories, each one giving you a taste of the dark future from different status and perspective. Every life path features its own characters, introductory Quests, and starting Locations. Your choice will most directly affect the beginning of the game, but you'll find longer-term ramifications as you get deeper into Night City - including opening up specific dialogue options and new opportunities further down the line.

Your life path doesn't only affect your introduction to Cyberpunk 2077. V's roots will be visible throughout the game, often through specific dialogue choices. The three paths demonstrate three very different ways of living in and around Night City, so naturally, each one has different areas of expertise.

Life Path Advantages

  • Corpo: V has spent years maneuvering through the competitive back-office scene in Arasaka, so you have the first-hand experience when it comes to dealing with corporations. This means knowing how corpo agents operate; how they manipulate people. A "Corpo V" is far less likely to be caught out by shady corporate tricks, seeing past bluffs that would otherwise land you in hot water. You can even turn the tables thanks to your cutthroat corpo knowledge.
  • Nomad: Nomads come with the experience of living in The Badlands, where they often work as security for cargo making its way to and from the city. So a "Nomad V" can use that knowledge in jobs that require this type of organization - or they can use past experience as a bargaining chip in negotiations with, say, a corporate agent who only really knows how things work within the safe space of Night City boardrooms.
  • Street Kid: V's background as a Street Kid helps you navigate your way around some of Night City's more rough-cut residents. Gang members that might be distrustful of a Nomad outsider might be more open to talking candidly with a V who's "been there, done that" in the world of street gangs and dirty jobs. That street knowledge can help gain access to information that you'd otherwise have to spend bullets to get.


Background Story Choices

Backstories include key events or reasons to end up in Night city.


Notes and Trivia About V

  • V's real name is Valerie for Female V and Vincent for Male V but only those close to V call them by their full name.
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Cyberpunk 2077: What V Stands For (Both Versions)

V, the protagonist in Cyberpunk 2077, actually has a real name. Often overlooked, V's real names depend on which gender options players choose.

The main protagonist in Cyberpunk 2077 is known as V. However, this isn't their real name. Depending on which gender options players choose, V can stand for different names. It's a small part of the game, and unless players take part in a certain mission and pay close attention, they might miss this little secret altogether.

Cyberpunk 2077 has an extraordinary amount of customizations. Through character creation, upgrades, and even various romance options in Cyberpunk, each player's experiences in the game feel somewhat unique. So, it shouldn't be too surprising to find out there's more than one option for what V stands for. In a game that prides itself on choices, having V only stand for two different names even seems a little limiting.

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V makes a compelling protagonist. It's why the story feels so personal - since players make V look and act how they want - and it's why so many people want a third-person camera in Cyberpunk to look at their creation in-game. Although it's clear that V isn't the protagonist's real name, players may miss a key portion of the story that sheds light on what V actually stands for. Depending on which gender options players choose, V stands for either Vincent or Valerie. So far, this little tidbit of information is only known to be found in one place in the game.

How To Find Out V's Real Name In Cyberpunk 2077

If players choose the masculine character, V stands for Vincent. With the feminine options, V stands for Valerie. This is seemingly only revealed during the "Automatic Love" mission in Cyberpunk 2077. As a part of this mission, players must speak to a doll at Cloud Club. Before that, the receptionist at Cloud Club will scan V's neural link to determine which doll they're most compatible with. That information is then downloaded by the doll, so that when V interacts with it, the doll calls V by their actual name.

Since Cyberpunk 2077 is built around choices, players can choose how V reacts to being called by their real name. For now, this is the only known time in the game that V's real name is ever mentioned. However, there are a lot of missions in the game, and even more are coming through DLC in the future, so it's possible that both V's name and more information about their background will be unveiled at a later date.

The fact that V's true name is hidden inside of a mission is a little strange, but then again, almost everything about V is strange. Players aren't shown a lot of background information about V, perhaps in an attempt for V to feel like the players themselves. Still, it's interesting that V stands for either Vincent or Valerie, depending on which gender options are chosen. Perhaps more secrets about V will be shown whenever Cyberpunk 2077gets its first long-awaited DLC.

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