As a group the Visitors
come to conquer the Earth, enslave humanity, and
steal precious natural resources. But inspite of
this purpose for traveling the great distances of
space to Earth, some do not believe in their
mission or what is to be the future fate of
Visitor members are known as the Fifth Column. In V the Fifth Column are a group
composed largely of officers, and intellectuals
that oppose their leaders plans for the Earth.
The fifth column supplies weapons, uniforms,
escape methods and tactical information for human
resistance members that proves invaluable to the
efforts to fight the Visitor war machine.
For their efforts, the fifth
column are given an antidote to the red dust
toxin which allows them to live while much of
their brethren are killed by the red dust
bacterial agent. Notable fifth columnists
throughout the V saga are Martin, Phillip,
Oliver, and Barbara.
The term fifth
column refers to any
subversive agents who attempt to undermine a
nation's solidarity according to the Encyclopedia
Britantica. The source of the phrase fifth column
probably comes from the Spanish Civil War.
Nationalist general Emilo Moloa referred to
members of his forces hiding within Spain's
capital city as a Fifth Column waiting to rise up
and strike the capital from within.