V (Character)

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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.

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, your loyalty should always be ready to be tested, like when your boss tells you to kill his rival and the head of your corp's special operations. Your mission quickly goes south when you arrive at Lizzie's Bar, only to be met by multiple Arasaka agents, all ready to kill you. Your old friend Jackie Welles intervenes on your behalf, saving your life, but not your corporate cyberware.


"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 your journey in Cyberpunk in the Badlands, just outside of Night City. You are tasked with smuggling a package into the city, but before you can leave, you are stopped by the sheriff, who wants an explanation for why you are in town. You manage to get away and meet up with your contact, Jackie Welles, but you soon find yourself running for your life from the Arasaka Corporation.

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 a bar. Trying to help out a friend with their debt only leads to more trouble, as the fixer sends V to steal a car from a corporate agent. This ends up with V trying to steal a Rayfield Aerondight S9, but is interrupted by Jackie Welles while doing so; Jackie wants the same thing as V, the car. Once the police turn up, things quickly go south for both Jackie and V, given their loyalty to the owner of the car, Kaoru Fujioka.


I'm cleaner than a cunt in a convent.

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


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