|“||This will be a party that holds my, Rika's, and everyone's memories. Rika will always be with me in my heart.||”|
—V, Comment from RFA Orientation Guidebook
V (real name Jihyun Kim) is one of the side characters in Casual Story and Deep Story, and one of the main characters of Another Story, which was released on September 8, 2017 or Android users and a few days later for IOS users.
He is the current head of the RFA, however is often offline because of his trips as a photographer and his blindness. He was the fiance of Rika, and fell into a state of depression after her death, but did not show it.
V is a person who often works with Seven together and keeps things as a secret to the RFA members. He is also childhood friends with Jumin, as Jumin has talked about both of them having used to go to the same church and V talking about their schooling times together.
V is a person who respects one's privacy. This can be seen when he did not know Rika's password even though the apartment was under his name. He is also the type who keeps everything to himself, to the point where he would rather live with the burden of all his secrets than tell the other RFA members. He did not tell Seven all his secrets until he had no choice. Also, Zen says that although V is famous within the photography industry, he is not well-known amongst the public since he does not like being talked about.
Jumin has also stated that V is timid and faint-hearted, saying that if someone were to be against hosting the party again, V would talk about not hosting the party again. This implies that he is a people-pleaser and is sensitive toward the opinions of others, which can contribute to why he is a very private person.
In addition, he is a very loyal person. Although Rika suffered from depression and paranoid delusions with her twisted personality, he never left her and even said, "Even if you strangle my neck, blind my eyes and break my limbs... I will still love you."
V is also someone who hates getting innocent lives involved in his problems. He became a mole in Mint Eye in order to watch over Rika so she wouldn't target the other RFA members. He feels extremely guilty over Rika brainwashing Saeran, Seven's innocent younger twin brother, and begs Rika not to involve any more innocent lives in her goal at Mint Eye. He was also concerned about the main character's safety; if he hadn't accepted her into the RFA in the prologue chat, V believed she would've been targeted by Rika as a result.
When he was in high school, V's personality was very different from his current one. He was extremely pragmatic and had similar values to his father. He also looked down on artists who valued abstract ideals over success and lived empty, desolate lives; seeing them as pathetic. He believed that he needed brilliant accomplishments (financial and social success) before he could begin discussing abstract values.
V is a tall and lanky character with turquoise eyes and hair. His hair sweeps slightly to the left, just barely covering his eye. Throughout the story, he's often seen wearing a pair of grey dress pants and a loose black shirt (or a black turtleneck) with an open silver suit. Along with his grey boots, he wears a necklace, which is generally silver.
Due to being a victim of domestic violence committed by his fiancé, Rika, V's eyes are hurt badly, resulting a severe corneal damage from external trauma that almost blind him, which is why he always wears dark sunglasses and a special lens, and can be seen with a cane at times.In Secret 001, both his eyes lose their vibrant turquoise color, as a clue that he has turned completely blind. Also in Jaehee's route, Jumin notes that V is already no longer able to see during their meeting.
As a child, V grew up in a wealthy family. Not much is known about him because he is known to be very secretive. V and Jumin have known each other since childhood for 20 years due to him being neglected by his family during his younger days. Jumin notes that his parents were 'quite strange, but probably because they were artists'. V also appears to have a rather strong connection with Seven, always calling him by his baptismal name Luciel, and only tells specific things to him. Additionally, he had the intention to marry Rika before she passed away. Not much is known about what he did between his childhood and the events revolving around the RFA except making a close friend named Rui.
See also: Secret Ending
In this "After Ending", it is shown that V met Rika during an art exhibition. He stated that Rika had been coming for two days and there she stood for many hours looking at the photograph he took. Rika then complimented his work, stating that the pictures he took always warmed her heart. He decided to give the photo to Rika as a gift without any cost for it. She declined the offer saying that she couldn't accept such a beautiful piece without payment for it. In the end, it was decided by V that Rika would buy coffee for him after the exhibition and he would give her the picture.
After a few episodes, it will then be revealed that Rika is actually the leader of the religious cult by the name of Mint Eye. Rika held a grudge against V because V was against her ideas of a happier world (he called it a dictatorship). This caused her to tell V off by saying that he was like her parents who never saw through her hard work and determination.
As a result, the couple had a big fight and this caused them both to part and go their separate ways. Rika thought V would tell the other members about how she tried to steal the classified information she kept in her apartment.
The deterioration of Rika's mental health finally culminated in Rika abusing V, giving him the eye injury that would eventually turn him blind. With that, Rika left V in order to fully pursue her goal at Mint Eye.
V couldn't tell the RFA members about Rika's true colors because he was scared that Rika would involve them if they knew and he doesn't want to tarnish Rika's image to RFA members' memories of her; so he covered up her absence by lying and saying that Rika committed suicide instead.
V's involvement in Mint Eye is also finally revealed. The reason why he hasn't been active in the chat rooms anymore was because V had been doing undercover investigation at Mint Eye in order to gather information about the cult. Rika found out about this, calling V a traitor and threatened to have him killed in front of the cult because she thought V cared more about protecting the RFA than about her.
Saeran sensed that Rika was very displeased with V's presence in the cult, leading him to believe that V didn't belong in their 'paradise'.
In the 6th episode, Saeran began to feel pain in his head and started screaming at Rika for betraying him by letting Saeyoung join the everlasting party of Magenta. He claimed that his "savior's change" was due to V's involvement. In the end, V was shot to death by Saeran.
Although Rika threatened V that she would be the one who would "cleanse his soul" and destroy him, after he was shot by Saeran and parted his last words to her, she mourned over his death and suffered from a severe trauma due to that incident.
Seven, V, and Rika all attended the same church when they were younger. V was there when Seven was baptized under the name Luciel. The other RFA members always said V talked to 707 about everything, but V never told him about Rika brainwashing Saeran or Saeran's involvement with Mint Eye. This secret would cause 707 to not only completely distrust V, but also accuse V of putting Saeran in danger. Even after Seven denounces V, he still loved and cared about Seven like he was a son. He showed deep concern in Secret 001, when he found Seven injured with the MC, Saeran, and Vanderwood. V also tried to convince Rika not to kill Seven because he still considered Seven innocent and did not want to involve him in Rika's plans, much to the displeasure of Saeran.
At V's funeral, Seven tells V not to be lonely in the afterlife; he also states that V shouldn't worry about protecting anyone anymore so he could finally live a more selfish life, in contrast to how V lived when he was alive where he constantly shouldered the responsibility of others' actions and devoted the last years of his life trying to protect everyone.
V loved Rika dearly, even up to his eventual death. He made several comments in Secret 001 about what he viewed as her 'innocent soul', and saw her as his sun. In the Top Secret book (only VIP's have access to), it is said that V had a "philosophical love" towards Rika. V was one of the few people aware that Rika was mentally ill and encouraged her to seek treatment. Even though V tried his best to help to better Rika's condition , her view of the world became worse. In the hopes of stopping Rika from hurting herself, V tells Rika to hurt him instead. Eventually she blinded him. V tried to simultaneously stop Rika from harming others and kept her actions a secret because he wanted to preserve the good memory of her that the others had.
V still cared about Yoosung a lot, despite being hated by him.
In Yoosung route, in the good ending, V rushes over to Yoosung's house after facing the boy's pain and anger. He then allows Yoosung to blame him for everything bad that's happen which helps Yoosung to let go of some of his pent up grief. When Yoosung finally saw V's eye he became upset and worried over him.
At V's funeral, Yoosung states that he finally forgives V, although he still doesn't know if V truly loved Rika.
V and Jumin are childhood friends and have been friends since kindergarten. They grew up in the same neighborhood together and are incredibly close. The two met when Jumin crashed his toy car into V's house while he was playing. Jumin asked V what he wanted for compensation and V asked Jumin to be his friend. They made a contract that Jumin still has to this day. He also encouraged V to meet with his estranged mother and "to see the world with his own eyes, instead of his father's".
V was the one who gave and named Jumin's prized pet, Elizabeth 3rd. Jumin respects V's judgement, as seen when Jumin automatically accepts the main character into the RFA when V gives his approval. Jumin was the only RFA member who trusted V after V left the RFA in 707's route, actively searching for V afterwards. When 'V' (actually Seven who was using V's phone) sends the RFA members coordinates to where they're being captured, Jumin insists on taking a helicopter to where V is himself.
At V's funeral, Jumin states that V was 'a good friend, a good teacher, and a mirror of truth'. He also states that he would never forgive V for leaving them the way he did, although it's implied that Jumin knows the truth behind V's actual death.
Jaehee is very respectful towards V, praising his photography skills. V, in turn, praises Jaehee's hard work in helping with organizing the last RFA party.
At V's funeral, she states that he was like a role model to her.
Zen shows a huge amount of respect towards V since V and Rika were the ones who introduced him to the 'family' that is the RFA. Zen said that V took him to the hospital and saved his life when he once got into a motorcycle accident, for which he is very grateful. He calls V a 'warm and fair person' at V's funeral.
Chief Kim is V's father. When V was young, they had a close relationship, but as years went by they grew more distant from each other. Chief Kim is mentioned to have the opposite thought process of V, and is more like Jumin. He lives outside of Korea, and may be returning to South Korea if the deal with C&R International goes through.
He raised V mostly as a single parent, and rarely allowed his wife near their son.
V had a tumultuous relationship with his mother. As a child he didn't recognize his mother, and had little to no interaction with her.
Up until he was in high school, V viewed his mother in much the same way his father did. But with encouragement from Jumin, V chose to reconnect with his mother and form his own opinion on her.
His mother loves him, and her love for him was the only thing that kept her living after the lost of her hearing.