Very little is known about Eric Finch. A police officer before the nuclear war that devastated the world, he shared none of the political or social convictions of the Norsefire party which seized control of England in the ensuing chaos. Despite this, he joined them as a member of the Party's investigations wing, called The Nose, of which he eventually rose to the position of leader.
Eric Finch was created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. He made his first appearance in Warrior #2.
Major Story Arcs
V for Vendetta
Following the terrorist V's destruction of the Houses of Parliament, Finch and his protégé Dominic Stone are among those tasked with finding V and stopping his attacks. He carries out investigations at several of V's crime scenes, growing increasingly familiar with V's pattern and psychology. He goes off the rails somewhat when V kills his occasional lover, Delia Surridge. After her death he goes on vacation as mandated by party Leader Adam Susan, and when he returns he begins acting increasingly oddly, developing a growing fixation on V. Travelling to Larkhill he ingests LSD and goes on a trip that forces him to confront the horrors he has been complicit in, as well as finally allowing him to understand V's mind. Returning to London, he discovers V and his train in the underground. V runs at Finch, but Finch manages to shoot him several times before V is able to stab him in he shoulder. V departs, and Finch realizes that he has killed V, regardless of V's claims of being an idea. He returns to his headquarters and tells everyone that V is dead, which is soon apparently refuted by the appearance of V, actually Evey in disguise. During the subsequent governmental collapse, Finch realizes that he can no longer live under the boot heel of a fascist dictatorship. Walking out into the rioting, he meets Helen Heyer, who attempts to convince him that they should restart the fascist government with themselves in charge. He refuses, and walks north.
Powers and Abilities
Eric Finch has no superhuman powers or abilities. He is a very skilled detective.
V for Vendetta
A significantly different version of Finch appears in this adaptation of the comic book. He is portrayed by Stephen Rea.