Guy Fawkes: The Man, The Myth, The Mask

A man with a Guy Fawkes mask during a protest. (Photo by Giorgos Georgiou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In recent years, we've come to know Guy Fawkes more for his dashing, mustached mask—a symbol for anti-government protesters, like those in the Occupy Movement—but did you know that Guy Fawkes was a real political protester? Fawkes took his protests a giant step too far when he attempted to explode kegs of gunpowder underneath the British Parliament building in 1605. While his actions were criminal in nature, many people supported his cause. Let's look at Guy Fawkes: the man, the myth, and the mask.