Created By: DragonQuestZ on September 28, 2009
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Fleur De Lis

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French for "flower of the lily", this is a common symbol used in medieval heraldry, but is most notable with France, because of their common use of gold fleur-de-lis on royal blue backgrounds. It was used on their flags, coats of arms, and royal robes (as in the picture, although Napoleon swapped that for gold eagles on a vermilion background).

It's still used in Spain and Luxemburg due to their royalty being part of the Burbon line.

In modern fiction, it's often a motif to refer to the grander styles of old.

Examples:

  • The call girl service in L.A. Confidential was called this (I would have liked to use the matchbook for the picture, but I couldn't find one).
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • September 26, 2009
    dotchan
    The New Orleans Saints use the Fleur de Lis as the symbol on their helmets.
  • September 26, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    An important plot point in The Three Musketeers is that Milady has her shoulder branded with a fleur-de-lis, which marks her as a convicted felon.
  • September 26, 2009
    Prfnoff
    Quebec also uses the fleur-de-lis.
  • September 26, 2009
    Chabal 2
    I seem to remember a video game (or was it a comic?) where one character used a spear, whose tip was in the shape of a fleur-de-lys.
  • September 26, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Just checking: a gold fleur-de-lis is...a gilded lily, right?
  • September 26, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    If you mean a three dimensional gold lily, then no. This is about the symbol.
  • September 26, 2009
    Cambias
    In fact, the fleur-de-lis is a general symbol for the city of New Orleans. It's on the city flag, buses, trash cans, etc.
  • September 26, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Okay, it's very clear this is done in Real Life, but let's also get more examples in fiction, please.
  • September 26, 2009
    arekuru
    Why are you always so impatient about fictional examples when you've only come up with one yourself?
  • September 26, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Um, because I just came up with one is the reason I'm asking for more. And in case you didn't notice, most of the examples in the replies are about Real Life. Why the hell wouldn't I want more examples in fiction, when the site is mainly for that (but does include non-fiction works)?
  • September 26, 2009
    random surfer
  • September 27, 2009
    arekuru
    I understand wanting more examples. I understand thay you're using the YKTTW process. I also understand that you don't seem to get that sometimes your awesome trope ideas might not be as awesome and prevalent as you think they are, and that not everyone is going to be able to help you out with the more esoteric ones. In fact, I'm impressed to see as many examples listed here as there are.
  • September 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    The point of asking for more examples isn't just a demand. It's also to see if there are enough examples for this to be a trope. If not, then we either discard or see if we can change the trope to salvage it.
  • September 27, 2009
    kyzzi
    I don't know any names BUT... used often, sometimes correctly sometimes not, in Historical Romance, often to prove that the love interest is actually hidden royalty or nobility.
  • September 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Used in what manner? Even if you don't know any specific works, I can at least add it to the description.
  • September 27, 2009
    henke37
    I think that the Swedish boyscouts uses it.
  • September 27, 2009
    random surfer
    ^^Scouting in general uses it, internationally.
  • September 27, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In Warhammer40000 it is a comon symbol among sisters of battle, the female representatives of the local Church Militant
  • September 28, 2009
    Arilou
    Bretonnia being pretty much a Fantasy Counterpart Culture, uses Fleur-de-Lis a lot.
  • September 28, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Death Note anime gives Misa fleur-de-lis earrings, though they were crosses in the manga.
  • September 28, 2009
    Warlock
    In Moonlight, Mick's ex-wife Coraline had a Fleur-de-Lis on her shoulder. She told him it was the brand of a prostitute, but he later learned it was a mark that she was part of the French Royal family, who had been vampires at the time of the Revolution.
  • September 28, 2009
    Martin The Mess
    Another real-life example: The flag and coat of arms of Bosnia.

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