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''The Da Vinci Code'' is a 2003 thriller written by DanBrown. It sold 80 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the bestselling novels in history. It also caused a huge controversy because of its statements about early Christianity, and was sharply criticized for historical inaccuracy. In 2006, a [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] was released.

The story begins with a museum curator getting killed, setting a historian framed for the murder and his newfound lady co-investigator on a [[PlotCoupon puzzle quest]] for the Holy Grail.

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!!Contains examples of:

* AdaptationalVillainy: Bishop Aringarosa gets this in TheMovie. In the book, he's just the leader of Opus Dei (where he's presented as nothing more than an unusually conservative Catholic prelate) who gets roped into helping The Teacher find the tomb out of desperation to keep his order from being abolished. In TheMovie, he leads a secretive "shadow council" within the Church that actively wants to destroy the tomb to prevent evidence of Jesus' bloodline from reaching the public, and he manipulates Fache (who's an Opus Dei member in the movie) into hunting down Langdon despite his innocence.
* AncientConspiracy:
** [[spoiler: Subverted. It turns out to be the work of a lone nutjob with an agenda. All the power players seemingly acting in concert against our heroes turn out to be un-associated individuals merely acting on poor information.]]
** Though in the movie, due to AdaptationalVillainy, [[spoiler: it turns out that there actually ''is'' a secret faction within the Catholic Church that actively wants to find and destroy Mary Magdalene's tomb]].
* AncientOrderOfProtectors: The Priory of Sion guards the HolyGrail.
* AncientTradition: The Priory of Sion.
* AnywhereButTheirLips: In the movie, Langdon kisses Sophie on the forehead at the end.
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Sort of; Adventurer Symbologist (a [[strike:made up]] discredited discipline) in this case.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In TheMovie, the Catholic Church's "shadow council" wants to destroy Mary Magdalene's tomb to prevent evidence of Jesus' bloodline from reaching the public. They seem to think that having access to DNA samples from Mary Magdalene's corpse would, by itself, give someone a way to prove that she and Jesus had children. Actually, it would just prove that ''she'' had children at some point (not exactly an Earth-shattering revelation). Proving that Jesus fathered her children would require a DNA sample from Jesus too.
** Albinism is often linked to poor eyesight due to lack of pigment in the eyes as a result of being melanin-deficient. Silas would most likely be a very poor candidate to be what is effectively an assassin, since shooting at long distances and being able to drive at night is part of the job description.
* ArtisticLicenseReligion:
** Much is made of the Holy Grail legend's significance to Christianity, even though the Holy Grail isn't actually mentioned in any canonical Christian text. The Grail legend wasn't spawned until the 12th century, and it's solely the product of Arthurian literature. This is why the Grail doesn't appear in Leonardo's "The Last Supper" (not to mention that Leonardo, being Italian, wouldn't have had much reason to paint a {{Macguffin}} from a French/British chivalric romance in one of his biblical scenes).
** Then there's the whole ''the goddess'' thing. It's implied that all Pagan religions worshiped feminine beings in a similar way, and that it made them more peaceful as a society.
* AuthorCatchphrase: "My friends..."
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Leonardo was part of a ancient group that knew the secret of Jesus.
* BilingualBonus: [[spoiler:Aringarosa is Italian for "RedHerring", indicating he isn't the BigBad.]]
** Not quite. [[spoiler:"Aringarosa" should be translated more properly as ''pink'' herring, and the character itself is supposed to be of Spanish origins.]]
* BookEnds: The story begins and ends with a dead body in the Louvre. The first time it's Jacques Saunière's body. The second time [[spoiler:it's the corpse of Mary Magdalene, whose tomb was hidden under the Louvre by the Priory of Sion]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs Using planks as parachutes]].]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Teabing]] is revealed to be either controlling all the important characters or at least planning around their actions.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: Langdon. [[ContinuityNod He is in every book.]]
* ConflictBall: It's not immediately clear just what the antagonists are fighting over. The EvilAlbino and Aringarosa want to keep the secret of Mary Magdalene a secret. The Priory has kept their knowledge of Mary Magdalene secret for centuries.
* CunningLinguist: Averted, especially in the movie, in which it's more than obvious that Langdon (as well as Tom Hanks who portrays him) knows absolutely nothing about French and can only react to familiar phrases (such as his own name); at other times he just looks at Sophie expectantly. How he managed to become a world-renown expert in symbols while only knowing English is anyone's guess.
* DanBrowned: Helped inspire the trope.
* DeliberatelyPainfulClothing: Silas wears a spiked chain around his right thigh.
* DesperateObjectCatch: Langdon throws the cryptex to distract the villain, who tries [[spoiler: and fails]] to catch it.
* DrivingStick: Langdon's inability to do this briefly delays a getaway.
* EurekaMoment: Saturated with them-the final one is unseen but heavily implied.
* EvilAlbino: Silas. As inaccurate as the portrayal of albinism is, the use of the trope is arguably justified. Silas' father was an alcoholic thug who abused his son because of his freakish appearance, forcing Silas to run away from home as a teenager and turn to crime to survive. He's not an evil hitman ''because'' of his albinism, but it's understandable that his treatment might lead to some unsavory career choices.
* FantasticCatholicism
* FleurDeLis
* FollowTheLeader: Created an explosion of AncientConspiracy quests ''*cough* NationalTreasure *cough*'' and books about the Holy Grail. Also, this was was inspired by a [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory "nonfiction" book]] which is about a conspiracy theory similar to the one Langdon runs into.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Silas has one: "[[IronicEcho I am a ghost.]]"]]
* TheHeavy: Silas is not the BigBad, though he kicks off the plot and continues to be an antagonist throughout.
* HollywoodLaw: Dan Brown seems to be under the impression that all it takes to extradite a British national from their own country is for a foreign law enforcement agent to make a call to a local police officer. Also he seems to think that said local police will simply detain the suspects until the foreign police arrive to make the arrests themselves.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Briefly played with in the movie. When Fache first brings Langdon to the Louvre (secretly suspecting him of being Sauniere's murderer), Langdon mentions that the murder took place in the Grand Gallery before Fache tells him where the body was found. Langdon, with his extensive knowledge of art, actually just recognized the Grand Gallery's distinctive parquet floor in the crime scene photograph, but he inadvertently ends up making himself look even guiltier.
* InspectorJavert: Bezu Fache.
* InstantDeathBullet: Averted. Getting shot in the stomach leaves Saunière enough time (and strength) to move about the gallery some more before dying.
* IronicEcho:
** "You are a ghost!" becomes this for Silas, who admits to himself "I am a ghost" at the end.
** "Only the worthy find the Grail" becomes this for [[spoiler: Teabing, who gets this spat back at him by Langdon]].
* KnightTemplar: The original Knights Templar figure heavily in the AncientConspiracy AlternateHistory of the book. Ironically, practically all the antagonists of the book also follow this trope, being extremely moral [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]], or just badly misinformed. This is most evident in [[spoiler:the Teacher, Sir Leigh Teabing, a Knight of the British Empire who also sees himself as furthering the good works of the original Knights Templar]].
* LinkedListClueMethodology: The cryptex; a moderately clever way to protect a secret message - basically a combination lock with a vial of vinegar to destroy the encased papyrus should one attempt to open it without the password(s).
* MeaningfulRename: "Silas" isn't actually Silas' birth name. He discarded the name that his parents gave him, and was later rechristened "Silas" by Bishop Aringarosa because the circumstances of his escape from prison match those of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silas Silas]], the apostle Paul's accomplice in [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Acts]].
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: A very good example of it, at that.
* NonNaziSwastika: In the film, Langdon is making a conference. He shows part of an image of a swastika, everyone thinks about Nazis, then Langdon shows the complete image, with a clearly Buddhist context.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Remy makes it clear that he only serves Teabing because he's getting paid to. [[spoiler: He seemingly betrays Teabing for a large sum of cash before it's revealed that it was an act orchestrated by Teabing himself]].
* OutGambitted: Langdon does this to [[spoiler: Teabing by fooling him into thinking that he couldn't open the cryptex, not even at gunpoint. After the knight is apprehended and in custody, he realizes that Langdon figured it out and removed the secret beforehand.]]
* ParallelPornTitles:
** ''The Da Vinci Load''. Currently on the second installment.
** ''The Da Vinci Co-Ed'' is another one.
* PlotPoweredStamina: Robert Langdon never sleeps or visits the bathroom in the book, until the end.
* PoirotSpeak: Dan Brown's foreign language dialogue is almost unmatched in how ham-handed and unrealistic it is. Almost every bit of dialogue by a French person (and the first part of the book is set in Paris) features one or two words of French in otherwise flawless English, and it's almost always a simple, common word. In real life, people speaking a language that is foreign to them would probably lapse into their native tongue for the unfamiliar or unknown words, not "mister" and "captain".
** On the other hand, it doesn't seem to be a problem in the movie: basically all of the French, Spanish and Italian characters manage to speak English without resorting to their native languages (understandably, sometimes they'll say a particular word in a pretty distinctive fashion, reminiscent of that of their mother tongue). In fact, their English is [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish surprisingly good]], especially when we take into account the fact that the French, Spanish, and Italians are not traditionally well known for their command of English.
*** On the other hand, sometimes their use of English seems out of place: why does Jacques Sauniere and Silas talk English when they are both French?
* PrimalScene: [[spoiler: Sophie's falling out with her grandfather is over this; when she was younger she caught him in the middle of a sex ritual]].
* RealIsBrown: The flashbacks are set in a grayish tone.
* RedHerring: As in all DanBrown books, [[spoiler:but literally in this case:"Aringarosa" is Italian for...[[RedHerring you guessed it]].]]
* RefugeInAudacity: How Teabing manages to get past the British police, who are looking for him and the fugitives he's harboring: sheer balls.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Remy Legaludec. If it weren't for that allergy, he could have gotten away with it all.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Teabing makes full use of his privileges as one of the Queen's knights to help Langdon out. [[spoiler: It's also this and his metal crutches that let him smuggle a gun through security checkpoints.]]
* SelfDestructingSecurity: The cryptex protects its contents with a combination lock. Attempting to force the cryptex open will break the vial of vinegar inside, which would dissolve the papyrus along with its message before it could be read. As a result, only the right password will grant access to the message.
* TheScourgeOfGod: Silas insists that he's doing God's will.
* ShoutOut: Dan Brown names a main character, Leigh Teabing, [[SignificantAnagram anagrams]] of the names of the author of that "nonfiction" grail book.
* SinisterMinister: Bishop Aringarosa in TheMovie, due to AdaptationalVillainy, along with his co-conspirators within the Catholic Church.
* TrendCovers: Many, many historical/religious/conspiracy thriller novels got similar covers after this one's success.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Silas mistakes Sir Leigh Teabing for being just an old cripple, and he pays for it.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Silas, Remy, ''and'' Aringarosa.]]
* WelcomedToTheMasquerade: The film adaptation has cryptologist Robert Langdon unearth ancient geneology research that detective Sophie Neveu is a descendant of [[spoiler:Jesus Christ]], and is under the protection of the Priory of Sion, which is the 21st century form of the Knights Templar.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Silas, again. Also [[spoiler: Leigh Teabing]].
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