->''"Quidquid latine dictum sit, [[TropeNamers altum videtur]]."''[[labelnote:Lat.]]"Anything said in Latin seems profound". Much more literally: "Whatsoever, if having been said Latin-ly, seems lofty". Or, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary in Troper]], [[EverythingsBetterWithIndices Everything Sounds Awesome in Latin]].[[/labelnote]]
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[[UsefulNotes/LatinLanguage Latin]] is a mysterious language. It's been effectively "dead" for one thousand years (or more), nobody is born speaking Latin as the primary language, yet somehow, it is still being used, even omnipresent in culture. Maybe it's that distinct, laconic sound of it unlike anything else. Maybe it's the language of one of the greatest {{Vestigial Empire}}s of the Western world, the ''[[TheRomanEmpire Imperium Romanum]]''. Maybe it's the fact that it is still the [[SacredLanguage official ecclesiastical language]] of the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Roman Catholic Church]]. Or it's just because Latin makes you feel [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin intelligent]] and badass, with all the scientific terminologies and OminousLatinChanting. Whatever the reason, Latin sounds awesome to most people. And that's [[RuleOfCool a satiable reason]] to [[MundaneMadeAwesome introduce it gratuitously onto any work of fiction out there.]]

There's a long tradition of {{Stage Magician}}s using pseudo-Latin incantations like the clichéd phrase "hocus pocus," which according to a centuries-old urban legend is a corruption of "Hoc est corpus meum," [[labelnote:Lat.]]''This is my body''[[/labelnote]], a post-Reformation stab at the ritual of Catholicism, though etymologists dispute this.

It could also be that many people understand one language solely, and the ability to be bilingual seems, well, awesome. But remember, if someone does [[{{Omniglot}} know more than two languages]], only one language will remain ''primus inter pares''[[labelnote:Lat.]]"first among equals" More literally: The first between equals.[[/labelnote]] to them.

[[AncientGrome There's also a significant inclination to combine simultaneously both Latin and]] GratuitousGreek. Someone who is unfamiliar with one or both could easily confuse one for the other fundamentally on sound, which probably has to do with a significant portion of Latin vocabulary being derived from Greek in the first place. RealLife science's obsession for this, especially in the field of Taxonomy (''exempli gratia''[[labelnote:Lat.]]"for example", or more literally "for the sake of example"[[/labelnote]]: ''TyrannosaurusRex'', both Greek ''Tyrannos'' and Latin ''Rex'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment mean "King"]][[note]]Well, sort of. ''Tyrannos'' implied a recently-established monarchy, while the Greek word ''Basileos'', the usual Greek word for "King", implied a throne that existed since time immemorial, or was at least supported by some sort of primordial legitimacy (e.g. the [[ByzantineEmpire Byzantine Emperor]], who by the Middle Ages went by the motto ''Basileis Basileon Basileionton Basiliei'': King of Kings Ruling over Rulers).[[/note]]) doesn't help (Science is also Latin for "knowledge").

More charitably, inventing a new word in CanisLatinicus (or [[CanisLatinicus Cynos]] [[AncientGreece Hellenika]]) permits the creation of a legitimate-sounding new word with a subconscious link to its meaning, since new words motivate our minds to think about similar-sounding words we recognize already. Latin is also an origin of etymologies for multiple words in the English vocabulary, and English itself imitated from the Latin vocabulary (mostly through French and science), giving Latinesque terms an air of familiarity for English speakers. "[[Literature/HarryPotter Wingardium Leviosa]]" might be delirious in any language, but the similarity to the words "wing" and "Levitation" connects it to flight rather well, without being as obviously ridiculous as "Wingyup Airyfly".

Compare EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench for the alternative version of this in other languages (French itself is Latin-derived). See also CanisLatinicus for when Latin-''sounding'' language is used instead of legitimate Latin. Only a rare part of the population get their complete Latin accurately anyway, especially if they use an online translation service, or they only have a partial knowledge of the grammar. BlindIdiotTranslation, TranslationTrainWreck and AsLongAsItSoundsForeign are very common results.

See also GratuitousForeignLanguage and LatinPronunciationGuide.
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* CanisLatinicus
* FromTheLatinIntroDucere
* OminousLatinChanting
* PretentiousLatinMotto
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin
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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' has lots of gratuitous Latin phrases, mostly in the form of classical proverbs. CanisLatinicus is averted except in names.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' uses "''[[Creator/{{Juvenal}} Quis custodiet ipsos custodes,]]''" which means "who will watch the watchmen themselves?" and is generally translated as "Who watches the watchmen?"
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse: In CarlBarks' classic ''The Golden Helmet'', Donald Duck runs afowl of a dubious lawyer who goes around spouting mock Latin phrases like "Flickus flackus fumlidium" (allegedly meaning "Can you prove that [my client] isn't who he claims to be?") At the end of the story Huey declares that they have had enough nonsense, to which Dewey answer with the obvious affirmative "Yeppus yappus youbettus!"
** Later Creator/DonRosa wrote a sequel, "The Lost Charts of Columbus", where Donald finally got the chance to tell the lawyer and his client "Aqua concus dipporum" ("Go soak your head").
* In GrantMorrison's [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] [[MirrorWorld Earth Two]] when the Flash asks about the [[EvilCounterpart Crime Syndicate's]] motto "Cui Bono," the good Lex Luthor from the evil universe naturally knows its means "Who profits?" which prompts him to begin wondering who could profit from their current predicament [[spoiler: his train of thought is cut short by an attack the not-so-enslaved-as-we-thought Brainiac who realizes that Lex is about to figure out what he's up to.]]
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* The Gravity Falls fic ''Fanfic/HomeIsWhereTheHauntIs'' includes several spells entirely in Latin. Seems to be AuthorAppeal, as the author's other fics involving supernatural elements also include Latin.
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'' has two notable examples:
** The story quotes several verses from the Latin poem “Dies Irae”, in both Latin and English, when Chris plays the [[StandardSnippet “Dies Irae” section of Verdi’s Requiem]] “at [[LoudOfWar cabin-shaking volume]]” for the first wakeup call.
** Ezekiel sings Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's setting of the “Pie Jesu” (also a standard part of a requiem) when a certain contestant leaves the island, and his team later makes it a [[GriefSong regular part of the elimination ceremony]].
* The Fate Zero fic ''Fanfic/FateZeroSanity'' has the name of the resident TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness called "Ordinis Sancti Gladius", or the ''Order of the Holy Sword.'' It's this trope because some of its members [[OurVampiresAreDifferent don't]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent exactly]] [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent resonate]] [[ShapeshiftingSeducer with]] the title...
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* ''Film/TopSecret!''. While Nick Rivers is in prison, he's taken out of his cell and led to an execution room by a priest speaking common Latin phrases such as "corpus delicti" and "quid pro quo". It eventually derails into Pig Latin, and translates as "You're going to get fried in the chair". It's [[spoiler:the priest who gets fried]], which makes sense, given that East Germany was a Communist state.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. As a group of Catholic monks are walking along, they repeatedly chant the phrase "Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem" [[labelnote:Lat.]]"Kind Lord Jesus, grant them rest.[[/labelnote]] and hit themselves on the head with boards. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7wc55oXWf8&NR=1 Watch it here]]. This is a phrase from a longer work known as ''Dies Irae''[[labelnote:Lat.]]Day of Wrath[[/labelnote]].
* Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian - Some rather [[CanisLatinicus doggy Latin]] is used for graffiti, and the Roman soldier who stumbles on it takes the time to correct the graffiti's grammar.
* ''Film/TheRunningMan''. While Richards is being led to the arena, a lawyer reads his contract to him. It includes a Latin phrase in its legalese, "Ad hoc de facto"[[labelnote:Lat.]]It's "for this, in fact"; but in legal use, both are standard terms and it means "for this purpose; in practice, but not by law"[[/labelnote]].
* The captain of the ''Film/EventHorizon'' signed off his logs with Latin phrases. We learn this ''after'' we learn that the only transmission from the ship since it reappeared appears to be garbletrash, but with "save me" spoken in Latin amid the static, and the reasonable assumption is that the captain spoke this as well. He did. [[spoiler: But the static distorted the message, so we only later learn that he was actually saying "Save yourself, from [[ToHellAndBack Hell.]]"]]
* Edward Rutledge in ''[[Film/SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' likes to speak Latin, much to Colonel [=McKean=]'s annoyance.
* The dog funerals in ''AFishCalledWanda'' all feature a choir singing "Miserere dominus, canis mortus est."[[labelnote:Lat.]]Lord have mercy, the dog is dead.[[/labelnote]]
* In ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'', there is a dialog between gunfighters Johnny Ringo and Doc Holliday with common latin quotations that takes place after Holliday directly insults Ringo to his face.
-->'''Wyatt Earp:''' (to Ringo, trying to defuse the situation) "He's drunk."
-->'''Doc Holliday:''' "In vino, veritas."[[labelnote:Lat.]]"In wine is truth." Holliday is saying, "When I'm drinking, I speak my mind."[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Johnny Ringo:''' "Age quod agis."[[labelnote:Lat.]]"Do what you do." Meaning, "Do what you do best", referring to Holliday's near-constant state of drunkenness.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Doc Holliday:''' "Credat judaeus Apella, non ego."[[labelnote:Lat.]]"The Jew Apella may believe it, but not I." Meaning, "I don't believe drinking is what I do best."[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Johnny Ringo:''' (running a thumb across his revolver's chamber) "Eventus stultorum magister."[[labelnote:Lat.]]"Events are the teachers of fools." Meaning "fools have to learn by experience."[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Doc Holliday:''' "In pace requiescat."[[labelnote:Lat.]]"Rest in peace." Meaning "It's your funeral!" Holliday is directly threatening to kill Ringo if the two ever get into a gunfight.[[/labelnote]]
* ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'' has the eponymous protagonist being led down death row by a phony priest, who begins his "last rites" by muttering common Latin phrases, then rapidly degenerates into CanisLatinicus.
--> Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude, The Radio's Too Loud-y. Dominus, Festivus, Missed the bus.
* As people in the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Imperium]] are wont to do, various characters in ''{{Damnatus}}'' utter a few phrases of [[strike: Latin]] High Gothic during situations of appropriate gravitas.
* In ''Film/{{Leviathan}}'', the Doc is thoughtful enough to give an English version of his commentary on radical genetic engineering: "''Natura non confundenda est.'' Loosely translated: ''[[GoneHorriblyWrong don't]] [[LegoGenetics fuck]] [[TheVirus with]] [[TwoBeingsOneBody Mother]] [[BodyHorror Nature]]''."
* In ''[[Film/{{Priest1994}} Priest]]'', after Father Greg's CrisisOfFaith escalates (and his arrest for having [[AutoErotica gay sex in a car]] ends up in the newspaper), he flees to a remote parish, headed by a priest who dresses him down in Latin.
* ''Film/{{The Raven|1963}}''. While casting his spells, Dr. Bedlo (Peter Lorre) says ''"[[Theatre/JuliusCaesar Veni vidi vici]]"'', ''"[[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead De mortuis nil nisi bonum]]"'', ''"Cave canem"'' (beware of the dog), ''"Si vis pacem parabellum"'' ("If you want peace, prepare for war") and ''"Ceterum censio Carthaginem esse delendam"'' ("Furthermore, I believe Carthage should be destroyed.")
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* JimButcher likes Latin, apparently. ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is heavily sprinkled with Gratuitous Latin thanks to its cast mostly consisting of "magical Romans." Perhaps most notably, Aleran names all tend to mean something, be it [[NonIndicativeName ironic]] ([[NamesToTrustImmediately Fidelias]] the WildCard with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder) or [[MeaningfulName appropriate]] ([[GreenEyedMonster Invidia]] the [[LadyMacbeth evil]], overly-ambitious bitch).
** Also, ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' mostly has CanisLatinicus in the form of spells and Harry's butchering of the language, but occasionally, there will be a bit of real Latin. Mostly when [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael Carpenter]] is wielding one of the holy swords. The White Council of wizards uses Latin during formal Council meetings, which mostly serves the purpose of indicating to the reader that it's run by a bunch of very old-fashioned and hidebound people; Harry, as already mentioned, speaks it only poorly.
*** The CanisLatinicus is justified in the text by the fact that picking a magic word to go with a spell forges a link between the two in the caster's mind, so they try to use dead or fake languages that they won't use in normal life (which could lead to an accidental discharge). Harry uses dog-Latin and some dog-Spanish; other wizards are shown using dog-Sumerian, dog-Egyptian, and dog-Japanese.
* Literature/{{Discworld}} often has Latin sprinkled about, usually in situations where people are trying to sound pretentious. Examples include the City Watch's motto (Fabricati Diem, Pvnc) to a joke played by the Unseen University's wizards on a foreign diplomat by awarding him an honorary doctorate in "Adamus cum Flabello Dulci"[[labelnote:Lat.]]Sweet Fanny Adams[[/labelnote]].
** Bugarup U's motto "Nullus Anxietas" isn't even trying. Also, written over the secret students' entrance is "Nulli Sheilae Sanguinae"[[labelnote:Lat.]]No Bloody Shelias[[/labelnote]].
* The spells of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', fall between this and CanisLatinicus
** There's also the school motto "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus" (Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon), which appears on the Hogwarts seal and is never translated in the books.
* OlderThanSteam: ''Literature/DonQuixote'': This trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and '''defined''' by Cervantes, a Spanish writer in the seventeenth century. At the time, Latin and Greek were languages that must be known by government bureaucrats and any people with literacy pretenses, but certainly there were a lot of books where this trope was not justified.
** In the Preface of the Author, Part I, [[TakeThat Cervantes attacks authors that want to impress their readers with their knowledge without the appropriate research]]. Cervantes denounces the inclusion of Latin sentences that seem to be profound [[ShownTheirWork (and so impress the readers)]], but in reality, those Latin sentences were very common and any author of his time could find them with very little effort.
-->"[[ShownTheirWork As to references in the margin to the books and authors from whom you take the aphorisms and sayings you put into your story]], it is only contriving to [[SmallReferencePools fit in nicely any sentences or scraps of Latin you may happen to have by heart, or at any rate that will not give you much trouble to look up]]; so as, when you speak of freedom and captivity, to insert ''Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro;'' and then refer in the margin to Horace, or whoever said it...'''[[ViewersAreMorons With these and such like bits of Latin they will take you for a grammarian at all events]], and that now-a-days is no small honour and profit."'''
** Another example is lampshaded in Part II, chapter LI. Sancho has been made [[MassiveMultiplayerScam governor of the "Island of Barataria"]]. In the seventeenth century, it was expected that members of the government and the aristocracy would be well educated, and this education included Latin. Don Quixote never uses Latin in his sentences with Sancho because he is not interested in impressing him with his superior knowledge, but he expects that Sancho will learn Latin now that he is a governor:
-->''"... amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas'' [[labelnote:Lat.]]Plato is my friend, but truth is more my friend[[/labelnote]]. I quote this Latin to thee because I conclude that since thou hast been a governor thou wilt have learned it."
* In ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz'' the last words spoken are "Sic transit mundus"[[labelnote:Lat.]]Thus passes the world[[/labelnote]], which is a play on the Latin phrase "Sic transit gloria mundi" [[labelnote:Lat.]]Thus passes the glory of the world[[/labelnote]]
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/FarmerGilesOfHam'' features Latin names which are then translated into the 'vulgar tongue'. Provides BilingualBonus since the translations are often not exact.
* In ''Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy'' of Creator/CSLewis, the character of Merlin speaks only in Latin. Because Lewis was a brilliant Latinist, it's all correct. [[JustifiedTrope It also makes sense]], since Merlin has been in suspended animation since the Low Middle Ages, and has had no opportunity to learn English (which he'd probably associate with the hated Saxon invaders, anyway.)
** Hilariously, the person the bad guys ''think'' is Merlin and are trying to win over to their side is actually a bum who happened to be in the right place at the right time and has observed that whoever these people are they're sheltering him and feeding him, so when they occasionally speak to him in what (to him) is gibberish he happily obliges them by speaking gibberish ''back''. For their part, they assume he's speaking some (probably Celtic) language/dialect they're unfamiliar with. He eventually figures out what's going on, but keeps up the act anyway because hey, free food. Also: bad guys; they'd probably kill him if they found out.
* All the spells in ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' are in Gratuitous Latin, but only because they were all codified and written down by Sir IsaacNewton during the time Latin was the [[JustifiedTrope language of choice]] for Gentlemen Scientists. Just no one ever got around to updating them into English.
* Henry Beard's ''Latin for All Occasions'' runs on this trope. It's a Latin phrasebook for when you need to know how to say things like "Look! Cheese Whiz!" in Latin.
* A little Latin booklet called ''Quips and Quiddities'' runs on this trope, PretentiousLatinMotto and CanisLatinicus all at the same time. It's an AffectionateParody.
* Random Latin phrases appear in the mouths of clergy (and people pretending to be clerics) in ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}.'' A brawl between Friar Tuck and Prior Aymer is particularly memorable for loud threats delivered in bad Latin.
--> Friar Tuck: ''Ossa ejus perfringam,'' I shall break your bones, as the Vulgate hath it. (Referring to the Vulgate Bible, the translation (from Greek to Latin) used by the Church in those days).
* In addition to the title, the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' [[labelnote:Lat.]]"the lady," as in the mistress of a house or city[[/labelnote]] uses Latin in a number of other places. Every chapter title is a Latin word, and one of the major gangs is Necessarius [[labelnote:Lat.]]"necessary"[[/labelnote]].
* There is some Latin dialogue in ''GreekNinja''.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' has a Latin motif for the central Capitol of Panem. All the characters associated with the main city have Latin first names, usually appropriate to their role, including Coriolanus Snow and Seneca Crane. "Panem" itself is explicitly from the motto "Panem et Circenses", "Bread and Circuses", the central theme of the trilogy. (Although literally it just means "[doing something] to the bread." "Panem et Circenses" should be "Panis et Circenses" if it's on its own. The -em ending is accusative.)
* In ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheLion'' trilogy, lots of Latin is dropped in as ordinary vocabulary, since the setting is AncientRome and it’s the everyday language. There’s a glossary of terms in the back.
* A.D. Godley, a professor of Classics at Oxford in the 1900s, commemorated the arrival of buses in Oxford with his poem [[http://www.poetry-archive.com/g/motor_bus.html "Motor Bus"]]. The poem achieves mock-gravitas by apostrophizing the eponymous vehicle in Latin, complete with declension of the titular phrase as though it were itself in Latin ("Yes, the smell and hideous hum / Indicat Motorem Bum!"), which overlaps a bit with CanisLatinicus.
* Shadowhunters in the ''Literature/MortalInstruments'' are quite into this, especially when trying to [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin assert intellectual superiority over mundanes]].
-->'''Simon:''' "Basia coquum". Or whatever their motto is.
-->'''Alec:''' It's "Descensus Averno facilis est." "The descent into hell is easy." You just said "Kiss the cook".
-->'''Simon:''' Dammit, I knew Jace was screwing with me.
* H.G. wells "The Food of the Gods" has the following:
-->It was so evident that even now he had everything to learn. He did not know there were physical laws and economic laws, quantities and reactions that all humanity voting ''nemine contradicente'' cannot vote away, and that are disobeyed only at the price of destruction. (The phrase is perfect for the context being used, it means "absolutely without dissent".)
* In ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'', Michael is fond of using Latin quips. He gets in trouble for using one while in his superhero persona.
-->'''Michael:''' Pfft. Like nobody ever uses Latin.
-->'''Ravenswood:''' Um... they don’t. Not often, anyway, unless they’re a lawyer.
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* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', when President Bartlet conducts his RageAgainstTheHeavens in the National Cathedral, he starts yelling at God in Latin.
** Also, from [[TitleDrop guess which episode]]:
--->'''Bartlet:''' Twenty-seven lawyers in the room, anyone know ''post hoc, ergo propter hoc''? Josh?\\
'''Josh:''' Uh... ''post'', "after," after hoc; ''ergo'', "therefore"; "after hoc, therefore something else hoc."\\
'''Bartlet:''' Thank you. Next. Leo?\\
'''Leo:''' "After it, therefore because of it."\\
'''Bartlet:''' After it, therefore because of it. It means one thing follows the other, therefore it was caused by the other, but it's not always true. In fact, it's hardly ever true. We did not lose Texas because of the hat joke. Do you know when we lost Texas?\\
'''C.J.:''' When you learned to speak Latin?
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'' there's "Ille qui nos omnes servabit" which is the answer to the coded phrase "What lies in the shadow of the statue?". It means "He who will preserve[=/=]save[=/=]keep us all" when correctly translated, or "He who will serve us all" if a common translation error is made.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', where Howard and Sheldon argue over the type of the cricket they found:
-->'''Howard:''' ''(shows a page in a book)'' See it? The common field cricket, AKA ''Gryllus assimilis'' which is Latin for "suck it, you lose."
-->'''Sheldon:''' Hang on! ''(searches in the book)'' Voilà! The snowy tree cricket, AKA ''Oecanthus fultoni'', which is Latin for "I will suck nothing." [[DontExplainTheJoke I'm joking, of course,]] because the Latin for that is "Nihil exsorbebo."
* On ''Series/BetterOffTed'', Veronica claims that the company motto, which is engraved on the lobby floor, translates to "Money Before People", but it sounds much more heroic in Latin.
* Parodied in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Shakespeare Code," when Martha, realizing that for once Creator/WilliamShakespeare is at a loss for words on how to finish the sonnet that will banish the Carrionites as he lacks a word to rhyme with cuss, dredges up "Expelliarmus" from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', which she, Shakespeare and The Doctor all shout with gusto.
** "Lupus Deus Est" from "Tooth and Claw"
** The Ood's songs in the episodes "Planet of the Ood" (which turned into a full choir for a reprise "Journey's End") and ''The End of Time'' are in Classical Ood, but [[TranslatorMicrobes translated by the TARDIS]] into ridiculously bad Latin for human ears.
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* Any time a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' episode from any series uses a Latin title, you can be assured that the title, when translated, carries significant meaning to the plot of the episode.
** The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E16InterArmaEnimSilentLeges Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges]]"[[labelnote:Lat.]]"In times of war, laws fall silent."[[/labelnote]] is concerning the usage of underhanded methods to change the political structure of the Romulan empire in the Federation's favor (with a war going on, no less). One of the characters even does a TitleDrop during the episode.
** The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Ex Post Facto"[[labelnote:Lat.]]"after the fact"[[/labelnote]], concerning a race that extracts memory engrams from murder victims and uses that as evidence against a Voyager crew member. The term is an actual legal term, referring to laws that are retroactively binding to cases before the law was enacted.
** The title of the famous episode "Arena" literally means "sand" or "powder" in Latin, and gained its present meaning because of the sand sprinkled on the floor before a gladiator fight to give them traction. But apparently the title wasn't intended to be taken this way, even though it works, and just referred to...an arena.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', there was an episode titled "Sic Transit Vir [[labelnote:Lat]]"Thus passes Vir" or "Thus passes man", since "vir" can mean "man"[[/labelnote]] (a Latin pun on a character's name, no less).
* ''Series/MrBean'' has an opening theme tune consisting of a choir singing, "Ecce homo qui est faba."[[labelnote:Lat.]]"Behold the man who is a bean."[[/labelnote]] The same choir closes each episode with, "Vale homo qui est faba."[[labelnote:Lat.]]"Farewell, man who is a bean."[[/labelnote]]
** Even the show's commercial breaks are denoted with Latin singing: "Finis partis primae"[[labelnote:Lat.]]"End of part one"[[/labelnote]] and "Pars secunda"[[labelnote:Lat.]]"Part two"[[/labelnote]]
* Many of the magic spells used on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' happen to be in Latin. Evidently one of the more challenging things for AlysonHannigan was memorizing all of the Latin that the writers kept flinging at her. In the final season, a minor CrowningMomentOfAwesome happens when Willow stops halfway through a spell and shouts "''Screw it! I suck at Latin, OK?!'' and proceeds to make the spell work in ''English'' by pure [[{{pun}} force of will]]. Andrew also displays a knowledge of Latin several times in the show and comics.
* In ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'', King Loth is fond of meaningless Latin quotes. The Latin language (in the quotes) is mostly legitimate, but Loth's translations are always inaccurate.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' did this in a conversation with Amber-slash-Cutthroat Bitch: (episode is "Don't Ever Change")
-->'''Amber:''' Hello, Greg. And I call you Greg because we're now social equals.
-->'''House:''' And I call you Cutthroat Bitch because, well, ''quod erat demonstrandum''[[labelnote:Lat.]]Which was to be proved.[[/labelnote]].
* [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert's]] Latin motto is "Videri Quam Esse"[[labelnote:Lat.]]to seem to be rather than to be[[/labelnote]], which sums up his character pretty well.
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Major Winchester defending Klinger at a court-martial for allegedly stealing a camera. At one point during the proceedings he objects on the grounds of "unum piliolae, acidus salicilicus tres in diem, post sabel"...which the presiding officer points out [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels translates to "aspirin three times a day"]].
* Many of the incantations and exorcisms in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' are in Latin.
* ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'': Merrick writes that a vaccine will be distributed ''gratis.'' Al insists that they clarify "free ''gratis''" before deciding to ditch the Latin altogether. In a later episode, a town meeting agrees that the temporary town positions will be ''ad hoc''. Al rolls his eyes, muttering, "''Ad hoc''... free ''gratis''..."
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* ''{{Simoun}}'' features a small dictionary worth of Latin and Latin-sounding terms to designate various technologies and concepts: from the deity Tempus Spatium ("Time Space"); through country names Simulacrum ("[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulacrum likeness, similarity]]"), Argentum ("silver"), and Plumbum ("lead"); to pilot roles auriga ("charioteer", the primary pilot) and sagitta ("arrow", the navigator and gun controller). These last two terms are also constellations, for additional ThemeNaming fun.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the spells and attack names that aren't in Japanese are generally in Latin, sometimes Greek (and once or twice Sanskrit). They're pretty good, too.
** As an example, the incantation for one of Negi's favorite attack spells:
-->'''Negi''': "Veniant Spiritus Aeriales Fulgurientes! Cum Fulguratione Flet Tempestas Austrina! ''Jovis Tempestas Fulguriens!''" [[labelnote:Lat.]]"Come, Spirits of Air and Lightning! Southern Storm Which Blows with Lightning! Jupiter’s Storm of Thunder!"[[/labelnote]]
** The series title is sometimes translated into Latin as "Magister Negi Magi," with ''magister magi'' having a rather convenient double meaning as either "magic teacher" or "master of magic" -- both of which describe him quite well[[labelnote:*]]Amusingly, it is also exactly the double meaning implicit in the original Japanese word "Sensei".[[/labelnote]].
* In ''{{Gundam 00}}'', they bring us the "Memento Mori" "Remember you will die" It's a KillSat that royally messes up the Middle East before it is destroyed, along with its [[AxCrazy commander]]. The [[BigBad Innovators]] have another, just in case.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''[[labelnote:Lat.]]''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Magical Girl Magician Madoka]]''[[/labelnote]], the terms "Magical Girl" and "Puella Magi" are used interchangeably, [[MeaningfulName for good reason]]. ''Puella''[[labelnote:Lat.]]"a young girl"[[/labelnote]] also may additionally mean [[spoiler:"a young slave"]] due to it being derived from ''Puerulus''. ''Magi''[[labelnote:Lat.]]"Magician", or, more accurately, as it's a genitive form of the word ''Magus'', "of the magician".[[/labelnote]] can also mean [[spoiler:derogatorily, "charlatan", which means "one who deceives".]] Applying this terminology, the Latin title [[DoubleSubversion actually averts]] DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: the real English title to the anime is actually [[spoiler:''Slave to the Deceiver: Magician Madoka''.]] The Japanese title, however, averts the Latin title altogether[[labelnote:*]]''Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica'', which is elaborated in the anime. See the Main page for that description -- the Japanese title offers the similar possibility of interpretation.[[/labelnote]]. Still, either way, it's certainly an example of gratuitous Latin (although Latin [[GratuitousGerman isn't the only language]] this anime brings in, [[{{Faust}} for obvious reasons]]).
** The titles of the series' music are all in Latin as well, although they did screw up one title: "Nux Walpurgis" was probably meant to be "''Nox'' Walpurgis". That one letter is the difference between "Walpurgis Night" (the name of the final and most powerful Witch) and "Walpurgis Nut" (which doesn't make any sense).
* ''[[Manga/MiraiNikki The Future Diary]]'' combines this with ThemeNaming -- the first opening lists off the Dii Consentes, the twelve Roman gods and goddesses that were considered to be the highest deities. Each Diary keeper is named after one of them, adding Bacchus for [[spoiler:John Balks, the Eleventh]].
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* The German neo-medieval band ''Corvus Corax''[[note]]Latin "raven" followed by Greek "raven"; it's also the scientific name for, surprise surprise, the common raven[[/note]] parodies this trope on one of its shirts with the words, "Omnia dicta fortiora, si dicta latina" which means, "[[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything sounds more impressive when said in Latin.]]"
** Actually Latin was heavy on simplifications, the Romans elided everything they could from their sentences, perhaps in an effort to sound more laconic and no-nonsense, perhaps they had more pressing things to do (like building an empire) than wasting time uttering too many words. They often elided the subject of a phrase when it was apparent who was taking the described action and they hadn't a fixed word for "yes" but made "''hoc''" ("this") double for it, other examples could take several pages.[[note]]The other two big ones were "''hoc ille''" ("this is it") and "''sic''" ("thus"). These evolved into the words for "yes" in the modern Romance languages: "''hoc''" became "''oc''", the word used in Occitan (the traditional language of southern France), "''hoc ille''" became "''oil''" and then "''[[UsefulNotes/{{France}} oui]]''". "''Sic''" became several variations on "si", used in pretty much all the other Romance languages.[[/note]] This tendency was not merely a quirk of spoken tongue, but had literary dignity and was taken to extremes by people like Julius Caesar, who famously commented his campaign against Pharnaces II of Pontus with the three-word message "Veni, Vidi, Vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered); hence Corvus Corax motto could be better rendered as: "Omnia dicta fortiora, si latina".
* Latin, as the historical language of [[SacredLanguage the Roman Catholic Church]] and [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin the Academia]], has a vast repertoire of both secular and religious music set to it. For a singer, it may seem difficult to learn the pronounciations at first - especially if you've been singing it wrong before. "Veh-'''night'''-ee" for Venite, indeed! Of course, any talk about pronunciation leads right into the [[SeriousBusiness huge argument]] between the "Ecclesiastical" or "Medieval" pronunciation versus the "Classical" or "Restored" pronunciation. "Ven-ee-tay" vs. "Wen-ee-tay", for starters. Most written music was written for Ecclesiastical Pronunciation, though.
* One section of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" is titled "Con mortuis in lingua mortua," meaning "with the dead in a dead language" (though the first word should be "cum", rather than "con" as it would be in Italian).
* ''Music/CarminaBurana'' has a lot of Latin songs in it, mingling with courtly French and mediaeval German.
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* [[Wrestling/DamienSandow "The Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses" Damien Sandow]] uses an elbow drop called the ''Cubito Aequet''. WWE claims that it means "Elbow of disdain." The problem is that it actually translates to "Elbow of ''distain''," meaning to "sully" or "discolor," which makes no sense in this context. The correct version would be ''Cubito Fastidia.''
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* The word "Primarch" from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is an example of Latin/Greek mixture: "primus" ("first") is a Latin word root, whereas "archon" ("ruler") is Greek (''άρχον ''). Still ''40K'' offers a great deal of proper Gratuitous Latin. According to WordOfGod this is simply a TranslationConvention meant to evoke the way "High Gothic" would sound to the common folk of .M41.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has a lot of terminology either directly imported from, or [[CanisLatinicus inspired by]] Latin, presumably related to the fact that vampire society is static, at best. Although [[http://wiki.white-wolf.com/worldofdarkness/index.php?title=Ancilla_(Vampire:_The_Requiem) justified]], it is still amusing that Ancilla, a word used to refer to "middle-aged" vampires, translates quite readily as "slave woman."
** Fangame TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression has the [[VestigialEmpire Lemurians]], who formed around the time of Rome and their terminology is derived from it. [[CanisLatinicus As with most modern people, they often aren't very good at speaking it]]...most of the time. In the case of [[FunWithAcronyms PLPKBs (Proper Latin Plural Knowing Bastards)]], this means they are [[TimeAbyss very old]] or [[{{Determinator}} obsessive enough to teach themselves the language]], which, when dealing with a MadScientist, should probably set off danger sirens in the minds of their opponents.
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'', which was kind enough to provide a translation for its pretentious Latin. Usually, this was some kind of crude sexual doggerel. The Latin is also often wrong. On the other hand, at least one part seems to be quoting (or paraphrasing) the crude sexual doggerel of Creator/{{Catullus}} (a real Roman poet) - see Catullus 16 on TheOtherWiki for info on that ({{NSFW}} text there though).
* The TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons sourcebook ''Libris Mortis'' is a double subversion: it looks fine to the layman. But the community calls it the "Book of Bad Latin" because they assume it's supposed to mean ''Book of the Dead'' (which should be ''Liber Mortis''). But it's not: the book's introduction makes it clear that it's intended to mean ''From the Books of the Dead'', which is exactly what it does mean.
* ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'''s Word of Blake uses this trope.
* ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' can have shades of this, but since it's a game of more or less scholarly wizards in medieval Europe, the use of Latin terms is quite justified.
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* In Humperdinck's opera ''Theatre/HanselAndGretel'', the witch chants, "Hocus pocus, bonus jocus, malus locus, hocus pocus." Though "hocus pocus" is meaningless, the rest translates as "good joke, bad place."
* CyranoDeBergerac:
** After Jodelet notices that Mountfleury has fallen from grace with the Burgundy's theater public, Bellerose cites the first two words of ''"Sic transit gloria mundi"'' [[labelnote:Lat.]]''Thus passes the glory of the world''[[/labelnote]]
--> ''(Cries are heard outside.)'' \\
'''Jodelet''' ''(who has looked out):'' They hoot Montfleury! \\
'''Bellerose''' ''(solemnly):'' Sic transit!...
** Act II Scene VII, when a cadet shows the hats of the thugs Cyrano defeated, Captain Carbon says: ''Spolia opima!'' [[labelnote:Lat.]]''rich spoils/trophies'', refers to the armor, arms, and other effects that an ancient Roman general had stripped from the body of an opposing commander slain in single, hand-to-hand combat.[[/labelnote]]
* A running gag in ''LovesLaboursLost'' is that a couple of blowhard characters are full of this, and love to correct each other for using grammar incorrectly and such. This annoys [[BrattyHalfPint Moth]], the local ServileSnarker, who remarks, "They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps."
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* The Judicians in ''[[VideoGame/TwentyTwentySeven 2027]]''.
* ''EternalDarkness'': "Hanc mitte ad dominum et imperatorem nostrum, Carolum Magnum Francum." ("Deliver this to our lord and emperor, Charles the Great the Frank." Charles the Great is more widely referred to by his French name, Charlemagne).
* The character Doctus from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Episode III'' tends to use Latin sayings for no apparent reason, such as "errare humanum est" (to err is human).
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', natives of Cyrodiil, the capital province of TheEmpire, all have Latin-sounding names. The actual amount of Roman influence on their culture varies from game to game.
* In the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': "One-Winged Angel", Sephiroth's theme lyrics are mostly lifted from ''Music/CarminaBurana'', which is a good source of this sort of thing:
--->''Estuans interius, ira vehementi.'' (Burning inside with vehement anger.)\\
''Sors immanis, et inanis'' (Fate - empty, and cruel.)\\
''Veni veni venias, ne me mori facias.'' (Come, come, O come, do not let me die.)
** The opening theme of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', "[[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Liberi_Fatali Liberi Fatali]]" ("Fated Children," though more properly it should be "Liberi Fatales"). Additionally, all of the paintings in the art gallery in Ultimecia's castle have Latin titles which are part of a minor sidequest.
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' uses the trope multiple times. ''Dissidia'' itself is derived from the Latin word for discord. The prequel is called ''Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy'', where in 012 is officially pronounced "Duodecim", which is Latin for twelve. The prequel's final secret character, [[spoiler:Feral Chaos]] has Latin names for his HP attacks, such as Deus Iratus[[labelnote:*]]Angered God[[/labelnote]], Ventus Irae[[labelnote:*]]Wind of Wrath[[/labelnote]], and Lux Magnus[[labelnote:*]]Great Light, should be "Lux Magna," as "lux" is feminine[[/labelnote]]. This also applies to his [[LimitBreak EX Burst]]: Regnum Dei[[labelnote:*]]Kingdom of God[[/labelnote]] and its followup: Nex Ultimus[[labelnote:*]]Final Slaughter, should be "Nex Ultima," as "nex" is feminine[[/labelnote]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': Ragnarok de Dies Irae
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', God, just, ''Final Fantasy XV''. If there was ever an example of using Latin just for Latin's sake, this game provides it.
*** The protagonist, Noctis Lucis Caelum, "Sky of the Night Light"
*** His father, King Regis Lucis Caelum, "Sky of the King's Light". That's right, [[StevenUlyssesPerhero the king's name is King]].
*** His buddy, Ignis Stupeo Scientia, "Fire to be Stunned Knowledge".
*** His other buddy, Gladiolus Amicitia, "Little Sword Friendship". What kind of parent names his '''son''' "Little sword"?
*** His third buddy, Prompto Argentum "Silver for the quick man", an obvious [[BlindIdiotTranslation attempt at translating "quicksilver"]].
*** His nemesis Stella Nox Fleuret, "Star Night Fencing Sword", the last word not even being gratuitous Latin but GratuitousFrench.
*** Noctis's fourth buddy, Cor Leonis "Lion's heart", the first one to be grammatically correct.
* ''GunstarHeroes'': Absilio Mundus!
* ''LegacyOfKain'': Vae Victus!
* ''{{Lost}}: Via Domus'' %% "Domus" is a fourth declension noun, so the nominative and genitive forms are the same. This means it could conceivably be "the way of the house." Not that this makes any sense anyway, but at the very least it could be (serendipitously) correct Latin.
* [[TheEmpire Caesar's Legion]] from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' uses a lot of Latin. Latin names, ranks, currency, uniforms, punishments, etc. They also ''pronounce'' Latin [[ShownTheirWork the way most scholars believe it was actually pronounced]], using no soft Cs (so that "See-zer" becomes "Kai-zar") and pronouncing Vs as Ws. Arcade Gannon also speaks some Latin, but he's quick to assure you that he didn't learn it from the Legion.
** Makes for a sort of BilingualBonus when all of the [[TheFederation New Californa Republic]] troops pointedly use the Anglified pronounciation of Caesar's name. At least one bit of dialogue indicates that they're ''aware'' of how he wants his name said, they just ''don't care'', given that the Legion and the Republic are at war.
** Your character, with high enough intelligence, can also speak some Latin, and you can use it to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fake out a captured Centurion and make him spill the beans on his plans without even needing to raise a fist]].
* Ezio Auditore's PostMortemOneLiner CatchPhrase from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'': ''Requiescat in pace'' (Rest in Peace[[labelnote:*]]Actually, "requiescat" is the active subjunctive third-person singular present tense (of "requiesco") that means "he/she/it may/must/should rest". "May ''you'' rest in peace" would be ''Requiesca'''s''' in pace''.[[/labelnote]]). And some OminousLatinChanting on the soundtrack as well (but moreso in the sequel, ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''). It also appears in speech at times, such as [[spoiler: Rodrigo Borgia holding mass in the Sistine Chapel right before Ezio attempts to assassinate him.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series:
** The final mission of ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'' features the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome utterly epic]] song ''Megalith-Agnus Dei'' as the soundtrack for destroying the Megalith superweapon[[labelnote:*]]Which appears to simply be a heavily-fortified ICBM base.[[/labelnote]]
** ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar''[='=]s final mission theme, fittingly named [[TitleDrop The Unsung War]], is also in Latin. This time the lyrics are a vulgate translation of the Razgriz poem that recurrently appears through the game, with a lot of repetitions.
** The OminousLatinChanting in ''Release'' which plays during the final mission of ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'' contains lyrics taken directly from the latin hymn, ''Dies Irae''.
* In the background of ''SwordOfTheStars'', Latin has become one of humanity's main languages.
** This is mostly due to the Catholic Church becoming the dominant religion on Earth and its colonies (but not the only one). In ''The Deacon's Tale'' novel (which features a lot of gratuitous Latin and few translations), the Pope has enough power to threaten the Director of [[SpaceNavy SolForce]], the most powerful man in human space. The protagonist of the novel is a Chinese man who is in charge of one of [~SolForce~]'s intelligence branches but who is secretly a Catholic deacon (it's kinda frowned upon to serve 2 masters).
* Durandal of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' has some fun with this: after killing his greatest enemy, he carves the following epitaph [[DefaceOfTheMoon into a moon]]: "[[TooDumbToLive Fatum Iustum Stultorum]]" ("The Just Fate of Fools"; in other words, "These idiots got what was coming to them.")
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' parodies this trope. The IOTM Loathing Legion Knife has a tattoo needle, and when used, it will give you a tattoo inscribed with the Loathing Legion's unofficial motto: "Tardis Pro Cena", which you should never call a Loathing Legionnaire. Apparently, you should never call them [[spoiler:"late for dinner"]].
* CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia uses latin extensively in the glyph (weapon) names and some of the stages.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2: Saisei-Hen'', During Uther's final attack, he chants a spell to cast a curse on his opponent. The translated version of the spell chant Uther recites during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPtN0wMGeJY the attack]] is Latin for:\\
As the sun shines upon all creation.\\
[[WellIntentionedExtremist a king's love]] is for his subjects.\\
You who tread the path of the Fool.\\
[[LightIsNotGood By the light of Salvation]].\\
Thou shalt be saved.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' averts CanisLatinicus creating scientific names for myth units - any HalfHumanHybrid is ''Homo x'' (centaur = equus, minotaur = bull, valkyrie = valkyria), any giant is ''Atlas x'', others take the genus of the animal it's inspired in and add a sufix (the Nemean Lion is ''Leo biaxomus'', the Fenris Wolf is ''Canis fenrir'').
* Rhea of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' will say "Vereor Nox" as a farewell to the player. It means "fearfully respect the night/dark."
* SuperSmashBrosBrawl begins with an an epic Latin chorus.
* When Tsubaki Yayoi of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' finally got around to becoming a playable character, her [[{{Woolseyism}} English]] [[CallingYourAttacks battle cries]] were all of this form, owing to her {{Adorkable}} love of historical dramas and LawfulGood self-image. Her moves include "Lux Aeterna" ("Eternal Light") and "Benedictus Rex" ("Blessed King").
** She's joined by the mad scientist Relius Clover, who not only names his moves in Latin but also yells out various Latin phrases while executing them. Also an example of SmartPeopleKnowLatin.
* In the Spanish language version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', the boss names are in Latin.
* In ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}'', there's a song on the soundtrack (which only appears on the main menu when you're on a certain chapter in the game) called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcBVf5Nq-To [=PotatOS=] Lament]]" which is in Latin.
* Yale does this a lot in ''[[Creator/ZapDramatic Ambition]]''.
* ''Videogame/DesktopDungeons'' has a little scroll on the sidebar which says "Ut sic semper felicem terra timebat monstra." [[labelnote:Lat]]It is always the happy land which fears monsters.[[/labelnote]]
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'':
** In the finest tradition of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', episode "Romulan Mystery", mission "Divide et Impera".[[labelnote:Lat]]Divide and conquer.[[/labelnote]]
** Appropriately, the FanSequel[=/=]FixFic for that mission is titled [[Recap/StarTrekOnlineFoundryDivideUtRegnes "Divide ut Regnes"]].[[labelnote:Lat]]Divide and rule.[[/labelnote]]
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* A subversive [[http://techhouse.brown.edu/cgi-bin/fluble/vault.pl?date=20000118 example]] from ''Webcomic/{{Fluble}}'' (Death's Latin is incorrect: ''hystrix'' means "porcupine").
* ''TalesOfTheQuestor'' [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00473.html makes extensive use of Latin in deals with]] TheFairFolk.
-->'''Quentyn''': ''Well, you know why Latin is called the "Scholars'" tongue...? It's a dead language. Never changes, very specific and all that stuff... So scholars can use it to write to one another, and no matter what language they speak they can understand one another, exactly. ...So the Fey are always pulling tricks, right? Getting out of agreements by playing dumb, deliberately misunderstanding words or using double-meanings... But Latin is one of the only languages that they can't do that. In fact, they say that you should only make deals with Fey in Latin for that reason.''
* ''BreakfastOfTheGods'': Jarvis's final spell is in decent Latin, except for one word in English. Saying what the spell is would be a ''huge'' spoiler for the whole work.
* ''Webcomics/MulleinFields'': [[http://inhumanrelations.com/mulleinfields-page-5/#latin Adeo mihi bardus bus!]] (Very loosely translated: "You stupid bus".)
* ''Webcomics/{{Outrim}}'': "[[http://outrim.comicdish.com/index.php?pageID=103 Omnia Dicta Fortiora, Si Dicta Latina]]" is the motto of a mercenary company, and loosely translates as "everything sounds more badass if you say it in Latin".
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* In ''DeptHeavenApocrypha'', the school and its four colleges have Latin names, and Nessiah's spellcasting tends to be in Latin and Greek.
* Can there be any reason besides this trope that the Wiki/TVTropes main page has a [[Lat/HomePage Latin version]]?
** AdiposeRex
* In TheSlenderManMythos, there is the side-story of [[http://quiaegosicdico.blogspot.com/ A Lack of Lexicon]]. Now, just look at that URL.
* This trope is probably why message board posters [[http://community.livejournal.com/wrongworddammit/283991.html wrongly]] use "AdHominem" synonymously with "personal attack".
* In his [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/community/myvideos/74334-thebanjokid/video/4198-Banjo+Kid+Reviews%3A+Top+11+Anime+Openings list of top 11 Anime openings]], the Banjo Kid (when talking about Elfen Lied) remarks on how anything can be made to sound elegent and beautiful in Latin, then begins singing a Latin explanation of why he's not wearing any pants. Later, he also does a Gregorian Chant version of {{Eminem}}'s "The Real Slim Shady".
* ''TheGunganCouncil'' featured several factions with Latin names, such as Regnum In Potestas and Sine Occasu, for no better reason than it was cool.
* StupidMarioBrothers used this lightly since [[BigBad Nox Decious's]] introduction.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', all the mortal spells were in Latin. Because anything said in Latin sounds profound and [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous.]] WordOfGod says that the book containing most of those spells was written by a magus working for Emperor Augustus; naturally, Latin was his first language.[[labelnote:*]]WordOfGod also adds that any language can be used for magic, provided the spell is composed by a magus and pronounced correctly. Indeed, in the show some are in Hebrew and at least one is cast in English.[[/labelnote]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', 21 tries to be intimidating by yelling "''Semper Fidelis, Tyrannosaurus Rex!''" when trying to say "''Sic semper tyrannis''". Upon which he is informed he just said "Always faithful, terrible lizard king", which he still thinks is pretty cool.
* [[MasterOfIllusion Mysterio]] in ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' uses Latin to make his EvilSorcerer guise seem more dramatic and arcane. In fact, many of his phrases are [[BilingualBonus quite funny]], thanks to some subtle AuthorAppeal.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' where Damien (Satan's son) visits the Earth, all of his evil spells are accompanied by some OminousLatinChanting that goes "''Rectus! Dominus!''" before shifting abruptly to "[[SophisticatedAsHell Cheesy]] [[RuleOfFunny Poofs]]!" (The first two words, by the way, translate to "Ass Master.")
* In the Rankin-Bass version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndAdventuresOfSantaClaus'', the opening musical number that introduces the leaders of the immortals has a Latin title -- ''Ora e Sempre'' ("edge of the measured"). It's the only Latin in the entire song -- or even in the entire special.
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* Vicipaedia [[labelnote:Lat.]]Latin language Wikipedia[[/labelnote]].
* All Roman Catholic Church records are in Latin, so this leads to them creating Latin words for things that just weren't around when the Romans were, such as "Interrēte", which means "Internet" as seen in the folder headings on this page.
* Nova Roma, an international organization "dedicated to the study and restoration of ancient Roman culture". Including the Cultus Deorum Romanorum.
* ''Nuntii Latini'', the Latin news report of the Finnish Radio.
* Many [[BadassCreed Badass Creeds]] are {{Pretentious Latin Motto}}es, such as ''{{Semper Fi}}delis''[[labelnote:Lat.]]Always Faithful[[/labelnote]] (USMC), ''Semper Paratus''[[labelnote:Lat.]]Always Prepared[[/labelnote]] (USCG), ''Per Mare, Per Terram''[[labelnote:Lat.]]By Sea, By Land[[/labelnote]] (Royal Marines), ''Ad Astra Per Aspera'' (NASA for the Apollo missions - "ad lunam" would have been better),[[labelnote:Lat.]]Through Adversity to the Stars[[/labelnote]], ''Per Ardua Ad Astra'' (the RAF),[[labelnote:Lat.]] also Through Adversity to the Stars[[/labelnote]], ''Per Ardua Ad Alta'' (Birmingham University),[[labelnote:Lat.]]Through Adversity to the Heights[[/labelnote]], ''Qualitas Potentia Nostra'' [[labelnote:Lat.]]Quality is Our Might[[/labelnote]] (Finnish Air Force), ''Citius, Altius, Fortius'' (The Olympics),[[labelnote:Lat.]]Faster, Higher, Stronger[[/labelnote]] and so on.
* The "Audi" car brand was named after a direct translation from the German ''Horch'' ("Listen") to its Latin counterpart--[[BilingualBonus the guy who started the company's surname was "Horch"]].[[note]]He ''did'' found a company called "Horch" but the Board of Directors forced him out; he founded Audi sort of as a kind of revenge.[[/note]] [[HilariousInHindsight One has to wonder]] if a person ever exclaimed "[[MostAnnoyingSound Hey!]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Audi!]]"
* ''Volvo'', Latin for ''I roll''
* There is a little town in northeast Georgia (the one in the US) named Subligna. A certain Dr. Underwood suggested the name when it was founded. Subligna meaning "Under wood."
* In Bavaria, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary, "Servus!" is a colloquial greeting. The fact that it means "[I am your] servant" is practically never thought of.
** In English, "At your service" is occasionally used as a response to an introduction, rhetorically indicating deference to those one is being introduced to. Such phrasing seems archaic now, but was more commonly used in the past.
* From an old high school Latin class: ''O sibili der dego fortibus es enero. O nobili demis trux. Vatis inem cowsen dux.'' [[spoiler: Oh see Billy, there they go, forty busses in a row. Oh no Billy, them is trucks. What is in them? Cows and ducks.]]
** There's also the very similar "Civile se ergo Fortibus es in ero O nobile deus trux Vadis enem causan dux"[[note]]"See, Willy, see 'er go, forty buses in a row." "Oh, no, Billy, dey is trucks. What is in 'em?" "Cows and ducks."[[/note]], which looks a ''bit'' more like real Latin.
** Caesar adsum jam forte, Brutus aderat. Caesar sic in omnibus, Brutus sic in at. [[spoiler: Caesar had some jam for tea, Brutus had a rat. Caesar sick in omnibus, Brutus sick in hat.]]
* A whole Japanese ninja clan was discovered and destroyed because of Latin language. They were about to infiltrate a Christian daimyo's castle at night. Too bad the password of the guards was ''Pax vobiscum'' [[labelnote:Lat.]]"Peace upon you"[[/labelnote]] (containing three phonems which are ''very'' difficult for the Japanese to pronounce, namely ''ks'', ''v'' and ''sk''). The guards got suspicious and found 132 ninja at the dry moat...
* If you find it useful in conversation use this UniversalTranslator [[http://www.freedict.com/onldict/lat.html here]], apply a little inventiveness and you will have a Latin saying for whenever you want it.
* While French was '''the''' ''lingua franca'' in most European countries around 17th century, the nobility of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth would still use Latin in that capacity. Even the most uncultured, backwater nobleman knew at least a few words and some basics of Latin grammar; Latin macaronisms were often used for emphasis in everyday conversations, and the more Latin you used, the more important you sounded...
* The law in Western countries (as mentioned in a few of the examples) is in love with seemingly random uses of Latin, derived from the old days when that was the language the lawyers (being educated people) used to do their business. ''Seemingly'' random, as the Latinisms go from the more or less unnecessary to the slightly more justified to the indispensable. For instance:
### Basically unnecessary: ''Ignorantia juris non excusat'', an old legal maxim, doesn't say anything the ordinary English phrase "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" couldn't say just as well.
### Semi-justified: ''Certiorari'', which means a notice filed with a lower court that its decision is being appealed. "Certification" could work and is used in some jurisdictions--e.g. California--but since "certification" has other meanings in the law[[note]]For instance, in the US [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_doctrine certain issues have to be decided under state law even if the case is brought in federal court]], and so in most states allow the federal courts to "certify" a question of that state's law to the state supreme court in cases where state law is unclear[[/note]] and the other alternatives (writ of review, leave to appeal, and other permutations on that) are a bit clunky and (more importantly) don't abbreviate to the traditional "cert.", the old Latin has a reason to stay.
### Completely necessary: ''Qui tam'' (short for ''Qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur'', "He who as much for our lord the King as much as for himself pursues this action"), a term for a particular kind of case in which (in essence) private parties sue someone to enforce government regulatory policy (common in "whistleblower" cases against contractors who defrauded the government, cases by shareholders against corporate managers where violation of securities laws is implicated, and private civil suits to enforce antitrust/competition law) and expects to receive some or all of the punitive damages imposed on the defendant should they, the plaintiffs, win the case.[[note]]The idea behind ''qui tam'' is that it gives individuals and companies an incentive to enforce the law all on their own, without the government having to spend money on it.[[/note]] Obviously, this complex thing needs its own name; just as obviously, the literal translation of the Latin ''qui tam'', "[he] who as much," and even the less literal "[he] who sues" is wholly inadequate as a name for anything, and more or less nothing else presents itself as a likely name.
** If that's not enough, TheCommonLaw [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench seems to think this about Old French]], and so there is a great deal of GratuitousFrench among the lawyers of the English-speaking countries, ranging from words people don't even think of as being "not English" because they're heard so often in everyday conversation (e.g. "culprit," "attorney," and everybody's favorite, "mortgage") to things only lawyers can adequately explain (e.g. "estoppel," literally meaning "stopper," i.e. "You said that before, so no take-backs!").
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