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[[caption-width-right:214: "Perhaps you've heard of me."]]

->"''Genius cannot be contained''"
-->-- '''Show tagline'''


->"''[[ArcWords Time is a river...]]''"
-->-- '''The Turk'''

''Da Vinci's Demons'' is a TV series about [[LeonardoDaVinci Leonardo Da Vinci's]] fictional early life [[RenaissanceMan as an artist, inventor, idealist, and a genius intellectual]], which premiered on Fox and Starz networks. It was written by David S. Goyer, who collaborated with Christopher Nolan on ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', and it stars Tom Riley. The story is, for the most part, realistic, drawing from historical events and showcasing real-life historical figures, but it also contains a LowFantasy MythArc that involves a search for a MacGuffin called "The Book of Leaves." This single volume contains hidden knowledge about the universe, and one's possession of it can radically alter the political power-field. Most people are unaware of this book, and those who do know of it generally have ties to the Vatican or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithraic_mysteries The Sons of Mithras]], an ancient cult that is dedicated to the pursuit of the book.

Meanwhile, Da Vinci serves as the war engineer to the Medicis, making weapons for Lorenzo the Magnificent, and becomes caught up in the political intrigue surrounding Florentine nobility, which is in the middle of a conflict with Rome. The Medicis appreciate Leo's genius, but [[TricksterArchetype his unorthodox methods, and general nonchalant attitude]], often put them in troublesome situations.

[[Characters/DaVincisDemons It now has a character page, which could use some love.]] All character tropes should be moved there.

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!!''Da Vinci's Demons'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Piero da Vinci (Leonardo's father) most of the time, and Pope Sixtus IV [[spoiler: towards his illegitimate son Riario]]
* [[AbsentMindedProfessor Absent-Minded]] ''[[AbsentMindedProfessor Artista]]'': Leonardo da Vinci, of course! He can come off especially bizarre to those around him using unorthodox methods to figure out a problem or focusing on it at the exclusion of everything else.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Male examples modeled by Leo, Zoroaster, and Giuliano.
* AdrenalineTime: Used in the first episode, when Leonardo is sketching birds in flight.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Zoroaster is very dark, for being an Italian. He also, apparently, is a HalfBreed of some sort.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Tom Riley had said before the series that they were going to make sure da Vinci was not constrained, including by sexuality, and that they were going to attempt to do justice to the historical da Vinci.
** BiTheWay: Leonardo. It turns out he was [[spoiler: guilty of sodomy, and had in fact paid a prostitute. Da Vinci explained to Jacopo Saltarelli, the prostitute, that for him, sexuality isn't as simple as men or women.]]
* AnachronismStew: Not as much featured as [[UpToEleven being made of it]].
* AncientConspiracy: The Sons of Mithras are a benevolent version.
* ArcWords: "I am a son of earth and starry heaven. I am thirsty. Please give me something to drink from the fountain of memory."
** "Time is a river."
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: [[spoiler: The second season shows Lorenzo's diplomatic mission as a failure. Whereas in history the mission was a success and led the the lifting of the inderect on Florance.]]
** [[spoiler: Lorenzo actually did have sons: three in fact. Piero who succeeded him; Giovanni who became Pope Leo X(and was consecrated by Pope Sixtus' grand-nephew,) and Giuliano who became Duke of Nemours in the Peerage of France. This makes Lorenzo's Anti-French, Anti-Church policies a tad surprising.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: "As my brother fucked you in the arse, did you smile knowing you were doing the same to him?" Especially considering Lucretia rarely gets called out on her actions, seeing as she's operating in secret.]]
* AssholeVictim: The judge who [[spoiler: had been bribed by the Pazzi family to convict Leonardo at his sodomy trial]].
* BadBoss: Pope Sixtus IV in "The Devil".
* {{Badass}}:
** Leonardo
** Riario
** Vlad Tepes
** Captain Nazzareno Dragonetti, really brought forth in the Season 2 premiere, during the riots.
* Badass Beard: Leonardo Da Vinci
* BadassGrandpa: Andrea Verrocchio. He may not be as physically capable as Leo, but he's fearless and loyal, always willing to help Leonardo out.
* BaldOfEvil: Pope Sixtus IV
* BeardOfSorrow: Da Vinci's normally got a BadassBeard, but he grows one of these [[spoiler: while in prison.]]
* TheBeautifulElite: The Medici family and associates
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Vlad Tepes is hopelessly insane from the tortures inflicted on him by the Turks and has devoted the rest of his life to devising the most cruel torments imaginable on anyone of Middle-Eastern persuasion who had the misfortune of being caught alive by his men. He openly admits that he is insane, but doesn't see any alternative for a person who has experienced things that he has.
** [[spoiler: Nico gets to "interrogate" Riario after he was tortured by him.]]
* {{BFG}}: Many of Leonardo's gun designs.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Lucrezia,[[spoiler: keeps up the act, but she ends up killing both Becci and Giuliano]].
* BlackCloak: Riario has one and is overall dressed to match his black soul ([[GoodColorsEvilColors]])
* BrandishmentBluff: When Riario and his men are prepared to lay siege to Florence, da Vinci is under pressure to make more weapons. He ends up [[spoiler: building a small shrapnel grenade and firing it from a crossbow to demonstrate what the grenade balls as big as a human will do when fired from a gigantic crossbow. Except that, as we find out after Riario falls for it, the giant grenades have no gunpowder or other explosives, and the giant crossbow is a hastily-constructed sham. Leonardo was bluffing.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Nico throughout the first season coupled with:
** CorruptTheCutie: Riario's influence on him has made him quite ruthless as of season two.
* ButtMonkey: Nico, Giuliano
* CaliforniaDoubling: ''South Wales'' for Renaissance Italy.
* CityOfAdventure: Florence is the primary setting of this series.
* CliffHanger: At the end of Season 1 it really looks as if the Pazzis are going to succeed in killing Leonardo, Lucrezia and all the Medicis.
* ClockPunk: The mechanical dove in Episode 1, the elaborate projection system in Episode 5.
* ClusterFBomb: Thrown around frequently.
* [[CoolSword Cool Spear:]] The Spear of Destiny...also cuts through metal.
* ConspicuousCGI: Almost every major establishing shot, as well as many of Leonardo's mechanical devices..
* CorruptChurch: Historically pretty accurate. The Papacy in particular around that time was notorious for behaving in a decidedly un-Christian manner.
* CrazyPrepared: Leonardo
* CreepyMonotone: Vlad speaks in a soft monotone.
* DeadpanSnarker: There are several, but Leo and Zoroaster definitely stand out.
* DemonicPossession: Nuns at a convent near Florence are affected by this in Episode 3. [[spoiler: Actually staged by Lucretzia on Count Riario's orders, by poisoning the feet of the statue of Saint Anthony, which the nuns kiss as a sign of devotion, with a hallucinogenic.]]
* DirtyCop: Captain Dragonetti is something of a Renaissance equivalent.
* DoingInTheWizard: Leonardo accomplishes this in "The Prisoner," writing off the idea of demonic possession and concluding the cause of the nuns' symptoms was [[spoiler: a hallucinogenic fungus placed on the feet of the statue of St. Anthony]].
* {{Dracula}}: Vlad the Impaler shows up in episode 6 and is legitimately scary. [[spoiler: And possibly supernatural.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Two examples. First after years of abuse, cruelty, and utter lack of respect at the hands of his father. Duke Alfonso exploits the tension between the Pope and him, to kill him and seize the throne. Carlo de Medici had to spent his entire life as he put it "waiting in the shadows," as he was both illegitimate and black he was deemed unfit to rule, or even have public life, and was shuttled about by his father. While his father did love him he ultimately put his reputation first, and Carlo was forced into a religious life. Carlo responded by killing Cosimo, and defecting to the Enemies of Man.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Pope Sixtus is introduced in a rather ironic and funny way. When we first see the pope, he is fully naked, in a large and opulent bath with a young boy and a knife to the boy's throat.
** Da Vinci is first shown strapping Nico into his flying machine to try it out, showcasing one of da Vinci's best known designs, his ambition, and his recklessness.
* EurekaMoment: Leonardo has these frequently.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Jacopo Saltarelli, for Leonardo. [[spoiler: Strongly implied, if not outright stated, to have once been mutual]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: Pope Sixtus IV has a very resonant baritone, borders on BadassBaritone.
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: The real Pope Sixtus was replaced by his.]]
* ExcaliburInTheStone: Has a brief cameo in the Vatican's secret archives.
* FanDisservice: Most often attributable to the majority of the MaleFrontalNudity belonging to Pope Sixtus.
* FanService: Plenty of attractive people wearing very little clothing, which is to be expected from [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand?from=Main.SpartacusBloodAndSand Starz]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Riario, Vlad Dracula
* FemmeFatale: Lucrezia Donati.
* FinGore: Nico suffers a hand-variation.
** At the end of the pilot, [[spoiler: Lucretia is given a box that, when she opens it, is holding a finger with a ring still on it.]]
** Vlad Tepes cut off The Abyssinian's hand and carved his castle into it.
* FontAnachronism: The show features a glaring example on a building. It is even the trope. The well-known typeface, Gotham (used in countless modern ventures) is seen on a Renaissance building. Gotham was invented in 2002. That's a difference of nearly 500 years!
* FriendsWithBenefits: Leonardo and Lucrezia's relationship. Maybe.
* FullFrontalAssault: Pope Sixtus has no issue striking his subordinates in the face or even trying to drown them completely in the buff.
* GadgeteerGenius: Leonardo, quite frequently.
* GuileHero: Leo
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Many characters have their own theme colors in their clothing that match their personality and the amount of bad they are. The Medicis are red, blue or yellow, while the opposing family Pazzi is all green. The Pope and everyone in Vatican are white and gold, while the Officers of Night and the Rome army wear all black, and so do Riario and Lupo Mercuri, because they're bad.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Vlad has a mass of lightning scars on his face.
* HappilyMarried: Lorenzo and Clarice, despite the former's infidelity.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Dragonetti. He tried to betray the Medicis, but ultimately his loyalty is to Florence. He comes around with the Easter Plot.]]
* HeroicBastard: Leonardo. His father, a notary for the Medicis, had Leonardo with a servant woman out of wedlock, and as a result Leo has no status of legitimacy.
* HiddenDepths: Giuliano, Nico, Rario
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Most characters, all of the main ones.
* HistoricalFantasy
* HistoricalPlotArmor: Nico is Niccolò Machiavelli; Leonardo will of course live a long life.
* HollywoodDrowning: Pope Sixtus seems to enjoy watching this. This apparently stems from the fact that he [[FreudianExcuse survived being drowned as a child]].
* HollywoodHistory
* HoneyTrap: [[spoiler: Lucrezia, to Lorenzo, and possibly Leonardo]]
* HotterAndSexier:
** Averted with the first half of the second season.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Riario knows many of the things he's done are terrible, and that he will do terrible things in the future. But believes his actions are in service to God, and therefor necessary and just.
* ImplacableMan: Vlad Dracula.
* ImpossibleThief: [[spoiler: Leo's theft of the Vatican's secret archives.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Leonardo, Giuliano, Lorenzo, Zoroaster, Leo's father...
** Especially Giuliano.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Riario most of the time, Pope Sixtus IV, Vlad Dracula
* KnightTemplar: Pope Sixtus, maybe. The various murders and tortures he endorses are presented by him as being for the glory of God and the Catholic Church.
* LargeHam: Vlad rules this trope.
** EvilIsHammy
* MacGuffin: The Book of Leaves and the two keys, one of which Leonardo has, [[spoiler: while Riario has the other.]]
* MadeOfIron:
** Vlad Tepes.
** Dragonetti, especially during the riots in the Season 2 premiere.
* MaleFrontalNudity: A model in the studio; briefly, Lorenzo and his godfather, the [[GagPenis Duke of Urbino]], in a sauna. Pope Sixtus, ''[[FanDisservice frequently]]''.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: A lot of things related to the series MythArc, including Leonardo's trances (drugs or time travel), Dracula's [[spoiler: seeming immortality and the fact that he only seems damaged by fire and being hit with a giant cross]], the Spear of Destiny, and surely more to come.
** Even The Book of Leaves itself, although we haven't seen it; does the book the characters are after legitimately hold deep, secret truths of our existence, or do they just think it does?
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Lucrezia delivers one to Becci, who she has framed as being the traitor working for Rome. He doesn't agree about the "merciful" part and accuses her of simply tying up loose ends.]]
* MissingMom: Da Vinci's mother disappeared when he was young, and he cannot remember her face.
* MookChivalry: Giuliano de Medici [[spoiler: effectively fights three men in quick succession.]] Speed is a factor, but they do wait in line.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Lucrezia]]
** Also [[spoiler: Dragonetti, the captain of the Night Guard]]
* MoreDakka: The premise behind Da Vinci's pipe organ muskets.
* MushroomSamba: [[spoiler: Leonardo experiences one in Episode 3, when Vanessa kisses him in gratitude, accidentally poisoning him with the same hallucinogen that she had been affected by, as there were traces still on her lips.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Vlad the Impaler. AKA Dracula - draw your own conclusions.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When an offended Giuliano lets slip to the Church [[spoiler: exactly how many of da Vinci's rotating canons they have.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Lorenzo hands out a few of these, and is on the recieving end of one from Giuliano.
* NoodleImplements: The shopping lists that Leo gives to Zoroaster and Nico.
* TheObiWan: The Turk, to Leonardo
* OhCrap:
** Twice in connection with Vlad Tepes.
*** The first time, when Leonardo realizes [[spoiler: his sleeping drug didn't work on Vlad, and sees him in the rafters]]:
---->'''Leonardo Da Vinci:''' "Fuck...me..."
*** The second time when Zoroaster hits him with a heavy cross to little effect:
---->'''Zoroaster:''' "Shit..." ''Vlad then knocks him across the room.''
** Jacopo Pazzi after Lorenzo's speech in "The Blood of Brothers".
* ParentalSubstitute: Andrea Verrocchio seems to be one to Leonardo, providing both warmth and a profession, neither of which was offered to him by Piero.
* PedophilePriest: Pope Sixtus IV is presented as one of these.
* PhotographicMemory: Leonardo possesses this gift.
* [[TheQueensLatin The Queen's Italian]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Lorenzo, when he wants to be.
* RefugeInAudacity: Leonardo da Vinci's method and persistence in trying to become Lorenzo's war engineer. Despite being a HeroicBastard who therefore has no status, Leo makes advances on Lucrezia, hoping to interest her enough to get a job painting her portrait. And as soon as he does, he proceeds to show an unsoliciting Lorenzo the Magnificent his designs. Da Vinci basically refuses to stop when people (especially his father) tell him to. And in the end, it works.
* TheRenaissance: When the show is set
* RenaissanceMan: Three guesses who.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Giuliano de Medici]]. Also ForegoneConclusion.
* ShadowArchetype: Leo has two in the form of Count Riario and Vlad the Impaler.
* SherlockScan: Leo
** AwesomenessByAnalysis
* ShoutOut: The Secret Vatican Archives contain, among other things, [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk the Ark of the Covenant]]. There's also a page from a magical document that changes from one language to another, at one point resembling one of the octogram symbols from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The Sword in the Stone is also present.
** Nico is a dead ringer for Verrocchio's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DavidInMigdalDavid.jpg David]]'' (not altogether surprisingly, since he's Verrocchio's model).
* SlashedThroat: Seen in episode 1; Riario slashes the young boy's who had been bathing with Pope Sixtus, throat because he heard their evil plans, 2; [[spoiler: Riario gets Captain Grunwald to chop off one of his troop member's throat (or the whole head) apparently to threaten Nico]] and 4; [[spoiler: Riario and his troops question Florentines about Bible and slash their throats if they don't know the answer]]
* SiblingRivalry: Giuliano and Lorenzo
* SinisterMinister: Lupo Mercuri, Pope Sixtus IV, Riario (though he only works for the church and God and technically isn't a priest)
* SmugSnake: Riario, literally so, as he gets constantly linked to being a snake and is smugly tortures people.
* TheSociopath: Riario, Vlad Dracula
* SoftSpokenSadist: Riario
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: A Vatican guard threatens to leave the woman he was about to rape a memory of the encounter, [[spoiler: although she wasn't raped and was meant to be killed soon after.]]
** [[spoiler: Vanessa discovers that she is pregnant with Giuliano's child right before he dies.]]
* SwallowTheKey: The Jew does this to hide his key.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Leonardo, Giuliano, Lorenzo, Zoroaster, Riario
* TastyGold: Lorenzo bribes a guard with a gold coin while travelling ''incognito'' to deliver a message after being thrown into a dungeon and being unwilling to reveal his true identity. After the guard has bit the coin, Lorenzo implies that he had smuggled it to the cell in his bottom.
* TimeTravel: Its possibility is implied by the visions Leonardo has and his conversations with the both the Turk and Abyssinian.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Giuliano de' Medici slowly takes his through the course of Season 1. [[spoiler: And then he dies.]]
** Clarice takes one at the start of Season 2, coupled with MamaBear.
---> '''Clarice Orsini:''' "...or I will have your titles and your [[GroinAttack testicles removed]].
* TortureTechnician: Vlad Dracula, Riario at times
* TranslationConvention: Technically, they're all speaking Italian.
* TricksterArchetype: Leo, Zoroaster
* UnexpectedCharacter: Was anyone expecting ''Vlad Dracula'' to turn up?
* WellDoneSonGuy: Leonardo, Riario
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Spoken almost verbatim by Riario about [[spoiler: Lucrezia]]