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* A twisted version appears in ''Film/EventHorizon.'' Buried in the white noise of the "distress signal" are apparently two words of Latin. The phrase sounds like ''liberate me'' (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) but is actually ''Liberate tutemet ex inferis'' ("Save yourselves from Hell"). It's later revealed that the captain of the ship was fond of signing off his log entries with a Latin motto.

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* A twisted version appears in ''Film/EventHorizon.'' Buried in the white noise of the "distress signal" are apparently two words of Latin. The phrase sounds like ''liberate me'' (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) but is actually ''Liberate ''Libera te tutemet ex inferis'' ("Save yourselves yourself from Hell"). It's later revealed that the captain of the ship was fond of signing off his log entries with a Latin motto.


** Creator/TerryPratchett got to pick a motto and [[http://i.imgur.com/Cjenh.jpg a coat of arms]] when he was knighted. He chose, like ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}'''s Sto Helits, ''Noli Timere Messorem'' ("Don't fear the Reaper"). It was particularly apt given his health at the time.

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** Creator/TerryPratchett got to pick a motto and [[http://i.imgur.com/Cjenh.jpg a coat of arms]] when he was knighted. He chose, like ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}'''s Sto Helits, ''Noli Timere Messorem'' ("Don't ("[[Music/BlueOysterCult Don't fear the Reaper").Reaper]]"). It was particularly apt given his health at the time.


** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically linked to the Dutch Reformed Church (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and have long had informal ties with each other.

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** An interesting one is Rutgers University (an old colonial college later turned into a public university), whose Latin motto "Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra" ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon The West Also") is a direct reference to Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose motto is ''Sol iustitiae illustra nos'' ("Sun of Righteousness, Shine Upon Us", a literal translation of [[Literature/BookOfMalachi Malachi 4:2]]). Both Rutgers and Utrecht are historically linked to the Dutch Reformed Church (though both have long since become secular state institutions) and have long had informal ties with each other. (Today, they also use rather similar-looking sun-based logos.)


One of the best ways to show one's status or credibility ''really'' pretentiously is with a Latin motto. After all ''quidquid latine dictum sit AltumVidetur.''[[note]]Whatever is written in Latin sounds profound.[[/note]] In the old days, it conferred some level of prestigae. These days, only SmartPeopleKnowLatin, so whoever still uses one is basically trying to show how much smarter, richer, and generally more awesome they are than us.

[[CanisLatinicus Dog Latin]] can be used in place of [[AltumVidetur actual Latin]] for comedic purposes. If the translation isn't given, this becomes a BilingualBonus. See also AltumVidetur.

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One of the best ways to show one's status or credibility ''really'' pretentiously is with a Latin motto. After all ''quidquid latine dictum sit AltumVidetur.altum videtur.''[[note]]Whatever is written in Latin sounds profound.[[/note]] In the old days, it conferred some level of prestigae. These days, only SmartPeopleKnowLatin, so whoever still uses one is basically trying to show how much smarter, richer, and generally more awesome they are than us.

[[CanisLatinicus Dog Latin]] can be used in place of [[AltumVidetur [[GratuitousLatin actual Latin]] for comedic purposes. If the translation isn't given, this becomes a BilingualBonus. See also AltumVidetur.
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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' plays with this trope a bit. While the official motto of the human faction in the game is ''Per Ardua Ad Astra'', a straight example that means "Through hardship, the stars" (humanity's first steps into {{FTL}} coincided with the Earth nearly getting destroyed by a Hiver fleet), the game's tagline and the unofficial motto of humanity is the somewhat more playful ''Repensum Est Canicula'' ("Payback is a bitch"). Latin has become humanity's second official language in the setting, partly because it's an extremely easy language to learn and utilize, but mostly because it just [[AltumVidetur sounds]] [[RuleOfCool epic]].

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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' plays with this trope a bit. While the official motto of the human faction in the game is ''Per Ardua Ad Astra'', a straight example that means "Through hardship, the stars" (humanity's first steps into {{FTL}} coincided with the Earth nearly getting destroyed by a Hiver fleet), the game's tagline and the unofficial motto of humanity is the somewhat more playful ''Repensum Est Canicula'' ("Payback is a bitch"). Latin has become humanity's second official language in the setting, partly because it's an extremely easy language to learn and utilize, but mostly because it just [[AltumVidetur [[GratuitousLatin sounds]] [[RuleOfCool epic]].


* Literature/ArtemisFowl's family motto is ''Aurum Est Potestas'' ("Gold is power"). It borders on DogLatin, since while the sentence would be perfectly intelligible and theoretically even correct to a Latin-speaker, the preferred word order would have been ''Aurum potestas est'' (which appears in the German translation). One explanation may be that the word order is for emphasis ("It is ''gold'' that is power").

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* Literature/ArtemisFowl's family motto is ''Aurum Est Potestas'' Potestas Est'' ("Gold is power"). It borders on DogLatin, since while power"), but the American editions rearrange the words to give ''Aurum Est Potestas''. The original has the preferred word order, although the altered sentence would be perfectly intelligible and theoretically even correct to a Latin-speaker, the preferred word order would have been ''Aurum potestas est'' (which appears in the German translation).Latin-speaker. One explanation may be that the word order is for emphasis ("It is ''gold'' that is power").

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* Parodied, in ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', where Pip Bin's first sight of [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors St. Bastard's]] is the school motto: ''Orando, Flogorando'', which his older self narrating the story translates as "By prayer, by beating".

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* ''Film/NothingButTrouble'': The motto of the Valkenvania PD is apparently "Nihil Tolerantur" (zero tolerance). Considering the JP's [[HangingJudge methods]], it might be understating the case.


* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', in both book and movie, gives us ''Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici'' ("By the power of truth I, while living, have conquered the universe"). From ''{{Faust}}'', as told immediately afterwards, and [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal quite an appropriate motto for V.]] It has an error though, as latin has no such word as "veniversum", the correct would be "universum". But in latin, you can write "u" as "v", so in "Faust" the word was written as "vniversvm", to keep all the V's intact. It's still read "universum" though. It was also one of Creator/AleisterCrowley's magical mottoes.

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* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', in both book and movie, gives us ''Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici'' ("By the power of truth I, while living, have conquered the universe"). From ''{{Faust}}'', ''Myth/{{Faust}}'', as told immediately afterwards, and [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal quite an appropriate motto for V.]] It has an error though, as latin has no such word as "veniversum", the correct would be "universum". But in latin, you can write "u" as "v", so in "Faust" the word was written as "vniversvm", to keep all the V's intact. It's still read "universum" though. It was also one of Creator/AleisterCrowley's magical mottoes.


* In Franchise/TheDCU, the [[MirrorUniverse Antimatter Universe]] counterpart of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, has as its motto ''Cui Bono?'' ("Who Profits?") In the New 52, it's ''Aeternus Malum'' ("[[ComicBook/ForeverEvil Forever Evil]]").

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* In Franchise/TheDCU, the [[MirrorUniverse Antimatter Universe]] counterpart of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, ComicBook/JusticeLeague, the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, has as its motto ''Cui Bono?'' ("Who Profits?") In the New 52, it's ''Aeternus Malum'' ("[[ComicBook/ForeverEvil Forever Evil]]").

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* The motto of the Hat Creek Cattle Company in ''Literature/LonesomeDove'' is ''Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia Fit'' (an incorrect quotation from Juvenal, which means roughly "A grape ripens when seeing another grape"). It's only there because Gus [=McCrae=] thinks it looks classy to have a Latin motto, but even Gus has no idea what it means. Gus' partner Call finds it irritating and says that it could be an invitation to thieves for all Gus knows - although Gus says that it would be nice to have a chance to shoot at some educated thieves for a change.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11547735/5/Amicus-Protectio-Fortis Amicus Protectio Fortis]]'' Dean suggests that the Defense Association motto should be ''Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum'' ("Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked").


* The PretentiousLatinMotto that started it all: ''Senātus Populusque Rōmānus'' (The Senate and People of Rome, usually abbreviated "S.P.Q.R"), motto of the UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire.
** [[AvertedTrope Which isn't a motto]]. It's a title. And since the [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire people]] who named it spoke Latin as their first language, it's not really pretentious.



* Above the front-door of the playboy mansion is a plaque bearing the Latin phrase ''Si non oscillas, noli tintinnare'' which translates in English to "If you can't swing, don't ring."

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* Above the front-door of the playboy mansion Playboy Mansion is a plaque bearing the Latin phrase ''Si non oscillas, noli tintinnare'' which translates in English to "If you can't swing, don't ring."


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8423230/7/Amber-and-Emerald Amber and Emerald]]'' Ron quips that the Potter House motto is ''Non nos facimus normalis'' ("We don't do normal").


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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11347516/3/When-the-Thunder-Breaks When the Thunder Breaks]]'' the Longbottom family motto is ''Grandis est quercus superum angens vitis'' ("Tall is the oak that survives the strangling vine").

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': U.A. is known as the best SuperheroSchool around so it fittingly gets one of these. Its motto is "Plus Ultra" ("further beyond") as a BadassCreed for its superheroes-in-training to continuously grow and push boundaries.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5915140/5/Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Summer Harry Potter and the Cursed Summer]]'', a portrait states that the Potter family motto is ''Beatus exsisto audacia'' ("Blessed be the daring").
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9822874/21/Harry-Potter-and-the-Return-of-Heritage Harry Potter and the Return of Heritage]]'', Sirius states that the Potter family motto is ''Mors omnes amici cognoscat oportet'' ("Death is a friend we all must acquaint").

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5915140/5/Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Summer Harry Potter and the Cursed Summer]]'', Summer]]'' a portrait states that the Potter family motto is ''Beatus exsisto audacia'' ("Blessed be the daring").
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9822874/21/Harry-Potter-and-the-Return-of-Heritage Harry Potter and the Return of Heritage]]'', Heritage]]'' Sirius states that the Potter family motto is ''Mors omnes amici cognoscat oportet'' ("Death is a friend we all must acquaint").



* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4642155/chapters/10882409 Adventures in Dimension Hopping]]'' Harry and several others start their own [[Film/RevengeOfTheNerds Tri-Lambda]] chapter and Andrew decides they need a motto. He initially suggests ''Sit vis nobiscus'' ("Let the force be with us"), which gets shouted down because none of them are Jedi. Jonathan tries ''Semper ubi sub ubi'' (A pun for "Always wear underwear") and Spike states that he goes commando. Xander suggests the ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto and Spike states that it would set the wrong tone before suggesting ''Utinam barbari saptium proprium tuum invadant'' ("May barbarians invade your personal space"). Tom's smart-ass suggestion is ''Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur'' ("Oh, was I speaking Latin again? Silly me, sometimes it just slips out"). Harry's serious suggestion, which they eventually decide to use, is a quote from Hannibal: ''Viam aut inveniam aut faciam'' ("I'll either find a way or make one").

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* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4642155/chapters/10882409 Adventures in Dimension Hopping]]'' Harry and several others start their own [[Film/RevengeOfTheNerds Tri-Lambda]] chapter and Andrew decides they need a motto. He initially suggests ''Sit vis nobiscus'' ("Let the force be with us"), which gets shouted down because none of them are Jedi. Jonathan tries ''Semper ubi sub ubi'' (A (a pun for "Always wear underwear") and Spike states that he goes commando. Xander suggests the ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto and Spike states that it would set the wrong tone before suggesting ''Utinam barbari saptium proprium tuum invadant'' ("May barbarians invade your personal space"). Tom's smart-ass suggestion is ''Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur'' ("Oh, was I speaking Latin again? Silly me, sometimes it just slips out"). Harry's serious suggestion, which they eventually decide to use, is a quote from Hannibal: ''Viam aut inveniam aut faciam'' ("I'll either find a way or make one").

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