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La Légende du Roi Arthur is a French musical written by Dove Attia based on the King Arthur mythos. It premiered in 2015.

It loosely follows Chrétien de Troyes' Lancelot, Le Chevalier de la Charrette and Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur

Tropes in this work include:

  • All Animals Are Dogs: Played with in that they aren't exactly animals, yet Méleagant's shadows behave like dogs when they're not fighting. Méleagant even pets them like dogs a few times.
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  • Angry Mob Song: "Delivre nous" in which the people of Britain call for Arthur to end the war
  • Animal Motifs: Merlin is associated with birds
  • Bi the Way: Sir Ké is very attracted to women, to the point he considers putting the moves on Morganne once he realizes they're not related. He's also keen on showing Sir Gawain the "wet kiss" he saw Lancelot and Guinevre sharing and dances with him rather than any of the ladies.
  • Courtly Love: Perhaps the most famous example
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or at least a grudging respect and willingness to accept a place of honor. Urien becomes one of the Knights of the Round Table even though he fought in Méleagant's civil war agains Arthur's claim to the throne. He seems very bitter about the whole thing
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: A lot. The most gratuitous example is probably the fur-trimmed red ankle-length coats that the Knights of the Round Table wear as a sort of uniform. Said coats only cover the right half of the body
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  • Genre Savvy: Merlin and Morganne, though Merlin has the disadvantage of being too honor bound to stubborn kings to do anything about it.
  • Hero of Another Story: Sir Gawain has plenty of stories about him in the King Arthur mythos, but he's mostly just a background character here
  • Heroic Bastard: King Arthur
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: "Je me relève" for Arthur.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: "Nos corps à la derive" oozes it
  • "I Want" Song: "Rever l'impossible" for Guinevre. Lancelot's part of "Si je te promet" could count as well
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Lancelot. He gave it up to save Guinevre.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Lancelot, again
  • Love Hurts: The harsh reality of the Courtly Love between Guinevre and Lancelot, who not only can't be together, but feel extremely guilty for betraying Arthur.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Méleagant got a lot more villainous after Arthur married Guinevre
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  • Mundane Utility: Méleagant can form his shadows into a chair/throne to sit on
  • Pietà Plagiarism: When Lacelot and Guinevre are caught and Guinevre accepts execution.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Morganne's second costume and Méleagant's castle.
  • Royal Brat: Méleagant is Prince of Gorre and was pretty awful to begin with.
  • Tenor Boy: Inverted with Méleagant. More or less played straight with Arthur.
  • Tragic Villain: Morganne
  • Villain Love Song: "Nos corps à la derive"
  • Villain Song: Plenty of them. "Tu vas le payer," "À nos vouex sacré," and "Advienne que pourra"
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • Guinevre seems to think she's in a fairy tale rather than an Arthurian romance and acts like she's gotten a happily ever after before the first act even ends
    • Méleagant thinks he's the hero and doesn't accept that he's the villain until he sells his soul to Morganne


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