History Film / Gladiator

29th Jul '16 5:51:23 PM JackG
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* AnnoyingArrows: {{Averted}}. The barbarians that get hit with arrows in the opening battle tend to stay down, as they should. {{Played straight}} with the barbarians' arrows against the Romans, as all the arrows are stopped by the Roman ''testudo'' formation.

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* AnnoyingArrows: AnnoyingArrows:
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{{Averted}}. The barbarians that get hit with arrows in the opening battle tend to stay down, as they should. {{Played straight}} with the barbarians' arrows against the Romans, as all the arrows are stopped by the Roman ''testudo'' formation.formation.
** Hagan also yanks out the arrow that gets stuck in his leg during the charioteer battle.
29th Jul '16 5:44:47 PM JackG
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* SuspiciouslySmallArmy: In-universe example when the Colosseum stages a historical re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage with a few dozen men.

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* SuspiciouslySmallArmy: In-universe example when the Colosseum stages a historical re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage with a few dozen men. Played for laughs when the announcer presents THE BARBARIAN HORDE! and the camera pans to this tiny group in a vast arena.
29th Jul '16 5:20:57 PM JackG
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Commodus is rather amused when, contrary to history, the 'barbarian hordes' of Carthage end up winning.



* TemptingFate: In the first battle in the Colosseum, one of the gladiators shouts "To the death!" He is the second one killed from Maximus' group.

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* TemptingFate: TemptingFate:
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In the first battle in the Colosseum, one of the gladiators shouts "To the death!" He is the second one killed from Maximus' group.group.
** Commodus says that he likes surprises when the 'Carthage' side wins. He doesn't like the surprise Maximus gives him.
27th Jun '16 3:31:35 PM Gitman
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* CombatPragmatist: He is a soldier, so his combat training is centered around killing his enemies quickly and efficiently. But this isn't as entertaining, so Proximo convinces him to start putting on a better show.
12th Jun '16 2:04:07 AM RobTan
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* HumanShield: Unintentionall invoked by Commodus, when he enters the arena to congratulate a masked Maximus, Maximus moves towards Commodus and clearly intends to kill him, but then Lucius runs up and hugs his uncle, so Maximus stops and puts down his sword.

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* HumanShield: Unintentionall Unintentionally invoked by Commodus, when he enters the arena to congratulate a masked Maximus, Maximus moves towards Commodus and clearly intends to kill him, but then Lucius runs up and hugs his uncle, so Maximus stops and puts down his sword.
26th May '16 8:21:10 AM dmcreif
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The opening battle is wildly inaccurate. The Roman legions were trained to fight as a regimented force, and to maintain formation for mutual support. In the film, the formation collapses instantly upon contact with the enemy; in addition to being inaccurate, this would have almost certainly led to a Roman defeat, as, on a solo basis, the barbarians were by far the better warriors. Further, the Roman legions used spears called pila. Doctrine called for them to be thrown while the enemy closed. The Romans would then draw their swords and fight, while remaining in formation. Though the Romans are shown holding their pila in the opening scenes, they are never used against the barbarians, and we see no pila-riddled shields and/or corpses in the background.



** Any Roman legion breaking ranks during a battle as shown in the film would have been decimated; Roman soldiers were taught to fight as part of a shield-wall and given very little individual combat training. In a loose melee as depicted in the battle, the barbarians would have had the upper hand.

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** Any **The Roman legion breaking ranks during a battle as shown in the film would have been decimated; Roman soldiers legions were taught trained to fight as part of a shield-wall regimented force, and given very little individual combat training. to maintain formation for mutual support. In a loose melee as depicted in the battle, film, the formation collapses instantly upon contact with the enemy. This would have almost certainly led to a Roman defeat, as, on a solo basis, the barbarians were by far the better warriors. Further, the Roman legions used spears called pila. Doctrine called for them to be thrown while the enemy closed. The Romans would have had then draw their swords and fight, while remaining in formation. Though the upper hand.Romans are shown holding their pila in the opening scenes, they are never used against the barbarians, and we see no pila-riddled shields and/or corpses in the background.
25th Apr '16 7:38:25 PM dmcreif
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** At one point, Rome is described as being founded as a Republic, and numerous characters refer to plans to turn it back into a republic for the people. Rome was actually founded as a kingdom, only becoming a republic later on. Apparently Roman history was ''not'' re-written for the film, but that these statements were incorrect within the film itself, reflecting how the [[UnreliableNarrator characters themselves preferred to see history]].

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** At one point, Rome is described as being founded as a Republic, and numerous characters refer to plans to turn it back into a republic for the people. Rome was actually founded as a kingdom, only becoming a republic later on. Apparently Roman history was ''not'' re-written for the film, but that these statements were incorrect within the film itself, reflecting Justified: this is how the [[UnreliableNarrator characters themselves preferred to see history]].


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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The opening battle is wildly inaccurate. The Roman legions were trained to fight as a regimented force, and to maintain formation for mutual support. In the film, the formation collapses instantly upon contact with the enemy; in addition to being inaccurate, this would have almost certainly led to a Roman defeat, as, on a solo basis, the barbarians were by far the better warriors. Further, the Roman legions used spears called pila. Doctrine called for them to be thrown while the enemy closed. The Romans would then draw their swords and fight, while remaining in formation. Though the Romans are shown holding their pila in the opening scenes, they are never used against the barbarians, and we see no pila-riddled shields and/or corpses in the background.
12th Apr '16 4:28:17 PM Gitman
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* CombatPragmatist: He is a soldier, so his combat training is centered around killing his enemies quickly and efficiently. But this isn't as entertaining, so Proximo convinces him to start putting on a better show.
7th Apr '16 9:11:46 AM costanton11
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* CompositeCharacter: There were many real life people that have been cited as influencing the creation of Maximus. Including the likes of Marcus Nonius Macrinus (a Roman general who served closely under Emperor Marcus Aurelius, becoming one of his closest advisors), Narcissus (the professional Roman athlete, potentially a gladiator but likely a wrestler, that killed Commodus), Spartacus (a slave who was once used as a soldier that was eventually turned into gladiator who subsequently stood up against the corrupt Roman state and ultimately died a martyr), Cincinnatus (a high ranking Roman who turned down the chance at absolute power in favor of living a simple life as a farmer that only fought/took power when absolutely necessary), and Maximus of Hispania (obviously his name, as well as his roots in the land that would come to be called Spain from this real man who also came to be at odds with and fought against the Roman state). It is notable that in David Franzoni's original draft of the screenplay, the lead character's name was Narcissus.

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* CompositeCharacter: There were many real life people that have been cited as influencing the creation of Maximus. Including the likes of Marcus Nonius Macrinus (a Roman general who served closely under Emperor Marcus Aurelius, becoming one of his closest advisors), Narcissus (the professional Roman athlete, potentially a gladiator but likely a wrestler, that killed Commodus), Spartacus (a slave who was once used as a soldier that was eventually turned into gladiator who subsequently stood up against the corrupt Roman state and ultimately died a martyr), Cincinnatus (a high ranking Roman who turned down the chance at absolute power in favor of living a simple life as a farmer that only fought/took power when absolutely necessary), Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus (the second husband of Lucilla, who was offered the throne several times after Commodus'death), and Maximus of Hispania (obviously his name, as well as his roots in the land that would come to be called Spain from this real man who also came to be at odds with and fought against the Roman state). It is notable that in David Franzoni's original draft of the screenplay, the lead character's name was Narcissus.
25th Jan '16 5:43:42 PM ChaoticNovelist
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''Gladiator'', released in 2000, is known for [[GenreRelaunch reviving]] the SwordAndSandal epic genre, great action sequences, and all-around general badassery; it was also a huge hit for Creator/RidleyScott. Though Scott didn't win the Oscar for Best Director, the film itself took home many others -- including the all-important Best Picture -- and earned Creator/RussellCrowe his first Oscar.



* ArrowsOnFire: Used in the opening battle.

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* BadassBoast / RousingSpeech / VerbalBusinessCard: "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions,[[note]]The plural is historically inaccurate.[[/note]] loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."
* BandOfBrothers: Maximus' legion is implied to be this.

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* BadassBoast / RousingSpeech / VerbalBusinessCard: BadassBoast: "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions,[[note]]The plural is historically inaccurate.[[/note]] loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."
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* BigBad: Commodus.

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* BlackBestFriend: Juba to Maximus.
* BoisterousBruiser: Hagen.

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* TheBrute: Tigris of Gaul.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: All Commodus wanted was [[DeadlyHug a hug]]. And the empire...

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* %%* CallingTheOldManOut: All Commodus wanted was [[DeadlyHug a hug]]. And hug]], and the empire...



* ClassicVillain: Commodus, representing Ambition and Envy.

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* DarkIsNotEvil[=/=]LightIsNotGood: For the final battle, Maximus is wearing black armor, and Commodus wears white. Interestingly, ancient Rome had rather different associations for these colors. Black was the color of joy and festivity, which probably explains why Commodus, the dissolute playboy emperor, is usually seen wearing it. White, though, was associated with the elderly, authority figures[[note]]the English word for "someone running for office", candidate, comes from the Latin word for white. Roman office-seekers wore white togas to the elections[[/note]]... [[ForeShadowing and the dead.]]
* DarkIsEvil: In one scene Commodus's robe is totally black.

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* DarkIsNotEvil[=/=]LightIsNotGood: DarkIsNotEvil: For the final battle, Maximus is wearing black armor, [[LightIsNotGood and Commodus wears white. white.]] Interestingly, ancient Rome had rather different associations for these colors. Black was the color of joy and festivity, which probably explains why Commodus, the dissolute playboy emperor, is usually seen wearing it. White, though, was associated with the elderly, authority figures[[note]]the English word for "someone running for office", candidate, comes from the Latin word for white. Roman office-seekers wore white togas to the elections[[/note]]... [[ForeShadowing and the dead.]]
* %%* DarkIsEvil: In one scene Commodus's robe is totally black.



* DeadlyHug: How Commodus comes to power.

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* TheDragon: Quintus to Commodus
* DrivenByEnvy: Commodus. Also Quintus.

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* EliteMooks: Praetorians

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* EvilUncle: Commodus to Lucius, though he [[AffablyEvil treats him nicely enough]].

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* %%* EvilUncle: Commodus to Lucius, though he [[AffablyEvil treats him nicely enough]].



* {{Flynning}}: This is ''almost'' lampshaded; in the gladiator training camp scene, the instructor tells the student, "this is how you fight", and starts showing him the "Pirate Halves" move. Justified - gladiators were essentially entertainers, as well as fighters. Maximus, a former professional soldier, was actually told off for being too efficient as he naturally went straight for the killing move.

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* {{Flynning}}: This is ''almost'' lampshaded; in the gladiator training camp scene, the instructor tells the student, "this is how you fight", and starts showing him the "Pirate Halves" move. Justified It's also justified - gladiators were essentially entertainers, as well as fighters. Maximus, a former professional soldier, was actually told off for being too efficient as he naturally went straight for the killing move.



* GenreBlind: Old Marcus Aurelius, of all people. Telling your immoral son you're naming another as your heir with no witnesses around or record of your decision.... yeah....

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* GenreBlind: Old Marcus Aurelius, of all people. Telling your immoral son you're naming another as your heir with no witnesses around or record of your decision.... yeah....decision is a bad move.



* TheGoodKing: Marcus Aurelius

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* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: The pit manager to the small army of gladiators representing the "Barbarian Horde" before entering the Coliseum. Subverted in that they live and Maximus earns the admiration of the crowd.

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* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: The pit manager to the small army of gladiators representing the "Barbarian Horde" before entering the Coliseum. Subverted in that they They live and Maximus earns the admiration of the crowd.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:''The entire Praetorian Guard'', Quintus in particular.]] Something of a bit of TruthInTelevision, given [[spoiler:the Praetorians had a reputation for [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder deposing and assassinating Emperors]], although the real-life Commodus supposedly maintained the loyalty of the Guard until the end of his reign.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:''The entire Praetorian Guard'', Quintus in particular.]] Something of a bit of It's TruthInTelevision, given [[spoiler:the Praetorians had a reputation for [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder deposing and assassinating Emperors]], although the real-life Commodus supposedly maintained the loyalty of the Guard until the end of his reign.]]



* ManipulativeBastard: Commodus.

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* MoralityPet: Subverted, Commodus actually seems to care about Lucius quite a bit and clearly wants the boy to see him as a father figure, but that doesn't give him any sympathy or cause him to dial back the evil in any way.

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* MoralityPet: Subverted, Averted, Commodus actually seems to care about Lucius quite a bit and clearly wants the boy to see him as a father figure, but that doesn't give him any sympathy or cause him to dial back the evil in any way.



* [[MyMasterRightOrWrong My Emperor Right or Wrong]]: Quintus. [[spoiler:Subverted gloriously in the ending.]]
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: See the quote at the top of the page.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Commodus.

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* [[MyMasterRightOrWrong My Emperor Right or Wrong]]: Quintus. [[spoiler:Subverted gloriously in the ending.]]
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MyNameIsInigoMontoya: See the quote at the top of the page.
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* NostalgiaHeaven: The ending.

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* %%* NostalgiaHeaven: The ending.



* OneWomanWail: Possibly the modern TropeCodifier.

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* PraetorianGuard: The real deal.

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* PunchClockVillain:
** Quintus becomes one when Commodus becomes Emperor.
** Tigris of Gaul, who regards his duel with Maximus as simply another match.

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* PunchClockVillain:
** Quintus becomes one when Commodus becomes Emperor.
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PunchClockVillain: Tigris of Gaul, who Gaul regards his duel with Maximus as simply another match.



* RedBaron: "The Spaniard".

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* SanitySlippage: Commodus goes through this.

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* SelfMadeOrphan

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* SissyVillain: Commodus.
* SleazyPolitician: Senator Falco

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* %%* SissyVillain: Commodus.
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.

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* %%* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.



* SwordAndSandal: Reinvigorated the genre.

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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Shortly after Maximus is discovered to still be alive by Commodus, he is served some gruel the next day by the gladiator's cook. Juba shakes his head in disapproval, as if anticipating Maximus being poisoned. Hagen then takes a spoonful of the food, eats it, then begins choking on it. It then becomes subverted as he starts laughing, revealing that the food is safe to eat.

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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Shortly after Maximus is discovered to still be alive by Commodus, he is served some gruel the next day by the gladiator's cook. Juba shakes his head in disapproval, as if anticipating Maximus being poisoned. Hagen then takes a spoonful of the food, eats it, then begins choking on it. It then becomes subverted as [[SubvertedTrope Then he starts laughing, revealing that the food is safe to eat.]]



** Subverted later when he throws a sword into a ''crowd of people'' during the "Are you not entertained?!" scene and injures... [[DieChairDie a coffee table.]]

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** Subverted Played with later when he throws a sword into a ''crowd of people'' during the "Are you not entertained?!" scene and injures... injures [[DieChairDie a coffee table.]]]] Why would he seriously attack civilians?



* TranquilFury: Maximus embodies this.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: The page quote.

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* WinYourFreedom: {{Subverted}}. Maximus [[DeathSeeker doesn't intend to leave alive]].

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* WinYourFreedom: {{Subverted}}.{{Averted}}. Maximus [[DeathSeeker doesn't intend to leave alive]].
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