History Film / Gladiator

6th Jan '18 8:27:32 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* CallThatAFormation: The Roman shieldwall during the opening battle advances relatively well, albeit made crooked by the uneven terrain, but comes apart almost immediately when the Germans smash into it. Realistically speaking, the Romans should have almost all been slaughtered, with the rampage of the gigantic axe-wielding Germanic chieftain (who has to be brought down by weight of numbers) a brief realistic nod to ''why'' the legions relied on maintaining their shieldwall to win battles.
30th Dec '17 8:28:48 AM Elyana
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* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:At Quintus' command, the Praetorian Guard refuses to step in and help Commodus win his duel against Maximus. With his Praetorians refusing to give him a new sword, Commudos instead pulls a knife from his sleeve and tries to finish Maximus off up close, but is quickly overpowered and and killed.]]

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* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:At Quintus' command, the Praetorian Guard refuses to step in and help Commodus win his duel against Maximus. With his Praetorians refusing to give him a new sword, Commudos Commodus instead pulls a knife from his sleeve and tries to finish Maximus off up close, but is quickly overpowered and and killed.]]
29th Dec '17 8:01:47 PM Elyana
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* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:At Quintus' command, the Praetorian Guard refuses to step in and help Commodus win his duel against Maximus. With his Praetorians refusing to give him a new sword, Commudos instead pulls a knife from his sleeve and tries to finish Maximus off up close, but is quickly overpowered and and killed.]]
20th Oct '17 11:41:40 PM JulianLapostat
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This film is not to be confused with the proto-superheroic 1930 book ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'', the TV gameshow ''Series/{{Gladiators}}'', nor the general trope GladiatorGames. ''Gladiator'' follows the same period of history and takes similar liberties with its plot as the 1964 film ''The Fall of the Roman Empire'', while also taking several cues from Stanley Kubrick's ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.

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This film is not to be confused with the proto-superheroic 1930 book ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'', the TV gameshow ''Series/{{Gladiators}}'', nor the general trope GladiatorGames. ''Gladiator'' follows the same period of history and takes similar liberties with its plot as the 1964 film ''The Fall of the Roman Empire'', ''Film/TheFallOfTheRomanEmpire'', while also taking several cues from Stanley Kubrick's ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.
20th Oct '17 4:19:51 PM duranaparthur
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12th Oct '17 8:31:37 AM xcountryguy
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quintus comments early on that "People should know when they're conquered". [[spoiler: When Commodus kills Marcus Aurelius, Quintus quickly realises there is no point resisting, chooses pragmatism before honour and betrays Maximus]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quintus comments early on that "People should know when they're conquered". [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Commodus kills Marcus Aurelius, Quintus quickly realises there is no point resisting, chooses pragmatism before honour and betrays Maximus]]



* GameBreakingInjury: Double subversion. [[spoiler: Maximus is stabbed before his battle with Commodus, but manages to defeat Commodus ''and'' give a last order before dying.]]

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* GameBreakingInjury: Double subversion. [[spoiler: Maximus [[spoiler:Maximus is stabbed before his battle with Commodus, but manages to defeat Commodus ''and'' give a last order before dying.]]



* GutturalGrowler: Maximus.

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29th Sep '17 12:31:57 PM k410ren
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%%* BigBad: Commodus.

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%%* * BigBad: Commodus.Commodus, the instigator of all the conflict in the film and the object of Maximus' revenge.



* DecapitationPresentation: The opening battle has the German Leader tossing the head of a Roman scout before the battle begins. The rest of the scout's body preceded the head on its way back to the Roman lines.



** [[ArrowsOnFire Flaming arrows]] are used in the opening battle, although it appears that they are used mainly for their psychological effect

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** [[ArrowsOnFire Flaming arrows]] are used in the opening battle, although it appears that they are used mainly for their psychological effecteffect.



* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: Commodus is disarmed and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown battered]] by a man he's clearly just injured, his own general turns against him and then he's slowly, painfully killed by his own stiletto knife to the neck. By the [[http://s13.postimg.org/phfar83ev/Commodus_Death.jpg look on his face]], [[VillainousBreakdown he doesn't even care anymore]].]]

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* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: Commodus [[spoiler:Commodus is disarmed and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown battered]] by a man he's clearly just injured, his own general turns against him and then he's slowly, painfully killed by his own stiletto knife to the neck. By the [[http://s13.postimg.org/phfar83ev/Commodus_Death.jpg look on his face]], [[VillainousBreakdown he doesn't even care anymore]].]]
17th Sep '17 8:14:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* RoyalInbreeding: [[TheCaligula Emperor Commodus]] indicates that he intends to force his sister Lucilla to become his concubine and carry his child because he is obsessed with creating a "pure-blooded" dynasty. [[spoiler:He's killed before he can put it into action, though.]] This is some serious ArtisticLicenseHistory, since aside from giving Commodus a dose of HistoricalVillainUpgrade, the historical Romans also had laws against incest (hence the slander against disliked emperors such as Caligula and Nero) and looked down on contemporaneous royal families like the Ptomelys for their habits.
23rd Aug '17 4:07:22 PM Daethalion
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Commodus calling out Graccus' claim that the Senate represents the people of the empire is actually fair and on point - many of the common folk of the time were living on the edge of poverty and struggling to provide for themselves and their families. Not that Commodus actually intends to improve matters.
25th Jul '17 11:30:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Commodus tells his father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, that while he doesn't have the traditional virtues of Wisdom, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude, he does have Courage ("Perhaps not on the battlefield, but there are many kinds of courage..." -- and in truth, he's actually a pretty good fighter, he just never saw real battle), and Ambition, which drives him to excel. He then murders his father and assumes the Imperial throne for himself. This is especially {{Anvilicious}}, considering that Marcus Aurelius was going to hand power over to General Maximus ''specifically because'' Maximus didn't want to rule.

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* AmbitionIsEvil: Commodus tells his father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, that while he doesn't have the traditional virtues of Wisdom, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude, he does have Courage ("Perhaps not on the battlefield, but there are many kinds of courage..." -- and in truth, he's actually a pretty good fighter, he just never saw real battle), and Ambition, which drives him to excel. He then [[TheEvilPrince murders his father and assumes the Imperial throne for himself.himself]]. This is especially {{Anvilicious}}, considering that Marcus Aurelius was going to hand power over to General Maximus ''specifically because'' Maximus didn't want to rule.
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