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15th Aug '16 6:55:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* Supersurf from [[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000AD's]] ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. An (initially) illegal SkySurfing race through densely-populated streets, weaving between high-speed traffic. Later races included moving obstacles, snipers or dangerously narrow checkpoints.
** Also used in a ritualized "war" between Megacity One and the Sovs, in which Judges from each side fight to the death in a televised contest.
* Another ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' example would be Aeroball from ''ComicBook/HarlemHeroes'', which is described as a cross between football, basketball, boxing and Kung Fu. With jetpacks.

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* Supersurf from [[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000AD's]] ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''.''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
** ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
*** Supersurf.
An (initially) illegal SkySurfing race through densely-populated streets, weaving between high-speed traffic. Later races included moving obstacles, snipers or dangerously narrow checkpoints.
** *** Also used in a ritualized "war" between Megacity One and the Sovs, in which Judges from each side fight to the death in a televised contest.
* ** Another ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' example would be Aeroball from ''ComicBook/HarlemHeroes'', which is described as a cross between football, basketball, boxing and Kung Fu. With jetpacks.jetpacks.
** ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': The events in "The Game" are essentially gladiatorial combats, usually with firearms in remote areas, and the rules decided by the Voices.
14th Aug '16 6:36:18 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* As noted in "Web Animation", ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' onward have Grifball, which is basically like rugby, but with hammers and swords.
2nd Aug '16 11:50:42 PM foxley
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* In ''All-Star Western'' #7-9, ComicBook/JonahHex gets involved in an underground pit fights in New Orleans where the battles are to the death.
23rd Jul '16 2:51:02 AM morane
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* Skydiving used to be this in the early days. Veteran skydivers speak of "bad old days" from the 1940s to late 1960s, when people jumped with Army surplus gear, various techniques and procedures were still in infancy and safety culture was nonexistent. It was assumed if a novice skydiver survived his first 16 jumps alive, he would survive anything. (Which wasn't the case: accidents, even fatal, were commonplace even to seasoned jumpers). The salute ''blue skies, black death'' comes from the bad old days. In the 1970s and 1980s the culture changed radically, and improved gear, square ram-air parachutes and improved safety culture has made skydiving relatively safe sport.
** BASE jumping (parachuting from fixed platform) is ''still'' extremely dangerous: one BASE jump in 250 will end up in serious injury, and one in 2000 in death.
20th Jul '16 5:19:06 PM nombretomado
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* Blood sports are (naturally) one of the entertainments on offer in ChinaMieville's ''[[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag]]'' novels, with one of the protagonists in ''PerdidoStreetStation'' being a veteran of the city of New Crobuzon's not-exactly-legal underground arena circuit.

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* Blood sports are (naturally) one of the entertainments on offer in ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's ''[[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag]]'' novels, with one of the protagonists in ''PerdidoStreetStation'' being a veteran of the city of New Crobuzon's not-exactly-legal underground arena circuit.
19th Jul '16 8:04:46 AM DarthWalrus
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* Hockey in particular is notable for one trait. The padding more closely resembles medieval plate armor than safety equipment, and for good reason. A hockey puck is a rock (or more accurately, ice)-hard piece of frozen vulcanized rubber often hurtling around at 90 miles per hour or more. Players are moving at what foot sports would consider sprinting speeds nearly constantly, and can put on even faster bursts when necessary, resulting in players ''flying'' after a particularly brutal check. The rink is ice, never a soft substance, and the boards are plexiglass.....again [[RunningGag very hard substance with little give]]. Hockey is quite literally harder and faster than any other team sport. [[FromBadToWorse And this is before the fistfights begin.]]
15th Jul '16 8:38:47 AM Willbyr
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* Motorball from ''BattleAngelAlita'' and spinoff ''Ashen Victor'' may not be intentionally lethal to participants, but some of the players certainly make it so. Also, a prime example of controlling the underclass by giving them a ''Blood Sport'' to keep them occupied.

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* Motorball from ''BattleAngelAlita'' ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' and spinoff ''Ashen Victor'' may not be intentionally lethal to participants, but some of the players certainly make it so. Also, a prime example of controlling the underclass by giving them a ''Blood Sport'' to keep them occupied.



* ''DeadmanWonderland'' is a prison where the prisoners are forced to do insanely dangerous "events" like an obstacle race where you can be cut to ribbons, fall to your death or just fall into a pit of spikes. To make matters worse, the audiences watch and believe it is all "special effects". And then there's the Carnival of Corpses; where prisoners with [[BloodyMurder Branches of Sin powers]] fight each other and sometimes are cheered to kill their defeated opponents. Oh, and the loser (if they live) gets a randomly selected body part (ranging from hair to [[EyeScream eyes]] to entire organs or limbs) removed while they're awake. If you don't participate and are on "Death Row", then you are killed by poison after 72 hours and can only buy antidote to keep living for another 72 hours with Cast Points; earned by surviving and winning the Blood Sport games.

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* ''DeadmanWonderland'' ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' is a prison where the prisoners are forced to do insanely dangerous "events" like an obstacle race where you can be cut to ribbons, fall to your death or just fall into a pit of spikes. To make matters worse, the audiences watch and believe it is all "special effects". And then there's the Carnival of Corpses; where prisoners with [[BloodyMurder Branches of Sin powers]] fight each other and sometimes are cheered to kill their defeated opponents. Oh, and the loser (if they live) gets a randomly selected body part (ranging from hair to [[EyeScream eyes]] to entire organs or limbs) removed while they're awake. If you don't participate and are on "Death Row", then you are killed by poison after 72 hours and can only buy antidote to keep living for another 72 hours with Cast Points; earned by surviving and winning the Blood Sport games.
2nd Jul '16 8:28:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn'', is very heavy with this. The glatorians fight in the various arenas to solve disputes instead of out and out war. But it ends up being more of an aversion, as matches are heavily regulated to avoid serious injury.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn'', is very heavy with this. The glatorians fight in the various arenas to solve disputes instead of out and out war. But it ends up being more of an aversion, as matches are heavily regulated to avoid serious injury.
24th Jun '16 10:15:06 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* While ProfessionalWrestling is not a real competitive sport, it can still be viewed as a blood sport spectacle, as the participants suffer significant injuries even when faking greater injuries during their performance. "Hardcore" matches in particular are focused on the participants dealing grisly and very real damage to themselves.

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* While ProfessionalWrestling is not a real competitive sport, it can still be viewed as a blood sport spectacle, as the participants suffer significant injuries even when faking greater injuries during their performance. [[GarbageWrestler "Hardcore" matches matches]] in particular are focused on the participants dealing grisly and very real damage to themselves. This is why the Wrestling/{{WWE}} had to put DontTryThisAtHome messages on all their [=DVDs=], as during the Wrestling/AttitudeEra, pro wrestling ran into controversy over fans imitating what they saw on television (without the training that the pros had) in the form of BackyardWrestling, typically getting themselves grievously injured in the process.
20th Jun '16 8:59:38 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/{{CZW}}, while not quite to the level as most of the previously mentioned promotions that came before, still might be the single most violent wrestling promotion in the history of USA. Imagine Wrestling/{{ECW}} but with the violence and sadism factor [[UpToEleven pushed to the roof]]. That's [=CZW=] in a nutshell. At the very least, it managed to get electric powered weed whackers banned from all sporting events in the nation, and it's "Cage Of Death" was good enough for Big Japan to copy(but of course, [[UpToEleven make even more dangerous]]).[[/folder]]

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* Wrestling/{{CZW}}, while not quite to the level as most of the previously mentioned promotions that came before, still might be the single most violent wrestling promotion in the history of USA. Imagine Wrestling/{{ECW}} but with the violence and sadism factor [[UpToEleven pushed to the roof]].roof]], sometimes [[RooftopConfrontation literally]]. That's [=CZW=] in a nutshell. At the very least, it managed to get electric powered weed whackers banned from all sporting events in the nation, and it's "Cage Of Death" was good enough for Big Japan to copy(but of course, [[UpToEleven make even more dangerous]]).[[/folder]]
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