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24th Mar '17 1:50:54 AM WillBGood
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* The Studio in ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine'' is a company that funds the most extreme live action role playing games ever by sending highly trained "Actors" over to an alternate universe populated with creatures like dragons and elves, making them have Adventures, and selling the recorded memories. In Overworld (the alternate universe in question), they are known to the locals as Aktiri, a kind of human-resembling demon that brings wanton slaughter, and Earth is known by some Overworld religions as the True Hell. This is because the actors do all the stuff fantasy heroes do - [[DesignatedHero looting tombs, murdering people, exacting genocide on unpopular species, starting wars, etc.]] [[BloodSport The Adventures]] sold by the Studio are [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the best-selling entertainment in human history]] and keep people from questioning a global feudal government that operates on a ruthless corporate caste system and keeps nine out of ten people in near wage slavery. [[SickSadWorld It's one of those stories.]]

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* The Studio in ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine'' is a company that funds the most extreme live action role playing games ever by sending highly trained "Actors" over to an alternate universe populated with creatures like dragons and elves, making them have Adventures, and selling the recorded memories. In Overworld (the alternate universe in question), they are known to the locals as Aktiri, a kind of human-resembling demon that brings wanton slaughter, and Earth is known by some Overworld religions as the True Hell. This is because the actors do all the stuff fantasy heroes do - [[DesignatedHero looting tombs, murdering people, exacting genocide on unpopular species, starting wars, etc.]] [[BloodSport The Adventures]] sold by the Studio are [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the best-selling entertainment in human history]] and keep people from questioning a global feudal government that operates on a ruthless corporate caste system and keeps nine out of ten people in near wage slavery. [[SickSadWorld [[CrapsackWorld It's one of those stories.]]
19th Mar '17 6:48:47 PM fgenzo159
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* The TropeNamer was AncientRome, where the poor would receive free wheat and have gladiatorial shows staged for them to keep them happy. Although it's often said that "the Emperor" handed out the bread (or wheat) to placate his subjects, the practice predates the foundation of the Empire by ''centuries'' and the food was rarely if ever actually handed out by the Emperor in person. (The emperor, however, ''did'' incur the cost of the entertainment, or at least his treasury did -- and since the state funds and the Emperor's personal expenses both came out of said treasury, the distinction is essentially academic.) Depicted in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' (see above). It's worth noting that the it occasionally backfired [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots spectacularly]].

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* The TropeNamer was AncientRome, where the poor would receive free wheat and have gladiatorial shows staged for them to keep them happy. Although it's often said that "the Emperor" handed out the bread (or wheat) to placate his subjects, the practice predates the foundation of the Empire by ''centuries'' and the food was rarely if ever actually handed out by the Emperor in person. (The emperor, however, ''did'' incur the cost of the entertainment, or at least his treasury did -- and since the state funds and the Emperor's personal expenses both came out of said treasury, the distinction is essentially academic.) Depicted in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' (see above).
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It's worth noting that the it occasionally backfired [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphitheatre_of_Pompeii occasionnally]] backfired, sometimes [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots spectacularly]].
10th Mar '17 11:32:30 AM gb00393
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** No feudal house practices and demonstrates its effectiveness better than the Tyrells. Their home, the Reach, is a fertile region in Westeros famous for being the center of chivalry and romance. Margaery Tyrell, prospective and future Queen, wins the hearts and minds of her subjects by personally bringing food to war orphans. Her grandmother Olenna Tyrell outright tells Tyrion and Tywin Lannister that people need distractions like a royal wedding in the middle of wartime to turn their attention from the problems of starvation and poor governance.

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** No feudal house practices and demonstrates its effectiveness better than the Tyrells. Their home, the Reach, is a fertile region in Westeros famous for being the center of chivalry and romance. This fertility allows them a lot of food and money to throw around on extravagances for their people to keep them happy and satisfied. Margaery Tyrell, prospective and future Queen, wins the hearts and minds of her subjects by personally bringing food to war orphans. Her grandmother Olenna Tyrell outright tells Tyrion and Tywin Lannister that people need distractions like a royal wedding in the middle of wartime to turn their attention from the problems of starvation and poor governance.
8th Mar '17 3:56:44 PM nombretomado
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* Akin to the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' example above, in ''MegaManZX'', Serpent is the head of the Slither Inc., which gives the city the power source and protection from outer harm (namely Mavericks), which gives him [[VillainWithGoodPublicity a good PR]]. Beneath all that, though, [[spoiler: he actually staged all those Maverick outbreaks by his minions, and he's also planning to dig up the ArtifactOfDoom Model W for his personal power.]]

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* Akin to the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' example above, in ''MegaManZX'', ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', Serpent is the head of the Slither Inc., which gives the city the power source and protection from outer harm (namely Mavericks), which gives him [[VillainWithGoodPublicity a good PR]]. Beneath all that, though, [[spoiler: he actually staged all those Maverick outbreaks by his minions, and he's also planning to dig up the ArtifactOfDoom Model W for his personal power.]]
20th Feb '17 8:00:37 AM Hydrall
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** ... which is Truth In Television, really...
29th Dec '16 7:32:01 AM gb00393
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* No feudal house in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' practice and demonstrate its effectiveness better than the Tyrells. Their home, the Reach, is a fertile region in Westeros famous for being the center of chivalry and romance. Margaery Tyrell, prospective and future Queen, wins the hearts and minds of her subjects by personally bringing food to war orphans. Her grandmother Olenna Tyrell outright tells Tyrion and Tywin Lannister that people need distractions like a royal wedding in the middle of wartime to turn their attention from the problems of starvation and poor governance.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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No feudal house in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' practice practices and demonstrate demonstrates its effectiveness better than the Tyrells. Their home, the Reach, is a fertile region in Westeros famous for being the center of chivalry and romance. Margaery Tyrell, prospective and future Queen, wins the hearts and minds of her subjects by personally bringing food to war orphans. Her grandmother Olenna Tyrell outright tells Tyrion and Tywin Lannister that people need distractions like a royal wedding in the middle of wartime to turn their attention from the problems of starvation and poor governance.governance.
** This is also one of the arguments in favour of Daenerys reopening the fighting pits, which is fitting for an {{Expy}} of Roman GladiatorGames.
21st Dec '16 11:15:25 AM nmn3r3
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20th Dec '16 12:22:55 PM FaceofEvil
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** The BugsBunny cartoon "Roman Legion Hare." where Centurian guard Sam goes after Bugs as the token Christian to be thrown to the lions in the Coliseum.

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** The BugsBunny cartoon "Roman Legion Hare." Hare," where Centurian guard Sam goes after Bugs as the token Christian to be thrown to the lions in the Coliseum.


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20th Dec '16 12:22:03 PM FaceofEvil
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* In the ''15MillionMerits'' episode of ''Series/BlackMirror'', the people are distracted from their dreary existence by an array of reality shows, including an American Idol knockoff dubbed "Hot Shots" that's the focus of much of the plot. In fact, citizens must watch commercials for these programs or they are fined monetarily.
10th Dec '16 4:30:59 PM Ccook1956
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* Played for laughs:
** The BugsBunny cartoon "Roman Legion Hare." where Centurian guard Sam goes after Bugs as the token Christian to be thrown to the lions in the Coliseum.
** HannaBarbera's 1972 cartoon ''TheRomanHolidays'' is a dom-com in the days of Bread and Circuses.
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