History Main / BreadAndCircuses

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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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.
25th Nov '16 9:19:32 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Champions}}'' universe has MultiversalConqueror Istvatha V'han, who being both AffablyEvil and lacking her rivals' ability to assimilate other dimensions into her own, uses this method to consolidate her rule. It's proven quite effective-she isn't called the Empress of a Billion Dimensions for nothing (although that number's actually an exaggeration-it's more like a hundred million).

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* The ''{{Champions}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' universe has MultiversalConqueror Istvatha V'han, who being both AffablyEvil and lacking her rivals' ability to assimilate other dimensions into her own, uses this method to consolidate her rule. It's proven quite effective-she isn't called the Empress of a Billion Dimensions for nothing (although that number's actually an exaggeration-it's more like a hundred million).
24th Nov '16 4:53:24 PM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/BeastWarsUprising:'' The story begins with the Builders (the corrupt remnants of both Autobot and Decepticons) forcing Maximals and Predacons to fight in gladiatorial combat. The matches are designed to keep both factions angry toward one another, and just to make things worse, winners can be dragged back into a "Cull", wherein they're killed off to save on what little no-existent energy there is. And just to make things worse, every match is rigged.

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23rd Oct '16 1:36:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* Deconstructed and parodied by [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/48-syrian-civilians-massacred-during-claire-danes,29666/ this]] [[TheOnion Onion]] article describing a massacre of 48 civillians in Syria during the Emmy awards with the headline "48 Syrian Civilians Massacred During Claire Danes' Emmy Award Acceptance Speech"

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* Deconstructed and parodied by [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/48-syrian-civilians-massacred-during-claire-danes,29666/ this]] [[TheOnion [[Website/TheOnion Onion]] article describing a massacre of 48 civillians in Syria during the Emmy awards with the headline "48 Syrian Civilians Massacred During Claire Danes' Emmy Award Acceptance Speech"
24th Sep '16 3:00:08 PM morane
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The nastier, more blatantly dystopian sorts provide BloodSport and GladiatorGames, for the amusement, while the general population, of course, ''knows'' this, but doesn't care. After all, [[MoralMyopia the savages who participate in such things probably can't appreciate true civilization anyway]].

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The nastier, more blatantly dystopian sorts provide BloodSport and GladiatorGames, GladiatorGames - or, God forbid, PublicExecution, for the amusement, while the general population, of course, ''knows'' this, but doesn't care. After all, [[MoralMyopia the savages who participate in such things probably can't appreciate true civilization anyway]].
anyway]]. A more benevolent ruler might arrange TheTournament and even participate in it.
24th Sep '16 2:43:48 PM morane
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Can overlap with StrawmanNewsMedia and NetworkDecay.

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This trope is always present in a CrapsaccharineWorld. Can overlap with StrawmanNewsMedia and NetworkDecay.
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