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13th Mar '18 8:35:24 AM gb00393
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** This is also one of the arguments in favour of Daenerys reopening the fighting pits, which is fitting for an {{Expy}} of Roman GladiatorGames.

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** This is also one of the arguments in favour of Daenerys reopening the fighting pits, which is fitting for an {{Expy}} of Roman GladiatorGames. She reluctantly does so.
7th Mar '18 11:29:09 PM Alexor
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** More like a CrapSaccharineWorld - Bread And Circuses can make the difference between these two.
7th Mar '18 11:17:42 PM Alexor
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* In ''Film/OsmosisJones'', the cells of Frank are worried about Frank's health (i.e. their future), but Mayor Phlegming doesn't want to make the kind of sacrifices that living a healthy lifestyle would require. He doesn't want to lose the other cells' support in the upcoming election to Tom Colonic, so he uses the voice override to get Frank to just take a cold pill and call it good (even though voice override is supposed to require a vote). And he promises the cells that Frank is going to a chicken-wing FanConvention. (Cue cheers from the Love Handle District.)

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* In ''Film/OsmosisJones'', has Mayor Phlegmming, who, being up for re-election, mostly spends his time buying the cells loyalty of the citizens of Frank through this trope. Since Frank is an actual living person and his methods mostly revolve around having Frank eat junk food, this has some negative consequences. The citizens are aware of the issue and worried about Frank's health (i.e. their future), but Mayor Phlegming doesn't want aren't willing to make the kind of sacrifices that living a healthy lifestyle would require. He doesn't want require. This comes to lose the other cells' support in the upcoming election to Tom Colonic, so a head when he secretly uses the voice override to get stop Frank from seeing a doctor about an illness, instead deciding to just take a cold pill and call it good (even though voice override is supposed plan to require a vote). And he promises the cells that Frank is going go to a his chicken-wing FanConvention.FanConvention as planned. (Cue cheers from the Love Handle District.)
26th Feb '18 5:19:41 PM WillKeaton
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* '''The government ensures a stable, if not always comfortable status quo'''.

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* '''The government ensures a stable, if not always comfortable comfortable, status quo'''.
19th Jan '18 6:33:02 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''OsmosisJones'', the cells of Frank are worried about Frank's health (i.e. their future), but Mayor Phlegming doesn't want to make the kind of sacrifices that living a healthy lifestyle would require. He doesn't want to lose the other cells' support in the upcoming election to Tom Colonic, so he uses the voice override to get Frank to just take a cold pill and call it good (even though voice override is supposed to require a vote). And he promises the cells that Frank is going to a chicken-wing FanConvention. (Cue cheers from the Love Handle District.)

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* In ''OsmosisJones'', ''Film/OsmosisJones'', the cells of Frank are worried about Frank's health (i.e. their future), but Mayor Phlegming doesn't want to make the kind of sacrifices that living a healthy lifestyle would require. He doesn't want to lose the other cells' support in the upcoming election to Tom Colonic, so he uses the voice override to get Frank to just take a cold pill and call it good (even though voice override is supposed to require a vote). And he promises the cells that Frank is going to a chicken-wing FanConvention. (Cue cheers from the Love Handle District.)
25th Dec '17 6:29:14 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* This trope is more or less how the Imperial Order stays together in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, complete with ///BloodSport.

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* This trope is more or less how the Imperial Order stays together in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, complete with ///BloodSport.BloodSport.
25th Dec '17 6:29:14 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* This trope is more or less how the Imperial Order stays together in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, complete with ///BloodSport.

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* This trope is more or less how the Imperial Order stays together in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, complete with ///BloodSport.BloodSport.
13th Dec '17 6:32:31 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' plays with this: the people on the ''Axiom'' have been living this way for so long, they've actually gotten bored with it. At the same time, generations of complacency, consumerism, and being pampered by robots has almost completely removed the will and knowledge needed for them to fix things, at least until WALL-E himself shows up and [[SpannerInTheWorks accidentally disrupts the status quo]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', everything in Bricksburg runs on this. It's most obvious when Emmet seems disturbed by President Business offhandedly mentioning people who oppose him "being put to sleep", then sees a clip of "Where Are My Pants," laughs, and forgets what the President was talking about.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' plays with this: the people on the ''Axiom'' have been living this way in luxury for so long, they've actually gotten bored with it. At the same time, generations of complacency, consumerism, and being pampered by robots has almost completely removed the will and knowledge needed for them to fix things, at least until WALL-E himself shows up and [[SpannerInTheWorks accidentally disrupts the status quo]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', everything in Bricksburg runs on this. It's most obvious when Emmet seems disturbed by President Business offhandedly mentioning people who oppose him "being put to sleep", then sees laughs at a clip of [[ShowWithinAShow "Where Are My Pants," laughs, Pants?"]] and forgets what the President was talking about.
10th Dec '17 1:58:20 PM lakingsif
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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.

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* In the ''15MillionMerits'' ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorFifteenMillionMerits 15 Million Merits]]'' 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.
8th Dec '17 11:32:54 PM Antronach
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The nastier, more blatantly dystopian sorts provide BloodSport and 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]]. A more benevolent ruler might arrange TheTournament and even participate in it.

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The nastier, more blatantly dystopian sorts provide BloodSport and GladiatorGames - or, God forbid, PublicExecution, for the amusement, while the general population, of course, ''knows'' this, but doesn't care. After all, either [[MoralMyopia the savages who participate in such things probably can't appreciate true civilization anyway]].anyway]] or [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming they probably deserved it for ''some'' reason, one way or another]]. A more benevolent ruler might arrange TheTournament and even participate in it.
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