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8th Jan '17 2:28:46 PM nombretomado
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* In UltimateMarvel, Krakoa is an island where mutant criminals are hunted down as a televised (and/or online) series. The X-Men end up there twice, and one time Spider-Man gets pulled along with them.

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* In UltimateMarvel, ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, Krakoa is an island where mutant criminals are hunted down as a televised (and/or online) series. The X-Men end up there twice, and one time Spider-Man gets pulled along with them.
30th Dec '16 10:05:56 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Seven and Tuvok are captured and forced to do gladiatorial combat, which is broadcast across space to numerous locations. Particularly jarring in that until they see Seven fighting, the crew of Voyager is enjoying these matches. Said episode features a cameo from [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. To be fair, though, only some of the matches were to the death. The Rock's cameo was a non-lethal bout which Seven lost, called a blue match. The red match she is put in later is lethal.

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* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Seven and Tuvok are captured and forced to do gladiatorial combat, which is broadcast across space to numerous locations. Particularly jarring in that until they see Seven fighting, the crew of Voyager is enjoying these matches. Said episode features a cameo from [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]].Wrestling/TheRock. To be fair, though, only some of the matches were to the death. The Rock's cameo was a non-lethal bout which Seven lost, called a blue match. The red match she is put in later is lethal.
24th Dec '16 4:39:42 AM GigaHand
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%%* The [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} main]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 games]] of ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' are these.

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%%* * The [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} main]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 games]] of ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' are these.these. The characters are accepted into a prestigious school, but upon arrival find out that it's been converted into a prison of sorts and they're locked inside. The... "headmaster"... informs them that they may leave only if they can murder a fellow classmate and not get caught.
** For added deadliness, breaking any of the rules results in the same punishment as being caught murdering - [[AllCrimesAreEqual immediate]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath execution]].
16th Dec '16 11:05:04 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* [[MemeticMutation Meanwhile, in Russia]], a tech millionaire named Yevgeny Pyatkovsky [[http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/sick-rules-for-new-russian-reality-tv-show-allow-contestants-to-fight-rape-and-murder-each-other/news-story/eb6a370c750cefc4e4e6de6e0fd3449f made headlines in 2016]] by announcing a show called ''[=Game2=]: Winter'', essentially a hardcore version of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in which thirty contestants would be dumped into a 50,000-acre tract of Siberian wilderness and left to survive for nine months, each of them provided with only a knife, a video camera with rechargeable batteries, and wilderness survival training from ex-Spetsnaz operatives. There would be no film crew or medical staff, only two thousand cameras rigged up, though each contestant would have a "panic button" they can use for rescue (at the cost of forfeiting the game). The premise alone is enough to put it on this list, with all contestants signing waivers absolving the producers of any responsibility for injuries or deaths, but what really pushes it over the top was Pyatkovsky's explicit promise that everything will be permitted, including rape (the contestants would be evenly split along gender lines) and murder, though he was quick to remind people that the laws of Russia would still apply. It remains to be seen if the show will ever reach the air.

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* [[MemeticMutation Meanwhile, in Russia]], a tech millionaire named Yevgeny Pyatkovsky [[http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/sick-rules-for-new-russian-reality-tv-show-allow-contestants-to-fight-rape-and-murder-each-other/news-story/eb6a370c750cefc4e4e6de6e0fd3449f made headlines in 2016]] by announcing a show called ''[=Game2=]: Winter'', essentially a hardcore version of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in which thirty contestants would be dumped into a 50,000-acre tract of Siberian wilderness and left to survive for nine months, each of them provided with only a knife, a video camera with rechargeable batteries, and wilderness survival training from ex-Spetsnaz operatives. There would be no film crew or medical staff, only two thousand cameras rigged up, up to film everything remotely, though each contestant would have a "panic button" they can use for rescue via helicopter (at the cost of forfeiting the game). The premise alone is enough to put it on this list, with all contestants signing waivers absolving the producers of any responsibility for injuries injuries, trauma, or deaths, but deaths. However, what really pushes pushed it over the top was Pyatkovsky's explicit promise that everything will would be permitted, including fighting, rape (the contestants would be evenly split along gender lines) lines), and murder, though he was [[http://www.snopes.com/russian-reality-show-game2-winter-allows-rape-murder/ quick to remind people people]] that the laws of Russia would still apply. apply, and that the authorities would prosecute any crimes committed by the contestants. It remains to be seen if the show will ever reach the air.air; production is slated to start in July 2017 and run through April 2018.
16th Dec '16 8:17:56 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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While this trope is common in fiction, there have been some {{game show}}s and {{reality show}}s that invoked its stylistic trappings without putting contestants in any serious danger -- as well as a rare few that actually did so.

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While this trope is most common in fiction, there have been some {{game show}}s and {{reality show}}s that invoked its stylistic trappings without putting contestants in any serious danger -- as well as a rare few that actually did so.



* [[MemeticMutation Meanwhile, in Russia]], a tech millionaire named Yevgeny Pyatkovsky [[http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/sick-rules-for-new-russian-reality-tv-show-allow-contestants-to-fight-rape-and-murder-each-other/news-story/eb6a370c750cefc4e4e6de6e0fd3449f made headlines in 2016]] by announcing a show called ''[=Game2=]: Winter'', essentially a hardcore version of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in which thirty contestants would be dumped into a 50,000-acre tract of Siberian wilderness with only a knife and left to survive for nine months. There would be no film crew or medical staff, only two thousand cameras rigged up, though each contestant would have a "panic button" they can use for rescue (at the cost of forfeiting the game). The premise alone is enough to put it on this list, with all contestants signing waivers absolving the producers of any responsibility for injuries or deaths, but what really pushes it over the top was Pyatkovsky's explicit promise that everything will be permitted, including rape (the contestants would be evenly split along gender lines) and murder. It remains to be seen if the show will ever reach the air.

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* [[MemeticMutation Meanwhile, in Russia]], a tech millionaire named Yevgeny Pyatkovsky [[http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/sick-rules-for-new-russian-reality-tv-show-allow-contestants-to-fight-rape-and-murder-each-other/news-story/eb6a370c750cefc4e4e6de6e0fd3449f made headlines in 2016]] by announcing a show called ''[=Game2=]: Winter'', essentially a hardcore version of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in which thirty contestants would be dumped into a 50,000-acre tract of Siberian wilderness with only a knife and left to survive for nine months.months, each of them provided with only a knife, a video camera with rechargeable batteries, and wilderness survival training from ex-Spetsnaz operatives. There would be no film crew or medical staff, only two thousand cameras rigged up, though each contestant would have a "panic button" they can use for rescue (at the cost of forfeiting the game). The premise alone is enough to put it on this list, with all contestants signing waivers absolving the producers of any responsibility for injuries or deaths, but what really pushes it over the top was Pyatkovsky's explicit promise that everything will be permitted, including rape (the contestants would be evenly split along gender lines) and murder.murder, though he was quick to remind people that the laws of Russia would still apply. It remains to be seen if the show will ever reach the air.
16th Dec '16 6:07:05 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Inquizition}}''.

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* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Inquizition}}''.
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* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short [[http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/james-franco/video/1128451 "The Tizzle Wizzle Show"]] combines this with SubvertedKidsShow. It involves giving the [[ExcitedKidsShowHost kid show hosts]] knives, drugging them, turning off the lights and then fighting to the death until one is left standing. Apparently, the hosts enjoy and willingly play the game.
** Another SNL skit featuring Chris Farley parodied Japanese game shows. It seemed to be just a Japanese counterpart to Jeopardy, with three contestants being asked questions by a host. However, it turns out that if you get the question wrong, you have to kill yourself. Farley's character, a FishOutOfWater American who doesn't understand whats going on, blunders his way to the final round, where getting the questions wrong gets him electrocuted.

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
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The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short [[http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/james-franco/video/1128451 "The Tizzle Wizzle Show"]] combines this with SubvertedKidsShow. It involves giving the [[ExcitedKidsShowHost kid show hosts]] knives, drugging them, turning off the lights and then fighting to the death until one is left standing. Apparently, the hosts enjoy and willingly play the game.
** Another SNL ''SNL'' skit featuring Chris Farley parodied Japanese game shows. It seemed to be just a Japanese counterpart to Jeopardy, with three contestants being asked questions by a host. However, it turns out that if you get the question wrong, you have to kill yourself. Farley's character, a FishOutOfWater American who doesn't understand whats going on, blunders his way to the final round, where getting the questions wrong gets him electrocuted.



** Ironically, the American adaptation Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight is more true to the genre than it is to its source material, reverting back to the "{{Henshin Hero}}es fighting monsters to save the world" theme. It also keeps one of the best aspects of Ryuki - each Rider having his own story and each desiring to gain something different by participating. What each one thinks the battle between Riders really is differs from Rider to Rider. (At least one thinks he's FightClubbing.) In truth, [[spoiler: the bad guy has almost all of the Rider decks. Each only works for its designated user, so he has to get the Earthen doubles of the Riders of his dimension to fight for him, usually by either trickery, or messing with their lives behind the scenes and then sweeping in to offer them the only way out.]]
* Theoretically, the real life game show ''Series/{{Downfall}}'' could have been played off like one (they managed to get Chris Jericho to host too!), had they not tried to avert it as much as possible and point out they were not trying to be evil.
** However, what ABC put into the "post-''[[Series/{{Wipeout2008}} Wipeout]]'' slot" one year later is [[Series/OneHundredAndOneWaysToLeaveAGameShow a lot more justifiable as a deadly game]], or at least something that's so overly ridiculous that it can easily be played off as one.

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** Ironically, the American adaptation Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' is more true to the genre than it is to its source material, reverting back to the "{{Henshin Hero}}es fighting monsters to save the world" theme. It also keeps one of the best aspects of Ryuki - each Rider having his own story and each desiring to gain something different by participating. What each one thinks the battle between Riders really is differs from Rider to Rider. (At least one thinks he's FightClubbing.) In truth, [[spoiler: the bad guy has almost all of the Rider decks. Each only works for its designated user, so he has to get the Earthen doubles of the Riders of his dimension to fight for him, usually by either trickery, or messing with their lives behind the scenes and then sweeping in to offer them the only way out.]]
* Theoretically, the real life game show ''Series/{{Downfall}}'' could have been played off like one (they managed to get Chris Jericho to host too!), had they not tried to avert it as much as possible and point out they were not trying to be evil.
** However, what ABC put into the "post-''[[Series/{{Wipeout2008}} Wipeout]]'' slot" one year later is [[Series/OneHundredAndOneWaysToLeaveAGameShow a lot more justifiable as a deadly game]], or at least something that's so overly ridiculous that it can easily be played off as one.
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* Invoked by the French made-for-TV documentary ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Jeu_de_la_Mort Le Jeu de la Mort]]'', which performed Stanley Milgram's famous peer influence experiment with the added element of reality TV. The test subjects were supposedly being paid to participate as contestants on a GameShow pilot, ''La Zone Xtrême''. As with the original experiment, they were to administer increasingly powerful shocks to someone else (who was a trained actor, much like the original) as punishment for answering questions wrong; ranging from from "mild buzz" to "lethal". But this time, the subject was prodded on by both the host ''and'' a StudioAudience to deliver the shocks. Out of the 80 people who auditioned, 64 of them, 80% went all the way to the highest level of shock, as they were instructed.
* The Japanese game show ''Series/{{DERO}}!'' was played off as one, albeit with tongue firmly in cheek - contestants who lost a round were talked about as if they had just died, but the "deaths" were blatantly fake (and this was quite clearly intentional), and everyone would appear back on camera after the round without so much as a scratch (except for the Water Room leaving players soaking wet). Each game had its own way in which contestants could "die" and lose the round, such as having the MalevolentArchitecture dump them into a BottomlessPit made of ConspicuousCG, or cutting the wrong wire in a WireDilemma and being "blown up" with a blast of CO[[subscript:2]] smoke effects.
* Several Sci Fi Channel and Creator/{{Syfy}} game shows, including ''Exit'' (an American version of ''DERO!'' that plays itself off even more seriously than the original), ''Estate of Panic'', and ''Total Blackout'', have emulated this trope, subjecting losing teams to simulated death traps or dropping them into unlighted pits "never to return".
* The 2002 Creator/{{Fox}} game show ''Series/TheChamber'' was probably the closest thing to a legitimately and potentially deadly game in real life. Contestants had to answer questions while locked inside a torture chamber, where they endured extreme heat and cold that got worse with each level. Unaired episodes included electricity, fire, and insects. The kicker? The cold Chamber's winds at Level 4 and up could cause extreme frostbite -- and there were ''seven'' levels. Fortunately, the show was canceled after only a few episodes, before any contestants could get seriously injured.
** Around the same time, Creator/{{ABC}} aired a {{dueling show|s}} called ''Series/TheChair'' which had a similar premise, though not nearly as evil.
* Another Fox show, the 2001 reality game show ''Series/MurderInSmallTownX'', did this in {{kayfabe}}. It featured its contestants as investigators trying to solve a series of murders in [[LovecraftCountry small-town Maine]]. The method of getting VotedOffTheIsland? Getting "murdered" by the killer. Ironically, the winner of the show, FDNY firefighter Ángel Juarbe, Jr., died on 9/11 -- [[HarsherInHindsight just one week after the final episode aired]].


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[[AC:{{Game show}}s and {{reality show}}s]]

While this trope is common in fiction, there have been some {{game show}}s and {{reality show}}s that invoked its stylistic trappings without putting contestants in any serious danger -- as well as a rare few that actually did so.
* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Inquizition}}''.
* Theoretically, the real life game show ''Series/{{Downfall}}'' could have been played off like one (they managed to get Chris Jericho to host too!), had they not tried to avert it as much as possible and point out they were not trying to be evil.
* However, what ABC put into the "post-''Series/{{Wipeout|2008}}'' slot" one year later, ''Series/OneHundredAndOneWaysToLeaveAGameShow'', is a lot more justifiable as a deadly game, or at least something that's so overly ridiculous that it can easily be played off as one.
* Invoked by the French made-for-TV documentary ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Jeu_de_la_Mort Le Jeu de la Mort]]'', which performed Stanley Milgram's famous peer influence experiment with the added element of RealityTV. The test subjects were supposedly being paid to participate as contestants on a GameShow pilot, ''La Zone Xtrême''. As with the original experiment, they were to administer increasingly powerful shocks to someone else (who was a trained actor, much like the original) as punishment for answering questions wrong; ranging from from "mild buzz" to "lethal". But this time, the subject was prodded on by both the host ''and'' a StudioAudience to deliver the shocks. Out of the 80 people who auditioned, 64 of them, or 80%, went all the way to the highest level of shock, as they were instructed.
* The Japanese game show ''Series/{{DERO}}!'' was played off as one, albeit with tongue firmly in cheek -- contestants who lost a round were talked about as if they had just died, but the "deaths" were blatantly fake (and this was quite clearly intentional), and everyone would appear back on camera after the round without so much as a scratch (except for the Water Room leaving players soaking wet). Each game had its own way in which contestants could "die" and lose the round, such as having the MalevolentArchitecture dump them into a BottomlessPit made of ConspicuousCG, or cutting the wrong wire in a WireDilemma and being "blown up" with a blast of CO[[subscript:2]] smoke effects.
* Several Sci Fi Channel and Creator/{{Syfy}} game shows, including ''Exit'' (an American version of ''DERO!'' that plays itself off even more seriously than the original), ''Estate of Panic'', and ''Total Blackout'', have emulated this trope, subjecting losing teams to simulated death traps or dropping them into unlighted pits "never to return".
* The 2002 Creator/{{Fox}} game show ''Series/TheChamber'' was probably the closest thing to a legitimately and potentially deadly game in real life. Contestants had to answer questions while locked inside a torture chamber, where they endured extreme heat and cold that got worse with each level. Unaired episodes included electricity, fire, and insects. The kicker? The cold Chamber's winds at Level 4 and up could cause extreme frostbite -- and there were ''seven'' levels. Fortunately, the show was canceled after only three episodes (a total of six were filmed), before any contestants could get ''seriously'' injured, though Website/GameShowGarbage [[http://www.gameshowgarbage.com/ind039_thechamber.html reports]] that at least one contestant sued the show's producers after he was hospitalized from it.
** Around the same time, Creator/{{ABC}} aired a {{dueling show|s}} called ''Series/TheChair'' which had a similar premise, though not nearly as evil.
* Another Fox show, the 2001 reality game show ''Series/MurderInSmallTownX'', did this in {{kayfabe}}. It featured its contestants as investigators trying to solve a series of murders in [[LovecraftCountry small-town Maine]]. The method of getting VotedOffTheIsland? Getting "murdered" by the killer. Ironically, the winner of the show, FDNY firefighter Ángel Juarbe, Jr., died on 9/11 -- [[HarsherInHindsight just one week after the final episode aired]].
* ''Series/{{Hellevator}}'' on Creator/{{GSN}}, a show in which a team of three contestants must complete three challenges themed around horror movies, all while being stalked and chased by masked maniacs who "kill" them if they fail the challenge.
* [[MemeticMutation Meanwhile, in Russia]], a tech millionaire named Yevgeny Pyatkovsky [[http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/sick-rules-for-new-russian-reality-tv-show-allow-contestants-to-fight-rape-and-murder-each-other/news-story/eb6a370c750cefc4e4e6de6e0fd3449f made headlines in 2016]] by announcing a show called ''[=Game2=]: Winter'', essentially a hardcore version of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in which thirty contestants would be dumped into a 50,000-acre tract of Siberian wilderness with only a knife and left to survive for nine months. There would be no film crew or medical staff, only two thousand cameras rigged up, though each contestant would have a "panic button" they can use for rescue (at the cost of forfeiting the game). The premise alone is enough to put it on this list, with all contestants signing waivers absolving the producers of any responsibility for injuries or deaths, but what really pushes it over the top was Pyatkovsky's explicit promise that everything will be permitted, including rape (the contestants would be evenly split along gender lines) and murder. It remains to be seen if the show will ever reach the air.
23rd Nov '16 3:52:15 AM JetpackPercy
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** [[spoiler: Averted in the [[GoldenEnding D.o.D Chapter]], where [[BackForTheFinale everybody comes back]] [[BackFromTheDead to life]] to call out Doripaku, who [[VillainousBreakdown goes mad]] and [[DisneyVillainDeath accidentally runs off the roof off the building and dies,]] leaving the contestants to form their own pop group, [[DoubleMeaning 'Perfect Live']].]]

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** [[spoiler: Averted in the [[GoldenEnding D.o.D Chapter]], where [[BackForTheFinale everybody comes back]] everybody,]] except Chiharu, the only playable character for this mode (and yes, that includes anybody who was mauled, blown up, incinerated etc during the course of the game), [[BackFromTheDead comes back to life]] to call out Doripaku, who [[VillainousBreakdown goes mad]] and [[DisneyVillainDeath accidentally runs off the roof off the building and dies,]] leaving the contestants to form their own pop group, [[DoubleMeaning 'Perfect Live']].]]
23rd Nov '16 3:46:10 AM JetpackPercy
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** And for a Game within a Show within a Game example, we have Dream RussianRoulette, where Death Concert victim Rito Karasuma plays an UnwinnableByDesign variant of... well, RussianRoulette, with 5 Doripaku-esque tapirs where all the sandwiches are poisoned. It ends with the tapirs and Rito dead, the latter [[HopeSpot eating the last sandwich.]]
** However, this can potentially be inverted if a idol completes a challenge given in a Death Concert. As seen from a preview so far, it seems some sort of intervention will play out if cleared, and the girl survives.

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** And for a Game within a Show within a Game example, we have Dream RussianRoulette, where Death Concert victim Rito Karasuma plays an UnwinnableByDesign variant of... well, RussianRoulette, with 5 Doripaku-esque tapirs where all the sandwiches are poisoned. It ends with the tapirs and Rito dead, the latter [[HopeSpot eating the last poisoned sandwich.]]
** However, this can potentially be inverted if a idol completes a challenge given [[spoiler: Averted in a Death Concert. As seen from a preview so far, it seems some sort of intervention will play the [[GoldenEnding D.o.D Chapter]], where [[BackForTheFinale everybody comes back]] [[BackFromTheDead to life]] to call out if cleared, Doripaku, who [[VillainousBreakdown goes mad]] and [[DisneyVillainDeath accidentally runs off the girl survives.roof off the building and dies,]] leaving the contestants to form their own pop group, [[DoubleMeaning 'Perfect Live']].]]
24th Oct '16 6:04:34 PM nombretomado
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* Deconstructed in ''[[GarrettPI Wicked Bronze Ambition]]'' with the Tournament of Swords, a secret competition in which hidden Operators compel twelve young members of the sorcerous Hill families to fight to the death. Even Garrett can see how ridiculous it is; none of the six previous Tournaments came off as intended, as the contestants' families ''always'' united to subvert the process and hunt down the Operators instead of risking their children's lives on a one-in-twelve shot at victory.

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* Deconstructed in ''[[GarrettPI ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Wicked Bronze Ambition]]'' with the Tournament of Swords, a secret competition in which hidden Operators compel twelve young members of the sorcerous Hill families to fight to the death. Even Garrett can see how ridiculous it is; none of the six previous Tournaments came off as intended, as the contestants' families ''always'' united to subvert the process and hunt down the Operators instead of risking their children's lives on a one-in-twelve shot at victory.
22nd Oct '16 1:06:39 PM Xtifr
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* Creator/RobertSheckley's short story, "The Prize of Peril" was one of the earliest examples, inspiring many later versions. The story posits that shows where people literally risk their lives have become extremely popular, and one of the most popular involves the contestant being hunted by criminals who have been given permission to kill. Viewers can call in to offer advice and help to the contestant—or to his hunters!



* The short story "All the King's Horses" by KurtVonnegut centers on a group of 16 [=POWs=] and family members. The group's captor forces them to play chess for their lives, with themselves as the white pieces; every "piece" captured during the game is immediately dragged away and executed.
* Both the book and [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie]] ''Literature/TheRunningMan'' are centered on a deadly game, though the game itself is very, very different between the two. (The book presages the RealityTV form of the trope; the film version is ''AmericanGladiators'' with death.)
** Richard Bachman, the author of ''Literature/TheRunningMan'', had written an earlier novel (''Literature/TheLongWalk'') centered on the Deadly Game trope. (Bachman was actually Creator/StephenKing writing under a pseudonym.)
** It's quite possible that King was inspired by RobertSheckley's short story ''The Prize of Peril'' which both embodied this trope ''and'' impressively predicted the rise of reality television all the way back in 1958.
** There is also a rather obscure German made-for-TV movie, ''Das Millionenspiel'', with pretty much exactly that plot. When it first aired in 1970 (after which it was not shown on German TV for the best part of 30 years), the TV station actually had people write in afterwards applying as killers or "runners". And as an added benefit (for the German readers of this): it featured Dieter Hallervorden as the leader of the hunters.

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* The short story "All the King's Horses" by KurtVonnegut Creator/KurtVonnegut centers on a group of 16 [=POWs=] and family members. The group's captor forces them to play chess for their lives, with themselves as the white pieces; every "piece" captured during the game is immediately dragged away and executed.
* Richard Bachman (a pen name for Creator/StephenKing) has a couple of examples:
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Both the book and [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie]] ''Literature/TheRunningMan'' are centered on a deadly game, though the game itself is very, very different between the two. (The book presages the RealityTV form of the trope; the film version is ''AmericanGladiators'' with death.)
** Richard Bachman, the author of ''Literature/TheRunningMan'', had written an An earlier novel (''Literature/TheLongWalk'') also centered on the Deadly Game trope. (Bachman was actually Creator/StephenKing writing under a pseudonym.)
** It's quite possible that King was inspired by RobertSheckley's short story ''The Prize of Peril'' which both embodied this trope ''and'' impressively predicted the rise of reality television all the way back in 1958.
** There is also a rather obscure German made-for-TV movie, ''Das Millionenspiel'', with pretty much exactly that plot. When it first aired in 1970 (after which it was not shown on German TV for the best part of 30 years), the TV station actually had people write in afterwards applying as killers or "runners". And as an added benefit (for the German readers of this): it featured Dieter Hallervorden as the leader of the hunters.
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