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22nd May '18 3:30:45 PM Smeagol17
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20th Mar '18 9:57:54 AM OlmoJV
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* ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'': After [[TheUsurper Prince Jewelius]] seizes the throne of Equestria, he makes a treaty with dragons that includes forcing Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy to fight as gladiators in the dragons' new coliseum. The crowd is eager to see the two pegasi going down, but they are able to hold their own in the matches until they're rescued by the other discredited heroes a week later.


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24th Feb '18 8:59:20 AM themisterfree
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* One of the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken Star Wars'' specials parodied the ''Attack of the Clones'' example with an in-universe ad, depicting it as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwJdb59IuHU an event like a monster truck rally.]]
18th Feb '18 1:09:44 PM nombretomado
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* Coinciding with the success of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', the PS2 had a trend of making gladiator-style games of varying realism including ''VideoGame/{{Gladius}}'', ''Colosseum - Road to Freedom'', ''Gladiator - Sword of Vengeance'' and ''Circus Maximus''

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* Coinciding with the success of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', the PS2 [=PS2=] had a trend of making gladiator-style games of varying realism including ''VideoGame/{{Gladius}}'', ''Colosseum - Road to Freedom'', ''Gladiator - Sword of Vengeance'' and ''Circus Maximus''
14th Feb '18 11:57:09 PM morane
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1. Be a grumpy and disobedient slave (although hitting your master will end you up rather on cross rather than arena).
2. Be a member of a losing army in a war against Rome.
3. Be a [[MadeASlave muscular and fit civilian captive]] in such war.
4. Amass so much debt [[BankruptcyBarrel you cannot pay it]] and sell yourself as a slave to ''lanista'' in exchange of your debts.
5. Commit a manslaughter or murder or a silmilar crime and make an impression to the judge so you will get ''damnatio ad ludum'' instead of ''damnatio ad bestias'', ''damnatio ad gladium'' or a simple and ignomious [[OffWithHisHead beheading]].
6. Be the black sheep of your family and volunteer. It is a social (and probably also physical) suicide, but might pay really well.
7. Be a tomboyish woman who considers a short but glamorous life at arena is preferable to marriage and submission.

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** 1. Be a grumpy and disobedient slave (although hitting your master will end you up rather on cross rather than arena).
** 2. Be a member of a losing army in a war against Rome.
** 3. Be a [[MadeASlave muscular and fit civilian captive]] in such war.
** 4. Amass so much debt [[BankruptcyBarrel you cannot pay it]] and sell yourself as a slave to ''lanista'' in exchange of your debts.
** 5. Commit a manslaughter or murder or a silmilar crime and make an impression to the judge so you will get ''damnatio ad ludum'' instead of ''damnatio ad bestias'', ''damnatio ad gladium'' or a simple and ignomious [[OffWithHisHead beheading]].
** 6. Be the black sheep of your family and volunteer. It is a social (and probably also physical) suicide, but might pay really well.
** 7. Be a tomboyish woman who considers a short but glamorous life at arena is preferable to marriage and submission.
14th Feb '18 11:56:14 PM morane
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* There were basically seven ways of ending up at the arena (for Latin ''harena'', sand):
1. Be a grumpy and disobedient slave (although hitting your master will end you up rather on cross rather than arena).
2. Be a member of a losing army in a war against Rome.
3. Be a [[MadeASlave muscular and fit civilian captive]] in such war.
4. Amass so much debt [[BankruptcyBarrel you cannot pay it]] and sell yourself as a slave to ''lanista'' in exchange of your debts.
5. Commit a manslaughter or murder or a silmilar crime and make an impression to the judge so you will get ''damnatio ad ludum'' instead of ''damnatio ad bestias'', ''damnatio ad gladium'' or a simple and ignomious [[OffWithHisHead beheading]].
6. Be the black sheep of your family and volunteer. It is a social (and probably also physical) suicide, but might pay really well.
7. Be a tomboyish woman who considers a short but glamorous life at arena is preferable to marriage and submission.
31st Oct '17 8:53:13 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series was originally conceived as a gladiator FightingGame but as the BackStory expanded, it gradually transformed into a WideOpenSandbox {{RPG}}. The recent titles still contain a homage to those early plans with the Arena subquests where the PlayerCharacter participates in a series of fights to death for fame and fortune.
** Cyrodill's Arena (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'') was nearer the Roman institution, in that fighters, animals and captive prisoners would fight to the death for entertainment. Vvardenfell's Arena (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'') was different in that it was for formal duels before witnesses; that there were spectators and betting was simply a side effect (and most of that was from immigrants from the rest of the Empire.)

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The very first game in the series, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'', is named as such because it
was originally conceived as intended to be a gladiator FightingGame but game about teams of gladiators battling it out. This would be dropped during development in favor of adapting Tamriel, the developers' home-brew ''[[Franchise/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' setting, into a video game. As promotional material had already been created, ''Arena'' stuck as the BackStory expanded, it gradually transformed into a WideOpenSandbox {{RPG}}. The recent titles still contain a homage title.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', you'll need
to those early plans with fight a number of battles in the Vivec Arena subquests where in order to advance through several factions. In particular, you'll need to do this to achieve guild leader status in the PlayerCharacter participates in a series of fights to death for fame Imperial Legion, House Redoran, and fortune.
the Mages' Guild.[[note]]There is a peaceful way to become head of the Mages Guild, but it leaves you co-head with an idiot. It also prevents you from killing said idiot to loot his powerful and useful amulet.[[/note]] You'll need to battle Dram Bero's champion in order to gain his support in House Hlaalu as well.
** Cyrodill's ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'':
*** The
Arena (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'') in is also an optional version. Your armor is limited to the one provided. You can however use your choice of helmet, shield and weapons. The Arena was nearer founded by the Roman institution, legendary Redguard hero Gaiden Shinji, who also served as its first Blademaster (which [[MasterSwordsman wasn't just a cosmetic title for him]]).
*** Inverted
in the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion. Some [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Shivering:Scented_Parchment notes]] [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Shivering:Scroll_%28Cann%29 found]] in a ruined Arena show that fighters, animals and captive prisoners would slaves were abducted to engage in sex for the spectators. The captives instead assumed they were being prepared to fight to the death for entertainment. Vvardenfell's Arena (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'') was different in that it was for formal duels before witnesses; that there were spectators death, and betting was simply a side effect (and most of that was from immigrants from instead murdered each other on the rest of arena floor, to the Empire.)disappointment of their captors.
19th Oct '17 1:48:17 PM lillolillo
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* In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #412, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} gets forced to take part in the gladiator games of an alien world to ensure that a tyrant don't become the planet's ruler.



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15th Oct '17 5:46:14 PM jormis29
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* The ''BasaltCityChronicles'' subverts this: The Empire of Smilodons has a reputation of allowing fights to the death for sport. Holding fights to the death for sport is actually VERY illegal, and is one of the very few capital crimes in the Empire. Not that their legitimate tournaments aren't brutal...

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* The ''BasaltCityChronicles'' ''FanFic/BasaltCityChronicles'' subverts this: The Empire of Smilodons has a reputation of allowing fights to the death for sport. Holding fights to the death for sport is actually VERY illegal, and is one of the very few capital crimes in the Empire. Not that their legitimate tournaments aren't brutal...



** C. S. Goto's Literature/BloodRavens novel ''Dawn of War: Ascension'' features their ushering the aspirants into an arena and telling them they can't leave. Fighting breaks out shortly, and the Blood Ravens watch with care. Gabriel Angelos remembers his own selection: he drew his sword and killed several people on arrival, before anyone else realized they should fight.

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** C. S. Goto's Literature/BloodRavens ''Literature/BloodRavens'' novel ''Dawn of War: Ascension'' features their ushering the aspirants into an arena and telling them they can't leave. Fighting breaks out shortly, and the Blood Ravens watch with care. Gabriel Angelos remembers his own selection: he drew his sword and killed several people on arrival, before anyone else realized they should fight.



* In Chris Roberson's Imperial Fists novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Rhomec's BackStory.

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* In Chris Roberson's Imperial Fists ''Literature/ImperialFists'' novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Rhomec's BackStory.



* In ''Series/{{Star Trek Voyager}}'' episode "Tsunkatse" Seven of Nine is forces to battle an alien played by The Rock, and loses only because she hesitates. The crowd loves seeing a Borg drone being beat, and she is then put into a death match.

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* In ''Series/{{Star Trek Voyager}}'' ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Tsunkatse" Seven of Nine is forces to battle an alien played by The Rock, and loses only because she hesitates. The crowd loves seeing a Borg drone being beat, and she is then put into a death match.



* Early in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' the party can find an underground gladiator ring hidden in the back of the [[BadGuyBar Copper Coronet]], with the option of starting a quick GladiatorRevolt for some good karma. A few acts later, stumbling into the wrong part of the Underdark results in the whole party being captured by Mindflayers and sent to fight monsters in their arena.

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* Early in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' the party can find an underground gladiator ring hidden in the back of the [[BadGuyBar Copper Coronet]], with the option of starting a quick GladiatorRevolt for some good karma. A few acts later, stumbling into the wrong part of the Underdark results in the whole party being captured by Mindflayers and sent to fight monsters in their arena.



* In most ''Franchise/MightAndMagic'' games, there's an Arena you can go to where you can fight to the death against groups of monsters to win gold (and in some cases, experience). The rules vary depending on which game, and the monsters are chosen at random, although you can usually pick the level of difficulty. (Although the difficulty levels often get more difficult overall as your own experience levels get higher.) Unlike most examples of this Trope, it's entirely voluntary; sometimes you even have to pay a fee to enter, and at times you can only go on certain days. In at least one game, a promotion quest depends on going there.

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* In most ''Franchise/MightAndMagic'' ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' games, there's an Arena you can go to where you can fight to the death against groups of monsters to win gold (and in some cases, experience). The rules vary depending on which game, and the monsters are chosen at random, although you can usually pick the level of difficulty. (Although the difficulty levels often get more difficult overall as your own experience levels get higher.) Unlike most examples of this Trope, it's entirely voluntary; sometimes you even have to pay a fee to enter, and at times you can only go on certain days. In at least one game, a promotion quest depends on going there.



* The Creator/LucasArts TurnBasedStrategy game ''{{Gladius}}'' is based around building a team for a gladiator circuit, though you wind up SavingTheWorld instead of becoming grand champion. Stupid SealedEvilInACan...
* [[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome: Total War]] allows you to put on (very abstracted) gladiatorial games in order to keep a city's population happy.

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* The Creator/LucasArts TurnBasedStrategy game ''{{Gladius}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Gladius}}'' is based around building a team for a gladiator circuit, though you wind up SavingTheWorld instead of becoming grand champion. Stupid SealedEvilInACan...
* [[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome: Total War]] ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' allows you to put on (very abstracted) gladiatorial games in order to keep a city's population happy.



* The VideoGame/MechWarrior 4 Mercenaries expansion allows you to participate in arena matches where everyone is piloting a HumongousMecha ranging from 30 tons (for the lightest weight classes) all the way up to 100 tons, in a free-for-all of 8 (or more) competitors. None of the games are to the death, although competitors must bring their own personal mechs to the match, and are not reimbursed for losing their mech in the fight, leading to the upper weight classes being fought out completely by professional gladiators (with some lip service paid to corporate sponsorship).

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* The VideoGame/MechWarrior 4 ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4'' Mercenaries expansion allows you to participate in arena matches where everyone is piloting a HumongousMecha ranging from 30 tons (for the lightest weight classes) all the way up to 100 tons, in a free-for-all of 8 (or more) competitors. None of the games are to the death, although competitors must bring their own personal mechs to the match, and are not reimbursed for losing their mech in the fight, leading to the upper weight classes being fought out completely by professional gladiators (with some lip service paid to corporate sponsorship).



* Most games in the [[{{Franchise/RatchetAndClank}} Ratchet and Clank]] franchise feature an arena level. Interestingly, as the games [[LighterAndSofter have progressed]], the tournaments have gone from being [[BloodSport entertainment]] hosted by the local MegaCorp to solely the purview of backwater criminals or ProudWarriorRace species.
* The ''{{Franchise}}/FireEmblem'' series often features Arenas on certain maps, where characters can fight for extra gold and experience. However, FinalDeath is still in effect here, so there's a lot of risk involved. In the ''Akaneia'' games, Ogma's backstory involves being a former gladiator ([[HarmfulToMinors from a very young age, it's implied]]), and some of his conversations in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'' imply it was so horrific he still suffers from some form of PTSD over it.
* ForHonor has added elements of this over the course of the second and third seasons with two new Knight faction heroes, the Centurion, and well, the Gladiator. The Centurion is a Hybrid ostensibly based on Roman soldiers and uses a gladius as his weapon, but also incorporates a lot of punches and kicks in his repertoire; two of his purchaseable executions are also ''very'' gladiator-themed (including the thumbs up/down and playing to an imaginary crowd of spectators). The Gladiator is an Assassin character who appears to be a combination of the ''retiarius'' and ''hoplomachus'' types of gladiator (''retiarius''-like armour and a trident, but with a small shield in place of the net) and has yet to be released at the time of this entry, but will presumably carry on the theme started by the Centurion.

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* Most games in the [[{{Franchise/RatchetAndClank}} Ratchet and Clank]] ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' franchise feature an arena level. Interestingly, as the games [[LighterAndSofter have progressed]], the tournaments have gone from being [[BloodSport entertainment]] hosted by the local MegaCorp to solely the purview of backwater criminals or ProudWarriorRace species.
* The ''{{Franchise}}/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series often features Arenas on certain maps, where characters can fight for extra gold and experience. However, FinalDeath is still in effect here, so there's a lot of risk involved. In the ''Akaneia'' games, Ogma's backstory involves being a former gladiator ([[HarmfulToMinors from a very young age, it's implied]]), and some of his conversations in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'' imply it was so horrific he still suffers from some form of PTSD over it.
* ForHonor ''VideoGame/ForHonor'' has added elements of this over the course of the second and third seasons with two new Knight faction heroes, the Centurion, and well, the Gladiator. The Centurion is a Hybrid ostensibly based on Roman soldiers and uses a gladius as his weapon, but also incorporates a lot of punches and kicks in his repertoire; two of his purchaseable executions are also ''very'' gladiator-themed (including the thumbs up/down and playing to an imaginary crowd of spectators). The Gladiator is an Assassin character who appears to be a combination of the ''retiarius'' and ''hoplomachus'' types of gladiator (''retiarius''-like armour and a trident, but with a small shield in place of the net) and has yet to be released at the time of this entry, but will presumably carry on the theme started by the Centurion.
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