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24th Apr '16 11:03:33 AM molokai198
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* Queen Scarlet from ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' forces her war prisoners to fight as gladiators in her arena, and quite enjoys watching the fights. They technically are supposed to be free after winning a few battles, but the last battle is always with her champion who is [[NighInvulnerability essentially undefeatable]].
17th Apr '16 10:09:06 AM Dravencour
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Because nothing says [[DeadlyDecadentCourt decadent]] and evil like carnage as a spectator sport.

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Because nothing says [[DeadlyDecadentCourt decadent]] and evil like death and carnage as a spectator sport.
12th Apr '16 5:55:49 PM Onlythrice
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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'''s Wasteland Workshop DLC allows the player to build their own arenas and pit their settlers and companions against animals, mutants, imprisoned Raiders, or even other settlers.
4th Apr '16 8:03:04 PM CharlesPhipps
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* This is the setting for Creator/TimMarquitz's ''Literature/WarGod'' novel, which is a DeconstructiveParody of this genre. The antiheroes intend to rig a tournament about this by upping the violence and murder to make their FakeUltimateHero look good so they can clean up when he crashes and burns.
31st Mar '16 4:05:12 PM MarqFJA
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People -- [[CondemnedContestant criminals]] or [[MadeASlave slaves]] -- [[CondemnedContestant are forced]] to fight each other or savage monsters. SwordAndSorcery (especially SwordAndSandal) and LostWorld stories are particularly fond of the monsters; a good way to show them off. As a BloodSport, this may last for a time, with many bouts, allowing the gladiators time to train; either the character can always win, or they do not always insist on death at defeat. [[InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath The first is more common]]; the crowds will insist FinishHim. Conversely, it may be a way of combining [[CondemnedContestant executions]] with [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor amusement]] -- a DeathTrap that gets watched -- which generally involves animals, as they don't want to deal with the winner.

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People -- [[CondemnedContestant criminals]] or [[MadeASlave slaves]] -- [[CondemnedContestant are forced]] forced to fight each other or savage monsters. SwordAndSorcery (especially SwordAndSandal) and LostWorld stories are particularly fond of the monsters; a good way to show them off. As a BloodSport, this may last for a time, with many bouts, allowing the gladiators time to train; either the character can always win, or they do not always insist on death at defeat. [[InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath The first is more common]]; the crowds will insist FinishHim. Conversely, it may be a way of combining [[CondemnedContestant executions]] with [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor amusement]] -- a DeathTrap that gets watched -- which generally involves animals, as they don't want to deal with the winner.
18th Mar '16 10:58:48 AM Captain_Barbarossa
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* One particular Last-Team-Standing map in ''VideoGame/PiratesVikingsAndKnights'' takes place in a Roman colosseum, although there are no spectators. (Might have something to do with the soon-to-erupt volcano)
11th Mar '16 8:47:53 PM chicagomel
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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11040419/1/Gladiatorial-Jedi Gladiatorial Jedi]]'' has Luke Skywalker forced into one his ex, Callista, is running. She has Mara and Ben captured with him, and employs a ForcedToWatch, torturing Mara and saying it'll go on until she dies if Luke doesn't submit to being taken and forced to fight.
5th Feb '16 4:24:57 AM Goukenimaru
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* In ''Manga/KenganAshura'' there are Kengan Matches, events in which Businessmen decide to settle their differences and market share not through court but through appointing fighters to win it all, these fights are very brutal and can end up with one fighter dead or seriously crippled, there is a referee present but his presence is just for show, if a fighter can be smart enough to cheat in a way that the referee and the audience canít blatantly notice it then all is fair, the referee and the audience are very good at pretending to not see anything wrong to preserve the continuation of the Kengan Association.
19th Jan '16 1:15:58 PM foxley
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* In ''[[ComicBook/JonahHex Hex]]'', gladiator-style pit fights are a popular entertainment in the post-apocalyptic future. In one story arc, Hex's girlfriend Stiletta is kidnapped [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed into becoming an arena fighter]] caled the Blonde Spitfire.
19th Jan '16 9:17:59 AM Piando
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* There was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jkygJ_QNo this epic Pepsi commercial]] from 2010 starring Music/{{Pink}}, Music/BritneySpears, Music/BeyonceKnowles, and Music/EnriqueIglesias. (Notable in that the brief story is a Deconstruction where the three gladiators refuse to fight and unite against the cruel emperor.)

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* There was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jkygJ_QNo this epic Pepsi commercial]] from 2010 starring Music/{{Pink}}, Music/BritneySpears, Music/BeyonceKnowles, Music/{{Beyonce}}, and Music/EnriqueIglesias. (Notable in that the brief story is a Deconstruction {{Deconstruction}} where the three gladiators refuse to fight and unite against the cruel emperor.)



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' Danaerys has the fighting pits of Mereen closed, and is constantly being asked to reopen them. [[spoiler: In ''A Dance with Dragons'' she agrees, but the blood and noise serves to attract [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Drogon]], who's a bit more formidable than any of the animals they anticipated fighting.]]

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Danaerys has the fighting pits of Mereen closed, and is constantly being asked to reopen them. [[spoiler: In ''A Dance with Dragons'' she agrees, but the blood and noise serves to attract [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Drogon]], who's a bit more formidable than any of the animals they anticipated fighting.]]



* Early in ''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 ''BaldursGate ''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.



* There's an important sub-plot involving traditional gladiatorial games in ''SuikodenV''. They're more humane than most of the examples on this list, thanks to some new laws introduced by the RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething in the backstory, and by the end of the game they've been abolished entirely.

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* There's an important sub-plot involving traditional gladiatorial games in ''SuikodenV''.''VideoGame/SuikodenV''. They're more humane than most of the examples on this list, thanks to some new laws introduced by the RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething in the backstory, and by the end of the game they've been abolished entirely.



* The 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...

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* The LucasArts 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...



* The 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 MechWarrior 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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