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23rd Jul '16 2:28:09 AM morane
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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSport as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their debtors]]. They were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by chariot racing.

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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSport as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their debtors]]. They creditors]]. ''Ludi'' and ''munera'' were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by chariot racing.
23rd Jul '16 2:20:44 AM morane
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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSports as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their debtors]]. They were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by chariot racing.

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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSports BloodSport as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their debtors]]. They were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by chariot racing.
23rd Jul '16 2:20:07 AM morane
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Very popular in AncientRome settings, oddly enough, and in SwordAndSandal settings based on it. HollywoodHistory comes into play for some of the elements. In RealLife, only around a tenth of fights between professional gladiators actually resulted in death, as gladiators were very expensive to train. Hollywood gladiators almost always fight to the death.

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Very popular in AncientRome settings, oddly enough, and in SwordAndSandal settings based on it. HollywoodHistory comes into play for some of the elements. In RealLife, only around a tenth of fights between professional gladiators actually resulted in death, as gladiators were very expensive to train. Hollywood gladiators almost always fight to the death.
death. In RealLife, most gladiators who got killed in the end of the fight were either DirtyCoward type, or [[MercyKill so badly wounded they were not expected to survive]].




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* The Roman ''ludi'' (public games) and ''munera'' (privately offered games), of course. Originally stemming from funeral rites, the games later evolved into a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality peculiar]] combination of PublicExecution combined with BloodSports as most gladiators were either condemned criminals, war captives, insubordinate slaves sold to games by their masters or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bankrupt freemen sold to games by their debtors]]. They were eventually prohibited 410 by Christian Emperor Honorius, and superceded by chariot racing.
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21st Jul '16 10:39:57 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Hard as it is to believe, they had this in ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots'', and it was ''not'' the non-lethal kind. The "Old Gobotron" episode had combat done on flying platforms with long sticks, ''over a pit of lava'', the loser being the one who fell first. (One viewed match ends with ''both'' gladiators losing when both fall at once.) It gets better. Matt Hunter (the Guardians' human companion) was conscripted into one of the fights, and won the same way the regulars did; at the ''end'' of the episode, he ''challenges'' a villain to a match (said villain accepting with relish, saying this is the first time he's fought a human) and [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame he wins the same way again.]]
15th Jul '16 8:39:24 AM Willbyr
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* ''BattleAngelAlita'' (''Gunnm'' in Japan) has gladiatorial combat between giant cyborgs as one of the major entertainments in the Scrapyard.

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* ''BattleAngelAlita'' (''Gunnm'' in Japan) ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' has gladiatorial combat between giant cyborgs as one of the major entertainments in the Scrapyard.
30th Jun '16 7:42:38 PM nombretomado
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-->-- '''Raanu''', ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''

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-->-- '''Raanu''', ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''
''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''



* ''{{Bionicle}}'''s 2009 line picks up on the world of Bara Magna, where gladiator games are used to settle tribal disputes. Though the games are regulated enough that it doesn't fall under BloodSport.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s 2009 line picks up on the world of Bara Magna, where gladiator games are used to settle tribal disputes. Though the games are regulated enough that it doesn't fall under BloodSport.
25th Jun '16 11:14:04 AM nombretomado
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* Briefly appears in ''AHDotComTheSeries'' "The Ultimate Showdown", parodying ''Gladiator''.

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* Briefly appears in ''AHDotComTheSeries'' ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' "The Ultimate Showdown", parodying ''Gladiator''.
6th Jun '16 5:24:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* At one point in ''OverlordII'' you are captured and sentenced to die in the Arena where you are pitted against laughably weak prisoners, not so laughably weak unicorns, a Gargantuan, and [[spoiler: the Yeti]]. Fortunately there are plenty of captive minions in barrels to be found, and you can turn the tables on the audience by making them part of the show.

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* At one point in ''OverlordII'' ''VideoGame/OverlordII'' you are captured and sentenced to die in the Arena where you are pitted against laughably weak prisoners, not so laughably weak unicorns, a Gargantuan, and [[spoiler: the Yeti]]. Fortunately there are plenty of captive minions in barrels to be found, and you can turn the tables on the audience by making them part of the show.
4th Jun '16 2:17:45 AM erforce
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* Played for laughs (naturally) in ''Film/LifeOfBrian'': first by showing the bloody aftermath of the "Children's Matinee," then in the next round, the stronger prisoner chases the weaker one around the arena, until the former collapses from a heart attack.

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* Played for laughs (naturally) in ''Film/LifeOfBrian'': ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': first by showing the bloody aftermath of the "Children's Matinee," then in the next round, the stronger prisoner chases the weaker one around the arena, until the former collapses from a heart attack.
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]].
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