History Main / GladiatorGames

22nd Sep '16 7:39:50 PM Galacton
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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. 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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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. In RealLife, most gladiators who got killed in the end of the fight were either DirtyCoward type, types, or [[MercyKill so badly wounded they were not expected to survive]].
9th Sep '16 9:43:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** The episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_Circuses_(Star_Trek) "Bread And Circuses"]], the crew discover a planet identical to Earth except that that it's ruled by TheRomanEmpire with TV cameras.

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** The episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_Circuses_(Star_Trek) "Bread And Circuses"]], the crew discover a planet identical to Earth except that that it's ruled by TheRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire with TV cameras.
8th Sep '16 1:55:29 AM JackG
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* ''Manga/Golgo13''. Two millionaires who've made a hobby of this decide to pay an assassin called Spartacus to kill Golgo 13 in the ruins of the Colosseum, while secretly watching their duel on hidden cameras. Suffice to say this makes them TooDumbToLive.
31st Aug '16 3:28:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** C. S. Goto's 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 BloodRavens 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 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 BloodRavens 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.
30th Jul '16 4:47:10 PM nombretomado
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* In D&D's ''DarkSun'', gladiatorial combat is popular in every city-state, and Gladiator is even a CharacterClass.

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* In D&D's ''DarkSun'', ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'', gladiatorial combat is popular in every city-state, and Gladiator is even a CharacterClass.
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.
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