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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.
5th Oct '17 10:00:30 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''LightNovel/RakuinNoMonshou'' gladiator games are extremely popular in Mephius. Most gladiators are sword-slaves and are often former criminals, such as the main character Orba. Matches are almost always to the death and the managers aren't above gimmicks such as having a chained woman in danger of being devoured by a dragon.
16th Aug '17 7:07:39 PM kikiandlala
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* ''Gladiator Begins'' rather obviously features such fights. You're actually a slave fighting to earn your freedom, and when you do eventually earn enough money to do so, you can leave it all behind for an ending. But over the course of the game, you also can get involved in, and resolve, three separate storylines that bring you to the attention of someone influential if you decide to stay in the arena.

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* Aksys Games's ''Gladiator Begins'' rather obviously features such fights. You're actually a slave fighting to earn your freedom, and when you do eventually earn enough money to do so, you can leave it all behind for an ending. But over the course of the game, you also can get involved in, and resolve, three separate storylines that bring you to the attention of someone influential if you decide to stay in the arena.



* Coinciding with the success of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', the PS2 had a trend of making gladiator-style games of varying realism including ''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 had a trend of making gladiator-style games of varying realism including ''Gladius'', ''VideoGame/{{Gladius}}'', ''Colosseum - Road to Freedom'', ''Gladiator - Sword of Vengeance'' and ''Circus Maximus''
16th Aug '17 7:01:23 PM kikiandlala
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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 ''Gladius'', ''Colosseum - Road to Freedom'', ''Gladiator - Sword of Vengeance'' and ''Circus Maximus''
16th Aug '17 6:53:14 PM kikiandlala
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* Data East's ''Hippodrome'' is a gladiatorial game where your barbarian must do battle against creatures such as giants, medusa and lizard men. This would be followed by ''Mutant Fighter'' (Deathbrade in Japan), where monsters and brave warriors are wrestling inside a colosseum. ''Mutant Fighter'' may be most memorable for having your fighter wrestle the Hydra (which gives you its equivalent of "draw and quarter" as a special move).
16th Aug '17 5:41:57 PM AHI-3000
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has ''twice'' been kidnapped and forced to participate in these kinds of events. As a MartialPacifist, he finds fighting for other people's entertainment to be disgusting.
** "Jack and the Smackback" is a straightforward example, in which Jack is enslaved and imprisoned in an arena known as the Dome of Doom, where he battles against a series of other warriors.
** "Chicken Jack" involves an animal-fighting variant. Not long after [[BalefulPolymorph being magically turned]] [[{{Animorphism}} into a chicken]], Jack is abducted and forced by his new "owner" to fight various monstrous creatures. But even as a small bird, [[KillerRabbit he's still just as deadly]].



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16th Aug '17 5:11:29 PM AHI-3000
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* ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' features the Shanath Arena, a gladiator tournament hosted by Noore Najjar (one of [[EvilOverlord King Pagan Min]]'s military governors). Here, men (including both slaves and volunteers) must fight against other warriors and dangerous animals in gruesome battles to the death. [[PlayerCharacter Ajay Ghale]] is briefly kidnapped and forced to fight there to earn his life and freedom back, though afterwards he may return to continue killing people and beasts with his own free will.
5th Aug '17 12:44:10 AM SamuraiMarmoset
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* 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.
19th Jul '17 11:12:46 PM BigKlingy
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* 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.
15th Jul '17 8:06:39 PM totoofze47
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': [[LadyLand Amazon Lily Island]] has a gladiator arena that they use to execute criminals (men) or just throw a few more or less friendly fights to see who's the strongest (along with heavy betting).
** A much larger-scale version with participants from the whole world later appears in Dressrosa's Corrida Colosseum. Unlike Amazon Lily, participating is entirely optional, and the participants usually fight it out over some glorious prize, the most recent one being [[spoiler: Ace's Devil Fruit, the Mera Mera no Mi]]. Also unlike Amazon Lily, the competitors are actually referred to as "gladiators".

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[[LadyLand Amazon Lily Island]] has a gladiator arena that they use to execute criminals (men) or just throw a few more or less friendly fights to see who's the strongest (along with heavy betting).
** A much larger-scale version with participants from the whole world later appears in Dressrosa's Corrida Colosseum. Unlike Amazon Lily, participating is entirely optional, and the participants usually fight it out over some glorious prize, the most recent one being [[spoiler: Ace's Devil Fruit, the Mera Mera no Mi]]. Also unlike Amazon Lily, the competitors are actually referred to as "gladiators". Though the Colosseum has its dark secrets: not all gladiators are there by choice, and a good number of them are "criminals" (read, people who stood up against [[spoiler:the Donquixote Pirates]]) forced to fight under threat of execution, not unlike Roman ''ludi'' and ''munera''. Also, any loser who doesn't die is [[spoiler:sent down a trash chute to be transformed into a toy, to uphold Doflamingo's masquerade]].
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