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25th Nov '16 9:31:00 PM nombretomado
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* Forms part of the history for the city of Cartago in the ''Lands of Mystery'' supplement for the ''[[{{Champions}} Justice, Inc.]]'' roleplaying game.

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* Forms part of the history for the city of Cartago in the ''Lands of Mystery'' supplement for the ''[[{{Champions}} ''[[TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Justice, Inc.]]'' roleplaying game.
18th Oct '16 7:03:30 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[BattleCry Thirteen!!!]]

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** [[BattleCry -->[[BattleCry Thirteen!!!]]
18th Oct '16 7:03:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. When Titus Pullo is sentenced to death in the area by his [[HeterosexualLifePartners friend]] Lucius Vorenus, Pullo instead [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome goes on a rampage and kills several of the gladiators.]]

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* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. When Titus Pullo is sentenced to death in the area by his [[HeterosexualLifePartners friend]] Lucius Vorenus, Pullo instead [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome goes on a rampage and kills several of the gladiators.]]
18th Oct '16 7:02:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''PlanetHulk'' storyline.

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* The ''PlanetHulk'' ''ComicBook/PlanetHulk'' storyline.



* Mongul once captured {{Superman}} and forced him into GladiatorGames. Superman became champion and eventually defeated Mongul.

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* Mongul once captured {{Superman}} ComicBook/{{Superman}} and forced him into GladiatorGames. Superman became champion and eventually defeated Mongul.



* ''TheTelnarianHistories'' by the same author.
* The ''{{Kregen}}'' Planetary Romance novels by Alan Burt Akers do this a few times. It's a staple of the genre.

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* ''TheTelnarianHistories'' ''Literature/TheTelnarianHistories'' by the same author.
* The ''{{Kregen}}'' ''Literature/{{Kregen}}'' Planetary Romance novels by Alan Burt Akers do this a few times. It's a staple of the genre.



* Much the same plot occurred on ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', except Herc deliberately got himself captured in the hope of rescuing one of the gladiators.

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* Much the same plot occurred on ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', except Herc deliberately got himself captured in the hope of rescuing one of the gladiators.



* ''SpartacusBloodAndSand.'' [[CaptainObvious Duh.]]

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* ''SpartacusBloodAndSand.''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand.'' [[CaptainObvious Duh.]]



* The ''Thera'' mod for ''[[VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar Medieval II: Total War]]'' has this as part of the background for the [[TheHorde Uruk Dominion]]. The Uruks and other bestial creatures were used as gladiators and laborers for the [[AncientRome Romuli]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Empire]] until an Uruk named Slavos won his freedom in the gladiator pits. Then [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Great Torment]] hit the world, afflicting the planet with storms, frosts, and disease, and the Romuli Emperor sent the Legions to purge the city Slavos lived in as a plague was starting to spread. Slavos unified the gladiators and citizenry and destroyed the Legions, then contained the plague, and created a new nation.

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* The ''Thera'' mod for ''[[VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar Medieval II: Total War]]'' ''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar'' has this as part of the background for the [[TheHorde Uruk Dominion]]. The Uruks and other bestial creatures were used as gladiators and laborers for the [[AncientRome Romuli]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Empire]] until an Uruk named Slavos won his freedom in the gladiator pits. Then [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Great Torment]] hit the world, afflicting the planet with storms, frosts, and disease, and the Romuli Emperor sent the Legions to purge the city Slavos lived in as a plague was starting to spread. Slavos unified the gladiators and citizenry and destroyed the Legions, then contained the plague, and created a new nation.



* ''SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea''. Spartakus (as might be guessed from his name) is an ex-gladiator who escaped slavery following a revolt.

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* ''SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea''.''WesternAnimation/SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea''. Spartakus (as might be guessed from his name) is an ex-gladiator who escaped slavery following a revolt.
18th Oct '16 7:01:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Spartacus rebellion is the TropeMaker.
** And, amazingly for a modern reader, the only known example of a gladiator revolt that lasted longer than one day. That's right, folks: armed, desperate, relatively freely moving professional fighters did nothing worse than occasionally grumble over bad food.
*** And Spartacus celebrated several of his victories by holding gladiator games ... which makes him a very strange freedom fighter.
*** Its worth noting that while gladiators are taught how to fight, they are not taught how to be part of an army. Gladiator rebellions would look more like a rampaging horde than real rampaging hordes. Individually, they were likely very good fighters, but they only rarely knew how to set up a good formation or enforce discipline in the ranks, let alone apply tactics on the scale of a battle or even have an actual chain of command. 'Successful' gladiator rebellions were generally done with the intent of getting better conditions, and largely consisted of holding a rich man hostage until he agreed to grease the wheels to get them what they wanted.
*** Whether or not Spartacus could qualify as a freedom fighter is a matter of considerable debate among historians, given that his motivations are entirely unknown and we're left with nothing but the speculation of Roman historians who were projecting their own societal fears and cultural biases onto the rebellion, and modern historians trying to gleam intent from Spartacus' rather baffling troop movements(which aren't consistent between the various roman historians). While popular culture and folk lore remembers Spartacus as a freedom fighter, if one with a taste for PayEvilUntoEvil, there's as much or more evidence that he was simply trying to [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere get the hell out of Italy]], or worse, that he was simply a warlord who escaped slavery to RapePillageAndBurn. Whatever the case, considerable ValuesDissonance applies.

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* The Spartacus rebellion is the TropeMaker.
** And, amazingly for a modern reader, the only known example of a gladiator revolt that lasted longer than one day. That's right, folks: armed, desperate, relatively freely moving professional fighters did nothing worse than occasionally grumble over bad food.
*** And Spartacus celebrated several of his victories by holding gladiator games ... which makes him a very strange freedom fighter.
*** Its worth noting that while gladiators are taught how to fight, they are not taught how to be part of an army. Gladiator rebellions would look more like a rampaging horde than real rampaging hordes. Individually, they were likely very good fighters, but they only rarely knew how to set up a good formation or enforce discipline in the ranks, let alone apply tactics on the scale of a battle or even have an actual chain of command. 'Successful' gladiator rebellions were generally done with the intent of getting better conditions, and largely consisted of holding a rich man hostage until he agreed to grease the wheels to get them what they wanted.
*** Whether or not Spartacus could qualify as a freedom fighter is a matter of considerable debate among historians, given that his motivations are entirely unknown and we're left with nothing but the speculation of Roman historians who were projecting their own societal fears and cultural biases onto the rebellion, and modern historians trying to gleam intent from Spartacus' rather baffling troop movements(which aren't consistent between the various roman historians). While popular culture and folk lore remembers Spartacus as a freedom fighter, if one with a taste for PayEvilUntoEvil, there's as much or more evidence that he was simply trying to [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere get the hell out of Italy]], or worse, that he was simply a warlord who escaped slavery to RapePillageAndBurn. Whatever the case, considerable ValuesDissonance applies.

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18th Oct '16 7:00:25 AM Morgenthaler
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30th Jul '16 4:47:17 PM nombretomado
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* The first module for ''DarkSun'' featured this. North of the Tablelands lie a string of cities made up of ex-slaves.

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* The first module for ''DarkSun'' ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' featured this. North of the Tablelands lie a string of cities made up of ex-slaves.
25th Jun '16 9:08:21 PM nombretomado
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* Happens twice in ''BaldursGate 2''. The first time, you can help the gladiators. The second time, you're one of them.

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* Happens twice in ''BaldursGate 2''.''VideoGame/BaldursGateII''. The first time, you can help the gladiators. The second time, you're one of them.
11th Mar '16 8:49:45 PM chicagomel
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11040419/1/Gladiatorial-Jedi Gladiatorial Jedi]]''. Luke is captured and forced to fight, and a woman who befriends him helps him and the rest of the prisoners fight back.
8th Jan '16 9:21:40 AM Berrenta
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Subtrope of GladiatorGames as well as SlaveLiberation. The main alternative for captive heroes is to be a GalleySlave.

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Subtrope of GladiatorGames as well as SlaveLiberation. The main alternative for captive heroes is to be in a GalleySlave.
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