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21st May '17 3:40:53 PM nombretomado
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* A story in 1992 WaynesWorld tie-in book ''Extreme Close-Up'' by Mike Myers and Robin Ruzan. Wayne, Garth, and friends are throwing snowballs at cars; a police car pulls up and they all run away, but Garth drops his notebook with his name in it. The next day, a police officer comes to school and asks, "Which one of you is Garth Algar?" Everyone in the classroom, in turn, stands up and says "I am Garth Algar!"--al except Garth, who stands up and says "I am Spartacus!"

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* A story in 1992 WaynesWorld ''Film/WaynesWorld'' tie-in book ''Extreme Close-Up'' by Mike Myers and Robin Ruzan. Wayne, Garth, and friends are throwing snowballs at cars; a police car pulls up and they all run away, but Garth drops his notebook with his name in it. The next day, a police officer comes to school and asks, "Which one of you is Garth Algar?" Everyone in the classroom, in turn, stands up and says "I am Garth Algar!"--al except Garth, who stands up and says "I am Spartacus!"
11th May '17 9:43:59 PM Vios
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* Inverted in ''VideoGames/TearsToTiara2''. The pirates call for the woman on board to come forth. [[WholesomeCrossdresser Daphnis]] offers himself up, only to have Elissa interrupt, and one by one the actual females on board stands up. And they straight up beat the pirates and takes over the ship, no distraction needed.

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* Inverted in ''VideoGames/TearsToTiara2''.''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. The pirates call for the woman on board to come forth. [[WholesomeCrossdresser Daphnis]] offers himself up, only to have Elissa interrupt, and one by one the actual females on board stands up. And they straight up beat the pirates and takes over the ship, no distraction needed.
22nd Apr '17 9:13:37 AM StFan
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Parodied in the strip "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0777.html Under the Arena]]".
-->'''Slavemaster:''' OK, you existentially adrift sons of werebitches, listen up! When he calls your name, say "Here," and come forward.\\
'''Soldier:''' Spartacus.\\
'''Gladiator:''' Here.\\
'''Soldier:''' Spartacus.\\
'''Gladiator:''' Here.\\
'''Soldier:''' Spartacus.\\
'''Gladiator:''' Here.\\
'''Soldier:''' Spartacus.\\
'''Gladiator:''' He's in the loo.
22nd Apr '17 9:08:29 AM StFan
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* Awesomely subverted in ''{{Ressentiment}}''. Halfway through the series we're introduced to the ''Big Bad'' Ehara - an MMO player who has assembled a huge military guild and is using it to threaten both the game and the real world. All members of the guild are required to have avatars identical to his. In the final chapter it's revealed that Ehara is a monkey in a zoo who inexplicably has internet access in his cage and who has copied the face and name of the guy who usually brings him food.

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* Awesomely subverted in ''{{Ressentiment}}''. ''Manga/{{Ressentiment}}''. Halfway through the series we're introduced to the ''Big Bad'' Ehara - -- an MMO player who has assembled a huge military guild and is using it to threaten both the game and the real world. All members of the guild are required to have avatars identical to his. In the final chapter it's revealed that Ehara is a monkey in a zoo who inexplicably has internet access in his cage and who has copied the face and name of the guy who usually brings him food.



* ''Comicbook/{{SpiderMan}}'':
** Played straight in an issue that took place just before ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', wherein Spider-Man agrees to reveal his identity in front of the Daily Bugle so long as Jonah gives him the opportunity to address New York in his paper. He wrote a long article about what he does and why he does it and shows up the next day to unmask. Gathered in front of the Bugle are hundreds of people, ostensibly there to see Spider-Man unmask, and then--someone yells "I'm Spider-Man!" Dozens of people in costumes of varying quality (including Aunt May!) take off claim to be Spider-Man, so that when Peter does do it, Jonah just yells at him to stop making jokes and take some pictures.

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* ''Comicbook/{{SpiderMan}}'':
''Comicbook/SpiderMan'':
** Played straight in an issue that took place just before ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', wherein Spider-Man agrees to reveal his identity in front of the Daily Bugle so long as Jonah gives him the opportunity to address New York in his paper. He wrote a long article about what he does and why he does it and shows up the next day to unmask. Gathered in front of the Bugle are hundreds of people, ostensibly there to see Spider-Man unmask, and then--someone then -- someone yells "I'm Spider-Man!" Dozens of people in costumes of varying quality (including Aunt May!) take off claim to be Spider-Man, so that when Peter does do it, Jonah just yells at him to stop making jokes and take some pictures.



* Bio aka Orlando of the''ComicBook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' was one of the slaves present at the trope namer. S/he recalls with bemusement how the Romans let him/her go just for standing up and saying his/her name, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "everybody else apparently being named Spartacus"]].

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* Bio aka a.k.a. Orlando of the''ComicBook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' was one of the slaves present at the trope namer. S/he recalls with bemusement how the Romans let him/her go just for standing up and saying his/her name, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "everybody else apparently being named Spartacus"]].



* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': In "Hooded Justice", the fifth Phantom is transported back in time to 12th century Nottingham where he takes on the role of RobinHood. The Sheriff captures Maraian and declares she will be executed if Robin Hood does not present himself. The Phantom steps forward and declares he is Robin Hood. Then each of the Merry Men planted throughout the crowd claims that he is Robin Hood. The Sheriff's men attempt to arrest everyone and the confusion allows the Phantom to rescue Marian.



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* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': In "Hooded Justice", the fifth Phantom is transported back in time to 12th century Nottingham where he takes on the role of RobinHood. The Sheriff captures Maraian and declares she will be executed if Robin Hood does not present himself. The Phantom steps forward and declares he is Robin Hood. Then each of the Merry Men planted throughout the crowd claims that he is Robin Hood. The Sheriff's men attempt to arrest everyone and the confusion allows the Phantom to rescue Marian.
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* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', intentionally parodies this trope by inverting it, as the 'Spartacus' that they're looking for is the person whom they're going to ''set free''. ("I'm Brian, and so's my wife!")

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* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', intentionally parodies this trope by inverting it, as the 'Spartacus' "Spartacus" that they're looking for is the person whom they're going to ''set free''. ("I'm Brian, and so's my wife!")



--> '''Number Three:''' I say we save Earth. I no longer feel like Number Three. My life ''began'' on this planet. I am Dave Ming Cheng!
--> '''Chief Engineer:''' I have 443 new friends on MySpace, and a J-date next week with Sheila Moscowicz. I am Dave Ming Cheng!
--> ''(One by one, other crew members from all over the ship declare proudly, "I am Dave Ming Cheng!"...except for Number Four, the security officer.)''
--> '''Number Four:''' I am Johnny Dazzles, and I am ''[[CampGay fabulous!]]'' * beat* What? Not ''everybody'' has to be Dave Ming Cheng.

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--> '''Number Three:''' I say we save Earth. I no longer feel like Number Three. My life ''began'' on this planet. I am Dave Ming Cheng!
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Cheng!\\
'''Chief Engineer:''' I have 443 new friends on MySpace, and a J-date next week with Sheila Moscowicz. I am Dave Ming Cheng!
--> ''(One
Cheng!\\
''[one
by one, other crew members from all over the ship declare proudly, "I am Dave Ming Cheng!"...Cheng!"... except for Number Four, the security officer.)''
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officer]''\\
'''Number Four:''' I am Johnny Dazzles, and I am ''[[CampGay fabulous!]]'' * beat* ''[beat]'' What? Not ''everybody'' has to be Dave Ming Cheng.



* Hilariously subverted in the opening scene of the French-Canadian film 1981. The scene is the father's recollection of a WWII incident in which a radio was stolen from the Nazis occupying his Italian town. The guard threatens to shoot an old woman unless the thief, named Benito, reveals himself. One by one, every young boy in the line steps forward. Turns out that the Italian government had given a $1 check to every family who named their son after their leader, and the community was poor enough that every boy born in the last 10 years or so was named Benito.

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* Hilariously subverted in the opening scene of the French-Canadian film 1981.''1981''. The scene is the father's recollection of a WWII incident in which a radio was stolen from the Nazis occupying his Italian town. The guard threatens to shoot an old woman unless the thief, named Benito, reveals himself. One by one, every young boy in the line steps forward. Turns out that the Italian government had given a $1 check to every family who named their son after their leader, and the community was poor enough that every boy born in the last 10 years or so was named Benito.



--> '''Sgt. Collins:''' (Angrily) Who said that?
--> '''All the Soldiers:''' I did.
--> '''Evey:''' I did.


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--> '''Sgt. -->'''Sgt. Collins:''' (Angrily) ''[angrily]'' Who said that?
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that?\\
'''All the Soldiers:''' I did.
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did.\\
'''Evey:''' I did.

did.



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* One storyline of ''{{Series/Casualty}}'' had ObstructiveBureaucrat Nathan Spence pricking himself on a syringe left in a normal waste bin. It had actually been put there by a visitor to the hospital but he is determined to find a staffmember to blame and tries to get a health care assistant with mental health issues to admit he might have done it and forgotten. TeamDad Charlie, determined to put an end to the witch hunt, announces he did it. Nathan looks smug...but then a doctor says she did it. And then a nurse does the same. And the consultant.

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* One storyline of ''{{Series/Casualty}}'' ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' had ObstructiveBureaucrat Nathan Spence pricking himself on a syringe left in a normal waste bin. It had actually been put there by a visitor to the hospital but he is determined to find a staffmember to blame and tries to get a health care assistant with mental health issues to admit he might have done it and forgotten. TeamDad Charlie, determined to put an end to the witch hunt, announces he did it. Nathan looks smug...but then a doctor says she did it. And then a nurse does the same. And the consultant.



--> '''Gunman:''' We just want Raylan Givens!
--> '''Raylan:''' I'm Raylan Givens!
--> '''Boyd:''' No, ''I'm'' Raylan Givens!
--> '''Raylan:''' Are you tryin' to be funny?
--> '''Boyd:''' Little bit.

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--> '''Gunman:''' -->'''Gunman:''' We just want Raylan Givens!
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Givens!\\
'''Raylan:''' I'm Raylan Givens!
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Givens!\\
'''Boyd:''' No, ''I'm'' Raylan Givens!
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Givens!\\
'''Raylan:''' Are you tryin' to be funny?
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funny?\\
'''Boyd:''' Little bit.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', when Donna and the Doctor visit Pompeii, the Doctor decides to joke that he's Spartacus. Donna follows suit. As this is Ancient Rome, where no one would get the reference, they're taken completely seriously.
* The boys intentionally set this up during 'Prank Week' in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' to save Zoey from getting expelled.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', when Donna and the Doctor visit Pompeii, the Doctor decides to joke that he's Spartacus. Donna follows suit. As this is Ancient Rome, where no one no-one would get the reference, they're taken completely seriously.
* The boys intentionally set this up during 'Prank Week' "Prank Week" in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' ''Series/Zoey101'' to save Zoey from getting expelled.



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* ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' has one of the other Nubian slaves claim to be Aida to prevent the real Aida's capture.
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* ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' has one of the other Nubian slaves claim to be Aida to prevent the real Aida's capture.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'': In "Ahead of Their Tone", all of the members of Grojband claim to be Nick Mallory in order to distract Cyborg!Trina.
* 'The Pink Candidate', an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. President Pinky had volunteered to come before Congress to testify during the impeachment of his chief of staff, the Brain. Rather than leave his friend to a horrible fate (and over Brain's objection), Pinky breaks down and admits that ''he'' was the world conquest mastermind, not Brain. Including wailing 'I'm Spartacus!'. (One Congressman is heard after asking 'Who's Spartacus?'.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'': In "Ahead of Their Tone", all of the members of Grojband claim to be Nick Mallory in order to distract Cyborg!Trina.
Cyborg Trina.
* 'The "The Pink Candidate', Candidate", an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. President Pinky had volunteered to come before Congress to testify during the impeachment of his chief of staff, the Brain. Rather than leave his friend to a horrible fate (and over Brain's objection), Pinky breaks down and admits that ''he'' was the world conquest mastermind, not Brain. Including wailing 'I'm Spartacus!'. (One Congressman is heard after asking 'Who's Spartacus?'.)



16th Apr '17 2:54:21 PM nombretomado
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** In William King's novel ''SpaceWolf'', when a brawl breaks out among the aspirants, their teacher demands to know who is responsible. The ones who started the fight admit it, and the rest pile in, to admit to joining. When asked if they all deserve punishment, they agree.

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** In William King's novel ''SpaceWolf'', ''Literature/SpaceWolf'', when a brawl breaks out among the aspirants, their teacher demands to know who is responsible. The ones who started the fight admit it, and the rest pile in, to admit to joining. When asked if they all deserve punishment, they agree.
2nd Apr '17 12:44:37 PM DustSnitch
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Tale of Two Santas," Bender attempts SubbingForSanta (who is [[BadSanta a psychotic robot]]) and is going to be executed for all of the real Robot Santa's crimes. During the execution, Fry, Leela, Amy and Hermes all come in claiming to be the real Santa. Zoidberg goes even further (and completely misses the point) by claiming to be {{Jesus}}.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Tale of Two Santas," Bender attempts SubbingForSanta (who is [[BadSanta a psychotic robot]]) and is going to be executed for all of the real Robot Santa's crimes. During the execution, Fry, Leela, Amy and Hermes all come in claiming to be the real Santa. Zoidberg goes even further (and completely misses the point) by claiming to be {{Jesus}}.UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}.
26th Mar '17 10:49:26 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* Many people on Facebook listed Hussein as their middle names in solidarity with UsefulNotes/BarackObama after Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} and others raised a stink over him having a "Muslim" middle name. On the other side of the political spectrum, there were all those John [=McCain=] supporters and Joe the Plumber.



* #[=JeSuisCharlie=], following the 07 Jan 2015 attack on ''Magazine/CharlieHebdo''. The hashtag started as [[YouAreNotAlone sympathy and support]] for the victims' families and loved ones; a few hours later, people were also using it to show support for freedom of the press and defiance of death threats. There's a pun in it too - "je suis Charlie" can either mean "I am Charlie" or "I follow Charlie".



* When Creator/DonaldTrump proposed setting up a registry of Muslims, many non-Muslims took to social media in the wake of his 2016 Presidential win saying they'd register as well, such as [[https://reddit.com/r/politics/comments/5d93lw/donald_trumps_team_discussing_plans_for_muslim/da2ohlv this Reddit comment]].
25th Mar '17 4:25:52 PM DavidDelony
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* When Creator/DonaldTrump proposed setting up a registry of Muslims, many non-Muslims took to social media in the wake of his 2016 Presidential win saying they'd register as well.
** [[https://reddit.com/r/politics/comments/5d93lw/donald_trumps_team_discussing_plans_for_muslim/da2ohlv This Reddit comment]].

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* When Creator/DonaldTrump proposed setting up a registry of Muslims, many non-Muslims took to social media in the wake of his 2016 Presidential win saying they'd register as well.
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well, such as [[https://reddit.com/r/politics/comments/5d93lw/donald_trumps_team_discussing_plans_for_muslim/da2ohlv This this Reddit comment]].
18th Mar '17 1:54:31 PM nombretomado
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* Used in an episode of ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' about embarrassment. Suzie "blasted the pants cannon" and Ned claims that he was the one responsible but that he is not embarrassed. He then says "I am [[IncrediblyLamePun Fartacus]]!", causing the rest of the class to stand up one by one and make this claim. The AlphaBitch declares that she is totally not Fartacus...only for her to pass gas a few seconds after saying so. She reluctantly stands with the rest of the students.

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* Used in an episode of ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' about embarrassment. Suzie "blasted the pants cannon" and Ned claims that he was the one responsible but that he is not embarrassed. He then says "I am [[IncrediblyLamePun Fartacus]]!", causing the rest of the class to stand up one by one and make this claim. The AlphaBitch declares that she is totally not Fartacus...only for her to pass gas a few seconds after saying so. She reluctantly stands with the rest of the students.



** Another variation occurred in ''Officers Only'' when the camp got a new Officer's Club as a thank you for saving a general's son. The club was creating tension between the officers and enlisted men, who were not allowed in the club. When said son, a sergeant, came into the club, Hawkeyes pointed out it was officers only, but suggested an exception for relatives. When the general agreed, Hawkeye proceeded to bring in everyone in camp, claiming a convoluted family tree that made everyone related to him.

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** Another variation occurred in ''Officers Only'' "Officers Only" when the camp got a new Officer's Club as a thank you for saving a general's son. The club was creating tension between the officers and enlisted men, who were not allowed in the club. When said son, a sergeant, came into the club, Hawkeyes pointed out it was officers only, but suggested an exception for relatives. When the general agreed, Hawkeye proceeded to bring in everyone in camp, claiming a convoluted family tree that made everyone related to him.



* A variation appears in ''Series/BadGirls''. Larkhall is in the midst of a police investigation after the murder of Fenner, the sadistic wing governer. His killer, Julie J, can't cope with the guilt any longer and confesses to the crime. Her friend, wanting to protect her, claims that Julie J is lying, and that she is the real killer. Seeing this, another prisoner stands up and claims to be the real killer, followed by another, then another, until almost the entire wing is claiming to be the killer, due to their shared hatred of the tyrannical governer.

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* A variation appears in ''Series/BadGirls''. Larkhall is in the midst of a police investigation after the murder of Fenner, the sadistic wing governer.governor. His killer, Julie J, can't cope with the guilt any longer and confesses to the crime. Her friend, wanting to protect her, claims that Julie J is lying, and that she is the real killer. Seeing this, another prisoner stands up and claims to be the real killer, followed by another, then another, until almost the entire wing is claiming to be the killer, due to their shared hatred of the tyrannical governer.



* Series/{{Justified}}, at the end of the first season:

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* Series/{{Justified}}, ''Series/{{Justified}}'', at the end of the first season:



* Done in Season Eight of ''WaterlooRoad''. Barry Barry begins to sexually harass Miss Diamond, even breaking into her house ''and stealing her underwear.'' When he reveals this during a sexual health class, she slaps him without thinking. Barry, in an effort to get her fired, tries to make everyone in the class publicly admit they saw it happen. They respond by each coming forward and saying ''they'' were the one who slapped Barry. Miss Diamond still ends up resigning though.

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* Done in Season Eight of ''WaterlooRoad''.''Series/WaterlooRoad''. Barry Barry begins to sexually harass Miss Diamond, even breaking into her house ''and stealing her underwear.'' When he reveals this during a sexual health class, she slaps him without thinking. Barry, in an effort to get her fired, tries to make everyone in the class publicly admit they saw it happen. They respond by each coming forward and saying ''they'' were the one who slapped Barry. Miss Diamond still ends up resigning though.



* In opening the GrandFinale of ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned]]'', Spartacus has his men attack multiple Roman cities. At each one, soldiers declare "I am Spartacus" in the hope of confusing Marcus Crassus. It doesn't work. And then at the very end, the last scene in the credits is the late Andy Whitfield reminding us all that ''he'' is Spartacus.

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* In opening the GrandFinale of ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus War of the Damned]]'', Spartacus has his men attack multiple Roman cities. At each one, soldiers declare "I am Spartacus" in the hope of confusing Marcus Crassus. It doesn't work. And then at the very end, the last scene in the credits is the late Andy Whitfield reminding us all that ''he'' is Spartacus.



* In ''The Sentinel'', one of the monks at St. Sebastian's had in secular life been Jackie Kozinski, who had ratted the Mob out to the Feds; when the mooks were coming for Jackie--none of whom had ever met him, and it was about 30 years ago, so he had probably changed anyway--each of the Brothers declared "I am Jackie Kozinski."
15th Mar '17 11:32:56 PM Doug86
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* Featured twice and played with in the ''StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Crossover'', where Spock and his students are once again rounded up. One of the group claims to be the leader and is promptly shot. Later, the Romulans work out one of the people they're holding is Spock and demand he step forward, and everyone claims to be Spock. They ask a spy who had infiltrated the prisoners which one is Spock but he refuses to say, having been won over by Spock's teachings, and is slated to die with the others. Spock knew he was the traitor all along and was trying hard to teach him in order for at least one student to survive. (In the end, most of them escape, including the traitor.)

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* Featured twice and played with in the ''StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' ''Franchise/{{Star Trek|ExpandedUniverse}}'' novel ''Crossover'', where Spock and his students are once again rounded up. One of the group claims to be the leader and is promptly shot. Later, the Romulans work out one of the people they're holding is Spock and demand he step forward, and everyone claims to be Spock. They ask a spy who had infiltrated the prisoners which one is Spock but he refuses to say, having been won over by Spock's teachings, and is slated to die with the others. Spock knew he was the traitor all along and was trying hard to teach him in order for at least one student to survive. (In the end, most of them escape, including the traitor.)
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