History Series / Gladiators

25th Aug '16 9:02:57 AM WyraachUr
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first series only featured six games (Atlaspheres, The Wall, Danger Zone, Swingshot, Hang Tough, and Duel, in that order every episode). The Eliminator also went straight from the zip lines to the Travelator, rather than having the see-saw and balance beams before it.
2nd May '16 10:14:36 AM Hallwings
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-->''For safety reasons, [[DontTryThisAtHome do not attempt to recreate any of the events you have seen on “Gladiators”.]]''
15th Jan '16 8:56:04 AM Revelo
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* DareToBeBadass: The theme song pretty much was this,

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* DareToBeBadass: The theme song pretty much was this,song.
15th Jan '16 8:49:44 AM Revelo
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* DareToBeBadass: The theme song pretty much was this,


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* NintendoHard: subverted, quite a few events didn't have a "win" condition so much as score as many points as you could. Hang Tough however was notorious for being exceedingly difficult however, especially if were up against a Gladiator who specialized in it.
15th Jan '16 8:46:20 AM Revelo
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The appeal of the series (and of the franchise globally) could be put down to many factors. For one thing, it was a highly competitive and tense show involving some very hard games. The contestants were regular people who went up against the aforementioned trained and professional athletes, who weren't known for being soft-hearted. As a result, the Contenders were often the underdogs, which added to the stakes- and to the popularity. it was also a very adaptable show: while many a GameShow relies on the same proceedings each episode, the variety of events on display meant no two episodes would be the same. It also allowed for new events to come and go over the years, ensuring less predictability. One thing the UK version amped up was the theatrics, making it more like a drama or soap opera; as a result there were quite a few ProfessionalWrestling tropes present, but this was usually kept subtle, in order to ensure that viewers would continue to take it seriously.

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The appeal of the series (and of the franchise globally) could be put down to many factors. For one thing, it was a highly competitive and tense show involving some very hard games. The contestants were regular people who went up against the aforementioned trained and professional athletes, who weren't known for being soft-hearted. As a result, the Contenders were often the underdogs, which added to the stakes- and to the popularity. it was also a very adaptable show: while many a GameShow relies on the same proceedings each episode, the variety of events on display meant no two episodes would be the same. It also allowed for new events to come and go over the years, ensuring less predictability. One thing the UK version amped up was the theatrics, making it more like a drama or soap opera; as a result there were quite a few ProfessionalWrestling tropes present, but this was usually kept subtle, in order to ensure that viewers would continue to take it seriously.
seriously. This allowed the show to be framed as a serious sporting event, helped by Saturdays being the UK's traditional sports day each week,
27th Jun '15 7:02:18 PM Gimere
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It's hard to really describe the popularity the show had, but to put it simply, it was ''the'' GameShow of its time! As has been stated in in other articles, if ''[[BullseyeUK Bullseye]]'' was the UK's favourite game of the 1980s, then ''Gladiators'' was the choice of the 1990s. There were tons of merchandise seen in shops, the Gladiators became national celebrities- it was everywhere, an institution unto itself, so much so that when the revival did a Legends Special, the returning Gladiators were given a very warm and enthusiastic reception. Despite the poor revival it's still regarded very fondly by a lot of people, even if it was a bit cheesy. It rode the peak of the UK's GameShow craze of the 1980s and 1990s… and followed it down, too.

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It's hard to really describe the popularity the show had, but to put it simply, it was ''the'' GameShow of its time! As has been stated in in other articles, if ''[[BullseyeUK ''[[Series/BullseyeUK Bullseye]]'' was the UK's favourite game of the 1980s, then ''Gladiators'' was the choice of the 1990s. There were tons of merchandise seen in shops, the Gladiators became national celebrities- it was everywhere, an institution unto itself, so much so that when the revival did a Legends Special, the returning Gladiators were given a very warm and enthusiastic reception. Despite the poor revival it's still regarded very fondly by a lot of people, even if it was a bit cheesy. It rode the peak of the UK's GameShow craze of the 1980s and 1990s… and followed it down, too.
9th Feb '15 4:37:43 PM LentilSandEater
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* {{Fanservice}}: Jet was pretty much MsFanservice.
** Vogue was also this, more so after Jet retired.
** Hell, the whole damn show. Reasonably attractive and extremely muscular and athletic people competing in a variety of games while wearing leotards and other barely-there clothes? If it wasn't for the strict focus on the games, you'd wonder how the show got to keep going.
* {{Foil}}: Vulcan was brought in from the Australian series to be this to Wolf. YMMV on if this was a good idea.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Jet was pretty much MsFanservice.
** Vogue was also this, more so after Jet retired.
** Hell, the
The whole damn show. Reasonably attractive and extremely muscular and athletic people competing in a variety of games while wearing leotards and other barely-there clothes? If it wasn't for the strict focus on the games, you'd wonder how the show got to keep going.
* {{Foil}}: Vulcan was brought in from the Australian series to be this to Wolf. YMMV on if this was a good idea.



* MsFanservice: Inferno. Really, any female gladiator that isn't Battleaxe.
** And YMMV on [[AmazonianBeauty that]].

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* MsFanservice: Inferno. Really, any female gladiator that isn't Battleaxe.
** And YMMV on [[AmazonianBeauty that]].
Battleaxe, who still counts to a lesser degree.
17th Dec '14 10:26:20 AM Revelo
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* SeriousBusiness: Despite the theatrics, it was treated as a highly competitive sporting event, the Gladiators were all professional athletes (some had competed at the Olympics) meaning the contenders had to try harder to even stand a chance, interviews, commentary and even the presenters and referees having a sporting background helped a lot.
17th Dec '14 10:19:12 AM Revelo
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* ShesGotLegs: well, they all had nice legs really. Jet stood out (as usual) since her signature pre-event move was to pretend to play guitar using one of her legs.
14th Dec '14 9:32:37 AM JillBug
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** Hang Tough was the most likely event for Wolf to kick off: he would usually end up being disqualified, getting a yellow card, lashing out at the contender, arguing with the referee or yelling at the audience.
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