Created By: SandJosieph on February 2, 2010
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Basically, any place that is dedicated to competition of some sort, usually involving fighting. Sometimes, the structure itself becomes the focus of a town or location. Heck, it can even be the main focus of the culture and economy of said town.

Alt. Titles: The Colosseum, The Thunderdome, Bloodbath Arena

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Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • January 29, 2010
    jfpbookworm
  • January 29, 2010
    animeg3282
    Oddly, in Persona 3 FES, there was an area like this. You used it to battle it out among your party members to decide whether to go back to the past or go to the present
  • January 29, 2010
    Magicwings
    Seconding The Thunderdome.
    • Wild AR Ms 4 had a town (can not remember the name for the life of me) where the main attraction was the Arena.
    • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion had an arena as well, in which the player could either participate or simply watch and bet. Many of the acheivements in the X360 version were focues around climbing the Arena quest tree.
  • January 29, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Thirdiing The Thunderdome.

    Obviously, "Two men enter, one man leaves" should be the page quote.
  • January 29, 2010
    cathstuart
    Fourthing The Thunderdome. As in Mad Max (III) - Beyond Thunderdome, I assume?

    Let alone the Real Life example of cage fighting...
  • January 30, 2010
    Treblain
    There's a trope called Monster Arena, which seems a bit focused on video games. I say we keep this going and merge them. Monster Arena is a pretty crappy name anyway. Related tropes: Blood Sport, Gladiator Games, Tournament Arc.
  • January 30, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    • Escape From New York. The Duke has an enclosed boxing ring where he forces prisoners to fight to the death with baseball bats. Watch it here.

    Tabletop RPG
    • In the Basic Dungeons And Dragons Known World setting, the Empire of Thyatis (which was based on the Roman Empire) had coliseums with gladiatorial combat.
  • January 30, 2010
    balrog1911
    Fifthing The Thunderdome. Would Terminal Island in the latest remake of Death Race count as a sort of massive version of this? Others:

  • January 30, 2010
    BasketballsAreLethal
    • I'm pretty sure I've seen at least one fighting arena in shows like Dragon Ball Z.
  • January 30, 2010
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    Often the setting of the Inevitable Tournament.

    The Glitz Pit in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  • January 30, 2010
    TJ
    • The junk planet in Astroboy had one with a special energy ceiling to keep robots from escaping.
  • January 31, 2010
    Nomic
    In World Of Warcraft there's a big arena that looks very much like the Thunderdome in the center of the Goblin town of Gadgetzan. Unlike many other arenas, this one is not used in arena pvp, or any other event, so it's just there for show.
  • January 31, 2010
    random surfer
    There's one of these in an ad for Kaplan Learning Centers, or Sylvan Learning Centers, or something like that. (All paraphrased.)
    Female announcer (in a swing for some reason): Behold...Algebra! And Science and Geography! we see Anthropomorphic Personifications of them, built like brick shithouses Who will take up their challenge?!
    enter three unassuming Jr. High kids
    1st: I will.
    2nd: Me too.
    3rd: So will I.
  • January 31, 2010
    callsignecho
    I'm voting for The Colosseum, as it is the Ur- and Real Life example.

  • February 1, 2010
    SandJosieph
    • I also believe that the Colosseum appears in the first Kingdom Hearts.
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