->''Martine, 24, blonde, is an employee in a bankrupt multinational. She will be alone on a heavenly island in the middle of nowhere. Facing her, 8 rapists, divided in two teams, coming out straight from jail specially for the show. Will Martine manage to outwit team A and take refuge on team B's side? To survive, she will have a compass, one can of tuna, and one condom. Will she survive? ''Rape Island'', coming soon, on M6.''
-->-- ''Series/LesGuignolsDeLInfo'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjl9ZLCB1EA Rape Island trailer]]"

A trope that became popular during the 2000 decade but dates back as far as the ''1950s'': A given story will feature or take place in an extreme reality TV show where candidates ([[CondemnedContestant sometimes convicted criminals]]) are forced to do degrading or violent things, sometime even [[DeadlyGame kill each other]], just for the pleasure of fans all over the country or the world. If the show is "soft", [[BigBrotherIsWatching they will just live constantly under the eye of the camera]]. The show will often include some participation of the audience like choosing which candidate to [[DeadlyEuphemism "eliminate"]]. The viewers will enjoy the participants' sadness, breakdowns and betrayals, as if they were watching a movie. Such shows almost always have insane audience ratings, leading to the obvious implication that HumansAreBastards and love to see others suffer. However, StylisticSuck may intervene as the obvious immorality of the show can be used to contrast the normal morality of the universe in which the show is broadcast.

It may or may not be a BloodSport, but expect to see a CorruptCorporateExecutive counting his banknotes and grinning with delight while contemplating audience numbers. DeadlyGame would be a SubTrope. It can obviously overlap with SadistShow.

Of course, for a few years it has been pretty much TruthInTelevision (minus putting the contestants into deathly hazards, of course), but BileFascination has its limits and such shows are in decline nowadays. For that matter, see PointAndLaughShow.

Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Even ''Temptation Island'' didn't try to get anyone ''killed''.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'': The purpose of the titular prison is to force inmates to do degrading things for people's entertainment. [[spoiler:However, that's not its true purpose.]]
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* The Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's 1968 comedy album, ''Waiting for the Electrician (or Someone Like Him)'', has a segment with a game show called "Beat the Reaper", where participants are injected with deadly diseases, and must guess the disease from the symptoms before it kills them.
* National Lampoon's "Catch It and You Keep It" is this (as well as parodying many GameShowTropes). The hosts, on the tenth floor, are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tossing merchandise to the contestants in the parking lot below]]. The merchandise varies from a wristwatch (caught) to an oven (not), and even, in the BonusRound, [[KillEmAll a complete house]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is probably the TropeCodifier for the modern version, and [[UnbuiltTrope ironically gave the idea to some real-life producers in the first place]]...
* In ''Film/TheCondemned'', a bunch of prisoners condemned to death are dropped on an island to battle for the pleasure of the viewers.
* ''Film/Series7TheContenders'' is a particularly unsubtle version of this with random people drafted into a reality show where they simply have to hunt down and kill each other until a single survivor is left.
* ''Slashers'', where contestants choose to appear on a Japanese Game Show based around colorful serial killers chasing them through various zones. The contestants are also allowed to kill, rape, etc. each other.
* The German movie ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Millionenspiel Das Millionenspiel]]'' features a show where a contestant has to survive a manhunt for seven days to win the million deutsch mark prize. Similar to ''Film/TheRunningMan'', but as early as 1970!
* ''Death Watch'' (1980) is about a woman with a terminal illness in a world where such diseases are rare. She is surreptitiously filmed and broadcast without her consent.
* ''Film/TheRunningMan'', TheFilmOfTheBook of Creator/StephenKing's novel. In addition to the title game (which includes convicted criminals this time), there was a commercial for another game called ''Climbing for Dollars'' (Watch the clip [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntz0_besT04 here]]). It featured a contestant climbing a rope over a pit filled with angry Dobermans while pulling money off the rope. Partway up a pipe would blast the contestant with gas to try and make them fall. If they did fall, the dogs were waiting.
* In ''Film/TheMuppets'', there is mention of (and we see a little bit of) ''Punch Teacher''. It's highly rated but is shut down by the teacher's union, opening up a timeslot for the Muppets' telethon.
* In the remake of ''Literature/TheStepfordWives'', Joanna's background is updated to being [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the president of a TV network]]. One of her pet projects, ''I Can Do Better'', was one of these, specifically parodying ''Temptation Island'', with a HappilyMarried couple being sent to a tropical resort for one week and surrounded with escorts and porn stars in order to see how long their marriage lasts. The events that transpired on the show caused one contestant, Hank, to snap and shoot his now ex-wife Barbara and her new lovers, and he later tries to kill Joanna for creating the show and ruining his marriage. Joanna's response is to plan a reunion show centered around the carnage, only to find that her irresponsible programming decisions, and the ensuing lawsuits, got her fired from the network and blacklisted from television. This is why she and her family head to {{Stepford|Suburbia}}.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheRunningMan'' - The protagonist Richards is hunted down for sport on a TV game show. [[HealthCareMotivation He volunteered for the show to try and get money to save his sick daughter]]. The book also has a couple of other gameshows - there's one where people with heart problems are wired up to a heart monitor, put on a treadmill, and asked questions. Every time they get it wrong, the treadmill speeds up.
* Creator/StephenKing also wrote ''TheLongWalk'': One hundred teens compete to see who could walk the longest--those who go too slow or fast get shot.
* ''Acide Sulfurique'', from Amélie Nothomb, features a woman named Pannonique who is abducted and forcefully thrown into a TV show named [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Concentration"]]. She and the other "candidates" are horribly ill-treated and two of them are publicly executed everyday (first randomly, then chosen by the public). The heroine tries to resist by being emotionless and ''not'' giving viewers what they want, but that makes her their favorite instead. Needless to say, the book raised quite a scandal when it came out.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': A group ranging from prepubescent children to young adults must be "reaped" every year from across the totalitarian nation of Panem. They are then taken to the capital city to be "Tributes" in a live gameshow of murder, mayhem and madness.
* RobertSheckley provides two examples:
** His 1953 short story, "The Seventh Victim", which was made into a film called ''The Tenth Victim'' in 1965, and a full novel the next year, featured contestants taking turns being hunter and hunted in a fully televised deadly game.
** His 1958 story, "The Prize of Peril" was similar, but with a more traditional game show format, and is the basis for the German film ''Das Millionenspiel'' and considered a probable inspiration for Stephen King's ''The Running Man''.
* "Going to Series", a short story by Creator/KimNewman, is about a RealityTVShowMansion show called ''It's a Madhouse!'', in which the housemates have been deliberately selected to be psychologically unstable and to have traits that will rub each other the wrong way, and the mansion has been carefully designed to get on its occupants' nerves in a variety of subtle ways, and furnished with objects chosen for their potential as {{Improvised Weapon}}s. Unsurprisingly, a creation of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Derek Leech]], with his regular PsychoPsychologist Dr Myra Lark and AlienGeometries architect Constant Drache on hand to ensure things go as planned.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf "Bad Wolf"]]: The Doctor and Rose visit a TV broadcast space station where the whole population can get drafted into reality TV shows where loss equals vaporization. [[spoiler:Well, ultimately turns out the vaporization ray is actually a transmat beam, but the fate they're being transmatted to is no less unpleasant.]]
* In ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', criminal trials are conducted via evil game show in "Dead Man Sliding".
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' (1990s version): 'Judgment Day' (season 6, episode 1) involves a TV show where crime victims' families hunt down and kill the apparent killers. The guy the episode focuses on [[spoiler:didn't do it, was framed by the show's producer, and uses the show to clear himself]].
** In the TOS episode "Fun and Games", an alien transports a man and women to another planet, were they are forced to fight a pair of aliens from another race to the death. The battle is broadcast on the homeworld of the alien who brought them there. Once the battle is over, the homeworld of the losers is to be destroyed, which will aso be broadcast to the alien's for their amusement.
* In one episode of ''Judge John Deed'', a contestant in a reality show where contestants are divided into "slaves" and "masters" is murdered during a live broadcast.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Jeu_de_la_Mort Le Jeu de la Mort]]'' was a French documentary special that purported to be one of these. Contestants on a game show called ''La Zone Xtrême'' would receive electric shocks of increasing intensity as punishment for giving incorrect answers. The contestants and host were actors, but the people administering the shocks weren't, and they thought it was real. It was a recreation of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment Milgram experiment]] updated for the reality TV era.
* A mild example on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is Jack's deliberately terrible gameshow Homonym. In it, you have to guess which meaning of a homonym the questioner is using. Whatever you guess, you always get the wrong answer, you're never allowed to see the answer card, and the game appears to keep going until you get one right or crack. The one we see ends with the contestant running off in distress after being told that what he thought was au pair, "a sort of foreign babysitter", was in fact oh pear, "an exclamation about a pear".
** There's also Milf Island, which put ''eight graders'' on an island with Milfs who competed in extremely sexualised Survivor-style challenges. And for extra points; one of the Milfs died.
* The 2002 ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' series had the episode "How Much Do You Love Your Kid?" where a game show kidnaps your child and gives you an hour to follow clues to find them or else you'll never see them again. Anything goes, up to and including murder -- which awards higher prize money!
* The Belgian tv series Willy's en Marjetten showed a tv station experimenting with several such formats, including one where contestants bought the right to hit someone they didn't like in the face in return for a donation to charity, and a show here a bunch of couples with different STD's were put in a cheating-encouraging environment, their cheating tracked by STD transmission. (which was in fact presented as a ripoff of a real-life show that did the same thing, but without the STD's).
* "Fifteen Million Merits", an episode of ''Series/BlackMirror'', was a critique of reality-competition shows and their audiences. At one point, the heroine is told that she isn't good enough to be a professional singer … and offered a contract in porn.
* The ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "Gorgon's Wood" has a subplot in which Adam Klaus agrees to appear on a show called ''Animal Farm'' ("Orwellian names are in, apparently") in which he is literally treated like a pig.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In the mid-2000s, the French show ''Series/LesGuignolsDeLInfo'' parodied this with Patrick Lelay and Étienne Mougeotte, the leaders of the biggest French channel [=TF1=]. They showed them in competition with M6 to find the most overt-the-top reality show possible, one being called ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnqbF8LJmLs Rape Island]]''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' the major {{Mega Corp}}s compete in an annual televised event in the irradiated wasteland that used to be Libya known as the [[CorporateWarfare Desert Wars]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''RatchetDeadlocked'' sends the hero in the survival show produced by Gleeman Vox, Dreadzone, where other heroes lost their lives. ''RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' and ''RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' also had arenas called the MegaCorp Games and Anihilation Nation, respectively.
** Dreadzone was certainly the worst of the three, however, since although Ratchet (and other participants) actually volunteered for MegaCorp Games and Anihilation Nation, Dreadzone obtains it's competitors by ''kidnapping them''. And then controlling them with the [[ExplosiveLeash Deadlock collars]].
* ''VideoGame/SmashTV'' was about a TV show in which the participants had to survive an onslaught of many enemies to get cash prizes... including the infinite ammo thing, but it included a lot of killing other human beings for "entertainment".
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' supposedly centers on a reality show where condemned criminals fight for survival.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' offers a [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2006-07-23 treatise]] on the link between social upheaval and depraved entertainment, though the reality show the Toughs were hired to take down was a fairly normal fashion show.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* Parodied and deconstructed in ''Website/TheOnion'''s ''WebVideo/SexHouse'' series.
* The ''Series/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' spin-off ''SOTF-TV''. It's a reality television show, complete with [[TheGimmick gimmicks]] for each season, invoked {{Fanservice}} (mostly in giving contestants alternate outfits for them to wear), and characters [[AttentionWhore acting for the camera]]. However, ''it's still pretty much [[DeadlyGame SOTF]]''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* As revealed on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the entirety of planet Earth is this. Some aliens dumped a bunch of humans and other animals on the planet and just watch the outcome.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' Jimmy and his friends are forced to compete in an intergalactic game show where the losers' home planets are blown up and the winner gets a fancy car. After winning they get the other contestants to gang up on the host and cancel it.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' had the Planeteers face off against the eco-villains on "You Bet Your Planet", in order to prove that humanity could be trusted with the Earth's care.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' got himself into one these. He accidentally teleported himself into an alien game show, where the losers get their home planet destroyed. Johnny wins the final round which is "Suck my brain out!" his opponent couldn't suck his brain because he didn't have much to speak of, and the host has to destroy their planet.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had the simplistic ''Touch the Stove''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' embodies this trope. The very first event has the players dive off an absurdly high cliff into shark-infested waters, with only a very small "safe zone". It doesn't help that the host Chris [=McLean=] is an apathetic sadist.
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'', a show all about celebrities engaging in gladiatorial combat.
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