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->'''Batiatus''': What would you do to hold your wife again? To feel the warmth of her skin, to taste her lips? Would you kill?\\
'''Spartacus''': Whoever stood between us.\\
'''Batiatus''': How many men? A hundred, a thousand?\\
'''Spartacus''': I would kill them all.\\
'''Batiatus''': Then do it in the arena. Fight for me, and the honor of my forefathers. Prove yourself, climb to the pinnacle, gain your freedom, and that of the woman you've lost.

A ''very'' graphic, ''very'' violent, ''very'' sweary, ''very'' sexually explicit Starz television series produced by Creator/SamRaimi, Rob Tapert and Steven [=DeKnight=]. It was initially picked up for 13 episodes and then got a second pick-up before even a single episode aired.

The show's look is reminiscent of ''Film/ThreeHundred''. Each episode is chock full of slow-motion fight scenes, in-your-face blood spatters and explicit sex. The production possibly owed its greenlight status to the runaway success of HBO's recent ''Series/{{Rome}}''.

Season 2 was postponed after star Creator/AndyWhitfield was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away on September 11, 2011, and [[TheOtherDarrin was replaced by]] Liam [=McIntyre=]. A prequel miniseries, ''Spartacus: Gods of the Arena'', premiered on January 21, 2011. ''Spartacus: Vengeance'' premiered on January 27, 2012 and ran to the end of March. Several months later, Starz and [=DeKnight=] announced that ''Spartacus: War of the Damned'', which premiered in January of 2013, would be the show's last season.

Creator/StanleyKubrick's version of the 1951 novel ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' had a similar reputation; the movie was banned from TV for decades.

Has a [[Recap/SpartacusBloodAndSand recap]] page, under construction. Be advised that the folders below may contain unmarked spoilers from previous seasons.
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[[folder:General Tropes]]
!!The series provides examples of:
* AbsoluteCleavage: A typical outfit for female slaves.
* AdrenalineTime: At least once per fight scene. Even ''John Hannah'' executes a slo-mo kick at one point.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: The series adds plenty of female characters to the male-dominated traditional story.
* AHouseDivided: Neither the Romans or the slaves co-exist peacefully.
* AlasPoorVillain: A few.
** [[spoiler: Batiatus, though a Bad Boss extraordinaire, was a loving husband and an underdog among the Roman elite.]]
** ''Vengeance's'' [[spoiler: Seppius may have been a jerk who had [[BrotherSisterIncest questionable feelings for his sister,]] but he did not deserve [[DisproportionateRetribution what Glaber did to him.]]]]
** ''Vengeance'' also has [[spoiler:Ilithyia. She may have been an AlphaBitch and Glaber's "monstrous" wife, but she did not deserve [[TraumaticCSection to have her newborn baby cut out of her]]]].
* AllWomenAreLustful: Especially the Roman women.
* AlikeAndAntitheticalAdversaries: Heterogeneous Heroes vs. Homogeneous Villains. While Spartacus' band comes from [[MultiNationalTeam a multitude of backgrounds]] (Thracian, Celtic in general and Gaul in particular, Germanic, Numidian, Assyrian and AmbiguouslyBrown in Naevia's case), the Romans lack variety in that regard - the exception being Ashur and his mercenary band.
* AncientRome: Only a few scenes happen in Rome itself though, and the stereotypical imagery of white columns everywhere is mostly averted.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: The characters in the show speak a form of latinized English, which manifests in different ways:
** Everyone drops articles (such as "a," "my," and "this") from their speech whenever meaning is clear, because Latin didn't have indefinite and finite articles and didn't like personal articles.
** In classical Latin, people don't feel anything, but the feeling manifests itself. This appeared in the show through phrases like "Gratitude" (instead of "Thank You") or "Apologies" (instead of "I apologize").
* AnyoneCanDie: And almost everyone does.
* ArcWords:
** "Spartacus [[ForegoneConclusion must/shall/will]] [[DoomedByCanon fall]]!"
** "The shadow of Rome is vast, and you (Thracian) will yet die under it."
** "A gladiator does not fear death."
** "[[KillEmAll Kill them all.]]"
** "A man must accept his fate, or be destroyed by it."
** "There is always a choice."
* ArcSymbol: The red serpent.
* ArmorIsUseless: The Romans' heavy armor seems to do little besides slow them down in fights with more nimble gladiators. Sometimes egregious (e.g sword slashes seeming to cut right through lorica), sometimes more believable (e.g striking at gaps in the armour, or beating the target down with raw strength).
** Amusingly, the revolting slaves appear to be aware of this trope, as they don't trouble to loot or wear any Roman armour, and are often seen fighting fully-armoured soldiers in loincloths.
* ArtisticLicense: Although the writers have seriously ShownTheirWork, there are anomalies:
** In the slave market scenes, the prices mentioned are a fraction of what any slave - let alone a gladiator - would actually have cost at the time. Since understating the prices doesn't help the story, this is probably a genuine mistake.
** Several events in the show differ from the historical record. The initial escape was carried out by seizing kitchen utensils, Varnius survived the war and didn't even field troops until after Glaber's defeat, and Crassus wasn't given command until after the split between Spartacus and Crixus, and Crixus' death.
** The type of Roman armor known today as ''lorica segmentata'' (segmented plate armor) appears in the show but it was invented much later in the days of the Roman Empire. It is however, the most easily ''recognisable'' Roman armour, so chalk this one up to SmallReferencePools (along with the over-representation - and occasional misapplication! - of their famous ''testudo'' formation).
** In ''War of the Damned'', the movements of Spartacus' army are essentially reversed from the historical record. [[note]]Historically he moved north,historians believe to escape over the Alps before turning south after the split with Crixus and Crixus' resulting death, historians are unsure as to why, exactly, but revenge is a popular theory, eventually moving to the southern tip of the Italian penensula, records indicate with the intention of sailing to Sicily, and getting boxed in between Crassus and the sea. In the show, Spartacus moves south first, and his intentions towards Sicily are for strategic purposes, not escape, before fleeing north and being caught between Crassus and the Alps.[[/note]]
* AutobotsRockOut: Several fight scenes break out the electric guitar.
* {{Badass}}: All of the veteran gladiators and anyone taken under their wing. Ashur's band of killers. Caesar and Crassus.
* BandOfBrothers: Spartacus and his soldiers may fight among each other, but at the end of the day, they do love each other.
* TheBeautifulElite: Romans of high rank definitely tend towards exceptional personal attractiveness, as demonstrated by Glaber, Ilithyia, Varinius, Seppius, Seppia, Marcus Crassus and his entire family, and of course Julius Caesar. Lucretia tries to be this, but she is not technically "elite", and it could be suggested that Batiatus's average appearance is part of why the true upper class looks down upon him. Likewise, the Roman aristocrats insist on having only the finest of everything. Ilithyia throws an epic tantrum at being told that she will have to take up residence in the ludus in ''Vengeance'', and proclaims that "new appointments of much coin" will be purchased to bring her surroundings up to an acceptable level.
* TheBigGuy: Every single (former or current) gladiator can be considered as such.
* BillingDisplacement: Many actors/actresses play prominent characters and yet aren't included (or even [[PromotionToOpeningTitles promoted]]) in the main billing.
** Lesley-Ann Brandt Brandt (Naevia), Antonio Te Maioha (Barca) and Craig Walsh-Wrightson (Solonius) in both ''Blood and Sand'' and ''Gods of the Arena''. Ironically, [[TheOtherDarrin Brandt's replacement]] gets [[PromotionToOpeningTitles the promotion to the closing credits]]. [[note]] There are rumors that Brandt not being promoted is the real reason she left the show [[/note]]
** Heath Jones (Donar) and Barry Duffiel (Lugo) in both ''Vengeance'' and ''War of the Damned''.
** Jai Courtney (Varro) in ''Blood and Sand''.
** Jeffrey Thomas (Titus Batiatus) and Stephen Lovatt (Tullius) in ''Gods of the Arena''.
** Pane Hema Taylor (Nasir), Peter [=McCauley=] (Lucuius Caelius) and Hannah Mangan-Lawrence (Seppia) in ''Vengeance''. Taylor was [[PromotionToOpeningTitles promoted]] the following season.
** Gwendoline Taylor (Sybil) in ''War of the Damned''.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The default for the series; GreyAndGrayMorality is touched upon a few times, but really explored in ''War of the Damned''.
* BlondBrunetteRedhead:
** Gaia from ''Gods of the Arena'' is naturally a brunette, but possesses blond and red wigs which she wears on occasion.
** Illithyia, Seppia and Lucretia in ''Vengeance''.
** By the the end of the series, Spartacus has been involved with two brunettes, a blond (though unknowingly and unwillingly) and a redhead.
** The closing shots of the final episode featured Laeta and Sibyl accompanying a blond rebel.
* BuryYourGays: Inverted. The only romantic couple to survive the series is [[spoiler:Agron and Nasir]].
* CanonForeigner: Anyone who's not a HistoricalDomainCharacter.
** Lucretia and Ilithiya are possibly a case of NamedByTheAdaptation since deeper details about their respective husbands are unknown.
** Agron is a ZigZagged version of this. He takes the historical Castus' entire role and characterizations (the German RebelLeader of Spartacus' army). It was believed that his case is that of AdaptationNameChange, however, a character [[InNameOnly named Castus]] appeared in the final season, thus making them a DecompositeCharacter of the historical one.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Jupiter's cock!" might as well be Batiatus'.
*** Either that or "The gods stick cock in ass!" Used several times in the first season, and inverted in the second.
** Crixus has one in-universe - "Capua! Shall I begin?"
** "Apologies."
** "Gratitude" for "Thank you"
* ClusterFBomb: To the extreme, almost borderline TourettesShitCockSyndrome. Especially Batiatus whenever he has a VillainousBreakdown.
-->'''Batiatus:''' "I will not! NOT be FUCKED, you FUCK you fucking cock-sucking, you haemorrhoid-sucking FUCK, YOU FUCK!"
* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: {{Historical Domain Character}}s aside, only a handful of characters are alive by the end of the series.
* ChekhovsSkill: The show takes time to highlight Spartacus' tactical mind, showing that he's capable of formulating plans and adapting them to new situations, skills that will later prove crucial during the revolt. It also shows Crixus as having a knack for inspiring loyalty and admiration in those around him, which will come into play [[spoiler: when Crixus breaks off with half the rebels when Spartacus decides to leave for Gaul.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: Spartacus' {{Love Interest}}s are either wearing blue (Sura) or red (Mira) or, in once case, both (Laeta).
* CombatPragmatist: Between throwing sand, faking surrender, and surprise attacks to the balls, Ashur lives and breathes this trope.
* CoitusEnsues: "Subtext" is pretty much a non-existent concept on the show. If characters are getting it on then it ''will'' be shown. There is no such thing as an "implied" sexual relationship, to the extent that they even avert the ButNotTooGay trope.
* CoitusUninterruptus: Since this is set in Ancient Rome, this happens often. Batiatus and Lucretia are especially guilty of it. They have slaves act as fluffers before they get down to business with each other, and Lucretia even once asks Batiatus to have anal sex with one of her slave girls in the bath for her viewing pleasure. Barca and Pietros also have sex in their cell, which is easily visible to anyone who walks by.
* CruelMercy: Several times, by both the Romans and the Gladiators. It ''always'' backfires.
* CrusadingWidower: While specific to Spartacus himself, this basically serves as the launch pad for everything else that happens in the series.
* CurbStompBattle: Multiple times and sometimes mixed in with a {{hope spot}} right before.
* DeathByAdaptation:
** [[spoiler: Sura]], since [[spoiler: the historical Spartacus' prophetess wife/lover is repeatedly stated in historical records as an important member of the rebellion]]. Here, [[spoiler: she was killed-off at the middle of the first season for the sake of PlotTriggeringDeath.]]
** [[spoiler: Varnius]], since [[spoiler: historical records stated that he survived, but was barely captured by the rebel forces during the Third Servile War]]. Here, [[spoiler: he]] was killed-off at the penultimate episode of the second season.
** Historically, Arrius was part of the forces that defeated ''and'' killed Crixus. In the show, it was the other way around. [[spoiler: Though Crixus was still killed immediately after.]]
** [[spoiler: Historically, Marcus Crassus' son ''did not'' even participated in the Third Servile War. Here, he was killed at the show's penultimate episode for the sake of having a major Roman character die to ease the audiences from the fact that majority of the protagonists are all DoomedByCanon at the next episode.]]
** According to historical records, [[spoiler: Castus]] was killed off at the last moments of the FinalBattle alongside [[spoiler: Gannicus]]. [[spoiler: He]] is the second named character to be killed off in the show's GrandFinale.
** Rufus, Crassus' MookLieutenant, was historically the one who defeated and killed [[spoiler: Gannicus]] and [[spoiler: Castus]]. Here, he was the last Roman standing before Spartacus [[MarathonBoss finally squares-off]] with [[FinalBoss Crassus himself]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: It's actually ''a lot easier'' to count the characters who died as cowards.
* DefiledForever: Subverted several times, as many of the female characters (notably Diona, Sura, Naevia, and Aurelia) are viewed this way by themselves and/or other characters; however, the audience, and the nicer characters, tend to view them with sympathy or even admiration.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: While several women and slaves dislike being oppressed on a personal level, most articulate no underlying philosophical objection to slavery or sexism in general, at least until Spartacus and friends take a stand for freedom. Even then, some are more or less content with the status quo.
* DiesWideOpen: Majority of the characters died like this.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The House slaves.
* DoomedByCanon: Spartacus's rebellion will ultimately fail.
* TheEmpire: Rome, obviously. Though technically it was a Republic at the time.
* EternalSexualFreedom: While Romans did have lots and lots of sex, the show still plays this trope straight in regards to it's use of female on female relationships; While it wasn't unheard of for slaves to perform lesbian sexual acts in secret for their mistress's entertainment, and possible for her to join in, lesbianism was not considered appropriate by general society.
* EvilVersusEvil: None of the bad guys really seem to have any real loyalty towards one another. Once they're done using each other, all bets are off.
* {{Fanservice}}: Both male and female actors are almost uniformly chiseled and gorgeous, and the men especially spend most of their onscreen time bare-chested and glistening. Gratuitous female nudity also abounds. There's even an intersexed person in there. Truly equal opportunity fanservice.
** Also, naked wrestling, hermaphrodites, sex shows, a large, muscular black man with a voice like Zeus himself - add a whip and his promise to turn you into perfect physical specimens, and you get an extra ten percent of female fans. The ones who weren't already here for the shirtless bronzed gladiator bodies and rampant nudity.
* FanserviceExtra: ''Lots'' of them!
** Some of the arena spectators like to flash their breasts at the gladiators.
** Slaves are often forced to go naked.
** Scenes often contain extras having sex just to create an erotic atmosphere. Sometimes this is subtle (escaped slaves copulating in the background) or extremely overt (the inside of a brothel).
* FemaleGaze: Female and gay viewers will have hard time averting their eyes.
* FightClubbing: While the arena is socially acceptable, the Pit is an underground fight club that is considered a shameful den of depravity.
* FinaglesLaw: Responsible for much of the series' drama. Batiatus in particular seems to fall foul of it a lot.
-->'''Batiatus:''' "Once again the gods spread the cheeks and ram cock in fucking ass..."
* FollowTheLeader: The influence of ''Film/ThreeHundred'', ''Series/{{Rome}}'' and ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' is pretty obvious here.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Marcus Crassus (the Roman general who will become the ultimate nemesis of Spartacus and his men) gets mentioned several times by other characters.
** Combined with TemptingFate when Ilithyia sees the gladiators for the first time, and wonders aloud what would happen if they were to go berserk and try to escape.
** Crixus had so many {{Near Death Experience}}s by turning his back on his enemies, only to be saved by Spartacus. [[spoiler: Once he leads an army and separates himself from Spartacus, guess what happens?]]
* ForegoneConclusion: Each of the seasons to their own degree.
** ''Blood And Sand:'' Ends with Spartacus and the other gladiators successfully launching their rebellion against the house of Batiatus.
** ''Gods Of The Arena:'' Is a prequel, so this is even more of a given. Batiatus and Solonious' friendship is doomed, Ashur will be injured by Crixus, and Oenomaus will become Doctore.
** ''Vengeance:'' Builds up to the showdown at Mt Vesuvivus, where [[spoiler: Oenomaus and Glaber will die]].
** ''War Of The Damned'': Is the end of the tale. Rome will [[TheBadGuyWins crush the rebellion]] and pretty much everyone [[KillEmAll is going to die]]. The real Spartacus will be presumed dead and his body never found. His specific fate is therefore open to Artistic License.
* GermanicDepressives: Averted by virtue of antiquity. The ancient German tribesmen are boisterous, fun-loving and if anything overly-enthusiastic to the point of being difficult to manage.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot:
** Pretty much the only reason to include a sex scene between [[Series/{{Dexter}} Lilah]] and {{Xena}} in ''Gods of the Arena''.
** Illthyia and Lucretia also kiss each other multiple times in the show.
** Invoked a few times, various male characters (typically Roman elite) clearly enjoy seeing women kiss or have sex. In ''War of the Damned'', Gannicus also clearly enjoys seeing Saxa make out with another woman.
* GladiatorGames: Mostly limited to the first season and prequel, though they manage to sneak in at least one example per season.
* GladiatorRevolt: The end of the first season and thereafter.
* {{Gorn}}: Quite a bit.
* GoodIsNotNice: Most of the gladiators are about as nice as you'd expect a bunch of hulking, bloodthirsty killers to be, though they fight injustice.
* GratuitousGerman: The Germanic characters occasionally speak German (as a stand-in for ancient Germanic languages). Not very well, though - people fluent in modern German shouldn't expect to fully understand what they're saying.
* HeadbuttOfLove: In a show with this much overt sex (and rape), this is often used as a way to convey more tender emotions of love or caring.
** Crixus and Naevia on more than one occasion. [[spoiler: But most dramatically at the end]].
** Nasir is also a popular recipient, and not just from Agron. He even gets one from Spartacus himself after being injured during Naevia's rescue.
* HighPressureBlood: Copious amounts of blood spray and gout across the screen whenever a gladiator lands a blow (even from ostensibly bloodless wounds such as being thumped in the back with an axe shaft). However, there's rarely any bleeding afterwards, probably because most of the blood effects are CG.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Spartacus obviously, but also Crixus, Oenomaus (Doctore), Batiatus, Glaber, Gannicus, Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: While the actual appearances of most of the people involved in the Third Servile War is unknown (exceptions include Caesar, Crassus and Pompey) it is pretty clear that the show significantly upgrades everybody's looks. Those characters that are not strikingly attractive are often HollywoodHomely, rather than genuinely ugly. The fashions of the Roman women are also much more sexy than would have been considered decent at the time in order to better showcase their bodies.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade:
** Glaber is a monumental asshole in the show. Not much is known about the real man, but nothing suggests that he wasn't just some hapless Roman commander.
** Crassus was apparently just as brutal as he's shown in the series, but he probably wasn't such a keen swordfighter on top of it all.
** While Julius Caesar was pretty badass in real life, here he's also a scruffy fistfighter, a special ops saboteur and a one-man-army on the battlefield.
* HollywoodAtheist: Spartacus and Gannicus are atheists in a time period where it was practically unheard of to be atheist.
* HollywoodHealing: The protagonists often suffer some pretty gruesome injuries, in particular from bladed weapons, during fight scenes. Yet these usually heal with a speed that implies HealingFactor and aside from a few signature scars distinctive to their characters many of these wounds leave no permanent marks. Injuries that cut to the bone on the show often heal faster and better than minor scratches do in real life.
* HollywoodTactics: Often employed by the Roman Legions in ''War of the Damned''. Particularly compared to real Roman legions, which conquered so many other cultures specifically by having vastly superior tactics and discipline. Historically Spartacus was initially successful because he faced local militias, not "real" Legionaries, and because the men were afraid of the brutal and renowned gladiators which many of them had seen in the arena. Here however Roman troops are shown charging into individual melee combat in a way [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe contrary to real Roman battle tactics.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Many characters throughout the show has stated this.
* InfantImmortality: Averted big time, whether they're teenagers ([[spoiler:Numerius who is killed by Aurelia as revenge for Varro[[note]]though technically he was an adult by the standards of Roman society[[/note]] ]]), children ([[spoiler:the child with the ball in Sinuessa en Valle that's killed by the rampaging slaves]]), toddlers ([[spoiler:the son of the money lender killed by Barca off-screen]]), newborns ([[spoiler:Lucrecia jumping down the cliff with Illythia's baby]]) or unborns ([[spoiler:Crixus stabbing a pregnant Lucretia in her womb]]).
* InMediasRes: Used in a few episodes, particularly the first two seasons.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence : basically the trope personified for TV viewing. Particularly juxtaposed in the arena scenes, where shots of bloody violence is intercut with topless women gyrating in the crowd.
* JustifiedTitle: The names of each season:
** ''Blood and Sand'' refers to Spartacus' and the Gladiators' lives and the arena itself.
** ''Gods of the Arena'' featured the people who run the games and made the arena, as well as the past (champion) gladiators. It is also the SupportingProtagonist's RedBaron.
** ''Vengeance'' pretty much deals with most characters' [[ItsPersonal personal]] {{Revenge}}.
** ''War of the Damned'' for the ForegoneConclusion of the story.
* MadeASlave: Spartacus obviously, but goes for most of the other gladiators as well.
* MaleFrontalNudity: The show often gives MoralGuardians a heart-attack with its oh-so terrifying display of uncensored penises.
* MaleGaze: Male and lesbian viewers will have hard time averting their eyes.
* ManlyTears
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** Sura and Spartacus experience prophetic dreams at different points.
** The sky darkens when Theokoles enters the area. [[spoiler:It rains after Spartacus kills him as well as when he dies]].
* {{Mooks}}: Roman soldiers are slain pretty casually by the gladiators. Partially justified, since all the Romans' best troops were out expanding the republic's borders at the time, but the whole reason that the historical Spartacus relied on guerrilla warfare was because the Romans tended to win straight fights.
* MovingTheGoalposts: A tendency most of the major Roman characters have, which underlines their untrustworthy nature.
** Glaber abandoning his agreement with Spartacus and the Thracians, only to argue that they were still duty bound as Roman auxiliaries. This becomes an ongoing behavior with him.
** Batiatus: Using Sura as a bargaining chip with Spartacus, then having her killed.
** Crassus: With everybody, virtually all of the time.
* MrFanservice: Most of the male cast, especially the gladiators.
* MsFanservice: Most of the female cast.
* MultinationalTeam: The rebel forces.
* NamedByTheAdaptation:
** Sura, since further details about Spartacus' prophetess wife/lover are unknown in historical records.
** Lucretia and Ilithiya are [[CanonForeigner possibly]] this since deeper details about their respective husbands are unknown.
** Heracleo, since the pirates that allied [[spoiler: and betrayed]] Spartacus are all unnamed in historical records.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
* NoNameGiven: Spartacus himself, whose Thracian name is never revealed. Batiatus labels him Spartacus, after a legendary Thracian king, because Glaber never bothered to learn his name. Afterwards, he refuses to go by any other name. His real name is occasionally subject to an [[TheUnreveal unreveal]].
* OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome: Love is as painful as everything else on the show. Not everyone makes it out alive either.
* OhMyGods: "Jupiter's cock!" "Juno's cunt!"
* OnceASeason: Someone'll sing [[BawdySong "My/His Cock Rages On!"]]
* OnlyOneName: Married Roman women are only referred to by their given names both in-universe and in promotional materials for the show in stark contrast to [[LastNameBasis their]] [[FullNameBasis husbands]].[[note]]TruthInTelevision: Roman naming conventions can be confusing to modern people. Especially since Romans of notable birth had both clan and family names (the former often being mistaken by modern people for a middle name). Many of the important male Romans on the show are heads of their families (pater familias) and are thus referred to by their family name. GaiusJuliusCaesar is often called "Julius Caesar", omitting his actual first name entirely, as he is the pater familias of Caesar family in the Julii clan. This coincides with the OneSteveLimit, as it was fairly common for children to be named after their parents or other ancestors. Note that the show changes Marcus Crassus' eldest son's name to "Tiberius" to avoid confusion because in real life it was also Marcus, and as they were of the same clan and family, both had the same full name: Marcus Licinius Crassus.[[/note]]
* PlentyOfBlondes: Many of the Roman noblewomen favour blonde hair. Ilithyia is a natural blonde while Lucretia sometimes wears blonde wigs.
* PlotArmour: Literally. Whether a sword will bounce off your helmet or go straight through and impale your head depends on how important a character you are. Especially blatant when on other occasions you see Roman soldiers [[ArmourIsUseless take a sword slash on their breastplates and still go down in a spray of blood]].
* PrecisionFStrike: Majority of the fucking lines are uttered this way.
* PreviouslyOn: With the exception of the inaugural season.
* [[PromotionToOpeningTitles Promotion to Closing Credits]]:
** Viva Bianca (Illithiya) got the fastest promotion as she was immediately included by episode 3.
** Dan Feuerriegel (Agron) and Craig Parker (Glaber) in ''Vengeance''. Naevia is an odd example, as Cynthia Addai-Robinson ([[TheOtherDarrin her second actress]]) is the one who received this treatment, not Lesley-Ann Brandt (her original).
** Pana Hema-Taylor (Nasir), Ditch Davey (Nemetes) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa) in ''War of the Damned''.
* PoirotSpeak: Characters do not drop into Latin at random or with any frequency, but the English dialogue is often interrupted by a few specific Latin nouns related to the military, political office or gladiatory games and training (See also ShownTheirWork below)
* {{Pride}}: Ends up causing a lot of the drama in the story.
* RatedMForManly
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Main star Andy Whitfield has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. While waiting for him to recover, ''Starz'' made up for the gap with a prequel mini-series. Whitfield has since bowed out of the series to continue treatment. Sadly, he lost the battle on September 11, 2011.
* RealMenHateAffection: Especially unusual given the period this is set in, but even when parting for what they expect to be the last time, most of the guys go for the forearm clasp version of the HandshakeSubstitute, rather than hug. Even [[ManlyGay Agron]] is not very touchy-feely with anyone except Nasir. Oddly averted by the boisterous Germans, who seem big on the ManHug, at least initially.
* RebelLeader: One of the most famous in history.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Crixus and Naevia start off as StarCrossedLovers, kept apart by their status as slaves and their domina Lucretia, but once the gladiators rebel...
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Widespread, and applied to both genders. Slaves are often forced to go partially or completely naked for the entertainment of their Roman masters either for erotic reasons, especially with household slaves and prostitutes, or simply because in some jobs, such as mining, they see no reason to provide them with clothes.
* TheRomanRepublic: The setting for the story.
* RuleOfCool:
** The fight scenes. Popping someone's head off with a chain, for example.
** Gladiators tended to have a layer of {{kevlard}} to protect themselves from the bloody, slashing wounds that fans loved without serious internal injury. [[AdaptationalAttractiveness In the show]], however, most gladiators have bodybuilder physiques with washboard abs.
* SceneryPorn: Inverted. Okay, the series tries to [[FollowTheLeader follow in the wake]] of ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'', which would explain why Italy (one of the most beautiful countries in Europe) arguably looks only ''slightly'' more pleasant than the Moon.
* ScreamingWarrior: Screaming when you fight is absolutely necessary.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: A new character is usually introduced this way every season.
** Oenomaus, Naevia, Ashur, Varro, Rhaskos, Gnaeus, Pietros and the rest of the named gladiators all played this straight.
** Quinctilius Varus in ''Gods of the Arena''.
** Nasir and Chadara in ''Vengeance''.
** Caesar, Laeta, Sibyl and Attius in ''War of the Damned''.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Women in all social classes tend to wear these.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl:
** Lucretia and Ilithyia are often working this trope, especially when they are trying to be [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey persuasive]].
** Other minor characters and extras display this as well. There is always at least one topless woman in the arena stands, for example.
* ShownTheirWork:
** In the match between Crixus and Spartacus in episode three both men are armed according to their gladiator types: Crixus, a Gaul, is a ''murmillo'', and Spartacus is armed as a ''thraex'', which is a stereotypical Thracian. The matchup of these sets is one that was actually used in the real arenas, though the ''murmillo'' wasn't actually used until several decades later.
** Though the language itself [[TheQueensLatin is entirely in English]], all titles and positions are referred to with their proper Latin terms, and even correct gender and tense declension. The dialogue also omits the definite and indefinite articles to match Latin's lack of them.
* SlaveBrand: The gladiators are branded with the mark of the house. Slaves from the house of Batiatus all have a ''B'' on the inside of their forearms. Body slaves get a tattoo.
* SlaveCollar: All regular slaves wear a collar.
* SlaveLiberation: Season two and beyond.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Flowery language delivered in TheQueensLatin is frequently combined with the ClusterFBomb.
** Agron in particular stands out here. Most of the time he sounds awfully cultured for a backwoods barbarian. But he also uses profanity very frequently.
** Batiatus, despite (or perhaps because of) his LargeHam tendencies, often combines the the virtues of a Roman orator with lengthy explosions of extremely graphic profanity.
* [[SwordAndSandal Sword and Sand(al)]]
* TheThreeFacesOfEve:
** Spartacus' love interests count with Sura as the wife (obviously), Mira as the seductress and Laeta as the child.
** More obvious in Gannicus' case with Melitta as the wife (obviously, [[YourCheatingHeart though not his]]), Saxa as the seductress and Sibyl as the child.
* TrainingMontage: The first season and prequel sometimes have these.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Apparently, Lucretia enforces this to her body slaves.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: The Romans generally underestimate Spartacus and his followers, thinking them "common slaves" and mere "savages". Completely ignoring the fact that this fighting force is made primarily of slaves who were trained day in and day out on nothing more than how to fight and kill. It comes to a head in Vengeance's "Chosen Path" after Ashur tries to desperately point out, for the thousandth time, how dangerous the gladiators are compared to the average Roman mook. Glaber's response is to throw Ashur into a dogpile of soldiers and tell them to go nuts. Ashur kicks the crap out them.
-->'''Ashur''': And I was considered ''lowest'' among the Brotherhood.
* UnderwearOfPower: The rebel slaves, particularly the males, fights wearing nothing but loincloth.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Third Servile War is a real historical event, and Spartacus was an actual person. But most of the storyline is an invention of the writers.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: A lot. This gets particularly ridiculous in the pilot, where Spactacus is shirtless and bare-legged ''in the snow'' (which also doubles as a ShoutOut to ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'', where the Greek soldiers are similarly dressed). Also, it isn't restricted to the men, [[FanService not by a longshot]]. It's easier to list the cast members who don't get a shirtless scene.
* WarArc: The last two seasons, especially ''[[MeaningfulName War]] of the Damned''.
* WorldOfBadass: Seriously, even the most feminine characters (e.g. [[spoiler: Seppia]]) are not above taking a crack at killing people.
* WorldOfMuscleMen: Other than the occasional child, half-starved slave or petty bureaucrat, nearly every male from gladiators to Roman Senators is totally buff, and shown partially or completely naked to prove it. Batiatus is a notable exception.
* WouldHitAGirl: Being AncientRome though, a hands-off attitude towards women was by no means a social standard.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: You might spot familiar faces from time-to-time.

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[[folder:Spartacus: Blood and Sand]]
!!''Blood and Sand'' provides examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Batiatus loves his wife, dreams of being a father, and does some pretty awful things to his peers and slaves alike.
* AnyoneCanDie: The list as of the end of Season 1: [[spoiler: Sura, Varro, Batiatus, Barca, Pietros, Duro, Good Solonius, Calavius, Numerius, Ovidius and too many minor characters to count.]]
* ArchEnemy: Spartacus and Glaber, Batiatus and Good Solonius, Crixus and Ashur, and for a while Spartacus and Crixus.
* ArcWords: "Tend to the wound" in episode 11. "KillEmAll" pretty much for [[ForegoneConclusion the entire series]], but it's specially relevant in the season finale.
* AsYouKnow: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d.
-->'''Barca:''' Myrmex has the advantage.\\
'''Batiatus:''' Thank you for the fucking obvious.
* BadBoss: Batiatus and Lucretia toward their slaves when it suits their purposes, though they often try to make it seem like they're {{Benevolent Boss}}es.
* BashBrothers: Agron and Duro, "the German Brothers".
* BatmanGambit: Illithiya's EvilPlan in "Party Favors". [[spoiler: He had Numerius switch Crixus with Varro in his exhibition match with Spartacus. If Varro wins, her and her husband's hated enemy dies. If Spartacus wins (which happened), he will be emotionally and psychologically damaged for killing his best friend.]]
* BattleCry: Spartacus' trademark "RUAAAARGH!"
* BeautifulSlaveGirl:
** Most of the slaves, obviously. Batiatus and Lucretia are fond of having slaves act as fluffers before they get down to business with each other. Invoked with Mira who is (repeatedly) sent to Spartacus to act as this. She is implied to have been this, possibly for much of the ludus, as well. To his credit, he turns her down as she is not there willingly, though they later become willing lovers. Naevia is an interesting example, Lucretia protects her virginity, but only so that she will be worth more later.
** We find out in Gods of the Arena the reason for preserving Naevia's virginity by Lucretia was so she would not be subjected to what her friend Diona had been.
** Pietros is a male example, though he and Barca genuinely love each other. [[DepravedHomosexual Gnaeus]] on the other hand...
* BedTrick: ''And how.'' Notably, ''both'' of them are victims of it.
* BenevolentBoss: Batiatus plays this straight when it suites his purposes, primarily with Ashur and Oenomaus. [[spoiler: Ashur was granted a promotion to the villa and was given Crixus' woman, and Oenomaus was slated for freedom and being hired as lanista]]. He averts the trope whenever he feels that he can wring more advantage to do so (See BadBoss above)
* BerserkButton:
** Batiatus does not like it when he is mocked and denied a higher status due to his heritage. ''Not at all''.
** Ilithyia does ''not'' like being laughed at.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Aurelia [[spoiler:castrates a rapist, and later stabs an adolescent boy[[note]]Technically he was legally an adult by the standards of roman society, though most of the main characters still considered him a child[[/note]] to death for having her husband killed.]]
** Sura, to a lesser extent. She is ''not'' an easy mark for a Geddi gang-rape, and does ''not'' run for safety when her husband comes to her rescue. She also gives Spartacus his marching orders: Kill them all.
* BlondesAreEvil: Illithyia; also Lucretia when she is not a [[EvilRedhead redhead]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Batiatus]].
* BiggerBad: Glaber, and the Roman Republic in general.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: In episode 8, Batiatus buys six new slaves at auction to be trained as gladiators. One of them, a black man, declares that he will train hard to become as legendary as Spartacus. GilliganCut to him getting thrown against a peg during training and killed instantly.
* BloodKnight: Every friggin' male.
* BodyPaint: A number of slaves at a party are painted white to resemble marble statues. Ironically, real Roman statues were painted to look like people. Also used for the BedTrick mentioned above.
* BookEnds: The pilot and the season finale ends with the camera zooming in to focus on Spartacus. Both episodes were also done InMediaRes.
* BullyingADragon: Ovidius (the loan shark) tries to intimidate Batiatus in early episodes, but has a difficult time of it since Batiatus is usually followed by at least one famous and deadly gladiator.
* ButtMonkey: Spartacus at first. Pietros after [[spoiler: Barca's death]]. Aurelia, well, [[UpToEleven all the time]].
* ChainedHeat: Spartacus and Varro in episode 10.
* ChekhovsSkill: Spartacus' [[LeParkour shield-leaping]] ability.
* ChewingTheScenery: Batiatus chews the scenery every chance he gets.
* ChickMagnet: Crixus has three separate women, from three separate Roman social classes, all fantasizing about him throughout the first season.
* ClarkKentOutfit: Who was expecting Good Solonius of all people to be so ripped?
* CurbStompBattle:
** Spartacus gets his ass handed to him in his first few matches with Crixus.
** Spartacus' 'battle' against [[spoiler: Good Solonius]] in episode 12 was explicitly designed as an execution.
** In the finale, [[spoiler: Doctore vs. Ashur.]]
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* CruelMercy: Spartacus lets Glaber live in the first episode, forcing him to go back to Rome in shame. Glaber returns the favour.
* DeadPersonConversation: Spartacus has a few of these with [[spoiler: Sura and Varro.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Gnaeus, given that he rapes a fellow slave.
* {{Determinator}}: Spartacus gains a reputation as a man who defies death after surviving his execution and a long stretch of duels in the Pit.
* DirtyCoward: Ashur.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Batiatus tends to do this.
* TheDogBitesBack: Illithyia in episode 13. [[spoiler: She gets the last laugh on Lucretia by escaping the massacre at the ludus and having her soldiers seal the doors behind her.]]
* TheDreaded: Theokoles. Crixus nearly shits himself when it's announced he and Spartacus are to face him. Doctore is sure they'll both die.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Pietros.]]
* DualWielding: Theokoles. Later, Batiatus orders Spartacus to adopt the style as an in-universe invocation of the RuleOfCool. Oenomaus, though it is not his signature style, shows that he is capable of this as well in episode 5.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The pilot episode is cruder than the rest of the series and trying much harder to be ''300''. The Getae look inhuman, similar to what ''300'' did with the Persians. This is never used in the show again.
* EmpathicEnvironment: When Theokoles (aka the Shadow of Death) steps into the arena, ''the sky clouds over.''
* EnemyMine: Spartacus and Crixus against Theokoles. [[spoiler: And again at the end of the first season.]]
* EnemyRisingBehind: When Theokoles [[NotQuiteDead stands back up]]. Spartacus and Crixus don't notice until they register that everyone else is doing a MassOhCrap.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Ashur refuses to accept Good Solonius's bribe, saying, "I ''am'' a villain, but I'm not your villain."
** Ilithyia is horrified when [[spoiler: she kills Licinia in a fit of rage]] and shows genuine guilt for it.
** Batiatus is also furious with his wife [[spoiler: for manipulating the events that lead to Ilithyia murdering Licinia, although this could be explained away as him being worried about what the costs might be. He does however apologize to Spartacus over Lucretia tricking him into sleeping with Ilithyia, and seems to genuinely mean it]].
** Lucretia is at first pretty horrified when she realises that Batiatus was behind [[spoiler: the massacre of Ovidius's family]]. However, this is because she thinks his motive was [[spoiler: to get out of paying his debts]] - when he explains that [[spoiler: Ovidius had tried to have him killed]], she's fine with it. (It looks as if she'd have considered [[spoiler: killing just Ovidius to get out of debt]] perfectly ok - it was [[spoiler: the wife and child that were overkill, and killing THEM is fine once she finds out it's revenge]].)
* EvilAlbino: Theokoles, the Shadow of Death.
* EvilVersusEvil: It is ''great'' fun watching the various Roman characters screw each other over.
* EvilRedhead: Lucretia, this of course when she is not a [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]].
* ExactWords: Twice with Batiatus.
** After Ovidius finds his wife dead, and his son being held hostage, Batiatus tells Ovidius that he won't kill him if he reveals who tried to assassinate him. He doesn't. [[spoiler: Barca does]].
** Batiatus keeps his word about reuniting Spartacus with his wife. [[spoiler: Too bad Batiatus ordered Aulus to mortally wound her so that she'd die seconds after he finally met her]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Season 1 finale is called "Kill Them All".
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Good Solonius]]. He even [[GoOutWithASmile goes out with a smile]] knowing that [[spoiler: Batiatus will be following him soon enough.]]
* FinishHim: An extreme example, [[spoiler: Spartacus is forced to kill his best friend Varro at the conclusion of a playful exhibition match.]]
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: [[spoiler: Batiatus]].
** TheDragon: [[spoiler: Doctore]], also the TokenGoodTeammate.
** TheBrute: [[spoiler: Barca]], later [[spoiler: Aulus.]]
** EvilGenius: [[spoiler: Ashur]]
** DarkChick: [[spoiler: Lucretia]], occasionally doubling as the EvilGenius.
** SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler: Illithyia]].
* FiveManBand: Spartacus' circle of friends.
** TheHero: Spartacus
** TheLancer: Varro
** TheBigGuy: Agron
** TheSmartGuy: Duro
** TheChick: Mira
** EleventhHourRanger: [[spoiler: Crixus]]
* FrameUp: Batiatus [[spoiler: kills Calavius then delivers Numerius and a host of guards to the fresh corpse in order to frame Good Solonius.]]
* FreakOut: At the end of episode 10.
* GambitRoulette: Ashur's plan to [[spoiler: frame Good Solonius for the magistrate's murder]] however relies on ''precise'' timing that would be nearly impossible in an age without clocks.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Good Solonius.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: In episode 12, Mira all but foams at the mouth when Spartacus asks to speak to [[spoiler: Varro's widow.]]
* HearingVoices: Spartacus periodically has hallucinations of his wife. She tells him to kill everybody.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: According to WordOfGod, the reason the producers decided to have Spartacus fight [[DualWielding Dimachaerus]] style, is because he wouldn't have to wear a helmet and viewers could see his face.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Getae in the first episode are portrayed as inhuman, orc-like savages. In reality, the Getae were so similar to the Thracians that historians are still a little unsure what the difference is.
* HowWeGotHere: The pilot and the SeasonFinale are done this way.
* IHaveYourWife: Batiatus promises to find Sura and buy her for Spartacus if he behaves and does well in the Arena. [[spoiler: He does buy her, but has her killed right before they reunite.]]
* ImprobableHairstyle: Crixus has a modern military crew cut that would be nigh impossible to get at the time. Although the Romans did invent the military cut, the one Spartacus gets would be more accurate. Also Suro has a modern fringe and layers. Subverted with Lucretia, who has unnatural red hair, but episode 3 reveals she wears wigs, which was TruthInTelevision for some Roman women.
* InfantImmortality: Whether Barca disobeyed orders because he could not bear to kill a child drives the plot of episode 6. It turns out that [[spoiler: he did not disobey orders, and he was lying to Pietros to make him feel better.]]
* IronicEcho:
** "What would you do to hold your wife again?"
** "Capua! Shall ''I'' begin?"
** An interesting example for Ilithyia. In one episode, Batiatus gets a few more slaves to be turned into gladiators. Illithyia, who loves big strong men with large endowments, purchases one of them as her own slave. Later Spartacus speaks out of turn in front of her and her friends, and she states that she would have him crucified were he her slave. [[spoiler: She later tries to have her slave kill Spartacus in the washroom but is stopped by Crixus. The slave's punishment: Emasculation and crucifixion, in the training yard for all to see, especially Ilithyia.]]
* JerkassFacade: Spartacus adopts a jerkass facade to get respect in the arena, while still remaining a decent guy at heart. For example, when Gnaeus is harassing Pietros, Spartacus angrily orders Pietros to bring him some water, which gives Pietros an excuse to get away.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Crixus and Doctore.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Batiatus.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Ilithyia, Glaber and Ashur]] as of the season 1 finale.
* KarmicDeath: A whole slew of Romans are slaughtered when the people they'd forced into blood sports turn against them.
* KickTheDog:
** Glaber makes a point of telling Spartacus what he has done to his wife.
** Ashur's cruelty to Pietros after [[spoiler: Barca is killed.]]
** Ashur again: he is allowed to have any of the slaves as his sex slave, and he chooses Naevia because he knows that she and Crixus are in love. [[spoiler: This was also likely to get revenge on Crixus, it works flawlessly.]]
* KillEmAll: Episode 13. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It is all there in the title.]] Also, Sura is fond of telling Spartacus this.
* LoanShark: Ovidius, who reminds Batiatus of his owed debts in three different episodes. However, it turns out to be a bad idea to [[BullyingADragon browbeat a guy with a stable of gladiators at his beck and call.]]
* TheLostLenore: Murdered wife Sura is a classic example. She appears after her grisly demise in flashbacks and dream sequences, and Spartacus' subsequent love interest is a ReplacementGoldfish who bears more than a passing resemblance to her, and a lot of their relationship tension revolves around Spartacus' ongoing love and grief for his murdered wife.
* LadyMacbeth: Illithyia convinces Glaber to go against his orders and make a grab for glory (at the expense of Spartacus and his Thracians), which arguably kicks off the entire plot. She is also perfectly capable of making life difficult for Spartacus in her husband's absence.
* MadeOfIron: Several characters, but special mention must go to Theokoles, the Shadow of Death.
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: It would be hard to say who got Lucretia pregnant.
* ManipulativeBastard: Batiatus and Lucretia, who play their slaves and Roman countrymen to whatever tune they like. To a lesser extent, Ashur. The way he goes about getting [[spoiler: Barca]] killed is worthy of mention, as is his revenge on [[spoiler: Crixus, the gladiator who had wounded him, in episode 12.]]
* ManlyGay: Barca.
* MyGirlIsASlut: Lucretia worries that Batiatus will find out about her affair with Crixus, but [[spoiler: it turns out that he's known all along and doesn't care]].
* MythologyGag: The scene introducing Mira to Spartacus bears striking similarity to the introduction of Spartacus and Varinia in ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'', possibly {{Foreshadowing}} their future relationship.
* NiceGuy: Varro, Pietros.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Lucretia in Season 2, according to Lucy Lawless.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Spartacus and Crixus in the Season 1 finale. Crixus even laments that had things been different, they would have been as brothers; and even though they stand in each others way, ''both'' of them are fighting for a just cause.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[spoiler: Good Solonius, knife in hand, standing over the corpse of Calavius.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [=DeKnight=] said in commentary for the finale that the only scene he regrets having to cut was after [[spoiler: Duro's death]]. Apparently, Agron kills [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge everyone]], and Oenomaus comes to find him surrounded by the bodies of the guards.
-->'''Oenomaus''': This was my home for many, many years.
-->'''Agron: Then I [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] pity you.
* OhCrap:
** Batiatus' slimy henchmen Aulus, [[spoiler: who was ordered to kill Spartacus' wife]], has one in episode 11; [[spoiler: Towards the end of the episode, he finds himself all alone with Spartacus while he [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique "questions"]] him about the absence of the supposed wound he received trying to rescue her from alleged attackers while en route to the ludus.]]
** [[spoiler: Batiatus]] has a massive one when [[spoiler: Spartacus nearly impales him through the head in Episode 13.]]
* OhMyGods: "Jupiter's cock."
* OminousLatinChanting: During a sex scene, no less. It makes sense if you have worked out that [[spoiler: it is actually [[ArchEnemy Ilithyia]] not Licinia under the mask, making both of them victims of a ''very'' brutal BedTrick.]]
* OneWomanWail: Sura's theme.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Crixus to Spartacus during and after [[spoiler: the Segovax incident]].
* PassThePopcorn: Of all times and places, Ashur does this on [[spoiler: Sura's funeral]].
* PetTheDog: Batiatus goes against the crowd to spare Spartacus' life when he submits in his fight against Crixus.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "[[IAmSpartacus I! AM! SPARTACUS!]]"
* PunctuatedPounding: Batiatus is fond of combining this with the ClusterFBomb, whether it's kicking a dead slave or beating someone round the head with a cup. Aurelia also does this in the finale while [[spoiler: stabbing Numerius.]]
* TheQueensLatin
* RaceLift: Oenamaus (aka the Doctore) was historically from Gaul, like Crixus. He is reimagined as a ([[ScaryBlackMan scary]]) BaldBlackLeaderGuy.
* RedemptionInTheRain: For Spartacus in the arena in episode 5, after he and Crixus fight Theokoles. The rain breaks the heat wave and drought that had been gripping the city. He is thereafter repeatedly referred to as "bringer of rain."
* TheReveal: Episode 12, which is titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Revelations]], has a chunk of these.
* RetiredBadass: Oenomaus (Doctore) certainly counts, though he is only retired from the ring. He was the only man to ever survive a fight with Theokoles and is able to teach both Spartacus and Crixus a thing or two.
* RealityEnsues: A cut Spartacus receives in his fight with [[spoiler: Varro]] that he doesn't get treated results in a wicked infection that nearly kills him.
* RedOniBlueOni: Crixus and Spartacus, right down to the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color of their fighting gears.]]
* RichBitch: Ilithyia.
* TheRival: Crixus and Spartacus.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: The season's finale.]]
* RousingSpeech: An [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epic]] and genuinely [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments touching]] one is delivered by [[spoiler: Spartacus to the rest of the slaves after the massacre at the end of Season 1.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Sura and Varro.]]
* SayMyName: [[spoiler: '''Doctore:''' ''ASHUUUUUUUURRRRR!!!'']]
* ScaryBlackMan: Doctore. Scarred, bullwhip-wielding, bald and badass.
* ShoutOut: In Spartacus's first scene with his wife, she asks him, "You will fight no more?" and he answers "Forever." This is a famous quote from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Joseph#Nez_Perce_War Chief Joseph's surrender]] at the end of the Nez Perce War: "I will fight no more forever."
* SirSwearsALot: Batiatus is the absolute ''king'' of this trope.
* SmugSnake: Ashur.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Ye Gods and how. Many of the gladiators go into battle with their chests completely exposed and train in what amounts to a loincloth. There are frequently scantily dressed female slaves as background extras and several episodes where the background extras are fully nude.
* TantrumThrowing: When Illithyia declares her desire to fuck Crixus, Lucretia wrecks an entire room that way.
* TearOffYourFace: An underground pit fighter named Ixion does this to defeated opponents, then wears their faces as masks.
* TemptingFate: Episode 13 has this gem;
--> [[spoiler: '''Batiatus:''' Friends! We are perfectly safe inside the villa!]]
--> [[spoiler: ''(cue the enraged gladiators storming into the villa)'']]
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: When Ashur gets berated for his slimy ManipulativeBastard behaviour, he pulls this line of defense, pointing out that everybody treated him like pig feed and that nearly every git move he pulled benefited his master, Doctore and the ludus, so ''screw'' the gladiators and their honour. From what we see in ''Gods of the Arena'', his attitude is at least partially justified.
* ThereAreNoRules in [[TheThunderdome the Pit]].
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Spartacus does this after Mira thanks him for saving her from a guard. It doesn't go well.
-->'''Mira:''' Gratitude for last night.
-->'''Spartacus:''' The man overstepped. I merely made correction.
-->'''Mira:''' Still... the heart swells at such kindness."
-->'''Spartacus:''' Then see it deflate. I would have done the same for any woman.
-->'''Mira:''' ...You are an ass. ''(storms off, as Varro chuckles.)''
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks:
** All the time in the pilot. It's practically Spartacus' signature move.
** Subverted in the second episode -- a thrown sword is still lethal, but when your opponent is fast enough to parry it, it becomes lethal to a random innocent bystander. Oops. Then {{lampshade|Hanging}}d immediately by Doctore: "If you throw your sword in the ring, you are dead."
** Throwing an ''axe'' however is apparently okay, as Spartacus [[spoiler: saves Batiatus' life]] this way in Episode 4.
** Ironically played straight by Doctore in the final episode of the season. Doctore is apparently [[RetiredBadass badass enough]] to pull it off.
* ThwartedCoupDeGrace: Twice in the Season finale.
* TitleDrop: In episodes 1, 2, 6, 12, and 13.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Batiatus and Lucretia. Subverted as Lucretia lives.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Spartacus eventually earns respect after [[spoiler: killing Theokoles.]]
* TragicMonster: While not in the series, Theokoles is painted as this in the prequal comic. Basically speaking he was a good natured, hard working boy who turned out to be exceptionally good at killing, and not much else. Some of the details are especially tragic, but best not to get into them.
* TrainingFromHell: Doctore seems to favor it.
* TraumaticHaircut:
** In episode 2, Spartacus's long hair is hacked off when he becomes a gladiator. For some reason, Barca and the two German brothers are allowed to keep their hair long.
** In episode 12, [[spoiler: Lucretia brutally hacks Naevia's hair after discovering the latter's SecretRelationship with Crixus.]]
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The gladiators famously turn against their masters in a mass rebellion.
* UnholyMatrimony: The series is actually rather good about this - being complete bastards does not stop Batiatus/Lucretia and Glaber/Illithyia from being relatively loving and devoted couples.
* TheUnreveal: Twice in episode 2, when Spartacus is about to tell us his real name. The first time Crixus cuts him off, the second time the Doctore invokes [[TalkToTheFist Talk To The Whip]]. He gets cut off again in a flashback, this time by Sura.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** Batiatus begins to break down [[spoiler: during the revolt at the end of Season 1, when he sees not only his plans for office, but his own ludus falling apart.]]
** Lucretia trashes her room after Ilithyia demands a night with Crixus, who until then had been her personal sex toy.
** Ilithyia has a murderous one after she realizes she has been subjected to a particularly nasty BedTrick.
* VisualPun: When the gladiator who wears his opponents' faces in the Pit turns to the audience with his newest trophy and says, "You wanna face me?!"
* WellDoneSonGuy: Ashur just wants a little respect from the other gladiators, to the point that he is initially reluctant to accept an elevated position because it will mean that he will never get the chance. He comforts himself with [[spoiler: cold blooded vengeance.]]
* WhamEpisode:
** "Delicate Things." [[spoiler: Barca was framed by Ashur and was killed. Sura is delivered to Spartacus gravely wounded and dies. Batiatus ultimately reveals that he had her killed so Spartacus will have nothing and no one else to fight for but him and his house]].
** "Party Favors." [[spoiler: Illithiya manipulates Numerius to switch Crixus with Varro in his exhibition match with Spartacus and orders him to have the loser killed]].
** "Kill Them All." [[ForegoneConclusion The much anticipated]] GladiatorRevolt.
* WhamLine:
** Two from episode 6:
--> "'' We were attacked..."'' followed by a WhamShot to Aulus' hand covered with blood.
--> "'' [[IGaveMyWord A word I kept...]] [[ManipulativeBastard They're]] [[ExactWords reunited.]]"''
** From episode 9:
--> "''Apologies, Licinia. It appears we arrived before [[spoiler: [[BedTrick Ilithyia is finished with Spartacus]]]]."''
** Episode 12 has plenty of these:
--> "''I felt her maidenhood long absent when we laid together. Now I know, [[spoiler: [[SecretRelationship whose cock was in her first]]]]!"''
--> "''[[spoiler: Barca was not freed, but Batiatus took his life!]]"''
** Also from episode 12, this exchange between Spartacus and the German brothers at the end of the episode.
--> '''Agron:''' Shits keep rising higher in this fucking hole!
--> '''Spartacus:''' Perhaps best not to be present when it fills the mouth.
--> '''Agron:''' What do you speak of?
--> '''Spartacus:''' I speak of nothing.
--> '''Duro:''' Nothing sounds much like escape. And how could "nothing" find way past [[spoiler: Batiatus]] and these fucking Romans?
--> '''Spartacus:''' There is but one path. [[ForegoneConclusion We]] [[KillEmAll Kill]] [[ArcWords them]] [[GladiatorRevolt all]].
** Illythia in episode 13: "Bar the fucking doors!"
* WhamShot:
** Spartacus killing Theokoles is an in-universe example.
** Numerius' thumbs down from episode 10.
** Crixus tapping his shield from episode 13.
* WhatTheHellHero: Mira calls Spartacus out on his selfishness twice in Episode 12. [[spoiler: First by telling him that if he tries to kill Batiatus, whether he succeeds or not, ''every'' slave and gladiator in the ludus will be killed. When she learns that he did not take his revenge because Aurelia is now a slave of Batiatus, she ''tears into him even more'' for the fact that he'd let everyone except her die.]]
* WhatWereYouThinking: Spoken by Varro in verbatim after hearing Spartacus' escape plans.
* WhipItGood: Doctore.
* WomanScorned: Lucretia reacts pretty much as expected when she finds out why Crixus has lost that loving feeling.
* WouldHitAGirl: Illithyia gets this a lot. Spartacus tries to strangle her [[spoiler: after he finds out he had sex with her]] and her own husband headbutts her when [[spoiler: he finds out she murdered Licinia]]. Crixus on the other hand manages to stab [[spoiler: Lucretia]] in the gentlest way possible.
* XanatosGambit: Batiatus [[spoiler: arranges Good Solonius' murder, then sends [[TheMole Ashur]] to warn him. If Good Solonius doesn't listen then he dies, if he does then Ashur gains his trust to exploit later.]]
* YaoiGuys: Barca and Pietros.
* YeahShot: The gladiators after Spartacus' RousingSpeech at the season finale.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Spartacus: Gods of the Arena]]
!!''Gods of the Arena'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Melitta]] falls afoul of this in episode 5.
* AllWomenAreLustful: It goes without saying that they love [[EatingTheEyeCandy watching the gladiators training]]. Naevia and Diona's curiosity about [[BiggerIsBetterInBed the size of Gannicus' cock]] is one example, but the poster girl of this trope is Gaia. That woman is {{lust}} personified.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Played with -- more so than in Season 1. Batiatus' ambition to rise above his station is a sympathetic goal, but the measures he takes to ensure that he does are questionable. Titus, meanwhile, comes across as more than a little cowardly as he remains humble before the villains of the series and [[spoiler: refuses to allow Batiatus and Lucretia to take revenge on Tullius for killing Gaia.]]
* ArcSymbol: Wines are a very important plot device this season.
* ArcWords:
** "Drink..."
** "There is only one path in becoming champion. [[RedBaron Never fucking lose]]."
** "[[{{Foreshadowing}} You are to die at the end of my spear!]]"
* {{Badass}}: Gannicus and Oenomaus are the established badasses of this series, with Barca not too far behind. Other characters from ''Blood and Sand'' are seen to be still in training.
* BadassBoast: Batiatus' idle boast that any of his men could defeat any of Vettius' blindfolded [[SubvertedTrope comes back to haunt him when Vettius demands that Gannicus do exactly that]]. [[spoiler: And Gannicus wins anyway.]]
* BenevolentBoss:
** Titus Lentulus Batiatus is well loved by his slaves, something his son Quintus seems envious of.
** Lucretia is shown to care about her slaves and only allowed certain things happen to them because of pure social pressure, although she's not above blackmailing Melitta into convincing Oenomaus not to tell anything about the orgy to Titus. But then again, she apologizes later.
* BettyAndVeronica: Oenomaeus and Gannicus, to Melitta.
* BigBad: Tullius is the primary antagonist, with Caburus acting as one for the arena.
* BiTheWay: Lucretia and Gaia.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Batiatus, who might count as a VillainProtagonist given the events of ''Blood and Sand'', comes across as significantly less evil than the competition.
* BladeOnAStick: The hoplomachi, most notably Barca and Auctus.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Vettius, though he's more of a jerk than really evil. Tullius is one in the truest sense of the trope.
* BookEnds
* BreakTheCutie:
** Gannicus starts out as a devil-may-care gladiator who loves the arena and enjoys all the perks of victory. The rest of season sees [[spoiler: all his joy destroyed, as he receives no credit or standing for seemingly impossible victories, is forced to withstand various humiliations ''[[TheWorfEffect just because he's the best]]'', is used as a pawn in the brutal chess game between Batiatus and Tullius, and his relationship with his only true friends is poisoned. Even the finale, where he receives much-deserved freedom, leaves him adrift, with no idea where he should go or what he should do.]]
** Then there's Diona, who is [[spoiler: raped repeatedly until she's on the point of suicide. Naevia helps her escape, but she is soon caught and executed in the arena, in front of her only friend's eyes.]]
* BrokenBird: Diona after her traumatic first time.
* ButNotTooGay: {{Averted}}. The series doesn't shy away from gay kisses, Barca and Auctus most notably. Lucretia and Gaia are played with GirlOnGirlIsHot in mind.
* CallForward: All over the place, including extensive {{Backstory}} for even seemingly incidental details such as why Oenomaus doesn't drink wine any more, why Lucretia favours her red wig, and how Ashur got his burn scars and crippled leg.
* CerebusRetcon:
** Lucretia's fascinations with wigs and Oenomaus' dislike for wine are the most blatant examples.
** The reason for the gladiators' lack of respect for Ashur is also given emphasis. And in turn, Ashur's hatred towards them.
** The anger of Naevia when she delivered the defiant speech to Lucretia near the end of season 1 has been given new weight and meaning, ditto Oenomaus' TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Ashur in that season's finale.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Gaia while watching Lucretia and Batiatus having sex, and later Varus.
* DepravedBisexual: Varus, and the same can be said about other numerous Roman visitors to the house of Batiatus.
* DoomedByCanon:
** Oenomaus [[spoiler: will become Doctore but will lose his wife and the faith he has to his Ludus, and never see glory in the arena again.]]
** Affable and cheerful Ashur [[spoiler: will become a bitter schemer who manages to kill Barca.]]
** Good Solonius and Batiatus will not stay [[WeUsedToBeFriends best friends]].
** Barca and Auctus [[spoiler: won't last, as Barca is with Pietros in the original.]]
* DramaticIrony: Being a prequel, the series provides this in spades.
* DrunkenSong: Gannicus sings a [[BawdySong very crude]] one while celebrating his victories in episode 1. While he's balanced on the edge of a cliff no less. It's the [[CallForward same song]] the gladiators were singing during the party in "Delicate Things" while [[spoiler: Barca was being murdered.]]
* DualWielding: Gannicus' preferred fighting style.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler: Crixus]] is frequently lectured on how bad he is against spear-wielding opponents. His very first opponent even taunted him that he'll die at the end of his spear. He later said that the reason for this is he was too young when he was MadeASlave to learn to fight and his entire family met their end at that weapon. [[spoiler: Guess what weapon kills him in the final season.]]
** In the season finale, [[spoiler: Naevia]] tearfully watches [[spoiler: her friend Diona]] being executed. [[spoiler: Naevia will be killed in the exact same manner in the GrandFinale.]]
** Melitta telling Gannicus that there might be a time that he may fight, if not kill, his beloved friend. [[spoiler: Flash forward to ''Vengeance'' episode 5...]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Batiatus' struggle with his father is this, everything else is [[BlackAndGrayMorality Grey vs Black]].
* HappilyMarried: Oenomaus and Melitta, they're like a benevolent version of Batiatus and Lucretia.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Naevia and Diona, as well as Ashur and Dagan. Despite being married, Quintus and Lucretia are this to Solonius and Gaia respectively. [[spoiler: Towards the end of the season, the other half of each of the female pairs will get killed, while the male pairs will have a [[WeUsedToBeFriends nasty fallout]].]]
* IAmNotMyFather: In the first two episodes, several people have made this comment regarding Batiatus (and he essentially fires Doctore for mentioning it). He feels that his father's patient attitude has held the family fortunes down, and episode three makes it very clear that Batiatus and his father are not on good terms.
* InadequateInheritor: Titus considers Batiatus to be this.
* IncendiaryExponent: Invoked for the primus in the final episode, which takes place inside a RingOfFire. Gnaeus cranks it up another notch by ''setting his net on fire'' during the battle.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: During the primus, there's a crowd shot with a couple having sex while the battle takes place. Gannicus and Melitta having sex is also juxtaposed with Oenamaus fighting (and killing) the original Doctore.
* {{Jerkass}}: Vettius. And, of course, sneering, bloodthirsty rapist Cossutius.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gannicus is extremely cocky, but also really amiable around Oenomaus and Melitta, and later acts surprisingly nice towards Crixus. Auctus is arguably this as well; while he treats the new recruits badly he saves his gentler side to his birds and, of course, Barca.
* KarmaHoudini: Batiatus - but only within the context of this series, with the events of the first season turning it into DramaticIrony.
-->'''Batiatus:''' "And one day, we will see proper reward for all we have done!" (scene cuts to [[spoiler: him dead on the floor at the end of ''Blood And Sand'']])
** Vettius and Varus.
** Gannicus
* KickTheDog: A Roman man approaches Dagan, who can't speak Latin, and asks if he is interested in having a good time, Ashur and his not so TactfulTranslation says Dagan is okay with it and adds that he likes it rough. Later Ashur casually blinds one of his eyes after feigning helplessness while he was taking him down in combat. [[WithFriendsLikeThese With A Friend Like This]] indeed.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Episode 6 of ''Gods of the Arena'' is about Batiatus and Solonius [[spoiler: setting a trap to Tullius and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections Vettius]], then Solonius proceeds to [[BreakTheHaughty ruin]] Vettius while Batiatus, before [[DeathOfAThousandCuts repeatedly stabbing Tullius with a knife]] and [[AndIMustScream walling him alive]], tells him exactly where he can stick his status in.]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Not a single character introduced in this prequel are alive by the end of the series.]]
* KingMook: Caburus. He gives Gannicus and Crixus a run for their money in the finale. [[spoiler: Gannicus finally kills him by shoving a spear tip into his mouth, before ripping his jaw off.]]
* LadyMacbeth: Lucretia is quite capable of taking the problem of [[spoiler: Titus' stifling influence]] into her own hands. Indeed, she is revealed to have been doing so from the very beginning.
* ManlyGay: Auctus.
* {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch: Gaia.
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: The entire season is Batiatus' dying flashback.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Batiatus gets one at the end of the first episode, he returns the favour later.
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Batiatus at the end of the final episode.
* OhCrap: Titus in episode 5.
-->'''Titus:''' "Tell me you're not the serpent I thought you to be."\\
'''[[spoiler: Lucretia]]:''' "I'm not. I'm far worse."
* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: Episode 4.
* ThePatriarch: Titus.
* PerfectPoison: [[spoiler: How Lucretia killed Titus and Melitta, though the latter was an unfortunate accident. Just a sip of the poisoned wine was enough to make them cough blood and die messily. Actually, she has been poisoning Titus for a long time, not exactly to kill him, but to make him sick and leave them alone. We don't know if it is the same poison in a bigger dose or another, stronger, one.]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: "Apologies."
* PsychoticSmirk: Tullius is fond of doing this.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The whole existence of this season is due to the late Andy Whitfield's then undergoing health treatment.
* RedOniBlueOni: Gannicus (Red) and Oenomaus (Blue), Ashur (Red) and Dagan (Blue), surprisingly, Ashur (Red) and Crixus (Blue), Titus (Blue) and Quintus (Red), Lucretia (Blue) and Gaia (Red), Naevia (Blue) and Diona (Red).
* RingOfFire: The showdown between Batiatus and [[spoiler: Good Solonius']] gladiators in the final episode.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Batiatus, Gannicus, and Oenomaus go on in the season finale. Ironically [[spoiler: what they really what revenge for (the deaths of Titus and Melitta), are the things Tullius ''isn't'' guilty of]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: Batiatus considers applying this trope. [[spoiler: He ultimately doesn't, but Lucretia takes out Titus anyway.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Auctus and Barca. Of course Auctus is only sensitive as a gladiator can possibly be, but his [[PetTheDog liking of birds]] shows he's a bit more warmthearted than you would expect from a man who lives to kill.
* [[SuicideByCop Suicide By Gladiator]]: [[spoiler: Doctore]] all but forces Oenomaus to kill him.
* SequelHook: After Gannicus [[spoiler: is freed in the final episode, he tells Crixus and Oenomaus to come find him when they earn their own freedom.]]
* SexEqualsLove: For two slaves ordered to put on a sex show.
* StartOfDarkness: While not exactly moral, five years prior Lucretia seemed to care for her slaves. Ashur was more compassionate even [[spoiler: showing grief at having to kill a fellow slave.]] And while impetuous, Batiatus was at least bothered by some of the actions he took towards forwarding his ambition.
* TactfulTranslation: Ashur plays it straight, but never with good intentions.
* TheTeam: Batiatus' gladiators in the finale.
** TheHero: Gannicus
** TheLancer: Crixus
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TokenEvilTeammate: Ashur
** TheBigGuy: Dagan
** TheChick: Gnaeus
** TeamDad: Oenomaus
** TeamMom: Barca
* TeamMom: Melitta to the other slave girls, especially Naevia and Diona.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: While the Batiatus father and son acknowledge the importance of both, Titus strongly favors gladiators with skills compared to his son Quintus who strongly favors gladiators who ignite the crowd.
* TemptingFate:
** Good Solonius gloats to Vettius in episode 6 "We were not found knife in hand, kneeling beside body!" This almost perfectly describes [[spoiler: the FrameUp from the first season that leads to his death.]]
** Also this exchange between Gannicus and Melitta in Episode 2.
-->'''Melitta:''' "And what happens, brave Gannicus, when presented with circumstance you cannot laugh or fight your way clear of?"\\
'''Gannicus:''' "Well I may have to ''fuck'' my way clear of it!"
** Naevia helping Diona to escape because she couldn't bear ''seeing'' her friend regress and eventually die.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]]: Naevia and Diona.
* ThreeWaySex: It doesn't take long for Gaia find her way to Lucretia and Batiatus' bed.
* TitleDrop: In every episode except number 4. Batiatus also [[RedBaron refers]] to Gannicus as a "god of the arena" in the finale.
* TookALevelInBadass: Crixus, after a RousingSpeech from Batiatus and his arena battle with Auctus.
* TookALevelInJerkass: While not a NiceGuy, Crixus is depicted as TheQuietOne here compared to his JerkJock self in ''Blood and Sand''. Likewise, [[StartOfDarkness Ashur]].
* TournamentArc: Titus ordered his gladiators to compete in order to determine the rankings on his house in episode 5. The SeasonFinale has the surviving gladiators from the earlier matches compete in the RingOfFire match in the main event.
* TriangRelations: There are two sets of LoveTriangle in this series.
** Oenomaus, Melitta and Gannicus starts of as type 4 after the latter two [[spoiler: were forced to have sex with each other. It eventually evolves to type 7.]]
** Batiatus, Lucretia and Gaia falls to the type 8 category.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Gannicus, Oenomaus and Melitta who are true friends (the latter two are married), [[spoiler: but then Gannicus and Melitta are forced to have sex an event that shakes everything up.]]
* VillainProtagonist: Batiatus, the BigBad of ''Blood and Sand'', is front and center and only a bit less of a vile schemer. It works because his enemies are even bigger dicks.
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** This series reveals that Batiatus and Good Solonius, bittier rivals in ''Blood and Sand'' who each arrange to murder the other, used to be the best of friends in days past.
** Also, Crixus and Ashur. While by no means best friends, they get along very well, and Ashur even shows concern when he believes Crixus is going to die in his fight against Gannicus. Ashur is absolutely shocked when Crixus cripples his leg.
** Speaking of Ashur, he and Dagan became this at the end of the prequel.
** Inverted with Barca and Crixus, who don't get along well initially due to [[spoiler:Crixus killing Barca's lover in his debut in the arena]].
* WhamEpisode: Episode 4.
* WhamLine:
** From episode 2:
--> "''Have him fuck this one."''
** From episode 5:
--> "''[[OhCrap I'm not. I'm far worse.]]"''
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Ashur and Dagan are good friends, and Dagan even saves Ashur's life. When Dagan starts receiving more praise as a gladiator, however, a jealous Ashur puts him in a very uncomfortable situation.
* WomenAreWiser: Melitta has shown wisdom, kindness and patience like no one else in the series. It is particularly emphasized when she interacts with the irresponsible and boisterous Gannicus and her husband is always seeking her for advice. Lucretia is also more level-headed and cautious than Batiatus and this trope may apply to all the other women with Gaia being an notable exception, but only in the "morally-superior" part though.
* TheVamp: Gaia has sex for fun, love, and manipulation.
---> Lucretia: "I thought you were in love."
---> Gaia: "I was... with his money."
* YaoiGuys: Barca and Auctus.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Gannicus, Crixus and Oenomeus will one day be leaders of a rebellion which will shake the Republic. Here, Gladiators in a mid level ludus in a provincial town.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Spartacus: Vengeance]]
!!''Vengeance'' provides examples of:
* AcheyScars: [[spoiler: Lucretia's wound starts to ache when she sees Crixus.]]
* ActionGirl:
** Mira has been as valuable a warrior as any of the other gladiators so far.
** Saxa revels in her warrior ways.
** Naevia has turned into this by the last couple of episodes.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Compared to previous seasons, name a single Roman character who isn't at best a JerkAss.
* AnnoyingArrows:
** Played with in episode 8, Glaber takes an arrow to the shoulder, and despite wearing armor is knocked off his feet. He isn't seriously hurt though. The Egyptian completely ignores a dozen arrows sticking out of his chest, arms, and legs; but he seems to just be ''[[MadeOfIron that tough]]''. However, there is the occasional [[InstantDeathBullet instant death arrow]] thrown in the mix.
** After Mira offers to teach someone bow skills, Saxa screams (in "German") "This bitch and her fucking arrows!"
* AnyoneCanDie: Continuing the trend of ''Blood and Sand'', we have [[spoiler:Aurelia, Marcus, Rhaskos, Albinius, Lucius, Seppius, Seppia, Varinius, Mira, Ashur, Oenomeus, Glaber, Lucretia, Illithyia and Illithyia's newborn baby.]]
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Agron and the Rhines, whose German is barely comprehensible for native speakers.
** [[FanWank If you were being charitable]], you might justify it by German not existing as a language until well after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
* ArcWords: "Go to Vesuvius!"
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The Germans pledge themselves to Spartacus after he kills their greatest warrior.
* AttackAttackAttack: Marcus seems to subscribe to this strategy.
-->'''Marcus:''' "And we shall fight until the last drop of Roman blood!"
* AttemptedRape:
** When the gladiators arrive at the mines, Mira is presented as an "apology" for the slaves arriving late. The lead Roman wastes very little time in trying to rape her. She however will have none of it, and puts a knife on his crotch and demands he tell her where [[spoiler: Naevia]] is. Turns out that was their plan all along.
** One of the Rhines attempts this on [[spoiler: Naevia]]. It did not end well.
* BattleCouple: Once the latter of each pair [[TookALevelInBadass underwent training]].
** Spartacus and Mira
** Crixus and Naevia
** Agron and Nasir
* BawdySong: The Gauls, particularly Rhaskos, have one called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin My Cock Rages On]]. Rhaskos starts singing it naked at one point, much to the other gladiators' displeasure. This is apparently the only song gladiators ever learn, as it's the same one from ''Blood and Sand'' and ''Gods of the Arena''.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Mostly averted in that many characters acquire cuts that become permanent scars. Exceptions include:
** By the end of episode 4, after constant running and fighting through the woods Spartacus' and Mira's faces are both stained with blood and mud. It's all gone by the next episode though.
** Only three characters in the entire show have ever been ''bruised'': Ilithyia, Naevia, and Pietros. It's worth noting that their bruises come from more "domestic" fights, compared to battles: Ilithyia is hit by her husband, while Naevia and Pietros receive bruises at the hands of their rapists, [[spoiler: Ashur and Gnaeus]], respectively.
** Naevia really stands out here. Despite being shipped from villa to villa to be used as a sex toy by Roman aristocrats, and then having been sent to the mines, she only has a few minor blemishes and otherwise still looks better than most women on their best day.
* BigBad: Glaber.
* BigDamnHeroes: After fleeing the mines, [[spoiler: Spartacus finds his forces picked off one by one. Just as he convinced he's going to die, Agron shows up with the rest of his men.]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst:
** In episode 4, Spartacus, Mira, Nasir, and Naevia are accompanied by 4 unnamed gladiators three of whom are black. [[spoiler:Admittedly, all four of them die, but the black ones do die first.]]
** [[spoiler:Oenomaus is the first of the four generals to die, but he was historically the first to die as well]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: Almost everyone who dies bleeds from the mouth.
* BoisterousBruiser: All of the Rhines.
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler: Naevia]] due to recent events.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Seppius is in love with his sister Seppia, and gets jealous whenever she has the attention of other men. Glaber notices [[EvenEvilHasStandards and is creeped out]].
* BullyingADragon: In the first episode, three street toughs try this with a side order of blackmail ("We won't tell who you are if you give us Spartacus") on Oenomaus. The guy who they already know was the only man ever to survive against Theokoles, who is in-universe pretty much the second most terrifying man to have ever lived. And they do it armed with one small dagger. [[TooDumbToLive It works out pretty much how you would expect for them.]]
* TheBusCameBack: Many characters returned this season, namely; Albinius, Cossutius, Mecatto and Gannicus. [[spoiler: All except Gannicus also counts as BackForTheDead]].
* CallBack:
** Gannicus is introduced as "A true God of the Arena". Ashur also calls him this.
** In episode 8, [[spoiler: Spartacus presents a thin piece of cloth to Glaber as proof of Ilithyia's capture, perfectly mirroring what Glaber did to him at the beginning of ''Blood and Sand''.]]
** In episode 9, [[spoiler: The House of Ashur, reminding Lucretia and everyone of the House of Batiatus.]]
** In episode 10, [[spoiler: "At last the Roman knows his place before us! On his knees!"]]
* CannotSpitItOut: Nasir towards Agron.
* CaptainObvious: Ashur states the Gannicus has made his choice after Gannicus single-handedly slaughters a Roman honor guard, kidnaps Glaber's wife and leaves his rudis impaled in the gladiator Ashur had sent to watch him.
* CatchPhrase:
** You can almost bet that Agron will say some variation of 'Fucking [Insert Race Here]', usually Gauls, at least once an episode.
** Nasir seems to hiss whenever he is about to fight.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder:
** ''Blood and Sand'' and ''Gods of the Arena'' hinted at this, but ''Vengeance'' is proving that this is ''the'' way Roman Politics were handled. Nearly everyone in the Roman Upper Class is shown to have a case of this.
** Ilithyia accuses Ashur of having this toward Glaber [[spoiler:which is probably the one time in the series when he's actually ''not'' an example]].
* ClingyJealousGirl[=/=]WomanScorned: Mira does not take learning about the BedTrick incident from ''Blood and Sand'' well.
* ColdBloodedTorture: A pretty horrific example happens in episode 4 when one of the captured Gauls is selected by the Roman elite as a means of both revenge for the massacre at the end of ''Blood and Sand'', and for their own personal amusement.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike:
** Spartacus is not terribly happy with [[spoiler: Crixus and the Gauls]] saving him from [[spoiler: Glaber's soldiers. Crixus later states they ''weren't'' there to save him, but to stop him from killing Glaber, as the Roman reprisal would be more than they were ready for.]]
** Naevia [[spoiler: believing that Crixus died so that she could escape, and knowing how many others died in the attempt, she angrily chastises the rebels for throwing away so much to rescue her. Notably, she chastises Agron, who was the one opposed to the rescue from the start for this very reason. When he tells her this, she says he should have tried harder to talk them out of it.]]
* CreatorCameo: Michael Hurst appears as a Roman soldier in episode 9. He's the one who says, "Praetor, the rebels are in retreat."
* CruelMercy: In episode 8, [[spoiler: Spartacus turns Ilithyia loose into the woods, telling her that Glaber does not love her (which she probably already knew). He even says that it isn't a kindness, as she is now lost without food or water.]] As with every other instance of this, it backfires.
* CurbStompBattle: Spartacus v Sedullus.
* DeadlyBath: [[spoiler: Seppia tries to murder Glaber in his bath, only to have her throat slit by Ilithyia.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Agron is developing into one between Crixus and Spartacus' constant seriousness.
-->'''Agron:''' (''discussing a slave that tried to kill Spartacus)'' And how do you propose we train this wild little dog?
-->'''Spartacus:''' As Batiatus had Doctore train me.
-->'''Agron:''' And that turned out so well.
** Glaber also shows signs of it.
-->'''Marcus:''''' (after hearing a piercing scream from Ilithyia)'' What has happened?
-->'''Glaber:''' In matters concerning my wife the gods themselves fear to speculate.
*** Ilithyia in the bath "[[ADateWithRosiePalms relaxing]]"
-->'''Ilithyia:''' Oh! Gaius. You give hot cause to flutter.
-->'''Glaber:''' The water ripples in evidence.
* DeathByAThousandCuts: The fate of one captured Gaul in episode 4, [[spoiler: until Ilithyia gets fed up and finishes him off.]]
* DeathByDisfigurement: [[spoiler: Oenomaus loses an eye and is killed in the following episode. Likewise, Varnius and many other Roman soldiers were killed after being hit by the catapult.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Oenomaus.]] After the fall of House Batiatus, he begins to fight in [[spoiler: The Pit]] as a means of punishment.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Being set in ancient Roman times, this abounds. Of particular note:
** Roman slavery in general.
** Varro chastises his wife for failing to fight off her rapist.
* DesignatedGirlFight: In a massive brawl between the brotherhood and the new German recruits, of course Mira ends up tangling with the only action girl on the other side. Though it's about as brutal as the other fights.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Mira presumably dies in Spartacus' arms, though no one knows she's dead until he puts her down. Oenomaus in Gannicus' arms.]]
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Mount Vesuvius.
* TheDogBitesBack:
** [[spoiler: Glaber kills Senator Albinius after he's had enough of Albinius mocking him and he's discovered the conspiracy against him.]]
** After Lucretia tries to put the new and improved Ashur in line with insults, he [[SarcasmMode calmly]] explains to her that she owes him a lot.[[spoiler: And then drives the point home by brutally raping her.]]
* TheDragon:
** Marcus appears to act as Glaber's second-in-command.
** Ashur becomes Glaber's Dragon later. He's even got his own dragon: the Egyptian.
* DudeWheresMyRespect:
** A villainous example. Ashur seems to be the embodiment of this trope in his own eyes. He did all of Batiatus' dirty work before AND after he was marked as a member of the Brotherhood. He was the one who [[spoiler: rescued Lucretia and nursed her back to health]] and is alluded to have done countless other favors and deeds for other gladiators. Yet he is still seen as someone who is [[BerserkButton below standing]].
** Glaber also once he learns that despite his rank, ''no one'' likes or respects him.
* EasyAmnesia: Lucretia now remembers nothing of the events of the last few months due to the trauma of what happened at the ludus. [[spoiler: Turns out she was lying about that, at least partially. She's certainly remembered by the end of the season.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: A great many of the characters are motivated by {{Revenge}}. [[spoiler: And in the end Spartacus, Naevia and Lucretia take it all in brutal ways]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange:
** [[spoiler: Lucretia]]'s natural brown hair has now grown through and reflects her now fragile state. Agron's long hair has now been cut completely short to symbolize his allegiance to Spartacus.
** Ashur shaves his beard when he becomes a man of influence and power through Glaber, since proper Romans go clean-shaven.
* EvilVersusEvil: It is still great fun watching the various Roman characters screw each other over.
* EyeScream: The Egyptian stabs [[spoiler: Oenomaus]] in the eye in episode 9.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The mines were hinted to be this in ''Blood and Sand'' and ''Gods of the Arena'', and Mira certainly believes it to be as well. From what we see, she's right.
* FireForgedFriends: Spartacus invokes this in Episode 9 by having 2 gladiators/slaves who don't get along fight as a team against another two who don't get along. He hopes this will lead forge a sense of camaraderie between them.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Glaber
** TheDragon: Ashur
** EvilGenius: [[spoiler:Lucretia]] (with [[spoiler: their]] schemes and all)
** {{The Brute}}s: Ashur's QuirkyMiniBossSquad, but most notably The Egyptian.
** DarkChick: Ilithyia
** TagalongKid: Seppia
** SixthRanger: Varnius (TheRival of Glaber in the early episodes)
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Spartacus
** TheLancer: Agron
** TheBigGuy: Crixus (not physically the biggest but a lion hearted enforcer)
** TheObiWan: Oenomaus to the former gladiators, Lucius to Mira.
** {{The Smart Guy}}s: Nasir (while not being the TagalongKid) and Mira (for being great at {{Indy Ploy}}s and {{Batman Gambit}}s as well as [[OnlySaneMan the most level-headed]])
** {{The Chick}}s: Mira (at first) and Naevia (later on)
** SixthRanger: [[spoiler: Gannicus]]
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin
* FoeYay: In-Universe example. [[spoiler: Ilithyia fantasizes about Spartacus while she is in the bath.]]
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: Oenamaus and Glaber]] dying at Vesuvius shouldn't come as a surprise, as this is what happened historically (the [[AnyoneCanDie bloodbath among the other main characters]], on the other hand...).
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In Episode 1, Glaber and Marcus are discussing Pompey and his war in Hispania. Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, known as Pompey, was one of the two generals who ultimately defeat Spartacus; [[ShownTheirWork and was in fact absent for much of Spartacus' War due to dealing with a war in Hispania.]]
** In Episode 5, Spartacus and his forces establish a camp at the base of Mount Vesuvius. Historically, Spartacus' final confrontation with Glaber happens on Vesuvius.
** Gannicus witnessed numerous crucifixions throughout the series. Historically, Spartacus' army was punished through this. [[spoiler:By the end of the series, this canonical event took place with Gannicus being one of those crucified rebels.]]
* [[FourPhilosophyEnsemble Five Philosophy Ensemble]]: The five main characters.
** Spartacus = The Optimist
** Crixus = The Realist
** Agron = The Cynic
** Gannicus = The Apathetic
** Oenamaus = The Conflicted
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Likewise.
** Spartacus = Leukine
** Agron = Choleric
** Crixus = Sanguine
** Oenamaus = Melancholic
** Gannicus = Phlegm
* GeniusBonus: Although its possible that the writers did not know, one of the speeches at the arena in episode 5 is one of these. A Roman character says to a Capuan crowd that "Hannibal is at our gates" and then says words to the effect of "but we beat him ultimately". The in-universe audience and the knowledgeable amongst the viewers will know that Capua switched sides and supported Hannibal against Rome and was punished for that, and at the time of the Third Servile War still had a Roman garrison in order to keep the city under Roman thumb.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Practically every Roman woman wears one. Special mention goes out to Ilithyia's PimpedOutDress from Episode 4's party.
* GroinAttack: Used on at least two perverts by Mira and Naevia.
* HandsOnApproach: Varinius teaching Seppia how to use a sword in episode 4.
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Crixus and Agron.
* HealItWithFire: In episode 4, Nasir has a wound treated this way. It even gets a CallBack to ''Blood And Sand'', when it's mentioned Crixus survived his wounds from Theokoles this way.
** Spartacus also tries to do this with [[spoiler: Mira]], but it's too late.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Any possible chance that Aurelia and Spartacus can finally be on good terms is lost when [[spoiler: he sends her away to find her son but they are ambushed and she is fatally wounded. With her last words she orders him to keep away from her son.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: In addition to all the returning ones, Varinius. Though historically speaking he shows up a little early, and depending on the source may be a CompositeCharacter of two separate Roman generals who fought Spartacus shortly after Glaber.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Spartacus uses the Romans' own catapults against them in the finale, invoking KillItWithFire on a large part of their camp.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Marcia, a prostitute Gannicus becomes acquainted with. [[spoiler: She gets crucified for talking about the rebellion.]]
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: [[spoiler: Hunted up the mountain, the rebels finally turn the table and it is Glaber and the Romans in the end who have to defend themselves in the temple]]
* HumanLadder: The Romans stand on each others' shields to storm the temple walls in episode 9.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Spartacus' reason for not having Nasir killed, despite the fact that Nasir just tried to kill him. Spartacus claims that he would be just like Glaber if he killed [[spoiler: Illithyia.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Agron said this almost verbatim after [[spoiler: Crixus confronted him about lying about Naevia's status.]]
* InfantImmortality: In the final episode, [[spoiler: Lucretia]] takes this trope and throws it [[spoiler: off a cliff. ''Literally.'']]
* InMemoriam: The show honored Andy Whitfield in the credits of the season premiere.
* InstantExpert: Mira masters the bow ''very'' quickly. Though Lucius does say that she has a natural talent for it. Taken UpToEleven when later in the same episode, when she shoots an arrow between a dueling Gannicus and Spartacus and hits [[spoiler:Chadara]] in the throat (though it's then immediately subverted when Mira reveals she was aiming to wound).
** Shortly after Crixus shows her how to wield a sword, Naevia fights and defeats a gladiator ([[spoiler:Ashur]]).
*** This is a complicated example, because he was kicking her ass six ways to Sunday until he got distracted taunting Crixus, which is of course a very [[spoiler: Ashur]] thing to do.
* IronicEcho:
** "We'll get through this together, as husband and wife."
** Spartacus bringing Glaber Ilithyia's ribbon, the same way Glaber brought Spartacus Sura's ribbon.
** "Is there nothing left between us?"
** "At last (he) learns his place before us; on his knees!"
** "We are friends, are we not?" "The very best." This gets echoed twice in Vengeance, but was originally said in Blood and Sand.
** Lucretia dropping her red wig from the balcony was reminiscent of the way Gaia's body (she often wore a red wig) was disposed of in the prequel.
** [[spoiler: The last match of the opening of the arena has the RingOfFire showdown. The last day of the arena shows i\the arena itself being surrounded by fire. Both also has Gannicus in it. Furthermore, Spartacus' first arrived in the arena as a CondemnedContestant, now he is the rescuer of his friends who is slated to this fate.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well...maybe gold's a bit strong, but aside from being loud and obnoxious, Rhaskos seems to have his good qualities. Foremost being his UndyingLoyalty to Crixus.
* KickTheDog:
** Ashur taunts Oenomaus about [[spoiler: Gannicus and Melitta's affair from ''Gods of the Arena''.]] Later, [[spoiler: he brutally rapes Lucretia just to prove he can.]]
** Glaber crucifies one of Ilithyia's slaves, despite knowing she is innocent, just to show his power, and even forces Ilithyia to confirm that the slave was a traitor.
** Nemetes' actions get [[spoiler:Mira]] killed. He later makes some insulting remarks about both [[spoiler:her]] and Spartacus. This leads to a rather savage beating, even Saxa dumps him in disgust.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler: Lucius.]]
-->"At least it wasn't a fucking Roman who took my-" (''beheaded'')
* KillItWithFire:
** In episode 5, [[spoiler: while Spartacus and Agron enter the arena as part of a rescue, Mira and a team of gladiators set fire to the arena's foundations causing it to burn and collapse.]]
** In episode 9, [[spoiler: Glaber's forces catapult flaming debris at the rebels' base. Crixus shoves Varinius in the way of one and he is incinerated.]]
* KnifeNut: Mira, before becoming Archer. Also, the Egyptian.
* LargeHam: Glaber. A fairly unremarkable villain in season one with very little screentime, in season three he seeks to make up for Batiatus' absence by letting his inner ham free at last.
* LastStand: Episode 4. [[spoiler: Subverted. Spartacus and Mira, who refuses to abandon him, prepare to make one against an approaching army. But it turns out the forces approaching are their own.]]
* LeeroyJenkins: What [[MookLieutenant Marcus]] turns out to be. A few gladiators act like this ''Wrath of the Gods'', [[spoiler: and get Mira killed. Needless to say, Spartacus is pissed.]]
* TheLostLenore: Batiatus for Lucretia. [[spoiler: and it looks like as of Season 3 Spartacus will have not one but two, given how Mira exited the show.]]
* LoveIsAWeakness: Ashur mockingly points out how love has led to ruin for Gannicus, Crixus, and Oenomaus. Gannicus later laments this as well. Ironically [[spoiler:he meets his downfall for trying to wed Lucretia]].
* MadOracle: Lucretia. [[spoiler:Turns out that she doesn't really think that she's an oracle, but ''is'' at least a little insane]].
* MookLieutenant: Marcus. Unfortunately he is also a LeeroyJenkins and dies for it [[spoiler: by Ashur's hand]]. He is then replaced by Salvius (another Roman officer), while Ashur gets promoted to TheDragon.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Ilithyia to Seppia.]]
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: [[spoiler: Agron's justification for lying about Naevia. Spartacus admits that it is a lie for the greater good--and then immediately states that, if they discard the needs of the few/one, they're just as bad as the Romans.]]
* NeckSnap: The [[PsychoForHire Egyptian]] does this to a random brothel patron, his head doing a full 180.
* NumberTwo:
** Agron seems to be this for Spartacus' side of the Rebels.
** Rhaskos for The Gauls.
** Ashur and Salvius butt heads frequently over which of them is (or should be) Glaber's Number Two.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: [[spoiler:A tricky one, since Lucretia often appears insane to the viewers, but to the Romans she appears perfectly sane. She's faking the whole thing to get vengeance on Ilithyia]].
* OddFriendship: Ilithyia and Lucretia.
* OhCrap: Ilithyia gets two in one episode; first when she finds out [[spoiler: she has to return to Capua]] and second when she finds [[spoiler: Lucretia still alive in the Ludus.]]
** Spartacus gets a rare one when [[spoiler: Aurelia's dying and beaten body is dragged out in front of the market by Glaber's soldiers. Having previously thought she was safely on her way to finding her son.]]
* OminousLatinChanting: During the climax of the final episode (fittingly, reprised from the final battle in ''Gods of the Arena'').
* OnlySaneMan: Mira. Spartacus wants revenge, Agron wants to fight, and Crixus wants to find [[spoiler: Naevia]]. She seems to be the only main character who simply wants to get out of dodge and start a new life while they still can.
** Subverted as the season progresses. She's now just as deep as the rest of the Rebels and is usually the [[ActionGirl only female]] that goes with the group into battle. Though she typically remains the most level headed.
*** Gannicus could be considered this, since he seems to be only one who realises it's a lost cause trying to take down the Romans.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Ilithyia, Albinius, Seppius, and Varinius all spend several episodes repeatedly mocking and belittling Glaber. It's great fun to watch, but [[TheDogBitesBack it comes back to bite almost all of them in the ass]].
* PsychoForHire: Ashur enlists ''several'' of these, after finally making Glaber realize his men are not good enough to fight gladiators.
** Most notable is [[TheBrute the Egyptian]], who very nearly manages to kill Crixus (and later Oenamaus) with nothing but a pair of knives.
** Unfortunately, as they're ultimately, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin psychos for hire,]] [[spoiler: when Glaber offers them money and land in exchange for betraying Ashur, they all do so instantly.]]
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Ashur's aforementioned Psychos.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Naevia, Lucretia. Both caused by Ashur.]]
* RedShirt: [[spoiler: Lucretia]] gets to decide which captive gladiator gets to be tortured to death. Among her choices were [[spoiler: Crixus, Oenomaus, [[MauveShirt Rhaskos]],]] and a guy we've never seen or heard from before this episode. Guess who she picks.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Several gladiators introduced here weren't even present as background characters in ''Blood and Sand''.
* RescueArc: The first half of the season has two.
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler: Gannicus has been out of the game for five years, and is just as tough as he was in ''Gods of the Arena''.]]
* RichBitch: Seppia.
* RightThroughHisPants: Averted. This series is fair in this regard.
* SayMyName: Ashur has his sex slave call him Dominus ("master").
* SexSlave: [[spoiler: Lucretia for Ashur.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Chadara encourages Nasir to get with Agron.
** While their lack of watchfulness merely amuses Mira and she sends them away to have fun in bed and [[spoiler: so she can go strangle someone]].
* ShootTheMessenger: [[spoiler: After Ashur's terms of surrender are rejected he attempts to leave to deliver their response, only for Crixus (who's pissed about what Ashur did to Naevia) to point out that Ashur's head will be suitable response. Spartacus agrees.]]
* SlashedThroat: Too many to count.
* SlowClap: Lugo initiates a [[RuleOfCool particularly cool]] one with his sword and shield in episode seven, [[spoiler: as a sign that he and the other Rhines will follow Spartacus.]]
* SpottingTheThread: While the rebels are hiding at a villa they've liberated, a Roman scouting party arrives and Spartacus sends the body slave, Nasir, to greet them. It seems to go well and the soldiers get ready to leave, until Nasir offers the scouts inside for refreshment, seemingly betraying them. After the rebels kill the Romans, Nasir explains that the squad leader noticed that he was not wearing his slave collar, and had he left, they would have returned with more men.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Aurelia.]]
* SuicideMission:
** Agron sees [[spoiler: rescuing Naevia]] as this. [[spoiler: He's right. Nearly everyone who goes on the mission is killed or captured]].
** Gannicus sees a slave revolt against Rome as this, though he eventually joins it. The irony of course being, he's right.
* TheTeam: Since the rebel forces is ''too large'' to be a FiveManBand.
** BigGood[=/=]TheHero[=/=]TheLeader: Spartacus
** {{The Lancer}}s: Crixus and Agron
** {{The Big Guy}}s: Donar and Rhaskos
** {{The Smart Guy}}s: Mira, Nasir, Oenomaus and Lucius
** {{The Chick}}s: Mira, later Naevia
** {{Sixth Ranger}}s: Nemetes, Lugo and Saxa. [[spoiler: Double Subverted by Gannicus]]
** {{Sixth Ranger Traitor}}s: [[spoiler: Seddulus]] and [[spoiler: Chadara]]
** TeamMom: Mira
** {{Team Dad}}s: Lucius and Oenomaus
** {{The Medic}}s: Naevia and Lucius
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Several times. Surprisingly, it also applies for the villains, as throwing an axe earns [[MookLieutenant Salvius]] the honour of being the only Roman legionary to kill one of the main characters.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Ashur goes from a SmugSnake to quite a force to be reckoned with.
** Ilithyia. In ''Blood and Sand'' she proved she could kill. In ''Vengeance'', she proves she can kill in cold blood with a smile on her face.
** Mira has gone from a slavegirl/concubine in ''Blood and Sand'' to having a pretty impressive killcount building up in ''Vengeance''. Actually, her badass level triples per episode.
** Naevia: the delicate flower got thorns indeed.
** Nasir progresses from body slave to pretty decent warrior.
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** Glaber's Jerkassitude gets turned UpToEleven this season. [[spoiler: It's hard to not feel sorry for Seppius as he dies knowing his sister is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty at the mercy]] of the man who slaughtered everyone in their household.]]
** Ashur from an opportunistic traitor to a sadistic rapist and cutthroat.
* TortureTechnician:
** The entire upper-class of Capua/Rome seems to have a minor degree in this. Driven home with Glaber as his execution of choice is crucifixion.
** Ashur tries his hand at this to break Oenomaus and get information about Spartacus' whereabouts. While he proves a brutal physical torturer, it's ultimately his calm, smug delivery of psychological torture that breaks Oenomaus' silence.
* TraumaticCSection: [[spoiler: In the season finale]].
* TrojanHorse: [[spoiler: In episode 8, Glaber delivers a wagon that is full of his mercenaries instead of the supplies he promised.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Agron to Spartacus, Rhaskos to Crixus.
* UnholyMatrimony: While Ilithyia and Glaber showed signs of this in ''Blood and Sand'', its taken further here. Ilithyia even states "We are both monsters Gaius, let us be monsters together."
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler: Ashur saves Oenomaus from death in the pits so he can hand him over to Glaber for interrogation.]]
* WaifFu: Admirably averted. The female characters who fight all look convincingly strong and hardy.
** Furthermore, while they hold their own against the average Roman soldier, the gladiators or a man like Caesar can take them down in seconds. And frequently do.
* WhamEpisode:
** "Libertus." [[spoiler: Spartacus and the rebels burn down the Capua arena, resulting in the deaths of hundreds. Glaber uses the incident to kill Senator Albinius, thus sealing Ilithyia's marriage to him and ruining any chance of her divorcing him to be with Varinius]].
** "Wrath of the Gods." [[spoiler: Naevia chops off Ashur's head as revenge for everything he did to her, Spartacus and the rebels kill Glaber and slay his army, but at the cost of Oenomaus and Mira, and Ilithyia dies shortly after Lucretia gives her a TraumaticCSection, and then ''throws herself and the baby off a cliff''.]]
* WhamLine:
** From episode 5: Varnius announcing the legendary gladiator who will [[CondemnedContestant execute]] [[spoiler: Oenomaus, Crixus and Rhaskos]] in the arena.
--> "''The only gladiator from this bare city to [[spoiler: ever earn his freedom upon the sands! A true [[RedBaron God of the Arena]]! I give you... [[TheBusCameBack Gannicus]]]]!"''
* WhamShot: Glaber revealing [[spoiler: a bloody and beaten Aurelia]] as another "sign of blessing from the gods".
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: In-universe example. The gladiators, mostly [[JerkJock the Gauls]], are initially contemptuous of any slave who isn't a gladiator. Mira is initially only tolerated because she's sleeping with Spartacus, she only gains their respect once she [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]] and becomes a warrior.
* WhatTheHellHero: Mira and the others give one to Spartacus for letting his desire for revenge against Glaber blind him.
** Agron dismisses Naevia as just one life and insignificant. Spartacus calls him out and rightfully points out that Agron wouldn't feel that way if Duro was in Naevia's place.
** Spartacus gives one to the Rhines (Agron's kinsmen) after they promptly act like the worst house guests ever.
** Spartacus again chews out a few of his gladiators for trying to leave the mountain in a way doomed to fail, [[spoiler: which gets Mira killed.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: A rare example that is perfectly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the narrative. When [[spoiler: Ashur]] fights [[spoiler: Naevia]], he disables her with every blow but repeatedly allows her to recover and come at him again, and when he finally has her on her knees he spends so long [[EvilGloating gloating]] that [[spoiler: she has time to castrate him with her reclaimed sword and succeeds in killing him]]. This seems like a remarkably poor strategy, if you don't consider that
** [[spoiler: Ashur]] will be killed by the other gladiators the second [[spoiler: Naevia]] quits insisting that he's hers to deal with
** [[spoiler: Ashur]] has always been known to [[SmugSnake showboat]] [[DudeWheresMyRespect and gloat]] over defeating weaker enemies
** Every second the fight drags on serves as torture for [[ArchEnemy Crixus]], whose actions essentially set [[spoiler: Ashur]] on this path.
* WorstAid: In episode 10, [[spoiler: Spartacus takes the axe out of Mira's chest before carrying her up the mountain, leading her to bleed to death before they can help her. Though, she was unlikely to live anyway.]]
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Episode five features several gladiator matches where the gladiators drop their weapons and end up grappling on the ground in styles very reminiscent of MMA.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Glaber nearly has Ashur executed for failing to capture Spartacus and getting Marcus killed before Lucretia saves him.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Glaber, Ashur, and their mercenaries typically execute anyone they question.
** [[spoiler: Ashur himself becomes a victim of this trope in the finale, when Glaber sends him to offer surrender to Spartacus's army knowing they'll refuse and kill him.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Glaber and Seppia; Ilithyia and Varinius ''attempt'' this, but it is ultimately subverted.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: Lucius does this in episode 8. The Egyptian eventually marches up to him and slices his head off.]]
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[[folder:Spartacus: War of the Damned]]
* ArcSymbol: Tiberius' sword for Crixus' and Naevia's story arc. Also counts as a ChekhovsGun (see below).
* ArcWords: "They but delay their inevitable end."
* AttackAttackAttack: The Roman {{mooks}}' answer to every situation. Often the men who charge the rebels don't have shields while their buddies in formation do, giving the slightly amusing impression that they [[ShieldsAreUseless threw them away]] as they rushed forward.
* AnyoneCanDie: Continuing the tradition. It'd be easier to list the characters ''that live''. Crassus, Caesar, and Pompey obviously, [[spoiler:Agron, Nasir, Laeta, Sibyl, and bit characters Belesa, the unnamed mother with her baby, and the Veteran Gladiator]].
* BackToBackBadasses: Spartacus and Gannicus in episode 5.
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuysWin: ZigZagged -- Crassus does defeat Spartacus's army, but is defeated by Spartacus in personal combat only to be saved by his men who deal a mortal wound to Spartacus instead, and then [[BigDamnHeroes Spartacus escapes him yet again]], then the defeat of Spartacus's army is credited to Pompey a character who only appears in the show for one brief scene.]]
* BareHandedBladeBlock:
** This is Crassus's signature move, where he stabs his opponent with their own weapon. [[spoiler:It gets turned against him by Spactacus in their climactic duel]].
** Later, Donar and Gannicus do this, with similar damage to their hands.
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: Crassus has this done with Laeta, however [[spoiler: it is Heracleo that he actually gives her to as a sex slave]].
* BawdySong: In episode 8, there is a party the night before Crixus and his group leave on their own mission. Several gladiators can be heard singing (what else?) "My Cock Rages On." Perhaps proving once and for all that is ''really is'' the only song they know.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In episode 6, Gannicus advises Sibyl to due this if the Romans are about to capture her, but it proves unnecessary. Later, [[spoiler:Donar]] does this, denying Cesear the honor of killing him, and overall spoiling the Roman's party.
* BettyAndVeronica: Sybil and Saxa respectively to Gannicus.
* BigBad: We finally get to meet Crassus.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Just when Crassus is about to kill Spartacus, Agron and Nasir arrive to drive him and the other Romans away. Spartacus still dies from his wounds, but they get him away to safety.]]
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Most of the rebels are dead, including Spartacus, but a handful have survived, and Spartacus goes out peacefully, prepared to be reunited with Sura.]]
* BookEnds:
** The red serpent from Sura's dream, way back in the pilot episode, shows up on another shield in the finale. Spartacus notices, and comments on it. Ultimately, the red serpent shield is [[spoiler: laid on top of Spartacus' grave]].
** Chronologically, Crixus first appeared in the series sporting long hair and BadassBeard.
** The GrandFinale starts and ends with a character saying "IAmSpartacus".
** Meta example: The first and last actor shown in the series is the late Andy Whitfield.
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Averted as Agron and Nasir are among the only ex-slaves left alive to escape from the Roman legions to the mountains to live in peace at the end after the final battle]].
* TheButcher: Pompey is regularly referred to as "The Butcher."
* CallBack: Crixus and Agron reference Oenamaus' "what is beneath your feet?" line during a RousingSpeech in ''Separate Paths''.
* CallThatAFormation: Oh how the Romans are guilty of this. A particularly hilarious case is when the leader in a Roman convoy barks "Keep formation!" and then they all immediately break it, literally ''two seconds'' later, when some rebels leap out in ambush.
** Another egregious example: Arrius' legion in ''Separate Paths'', some of whom respond to the slave ambush by counter-charging (but not even the whole legion - some Romans hold formation while others rush forward!). The iron Roman discipline that Spartacus sometimes talks about is very much an InformedAbility this season.
** The craziest part is that when the Romans ''do'' keep formation (such as the retaking of Sinuessa, and the final battle) they tend to win!
* TheCavalry: Both sides get this in the third episode, first with Mummius charging to Tiberius' rescue, only to be immediately OutGambitted by the Silician pirates and their [[DeathFromAbove ship-mounted artillery]].
** And again in ''Blood Brothers'', with Crixus arriving to save Spartacus at the docks, and the Roman legions smashing through the city gate to rescue a cornered Caesar.
** Once more in ''Separate Paths'' for the Romans. Crixus has just defeated the final legion standing between the rebels and Rome when the horns blare and all of Crassus' legions appear behind them. Also counts as an OhCrap moment for the rebels.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Tiberius' sword is the ArcSymbol for Crixus and Naevia's story arc. [[spoiler: Ultimately, both of them are killed by that very sword.]]
** In an early scene of ''Blood Brothers'' you can see stone-smiths carving the shape of a beast onto a stone. Then, at the final scene of the episode, [[spoiler: that stone carving appears as the ram used to break the wooden gate of the city.]]
** Subverted with Sicily; In ''Blood and Sand'', Varro talks of moving to Sicily with his wife once he gains his freedom, describing it as "an island blessed by the gods'', and inviting Spartacus to visit him there once Spartacus himself is free. Genre savvy and historically informed viewers might have guessed this would be where Spartacus got the idea of fleeing to Sicily from towards the end of the war. However, with the show's artistic license, that never happens; Spartacus' intentions towards Sicily occur earlier in the show and with an entirely different purpose than in history, and Varro's lines are ultimately forgotten.
* ChekhovsSkill: Crassus' BareHandedBladeBlock is used against his gladiator trainer in the premier, and against Spartacus in the finale. [[spoiler:Pity Spartacus knows it too.]]
* CliffHanger: The end of ''Blood Brothers''.
-->'''Caesar''': "[[WhamLine Now would be time to run.]]"
* CombatPragmatist: The Romans are able to defeat the rebels using superior numbers, firing into combat hitting their own men and attacking from behind.
* CompressedAdaptation: The final season combines events that occurred during the rebel's war with the Consuls and the war with Crassus.
* ConflictBall: In ''Men of Honour'', Spartacus rejects Heracleo's perfectly reasonable excuse for not bringing his entire shipment of grain to their meeting, so that [[RuleOfDrama the Romans can arrive on cue and unite them]].
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Vengeance'' Spartacus expressed a desire to free all the slaves in the mines, and when convinced they could not do it now swore to return and do it later. Early this season it's mentioned that his ranks were bolstered when he did free all the slaves in the mines.
** Spartacus dons his bringer of rain outfit once again in ''The Dead and the Dying''.
* CoolButInefficient: In ''Victory'', Nasir hammers a blade through a shield so Agron can fight despite his crippled hands. Not a particularly good idea for a weapon, but Agron is BadAss enough to make it work effectively.
* DarkReprise: Sura's theme is reprised on melancholy strings towards the end of ''Victory''.
* TheDeadHaveNames: At [[spoiler:Crixus']] funeral, the gladiators call out the names of their deceased friends and allies. Impressively, just about every significant deceased character is mentioned.
* DecompositeCharacter: Agron and Castus were both based from the German rebel leader Castus. The former took all the historical rebel leader's role and characterizations sans name, which is the only thing the latter got, [[spoiler: as well as his tragic fate. The former was ultimately SparedByTheAdaptation.]]
* DemotedToExtra: This season is rather blatant for this.
** Castus was historically the German general of Spartacus' rebellion. Here he's a guy who's seems to be causing problems to the Nagron ship. Granted, this demotion may be because Agron was already given his supposed role and characterization for much of the series. The show-runners [[HistoricalInJoke milked]] those two's interactions for what it's worth.
** Arrius was historically the one who ''defeated'' [[spoiler:Crixus]]. Here, he is portrayed as an EliteMook GeneralRipper whom the latter ''killed'' instead.
** Like Arrius, Commander Rufus was historically part of the forces that defeated, if not ''killed'', [[spoiler: Gannicus and [[DecompositeCharacter Castus (Agron)]]]]. Here, he is Crassus' MookLieutenant.
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler: Crixus, Saxa, Castus and Spartacus, though Agron closed his friend's eyes after his death]].
* DivingKick: Spartacus uses one to knock Crassus off his horse during the FinalBattle.
* TheDogBitesBack: Laeta lampshades this, pointing out that slaves are rebelling due to their appalling treatment.
* DoomedByCanon: As expected, [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]] in the end.
* DoomedMoralVictor: [[spoiler:Anyone who knows their history would know this was inevitable for the Rebellion.]]
* DressingAsTheEnemy:
** In "Spoils of War", Gannicus disguises himself as Heracleo to pass through the Romans. Caesar sees through it. Not that it does much good.
** Again in "The Dead and Dying." Two of Spartacus' men disguise themselves as envoys of Pompey. Caesar again sees right through but pretends not to in order to send Tiberius into a trap. When Crassus later demands why Caesar didn't recognize them, he protests he can't be expected to recognize the face of every rebel.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler:Crixus's remains are cremated, and the rebels remember their fallen allies before shouting the name Crixus repeatedly.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: A ForegoneConclusion for the series.
* EmpathicEnvironment: As [[spoiler:Spartacus, the Bringer of Rain,]] dies, it gently begins to rain.
* EntertaininglyWrong: A meta example - episodes 4 and 5 seem to be setting up [[spoiler: the historical split between Spartacus and Crixus, only to reveal it as a BatmanGambit by Spartacus to deceive the Romans, with him and Crixus reconciling at the end. For now.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Caesar is appalled by the state of a woman the rebels have been gang-raping, his MercyKill also leaves him shaken. However later on he seems to have no problems with condemning Laeta to a similar fate with the Cilician pirates.
* EvolvingCredits: The ending credits change as new characters drop in and old ones are killed. The finale has a roll call of all the major characters from all four seasons, with characters grouped appropriately (the villains together, Spartacus' lovers together, the Gauls, the leaders) ending with a tribute to the late Andy Whitfield with him shouting I AM SPARTACUS!
* FailedASpotCheck: In "Separate Paths", the rebels fail to spot all of Crassus' legions assembling right behind them.
** Every gambit the rebels pull in the final battle, while undeniably [[RuleOfCool cool]], relies on the Romans doing this (e.g neither seeing nor hearing the rebels digging a spiked pit, or circling half their army round their rear, when both armies are deployed on a ''flat, open plain'').
* FamousLastWords:
** [[spoiler: '''Spartacus:''' ''There is no greater victory than to [[IDieFree fall from this world a free man.]]'']]
** [[spoiler: '''Saxa:''' (in German) ''I found myself yet again [[DiedInYourArmsTonight in your (Gannicus') arms.]]'']]
** [[spoiler: '''Lugo:''' (in German) ''Fuck [[YourMom your mothers!.]]'']]
* FinalBattle: Which showcases (among other things) OnrushingArmy, PitTrap, WeHaveReserves, TheCavalry, IncendiaryExponent (and InfernalRetaliation), obligatory BossBattle, a [[spoiler: subverted]] ChekhovsSkill for Crassus, and several [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Dying Moments of Awesome]].
* FixedRelativeStrength:
** As in previous seasons, it is only the main characters that get anything done in a fight; this starts to look strange in the big, sprawling battles (for example ''Separate Paths'', where Crixus, Agron and Naevia end up fighting Crassus, Caesar and Tiberius).
** Caesar even lampshades this trope in ''Spoils of War'', wondering aloud if he has to kill every rebel in Sinuessa himself.
* ForegoneConclusion
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Pompey is again mentioned as having returned from his war in Hispania. Just in time to show up for Spartacus's final battle.
** Caesar ordering Tiberius to give him Oysters in ''Spoils of War'' may appear as a MythologyGag to ''Film/Spartacus'', but if you know what "Oysters" really means [[note]] It alludes to bisexuality [[/note]], this foreshadows Caesar's unpleasant fate in ''Separate Paths''.
* {{Forgotten Fallen Friend}}s: Unfortunately, some notable deceased characters weren't honored in the ''Dead and the Dying'', namely; [[spoiler: Lucuis Caelius, Aurelia, Melitta, Diona, Ulpius, Pietros and Attius. The first two being part of the rebellion itself, while the rest's deaths were directly or indirectly caused by the Romans or/and their allies.]]
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
** The main characters.
*** Spartacus = The Optimist
*** Crixus = The Cynic
*** Agron = The Realist
*** Gannicus = The Apathetic
** The main female characters play this to perfection.
*** Naevia = The Cynic
*** Saxa = The Apathetic
*** Laeta = The Realist
*** Kore = The Conflicted
*** Sibyl = The Optimist
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Likewise.
*** Spartacus = Leukine
*** Agron = Phlegmatic
*** Crixus = Choleric
*** Gannicus = Sanguine
** Once again, the main female characters play this to perfection.
*** Naevia = Choleric
*** Saxa = Sanguine
*** Laeta = Leukine
*** Kore = Melancholic
*** Sibyl = Phlegmatic
** [[spoiler: The four named rebels who survived.]]
*** Agron = Melancholic
*** Nasir = Leukine
*** Laeta = Choleric
*** Sibyl = Phlegmatic
* FreudianExcuse: For all the horrible things the rebels do over the course of the war, they have the excuse of having been torn from their homelands, or born into slavery, and suffering under their masters for years. At best, this means constantly feeling powerless and helpless, knowing that your live and die at the whims of someone else. At worst, this means years of physical and often sexual abuse. The Romans have no such excuses for their cruelty.
* FreudianTrio:
** Marcus Crassus = Ego
** Julius Caesar = Superego
** Tiberius Crassus = Id
* GeneralFailure: Arrius in "Separate Paths." Assuming he didn't [[FailedASpotCheck Fail A Spot Check]], he forms up to meet Crixus in the bottom of a valley when there is a perfectly good defensive slope right behind him (granted, Crixus does specifically call him a fool, and Caesar doesn't have much faith in him either).[[note]]This is actually a bit of a disservice to the historical Arrius, who was part of the force that ''defeated'' Crixus[[/note]]
* GrandFinale: The series finale, "Victory".
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Some Romans are shown as perfectly decent, innocent people caught in the war. Likewise, some rebels are shown as psychotic murderers.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: A number of the rebels are showing signs of this, as seen when they slaughter innocent civillians including children. Spartacus wants them to be better than the Romans, but is unable to keep them in line. Gannicus is aware of what they are becoming, but seems to have resigned himself to the inevitability of it.
* HeroicSacrifice: In the finale. The rebels realize they cannot win, so they all prepare to fight and die to allow the noncombatants to escape.
* HollywoodTactics: All over the place thanks to RuleOfCool, but particularly notable for the Romans, who tend to devolve into OnrushingArmy more often than not ([[RealityEnsues then again]], it usually does get them killed). Also (possibly due to SmallReferencePools) the only alternate formation they ever use is testudo[[note]]historically ''testudo'' was used against missiles, and while the Romans did have a defence formation, ''orbem formate'', it was more of a circle[[/note]].
* IAmSpartacus: Variation: this is done at the beginning of the series finale by several of the rebels in order to trick Crassus and Pompey as to Spartacus' [[DecoyLeader true location]]. Crassus doesn't buy it for a minute.
** [[spoiler: Right at the end of the credits of the last episode the late Andy Whitfield reminds us all that He is Spartacus.]]
* IDieFree: [[spoiler: Spartacus himself]].
-->"Do not shed tear. There is no greater victory than to fall from this world a free man."
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Metellus would like Crassus to know he's a Senator, not a messenger boy.
* ImpaledPalm: [[spoiler:Agron]] when he's crucified in "The Dead and the Dying." His injuries prevent him from using a sword.
* ImportantHaircut: Caesar gets a Roman haircut and shaves once he returns from his undercover mission, reclaiming his Roman identity.
* InfantImmortality: In "Separate Paths" one of the rebels gives birth to a son. [[spoiler:Both she and her son manage to escape to safety at the series end.]]
* InMemoriam: The GrandFinale honored both Grant Konfeld (the show's VFX lead editor) and Andy Whitfield (the series' original lead actor).
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Hilarus the former champion gladiator to Crassus after [[spoiler:Crassus fatally wounds him]]. Crassus, as per the tradition, responds: "The honor was mine."
* KingpinInHisGym: Crassus is shown sparring with Hilarus to establish his fighting skills and reveal his FinishingMove, a BareHandedBladeBlock.
* KnowWhenToFoldThem[=/=]ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the first episode, Roman commanders Cossinius and Furius realize their army is beaten and bid a hasty retreat. Apparently, they have done this several times.
* TheLancer: Spartacus has three: Crixus, formerly TheRival of Spartacus who often challenged his authority and is the official NumberTwo of the rebel force. Agron, The Confidant and TheReliableOne who acts as the NumberTwo when Crixus is being [[DramaQueen too]] [[HotBlooded emotional]]. And Gannicus, his {{Foil}} whom he shares [[MovesetClone practically the same fighting style]].
* TheLastDance: The rebels are under no illusions of how the FinalBattle is going to end, but they'll go down fighting anyway.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: Pompey.
* MadeASlave: In "Spoils of War", [[spoiler: Crassus sells Laeta to Heracleo in exchange for his help. Laeta is branded on the arm before Gannicus and Sibyl save her. This the the motivation for Laeta to join the Rebels.]]
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: Even in the big battles. Particularly noteworthy is the start of "Spoils of War," where the Romans' MookChivalry apparently extends to standing back and watching while Crassus and Caesar dispatch a squad of RedShirts by themselves.
* ManInWhite: Pompey, in his only appearance.
* MercyKill:
** In "Wolves At The Gate", a slave is sentenced to be stoned to death. Unable to save him, Spartacus instead throws a stone hard enough to kill him instantly to end his suffering.
** In "Decimation", Caeser does this to a woman who has been raped so many times that she's lost the will to live. He's deeply shaken up about it.
* MookLieutenant: Rufus, one of Crassus' tribunes. He's mostly seen being given orders. [[spoiler: He also saves Caesar's life from Gannicus in "Spoils of War."]] In the finale, he saves Crassus from Spartacus, and [[spoiler:is the last Roman to stand against Spartacus before the two leaders clash.]]
* MortonsFork: Crassus commands his gladiator instructor to fight holding nothing back, to actively try to kill him. Hilarus replies that that is a death order. If Crassus wins it will be done by killing him, but if he kills Crassus he will be executed for it. To settle matters, Crassus has his son swear to pay Hilarus and set him free if he does win.
* MultiShot: The Roman ballistae in the finale.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Spartacus has this look at the end of "Wolves At The Gate", [[spoiler: when his army sacks a city and he finds the little Roman girl and her mother that he befriended earlier among the dead.]]
* NoodleIncident: In "Enemies of Rome", Sanus, one of Gannicus's friends, talks about a time Gannicus peed on some defeated Romans. Gannicus defends himself by saying he was really drunk when that happened.
* NotSoDifferent:
** There are numerous instances of the freed slaves being compared to Romans in the atrocity department. There are also a few episodes of slaves forcing Romans to fight in gladiatorial fashion for their amusement. This was true to one account of history.
*** When some townspeople were forced to fight for bread, Nasir and Gannicus at least looked disapproving. When Roman soldiers were made to fight the remaining gladiators after Crixus's death, not a single character had a problem, but the slaves screaming in the stands were shot in exactly the same manner as Roman spectators to the games.
** Crassus also notes the similarity between himself and Spartacus: they are both fighting for what they believe in.
* [[OldHeroNewPals Old Heroes, New Enemies]]: All antagonists this season are new characters.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: How the rebels justify their treatment of the Romans. Unfortunately, years of torture and abuse have left many of them incapable of seeing any Roman as anything but evil.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: Crassus did defeat Spartacus' army, but Pompey stole his credit.]]
* {{Pirate}}s: Heracleo leads a group of them. Steven [=DeKnight=] admits they were mostly included due to RuleOfCool, but points out historically Spartacus ''did'' ally with pirates at one point.
* PoorCommunicationKills: In "Blood Brothers", Spartacus doesn't tell Crixus and Nemetes his plan, which nearly leads to a disaster. [[spoiler: Then it turns out he was counting on this, in an effort to mislead the Romans about his true plan.]]
* RealityEnsues: For all their ferocity and ingenuity, the rebellion is overwhelmed by sheer numbers.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: They aren't shying away from the brutality of Spartacus' revolution at all.
* RightInFrontOfMe: Diotomos talks to Spartacus about how horrible the conditions in the rebel camp are, namely the lack of food and warm clothing. He also laments that Spartacus hasn't thought of any of these things. It initially appears that he does know he's addressing Spartacus and simply using BrutalHonesty, before it turns out he doesn't. He's initially worried, but Spartacus merely thanks him for pointing out the problems.
* TheRival: Gannicus becomes this to Caesar. Also Agron and Castus as part of the show's HistoricalInJoke.
* SequelHook: The last-minute introduction of Pompey, Crassus' plans to form a triumverate, and Caesar's impatience to eschew long-running schemes and seize glory. In an interview, the creators mentioned the possibility of a future spin-off.
* ShoutOut: To ''{{Braveheart}}'' in the final episode, in what is either a deliberate homage or a blatant rip off (to wit, the hero repeatedly shouts at his men to "Hold!" in the face of an OnrushingArmy, causing them to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impale]] themselves, and then the enemy general invokes WeHaveReserves).
* SnowMeansDeath: The seventh episode ''Mors Indecepta'' deals with a snow storm that killed ''thousands'' of people.
* SnowMeansLove: [[spoiler: Gannicus and Sibyl]] becomes an OfficialCouple in the aforementioned episode.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Agron, being a DecompositeCharacter of the historical Castus, who was one of the historically confirmed casualties of the Third Servile War.]]
* TagTeam: In ''Victory'', one scene shows the Romans rotating their front ranks[[note]]This might be a ShoutOut to the series Rome, where the legionaries did the same, although it is unlikely that the real Romans did this in the middle of hand-to-hand combat[[/note]].
* TheTeam: Since the rebel forces is ''too large'' to be a FiveManBand.
** BigGood[=/=]TheHero[=/=]TheLeader: Spartacus
** {{The Lancer}}s: Crixus, Agron and Gannicus
** {{The Big Guy}}s: Donar, Lugo and Sanus
** {{The Smart Guy}}s: Nasir, Diotomos, Attius, [[spoiler: Laeta]]
** {{Action Girl}}s: Naevia and Saxa.
** {{The Chick}}s: Sibyl, [[spoiler:Laeta]] and [[spoiler: Kore]]
** {{Token Evil Teammate}}s: Nemetes, Briticus, [[spoiler: Subverted by Naevia]]
** {{Sixth Ranger}}s: Castus, [[spoiler: Kore]], [[spoiler:Laeta]]
** {{Sixth Ranger Traitor}}s: [[spoiler: Herecleo]] and [[spoiler: Caesar]].
* ThatsWhatIWouldDo: Crassus sends a messenger to Roman commanders promising aid. However, [[spoiler:he sends him on a trail near Spartacus' camp. Spartacus kills the messenger, and uses it to track down and kill the other Roman commanders]]. When his son asks how he knew Spartacus would attack and not run, Crassus responds with this.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: The three newcomers; Laeta (wife), Kore (seductress) and Sibyl (child).
* TrojanHorse: [[spoiler: In "Blood Brothers", Heracleo reveals his ship is full of Roman soldiers, who leap out and attack.]]
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: In "Blood Brothers," [[spoiler: Spartacus reveals to Crixus that he's been running a BatmanGambit on him, and proceeds to lay out the rather brilliant plan that he's set in motion to defeat Crassus. Unfortunately, he's OutGambitted.]]
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:{{Action Girl}}s Saxa and Naevia were killed in the final battle, while Laeta and Sibyl escaped with the rebellion's remnant]].
* WeHaveReserves: In a style similar to the TropeNamer, during the final battle Crassus orders his catapults and ballistae to fire into the fighting masses as some of the shots will hit the rebels. Since the gladiators are worth about fifty men each in this story, it actually makes tactical sense.
* WhamEpisode:
** "Decimation". [[spoiler: Since Spartacus is actually trying to keep ''standards'' in a rebellion, most of his army goes insane under ''Crixus's'' lead while Naevia, who jumps off the MoralEventHorizon this episode, eggs him on to overthrow Spartacus at the end of the episode.]]
** "Separate Paths". [[spoiler: Crixus leaves with the part of the Rebels loyal to him and they attempt to attack Rome. They fail and Crixus is executed.]]
** The series finale is one wham after the other.
* WorthyOpponent: Defied by Donar. When Caesar tells him, "well fought, brother" before striking the death blow, he responds, "Swallow cock, you Roman shit." Before stabbing himself ''clean through the skull''.
* WrittenByTheWinners: Crassus notes that as both [[NotSoDifferent Spartacus and he]] consider themselves the hero, only history will decide who it is. Defied in the final scene, however, as the surviving rebels insist that Spartacus will be remembered as the hero long after Rome fades.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Crassus decides to use the long abandoned practice of decimation in "Decimation" to punish and discipline his troops. One soldier in ten is executed by the others.
* YouShallNotPass
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Julius Ceasar shows up as a young man, before his rise to power.
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