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Awesome: Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand

  • Episode 5 "Shadow Games": Spartacus slaying Theokoles and becoming The Bringer of Rain.
    • Before that, Theokoles pretending to die to lure Spartacus and Crixus into a false sense of security.
    Theokoles: Capua, shall I begin!?
  • Episode 7 "Great and Unfortunate Things": Spartacus chokeslamming Gnaeus off the cliff to his death after Gnaeus mocks Pietros' suicide.
  • Episode 9 "Whore": Ilithyia killing Licinia by grabbing her by the throat and bashing her head against the floor nine times, which reduces it to pulp. "Stop laughing!"
  • Episode 10 "Party Favors": Spartacus and Varro are fighting opponents while chained together and have flawless teamwork. Their final foe is a warrior covered from the neck down with heavy armor, so they wrap their chain around his neck and pull until he's decapitated.
  • Episode 11 "Old Wounds": When Spartacus recovers from his fever and remembers who he really is. "Yes, Dominus. I am myself again."
    • Batiatus' ingenious scheme to trick everyone into believing Solonius murdered Titus Calvinius, getting Solonius arrested and sentenced to death.
    • Titus Calvinius Playing Possum and biting a chuck out of Aulus' neck when he approaches. As well as him being Defiant to the End against Batiatus.
    Calvinius: You are beneath me, and you always will be, in this life or the next!
    • Crixus returning to the arena and defeating Pericles by stomping his head to pulp.
  • Episode 12 "Revelations": Solonius putting up one heck of a fight against Spartacus despite his old age. Right before he dies, he bursts into laughter.
    • Spartacus defeating Glaber's guards while armed with a wooden sword.
  • Episode 13 "Kill Them All": The entire Season 1 finale easily qualifies.
    • Mira killing a guard with a pot shard.
    • Crixus launching Spartacus into the balcony, kick-starting the Gladiator Revolt.
    • Crixus: "Kill them! KILL THEM ALL!!!"
    • Ilithyia leaving Lucretia and the others behind and locking the front door, preventing them from escaping the gladiators, as revenge for all the crap she's been put through.
    • Aurelia getting revenge for her husband Varro's murder.
    Aurelia: Was it yours? The small little voice? Did it form the words that robbed Varro of life?
    Numerius: Varro?!? He deserved to die. He was nothing...
    Aurelia: What did you know of the man? That he would sing to his child, sleeping in his arms? Or kiss the tear from my cheek, when I was of a mood? Did you know the father? The husband? (she caresses Numerius's face) He was not a perfect man. But he was mine. He was MINE!!!! (she stabs him repeatedly with a knife) HE WAS MINE!!! HE WAS MINE!!! HE WAS MINE!!! MINE!!! MINE!!!!
    • Batiatus killing a few of the gladiators.
    • Spartacus killing Batiatus and Crixus nearly killing Lucretia.
    • Spartacus' final speech to the newly freed gladiators and slaves.
    Spartacus: I have done this thing because it is just. Blood demands blood. We have lived and lost at the whims of our masters for too long. I would not have it so. I would not see the passing of a brother, for the purpose of sport. I would not see another heart ripped from chest, or breath forfeit for no cause. I know not all of you wish this, yet it is done. It is done. Your lives are your own. Forge your own path, or join with us, and together we shall see Rome tremble!

Gods of the Arena

  • Episode 1 "Past Transgressions": Gannicus shrugs off getting stabbed in the chest with a huge nail and defeats an opponent while blindfolded.
  • Episode 2 "Missio": Crixus facing Gannicus evenly despite being a rookie at this point.
  • Episode 3 "Paterfamilias": Crixus defeating Auctus and finally gaining respect in the House of Batiatus, becoming the Badass we know and love.
  • Episode 6 "The Bitter End": The ploy to capture Tullius, ending with Batiatus burying him alive.
    • Gnaeus setting his net on fire and throwing it on an enemy.
    • Gannicus slaying Caburus. Caburus has been No Selling every attack used on him, so Gannicus puts a spear through his mouth and pulls until his lower jaw comes off.

Vengeance

  • Episode 3 "The Greater Good": Spartacus punching Agron and calling him out on lying about Naevia.
    • Ashur easily killing two of the rebels.
  • Episode 4 "Empty Hands": The captured Gaul scaring the crap out of Seppia with a Death Glare. Ilithyia gets annoyed at her and strikes him down without hesitation. Later, Ilithyia punches Lucretia down, grabs her by the throat, and threatens to kill her the same way she killed Licinia.
    • Nasir charging into battle despite not being a trained warrior and actually doing damage.
    • Spartacus and Mira cementing their Battle Couple status.
  • Episode 5 "Libertus": Long story short, Gannicus returns and Spartacus, Mira, and friends destroy the arena itself, leaving Capua in chaos.
    • Spartacus hurls a spear at Glaber in a moment reminiscent of 300. Glader dodges it, but the spear cuts his cheek and kills Cossutius.
    • Glaber killing Albinius.
    Glaber: (pulls a wooden beam off Albinius) I'm not the fool you and your daughter think me. (squashes his head with the beam)
    • The moment before the prisoners are sent into the arena:
    Rhaskos: They give us swords absent fucking edge.
    Oenomaus: Absent hope of victory.
  • Episode 6 "Chosen Path": The episode is one huge one for Ashur. He finally gets Glaber and his men to listen to his warnings not to underestimate the rebels by slaughtering Glaber's soldiers until they're too scared to approach him, then pointing out he was the weakest of the gladiators. He calls Lucretia out on her bullshit and rapes her, then travels and collects savage mercenaries to assemble.
    • Glaber rightfully calling Varinius a Dirty Coward as he fled after the arena collapsed without helping them at all.
    • Naevia ordering Crixus to teach her how to fight so she will never be raped again.
    • Spartacus vs Gannicus.
    • Mira shooting the traitorous Chadara with an arrow.
    • Glaber killing Seppius.
  • Episode 7 "Sacramentum": After liberating a new batch of slaves to recruit, one particularly huge German named Sedullus caused a few problems for the gang. Nothing major at first, he potentially revealed their position on a raid, went hunting without Spartacus' permission. All problems that can be fixed with a little discipline. Then he tries to rape Naevia, starts a riot, and attempts to kill Agron, probably the only guy defending him. What does Spartacus do? Slice his face clean off. He then tells the Germans to join him, leave, or die. They join him, and every rebel pounds their chests in unison.
    • Ashur makes Lucretia call him "Dominus".
    • Gannicus choosing his side, most likely out of revenge for Glaber crucifying that prostitute he was fond of, by slaughtering Ilithyia's escort and kidnapping her. He punctuates this by leaving his rudis lodged in the throat of the mook who was tailing him. The message is clear: he is a rebel.
  • Episode 8 "Balance": Lucius marching into Glaber's base to deliver Spartacus' terms and calling him a cunt. That took some serious balls.
  • Episode 9 "Monsters": After several episodes of being the last surviving man to give Glaber shit, a catapult round melts Varinius's smug face away. Sure they were aiming at the temple Spartacus and co. were hiding in, but Glaber had to have had a little victorious laugh when he saw the charred remains.
    • And then there's Ilithyia killing Seppia to save Glaber's life — cutting her throat so the blood sprays across her naked husband, in a complete reversal of the traditional damsel in distress scenario.
  • Episode 10 "Wrath of the Gods": Naevia gelding and then decapitating Ashur. So many people had reason to want that guy dead, so it's nice that they managed to work out who should have priority.
    • Spartacus, Crixus, Gannicus, and Agron climbing down the mountain on vines and taking the Roman guards by surprise. They then steal the catapults and launch fireballs at the Roman camp.
    Spartacus: I know fear swells within your breast, and it does so with great cause. The Romans hold numbers far outweighing our own; yet they have revealed, time and again fatal flaw. That they believe: the Roman way, is the only one. Just as they believe there is only one way to leave this mountain. We shall teach them that we forge our own paths, and nothing in this world is impossible-–when heart and mind are put towards it... Let us begin a lesson forever remembered... we are all Gods this night, and the Romans, WILL FEEL OUR WRATH!

War of the Damned

  • Marcus Crassus gets one in the very first episode, cementing what a truly Magnificent Bastard he is by manipulating Spartacus into killing the Roman generals in charge of the legions, thereby putting him in command of the entire force. He's also being taught how to fight like a gladiator, learning Spartacus' own fighting style, something his own son thinks is 'beneath him.'
  • Spartacus and his army successfully taking over Sinuessa en Valle.
  • In the second episode, Crassus' wife is informed that an important guest of his is growing impatient at having to wait for her husband. She tells the guards to send him on his way. The man does not take the news lightly, and completely curb-stomps the guards with his bare hands. Crassus returns, sees the scene and shouts just one word: "CAESAR!" Awesome because it completely subverts the usual image we have of Caesar: he's unpolished, younger, rasher. Not someone who you'd think will one day rule an empire...
    • Caesar again in "Decimation". He's been sent by Crassus to infiltrate the captured city and find out what he can about Spartacus' strategies. He immediately zeroes in on one of the less-than-content members of the rebel army, convinces him that he's on their side. And, with just a few words, incites an already restless mob into killing every single Roman help captive and driving a deep wedge between Spartacus and Crixus, who had allowed the massacre to happen. Crixus and Naevia are going to go off on their own, Spartacus' forces are divided...and Caesar smirks.
    • And then in "Blood Brothers", Caesar betrays Nemetes and kills him, despite his pleas of mercy. He manages to set the city's gate on fire, but gets cornered by Agron, Saxa, and Donar. Then a battering ram smashes through the gate. Caesar's final line (and trademark smirk) says it all: "Now, would be time to run!"
  • Spartacus revealing that the fracturing between him and Crixus was all part of a huge Xanatos Gambit to divide Crassus' forces. It even fooled most viewers, who thought that the ending of 'Decimation' would be the part where Crixus would go off on his own with part of the rebel army.
  • Saxa beating down two gladiators to save a bunch of Romans. "I give cause, bitch."
  • In "Spoils of War", Gannicus dealing Caesar a Curb-Stomp Battle when he easily holds off him and the Roman contingent with him to buy time for Laeta and Sibyl to escape. Caesar, who had barely defeated one of the captured Gladiators before despite the gladiator's wound, challenged him and...ended up on the receiving end of Gannicus using a scissor cut right on his stomach. If not for the rest of Caesar's men, Gannicus would have killed him.
    • Laeta stabbing Heracleo through the neck with the hot iron he branded her with.
    • Crassus again showing how Dangerously Genre Savvy he is. Throughout the episode, he's been surprisingly nonchalant about the Rebel's escape. Then the final scene reveals that he had a massive wall built on the Rebel's escape route. There is nowhere to run.
  • "Mors Idecepta" gives us another from Crassus, who anticipates Spartacus sneaking into his camp with a few soldiers and makes sure that they find poor Donar, dead and crucified with the episode's title ("Death is undeceivable") carved on his chest. The rebels just make it out alive, Naevia heavily injured. And then Spartacus tops that moment when he realizes that there are barricades over the wall to give the illusion of a massive army behind them. Cue Curb-Stomp Battle of the few hundred Roman soldiers and Spartacus and his army finally free from the ridge.
    • The way he even breaches the trench dividing the wall and the barricade is awesome, if morbid: The frozen bodies of their comrades who died during the violent snowstorm are piled high until the survivors can walk on top of them.
  • Kore should be mentioned here. Tiberius warned her that if she told his father about how he raped her, no-one would ever believe her and she would be punished. She manages to get freaking Caesar to sneak her out of Sinuessa so she can tell Crassus the news (keeping in mind that for all Crassus loves her, she's a slave and is actively plotting against her master's eldest son)...only for him to choose the worst words possible (which amount to "The bond between my son and I are absolute and nothing can ever break that"). Faced with the choice between risking Crassus' wrath if she tells him the truth, or keeping quiet and staying in Sinuessa to serve under Tiberius and be raped indefinitely, Kore takes a third option... and joins Spartacus' rebellion, killing the sentry placed outside Crassus' tent.
  • Across the board all over The Dead and the Dying:
    • Spartacus sending his men to pretend to be envoys of Pompey to lure Crassus into a trap. This isn't why this moment is awesome. It's awesome because Caesar sees through their disguises and convinces Crassus to send Tiberius instead, thereby getting his revenge for his rape in the previous episode.
    • The games that Spartacus organizes to remember all their fallen friends. Each named character gets a chance to shine in the mock-arena.
    • Kore coming across Tiberius and his men, chained up. He begs her to rescue him, even using Crassus' feelings for her to manipulate her, only for Kore to reject him utterly.
      • In fact, all three people that Tiberius has caused harm to get their chance at revenge. Caesar sends him to his doom, Naevia utterly dominates him in the arena and Kore, his first victim, is the one who kills him just as he's about to be taken by Caesar. And as she realizes her mistake, Kore immediately offers to take Tiberius' place so the trade can continue, not knowing how Crassus will react when he sees her - his runaway slave - again.
    • And finally: the end of the episode. As Naevia lights up Crixus' funeral pyre, everyone begins to chant the names of their fallen friends, one by one. Not just from this season, but from the very beginning: Varro, Barca, Mira, Oenemaus...and it culminates in everyone shouting "FOR CRIXUS!" as the pyre reaches its peak.
  • The series finale, while a full-on Tearjerker in its own right, still had its awesome moments.
    • Lugo still swinging his giant mace while burning alive from a well-aimed catapult, managing to kill one more Roman soldier before screaming 'Fuck your mothers!' in German as his face melts away.
    • Gannicus seeing his Elysium - an arena full of screaming fans and Oenomaus smiling at him - and letting out one last full-throated roar before he dies from crucifixion.
    • Spartacus vs. Crassus. Crassus is injured and is carried out of the battle for a Medicus. Then Spartacus comes running up the hill, and kills every single one of Crassus' guards before their duel. And the best part? If those guards hadn't intervened and impaled Spartacus with spears, he would have won. Even Crassus is awed, and wishes that Spartacus had been born a Roman, as he's probably the only person in his life that he respects.
      • Two things make it better than that; firstly, while Crassus has a minor wound, Spartacus is obviously ragged by the time he gets to the Imperator, meaning that the fight was only as even as it was because Spartacus himself was considerably less than 100 percent. Secondly, is Spartacus' reply to Crassus' wish that he had been born Roman; "It is a blessed fate that it is not so."
      • When Spartacus blocks the maneuver that killed Hilarus.
  • The montage at the end of the episode, complete with awesome Latin chanting and an image of the fallen. It ends with Liam McIntyre as usual....and then immediately cuts to Andy Whitfield screaming 'I AM SPARTACUS!'
    • Even the way the characters were grouped together counts. The villains of the various seasons were all together, Spartacus' lovers were all together, and the leaders of the rebellion were together.

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