A History Channel Reality Show
where 16 guys joust each other. Full contact, armor, horses, lances: the whole deal. Brutal drama in the jousting arena leaves the series mostly free of typical reality show backbiting.
Two teams, the Red and the Black, are pitted against each other once a week in a single-elimination tournament. The final winner receives a $100,000 prize. Just before the final match of Season 1, a $25,000 joust was held between two of the 14 eliminated players.
Full Metal Jousting provides examples of:
- Golden Snitch: A person can win at any time if their opponent is unable to return to their horse within two minutes (not counting time given for medical checks). This includes the very last pass of a joust. Thus all jousts are done to full completion even if a person can't numerically win since the extremely violent and injury prone nature of the sport means that as long as you can unhorse your opponent, you could still win.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Like you wouldn't believe. Jousting makes rugby look tame.
- Pet the Dog: It's hilarious to see roaring, grunting men talk smack, then turn around and gently pat their horses.
- Cool Horse: All of them, but special mention goes to Praetorian, Superman, Navarro, and Crispin for being either extremely badass or extremely reliable.
- Body Horror: Some of the injuries obtained can invoke this.
- Kick the Dog: Landon gets kicked off the show for punching a horse in the face when it steps on his foot.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Can happen at any time during any pass. As the host points out, jousting has no defense, so even a lucky, random strike can devestate an experienced jouster.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: James, who is the smallest guy, but whose riding ability gives him accuracy and power.
- Berserk Button: When Josh is on the verge of losing a match, his coach tells him "You're stealing a hundred thousand dollars from your daughter." Cue a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Once an Episode: The point system is reviewed. 1 point for a touch, 5 points for a broken lance, and 10 points for an unhorsing.
- One of Us: Despite the extreme Testosterone Poisoning taking place, some of the coaches and jousters make mention of D&D. And not just the medieval aspect but the game mechanics themselves. For instance, one coach says to roll the dice and remember that the GM is on your side. And after a double unhorsing, a jouster mentions they both rolled the dice and both scored critical hits.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Any time a double unhorsing takes place.
- Bullet Time: Used often to review a joust. Special mention for it capturing the horses ducking or tracking a lance.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Some of the guys gain nicknames based on their performances, like The Wolfman, The Hammer.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Invoked as necessary by the host and jousters. One jouster is even saved from falling off by his horse. Conversely, a lack of confidence on the part of the rider can lead to a balk or misbehavior.
- Horsing Around: Happens a lot.