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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': When Diana and her sky pirate foes led by Nifta are tossed back in time by an odd ClockRoach to maintain the TimeLoop that has Nifta feeling like she's fought Diana before Diana ends up shackled on a slave galley, and she breaks her oar for a weapon and convinces the others slaves to revolt as well.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': When Diana and her sky pirate foes led by Nifta are tossed back in time by an odd ClockRoach {{Clock Roach|es}} to maintain the TimeLoop that has Nifta feeling like she's fought Diana before Diana ends up shackled on a slave galley, and she breaks her oar for a weapon and convinces the others slaves to revolt as well.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': When Diana and her sky pirate foes led by Nifta are tossed back in time by an odd ClockRoach to maintain the TimeLoop that has Nifta feeling like she's fought Diana before Diana ends up shackled on a slave galley, and she breaks her oar for a weapon and convinces the others slaves to revolt as well.


* Cazaril's backstory in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'' is revealed to contain two life-changing experiences/epiphanies during his 19 months as a rower on a Slave Galley (three if you cound the circumstances of him ending up on there to begin with).

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* Cazaril's backstory in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'' is revealed to contain two life-changing experiences/epiphanies during his 19 months as a rower on a Slave Galley (three if you cound count the circumstances of him ending up on there to begin with).



* In the Golden Crown, by Chris Hiemerdinger, the time traveling Harry Hawkins is sold as a slave to Romans and finds himself on a ship heading who-knows-where. lucky for him, pirates burn down the ship ( after he grabs the key, and unlocks all the other rowers).

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* In the Golden Crown, by Chris Hiemerdinger, the time traveling Harry Hawkins is sold as a slave to Romans and finds himself on a ship heading who-knows-where. lucky Lucky for him, pirates burn down the ship ( after he grabs the key, and unlocks all the other rowers).



* The closing song of Music/{{Accept}}'s ''Stalingrad'' album is "The Galley", a lenghty song about the hopelessness of being a galley slave.

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* The closing song of Music/{{Accept}}'s ''Stalingrad'' album is "The Galley", a lenghty lengthy song about the hopelessness of being a galley slave.



* Averted in the Baltic Sea. Galleys did see some use until the 19th century in shallow, coastal waters, such as in the Baltic archipelagoes during the wars between Sweden and Russia, but they were ''not'' manned by slaves. Both the Swedes and the Russians used [[{{Conscription}} conscripts]] as rowers. They had their weapons (usually short musket and sabre) aside their thwarts and they acted as marines once boarding action or littoral invasion was commenced. Also, both nations simply didn't practice slavery, and use of forced labor like convicts was deemed impractical for the reasons descripted above. While Russia had a serfdom at that time, which was sometimes hardly distinguishable from slavery, enlistment ''always'' immediately freed a person, and a military service was seen as a prestigious, if taxing occupation.

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* Averted in the Baltic Sea. Galleys did see some use until the 19th century in shallow, coastal waters, such as in the Baltic archipelagoes during the wars between Sweden and Russia, but they were ''not'' manned by slaves. Both the Swedes and the Russians used [[{{Conscription}} conscripts]] as rowers. They had their weapons (usually short musket and sabre) aside their thwarts and they acted as marines once boarding action or littoral invasion was commenced. Also, both nations simply didn't practice slavery, and use of forced labor like convicts was deemed impractical for the reasons descripted depicted above. While Russia had a serfdom at that time, which was sometimes hardly distinguishable from slavery, enlistment ''always'' immediately freed a person, and a military service was seen as a prestigious, if taxing occupation.


** Similarly, the Phoenician merchant who shows up from time to time uses "business associates who didn't read the contract very well".

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** ''Recap/AsterixTheGladiator'', when being transported to Rome as a prisoner of Odius Asparagus on board the latter's galley, Cacofonix offers to lift the galley slaves' spirits with a song. The slaves consider his singing to be even worse than getting whipped, and promise to put extra effort into the rowing if Cacofonix shuts up.
** Similarly, the Phoenician merchant who shows up from time to time uses "business associates who didn't read the contract very well".well" to row his ship.



** And in another story, the drummer thing is subverted when the pirates end up in command of a Roman galley. They ask their (not very) ScaryBlackMan to be the drummer, at which point he pulls off a high-speed drum solo before being replaced with a standard drummer.

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** And in another story, ''Recap/AsterixAndObelixAllAtSea'', the drummer thing is subverted when the pirates end up in command of a Roman galley. They ask their (not very) ScaryBlackMan Baba to be the drummer, at which point he pulls off a high-speed drum solo before being replaced with a standard drummer.

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* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': In "The Grim Grotto", as well as [[Recap/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEventsS03E04TheGrimGrottoPart2 it's adaptation]], the villain's submarine is powered by the labour of the snowscouts, whom they abducted in the previous book.


Historically, this trope is NewerThanTheyThink and belongs in the realm of BrieferThanTheyThink. The heyday of slave galley lasted only for some 70 years - from the beginning of the 16th century to the BattleOfLepanto 1571. Galley slaves were introduced only during the Renaissance (16th century) as cannons became the main weapon of galleys instead of ramming and boarding and less skill was required for rowers. Slave galleys were uncommon in the ancient world for various reasons[[note]](see [[Analysis/SlaveGalley analysis page]] for details)[[/note]], making this trope an example of ArtisticLicenseHistory. Some nations, such as Venice, never adopted galley slavery. Some, like Sweden and Russia, used [[{{conscription}} conscript soldiers]] for galley crews.

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Historically, this trope is NewerThanTheyThink and belongs in the realm of BrieferThanTheyThink. The heyday of the slave galley lasted only for some 70 years - from the beginning of the 16th century to the BattleOfLepanto 1571.(1571). Galley slaves were introduced only during the Renaissance (16th century) as cannons became the main weapon of galleys instead of ramming and boarding and less skill was required for rowers. Slave galleys were uncommon in the ancient world for various reasons[[note]](see [[Analysis/SlaveGalley analysis page]] for details)[[/note]], making this trope an example of ArtisticLicenseHistory. Some nations, such as Venice, never adopted galley slavery. Some, like Sweden and Russia, used [[{{conscription}} conscript soldiers]] for galley crews.


* On GamesWorkshop 's game ''Man of War'', the Empire and High Elf crews are all volunteers, whilst Dark Elves, Chaos and Greenskins favour slaves.

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* On GamesWorkshop Creator/GamesWorkshop 's game ''Man of War'', the Empire and High Elf crews are all volunteers, whilst Dark Elves, Chaos and Greenskins favour slaves.

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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'': After [[TheUsurper Prince Jewelius]] seizes the throne of Equestria, he legalizes slavery and sentences Applejack and Pinkie Pie to work as galley slaves. They're in this situation for a week before the other discredited heroes free them.
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* The ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Master of Chaos'' begins like this. Unusually, the [[AnAdventurerIsYou hero]] went into slavery ''voluntarily'', as a discreet way of gaining entry to the local WretchedHive.

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* The ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Master of Chaos'' ''Literature/MasterOfChaos'' begins like this. Unusually, the [[AnAdventurerIsYou hero]] went into slavery ''voluntarily'', as a discreet way of gaining entry to the local WretchedHive.


* in " the Golden Crown, by Chris Hiemerdinger, the time traveling Harry Hawkins is sold as a slave to Romans and finds himself on a ship heading who-knows-where. lucky for him, pirates burn down the ship( after he grabs the key, and unlocks all the other rowers.)

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* in " In the Golden Crown, by Chris Hiemerdinger, the time traveling Harry Hawkins is sold as a slave to Romans and finds himself on a ship heading who-knows-where. lucky for him, pirates burn down the ship( ship ( after he grabs the key, and unlocks all the other rowers.)rowers).


Historically, this trope is NewerThanTheyThink and belongs in the realm of ShortRunners. The heyday of slave galley lasted only for some 70 years - from the beginning of the 16th century to the BattleOfLepanto 1571. Galley slaves were introduced only during the Renaissance (16th century) as cannons became the main weapon of galleys instead of ramming and boarding and less skill was required for rowers. Slave galleys were uncommon in the ancient world for various reasons[[note]](see [[Analysis/SlaveGalley analysis page]] for details)[[/note]], making this trope an example of ArtisticLicenseHistory. Some nations, such as Venice, never adopted galley slavery. Some, like Sweden and Russia, used [[{{conscription}} conscript soldiers]] for galley crews.

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Historically, this trope is NewerThanTheyThink and belongs in the realm of ShortRunners.BrieferThanTheyThink. The heyday of slave galley lasted only for some 70 years - from the beginning of the 16th century to the BattleOfLepanto 1571. Galley slaves were introduced only during the Renaissance (16th century) as cannons became the main weapon of galleys instead of ramming and boarding and less skill was required for rowers. Slave galleys were uncommon in the ancient world for various reasons[[note]](see [[Analysis/SlaveGalley analysis page]] for details)[[/note]], making this trope an example of ArtisticLicenseHistory. Some nations, such as Venice, never adopted galley slavery. Some, like Sweden and Russia, used [[{{conscription}} conscript soldiers]] for galley crews.


* ''Film/BenHur1959'' was the first film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax7wcShvrus to popularize this trope.]] The title character spent a few years on a Roman slave galley.

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* ''Film/BenHur1959'' ''Film/{{Ben Hur|1959}}'' (1959) was the first film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax7wcShvrus to popularize this trope.]] The title character spent a few years on a Roman slave galley.


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* ''Film/MonsieurVincent'': Still in use in 17th century France, complete with slave drivers banging a drum and whipping the men on the oars. Vincent is so horrified by what he sees that he takes the place of a galley slave at an oar.


* HeatherAlexander's song "Yo Ho" is about being kidnapped and put to work as a galley. It's not a very happy song.

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* HeatherAlexander's Music/HeatherAlexander's song "Yo Ho" is about being kidnapped and put to work as a galley. It's not a very happy song.


* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. Monsters attack the ship Isaac and his friends are on, and by the time you fight each wave off, one of the (voluntarily employed) rowers has been put out of commission. After each round, you have to pick one of the NPC passengers to press-gang into service as a replacement for the rest of the voyage, whether they like it or not. Choosing the right combination of replacements will actually unbalance the rowers, sending the ship off-course and getting you early access to the BonusDungeon.

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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. Monsters attack the ship Isaac and his friends are on, and by the time you fight each wave off, one of the (voluntarily employed) rowers has been put out of commission. After each round, you have to pick one of the NPC passengers to press-gang into service as a replacement for the rest of the voyage, whether they like it or not. Choosing the right "right" combination of replacements will actually unbalance the rowers, sending the ship off-course and getting you early access to the BonusDungeon.


[[folder:Jokes]]
* The overseer to the galley slaves: "Men, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is, you get as much as you want for breakfast. The bad news is, the captain wants to go water skiing."
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode "Kamp Krusty", in the scene where the kids at the camp are forced to sew cheap wallets for selling, Kearney keeps the beat on a drum in the background like in this type of scene.
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* Usally averted in the SwordAndSandal era, where it was actually far less common (though not unknown) than is usually believed.

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* Usally Usually averted in the SwordAndSandal era, where it was actually far less common (though not unknown) than is usually believed.

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