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     Quintus Lentulus Batiatus 

Quintus Lentulus Batiatus (John Hannah)

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"I see things in men that they themselves have lost, small spark, an ember, I give it breath, tender, until it ignites in the arena."

Batiatus is a Lanista, a trainer and trader of gladiators. He is head of his family's ludus in Capua, and is Dominus to Spartacus and most of the other gladiators that appear throughout the series. Batiatus is the son of Titus Lentulus Batiatus, and the husband of Lucretia.


  • Action Survivor: He's not a trained fighter, but can hold his own when he has to and delivers a few No-Holds-Barred-Beatdowns in his time. He's no match for a group of trained gladiators, though that doesn't stop him from trying.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The historical Batiatus was named Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus, not Quintus.
  • Affably Evil: If you're not on his bad side he's a great host, and he remembers to Pet the Dog from time to time, like sparing Spartacus' life when he loses to Crixus. He also loves his wife and dreams of being a father. However, cross him, and he will make you suffer.
  • Ambition Is Evil: One of his most defining characteristics. Batiatus has never been satisfied with just being a lanista and dreams of rising through the ranks of Roman society, maybe even to steps of the Senate itself. And he's willing to do some pretty nasty and immoral things to achieve his aims.
  • Bad Boss: In actuality. Though he likes to pretend he's a Benevolent Boss and acts accordingly when it suits him.
  • Bait the Dog:
    • The first few episodes of the first season suggest that he's actually a relatively decent man for his era and profession. Then the fifth episode has him murdering the entire household of an enemy including a little boy and the sixth reveals that he had Spartacus's wife Sura murdered.
    • And then, wouldn't you know it, they pull it off again in the second, prequel, season. The first episode depicts him as a scrappy underdog who isn't that bad at that point... and then in the second episode he has poor Indus murdered in a particularly cruel You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, and you realise that yes, he already is that bad. Special extra points for that murder being the Start of Darkness for poor Ashur, who actually was a scrappy underdog who wasn't that bad.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1. He's the one who orders Spartacus's wife murdered so his new champion will remain bound to the ludus. Spartacus uncovering the truth is what sets the rebellion in motion.
  • Berserk Button: When he's looked down upon due to his heritage.
  • Bread and Circuses: Basically his entire plan for office relies on the entertainment value of his gladiators, especially Spartacus.
  • Catchphrase: "Jupiter's cock!" might as well be his.
  • The Chessmaster: He gets quite good at manipulating people to do what he wants, when he wants, in order to get ahead while appearing innocent and he can quickly alter his plans if he has to. Especially how he deals with Solonius, manipulating things so that it seems he kidnapped and murdered Magistrate Calavius. Unfortunately for Batiatus, this ultimately leads to his downfall when he tries to play Spartacus.
  • Chewing the Scenery: As often as he possibly can. And it's delicious.
  • Consummate Liar: He's very convincing when lying to both his slaves and fellow Romans.
  • Defiant to the End: He goes down swinging a sword at Spartacus, knowing he hasn't a hope in hell of winning. Once it is clear he's not getting out alive, he rants that he gave Spartacus everything and that the latter was a nobody before they met.
  • Dies Wide Open: After Spartacus cuts open his throat, his eyes remain open after he draws his last breath.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's killed off in the finale of Blood and Sand, after serving as the Big Bad of that season.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: One of his most prominent traits. He desperately wants to be respected and powerful within Roman society, and hates it when he's treated simply like a lowly, upstart lanista even after going to great lengths to curry favour with those higher than him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Just about the only thing he and his father can agree on is that they both miss Quintus's mother.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • He genuinely loves his wife Lucretia, to the point that he let her get away with cheating on him with Crixus because it made her happy and when his father tries to make him choose between remaining his heir or staying with Lucretia, he picks the latter. When Spartacus stops Batiatus from going to a wounded Lucretia, he throws the same words that Batiatus used on him to get him to fight in the arena, and rather than be a coward, Batiatus bravely but futilely attacks Spartacus to get to Lucretia.
    • He's also shown to love his father, in spite of their differences and strained relationship. Batiatus ultimately cannot bring himself to kill Titus to secure his position and he is genuinely saddened when he dies, seeking bloody revenge against the man he believes caused his death.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Batiatus has very few moral boundaries he won't cross, but even he balked at the thought of killing his own father in cold blood and he ultimately can't bring himself to go through with it.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Really starts hamming it up around episode three.
  • Family Business: He's inherited the ludus from his father, who inherited it from his father and so on. He's actually not that keen on simply being a lanista, desiring to move into politics.
  • Fatal Flaw: His burning ambition to rise higher in Roman society, no matter the cost, drives most of his worst actions and is ultimately his undoing.
  • Finagle's Law: And he repeatedly lampshades it.
    Batiatus: "Once again the gods spread the cheeks and ram cock in fucking ass..."
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Not much is known about the real Batiatus, but here he's portrayed as a scheming, manipulative Bad Boss who's not above committing murder to achieve his goals and the Big Bad of Season 1.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: One of his biggest flaws. He wants to be more than mere lanista and feels he was destined for greater things, which ultimately leads to Ambition Is Evil.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The moment that truly establishes him as this is when it turns out he was the one who ordered the murder of Spartacus' wife, after seemingly going to great lengths to find her for him, just to dissuade him from escaping. As he puts it to Lucretia, he promised Spartacus he'd reunite him with Sura and he kept his word...he never said anything about her having to be alive.
  • Large Ham: The largest ham of them all. Even when he's calm he seems to love Chewing the Scenery.
  • Last-Name Basis: Only Lucretia seems to call him by his first name (probably as a sign of their closeness).
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: He and Lucretia have been trying for a baby for years (and in the prequel series, his father threatens to force him to divorce Lucretia if she cannot produce an heir), to no avail. Lucretia does eventually get pregnant, though it's possible the child is actually Crixus', only for Crixus to stab Lucretia in the womb during the gladiators' uprising.
  • Pet the Dog: From time to time.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Spends most of his time trying to scheme his way around people to stay on top.
  • Marry for Love: It's revealed that this is the reason he married Lucretia. Even though she was of a lower rank than him, brought him no titles or positions and his father disapproved, he persuaded his father to let him marry her because he truly fell in love with her.
  • Morality Pet: Played with in Lucretia's case. She adores her husband, but her desire to help him achieve his ambitions and protect him leads her to commit even more immoral acts.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: The entire prequel was Batiatus' dying flashback.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Spartacus. He seems to grow genuinely fond of the man, and Spartacus appears to return the feeling. That fondness doesn't stop him from ordering his wife killed, to maintain his loyalty.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: And in a show where virtually every character makes liberal use of the Cluster F-Bomb, that's really saying something.
    Batiatus: "I speak...of being fucked! And I will not, not be fucked, you fucking fuck, you fucking cock-sucking, you hemorrhoid-sucking fuck, you fuck!"
  • Slashed Throat: Finishes off Barca this way. He himself dies this way, courtesy of Spartacus.
  • Smug Snake: A high functioning one. His first instinct is to throw a temper tantrum anytime things don't go his way, and he can be quite smug with his gloating. That being said, the fact that he is quite cunning, and that his tantrums are accentuated by his Large Ham tendencies make him far less insufferable than most Smug Snakes.
  • Too Clever by Half: He's brilliant schemer, and through most of the season his plans go exactly his way. The one thing he never accounted for is Spartacus learning the truth about Sura's death. This one miscalculation is what brings all of his plans to ruin and costs him his life.
  • Tragic Villain: While Batiatus by our modern standards is not the most moral of people, one can't help thinking that he would have been less evil if it wasn't for Lucretia either filling his ears with poison or pushing him to elevate his status. His father may have even unintentionally contributed to his increased ruthlessness. The prequel series also shows that he originally tried to get ahead through reasonably honest means, but this repeatedly got him screwed over, leading him to use increasingly ruthless methods. The fact that he is constantly judged, looked down upon and told to 'know his place' by his so-called betters simply because he's a lanista doesn't help, either.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Batiatus isn't so much ugly as plain, but his wife is freaking Lucretia.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Lucretia. The two have a great marriage and relationship, but despite the love they have for one another they are pretty villainous elsewhere. It can be argued that together they are darker than apart.
  • Villain Protagonist: In Gods of the Arena, though one could make a pretty convincing case that he's a Nominal Hero until the end. His rivals in the gladiator business are much worse than he is, he's a generous friend to Solonius (until their falling out) and despite planning it for a while, he can't bring himself to murder his own father to secure his status.
  • Villainous Breakdown: At the end, when his life is crashing down on him, he's reduced to swinging a sword at the rebelling gladiators, clearly outnumbered and shrieking that he's their dominus and will have their heads. It is soon followed by...
  • Villainous Valor: When Spartacus confronts Batiatus and stands between him and Lucretia, despite knowing he had no chance of victory, he fought anyway in a desperate attempt to reach his wounded wife.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Solonius, as it turns out in Gods of the Arena. However, after screwing him over one too many times, Solonius turns on him and by the events of the first season they're sworn enemies, with Batiatus even framing him for murder and orchestrating his execution.
  • With Friends Like These...: In Gods of the Arena, Batiatus really isn't a very good friend to Solonius. Their friendship is rather one-sided and he has a habit of using Solonius as a verbal punching bag – although he usually apologises, the fact he keeps doing it and makes some extremely hurtful remarks undermines it. Solonius gets sick of it eventually.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no qualms about ordering Barca to kill a rival's child to get rid of witnesses.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Invoked almost directly.
    Batiatus: "A man must accept his fate. Or be destroyed by it."
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     Lucretia 

Lucretia (Lucy Lawless)

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"Quintus always wanted a son. Because of you, we shall have one."

Lucretia is a Roman woman of moderate standing in the land of Capua and lives with her husband, Batiatus, in the villa above his ludus. Through her husband's (and to an extent her own) schemes, the couple manage to climb quite high on the social scale, only to fall after Spartacus seeks revenge and rebels.


  • Accidental Murder: In Gods of the Arena, she inadvertently poisons Melitta after she drinks tainted wine, which Lucretia had used to kill Titus. She's actually pretty upset about it, though no one ever learns she was responsible.
  • Achey Scars: Her stomach aches when she sees Crixus after he stabbed her in the gut.
  • All Women Are Lustful: She cheats on Batiatus with Crixus and likes seeing her husband performing sexual acts with their slave as foreplay. She also sleeps with Gaia and the two of them engage in threesomes with her husband.
  • And Starring: Played by Lucy Lawless, of Xena fame.
  • Animal Motif: The serpent.
  • Ax-Crazy: Turns out to be in season 2. Although the signs were there in Gods of Arena and Blood and Sand.
  • Benevolent Boss: Zig-Zagged in Gods of the Arena and the first half of Blood and Sand. She is generally amicable towards her slaves - Melitta in particular is a Morality Pet for her and she tries to protect her and Naevia from being abused. However, she lets Diona be used as a Sex Slave and later tells Naevia that although she understands why she ran away, she won't forgive it and also threatens Melitta that she will tell her husband about her sleeping with Gannicus unless she keeps her mouth shut about some of the less savoury goings-on in the ludus. By the end of Blood and Sand, she's blatantly a Bad Boss, in particular beating the crap out of Naevia for 'daring' to sleep with Crixus and sending her to a Fate Worse than Death purely from spite.
  • Berserk Button: Trying to take Crixus away from her.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Naevia's Betty for Crixus in Blood and Sand.
  • Bi the Way: She certainly likes men, but she also has sex with Gaia (sometimes with her husband) and there is some Les Yay / Foe Yay between her and Ilithyia.
  • Canon Foreigner / Named by the Adaptation: Since nothing is known about the historical Batiatus.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: For Crixus. It isn't helped when Spartacus takes his place as the star gladiator of the ludus.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: In Vengeance after she survives the slaughter at her house.
  • Consummate Liar: She's one of the most accomplished liars on the series. Some of her lies (such as the fact she was the one who poisoned Titus and Melitta) are never found out.
  • Driven to Suicide: For all intents and purposes, Lucretia's will to live died with her husband and unborn baby at the end of Blood and Sand. She sticks around for most of Vengeance despite this, but only because she intends to take Ilithyia's unborn baby to the afterlife with her. In the finale, she commits suicide in hopes of rejoining her husband with a son.
  • Death by Falling Over: Off a cliff, specifically. She takes a newborn baby with her too...
  • Depraved Bisexual: Downplayed. Although Lucretia is definitely bisexual and definitely not a good person, her bisexuality isn't necessarily directly linked to this. She is shown ordering both her male and female slaves to perform sexual acts with her (or each other for her pleasure), but the one genuine same-sex relationship she had is with Gaia, and their friendship is generally depicted as a positive aspect of Lucretia's character; her love for her husband is also shown to be genuine and unselfish. The way she treats her slaves is also par for the course with Roman elites in the series.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loves her husband and would do anything for him; however her attempts to help Batiatus elevate his status make him a much darker person. She also clearly liked Gaia and Melitta, grieving when Melitta dies even though she was slave and having a near breakdown when Gaia is murdered.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • She won't hesitate to use or destroy almost anyone, but even she balks at giving Naevia to Ashur, who disgusts her.
    • In Gods of the Arena, she also seems to genuinely like Melitta and attempts to veto the decision to have her sleep with Gannicus and is horrified when she learns of her death (which she inadvertently caused).
  • Evil Redhead: When she's not a blonde. The red wig is actually a Memento MacGuffin from her old friend, Gaia.
  • Fallen Princess: In Vengeance. After reaching incredible heights with her husband by the end of Blood and Sand, the slave rebellion leads to her husbands death and economically ruins them. Lucretia loses her sanity as well and finds herself as little more than a pawn for Glaber and plaything for Asher. She does not take it well at all.
  • False Friend: To Ilithyia, before becoming an obsessive Poisonous Friend. To be fair, Ilithyia's just as nasty to her and in Blood and Sand, Lucretia only puts up with her bullshit for her husband's sake.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Gives a particularly chilling one as she throws herself off a cliff.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: In a pretty dark and twisted way. After her husband’s death, Lucretia goes to some extraordinary lengths to take down everyone she views as having a role in his demise, revealing just how much suffering she can take and how far she's willing to go, before finally offing herself in the hopes of being reunited with her husband.
  • Hollywood Healing: Her recovery from being stabbed in the womb with a sword by Crixus in an attempt to kill her and their unborn child is nothing short of miraculous. Especially since the care she received amounted to some crude stitching performed by Ashur and she was living in the abandoned ludus under less than sanitary conditions.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ashur made this a point to her when he violated her.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: The cold, calculating type.
  • If I Can't Have You...: When she learns Crixus is in love with Naevia, she arranges to poison him so that he'll be killed by Spartacus in his next fight. Crixus does not react well when he finds out, much to Lucretia's detriment.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: In the finale of Blood and Sand, shortly after she found out she was with child, she becomes caught up in Spartacus and the gladiators' rebellion and ends up running for her life to escape the massacre. When Crixus finds her, he stabs her in the stomach despite her pleas and leaves her to bleed to death.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: She rotates between her natural hair color and various colored wigs. Later we find out she wears them to honor her old friend Gaia, whose wigs they originally were.
  • Lady in Red: Often wears red, including red wigs.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Batiatus, as Lucretia often schemes and pushes him towards more amoral acts in the name of securing power; sometimes she even goes behind his back. This becomes partially subverted as the season goes on. Batiatus becomes far more comfortable taking initiative and begins performing acts so ruthless that they shock Lucretia, though she's more impressed than anything.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: She and Batiatus have been trying unsuccessfully to have children for years. She did get pregnant. But the father stabbed her to the womb, killing the child.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: In Vengeance. Lucretia does not take the loss of her husband well. At all.
  • Love Makes You Evil: A lot of Lucretia's actions are motivated by her love for Batiatus and her desire to help him achieve his dreams. A telling example from Gods of the Arena is when it turns out she was the one that poisoned Batiatus' father, because she felt he didn't value him enough and was holding him back.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Her unborn child could be Batiatus' or Crixus'. Batiatus doesn't seem to mind either way, as the child will officially be his anyway, whilst she's convinced Crixus is the father. Unfortunately for her, Crixus doesn't care.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Her most defining characteristic. Lucretia is excellent at controlling and taking advantage of people to secure what she wants, her husband included, and she has very few moral boundaries in regards to securing a desired end.
  • Morality Pet: Arguably to Batiatus. It's obvious he genuinely loves her, even overlooking her affair with Crixus because "it made [her] happy". That being said, Lucretia actually goads him into committing even more immoral acts, though his love for her is one of his redeeming traits.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: More like 'beat and humiliate the hypotenuse before sending her to a Fate Worse than Death'.
  • Near-Death Experience: In the first season finale when Crixus stabs her in the stomach.
  • Not Quite Dead: The finale of Blood and Sand seems to end with her dying at the hands of the rebels. However, early in Vengeance, it's revealed she actually survived.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Zig Zagged Trope in Vengeance. Early on, Lucretia appears to be completely insane. As time goes on, it's revealed this level of insanity is very much an act to make herself useful to Glaber and win over Ilithyia's affection, while simultaneously ensuring both underestimate her. Lucretia herself begins to come across quite sane and grounded.... until the season finale. Turns out, Lucretia was criminally insane and was faking sanity in an effort to steal Ilithyia's unborn child and take it with her to the Afterlife so they could be reunited with her husband.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Her father-in-law makes no secret of the fact he despises her and views her as being unworthy of his son, no matter what she does to please him. She returns to the sentiment and eventually poisons him to death.
  • The Ophelia: A far darker example in Vengeance. Lucretia was never a particularly pleasant person, but the traumas she endured in Blood and Sand's finale completely shattered her mind. While it appears she was Obfuscating Insanity at first, the Vengeance finale reveals that Lucretia was even more unhinged than viewers are first led to believe when she kills Ilithyia and leaps off a cliff with Ilithyia's newborn child..
  • Poisonous Friend: To Ilithyia in Blood and Sand andVengeance, albeit in different ways.
    • In 'Blood and Sand'', she's using Ilithyia to advance in position and secure benefits for her husband. Her manipulations and mistreatment of Ilithyia ultimately result in Ilithyia experiencing a Start of Darkness of her own as she begins retaliating due to her severe mistreatment by Lucretia.
    • In Vengeance, her and Ilithyia's friendship is far more genuine, with Lucretia making a real effort to improve their relationship and standing by Ilithyia in the face of trouble. Instead, the venom is directed outward towards their enemies, as the two women bring out the worst sides of one another. Lucretia is also eventually revealed to be faking the entire friendship to steal Ilithyia's baby and commit suicide with it.
  • Psychotic Smirk: She's fond of this expression.
  • Purple Is the New Black: When she makes her public reappearance in Vengeance (thus revealing her survival to Spartacus and the rebels) she's dressed in purple.
  • Rape as Drama: In Vengeance, Ashur begins raping her and intends to force her to marry him. She gets revenge on him at the end of the season, manipulating him into seeming like a traitor to Glaber.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Delives one to Titus as he lays dying.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Gaia. And we mean romantic. Her relationship with Ilithyia has shades of this too, combined with Foe Yay.
  • Sanity Slippage: At the start of Vengeance, she appears to be rather unstable, with some Laser-Guided Amnesia. Subverted, it that it turns out to be Obfuscating Insanity. Then double subverted, as in the end, she's revealed to be quite mad after all.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: One could be forgiven for believing that the only reason she wears clothes ever is because fashion is a sign of wealth.
  • Start of Darkness: Though she was always quite manipulative, she becomes truly ruthless and callous over the course of Gods of the Arena, particularly after Gaia is murdered, solidified when she murders Titus to further her husband's ambition and secure her own position (and possibly in revenge for his rather cold dismissal of Gaia's death and refusal to bring her killer to justice).
  • Statuesque Stunner: Lucy Lawless stands 5'8.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her wigs turn out to be this. In Gods of the Arena, we learn that the colored wigs Lucretia rotates between originally belonged to her friend Gaia, who died a violent death in Lucretia's home. She wears them in honor of her memory. In Vengeance she doesn't wear them anymore because she lost her memory, but is later forced to wear the red wig by Ashur, as a sign of his command over her. When Lucretia liberates herself from Ashur's influence, she throws the wig over the same cliff Gaia's body was thrown.
  • The Unfettered: There are very few things Lucretia won't do to help secure her husband's position and further her plans. Although she initially starts out with some standards, particularly in Gods of the Arena, she becomes increasingly ruthless, especially by Vengeance, where any compunctions she may have had seen to have flown out the window along with her sanity.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Batiatus. Despite both of them being supremely self-centred and immoral people, their marriage is a genuinely happy one. They are both usually very loving and supportive of each other in everything they do (and we do mean everything). As Titus points out, they do have a tendency to bring out the worst in each other and Lucretia in particular is motivated by her love for Batiatus to do some truly heinous things, but their venom is always directed at other people rather than each other.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In Vengeance to an extent. Due to surviving the gladiators' bloody uprising, she is believed to be blessed by the gods, with crowds of people gathering to see her and receive divine blessings themselves. Naturally, she milks this for all it's worth.
  • Widow Woman: In Vengeance. She never did get over it, which leads to Lucretia committing suicide.
  • Woman Scorned: She does not take the revelation of Crixus and Naevia's Secret Relationship well at all.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In her defense, she thinks she's doing Illithyia's baby a favor.
  • Yandere: For Crixus. Any time Crixus' talent or place in the ludus is questioned she GUSHES about him. Case in point is when he's seriously injured and looks like his days as an A-lister are over. 90% of the reason he wasn't thrown out after getting curbstomped by Theokoles was due to Lucretia buttering up her husband.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She has been secretly conducting an affair with Crixus for years. Initially, it was just to get pregnant and give Batiatus a son, but by the events of Blood and Sand, she genuinely finds him attractive and and revels in the attention he gives her (unaware it's all just for show). It should be noted, though, that Batiatus actually knows about the affair but doesn't care, because her dalliance with Crixus makes her happy, and that's all he cares about. Although he is unhappy and insulted about her thinking that he didn't know.

     Ashur 

Ashur (Nick E. Tarabay)

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"Whatever you need, Ashur provides."

Ashur is an ex-gladiator in Batiatus' ludus and due to a conflict with Crixus prior to Blood and Sand, he was crippled and forced to wear a brace on his right leg. Since then, he became Batiatus' errand boy, accompanying him into the city to aid in transactions or sometimes going alone for more private business. When Batiatus is killed, Ashur seeks out Glaber as a new patron to further his own desires. Using his years in the ludus, Ashur seeks to become a link between Spartacus and the Romans who are hunting him.


  • Career-Ending Injury: Subverted. Like Oenamaus, his injury practically healed. It's his promotion as Batiatus' right-hand man that prevented him from returning as a gladiator.
  • The Chew Toy: Less so in Gods of the Arena, where he is initially quite sympathetic. However, in Blood and Sand and Vengeance, people generally have no issue seeing him be injured or humiliated because of what a slimy, manipulative, Machiavellian Jerkass he is.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's just not skilled enough to win fighting honorably. So he doesn't. He will throw dirt in your eyes, remove your eye, use surprise attacks, concealed weapons, and any other dirty trick he can to walk away from a fight alive.
    • Subverted minorly in Vengeance, outside of a single dirty tactic, he managed to more than hold his own against Glaber's men.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Many of the gladiators bullied and ostracised him, understandably causing him to resent them, Particularly the case with Crixus, who was responsible for crippling Ashur to grab glory for himself. Ashur goes out of his way to make Crixus suffer as payback for what he did.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
  • The Dragon: To Glaber in Vengeance. After killing his original Dragon.
  • Dirty Coward: In Season 1.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?/Well Done Ashur: His main motivation. At first.
  • Evil Counterpart: To many characters, namely;
    • Nasir. Both of them are Syrians. Both of them are very intelligent. But while Nasir values relationship with people, Ashur doesn't. Agron and Crixus actually lampshaded this. Their Character Development also strongly parallels each other; Nasir was a Hot-Blooded Anti-Hero who Took a Level in Kindness and became a Nice Guy, while Ashur was a cheerful guy who Took a Level in Jerkass and became very bitter and cutthroat.
    • He and Oenamaus were both gladiators who got sidelined after a serious Game-Breaking Injury. Both of them were also elevated in higher positions despite fighting in the arena is all they live for. But while Oenamaus used his elevated position to help the current gladiators, Ashur used his to vent out his Tragic Dream.
  • Evil Cripple: For much of Blood and Sand, due to his leg injury.
  • Evil Genius: Served as this for Batiatus; his cunning was crucial to Batiatus' plans.
  • Evil Gloating: On occasion, and doing it once too often leads to his well-deserved death. You'd think such a savvy character would know better.
  • Evil Is Petty: He enjoys nothing more than seeing his betters robbed of what they love most or exacting Disproportionate Retribution for perceived slights against him.
  • Foil: To Crixus, due to them representing the Brains Evil, Brawn Good rivalry..
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Courtesy of Crixus, which is the very reason he resents him so much.
  • Genius Cripple: Though his leg eventually heals
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has nasty burn scars on his left shoulder from where he got tossed out of a ring of fire by Crixus.
  • Good with Numbers: To the point that Batiatus appoints him his accountant.
  • Handicapped Badass: Subverted. Whilst he can still reasonably hold his own in a fight, his leg injury severely hampers him, often leading to resort to dirty tactics. Or just run.
  • Important Haircut: Important Beard Shave.
  • Jerkass: Though he does have shades of Jerkass Woobie, he is generally an unpleasant person, being willing to use and abuse almost anyone to stay on top, seeking revenge on people for petty slights or hurting innocent people along the way and acting like a smug prick throughout it all, and is a rapist to boot.
  • Karmic Death: Gets exactly what he deserves. While fighting Naevia, who he has raped before, he gets too cocky. Naevia castrates him and then cuts his head off.
  • Klingon Promotion: How he becomes The Dragon to Glaber.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Even when he was a gladiator, he usually had to resort to trickery to win. He now spends most of his time scheming his way around everyone to gain position.
  • Marital Rape License: When he is given Naevia as a wife, he immediately takes advantage of this. He later implies he will do the same to Lucretia.
  • Motive Rant: His speech to Doctore in the first season finale. Upon being accused of betraying the other Gladiators, Ashur furiously points out that they never did anything for him short for mockery at best. So he's technically not betraying them, and is in fact giving them payback.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The other gladiators, namely Barca and Crixus, tend not to take him too seriously. This is a mistake.
    • Gods of the Arena shows that while he desired to be a gladiator, he was not a very good one. He eventually won matches in the arena, but was usually outclassed and had to resort to trickery to win. The other gladiators apparently remembered that he wasn't a good fighter, and forgot that he was very good at killing people with deception.
    • Though even as a cripple, he managed to hold his own in a fist fight with Varro.
  • Off with His Head!: A very messy example, with it taking multiple blows to get his head off his shoulders.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Ashur decides, after he is crippled by the Gladiator Crixus, that his only goals in life are revenge and rising in power. Using his cleverness to ingratiate himself to his master Batiatus, Ashur becomes his errand boy and supporter, hoping to tie his fortunes to Batiatus's own. When he is indebted to Barca (Who contemptuously and violently reminds him) after losing a bet, Ashur quickly makes it appear as if Barca has betrayed Batiatus and arranges his death. Ashur takes advantage of Batiatus's gratitude to steal Crixus's lover, and after Batiatus falls, Ashur simply aligns himself with Praetor Gaius Claudius Glaber, and uses Spartacus's rebellion to get Glaber to assign him his own private squad of enforcers with which he terrorizes Capua. Ashur uses his intelligence and lack of morality to make himself invaluable to those he serves while simultaneously using their favor to push himself higher.
  • Oral Fixation: He carries around a bag of nuts and seeds to constantly chew on.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Driven home in Vengeance. While he's outmatched by other gladiators in previous series, he's still much tougher than your average soldier. He takes on a squad of Glaber's men to prove a point and ends up beating four of them to near-death.

     Ilithyia 

Ilithyia (Viva Bianca)

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"They are like something out of a fever dream. I mean, what if they went insane all at once, clamoring for blood?!"

Ilithyia is a wealthy Roman woman, the daughter of Senator Albinius, and the wife of Praetor Gaius Claudius Glaber. She is close friends with Lucretia, however, their lively relationship is more than meets the eye.


  • Back Handed Compliment: An absolute master of these. It's essentially the only kind of compliment she can give.
  • Berserk Button: Do not. Laugh. At Ilithyia. With her, sure. NEVER AT HER.
  • Blood from the Mouth: It's subtle compared to the usual examples in the show, though.
  • But Not Too Bi: She and Lucretia have a lot of Les Yay, and even share several kisses. At the same time, we never see her participating in any kind of homosexual acts unlike other LGBT characters, such as Agron or Lucretia.
  • Canon Foreigner or Named by the Adaptation: Since nothing is know about the historical Glaber.
  • Daddy's Girl: For her many flaws, she genuinely does care for her father. And she certainly likes the privilege that comes from being his daughter
  • Death by Irony: Ilithyia causes the death of Lucretia's husband and unborn child in Blood and Sand. Lucretia later kills Ilithyia by performing a C-section, stealing her baby, and taking it over the cliff to her husband in the afterlife at the end of Vengeance.
  • Dies Wide Open: To the point that it actually caused some confusion. As she dies, Ilithyia collapses and simply stares, eyes wide, at the cliff Lucretia took her baby over.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Occurs during Blood and Sand in a big way. After spending an entire season being used, manipulated, and mistreated by Lucretia, Batiatus, and all of her other "friends" in Capua, Ilithyia finally decides she's had enough of it and, in the season finale, locks every single one of them inside the Ludus to be slaughtered by the revolting gladiator.
  • Dying Alone: Occurs during the Vengeance finale, as she bleeds out after watching Ilithyia murder her unborn child.
  • Femme Fatale: Seductive and uses sex as a weapon? Check. Dubious trustworthiness? Check. Ambitious and cunning? Check. Wild card with shifting allegiances? Check. Ilithyia fits this trope to a T.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Her breasts have more influence over politics than her husband does.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: If her Berserk Button is any indication, she seems to have one towards Licinia.
  • Jerkass: "Seal the fucking doors!"
  • Lady Macbeth: Tries to be this to her husband, to mixed success. She certainly holds some degree of influence over Glaber, but, often times, her own agenda isn't what's best for him. After a couple times of this backfiring, things fall apart entirely and Ilithyia loses any and all control over her husband. It does not go well for her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Made worse by the fact that she's incredibly shallow about who and what she wants, and so the goal she's manipulating people towards changes frequently.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's naked a lot.
  • Naked in Mink: Sneaks into the Roman camp wearing nothing but a fur coat to surprise her husband in the pilot.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She's pretty turned-on by the violence gladiators inflict within the arena.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her most well-known outfit is pink and, in addition, much of Ilihtyia's wardrobe consists of shades of pink, violet, or lavender.
  • Pregnant Badass: In Vengeance, much to Seppia's misfortune.
  • Promotion to Closing Credits: In episode 3, the fastest one to receive this.
  • The Queen's Latin: Of all the cast, she has the most exaggerated upper-class English accent, to go with her persona.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Redemption would be putting it far too strongly. That said, shortly before her death, Ilithyia shows genuine compassion for another person for the first time in her entire life: her unborn child. She dies almost immediately after, being forced to watch Lucretia kill the child first.
  • Redemption Rejection: Played With. Ilithyia is put through absolute hell throughout the events of Vengeance and is forced to take on a certain amount of humility. She even begins to value the life of, at the very least, one other individual in her unborn child, as well as forming a genuinely close relationship with Lucretia. While hardly redeemed, she's showing signs of becoming a truly sympathetic character. All of this goes out the window the moment that Ilithyia sees an opportunity for her old life back. The humility vanishes, she murders Seppia, tries to murder Lucretia, and openly reunites as an Evil Duo with her husband, Glaber, the moment that doing so would be beneficial for her.
  • Rich Bitch: Spoiled daughter of a wealthy and influential senator. She starts out being more flaky, petty, emotional, and self-involved brat, but eventually grows into a truly sadistic, selfish young woman who is so obsessed with her comfort and position that she will do anything to further herself.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Naked, loves sex, and positively gleeful about it at all times.
  • Start of Darkness: In a sense, Blood and Sand is this for her. While Ilithyia is by no means a pleasant person even at the beginning of the series, she starts out as a selfish, spoiled Alpha Bitch and no worse than most the other Romans in the series. By the end of Blood and Sand, she's repeatedly tried to murder Spartacus several times, successfully led to the death of his best friend, murdered one of her frenemies with her own two hands, and finally allowed for Batiatus, Lucretia, and all their guests to be slaughtered by the revolting gladiators. And while Ilithyia feels some guilt over early actions, that quickly begins to subside. It only gets worse come Vengeance, where Ilithyia outright calls herself a monster.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Viva Bianca is 5'9 and certainly attractive.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Over the course of Blood and Sand. While it's obvious right from the start that she's an obnoxious and spoilt rich girl who's never worked a day in her life, to call her "evil" would be a bit excessive. By the end of the first season however, she's become much, much worse, nearly rivalling Lucretia in terms of cruelty and how far she's willing to go to achieve her goals. See also Start of Darkness.
  • Traumatic C-Section: Inflicted by Lucretia in the Vengeance finale for the purpose of taking Ilithyia's child. Unfortunately for Ilithyia, neither she nor the baby survive this.
  • Unholy Matrimony: While their relationship is rocky during Vengeance, in the episode "Monster" they are definitely back to this.
    Glaber: We cannot be what we were.
    Ilithyia: Then let us be what we are. We have done terrible things to each other. I would see such venom turned outward, to those truly deserving of it- Seppia. The Senate. And the man they dispatch to steal your glory.
    Glaber: You would move against Varinius?
    Ilithyia: We are both monsters, Gaius. Let us be so together- and seize the fucking heavens!
    • After which, to stress the point, they have sex covered in the blood of Seppia, whose corpse is still floating in the pool next to them.
  • The Vamp: In a scheme to rob Spartacus of his best friend.
  • Woman Scorned: Her husband turns her affections away for the younger Seppia (who admittedly also didn't cheat on him or try to leave him). She does not take this well.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She wanted to sleep with Crixus and ended up with Spartacus, and probably slept with both Numerius and Segovax as well. Also made a play to have her father dissolve her marriage to Glaber and remarry her to Varinius. She made it very clear to Varinius what was in it for him.

     Gaius Claudius Glaber 

Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker)

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"The shadow of Rome is vast, and you, Thracian, will die under it."

Glaber is a Roman commander awarded the title of Legatus, and later Praetor. He is married to Senator Albinius's favored daughter, Ilithyia, who both supports her husband's actions politically and emotionally, by personally seeing to it that Glaber's greatest enemy, Spartacus, suffers as much pain as possible. Glaber serves as the main antagonist for the second season of Spartacus, and in the first season is a personal antagonist for Spartacus himself as Glaber enslaved both him and his wife Sura.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Spartacus. Interestingly, he doesn't see Spartacus the same way until he starts projecting all his problems onto the man.
  • Badass Cape: Tends to wear a nice red one, and certainly more than badass enough to pull it off. In addition to being a skilled and ruthless general, Glaber can hold his own in a fight better than most Roman soldiers or gladiators.
  • Big Bad: Glaber takes on this role in Vengeance, serving as the primary antagonist to Spartacus, even to the point of having parallel character arcs.
  • But Not Too White: Has an absolutely perfect, utterly uniform tan on his entire body. How exactly he accomplished this given that he wears armor most of the time is a complete mystery.
  • Defiant to the End: Tells Spartacus that his death will only mean legions will come to hunt and kill Spartacus. Spartacus's response is to put a sword through his mouth.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For Vengeance, as Crassus was still to come.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In Vengeance he learns that despite his rank and armies, he is not respected or liked by the Senate. Ilithyia's father in particular doesn't like him.
    • Thing is, whereas with Batiatus and Ashur we see they are cunning and resourceful enough to be deserving some of the respect they're denied, with Glaber, it really comes as no surprise he's thought of as a joke.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even he is creeped out when he realizes Seppius is in love with his sister Seppia.
    • He also holds disdain or disgust for Cossitius. Whether this because of Cossitius' fondness for rape, or some more personal reason is unknown.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Seems like a nice enough guy in the pilot episode...for about 10 minutes. This is a recurring trait throughout the show, as, even when Glaber plays up his affability, other characters tend to see right through it and have to resist the urge to roll their eyes.
  • Foil: To Spartacus in Vengeance. Both Glaber and Spartacus have a seething hatred for one another which often clouds their judgment. While Spartacus learns to grow past this quest for vengeance and find purpose in furthering an ideological cause and close relationships, Glaber is completely consumed by Vengeance, shifting the blame to his failure to others and completely isolating himself from any relationships he once had. By the end of Vengeance, there is nothing Glaber won't sacrifice if it means he can see Spartacus dead, and he takes fiendish delight in tormenting anyone who has somehow wronged him along the way (Ilithyia, her father, Seppius, Varinius).
  • Jerkass: Suffice to say, he's not a nice man. His wife is no exception to his cruelty.
  • Kick the Dog: Take your pick. When he taunts Spartacus over his wife's likely multiple rapes as a slave? Or when he strikes his wife and leaves her to the mercy of Lucretia and Batiatus.
  • Last-Name Basis: To everyone accept Ilithyia.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Is very well-built, tanned and completely shaved. He is shown naked several times, complete with Male Frontal Nudity.
  • Promotion to Closing Credits: In Vengeance.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Aside from his involvement in the Third Servile War (the offical name for Spartacus' rebellion) almost nothing is known about the historical Glaber. Despite rising to the rank of Praetor, he was an ultimately insignificant politician, and historians cite him being dispatched against the rebels as a sign of how little Rome thought of Spartacus. Even his death is unrecorded; while it's mentioned his force was destroyed at Vesuvius, Glaber himself simply drops out of the historical record. Aside from giving him a personal connection to Spartacus, the show's portrayal of Glaber matches up with this pretty well; see Dude, Where's My Respect?, above.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Ilithyia, being something of an evil duo, although the marriage tends to be on the rocks a lot. This becomes most clear in Monsters, where Glaber and Ilithyia renew their marriage as monsters working to further themselves and destroy their enemies.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: After spending an entire season as the Butt-Monkey and laughing stock of the villains, Glaber completely snaps and begins to murder, torment, and manipulate his way through all of them with utter glee, seeing it as retribution for their lack of respect for him. Everyone who had dismissed Glaber as a joke pretty quickly realizes just how wrong they were.
  • Your Cheating Heart: By the time his marriage with Ilithyia was on the rocks, he begins sleeping with Seppia.

     Albinius 

Albinius (Kevin J. Wilson)

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"You brought the Thracian to Roman soil Gaius. You granted patronage to that grinning shit Batiatus a breath before his house fell to massacre."

Albinius is a Roman Senator and father of Ilithyia. He plays a minor role throughout the series, although his role increases in Vengeance.


  • Corrupt Politician: Clearly wields a lot of influence in the Senate, and uses it in the grand tradition of Roman patronage to advance those he personally favors (e.g. Varinius) and cut down those he does not (e.g. Glaber).
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     Marcus Decius Solonius 

Marcus Decius Solonius (Craig Walsh-Wrightson)

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"You take the wrong life. Your master Batiatus, is the villain."

Marcus Decius Solonius is a Lanista of Capua and is Batiatus' nemesis and chief rival.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: It's implied that he has feelings for Lucretia. Even after his friendship with Batiatus fell apart, he was always very polite and amicable to Lucretia, and also swoops in to save her from embarrassing social situations. This was even evident in Gods of the Arena, as when Batiatus reveals his father wants him to dissolve his marriage, Solonius seems very interested all of a sudden, and he later offers to let Lucretia shelter in his home if Batiatus' plan against Tullius goes awry...as a "friend", of course.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is old, incredibly ripped, and puts up a good fight against Spartacus.
  • Defiant to the End: Rather than accepting his fate, he fights Spartacus knowing he had no chance of coming out alive.
  • Last-Name Basis: He's pretty much always referred to by his surname, even by Batiatus when they were buddies.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Batiatus, as it turns out in Gods of the Arena However, after screwing him over one too many times, Solonius turns on him and by the events of the first season they're sworn enemies, with Batiatus even framing him for murder and orchestrating his execution.

     Licinia 

Licinia (Brooke Harman)

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"I would lay eyes upon a real gladiator. Bring Spartacus up."

Licinia is an upper-class Roman, married without kids, cousin to the wealthy Marcus Crassus, and a close friend of Ilithyia.


  • Connected All Along: She's the cousin of Crassus, the Big Bad of Season 3, though this connection never really becomes relevant to the plot
  • Death by Disfigurement: And brutally so.
  • Death by Sex: She wasn't killed because she had sex with someone. She was killed because she laughed at someone (read: Ilithyia) who was tricked into having sex with someone (read: Spartacus) she was supposed to have sex with.
  • Jerkass Laughing at somebody tricked into sex with someone unintended. For the record though, that somebody was Ilithyia.

     Titus Calavius 

Titus Calavius (John Bach)

"You are beneath me, and you always will be, in this life or the next!"

Calavius is a high-standing Roman Magistrate, husband of Domitia, and proud father of Numerius.


     Numerius Calavius 

Numerius Calavius (Lliam Powell)

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"Varro? He deserved to die. He was nothing..."

Numerius is the son of Roman Magistrate Titus Calavius and his wife, Domitia


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first he seems like a nice enough kid, perhaps a little too thrilled by watching people kill each other, but hey, Values Dissonance, right? He worships the ground Spartacus walks on and treats him with admiration, even though he's a slave, so he can't be all bad. Then he orders Spartacus to kill Varro, his best friend. Ok, he was manipulated into it by Illythia, just a dumb kid mesmerized by a nice pair of tits, right? Wrong. When confronted about Varro's death by Aurelia, he coldly says that "He was nothing. He deserved to die." However nice this kid might seem, he serves as perhaps the coldest reminder that to the Roman Elite, slaves are nothing but playthings to be discarded on a whim.
  • Broken Pedestal: Inverted with Spartacus. He idolizes the champion gladiator and Spartacus, in return, was quite fond of him. But after he ordered Varro's death, Spartacus has openly expressed his disdain for him.
  • Karmic Death: Ordering a gladiator's death? Get viciously stabbed to death by his wife later on.

     Aulus 

Aulus (Mark Mitchinson)

"Place foot on me again and find yourself once more a cripple!"

Aulus is Batiatus' 'handyman', doing whatever errand or dirty work he requests.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's not just a simple "handyman", he is the one who spilled the beans to Spartacus regarding Sura's murder, thus kickstarting the Gladiator Revolt.
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     Mecato 

Mecato (Greg Ward)

"How you will stir the crowd!"

Mercato is a Roman politician and noble of Capua. He is the grandson of Marcus Minucius Rufus, famed conqueror of the Thracians.


  • Canon Foreigner: Possibly not. His aforementioned grandfather did exist in real life.

     Theokoles 

Theokoles (Reuben De Jong)

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"Capua! Shall I begin?"

Theokoles was a legendary Greek gladiator and was also known as the Shadow of Death.


  • Defeating the Undefeatable: On both sides in fact. He's famed for having killed 100 men by himself, and he later ends up on the receiving end of this by Spartacus and Crixus.
  • Dented Iron: By the time Spartacus and Crixus fight him, his body is essentially a mass of scar tissue, and he's been retired for several years. If his fight with Oenomeus in the prequal comic is anything to go by, during his prime he was likely the single most dangerous fighter within series canon.
  • Disappeared Dad: Had one; supposedly a Spartan soldier.
  • Dual Wielding: He fights with a sword in each hand.
  • Evil Albino: He has pale skin, platinum white hair, and red eyes. And he's an absolute monster in the colosseum.
  • Hero Killer: He nearly killed Oenomaus and Crixus. In fact, he was the reason the former was forced to retire from fighting.
  • Implacable Man: Being skewered doesn't even slow him down, and he would've still beaten Spartacus after that had Crixus not used the suns' rays to blind him.
  • Ironic Echo: Apparently he heard Crixus saying "Capua, shall I begin?". So when he gets back up he throws this back at him.
    Theokeles "Capua, shall I begin?"
  • Living Legend: He is wildly famed among the gladiators and the audience.
  • Mighty Glacier: Downplayed. He is fast but his lower body lacks agility. His hand movement and swordplay on the other hand...
  • Noble Demon: Had Oenomaus dead to rights in their fight before noticing his wife in the crowd. He stopped his assault, offering to let Oenomaus take is sword back up (said sword was sticking out of Theokoles' shoulder at the time) so they could continue on equal footing, only for the match to be declared a draw then and there.
  • Off with His Head!: It took several swings at his neck to make it easier, eventually ending with Spartacus using two swords.
  • One-Man Army: Once killed 100 opponents at once.
  • Out with a Bang: Apparently the first woman he slept with didn't survive the encounter, not out of any malicious intention on Theokoles' part, but rather simply because he didn't know his own strength.
  • Red Baron: The Shadow of Death.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: In the prequel comic, harming a woman in his presence will get you killed.
  • Worthy Opponent: He seemed to consider Oenomaus to be one if the prequel comic is anything to go by. Oenomaus, however, felt nothing but disdain and resentment towards him.
  • Wrestling Monster: He shows many characteristics of this in the arena - he's a huge man who mostly screams and hisses instead of speaking, takes ungodly amounts of punishment, and sometimes pretends to be dead so that he can shock the crowd and his opponents by "coming back to life".


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