‘John Carter’ And 9 Other Epic Sci-Fi Gladiator Battles

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Futurama – “Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love?”

In an effort to help Zoidberg woo and mate with his longtime crush, Fry accidentally becomes the object of her desire. Zoidberg finds out and is sent into a rage, challenging Fry to Claw-Pach, a Decapod ritual fight to the death. Fry doesn’t wish to harm Zoidberg until Dr. Z snips off his arm. Fry then joins the fight by beating Zoidberg with his own severed arm.

Mortal Kombat

The huge Shokan warrior, Prince Goro, was Mortal Kombat’s scariest opponent. The defending champion used his strength and four massive arms to easily pulverize all opponents and earn his fearsome reputation. Johnny Cage ain’t care, though. He challenges Goro to a match before the tournament‘s organizers and manages a win after punching him in the groin so hard that he falls off a cliff. Not sure how, but this lost Best Picture to Braveheart. Hollywood politics, I suppose.

Star Trek – “The Gamesters of Triskelion”

The original Star Trek series just loves them some gladiator battles. In the episode, “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov find themselves captives in an unknown arena. Their captor Galt, Master Thrall of Triskelion, explains to them that they will now spend the remainder of their days as gladiators fighting for the amusement of his masters, The Providers.

Kirk manages to strike a deal with The Providers. If he beats their warrirors, everyone is free to go and the Providers must teach the planet’s inhabitants to run a free society. If he loses, none of that stuff happens. They foolishly accept, and Kirk flexes his doughy muscles to victory.

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