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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Rome (2005-2007) is a semi-historical drama series co-produced by HBO and the BBC. It follows the lives of Real Life politicians, socialites, and soldiers in Ancient Rome starting with Caesar's conquest of Gaul and progressing through the power struggles and ascension of Augustus as the first Roman emperor. It focuses on the adventures of two (semi-fictional)note Vorenus and Pullo are mentioned briefly in Caesar's writings, but nothing is known about them beyond that, making their characters almost entirely an invention of the show's creators soldiers, Centurion Lucius Vorenus and Legionary Titus Pullo, who witness, and sometimes influence, the major events of the era. Features one of the most notable Evil Matriarch characters in contemporary TV history, Atia of the Julii.One of its most innovative ideas was to focus on the lives of ordinary fictional Romans, rather than just historical figures like Julius Caesar or Augustus. This had been explored before in literature and in sitcoms, but Rome was the first television drama to do so. It was a great concept. The show had a tremendous ensemble cast, incredible production values and was both epic in scope and paid meticulous, loving attention to detail. It ended after its second series due to insufficient ratings to justify its massive expense. HBO executives later regretted the decision as DVD sales turned out to be very good.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })For the capital of Italy, see Rome.
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: And many do. By the end of the series, Caesar, Pompey, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Cicero, Cato, Brutus, Cassius, Servilia, Vercingetorix, Metellus Scipio and Ptolemy VIII are all dead, and that's just the historical characters. It's Truth in Television, as all of the above really did die during the series' timeframe. Roman politics were often violent and grubby, and invariably fatal for the losers in power struggles.
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Erotic Asphyxiation
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Erotic Asphyxiation: When Octavian selects Livia as his wife, he tells her that he may beat her during sex. It turns out that he enjoys being beaten and strangled just as much.
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD: Once the Unstoppable Rage has worn off, Vorenus has one of these after believing his whole family is dead. Pullo also has one towards the end of Season One when Vorenus rejects him. Pompey after the battle of Pharsalus.
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Boisterous Bruiser
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A condensed triple one at the start of the second episode (shown in the middle of the first one in the BBC recut); Rowdy Pullo makes a lewd remark, Vorenus commands him to show decency as he is under Rome's standard. Pullo talks back pointing at General Antony, who is raping a young shepherdress by a tree with his entire personal escort watching and paused, even though they are supposed to be marching towards Rome on the double. Legalist Vorenus replies that Antony is not under the standard.
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Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate: Heavy storm. The army is embarked. Rough sea. Played seriously when Julius Caesar refuses to execute Vorenus and Pullo for having let Pompey escape, because their incredible luck implies they're protected by powerful gods. Also when Vorenus uses a Blasphemous Boast to frighten the underworld into accepting him as their leader. Pullo warns him the gods doesn't like that sort of thing, but Vorenus thinks he's lost everything anyway. "What more can they do to me?" At the end of the episode, it's revealed his family hasn't been killed, but have been sold as slaves.
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Right Behind Me
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Right Behind Me: After suffering a defeat by Caesar in Greece, the Senatorial faction argues about what to do next. Cicero and Brutus decide they're tired of running and are going to surrender to Caesar. Brutus then calls Pompey Magnus an old fool just when Pompey walks into the tent. Subverted in that Pompey isn't angry with Brutus and admits that they have reason to question his leadership. Cicero is paying his respects to Brutus and the fellow conspirators in the murder of Julius Caesar, but complains when he finds they've left Mark Antony alive. Cicero then decides he's got urgent business in the country and makes to leave, but not before saluting the "immortal liberators" from the tyrannic Caesar. Cicero then turns and bumps into Mark Antony who's just entered the room. Everyone enjoys his discomfiture.
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Not-So-Harmless Villain
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Not-So-Harmless Villain: At some point, Caesar, Antony and specially Octavian are underestimated or written off as power-players. The two Julii regulary cultivate this perception, concealing their real strengths and intentions and playing-up their alleged weaknesses. Played with, with Brutus and Servilia, and Cicero and his Senators. It looks as if they will finally harm the heroes, just this once... then they get butt monkeyed once more.
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Graceful Loser
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Graceful Loser: Cicero, affable and calmly collected to the very end.
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Ancient Rome
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Ancient Rome: Of course. The final period of The Roman Republic.
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Underestimating Badassery
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Underestimating Badassery: Erastes Fulmen to Vorenus, repeatedly. Fulmen shows up with his gang of thugs and tries to intimidate Vorenus on a few occasions; when he finally crosses the line, Vorenus and Pullo kill every last one of them without breaking sweat.
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Absurdism
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Absurdism: The glory of ancient Rome is stripped away to show its ridiculousness.
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The Purge
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The Purge: Antony and Octavian are shrewd rulers; they avert Caesar's mistakes regarding clemency and thus purge a great amount of political enemies. They also kill some men who just happen to be very rich while the rulers have great expenses. In the aftermath of Caesar's demise, the conspirators start planning a purge but Brutus successfully argues that they are "tyrant killers, liberators, not murderers" and the planned whackings are halted.
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Those Two Guys
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Those Two Guys: Vorenus and Pullo are treated as such by their superiors.
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No Sympathy
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No Sympathy: When Octavian is taken to the whorehouse for his first ever boning, he strikes up a conversation with the prostitute. She relates her story of how her father, mother, and brothers were killed and she was sold into slavery, eventually ending up working at a whorehouse in Rome. For a moment Octavian's sympathies appear to be stirred; that is until he starts undoing his belt and telling her to get on her hands and knees.
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The Quiet One
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The Quiet One: Vorenus, as a Foil to Pullo. At one point, he states, "I talk when I need to. There's nothing to say."
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Heterosexual Life-Partners
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: Vorenus and Pullo, bordering on Ho Yay, which is lampshaded in-universe. Brutus and Cassius in season two.
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Take Our Word for It
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Take Our Word for It: Many of the large, famous battles. The battle which forces Pompey to flee to Egypt is basically a hazy shot of a few soldiers fighting. The scene later on where he explains what happened by drawing in the dirt with a stick is actually a much more effective representation.
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Byronic Hero
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Vorenus and Antony. Early in the show Vorenus deeply dislikes everything that Antony stands for, but he grows to like him as time passes. The two share moments of common soul exploration and when Vorenus reluctantly leaves Antony, he even utters the famous parting words It Has Been an Honor, much to Antony's surprise. Finally Antony asks Vorenus for his sword to kill himself, assisted by Vorenus.
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Milking the Giant Cow
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Milking the Giant Cow: The Forum newsreader played by Ian McNeice punctuates his Large Ham news bulletins with stylized gestures and poses that were actually used by professional speakers and politicians at the time. At one point Lucius Vorenus tries to use them during his brief attempt at politics, but completely fails to make them seem impressive.
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Framing the Guilty Party
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Framing the Guilty Party: Pullo's trial for murder is little more than a Kangaroo Court. But he is actually guilty.
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Great Way to Go
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Great Way to Go: Servilia's theatrical suicide. When Antony decides to commit suicide himself, he notes that Cleopatra's throne room isn't a bad place to make your exit. "Men who knew Alexander once stood here."
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Decapitation Presentation
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Decapitation Presentation: Turned into a Running Gag in an episode, where multiple severed heads are displayed on spikes above the door of the Egyptian royal palace because the owners of the heads kept pissing the wrong people off. Vorenus keeps the severed head of Erastes Fulmen during one bad case of Heroic BSoD. The head of the man who abducted Octavian and stole the legion's standard is brought to Caesar, but that's because it has a vital clue — Pompey's name is tattooed on the man's head, showing that his rival is moving against him.
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Praetorian Guard
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Praetorian Guard: Octavian (Real life Trope Codifier) surrounds himself with one. No doubt influenced by the fate of Caesar.
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Crapsack World
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Crapsack World: Ancient Rome's glory is stripped away to reveal the Wretched Hive it really was.
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Self-Harm
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Self-Harm: Octavia is seen cutting herself, and later her sleeves are pulled up to show the injuries.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: The truth about Vorenus' grandson is later used by Caesar's would-be murderers to get Vorenus out of the picture.
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Magnificent Bastard
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Octavian tricks Cicero into making him consul, suggesting that he wants the title out of vanity and that, being so young, he would require Cicero's constant guidance. If you watch closely, you can see the moment he pastes a naïve, Upper-Class Twit look on his face.
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: Timon's subplot peters out after only a few episodes before he's Put on a Bus. It's been suggested that, had the series gone on longer, the final season would have dealt with the rise of the Messianic Archetype in Judea. Had this actually happened, he probably would have had a much bigger role.
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Fire-Forged Friends
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Fire-Forged Friends: Vorenus and Pullo, naturally: Bash Brothers and Back-to-Back Badasses. Brutus and Cassius. Pullo and Octavian: their first exploit together results in them sharing a secret that becomes the root of their Intergenerational Friendship. Vorenus and Antony. Early in the show Vorenus deeply dislikes everything that Antony stands for, but he grows to like him as time passes. The two share moments of common soul exploration and when Vorenus reluctantly leaves Antony, he even utters the famous parting words It Has Been an Honor, much to Antony's surprise. Finally Antony asks Vorenus for his sword to kill himself, assisted by Vorenus.
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Line in the Sand
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Line in the Sand: Caesar does an excellent version when he plays on the emotions of his 13th Legion to get them to march on Rome.
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Cruel to Be Kind
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Played for drama when Caesar breaks up with Servilia. When she calls out his motives and starts slapping his face, he knocks her to the floor with a couple of hard, deliberate slaps. Perhaps he thought he was being Cruel to Be Kind, but this works a bit too well.
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It Has Been an Honor
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It Has Been an Honor: Brutus says those words before sending his men away. Vorenus says it to Antony, who is surprised and touched by the words and replies; "Has it? I hope so."
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: Caesar dies in silence, without ever delivering his famous "You too, my son?" to Brutus. Instead, Brutus gets to ask "You too, mother?" early in Season 2.
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: When Erastes Fulman hastily changes his mind about attacking Vorenus (after finding the place being guarded by legionaries) a few onlookers can be heard laughing at him.
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I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That
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I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: When Posca and Jocasta are attempting to flee from Egypt to escape the depravities of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, Vorenus catches them packing. He plays along with Posca's "go out to watch the ships" ruse even after Jocasta dispensed with it and begged Vorenus not to tell, and hints at fleeing aboard the ship that ferried the ladies of the Julii. Little did he know that he sealed Antony's fate by doing so, as Posca had smuggled out the last will and testament of Antony and Cleopatra, which was delivered to Octavian, providing Octavian with a casus belli against Mark Antony with its contents.
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Defrosting Ice Queen
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Defrosting Ice Queen: Vorenus is a male example.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: Lots of Latin graffiti, some of which (ATIA FELLAT OMNES comes to mind) are self-explanatory even if you don't know Latin. When Cato points out that Antony should not be wearing his soldier's uniform within the city of Rome, Antony nonchalantly remarks "Quae bruta figura" ("what an idiot").
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Facial Dialogue
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The fate of Caesar, without the actual sentence being pronounced. Ciaran Hinds' facial expression, especially his eyes, carries the question "Et tu, Brute?" silently. Very effective.
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Lampshade Hanging
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Lampshade Hanging: Julius Caesar doesn't kill Pullo and Vorenus for not arresting Pompey because "They have powerful gods on their side", noting the extreme unlikeliness of their many exploits as the show's leads.
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Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!
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Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Erastes Fulman heads to Vorenus' house with his henchmen, intending to kill Vorenus, only to find the Caesar's personal guard standing outside. He quickly changes his mind and leaves.
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My Master, Right or Wrong
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My Master, Right or Wrong: Vorenus is rigidly bound by honor and continues to serve both Caesar and Marc Antony after having serious doubts about the morality of their orders.
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Scary Black Man
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Scary Black Man: Vorenus reluctantly coerces Atia into leaving Egypt by threatening to have her physically removed by a squad of Nubian guards, who he warns her have no scruples about manhandling highborn Roman women.
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Blood on the Debate Floor
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Blood on the Debate Floor : A full on fight breaks out in the Senate when Pompey's supporters pass a motion that calls on Caesar to return and surrender or be labeled a traitor and condemned to death. Caesar's supporters don't take this well, as might be expected. Two janitors are seen cleaning blood from the floor afterwards. A second fights ensues (just outside the Senate House and not triggered by political reasons) before Antony attempts to enter the Senate to try to veto the motion again, as the previous session was resumed due to a technicality. The fights prevent Mark Antony from vetoing the motion, which was what Pompey wanted in the first place and make a perfect Casus Belli for the Civil War, as People's Tribunes are inviolable. The motion was supposed to show Caesar he was alone, nothing more and was not expected nor wanted to be approved. Although the die-hard optimates do in fact want to destroy Caesar bluntly, so it is not a total blunder to everyone. Caesar's assassination is the climax of Season 1. Cicero sends a message to be read in the Senate in his absence, which turns out to be a scathing attack on Antony. All the Senators begin to leave in a hurry and Antony demands that the clerk read out the whole thing and then bludgeons the poor bastard to death with the scroll. Earlier on, Antony pretends to be appalled by this trope, but in his usual insincere but lovable fashion he is only using stealth puns and oblique insults.
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Chivalrous Pervert
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Chivalrous Pervert: Pullo with Eirene.
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Beard of Sorrow
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Beard of Sorrow: This was a custom in Ancient Rome. Mark Antony grows a beard after Octavian crushes his rebellion. By a historical account, this actually happened. Vorenus and Pullo after the death of Niobe.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards Erastes Fulman, the Roman equivalent of a mob boss, flies into a rage when he hears that Mark Antony's speech at Caesar's funeral incited a riot. Amusingly enough, he threatens to 'disjoint' his men if they participate in the uproar. Vorenus cows the meanest gang leaders to submission by smashing a statue of a goddess they all worship, and other blasphemes.
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Conscription
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Conscription: Pompey can only oppose green young recruits against the advancing forces of Caesar in Italy. Pompey's boys are no match for Caesar's seasoned, hardened veterans.
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Implied Death Threat
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Implied Death Threat: Consul Antony and Cicero are verbally fencing. Cicero wants the cards on the table. Antony enjoys himself. A slight variation early in the show. Antony again. Seems to be a Running Gag with the character. Caesar and Antony are seeking to bribe a priest, offering money as a "gift" for his wife. The priest keeps bumping up the price, saying his wife has expensive tastes. Antony makes a senator consul under condition that he pass certain legislation. To make it clear this is An Offer You Can't Refuse, he flirts with the senator's attractive wife and asks her to consider marrying him if her husband should die. Husband and wife then share an alarmed look.
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Anything That Moves
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Anything That Moves: Mark "I'm not rising from this bed until I've fucked someone" Antony. Especially given, as a condition of marriage, Atia demands that Antony get rid of all the slaves-male or female-that he's bedded. There's also a scene where Antony stops the Roman army so he can have rough non-consensual sex with a random Gallic shepherdess.
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Best Served Cold
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Best Served Cold: Gaia gets her revenge on Eirene for sending Pullo to beat her after an argument by poisoning her with abortifacients to terminate her pregnancy, which also end up killing her.
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Kick the Dog: Pullo beats the slave boy Oedipus to death when he discovers that he and Eirene are lovers and planning to marry. Antony severely beats (and possibly kills) the hapless Senator who reads out Cicero's mocking speech in the latter's absence.
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Cluster F-Bomb
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Cluster F-Bomb: "I'm Titus Fucking Pullo, Cunt!" among many, many others.
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Kevin McKidd as Lucius Vorenus affects a vaguely middle-class English accent, but you can hear his Scottish coming through a lot, especially when he's angry.
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Sex Slave
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Sex Slave: Noting the Slavic accent of the prostitute he's been sent to lose his virginity with, Octavian asks where she is from. She doesn't know, as the Roman army massacred her family and had her brought to Rome while very young as a spoil of war. In Season 2, Vorenus' daugther among other nameless characters in a slave camp.
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Out-Gambitted
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Out-Gambitted: Frequent, given the GambitPileups going on. Lampshaded by Cicero:
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Death Faked for You
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Death Faked for You: Cleopatra's son is ordered to be killed, but Titus Pullo just pretends he did it. Because the boy is his son.
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Rule of Cool
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Rule of Cool: The producers admitted that they ignored Atia's historical date of death because they wanted to keep the darkly awesome character around.
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Murder the Hypotenuse
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Murder the Hypotenuse: Standard procedure for resolving romantic complications.
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Foreign Cuss Word
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Foreign Cuss Word: Pullo's favourite exclamations are Gerrae and Cack, Latin words (the last one also exists in English but is not widely used as such).
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Face Death with Dignity
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Face Death with Dignity: Cicero remains calm and polite when Pullo arrives to kill him. He even tells his slave to stop making a fuss. It helps that Pullo himself is perfectly respectful throughout the affair. This is based on fact, as Cicero is said to have told her assassins, "There is nothing proper in what you do, but try to do it properly." When Erastes Fulmen realizes that there's no getting out of this one, he leans back, calmly drinks his last ale and mocks his killers. When he realises that all is lost, Brutus quietly unfastens his armor and goes down marching alone against an entire army.
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Properly Paranoid
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Properly Paranoid: Upon his return from Gaul, Vorenus spots Niobe holding a baby and accuses her of adultery. He was right, but doesn't learn this until much later.
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Character Development
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Due to Character Development, Vorenus has a new one in Season 2 : "I am a son of HADES! I fuck Concord in her ASS!" - Video
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Right Through the Wall
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Right Through the Wall: In the second episode Octavia overhears her mother Atia having very loud sex with Mark Antony, which she mockingly imitates at a party later. Antony finds it funny and comments in praise: "She has you exact."
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Going Native
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Going Native: Lucius Vorenus is complimented in Egypt by Atia for averting this and staying properly Roman; the other Roman officials including triumvir Mark Antony did not, a thing that is used politically against him, as happened in Real Life.
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Family Relationship Switcheroo: Niobe's illegitimate son presented as grandson to fool Vorenus.
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Offstage Villainy
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Offstage Villainy: The actions in the allegation that Cato makes against Caesar in the first episode (illegal warfare, theft, bribery, and treason) have already happen when the series start. In this case, exploited by the creators to leave the audience wondering how much of that is true, and how much of it is trumped up by Caesar's enemies.
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Woman Scorned
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Woman Scorned: A pileup here, as usual. Calpurnia, threatens Caesar with divorce if he doesn't end his relation with Servilia. Caesar complies as he needs her family political influence and money. Servilia, she sets in motion the plot to assassinate Caesar purely out of spite from being rejected by him. Atia, oh gerrae! Atia. All of the above happens thanks to her machinations. Plus humiliating her is Antony's final mistake, as after that she begs Octavian to destroy him. By the end of the series she is maneuvering against her daughter-in-law; from Atia's point of view the wife of her little boy Octavian / Augustus is just an intolerable usurper to the "First Lady of Rome" dignity.
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The Patriarch
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When Vorenus returns from the Gallic War to see his children for the first time in years, they're reluctant to approach this stranger. Niobe urges them to greet their father in the proper manner, which they do by kneeling before him. Later Niobe prostrates herself when Julius Caesar himself turns up at their household.
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Blatant Lies
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Blatant Lies: The Guild of Millers' slogan "True Roman bread for true Romans". Roman bread is made from Egyptian wheat. The prostitute who takes Octavian's virginity smoothly states that he was "like a bull" in the bedroom.
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Manipulative Bastard
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Julius Caesar sends Vorenus to bribe a former army colleague. Honest to a fault but loyal to his superior, Vorenus does so and reports back. Caesar comments that he didn't think the man would sell out so cheaply. "I must send you to handle all of my corruptions." Manipulative Bastard that he is, Caesar quickly sees how uncomfortable this makes Vorunus and says that he was only joking.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: Octavian manages to fight his way out of his mother's shadow and become emperor, but with the implication that he may turn out to be just as depraved as Antony was. Meanwhile, Pullo manages to save Caesarion (who is really his biological son) from Octavius, and goes off to raise him as his own. As for Vorenus, he makes peace with his children for their mother's death. Word of God says he survives..
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Cincinnatus
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Cincinnatus: Antony states during the aftermath of Caesar's death that he will follow trope namer's example and retire once his mandate expires.
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Cold-Blooded Torture
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Cold-Blooded Torture: Octavian and Pullo interrogate a man regarding Vorenus' grandson. Pullo hesitates and admits he doesn't know what to do, since in the army "they have specialists." Octavian suggests they start by cutting off the man's thumbs. In the first episode an army torture detachment crucifies Gaullish prisoners for information, though Vorenus orders them taken down when one of them talks readily. After renegade soldiers steal the treasury gold that is needed by Pompey, his son has another specialist torture the information of what happened to it out of the ringleader. In Season Two Servilia is tortured by Atia's men. Torture methods included gang rape and partial flaying. Also in season two, Atia has Timon torture a slave boy who tried to poison her. Truth in Television as a slave's confessions were only legal in court if they were made under torture.
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That Was Not a Dream
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That Was Not a Dream: After Niobe commits suicide and Vorenus curses his own children, he staggers out into the narrow crowded streets which appear to have become a nightmare, with fleeing men and crippled beggars shouting that Caesar is dead. Vorenus grabs a priest and begs to be woken up. The priest agrees to do so then headbutts Vorenus unconscious and robs him.
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Shoot the Messenger
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Shoot the Messenger: Or, if you're Mark Antony, beat his brains out with the scroll he was reading from.
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Xanatos Speed Chess
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Xanatos Speed Chess: In the aftermath of Caesar's death, his heirs Octavian and Mark Antony become enemies over time. When Antony steps all over the Senate and takes his legions north to seize Gaul for himself, Octavian joins forces with the Senate (run by sympathizers of Caesar's murderers) to crush Antony's rebellion. Antony is defeated, but Octavian turns on his allies by using his new position of Consul to take control of the Senate and make Rome his own dictatorship. As Brutus begins marching on Rome, he allies with Antony once again, because it's the only way they can survive. After winning the battle, Octavian and Antony are now joint dictators of Rome. But Octavian then blackmails Antony into leaving Rome and taking up his seat of power in Egypt. Over the years, Antony and Cleopatra provoke him into declaring war, which he does. He wins this war, and ends up as the first Emperor of the Roman Empire.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: The most defining characteristic of Vorenus. To the point that when Cleopatra asks him if his best friend Pullo is a good man, he asks her to define "good". Also Brutus. It does make sense to kill Antony at the same time as Caesar, but Brutus insists that they are tyrant killers, not murderers. Leaving Antony alive does indeed cost Brutus and his allies dearly.
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Corrupt Politician
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Corrupt Politician: Inherent in the System, it would be easier to list the honest ones... if such men exist in the show. Legalist catonians allegedly; Vorenus tries to be a straight one during his brief stint in Season I.
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Worthy Opponent
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Worthy Opponent: Caesar believes this of his enemies in the civil war, and is one to them as well, although they'd never admit it. And as the above Badass Boast shows, Atia acknowledges Servilia was this after her death.
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Historical Character's Fictional Relative
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Historical Character's Fictional Relative: It is very strongly implied that Ptolemy XV (Caesarion), in real life the son of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra was actually fathered by the fictional Titus Pullo. At the end of the series, Pullo is charged with executing Caesarion on Octavian's orders, but instead he spirits him away and raises his son in Rome.
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From Camouflage to Criminal
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From Camouflage to Criminal: The show plays this a few different ways during its run. In season 1, once Pollo leaves the legion he has little in the way of job prospects and becomes a thug for hire, the most notable case is when he's paid to kill a political enemy of Caesar's. In the same season Vorenus almost falls into this trope by mistake, as Vorenus is under the misconception that Erastes Fulmen is a respected merchant who is offering Vorenus a job as a bodyguard, when in reality Fulmen is an underworld figure trying to turn Vorenus into a debt collector/enforcer. Vorenus doesn't quite get what's going on until Fulmen orders him to break a guy's arm. In the second season however, Vorenus hits this for real when he is more or less sponsored by the nobility to become the head of the underworld so it's under the control of the city's elites. Pullo becomes Vorenus' right hand man, and at least several other comrades from the legion are also in their group.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lucius Vorenus has instances of this. Despite his wife cheating on him, he allows her son to live and raises him as his own. In Ancient Rome, it was legal for a man to kill his family. The fact he doesn't and even rescues them from slavery shows a lot of character. He is happy for the boy when Pullo mentions how he got an apprenticeship to be a stonemason and discourages his dream to be a soldier as he knows how dangerous it is.
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Intergenerational Friendship
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Intergenerational Friendship: Octavian and Pullo.
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Butt-Monkey
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Played with, with Brutus and Servilia, and Cicero and his Senators. It looks as if they will finally harm the heroes, just this once... then they get butt monkeyed once more.
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Marry for Love
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Marry for Love: Vorena the Elder wanted this for her love life but Niobe and Vorenus scoffed at the idea, being adamant to simply marry her off to wealthy old man she could manipulate to shower her with jewels, dresses, and slaves for the sake of protection and status and feeling she would grow to love her husband over time in an arranged marriage.
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Coitus Uninterruptus
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Coitus Uninterruptus: Atia and Mark Antony. Though not with each other.
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Flame Bait
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The first Senate session: A radical Cato —the only senator dressed in black— gives a condemnatory and incendiary speech against Caesar (a war hero still in Gaul), while the flexible Cicero suggests a more subtle opposition.
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Cradle of Loneliness
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Cradle of Loneliness: Cleopatra cradles Antony's body and makes it hold her after she sees just how ruthless and cold blooded Octavian is.
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Cessation of Existence
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Cessation of Existence: Discussed between Mark Antony and Lucius Vorenus as the former prepares himself for his own suicide after his historic defeat against Caesar Augustus. They get drunk and start waxing philosophical about the prospects of life after death, or whether this life is really all there is and they'll just vanish after death.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: Subverted with Lucius Vorenus. He is a dour straight man prone to flying off the handle at the slightest hint of dishonesty. He eventually snaps. Octavia breaks, but eventually snaps back into a less stressed version of herself. Jocasta is raped and "socially ruined" due to Atia's machinations because she is a bad low-birth influence to Octavia and her father is being purged for being very rich. She's then forced to marry Posca, but adapts to the situation quite well.
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Male Frontal Nudity
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Male Frontal Nudity: Antony, Brutus, Pullo and the "turtle slave".
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No Guy Wants to Be Chased
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No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Cleopatra plans to seduce Caesar and have a son with him. To hedge her bets she decides to seduce one of the Roman soldiers escorting her to Caesar. Lucius Vorenus however is a traditionally-minded Roman who refuses to sleep with a woman at her command. Cleopatra is outraged, so Vorenus sends in Pullo who has no such scruples. Cleopatra learns from this mistake and adopts a more submissive attitude when meeting Caesar, allowing him to seduce her.
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That's an Order!
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That's an Order!: It has to be pronounced sometimes when the main characters, soldiers, are disinclined towards something. One particularly significative instance when Vorenus is reluctant to give his personal opinion about an insult (You are cowardly scum) to Antony, who has to resort to this phrase and yet they end up sharing a moment of mutual understanding and bonding. This also occurs early on when Pullo is trying to weasel his way into keeping the gold he found, but Vorenus orders him to do the right thing. When Pullo objects, Vorenus shouts, "an ORDER!!!" and Pullo straightens up, immediately acquiescing. It should be noted at this point, Vorenus technically isn't in the army anymore, but it's just so ingrained in each man's character it would be sacrilege to do otherwise. Lampshaded when Octavian wants Pullo to act as an intermediary when waging war on Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian says he doesn't want to order Pullo to go, but Pullo is in fact entirely willing as he has his own agenda.
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Animated Credits Opening
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Animated Credits Opening: A special case, the credits feature animated graffiti and paintings over the walls of the city.
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Wise Beyond Their Years
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Wise Beyond Their Years: Octavian.
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Smug Snake
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Smug Snake: Atia. The messenger sent from Pompey to convince Antony to change sides. Up until he realises Antony isn't going for the deal after all. He was lucky to get away with a sock on the jaw.
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Gorgeous Period Dress
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Gorgeous Period Dress: If you're a patrician.
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Et Tu, Brute?
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Et Tu, Brute?: The fate of Caesar, without the actual sentence being pronounced. Ciaran Hinds' facial expression, especially his eyes, carries the question "Et tu, Brute?" silently. Very effective. Pompey, in front of his family, gets offed by one of his former soldiers. Pompey thinks he's being greeted by a friend, but the killer has found a new job as a mercenary for the Egyptians.
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We Used to Be Friends
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We Used to Be Friends: Caesar and Pompey were originally friends and allies, who effectively ruled the Republic (along with Crassus) during the First Triumvirate. The series begins just as their alliance is starting to fall apart, as the glory and wealth that Caesar achieves with his conquest of Gaul threatens to eclipse Pompey. Then Julia, Pompey's wife and Caesar's daughter, dies and the Senate seduces Pompey to turn against Caesar. At first, Pompey is reluctant to betray a friend and they share a mutual respect. Eventually, Caesar is deeply affected by Pompey's fate.
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Marriage Before Romance
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Marriage Before Romance: Arranged marriage is the norm in Rome, but it still produces some loving couples. Jocasta is horrified to be married to an older man of extremely low station: Posca, a freedman. However, her new husband spoils her with gifts, so she quickly falls in love with him. Vorenus and Niobe were married at a very young age and barely knew each other before he shipped off to a decade of soldiering. Once he returns, they manage to cobble together a relationship. Pompey's arranged marriage is happy while it lasts.
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The Caligula
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Jocasta says when Cleopatra is acting The Caligula she just pretends to be mad. Given that Jocasta is something of a Talkative Loon at this point, it's clear this doesn't take much acting.
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Not What It Looks Like
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Not What It Looks Like: Octavian and Caesar hide in a closet during one of Caesar's epileptic attacks. A servant overhears moaning and the two exiting and assumes sex ensued. Atia discovers it and compliments his son for seducing the most powerful man of Rome and becoming a romantic rival to Servilia, her hatred enemy.
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Affably Evil
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Affably Evil: Mark Antony, so very much.
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Combat Breakdown
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Combat Breakdown: The Battle of Philippi starts out as a relatively orderly Roman vs Roman battle, with both sides fighting using the "fight for a few minutes, switch" approach, though it quickly degenerates into a chaotic melee.
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Corrupt Church
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Corrupt Church: Julius Caesar asks the augurs to study the flights of birds and provide a reading from these omens, to demonstrate to the people that the gods support his actions. The Chief Augur points out that given that Caesar has just marched his troops into the city, the omens in these cases seldom prove favorable. That night Caesar ensures the omens will be in his favour by offering a sizeable bribe to the Chief Augur (though not without an Implied Death Threat from Marc Antony to ensure the bribe is not too expensive). Octavia runs away to a cult, and Octavian goes to fetch her back. When she says the priests will stop her being removed by force, Octavian replies that he's already bought them. Quite cheaply.
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The Empire
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The Empire. The ur-example, although we don't actually get there until the very end of the series, in an absolutely spine-chilling moment when the true extent of Octavian's power finally becomes clear.
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Royal Brat
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Royal Brat: Ptolemy XIII, and in the second season, Caesarion. Nothing makes a Royal Brat bigger than telling him he is a god since birth.
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Country Matters
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Country Matters: Many, many times. The most memorable is when Mark Antony's slave writes a letter to Caesar, saying "...and the Tribune's behavior was just as offensive as you thought". While the slave writes that, we hear Antony having rough sex with Atia in the background while roaring "JUNO'S CUNT!" (his actual Catch Phrase)
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Tired of Running
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Tired of Running: After the disastrous Battle of Pharsalus, Cicero and Brutus abandon the other Optimates to surrender themselves to Caesar instead of fleeing to Egypt (Pompey) or Africa (Cato and Scipio). They fully expect Caesar to kill them, but they say they're simply tired of running. Caesar welcomes them into his camp with open arms, especially Brutus.
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Artistic License – History
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Artistic License – History: See its own article.
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Reassigned to Antarctica
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During one scene, Caesar harbors vague suspicion against Brutus and thus appoints him governor of a far-away province, just in case. Brutus realizes he is practically being exiled, which gives him grounds for his own suspicion and makes him embrace the cause of the conspirators against Caesar: "Only tyrants need to worry about tyrant killers!". The support of Brutus is the key-element to the plot, and until that moment Brutus was on-the-fence at best. The aforementioned scene.
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Bribe Backfire
 Rome / int_58154a14
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Bribe Backfire: Ptolemy's advisors attempt to curry favour with Caesar by killing Pompey and presenting him with his head, apparently unaware of Caesar's policy of pardoning his Roman enemies. It only enrages him.
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BlackAndGreyMorality
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Black and Grey Morality And the gray is really, REALLY dark. This makes hard to clearly define many a character as Anti-Villain or Anti-Hero.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: Antony and Octavian team up against the senatorial forces.
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Puppet King
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Puppet King: Cleopatra takes to role with gusto. She explicitly refers to herself as Caesar's puppet queen, and doesn't care so long as being one gets her back on the throne. Smart move, considering her brother refused to entertain the notion that a great Ptolemy like himself could ever be beneath anyone, and ended up getting unceremoniously offed by his Roman masters.
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Friendly Enemy
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Friendly Enemy: Done between arch-enemies and subverted. Atia and Servilia are socially polite and behave as friends in public and sometimes in private, but they both know it's all an act and a display of power and alternated supremacy. Antony enjoys acting like if he and Cicero were friends and Cicero follows suit, but it's just a pantomime, almost sadistic. One rarely misses a chance to hurt the other when the political tide is favourable. This also later on becomes Antony and Octavian. They become political partners when Rome is divided and Antony marries Octavia. After his family betrays him, he banishes Antony to Egypt, threatening to expose him as a cuckold. Later on, they both look for an opportunity to wage war, in which Octavian ultimately wins.
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It's All My Fault
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After suffering a defeat by Caesar in Greece, the Senatorial faction argues about what to do next. Cicero and Brutus decide they're tired of running and are going to surrender to Caesar. Brutus then calls Pompey Magnus an old fool just when Pompey walks into the tent. Subverted in that Pompey isn't angry with Brutus and admits that they have reason to question his leadership.
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Virgin-Shaming
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Virgin-Shaming: Atia firmly believes in this. Which is why she arranges for Octavian to visit a brothel, so that he can become a real man.
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Military Maverick
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Military Maverick: Pullo, and Vorenus by extension most of the time. One example early in the Civil War has Pullo under strict orders about not attacking Pompeyan forces, disregarding those orders and charging against the easily outmatched green soldiers of Pompey. Caesar benefits greatly by this insubordination as he realizes his enemy is very weak in Italy.
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Late-Arrival Spoiler
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Late-Arrival Spoiler: Julius Caesar dies. Antony and Cleopatra hook up, but it doesn't end well.
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Not Allowed to Grow Up
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Not Allowed to Grow Up: Vorenus' children are a particularly glaring example. As the real life events depicted took place over several decades, Vorenus' younger daughter, who was about eight when first seen at the start of season one, ought to have been in her twenties by the time the show ended. Instead, she is still played by the same child actress. Averted by Octavian, who starts out as a 13-year-old and is replaced by an older actor in season two. Caesarion is a newborn baby in season one and about ten years old by the end of the next season.
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Time Skip
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Time Skip: There is a leap forward of several years between episodes 8 and 9 of season 2.
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Spanner in the Works
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Spanner in the Works: The conspiracy to kill Caesar runs into a problem when Vorenus, who has become a popular hero, is promoted to senator and so follows Caesar around as his understudy (actually his unknowing bodyguard). Brutus rejects dishonorable yet pragmatic alternatives like poison or attacking Caesar in his sleep, yet Vorenus cannot be attacked without risking public disapproval. Unfortunately having learnt of Niobe's infidelity, they use this information to make Vorenus rush home on the day of the assassination. Pullo presents one to his would-be executioners at his trial in the arena when he sits down and refuses to fight back:
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NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
 Rome / int_60fa92ac
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Memmio, Cilnius Maecenas, Hannibal Cotta, "TITUS FUCKING PULLO".
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Bigger Is Better in Bed
 Rome / int_61c7d589
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Bigger Is Better in Bed: Atia sends Servilia a gift of a slave with a wang that would make Doctor Manhattan blush. That had to have been a hell of a casting call.
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Death Glare
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Death Glare: Octavion gives one to Servilia after her Evil Gloating about her role in Caesar's downfall. Servilia of course has no reason to fear what seems to be a petulant teenager at the time. Pullo gives one to Gaia after she admits that she poisoned Eirene. He then strangles her.
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Hair-Trigger Temper
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Hair-Trigger Temper: Erastes Fulmen is always either boisterously Affably Evil or seething with rage. One of his funniest moments is when he rages at a slave who whistles: "For fuck's sake, stop that Teutonic droning! If you have to whistle like someone's bum-boy, at least whistle a Roman song!"
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We Named the Monkey
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We Named the Monkey "Jack": When Vorenus brings home the one little boy who survived the wasting disease that killed the rest of his slaves, the girls coo over him and one of them says, "We'll call him Rubio after my pigeon that died."
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Black Vikings
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Black Vikings: The show presents Cleopatra's escort as made up mostly of Black actors. Probably because unlike Cleopatra herself (who was Greek) the rest were supposed to be native Egyptians. However though this is a complex and contentious matter the exact race of the Egyptians but most historians consider they were mostly not Black in the modern sense of the word.note Not including the Nubians who, indeed, ruled Egypt for a while.
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Appeal to Force
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Appeal to Force: The characters aggressively use their personal armies to forcefully install themselves as rulers and subvert the constitutional order. Around the times of the series, using an army inside Italy for political purposes was a novelty (Sulla started the precedent only years before, which was viewed as great sacrilege, as mentioned by Vorenus and Antony). Enforced over Caesar, as his enemies would make him face trial if he returned to Rome as a normal citizen.
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Dying as Yourself
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Dying as Yourself: Antony abandons Egyptian style and returns to Roman attire and weapons to commit suicide : "Tell the people I died well, I died Roman."
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Made of Plasticine
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Made of Plasticine: The gladiator sequence. The Rule of Cool excuses it, but it's not that easy to sever someone's head when all you're using is a blunt shield.
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Gladiator Games
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Gladiator Games: Pullo is sentenced to fight and die in the arena. He kills five of the gladiators instead.
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The Unfair Sex
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The Unfair Sex: Very much averted. There are plenty of ruthless female characters such as Atia, Servilia, Gaia and Cleopatra and even the more sympathetic women like Niobe and Octavia do some highly questionable things
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Unstoppable Rage
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Unstoppable Rage: Pullo and Vorenus, more than once. But the stand-out example is when Vorenus slaughters Erastes Fulmen's entire gang.
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Meaningful Look
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Meaningful Look: Subverted; when Caesar gives Brutus a friendly wave, it throws the conspirators into a panic as they (incorrectly) fear he knows about their plot and is toying with them.
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Meaningful Name: Doubles with Genius Bonus. Eirene's ill-fated first lover is known as Oedipus. This may seem like an odd choice, given the associations with that name. But slaves were given names based upon their traits. The name Oedipus translates to "club-footed," and Oedipus the slave walks with a limp.
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Chessmaster
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Chess Master:
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You No Take Candle
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You No Take Candle: Eirene only learns Latin during a Time Skip in the first season, so her command of the language remains pretty crude through her time on the show.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: Many characters, most of them historical examples. Overlaps with Better to Die than Be Killed.
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Culture Clash
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Culture Clash: Most Romans are very dismissive or worse about anything foreign, as Caesar puts it when the Egyptian chancellor doubts his consular jurisdiction, since it's based on "Roman law." Caesar very casually and mildly replies "Is there some other form of law, you wretched woman?"
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Suicide by Cop: After all is lost at Philippi, Brutus charges the enemy army all by himself, taking care to take off his armor first. Antony enlists Vorenus' help to commit suicide.
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Spared by the Adaptation
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Spared by the Adaptation: Atia, who in real life died not long after Caesar.
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Orphaned Punchline: Pullo repeats (or explains) the punchline of a joke we never hear for the sake of Eirene. "Bulls can't have three testicles!" Eirene protests, "I hear. Is not funny."
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Kneel Before Zod: After surrendering, Vercingetorix kneels before Caesar. Caesar and Octavian (after becoming Caesar) use a soldier as a footstool when climbing onto a horse. Erastes Fulman demands that Vorenus kiss his feet in public or he and his family will be killed. When Vorenus returns from the Gallic War to see his children for the first time in years, they're reluctant to approach this stranger. Niobe urges them to greet their father in the proper manner, which they do by kneeling before him. Later Niobe prostrates herself when Julius Caesar himself turns up at their household.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: In Season 2: Timon leaves to live in Jerusalem after he fails to assassinate King Herod.
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Belligerent Sexual Tension
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Belligerent Sexual Tension: Pullo and Gaia.
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Nostalgia Filter
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Nostalgia Filter: When Octavian asks Pullo to join his invasion of Egypt, the young emperor says it'll be just like one of their old adventures. Pullo's uncertain smile shows he remembers all too well that they involved torture and murder.
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Brother–Sister Incest: Octavian and Octavia. Cleopatra calls her brother her husband. This one was very common, Egyptian royals would often marry their siblings in order to keep the blood line pure.
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From Bad to Worse
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The conspirators think that killing Caesar will end his tyranny and restore the Republic, but it merely leads to another civil war which ends with Caesar's heirs Antony and Octavian in power. They turn out to be much crueller and more violent than he ever was.
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Point of No Return: Caesar reaches this when he crosses the Rubicon, the formal boundary between Italy and his province of Gaul, with his army. Entering Italy under arms was long considered a sacrilege and an act of high treason note  one that prior to Caesar only Sulla had violated, notoriously.
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Dying Declaration of Hate: Cleopatra gives one to Octavian as she's literally seconds away from death.
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The Opening Narration states that Rome — a Republic with many democratic traits — cannot govern itself. Magistrates are elected but many of the characters work to avoid what they call rule of the mob, consider elections a mere formality, just a matter of bribes and demagoguery and some are deeply offended when the Senate becomes less restrictive and incorporates pleb citizens and non-roman ones. Nobody really believes in democracy anyway, everything is done behind the scenes by the oligarchy, although the Caesarians are somehow the people's party as they draw a lot of their power from the plebs.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Spectacularly done by Cicero against Antony. Villainous Breakdown ensues.note The Real Life Cicero dedicated 14 speechs against Antony, the Philippicae
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An Offer You Can't Refuse
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Antony makes a senator consul under condition that he pass certain legislation. To make it clear this is An Offer You Can't Refuse, he flirts with the senator's attractive wife and asks her to consider marrying him if her husband should die. Husband and wife then share an alarmed look.
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Lonely at the Top
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Lonely at the Top: Atia. She ends the series as the mother of the most powerful man in the Roman Empire once Octavian becomes Emperor, but she's both completely in his power and has lost all influence over him and his wife Livia clearly now has his ear. Her cruel personality has completely isolated everyone around her, including her children. The man she loved most spurned her for someone else and has committed suicide, leaving her completely alone in a luxurious but utterly meaningless existence.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! / Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Several instances: A condemnatory but symbolic Senate motion against Caesar, only intended to show Caesar his relative isolation, making him less adventurous, is put forward by Pompey because he knows that Mark Antony, as Tribune of the Plebs, will veto it. However Antony is unable to do so when the session descends into a brawl, so they arrange a second attempt for him to veto the motion. Enter Titus Pullo, who has just killed a man in a gambling dispute. While escorting Antony through the forum, a friend of the man Pullo killed attacks him, which is mistaken for an attempt on Antony's life, a great sacrilege as tribunes were long considered inviolable. Antony and his men flee to Caesar without the motion being vetoed. This gives a now cornered Caesar a Pretext for War against them. Cue the Civil War. The Republicans. During the civil war, Pompey knows that they need only keep Caesar bottled up in Greece and wait, and Caesar's tired, hungry and outnumbered army will eventually melt away. However the other Republicans, principally Cato and Scipio, want a decisive victory over Caesar and goad Pompey into giving battle. They are routed, Pompey, Cato and Scipio all die soon afterwards, and Caesar is left unchallenged ruler of the Roman world. During one scene, Caesar harbors vague suspicion against Brutus and thus appoints him governor of a far-away province, just in case. Brutus realizes he is practically being exiled, which gives him grounds for his own suspicion and makes him embrace the cause of the conspirators against Caesar: "Only tyrants need to worry about tyrant killers!". The support of Brutus is the key-element to the plot, and until that moment Brutus was on-the-fence at best. The aforementioned scene. After the demise of Caesar, Brutus stops further killings ("We are liberators, not murderers") and spares the life of Antony (who already had escaped an attempt on his life). Days later Antony masterfully manipulates the masses during Caesar's funeral and forces the conspirators to leave the city, Antony becomes the successor of Caesar and sole ruler of Rome. The conspirators think that killing Caesar will end his tyranny and restore the Republic, but it merely leads to another civil war which ends with Caesar's heirs Antony and Octavian in power. They turn out to be much crueller and more violent than he ever was. Cicero plays and empowers Octavian against Antony, who is the continuator of Caesar, convinced that Octavian is a mere boy who can be manipulated into furthering the Senate's aims and then discarded. Octavian lets Cicero think this. Eventually Cicero is outmaneuvered by Octavian who, after assuming the Consulship with Cicero's support, marches his army into Rome and the Senate itself, something that even Caesar never dared to do. Setting Pompey free leads Vorenus and Pullo to Egypt. The war is prolonged and Pompey is killed by the locals to impress Caesar, despite the fact that Caesar often spares his Roman enemies. In Egypt Caesarion ensues. Years later, in the final episode Vorenus is probably mortally wounded while defending Caesarion. Word of God says he survives but it's a narrow thing.
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Establishing Character Moment: When told of his daughter's death, Caesar says "Pompey will need a new wife". It shows how he uses people he loves as pawns. Pullo breaking formation to kick some Gaul ass, then quipping "Already? I was just beginning to enjoy myself!" when his superiors are done whipping him for insubordination. Vorenus' first shown mission; He suggests, under duress, that the best way to find a thief among the conquered tribes would be to crucify members of each clan one by one until they talk. He shows no pleasure at this, even slightly pained by their screams, but still does it. When one gives him the information, he orders all of them to be taken down while lamenting his own situation (pretty rich for a guy at the foot of a currently occupied cross). This sets up the moral overtones of most of the series, and shows how honourbound Vorenus is. Vorenus eagerly anticipating seeing his wife again, then flying into a rage and calling her a whore when he suspects that she might have been unfaithful. Antony strolling into Caesar's tent covered in blood, bantering with Brutus, and then, when given a mission to accomplish on a strict budget, unabashedly stealing half the money anyway. This doubles as a Historical In-Joke: true to his characterization on the show, the real Mark Antony had an extremely wild youth that left him in staggering levels of debt. Atia unabashedly assigning a politically oriented errand to a man the moment the two finish having sex. The she parades herself naked in front of her son after she bathed. The she forced her daughter to divorce the man she loves on the off chance that Pompey might marry her, then calling her a "torpid little she-cow" when the plan fails. Octavian has been kidnapped, beaten, and generally mistreated when he's discovered by Pullo and Vorenus, who are searching for some stolen infantry standards. While still tied up and on his knees, he immediately explains to them why they were sent on their mission, how Caesar is using it to feint weakness, why Pompey will likely fall for the trap, and exactly what will come next. Then they untie him and he beats one of his (already defeated) captors to death with a stick. Octavian is cold, calculating, a political prodigy, and utterly without mercy. A condensed triple one at the start of the second episode (shown in the middle of the first one in the BBC recut); Rowdy Pullo makes a lewd remark, Vorenus commands him to show decency as he is under Rome's standard. Pullo talks back pointing at General Antony, who is raping a young shepherdress by a tree with his entire personal escort watching and paused, even though they are supposed to be marching towards Rome on the double. Legalist Vorenus replies that Antony is not under the standard. The first Senate session: A radical Cato —the only senator dressed in black— gives a condemnatory and incendiary speech against Caesar (a war hero still in Gaul), while the flexible Cicero suggests a more subtle opposition. Due to Character Development, Vorenus has a new one in Season 2 : "I am a son of HADES! I fuck Concord in her ASS!" - Video When Octavian wins his first big battle, the two generals who make it happen die. With them out of the way, Maecenas tells Octavian he can now take sole credit for the victory. This shows him as an unscrupulous character. Octavian tells Livia what he expects of her as his wife, all the squeezing her hand tighter and tighter. She looks alarmed and pained, but when he politely and resolutely tells her he will beat her, not for any misbehaviour on her part but for his own sexual pleasure, she stiffens her spine and agrees, unflinching. Even Octavian can see what kind of woman she is, and he's very pleased.
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Kent Brockman News
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Kent Brockman News: The Forum newsreader remains the same through the series and his news are nothing but pure propaganda for whoever is in charge at the moment. The news are often followed by advertisements read in the same hamming tone.
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Arranged Marriage
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This also later on becomes Antony and Octavian. They become political partners when Rome is divided and Antony marries Octavia. After his family betrays him, he banishes Antony to Egypt, threatening to expose him as a cuckold. Later on, they both look for an opportunity to wage war, in which Octavian ultimately wins.
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Defiled Forever
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Jocasta is raped and "socially ruined" due to Atia's machinations because she is a bad low-birth influence to Octavia and her father is being purged for being very rich. She's then forced to marry Posca, but adapts to the situation quite well.
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Evil Matriarch
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Evil Matriarch: Atia is the epitome of this trope. Later, Servilia becomes one as well.
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: Many in-universe examples. There's the Forum newsreader, for one. "OUR GLORIOUS FATHER - GAIUS! JULIUS! CAESAR!" Erastes Fulmen also fits, especially when he wants to emphasize something. "DIFFERENT FUCKING RULES!"
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Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves
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Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After his defeat at Pharsalus, Pompey travels the countryside incognito with just his family and some hired help. When they run into Pullo and Vorenus washed up on the shore, the slavemaster suggests killing Pompey's men so they can deliver him to Caesar for the reward. Pullo and Vorenus kill him instead and take Pompey prisoner themselves (although they later let him go).
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Red Oni, Blue Oni
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Red Oni, Blue Oni: Pullo and Vorenus most of the time. They actually deconstruct the idea as their respective Red and Blue Oni stances eventually drive them further into danger. Pullo's passionate and hedonistic red oni nature nearly gets him killed and disgraced repeatedly, and things only improve for him when he starts to use some reason. Vorenu's rigid and rule abiding blue oni nature causes him great personal loss, destroys his family, and makes him an easy pawn to corrupt officials which he could have avoided if he showed some self-indulgence. Mark Antony and Caesar in season one. Octavian takes up Caesar's blue mantle rather well in the second season. Also Atia and Servilia in a villainous version: passionate, indulgent, vulgar Atia tends to wear reds and purples, while the more calculating, elegant, reserved Servilia tends to wear blues and greens. Octavia and Octavian also have this dynamic: gentle, emotional, romantic Octavia wears pinks, purples and corals, while cold, emotionless Octavian wears a lot of blue and white when he's grown up (not counting his consul's and senator's togas).
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Shameful Strip
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Shameful Strip: Vercingetorix in episode 1.
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Sex as Rite-of-Passage
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Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Atia arranges for Octavian to lose his virginity, so that he can become a man.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: Lepidus, the third triumvir, is given Africa to govern when Octavian and Antony divide up Rome's provinces, but isn't heard from again.note The real Lepidus fell out with Octavian and was removed from power in 36BC, after which he was permitted to retire quietly.
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Broken Pedestal
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Broken Pedestal: Brutus regards Caesar as a father figure and starts with "Well Done, Son!" Guy traits. He is gradually manipulated by his mother Servilia and finally breaks with Caesar when Brutus is appointed governor of a far-away province by a wary Caesar. Mutual suspicions arise and as Brutus puts it "Only tyrants need fear tyrant killers."
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast: Vorenus proudly remarks that his family fought in Zama and Magnesia and his father rode with Sulla.note Strangely, Vorenus is outraged by Caesar marching his army into Italy to seize power, even though Sulla did exactly the same thing. Simply, "I'm Titus Pullo, right!" Mark Antony buggers boys like Octavian for his morning snack. "I got a bit carried away". Antony "consoling" Brutus, who has to hastily retreat from Rome after Antony's speech at Caesar's funeral raises a very angry mob against the conspirators. "I am a son of HADES! I fuck Concord in her ASS!" A relatively rare female example in Atia's last dialogue "You're swearing now that someday you'll destroy me. Remember, far better women than you have sworn to do the same. Go and look for them now.". "Flavio's not coming." Don't even know which one of your goons was Flavio, but he ain't coming.
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Truth in Television
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Also in season two, Atia has Timon torture a slave boy who tried to poison her. Truth in Television as a slave's confessions were only legal in court if they were made under torture.
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Civil War
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Vorenus wants to make up with Niobe because he's convinced he'll be dead soon in the coming Civil War, and someone has to perform the proper religious rites in his memory. Pullo offers to do so himself. Vorenus is touched, but points out that Pullo will likely be dead too.
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YourCheatingHeart
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Your Cheating Heart: Adultery is quite common in ancient Rome but still there are some relevant ones plotwise; Niobe, Caesar and Antony among others.
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Overshadowed by Awesome
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Overshadowed by Awesome: Pullo is sentenced to death in the arena, but he kills five gladiators, rallying the crowd to his side before collapsing from his wounds. Then Vorenus jumps in and kills the remaining gladiators to rescue him. While healing, Pullo hears that he's become famous, but when he gets into the streets, he discovers to his dismay that everyone remembers Vorenus as the hero, while he's just the guy who got rescued.
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The Voiceless
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The Voiceless: A viewer could be forgiven for thinking Vorenus' younger daughter is totally mute. She makes only the slightest of sounds on very rare occasions. Word of God from the DVD commentary is the actress who played her the longest was Italian and refused to learn English lines phonetically. Rather than argue with a little kid, they simply cut out her dialogue and even Lampshaded it later.
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Meaningful Funeral
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Subverted for Antony's speech after Caesar's funeral (the one that became known as Shakespeare's famed, although entirely fictional, "Friends, Romans, countrymen" speech). We see the results of his speech, and even have several characters describe what happened, but none of the actual speech is shown or heard.
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Battle Discretion Shot
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The tactical brilliance of Caesar is never shown; the conqueror of Gaul wins battle after battle.
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Femme Fatale
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Femme Fatale: Atia yet again. Gaia and Cleopatra count as well.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: Brutus' Death by Irony.
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I Am the Noun
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I Am the Noun: After Pharsalus, Cicero and Brutus head to Caesar's camp to surrender:
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Nothing Personal
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Nothing Personal: When sent to kill Cicero, Pullo is perfectly respectful and considerate. Afterwards, he tells Vorenus that he was a pretty cool guy.
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Not Allowed to Grow Old
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Not Allowed to Grow Old: The show's timeline spans 21 years, between Caesar's conquest of Gaul (52BC) and Octavian's defeat of Antony and Cleopatra (31BC), yet most of the characters do not visibly age at all.
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PassiveAggressiveCombat
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Passive Aggressive Combat: Atia and Sevilla make a game of pretending to be friends while exchanging backhanded compliments and intriguing against each other.
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Un-Confession
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Un-Confession: When Vorenus drops his jerkass act, Niobe almost blurts out the truth about her infidelity. Vorenus assures her that it doesn't matter what she's done while he was away; they're going to start afresh. Unfortunately Niobe's crime is far more serious (according to Roman values) than mere infidelity.
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To Win Without Fighting
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To Win Without Fighting: When it becomes apparent that Julius Caesar has crossed the Rubicon with a single legion and started a civil war, the Republican faction in the city discuss how they can stop his advance. Pompey has to concede that an adequate defense cannot be mustered in time to stop him, and they must retreat from the capital. Cato mercilessly chews him out for this.
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Villainous Breakdown
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Villainous Breakdown: Everyone who's lost a battle. Brutus is the sole exception.
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Government in Exile
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Government in Exile: In season 1 the senators who flee from Caesar and act like the legitimate rulers of Rome until the end. Cassius and Brutus in season 2.
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Bastard Boyfriend
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Bastard Boyfriend: Octavian tells Livia before their wedding that he'll whip her just because it arouses him. Once married, Octavian finds it way more arousing if Livia beats him instead.
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Not So Above It All
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Not So Above It All: Lucius Vorenus, though rather than be above the silliness he was above the corruption. Vorenus eventually goes from being a honourable soldier to the Godfather of Rome's criminal underworld.
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Big Bad
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Big Bad and Big Good: Julius Caesar. To the senate, he is the former. To large parts of the Roman army and people he is the latter.
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BioPic
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Bio Pic: The first season chronicles the rise and fall of Caesar, as well as the childhood of Octavian, whose growth into Emperor Augustus is the arc of the second season.
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Call That a Formation?
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Call That a Formation?: Averted; Caesar's legions are shown forming a testudo (turtle, wall of shields) and rotating their troops in a disciplined way. Legionary Titus Pullo leaves the formation and is punished for that. Played with later at the battle of Philippi; both sides start in organized formations but the battle later degenerates into a massive confused brawl. It can be seen later that Octavian and Antony's forces have the clear upper hand when significant numbers have reformed into tight formation to advance toward the command position of Brutus and Cassius.
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You Have to Have Jews
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You Have to Have Jews: For a show about Roman politics, the Jewish community in Rome gets a fair share of screen time.
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Remember the Alamo
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Remember the Alamo: "THIRTEENTH! THIRTEENTH!"
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Better to Die than Be Killed
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Better to Die than Be Killed: A lot of characters take this option after losing out in the various power struggles. Truth in Television. Inverted by Cato. He probably would have been spared by Caesar (who already pardoned Cicero, Brutus etc) but decides it is better to die than live thanks to Caesar's mercy.
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Not So Different
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It has to be pronounced sometimes when the main characters, soldiers, are disinclined towards something. One particularly significative instance when Vorenus is reluctant to give his personal opinion about an insult (You are cowardly scum) to Antony, who has to resort to this phrase and yet they end up sharing a moment of mutual understanding and bonding.
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Been There, Shaped History
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Been There, Shaped History: Vorenus and Pullo. One episode is even called "How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic."
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13 Is Unlucky
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13 Is Unlucky: Averted here, as the Thirteenth is Caesar's most distinguished legion.
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Appeal to Tradition
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Appeal to Tradition: Lucius Vorenus (a commoner) brings this up when he's a guest at the Julii household and Atia (an aristocrat) asks him what he thinks of the institutional problems of the Roman Republic. He skirts the issue of reform with an appeal to the longevity of the republic.
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Death by Irony
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Death by Irony: Brutus' death resembles that of Caesar's, in which Brutus played a major part.
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Took a Level in Badass
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Took a Level in Badass: Brutus starts the series as an Idle Rich more concerned with his poetry than with politics. He eventually becomes a killer, a reasonable -albeit naïve- leader and an army General. Octavian starts out as a weak and scrawny bookworm. After Caesar's death he raises his own army and becomes an important power broker, graduates to blood spattered triumvir and ends up as unchallenged master of Rome.
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Dead Guy on Display
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After helping Mark Antony kill himself, Vorenus cleans the makeup off Antony's face, dresses him in armor and seats him on the throne.
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Fetish
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Fetish: The senatorial leaders in exile resort to an Asian ruler who casually request an interspecies erotica show (baboon meets woman) as the condition for his help. The Romans awkwardly seal the deal and comply. The scene serves as in-universe Values Dissonance, Cassius points out it's not an entertainment but a punishment (used by Romans) and is subtly shocked by the requirement (but complies).
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One-Man Army
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One-Man Army: An Establishing Character Moment for Pullo, during the first scene of the series.
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted with Octavian in the second season. ''Silence.''
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Just the First Citizen
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Just the First Citizen: A Genius Bonus kicks in if you know that the Latin for "First Citizen" is princeps, which is the root word for "Prince." In Ancient Rome, it was actually an insult to be called a king because they believed that Rome truly became great when they abandoned their faulty monarchy centuries before.
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Evil Chancellor
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Evil Chancellor: Maecenas is this to Octavian. Evil Eunuch Pothinus tries to be this to Ptolemy XIII, along with Theodotus of Chios, only for both of them to fail spectacularly.
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Da Chief
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Vorenus has an unfortunate amount of these. Lampshaded by one of his interactions with Da Chief Mark Antony.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: One minute, Pullo is joyous at having bought Eirene's freedom and plans to marry her. The next he's brutally beating her (hitherto unknown to him) slave fiancee to death in a fit of jealousy.
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Happiness in Slavery
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Happiness in Slavery: Posca enjoys a trusted position as Caesar's slave and there is clearly considerable affection between the two, to the extent that Posca weeps bitterly over Caesar's death and Caesar explicitly freed him in his will. The same goes for Cicero's secretary Tiro, as well. In Real Life, the two men became friends and Cicero freed him.
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Graffiti of the Resistance
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Graffiti of the Resistance: An extremely cynical use of it shows up. The conspiracy against Caesar is looking to recruit Brutus to their cause, but he has resisted any efforts they make. Eventually they begin a graffiti campaign supposedly done by the people pleading for Brutus to end the tyranny of Caesar, much as Brutus' ancestor overthrew the ancient king/tyrant of Rome. Brutus does his best to ignore the graffiti, but it makes Caesar paranoid and wary of Brutus, and he basically asks Brutus to voluntarily exile himself from Rome. That, and the fallout from the rest of their confrontation, drives Brutus to join the conspiracy and seals Caesar's fate.
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Due to the Dead
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Due to the Dead: Vorenus wants to make up with Niobe because he's convinced he'll be dead soon in the coming Civil War, and someone has to perform the proper religious rites in his memory. Pullo offers to do so himself. Vorenus is touched, but points out that Pullo will likely be dead too. Pulio buries Eirene with proper ceremony for her people, even though it's not the Roman way. When Gaia admits on her deathbed to having poisoned Eirene, Pulio smothers Gaia and callously dumps her body in the river, which for Ancient Romans is a way of cursing her to spend eternity in limbo. After helping Mark Antony kill himself, Vorenus cleans the makeup off Antony's face, dresses him in armor and seats him on the throne.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: A great deal of Season One involves Vorenus and Pullo being excused for offenses they should be executed for.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Octavian tricks Cicero into making him consul, suggesting that he wants the title out of vanity and that, being so young, he would require Cicero's constant guidance. If you watch closely, you can see the moment he pastes a naïve, Upper-Class Twit look on his face. Jocasta says when Cleopatra is acting The Caligula she just pretends to be mad. Given that Jocasta is something of a Talkative Loon at this point, it's clear this doesn't take much acting.
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Julius Caesar sends Vorenus to bribe a former army colleague. Honest to a fault but loyal to his superior, Vorenus does so and reports back. Caesar comments that he didn't think the man would sell out so cheaply. "I must send you to handle all of my corruptions." Manipulative Bastard that he is, Caesar quickly sees how uncomfortable this makes Vorunus and says that he was only joking. After Brutus stabs Caesar, Longinus holds up his hand and cries, "Thus ever for tyrants!" Brutus tears his hand free in disgust. Realising that war is coming between Mark Antony and Octavian, Posca flees back to Rome but makes sure to bring Antony's last will and testament with him. Realising the contents of the will contain everything he needs as a Pretext for War, Octavian thanks Posca for his "loyalty". Posca has the grace to look embarrassed.
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RealLife
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Technically, Octavian would have been called "Gaius" by his family and close friends in Real Life. He's always referred to as "Octavian" to avoid confusion with his great uncle. Later he invokes his Meaningful Rename.
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Cultured Warrior
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Cultured Warrior: Lucius Vorenus. He often cites examples from Roman history during his Honour Before Reason rants, sometimes talks about other cultures (eg. the Egyptian gods) as if he's read up about them and the reason he was sent on the mission to find Caesar's stolen eagle in the first place was because his superior officer thought he was clever.
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Not So Stoic
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Not So Stoic: Prophesied by Mark Antony but averted, Vorenus is the only one who does not fall into debauchery in the Egyptian Palace and stays "true Roman."
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Guyliner
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Guyliner: On Mark Antony, when he's in Egypt.
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Odd Friendship
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Odd Friendship / Odd Couple: Octavia and Servilia. Vorenus and Pullo, as pointed out by Atia.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Pullo, who knows very little about history, philosophy or politics and sometimes acts like an outright moron (taking the words "your work here today will grant you immortality" to mean he's never going to die, for instance) but he is one of the most badass characters on the show. The moronic part fades as the show goes on.
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Mob War
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Mob War: A major subplot of the second season involves Titus and Lucius taking control of a collegium, a social club little different from a street gang, to keep the peace for Marc Antony. They end up going to war with some other collegia.
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Deliberate Values Dissonance
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Deliberate Values Dissonance: Many. Infidelity is considered a matter of life and death. Pullo and Octavian torture and murder a man who had an affair with Vorenus' wife and find him reprehensible. Vorenus even feels honor-bound to kill his unfaithful wife as well as the child of her affair, though he's unusually rigid in his sense of traditional honor. Atia calming discussing with her family which of them will kill who so that they won't be taken alive by their enemies. She even offhandedly tells a slave to kill herself because it "wouldn't be appropriate" for the slave to outlive her masters. Indeed, Servilia's slave kills herself immediately after Servilia commits suicide. Arranged marriage is the norm. Niobe states, "Love doesn't come unbidden. You must work for her. Strange marriage it would be if you loved each other from the start." Atia pimps her own daughter Octavia to Pompey in order to secure a political marriage. Pompey is offered a "taste the merchandise" first. Cue Octavia naked on all fours like an animal. When Atia suggests a marriage between herself and Marc Antony, Octavian brusquely kicks her out of the room, saying that a marriage contract can't be discussed with a woman present. He later states that a purely political marriage would be seen as more legitimate than one driven by romantic desire. Slavery is simply a fact of life and the institution is never called into question. Good and bad characters alike own slaves and casually regard them as property to be bought and sold as they please. Pullo, the son of a slave, and Posca, a former slave, have no compunctions about owning slaves themselves. Romans have much different standards of modesty. Mark Antony speaks to inferiors while stark naked. Many Romans have sex in the presence of others, even taking beverages from awaiting slaves. Atia chastises her teenage son for not having enough sex. She even forces him to eat sheep testicles to make him more virile, and eventually insists that he visit a brothel so he won't dishonour his family by being a virgin. Sex with boys is treated as a normal thing. Atia is overjoyed when she believes that Octavian has become the lover of Julius Caesar, his powerful great-uncle. Later, Atia tells her slave to find a prostitute if he wants to have sex with a boy rather than find one in the street. A Roman form of punishment is to allow a baboon to rape a woman. One eastern king seems to be aroused by the thought, which is too bizarre even for Romans. Anti-Semitism is tolerated. When Herod visits, citizens are told to keep the mockery of Jews and their solitary god at an "appropriate minimum". The class divide between patricians and plebeians is often brought up. Even wealthy plebeians are looked down upon by patricians, such as when Atia passive-aggressively insults Jocasta by asking Octavia not to stoop any lower down the social ladder for friends.
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Rousing Speech
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Rousing Speech: Many Special mention to Julius Caesar's speech just before he marches on the walled capital Rome with only an armed gang. And wins. Subverted for Antony's speech after Caesar's funeral (the one that became known as Shakespeare's famed, although entirely fictional, "Friends, Romans, countrymen" speech). We see the results of his speech, and even have several characters describe what happened, but none of the actual speech is shown or heard. Lampshaded when Octavian has to speak to his gathered troops.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Maecenas, Posca, Cicero, sometimes Cato. Antony too, when he is not throwing a tantrum, and others. Even many of the secondary characters are good at this. When one Egyptian leader tries to convince the commander of the Egyptian army to rise against Caesar :
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Viewers Are Morons
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Viewers Are Morons: Done in-universe Caesar rehearses how to favorably spin and manipulate a peace proposal in terms accessible and understandable by the hoi polloi (a derogatory word for the masses, the riff-raff) Antony affably taunts Brutus for giving a speech "too cerebral for that kind of audience". Manipulative Bastard Antony instead delivers (offscreen) the other famous Shakespearean speech full of energy, demagoguery and dramatic effect that infuriates the masses against Caesar's assassins.
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Talkative Loon
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Talkative Loon: Octavian's wife Livia, though she's playing the part, and is in fact just as intelligent and politically astute as her husband. Jocasta.
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Catchphrase
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Catch Phrase: Antony's "By Juno's cunt!"
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Right Through His Pants
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Right Through His Pants: Averted. To say the least. Brutus, Mark Antony and Pullo all have scenes involving full frontal nudity (and Brutus became a lot more popular because of it), while many others are shown naked but not full frontal.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: After discovering his wife's infidelity, and realizing his children conspired to keep the secret from him, Vorenus curses them all to damnation. This is Serious Business for a Roman so Vorenus is aghast when he returns to his house and finds them missing. Pullo assures him he can just lift the curse when his children return. They don't.
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Bread and Circuses
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Bread and Circuses: Withholding shipments of grain is coldly used as a political leverage, because shortages of bread (generously provided by the state) would make the ruler of Rome tumble thanks to internal unrest.
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Cosmic Plaything
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Cosmic Plaything: Lucius "Fortune pisses on me again" Vorenus. The gods seem to take perverse pleasure in putting him into awful situations and having him escape by the skin of his teeth, only to wind up in another mess, and occasionally happiness is dangled before him, only to be snatched away. In the first series, he even gets offered a position in the senate, no less! But once again, fate and patrician political machinations conspire to tear his life apart at a critical moment. Also In a major chain of events Vorenus sparing Pompey leads to Caesar in Egypt -> Pullo -> Caesarion -> Last episode Vorenus being seriously wounded defending him.
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Destructo-Nookie
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Destructo-Nookie: Pullo and Gaia.
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Genius Bonus
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A Genius Bonus kicks in if you know that the Latin for "First Citizen" is princeps, which is the root word for "Prince." In Ancient Rome, it was actually an insult to be called a king because they believed that Rome truly became great when they abandoned their faulty monarchy centuries before.
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Everyone Has Standards
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Everyone Has Standards: Timon murders, beats, rapes and tortures on Atia's orders, but having spent hours mercilessly torturing Servilia, finally snaps and walks out when Atia tells him to kill her.
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The Queen's Latin
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The Queen's Latin: British English stands in for Latin throughout the series. Variations in accent usually indicate class and origin. Upper-class Romans speak pure RP. Working-class characters speak lower-class English accents, such as Cockney. Foreigners and slaves often speak in Italian accents. Specifically Greek characters speak with Greek accents.
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Antagonist in Mourning
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Antagonist in Mourning: "HE WAS A CONSUL OF ROME!" Caesar when presented with Pompey's head.
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Added Alliterative Appeal
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Added Alliterative Appeal: Very briefly, but memorably with Pullo's "It's a sphucking sphinx!" line.
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Star-Crossed Lovers
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Starcrossed Lovers: Caesar & Servilia. Octavia & Agrippa.
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DidNotThinkThisThrough
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Did Not Think This Through: Brutus and the other conspirators were appointed by Caesar, but presenting him as a tyrant and his murder as a tyrannicide would make all his edicts and appointments null and void, and the conspirators would lose all their power. Brutus is thus unable to justify Caesar's death to the people so they turn against him.
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And Then What?
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And Then What?: Antony (advised by Octavian) uses this brilliantly to force a truce with Caesar's killers. After Antony is defeated in battle Posca urges him to come to terms, which Antony angrily rejects, saying they'll retreat to the mountains instead. When Posca asks this trope, Antony cheerfully says he'll work out the rest later.
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Blood Knight
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Even Pullo looks grim when he comes across the aftermath of the battle at Mutina.
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Hyper-Competent Sidekick
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Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Agrippa, who wins most of Octavian's battles for him.
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It Makes Sense in Context
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It Makes Sense in Context: It may not seem like much Atia calling Octavian a king. However, she's actually thrown him a great insult. The Romans considered their culture established only when they got rid of their monarchy 500 years before the events of this series. This is why he quickly corrects her. Also why they feared Caesar's growing influence as they were afraid of a return of the monarchy.
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It's All About Me
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Subverted: Antony has been slow to aid a campaigning Caesar who is under threat from Pompey. Antony seems to be on the fence about leaving Rome and going to aid Caesar. Atia learns of the threat to Caesar and tries to convince Antony to betray Caesar and seize Rome for himself (herself more like it). But instead of goading him into betrayal, it seems to snap Antony out of his indecisiveness. He quickly rebukes Atia and quickly runs to help Caesar.
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Tyrant Takes the Helm
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Tyrant Takes the Helm: Naturally, given the timeframe of the series being the period when the Roman Republic died and was replaced by the Roman Empire.
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Genius Bruiser
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Genius Bruiser: Vorenus is actually very knowledgeable about Roman history. He speaks of Cincinnatus, the Gracchi, Sulla, and Marius, and is also aware that Egypt was a great nation long before Rome.
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Subverted
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Subverted with Lucius Vorenus. He is a dour straight man prone to flying off the handle at the slightest hint of dishonesty. He eventually snaps.
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Don't insult the Thirteenth Legion, just don't. Or cheat at dice, or be a Smug Snake (you might get your tongue bitten out), or have affairs with a certain lovely slave girl and, and, and... Pullo is basically a nice chap and possibly the most sane character of the series, but he definitely also has a temper on him and a ruthless streak as wide as the Via Appia. By the same token, try not to be the person reading a speech of Cicero's where he calls Mark Antony "Rome's Helen of Troy" and says that it fits him, because "a woman's role always suited you best" if the person in question is in earshot. Also not a good idea to suggest to Vorenus that he do anything dishonourable for his own profit. The look on Pullo's face as he watches some poor Mook suggest they team up to sell out Pompey pricelessly says it all. Vorenus calmly tells the mook that he has until Vorenus finishes speaking to run away and then coldly stabs him through the throat when the warning is not heeded.
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You Just Told Me
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You Just Told Me: Used several times, first by Atia to expose Octavia's relationship to Agrippa, and by an Egyptian guard to expose an undercover Caesarion.
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Shrouded in Myth
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Shrouded in Myth: The battle of Actium is never seen which leads to much speculation. Octavia and Jocasta even argue about it.
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: Posca and Jocasta. Octavia and Glabius before Atia has Glabius murdered Octavian and Livia, in spite of early awkwardness, bond with some rough sex.
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Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
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Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Lucius Vorenus and Niobe, according to quite a few characters on the show. Out-universe this doubles as informed unattractiveness for Kevin McKidd's character. At least, informed by modern standards: The Romans had different ideas about male beauty, which didn't really include the rugged look. Posca and Jocasta.
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Suicide Pact
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Suicide Pact: Antony and Cleopatra, obviously. The show alters the conventional story a bit, though, by having Cleopatra fake her death off-screen, causing Antony to kill himself for real so she could sell him out to Octavian and save herself. But when she realizes that Octavian is a coldhearted badass who can't be persuaded, she kills herself as well.
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With Due Respect
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With Due Respect: Posca to Mark Antony when he threatens to forcefully move Calpurnia from Rome:
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Evil Gloating
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Octavion gives one to Servilia after her Evil Gloating about her role in Caesar's downfall. Servilia of course has no reason to fear what seems to be a petulant teenager at the time.
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Stuffed into the Fridge
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Stuffed into the Fridge: Eirene, though it's possible that she just outlived her narrative usefulness.
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Ho Yay
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Vorenus and Pullo, bordering on Ho Yay, which is lampshaded in-universe.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: A particularly cruel one for Eirene. Pullo informs her that he's freed her from slavery and even bought her a nice wedding dress. She runs off for to change into the dress, in what must have been the two happiest minutes of her life. When she gets back, she finds the corpse of her lover and intended husband, whom Pullo brutally murdered out of jealousy.
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And Starring
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And Starring: Ciarán Hinds as Caesar. James Purefoy as Mark Antony takes this spot in Season 2.
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Neutral No Longer
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Neutral No Longer: While Cicero is a senator with deep republican convictions, he is wise enough not to antagonize the Caesarians in public and maintain a moderate status. His position gets untenable when his Arch-Enemy Antony becomes the ruler of Rome and forces him into his side. Cicero instead openly confronts and insults Antony and unleashes Octavian against him.
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Nice Guy
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Nice Guy: Agrippa in the second season. In a cast of characters including Antony, Octavian, Atia, Servilia, and Vorenus, Agrippa's behavior is chivalrous by comparison, especially if it involves Octavia.
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The tactical brilliance of Caesar is never shown; the conqueror of Gaul wins battle after battle. Antony mentions the fate of Crassus, co-Triumvir of Caesar and Pompey, who died fighting the Parthians shortly before the events of the series, reputedly by having molten gold poured down his throat. Antony's speech after Caesar's funeral singlehandedly turns the Roman people against the conspirators and installs him as the sole ruler of the city. Only indirect references and reactions are shown, as the only options for the writers would be to crib Shakespeare, or try and outdo him. Vorenus and Pullo massacre an entire bar of Erastes Fulmen's men offscreen. Agrippa's decisive defeat of Antony and Cleopatra's fleet at Actium. Only the aftermath is shown.
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Professional Killer
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Professional Killer: Vorenus and Pullo become thug enforcers after they are demobilized and without income. Eventually they are required to actually kill people. Vorenus however draws the line at murder and quits.
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Blah Blah Blah
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Blah Blah Blah: A minor character recalls Brutus' eulogy for Caesar in these terms.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: After the shipwreck of Lucius and Titus's fleet, the two characters devise a means of escape from their desert island which will be very familiar to anyone who's read Watchmen. During the opening titles, one of the animated sequences is of a snake slithering across the screen.
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Seppuku
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Seppuku: Cato
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Luke, I Am Your Father
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Luke, I Am Your Father: The show just ends when Pullo seems to be about to deliver the line to Caesarion.
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Interplay of Sex and Violence
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Interplay of Sex and Violence: More than once, especially with Pullo and Gaia (they come close to a "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization) and with Octavian and his wife Livia—he flat-out tells her that he will beat her occasionally during their marriage because it gives him sexual pleasure, and she seems to be into it later on.
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No Name Given
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No Name Given: The newsreader.
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Officer and a Gentleman
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Officer and a Gentleman: Lucius Vorenus again; it's amazingly funny compared to the dirtbags he serves, who would screw Anything That Moves. Also Agrippa.
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The Chains of Commanding
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The Chains of Commanding: After a slave brings Pompey the message that Caesar's army is advancing, he's faced with a decision: should he fight or flee? Pompey then gives a monologue saying how envious he is of the slave, who has all his decisions made for him.
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Prayers, curses and even prophetic dreams often come true in this series. Whether or not it's origin is divine is never definitively answered.
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Word of God
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Word of God from the DVD commentary is the actress who played her the longest was Italian and refused to learn English lines phonetically. Rather than argue with a little kid, they simply cut out her dialogue and even Lampshaded it later.
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Roaring Rampage of Revenge
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Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Antony invokes one.
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Suspicious Spending
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Suspicious Spending: After the Roman Senators leave the city to escape Julius Caesar's advancing troops, the treasury is raided but subsequently found by Pullo and Vorenus, two soldiers loyal to Caesar. Pullo considers keeping the gold for themselves and goes on a spending spree around the city, visiting dozens of taverns and giving away money for free. Vorenus points out that anyone with a brain will be wondering where a Centurion with a measly salary managed to come about such a fortune, and tells Pullo to give the money back to Caesar before his men come calling. This ends up saving Pullo's life from possible execution, since Caesar is so happy to have deprived Pompey Magnus of any funds for his war effort that he rewards Pullo instead of punishing him for thievery.
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Armor-Piercing Slap
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Armor-Piercing Slap: Played for drama when Caesar breaks up with Servilia. When she calls out his motives and starts slapping his face, he knocks her to the floor with a couple of hard, deliberate slaps. Perhaps he thought he was being Cruel to Be Kind, but this works a bit too well. After Atia returns from Egypt, realising how her son has used her just to make Marc Antony look bad, she greets Octavian by slapping him hard. The proud consul just nods, accepting that he had that coming.
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Hemo Erotic
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Hemo Erotic: While Mark Antony is left to keep the peace in Rome while Caesar is away campaigning, he passes the time by having two prostitutes fight each other with swords. When one of them wounds the other, he licks up the blood.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters. But even with the sizable cast, several important historical characters were left out, such as Scribonia (Octavian's wife before Livia), his daughter Julia, Livia's second son Drusus, Octavia's first husband Claudius Marcellus and her children of that marriage prior to her marriage to Antony. Had the show continued with those people absent, it would have created a lot of problems.
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: Vorenus has an unfortunate amount of these. Lampshaded by one of his interactions with Da Chief Mark Antony. Vorenus had this reaction when Pullo killed one of his slaves just because he was in a relationship with the girl he loves.
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Blasphemous Boast
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Also when Vorenus uses a Blasphemous Boast to frighten the underworld into accepting him as their leader. Pullo warns him the gods doesn't like that sort of thing, but Vorenus thinks he's lost everything anyway. "What more can they do to me?" At the end of the episode, it's revealed his family hasn't been killed, but have been sold as slaves.
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Friendship Moment
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Friendship Moment: Vorenus and Pullo have a ton of these, but Brutus and Cassius have one as well.
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Longest Pregnancy Ever
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Longest Pregnancy Ever: Eirene tells Pullo of her pregnancy during historical events that occur around 42 B.C. Judging by other historical events, like the betrothal of Octavian and Livia, she is still pregnant in 39 or 38 B.C. This is reportedly due to the necessary rewriting of the last few scripts.
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Cicero sends a message to be read in the Senate in his absence, which turns out to be a scathing attack on Antony. All the Senators begin to leave in a hurry and Antony demands that the clerk read out the whole thing and then bludgeons the poor bastard to death with the scroll.
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Torture Technician
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Octavian and Pullo interrogate a man regarding Vorenus' grandson. Pullo hesitates and admits he doesn't know what to do, since in the army "they have specialists." Octavian suggests they start by cutting off the man's thumbs.
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Thanatos Gambit
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Thanatos Gambit: When Vorenus confronts Erastes Fulmen to find out his children's whereabouts, Erastes tells him that he raped and murdered them, even though he actually sold them into slavery. Vorenus kills him in a fit of rage, and doesn't find out what really happened to his children until much later. Erastes knew that Vorenus would kill him either way, so he told an extremely provocative lie: saying in a nonchalant tone that he "fucked them, killed them and dumped the bodies in the Tiber". This could have been to prevent Vorenus from being able to rescue his children in a final act of spite or possibly just to provoke Vorenus into killing him quickly in anger instead of something slower and more deliberate..
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Famed in Story
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Famed in Story: After their exploits in the arena, Pullo and to a lesser extent Vorenus enjoy a celebrity status for a while.
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A God Am I
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A God Am I: Caesar claims to be the son of Venus. After his death, Caesar is declared a god by the Senate at Octavian's instigation. The significance isn't lost on Antony:
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Contrived Coincidence
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Contrived Coincidence: A lot of these happen to Vorenus and Pullo. It's even lampshaded at one point by Caesar, who attributes it to them being under the protection of powerful gods.
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Historical Downgrade
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Historical Downgrade: Agrippa is portrayed as an amiable but rather naïve, soft-hearted, and weak-willed young man who's never shown on-screen as particularly valuable to Octavian's faction, with the majority of his screentime given to his ahistorical love affair with Octavia instead. In reality, Agrippa was a gifted general who essentially fought Octavian's battles for him, most notably in defeating Antony at Actium, and as an administrator he bears as much credit as Octavian for "finding Rome a city of brick and leaving it a city of marble."note Agrippa's name still adorns the Pantheon today, for instance.
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Just Following Orders
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Just Following Orders: A casual and comical mention:
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Artistic License
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Artistic License: Though Rome generally manages to keep its historical inaccuracies to a minimum, the Senate set is, rather noticeably, much smaller than the real deal (as in, a tiny fraction of the place's actual size). As high as the show's production values are, exact-size recreation of the real building would have cost a small fortune.
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Idle Rich
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Brutus starts the series as an Idle Rich more concerned with his poetry than with politics. He eventually becomes a killer, a reasonable -albeit naïve- leader and an army General.
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The Dung Ages
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The Dung Ages: If you're a pleb.
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Historical In-Joke
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Historical In-Joke: Pullo's gambling related troubles and antagonisms ensuring the fall of the Republic. Pullo fathering Caesarion. Caesar is killed because Vorenus is not there to protect him.
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History Repeats
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History Repeats: Caesar and Antony's downfall is both brought about when they reject the women they love.
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Blood Bath
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Blood Bath: Atia takes a shower in the blood pouring down from a slaughtered bull in the first episode (probably inspired by an actual religious ceremony that was popular in ancient Rome, albeit a couple of centuries later).
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You Talk Too Much
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You Talk Too Much: Vorenus to Pullo, again and again. Actually, any time they are both part of a meeting with powerful or violent people, Pullo will talk too much, and Vorenus will correct him.
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Translation Convention
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Translation Convention: Latin is rendered as English, though a few Latin words and phrases remain in Latin. For example, many characters great each other with "Salve!" A character's class and origin is often indicated by the accent they speak, with standard Romans speaking The Queen's Latin.
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Historical Villain Upgrade
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Historical Villain Upgrade: Atia is portrayed as seductive, manipulative and evil. There's absolutely no historical evidence for this; Tacitus actually describes her as a pious, devoted mother and an ideal Roman matron.
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From Nobody to Nightmare
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From Nobody to Nightmare: Though not exactly a nobody (he is a member of one of the oldest noble families in Rome, after all), Octavian starts out as a snotty and precocious youngster, uninvolved in the cut and thrust of Roman politics, and generally treated dismissively by the adults in the room. As the series progresses, it becomes evident that he is as ruthless as he is intelligent, and by the end he is the one who rules Rome.
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Pretext for War
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Realising that war is coming between Mark Antony and Octavian, Posca flees back to Rome but makes sure to bring Antony's last will and testament with him. Realising the contents of the will contain everything he needs as a Pretext for War, Octavian thanks Posca for his "loyalty". Posca has the grace to look embarrassed.
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Hard Head
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Hard Head: Played with. Pullo is knocked unconscious and falls into a coma when a blow to the head puts a splinter inside his scalp. He undergoes painful surgery and finally makes a full recovery.
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Ignore the Fanservice
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Ignore the Fanservice: When Cleopatra meets with Octavian, she attempt to flirt with him to win him over to her side as she did with both Caesar and Antony and hopefully prevent him from having Caesarion killed as a rival claimant to Caesar's legacy. While Octavian is not really asexual, having a fulfilling sex life with his wife Livia, he simply ignores her overtures. This causes Cleopatra to realize that she truly is out of options and commits to suicide.
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Bash Brothers
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Vorenus and Pullo, naturally: Bash Brothers and Back-to-Back Badasses.
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Silk Hiding Steel
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Octavian tells Livia what he expects of her as his wife, all the squeezing her hand tighter and tighter. She looks alarmed and pained, but when he politely and resolutely tells her he will beat her, not for any misbehaviour on her part but for his own sexual pleasure, she stiffens her spine and agrees, unflinching. Even Octavian can see what kind of woman she is, and he's very pleased.
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Hollywood Costuming
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Hollywood Costuming: Egypt.
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Composite Character
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Composite Character: Augustus actually had two sisters, both named Octavia. His sister in this series is based off of Octavia minor who was also the fourth wife of Marc Antony and raised his children by Cleopatra after the couple committed suicide. Their daughter Antonia counts as well, as they had two daughters, Antonia major and Antonia minor. The show's Atia borrows aspects from the historical figure Fulvia, who doesn't exist in the show. Like the real Atia, the show's version is the mother of Octavian and Octavia Minor, but that's pretty much where the similarities stop. The real Atia was an exceptionally religious and moral woman. The show's version gets her aggressive meddling in Roman politics and her love affair with Marc Antony from Marc Antony's actual wife Fulvia, who was known as a power-player behind the scenes of Roman politics.
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Very Loosely Based on a True Story
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Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The series is quite loose on many aspects of history. Some of them are forgivable for the sake of dramatic/artistic license, but others are questionable. It may work better if you think of the series as a sort of "Rome, as seen by Romans." There are all sorts of oddities in their interpretation of other cultures (the wild German cavalrymen, the long-haired Gauls, the dark, effeminate Egyptians) but it is entirely possible to look at these oddities as a dramatization of "Roman Stereotypes." The real Atia, besides being a dull Roman matron, died one year after Caesar and thus shouldn't have been around for the second season. There is no record of a romantic relationship between her and Mark Antony. Likewise, Octavia was praised as a paragon of Roman feminine virtue. Her participation in orgies and numerous extra-marital affairs may be based on Octavian's daughter Julia, whose behavior led to her being exiled in disgrace by her father. There is no historical evidence for her affairs with Agrippa and Servilia, or her incest with Octavian. Agrippa did later become Julia's second husband. Octavia's first husband Marcellus (here renamed "Glabius") was not killed on Atia's orders. For one thing, the real Atia died several years before him. There were actually two battles at Philippi. In the first, Antony defeated Cassius while Brutus overran Octavian's camp. Mistakenly believing that all was lost, Cassius took his own life. The second battle occurred some three weeks later, and after Brutus was defeated, he ordered a slave to kill him. He did not suicidally charge the enemy as portrayed in the series. This scene may have been inspired by Brutus' brother-in-law, Marcus Porcius Catonote Son of the Cato who appears in Rome, who, according to Plutarch, died in that fashion at Philippi.
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Determinator
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Determinator: Cleopatra. "I must have him or I will die... So I will have him." Vorenus. Once he's sworn loyalty to someone or something he will maintain that loyalty come hell or high water. Octavian once he decides to take up his adoptive father's legacy.
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Info Dump: Octavian's informed monologue about the events of the first episode not only filled in the finer political points of the episode to Pullo and Vorenus but the audience as well.
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New Era Speech: Caesar and his magistrates produce several after their triumph. Tellingly, when Vorenus delivers one in the Aventine about the end of the Patrician tyranny, a heckler who complains about the end of freedoms is quietly taken away for his dissent. Octavian delivers one after becoming Consul.
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Meaningful Rename: To emphasize that he is the lawful heir to his great uncle, Octavian changes his name to Gaius Caesar. and finally to Caesar Augustus. Noted by Cicero, very wary of the implication. Octavian was very fond of these in Real Life, and in fact never went by "Octavian"; it's just what historians decided to call him for the period before he became Augustus, because otherwise the histories would be too confusing.
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The Plan: Julius Caesar engages in one of these, and so does Octavian.
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Tactical Withdrawal: Pompey says that he only needs to stomp his feet, and legions would spring up all over Italy. The first thing Pompey does when Caesar crosses the Rubicon river with "only an armed gang" is to run away from Rome.
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Exact Words: After Caesar's assassination, Marc Antony surprises everyone by turning up at Brutus' house to discuss a truce. After Brutus steps outside so the conspirators can discuss his proposal, they unanimously urge Brutus to kill him. At the end of Season 2, Caesarion asks Vorenus about his father, which he thinks is Caesar. Vorenus proceeds to tell him about his father...the real one, Pullo. At first, he manages to pull it and to enjoy it, then a major difference between Pullo and Caesar comes up. Doubles as Comically Missing the Point, since the kid believes it all. Vorenus appears to escort Atia and Octavia to their ship without seeing Marc Antony. When Atia refuses to leave, Vorenus says he's been authorised to use whatever force is necessary.
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Big Damn Heroes Pullo saves Cleopatra from assassins. Caesar arrives at the Vorenus house to offer Lucius a position as magistrate, just when the latter thought he and his family will be killed by a crime lord.
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Caesar is merciful (by Roman standards) and spares all the leading Republicans who fought against him in the civil war. His reward for this is to be brutally murdered by the very men he spared. Octavian and Antony are careful not to make the same mistake.
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Octavia breaks, but eventually snaps back into a less stressed version of herself.
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Naïve Newcomer
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Naïve Newcomer and staunch legalist Vorenus is disgusted when he discovers the fraud about Roman democracy but Posca convinces him it's for the best.
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Barbarian Tribe
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Barbarian Tribe: The series starts with Caesar in Gaul crushing the remaining Arvernian forces of Vercingetorix, who is vanquished and thrown into a dungeon. He reappears during Caesar's triumph to be displayed and publicly executed. Another tribe plays a role in the first episode, the Blue Spaniards, agents of Pompey. Some relatively refined members of Celtic tribes are later appointed senators by Caesar. Traditional Roman senators are appalled by that, and it helps lead to Caesar's assassination.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: Technically, Octavian would have been called "Gaius" by his family and close friends in Real Life. He's always referred to as "Octavian" to avoid confusion with his great uncle. Later he invokes his Meaningful Rename. Vorenus' daughters are Vorena (the Elder) and Vorena (the Younger). Justified, as Roman daughters were typically just given the feminine form of their fathers' name. Families would often have several daughters with the same name.note For instance, Octavia's daughters by Mark Antony were both called Antonia.
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The Starscream
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The Starscream: Played with. Subverted: Antony has been slow to aid a campaigning Caesar who is under threat from Pompey. Antony seems to be on the fence about leaving Rome and going to aid Caesar. Atia learns of the threat to Caesar and tries to convince Antony to betray Caesar and seize Rome for himself (herself more like it). But instead of goading him into betrayal, it seems to snap Antony out of his indecisiveness. He quickly rebukes Atia and quickly runs to help Caesar. Under orders from Octavian, Pullo makes a half-hearted attempt to flip Vorenus against Antony. It's a foregone conclusion how that turns out.
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Is That the Best You Can Do?
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Pullo breaking formation to kick some Gaul ass, then quipping "Already? I was just beginning to enjoy myself!" when his superiors are done whipping him for insubordination.
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Servile Snarker: Posca to Caesar, Gaia to Pullo & Vorenus.
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Combat by Champion
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Combat by Champion: A surrounded Antony challenges Octavian to this kind of personal resolution, who just laughs at the idea.
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Undying Loyalty
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Undying Loyalty: Many of the body slaves to their masters. Posca even sticks around after he has been freed. Pullo to Vorenus. Vorenus to whomever he's sworn loyalty to.
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War Is Hell
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War Is Hell: Octavian asks a prostitute with a Slavic accent where she's from, and is surprised to be told she doesn't know. She explains that's because when she was a child the Roman army carried her off to Rome as a slave, after massacring everyone else in her family. After his defeat in Africa Cato contemplates a dying War Elephant, lying on its side in the desert heat and unable to rise again. Even Pullo looks grim when he comes across the aftermath of the battle at Mutina.
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Tyrannicide: The series depicts the assassination of Julius Caesar by Brutus and his allies at the end of the first season. When they later discuss the aftermath with Caesar's surviving ally Mark Antony, the latter points out that justifying Caesar's murder as tyrannicide has created a conundrum for everyone, as all of Caesar's motions, including the appointment of Brutus' and Antony's offices, are legally null and void. The factions agree to forego a new election by declaring Caesar's death accidental.
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Easily Forgiven
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Easily Forgiven: Caesar can be ruthless but manages to fit this trope fairly well. He spares Vorenus and Pullo several times and his response to Brutus and Cicero trying to surrender is to hug them, apologize to Brutus while kissing his cheek, beg them to tell him that Pompey, an even bigger enemy, is still alive, and then, drag them off to have food since it must have been awhile since they had a decent meal. More than one character points out that forgiving people is Caesar's shtick, doing double duty as a way to be seen as a Reasonable Authority Figure and to make people beholden to him. Note that this was the modus operandi too of the real life Caesar.
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Would Hit a Girl
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Would Hit a Girl: Caesar, Antony and Timon, amongst others.
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: An in-universe example; the Forum newsreader closes several of his news decrees with the same advertisement. "This month's public bread is provided by the Capitoline Brotherhood of Millers! The Brotherhood uses only the finest flour! True Roman bread for true Romans." He seems increasingly tired of reading it each time.
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Passed-Over Inheritance
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Passed-Over Inheritance: During the reading of Caesar's will, Atia and Antony are shocked that Octavian gets it all. Antony's reaction also foreshadows the conflict between him and Octavian.
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Memmio to Erastes Fulmen, with even both characters being played by actors that look very much like each other. A weird example since Erastes Fulmen's "departure" was a natural part of the script, rather than a last minute addition.
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Camping a Crapper
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Camping a Crapper: Vorenus started a gang war by having his men rape a guy in the toilet.
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Good People Have Good Sex
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Good People Have Good Sex: Zigzagged; we see Vorenus having sex with Niobe for the first time in eight years — she clearly isn't enjoying it. Then cut to Atia and Antony's enthusiastic coupling. But Pullo gives some pragmatic advise to Vorenus on the matter, and when he reconciles with Niobe the sex is shown to be mutually satisfying.
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Murder Is the Best Solution
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Murder Is the Best Solution: Frequently adopted by many characters. Pullo and Vorenus leave a trail of dead bodies wherever they go.
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Dying Curse: After the death of her son and the extinction of her political cause (partly due to Atia's machinations), Servilia goes to Atia's house with a knife, chants incessantly until Atia comes out to confront her. Then, with the full attention of everybody around, she indulges in a lengthy curse of Atia, damning her to have nothing but "bitterness and despair" for the rest of her life. To seal the deal, she then stabs herself, with her servant following suit. While Atia achieves the goal she's been aiming for the entire series, she finds it's Lonely at the Top.
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Love Makes You Crazy
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Vorenus had this reaction when Pullo killed one of his slaves just because he was in a relationship with the girl he loves.
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Improvised Lockpick
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Improvised Lockpick: Titus Pullo keeps one of his thugs in a locked cage, feeding him off scraps, in punishment for trying to steal from him. Unfortunately he picks the lock with a piece of bone and nearly kills Pullo.
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Faking the Dead
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Faking the Dead: Cleopatra's servant fatally tricks Antony —who is a political liabilty by then— into thinking her master / his lover is dead . Vorenus is appalled when he discovers the ruse.
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The Remnant
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The Remnant: Cato and Scipio leads this after dumping Pompeii. They are defeated very handily.
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Seems to be a Running Gag with the character. Caesar and Antony are seeking to bribe a priest, offering money as a "gift" for his wife. The priest keeps bumping up the price, saying his wife has expensive tastes.
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Democracy Is Bad
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Democracy Is Bad : The Opening Narration states that Rome — a Republic with many democratic traits — cannot govern itself. Magistrates are elected but many of the characters work to avoid what they call rule of the mob, consider elections a mere formality, just a matter of bribes and demagoguery and some are deeply offended when the Senate becomes less restrictive and incorporates pleb citizens and non-roman ones. Nobody really believes in democracy anyway, everything is done behind the scenes by the oligarchy, although the Caesarians are somehow the people's party as they draw a lot of their power from the plebs. Naïve Newcomer and staunch legalist Vorenus is disgusted when he discovers the fraud about Roman democracy but Posca convinces him it's for the best. Antony plays the elections card when he negotiates the aftermath of Caesar's assassination. "Messy things elections." The conspirators are horrified as they would have to validate their taken-for-granted powers. They reach a compromise and no democracy is needed. By the end of the show the city is ruled by a sole dictator, and the order is achieved (in Real Life an unprecedented era of prosperity ensued, the Pax Augusta aka Pax Romana).
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Don't Explain the Joke: When mollifying Eirene's jealousy over Pullo's friendship with Vorenus, Pullo says that if the two of them were drowning, he'd save Eirene first every time. She's touched, but after a moment, he decides to ruin the moment with a joke, "You're half his size!" She doesn't understand, so he explains, "You're lighter. Easier to rescue!" But she still doesn't get it, so he decides to cut his losses and accept her reconciliation.
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The Dog Bites Back: Unlike Ceaser, Antony is partculary cruel to Posca when Posca achieves his freedom. Even though he relies on his adminstrative knowledge to run his portion of the empire. Tiring of Antony's moods. Posca steals his will and shares it with Octavian.
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At the end of Season 2, Caesarion asks Vorenus about his father, which he thinks is Caesar. Vorenus proceeds to tell him about his father...the real one, Pullo. At first, he manages to pull it and to enjoy it, then a major difference between Pullo and Caesar comes up. Doubles as Comically Missing the Point, since the kid believes it all.
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Well-Intentioned Extremist: Brutus, his only goal is the preservation of a sacred Republic started by an ancient kin. He reluctantly joins the plot to kill Caesar when he realizes that Caesar may be a threat to the constitutional order. He insists that only Caesar be killed, as "we are tyrant killers, liberators, not murderers". He thus spares Antony, which backfires as Antony eventually continues the civil war and helps the survivors of Caesar's party defeat Brutus and the other conspirators.
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Shown Their Work
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Shown Their Work: Very minute details of the Roman world are constantly and unemphatically recreated by the show. The arena set, for instance, is completely realistic. On the DVD commentary, the show runners point out that most gladiator fights were everyday local events and took place in the Forum Romanum, not in large-scale arenas. The not yet built Colosseum would be the exception, the small temporary arena in the Forum that we see in Rome was the norm. It's a case of Reality Is Unrealistic. The opening battle in Gaul is likely one of the most accurate depictions of legion warfare every put to film. The legionaries work in a tight, highly-disciplined formation. The front rank is regularly replaced by fresh men, all coordinated by whistle-blowing centurions. It's simple, mechanical, almost boring, and devastatingly effective against chaotic Gaulish tribesmen. Just as telling, the Military Maverick who goes rogue is not lauded for his bravery: he's brutally flogged and sentenced to death.
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Black Vikings / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Blanket Tug O' War / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Blood Bath / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Blood from the Mouth / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Blood Knight / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Blood on the Debate Floor / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Bodyguard Betrayal / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Bolt of Divine Retribution / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Bring My Brown Pants / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Call That a Formation? / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Captive Push / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Carpet-Rolled Corpse / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Cincinnatus / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Civil War / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Clothing Combat / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Coitus Uninterruptus / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Combat Sadomasochist / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Compressed Vice / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Confess to a Lesser Crime / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Cornered Rattlesnake / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Could Say It, But... / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Couldn't Find a Pen / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Country Matters / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Cradling Your Kill / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Crashing Dreams / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Crossover Cosmology / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Cute Mute / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dashed Plot Line / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dead-Hand Shot / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Deadly Hug / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Death by Woman Scorned / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Deathbed Confession / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Decadent Court / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Defiled Forever / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Designated Victim / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Diegetic Switch / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dishonored Dead / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dissonant Serenity / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Do-Anything Soldier / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dreadlock Warrior / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dreaming of Things to Come / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dressing to Die / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dude, Where's My Respect? / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Due to the Dead / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
During the War / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Dying Curse / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Edited for Syndication / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Enemies List / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Erotic Asphyxiation / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Et Tu, Brute? / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Eternal Sexual Freedom / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Everybody Hates Hades / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Evil Is Sexy / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Evil Matriarch / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Face Framed in Shadow / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
/ int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Family Relationship Switcheroo / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Famous Ancestor / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Fascinating Eyebrow / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Fingore / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Finish Him! / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Forced Prize Fight / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Forging the Will / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Freedom from Choice / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Friendship Moment / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
From Camouflage to Criminal / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Generic Graffiti / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Get It Over With / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Gladiator Games / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Gladiator Revolt / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Go Out with a Smile / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Going Cold Turkey / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Going Native / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Gold Tooth / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Good Republic, Evil Empire / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Graffiti of the Resistance / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Grapes of Luxury / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Gratuitous Rape / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Great Way to Go / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Ham-to-Ham Combat / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Hangover Sensitivity / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Happy Flashback / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Harp of Femininity / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Hemo Erotic / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Hero Stole My Bike / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Historical Beauty Update / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Historical Character's Fictional Relative / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Historical Fiction / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Historical In-Joke / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Hollywood Costuming / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Hollywood Homely / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
How the Mighty Have Fallen / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
How Would You Like to Die? / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Human Doorstop / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Human Sacrifice / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
I Am the Noun / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
I Banged Your Mom / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
I Cannot Self-Terminate / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
I Kiss Your Foot / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
I Kiss Your Hand / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
I Need a Freaking Drink / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Ignore the Fanservice / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Ignored Epiphany / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Implied Death Threat / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Improvised Lockpick / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Infraction Distraction / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Intergenerational Friendship / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
International Coproduction / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Is That a Threat? / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
It Has Been an Honor / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
It's Quiet… Too Quiet / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Just Following Orders / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
"Just Joking" Justification / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Just the First Citizen / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Keep the Reward / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Kicked Upstairs / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Kosher Nostra / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Ladykiller in Love / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Last Episode Theme Reprise / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Leave No Witnesses / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Lecherous Licking / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Legally Dead / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Let Us Never Speak of This Again / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Line in the Sand / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Little People Are Surreal / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Local Reference / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Lonely at the Top / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Longest Pregnancy Ever / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Lost Will And Testament / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Love Ruins the Realm / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Lover and Beloved / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Lying Finger Cross / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Made of Plasticine / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Make-Up Is Evil / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Male Frontal Nudity / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Man Bites Man / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Mangst / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Marriage Before Romance / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Meaningful Look / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Meatgrinder Surgery / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Mid-Season Twist / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Milking the Giant Cow / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Mob War / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Momma's Boy / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Money to Throw Away / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Mooning / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Moving the Goalposts / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Murder the Hypotenuse / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
My Master, Right or Wrong / int_8d84363c
 NathanielParker
seeAlso
Rome
 Rome
hasFeature
No Guy Wants to Be Chased / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
No Pregger Sex / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Noble Savage / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Not Allowed to Grow Up / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Not So Stoic / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Obfuscating Insanity / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Oblivious Guilt Slinging / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Odd Couple / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Odd Friendship / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Odd Job Gods / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Off the Table / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Officer and a Gentleman / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Oh My Gods! / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
One-Woman Wail / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Orgasmic Combat / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Passed-Over Inheritance / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Passive-Aggressive Kombat / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Plausible Deniability / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Please Shoot the Messenger / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Plot Armor / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Prayer of Malice / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Pretext for War / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Professional Sex Ed / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Promotion, Not Punishment / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Puppet King / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Racial Face Blindness / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Rape, Pillage, and Burn / int_8d84363c
 RayStevenson
seeAlso
Rome
 Rome
hasFeature
Relationship Sabotage / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Relative Button / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Rescue Sex / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Revealing Hug / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Right Through the Wall / int_8d84363c
 Rome
seeAlso
Rome
 Rome
hasFeature
Royal Brat / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Rule of Cool / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Sacred Hospitality / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Safe, Sane, and Consensual / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Sarcastic Clapping / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Scare Chord / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Series of the 2000s / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Servile Snarker / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Sex as Rite-of-Passage / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Sex Montage / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Shameful Strip / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Shield Bash / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Shiny New Australia / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Shoot the Messenger / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Silence, You Fool! / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Slap-Slap-Kiss / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Slip into Something More Comfortable / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Smells Sexy / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Snipe Hunt / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Stealing from the Till / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Stigmatic Pregnancy Euphemism / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Stranger in a Familiar Land / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Suicide by Cop / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Suspicious Spending / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Sword & Sandal / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Talkative Loon / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Tastes Like Chicken / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
That's an Order! / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Dung Ages / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Easy Way or the Hard Way / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Immodest Orgasm / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Noseless / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Patient Has Left the Building / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Place / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Purge / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Remnant / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Snack Is More Interesting / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Voiceless / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Women Are Safe with Us / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
13 Is Unlucky / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
This Is Wrong on So Many Levels / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Tired of Running / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Title Theme Drop / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
To Win Without Fighting / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Tongue Trauma / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Too Good to Last / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Torture Always Works / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Torture Technician / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Totem Pole Trench / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Tragic Mistake / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Traumatic Haircut / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Triumphant Reprise / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Troubling Unchildlike Behavior / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Tyrannicide / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Ugly Guy, Hot Wife / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Un-Confession / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Uncertain Doom / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Understatement / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Viewers Are Geniuses / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Villain Respect / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Villainous Face Hold / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Virgin-Shaming / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Wall Bang Her / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
War Elephants / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Warding Gestures / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
We Do the Impossible / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
What a Drag / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
What Did I Do Last Night? / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
While Rome Burns / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
White Shirt of Death / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
White Stallion / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Window Love / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Wise Beyond Their Years / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
With Due Respect / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
With Friends Like These... / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Woman Scorned / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Written by the Winners / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
You Just Had to Say It / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
You Just Told Me / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
Your Approval Fills Me with Shame / int_8d84363c
 Rome (Music)
seeAlso
Rome
 Hogwarts Hocus (Roleplay)
seeAlso
Rome
 Spartacus: Blood and Sand
seeAlso
Rome
 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
seeAlso
Rome
 Rome
hasFeature
Mutilation Interrogation / int_8d84363c
 Rome
hasFeature
The Chains of Commanding / int_8d84363c
 rome
sameAs
Rome