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"'Ey big man! Do you like killing and/or being killed? Then come to Gladius to compete in our galaxy-wide gladiator tournament. There's gold, girls, and glory for killing whatever stinky alien you're pointed at. So come on down to Gladius today – we're running out of idiots!"
Gladius quote
— Gladius advertisement in "The Incredibly Strange Creatures That Stopped Living and Became Mixed up with the Starbarians (Part 1)"
Episode 2 Gladius 3

Gladius resembles a galea – a Roman soldier's helmet.

Gladius is a location in Starbarians. The setting appears in an advertisement in part one of "The Incredibly Strange Creatures That Stopped Living and Became Mixed up with the Starbarians", where Killgar and Hogstrong learn of its televised "galaxy-wide gladiator tournament" and decide to head there at the end of the episode, missing the distress signal from the primitive planet.

The setting will thus presumably make a physical appearance in the next episode.

Development Edit

Harry Partridge showed an interior background of Gladius for Episode 3 on 29 September 2018, writing that "something about seeing backgrounds come together with lighting and getting a real sense of a location that previously existed only in your head is really pleasing."[1]

Trivia Edit

  • "Gladius" is a Latin word for a sword, and one of the words derived from "gladius" is "gladiator", which translates to "swordsman".

Gallery Edit

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References Edit

(view template) Locations
Planets / major locations TerraxMammoriaGaleron VThree-ringed planetPrimitive planetGladius
Minor locations AstrogarDrakoviaKarmaggisKillgariaSibelius primeSquatovia
Miscellaneous The DD Rex