Opinion respected, but for the sake of the argument, I have to disagree. There is nothing unbelievable or fancy. If you believe that because of the ancient years, a combat style had to be primitive, you are dead wrong. In fact, it was actually more efficient since closed combat was the rule in a time without guns. There are plenty of reports or unarmed supremacy over armed opponents using pankration. Fancy moves can happen even in a streetfight, not only in a matrix movie. And more on the topic, Gannicus has shown just the basics anyway.I don't understand why you are so hostile about the discussion. I already brought up Pankration, and no Pankration isn't Jiu Jitsu in any regards other than forearm chokes and armbars. Modern Pankration, isn't ancient Pankration, there is no Kimura or rubber guard in Pankration. If you look at art depicting ancient pankration, it is a mixture of striking and wrestling. And yes I know Herakles used Pankration to defeat the Nymeon Lion. I respect your argument but c'mon. Pankration it's self has evolved, I mean Gannicus has a romanticized version of it. Yet to me it breaks immersion, and is unbelievable. I'm sorry.
Nothing to disagree with. Thing is...have you ever watched any movie/series where a secondary character is clearly superior to the main protagonist? Gannicus isnt a tactician, he is a force of nature that kills anyone. As for the better 'warrior' I would give that title to Crixus before Naevia corrupted him.Spartacus has shown the fastest progression of skills, he is equal in to Gannicus sword to sword, which Gannicus admits. Yet he learned the two sword style much, MUCH later than Gannicus. He is better with a spear, he is a better tactician. Gannicus is better hand to hand. Gannicus is the better fancier gladiator, Spartacus is the better warrior/soldier/general.