[[caption-width-right:250:[[TropeNamer These guys]].[[note]][[TheAce Larry Bird,]] [[TheRival Magic Johnson,]] [[ShowyInvincibleHero Michael Jordan,]] [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Clyde Drexler,]] [[TheLancer Scottie Pippen,]] [[LightningBruiser Patrick Ewing,]] [[BoisterousBruiser Charles Barkley,]] [[PintsizedPowerhouse John Stockton,]] [[ScaryBlackMan Karl Malone,]] [[KidHero Christian Laettner,]] [[TheBigGuy David Robinson]] and [[ColdSniper Chris Mullin]] with coach [[CoolOldGuy Chuck Daly]].[[/note]]]]

->''"As we say in Cuba, you can't cover the sun with your finger."''
-->-- '''Miguel Gómez''', coach of the Cuban national basketball team, on its 79-point defeat by the U.S. Olympic squad, the first to include NBA stars.

A Dream Team is spectacularly good at what they do. They are the absolute, best-ever people in some field, gathered to tackle a problem. After all, if ''one'' person who's the best (or at least one of the best) at something is simply "great," then an entire ''team'' of them is even better, right?

To get a Dream Team, sometimes the constraints of time and space are relaxed. What if Franchise/SherlockHolmes, Creator/ElleryQueen, Literature/NeroWolfe, Lew Archer and Literature/LordPeterWimsey teamed up to solve crime? Answer: detective Dream Team. What if Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/SpiderMan teamed up to save the world? Answer: Superhero Dream Team (See WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC for a version of this).

A good Dream Team has members who, while having majored in the same field, all minored in different specialties. Expect a PlotTailoredToTheParty.

Dream Teams create a dramatic problem since it is [[StoryBreakerTeamUp difficult to find a worthy enemy]]. Typical opponents include nature and inherently difficult tasks. It is much easier, for example, to commit a crime than to solve one. Occasionally, an [[LegionOfDoom opposing Dream Team]] or BigBad may be invoked; this is a classic approach for superhero Dream Teams, since by definition a best-ever supervillain is the complement of a best-ever superhero. Additionally, Dream Teams can be their own worst enemy, with egos and infighting over approaches limiting their potential effectiveness. There is often a teamwork {{Aesop}} here.

Expect the first act to feature an AvengersAssemble or PuttingTheBandBackTogether scene allowing the characters to be introduced, and their [[IntroDump specialities]] and [[EstablishingCharacterMoment personalities]] briefly established.

Compare MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny, AllStarCast, or FirstContactTeam.

[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with]] the [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097235/ 1989 film]] starring Creator/MichaelKeaton and Creator/ChristopherLloyd or the British soccer club based SoapOpera ''Dream Team'' which occasionally used this trope but more often ran with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. Also not to be confused with ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''.



* There was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jkygJ_QNo this epic "gladiator" Pepsi commercial]] from 2004 starring Music/{{Pink}}, Music/BritneySpears, Music/{{Beyonce}}, and Music/EnriqueIglesias.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': Konomi Takeshi has stated that the soon to be published continuation will deal with the formation of a "dream team" chosen from among the hundred or so best junior tennis players in Japan.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': [[TheHero Luffy]], [[spoiler:[[VillainousHarlequin Buggy]], [[DirtyCoward Mr.3]], [[AgentPeacock Mr.2 Bon Clay]], [[CreepyCrossdresser Emporio Ivankov]], [[Film/EdwardScissorhands Inazuma]], [[SharkMan Jinbe]], ''[[TheChessmaster Crocodile]]'', and [[PsychoForHire Mr.1]]]] teaming up is definitely squee-material. The name of the chapter? "The Strongest Team is Formed - Shake Impel Down to its Core!"
* The manga ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'', a joint project written by ''Manga/ShamanKing'' creator Hiroyuki Takei, and frickin' Creator/StanLee.
* Averted in ''Manga/AirMaster''. The light-headed protagonist is portraying a generic Mook on a theme park, fighting some Sentai heroes. She beats the shit out of them without a thought, just by reflex. To avoid stopping the show and making their public sad, every member of the filming crew comes to the stage wearing costumes of an army of Kamen Rider-like old heroes. The dads of the children start cheering their youth idols. Airmaster then proceeds to kick every ass that gets too close to her.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' features a semi-villainous Dream Team in the form of the Wolkenritter; ancient, immortal, reincarnating combat programs who are very good at their jobs.
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' brings us Riot Force 6, which has such a ridiculously large portion of the firepower at the disposal of the Time-Space Administrative Bureau that they have to be placed under limiters before being allowed to operate together.
** In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', Special Service Section 6 takes Riot Force 6, removes the limiters, and adds a large number of the Combat Cyborgs (who managed to actually challenge Riot Force 6) to the roster.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' featured the three heroes of the first three arcs, [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi Muto]], [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Judai Yukai]], and [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei Fudo]], teaming together against the time-traveling villain Paradox.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** We have the [[spoiler: five Kages teaming up to fight [[BackFromTheDead Madara]]]]. Killer Bee and Naruto might also count as well, [[spoiler: Sasuke and Itachi]] certainly do.
** Kakashi and Gai during Orochimaru's attack on Konoha and in the current arc definitely count. On the evil side we have the Akatsuki, who is divided into dream teams (Even when the members do not get along). Itachi and Kisame stand out among those as the most badass team.
* Creator/NanaMizuki and Creator/MinamiTakayama as Tsubasa and Kanade, respectfully, performing together in the opening of ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear''. These two are some of the ''biggest'' names in J-Pop, [[spoiler:except it was too good to last since Kanade bites it at the first episode's ''prologue''. [[PosthumousCharacter She still pops up here and there in Tsubasa's mind though]]]].
* Kuroko's former team in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' was considered the Generation of Miracles, each member being a total prodigy and together they won the middle school basketball championships three times in a row. Sadly, the fact that they were a DreamTeam [[DownerEnding turned most of the members into jerkasses when playing basketball, so Kuroko left the team, the team fell apart]], and they all went to different schools to play against each other.
** Post-series, the ''Last Game'' arc has Kuroko reunited with his Generation of Miracle pals. And Kagami is there, too.
* In ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'', the Dragonslayers are an elite group of soldiers hand-picked by their leader, Dilandau. They are ''extremely'' loyal to him, [[spoiler:even beyond the grave]], despite Dilandau's habit of slapping them.
* ''Characters/LupinIII'': The best thief, most deadly assassin, fastest gunslinger, and most beautiful woman team up.
* Pretty much implied with the combined Fairy Tail Team in the Grand Magic Games arc in ''Manga/FairyTail'', as Mirajane put it, consisting of [[TheHero Natsu]], [[TheLancer Gajeel]], [[TheSmartGuy Gray]], [[TheBigGuy Laxus]] and [[TheChick Erza]].
--> '''Mirajane''': This truly is the strongest team.... [[/folder]]

[[folder:Card Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' Spell Card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Urgent_Emergency_Assistance_Rescue Urgent Emergency Assistance]] features Rescue Cat, Rescue Ferret, Rescue Rabbit and Rescue Rat [[ItsWhatIdo forming a rescue team]] to [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment rescue]] a hamster.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica became the ''original'' dream team of superheroes. The team originally didn't allow any members with a title of their own, but this was changed.
* The Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica is THE superhero dream team. The best FlyingBrick? Check. The best BadassNormal? Check. The best [[SuperSpeed Speedster]]? Check. The best ActionGirl? Check. The best ImaginationBasedSuperpower user? Check. The man with the [[SuperpowerLottery most powers]] who is also a genius? Check. And last but not least ([[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway although some would argue that]]) the best [[ApparentlyHumanMerfolk Aquatic Superhero]]. Especially presented this way in the 90's JLA, where they mostly dealt with threats to the whole world instead of just normal supervillains.
* Marvel's [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] are the AlternateCompanyEquivalent to the [=JLA=]. Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are the core of most incarnations, but throughout the years the roster has consisted of a who's who of Marvel heroes. Originally the Avengers ''weren't'' an All-Star Team like the JLA, but as time has gone on, this is what they've become. They're always the first response to planetary-level threats in the Marvel Universe.
* ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': The League members are all either super powered or BadassNormal [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover heroes of Victorian literature]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Necronauts}}'': Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, Creator/HPLovecraft, Charles Fort and Creator/HarryHoudini team up.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': Deconstructed twice. In "Under the Hood" (a book-within-a-book written by the first Nite Owl chronicling his time as a superhero) Nite Owl said that "it takes an extreme personality to put on a costume and fight crime and the chance of eight such personalities getting along is a million to one." Later when Captain Metropolis (a member of the last dream team, "The Minutemen") tries to form another Dream Team, "The Crimebusters", Rorschach complains that "...a group this size seems more like a publicity exercise, somehow it's too big and unwieldy." True to form, the group never gets beyond the initial meeting stage, as the personality clashes cause it to implode.
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' features the new Justice League, Batman's army and Luthor's army. Plus Batman and Luthor team up!
* ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' features the Amazonians, led by Franchise/WonderWoman, a Franchise/GreenLantern Corps composed entirely of grizzly war vets and most of Franchise/{{Superman}}'s rogues Gallery led by Comicbook/LexLuthor going into battle against Superman and Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} at the end.
* The ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers'' crossover featured the JLA and the Avengers (after a series of LetsYouAndHimFight incidents) teaming up. And it is awesome.
* The original ''Losers'' were essentially the war-comic equivalent of the Justice League, in that the team was made up of characters who had previously starred in their own features -- Johnny Cloud, Captain Storm, and Gunner and Sarge (a double act, as it were). True to the concept, each one was incredibly skilled in certain fields, with Cloud being a peerless pilot, Storm a courageous leader, etc.


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The expanded Dept. of Hotness from the MegaCrossover fic, FanFic/Hottie3TheBestFanFicInTheWorld. Members include the TropeNamers themselves.
* The fanfic ''Fanfic/SuperSentaiVsSuperSentai'' can be best described if the below-mentioned events of of [[Franchise/SuperSentai Gaoranger vs Super Sentai or Boukenger vs Super Sentai]] has a series on its own.
* In ''Series/Supergirl2015''/''Series/TheFlash2014'' crossover franchise ''Fanfic/CallMeKara'', The Justice League, in both universes. While there are bigger threats that need the whole League's attention, Weather Wizard immediately surrenders when he finds himself being confronted with Earth's mightiest heroes (Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/TheFlash, Franchise/GreenArrow...)

* The Louisianna Gator-Boys from ''Film/BluesBrothers2000''. Whatever you may think of the rest of the movie, ''that'' scene, at least, was cool - putting together a band of the greatest R&B musicians alive, just to counter the Blues Brothers Band's [[ThePowerOfRock Power of Blues]]. The roster includes: B.B. King, Music/EricClapton, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Jeff Baxter and several other successful musicians -- a true Supergroup.
* ''Film/TheGreatEscape'': The Luftwaffe unintentionally creates an escaper dream team. Quoth Big X:
-->'''Bartlett:''' The men are here to do it. The Germans have put every escape artist in Germany in this camp, you said so yourself.
* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. Each member of the team is the best at what he does: killing, explosives, mountain climbing, being lucky, etc.
* ''Film/{{Species}}''. The team created to hunt down and kill Sil.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' features ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], ComicBook/BlackWidow, ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and ComicBook/NickFury, all being played by the same actors who appeared in the ''Film/IronMan1'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{Captain America|TheFirstAvenger}}'' movies; in addition to a re-cast (again) [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]].
* The "Super Posse" of famous lawmen hired by the Union Pacific Railroad to hunt down ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. In Butch and Sundance's case a "nightmare team"!
* For Music/TheRollingStones concert film ''Film/ShineALight'' director Creator/MartinScorsese assembled seven of among the best cinematographers in the industry just to operate the cameras at the Beacon Theater in NYC where the show was held.
* ''The Dream Team'': This Michael Keaton comedy movie spoofs this trope; the four main characters are dysfunctional psychiatric patients who have to overcome their various crippling neuroses, not to mention their inherent dislike for each other, to reveal the truth after they're framed for a murder by corrupt police officers.
* ''Film/SevenSamurai'' and ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'', albeit with one member being a rookie in each line-up. They're the best samurai/gunslingers to ever be assembled.
* ''Film/TheExpendables'' is an odd case, as it only fits the trope out-of-universe. In-universe, the Expendables are a very competent team, but they are not particularly noteworthy as individuals. In RealLife, they are composed of nearly every action movie star of the past 30 years, with the exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger (who had other commitments, but makes a cameo).
* Until the finale of ''Film/TheExpendables2'' when Schwarzenegger joins the team as does Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris.
* Rather literally in ''Film/{{Inception}}'', given that team is traveling into someone's dreams, but almost each member of the team is noted to be the best in their respective field. Cobb is the best extractor, Arthur the best point-man, etc. Cobb even goes to an area he knows is full of people who want him dead, specifically because Eames is there, and he needs Eames to be their forger.

* In the book ''Literature/RainbowSix'' Rainbow is an international anti-terrorist organization composed of former members of various special forces worldwide.
** Subverted in the novel as it's mostly American and British members, a handful of German and French members a few token members from other countries. [[TruthInTelevision Which mirrored the usual deployment to NATO forces.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' the council of Elrond gathers a handful of members of human, dwarf, and elvish civilizations to decide what to do with the ring. Many are RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.
** The Fellowship is part example, part parody. There's Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Gimili and Legolas, which is a pretty cool team (a wizard, two human badasses, a dwarf and an elf). Then... there's the four Hobbits they're dragging around, even though they more than prove themselves later on.
* In ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] pulls together a DreamTeam to storm the Red Court stronghold in Chichen Itza, consisting of himself, Thomas, [[spoiler:Murphy, Leanansidhe, Susan, Martin, Sanya, Molly, and Mouse]]. Also, half-way through the battle, [[spoiler:Ebenezar and the Grey Council]] show up in a true BigDamnHeroes fashion. That accounts for pretty much every badass good guy/girl in the series and then some.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', King Aerys II's Kingsguard is regarded as the finest collection of Knights in the history of the Targaryen rule. At the very least they were LEAGUES above [[IncompetenceInc Robert Baratheon's current Kingsguard]].
* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TheBible'' ([[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%2023 2 Samuel 23]]), King David assembled an elite squad of thirty "mighty men" to be his guard. All of them had impressive achievements in battle, including one who killed 800 Philistines in one day, one who singlehandedly defended an entire field, and one who "killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day."
* Literature/TheBelgariad features a kind of one. Belgarath assembles it based on "The Prophecy", but most of the members are considered noteworthy even in the [[PlanetOfHats Nation Of Hats]] they come from. There's Belgarath himself, "The Eternal Man," seven thousand year old sorcerer and emissary of a literal god; as well as his daughter Polgara, a powerful sorceress in her own right who is herself around three thousand. Silk is regarded as a top notch spy in Drasnia, which has as its main export intelligence (in the military sense). Mandorallen is from Arendia, a nation whose Hat is a knight's helm, and is considered its greatest warrior, having never lost a battle or joust. Barak is a Cherek (their Hat is a viking helmet), is an exceptionally strong berserker and captain of their largest warship, and can literally transform into a ''bear''. Hettar, from Algar (think Mongols) can telepathically communicate with horses, and is spoken of with fear by his nation's hereditary enemies the Murgos, where legend has it that he's a thousand feet tall with a necklace of Murgo skulls. Garion is really Belgarion, the rightful Overlord of the West, though no one but Belgarath and his daughter Polgara, who are (distantly) related to him, know this at first. The odd man out at first is Durnik, who seems to mainly be there because he's a friend of Garion's (and of Polgara's in her disguise as Garion's "Aunt Pol"), but he turns out to be in the Prophecy as well.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames: Catching Fire'', this is the concept behind the 75th Quarter Quell (with the twist, of course, that they're supposed to kill each other) - by selecting from the pool of winners of previous Hunger Games they're choosing the strongest. In practice this doesn't really work. A number of them have substance abuse problems or are out of shape, and there's a very small pool of victors to choose from outside Districts One and Two. Whatever skills Mags had that allowed her to win about decades ago, she's now over 80 and appears to have suffered a debilitating stroke. [[spoiler: Also, many of them have a scheme to escape the arena with no intention of ever killing each other.]]
* The local [[UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} cricket]] [=XI=], the "Woolfonts Combined CC [=XI=]," in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' novels. It can "give trouble to most County sides and a few Test sides" in that it is captained by a former captain of, in order, the Eton, Oxford Authentics, and Oxford Blues 1st [=XIs=], has in its order his old vice-captain when he's in the District, contains a current member of the OUCC 1st [=XI=] during the Long Vac., and, although his knees are shot nowadays, is coached and twelfth-manned by a former England Test cricketer. Neighboring villages really don't expect to win matches against WCCC, any more.
** A boring, mundane example? Yes until it's realized that the Duke of Taunton, WCCC Captain, uses ''precisely the same trope and tactic'' to get the Rector he wants and the right mix of curates with him (including a retired cavalry major and a retired Cambridge don and expert on church restoration, both of whom came to the Church as a second career); the team to restore the heritage railway; the archaeological team whose findings will prevent any commercial development in the District; the non-native residents to whom he chooses to sell houses (he, after all, ''[[IOwnThisTown owning]]'' the District); the Free School and its Staff; the community brewery; and indeed the creation by such means of a cadre of local Great and Good the cricketer (brought in on the excuse of coaching the cricket club) and his wife, the Rector, the Deputy Headmaster, the gastro-pub hotelier (drafted as a County councillor), and the retired Premier Leaguer (co-opted as a Justice of the Peace) who will be there if he dies tomorrow. All to ensure that no unworthy or inexperienced successor can change his vision of preserving the place.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* After they started replacing the entire cast with [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy season seven]], and up to the [[Series/PowerRangersSPD thirteenth season]], ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' would have the previous season's team return for one or two episodes to team up with their successors. Only the [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm eleventh season]] wouldn't feature the previous cast return in this period.
** Additionally, the [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace sixth season]] had two episodes where previous Rangers ([[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Adam]] and [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Justin]]) returned.
*** Oh, and an episode where they ''teamed up with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles!'' Okay, it was the ''[[Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation Next Mutation]]'' Turtles, but still.
** The [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce tenth season]] had an episode where all of the previous Red Rangers (including the Red Aquitian Ranger and the Quantum Ranger) teamed up with the then-current Red Ranger. The [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive fifteenth season]] featured a two-part episode where Rangers from the [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce fourteenth]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD thirteenth]], [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder twelfth]], [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm eleventh]] and [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers second]] seasons returned.
** Taken to the extreme for the [[MilestoneCelebration Legendary Rangers 20th Anniversary Arc]] of ''Series/PowerRangersSuperMegaforce'', where the heroes form an ''army'' of Rangers from past teams to fight the Armada, consisting of 102 former members from previous seasons. (And several unnamed ones.)
* On the other side of the pacific, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', the Japanese franchise that provides the source material for ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', has been making crossover movies between teams starting with ''[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger]] vs. [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger Kakuranger]]'', (although there has been previous crossovers before the official Vs. movies). Usually these crossovers tend to involve the current team and the previous team, but for two of the anniversary years (the 25th and the 30th), the current team worked together with a mixed team of various past heroes instead.
** In ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger vs. Super Sentai'' (the 25th anniversary movie), the Gaorangers teamed up with a Dream Team consisting of [[Series/JAKQDengekitai Big One]], [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Red Falcon]], [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Mega Pink]], [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Ginga Blue]] and [[Series/KyukyuSentaiGoGoV Go Yellow]]. The other past Red Rangers also made cameos as well, albeit [[FakeShemp in costume only]].
** In ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'' (the 30th anniversary movie), the Dream Team consisted of [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger Hurricane Blue]], [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Abare Black]], [[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Deka Break]], [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magi Yellow & Magi Shine]] and a new hero named [[OriginalGeneration Aka Red]], who embodies the powers of all the previous Red Rangers.
** In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the 35th Sentai series, the team has the ability to transform into previous heroes. Usually the Gokaigers will all stick to rangers from the same team, but sometimes they transform into mixed teams as well, particularly when they have all have a common motif or they have the same color.
*** ''Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie''. The combination of SpacePirates and SpacePolice is just plain awesome.
*** ''Film/GokaigerGoseigerSuperSentai199HeroGreatBattle'' takes it UpToEleven, beginning with all the rangers that ever were teaming up and sacrificing their powers to defeat a fleet of Zangyack... creating the keys that allow the Gokaigers to transform into newer forms when they come along later. The movie's climactic battle features [[spoiler: all the main mecha that ever were smacking down a handful of resurrected recent villains.]]
** ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperheroTaisen'' as well, and, within the movie itself, various Sentai teams partner up with similarly-themed Riders for the big brawl.
* The team on ''Series/{{Threshold}}'', though it was actually called the Red Team.
* ''Series/{{Joe 90}}'' uses a variation of this; he can use his glasses to [[PowersAsPrograms download]] the brain patterns of the experts who would be this trope. Allowing him to act as this trope despite being one person.
* [[Series/TheMightyBoosh Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt]] in [[Series/NathanBarley a production]] written by Creator/CharlieBrooker? Sign me up!
* Whenever ''Series/DoctorWho'' does a story with more than one Doctor appearing (''The Three Doctors'', ''The Five Doctors'', ''The Two Doctors'', "Time Crash"), ''Series/DoctorWho'' is in something of a unique position in that it's essentially a 'dream team' comprised of what is essentially different versions of the same character. Brought UpToEleven (and beyond) in the 50th anniversary special, where [[spoiler:all the Doctor's incarnations up to and including the Twelfth work together to save Gallifrey]]. ''[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor Day of the Doctor]]'' indeed.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' had a fantastic example of this in ''Beyond the Wall'', where Jon Snow, the Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Jorah Mormont, Gendry, and Tormund Giantsbane all teamed up to capture a wight alive. Er, [[OurZombiesAreDifferent sort of alive.]]

* A {{Supergroup}} is the music version of a Dream Team. For examples go and read there.
* Charity singles are also an example. Often many singers are brought together to sing a song to bring in money for a good cause. The line-ups are often a who-is-who of some of the most well known names in music. The most famous examples are of course "Band Aid" (from the Live Aid concerts) and "USA for Africa".
* Music/QuincyJones, mainly remembered today for "Soul Bossa Nova" (the theme of the ''Film/AustinPowers'' films) and the soundtrack to ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', released his opus ''Back on the Block'' in 1989. The album featured the crème de la crème of the black pop, R&B, soul, jazz and rap scenes, for its time. Over 100 contributors are cited throughout the liner notes, including Music/MilesDavis, Ella Fitzgerald, Music/SarahVaughan, Music/RayCharles, Music/BarryWhite, [[Music/GrandMasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive Melle Mel]], Music/HerbieHancock, Rod Temperton and Greg Phillinganes (best remembered for all of the synth work on Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/OffTheWall'' and ''Music/{{Thriller}}''; Phillinganes also developed a lot of Music/StevieWonder's synths during the 70s and 80s) and even Jesse Jackson. The album went on to win seven Grammys, including Album of the Year.
* Music/LadyGaga, Music/EltonJohn, Music/BruceSpringsteen, [[Music/{{Blondie}} Debbie Harry]], Music/{{Sting}}, and [[Film/JamesBond Shirley Bassey]] singing "[[Music/{{Journey}} Don't Stop Believin']]". They only way to make it better would have been to have Steve Perry.
* BBC Music's [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29531389 Impossible Orchestra]], brought together to sing the Beach Boys' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLTe8h0-jo "God Only Knows"]]. The song features over 30 artists, ranging from pop and rock stars to classical violinists and opera singers.
* [[Music/{{Orbital}} Paul Hartnoll]] and [[Music/TheCure Robert Smith]], on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feQH4qnUU68 "Please"]].
* Music/KingCrimson's Robert Fripp and Immediate Music's Jeffrey Fayman teamed up for the {{ambient}} album ''A Temple in the Clouds''.
* Music/InformationSociety and Music/{{Ayria}}, of all people, collaborated on an {{industrial}} cover of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGbZVpgabWA Heffalumps and Woozles]]" from ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''.

[[folder:Myth and Legend]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: All surviving versions of ''Myth/JasonAndTheArgonauts''.
* ''Literature/HrolfKrakisSaga'' has the eponymous main character form a team of heroes to replace his earlier team of berserkers.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
Just about any time two or more established singles wrestlers decide to form a team or stable is done with this in mind.
* Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/RandySavage were known as the Mega Powers, a nickname also used to describe the team of Wrestling/CMPunk and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] in WWE some 20 years later.
* The tag team of Wrestling/GregValentine and Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake (and later Valentine and Dino Bravo) was called The Dream Team.
* The 2015 winners of the Wrestling/{{AAA}} Lucha Libre World Cup was dubbed the Dream Team, and consisted of Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and Wrestling/{{M|istico}}yztizez.

* The TropeNamer is the 1992 American men's UsefulNotes/{{Olympic|Games}} basketball team. [[note]]Specifically a 1991 ''Sports Illustrated'' article about the team by Jack [=McCallum=]. However, while [=McCallum=] used the word "dream" a couple of times in his article, he says he did not come up with the cover blurb and doesn't know which editor at ''SI'' was responsible.[[/note]] The Americans had always been dominant in basketball at the Olympics, sending college basketball players to comply with amateur requirements. (Not all countries were so scrupulous on this point.) But a bronze medal in 1988 was embarrassing enough that for the first time [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] players ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Christian Laettner from Duke University]]) were selected for the 1992 team after the International Basketball Federation officially opened the games to pros. It was almost certainly the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on one basketball team--and quite possibly any sport--with at least three players (Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan) often considered the best in their positions to ever play. Eleven of the twelve players are in the Basketball Hall of Fame (as is the team itself), and the twelfth--Laettner--is considered one of the greatest college players of all time and went on to have a successful NBA career himself. On top of that, three of the four coaches are also in the Hall of Fame.[[note]]Chuck Daly mainly for his accomplishments with the Detroit Pistons; Lenny Wilkens ''twice'' for his NBA playing and coaching careers; and Mike Krzyzewski (aka Coach K) for his immensely successful tenure at Duke (including coaching Laettner).[[/note]] Head coach Chuck Daly remarked that it was like "Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} and Music/TheBeatles put together"; Bird joked that if they lost they "probably wouldn't be allowed back in the country." They won by an average of almost 44 points; the closest game saw them win by 32 against Croatia (who expressed gratitude to win the Silver medal [[ForegoneConclusion before the game was even played]]).
** The team lost one game ''ever'': their first practice (against a group of college all-stars), which assistant coach Mike Krzyewski says Daly deliberately threw (by limiting Jordan's playing time, not making any strategic adjustments, and making non-optimal substitutions) in order to prove to his team that they ''could'' be beaten. (The Dreamers demanded a rematch the next day and crushed the college guys.)
* The above team may have met their match with the 2012 Olympic team, which consists of many modern-day NBA All-Stars, including UsefulNotes/LeBronJames, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Andre Iguodala.
* Similar rule changes allowed NHL players to compete at the Winter Olympics. Since the NHL has far more international players than the NBA, this results in an entire tournament full of Dream Teams.[[note]](The perception that the NHL is far more international than the NBA is inaccurate in terms of numbers, though more accurate with respect to star players. In recent years, the percentage of NBA players born outside the US has hovered around 25%, and several of those players have been Canadians. The NHL player pool is slightly more than half Canadian and a shade over 20% American, with essentially all the others European. That being said, the NHL's non-North American player pool is far more concentrated in a few countries than that of the NBA. Almost all of the NHL's European stars come from Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. On the other hand, the NBA's non-North American player pool has far more diverse origins, with many not even hailing from Europe.)[[/note]]
* The 1954 Hungarian UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball team at the World Cup that year was the closest we'll get to a dream team in international soccer. While other nations have had amazing teams, like Brazil and West Germany, the so-called "Golden Team" literally changed the way the game was played, especially in England, where a historic 6-3 thrashing at football's home launched a national rethinking that led to their World Cup victory in 1966. The Mighty Magyars, led by the legendary Ferenc Puskás, a candidate for the greatest player of all time, are also notable as being the best team to never win a World Cup, coming up short in the final hurdle against then non-entity West Germany, which would later become what it is now known as in part on the strength of that victory. The team soon split up after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, but the impact they brought to the sport with their overwhelming dominance set ripples through the football world. Well except for their native Hungary, which went from one of the soccer powers of Europe since at least the 1920s with a reputation for both excellent technicians on the field and tactical geniuses as coaches to an international non-entity. The 1956 revolution may have played a part, but their defeat in the final probably helped sink the reputation of those who would have otherwise stayed in Hungary and become mentors to the next great generation.
* Other football (soccer) teams, however, have come close since.
** England's 1966 side, famed for playing a 4-2-4 formation that is extremely unconventional even by today's standards of ever shifting formations - back then, in the days of perpetual 4-4-2, it was bloody unique - and, on their victory, earned them the sobriquet 'the Wingless Wonders'. The tireless stamina this required as well as the fact that the World Cup was being played on home soil helped spur them on, beating West Germany in the final, with striker Geoff Hurst scoring the first and only hat trick in a World Cup final. One of those goals, to put England 3-2 up and effectively win the game (Hurst scored the 4th at the very last minute, when fans were already streaming onto the pitch to celebrate, leading to the famous, "They think it's all over, they think it's all over, it is now!" from commentator Kenneth Wolstenhome) was famously controversial, as it bounced off the bar. English fans say it bounced in and that Liverpool striker Roger Hunt's wheeling away to celebrate when he was set to follow up proves it. German fans say that it bounced out and all that proves is that Hunt needed glasses. [[note]] When England faced Germany at the 2010 World Cup and were, at 2-1 down, denied a similar goal, a lot of German fans said, "That was for '66." English fans were not amused and Germany went on to win [[CurbstompBattle 4-1]]. [[/note]]
** The Brazil teams of the 60's, featuring Pelé, another candidate for the greatest player of all time (and usually named as such), and the phenomenally talented and tragically flawed Garrincha, and of the early 80's, featuring the likes of cultured captain and midfielder Sócrates (who later became a doctor) and Zico, an attacking midfielder of great flair widely considered to be one of the best of all time. The difference was, however, the former team won three World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970), their streak only interrupted by England's '66 win, while the latter were knocked out in the Quarter-Finals of the 1982 World Cup by eventual champions Italy.
** On a club level, the Liverpool team of the 1970's and 1980's was considered next to unstoppable, winning between 1975 and 1990, ''ten'' League titles, ''four'' European Cups (nowadays, known as the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague), one UEFA Cup (like the European Cup's little brother, and now replaced by the UEFA Europa League), two FA Cups, four League Cups, one European Super Cup [[note]] Formerly contested by the winners of the European Cup and UEFA Cup respectively, and now by the Champions and Europa League winners [[/note]] and nine Community Shields [[note]] Similar to the previous, but between the title winners and the FA Cup winners, or the title winners and second place if a team did the league and cup double. [[/note]]. This incredible winning streak was made possible by the talents of first star striker Kevin Keegan, then his replacement (and some might argue, improvement) 'King' Kenny Dalglish, lightning fast Welsh striker Ian Rush who became the club's record scorer, cultured centre back Alan Hansen and swift and skilful winger John Barnes who once scored a goal for England against Brazil so good that the Brazilians, not easily impressed people, kept showing it on TV for months afterwards because it was ''just that good.'' His forays into rap are equally memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.
** More recently, the Barcelona team of the late Oughts to, arguably, the present day, starting out with the trademark 'tiki-taka' style of passing triangles, around opposition team members in a fashion that was, essentially, the legendary style of Total Football pioneered by the above mentioned Hungary team, in which every player can play every position and thereby shift interchangeably, confusing the hell out of the opposition. This worked like a charm and usually made whoever they were playing against look like complete idiots as this team, which revolved around playmakers Xavi and Andrés Iniesta and was spearheaded by Lionel Messi (a serious candidate for the greatest player of all time - he's won 5 Ballons d'Or, awarded annually to the best player in the world, who didn't turn 30 until June 2017). It is no coincidence that at roughly the same time, the Spanish national team won the 2008 European Championship, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship. It is also probably no coincidence that the 2014 World Cup, played when the powers of that squad were failing, [[EpicFail led to Spain going out at the Group Stage.]] Despite this hiccup, a change of style and the addition of Brazilian wunderkind Neymar and electric and controversial Uruguayan Luis Suárez, the two of whom formed a triad with Messi guaranteed to make any defender in the world wish that they'd brought the brown pants and Barcelona returned to nigh invincible form.
* UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion has the Barbarians, an invitation-only international side of top players from all teams, who play exhibition matches against various clubs, national sides, and other invitational teams. There are similarly named teams of the same type based in France, New Zealand, South Africa, and Belgium.
* Australian cricket in the early nineties consisted of a team of captains or star players were they for another country, with the likes of Allan Border, David Boon, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, Ian Hiley, Mark Taylor and Craig [=McDermott=] becoming household names. Titans such as Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee would replace these retiring legends: they did not get their own video game series for nothing.

* In a real life/media crossover, the "''Les Misérables'' - The Dream Cast in Concert" recording pulls (theoretically, and in many cases widely-accepted) the best performers for each role, from Broadway, London, and Australia, for one performance.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* You can make this happen yourself in ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'', as you choose your players (many of which are some of the best players in the leagues).
* By the end of the game, any given ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'''s cast will become this, with the combined forces of numerous HumongousMecha series teaming up to defeat a new threat after all their storylines have finished.
* Some of the best people from Enix hired themselves out to Square to make ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', along with Creator/AkiraToriyama, and actually used the name "Dream Team" for themselves in the DevelopersRoom. ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' was also made by the Dream Team, but without Toriyama. Sadly, nothing similar has happened since the two companies merged, because most of the core of the Dream Team have moved on from Square Enix.
* Nothing except ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'' (directed by Sakaguchi, music by Uematsu and with Toriyama again helming the writing). Except that this time it was independent of Square- Sakaguchi and Uematsu have left to form their own studios by then. VideoGame/LostOdyssey was also done by Sakaguchi and Uematsu with Toriyama absent, but with Creator/TakehikoInoue in his place.
* Most any party-based RPG ever involves this at some level. Even when they're a RagtagBunchOfMisfits, you do end up saving the world in the company of some of the best-qualified people in it.
** The whole point of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is to put together a DreamTeam of the toughest badasses in the entire galaxy in an attempt to survive a SuicideMission.
* Meta example: For a ''Team Fortress 2'' international cup, Team France was pieced together using the best players around, based both on team skills and individual skills. The end result was a truly magnificent dream team, composed of the cream of the French crop, which was [[DeconstructedTrope purely unable to work as a team due to everybody having wildly different playstyles.]]
* Most of the plot of ''Fable II'' revolves around assembling a Dream Team so that a prophecy will oust a horrible tyrant. The PlayerCharacter must track down and unite the [[TheBigGuy Hero of Strength]], the [[SquishyWizard Hero of Will]], and the Hero of Skill, which is harder than it sounds.
* VideoGame/InazumaEleven, the game more than the anime. Though the anime team is made of several of the best players defected from other teams, the game explicitly encourages you to find and recruit the strongest players from any team you battle, making the ultimate team a mishmash of the cream of the crop.
* ''GO Chrono Stone'' features a dream team made up of historical figures that was envisioned by [[spoiler:Endou Daisuke]] as the ultimate team. This leads the team to [[spoiler:travel through time to gather the power of these memnbers. The first of which is UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga.]]
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' was made with this trope in mind, which was [[FollowTheLeader probably inspired]] by the video game TropeCodifier for this trope, ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', which unites every major character in the {{Creator/Nintendo}} stable, a bunch of minor ones, and a few famous [[GuestFighter guest fighters]] to boot.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'': One is a famous [[Franchise/ProfessorLayton professor of archaeology]], a quintessential British gentleman, and possibly the best puzzle-solver in the world. The other is a notorious Franchise/AceAttorney who, no matter the odds, always manages to find out the truth and gets his clients acquitted[[labelnote:*]]Except for that one time where his client was actually the culprit.[[/labelnote]]. Together, TheyFightCrime.
* In the NES baseball game '' [=BaseWars=]'', two such teams are available from the get go. They carry the best weapons and can consistently hit home runs.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' runs on this trope; part of building an army involves assembling [[BigDamnHeroes "hero"]] characters from taverns around the land of Calradia, who then gain experience and [[TookALevelInBadass level up]] with the player in the course of play. By the lategame, you can have as many as nine ultimate warriors armed and armored like someone put the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Brotherhood of Steel]] in a time machine, riding equally indestructible warhorses.
* The Arc Stars, if their name wasn't an indication, is the best team in ''VideoGame/ArcStyleBaseball3D''. They have the absolute best stats in every field (batting, running, pitching, fielding). The team is made of some of the most important characters from [[Creator/ArcSystemWorks the company]].
* In a late game quest in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel III'', Rean and Lechter have to assemble a group of people who can help them find one Calvard [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Jaeger]] who is still around the Heimdallr Catacombs. The ones who answer the call are [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky Olivert, Agate, Tita]], [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Tio, Randy]], Sara, Claire, Sharon, Toval, and Patrick. Both Rean and Lechter conclude the line up is a bit of an overkill but decides to roll with it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'': The best surgeon, the best shaman/therapist, the best [[VoluntaryShapeshifting alterist]]/wizard, the best science mage.
* ''WebComic/AxeCop'':
** The whole comic happens when a supremely imaginative six-year-old boy's ideas are taken up by his brother, a supremely talented twenty-nine-year-old comic book illustrator.
** In a crossover event, Axe Cop teamed up with the equally CrazyAwesome ''[[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dr. McNinja]]''.
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', Viole's new team, consisting of himself, Ran and Novick, Horyang, Cassano and some [=FUG=] members. Outright referred to as "a perfect team" by Novick. [[spoiler: Averted when they get their asses handed to them by Leesoo's team.]]

* While Team Kimba of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse ''is'' a Dream Team, most of the school believes this trope is in play because Phase is a teen billionaire who as a Goodkind would pull together a dream team as his personal backup. He just happens to have one of the best mages in the world, one of the best flying bricks available, one of the best (if not ''the'' best) flying blaster, one of the best martial artists anywhere, plus the Handmaid of the Tao and the CrazyAwesome Generator.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The entire premise of ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' is based upon this - The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 80s Turtles]] team up with the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 00s Turtles]] [[spoiler:and later, the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Turtles from the Mirage comic book]] ''and'' Krang & the 80's Shredder]] to stop [[spoiler:the 00's Shredder from destroying the TMNT multiverse]].
* Hanna-Barbera's [[WesternAnimation/LaffALympics Laff-A-Lympics]] was a dream team.....of funny. The "classic" Hanna-Barbera "animal" characters were all on one team (captained by [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yogi Bear]]), the "modern" Hanna-Barbera "crime-solver" characters were all on another team (captained by [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Scooby Doo]]), and the "Devious" Hanna-Barera "villians" from both eras (captained by Mumbly) - all on one cartoon!!
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama All Stars'' had the the heroic and the devious characters from the past four seasons join forces.
* This was the premise of two '90s video game based animated shows. There was the SoBadItsGood WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster and the unforgettably awful ''The Power Team,'' an animated show served up alongside Series/VideoPower. The former licensed some of the biggest characters from the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] glory days, including Simon Belmont of ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}},'' Pit of ''VideoGame/KidIcarus,'' Franchise/MegaMan, Mother Brain of ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}'' fame, and so on. The result was a strange product by today's standards and the quality is certainly debatable. Acclaim wanted to do a similar show, but using only its own rather shallow roster of characters. The resulting cartoon featured the monster truck Big Foot, a walking tomato called Kwirk, a generic barbarian claiming to be Kuros of VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors, Tyrone of VideoGame/ArchRivals (who plays basketball -- that's it), and Max Force of VideoGame/{{NARC}} who was not able to use his guns on a show aimed at children. The resulting show is almost universally panned by the few who remember it.
* WesternAnimation/ProStars was another also-ran kid's TV show with a similar premise. In this show, Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Wayne Gretzky teamed up to form a sports-themed super-hero group helping kids and saving the environment from cheesy villains. Each of the athletes was a superhero, each of them using gimmicks based on their respective sports, with Bo covering football and baseball. Live-action sequences with all three athletes talking to kids about morality were also included. Picture Michael Jordan and company as the protagonists of a show like ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'' and you'll have a good idea how cheesy it is.