[[caption-width-right:250:[[TropeNamer These guys]].[[note]][[TheAce Larry Bird,]] [[TheRival Magic Johnson,]] [[ShowyInvincibleHero Michael Jordan,]] [[TheMinnesotaFats 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 Gomez, 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 the most super-skilled person is good, a team of them must be even better, right?

To get a Dream Team, sometimes the constraints of time and space are relaxed. What if Franchise/SherlockHolmes, 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 TheRandomverse 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 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 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''.



[[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]], ''[[MagnificentBastard 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 it's Core!'''
* The manga ''KarakuridoujiUltimo'', a joint project written by ''ShamanKing'' creator Hiroyuki Takei, and frickin' 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.
* 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.
* In ''{{Escaflowne}}'', 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.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The JusticeSocietyOfAmerica was the ''original'' dream team of superheroes.
** Actually, by design, they more or less ''weren't'', at least at first. DC established an in-house rule that any character who had (or later got) his own monthly title could no longer appear as an active member of the JSA (they could be "Honorary Members", though). Which made sense even in an in-universe way; a character with a monthly title was presumably busy with whatever adventures were appearing in that title. Superman and Batman thus ''started off'' as "Honorary Members," and Flash and Green Lantern (the Golden Age ones, Jay Garrick and Alan Scott) left shortly after the series began when they got their own titles as well. This rule was dropped after a few years, but originally it was thought of as a way to spotlight lesser-known characters and see if they were popular enough with readers to support a title of their own, instead of a "dream team" of the best of the best.
* The 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 Avengers is the AlternateCompanyEquivalent to the [=JLA=] Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are the core of most incarnations. Hawkeye is usually on the team as well. Throughout the years the roster has consisted of a who's who of Marvel heroes, usually the most popular and most badass of whatever era the comic book is written in. 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.
* ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': The League members are all either super powered or BadassNormal [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover heroes of Victorian literature]].
* ''{{Necronauts}}'': Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, Creator/HPLovecraft, Charles Fort and Harry Houdini 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!
* ''SupermanRedSon'' features the Amazonians, led by WonderWoman, a GreenLanternCorps composed entirely of grizzly war vets and most of Superman's rogues Gallery led by Lex Luthor going into battle against Superman and Brainiac at the end.
* The {{JLA-Avengers}} 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.


* 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.


* 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/TheAvengers'' 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 ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. In Butch and Sundance's case a "nightmare team"!
* For the RollingStones 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/TheMagnificentSeven'', 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 [[TheExpendables2 the sequel]] when Schwarzenegger joins the team as does Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris

* 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/LordOfTheRings'' 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.
* 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.

[[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.
* 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/KyuukyuuSentaiGogoFive 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 [[Up to Eleven]], 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.
* ''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.
* [[TheMightyBoosh Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt]] in [[NathanBarley a production]] written by 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.

* A {{Supergroup}} is the music version of a Dream Team.
* Quincy Jones, 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 MilesDavis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Music/RayCharles, BarryWhite, Melle Mel, Herbie Hancock, Rod Temperton and Greg Phillinganes (best remembered for all of the synth work on Music/MichaelJackson's ''Off the Wall'' 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/ThePolice 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.

[[folder:Myth and Legend]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: All surviving versions of ''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 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 TropeNamer is the 1992 American men's {{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]]) 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 MichaelJordan) often considered the best in their positions to ever play. Eleven of the twelve team members are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, 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. Coach Chuck Daly remarked that it was like "[[ElvisPresley Elvis]] 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 one of the other coaches said Daly deliberately threw (by limiting Jordan's playing time and making non-optimal substitutions) in order to prove to his team that they ''could'' be beaten.
* The above team may have met their match with the 2012 Olympic team, which consists of many modern-day NBA All-Stars, including Lebron James, 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.
* The 1954 Hungarian Soccer 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 lead to their World Cup victory in 1966. The Mighty Magyars are also notable as being the best team to never win a World Cup, coming up short in the final hurdle against emerging power West Germany. 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.

* In a real life/media crossover, the "''Les Miserables'' - 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 ''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 Akira Toriyama, 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, and more than a bit confusingly, nothing similar has happened since the two companies merged.
* 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 OdaNobunaga.]]
* ''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 {{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.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''TheDragonDoctors'': The best surgeon, the best shaman/therapist, the best [[VoluntaryShapeshifting alterist]]/wizard, the best science mage.
* ''WebComic/AxeCop'' is what 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.
** And then 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 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 ''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!!
* ''TotalDrama All Stars'' had the the heroic and the devious characters from the past four seasons join forces.