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L - R: Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, and Chris Mullin. Not pictured: Christian Laettner, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler, and head coach Chuck Daly.

"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 1992 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 Sherlock Holmes, Ellery Queen, Nero Wolfe, Lew Archer and Lord Peter Wimsey teamed up to solve crime? Answer: detective Dream Team. What if Superman, Batman and Spider-Man teamed up to save the world? Answer: Superhero Dream Team (See I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC 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 Plot Tailored to the Party.


Dream Teams create a dramatic problem since it is 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 Big Bad 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 Avengers Assemble or Putting the Band Back Together scene allowing the characters to be introduced, and their specialities and personalities briefly established.

Compare Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, All-Star Cast, First Contact Team.


Not to be confused with the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd or the British soccer club based Soap Opera Dream Team which occasionally used this trope but more often ran with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. Also not to be confused with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.


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  • Averted in Air Master. 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.
  • In Dr. Stone Chapter 148, the Kingdom of Science deploys their All-Star Linup (consisting of Kohaku, Tsukasa, Hyoga, Homura, Kirisame, Moz, Matsukaze, and Ginrou) against a clan of giant alligators... who they defeat and turn into gator burgers.
  • Fairy Tail: Implied with the combined Fairy Tail Team in the Grand Magic Games arc, as Mirajane put it, consisting of Natsu, Gajeel, Gray, Laxus and Erza.
    Mirajane: This truly is the strongest team....
  • Girls und Panzer: The All Stars University team is, as seen from the name, is not any particular university tankery team, but a team consisting of the best university tankery practitioners that were handpicked by the Japanese Tankery Federation to play in the World Tournament. The team is even stronger than adult pro teams Japan has, so when Ooarai is slotted to fight this team because of a corrupt ministry official's scheme in their effort to save their school, various high schools decide to aid Ooarai by joining forces to make a comparable dream team of their own. Awesome battle ensues.
  • The manga Karakuridouji Ultimo, a joint project written by Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei, and frickin' Stan Lee.
  • Kuroko's Basketball
    • Kuroko's former team 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 Dream Team 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. The manga by-line doesn't mince words and flat-out calls it the "strongest team in history".
  • Lupin III: The best thief, most deadly assassin, fastest gunslinger, and most beautiful woman team up.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's features a semi-villainous Dream Team in the form of the Wolkenritter; ancient, immortal, reincarnating combat programs who are very good at their jobs.
    • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS 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 Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, 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.
  • Naruto
    • We have the five Kages teaming up to fight Madara. Killer Bee and Naruto might also count as well, 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.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy, Buggy, Mr.3, Mr.2 Bon Clay, Emporio Ivankov, Inazuma, Jimbei, Crocodile, and Mr.1 teaming up is definitely squee-material. The name of the chapter? "The Strongest Team is Formed - Shake Impel Down to its Core!"
    • 38 years before the start of the story, Rocks D. Xebec formed a villainous version consisting of future Yonkos Whitebeard, Big Mom, and Kaido, along with other famous pirates such as Golden Lion Shiki and Captain John. It took both Gol D. Rogers and Monkey D. Garp working together to stop them.
    • The final fight against Douglas Bullet consisted of Luffy, Law, Hancock, Sabo, Smoker, Buggy, Crocodile, Lucci, and Usopp.
  • The Prince of Tennis: 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.
  • Played for Laughs in Slam Dunk. Moichi Taoka, Ryonan's coach, was hoping to form this by having Uozumi and Sendoh along with three other players who'd end up playing for Shohoku: Mitsui, Miyagi and Rukawa. He bitterly recalls how each of them rejected him each year when he tried to scout them: Mitsui and Miyagi for being indebted to Coach Anzai, and Rukawa because it's closer to his home.
  • Nana Mizuki and Minami Takayama as Tsubasa and Kanade, respectfully, performing together in the opening of Symphogear. These two are some of the biggest names in J-Pop, except it was too good to last since Kanade bites it at the first episode's prologue. She still pops up here and there in Tsubasa's mind though.
  • In The Vision of Escaflowne, the Dragonslayers are an elite group of soldiers hand-picked by their leader, Dilandau. They are extremely loyal to him, even beyond the grave, despite Dilandau's habit of slapping them.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time featured the three heroes of the first three arcs, Yugi Muto, Judai Yukai, and Yusei Fudo, teaming together against the time-traveling villain Paradox.

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  • The Louisianna Gator-Boys from Blues Brothers 2000. 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 Power of Blues. The roster includes: B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Jeff Baxter and several other successful musicians — a true Supergroup.
  • The Great Escape: 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.
  • The Guns of Navarone. Each member of the team is the best at what he does: killing, explosives, mountain climbing, being lucky, etc.
  • Species. The team created to hunt down and kill Sil.
  • The Avengers (2012) features Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury, all being played by the same actors who appeared in the Iron Man, Thor and Captain America movies; in addition to a re-cast (again) Hulk.
  • The "Super Posse" of famous lawmen hired by the Union Pacific Railroad to hunt down Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In Butch and Sundance's case a "nightmare team"!
  • For The Rolling Stones concert film Shine A Light director Martin Scorsese 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.
  • Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven, albeit with one member being a rookie in each line-up. They're the best samurai/gunslingers to ever be assembled.
  • The Expendables 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 Real Life, 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 The Expendables 2 when Schwarzenegger joins the team, as do Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris.
  • Rather literally in 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.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home: 3 generations Spider-Man across different film continuities work together to battle a Legion of Doom of villains from previous continuities.

  • In the book Rainbow Six Rainbow is an international anti-terrorist organization composed of former members of various special forces worldwide.
  • In The Lord of the Rings 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 Royals Who Actually Do Something.
    • 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 Changes, Harry Dresden pulls together a Dream Team to storm the Red Court stronghold in Chichen Itza, consisting of himself, Thomas, Murphy, Leanansidhe, Susan, Martin, Sanya, Molly, and Mouse. Also, half-way through the battle, Ebenezar and the Grey Council show up in a true Big Damn Heroes fashion. That accounts for pretty much every badass good guy/girl in the series and then some.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, 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 Robert Baratheon's current Kingsguard.
  • Older Than Feudalism: In The Bible (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."
  • The Belgariad features a kind of one. Belgarath assembles it based on "The Prophecy", but most of the members are considered noteworthy even in the 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 The Hunger Games: 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. Also, many of them have a scheme to escape the arena with no intention of ever killing each other.
  • The local cricket XI, the "Woolfonts Combined CC XI," in the Village Tales 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, 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.
  • In the gamebook series Wizards, Warriors and You: Sure King Henry has a lot of knights, but he's also got a powerful archmage trained by Merlin himself and the mightiest warrior in the land so he's always sending out those two legendary champions when there's something more than a bunch of bandits threatening the kingdom, which is every book.
  • An evil version forms in Way of the Tiger, 3 of the evillest men in the world have joined forces and obtained magic scrolls that can be used to send a good god and a good goddess to rot in Hell. Unfortunately these 3 men are Yaemon, the world's greatest martial artist, Manse the Deathmage, the greatest spellcaster, and Honoric, the world's greatest swordsman.
  • Indexing: Reflections: As Sloane says:
    "We're the best field team this office has had in a hundred years. We close more cases and avert more stories than anybody, because we're close to those stories." said Sloane. "That also makes us dangerous. The records will bear that out."
    "How would you know we're the best field team in a hundred years?" I asked.
    Sloane smiled. Technically. She showed me all her teeth, at least. "Because I was on the last best field team."

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Just about any time two or more established singles wrestlers decide to form a team or stable is done with this in mind.

  • The Trope Namer is the 1992 American men's Olympic basketball team. 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 NBA players (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 Michael Jordan) 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  Head coach Chuck Daly remarked that it was like "Elvis and The Beatles 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 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 USA didn't have the only "Dream Team" in Barcelona. Lithuania, which had only extricated itself from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1990, was trying to rebuild itself, and its basketball federation didn't have enough funds to send a team. What it did have was the four leading scorers from the Soviet team that won the 1988 gold medal—Hall of Famers Arvydas Sabonis and Šarūnas Marčiulionis (who by then were in the NBA), plus Valdemaras Choimičius and Rimas Kurtinaitis. The first two helped to assemble the team, and Marčiulionis took care of the business end, getting enough funding from various American sources—including The Grateful Dead (!!)—to send a team to Barcelona. Naturally, they didn't stand a chance against the Trope Namers, but they did get a bronze medal out of it, defeating the Unified Team made up of most of the other post-Soviet states in the third-place match. No wonder that a 2012 documentary on the 1992 Lithuania team was titled The Other Dream Team.
  • 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.note 
  • The 1954 Hungarian Association Football 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 (men's) World Cup final.note  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 
    • 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 UEFA Champions League), 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  and nine Community Shields 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, 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.
  • Rugby Union 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.

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  • You can make this happen yourself in Backyard Sports, 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 Super Robot Wars's cast will become this, with the combined forces of numerous Humongous Mecha 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 Chrono Trigger, along with Akira Toriyama, and actually used the name "Dream Team" for themselves in the Developer's Room. Chrono Cross 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 Blue Dragon (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. Lost Odyssey was also done by Sakaguchi and Uematsu with Toriyama absent, but with Takehiko Inoue in his place.
  • Most any party-based RPG ever involves this at some level. Even when they're a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, you do end up saving the world in the company of some of the best-qualified people in it.
  • 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 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 Player Character must track down and unite the Hero of Strength, the Hero of Will, and the Hero of Skill, which is harder than it sounds.
  • Inazuma Eleven, 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 Endou Daisuke as the ultimate team. This leads the team to travel through time to gather the power of these memnbers. The first of which is Oda Nobunaga.
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy was made with this trope in mind, which was probably inspired by the video game Trope Codifier for this trope, Super Smash Bros., which unites every major character in the Nintendo stable, a bunch of minor ones, and a few famous guest fighters to boot.
  • Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney: One is a famous professor of archaeology, a quintessential British gentleman, and possibly the best puzzle-solver in the world. The other is a notorious Ace Attorney who, no matter the odds, always manages to find out the truth and gets his clients acquitted. Together, They Fight Crime!.
  • 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.
  • Mount & Blade runs on this trope; part of building an army involves assembling "hero" characters from taverns around the land of Calradia, who then gain experience and 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 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 Arc Style: Baseball!! 3D. 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 the company.
  • In a late game quest in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, Rean and Lechter have to assemble a group of people who can help them find one Calvard Jaeger who is still around the Heimdallr Catacombs. The ones who answer the call are Olivert, Agate, Tita, 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.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, your Alliance heroes are initially a mix of the Guardians of the Galaxy, some of the best members of various incarnations of the Avengers and a bunch of independents like Venom and Spider-Gwen. If one of your heroes asks Nick Fury if they should go and get reinforcements, Nick says no and that any commanding officer could only dream of having a team like this. And then the Alliance gets a massive power boost when the X-Men, a bunch of supernatural specialists and the street-level Defenders join in. Plus even more heroes come along if you bought the Season Pass, including the Fantastic Four.
  • In King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame, you are King Arthur and you're trying to fill the Round Table with Knights. Since every Knight is a legendary hero gifted with supernatural powers and superhuman statlines, even your early starters are among the Best of the Best and this goes up as you go beyond hiring the minor-leaguers of the Arthurian tales and get Merlin, Lancelot and etc. Of course each Knight will also be commanding companies of troops - through improving technology and the purchasing elite mercenaries - you'll end up with Seelie, Unseelie and Giant troops along with exotic human forces.
  • The forces of evil are going to get their asses kicked in beat'em up Night Slashers. You control a monster-hunting team of a psychic cyborg who's the best monster hunter in America, the spell-casting finest vampire slayer from Europe and the most acclaimed martial artist from Asia who also has supernatural powers.
  • Fate/Grand Order consist of summoning heroes from the past (which also include characters from previous Nasuverse works, especially Fate/stay night) and forming a team to save human history, with heroes such as Cu Chulainn, Leonardo Da Vinci, Joan of Arc, Emperor Nero, Gilgamesh, and King Solomon.

    Web Comics 
  • The Dragon Doctors: The best surgeon, the best shaman/therapist, the best alterist/wizard, the best science mage.
  • Axe Cop:
    • 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 with The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Axe Cop teamed up with Dr. McNinja.
  • In Tower of God, Viole's new team, consisting of himself, Ran, Nobic, Horyang, Cassano and some FUG members. Outright referred to as "a perfect team" by Nobic. Averted when they get their asses handed to them by Shibisu's team.

    Web Original 
  • While Team Kimba of Whateley Universe 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 Generator.
  • Survival of the Fittest Version 7 has the girl's basketball team for George Hunter High, which is stacked with a ridiculous level of talent. Two players have ambitions of going pro while three-five of the others are at least considering college ball. For a real life high school team, that amount of skill on one side is pretty much unthinkable. Back in Version 1, there was also Barry Coleson High School's baseball team, which accomplished the (statistically impossible) feat of going three consecutive seasons undefeated.
  • Dream's team in Minecraft Championship 8 has him allied with Technoblade in a widely anticipated move, along with KingBurren and Michaelmcchill. Even though they came second in points, they won the final minigame, thus winning the whole event.
    • Hell, there's a reason Dream and his friends outright go by "The Dream Team" when together. Their combined chemistry and skill makes them a formidable presence.

    Western Animation 
  • The entire premise of Turtles Forever is based upon this - The 80s Turtles team up with the 00s Turtles and later, the Turtles from the Mirage comic book and Krang & the 80's Shredder to stop the 00's Shredder from destroying the TMNT multiverse. It's also Subverted: despite all of this it ends up being Bebop and Rocksteady of all people — who are actually working for 00's Shredder — who end up saving the day.
  • Hanna-Barbera's Laff-A-Lympics was a dream team.....of funny. The "classic" Hanna-Barbera "animal" characters were all on one team (captained by Yogi Bear), the "modern" Hanna-Barbera "crime-solver" characters were all on another team (captained by Scooby-Doo), and the "Devious" Hanna-Barera "villians" from both eras (captained by Mumbly) - all on one cartoon!!
  • Total Drama 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 So Bad, It's Good Captain N: The Game Master and the unforgettably awful The Power Team, an animated show served up alongside Video Power. The former licensed some of the biggest characters from the NES glory days, including Simon Belmont of Castlevania, Pit of Kid Icarus, Mega Man, Mother Brain of Metroid 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 Wizards & Warriors, Tyrone of Arch Rivals (who plays basketball — that's it), and Max Force of 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.
  • 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 Captain Planet and you'll have a good idea how cheesy it is.