Imagine, for a moment, that you have been thrown into the middle of a trite, summer blockbuster. The premise of the movie is that aliens have invaded the planet and you now have three days left to save the world. Thanks to a time/space manipulation device and series of purloined Nazi occult spell books left over from WWII, the government enables you to assemble an elite team of special agents from a pool of every possible character known to man (living, dead, or even fictionalized). Your task is to pick seven individuals who will accompany you on your special mission to save the planet in only 72 hours.
Like the idea? It’s a game I like to play by myself whenever I need to kill some time. The “fun” part of this game involves balancing personalities and abilities, as well as creatively re-interpreting your characters into the modern day wartime context. Who might have the best scouting/spying abilities? Rattrap, Pocahontas, or Mata Hari? Who would handle demolitions or chemical weaponry? Who would be a charismatic leader? A disarming decoy? A good morale booster? All these are questions that you should ask yourself while developing a given team roster.
Who would be on your team? Reblog and let me know! The only rule is that you can only grab one person from a specific fandom or series. Real world Earth counts, so no more than one living/dead historical/real world person can be on a single team.
Need some examples? Check out one of my teams!
Kitty Pryde (The X-men Universe)
Phasing has always been my number two favorite mutant power, right behind telekinesis. It’s so versatile. You can us it to infiltrate enemy lines, protect your own troops, outwit enemies in hand-to-hand combat, and even short circuit electronic devices. Kitty would be the best possible recruit for scouting/reconnaissance missions. Plus, she’s super smart and hella cute. (Particularly the Ellen Page version featured in X-3). Oh! And the comic-verse Kitty comes with a bonus pet dragon. Eh? Not too shabby!
Grimlock was sort of like the robotic dinosaur equivalent of Lenny from Of Mice and Men. He’s not particularly bright, and he may be something of danger to himself and others…but underneath that thick hide is a sweet soul that means well. More to the point, he’s a giant dinosaur who can transform into a robot with laser pistols. What’s not to love about any of that? Every team needs some muscle, and given the proper direction, Grimlock would could easily stampede over any competitor.
Dr. Orpheus (The Venture Brothers)
Dr. Orpheus likes his magic like he likes his coffee (BLACK) but he’s still so down-to-earth and funny. Every team should have a magic user and Dr O’s as powerful as they come. His sorcery is pretty versatile, and while he’s given to overly dramatic speeches at times, he always means well and obviously fights for his principles. My sub-in for Dr. O is Luna Lovegood, because she’s my fave Harry Potter character. Shhh! Don’t tell him!
Violet Baudelaire (Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Move over Magyver. Get the hell out of the kitchen, uh, Forge? Violet Baudelaire is in da house. With a can-do spirit, ingenuity out the wah-zoo, and the ability to fashion a mechanical solution to nearly any problem given the most meager materials available, picking Vi was an absolute a no-brainer.
Link (The Legend of Zelda)
Link is our weapons expert. Anyone who ever played one Zelda game knows that this bee-atch has a bottomless Mary Poppins bag of goodies that he has to use/master throughout the course of a given game. He’s not much of a talker, but he’s still the epitome of hero in my eyes. Courage to spare! Plus, he’s a swordsmen, bomb expert, fisher, and musician (No! I didn’t forget about the Ocarina!)
Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Speaking of heroes…I normally like to make my selections a little more indie, more like sideline characters who don’t get the praise they deserve; the not-quite-so-obvious-badasses. But like Link, Buffy just has heroine written all over her. She’s clever, resilient, a fighter, a leader, self-sacrificing, and just an all around good person. I would trust her judgment in a crisis. I would look to her to make the hard decisions. Buffy just…Buffy rules.
Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Atticus is charming southern lawyer. He has powers of deductive reasoning and persuasion. He’s definitely more of a Professor X, planner-type strategist guy rather than a team member who would enter the fray immediately. But that’s not to say he’s useless off the battlefield. Readers of Harper Lee’s novel will recall that Mr. Finch is also got dead-eye shot, so if you need someone to hit a specific target (and every trite summer blockbuster does require a bulls-eye moment) then Atticus is your man! He and Buffy are my defacto team leaders.