Thirteen of the Most Dominant Fictional Athletes in Movies


There are countless movies featuring countless fictional athletes, but how many of those athletes are truly dominant?  It’s one thing to be able to compete at a high level, but it’s quite another to have the ability to take over a game and dominate your opponents.  I’m not talking about guys like Rocky Balboa or Pedro Cerrano – who were great athletes – but rather, the guys who just destroy anyone that stands in their way; guys who obliterate their competition and boast that their opponents can’t see them.  Here are, in no particular order, thirteen of the most dominant fictional athletes from movies.

Neon Bodeaux – Blue Chips


Neon had never played organized basketball before college, but that didn’t prevent him from starting as a freshman for the Division-I Western University Dolphins.  Neon was an unstoppable force, gobbling up rebounds and dunking on anyone foolish enough to stand in his way.  Even though he was just a kid, Neon was able to bully his way anywhere he wanted, using his enormous frame and tremendous strength.  Quite simply, it just wasn’t fair.

Real-life counterpart: Shaquille O’Neal.  Duh.

Johnny Walker – Johnny Be Good


Johnny Walker was the top high school quarterback in the country and had his pick of any school in the country.  In fact, Johnny was so good that the schools are willing to bribe him with money, cars, and even girls.

Real-life counterpart: Tim Tebow

Dean Youngblood – Youngblood


With blazing speed and deadly accuracy, Dean Youngblood was a high-scoring phenom.  The only part of his game that was missing was fighting, but sure enough, Youngblood learned how to do that well, too.

Real-life counterpart: Joe Thornton

Scott Howard – Teen Wolf


When Scott Howard became a werewolf, he was able to completely take over any game in which he played.  Sure, maybe he could have passed more, but what’s the point of passing if you’re going to score every time you touch the ball?

Real-life counterpart: Baron Davis

James Roper – The Great White Hype


James “the Grim Reaper” Roper was the boxing heavyweight champion of the world, never losing a bout in his professional career.  Despite letting himself go and gaining 25 lbs before his fight with Terry Conklin, he managed to easily defeat his inferior opponent.

Real-life counterpart: Riddick Bowe

Clu Haywood – Major League


Clu Haywood was an offensive juggernaut, winning an extremely rare triple crown during his career with the Yankees.  Against the Indians, Haywood was a one-man wrecking crew, crushing almost any pitch in the strike zone over the outfield wall.

Real-life counterpart: A right-handed, back-on-the-juice Jason Giambi

Roy Hobbs – The Natural


Even though he never got to play professionally during his athletic peak, Roy Hobbs was still the best hitter in baseball.  Putting the New York Knights on his back, Hobbs carried the team out of the cellar and made them competetive.  Not only did Hobbs hit home runs, he’d smash baseballs farther than anyone had ever seen.  And when Hobbs did slump, it was excusable – it’s tough to stay focused when you’re nailing Kim Basinger.

Real-life counterpart: Ted Williams

Jimmy Chitwood – Hoosiers


No one shot the ball better than Jimmy Chitwood.  No one.  Aside from his silky-smooth jumper, Chitwood also had the confidence and competitive fire that separates good players from superstars.

Real-life counterpart: Larry Bird

Luther Lavay – Any Given Sunday


Responsible for revolutionizing the linebacker position, Miami Sharks defensive captian Luther Lavay was one of the most feared defensive players the league had ever seen.  Even toward the end of his career, Lavay was an impact player on the defensive side of the ball.  His superior speed, power, and instincts made Lavay one of the all-time greats.

Real-life counterpart: Lawrence Taylor.  Duh x 2.

Jesus Shuttlesworth – He Got Game


As the best high school basketball player in the country, Jesus Shuttlesworth had the option of going to college on scholarship or jumping straight into the NBA.  According to many NBA players, Shuttlesworth, even at his age, was ready to play at the highest level.  With no weaknesses in Jesus’ game, pro GMs and college coaches were salivating at the thought of the sensational shooting guard suiting up for their team.

Real-life counterpart: Not Ray Allen, but Dwyane Wade

Steve Nebraska – The Scout


In a Mexican baseball league, Steve Nebraska consistently threw 100 mph and hit a baseball over 700 feet.  When called upon to play for the Yankees against the Cardinals in the World Series, Nebraska took the mound to throw a perfect game, striking out all 27 batters that he faced.

Real-life counterpart:  Babe Ruth

Bobby Rayburn – The Fan


A true five-tool player, Bobby Rayburn shifted the balance of power in the National League after signing with the San Fransisco Giants.  Rayburn produced immediately, slowed only by a chest injury and a psychopathic Giants fan.

Real-life counterpart: A young Barry Bonds

Forrest Gump – Forrest Gump


Gump is the only athlete in this article who dominated two sports: he was an All-American kick returner for the University of Alabama, as well as one of the greatest table tennis players in the world.

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  1. Baron Davis is BY FAR not the most dominant scorer in basketball, nor is he close to being the top point guard in the league. Chris Paul maybe if you’re going for point guard, Lebron or Kobe if you want to make it easy.

  2. @lo

    Obviously. Teen Wolf’s game resembled that of Davis: a big, scoring point guard, that’s all. It was like Baron Davis playing with high school kids. I was referring to whose game Howard’s resembled.

    @ soojohn

    No. Gilmore didn’t place until he beat Shooter at the end. That’s not dominant.

  3. @ Harris

    Wouldn’t the best fictional team be the team with the all-black jerseys in The Mighty Ducks? The Ducks stole away their best player and only then did they manage to barely beat them.

  4. No, Kelly Leak??? Unstoppable in everything he did…coaches couldn’t keep him off the field on his motorcycle, hustling people in air hockey, hitting for the cycle nearly every game, driving to houston at the age of 14. if not for his poor sliding technique, which ended the championship, I’d venture to say he was the most greatest movie athlete of all time!

    And let’s not forget he was an integral figure in perhaps the greatest movie sports chant of all time… “Let them Play!”

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