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.