Our Apocalypse Survival Movie Dream Team

Published 11 months ago by , Updated August 27th, 2013 at 10:25 am, This is a list post.

Worlds-End-Pegg-Frost The extinction-level event known as 'The Apocalypse' has been the subject of a truly endless number of films, TV shows, comic books, video games, and novels. Whether it comes in the form of an alien invasion, zombie outbreak, global nuclear war, or fatal epidemic, it seems the world of films has made up its mind: humanity is bound to fall - it's just a matter of time. Seeing as we've accrued more than a passing amount of knowledge in how to survive events and tragedies more likely seen on film than in real life, we've assembled somewhat of a plan, should the worst befall mankind. We may not be able to make it by on our own, but with a select few heroes, in a few key roles, we think we'd be able to beat the odds. As this weekend's release of The World's End proves, friends can make any situation better - but not necessarily survivable. These iconic characters are far from perfect, but they nevertheless make up Our Dream Team For When The Apocalypse Strikes.

Strategist

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Shaun of the Dead Name: Shaun Appeared In: Shaun of the Dead (2004) Strength: The man with the plan: every group needs one; in an apocalyptic landscape, even more than usual. That being said, we prefer our fearless leaders to have a sense of humor. Just because zombies, robots, or heartless cannibals stand in our path, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy our time together - something we learned from Shaun (Simon Pegg). But while he may be good for a laugh, Shaun doesn't hesitate when the world's end arrives, he simply puts his knowledge to use saving himself and those closest to him. Weakness: His leadership skills aren't in question, but his personal and professional lives imply he rarely puts such enthusiasm into things not concerned with staying alive. Not to mention his illogical attachment to friends, even after they've been turned into mindless killing machines.

Point Man

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Gerry Lane WWZ Name: Gerry Lane Appeared In: World War Z (2013) Strength: We know what you're thinking: Gerry Lane's (Brad Pitt) death toll isn't as high as some other survivors of the zombie apocalypse, but there's more to surviving than just out-killing - you've got to out-think your opponent. As the adaptation of Max Brook's novel proved, Lane is your go-to guy for just about any mission, no matter the risk. By keeping a cool head, thinking on his feet, and knowing when to give up on a lost cause, we'd trust him to lead us through any number of sticky situations. Weakness: While we admire Lane's dedication to his family, we can't help notice that while he manages to make it through the disasters that seem to follow him, others aren't as lucky. Plus, his wife is always calling (and has a knack for bad timing).

Law Man

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Mad Max Name: Max Rockatansky Appeared In: Mad Max series (1979-1985) Strength: The entire genre of post-apocalyptic films proves that the decay of society is nearly impossible to stop - with that responsibility most often falling to the little that remains of organized law enforcement. Granted his experience with weapons and vehicles, Officer Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) proved - multiple times - that he knows where the line between good and evil can be found. And he's not afraid to kill to keep good people on the proper side of it. (Editor's note: While The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes was also a contender, his deteriorating mental condition rules him out) Weakness: Not exactly one for partners or hangers-on, it would take some convincing to get Max to operate as part of a team. The possibility of running into mutants/cannibals skyrockets by his mere presence, so that's a known risk.

Scientist

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Neville I Am Legend Name: Robert Neville Appeared In: I Am Legend (2007) Strength: Robert Neville (Will Smith) may keep himself in peak physical condition, it's his success in dealing with the tedium of the post-apocalyptic landscape that matters. Impromptu trips to the driving range and optimistic music help keep survivors sane - we'd expect nothing less from a man determined to cure the world through his brilliant scientific intellect. Plus, we'd consider his optimally-trained and lovable dog a package deal. Weakness: As the name of the film implies - and his insistence to dominate all radio traffic - Neville possesses more than a slightly-elevated opinion of himself.

Survivalist

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Katniss Hunger Games

Name: Katniss Everdeen Appeared In: The Hunger Games series (2012-) Strength: It may seen strange to select a low-born, regularly-malnourished young woman as part of our team of survivors, but any fan of The Hunger Games knows that Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is capable of surviving with next to nothing. Her skill with a bow brings much-needed steal lethality, but her survival skills - hunting, tracking, knack for finding shelter - are priceless for long-term success. Plus, she has a beautiful singing voice; a welcome addition to any scorched-Earth scenario. Weakness: Although maternal instincts are strong in Katniss where her family is concerned, we can't guarantee that having to care and feed an entire squad of less-capable men wouldn't lead to frustration and resentment.

Morale

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Morpheus Matrix

Name: Morpheus Appeared In: The Matrix series (1999-2003) Strength: It's a point driven home in any military narrative: although weapons and strategy are key factors in winning extended wars, keeping up morale among the fighting is as important to success, if not more so. Due to so many on our roster possessing admittedly bleak views of the world, someone like Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) is a must. No post-apocalyptic hero is more resolute in his belief that it is mankind's destiny to triumph, and Morpheus' mellifluous speeches can motivate even the most defeated. He's pretty good with a sword, too. Weakness: Having his hopes dashed would render Morpheus largely useless, but by contrast, his unwavering faith and optimism could get on some people's nerves when nearly freezing to death on a regular basis.

Quartermaster

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Father The Road

Name: Father Appeared In: The Road (2009) Strength: People can talk all they want about the best methods of dispatching zombies, hiding from robotic overlords, or avoiding infection, but The Road's Father (Viggo Mortensen) knows that survival depends on one thing: food and water. True, bullets are a precious commodity; and avoiding strangers is the best policy; but without food and water, all the safety in the world still leads to a slow, painful death. Author Cormac McCarthy knew it, and the film captured it: supplies are life. Who better than The Father to control resources? Weakness: There's no way around it: the guy has seen some bad stuff. We'd like to think he's capable of dealing with it, but if a friendly campfire chat ever turned to sharing war stories... even Morpheus couldn't save the evening.

Killer

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Alice Resident Evil Name: Alice Appeared In: Resident Evil series (2002-) Strength: Prevention and preparation are important in surviving the end of the world, but sooner or later, people have to stand their ground; often when the odds are squarely stacked against them. When that situation prevents itself, every band of survivors needs someone who is simply born to end lives. Alice (Milla Jovovich) has not only proven that she's effective with blades, bullets, and anything in between, but that her skills have only gotten better with age. Weakness: If the world is trying to kill you, it's always best to keep things simple. And if there's one thing Alice is not, it's simple. Joining up with her will give any team an edge in combat, but with cloning, mutated monsters and loved ones lying in her wake, she may be more trouble than she's worth.

Housekeeper

Apocalypse Movie Heroes Wall-E

Name: Wall-E (1996-2011) Appeared In: Wall-E (2008) Strength: Two facts that every post-apocalyptic organization soon realizes: that a pet can make the difference between tolerating disaster and despair, and that life in the rubble is a messy existence. Luckily, the BnL corporation saw fit to combine both solutions in one, thanks to their Wall-E trash compactors. Not only will this little guy clean up any clutter like it's his sole reason for existence (it is), he'll look adorable doing it! Weakness: Personality is certainly something to be admired in a robot (provided it's not trying to kill you), but Wall-E's longing for a better life could lead to serious problems. By simply angling his 'eyes,' Wall-E can bring anyone close to tears - not ideal, when all reasons to live are in question.

Conclusion

Worlds-End-Pegg-Frost Those are the tried-and-true survivors of any number of disasters that we'd want at our side when the dead rise, the bombs drop, or the robot army begins its march. There are plenty others that we could include, but lest we forget: there's not enough food to go around. Which heroes (or villains) of the apocalypse would you build your team around? If you're the sentimental type, or share director Edgar Wright's thinking, you may cast aside pragmatism and simply gather your friends and loved ones at your side when your life is on the line... go see The World's End to see how well that would work out. _________ The World's End is in theaters now. Be sure to read our review. Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
TAGS: i am legend, mad max, shaun of the dead, the hunger games, the matrix, the road, the worlds end, wall-e, world war z

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  1. Really? Shawn as the strategist? Not Batman? Not Captain America? Not Rick Grimes? Rambo? Shawn. Whose only plan was to drink at a pub. Gotcha.

    • … Sherlock Holmes?

    • It is a list of apocalyptic survivor heroes. And they explain the reason Rick Grimes was left off.

    • Im pretty sure they have to be from post-apocalyptic movies

    • Being an apocalypse/end of the world compilation I can see where Rambo, Batman or Captain America wouldn’t really apply (now if we were compiling a list for *preventing* the end of the world…). It was already stated why Rick Grimes didn’t make the list (his deteriorating mental state). That being said, I think Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) would have been a much better choice than Shaun.

    • If you want Super Heroes on this list, look at Cable.

    • But Shawn is secretly Sergeant Inspector Nicholas Angel.

  2. Elle Woods, ” Legally Blonde”

    • Optimist

  3. Lol. Where’s Eli, Rick Grimes, and Neo? Gotta call bs if those three aren’t on the list.

  4. Who made this list? Some teenager?

    Come on, really? No Rick Grimes or Daryl? Not even the man with no name?

  5. Read the key words people. Walking Dead is a television show. Bill Murray as Bill Murray would be my first choice. You always need someone to keep everyone’s spirits up, but in a subtle and always welcoming kind of way.

  6. You guys are taking this article way too seriously. And it says “OUR” dream team, not YOURS. Anyways, I think the choices are pretty great. Nice work, Dyce. :)

  7. I like the list. Although i hate the movie 2012, you have add the hero of the movie to this list. Why? Cuz he is most probably the luckiest post apocalyptic survivor. Nothing ever goes wrong for him in a world filled with volcanoes, eartquakes, moving magnetic poles and giant ships. Even his wife’s boyfriend convieniently dies :P

  8. ELI!!!

  9. I would pick the entire crew of Serenity.

    Mal – Leadership, Strategy
    Zoe – Survival, Supplies
    Wash – Transportation, Logistics
    Kaylee – Operations, Engineering
    Jayne – Weapons, Security
    Book – Morality, Guidance
    Inara – Counseling, Wellness
    Simon – Medicine, Science
    River – Threat Detection and Elimination

    and

    Reavers – The Threat

    • I will not disagree with any of this.

  10. Tallahassee – Zombieland

    • he’d be no use to anyone now that twinkies are gone :P

      • Actually twinkies are back… They were bought by another company.

        • well in that case bring on Tallahassee :)

  11. Alice???? Are you kidding me? She is the most unrealistic character on that list. I can’t believe you picked her over Eli from Book of Eli. In a post apocalyptic world Alice wouldn’t survive for a second on her own and most men would just wait for her to be on her period before they make a move. No offense to women out there and their menstrual cycle but come on a killer? She would be better at being an adviser or a strategist to be honest.

    • Um… Ranter, no offense but that makes no sense. I agree Eli is awesome, but how could you complain about Alice as the killer? She’s practically a superhero and fights giant zombie beast and other otherworldly seemingly immortal beings. Eli’s a bad ass but only fought humans. Alice has super powers… Alice wins.

      • I’m talking about reality not the imaginative post apocalyptic world Alice lives in. When I say that she is unrealistic I meant by her altered DNA that’s giving her above average powers. None of those characters have superior powers except intelligence, drive and focus. A lot of people can relate to those characters more than Alice because she is pretty much Superman on that list but place her in the real world where those powers don’t exist and lets see how bad ass she is against 10 muscle bound men with no weapons. If you focus on the core of Alice she is very strategic on her attacks. I’m just Nolanizing her in a real world setting cause most of those characters mentioned above live in a more plausible world than she does.

        • Really? You are having trouble suspending disbelief that Alice would be realistic when the whole thing is about a…Zombie Apocalypse? Okay…

    • Eli is blind. And unless God has a plan for your Apocalypse survival team, ELi ain’t going to be much help.

      • @Kofi

        Actually a blind person would come in handy as such, they would hear trouble approaching faster than you would and would warn you quicker.

        1 Domingo “Ding” Chavez Sniper/Scout Clear and Present Danger. He knows how to blend in and he would fall back and take the high ground to cover us. He would be my choice for Lawman.

        2 LT AK Waters Tears of the Sun. Navy SeAL team leader. He knows how to get out of a tough situation.

        3 Quartermaster. The Father is good, but any good Quartermaster in an apocalptic setting is the one who knows that you need to eat anything, including the family pet.

        4 Killer is moot, because you only depend on yourself to kill or be killed. Better learn that your best friend might want what you have regardless of friendship.

        5 Scientist is not as important as a Medical Doctor and with that, I will take Dr. Robert Campbell, Medicine Man, as such he found the cure for cancer and as such, you would need him in a Nuclear War scenario.

        6 Strategist Jason Bourne.

        7 Point Person. Someone who knows how to portray Trust and Authority. I will take Pamela Lundy on that one.

  12. How about Vic and Blood from a Boy and his Dog. You need a scout, and who better than….well, a boy and his (telepathic) dog.

    • Yes, that’s an omission if there ever was one.

    • They would be the real survivalists and not stupid Hunger Jump Off.

  13. Does John Carpenters “ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK” & “ESCAPE FROM L.A.” qualifies for this list ?

    • I thought that too, but the Escape films aren’t apocalyptic. They are set in a police state. That said, Snake Plissken could very well survive one!

      • That was our thinking too. Plus, you know that putting Snake and Max in the same place would lead to one of them being dead in minutes.

        …or they’d become lifelong friends and put their anger behind them. Thereby rendering them USELESS. ;)

  14. Where’s Eli?

  15. Don’t forget Zed from Zardoz. The dude murdered HIS OWN GOD. That’s somebody you want on YOUR side.

    • ZARDOZ!! speaks to you…

      • The gun is good…

  16. Zed from Zardoz would be the killer. The Boy and His Dog would be the Survivalists. This list is rigged for the modern age lol

    Kenshiro would still own all.

  17. My team would consist of:

    Buddy from Six-String Samurai
    Vic and Blood from Boy & His Dog
    Sam Hell from Hell Comes To Frogtown
    Max Rockatansky from Mad Max/Road Warrior/Thunderdome (no argument there)
    The Mariner from Waterworld
    Jill from Hardware (don’t believe me? give her a baseball bat and watch her go to work!)
    Selena from 28 Days Later
    9—<em? 9
    Alice Resident Evil (no argument there)
    **JOHN CONNOR** from the Terminator franchise (how did Screenrant forget ‘im?)

  18. Wall-E killed all the other robots on Earth though…

  19. Jean Luc Picard-Leader

    Sarah Connor-strategist

    John Spartan-Explosives/seamstress

    Alice-Security

    Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer-Survivalist

    Hawkeye Pierce-Surgeon/field medic

    Ripley-Machinist

    House-analysis/Diagnostics/prevention/treatment

    Walter White-pharmaceuticals

    Machete-Breeding stock

    Ash Williams-witty remarkist

    Dean Winchester-Gourmet Chef/back up witty remarkist/pop culture referencing

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