The Challenge: Assemble a superteam from your favorite books, films, TV shows, etc.
Your team must consist of the following:
(1) Team Leader
(1) Comic Relief
All your superteam members must be from DIFFERENT sources.
I edited this post, after a night’s sleep. Originally I had two teams, but I forgot one of the fundamental principles of hero teams is that the challenges posed to the team will only tax the team’s resources and abilities, so the really important factor is, “What team would *you* like to see in action against appropriate foes?”. Plus, I read Corey’s post, and he’s 100% correct, Nick Charles is a must-have member.
Team Leader: Jim Phelps, Mission Impossible
Warrior: Lee, Enter The Dragon
Smartypants: Nick Charles, The Thin Man Movies
Hottie: Emma Peel, The Avengers
Comic Relief: Simon Dermott, How to Steal a Million
I’ll give credit to Corey, for awakening my brain, and also credit to both children, who actually slept through the night last night, resulting in my first night in three weeks when I not only got more than 6 hours of sleep (8+!), but there was actually a 6 hour BLOCK of uninterrupted rest.
Why this team? Jim Phelps orchestrated some of the biggest cons in TV history. Jim’s a calculating planner, has excellent attention to detail, and doesn’t micromanage his IMF teams. He picks the experts and lets them do their thing. Lee, well… you never know when the villain you topple has an army of say 200 black-clad martial artists. Everyone on this team (with the exception of Simon) has demonstrated an ability to handle themselves against bad guys, but Lee could look at an onrushing horde and say, “You go ahead, I’ll delay them here” to the rest of the team (of course, Ms. Peel would would join him, and probably bail him out at least once). Nick is the classical wiseacre, a brilliant detective, handy with a pistol or his fists, and able to think on his feet, so he’d be invaluable if the Orchestrated Plan didn’t work. Ms. Peel is smart, a vicious fighter, tenacious, and an excellent detective in her own right – also a good head under chaos. Finally, Simon is a forensic chemist specializing in art forgery, able to come up with improvised plans on a shoestring budget, and he fits the classic role of comic relief as his response to danger is to crack a joke.