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Top 10 Fictional Sports in Movies and TV

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Luke Terry. These are the sports we wished were real. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 fictional sports from movies and TV. For this list, we're considering only sports that aren’t real, but have appeared in films or on TV. We're omitting "The Hunger Games" though, since that isn't exactly a sport and more like a live streaming death sentence meets game show. Let the games begin! Special thanks to our users IrisFan FanIris, Manuel Guadarrama Moreno, Freakshow0198, Roni Buchine, Ariana Taller and Applesmart for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Luke Terry.

Top 10 Fictional Sports from Movies and TV


These are the sports we wished were real. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 fictional sports from movies and TV.

For this list, we’re considering only sports that aren’t real, but have appeared in films or on TV. We’re omitting “The Hunger Games” though, since that isn’t exactly a sport and more like a live streaming death sentence meets game show. Let the games begin!

#10: Mok’bara
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-94)

Even in the distant future, beating the shit out of people is still popular as ever. This Klingon martial art can be practiced as a purely hand-to-hand combat sport but can also involve weapons. Based on a real martial art, expert Dan Curry was inspired by the fighting style of Tai Chi Chuan, but sped up all its movements up to make it more awesome to create mok’bara. This sport mainly appears in the background of “The Next Generation,” but we certainly wouldn’t complain if we could see more of it.

#9: Grand Prix [or Speed Racing]
“Speed Racer” (2008)

While auto racing exists in real life, it’s safe to say we have nothing quite like the type of speed racing depicted in this sports action flick. Based on a manga series of the same name, this movie follows the adventures of a young man named Speed Racer. Called Go Mifune in the Japanese version, he comes from a racing family and is desperate to become a racer himself, probably because his parents named him Speed Racer. When Speed Racer finally does make the big leagues, he discovers that the races are rigged. Against great odds, Racer manages to win the race with his stylized racing car, and thanks to the car’s many mods and handy gadgets as well as the gravity-bending racetracks, the film offers up some really awesome race scenes.

#8: Pokémon Battles
“Pokémon” (1997-)

It’s everyone’s favorite show about creatures being trapped in balls and made to fight each other by the humans who’ve captured them. Though it started as a video game, the idea was so popular that it quickly got turned into an anime TV series, whose plot vaguely follows Ash as he trains to become a Pokémon master. This includes pitting his Pokémon, against all manner of strangely named creatures with powers. The animated television battles are more free-flowing than the turn-based ones in the game, but they retain the same spirit and originality and have turned Pokémon into a major franchise both inside and outside Japan.

#7: Light Cycle Match
“Tron” franchise (1982-2010)

After a game inventor is trapped in his own game, he’s forced to take part in the Light cycle matches. These high-speed battles are used as martial games, in which those who resist the Master Control Program are to fight to the death. Players try to trap their opponents between the trails that these futuristic two-wheeled bikes leave behind. Just as dangerous as the light disc battles, these competitions between humanoid computer programs add layers of guile and cunning as well as high speed awesomeness to the “Tron” movies.

#6: Rollerball
“Rollerball” (1975; 2002)

Rollerball is a dangerous sport. In fact, the goal-scoring game on roller-skates puts the FULL into full contact. Players are encouraged to smash into their opponents as hard and fast as possible. Hell, some players even get motorbikes. But imagine that as soon as you get really good at the sport, as protagonist Jonathan does, the rules are changed to kill you. You see, the games are put on by evil corporations that are trying to show the futility of individualism. So as soon as someone gets good at it, be careful: Rollerball can get pretty dangerous.

#5: The Transcontinental Road Race
“Death Race 2000” (1975)

The premise of the Death Race is fairly simple. What it lacks in “Speed Racer’s” speed, this “game” makes up for in murder and destruction. The object, like with any race, is to cross the line before any of your competitors. But most races won’t let you kill innocent bystanders, let alone encourage it. The fact that racers score points for running people over doesn’t seem to diminish the enthusiasm of the fans either, even if some of them end up as unlucky points themselves. Then again, with plenty of dystopian camp, David Carradine in a gimp suit and Sylvester Stallone as the bad guy, what’s not to be a fan of?

#4: BASEketball
“BASEketball” (1998)

Do you like basketball but hate the exercise? Then you’ll love BASEketball. The idea behind the game is simple. It’s basketball, but with all the moving replaced with heckling. The writers of “South Park” star in this film about two slackers who invent a sport for the lazy. The best part of this game is the great insults the participating athletes come up with. Everything from your mom jokes to Eric Cartman impressions are fair game in this great sport. Tell us something: why does golf exist IRL and not this?

#3: Pro-bending
“The Legend of Korra” (2012-14)

This sport, from the same universe as “The Last Airbender”, is all about territory – and the elements. Using earthbending, firebending and waterbending, the players have to try to take up as much space in the hexagonal ring as they can. Throwing all opponents completely out of the ring results in a direct knockout. And what are these highly skilled players called? …Benders. Okay, so not the coolest name out there. But this sport is still fun to watch and adds more entertainment to an already fantastic animated TV series.

#2: Podracing
“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999)

“The Phantom Menace” may not have been the best movie of the “Star Wars” franchise. Actually, it’s… probably the worst. But its podracing scene is great. This high-speed race takes place on the desert planet of Tatooine between competitors in one-man flying machines. This event regularly leaves most of participants dead, and the one we see in the fourth film of the “Star Wars” saga is no different. This isn’t surprising considering some of the competitors from this gangster planet don’t exactly play fair. We all saw you break that, you freaky lizard-like alien thing.

Before we get to the greatest fictional sport of all time, here are some honorable mentions:
- Whack-Bat
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009)
- Dragon Racing
“How to Train Your Dragon” franchise (2010-17)
- Blernsball
“Futurama” (1999-2013)
- Jiggly Ball
“Scrubs” (2001-10)

#1: Quidditch
“Harry Potter” franchise (2001-11)

We all know this awesome, entertaining, slightly confusing game played by witches and wizards on broomsticks. Basically, players called Chasers score goals by trying to throw a quaffle through air hoops. With us so far? Then, there are Beaters who make sure their teammates aren’t hit by balls called Bludgers by directing them at their opponents with the use of wooden bats. Meanwhile, the Keeper defends the hoops, and the Seeker has to catch the Golden Snitch. Got all that? Oh, one more thing: everyone is flying around on brooms. Sure, the sport has its flaws. After all, the snitch is worth 150 points, and once you catch it, it pretty much makes everything else that happens in the entire game pointless. But Quidditch also looks mega fun and all these rules won’t stop us from watching it – and even wanting to play it! – if we could!

Do you agree with our list? What fictional sports would you most like to play? For more entertaining Top 10s, published daily, be sure to check out WatchMojo.com.
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