25 Fictional Sports Too Dangerous for Reality

Posted by , Updated on March 25, 2024

A sport, by definition, is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Some of these include football, soccer, hockey, baseball, boxing, and the UFC.

Although many of these activities do result in injury, they are not nearly as dangerous as some made-up sports seen in movies and T.V. shows or read about in books. Imagine playing a racing game where the object was to run over as many people as possible; picture being in a fight where your opponent is trying to rip your skull out of your body.

These are just some examples. What made up sport could you imagine playing, or not playing? While you think about that, here are 25 Fictional Sports That Would be Crazy Dangerous in Real Life





Mario Kart


Mario Kart is a racing game based on the Mario Bros franchise. It features Mario, Luigi, The Princess, Yoshii, Bowser, and others.

The game looks fun to play in the comfort of your own home. Yet, if you were to find yourself driving one of these carts in real life, you would need great reflexes, and the ability to live after crashing into a wall.




Rollerball is actually very similar to Roller derby, with just a minor difference. In Roller derby, the skaters go around a skating circle, while racing other skaters and maybe shoving or knocking them out of the way.

In Rollerball, the people skating have weapons and try to injure you very badly.


The Running Man


The Running Man is both a novel written by Richard Bachman (a.k.a. Stephen King) and a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It revolves around a game show, where convicted criminals try to outrun and outwit a team of bloodthirsty stalkers who are chasing after them with the intent to kill or maim them.


Percy Jackson's Capture the Flag


The rules of Capture the Flag are pretty simple. There are two opposing teams that are trying to get the flag that the other team has, while still defending their own.

If one were to play the version in the Percy Jackson stories, they would need to defend themselves against monsters hiding in the forest where the game is being played.


Airball: Avatar - The Last Airbender


Airball is a game that requires accuracy, speed, and (due to the fact that the game is played on long, towering poles) the balance of a professional tight rope walker. One must remember the reason why “Airbenders” or “Air Nomads” are very good at this game, and why mortals are not.

First, there’s the fact that air benders are a made group of people from an anime show. Secondly, they have the power to manipulate the air to move how and where they want.


Tron: Light Cycle Battle


The Light Cycle Battle is a racing game of sorts in the movie Tron. There are three players racing in motorcycles on a computer grid, at hyperspeed.

Not only do you need to be able to beat your opponent who is going the same speed as you are, but you need to be able to have strong reflexes as you will likely crash and die if you are not quick enough.


Croquet: Thursday Next Novels


When one thinks of the game croquet, they may imagine a civilized game played on a grassy field. Each player is trying to hit a ball through the wicket, and having a marvelous time.

In the Thursday Next novels by Jasper Fforde, croquet is a mass spectator sport that is extremely violent. The fans of the sport are bloodthirsty and obsessive and the players need to wear protective gear.


Dodgeball: Ned's Declassified Survival Guide


Hey! You have fond memories of playing dodgeball in school, right? Wasn’t it glorious fun? One team consisting of players who were at least six feet tall and had the strength of an ox, hurling rubber balls at maximum speed at the players on the other team who may or may not be of equal strength. (Please note: if you can’t tell, we are being sarcastic.)

When it was played in the episode “Dodgeball” seen in Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, the game takes on a new level of fear. It appears as if the stronger players are more or less trying to annihilate the weaker team.


Croquet: Alice in Wonderland


We mentioned previously that croquet is mostly a civilized game, except when it’s played as a full-contact sport.

If you were to play as Alice did in Wonderland, then you would have to worry about not angering the ruthless dictator known as The Queen of Hearts, who is your opponent, hates to lose or look foolish, and is eager to have your head removed.

Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.




Calvinball can be either dangerous or safe, depending on who’s playing. The rules of Calvinball are simple: you make the rules up as you go along, and you can’t play the game the same way twice.

Because you invent the rules as you go along, if a player had limited morals, they could make the game extremely unenjoyable for the other player. How would you play Calvinball?


Hockey Z9: Phineas and Ferb


The game hockey in itself can be violent and dangerous. You’ll encounter fighting, body checking, and (if you can’t ice skate) lots of falling on hard ice.

When you play ice hockey with Phineas and Ferb, you play the game on an obstacle course with polar bears, explosions, and a variety of traps that can probably kill you.




If you notice, most racing games in science fiction or fantasy movies involve deadly speeds and having to react in a split second notice.

In Star Wars: The Phantom Menance, podracing is played on different planets. The sport is primarily done by the aliens of the planets, except Anakin Skywalker (a.k.a. Darth Vader) who was the only human with enough skills, courtesy the Force, to race.


Blitzball: Final Fantasy 10


Blitzball is a game in Final Fantasy that combines football, soccer, and water polo. The game is played in an underwater pool sphere.

Unless you can breathe underwater for extended periods of time, you won’t be able to play this game for very long.


Pokemon Battles


Technically, Pokemon was and maybe sometimes is played in real life, with one exception: instead of an actual Pokemon ball that traps various Pokemon creatures, players use their cellphones. There have been various acts of violence against those have played the game, including robbery and murder. One woman was shot and killed after witnessing a robbery while playing Pokemon Go.

However, if the game from the show really was played in real life, then there would be a cadre of dangers one would have to face, including dangerous Pokemon, Team Rocket, explosions, etc.


Ender's Game


(Warning: Spoilers)

Ender’s Game is a science fiction book written by Orson Scott Card. It was also made into a movie with Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield. Young Ender is enrolled in Battle School in order to train and fight aliens known as the Formics.

Most of the cadets are young children and they are trained as warriors. Most of their training is using various video game simulations. Ender is considered the most intelligent and capable soldier and, along with battling the Formics, he also has to deal with other students in the school who want to destroy him.

In the end, Ender is told the simulation is real and he destroyed an entire alien race, who we discover was of no threat to the human population.


Fry-Cook Games: SpongeBob SquarePants


The Fry Cook Games were Olympic-inspired events featured in SpongeBob SquarePants. The games were food-inspired. For example, they had such games as The Deep Fry Pole Vault (in which competitors do a pole jump over a vat of hot oil) and the 1,000 Pound Ketchup Lift.

There was also a wrestling match between a roided out Patrick and Sponge Bob; the wrestling itself was not food-related but the match did occur on hamburger buns. In the match, the two (at this point estranged friends) try to rip each other limb from limb with their newly acquired strength.




In 1998 Matt Stone and Trey Parker (the creators of South Park) starred in a movie called Baseketball. The movie focuses on two slacker friends who create a sport that combines basketball and baseball played on a driveway.

Due to the fact they make up the game as they go, there are a variety of plays and rules that are as harmful as they are disgusting. (Watch the movie and you’ll know what we mean.)


Mortal Kombat


Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular fighting video games out there. Each fighter has their own fighting ability and in some cases superpower (for lack of a better word) that they can use in order to defeat their opponent.

One example is Scorpion, who uses spears with chains in order to kill his enemies. Then you have Sub-Zero, who can freeze his foes. If you get a fatality in the game, that means you have gruesomely killed your rival.

Of course, in the game, you can hit restart and, presto, you’re brought back to life. In the real world, not only would one person be dead but the other would probably be in prison for life, or on death row (unless they had a really good lawyer).


Death Race: Death Race 2000


Car racing is a dangerous sport in itself. In NASCAR alone there have been numerous driver deaths. In the movie Death Race 2000, starring Sly Stallone and the late David Carradine, the object of the race is to run over pedestrians in order to score points.

There was also a remake of the film starring Jason Stratham that involved prisoners racing against and trying to kill each other.


Subway Surfing: Subway Surfers


Subway Surfers is a game in which the user controls the movement of the avatar, which doesn’t stop moving. In the game, the avatar is running through train tracks while being chased by the police.

Due to the fact that you have to control the movements as he or she is already running, you need great hand-eye coordination and good reflexes. If this game was played in real life, there would be many casualties.


Parrises Squares: Star Trek The Next Generation


The game of Parrises Squares involves two teams with four players. Each team member had padding and ion mallets.

The game was played by teenagers in the show, much to the concern of their parents. One part of the game involved running up a ramp, causing many of the players to fall and injure themselves.


Brockian Ultra-Cricket: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


In this game, players hit each other as hard as they can, run away, and then apologize to each other afterward. Players are given points based on how sorry they really are.

The game is also a spectator sport played in a large arena with a gigantic wall. Weapons for the players to use are tossed over the walls; they include bats, cricket mallets, ski poles, and basically anything that can be used to swing and hit someone with.


Skeet Surfing: Top Secret!

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Top Secret was a parody film with Val Kilmer. It poked fun at a variety of espionage films and some regular ones as well.

In the movie, they have Skeet Surfing, which is surfing mixed with skeet shooting. We sincerely hope we don’t need to explain why that would be dangerous.


Quidditch: Harry Potter


The game of Quidditch is played on flying broomsticks and each player tries to get the ball into the opposing team’s circle.

Unless you have magical powers and can survive falling from the sky by either self-healing or a healing potion, then you’re likely to get badly hurt or killed playing this game.


The Hunger Games


Hopefully, The Hunger Games won’t turn into reality anytime soon. Many people, however, feel that is precisely where the world is heading.

The Hunger Games book and movie involve a competition in which competitors know as “tributes” fight to the death in a battle royale for the amusement of wealthy capitalists. Whoever wins the game is provided with food and riches, and whoever loses … well … dies.

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