Throughout pop culture, there have been gangs that roam mostly fictional streets in order to gain cred and currency, either in the name of their singular leader or the gang itself. There are many reasons why a gang does what they do: some are born into the pop culture gang life, while others join up to get their kicks. Some pop culture gangs are feared, others are just tolerated.
Whether it’s the harsh brutality of the Droogs from A Clockwork Orange, the song and dance stylings of the T-Birds and the Jets, or the madcap antics of The Muppets, pop culture gangs each have their own way of doing things. Some fight for love, some for power, others just like to fight (and some not at all). But which gang would win the most epic rumble of them all?
Appear In: The Warriors
Primary Stomping Ground: Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Their Arsenal And Abilities: The Warriors are know for wearing purple vests with skulls on the back, making them recognizable on the street. They tend to fight with knives and are defended by a local radio DJ.
Notable Activity: The Warriors are known for their toughness: They can take a beating and tend to run around rough areas, but they always get back up. They spend most of their time in New York City bopping from one borough to the other.
The Shortcomings: In 1979 The Warriors were on the run from every other street crew in New York (The Baseball Furies, The Hi-Hats, etc.) after being blamed erroneously for taking out the leader of The Gramercy Riffs, Cyrus.
Appear In: A Clockwork Orange
Leader: Alex Delarge
Primary Stomping Ground: London, England
Their Arsenal And Abilities: The Droogs use whatever they have handy to cause chaos, which is their primary goal. More often than not they use their hands and fists to take on whatever and whoever dares to cross their path. Alex does have his handy cane, which he employs when he feels like it, making it clear he doesn't actually need the tool for destruction.
The Droogs can be spotted in solid white outfits with black bowler hats, combat boots, and large codpieces.
Notable Activity: The Droogs are known to be apathetic and sinister with a habit of sexual deviancy and drinking milk-plus. They break into people's homes and attack the residents while whistling to Gene Kelly's "Singin' in the Rain" or Beethoven's 9th; but they won't hesitate to take you out just for walking by them on the street. At one point, they break into the home of a wealthy man and woman before hitting them with their own art.
The Shortcomings: No one in the gang gets along, and two of the lower members - George and Dim - genuinely despise Alex. Their hunger for chaos often leads to irrational behavior, which could easily land them in the slammer.
Appear In: Great Muppet Capper and Muppets Most Wanted
Leader: Kermit the Frog
Primary Stomping Ground: Los Angeles, CA, and London, England
Their Arsenal And Abilities: This crew can play the banjo and other musical instruments with expertise. They have excellent sneaking abilities, and they know karate.
Notable Activity: In 1981 the group stole the Baseball Diamond from the Mallory Gallery, and in 2014 they took part in a plot to steal the British Crown Jewels.
The Shortcomings: The Muppets are woefully under prepared for any major heists, and tend to prefer giving a performance over a stealth maneuver.
Appear In: Ocean’s Eleven
Leader: Danny Ocean
Primary Stomping Ground: Las Vegas, NV, and Europe
Their Arsenal And Abilities: The Ocean's Eleven crew is well equipped with explosives and disguises, but they are also known to harbor a rare set of skills. These guys can count cards and perform acrobatic stunts with ease.
Notable Activity: The gang has ripped off multiple casinos throughout their tenure, most notably the Bellagio, Mirage, and MGM Grand all in one night.
The Shortcomings: In spite of being amateur con men, their luck seems to vary from moment to moment. This crew is often tricked all while trying to pull their own tricks, though they usually figure a way out of whatever trouble they've managed to get into.