He made some tough decisions along the way, but Col. Weaver did everything he could to keep the 2nd Mass. alive and moving in the wake of the alien invasion. He butted heads with civilian forces more than a few times, but his heart was always in the right place, and he’s the kind of leader who will always keep fighting.
He had to rise to the occasion in this claustrophobic thriller, but MacReady brought a steady hand to all of the insanity. He also accepted the stakes, and knew he had to do whatever he could to stop The Thing from escaping. Of course, the ending was pretty ambiguous, but the dude fought until the end.
When aliens invade the Wild West, you could do a lot worse than Lonergan when looking for someone to lead the charge and beat the invaders back. Plus, he has that kick-ass arm band, which can do some major damage to the alien ships.
If you’re looking for a leader based on experience alone, it’s Capt. Jack by a mile. He’s faced just about everything in the universe at some point, and even travelled with The Doctor for a while to learn some of his problem-solving mojo. Capt. Jack saved Earth from invasion on more than one occasion, but there is one down side — members of his team don’t typically live too long.
Ah, the quintessential hero. The Goa’uld tried at least once a season to invade Earth — but O’Neill’s front line team always managed to find a way to push ‘em back. He seems like the kind of guy who would kick alien ass, then go out for a beer (or fishing trip) afterwards. He’s also deceptively smart, and can use his own strengths, and those of his team, to find a way out of almost any situation.
It takes a heck of a leader to pull together some of the craziest — and most standoffish — heroes in the world. It took most of Marvel’s Phase I to make it happen, but Fury did just that. Plus, even when the world lost hope, he disobeyed orders to save New York and let his team take care of business.
Back in the early days of Doctor Who (and a few times recently), the Time Lord would team up with the Earth-based alien fighters of the gov’t group UNIT to battle alien invasions. Arguably the most famous leader of that group? The Brigadier. Though the Doctor obviously played a pretty big role, the Brigadier did lead the Earth forces against all those various invasion attempts. Plus, if he’s ever in a pinch, he can call in reinforcements from the big blue box.
Taking a boots on the ground approach to an alien invasion, this flick followed a squad sent into the thick of the unknown facing off with aliens they are woefully unprepared to fight. The man who does the most to keep them alive? Nantz, who takes charge and uses a level head to keep the squad on the offensive (and even saves some civilians along the way).
This 1990s alien invasion classic featured a spunky group of teens trying to stop an alien invasion that started up in their hometown. The last guy you’d expect, a brilliant stoner, figures out their Achille’s Heel and rises to the occasion to take them on. He showed surprising leadership skills, and always has a good one-liner handy.
After that speech he gave before the final battle, who wouldn’t follow this guy into the fold? Heck, he even strapped into a jet and joined up with the remaining forces to fight the good fight himself. A natural born leader.
This short-lived Fox series was one of the first real, dark sci-fi series of the modern era. Like Ron Moore’s Battlestar a decade early, it focused on a rag-tag team facing off with alien baddies in some epic (for the time) dogfights. Their leader? Hardened vet T.C. McQueen, who keeps on fighting regardless of the odds.
For all its faults, this reboot of this sci-fi classic reimagined the concept a bit and gave us Elizabeth Mitchell’s ass-kicking version of Erica Evans. She battled the Vs all the way until the series’ cancellation, and kept her wits about her even when the whole world thought the Vs were just here to help.