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InAWorld full of serious action movies, filled with [[StuffBlowingUp huge explosions]], [[MsFanservice improbably hot women]], and [[TheWoobie angsty, tortured heroes with tragic backgrounds]], one man stood up against the status quo and said, "No more! We don't have to sit here and endure the same plot over and over again! We deserve something more! Something better!" And he took the same plot we'd seen over and over again, and made us see it '''yet again''', only this time, it was different... it was ''funny''. It was... ''Hot Shots!'' (1991)

That man... was Creator/JimAbrahams. And he is insane.

As one-third of the team that [[Film/{{Airplane}} forever spoiled the airline disaster movie]], Abrahams takes the fighter pilot action movie and turns it into something a couple degrees off center, just enough to catch us off-guard. At first blush, it appears to be a serious action movie, but then the whole thing spirals off into chaos.

Creator/CharlieSheen stars as Topper Harley, an ex-Navyman who left the armed services to [[DancesWithWolves live with the Native Americans]] after the tragic death of his father. He is called back into service to help save a mission that is being sabotaged by a greedy weapons manufacturer. In the meantime, he must locate Saddam Hussein's cache of nukes and (more importantly) win the heart of his therapist Ramada Thompson (Valeria Golino) away from a rival pilot.

''Hot Shots!'' was followed by a sequel, ''Hot Shots! Part Deux'', in 1993, which did for ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' what the original did for ''Film/TopGun''. This time the story is a near perfect recreation of ''Rambo III'', where Topper has resigned himself to an Asian monk village. His commanding officer Colonel Walters arrives to recruit him for a rescue mission, which he refuses. When Walters is captured on the following rescue attempt, Topper agrees to go in and rescue everyone.
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!! The original movie contains examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Admiral Tug Benson can never seem to remember Lt. Cmr. James Block's first name. Or last name. Or rank. Frequently, he calls him by three or four completely random names in the same conversation.
* AerialCanyonChase: Topper lures enemies into a canyon and [[DodgeByBraking evades them]] by stepping on the brakes, complete with brake pedal.
* AnachronismStew: PlayedForLaughs. Admiral Benson has apparently fought in every major battle of the past century or two, including being wounded by a bazooka at Little Big Horn... or was it Okinawa?
* ArgumentOfContradictions: A bickering match between Topper Harley and Kent Gregory:
-->'''Topper Harley''': Are too too too too too too too too too too too...
-->'''Kent Gregory''': Not not not not not not not not not...
-->'''Topper Harley''': Are too times ten.
* AsideGlance: After the bar, when Ramada tells Topper that she "can go all night like a lumberjack".
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign:
** All the Iraqi fighter pilots names and dialogue is just the names of Middle Eastern dishes.
** The dialogue between Topper and his Native American friend is a bunch of gibberish (Minnesota towns and cities with Indian names, and the names of Jackson siblings) with some occasional English parsed in.
* BarBrawl: Again, parodied. As soon as Topper and Kent start shoving each other the entire bar spontaneously breaks out in violence that ends the moment Ramada stops the two rivals.
* {{Bowdlerized}}:
** The television broadcast edit of the first movie cut out almost the entirety of the ''9½ Weeks''-inspired foreplay scene.
** One of DVD releases cuts out all of the funny foreplay and sex scene of the second film.
** One television release cut out the chicken-ammo scene.
* BrickJoke: The batteries for the chief's walkman.
* CaptainCrash: Admiral Benson has never landed a plane before in his life. He isn't even that bad a pilot... it's just that he got shot down on every single one of his 194 combat missions.
* CelebrityParadox: Kent is seen reading a copy of ''Esquire'' with Carey Elwes on the cover.
* ChekhovsGun: The web used to catch landing planes before they fall into the sea.
* CloudCuckooLander: Admiral Benson.
* TheComicallySerious: Like with ''Airplane'' and ''TheNakedGun'', everyone says the most ridiculous lines in a deadpan manner.
* ComingInHot: Parodied.
* CoolPlane: Parodied with the Oscar EW 5894, the "backbone of our proud American arsenal," portrayed in the film by the Folland Gnat jet-trainer, a plane that couldn't even break the sound barrier in real life.
* CreditsGag: The recipe for the "topping for brownies."
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Done in the sequel. ''With a Chinese finger trap''.
* DeconstructorFleet
* DeadlyDeferredConversation: {{Parodied}}. Dead Meat tells his wife he can save talking about his life insurance, his solution to global warming, and his [[WhoShotJFK JFK assassination evidence]] until after he returns from his mission.
* DestructoNookie: Ramada ends up in a Ramada-shaped imprint on her mattress the morning after she and Topper do the deed.
* DrillSergeantNasty : "[[Film/TopGun Your ego is writing checks your body can't cash]]"
* DodgeByBraking: Harley leads pursuing jets into a canyon, and then ''[[BrakeAngrily slams on the brakes]]'', complete with brake-screeching noises.
* EpiphanyTherapy: Played mostly straight. Topper suffers panic attacks every time he is compared to his disgraced father who was also a pilot. At the end of the movie in the middle of one of these attacks he's told the truth, that his father was a hero. Suddenly Topper is ready to fly circles around the enemy.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: To Harley's credit, the little velvet case he keeps them in is nice...
* FailedASpotCheck: Apparently a trademark of the [=ZAZ=] team.
* FakeNationality: Cary Elwes does a damned good Val Kilmer.
* FamousLastWords
-->'''Dead Meat''': I'm in a hospital! [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could go wrong]]?
* FatalFamilyPhoto: If that shirt were any redder, it would be outside the visible light spectrum...
** Dead Meat is the living embodiment of this trope.
* AFatherToHisMen: [[ParodiedTrope Spoofed:]] Admiral Benson is furious that the bad guy risked his men's lives in battle, because "That's ''my'' job!".
* FisheyeLens: [[MeaningfulName Washout]] is afflicted with "Walleye Vision" that makes the world appear this way. He's a ''pilot''. Later on he gets corrective glasses... which are tiny aquariums with live fish in them, making them a literal example of this trope.
** Only when he starts crying towards the end of the movie. At first they're just very thick glasses.
* TheFunInFuneral: Ties in with ShellShockedVeteran (see below). Also, while delivering [[spoiler: Dead Meat]]'s eulogy, Benson starts to list off characters from ''Film/TheGodfather'' among good people who died young.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Another [=ZAZ=] trademark. These include:
** Troop drills involving can-can dancing.
** A man serving as the blood donor for another character slowly deflating.
** A funny ''verbal'' background event ... it's easy to miss Benson's voiceover informing us that the EW-5894 plane is called the Phallus.
* FunWithSubtitles: When Topper tells his chief that he met a beautiful woman, but "she threw [him] a curve," the spoken word is "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orel_Hershiser Hershiser]]".
** When the subtitles say the characters are saying the word "English", the word they're actually saying is "Americanese".
* GilliganCut: "I'm in a hospital! What could go wrong?" Cut to Dead Meat's funeral.
* HavingAHeart: "I have my father's eyes."
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere
* ImAHumanitarian: If it makes you feel any better, Washout didn't have seconds.
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld: Because Harley's been a good little fighter pilot.
* InOneEarOutTheOther:
** Tug Benson, using a handkerchief to demonstrate the side effects of one of his many war wounds.
** Used on the movie poster -- see the page image.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: Averted; when Topper and Kent fight each other, Topper punches Kent in the face, and both immediately cower in pain.
--> '''Kent''': My ''FACE''!
--> '''Topper''': My ''HAND''!
* ItsAllJunk: Parodying a similar scene in ''Film/TopGun'', Harley chucks his father's eyes into the ocean.
* LeaveHimToMe: Mocked.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Parodied.
* MadeOfIron: Admiral Benson. Most of his body parts have been replaced with prosthetics or transplants due to [[AmusingInjuries war wounds or general accidents]]. He survives falling into a fire in the sequel thanks to having asbestos for skin.
* MandatoryUnretirement: Both movies.
* MeaningfulName: "Dead Meat" and "Washout". "Topper" Harley is the most outrageously skilled pilot alive, and drives a Harley.
** Commander Block's call sign is "Eyewitness", as LampShaded in his flashback.
* MisguidedMissile: Pulled off by Harley in the finale.
* MoralMyopia: "You risked the lives of some damn fine pilots! That's ''my job''!"
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Inverted.
* NomDeGuerre: All the pilots, as befitting a (parody of a) military action movie.
* NonSequiturThud: After Pfaffenbach slams head first into an ambulance door, he has this to say when he is congratulated for showing up:
-->'''Jim "Wash Out" Pfaffenbach:''' "Thank you, Andre. I'll have the veal piccata." Splat.
** In ''Part Deux'', after Topper is almost blown up and is pulled out of the ground by his teammates:
-->'''Topper''': That's right Cindy, it's 23 past the hour and now here's the Buckinghams with "Kind of a Drag". *THUD*
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Parodied. When Kent reveals that his father died with Topper's in a crash, it sets off a series of revelations interconnecting everyone in the barracks.
* OneOfTheBoys: For a fun game, try to figure out if Kowalski is treated as if she was a man at every turn because somehow everyone thinks she is one or because there's some mad gender equality policy at work in the service.
* OvertRendezvous: {{Lampshaded}}; a conspirator mentions that he finds public places to be the ''best'' place to have secret meetings. While they're at a boxing match.
* PlayingPossum: Spoofed.
* PropheticName: "Dead Meat" and "Washout".
* {{Pun}}
* RapidFireComedy: In traditional Abrahams fashion.
* RedShirt: Callsign "Dead Meat".
* {{Retirony}}: Okay, we get it, Dead Meat won't survive the movie... yeesh.
* RunningGag: The catalogue of Tug Benson's increasingly outlandish war wounds. Other running gags include fighter jets being used like cars and people sitting on a chihuahua.
* SacrificialLamb: Again, Dead Meat.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Played relatively straight here, but see below...
* ShellShockedVeteran: Spoofed with Tug Benson. At a soldier's funeral he hears the 21-gun salute and ''returns fire''.
--> "God, I love a good funeral!"
* ShesGotLegs: Ramada.
-->'''Topper''': Nice legs.
-->'''Ramada''': Thanks, I just got them lengthened. Now they go all the way up.
* ShoutOut / ReferenceOverdosed: But unlike some recent movies, the shout outs still include jokes... okay mostly.
* SittingSexyOnAPiano: Ramada's musical number. Followed immediately by 'Falling Right Off A Piano'.
* SoundOff: parodied by a group shouting lines from ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' theme.
* SpicyLatina: Ramada. Not Spanish (the actress playing her was half-Italian and half-Greek), but damn close.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: It is now actually possible in some countries to get your legs lengthened though its an expensive and painful procedure requiring physical therapy after its done. Its certainly not something a U.S. citizen could do casually. The joke still mostly works.
* TemptingFate: Mocked with Dead Meat, who meets his beautiful wife on the tarmac, carries the [[WhoShotJFK critical evidence about JFK in his pocket]], came up with a solution for global warming, and tries to sign a life insurance policy before climbing in the cockpit... but his pen is out of ink. Oh, well, there'll be plenty of time for that later. His last words are, "I'm in a hospital! What could go wrong?" [[AnswerCut Hard cut]] to his funeral...
* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity: At the end of one scene:
--> '''Benson''': By the way. I want to thank you for having us over for dinner the other night. Cheryl and I thought the stroganoff was marvelous.\\
'''Sid''': Sir, we didn't have dinner the other night.\\
'''Benson''': Really? Then where the hell ''was'' I? And who's this ''Cheryl''?
* ThrowingTheFight: Extreme example during the boxing match in the film; one punch is thrown, it misses by a mile, and ''both'' fighters drop immediately after. As setup for the joke, Wilson says "This should be a good match. Both men work for Don King".
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Kowalski and Ramada, respectively.
* TragicKeepsake: Topper has his father's eyes... literally.
-->Put those away!
-->Eh, they're just for luck.
* WronskiFeint: Topper leads a couple of heat-seeking missiles to Saddam's base to use as extra ordnance.
* XRaySparks

!! The sequel contains examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: After running out of arrows (all trying to hit just ''one guy'' who is completely oblivious to him) Topper improvises with a nearby chicken.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Inverted; Topper's sword breaks when it hits a wax candle.
* ActorAllusion: Topper Harley and [[Film/ApocalypseNow Benjamin Willard]] meet (and monologue) briefly. "I loved you in ''WallStreet''!"
** Lloyd Bridges narrating his scuba diving.
** Richard Crenna portrays a parody of his ''Rambo'' character, named after his ''OurMissBrooks'' character.
* AmusingInjuries: The RunningGag of Benson having sustained many of those in the past continues.
* ArrowCam: In a spoof of a certain scene in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', Topper uses a [[ImprovisedWeapon chicken as an arrow]] to shoot at an enemy soldier. [[RuleOfFunny It worked]].
* AsideGlance: After Ramada tells Topper how she envisions their potential relationship.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: In just as full force in the sequel; at one point a startled guard yells out "I'll have a hamburger!" in a thick accent. Later on, a group of not-Iraqis sounds like they're yelling in a foreign language; in fact, they're actually arguing with one another in English over who is following who, but speaking it ''really'' fast and with their voices overlapping so it sounds like a different language.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Saddam Hussein can melt down and reconstitute himself like the [[TheTerminator T-1000]].
** Hussein and President Benson duel with lightsabers.
* AutoErotica: Based on ''NoWayOut''.
* BattleCry: Parodied.
-->'''Soldier 1:''' (jumps out of plane) GERONIMOOOOOO!
-->'''Soldier 2:''' (jumps out of plane) GERONIMOOOOOO!
-->'''Geronimo:''' (jumps out of plane) MEEEEE!
* BettyAndVeronica: Topper is the Archie, Ramada is the Betty and Michelle is the Veronica.
* {{BFG}}: "That's a hell of a gun."
* BillingDisplacement: Rowan Atkinson is billed pretty high in the credits despite maybe just 3 minutes total of screentime ''during the last 10 minutes of the film!'' Other actors such as Ryan Stiles, are billed very low, despite much more screentime throughout the film. Ouch.
* BloodlessCarnage: This is a mainstream comedy, not an action film or a BlackComedy.
** Lampshaded later on in the form of the various ridiculous weapons used to silently take down the guards, including a literal RocketPunch launcher, a mallet on the end of a sniper rifle, and two extended fingers mounted on a rifle's bayonet lug.
** Topper misses every single shot with his bow during an attempt to take down a random {{Mook}}, only to then hit him with a [[ImprovisedWeapon chicken.]] And he also "kills" some guys by merely throwing bullets at them with his hand.
* BodyCountCompetition: Spoofed by comparing a shootout scene to the body counts of other action movies, ending with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a0L3Z1A-RM "BLOODIEST MOVIE EVER"]]. The numbers flashing up are high and were mostly just made up.
* BottomlessMagazines:
** Used as well as hilariously subverted. Running up an insane body count far beyond the ammo he should have on him, Topper runs out only to see a group of bad guys gather behind him. Seeing a stockpile of ''loose bullets'', he throws a handful at them with equal effectiveness.
** While on board a patrol boat, when Topper fires so much ammo that he's buried up to his waist in shell casings and the boat starts sinking from the weight.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Spoofed, by putting a forest, a swamp, and ''a random family's back yard'' in Iraq.
* TheCameo: Bob Vila appears as the man installing insulation in Topper's hut.
* CardboardPrison: One of the prisoners slips completely through the bars to grab the keys to unlock his door.
* CastingGag: Setting Colonel Walters as the analogue to Colonel Trautman from the Rambo movies is helped by being played by the same actor
* CharacterAsHimself: Saddam Hussein.
* ClothingDamage: Ramada rips part of her shirt off to make a bandage for one of the male soldiers, so several other soldiers also start faking nonexistent cuts and injuries to get her to rip more of her shirt off.
* CloudCuckooLander: President Benson.
* CreditsGag: Many of them in the closing credits, including AllYouNeedToKnowAboutTheCryingGame.
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Parodied with Chinese finger cuffs.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Now, I will kill you until you die from it!"
* DesignatedGirlFight: Ramada and the mole, complete with the reverse treadmill, joust event, and theme music from AmericanGladiators.
* DoubleEntendre: "You give Uncle Topper a nice big blow."
* DualWielding: Not-Saddam dual-wields machine pistols with BottomlessMagazines at the beginning of the move as he blindly rampages through the front yard.
* DistractedByTheSexy: A running gag in the monk village, where all of the celibate monks keep being distracted by a beautiful woman waltzing through their village, to [[AmusingInjuries amusingly painful]] results.
* DyeingForYourArt: Charlie Sheen put on a considerable amount of muscle mass so that he could convincingly play a Rambo parody.
* ElectricTorture: Parodied by having it cause a BigBlackout and pop popcorn inside the guy's shirt.
* EnemyMine: Topper and a random Iraqi soldier team up to take on the Energizer Bunny.
* FelonyMisdemeanor:
-->'''Interrogator''': I see you are no stranger to pain.\\
'''Colonel Walters''': I've been ''married''.\\
'''Interrogator''': [''nods in understanding'']\\
'''Colonel Walters''': ''Twice.''\\
'''Interrogator''': [''horrified look''] Ooy!
** Also includes Dexter's shoelaces getting tied together.
* FightClubbing: A hilarious version.
* FridgeLogic: [[invoked]] PlayedForLaughs with the monk village: "These men have lived their lives in strict celibacy, just like their fathers and grandfathers before them."
** The "Sarahan Wrap" joke - wait a second, ''Iraq is not in the Sahara desert.''
* FunetikAksent: The alarm in the prison is labeled "Hälarm."
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Another [=ZAZ=] trademark. These include:
** Several ex-presidents getting the crap beaten out of them, topped off with Gerald Ford falling over, despite having been completely untouched in the carnage.
** Monks taking turns to impress the first girl they have seen in centuries.
** The governor of Nebraska making a public apology for his state being so flat.
** When Saddam goes over his to-do list for the day, you can see a framed picture of him being given a 10 million dollar check from the USA.
** Whenever the camera pans across during Topper and Romada's Italian dinner, we see another table, where [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone is eating with Sollozzo and McClusky]], the last thing we see is him getting up to go to the bathroom...
* GroinAttack: ''Everyone'' cringes in pain... and walnuts come out of the guys mouth!
* HandwrapsOfAwesome: Topper Harley wears these in his Dim Sum match early in the movie. Covered in caramel, sprinkles and gummy bears.
* HeliumSpeech: Occurs after the president takes helium instead of oxygen to go diving.
* HistoryMarchesOn: The movie was released in 1993, and its context to modern culture has been amazingly consistent since. Saddam Hussein was overthrown in 2003 and was executed in 2006. Films with political figures as the central villain (even parodies) tend to age very fast, but this movie managed to have current references for 20 YEARS!
** Saddam is shown watching ''Series/TheArsenioHallShow'', which went off the air in 1994 and Arsenio got a second talk show in 2013, making the reference current once more.
** The ending joust scene is from the original AmericanGladiators. That show went off the air in 1996 and its second incarnation aired in 2008, making THAT scene relevant again!
** Also, early in the film a Subway restaurant can be seen in Iraq. This would have been out of place in 1993 when the restaurant had very few branches outside America... but now the franchise has expanded so much that there actually ARE Subway stores in Iraq.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Averted, amazingly enough. Pay close attention to the way everyone handles weapons; nearly ''everyone'' is holding their weapons correctly and following the safety rules for handling firearms.
** Unless there's a hilarious gag to be made by using a weapon incorrectly.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Topper extends the antenna of a handphone to fence with Saddam. Walters later uses a fly swatter to knock out a guard, having quickly selected it from a pile of weapons including a several handguns, knives, and grenades.
** After running out of ammo because the guard kept moving (picking up coins, etc) Topper resorts to shooting him with a chicken.
* InnocentInnuendo: It certainly doesn't ''sound'' like Ramada and Michelle are talking about bungee-jumping - even the Colonel does a double-take at that particular reveal. [[GirlOnGirlIsHot He seems rather disappointed]].
--> '''Walters''': ''Bungee jumping''? '''That's''' what this is about?
* InstantSoprano: Following an extreme GroinAttack.
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: Multiple examples; the commando team is stymied by a wooden fence whose lock (which is a simple latch they could easily reach over) they can't blow, because "It's not our property." Earlier, Topper has to use a grappling hook and several seconds of difficult climbing to get over a knee height stone fence; even more hilarious, not five feet away is a path leading around the fence.
** One of the POW's is imprisoned with twist ties, and later the chinese finger trap. Another prisoner can't run because they've tied his shoelaces together.
--->'''Topper''': [''in shock''] Those bastards...
* IWarnedYou: In the OffscreenBreakUp {{flashback}}, a train attendant cries out "BOARD! BOARD!", with a newspaper reader ignoring him and shaking his head. A few seconds later, a carpenter walks back and smacks the guy with a 2x4. The attendant's response? "Warned ya. Warned ya twice."
* IWillFightNoMoreForever: Harbinger undergoes a TenMinuteRetirement, lasting the entire span of a tender heart-to-heart with Harley, leading directly into WarIsGlorious.
* JustFollowingOrders: The reason why Ramada never told Topper the truth is because she was ordered not to tell anyone about the mission. It still didn't make Topper feel any better.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The EnergizerBunny appears in one scene, only it's blue and not quite a rabbit. Still recognizable, and the voiceover is there. [[spoiler:After a stunned moment, ''both'' sides in the ongoing battle combine fire to blow it up before going back to shooting at each other.]]
* TheLoad: This is parodied with Rowan Atkinson playing a hostage who can't walk -- because his shoelaces are tied together. He insists that he be carried by Charlie Sheen (the hero), and berates him for jiggling too much -- while ''being shot at''! Atkinson's character goes ''firmly'' in TheScrappy territory, though, as he taunts the attackers (including shouting "You missed!" when they hit Topper, not him, in the arm), and insisting on getting a drink from [[RuleOfFunny a nearby drinking fountain]].
* MartialArtsHeadband: Topper dons one early in the movie. Over his eyes. He promptly runs face first into a pole.
* MissingTrailerScene: The trailer, a parody of the teaser for ''{{Rambo}}: First Blood Part II'', contains special shoot footage of Creator/CharlieSheen suiting up as the film's Rambo parody. Also, an alternate version of the first scene in the White House is included.
* MoreDakka: Topper is up to his waist in spent shells by the time he's done shooting.
* NonSequiturThud:
-->'''Topper Harley:''' "That's right, Lindsay, it's 20 minutes past the hour, and now here's the Buckinghams with 'Kind of a Drag'." Thud.
* OffscreenBreakup: Topper and Ramada, complete with flashback. The actual revelation ''why'' only comes after the two meet again, though.
* OneManArmy: Of course parodied. Topper takes out several hundred bad guys by himself, including a kill count at the bottom of the screen.
** According to [[http://moviebodycounts.com/ MovieBodyCounts.com]], Topper has the fourth highest kill count (103) for any single character in movie history.
* OutOfTheInferno: Parodied.
-->'''President Tug Benson:''' "My skin's made of asbestos. Tanning parlor accident at Dien Bien Phu."
* PaperThinDisguise: In the sequel, the main characters are masquerading as fisherman. Horribly. The enemy mook watching them sees nothing wrong until [[spoiler: a cross-dressing Ramada goes into the women's restroom on the boat.]]
* ParachuteInATree: Happens to Topper Harley early on. He proceeds to cut himself free... with a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw knife.]]
* PassThePopcorn: The limo driver in the ''NoWayOut'' scene.
* PepperSneeze: While Topper Harley is trying to get some keys he spills some pepper. A small mouse wanders by, sniffs the pepper, and lets out a barely audible, high-pitched sneeze.
* PersonalRaincloud: See TrainStationGoodbye, below.
* PlankGag:
-->'''Train Conductor''': "Board! Board!"
-->'''Passenger''': *Looks at watch, sees that it's not nearly time to leave, scoffs*
-->''(The passenger then gets hit by a passing by man with some wooden boards, twice.)''
-->'''Train Conductor''': [[DeadpanSnarker "Told ya. Told ya twice."]]
* PorkyPigPronunciation: Or writing in this case: "On October 15, the President of the United States ordered a covert mission in the Persian Gulf for the purpose of rescuing soldiers taken hostage during Desert Storm. Only a handful of our highest government officials were aware of the operation, as it included an attempt to assasssan ''(backspace backspace backspace)'' assisss ''(backspace backspace)'' kill a guy."
* PocketProtector: A locket saves Ramada from a bullet; upon examination, it still has the unmarred large-caliber cartridge lodged in it.
* PrettyInMink: Michelle wears [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hot_shots_limo_seduction.jpg a white mink coat]] in a scene based on ''NoWayOut''.
* PullingThemselvesTogether
* {{Retcon}}: Saddam Hussein is killed at the end of the first film, yet is alive and well in the second. RuleOfFunny of course. [[spoiler: The fact that he's a T-1000 helps.]]
* ReferenceOverdosed: Like the first film, it has many ways to spoof other works.
* RetiredBadass: Topper.
* RocketPunch: The fist bazooka.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Charlie Sheen Is About To Shoot You With a Chicken!
* {{Sequelitis}}: Lampshaded and parodied. [[invoked]]
-->'''Topper:''' ''[[CasaBlanca Out of all the jungles in all the world, you had to walk into mine.]]''\\
'''Ramada:''' ''I didn't want to, Topper, but I had to come, it was the sequel.''\\
'''Topper:''' ''Do you have any idea what the critics will say? The same warmed over characters?''\\
'''Ramada:''' ''Oh, Topper. You're just using this whole casting thing as an excuse to hide what's really hurting you.''
** Ramada's ActionGirl upgrade is done shamelessly to fit her into the second movie. In the first movie, she is only a psychiatrist (well that and the lounge singing, welding, trick horseback riding, and performing gymnastics), here she knows kickboxing. Of course, Topper goes from being a pilot to a commando, so this is about being funny instead of consistent.
* SeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: Bungie jumping]] is the entire reason behind why the mole betrays the team.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Gender reversed. Yes, you heard us correctly. A rather buff Topper Harley, in his lover's (rather lacy) gown, brushing his (long and silky) hair in front of a vanity mirror and smoking a Victoria Slim in a cigarette holder. [[RealMenWearPink It's all very masculine.]]
* ShapedLikeItself: "I will kill you until you die from it!"
** From the same scene: "We'll settle this the old navy way; The first guy to die, LOSES!"
* ShareTheMalePain: Topper Harley smacks an opponent in the 'nads in a duel. The entire crowd winces and holds their balls in sympathy.
* ShesGotLegs: Michelle, especially when she seduces Topper at the party.
--> '''Topper''': Now I know what to get you for Christmas.
--> '''Michelle''': Make it a Thighmaster, I've broken my last three.
* ShoutOutFilm: to ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone'', among others.
** All female characters have the middle name "Rodham". Once, they don't even try to hide the target ("It's your wife, Hillary Rodham Hussein").
** President Benson and Saddam Hussein have a [[StarWars lightsabre duel]] which ends when Benson freezes Saddam and pushes him over in front of a fire [[Terminator2JudgmentDay before he shatters and reconstitutes himself]].
** Not only that, but [[Film/TheFly a dog was frozen and shattered together with him, and he came back fused with dog-like properties]].
* SightGag: A map of the operation shows that not-Saddam's country is located between the countries Iraq and Iran, except that Iran is renamed "A Hard Place".
* SpaghettiKiss: Complete with the meatball nudge. With his nose.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Invoked. The heroes apparently arrive at base in a toy helicopter, which an officer immediately orders removed before someone trips on it.
* SpoofAesop: After disposing of a few soldiers, Harbinger turns directly to the camera and with a big smile on his face, announces "[[WarIsGlorious War! It's fantastic!]]"
* SpySpeak: Parodied. The other guy has no clue what he's talking about.
* StalkerWithACrush: Ramada's husband Dexter is pretty much one of these, from what her story of how they met sounds like.
* StealthPun[=/=]LateToThePunchline: [[spoiler:THE MOLE HAS A MOLE]], also the final action takes place on the border of Iraq and A Hard Place.
* StupidSurrender: PlayedForLaughs. Topper is carrying a hostage, has a giant machine gun and knows how to use it. When Saddam shows up with a tiny hand gun, Topper surrenders immediately despite having blown away tons of guys earlier, and even surviving a shot from a {{Mook}} just a few scenes earlier while carrying said hostage.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Harley has the coolest knife ''ever''.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Ish. Topper is sword-fighting Saddam with a phone with its antenna extended. Saddam is carrying a broadsword, for reference. Then the phone rings.
-->'''Topper''': (''holds out a hand'') (''answers the phone as Saddam waits obligingly'') Butcher of Baghdad, hello? {{beat}} Uh-huh. {{beat}} Oh, hello!
-->'''Saddam''': Who is it? Who is it?
-->'''Topper''': It's your wife, Hillary Rodham Hussein.
-->'''Saddam''': Oh Jesus Mary and Joseph, I'm so stupid! I was supposed to pick her up at the gym. No no no, I'm out of town, on business, bombing, gassing, a last minute execution. Tell her something, make it up!
-->'''Topper''': (''to Saddam's wife'') I'm sorry, you just missed him.
-->'''Saddam''': Ah. I owe you one. (''lunges with the sword'')
* TookALevelInBadass: Topper and Ramada. Ramada becomes an ActionGirl and Topper is basically a {{Rambo}} parody.
* TrainStationGoodbye: Parodied. After Topper's fiancee leaves him (in a parody of ''{{Casablanca}}''), it starts raining at the train station...but [[PersonalRaincloud only on him]].
* {{Typecasting}}: Fun fact: If you've ever seen an actor portray Saddam Hussein, its probably this guy. He pretty much did them all.
* VisualPun: A not-Iraqi interrogator with a Holiday Inn towel wrapped around his head. When Harley says he smells a rat, guess what crawls over his shoulder? The film, like the others from these creators, is full of these.
* WarIsGlorious "War: It's fantastic!"
* WarIsHell: But after a tearful talk with Harley they think the opposite.
* WidelySpacedJailBars: In Hot Shots Part Deux, Colonel Walters is imprisoned inside a cage. He slips through the bars, grabs a set of keys, and slips back inside the cage. He then unlocks the door and leaves normally.
* WithCatlikeTread: Parodied in the key scene. A series of loud noises is not enough to wake the guard...but a sneeze by a mouse ''is''.
* YouKnowWhatToDo:
-->'''Topper Harley:''' You're the only one that knows how to get to the copter pad. If I'm not there in 15 minutes, you know what to do.\\
'''Colonel Walters:''' Yeah, we get the hell out of here!\\
'''Topper Harley:''' No! Wait another 15 minutes!
* YouLookFamiliar: Same actors with new roles. Most notably, Creator/RyanStiles, who played the pilot "Mailman" in the first movie, is the explosives expert Rabinowitz in this movie.
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