->''"You risked the lives of some damn fine pilots! And that's my job!"''
-->-- '''Admiral Benson'''

InAWorld full of serious action movies, filled with [[StuffBlowingUp huge explosions]], [[MsFanservice improbably hot women]], and [[TroubledButCute 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 Jim Abrahams. And he is insane.

As one-third of the team that forever spoiled the airline disaster movie with ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', 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 [[Film/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 UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein'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, ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux''.


!! The 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.
* AmbiguousSyntax:
--> '''Benson''': I love soup. I mean, I think I love soup. Son-of-a-bitch in hell. It's either soup or duck. Which one do you shoot?\\
'''Block''': Duck, sir.\\
''[Benson slams his head onto the desk]''
** When Ramada invites Topper into her apartment:
--> '''Topper''': What about your landlady? ''(in reference to her being nosy)''\\
'''Ramada''': Don't worry, you can do her, too.
* 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 Bighorn... 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.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Military justice version. After being kicked out of the unit, impersonating another officer, hijacking a military aircraft, and directly causing the death of a second fellow officer during a training exercise, Washout would most likely be ruthlessly CourtMartialed, not granted a transfer to a new occupation (let's forget about all the new training he would require to go from pilot to radar op) on the very same mission he was just thrown off of. [[RuleOfFunny But that's not as funny.]]
* 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.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The television broadcast edit of the first movie cut out almost the entirety of the ''9½ Weeks''-inspired foreplay scene.
** Saddam Hussein's gag cameo sometimes gets edited out.... which doesn't make a lot of sense, because most networks seem fine with airing the sequel where the Saddam caricature has a larger role.
* BondOneLiner: When Topper takes out two Iraqi fighters by striking their wings with his, he quips "Fell for that one."
* BrickJoke:
** The batteries for the chief's Walkman. Also, Topper asks Kent, towards the end of the film, what a "chafing dish" is. Something Kent had taken from Ramada's house much earlier in the film.
** During an early training mission, Topper has a HeroicBSOD when Block mentions his father and crashes through a billboard, he's asked what happened. He replies that he thought he saw Elvis. Just before the ending credits when characters who died during the film are shown, Elvis is one of them.
** "Little Sizzling Belly"
* CatapultNightmare: The film begins with a pilot crashing their jet plane and being accidentally killed. The scene cuts to Topper Harley waking up and sitting bolt upright in bed. The entire flying sequence was Topper's nightmare about the death of his father.
* 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.
* ChekhovsGun: The web used to catch landing planes before they fall into the sea.
* CloudCuckooLander: Admiral Benson.
* ComicallyCrossEyed: Washout has both crossed and FishEyes. When he becomes an air traffic controller he wears glasses [[note]]His fish-eye-correcting glasses are little aquariums, with live fish in them[[/note]].
* TheComicallySerious: Like with ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun'', everyone says the most ridiculous lines in a deadpan manner.
* ComingInHot: Parodied.
** At the end of the first flight, Washout starts losing his eyesight right as he comes in for a landing. He then receives orders from the tower that confuse him even further. He somehow manages to land safely anyway, only to discover that he's landed on the Las Vegas Strip.
** Near the end of the movie, when Topper's plane is limping back from the mission and Washout is trying to help him land safely, Topper begins reporting various system failures. First his landing gear is busted, then the radar goes, then he runs out of fuel, then a wing falls off, and then [[ExaggeratedTrope the other wing falls off]]. What's left of the plane then lands vertically on the deck, like a stone. Topper's just fine, of course.
* 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."
** "If you left this theater when these credits started, you'd be home by now."
* DeconstructorFleet: The film doesn't just stick to parody/deconstruct ''Film/TopGun'', which is the main target at first glance, but it sinks its meathooks into any trope it can find and folds and spindles it to shreds.
* 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 ''slams on the brakes'', complete with [[BrakeAngrily brake-screeching noises]].
* EjectEjectEject: Parodied. When a plane is going down, the pilot screams "Eject! EJECT!" [[VisualPun Then a videotape pops out.]]
* 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: Harley has his father's eyes (in a nice little velvet case).
-->'''Ramada''': Put those away!
* FailedASpotCheck: Apparently a trademark of the [=ZAZ=] team.
* FamousLastWords
-->'''Dead Meat''': I'm in a hospital! [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could go wrong]]?\\
''[cut to Dead Meat's funeral]''
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Just in case you weren't 100% convinced Dead Meat is doomed, he meets his pretty wife on the tarmac just before the fatal mission.
* 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 "Wall Eye Vision" that makes the world appear this way. He's a ''pilot''. Later on he gets corrective glasses... which when he starts crying towards the end of the movie, become tiny aquariums with live fish in them, making them a literal example of this trope.
* FreudianExcuse: Ramada diagnoses Topper with Paternal Conflict Syndrome. Every time Block mentions Buzz to Topper, Topper shuts down. Edwards notes that they're years away from a vaccine for the condition.
* 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.
* FunWithAcronyms: "Ladies and gentlemen! Twelve rounds of boxing for the WBA WBC WPA RSVP Heavyweight Championship of the World!"
* FunWithSubtitles: The faux Native language is rife with these.
** 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".
** "Batteries" apparently translates to "[[Music/TheJacksonFive Latoya Tito Jermaine]]."
* 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.
* LadyInRed: Ramada in her musical scene.
* 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]].
* MandatoryUnretirement: Topper Harley left the armed services due to his family's shame but is called back into service to help save a mission.
* MeaningfulName: "Dead Meat" and "Washout". "Topper" Harley is the most outrageously skilled pilot alive, and drives a Harley. Also, 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''!"
* MsFanservice: Kowalski, who appears lined up for inspection with the bunk's other pilots similarly without a shirt -- but with a bra, of course. Thing is, though, [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the other characters in the movie think she's a man]], which means that in-universe she's effectively topless. (The camp's DrillSergeantNasty tells "him", "Suck in that chest!")
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Inverted.
* NomDeGuerre: All the pilots, as befitting a (parody of a) military action movie.
* NonSequiturThud: After Washout slams head first into an ambulance door, he has this to say when he is congratulated for showing up:
-->'''Jim "Washout" Pfaffenbach:''' Thank you, Andre. I'll have the veal piccata. ''[splat]''
* 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.
--> '''Everybody in barracks:''' ''Eagle River?!''
* OneOfTheBoys: For a fun game, try to figure out if Kowalski (played by MsFanservice Creator/KristySwanson) 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: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d; a conspirator mentions that he finds public places to be the ''best'' place to have secret meetings. While they're at a boxing match.
* OwMyBodyPart: When Kent meets Ramada at the bar, he picks her up and spins her around. Her handbag hits a waitress, causing a seeming chain of collisions leading to somebody yelling, "Ow, my eye!"
* ParrotExposition: Lampshaded.
-->'''Ramada:''' I am the shrink.\\
'''Topper:''' You're the shrink?\\
'''Ramada:''' [[AskAStupidQuestion That's what the diploma says.]]
* PlayingPossum: Spoofed.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Fuck" is said twice in the film:
** "I don't have a clue what you're talkin' about, Phil. Don't have a fuckin' clue."
** When Topper [[BrickJoke gives the batteries to Owatonna at the end]], Owatonna replies in subtitles, "It's about fucking time."
* PropheticName: "Dead Meat" and "Washout".
* PubliclyDiscussingTheSecret: The two conspirators have their OvertRendezvous at a noisy boxing match.
-->'''Lieutenant Commander Block''': [[LampshadeHanging Isn't this place a little public?]]\\
'''Wilson''': [[HiddenInPlainSight No, a crowd offers remarkable anonymity.]]
* RapidFireComedy: In traditional Abrahams fashion.
* RedShirt: Dead Meat. The film telegraphs his upcoming death so hard that it would be more shocking if he ''didn't'' die.
* {{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, people falling off an aircraft carrier's flight deck, and other people accidentally sitting on a chihuahua.
* SacrificialLamb: Again, Dead Meat.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Played relatively straight here, but see the sequel...
* ShellShockedVeteran: Spoofed with Tug Benson. At a soldier's funeral he hears the 21-gun salute and ''returns fire''.
-->'''Benson''': 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: While the film primarily spoofs ''Film/TopGun'', it also draws material from films like ''Film/DancesWithWolves'', ''Film/{{Rocky}}'', ''Film/{{Superman|TheMovie}}'', ''Film/TheGodfather'', ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', and many more.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Dead Meat and his wife.
* SittingSexyOnAPiano: Ramada's musical number. Followed immediately by "Falling Sexy Right Off A Piano", and including, somehow, "Walking Sexy On The Upright Piano Cover".
* SoundOff: Parodied by a group shouting lines from "I Have a Little Dreidel" and ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' theme.
** Thing is, ''it works''.
* SpicyLatina: Ramada. Not Spanish (the actress playing her was half-Italian and half-Greek), but damn close.
* TalkingAnimal: The birds that are almost hit by the jets in the beginning.
--> "Hey, you singed my tailfeathers."
** The duck that Washout accidentally sets his sights on during the training exercise audibly exclaims "Uh oh!" when it notices it has a jet fighter bearing down on it.
* 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...
* 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''?
* ThreeVolleyFlinch: {{Parodied}} at Dead Meat's funeral. While his widow does the (understandable) flinching from hearing the salute, Admiral Benson all of a sudden thinks that the funeral is under attack and retaliates in kind with his sidearm and some ''grenades'' he carried just in case... while "protecting" the tearful, freaking-out widow.
-->'''Benson''': God, I love a good funeral!
* 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... [[HavingAHeart 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.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Several of Dead Meat's lines end with "What could go wrong?" -- including his last one.
-->'''Dead Meat''': I'm in a hospital! What could go wrong?
* XRaySparks: Topper Harley walks out of an office into a hallway filled with electrical wires that are giving off sparks. He closes the door, and through the door's translucent window pane the audience sees Harley's skeleton as he's electrocuted. The skeleton then falls to the ground bone by bone. When the office's door is opened, Harley is whole again but has frazzled hair.