A military drama movie starring Robert DeNiro
and Cuba Gooding. It is a Based on a True Story
movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Master Diver of the US Navy.
- Badass: Both Carl Brashear and William Sunday
- Badass Creed: "The Navy Diver is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert. If it is lost underwater, he finds it. If it's sunk, he brings it up. If it's in the way, he moves it. If he's lucky, he will die young, 200 feet beneath the waves, for that is the closest he'll ever get to being a hero. Hell, I don't know why anybody'd want to be a Navy diver."
- Determinator: Carl. Not only did he stayed underwater for over 9 hours assembling just so he could pass. He also didn't let having one of his legs heavily damaged get in the way of his military career.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Even though Carl saved the life of a fellow student who were trapped under the ship, it was the other student with him who ended up getting an award for it even though he actually fled from the scene.
- The Fake gives Carl the medal before they part ways one last time.
- Handicapped Badass: Carl, after losing his lower left leg
- Jackie Robinson Story
- Mundane Made Awesome: Who knew taking 12 steps forward could be so dramatic...
- The Obi-Wan: Sunday
- Pretty in Mink
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Sunday
- The Drunken Sailor: Sunday
- The Mentor: Sunday
- Training from Hell
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: It seems the story is over when Carl graduated from dive school. Cue the second half of the movie.