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Original Film

  • Acceptable Targets: Since it's a Jim Abrahams creation, pretty much every group under the sun - yes, even Native Americans (in 1991!).
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Possibly Dead Meat's death, but for sure his funeral.
  • Ho Yay: Wash out is very interested in Topper from the beginning of their acquaintance, he wants to say goodbye to Topper when he is fired, and when Topper manages the action and comes out in one piece, the others cheer, but he bursts out in tears of joy. Not to mention running to him with open arms in the happy end.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Washout is played by Jon Cryer, who would later reunite with Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.
    • In Part Deux, Ryan Stiles plays a member of Topper's team ("I'm looking forward to blowing something up.") and would later play Dr. Herb Melnick, who marries Alan's (Cryer) ex-wife Judith.

Part Deux

  • Even Better Sequel: The original film is a clever spoof of Top Gun but the "Ace Pilot Flyboy" movies just don't have the same wealth of material to joke around with as the Rambo-esque action movies. In Part Deux the jokes come faster and is a more spot-on parody.
  • Genius Bonus: At point Benson calls the Japanese Prime Minister "Tojo". He's not an essential character so it's pretty easy to have already forgotten that his name is Sato. But it's not just a random Cloud Cuckoo Lander moment - Tojo was the prime minister of Japan during World War II.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After Charlie Sheen's breakdown and claims of "Winning!" the Fight Clubbing scene where he defeats his opponent and says in a high-pitched voice "You win!" is funnier than it should be.
    • And, of course, a second invasion of Iraq a second invasion of Iraq with an idiot president at the helm..
    • Said invasion involves a one-on-one duel between the president and Saddam himself. In the build up to the real war, Saddam actually challenged the president to one (although it never happened).
  • Stalking Is Love: Ramada's first husband.
  • Uncanny Valley: The chicken about to be fired from a bow.

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