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YMMV: Top Gun

  • Discredited Meme: At the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (formerly known as TOPGUN) today, anyone on staff who quotes or references this movie gets fined $5.
    • Anyone caught singing "Danger Zone" while piloting a Tomcat, supposedly, is considered a hostile. It's hopefully all a joke, but ejected pilots who sing Take My Breath Away are to be shot at.
      • Considering that the only country that still has them on active duty is the Islamic Republic of Iran this may well be true.
  • Ear Worm: "Danger Zone," of course.
    • It's also Awesome Music.
    • Livin' for the small town hot summer nights...
    • The film's instrumental theme as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: For all the accusations of Homoerotic Subtext between the male characters, it's since turned out that the only one of the film's main stars who's definitely gay in Real Life is in fact the female lead, Kelly McGillis.
  • Ho Yay: Put it this way; when the studio saw the initial cut, they made the film-makers call Cruise and McGillis back to shoot extra scenes, as the romance between Maverick and Charlie seemed so perfunctory compared to Maverick's "friendship" with Goose. Even in the finished product it's rather blatant — "I'm gonna have somebody's butt for this!", the volleyball scene, "You can be my wingman any time...", "This stuff gives me a hard-on."/"Don't tease me."
    • Even in the final version, Tom Cruise arguably has far more chemistry with Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards than he does with McGillis.
  • Karma Houdini: Iceman is one, sort of. When he and Mav engaged Jester, he broke away when Ghost Rider was exactly in position for the jet blast to hit. Therefore, Iceman is basically responsible for Goose's death. But nobody mentioned it or noticed, apparently. Not even Mav, who was there when it happened. While Ice isn't actually a bad guy, just arrogant, he still qualifies.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I feel the need... The need for speed!"
  • Mood Whiplash / Narm: The scene that immediately follows Goose's tragic and untimely death is... a Shower Scene, complete with a gratuitous shot of Tom Cruise's butt in tighty-whities.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Dear lord, those fighter jets...
  • Narm Charm
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Mixed.
  • So Cool It's Awesome: A Fountain of Memes, Crowning Music of Awesome, great battle scenes, F-14 Tomcats... What could be expected from this movie?
  • Song Association: "Danger Zone" again.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Goose.
  • Values Dissonance: Although this movie is today often enjoyed ironically for its (arguably) unintentional Ho Yay, when it was first released in the U.S. it was wildly successful. In Japan, however, it was almost immediately branded a "gay" movie for those very reasons and is rarely viewed as anything else even today, possibly due to the choice of voice actors.
    • Maddox didn't help much with his Top Gun article.

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