- Acceptable Targets: Since it's a Jim Abrahams creation, pretty much every group under the sun - yes, even Native Americans (in 1991!).
- Acceptable Political Targets: Saddam Hussein. It was 1991 after all.
- Awesome Music: Sylvester Levay's rocking anthem during the opening and ending credits, a wonderful homage to the famous theme from Top Gun.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Possibly Dead Meat's death, but for sure his funeral.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Admiral Benson's eulogy eventually involves characters from The Godfather, which is made funnier given what Lloyd Bridges later appeared in.
- Ramada's bisexual flirting is made funnier by the setup for The Reveal in the sequel.
- 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.
- Dead Meat is William O'Leary, later to be recognized as Tim's brother Marty on Home Improvement and General Xaviax from Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. His wife is Heidi Swedberg, who'll go on to be Susan Ross on Seinfeld.
- Mailman is Whose Line Is It Anyway? staple Ryan Stiles, who not only starred with Cryer and Sheen on Two and a Half Men, but also was in the sequel in a larger role.
YMMV / Hot Shots!