60+ Supersonic Top Gun: Maverick Quotes

Top Gun Maverick Quotes

Top Gun: Maverick is an American action drama film from the year 2022, and is a sequel to the 1986 movie Top Gun. In this article, we share with you the best Top Gun: Maverick quotes, and I guarantee you’ll enjoy them.

Top Gun: Maverick was written by Eric Warren Singer, Ehren Kruger, and Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Joseph Kosinski. The movie stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, Monica Barbaro, and others.

The movie follows the return of Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell to the U.S. Navy as an instructor at “Top Gun”, where he must teach and prepare a group of young pilots on a dangerous mission across enemy lines, where lives are on stake. Among the young pilots is also Lt. Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, who is Goose’s son. Goose was Maverick’s flight partner in the first movie, who died during flight.

Production for a sequel to Top Gun (1986) was announced already back in 2010, when Cruise and Kilmer were approached to play in the sequel, and for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott to be part of the project as well. However, in 2012, Tony Scott took his own life, and production for a sequel was halted.

In 2017, Kosinski was hired to direct the planned sequel and a new draft of the script was written. The movie premiered on at CinemaCon on April 28, 2022 and later on in cinemas all over the world. It has received positive reviews, with some claiming it is even better than the original.

Production of the movie amounted to $170 million. To the day of writing this article, it has grossed more than $321 million, with the amount clearly on the rise. Top Gun: Maverick is dedicated to the memory of the later Tony Scott,  who directed the original Top Gun movie from 1986. We also have a separate page for Top Gun quotes, with the most memorable quotes from the first film.

And now, let’s take off to the best Top Gun: Maverick quotes.

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Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell Quotes from Top Gun: Maverick

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Good morning, aviators! This is your captain speaking. Today’s exercise is dogfighting.


Chester ‘Hammer’ Cain: The end is inevitable, Maverick. Your kind is headed for extinction.

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Maybe so, sir. But not today.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: You think up there, you’re dead, believe me.


Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky: One last thing, who’s the better pilot, you or me?

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: It was a nice moment. Let’s not ruin it.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Having fun yet?


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Talk to me, Goose.


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: Please don’t tell me we lost an engine.

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Alright, I won’t tell you that.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Thank you, Ice, for everything.


Amelia: Captain, still?

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Highly decorated Captain!


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Easy, Maverick. Let’s try not to get fired on the first day.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Today we’ll start with what you only think you know.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting an invitation back.

Solomon ‘Warlock’ Bates: They’re called orders, Maverick.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: I intend to push your limits. Show me what you’re made of.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Leaving your wingman. There’s a strategy I haven’t seen in a while.


Penny Benjamin: Who did you piss off this time?

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Another admiral.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Forget the book. Trust your instincts. Don’t think, just do!


Solomon ‘Warlock’ Bates: You two have something in common. Cyclone here was first in his class back in 88.

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Actually, sir, I finished second. Just want to manage expectations.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Rooster just saved your lives, fellas, but it’s gonna cost him.


Bernie ‘Hondo’ Coleman: I don’t like that look, Mav.

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: It’s the only one I got.


Solomon ‘Warlock’ Bates: What exactly do you suppose you were teaching, captain?

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: That as good as they are sir, they still have something to learn.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: I don’t sail boats, Penny. I land on them.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Why are they dead?

Javy ‘Coyote’ Machado: I slowed down and I didn’t give her a warning. It was my fault.

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Was there a reason you didn’t communicate with your team?

Javy ‘Coyote’ Machado: I was focusing on…

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: One that their families will accept at their funeral.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: It’s not what I am, it’s who I am.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: If I send him on this mission, he might never come home. And if I don’t send him, he’ll never forgive me. Either way, I could lose him forever.


Natasha ‘Phoenix’ Trace: Sir, is this even achievable?

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: The answer to that question, will come down to the pilot in the box.


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: I saved your life!

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: I saved YOUR life! That’s the whole point!


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Just wave and smile.

Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw Quotes from Top Gun: Maverick

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: What were you thinking?

Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: You told me not to think.


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: My dad believed in you. I’m not going to make the same mistake.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Thank you for saving my life.

Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: It’s what my dad would have done.


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: Hangman, the only place you’ll lead anyone is an early grave.


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: Talk to me, dad.


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: It’s not the plane. It’s the pilot.


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: How are we gonna get this museum piece in the air?


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: Come on Mav. Don’t think, just do.

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin Quotes from Top Gun: Maverick

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: What do we have here? If it ain’t Phoenix. And here I thought we were special, ‘Coyote’.


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Penny, my dear.

Penny Benjamin: Yeah.

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Four more on the old-timer.

Penny Benjamin: There you go.

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Thank you. Much appreciated, pops.


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Bradshaw, as I live and breathe.

Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: Hangman, you look good.

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: I’m real good Rooster. I’m very good. In fact, I am too good to be true.


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Who’s gonna to be team leader? Which one of you all has what it takes to follow me?


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Thanks for the beers, come back anytime.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: What happened?

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Well, I flew as fast as I can. Kind of like my ass was depended on it.

Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: And, you put your team in danger and your wingman is dead.

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: They couldn’t keep up.


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: You really don’t get it. On this mission, a man flies like Maverick here, or a man does not come back.


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, this is your…savior speaking.


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: This guy needs an ego check.


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: You’re not flying fast enough. You don’t have a second to waste.


Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: You’re going into combat, son. In a level no living pilot has ever seen. Not even him. That’s no time thinking about the past.


Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw: Hey, Hangman. You look good.

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: I am good Rooster. I’m very good.

Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson Quotes from Top Gun: Maverick

Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell. Your reputation proceeds you.

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Thank you, sir.

Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: Wasn’t a compliment.


Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: Seems like we’re not the only ones holding onto old relics.


Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: Tragic what happened.

Solomon ‘Warlock’ Bates: Captain Mitchell was cleared of any wrong doing. Goose’s death was an accident.

Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: That how you see it, captain? That how Goose’s son sees it?


Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: Let me be perfectly blunt. You are not my first choice. In fact, you weren’t even on the list. You are here on the request of Admiral Kazansky. Now, Iceman happens to be a man I deeply admire, and he seems to think you have something left to offer to the Navy. What that is I can’t imagine.


Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: You fly for Top Gun, or you don’t fly for the Navy ever again.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Sir, they’re not ready.

Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: Well, it was your job to get them ready.

Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Sir, they have to believe that this mission can be flown.

Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: And all you’ve managed to do was teach them that it can’t.


Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson: You have put me in a difficult position, captain. On the one hand, you have demonstrated that this mission can be flown. Perhaps the only way it can be survived. On the other hand, you did it by stealing a multi-million-dollar military air craft and flying it in such a matter that it may never be airborne again.

Honorable Mention Quotes

Chester ‘Hammer’ Cain: Thirty plus years of service. Combat medals. Citations. Only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last forty years. Yet, you can’t get a promotion, you won’t retire, and despite your best efforts, you refuse to die. You should be at least a two-star admiral by now. Yet, here you are, captain. Why is that?


Chester ‘Hammer’ Cain: For reasons known only to the Almighty and your guardian angel, you’ve been called back to Top Gun.


Natasha ‘Phoenix’ Trace: Fellas, this is here is Bagman.

Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin: Hangman.

Natasha ‘Phoenix’ Trace: Whatever.


Natasha ‘Phoenix’ Trace: What do they call you?

Robert ‘Bob’ Floyd: Bob.

Javy ‘Coyote’ Machado: No, your call sign.

Robert ‘Bob’ Floyd: Eh, Bob.


Natasha ‘Phoenix’ Trace: Everyone here is the best there is. Who the hell are they gonna get to teach us?


Natasha ‘Phoenix’ Trace: That’s why we call him Hangman. He’ll always hang you out to dry.


Meek Engineer: Put that in your Pentagon budget!


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Where am I?

Kid: Earth.


Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Are you mad at me?

Penny Benjamin: Oh, Pete. I can never stay mad at you. That’s the problem.


Penny Benjamin: Pete, trust me. As improbable as it seems right now, somehow you’ll be back in a fighter plane with your tail on fire.


Penny Benjamin: I’m afraid rules are rules. You’re lucky it’s early.


Penny Benjamin: Those are your pilots. If anything happens to them, you’ll never forgive yourself.


Solomon ‘Warlock’ Bates: Your instructor is one of the finest pilots this program has ever produced. His exploits are legendary. What he has to teach you, may very well mean the difference between life and death.


Solomon ‘Warlock’ Bates: I think the Admiral is asking a rhetorical question.

Interesting Facts about Top Gun: Maverick

Now, after you’ve been swept away and enjoyed the quotes from the movie, it’s time to find out some interesting facts about Top Gun: Maverick. Wear you seat belt, because we’re taking off…

  1. Tom Cruise’s Airplane – The World War II P-51 Mustang airplane that you see in the movie, is actually Cruise’s own plane. Cruise has many different licenses in real life, and one of them is to fly an airplane. He is known to be an accomplished pilot.
  2. Filming Was Rough – According to Miles Teller who plays the role of Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw in the movie, 3 of the 6 new actors threw up every single day during filming in the jets.
  3. Choosing Their Own NicknamesMiles Teller said that the actors got to choose their own nicknames or call signs for the movie. He said that he chose ‘Rooster’ because it’s in the same family as ‘Goose’.
  4. Not So Much CGI as You May Think – To the demands of Tom Cruise, there was minimal use with CGI and green screen for the aerial shots. That is why the actors went through extensive G-force training sessions to be able to withstand the G-force pressures on them during filming.
  5. Cruise Prepared the Training Himself – Tom Cruise prepared an aviation training course that lasted for 3 months all by himself. He did this so the new actors will be ready to handle a ride in an F-18 plane.
  6. A Whole Lot of Footage – According to Miles Teller, the amount of footage shot for the film is staggering. They have shot more footage for the film than the run time of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  7. One Shot That Lifted the Roof – At the beginning of the film, Tom Cruise flies the experimental plane over the character played by Ed Harris. The roof of the shack where Harris stood was not supposed to be lifted, as it did when ‘Maverick’ flew past it. However, production had only one chance to shoot this scene, and so they had to keep this in the final version of the movie.
  8. Father and Son – Lewis Pullman, who plays the role of Robert ‘Bob’ Floyd, is Bill Pullman’s son, who’s also an actor where he played the role of U.S. President in the movie Independence Day. In that movie, he flew the older version of the F/A-18 Hornet, only he did it in the studio in ID4, while his son flew inside the Super Hornet.
  9. Hangman’s Song on the Jukebox – When Hangman goes to choose a song at the bar, he punches the keys 8 and 6 on the jukebox. A reference to the first Top Gun movie that was release in 1986.
  10. Homage to Many Other Movies – If you watch closely, you’ll see that Top Gun: Maverick pays homage to a lot of other movies, among them are: Star Wars: A New Hope, Iron Eagle II, The Right Stuff, Mission: Impossible, and The Great Escape.
  11. The Enemy Planes – If you’ve been wondering about the aircrafts of the enemies in the movie, then know that those aircrafts are in-fact Sukhoi Su-57 Felon 5th generation fighters.
  12. It’s in Iran – If you’ve been wondering who’s the enemy and where the combat scenes take place, then it’s in Iran. In the movie, Maverick steals an F-14 from enemy base to return to the aircraft carrier after his F-18 is crashed. Iran is the only country besides United States that used and flew F-14 fighters.
  13. Maverick’s Plane from the Original Top Gun – When Maverick arrives at Top Gun for the first time, he stops near an F-14 “Gate Gurdian” fighter. This plane is actually Maverick’s original plane from the first Top Gun movie from 1986. It has Maverick’s name under its canopy, as well as three aircraft symbols on its nose. These symbols represent the three Migs that Maverick shot down in the 1986 movie.

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