Viper Quotes in Top Gun (1986)


Viper Quotes:

  • Viper: Good morning, gentlemen, the temperature is 110 degrees.

    Wolfman: Holy shit, it's Viper!

    Goose: Viper's up here, great... oh shit...

    Maverick: Great, he's probably saying, "Holy shit, it's Maverick and Goose."

    Goose: Yeah, I'm sure he's saying that.

  • Viper: I flew with your old man. VF-51, the Oriskany. You're a lot like he was. Only better... and worse. He was a natural heroic son of a bitch that one.

    Maverick: So he did do it right.

    Viper: Yeah, he did it right... Is that why you fly the way you do? Trying to prove something? Yeah, your old man did it right. What I'm about to tell you is classified. It could end my career. We were in the worst dogfight I ever dreamed of. There were bogeys like fireflies all over the sky. His F-4 was hit, and he was wounded, but he could've made it back. He stayed in it, saved three planes before he bought it.

    Maverick: How come I never heard that before?

    Viper: Well, that's not something the State Department tells dependents when the battle occurred over the wrong line on some map.

    Maverick: So you were there?

    Viper: I was there. What's on your mind?

    Maverick: My options, sir.

    Viper: Simple. First you've acquired enough points to show up tomorrow and graduate with your Top Gun class, or you can quit. There'd be no disgrace. That spin was hell, it would've shook me up.

    Maverick: So you think I should quit?

    Viper: I didn't say that. The simple fact is you feel responsible for Goose and you have a confidence problem. Now I'm not gonna sit here and blow sunshine up your ass, Lieutenant. A good pilot is compelled to evaluate what's happened, so he can apply what he's learned. Up there, we gotta push it. That's our job. It's your option, Lieutenant. All yours.

    Maverick: Sorry to bother you on a Sunday, sir, but thank you very much for your time.

    Viper: No problem. Good luck.

  • Viper: How ya doin'?

    Maverick: I'm all right.

    Viper: Goose is dead.

    Maverick: I know.

    Viper: You fly jets long enough, something like this happens.

    Maverick: He was my R.I.O., my responsibility.

    Viper: My squadron, we lost 8 of 18 aircraft. 10 men. First one dies, you die too. But there will be others. You can count on that. You gotta let him go. You gotta let him go.

  • Viper: [to Maverick] You'll pick up your RIO when you get to the ship, and if you don't, give me a call. I'll fly with you.

  • Viper: Top Gun rules of engagement are written for your safety and for that of your team. They are not flexible, nor am I. Either obey them or you are history. Is that clear?

  • Viper: In case some of you are wondering who the best is, they are up here on this plaque.

    [turns to Maverick]

    Viper: Do you think your name will be on that plaque?

    Maverick: Yes, sir.

    Viper: That's pretty arrogant, considering the company you're in.

    Maverick: Yes, sir.

    Viper: I like that in a pilot.

  • Viper: [discussing Maverick] Let me ask you something. If you had to go into battle, would you want him with you?

    Jester: I don't know, I just don't know

  • Viper: Maverick, I flew with his old man. Tell me one thing, if you had to go into battle would you want him with you?

    Jester: I don't know, I just don't know.

  • Viper: [after the first hop with Jester ends with Maverick shooting down Jester at the hard deck and Maverick doing a fly-by near a tower] Gentlemen... You had a hell of a first day. The hard deck for this hop was 10,000 feet. You knew it, you broke it. You followed Commander Heatherly below after he lost sight of you and called no joy. Why?

    Maverick: Sir! I had Commander Heatherly in my sights, he saw me move in for the kill. He then proceeded below the hard deck. We weren't below 10,000 for more than a few seconds. I had the shot, there was no danger, so I took it.

    Viper: You took it... AND BROKE A MAJOR RULE OF ENGAGEMENT. Then you broke another one with that, uh, circus stunt fly-by.

    [Viper sighs]

    Viper: Lieutenant Mitchell... Top Gun rules of engagement exists for your safety and for that of your team. They are not flexible, nor am I. Either obey them, or you're history. Is that clear?

  • Viper: Damn, this kid is good!

  • Jester: His fitness report says it all. Flies by the seat of his pants, totally unpredictable.

    Viper: He got you, didn't he?

    Jester: [pauses] Yeah, he got me.

  • Viper: [after the dogfight with Viper] Okay, gentleman, knock it off. Let's go home, Viper has the lead.

  • [Jester and Viper watch a frustrated Maverick walk off after having a falling out with Sundown]

    Jester: He can't get back in the saddle, won't engage.

    Viper: It's only been a few days.

    Jester: You know, he just might not make it back.

    Viper: Keep sending him up.

  • Shingen: What are you?

    Viper: A chemist, a nihilist, a capitalist, a mutation.

    [licks a pen]

    Viper: A viper.

    [stabs Shingen with the pen]

  • Viper: I'm sorry, I wish I could say more, but I was hired in part for my discretion.

    Logan: I'm sure you were.

    Viper: That and a certain talent for combining biochemistry and metaphysics. High-grade toxins are my specialty. It helps to be genetically immune to every poison known to man, as I am. And immune to the toxin that is man himself as I am.

    Logan: I'll tell you what, you twisted mutant bitch, why don't you open these bracelets and we'll see who's made of what?

    [Logan pops his claws trying to break the bracelets]

    Viper: The claws. Now we can begin.

  • Viper: Now you die!

    Yukio: Today is not my day.

    [wraps an elevator cable around Viper's neck and drops an elevator down]

  • Harada: The mutant has powers.

    Viper: He's just a man, now. His flesh is weak now. I did that. I suppressed his power so he could be taken.

  • Mariko: I am the head of this family now.

    Viper: And why do you suppose that is? Why do you think the old man chose you? Because you are strong? Or because you are weak?

  • Logan: [struggling in a chair] I can do this all day, you twisted mutant bitch!

    Viper: You have courage... but that won't save you now.

    [the Silver Samurai activates]

  • Tigress: [seeing Po bounce down the palace steps] If he's smart, he won't come back up those steps.

    Monkey: But, he will.

    Viper: He's not gonna quit, is he?

    Mantis: He's not gonna quit bouncing, I'll tell you that.

  • Viper: Are you ready?

    Po: I was born read...

    [Viper attacks, Po is flung and lands on his head]

    Viper: I'm sorry, Brother! I thought you said you were ready.

    Po: That was awesome! Let's go again!

  • Po: [dazed] What are you pointing at? Oh! Okay. Sorry, I just wanted to see who the Dragon Warrior was.

    Oogway: How interesting.

    Tigress: Master, are you pointing at... me?

    Oogway: Him.

    Po: Who?

    [Moves around, Oogway's finger follows him]

    Oogway: You.

    Po: What?

    Oogway: [Raising Po's arm with his stick] The universe has brought us the Dragon Warrior!

    Po: What?

    TigressCraneMonkeyMantisViper: What?

    Shifu: WHAT?

    Mr. Ping: WHAT?

  • Viper: [as they're fighting Tai Lung on a rope bridge] Monkey!

    Mantis: Go!

    [Monkey gives the rope to Mantis and charges into battle]

    Mantis: What was I thinking?

  • Viper: [upon seeing Sinclair] This one's for Sol.

  • Viper: Impressive, Dragon Warrior! What's your plan?

    Po: Step one, free the Five!

    Viper: What's step two?

    Po: Honestly, I didn't think I was gonna make it this far.

    Tigress: Po!

    Po: Uh, stop Shen before he gets to the harbor!

  • Po: The peacock was there the last time I saw my parents! He knows what happened! Where I came from! Who I am.


    Po: Look, I'm going. I have to know. The hardcore can't understand.

    [Tigress lunges at Po]

    Viper: Tigress, no!

    [Tigress hugs Po; Crane's jaw drops]

    Tigress: The hardcore DO understand. But I can't watch my friend be killed.

    [pulls away]

    Tigress: [to the rest] We're going.

    Crane: Uh, maybe you can't watch *me* be killed?

    Tigress: Stop being a wimp.

    Monkey: ...And, she's back.

  • Po: They must be close. I can feel a Kung Fu chill riding up my spine.

    Viper: Sorry, Po. It's just me.

  • Viper: Now you shall taste my poison!

  • Viper: Who are you?

    Hiro: You killed my father!

    Viper: I kill many fathers.

  • Summer: So there's a whole town with people like you?

    Jack: [pause] There was.

    Summer: And none of you could go out during the day?

    Jack: Kinda comes with the territory of being a nightwalker.

    Lance: Nightwalker?

    Jack: Aha.

    Viper: Sounds so much better than "vampire". "Vampire" makes us sound like a bunch of blood-thirsty ghouls.

    [Lance was just about to say something]

    Viper: Don't you even say it! I'm not in the mood.

  • Viper: [to Doc and Summer, who were sitting doing nothing and talking about how Doc became a vampire] When you guys are done with social-hour, maybe you can let us know and we can all go look for bad guys. Is that ok?

  • Darwin: You're no different than anybody else.

    Viper: Oh is that right?

    Darwin: Yeah.

    Viper: You know, because I've never seen you haul shit. And I've never seen you get your fucking hands dirty.

    Dakota: Viper, we all know that he is very busy.

    Viper: Yeah, fucking you.

  • Viper: So what's your story?

    Neon: Me?

    Viper: Yeah. What are you doing here in Philadelphia?

    Neon: My um... my boyfriend and I were on our way to Florida, and we heard there was shelter and food here.

    Viper: You were misinformed.

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