Pete Mitchell (Top Gun)

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Pete Mitchell
Portrayed by Tom Cruise
Nickname(s) Maverick
Gender Male
Occupation United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant
Significant other(s) Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood

LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is a fictional character and the protagonist of the 1986 film Top Gun directed by Tony Scott. The character was portrayed by Tom Cruise.[1][2]


Top Gun (1986)[edit]

In Top Gun, Pete Mitchell is a passionate United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. His call sign is "Maverick". The macho students of an elite U.S. Flying school for advanced fighter pilots compete to be best in the class, and one romances the teacher.[3]

Other references[edit]

In the highly popular Japanese video game Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, the main character Yuuya Bridges is based on Maverick even being given the nickname "Top Gun" as reference to the movie. Yuuya was also responsible for the death of his squad commander due to a miscalculation during a test flight, which is also a reference to the death of "Goose".

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