Pete "Maverick" Mitchell - Top Gun
Tom Cruise's Maverick created a sensation upon the film's debut (and moved more Ray Bans and Kenny Loggins records than we should be comfortable with), but he was in fact the latest and greatest of a unique American tradition. Flyboys defined the Hollywood blockbuster with Howard Hughes's Hell's Angels in 1930 and Top Gun as its supersonic contemporary. Like his namesake, Maverick is a hothead who does it his way. But hey, if you lost your best friend, what kind of shape would you be in to saddle up and chase down a few Migs? Actually, it doesn't matter. Get your ass to the danger zone and go start World War III, cadet.