Negative Ghost Rider


What does Negative Ghost Rider mean?

Negative Ghost Rider is a memorable quote from the movie Top Gun, said near the beginning of the film, as Maverick (played by Tom Cruise) requested a flyby.

His request was denied by the tower with the phrase “Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full”.

The quote is used by fans of the film as a means of saying no, both online and offline. It is also often featured on reaction image macros and GIFs.


What's the origin of Negative Ghost Rider?

Top Gun was premiered in the US on May 16th, 1986. The film tells the story of fighter jet pilots.

At the beginning of the film, the protagonist, Maverick is requesting a flyby from the communications tower, which denies him with the phrase “Negative Ghost Rider”.

This, however, does not stop Maverick, who proceeds to do the trick, giving a strong impression of his character to the audience of the film. The scene remains one of the most memorable from the film, often referenced to this day.

Spread & Usage

How did Negative Ghost Rider spread?

The great success of Top Gun had led to the phrase “Negative Ghost Rider” becoming a widely spread synonym to “No”. “Negative Ghost Rider” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2005.

It may be encountered both on- and offline, in conversations, serving as a humorous way of denying something.

“Negative, Ghost Rider” may appear as a catchphrase, as well as a reaction image macro and GIF.

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