Happy America Day, bitches! This list features the most super-badass, patriotic, Star-Spangled-USA-God-Bless-Us-All Americans in the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave (sorry, known universe). But also only the ones in pop culture. Because America.
10. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
It’s not surprising R. Lee Ermey, who played Hartman, was an actual drill sergeant. He was kind of a sadist when it came to training his troops, but he sure did love America.
Tom Cruise has actually played a few patriots (see also “A Few Good Men” and “Born on the Fourth of July”), but the best is Maverick in “Top Gun.” You knew the skies were sawith Maverick and Iceman up there taking out commies.
8. The Mighty Ducks in “D2”
They’re like the pubescent version of the 1980 USA ockey team.
7. Lt. Aldo Raine
In Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” Brad Pitt’s Raine gathered a lethal team of Jewish-American soldiers just to add a little extra “F--- you, Hitler.” It’s a touch only a real American could come up with.
6. Leslie Knope
It takes a true patriot to love the least-lovable part of our American system: the inner workings of government bureaucracy. Leslie Knope is that patriot.
5. Team America
America, F--- Yeah!
Read the comic book “The Red Son,” which imagines what would have happened in the Cold War had Superman landed in Soviet Russia instead of Kansas, and try not to shudder in fear at the sight of a red and yellow commie Supes.
3. Stephen Colbert
I am America. And so can you. ’Nuff said.
2. Ron Swanson
Let’s see, there’s: meat on sticks, bourbon, overeating, bacon, a love of superstores, mustaches, bacon, cigars, a distrust of government and bacon. Yup, Ron Swanson just won America.
1. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
We’d argue he’s the quintessential American patriot. He’s bare-chested, sports a beard that would make lumberjacks jealous, wrestles, is prone to waving an American flag when he’s especially amped and his primary choice of weapon is a 2x4.