History Film / TheTransporter

19th Jun '16 7:44:22 AM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* VillainousValor: Both Wall Street and Lai's father display absolutely no fear when staring down the barrel of Frank and Lai's guns.
19th Jun '16 7:38:43 AM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* HiddenBadass: No one seems to expect a simple Transporter to be a BadAss former Special Forces operative. And remember the slimy gangster, [[CardCarryingVillain Wall Street]], who tried to have Frank's car blown up at the start of the first movie? The one who's always surrounded by henchmen, and comes off as a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sleazy businessman]] and DirtyCoward? Turns out he's the [[TheDragon only guy]] in the movie capable of giving Frank a half-decent fight. And something of a BloodKnight, what with telling Frank to "keep alive" so they can finish their earlier, aborted fight.

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* HiddenBadass: No one seems to expect a simple Transporter to be a BadAss former Special Forces operative. And remember the slimy gangster, [[CardCarryingVillain Wall Street]], who tried to have Frank's car blown up at the start of the first movie? The one who's always surrounded by henchmen, and comes off as a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sleazy businessman]] and DirtyCoward? Turns out he's the [[TheDragon only guy]] in the movie capable of giving Frank a half-decent fight. And something of a BloodKnight, what with telling Frank to "keep alive" so they can finish their earlier, aborted fight.



* HiddenBadass: Nobody, including Frank, realized Wall Street was the muscle in the enemy gang.



* WaifFu: The stick-thin Lola tries this on Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]

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* WaifFu: UnderestimatingBadassery: The stick-thin Lola tries this on bad guys do it to Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]He does it to Wall Street.


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* WaifFu: The stick-thin Lola tries this on Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]
6th Jun '16 10:08:30 PM Tallens
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* RevealingReflection: Frank discovers a bomb has been planted on his Audi when he sees it reflected in a puddle.
26th May '16 11:45:01 PM Morgenthaler
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** Lola: A {{Stripperiffic}} [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] with smeared mascara, who totes a couple of [=SMG=]s, looks perpetually high on drugs, and wears hooker boots and a [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]. Yeah, she can't be good news.

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** Lola: A {{Stripperiffic}} [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] blonde with smeared mascara, who totes a couple of [=SMG=]s, looks perpetually high on drugs, and wears hooker boots and a [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]. Yeah, she can't be good news.



* BlondesAreEvil: [[http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/75/93/13759331_ori.jpg Lola]]
3rd May '16 5:36:46 AM CharlesPhipps
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* KnockOutGas: The thieves disable an entire nightclub with this, despite the fact it would probably kill most of the occupants. Also, a case of OneDoseFitsAll.


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* MookChivalry: Averted with Frank getting in a tight area in order to make sure three goons don't beat the crap out of him. When driven out, he's almost overwhelmed.
3rd May '16 12:32:11 AM CharlesPhipps
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* UnderestimatingBadassery: A lot of the villains do this to Frank, with predictably (and awesomely) unfortunate results.
* WorldOfHam: Villains AND Heroes too!!



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The first movie managed to take this UpToEleven. What do you do to assassinate someone like Frank Martin? You have his house shot with [[MoreDakka several thousand rounds of machine gun ammo]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre multiple friggin' missiles]].
* WaifFu: The stick-thin Lola tries this on Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: An EliteMook from the first movie had a distinctive tattoo around his eye, carried a whip and took down Frank in ''one move''. Frank wakes up much later, but what happened to the cool mook?
** A better example is the second truck. Watch the convoy at the end closely: [[spoiler:There are two semi trucks full of prisoners, but only one gets "rescued". Where did the other one go?]]
*** Stopped off-screen.



* TrustMeImAnX: In ''2'', the mook that replaces the doctor says this to Frank. He couldn't sound less convincing if he tried.
* UnderwaterKiss: The Transporter steals the last breath of the Mook who fell into the water with him in this manner.
* UnholyMatrimony: Lola and Chillini.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Chillini does this ''on three separate occasions'' despite knowing from the first that Frank is a HiddenBadass.
** Wall Street does this in the first movie. He has Frank beaten, has back-up right around the corner, and then leaves to let his mooks finish the job. Didn't the trail of bodies this person left convince you to maybe just finish the job yourself? After all, you were the ''only'' one who even gave him a challenge!
* YouTasteDelicious: In the first sequel, Lola, who is by far the most depraved villain in the movie, [[FoeYay licks Frank]] when he is captured.
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Lola suffers a rather bad case of it.



* YourMakeupIsRunning: Valentina suffers a bad case of this.



* TheMafiya: The villains this time around are a bunch of sex trafficker members of this.



* TheOtherDarrin: Ed Skrein becomes this for Jason Statham.



* ToughActToFollow: Ed Skrein is the OtherDarren for Jason Statham in a series which made the latter famous and is iconically associated with him. Ed does a reasonably good job even if no one was particularly sold on him as a replacement.

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* ToughActToFollow: Ed Skrein is the OtherDarren YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The FemmeFatale in ''Refueled'' [[spoiler:intends to kill Frank to leave no witnesses, but has fallen for Jason Statham in a series which made the latter famous and is iconically associated with him. Ed does a reasonably good job even if no one was particularly sold on him as a replacement.so can't do it.]]



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The first movie managed to take this UpToEleven. What do you do to assassinate someone like Frank Martin? You have his house shot with [[MoreDakka several thousand rounds of machine gun ammo]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre multiple friggin' missiles]].
* TrustMeImAnX: In ''2'', the mook that replaces the doctor says this to Frank. He couldn't sound less convincing if he tried.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: A lot of the villains do this to Frank, with predictably (and awesomely) unfortunate results.
* UnderwaterKiss: The Transporter steals the last breath of the Mook who fell into the water with him in this manner.
* UnholyMatrimony: Lola and Chillini.
* WaifFu: The stick-thin Lola tries this on Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: An EliteMook from the first movie had a distinctive tattoo around his eye, carried a whip and took down Frank in ''one move''. Frank wakes up much later, but what happened to the cool mook?
** A better example is the second truck. Watch the convoy at the end closely: [[spoiler:There are two semi trucks full of prisoners, but only one gets "rescued". Where did the other one go?]]
*** Stopped off-screen.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Chillini does this ''on three separate occasions'' despite knowing from the first that Frank is a HiddenBadass.
** Wall Street does this in the first movie. He has Frank beaten, has back-up right around the corner, and then leaves to let his mooks finish the job. Didn't the trail of bodies this person left convince you to maybe just finish the job yourself? After all, you were the ''only'' one who even gave him a challenge!
* WorldOfHam: Villains AND Heroes too!!
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The FemmeFatale in ''Refueled'' [[spoiler:intends to kill Frank to leave no witnesses, but has fallen for him so can't do it.]]
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Lola in ''2'' and Valentina in ''3''.
* YouTasteDelicious: In the first sequel, Lola, who is by far the most depraved villain in the movie, [[FoeYay licks Frank]] when he is captured.
3rd May '16 12:25:57 AM CharlesPhipps
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* SwitchToEnglish: The Chinese father tells his daughter to converse in English with him (even though she speaks perfect Chinese), because language school was expensive.
* TastesLikeFriendship / ThroughHisStomach: Frank only opens the 'package' to give a BoundAndGagged Lai something to drink. Later after he reluctantly rescues her, Frank unties her bonds and leaves Lai a microwave meal of noodles, then goes to sleep, making it clear she's free to leave. He's surprised when she's still there to cook breakfast for him the next day. Later Frank calls Lai on trying to manipulate him via this trope.



* TastesLikeFriendship: Inspector Tarconi befriends an entire police precinct by showing off his cooking skill in the second film.
* TemptingFate: In the second movie, after Frank, Jack, and Lola have avoided pursuit from cops by jumping their car from the top of a parking garage to another under construction. The car skids to a stop near the edge, Lola's side facing out.
-->'''Lola''': (looking back) I think we lost 'em.
-->'''Frank''': (looking past her as a helicopter rises into view) Think again.
-->(Cut to shot from the rear of the helicopter. Automatic-gunfire is heard. The helicopter explodes.)
-->'''Lola''': (pulls arm with smoking pistol back into car) [[DefiedTrope Thought completed]]. Let's go.
** Played straight when Frank is chasing the Russian (who's hanging onto a bus) by driving up the canal in a jetski. The Russian mocks "The Driver" by shouting that he's no good on water -- cue an OhCrap moment as Frank launches the jetski out of the water onto the road behind the bus.



* TheOtherDarrin: Ed Skrein becomes this for Jason Statham.



* ToughActToFollow: Ed Skrein is the OtherDarren for Jason Statham in a series which made the latter famous and is iconically associated with him. Ed does a reasonably good job even if no one was particularly sold on him as a replacement.



* SwitchToEnglish: The Chinese father tells his daughter to converse in English with him (even though she speaks perfect Chinese), because language school was expensive.
* TastesLikeFriendship / ThroughHisStomach: Frank only opens the 'package' to give a BoundAndGagged Lai something to drink. Later after he reluctantly rescues her, Frank unties her bonds and leaves Lai a microwave meal of noodles, then goes to sleep, making it clear she's free to leave. He's surprised when she's still there to cook breakfast for him the next day. Later Frank calls Lai on trying to manipulate him via this trope.
** Inspector Tarconi befriends an entire police precinct by showing off his cooking skill in the second film.
* TemptingFate: In the second movie, after Frank, Jack, and Lola have avoided pursuit from cops by jumping their car from the top of a parking garage to another under construction. The car skids to a stop near the edge, Lola's side facing out.
-->'''Lola''': (looking back) I think we lost 'em.
-->'''Frank''': (looking past her as a helicopter rises into view) Think again.
-->(Cut to shot from the rear of the helicopter. Automatic-gunfire is heard. The helicopter explodes.)
-->'''Lola''': (pulls arm with smoking pistol back into car) [[DefiedTrope Thought completed]]. Let's go.
** Played straight when Frank is chasing the Russian (who's hanging onto a bus) by driving up the canal in a jetski. The Russian mocks "The Driver" by shouting that he's no good on water -- cue an OhCrap moment as Frank launches the jetski out of the water onto the road behind the bus.
3rd May '16 12:20:01 AM CharlesPhipps
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* ProductPlacement:
** In ''The Transporter'', we are treated to many loving shots of Frank's BMW -- up to two of the characters (Frank and Tarconi) telling us ''exactly'' what model it is.
** In ''Transporter 2'' and ''Transporter 3'', it's an Audi.
** All the Oranginas Frank drank in the first film.
* RuleOfCool: All of the movies survive on this but the sequels especially.
* SharpDressedMan: Frank. Lampshaded in scenes where he beats up a bunch of mooks, then gets a fresh suit out of his car.
* TheStoic [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a Heart of Gold]]: Inspector Tarconi suggests Frank is turning into this in the third film.



* PunkInTheTrunk: Lai, then two cops (both killed when the bomb went off) and for RuleOfThree Tarconi after Frank 'escaped' from the police station.
* RealityEnsues: Frank steals a car to continue his pursuit of the villains. The car is rendered undrivable inside an hour, and all Frank did was drive as fast as possible. The car simply wasn't made to withstand the kind of stress he puts on his BMW.
* ShoutOut: In the first movie, Frank pulls a series of kicks in all directions against multiple {{Mooks}} on all sides, resembling a famous BruceLee maneuver from ''Film/FistOfFury.''
* SissyVillain: Wall Street, with his exaggerated gestures, and feeling up of Frank.
* SmugSnake: Wall Street



* PapaWolf: ''Transporter 2'' is one of the few times you'll ''ever'' get to see Jason Statham showing a soft (well, as soft as an unsentimental hardass like Statham can be) and sensitive side; specifically, his kindness towards children.
* PsychoForHire: Lola is a straight example and Chillini is a variant, being an EvilutionaryBiologist [[HiredGuns For Hire]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Lola's "outfit" such as it is.



* PreClimaxClimax: Valentina figures they're both going to get killed, so why not one last bang? [[GladToBeAliveSex Despite having survived a dangerous]] CarChase Frank is definitely not in the mood.
* ShirtlessScene: In ''3'' Valentina keeps a sullen silence towards Frank [[EatingTheEyeCandy until he takes off his shirt]] to fight a gang of hoods. Later she threatens to throw his car keys off the cliff unless he strips for her again. He does.



* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Maissa has fallen in love with the BigBad and become his ally against the other girls.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Only Anna survives of the thieves but she donates the money to the girl's families and gives our heroes a hefty retirement fund.]]
* CoolBoat: The climax of the movie is on the villain's.



* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: What the plan of the girls is to spark.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: Maissa to the other girls.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: All of the girls appear to be this. [[spoiler: They're not, having been hardened to what they have to do to survive. They soften with Frank and his dad's influence.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Frank treats the four thieves as murderous criminals rather than SympatheticMurderer types like his father. [[spoiler: The revelation they were going to kill him and cruel lie about poisoning his father show him to have been right all along.]]
* IHaveYourWife: The thieves [[spoiler: kidnap Frank's father in order to force him to work with them, using an imaginary poison to add incentive.]]
* MsFanservice: All four of the thieves as well as the BigBad's girlfriend.
* PaidHarem: Maissa takes her place as the BigBad's personal mistress which affords her less horrible working conditions than the other girl's. It's implied she's come to like it.
* PapaWolf: Frank Martin Sr. is a very dangerous man when his son's safety is concerned.
* RetiredBadass: Frank Martin Sr. is newly one of these at the start of the movie. He's not happy about it.
* SexSlave: All four of the thieves are this at the start of the movie. Them getting out from under their owners (and getting compensated for their suffering by stealing their fortunes) is the focus of the film.



* PapaWolf: ''Transporter 2'' is one of the few times you'll ''ever'' get to see Jason Statham showing a soft (well, as soft as an unsentimental hardass like Statham can be) and sensitive side; specifically, his kindness towards children.
* PreClimaxClimax: Valentina figures they're both going to get killed, so why not one last bang? [[GladToBeAliveSex Despite having survived a dangerous]] CarChase Frank is definitely not in the mood.
* ProductPlacement:
** In ''The Transporter'', we are treated to many loving shots of Frank's BMW -- up to two of the characters (Frank and Tarconi) telling us ''exactly'' what model it is.
** In ''Transporter 2'' and ''Transporter 3'', it's an Audi.
** All the Oranginas Frank drank in the first film.
* PsychoForHire: Lola is a straight example and Chillini is a variant, being an EvilutionaryBiologist [[HiredGuns For Hire]].
* PunkInTheTrunk: Lai, then two cops (both killed when the bomb went off) and for RuleOfThree Tarconi after Frank 'escaped' from the police station.
* RealityEnsues: In the first film, Frank steals a car to continue his pursuit of the villains. The car is rendered undrivable inside an hour, and all Frank did was drive as fast as possible. The car simply wasn't made to withstand the kind of stress he puts on his BMW.
* RuleOfCool: The second and third movies subsist almost entirely on this.
* SharpDressedMan: Frank. Lampshaded in scenes where he beats up a bunch of mooks, then gets a fresh suit out of his car.
* ShirtlessScene: In ''3'' Valentina keeps a sullen silence towards Frank [[EatingTheEyeCandy until he takes off his shirt]] to fight a gang of hoods. Later she threatens to throw his car keys off the cliff unless he strips for her again. He does.
* ShoutOut: In the first movie, Frank pulls a series of kicks in all directions against multiple {{Mooks}} on all sides, resembling a famous BruceLee maneuver from ''Film/FistOfFury.''
* SissyVillain: Wall Street, with his exaggerated gestures, and feeling up of Frank.
* SmugSnake: Wall Street
* TheStoic [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a Heart of Gold]]: Inspector Tarconi suggests Frank is turning into this in the third film.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Lola's "outfit" such as it is.



3rd May '16 12:02:22 AM CharlesPhipps
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* GunsAkimbo: As noted above, Lola, though memory seems to recall Frank doing this a couple of times. Just look at the poster (pictured above).
* HiddenBadass: No one seems to expect a simple Transporter to be a BadAss former Special Forces operative. And remember the slimy gangster, [[CardCarryingVillain Wall Street]], who tried to have Frank's car blown up at the start of the first movie? The one who's always surrounded by henchmen, and comes off as a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sleazy businessman]] and DirtyCoward? Turns out he's the [[TheDragon only guy]] in the movie capable of giving Frank a half-decent fight. And something of a BloodKnight, what with telling Frank to "keep alive" so they can finish their earlier, aborted fight.
* JustAStupidAccent: Frank is obviously British, being played by the Stath and all, but he was apparently in the U.S. Special Forces.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Often happens in the film.
* MacGuffinEscortMission: Franks's job and the underlying plot of the movies.
* ObviouslyEvil: Several examples. Let's see:
** Wall Street: A ridiculously hammy SissyVillain in a [[ManOfWealthAndTaste dark suit]] with a BeardOfEvil, a PornStache, and an [[SmugSnake ever present smirk]], who does everything but feel Frank up during their first encounter. He even does a KubrickStare on his driver's license.
** Lola: A {{Stripperiffic}} [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] with smeared mascara, who totes a couple of [=SMG=]s, looks perpetually high on drugs, and wears hooker boots and a [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]. Yeah, she can't be good news.
** Chillini: A situational example-he's an Italian man in a [[ManInWhite white suit]] in a movie where the villains are drug dealers. Yep, he's a villain.
** Kasarov and his BigBadEnsemble are a bunch of sinister Russian {{Mafiya}} types who are always looking high on cocaine, StrawMisogynist types, and oozing menace.
* OneManArmy: If Frank was in the ''Special Forces'' before this comparatively easy job, it sends shivers down one's Goddamn spine of just ''what the hell'' he had to fight in the ''actual'' battlefields of the Transporter universe. Or the very concept that entire squads of warriors who are of Frank Martin's caliber exist in the Transporter universe....



* HumanShield: In the first movie after he's arrested Frank gets out of the police station this way, with the help of his detective friend who plays the hostage.
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Light fixtures, fire hoses, bicycle pedals, sweaters, motor oil -- the list goes on and on. One could call Frank the [=MacGyver=] of beating people up.
* KickTheDog: TheDragon in the first film spends most of his screen time kicking dogs in one form or another, starting with murdering one of his men on the off chance that they might talk. And then there's his speech to Frank and Lai in which he calls the latter a lying whore, accuses Frank of being dumb enough to let her trick him, and finishes with the following line about the 400 people they came to save from being smuggled in: "Just for the record there ''were'' 400 people in that container. Only three hundred ninety-five made it here alive."
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Wall Street, [[spoiler: Mr. Kwai]], Chillini (who is also a ManInWhite).
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Frank and Lai in the first film. He delivers her to the bad guys in a bag (letting her out at one point, causing her to nearly escape), and goes back to dole out some revenge when they try to blow him up with his car for breaking the agreement. Frank takes Lai with him (while she's bound) after she snuck into his getaway car. She repays him with sexual favors for this, and also to get him to dismantle her father's human transportation operation. Since he's also responsible for rescuing her, it kinda blends with RescueRomance.
* MeaningfulName
-->'''Wall Street:''' "I tell you, [[GuileHero Lai's the perfect name for her]]."
* MudWrestling: The Oil Fight.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Happens often in the first movie, particularly with Wall Street, his gangs of henchmen and Lai's dad, who all seem to be able to outrun speeding vehicles.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Although Wall Street has never met Frank before, he realises when Frank pockets the payment without checking it that he's opened the package (and therefore wants to get her off his hands ASAP).



* HowDoYouSay
-->'''Gianni:''' Perhaps I can help you! What part are you a little... how you say, "thick" on?
* IGaveMyWord: In ''2'', Frank has a Rule #4 which is "Never make a promise you can't keep." He promises to protect his young charge; when the boy is kidnapped, the BigBad informs Frank he's going to have to break that rule. Fat chance.
-->'''Jack:''' Frank, you promised you wouldn't let anybody hurt me! You promised!
-->'''Chillini:''' Never make promises you can't keep, my friend.
-->'''Frank:''' I don't.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Lola]] is impaled on a wall decoration about [[CurbStompBattle ten seconds]] after engaging Frank.1
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Weapons include coconuts, fire hoses, and ''an entire boat'' being renovated which Frank uses to crush a mook after knocking out the support props (the mook was stuck in the porthole).
* KingpinInHisGym: The main villain in the second movie is practicing Kendo against multiple opponents in his introductory scene.
* KissOfLife: Frank steals one from a mook in the second movie.
* MuggingTheMonster: ''Transporter 2'' opens with a violent gang of carjackers attempting to steal {{badass}} courier Frank Martin's car. When they try to beat him into giving them the code to start the car, Frank opens a can of whoopass that leaves the four men on the ground and their female accomplice fleeing in terror.
* MsFanservice: What ''doesn't'' Lola cater for? GunPorn (is [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]], [[MoreDakka full-auto]] silenced [[CoolGun Glocks]] with {{Laser Sight}}s enough for you?), ShamelessFanserviceGirl, ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow, TattooedCrook (on her [[ZettaiRyouiki inner thigh]], no less) CombatStilettos, many a LingerieScene (with black garters and StockingFiller), SexyCoatFlashing, HelloNurse (hello medical receptionist), SexySoakedShirt (gets wet in clothes in the fire sprinklers) and SexyBacklessOutfit.
* NotSoDifferent: Chillini tries this on Frank.



* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Valentina threatening to throw the keys to the exploding car off a cliff if Frank doesn't sleep with her.



* KickTheDog: The Ukrainian intelligence team in ''3'' shoot dead a police truck driver just to get their hands on the GPS system, even though they could have just threatened him. This is presumably [[spoiler:so we don't feel bothered when Frank sends them over the cliff later on.]]



* AThreesomeIsHot: After spending a night with the main female character in ''Refueled'', Frank Martin goes into another room to find his RetiredBadass father sleeping with two other women. Rather than feel outclassed, Frank just smiles. It's implied his father used to be a [[Film/JamesBond spy for British Intelligence]].




* GunsAkimbo: As noted above, Lola, though memory seems to recall Frank doing this a couple of times. Just look at the poster (pictured above).
* HiddenBadass: No one seems to expect a simple Transporter to be a BadAss former Special Forces operative. And remember the slimy gangster, [[CardCarryingVillain Wall Street]], who tried to have Frank's car blown up at the start of the first movie? The one who's always surrounded by henchmen, and comes off as a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sleazy businessman]] and DirtyCoward? Turns out he's the [[TheDragon only guy]] in the movie capable of giving Frank a half-decent fight. And something of a BloodKnight, what with telling Frank to "keep alive" so they can finish their earlier, aborted fight.
* HowDoYouSay
-->'''Gianni:''' Perhaps I can help you! What part are you a little... how you say, "thick" on?
* HumanShield: In the first movie after he's arrested Frank gets out of the police station this way, with the help of his detective friend who plays the hostage.
* IGaveMyWord: In ''2'', Frank has a Rule #4 which is "Never make a promise you can't keep." He promises to protect his young charge; when the boy is kidnapped, the BigBad informs Frank he's going to have to break that rule. Fat chance.
-->'''Jack:''' Frank, you promised you wouldn't let anybody hurt me! You promised!
-->'''Chillini:''' Never make promises you can't keep, my friend.
-->'''Frank:''' I don't.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Lola]] is impaled on a wall decoration about [[CurbStompBattle ten seconds]] after engaging Frank.
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Light fixtures, fire hoses, bicycle pedals, sweaters, motor oil -- the list goes on and on. One could call Frank the [=MacGyver=] of beating people up.
** In ''2'' his weapons include coconuts, fire hoses, and ''an entire boat'' being renovated which Frank uses to crush a mook after knocking out the support props (the mook was stuck in the porthole).
* JustAStupidAccent: Frank is obviously British, being played by the Stath and all, but he was apparently in the U.S. Special Forces.
* KickTheDog: TheDragon in the first film spends most of his screen time kicking dogs in one form or another, starting with murdering one of his men on the off chance that they might talk. And then there's his speech to Frank and Lai in which he calls the latter a lying whore, accuses Frank of being dumb enough to let her trick him, and finishes with the following line about the 400 people they came to save from being smuggled in: "Just for the record there ''were'' 400 people in that container. Only three hundred ninety-five made it here alive."
** The Ukrainian intelligence team in ''3'' shoot dead a police truck driver just to get their hands on the GPS system, even though they could have just threatened him. This is presumably [[spoiler:so we don't feel bothered when Frank sends them over the cliff later on.]]
* KingpinInHisGym: The main villain in the second movie is practicing Kendo against multiple opponents in his introductory scene.
* KissOfLife: Frank steals one from a mook in the second movie.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn
* MacGuffinEscortMission: Franks's job and the underlying plot of the movies.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Wall Street, [[spoiler: Mr. Kwai]], Chillini (who is also a ManInWhite).
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Frank and Lai in the first film. He delivers her to the bad guys in a bag (letting her out at one point, causing her to nearly escape), and goes back to dole out some revenge when they try to blow him up with his car for breaking the agreement. Frank takes Lai with him (while she's bound) after she snuck into his getaway car. She repays him with sexual favors for this, and also to get him to dismantle her father's human transportation operation. Since he's also responsible for rescuing her, it kinda blends with RescueRomance.
* MeaningfulName
-->'''Wall Street:''' "I tell you, [[GuileHero Lai's the perfect name for her]]."
* MudWrestling: The Oil Fight in the first movie.
* MuggingTheMonster: ''Transporter 2'' opens with a violent gang of carjackers attempting to steal {{badass}} courier Frank Martin's car. When they try to beat him into giving them the code to start the car, Frank opens a can of whoopass that leaves the four men on the ground and their female accomplice fleeing in terror.
* MsFanservice: What ''doesn't'' Lola cater for? GunPorn (is [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]], [[MoreDakka full-auto]] silenced [[CoolGun Glocks]] with {{Laser Sight}}s enough for you?), ShamelessFanserviceGirl, ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow, TattooedCrook (on her [[ZettaiRyouiki inner thigh]], no less) CombatStilettos, many a LingerieScene (with black garters and StockingFiller), SexyCoatFlashing, HelloNurse (hello medical receptionist), SexySoakedShirt (gets wet in clothes in the fire sprinklers) and SexyBacklessOutfit.
* NotSoDifferent: Chillini tries this on Frank.
* ObviouslyEvil: Several examples. Let's see:
** Wall Street: A ridiculously hammy SissyVillain in a [[ManOfWealthAndTaste dark suit]] with a BeardOfEvil, a PornStache, and an [[SmugSnake ever present smirk]], who does everything but feel Frank up during their first encounter. He even does a KubrickStare on his driver's license.
** Lola: A {{Stripperiffic}} [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] with smeared mascara, who totes a couple of [=SMG=]s, looks perpetually high on drugs, and wears hooker boots and a [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]. Yeah, she can't be good news.
** Chillini: A situational example-he's an Italian man in a [[ManInWhite white suit]] in a movie where the villains are drug dealers. Yep, he's a villain.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Happens often in the first movie, particularly with Wall Street, his gangs of henchmen and Lai's dad, who all seem to be able to outrun speeding vehicles.
* OneManArmy: If Frank was in the ''Special Forces'' before this comparatively easy job, it sends shivers down one's Goddamn spine of just ''what the hell'' he had to fight in the ''actual'' battlefields of the Transporter universe. Or the very concept that entire squads of warriors who are of Frank Martin's caliber exist in the Transporter universe....
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Although Wall Street has never met Frank before, he realises when Frank pockets the payment without checking it that he's opened the package (and therefore wants to get her off his hands ASAP).



* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Valentina threatening to throw the keys to the exploding car off a cliff if Frank doesn't sleep with her.



* AThreesomeIsHot: After spending a night with the main female character in ''Refueled'', Frank Martin goes into another room to find his RetiredBadass father sleeping with two other women. Rather than feel outclassed, Frank just smiles. It's implied his father used to be a [[Film/JamesBond spy for British Intelligence]].

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* AThreesomeIsHot: After spending a night with the main female character in ''Refueled'', Frank Martin goes into another room to find his RetiredBadass father sleeping with two other women. Rather than feel outclassed, Frank just smiles. It's implied his father used to be a [[Film/JamesBond spy for British Intelligence]].
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* DoesntLikeGuns: Well, more like "Doesn't ''need'' guns". Most of the time.
* DullSurprise: Frank Martin has two basic moods: beating people up while scowling, and driving really fast while scowling. Sometimes, for variety, he does it [[ShirtlessScene with his shirt off]].
* EqualOpportunityEvil: The various gangs and drug cartels seem very willing to hire people from all sorts of backgrounds.
* {{Fanservice}}: One in every film! Shu Qi in the first film (in a wet t-shirt ''and'' wet panties); Amber Valletta in the second (good lord, she practically asks Frank to look down her top in one scene!); [[SensualSlavs Natalya Rudakova]] in the third (in a slinky gold lame dress for most of the film, not to mention the red hair and YouthfulFreckles). The fourth movie has three beautiful FemmeFatales who are pretty much walking fanservice.
** There's also the BareYourMidriff ZettaiRyouiki girl who tries carjacking Frank in the opening of ''2''. And my God -- Lola!
** And the female fans get Frank's {{Shirtless Scene}}s.
* FriendOnTheForce: [[CoolOldGuy Inspector Tarconi]]
* GiantMook: One appears in all three movies:
** Downplayed in the first film: One of the villains is an enormous guy complete with BeardOfEvil, but is only mildly harder for Frank to defeat than the others.
** The second movie has a ScaryBlackMan who's probably the hardest opponent Frank has to contend with.
** Lampshaded in the third movie.
--> '''Frank Martin''': Let me guess. You're the smart one.
--> '''Enormous thug''': No. I am the big one.
--> [[[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Punches Frank across the room]]]



* TheDragon: ''[[CardCarryingVillain Wall]] [[SissyVillain Street]]'' of all people turns out to be TheDragon to [[spoiler:Lai's father]] in the first movie. Points to anyone who saw ''[[HiddenBadass that]]'' coming.
* DrivingIntoATruck: In the opening sequence, Martin drives off a bridge onto a moving car carrier, landing on a conveniently empty spot, then knocks off the car behind him and backs back off the truck.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: First film, a stationary car is T-boned by a car that's braking heavily and traveling slowly. Both violently explode into flames!
** And again, when two of the BigBad's cars run into each other in the finale, and explode for no real reason.
* FakingTheDead: After the bad guys blow up his house, Frank tells Lai that the pair of them should just vanish and make whoever's after them think they're dead, rather than look for trouble by hunting them down. Lai unfortunately has her own agenda.
* GuileHeroine: Lai tells Frank that she has to save her family, who are refugees being held in a shipping container. Aware that she's not telling the full truth, Frank isn't impressed.
-->'''Frank:''' You're very good.
-->'''Lai:''' What do you mean?
-->'''Frank:''' The moment you saw [[RetiredBadass those pictures in the house]] you were setting me up to get involved in all this. [[TastesLikeFriendship Breakfast]], giving the excuse to the cop to help me, one lie after another.
-->'''[[MeaningfulName Lai]]:''' Not everything is a lie.
-->'''Frank:''' Name one thing that isn't.
-->'''Lai:''' [[RescueSex What happened in the house, between us]]. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis That-was-not a lie]].



* TheDragon: Lola serves as this to Chillini.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Chillini is planning to make use of a virus in a decidedly non-nice manner.
* GasCylinderRocket: Frank launches one at Lola.
* GreaterScopeVillain: The Columbian cartels who foot Chillini's bill in the second film.



* EatingTheEyeCandy: in ''3'', Valentina is clearly doing this during Frank's fight at Otto's garage.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Johnson, the BigBad of ''3'', even suggests that Frank join his organisation after he thinks he's won. Nothing personal about being strapped to a bomb, ha-ha.
* ExplosiveLeash: In the third movie, Frank has [[http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/74/85df13273dc4429cbd76e28fb2a90221.jpg a bracelet attached to his wrist]] that will explode if he gets more than 50 feet from the car. This causes problems when he's hunting down the BigBad at the end; he has to bring the car with him. [[spoiler:Even onto a moving train.]]



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Karasov in ''Refueled'', after being shot by Anna during his final fight with Martin.]]



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Karasov in ''Refueled'', after being shot by Anna during his final fight with Martin.]]
* DoesntLikeGuns: Well, more like "Doesn't ''need'' guns". Most of the time.
* TheDragon: ''[[CardCarryingVillain Wall]] [[SissyVillain Street]]'' of all people turns out to be TheDragon to [[spoiler:Lai's father]] in the first movie. Points to anyone who saw ''[[HiddenBadass that]]'' coming. Also, Lola is TheDragon to Gianni Chillini in Transporter 2.
* DrivingIntoATruck: In the opening sequence, Martin drives off a bridge onto a moving car carrier, landing on a conveniently empty spot, then knocks off the car behind him and backs back off the truck.
* DullSurprise: Frank Martin has two basic moods: beating people up while scowling, and driving really fast while scowling. Sometimes, for variety, he does it [[ShirtlessScene with his shirt off]].
* EatingTheEyeCandy: in ''3'', Valentina is clearly doing this during Frank's fight at Otto's garage.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: The various gangs and drug cartels seem very willing to hire people from all sorts of backgrounds.
** Johnson, the BigBad of ''3'', even suggests that Frank join his organisation after he thinks he's won. Nothing personal about being strapped to a bomb, ha-ha.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: First film, a stationary car is T-boned by a car that's braking heavily and travelling slowly. Both violently explode into flames!
** And again, when two of the BigBad's cars run into each other in the finale, and explode for no real reason.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Chillini
* ExplosiveLeash: In the third movie, Frank has [[http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/74/85df13273dc4429cbd76e28fb2a90221.jpg a bracelet attached to his wrist]] that will explode if he gets more than 50 feet from the car. This causes problems when he's hunting down the BigBad at the end; he has to bring the car with him. [[spoiler:Even onto a moving train.]]
* FakingTheDead: After the bad guys blow up his house, Frank tells Lai that the pair of them should just vanish and make whoever's after them think they're dead, rather than look for trouble by hunting them down. Lai unfortunately has her own agenda.
* {{Fanservice}}: One in every film! Shu Qi in the first film (in a wet t-shirt ''and'' wet panties); Amber Valletta in the second (good lord, she practically asks Frank to look down her top in one scene!); [[SensualSlavs Natalya Rudakova]] in the third (in a slinky gold lame dress for most of the film, not to mention the red hair and YouthfulFreckles).
** There's also the BareYourMidriff ZettaiRyouiki girl who tries carjacking Frank in the opening of ''2''. And my God -- Lola!
** And the female fans get Frank's {{Shirtless Scene}}s.
* FriendOnTheForce: [[CoolOldGuy Inspector Tarconi]]
* GasCylinderRocket: Frank launches one at Lola in the second film.
* GiantMook: One appears in all three movies:
** Downplayed in the first film: One of the villains is an enormous guy complete with BeardOfEvil, but is only mildly harder for Frank to defeat than the others.
** The second movie has a ScaryBlackMan who's probably the hardest opponent Frank has to contend with.
** Lampshaded in the third movie.
--> '''Frank Martin''': Let me guess. You're the smart one.
--> '''Enormous thug''': No. I am the big one.
--> [[[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Punches Frank across the room]]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: The Columbian cartels who foot Chillini's bill in the second film.
* GuileHeroine: Lai tells Frank that she has to save her family, who are refugees being held in a shipping container. Aware that she's not telling the full truth, Frank isn't impressed.
-->'''Frank:''' You're very good.
-->'''Lai:''' What do you mean?
-->'''Frank:''' The moment you saw [[RetiredBadass those pictures in the house]] you were setting me up to get involved in all this. [[TastesLikeFriendship Breakfast]], giving the excuse to the cop to help me, one lie after another.
-->'''[[MeaningfulName Lai]]:''' Not everything is a lie.
-->'''Frank:''' Name one thing that isn't.
-->'''Lai:''' [[RescueSex What happened in the house, between us]]. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis That-was-not a lie]].

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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Karasov in ''Refueled'', after being shot by Anna during his final fight with Martin.]]
* DoesntLikeGuns: Well, more like "Doesn't ''need'' guns". Most of the time.
* TheDragon: ''[[CardCarryingVillain Wall]] [[SissyVillain Street]]'' of all people turns out to be TheDragon to [[spoiler:Lai's father]] in the first movie. Points to anyone who saw ''[[HiddenBadass that]]'' coming. Also, Lola is TheDragon to Gianni Chillini in Transporter 2.
* DrivingIntoATruck: In the opening sequence, Martin drives off a bridge onto a moving car carrier, landing on a conveniently empty spot, then knocks off the car behind him and backs back off the truck.
* DullSurprise: Frank Martin has two basic moods: beating people up while scowling, and driving really fast while scowling. Sometimes, for variety, he does it [[ShirtlessScene with his shirt off]].
* EatingTheEyeCandy: in ''3'', Valentina is clearly doing this during Frank's fight at Otto's garage.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: The various gangs and drug cartels seem very willing to hire people from all sorts of backgrounds.
** Johnson, the BigBad of ''3'', even suggests that Frank join his organisation after he thinks he's won. Nothing personal about being strapped to a bomb, ha-ha.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: First film, a stationary car is T-boned by a car that's braking heavily and travelling slowly. Both violently explode into flames!
** And again, when two of the BigBad's cars run into each other in the finale, and explode for no real reason.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Chillini
* ExplosiveLeash: In the third movie, Frank has [[http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/74/85df13273dc4429cbd76e28fb2a90221.jpg a bracelet attached to his wrist]] that will explode if he gets more than 50 feet from the car. This causes problems when he's hunting down the BigBad at the end; he has to bring the car with him. [[spoiler:Even onto a moving train.]]
* FakingTheDead: After the bad guys blow up his house, Frank tells Lai that the pair of them should just vanish and make whoever's after them think they're dead, rather than look for trouble by hunting them down. Lai unfortunately has her own agenda.
* {{Fanservice}}: One in every film! Shu Qi in the first film (in a wet t-shirt ''and'' wet panties); Amber Valletta in the second (good lord, she practically asks Frank to look down her top in one scene!); [[SensualSlavs Natalya Rudakova]] in the third (in a slinky gold lame dress for most of the film, not to mention the red hair and YouthfulFreckles).
** There's also the BareYourMidriff ZettaiRyouiki girl who tries carjacking Frank in the opening of ''2''. And my God -- Lola!
** And the female fans get Frank's {{Shirtless Scene}}s.
* FriendOnTheForce: [[CoolOldGuy Inspector Tarconi]]
* GasCylinderRocket: Frank launches one at Lola in the second film.
* GiantMook: One appears in all three movies:
** Downplayed in the first film: One of the villains is an enormous guy complete with BeardOfEvil, but is only mildly harder for Frank to defeat than the others.
** The second movie has a ScaryBlackMan who's probably the hardest opponent Frank has to contend with.
** Lampshaded in the third movie.
--> '''Frank Martin''': Let me guess. You're the smart one.
--> '''Enormous thug''': No. I am the big one.
--> [[[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Punches Frank across the room]]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: The Columbian cartels who foot Chillini's bill in the second film.
* GuileHeroine: Lai tells Frank that she has to save her family, who are refugees being held in a shipping container. Aware that she's not telling the full truth, Frank isn't impressed.
-->'''Frank:''' You're very good.
-->'''Lai:''' What do you mean?
-->'''Frank:''' The moment you saw [[RetiredBadass those pictures in the house]] you were setting me up to get involved in all this. [[TastesLikeFriendship Breakfast]], giving the excuse to the cop to help me, one lie after another.
-->'''[[MeaningfulName Lai]]:''' Not everything is a lie.
-->'''Frank:''' Name one thing that isn't.
-->'''Lai:''' [[RescueSex What happened in the house, between us]]. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis That-was-not a lie]].
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