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->''Transportation is a [[SeriousBusiness precise business]].''
-->-- '''Frank'''

->Rule 1: The deal is the deal. The conditions of the deal will not be changed after it has been confirmed.
->Rule 2: [[NoNameGiven No names]].
->Rule 3: ''Never'' look in [[SealedEvilInACan the package]].

'''''The Transporter''''' is 2002 action film starring Creator/JasonStatham as Frank Martin: a gruff, ex-military man who is in the "transporting" business. Give him the money, the measurements, and the time and he'll get your stuff from A to B. Frank has a set of rules, one of which includes: "Never open the package". However, whilst transporting a large bag from a [[CardCarryingVillain somewhat unsavory client]], Frank discovers an Asian woman named Lai stuffed inside his cargo. He is visibly bothered by this and allows her the basic opportunities of food and bathroom time (during which she tries to escape) but ultimately ends up delivering her to the Bad Guys anyway. Because [[HeKnowsTooMuch he looked in the package]] the bad guys try to kill him and from there, {{hilarity ensues}}.

The first film was a stylish (it ''was'' written by Creator/LucBesson, after all), fast-paced action romp, directed and choreographed by another frequent Jet Li collaborator, Cory Yuen. The second and third movies [[UpToEleven dispensed with any pretensions of realism]] and are [[SequelEscalation considerably more over the top]]. The series is notable for putting Statham on the map, as well as [[TypeCasting setting the template for pretty much all of his subsequent roles]].

Nothing to do with TeleportersAndTransporters. Or {{Transformers}}.
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!!These movies feature examples of:

* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Lai's dad]] takes this to new levels, what with apparently trying to sell his daughter into slavery.
* {{Agent Peacock}}: Wall Street.
* AllThereInTheManual: Wall Street's real name is Darren Bettencourt.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The director of the second movie has stated that Frank is gay, but it's only written in on the subtext level. Inspector Tarconi's description of his relationship with Frank makes them sound like a gay couple, and Frank turns down the advances of Audrey Billings, but that could just as easily be because she's tipsy, emotionally vulnerable, and married to his employer. It's also contradicted by the events of the other movies, where he sleeps with women and (in ''3'') [[DisContinuityNod says he's not the gay]].
* AntiHero: More overt in the first film.
* ArtisticLicense:Physics: Can a set of bicycle pedals strapped to your feet actually allow good footing on a oily/greasy floor? Not really.
* AxCrazy: Lola.
-->"Actually, my problem's not medical. (points gun in medical receptionist's face) It's psychological." (shoots)
* {{Badass}}: Would be easier to list the characters who aren't.
* BadassDriver: Frank.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Frank, Wall Street in the first movie.
* BadassInDistress: Lai is a subtle example; she gets herself into Frank's car despite being BoundAndGagged to a swivel chair, manipulates the situation so he's compelled to help her, [[spoiler:then shoots dead the man holding her prisoner in time to save Frank from being killed by her father, whom she also kills.]]
* BadBoss / YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The 4 bank robbers at the beginning of the film are quietly reminded by the Transporter that the conditions to using his car as a getaway car is that there is to be 3 bank robbers due to their weight, which with an added body would counter the shock absorbers he has installed. So, one of the bank robbers shoots another in the head and tosses him out the door. And for added effect reiterates the deal in a desperate manner. [[spoiler:They get caught anyway, but only some time ''after'' Frank has successfully evaded the police and delivered them to their drop-off point.]]
** In ''3'' Johnson subverts the AffablyEvil trope by shooting dead a mook who earlier had failed to 'recruit' Frank by force, and who interrupts his politely 'persuading' Frank to work for him.
-->'''Johnson:''' Find someone smarter.
* BadCopIncompetentCop
* BaitAndSwitch: In the opening of ''Transporter 2'' Frank carves through a gang of carjackers to get to a prior engagement. It looks like another bank job as in the beginning of the first movie [[spoiler:only for the doors to open and a horde of schoolkids to run out.]] In the next movie [[spoiler:the 'package' turns out to be the girl who's in the car with Frank, not the bags the villains put in the trunk.]]
* BeardOfEvil: Wall Street and one of his thugs (the sort-of GiantMook) in the first movie.
* BetweenMyLegs: PsychoForHire Lola gives us [[http://film.animare.hu/i/f/44/680.jpg a good look]] at her red CombatStilettos before using GunsAkimbo on the protagonist for the first time.
** This is also featured on [[http://www.showbizlol.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Kate-Nauta-Transporter-2-Lola-Poster.jpg one version]] of the movie poster and possibly DVD cover.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Lai's father]] in the first film, Chillini in the second.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Possibly. It's never made clear whether [[spoiler: Lai's dad]] was Wall Street's boss or if the latter is TheDragon.
* BiggerBad: The Columbian cartels who foot Chillini's bill in the second film.
* BlondesAreEvil: [[http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/75/93/13759331_ori.jpg Lola]]
* BloodKnight: Wall Street, who tells Frank to "keep alive" so they can finish their fight.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted in ''Transporter 2'' when the mooks riddle Frank's car with bullets, then rush to get more ammunition which is locked in the garage. Unfortunately, so is Frank.
* BoundAndGagged: Lai, the 'package' in the first movie.
* BrickJoke: The bank robbers in the first movie offer Frank more money to take them the rest of the way. Frank refuses because it breaks Rule #1. Later he's watching a news report which shows the robbers were caught after driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
* BulletDodge: Frank does this even without ''Matrix''-style superpowers! (in ''2'' when the Russian [[spoiler:biowarfare scientist]] shoots at him in the corridor).
* CardCarryingVillain: Half the villains border on this. It's part of the fun.
* CarChase: Spoofed in ''3'' when Frank chases a mook who's stolen his car [[HeroStoleMyBike with a bicycle]]. Played straight with the Ukrainian intelligence team.
* CarFu: Taken to ridiculous levels. He jumps on a ramp, makes a barrel roll so he could have the bomb under his car snatched by a crane's hook.
* CarSkiing: In ''Transporter 3'', Frank skis [[http://images.gamme.com.tw/news/2013/01/3/qJeUoZ_akZ6Vqg.jpg between two semi trucks]] during an escape sequence.
* TheCartel: Chillini's employers in the second movie.
* CasualKink: Valentina forces Frank to take off his clothes, saying it's not just men who like striptease.
-->'''Frank:''' You know what I'm going to do to you for making me do this?
-->'''Valentina:''' Spank me.
-->'''Frank:''' For starters.
-->'''Valentina:''' Tie me up?
-->'''Frank:''' You'd like that, wouldn't you?
-->'''Valentina:''' I like the rough stuff. (Frank grabs her) Not too rough!
* TheCoatsAreOff: In ''Transporter 2'', Frank carefully takes off his jacket, folds it and puts it on the hood of his car (declaring that he'd just had it dry-cleaned), before proceeding to wipe the floor with the teenagers who [[MuggingTheMonster tried to steal his car]]. In ''3'' he uses his coat, tie and shirt as {{Improvised Weapon}}s during the garage fight. {{Fanservice}} ensues.
* ContinuityNod: When Tarconi is confronted by government officials at Frank's house in Transporter 2, he uses the same excuse Lai gave him in the first movie: "I'm the cook!"
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler: Lai's dad]] is a gangster and a "well-respected member of the business community". His partner, appears to be one as well.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Frank vs. Lola]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: A little upsetting, but ultimately predicted in ''2''. She was married.
** Averted in '3''. It looks like Frank has gone back to his lonely life with only Tarconi for company, but it turns out Valentina is also in the boat (sleeping out of sight).
* DiegeticSwitch: A stoned Valentina keeps turning on the stereo during the CarChase.
* 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]].
* 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]]]
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* [[MacGuffinGirl MacGuffin Guy]]: Chillini becomes this by [[spoiler:drip-feeding the entire remaining antidote into his bloodstream.]]
* 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 TheTransporter universe. Or the very concept that entire squads of warriors who are of Frank Martin's caliber exist in TheTransporter 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).
* 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.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Valentina threatening to throw the keys to the exploding car off a cliff if Frank doesn't sleep with her.
* 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.
* 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: 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.
* 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]].
* 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?]]
* 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!!
* 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.

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