* ActorAllusion:
** Hobbs, being played by former WWE champion [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]], gets to bust out a few wrestling moves - he pulls off a [[ProfessionalWrestling Doomsday Device]] [[spoiler: with Dom]] in ''6'', and hits the Rock Bottom, his WWE finishing move, in ''Furious 7''.
*** Hobbs' BrattyHalfPint daughter alludes to Johnson's foray into the ActionHerobabysitter genre (Film/TheToothFairy, Film/TheGamePlan etc) -- one that Vin Diesel also dabbe into.
** In back-to-back scenes in ''Fast Five'', [[Creator/VinDiesel Dom]] [[Film/XXx jumps out of a convertible he's driven off a cliff and then is strung up by his wrists and menaced by a drug lord.]]
** An indirect one when Suki can be heard yelling "Move, bitch!" in the second movie, the one that introduced Ludacris to the cast.
** Creator/CharlizeTheron being cast as the new villain in the 8th installment hot off the back of her acclaimed turn as drive-fast, fight-fierce heroine, Furiosa, in ''Mad Max: Fury Road'' made for a lot of good ''Fast and Furiosa'' puns, coupled with the two movies' similar focus on cars, driving, fights, and action the casting seemed particularly appropriate.
** In ''Fate'', Deckard mockingly calls Hobbs "Hercules". Guess who played the hero in the [[Film/Hercules2014 2014 Hercules film]]?
** Creator/PaulWalker's preference of Japanese imports in real life is reflected on Brian. In fact, the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R from ''2 Fast 2 Furious'' and the Toyota Supra from ''Furious 7'' are his personal vehicles.
** Martial artist henchman Jah has half of the name of another character also played by Creator/JoeTaslim, [[Film/TheRaidRedemption Jaka.]]
* ActorSharedBackground: In ''The Fate of the Furious'' Hobbs has his daughter and her soccer team do a full on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haka haka]] before a match, implying that Hobbs has the same Polynesian ancestry as Creator/DwayneJohnson.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Creator/PaulWalker was killed in a car accident over Thanksgiving weekend 2013, which unfortunately happened while ''Fast & Furious 7'' was still in production.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Creator/HelenMirren is a BigNameFan of the franchise and asked to be in the eighth film in any capacity. Sure enough she got cast as [[spoiler: Magdeline Shaw]].
* BillingDisplacement:
** The first movie is best known as a Creator/VinDiesel flick. Paul Walker actually plays the main character. Downplayed example, as Vin Diesel's character is just as critical as Walker's. It's also worth noting that in the more recent films, especially 5 and 6, Dom actually does fit the main character role more than Brian by this point, and looks to be the case permanently considering Paul's untimely death and Brian's subsequent retirement as a character.
** The fourth movie prominently features Creator/MichelleRodriguez on the poster and in the trailers, even though [[spoiler:her character dies roughly fifteen minutes into the movie. Then subverted when she returns in the sixth film and is the only main character to not get featured on its poster]].
* BoxOfficeBomb: ''Tokyo Drift''. It grossed only $62.5 million domestically on an $85 million budget, though it did slightly better overseas, bringing the worldwide gross to $158.5 million, it resulted in the franchise being "soft-rebooted" 3 years later with ''Fast & Furious''.
* BreakawayPopHit: Not many $1 billion grossing movies can claim to have spawned a hit song bigger than the film itself: ''Furious 7'' can, thanks to Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again." It reached the point where "See You Again" became the only thing related to ''Furious 7'' to get a Kids' Choice Awards nomination in 2016.
* CaliforniaDoubling:
** Han's garage and the chase scene in ''Tokyo Drift'' are filmed in Los Angeles.
** The shooting for ''Fast Five'' took place in Puerto Rico. It's pretty easy to notice if you live in Puerto Rico too.
** Scenes from ''Fast Five'' were also shot in Atlanta.
** A lot of the London scenes in Fast Six were actually shot in Glasgow.
** The Caucasus Mountains rescue scene in ''7'' was filmed in Colorado's Pikes Peak, and some of the scenes in Los Angeles were actually shot in Atlanta.
* CashCowFranchise: Oh, ''so'' much, especially ''Furious 7''; it grossed $1 billion worldwide by the end of its first weekend in domestic release.
* CreatorCameo: Rob Cohen makes a brief cameo in the first film as a Pizza Hut deliveryman.
* TheDanza: Tego Leo played by Tego Calderon.
* DawsonCasting:
** ''Tokyo Drift'' is the biggest offender, for obvious reasons: Lucas Black (Sean) was 22, Zachary Ty Brian (Clay) was 23, Nikki Griffin (Clay's girlfriend Cindy) was 28, Nathalie Kelley (Neela) was 21, Bow Wow (Twinkie) was 19, Leonardo Nam (Takeshi's friend Morimoto) was 25, and Creator/BrianTee (Takeshi) was the worst at 29. Only Bow Wow was still technically a teenager out of the cast.
*** The trope is even more in effect in ''Furious 7'', which finally gets to the timeline of ''Tokyo Drift''. Lucas Black, now 32, returned to play his unaged character (Nathalie Kelley and Bow Wow appeared through archive footage only).
** Both Toretto (Creator/VinDiesel) and Vince (Matt Schulze) were said to be 24 when ''The Fast and The Furious'' has been made. Vin Diesel was 34, Matt Schulze was 29 by then.
** Well, Schulze was still in his twenties at least. Diesel, however, passed pretty well for 24-year old Toretto. (Many have jokingly attributed [[OneOfUs Diesel's]] younger appearance compared to his real age to his love for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.) However, the actors for Tokyo Drift easily stand out as people older than their character's ages, Dawson Casting at its damn-near worst.
** Sung Kang was 40, 38, 36 and 34 respectively when filming ''Fast & Furious 6'', ''Fast Five'', ''Fast and Furious'' and ''Tokyo Drift''. Granted, we wouldn't be able to pinpoint Han's actual age in the films, but it's freaking amazing how Kang manages to pull off the role looking young.
* DevelopmentHell: The seventh movie was almost [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/paul-walker-dead-fast-furious-2889701 forced into this status]] due to [[AuthorExistenceFailure the death]] of Paul Walker in November 2013, who portrayed Brian O'Connor, [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell before being restarted in January 2014]].
* DoingItForTheArt: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Supposedly, Vin Diesel's cameo in ''Tokyo Drift'' was done in lieu of payment, but in exchange for the rights to the ''Riddick'' series.
* DuelingStarsMovie: Fast Five is most notable for being Creator/VinDiesel vs. Wrestling/DwayneJohnson. Johnson's character was originally going to be an older guy, but awesomely enough the filmmakers took up a fan's suggestion on Website/{{Facebook}} that it would be great to see Diesel and Johnson in a movie together. [[spoiler:And TheStinger for #6 hints that they're taking it up a notch by adding Creator/JasonStatham.]]
* [[FakeNationality Fake Ethnicity/Fake Nationality]]: Italian-American Dominic Toretto is played by Creator/VinDiesel, who is multi-racial of many ancestries (including English, German, and Scottish), but Italian isn't one of them. His sister, Mia, meanwhile, is played by Jordana Brewster, who is of Brazilian and English descents.
** Johnny Tran is possibly Vietnamese-American, judging by his name, but his actor is Rick Yune, [[InterchangeableAsianCultures an American of Korean descent]]. Meanwhile, his cousin, Lance Nguyen, is played by the Filipino-American Reggie Lee.
** Another interchangeable Asian example: Morimoto, from ''Tokyo Drift'', is Japanese, but is played by Leonardo Nam, an Argentine of, again, Korean descent.
** Brazilian Officer Elena Neves is played by Elsa Pataky, a Spaniard.
** ''Fast & Furious 6'' BigBad Owen Shaw is Irish, but his actor, Creator/LukeEvans, is Welsh. Then there's his brother, Deckard, in ''Furious 7'', played by Englishman Creator/JasonStatham [[spoiler:and their mother played by Englishwoman Creator/HelenMirren with a Cockney accent.]]
* FanNickname: ''Tokyo Drift'' was seen on actual theatre marquees as "''3 Fast 3 Furious''." Despite this phrase making negative amounts of sense, everyone knew what film it was referring to.
* GeniusBonus: The first movie has a Chinese restaurant with a statue of a Chinese scholarly type with the name Kung Fu Tze. It's not a pun on 'kung fu', it's the Chinese title that the name Confucius is derived from.
* IKnewIt: As soon as the casting was announced a lot of people called that [[spoiler:Helen Mirren was playing the Shaw brothers' mother.]]
* InMemoriam: ''Furious 7'' is dedicated to Creator/PaulWalker.
* MarketBasedTitle: Many foreign countries have regular NumberedSequels instead of the word removal - only "Fast" or "Furious" - they got in English (at times with TheForeignSubtitle - for instance, ''Fast Five'' is known in many countries as ''Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist''). Likewise, ''Furious 7'' is known as just ''Fast and Furious 7''. However, all the films in the series so far has been released in Japan under the title ''Wild Speed'' instead.
* RealitySubtext: Since Walker died midway through Furious 7, the film had to be rewritten to accommodate it. The films tagline is "One Last Ride", there's a scene at [[spoiler:Han's]] funeral where [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness the normally lighthearted Roman grimly tells Brian he can't take any more funerals]][[note]]The scene in question was filmed way before Walker's death, and was simply meant to be part of the group's vendetta towards Deckard before being retooled into a send-off[[/note]], the recurring subplot about how Brian can't afford to go haring off around the world and risking his life when he has a family to take care of.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Toku fans may recognize [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Sailor Mars]], Series/LionMaruG and [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Kamen Rider Ketaros]] in ''Tokyo Drift''.
* StuntCasting: One of the franchise's first selling points was the inclusion of known rappers in the cast, from Ja Rule in the first to Ludacris in the second and Lil' Bow Wow in the third - but now it looks to be subverted as Ludacris' staying power easily beats out all the others.
* ThrowItIn:
** The stuffy British guy in ''Furious 6'' was apparently supposed to say "You're clearly not a player" to Tej and Hobbs, but the actor ad-libbed "you're clearly not a ''baller''." This change cracked everyone up enough that it was left in.
** At the end of ''6'', there is an exchange between Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) at the Toretto home. Roman says, "Hey Mia, better hide your baby oil!" to which Hobbs responds, "...You better hide that big-ass forehead!" The latter line was unscripted, and the delivery caused Tej (Chris Bridges) to spit out his beer in laughter. This take was used in the final cut.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/MarkWahlberg, Creator/ChristianBale, and Music/{{Eminem}} were all considerded for the role of Brian.
** Creator/NataliePortman, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Creator/KirstenDunst, Bijou Phillips, and Creator/JessicaBiel all audtioned for the role of Mia.
** The role of Mia was originally written for Creator/ElizaDushku, who turned it down.
** The fifth film actually started out as ''The Brazilian Job'', the proposed sequel to ''Film/{{The Italian Job|2003}}'', when the sequel went through DevelopmentHell, the script was bought and rewritten to fit into the F&F series.
** Certain versions of the DVD, as well as Blu-Ray copies of the original have what was going to be an alternate ending. Brian is dropped off at the Toretto home, now for sale, to find Mia packing up the garage. Mia tells him to go, before Brian reveals he quit his job as a cop and was hoping for one more chance, before cutting to a wide shot of LA. Given how the following sequel paints Brian as running away to Miami for a new start, it would have been interesting to see the current films if the alternate ending was used.
** Michelle Rodriguez & Jordana Brewster didn't have driving licences when they were first cast in the original film; they had one shot to pass their tests, and if they didn't, their roles would have been recast.
** While part seven was in production, Universal hoped to get to at least ten movies, and ''Furious 7'' would even have another SequelHook to widen the series' scope. Then Paul Walker died, and the movie had to be rewritten to give some sort of closure, particularly to Walker's character Brian.
*** Nevertheless an eight film is on its way and two further are planned to be released in 2019 and 2021.
** The song that plays in ''Furious 7'''s final scene, "See You Again", was originally supposed to be sung by Music/SamSmith rather than Charlie Puth.
** Deckard Shaw was originally to be named Ian Shaw. This was changed to avoid confusion with his similarly-named brother, Owen Shaw.
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!!Miscellaneous trivia
* ''Fast 8'' is the first American movie to film in Cuba.
* ''Fast 8'' is the first Fast and Furious movie to star an Oscar winner in the cast. It actually has two with both Dame Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron starring.