* AwesomeMusic: All the variations of the main theme in the movies
** WAR! HUH! YEAH!
** "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" by Carter, whose actor was FRIENDS with the singer a.k.a MICHAEL JACKSON!
** While the duet with Lee and Carter singing "The Closer I Get To You" was meant to be humorous, Lee actually sings the song well. It helps that Jackie Chan is a singer.
* BaseBreaker: Carter. Whether he's a cool and awesome CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass JerkWithAHeartOfGold CowboyCop, or he's an UncleTomFoolery whose shtick becomes more loud and obnoxious in each sequel. Roger Ebert's [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/rush-hour-2-2001 unkind review]] of the second movie specifically cited Tucker's performance as ruining the film for him.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Kenji is willing to let go of Lee and fall off the Eiffel tower to his death in order to let Lee get a better grip and save himself.
* EvilIsSexy: Hu Li in the second movie.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Enjoyed bigger success in Asia because of Jackie Chan.
* HarsherInHindsight: In Canada, the movie aired on TV a few years after its initial release. Next morning, a little Chinese girl was kidnapped in Toronto. Unlike the movie, [[DownerEnding there was no happy ending]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the HilariousOuttakes of ''Rush Hour 2'', Chris Tucker's phone goes off while shooting a scene, making Jackie chastise both him and the caller. In ''[[Film/ShanghaiNoon Shanghai Knights]]'', we see in its HilariousOuttakes that ''Jackie's'' phone goes off while shooting a scene.
** Also in the HilariousOuttakes of ''Rush Hour 2'', after the BigBad Ricky Tan falls to his death:
-->'''Carter''': Damn! He ain't gonna be in ''Rush Hour 3''!
** In the first movie, Carter tries a GoLookAtTheDistraction tactic on Lee by making him look at [[ShanghaiNoon John Wayne]]'s handprint.
** Creator/ZhangZiyi and Youki Kudoh both play {{Dark Action Girl}}s in the sequels, as both actresses have appeared together in ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha''. [[HarsherInHindsight Ironically]], Kudoh's character being less popular then Ziyi's character in the said film reflects on how the third film (which had featured Kudoh) was less well-received then the first and second films (which the second had featured Ziyi).
** Creator/KenLeung and Creator/MarkRolston, who both appeared in the first film, would later be part of the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' franchise. Leung played the character of Steven Sing (whose last name is worded similarly to Leung's ''Rush Hour'' character Sang, just with the second letter of "a" replaced with "i") in the [[Film/SawI first 2004 film]], while Rolston would later play Dan Erickson in the [[Film/SawV fifth]] and [[Film/SawVI sixth]] films.
* MadeOutToBeAJerkass: Carter gives Lee a hard time in Rush Hour 2 about working cases during his holiday and the audience is supposed to feel sympathy for Lee as Ricky Tan killed his father. However it is worth pointing out that Lee told Carter that his supervisor invited them both to a party and then took Carter to a Triad bar without telling him the situation putting his life in danger as Carter assumed that the place would be full of police or normal people and might have revealed he was a policeman with his friend another policeman to a girl.
* MagnificentBastard: Ricky Tan. His ultimate plan was to [[spoiler:set up a counterfeit operation that would produce millions in ''very'' good quality fake money, and then he'd launder it through a casino, taking in people's real money and giving them payouts in the fake money.]] As Carter realizes, it's an excellent plan.
* OneSceneWonder:
** The CampGay store attendant played by Jeremy Piven from ''Rush Hour 2''.
** Also Don Cheadle and his surprisingly close Cantonese.
** Sun Mingming as the FriendlyEnemy GiantMook who manages to CurbStompBattle Carter '''and''' Lee during the dojo scene in ''Rush Hour 3''.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JohnHawkes has a brief role in the first film.
** Ken Leung (of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' fame, as well as other Brett Ratner films such as ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'') plays Sang, and even does the film's TitleDrop.
** [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse War Machine]] briefly fights Lee in ''Rush Hour 2''.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The third wasn't received that well.
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