Film / The Fast and the Furious
aka: Two Fast Two Furious
"Ride or die."

"And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously."

The Fast and the Furious (also commonly known as Fast and Furious) is a series of action films, which center on illegal street racing and (later) heists produced by Universal. Here, the cars are fast, the drivers are furious, technology porn abounds and the cast of characters who eventually become "the crew" aren't just comrades, they're family. The movies are known for their unrelenting sequel escalation, steadily growing the franchise into one of the most popular, and financially successful, in recent memory.

The films are as followed:

  • The Fast and the Furious: Starred Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, was directed by Rob Cohen and released in 2001. Brian O'Conner (Walker) is an undercover LAPD officer looking into a string of highway semi-truck hijackings, which he suspects is linked to ex-convict Dominic "Dom" Toretto (Diesel) and his car shop crew. Brian works to get into their inner circle and comes to respect Dom for his sense of loyalty, which causes problems when his superiors start questioning where Brian's allegiance lies.
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious: Starring Walker and Tyrese, was directed by John Singleton and released in 2003. Brian O'Conner has long since left the LAPD and fled to the streets of Miami, but is coerced to infiltrate a local drug lord's money laundering operation as a runner. He recruits his childhood friend Roman "Rome" Pearce (Gibson) for a second driver, and both of them work to undermine the bad guys and get their criminal records wiped clean while trying to stay alive in the process. Dominic, despite being the first film's lead, does not appear.
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift: Starring Lucas Black, was directed by Justin Lin and released in 2006. Black plays teenager Sean Boswell, who accumulates some serious motor vehicle violations that could earn him jail time. To keep him out of trouble, he is sent to live with his U.S. Naval officer father in Japan and finish school there. The culture clash is brutal, especially when he gets friendly with the girlfriend of a guy with Yakuza connections and a love of the drift races. Chronologically, it's set after Fast and Furious 6.
  • Fast & Furious (Or F&F 4 to avoid confusion with the first movie): Released in Spring 2009 with Diesel, Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang reprising their previous roles. It's been five years and Brian has returned to Los Angeles law enforcement, this time as an FBI agent hunting another drug dealer. Meanwhile, Dom has left his crew, only to get thrust into the world of racing once again when his girlfriend, Letty, is killed while working undercover for the same drug dealer. Brian reunites with Dom, offering him a pardon in exchange for help catching the drug dealer. However, tension heats up when their personal motivations are revealed as Brian, Dom, and Mia struggle to work through the residual complications of their last encounter with each other.
  • Fast Five: Released in April 2011, brings Dwayne Johnson into the mix as a government agent, and star returners include Diesel, Walker, Brewster, Kang, Tyrese and Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges. Brian, Dom, and Mia are wanted criminals and have escaped to Rio de Janeiro. Complications have encouraged them to quit their dangerous lifestyle for good, and they agree to pull a big job — One Last Job — worth $100 million and then disappear forever. They bring many of their old crews on board, and struggle to outfox their corrupt yet incredibly powerful mark while avoiding the dogged pursuit of DSS Agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson).
  • Fast & Furious 6: Released in May 2013, takes place shortly after the end of 5. This time the racers work with Luke to take down a mercenary operation led by Owen Shaw (played by Luke Evans). There, Dominic discovers that Letty is alive and working for Shaw. As with the last movie, it once again reunites the cast of the previous films. The film continued F&F's tremendous box office run, once again setting a new opening weekend benchmark for the series with a $96 million opening weekend (and a four-day total of $117 million, on the most competitive Memorial Day weekend openings ever, no less).
  • Furious 7 (originally titled Fast & Furious 7): The film brings all the characters together (except for Han, whose death serves as the casus belli for Dom's crew to take action here) for a dramatic climax to the current story arc, directed by James Wan (of The Conjuring and Insidious fame). The story takes place after the events of Tokyo Drift and has the crew facing off against the brother of the previous films villain, the rightly feared Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham). Unfortunately Paul Walker was killed in a car accident over the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday, which caused production of the movie to stall to allow the studio to rework the film accordingly. Eventually in July 2014, Diesel announced via his Facebook page that the seventh film managed to finish production and was released on April 3, 2015. Furious 7 went on to earn one billion dollars at the worldwide box office after only 17 days, a feat that puts it among the biggest blockbusters of the modern era. For the music of the movie, see Furious 7 Soundtrack.
  • The Fate of the Furious (Originally titled F8): Released April 2017. The film rejoins the cast during Dom and Letty's honeymoon in Cuba, with the rest of the team exonerated and presumably retired. It features the franchise's first female villain, Cipher (played by the franchise's first Oscar-winning addition to the cast, Charlize Theron) — an anarchist, high tech terrorist, and professional criminal, who seduces Dom back to the world of crime he'd left behind and the crew (sans Brian) are forced back into action to stop him. The film is directed by F Gary Gray (of The Italian Job (2003) and Straight Outta Compton fame), and reunites Gray with Theron and Statham, who he worked with on the 2003 Italian Job remake.note 

Two more movies are also slated in production following F8's release. The latter two are currently set for April 2019 and April 2021.

There is also an animated series in the works at DreamWorks Animation, a subsidiary of Universal, and is set to debut on Netflix.

Not at all to be confused with the 1955 movie also named The Fast and the Furious, directed by John Ireland and starring Ireland and Dorothy Malone, though the fact that is one of the first films to have a feature-length Chase Scene may have had something to do with the 2001 film being given the same title.

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    General tropes 
  • Adaptation Expansion: The entire franchise was inspired by a magazine article.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: "Before I Decay" is the Japanese theme song.
  • Anachronic Order: Pull Tokyo Drift out of the lineup and stick it between 6 and 7, and you've got chronological order (i.e. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3, 7, 8). The mid-credits stinger in Furious 6 is an extended scene from the middle of Tokyo Drift that puts it quite definitively between 6 and 7.
  • Anachronism Stew: Even though the movies are all contemporary, with the third film happening after movies 4, 5, and 6, it creates a strange paradox when it comes to the contemporary models of cars seen in those movies. Either Tokyo Drift is set in the "future" of 2015 and everyone drives 2006 model cars or earlier for some strange reason or the rest of the series takes places in 2006 but people are driving models that won't be seen for another 3-9 years. Furious 7 confirms that Fast and Furious is set in 2009, as the date on Letty's fake tombstone says 2009, and Fast Five and Six take place immediately (mere days, months at the most) after it, meaning movies 4-6 for the most part are set in 2009-10, with The Fast and the Furious being set five years prior in 2004. Furious 7 takes place a few years later, as Brian's son Jack is a preschooler, meaning the events of Tokyo Drift can't happen any earlier than 2012 or so.
  • Artistic License – Physics:
    • Nearly every jump in the series.
    • Drifting to go faster.
  • Author Appeal: Justin Lin, who directed all of the movies from Tokyo Drift up to 6 mentioned in the commentary for Tokyo Drift that he liked cars landing on their roof after a big crash. If you watch the movies he's directed again, its pretty glaring just how many of them actually wind up like that.
  • Back from the Dead: Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger was wrecked and rebuilt before the events of the first movie, and history repeats itself several times during the course of the series.
  • Badass Driver: Pretty much anyone with more than 90 seconds of screen time, but hilariously subverted with Tej, who is shown to be unable to even drive a remote control toy car without "getting into an accident." He overcomes this eventually.
  • Badass Family:
    • The Toretto Gang of carjackers may be surrogate and multi-racial, but their love and loyalty towards each other is stronger than most Real Life blood-families. In fact, they explicitly refer to each other as family rather than just "friends", particularly at gatherings and when saying grace at meals.
    Dom: I don't have friends. I have family.
  • Car Fu: What all the movies center around.
  • Car Porn: As befitting a series about cars, nearly every car onscreen gets its own closeup treatment.
  • Character Development: Everyone gets their fair share, mostly due to the fact that their lives are drastically changed by the increasing weight and consequences of their dangerous, illegal endeavors.
  • Continuity Nod: The fourth and especially fifth and sixth films are loaded with them. The third film gets one retroactively when Dom mentions Han running with him.
  • Cool Car/Pimped-Out Car: Just about everything on wheels in the whole series.
  • Dan Browned: Go ahead. Watch these movies with actual gearheads. We dare you.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Watch any of the films and try to locate someone that isn't one.
  • Denser and Wackier: The Fast and the Furious was pretty much a straight cop drama that revolved around the world of street racing. Starting with 2 Fast 2 Furious, the focus shifted to the cars themselves, to the point where Tokyo Drift was almost entirely about the racing. Then, with Fast and Furious, it took another change in tone, this time becoming an over the top action flick, while Fast Five somehow took it even further to the point where it was just another completely absurd action movie that's closer to something like The Transporter. Fast and Furious 6 took it Up to Eleven, with a plot more reminiscent of a Bond film, only even more over-the-top. Furious 7 went up another notch, involving the team working for a top-secret spy organization against terrorists and a rogue spec ops agent out for revenge. Certainly a far cry from the first movie's original cop drama format.
  • Driving Stick: Shifting techniques in street racing are serious business.
    • Even better because just about any lesson on performance driving technique in the series is total nonsense and potentially harmful to your engine.
    • The first couple films are notorious for having characters up- or downshift more times than would be possible with their cars' transmissions.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first three films focused heavily on car culture amidst the relatively small time and contained criminal affairs of the plots. The fourth and especially fifth movies helped transition the franchise into the more action-oriented heist movies known today. Paul Walker was noted to feel relived when the changes occurred, believing that he had forcibly tried to look cool as per what the tuner scene needed.
  • Fanservice: Essentially any non speaking female role could be counted as fan service.
  • Hip-Hop: The series runneth over with this, even the third movie, which is set in Japan.
  • Interquel: The fourth, fifth and sixth films, which are set after the second but before the third movie. The seventh film takes place after the events of the third film, finally catching up to continuity.
  • Made of Iron: Just about everyone.
  • Nitro Boost: Used in all of the films.
  • No Seat Belts: Oddly enough, the lack of seat belt use seems to have little effect on anyone's ability to survive catastrophic crashes. Until Furious 7, where characters are actually seen wearing on belts and on one occasion, a helmet.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: This has been taken to the point of, for lack of other fitting description, absurdity by this series: No two movies use the same numbering system. The series goes:
    • The Fast and the Furious
    • 2 Fast 2 Furious
    • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
    • Fast & Furious
    • Fast Five (known as Fast and Furious 5 in the UK)
    • Fast & Furious 6 (some international versions have the title card simply read Furious 6)
    • Furious 7
    • The Fate of the Furious (or The F8 of the Furious)
  • Practical Effects: From Fast Five onwards, the series has largely used in-camera effects for the stunts. Ironic, considering the Denser and Wackier Sequel Escalation the series undergoes at that point.
  • Product Placement
  • Rated M for Manly: The series runs on cars, manly heroes, and gratuitous shots of hot women.
  • Rice Burner: Although all the cars in the movies are high performance, they are commonly accused of responsibility for promoting this in real life. These days, the cars from the first and second installment look fairly tacky. Some would argue they did back then. The developer's picked up on this, by having Hobbs make a remark about an aftermarket stereo on a classic GT 40 being as cheap as some neon lights during the fifth movie.
  • Rule of Cool: Some of the action and driving scenes are utterly ridiculous, especially in the later instalments... but does it really matter?
  • Running Gag:
    • Brian never legitimately beating Dom in a race. He almost does in the fourth film, and Dom lets him win in the fifth film. He finally beats him fairly in 6.
    • Han is always eating something, needing to keep his hands busy due to being an ex-smoker.
    • Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger getting completely wrecked and Dom rebuilding it.
  • Sequel Escalation:
    • The truck heists in the original movie are nothing compared to some of the jobs the characters pull in the later movies.
    • The cars:
      • The first had cheap, yet easily modifiable import cars.
      • The second included more desirable, newer cars from the tuner scene.
      • Tokyo Drift followed the same vibe as the second, though this time the cars were built solely for function, pretty decals aside.
      • The fourth mostly had classic muscle cars and the odd import thrown in.
      • The fifth followed the same route, however by the ending, the team are in high-end exotics and hypercars.
      • The sixth has an eclectic mix of classic cars (which serves as a story point). And a tank.
      • Furious 7 has the limited production Lykan Hypersport (valued at $ 3.4 million), also serving as a plot point in that film.
    • The villains:
      • The first film has Johnny Tran, a small-time criminal.
      • The second film has Carter Verone, a major drug dealer.
      • The third film has DK, also small-time but with a Yakuza uncle.
      • The fourth film has Braga, the leader of a major cartel.
      • The fifth film has Reyes, who has pretty much everyone in Rio in his pocket.
      • The sixth film has Owen Shaw, who has his hands in almost everyone's pockets, including the CIA and the DEA.
      • The seventh film has Owen's brother Deckard, a ruthless ex Special Forces assassin and ghost proficient in both hand-to-hand combat and firearms who is also capable of racking up a terrifying killcount despite being on his own.
      • The eighth film has Cipher, a remorselessly sociopathic hacker-slash-warlord with a veritable god-complex who is fully able (and willing) to threaten the world with a global nuclear holocaust just to puff up her monstrous ego.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: Starting from the third film, the series moves out from just being set in the US. Films three, five, and six are mostly set abroad, with films four, seven, and eight having sequences in other countries while remaining mostly set in the US.
  • The Series Has Left Reality: It started out as a grounded crime drama where the only intense action the film had was the street racing scenes. The moment Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is introduced is when the movie became the over-the-top popcorn action franchise it's currently known for.
  • Tim Taylor Technology: Nitrous Oxide injectors FTW. Or, as the characters once liked to say it, "NAAAAWS." As NOS is a trademark of Holley Performance Products, it was removed from the second film and replaced by generic "N2O" labels on the steering wheels and was verbally referred to as "spray" and "kick" after Holley got a bit stroppy about its appearance in the first one. The NOS brand returns in later films.
  • Watch the Paint Job: Most installations in the series have some example of this.
  • World of Badass: Every named hero is either a world class stunt-driver or a master martial-artist, or both. The only exception is Ramsey, who might just be the greatest hacker and programmer in the world.

    Tropes in the 1st movie 
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Dom explaining the significance of his car, and what happened to his father.
  • Badass Boast:
    Dom: "You almost had me? You never had me. You never had your car. Granny shiftin', not double clutchin' like you should. You're lucky that hundred shot of NOS didn't blow the welds on the intake. You almost had me? Now me and the mad scientist gotta rip apart the block and replace the piston rings you fried. Ask any racer, any real racer. It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile; winning's winning."
  • Book Ends:
    • The truck heist in the climax reveals which characters did what during the truck heist in the opening scene. Dom drives in front of the truck. Vince fires the harpoon to break in the cab and knock out the driver. Leon and Jesse surround the truck, preventing it from moving. And Letty drives under the trailer bed to distract the driver.
    • Before the second heist, Dom tells Letty that he had a dream where they were in Mexico. The post-credits scene reveals that Dom's dream did come true, just not in the way that he envisioned it. He arrives in Mexico as a fugitive.
  • Chest Insignia: One of the few examples of a car variant of this trope. Each member of Dom's street team has a unique livery depicting a flaming robot character on the doors of their personal cars.
    • Dom's RX-7 has a flying robot with an armada of spaceships.
    • Letty's 240SX features a robot knight jousting on a comet.
    • Jesse's Jetta exhibits a robot knight jousting on a rocket.
    • Vince's Maxima depicts a robot shark.
    • Leon's Skyline showcases a robot knight wielding a great sword.
    • Mia's Integra sports a winged robot angel.
    • Brian's Supra brandishes a robot knight throwing a javelin.
  • Darkness Equals Death: Dom's monologue about his dad's death makes it very clear that his Charger was originally supposed to represent this.
  • DVD Commentary: The commentary by Rob Cohen goes to show the depth of insight a director can have about hidden aspects of the movie. Oh yeah, and he likes to blow stuff up too. And he loves pounding cars.
  • Driven to Suicide: Quite literally in this film. After Brian blows his cover, forcing Dom's family to flee, and indirectly causing Jesse to die, Dom, now with nothing but the knowledge of his impending arrest, opts to kill himself by racing the quarter mile one last time, planning to get hit by a train that awaits him on the other side. In the very same car his father died in, no less. It doesn't work, obviously.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Dom drives import cars (the Madza RX-7 and the Honda Civic) for most of the film, but starts driving muscle cars as his vehicle/s of choice for the rest of the series.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Brian's Mitsubishi is blown up by a barrage of bullets from Tran's crew. Plus, pretty green emit from the car probably from all the nitrous he put in the car.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: Excuse is the street racers are hijacking shipment trucks to fund their activity and a cop goes undercover to infiltrate the group.
  • Fanservice: The two girls making out during the party Vince and the crew throw while waiting for Dom to return.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Foreshadowing: One of Brian's bosses mentions that truck drivers are arming themselves in response to the threat of robbery. Sure enough, a pivotal scene involves Dom's team trying to rob an armed driver.
  • Gangland Drive-By: Near the end, after the heist scene, the crew returns to Dominic's house but Tran and his cousin zip by on motorcycles, spraying bullets, and killing Jesse.
  • Gunman with Three Names: Referenced when Dom checks Brian's wallet.
    Dom: Brian Earl Spilner. Sounds like a serial killer.
  • Hollywood Silencer: Averted; Johnny Tran's crew use suppressed Micro Uzis as their Weapon of Choice, but the guns are still very loud.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: The Tran family are inferred to be Vietnamese-Americans due to their surnames (Tran and Nguyen). They are played by the Korean-American Rick Yune and the Filipino-Chinese Reggie Lee.
  • Never Going Back to Prison: Dom spent two years in prison for assault and tells Brian that he'd rather die than go back.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Dom is prone to this. The film reveals how much of a "model of self-control" he is by showing pictures of a guy Toretto nearly beat to death with a three-quarter inch torque wrench in an act of personal revenge. Dom admits this to Brian himself without prompt, and it's heavily implied he harbors remorse for permanently disabling the guy.
  • Racing the Train: Brian and Dom do this at the end while also drag-racing against each other. They both make it.
  • Reality Ensues: As stated in the Badass Boast above, Brian's modifications to his car (specifically the NOS) nearly break his car during his race with Dom, as he didn't bother to actually think about what went in his car, just caring to go fast enough to beat Dom.
  • Recycled Premise: Point Break (1991), except with car racing instead of surfing.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Played with; Brian was an undercover cop while Dom, Letty, Leon, Vince, and Jesse were professional thieves.
  • Sour Prudes: Dom's girlfriend Letty temporarily uses this position (without seeming to have it as an integrated part of her personality) as she chases off two girls hitting on Dom at the first race.
    Letty: I smell [sniffs] skanks. Why don't you ladies pack it up before I leave tread marks on your faces?
  • The Stinger: Dom is driving along a beach in Mexico.
  • Suicide by Sea: More like suicide by freight train. It's Implied that Dom was planning on dying at the end of his race with Brian. This is also supported earlier on in the film when Dom mentions that he'd rather die than go back to prison, and when Dom implies that driving his Charger would end up killing him the same way it killed his father.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Dominic Toretto, already the most badass character in the movie, manages to take yet another level after Brian rescued Vince from the truck and revealed that he's a cop. Dom used to be primarily an import racer and scared of his father's supercharged 900hp Dodge Charger streetmachine. But when he sets out to find Jessie before Tran does, he has overcome his fear of the black Mopar brute (which is the only car available to him anyway) and changed into the American muscle aficionado of the sequels.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Brian reveals himself to call for a medical helicopter to save Vince's life.
  • Under the Truck: The climax sequence mirrors the opening sequence, revealing each character's role in Dom's heists. This scene implies that this was Letty's signature move.
  • Watch the Paint Job: Dominic's Dodge Charger (which was built by his late father and is revealed midway through the movie to be some sort of intimidating uber-car) getting completely pulverized by a semi truck in the movie's last drag race is the most remembered instance of this in the entire series.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Bryan gives Dominic a Toyota Supra that was probably intimidating at some point, but now looks like a building fell on it. The interior machinery, however, is all intact, so an impressed Dominic and crew immediately get to work repairing the outer damage.

    Tropes in the 2nd movie 
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Roman admitting that going to prison was never Brian's fault, and that he needs to take responsibility for his own actions.
  • Affably Evil: Carter Verone. The guy's a drug lord, but he's nothing but polite to Brian and Rome until the end of the movie.
    • Faux Affably Evil: But still, the guy tortured a man with a rat and acted like a Yandere over Monica talking with Brian, threatening to kill her if he sees her with another man.
  • Animesque: The designs on Suki's car in were indeed inspired by Anime. In fact the director outright admits that the tone of the film (the first race especially) was partially inspired by Animenote .
  • Beleaguered Childhood Friend: Rome did three years in prison and ended up on house arrest prior to the events of the movie. He blamed it on Brian for not helping him, but Brian didn't hear about his arrest until after he had already been sentenced to do time so there was nothing he could do.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Brian and Monica don't gook up in the end, but leave on good terms.
  • Driver Faces Passenger: Invoked. So much so that if this weren't a movie, they would have both already been killed in a collision.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: Excuse is undercover cop and an ex-convict become street racers in order to get hired as drivers for a drug lord so they can infiltrate his operation.
  • 2 Letters 2 Numbers: Taken to ridiculous level with 2 Fast 2 Furious.
  • Noodle Incident: The circumstances behind Roman Pearce's house arrest could arguably fall under this.
  • Only in Miami: The movie takes place in Miami. The opening scene has the characters drive by the American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA's Miami Heat. That should be a tipoff.
  • Parental Bonus: Brian is called "Bullitt" once. While in that context it could just be considered a nickname based on how fast he drives, it doubles as a reference to Bullitt, a movie about a cop that has one of the most famous car chase scenes in the history of cinema.
  • Product Placement: Mitsubishi contributed to the movie by supplying the Eclipse Spyders, the Evo VIIIs (which weren't out in America at the time, so they were told to disguise them as VIIs - a Japan only model) as well as Lancer O.Z. Rally Editions (though these weren't used). As Chrysler was partnered to Mitsubishi at the time, Dodge Rams were also provided. Also, the yellow Dodge Viper SRT-10 in the movie - actually four were used - were amongst the first batch of that generation produced. They (originally red) were loaned to Universal on condition that they mustn't crash.
  • Reality Ensues: Brian has been made known in the street racing scene in Miami, causing him to be track downed and arrested by the FBI due to all the attention.
  • Replacement Love Interest: Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes replaces Mia as Brian's love interest.
  • Reusable Lighter Toss: Rome tosses one on a henchmen's car after covering it with lighter fluid.
  • Shout-Out: The unusual method of torture is probably lifted from Italian Spaghetti Western "Compañeros" (1970).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Roman, replacing Dominic from the original.
  • To the Pain: Verone (the drug lord) lures Whitworth (a corrupt Miami PD detective) away from his party and tortures him using a rat, a metal pail and a blowtorch until he agrees to give Brian and Roman a window to deliver Verone's package for him; he then warns Whitworth that if he fails, his rat will visit his entire family as well.
  • Under the Truck: One of the auditioning drivers accidentally gets knocked under a tractor trailer, but is crushed under the wheels.

    Tropes in the 3rd movie 
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Two.
    • The first is Han explaining that money isn't important to him - he needs strength of character. The significance only becomes clear in later films, however.
    • The second sees Sean and Neela finally tell each other how they came to be in Japan.
  • Book Ends: A twisted example – the first Tokyo race is started off by "Exceedingly Handsome Guy", presumably the credits attempting to translate the word ikemen. By the end of the movie, the neon and gloss of the movie environment is stripped clean to reveal the dark and gritty reality, and the final race is started off by an aging yakuza who's missing four fingers from both hands.
  • Call-Forward: An easily missed one at the end.
    Twink: He said he knew Han. Said Han was family.
  • The Cameo:
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: Excuse is a street racing teenager sent to his US Navy dad stationed in Japan wrecks one of Han's cars in a race and he must work as his errand boy until he pays off his debt.
  • Gaiden Movie: Tokyo Drift has no connection to the events of the first two films. Furious 7 finally introduces Tokyo Drift into the full continuity by being set after the events of Drift and reintroducing Sean Boswell.
  • Fanservice: Two girls making out, which blows Sean's mind.
  • Police Are Useless: Apart from the mentions of the yakuza, there's more mundane reasons.
    Han: Police cars are factory tuned. They don't chase you if you're above 180 because they know they can't catch up.
    Sean: I'm beginning to like this country already.
  • Product Placement:
    • Mitsubishi provided Evos to the production crew, as they had for the previous movie.
    • Why drift-lover Twinkie inexplicably drives a show-over-go VW from a completely different subculture.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The film is almost wholly set in Japan except for the beginning part.
  • Sequel Hook: Dom shows up in Tokyo.
  • Sitting on the Roof: A Yakuza starts a fight on the roof of the school with the guy who sold him a defective iPod.
  • Watch the Paint Job: The funniest example in the entire series would be Sean wrecking Han's S15 Silvia with a Skyline engine because he just can't drift.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Sean's Monte Carlo, which looks plain but manages to outrun a Viper.
  • Yakuza: Pretty much every single Japanese character. And their uncle, quite literally!

    Tropes in the 4th movie 
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Brian explaining himself after it emerges that Letty was his informant.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Not explicitly depicted but the judge is all too happy to throw the book at Toretto, sentencing him to a life term of which he must serve at least 25 years.
  • Author Appeal: Although he isn't a big car guy, director Justin Lin expressed his appreciation for the Buick GNX, and urged the car coordinators to have Dom drive one at the start of the movie as it fit his character and because it had barely been used in movies.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Dom shows incredible detective prowess, instantly knowing not only exactly what went down at Letty's crash site, but walked out with a vital clue apparently even the FBI missed.
  • Back from the Dead: You know that 1970 Dodge Charger (which was wrecked by his father and rebuilt before the first film's events) that Dom wrecks in the first film? It's back in this film. And it gets wrecked and rebuilt again.
  • Book Ends:
    • The movie begins with Dom and his gang hijacking an oil truck and ends with him getting rescued by Brian, Mia and his gang from the beginning. Also counts as a Bolivian Army Ending.
    • Also invoked with Fenix. Earlier in the movie Dom sees Fenix standing over Letty before killing her in some sort of guilt induced hallucination. At the end, Fenix stands over Brian in much the same way before Dom swoops in for the rescue.
  • Chekhov's Gun: During the initial U.S. - Mexico border run, Dom notices several propane tanks in the tunnels. Later on, he uses this to kill one of Braga's henchmen.
  • Darker and Edgier: Fast & Furious compared to the other films. It has a much grimmer atmosphere with both Brian and Dom investigating who was behind Letty's (apparent) death and Dom personally seeking revenge.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: Letty has all of five minutes of screentime, and the next thing we know, Mia calls up Dom to tell him that Letty has been killed by Fenix. We get to see what happens later, at least, but it's still awkward, especially since Michelle Rodriguez has her name on the posters.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: Excuse is same as the second film (undercover cop and an ex-convict become street racers in order to get hired as drivers for a drug lord so they can infiltrate his operation) and the added twist that Dom is also going undercover on his own initiative to get revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend.
  • Fanservice: The film has moments of hot girls kissing during club scenes.
  • First Girl Wins: Mia for Brian.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Dom does this to one of Braga's informants.
  • The Man in Front of the Man: The front man for the drug running ring appears to be working for an unseen boss. The boss turns out to be a decoy and the front man is the actual boss and Big Bad.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: A mook shoots Dom directly in his shoulder. The look on Dom's face made it clear he was more worried about his nice jacket than any damage done to his actual person. Oh, and Dom proceeds to beat the mook damn near to death, with both hands. And doesn't so much as flinch while Mia patches up the wound.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Dom when the propane tanks in the tunnel explode. Also inverted at the beginning, where Dom runs towards the fireball.
  • Product Placement: Subaru donated the Impreza WRX STIs.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Subverted. The fact that Braga, a man who supposedly clawed his way up from "varrio enforcer" to "ruthless drug kingpin", came to a drug deal wearing a salmon pink silk tie is immediately taken by Dom and Brian as evidence that the man is not the real Braga.
  • Secret Underground Passage: Braga's men use a hidden tunnel wide enough to drive through to smuggle drugs across the US Mexico border.
  • Sequel Hook: Dom's escape from the prison bus, revealed at the beginning of Fast Five.
  • Tempting Fate: Brian and Dom kidnap Braga in order to forcibly take him back to the United States.
    Brian: Where your boys at? Huh? They gonna show up, or what?
    (Braga's men come swarming in from everywhere)
  • That's What I Would Do: Brian tries to narrow down a list of suspects with the same name to figure out which one is involved with street racing. He has his FBI partner read off a list of the suspects' cars. After hearing about a Nissan 240SX with an illegal modification, he remarks that he's the one. His partner asks how he knows this and he replies "Because that's what I'd drive."
  • Third-Person Person: Dwight.
    Dwight: Dwight likes this foot a lot.
  • Trailers Always Lie: Mia driving in the trailer. She only drives at the very end, a minute before the credits.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: During a race, Dom bumps Brian's car and causes him to lose control in order to win. This becomes a sore spot for Brian in the next sequel when he insists that was the only way Dom could have beaten him.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: When Brian and Mia see each other again, Mia hadn't yet forgiven him for his role as an undercover cop five years earlier. Naturally, this is followed by They Do.

    Tropes in the 5th movie 
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: The scene between Brian and Dom after they learn that Mia is pregnant. Brian asks about Dom's father, being scared about the notion due to his own's absence for most of his life.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: There are a few in the series, but this particularly aggressive one sticks out.
    Vince: "Where's Letty?"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Hobbs and Elena pull up every crime on each member of Toretto's crew, despite Toretto and Brian being their only real targets.
  • Artistic License – Physics: As Honest Trailers put it: "[R]ide along while these rebels break every law in the book... of Physics!"
    • The entirety of the climactic chase scene.
    • Towards the end, Dom drags the ten-ton vault behind his car as though it weighs nothing, until he jumps out of the car and the vault starts pulling the car around as if it weighs nothing. The only way that makes sense is if Dom himself weighs significantly more than ten tons such that the mass of the vault is negligible compared to the combined mass of Dom and his car, but the mass of the car is negligible compared to the mass of the vault.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Dom and Brian bring together a dream team made up of characters from the past few films, describing what they will bring to the table in a montage. Aside from the above two and Mia, the team includes Vince from the first film, Roman and Tej from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Han from Tokyo Drift, and Giselle, Leo and Santos from Fast and Furious.
  • Back for the Dead: Vince returns (for the first time in four films) to have a redemptive arc, but dies three-quarters of the way through during a rescue/escape scene in Rio.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger reappears only to get smashed up a fourth time.
    • Although she's only seen through a picture, Letty shows up at the end hijacking a military convoy. Nobody really minded, since she died off-screen and even what we saw was just somebody guessing what went down.
  • Call-Back:
    • The entire Credits Montage is this, with Dom and Brian racing through the settings of the films in reverse order (Brazil, Mexico, Tokyo, Miami, Los Angeles) while scenes from previous films are played for the actors (reverse order as well.)
    • Vince sees Brian for the first time since the latter saved the former's life during the first film's truck heist; sizing up his former rival, Vince simply mutters, "Buster."
    • The incident that got Dom in trouble in the first place not only gets alluded to; he darn near does the exact same thing to Hobbs, socket wrench and all.
  • The Cameo: Eva Mendes and Michelle Rodriguez in the credits.
  • Caper Crew: Dom and Brian assemble various friends and associates into one of these.
  • Chekhov's Gun/Fakin' MacGuffin: The ten ton vault the crew obtains turns out to be more than just for practice.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong:
    • Vince finally calls Dom out on this.
    • Roman shares this role, as well as being a semi-Butt-Monkey.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Diogo loses his car in a race to Dom, and later helps repel Hobbs when the latter tries to arrest him and Brian at his hangout.
  • Deliberately Jumping the Gun: The guys have an impromptu four-way drag race after "acquiring" some police cars. Roman takes off before the others...and still loses.
  • Driving into a Truck: They use two cars and a chain to slide a container into a truck.
  • Enemy Mine: Dom and Hobbs towards the end, due to Reyes wiping out Hobbs' team.
  • Enhance Button: Used briefly by Hobbs' team to track down Toretto.
  • Everyone Meets Everyone: The crew is comprised of people Brian and Dom have encountered in their various escapades across the previous movies.
  • Fanservice: Gisele gets a scene in which to show off her bikini body.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Not so much a photo, but being introduced to Vince's child and significant other pretty much sealed his fate.
  • Fingerprinting Air: A palm print is lifted from cloth in enough resolution to fool a palm reader.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Dom attempts a Self-Sacrifice Scheme in order to ensure Brian escapes with Mia, but as he is seen alive and free in Tokyo Drift which chronologically takes place afterwards, we already know he'll be saved at the last minute.
  • Gatling Good: An SUV has a roof-mounted one.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Zig-zagged with Officer Neves. It seems like she'll end up in this role throughout most of the film, but both her and Hobbs end up joining forces with Toretto. She doesn't assist them in actually stealing the money, but does meet up with Dom again after the fact.
  • Inspector Javert: Hobbs is characterized this way until he decides to help Dom because his team was killed and he wants revenge. After an Enemy Mine for a day or two, he gives Dom a mercy lead.
    Hobbs: Give me those documents. [throws them aside] All I care about is that Toretto is a name on a list!
  • Killed Off for Real: Vince gets shot in the gut and apparently bleeds out offscreen. However, considering his sendoff in the garage and the posthumous nature of his payout, we doubt he's coming back.
  • Mercy Lead: Hobbs gives Dom and Brian a 24 hour lead before chasing after them. This naturally leads to the following exchange:
    Hobbs: I'll see you again, Toretto.
    Dom: No, you won't.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: More like missing lines: "If you're gonna survive, stop thinking like a cop. You're in my world now," and "Chances are sooner or later, we are gonna end up behind bars or buried in a ditch somewhere. But not today." Both are spoken by Dom, but do not appear in the film, even out of the context presented in the trailer.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: When Dom fights Hobbs, he gains the upper hand and ends up with a wrench in his hand. This is a reference to how he nearly beat a guy to death with a wrench in his backstory.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Mia; though the audience and Vince's wife know this, Brian and Dom do not. She brings this up in the middle of the film to prevent Dom from splitting the trio once again.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Tej is brought in to be the team's electrical technician and computer hacker. His only prior appearance was in 2 Fast 2 Furious, where he had no such role, nor displayed any of these abilities.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Averted since we actually know what took place, unless this is the first movie in the series you've seen (which it is for many people). Do not remind Dominic Toretto about nearly beating a man to death with a torque wrench; it'll come back to haunt you later.
    • Both Tej and Han handwave seemingly inexplicable feats (Tej's Gadgeteer Genius abilities and Han procuring a fake money safe out of seemingly nowhere) with a simple "I had a life before you knew me."
  • Not So Different: Hobbs shows his contempt for Dom when he reminds him how he beat a guy to death with a wrench prior to the first movie. However, during the fight between Hobbs and Dom later in the movie, Hobbs reaches for a wrench and tries to hit Dom with it. Seconds later, Dom actually refrains himself from doing the same thing. See My Greatest Second Chance entry above.
  • Precision F-Strike: Hobbs gets one for his Establishing Character Moment at the end of his first scene, as a man certainly not to be trifled with.
    Chief of Police: What's the second thing [he could do to help the DDS]?
    Hobbs: (Beat) Stay the fuck out of my way.
  • Product Placement: Subaru donated the Impreza WRX STIs for this movie, as they had for the previous movie.
  • Racing the Train: Dom races alongside a train during the botched robbery to rescue Brian (who is stuck on one of the crashed transport vehicles) from being crushed as it goes through a covered bridge.
  • Replacement Love Interest: Dom gets one. Interestingly enough, Dom is her Replacement Love Interest too.
  • Reusable Lighter Toss: Dom tosses one on some cash.
  • Robbing the Mob Bank: Dom and Brian assemble a team to rob drug kingpin Reyes completely blind.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The film is mostly set in Brazil.
  • Sequel Hook/The Stinger: Agent Eva Mendes revealing Letty is alive and driving in Berlin.
  • Shout-Out: The passports the crew used to enter Brazil are briefly seen onscreen. Han's reads "Han Seoul-Oh". Given that he's clearly a bit of a closet geek (note the Superman references and apparent enjoyment of Marvel comics in Tokyo Drift) it's very probably a Star Wars reference.
  • Steal the Surroundings: The crew takes this up a notch, stealing a massive vault by towing it with their cars, starting a lengthy Chase Scene where they drag it throughout the city.
  • Stealth Pun: The title of The Fate of the Furious is derived from the working title, F8 — if you take the first letter of the working title and pronounce it in front of the number, then you have a homonym for "Fate".
  • Tempting Fate: Reyes' right-hand man remarks that with the amount of security at the police station that's housing his drug money, not even God could steal it.
  • Worthy Opponent: In The Stinger:
    Fuentes: You need to look at that. Berlin, 3:00 a.m. this morning. A team of drivers hijacked a military convoy.
    Hobbs: Toretto?
    Fuentes: Nope.
    Hobbs: Ain't interested.
    Fuentes: Yes, you are. Keep looking. You believe in ghosts?
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Hobbs and Dom's fight scene involves assorted wrestling style slams and spinebusters, and even features Hobbs doing the kip-up he frequently did as The Rock in his wrestling days. Earlier in the film Hobbs delivered a double clothesline to a couple of mooks as well.

    Tropes in the 6th movie 
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: The conversation between Dom and the amnesiac Letty after their race in London.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Played straight and subverted in the same scene when Jah (played by Indonesian actor Joe Taslim) wipes up the floor with Han (played by Korean actor Sung Kang). Jah is an experienced martial artist, while Han is not and just tries to use Good Old Fisticuffs.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: Letty still drives the same way she did before she got amnesia, and in spite of working for Shaw since she got out of the hospital, she has a distaste for his methods, which eventually drives her to abandon him for Dom. At the end, while she still doesn't have her memory back, she comments that being at a barbeque with the rest of the family feels like home.
  • Artistic License – Physics:
    • The plane pulldown scene.
    • When Dom saves Letty at the end of the tank chase, he catches her in mid-air and continues on the same trajectory as he had before, violating the law of conservation of momentum. The only way it makes sense is if Dom weighs several tons so that Letty's mass is negligible compared to his.
  • Badass Boast: During the credits, we get this small, but just as badass one from a unlikely source, unlikely meaning you didn't see it coming.
    Deckard Shaw (Owen Shaw's older brother): Dominic Toretto, You don't know me... (The car he crashed into explodes, killing Han.) ... But you're about to.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: After the first attempt to take down Shaw goes horribly for the heroes, with their cars being flipped and totaled this way and that through buildings, they rendezvous back at HQ with nary a scratch on any of them.
  • Big "NO!": Han when Gisele falls to her death to save Han from getting killed by one of Owen Shaw's henchmen.
  • Brick Joke: Brian breaking Stasiak's nose - having done so in the fourth film, he does it again in this one in order to get him thrown into solitary so he can find Braga.
  • Call-Back: The Credits Montage for the opening is a compilation of scenes going in chronological order from 1-5, except for Tokyo Drift which, considering plot continuity, has yet to happen.
  • The Cameo: British singer Rita Ora as the race caller in the London race.
  • Car Cushion: Dom and Letty land unharmed on a car after the stunt mentioned above under Artistic License – Physics.
  • Character Death: Gisele and Han meet this fate, although in the case of the latter, it was a Foregone Conclusion since his death in The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift comes full circle, except this time, we actually get to know who killed him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Owen Shaw tells about his older brother and his code. During the credits, Han's death from Tokyo Drift, which takes place after movies 4-6 is shown again, but it's revealed not only that Owen's brother, Deckard, is behind the death, but now he's now targeting Dom's crew in revenge, leaving a Sequel Hook.
  • Continuity Nod: The following dialogue, referencing the well-established fact that Dom prefers old-school American muscle cars while Brian favors Japanese imports. In particular, Dom seems to have a thing for Dodge Chargers while Brian likes Nissan Skylines.
    Dom: (To his young nephew) First car better be a Charger, Jack.
    Brian: (To Dom)... you mean Skyline.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: How Roman, Han, and three other subway police officers get their asses handed over.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Not one, but two Riley vs. Letty fights. Unsurprisingly not played for Fanservice, given the actresses' reputations.
  • Disney Villain Death: The SUV Big Bad Owen Shaw is in hits a barrier at the back of the cargo plane that the final action scene takes place in as the aircraft is taking off. Since he doesn't have a seat-belt on, he goes flying through the front window and out the back of the plane, falling several hundred feet onto the runway.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Jason Statham during the credits as Deckard Shaw, the villain of the next film.
  • Easy Amnesia: Averted; at the end Letty is still unable to remember anything before her "death", and makes the Heel–Face Turn on her own.
  • Evil Counterpart: The entire bad guy roster. Aggressively lampshaded by Roman for laughs.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Letty looks to have undergone one during her time of Faking the Dead. Subverted as it turns out she lost her memory after the crash, and Shaw took her in when he realized she had amnesia. Even with no memory, Letty shows genuine disgust at Shaw's callousness towards losing his own men and eventually reunites with the team
  • First Girl Wins: Letty and Dom get back together after she leaves Shaw's crew.
  • Five-Bad Band: Shaw's crew.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Owen's crew comes from many parts of the world, and the car chase scene at the beginning has the members talk to each other with their native languages. An example is the Indonesian Jah asking Vegh, "Hantam mereka," (which is subtitled "I need your help," but actually means "Hit them".)
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gisele lets herself fall to her death to save Han from an attacker in the climax.
  • Hypocrite: The base commander says, quite logically, that the threat to one life is not worth giving up the chip that would endanger the lives of millions. However, when his life is then threatened he orders all his men to stand down and lets the bad guys go.
  • Indy Ploy: Dom smashing his car into a barrier in order to launch himself and perfectly catch a falling Letty across a highway. He himself admits the only reason they survived was pure luck.
  • Irony: Of the tragic kind. Gisele sacrifies herself to save Han, except her death is exactly what motivates Han to finally move to Japan where we all know he dies.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Dom seemingly gives up his chance at freedom when he's forced to choose between it and saving his sister. But don't think he's an idiot; it turns out he had one more trick up his sleeve, and he uses it to take the upper hand against Shaw, so that he could have his cake and eat it.
  • It's All My Fault: Brian says this verbatim after finding out Shaw told Braga that Letty was an informant in 4, setting her up to die.
    Braga: The minute you put her undercover, she was dead, bro.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Elena urges Dom to join Hobbs' investigation so he can learn if Letty is indeed alive. When this turns out to be true, Elena allows the two of them to be reunited and presumably returns to her career in law enforcement a single woman.
  • MacGuffin: The Nightshade device. It's only mentioned once or twice and has something to do with stopping electrical power.
  • Made of Iron: Multiple characters go through horrendous car crashes without any major injury.
  • The Mole: Riley.
  • Multi-Track Drifting: The heroes are driving their usual muscle cars when they suddenly discover that their opponent is driving a tank.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In the case of a vehicle doing this, the tank would count. It's an actual 10-ton tank on an actual freeway plowing through cars like nothing. They also modified the tank to go 60 MPH, when it originally can only go 30 MPH.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Tej sees the tank Shaw's crew has just hijacked from the convoy.
    Tej: Uh guys, we got to come up with another plan... they got a tank.
    Roman: I'm sorry, did somebody just say a tank?!
  • One-Man Army: Jah, the martial artist working for Shaw. He was able to take down a dozen London Policemen at Waterloo Station, then wipe the floor with both Roman and Han double teaming him.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Letty shoots Dom in the shoulder. He just digs the bullet out by himself, slaps a bandage on top and acts the rest of the film as if it never even happened. Semi-justified as the pistol is noted to be a PSM, a Russian handgun infamous for its anemic 5.45mmm round.
  • Outrun the Fireball: In the trailer, Dom jumps out of the on-fire plane.
  • Power Fist: Letty uses a pair of handcuffs as improvised brass knuckles while fighting Riley.
  • Precision F-Strike: Rome drops one right on target. "When a woman starts shootin' at you, that's a clear sign to back the fuck off."
  • Product Placement: Subaru donated the new BRZ.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Hobbs forces his fellow officers at gunpoint to release Shaw and give him the MacGuffin, potentially risking millions of lives, because a protagonist that Hobbs had no particular reason to care about was being held hostage.
  • Put on a Bus: Leo and Santos, due to both actors wanting to concentrate on their rap careers. This is written off in-universe when Brian tries to assemble the team - the characters are stated as having last been seen crawling around the casinos in Monte Carlo.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Hobbs is forced to ask Dom and his crew of outlaws for help because of their skills and connection to Letty in exchange for full pardons.
  • Sequel Escalation: Lampshaded by Shaw when he first meets Dom, who notes how far the latter has come from simply stealing truckloads of DVD players.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The film primarily takes place in England and Spain.
  • Sequel Hook/The Stinger: Doubles as The Reveal that Han was killed by Shaw's brother as retaliation again Dom.
  • Take a Third Option: Just when it looks like Shaw's got Dom beat once and for all, Dom and his crew reveal that they've got a few more tricks up their sleeves, having released Shaw deliberately.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • While in prison, Brian gets a visit from Braga and after a heated exchange, Brian tells him and his two goons he's lucky there's a door between them. Cue the door instantly being overridden and opened.
    • Immediately before the above, Stasiak tells Brian that he could only get him into the general population of Braga's prison, so Brian will need to find his own way into solitary (where Braga is actually being held). Brian proceeds to break Stasiak's nose, which gets him immediately thrown into solitary himself.
  • Turbine Blender: Happens to a member of Shaw's team during the final runway sequence.
  • Unconventional Vehicle Chase: The villains take a tank and start running over civilian cars before Dom's gang put a stop to them.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Averted. We never really hear what the group's plan is when they try to stop Shaw from attacking the convoy, but it immediately gets ruined when Shaw busts out the tank, forcing them to improvise.
  • Vehicular Assault: "Uh, guys... they have a tank!"
  • Villain Respect: After one of Shaw's underlings refers to the protagonists as common criminals, Shaw points out that those "common criminals" came within seconds of taking them all down, and says the underling should show them the respect they deserve.
  • Wham Shot:
    Shaw: Coming, babe?
    [camera cuts to Letty, then Gisele, then Letty again before focusing on Riley]
    Riley: Of course. I wouldn't miss it for the world.
    • Notable that in that shot, Riley's the only one who hasn't been shown to be involved in any dirty work of the villains. Gisele formerly worked with the fourth film's Big Bad, Braga, while this film focuses on Letty siding with Shaw against Dom's team, even though she isn't entirely sure with the choice.
    • Not only that, but also the stinger when it's revealed who it was who killed Han. Not only who the character was, but also the fact Jason Statham is playing him and will also play him in the next film.
  • The Worf Effect: Happens to Dom's whole crew during their first encounter with Shaw's team in London. Han and Gisele got pinned down by Shaw's Cold Sniper. Tej and Roman's cars got disabled by Shaw's electronic expert's special devices. Even Brian got taken down by a Dynamic Entry from Shaw's dragon in her flip car. Only Dom and Hobbs managed to stay on Shaw's trail until Dom got distracted by Letty and later injured by her, leaving Hobbs to pursue Shaw alone who eventually escaped. Though Shaw himself later admitted to his team that Dom's crew is the first Worthy Opponent they came across.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: This is taken Up to Eleven with Shaw's martial arts mook Jah nailing a dropkick/elbow drop combination on Han and Roman. Also, over the course of the airplane fight, Klaus chokeslams Brian, before tossing him around, then receives a flying headbutt from Dom, before finally being finished by Hobbs and Dom performing a version of the Doomsday Device tag-team manuever on him.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Shaw's plan to steal the computer. Stopped by the Torettos? No problem, just have Mia and Jack kidnapped, knowing Dom will give anything to protect his family. This comes back to bite him in the ass when Dom remotely foils his attempt to murder them anyway and, accompanied by his crew and Hobbs, gives chase.

    Tropes in the 7th movie 
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Several.
    • The first is a conversation near the beginning of the film between Dom and Letty at a graveyard, where she looks at her tombstone and decides to part ways with Dom (which doesn't last long).
    • The second is on the plane to Abu Dhabi, where Dom gives Brian some advice and encouragement for Brian to leave the old life behind and raise a family with Mia.
    • The third is just before the climax, where Brian calls Mia to tell her that he loves her and Mia pleads with him to survive and come back home safety.
    • After Letty tells Dom she got all her memories back, she asks him why he didn't tell her they were married. He replies, "You can't tell someone they love you."
    • The final scene of the movie has Dom drive away from the beach, leaving Brian and Mia to raise their family. Brian catches up with him, and the two share a normal drive side by side before they part ways down two separate roads.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Played straight with Kiet, portrayed by famous Thai actor Tony Jaa.
  • Always with You: An inversion in Dom/Vin Diesel's tribute to Brian/Paul Walker at the end:
    Dom: No matter where you are, whether it's a quarter-mile away or halfway across the world, you'll always be with me. And you'll always be my brother.
  • Arc Welding: Furious 7 is the first movie of the series to take place after Tokyo Drift and features Sean Boswell for the first time since said movie, which finally brings Tokyo Drift out of Gaiden-status and into the canon proper (up until then, besides Han's inclusion in the sequels, all that even indicated Tokyo Drift was part of The 'Verse was the short appearance of Dom right before the credits).
  • Award-Bait Song: "See You Again". Considering the song started at 100 on the Billboard Top 100, then became the tenth such song in history to peak at #1 note , the award baiting seems to have worked.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Dom tells Letty during Race Wars to keep the Cuda's speed under 9,000 RPM, because he can tell just by one look at the opponent's car that it will burn out before the finish line. True to his word, the competitor burns out just before the race ends, allowing Letty to coast to victory.
  • Back for the Dead:
    • Although Han died in Tokyo Drift (and his death was seen in 6), he shows up just long enough to have a few seconds of screentime before being blown up by Deckard Shaw.
    • Korpi (the owner of the blue Camaro in 2 Fast 2 Furious) returns... as one of Jakande's goons, who gets impaled on a tree during the Ramsey rescue.
  • Back from the Dead: Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger returns yet again - Dom wrecks it once more (for those keeping track, that's the fifth time it gets wreckednote ) after launching it through a ramp and tumble down the debris of a parking garage, but not before he attaches a bag of grenades onto Jakande's helicopter while in mid-air.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The whole crew has to dress up to get into a billionaire's party. It might be the only time in the whole series Dom isn't in a t-shirt and jeans.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The climax has Dom, having been in a car that made a Super Jump up to a helicopter before plowing and flipping through a collapsing building, and Deckard Shaw, having actually been in said collapsing building, not only fully recognizable but still mobile.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hobbs shows up out of nowhere to crash an ambulance into Jakande's drone when it corners Letty and Ramsey. A couple minutes later, he does the same thing by using the drone's minigun on Jakande's helicopter when it's aiming at Dom on top of the parking garage.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The movie ends with Dom saying goodbye to Brian and driving off in different ways into the sunset.
  • Bodyguard Babes: The Jordanian prince has half a dozen female bodyguards, led by Kara (played by Ronda Rousey).
  • Book Ends:
    • The final scene begins with Brian pulling up to Dom's car and looking at him, just like their last encounter in the original film. Also, the choice of cars: Dom's Charger (Black in the original, bare-metal gray in 7) to Brian's Supra (Orange in the original, White in 7).
    • Dominic and Deckard's first encounter in LA. Deckard leads Dom to an underground parking lot, and then they crash their cars into each other head-on (with Deckard having the advantage) and Dom is about to have a street fight with Deckard, only for Deckard to pull out his gun and mockingly asks "You thought this was gonna be a street fight?". In the climax, also in LA, it is now Dom who leads Deckard to the top floor of a parking building, with them crashing into each other in their cars again, only with their positions reversed (and Dom has the advantage this time). Deckard, who runs out of ammo, picks up a metal bar to fight Dom, but Dom pulls out his shotgun and asks "You thought this was gonna be a street fight?" Only this time, Dom actually fires his shotgun into the air and proceeds to fight with him man-to-man. "You're GODDAMN RIGHT it is."
  • Call-Back: The climactic battle is full of this.
    • Starting with the location it took place, the streets of Los Angeles.
    • Dom visits his old garage and took his old, almost iconic to the franchise Dodge Charger into the battle.
    • Brian equips his old FBI gear.
    • During the battle:
      • Brian evades Jakande's Predator drone by hiding under a truck and uses it as cover.
      • Dom dualwields wrenches against Deckard Shaw, calling back to the incident that got him in trouble in the first place
      • The LAPD police cars, which were the most dreaded foes in the first two movies, also join the fray but get utterly curbstomped by the drone.
      • Dom outrunning the collapsing parking building in a way that reminisces when he escaped from the collapsing tunnel in Mexico in 4.
  • The Cameo: This movie has a fair few.
    • Hector makes his first reappearance since the first movie where he gets punched by Letty at Race Wars.
    • Elena appears for a couple scenes, but is absent for the majority of the film.
    • Sean Boswell appears for the first time since Tokyo Drift (along with Bow-Wow and Neela in archival footage).
    • A blink-and-you'll-miss it appearance is Korpi (the owner of the blue Yenko Camaro in 2 Fast 2 Furious), who reappears as one of Jakande's mooks driving the black Mercedes... which gets impaled on a fallen tree pretty quickly.
    • Australian expat rapper Iggy Azalea as a driver in the Race Wars scene.
  • Car Cushion: Hobbs and Elena land together on a car roof when falling from great height. Of course both characters remain unharmed. Elena is unharmed. Hobbs spends the majority of the movie in a hospital bed.
  • The Cavalry: Elena returns to give Hobbs backup during his fight with Shaw in the offices, and later, Hobbs shows up to help Letty and Ramsey, and later Dom himself, after Jakande attacks with his helicopter and drone.
    Letty: "Did you bring the cavalry?!"
    Hobbs: (before grabbing the discarded minigun from a Predator Drone) "Woman, I am the cavalry."
  • Character Outlives Actor: The character of Brian O'Conner isn't killed off, but instead "retires" at the end to be with Mia, his son Jack and his soon to be born daughter.
  • Central Theme: 'Family.
  • Continuity Nod: The movie features the return of "Race Wars", from the first film, which has apparently become such a big deal that it has booths from companies like Monster Energy, Rockstar Energy, and Xfinity.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hobbs DSS office has handguns strapped to the bottom of at least one coffee table, presumably in the event that a lunchtime argument gets really out of hand.
  • Cutting the Knot: The bad guys prevent Ramsey from hacking their drone control system by leveling a signal transmission tower.
  • Designated Girl Fight: A Letty vs. Kara (played by Ronda Rousey) fight in fancy dresses, after Letty beats up three female bodyguards at once.
  • Disney Death: Dom is assumed to be dead after he and Hobbs destroy Jakande's helicopter, but he regains consciousness after Letty reveals she got her memory back.
  • Easy Amnesia: Letty starts to remember bits and pieces and finally gets all her memories back at the end.
  • Enemy Mine: Shaw quotes the full version directly when revealing that he's joined forces with Jokande.
  • Environmental Symbolism: In the final scene, the location where Dom meets Brian (dressed in a white shirt and riding in a white Supra) for the last ride is at a crossroads. The final shot is of Brian splitting off from Dom and taking a fork in the road that leads into the sunset.
  • Fake Shemp: After Paul Walker's death, his brother Cody filled in so they could finish the movie (his face was replaced with Paul's via CGI).
  • Fanservice: Ramsey gets a scene in which to show off her bikini body.
  • Final Battle: The climax takes place in the streets of L.A., where Dom and his team do battle with Shaw and Jakande.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Dom says to Nobody that he could just sit tight and let Shaw come to him. Nobody retorts that getting the God's Eye would let him take the initiative. And once they do have the Eye, Shaw proceeds to lure them into a trap so he can get it and use it to hunt them down.
    • "Cars don't fly."
  • Gatling Good: Jakande has them on his drone during the final fight, which is appropriated by Hobbs and used against Jakande.
  • Hollywood Hacking: A code on a USB is capable of instantly hacking all devices anywhere on earth, including mobile phones and security cameras. It can then organise all that information and using facial recognition track a persons exact location in a matter of minutes.
  • Hysterical Woman: Downplayed and justified with Ramsey. She's very calm and collected while helping Mission Control to do some Hollywood Hacking, but completely loses her shit whenever her life is in danger. It's perfectly understandable; after all, she's just a hacker, not a street-racer-turned-hired-gun like our heroes. Over the course of the film, she learns to keep a cooler head during intense situations, but is still easily the most emotional member of the group.
  • Ironic Echo: Dom to Deckard Shaw at the climax.
    "You thought this was gonna be a street fight?...You're goddamn right it is."
  • Lock and Load Montage: Dom, Brian, and Shaw go through one before the Final Battle .
  • Loss of Identity: Discussed in a scene where Letty tries to part ways with Dom before the next job pulls them together again. Although she likes him, they share a history that she doesn't remember, and it's hard for her to be around him when he does remember that history.
  • MacGuffin: Subverted with the God's Eye. It sounds a lot like a usual MacGuffin — a device that can hack into anything and trace anyone anywhere — but once it's recovered, it's used almost immediately to find Deckard. It's used again during the climax by Jakande to track down Ramsey and keep her from locking him out of it.
  • Made of Iron: Taken to ridiculous heights, where characters survived crashes like high speed head-on collision, twice!, or falling off a freaking cliff. The latter is somewhat justified as the car was heavily modified to handle crashes like this.
  • More Dakka: While there’s no shortage of firepower in the franchise, Mose Jakande is the biggest believer in this trope. This is the man who armed a bus with a half-dozen machine guns and brought a combat drone with enough firepower to level half a city to the movie’s final fight.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The first scene where we see Brian: his car's engine burning with fury with himself looking dead serious, apparently competing for yet another race, and he steps on the drop Jack off at school.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Mia again. She's pregnant with her second child but hasn't had the time to tell Brian. A brilliant time comes up when Brian is about to say a final goodbye in advance; she shoots this down by saying that he'll have to come back, otherwise his second child would never be able to meet its father. She succeeds.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Tej's sudden and miraculous fighting abilities.
  • Noodle Incident: The movie opens with Deckard Shaw apparently having rampaged through a hospital just to see his comatose brother. Not only does he appear to have fought off several SCO19 teams without a scratch, but he somehow broke the awning outside.
  • No One Could Survive That!: When Dom and Ramsey are cornered by Jakande and his mooks, Dom then drives the car off the mountain and rolls all the way down the cliff, still they both survive with few scratches.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome/One-Man Army: Deckard Shaw is first introduced after he's mowed through an entire platoon of policemen to visit his brother, who is in intensive care. The audience only sees the aftermath of this - there are several officers dead in an elevator, the lobby looks like it's been hit with a bomb blast, and he's done so much damage to the exterior of the hospital that the overhang at the front of the building collapses after he walks out.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens again to Tej, this time he drops the S-bomb when the trucks the protagonists are pursuing start deploying heavy machine guns.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Battle of the Titans.
  • Please Wake Up: Letty begs Dom to wake up after he crashes his car through Jakande's helicopter during the climax. Subverted a few moments later when it's revealed that he was just sleeping, and waits until she tells him she remembers everything for him to finally speak.
  • The Power of Love: Dom's not breathing. Brian gives CPR. Letty makes him stop because telling him she regained her memory is more effective at kickstarting his heart.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Implied. A Jordanian prince owns a Lykan Hypersport (one of only seven in the world) and keeps it in a vault in his penthouse. When Dom and Brian recover the God's Eye from the vault, they're both a bit incensed on how the car isn't being properly used as a car. When Deckard attacks them, they escape by jumping the car between two more skyscrapers, which would've damaged it enough even if it hadn't slid out the last one and fallen dozens of stories to the ground.
  • Product Placement:
    • The second sequence in the film is Dom taking Letty to Race Wars, which has apparently gained some very impressive corporate sponsorship.
    • When Dom tells Mr. Nobody that he drinks Corona instead of Belgian ale, the latter produces a Corona-branded bucket from behind a box, complete with two chilled bottles. They then spend the next few moments walking and talking while chugging them down.
    • Shortly after the Corona moment above, Nobody shows off his impressive Dell computer setup.
  • Rare Guns: Dom briefly wields a UTS-15 dual-tube shotgun. Which makes sense, considering that he's working for some very rich, very well-supplied people.
  • Red Shirt: The soldier Sheppard.
  • Retcon: At the end of Tokyo Drift, Twinkie tells Sean that Dom had gained quite a reputation for winning races around Asia. When this same footage is shown in Furious 7, that line is cut as it would've no longer made sense since we've already seen what Dom was busy with from movies 4 to 6. Unless it was during the entirety of 2...
  • Riding into the Sunset: Brian O'Conner, after his last ride with Dom at the end.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Dom and crew have to rescue Ramsey, an imprisoned hacker who's being transported to a terrorist group for a highly effective tracking device (which the heroes need to track Shaw). When Brian reaches Ramsey inside the armored bus, he's surprised to find out hacker is female . The trope is lampshaded afterward in several ways, which includes bits of Fanservice.
  • Sequel Hook: Deckard survived his fight with Dom but got arrested and brought to a high security underground prison by Hobbs. He declared to Hobbs that no prison can hold him.
  • Series Fauxnale: Furious 7 is built up to be the finale of the series, even going as far as giving a fitting sendoff to Paul Walker, who died in a car accident prior to the movie's release. An eighth movie was released in 2017, with Vin Diesel signed up for two more.
  • Shout-Out: The Abu Dhabi sequence is very reminiscient of Black Moon Rising, plot of which had a MacGuffin hidden inside a super car that ends up driven indoors and jumping from a skyscraper to another.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Mr. Nobody is fond of wearing sunglasses, even inexplicably putting them on during the nighttime operation against Shaw that goes bad. Then it's revealed that said shades have night-vision, and he proceeds to mow down a half-dozen of Jakande's mooks before being injured.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Hobbs removes a cast on his arm by flexing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tej protects Ramsey by taking out a mook using his new-found hand-to-hand combat skills.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailer implies that Kara and Keit are part of Deckard Shaw’s team. Kara is really the bodyguard of a Jordanian prince whose car the team needs to steal and Kiet works for Mose Jakande, the movie’s other Big Bad who doesn’t even appear in the trailers.
  • Truth in Television: Real parachutes with GPS were used for the car drop from a plane. The production team also consulted the US Army about steerable, GPS-guided parachutes.
  • Under the Truck: This stunt comes back when Brian tries to evade an attack drone.
  • Weapon of Choice: Shaw loves grenades and other explosives, and Jakande loves Gatling guns and other heavy machine guns.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Frank Petty's fate is unknown.
  • Where It All Began: The film climaxes with our heroes racing cars in the streets of LA. Or at least, that was the plan. Then they realize the bad guys are using a helicopter gunship and a drone.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Letty beats up a prince's three elite female guards handily, to underscore the threat when the head of his detail is actually able to give her a challenge.
    • Deckard Shaw's first onscreen action sequence is him going toe to toe with Hobbs, who's himself one of the most dangerous characters in the franchise. Jason outright said it.
  • Worst Aid: Albeit everyone's Made of Iron so it doesn't seem to matter, but an unconscious Dom being pulled out of his car and Letty proceeding to move his head around is a very noticeable example, especially right after Brian giving very careful instructions as to how to handle him in that condition.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Hobbs performs the Rock Bottom on Deckard Shaw THROUGH A GLASS TABLE!

    Tropes in the 8th movie 
  • Adult Fear: Dom's actions in the film are motivated by The Reveal that Elena was pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy while he was busy chasing Jakande in the previous film, and is what allows Cipher to have a hold on him. One of the climactic scenes has Dom waiting to hear back from Deckard, who along with Owen assaults Cipher's plane to rescue the child.
  • Artistic License – Ships: The Akula class submarines have a speed of 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced, and 28–35 knots (52–65 km/h; 32–40 mph) submerged. But is shown catching up with and outrunning all the cars going flat out on the ice.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Roman jumps at the chance to drive a bright orange Lamborghini for the big raid...only to have it go out of control on the ice as he doesn't have snow tires and is an easy target for the guys shooting at them.
  • Back for the Dead: This unfortunately happens to Elena, who is executed by Rhodes on Cipher's order as a consequence of Dom letting Letty go.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The crew manage to foil Cipher's plan to release the nuclear subs and thus avert World War III. But Elena is killed in the process, leaving her son to be raised by Dom and Letty, Cipher herself gets away scot-free, and while the Torettos have been making amends with the Shaws, that doesn't change the fact that they have pardoned two extremely dangerous criminals who have caused so much misery in the past (including killing one of their own), but hey, everyone can change.
  • The Cameo:
    • Tego and Rico come back to help Dom out by faking Deckard's death in New York, and Owen Shaw shows up, fully healed, to help his brother launch an air-assault on Cipher's plane.
    • Dame Helen Mirren shows up as the Shaws' Cockney crime boss mother, Magdalene.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Apparently, Luke Hobbs now can easily throw regular-sized humans around like pieces of paper, rush through barricades of people with FREAKING POLICE SHIELDS like nothing's business, and even RIP OFF FUCKING HANDCUFFS with little to no effort. That's how recovery from falling off a building works out, though.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Early on, Roman suggests using God's Eye to track and find Cipher's location, only for it to be revealed that Cipher took countermeasures to prevent it. Cipher subsequently steals it and uses it through the rest of the film to further her plan. Then it's revealed that Dom used God's Eye to find Owen Shaw's location so Deckard and Magdalene Shaw could bust him out of prison and help take over Cipher's plane during the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Dom's cross makes another important role in the series. Dom hangs it above Elena's cell on Cipher's plane when he "becomes the 'old' Dom" and works for Cipher. Turns out the cross has a tracking device on it that leads Deckard right to the cell to rescue Dom's baby when he and Owen assault Cipher's plane in the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The Cuban crime boss Graceful Loser returns to assist Dom in The Plan to bring down Cipher in New York, providing him with the time he needed to make a deal with the Shaws' mother.
    • Early on in the film, Mr. Nobody mentions that Owen Shaw is currently locked up at a government black site. During the climax, it's revealed that Dom enacted a plan to allow Deckard and Magdalene Shaw to find and break Owen out of prison. Owen subsequently assists Deckard when they assault Cipher's plane during the climax.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • To the first film. Cipher insists that the most important thing in Dom's life is the thrill of living a quarter mile at a time.
    • To the fifth film. Elena is shot and killed. Her husband was murdered similarly in Brazil.
    • To the sixth film. When Deckard and Owen assault Cipher's plane during the climax, Owen looks back at the hatch closing behind them as they land. He grimaces, remembering what happened the last time he was on a plane.
    • To the seventh film. Midway through the film, Ramsey muses about whether the team should bring Brian and Mia in to help. Both Roman and Letty counter that they made a promise not to involve the couple in any more jobs and let them live in peace.
  • Crocodile Tears: Magdalene Shaw begins crying uncontrollably when her son Deckard objects to bringing Owen on the final mission and stops immediately the second he agrees.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Dom's son, Brian Marcus Toretto, both meta and in-universe. In-universe, his middle name is named after Elena's husband Officer Marcos Neves, who was murdered in Brazil. In a meta-sense, his first name is named after Brian O'Connor, to honor the real-life passing of Paul Walker.
  • Death by Cameo: Elsa Pataky (Elena) shows up long enough to have a pair of scenes as a prisoner being held by Cipher to get Dom's cooperation. She is summarily executed by Rhodes after Dom lets Letty go after stealing the nuclear football.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Elena is executed by Rhodes on Cipher's orders, just a short time after it's revealed that she gave birth to a child. This avoids another potential Love Triangle and allows Dom to raise the child with Letty.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Raldo loses his car in a race to Dom, but comes to respect him so much that he travels to New York to help Dom set up a meeting with Magdalene Shaw without Cipher finding out.
  • The Dragon: Connor Rhodes to Cipher.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Dom buries the hatchet with Deckard when the latter helps rescue Dom's son, while Deckard gives up his vendetta on them after Dom uses the God's Eye to help Deckard and his mother rescue Owen.
    • This also applies to Dom as a whole by the end of the movie, considering that he did betray his team and put most of them on the international most wanted list and almost assists Cipher into starting a world war... Though considering the life his innocent baby son, whom they would also have loved and laid down their lives for, was at stake, their forgiveness is much more understandable in this case.
  • Enemy Mine: Dom's team is partnered up with Deckard Shaw by Mr. Nobody.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Deckard and Owen are revealed to be this. Despite all said and done, they love their mother, and their mother loves them too. In fact, Deckard sobs up for real when his mother sows some (fake) tears to finally convince him to break Owen out of prison and help rescue Dom's son.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Deckard Shaw is agahst that Cipher's men want to kill a child, even if it is the son of his sworn enemy Dominic Toretto. He even beats a mook into a pulp for hurting the baby.
  • Everything Is Online: To an even more ridiculous degree than the last film. Cipher and her hackers are able to remote control hundreds of cars in downtown New York City, and even remote pilot a refitted Russian nuclear sub and launch its payload of missiles all from the comfort of their spy plane.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: The team rework God's Eye to figure out where Cipher and Dom are, showing a building.
    Mr. Nobody: Huh. Well, that's weird. Because... that's...right here.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Dom seemingly does this in the eighth film. Of course he goes back to the heroes' side at the end
  • Faking the Dead: Midway through the film, Dom seemingly shoots and kills Deckard Shaw. Later on, when Dom enacts his Xanatos Gambit against Cipher, Deckard is revealed to be alive, having faked his death so he could skydrop into Cipher's plane without being detected.
  • Fire Forged Friendship: Hobbs and Deckard. They initially started as bitter enemies, having Snark-to-Snark Combat whilst in prison, to eventually laughing whilst insulting each other. Hobbs even gives a Big "NO!" when Deckard is seemingly shot dead by Dom. They seem to be buddies at the end of the film.
  • Forced into Evil: Dom is forced to do Cipher's bidding because she has Elena held hostage, along with her and Dom's newborn son. She threatens to kill them if he doesn't comply.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Averted. Using the God's Eye device from the previous movie is one of the first things the good guys try, but Cipher has already come up with countermeasures. She still attacks Mr. Nobody's headquarters to steal it an use it herself. Dom also uses it to locate the prison where Owen is being kept.
  • Foreshadowing: In the beginning of the film, Dom and Letty briefly discuss raising a child, with Letty playfully commenting that she's not pregnant. Later in the film, it's revealed that Elena, Dom's former lover, gave birth to a baby son, who is fathered by Dom during their brief romance together, and both of them are being held hostages by Cipher to force Dom into working for her. The baby is later adopted by Dom and Letty to be raised as their own after Elena is killed and is named Brian.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • During the Russian stronghold fight, Letty flips one of the soldiers she's fighting over a railing, right into the spinning propeller of the nuclear sub. We don't see anything but the slight blood splatter.
    • Elena's death is also done like this, where only the gunshots are heard.
    • In universe: Deckard says "You're not going to want to see this" to the baby and turns him away from the carnage before he beats up a soldier who shot at the baby.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It's revealed that Cipher was backing Owen and Jakande in the previous two films in an effort to obtain Nightshade and God's Eye respectively.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Deckard Shaw, who is humanized so much that he is Easily Forgiven by Dom and takes part in the barbecue at the end of the film. Owen as well, since Dom's the one who helps him break out of prison.
  • Hostage Situation: This is what causes Dom to get involved with Cipher in the first place. He learns that Elena has been kidnapped by her, along with The Reveal that she gave birth to his child. Part of the climax involves Deckard and Owen assaulting Cipher's plane to rescue the child.
  • I Have Your Wife: Or rather, "I have your ex-lover and newborn son."
  • Ironic Echo: "Do you think this is gonna be a street fight?" Dom says this to Deckard when the latter catches up to him in New York and Dom pulls a gun on him, before seemingly shooting him dead. It's actually part of Dom's plan to fake Deckard's death to get him under the radar so he could rescue Dom's son.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Not only Cipher forces Dom in her service by threatening to kill his newborn son, she orders Elena to be killed when Dom lets Letty escape with the nuclear codes.
  • Jumping the Shark: Vin Diesel jumps the submarine. Also a Bilingual Bonus when you realize that the sub is an "Akula" class sub.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Cipher successfully escapes to safety during the Climax. Although it's suggested that she has to lay low for a while, she gets off really easy for all the monstrous things she does.
    • Deckard and Owen Shaw, as well, since both are villains of previous films and had done things that almost got the team killed. The former, in particular, did kill one: Han. However, the two manage to lighten this somewhat by saving Dom's son. Extending their warranty while also likely planning to make Cipher's expire. Given that she more or less put them at odds with the team in the first place.
  • Long Bus Trip: Both Brian and Mia are dropped from the series so they can quietly raise their children. This is done to retire Brian, as his actor had passed away; theoretically, Mia can appear again, but it would feel awkward (plus she has been demoted to extra since the sixth film anyway). Word of God said that Brian might appear again in some way, though.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Elena reveals that she was pregnant with Dom's son sometime during the events of Fast & Furious 6 and had raised him since then without telling Dom, as she didn't want to ruin his reunion with Letty. By the time she had gathered enough courage to break the news, Cipher had already known her secret and took her hostage.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The trailer implies that after Dom's (apparent) Face–Heel Turn, he and Hobbs will have an epic rematch with Hobbs announcing that whether the old Dom is still in there or not, he will take him down, over a scene where an armored reflects bullets with a riot shield, as Hobbs fires a belt fed assault rifle. Not only are these shots from completely different scenes, but the two never directly fight each other in the whole movie.
    • Speaking of Dom turning on his team/family, the trailers seem to imply that whether he has really betrayed them for Cypher and why are going to be big mysteries in the film. In actuality, it is made clear to the audience that Dom is being extorted into turning on them from pretty much the beginning, even if for what is not initially made clear.
  • No-Sell: During the prison riot, Hobbs is shot multiple times with rubber bullets. It does little more than piss him off.
    Hobbs: Rubber bullets. Big mistake.
  • Not So Different: Hobbs is curious as to why Deckard became a criminal since he is a highly decorated war hero. Deckard then points out that he wasn't so different from Hobbs, who was a highly decorated government agent. He further implies that like Hobbs, he was betrayed and set up, forcing him to operate in the shadows.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • After Hobbs' daughter's soccer team performs an intimidating haka right before a match, one of the girls on the opposing team decides she doesn't want to play anymore.
    • After Cipher takes control of hundreds of cars in New York, a taxi driver waits until it has slowed down enough and jumps out... abandoning his passenger on the back seat.
  • Sequel Escalation: As of this movie, The Toretto family's archnemesis is a remorselessly sociopathic hacker-slash-warlord with a veritable god-complex, who is fully able (and willing) to threaten the world with a global nuclear holocaust just to puff up her monstrous ego.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Dom's son, Brian Marcos, someone to remember Elena. And Brian too, in a sense (see Dead Guy Junior above).
  • Shout-Out: After the submarine chases the characters, one of the remarks, "We're going to need a bigger truck!"
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: Cipher and her network of hackers and mercenaries.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: When Dom dispatches Rhodes and races towards the missile truck firing at the team, the theme song kicks in full force as he goes down the snowy slope.
  • Two-Keyed Lock: Cipher's plane has one for Elena's cell, which initially prevents Dom from rescuing her since he's alone and the second lock is located in the cockpit. This is why it takes both Deckard and Owen to rescue his son during the climax.
  • Unknown Rival: Dom has been inadvertently foiling Cipher's plans' for at least two movies, by stopping Owen Shaw and Mose Jakande. She hasn't taken it well.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: After her plans are foiled and the Shaw brothers kill all her men and capture her plane, Cipher escapes from it by jumping with a parachute, remaining at large as the movie ends.
  • Villainous Fashion Sense: Cipher is an extremely fashionable villain, sporting heavy metal t-shirts and leather jackets, and even has a combination high-fashion walk-in wardrobe and weaponry closet on board her jet plane.
  • Wham Line: The first trailer for the film has a very big one.
    Hobbs: Dominic Toretto ...just turned on us!
  • Wham Shot:
    • The shot on Cipher's plane that reveals Elena, Dom's former lover, has been held hostage by Cipher in order to force him into working for her. The second Wham Shot is dropped seconds later when Elena reveals that she gave birth to a baby son, who was fathered by Dom during their brief romance before Letty was discovered to be alive.
    • Later, a pair of men use special wingsuits to board Cipher's plane, then unmask to reveal themselves as the supposedly-dead Deckard and his supposedly-imprisoned brother, Owen.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hobbs notably asks Dom what he's doing and tells him to reconsider when the latter rams him off the road after the botched Berlin job.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Cipher and her mooks are all too willing to kill Dom's newborn son if he doesn't play ball. When Deckard rescues the kid, he calls them out on it.
    Deckard Shaw: You'd shoot a little baby? Really!?

Alternative Title(s): Two Fast Two Furious, Fast Five, The Fast And The Furious Tokyo Drift, Furious Seven, Fast And Furious 6, Fast And Furious, The Fate Of The Furious