Film: The Fast and the Furious

"Ride or die."

"On the other side of the world a new style of street racing rules the Tokyo underground. The cars are lighter. The tires are slick. When you drift, if you ain't out of control, you ain't in control. And if you work the wheel back and forth just right... you get blue sparks."

The Fast and the Furious is a series of action films, which center on illegal street racing and (later) heists produced by Universal Studios. The cars are fast, the drivers are furious, there is plenty of Technology Porn and a little story on the side.

The first film, The Fast and the Furious, starring 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.

The second film 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 third film, 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.

A fourth film, Fast & Furious (Or F&F 4 to avoid confusion with the first movie), was 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. He reunites with Dom, offering him a pardon in exchange for help catching the drug dealer. Tension heats up when their personal motivations are revealed as Brian, Dom, Letty, and Mia struggle to work through the residual complications of their last encounter with each other.

A fifth film, 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 "Ludacris". 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 Five had the biggest grossing opening weekend of the franchise (breaking two records in the process) which more than doubled that of its immediate predecessor, and garnered the most critical praise of the series. It's also notable for bringing back the bulk of its previous main characters and conglomerating them into a single team.

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) while again garnering positive critical reviews.

A follow-up movie was green-lit before the 6th film even hit the box office. Furious 7 (originally titled Fast & Furious 7), brings all the characters together for yet another chapter in their continuing to be over the top action story, this time to be directed by James Wan (of The Conjuring and Insidious fame). This time, the story takes place after the events of Tokyo Drift and has the crew facing off against the brother of the previous films villain who naturally seeks vengeance. This will be the last film in the series, according to the marketing campaign, because Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident over the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday. Due to Walker's death, production of the movie was stalled 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 is set to be released on April 3, 2015.

This movie series contains examples of:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Every film has one:
    • 1 has Dom explaining the significance of his car, and what happened to his father.
    • 2 has Roman admitting that going to prison was never Brian's fault, and that he needs to take responsibility for his own actions.
    • 3 has Han explaining that money isn't important to him - he needs strength of character. The significance only becomes clear in later films, however.
    • 4 has Brian explaining himself after it emerges that Letty was his informant.
    • 5 has a scene between Brian and Dom after the team learns 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.
    • 6 has the conversation between Dom and the amnesiac Letty after their race in London.
  • Action Genre Hero Guy:
    • Dom ticks most of the boxes.
    • As does Hobbs.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The entire franchise was inspired by a magazine article.
  • 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.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Played straight and subverted in the same scene in the sixth film 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, and Han is trying to use Good Old Fisticuffs.
  • The Alleged Car: Subverted. Sean's Monte Carlo looks beaten up and about to fall apart... until he hands a Viper-driving jock his ass on a silver platter.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: "Before I Decay" is the Japanese theme song.
  • Anachronic Order: Pull Tokyo Drift out of the lineup and stick it on the end, and you've got chronological order. This is how a character who died in 3 is able to appear in 4 through 6 without issue. (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3, 7)
    • Han mentions going to Tokyo twice in Furious 6, putting Tokyo Drift after 6 but, presumably, before 7. The mid-credits stinger is an extended scene from the middle of Tokyo Drift that puts it quite definitively between 6 and 7.
  • Animesque: The designs on Suki's car in 2Fast was 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 .
  • Arc Welding: Furious 7 will be the first movie of the series to take place after Tokyo Drift and will feature 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).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: There are a few here and there, but a particularly aggressive one in the fifth film sticks out.
    Vince: "Where's Letty?"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Not explicitly depicted but the judge is all too happy to throw the book at Toretto in the fourth film. Likewise, Hobbs and Elsa pull up every crime on each member of Toretto's crew, despite Toretto and Brian being their only real targets.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Nearly every jump in the series.
    • The entirety of the climactic chase scene in Fast Five.
    • The plane pulldown scene in 6, as seen in a trailer.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Refreshingly averted with Jesse in the first film. This also doubles as an example of Shown Their Work: Jess dropped out of school; 37 to 50% of afflicted adolescents never earn a high school diploma as they either drop out or are expelled for behavioral problems. People with true ADD often find an interest, subject, or hobby that "calms them down" or is able to hold their full and focused attention (such as Jesse's love of cars). They are also at higher risk for things like criminal activity, impaired driving ability, injury, social impairment, drug and nicotine abuse, and poor financial management... all of which Jess exhibits, out of the many possible other adverse effects of the disorder.
  • 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.
    • Although he isn't a big car guy, Lin expressed his appreciation for the Buick GNX, and urged the car coordinators to have Dom drive one at the start of the fourth movie as it fit his character and because it had barely been used in movies.
  • Avengers Assemble: In Fast Five, 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. Overlaps with Crisis Crossover.
  • Ax-Crazy: Shaw in 6 took blood-chilling pleasure in crushing dozens of innocent civilians under his tank in his rampage across the Spanish freeway; made doubly-disturbing by the fact that it wasn't even a necessary maneuver to flee from Dom and co.
  • 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 the fourth film. And it gets wrecked and rebuilt again, and reappears in the next film only to get smashed up a fourth time. Dom isn't happy.
    • Although she's only seen through a picture, Letty shows up at the end of Fast Five hijacking a military convoy, then she returns in the sixth film. Nobody really minded, since she died off-screen and even what we saw was just somebody guessing what went down.
    • As mentioned above, subverted with the character of Han, who hasn't undied so much as not-yet-died. If he does, you'll know the films have caught up with the timeline. Which they have, as of the Furious 6 credits.
  • 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."
    • To anyone who doesn't know about cars, this may seem like a badass boast, if a little too big headed. To anyone who does know about cars, this boast is deconstructed and ridiculed for so many inaccuracies.note 
    • Then during the credits of Fast Six, we get this small, but just as badass one from a unlikely source, unlikely meaning you didn't see it coming.
    Ian 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.
  • 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 has overcome this by 6.
  • Badass Family: The Torreto 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.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: In Furious 6, 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.
  • Beleaguered Childhood Friend: Rome did three years in prison and ended up on house arrest prior to 2 Fast 2 Furious. 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.
  • Balls of Steel: Brian has these, many people comment on this.
  • Berserk Button: Dom has a serious temper, especially if his loved ones are in danger. The button doesn't activate instantly, however; it usually takes a few seconds to warm up, and viewers can actually watch Dom reach the boiling point.
  • Big Bad:
    • Johnny Tran in the first
    • Carter Verone in 2F2F
    • DK in Tokyo Drift
    • Arturo Braga in F&F
    • Hernan Reyes in Five
    • Owen Shaw in 6
    • His brother Ian Shaw, played by Jason Statham, is set to be the villain in the 7th movie.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Once per movie.
  • Big Eater: Roman.
  • Big "NO!": Han in 6 when Gisele falls to her death to save Han from getting killed by one of Owen Shaw's henchmen.
  • Black Best Friend: Rome (but only his home boys can call him that) and Twinkie.
  • Book Ends: The fourth movie. It 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. This is ultimately subverted by the creation of the fifth movie, as well as Dom's appearance in Tokyo Drift.
    • Also invoked with Fenix. Earlier in the fourth 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.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Between Brian and Dom across the first two films, "I owe you a ten-second car."
    • Brian breaking Stasniak's nose - having done so in the fourth film, he does it again in the sixth in order to get him thrown into solitary so he can find Braga.
  • Butt Monkey: FBI Agent Stasniak in films 4 and 6. Brian walks all over him, and his attempts to defend himself in the fourth film are dismissed as petulance by their boss. Despite this, he actually does help Brian out in the 6th film, breaking the law to do so.
  • California Doubling: The shooting for Fast Five took place in Puerto Rico. It's pretty easy to notice if you live in Puerto Rico too.
    • Scenes from Fast Five were also shot in Atlanta.
    • A lot of the London scenes in Fast Six were actually shot in Glasgow.
  • Call Back: The incident that got Dom in trouble in the first place not only gets alluded to in Fast Five; he darn near does the exact same thing to Hobbs, socket wrench and all.
    • The entire Credits Montage of Fast Five 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.)
    • In Five, 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 Credits Montage for the opening of 6 is a compliation of scenes going in chronological order from 1-5, except for Tokyo Drift which, considering plot continuity, was yet to happen.
  • The Cameo: Vin Diesel at the end of Tokyo Drift, and Eva Mendes and Michelle Rodriguez in the credits of Fast Five.
  • 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. Vince is the best example, going from an overly jealous jerk in the first film to a loving, caring, and protective individual with a dash of his old temper. Brian uses a lot of slang in the first two films, particularly the second, but the fourth and fifth take place five years later after he matures a lot more. Off-screen, Paul Walker has stated that the most difficult thing he found with his character early on was trying to act cool, and by Fast & Furious he no longer felt that pressure and stopped trying to force a certain image.
  • Character Outlives Actor: The character of Brian O'Connor will not be killed off, but instead "retired" from the franchise, as recently confirmed by Universal.
  • Character Overlap: Han appears to be the very same person as a character from Justin Lin's early film Better Luck Tomorrow, a decidedly non-action drama based on the Stuart Tay murder, which otherwise has no connection to the Fast and Furious franchise. Evidence for this includes the character's IMDb page.
  • The Charmer: Sean in Tokyo Drift. He successfully catches the attention of the girlfriends of two different guys, one a Jerk Jock and the other a Yakuza wannabe. This is also subverted when he tries his wink-and-smile combo on Cindy after the drag race and his mouth is full of blood; she is appropriately turned off.
  • Chekhov's Gun / Fakin' MacGuffin: In the fifth film, the ten ton vault the crew obtains turns out to be more than just for practice.
    • In the fourth film, 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.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Fast Six, Owen Shaw tells about his older brother and his code. During the credits, Han's death from Tokyo Drift, which takes place after Fast Six, is shown again, but it's revealed not only that Owen's brother, Ian, is behind the death, but now he's now targeting Dom's crew in revenge, leaving a Sequel Hook.
  • Childhood Friends: Dom and Vince. Also Brian and Roman Pearce.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Vince in the first and fifth films; he finally calls Dom out on it in the fifth. Roman shares this role in Fast Five, as well as being a semi-Butt Monkey.
  • 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.
    • Hobbs' armored car is the rare (for this franchise) non-racing example. The amount of punishment it takes is incredible.
    • Nice exotics like Ferraris tend to be sidelined or non-existent (the original features a F348 getting easily outdragged by Brian's Supra).
    • As of Fast Five's ending however, the above point is averted.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: How Roman, Han, and three other subway police officers got their asses handed over in Six.
  • 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.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Diogo in the 5th film 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.
  • 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 5 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 Six took it Up to Eleven, with a plot more reminiscent of a Bond film, only even more over-the-top. Certainly a far cry from the first movie's original cop drama format.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Fast Six has not one, but two Riley vs. Letty fights. Given their actresses' reputations, they're not played for Fanservice.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Played straight in the first two films, but the fourth film subverts the trope usage from the first one.
  • Disney Villain Death: An interesting variant happens in 6, where the SUV Big Bad Owen Shaw is in hits a barrier at the back of the cargo plane 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 to his death.
  • Doomed by Canon:
    • In the third movie, the character Han is introduced, and then killed off towards the end. Since the fourth and fifth movies take place before that, they were both able to feature Han and show what he was up to before he went to Tokyo. Unfortunately, everyone knows what awaits him when he gets to Tokyo .
    • Similarly, Gisele is nowhere in sight in the third film, so her relationship with Han can't possibly last. She sacrifices herself to save him in the climax of the sixth film.
  • Driver Faces Passenger: Invoked in 2 Fast 2 Furious. So much so that if this weren't a movie, they would have both already been killed in a collision.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Sean in Tokyo Drift.
  • Driving Into A Truck: In Fast Five, they use two cars and a chain to slide a container into a truck.
  • 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.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: Letty has all of five minutes of screentime in the fourth film, 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. Eventually subverted since she wasn't quite dead in the fifth movie and she returned in the sixth film.
  • Dueling-Stars Movie: Fast Five is most notable for being Vin Diesel vs. Dwayne Johnson. Johnson's character was originally going to be an older guy, but awesomely enough the filmmakers took up a fan's suggestion on Facebook that it would be great to see Diesel and Johnson in a movie together. And The Stinger for #6 hints that they're taking it up a notch by adding Jason Statham.
  • DVD Commentary: The commentary for the first one 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.
  • Easy Amnesia: Averted in Furious 6, at the end Letty is still unable to remember anything before her "death", and makes the Heel-Face Turn on her own.
  • Enemy Mine: Dom and Hobbes in the fifth movie.
  • Enhance Button: Used briefly by Hobbes' team in Fast Five to track down Torreto.
  • Everyone Meets Everyone: The crew for Fast Five is comprised of people Brian and Dom have encountered in their various escapades across the previous movies.
  • Evil Counterpart: The entire bad guy roster in Fast Six. Aggressively lampshaded by Roman for laughs.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot:
    • First movie: Excuse is the street racers are hijacking shipment trucks to fund their activity and a cop goes undercover to infiltrate the group.
    • Second movie: Excuse is same 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.
    • Third movie: Excuse is a street racing teenager sent to his US Navy dad stationed in Japan wrecks a yakuza drifter's car and he must work as his errand boy until he pays his car.
    • Fourth movie: Same as the second (different drug lord) and the added twist that Dom is also going undercover on his own initiative to get revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend.
  • 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
    • Agent Riley in the sixth film does this for real.
  • Fair Cop: US Customs agent Monica Fuentes in the second film. Rio police officer Elena Neves in the fifth. Brian O'Connor, for the ladies.
  • Fake Shemp: After Paul Walker's death, his brother Cody filled in so they could finish Furious 7 (his face will be replaced with Paul's via CGI).
  • Fanservice: The fourth film has moments of hot girls kissing during club scenes.
    • Essentially any non speaking female role could be counted as fan service.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Not so much a photo, but being introduced to Vince's child and significant other pretty much sealed his fate.
  • Finger Printing Air: A palm print is lifted from cloth in enough resolution to fool a palm reader.
  • Five-Bad Band: Shaw's crew in Furious 6.
  • Five-Man Band: In the original.
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • In the fifth film, 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.
    • What will happen to Han when he goes to Tokyo after 6.
  • Gaiden Movie: Tokyo Drift.
    • Furious 7 will finally introduce Tokyo Drift into the full continuity by being set after the events of Drift and reintroducing Sean Boswell.
  • Gatling Good: An SUV has a roof-mounted one in Fast Five.
  • Hip Hop: The series runneth over with this, even the third movie, which is set in Japan.
  • Gunman with Three Names: Referenced in the first movie when Dom checks Brian's wallet.
    Dom: Brian Earl Spilner. Sounds like a serial killer.
  • Hero of Another Story: Although its not known for definite, Fast 7's story is apparently set to run concurrently between Han's death in and the race between Sean and Dom at the end of Tokyo Drift. So whilst Dom's team is running around trying to catch their next villain, Sean was building up his Mustang to take on DK and settle things between them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gisele lets herself fall to her death to save Han from an attacker in the climax of 6.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Dom does this to one of Braga's informants.
  • High Heel-Face Turn:
    • Gisele in the fourth movie.
    • Zig-zagged in the fifth movie 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.
  • Indy Ploy: Dom and Letty apparently mind-melding as they jump off their vehicles and catch each other across a highway.
  • Inspector Javert: Hobbs in Fast Five 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!
  • Interquel: The fourth, fifth and sixth films, which are set after the second but before the third movie (the third currently is the last chronologically), if The Stinger of the sixth film is any indication, the seventh film is going to take place during or after the events of the third film.
  • 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 in 6 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 in Fast and Furious 6 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: Vince in Fast Five, and considering his sendoff in the garage and the posthumous nature of his payout, we doubt he's coming back.
    • Gisele and Han meet this fate in Fast And Furious 6, 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.
  • Large Ham: Hobbes in the 5th movie, especially in his introductory scene.
  • 2 Letters 2 Numbers: Taken to ridiculous level with 2 Fast 2 Furious.
  • Made of Iron: Just about everyone, especially in 6, where multiple characters go through horrendous car crashes without any major injury.
  • Mercy Lead: In the 5th movie, 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.
  • Military Brat: The protagonist of the third movie.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: More like missing lines, from Fast Five: "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.
  • The Mole: Riley in the sixth film.
  • Multi-Track Drifting: In 6, the heroes are driving their usual muscle cars when they suddenly discover that their opponent is driving a tank.
  • 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.
  • Never Going Back To Prison: Dom spent two years in prison for assault and tells Brian in the first movie that he'd rather die than go back.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Tej is brought in to be the team's electrical technician and computer hacker from Fast Five onwards; his only prior appearance was in 2 Fast 2 Furious, where he had no such role, nor displayed any of these abilities.
  • Nitro Boost: Used in all of the films.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Dom is prone to this. The first 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.
  • Noodle Incident: Subverted since we actually know what took place, unless Fast Five 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 socket wrench; it'll come back to haunt you later.
    • The circumstances behind Roman Pearce's house arrest could arguably fall under this.
  • Not So Different: In the fifth movie, 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.
  • No Seat Belts: Oddly enough, the lack of seat belt use seems to have little effect on anyone's ability to survive catastrophic crashes.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: This has been taken to the point of 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 & Furious 5 in the UK). Just to confuse things further, the fourth and fifth films are Midquels fitting between the second and third films, and the main characters are inconsistent across the series as well. The sixth movie is called Fast and Furious 6, so the naming might be getting saner. Be interesting to know what the possible seventh movie will be named.
    • And just to add a bit more confusion, some international versions have the title card simply read : "Furious 6"
    • The absurd titling trend will continue with the seventh film, which has officially been titled Furious 7.
  • 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?!
  • Once Per Movie: A cameo by a rapper. Averted in Fast Five, where Ludacris, Don Omar and Tego's characters are main characters.
  • One-Man Army: Jah, the martial artist working for Shaw in 6. 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: In 6, 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.
    • And before that, in 4, 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.
  • Only In Miami: 2 Fast 2 Furious 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.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Twinkie in Tokyo Drift. Also doubles as an Ironic Nickname, as the term "twinkie" is usually reserved for Asians (he's an African-American expatriate) .
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Dom and Fenix in the fourth film.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Invoked by Neela in Tokyo Drift; she was originally from Australia and her accent goes in and out depending on her current mood. This is often Truth in Television, when things like shouting or being upset will bring out your native accent even if you've lost it over time.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Dom in the fourth film. Also inverted at the beginning, where Dom runs towards the fireball. It's seen in the trailer, so it doesn't count as a spoiler. Similarly, in the trailer for the sixth film, he jumps out of the on-fire plane.
  • Parental Bonus: In 2 Fast 2 Furious, Brian is called "Bullet" 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.
  • Plot Armor: Played straight, subverted, and double-subverted throughout all movies involving Dom.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: While he does prove useful in other ways, Roman's main contribution is this in the fifth and particularly sixth films.
  • Precision F-Strike: In Five, 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.
    • And in the sixth film 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: Well, they are good-looking cars.
    • Mitsubishi contributed to 2 Fast 2 Furious 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.
    • Mitsubishi again provided Evos to the production crew of Tokyo Drift.
    • Why drift-lover Twinkie inexplicably drives a show-over-go VW from a completely different subculture in Tokyo Drift.
    • Subaru donated the Impreza WRX STIs for Fast and Furious, as well as Fast Five. They also donated the new BRZ for Fast Six as well.
  • Put on a Bus: Leo and Santos in the sixth film, 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.
  • Racing the Train: Brian and Dom do this at the end of the first movie while also drag-racing against each other. They both make it.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Recycled Premise: The first film to Point Break, except with car racing instead of surfing.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Twice-convicted Dominic Toretto and former LAPD Officer/FBI Agent Brian O'Conner.
    • Although their personalities are seemingly an inversion of what you'd expect. Toretto is calm and cool headed, so long as you don't mess with his girl or his sister while O'Conner is much more fiery.
    • However, Brian plays the role of the blue oni straight when paired with Roman, who's definitely the red oni in that pairing.
  • Replacement Love Interest: Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes in 2 Fast 2 Furious. This is promptly squashed by First Girl Wins in Fast & Furious. Dom also gets one in Fast Five. Interestingly enough, Dom is her Replacement Love Interest too. Then in Fast Six, it becomes another case of First Girl Wins as Letty and Dom get back together after she leaves Shaw's crew.
  • 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.
  • Robbing The Mob Bank: In Fast Five, Dom and Brian assemble a team to rob drug kingpin Reyes completely blind.
  • Rule of Cool: Some of the action and driving scenes are utterly ridiculous, especially in 5 and 6... but does it really matter?
  • Running Gag: Brian has never legitimately beaten 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.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The third film goes to Japan, the fifth to Brazil, and the sixth to England and Spain.
  • Sequel Hook / The Stinger:
    • The Fast and the Furious: Dom is driving along a beach in Mexico.
    • Tokyo Drift: Dom shows up in Tokyo.
    • Fast and Furious: Dom's escape from the prison bus, revealed at the beginning of Fast Five.
    • Fast Five: Agent Eva Mendes revealing Letty is alive and driving in Berlin.
    • Fast Six: Doubles as The Reveal that Han was killed by Shaw's brother as retaliation again Dom.
  • 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 fifth and sixth in particular. The biggest selling point of the sixth film was a tank chase and lots of explosions. Lampshaded by Shaw when he first meets Dom, who notes how far the latter has come from simply stealing truckloads of DVD players.
    • The cars also count: the first had cheap, yet easily modifiable import cars, whereas 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. Fast Six has an eccletic mix of classic cars (which serves as a story point).And a tank.
    • Also with the villains, in the first film, Johnny Tran was a small-time criminal. In the second Carter Verone was a major drug dealer. In the third film DK was also small time but had 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, he says he learned everything he knew from his brother Ian, so one can only imagine what he'll be like in the seventh film.
  • Shout-Out: In Fast Five, 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.
  • Sitting on the Roof: In Tokyo Drift, a Yakuza starts a fight on the roof of the school with the guy who sold him a defective iPod.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor:
    • Played with in the first one; Brian was an undercover cop while Dom, Letty, Leon, Vince, and Jesse were professional thieves.
    • Played straight in 6.
  • Smug Snake: Practically every villain, but the series originals were Johnny Tran and his cousin Lance.
  • The Sociopath: Shaw, the Big Bad of 6 has every hallmark of one. People who aren't useful to him aren't even human, and only interesting resources at best if they're somehow useful. He emotionlessly admits an utter lack of respect, much less sadness for comrades who fall in battle, as they're clearly too incompetent to be useful; and that's if you're loyal to him. Most disturbing of all, he takes a practically boyish glee in running over and crushing countless innocent civilians when in command of a tank. He's perhaps the single most evil character in the franchise so far.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Status Quo Is God: Brian and Dom never quite stay out of trouble, no matter how many chances they get.
    • Brian gets his record cleared at the end of 2 Fast 2 Furious, and has even landed himself a job with the FBI by the fourth movie, yet he still manages to get into some serious trouble.
      • They do finally get their full pardons in 6, though.
  • Subcultures In Japan: Just about everyone of note in Tokyo Drift is a hashiriya (car enthusiast).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Roman in 2 Fast 2 Furious, replacing Dominic from the original.
  • 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 his sleeve, having released Shaw deliberately.
  • Technology Porn: Ever seen the inside of a camshaft?
  • 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.
    • In 6, 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, Stasniak 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 Stasniak's nose, which gets him immediately thrown into solitary himself.
  • 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, from Fast & Furious.
    Dwight: Dwight likes this foot a lot.
  • Those Two Guys: Tej and Roman fall into this role a lot.
  • 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 for films 3-6 though.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Of all characters in The Fast and the Furious, Dominic Toretto, already the most Badass one, 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.
  • To the Pain: In 2 Fast 2 Furious, 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.
  • Trailers Always Lie: Mia driving in Fast & Furious's trailer. She only drives at the very end, a minute before the credits.
  • True Companions: The most important thing to Dom, Mia, and their friends is family, which is what causes Brian to flip for them in the first place.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: During a race in the fourth film, 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.
  • Turbine Blender: Happens to a member of Shaw's team during the final runway sequence of 6.
  • Under the Truck: Done in the first and second films.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Brian in the first film.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: When Brian and Mia see each other again in Fast & Furious, Mia hadn't yet forgiven him for his role as an undercover cop five years earlier. Naturally, this is followed by They Do.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Averted in the sixth film. 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 in 6 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Leo and Santos, who are forever bickering but also completely inseparable
  • Watch the Paint Job: Most installations in the movies have some example of this, though Dominic's Dodge Charger in the first film (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. The funniest example would be Sean from Tokyo Drift wrecking Han's S15 Silvia with a Skyline engine because he just can't drift.
  • We Have the Keys: One scene in the second movie.
  • Wham Shot: In 6:
    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.
    • Not only that, but also the stinger in 6 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.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Sean's Monte Carlo in Tokyo Drift, which looks plain but manages to outrun a Viper.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Everyone's whereabouts are explained and accounted for throughout the series, except for Leon, who completely disappears after the first film, and Suki, who disappears after the second.
    • Potentially justified; Mia explained in the original that while she, Dom, Vince, and Letty all grew up together, Leon and Jesse "just kinda showed up one night and never left", so he didn't have the same familial bond to the group that Vince and Letty did. Suki, meanwhile, didn't bring much to the table that wasn't already covered, so to bring her in in Fast Five would have only added another cut to the take and put her in danger for no particular reason.
  • World of Badass: Every named hero is either a world class stunt-driver or a master martial-artist, or both. No exceptions.
  • Worthy Opponent: "Is it Toretto?" "No." "Not interested." "Do you believe in ghosts?"
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Hobbs and Dom's fight scene in Fast Five 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. This is taken Up to Eleven in Furious 6, 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.
  • Wrench Wench: Letty throughout the course of the series; Reiko in Tokyo Drift.
  • 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.
  • Yakuza: Pretty much every single Japanese character in Tokyo Drift.
    • And their uncle, quite literally!

Alternative Title(s):

The Fast And The Furious, Fast Five, Two Fast Two Furious, The Fast And The Furious Tokyo Drift, Fast And Furious, The Fast And The Furious 6