Film: The Fast and the 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 is a series of action films, which center on illegal street racing and (later) heists produced by Universal Studios. 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 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. During this movie Han is killed. 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 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).During the credits, we get more details into Han's death, that it was orchestrated by Deckard Shaw, Owen Shaw's older brother, which sets up Furious 7.

Furious 7 (originally titled Fast & Furious 7), brings all the characters together except for Han, who was killed in Tokyo Drift 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. 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.

A sequel (tentatively titled Fast & Furious 8) has been confirmed for an April 2017 release, with at most two more movies slated in production following Furious 7's release.


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 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.
    • 4 has Brian explaining himself after it emerges that Letty was his informant.
    • 5 has a 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.
    • 6 has the conversation between Dom and the amnesiac Letty after their race in London.
    • 7 has several of them. 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.
  • 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, while Han is not and just tries to use Good Old Fisticuffs. Also played straight with Kiet in 7, portrayed by famous Thai actor Tony Jaa.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: "Before I Decay" is the Japanese theme song.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: In 6, 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.
  • Anachronic Order:
    • Pull Tokyo Drift out of the lineup and stick it second to last, 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, while 7 opens with Han's funeral.
  • 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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 in the fifth film, 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: 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.
  • Award Bait Song: "See You Again|" from Furious 7. 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:
    • In 4, 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.
    • In 7, 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.
  • 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.
    • How else does one explain Mose Jakande putting twelve Gatling Guns on a frickin bus in 7?
  • Back for the Dead:
    • In Fast Five, 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.
    • Although Han died in Tokyo Drift (and his death was seen in 6), he shows up just long enough in 7 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 in Furious 7 ... as one of Jakande's goons, who gets impaled on a tree during the Ramsey rescue.
  • 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. It returns yet again in 7 - Dom wrecks it once more 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.
    • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    Dom: I don't have friends. I have family.
  • Balls of Steel: Brian has these, many people comment on this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Han's is hit hard when Gisele dies protecting him from one of Owen's men who is about to shoot him. He goes so berserk, he tosses another bad guy into the engine of the cargo plane.
  • 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
    • Deckard Shaw and Mose Jokande in 7
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Once per movie.
    • In 7, 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.
  • 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Furious 7 ends with Dom saying goodbye to Brian and driving off in different ways into the sunset.
  • Black Best Friend: Rome (but only his home boys can call him that) and Twinkie.
  • Bodyguard Babes: The Jordanian prince in 7 has half a dozen female bodyguards, led by Kara (played by Ronda Rousey)
  • 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.
    • Furious 7's 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).
    • Also from Furious 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 think this is 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 think this is a street fight?" Only this time, Dom actually fires his shotgun into the air and proceeds to fight with him man-to-man.
  • 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.
    • Roman definitely qualifies this trope.
  • California Doubling: Han's garage and the chase scene in Tokyo Drift are filmed in Los Angeles.
    • The shooting for Fast Five took place in Puerto Rico. It's pretty easy to notice if you live in Puerto Rico too.
    • Scenes from Fast Five were also shot in Atlanta.
    • A lot of the London scenes in Fast Six were actually shot in Glasgow.
    • The Caucasus Mountains rescue scene in 7 was filmed in Colorado's Pikes Peak, and some of the scenes in Los Angeles were actually shot in Atlanta.
  • 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. Gets final call back in Furious 7, when Dom dualwields wrenches against Deckard Shaw.
    • 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 compilation of scenes going in chronological order from 1-5, except for Tokyo Drift which, considering plot continuity, was yet to happen.
    • The climatic battle in 7 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, and Brian equipped his old FBI gear. During the battle, Brian evaded Jakande's Predator drone by hiding under a truck and uses it as cover, the aforementioned Dom using wrenches to battle Deckard, the LAPD police cars, which are the most dreaded foes in the first two movies, also joined the fray but getting utterly curbstomped by the drone, Dom outrunning the collapsing parking building in a way the reminisces when he escaped from the collapsing tunnel in Mexico in 4.
  • The Cameo: Vin Diesel at the end of Tokyo Drift, and Eva Mendes and Michelle Rodriguez in the credits of Fast Five.
    • Also Shuichi Shigeno and Keiichi Tsuchiya in the wharf scenes in Tokyo Drift.
    • And in an example of an Early-Bird Cameo, Jason Statham during the credits of Fast and the Furious 6 as Deckard Shaw, who appears to be the villain of the next film.
    • Furious 7 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 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.
    • On a meta-level, Australian expat rapper Iggy Azalea cameos at the beginning of Furious 7.
  • Caper Crew: In Fast Five, Dom and Brian assemble various friends and associates into one of these, which continues more or less into the next two movies (albeit their "capers" are increasingly sanctioned by authorities).
  • 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.
  • The Cavalry: There are multiple examples throughout the series.
    • In Fast Five, after Dom pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to get Brian out of harm's way and take on Reyes and his goons alone, the latter returns and kills Zizi before he has a chance to shoot Dom.
    • In Furious 7, 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 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'Conner isn't killed off, but instead "retires" at the end of Furious 7 to be with Mia, his son Jack and his soon to be born daughter.
  • 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.
  • Central Theme: Furious 7 has Family.
  • 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, Deckard, 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.
    • Generally speaking, 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. Which becomes a bit of a brick joke in 6:
    Dom: (To his young nephew) First car better be a Charger, Jack.
    Brian: (To Dom)... you mean Skyline.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Furious 7 reveals that 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.
  • 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.
  • Dark Action Girl:
    • Vegh and Riley in Fast & Furious 6, as well as Letty in the first half. Although Vegh does her fighting in the flip car.
    • Kara in Furious 7, though she is more of a Punch Clock Villain rather than outright evil.
  • 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. The sixth and seventh films also have darker elements such as Letty's return and Deckard Shaw murdering Han, but still attempt to maintain a sense of fun in spite of this.
  • 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 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.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Fast Six has not one, but two Riley vs. Letty fights. Unsurprisingly not played for Fanservice, given the actresses' reputations.
    • Furious 7 ups the ante with a Letty vs. Kara (played by Ronda Rousey) fight in fancy dresses, after Letty beats up three female bodyguards at once.
  • 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 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.
  • Disney Villain Death: Appears being played straight 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 onto the runway. However, the trope is ultimately subverted in 7 when the film's opening reveals that Owen eventually survived the fall but is put on life support device.
  • 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.
  • 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. In Furious 7, she starts to remember bits and pieces and finally gets all her memories back at the end.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Dom and Hobbs in the fifth movie.
    • Shaw quotes the full version directly in the Furious 7 when revealing that he's joined forces with Jokande.
  • Enhance Button: Used briefly by Hobbs team in Fast Five'' to track down Torreto.
  • Environmental Symbolism: In the final scene of Furious 7, 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.
  • 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.
    • Deckard Shaw to Dom in 7.
  • 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 one of Han's cars in a race and he must work as his errand boy until he pays off his debt.
    • 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'Conner, 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 first movie with two girls making out during the party Vince and the crew throw while waiting for Dom to return.
    • Two more girls making out in Tokyo Drift, which blows Sean's mind.
    • The fourth film has moments of hot girls kissing during club scenes.
    • Essentially any non speaking female role could be counted as fan service.
    • Two of the women that join the team get scenes in which to show off their bikini bodies: Gisele in Fast Five, and Ramsey in Furious 7. Good googa mooga.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Not so much a photo, but being introduced to Vince's child and significant other pretty much sealed his fate.
  • Final Battle: The climax of Furious 7 takes place in the streets of L.A., where Dom and his team do battle with Shaw and Jakande.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: "Cars don't fly."
    • In 7, 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.
    • Back in the first movie, 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.
  • Gaiden Movie: Tokyo Drift.
    • Furious 7 finally introduces Tokyo Drift into the full continuity by being set after the events of Drift and reintroducing Sean Boswell.
  • Gatling Good: They pop up occasionally
    • An SUV has a roof-mounted one in Fast Five.
    • On Furious 7, Jakande has them on his drone during the final fight, which is appropriated by Hobbs and used against Jakande.
  • Gunman with Three Names: Referenced in the first movie when Dom checks Brian's wallet.
    Dom: Brian Earl Spilner. Sounds like a serial killer.
  • Hackette: Ramsey in Furious 7. See Samus is a Girl.
  • 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.
  • High Speed Hijack: Dom's crew specializes in this, to the point where actual law enforcement agencies HIRE them for it.
  • Hip Hop: The series runneth over with this, even the third movie, which is set in Japan.
  • Hypocrite: The base commander in Furious 6 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.
  • Hollywood Hacking: In Furious 7, 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 in Furious 7. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: The Fast and the Furious antagonists 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Karmic Thieves: The main crew only steals from corrupt/evil targets.
  • 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.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Dom, Brian, and Shaw go through one before the Final Battle in 7.
  • Loss of Identity: Discussed in a scene in 7 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:
    • The Nightshade device in 6. It's only mentioned once or twice and has something to do with stopping electrical power.
    • Subverted with the God's Eye in 7. 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: Just about everyone, especially in 6, where multiple characters go through horrendous car crashes without any major injury. Taken to ridiculous heights in 7, 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.
  • 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.
  • More Dakka: While there’s no shortage of firepower in the franchise, Mose Jakande from Furious 7 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.
  • 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.
    • Same goes for his sudden and miraculous fighting abilities in Furious 7.
  • 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.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Neither Deckard Shaw nor the mercenaries mess around. In fact, the only times they do mess around, things tend to go poorly for them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 torque wrench; it'll come back to haunt you later.
    • The circumstances behind Roman Pearce's house arrest could arguably fall under this.
    • In Five, 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."
    • 7 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 continues with the seventh film, titled Furious 7.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Furious 7, 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!: 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.
    • Dom does a wheelie in a muscle car every time he starts a race. An unintentional one also happened in the climax of 5 when Dom does a burnout when preparing to attack Reyes's cops with the vault. The momentum of the vault lifted the front of the car up, making it looks like he's doing a wheelie. And in 7, he weaponized it to take down Deckard Shaw's car in a head-on collision during the climax.
  • 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.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in 7 with Deckard Shaw. He is a bigger threat than his brother ever was, all by himself.
  • 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.
  • Outlaw Couple: Brian and Mia, Dom and Letty, Han and Gisele.
  • 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.
  • Please Wake Up: In 7, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Implicit in 7, where 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 if it hadn't slid out the last one and fallen dozens of stories to the ground.
  • 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.
    • Corona beer is featured prominently in all the films starring Vin Diesel. Taken Up to Eleven in 7 — 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 thereafter, Nobody shows off his impressive Dell computer setup.
      • The second sequence in the film is Dom taking Letty to Race Wars, which has apparently gained some very impressive corporate sponsorship.
  • The Power of Love: In 7, 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.
  • 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.
    • In Fast Five, 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.
  • Rare Guns: In Furious 7, 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.
  • 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.
  • Red Shirt: In Furious 7, the soldier Sheppard.
  • 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.
  • 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 Dom only went to Japan for a day or so to find out more information about Han's death.
    • Japan isn't all of Asia. There's also China, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam...he could have raced in these places as well, so it does make sense.
  • 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.
  • Riding into the Sunset: Brian O'Conner, after his last ride with Dom at the end of Furious 7.
  • 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.
  • Samus is a Girl: Done in Furious 7. 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 Goes Foreign: The third film goes to Japan, the fifth to Brazil, the sixth to England and Spain and the seventh to Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi.
  • 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.
    • Fast Seven: 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.
  • 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. Furious 7 has the limited production Lykan Hypersport (valued at $ 3.4 million), also serving as a plot point in that film.
    • 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. In seventh film, Owen's brother, Deckard, is a ruthless ex Special Forces assassin proficient in both hand-to-hand combat and firearms, he is also capable of racking up a terrifying killcount despite being on his own.
  • 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.
    • The Abu Dhabi sequence in Furious 7 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.
  • 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.
  • Subcultures In Japan: Just about everyone of note in Tokyo Drift is a hashiriya (car enthusiast).
  • Sunglasses at Night: Mr. Nobody is fond of wearing sunglasses in Furious 7, 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.
  • 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 their sleeves, 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 4, 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)
    • 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.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: In 7, Hobbs removes a cast on his arm by flexing.
  • 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.
    • In Furious 7, Tej protects Ramsey by taking out a mook using his new-found hand-to-hand combat skills.
  • 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.
    • The trailer for Furious 7 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.
  • 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.
  • Truth in Television: Real parachutes with GPS were used for the car drop from a plane in Furious 7. The production team also consulted the US Army about steerable, GPS-guided parachutes.
  • 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.
  • Unconventional Vehicle Chase: In 6, the villains take a tank and start running over civilian cars before Dom's gang put a stop to them.
  • Under the Truck: Done in the first and second films.
    • Brian gets to do it one last time in Furious 7.
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Dom loves him his shotguns.
    • In Furious 7, Shaw loves grenades and other explosives, and Jakande loves Gatling guns and other heavy machine guns.
  • 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.
    • In Furious 7, Frank Petty's fate is unknown.
  • Where It All Began: The 7th film climaxes with our hereos 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:
    • In Furious 7, 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.
      • 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.
    • Happens to Dom's whole crew in 6 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.
  • World of Badass: Every named hero is either a world class stunt-driver or a master martial-artist, or both. No exceptions.
  • 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 in 7 is a very noticeable example, especially right after Brian giving very careful instructions as to how to handle him in that condition.
  • 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. In Furious 7 Hobbs performs the Rock Bottom on Deckard Shaw THROUGH A GLASS TABLE!
  • 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