* ActorAllusion:
** Hobbs, being played by former WWE champion [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]], gets to bust out a few wrestling movies - he pulls off a [[ProfessionalWrestling Doomsday Device]] [[spoiler: with Dom]] in ''6'', and hits the Rock Bottom, his WWE finishing move, in ''Furious 7''.
** In back-to-back scenes in ''Fast Five'', [[Creator/VinDiesel Dom]] [[Film/XXx jumps out of a convertible he's driven off a cliff and then is strung up by his wrists and menaced by a drug lord.]]
** PaulWalker's preference of Japanese imports in real life is reflected on Brian. In fact, the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R from ''2 Fast 2 Furious'' and the Toyota Supra from ''Furious 7'' are his personal vehicles.
** Martial artist henchman Jah has half of the name of another character also played by Joe Taslim, [[Film/TheRaidRedemption Jaka.]]
* AuthorExistenceFailure: PaulWalker was killed in a car accident over Thanksgiving weekend 2013, which unfortunately happened while ''Fast & Furious 7'' was still in production.
* BillingDisplacement:
** The first movie is best known as a VinDiesel flick. Paul Walker actually plays the main character. Downplayed example, as Vin Diesel's character is just as critical as Walker's. It's also worth noting that in the more recent films, especially 5 and 6, Dom actually does fit the main character role more than Brian by this point.
** The fourth movie prominently features Creator/MichelleRodriguez on the poster and in the trailers, even though [[spoiler:her character dies roughly fifteen minutes into the movie. Then subverted when she returns in the sixth film and is the only main character to not get featured on its poster]].
* CashCowFranchise: Oh, ''so'' much, especially ''Furious 7''; it grossed $1 billion worldwide by the end of its' first weekend in domestic release.
* TheDanza: Tego Leo played by Tego Calderon.
* DawsonCasting:
** ''Tokyo Drift'' is the biggest offender, for obvious reasons: Lucas Black (Sean) was 22, Zachary Ty Brian (Clay) was 23, Nikki Griffin (Clay's girlfriend Cindy) was 28, Nathalie Kelley (Neela) was 21, Bow Wow (Twinkie) was 19, Leonardo Nam (Takeshi's friend Morimoto) was 25, and Creator/BrianTee (Takeshi) was the worst at 29. Only Bow Wow was still technically a teenager out of the cast.
*** When the characters return in ''Furious 7'', the trope is even more in effect. Lucas Black, now 32, Nathalie Kelley, now 29, and Bow Wow, now 27, return to play their unaged characters, [[spoiler:which would explain why they have so little screentime]].
** Both Toretto (VinDiesel) and Vince (Matt Schulze) were said to be 24 when ''The Fast and The Furious'' has been made. VinDiesel was 34, Matt Schulze was 29 by then.
** Well, Schulze was still in his twenties at least. Diesel, however, passed pretty well for 24-year old Toretto. (Many have jokingly attributed [[OneOfUs Diesel's]] younger appearance compared to his real age to his love for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.) However, the actors for Tokyo Drift easily stand out as people older than their character's ages, Dawson Casting at it's damn-near worst.
** Sung Kang was 39, 36 and 34 respectively when filming ''Fast Five'', ''Fast and Furious'' and ''Tokyo Drift''. Granted, we wouldn't be able to pinpoint Han's actual age in the films, but it's freaking amazing how Kang manages to pull off the role looking young.
* DevelopmentHell: The seventh movie was [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/paul-walker-dead-fast-furious-2889701 forced into this status]] due to [[AuthorExistenceFailure the death]] of Paul Walker in November 2013, who portrayed Brian O'Connor, before being restarted in January 2014.
* DoingItForTheArt: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Supposedly, Vin Diesel's cameo in ''Tokyo Drift'' was done in lieu of payment, but in exchange for the rights to the ''Riddick'' series.
* DuelingStarsMovie: Fast Five is most notable for being Creator/VinDiesel vs. Wrestling/DwayneJohnson. Johnson's character was originally going to be an older guy, but awesomely enough the filmmakers took up a fan's suggestion on {{Facebook}} that it would be great to see Diesel and Johnson in a movie together. [[spoiler:And TheStinger for #6 hints that they're taking it up a notch by adding Creator/JasonStatham.]]
* [[FakeNationality Fake Ethnicity]]: Italian-American Dom and Mia Toretto played by the Brazilian/American Jordana Brewster and Black/Scottish VinDiesel. [[FakeIrish Irish]] Brian O'Connor played by English-American PaulWalker. (Inferred) Mexican Hector played by Italian-American Noel Guglielmi.
* FanNickname: ''Tokyo Drift'' was seen on actual theatre marquees as "''3 Fast 3 Furious''." Despite this phrase making negative amounts of sense, everyone knew what film it was referring to.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Michelle Rodriguez and Laz Alonzo of ''Fast & Furious'' had lead supporting roles in a certain other [[Film/{{Avatar}} 2009 blockbuster.]]
** Then there's Lucas Black, who played Caleb in ''Series/AmericanGothic'' when he was ''much'' younger.
** Tokusatsu fans might recognize Reiko from ''Tokyo Drift'' as [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon Sailor Mars]].
** In a blink or you'll miss it cameo in the 3rd movie, a fisherman turns out to be the Drift King, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keiichi_Tsuchiya Keiichi Tsuchiya]], who popularized the method during his domination of motorsports.
** Sonny Chiba also shows up in the 3rd film as DK's yakuza uncle.
** The hot Brazilian cop assissting the DSS agents was last seen on [[SnakesOnAPlane a plane with motherfucking snakes.]]
** Agent Markham from the second film is [[Film/TheWarriors Ajax.]]
** [[AustinPowers DK ran from Notzilla once]]. Then, [[Series/BurnNotice Fiona and Michael]] caught him and Madeline played him for a fool.
** Reyes was looking for [[Film/{{Desperado}} El]] once.
** One of Dom's old rivals [[Film/DieAnotherDay had an accident with an explosive briefcase full of conflict diamonds.]]
** The BigBad of ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious'' [[{{Paparazzi}} hates photographers]]. His henchman [[Film/BatmanBegins is on the take in Gotham]].
** [[Series/HomeImprovement Tim Taylor should take that blond kid's keys]].
** [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Eli Thompson]] used to be an FBI agent.
** Joe Taslim, an Indonesian actor known for playing Sergeant Jaka in TheRaid is Jah in Fast Six.
** [[spoiler: TheTransporter]] is set to be the BigBad of the seventh movie.
** Ramsey moonlights as an interpreter for [[Series/GameOfThrones the Mother of Dragons]].
** Kiet once [[TomYumGoong single-handedly mowed down a restaurant full of thugs]] in Sydney.
* InMemoriam: ''Furious 7'' is dedicated to Creator/PaulWalker.
* MarketBasedTitle: Many foreign countries have regular NumberedSequels instead of the word removal - only "Fast" or "Furious" - they got in English (at times with TheForeignSubtitle - for instance, ''Fast Five'' is known in many countries as ''Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist'').
* PlayingAgainstType: Deckard is a far cry from Creator/{{Jason Statham}}'s [[AntiHero usual role]].
* RealitySubtext: Since Walker died midway through Furious 7, the film had to be rewritten to accommodate it. The films tagline is "One Last Ride", there's a scene at [[spoiler:Han's]] funeral where [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness the normally lighthearted Roman grimly tells Brian he can't take any more funerals]], the recurring subplot about how Brian can't afford to go haring off around the world and risking his life when he has a family to take care of.
* ThrowItIn: The stuffy British guy in ''Furious 6'' was apparently supposed to say "You're clearly not a player" to Tej and Hobbs, but the actor ad-libbed "you're clearly not a ''baller''." This change cracked everyone up enough that it was left in.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The fifth film actually started out as ''The Brazilian Job'', the proposed sequel to ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'', when the sequel went through DevelopmentHell, the script was bought and rewritten to fit into the F&F series.
** Certain versions of the DVD, as well as Blu-Ray copies of the original have what was going to be an alternate ending. Brian is dropped off at the Toretto home, now for sale, to find Mia packing up the garage. Mia tells him to go, before Brian reveals he quit his job as a cop and was hoping for one more chance, before cutting to a wide shot of LA. Given how the following sequel paints Brian as running away to Miami for a new start, it would have been interesting to see the current films if the alternate ending was used.
** Michelle Rodriguez & Jordana Brewster didn't have driving licences when they were first cast in the original film; they had one shot to pass their tests, and if they didn't, their roles would have been recast.
** While part seven was in production, Universal hoped to get to at least ten movies, and ''Furious 7'' would even have another SequelHook to widen the series' scope. Then Paul Walker died, and the movie had to be rewritten to give some sort of closure, particularly to Walker's character Brian.