- Awesome Music: All the variations of the main theme in the movies
- Base-Breaking Character: Carter. Whether he's a cool and awesome Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass Jerk with a Heart of Gold Cowboy Cop, or he's an Uncle Tom Foolery whose shtick becomes more loud and obnoxious in each sequel. Roger Ebert's unkind review of the second movie specifically cited Tucker's performance as ruining the film for him.
- Chaotic Good: Detective Carter, who works for the FBI, but has no partner (which he is criticized for), is loud/obnoxious, and does things his way. He is told off by the chief for what he did but he just ended up justifying his actions by saying no one got hurt and the job got done. He ends up helping people enough to keep him from being Chaotic Neutral.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Kenji is willing to let go of Lee and fall off the Eiffel tower to his death in order to let Lee get a better grip and save himself.
- Evil Is Sexy: Hu Li () in the second movie.
- A male example; Kenji () in the third.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Enjoyed bigger success in Asia because of Jackie Chan.
- Harsher in Hindsight: In Canada, the movie aired on TV a few years after its initial release. Next morning, a little Chinese girl was kidnapped in Toronto. Unlike the movie, there was no happy ending.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
Carter: Damn! He ain't gonna be in Rush Hour 3!
- In the Hilarious Outtakes of Rush Hour 2, Chris Tucker's phone goes off while shooting a scene, making Jackie chastise both him and the caller. In Shanghai Knights, we see in its Hilarious Outtakes that Jackie's phone goes off while shooting a scene.
- Also in the Hilarious Outtakes of Rush Hour 2, after the Big Bad Ricky Tan falls to his death:
- In the first movie, Carter tries a Go Look at the Distraction tactic on Lee by making him look at John Wayne's handprint.
- Zhang Ziyi and Youki Kudoh both play Dark Action Girls in the sequels, as both actresses have appeared together in Memoirs of a Geisha. Ironically, Kudoh's character being less popular then Ziyi's character in the said film reflects on how the third film (which had featured Kudoh) was less well-received then the first and second films (which the second had featured Ziyi).
- Ken Leung and Mark Rolston, who both appeared in the first film, would later be part of the Saw franchise. Leung played the character of Steven Sing (whose last name is worded similarly to Leung's Rush Hour character Sang, just with the second letter of "a" replaced with "i") in the first 2004 film, while Rolston would later play Dan Erickson in the fifth and sixth films.
- Magnificent Bastard: Ricky Tan. His ultimate plan was to set up a counterfeit operation that would produce millions in very good quality fake money, and then he'd launder it through a casino, taking in people's real money and giving them payouts in the fake money. As Carter realizes, it's an excellent plan.
Tan: Imagine a business where people hand you money, and you hand them back absolutely nothing.
- One-Scene Wonder:
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Sequelitis: The third wasn't received that well.
- Spiritual Successor: To Jackie Chan's own Police Story series, with it's similar mix of the actor's signature stuntwork and comedy interspersed with a more serious crime plot.
- Growing the Beard: The first episode was a poorly condensed version of the original movie's plot, but the other episodes after that have improved.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: Considering how another CBS show, "We Are Men", got cancelled after only two episodes, it's satisfying that the show got to air its last episodes and that the show ended with all subplots resolved, with no cliffhangers.
- Squick: A thug gets impaled by a firepoker in one episode.
- WTH, Casting Agency??: Many people don't like Jon Foo as Lee, mainly due to his accent for the character. Also, many people miss Tucker and Chan. On the plus side, people like how more competent Carter is.