* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: 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.
* EvilIsSexy: Hu Li in the second movie.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Enjoyed bigger success in Asia because of Jackie Chan.
* HarsherInHindsight: 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, [[DownerEnding there was no happy ending]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the HilariousOuttakes of ''Rush Hour 2'', Chris Tucker's phone goes off while shooting a scene, making Jackie chastise both him and the caller. In ''[[Film/ShanghaiNoon Shanghai Knights]]'', we see in its HilariousOuttakes that ''Jackie's'' phone goes off while shooting a scene.
** Also in the HilariousOuttakes of ''Rush Hour 2'', after the BigBad Ricky Tan falls to his death:
-->'''Carter''': Damn! He ain't gonna be in ''Rush Hour 3''!
** In the first movie, Carter tries a GoLookAtTheDistraction tactic on Lee by making him look at [[ShanghaiNoon John Wayne]]'s handprint.
** Creator/ZhangZiyi and Youki Kudoh both play {{Dark Action Girl}}s in the sequels, as both actresses have appeared together in ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha''. [[HarsherInHindsight 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).
** Creator/KenLeung and Creator/MarkRolston, who both appeared in the first film, would later be part of the ''Franchise/{{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 [[Film/SawI first 2004 film]], while Rolston would later play Dan Erickson in the [[Film/SawV fifth]] and [[Film/SawVI sixth]] films.
* MadeOuttoBeJerkass: Carter gives Lee a hard time in Rush Hour 2 about working cases during his holiday and the audience is supposed to feel sympathy for Lee as Ricki Tan killed his father. However it is worth pointing out that Lee told Carter that his supervisor invited them both to a party and then took Carter to a Triad bar without telling him the situation putting his life in danger as Carter assumed that the place would be full of police or normal people and might have revealed he was a policeman with his friend another policeman to a girl.
* OneSceneWonder:
** The CampGay store attendant played by Jeremy Piven from ''Rush Hour 2''.
** Also Don Cheadle and his surprisingly close Cantonese.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JohnHawkes has a brief role in the first film.
** Ken Leung (of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' fame, as well as other Brett Ratner films such as ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'') plays Sang, and even does the film's TitleDrop.
* TheScrappy: While not too extreme in the first movie, Carter's UncleTomFoolery shtick becomes more loud and obnoxious in each sequel.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The third wasn't received that well.
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