* 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.
* 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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