* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Was the alliance between Deckard Shaw and Jakande genuine, like the narrative somehow implies in contrast with the "not friends, but family" relationships among Dom's team, or it was merely business? If it was a true VillainousFriendship, then Jakande firing the missiles against Dom and Deckard at seeing that Shaw was gonna be captured would take [[MercyKill a new sense]] as opposed to a simple [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness opportunistic backstab]], considering that Deckard would have to go through a [[AndIMustScream really, really hard life experience]] if a government put its hands on him.
** And for the matter of the Shaw brothers, Owen mentioned that he got his code of 'Precision' from Deckard. That trait made him into the heartless bastard he is in the sixth movie, but comes the seventh, Deckard forgets all about that and just goes all RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Dom's crew because they [[spoiler: crippled]] Owen, alone. Does this mean the Shaw brothers have some HiddenDepths within them, and that deep down they're not really that different from Dom when it comes to the importance of family?
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Almost every song in the series. Ludacris? Teriyaki Boyz? N.E.R.D? Don Omar? deadmau5? Cypress Hill? Peaches? Huh-uh.
** "See You Again" from the 7th movie, which is a TearJerker if ever there was one.
* EarWorm: "Act a Fool" from the second movie and "Tokyo Drift" from the third.
** "We Own It" from the sixth film. Even if you don't like Wiz Khalifa and/or 2 Chainz, the chorus is ''damn'' catchy.
** "Danza Kuduro" in the fifth.
** "Get Low" from the 7th, used in many of the commercials.
** "Payback", also from 7th, playing during Deckard Shaw's EstablishingCharacterMoment opening scene.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Fast Five'' and ''Furious 7'' have the highest RottenTomatoes ratings in the series at 78% and 82%, respectively (compared to 53% for the first installment).
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Han in ''Tokyo Drift'', who during early test screenings scored a literal [[http://moveablefest.com/moveable_fest/2014/07/justin-lin-tokyo-drift.html 100 percent audience approval rating]], and who is arguably the reason the fourth, fifth and sixth movies exist as [[{{Interquel}} Interquels]].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: $327 million in the US is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but it made ove '''$1 billion'' across the rest of the world, good enough to make it the ''fourth-highest grossing movie ever.'' The biggest market for the movie was China, where it is #1 all-time over there earning the equivalent of $337 million.
* GrowingTheBeard: The first four movies had their fans, but it was generally a niche audience and they received mixed-to-negative reviews. With ''Fast Five'', however, reception rose dramatically, both from critics and the public, a trend that continued to the next movies.
* HarsherInHindsight: Han's desire for superficial relationships/keeping people at arm's length in ''Tokyo Drift'' [[spoiler: after watching Gisele die to save him in ''Fast & Furious 6''.]]
** It would also seem to explain his devil may care attitude about everything and "Money isn't everything." comment.
** Considering speeding can increase the risk of a car crash, it seems painful to watch after Paul Walker, who played Brian O'Conner, was [[http://www.tmz.com/2013/11/30/paul-walker-dead-dies-car-accident-fatal-fire-crash/ killed in one]].
*** Even more so when you consider how many times Paul's character has managed to escape or, at the very least, come away uninjured from some pretty serious accidents and explosions in the movies.
*** Eerily enough, TNT broadcast "The Fast and the Furious" on the day it was announced Paul Walker was killed. No, it wasn't a tribute. The broadcast was scheduled weeks in advance.
*** Him dying on a Porsche when Brian and gang usually drive similar luxury cars is also unsettling.
*** [[http://kissfm969.com/leaked-paul-walker-funeral-scene-one-more-funeral-from-fast-furious-7-video/ A scene from Fast and Furious 7]], leaked just a few hours before Paul's death had Brian and Roman attending Han's funeral. Roman says that he doesn't want any more funerals, where Brian says that there will be 'just one more'. In the context of the situation, the character was referring to the film's villain, yet it is still very chilling, especially with such a small time gap between the scene being leaked and the actor's untimely death.
*** Dom explaining his father's death in the first movie.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** ''Fast 5'' being the entry which saw the franchise undergo a GenreShift from street racing to heist movie, when you remember that The Brazillian Job, the sequel to the ''[[Film/{{The Italian Job 2003}} The Italian Job]]'' remake, stuck in DevelopmentHell for years, was going to be set in Brazil. Further compounded by the fact ''The Italian Job'' had a [[MarketBasedTitle Market Based]] StockSubtitle of "L.A. Heist" & ''Fast 5'' had the MarketBasedTitle "Rio Heist" which led people to believe that the screenplay used for ''Fast 5'' was in fact the same script for The Brazillian Job reworked to fit the franchise.
** The cable guns in the sixth movie are surprisingly similar to the grappling hook in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'' in the way tethering one vehicle to another creates over-the-top physics-related havoc.
** The ''Fast And The Furious: Drift'' (released around the same time as ''Tokyo Drift'') arcade game allows you to customize numerous cars with various parts including neon lights. Among the cars that can be customized are the Ford GT and '67 Mustang Fastback. Five years later came ''Fast Five''. Hobbs' crew recovers a Ford [=GT40=] (a contemporary of the Mustang Fastback and the inspiration for the Ford GT) with an aftermarket stereo system. He mocks the stereo in the classic car saying "Might as well put neons on it."
** One year before Ludacris joined the cast in ''2 Fast 2 Furious'', he released the memetic hard-driving theme song, "Move Bitch", still his most famous song to date. He may have been cast because of this.
** ''CinemaSins'' poked at the apparent overlap with ''Film/TheExpendables'' franchise with the introduction of [[spoiler:JasonStatham]]. Now #7 one-upped them by adding [[spoiler:Ronda Rousey!]]
** In-universe example. In the ending montage of ''Fast Five'', Roman and Tej got a hold of two Koenigsegg CCXRs, very rare sports cars with only four of them existed in the world. Roman said that he got his from making a deal with a sheikh in Abu Dhabi. [[spoiler: Comes ''Furious 7'', the crew actually got to visit Abu Dhabi and infiltrated an Arabian prince's party and ended up stealing a Lykan Hypersport, itself also a very rare sports car with only a few existed.]]
** In ''Furious 6'', various characters over the course of the film refer to Hobbs as different members of ''Film/TheAvengers''. Come 2014, and Hobbs' actor has been cast in a superhero film, [[Film/DCCinematicUniverse just not a Marvel one]].
*** This also has the knock-on effect of making the Dom[=/=]Hobbs fight from ''Fast Five'' into a Marvel vs. DC brawl, with Diesel voicing Groot in Marvel's ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* HoYay: Has it's own [[HoYay/TheFastAndTheFurious page]].
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: ''TheFastAndTheFurious'' antagonists the Tran family are inferred to be Vietnamese-Americans due to their surnames ([[CaptainObvious Tran and Nguyen]]). They are played by the Korean-American [[Film/DieAnotherDay Rick Yune]] and the Filipino-Chinese Reggie Lee.
* MagnificentBastard: Shaw is a borderline deconstruction of this. He has most of the traits: he's intelligent and manipulates the good guys to his own ends, he has a backup plan in case he gets captured, he ruthlessly pursues his goal, and he's smart enough to put his backup plan into motion ''before'' he gets captured, just in case. What he lacks, however, is charisma. To him, other people are nothing but tools, and he says as much to his own team. Instead of being admirable, this trait makes him cold and sadistic, preventing him from falling into this trope. [[spoiler:And it eventually gets him paralyzed when Letty turns on him and aids Dom's team in stopping him.]]
* MemeticMutation: [[http://iminyourface.ytmnd.com/ I'M IN YOUR FACE.]]
** Everytime Vin Diesel uses the word "Family"
* MyRealDaddy: While the original movie was directed by Rob Cohen and the early films were written by Gary Scott Thompson, most people credit director Justin Lin (with James Wan also receiving some credit as of the seventh film) and writer Chris Morgan for really bringing the franchise to the heights its known for today.
* {{Narm}}:
** Some stunts in the sixth movie are hilariously over the top, even for this franchise. [[spoiler: It's hard to hold laughter when Dom crashes his car on the one side of the bridge so he can propel himself into the air to catch Letty, who just fell from the tank that flipped over. Not only Dom grabs Letty in mid-air but manages to change her trajectory so they both land on some car that just happened to be there. Of course neither of them are hurt.]]
** A nice list of Narmful moments can be found [[http://funnymama.com/post/197534 here]].
** In ''7'', an emotionally-charged climactic scene is somewhat marred by the reveal in a flashback that Dom wore his standard white wifebeater shirt during his wedding ceremony with Letty (who is dressed up nicely).
* OneSceneWonder: The shotgun-toting truck driver in the first film who successfully fights off the gang.
** [[spoiler: Jason Statham's appearance during the post credits in the sixth film]]
* {{Padding}}: Most of the scenes in between car chases/races, especially in the early films, do nothing to advance the plot and could easily be removed without affecting the story.
* RuleOfSeanConnery: The series started attracting considerable praise the same time The Rock was added to the cast.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: It's pretty obvious in the first four films when CGI is used for the cars. The fifth and sixth films are ''much'' less obvious about it.
** The best (worst?) examples of this are the race at the beginning of ''[=2Fast 2Furious=]'' and the tanker heist in the fourth film.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Very YMMV on this one, but for this troper, the character of Deckard Shaw, played by a certified badass {{Jason Statham}} in his most PlayingAgainstType role yet, seems to be kind of a let down in the seventh movie. Yes, he has his badassery moments like tearing down half of a hospital [[spoiler: just to see his brother]], injuring Hobbs and [[spoiler: killing Han and [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident making it to look like an accident]],]] all before going after Dom's crew. But after [[spoiler: Mose Jakande, the movie's ''other'' BigBad shows up,]] he gets sidelined into showing up for a couple scenes during each conflict Dom's crew got themselves into, [[spoiler: and the last act ultimately turns out to be mainly about Jakande's mercenaries, with Deckard just going after Dom and him alone without caring that his other friends are also equally responsible for crippling his brother.]] Sure, he gets his chance to shine in the movie, but after all that build up in the trailers as the ultimate badass out for Dom's crew's blood, seeing him got sidelined by [[spoiler: Jakande, who doesn't even show up in any trailer]], may put off some viewers. At least at the end of the movie [[spoiler: Deckard is still alive, while Jakande isn't, potentially paving the way for a sequel for him to come back again, possibly along with his brother as well.]]
** Hobbs rides the line on this trope in 7, going somewhat OutOfFocus for a large chunk of the film. His contributions are still awesome and vital enough to justify his high billing, though.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Would it be tasteless to say that the CGI doubles for the late Paul Walker in ''Furious 7'' are actually quite good?
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