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"Ride or die."

"And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously."

The Fast Saga, previously called The Fast and the Furious and Fast & Furious, is a series of action films, which center on illegal street racing and (later) heists, produced by Universal. Here, the cars are fast, the drivers are furious, technology porn abounds and the cast of characters who eventually become "the crew" aren't just comrades, they're family. The movies are known for their unrelenting sequel escalation, steadily growing the films into one of the most popular, and financially successful, action franchises in recent memory.

Released films:



Planned films:

  • Untitled tenth film (April 2021)
  • Untitled female-focused spinoff (TBD)

There is also an animated series, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers. The franchise also has its own ride at the Universal Studios parks, called Fast & Furious: Supercharged. In addition, Forza Horizon 2 received a standalone expansion based on the franchise simply titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.

A racing game called Fast & Furious Crossroads developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment is due for May, 2020.

Not at all to be confused with the 1955 movie also named The Fast and the Furious, directed by John Ireland and starring Ireland and Dorothy Malone, though the fact that is one of the first films to have a feature-length Chase Scene may have had something to do with the 2001 film being given the same title.


This movie series contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Hobbs, being played by former WWE champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, gets to bust out a few wrestling moves - he pulls off a Doomsday Device with Dom in 6, and hits the Rock Bottom, his WWE finishing move, in Furious 7.
    • In back-to-back scenes in Fast Five, Dom 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.
    • An indirect one when Suki can be heard yelling "Move, bitch!" in the second movie, the one that introduced Ludacris to the cast.
    • Charlize Theron being cast as the new villain in the 8th installment hot off the back of her acclaimed turn as drive-fast, fight-fierce heroine Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road made for a lot of good Fast and Furiosa puns. Coupled with the two movies' similar focus on cars, driving, fights, and action, the casting seemed particularly appropriate.
    • In Fate, Deckard mockingly calls Hobbs "Hercules". Guess who played the hero in the 2014 Hercules film?
    • Paul Walker'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, Jaka.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The entire franchise was inspired by a magazine article.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: "Before I Decay" is the Japanese theme song.
  • Anachronic Order: Pull Tokyo Drift out of the lineup and stick it between 6 and 7, and you've got chronological order (i.e. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3, 7, 8). The mid-credits stinger in Furious 6 is an extended scene from the middle of Tokyo Drift that puts it quite definitively between 6 and 7.
  • Anachronism Stew: Even though the movies are all contemporary, with the third film happening after movies 4, 5, and 6, it creates a strange paradox when it comes to the contemporary models of cars seen in those movies. Either Tokyo Drift is set in the "future" of 2015 and everyone drives 2006 model cars or earlier for some strange reason or the rest of the series takes places in 2006 but people are driving models that won't be seen for another 3-9 years. Furious 7 confirms that Fast and Furious is set in 2009, as the date on Letty's fake tombstone says 2009, and Fast Five and Six take place immediately (mere days, months at the most) after it, meaning movies 4-6 for the most part are set in 2009-10, with The Fast and the Furious being set five years prior in 2004. Furious 7 takes place a few years later, as Brian's son Jack is a preschooler, meaning the events of Tokyo Drift can't happen any earlier than 2012 or so.
  • Artistic License – Physics:
    • Nearly every jump in the series.
    • Drifting to go faster.
  • Author Appeal: Justin Lin, who directed all of the movies from Tokyo Drift up to 6 mentioned in the commentary for Tokyo Drift that he liked cars landing on their roof after a big crash. If you watch the movies he's directed again, its pretty glaring just how many of them actually wind up like that.
  • Back from the Dead: Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger was wrecked and rebuilt before the events of the first movie, and history repeats itself several times during the course of the series.
    • Both Letty and as of the F9 trailer Han manage to live after what seems like definite deaths.
  • Badass Driver: Pretty much anyone with more than 90 seconds of screen time, but hilariously subverted with Tej, who is shown to be unable to even drive a remote control toy car without "getting into an accident." He overcomes this eventually.
  • Badass Family:
    • The Toretto Gang of carjackers may be surrogate and multi-racial, but their love and loyalty towards each other is stronger than most Real Life blood-families. In fact, they explicitly refer to each other as family rather than just "friends", particularly at gatherings and when saying grace at meals.
    Dom: I don't have friends. I have family.
    • The Toretto family itself qualifies, consisting of Dom, Mia & their significant others, Letty & Brian.
    • Owen and Deckard Shaw are both sociopathic Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy Blood Knights.Their mother seems to be just as nasty.
  • Car Fu: What all the movies center around.
  • Car Porn: As befitting a series about cars, nearly every car onscreen gets its own closeup treatment.
  • Character Development: Everyone gets their fair share, mostly due to the fact that their lives are drastically changed by the increasing weight and consequences of their dangerous, illegal endeavors.
  • Continuity Nod: The fourth and especially fifth and sixth films are loaded with them. The third film gets one retroactively when Dom mentions Han running with him.
  • Cool Car/Pimped-Out Car: Just about everything on wheels in the whole series.
  • Dan Browned: Go ahead. Watch these movies with actual gearheads. We dare you.
  • Darker and Edgier: Fast & Furious compared to the first. It's tone is grimer, about Dom getting revenge for Letty's supposed death. Furious 7 has Deckard Shaw murder Han and has a revenge theme, which includes a bittersweet ending. The Fate of the Furious contains Cipher, the most dangerous villain in the series, who kidnapps Elena and brainwashes Dom in working for her causing him to betray his family in order to save Elena and their son.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Watch any of the films and try to locate someone that isn't one.
  • Denser and Wackier: The Fast and the Furious was pretty much a straight cop drama that revolved around the world of street racing. Starting with 2 Fast 2 Furious, the focus shifted to the cars themselves, to the point where Tokyo Drift was almost entirely about the racing. Then, with Fast and Furious, it took another change in tone, this time becoming an over the top action flick, while Fast Five somehow took it even further to the point where it was just another completely absurd action movie that's closer to something like The Transporter. Fast and Furious 6 took it Up to Eleven, with a plot more reminiscent of a Bond film, only even more over-the-top. Furious 7 went up another notch, involving the team working for a top-secret spy organization against terrorists and a rogue spec ops agent out for revenge. Certainly a far cry from the first movie's original cop drama format. Crosses the Line Twice in Hobbs & Shaw, which introduces genetically modified cyborg supersoldier, moving the franchise closer to G.I. Joe
  • Driving Stick: Shifting techniques in street racing are serious business.
    • Even better because just about any lesson on performance driving technique in the series is total nonsense and potentially harmful to your engine.
    • The first couple films are notorious for having characters up- or downshift more times than would be possible with their cars' transmissions.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first three films focused heavily on car culture amidst the relatively small time and contained criminal affairs of the plots. The fourth and especially fifth movies helped transition the franchise into the more action-oriented heist movies known today. Paul Walker was noted to feel relived when the changes occurred, believing that he had forcibly tried to look cool as per what the tuner scene needed.
  • Fanservice: Essentially any non speaking female role could be counted as fan service.
  • Hip-Hop: The series runneth over with this, even the third movie, which is set in Japan.
  • Interquel: The fourth, fifth and sixth films, which are set after the second but before the third movie. The seventh film takes place after the events of the third film, finally catching up to continuity.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's kind of hard to avoid the fact that Deckard Shaw becomes an ally for the protagonists, considering that he and Hobbs now have their own spinoff movie.
  • Made of Iron: Just about everyone.
  • Nitro Boost: Used in all of the films.
  • No Seat Belts: Oddly enough, the lack of seat belt use seems to have little effect on anyone's ability to survive catastrophic crashes. Until Furious 7, where characters are actually seen wearing on belts and on one occasion, a helmet.
  • Oddball in the Series: Tokyo Drift was set in Japan with an entirely different cast of characters. The only thing that connected it with the previous two films is the appearance of Dom in a cameo. Han would go on to appear in many of the sequels to tie it back into the franchise, but otherwise, it doesn't have much to do with the other movies.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: This has been taken to the point of, for lack of other fitting description, absurdity by this series: No two movies use the same numbering system. The series goes:
    • The Fast and the Furious
    • 2 Fast 2 Furious
    • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
    • Fast & Furious (renamed in various markets due to its confusing nature, especially in languages that lack articles)
    • Fast Five (known as Fast and Furious 5 in the UK)
    • Fast & Furious 6 (some international versions have the title card simply read Furious 6)
    • Furious 7
    • The Fate of the Furious (or The F8 of the Furious)
    • F9 (a.k.a. F9: The Fast Saga or Fast & Furious 9)
  • Practical Effects: From Fast Five onwards, the series has largely used in-camera effects for the stunts. Ironic, considering the Denser and Wackier Sequel Escalation the series undergoes at that point.
  • Product Placement
  • Rated M for Manly: The series runs on cars, manly heroes, and gratuitous shots of hot women.
  • Revolving Door Casting: Since there have been several movies over the course of several years with a Retool here and a Soft Reboot there, it makes sense that the cast of characters would get shaken up. Some were Put on a Bus (with a few instances of The Bus Came Back) while others were Killed Off for Real or simply given the Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. Not a single major character appears in every film (not including the spin-offs like Hobbs & Shaw) but a few come close:
    • Dom was the Deuteragonist along with Brian in the first film but sat out for the second film and most of the third (he appears in a cameo in The Stinger). Since then, he has been the main character for the rest of the series.
    • Brian was in the first film as mentioned above and was the lone protagonist for the second film. He was not present for the third but was a major part of every movie until the seventh when Paul Walker unfortunately passed away. His character retired to be with his family.
    • Letty, Dom's love interest for most of the series, was in every movie except the second, third, and fifth films. In the fourth movie, she is supposedly killed early on. Her photo appears in The Stinger in the fifth film as it is revealed she is not dead as previously believed, but she does not appear in person.
    • Mia, like the most of the other characters, did not appear in the second or third movies. Since she ends up as Brian's love interest, she retired as well to be with their family. Because of that, she did not appear in the eighth movie.
  • Rice Burner: Although all the cars in the movies are high performance, they are commonly accused of responsibility for promoting this in real life. These days, the cars from the first and second installment look fairly tacky. Some would argue they did back then. The developer's picked up on this, by having Hobbs make a remark about an aftermarket stereo on a classic GT 40 being as cheap as some neon lights during the fifth movie.
  • Rule of Cool: Some of the action and driving scenes are utterly ridiculous, especially in the later instalments... but does it really matter?
  • Running Gag:
    • Brian never legitimately beating Dom in a race. He almost does in the fourth film, and Dom lets him win in the fifth film. He finally beats him fairly in 6.
    • Han is always eating something, needing to keep his hands busy due to being an ex-smoker.
    • Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger getting completely wrecked and Dom rebuilding it.
  • Sequel Escalation:
    • The truck heists in the original movie are nothing compared to some of the jobs the characters pull in the later movies.
    • The cars:
      • The first had cheap, yet easily modifiable import cars.
      • The second included more desirable, newer cars from the tuner scene.
      • Tokyo Drift followed the same vibe as the second, though this time the cars were built solely for function, pretty decals aside.
      • The fourth mostly had classic muscle cars and the odd import thrown in.
      • The fifth followed the same route, however by the ending, the team are in high-end exotics and hypercars.
      • The sixth has an eclectic mix of classic cars (which serves as a story point). And a tank.
      • Furious 7 has the limited production Lykan Hypersport (valued at $ 3.4 million), also serving as a plot point in that film.
    • The villains:
      • The first film has Johnny Tran, a small-time criminal.
      • The second film has Carter Verone, a major drug dealer.
      • The third film has DK, also small-time but with a Yakuza uncle.
      • The fourth film has Braga, the leader of a major cartel.
      • The fifth film has Reyes, who has pretty much everyone in Rio in his pocket.
      • The sixth film has Owen Shaw, who has his hands in almost everyone's pockets, including the CIA and the DEA.
      • The seventh film has Owen's brother Deckard, a ruthless ex Special Forces assassin and ghost proficient in both hand-to-hand combat and firearms who is also capable of racking up a terrifying killcount despite being on his own.
      • The eighth film has Cipher, a remorselessly sociopathic hacker-slash-warlord with a veritable god-complex who is fully able (and willing) to threaten the world with a global nuclear holocaust just to puff up her monstrous ego.
      • Hobbs & Shaw has the series' first explicitly super-human threat: Brixton Lore, a cybernetically-enhanced Super Soldier out to unleash a virus that will wipe out half of mankind.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: Starting from the third film, the series moves out from just being set in the US. Films three, five, and six are mostly set abroad, with films four, seven, and eight having sequences in other countries while remaining mostly set in the US.
  • The Series Has Left Reality: It started out as a grounded crime drama where the only intense action the film had was the street racing scenes. The moment Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is introduced is when the movie became the over-the-top popcorn action franchise it's currently known for.
  • Tim Taylor Technology: Nitrous Oxide injectors FTW. Or, as the characters once liked to say it, "NAAAAWS." As NOS is a trademark of Holley Performance Products, it was removed from the second film and replaced by generic "N2O" labels on the steering wheels and was verbally referred to as "spray" and "kick" after Holley got a bit stroppy about its appearance in the first one. The NOS brand returns in later films.
  • Watch the Paint Job: Most installations in the series have some example of this.
  • World of Badass: Every named hero is either a world class stunt-driver or a master martial-artist, or both. The only exception is Ramsey, who might just be the greatest hacker and programmer in the world.

Alternative Title(s): The Fast Saga


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