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  • Awesome Music: All the variations of the main theme in the movies.
    • The first film gets a special mention due to the soundtrack earning a lot of bangers.
      • WAR! HUH! YEAH!
      • "Another Part of Me" plays during Carter's awesome dance after he blows up Clive's C4-equipped car.
    • "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" performed by Carter.
    • While the duet with Lee and Carter singing "The Closer I Get To You" was funny, Lee actually sings the song well. It helps that Jackie Chan is also a singer.
  • 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 both sequels. Roger Ebert's unkind review of the second movie specifically cited Tucker's performance as ruining the film for him. It should probably be noted that Carter isn't really that much different from his actor Chris Tucker, mind.
  • Critical Dissonance: The second film was a big box office hit, but was met with mixed reception by critics (52% on Rotten Tomatoes). Roger Ebert in particular hated the film, giving it only 1 1/2 stars, saying that Chris Tucker was unfunny and dominated every scene, calling out the "accuse the dealer of being racist" scene as particularly cringeworthy.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • 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. The next morning after its airing, a little Chinese girl was kidnapped in Toronto. Unlike the movie, there was no happy ending.
    • In the third movie, Carter poses as a costume designer to enter a women's dressing room and trick them into taking their clothes off. In 2016, Donald Trump came under fire for boasting about using his position to peek in on women who were participating in his beauty pageants. To make things worse, Brett Ratner ended up being one of the many Hollywood alumni implicated by the Me Too movement when he was accused by six women of sexual impropriety, including one incident where he followed a woman into the women's bathroom without invitation.
    • Carter's Cowboy Cop antics look a lot less amusing with how much attention is now being paid towards police brutality in the U.S.
    • Isabella goes to New York at the end of Rush Hour 2. Less than a month after the film's release, 9/11 happened.
    • The first film's portrayal of an Evil Brit machinating against the righteous Chinese government has not aged well in light of the PRC's oppressive anti-democratic crackdowns in Hong Kong (and Hong Kongers' consequent nostalgic longing for the days of British rule).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • 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.
    • Speaking of, one of the first things Carter does with Lee is show him the footprints, handprints, and signature of John Wayne which, as any fan of the Shanghai Noon movies will tell you, is “a terrible name for a cowboy!”
    • Also in the Hilarious Outtakes of Rush Hour 2, after the Big Bad Ricky Tan falls to his death:
    Carter: Damn! He ain't gonna be in Rush Hour 3!
    • 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: The second film's Ricky Tan is a leader within the Chinese Triads and a former partner to Lee's murdered father, who found out Tan was a Dirty Cop before he was murdered by an unknown party. Tan tells Lee he is losing a civil war within the Triads and asks him for protection and help, but is killed before Lee's eyes. Tan then turns up alive and well in America; he faked his death in order to go into hiding, flee Hong Kong authorities, and become the secret backer of an international smuggling operation. Through his accomplices Steven Reign and Hu Li, Tan has counterfeited $100 million US in extremely convincing fake bills, and will launder them through a Las Vegas casino, proudly proclaiming it is a business "where people hand [him] money, and [he] gives them back absolutely nothing." In every interaction with Lee, Tan presents himself as an Affably Evil mobster, one minute claiming he tried to "help" Lee's father give him a better life, and the next coldly telling Lee how weak and pathetic he was before Tan shot him.
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  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Sequelitis: The third wasn't received that well.
  • Strawman Has a Point: FBI Agents Whitney and Russ may be Jerkass Obstructive Bureaucrats who undermine Lee and Carter several times. However, they’re right in the fact that Lee shouldn’t be on the case as he has a personal connection to Soo Yung. Police officers in real life aren’t allowed to work cases they have a personal connection to.
  • Tear Jerker: Near the end of Rush Hour 3, Kenji willingly lets himself go from Lee's grip and falls off from the Eiffel Tower to his death in order to let Lee save himself from meeting the same fate, all while Lee emits a Big "NO!" upon seeing Kenji's sacrifice.

    TV Series 
  • 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.
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