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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: 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 Roaring Rampage of Revenge on Dom's crew because they crippled Owen, alone. Does this mean the Shaw brothers have some Hidden Depths within them, and that deep down they're not really that different from Dom when it comes to the importance of family?
  • Awesome Music:
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    • 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 seventh movie, which is a Tear Jerker if ever there was one.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Roman has started turning into a controversial character due to a perceived decay on the quality of his comic relief and the fact that he is the most Static Character in the entire franchise.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: As it was said in CinemaSins:
    Jeremy: "Guys, I'm tired. I actively hope Dom dies, or at least fails, every time he does a stunt like this... You can't be this good or lucky. It takes all the tension out of the scene when the guy doesn't ever lose."
  • Broken Base: The franchise's famous tendency to insert the events of every installment into a bigger picture in the next (often in a heavy-handed way or using Retcon in plenty) is considered both a sign of ingenuity on the writers's part and an inevitable source of controversial and unexpected plot twists. The discussion reached its peak at the eight film, which puts a lot of effort to turn the irreedemable villains of the two previous into heroic unwitting pawns at the expense of their characterization.
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  • Critical Dissonance: Every film in the franchise, though downplayed with the later entries as reception of the franchise seems to generally become more positive (compare the middling 36% 2 gets compared to the solidly positive 81% of Fate). Each film has a higher audience score on Rotten Tomatoes than the actual critic score. The fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth films have audience scores in the 70-80%s.
  • Designated Hero: Dom and his crew frequently use plans that cause massive collateral damage and put innocent people in danger, but the films gloss over any potential casualties. In Fast Five they flat out murder over a dozen police officers when they break into the police station and escape with the vault full of money, and the movie glosses over saying the police are all corrupt. And yet Dom insists that they aren't killers. To be fair, in the sixth film, Dom and the crew (plus Letty, whose on Owen Shaw's team) are shocked when Shaw hijacks a tank and begins running over people, leading them to try to stop him from hurting anyone else by stopping the tank.
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  • Even Better Sequel: Fast Five and Furious 7 have the highest Rotten Tomatoes ratings in the series at 78% and 82%, respectively (compared to 53% for the first installment).
  • Evil Is Cool: As mentioned above, the Shaw brothers are considered the most badass villains in the franchise and are even considered among some of the best action movie villains in a long time.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: From the beginning, the series has also been known for having a large and very dedicated Latino fanbase.
  • Growing the Beard: 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Paul Walker (who played Brian O'Conner) being killed in a car crash becomes one considering that speeding cars is the bread-and-butter of the franchise, even after the street racing aspect was phased out. It becomes worse when you consider how many times Walker's character managed to escape or at the very least come away uninjured from serious accidents and explosions in the movies. Even worse, in fact, considering that Walker died on a Porsche when Brian and gang usually drive similar luxury cars.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: CinemaSins poked at the apparent overlap with The Expendables franchise with the introduction of Jason Statham. Now #7 one-upped them by adding Ronda Rousey!
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The first trailer for the 8th film. Notably Dom's (apparent) Face–Heel Turn, the team's Enemy Mine with Shaw, the submarine, and the finale of Cipher kissing Dom in front of Letty.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: As the franchise became more critically and commercially successful, it moved away from car culture and street-racing to heist-movies and spy thrillers, leaving a very vocal portion of the fanbase unhappy, believing that the cars and street-racing were the initial draw.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Or rather "just here for the cars, the hot women and the nonstop action".
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • My Real Daddy: 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: Vin Diesel's constant turning around in a badass way can get silly after a while.
  • Narm Charm: At times, the series can be so utterly ridiculous that it's hard not to enjoy it.
  • 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.
  • Signature Song: Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" is far and away the most popular and most successful song to have ever been featured in the series. For the Gaiden Movie Tokyo Drift, the titular song by the Teriyaki Boyz is arguably a close second.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The later films have been compared as a throwback to over the top action movies of the 80s to the point that it could be considered as a better Expendables movie than the actual The Expendables movie. The car stunts and chases have also been compared to the Grand Theft Auto series.
  • Special Effect Failure: 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 2 Fast 2 Furious and the tanker heist in the fourth film.

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