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How Many Times Vin Diesel Says “Family” In Every Fast & Furious Movie

Vin Diesel’s cut sleeves and Dodge Charger are iconic staples in The Fast and Furious movies, but nothing is more sacred than when Vin Diesel says “family.” Fast X recently premiered, and while the bombastic action stunts have grown more ludicrous, the core of the franchise is still about family. Dominic Toretto and his team of skilled drivers have achieved impossible stunts and turned enemies into friends within each movie. Due to the growing ensemble cast and the movies’ emphasis on family, one might wonder how many times Vin Diesel actually mentions the word “family” in every Fast and Furious movie.

The Fast and Furious franchise first revved its engine with 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, a modest tale about street racers. The film was so popular that it spawned a billion-dollar franchise with multiple sequels. With the passing of Paul Walker in 2013, the series has focused on Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and amplified the action to baffling heights. The past few movies have also stressed the importance of family so much that the Fast and Furious franchise spawned memes. Family is mentioned at least 77 times in the entire franchise, but Vin Diesel only says the word 13 times over ten movies.

Vin Diesel’s The Fast & The Furious “Family” Count: 0
The Fast and the Furious 2001 Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker standing together

The Fast and the Furious started plenty of trends in the franchise, but Vin Diesel’s use of “family” isn’t one of them. Fast cars and furious drivers are on display, yet the family is still forming in the first entry. Ironically, family is mentioned by Dominic Toretto’s main antagonist in the movie, Johnny Tran. Tran claims Toretto is the reason police raided his house and disrespected his family. Perhaps Toretto embodied Johnny Tran’s values in later installments, and while Tran may seem dead, the Fast and Furious franchise refuses to truly kill off characters. Perhaps Tran can confront Dom about stealing his family values in a future sequel.

Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious “Family” Count: 0
Brian and Dom sit on the hoods of their cars in a garage in Fast & Furious

After a sequel without Vin Diesel and a third movie with only a cameo, Diesel fully returns as Dominic Toretto in the aptly named Fast and Furious. But Vin Diesel still doesn’t mention family in the fourth outing. One scene that returns as a callback to the first is the communal dinners hosted by the Toretto family. In the middle of the explosions and punches, the barbecues with coronas have become the most grounded trope of the franchise. In the fourth movie’s dinner scene, Jordana Brewster’s Mia mentions how they should be thankful for their family. Mia’s reminder may be small, but it quickly grew in the next installments.

Vin Diesel’s Fast Five “Family” Count: 3
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson come face to face in Fast Five.

Fast Five is when the action, stars, and story become heightened and more fun. Fast Five pushes the franchise into new territory where the laws of gravity no longer apply, and Vin Diesel finally says “family” not once but three times. With the inclusion of Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot, the fifth film also sees the return of multiple past cast members and finally unites them. One returning face is Matt Schulze as Vince, who is concerned that Dominic Toretto wants nothing to do with him after their botched heist in the first film. In his distinctly deep voice, Vin Diesel responds, “There’s always room for family.”

Vin Diesel embraces family as the theme of the franchise, and it’s repeatedly referred to in Fast Five. When Dom’s sister Mia reveals she’s pregnant, the usually stoic Toretto smiles, hugs Brian and his sister Mia, and says, “Looks like my family just got bigger.” Fast Five created a legacy by providing new roads for the franchise and committing itself to a cast of characters. By the end of the film, Toretto salutes his new “familia,” confirming an ensemble for future films.

Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious 6 “Family” Count: 2
Fast and Furious 6 Cast

Fast and Furious 6 was a box office hit and included more talk about family than its predecessors. While Vin Diesel only mentions family two of the eleven times the word is used, the franchise cements the message that no one should mess with Dominic Toretto’s loved ones. Michelle Rodriguez returns as Letty, Dom’s ex-lover who suffers from amnesia and is now trained to kill Dom and his friends. Letty may be a threat to the group, but Dom insists that “you don’t turn your back on family, even when they do.”

The primary villain in Fast and Furious 6 is Owen Shaw, the leader of a skilled mercenary group that steals high-tech devices. Shaw confronts Toretto and warns him to stay out of his way or else risk putting his family in danger. Vin Diesel’s Toretto then delivers one of his signature responses and tells Shaw to never threaten a man’s family.

Vin Diesel’s Furious 7 “Family” Count: 4
Vin Diesel and Brian O'Conner in Fast & Furious 7-1

Furious 7 is the last installment with Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner, and the film provides a touching and fitting goodbye to the character and actor by emphasizing how they’re all family. After the death of Han in the last installment, Vin Diesel embodies the patriarchal role as the leader and protector of the group. Toretto fumes at Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs for putting his family in danger, but the two iconic Diesel family quotes come from a tender moment with Walker’s O’Conner and a confrontation with Jason Statham’s villain.

In one of the last exchanges between Diesel and Walker on camera, they share an intimate conversation about family. Toretto informs Brian that out of all their action stunts, the bravest thing he’s seen Brian do is be a good husband and father, and what’s real is family. When confronting Furious 7’s antagonist Deckard Shaw, Deckard reveals he has aligned with Toretto’s enemies, and they’re now friends against Toretto and his team. In arguably the most quotable line in the franchise, Diesel’s Toretto responds with, “I don’t have friends, I got family.” Furious 7 filmed scenes after Paul Walker’s death and the mentions of family in this sequel felt especially poignant.

Vin Diesel’s Fate Of The Furious “Family” Count: 3
Dominic Toretto and a scene from The Fate of the Furious

Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto is torn between two families in Fate of the Furious. Charlize Theron plays Cipher, a cyberterrorist who holds Toretto’s ex-girlfriend Elena and his son Brian hostage. When Toretto tells Cipher he values family more than anything else, he’s forced to sabotage his own team to protect Elena and his son. Toretto and Letty agree to take in Little Brian after Elena’s death. While holding his son in a traditional family dinner ending, Diesel shares that he’s thankful for his family and to “never turn your back on family.” There may be no coronas in Fast 8, but there is plenty of family.

Vin Diesel’s F9 “Family” Count: 0
F9 Dom and Letty pic

F9 sees its storyline and villains become more entwined as each character is seemingly related to another character. The film introduces John Cena as Jakob Toretto, Dominic’s estranged brother and foe in F9. Since Vin Diesel claimed to never turn your back on family in previous installments, Cena’s long-lost Jakob provides a baffling yet entertaining addition to the franchise. Diesel may never say “family” in F9, but a young Dominic Toretto does in a flashback showing Dom trying to comfort his brother Jakob after the death of their father. While Diesel doesn’t say “family” in F9, the family meme went viral after this ninth film.

Vin Diesel’s Fast X “Family” Count: 1
Vin Diesel Jason Momoa Fast X

Fast X reportedly has the largest “family” count yet, ranging from 22 to 29 uses. Jason Momoa’s flamboyant villain Dante is the culprit behind the largest “family” count. Dante consistently taunts Toretto by using Toretto’s belief in family against him. As Fast X’s team of heroes spends most of the movie separated and in hiding, Dante’s diabolical plan is seemingly succeeding until Diesel arrives in his classic 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. In his only use of the word in Fast X, Toretto tells Dante, “You will never be able to break my family.” Vin Diesel may soon say goodbye to the Fast and Furious franchise, but family is forever.

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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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