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10 Times Tej Made More Sense Than Anyone

Over the years, Dom’s crew has grown and grown in the Fast and Furious series, recruiting outcasts with their own special skills. Sometimes the gang even doubles down, as there are now multiple members who are expert hackers and skilled in martial arts. But out of all of them, Tej is one of the smarter characters, as he has even outsmarted Dom and Brian in some cases.

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If it wasn’t for Tej, the gang would have been killed multiple times over, and they certainly wouldn’t have been successful in the bank heist in Fast Five. Between being multilingual, the most level-headed, and a hacking genius, Tej has come a long way from the street racing hustler he once was in Miami.

Making Money Off The Top of Street Races

Tej speaks with Brian before a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Tej wouldn’t win the Hunger Games, but he’d make a lot of money acting as a bookie for the elite betting on who would win. When audiences first met Tej Parker in 2 Fast 2 Furious, he was living in Miami making money off the top of illegal street races and even jet ski races.
He was smarter than to bet his own money or even risk his life by racing himself, and he instead worked as a middle man and a bookie, arranging the races. It was an easy life for Tej, and it’s almost as if Dom and Brian ruined his life by inviting him to Rio, as it’s been one death-defying adventure after the next ever since.

He Had The Idea Of Living A Quiet Life Before Brian

Roman visits Tej at his garage in Fast Five

Dom is inspired by Brian’s decision to hang up his cape by retiring from the adventures and leaving the gang behind in Furious 7. In F9, Dom does the same thing, choosing a quiet life on a farm over the globe-trotting exploits of the crew. However, Brian gets too much credit for that idea, as it was Tej who first wanted that as far back as Fast Five.
When discussing what they were each going to do with their $10 million, Tej said all he wanted was to open a garage and work on cars for a living. He was ridiculed by Rome, but other characters have followed suit in the time since. It doesn’t make much sense, as Tej already owned a garage in Miami, but it’s the boldest decision any of them made at that point.

Speaking Portuguese And Spanish

Tej spits out his drink at the BBQ in Fate of the Furious

A few members of Dom’s crew are bilingual, as Han can speak Japanese and Gisele has shown that she can speak a little Cantonese too, but Tej can speak three languages. He has shown his multilingualism on several occasions, as he can speak both Portuguese and Spanish.
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Of the main crew who have been present for all the movies since Fast Five, nobody else has been able to speak with the natives of Spanish-speaking countries except for Tej. Dom tries, but all he really knows in Spanish is “la familia.” Though Don and Tego, the two prison bandits who were in Fast and Furious and part of the crew in Fast Five, could speak Spanish, that was their native language.

Saving Rome’s Life On The Ice

Tej drives a tank on the ice in Fate of the Furious

There have been so many occasions where Tej has borderline bullied Rome, as he always makes fun of his idiocy and mocks his plans, but they’re really like brothers at heart. In Fate of the Furious, when they’re taking on a giant submarine, Rome is driving a Lamborghini but sinks below the ice.
For a moment, it looks like Rome is a goner, but Tej saves him by launching a lampoon at the door of the Lambo, and Rome is pulled out of the ice. Nobody in the crew has that same kind of ability to think logically under pressure as Tej did, and it’s one of the many examples of Rome and Tej being BFFs.

Hacking Into Reyes’ Safe

Dom and Brian dragging large metal vault with their cars in Fast Five

The giant set piece of Fast Five is the vault that is being dragged across Rio by Brian and Dom in two muscle cars. It’s a spectacle and the start of the trend of high-octane stunts in the series. But though that was the exciting part, there’s no way Brian and Dom would have been able to access the $100 million that’s inside of it.
Though Reyes’ vault can’t be opened without a handprint, Tej was still able to hack into the computer and open the safe. However, it’s another part of the Fast and Furious series that doesn’t make sense, as he was just a mechanic last time audiences saw him.

His Sky Dive Idea

A car dropping out of a plane in Furious 7

Knowing that there was way too much security around Mose Jakande’s base for them to simply sneak in, the crew had to come up with a plan to stealthily make it in there. It was Tej’s brilliant idea to drop into the base from the sky, skydiving in cars with parachutes. It’s the most Fast and Furious-like plan that there has ever been, and it made sense.
The car skydive was one of the best plans the crew had, and it worked, as they freed Ramsey from captivity without alerting any kind of security. But it was again another excuse for Tej to bully Roman when he was too scared to jump.

Hacking Into The Etihad Towers

Brian and Dom drive out of the top of the Etihad Tower

Another epic moment in the series comes when Brian and Dom steal a supercar at the top of a skyscraper in Dubai and crash it through two other buildings. But that again wouldn’t have happened if not for Tej. Brian and Dom were ultimately useless in the scene, as they not only couldn’t unlock the Lykan HyperSport, but they caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage too.
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Tej was the real hero, because he was the one who hacked into the Etihad Towers and unlocked the prince’s vault. That isn’t the only time that Tej flexes his skills in front of the gang in the movie, as Furious 7 sees him at the top of his hacking game. Later in the movie, with help from Ramsey, Tej hacks God’s Eye to regain control of it.

Inventing A New Harpoon That Uses Nos

Rome plays with Tej's homemade harpoon in Fast & Furious 6

In Fast and Furious 6, Tej designs and builds a harpoon launcher that would later be imperative to saving the gang’s lives. Rome thinks it’s nothing but a toy, but he later learns that it can cause some serious damage after almost killing Han and Dom. There are times when Rome was the smartest in the room, but that was not one of them.
The invention combines two classic staples of the Fast franchise, harpoons and Nos. Harpoons have been used to kill people, save people, and even disable the engines of cars with the completely made up ESD harpoon launcher in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Nos has been heavily featured in every movie (it was even used for the spacecraft in F9,) and it was hilariously attached to the harpoon.

Using The Magnet To Cause A Diversion

Fast and Furious 9 New Charger Magnets

After the gang retrieved the magnets in Edinburgh in the truck, Tej expertly uses them when the bunker is infiltrated. He uses them to cause a diversion when they come face to face with Jakob’s men, and it’s what helps the crew escape.
The whole magnets sequence is a big moment for Tej. Not only does the whole magnets phase of the movie see him use that logic that other members like Rome lack, but the scene in Edinburgh sees him as a skilled martial artist too, which is a first for the character.

Going Into Space

Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

Fans loved everything about Rome and Tej in F9, and that culminated in the epic space sequence in the final act of the movie. Tej spearheaded the whole thing, with a little help from the Tokyo Drift crew and Rome as a reluctant co-pilot.
He wasn’t just the smartest person in the room, but he was one of the most heroic, as Tej, as well as Rome, risked his life to destroy the satellite after plan A was a no-go. And in fairness to Rome, it was Tej who actually needed some motivation this time, though it’s usually the other way around.
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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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