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All 13 Fast & Furious Villains, Ranked Worst To Best

The Fast & Furious franchise has progressed from street criminals to fighting international supervillains, raising the stakes and making the series more ridiculous.
While some villains in the series have been forgettable, others have been memorable and entertaining, such as Owen Shaw and Cipher.
Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes stands out as the best villain in the franchise, delivering a bonkers performance that is both scary and enjoyable to watch.

With ten mainline films and one spinoff, the Fast & Furious franchise has introduced an arsenal of villains that have tried to take down the Toretto family for one reason or another. As the series continues, it becomes increasingly ridiculous, with the stakes being heightened for every movie, and the same can be said about the villains. Dom and his family were once accustomed to going up against everyday street criminals, but now they fight international supervillains.
Over the course of 20 years, many incredible actors have joined the franchise as villains, from award winners like Charlize Theron and Djimon Hounsou to huge movie stars like Dwayne Johnson. Many of the villains in Fast & Furious do end up being redeemed and joining the family, but they will always be remembered first and foremost as villains. There have been 13 major bad guys spanning 11 movies, but some have proven to be much more memorable than others.
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13 Brixton

Brixton looking angry in Hobbs & Shaw.

The only spin-off so far in the Fast & Furious universe, Hobbs & Shaw, makes a lot of mistakes, but its biggest one is wasting the talents of Idris Elba. Brixton is a biological-advanced superhuman who is out to destroy the world. That is a fun enough premise for a bad guy, but it doesn’t match the tone of the franchise, and Elba’s chiasmatic qualities are buried under boring exposition and an unmemorable plan. As one of the few Fast & Furious villains to die, Elba was truly wasted by the franchise.

12 Johnny Tran

Johnny Tran

Rick Yune’s Johnny Tran gets some credit for being the first villain in the series, and while he serves the story well, he is not all that interesting as a character. The Fast and the Furious is a movie focused on the relationship between Paul Walker’s Brian and Vin Diesel’s Dom, and most other elements of the film are just window dressing for that story, including Johnny Tran. Yune does his best with the material, but Johnny Tran is a type of villain the franchise has done infinitely better since.

11 Campos


Outside of reuniting the core cast, Fast & Furious doesn’t offer much that the other films don’t. John Ortiz delivers a threatening performance as Campos, a drug lord whose operation Dom and Brian must infiltrate, but nothing is separating the character from most of the villains in the first four films. Campos isn’t very memorable, to the point where his return in Fast & Furious 6 comes off as convoluted.

10 Carter Verone


As is the case with Campos, Cole Hauser’s Verone is just a standard drug kingpin that the heroes have to take down. However, with some personal ties to Eva Mendes’ Monica and some intense forms of torture, he comes out as the more interesting bad guy of the two. Verone doesn’t have a grand plan or any unique personality traits that make him stand out, but he fits the goofy tone of 2 Fast 2 Furious and fits the franchise better than some of his contemporaries.
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9 Jakande

Djimon Hounsou in Furious 7

Djimon Hounsou is an underappreciated actor who has spent years putting in great work in smaller roles. His brief turn as the evil Jakande in Furious 7 is a perfect example of him elevating substandard material. Jakande is a terrorist who wants to use God’s Eye, an all-powerful surveillance system, to wreak havoc on the world. There isn’t much to Jakande’s character outside of being generally diabolical, but Hounsou is always a delight to watch and makes what would be a substandard secondary villain into an enjoyable antagonist.

8 Owen Shaw

Owen Shaw drives a truck in Fast and Furious 6

Fast & Furious 6 is one of the most fun entries in the franchise. With incredible action set pieces, and a great emotional core, it has all the hallmarks of a solid Fast & Furious movie, with Luke Evans’ Owen Shaw being a big part of what makes it work so well. While this is the type of role Evans could play in his sleep, the idea of an evil team that mirrors the core family is such a delightfully silly and cartoonish setup that it makes up for all the clichés of the character. While Owen may not be the best Shaw, he is one of the most entertaining villains in the franchise.

7 Hernan Reyes

Reyes in Fast Five.

Not only did Fast Five completely reinvent the franchise, but it still stands as the high watermark for the series and 2010s action cinema. Joaquim de Almeida’s Hernan Reyes isn’t a particularly deep character, but he is a descipable baddie, and seeing the Fast Family get one over him is one of the most satisfying climaxes of the entire series. Reyes is about as corrupt as they come, paying off almost all the law enforcement in Rio, and running the town with an iron fist. Fast Five hits the perfect note of silly and sincere, with Reyes’s evil and threatening presence being just what the movie needed.

6 Cipher

Cipher at Dom's door bloodied and disheveled in Fast X

Most villains in Fast & Furious are either killed off after one movie or quickly switch sides, becoming part of the family. That just makes Cipher all the more interesting as an evil mastermind who has stuck around for a few entries. While Fast X saw Cipher forced to work with Dom and company, she spent the last two movies scheming and hacking her way across the world. Charlize Theron is having a blast in the role, and while she might not be in the best movies, her charisma and commitment to the role make up for some lackluster plans.
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5 Jakob

John Cena as Jakob in Fast and Furious 9 in front of blue smoke

The Fast & Furious family trees are tangled and confusing. Almost every entry introduces some long-lost sibling or new child to one of the extended families, but John Cena’s Jakob is one of the best examples of this. Jakob first appeared in F9 as Dom’s scorned brother, and while his existence still doesn’t make much sense, he made for an excellent villain and one whose redemption felt earned. Cena is one of the best wrestlers turned actors, and while Jakob was more fun as an ally in Fast X, his presence in F9 elevated the entire movie.

4 DK

DK in Tokyo Drift

Director Justin Lin has reinvented the franchise on several occasions, but his first movie in the series, Tokyo Drift, is still one of the best and uses its smaller scale to its advantage. DK, short for Drift King, isn’t as evil as some of the more cartoonish villains that would appear later in the series, but he is a great antagonist and a cocky driver who the audience wants to see loose. The nephew of a mob boss, DK is one of the best street racers in Tokyo and an all-around bad guy who needs to be taught a lesson.

3 Hobbs

Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs getting ambushed in Fast Five

Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs is more known for being a force for good in the Fast & Furious universe, but when he was first introduced in Fast Five, he was a no-nonsense force of nature determined to bring Dom and his family to justice. As a villain, Johnson got to flex his acting chops much more, and the Hobbs in Fast Five is much more compelling than the softer, nicer one that appears in later entries. What’s more, Hobbs is one of the few antagonists who feels like he could take down Dom.
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2 Deckard Shaw

Deckard Shaaw behind the wheel of a car in Fate of the Furious

Another villain who has come around to being a protagonist, Jason Statham Deckard Shaw was first introduced in the end credit scene of Fast & Furious 6, where it was revealed that he was the one who killed Han to get revenge for his hospitalized brother. While that twist has since been retconned twice over, Shaw was a menacing threat to the Fast Family, and his turn in Furious 7 as the main villain is still one of the franchise’s best. Shaw plays to Statham’s strengths as an actor, and even as an ally he adds a wonderful presence to the series.

1 Dante Reyes

Dante hanging out with some corpses in Fast X

In many ways, Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes is a repeat of villains the series has done before. Like Deckard Shaw, he is a vengeful family member of a previous villain going after Dom’s loved ones. However, Momoa’s performance as the absolute bonkers Dante makes him not only stand out but become the best bad guy in Fast & Furious. Fast X had a troubled production that is reflected in the movie, but Momoa’s performance makes the entire movie worth it. He’s not just scary, but also funny and a joy to watch. It would seem that the franchise saved the best villain for last.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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