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10 Best Fast & Furious Characters Who Only Appeared Once

After a few speed bumps along the road, Fast X is well into production, and it sports a laundry-list-long ensemble cast. The call sheet is full of actors well-acquainted with the high-octane action franchise and others who are new to it. However, it’s missing a number of fan-favorite characters from previous movies, ones that have only ever appeared in the franchise once.

Between grizzled FBI agents, street racers who made the series popular to begin with, and hilariously theatrical villains, not everyone has been asked to return for the team-up movies. As the franchise has become known for bringing back obscure characters of the series, they might show up at some point, but until then, fans can only dream.

Agent Markham

Agent Markham shoots an ESD harpoon launcher in 2 Fast 2 Furious

The first Fast movie was a crime drama that realistically depicted street racing, but two years later, 2 Fast 2 Furious turned the series into a cartoon with over-the-top souped-up cars and stereotypical characters, which are more like caricatures. One of those caricatures is Markham, an FBI agent who takes himself way too seriously, speaks with a direct authoritative vernacular, and gets angry way too quickly.
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Markham was the first character in the series with whom Roman had a problem. The two characters’ argumentative nature established a type of comedy that the Fast and Furious series now wouldn’t be the same without. And nothing was funnier than when Rome ate Markham’s sandwich.


Leon drives across the desert in The Fast and the Furious

Though the Fast franchise loves to bring back old characters, the only character from the original crew that has returned is Vince in Fast Five. And out of all of them, Vince is the least entertaining. Leon should have returned to the series by now as he’s the best driver in the franchise, and he might have even set the whole series’ events into motion.
In The Fast and the Furious, during the first street race, Leon tells a delivery driver, “Road’s closed, pizza boy,” which seems like nothing more than a throwaway one-liner. However, the line could have encouraged the disgruntled delivery driver to call the police and rat on the racers, and it’d explain how the cops showed up out of nowhere. If Leon returned, this could be mentioned, especially as the Fast franchise is known to give the fans what they want.

Little Nobody

Little Nobody with Dom's crew in Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious put the franchise on the wrong course. Following the highest-grossing movie in the franchise, Furious 7, the eighth movie in the series lost some of its magic, as Dwayne Johnson had a smaller role, the action sequences weren’t as exciting, and after the sad passing of Paul Walker, the beating heart of the series was missing.
However, while it didn’t make up for all of those absences, Little Nobody, Nobody’s son, added some more comedic relief. The law enforcement agent was yet another character for Roman to lock horns with, and their banter made for some of the best of the series. Not seeing Little Nobody in F9 was a surprise, but, thankfully, he will return in Fast X.


Leysa in the back of a truck in Fast Furious 9

F9 sports a huge cast of A-listers from Helen Mirren to John Cena, but one that nobody saw coming was Cardi B. The rapper plays Leysa, who is an old friend of Dom’s and saves him from Hatfield House. Leysa is the head of an all-female paramilitary group, and though it’s a little premature, that’s crying out for a spin-off movie.
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Cardi B might not be a classically trained actor or even an actor for that matter, but she has more charisma than the entire F9 cast combined. At two hours and 20 minutes, Leysa doesn’t get half enough screentime, and it’s almost blasphemous that she only had one scene given how effective it was. But just like Little Nobody, Leysa will be returning in Fast X, and she’ll hopefully have a much larger role.


Chad Lindberg as Jesse in Fast and the Furious

So many blockbuster franchises feature characters who come back from the dead, and the biggest culprit of that is the Fast and Furious series. Even though it isn’t a remotely supernatural or fantastical series, it sure feels like it, as so many characters have died and come back to life with very little explanation, and Han has essentially come back to life twice. However, Jesse died for good, and unsurprisingly, with him not returning, it was by far the most effective death in the franchise.
Jesse was the most relatable character in the Fast movies, and though his murder was inevitable, it was still shocking. But while the audience saw him get shot by Johnny Tran, his actual death was off-screen, so he might not even have died. It’d be exciting for Jesse to randomly show up in a future Fast movie, but it’d also ruin the one genuinely emotive death in the series.


Neela exits a car in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Even though F9 was disappointing fans of Tokyo Drift fans as it ruined one of the most impactful sequences (Han’s crash in the Mazda RX7), it at least got most of the gang back together. Seeing Sean, Twinkie, and Earl back together in a couple of extended scenes that weren’t necessary was a treat for every Tokyo Drift fan, but there was one critical absence.
Neela was Sean’s love interest in Tokyo Drift; she was an incredible drifter in her own right, and she was the emotional crux of the movie. Just like Monica before her, Neela was only in one movie in the series, but at least Monica had a cameo in the Fast Five post-credits scene. As Neela ends up with Sean at the end of Tokyo Drift, he didn’t even bring her up in F9, leading audiences to wonder what happened between them.


Seand and Takashi confront each other in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift

Along with Neela, Takashi, a.k.a. the Drift King, was nowhere to be found in F9, but he was the antagonist of Tokyo Drift. However, while he did work for the Yakuza, he was the most casual villain in a Fast movie. He wasn’t blowing up cars like Johnny Tran in the first movie, and he wasn’t smuggling drugs like Carter Verone in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
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Instead, his biggest crime was acting obnoxiously about being the best racer, and that’s part of Tokyo Drift’s charm as a whole. It’s so casual, inoffensive, and more like a teen drama than an action movie. Takashi is such a memorable character, and it’s easy to see him go through a redemption arc in a new Fast film.


Suki greets Brian in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Suki only appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious, but she was the MVP of the 2003 movie. It comes as a surprise that Suki didn’t take the role of Ramsey, who was introduced in Furious 7. Suki was close with Tej, she had chemistry with the other characters, and she’s lively and free-spirited, something that the stiff newer movies are in dire need of.
Creating a brand new female character was a weird choice when Suki was one of the most lovable characters of the series, and while Suki isn’t the supersmart computer Hacker that Ramsey is, Tej was never the genius engineer he is now, and Dom was never the invincible superhero he is now. So Suki joining the team would have been fitting, and she needs to return to the Fast series for the finale.

Carter Verone

Cole Hauser and Eva Mendes sitting on couch in 2 Fast 2 Furious

The end of 2 Fast 2 Furious perfectly set up Carter’s return to the series, as he grins at Roman and tells him that he’ll be back. Then, Brian explains that the drug lord will probably be out of jail in a few years. As it’s been almost 20 years, he must be out of jail by now.
Fast X could have the best pay-off ever if Carter returns to get payback on Rome. The dialogue writes itself. Even if he doesn’t return in a sequel, as the Fast series is expanding the universe with spin-offs like Hobbs & Shaw, Carter Verone building his criminal empire would make for a great Fast & Furious spin-off.

Johnny Tran

Johnny Tran at Race Wars in The Fast and The Furious

It’s easy to forget that the Fast franchise is full of villains that only appeared in one movie, as the series is full of bad guys that feature in every new release, whether it’s Deckard Shaw or Cipher. It’s familial too, as Deckard set out to avenge his brother, who was the villain in Fast and Furious 6.
But the very first movie featured Johnny Tran, who only had one appearance as the main villain. It’s fascinating how the film portrays Tran as such a bad guy considering that Dom is just as villainous and possibly worse. Dom even punches Johnny for simply winning a race. The first film is delightfully melodramatic, and part of the reason why is the feud between Johnny and Dom’s crew.
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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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