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Fast & Furious: Dominic Toretto Vs. Brian O’Conner

As the focus character of the Fast & Furious series, Dominic Toretto has faced off against powerful enemies and led his team in pulling off heists around the globe. The character has made Vin Diesel an action icon due to fans enjoying Dom’s penchant for one-liners and big-time action sequences. However, Dom isn’t the only character fans consider to be a hero. 

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Prior to Paul Walker’s passing, Brian O’Conner enjoyed the status as one of the leads. In fact, Brian was introduced as the true hero of the first two movies, with the fan-favorite character intriguing viewers with his character arc and development. Both men proved to be worthy leaders and protagonists of the franchise – but if fans had to pick, who would they say is the best?

Dominic: Charisma

Dom about to start his car in Tokyo Drift

He may be a man of few words, but Dom certainly knows how to retain the viewer’s interest. Throughout the Fast & Furious movies, Dom’s character has changed a lot, to the extent that fans are drawn to him for audiences. This is mostly due to his charismatic influence, as Dom’s quiet but dangerous personality is an endearing quality.
Brian is an everyman personality, in that he’s approachable and clearly a decent guy. However, Dom’s persona is such that he carries an aura of mystery around, one which fans tend to enjoy as he pulls off this attribute to charismatic lengths.

Brian: Friendships Within The Crew

Brian and Roman have a laugh together in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Brian’s friendly personality allows him to have deeper connections within the group even though they are generally known as Dom’s crew. Dom has never been shown to be too tight with the rest other than with Han, with just Brian being his other close bond.
Meanwhile, Brian is Roman’s childhood friend, has a longstanding friendship with Tej, was a confidant to Letty, and also had a healthy relationship with Han and Gisele. The tribute to Brian in Furious 7 proved that the majority of good times in the series have to do with him.

Dominic: Combat Skills

Dominic Toretto about to shoot Shaw in The Fate of the Furious

Dom’s skills have only grown with each movie, to the point where he’s taken on the likes of Hobbs and Shaw on his own and beaten them. Unlike those men and many other villains, Dom has no combat training, yet his skills are so great, he can come away with the win.
Brian wasn’t in situations where he had to fight nearly as much as Dom has. The moments where he did engage in battle were kept low-key, with Brian hardly ever engaging the main villain. Due to this, Dom is the natural pick to defend anyone as he never loses.

Brian: Dialogue

Brian looks at Dom from his car in Furious 7

This is an easy point in Brian’s favor since Dom is a man of few words. Moreover, Brian has had far more genuine pieces of dialogue, ranging from his declaration of love to Mia and their children, to voicing out the abandonment he felt from his absentee father.
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Even his last line of bidding farewell to Dom remains memorable and attests to how Brian had such a profound presence. Dom is of the one-liner variety, where he utters out dialogue meant to sound cool but that just don’t carry deeper meanings.

Dominic: Feats Against Villains

Dom and Shaw crash each other's cars in Furious 7

The villains in the Fast & Furious movies are mainly established through their interactions with the protagonists. The antagonists in the movies Dom wasn’t in aren’t memorable, with his conflict with the likes of the Shaw brothers, Cipher, and Jakob all lasting in memory.
The main reason for this is due to Dom’s feats against these villains, such as Dom destroying Cipher’s drone in F9 by himself or his one-on-one match-up against Deckard Shaw in Furious 7. Brian has hardly ever had a personal grudge with the antagonists, so he’s not associated with them.

Brian & Dom: Car Skills

Dom and Brian look at the Lykan Hypersport in Furious 7

It’s true that Dom has always come out on top during races against Brian, but both men have been very entertaining in this department. In addition to races, Dom and Brian have put their car skills to use in action sequences. 
This has led to times like their driving off cars from the train in Fast Five, along with the duo driving a car through skyscrapers in Furious 7. Whether it’s Dom or Brian, viewers can be sure that the men will be putting on a great show if there happens to be a car around.

Dominic: Memorable Scenes

Dom drives a car out of a train in Fast Five

The majority of the best stunts in the Fast & Furious movies involve Dom, who’s made a name for himself mainly due to this aspect. It’s not the only memorable thing about him, though, as scenes like Dom’s confrontation with Hobbs in Fast Five and his monologue about family are also one of the series’ most treasured moments.
Brian’s strong points have pretty much always involved Dom as well, while his solo scenes haven’t been given as much weight. As far as Dom is concerned, his onscreen appearances are always treated as highly important, making them the ones fans tend to remember.

Brian: Romantic Potential

Dom looks at Mia and Brian together in Fast Five

Both Dom and Brian have love interests in Letty and Mia, respectively, but it’s Brian whose romance with Mia can be considered worthy of the main character. That’s because this pairing is the most developed, with Brian wooing Mia in the first movie, evolving into married life, and settling down.
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Dom’s romantic potential has certainly been explored through Letty’s absence, amnesia, and return, but it hasn’t been the focal part of his character. Brian is a far more romantic figure in general, whose arc is closely related to his love interest.

Dominic: Impact On The Story

Dom and Jakob have a heated argument in F9

While Brian was the main character of the first two movies, he wasn’t the basis for the Fast & Furious franchise. It’s Dom’s actions in the Fast & Furious movies, both right and wrong, that are highlighted and have an impact on the overarching story. After all, the direction of each movie is dependent on him.
The fifth movie had Hobbs pursue Dom, with the sixth and seventh showing the Shaw brothers consider Dom as their main rival. Cipher’s actions have been mainly to pursue Dom while the latter’s storyline with his brother was the backdrop of F9. It’s through Dom’s decisions and his dynamic with the villains that the story progresses, while Brian generally rides along.

Winner: Dominic Toretto

Dominic drives a car and looks sad in Tokyo Drift

Considering that some of the best Fast & Furious story arcs revolve around Dom, he’s definitely the main character of the series. Brian is a solid supporting protagonist, but he doesn’t have the same kind of appeal, plot relevance, and connections with villains that a lead character needs to possess.
That lies firmly on Dom’s shoulders, whose brand value is such that the Fast & Furious franchise has run strong for over 20 years by now. While it’s a shame that Brian’s journey has come to an end, Dom is still here to lead the film series as its rightful lead character.
NEXT: Dominic Toretto vs Luke Hobbs – Who Is The Better Fast & Furious Hero?

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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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