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Every Fast & Furious Hero Who Has Also Been A Villain

Some of the biggest Fast & Furious heroes have been villains at one point in the franchise as sides are allegiances have repeatedly changed. The Fast & Furious movies are built around Dominic Toretto and his family, and the group has continued to expand over the years. The once tight-knit group that included Dom, Brian O’Conner, Letty Ortiz, and others has grown to include a variety of fan-favorite characters. Han, Tej Parker, Roman Pearce, and Ramsey have become integral members of the team over the years, while even Mia Toretto got more involved in the action through F9.

The rising number of team members is not only an example of Dom’s influence or the result of bringing back characters thought to be dead. It also comes as Dom’s crew have repeatedly made friends with Fast & Furious villains. There are multiple examples of antagonists changing their allegiance in the franchise and deciding to work with Dom and his team. Fast X is teased to do this even more, as the director indicated some heroes will become villains and some villains will become heroes. That could make the list of Fast & Furious heroes who have also been villains grow with several new entries.

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Dominic Toretto Became A Villain In Fate of the Furious
Cypher coerces Dom to betray his friends

Dominic Toretto is best known as the leader of the franchise, but even he was a Fast & Furious villain for stretches of The Fate of the Furious. His villainous turn was not by his own doing or plan, as he was forced to work against his team by Cipher to save his son. However, that does not change the fact that he was an antagonist to the team up until The Fate of the Furious’ ending. This included fighting several members of his crew, including times he could have killed a few of them through car crashes. Plus, let’s not forget he kissed Cipher right in front of Letty.

There might even be some who argue that Dominic Toretto was a Fast & Furious villain before he was a hero. The Fast and the Furious is primarily told from Brian O’Conner’s perspective as he tries to find the truck hijackers. Since Dom and his team are the culprits, they are technically the criminals that Brian is looking for. However, the first Fast & Furious movie never really paints Dom as a villain, as his and Brian’s brotherly bond is central. Otherwise, Dominic Toretto is the main hero of Fast & Furious.

Letty Ortiz Was A Temporary Villain In Fast & Furious 6
Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz working on car engine in Fast & Furious 6

Letty Ortiz was also a Fast & Furious villain temporarily in Fast & Furious 6. Following her “death” in the fourth film and surprise “resurrection” in Fast Five’s post-credits, Letty returned as a member of Owen Shaw’s team. Her villainous acts are rather limited as she had no memory of her life before her near-death experience. However, Letty is still aligned against Dom and his team throughout the majority of Fast & Furious 6 before she is eventually pulled back to the heroic side of the fight.

Similar to Dom, some might consider Michelle Rodriguez’s character to be a villain in The Fast and the Furious even before Letty’s surprise return since she was one of the criminals Brian was searching for. She has become a beacon of Fast & Furious’ heroism ever since she was revealed to be alive after Fast Five​​​. Letty has managed to save the world a few times since then and continues to be one of the most loyal members of Dom’s family.

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Luke Hobbs Debuted As Fast Five’s Villain
Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs looking serious in Fast Five

Audiences were also introduced to Luke Hobbs as a Fast & Furious villain before he became a hero. Dwayne Johnson’s character debuted in Fast Five as part of a task force sent to capture Dominic Toretto and his crew finally. While Reyes is more so positioned as the villain of Fast Five who they want to steal money from, Hobbs is the physical threat to Dom and every other member of the team. This is why Dom and Hobbs are in conflict throughout the film, including a massive brawl between them. It is only after they end on relatively good terms that Hobbs was able to make a heroic turn.

Thanks to the popularity of The Rock, Fast & Furious turned Hobbs into a hero in his next appearance. This catapulted Dwayne Johnson to play increasingly large roles in the sixth, seventh, and eighth installments of the main franchise. Hobbs’ villainy days were put so far behind him that he even headlined Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the first spinoff from the main Fast Saga. Unfortunately, the Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel feud has altered his place within the larger Fast & Franchise franchise.

Deckard Shaw Was A Villain In Furious 7 (& Tokyo Drift)
Jason Statham With Gun Fast and The Furious Seven

Deckard Shaw’s heroic turn in Fast & Furious comes after he was one of the franchise’s best villains. Jason Statham’s character was the primary antagonist of Furious 7 after he was introduced at the end of Fast & Furious 6. He proved to be a formidable foe for Dom and his team as he hunted them down due to what happened to Owen Shaw. There is even reason to suggest that Shaw was secretly a villain in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The franchise later revealed he was responsible for killing Han in the movie, only for F9 to confirm that Han’s death was faked.

The Fast & Furious franchise making Deckard Shaw a hero has been a controversial move. Since he was thought to be responsible for killing Han, Shaw’s acceptance into Dom’s team and as a hero of the franchise did not sit right. It led to calls for the franchise to bring #JusticeForHan. Moves like having Statham star in Hobbs & Shaw only made concerns that the franchise and its character too easily forgave Shaw that much more noticeable. F9’s reveal that Han was still alive became a chance to free him of any blame for killing a fan-favorite character, allowing him to remain a Fast & Furious hero.

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Jakob Toretto Was F9’s Main Villain
John Cena as Jakob in Fast and Furious 9 in front of blue smoke

Another Fast & Furious hero who was first a villain is Jakob Toretto. Dom’s secret brother played by John Cena was introduced in F9 as the main villain. He entered the franchise to get revenge on his brother for abandoning him in the past and wants to steal a device capable of hacking any computer-controlled program. Jakob is a formidable opponent for Dom and his team, going so far as even to kidnap Cipher. Thanks to Jakob making peace with Dom and Mia by the conclusion of F9, it was heavily foreshadowed that his days of being a villain in the franchise could be over.

It has since been confirmed that Jakob is joining the Fast & Furious heroes in Fast X. He will work with Dom and his team in the next entry of the franchise instead of continuing to fight them. While it is unclear how big of a role Cena’s character will have, some theories suggest that Jakob will be one of the characters who die in Fast X. This would go against the thinking that he could potentially become the new main Fast & Furious franchise hero after the main Fast Saga ends.

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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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