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The 10 Best Characters, According To Ranker

Multiple ingredients have made the Fast & Furious franchise a success, including the incredible chase scenes, wild stunts, well-choreographed action sequences, and complex missions. But above all, the characters deserve the most credit for making the franchise the box office juggernaut that it is today.

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Though most members of Dom’s ‘family’ show up in each new installment, the producers, writers, and directors have made sure to add new faces from time to time. Some of the new faces have quickly grown to be fan-favorites too. And given the numerous incredible characters, it’s debatable who the best is but Luckily, Ranker makes it easier to figure that out.

Gisele Yashar
Gisele and Han in Fast and Furious

The former Mossad operative first appears as an employee of Arturo Braga, one of the wealthiest Fast & Furious villains. She is then brought into Dom’s team after she gives him intel about Braga’s hideout.

Franchise fans will always adore Gisele for her selflessness. Keeping up with the “catch a bullet for you” romantic gesture, she sacrifices her own life to save Han when she realizes he is about to be shot by Adolfson. Furthermore, Gisele isn’t one to cry over things that could have been. When Dom doesn’t reciprocate the crush she has on him, she quickly moves on to Han. Gisele is the perfect action heroine too, depicted as an expert marksman, thanks to her history with the Mossad.

Luke Hobbs
 Luke Hobbs tracks down Dom and his crew in Rio in Fast Five

Starting as a DSS agent, Hobbs’ initial mission is to hunt down Dom’s crew for the supposed murder of DEA agents in Rio. However, he soon finds himself working with them.

Hobbs is not only one of the best fighters in Fast & Furious but the character with some of the best dialogue too. It could be argued that the introduction of Hobbs is what catapulted Fast & Furious into big franchise status. When he joined, the installments not only started getting great reviews from critics but also high box office returns. And it says a lot that Fast 9, where he doesn’t appear, has an average Rotten Tomatoes score.

Dominic Toretto
Vin Diesel driving a car in Fast and Furious

Dom has been the head of the crew since the first installment. Over the years, he has graduated from a street racer and orchestrator of small-time heists to a major player in the world of espionage.

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There are many impressive things about Dom but what awes fans the most about him is his driving skills. Not only can he move at incredibly high speeds without crashing but can also race in reverse mode and jump over cliffs. As a leader, Dom has no flaw either. He takes good care of everyone in his ‘family’ and guides them to make the right decisions. Dominic is adaptive too and is never afraid to work with people he once considered enemies. These include Hobbs and Shaw.

Letty Ortiz
Letty fights the Jordanian prince's bodyguards in Dubai in Fast & Furious

Dom’s childhood sweetheart goes on to marry him as an adult, She briefly works undercover inside Braga’s crew before she is  reunited with Dom and the rest of the ‘family.’

Letty enjoys both family life and obliterating baddies in the field. She is an expert combatant and can pull off the most dangerous of stunts too. Her bilingualism has greatly benefited the team too as she is fluent in Spanish and Japanese too. Additionally, it has been hinted that Letty is even more loyal to the crew than Dom. When he refuses to respond to Mr. Nobody’s SOS message because he is a father now, Letty vows to go without him.

Mia Toretto
Mia Toretto drives a car in Fast and Furious 4

Dom’s sister also happens to be Brian’s love interest. After freeing Dom from a prison bus, she decides to be part of his crew and help with the missions.

Mia’s standout trait is her humility. She rarely finds herself in conflict, preferring to keep her life as tranquil as possible. She isn’t as much of a daredevil as her brothers Dom and Jakob but she always helps whenever she can. Mia mostly prefers family life and even when she chooses not to participate in missions, Mia acts as a great source of encouragement to Dom and Brian.

Deckard Shaw
Deckard Shaw Joins the Team in Fate of the Furious

Shaw gets to morph from a villain to a hero in the franchise. He initially seeks revenge against Dom and his crew for what they did to his brother Owen but is later unwillingly paired with them by Mr. Nobody.

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The ultimate tough guy, Shaw is capable of causing plenty of destruction all by himself. Apart from just being a badass character, he has some of the most iconic scenes in the franchise, including one where he takes on several of Cipher’s goons inside a plane while holding Dom’s baby. Shaw can be incredibly funny when he wants to, with most of his jokes being targeted at Hobbs.

Roman Pearce
Roman smiles after winning a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Brian’s childhood friend is released from prison to help take down the drug lord Carter Veron. He is then recruited by Dom for the mission in Rio, after which he becomes a permanent member of the crew.

Since he is the source of humor in the franchise, most of Roman Pearce’s funniest quotes are also the funniest overall in the franchise. His goofy personality has been beneficial to the team as it has helped them get out of situations that would have been otherwise difficult. The female characters find Roman annoying but he is adored by male characters such as Brian and Tej.

Tej Parker
Tej warns his crew at the NATO base after he spots Owen Shaw commandeering a tank in Furious 6

Tej spends his early years as a mechanic and race referee before joining Dom’s crew> he acquires hacking skills along the way too, hence the team relies on him to provide tech support.

Tej is the least violent among the members of Dom’s crew. He rarely fights, preferring to monitor screens and banter with Roman. Together with Roman, he also holds the honor of being one of the only two people in the franchise to fly into space. Tej is quite generous too. After the Rio heist, he is seen sharing some of his money with the locals.

Han Lue
Han rejoins the team in Fast 9

After the death of Gisele, Han quits Dom’s crew and moves back home to Tokyo where he becomes a thief and street racer. He is then recruited by Mr. Nobody on a special mission.

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Han is arguably the closest thing to Dom and Brian when it comes to driving skills. He wins most of his races with ease and is hard to keep up with during missions. Moreover, he is more of an observer than a talker. He can tell that Gisele is ex-Mossad just from the way she holds a gun. Han is quite brave too and isn’t afraid to even trigger the wrath of Yakuza members.

Brian O’Conner
Dom and Brian look outside of their car in Fast Five

The former FBI agent abandons law enforcement to help Dom. After falling in love with Dom’s sister, he decides to become a full-time member of the crew.

Brian might no longer be in the franchise but his legacy still lives on. In the movies that he appears in, he is presented as both an intelligent and gallant character. He constantly puts himself in risky situations but thanks to his superior driving skills, he always manages to get away without any problems. And as a former lawman, Brian has great fighting and interrogation skills too.

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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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