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10 Best Fast & Furious Characters That Didn’t Appear In The First Movie


Many fan-favorite Fast and Furious characters were not part of the franchise’s first film, showing how much the saga has evolved. Characters like Roman and Han were introduced later and played important roles in the series. The addition of new characters, both villains and allies, has contributed to the franchise’s success and the expansion of Dominic Toretto’s family.

Some of the best Fast and Furious characters were not in the franchise’s first movie, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, and only joined Toretto’s family later on. Considering how many Fast and Furious movies there have been, it can be difficult to keep track of when and how each main character was introduced. Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner, Letty Ortiz, and Mia Toretto can be considered the saga’s original protagonists, debuting in the first film and appearing in multiple installments after that. These four characters, however, are the exception rather than the rule.

Ten main movies and a spinoff later, it is safe to say most of the fan-favorite Fast and Furious characters did not debut in the first film. Dominic Toretto’s family would grow much larger throughout the Fast and Furious movies, from redeemed villains joining the team to new friends they made along the way. The number of major characters who joined the saga at a later point shows how much the Fast Saga has changed since the first installment.

Movie Release Year The Fast and the Furious 2001 2 Fast 2 Furious 2003 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 Fast & Furious 2009 Fast Five 2011 Fast & Furious 6 2013 Furious 7 2015 The Fate of the Furious 2018 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 2019 F9 2021 Fast X 2023

10 Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes)
First appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious
Monica Fuentes pointing a rifle in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The Fast and Furious franchise had to reinvent itself as early as in the second movie. Without Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, the sequel had to place Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner in a different setting from the first movie and bring in new characters. This included Monica Fuentes who, like Brian, was working undercover to help bring down Carter Verone’s operation. Despite being one of the central 2 Fast 2 Furious characters, Monica would only return for a post-credits scene at the end of Fast Five. She was also listed as one of Toretto’s associates in Fast X.

9 Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell)
First appeared in Furious 7
Kurt Russell as Mr Nobody and a monitor screen in Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious has changed a lot since the first movie, and there is one character that perfectly illustrates it – Mr. Nobody. Once low-level thieves stole DVDs, Dominic Toretto’s crew would become high-profile secret agents performing missions for the government all around the world. Mr. Nobody is the character who helped this transition make a bit more sense, often working as a Deus ex Machina that can take the characters wherever they want and offer them all sorts of security clearances. What happened to Mr. Nobody after F9 is still unclear.

8 Magdalene Shaw (Helen Mirren)
First appeared in The Fate of the Furious
Queenie driving a car in Fast 9

Like Mr. Nobody, Magdalene Shaw often serves as a plot device to help the Fast and Furious characters get what they want. The matriarch of the infamous Shaw family was introduced in The Fate of the Furious as the only person who could help Dom Toretto get his son back. “Queenie” Shaw’s introduction also had to do with the franchise’s attempt to redeem Deckard Shaw, even though he had seemingly killed Han. While Magdalene Shaw is indeed mainly used as a plot device, the character has had some great interactions with Dom and Deckard.

7 Jakob Toretto (John Cena)
First appeared in F9
John Cena as Jakob Toretto in Fast X

Between all the retcons that had to be made for the character to make sense and the fact that he was clearly a replacement for The Rock’s Hobbs, Jakob Toretto had much going against him in F9. Jakob was an okay villain in F9, but the dynamic between him and Dom never really works. Fortunately, Fast X completely reinvented the character, with Jakob now acting as the cool uncle following his redemption at the end of F9. The problem is that the best version of Jakob only lasted one movie, as he died in Fast X’s ending.

6 Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel)
First appeared in Furious 7
Nathalie Emmanuel behind a laptop in Fast and Furious 7

Whereas most of the characters who joined the Fast and Furious franchise in the last few years did not exactly become part of Dominic Toretto’s team, Ramsey became an important member of the family. After the character was introduced as a MacGuffin in Furious 7 – all the heroes and villains were looking for the God’s Eye she had created – Ramsey properly joined Dom’s family in The Fate of the Furious. Her scenes with Roman and Taj are usually some of the movies’ funniest, and the fact she cannot actually drive makes the character even better.

5 Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham)
First appeared in Fast & Furious 6

Fast and Furious introducing menacing, engaging villains only for them to become part of the family in the next movie quickly became a tiresome trope. That said, Deckard Shaw was a great addition to the franchise, both as a villain and as a hero. Jason Statham brought something new to the saga, and while Shaw’s best moments come from the film where he was the bad guy, the character continued to be quite entertaining. After Furious 7, Shaw would appear in The Fate of the Furious and Hobbs & Shaw before meeting the family again in Fast X.

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4 Tej Parker (Ludacris)
First appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious
Tej Parker referees a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Although Ludacris’s “Area Codes” plays during The Fast and the Furious, the star would only join the franchise in 2 Fast 2 Furious. For all its flaws, 2 Fast 2 Furious introduces two of the most important characters in the saga, one of them being Tej. From running the street racing scene in Miami to flying to space inside a car, Tej has been through a lot in Fast and Furious. Ludacris became one of the faces of the franchise, having appeared in all main Fast Saga films since his return in Fast Five.

3 Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson)
First appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious

Roman may now be Fast and Furious’ comic relief, but he was once introduced as Dominic Toretto’s replacement. 2 Fast 2 Furious wanted to recreate what had worked for the first movie, which is why Brian was given a new partner. Unlike Dom, however, Roman had known Brian since they were kids, thus quickly establishing a bond between the two characters. Roman’s run as a co-lead only lasted one movie, but he continues to be a key Fast and Furious character to this day. Roman’s lack of courage compared to the rest of the crew is usually hilarious.

2 Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson)
First appeared in Fast Five

The Fast Saga would never be the same after the arrival of Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs in Fast Five. Whether The Rock saved Fast and Furious is open for debate, but it cannot be denied that Fast Five successfully revitalized the franchise and allowed the series to continue for another decade. Hobbs was a much more physical, intense villain compared to previous antagonists, which helped sell why Fast and Furious now felt like an action blockbuster and not a franchise about cars. Hobbs as a hero is also fun, and his return after Fast X couldn’t be more exciting.

1 Han Lue (Sung Kang)
First appeared in Tokyo Drift
Han smiling in Fast & Furious 6

The definition of “effortlessly cool,” Han became so popular that Fast and Furious was never able to kill him off. He first appeared in Tokyo Drift, serving as a supporting character in Sean’s story but stealing the scene every time he was on screen. From then to Fast & Furious 6, the saga would continue to retcon Tokyo Drift into a 2010s movie only for Han to continue appearing before his death in the streets of Tokyo. “Justice for Han” was made when the character was revealed to be alive this whole time in F9, a convenient but welcome retcon.

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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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