'Fast and the Furious': A Guide to All the Films' Villains (So Far)

9:00 AM 4/11/2017

by Kara Haar

Take a look back at Jason Statham, Luke Evans and more of the franchise's villains before Cipher (Charlize Theron) makes her debut April 14.

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The Fast and the Furious franchise is back, and those car chases wouldn’t be complete without a villain to take down.

Universal's long-running franchise kicked off in 2001 by following the adventures of a racing crew led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and later on, Brian O’Connor (the late Paul Walker). In the latest installment, dubbed The Fate of the Furious, Toretto himself becomes a villain of the story after a mysterious woman known as Cipher (Charlize Theron) convinces him to turn to the other side. The group comes together to bring him back. 

Ahead of the new movie hitting theaters April 14, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at each of the film's villains.

  • Johnny Tran

    The Fast and the Furious (2001)


    In the first movie, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) is the rival of Dominic Toretto's (Diesel) crew and the leader of Little Saigon. Brian O’Connor (Walker) goes undercover to unearth a group of hijackers and arrest Tran and his corrupt underground business. 

  • Carter Verone

    2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

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    Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) is a Miami-based drug lord who needs drivers to deliver a package. O’Connor, now an ex-cop, goes undercover yet again with old friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to take him down. The duo faces off against Verone, who attempts to kill them after learning of their real plan. 

  • Takashi, "The Drift King"

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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    Takashi (Brian Lee), known as the "The Drift King" or "DK," is one of the best drifters in Tokyo. He challenges Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) to race after he finds Boswell talking to his girlfriend, Neela (Nathalie Kelley), and things don't go so well for Boswell. After Takashi’s uncle comes into town, more conflict is created between the two, resulting in the ultimate "drift" race. 

  • Arturo Braga

    Fast & Furious (2009)

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    Arturo Braga (John Ortiz) appeared first in Fast & Furious as drug lord "Ramon Campos." Now he's back, looking for drivers to smuggle drugs across the border. After he escapes, O’Connor and Toretto team up to bring Braga back to the USA from Mexico. 

  • Hernan Reyes

    Fast Five (2011)

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    Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) is a Brazilian drug lord who has most of the Rio de Janeiro police and military on his side. O'Connor and Toretto plan on stealing $100 million from Reyes in order to leave Rio and start new lives for themselves. 

  • Owen Shaw

    Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

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    Owen Shaw (Luke Evans, who is also trying to woo Belle as Gaston in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast) is an international terrorist who assembles a team of mercenaries (including Letty, played by Michelle Rodriguez) to steal billions of dollars worth of high-tech devices. O’Connor and Toretto work together with Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs to stop his team in London.

  • Deckard Shaw

    Furious 7 (2015)

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    Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen Shaw’s older brother, is a mercenary for hire and international terrorist, and he seeks revenge on the racing crew for attacking his brother in the previous film. The group has to work with "Mr. Nobody" (Kurt Russell) to get help against Shaw, traveling to Dubai and back again to Los Angeles for a fight on their own turf. 

  • Cipher

    The Fate of the Furious (2017)

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    In the latest film, Toretto joins Cipher (Charlize Theron), a criminal mastermind who convinces him to work against his crew. The racers team up to bring the man — who made them a family — back to their side while trying to discover why he switched sides in the first place. 

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