ByRob Harris, writer at Creators.co
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Rob Harris

If there's one value the Fast and Furious franchise has instilled in its audience, it's the importance of family. Throughout the last 14 years, this core principle has been integral to everything the series stands for, and after a whopping 7 films the Fast and Furious family has been through a heck of a lot together.

Not only that, but the franchise's family circle has evolved dramatically, welcoming in new members and saying goodbye to others. Scroll down to see how this legendary family has changed over the years...

The Fast and the Furious - (2001)

The Family Members: Brian O'Conner, Dominic Toretto, Leticia "Letty" Ortiz, Mia Toretto.

This is the core group these movies were based on, with all four of them being the glue that has held this ass-kicking franchise together.

2 Fast 2 Furious - (2003)

The Family Members: Brian O'Conner, Roman Pearce, Suki, Tej Parker.

In the second movie Dom, Letty and Mia were swapped for Roman, Suki and Parker, welcoming some fresh new blood to the inner circle. This period of the franchise saw the central crew shift dramatically. Even Brian, the rock of the group, would be absent for the next installment...

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - (2006)

The Family Members: Sean Boswell, Han-Seoul-Oh, Twinkie, Neela.

A new, short lived era saw Sean team up with Han, Twinkie and love interest Neela. Han would tragically pass away in this movie and the other three would never be seen again. Gone, but never forgotten.

Fast & Furious - (2009)

The Family Members: Brian O'Conner, Dominic Toretto, Leticia "Letty" Ortiz, Mia Toretto, Han, Leo, Santos, Cara.

This film was a reunion in many ways, bringing back original cast members Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez, thus re-establishing the close-knit family ties of the franchise we know today. However, when Dom is told that Letty is murdered she takes a (temporary) family vacation.

Fast 5 - (2011)

The Family Members: Brian O'Conner, Dominic Toretto, Mia Toretto, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, Han Seoul-Oh.

With Dom's squeeze Letty out of acton, there's room back at the dinner table for Roman and Han. However, with Hobbs introduced the family find themselves under threat...

Fast & Furious 6 - (2013)

The Family Members: Brian O'Conner, Dominic Toretto, Mia Toretto, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, Han Seoul-Oh.

Letty is welcomed back to the inner circle with open, loving arms. Once you're in, you're in for life, as the next film poignantly reveals.

Furious 7 - (2015)

The Family Members: Brian O'Conner, Dominic Toretto, Mia Toretto, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, Mose Jakande, Luke Hobbs.

Okay, so saying goodbye to a member of the family is never easy, especially when it's a goodbye for both character and actor. Yes, Paul Walker's farewell to the franchise was heartbreaking. Though he may be gone, he will never be forgotten.

I'd also argue that Hobbs earns his spot on the Christmas card list, despite him being a cop. Remember, Brian was on the other side of the law once, too.

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