Luke Hobbs is a major character of The Fast and the Furious franchise. He serves as a the central antagonist-turned-anti-hero in Fast Five, the tritagonist of Fast and Furious 6, a major character in Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, one of the two titular main protagonists (alongside Deckard Shaw) of Hobbs & Shaw and a cameo character in Fast X.
He is a highly skilled bounty hunter for the DSS and the lead federal agent who initially attempted to capture Dominic Toretto and his team in Fast Five, before becoming a major ally later on.
Why He Rocks
- Hobbs has a serious and formidable personality, practical, resourceful, smart and extremely courageous.
- Hobbs is a strict and single-minded person, he was dedicated to his profession as an agent in the Diplomatic Security Service. He tends to chafe when operating with other authorities, government or localized, and prefers to work within his own perimeters.
- Hobbs pursues Brian and Dom without question to the larger picture or their motives because their names "hit his desk".
- His fight with Dominic Toretto was epic and badass.
- He teams up Dom and his team after rescuing him, allowing them to steal Reyes' money in order to avenge his fallen teammates. While Dom and his team manage to steal the money, Hobbs is the one to finish off Reyes, stating it's for his team.
- He is an exceptional martial artist which coupled with his superior condition allow him to effortlessly beat multiple men even those with advanced fighting training. Hobbs fighting level even surpasses that of the extremely skilled street-fighter Dominic, as he consistently countered and gained the upper hand over Dominic and even when Dominic only managed to briefly overwhelm him when he was surprised, he was quickly able to regain the upper hand and restrain him.
- While he didn't do much in the seventh film, he does come back in time for the final confrontation though, and is even the one who fires off the final shot against Jakande.
- While he was always supposed to be an important character during his introduction in the fifth installment, he's become one of the mainstays in the series, with him even getting his own spin-off film thanks to his popularity.
- Alongside Deckard Shaw, he gets his own film, Hobbs & Shaw. This film puts them both center-stage, and gives a lot more information on their origins and what drives them.
- Dwayne Johnson gives an incredible performance as Hobbs, showing the audience how cold and ruthless he can be.
- He has a couple of quotes that makes him a badass character:
- "Stay the f**k out of my way!"
- "Make sure you've got your thunderwear on."
- "Just give it a minute; it’ll sink in."
- "Your mistake is thinking you got a goddamn choice, boy."
- "Took me a while to find that tracking chip, but not as long as to flip the receiver. You're going down, Toretto."
- "That's for my team, you son of a bitch."
- "If you keep running your piehole, you're gonna smell an a**-kicking"
- "It's on the house."
- "You sure as hell ain't the I.T. guy."
- "Woman, I am the calvary."
- "Let me tell you something. Me and you. One on one. No one else around. I will beat your a** like a Cherokee drum!"
- "Keep waiting, bitch."
- "Rubber bullets. Big mistake."
- "Yo, shrinkage! We've got a sub to catch. Get in."
- He loses most of his badassery as the series goes on. By the sixth film, he's still tough and a tad harsh, but has largely toned down his aggression and become much more affable, selfless and helpful. He softens up and becomes more amicable in the seventh film.
- He was sidelined in Furious 7, as he gets hospitalized early on due to the injuries he sustained from Deckard blowing up the DSS headquarters and doesn't get too much action until he pulls off two Big Damn Heroes in the climax.
- Dwayne Johnson was cast as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five after Vin Diesel read a Facebook comment that expressed the desire to see Dominic Toretto fight "The Rock".
- Luke Hobbs does not smile in Fast Five until the end of the film.
- In Fast & Furious 6, Hobbs is compared several times to Marvel superheroes like Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk.
- The part where Hobbs lifts the helicopter in Hobbs & Shaw is vaguely similar to Captain America doing the same in Civil War.