Fast & Furious: Letty’s Timeline Explained
Letty Ortiz’s timeline in the Fast & Furious franchise has seen her join her “ride or die” family on some of their biggest heists and adventures. Debuting in the franchise’s first outing, The Fast and the Furious, Letty was immediately shown to be a no-nonsense street racer with a strong love for her boyfriend, Dominic Toretto. More than that, Letty is the heart and soul of the franchise, and her timeline represents many of the ups and downs the movies have taken over their two-plus decades in cinemas. Though Letty isn’t in every Fast & Furious movie, she still manages to be one of the franchise’s most dynamic characters.
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Immediately proving herself to be so much more than a damsel in distress or simply a love interest to the male characters, Letty has shown she can keep up with the guys and even beat them on many occasions. Every street race in the Fast & Furious movies has its own exciting moments, and Letty is one of the strongest characters when it comes to piloting her car to victory again and again. Even her supposed death wasn’t enough to keep her down, and the fan-favorite character returned to join her family for more adventures. Though she is strongly written, it’s Michelle Rodriquez’s performance that truly brings Letty to life.
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Early Life (1983 – 1999)
Leticia “Letty” Ortiz was born in 1983, presumably in the same neighborhood where the Toretto family resided in Los Angeles. She was a childhood friend of the aforementioned family and even took a special interest in Dominic who would later develop feelings for her when she was 16. Dominic Toretto’s full backstory featured a lot of young Letty, and she even participated in a street race with the eldest Toretto brother when she was a teenager. The race resulted in a fiery crash, and she managed to pull Dom to safety, as seen in the events of Fast & Furious 6.
Truck Heists (2001)
As seen in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, Letty and Dom continued their relationship, and she was close by his side when he committed a series of daring truck cargo heists. It was then that she and Dom met undercover officer Brian O’Conner, who infiltrated their street racing group in order to catch the thieves. During that time, Letty continued her prolific street racing career and even won a heat at that year’s Race Wars event. Long before the moment when the Fast & Furious franchise got ridiculous, Letty assisted in another truck heist in which her car flipped off of the road, and she sustained minor injuries.
Years On The Run (2001 – 2009)
Following Dom Toretto’s escape from custody in The Fast and the Furious, Letty spent several years tracking him down. She finally caught up with him in 2009 during the events of the short film Los Bandoleros, and the pair reunited in the Dominican Republic on the eve of a gasoline tanker heist. Before the big score, Dominic and Letty were married on the beach and made a commitment to one another to always be each other’s “ride or die.” As seen in 2009’s Fast & Furious, Letty helped Dom and his crew pull off the gas heist, and they planned to distribute the petrol to needy people.
Following one of the Fast & Furious franchise’s many heists, Letty returned to the U.S. and petitioned FBI Agent Brian O’Conner to help clear Dom’s criminal record. In exchange for her husband’s freedom, Letty agreed to assist the FBI in bringing down the notorious gangster Arturo Braga, who had been at the top of their most wanted list. She then went undercover as a driver in the gang but was double-crossed by Braga’s henchman Fenix Calderon, who aimed to kill all of Braga’s drivers. Letty’s car crashed, and Calderon caused it to explode, which presumably killed her.
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Amnesia And Working For Owen Shaw (2009 – 2013)
Following the explosion, Letty was rescued by Gisele and taken to a local hospital where she began to recover but soon learned she had lost her memory. As revealed in 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, Letty was then approached by one of Fast & Furious’ most evil villains, Owen Shaws, who planned to assassinate her while she was in the hospital. However, upon learning that she suffered from amnesia, Shaw instead decided to recruit her to his gang and use her talents as a driver. Meanwhile, as seen in 2011’s Fast Five, Dominic Toretto learned that his wife was still alive and set out to find her.
While Letty was working for Shaw, Dom Toretto was recruited to bring Shaw down, but he dedicated most of his time to trying to reunite with his wife. On their first meeting, Letty shot Dominic because she didn’t know who he was, and Shaw manipulatively tested her loyalty to the gang through Dom. However, after a street race, Letty began to take an interest in Dom, and she was slowly disillusioned with Shaw’s increasing violence. During one of the best fights in the Fast & Furious movies, Letty betrayed Shaw in favor of Dominic and his crew, and she assisted in bringing down her former employer.
Rejoining The Family (2014)
Though Letty chose to join Dom, she still couldn’t remember their relationship together, and she suffered a crisis of faith during the events of 2015’s Furious 7. She broke up with Dom to get her head straight and was eventually recruited by Mr. Nobody to bring down Deckard Shaw, the older brother of the recently vanquished Owen. Letty rejoined the family in attempting to secure the God’s Eye from Shaw. Meanwhile, she began investigating her mysterious hospital stay in an attempt to jog her memory. On the eve of defeating the elder Shaw, Letty learned she had checked into the hospital under the last name Toretto and her memory returned.
Honeymoon & Dom’s Betrayal (2017)
In 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, Letty and Dom celebrated their honeymoon in Havana, Cuba. While there, Dom turned evil when he was blackmailed by the cyberterrorist Cypher into helping her with her scheme of world domination. Letty joined the rest of the gang in tracking down Dom while he stole nuclear weapons for Cypher’s evil plan. The family helped Dom eventually turn on his forced employer when he learned that he had previously had a child with a woman named Elena. With Dom’s help, the group stopped Cypher’s plan by redirecting one of her missiles, and Dom returned to Letty with his son in tow.
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Facing Jakob Toretto (2019)
Letty, Dom, and their son Brian lived in relative isolation in a farmhouse following The Fate of the Furious, but their tranquility was disturbed in 2021’s F9. The gang arrived to warn them that Cypher had been freed from custody by radical agents, and Letty immediately sprang into action. F9 featured many returning characters from other movies, but it also introduced Jakob Toretto as its villain when Dominic realized his estranged brother helped set Cypher free. Letty joined her husband and the rest of the gang in stopping Jakob from reuniting the halves of Project Aries.
Jakob was eventually forsaken by Cypher once he had accomplished his task, and the newly betrayed Toretto sibling rejoined his brother in stopping Cypher. Following the defeat of Cypher, Letty returned to Los Angeles with Dom and their son Brian and settled in at the newly rebuilt Toretto house that had previously been destroyed. The family hosted a cookout that featured many recurring figures from the Fast & Furious movies and even briefly saw the return of Brian O’Conner who had retired from the family in 2014.
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