History Film / TheKarateKid

25th Apr '16 3:26:55 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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Many people have noticed that Creator/DCComics is credited in the films, but contrary to popular belief, the films are not directly based on a comic book. Columbia Pictures obtained permission from DC (as a professional courtesy) to use the title "the Karate Kid" because the name was already in use for a character in DC's ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' comic, but the films draw no inspiration from the character.

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Many people have noticed that Creator/DCComics is credited in the films, but contrary to popular belief, the films are not directly based on a any comic book. Columbia Pictures obtained permission from DC (as a professional courtesy) to use the title "the Karate Kid" because the name was already in use for a character in DC's ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' comic, but the films draw no inspiration from the character.
27th Mar '16 11:18:21 PM Fury1031
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* ''Film/TheKarateKidPartIII'' (1989

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* ''Film/TheKarateKidPartIII'' (1989(1989)
18th Mar '16 7:12:22 PM brian8871
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** In the only non-comic example, Mike Barnes blatantly cheats in his tournament match by kicking Daniel in the groin.
20th Jan '16 4:13:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* OldMaster: Miyagi teaches Karate.

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* OldMaster: Miyagi teaches Karate.Karate; possibly the TropeCodifier



* ParentalSubstitute: Miyagi and Daniel form a very close father/son dynamic throughout the films. So do DistaffCounterparts Yukie and Kumiko.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Miyagi and Daniel form a very close father/son dynamic throughout the films. So do DistaffCounterparts {{Distaff Counterpart}}s Yukie and Kumiko.



* RetiredBadass: Mr. Miyagi, who'd earned medals in WorldWarII, including the ''Medal of Honor''.
** Some TruthInTelevision and FridgeBrilliance there, given Miyagi is apparently a Japanese national. Those Japanese who signed up to fight with the US armed forces during WorldWarII were put together in one unit. That unit earned more medals and Medals of Honor per head than any other in any branch of service.

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* RetiredBadass: RetiredBadass:
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Mr. Miyagi, who'd earned medals in WorldWarII, including the ''Medal of Honor''.
** Some
Honor''. (Some TruthInTelevision and FridgeBrilliance there, given Miyagi is apparently a Japanese national. Those Japanese who signed up to fight with the US armed forces during WorldWarII were put together in one unit. That unit earned more medals and Medals of Honor per head than any other in any branch of service.
26th Sep '15 9:13:35 AM DrSlide
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* CoolCar: Miyagi has several.

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* CoolCar: Miyagi has several.several and lets Daniel pick one of them as a birthday present.
26th Sep '15 9:10:32 AM DrSlide
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A series of five films beginning in 1984. Following a similar pattern to the first ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movie (and featuring the same director) it focused on a student-master relationship between Daniel Larusso and Mr. Miyagi, whose name came [[PersonAsVerb to be slang]] for a type of RetiredBadass. The first three films starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel and Pat Morita as Miyagi. Creator/HilarySwank played a new "Karate Kid" in the fourth movie.

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A series of five films beginning in 1984. Following a similar pattern to the first ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movie (and featuring the same director) it focused on a student-master relationship between Daniel Larusso and Mr. Miyagi, whose name came [[PersonAsVerb to be slang]] for a type of RetiredBadass. The first three films starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel and Pat Morita as Miyagi. Creator/HilarySwank played a new "Karate Kid" in the fourth movie.
movie, and Jaden Smith (son of Creator/WillSmith) and JackieChan starred in a 2010 reboot.
21st Aug '15 5:33:27 PM nombretomado
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* JapaneseHonorifics: Miyagi always appends ''-san'' to Daniel's name. A minor mistake, as ''-kun'' would be more appropriate to their relationship. It would also be more correctly applied to his family name, not his given name.
18th Jun '15 1:16:43 PM Morgenthaler
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Now has a [[Characters/TheKarateKid character sheet]].
16th Jun '15 8:30:20 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''The Karate Kid'':''' (1984) The first film introduced Daniel Larusso, a teenager whose father had passed away (although the viewers wouldn't learn this until the second movie) and he just moved with his Mom from New Jersey to Reseda, California. Daniel has a little bit of a temper, but is overall a good kid. He doesn't fare well making new friends, upon trying to get close to a girl he likes, Ali, he gets into a fight with her ex-boyfriend Johnny. Johnny happens to be the prize student of the Cobra-Kai Karate Dojo, whose sensei John Kreese encourages such behavior. After they fight, which ends with Daniel [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown losing badly]], Johnny leads his gang into tormenting Daniel whenever possible.

It finally leads into a serious fight with the gang chasing Daniel down and beating him up just outside his apartment complex. Coming to his rescue is the elderly Japanese handyman, Mr. Miyagi. Despite his age, Miyagi protects Daniel and defeats the Cobra-Kai gang with ease. Upon seeing Miyagi's skill, Daniel requests to be trained. After seeing that appealing to Kreese won't work, Miyagi agrees to train him but arranges a deal that the Cobra-Kai will stop bothering Daniel if he enters an upcoming tournament.

Daniel is hesitant about the tournament, but willing to learn karate at the least to defend himself. The first few days Miyagi had Daniel do several chores: paint the fence, sand the decks and wax the car. Daniel endures it patiently, but eventually blows up at Miyagi for using him as a slave instead as a student. Miyagi then demonstrates what WaxOnWaxOff really means. Daniel is stunned, then begins to understand that Miyagi wasn't trying to teach him how to fight, [[AnAesop but how to apply martial arts to his life]].[[note]]And get some needed housework done as payment for training Daniel.[[/note]]

The main theme of this film is balance and self-respect, that martial arts should be used in discipline and not for aggression. Mr. Miyagi doesn't teach Daniel to be a vicious badass, but how to calm himself and deal with his problems as they come.

'''''The Karate Kid, Part Two'':''' (1986) Six months after the first film, Daniel has broken up with Ali and is being set up to move in with Mr. Miyagi as his mom moves up north. Miyagi receives a notice that his father is gravely ill and he decides to return to his home village in Okinawa. Daniel wants to support his friend and father-figure and goes with him, also hoping to learn more about Miyagi's history.

At the village many things have changed, and Daniel learns of an old feud between Miyagi and his old friend Sato that has not passed with time. (Miyagi left Okinawa so he would not have to fight to the death) Daniel also begins a troublesome relationship with Sato's nephew Chozen, who is even more aggressive. Miyagi's father dies but that did not subside Sato's anger. Along the way, Daniel also begins a new romance with a local girl, Kumiko.

'''''The Karate Kid, Part Three'':''' (1989) One year since the first film, John Kreese is running into financial trouble after his humiliation in the first film and the beginning of the second. He orchestrates a plan with an old war buddy of his to bring the Cobra-Kai Dojo back by targeting both Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. They blackmail Daniel into returning to the same tournament so he could be humiliated by a new unstoppable student.

'''''The Next Karate Kid'':''' (1994) Five years after the last movie, Mr. Miyagi and Daniel have parted ways and the venerable old man found a new student to help, Julie Pierce. She is struggling with a para-military group that almost runs her high school, with the leader Dugan (played by MichaelIronside) just as ruthless as Kreese from the earlier films. This time he takes her to a local monastery to learn about peace of mind.

'''''Film/TheKarateKid2010'':''' A ContinuityReboot of the series that premiered in June 2010, borrowing elements of the first one but set in Beijing, China. Jaden Smith (Creator/WillSmith's son) plays the lead role of Andre "Dre" Parker and Creator/JackieChan is the old mentor, Mr. Han. There is almost no karate in this film; the lead character trains in kung fu instead.

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'''''The * ''Film/{{The Karate Kid'':''' (1984) The first film introduced Daniel Larusso, a teenager whose father had passed away (although the viewers wouldn't learn this until the second movie) and he just moved with his Mom from New Jersey to Reseda, California. Daniel has a little bit of a temper, but is overall a good kid. He doesn't fare well making new friends, upon trying to get close to a girl he likes, Ali, he gets into a fight with her ex-boyfriend Johnny. Johnny happens to be the prize student of the Cobra-Kai Kid|1984}}'' (1984)
* ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII'' (1986)
* ''Film/TheKarateKidPartIII'' (1989
* ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{The
Karate Dojo, whose sensei John Kreese encourages such behavior. After they fight, which ends with Daniel [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown losing badly]], Johnny leads his gang into tormenting Daniel whenever possible.

It finally leads into a serious fight with the gang chasing Daniel down and beating him up just outside his apartment complex. Coming to his rescue is the elderly Japanese handyman, Mr. Miyagi. Despite his age, Miyagi protects Daniel and defeats the Cobra-Kai gang with ease. Upon seeing Miyagi's skill, Daniel requests to be trained. After seeing that appealing to Kreese won't work, Miyagi agrees to train him but arranges a deal that the Cobra-Kai will stop bothering Daniel if he enters an upcoming tournament.

Daniel is hesitant about the tournament, but willing to learn karate at the least to defend himself. The first few days Miyagi had Daniel do several chores: paint the fence, sand the decks and wax the car. Daniel endures it patiently, but eventually blows up at Miyagi for using him as a slave instead as a student. Miyagi then demonstrates what WaxOnWaxOff really means. Daniel is stunned, then begins to understand that Miyagi wasn't trying to teach him how to fight, [[AnAesop but how to apply martial arts to his life]].[[note]]And get some needed housework done as payment for training Daniel.[[/note]]

The main theme of this film is balance and self-respect, that martial arts should be used in discipline and not for aggression. Mr. Miyagi doesn't teach Daniel to be a vicious badass, but how to calm himself and deal with his problems as they come.

'''''The Karate Kid, Part Two'':''' (1986) Six months after the first film, Daniel has broken up with Ali and is being set up to move in with Mr. Miyagi as his mom moves up north. Miyagi receives a notice that his father is gravely ill and he decides to return to his home village in Okinawa. Daniel wants to support his friend and father-figure and goes with him, also hoping to learn more about Miyagi's history.

At the village many things have changed, and Daniel learns of an old feud between Miyagi and his old friend Sato that has not passed with time. (Miyagi left Okinawa so he would not have to fight to the death) Daniel also begins a troublesome relationship with Sato's nephew Chozen, who is even more aggressive. Miyagi's father dies but that did not subside Sato's anger. Along the way, Daniel also begins a new romance with a local girl, Kumiko.

'''''The Karate Kid, Part Three'':''' (1989) One year since the first film, John Kreese is running into financial trouble after his humiliation in the first film and the beginning of the second. He orchestrates a plan with an old war buddy of his to bring the Cobra-Kai Dojo back by targeting both Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. They blackmail Daniel into returning to the same tournament so he could be humiliated by a new unstoppable student.

'''''The Next Karate Kid'':''' (1994) Five years after the last movie, Mr. Miyagi and Daniel have parted ways and the venerable old man found a new student to help, Julie Pierce. She is struggling with a para-military group that almost runs her high school, with the leader Dugan (played by MichaelIronside) just as ruthless as Kreese from the earlier films. This time he takes her to a local monastery to learn about peace of mind.

'''''Film/TheKarateKid2010'':''' A ContinuityReboot of the series that premiered in June 2010, borrowing elements of the first one but set in Beijing, China. Jaden Smith (Creator/WillSmith's son) plays the lead role of Andre "Dre" Parker and Creator/JackieChan is the old mentor, Mr. Han. There is almost no karate in this film; the lead character trains in kung fu instead.
Kid|2010}}'' (2010)






* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Ali.
* AlphaStrike: In the second movie Chozen demonstrates that the crane kick leaves Daniel overstretched and off-balance.
* ApologeticAttacker: Bobby begs Daniel's forgiveness after kicking his knee.



* AwesomeButImpractical:
** The crane stance, which in RealLife could be defeated with a good shove to the chest. Heck, if you pause the movie right before the Crane Kick, you can see that Johnny has a ''clear'' shot to the chin lined up...
** In the sequel, Chozen allows him to follow through, but simply catches his foot and gives him an elbow to the back (a move reminiscent of Johnny's elbow to Daniel's knee in the first movie).



* BarbaricBully: The first movie is a rather iconic example. It gives us High School bullies which Daniel eventually sees off by besting his tormenters in a karate tournament.



* BookEnds: The nose-honking in the sequel.



* BreakTheHaughty:
** Chozen in ''Part II'' has nothing going well for him once Daniel arrives in Okinawa.
** Kreese is going through hard financial times at the beginning of ''Part III''.



* BrickBreak: The second film takes most advantage of this trope with Mr. Miyagi coaching Daniel how to break through six sheets of ice, while Miyagi tops everyone by chopping a thick ceiling beam in two with one chop to rescue Sato pinned under it in a storm. At that point, it is likely that Sato realize that if they had their duel, Miyagi would have been able to kill him with ''[[CurbStompBattle one full force punch]]''.



* ChekhovsSkill:
** Used as a finishing move for each of the films, standing on one leg, using a child's drum, doing katas and the praying mantis jump kick.
** The second film opens with Miyagi teaching Daniel about a breathing technique to focus the mind and body to pound in nails in one hit. Mid-way through the movie Daniel is challenged to break the sheets of ice and Miyagi reminds him of the technique.
** The reason why he needs the drum technique is illustrated when Chozen [[SoLastSeason easily defeats the Crane]].
** In the third film, Daniel must rappel down a cliff to retrieve a valuable bonsai tree. Good thing his new girlfriend's hobby is mountain climbing.
* CherryTapping: Miyagi nose-honking Kreese at the beginning of ''Part II'', then Daniel doing the same to Chozen at the end.
* ClassyCravat: Lord knows why, but Terry wears a cravat during the tournament at the end of the third movie.

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* ChekhovsSkill:
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ChekhovsSkill: Used as a finishing move for each of the films, standing on one leg, using a child's drum, doing katas and the praying mantis jump kick.
** The second film opens with Miyagi teaching Daniel about a breathing technique to focus the mind and body to pound in nails in one hit. Mid-way through the movie Daniel is challenged to break the sheets of ice and Miyagi reminds him of the technique.
** The reason why he needs the drum technique is illustrated when Chozen [[SoLastSeason easily defeats the Crane]].
** In the third film, Daniel must rappel down a cliff to retrieve a valuable bonsai tree. Good thing his new girlfriend's hobby is mountain climbing.
* CherryTapping: Miyagi nose-honking Kreese at the beginning of ''Part II'', then Daniel doing the same to Chozen at the end.
* ClassyCravat: Lord knows why, but Terry wears a cravat during the tournament at the end of the third movie.
kick.



* ContinuityNod: Miyagi makes several passing references to "Daniel-san" in ''The Next Karate Kid'', to the point of muttering that it was rather "easier to live with boys" when he inadvertently takes a peek of Julie in her underwear when he walks into her room.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive:
** Sato is a Corrupt Land Owner who is willing to destroy the village to goad Miyagi into that fight of his. He already had a monopoly on the fishing industry (condemning the villagers to a life of poverty) when Miyagi arrived to see his father.
** Hi again, Terry from ''Part III''! Oh, and bonus: his company is called '''[[ObviouslyEvil Dyna-Tox Industries]]. Yes, really'''. Their PR team must cry themselves to sleep every night!
* CrushingHandshake: Chozen's greeting when he first met Daniel in Part II.
* CruelMercy: In ''Part II'', Miyagi humiliates Kreese, later saying his life is punishment enough for him.
** At the end of the movie,
---> '''Daniel:''' Live or die, man?
---> '''Chozen:''' Die!
---> '''Daniel:''' Wrong! ''([[{{Callback}} makes honking sound, squeezes Chozen's nose and pushes him out of the way]])''



* DeadlyDodging: When Kreese attacks Mr Miyagi at the start of the second film he never hits back just dodging while Kreese punches through two car windows (definitely not SoftGlass). Taken UpToEleven in the remake.
* DeadpanSnarker: Miyagi in the first film especially.
* DistaffCounterpart: Julie to Daniel.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: The first film shows that the Cobra Kai are young bullies, but not exactly hardened criminals:
** Bobby and Johnny balk when ordered to injure Daniel, though Kreese ultimately intimidates them into it.
** Bobby also tries to convince Johnny at one point that Johnny is going too far with a particularly nasty attack on Daniel.
* EvilMentor: Instructing his students to cheat? Check. Inspiring them to be sadistic bullies? Check. Strangling them for failing? Check. All Kreese needs is a whip and a cat, and he'd be the trope picture.



* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: the beatings Daniel receives frequently leave him covered in bruises and/or blood.



* FinishHim: Kreese's instructions to the Cobra Kai.
* FireForgedFriends: John Kreese and Terry Silver.



* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When Daniel first goes to Mr. Miyagi's house for training, he sees oil pumps and asks Miyagi if he's in the oil business. Mr. Miyagi replies, "[[WaxOnWaxOff Not everything is as seem.]]"
** The poster of Sato breaking a log. Miyagi breaks a wooden beam of similar size in one blow to save Sato from being pinned under it during the typhoon.



* GameBreakingInjury:
** "Sweep the leg."
** In the reboot: "I don't want him beaten; I want him ''broken''" and "Break his leg."



* GoodTimesMontage: Montage of Daniel and his love interest having a good time at the arcade.
* GracefulLoser: Johnny, after [[spoiler:Daniel wins the tournament]]. Kreese... Not so much.



* HardWorkHardlyWorks: To get to the level of competition that the Cobra Kai students are at requires years of training and physical conditioning. Daniel goes through a TrainingMontage of a few weeks and wins the tournament. It makes sense when you consider that Kreese is either a bad karate instructor and/or Miyagi is that much better.
** Somewhat [[HandWave handwaved]] by stating that Daniel had studied karate in the past, but only at a lower level. Also, training at dojos usually only takes up a few hours each week (and, given Johnny's age, he wouldn't have had too much time for practice unless Kreese was paying him). Daniel was spending a ''lot'' of free time with Miyagi.
** Subtly hinted by Miyagi that Kreese was indeed as bad as implied, as he spents more time punishing his students rather than helping them develop whereas Miyagi sets Daniel to do various mundane tasks specifically to make him practice essential moves. Miyagi would later prove that he is the superior master in the sequel.



* HeelFaceTurn: Sato, after Miyagi and Daniel rescue him from his destroyed house during the typhoon. He orders Chozen to do the same thing, and Chozen refuses (see IHaveNoSon).
* HelpMistakenForAttack: The second movie has Sato trapped under a long piece of wood during a storm, and when Miyagi walks over, Sato thinks the idea is to [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown finish him off while he is trapped]], only to find out that Miyaki just wanted to free Sato from the rubble.
* IHaveNoSon: Sato to Chozen after Chozen refuses to help Daniel rescue the bellringer during the typhoon. "Now, to you, I ''am'' dead."
* InspirationalInsult: In ''The Karate Kid 3'', Daniel gets up to face Barnes again after Barnes yells, "Your karate's junk. You're nothing. Your slope teacher's nothing!" This gives Daniel more motivation to win.



* {{Jerkass}}: The Cobra Kai as a whole.
* KickTheDog: Kreese ordering his minions to use dirty tactics to injure Daniel shows that he's the source of Cobra Kai's villainy. His students are just impressionable kids.
* KidsAreCruel:
** In the first film, besides Daniel being bullied by the Cobras, some of the kids ridicule him after being beaten up by Johnny. Ali's girlfriends also rather inexplicably despise Daniel from the get-go.
*** With regards to the kids, it was likely a combination of them sucking up to the Cobras, as well as not wanting to get their asses kicked for being associated with Daniel. As for Ali's girlfriends, they likely despised him because he was from the wrong side of the tracks and hence wasn't good enough for Ali in their opinion.
** The remake is even worse with this.



* LargeHam: Sato doesn't merely chew the scenery; he devours it in great gulps.
-->"Your fear make air '''STINK!!'''"
* LiteralMinded:
-->'''Daniel:''' ''(upon being instructed on WaxOnWaxOff)'' Where did all these cars come from?\\
'''Miyagi:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Detroit.]]



* MilesGloriosus: Dutch can be somewhat considered this. Despite being the most aggressive and bloodthirsty of the Cobras, he is the Tournament Opponent Daniel defeats the easiest. Dutch isn't cowardly, but he does seem to be far, far less formidable than he thinks he is.
* MoodWhiplash: Drunk Miyagi, it starts off as very funny until he relives a moment where he finds out about his wife and kid's passing.
* MotiveDecay: Terry in ''Part III'' does what he does out of friendship and loyalty to his friend, John. The opening scenes of the movie really do a good job of driving this home. And yet, he's the one who comes up with the idea of completely destroying Danny and Miyagi, and his motivation ends up devolving completely into this.



* NeutralFemale: Kumiko attempts to subvert it by trying to pull Chozen away from Daniel during their last fight. It doesn't work, but the effort is appreciated.
* NeverMyFault: Chozen blames Daniel for dishonoring him. Daniel 1) accidentally revealed that he was cheating the villagers, 2) fairly won a bet that Chozen forced him into, and 3) helped save some of the villagers from the typhoon while Chozen was doing nothing.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Daniel's initial fight with Johnny, and even more the Cobra Kai gang-beating he receives in the school dance scene.
* NotMyDriver: In the second movie, a car is waiting for Mr. Miyagi and Daniel when they arrive in Okinawa. When Miyagi asks the driver why they're heading away from the village where he wants to go, the driver and his friend reply "Some things have changed since you were last here, Miyagi-san..." "...and some things have not, eh?" Mr. Miyagi and Daniel soon learn what this means when they reach their real destination: a warehouse where Mr. Sato and his nephew Chozen confront them.



* ObviouslyEvil: Terry in the third movie. They have multiple scenes entirely dedicated to piling on gratuitous ForTheEvulz moments for the guy. He's an obnoxious rich guy who dumps toxic waste wherever he can get away with it, bribes judges, makes sure to hire "Karate's Bad Boy" and is in touch with local "bad boys" to hook him up with his mooks. Oh, and he wants to destroy the lives of a kid and an elderly man because they inadvertently humiliated his friend Kreese when Kreese tried to destroy their lives.



* OpposedMentors: The third ''Karate Kid'' movie has the main character pick up an EvilMentor after an argument with Miyagi.
* OrderedToCheat: "Sweep the Leg" is the former {{Trope Namer|s}} (though the "out of commission" order fits much better).



* PlayingGertrude: Thomas Ian Griffith, who played Terry (a Vietnam Veteran around Kreese's age) in ''Part III'' is ''younger'' than Ralph Macchio (who still [[DawsonCasting played a teenager]]).
* PoliceAreUseless: Part of the plot of the third movie.
* PostGameRetaliation:
** In ''The Karate Kid, Part Two'', John Kreese does this to his losing students after they were beaten by Daniel in the first movie. He yells at them and gets physical until Mr. Miyagi intervenes. It doesn't go well for Kreese.
** The alternate ending to the 2010 remake has Master Li do the same after his students lose to Dre. Mr. Han intervenes and trashes Li in a fight, contributing to his HumiliationConga.



* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: About two-thirds of the way into the film Daniel walks in on a very drunk Mr. Miyagi dressed up in a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era US Army uniform. Miyagi earned the Medal of Honor fighting in the European theatre as part of the all-''nisei'' (Japanese-American) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/442nd_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) 442nd Infantry Regiment]]. TruthInTelevision: The 442nd is the most heavily decorated military unit in American history, including earning 21 [=MOHs=] for the European war. A member of the regiment later said that they fought all the harder to prove their loyalty to America in the face of their fellow ''nisei'' being packed into internment camps back home (in which Miyagi's wife and son died in childbirth).



* RevengeMyopia: Chosen in the second film. He blames Daniel for "dishonoring" him -- by doing such things as revealing that he was using false weights in his dealings with the villagers. Daniel {{lampshade}}s this:
-->He cheats people and I'm insulting his honor?



* SatelliteLoveInterest: Ali is nice, pretty, the ex-girlfriend of Johnny, and lives with upper-class parents in a BigFancyHouse...and that's all that's really known about her before she's easily written out of the sequel.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Kreese attacks Johnny after destroying his trophy, prompting Miyagi to give him a little lesson.



* TheSoCalledCoward: The main plot of Part 2 when Sato, who dismissed Miyagi as a coward for years, finally sees him and Daniel in action during a typhoon and realizes to his astonishment at how powerful and fearless they really are when necessary. As a result, he insists on helping them and makes amends the next morning.
* SoLastSeason: The Crane Technique to the Drum Technique.
* StepThreeProfit: Even if Barnes had beaten Danny in the third film, his star pupil being a bullying thug would've sunk Silver's new Cobra Kai before the doors opened. Though it's clear Silver [[ForTheEvulz could give a crap about the money.]]



* ThereIsNoTry:
-->'''Miyagi:''' Now, ready?\\
'''Daniel:''' Yeah, I guess so.\\
'''Miyagi:''' Daniel-san, must talk.\\
(''they sit down'')\\
'''Miyagi:''' Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later (''makes squish gesture'') get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no." You karate do "guess so," (''makes squish gesture'') just like grape. Understand?\\
'''Daniel:''' Yeah, I understand.\\
'''Miyagi:''' Now, ready?\\
'''Daniel:''' Yeah, I'm ready.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Bobby is by far the most civil of the Cobra-Kai, being the only one who even worries about taking their abuse of Daniel too far.



* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]]: Ali, who ends up going on to dump Daniel for a college jock.
* VillainousBSOD: Bobby who was always the most laid back of the Cobra Kais has a minor one after Kreese forces him to injure Daniel's knee and practically breaks down in tears apologizing.
* VillainousCrush: Ned in ''The Next Karate Kid'' has one on Julie. Implicit with Chozen and Kumiko in ''Part II''.
* VirtueIsWeakness: Sensei Kreese delivers a denigrating speech about mercy to his students.
-->Mercy is for the weak. We do not train to be merciful here. If a man faces you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.
* VisualPun: An unintentional example. When Kumiko throws mud at Chozen after he assaulted Daniel, he smiles, takes off his white shirt, and throws it to her. "Add it to your collection." ''He gave her the shirt off his back.''



* WeUsedToBeFriends: Mr. Miyagi and Sato were best friends growing up, until Miyagi fell in love with Yuki, who was arranged to marry Sato. One day Miyagi announced in front of the whole town that he wanted to marry Yuki. Sato, who felt as though he had been insulted, challenged Miyagi to a fight to the death. Miyagi fled to America rather than fight his best friend, and Sato held a grudge for decades.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Er, where did that Freddy kid go in the first film? He seemed set up to become a good friend of Daniel's but he just...disappeared. His other friends peer pressure him into ditching Daniel in the football practice scene after the beach fight. He can however briefly be seen watching the tournament right at the end and is presumably part of the crowd that lifts Daniel onto their shoulders after he wins.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: At the beginning of ''Part II'', Miyagi spared Kreese's life after squashing him in an act of self-defense.
-->'''Daniel''': You could have killed him, couldn't you?\\
'''Mr. Miyagi''': Hai.\\
'''Daniel''': Well, why didn't you?\\
'''Mr. Miyagi''': Because Daniel, for man with no forgiveness in heart, [[CruelMercy life worse punishment than death.]]



* YouHaveFailedMe: A variation. Kreese ''strangles'' Johnny for failing to win and for telling him off for acting crazy. Who knows how far he would have gone had Miyagi not been there.
16th Jun '15 7:42:28 AM Morgenthaler
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The first movie is the most loved of the film series, and Pat Morita earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Mr. Miyagi. The NostalgiaFilter helps a lot, as the film is not ashamed to be set in the 80's. Though given that it was also ''filmed'' in the 80s, this probably explains why. The main theme of this film is balance and self-respect, that martial arts should be used in discipline and not for aggression. Mr. Miyagi doesn't teach Daniel to be a vicious badass, but how to calm himself and deal with his problems as they come.

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The first movie is the most loved of the film series, and Pat Morita earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Mr. Miyagi. The NostalgiaFilter helps a lot, as the film is not ashamed to be set in the 80's. Though given that it was also ''filmed'' in the 80s, this probably explains why. The main theme of this film is balance and self-respect, that martial arts should be used in discipline and not for aggression. Mr. Miyagi doesn't teach Daniel to be a vicious badass, but how to calm himself and deal with his problems as they come.



The second movie was a well respected sequel, much of it having to do with the change of scenery and culture. A major theme of this film is about mercy and pacifism. Daniel learns about what 'life or death' combat is about and also trades blows with Chozen progressively throughout the film.



The third film was felt by many to be a severe case of {{sequelitis}}, as the themes of fighting for self-respect and for your life in the previous films were dropped for a more standard underdog story and villain's plot. Also, Daniel doesn't seem to get any better, even after his "fight to the death" from the previous movie; [[BagOfSpilling he is just as inexperienced as in the first film]].



This film was poorly received and made even less then the last film, which essentially [[FranchiseKiller killed the franchise]].[[note]]Though it did get a shout-out when Creator/HilarySwank won the first of her several Oscars.[[/note]]

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