troperville

tools

toys

Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Characters: The Karate Kid
    open/close all folders 

    Original series 

Daniel LaRusso

Played by: Ralph Macchio (1984-89)

  • Ass Kicking Pose: The Crane Technique
  • Brick Break: The ice-breaking scene in Part II
  • Determinator: Even if put through punishment that would take another teenager down and out, he won't stay down.
  • Finishing Move: The Crane Technique, the Drum Technique.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Daniel suffers greatly from this trope in Part III, almost to Too Dumb to Live's levels at moments.
    • Although if you bother to pay attention a lot of it is stupidity that started in Part II, so at least it's consistent.
    • Even in the first movie after having his ass kicked by Johnny Daniel starts openly antagonizing him knowing full well Johnny can whip him.
  • Heroic BSOD: During the tournament final in Part III, when Barnes has him so intimidated that he's ready to forfeit the match.
  • I Have the High Ground: Daniel stands on elevated structures while practicing his Finishing Move in both of the first two movies.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Mr. Miyagi, of course.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Right before giving Chozen a punch in the nuts in Part II.
  • Kung-Fu Kid
  • Martial Arts Headband: Given to him by Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid.
  • Put on a Bus: In the fourth movie.
  • Reluctant Warrior: He even says that he's training "so [he] won't have to fight."
  • Sword over Head: At the climax of Part II, when he has Chozen at his mercy and asks him, "Live or die, man."
  • The So-Called Coward: Chozen and his goons repeatedly call Daniel a coward throughout Part II because of his reluctance to fight them. But when a typhoon hits the village, Daniel and Miyagi risk their lives to rescue Sato when he is trapped inside his dojo, and Daniel further tempts fate by going back into the storm to rescue more villagers. Chozen, on the other hand, cowers in the shelter and refuses to help, even when ordered by Sato to do so. Sato is so impressed with Daniel that he offers to oblige Daniel any request, and he is so disgusted by Chozen's cowardice that Sato disowns him in front of everyone.
  • Training from Hell: Especially what Terry Silver puts him through in Part III, which is more like torture disguised as training.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: He gives one of these to Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid after having his knee taken out by Bobby.

Kesuke Miyagi

Played by: Pat Morita

  • Badass: Kicks at least a couple of asses per movie.
    • Badass Grandpa
    • Retired Badass: A martial artist and a World War II veteran (who was even awarded the Medal of Honor).
    • Heartbroken Badass: While Mr. Miyagi was serving with distinction for the United States in World War II, his wife and son died due to complications during childbirth in the Manzanar Japanese Internment Camp. Decades later, Mr. Miyagi is still haunted by the loss.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Deadpan Snarker: He doesn't speak often, but when he does it's usually this.
    Daniel: You think you could break a log like that?
    Miyagi: Don't know. Never been attacked by a tree.
  • Eccentric Mentor
  • Martial Pacifist
  • My Greatest Failure: It turns that he has a few in the first sequel: he left the girl of his dreams behind to go join the war, he didn't visit his father enough before he died, and he left his brother on bad terms.
  • Nice Guy: Mr. Miyagi is an unambiguously good person. He is kind, forgiving, thoughtful, and he only uses violence as an absolute last resort.
  • Papa Wolf: Snaps into action whenever Daniel is outmatched in a fight.
  • Parental Substitute: As time goes on, Mr. Miyagi becomes more and more of a father figure to Daniel.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Ooc Is Serious Business: The only time Miyagi drops his Engrish and referring to himself in third person is when he tries to reason with Sato.
  • Old Master
  • Trickster Mentor

Johnny

Played by: William Zabka (1984-86)

  • Beauty Is Bad
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Though he doesn't appear again after he gets berated by Kreese for losing at the beginning of Part II.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Kreese orders Johnny to target Daniel's wounded knee by performing a leg sweep, Johnny appears shocked that he's being ordered to do something so dishonorable (even though leg sweeping is a perfectly legal move in competitive Karate).
  • Jerk Jock

John Kreese

Played by: Martin Kove (1984-89)

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
  • Big Bad
  • Breakout Villain: Technically the only villain to appear in all three movies, although his scene in the second one was actually footage cut from the first.
  • The Bully: He's a violent bully and fiercely proud of it.
  • Cruel Mercy - Miyagi spares Kreese in their fight in Part II, saying that living would be a worse punishment for Kreese than death since he cannot forgive.
  • Dirty Coward: For all his talk of toughness, he only picks fights with those who cannot fight back and uses underhanded methods to win. When faced with someone like Miyagi, he is visibly scared.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's a Vietnam veteran who demands military precision from his students. Lose your focus for one second, and it's sixty push-ups on your knuckles.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Miyagi.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He's a very tough guy when picking on teenagers and people who can't fight back. But put him in a fight with Mr Miyagi and he goes down easily.
  • Ordered to Cheat: He instructs Bobby to take out Daniel's knee, even though doing so will result in Bobby's disqualification. Then Johnny also uses "unethical" moves that target the injured knee. Was originally the Trope Namer.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: "Defeat does not exist in this dojo!"

Bobby Brown

Plated by: Ron Thomas (1984-86)
  • Minion with an F in Evil - When Johnny first gets jealous of Daniel with Ali, Bobby tells him to forget it. The third time Johnny beats up Daniel, Bobby tells him to leave Daniel alone, despite Johnny's insistence that an enemy deserves no mercy. During a sparring session he hesitates to hit Robertson while he's down. And when Kreese tells him to injure Daniel in the tournament, he does not want to at first, and apologizes to Daniel when he does.
  • Spell My Name with an "S" - The DVD subtitles call him "Bobby Butterman".

Sato

Played by: Danny Kamekona (1986)

  • Anti-Villain: Lampshaded by Miyagi after Sato gives him time to mourn his father before demanding that they fight.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Big Bad: Of the second movie.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's a wealthy industrialist whose supertrawlers have greatly depleted the local fish population, forcing the former fishing village to scrape by via small farming. He also owns all the land in the village and forces its residents to rent from him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a real bastard, it's shown that Sato does possess a sense of honor by giving Miyagi time to mourn and honoring the bet that Daniel could break more ice blocks than Chozen.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Miyagi
  • Heel-Face Turn: After Miyagi saves his life.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite his hatred for Miyagi, he honors the bet and was genuinely impressed when watching Daniel prepare to break the board.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse
  • Rival Turned Evil

Chozen

Played by: Yuji Okumoto

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
  • Break the Haughty: Nothing went well for him once Daniel arrived in Okinawa. His uncle shut him up at every turn, Daniel caught him cheating the villagers with false weights, Kumiko falls for Daniel, Daniel bested him at breaking ice blocks (earning him a huge wager that Uncle Sato forced him to honor), Miyagi curbstomped him when he and his friends attacked Daniel, then he got exposed as a coward when the storm hit, and Sato disowned him . That was just the prelude to the big showdown at the end, which he lost.
  • The Bully
  • Cruel Mercy: When defeated by Daniel. Daniel offers Chozen the choice "Live or die?" Chozen chooses death, but Daniel instead tweaks his nose and drops him to the ground, shaming him in front or the entire village.
  • Death Seeker: Becomes one after Sato disowns him.
  • Dirty Coward: On only one occasion does he face Daniel unaided, and even then he has Daniel cut off any help.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He bullies Daniel throughout the movie, mirroring the rivalry between Sato and Miyagi. He also is disowned by Sato after his Heel-Face Turn for refusing to save the bell-ringer girl during the typhoon, which leads to him being the Final Boss in the story.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Daniel.
  • Evil Is Petty
  • Faux Affably Evil: His first scene.
  • Hypocrite: For all his talk of honor, he never fights Daniel fairly, either having backup or having Daniel cut himself off from help, and Would Hit a Girl.
  • Jerkass: Which goes to murderous extremes.
  • Never My Fault: 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.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: He takes Kumiko hostage and threatens to cut her throat unless Daniel fights him.

Terry Silver

Played by: Thomas Ian Griffith (1989)

Ali

Played by: Elisabeth Shue (1984)

Kumiko

Played by: Tamlyn Tomika (1986)

  • Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: She's surrounded by Asian men she doesn't show the slightest bit of interest in, but as soon as Daniel shows up at the front door... Then again, the other suitor with a chance was Chozen of all people.
  • Plucky Girl: She gets points for trying to help Daniel against Chozen, despite knowing how dangerous it is.
  • Put on a Bus: Daniel mentions in Part III that she chose to take a job with a dance company in Tokyo instead of coming back to the United States with him. He seems less bitter about it than Ali though, possibly because he knew how much she wanted to be a traditional dancer as opposed to just dumping him for another guy, therefore he knows she's following her dream.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Try as she might, she can't quite keep her hair out of her face.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Emphasized by her wearing a kimono and performing the Japanese tea ceremony.

Jessica Andrews

Played by: Robin Lively (1989)

  • The Chick
  • Disposable Love Interest: Exaggerated. The writers don't even wait for the sequel to dispose of her.
  • Girl Next Door: She's fairly cute, rather tomboyish, and works at a pottery store across the street from Miyagi and Daniel's bonsai store.
  • May-December Romance: Even though their characters were about the same age in the movie, actress Robyn Lively was 11 years younger than Ralph Macchio in real life, and it showed.
  • Put on a Bus: She goes back home to Ohio midway through the movie, and is never seen or mentioned again. Probably because the producers realized the aforementioned May-December Romance just wasn't working.

Julie Pierce

Played by: Hilary Swank (1994)

Yukie-san

Played by: Nobu McCarthy (1986)

     2010 Revival 

Andre "Dre" Parker

Played by: Jaden Smith

Mr. Han

Played by: Jackie Chan

Cheng

Played by: Zhengwei Wang

Master Li

Played by: Yu Rongguang

Mei Ying

Played by: Wen Wen Han

Jurassic WorldCharacterSheets/Live-Action FilmsKick Ass Film

alternative title(s): Karate Kid Film Series
random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
43394
22