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The Karate Kid: The Animated Series

  • The absolute insanity of the animated series' intro that makes it appear like an Anime Opening Parody before that was even a thing. It involves sequences like:
    • Taki Tamurai/Not-Kumiko avoiding a leopard on a tree with an acrobatic front-flip as it pounced on her.
    • Mr. Miyagi somehow doing the (relatively) least crazy and more mundane stuff in this intro, like easily dispatching a Mook then honking his nose, despite his Memetic Badass status.
    • Daniel for some reason ending up balancing himself on a torpedo like a surfboard as it traveled the sea towards a ship (which implies he redirected the torpedo to that new target by surfing on it) before he got caught and lifted away by Mr. Miyagi trapeze-style while they flew on a plane piloted by Taki to escape the ensuing explosion.
    • Mr. Miyagi and company driving their car high enough to almost reach an airborne biplane before landing on a cliff none the worse for wear looks like a stunt straight out of The Fast and the Furious mixed with Evel Knievel.
    • Also, the trio loves doing the thumb's up sign a lot.
  • "Tomorrow Man": Roland the Magnificent, attempting to flee the scene, comes roaring down the street with a truck just as Mr. Miyagi runs into the street to get the shrine. With a little support from his mentor, Daniel overcomes the fear of fate he's been struggling with the entire episode and acts on his own: he vaults into the truck, shoves Roland out of the way, and swerves it to the side just in time to save Mr. Miyagi's life. While the scene suffers somewhat from Talking Is a Free Action, it's still a pretty awesome sequence.

The Next Karate Kid

  • Julie's training montage. It's amazing and heartwarming to see the once-bratty young woman growing up, maturing into a skilled and graceful martial artist.
  • The final fight when Julie practically curbstomps Ned, the guy who had been sexually harassing her the whole film, is pretty cathartic. The reason why she fights is pretty awesome: Not out of revenge or anger, but simply because she'd never be able to respect herself if she doesn't.
  • When Dugan acts like a Sore Loser that his best recruit lost to a girl and the others are refusing to fight her, Miyagi fights the guy himself and puts him down for the count with little effort. Julie asks why Miyagi never did that before against people who mess with him. He responds in his typical Martial Pacifist manner that he would rather avoid fights, but then adds this.
    Miyagi: Julie-san, fighting not good, but if must fight, win. (winks)