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Johnny: Screw that lame meditation bullshit.
"What you need is bone-crunching, face-smashing, good ol' American karate. Enough about self-defense. Learn self-offense! Don't be a pussy. Join Cobra Kai, and let me teach you the way of the fist."
Johnny Lawrence

  • Antagonist Title: Played with; Cobra Kai was the villainous foil to Daniel and Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movies, but much like Johnny Lawrence himself, the new Cobra Kai is shown in a more sympathetic light, emphasizing it's blunt badassery to help disenfranchised kids stand up for themselves. Unfortunately, without tempering his students with proper restraint, Johnny's pupils end up going from victims to aggressors themselves. Once Kreese gets involved and steals back the dojo, this trope is played brutally straight as the remaining Cobra Kai students become overt thugs and antagonists to the rest of the cast, including to former members still loyal to Johnny, such as Miguel.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: The motto for the school is "Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy". And when beginning defense, Johnny tells Miguel that the best defense is more offense.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Several characters acknowledge the fact that Cobra Kai is a pretty badass name for a dojo.
  • Back from the Brink: The residents of the San Fernando Valley have all but forgotten the old karate dojo, and the few who do remember Cobra Kai only have bad memories of them. However, thanks to Johnny's efforts the dojo has been restored and by the end of Season 1 Cobra Kai has become the most popular karate dojo in the Valley due to several of the students becoming an Instant Web Hit and Miguel winning the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament.
  • Badass Crew: The Dojo goes from a pack of bullied kids to badass martial arts fighters.
  • Became Their Own Anti Thesis: Johnny revived the dojo in Season 1 to help Miguel and others learn how to fight back against bullies. By Season 2, the students veer into He Who Fights Monsters territory and begin to exhibit the same bullying behavior and Season 3 sees Kreese actively recruiting established bullies, including the ones who bullied the original students in the first place, to the dojo.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: In Season 2, this would be Mitch, Hawk, and Bert — right down to being foils for Miyagi-do's Chris, Demetri, and Nathaniel respectively.
  • Blood Knight: Most of them are pretty much at home with fighting.
  • Defector from Decadence: Cobra Kai becomes a local legend that attracted several youths for its Dare To Be Bad Ass creed and gained immense popularity with the high school. While most of the pupils were fine when Kreese came along and corrupted them, Miguel wanted nothing to do with it and after recovering from his paralysis, leaves Cobra Kai for good. He's joined by Bert and Mitch halfway through Season 3 due to Kreese's abuse, and later Hawk in the finale when he realizes how far he and the Dojo have fallen.
  • Determinator: Considering the Training from Hell the Dojo goes through, the rough backgrounds they tend to share, and how much the dojo has to go through just to get into the All Valley Under 18 tournament, they count as this. And once Kreese comes on board in Season 2, he makes being a Determinator mandatory for students.
    Kreese: I will never let my students lose... even if they have to learn the hard way.
  • Evil Wears Black: Downplayed. To showcase their aggression, not only do they wear black gi in Season 1, but come Season 2 (especially the big school fight), the majority of their leading members wear red and black clothes.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The dojo as a whole seems to be heading in this direction by the end of Season 2, as Kreese has essentially usurped ownership of Cobra Kai from Johnny with the majority of the students (most of which Took a Level in Jerkass) accepting him as their new sensei. It gets even worse when Kreese begins actively recruiting new students who are already thugs, like Kyler.
  • Fatal Flaw: Wrath happens to be one of the most common reactions and demeanor a Cobra Kai student exhibits whenever things aren't going their way...
    • Miguel got agitated by Sam not responding to his text messages and by the time they do meet up at what was supposed to be Yasmine's birthday party, he begins to shout out on how he was texting Sam all day and her hanging out with Robby. It also did not help in that he got himself drunk due to Miguel thinking about this situation too much, which results in him trying to attack Robby... and instead end up hitting Sam.
    • Hawk takes what is taught to him and his reputation very seriously due to his experience in getting relentlessly bullied for his lip. As a result, he doesn't take it very well if he thinks he's getting insulted in some way. He broke tournament rules by kicking Robby and spraining his shoulder because he mocked his hairstyle. This promptly gets Hawk disqualified and he reacts by shouting "Bullshit!" the moment he is told of his disqualification. Then he sees a Yelp review by Demetri which slams Cobra Kai and his response is to stalk and attack his former friend for it, which only ends with him getting defeated by Sam and Robby and Moon breaking up with him.
    • Tory doesn't take it well by simply seeing Sam and Miguel talking and decides to simply trip her. Then she decides to instigate a fight against Sam using the public address system on the first day of high school just because Sam kissed Miguel, and goes as far as to use a spiked bracelet to slash her arm. Predictably, Tory gets expelled from school, but she is simply unable to let go of her grudge against Sam, going as far as to almost certainly violate her probation by committing a few crimes and prioritizing antagonizing and attacking her rival over looking after her sick mother and younger brother.
  • Five-Man Band: The core members fit into this pretty well. Johnny is The Leader, being the dojo's Sensei. Miguel is The Lancer being Johnny's star pupil and Foil as Cobra Kai's best but most taciturn fighter. Eli/Hawk becomes The Big Guy, being the most aggressive fighter. Aisha is The Smart Girl, being both academically cunning and utterly ruthless, while Tory is The Chick, being Miguel's Love Interest in Season 2.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The majority of the students are bullied kids that just want to defend themselves but by the end of Season 1 most of them become almost just as bad as their tormentors. Especially Hawk.
    • The entire dojo as a whole becomes this by the end of Season 3 when all of its initial members during Johnny's tutelage were forced to leave the dojo for one reason or another. The remaining members include the very same bullies who tormented Cobra Kai's former students, and those that want to acquire new skills to hurt others instead of those that just want to learn how to defend themselves. As Demetri would put it, Cobra Kai has become "the worst collection of assholes in the valley".
  • Instant Web Hit: In-universe, many of the students' actions become this over the course of Season 1, the most significant one being Miguel's cafeteria fight with Kyler and his gang in Episode 5, which provided the dojo the advertising it needed to attract more students.
  • Karma Houdini: The other students who are briefly seen helping Hawk to trash the Miyagi-do dojo don't get their comeuppance like the latter did (Mitch being one of them). In fact, the show makes it look like Hawk was the only one who did the whole thing.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: By the time Kreese takes over Cobra Kai starts to draw parallels to the Nazis. While they've always been Red and Black and Evil All Over and they aren't deliberately persecuting people of different races or religions (though they aren't a bastion of tolerance, either), their leader is now a Politically Incorrect Villain who believes that Might Makes Right, the "strong" should surpass the "weak", and orders his students to attack and harm anyone he believes is inferior.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: By the end of Season 3, Johnny, Miguel, Hawk, Aisha, Stingray, Mitch, Bert, and just about everyone else who was part of the dojo under Johnny's solo reign has left Cobra Kai, leaving it to be run by Kreese with bullies like Tory and Kyler under his thumb as a true Thug Dojo with no redeeming qualities.
  • Opinion Override: At the end of Season 2, Hawk, Tory, Mitch, Stingray, and several others decide to abandon Johnny for Kreese, considering Miguel's injuries in the school brawl to be Johnny's fault. Miguel, on the other hand, doesn't blame Johnny for what happened to him at all. They also take it upon themselves to get revenge on Miyagi-Do for Miguel's injuries by doing things like attacking Nathaniel, stealing the money Miyagi-Do raised to pay for Miguel's surgery with their car wash and breaking Demetri's arm, despite the fact that Miguel holds no animosity against them either. Miguel calls out both Hawk and Tory for this when he gets out of the hospital.
  • Order Reborn: After the events of The Karate Kid Part III, the Cobra Kai dojo was banned from the All Valley Tournament and, presumably, collapsed due to its reputation as a Thug Dojo. Johnny decides to start it up again to teach Miguel how to stand up for himself and Miguel's fight against Kyler and his gang inspires a new generation to want to learn how to do the same. By the end of the first season, they've become strong enough to win the All Valley Tournament again.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Almost everyone who showed up at the dojo following the lunchroom episode (see Instant Web Hit) cited a lack of resources to deal with the rampant bullying epidemic in the area. They were of all sizes (between small Bert and heavyset Aisha), conditions (Eli's cleft palate), and backgrounds, all looking for nothing more than to be able to fight back. Not exactly what Johnny was expecting, but he rolls with it and turns them into formidable fighters.
    • Viciously subverted come season 3, when Kreese turns Cobra Kai back into the exact kind of Thug Dojo it was during his original ownership, and kicks out students he deems too weak or ineffectual. Most of the people kicked out are those who fit firmly into the 'misfits' category - such as Mitch and Bert - which is only pushed home when he brings in thugs like Kyler who were the original reason those kids joined.
  • Reconstruction: In-universe attempt. Even before he understood how inherently flawed Cobra Kai was, Johnny had always tried to focus on and exemplify the few virtuous aspects of its philosophy: confidence, inner strength, and perseverance. Unfortunately, Kreese undermines all his attempts until Johnny loses his dojo to him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Miyagi-Do.
  • La Résistance: Johnny's new "Eagle Fang" karate is essentially a splinter group of Cobra Kai, with its students comprising of those that were weeded out or disillusioned by Kreese's teachings. They eventually ally themselves with Miyagi-Do with the goal of bringing down Cobra Kai once and for all.
  • Rival Dojos: With Miyagi-Do Dojo in Season 2, of course. Season 3 adds Johnny's new dojo Eagle Fang to their enemies list before that dojo and Miyagi-do combine forces.
  • Theseus' Ship Paradox: An organizational case; by the end of Season 3, all the original members of Johnny's reborn Cobra Kai have more or less jumped ship to Eagle Fang. All the remaining members of Cobra Kai are people who were brought in once Kreese had joined or taken over, making but nothing like the original Ragtag Group Of Misfits it started. Of course, Cobra Kai was originally Kreese's brainchild - Johnny simply took the name and creed - so there's a fair case to be made the trope has been done twice with the same dojo.
  • Thug Dojo: The Cobra Kai style emphasizes extreme aggression and heavy offense, in contrast to the more defensive Miyagi-do. In a deconstruction, Johnny turns his students into bullies by accident, only wanting to give them the courage to stand up to their tormentors. Once he realizes what he did, he takes active steps to remedy this error. Unfortuntately, Kreese promptly undermines everything he does and goes even further by actively recruiting thugs to take the places of Johnny's original students.
  • Training from Hell: In stark contrast to Miyagi-do Cobra Kai's training methods are direct and brutal but also honest and purposeful. Johnny may work his students to the bone but he always makes sure they know exactly why they're doing that particular exercise and how it'll benefit them. Students who tough out the Cobra's conditioning find that the results more than justify all the suffering.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • One of the dojo's biggest redeeming traits, even after He Who Fights Monsters sets in, is that the members of Cobra Kai are genuine friends to one another. Johnny often acts like a Drill Sergeant Nasty, but he cares about the kids he teaches and has enough redeeming traits that his students clearly look up to him. The top students still regularly hang out with Demetri despite him quitting Cobra Kai. All the students, including the unnamed members of the dojo, attend Aisha's canyon party to help her get back at Yasmine. Also, during the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament, all of them cheer on their teammates, even Bert, the dojo's smallest and weakest member.
    • This is complicated in the second season when Hawk begins to resent Demetri for not fully committing to Cobra Kai, which culminates in Demetri writing a bad Yelp review of the dojo after he is slugged by Kreese and then joining Miyagi-Do, causing the two to become sworn enemies. Soon thereafter, even more students defect from Cobra Kai to Miyagi-Do, leading to the disintegration of other friendships (such as that between Chris and Mitch). Later, the absence of some Cobra Kai members such as Aisha after Kreese takes over the dojo completely may indicate that the group is fracturing even further.
    • It becomes even more complicated in the third season. Without Johnny around, Kreese, dissatisfied with the students' performance in the school brawl, decides to go even further in weeding out the weaker students and actively recruit more athletic ones. The dismissal of loyalists like Bert and Mitch and adversaries such as Kyler and Robby being welcomed into the fold causes several more of the students, including Miguel and Hawk to leave, leaving the group's membership barely resembling how it was in the first season.
  • Villainous Valor: Cobra Kai has many problems, but cowardice is not one of them. As a group, they will never back down from a fight or the harshest lessons.
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Senseis

    Johnny Lawrence 
See Johnny's character page here.

    John Kreese 
See Kreese's character page here.

Students

    Miguel Diaz 
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"It's not lame-ass karate. It's Cobra Kai!"
Played by: Xolo Maridueña

"Karate is about discipline. It's about inner strength. It's about confidence! Lessons you can use for the rest of your life!"

A young high schooler who lives with his mother and grandmother. Miguel meets his neighbor Johnny Lawrence and ends up becoming the first and star student at the newly reopened Cobra Kai.


  • The Ace: Thanks to being Johnny's only student for the first half of Season 1 Miguel became this due to having Johnny's undivided attention. Johnny himself tells Miguel he's his best student when he says Miguel is his best chance at winning the All-Valley tournament. In fact, Miguel never loses a fight when going all out. Aisha and Tory got the better of him in their sparring sessions but only after Miguel relented his attacks, and Robby only got the final attack after Miguel showed him mercy instead of breaking his arm in the Season 2 finale school brawl. Even his fight with Kyler in the final episode of Season 3, which mostly consists of Miguel receiving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, ends in Miguel winning with a single blow after his Heroic Resolve kicks in.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • His mother, Carmen, addresses him as "Miggy".
    • Hawk frequently greets him as "Él Serpiente" (Spanish for "The Snake").
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: His most drastic moment of devolution from Nice Guy to the Broken Ace occurs after he gets drunk at the Cobra Kai beach party, gets belligerent towards Sam and Robby when the latter escorts the former there and takes a swing at Robby... that promptly misses and hits Sam.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Johnny tries to talk Miguel out of exploiting Robby's shoulder injury... but Miguel retorts that winning is not a dirty business, according to Johnny himself. Speechless, Johnny offers no response.
    Johnny: Look, I know we want to win, but it's got to be the right way. We don't have to fight dirty.
    Miguel: Dirty? There's nothing dirty about winning, Sensei. You taught me that.
  • At Least I Admit It: The moment Johnny questions Miguel as to whether or not he deliberately attacked his opponent while he was injured during the All-Valley Tournament finals, Miguel confesses with confidence; in contrast, Hawk is confused and unsure when he fesses up to similar crimes. Johnny, however, chides Miguel (and Hawk) for using underhanded tactics in a fight, and dissuades his dojo from using any more "pussy moves".
  • Being Evil Sucks: Season 2 sees him realize that applying Kreese's idea of "no mercy" to life isn't a great way to live and he decides to follow Johnny's Internal Reformist example.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Miguel is a very kind, meek boy that is caring towards his friends and family, but is also a vicious fighter who will become very vengeful if he feels you've wronged him.
  • Boring, but Practical: His fighting style mostly eschews flashy moves in favor of strong, well-timed standard kicks and punches. It serves him well during the tournament.
  • Blood Knight: Originally hating violence and fighting whatsoever, Miguel has noticeably become very aggressive and is now living by the Cobra Kai code of attacking first to where he starts to enjoy violence and fighting a little more than his original view. He backs away from this later in Season 2 after a few talks with Johnny though.
  • Broken Ace: Once he starts training with Johnny, Miguel discovers he has a genuine talent for karate. The very first time he throws a kick in a fight it sends Kyler flying even if he gets beaten up by Kyler and his gang afterward and the second time they fight he pummels them so badly that Kyler refuses to get within 10 feet of him for the rest of the first season. Notable in that the similarly talented Robby struggles against his two delinquent friends and has to scare them off by threatening to report them while Miguel manhandles four people and has to be stopped by the school counselor. He's also able to pull off the Crane Kick after only hearing it described by Johnny, reach the finals of the All Valley Karate Tournament and defeat its former Champion in his first tournament run, and ultimately win the tourney for Cobra Kai. Which makes it all the more tragic when that talent is corrupted by the insecurity and bloodlust inherent to the philosophy of Cobra Kai. The trope becomes literal at the end of Season 2 when Miguel is knocked off a balcony by Robby (albeit unintentionally) and breaks his back, likely resulting in him being unable to practice karate in the future.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Robby and Miguel's fight during the school brawl ends with Robby inadvertently pushing Miguel off the second floor and leaving him with permanent life-threatening injuries. He gets better during Season 3.
  • Cassandra Truth: Miguel tries to voice his concerns about Kreese's supposed military exploits during the '80s and '90s to Johnny. He brushes Miguel off, however, and believes Kreese can get out of his old ways and change for the better whether or not his backstory holds any merit.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Miguel is often the one who has to basically remind Johnny that it's not The '80s anymore.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Johnny trains him in karate to embrace this, on the fairly strong logic that neither life nor most street fights are fair. Miguel ends up getting good enough at this philosophy to defeat the entire bully gang at his school. The dark side of this later shows up, as Miguel is fully willing to use dirty tricks and unsportsmanlike ruthlessness to defeat Robby in the tournament, and in spite of Johnny's discouragement of such things, leading to him ironically being more personally ruthless than even Johnny was when he was young.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: When Miguel sees Robby having dinner with the LaRussos (on Daniel's invitation) and witnesses Sam laugh with him over Daniel's training methods, he gets jealous. Then when Sam doesn't answer his texts the next day and sees Robby escorting Sam to the beach party (Sam's phone was confiscated and Robby brought her to the party so she could tell Miguel what happened), he goes into full Green-Eyed Monster mode and tries to fight him.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Mocked! Johnny has Miguel pull off the Crane Kick that won Daniel the '84 tournament as his very first move in the modern-day one to send a message to Danny. It wins Miguel a point, but he proceeds to avoid any such flashy moves for the rest of the tournament, instead focusing on being relentless and ruthless with standard kicks and punches.
  • Defector from Decadence: As his loyalty has always been more with Johnny than Cobra Kai itself, he doesn't return to the dojo after he recovers from his injury now that Kreese is in charge. Instead, he helps Johnny start Eagle Fang.
  • Determinator: The most consistent part of his personality is that he will not give up no matter what and will do whatever is necessary to reach his goals. Despite at first being out of shape, having both asthma and low confidence, despite the Training from Hell and Drill Sergeant Nasty from Johnny, he keeps with Cobra Kai. Even after getting beaten bloody and unconscious by Kyler, he is still determined to learn Karate. All of this pays off when he gets in shape and turns into a highly skilled practitioner of Cobra Kai Karate.
    • This trait of his is how he recovers from his Game-Breaking Injury from the S2 finale so quickly. While he did require more than one kick in the ass from Johnny, once properly motivated, he works like a hellion to recover. He went from being in a coma with no guarantee of waking up, to being paralyzed from the waist down with no guarantee he could ever walk again, to walking with no difficulty to being at near 100% fighting ability within the span of a couple of months!
  • Deuteragonist: Outside of Johny and Daniel, Miguel receives the most focus and development. He's also the only character besides the former two to appear in every episode so far.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His attempts to start a fight with Robby at the beach party and brutality during the final match against Robby give this impression.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • Downplayed during the Halloween party. Miguel only gets a single hit on Kyler at most before he and his gang overwhelm Miguel and beat him into unconsciousness.
    • All the training Miguel went through with Johnny pays off, demonstrated when he beats the tar out of Kyler and his goons in the lunchroom after he openly humiliates Sam. Since then, Kyler and his goons actively keep their distance from Miguel.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: What Miguel does at the beach party when he is unable to contact Sam, combined with other sources of emotional stress. This leads to arguably his worst decision in the season when he nearly starts a fight with Robby and in the attempt to swing at him, hits Sam instead.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Kyler and his goons nickname him "'Rhea" because he purchased a bottle of Pepto for his grandmother, which is used to treat diarrhea.
    Kyler: Oh, shit, someone has frickin' diarrhea. [laughs]
    Brucks: Hey, we should call him 'Rhea. [laughs]
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: Miguel is very knowledgeable about a wide range of topics, demonstrated by him knowing off the top of his head that Mogadishu is in Somalia and being able to point out all the logical issues with Johnny's made-up story about the origin of the phrase "to light a fire under someone."
  • Everyone Has Standards: In Season 2, Miguel is righteously angry at Hawk's vandalism of Miyagi-Do and stealing of Mr. Miyagi's Medal of Honor, expressing disgust at Hawk for such a move, kicking his ass for it, and returning the medal, even making it clear to Robby he's not doing it to score points with Sam or come to pick a fight.
  • Evil Virtues: Even after he begins his Start of Darkness, he still demonstrates many admirable qualities, such as loyalty towards his friends, fellow Cobra Kai and Sensei Johnny Lawrence, dedication to his craft, and for now anyway, that he still loves his mother and grandmother dearly.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Really subtle, but (especially compared to not really having a hairstyle at the beginning) Miguel has his hair in more of a pompadour by the time he's become more of a dick at the end of Season 1. Like the attitude, he lets it go later.
  • Fan of the Past: Spending so much time with Johnny causes him to develop an appreciation for 80s rock bands, especially Guns N' Roses.
  • Fatal Flaw: In most situations, his concern for other's well-being would be a positive trait, but it's this trope for him. Every time he's lost a fight was out of fear of actually hurting someone. Aisha and Tory beat him in their training sessions after they he stops to make sure he didn't hurt them. In his fight with Robby, his concern for Robby's well-being ends up giving Robby the opening to kick him off the second floor.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from a bullied and sickly kid with asthma who has severe self-respect issues to a formidable practitioner of Cobra Kai Karate and eventually the All Valley Tournament Champion.
  • Foil:
    • A poor fatherless kid living in Reseda who recently moved to the Valley and gets bullied by the local Jerk Jock, who finds direction in life and the ability to stand up for himself through karate and develops a father-son like bond with his sensei. He's essentially who Daniel LaRusso could have been if he had joined Cobra Kai instead of being trained by Mr. Miyagi.
    • Season 2 sees him become this to Hawk. Unlike Hawk who is corrupted by Kreese's influence, Miguel takes Johnny's new lessons to the heart and begins to improve his attitude for the better. Thus, he scores an up-swing in his social life and fighting style, reigniting some of Sam's feelings for him as well as defeating Hawk handily in the Coyote Creek challenge. Unfortunately, Miguel's decision to offer mercy to Robby at the end of the school brawl directly leads to his Game-Breaking Injury.
  • Game of Nerds: In addition to his Encyclopaedic Knowledge, computer skills, and love of superheroes, Miguel is a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan.
  • Generation Xerox: Of Daniel during the first half of Season 1, being the new kid learning karate from an unorthodox sensei to fight off the bullies that are harassing him. Later on, he becomes one of Johnny during the second half of Season 1, a Combat Pragmatist, Crazy Jealous Guy that is Cobra Kai's star pupil.
  • Genius Bruiser: Miguel is actually quite intelligent.
    • In Season 1, he was the one who set up the Cobra Kai website and helped to come up with the plan to get Cobra Kai back into the All Valley Tournament. He shows a lot of clever thinking when he fights as well, using his environment in creative ways during the lunchroom fight with Kyler and his gang, and he shows that he understands the All-Valley Karate tournament rules enough to skirt on the edge but not to get disqualified.
    • In Season 2, he is the only hardcore Cobra Kai student other than possibly Aisha to resist falling under Kreese's influence, instead seeing the value of Johnny's way of thinking.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Subverted. While one would expect Miguel to be the merciless one, given that he wore burnt orange and black to boot that day, Miguel decides to offer Robby mercy, out of respect for his sensei Johnny.
  • The Hero: For the younger generation.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Miguel originally wants to be able to protect himself from Kyler. However, in the process, he shows signs of turning into something worse.
  • Heel Realization: Season 2 sees him realize that he and the other students are taking things too far and he begins to ease his aggression and try to make amends for their actions.
  • Hidden Depths: Surprisingly, for an initially meek teenager who lives in a household with only a working mother and a grandmother who helps around the house, he is surprisingly proficient at graphic illustration and animation.
  • Hot-Blooded: Whenever Miguel gets angry he usually becomes very aggressive and impulsively acts out in irrational ways to cope with his anger. This is played straight in Season 2 where he allows his temper to guide him into solving his issues by being rash and violent, until Johnny manages to talk some sense into him.
  • The Kirk: To Hawk's McCoy and Demetri's Spock. He knows Johnny well enough to take and leave his life advice so he doesn't use karate as a first resort when confronted with problems like Hawk (who took Johhny's flip the script to heart), but it's not Miguel's last resort like Demetri (who learned at Miyagi-Do because he couldn't take Johnny's approach seriously).
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's this between his friends Hawk and Aisha. While he definitely adheres to Cobra Kai's aggressive fighting approach and is a Combat Pragmatist, he is still just as able to put up a solid defense and agile enough to outpace some of the best fighters in the All Valley tournament.
  • Like a Son to Me: To Johnny, who makes it all but explicit in Season 2 when explaining how he was a bad father to Robby and wants to be something better for Miguel. Miguel reciprocates and remains Johnny's most loyal and attentive student even when Kreese shows up.
  • Lonely at the Top: Yes he won the tournament, but since Sam wants nothing to do with him he feels empty inside.
  • Made of Iron: Miguel can quite a lot of punishment, and suffers a beatdown at least Once a Season.
  • Made Out to Be a Jerkass: Miguel's attempts to reconcile with Sam during an '80s Night fails, with her assuming the worst about him for dating Tory.
    Miguel: Here you are, making me think I'm a paranoid asshole and yet you're on a date with Robby?
  • Morality Pet: To Hawk, most of Hawk's Pet the Dog moments are because of Miguel. It's even him that causes Hawk to start questioning Kreese's methods and as a result, lead to his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Must Make Amends: If Miguel screws up and does the wrong thing, he will always try to make up for it. He returns Mr. Miyagi's medal of honour personally after it's stolen by the Cobra Kai gang, and goes out of his way to patch things up with every character he hurts during his more dickish moments in Season 1.
  • Nice Guy: At first, Miguel is one of the most polite and kindhearted characters in the show. This is one of the reasons why Sam LaRusso ends up dating him. He does become more of a jerk from the end of the first season to the beginning of the second, but after a few heart-to-hearts with Johnny, he sees the error of his ways and strives to be better. In Season 3, he has managed to put his violent tendencies behind him and has firmly returned to Nice Guy territory.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When Miguel decides to offer Robby mercy and not break his arm, Robby, in a fit of rage, kicks him over the railing, breaking his spine and sending him into a coma.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: To his opponents during the tournament; Miguel is 100% focused on winning the thing, and combines a frightening degree of ruthlessness (such as viciously tugging on Robby's injured arm when offered a hand up) with enough intelligence to stay ''just'' inside the rules and not get disqualified, and never once engages in any trash-talking, unlike Hawk and Robby. It pays off, and he wins.
  • Not So Different: Miguel and Daniel realize they're this when they finally have a formal conversation in Season 3.
  • Oh, Crap!: The second he hears Tory’s voice over the school’s loudspeaker calling out Sam, he immediately knows why she’s angry and how angry she is, and the horror on his face appropriately reflects that.
  • Only Sane Man: In Season 2, he's the only one of the Cobra Kai students to notice the inconsistencies in Kreese's combat stories and question the things he's teaching them.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • After he Took a Level in Jerkass, he still has enough good sportsmanship inside of him to accept Xander Stone's congratulatory handshake and compliment him on a good match. Also, if you look closely after Johnny yells at Hawk for attacking Robby from behind, he is also seen in the background yelling at Hawk and angrily nudging him in disapproval. Despite Hawk's opponent being Robby.
    • He visits Daniel's house to return the Medal of Honor, the same one Hawk and his gang stole when they vandalized the Miyagi-Do dojo. And when it's Robby who answers the door, Miguel makes it crystal clear to his suspicious rival that he's not there to fight.
  • Power Copying: More like move copying, but the same principle: he gets hit with it, he learns it, and he will use it. Most notably, he uses Daniel's Crane Kick on orders from Johnny just to stick it to Daniel and later uses the Drum Technique that Sam demonstrated to take out Kyler during Season 3.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: He's on a pretty standard heroic journey in the first half of the first season, one that resembles Daniel's, in fact. But once he successfully defeats his school bullies, he gradually begins to step into their vacated spot, and eventually, his changes in attitude and philosophies lead to him losing Sam as a girlfriend and violently beating Johnny's son Robby with dirty tactics during the tournament. Fortunately, he has yet to demonstrate the sadism that Kyler has or that Johnny had at his age. Eventually subverted as he is against Hawk's stealing of Miyagi's Medal of Honor, trashing the Miyagi-Do dojo, and he decides to offer mercy to Robby after remembering Johnny's lecture at the last second. He then embarks on a Redemption Quest in the latter half of Season 3.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: More than willing to deliver a few of these in Season 3 to Johnny. The main one though was actually meant to motivate Johnny rather than tear him down, calling him out for running away from his students and allowing them to perceive him as weak. This very act ended up being the catalyst that allows him to regain his ability to stand on his own two feet with no assistance.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Just like the rest of his Cobra Kai brethren, when the big school brawl breaks out, he is wearing a burnt orange shirt, black and orange-striped track pants, and orange sneakers. Subverted at the end because he decides to offer Robby mercy at the last second.
  • Redemption Quest: His story arc in the second half of Season 3, where he makes peace with the Miyagi-do students and tries to stop the gang warfare that the Cobra Kai dojo kicked off when he was its lead student.
  • Sanity Slippage: He's growing more and more ruthless as the show goes on. As he is going from a meek and nice kid to a vicious fighter than has some unstable issues and being extremely jealous and vengeful. However, due to his many discussions with Johnny, he wants to better himself and ends up trying to solve matters peacefully between him and Robby until he is critically injured.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He tried to punch Robby because he thought Sam was cheating on him with her. When she dumps him for that, guess who she ends up going to.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Daniel in Season 1, being the bullied new kid that finds a guiding light in a karate teacher, except Miguel represents Daniel's story if he actually joined Cobra Kai in the first film.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Miguel's fighting style in the tournament. His punches and kicks are, for the most part, very normal and are nothing you wouldn't expect to see in a standard martial arts tournament. He simply delivers them with overwhelming power and perfect timing, hopelessly outclassing every opponent he faces up to Xander Stone and Robby Keene.
  • Start of Darkness: Although Miguel's worst actions so far have only been when he has felt threatened, with a goal in mind or while drunk, his willingness to use brutal violence by the end of the season as a first resort to conflicts with others show he is starting to go down a bad path. There are still parts of his old personality still left though.
  • Strong and Skilled: Miguel is the best student Cobra Kai has due to his quick mastery and incredible strength he wields causes him to outmatch his fellow students and can even beat a former Valley Champion despite having no experience in the tournament. The school brawl in Season 2 also proves he's the best fighter overall when he's able to pin Robby to the ground without using any dirty tactics and would've easily broken his arm if he didn't decide to show mercy.
    • Reinforced in an epic manner when, in Season 3, Miguel manages to defeat Kyler again even after Kyler’s been recruited by Kreese and trained in karate, and even after Miguel’s only learned to walk again a few weeks ago. He was barely able to kick at all the episode before, and had to soak up a beating before finally landing his hits, but still won.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Miguel's reliance on simple attacks and skirting the edges of the socially and legally acceptable show just how well he has internalized Cobra Kai's Combat Pragmatist values, and cement his status as Lawrence's star pupil.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Like the rest of the kids in Cobra Kai and other Karate Kid protagonists, Miguel goes from a helpless victim of bullying to a bona fide ass-kicker, wiping the floor with the entirety of Kyler's gang. Unfortunately, it is accompanied by...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Miguel winds up succumbing to the same kind of insecurities and aggression that made Johnny become a bully when he was a kid, following in his footsteps. Thankfully, this in turn is followed by...
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Over the course of Season 2, he is one of the only Cobra Kai students to take Johnny's new thinking to heart and resist Kreese's influence. In stark contrast to his path in Season 1, Miguel becomes less bloodthirsty without becoming softer, going as far as to beat up Hawk to retrieve Mr. Miyagi's stolen Medal of Honor and even showing mercy to Robby after pinning him in the final brawl. Sadly, it is this latter act which lands Miguel in the hospital.
  • Undying Loyalty: Season 3 proves that not even suffering a spinal injury that renders him unable to walk because of a conflict that was partly Johnny's fault will keep Miguel from continuing to be Johnny's most loyal and devoted student.
    "Look, I don't know where I would be today, or who I would be today, if it wasn't for my sensei."
  • The Unfettered: He's unapologetic about exploiting Robby's shoulder injury, which wins him (and by extension, Cobra Kai) the All Valley Tournament.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Sam. In Season 2, they still have feelings for each other, despite him dating Tory and her dating Robby.
  • Unstoppable Rage: During the all-school brawl when pretty much everyone's emotions are high, but he and Robby are one of the most noticeable due to the animosity the two grew to have as he starts to fight more wildly to the point where he's willing to beat Robby to a bloody pulp in a vicious rage.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Miguel has (relatively mild) asthma, and starts the series with an inhaler.
  • What You Are in the Dark: With Robby at his mercy in the school brawl, and the students cheering him on, he could've easily broken Robby's arm with simple leverage. Instead, because he remembered Johnny expecting him to be better through honor and mercy, he decides to spare Robby and apologize at the last second. Unfortunately, Robby takes his hesitation to be pity, and ... well, we all know what happens next.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In season 3, Miguel would probably have beaten Kyler much faster were he not still recovering from his paralysis, which made his kicking skills much weaker.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Miguel is averse to the idea of attacking Aisha on the grounds that she's a girl, contradictory to his belief that both genders are equal, even though he didn't mean to say it in a way that makes it sound like members of both genders have equally just as much right to hit each other. In Season 2, when Tory first appears, he also shows concern about hurting her — before she makes it clear to him that she's ready for a fight.

    Aisha Robinson 
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"No mercy, bitch!"
Played by: Nichole Brown

Aisha is Sam's oldest friend and a victim of the lowest kinds of cyberbullying at her high school. She decides to fight back against her tormentors, becoming Johnny's second student.


  • Acrofatic: Despite appearances, Aisha is deceptively quick and tends to floor people who underestimate her. It should be noted that she's swift for her size. . . against someone significantly smaller and focused on maximizing their speed and agility, she struggles.
  • Action Girl: Aisha was already somewhat physically capable even before training, and she quickly takes to Cobra Kai training.
  • Badass Bookworm: A smart girl with a love of chemistry and robotics and a vicious fighter with a natural inclination for violence.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She starts out a meek geek who is rather shy and pretty amiable to everyone; her first day at Cobra Kai sees her effortlessly flooring Miguel.
    Johnny: The girl's a natural Cobra.
  • Black and Nerdy: Daniel said she attended Robotics Camp over the summer, and she wants to go as sodium chloride for Halloween.
  • Boring, but Practical: Her fighting style in the tournament is all about patiently absorbing strikes and waiting for her opponent to open up or tire out, at which point she'll end the match in one or two quick, decisive blows.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Aisha is the target for Yasmine's bullying, and she ends up getting some pretty powerful revenge, hijacking her beach party with a preemptive party of her own, and unleashing a wedgie on her.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Subverted. Aisha initially brushes off Sam's compliments after the former loses in the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championship, but the two quickly make up after Sam apologizes for associating herself with the likes of Yasmine in the first place.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Ever since Yasmine posted a pig meme of Aisha during the Halloween party, students from all over the school mock her with not only pig snorting, but also condescending pig nicknames.
  • Formerly Fat: Downplayed. While her weight loss isn't significant, she's noticeably thinner in Season 2 due to her training in Cobra Kai.
  • Genius Bruiser: Of all the Cobra Kai students, Aisha's fighting approach is the most technically-inclined and composed: she maintains a steady defense while patiently observing and waiting for her opponent to falter or open themselves up before swiftly going in full force and end the fight in one or two strikes.
  • Generation Xerox: Starts to turn into one for Bobby Brown, serving as the Token Good Teammate for Cobra Kai.
  • Last-Name Basis: As opposed to the other students and as a Call-Back to the original Cobra Kai, Johnny exclusively calls her "Miss Robinson". This appears to be a sign of respect, as Johnny tends to give the students demeaning nicknames at first (and "badass" nicknames if they earn them, like Hawk) — unless he's being completely formal (chewing his students out for dirty tricks after the tournament, for example), the only two he routinely addresses this way are Miss Robinson... and Mr. Diaz. Although it could just be that while Johnny is fine offhandedly demeaning women, he isn't really comfortable doing it on an everyday face-to-face basis.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Her father's a powerful professional football player, and Aisha takes after him in terms of her size and strength.
  • Mighty Glacier: She is quite resilient and can lay down a world of hurt. However, she prefers a more technical and pragmatic approach to fighting (see Stone Wall below). That said, Aisha is surprisingly swift for her size, but again chooses to reserve her speed for quick strikes rather than outpacing her opponent.
  • Not So Above It All: Aisha attempts to break up Tory and Samantha's fight when it escalates into a school-wide brawl. However, when a Miyagi-Do student interferes by mistake, she gets enraged and joins in the fight.
  • The Smart Guy: Most academically-inclined of Cobra Kai's star students.
  • Out of Focus: Aisha has less to do in Season 2, and Nichole Brown has confirmed that the character won't be returning for Season 3, as the writers "couldn't find a place" for her in the story.
  • Put on a Bus: Aisha does not appear in Season 3, as her parents decided to move away and send her to a private school after the brawl.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of Cobra Kai and suggests Sam join so she wouldn't be alone. In Season 2, she is no longer the only female member after Tory joins, and they become fast friends.
  • Sore Loser: Aisha tells Stone to go "eat shit" after she is defeated by him.
    Stone: Sorry.
    Aisha: Eat shit, asshole.
  • Stone Wall: Aisha is primarily a defensive fighter, who lets her opponents wear themselves down on her expertly executed defenses. When her opponent slows down, overextends, or makes a mistake, she strikes swiftly and decisively, often ending fights in one or two blows.
  • Stout Strength: Although Aisha is often bullied for her overweight appearance (most often thanks to Yasmine), she is arguably Cobra Kai's second-best student after Miguel. She made it into the top 8 of the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championship and was narrowly defeated by Stone, All Valley's current karate champ. The rawest example of Aisha's strength was during the canyon party, where she is shown to be perfectly capable of lifting her longtime tormentor Yasmine off her feet, one-handed, by her panties.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Aisha deals with her opponents on the mat in the same way she handles bullies at school: She turtles and soaks hits until her opponent slips up, then she pounces on that mistake and deals one or two swift, decisive blows. Victory by Endurance at its finest!
  • Took a Level in Badass: She went from a meek, overweight girl to becoming an assertive (and toned) powerhouse. However, this also leads her to...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After joining Cobra Kai, Aisha becomes more aggressive, vulgar, and spiteful overall.
  • Token Good Teammate: Zig-zagged throughout the series.
    • Season 1: Even if she can be quite ruthless when dealing with her opponents and bullies (as Yasmine found out the hard way), she serves as this for the Cobra Kai. Aisha is the one who attempts to put the brakes on Miguel's Crazy Jealous Guy tendencies with Sam, and even speaks highly of her sensei's nemesis, Daniel LaRusso, encouraging Miguel to talk to him. Aisha also shows nervousness with how much Miguel is drinking during the party. She forgives Moon after the girl gives a simple, yet sincere, apology to Aisha for teasing her in the past. She even manages to rebuild her relationship with Sam, saying, "We could definitely use another girl out there".
    • Season 2: By the end of Season 2, Aisha has become more accepting of Cobra Kai's aggressive principles. She threatens Chris and Robby at Moon's party, and when the final brawl breaks out at school, while she at least tries to break up the fight between Tory and Sam, she doesn't hesitate to wade into the brawl herself when a Miyagi-Do fighter blocks her. With that said, when Kreese takes over Cobra Kai, Aisha is not among the students practicing, nor does she ever behave violently towards Sam despite how their Rival Dojos are widening the rift between them.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Towards Sam, to the point she spitefully refers to her alleged promiscuity. Though they finally reconciled in the Season 1 finale, Season 2 shows that there may be conflicts in their friendship again now that their alliances are clear.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of her, she's brawling with one of the Miyagi-do students after he stops her from breaking up the fight between Sam and Tory. Thus the audience never learns how she reacts to Miguel's injury and why she didn't join the others in pledging their allegiance to Kreese when he takes over Cobra Kai.
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    Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz 
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"Never underestimate the power... of the hawk."
Played by: Jacob Bertrand

Yet another victim of bullying at Sam and Miguel's school thanks to a notable scar leftover from surgery to treat a cleft palate. Eli takes Johnny's advice to change his entire look, donning a mohawk and tattoos to become "Hawk."


  • Affectionate Nickname: Johnny gives him the "Hawk" moniker after being impressed with the way he decided to take Johnny's advice to heart and change his look and attitude.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His doctor said that he might be on the autism spectrum. When hearing this, Johnny tells him to get off of it. That said, his intense focus on Cobra Kai could indicate autism, as one of the hallmarks is having intense interests.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Has a very typical Ashkenazi name, but it’s never made clear whether he practices the religion.
  • Animal Motif: He fits his avian theme well being one of Cobra Kai's top students while also being it's most aggressive. He's also one of the lightest and most slender of the teenage fighters (even Tory probably has a few pounds on him), making him very fast and good at jumping attacks.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Johnny chews out on Hawk for making an illegal move which leads to his disqualification. Hawk, however, walks off unfazed with a remark which leaves Johnny stunned and speechless.
    Johnny: What the hell are you thinking, man?
    Hawk: What was I supposed to do, be a pussy?
  • Atrocious Alias: He gets a fake ID for the purposes of buying alcohol. His moniker of choice? Walter Hawkman.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Although this is inherent in Cobra Kai's mindset, Hawk becomes a particularly exaggerated case by the second season. He wastes no time going on the offensive when he catches up to and corners Demetri during the school brawl, relentlessly assaulting his opponent while Demetri persistently endures Hawk's blows.
    • Subverted in Season 3, where Hawk was taught by Kreese to "fight smart". Now, he actually takes the time to stop and analyze his opponents during a battle.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: By Season 2, it's more than just how he fights — Hawk handles everything in the most "badass" ways possible, regardless of efficacy.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hawk is a temperamental figure due to his insecurity issues that stem from his experiences in getting bullied. As a result, he is prone to acting out of extreme frustration and rage whenever something is angering him or if he is caught up in the heat of battle. This is best shown in his brutal beatdown on Brucks where Hawk mercilessly punches him 10 times while roaring in rage.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe. At the beginning of Season 3, Hawk learns that the combination of Demetri revealing his embarrassing secrets (particularly his bedwetting) at Moon's party and Demetri defeating him in the school brawl has caused his street cred to plummet. When he tries flirting with a group of freshmen girls, they laugh him off because of this.
  • Bash Brothers: After he and Demetri reconcile, the two prove to be a highly effective fighting team as they dispatch several Cobras with their combined skills.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Goes from a shy, awkward bullied kid to an arrogant, reckless bully. Most exemplified by his interactions with Chris and Mitch, calling them names like "Assface One and Assface Two," belittling them, and forcing them into the role of his lackeys under the guise of "toughening them up into proper Cobra Kai material." This plays a big part in Chris's defecting to Miyagi-Do. Season 3 has him finally realize what he's become and he quits Cobra Kai to rejoin his friends.
  • Berserk Button: Pretty much any perceived slight gets a huge overreaction.
    • Don't even think about insulting his mohawk unless you want him to fuck you up.
    • Never say anything bad about Cobra Kai unless you want the shit beaten out of you.
  • The Berserker: Eli's transformation is more than skin deep, as he proves at the All Valley Tournament. His fighting style is aggressive and violent to the point where it stands out even among the Cobra Kai students. His matches consist of him overwhelmingly his opponents with furious flurries of attack, and he only loses when he plows past the ref during a timeout to attack Robby in a fit of rage. It winds up being deconstructed in Season 2, as Kreese's influence increases his ego and aggression to the point that he becomes sloppier, to the point where Demetri is able to beat him in a one-on-one fight.
    • Subverted in Season 3, where Hawk learned from his mistakes and was taught to "fight smart". Ironically, this manages to turn him into a much more dangerous opponent throughout Season 3... and likely contributes to the analysis of his situation that ends with him pulling a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Blood Knight: The all-out school brawl on the students' first day back at West Valley High School gets Hawk fired up - he wades through Bert and Nathaniel squaring up and starts assaulting random Miyagi-Do students.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A very energetic and fierce fighter who's far too reckless for his own good.
  • The Bully: For most of the show, he relentless terrorizes people for no justifiable reason, especially Demetri who was his only friend. In season 3, he becomes so violent and mean-spirited that he starts questioning if he really wants to be a bully and later redeems himself after gaining Kyler's respect in the Season 3 finale.
  • Bully and Wimp Pairing: As soon as Eli became Hawk, he becomes Demetri's worst enemy after he writes a bad review of the Cobra Kai dojo which angers Hawk and for the most part tries to make Demetri's life miserable but luckily they're able to reconcile, set aside their differences and fight as a team.
  • Can't Take Criticism: He reacts very violently whenever someone dares to criticize him or the things he cares about. His hair, his dojo, and his old hobbies. It's justified in his case because he feels personally attacked, stemming back from the days where he was mercilessly bullied, as seen in his flashback.
  • Casanova Wannabe: In Season 3, he tries to put the moves on a group of freshman girls, only to get laughed off and made fun of because they know about his bedwetting.
  • Clark Kenting: Despite doing nothing to change or disguise his face, Hawk's overall change in appearance and demeanor after getting his mohawk is so drastic that people who don't know him personally don't immediately realize that Hawk and Eli Moskowitz are the same person. When Demetri begins his "toast" to Eli at Moon's, many people can be seen asking who that is before he clarifies that he means Hawk. Upon recognizing him as "the kid with the lip" at the Cobra Kai dojo, Kyler says that he thought he had moved away, despite the fact that they've still been going to school together the entire time.
  • Closet Geek: Since adopting his "Hawk" persona, Hawk starts pretending he hates "nerdy" things in order to look tough and also projects that onto Demetri, mocking him for being a "pussy" because he likes "nerd shit." When Demetri tries to make up with him by talking about Doctor Who, he quickly becomes engaged in the conversation and briefly forgets to maintain that front.
  • Co-Dragons: He shares the role of Kreese's top enforcer with Tory for most of Season 3 until Robby joins Cobra Kai and becomes Kreese's clear favorite.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: In the Season 2 finale, Hawk chases Demetri to the computer lab and taunts him to come out.
    Hawk: Demetri, I know you're in here. Figured you'd hide in the computer lab, you damn NERD!
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Hawk's transformation is radical but mostly played for laughs. That is, until we actually see him fight at the All-Valley Tournament and the full extent of both his skill and savagery become clear.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: His arc over Seasons 2 and 3. Kreese's influence turns him into a rebellious and callous bully and he completely forgets that the entire reason he took up karate was so he and his friends could defend themselves from their own bullies. Thankfully, he finally realizes what he's become and he rejoins the protagonists so they can take down Kreese and Cobra Kai once and for all.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • During a timeout, he cheap kicks Robby on the back in a fit of rage because the latter talked smack about his mohawk.
    • He confronts Demetri for leaving a 1-star review for Cobra Kai on Yelp, tries to intimidate him into taking it down, and straight-up assaults him when he refuses. Later that day, Moon breaks up with Hawk, as she is appalled that he would resort to violence over a Yelp review.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Once he gets his new nickname from Johnny, he insists everyone else use it and refuses to use his real name for anything, including registering for the All-Valley Tournament.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Even though he adopts a "bad boy" persona, it's clear he will drop it the second he thinks his parents will punish him for any misdeeds. In Season 1, he mentions he can't walk around at home shirtless anymore because he doesn't want them finding out about his tattoo. In Season 2, Aisha boasts on her Instagram story that Hawk tried to buy alcohol with a fake ID, and Hawk quickly tells her to stop since his parents follow her, causing her to immediately apologize to them.
  • The Dragon: He becomes one of the top students of Kreese's Cobra Kai dojo following the school brawl at the end of Season 2. After being one of the main leader in raids on Miyagi Do's students, the guilt of fighting his former friends with Kreese favoring Tory and Robby over him makes him change sides.
  • Easily Forgiven: After everything he did to Demitri, including breaking his arm, all seems to be well between the two of them after Hawk just apologizes. The fact that Hawk just saved him from getting his arm rebroken probably helps, and the necessity of teaming up in such a dire situation.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Prior to his significant image change, Johnny called him "Lip" due to the scarring on his lip.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Instantly gains one by revealing he's had Moon's name and a crescent moon put on his chest — right when she's about to break up with him for being a bully and threatening Demetri. Season 3 showed he coped by having it turned into the scythe of a grim reaper.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: How he views Demetri criticizing the Cobra Kai dojo.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • If you watch his face in the background of the school brawl even he's visibly shocked when Rickenberger decks a teacher.
    • An earlier example would be in "Mercy". This is the episode Hawk starts going off the deep end, but he shows the most concern for Johnny's well-being when Bert tells him about Johnny's drunken meltdown and immediately assumes the worst.
    • For everything he has done, including turning his back on Demetri for being a 'pussy', he still cares deeply for Miguel. He was just as shocked as everyone else at what happened to Miguel in the brawl and was even the first person to approach his body. Plus, blaming Johnny for Miguel showing mercy to Robby, and there's a possibility he does this to hide his guilt for being partially responsible for the fight
    • In Season 3, he shows hesitance when he's encouraged to break Demitri's arm. While proceeds with the action and plays it off with his fellow Cobras, he looks on the crying Demitri with regret and refuses to repeat the action again in the house brawl, switching sides and reconciling with his former friend.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Gets one in the first two seasons.
    • In Season 1, he shaves the sides of his head and styles the middle into a blue mohawk to show he's decided to "flip the script" and embrace the Cobra Kai way of becoming badass.
    • In Season 2, he changes the color from blue to red around the same time he has completed his transformation into a bloodthirsty bully who will even attack his friends for any perceived slights.
  • Fatal Flaw: His insecurity. Before his insecurity made him depressed and self-hating. After taking on the moniker Hawk, it doesn't get any better. He takes any grievance in his life, justified or not, in the worst way possible and leads him to destructive actions. Taking Robby's Trash Talk way more personally than Robby intended, led him to be disqualified when he dislocated Robby's shoulder at the All Valley Under 18 Tournament. He took Demetri's review extremely personally and assaulted him for it. When Moon finds out and breaks up with him, he initially responded by taking out his anger on a dummy, but was easily manipulated by Kreese into vandalizing Miyagi-Do and stealing the Medal of Honor. Finally, Demetri reveals all of Hawk's secrets at a party. While his anger was fully justified at the time, it caused him to lose focus, which cost him the ensuing fight.
  • Foil:
    • To Demetri in general. In Season 2, Demetri learns to be more confident by accepting his flaws, especially after Daniel encourages him to use his negativity to his advantage. On the contrary, Hawk learns to be more confident by rejecting his flaws.
    • To Bobby Brown from the original film. Both are best friends with the top Cobra Kai student and are shown to be arguably the second-best fighters when they make it to the semi-finals before being disqualified for injuring the Miyagi do fighter. However, while Bobby was the Token Good Teammate who would often try to talk sense into Johnny and only injured Daniel in the tournament because Kreese made him, Hawk is a Toxic Friend Influence who brings out Miguel's worst impulses and injures Robby on his own initiative because the later insulted his haircut. Additionally, while Bobby eventually wised up to what Kreese was doing to the students and quit the dojo, Hawk continues to embrace everything the man teaches him. Eventually, it's subverted as Hawk has a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Season 2 sees him become this to Miguel. Unlike Miguel who chooses to follow Johnny's Internal Reformist attitude, Hawk takes to Kreese's old Cobra Kai mindset and, while he refuses to acknowledge it, his life begins to suffer. His ego and aggression spiral out of control to the point he loses his girlfriend, strains several of his friendships, and loses several karate fights. The only good thing that comes out of it for him is that he emerges from the school brawl relatively unscathed, unlike Miguel.
    • To Tory in Season 3. Both of them remain with Cobra Kai after Kreese steals the dojo from Johnny. But while Tory continues to fall deeper into Kreese's teachings, accepts all of the changes he makes, and remains loyal, Hawk begins to question the decisions he's making, finally sees the man for what he is, and makes a Heel–Face Turn at the end.
  • Freudian Excuse: Deconstructed. Eli was depicted as a victim of bullying in the first half of Season 1 and as shown in a flashback in Season 2, he feels as if his mother doesn't fully understand the situation regarding his low self-esteem and depression. Much of these events are the reasons why Hawk is eager to display his confidence and brutal nature much later on.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Unfortunately, as stated above, Hawk becomes progressively more vindictive, cocky, and rude, ultimately becoming a bully himself. This is why Demetri and Moon distance themselves from him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was the meekest and most bullied of Miguel's group of friends, but after undergoing the Cobra Kai training he becomes a brutal bloodthirsty rebel that's competing with Aisha for the position of second best student.
  • Generation Xerox: Ends up becoming one to Dutch from Johnny's childhood, even unknowingly imitating his attempt to flirt with girls by throwing stuff at them in a movie theater.
  • Genius Bruiser: Season 3 onward. Originally, Hawk fought as The Berserker during Season 2. This fighting style often left him open to attack, resulting in Hawk losing most of his fights throughout the season. Learning from his mistakes in Season 3, Hawk internalized Kreese's lesson to "fight smart" and becomes a much more formidable opponent when using both his brains and brawn. Funny enough, Kreese's lesson Gone Horribly Right when Hawk stops to analyze his situation, and realized he is fighting for the wrong side.
  • Glass Cannon: In Season 1, this wasn't so much the case. He was able to complement all of his offense capacities (which were plenty) with some staunch defense, as shown when he blocked several of Robby's attacks during the tournament. But come Season 2, this trope comes into full force. He becomes poorer and poorer on defense and often leaves himself wide open for a simple counter. Hell, even Demetri, who had no fighting skills to speak of in the first season, was able to take him down with one well-timed shot that sent him into the glass door of a trophy cabinet and was evidently out for the rest of the school brawl.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Played with throughout the story. Initially, Eli's facial scarring is used to make him seem more vulnerable and shy, emphasizing his position as the meekest and most gentle of Miguel's friends. Once he becomes Hawk though, it serves to make him even more intimidating.
  • Graceful Loser: After Miguel comes up to him to apologize for the Coyote Creek debacle, Hawk is remarkably cool about the whole ordeal.
    Hawk: Enemies for a day, Cobra Kai for life.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: By Season 2, Hawk has grown to have a very bad temper as he spends more time with Cobra Kai and can lose his cool over anything, even going as far as to vandalize Miyagi-Do's dojo and attack Demetri because he feels they have insulted him.
  • Harem Seeker: By the end of Season 2, Hawk is clearly heading in this direction, announcing his intention to build one for himself.
    Hawk: Why limit yourself to one chick? I'm planning on having a full rotation by the time we get to midterms.
  • The Heavy: While Kreese is the biggest antagonist in Season 2, Eli is the most active antagonist, playing roles such as attacking and harassing Demetri, vandalizing the Miyagi-Do Karate Dojo and stealing Mr. Miyagi's Medal of Honour.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the Season 3 finale, seeing that he’s now fighting with his former tormentors and against all of his friends makes him realize how far he’s fallen under Kreese and he decides to switch sides mid-brawl. At the end, he’s made amends with Demetri and is now part of Johnny and Daniel’s combined dojo.
  • HotBlooded: Hawk is fiercely intense and quick to anger, which makes him a formidable foe but his overconfidence and low-impulse control is oftentimes his biggest flaw (besides his insecurities).
  • Important Haircut: His Mohawk, which is also part of his Significant Wardrobe Shift.
  • It's Personal: He only has one goal come Season 2: to make Demetri suffer for turning against him. When Brucks shows up in the Cobra Kai dojo at Kreese's invitation, Hawk elects to fight him as comeuppance for making fun of the cleft on his lip.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When he and Miguel face off over the stolen Medal of Honor from Miyagi-Do it's clear he's right on the money when he calls bullshit on Miguel's disapproval having nothing to do with still having a thing for Sam.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After becoming Hawk, he becomes a callous, hostile, and temperamental bully for the most part but in the Season 3 finale, he manages to reform after realizing that Being Evil Sucks.
  • Large Ham: After becoming Hawk, his overly brash and boisterous attitude becomes a trademark personality that he proudly owns.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Truly becomes this by Season 2. Every time Hawk lets his (volatile) emotions take over and tries to pick a fight, it ends with him and others suffering hard consequences. Three particular instances stand out:
    • Attacking his former friend Demetri at the mall leads to him and his gang getting beaten up by Sam and Robby, and then Moon dumps him.
    • His trashing of the Miyagi-do dojo causes a mass defection of Cobra Kai students, and constitutes a particularly egregious escalation in the Dueling Dojos conflict.
    • Escalating what had intended to be a one-on-one Designated Girl Fight into an all-out mob brawl which ends with his friend Miguel getting hospitalized and suffering life-threatening injuries.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's immensely fast and has the power to hit like a truck.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In Season 3, after Kreese advises to fight more smartly, he's able to play Counselor Bratt like a fiddle by parroting all of her preachings of safe spaces and microaggressions when she has to deal with him and his disputes with Miyagi-Do.
  • Manly Man and Sensitive Guy: Manly man Hawk is the tough guy while sensitive guy Demetri is the wimpy nerd.
  • The McCoy: To Miguel's Kirk and Demetri's Spock. He takes Cobra Kai's attitude the most seriously to the point he is needlessly aggressive even in situations that can't be solved with karate. His decisions are based on how he feels and only starts defecting from Kreese's teachings because he recruits bullies and Robby, who almost killed Miguel, which emotionally compromises him.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Subverted. The show seems to set this up to be the case as his physical transformation and new attitude is initially Played for Laughs and he is shown getting bit by one of the junkyard dogs during Cobra Kai's Training from Hell sequence. But once the tournament rolls around, it's clear the Cobra Kai training worked and he proves to be one of their top fighters outside of Miguel.
  • Mood-Swinger: After becoming Hawk, he becomes more intense, bad-tempered, and unpredictable and he just shifts emotions constantly. When Demetri tries to get along with him again, at first he seems invested when Demetri talks about Doctor Who with him but soon goes back on being resentful when Demetri's to get him to forget about Moon.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: The reason he wholeheartedly embraces the worst traits of Cobra Kai to an extreme degree - he believes that the power it gives him will never allow him to be weak and vulnerable just like in the past, where he was a meek bully victim.
  • Never My Fault:
    • He lashes out at the referee when the latter disqualifies him from the tournament. This is despite the fact that Hawk knowingly pulled a cheap shot on Robby when his back was turned during a timeout.
    • Near the end of Season 2, Hawk passes off the blame for Miguel potentially becoming paralyzed off onto Johnny, completely ignoring the fact that it was Hawk, under Kreese's guidance who escalated the tensions between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do, leading to the brawl.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His trashing the Miyagi-Do dojo and stealing Mr. Miyagi's Medal of Honor backfires when an enraged Daniel (assuming Johnny was in on it, which he wasn't) confronts Johnny at the Cobra-Kai dojo — in turn prompting a mass walk-out among many of the students when they hear what happened that ends with quite a few signing up with Miyagi-Do. Also, Hawk's actions disgusted Miguel, which served to influence him to further reject Kreese's "no mercy" thinking.
    • Season 3 has him become a result of this trope when being sent to attack the LaRussos' home ultimately causes him to finally realize what he's been doing, rejoin his friends and play a part in their victory.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The roguish male to Miguel's noble male as Hawk became more violent and aggressive while Miguel, even at his worst, does his best to maintain some form of honor and discipline.
    • Also the roguish male to Demetri's noble male as Hawk became more tough and aggressive while Demetri preferred to be more worldly and only fights back to defend himself.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He beats the living shit out of Brucks during a fight between the two in the Cobra Kai dojo and bloodies him, finishing off with a spit to the face for good measure.
  • Pet the Dog: From what the audience sees, he was the only member of Cobra Kai to actually visit Miguel when he was in the hospital.
  • The Quincy Punk: It began with the mohawk, but as Eli immersed himself more and more into Cobra Kai's degeneracy, Hawk fully emulates this both in appearance and in attitude.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Prior to his transformation as Hawk, the kid was especially skilled in (unconsciously) giving this to everyone he met. It helps that he was also the resident bully's favorite target, which—paired with his big blue eyes—just made you want to give him a hug every single time.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He starts wearing hoodies in these colors and re-dyes his mohawk red in order to maintain his image. It also showcases how much more vicious and aggressive he's become, and how far he's fallen when he's reveling in his newfound power.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Subverted. When the characters are introduced, brash, abrasive and opinionated Demetri is the Red Oni, to quiet, timid Eli's Blue Oni. However, these roles are reversed after Eli joins Cobra Kai and takes on the "Hawk" persona, with Demetri as the rational and intellectual Blue to Hawk's reckless, passionate and brutish Red.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Hawk ultimately proves to be one to both Robby and Johnny. Like both, he took up studying under Cobra Kai to build up his self-confidence and learn to defend himself from bullies. Hawk proves to ultimately completely go off the deep end and fully embraces Kreese's toxic teachings.
    • Also to Sam. Both are Closet Geeks who turn their back on their old nerdy interests in order to increase their social standing, only to essentially become part of a gang of bullies, which winds up pitting them against their still nerdy former best friend. However, while Sam never actively participates in Yasmine's bullying of Aisha, tries to make amends at the end of Season 1 and even remains on somewhat friendly terms with her in the middle of the dojo rivalry, Hawk goes out of his way to torment Demetri for being a reminder of his former nerdiness and is the instigator of a lot of Cobra Kai's bullying.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: At the suggestion of Johnny, Eli goes from a meek victim of bullying with a scarred lip to a violent Cobra Kai student with a mohawk and hawk tattoo on his back.
  • Sore Loser: He angrily calls bullshit on his disqualification from the All Valley Tournament after making illegal contact by kicking Robby on the back and injuring him during a timeout.
    Referee: That's enough! Illegal contact. You're disqualified.
    Hawk: Bullshit!
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside:
    • The fact that Hawk goes berserk when someone mocks his mohawk, something he specifically got to showcase his badass makeover, shows that he is still as insecure as he was at the beginning of the season. It's his response to the mockery that has changed.
    • He also doesn't take it well every time someone reminds him about the cleft on his lip, and when Brucks shows up to the Cobra Kai dojo, he and Hawk have a fight, which ends with the former's face beaten to a bloody pulp.
  • Stupid Evil: His extreme devotion to Cobra Kai's mindset occasionally causes him to cross into this, where he'll behave like a complete Jerkass even when this is detrimental to his goals.
    • In the semi-finals of the All Valley Tournament in Season 1, he pointlessly gets himself disqualified to land a cheap shot on Robby as Disproportionate Retribution for Robby making fun of his hair, even though their fight was tied and he stood a good chance of winning legitimately.
    • He tries to beat up Demetri at the mall for writing a bad Yelp review of Cobra Kai and joining Miyagi-Do, which causes him to get his ass kicked by Sam and Robby, makes Moon break up with him out of disgust and convinces Demetri to commit to karate training when he was on the verge of quitting. Also, if news of the beating had gotten out it would undoubtedly have been much worse PR for the dojo than a single sub-par review on Yelp.
    • In the same episode, his decision to trash the Miyagi-Do dojo and steal Mr. Miyagi's Medal of Honor does nothing but piss off Daniel just after he had decided to stop actively recruiting students and cause several Cobra Kai recruits to defect to Miyagi-Do, turning them from a minor nuisance with only three students to a genuine threat to Cobra Kai.
    • He finally grows out of this in Season 3 after Kreese teaches him to "fight smart".
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Hawk is The Berserker, through and through. He has finally been given a chance to inflict the pain he has lived through at the hands of his bullies on the world, and he will take whatever hits, land whatever disqualifications, and cross whatever lines he must in order to get the last hit in.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: "Hawk" ultimately embraces just about every piece of Johnny's advice, almost becoming a parody of manliness that's both hilarious to see and disheartening to watch go astray. Unfortunately, he only gets worse come the second season, where he starts taking every piece of Kreese's advice.
  • Third-Person Person: By the time the tournament rolls around, he is referring to himself in the third person.
  • Threat Backfire: After Demetri is beaten up by Kreese, Hawk warns him to keep quiet about it. His threats have little impact on Demetri (primarily because he still can't believe that his friend would actually harm him).
    Hawk: You know what happens to snitches?
    Demetri: Yeah, they get immunity.
    Hawk: No, they get stitches!
    Demetri: I already have stitches!
  • Threw My Bike on the Roof: Taking Kreese's words to heart after Hawk's break-up with Moon, he (and the rest of his gang) trespasses the Miyagi-Do dojo during the night and vandalizes it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Obviously learning karate and becoming Hawk, but this trope also applies in Season 3 where he learns to fight smarter and as a result fares much better in fights than he did in season 2.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Exaggerated. While all the Cobra Kai members do in some ways, most of them still have some moral restraint. Hawk on the other hand becomes a bullying, violent thug with almost no redeeming qualities (and it only gets worse since Kreese's involvement in the new Cobra Kai). It gets so bad that Demetri ends their friendship and Moon breaks up with him. Thankfully it leads to...
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the Season 3 finale, he finally realizes Kreese is full of shit and that he's now fighting alongside the teens who bullied him and against all of his friends. As a result, he defects mid-brawl and joins the combined dojo under both Johnny and Daniel.
  • Tragic Villain: Hawk becomes the biggest thug in Cobra Kai all because he was relentlessly bullied by his peers before joining the dojo and is convinced that following its dogma to its extreme will keep him from ever going back to that life.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Downplayed in that neither trait is given any plot importance. His surname of Moskowitz implies a Jewish background, and it's briefly mentioned that he might be on the autism spectrum. Neither of these aspects of Hawk's background have yet come up again.
  • Undying Loyalty: Hawk is a very loyal person and believes his friends should extend the same treatment. Most of his conflict with Demetri in Season 2 stems from him feeling the guy is being disloyal by continuing to bad mouth Cobra Kai. In Season 3, he starts to lose respect for Kreese when the man starts expelling less-skilled students who have been nothing but devoted to the dojo and in the finale his Heel–Face Turn is primarily motivated by him realizing he was the one being disloyal to his friends by taking part in the assault alongside his former tormentors.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: One of his biggest faults as a character.
    • He turns against Demetri who was his only friend when he was being bullied in school.
    • He beats up a Miyagi-Do student after they started a fundraiser to support Miguel (Hawk's friend) and steals the money so Cobra Kai takes the credit.
    • As Johnny pointed out, Hawk would have been a bullied nobody without him and instead he turned against him as well and stayed loyal to Kreese until the end of Season 3.
  • Unknown Rival: To Robby Keene. Hawk seems to consider Robby his Archenemy after his defeat to him at the All Valley Tournament and especially after Robby puts Miguel in the hospital during the School Brawl. Although Robby definitely knows who he is, he doesn't take him that seriously and is much more focused on his rivalries with Johnny and Miguel.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He uses a lot of impressive-looking moves, but he's not a very skilled fighter. He relies too heavily on his Superman Punch, which winds up all of his momentum into a single blow. It's very powerful if it lands, but it's easy for an alert opponent to dodge and leaves him vulnerable to a simple counter.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Whenever Hawk gets into a rage, it's a wise idea to steer clear of him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Upset after losing the fight at the mall and getting dumped by Moon, Hawk decides to follow Kreese's advice about not accepting defeat and vandalize the Miyagi dojo, completely unaware that Kreese is manipulating him into being a pawn in his personal vendetta against Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. He ultimately realizes this in Season 3 when it's caused him to fight alongside his old tormentors against the people who were his real friends, deciding halfway through the battle to save them instead.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted. Throughout Season 2, Hawk would frequently lose in most of his major battles when fighting as The Berserker. Come Season 3, Hawk actually manage to learn from his mistake and internalized Kreese's lesson to "fight smart", resulting in him becoming a Genius Bruiser. Now using both brain and brawn, Hawk was able to win most of his fights in Season 3, including his rematch with Demetri.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He no longer considered Demetri a friend the moment the latter dared to criticize the dojo online, and in fact tried to beat him up for it, leaving Demetri incredulous. Despite having a Hope Spot chatting about Doctor Who at Moon's party, things almost immediately get still worse between the two of them. Eli forgets that one side effect of this trope is that not only will your former friends continue to call you by your former name, they also know all your secrets.
  • The Worf Effect: He is one of Cobra Kai's top three students, but loses three of his major bouts. Two of them were against Robby, who is just as well-trained (and certainly more competitively balanced), and in his fight against Demetri he seriously underestimated Demetri's developing martial prowess (and the weakness of The Berserker against Awesomeness by Analysis).
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Downplayed. Hawk expresses his aversion to hitting a girl when Sam and Robby arrive to defend Demetri from Hawk and his gang, but still goes for the hit anyway.
    Hawk: I don't want to have to hit a girl.
  • Yes-Man: Hawk sucks up to Kreese ever since the latter's involvement with the new Cobra Kai and takes every single piece of his advice to heart. By the conclusion of the second season, Hawk becomes Kreese's right-hand man.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Kyler's approval during the Season 3 finale, while the two were beating on Hawk's former friends. Seeing his former tormentor acting chummy with him, as if he was a member of Kyler's bully clique, gave Hawk a Heel Realization. Not wanting to be like his former bullies, Hawk decided it was time to change sides.

    Bert 
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Played by: Owen Morgan
"You're going down, nerd!"

A small, bespectacled boy who joins the Cobra Kai and is seen regularly hanging out Miguel's clique during the second half of Season 1 onward. Due to his small size, he is objectively the weakest of the Cobra Kai.


  • Animal Lover: In Season 3, Bert takes a liking to a mouse Kreese introduces to the class and when Kreese instructs him to feed it to a snake he also brought into the dojo, Bert couldn't do it. When the students of Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang were discussing their new alliance at the LaRusso home, Bert hears their "cat" outside and blithely goes to let it in...
  • Butt-Monkey: Most of his onscreen appearance is usually him getting mocked or beaten in a fight.
  • Covert Pervert: He secretly likes to read "Big & Bootylicious" magazines.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He has a soft spot for small animals including mice and cats, and names the mouse Kreese presents to him "Clarence".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Kreese's shitty treatment towards the Cobra Kai students and his decision to kick him and a few other students out of the dojo for objecting against feeding a mouse to a snake has Bert out of commission for some time before being invited by Sam over uniting the students of Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang to take a stand against Cobra Kai. It sticks as Bert remains loyal to his friends and is willing to be taught by Daniel and Johnny in a unified karate dojo.
  • Height Angst: Inverted. In a Reddit AMA, Owen Morgan claimed Bert hates Nathaniel because the latter stole his position as shortest Cobra Kai student.
  • Made of Iron: While he's not the most skilled fighter, he's able to take a lot of physical punishment and keep fighting. Best shown when he fully participates in the Season 3 brawl even after Kreese's Cobra Kai students toss him through a glass window. This is most likely why he was able to stick with Cobra Kai as long as he did.
  • Morality Pet: Has shades of this for Johnny; specifically, Bert tends to demonstrate that raw strength or talent are not as important to Johnny as willpower. He praises Bert wholeheartedly for his performance in the All Valley Tournament despite being taken out almost immediately, simply because Bert didn't let his far superior opponent intimidate him at all. This in sharp contrast to the ideology of Kreese. Notably, he's the only student aside from Miguel whom Johnny refers to on a First-Name Basis.
  • Out of Focus: He doesn't do much in Season 2 until the finale. He takes on Nathaniel in the Cobra Kai/Miyagi-Do school brawl, and even then, a security guard cuts the fight short and carries them out of the school brawl.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Played with. While he did survive Johnny's weeding out training and hangs out with the top students of Cobra Kai, his small size makes him the weakest member of the dojo. In Season 2, he picks a fight with Nathaniel, who is even smaller (but more skilled) than he is, and it ends with him pinned to the ground and having his face repeatedly struck.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Despite sharing very little screentime, he and Nathaniel seem to have an unexplained animosity for one another.
    Bert: I hate your stupid face so much.
    Nathaniel: If you died, I wouldn't even attend your funeral.
  • Tagalong Kid: There's not a lot to say about him other than the fact that he's often in the company of the Cobra Kai clique.
  • Token Good Teammate: Implied as he doesn't appear to be one of the students with Kreese during the Season 2 Finale. He does remain... for a very short time before Kreese kicks him out of the dojo for showing compassion to a mouse he took a liking to.
  • Villainous Valor: Though it is a bit of a stretch to call him a villain, the fact that he survived the harsh Cobra Kai training and fought in the tournament (despite being way in over his head) shows elements of this. Unfortunately, Kreese kicks him out of Cobra Kai for getting fond of a mouse and refusing to feed it to a cobra.

    Tory Nichols 
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"I don't give a shit. All that matters is who wins in the end."
Played by: Peyton R. List

"The world shows no mercy. So why should we? Some people have it good, but the rest of us, we have to fight for every inch of what's ours. Not just to score a point. For everything."

A troubled but confident girl who joins the Cobra Kai dojo in Season 2, Tory quickly becomes Aisha's friend, Miguel's romantic interest, and Sam's arch-nemesis.


  • Action Girl: Like Aisha before her, Tory makes a good first impression on Johnny with how tough she already is.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It was implied in Season 3 Tory may have a mental illness, and given her irrational response to minor slights, possessive nature, and dependence on the relationships with those she has, it seems she has borderline personality disorder.
  • Arch-Enemy: After Sam drunkenly kisses Miguel at Moon's party, Tory develops a very personal hatred towards her. In Season Three, Tory goes out of her way to antagonize Sam during the laser tag fight, and later breaks off during Cobra Kai's raid on the LaRussos' residence specifically to terrorize her.
  • Ax-Crazy: Her response to Sam kissing her boyfriend is to attack her in school and hit her with a spiked necklace wrapped around her fist. Miguel flat out tells her in Season 3 that she needs some help with her mental health.
  • Blinded by Rage: One possible reason why she led an assault on Daniel's house, despite being a clear breach in her parole that will undoubtedly have her arrested if Daniel ultimately reports it.
  • Boobs of Steel: She is the strongest female fighter in the series, and also is the most endowed.
  • Brutal Honesty: She doesn't mince her words when she points out that the music video Miguel made of himself and Sam makes him look desperate.
    Tory: I think... you should delete that. Put it in the trash, empty the bin and have your laptop cremated.
  • By the Hair: During her first fight with Samantha, she drags her down the stairs this way.
  • Call-Back: She introduces herself as "Tory with a Y", calling back to how Ali introduced herself to Daniel.
  • The Caretaker: In Season 3, Tory becomes the primary caretaker of her dialysis-stricken mother and quits Cobra Kai at first to work two jobs. This is the main reason why she's given probation instead of being sent to juvie.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She develops feelings for Miguel early on and doesn't react well to his lingering attachment to Sam. However, she acts mostly maturely towards it until she and Sam meet and... well, don't get along at all. On the other hand, it's also implied that Tory's perception of Sam as a spoiled and entitled brat (in contrast to her own Dark and Troubled Past) play a part in her loathing of Sam (if a smaller part than the Miguel issue).
  • Co-Dragons: She shares the role of Kreese's top enforcer with Hawk for most of Season 3 until Robby joins Cobra Kai and becomes Kreese's clear favorite.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's unscrupulous in combat, willing to use Improvised Weapons and brutal tactics in a fight. Tory ends up embodying the philosophy of Cobra-Kai.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She reveals this to Miguel. Her mother had to rely on leftovers from the restaurant she worked at in order to feed her and her brother — and her mother was fired for that, despite that the leftovers would have ended up in the garbage anyway. Season three reveals it's actually worse. Her mother is now on dialysis and her brother's young age forces her to be the sole breadwinner of the family.
  • Dark Chick: Tory is more traditionally feminine than Aisha, yet she is far more aggressive, and quickly becomes a foil to Sam in Miyagi-do. She also ends up being the only female Cobra Kai to remain with Kreese after the school brawl.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Played entirely for drama. Tory picks a fight with Sam on school grounds because she and Miguel shared a kiss the night before. What was initially meant to be a Designated Girl Fight between Sam and Tory only, quickly escalates into an all-out school brawl between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do which ultimately ends in tragedy.
  • The Dreaded: To Sam for most of Season 3. She has recurring nightmares and flashbacks to their encounter, and when Tory shows up at the laser tag fight and calls Sam out, she freezes in fear and suffers a traumatic breakdown. Sam gets over this fear in the finale when she and Tory face off one-on-one.
  • Entitled to Have You: Tory clings to the relationships she develops and reacts violently if she feels they're threatened without concern for the other individual. While she has some bitterness about being Miguel's rebound girl, she's extremely jealous of his lingering feelings for Sam and uses every opportunity to asset her dominance over the latter, to the point she starts a school fight and lacerates Sam's flesh over a drunk kiss. Miguel isn't comfortable with her entitlement and breaks up with her. Even after they split, the moment she hears that Sam and Miguel worked to save the All-Valley Tournament, her response is to break into the LaRusso house and fight the Miyagi-Do/Eagle Fand students just to get a shot at destroying Sam again.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite unrepentantly chipping her own opponent's tooth just prior, she appears disturbed by how far Hawk goes in beating up Brucks.
  • Evil Counterpart: More edgy than evil, but she's still Sam's counterpart among the Cobra Kai — and she thinks nothing of assaulting Sam on school grounds or using spiked knuckles against her. Before she's defeated, she replicates a twisted version of Miyagi's "No Mercy" scene from the second film. Except unlike Miyagi, she's not kidding.
  • Evil Feels Good: She claims that channeling her anger and hatred into beating the crap out of people feels good in addition to making her stronger.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: To go further on being her Darker and Edgier counterpart, compare her husky voice to Sam's pitchy baby voice.
  • False Innocence Trick: She gets Sam kicked out of the roller disco by feigning innocence after Sam leg-sweeps her. Note that Tory had instigated it, as she had knocked Sam down first.
  • Fatal Flaw: Resentment, which you'll find here nestled neatly halfway between Wrath and Envy. She's had it rough — her mom was fire and now bedridden, her dad's not in the picture at all, has to also care for her a much younger brother, and works two jobs outside of school. Then she meets Sam who seemingly doesn't have a care in the world, proudly claims she's a thief to her and then gets furious when Sam (incorrectly) accuses her of stealing her mother's purse. She quickly develops a crush on Miguel then finds he's still swooning over his ex-girlfriend, Sam. Their next interaction is at 80's night where Tory's working hard whilst Sam's out on date, which makes Tory angry. She taunts Sam into a dangerous drinking game at Moon's party and loses to her (which makes her even angrier) then she witnesses the infamous kiss and is out for blood. She storms into the school's announcer's office, assaults her and then calls out Sam for the school fight wherein Tory's actively trying to maim her. Tory loses that challenge to Sam as well, and bolts before she finds out about Miguel. Season 3 sees her trying to stich her life back together after being expelled from school and put on probation but the only lesson she takes from this is that the judicial system is rigged by the rich people to punish the poor, as everyone other than Robby and her get away scot-free from the school brawl. Miguel takes issue with her over that fact (understandable, as he got severely injured and she merely got knocked down) but Tory can't believe anyone from Cobra Kai would go against her. Miguel's point was that whilst she was on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in his name, she never supported his recovery. Therefore everything bad that happens to her is Sam's fault and nothing to do with her own actions, so she needs to go after Sam again to redress the balance. The fact that Sam has always beaten her in the end doesn't help either.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Her Weapon of Choice when she faces off with Sam in the third season climax.
  • Five-Finger Discount: At the beach, Tory steals a bottle of vodka and states she could (she doesn't) boost all the silverware. She and Sam run into one of their first disagreements over this, and this incident also causes Sam to believe she stole her mother's wallet.
  • Foil: To Hawk in Season 3. Both of them remain with Cobra Kai after Kreese steals the dojo from Johnny. But while Hawk begins to question the man's decisions and ultimately makes a Heel–Face Turn, Tory goes along with all of Kreese's changes and decisions, including the recruitment of bullies as members, and stays completely loyal to him.
    • She serves as this to Mike Barnes as well. She's the main Cobra Kai villain in the third installment who manages to be even more corrupted than their precursors (Johnny or Hawk/Miguel) who are completely void of redeeming qualities. They are also mercilessly violent fighters who will do anything to win. The only difference is Mike Barnes joined Cobra Kai to ensure a good financial future for himself since he could've held a 50% share in Cobra Kai in exchange for loyalty, while Tory is joining at the risk of her financial future and her freedom.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: While it's true she has a Dark and Troubled Past, most of her darker actions (stealing liquor from a club, attempting to maim Sam) have nothing to do with it and fall squarely under Disproportionate Retribution. Even Miguel knows that her assault on Sam is going too far and he (unsuccessfully) tries to stop her. He later calls her out on this in Season 3 and the finale proves Tory is willing to forsake the well-being of her family just so she can satisfy her personal grudge against Sam.
  • Generation Xerox: Played with. Like Daniel LaRusso from the original movie, she's a working-class new arrival who falls for someone who recently broke up with a more well off student. And like Daniel, she can never just leave well enough alone when a chance to screw with her rival pops up. Then again, Tory is more like teenage Johnny in her vengeful nature — and her complete acceptance of Kreese's teachings. And, as revealed in Season 3, like Kreese, she has an ill mother and is the sole provider for her family, working at a restaurant.
  • Glass Cannon: As strong as she is, she's the Distaff Counterpart to Hawk in terms of offense/defense capacities. Her street-fighter style is clearly based on brief or short-term events. Up against an opponent that specializes in endurance and defense (as Sam does), she loses her cool quickly.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ah, envy. Tory falls for Miguel and is very upset when she finds out that he still has feelings for Samantha. Also her Fatal Flaw, judging by her page quote and interpretation of Sam's background.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Tory is no stranger to partying and hard liquor. She tries to use this against Sam during Moon's party to humiliate her. However, Sam wins while Tory loses her balance from getting distracted.
  • Hate Sink: While she does have a sympathetic background, having to take care of her brother and sick mother, she's an extremely petty, psychotic, and short-tempered person, going as far as to seriously injure Sam over a kiss, and despite being put on probation, she's willing to risk her family's stability just to get back at the Miyagi-Dos and willing to go as far to lead a home invasion at the LaRusso's home.
  • The Heavy: Takes over as Kreese's main enforcer for Season 3 until Robby comes to the dojo, given Hawk's growing disillusionment with him and Cobra Kai, notably leading the assault on the LaRusso household.
  • Hypocrite: She openly brags about stealing vodka from behind the bar at the beach club but is outraged by the suggestion that she could have also stolen Amanda's wallet.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Tory seemed resigned to the fact she should just put Cobra Kai behind her and the mentality she developed while there was toxic towards her future. She even seemed to have a solid plan to ensure a better future for her family, but since Kreese needed her, he manipulates her back to Cobra Kai.
  • Insane Equals Violent: She's not really insane so to say, but Tory does seem to meet most of the criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. Her aggressiveness and obsession has led to a few characters thinking she is rather unhinged, which she takes real personally. Her violence however comes more from her unforgiving situation and that no one is looking out for her aside from Kreese, who encourages her volatile tendencies.
  • It's All About Me: Tory cements herself as this in Season 3. Aside from rejoining Cobra Kai even though participating in the group's actions could violate her parole and put her mother's and brother's lives at risk, she constantly complains about how she's one of the brawl's victims even though she got off rather easy considering what she did. And while she claims she and the others are getting revenge on Miyagi-Do for what they did to Miguel, even he knows she's just using him as an excuse to indulge in her personal vendetta against Sam. Furthermore, unlike Hawk and Sam, she didn't even visit Miguel when he was hospitalized or acknowledge she was partly responsible for putting him there.
  • It's Personal: Following a kiss between the drunken Miguel and Sam during a party, Tory vows to humiliate and make her suffer, which she does the next day at school.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: While she has a sympathetic background and shows compassion towards Aisha and Miguel, Tory is at heart a bitter, spiteful person who shows little concern for those she does not like and is willing to inflict unhealthy doses of Disproportionate Retribution towards anyone who she feels has wronged her.
  • Karma Houdini: Is seen training under Kreese at the end of Season 2 despite breaking into the school office, publicly threatening Sam over the intercom system, and attacking her in the halls of the school with weapons, and sparking off a massive brawl. Making it more egregious is that Robby was arrested for his actions even though he had no intention of injuring Miguel. Subverted the following season, as it turns out she only avoided jail time due to being the sole caretaker of her seriously ill mother, and is still on probation and expelled from school.
  • Lady Macbeth: She has a streak of encouraging the worst in people. The best instance of this is her convincing of Robby to remain with Cobra Kai. Also an earlier example is when she goaded a hesitant Hawk into breaking Demetri's arm. Tory almost seems proud to be this.
    Robby: Resorting to peer pressure?
    Tory: Yeah it's kinda my thing.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: She started the school brawl because she saw Sam kiss her then-boyfriend Miguel and seemed to place the blame solely on her. She again later starts another fight, at Sam's house, because she and Miguel had gotten back together.
  • Morality Pet: She does genuinely love her mom and younger brother and works several jobs to ensure they can stick together as a family. But it's Subverted later on when it turns out Tory cares more about getting revenge on Sam than making sure she doesn't violate her parole and get sent to prison, which would also put her mother in a nursing home and her brother in foster care.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The look on her face in the aftermath of the brawl is one of Was It Really Worth It?, and she has a smaller one mid-fight when she realizes she kicked Miguel. Subverted in Season 3 where she constantly dismisses her responsibility of starting the school brawl and doesn't directly apologize to Miguel for her actions, claiming it’s the fault of the Miyagi-Do students.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Along with Hawk, she blames Johnny for Miguel's injuries, despite the fact that she's the one who started the brawl he was injured in.
    • In Season 3 she refuses to acknowledge that her expulsion and probation were her own fault and would rather continue to hunt down a PTSD-scarred Sam than admit to destroying her own life. Whenever she's confronted about how it was solely her fault for starting the school brawl, she deflects the blame onto others andinsists she's the biggest victim of the whole mess.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Leading the attack on the LaRusso home and targeting Sam only causes her to finally overcome her trauma, along with Hawk deciding to leave Cobra Kai despite having been in line to become his dojo's new champion. It also caused Johnny and Daniel as well as their respective students to put aside their differences and unite against Cobra Kai and Kreese for the attack.
  • Not Me This Time: She brags to Sam about stealing vodka from the bar at the beach club. Later on, when her mother's wallet goes missing, Sam assumes Tory stole that too and rushes to accuse her, only it turns out Tory had nothing to do with that as the wallet was actually stolen by Trey and Cruz.
  • The Power of Hate: Tory's immense bitterness with her situation in life drives nearly everything she does. She seems to openly embrace this mentality when she tells Robby how Kreese has taught her to channel all of her hatred to make her stronger. And it feels great.
  • Privileged Rival: Inverted and played with. Tory comes from a much more rough-and-tumble life than Sam who has been pampered, and part of their enmity is born from Tory clearly seeing Sam as a Rich Bitch who doesn't know what real life is like and who judges Tory from her privileged status. Stuff like Tory having to work during 80's Night while Sam can just go and have fun clearly rubs Tory the wrong way, while Sam doesn't help the situation by accusing Tory of stealing wallets at the country club when she didn't and was Aisha's guest (though Tory actually stealing some booze played a part in that.)
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Despite being having to be the sole breadwinner for her family, the responsibility has not matured her. If anything it has made her even more bitter and resentful and prone to resorting to unhealthy outlets, whether it's being violent for petty reasons or acting like a Spoiled Brat / Sore Loser after losing a fight.
  • The Resenter: Tory embraces "no mercy" in part due to resentment over hardships she's had to experience that others haven't.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In Season 3, even though she was warned that any violation of her parole would result in her being jailed despite her mom and brother needing her to work and provide for them, Tory decides to invade and assault Sam at her own house to get revenge for what happened in the West Valley Brawl. Even earlier, during the laser tag fight, Tory entered the area demanding to fight Sam, despite the fact that it would've been wise to AVOID Sam during the brawl.
  • Sanity Slippage: Tory has always been a vengeful individual, but she truly starts to show signs of mental instability when she challenges Sam over the school PA system and outright tries to maim her on school grounds. It gets even worse in Season 3, where she outright leads an invasion of the LaRusso residence intent on "ending it tonight."
  • Shadow Archetype: To Robby Keene. Both were troubled youths that found direction in life through karate. Except while Robby was able to turn away from his life of delinquency due to Daniel's guidance, Cobra Kai (or rather Kreese) galvanizes Tory's worst traits and eventually goes from a borderline Jerk with a Heart of Gold to a full-on Jerk with the Heart of a Jerk. Both also deal with feelings of jealousy, Robby with Miguel and Tory with Sam, as Miguel and Sam still had lingering feelings for one another. Robby was eventually willing to confess to Sam that he feared "losing points" with her, while Tory reacted with almost homicidal rage after seeing Sam and Miguel kiss at Moon's party. Finally, during the battle royale of Season 2, Robby was horrified when he kicked Miguel over the rail and potentially crippled him, whereas Tory was fully intent on all but ripping Sam's face off with her spiked-bracelet-turned-improvised-knuckle-duster. Tory in many ways represents what Robby could have become if Daniel hadn't taken him under his tutelage or if he had joined Cobra Kai instead. The latter ironically happens by the end of Season 3, putting them on the same side.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Her spiked bracelet; fashion accessory, self-defense tool, and potentially attempted-murder weapon.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Towers over her rival, Sam, and is around the same height/taller than many of the male characters.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: How Tory starts the final brawl in Season 2.
    Tory: I'm coming for you, bitch!
  • The Unfettered: She'll do anything to make life hell for Sam and doesn't give a damn about the consequences of her actions.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Compared to Sam. When the two fight it out in "No Mercy", Sam appears to be the more technically skilled fighter, managing to block and dodge most of Tory's attacks and outmaneuver her. However, what gives Tory an advantage for a large portion of the battle is the fact that she's a little bigger and probably stronger, a lot more boisterous, and generally much more violent, vicious, and dirty when it comes to fighting. While Sam arguably wins the fight in a sense, ending it by reversing an attack and knocking Tory down the stairs, it's Sam who comes out the most damaged, having to go to the hospital due to her injuries.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Tory goes all-out during her Designated Girl Fight in the Season 2 finale and fights dirty. When Miguel tries to stop her, she even kicks him without hesitation.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In spades in the Season 2 finale. Her impulsive decision to start a fight with Sam over a kiss ends up getting several students badly injured, and ironically may end up crippling or even killing her main crush Miguel.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Season 2: The combination of alcohol, jealousy, and anger at Sam kissing Miguel makes Tory suffer this before the brawl; she runs out of the party by herself, refuses to make contact with Miguel and Aisha when they desperately try to contact her, and only enters school after the day has started to she can hijack the intercom, call Sam out, and start their Designated Girl Fight. She's so angry and caught up in her fight with Sam, she kicks Miguel without even hesitating when he tries to stop the fight, before staring at him in confusion and guilt... before escalating her fight with Sam to the point where she uses her spiked bracelet to lacerate Sam's flesh.
    • Season 3: After learning from Kreese that Miguel and Sam had begun an "alliance" and saved the All Valley Karate Tournament from cancellation, Tory leads a home invasion of the LaRusso residence with the other Cobra Kai students, fully intent on ending it with Sam.
  • Yandere: In the Season 2 finale, she calls out Samantha to a vicious fight after seeing her sharing a kiss with Miguel at a party. Even after Miguel breaks up with her out of anger towards her unstable personality, she still has a sense of entitlement towards him, to the point she leads a house invasion to the LaRusso residence to fight Sam just because she and Miguel worked together to save the All-Valley tournament, without solid proof they're romantically involved.

    Raymond/The Stingray 
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"I am here to kick some ass, sir!"
Played by: Paul Walter Hauser

"You know, the thing about stingrays is, they lie in wait for the perfect opportunity to strike!"

  • Acrofatic: After months of training, he displays some pretty solid moves in the final brawl, using his weight to his advantage in manhandling the Miyagi-Do kids who get in his way.
  • Animal Motif: He adopts the motif of a stingray at Coyote Creek, underscoring how they lie and wait for an oppurtune moment to attack.
  • Basement-Dweller: Still lives with his mother and has no intention of changing that.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He shows a surprising capability in a lot of aspects of his life. After flipping the script, he manages to beat Miguel in the Coyote Creek exercise. He also won the attention of a very attractive girl. He can at least maintain a professional attitude when he was interviewing for the security guard position. His main problem (indeed, his Fatal Flaw) is he tries to live like he's in his teens or early 20's rather than take more responsibility in his life which prevents him from reaching his full potential.
  • Character Development: He's at his most annoying in his first appearance, but after that, he's much more tolerable. When he wins the Red vs Black challenge as Stingray, the other Cobras seem to accept him as one of their own, and no one seems annoyed by him anymore.
  • Comic Relief: After Season 2's Darker and Edgier tone, most of Raymond's appearances are funny... at first.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: During the Coyote Creek exercise, he manages to get the drop on Miguel by hiding in the leaves, and wins the competition for his team.
  • Foil: To Johnny Lawrence. Like Johnny, Stingray is a Disco Dan stuck in the 80s with an obsession with karate who mooches off a rich parent (step-parent in Johnny's case). However, while Johnny is able to channel these qualities into something worthwhile by becoming a sensei, Stingray is a Manchild with nothing better to do than take karate lessons with a bunch of teenagers (and even they think he's a loser). Johnny hated having to rely on Sid and happily broke ties once he had a stable living with Cobra Kai, Stingray is content to remain a deadbeat and panics at the idea of his privilege being put at risk.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: At first nobody in the main cast really likes him - the students due to the age gap, Johnny and Kreese due to his immaturity and excessive fanboying. When he announces he's "flipping the script" and now answers to "Stingray", even Hawk looks embarrassed for him. This changes after he wins the Coyote Creek challenge for his team. After that, both Bert and Hawk are happy to see him in the following episodes.
  • Hollywood Restraining Order: According to the school's principals, after the school brawl, he was forbidden by the court from coming within 500 feet of any child, or from participating in any activity involving children.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He doesn't get any repercussions for his actions in the school brawl... until the beginning of Season 3 reveals that he was arrested for assaulting minors.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His actions in the school brawl led to him being arrested for assaulting minors and forbidden to be near any children, costing him his membership in Cobra Kai.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: When he reveals his new identity as "Stingray", there's an epic rock tune in the background. When Johnny shrugs him off, the song flattens.
  • Manchild: Despite being an adult, he lives with his mom and is utterly unashamed of that. He also has no issues with hanging out with a bunch of teenagers. Deconstructed when he participates in the school brawl with his teammates and winds up in big trouble for attacking a bunch of minors.
  • No Social Skills: Played with. From his first appearance onward, his mannerisms and uncontrollable enthusiasm are very "fanboyish". But in the last episode of Season 2, he smooth-talks his way into a security job at the school despite the principal's awareness that he has no relevant experience.
  • Put on a Bus: Is nowhere to be seen in Season 3. Justified, as after assaulting minors in the school fight, he landed himself in trouble with the law and is no longer allowed within 500 feet of any minor.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He is the only adult in the Cobra Kai teen classes, but Johnny lets that slide as living with his parents leaves him with tons of cash to burn on lessons and dojo swag.
  • Token Adult: Deconstructed. Raymond was Cobra Kai's sole adult student, but his interactions with his younger cohorts really only further exacerbate his Manchild disposition.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He singles out and assaults younger Miyagi-Do students as a security guard for West Valley (hi-fiving Hawk and generally ignoring the Cobra Kai students while doing so) and stays with Kreese after he takes over Cobra Kai.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. He doesn't hesitate to beat up kids from Miyagi-Do during the school brawl, but consider that those kids are trained martial artists, so it would make sense for another trained martial artist to subdue them. But he only targets the Miyagi-Do kids, and specifically leaves the Cobra Kai kids alone.

    Mitch 
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Played by: Aedin Mincks

"Should've stayed in Cobra Kai. You could have been a badass."

One of the students who joined Cobra Kai after the All-Valley Tournament, he initially joined with his friend Chris. He forms part of Hawk's gang.


  • Ascended Extra: In Season 2, he's a Flat Character who acts as one of Hawk's lackeys. In Season 3, he gets more focus as an individual character, especially after Kreese expels him from Cobra Kai.
  • Break the Haughty: For the first half of Season 3, he was as much of a thug as Hawk, stealing the car wash funds from Nathaniel (as well as beating him up) and harassing Chris at work. However, after being expelled from dojo by Kreese, Mitch is shunned by his former Cobra Kai crew and is forced to go crawling back to Johnny and many of his old teammates at Eagle Fang.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Chris (before the latter's defection to Miyagi-Do) both serve as Hawk's most trusted and obedient servants. Lampshaded by Demetri, who refers to both of them as Rocksteady and Bebop.
  • Defector from Decadence: After Kreese casts him aside in favor of newer, more athletic students, he decides to rejoin Johnny and Miguel at their new dojo.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Chris after he defects to Miyagi-Do. In the final Season 2 brawl, Mitch eagerly assaults his former friend despite the latter's insistence that he does not want to fight.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After losing to Kyler during his initiation sparring match, Mitch is expelled by Kreese and as a result abandoned by Hawk and the other Cobra Kai students. His joining of Johnny's Eagle Fang Karate was more out of a desire to have a karate gang to hang out with again, but after being called out by Demetri for not sensibly choosing to team up with Miyagi-Do to stop Cobra Kai (especially since he was them not too long ago), Mitch makes a genuine turn and he and Chris are shown to have reconciled by the Season 3 finale. He evens encourages Demetri during the massive fight in Daniel's house to get up and keep fighting the Cobra Kai students.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite having no problem following Hawk's orders, he stood up for himself when insultingly accursed by Tory. He's a lackey, not a doormat.
    • During the fight at the school he took on his old friend Chris. While Chris technically won the fight he needed to blast Mitch with a book to do so. Before that Mitch had taken the upper hand, suggesting that he might be the better fighter.
    • In Season 3, when Miguel tells him the group is attending a Christmas party, he gets decked out in an ugly Christmas sweater and hat suggesting he's a big fan of the holiday.
  • Jerkass: He fully embraces the Cobra Kai mindset and eagerly assists Hawk with his misdeeds. He's also one of the eight students who sides with Kreese after the school brawl. Later in Season 3, his defection to Eagle Fang is primarily due to Kreese mistreating him rather than any moral concerns he has, though he does change his ways for the better after Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang unite in preparation to combat Cobra Kai.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Not that it remotely excuses the fact that he and Cobra Kai wound up breaking Demetri's arm while he was begging for mercy nor robbing Chris' workplace and almost getting the latter fired. However, Mitch is right when he reminds both of them that it was Miyagi-do that initiated the warehouse fight as they were the ones who swooped in to attack Cobra Kai as they were hanging out and minding their own business.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Not literally, but still the flip side to his Hidden Depths. He thought it would be a great idea to rub salt in Chris's wounds.
  • Mighty Glacier: His size gives him a good amount of strength and power, but he's also slow and can get worn down when he's up against a faster opponent like Kyler.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Realizing Kreese doesn't give a shit about him despite his loyalty, he joins Eagle Fang Karate.
  • N-Word Privileges: Played with. When he joins Johnny's Eagle Fang dojo, Johnny gives him the new degrading nickname of "Penis Breath". He accepts his new dojo-mates calling him this, but becomes offended when Chris addresses him by that name.
    Mitch: OK, you can't call me "Penis Breath". Only they can call me "Penis Breath".
    Chris: Why are you OK with anyone calling you "Penis Breath"?
  • Pet the Dog: When he sees Demetri down for the count during the fight in the Season 3 finale, he encourages him to get up and keep fighting.
  • Stout Strength: He's a hefty guy who's able to pack a lot of power behinds his punches and kicks.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After joining Eagle Fang, Mitch starts to let go of his original Cobra Kai thuggery and during the fight at the LaRusso house he even encourages Demetri to keep fighting against his former Cobra Kai cohorts.
  • Villainous Valor: Never wavered or considered breaking when the entire dojo was being punished for what he, Hawk, and two other members did to Miyagi-Do.
  • The Worf Effect: In Season 3 for Kyler's reintroduction. Mitch at this point has become one of Cobra Kai's stronger fighters, but he loses to Kyler, revealing that the latter has stepped up his game and improved on his wrestling skills since Season 1. This resulted in Kyler taking Mitch's spot among the Cobra Kais.
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    Doug Rickenberger 

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"Yo, Hawk, free shot!"

Played by: John Cihangir

One of two guys who accompany Hawk and his gang.


  • Ax-Crazy: Despite being a minor character, his limited screen time shows that he's just as blood-thirsty as Tory. During group fights he’s constantly sporting a Slasher Smile. He assaults a teacher who was trying to break up the school brawl, even shocking Hawk. He takes a frying pan to the face at the Larusso’s house and only wants more violence. Finally, as he’s beating on Demetri with the help of another student, he even laughs as he says “Free shots", to urge Hawk into re-breaking Demetri’s arm.
  • Blood Knight: His reaction to Chris hitting him with a frying pan is to laugh and tell Chris to Bring It.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Doug might come across as just another Cobra Kai Mook among the students, but if you actually keep track of him during his fights, he is shown to be a very formidable martial artist. During the big school brawl in the Season 2 finale, he usually had the advantage over most of the Miyagi-Do students he fought, and ultimately had to be taken down by Robby. In Season 3, he was able to best Chris during the laser tag fight and in the Season 3 finale, granted with help from Mitch and Troy, respectively. The guy would later subdue Demetri with an arm-lock. He clearly would have been able to beat Demetri had Hawk not come to his friend's rescue.
  • Elite Mooks: He is mostly just there to serve as Hawk's and/or Tory's henchman and is usually defeated by one of Miyagi-Do's top students, Robby or Sam, throughout Season 2. However, he is able to dominate in a fight against Miyagi-Do's more intermediate-level students, the likes of Demetri and Chris, in Season 3. His performance indicates that he is stronger than the average Cobra Kai student, but still weaker than the "top students".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Offers Hawk a free shot at Demetri in the Season 3 finale. Hawk ends up taking his free shot at Doug instead.
  • Karma Houdini: He’s the one who assaults a teacher during the brawl but while Sam got suspended, he went scot-free.
  • Made of Iron: Doug can actually take some serious punishment and still keep fighting. During the Season 3 finale, he gets hit in the head with a frying pan by Chris, and then just laughs it off. Afterward, he is thrown into a glass table by Hawk, but would get back up and attack Mitch, although it's implied that his opponent was able to beat him off-screen.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Throughout Season 2 he would frequently lose to Miyagi-Do's top students, like Robby and Sam, whenever the rivaling dojos get into a fight, giving the audience the impression that he is just another Cobra Kai Mook. Although during the Season 2 finale, he brazenly assaulted a teacher. Throughout Season 3, he actually proved himself to be a Boss in Mook Clothing.
  • Those Two Guys: In season 2 he was always seen standing side-by-side with Mikey as part of Hawk's posse. Most visible in the mall and school brawl against Robby.

    Mikey 
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Played by: Chris Schmidt. Jr

One of two guys who accompany Hawk and his gang.


  • Butt-Monkey: He's always shown having some misfortune happen to him whenever he's on screen. Normally getting beaten in a fight, and once having dirt kicked into his face by Johnny when kicking a pot in the commercial he was making in Season 2. Most recently being slammed headfirst into the table by Miguel in the Season 3 finale.
  • Elite Mooks: Like Doug, he is mostly just there to serve as Hawk's and/or Tory's henchman, but he can actually put up a pretty evenly matched fight against one of Miyagi-Do's more intermediate-level students, making him stand out more than the average student. But would still repeatedly lose to one of the "top students".
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He may get beaten a lot but he always gets back up and gives a good fight to whoever ends up beating him. He may go down but he never goes down easy.
  • The Generic Guy: Much like Jimmy from the OG Cobra Kai, he isn't given any significant lines or actions.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a brief reaction like this when he encounters Miguel and Tory during the Coyote Creek challenge. Despite trying to put up a fight, it does not end well for him.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the shortest of the Cobra Kais, but just as strong as them.
  • Those Two Guys: In Season 2 he was mostly seen side-by-side with Doug.

    Season 3 Recruits 

Kyler

The local bully at West Valley High that Sam is attracted to early in the first season. At Kreese's invitation, he visits his dojo in Season 3 and demonstrates his worth as Cobra Kai material.

For tropes associated with him, see Other Characters.

Robby Keene

See Miyagi Do and Associates

Associates

Johnny’s family

    Sid Weinberg 
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Played by: Ed Asner / Michael H. Cole (1979 flashback)

Johnny's wealthy and emotionally abusive stepfather.


  • Abusive Parents: Of the emotional kind; he did nothing but verbally demoralize Johnny throughout his childhood and even now as an adult.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Sid has always been irascible. He and the much calmer and placating Laura are this in a 1979 flashback.
  • Child Hater: Sid seems to be this through the first three seasons. He tolerated Johnny and provided for him for Laura's sake, but seems totally incapable of being nice to him, not running him down, or doing anything he asks for. He might have refused Johnny whatever he asked in Season 3, but hearing it was for a kid who needed surgery didn't make one bit of difference.
  • Dirty Old Man: He crosses into this territory when talking about Johnny's mother.
    Sid: You know... when I met your mom, she really knocked my socks off. Beautiful. Blonde. Tan. Tight.
  • Fat Bastard: Not only to Johnny; Sid is a big Jerkass to just about everyone.
  • First-Name Basis: Johnny calls him by his first name, as is fairly typical for stepparents.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Always seems to be in an irritable mood, Johnny or no Johnny.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: While Sid was an Abusive Parent to a T, he correctly points out that Johnny hasn't been an ideal father to Robby, either.
  • Kick the Dog: He refuses to help the Diaz family pay for Miguel's surgery even after Johnny swallows his pride and all but begs him for it. He even openly revels in how unfeeling he is.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After refusing to help Johnny pay for Miguel's surgery, Johnny swipes an expensive sculpture from his house and pawns it off to do so himself.
  • Pet the Dog: He promised Laura, whom he probably valued as little more than his Trophy Wife, that he would always look after Johnny financially. For all his other failings as a human being, Sid actually kept this promise for almost two decades after Laura's passing — and even when he finally ran out of patience with Johnny's constant legal troubles, Sid still didn't completely throw him under a bus, but offered him a final bank check as a "settlement". The check was not a pittance, either, but enough to pay for the revival of Cobra Kai.
    • His sincere feelings for Laura are also implied, given he didn't have to marry a woman with a kid at all, certainly not if all he wanted was a Trophy Wife. Even if he seems completely incapable of not being crude or being openly nice to Johnny.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Sid has a rather low opinion of women, referring to his deceased wife (Johnny's mom) as a "hot piece of ass", and scoffing at the notion of a gender pay gap. Johnny later reveals that Sid committed sexual misconduct at work at some point and it could probably lead to his reputation being destroyed if it were made public.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Even more egregiously than usual, as Sid is plenty ugly on the inside, too.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Defied, Johnny threatens to reveal his predatory past if he doesn't help Miguel. Sid doesn't care one bit as he doesn't have a good reputation to destroy.

    Laura 
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Played by: Candace Moon

Johnny's deceased mother. Unlike Sid, she and Johnny had a loving and supportive relationship. Her death, which coincided closely with the birth of Johnny's son Robby, was among the darkest periods of Johnny's life.


  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Johnny remembers her as the sole source of love and real encouragement in his life. Laura died shortly before Robby was born, devastating him. He believes that she only put up with Sid for her son's sake.
  • Doting Parent: It's clear that Johnny's needs were the most important thing to her, hence why she married Sid and why she always encouraged Johnny to explore any interests that might help him make friends or build his confidence. Her death at a relatively young age sent him into a spiraling depression that caused him to miss Robby's birth.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Whatever rules he may have been breaking or however much of a Jerkass, bully, or ace degenerate he may have been, Johnny loved and continues to love Laura dearly.
  • Gold Digger: In sharp contrast to Shannon, she is a sympathetic example. She may have married Sid for his money, but her main concern was ensuring her son would be taken care of.
  • Good Parents: Issue #3 of the comic book series shows that while she may have doted on Johnny, she was by no means a Pushover Parent. Back when Johnny planted the kiss on Ali at the country club, Laura scolded him for the act afterward and made it clear she expects better behavior from him.
  • Trophy Wife: To Sid. Johnny admits that she likely only married Sid so that her and Johnny's financial futures would be secure. A Gold Digger by need.
  • Useless Bystander Parent: Despite being loving, Laura was unable to protect Johnny from Sid's abuse or seemingly notice Johnny's delinquency or bullying or what Kreese was turning him into. Or even get him to wear his bike helmet. Despite loving her, it's clear Johnny tuned her out just as frequently as he did with his stepfather.

    Shannon Keene 
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Played by: Diora Baird

Robby’s mother and Johnny’s ex.


  • Abusive Parents: Not physically or verbally, but emotionally. Her neglect towards her son and disregard for his feelings have taken a huge toll on Robby, who genuinely loves his mom and wants to spend time with her, while she's out trying to get laid.
  • The Alcoholic: Johnny can track her down simply by visiting her usual bars, where she is on a first-name basis with the bartender. Late in Season 2, she agrees to check into rehab.
  • Birds of a Feather: They may hate each other now, but it’s not hard to see why she and Johnny got together back in the day. Both are fit and attractive, yet also irresponsible alcoholics and jerkasses.
  • Gold Digger: Spends most of her time at bars seducing well-heeled men, aiming to eventually meet one to marry and provide her with luxuries. Unlike Johnny's mother who remarried so that she and her son would be well-off, Shannon clearly only had herself in mind.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Shannon criticizes Johnny for being an inattentive parent to Robby, even as she is just as inattentive herself (if not more so). She is still, however, correct that Johnny's not exactly father of the year.
    Shannon: Eat shit, Johnny. You gave up on day one. Day one. Okay, I was the one that was there for him when he got mono. I was the one that was there for him when he built his own half-pipe and he broke his wrist. Where the hell were you?
  • It's All About Me: Shannon's reason for canceling plans with her son is that she has to meet a man to take care of her when Robby leaves.
  • Jerkass Realization: She comes to acknowledge and regret her neglectfulness towards Robby in the middle of Season 2, agreeing to go into rehab and encouraging her son to make up with his father.
  • Never My Fault: Though her criticisms of Johnny as a parent may be accurate, she refuses to take any responsibility for her son Robby or help him, and when confronted about this, refuses to acknowledge her role in Robby's path to crime. Subverted when she finally decides to go to rehab for her alcohol and pill addictions, while admitting her mistakes to Robby and encouraging him to reconcile with Johnny.
  • Parental Neglect: She spends so much time drinking in bars and picking up random guys that Robby’s school has a hard time getting hold of her. The kid is practically raising himself. Downgrades to Parental Abandonment as of Season 2.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She turns her ways around for the better after she goes into rehab, and her efforts at the beginning of Season 3 show. It helps that the LaRussos are playing a part in helping her to improve as a person.

Miguel’s family

    Carmen Diaz 
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Played by: Vanessa Rubio

"These things don't end well. Trust me. I've seen it with my own eyes. My ex-husband had many enemies. The only way to end a rivalry is for someone to rise above it. You have to be the bigger man."

Miguel's overly protective mother, Carmen is kind and hard-working — if utterly terrified that any harm might come to her son.


  • Adult Fear:
    • It's implied that Carmen has been through some traumatic experiences and is therefore terrified of anything similar occurring to her only child. It becomes a justified reaction when Miguel comes home badly beaten.
    • Cranked Up to Eleven when Miguel is knocked off a landing and appears to have broken his spine in the finale of Season 2.
  • Age-Gap Romance: With Johnny, who at 51 to her 34, is about seventeen years older. Carmen was either an infant or not even born during the events of the original film.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She fled Ecuador after finding out about her abusive husband's illegal activities.
  • Generation Xerox: To Lucille LaRusso being the Struggling Single Mother to a bullied new kid who is studying karate.
  • Hidden Depths: When we first meet her, she is only seen as Miguel's mother. However, it is later mentioned that she fled her abusive husband in Ecuador with her mother as a pregnant 18-year-old and subsequently raised Miguel on her own.
  • Hospital Hottie: Frequently seen wearing scrubs. We find out in Season 2 she's an x-ray technician.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: She frequently wears it pulled back, but does this for her first date with Johnny, revealing quite a mane.
  • My Beloved Smother: Although she means well, she can be this to Miguel. Given her Dark and Troubled Past, this is understandable.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Starts dating again in Season 2, with it being clear through Miguel’s dialogue that she’s looking for a more permanent relationship that will gel well with Miguel... even if her first seen date is a secret douche. Fortunately for Johnny, when he Took a Level in Kindness, he qualified for the “good man” part.
  • So Proud of You: Her reaction when Miguel wins the tournament or whenever he wins a match. She may want to watch her son's behavior, however.
  • Skewed Priorities: She seems more worried about her son losing the tournament for his self-esteem than the risk of him actually getting hurt.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She was pregnant with Miguel when she was 18 years old.

    Rosa 
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Played by: Rose Bianco

Miguel's grandmother and Carmen's mother.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Miguel calls her "Yaya" (informal Spanish for "granny").
  • Cool Old Lady: She supports Miguel's karate training, is proud of him for defeating Kyler and his gang, and takes an immediate liking to Johnny. She also likes to smoke weed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Spanish, no less. Pretty much only Carmen and sometimes Miguel can understand her sarcastic humor when speaking so, leaving English speakers like Johnny oblivious to it.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The only time she speaks English is when she asks Johnny to stay with her and Carmen and pray for Miguel during his surgery.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Grandparent, but she was more open to having Miguel train with Johnny than Carmen was and thinks Johnny's better than the first impression he made.
  • Secret Keeper: In Episode 5 of Season 1, she keeps Miguel's fight with Kyler a secret from Carmen so that Miguel can continue to train with Johnny.
  • So Proud of You: Implied to be her reaction from Miguel when she learns about the cafeteria fight, and definitely her reaction when Miguel wins the tournament.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When Johnny is about to leave the hospital after dropping off his contribution to Miguel's surgery, Rosa begs him to stay with her and Carmen as the procedure takes place for support. Johnny agrees, but this makes him miss his visit with Robby in juvie, which alienates the young man even further and ultimately leads to him siding with Kreese.

Johnny’s Friends

    Bobby Brown 
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Played by: Ron Thomas
The least vicious of Johnny's original Cobra Kai gang, Bobby was the only one who ever expressed concern that their harassment of Daniel was going too far. Now he is a Christian pastor who has left the Cobra Kai way far behind.
  • Apologetic Attacker: He prays to God for forgiveness before leg sweeping a drunken Johnny for making a scene in church mid-sermon.
    "Forgive me, Father."
  • Badass Preacher: He may be a pastor now (and who knows how long out of training), but the bar brawl shows he can still use his Cobra Kai training to kick ass when necessary.
  • Bald of Awesome: Like we said about the Badass Preacher...
  • Cassandra Truth: He and Jimmy attempt to warn Johnny of the threat Kreese poses now that he's involved with the new Cobra Kai. Johnny ignores their warnings, however, adamantly believing that his former sensei can get out of his old ways and change for the better. Tragically, the OG Cobras turn out to be right.
    Bobby: John Kreese is bad news. All that crap we dealt with after high school, taking that "no mercy" bullshit out into the world.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Subverted and lampshaded. He reminds the others that he's a pastor, not a priest.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Zig-Zagged. He's right on the money when he tells Johnny Kreese is bad news. However, when Johnny later comes to him after the school brawl has left Miguel paralyzed, Bobby suggests Johnny ask Sid for some money to help the kid out. Johnny is understandably skeptical of the idea and is later proven right. Justified, however, since Bobby has first hand knowledge of just how bad Kreese is and doesn't have the same kind of knowledge about Sid.
  • Nice Guy: Even after Johnny stumbles into one of his services wasted and reveals some of Bobby's less savory acts as a youth to the congregation, Bobby still takes the time to listen to Johnny's problems after he sobers up, feeds him coffee cake and hugs him, and offers all the help he can.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Granted he was the Token Good Teammate in the original film, but rather than reluctantly supporting his friends' actions, he now regrets everything their gang did as teenagers and is wary of Johnny's students being influenced by Kreese.
  • True Companions: That it's Bobby that Johnny comes to at a crashingly low point and that — after kicking his ass for making a drunken scene — Bobby immediately offers him the kind of equal, grown-up affection no one else has says a lot.

    Tommy 
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Played by: Rob Garrison

One of Johnny’s friends from high school and a former Cobra Kai student. He’s since been stricken with a terminal illness, prompting most of their old gang to reunite for One Last Field Trip before he passes.


  • Bald of Awesome: During the Bar Brawl, Tommy doesn't get as much of the camera as the others (particularly Johnny), but his one punch that was shown definitely had some impact.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Johnny and Jimmy show some concern about going on a road trip with him in his state, Tommy just rips out the wires connecting him to the machinery and tells the others he's ready to roll.
  • Flatline: One is heard briefly when Tommy gets out of the hospital bed for his road trip. As Johnny and Bobby were in the next room at that moment, their reaction suggests that they feared Tommy had already died.
  • Ironic Death: He was the one who told Johnny to get Daniel a body bag ("YEAH!") during their final fight in The Karate Kid. When Tommy dies, he's the one who is put into a body bag.
  • Reformed Bully: In contrast to the bloodlust he displayed in the first film, he's become a mature, well-adjusted adult who regrets how he acted as a teenager.
  • Self-Deprecation: When the gang is reminiscing about their teenage antics at the bar, one of the things mentioned is the time that a bartender saw right through their fake IDs and served them dishwater, with Tommy drinking his entire mug because he didn't know what beer tastes like. It's Tommy himself who tells that story, laughing at his own folly as he narrates it.
  • The Stoic: Unlike Bobby and Jimmy who flip out when they learn Johnny has gotten Kreese involved in his dojo, Tommy just listens to Johnny's reasons for doing so, then calmly asks him if he really trusts Kreese.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He's reintroduced dying of a terminal illness and passes at the end of the episode. (Tragically became a meta example a few months later, when Garrison himself passed away.)
  • Unrequited Love: During the campout, he reveals to Johnny that he actually had feelings of his own for Ali back in high school as well. He was going to ask her out, but Johnny "struck first".

    Jimmy 
Played by: Tony O’Dell

One of Johnny’s friends from high school and a former Cobra Kai student, now a Happily Married father with multiple sons.


  • Ascended Extra: While he was part of the Cobra Kai gang in the first two films, he didn't get any memorable scenes or lines, nor was even referred to by name. Here, he shares the spotlight with Bobby and Tommy and even gets a spectacular fight scene.
  • Brutal Honesty: He flat out tells Johnny letting Kreese back in the fold is a stupid idea and he doesn't believe the man has changed a bit.
  • Cassandra Truth: He and Bobby attempt to warn Johnny of the threat Kreese poses now that he's involved with the new Cobra Kai. Johnny ignores their warnings, however, adamantly believing that his former sensei can get out of his old ways and change for the better. Tragically, the OG Cobras turn out to be right.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: During the Bar Brawl scene, he cracks Bobby's opponent over the back with a chair.
  • Happily Married: He's first seen speaking with his wife on a headset. While we only see this interaction for a few moments, it suggests that he has a loving relationship with his family, and even that Tommy is something of an honorary uncle to his children.
  • Reformed Bully: Just like the others, he's become a decent man who has rejected the old Cobra Kai philosophy.


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